March is National Athletic Training Month
The month of March recognizes Athletic Trainers (ATs) as experts in taking care of all kinds of injuries and for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and keeping people healthy and active.
Miss Mecklenburg County 2014 Is a Catawba College Student
TyNia Rene' Brandon, a Charlotte, NC resident and the daughter of Tyrone and Sharon Brandon, was crowned Miss Mecklenburg County 2014 on March 1, 2014. She is currently attending Catawba College, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre.
Catawba Faculty Member to Speak at Pepperdine University
Dr. Forrest Anderson, an assistant professor of English at Catawba College, will speak at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., during Catawba's spring break (March 10-14). He will speak about his work as an archivist for the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Robert Olen Butler.
Catawba Student to Serve as Delegate at NCAE Constitutional Convention
Kristi Leonard of Rockwell, a student at Catawba College who serves as the '13-'14 Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) President at the college, will serve as a delegate for Catawba’s SNCAE chapter, at the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) Constitutional Convention March 21-22 in Hickory.
Catawba Faculty Members Receive Tenure and Promotions
Two Catawba College faculty members have been granted tenure and two are being promoted by a unanimous vote of the College Board of Trustees. These tenure and promotions will be effective with the 2014-2015 academic year.
Meg Wolitzer Shares Her Writer's Perspective at Annual Symposium
Author Meg Wolitzer says she never forgets how fortunate she is to make her living as a writer. She shared that good fortune with the audience when she spoke at Catawba College's 28th annual Brady Author's Symposium on March 6.
BLOG: Turning Japanese - Study Abroad in Japan
by Eli Wittum '15 - The combined courses of Dr. Hake and Dr. Fish will be departing on the spring break of a life-time. Staying in the Sakura Hostel located in Asakusa on the suburbs of Tokyo. The concentrations of the two courses have varied from the business and economics to the cultural customs of Japan. Students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities including a visit to the Bank of Japan, the International Christian University and for the music enthusiasts...
BLOG: "A Week in Wales" by Shakeisha Gray '14
by Shakeisha Gray '14 - Hello everyone, my name is Shakeisha Holton Gray and I'm a senior here at Catawba with a double major in History and Writing. This semester I had the opportunity to take Dr. Janice Fuller's Honors Course, "Dylan Thomas's Wales." As part of the course, the students, along with Dr. Fuller, Dr. Steve Coggin, and his wife, will spend spring break in Wales.
Supplemental Instruction Sessions Contribute to Students' Academic Success
Catawba College students have an opportunity to improve their chance of success in a variety of classes thanks to 12 Supplemental Instruction (SI) Sessions being offered during spring semester. These free, informal sessions are led by students who have taken the course before and agree to sit through one section of the class.
Catawba Alumnus Defends Dissertation, Attributes Catawba for Preparedness
Catawba College alumnus James "J.B." Bridgeforth '99 has successfully defended his dissertation for the Ph.D. in Higher Ed Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Robertson College-Community Center Marks Its 50th Anniversary
If the walls of the Robertson College-Community Center on Catawba College's campus could talk, they'd tell of laughter, tears, music, celebration, and the staged and real comedies and tragedies that have occurred over the past half century in both the campus community and the Rowan-Salisbury community.
Big Idea Business Plan Competition Kicks Off March 1
Would-be entrepreneurs in Rowan County have a chance to vie for cash prizes in the Big Idea Business Plan Competition that begins March 1st and runs through March 21st. The competition is sponsored by Catawba College's Ketner School of Business as a way to promote entrepreneurship and an understating of the business planning process for Rowan County residents.
Catawba Chemistry Student Still Making News
Catawba student Amber Williamson, a junior chemistry major from Lexington, who was selected and participated in the 2014 American Chemical Society's (ACS) Leadership Institute in January in Dallas, Texas, has been recognized again. She has been asked to serve as a liaison for the American Chemical Society.
Catawba Alumnus Featured on Cover of Chemical & Engineering News Magazine
Joe Manser, a 2011 graduate of Catawba College, was recently featured on the cover of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) and in the related article entitled "Tapping Solar Power With Perovskites." Manser is a doctorate student at Notre Dame in Chemical Engineering.
Public Invited to Choral Program, "Let All Creation Sing"
The Catawba Singers and the Catawba Chamber Singers will present the first of their two spring concerts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the Catawba College campus. The program, "Let All Creation Sing," will feature texts with references to all of God's creation.
Catawba Student Works with Maia's Fashions to Become More Sustainable
Catawba College senior David Crescenzo recently completed a sustainability analysis of Maia Smith's downtown Salisbury business, Maia's Fashion. What he discovered in the process of his audit can translate into thousands of dollars in savings for this small business owner over the next five years.
Catawba Psychology Department Faculty and Students Sharing Their Research
The faculty of Catawba College's Psychology Department, Drs. Lyn Boulter, Erin Wood, and Sheila Brownlow, and several students will travel to the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Nashville, Tenn., March 5-8. Students attending include Leah Ryan of Westborough, Mass.; Kedtrin Gallagher of Little River, S.C.; Cinthia Rodriguez of Salisbury; Emily Carlton of Winston-Salem; and Olivia Laspina-Williams of Marshall.
NBA Star and College Professor's Bracelets Will Coexist
NC College Professor and Lebron James Family Foundation, LBJ Trademarks LLC Settle Over iPromise. It was October of 2012 and one of Dr. Pamela Thompson's students exclaimed before class, ". . . Lebron James stole your iProm!se bracelets!" This wasn't the first student who had noticed the NBA star wearing bracelets displaying the words "I Promise" that she thought looked remarkably similar to her own iProm!se bracelets. The professor began pondering next steps as the sightings continued.
STUDENT BLOG: "You Are Loved" by Leanna Hicks '16 (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
Well hello there Catawba! It's been quite a while since my last blog post! I can't believe it's almost March, this semester is flying... whether I'm flying with it or not is a different story...
Female Professionals Share Workplace Advice with Catawba's Female Students
"I didn't see it coming," Salisbury attorney and Catawba College Trustee Mona Lisa Wallace told a gathering of Catawba female students. She was describing the gender inequity she encountered when fresh out of Wake Forest Law School she entered the workplace. "No one would hire me to be a trial lawyer in 1979 in the South. They wanted to hire me to be a paralegal," explained Wallace, who today is a partner in the Salisbury firm, Wallace & Graham, which she established.
Speaker Encourages Listeners to Simplify Their Lives
Christian environmentalist, author, and managing director of the non-profit Blessed Earth, Nancy Sleeth, visited Catawba College on February 11 sharing her journey toward simplicity and leaving behind a plan that students, faculty and staff could use to simplify their lives. Sleeth's visit was co-sponsored by Catawba's Center for the Environment and the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values.
'81 Alumnus Returns to Alma Mater for Dance Collaboration
Catawba College alumnus Richard Steinert '81, the artistic director of Ballet Pensacola, will be back at his alma mater in late February. He will be accompanied by dancers from Ballet Pensacola and will work with students and faculty in the Catawba Theatre Arts Department in a collaboration entitled, "The Outrageous Dance Project."
Catawba College and Ballet Pensacola Collaborate to Offer "The Outrageous Dance Project"
Catawba College's spring season will open with "The Outrageous Dance Project," a collaboration between Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department and Ballet Pensacola of Pensacola, Florida. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, February 27 and 28, as well as Saturday, March 1 in Keppel Auditorium on Catawba's campus.
Academic Departments Showcase Majors and Minors for Catawba Students
At the inaugural showcase of "Majors, Minors and More!" Catawba students learned what careers they could enjoy by selecting a particular academic course of study. The idea was for students, especially those undecided about their academic major, to thoughtfully consider their choices and to select a major that would fuel their passion.
Catawba Students' Life Size to Release Debut EP on March 1
Life Size, a pop/rock band made up of Catawba College students, will perform in concert to mark its debut release, "Mockingbird Alarmclock EP," at Lee Street Theatre in Salisbury on Saturday, March 1. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Female Students to Hear "What You Need to Know to Succeed"
Catawba College female students will have an opportunity to hear from successful female professionals during a Women's Panel Discussion entitled, "What You Need to Know to Succeed." The event, sponsored by Catawba's Career Services and Ketner School of Business, is slated from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 17th in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus.
Individuals and Small Businesses Invited to Free Business Seminars at Catawba College
The Catawba College Institute of Business & Accounting (CCIBA), part of the Ralph Ketner School of Business, will offer an inaugural series of free, one-hour seminars during the spring semester that focus on business topics affecting individuals and small businesses. The seminars, presented by CCIBA Director, Professor Francis J. "Frank" Farina, Esquire, C.P.A., are scheduled at 1 p.m. on selected Thursdays in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus.
Committee Formed to Develop Quality Enhancement Plan for Catawba
Eight faculty and staff members and one trustee from Catawba College have agreed to serve on the institution's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee. This committee will oversee the development of a critical component of Catawba's reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). A QEP is a focused strategy for improving student learning.
Catawba Recognizes Coaches with 100 or More Game Wins
Catawba College is very fortunate to have several members of their coaching staff to lead their teams to wins in over 100 games during their tenure at the college.
Catawba College Hires Senior Development Associate
Catawba College has hired a Senior Development Associate. 1974 Catawba alumnus Randy Southard of Stokesdale assumed his new role effective February 1st. Southard will assist the Development Office at the college in sharing the Catawba story with alumni and in helping to build the college's endowment.
Catawba College to Participate in Japan Foundation Exchange Program
Catawba College officials have learned that the college's application to participate in the Kakehashi Project: Youth Exchange Project with North America Student Creators Exchange Program has been accepted. The Kakehashi Project is one of the programs administered by the Japan Foundation.
Longtime Catawba Mathematics Professor Dies
Dr. Cecil Robert "Bob" Carlton of Salisbury, a longtime mathematics professor at Catawba College, died Friday, January 31. The Carlton family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Summersett Funeral Home in Salisbury. The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at First Baptist Church of Salisbury.
Catawba Swim Coach Recognized
Betsy Graham, head coach of Catawba College's Men's and Women's Swim Teams, has been recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) as a Coach of Excellence for 2013. Her recognition was based on a top-8 finish at a USA Swimming national-level meet or a USA collegiate championship.
Catawba's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel Marks 50th Year
On Sunday, February 2, Catawba College's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel marked its 50th anniversary. The occasion passed quietly on campus since the official college commemoration is planned during Homecoming Weekend in October and since it was Super Bowl Sunday.
Catawba's Athletic Training Hall of Fame to Induct Fourth Class of Members on Feb. 22
New members will be inducted into the Catawba College Athletic Training Hall of Fame on Feb. 22. The induction of the Class of 2014 will take place between noon and 2 p.m. in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. The 2014 inductees are Ronald Ogrodowicz '96 of Stratford, Conn., and Richard Sharpnack '95 of Pitman, N.J.
Students Hope Their Classmates Will See Just How the Garden Grows
It's deep in the winter season, but Catawba College students, Jonathan Buffkin of Chadbourn and Sloan Kessler of Onalaska, Wis., are dreaming of fresh lettuce, spinach and kale. The two are making plans to seed those crops in early February in the new Sustainable Garden at Catawba.
Catawba College Open for Business as Usual Despite Road Closure
Beginning Monday, February 3, 2014, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) & Crowder Construction will close West Innes Street (SR 2200) in Salisbury in order to begin construction of the new bridge over Grant's Creek just north of Catawba College. This construction is scheduled to last until August 31, 2014.
Author Meg Wolitzer to Speak at Catawba College's 2014 Brady Author's Symposium
Bestselling author Meg Wolitzer will be the speaker at Catawba College's 28th annual Brady Author's Symposium scheduled Thursday, March 6, in the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Catawba Alumnus and Trustee Named Top Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business
For the fourth time, Dan Bross '71, a Catawba College alumnus and trustee, is included in the Trust Across America – Trust Around the World's (TAA-TAW) listing of the Top Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business. Bross, of Bellevue, Wash., serves as Senior Director Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft, Inc.
Catawba College Dean's List Announced
A total of 226 students have been named to the Dean's List for the 2013 Fall Semester at Catawba College, according to Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Provost of the College.Students named to the Dean's List have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in 15 or more semester hours.
Local Educator, Martha West, Donates Collection of Children's Books to Catawba
There are Caldecott Award winners, Newbery Award winners and Coretta Scott King Award winners among the 70 autographed children's books that Martha West recently donated to Catawba College. For West, a 1959 alumna of the college and a former faculty member who taught children's literature for 15 years in Catawba's Teacher Education Department, the donation completes a full circle in her life.
Catawba Launches New Campus Map "Experience"
Catawba College has launched a new online interactive map as part of a new mobile-friendly, rich map-based experience for students and visitors wanting to explore the Catawba campus virtually. Thanks to a generous gift from a longtime friend of the college, Catawba has upgraded the online and print versions of its campus map. The work, recently completed with the assistance of Boulder, Colorado-based concept3D and its Campus Bird platform, provides new, up-to-date details...
Catawba Music Faculty Members Receive Invitations
Dr. Stephen Etters, an associate professor of music at Catawba College, has been asked once again to adjudicate for the Charlotte Symphony Guild "Young Artist Concerto Competition" in late January.
Catawba Alumnus Releases New Single
Yung Citizen, a 2012 Catawba College alumnus better known to the campus community as Christopher Williams, has released a new single. Williams, who graduated with a degree in Music Business, released the single Jango in early January 2014. Listen to the song...
Bitzer Named Provost at Catawba
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer has been named Catawba College's Provost. He had been serving in the position on an acting basis since June 1, 2013. President Brien Lewis made that announcement to the campus community on January 8.
Dr. Benjamin Peeler Joins Catawba Board of Trustees
Benjamin B. Peeler, M.D., the Chief of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery at Levine Children's Hospital and Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in Charlotte, is the newest member of the Catawba College Board of Trustees. Catawba Trustees approved Dr. Peeler's membership at their October 2013 meeting and will welcome him at their February 2014 meeting.
January Forum Speaker Was Baptized in Sweet Tea
Commenting on Ken Burger's most recent novel, "Salkehatchie Soup," Pat Conroy wrote: "Nobody picks at the scabs of South Carolina like her native son Ken Burger." Burger is the featured speaker at the next Catawba College Community Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
Catawba Chemistry Student to Attend American Chemical Society's Leadership Institute
Catawba student Amber Williamson, a junior chemistry major from Lexington, has been selected to participate in the 2014 American Chemical Society's (ACS) Leadership Institute January 24-26 in Dallas, Texas. Williamson is one of only 16 students in the country to receive the 2014 Student Leadership Award and be invited to attend this leadership institute that recognizes emerging leaders in the ACS student chapter network.
Search Committee Working to Find Candidates for Catawba's New Director of Athletics
Catawba College President Brien Lewis has appointed a seven-member search committee charged with finding appropriate candidates to fill the college's Director of Athletics position. The Director of Athletics position became available with the December 31st resignation of Dennis Davidson. Effective, January 1st, Jeff Childress of Salisbury, who serves as head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams at the college, stepped up to take on additional responsibilities as the college's interim...
Students Use Marketing Research to "Find a Story" about Visitors to Downtown's Special Events
Catawba College students said they "tried to find a story" as they analyzed the marketing research data they collected from people visiting downtown Salisbury on special themed event nights this fall. They presented their findings to a modest audience in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus in early December.
Jan. 13th Is Deadline to Apply to Attend Catawba College During Spring Semester
If you're a college student and not happy at your current institution, you have until Jan. 13th to apply to attend Catawba College during the spring semester. Local high school juniors and seniors can also apply before this date to take free college level courses at Catawba. Catawba's Joint Enrollment option allows high school students to try Catawba on for size and gives them a chance to enter Catawba or another higher education institution with college credit.
Inaugural Group of Six Noyce Scholars at Catawba as NSF Grant Period Enters Year 2
Payden Mitchell of Salisbury, a junior, entered Catawba College as a Noyce Scholar this fall. An Early College student at Rowan Cabarrus Community College (RCCC), Mitchell was one of six students who applied and received a Noyce Scholarship that offers them each $18,000 for their junior and senior years.
Internships and Experiential Learning Class Help KSOB Students Be Workplace Ready
Senior Taylor Fender from Burnsville will tell you that there is much, much more to the lumber company located in his home county than is apparent to the untrained eye. Bryant and Young Lumber Company is big business of the most unassuming kind, Fender says.
E-CARD: Merry Christmas from Catawba College!
We wish you a Catawba Christmas! View the 2013 Catawba College Christmas e-card below ... there's a special gift at the end!
STUDENT BLOG: "Thanks for the Experience"
by LaTia Bostick '14 - This was supposed to be more of a reflection on myself and how I improved as a writer this fall semester because of my writing internship in the Public Relations Office at Catawba College, however, I would love to turn this into more of a "thank you." I want to thank the entire Catawba College community for assisting me in improving as a writer and also for taking the time out of their busy schedules to work with me and help me in my journey toward becoming a stronger writ
Students Learn That Manners Matter
Catawba students were treated to a formal dinner complete with fine china, fancy dishes and all the facts they need to know about proper manners for such an occasion.
Jeff Childress Named Catawba's Interim Director of Athletics
Effective, January 1st, Jeff Childress of Salisbury will step up to serve as Catawba College's interim Director of Athletics. Childress will fill this role, created by the recent resignation of Dennis Davidson, until a new Director of Athletics is hired. A search committee is being formed to review applications and recommend candidates.
Catawba Students Interact More with Faculty than Their Peers at Other Institutions
Catawba College first-year students and seniors interact more with their faculty members and other students than their peers at other Southeast Private institutions. This according to the responses these students submitted while participating in the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
Catawba Students Share Their Blessings and Memories from Thanksgiving Break
By LaTia Bostick '14 - As everyone gathered back at Catawba after Thanksgiving break, a few people had some great things to recall about their break and how they spent it.
VLOG: A Wayward Theatre Major in Italy - Part IV (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.
Students Learn the Tale of the Red Wolf and the Coyote
The tale of the red wolf and the coyote unfolded in Dr. Joe Poston's Conservation Biology class at Catawba College this fall. His students learned just how difficult it can be to conserve a species labeled "endangered," and just how interconnected different species are to one another.
Theatre with Catawba Ties Receives 2013 NCTC Community Theatre Award
The North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) Board of Directors named Lee Street Theatre as the recipient of the 2013 Community Theatre Award. The NCTC cited the theatre's successful execution of a $1.5 million capital campaign, extraordinary artistic quality and inclusion of other theatre groups in their space as the reason for bestowing this worthy honor on the theatre.
Tree Lighting and Photos with Santa
The Catawba College community celebrated its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service together on Monday, November 25 in the Cannon Student Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the President's Office.
Catawba's Psi Chi Honor Society Inducts New Members
Catawba College's Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology inducted five new members on November 14. The new members are Timothy Conner of Statesville; Madelin Contreras of Salisbury; Kedtrin Gallagher of Little River, S.C.; Leah Ryan of Westborough, Mass.; and Ellen Stout of Statesville.
'67 Alumnus Phil Kirk Receives N.C.'s Highest Civilian Honor
Catawba College Alumnus Phil Kirk '67 was one of six individuals honored with the North Carolina Award, the state's highest civilian honor, in a ceremony held Nov. 21 in Durham. Kirk, a native of Rowan County who now makes his home in Raleigh, received the award for public service.
Campus Packing Party Fills More than 300 Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child
The lobby of Catawba's Cannon Student Center turned into a station for Operation Christmas Child on November 20th. More than 90 people – faculty, staff, students and members of the community – joined in a packing party and filled more than 300 shoe boxes to send to children around the world.
VIDEO: Bitzer on North Carolina as Possible Battleground State
WSOC-TV spoke with Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer about recent political ads which allude to North Carolina possibly being a battleground state.
Catawba's Director of Athletics Resigns, Effective Dec. 31st
"Good luck and Go Indians!" Dennis Davidson, Catawba College's director of athletics, said as he announced his resignation, effective Dec. 31. Davidson, a 1981 alumnus of Catawba, has worked for the college for the past 29 years, serving as director of athletics for the past 17 years.
Thanksgiving Dinners Result from Catawba's 10th Annual Duck Draw
One hundred and eighty families will have a Thanksgiving dinner this year thanks to funds raised in Catawba College's 10th annual Duck Draw. This event, coordinated by the Residence Life staff, uses plastic ducks to raise money to buy Thanksgiving dinners for needy local families.
Students' Research to Tell Why People Visit Downtown Salisbury for Special Events
Catawba College students are getting hands-on experience in marketing research by helping ascertain why people visit downtown Salisbury on special themed event nights.
Catawba Senior Says Competition Taught Her "You Can Accomplish Anything"
By LaTia Bostick '14 - Twenty-four-year-old Catawba College senior, Ashley Jackson, didn't win when she competed in the Miss Washington USA 2014 pageant in mid-October, but she says she learned that "You can accomplish anything you want as long as you have faith and believe."
Catawba College Alumnus Named Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement at Gustavus Adolphus College
Glen Lloyd, a 2006 Catawba College graduate, will be the Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota beginning in early December. Lloyd's new position will use his skills in program development, fundraising, and volunteer leadership. His background includes team building, program development, marketing initiatives, and college-wide communication and collaboration. Prior to Gustavus, Lloyd successfully developed and implemented programs...
Catawba Wind Ensemble Offers Free Concert November 19
Catawba College's Shuford School of Performing Arts will present the 2013 College Wind Ensemble in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 19 in Keppel Auditorium on campus. The concert program will include wind ensemble music by N.C. composers and is free and open to the public.
Catawba College Faculty Member Successfully Defends Doctoral Dissertation
Phillip M. Frank, a visiting assistant professor of marketing in Catawba College's Ketner School of Business, has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Bryan School of Business and Economics and been awarded his Ph.D.
Public Invited to 26th Annual Service of Lessons & Carols on Dec. 2 and 5
The public is invited to attend Catawba College's 26th annual Service of Lessons and Carols in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on two evenings this year – Monday, December 2, and Thursday, December 5. Those attending one of these services, which has become known as the college's gift to the community, will hear the story of the birth of Christ in both scripture and song.
Catawba's American Chemical Society Chapter Commended
Catawba College's student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) received a "Commendable" Award from the national organization for its activities during the 2012-13 academic year. Over 367 chapters were considered for the award, and Catawba's student organization was one of 85 earning the commendable award.
Catawba Students' Life Size to Open for Bombadil on Nov. 22
On November 22nd, members of Life Size, a pop/rock band made up of fulltime Catawba College students, will open for the Durham-based band, Bombadil, at Lee Street Theatre in Salisbury. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Catawba Presents the Rock Musical, "Little Shop of Horrors"
by Catawba Student, Maggie Saunders '15 - Catawba College's Shuford School of Performing Arts first musical of the 2013-2014 season is "Little Shop of Horrors," playing at 7:30 pm. November 15-16 and 21-23, and at 2:30 p.m. November 17.
Campus to Focus on Diversity Nov. 11-15
Diversity will be a topic for thoughtful consideration at Catawba College November 11-15. Students have planned activities each day to help students, faculty and staff celebrate their differences. The College will be the venue for a public Meet Your Neighbor Community Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Tom Smith Auditorium that will provide for a discussion on race relations in the Salisbury-Rowan community.
Two Trustees, One Faculty Member Awarded Emeritus Status
Catawba College Trustees voted unanimously to award emeritus status to two of their long-serving members, Claude B. Hampton, Jr. '48 and Patricia Proctor Rendleman '47, both of Salisbury, at their October meeting. Hampton served as Catawba Trustee from 1985-2013, while Rendleman's service was from 1975-2013.
Three Attend 2013 Learning Spaces Collaboratory Workshop
Three Catawba College employees attended the 2013 Learning Spaces Collaboratory Workshop held at the Freelon Group offices in Durham on November 2. Those attending this one-day event included IT Services, Ms. Joanna Jasper, Chief Information Officer, and Mr. Chad Lewis, Director of Technical & Instructional Support, along with Dr. Erin Wood from the Psychology Department.
Catawba Faculty Member Blogs Again about Grilling – This Time for Sears
Cyndi Allison Wittum, a Catawba College instructor in Communication Arts and advisor to the student newspaper, The Pioneer, is blogging again about grilling – this time for the Sears fall tailgating series. Wittum has a new blog article on the Sears website: www.grillingishappiness.com/grillinghappiness/grilled-nachos. And if there's any truth to the old adage that you're known by the company you keep, Wittum is renowned, with her blog posted alongside blogs written by the top grilling...
Open House on Nov. 19 for Catawba's Evening Degree Program
Catawba College's School of Evening Studies will sponsor a drop-in open house on Tuesday, November 19, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Ketner Hall, Room 203. Prospective students will be given an overview of the program and financial aid opportunities.
Pilgrims and Progress: Thanksgiving in the 19th Century
Who invented Thanksgiving? Was it the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation? Eighteenth-century colonists grateful to a sparing God? Or maybe a nineteenth-century magazine editor eager to unify an expanding, industrializing, increasingly diverse population?
VIDEO: Bitzer Featured in WCNC's Election Night Updates
by WCNC.com staff - BitzerNBC Charlotte stayed on top of the election throughout the night with our Bora Kim, Ben Thompson and Dr. Michael Bitzer, professor of political science at Catawba College in Salisbury.
New Scholarship Honors Owners of Southern Lunch and Says 'Thank You' in a Public Way
A new scholarship at Catawba College has been established to honor and to publically say "Thank You," to the owners of Lexington's 88-year-old Southern Lunch. Employees and children of employees at Southern Lunch will be given preference for the Fred Lohr and Shirley Lohr Family Scholarship. Catawba alumnus Barry Leonard '65 and wife Clara of Lexington established the scholarship to pay tribute to the family and the business that gave them both jobs and Barry a chance to attend college while...
STUDENT BLOG: I Put A Spell On You ... And Now You're Mine (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Photo(*cue Halloween movie music) MUAH HA HA HA Happy Halloween all you goblins and ghouls! ... okay so yeah, have some fun dressing up like a crazy person and eat a ton of candy! I love this holiday, it's a big family favorite in my household! My mother, my sister and I always try to come up with costumes that coincide with each other and we rock it out for Halloween! Another reason for my love of Halloween is because it is also my favorite person's birthday!
VLOG: A Wayward Theatre Major in Italy - Part III (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.
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.
VIDEO: Ivory Layne Performs, Shares Insights with Catawba Students
Rising musical star Ivory Layne visited the Catawba College campus on September 19 and 20 during the College's Family Weekend activities. While on campus, Layne shared insights with students from Dr. David Fish's Songwriting class and performed a concert of original songs with Catawba's own talented popular music student Emma Stoneberg.
Freshmen's Extracurricular Interests Change and Remain the Same
Over the past five years, Catawba College freshmen have expressed their interests in a variety of extracurricular activities. Some of their expressed interests reflect a continuation of their high school activities, while others indicate their new interests in participating in one of the more than 40 clubs and organizations offered on campus.
Turns Out, You Can Learn a Lot from a Belly Button
It turns out you can learn a lot about microbiology by simply sampling the bacteria from a belly button. Catawba College students enrolled in Dr. Carmony Hartwig's Microbiology and Immunology course last spring swabbed their own navels and discovered a new bacterial world.
New Members Inducted into National Honor Society at Catawba College
Twenty-five new members were inducted into Catawba College's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, during an initiation ceremony held September 20 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the college's annual Family Weekend.
Catawba's Theatre Hall of Fame to Induct on Homecoming Weekend
Four individuals will be inducted into the 2013 Blue Masque Hall of Fame during a ceremony scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, October 18 in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus. Those being honored by the College for their meritorious work in the theatre arts include stage manager and public school teacher Cindy Gudger Baldwin, class of 1973; professional costume designer and professor Nancy Pipkin-Hutchinson, class of 1991; professional playwright, actor, and documentarian of the African-American...
Catawba Will Host Huge Two-Day Dental Clinic Sept. 27 and 28
Catawba's Abernethy Physical Education Center, located at 2254 Yost Street, will be the site of a two-day dental clinic that could serve as many as 800 to 1,000 needy patients at or below the 200 percent poverty rate. The free dental clinic, slated Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, is just one of those being offered by the N.C. Dental Society as part of its Missions of Mercy outreach program. It will require the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, including dentists, dental hygienists...
Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic Set for Eighth Year
Area high school marching bands will gather at Catawba College on Saturday, October 5th for the eighth annual Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic. The public is invited to attend the marching band competition that begins at 4 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. in Catawba's Shuford Stadium.
Catawba Chiefs Club Announces Record Membership Level and Leadership Team
The Catawba Chiefs Club recently announced its leadership team for the 2013-2014 year and shared the news that this year's membership drive netted a record 534 members (and counting) – an all-time high.
Happy 93rd Birthday Ralph W. Ketner!
Ralph W. Ketner, founder and chairman emeritus of Food Lion, Inc., marks his 93rd birthday on Sept. 20 and the faculty, staff and students of Catawba College would like to wish him a very happy birthday!
Catawba Once Again Named One of Nation's Best Music Schools
In Tune magazine has for the sixth consecutive year included Catawba College as one of the nation’s Best Music Schools. Catawba was one of only 51 institutions included in the magazine’s listing of The Best Music Schools 2014. Catawba offers a bachelor’s degree in Music with concentrations in Music Business, Music Education, Music Performance, Popular Music and Sacred Music, and offers a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre.
Catawba First-Year Students Are Sweet on the Idea of Candy Bar Receptions
Catawba College first-year students were treated to a special Candy Bar reception at the President's House during their first month on campus. Sweet treats, all in shades of blue and white — Catawba's school colors, greeted the students when they arrived at the home of Catawba President and First Lady Brien and Laura Lewis.
Marvelous Mutts Visit Catawba Campus
On a beautiful September day, Catawba College's Abernethy Quad was transformed into a grassy arena where Frisbee-catching dogs showcased their athletic abilities. Catawba College students, faculty and staff were treated to a late morning performance by the Marvelous Mutts, a group of rescued dogs turned well-loved and well-trained athletes. Their performance was sponsored by Wigwam Productions, the student-run entertainment programming group on campus.
Ivory Layne and Emma Stoneberg in Concert at Catawba Sept. 20th
Catch rising musical star Ivory Layne with Catawba College's own talented popular music student Emma Stoneberg in an evening of original song. The free concert is open to the public and will be held on Friday, September 20 in Catawba's Hedrick Little Theatre beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Catawba Opens Theatre Season with "True West"
The Catawba College Theatre Department's first show of the 2013-2014 season is Sam Shepard's "True West," playing in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus at 6:55 p.m. September 24 and 25 and at 7:30 p.m. September 26 through 28. Shepard's brilliant writing makes this play one of the most realistic and chilling pieces of literature and it all takes place in the confines of one space in a house.
STUDENT BLOG: It's A Wonderful Life - A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors
*Cue Announcer guy in 5…4…3…2…1* "And now, ladies and gentlemen please welcome back Leanna Hicks!" Oh my goodness thanks so much! Wow, it is great to be back here on the beautiful campus of Catawba College! (thunderous applause, cheers, whistles, roses etc.) Alright enough of that, come on you guys didn't think I wasn't going to make the beginning of my first blog post for the 2013-2014 year not cheesy and dramatic did you? Well I have to apologize to you all, I know school started like...
U.S. News Ranks Catawba 17th among Best Regional Colleges in the South
Once again this year, Catawba College is included among the nation's Best Regional Colleges, according to the 2014 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S. News & World Report and released today. Catawba continues to be ranked 17th among 99 of these Best Regional Colleges in the South.
Catawba Welcomes New Faculty
Almost a dozen new faculty members joined Catawba College at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year. Their divergent academic and personal interests were as welcomed as each of them to the campus community.
Professor to Direct Catawba's Center for International Studies
Dr. Kurt Corriher is the new director of Catawba College's Glenn and Addie Ketner Center for International Studies. His appointment was announced in early September by Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, acting provost at the college.
Catawba Athletics Administrator to Serve as National Chair of NCAA Committee
Craig D. Turnbull, Senior Assistant Director of Athletics and Director of NCAA Compliance at Catawba College, was recently named National Chair of the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Tennis Committee. He was appointed to this post for a two-year term by the NCAA based on his athletic administration experience and his previous membership on the NCAA National Men's Soccer Committee.
Catawba Nets Award Nominations from Metrolina Theatre Association
Past and present members of the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department — students, alumni and faculty — are among the award nominees in the 2012-2013 season of Metrolina Theatre Awards (MTA). The 10th annual Awards Ceremony is scheduled Sunday, October 6 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel at 132 East Trade Street in downtown Charlotte.
Junior Marshals Commissioned for Service during 2013-2014 Academic Year
Fifteen students were commissioned for service as Junior Marshals by Catawba College President Brien Lewis in a ceremony held Wednesday, August 28 in the Hurley Room of the Cannon Student Center.
Catawba's Opening Convocation Marks Institution's 162nd Year
Catawba College President Brien Lewis convened the college for its 162nd year of operation at Opening Convocation held August 29 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. The occasion was also an opportunity for the students, faculty and staff gathered to learn a little more about the business of how the college stays in business.
Washington Monthly Again Cites Catawba as a College That Is "Doing for the Country"
Washington Monthly magazine released its 2013 College Guide and Rankings in August and Catawba College is included in that publication's baccalaureate college rankings. Catawba is one of the institutions the magazine cites as educating students for the good of the country.
'91 Alumna Travels to India to Participate in Rickshaw Run
If traveling is involved, if the adventure is unique enough and if good stories are involved, 1991 Catawba College alumna Renée Alexander is up for it. Her current trip to India promises to meet all of those criteria. Alexander (formerly Menius), a native of Rowan County who now makes her home in San Francisco, has signed up to be a member of a four-person team participating in a Rickshaw Run across India. It's a trip in a three-wheeled, glorified lawnmower that will take her more than...
Catawba Welcomes Largest Class of First-Time Freshmen Since 2001
This fall, Catawba College welcomed its largest class of first-time freshmen into its traditional day program since 2001. Three hundred and thirty three first-time freshmen joined the student body, topping the 328 tally from 2001. The college's boarding population on campus also swelled to 675 students, up from 659 in 2012.
NCRC Internships Give Students a Supporting Role in Creation of Knowledge Database
Five Catawba College students spent their summer interning at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis helping to gather and organize data in a project that will ultimately result in a knowledge database to help improve human nutrition. The NCRC is a collaborative of 18 corporate, academic healthcare partners working to improve human health and nutrition.
Catawba Students to Drink Starbucks® Products on Campus in McCorkle's
The grill and snack bar located in the Cannon Student Center was renovated this summer and renamed McCorkle's in a nod to one of Catawba's founding fathers. It will also be the place this fall where members of the campus community can pick up their Starbucks® espressos, frappuccinos, lattes, teas and coffees.
Mipso Returns to Share Stage with Catawba Roots on August 31
Young roots music sensation Mipso returns to Salisbury for a concert in Catawba College's Hedrick Little Theatre on Saturday evening, August 31. The college's own Catawba Roots will open the show with an encore performance of selections from the "O Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack. The special two-fer concert begins at 8:00 p.m., and tickets will be available at the door the evening of the show. Admission is $12 for the general public and $7 for Catawba College students and employees.
Catawba College Forum Examines 3rd Century of Methodist Camp Meeting
One of the venerable institutions of early American history was the Methodist camp meeting where followers of Wesleyanism came together each summer for an extended period of discipline, revival, and community. Nowhere in the United States has this atavistic activity survived and thrived, other than in the five camp-meeting grounds along the Catawba River in the Carolinas.
Registration Underway for Catawba College Community Music Fall Classes
Registration is underway for fall classes in Catawba College's Community Music Program. Classes begin the week of September 9 and conclude December 8 with recitals. Jacob Hahn is director of the program that began in 1984 and offers a variety of quality musical experiences including private lessons, music classes and performance opportunities. The program's offerings help students of all ages and abilities in Salisbury and the surrounding areas develop lifelong musical foundations and skills.
Catawba Welcomes NSSA's Relocation to Campus
NSSA HeadquartersCatawba College welcomed the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame to campus in mid-August. The NSSA headquarters, formerly located on North Lee Street in Salisbury, relocated to a refurbished college property at 307 Summit Avenue.
Catawba College Alum Honored for College and Community Development
Gateway Community and Technical College President and CEO G. Edward Hughes has been awarded the prestigious Founders Award by the Covington Business Council for his visionary leadership to establish an Urban/Metro Campus in the city. The award was presented at the CBC Foundation annual dinner Aug. 1. Hughes is a graduate of Catawba College and received its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.
