April 2009 Entries
UNC Quarterback Transferring to Catawba for 2009 Season
by Evan Markfield (Eric Bryant Ross, Editor), Carolina Blue. When North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates went down with an injury last season, many wondered what would become of the Tar Heels' promising season. Once-forgotten backup Cam Sexton, who had dipped to the third-string spot on the depth, emerged and salvaged Carolina's season, which ended with an 8-4 regular-season record and an appearance in the Continental Tire Bowl.
Catawba College Student Awarded Fellowship at N.C. Research Campus
Catawba College student Nathan Griffin of Boomer, N.C., has applied and been awarded an Undergraduate Biotechnology Research Fellowship by the N.C. Biotechnology Center. The fellowship will allow Griffin to work during the 2009-2010 academic year with a research associate in the laboratory of Steven Zeisel at the UNC Chapel Hill unit on the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.
Catawba's Evening and Graduate Studies Program is Turning Green, but Not with Envy
In an effort to cut down on paper use and align itself with Catawba's efforts to be a greener campus, the School of Evening and Graduate Studies will be posting all course syllabi online beginning in the first summer block of 2009 and henceforth. The syllabi will be available on the program's website at www.catawba.edu/evening.
Catawba College Students Installed as Officers
Catawba College's American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliates Chapter recently held elections and new officers were installed. They include Nathan Griffin of Boomer, N.C., president; Jessica Bound of Indian Trail, N.C., vice president; Jacob Hill of Salisbury, N.C., secretary; and Joshua Honeycutt of Richfield, N.C., treasurer.
2008-09 Athletic Award Recipients Announced
Catawba College has announced its 2008-09 athletic award winners for its student-athletes. The awards were presented at the annual athletic ceremony held at the Keppel Auditorium on Tuesday, April 28. Heading the list of award winners were Melissa Powers and Blake Ketner, who were awarded the Lomax and Kirkland Awards for the top female and male senior athletes...
Catawba College Students Share Research at 2009 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
Evan Hall wanted to find out more about the differential attachment of Glochidia Larvae on male and female mosquito fish, while Rachel Roberts researched if painting recycle bins to look like cows would alter recycling behavior. Catawba College students from all academic disciplines had an opportunity to showcase research they had conducted at an annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium held April 23rd...
Catawba College Student to Participate in Conducting Workshop in Tuscany
Dan Ryan, a Catawba College senior from Westborough, Mass., majoring in music education, has made application and been accepted to participate this summer in the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Tuscany, Italy. There are three possible tiers of participation at the workshop slated August 1-8, including full conductor, conducting auditor and singer.
Catawba Students in New Media Class Meet Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes
It takes something pretty amazing to get college students out of the bed voluntarily before the sun rises. Not only were Catawba College students Brandon Lee Coble, Amanda Sowards, Rob Fields, Jen Trout, and Skip Walpole, waiting at the back steps of the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business facility at 5:30 a.m., they were dressed in their best and looking like young professional adults.
Church/College Award Presented and New Fund for Volunteer Service Announced
A long-serving member of the Catawba College Board of Trustees, who is both an alumnus and a retired United Church of Christ minister, was honored Thursday, April 16th with the institution's Campus Ministry Church/College Award.
Spring 2009 Semester Winds Down, Exams Approach
As the Spring 2009 semester comes to a close, the following dates might be helpful: Last Day of Classes, Study Day, and Exam Schedules...
Catawba's Kappa Delta Pi Inducts Members, Installs Officers
Catawba College's Theta Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi education honor society installed new officers for the 2009-2010 year and inducted 17 new members in a ceremony held at 7:00 p.m., April 14th in the Tom Smith Auditorium on campus.
Join Us for Danceworks 2009: This Time It's Personal
The Catawba College Theatre Arts Department and The Blue Masque present DANCEWORKS 2009: THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 7:30PM in Keppel Auditorium on the Catawba College campus. Admission is FREE to all. This primarily student choreographed presentation includes a wide variety of dance styles including tap, modern, hip-hop, and jazz.
Twelve Students Commissioned as Catawba College Junior Marshals
Twelve students from Catawba College's School of Evening and Graduate Studies were commissioned as Junior Marshals in an April 18 ceremony held in Tom Smith Auditorium. Dean of the School of Evening and Graduate Studies, Dr. Edith Bolick, and College Marshal, Professor David Pulliam, officiated at the ceremony.
First Business Scholars Weigh in on Their First Year at Catawba College
Catawba College's first two Business Scholars, Gail Murray of Brunswick County and Josh Owens of Cabarrus County, were not considering Catawba until late in their decision-making process about where they would enroll after high school graduation.
Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame Announces Six New Members
Six new members will be inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame on May 2, during the festivities of the Hall of Fame's 31st anniversary. The inductees are (with graduation year): Henry C. Bernhardt '50; Randy Brown '89; Todd Lipe '91; Marvin Moore '99; Tom Sexton '79; and Selena Wilkes Tory '96.
