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July 2012 Entries
VIDEO: Campers Build Robots at Catawba
Camp Invention, which features hands-on science and real world challenges for children, hosted the INNOVATE program on July 23-27, 2012 on the Catawba College campus. The camp immersed children in a weeklong adventure of creative problem solving. In this session, children built motorized creatures. View a few of the campers' creations below...
Catawba Professor and Local High School Students Build House for Costa Rican Family
Dr. Steve Coggin, Dean of the Hurley School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Catawba College, traveled to Costa Rica this summer with a group of high school students from First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury. The group worked together to build a house for a Costa Rican family.
VIDEO: Bitzer Talks Southern Politics as Part of Bow Tie Caucus
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, chair of and an associate professor of history and politics at Catawba, joined Scott Huffmon of Winthrop University on Capital Tonight to talk about Southern politics. Watch the video segment below...
Duke Interns Work at Catawba's Center for the Environment
By Juanita Teschner, Catawba College Center for the Environment - Two summer interns from Duke University completed their work at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College on July 20. Both recipients of Stanback Internships, they have focused on planning, promoting and helping to orchestrate major events offered by the center.
Catawba Grads at the Helm of Uwharrie Players' "Camelot"
When the Uwharrie Players of Stanly County open their production of "Camelot" on July 27, two Catawba College graduates will be a big part of it. Heather Wilson is the artistic director and John Stafford is the musical director.
Catawba Alumna Named Associate Director of Outdoor Ministries at UCC's New Hampshire and Maine Conferences
Mollie Landers, a 2008 Catawba College graduate, has been named as the Associate Director of Outdoor Ministries for the New Hampshire and Maine Conferences of the United Church of Christ.
Camp at Catawba Lets Young Students Find New Uses for Old Parts
By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com - Local students are using their hands and minds this week at Catawba College. They use their hands to tear up old appliances like VCRs, coffee pots and radios. Then they put their minds to work coming up with new ways to use those parts. Thirty-eight children in first through sixth grades are taking part in Camp Invention, a weeklong summer enrichment program sponsored by Invent Now that focuses on problem solving and teamwork.
Catawba Athletics Website Now Mobile
[Visit www.catawba.edu and www.gocatawbaindians.com on your mobile device] Earlier this summer, Catawba College announced the launch of its mobile app, which is touch-optimized for all popular mobile device platforms, smartphones, and tablets. Catawba now also offers a mobile version of its Athletics website, www.gocatawbaindians.com.
Catawba Alumnus Directs Upcoming Production of "The Retreat from Moscow"
2008 Catawba College alumnus Justin Dionne is directing the upcoming production of The Retreat from Moscow by William Nicholson, the author and playwright of Shadowlands. The St. Thomas Players and Center for Faith & the Arts are presenting the production, which runs August 2-5 and August 9-11 in the Florence-Busby-Corriher Theatre on the Catawba College campus.Dionne is directing his former theatre arts professor, Dr. Kurt Corriher, who performs one of the three roles in the production.
Theatre Arts Alumnus Receives Rave Review for Directorial Work
The Pittsburg City Paper recently posted a rave review of Osage County, calling it "spellbinding." The production was produced by Throughline Theatre, a company created and operated by Catawba College Alumni. Joey Yow, a 2007 Catawba graduate, directed the production and was highly praised for accomplishing the impossible despite his youth. The production was cited to be a "profound showcase" for the new theatre company.
Catawba College Joins Billion Dollar Green Challenge
Catawba College upped its institutional commitment to sustainability recently by agreeing to create a green revolving fund that will loan money to finance on-campus investments in clean energy and efficiency projects. With this commitment, Catawba joins 41 other institutions, mainly colleges and universities, in the U.S. and Canada that are part of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge.
Catawba Alumnus Named Associate Editor of Charlotte's Access to Justice Journal
Andrew Tamer, a 2011 Catawba College alumnus, has been named as Associate Editor of Charlotte's Access to Justice Journal for the upcoming school year. Andrew graduated with a degree in Political Science, double-majoring in Pre-Law and International Relations and minoring in Economics. He is currently attending the Charlotte School of Law.
AUDIO: Bitzer on Recent Obamacare Ruling
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer recently appeared on a RadioExiles.com segment to discuss the recent Obamacare ruling and what it means for politics and public health. Listen to the segment below...
Bitzer on Inter-Party Battle in N.C. Republican Primary
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent article on the HuffingtonPost.com website regarding the costly inter-party battle in the North Carolina Republican primary. "It is a battle within the Republican Party," said Bitzer. "It is basically the establishment Republicans versus the Tea Party faction. I literally think it's anybody's ball game."
Bitzer on Conflict around 8th Congressional District Race
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent article on the CharlotteObserver.com website. The topic was the recent political equivalent of a civil war centered around the the 8th Congressional District race.
National Environmental Summit: Learning to Use Talents to Make a Difference
High school students from across the country converged on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury on July 9 to explore how they can use their interests and talents to make a difference in the world.
Catawba Studs to Celebrate "5th Annual 40-Year Reunion"
Six Catawba College alumni who are part of the musical group "The Studs" will celebrate their annual 40-year reunion for the fifth time on August 16.
VIDEO: Vernaculars Perform at Association for Popular Music Education
The Catawba College Vernaculars performed at the annual Association for Popular Music Education conference in Nashville in June 2012. The Vernaculars are the flagship ensemble of Catawba's popular music degree concentration and are dedicated to the performance of contemporary popular (aka vernacular) music — alternative, rock, pop, R&B, and more.