From Near and Far, Catawba Students Move In Before School Begins
They came from Connecticut, New Jersey, and from places closer to Salisbury like Bessemer City and Winston-Salem with a shared mission: to move their students into their dorm rooms at Catawba College. They carried mini-fridges, stuffed animals, under bed storage units, office chairs, clothes on hangers, pillows, packs of sport energy drinks and food. The students were laughing and smiling as they introduced their family members to their roommates. Some of the parents looked apprehensive...
The Catawba College Professor Who's Back from Borneo
During the academic year, his students and faculty and staff colleagues at Catawba College know him simply as Dr. Jay F. Bolin, an Assistant Professor of Biology. But when classes ended and summer began, Bolin became an international collaborator doing field research in exotic Borneo.
Catawba College Appoints New Vice President of Development
Catawba College has appointed a new Vice President of Development. College President Brien Lewis announced that Rex Otey of Concord will succeed Tom Childress '64 who retired at the end of May. Otey begins work September 1.
Silent Auction a Huge Success for Athletics
Catawba sincerely thanks all of the donors and the 150+ patrons of the August 8th Silent Auction event, which proved to be the most successful Silent Auction that Catawba Athletics has held to date.
In Memoriam: Dr. William L. Russell
(April 13, 1935 – August 10, 1913) Dr. William L. Russell '57 of Lexington, professor of physical education and chair of the department of physical education and athletics and member of the college faculty since 1991, died Saturday, August 10.
In Memoriam: Dr. Walter K. Hood
(August 19, 1928 to August 6, 2013) Dr. Walter K. Hood of Salisbury, a Catawba faculty emeritus who taught art history at the college for 19 years, died August 6 after a period of declining health. He is survived by wife Elizabeth "Liz" Welch Hood, a 2000 Catawba alumna, and son David of Hawaii. Arrangements, which are being handled by Summerset Funeral Home in Salisbury, are incomplete at this time.
The Princeton Review Names Catawba College One of "The Best 378 Colleges"
Catawba College is included as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review in its 2014 annual college guide. Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's...
Catawba Welcomes a New, But Familiar Director of Choral Music
Dr. Phillip Burgess, who has served as an adjunct instructor of sacred music in the Catawba College Music Department for the past three years, will step in to serve as the College's Director of Choral Music this academic year. Burgess, well-known in the Salisbury-Rowan community for his role as organist and choirmaster at the downtown St. Luke's Episcopal Church, will also continue to serve in that capacity.
'99 Catawba Alumnus Makes News with His Role in Developing New App
Aaron Goss of Salisbury was only 16 years old when he graduated from Catawba College in 1999 with a degree in Information Systems. Since that time, he has earned an MBA and a law degree from Wake Forest University. He is now a practicing attorney at Wallace & Graham law firm, and has had a busy spring. Not only was he married in May, he and two partners have launched their first app.
Catawba Ranked Among North Carolina's Highest Return on Investment Colleges
The benefits of a Catawba College education outweigh the costs, according to yet another independent ranking issued this time by Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online). Catawba was ranked 15th on the AC Online's list of 35 N.C. colleges that show "consistent payoffs in the workplace." Catawba was among 192 colleges operating in N.C. that were analyzed by AC Online. It was one of only 35 publics and privates that were ranked as "top colleges in North Carolina with low net costs...
Catawba Purchases House from Southern Conference of UCC
Catawba College recently purchased a house at 204 Lantz Avenue that has served for decades as a residence and office for the minister of the Western North Carolina Association of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ. While office space will continue to be provided in this house for the Rev. Jerry Rhyne, minister of church affairs for the Western North Carolina Association of the UCC, the remainder of the house is available for use by the College for yet to be determined...
For Third Year, Forbes' Ranks Catawba College among "America's Top Colleges"
This year, Catawba College is included in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges." Catawba is one of only 19 North Carolina public and private institutions included in this annual listing and is ranked 170 among colleges in the South, 377 on the list of private colleges, and 590 among the 650 best undergraduate colleges.
Catawba Professor Emeritus to Present Paper at International Conference
Dr. Sanford Silverburg, professor emeritus of political science at Catawba College, has been invited to present a paper he authored, "Pedagogy for a Globalized International Legal World," at an international conference Oct. 1-3. The International Conference on Global Legal Education is being organized by Hebron University Legal Clinic and will take place on the campus of Hebron University, Hebron, West Bank, Palestine.
Catawba Students Attend '13 Appalachian Energy Summit
Six Catawba College students recently attended the 2013 Appalachian Energy Summit held July 17-19 on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone. The students, all of whom volunteered to participate in the Summit, attended plenary presentations, experienced panel discussions featuring industry experts, and worked together with their peers from other institutions in a series of breakout sessions designed to inspire and organize the Summit's future collaborative efforts.
College Athletic Training Staff Recognized by South Atlantic Conference
The Catawba College Athletic Training Staff was named the "South Atlantic Conference Athletic Training Staff of the Year for 2012-2013." This is the fourth time that this staff has won the award and the second year in a row that they were voted on to receive this honor. This designation is equivalent to the "coach of the year" award and speaks well of the dedication and diligence of the athletic training staff to provide outstanding health care services...
Incoming Catawba Students Participate in Advantage Workshops
Almost 50 Catawba College first-year students participated in one of two Catawba Advantage Workshops held recently on campus. For these students, it was an early opportunity to ease their transition from high school senior to first-year college student.
Trustee and Alumnus Appointed to State Economic Development Board
Catawba College Trustee and 1983 Alumnus, William "Bill" Graham of Salisbury has been appointed by N.C. Governor Pat McCrory '78 to the State's Economic Development Board. McCrory announced appointments to this board in a July 15 news release.
Students Reflect on 2013 National Environmental Summit at Catawba College
As Catawba College's third annual National Environmental Summit closed July 13, participants reflected on what they had learned and how they can use it to bring positive change to their hometowns.
STUDENT BLOG: Honors in Italy - Eating in the Arts and Sciences
Students in the Eating in the Arts and Sciences Honors course took a trip to Italy March 1-8 during Spring Break as part of their course study, accompanied by Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery, Director of the Honors Program, and Dr. Mark Sabo, Professor of Chemistry.
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (7/12)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles discussing current political topics. Read the articles...
A Catawba Education – It's Worth It
As students begin their college careers this fall, one of their looming questions is likely to be: Will the benefits of my education outweigh its cost? Students who are attending Catawba College now have some outside affirmation about the benefits of their education.
High School Students Arrive for Third Annual National Environmental Summit at Catawba College
High school students from as far away as California and Florida arrived at the Catawba College campus Tuesday to learn how they can use their talents to create positive change in the world. They are participating in the Third Annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students: Redesigning Our Future, a collaborative effort of the Center for the Environment at Catawba and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)...
Speaker at Catawba's National Environmental Summit Encourages Students to Redesign Future
High school students attending the National Environmental Summit gathered at Catawba College July 9 to hear keynote speaker Chad Pregracke talk about his vision for the future. Pregracke founded "Living Lands and Waters," the only industrial-strength, river clean-up non-profit organization in the world, when he was 23. He has been named a 2013 CNN Humanitarian Hero and was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Campus Minister's Proud of the Far Reach of Catawba's Ministry Students
Ask Dr. Kenneth Clapp about his former students who have gone on to pursue careers in ministry and his face lights up. He'll share details of where they went to school after graduating from Catawba and where they answered their first call to serve. He'll explain with the pride of a father and the true spirit of a mentor. This past April, he made a trip of almost a thousand miles that reconnected him with a handful of his former students who are now sharing...
Catawba Music Professor to Chair Association of Popular Music Education
Dr. David L. Fish, associate professor of music and chair of the music department at Catawba College, has been elected to serve as chair of the Association of Popular Music Education (APME). He will serve a two-year term.
She'll Be Helping Students Stay on the Road to Success
Kara Ostlund, Catawba's new Associate Dean and Director of Conduct, Housing and Residence Life, says she "wants to be the person who helps show students who they are and the good that they can do." Ostlund, who joined the college in early June, believes her position will allow her to do just that.
Evening Undergraduate Program Open House Set for July 9
Catawba's School of Evening & Graduate Studies will host a "drop-in" style Open House on Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in room 203 of Ketner Hall on campus. Prospective students will be given an overview of the program and financial aid opportunities.
Bitzer on Watt's Senate Confirmation Hearing
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in a News14.com article discussing Rep. Mel Watt, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Catawba College Presidential Honor Roll Announced
A total of 139 students have been named to the Presidential Honor Roll List for the 2012-2013 academic year at Catawba College, according to Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Provost of the College. Students named to the Presidential Honor Roll List have achieved a 3.7 grade point average in 30 or more semester hours.
Catawba College Dean's List Announced
A total of 280 students have been named to the Dean's List for the 2013 Spring Semester at Catawba College, according to Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Provost of the College. Students named to the Dean's List have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in 15 or more semester hours.
Getting Into a College State of Mind
Forty members of Catawba's incoming Class of 2017 participated in a Freshman Retreat held June 20-22 at Johns River Camp near Collettsville, N.C. The retreat was an opportunity for the members of the Class of 2017 to meet and get to know their classmates and other members of Catawba's leadership team prior to the start of the academic year.
Bitzer on Voting Rights Act Decision
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles discussing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act and the impact it could have on North Carolina.
Larry Farmer, Human Resources Officer at Catawba College, to Serve on CUPA-HR Board of Directors
Larry Farmer, human resources officer at Catawba College, has been tapped to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). He will join the board on July 1.
Green Revolving Fund Committee Spurs Ideas, Funds, Action
One sustainable project is already under way on the Catawba College campus, with more on the horizon, thanks to the work of Catawba's Green Revolving Fund Committee.
BLOG: Business and Books: Conscious Capitalism
Madison Kennedy, a junior business student majoring in Accounting and Management, will be blogging about the 2013 business common summer reading selection, Conscious Capitalism. This book was chosen by the Ketner School of Business and Business Advisory Board at Catawba College.
Alums Make List of "100 Coaches to Remember"
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) published its list of "100 Coaches to Remember" in late June and two Catawba College alumni were included on the list. 1961 alumnus Ray Oxendine and 1958 alumnus Pete Stout were among the coaches recognized. The list of "100 To Remember: Coaches" highlights one hundred of the top coaches in NCHSAA history, going back to the founding of the organization in 1913.
74th Governor of the American Legion's Tar Heel Boys' State Elected
Nick Clemens of Chapel Hill, NC was elected as Governor of the American Legion Tar Heel Boys' State Wednesday, June 19 during the week-long event held at Catawba College. Nick is a rising senior at Carrboro High School. He is the son of Georgie and Chris Clemens.
Bitzer on Effects of Possible Social Security Tax Bill
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured on the Charlotte Observer's website discussing the repercussions of the bill that would tax Social Security could have on NC Republicans. "It seems like the GOP is willing to grab, with both hands, the third rail of American politics – taxing Social Security benefits," said Bitzer. "While the Republicans want to fundamentally restructure the state's tax code, this rail has too many volts...
Tar Heel Boys' State at Catawba College June 16-22
Catawba College will host the 74th annual session of Tar Heel Boys' State June 16-22. This is the tenth consecutive year that the weeklong event has been held on campus and approximately 300 participants, all rising high school seniors from North Carolina, are expected. Notable state leaders traditionally speak at sessions during Tar Heel Boys' State. Past speakers have included the N.C. governor and lieutenant governor, the N.C. attorney general and secretary of state, as well as...
Former Catawba Coach, Father Tennis," Dies
Scott "Scotty" Mitchell, who coached men's and women's tennis at Catawba from 1987 until 1989, and thereafter coached only women's tennis at the college into the late 1990s, died June 12. A native of New Jersey, Mitchell earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Dartmouth College. He was a veteran of World War II, serving for three years during the conflict, two of those overseas in the South Pacific with the 5th Army Air Force.
Celebs Turn Out for NSSA Event at Catawba College
ESPN's Basketball Color Commentator Dick Vitale was just one of the sportscaster/sportswriter celebrities in Catawba College's Goodman Gym on June 10. He was on hand for the 54th annual NSSA Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and was this year's NSSA Hall of Fame sportscasting inductee.
Five Rowan-Salisbury Schools to Hold Graduations at Catawba College
Catawba College will be hosting the graduation ceremonies for five Rowan-Salisbury Schools in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus on Saturday, June 8th. The schedule for high schools graduating on June 8th at Catawba College is as follows...
Catawba's Incoming First-Year Students Can Select Their First-Year Seminars through July
Until July, incoming first-year students can select their top three choices from among all of Catawba's unique first-year seminars. First-Year Seminar (FYS) is an integrated comprehensive discussion and seminar course that approaches an interesting topic from multiple perspectives. All first time freshmen take FYS. Not only do students enjoy learning about various topics with their peers, but there are common elements across all First-Year Seminars.
74th Consecutive Session of Tar Heel Girls State to Be Held at Catawba College
June 9-15 will be the 74th consecutive year of Tar Heel Girls State, and for the twelfth year, Catawba College will host the weeklong session. At the annual event, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of North Carolina, several hundred girls from across North Carolina, all high school juniors who are academically in the top third of their class, will participate. The Girls State program is a weeklong practical study of the structure and operation...
More than a Dog's Life or Who Rescues Who? Catawba Professor and Trusty Co-Pilot Fly Missions to Rescue Dogs
Dr. Tim Moreland can tell you a lot about a dog's life and he can certainly tell you about how dogs have figured into his. In addition to the dogs he's owned, he's met quite a few while helping to rescue and save their lives.
Twelve RCCC Students Selected as Noyce Summer Interns
Twelve Rowan Cabarrus Community College students have applied and been accepted as the first cohort of Noyce Summer Interns. Funds from a $1.45 million National Science Foundation grant provide monies to pay the tuition for these students to take a three credit hour online Education course through Catawba College and to allow each of them a paid summer internship in a STEM occupation.
Bitzer: This Week in Politics
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles discussing current political topics.
Catawba Student, Miss Queen City 2013, Will Compete in Miss N.C. Pageant
Catawba College student TyNia Rene' Brandon of Charlotte, who was crowned Miss Queen City 2013 in January, will compete for the title of Miss North Carolina June 14-22 in Raleigh. TyNia, the daughter of Tyrone and Sharon Brandon, is a senior at Catawba, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre. During the Miss Queen City Pageant, she sang an Italian aria entitled "Star Vichino" and won the talent portion of the pageant.
Six New Directors Join Catawba Chiefs Club Board
Six new directors were recently added to the Catawba College Chiefs Club Board, bringing the membership on the board to a total of 30 for the 2013 year.
Catawba Announces Common Reading for '13-'14 First-Year Students
An article published in the March 17, 2008 edition of "The New Yorker" is the Common College Reading for the incoming class of first-year students at Catawba College. "The Real Work: Modern Magic and the Meaning of Life" by Adam Gopnick will be discussed by students during orientation in August and during their fall semester first-year seminar classes.
Catawba's Psychology Honor Society Inducts New Members
The Catawba College chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, welcomed three new members during an induction ceremony held in late April at DJ's Restaurant. The new members are Madelin Contreras of Salisbury, Kaitlin Johnson of Myersville, Md., and Cinthia Rodriguez of Salisbury. The advisor is Dr. Lyn Boulter, professor of psychology.
Catawba's Chemistry Honor Society Inducts Members
Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Catawba College's chemistry honor society, recently initiated new members. The induction ceremony for the Alpha Delta Chapter took place April 24 on campus.
New Members Inducted into Tri-Beta Honor Society at Catawba College
The Catawba College's Tau Eta Chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honor society, inducted nine members at its annual induction ceremony on April 25. Graduating seniors who are members of the society were also recognized at the ceremony.
Bitzer Tapped as Acting Provost at Catawba
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer will serve as Catawba College's acting provost beginning June 1. President Brien Lewis made that announcement to the campus community on May 20. Bitzer, an associate professor politics and history and chair of the Department of History and Politics at Catawba, joined the faculty in 2002. He will fill a vacancy left by the departure of Dr. W. Richard "Rick" Stephens, Jr. who will lead the academic administration at Alfred University.
BLOG: On Saying Goodbye (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Sydney Berk '13 - I say goodbye to my position as Editor of the Spotlight with deepest gratitude for those that I work with as well as this program in general. Graduating is a funny thing...
Catawba College Commissions 13 SEGS Students as Junior Marshals
Thirteen students from Catawba College's School of Evening and Graduate Studies were commissioned as Junior Marshals in an April 20 ceremony. Dean of the School of Evening and Graduate Studies, Dr. Edith Bolick, and College Marshal, Professor David Pulliam, officiated at the ceremony.
Catawba College Provost Accepts Position at Alfred University
Dr. W. Richard "Rick" Stephens, Jr. will step down as provost of Catawba College at the end of this academic year. He has accepted a position as provost and academic vice president at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and starts there July 1.
Catawba's Mathematics Honor Society Inductees New Members
Catawba College's Zeta Chapter of the mathematics honor society, Kappa Mu Epsilon inducted eight new members in late April at a ceremony held in Ketner Hall. The inductees included Matthew Hodgson of Salisbury; Sydney Hyder of Asheboro; Lindsay C. King of Kannapolis; Ekaterina Kruglov of Karmiel, Israel; Jacob Regensburger of Fayetteville; Cristin Ritchie of Salisbury; Brinsley Stewart of Boonville; and Frank Villa Hernandez of Kannapolis.
Three Students Inducted into Foreign Language Honor Society
Three Catawba College students became members of the college's chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society, in late April. The new members included graduating seniors Chelsea Starr of Weston, Fla., and Whitney Corriher of Salisbury, and rising senior Jordan Greene of Oak Island.
"Swing Strategically," N.C. Governor Tells Catawba College Graduates
"Don't be afraid to fail and if you do fail, try again, but do it strategically," North Carolina Governor Patrick L. McCrory '78 told an audience of graduates and their families and friends at Catawba College's 10 a.m. Commencement Exercise on May 11. Showing off a pair of red boxing gloves given to him by his friend George Foreman, the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, McCrory relayed a story about his own failure to win the North Carolina gubernatorial election in 2008.
College Presents Awards, Gives Special Recognition at Commencement Exercises
There was celebration and remembrance at Catawba College's Commencement Exercises on May 11. Three graduates and one alumnus received awards during the two ceremonies, while one student who died just five credit hours away from completing the coursework for his bachelor's degree was honored with a special tribute.
Three Retiring Faculty Members Recognized at Graduation
Catawba College recognized three retiring faculty members at its May 11 Commencement Exercises. Drs. James "Jim" Beard, John B. "Jack" Green and Cynthia B. Osterhus '73 were cited for their contributions to the institution at the 10 a.m. ceremony held in Keppel Auditorium.
How to Find "The Big H"
It was a very familiar figure who delivered the homily at Catawba College's Baccalaureate Service on May 10. On the eve of their graduation, College Chaplain and Senior Vice President, the Reverend Dr. Ken Clapp '70, advised the graduates to "Take wing by giving God that place of greatest importance in your lives and allowing God to direct you and call the shots."
Alpha Chi Ceremony Sends Off Graduating Seniors
Graduating seniors who are members of Catawba College's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, national college honor society, were recognized during a May 10th ceremony held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
Retirees Recognized at End-of-the-Year Luncheon
Catawba College's End-of-the-Year Luncheon for Faculty and Staff was a time to recognize 10 individuals who are retiring from the college this year.
Bitzer on N.C. GOP Leaders' Plan To Cut, Expand Taxes
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured on WFAE discussing the North Carolina GOP Leaders' plan to cut and expand taxes. Bitzer said it is an ambitious plan. "In conjunction with the budget, with voter I.D., with a lot of other big-ticket items that Republicans campaigned on, this is probably going to be the most controversial and biggest hurdle that they're going to have to try and get through if they want...
Catawba Alumnus Selected to Attend International Conference
Catawba College alumnus Tomas Smogner '12, is one of only two students chosen to represent Ernst and Young - Sweden in the International Intern Leadership Conference this summer in Florida. Only twelve students were selected from the Nordic countries. Tomas majored in Accounting at Catawba and was a member of the Men's Basketball team. He is currently working toward a Master's degree in Accounting, Auditing, and Analysis at Stockholm University.
VIDEO: Honors Program at Catawba College
Students who want to make the most of their educational experience choose the Catawba College Honors Program. Our Honors program is unique for a wide variety of reasons. Classes are often team-taught by faculty members from two entirely different disciplines, often focusing on one question or topic from multiple perspectives. Students study in an environment that promotes creativity and critical thinking and the courses count toward your general education requirements for the college.
STUDENT BLOG: You Fall for the Impossible (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Wow ... where did this year go? It blows my mind that I am already finished with my first year of college. It literally feels like just yesterday when I walked into an empty dorm room and had to decide where the TV was going to go ... priorities people. I think back too on how much I feel like I've grown throughout this year. After taking a gap year I was coming into a completely different world with no one I knew, I was truly on my own. Little did I know...
VIDEO: Science & Research at Catawba College
Students at Catawba College enhance their education outside the classroom and are involved in many multidisciplinary research projects. Catawba students are engaged in challenging and unique research experiences that emphasize current developments in biochemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, environmental chemistry and forensic science using state-of-the-art instrumentation. At Catawba, you'll learn science content in the context of work-world applications.
VIDEO: Experience Catawba College
Experience the difference that is Catawba College. Come visit our campus, meet with our students, faculty and staff. See for yourself what the Catawba Experience is all about. Get a glimpse of the Catawba Experience in the following video...
Dr. O Feted by Students and Colleagues at Retirement Reception
The professor whom students call "Dr. O" was recognized by the students and her colleagues in the Catawba College Department of Teacher Education at a retirement reception held April 30 in the atrium of Ketner Hall. Dr. Cynthia B. Osterhus, an associate professor of teacher education and director of the Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching at Catawba, will retire at the end of this academic year after 10 years as a full-time faculty member at the college.
Ballet Pensacola Artistic Director Returns to Catawba, Offers Master Class for Students and Community
Catawba College alumnus Richard Steinert '81, the artistic director of Ballet Pensacola, returned to his alma mater in April to offer master classes for college students and members of the Salisbury-Rowan community. Steinert and Christine Duhon, also from Ballet Pensacola, worked with students and members of the local community on Tuesday, April 23 in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. Steinert will return to Catawba in spring 2014 for a collaborative...
Bitzer: This Week in Politics
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles concerning current political issues. Read the articles...
North Carolina Governor to Speak at Catawba College's May 11 Graduation Exercises
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory will be the speaker for Catawba College's 10 a.m. Graduation Exercise to be held Saturday, May 11 in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center. McCrory is a 1978 alumnus of the college and a former seven-term mayor of Charlotte. McCrory's schedule will only permit him to speak at the college's 10 a.m. exercise at which the college will award baccalaureate degrees to 191 students who are graduating from the traditional day program...
Catawba College Athletic Award Winners Announced
Catawba College has announced its 2012-13 athletic award winners for its student-athletes. The awards were presented at the annual athletic ceremony held at the Keppel Auditorium on Tuesday, April 30. Heading the list of award winners were Nick Lomascolo and Jenny Young, who were awarded the Kirkland and Lomax Awards for the top male and female senior athletes, and Eoin Duffy and Taylor May, who were given the Wurster Awards for team leadership.
Two Catawba College Trustees and Alumni Honored with Adrian Shuford Award
Two Catawba College trustees who are also alumni were honored by their alma mater on Sunday, April 28, as recipients of the College's prestigious Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service. Recipients included Mr. Larry T. Cloninger '74 of Salisbury and Mr. Barry D. Leonard '65 of Lexington. College President Brien Lewis and Chair of the College Board of Trustees Darlene Ball made the presentations during a special President's Circle Event held to recognize the institution's...
April 25th CEO Lecture Features Founder of Lexington-based Clothing Company
Entrepreneur Brandi Tysinger-Temple, founder of the Lexington, N.C. kids clothing company Lolly Wolly Doodle that conducts business on Facebook, admits she did not even have a business plan when she launched her business. But today, Facebook recognizes her business as one of its largest retailers with a page touting almost 550,000 likes and 68,500 who are talking about it.
Students Share Their Research and Creativity at Showcase
Catawba College students shared their research with faculty, staff and other students at the annual Catawba Research and Creativity Showcase on Thursday, April 25. The event featured a wide variety of interdisciplinary research topics. View some quick quotes by the students about their research experience and a photo gallery...
Cleaning up the Mississippi River One Refrigerator, One Sink, One Tire at a Time
Seven million pounds of garbage – 961 refrigerators, 143 sinks, 67,000 tires, 3,700 55-gallon barrels, 63 messages in bottles and much, much more. That's how much trash Chad Pregracke and his organization have dredged up from the Mississippi and 16 other major rivers over the past 15 years. This dedicated river champion has been featured on CNN, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, ABC, CBS and NBC. He was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service, a prize that is considered the U.S.
Author to Speak at Center for Environment on Local Communities Solving National Problems
Author Francis Koster will speak Thursday, May 16, on his recently published book, Discovering the New America: Where Local Communities Are Solving National Problems, at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus. The 6:30 presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing. His book will be available at a discounted price.
Children, Parents Learn about Air Quality and Environment at "Growing Green Kids" Event
Children made flower bursts while their parents learned about how to improve air quality at a "Growing Green Kids" family night on Earth Day, April 22. A joint venture of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College and Town Creek Commons Chick-Fil-A, the event site, the festivities drew children from age 2 to their teens. "A girls' soccer team from Iredell County came as they were on their way to East Rowan," says Sarah Moore, outreach coordinator for the Center.
Catawba College Recognizes Students, Faculty, Staff at Annual Awards Convocation
Members of the Catawba College community gathered in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on April 23 to celebrate achievement. The occasion was the annual Awards Convocation.Scheduled the day after Earth Day, the awards distributed were eco-friendly, made of Catawba blue, 100% recycled glass. They symbolized the college's commitment to environmental responsibility and are a reminder to the recipients to promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.
Ballet Pensacola Artistic Director Returns to Catawba for Student Workshops, Will Offer a Master Class for the Community on April 23
Catawba College alumnus Richard Steinert '81, the artistic director of Ballet Pensacola, will be back at his alma mater April 21-24 to work with college students and to offer master classes for them and the members of the Salisbury-Rowan community. Steinert, who visited campus in February 2012, has enjoyed a long and successful career as a dancer, a choreographer and an artistic director at some of the country's premier ballet companies.
Catawba Students Travel to Raleigh to See Legislative Process in Action
A group of students from the "Politics & Public Policy" class went to Raleigh to speak to members of the media, legislative staff, lobbyists, senators, representatives, and the Governor to see the legislative process in action. During the trip, the students sat in on the opening sessions of both chambers and were recognized by the Speaker and the Lt. Governor, along with sitting in on a committee hearing to witness debate on the voter identification bill pending...
Catawba College Alumna Has Article Published in Award-Winning Solar Energy Magazine
An article by 2011 Catawba College alumna Kacey Hoover is featured in the April 2013 issue of the award-winning magazine of the American Solar Energy Society, Solar Today. Hoover earned her degree in environmental science from Catawba in 2011 and is pursuing a master's in Technology with a concentration in Appropriate Technology at Appalachian State University. She works as an energy analyst and specializes in rate structure analysis and estimating utility bills.
Bitzer on GOP Lawmaking Slowing at Halfway Point
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured on the Charlotte Observer's website discussing the slowing of GOP lawmaking momentum at the halfway point and how well the House and Senate work together could determine how messy it gets. Bitzer said how the relationship progresses will help define the session.
STUDENT BLOG: Catawba's West Teaching Scholars Experience Charleston, S.C.
by Sydney Smith of Salisbury, West Scholars Cohort '11 - Eighteen Catawba College sophomores and juniors who are West Teaching Scholars ventured to Charleston, S.C., to gain firsthand experience of the historic town. The April 5-9 excursion was led by Dr. Rhonda Truitt, associate professor of teacher education and chair of education department at Catawba, and Teresa Weddington, administrative assistant for Catawba's Academy for Teaching.
Catawba College Featured in 2013 "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges"
Catawba College is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). Catawba was also only one of 21 institutions among the 322 featured in the guide to be included in The Princeton Review's "Green Honor Roll" for receiving Green Ratings of 99.
Bitzer on McCrory's Preparation for the Next 100 Days
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured on the WRAL.com website discussing Gov. Pat McCrory's plans to ignore peripheral issues, to stay away from legislative peccadilloes and spend time on his "Three Es:" economy, education and efficiency.
Center for Environment Speaker: 'Common Chemicals Impact Human Health'
Nearly 140 people learned about the harmful effects of common chemicals on the public health April 9 when research scientist Dr. John Peterson Myers spoke at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus.
Going, Going, Gone – Students Prep for Their Futures
As the 2012-2013 academic year comes to a close, Catawba College students are thinking about their futures. For some graduating in May, a next step — graduate school — is on their minds. For those with a year or so to go before they earn their undergraduate degree, thoughts are on how to enhance their future opportunities and make themselves ready for the next steps after Catawba.
April 21 Piano Concert Concludes Catawba College Artist Series for Spring
A piano concert by Steven Heyman at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will conclude the Catawba College Artist Series for spring semester. This concert is free and open to the public. Heyman is currently an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Keyboard Department at Syracuse University. In the central New York area, he has an active performing career including being the soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra 27 times over a 35 year period.
VIDEO: Catawba Alumnus Featured in American Chemical Society's 'Perspectives' Video
2011 Catawba College Alumnus Joseph "Joe" S. Manser is now a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He recently shared a video link to his research concerning assembling and testing quantum dot solar cells in the lab there.
Catawba Student Receives Scholarship from National Academic Honor Society
Elizabeth (Lizzie) White of Salisbury, a chemistry major at Catawba College and the college's current Alpha Chi chapter president, has been selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2013 Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded by the Alpha Chi National Academic Honor Society.
Catawba Students Present Research, Win Awards
Two Catawba College students were awarded 1st place Derieux Research Awards, in their respective divisions, for excellence in undergraduate research at the 110th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS) Meeting. Marlon Ryan Barber of Mocksville and Mary Podgorak-Lagro of Salisbury were recognized at the annual meeting held April 5 and 6 at UNC Pembroke.
Bitzer on Charlotte Mayor's Decision to Not Seek Re-Election
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in a Winston-Salem Journal Journal article discussing Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx's decision to not run for re-election. Bitzer said Foxx will have numerous opportunities if he wants to continue in politics.
Bitzer on New Local Leaders Inheriting Divisive Issues
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in a WSOCTV.com article discussing how new local leaders might inherit divisive issues. Bitzer said that change is part of the job. "Those people that have risen to that level generally know this is the way that business works," he said.
Catawba Professor to Participate in Summer Music Workshop in Seoul
Dr. David L. Fish, associate professor of music and chair of the music department at Catawba College, has been accepted to take part in a traditional Korean music international workshop at Korea's National Gugak Center in Seoul. The all-expense paid workshop starts June 17 and runs for two weeks.
STUDENT BLOG: Sometimes You Just Need to Take a Day... (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Has there ever been a moment where it seems like a lot of different things are hitting you at once and just when you feel like you've finally got everything under control, all of a sudden something drops and you find yourself under water?
Bitzer: Proposed Bill for Established State Religion
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several local and national articles discussing the proposed bill for establishing a state religion in North Carolina.
Bitzer on New Legislation Cutting Back on Early Voting Days, Sites
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in a WSOCTV.com article discussing how new legislation might cut back on early voting days and voting locations. Bitzer said it could be an attempt at saving money.
Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame Announces Five New Members
Five new members will be inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 27, during the festivities of the Hall of Fame's 36th anniversary. The inductees are (with graduation year): Heath Bost '95; Charla Doss Hill '91; Stephanie McCormick '94; Red Richardson '49 (deceased); and Nick Sabol '98.
Catawba Students among 2012-2013 Golden LEAF Scholarship Recipients
The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded $420,000 to North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to be distributed among NCICU's member colleges for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Golden LEAF Foundation has partnered with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to provide scholarship support for more than 10 years. During this time, the Foundation has contributed more than $5.8 million, helping over 1,200 students attend North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.
Catawba Accounting Instructor Completes Seminar
Amy Hrinsin, an instructor of Accounting in Catawba College’s Ralph W. Ketner School of Business, recently completed a Teaching Effectiveness Seminar offered by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Hrinsin was evaluated on her teaching effectiveness by five faculty members with considerable experience in the classroom and she received critical constructive feedback.
Bitzer: How Free Are You Really?
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in a WBTV.com article discussing the difference in freedoms state-to-state. A new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has ranked the states based on freedom. According to the study, people in South Carolina have significantly more freedom than people in North Carolina because there is less government oversight and regulation in South Carolina.
Catawba Students Collect Backpacks for the Homeless
Students from Catawba College's Sociology Capstone Seminar class recently participated in the annual "Point in Time" homeless person count in Rowan County organized by Rowan Helping Ministries.
Catawba Singers to Offer Concert at First Reformed UCC in Lexington
First Reformed United Church of Christ in Lexington will host a concert by the Catawba Singers at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. The church is located at 104 E. Center Street and members of the general public are invited to attend the concert.
Catawba Theatre Closes Its Season with Production of "The Crucible"
By Pen Chance '15, Augusta, Ga. - Catawba College's Theatre Department will close its 2012-2013 season with Arthur Miller's chilling classic, "The Crucible." The production runs April 9-10 at 6:55 p.m., and April 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Theatre on campus. The stage is set in late 1600s, Salem, Massachusetts, as something evil winds its way into a small village. Rumors of witchcraft run amok and young girls fall ill to unknown causes.
April 25th CEO Lecture Features Founder of Lexington-based Clothing Company
Entrepreneur Brandi Tysinger-Temple has been called an internet pioneer by CBS, HLN and Businessweek. The founder of the Lexington, N.C. kids clothing company will speak at Catawba College's 10th annual CEO Lecture at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25 in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center. Tysinger-Temple will offer remarks entitled "Fearless Entrepreneurship in a Socially-Connected World: Community Building. Always Improving."
Center for Environment, Bread Riot Host Film & Discussion on Local Food Sources
By Rebecca Rider - The Center for the Environment at Catawba College collaborated March 21 with Bread Riot to host a screening of the film "GROW!" at the Center building on campus. Bread Riot also provided locally grown foods for a tasting before the film. Set against the backdrop of rural Georgia, the film explores sustainable farming and the new face of agriculture.
In the Kitchen: Catawba Student Jeremy Gardner and Friends
By Sarah Campbell, SalisburyPost.com - Unlike most college students, Jeremy Gardner wasn't in line to buy a gigantic television or scoop up $3 movies on Black Friday. Instead, the 21-year-old Catawba College senior battled crowds at Kohl's to become the owner of a shiny, new griddle.
Catawba Alumnus Awarded $5.3 Million Grant to Study Fetal Alcohol Disorders
The UNC Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis has received a $5.3 million grant to study fetal alcohol disorders in South Africa. The funds are from the National Institute of Health's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The study will be conducted by Dr. Philip May '69, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) and Department of Nutrition.
Catawba College Head Athletic Trainer Honored
Robert Casmus, head athletic trainer at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, was one of two individuals inducted on March 23 into the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. The 36th annual NCATA Spring Awards and Business Meeting was held at Carolinas Healthcare System – Northeast in Concord.
Author Sena Jeter Naslund Shares Her Feminine Sensibility in Her Novels
Author Sena Jeter Naslund contends that "loving a work of art is almost as good as writing it." She shared that contention with those gathered March 21 for Catawba College's 27th annual Brady Author's Symposium. Naslund said her fifth novel, "Ahab's Wife," launched her writing career and "changed my life in many ways." The book, four years in the making, "needed to be" and was her response to the lack of strong female protagonists in American literature.
Catawba College Professor Chairs Session at International Conference
Dr. John "Jack" Green, an associate professor of marketing in Catawba College's Ketner School of Business, chaired a session and made a presentation at an international conference held in Valencia, Spain, during the college's spring break.
Prospective Teachers Participate in Campus Workshop
by Lizzle Davis, Class of '13 - Catawba College students pursuing careers in teaching participated in a free workshop on campus that will help better prepare them for their pending jobs. Catawba's Teacher Education Department hosted the Spencer Kagan workshop, "From Survival to Success: Essential Strategies for New Teachers" at the Center for the Environment on March 14 and 15 for juniors and seniors majoring in Education.
