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October 2013 Entries
Catawba Featured in New Report on Best Practices for First-Gen College Students
Catawba College is featured in a major new report from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), Making Sure They Make It! Best Practices for Ensuring the Academic Success of First-Generation College Students. Catawba also is featured on the newly launched CIC/Walmart College Success Awards website at www.cic.edu/CollegeSuccessAwards.
Catawba Alumni Figure in Nov. 7 Opening of Salisbury's Lee Street Theatre
You might say Catawba College alumni are behind the November 7th grand opening of the Lee Street Theatre & Performing Arts Center in downtown Salisbury. After all, it is 2008 Catawba alumnus Justin Dionne who is the managing artistic director of Lee Street Theatre, and the theatre's new Performing Arts Center is in the Tom and Martha Smith Event Center, funded by and named for 1964 Catawba alumnus Tom Smith and his wife. Two more Catawba alumni will be starring...
North Hills Christian School Students Visit Catawba and Mark National Chemistry Week
Members of Catawba College's chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) recently marked National Chemistry Week (October 20-26) by inviting a class of fourth grade students from North Hills Christian School to a chemistry demonstration on Catawba's campus.
Ceremony Marks Admission of 40 Students to Teacher Education Program
Forty Catawba College students and one faculty member were honored in a formal pinning ceremony held in Hedrick Little Theater on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. This event marked admission to the Teacher Education Program at Catawba and was followed by a reception in the Peeler Crystal Lounge that was sponsored by the Goodman School of Education.
Nov. 10th Fortepiano Recital Offered in Catawba Artist Series
Dr. Andrew Willis, a leading expert on historical performance practice, will offer a recital on the fortepiano, the precursor to the modern piano, at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 10, in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Dr. Willis' recital is free and open to the public and offered as part of the Catawba Artist Series for the 2013-14 academic year.
Catawba Honors Three with Distinguished Alumnus Awards
Three Catawba College alumni were honored during the college's Homecoming Weekend activities as recipients of a Distinguished Alumnus Award on Saturday, Oct. 19. The honorees include 1995 alumna Alison Horner Klopp of Mooresville; 1969 alumnus Edwin Stuart Powell, Jr. of Holly Springs; and 1950 alumnus the Rev. Banks D. Shepherd of Thomasville.
Catawba Trustees Approve Two Percent Increase in Tuition and Room for '14-'15
Catawba College students will see only a two percent increase in tuition and room costs for the 2014-2015 academic year. However, a new state of North Carolina law that took effect January 1, 2014 mandates that colleges and universities collect sales tax on student meals.* This caused a higher than expected increase in Catawba's board fees for '14-'15; board costs will increase by 7 percent.
Alumni Spotlight on Randy Southard '74: Firefighting an "Extremely Rewarding Experience"
1974 Catawba College alumnus Randy Southard, current chair of the College's Board of Visitors, is Deputy Chief and a volunteer at the Stokesdale Fire Department in Guilford County. Southard says he became a firefighter because it was an opportunity to serve in his community.
Catawba Soccer Teams Take a "Time Out" to Thank Faculty and Staff
If you have ever been to a Catawba College soccer doubleheader you should be well aware of how things typically go. The women's team usually plays first followed by a short break while the men warm up, then start lineup, national anthem and then kickoff. On Wednesday, October 16th, the players and coaches of the two teams changed things up a bit.
VLOG: A Wayward Theatre Major in Italy - Part II (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
Part II of video blog by Verity Pryor-Harden '15 - Ciao, y'all! My name is Verity Pryor-Harden and I'm a Junior BFA Musical Theatre Major. This Fall, I was blessed with the opportunity to study Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. The main focus of the Physical Theatre program is the study of Commedia dell'Arte, an ancient style of improvisational mask theatre.
Catawba College to Honor Military Personnel and Veterans Nov. 16
Military personnel, veterans and their families will receive free admission and be honored with a tailgate event at Catawba College's final football game of the season on November 16. The Catawba Indians will take on the Lenior Rhyne Bears in the game that occurs the week of Veterans Day.