Thirteen Catawba College Students Inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda
Thirteen students in Catawba College's School of Evening and Graduate Studies Program were inducted into the College's chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society during a ceremony held April 15 in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus. Officers for the honor society were also installed during the ceremony.
Collaboration Between Four-Year Colleges and Universities and Community Colleges Is Key in Today's Economic Climate
"Community colleges are the solution to so many economic challenges which face our state and nation today," Phil Kirk, vice president for external relations at Catawba College, told trustees and presidents attending the annual Law Conference sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees meeting in the Research Triangle Park on April 16th.
Catawba College Vernaculars to Perform Fabled Dark Side of Oz
Sometime during the 1990s, a legend arose. It said that a mysterious and wonderful synchronicity exists between Pink Floyd's landmark 1973 "Dark Side of the Moon" album and the 1939 Hollywood movie "The Wizard of Oz."
Join the Theatre Arts Department's Directing II Class for an Evening of One Acts
Join the Theatre Arts Department's Directing II Class for an Evening of One Acts. Tuesday, April 21 at 7:30pm in Florence-Busby-Corriher on the Catawba College campus. Free and Open to the public. Please arrive early, as seating is limited.
Alpha Psi Omega Students Use April 30th Intimidators' Game as Fundraiser
Catawba College's theatre honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, is raising funds by selling tickets to the Thursday, April 30th home game of the Kannapolis Intimidators. Members of the Catawba Singers, who performed last month at Carnegie Hall in New York City, will also be singing the National Anthem at this game under the direction of Professor Paul E. Oakley.
From Costa Rica to Kettle Bell Training, Students Learn to Blog for Course Credit
Their topics were wide-ranging: travel in Costa Rica, kettle bell training, law and dis-order, what to do while in New York City, even a blog about World Missions Outreach. Students in the Online Publication class offered by Catawba College's Communication Arts program spent the semester learning how to plan and create blogs.
Students, Faculty and Staff Recognized at Catawba College's Awards Convocation
Students, faculty and staff at Catawba College were recognized at the institution's annual Awards Convocation held Thursday, April 16, 2009 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The event is an opportunity for the campus community to recognize student achievements in a variety of academic and service areas, as well as faculty and staff members for their significant contributions to the institution.
2009-2010 Student Government Association Officers Installed
Two students, Cecilia Runge of Milford, N.J., and Katie Hill of Fayetteville, were given a gavel traditionally awarded to the retiring president of the Student Government Association (SGA). Runge served as SGA president during the fall term and Hill served as SGA president during the spring term.
Award Recognitions (Spring Convocation, 2009)
Danielle Schneider of New Castle, Del., received the David Hoyle Award for Outstanding Service in the area of student activities. It is awarded annually to a student who has made exemplary contributions to all areas of student activities. The new Mr. and Miss Catawba, elected to serve the College in the coming year, were announced at the convocation. Read more...
Whitener Medal Recipients
The recipients of the Whitener Medals were announced at the awards convocation but will actually receive their awards during Catawba's May 9th graduation exercise. They are Jill Archambault of Glens Falls, N.Y., and Jared Kenish of Glassboro, N.J. Named in honor of the late Dr. Edgar Whitener of High Point who served as president of the Catawba Board of Trustees from 1925-44...
Catawba Students Named to Who's Who
Seventeen students were announced as inductees into Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Nominated by members of the college community and selected by a committee of faculty and students, these students are active leaders and scholars on campus. They include the following students...
College Employees Recognized
Catawba College employee G. Ben Smith, assistant director of residence life and coordinator of the Lerner Wellness Center, received the Staff Member of the Year Award. It is presented annually and selection is made by a popular vote of the students.
VIDEO: Catawba Stories CONTEST WINNER Announced
FAMILY, FRIENDS, FUN! Congratulations to Alumna Teresa Brady Thomas '83, whose Catawba Story entitled "Famly, Friends, Fun!" was the winning entry for the Catawba Stories contest. In the story, which fell under the "Family Ties" category, Thomas reflects on the bond she shares with her daughter that will never be broken, the Catawba Experience.
Center for Environment is Finalist for Charlotte Business Journal Green Award
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College was named one of three finalists today for the Green Non-Profit Action Program of the Year Award from the Charlotte Business Journal. The award was for a non-profit's action program to educate its employees, students and/or community on environmental sustainability.
Catawba College Hosts Charlotte Writers Club's Poetry Competition Reading/Reception
Catawba College will host the Charlotte Writers Club's Anthony Abbott Undergraduate Poetry Competition Reading and Reception at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 in Tom Smith Auditorium in Ketner Hall on campus. The event will include readings of the winning poems by Caitlin McCann, Valerie Bright, V. Janeen Bradley, Alexander Binns Hoyt, Natalie Kennedy, Kiah McCoy, and more. Read more...
Volunteer Catawba to Receive Award for Harvest Moon Ball Efforts
The North Carolina Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging (NCANPHA) will honor Salisbury-based Lutheran Services for the Aging (LSA) for its community service efforts, and will also honor its ongoing collaboration with Catawba College.