Center for Environment to Host Third Faith and Environment Workshop
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will host its third Faith, Spirituality and Environmental Stewardship workshop on Thursday, April 18, at the Center facility on the Catawba campus. The workshops are designed to allow participants of various faiths to share their knowledge and experience or learn more about topics that focus on environmental stewardship. They are a Campaign for Clean Air initiative.
2003 Catawba Alumna Memorialized with Endowed Scholarship
A new endowed scholarship established at Catawba College memorializes Anna Katherine Gregory Vance, a 2003 alumna who died in April 2011. The Scholarship was established by her husband, Dr. Shawn L. Vance of Kannapolis.
Catawba College Students and Faculty Attend Southeastern Psychological Association Meeting
Two faculty members and several students from the psychology department at Catawba College attended the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Atlanta, Ga., March 13-16.
STUDENT BLOG: And This is Why We Tell the Story... (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Wow, it seems like forever since I've written a blog post. I sincerely apologize; I know how much y'all have missed reading my weekly posts, but do not fret I am back! (cue thunderous applause, whistles, etc.) "Oh my gosh, you guys stop it, you're too kind!"
Area Educators Learn about New Opportunities at Center's Teacher Mingle
Area teachers and the staff of the Center for the Environment met recently to explore ways the Center and its Campaign for Clean Air can help them in the classroom, especially as they prepare lessons on air pollution and ways to lessen it.
United in Prayer Rally Scheduled at Catawba College
The Catawba College Gospel Choir will host a United in Prayer Rally on Wednesday, March 20 between 6 and 8 p.m. in Leonard Lounge of the Cannon Student Center. At the rally, free prayer posters will be distributed that students and others may write a prayer on, photograph their prayer and then share it via social media. The United in Prayer Rally is organized by Hope Raisers at www.hoperaisers.org and the rally at Catawba is just one of the stops on a cross-country trip...
E-Commerce Class Assignment Creates Website for Local Vineyard
The folks at Morgan Ridge Vineyards in Gold Hill wanted a website that was warm and welcoming, one that was user-friendly and easy to update. That's exactly what they got after Catawba College students enrolled in Dr. Pamela Thompson's fall semester e-commerce class finished their work. The students in Thompson's class tackled the project as a group assignment while they were learning about the latest web technologies. Their work, www.morganridgevineyards.com, launched in February to rave visito
Catawba College Offers "Once on This Island" March 20-23
By Pen Chance '15, Augusta, GA - As spring begins to show its face, join Catawba College and the Blue Masque on a journey of hope and love in the theatrical production of Once on This Island. The production runs March 20-23, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Catawba's Florence Busby Corriher Theater.
Catawba's 2013 College Church/Ministry Award Goes to '62 Alumna
A 1962 Catawba College alumna, the Reverend June Grubb, was honored by her alma mater as the recipient of the institution's 2013 College Church/Ministry Award. Grubb, who makes her home in Lexington and is active in the First Reformed United Church of Christ there, was recognized in February at a Church/College Dinner held on Catawba's campus.
March is National Athletic Training Month
"Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer" is the 2013 theme for the month of March recognizing Athletic Trainers (ATs) as experts in taking care of all kinds of injuries and for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and keeping people healthy and active.
Catawba Pride Day Set for April 27
Catawba College has slated its Pride Day for Saturday, April 27, and plans are for the new and returning students to the Pride Marching Band to be able to interact. Music for the 2013 Pride Marching Band halftime show will be available for preview. Beginning at 1 p.m. in the Williams Music Building, new students will have an opportunity to audition for the Pride – its wind, percussion and color guard units – as well as for music department scholarships. New and returning students...
Center for Environment Speaker to Talk about "Endocrine Disruption: A Global Threat to Health"
Dr. Pete Myers, founder, CEO and chief scientist of Environmental Health News, will speak on "Endocrine Disruption: A Global Threat to Health" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.
Georgia Couple Establishes Scholarship at Catawba
Joseph "Joe" R. Gorman and wife Sharon of Greensboro, Ga., have established a scholarship at Catawba College and students from Georgia will be given preference for it. Joe stated, "Sharon and I love Catawba College because it played such a pivotal role in our lives. Catawba is where we met and fell in love. I met Sharon at the freshman orientation dance on her first night at Catawba. Rick Toms, a fellow football teammate and great friend, and I decided to check out the girls...
Center for Environment & Bread Riot to Host Screening of 'GROW!'
The Center for the Environment and Bread Riot will host a screening of "GROW!" on Thursday, March 21, at the Center facility on the Catawba College campus. The film focuses on the new generation of sustainable farmers. "All across the U.S. there is a growing movement of educated young people who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life," the "GROW!" website says. "Armed with college degrees, some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump.
Catawba's HR Director Elected to CUPA-HR Board of Directors
Larry Farmer, Catawba College's Director of Human Resources, has been elected as Southern Region Director to the National Board of Directors for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Farmer currently serves as the Past Chair of the Southern Region Board of Directors and will continue his service to the Southern Region and to the National CUPA-HR Board of Directors. Farmer, who joined the Catawba in 1998, has been active in CUPA-HR for a number of ye
Tenure Approved for Catawba Theatre Arts Professor
The Catawba College Board of Trustees approved tenure for Theatre Arts Assistant Professor Erin B. Dougherty at its February meeting. Dougherty joined the Catawba faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of costume design and technology. She has served since 2008 as the faculty advisor to Catawba's Blue Masque, a student theatre organization, and served during the 2012-2013 academic year as a member of the Catawba faculty's curriculum committee.
VIDEO: Residential Life at Catawba College
The residential life experience at Catawba College and the many options and benefits of living on campus. Watch the video...
Center for Environment Offers Second Faith, Spirituality & Environmental Stewardship Workshop
The Center for the Environment will offer a second Faith, Spirituality and Environmental Stewardship Workshop Thursday, March 14, at the Center facility on the Catawba College campus. This workshop, as well as those in February and April, is designed to offer people who have implemented green projects the opportunity to share their experience with others. Topics include Green Gardens, Green Food – starting a community garden; Go Green, Save Greenbacks – learning about inexpensive ways...
N.C. Teacher of the Year Discusses Importance of Global Education, Integration of Technology in Classroom
by Rachel Shelton (West Scholar Cohort '11). As part of its annual teacher of the year presentation, the Academy for Teaching at Catawba College welcomed the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year, Darcy Grimes.
Campus Buildings to Be Tobacco-Free
Beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year, all campus buildings at Catawba College will be tobacco-free, instead of just smoke-free. After substantial discussion and reflection on feedback from students, faculty and staff, college trustees approved this change to the college policy at their February meeting.
Catawba College Students Soon to Drink Starbucks' Products on Campus
Members of the Catawba College campus will be drinking Starbucks espressos, frappuccinos, lattes, teas and coffees on campus this fall. This, thanks to a new program, Starbucks We Proudly Brew, to be offered by the college's food service provider, Chartwells, and approved by trustees at their February meeting.
Bitzer on N.C. Cities' Battle over Transportation Funds
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured on The Daily Tarheel website discussing the City of Charlotte's dispute with the City of Raleigh over funding for transportation projects.
10th Annual Lilly Colloquium Speaker Promotes Living a Joyful Life
From the sage perspective of his 66 years, Dr. Kurt Corriher shared advice on how to live a joyful life with those gathered for Catawba College's 10th Annual Lilly Colloquium. Beginning his remarks with lines from Poet Mary Oliver's "The Summer Day," Corriher spoke in the college's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on Feb. 19...
Author Sena Jeter Naslund to Speak at Catawba College's 2013 Brady Author's Symposium
New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund, who admits a contemporary, feminist sensibility, will be the featured speaker at Catawba College's 27th annual Brady Author's Symposium scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21. The symposium will take place in Hedrick Theatre of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Standardized Test Scores Now Optional at Catawba
Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, has launched a pilot program to make standardized tests optional in its admissions process. The program may have some positive effects for applicants who hope to enroll at the college in fall 2013. Under the new guidelines, applicants with a weighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher will not be required to submit SAT or ACT test scores. In lieu of the standardized tests, students will need to submit supplemental materials...
STUDENT BLOG: Do What You Love and Love What You Do! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - POP QUIZ! Okay people, this is a really important pop quiz question. Okay, ready? What is your favorite band/musician/group etc.? You have 5 seconds, GO! ... You all pass, huzzah here's your degree, you're ready for the world! If only it was that easy, but anyway back to the point. You may be wondering why I asked this specific question, knowing that I wouldn't hear your answer since I'm not psychic or anything, so why? WELL I'll tell you...
Students Told: "Don't take your young healthy body for granted."
"Learn how to find the balance. Understand that this [college] is a stepping stone for the rest of your life," Elaine Pasqua, an advocate for right choices, told Catawba College students on Feb. 14. Speaking in Keppel Auditorium, she encouraged them "to learn to be comfortable with who you are" and to "put your goals first and your academics first."
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (2/11)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in the following recent articles about current political topics. Read the articles...
Participants in Center for Environment's Faith Workshop Learn about Environmental Stewardship
Nearly 50 individuals learned about everything from harnessing the sun's energy to engaging young people in eco-friendly efforts February 7 at the Center for the Environment's Faith, Spirituality and Environmental Stewardship Workshop. Participants drove as much as two hours to the Catawba College campus to gather information they could take back to their faith communities.
BLOG: New Challenges? Mission Accepted! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - *The phone rings* Leanna answers the phone anxiously. "Hello?" The Boss calls with a new mission for her." Leanna, it's The Boss ... I have a new mission for you. If you decide to accept, this mission requires you to go into a completely different world that you've never seen before ... do you accept?" There's a pause at the other end, but Leanna takes a deep breath and answers this very important question. "I accept."
The Best Kept Secret in the Heart of North Carolina
Ask residents of Asheboro and Randolph County what they can tell you about the Black Lake Retreat Center and you will likely get an answer such as, "What is that?" Just across Highway 220 from the N.C. Zoological Park is what has been up to this point in time almost a "hidden treasure." Riding past rolling fields and pastures that flank New Hope Road, one suddenly comes upon a lighted, paved parking lot that serves a state of the art conference center.
Catawba College Offers New Service-Oriented Environmental Scholarship Program
Catawba College will launch a new Environmental Stewards and Scholars Scholarship Program this fall through the college's Center for the Environment. These scholarships are being offered in addition to the academic scholarships the college currently offers to students majoring in one of the four environmental degree programs: Environmental Education, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies or Sustainable Business and Community Development.
Dark Comedy, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," Runs Feb. 19-23
A dark comedy that deals with big issues, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," plays in Catawba College's Hedrick Little Theatre Feb. 19-23. The College Theatre Department offers performances at 6:55 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20, and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23. The play, written by Academy Award and Tony Award winner, Tom Stoppard, takes two small characters from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and turns them into larger than life comics in his hysterical and absurdist piece.
Center for Environment at Catawba Releases Video on National Environmental Summit
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College recently posted an 8½ -minute video on its website about the 2012 National Environmental Summit, which brought high school students from across the country to the Catawba campus to learn how they could use their talents to effect positive change in the world. John Wear, executive director of the Center, taped a number of the summit activities and interviewed about a dozen of the participants near the end of the session last July.
Catawba College Environmental Students Help Preserve Uwharrie Longleaf Pine
Catawba College Environmental Science and Sustainable Business students greeted the cold and clear first day of February by assisting the N.C. Zoological Park in management of a significant tract of longleaf pine in the Uwharrie region of northern Montgomery County. The Nichols Tract, a 116-acre property containing one of the finest examples of a piedmont longleaf pine community in North Carolina, was recently purchased by the N.C. Zoological Park and Salisbury's Land Trust...
Catawba College Student-Athlete Receives 2013 Sacks for Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship
Catawba College freshman, Nathan Hatley, is one of the recipients of a 2013 Sacks for Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship, awarded by the Boomer Esiason Foundation. Nathan was one of the $10,000 scholarship recipients announced on Super Bowl Sunday. "This scholarship is going straight toward my tuition," Hatley said, noting that he had submitted his application materials for the scholarship to the Foundation in early January. "I'm just so grateful to have received it."
Catawba Student Named Miss Queen City 2013, Set to Compete in Miss N.C. Pageant
Catawba College student TyNia Rene' Brandon of Charlotte was crowned Miss Queen City 2013 on January 5 and is set to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina at the state pageant. The daughter of Tyrone and Sharon Brandon, she is a junior at Catawba, pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre. During the Miss Queen City Pageant, TyNia sang an Italian aria entitled "Star Vichino." She won the talent portion of the pageant with this moving operatic love song rendition.
STUDENT BLOG: Sisters, Sisters There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters... (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 -You know that moment when you're trying to think of that perfect topic to write about and then in a second you strike gold? That happened to me this morning folks, so here we go! Being here at Catawba, I have quickly built relationships that I know will last me a lifetime, but the one relationship in my life that has been constant and I cherish more than anything is the relationship I have with my sister. (Insert pause so you can grab a tissue)
New Scholarship Honors '70 Alumnus upon His Retirement from Catawba
When Gordon A. Kirkland, Jr. '70 of Clemmons retired as director of athletic development at Catawba College in December, he did so quietly, likely hoping for little or no fanfare. Instead, he received a tribute in the form of a new Endowed Scholarship, established in his honor by his fellow alumni, members of the Catawba Chiefs Club members with whom he had worked, and friends.
College Alumnus and Trustee Is One of Three Picked for NC State Board of Education
Catawba College Alumnus and Trustee Gregory M. Alcorn '79 of Salisbury is one of three new members appointed by N.C. Governor Pat McCrory '78 to the State Board of Education. That announcement was made Wednesday, Jan. 30. McCrory told N.C. legislative leaders that he had chosen Bill Cobey of Durham, Greg Alcorn of Salisbury and Becky Taylor of Greenville to the state's policy-making board for the public schools. The General Assembly must vote to confirm the new governor's choices.
Bitzer: Foxx Backs Gun Control but Declines Mayors Group
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured on the WCNC.com website. Bitzer discussed Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who has been outspoken in his support for a ban on assault weapons and high-magazine clips but has declined to join the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Read the full story...
Feb. 22nd Piano Concert Continues Catawba Artist Series
A free program of piano music by Patrick Behringer at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel continues the Catawba Artist Series for spring semester. Behringer will perform works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev. Behringer performs throughout the Fort Worth, Texas area and maintains a private piano studio there. He is a regular lecture recitalist in public schools as part of the Fort Worth Contemporary Music Fund's education program, "The Legacy of the Americas."
Catawba College Student Receives $500 Scholarship
junior, Kedtrin Gallagher of Little River, S.C., is one of 23 college students to receive a $500 scholarship from Dr. Pepper's 2012 N.C. Scholarship Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes ran from August 1 through December 31, 2012. Kedtrin learned she was one of the tuition money winners after she returned to campus from the college's Christmas holiday break.
Faith, Spirituality & Environmental Stewardship Workshops at Center for Environment
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will host Faith, Spirituality and Environmental Stewardship Workshops to bring together people who would like to share their experiences with green projects in their congregations with those who want to learn how to implement projects in their own faith communities. "This workshop is based on the understanding that the people in the trenches are the experts," says Dr. John Wear, executive director of the Center for the Environment.
Center for Environment Accepting Applications Now for July National Environmental Summit
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College is now accepting applications for its third annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students, scheduled for July 9-13. The summit, "Redesigning Our Future," is open to high school students from across the country who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Catawba's Blue Masque to Offer "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot"
by Sydney Berk '13, Encino, Calif. -Catawba College's steamy and bold production of "References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot" opens at 7:30 p.m. February 6 and runs through February 9 in Catawba College's Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. Catawba's Blue Masque, the largest and oldest student club on campus, takes theatre-goers to a new world of magical realism during the course of this comedy drama.
Former Catawba College Teammates Will Be Rivals at Feb. 3rd Super Bowl XLVII
Two Catawba College alumni and former football teammates will be across the field from each other in New Orleans during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. San Francisco 49ers Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula '90 and Baltimore Ravens Kicking Consultant Randy Brown '89 will share both a Catawba connection and a healthy rivalry at the game.
Catawba's "The Life of Galileo" to Compete in Festival; Special Production Set for Jan. 31
Catawba College's fall 2012 production of "The Life of Galileo" was selected to compete at the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) for Region 4 in Albany, Ga., in early February. The Catawba Theatre Department will offer a special, free viewing of the production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, the week prior to the competition, in Hedrick Theatre on campus. Faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to attend.
Catawba's Alpha Chi Chapter Named a Star Chapter
Catawba College's North Carolina Omicron chapter of Alpha Chi was recently recognized as a Star Chapter for the 2011-2012 academic year, one of only 32 chapters nationally to earn this designation. The Omicron chapter will be formally recognized during the awards presentation at the 2013 National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., April 4-6.
Bitzer: N.C. Republicans Could Offer GOP Blueprint
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured on the CharlotteObserver.com website regarding the possible influence of N.C. Republicans on a future GOP blueprint.
BLOG: "Then Have the Courage to Fail Big and Stick Around..." (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - *Now back to your original programming* And we're back Catawba! Yes I understand we've been back for about two weeks, but just go with it. While I thoroughly enjoyed my break, I was ready to return to school.
STUDENT BLOG: Why Liberal Arts? (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Sydney Berk '13 - Currently in my final semester of college, 4 years of studying, listening, reading and slaving over papers will culminate in a project that is near and dear to my heart. I will be directing my first full length show, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot by Jose Rivera. For the past 6 months, I have had the complex task of researching and prepping for this project.
Catawba College Baseball Coach Honored with Two Awards
Catawba College Baseball Coach Jim Gantt was recently awarded the 2012 Walter Rabb Award, presented annually to the North Carolina Amateur Baseball Coach of the Year. This is the second time that he has been honored with this award; he also received it in 2002. Gantt's 2012 team went to the 2012 NCAA II College World Series with a 45-17 record, the second most wins in school history. In his 17th year serving as head baseball coach...
Catawba Professor Serves as Moderator
Dr. Buster Smith, an assistant professor of sociology at Catawba College, recently served as a moderator for a panel discussion on Arts of Faith held at Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury. The discussion was held Jan. 17. Smith, who joined the Catawba faculty at the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, is interested in the study of the sociology of religion.
"Surviving the Party" Program Scheduled Feb. 14 at Catawba
Elaine Pasqua, an advocate for right choices, will speak at Catawba College's Keppel Auditorium at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. She will offer a high-energy program entitled, "Sex and Excess: Surviving the Party," that will encourage students to make their goals a priority, as they examine why they engage in high-risk behaviors and how things can go wrong.
'83 Alumnus and His Parents Memorialize Brother through Scholarship
A new scholarship fund established at Catawba College will provide music scholarships for students from Rowan County. Steven J. Shuping and his parents, Romas and Sarah Shuping, all of Salisbury, established the Romas H. Shuping, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of their brother and son. Steve Shuping, a 1983 alumnus of Catawba, says the new scholarship was a tangible way to memorialize his brother who died accidentally in 1967 at age eight. "All of my siblings have played music...
BLOG: Bitzer on GOP Legislative Leaders Make Clear Who's in Charge
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured on the SalisburyPost.com website. The article featured the following excerpt from a blog that Bitzer wrote for "The Party Line" political blog at www.wfae.org: When the North Carolina General Assembly gaveled the two chambers into session, the leaders of the House and Senate took to their respective podiums to deliver their outlook on the upcoming biennium session...
Catawba's Athletic Training Hall of Fame to Induct Third Class of Members on Feb. 9th
New members will be inducted into the Catawba College Athletic Training Hall of Fame on Feb. 9. The induction of the Class of 2013 will take place between noon and 2 p.m. in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. The 2013 inductees, both from the Class of 1995, are Bryan Fass of Davidson and Carrie Graham of Coventry, Conn. Jeff Tucker '90 of Jensen Beach, Fla., an inductee in the Class of 2012, was unable to attend last year's ceremony. Tucker will be on han
Locals Find Hope in Message from Governor, 1978 Catawba Alumnus Pat McCrory
by Nathan Hardin, Salisbury Post - As Gov. Pat McCrory stepped back from the microphone after his inaugural address Saturday, an audience peppered with Salisbury residents rose to its feet. Hope, some later said, had returned. Thousands gathered around the Capitol building's south lawn to hear the second swearing-in of McCrory and his first official speech. McCrory, the former mayor of Charlotte, is the first Republican governor in North Carolina in 20 years.
Jan. 20th Piano Concert Begins Catawba Artist Series
A free piano concert provided by Catawba College adjunct faculty member, Wei Jiao, at 3 p.m. Sunday Jan. 20, in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel kicks off a Catawba Artist Series for spring semester. Jiao will perform works of Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and modern Chinese composer Zhou Long.
STUDENT BLOG: "For the Holidays You Can't Beat Home Sweet Home" (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Well I'm sure the title of this blog post gives it away, but I'll say it anyway ... man, am I happy to be home for the holidays! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Catawba and have come to find that I miss school... I know right, you miss school? ...but after working so hard this semester and especially those exams, I feel that I and the rest of you lovely folks have been counting down the minutes and seconds until the beautiful, month-long holiday break!
Students Take Part in Inauguration Events for N.C. Governor Pat McCrory '78
Catawba College students will participate in several inauguration events for North Carolina's new governor, 1978 Catawba alumnus, Pat McCrory. Catawba's Vernaculars All Stars will perform between 7:30 and 8 p.m. on Friday, January 11 at the Inauguration Ball. Students Olivia Albertson of Thomasville, Silas Boyle of Louisville, Ky., Jacob Martin of St. Louis, Mo., Greg Moore of Durham and Allijah Motika of Asheville will be accompanied by Department Chair and Director of Popular Music and...
Catawba College Dean's List Announced
A total of 267 students have been named to the Dean's List for the 2012 Fall semester at Catawba College, according to Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr., Provost of the College. Traditional Day program students named to the Dean's List have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in 15 or more semester hours. School of Evening and Graduate Studies students named have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in at least 12 semester hours.
Regional Professional Learning Day Set at Catawba for Feb. 23
The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) will host a Regional Professional Learning Day on the campus of Catawba College on Saturday, February 23. This training day for pre-service and current teachers, as well as National Board candidates, is one of five sessions being held across the state.
More Than 200 Choral Students Sing at Catawba during Honor Choir Festival
More than 240 middle and high school choral students participated in the first annual Catawba College Honor Choir Festival held Friday, January 4th, 2013 on Catawba's campus. Those participating were seventh through twelfth grade students who had been selected from participating schools across North Carolina. They rehearsed throughout the day and offered a well-attended evening performance at 7 p.m. in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
Catawba College Professor Attends Conference
Dr. Eric R. Hake, Associate Professor of Economics and Department Chair of Business & Economics at Catawba College, recently attended the annual conference of the Association for Evolutionary Economics in San Diego, Calif., a conference he helped organize as the secretary of the Association.
Jan. 15th Forum Features Tales from North Carolina Bookwatch
D.G. Martin, President of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund, has hosted UNC-TV's "North Carolina Bookwatch," the state's premier literary series, for the past 13 years. At the January 15th Catawba College Community Forum, Martin will describe lessons he has learned about North Carolina's rich literary traditions while hosting Bookwatch. The forum, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall.
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (1/7)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in the following recent articles about current political topics. Read the articles below:
Bitzer: Recent Stories in Politics
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in several recent articles about current political topics. Read the articles below...
Catawba Alumnus Pilot of Famous Flying Dud
The discovery of the rare wreckage of a Brewster Buffalo plane in only 10 feet of water has rekindled interest in the aircraft. Amidst the history of American military aviation, the rounded, snub-nosed fighter stands out as a turkey. The day of ignominy for the plane was in the epic Battle of Midway (June 1942), when a number of Marine pilots engaged Japanese Zeroes in dogfights above Midway Atoll, strategically located roughly 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu. Only five returned...
Catawba Alumni Create Young Theatre Artist Development Fund
The Catawba College School of Performing Arts announced that Catawba College alumni Dr. Ralph G. Perrino, Founder and Director of Northern Virginia Tutoring Service, LLC, and Ms. J. Denise Perrino, charter inductee of The Catawba Blue Masque Hall of Fame in 2008 in recognition of her meritorious life in the theatre, have created the "Young Theatre Artist Development Fund."
Catawba Alumnus Named Top Five Finalist for 2013 Excellence In Teaching Award
Catawba alumnus Paul Ken Clifton has been selected as one of five finalists among the 58 North Carolina community colleges for the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award. Clifton received the Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, where he is an instructor for Computer Information Technology. By receiving this honor, Clifton was designated the college's nominee for the 2012 North Carolina Community College System's R.J. Reynolds Excellence in Teaching Award.
Hamilton-Whitener Scholarship Will Benefit Children of UCC Ministers
Children of a United Church of Christ ordained minister who have financial need and good academic standing will benefit from a new scholarship established at Catawba College by the Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Hamilton '55 and wife Jane Whitener Hamilton '53 of Newton. The couple, who met at Catawba while students, know how vital financial assistance can be to students attending college. "We know how important it is to have help when you need it," Jane explained. "A friend stepped forth and helped to make
Donor Funds Scholarships in Honor of Four College Trustees
An anonymous donor has provided funds to established endowed scholarships at Catawba in honor of four members of the Board of Trustees. The scholarships were created to recognize the contributions of Trustees Daniel "Dan" Bross '71 of Issaquah, Wash., William "Bill" Graham '83 of Salisbury, Richard "Dick" Seiwell '67 of West Chester, Pa., and Mona Lisa Wallace of Salisbury.
Catawba Professor, Author and Actor Will Be Keynote for 10th Annual Lilly Colloquium
The 10th annual Lilly Colloquium will feature Catawba professor, author and actor, Dr. Kurt Corriher, who will emphasize the importance of examining the artistic dimension of our lives. The colloquium keynote is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel and is free and open to the public.
Catawba College Honor Society Inducts New Members
Catawba College's Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology inducted three new members on December 4. The new members are Benjamin S. Patterson of Rockwell, a psychology major; Jordan M. Greene of Oak Island, a business administration major and psychology minor; and C. Denise Grissom of Stokesdale, an elementary education major and psychology minor.
Students and Faculty Members Welcomed to Catawba's Teacher Education Program
In a formal pinning ceremony held in late October, thirty eight Catawba College students and two faculty members were accepted into the Department of Teacher Education at the college. The ceremony, held in Hedrick Little Theatre, was sponsored by the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE). Ms. Laura Ritchie, a 2011 Catawba alumna, shared remarks about her perspective on teaching and a reception followed in the Peeler Crystal Lounge.
Catawba College Honor Choir Festival Set for Jan. 4
The 1st Annual Catawba College Honor Choir Festival will be held Friday, January 4th, 2013 on Catawba's campus. The more than 150 seventh through twelfth grade students that have been selected from participating schools across North Carolina will rehearse throughout the day and will offer an evening performance at 7 p.m. in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
VIDEO: Bitzer Discusses DeMint's Announcement
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, chair of and an associate professor of history and politics at Catawba was recently interviewed by WSOC-TV and News14 Carolina to discuss South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint's resignation announcement.
Andie Overbeck Lynch '06 Welcomed as New Director of Retention
Catawba welcomed a new Director of Retention and Academic Support Services in September. Andie Overbeck Lynch '06 filled the position and will focus on ensuring that students progress in their college experience without academic or social difficulties.
E-CARD: Holiday Memories from Catawba College
During this holiday season, we pause to reflect on all the wonderful memories of holidays and Christmases gone by. We invite you to catch a glimpse of some of the favorite holiday memories from the Catawba College community. We hope these special moments bring you additional warmth and joy this holiday season. View Catawba's 2012 holiday e-card below...
Dr. J. Daniel Brown Book Collection Dedicated at Catawba
Longtime Catawba College religion and philosophy faculty member, Dr. J. Daniel Brown, was honored at the college on Dec. 6 when his book collection was dedicated. The J. Daniel Brown Book Collection will be housed in room 312 of Hedrick Administration Building, a small, intimate seminar room with a large built-in bookcase. A commemorative plaque, describing the collection and including a photo of Dr. Brown, is displayed on the door into room 312.
First-Generation, First-Year Seminar Class at Catawba Makes a Pact to Graduate
Students in Dr. Julie Chamberlain's First Generation First Year Seminar (FYS) Class at Catawba College this fall, "FIRST!," were uniquely suited to consider their seminar topic. They all are first-generation college students, including their professor, a first generation college graduate, and they pondered "What does it mean to be first?" in the context of their class.
Leaving Other Options Behind, Justin Smith '13 Is Med School Bound
Senior Justin Smith of Greensboro says he wants to keep maximizing his options in the future if possible, and when he made a decision late during fall semester to attend medical school, he felt it was "the right one – the one that will be of the most benefit to me." The pre-med student, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, had plenty of options open to him as he entered his final spring semester at Catawba. That was thanks in large part to opportunities he created for himself.
Tips for Relieving Stress during Exams
By Raven Canty ’13 of Seagrove, N.C. - It's that time again, when students are studying for final exams. They are pulling out all of their notes from their classes and starting study groups. It's also the time when students are stressed the most. There are some steps, as a student myself, that I take so as not to stress as much or at all. Here are the things I always try to do...
Bitzer Featured on Carolina Business Review's "Election Debrief" Segment
Associate Professor of Political Science and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer will be featured this week on the "Carolina Business Review: Election Debrief" segment. Air dates/times below...
Make a Club P-E-R-F-E-C-T
By Raven Canty ’13 of Seagrove, N.C. - For many seniors in college, their last year is pretty easy but for some that like to add a little more in the place of where they have nothing to do. I was one of those who added more, one being the president/ leader some clubs. And running a club can be very complicated between running meeting to setting up an event. Now that I have been leading for some time I have started to lead by some simple standards...
ALUMNI BLOG: Road Trip to Alaska
by Frances Livesay and Guy Rich, Class of 1961 - Recently Guy & I looked at the calendar and realized that if we were ever going to see Alaska, it was time to go. Off we went to AAA Travel Agency for maps and tour books and a "pep talk" from a AAA rep. He was excited about the trip and did a good sell job.
Curtis Walker Named Head Football Coach at Catawba College
Catawba College has announced that Curtis Walker, a former All-American player for the Indians, has accepted the position of head football coach. The announcement was made today by Brien Lewis, Catawba's president. Walker, defensive coordinator at Western Carolina University since last January, follows Chip Hester, who resigned on Nov. 16 after 11 seasons. Hester will remain at Catawba as Director of Athletic Development, replacing Gordon Kirkland who is retiring at the end of December.
Premier of Student Sci-Fi Film, "Vector" Dec. 5
Catawba Honors students in Dr. Connie Lowery’s "Real vs. Reel Biology" class this fall have written, produced, and starred in an original short Sci-Fi movie. The premier of this film, "Vector," will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus.
Students Learn That Manners Matter
Catawba students were treated to a formal dinner Wednesday, complete with fine china, fancy dishes and all the facts they need to know about proper manners for such an occasion. The Career Services Office, along with the Ketner School of Business, hosted the Manners Matter Dinner. Catawba faculty served as the wait staff. Oliver Scott, Assistant to the President for Special Events, shared tips on the proper way to dine, including which fork to use when (work from the outside in), how to pass the
Catawba Professor Delivers Paper at Conference
Dr. Aaron Butler, Assistant Professor of English at Catawba College, delivered a paper at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, held November 1-3, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The title of Butler's paper was " 'The [a]isle is full of noises': Using Contemporary Music to Enhance Performances at the Blackfriars Playhouse."
Chamberlain Honored with Wingate's Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Julie Rhyne Chamberlain, an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the Sacred Music Concentration at Catawba College, recently received Wingate University's Distinguished Alumni Award, that University's highest alumni honor.
Catawba SGA Scholarships Help 13 Students Travel to Academic Conferences during Fall Semester
Catawba College students attended or will attend the Stanford Biochemistry Departmental Symposium in Santa Cruz, Calif., the 2012 National Leadership Conference in Charlotte, the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference in Atlanta, Ga., and the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Louisville, Ky., all thanks to new SGA-funded scholarships.
SEGS Open Houses Set for December 3 and 4
Two open houses for Catawba's Evening Program are scheduled in December. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about the evening degrees offered by the School of Evening & Graduate Studies. View details on the open houses and programs...
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (11/26/12)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles this week about current political topics. Read the articles below...
STUDENT BLOG: So Much To Be Thankful For! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - I have never been more tired than I was the week before Thanksgiving break! I was praying, pleading for the break to get here as fast as it possibly could. Along with being EXTREMELY busy working my fingers to the bone to make sure people got their tickets to the amazing show of Legally Blonde by our even more amazing theatre department, I also had the opportunity to have a prospective student stay in my dorm and give her a little taste of Catawba.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Fun and Photos with Santa
The Catawba College community celebrated its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service together on Monday, November 19 in the Cannon Student Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the President's Office.
Students Hope Shoeboxes Bring Smiles
On November 13th, over 100 volunteers participated in the second annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party – a joint effort of Volunteer Catawba and the Student Affairs Office. The smell of fresh popped popcorn and hot chocolate - as well as the sound of familiar Christmas tunes - filled the air, as energetic “elves” packed a total of 360 gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child. These gifts will be distributed to children in impoverished and war torn countries by Samaritan’s Purse...
Hester Resigns as Football Coach, Accepts New Challenge at Catawba
Catawba College announced today that Chip Hester has resigned his position as head football coach. Hester has accepted the position of Director of Athletic Development at Catawba, a position that will be vacated in December with the retirement of Gordon Kirkland, Jr. '70, who joined the college in 2000. Hester's new position is part of Catawba's Development Office and includes oversight of the Chiefs Club, the athletics' booster club.
Catawba College Professor Discusses International Business With Nicaraguan Students
Catawba College Professor Richard Browne recently shared insights in his presentation "Strategy vs. Execution – which matters more in achieving global business success?" while lecturing to the Master's of Business class at the Universidad Americana, Managua, Nicaragua. Browne, who lectures in International Business at Catawba's Ketner School of Business, utilized case studies from several Fortune 500 companies to highlight the factors for winning at business in the global arena.
STUDENT BLOG: So Many Options to Choose from... (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - "Previously on 'As Catawba Turns,' Leanna had just finished her run of the show Charlotte's Web and didn't know what she was going to do with her nights after all her homework was done, what will she do now?!" ...oh come on, y'all know me well enough by now to know I have to start the blog off with something dramatic. So what am I involved in now you ask? Well calm down, I'll tell you.
Students "See What Success Looks Like" at Ketner School of Business Hall of Fame
One of the individuals inducted into Catawba College's Ketner School of Business Hall of Fame on November 13 was the man who started it in 2007. Philip J. Kirk ’67 of Raleigh, a member of the Business Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012, was credited with establishing the Hall of Fame when he was employed at Catawba as the Vice President of External Relations.
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (11/12/12)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles this week about current political topics. Read the articles below:
VIDEO: From Germany with Love (A Catawba Story)
by Melanie Goergmaier '05 (Business Administration Alumnus) - Goergmaier recounts why she came to Catawba College and what has resulted from her experiences there. Watch this Catawba Story...
Catawba Ecological Preserve Named for Fred Stanback in Surprise Ceremony
Catawba College's 189-acre environmental preserve was named for environmental champion Fred Stanback on November 8 in a special surprise ceremony honoring the longtime benefactor and advocate of the Center for the Environment.
Catawba English Department Sponsors Evening of Poetry, Fiction, & Song on Nov. 15
Poet and fiction writer Debra Daniel and singer/songwriter Jack McGregor will perform their work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 15, in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus. The performance of poetry, flash fiction, and songs is sponsored by the English Department and is free and open to the public. A Q&A session focusing on the differences in poetry and song lyrics will follow the performance.
Catawba College Writer-in Residence Will Have Collection of Poetry Published
Dr. Janice Fuller, Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English at Catawba College, has had her fourth collection of poetry entitled On the Bevel accepted for publication in 2014 by Cinnamon Press in Wales. An independent press, Cinnamon has published books from Wales, Scotland, England Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, the US, and China. Their books have won the Wales Book of the Year awarded by Literature Wales and the Sundial Scottish Arts Best First Book of the Year.