Catawba Transfers Scientific Instrumentation to Nutrition Research Institute
The recent transfer of state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation from Catawba College to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), located at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, is part of a partnership between the two institutions. These instruments will expand research capabilities for NRI scientists while offering Catawba students real-life lab experience in developing applications that impact human health.
VLOG: A Wayward Theatre Major in Italy - Part I (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
Video blog by Verity Pryor-Harden '15 - Ciao, y'all! My name is Verity Pryor-Harden and I'm a Junior BFA Musical Theatre Major. This Fall, I was blessed with the opportunity to study Physical Theatre at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. The main focus of the Physical Theatre program is the study of Commedia dell'Arte, an ancient style of improvisational mask theatre.
Internships at Nutrition Research Institute Transform Catawba Students
On the surface, Aliyah Khan and Thomas Benton's internships at the UNC Chapel Hill's Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) may appear to be all about the science, but if you ask these Catawba College seniors and the professor who helped land them their positions, they'll tell you it is also about communication skills and the softer skills that are harder to teach.
Catawba's Theatre Arts Department Launches Adopt a Senior Program
Catawba's Theatre Arts Department is issuing a call to alumni who work in the performance industry to Adopt a Senior. This Department's Adopt a Senior program is designed to create a capstone experience for students.
Catawba History Professor's Research Focuses on Military History and Local Heritage
Catawba College's Dr. Gary Freeze, professor of history, has been involved in several research projects during the past few months, with a focus on military history and local heritage. This summer, Dr. Freeze served as consultant and facilitator for the production and presentation of an art film on the American Revolution in the North Carolina back country. The film, "Troublous Times," written and directed by local armorer Luther Sowers, premiered to a packed house...
Catawba College Singers Present Fall Concert October 27
The Catawba College Singers will present their Fall Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 27 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. The 40-member Singers are under the direction of Dr. Phillip Burgess, Catawba's director of choral music and assistant professor of music.
International Travel Opportunities Open to Catawba Students in 2014
Catawba College students will have plenty of international travel opportunities available to them in 2014. Trips to Europe, France, Japan, Wales, Spain and Bonaire are scheduled and interested students should contact the Glenn and Addie Ketner Center for International Studies for information and details on scholarships.
STUDENT BLOG: There's a Reason They're Hard to Come By (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - So exciting news, I don't know if you're aware, but Fall Break is this weekend... YESSSSS! While I know I need a break and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. I also get to see my best friend and I couldn't be happier.
Catawba College Is Site of Regional Professional Learning Day on Nov. 2
Catawba College is the site for a Regional Professional Learning Day for teachers and prospective teachers on November 2. The professional development day is sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Educators' Center for Instructional Advocacy and lunch is included in the registration fee.
Alumnus Phil Kirk '67 Speaks on Leadership, Contends Every Teacher Is a Leader
Alumnus Phil Kirk '67 returned to his alma mater on October 10 to deliver a keynote address to students, faculty and staff in Catawba College's Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching. His message was about leadership and his contention was that every teacher is a leader.
Catawba Launches New Athletics Website
Catawba College announced the launch of a new and improved GoCatawbaIndians.com website, the official website of Catawba Athletics. The redesign process began in May and continued throughout the summer in tandem with the development of the new mobile app, which was released in early October.
High School Juniors and Seniors Can Earn College Credits Tuition-Free at Catawba
Michael Jones and Taylor Parks of Salisbury both took college level courses at Catawba while they were still in high school. Michael, whose mother Jill is a Catawba alumna, graduated from North Hills Christian School. He took two Theatre Arts courses at Catawba while he was a senior in high school. Taylor, a graduate of West Rowan High School, took a General Chemistry course while she was a high school senior. Both are now enrolled at Catawba and they arrived with course credit.
