Prez@Catawba - Update from President Brien Lewis

  In This Issue:
New Academic Year
Forbes' Top Colleges
Look Forward, Glance Back
Strategic Planning
Board of Trustees Meetings, Homecoming, Inauguration
Library Gift Program
Relocation of President's Office and Admissions
Alumni and Community
Upcoming Key Dates

We hope you have your calendar marked ... October 26-28 is Homecoming Weekend! For the schedule, registration and hotel options, please visit:

Be sure to stick around through Sunday. This year, the schedule is full!


Blue Masque

Join us at the induction ceremony and reception on October 26 at 8pm as we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of some theatre greats! ($25/person)

Tapped for induction into the Hall of Fame are: Professor Dayna Anderson, Mr. John Bell '76, Mr. Richard Steinert '81 and Mr. Mike Yionoulis '88.


Catawba Fund


You can have a tremendous impact on Catawba! Just as others provided support while you were here, now you have the opportunity to assist the next generation.

Make a Gift

Other Ways of Giving:
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In a few weeks, we will begin our Fall Phonathon. A student caller will contact you asking for your support. While our callers love to talk with you, you can cut costs by sending in a gift now. The amount does not matter. What matters to our student body of over 1,000 is that you care enough to give.


Dennis Reed

Catawba Alum, Dennis Reed '06, and his group, Inspire the Fire (ITF), were recently on America's Got Talent! Reed founded the organization while still a student at Catawba to help at-risk, under-privileged young people in Charlotte.

More Great News:
Dennis and ITF will be performing on the final night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, as part of a "tribute to the dynamic convention host state" headlined by James Taylor.



You are invited to participate in the Alumni and Student Showcase of Talent during Homecoming Weekend '12!

Act fast and send in the following in for consideration: name(s) of performers, name of the piece to be performed, a description of the piece, (prefer a video or YouTube link of the piece), any needs, and the length of the piece. Please limit time to a max of five minutes.

Performance slots are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis and by selection of the Blue Masque Hall of Fame Entertainment selection committee. Performance will be on Homecoming Weekend, Friday October 26 from 7:308pm just prior to the Blue Masque Hall of Fame induction and reception.

Contact Chris Zink with your information.


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  Dear Alumni and Friends,

I am pleased to provide you with this update on activities at Catawba College and progress on specific initiatives. As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

It has been an extremely busy summer, and this report will only scratch the surface.

I have continued to meet individually with each member of the faculty and staff. These meetings have been very useful for me as a means of orientation but also as a way to clearly see the incredible commitment to (and love for) Catawba that is shared by so many members of our campus community.

Let me update you on some specific items:
PhotoNew Academic Year Begins
We have begun the new academic year in earnest. Our total undergraduate enrollment stands at 1,267, with 1,007 in the day program, 260 students in the School of Evening and Graduate program.

Move-In Day:
Boarding students claimed their space on campus early in August, before the start of classes August 15. These resident students were assisted by their families and friends and seemed most concerned about getting all of their belongings into their space.
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Opening Convocation:
We officially marked the start of the new academic year at Opening Convocation on August 23. This is traditionally a time when all constituencies on campus gather to mark our new beginnings.
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SGA Scholarships:
I'm delighted that our Student Government Association voted last spring to allocate some of its budget to fund scholarships that will allow students to travel to and participate in academic conferences.
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PhotoCatawba Included in 2013 Princeton Review's "The Best 377 Colleges" and in Forbes' Top Colleges Listing
We were proud to learn this month that Catawba College was included again this year in The Princeton Review's "The Best 377 Colleges" and in Forbes' "America's 650 Top Colleges" list. These are important recognitions of Catawba's current and enduring strength.
PhotoA Look Forward and a Glance Back
As we look ahead to activities planned this fall, we invite you to come to campus as often as your schedule will permit.

Family Weekend:
Family Weekend is approaching Sept. 21-23 and is a perfect time for students' families to meet our family. A full listing of activities and a registration form are available online:
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Athletics Updates:
We hope you take advantage of several opportunities for you to catch a home football game and we are offering local residents a chance to catch a home game with their families and friends during several themed game days.

Or, catch a home match for our other fall sports.

And while we look ahead to an exciting fall in athletics, I would be remiss if I didn't brag on the recent successes of two other sports:

PhotoOur Catawba baseball team, under the leadership of Coach Jim Gantt, made it to the College World Series in May and made all of us proud with its stellar performance.

The Catawba Swim Teams also brought honor to the college. Both men's and women's swim teams achieved All-Academic Team status by achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and five individuals from these teams achieved All-Academic Honorable Mention status at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 academic year, recognized for achieving a 3.6 or better GPA and achieving an NCAA B qualification time.