North Carolina's New Governor is '78 Catawba Alumnus, Pat McCrory
North Carolina's new governor is 1978 Catawba College alumnus, Pat McCrory. McCrory, a seven-term mayor of Charlotte, successfully ran as N.C.'s Republican gubernatorial candidate, defeating Democratic nominee and N.C. Lt. Governor, Walter Dalton, in the Nov. 6 election.
Catawba's November Community Forum Focuses on A Child's First Five Formative Years
Learn why birth to five years of age are a child's most formative years at Catawba College's November Community Forum. Deborah K. Howell, M.Ed., Assistant Director at Partners in Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center in Salisbury, will be the keynote speaker at the event scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Tom Smith Auditorium on the Catawba campus.
Catawba College Professor Takes a Very Close Look at Mayberry on Nov. 13
By Lisa Thornton - Like most, Gary Freeze enjoyed "The Andy Griffith Show" in the same familiar progression as other Southerners: He laughed at its silly antics in his childhood, and reminisced like old friends when he revisited the characters in reruns as an adult. But for Freeze, a Statesville native and professor of North Carolina history at Catawba College in Salisbury, his views on the show don't stop there.
Catawba Trustees Approve Three Percent Increase in Tuition, Room & Board for '13-'14
Catawba College students will see a modest three percent increase in tuition, room and board costs for the 2013-2014 academic year. College trustees made that decision at their October board meeting rather than in the spring, in order to give both current and prospective students and their families plenty of time to plan for next year.
Catawba's Annual Service of Lessons and Carols Marks 25th Anniversary
Catawba College's annual Service of Lessons and Carols marks its 25th anniversary this year and those attending will hear the story of the birth of Christ in both scripture and song. Members of the general public are invited to attend the Service in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on Thursday, November 29. The Service of Lessons and Carols will be offered to special guests of the college on two additional nights – Monday, Nov. 26 and Tuesday, Nov. 27, but these performances are not open to the general..
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (11/5/12)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles this week about current political topics. Read the articles below...
VIDEO: Where There's a Will, There's The Catawba Way (A Catawba Story)
by Doyle A. Luckenbaugh '62 (Religion and Philosophy / History Alumnus) - Luckenbaugh recounts how Catawba faculty and staff came together to help him find the light at the end of the tunnel in the most desperate of circumstances.
Catawba Stages "Legally Blonde, The Musical!" Nov. 15-17
Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law! Add some music and dancing to this plotline, and you've got "Legally Blonde, The Musical!"
Catawba Gospel Choir to Perform Nov. 4 under Direction of Dennis Reed '06
Catawba College's Gospel Choir, under the direction of Young-Artist-In-Residence and Inspire the Fire founder, Dennis Reed '06, will offer a free fall concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The concert, which is open to the public, is scheduled in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center.
Catawba Alumnae Bring Halloween to Weant Street Apartments
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Catawba College alumnae Sally Schultz and Katiearl Etters graduated from the Teacher Education program) By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com - They weren't dressed the part, but three teachers from Hanford Dole Elementary School were sure acting like fairy godmothers Wednesday as they stood in the parking lot of Weant Street Apartments giving out candy and school supplies.
STUDENT BLOG: Where Did the Time Go? (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
Well hi there fellow Catawba peeps, it has been a long time since my last post and I know that you all have been sitting next to your computers every hour, minute and second waiting for a new post, so take a deep breath and enjoy this one. This past week, the run of Charlotte's Web came to a close. It seems like it was only yesterday when I was allowed to have my script in front of me ... ah, good times. Then all of a sudden it was "cue lights, cue sound and places!" I mean seriously people, whe
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (10/30/12)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles this week about current political topics. Read the articles below...
At Inauguration, President Lewis Quotes Yoda and Reminds: "Always in motion is the future."
Catawba College's 23rd President Brien Lewis conjured images of an exciting voyage into the future for the college at his inauguration ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 28. The ceremony marked an official beginning for the 45-year-old president, who joined the college in April.
Catawba Welcomed Alums for Homecoming 2012
Catawba alumni found it was good to see and be seen when they came home to their alma mater for Homecoming 2012. The smiles, the hugs, the laughter told the tales of fond memories and good times. View photos from Homecoming Weekend 2012 below...
Four Catawba College Alumni Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Awards
At a barbecue luncheon that was part of the college's Homecoming Weekend activities, four individuals were honored as recipients of Catawba College's Distinguished Alumnus Award on Saturday, Oct. 27. The honorees include 1979 alumnus Michael S. Bauk of Salisbury; 1955 alumnus the Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Hamilton of Newton; 1971 alumnus Dr. Dolan Hubbard of Timonium, Md.; and 1951 alumnus Jack Ward of Mocksville.
Homecoming Queen and King Crowned, Court Announced
Members of the senior class, Denise Grissom of Stokesdale and Drew Laurens of Salisbury were crowned Homecoming Queen and King for the 2012-2013 academic year during halftime of Catawba College's Homecoming football game against North Greenville on Oct. 27.
Plastic Ducks Raise Money for Turkeys
Catawba College's Residence Life staff will be using plastic ducks for the ninth consecutive year to raise money to buy Thanksgiving turkey dinners for needy local families. Over the past eight years, more than 1,100 families have been provided with Thanksgiving meals, thanks to the annual Thanksgiving Duck Draw project. This year, the project's goal is to provide meals for an additional 150 families.
Alumnae's Theatre Company to Offer Production of Fiction at Catawba
Three Bone Theatre, a production company started by two Catawba College alumnae, will offer its first production of Fiction at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 4 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. Tickets are $10 per person and reservations for them can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ketner School of Business Hall of Fame to Tap Six Inductees
Catawba College's Ketner School of Business will induct six individuals into its 2012 Business Hall of Fame on Tuesday, November 13. The 11 a.m. ceremony, free and open to the public, will be held in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Speaker Warns of "A Few Beers Here and a Few Beers There"
Traumatic brain injury survivor and motivational speaker Scott Maloney told Catawba College students gathered Oct. 23 on campus that he is "the king of poor decision-making" who is sharing his cautionary tale to "save a life." Maloney, who fell from his dormitory roof in 2004 after a Friday night of beer drinking, spoke at Catawba as part of the college's Alcohol Awareness Week activities (Oct. 19-25). Today, thanks to modern medicine, prayer and determination, the 29-year-old Maloney...
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (10/26/12)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles this week about current political topics. Read the articles below...
The Experience of an Internship and the Ability to Make a Difference
Fourteen Catawba College students employed their unique gifts and talents in service to others as interns with tax-exempt nonprofit organizations during the summer of 2012. Funding and coordination for the program were provided through the college's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. While these students clearly benefitted from the experiential learning opportunities offered through such internships, they also filled vital roles within the programs they served.
Catawba's First-Year Students Showcase Their Talents in Free Production of "Charlotte's Web"
A free production of "Charlotte's Web," will be offered by Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, October 23-25, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. Suitable for all ages, this stage adaptation of the classic children's novel by E.B. White is offered by Catawba's first-year students and is the second student-directed show of the season.
Four Catawba College Alumni to Be Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Awards
Four individuals will be honored as recipients of Catawba College's Distinguished Alumnus Award on Saturday, Oct. 27 during a barbecue luncheon scheduled in Goodman Gymnasium as part of the college's Homecoming Weekend activities. The honorees include 1979 alumnus Michael S. Bauk of Salisbury; 1955 alumnus the Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Hamilton of Newton; 1971 alumnus Dr. Dolan Hubbard of Timonium, Md.; and 1951 alumnus Jack Ward of Mocksville.
Marvin Ridge High's Band is Grand Champion of Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic
Marvin Ridge High School of Charlotte was the winner of the Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic cup at the competition held at Catawba College on Saturday, Oct. 13 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 Mr. Jay Meachum.
Catawba College's 23rd President to Be Installed
Catawba College will install its 23rd president, W. Brien D. Lewis, during a 3 p.m. ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Keppel Auditorium on campus. Members of the Salisbury-Rowan community are invited to the installation that concludes the college's homecoming weekend activities planned for Oct. 26-28.
An American Perspective on the Death of the Cambodian King
By Dr. Paul Baker, Catawba College Professor of Mathematics and Part-time Missionary - The e-mails and Facebook postings began arriving about 9:00 Sunday night - 10:00 Monday morning in Cambodia. Norodom Sihanouk, the Pere-Roi, the Father King, who led Cambodia for the past seventy-one years, had died.
Catawba Campus to Mark National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
tt Maloney, a young man who survived a traumatic brain injury that resulted from a rooftop fall after a college night of drinking, will share his story with students at Catawba College at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Goodman Gymnasium. Maloney's appearance on campus is one of several events being coordinated through Catawba's Office of Student Affairs to mark National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Oct. 19-25.
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (10/15/12)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured in several articles this week about current political topics. Read the articles below:
VIDEO: Bitzer on Privacy Concerns over Use of Smartphone Apps in Presidential Campaigns
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent WSOC-TV segment regarding privacy concerns surrounding the use of smartphone apps in Presidential campaigns. Bitzer said the app is effective and important for Obama's campaign, the only one using an app this advanced so far. "It will probably be widely used as cellphone technology, smartphone technology continues to advance," Bitzer said.
Catawba Students Register for J Term Classes
Catawba College students are now registering for "J Term" courses that will allow them to take a one to three-hour online class or travel abroad during Catawba's winter term, the December-January time that coincides with Christmas break. Courses offered and enrollment in the "J term" has doubled since it was initially offered in the 2009-2010 academic year. Courses offered during Catawba's J term are only available to Catawba College students...
Catawba Alumnus Enthralls Students with Story of Embracing Education
Repeating third grade was the best thing that ever happened to the Rev. Larry Bullock. Bullock related the story to French Academy students on Friday as part of the History Makers program, a national archive of black leaders who visit schools to tell their stories and urge children to make a serious commitment to their own education and success.
STUDENT BLOG: Headin' Back to the 804! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Well folks, it's finally here ... what we've all been waiting for ... FALL BREAK!! Whether you're going home or staying with a friend nearby, the fact remains that we have a few days off school! Don't get me wrong, I am LOVING school but everybody needs a break after working...
A Student Perspective on Catawba’s Health Fair
By Raven Canty '13 - Catawba College’s Wellness Committee sponsored a Health Fair on Friday, October 5th in Leonard Lounge. To pull off the event, the Wellness Committee partnered with many Rowan County agencies and health care providers, including Rowan Regional Medical Center - Novant Healthcare, Maxim, YMCA of Rowan County, Family Crisis Council, and the Pregnancy Support Center. In addition there were some clubs and staff members who played active roles in the Health Fair, including...
VIDEO: Leadership Rowan Visits the Center for the Environment at Catawba College
The Rowan Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Rowan Class of 2012-13 visited the Center for the Environment at Catawba College. Watch a video of highlights from the visit below...
Forum to Explore Polarized Political Pickings for the Presidency
With the 2012 election headed to a photo finish in key battleground states, Catawba College's Community Forum slated at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, will offer a timely analysis of this year's elections and what they may mean for the future. The event, to take place in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall on campus, is free and open to the public.
Volunteer Catawba Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Build Home by Christmas
Volunteer Catawba is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Rowan County and a local family to build a home by Christmas. The official ground-breaking for the home, located on Grants Crossing Lane, was held Saturday, September 22. The ceremony was attended by representatives of Habitat and Catawba College, as well as family members and friends of future homeowner, Kimberly Cornelius, and other community volunteers. Following a brief ceremony, which included music provide by members of the Corn
Bitzer on Clear Leader in Governor's Race
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent News14 article which discusses Democrat Walter Dalton hitting the campaign trail just one day after the first statewide television debate in this year's governor's race. While Dalton was talking education, others were talking about his chances at being the state's next top executive. "It would take, let's say a minor miracle to potentially pull that off. Stranger things have happened...
STUDENT BLOG: Happy 20th Birthday! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - "So how old are you, 18 or 19?" ... "20"... "Oh ... you're old!" Yes, I am and I still can't believe it! After I decided to come to Catawba, I was excited but also a little concerned because even without taking a gap year I still would have been older but now I'm almost a full two years older. I was worried that I wouldn't make friends as easy as I usually do because of the age difference, but I was wrong!
Catawba Website Rated in Top 100 of Nearly 3,000 Colleges and Universities' Sites
Again this year, Catawba College's Admissions website is among the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all sites rated. The site was recognized in the 14th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities.
Wildlife Photographer Shares Wood Duck Adventures at Center for Environment at Catawba
By Rebecca Rider - Conservation veteran Eugene Hester shared his wood duck adventures with 75 people September 27 at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.
STUDENT BLOG: Getting Whipped into Shape (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Katlyn Shaw '15 - OMIGOD YOU GUYS! On Monday I started rehearsals for our fall musical, Legally Blonde. I am so unbelievably excited to be apart of this show. Of course this means that I am beyond busy now, but that is something I am completely okay with. Spending my evenings learning music and choreography and blocking is exactly my idea of a perfect night. In the show, which I am sure you will all come see, I am a Delta Nu girl, part of the "Greek Chorus," and a Perfume Saleswoman...
Catawba College Lands $1.45 Million National Science Foundation Grant
Catawba College has received a $1.45 million grant from the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program of the National Science Foundation that will provide five years of support for scholarships and internships that help prepare Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors for teaching careers. This is the largest grant of this type that Catawba has ever received.
Catawba College Singers and Chamber Singers Present Fall Concert
The Catawba College Singers and the Chamber Singers will present their Fall Concert at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. The Singers, under the direction of Dr. Jim Shepherd, Catawba's director of choral music and assistant professor of music, will offer a variety of choral music during the program, including American Folk, Gospel, Classical, Traditional, Contemporary, and Multi-cultural selections.
Poet and Novelist to Read at Catawba College
Poet and novelist Alan Michael Parker will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 18, in Catawba College's Tom Smith Auditorium in Ketner Hall. The reading, sponsored by the College's English Department, is free and open to the public.
Business Professor Comments on New iPhone's Possible Effect on Economy
With the arrival of iPhone 5 and its record-breaking sales, experts are saying it could be a sign of recovery for the economy. Before lines to purchase the phone had even formed, pre-orders topped two million within the first 24 hours, according to Apple. It was projected that 10 million phones could be sold by Monday, September 24.
Family Weekend Celebrates Students and Their Families
Families joined their students on campus for Catawba's Family Weekend, Sept. 21-23. Saturday activities coincided with an Admissions Open House at the college and swelled the number of family members on campus with students, either enrolled or prospective.
New Members Inducted into National Honor Society at Catawba College
Eighteen new members were inducted into Catawba College's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, during an initiation ceremony held September 21 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the college's annual Family Weekend.
Catawba Faculty Member to Participate in "The Great Write Off"
Catawba College Assistant Professor of English, Forrest Anderson, is teaming up with other Southern writers to participate in "The Great Write Off" October 3-5. The Great Write Off fundraiser will support six non-profit organizations based in Michigan. According to its website (http://thegreatwriteoff.com), donations of any amount can be made to support the participating writer(s). The event aims to encourage writers by showing them how much their work is valued.
Catawba Offers "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" as Second Production of Season
By Kara Procell '13, Bel Air, Md. - A student-directed Italian farce, "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!" by Dario Fo, is Catawba College's second theatre production of the fall 2012 season. The show runs in Catawba's black box Florence Busby Corriher Theatre at 7:30 p.m. from October 2-6, and because it contains mild strong language, would be most suitable for young adults.
STUDENT BLOG: Family Weekend ... BOO YAH!! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - Theatre this and theatre that, that's all you've read in my blogs so far but this one is not going to be about that. "What?! But Leanna, that's all you talk about! What else is there in life but theatre??" Family Weekend! The time has come for the folks to come check up on us and I am so ecstatic!
Stars Come Out at Catawba
Check out who has been on the Catawba College campus in recent months...
Seventh Annual Marching Band Classic Slated at Catawba College
For the seventh consecutive year, area high school marching bands will converge on the Catawba College campus in October for a marching band competition. The Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic, formerly the Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic, begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 in Catawba's Shuford Stadium.
Catawba's Blue Masque Theatre Hall of Fame Inductees to Be Honored October 26
Catawba's Blue Masque Theatre Hall of Fame will honor four new inductees on Friday, October 26, during the college's Homecoming Weekend. Those being honored for their meritorious lives in the theatre arts includetheatre administrator and preservationist John Bell, class of 1976; dance administrator, choreographer, and teacher Richard Steinert, class of 1981; composer, song writer and sound designer Mike Yionoulis, class of 1988; and longtime Catawba theatre arts professor, Dayna Anderson.
Janice Fuller's 'Dix, A Story of the Back-Ward Women' to Have Its East Coast Premiere
An original play about the Dorothea Dix Hospital by Dr. Janice Fuller, Catawba's Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English; Directed by 2008 Catawba Alumna Brianna Smith - Dix, a Story of the Back-Ward Women is a new show by local Salisbury playwright and poet Janice Fuller. The play will be offered at Lee Street Theatre in collaboration with TapRoot Ensemble in its East Coast Premiere.
STUDENT BLOG: I Can't ... I Have Rehearsal (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Leanna Hicks '16 - "Hey Leanna, want to have a movie night and just hang out?" "Oh no sorry I can't, I have rehearsal." Oh how I have missed saying those words! The fact that saying this means that I basically have no life outside of the show, but I absolutely love it! This week was the first week of rehearsals for Charlotte's Web which means scarfing down your dinner because you know by the time rehearsal's done, all you have to look forward to in your room is...
Catawba Students Visit the President in His Home
Many students wonder what it would be like to meet their college president or even if they would ever have the chance to meet him/her. This year on our campus, for the first time, many students got the chance to meet Catawba College's new president, Brien Lewis.
Wildlife Photographer to Speak at Center for Environment at Catawba College
Dr. F. Eugene Hester, a scientist and government administrator who shaped federal wildlife policy at the highest levels for 25 years, will talk about his experiences with wildlife photography and illustrate memorable photographic events with a slide presentation Thursday, September 27, at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.
School Children Give Volunteers a Lesson in "Caring"
A group of volunteers from Catawba College, including President Brien Lewis, participated in the 2012 Rowan County United Way Day of Caring on Thursday, September 13th. On this annual event, hundreds of volunteers from across Rowan County travel to various schools and other non-profit organizations to paint, carpet, landscape, and/or do whatever the organization needs.
Pat McCrory Campaigns with N.J. Gov. Chris Christie on Catawba Campus
Pat McCrory, the N.C. Republican gubernatorial candidate, seven-term mayor of Charlotte and a 1978 Catawba College alumnus, stumped for votes at his alma mater on Thursday, Sept. 13. McCrory, accompanied by New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie, and other state Republican candidates and officials, spoke during a rally held in Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center on campus.
Catawba College Is Again Named One of Nation's Best Music Schools
For the fifth consecutive year, Catawba College is named one of the nation's Best Music Schools by In Tune magazine. Catawba was one of only 51 institutions included in the magazine's listing of The Best Music Schools of 2013.
Catawba College Ranked 17th among Best Regional Colleges in the South
Again this year, Catawba College is included among the nation's Best Regional Colleges, according to the 2013 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S.News & World Report and released today. Catawba is ranked 17th among 107 of these Best Regional Colleges in the South.
Catawba College Alumna to be Ordained into UCC Ministry
Mollie Landers, a 2008 Catawba College graduate, will be ordained into the ministry of the United Church of Christ at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15 at New Covenant United Church of Christ.
Bitzer on Young Voters' Lagging Enthusiam
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer recently commented on the impact of young voters, whose enthusiasm helped propel President Obama's win four years ago. Although a recent poll revealed waning excitement among younger voters following dismal job growth, N.C. Democratic Party leaders and DNC youth delegates maintain a strong, positive outlook.
STUDENT BLOG: A-Five, Six, Seven, Eight! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
by Katlyn Shaw '15 Hello there. My name is Katlyn, I am a sophomore at Catawba College, and I am your stereotypical musical theatre major. Just one look at my computer or the way I carry myself, and you will quickly see just how passionate I am about it. I listen unapologetically to mainly showtunes. I tap dance in the hallway. I sing on the way to class. I monologue in line at the cafeteria. There is this feeling of bliss that just consumes me when I step onstage.
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (9/10)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer recently commented on last week's DNC. Read the articles below...
The Truth Prevails in Catawba's Production of "The Life of Galileo"
Catawba College's first theatrical production of the new academic year, "The Life of Galileo," runs at 6:55 p.m. on September 18 and 19, and at 7:30 p.m. September 20 through 22 in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus. Written by Bertolt Brecht in 1938 during the rise of Nazi Germany, the play is set in 1610 and follows the meteoric rise to world recognition of Italian astronomer and the "father of science," Galileo.
VIDEO: Catawba Students Perform at 2012 Democratic National Convention with American Idol Sensation Jessica Sanchez
Fifteen Catawba College music students performed at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, September 5th as part of a choir backing up American Idol finalist and singing sensation Jessica Sanchez.
STUDENT BLOG: Fast-Paced Freshman! (A Day in the Life of Theatre Majors)
Are you looking at Catawba's Theatre program and wondering what a day in the life of a theatre student might be? If so, then the "Day in the Life of Theatre Students" blog might just be the one for you. Catawba Theatre Arts students will be giving an account of their daily life, which includes classes, meetings, working in the shops, lunch, rehearsals, dinner, more rehearsals, and eventually ... getting some sleep!
Theatre Arts "Goes Green" with Online Ticketing
In an effort to "Go Green," the theatre department has converted to online ticket sales for individual tickets, which will make the process more streamlined and efficient. The initiative will also double as a learning tool for students, who will not only learn about the process, but will take an active part in managing, selling, and processing tickets for theatre productions using an online system.
Catawba Students to Perform at DNC with American Idol's Jessica Sanchez
Fifteen Catawba music students will perform as part of the gospel choir accompanying American Idol finalist and vocal phoneme Jessica Sanchez at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:50pm.
Bitzer: DNC Updates and More from this Week in Politics (9/5)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer will be commenting on this week's DNC and other topics during this week in politics.
Bitzer: This Week in Politics (8/31)
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in several articles this week regarding a number of popular political topics.
It's Done! So What Do You Think?
By Raven Canty '13 of Seagrove, N.C. - Now that the renovations for the cafeteria are done and students have had time to eat and explore it, I took the time recently to ask some students a few questions. Students were asked how they felt about the new renovations, if there was anything that they disliked or they thought that needed to change. Juniors and Seniors were asked to compare the cafeteria to what they experienced during their Freshman and Sophomore years.
Washington Monthly Cites Catawba as "Doing for The Country"
Washington Monthly magazine released its 2012 College Guide and Rankings on August 27 and Catawba College is included in that publication's baccalaureate college rankings. Catawba ranks 89th out of 352 baccalaureate colleges in the country.
The French and Indian War: A Time to Remember, A Time to Reflect
At the first Catawba College Community Forum of the 2012-2013 academic year, Dr. Benjamin Farley will introduce his most recent novel and present his views on the French and Indian War and the lessons that struggle can still teach us today. The Forum, free and open to the public, is slated at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall on campus.
Catawba's Writer-in-Residence Awarded a Fellowship
Dr. Janice Moore Fuller, Catawba College's Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English, has been awarded a two-week fellowship in December by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). The VCCA is located near Sweet Briar College in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in rural Virginia. Fuller will be among approximately 25 Fellows focusing on their own creative projects at this working retreat for visual artists, writers, and composers.
Catawba Alumnus to Perform at Democratic National Convention
The Democratic National Convention Committee announced that Inspire the Fire (ITF), the music and dance ensemble created by 2006 graduate and current Catawba Young Artist in Residence Dennis Reed, will appear on the final night (Sept. 6th) of their convention in Charlotte.
Catawba College Marks Its 161st Year at Opening Convocation
Catawba College President Brien Lewis talked of dreams to those gathered in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on August 23 at the Opening Convocation for the 2012-2013 academic year. The occasion marked the beginning of Catawba's 161st year since its founding in 1851 and the start of a new school year with Lewis as president.
Junior Marshals and a Senior Marshal Commissioned at Catawba
Catawba College President Brien Lewis commissioned sixteen junior marshals from the day program and a new senior marshal from the faculty for service in the 2012-2013 academic year during a ceremony held August 22 in the Hurley Room on campus.
Catawba's Campus Dining Is Transformed
Catawba College students are enjoying meals this academic year in a renovated dining hall. Over the summer, Chartwells, the college's food service provider, renovated the space used for serving and dining in the Cannon Student Center, and the changes and upgrades are being well-received.
Bitzer on Haley's Prime-Time Speaking Spot at Republican Convention
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent article from The Post & Courier regarding South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's selection for a prime-time speaking spot at next week's Republican National Convention.
Catawba Offers Themed Game Day Promotions at Home Football Games
This fall, the Catawba College Chiefs Club hopes to fill Shuford Stadium during home football games by promoting themed game days.
The Princeton Review Names Catawba College One of "The Best 377 Colleges" and to Its 2013 Green Honor Roll
Again this year, Catawba College is ranked among "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review in its 2013 annual college guide. Catawba was also named to The Princeton Review's 2013 Green Honor Roll, one of only 21 colleges in the nation and one of only two in North Carolina to receive the highest possible score – a 99 – in the publication's tallies.
VIDEO: Bitzer on RNC Co-Chairwoman's Visit to Charlotte
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, chair of and an associate professor of history and politics at Catawba was interviewed by WSOC-TV recently to discuss the Republican National Convention co-chairwoman's visit to Charlotte.
Center for the Environment and Sustainable Catawba Welcome New Students
Catawba College's newest students learned about the campus' many green initiatives and opportunities August 14 when the Center for the Environment and Sustainable Catawba hosted a special event at Peeler Crystal Lounge on the Catawba campus.
Catawba's Psi Chi Chapter Designated a Model Chapter for 2011-2012
Catawba College's chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, has been designated as a Psi Chi Model Chapter for the year ending June 30, 2012. That honor was announced August 15 by the Psi Chi Board of Directors.
Bitzer on Romney's Visit to North Carolina for Much-Needed Votes
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent News & Observer article regarding Mitt Romney's visit to Charlotte to raise money for his GOP presidential campaign which needs North Carolina to retain the possibility of a victory in the November election.
Catawba Football Player Walks Again Thanks to Athletic Trainer and Surgeons
By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com A Catawba College football player who broke two vertebrae in his neck Saturday during practice is walking again thanks to a quick response by medical personnel. Head athletic trainer Bob Casmus was on the field when the collision occurred between Tyrone Johnson, a defensive back, and his teammates as they leapt for the ball. "It was very intense and somewhat violent," Casmus said.
Bitzer on Geographic Breakdown of Donations to NC Governor Candidates
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent Charlotte Observer article regarding where the donations to the two men running for governor geographically fall in North Carolina. "With a candidate from the western part of the state (Dalton), it's going to be interesting to see how he makes inroads in the I-95 corridor where McCrory has been living for the last four years," said Bitzer.
Bitzer on Concerns for the Current Economic Climate
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured by News14 Carolina commenting on concern for the current economic climate."Gridlock is going to be with us because they're not going to have 60 votes in the Senate," said Bitzer. "Things are going to continue to come to a standstill and that's only going to create more uncertainty for the business community."
Catawba College Offers New Administration of Justice Major
With the beginning of the new semester at Catawba College, the Class of 2016 will have a new major to welcome them to campus. Recently, the Catawba faculty approved a bachelor's degree in the "administration of justice" for Catawba students interested in professional opportunities in local, state, and federal governments, along with within private businesses and organizations.
VIDEO: Bitzer on Romney-Ryan
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer provides perspectives on the selection of US Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate for the presidential election. View Bitzer's video below...
Professor of English Discusses Finding the "Write" Success by Writing
Dr. Forrest Anderson, assistant professor of English at Catawba College, led a recent discussion on how author Wiley Cash came to write his bestselling book and learned from repeated rejections. The talk was held at Trinity Oaks Retirement Community, where the author spoke with attendees via Skype.
VIDEO: 2012 Catawba Pride Marching Band Camp
Members of the Catawba Pride Marching Band participated in band camp on Friday, August 10. The band is under the leadership of drum major D.J. Colson. Read more about Catawba Pride at www.catawba.edu/pride.
Catawba College Move-In Day Is All About "The Stuff"
Looking from the doorway into the residence hall room of Catawba College first-year students, Michelle Eisenman of Brunswick, Ohio, and Kristen Kaiser of Blacksburg, Va., one might wonder how the two girls will be able to fit in the space with all of their belongings.
Catawba College Football Team Suits Up in Concussion-Resistant Helmets
Suited out in new and reconditioned concussion-resistant helmets, the Catawba College Football Team has participated in pre-season practices this week before the start of classes on August 15.
Bitzer Talks DNC and November Election on WFAE
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent segment on WFAE 90.7 discussing next month's Democratic National Convention and the November election.
The Catawba College Library Launches "Amazon Wish List" Project
The Friends of the Corriher-Linn-Black Library have introduced a new "wish list" project to strengthen the library's current holdings with the goal of giving Catawba students a library collection to support their research, deepen their understanding of the world, and enable them to excel...
Catawba Swim Teams and Individual Swimmers Earn Academic All-American Status
Five swimmers from Catawba's Men's and Women's teams achieved Academic Honorable Mention All-American status at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 academic year. They were recognized for achieving a 3.6 or better GPA and achieving an NCAA B qualification time.
Catawba Employees Gear Up for New Academic Year
Catawba College President Brien Lewis sought to inspire and motivate faculty and staff at the start the new academic year. During the annual fall conference held Monday, August 6, Lewis referenced the late Bart Giamatti, president of Yale University and the former commissioner of Major League Baseball, and Giamatti's thoughts on "the constant conversation" in higher education; Ben Franklin and his quote, "When you're finished changing, you're finished;" excerpts from a poem...
VIDEO: Catawba Alumnus Sings Moving Impromptu Duet with Ingrid Michaelson
Catawba College alumnus Sheldon Rogers had an impromptu performance with music star Ingrid Michaelson in Lancaster, PA. A graduate of Catawba's Musical Theatre program, Rogers was in the front row at Michaelson's show and sang an unplanned duet with the New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter. He made quite an impression on both the audience and Michaelson herself.
Catawba Alumna's "Dirty Barbie" Makes Top Five Must-See Shows in Edinburgh
"Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales," a one-woman show which made its world premiere in Salisbury in March 2012, was created by Catawba alumna Denise Laughlin Stewart. The show was recent listed as one of the top five must-see shows in Edinburgh by the Daily Record.
Bitzer on Haley's Use of Social Media as a Political Tool
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent article from The Post and Courier discussing South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's increased use of social media as her go-to political tool. Bitzer says Haley's posts are a way to bypass the traditional media and "speak directly to her people."
Catawba SGA to Help Fund Student Travel to Academic Conferences
Catawba College's Student Government Association has set aside a portion of its annual budget to help students fund travel to academic conferences. All students will have the opportunity to complete the online application (at www.catawba.edu/SGAapp) for up to $250 annually to help cover transportation, conference registration and hotel expenses.
For Second Year, Forbes' Ranks Catawba College among "America's Top Colleges"
Again this year, Catawba College is included in Forbes' "America's 650 Top Colleges" list. It is one of only 19 North Carolina public and private institutions included in this annual listing and is ranked 542 among the 650 best undergraduate colleges. The Forbes' rankings were prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and focus on the things that are most important to students, including quality of teaching, great career prospects...
Bitzer on Charlotte Police Readiness for DNC Protests
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent AP article discussing the readiness of the City of Charlotte's police department in the case that crowd control is needed at the upcoming DNC convention. "The city's landscape and the close proximity of the major convention venues will help security," Bitzer said.
Catawba Professor Emeritus Has Article Published
Dr. Sanford Silverburg, professor emeritus of political science at Catawba College, recently had an article published in the "Indian Yearbook of International Law & Policy 2010-2011, Volume II." Silverburg’s article was titled "The Contravention of Consistency: Indian Foreign Policy Toward Israel."
Catawba Professor Has Paper Accepted
Dr. Pam Thompson, a Catawba College associate professor in the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business, has had a paper accepted for an upcoming conference. Her paper "From Music to Emotions and Tinnitus Treatment, Initial Study" (with Deepali Kohli, Zbigniew Ras, Pawel Jastreboff, and Alicja Wieczorkowska) has been accepted as a regular paper with oral presentation to a top level conference in the field of Information Systems and Artificial Intelligence...
Catawba College Staff Council Presents Faculty and Staff with a "Cool" Treat
Catawba College faculty and staff enjoyed ice cream treats and fellowship at Corner Coffee on campus between 2 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Those who attended filled an oversized, handmade card with personal messages and birthday wishes for President Brien Lewis, whose birthday coincided with the event. The social was sponsored by the Catawba College Staff Council.
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."
Catawba Welcomes New Director of Choral Music
Dr. Jim Shepherd is Catawba College's new director of choral music and assistant professor of music. He will join the faculty at the college in August for the start of the 2012-2013 academic year. Shepherd comes to Catawba from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, where he served during the 2011-2012 academic year as assistant professor and director of choral and vocal music.
VIDEO: Catawba's Michael Bitzer on U.S. Supreme Court's Health Care Law Ruling
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, chair of and an associate professor of history and politics at Catawba, says the June 28 U.S. Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law "turned out to be a definitive legal and policy victory for the President, but perhaps a political victory for the Republicans in the long run."
TODAY at 10AM: Live Coverage and Bitzer's Insight on U.S. Supreme Court Health Care Decision
Political expert and Catawba College professor of politics Dr. J. Michael Bitzer will be offering insight on the U.S. Supreme Court's health care decision today, June 28, at 10:00 a.m. Tune in to the News 14 Carolina website, which will be streaming LIVE COVERAGE.
CATAWBA STORY: Pennies from Heaven
by Julian B. "Duke" Thompson '41 - Julian B. "Duke" Thompson and Betty Sumey Thompson ’43 met while students at Catawba and recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Betty and Duke were married in April of 1942 in Florida, and then again, two months later in Pennsylvania due to military regulations and war time interference.
'71 Alumnus Named One of 100 Most Influential People in Finance
Catawba College alumnus and trustee, Daniel Bross '71 of Seattle, Wash., who serves as Microsoft's Senior Director Corporate Citizenship, was included in "Treasury & Risk" magazine's annual "100 Most Influential People in Finance" list for 2012. The 2012 list focuses on CFOs, treasurers and risk managers who impacted the world of finance and treasury this year.
Bitzer Comments on Emerging Dynamic between Berger and Tillis
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent article on the CharlotteObserver.com website. The article discussed the emerging dynamic between Phil Berger and Thom Tillis.
Members of Catawba's Class of 2016 Participate in Retreat
Thirty-four Catawba College freshmen and 13 members of a college leadership team of upper class students, faculty and staff spent two and a half days participating in the June Lilly Center Freshman Retreat. The retreat, which allowed the incoming students an opportunity to explore what it means to be a college student and how to be successful in one's college experience, was held June 22-24 at Johns River Valley Camp in Collettesville, N.C.
Catawba Alumnus to Lead Revival at Fellowship of Praise
Evangelist Bill F. Sheeks, a 1956 Catawba College graduate, will lead a four-day revival July 1-4 at Fellowship of Praise Church of God. Sheeks was born in Kannapolis, N.C., in 1934 and began his ministry after graduating from Lee College in 1954. He received his bachelor's degree from Catawba and his master's and doctorate degrees from the California Graduate School of Theology in 1979.
Catawba College Summer School by the Numbers
Two hundred and twenty three students enrolled for summer school classes at Catawba College. Of this total, 116 came from the day program and 107 from the School of Evening and Graduate Studies.
Catawba College and Its Chaplain Recognized by Southern Conference of UCC
Catawba College and the Rev. Dr. Kenneth W. Clapp, the college's chaplain and senior vice president, were recognized at the annual conference of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ. The June 14-16 conference event, held at the Holiday Inn in Salisbury, was hosted by the Western Association.
Catawba Alumnus Promoted at County Commissioners Association
Catawba College alumnus Kevin Leonard, lobbyist for the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, was promoted to deputy director. Leonard will share the deputy director title with Patrice Roesler. Leonard has been with the association since 2009 and has worked for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and for the state Department of Labor as a lobbyist. Leonard graduated from Catawba in 1995 with a degree in Political Science.