Young Catawba College Couple Makes Gift to Create New Scholarship Fund
Colan '03 and Courtney Blum Potemra '06 of Raleigh both just graduated from Catawba College within the past six years, however, they have already begun to give back to their alma mater in earnest. The couple recently made a gift to create a new endowed scholarship fund at the college and is encouraging their fellow alumni to consider doing the same.
Catawba College Receives $350,000 Gift from Cannon Charitable Trusts
The Cannon Charitable Trusts have made a $350,000 gift to Catawba College designated for information technology. The College learned of the gift in the middle of March. According to Catawba College President W. Craig Turner, the gift will be used in the transitional phase of a multi-year project toward a new comprehensive campus computing system.
Catawba College Student Croons Her Way into Radio Contest Semi-Finals
Monica Ostroska of Salisbury has already made the cut. Now, she's aiming to make the second one. The 21-year-old Catawba College sophomore is hoping fan support will help swing her from the semi-finals to the finals of a music contest now ongoing in the Charlotte market on station, 96.9 The Kat.
VIDEO: Rehearsal Excerpt from "An Evening of Magical Song"
A video excerpt from a rehearsal for An Evening of Magical Song." Video courtesy of the Theatre Arts department.
Only a Failure Will Settle the Question of What Is Too Big to Fail, Former Federal Reserve Senior VP Says
"One of the best lessons for all of us would be if we see something fail, to see if those things we are afraid of [failing] are worth being afraid of," said Jeffrey S. Kane, former senior vice president in charge of the Charlotte office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, to the audience gathered April 7th at Catawba College for the third Distinguished CEO Lecture Series.
Catawba Students Get Professional Food for Thought at Recent Career Exploration Day
There was a network television actress, a State Bureau of Investigation chemist, a university golf coach, a foreign language teacher and even a dancer from a cruise ship among alumni visiting Catawba College's campus on April 2nd. The occasion was Career Exploration Day, a new event hosted by the Offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services.
Catawba College Representatives Attend Honor Society Convention & Catawba Student Wins Scholarship
Catawba College's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, a national college honor scholarship society, was recently represented at the Alpha Chi national convention held April 2-4 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Omicron Chapter President Kenzie Brogden, a senior from Wilmington, N.C., and Faculty Sponsor Dr. Bethany Sinnott represented the Catawba chapter.
Catawba College Biology Professor Receives Prestigious Award
Dr. Michael J. Baranski, a professor of biology at Catawba College, was presented the Association of Southeastern Biologists Meritorious Teaching Award at that organization's 70th Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 3rd.
Salisbury Couple Honored with Catawba's Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award
Robert L. Cook, Jr. and Sara Dubose Cook, a Salisbury couple known for their quiet and consistent philanthropy and for their community advocacy on a variety of issues, were honored by Catawba College Sunday, April 5th. The two were the recipients of the institution's prestigious Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service.
Fifty Three Area Girls Selected to Participate in Catawba Conservation Camp
Fifty-three rising sixth or seventh grade girls have been selected to participate in the Catawba Conservation Camp (C3), a weeklong residential science camp to be held July 5-10 on the Catawba College campus.The 53 students were selected from 280 applications received from girls enrolled in 40 different schools in Rowan, Stanly and Iredell counties.
Shelving and Work Tables from Salisbury Chair Factory Reused and Repurposed as Part of Catawba College Theatre Set
Theatre-goers attending Catawba College's "An Evening of Magical Song" April 16-18 in Keppel Auditorium probably will not realize that the production's set is the result of a large recycle/reuse materials project. Steel shelving and work tables salvaged after the recent closing of local Carter Chair/Carter Furniture on Long Street were donated to the Theatre Arts Department, according to Professor Christopher Zink.
Catawba College Presents "An Evening of Magical Song" April 16-18th
Families and kids of all ages will enjoy Catawba College's "An Evening of Magical Song" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 16-18 in Keppel Auditorium on campus. The production is a collaboration between the Departments of Theatre Arts and Music.
Global Change Ecologist to Speak at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College
Peter Frumhoff, a world-renowned global change ecologist, will speak on "The State of Climate Change Science & Policy in the U.S." at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, in Room 300 of the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. A reception will follow the talk.
A Few Seats Still Available for Catawba College's 3rd Annual CEO Lecture Series
Jeff Kane, a 31-year veteran of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will speak on "Public Policy Implications for the Economic Crisis" on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Hedrick Little Theatre of the Robertson College-Community Center on the Catawba College campus. A luncheon will follow. Musical entertainment by Erin Harper will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Communication Arts Instructor Fires up a Website on Outdoor Cooking
"My passion is writing," says Cyndi Allison Wittum, Communication Arts instructor. "In the back of my mind, I dreamed of hosting my own web page at some point, but I was content to write for online magazines." The turning point came last year when an online magazine that housed a large collection of Cyndi's grilling articles sold out to a large Internet company.