The Catawba College Athletic Training Staff was named the South Atlantic Conference Athletic Training Staff of the Year for 2011-2012 at their annual league-wide meeting on July.
Strategic Planning
Progress continues on our strategic planning initiatives, known at this stage as our list of "Values, Goals, Objectives, and Plans." Work is already underway on many items. Several groups have already prepared preliminary reports on their particular item. Our goal is to have this work completed before the October Board of Trustees meeting so that determinations may be made on which items will receive priority attention
Board of Trustees Meetings, Homecoming and Inauguration - October 26, 27, 28
The Board meeting will coincide with Homecoming on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. Plans are also underway to conduct the Presidential Inauguration ceremonies on Sunday, October 28. More details on all of these events will be provided soon via the college website.
PhotoLibrary Gift Program
The Friends of the Library have launched a creative new initiative: an Amazon wish list. It is an effort to take some immediate steps to improve the library's holdings — all without exceeding our normal budget
or raising tuition.
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Over the summer, Catawba made a commitment to establish a "Green Revolving Fund" that utilizes a portion of savings realized from sustainability initiatives (such as energy consumption reduction) to re-invest in future sustainability projects. We have now signed on to this initiative and more details are available on our website:
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PhotoSustainability Events:
In July, I attended the Energy Summit at Appalachian State University with a team of faculty, financial and facility staff members from Catawba. Together with colleagues from all UNC-system schools and four other NC private institutions, we discussed energy issues including building efficiency, financial and regulatory considerations, and academic integration. Our team came back with a lot of notes and specific ideas and we will be getting together soon to debrief them and to explore possible links with the Green Revolving Fund and other initiatives. The College also hosted its own environmental summit for high school students last month. View more information on our website:
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"Green" Campus Maps:
Last but not least, plans are underway to update our Campus Map. The new map will not only indicate where campus buildings, parking, and other landmarks are – it will include information about sustainability initiatives on campus and facilities where they are utilized. We believe this will be both informative and a clear signal to prospective students that these issues are at the center of so much of what we do at Catawba.
Several summer renovation projects are complete including the renovation of the dining area in the Cannon Student Center.
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Work was also completed on Woodson Residence Hall, funded through a grant from the Cannon Foundation. This included paint, new furniture in the residence hall rooms and common areas, a refurbished patio, and renovated bathrooms.

PhotoCampus Branding:
We also have taken several steps toward improving "curb appeal." The first in a potential series of banners and awnings have been installed, including a banner on the windowless side of Hoke facing North Park. A large banner featuring the athletic logo (the C with feathers) has been installed on the side of the Abernethy Physical Education Center facing the football stadium.
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Awnings with Catawba branding will soon be placed on each side of Woodson Residence Hall and on the back of the Administration building.

If these branding efforts are well received, and if resources are available, we will expand this program in the coming months.
Relocation of President's Office and Admissions Welcome Center
On the 17th of August we began a process designed to enhance the way we welcome prospective students and their families to the campus. The President's Office moved into the former location of the Welcome Center (immediately to your left as you enter the Hedrick Administration Building). Oliver Scott will remain in her current location.

PhotoThe former President's Office suite will now be refreshed for use as the Welcome Center, a process that we anticipate will take a couple of weeks. No structural work will be done except to make the restroom in the suite more appealing to our visitors. Carpet will be replaced and the walls will be repainted in the suite.

In time, we will also enhance the appearance of the area at the rear of the Admin building so that it is more consonant with the feel of Stanback Plaza. In this way, campus tours may begin right from the Welcome Center by going out the back door and being instantly at the "heart of campus". The timing for these moves is being done intentionally to coincide with the beginning of the academic year for most high school students, as it is usually the time period when campus visits are fewest.

Special thanks go to one of our trustees for his generous support of this project!
PhotoRecent Alumni and Community Events
While we eagerly look ahead through fall semester, we look back on four successful alumni receptions held in July and August. More than 250 alumni and friends attended. More of these events are planned for spring.
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Silent Auction:
Our August 2 Silent Auction raised over $19,000 for our 18 athletic teams. Those attending left with vacation and golf packages and a wide variety of other items.
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Upcoming Key DATES
Sept. 9, Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30, Oct. 7

Student Receptions, President's House
(7-9pm each night)

Aug. 28, 29, 30
Faculty and Staff Receptions, President's House
(4-6pm each night)
Sept. 8
Home Football Game
Sept. 10
Athletic Golf Marathon
Sept. 21-22
Family Weekend
Sept. 22
Home Football Game
Oct. 6
Home Football Game
Oct. 9
Chiefs Club Board Meeting
Oct. 15-16
Fall Break
Oct. 26-28
Board of Trustees / Homecoming / Inauguration
Nov. 2
Board of Visitors
Nov. 3
Home Football Game
Nov. 8
Environment Center Advisory Board
Nov. 13
Business Hall of Fame
Nov. 21-23
Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 26
Lessons and Carols (rehearsal)
Nov. 27
Lessons and Carols (private – by invitation)
Nov. 29
Lessons and Carols (public)
Nov. 30
Last Day of Classes
Dec. 4
Chiefs Club Board Meeting
In Conclusion
  I know once again that there are many, many more items that are worthy of reporting to you that I am likely overlooking. As always, thank you for all you do to demonstrate your remarkable support of - and deep commitment to - the College.

Yours at Catawba,
Brien Lewis
Brien Lewis

Catawba College

2300 West Innes Street
Salisbury, NC 28144