Bitzer Comments on Price Seeking Change in Campaign Financing
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent article on the NewsObserver.com website. The article discussed N.C. Rep. David Price's newly unveiled legislation that would restructure financing of presidential elections by substantially increasing the public tax dollars used to match private contributions.
VIDEO: Bitzer Discusses Polarization of Politics (News14.com)
On the June 20 edition of News14 Carolina's Capital Tonight, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer and James Kotecki discuss the polarization of politics in America, and Larry Shaheen and Dan McCorkle duke it out in our Quick Takes Section.
73rd Governor of the American Legion's Tar Heel Boys' State Elected
Jonathan Jackson of Moyock, NC was elected as Governor of the American Legion Tar Heel Boys’ State Wednesday, June 20 during the week-long event held at Catawba College. Jonathan is a rising senior at Currituck County High School. He is the son of Rebecca Logan and Steven Jackson.
Catawba College Alumnus Named as New Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs at Gustavus Adolphus College
Catawba College Alumnus Glen Lloyd has been named the new Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. Lloyd's duties will include overseeing the Mentoring for Student Success Program, advising the Diversity Leadership Council, and developing outreach methods to the campus community.
Silent Auction on August 2 to Benefit Catawba Athletics
We have just the event to get your competitive juices flowing! Come and enjoy the Silent Auction on Thursday, August 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Kirkland Lobby of Goodman Gymnasium on campus.
Catawba College Launches Mobile App
Visit www.catawba.edu on your mobile device - Catawba is pleased to announce the launch of a mobile app that is universally device-friendly. The app is built for a touch-optimized user interface system for all popular mobile device platforms, smartphones, and tablets and does not require installation or a download.
"The Checklist Manifesto" is Catawba College's Common Reading for 2012-2013 First-Year Students
"The Checklist Manifesto," by Atul Gawande is the common summer reading for the incoming class of first-year students at Catawba College. These students will be discussing this text during orientation in August and during their fall semester first-year seminar classes.
VIDEO: Bitzer on NC Unemployment Being Worst in Southeast
In a recent News14 Carolina interview, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer commented on North Carolina's unemployment rate, which was 9.4 percent in May, well above the national average of 8.2 percent. "Realistically they need the unemployment rate to continue to go down," Bitzer says, "Holding steady or even increasing a little is really going to be problematic."
Catawba Alumnus to Join Duke Coaching Staff
Catawba College 2003 alumnus Josh Jordan will join the baseball coaching staff at Duke. Jordan, a former Hunter Huss High standout, is joining the Blue Devils baseball coaching staff as an assistant coach. Jordan played baseball at Catawba, helping the Indians claim the 2002 South Atlantic Conference title before embarking on a 10-year coaching career.
Catawba Alumnus to Receive Award for Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy
William Lacy Swing, a 1956 alumnus and six-time U.S. Ambassador, will be honored on June 26 by the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) for his many contributions and lifetime of public service.
St. Thomas Players Present Dinner with Friends Beginning June 14
St. Thomas Players, the award-winning theatre company of the Center for Faith & the Arts, will present Dinner with Friends, written by Pulitzer prize winner, Donald Margulies. Dinner with Friends will be presented in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on the campus of Catawba College on June 14-16 and 21-23 at 7:30pm and June 17 at 2:30pm.
VIDEO: Bitzer on Advertising Battle over NC Congressional Seats
In a recent News14 Carolina interview, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer commented on the advertising battle that is just beginning over two hotly contested congressional seats in North Carolina. "The airwaves are just going to be completely over taken by campaign commercials," Bitzer says.
Tar Heel Boys' State at Catawba College June 17-23
Catawba College will host the 73rd annual session of Tar Heel Boys' State June 17-23. This is the ninth consecutive year that the weeklong event has been held on campus and approximately 300 participants, all rising high school seniors from North Carolina, are expected. Notable state leaders traditionally speak at sessions during Tar Heel Boys' State. Past speakers have included the N.C. governor and lieutenant governor, the N.C. attorney general and secretary of state...
Catawba College Presidential Honor Roll Announced
A total of 101 students have been named to the Presidential Honor Roll List for the 2011-2012 academic year at Catawba College, according to Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr., Provost of the College. Students named to the Presidential Honor Roll List have achieved a 3.7 grade point average in 30 or more semester hours. Students on the 2011-2012 academic year Presidential Honor Roll List include...
Catawba College Dean's List Announced
A total of 263 students have been named to the Dean's List for the 2012 Spring semester at Catawba College, according to Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr., Provost of the College. Students named to the Dean's List have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in 15 or more semester hours.
Catawba Psychology Professor Shares Tips for Healthier Holidays
By Hugh Fisher, for the Salisbury Post - The holidays bring with them joy and splendor, warm memories and favorite songs, comfort foods and family memories. The challenge for many Americans is not just enjoying the season, but surviving it. Erin Wood, assistant professor of psychology at Catawba College, said that two of the keys to happier, healthier holidays are positive attitude and realistic expectations.
June SEGS Open Houses Scheduled in Kannapolis, Salisbury and DCCC Campus
Several open houses for Catawba's Evening Program are scheduled during the month of June. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about the evening degrees offered by the School of Evening & Graduate Studies. View details on the open houses and programs below...
Dr. W. Richard Stephens Selected for National Leadership Program
Catawba College is pleased to announce that Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Provost, is one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a year-long Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program for prospective college and university presidents.
1979 Alumnus' Parents Recognized with Catawba Scholarship
The family of Marvin A. "Skeeter" and Ann Francis has established a scholarship at Catawba College. Although Ann Francis and her late husband, Marvin, never attended Catawba, their son, Marvin A. Francis, Jr. did, and is an alumnus from Catawba's class of 1979.
Community Service Required for Incoming Catawba Students to Graduate with Honors
Beginning with this fall's incoming first-year class, Catawba College students will need to complete community service hours to officially graduate with honors. That proposal was approved unanimously last year by both the Student Council and the Honors Faculty Board at Catawba.
Nation's Best Visit Catawba Campus and Salisbury for NSSA Banquet
Several top names in sports writing and sports broadcasting from around the nation filed into Salisbury on Saturday, June 9 for the 53rd National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction. The banquet was held in Goodman Gym on the Catawba College campus. View the list of honorees who were scheduled to be in attendance.
Catawba College Trustees Elect Officers
The Catawba College Board of Trustees elected a new slate of officers at its May meeting. Darlene Landis Ball of Greensboro, a 1962 alumna of Catawba, was elected chair of the board, succeeding Paul Fisher of Salisbury. Ball had served on the board since 2001 and served as its vice chair since 2008.
Director of Career Services at Catawba Gives Good Advice to Recent College Grads
By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com - Jametta Gilmore applies for at least two jobs a day. It's a pace she's been holding steady since graduating from Livingstone College on May 5. Robin Perry, director of career services at Catawba College, said Gilmore has the right idea.
VIDEO: Bitzer on Markets Dip Following Weak Jobs Numbers
In a recent WSOC-TV interview, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer commented on the effect of the second month in a row of meager job gains to the stock market and experts' optimism.
STUDENT BLOG: Soccer on a Mission (in Paraguay)
Athena Bless of Asheboro, NC, a member of the Women's Soccer team is in Paraguay this summer on a sports mission trip with "Athletes in Action." Athena is sharing her experiences and photos through her blog below...
73rd Consecutive Session of Tar Heel Girls State to Be Held at Catawba College
June 10-16 will be the 73rd consecutive year of Tar Heel Girls State, and for the twelfth year, Catawba College will host the weeklong session. At the annual event, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of North Carolina, several hundred girls from across North Carolina, all high school juniors who are academically in the top third of their class, will participate.
Catawba Student Researches Link Between Head Injuries and Alzheimer's
Lindsay Smith of Salisbury contends that her research data supports her theory that there is a correlation between head injuries and Alzheimer's disease. The research she outlined in a paper presented at a super-regional convention of Alpha Chi, national college honor society, was so convincing to the scholarship committee that it won her an Alpha Chi Region III scholarship.
More Concussion-Resistant Helmets to Be Purchased for Football Squad
Concussion-resistant helmets will be purchased with funds raised in the 18th annual Catawba Football Golf Classic held May 11 at the Warrior Golf Club in China Grove. Catawba Head Football Coach Chip Hester said the fundraiser "really just exploded this year." "I think we had a worthy cause that people just wanted to be a part of and it was fueled by great leadership ," Hester explained. "The response was overwhelming and people really got behind the effort."
Catawba Baseball Has Historic Post-Season Run
Catawba baseball's historic post-season ride in 2012 came to an end in another one-run affair in the semifinals of the NCAA II College World Series in Cary, N.C. Despite an outstanding pitching effort from Nick Lomascolo on three days rest, Catawba could not muster much offense in falling 2-1 to West Chester.
Scholarships Established in Recognition of a Current and a Retired Catawba College Employee
A current and a retired Catawba College employee have been honored with new scholarships established in their honor. Joanna Jasper, Catawba's chief information officer, and David E. Setzer, who retired in 1997 as special assistant to the president after 36 years of service, were honored with the scholarships created by gifts from an anonymous donor.
ALUMNA BLOG: The Finale (On Assignment in Indonesia)
2007 Catawba alumna Lauren Ebersole of Hagerstown, Md., recently wrapped up her 27-month stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Indonesia. Read about her final goodbyes and about the adventures she shared while being posted there...
Catawba Student and Salisbury Battalion Chief Biking for Fallen Comrade
People who know Jay Baker realize he's been riding a bicycle most of his life. The same could be said about his dedication to firefighting. So when those two worlds come together in this year’s inaugural Carolina Brotherhood ride from Wilmington to Asheville, Baker will be one of the 30 firefighter cyclists pedaling for the family of a fallen brother.
Catawba Baseball Defeats #1 St. Mary's to Continue in World Series
Catawba College withstood a ninth-inning rally to defeat St. Mary’s University (Texas) 5-4 in an elimination game at the 2012 NCAA Division II College World Series on Wednesday night at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
VIDEO: Bitzer on Early Negative Ads
In a recent WSOC-TV interview, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer commented on the early negative ads in the North Carolina Governor's race.
Catawba Baseball to Play in Second Game of Division II World Series Today, May 29
Catawba's Baseball team will play in its second game of the college Division II World Series today, May 29, 2012 at 4pm at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Bitzer on Signs of Shift on Same-Sex Marriage among African-Americans
Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was featured in a recent article on The New York Times website. The topic was the effect of President Obama's self-described "evolution" on same-sex marriage that appears to be catalyzing an early similar shift among African-Americans.
Baseball Set for College World Series; WSAT to Carry Games
Catawba's Baseball team will take its first ever trip to the college Division II World Series. Catawba, ranked #4 nationally with a record of 43-15, will take on #11 ranked University of Indianapolis (46-14) in the opening round on Sunday at 1 pm at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. During the regional playoffs, Catawba defeated nationally ranked #2 Tusculum, #4 Mt. Olive, #6 Francis Marion and #7 Armstrong Atlantic to claim the championship.
VIDEO: Bitzer on State Delegates' Busy Schedules at DNC
In a recent WSOC-TV interview, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer commented on the role the state delegates will play at the Democratic National Convention. Watch the video below...
Five Rowan-Salisbury Schools to Hold Graduations at Catawba College
Catawba College will be hosting the graduation ceremonies for five Rowan-Salisbury Schools in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus on Saturday, June 9th. The schedule for high schools graduating on June 9th at Catawba College is as follows...
VIDEO: Bitzer on Corporate Money Funneling into DNC Side Projects
In a recent WSOC-TV interview, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer commented on the fundraising group that is taking corporate money for the DNC. Watch the video below...
Catawba Baseball to Play in Its First Ever Division II World Series
Catawba's Baseball team will take its first ever trip to the college Division II World Series. Nationally ranked #21 Catawba, with a record of 43-15, will take on #15 ranked University of Indianapolis in the opening round on Sunday at 1pm at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. During the regional playoffs, Catawba defeated nationally ranked #2 Tusculum, #4 Mt. Olive, #6 Francis Marion and #7 Armstrong Atlantic to claim the championship.
Deadline Extended for National Environmental Summit for High School Students
The deadline to apply for the 2012 National Environmental Summit for High School Students has been extended to June 14. The event, "Redesigning Our Future," is an intensive experience which is open to high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the 2012-2013 academic year. It will be held July 9-14 on the Catawba College campus.
Bitzer on Amendment One Outcome
By Karissa Minn, salisburypost.com - A local political analyst says that while he wasn't surprised that Amendment One passed, figuring out who voted for it and why is more complicated than it seems. Michael Bitzer, political science professor at Catawba College, said no exit polls from Tuesday's election show how voters made their choice. But the political and religious makeup of North Carolina and Rowan County could help explain it.
Catawba Awards 295 Degrees in May 12 Commencement Exercises
Jobs, better jobs, and more education were on the minds of Catawba College graduates Saturday, May 12, following two commencement exercises held in Keppel Auditorium.
Three Catawba College Graduates Recognized with Awards
Three Catawba College graduates were recognized for academic excellence during Commencement Exercises on May 12. Two were honored as the Whitener Award recipients during the 10 a.m. ceremony, while one student was honored as the Barbara Andrews Award recipient during the 2 p.m. ceremony.
'56 Alumnus Who is a Six-Time U.S. Ambassador Receives O.B. Michael Award
A 1956 Catawba College alumnus and six-time U.S. Ambassador, William Lacy Swing, received the O.B. Michael Award for 2012 at the college's 10 a.m. commencement exercise on May 12. Swing, a native of Lexington, N.C., has enjoyed a long career at the U.S. Department of State, serving as a six-time ambassador and managing some of the largest diplomatic missions and foreign development and humanitarian aid programs in two hemispheres.
Two Retiring Faculty Members Recognized at Catawba Graduation
Two long-serving faculty members at Catawba College were recognized during the college's commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12. Dr. Michael Baranski, a professor of biology with 38 years of service, and Dr. Laurel Eason, a professor of English with 21 years of service, will retire at the end of this academic year.
2012 Baccalaureate Service and Marshal's Walk
Catawba's 2012 graduating class participated in the Baccalaureate Service and Marshal's Walk on Thursday, May 10 as part of the 2012 Commencement activities.
This Week in N.C. Politics, According to Bitzer
After a busy week in North Carolina politics with several hot topics, Catawba College professor of politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was interviewed and featured by a number of local media outlets. Read Bitzer's comments and the full stories below...
Catawba Alumnus Advances in America's Got Talent Competition
Dennis Reed of Charlotte, 2006 graduate of Catawba College, has been selected by the America's Got Talent judges along with his troupe, Inspire the Fire (ITF), to move on from Las Vegas to the next round of competition in New York.
Spotlight on Five Graduating Seniors
by Stephanie Cook '12 - Every individual in the senior class has constantly been asked this school year about their plans post-graduation from Catawba. Since it is less than a month until the big day, many of us have our answers now. I have picked five different outstanding individuals to highlight based on what they will be doing after they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Their plans are all different and unique...
Bitzer on Crowded 9th District Congressional Race
North Carolina's most crowded congressional primary has been marked by personal attacks, calls to dismantle government, a detour into the "birther" controversy and one of the biggest self-funded campaigns in the country. And that's just the opening round. With 10 Republicans on the ballot, Tuesday's 9th District primary is almost certainly headed to a July 17 runoff. "I would be shocked if we don't," says Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Catawba College...
New Media Students Keep Life on the Cutting Edge in the Classroom
"New Media is a high maintenance class," says Communication Prof. Cyndi Allison Wittum. "If it's in a book, then it's already 'old' media." Wittum does use a text that covers some of the history of media and includes some sociological and psychological studies related to media use. She thinks students need to know the background in order to understand the new technological world.
Salisbury Post: Bitzer is All Politics, All the Time
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer welcomes visitors to his "ivory tower," the third-floor office in the stone tower of Catawba College’s Hedrick Administration Building. Layers of neatly spaced term papers are on his desk, waiting to be read and graded. The whole wall behind him is filled with books on politics, history, sports and law — virtually all of which he has read.
New President, Former U.S. Ambassador, and Special Speakers to Figure in Catawba's May 12 Graduation Exercises
Catawba College's new president, a Catawba alumnus who has served as a six-time U.S. Ambassador, and a Fox Network television show star will figure in the college's commencement exercises slated for Saturday, May 12 in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center.
Catawba's Chemistry Honor Society Inducts Members
Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Catawba College's chemistry honor society, recently initiated new members. The induction ceremony for the Alpha Delta Chapter took place April 25 on campus.
Catawba Alumnus and Salisbury Native New Dean at Northwestern
Bradley J. Hamm, dean of the Indiana University School of Journalism, has been named dean of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern Provost Daniel I. Linzer announced today. Hamm will join the faculty as dean-designate on July 1 and assume the deanship on Sept. 1.
Fourteen Catawba College Students Inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda
Fourteen students in Catawba College's School of Evening and Graduate Studies (SEGS) program were inducted into the College's chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society during a ceremony held April 18 in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus.
Catawba Professor Speaks on Redistricting in N.C.
Dr. Michael Bitzer, associate professor of politics and history at Catawba College, was an invited speaker at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce's "Redistricting 101" public forum. Speaking to 40 business leaders, Bitzer described the process of redistricting in North Carolina, as well as his analysis of how the new district lines may impact the composition of the North Carolina General Assembly and the congressional delegation from the state.
Catawba Professor Invited to Serve on Digital Transformation Advisory Board
Dr. Stephen Hiatt, a Catawba College professor of management in the Ketner School of Business, has been invited to join other top management educators at Cengage Learning Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, in early June as a member of an exclusive advisory board on digital learning. The advisory board, which includes other faculty from across the country, will discuss technology and teaching strategies in management.
Catawba College 2011-2012 Athletic Award Winners Announced
Catawba College has announced its 2011-12 athletic award winners for its student-athletes. The awards were presented at the annual athletic ceremony held at the Keppel Auditorium on Tuesday, May 1. Heading the list of award winners were Braden Artem and Dana Hicks, who were awarded the Kirkland and Lomax Awards for the top female and male senior athletes, and Steffi Cook and Jeb Bass, who were given the Wurster Awards for team leadership.
Catawba Communication Professor Blogging Barbecue for Sears This Summer
"People love passion," says Cyndi Allison Wittum, a Catawba College communication professor. "I always tell my students that everyone will forgive you almost any sin if you are enthusiastic and excited about what you're doing." Wittum will be blogging this summer for Sears on a "Grilling Is Happiness" project which includes some of the top grilling and barbecue writers across the country. Sears is hosting a corporate blog to help consumers learn about and enjoy cooking outdoors.
Communication Department Inducts Lambda Pi Eta Honor Students
Charter members of the Catawba College Chi Omega chapter of the national Communication Association Lambda Pi Eta honor society welcomed four new members to the organization this year. New members included Rebecca Heffernan, Allison Justice, Melanie Mishue, and Leslie McMillan. They received stamped certificates and honor society pins.
Students Share Their Research at 2012 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
Catawba College students from various disciplines shared their diverse research projects during the 2012 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium held Thursday, April 26 in the Leonard Lounge of the Cannon Student Center. Faculty, staff and students on campus dropped by during the two-hour event to listen and learn from these students.
Congressman Earl Ruth Highway Dedicated in Ceremony at Catawba
Although he died in 1989, memories of U.S. Congressman Earl Baker Ruth flowed as freely on April 26 as traffic on the highway that was dedicated in his memory. A ceremony, emceed by N.C. Board of Transportation member, Ralph Womble, and attended by Ruth's family, past and present elected officials, and his former students, friends and colleagues, was held that day in Peeler Crystal Lounge on the Catawba College campus.
"Yung Citizen" to Perform in Senior Showcase on April 30
Catawba College student Christopher "Yung Citizen" Williams will have his Senior Showcase on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus. Williams, a music business major from Charlotte, will be performing with fellow Catawba student, Jaymarr "J-Real" Williams of Stafford, Va.
English Professor's Swan Song Commemorates Books and Roses
Dr. Laurel Eason scurried to drape a table with books and roses before the 1:30 p.m. start time of her Southern Literature class at Catawba College on April 24th. She knew she was a day late for her celebration, but it did not matter.
Mathematics Honor Society Inducts Members
The Catawba College Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society, inducted five new members during an April 17 ceremony held in Ketner Hall on campus. Inductees included Andrew McCollister of Rockwell; Cameron Beard of Conover; Suzanne "Suzie" Williams of Efland; Jordan Hunsaker of Charlotte; and Luke Kooyman of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Catawba College Professor Speaks at Georgia Conference
Dr. Michael Bitzer, Associate Professor of Politics and History at Catawba College, was an invited respondent to The University of Georgia's Future Faculty Program Conference held recently at Sapelo Island, Ga. During the conference, sponsored by UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning, Bitzer worked with doctoral students in their career preparations for teaching and serving as future faculty.
Thirteen Students Commissioned as Catawba College Junior Marshals
Thirteen students from Catawba College's School of Evening and Graduate Studies were commissioned as Junior Marshals in an April 14 ceremony held in the Hurley Room on campus. Dean of the School of Evening and Graduate Studies, Dr. Edith Bolick, and College Marshal, Professor David Pulliam, officiated at the ceremony.
Catawba's Business Honor Society Inducts 34 Members
Thirty-four Catawba College juniors and seniors, all pursuing academic majors in the Ketner School of Business, were inducted into the Business Honor Society during an April 12, 2012 ceremony held in the Hurley Room on campus.
Catawba Presents Danceworks April 27-28
Catawba College's Danceworks this year features 11 original dances choreographed by students. There is a wide variety of music and dance styles to be enjoyed, including tap, jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance forms. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28 in Keppel Auditorium.
Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers Offer Final Concert of the Year on April 29
The Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers will present their final concert of the year and the final concert under the direction of Justin Hazelgrove, Catawba’s director of choral music, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.
VIDEO: Awards Convocation Highlights and Presentation of Awards
Catawba College held its annual Awards Convocation on April 19 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Students, faculty and staff were recognized for various achievements. Watch a video of the presentation of awards and highlights from the service...
Center for Environment Wins N.C. Mobile CARE Award
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College received one of four 2012 N.C. Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) Awards from the N.C. Solar Center/N.C. State University on April 20 at the 9th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh. The Center's Campaign for Clean Air was the winner in the Policy/Organization Innovation category.
Catawba College Award Recipients Demonstrate "Just How High Their Potential Can Be"
Catawba College President Brien Lewis had a chance to meet and learn about the achievements of some of the college's best and brightest students during his first week on the job. That opportunity came for Lewis at the college's annual Awards Convocation held April 19 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
Catawba College Athletic Awards Ceremony Set for May 1
Catawba College will hold its annual athletic awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium. The ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of Catawba's athletic teams for the 2011-2012 year. Photos and a list of winners will be posted following the event.
Bitzer: How the Candidates Did
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, professor of politics and political expert at Catawba College, was one of four area political analysts to share their reactions to Wednesday's gubernatorial debate.
Professor of Politics Comments on Possiblity of N.C. House Flip
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Professor of Politics at Catawba College, was recently featured in an article on newsobserver.com. The topic of the article was the prospect of North Carolina changing its House delegation from a Democratic majority to a Republican super-majority and how a current scandal involving sexual harassment allegations comes into play.
Catawba Sports Hall of Fame Announces Four New Members
Four new members will be inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame on April 28, during the festivities of the Hall of Fame's 35th anniversary. The inductees are (with graduation year): John D. Coble '52 (deceased); Scherrie A. Dalton '98 of Martinsville, Va.; Gregory K. Payne '98 of Anderson, S.C.; and Bill H. Wilhelm '57 (deceased).
Catawba College Cited as One of Nation's 322 Green Colleges
Catawba College is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The Salisbury, North Carolina-based college was one of 322 schools included in the third annual edition of "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition." Catawba joins 10 other North Carolina colleges and universities included in this free, downloadable book...
Joe Oxendine '52 Honored with Catawba's Prestigious Shuford Award
"The most important thing this college did for me was let me become a student here," Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine recalled Sunday, April 15, as he accepted Catawba College's prestigious Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service. Oxendine, a 1952 alumnus of Catawba and chancellor emeritus of UNC Pembroke, was tapped to serve as interim president of his alma mater last March while a national search was launched for Catawba's next president.
Plans to Rebuild Business Started in 1957 by Catawba Alumnus
EDITOR'S NOTE: James C. Lyerly, a graduate of Catawba College and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, organized his own funeral home in Salisbury in 1957. His son Brent is now president of the Lyerly Funeral Home, which was destroyed by a fire on Friday, April 13, 2012. Though devastated by a lunchtime fire that destroyed Lyerly Funeral Home's main building Friday, Brent Lyerly said the business will rebuild. "We will be back, hopefully, with the Lord's help," said Lyerly.
Catawba's New President in Place
Catawba College's new President Brien Lewis began his first day in the position April 16. His first day included meetings with campus constituencies and lunch with students in the dining hall. Catawba's Board of Trustees approved the selection of the former Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., in early March, following a recommendation by the College's Presidential Search Committee.
ALUMNA BLOG: The Final Countdown & Earthquake Update (On Assignment in Indonesia)
by Lauren Ebersole '07 - The last few months have been flying. The beginning of March was my close of service conference. Mostly three days being spoiled in a very nice hotel with good food and good friends. And also futsal and tennis. I basically did not teach the entire month of March due to practice national exams for grade 12, mid-semester exams for grades 10 and 11, and final school exams for grade 12. I'm back to teaching now and happy to be so, although next week will be another break for
RECAP: Candidates' Forums Hosted at Catawba College
Catawba College, in conjunction with The Salisbury Post and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, hosted several Candidate Forums on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12 in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus. These forums were offered as a public service to the Salisbury and Rowan County community. Read recaps from the Candidate Forums by the Salisbury Post...
Catawba Faculty Help Show Elvis in a Different Light
by Len Clark for SalisburyPost.com - Are You Lonesome Tonight? Well put on your Blue Suede Shoes and Surrender yourself to an evening chronicling the era and honoring the influence of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. If you don't laugh you have a Wooden Heart.
North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Distributes $97,200 in UPS Scholarships to North Carolina Private Colleges
North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) has distributed $97,200 in UPS Scholarships at private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships were made possible by a grant to NCICU from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund of the Foundation of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE) which is held by the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C.
Catawba's Education Honor Society Installs Officers, Inducts New Members
Catawba College's Theta Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) education honor society installed new officers for the 2012-2013 year and inducted 25 new members in a ceremony held at 7:00 p.m. on April 3 in the Tom Smith Auditorium on campus. Faculty members from the Teacher Education Department played active roles in the ceremony.
Catawba Students and Faculty Member Attend Alpha Chi Convention
Three Catawba College students and one faculty sponsor represented the North Carolina Omicron chapter at the super-regional convention of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, March 22-24 in Baltimore, Md.
Catawba College Special Education Awareness Fair
On Thursday, April 26, 2012, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., there will be a Special Education Awareness Fair held in Catawba College's Cannon Student Center. The fair will be sponsored by Catawba's Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE).
Catawba's Musical "Huck Finn" is Tribute to Alumnus Billy Burke
By Katie Higgins, Catawba College Student - Catawba College's production of the musical, "Huck Finn," will pay tribute to "Mr. Music" of Salisbury, 94-year-old Billy Burke, a college alumnus. The musical, based on Mark Twain's classic, "The Tales of Huckleberry Finn," will be performed in Keppel Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The April 22 matinee will be presented by the Rowan County Concert Association.
University Business Magazine and Higher One Honor Catawba College for Its "Model of Efficiency"
Catawba College is one of 16 colleges and universities nationwide recognized by University Business magazine's Models of Efficiency program, which is sponsored by Higher One, a technology and payment services company serving higher education. The Models of Efficiency program recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education operations through technology or business process improvements.
Catawba Trustee and Benefactor, James F. Hurley III, Dies
Longtime Catawba College trustee and benefactor, James F. Hurley III, the former editor, publisher, and head of the family who had owned the Salisbury Post for over 80 years, died Monday, April 2. The death of the 80-year-old Hurley, who joined the Catawba College Board of Trustees in 1977, brings to an end one of the most distinguished periods of personal philanthropy and social awareness in the history of Salisbury and Rowan County.
Catawba's Annual Awards Convocation is April 19
Catawba College's annual awards convocation will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 19 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Held each spring, this is an opportunity for the campus community to celebrate the gifts and talents of students, and the strengths and abilities of a few faculty and staff members.
Author Jane Hamilton Visits Catawba College
Author Jane Hamilton visited Catawba College for the 26th Annual Brady Author's Symposium. Hamilton is the author of "The Book of Ruth" and "A Map of the World" along with many other titles. View a gallery of photos from Hamilton's visit...
Friends and Alumni Fund Scholarship in Memory of Henry Bernhardt '50
Thanks to the efforts of friends and fellow alumni of the late Henry C. Bernhardt '50, a fully funded scholarship has been established in his memory at Catawba. The fund-raising effort for the scholarship was led by two close friends of Bernhardt, Tuck Gudger '48 and Walt Ramseur '49. Preference for the scholarship will be given to student athletes and/or members of the marching band.
Professor of Politics Comments on Importance of N.C. in Marriage Debate
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Professor of Politics at Catawba College, was featured in an article on WRAL.com. The topic of the article was the importance of North Carolina in the marriage debate. Bitzer says the debate in North Carolina has a special resonance because of the prominence the presidential election will bring to the state.
Salisbury Post: Catawba College Students Launch Internet Radio Station
By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com - When Bianca Stokes started brainstorming ideas for her senior project, the Catawba College student knew she wanted to combine her love of music and talking. It didn't take her long to land on an idea that does just that.
Candidates' Forums Slated April 11 and 12 at Catawba College
Catawba College, in conjunction with The Salisbury Post and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting several Candidate Forums on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12 on campus in Tom Smith Auditorium. These forums are offered as a public service to the Salisbury and Rowan County community.
Benefit Concert Garners School Supplies for Rowan-Salisbury Students
The SNCAE Benefit Concert hosted on the Catawba College campus in Goodman Gymnasium on Saturday, March 24 was a successful event. According to Catawba's SNCAE advisor and director of Catawba's Curriculum Materials Center, Amanda Bosch, "The performers were excellent, booths were fun and best of all, we had a total of 387 school supplies donated."
Catawba College Offering Special Education Major
The N.C. State Board of Education has granted final approval of Catawba College's Special Education Licensure Program. While special education teachers work with children and youth who have a variety of disabilities, Catawba's licensure program will prepare teachers to work with students with mild to moderate learning challenges.
Mathematics Conference Held at Catawba
On March 3, Catawba College hosted CAT-RUM-2012, a regional undergraduate mathematics conference, sponsored in part by the Mathematics Association of America and the National Science Foundation [DMS-0846477]. Catawba College Mathematics Professor, Dr. Paul Baker, served as the conference director for the second year. Math and science undergraduates from area colleges and universities came both to present their mathematical research and to hear about research at other schools.
Catawba College Mathematics Professor Presents at Conference
The Mathematical Association of America held its Southeastern Regional Section Meeting at the Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, on March 8-10. At the conference, Catawba College Mathematics Professor, Dr. Paul Baker, made a presentation: Using Topology to Solve a Geometric Existence Question.
Catawba Professor Emeritus Has Paper Accepted for Presentation at Conference
Dr. Sanford Silverburg, professor emeritus of political science at Catawba College, recently had a paper accepted for presentation at the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research in Atlantic City, N.J., April 23-25. The paper is entitled "The Grotian Moment of Post-Intra-State Conflict: Accountability Process as a Normative Foundation of Jus Post Bellum."
Catawba Music Student and Faculty Member Featured in Magazine Ads
In the April 2012 edition of "Music Alive!" two individuals — a student and a faculty member — from Catawba College's Music Department were featured in advertisements. Blakley Leonard, who will graduate May 12, 2012 from Catawba with a degree in Music and concentrations in Music Business and Popular Music, appears in an ad for Notion Music. The ad is about music notation for iPad.
U.S. Congresswoman Foxx Visits Catawba College
U.S. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-5), whose new congressional district will include Catawba College and northern Rowan County in 2013, visited the Catawba campus on March 16. Accompanied by Todd Poole, her chief of staff, and Brad Langston, her constituent liaison, Congresswoman Foxx toured campus...
Catawba College Celebrates National Athletic Training Month for 2012
March is National Athletic Training Month. Catawba College's Athletic Training Program is responsible for the health care needs for the 18 varsity sports and the varsity cheerleaders. This includes practice and game coverage virtually seven days a week including holidays and both the Fall and Spring breaks. The certified athletic trainers supervise and educate the students enrolled in the Athletic Training Education Program.
Catawba Students Launch Internet Radio Station
"The Feather: Cat-U Radio" is now on the Internet, with some Catawba College students hosting and producing the broadcast and others performing during it. "The Feather" joins other virtual radio stations that can be tuned in via the Internet. The broadcast is recorded weekly and uploaded to the Internet. It showcases the talents of Catawba College students and provides another media outlet for students in addition to the online student newspaper...
Ralph W. Ketner Receives Top Award for Extraordinary Philanthropy to Community and Rowan Regional Medical Center
Ralph W. Ketner was honored with the Wilson L. Smith Philanthropic Award during Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation's Annual Donor Appreciation and Recognition Dinner held on March 15, 2012. Mr. Ketner was presented with this prestigious award by Dr. Thomas K. Carlton, Jr., Board Chairman of Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation. Among the special family and friends witnessing the presentation were son Robert Ketner and fiancée Leslie Sadler and his sister Dot Swing.
18th Annual Catawba Football Golf Classic Set for May 11
The 18th Annual Catawba Football Golf Classic will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 10:00am at the Warrior Golf Club in China Grove, NC. This will be a great day of fun and food for all fans and golfers. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin and for the tournament-wide putting contest.
CPCC, Catawba College Partnership Allows CPCC Graduates to Earn Bachelor's Degree on CPCC's Central Campus
Catawba College's School of Evening and Graduate Studies will partner with Central Piedmont Community College to offer an evening degree program that will allow CPCC graduates to earn their bachelor's degree from Catawba College on CPCC's Central Campus.
Dining Hall Renovations Planned at Catawba
Catawba College students will take their meals in a renovated dining hall when they return to campus in August. This after College trustees approved a plan for Catawba's food service provider, Chartwells, to renovate the space in the Cannon Student Center on campus. View Renderings...
Catawba College Named to 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
For the fourth consecutive year, Catawba College has been selected for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This year, Catawba was among 110 colleges and universities nationwide named to the Honor Roll with distinction. This designation was awarded to the college for demonstrating a strong institutional commitment to service, developing campus-community partnerships resulting in measurable impact, and engaging students in meaningful service.
Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers Offer Concert Sunday, March 18
The Catawba Singers and Chamber Singers will offer their next concert, entitled "Departures: A Tale of Two Lovers in a Time of War," at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. This free concert program seeks to illumine and honor the sacrifices made not only by those brave men and women serving in the American armed forces around the world, but also by those men and women who remain here on the home front.
Catawba Alumnus to Join National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Alumnus Dave Robbins '66 played football at Catawba and was inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.] Gastonia's Dave Robbins is hardly one to brag about his "other" sport, but most who know him recognize him as a talented golfer. So when he shot an uncharacteristic 95 three weeks ago at Lincoln Country Club, his friends were asking him why he was off his game. On Tuesday, the world knew as Robbins was announced as a member of...
Another Run for Billy Burke's 'Huck Finn' at Catawba
When Robin Tynes wakes up, the music filters in immediately. It's with her as she walks between classes at Catawba College or hangs out at the student center. Every evening, she can't wait for another "Huck Finn" rehearsal and a chance to sing and hear the music again. Billy Burke composed the songs running through Tynes' head, as she prepares to play the lead role of Huck Finn in a musical comedy first produced on the campus in 1955, then again in 1958.
VIDEO: Bitzer on Obama's Visit as Part of Election Strategy
In a recent video interview with WSOC-TV, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer discussed President Obama's visit as part of his election strategy. With praise for a local company, local workers and a storied basketball rivalry, President Barack Obama's speech carried with it a healthy dose of political strategy, said Bitzer.
Ralph Ketner Recalls Food Town's Rocky Road to Success
Food Lion Co-Founder Ralph Ketner, the keynote speaker at Catawba's ninth Distinguished CEO Lecture Series on March 1, likened himself to the turtle atop a fence post. "That turtle knows he didn't get there by himself – he had help. I'm only standing here today because of the help I have from the original investors in Food Town," the 91-year-old Ketner quipped.