VIDEO: Bitzer on the Background of Vice Presidents
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer provides a little bit about the history of the vice presidency and modern vice presidents, along with some perspective on who Mitt Romney may select for his running mate. View Bitzer's video on YouTube @CatawbaPolitics below...
Catawba Alumnus is Fundamental for Piedmont Players
By Lawrence Toppman, CharlotteObserver.com - If you're Reid Leonard, the best thing about running Piedmont Players Theatre may be the chance to hold production meetings in your own bathtub. Leonard’s official title, according to the PPT website, is "resident director/designer." His unofficial title might be "selector of shows, director of plays, designer of sets, hanger and focuser of lights, coordinator of volunteers and...
Catawba Chiefs Club Drive Underway for 2012-2013
The membership drive for the 2012-2013 Catawba Chiefs Club is well underway. After last year's membership of 465, the goal for 2012-2013 is 500 members. 2012-2013 Chiefs Club President Bill Hall notes "this is a great way for Catawba Alumni and fans and anyone interested in Catawba and it's major impact on our community to support Catawba coaches and student athletes.
Ketner School of Business Hosts "Business After Hours" Event
The Ralph W. Ketner School of Business hosted the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce event, "Business After Hours" on Monday, July 9th from 5:00pm–7:00pm on the Catawba College campus. View photos from the event...
Catawba Faculty Member Appointed to Accounting Advisory Board
Darin S. Spencer, an assistant professor of accounting in Catawba College's Ketner School of Business, has been asked to serve on the Accounting Advisory Board at Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Spencer holds his bachelor's degree and master of accountancy degree from UNC Charlotte and his M.B.A. from Pfeiffer University.
Paper Accepted for Publication in Scholarly Journal
A paper authored by a Catawba College professor of psychology and two college alumnae has been accepted for publication in the journal, "Psychology." Dr. Sheila Brownlow and alumnae Amanda Kanoy of Salisbury and Tiffany F. Sowers of Asheville authored the paper entitled "Can reward obviate stereotype threat effects on mental rotation tasks?"
Catawba Professor to Discuss Legacy of Andy Griffith on WFAE's "Charlotte Talks"
Dr. Gary Freeze, Catawba College professor of history and a recognized expert on North Carolina history, will be featured on WFAE's "Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins" on July 11 to discuss the late Andy Griffith's legacy and impact. The segment will be devoted to the famous North Carolinian from Mayberry. The show can be heard at 9:00 a.m. on WFAE (90.7 FM) and will also be streamed on the WFAE.org website.
Catawba Alumnus Named Bunker Hill High Athletic Director
Bunker Hill High recently named Catawba College Alumnus Lee Miller as the new athletic director for the upcoming school year. Miller, assistant principal at Bunker Hill, will add the title of athletic director to his duties and replaces the recently retired Jim Woodruff. Miller is a 1990 graduate of Bunker Hill and began his career as a teacher and coach at St. Stephens High in 1995 after graduating from Catawba.
Bitzer on N.C. Black Leadership Caucus Group Pulling Support for Democrat Kissell
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent article on the Centre Daily Times website. The topic of the article was the Democratic Party feud that emerged recently as African-American backers of U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell pulled their support after his decision not to endorse President Barack Obama and his plan to vote to repeal the health care law.
Catawba Professor Lets the Fur Fly for Animal Rescue
Catawba College associate professor of communication arts Dr. Tim Moreland and his friend "Chester," a six-year old Australian Shepherd, fly dogs to safe havens for Pilots N Paws animal rescue. Chester has been Moreland's co-pilot on rescue flights since his own adoption in Sarasota, FL.
VIDEO: Bitzer on Political Campaigns Aiming to Capitalize on June Jobs Data
Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer recently appeared on a WSOC-TV segment regarding political campaigns which are aiming to capitalize on the June 2012 jobs data.
Catawba Alumnus to Appear on America's Got Talent Competition July 17
2006 Catawba College alumnus Dennis Reed will appear on the NBC television series America's Got Talent on July 17 with his troupe, Inspire the Fire (ITF), as part of the top 48 finalists. Please tune in to support and VOTE for Dennis and these inspiring youth!
ALUMNA BLOG: Adventures of a Nerdy Nomad
2008 Catawba alumna Aileen [Thomson] Rhodes, will be moving to Thailand with her husband in August to work on legal reform for a Burmese organization. Aileen will be sharing her experiences on her blog, Adventures of a Nerdy Nomad. The newlywed couple will first travel to Helsinki, St. Petersberg, Moscow, Beijing and various cities in China for their honeymoon before settling in Thailand.
Catawba Alumnus' Production Company Stages "A Raisin in the Sun"
"A Raisin in the Sun" will be offered by Evening Star Productions, Inc. , a Charlotte-based production company founded and operated by 2011 Catawba College alumnus Tony Mullins of Charlotte. The production will run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14 and July 20 and 21 at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte.
With Origins at Fair Catawba, "A Friendship Time Cannot Outwear"
Friendship, faith and a kidney have come together to irrevocably connect two Catawba College alumnae and the husband of one. In February, Jeremy Morris of West Palm Beach, Fla., husband of Kate Merrell Morris '04, donated a kidney to his wife's best friend, Ashley Quinones '04 of Sanford. For Jeremy and Kate, the decision to donate the kidney was one grounded in faith.
Bitzer on DeMint Freeing Up Super PAC Fund
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent article on The Post and Courier's website. The article discussed U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-Greenville, who has announced plans to transform a fund he's used to back insurgent GOP Senate candidates into a super political action committee — known as a "super PAC."