Catawba College Senior to Compete in Miss Washington USA 2014 Pageant
Twenty-four-year-old Catawba College senior, Ashley Jackson, will compete in the Miss Washington USA 2014 pageant October 18 and 19. The winner of this competition will compete for the national title of Miss USA. Jackson, who was raised in the University Place/Tacoma area for most of her life, is a Theatre Arts major who plans to graduate from Catawba in December 2013. She currently holds the title of Miss University Place USA 2013.
Senior Theatre Arts Student to Direct "For Colored Girls…"
Catawba College's theatre production of Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls who have considered suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf" will be student directed. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 23, through Saturday, October 26 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Field Trip Allows First-Year Seminar Class To "Tour" the New South
Catawba College's first-year seminar class, The Food, the People, and the Art of the American South, took a field trip to the Museum of the New South in Charlotte on October 8th. The class, taught by Dr. Forrest Anderson, an assistant professor of English, was able to experience the South's recent past thanks to a docent-led tour of the Museum.
J. M. Robinson High's Band is Grand Champion of Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic
J. M. Robinson High School of Cabarrus County was the winner of the Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic cup at the competition held at Catawba College on Saturday, Oct. 5 in Shuford Stadium. The event drew high school marching bands from surrounding counties and included an exhibition from the Catawba Pride Marching Band, under the direction of Dr. Steve Etters, associate professor of Music at Catawba.
Catawba Student Wins Metrolina Theatre Association Award
Catawba College senior TyNia Brandon of Charlotte won a Metrolina Theatre Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in the college division for her role as Ti Moune in the college's production of "Once on this Island."
Catawba Professors Attend Conference and Make Presentations
Two Catawba College professors represented the institution recently at an international technology and higher education pedagogical conference held in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 4-6. Dr. Erin Wood, an assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Forrest Anderson, an assistant professor of English, submitted proposals for presentations and were approved via a competitive evaluative process to present at The Teaching Professor Technology Conference.
Catawba Theatre Arts Program Touted in Publication
Catawba College's Theatre Arts program has been selected as one of the top in the country and is profiled in the newest edition of "Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers." Catawba's program is one of only 250 programs included in the fourth edition of this book by author Elaina Loveland.
City Council Candidate Forum Scheduled for October 29
The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce will offer a Salisbury City Council Candidate Forum to be held on Tuesday, October 29, 6 p.m., at Catawba College's Peeler Crystal Lounge, Robertson College-Community Center, 2220 W. Innes Street. The event is free and open to the public.
The Transformation of Catawba's Frock Fields
The Catawba College Soccer teams have worked tirelessly this past summer and into the fall on a reconstruction project that transformed their playing facilities on Frock Fields. The project took a giant step toward completion in late September with the installation of new bleachers.
Catawba College Announces Release of New Athletics Mobile App
The Catawba College Athletic Department announced the release of its own mobile app in early October. The app is available free of charge for Kindle, Android, and Apple devices.
Students Sip and Critique New Products in McCorkle's
Story and Photos by LaTia Bostick '14 - Members of the Catawba College community were treated to a newly renovated snack bar and grill when they returned to campus this fall. The space, in the Cannon Student Center, was renovated and renamed McCorkle's and Starbucks products were offered there.
Oct. 22 Community Forum - The Federal Budget: Challenging to Get One; More Challenging to Control Its Size!
Ronald J. Maccaroni had over 37 years of experience with the Federal Government when he retired from the Senior Executive Service Corps in 2005. For 15 years, he served as a Comptroller in various Department of Defense agencies, managing the agencies' budget development and execution, and internal control processes. For 22 years, he worked with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducting evaluations of various defense and civilian programs.
Catawba College Alumnus Honored with N.C. Order of the Long Leaf Pine
Jack Ward of Mocksville, a 1951 graduate of Catawba College, was honored Sept. 7 with North Carolina's highest civilian honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The award presentation was made by N.C. Rep. Julia Howard (Davie County) on the campus of Ward's alma mater during a luncheon preceding the first home football game of the season.