Nearly 200 Take the Sustainable Catawba Pledge
By Sarah Robinson, Catawba College Student Intern. An air of excitement fills the student center. Dozens of students are lined up 20 minutes before the event begins. Sustainable Catawba hosted a successful kickoff Tuesday, February 21st, in the Cannon Student Center on the Catawba College campus. During the event, 193 students, faculty, and staff (including College President Dr. Joseph Oxendine) pledged to make sustainable behaviors a habit in their daily routines.
Trustees Announce Catawba's New President
Brien Lewis, currently Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., will become Catawba College's next President, effective in April. The College Board of Trustees approved Lewis' selection in early March, following a recommendation by the College's Presidential Search Committee.
Bitzer Featured in Washington Post's "Generating Buzz for Democratic Convention: Best Poster, Best Barbecue Sauce Stir Political Pot"
"When you have a sitting president — when you know who we're going to be re-nominating — it's a way to engage everyone in the process," Emmerling said. J. Michael Bitzer, a political science and history professor at Catawba College, called the approach smart and novel. "If you can sponsor, particularly here in North Carolina, a barbecue contest, that will create a lot of chatter on the street," Bitzer said.
VIDEO: Professor and Political Expert Discusses Names on NC Ballot
In a recent interview with News 14 Carolina, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer discussed what candidate names will be on the NC ballot. Watch the video...
Rapper Neako's New Mix Tape Uses a Beat Created by Catawba College Senior
You might say that Catawba College senior, Christopher Williams of Charlotte, has the beat – and his is one that even rapper Neako wanted. For those not familiar with Neako – he is an American rapper, producer and songwriter whose debut album, "The Rubix Cube: Red Edition," was released on his own imprint, World Team Olympics, in 2007.
Catawba Students to Offer Performance of Opera Scenes March 31
Can't believe college students would be interested in opera? Come witness for yourself. Hearing is believing! At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will resound as Catawba College students wow with songs from various opera scenes, including Mozart's "Cosí Fan Tutte" and "The Magic Flute," Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi," and even Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." This free performance will include several selections in English, along with Italian, French and German selections.
Catawba College's Production of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" Is a Cautionary Tale
"The Facts: On October 6, 1998, a gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, left the Fireside Bar with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. The following day, he was discovered at the edge of town. He was tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and close to death." (Kaufman et al). This is a quote from the opening lines of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" to be offered by the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department March 20-24 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Agreement Places Black Lake Conference Center under Catawba College's Supervision
Thanks to a new $1 a year lease agreement between Catawba College and the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, Catawba will assume management of the 306-acre Black Lake Conference Center in Asheboro. The property is located adjacent to the N.C. Zoological Park in Asheboro.
Student Marks Black History Month by Sharing the Story of The Loving Family
By Catawba College Student Bianca Stokes '12 - In 1958, 17-year-old Mildred Jeter, who was black, and her childhood sweetheart, Richard, a 23-year-old white construction worker, left their home in Virginia because as an interracial couple they could not be married there. The two traveled to Washington, D.C., where interracial marriages were legal and they were married.
Catawba Alumnus Writes Music and Lyrics for Original Musical
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dan Ryan, a 2009 graduate of Catawba College, majored in Music and minored in K-12 Education. He has been the choral director at North Iredell High School since 2009 and wrote the music and lyrics for the upcoming original musical "The Millennium Problem," which is set for March 8th, 9th, and 10th.
Piedmont Players Celebrates 50 years
by Katie Scarvey, SalisburyPost.com - Three cheers for ignorance. An early historian and participant of Piedmont Players Theatre, Betty Anne Stanback wrote in a history of the group that the organizers of PPT back in 1961 were "blissful" in their ignorance — unaware of what challenges lay ahead.
STUDENT BLOG: First-Gen Goes to D.C.
by Brittany Wescott '15 - During the first few days of January, my First-Year Seminar and I went to Washington D.C. The trip was awesome. It was the first time a few of us had ever been on a plane, especially myself. I do not know about the others but it was definitely an experience for me. The feeling when the plane leaves the ground is amazing it is similar to the feeling you get in your stomach after dropping off the peak of a roller coaster.
Catawba's Church/College Dinner is a Time of Recognition
A Catawba College alumna, a faculty member and a student were each recognized at the College's annual Church/College Dinner held Feb. 20 on campus in Peeler Crystal Lounge. Those attending included trustees, college administrators, students and supporters of Catawba's Campus Ministry and its Lilly Center for Vocation and Values.
McCachren-Epperson Theatre Arts Office Facility Dedicated
Two faculty emeriti from Catawba College's Theatre Arts Department were honored Feb. 20 with a facility on campus named in their honor. College President, Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine, recognized Dr. Hoyt M. McCachren, Jr. and Dr. James R. Epperson during a dinner on campus. He unveiled a bronze plaque and announced that the McCachren-Epperson Theatre Arts Office Facility is being named in their honor.
Three New Members Inducted into Catawba's Athletic Training Hall of Fame
Three members were inducted into the Catawba College Athletic Training Hall of Fame on Feb. 18 during a ceremony held in the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. The ceremony was sponsored by the Catawba College Athletics Department and the Catawba College Athletic Training Program.
Catawba Theatre Alumnus Looks Back on 25 Years with PPT
By Catawba alummnus Reid Leonard, For The Salisbury Post - As I write this, a production of "Cyrano de Bergerac" is playing in the Meroney Theater and "Honk, Jr" opens Friday night in the Norvell Theater and auditions are in two weeks for the musical "Company."
Speaker Tells Students to Find the Place Where Wisdom Meets Passion
Catawba's 2012 Lilly Colloquium speaker, Dan Miller, told students on Thursday, Feb. 16, that their vocational happiness could be found "where wisdom meets passion." Miller, president of 48 Days, LLC, said wisdom and passion were equally important, "but if you don't have both, you won't be fulfilled."
Ketner Looking for All Original Food Town Investors
Food Lion co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Ralph Ketner is trying to re-create history. He'd love to have in his hands a list of the 125 original investors in Food Town, which became today's Salisbury-based Food Lion grocery chain.
Jane Hamilton to Speak at Catawba College's 2012 Brady Author's Symposium
Author Jane Hamilton, cited by "Chicago Tribune" as "one of our most magnetic and provocative novelists," will be the featured speaker at Catawba College's 26th annual Brady Author's Symposium scheduled Thursday, March 29, in the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Camp Brings "Innovation" to Catawba College Campus
Camp Invention, which features hands-on science and real world challenges for children, will have one its programs hosted on the Catawba College campus. The INNOVATE program will take place in the Center for the Environment on July 23-27, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ALUMNA BLOG: Wading in the Mud (On Assignment in Indonesia)
by Lauren Ebersole '07 - We are well into the New Year and I have not made resolutions because lets face it, it only sets you up for disappointment. I am trying to make my last few months worthwhile and successful. I spent New Year's in Kuta, Bali which is, in reality, a terrible place. But for a group of 20 somethings who have limited access to normal 20something activities, it serves its purpose, i.e. I was able to eat four burritos in three days.
Center for the Environment to Co-Host Screening of "Dirt! The Movie"
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College and Salisbury's Bread Riot will host a screening of "Dirt! The Movie," followed by a panel discussion, which includes a Davidson County farmer, on March 1 at the center facility on the Catawba campus. Bread Riot, a nonprofit food advocacy organization dedicated to "facilitating a supply of locally produced food, utilizing sustainable farming practices," will offer a "tasting" of local foods at 6 p.m. The movie will begin at 6:45 p.m.
Catawba Alumnus Relishing "Go-To" Role
By: Paul Schenkel, Morganton News Herald - By the end of his time at Catawba College, Freedom High graduate Donald Rutherford had developed the nickname "the dunker" due to his aerial feats and athleticism. And while the high-wire act has not been slowed in his time playing professionally overseas, Rutherford prefers a different persona now. Just call him "go-to guy."
'Sustainable Catawba' Will Soon Be Unveiled
By Sarah Robinson, Writer/Communications Intern for the Center for the Enviornment - A collaborative effort called "Sustainable Catawba" will soon unveil a new approach to sustainability on the Catawba College campus. Representatives from several campus organizations gathered February 9 to discuss their vision for the effort as well as to report on what their groups currently do to promote sustainability.
A New Vision for a Sustainable Catawba
On-campus collaboration between Catawba College student groups, organizations, and academic and operational departments is key to creating a new vision for Sustainable Catawba. An effort to seal this collaboration launches February 21 with a pledge.
Ballet Pensacola Artistic Director Returns to Alma Mater
When 1981 alumnus Richard Steinert came back to Catawba in February, he shared more than just some dance techniques. He shared some of his life experiences with students and gave them insights into his long and successful career as a dancer, a choreographer and an artistic director at some of the country's premier ballet companies.
Bitzer Discusses N.C. House District 76 Opening
As Rep. Fred Steen aims for a place in Congress, several people have subtly begun to set their sights on his State House office, including Democrat John Williams and County Commissioner Carl Ford. Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, political science professor at Catawba College, was recently featured in a Salisbury Post article discussing the matter.
Bitzer: Expect 9th District To Stay With GOP
Nine-term Republican Congresswoman Sue Myrick is leaving Congress at the end of the year. She announced Tuesday that she won't seek re-election to North Carolina's 9th Congressional district, which covers portions of Mecklenburg, Gaston and Union Counties. WFAE political blogger Dr. J. Michael Bitzer discusses her career and what this means in the race to replace her.
Professor of Politics Quoted in 'Huffington Post' Article
The state of South Carolina recently filed a lawsuit challenging the Justice Department's blocking of the state's voter identification law, possibly costing taxpayers $1 million or more. The state has hired high-powered Washington attorneys and other contracted associates and paralegals that will receive high earnings. Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, Professor of Politics, was featured in an article on The Huffington Post website after being asked to share his thoughts on the topic.
Bitzer to Speak on 'American Politics in 2012' on February 9th
The Salisbury branch of the English Speaking Union will hold a dinner program at the Country Club of Salisbury on Thursday, Feb. 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Michael Bitzer, Professor of Political Science and History at Catawba College, speaking on "American Politics in 2012."
Join Us for Ladies Night 2012
Ladies Night has become a fixture as part of Blue-White Weekend and this year is no exception. It will be held Friday, March 30th at 6 pm (not the usual 7 pm) in Kirkland Lobby of Goodman Gymnasium. The first portion of the evening will be ideas for home entertaining entitled "Tricks, Treats,Tastes and Tablescapes" with Tippie Miller and Linda White sharing what works best for them.
March 24th Concert to Benefit Rowan-Salisbury Students
K-12 students in the Rowan-Salisbury Schools will be the beneficiaries of a Saturday, March 24th benefit concert hosted on the campus of Catawba College by Catawba's Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE). Admission to the 11 a.m. concert, featuring a special performance from Christian Rock band, Grace Reigns Down of Greensboro, will be open to those who make a donation of one school supply to attend.
Professor of History to Speak at Prison Symposium
Dr. Gary Freeze, professor of History at Catawba College, will be a guest lecturer at the 15th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium. The event, which runs April 13-15, will move to Tom Smith Auditorium in Ketner Hall on the Catawba College campus on April 14. A series of six lectures on topics relating to the Salisbury Prison will be presented from 9:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Freeze will present an overall synopsis of the prison's history from 1861 to 1865.
Independence High Performs 'Grease' under Direction of Catawba Alumna
When Independence High School's production of "Grease" opens next weekend, drama teacher Paula Baldwin will have come full circle. Baldwin got her start in acting at Mount Pleasant High School in Cabarrus County, and attended Catawba College on a drama scholarship. After earning her MFA in acting and directing at UNC Greensboro, she headed to New York City, where she lived and worked for eight years.
Professor of Politics Discusses How the GOP Is Resegregating the South
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, political expert and Professor of Politics at Catawba College was recently quoted in an article by TheNation.com entitled, "How the GOP Is Resegregating the South."
Multiple Cases of Norovirus Reported in N.C.
As of Feb. 2, 2012, the State of North Carolina Health Departments are reporting multiple cases of the Norovirus. While there have been no confirmed cases to date on the Catawba College campus, the college’s Health Services wanted to inform the community of symptoms associated with this virus and preventative measures that can be taken to prevent it.
Politics Professor Discusses Effect of Romney's Negative Ads
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, political expert and Professor of Politics at Catawba College recently commented on the negative approach of Mitt Romney's campaign ads. Polls show Romney heading toward victory in the Florida GOP primary, which is likely due to the relentless onslaught of negative ads attacking and targeting Newt Gingrich.
Catawba Alumna Featured in Upcoming Episode of 'Fringe' on Fox
By Katie Scarvey, salisburypost.com - Jasika Nicole, a Catawba College alum who plays a regular character on the science fiction TV drama "Fringe," will be the focus of the show’s upcoming episode. Nicole plays Astrid Farnsworth, the lab assistant of the scientist Walter (played by John Noble).
Creating Campus Pride
D.J. Colson, a sophomore business major from New London, knows something about how to take an idea and make it reality. The new lamppost banners on campus are evidence of that. It all started with an idea D.J. had during fall semester — one he got after visiting several other colleges about Catawba's size. "I saw they had lamppost banners in place on their campus. I thought we should have some to help create more campus pride here at Catawba."
Professor of Politics Comments on Effect of Governor's Exit on Same-Sex Marriage Ban Vote
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, political expert and Professor of Politics at Catawba College was recently featured in several articles discussing the effect of Gov. Bev Perdue's exit from office on voting this May on the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriages in North Carolina. Bitzer says the contested primary is a golden opportunity for those who want the state to remain the only one in the southeast without a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
An Interview with Author Dan Miller, Catawba's 2012 Lilly Colloquium Speaker
Dan Miller, president of 48 Days, LLC and author of the widely acclaimed 48 Days to the Work You Love and No More Dreaded Mondays will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 Lilly Colloquium, to be held at Catawba College on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Miller will speak at 11:00 a.m. in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel and again at 7:30 p.m. in the Tom Smith Auditorium. Both presentations are free and open to the public.
Catawba College to Collaborate on Innovative Civic Initiative
Catawba College will be among other area colleges, universities and community partners to collaborate as part of a unique educational and civic initiative related to the 2012 election season and the presidential nominating conventions. The program, called "49er Democracy Experience," was launched by UNC Charlotte and will offer many types of educational programming led by UNC Charlotte faculty and others from area colleges and universities, including Catawba College...
Professor of Politics Discusses Possible Charlotte Mayor Face-Off
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, political expert and Professor of Politics at Catawba College was recently featured in an article by the Charlotte Observer regarding the possibility of two Charlotte mayors facing off for the N.C. Governor position following Gov. Bev Perdue's announcement that she would not seek re-election.
VIDEO: Teaching Scholars Sing the Standards Song
The Martha Kirkland West Scholars are students from both inside and outside of the state of North Carolina who have demonstrated leadership, community involvement and a strong commitment to teaching. The Scholars are so designated in honor of Catawba College alumna, College trustee and former Teacher Education faculty member, Dr. Martha Kirkland West of Salisbury, N.C. Watch a video of the Teaching Scholars singing the Standards Song...
President Oxendine Accepts Duke Energy's 2011 Power Partner Award on Behalf of Catawba
Noting that only two higher education institutions in the Carolinas were selected to receive a prestigious Duke Energy 2011 Power Partner Award, Catawba College President Joseph B. Oxendine accepted Catawba's award during a Jan. 25 luncheon hosted by Duke Energy on campus. Oxendine explained that Catawba College and Clemson University were the only two higher education institutions tapped for the awards.
Director's Vision Supported by Student Designers in Catawba's Production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone"
By Verity Pryor-Harden, Class of 2015 - Technology's unique ability to continue a man's life after his death and to bring unexpected strangers together is explored in Catawba College's production of "Dead Man's Cell Phone." The production, directed by Theatre Arts adjunct faculty member Craig Kolkebeck in the style of Japanese Noh theatre...
Food Lion Co-Founder Ralph Ketner to Speak March 1 at Catawba CEO Lecture
He has been called a visionary for transforming food retailing and has been named among "Tar Heels Who Made a Difference" in the 20th century. Ralph W. Ketner, one of the co-founders of Food Lion and chairman emeritus of the board of Food Lion, Inc. , will deliver the keynote address at Catawba College's ninth annual CEO Lecture on Thursday, March 1. The event is free and open to the public.
Professor of Politics Comments on Charlotte TV Ads
As recently as 2004, it would have been unheard of for the Republican Party to spend money on TV ads in North Carolina this early in the election season. The state was a shoo-in for Republican presidential candidates. "I mean it was basically a true part of the Republican Southern base," says Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer.
Catawba's Athletic Training Hall of Fame to Induct Second Class on Feb. 18
Four members will be inducted into the Catawba College Athletic Training Hall of Fame on Feb. 18. The induction of the Class of 2012 will take place between noon and 2 p.m. in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. The inductees are (with graduation year): Jim Bradley '86 of Mebane; John Lukowski '92 of Irmo, S.C. ; Angela Shirk Sneed '93 of Mooresville; and Jeff Tucker '90 of Jensen Beach, Fla.
Catawba Alumnus Still Sees Patients After Half a Century
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Bobby Lomax '56 graduated from Catawba College, majoring in biology and chemistry as part of his premed studies) by Mark Wineka, SalisburyPost.com - As he marks his 50th year as a Salisbury dentist, Dr. Bobby Lomax still has a way with patients. "I've just always had a good feeling, being in his hands," says Ronald Moose, who went to Lomax for more than four decades. "He just made you feel comfortable, which is not easy."
Catawba Conservation Camp to Continue in 2012 Thanks to Ribbon of Hope Grant
The Catawba Conservation Camp, a summer camp that teaches middle school girls about the importance of conserving and protecting the natural environment, will continue operating this summer, thanks to a $25,000 Ribbon of Hope grant. In late 2011, the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation's Board of Directors awarded the Ribbon of Hope grant to Catawba College to continue its Catawba Conservation Camp or C3 that began in 2009 with funding provided by a three-year grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
Center for the Environment Presentation: Seven Piedmont Counties Have High Ozone Levels
By Kathy Chaffin, SalisburyPost.com - The more than 100 people who attended Thursday evening's presentation at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus learned they had something in common: high ozone levels. They heard about the results of a Piedmont Carolina summer air monitoring study conducted by the Center for the Environment through its Campaign for Clean Air and Dr. Cindy DeForest Hauser, associate professor of chemistry at Davidson College.
College Financial Aid Help Available on Saturday, February 18th
College financial aid officers and specialists will be available across North Carolina on Saturday, February 18th to help high school seniors and families complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms online. There will be free FAFSA Day programs in all 100 counties with most sites open from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
Center for Environment at Catawba Accepting Applications for National Environmental Summit
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College is now accepting applications for its 2012 National Environmental Summit for High School Students. The event, "Redesigning Our Future," is an intensive experience which is open to high school students who will be juniors and seniors in the 2012-2013 academic year.
Catawba College Dean's List Announced
A total of 286 students have been named to the Dean's List for the 2011 Fall semester at Catawba College, according to Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr., Provost of the College. Students named to the Dean's List have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in 15 or more semester hours. View list of students...
Registration Underway for Catawba College Community Music Spring Classes
Registration for spring classes that begin the week of January 20 is now underway in Catawba College's Community Music Program. Classes end the week of May 10 with recitals. Since 1984, the program has provided a variety of quality musical experiences including private lessons, music classes and performance opportunities to help students of all ages and abilities in Salisbury and the surrounding areas develop lifelong musical foundations and skills.
Faculty and Students Present Scholarly Papers
Dr. Eric R. Hake, associate professor of economics at Catawba College, presented a paper at the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA)/American Economics Association Conference in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 6, 2012. Seven students, accompanied by two Catawba College faculty, will present four pieces of research at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association.
Catawba College Professors Exhibit Their Work
Catawba College Professors Sean Meyers and Janice Moore Fuller will be on hand for the opening of an exhibit of their photographs and poems on Thursday, January 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Delhaize Room. The exhibit entitled "This Has Been My Life All My Life: Portraits of Residents, Lutheran Home-Winston Salem, North Carolina" includes 16 pairings of photographs and poems based on interviews with the residents.
Catawba College Named One of Duke Energy's 2011 Power Partners
Catawba College was among businesses, colleges and school systems throughout Duke Energy's service territory chosen as a 2011 Power Partner Award recipient. Since 1993, the program has recognized customers who share Duke Energy's commitment to strategic energy solutions and economic development.Catawba was selected because of its participation in Duke Energy's Smart Metering and SmartBuilding Advantage programs.
2012 Blue-White Spring Football Game Set
The annual Blue-White Spring Football game is set for 10:00am on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Come and watch the 2012 Indian squad as they begin the road back from last season's disappointing year. A lot of young players got their first taste of Division II football last fall and will be much improved as a result.
Author Laura van den Berg coming January 18
By Dr. Forrest Anderson, Assistant Professor of English - Laura van den Berg, author of the prizewinning short story collection "What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us," will read at Catawba College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18. The event, slated in Tom Smith Auditorium, is free and open to the public.
Catawba Professors Author Papers
Dr. Sanford Silverburg, professor emeritus of political science at Catawba College, authored a chapter included in a 2011 book published by Cameron May of London. Dr. James Slate, associate professor of economics at Catawba College, will attend the annual meeting of the Academy of Economics and Finance to be held in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 9-11.
J-Term Classes Earn Students Credit and Travel Experiences
Classes for the third year of Catawba's "J term," concluded on January 4, with 104 students seizing the opportunity to earn course credit online and/or to travel abroad over the break between semesters. While some courses included a travel component and took students to London, France, Nashville and even Nicaragua, other online courses netted them three credit hours in subject areas ranging from English to Psychology.
Memorial Service Planned for Louise Tucker
Please join us for a memorial service honoring the life of our friend Louise Tucker who passed away on December 18th. The service will take place on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. A 1944 graduate of Catawba College, she went to work for the College where she served as secretary to the registrar, associate registrar and assistant to the vice president for planning and academic services. She retired in 1986.
Catawba Alumna Works to Help Others as She Was Helped
Stephanie Bruce grew up in public housing. Now she helps people move out of it. Bruce, 45, serves as the new coordinator for the Family Self-Sufficiency program at Salisbury Housing Authority. Bruce graduated from the program herself in 2004, learning skills and saving enough money to move out of Civic Park Apartments a year later and buy her own home.
Catawba Alumna Named as Programming Assistant at WEND
Source: AllAccess.com - Clear Channel Alternative WEND (106.5 The End)/Charlotte appoints Dusti Kempf '11 as Programming Asst. replacing Jessica Ray, who will now focus 100% of her time to the Total Traffic Network. Dusti will also program The End's new music show. WEND APD/MD DZL said, "Dusti is a Music Biz major who has just graduated from Catawba College here in North Carolina. She spent her internship time in the programming department here at CC/Charlotte.
2012 Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The 2012 Class of Catawba Sports Hall of Fame Inductees has been announced. The four members of the Class of 2012 have been selected as follows: John D. Coble (d) '52 Football; Scherrie A. Dalton '98 Women's Soccer; Gregory K. Payne '98 Football and Baseball; Bill H. Wilhelm (d) '57 Baseball Coach.
Catawba Grad Makes Trek to Mount Everest
By Sarah Campbell, SalisburyPost.com - The flip of a coin sent Scott Campbell and Art Franzen on a trek to the highest mountain in the world. The pair, torn between a climb to the base camp of Mount Everest and going up Argentina's Aconcagua, let a simple coin toss be the deciding factor.
Catawba Alumna Approved for Principal Position
Two new and temporary administrative positions were filled Tuesday evening by the Davidson County Board of Education. At the monthly meeting, the board unanimously approved Lydia E. Mack, as the assistant principal of both Midway and Friedberg elementary schools, and retiree Max T. Cole as the temporary assistant principal of Central Davidson Middle School.
University of Pittsburg Possibilities for Catawba Alumnus and 49ers Defensive Line Coach
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Tomsula, a 1990 Catawba College alumnus and native of West Homestead, Pa., has served as defensive line coach for the 49ers since Jan. 16, 2007) by Kevin Lynch, Niner Insider Blog - A source said that 49ers defensive line coach Jim Tomsula may interview or has already interviewed for the University of Pittsburgh's head coach position. Former coach Todd Graham left five days ago to take the job at Arizona State, after former 49ers coach Dennis Erickson was fired at ASU.
Professor of Biology Discusses Natural Treasure in Stokes County
Michael Baranski, professor of biology at Catawba College, recently spoke to the Winston-Salem Journal about "Flat Rock" in Stokes County. The rock formation is made up of a mass of granite that is 300 feet long and is one of only two found in the northern part of the Piedmont. "Soils are hard to form on it, and it is very, very dry," says Baranski."
Alumnus and Trustee to Spend Semester at Harvard
Dr. Dolan Hubbard, a member of the Catawba College Board of Trustees and 1971 alumnus, will spend the 2012 spring semester at Harvard University, where he will be a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research.
Professor of Politics Comments on Potential Top Political Story of 2012
In a recent Creative Loafing Charlotte article, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer commented on why Larry Kissell may be the political story of 2012.
VIDEO: Professor and Political Expert Comments on Romney Endorsement
In a recent WBTV interview, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer commented on the endorsement by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley of Mitt Romney for President. Watch the video...
Community Forum: The Civil War As An American Tragedy
Noted historian David Goldfield writes: "The Civil War killed 620,000 Americans, traumatized survivors, and devastated a vast swath of the country. The war was America's greatest political failure. It was a tragic example of what happens when religious and ideological extremism captures the political process. Could the war have been averted? Could the grand results of that war – the liberation of four million slaves and the salvation of the Union – have been accomplished peacefully?"
ALUMNA BLOG: Testing 101 (On Assignment in Indonesia)
by Lauren Ebersole '07 - It's that time of year again, and no I don't mean the cookie baking, present shopping, tree-cutting time of year. It's finals time here in Indonesia. I'd like to devote this email to explaining the test process, which is only slightly less complicated than nuclear physics.
'Sustainable Catawba' to Coordinate, Strengthen Environmental Efforts
By Dr. John Wear. Students – and prospective students – are placing more importance on colleges' sustainability record than ever before. Environment & Energy, a publishing firm, recently noted that "colleges are ... beginning to see that environmental initiatives have impacts on how their peers, along with their current and past students, perceive them. A school's reputation may hinge as much on its green credibility as it does on conference titles and championships."
Catawba Alumnus Lights up Cast in Local Theatre Production
By Deirdre Parker Smith, SalisburyPost.com - After the show, you'll probably be wheezing from all the laughing you've done at this Ray Cooney farce, starring Salisbury's best comedic actor, Gary Thornburg. Thornburg earned entrance applause on opening night and twice more following fiercely frantic bits.Pairing up with him is the multi-talented Justin Dionne, who is Piedmont's marketing director and a Catawba alumnus.
Community Music Program Director Leads 145 Students in Song for Retirement Community
Wrapped in bright red like presents next to the Christmas tree, about 145 children sang for residents of Oak Park retirement community Thursday. Catawba College Community Music Program Director Erin Harper directs the North Hills choir, which includes students from first through fifth grades.
Catawba College President Speaks at Native American Heritage Month Celebration
National Native American Heritage Month was celebrated on Nov. 17 in the Hefner VA Medical Center Social Room. The theme was Service, Honor, Respect, Strengthening Our Cultures and Communities. Catawba College president Dr. Joe Oxendine was the keynote speaker, quoting from his book and speaking about the nuances of culture and tribal group of the Lumbee Indians.
Late Automobile Dealer, Hubert Parks, Memorialized through Catawba College Scholarship
A new scholarship has been established at Catawba College in memory of the late automobile dealer, Hubert B. Parks of Kernersville. The Michael and Parks First Family Scholarship was created through gifts from Catawba alumnus and automobile dealer Chester A. "Junie" Michael, III '70 of Mooresville and his wife, Teresa, and the family of Hubert Parks.
2002 Environmental Science Alumnus Returns to Campus with Advice for Current Students
Catawba College alumnus Ben Prater '02 returned to campus in late November to help mark the 15th anniversary of the Center for the Environment and the 10th anniversary of the building that houses it, and to share some real-world advice about landing a job with current students.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Fun and Photos with Santa
The Catawba College community celebrated its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service together on Monday, November 21 in the Cannon Student Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the President's Office.
Professor of Politics Comments on Budget Divide
In a recent WCNC.com article, Catawba College Professor of Politics and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer commented on the two N.C. congressmen who have stood their ground in the budget divide issue. Bitzer says Haywood County's Heath Shuler's role in the debate could serve him well in a conservative district. "He probably sees himself more as a bridge between the two parties," Bitzer says, pegging Shuler as "a classic, conservative-moderate Southern Democrat."
Catawba College Volunteers Provide an Evening to Remember at Harvest Moon Ball
On November 12th, the activity room at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks was transformed into "LaVille Lumiere" – or "the City of Lights," as Paris is called. This magical transformation was a result of the hard work of Volunteer Catawba and nearly 70 Catawba College student and staff volunteers, who set out to provide the residents of this skilled nursing facility with an evening to remember at the sixth annual Harvest Moon Ball.
"A Tuna Christmas" Plays at Catawba Nov. 29-Dec. 2
Catawba College's production of"A Tuna Christmas" brings an abundance of humor to the holiday. The play, by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, runs Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. (after hours showing follows Catawba's"Service of Lessons and Carols") and Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Catawba's Artist Development Program Offers New Talent Nov. 20
Four students in Catawba College's Artist Development Program will offer a 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Nov. 20 in the lobby of Hoke Hall on campus. Students Allijah Motika of Asheville, Olivia Albertson of Thomasville, Caleb Casper of Waxhaw and Alex Gage of Harrisburg will offer different selections, ranging from deep Southern Country to Techno.
Alumni Board of Directors Hosts Appreciation Reception for Faculty and Staff
The Alumni Board of Directors hosted a Catawba College Faculty and Staff Appreciation Reception on Thursday, November 17 from 3:00 to 4:00pm in the lobby of the Hedrick Administration Building. Dessert and hot apple cider was served. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Alumni Board of Directors hosted the event to thank Catawba's employees for their continuous positive impact on students and the campus community, as well as...
Students Hope Shoeboxes Bring Smiles
Though it was only mid-November, the sounds of Christmas could be heard coming from the Cannon Student Center recently as volunteers scurried around, filling shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for children in impoverished and war torn countries. On November 15th, approximately 40 students and several staff members enthusiastically participated in the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party – a joint effort of Volunteer Catawba and the Student Affairs Office.
Catawba Alumna Co-Produces Presentation of "All the Rats and Rags"
Source: offoffbroadway.broadwayworld.com (EDITOR'S NOTE: Catawba College alumna McKenna Dabbs graduated with a BFA in Directing/Performance. She is a director, producer and writer based in New York City.) Karina Martins and McKenna Dabbs in conjunction with Fresh Ground Pepper, present a limited engagement of "All the Rats and Rags" at 3LD Art and Technology Center from November 17-20.
VIDEO: The Catawba PRIDE Marching Band Performs
The Catawba PRIDE Marching Band is the recently reformed marching band at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. The last marching band Catawba had was in 1973, and in the past five years they have been entertained with a drumline at football games and a pep band at basketball games. This year, visitors saw a marching band with a hornline, drumline, and colorguard, and all with brand new uniforms.
175 Local Families to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner Thanks to Duck Draw
One hundred and seventy five needy local families will enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner this year, courtesy of Catawba College's annual "Duck Draw. " The eighth annual event, sponsored by the college's Residence Life Staff, raised $3,500 that will be used to buy materials for the Thanksgiving meals. A plastic duck might seem an unlikely starting point for a Thanksgiving dinner, but thanks to this year's successful results, "Duck Draw" has raised money since its inception to provide holiday meals for
Center for the Environment Celebrates 15th Anniversary
By Kathy Chaffin, SalisburyPost.com - The Center for the Environment's 15th anniversary celebration on November 10 elicited a host of praise and appreciation for the work of the Center and for those who have brought its mission to life. Among the 80-plus people at the celebration included Catawba officials and professors, members of the Center Advisory Board and supporters. "The Center is all of us," said Executive Director John Wear, "and we all feel very proud of what we have accomplished."
N.C. Poet Laureate, Cathy Smith Bowers, Speaks on Campus Nov. 21
The Center for Faith and the Arts will hold its annual Colloquy on Monday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Tom Smith Auditorium on the Catawba College campus. Co-sponsored by Catawba's English Department, the Colloquy will feature Cathy Smith Bowers, North Carolina's Poet Laureate.
Catawba President Announces Hiring of Assistant
Catawba College President, Dr. Joseph Oxendine, announced the hiring of Amy Harrell Williams as assistant to the president on Oct. 31. Williams replaces Linda Hamilton who retired from Catawba on Oct. 28 after 29 years of service. Williams, a Salisbury native, graduated from Davidson College and has worked at Catawba since 2001. She joined the college as executive assistant to then President Fred Corriher and served in that capacity during the last year before his retirement in 2002.
ALUMNA BLOG: Please More Naan (On Assignment in Indonesia)
The recent big news was my trip to India to visit my dad, who was there for a month volunteering. I went with a fellow volunteer named Samantha. The first thing that struck me about India was its similarity to Indonesia. It is crowded and dangerous to cross the street, it is dirty and there is so much pollution the inside of your nose turns black. Yet at the same time it is oddly charming and enjoyable.
Catawba Students Participate in Veterans Day Service
Six Catawba College brass students performed for a Nov. 9 Veterans Day Service/Meal at Stallings Memorial Baptist Church. The students included Brent Messenger (Music Education '12), Melanie Hudson (Music Education '12), John Lincourt (Music Performance '12), Taylor Lee (Music Education '16), Zach Veitenheimer (Music Education '16), and Ryn Crawford (Theatre Arts '16).
November Community Forum: Why Are Humans Selfish?
What causes humans to be self-serving and self-indulgent? Are there biological or other bases for this behavior? Are we incurably captive to it, or is it possible to overcome such tendencies? If so, how? Over the past several thousand years, theologians and philosophers have constantly wrestled with this question. The Christian tradition attributes our corrupted nature to the Genesis "Fall," and the resulting concept of original sin, viewing it as something we are powerless to control...
Catawba Artist-in-Residence to Be Featured in North Carolina Symphony Concert
Source: raleigh.broadwayworld.com - Heavenly melodies are at the heart of a romantic musical showcase when the North Carolina Symphony, led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn and featuring concertmaster Brian Reagin and soprano Christina Pier, presents "Mahler's Fourth Symphony."
Catawba College Professor to Present Lecture on Cannon Family History
The Cabarrus County Public Library will present "A Look at the Cannon Family," a lecture by historian and Catawba College Professor Gary Freeze, on November 10 at 5:30pm at the Cabarrus County Public Library. Freeze will discuss the history of the Cannon family, their business and cultural legacies and their contributions to the Cabarrus County community. This event is free and open to the public.
Bitzer Briefs: Professor Comments on Hot Topics in Voting and Politics
With much going on in the area of politics and voting right now, Catawba College politics professor Dr. J. Michael Bitzer has been frequently sought after to comment on these hot topics. Read the stories in which Bitzer has been recently featured...
Professor of Politics Chimes in on Use of Planes by S.C. Governor
Catawba College politics professor Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, who has followed South Carolina politics for two decades, recently commented on the questions raised by Gov. Nikki Haley's use of donated plane rides. "That's quid pro quo," Bitzer said.
VIDEO: Political Science Professor Discusses Impact of Ad Campaigns to Voter Decision
Catawba College political science professor Dr. Michael Bitzer spoke to WSOC-TV about the impact of the campaigns Anthony Foxx and Scott Stone have been running these past few months.
VIDEO: A Catawba Story - Surviving Thanksgiving
by Carlisle Holeman Scott '72 - Scott recounts a very eventful Thanksgiving holiday while at Catawba. Watch video...
Plastic Ducks Raise Money for Turkeys
2011 marks the eighth year that Catawba College's Residence Life staff has used plastic ducks to raise money to buy Thanksgiving turkey dinners for needy local families. A plastic duck might seem an unlikely starting point for a Thanksgiving dinner, but to date, Catawba's annual Thanksgiving Dinner "Duck Draw" has raised money to provide the holiday meal for more than 800 families.
Linda Hamilton's 29-Year Career Spans Five Presidents and Oceans of Tears
Before she retired from Catawba College after 29 years service, Linda Hamilton traded tears and memories with Mark Wurster, son of the late college president, Dr. Stephen Wurster, who had hired her in 1982. Linda had given Mark the gift of his late father's academic regalia before her last day at Catawba, October 28. The long-time assistant to the president, who served five different Catawba presidents during her career, still holds the man who brought her to the college in high esteem.
Globalization and Our T-Shirts: Catawba Students Learn about Globalization
Catawba College first-year students enrolled in the "Living Globally" first year seminar learned about globalization in an unexpected way — from their t-shirts. The students in this honors class, taught by Dr. Steve Coggin, Dean of Catawba's School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology, went through their closets and noted the country of origin for their t-shirts. They then used this information to produce a world map showing where the items in their wardrobes were manufactured.
Results of Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic
Piedmont High School was the winner of the Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic cup at the inaugural event held at Catawba College on Saturday, Oct. 8 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 Mr. Jay Meachum.
Catawba Students and Their Professor Travel to American Shakespeare Center
Three of Catawba’s students in the School of Evening and Graduate Studies – Crystal Hodges, Katrice Pruitt, and Colleen Smiley – traveled along with the professor of their Shakespeare class, Dr. Aaron Butler, to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia on October 8-9. The American Shakespeare Center is home to the Blackfriars Playhouse, a re-creation of an indoor theatre used in Shakespeare’s day.
Phi Beta Lambda Members Tour Uptown Charlotte
Members of Catawba College’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), a national business fraternity, toured the "financial district" in Uptown Charlotte led by local media personality and 1977 Catawba alumnus Joey Popp on October 19.
National Honor Society at Catawba College Inducts New Members
Catawba College's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, held an initiation ceremony for candidates on October 21 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the college's annual Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Students and a Faculty Member Welcomed to Catawba's Teacher Education Program
Forty eight Catawba College students and one faculty member were honored in a formal pinning ceremony held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. This event marked admission to the Teacher Education Program at Catawba College. The ceremony was sponsored by the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE).
Catawba College Music Department Presents Twenty-Fourth Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
The Catawba College Department of Music will present its annual Service of Lessons and Carols in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel for the twenty-fourth consecutive year. Members of the general public are invited to attend on Thursday, December 1, while a Tuesday, November 29 performance is open only to invited guests of the College.
"Side by Side by Sondheim" Offered Nov. 8-12 by Catawba College Theatre Arts
The sophistication, wit, insight, heart and genius of Broadway's most innovative and influential artist is at the center of an upcoming Catawba College Theatre Arts' tribute to composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim. "Side by Side by Sondheim" runs November 8-9 at 6:55 p.m. and Nov. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Theatre on campus.
VIDEO: A Catawba Story - Morris the CAT(U) Professor
by Travis Allen '06 (Business Administration Alumnus) - Allen attributes his turning point at Catawba to former faculty member Dr. Andrew Morris of the Ketner School of Business.
VIDEO: A Catawba Story - First-Class, First Ladies
by John H. Rapp '76 (Sociology and Psychology Alumnus) - An alumnus remembers two former first ladies (Omwake and Dearborn) and their impact on his time at Catawba and beyond.
Catawba's Homecoming Queen and King Crowned, Court Announced
Gail Murray of Shallotte, N.C., and Kyle Hendrick of Palatka, Fla., were crowned Homecoming Queen and King for the 2011-2012 academic year during halftime of Catawba College's Homecoming football game against Wingate University on Oct. 22.
Alumni Honorees Announce Funds to Benefit Catawba College Students
Even as they were being honored Saturday, Oct. 22, as recipients of Catawba College's Distinguished Alumnus Awards, twin brothers, Benjy and Brad Hamm '86, were paying tribute to their alma mater and to future generations of students who would be shaped by their college experience as the Hamms have
VIDEO: A Catawba Story - Once Upon a Homecoming
by Peggy Wilson (Married to Biology Alumnus, Dr. Robert Wilson '62) - Wilson tells of the loyalty her husband and Catawba alumnus has to his alma mater. His dedication to Catawba is such that he has been at every homecoming, except one...
VIDEO: A Catawba Story - 3 Friends, 53 Years
by Eleanor Link, Flo Breisch Peck, and Alice Funkhouser Carrick (1962 Alumni) - Three alumnae reflect on their 53-year friendship that began when they were Catawba College freshmen.
Three Catawba College Alumni Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Awards
Three individuals were honored as recipients of Catawba College's Distinguished Alumnus Award on Saturday, Oct. 22 at a barbecue luncheon held in Goodman Gymnasium as part of the college's Homecoming Weekend activities. The honorees included 1976 alumnus William V. 'Bill" Godley of Woodleaf, and twin brothers, 1986 alumni Benjamin "Benjy" Hamm of Louisville, Kentucky, and Bradley J. Hamm of Bloomington, Indiana.
Fibrant the Focus as City Council Candidates Gather at Catawba College Forum
By Emily Ford, SalisburyPost.com - Discussion about Fibrant dominated a candidate forum Thursday at Catawba College featuring nine candidates for Salisbury City Council. Five incumbents and four challengers vying for five seats also answered questions about the Rowan-Salisbury Schools central office, public safety, a gay Pride event, economic development, the city-county relationship and more.
Fowler Family Moves Endowed Scholarship at Catawba to First Family Level
Newton and Nancy Fowler of Concord and members of their family have made a gift to Catawba College that moves their Fowler Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in 2005, to the First Family Scholarship level. Preference for the Fowler Family First Family Scholarship will be given to a student athlete who maintains a 3.0 grade point while majoring in Education.
VIDEO: Professor of Politics Comments on North Carolina's Importance in 2012
Associate Professor of Political Science and political expert Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently asked by Charlotte News 14 to comment on President Obama's visit to North Carolina and how the state's importance comes into play at the 2012 elections. Bitzer said that the suburbs are where the kind of "real battle" plays out. In terms of the rural vote, Bitzer says Obama has a long way to go. Watch video...
Professor of Politics: Tours to Rural America May Affect President's Message
Hundreds of people waited in line outside of West Wilkes High School Sunday in hopes of getting a ticket to see President Obama. The president plans to stop at the school Monday as part of his three day American Jobs Act bus tour. Professor of Politics Dr. J. Michael Bitzer comments on the possible impact of the President's visit to areas in rural America on spreading his message.
Krispy Kreme CEO Says, "Work on Building a Life, Not a Resume"
Krispy Kreme Chairman, President and CEO James Morgan visited the Catawba College campus on Oct. 13 to share key thoughts and encouraging words with the students gathered in Keppel Auditorium. Morgan was the speaker at Catawba's Ketner School of Business Eighth Distinguished CEO Lecture Series.
Community Forum: On Shakespeare and Being Human
When Dr. Bethany Sinnott retired from the faculty of Catawba College this past spring, the entire college rose for tribute after tribute to her gentle spirit and unflagging dedication to the college community. Dr. Sinnott left a remarkable legacy: hundreds of former students who, under her tutelage, learned to love English language and literature in general, and the works of William Shakespeare in particular.
Catawba College Nets Nominations, Awards from Metrolina Theatre Association
Past and present members of the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department — students, alumni and faculty — were winners in the 2010-2011 season of Metrolina Theatre Awards. The awards were presented at the Metrolina Theatre Association's 8th annual Gala on Sunday, October 9 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel at 132 East Trade Street in downtown Charlotte. Members of Catawba's Theatre Arts Department received 29 nominations and eight awards.
Members of College Community Agree to Exchange Service for a T-Shirt
Volunteer Catawba is hopeful that a free t-shirt might serve as both an enticement and as a reminder for members of the campus community to make a commitment to serve others during this academic year. To date, more than 400 of the t-shirts, imprinted with "Catawba Cares: One campus. One community. One world." have been distributed to faculty, staff and students on campus. The initial demand for the t-shirts was so great that Volunteer Catawba ran out of several sizes and had to order more...
"My Summer of Service:" Sixteen Lilly Center Summer Interns Placed with Nonprofits
During the summer of 2011, the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values at Catawba College provided funding and facilitated the placement of 16 students as interns in the nonprofit sector. On September 15, the interns came together in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus to share highlights from their summer experiences. The evening's program was entitled "My Summer of Service."
Salisbury City Council Candidates' Forum Slated Oct. 20 at Catawba
Catawba College, in conjunction with The Salisbury Post and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a Candidate Forum for the candidates vying in the Salisbury City Council election from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Tom Smith Auditorium. Dr. Michael Bitzer, associate professor of politics & history, will serve as moderator of the forum. All nine candidates running in this year's election have confirmed their participation.
Three Years of Catawba Conservation Camp to be Celebrated at Oct. 23rd Event
A celebration of science and curriculum-based fun with Dennis Regling's "The Magic of Science" Wonder Show is slated between 2:30 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 in the J.C. Carson High School Auditorium in China Grove. This free family event, sponsored by the Catawba Conservation Camp, celebrates three successful years of the summer camp held at Catawba College for girls from a six-county area.
Success a Main Ingredient at Inaugural Chili Cook Off
The Ralph W. Ketner School of Business hosted its Inaugural Chili Cook Off on October 1, 2011 from 3:00 to 7:00pm. The event took place in Ketner Hall on campus. The following winners were announced...
Meet Catawba College's Fresh Faces in Series of Short Plays
By Ruby Osorio, Class of 2015 - Enjoy the talents of Catawba College's newest students when the Theatre Arts Department presents "Fresh Faces," a series of short plays. See the talent of these first-year students as they offer free debut performances at 7:30 p.m. October 7, 8 and 22, and at 2 p.m. October 9 and 23 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus.
Catawba Professor's Research Noted Online in "Smithsonian Science"
An article published online by the Smithsonian Institution's www.Smithsonianscience.org site highlights the results of collaborative research conducted in part by Dr. Jay F. Bolin, assistant professor of biology at Catawba College. The online article, entitled "Super tough seed coat keeps Michaux's sumac on critically endangered list," presents highlights from a scholarly research paper authored by Bolin and fellow researchers...
Rowan County's Partners in Learning Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Rowan County's Partners in Learning (PIL) Child Development & Family Resource Center marks its 15th anniversary on October 6 and its director Norma Honeycutt says the non-profit has much to celebrate. From serving less than 50 children the first year it opened, PIL has grown to serve more than 300 children a week. In its 15 years of existence, Honeycutt believes a total of more than 5,000 children and their families have been served by her organization that she terms "an extended family."
Director of Community Music Loves Helping Families Bond through Music
By Katie Scarvey, SalisburyPost.com [EDITOR'S NOTE: Erin Harper is Director of Catawba's Community Music Program and is only the fourth director since the program began in 1984.] Parents of young children often say to Musikgarten teacher Erin Harper, "Oh my child is so musical!" Erin's response is always: "Of course they are!" All babies are musical, says Erin, who has been a certified Musikgarten instructor for three years now, but that instinct needs to be nurtured to see its full expression.
Catawba Alumnus and Assistant Director of IT Services at FBI Visits Catawba
The Catawba College Math Club and KME Chapter sponsored a visit by alumnus Daniel D. Dubree, assistant director of the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) for the FBI's Information and Technology Branch, on September 22 in Ketner Hall. Dubree spoke to members of the college community about the mathematics and computer science involved in his career at the FBI.
Catawba's Chapter of the American Chemical Society Receives Award
In recognition of its 2010-2011 activities, Catawba College's Chapter of the American Chemical Society has received an Honorable Mention Chapter Award from the American Chemical Society. Catawba's chapter will be recognized in the November/December issue of "In Chemistry" magazine and at the ACS Student Chapter Award Ceremony to be held in conjunction with the 243rd ACS National Meeting in San Diego, Calif.
Catawba College Singers and Chamber Singers Present Fall Concert
The Catawba College Singers and Chamber Singers will present a wide repertoire of songs during their Fall Concert, slated for 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 2 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. This will be the first formal concert of the academic year for the Singers who are directed by Catawba's new Director of Choral Music, Justin Hazelgrove.
Sixth Annual Marching Band Classic Slated at Catawba College
It has a new name this year, but it is the same marching band competition that has drawn area bands to Catawba College for the past five years. The Catawba Pride Marching Band Classic, formerly the Lord Salisbury Marching Band Classic, gets underway in Catawba's Shuford Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 8.
Catawba College Admissions Website Ranked Top in the Nation
Catawba College is proud to announce that its Admissions website is among the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all sites rated. The site was recognized in the 13th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities.
Ralph W. Ketner Celebrates 91st Birthday
Ralph W. Ketner, founder and chairman emeritus of Food Lion, Inc., celebrated his 91st birthday Tuesday, Sept. 20 with some help from his colleagues at Catawba College. Ketner was surprised with flowers and an array of refreshments in the conference room of Ketner Hall on campus.
Faulkner's Novel Comes to Stage in Catawba's Production of "As I Lay Dying"
By Jordan Clifton, Class of 2014 - A piece of classic Southern literature, adapted for the stage by Catawba College Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English Dr. Janice Moore Fuller, kicks off Catawba's 2011-2012 theatre season. Fuller's adaptation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" will be offered in Hedrick Theatre on campus at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 27 and 28, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29 through Saturday, October 1.
Professor of Politics Comments on Same-Sex Marriage Vote
North Carolina voters will decide whether to ban same-sex marriage in the state's constitution next May, rather than in the November general election. The timing has serious political implications. Catawba College political science professor Michael Bitzer says Democrats were in a tough spot. Without enough votes to defeat the measure, opponents saw putting it on the primary ballot as a way to "take the lesser of the two evils and see what happens eventually in the courts."
Krispy Kreme CEO to Speak October 13 at Catawba College
Catawba College will welcome James H. Morgan, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., as the keynote speaker at the eighth annual CEO Lecture Series on Thursday, October 13. Sponsored by the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business and much anticipated by the local business community, this event will be held at 11 a.m. in Keppel Auditorium with a reception sponsored by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to immediately follow in Peeler Crystal Lounge.
Catawba College is One of 13 to Receive Duke Energy's 2011 Power Partner Award
Catawba College is among 13 Duke Energy customers in five states to receive Duke Energy's 2011 Power Partner Award. The awards, given since 1992, recognize customers who work with Duke Energy to achieve high levels of energy efficiency, sustainability and economic growth.
ALUMNA BLOG: Water is for Wussies (On Assignment in Indonesia)
by Lauren Ebersole '07 - It has been almost two months since my last email yet I am having trouble thinking of anything witty or unusual to write about, so prepare yourself for the mundane. Year two of teaching is leaps and bounds easier than year one. First I am not coming up with completely new lesson plans every single time, but am working to tweak them. I understand the Indonesian education system better...
Catawba College Named One of Nation's Best Music Schools for 2012
For four consecutive years, Catawba College has been named one of the nation's Best Music Schools by In Tune magazine. Catawba was one of only 45 institutions included in the magazine's listing of The Best Music Schools of 2012. Catawba offers a bachelor's degree in Music with concentrations in Music Business, Music Education, Music Performance, Popular Music and Sacred Music, and offers a bachelor's degree in Musical Theatre.
Catawba Alumna Escaped Vietnam to Become an American
By David Freeze, for the Salisbury Post - [EDITOR'S NOTE: Lori Wong graduated summa cum laude from Catawba College in the B.A.E. program and completed her licensure program in teacher education] Young students at Partners in Learning Children’s Development Center know they are taught by a high-energy teacher named Lori Wong. However, few of the children or their parents, and just a small number of the school’s staff, know Wong’s story.
Catawba College Ranked 16th among Best Regional Colleges in the South
Catawba College continues to be ranked as one of the nation's Best Regional Colleges, according to the 2012 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S.News & World Report and released September 13. Catawba ranked 16th among 99 of these Best Regional Colleges in the South. In total, 371 colleges are ranked as "Best Regional Colleges" according to geographic region (North, South, Midwest, and West). Highlights of these rankings are published in the magazine available this month on newsstands...
Blue Masque Theatre Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Honored at Catawba's Homecoming
Four new inductees to the Catawba College Blue Masque Theatre Hall of Fame will be honored on October 21 during the college's Homecoming Weekend. Those being honored for their meritorious lives in the theatre arts are New York based actor Bill Tatum, class of 1970; theatre entrepreneur Jerry Moore, class of 1974; New York costumer and wardrobe supervisor Ginnie Patton, class of 1979; and Charlotte, N.C. designer, director and actor Jim Glouster, class of 1984.
STUDENT BLOG: Improvisation (Don't Worry, Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop)
by Allijah Motika '14 - So today has been really up and down. This morning was wonderful. My throat is still in a lot of pain, I wish that I'd stop being sick and my voice would just come back. But even with that I really enjoyed the session this morning on melody and harmony with Judy and Bobby.
Churches Organize Citywide 9/11 Service at Catawba College
by Hugh Fisher, Salisbury Post - Sunday's "Ceremony of Remembrance" at Catawba College's Omwake-Dearborn Chapel honored those who died on 9/11 with music and prayers for peace. The mournful wail of a bagpipe echoed through the arches of the chapel, while a color guard of Salisbury Police Explorers slowly marched in. The Rev. Jim Dunkin, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury, asked the company to honor "all who gave their lives in sacrifice, trying to save others."
Catawba Students Work with Others to Feed the Hungry
By Susan Shinn, for the Salisbury Post - What do you get when you combine members of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Livingstone football players, students from Catawba College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and a whole lot of enthusiasm? Some 20,000 meals packaged for the Stop Hunger Now campaign. More than 100 people from all these groups came together in the church’s fellowship hall Sunday afternoon to complete the service project.
Students to Share Stories of Their Summers of Service
Sixteen Catawba College students, all 2011 summer interns through the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values will make presentations about "My Summer of Service" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Tom Smith Auditorium of Ketner Hall on campus.
Dr. Janice Fuller's 9-11 Poem Featured on N.C. Arts Council Website
A 9-11 poem written by Catawba College's Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English, Dr. Janice Moore Fuller, was featured Sept. 7 on the N.C. Arts Council's website. Her poem, "This Whistling is For You There in the Dark," was among poems by N.C. poets featured on the site to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9-11.
Catawba College Nets Award Nominations from Metrolina Theatre Association
Past and present members of the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department — students, alumni and faculty — received many nominations for the 2010-2011 season of Metrolina Theatre Awards. The awards will be presented at the Metrolina Theatre Association's 8th annual Gala on Sunday, October 9 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel at 132 East Trade Street in downtown Charlotte.
Catawba's September 20th Community Forum: Nobody Dies in Pinehurst
The sensational inquiry into the 1935 death of youthful hotel heiress Elva Statler Davidson in Pinehurst, North Carolina, made front-page headlines across the nation and has been described as the O.J. Simpson trial of its day. But few modern residents of the town had even heard of this long-cold case until journalist Steve Bouser, former editor of The Salisbury Post, became so caught up in the story that he turned it into the recently published book, Death of a Pinehurst Princess.
VIDEO BLOG: Internship in Sports Communication
Stephanie Cook is a senior majoring in Communication Arts at Catawba College. In the summer of 2011, she lived in Atlanta in the Midtown area and interned in the Sports Communications Office at Georgia State University, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. In what is Catawba's first student video blog, she shows what a day in the life of an intern living in a big city is all about! Watch footage of her complex journey to work, meet some of her co-workers, and...
It's Not Too Late! Join the Chiefs Club or Renew Now!
The first home football game will be on Saturday, Sept. 17th at 7:00 pm against Newberry. Season Tickets were mailed on August 31 to all who have joined the Catawba Chiefs for 2011. You still have time to become a member of the Catawba Chiefs or to renew your membership. There are plenty of good seats available in Shuford Stadium and we hope you will consider joining us for an exciting year!
College Makes Plans to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9-11
Catawba College will mark the 10th anniversary of 9-11 with several activities on campus, including a campus worship service, a 9-11 Panel Discussion, symbolic ringing of the carillon bells to note the time of the 9-11 attacks, and commemorative stickers designed and distributed by the SGA. These 9-11 activities begin with the weekly campus worship service, slated at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6. At the service, remembering 9-11 will be theme.
STUDENT BLOG: Don't Worry, Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop - Wednesday, August 31st
by Allijah Motika '14 - So today has been really up and down. This morning was wonderful. My throat is still in a lot of pain, I wish that I'd stop being sick and my voice would just come back. But even with that I really enjoyed the session this morning on melody and harmony with Judy and Bobby.
STUDENT BLOG: Don't Worry Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop - Tuesday, August 30
by Allijah Motika '14 - Here we go again! So ... today and yesterday have been insane. There isn't any other way to describe it. Yesterday none of the faculty arrived until the last session of the night from 7:30 to 9:00 and it was so frustrating waiting and waiting for them to get here. We were told that they'd arrive at 1:30, 3:45, and 4:30 before the real time of 7:30 actually happened. So in other words yesterday was a huge tease.
Catawba Alumni and Brothers Follow Dad's Musical Tradition
by Mark Wineka, SalisburyPost.com [EDITOR'S NOTE: Tyler Howe is a 2011 Catawba College graduate, while his brother, Andrew, graduated in 2007] - This is a story about bands of brothers. And a father. During pre-game festivities Friday night, the Salisbury and North Rowan high school bands performed together. A cool thing, but even cooler when you know that the bands are directed by brothers — Tyler Howe at Salisbury and Andrew Howe at North Rowan.
STUDENT BLOG: Don't Worry Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop - Monday, August 29
Welcome to the "Don't Worry, Be Happy" blog ... those four words have definitely been something that I've had to remind myself so far. First of all let me just say that getting here was the most insane travel experience of my life. Due to Hurricane Irene my original flight was canceled and I had to find another way to get to Rhinebeck, NY where the workshop is being held. My friends Kat Tierney and Meghan McLaughlin (both Catawba graduates) also ran into the same problem...
Catawba Welcomes Four New Faculty Members
One is a Toastmaster and has authored four books, including one entitled, "Cows Are People Too: Lessons from Someone Out Standing in the Field." One signed his employment contract in Borneo and left his job at the Smithsonian Institution to come to Catawba College. Another is a nationally certified athletic trainer with a keen personal interest in motorsports. Then, there is one who can solve a Rubik's Cube in just two minutes and is interested in studying the sociology of religion.
Author Encourages Catawba College Students to Make the Most of Their Stories
The subject was stories at Catawba College's Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 25. Lumberton native and author Jill McCorkle wove that subject into her keynote address, telling students gathered, "we all have a story to tell," and encouraging them "to make the most of yours." McCorkle, a professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program at N.C. State University, shared the importance of storytelling in her own life.
Catawba Alumna Deemed Ready as First-Year Teacher
[Katie Earl Etters is a 2010 Catawba College graduate who majored in Elementary Education (K-6). Etter's father is among the music faculty at Catawba.] When the calendar turns to August, children, teachers and parents know all too well it's time for school again. Even now there are children moaning and groaning, while at the same time their parents are in the background trying to hide laughter.
Catawba Alumnus Appointed as Varsity Soccer Head Coach and Physical Education Teacher
Spartanburg Day School in Spartanburg, South Carolina has announced new faculty and staff members for the 2011-2012 school year. Among the new hires is Catawba College alumnus Ken Winslow to teach physical education in the lower and middle schools, in addition to being the varsity boy's soccer head coach. Winslow majored in Physical Education and Recreation.
Catawba Clubbing: An Annual Event
The annual Club Fair was held between 5 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24 in Leonard Lounge of the Cannon Student Center. The event was an opportunity for students to get involved. Many clubs on campus set-up tables and displays about their organizations trying to generate interest in their club among students, particularly first-year students.
Junior Marshals Commissioned for Service during 2011-2012 Academic Year
Thirteen students were commissioned for service as Junior Marshals by Catawba College President Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine in a ceremony held Wednesday, August 24 in the Hurley Room of the Cannon Student Center. These Junior Marshals, who assist College Marshal David Pulliam, assure that order and dignity are observed during formal occasions of the college, including Opening Convocations, Awards’ Day, Baccalaureate, and Commencement. Marshals also serve at the annual Service of Lessons and Carols.
STUDENT BLOG: Don't Worry, Be Happy: McFerrin's Workshop
Catawba College sophomore Allijah Motika of Asheville will participate in a vocal workshop August 28 through September 2 with ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin. The workshop will take place at the Omega Center in Rhinebeck, N.Y. During the workshop, Allijah will report on his experiences via blog entries that will be available on the Catawba College website. Along with participants from around the world, he will be joined at the workshop by two Catawba Alumnae....
New Catawba Students Attend Retreat, Prepare for College Experience before Classes Begin
More than 120 members of the Class of 2015 participated in this year's Freshman Retreats sponsored by the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. The students were joined by more than 40 members of the Catawba faculty and staff and members of the Lilly Center Retreat Leadership Corps (RLC)...
N.C. Author Jill McCorkle to Speak at Catawba College's Opening Convocation
Catawba College will mark its 160th year of operation when students, faculty, and staff gather for Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 25. Author Jill McCorkle, a native of Lumberton, will be the speaker for the event that begins at 11 a.m. in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
New Teachers Share Their Thoughts as Beginning of School Nears
By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com - In a sense, Catawba College alumna and China Grove native Tammy Tutterow is coming home. Sure, she never left the area. But when she graduated from South Rowan High School in 1992 she wasn’t exactly expecting to come back, to the school that is. But this fall, Tutterow will start her teaching career by launching to school’s first marketing program.
Registration Underway for Catawba College's Community Music Program
For the 27th year this fall, Catawba College's Community Music program will be providing musical instruction for children and adults in the Rowan-Salisbury area. The program, under the direction of Erin Harper and with the addition of some instructors, offers a wide variety of classes, everything from private piano lessons to a new class called Exploring Music Theory.
Catawba College Students Move In, Residence Halls at Capacity
It was cloudy and humid on the Catawba College campus on Saturday, August 13, but that did not stop resolute first-year students, with their families in tow, from moving into their residence halls. Although some students had already staked their claims on campus earlier in the week, including athletes, resident assistants, and members of the Catawba Pride Marching Band, the influx of first-year students will help fill the residence halls to capacity.
Catawba's Marching Band Revived, with the Pride
It was 1973 when Catawba College last had a Marching Band that performed on the field during halftime of football games, but that will all change this year. On September 17, fans attending Catawba's first home football game of the season will be entertained and energized by the Catawba Pride Marching Band.
Political Science Professor Pegged to Comment on Appointment of Legislator Successor
Catawba College Professor of Political Science Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured on the IndependentTribute.com website. Bitzer was asked to comment on the topic of who will be chosen to serve out the term for for N.C. House of Representatives legislator Jeff Barnhart, who announced he would be retiring from the General Assembly.
Catawba's Silent Auction Is a Screaming Success!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 was a hot summer evening on the Catawba College campus, but a really cool event took place in the Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center. Catawba's inaugural Silent Auction, a fund-raising event for the college Athletics Department, brought alumni, Chiefs Club members, faculty, staff, and fans of the college out for food, beverage, fellowship and a chance to bid on some hot items.
Catawba Pride Marching Band Exhibition – August 12
The Catawba Pride Marching Band will offer an exhibition on Friday, August 12 on the Catawba College practice field near the Whitley Softball Field off of Lantz Avenue. Fans of the Pride are encouraged to begin arriving and bring lawnchairs around 5 p.m., and the exhibition will begin at 5:30 p.m.
VIDEO: Catawba College Invests in Musical Future
By: Sarah Pisciuneri, News 14 Carolina - While most North Carolina colleges are cutting back in this tough economic time, one is expanding its music program. Salisbury-based Catawba College is calling their recent expansion an investment in the future. When the Catawba Indians hit the football field this fall, they will be joined by the Catawba Pride, a full marching band, something the college hasn't seen since the 1970s.
Moving Catawba College to Climate Neutrality
Catawba College wants to achieve climate neutrality by 2030, according to the plan it submitted as a signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. To get there, the institution will have to change the way it uses energy and reduce the amount of energy it uses. Carrie Gonnella, an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Public Sector Fellow, spent ten weeks at Catawba this summer. During that time, she was busy, assessing the college's energy usage and costs...
Forbes' Ranks Catawba College among "America's Top Colleges 2011"
Catawba is one of only 20 North Carolina public and private institutions included in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges 2011," and is ranked 476 among the 650 best undergraduate colleges. The Forbes' rankings were prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C. think tank founded by Ohio University economist Richard Vedder. The rankings focus on post graduation success, student satisfaction...
Catawba College Named One of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review
Of the 2,500 four-year colleges in the United States, Catawba has been ranked among "The Best 376 Colleges" by the prestigious Princeton Review in its 2012 annual college guide. This places Catawba among the top 15 percent of American colleges. The Princeton Review's "The Best 376 Colleges" annual college guide was available on newsstands August 2. Only about 15% of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and three colleges outside the U.S.A. are profiled in the book.
Recap of 2011 Church Youth Empowerment Weekend at Catawba College
"Make it a week long next year, instead of just three days!" said C.J. Burns of Fellowship United Church of Christ in Chesapeake, Virginia. Phyllis Horton, C.J.'s pastor at Fellowship UCC, chimed in "I agree. We're planning to bring a whole busload of young people next year!" The sentiments of Burns and Horton were echoed by others who recently participated in Church Youth Empowerment Weekend 2011 (CYEW 2011) at Catawba College. July 15-17, more than 70 youth and leaders from 20 churches...
Catawba College Announces Members of Presidential Search Committee
Members of Catawba College's Presidential Search Committee were announced today by Mr. Paul Fisher, Chairman of the Catawba College Board of Trustees. The Committee, chaired by Trustee Bill Graham, a 1983 Catawba graduate, has begun a national search for the college's 23rd president.
Highway May Be Named for Earl Ruth
Rowan County Commissioners approved a resolution today recommending that the N.C. Department of Transportation name five miles of the highway "Congressman Earl B. Ruth Memorial Highway."Ruth, a native of Spencer, was a coach, professor, Athletic Director and Dean of Students at Catawba College before being elected to Congress in 1968. A Republican, he won re-election twice and served briefly as governor of America Samoa, from 1975 to 1976.
Catawba Alumnus and Trustee Honored for Civic Achievements
[Catawba College Trustee and alumnus Bill Graham '83 was awarded the Community Care Clinic's 2011 Humanitarian Award] By Mark Wineka, SalisburyPost.com - Lawyers develop strong hides out of necessity, and it's a good thing given all the ribbing Salisbury attorney Bill Graham absorbed Friday night.
Catawba College Offers Two New Academic Majors
Two new academic majors will be offered to Catawba College students beginning this fall. The Ketner School of Business adds a new Economics and Finance major, while the Goodman School of Education adds a new Special Education major with a variety of concentrations. According to College Provost, Dr. Richard W. Stephens, Jr., the new majors are in response to the projected needs in the marketplace.
Political Science Professor Comments on Money Raised by Candidates for 2012 Campaigns
by Julie Rose, WFAE.org - The two most likely candidates for North Carolina governor in 2012 are already raising significant money: Governor Bev Perdue's re-election campaign reports pocketing $1.3 million in the first half of this year. Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory raised just over a million.
Hiking at Night on the Preserve; Observing Saturn and its Rings
By Kathy Chaffin - Even high school students eager to take on the world's environmental problems admitted to being scared when it came to the night hikes along the pristine preserve behind the Center for the Environment on the Catawba College campus. The night preserve hikes were held July 21 during the "Redesigning Our Future" National Environmental Summit for High School Students sponsored by the Center for the Environment in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute of Colorado.
Sponsors Make National Environmental Summit Possible; Help Students Make a Difference
By Kathy Chaffin - A couple of years ago, Dr. John Wear, executive director of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, said he received a phone call from Robert Pruehsner of Salisbury. He and his wife, Lois, had been regular supporters of the Center for some time, and Pruehsner wanted to talk to Wear about his plans for the future. At that time, cosponsoring a "Redesigning Our Future" National Environmental Summit for High School Students with Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado...
National Environmental Summit Students Approach Environment through Other Fields of Interest
By Kathy Chaffin - Kenneth Dunn of Durham didn't realize the extent of the world's environmental problems before participating in the "Redesigning Our Future" National Environmental Summit for High School Students. Sponsored by the Center for the Environment at Catawba College in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, it was held July 20-24 on the Catawba campus.
Students Learn about Whole System Thinking
By Kathy Chaffin - High school students attending the "Redesigning Our Future" National Environmental Summit at the Center for the Environment on the Catawba College campus had the opportunity to learn from representatives of one of the country's leading authorities on energy solutions. Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) in Colorado – which cosponsored the July 20-24 summit – is committed to mapping and driving the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy and energy efficiency.
Students Learn to Go Green at National Environmental Summit
By Mark Wineka, salisburypost.com - Julie Williams of Moore County did things you might expect at a National Environmental Summit for high school kids. She and her "small group" braved the summer's toughest heat and Catawba College Ecological Preserve's largest mosquitoes to radio-track turtles, often from a kayak.
Speaker at Catawba Tells Students about Idea that Changed Him from Ordinary Man to CNN Hero
[By Kathy Chaffin] It was in December of 2003 when Doc Hendley — named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 — heard the phrase, "Wine to Water," repeating itself over and over in his head. Hendley had no idea what it meant, he said at Wednesday night's opening of the "Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students," cosponsored by the Center for the Environment at Catawba College and Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado.
Catawba College Named Again to Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service
Catawba College has been honored for the third consecutive year with a place on the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities. The recognition was made by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The President's High Education Community Service Honor Roll is an annual recognition program that celebrates exemplary commitment to service and volunteering from institutions of higher education.
Chayon Ryu Martial Arts Classes at Catawba College Enter 27th Year
September will mark the 27th year of biweekly Chayon Ryu martial arts classed offered at Catawba College by Master David Mitchell of Salisbury. Over those 27 years, over 2,000 students from both the College and the area community, have participated in the biweekly Chayon Ryu martial arts classes offered on campus each Monday and Wednesday by Master Mitchell. Mitchell traveled to Korea in May, took his rank test at an ancient school in Pusan, Korea, and was awarded an eighth degree black belt...
VIDEO: Political Science Professor Featured in Webcast about NC Redistricting Heating Up
In a recent webcast by CLTblog.com, Catawba College political science professor Dr. Michael Bitzer joined Warren Cooksey, Dan McCorkle, and moderator Brian Francis in a discussion on how Mecklenburg County is affected by the redistricting in North Carolina.
Political Science Professor Says Ripple Effect Turned Out to Be Tidal Wave
What began as an adjustment involving five N.C. counties on Tuesday turned into a congressional map that jumbles districts across the state and pits four Democrats against other incumbents. Republican lawmakers had promised a ripple effect when they began redrawing their 2-week-old map. "That ripple effect turned out to be a tidal wave," said Michael Bitzer, a political scientist at Salisbury's Catawba College.
Joseph B. Oxendine '52 Takes another Swing at Catawba
When Joe Oxendine came to Catawba College the first time in 1948, he was an 18-year-old Lumbee Indian who had just spent a year working at a Detroit automobile factory making and saving money to put himself through undergraduate school. When Oxendine returned to Catawba this past March, he was an 81-year-old man, retired after a long and successful career in academia.
Political Science Professor Shares Results from Analysis of New Legislative Districts
Dr. Michael Bitzer, a political science professor at Catawba College recently spoke to the Charlotte Observer about his analysis of the new legislative districts according to the voting results from the last two presidential elections compared to how the state voted.
Psychology Professor Offers Employees Advice for the Dog Days of Summer
By Emily Ford, salisburypost.com - Dr. Erin Wood, assistant professor of psychology at Catawba College, offers some advice on how employees can stay focused and productive during the summer. As temperatures soar outside, the summer slump begins inside. When desk jockeys and cubicle dwellers should be crunching numbers, making sales or writing articles, they are daydreaming about the beach or pool.
Catawba Alumnus and Pennsylvania Yankee Finds a Permanent Home in Salisbury
1948 Catawba College alumnus Joe Riley grew up in New York and Pennsylvania but headed south to attend Catawba College and eventually make Salisbury his home.
Q&A with Doc Hendley: CNN Hero Provides Clean Drinking Water for Third World Countries
Doc Hendley, one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009, will speak at the National Environmental Summit for High School Students July 20 at Catawba College. Hendley, 32, is the founder of an organization that has provided clean water to nearly 100,000 people in 11 Third World countries since 2004.
Catawba Alumnus to Open Cigar Shop in 110-Year-Old House
A cigar store will open in a 110-year-old Victorian cottage in downtown Salisbury, thanks to a $41,000 grant from the state. Darren Moody, a Catawba College graduate who lives in Salisbury, plans to open The Perfect Smoke in six to nine months. Salisbury will receive a Main Street Solutions Fund grant to help pay for the $124,000 rehabilitation of the house at 213 S. Lee St. near the Norvell Theater, behind City Hall.
Political Science Professor and Political Expert: New Map Would Affect Number of House Seats
Catawba College Professor of Political Science Dr. J. Michael Bitzer was recently featured on the IndependentTribute.com website on the topic of the possible new representative Cabarrus County could gain in the N.C. House if the proposed legislative district changes are approved.
ALUMNA BLOG: Indo, Aussie, NZ (On Assignment in Indonesia)
by Lauren Ebersole '07 - The past three weeks have been a whirlwind: 3 countries, 8 flights, 6 boats (including cruise, pontoon, glass bottom, semi-submersible, and row), 4 coach buses, 1 scenic train, 1 gondola skyrail, and numerous taxis, hired cars, and angkots.
Professor of Political Science: New Map Lines Would Favor Republicans in Future Elections
by Michael Tomsic, WFAE.org - Republicans today released a map of how they plan to redraw voting districts for the North Carolina senate. The House maps are supposed to come out today too, but aren't available online yet. GOP lawmakers are in charge of redistricting this time, and have carved out some major changes to districts in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties.
VIDEO: Political Science Professor: Redistricting Maps Could Mean Big Changes For Voters
The plan for North Carolina's new Senate and House voting districts was due out Monday, but lawmakers said they have received so much input from voters and want to ensure that the map is easily downloaded, so they postponed the release date until Tuesday.
Catawba Alumnus Sets Sights on International Bus "Roadeo" Competition
by Sarah Campbell, SalisburyPost.com - Bryson Nesbitt graduated from Catawba College in December 2010 with a degree in Business Administration. Nesbitt, needing a job while finishing up college, became a school bus driver and plans to drive full-time until he finds a job in his field. His driving skills landed him second place in the local school bus roadeo before securing a fourth place win in the district competition. He now has hopes of a possible win at the international level.
Catawba Alumna to Deliver Initial Sermon at New Appointment in Granite Quarry
Source: SalisburyPost.com - The Rev. Angela Burris was recently appointed to Shiloh United Methodist Church in Granite Quarry and will preach her initial sermon Sunday, July 10, at 11 a.m. A graduate of Catawba College and Duke Divinity School and an ordained elder, she most recently served in an internship at Faithwalk, a new United Methodist congregation in Gibsonville.
Teachers in Flight Finalist and Professor Hopes Weather Holds Out for Final Shuttle Launch
by Mark Wineka, SalisburyPost.com - Catawba College associate professor Dr. Cyndi Osterhus has strong, personal ties to the shuttle program as one of the NASA Teacher in Space finalists and considered traveling to Florida for the final shuttle launch.
Catawba College Welcomes New Director of Choral Music and an Artist-in-Residence
When the new academic year begins, the Catawba College Music Department will welcome a new Director of Choral Music and an Artist-in-Residence. Justin Hazelgrove will be Catawba’s new Director of Choral Music, and Christina Pier, will be a Catawba Artist-in-Residence. College Provost, Dr. Rick Stephens, announced the appointments July 8.
"Henry V" Has Catawba Ties and Marries Comedy, History
Catawba College professors Missy Barnes and Bethany Sinnott and alumna Brie Smith are among the creative team behind this production, which they hope might lead to an annual summer Shakespeare event in Salisbury. Those who think that Shakespeare's history plays are tedious and long will be pleasantly surprised by Lee Street Theatre's upcoming production of Henry V. Funny and fast-paced, this show is true to the Elizabethan tradition of popular entertainment.
Summit Gives Catawba Student Opportunity to Help Make Better World
By Kathy Chaffin, Center for the Environment - For Catawba student Sarah Moore, helping with the National Environmental Summit for High School Students at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College gives her experience planning a large event and the opportunity to ultimately help create a better world.
Catawba Alumni Invited to Perform on Hedrick Little Theatre Stage
Catawba College alumni will have a chance to shine on the stage of Hedrick Little Theatre in the Showcase of Alumni Talent during Homecoming Weekend, October 21-23. The Showcase will be held just prior to the Blue Masque Hall of Fame induction and reception, which begins at 8pm on Friday, October 21.
Silent Auction on August 9 to Benefit Catawba Athletics
Come and enjoy the Silent Auction on Tuesday, August 9 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Kirkland Lobby of Goodman Gymnasium on campus. There will be something to fit every pocketbook, and all proceeds will benefit the Athletics Department! Items up for bid include five vacation homes, great golf packages, dinners with celebrities, NASCAR racing experiences, massages, personal training, great dinner getaways, Grand Ole Opry tickets, golf lessons, Carolina Panthers tickets, and more!
Political Science Professor Comments on Anger over Redistricting
The recent release of preliminary proposals for the state legislative districts have made Democrats and civil rights activists angry. Catawba College Professor of Political Science Dr. J. Michael Bitzer recently spoke to WFAE 90.7 FM regarding the redistricting. Bitzer says redistricting is a messy political process in most states, but especially in North Carolina.
Incoming Freshman a Finalist for AAU's High School Sullivan Award
Logan Ellis, member of the incoming Class of 2015 at Catawba College, has been selected as a finalist for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) High School Sullivan Award. Ellis graduated from Southeast Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C. and will begin classes at Catawba in the fall. A two-time all-conference golfer, Ellis qualified for first-round match play in the 2010 CGA NC Junior Matchplay Championships. He started scouting at age 7 and earned the rank of Eagle at age 16.
Ketner School of Business Professors Attend Annual Accreditation Conference
Catawba College Professors, Pam Thompson (ABD) and Darin Spencer, CPA, M.Acc., MBA, attended the annual meeting of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in Indianapolis, Indiana June 24 - June 27 with the generous support of Mr. Ralph Ketner, a trustee of the college. While there, the two attended workshops and seminars in preparation for continuing accreditation activities. They also met with regional and national leaders of ACBSP.
Catawba Psychology Alumnus Named 2011 Delaware School Psychologist of the Year
Ted Demarest, Class of '77, has been named Delaware School Psychologist of the Year for 2011. He received the award at the annual conference of the Delaware Association of School Psychologists in May. Ted has been a school psychologist for the Colonial School District in New Castle, Delaware, since 1982. During his tenure with the school district, he has served preschool through secondary students.
Catawba Alumnus Directs Computer Camp, Students Learn to Work on PCs
by Sarah Campbell, SalisburyPost.com - Barry Hawkins, Program Director for Students in Training (SIT), earned degrees from Catawba College in business and information systems. The nonprofit organization, run primarly through grants from the Woodson Foundation, provides technology training...
The Curious Case of Johnny Temple: A Glimpse into Catawba's Baseball History
by Mike London, SalisburyPost.com - When former Catawba slugger Jerry Sands was with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this year, Catawba sports information director Jim Lewis naturally watched his games. There were times when a play-by-play man, unfamiliar with Sands, was astonished to learn he was from a Division II school in North Carolina called Catawba. Almost instantly, researchers would inform the play-by-play guy that the most famous baseball player to come out of Catawba was Johnny Temple
Catawba Alumnus and Principal Looks Forward to Second Retirement
by Sarah Campbell, email@example.com - When Rick Hampton took over as the principal of North Rowan Elementary School in 2004 he quickly realized that regular Band-Aids simply aren’t good enough. "I had to go out and buy Blues Clues and Sponge Bob Band-Aids," he said. "I fixed a lot of boo-boos with those Band-Aids. They always brought a smile."
Green Roof, Greenhouse Makes College Greener
By: Carrie Gonnella, 2011 EDF Climate Corps Public Sector Fellow - This summer I am lucky to have a fellowship at Catawba College's Center for the Environment. I was fortunate to start just in time to learn about two initiatives the Center is pursuing: a green roof for the science building and a new high efficiency greenhouse.
Volunteer Catawba Reaches Out to Alabama
By Jay Laurens, Coordinator of Outreach Programs - Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. From April 25-28 of this year, a total of 362 tornadoes ripped through the southern United States, killing at least 350 people. Hardest hit was the state of Alabama, where a 1.5-mile wide tornado left a path of destruction almost 80 miles long and resulted in at least 65 deaths and the destruction or major damage of an estimated 5,000 homes.
VIDEO: Political Science Professor Comments on Start of Political Ad Campaigns
Source: foxcharlotte.com - Game, money, and power. That's how political science professor Dr. J. Michael Bitzer describes political campaigns for the White House. "I explain to my students in the classroom on the first day, that politics is a game," said Bitzer. "And just like any game, you've got players, you've got strategies, and you've a court."
VIDEO: Political Science Professor Says Redrawn Districts to Shape North Carolina Politics
Catawba College professor of History and Politics, Dr. Michael Bitzer, recently spoke to WSOC-TV regarding the possible political impact of redrawing the voting districts across the state. "This is probably the key thing that will shape North Carolina politics for the next decade," said Bitzer.
Catawba Freshman Wins National Scholarship for Multiple Sclerosis
The Mary J. Szczepanski "Never Give Up" MS Scholarship Foundation, a national program, has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Catawba College first-year student Danielle Jenee NaSonya Cooper for raising the most funds for Multiple Sclerosis nationwide. Cooper, a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School in SC, raised $602.50 for MS research and was one of 30 high school seniors who participated in the the national fundraising program.
Catawba College Alumnus Named Patton High Head Coach
By Paul Schenkel, Media General News Service. Chip Lewis played defensive back for the Catawba Indians, where he earned an honorable mention All-American. A Morganton native, Lewis isn't usually the emotional type. But when he learned his dream of being a high school football head coach would come in his home county – as the young Patton High program's third coach – he couldn't help himself.
72nd Governor of the American Legion's Tar Heel Boys' State Elected
LaQuon Rogers of Ayden was elected as Governor of the American Legion Tar Heel Boys' State Wednesday, June 22 during the week-long event held at Catawba College. LaQuon is a rising senior at Ayden Grifton High School. He is the son of Trymane Rogers and Alisa Barret of Ayden and the grandson of Julia Rogers of Ayden.
Catawba Public Safety Officer is a "Sauce-isseur"
On the outside, Catawba College Public Safety Officer Ralph Michael seems a tall, quiet, unassuming man with a ready smile, intent on doing his job. On the inside and when he's off-duty, Ralph Michael is a man serious about his barbecue and dipping sauce — so serious that he's started producing his own version for retail sale. The retired Lexington police officer and native of North Carolina's barbecue capital admits he's been making his Ralph's BBQ and Dipping Sauce for more than 25 years.
Catawba College Alumnus Receives NCADA Lifetime Achievement Award
C.A. "Junie" Michael, III, a 1970 Catawba College alumnus, was honored by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association (NCADA ) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is the highest honor that the NCADA bestows.
Catawba Alumnus and NCRC Scientist Specializes in Fetal Disorders
by Emily Ford (SalisburyPost.com) - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has expanded its focus at the N.C. Research Campus to include fetal alcohol disorders. The UNC Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis has hired Dr. Philip May, a research professor and expert in the field of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Catawba College Announces Search for a President
Mr. Paul Fisher, Chairman of the Catawba College Board of Trustees has announced that the college will begin a national search for its 23rd president. Fisher also announced that Trustee Bill Graham, a 1983 Catawba graduate, will Chair the Presidential Search Committee. "As we begin our search for the 23rd President of Catawba College, we will focus on finding a candidate who is first and foremost a leader, with an enthusiasm for higher education combined with bold and visionary goals...
VIDEO: Political Science Professor Chimes in on Last-Minute Scramble
Catawba College professor of History and Politics, Dr. Michael Bitzer, recently spoke to WBTV on the topic of the flurry of new bills the GOP majority is scrambling to push through.
Catawba Alumna Retires from Overton after Teaching 24 Years
Catawba College alumna Dinah Carpenter retires from Overton Elementary School after teaching 24 years. Carpenter received her teaching certification from Catawba.
Catawba Employees Get a "Taste" of Social Networking, Watermelon-Style
Catawba College employees gathered with co-workers for watermelon and fellowship on campus between 2 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The summer afternoon social, one of several planned during the months of June and July, was sponsored by the Staff Council and the President's Office.
Catawba Staff Member One of Three Generations in Her Family to Survive Breast Cancer
Jean Wurster, a librarian at the Corriher-Linn-Black Library at Catawba College, is one of three generations of women in the same family to be a breast cancer survivor. Her mother, Doris Miller, and daughter, Liz, have also survived breast cancer. WRAL-TV recently covered their stories, which illustrate the advances in care for the disease for nearly 30 years...
Open House for Catawba's Evening Program in Kannapolis on June 27, 2011
Catawba College's School of Evening Studies will sponsor an open house in Kannapolis on Monday, June 27, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the ante room of the Core Lab Building in Kannapolis. Prospective students are invited to drop by at any time for an overview of the program and financial aid opportunities.
Open House for Catawba's Evening Program at Davidson County Community College
Catawba College's School of Evening Studies will sponsor an open house on Tuesday, June 21, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center on the main campus of Davidson County Community College. Catawba currently offers evening courses on the DCCC campus. Prospective students are invited to drop by at any time for an overview of the program and financial aid opportunities.
Tar Heel Boys' State at Catawba College June 19-25
Catawba College will host the 72nd annual session of Tar Heel Boys' State June 19-25. This is the eighth consecutive year that the weeklong event has been held on campus and approximately 300 participants, all rising high school seniors from North Carolina, are expected.
Catawba College Presidential Honor Roll Announced
A total of 122 students have been named to the Presidential Honor Roll List for the 2010-2011 academic year at Catawba College, according to Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr., Provost of the College. Students named to the Presidential Honor Roll List have achieved a 3.7 grade point average in 30 or more semester hours. Students on the 2010-2011 Presidential Honor Roll List include...
Catawba College Dean's List Announced
A total of 244 students have been named to the Dean's List for the 2011 Spring Semester at Catawba College, according to Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr., Provost of the College. Students named to the Dean's List have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in 15 or more semester hours.
Catawba College Alumnus Invites Youth to "Get Lost" and "Lose Yourself"
Each summer Inspire The Fire (ITF), founded by 2006 Catawba College graduate Dennis Reed of Charlotte, facilitates a week-long conference for youth (ages 10-21) to exhibit their talents through music, dance and dramatic workshops. On July 18-24, 2011 teens will be engaged in an intense artistic learning environment that will promote self-confidence and foster an aspiration for an improved way of life.
Catawba Alumna Retires after 38 Years in Education
Kathy Conte, a 1973 alumna of Catawba College, retired from Charles England Elementary School after a 38-year career in education. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at Catawba, Conte started her career at Cecil School teaching third grade. Later, she taught at Southwest Elementary School and Dunbar School, which was later renamed to Charles England.
Open House for Catawba's Evening Program in Salisbury
Catawba College's School of Evening Studies will sponsor an open house on the Catawba campus on Monday, June 20, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. in Ketner Hall, Room 108. Prospective students are invited to drop by at any time for an overview of the program and financial aid opportunities.
New Degree Program for Popular Musicians at Catawba College
Popular music stands as the vibrant soundtrack of our modern lives, and a long list of luminary artists has proved its artistic worth. Despite this, few institutions of higher learning have embraced it, making popular musicians a group still woefully underserved by education. In fact, only about a dozen American universities offer a curriculum specifically designed for students of popular music. Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina has just officially joined their ranks.
High School Youth Encouraged to Register Now for Catawba College's Church Youth Empowerment Weekend
Church Youth Empowerment Weekend 2011, an interdenominational Christian event for high-school age youth (rising high school freshmen – rising college freshmen) will be held Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17, 2011, on the campus of Catawba College. The cost for the three-day event is only $25 per person. All activities, lodging in the college's dormitories, meals, and a commemorative t-shirt are included.
Catawba College Student Awarded UPS Scholarship
Jessica Bound, a junior student at Catawba College, was selected to receive a UPS Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Bound is majoring in biology and is from Waxhaw, NC. North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), a Counsel of Independent Colleges (CIC) State Fund member association, distributed $2,700 in UPS Scholarship funds to Catawba College.
Spotlight on Incoming Freshman Tyler Rea: 'Sports is My Life'
By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com - South Rowan High School Senior Tyler Rea has been helping out with athletics including football, basketball and baseball since he was a freshman. He'll be heading to Catawba in the fall to study physical education. Physical limitations have never kept Tyler Rea out of the game.
Future Lady Indian Leads the Way from Center Field
By Joe Habina, Charlotte Observer - When Michaela Boyd thought about her chances of playing college softball, she thought she would be "one of those players that got overlooked and never got a chance to play." The Northwest Cabarrus senior outfielder believed Anderson College was committed to her last summer, but she said its interest faded away. Out of the blue, Catawba College in Salisbury offered her a tryout, which soon turned into a scholarship offer.
Chiefs Club Membership for 2011-2012
Renewal forms for Chiefs Club members have been mailed. 2011-12 Chiefs President Bob Setzer is expecting an increase in membership from last year. 2010-2011 membership stood at 451 after four consecutive years over 500. Setzer said "with a very attractive five game home football schedule including UNC Pembroke and our economy showing signs of improvement, we look for new members and we hope our former ones renew as well."
Q&A with Head Athletic Trainer Robert Casmus
Catawba College may have to get a bigger trophy case just to house all of the awards collected by longtime Head Athletic Trainer Robert Casmus, MS, LAT, ATC, EMT. Last year, he was named an NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, which will fit nicely alongside his NCAA Division II College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year and North Carolina College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year awards.
72nd Consecutive Session of Tar Heel Girls State to Be Held at Catawba College
June 12-18 will be the 72nd consecutive year of Tar Heel Girls State, and for the tenth year, Catawba College will host the weeklong session. At the annual event, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of North Carolina, several hundred girls from across North Carolina, all high school juniors who are academically in the top third of their class, will participate.
Catawba Alumna and Teacher of Year Bonds with Students
By Sarah Campbell, Salisburypost.com - Theresa Pierce '10 can't walk down the halls at Overton Elementary School without students waving, calling out her name or running to hug her. "They are always so excited to see her," Jennifer Sheppard, the school's Title I coordinator, said. Pierce was recently named the Rowan-Salisbury Teacher of the Year, an accolade Sheppard said is well-deserved.
Student Impressions of Europe: In Their Own Words
Forty-two Catawba College students, members of the Catawba Singers, returned May 25 from a 10-day trip to Europe that included stops in four different countries. For some of the students, the trip marked their first plane ride or their first trip outside the United States. It was an eye-opening, life-enriching experience for them, and although their time abroad was brief, it will be memorable and likely viewed through time’s unwavering glass as a pivotal moment in each of their lives.
ALUMNA BLOG: 16 Things I've Learned - Plus a Gecko Note (On Assignment in Indonesia)
Patience really is a virtue and one I do not have in abundant quantities. However, I do think I am getting better. For example, last Saturday I had planned to give a test but was then told school was cancelled at 10am, right before my class. One of the teachers' fathers had passed away so we were all going to pay our respects.
Catawba Alumnus and Economic Recruiter Ready for Pops Duet
By Joanie Morris, for the Salisbury Post - Robert Van Geons '97 has a secret. The economic development director has been harboring this secret for years. He sings. He sings loud and he sings proud.
Rowan-Salisbury High School Graduations to Be Held at Catawba College
Again this year, Catawba College's 1,450-seat Keppel Auditorium will be the site for the Rowan-Salisbury School System's high school graduations on Saturday, June 11. Doors open for the graduation ceremonies one hour prior and tickets are required for admittance.
Catawba's Community Music Program Offers Summer Camps
Catawba College's Community Music Program is offering several camps for summer 2011, in addition to private lessons in almost every instrument. All camps are $100 for the entire 4 days and private lessons are $18.50 per 30 minute lesson. Very few slots are still available so register today!
293 Receive Degrees during Catawba's Commencement Exercises
"Receiving a college diploma" was the common theme during the two commencement exercises in Catawba College's Keppel Auditorium on Saturday, May 14. The different exercises were for two distinct populations of students at the institution.
Science Faculty Member Retires
When Dr. George Drum, a 1962 alumnus of Catawba, returned to his alma mater as a faculty member in 1987, he brought his academic journey and his family ties to the institution full circle. Drum followed his grandfather’s footsteps as a faculty member; Harvy Kopenhaver was on the faculty at Old Catawba in Newton.
87-Year-Old Participates in Catawba's Commencement Exercise
It was 87-year-old Martha Rhea Hartley Platt of Salisbury who was the first baccalaureate candidate to walk across the Keppel Auditorium stage during Catawba College's Commencement Exercise on Saturday, May 14. For Platt, it was an opportunity to remedy a regret she had had for 52 years.
Baccalaureate Homily Encourages Graduates to Look for Rainbows
Kristopher Watson of Voorhees, N.J., a 2011 Catawba College graduate and tenor, wowed those gathered for the Baccalaureate Service on campus Friday, May 13, with a solo performance of "Over the Rainbow." The song's inclusion in the service was at the request of outgoing Catawba College President Dr. W. Craig Turner. Turner, who leaves Catawba this month after serving three years as its 21st president, tied his baccalaureate homily to that song.
Catawba College Students and Professor Author Paper Accepted for Publication
A paper authored by Catawba College professor, Dr. Sheila Brownlow, and several of her students, Amanda J. Janas of Concord, Kathleen A. Blake of Atlanta, Ga., and Kathleen T. Rebadow of Melbourne, Fla., has been accepted for publication by the journal, "Psychology."
Women's Lacrosse, An Additional Catawba Sport to Cheer
By Stephanie Cook '12 - As we welcome the Class of 2015 to the Catawba College campus, we will also acknowledge and give our attention to the newest intercollegiate team added to the Catawba Indian's athletics program. Women's Lacrosse, under the direction of Ashley Gilroy, will kick off its inaugural season in January 2012.
Catawba College Group Travels to Alabama to Assist with Recovery Efforts
A group of students, faculty and staff from Catawba College will depart on May 16 for the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham, Alabama area on a mission trip to assist with clean up and recovery after recent destructive tornadoes there. The weeklong trip is coordinated by Volunteer Catawba. The Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Birmingham, Ala. will serve as the base of operation for the Catawba team as they help remove debris and distribute much-needed food, water...
UPCOMING BLOG: The Catawba Singers Take on Europe
The Catawba Singers will be embarking on a Summer European Concert Tour May 15-May 25, 2011 to include stops in France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Tonia Black-Gold, Catawba's communications officer, will be blogging about the students' experiences while on the tour...
You're Graduating. Now What?
This Saturday, the 2011 graduating class of Catawba College will be saying goodbye to their alma mater as they cross the stage of Keppel Auditorium and receive their degrees. It will be a day marked with celebration and some much needed R&R after four years of dedicated study. The weekend of celebration will inevitably end, and these accomplished young men and women will again focus their efforts on a question of great importance: What now?
Political Science Professor's Study Reflects Possible Impact of Early Voting Period Cut
The House Elections committee recently voted to shorten the early voting period from 18 to 11 days. The popularity of early voting has increased over the past few years. A recent study by Dr. Michael Bitzer, professor of political science, showed 60% of NC's 2008 general election ballots were cast before election day, up from 30% in the 2004 election.
She Was a Shakespearean Born and Bred
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service - At age 3, Dr. Bethany Sinnott was introduced to William Shakespeare. It's a love affair that continues to this day. In May, Sinnott retires from Catawba College after 42 years of teaching English — most notably Shakespeare. To encapsulate a career that's touched so many lives, we'll have to ignore this quote from "Hamlet": "Brevity is the soul of wit."
STUDENT BLOGS: Field Study in Jamaica
Students traveled to Jamaica over Spring Break to get first-hand field experiences as part of their course, "Biogeography and Literature of Islands." View photos and read about their experiences..
Catawba College Athletic Award Winners Announced
Catawba College has announced its 2010-11 athletic award winners for its student-athletes. The awards were presented at the annual athletic ceremony held at the Keppel Auditorium on Tuesday, May 3. Heading the list of award winners were Alexa Baird and Marty Tuohy...
Catawba College Students React to Death of Bin Laden
by David Whisenant, WBTV.com - They were in elementary or middle school at the time of 9/11, but it is the major historic event of their lives. College students across the country and the Carolinas are now reacting to the death of Osama bin Laden, and the memories today's news brings back even for our society's young. "We ended up getting out of school early," Jeremy Gardner recalled. Gardner, from Concord, is a sophomore from Catawba College.
Jazz Concert Unites Catawba and Livingstone Colleges
By Laurie D. Willis, Livingstone College News Service - Jazz was the genre in a historic concert Wednesday that joined students at Livingstone and Catawba colleges for the first time and featured acclaimed trumpet player Vinnie Ciesielski.
Catawba College Makes Plans to Save Energy & Money: EDF Fellow to Work on Energy Efficiency Plan
Catawba College will host an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Public Sector fellow this summer who is specially trained to identify areas where the college can save energy and money. Carrie Gonnella, a candidate for a master of environmental management degree in the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, will work with Catawba's facilities management staff to develop a custom energy efficiency plan for the college.
The Role of the Transformative Experience in Environmental Stewardship
John Wear, director of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, delivered the keynote address April 29 at the three-day 2011 Moravian Environmental Stewardship Conference in Laurel Springs, N.C. The conference, co-sponsored by Laurel Ridge and the former Commission on Church & Society, was for congregations and stewardship leaders from across the Moravian Church's Southern Province.
Center for the Environment: Training Environmental Stewards
Source: SalisburyPost.com - When it comes to confronting environmental challenges such as expanding green energy, sustaining ocean fisheries or providing a thirsty world with pure water, you couldn’t blame America's youth if they were worried about the future.
Two Join Center for the Environment at Catawba College
Two individuals have joined the staff of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College for the coming year. Craig Midgett, a former researcher with the Environmental Assistance Office at UNC-Charlotte, and Michael Smith, a LEED-accredited professional, will work with the Center in energy-related fellowships.
Catawba College to Host Graduation Exercises May 14
Catawba College's two commencement exercises are slated for Saturday, May 14 in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center. On that day, the college will award baccalaureate degrees to 196 students graduating at 10 a.m. from the traditional day program and to 104 students graduating at 2 p.m. from the School of Evening and Graduate Studies. Seating is limited for both exercises and those planning to attend will need a ticket to enter the 1,450-seat venue.
Greensboro Woman Takes Finance Exam, Earns a Meal on Ralph and Al
Lisa Reid of Greensboro took Professor Al Carter and Mr. Ralph Ketner's 50-question finance exam and won a meal on the two with her 48 correct answers. Reid was one of 40 individuals, including her husband and even one test-taker from Florida, who tested their personal finance knowledge by taking the exam.
Professor and Political Expert Discusses Impact of Early Voting
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, professor of Political Science and political expert recently spoke to the Charlotte Observer regarding the GOP proposal that would cut a week from early voting and would also end Sunday voting and so-called "same-day registration."
ALUMNA BLOG: On Assignment in Indonesia - PB & J
by Lauren Ebersole '07 - Recently I have received a flood of requests for a new update, so here is the answer to both of those requests. Fun activities for you to try: For one week, oh heck for two days, try eating rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then let me know how many more days you want to do that.
When you take a shower count how many small lizards seem to be staring at you.
Join Us for a "Grand Night for Singing" on May 1
Celebrate May Day with an early evening of wonderful music by the choral ensembles of Catawba College. Because of the bad weather two weeks ago and the changes in schedule that resulted, the Spring Choral Concert was rescheduled for this Sunday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium on campus.
Catawba Alumnus and Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory Visits Catawba
Catawba College alumnus Pat McCrory '78, the former seven-term Mayor of Charlotte, N.C. and the 2008 N.C. Republican Gubernatorial candidate, visited campus on April 7. He spoke to students in Dr. Michael Bitzer's State and Local Politics class about politics and issues he has encountered running for public office.
Students Share Their Research at 2011 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium
Again this year, Catawba College students from various disciplines shared their diverse research projects during the 2011 Interdisciplinary Research Symposium held Thursday, April 21 in the Leonard Lounge of the Cannon Student Center. Faculty, staff and students on campus dropped by during the two-hour event to listen and learn from these students.
Dr. Bethany Sinnott Prepares to Retire, Still Intent on Passing on the Bard
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service - Fifth-graders at Bostian Elementary School got a taste of the Bard on Tuesday, April 19, as Donna Rymer's AIG class presented a Shakespeare festival. Special guest was Dr. Bethany Sinnott, Catawba College professor of English, who retires this spring after more than 40 years of service to the institution.
Center for Environment Announces Champions for Clean Air
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will honor three organizations in Rowan and Cabarrus counties this spring as Champions for Clean Air. The winners are Roush Fenway Racing, the City of Concord and the Centralina Council of Governments/Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition.
Conservationist: "Help Save Wild Habitats"
By Kathy Chaffin - Renowned wilderness conservationist Dave Foreman delivered a passionate message at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus Tuesday evening for humans to help save wild habitants and habitats.
Salisbury Resident Establishes Scholarship at Catawba College
Salisbury resident Eric Slipp has made a gift to establish a new scholarship at Catawba College. Preference for the Eric P. Slipp Endowed Scholarship will be given to a member of the Catawba baseball team who is majoring in business, environmental science or physical education.
Catawba College Student North Carolina Association of Educators Named Blue Ribbon Chapter
In early April, the Catawba College Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) became one of seven colleges and universities to be designated a blue ribbon chapter and was awarded a $150 prize for membership activities by the North Carolina Association of Educators.
Catawba's Alpha Chi Chapter Honored as Star Chapter
Catawba College senior Joe Manser of Mooresville and faculty sponsor Dr. Bethany Sinnott represented Catawba College's North Carolina Omicron chapter of Alpha Chi at the national convention in San Diego March 31-April 2.
Catawba College Community Music Recitals Scheduled
The Catawba College Community Music Program will host several spring semester performance events for students enrolled in the program. These performances showcase the classes and private lessons taught through Community Music, including the new classes of the year, such as Class Piano for Senior Adults, Group Guitar, and Suzuki Violin classes.
Analysis of Lip Balm Nets Catawba College Student a Kiss of Success
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service - The next time you apply that oh-so-convenient lip balm, think of Carly Sabat. Sabat, 21, a senior chemistry major at Catawba College, researched lip balm as part of her senior project. Her research has garnered accolades for herself and for the college.
Take Ralph and Al's Finance Exam for a Chance at a Meal on Them
Test your personal finance knowledge by taking this 50-question finance exam! Even if you weren't able to take the class, you can take the final exam for a chance to have a meal on Mr. Ralph Ketner and Professor Al Carter! During spring semester at Catawba College, Mr. Ralph Ketner and Professor Al Carter have been teaching a one-hour Personal Finance course, trying to develop some basic financial understanding among Catawba students.
The Pioneer's List of 10 Students to Watch
By Staff Members of The Pioneer - The Pioneer staff, through talking with professors and students, have come up with a list of students to watch in the future. These students have excelled in their classes and their majors. We honor all of their hard work and congratulate them for being chosen as a Student to Watch for 2011.
Catawba Alumnus Admitted to Top-Tier Graduate Program in Economics
Catawba College alumnus Grant Gibson '10 has been admitted to McMaster University's graduate program in Economics. Gibson, who majored in Sustainable Business and Community Development and was a member of the men's swimming team, intends to earn his Ph.D. in Economics at McMaster, which is a member of the "Group of Thirteen" in Canada. The G-13 is considered "top-tier" and is very research intensive.
BB&T's Lauren Scott to Present "The Art of Networking"
Catawba College’s Office of Career Services will present "The Art of Networking: Creating Your Own Personal Brand for Career Success" on Tuesday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 201 of Ketner Hall on campus. The guest speaker will be Lauren B. Scott, Employment Consultant and AVP with Branch Bank & Trust. Scott will be sharing tips on optimizing career possibilities, peer networks and professional perspective by learning the "Art of Networking."
Lilly Center Work Retreat Includes Renovation and Rejuvenation
by Devin Rodgers of Glen Burnie, Md., Class of 2011 - Comments ranging from the truly meaningful to the humorously trivial could be heard coming from the sleepy faces that gathered in front of Omwake-Dearborn Chapel early (very early!) on a recent Saturday morning. A team of 15 Catawba College students, faculty, staff, and alumni headed west for John's River Valley Camp.
VIDEO: 2011 Awards Presentation to Students, Faculty and Staff
Awards Convocation was held at 11 a.m. April 14 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel and was an opportunity for the campus community to celebrate the gifts and talents of students, and the strengths and abilities of a few faculty and staff members. Video of the presentation of the awards may be viewed...
VIDEO: C3 Conservation Camp Follow-Up Activities
The second summer of the Catawba Conservation Camp (C3) came to a close in late March with a final follow-up science academy held at the Mary L Farm in Mt. Ulla, NC. Dr. Joe Poston, Associate Professor of Biology, shares video of the follow-up activities the campers participated in.
STUDENT BLOG: C3 Conservation Camp Follow-Up on the Farm
by Jessica Everett, '09 West Teaching Scholar - C-3 Campers began their journey with us in July 2010 with a weeklong, residential science camp experience on the Catawba campus. There could not have been a better way to conclude the 2010-2011 chapter of this second group of conservation campers than to take the young group of middle school girls to the Mary L. Farm in Mt. Ulla. This organic dairy farm gave the campers the ultimate field-trip experience.
Catawba's Award Recipients Share Characteristic of Striving to Be the Very Best
Catawba College President Joseph Oxendine encouraged those who received awards during the annual Awards Convocation to "show off, brag modestly, throw your chest out, and feel good." But more important than the awards received, he said, was a characteristic shared by all of the recipients. "At some point, you decided you were going to excel and strive to be the very best," Oxendine told the award recipients. "You won these awards for the spirit of striving to be the very best."
Be Fast, Be Nimble to Be Successful, Tennessee Banker Says
Bryan Jordan '84, president and chief executive officer of First Horizon National Corporation in Memphis, Tenn., said he thought a lot about the remarks he would make as the seventh keynote speaker in the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business' Distinguished CEO Lecture Series at Catawba College on April 12. He toyed with idea of speaking about the economic recovery or change in the banking system, but, in the end, he said those topics "felt worn out to me."
Two Salisbury Natives Honored with Catawba's Prestigious Shuford Award
Salisbury natives Gordon P. Hurley and Martha Kirkland West '59 were honored by Catawba College on Sunday, April 10 as recipients of the 2011 Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service. Hurley and West received the recognition in a 4 p.m. ceremony held in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus. The awards ceremony was part of the college's annual President's Circle event.
Five Catawba Students Attend American Chemical Society National Conference
Five students from Catawba College traveled to Anaheim, Calif., March 26-30 for the American Chemical Society National Conference. Four of those attending presented research, while all participated in workshops, many of which were career-oriented, and technical lectures. One Catawba student, Carly Sabat of Warren, Ohio, who was unable to attend the conference, won an award there for her research.
Catawba College Professor Attends Math Meeting
Dr. Paul Baker, a Catawba College professor of mathematics, attended the Mathematical Association of America's Southeastern Regional Section meeting at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on April 1-2.
Catawba Students Attend Southern Sociological Society Conference
Six Catawba College students, all majoring in sociology, are attending the Southern Sociological Society conference in Jacksonville, Fla., April 6-9. Those attending include Bianca Boone of Charlotte; Terri Christy of Salisbury; Susan Fisher of Lititz, Pa.; Megan Kittel of Mooresville; Mimi Medrano of Spencer; and Roslind Wiseman of Salisbury.
New Communication Honor Society at Catawba College Holds First Induction
Catawba College's new Chi Omega chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta communication honor society held its first induction on campus on April 7. Those on hand for the induction of nine charter members included the new chapter advisor, Cyndi Wittum; chair of Communication Arts, Dr. Tim Moreland; and dean of the Ketner School of Business, Dr. Jamie Slate.
Catawba College's Kappa Delta Pi Inducts New Members, Installs Officers
Catawba College's Theta Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) education honor society installed new officers for the 2011-2012 year and inducted 22 new members in a ceremony held on campus Tuesday, April 5.
Catawba Alumnus and Trustee Explains Role of Technology in Keeping Us Interconnected
By Daniel Bross, Senior Director Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft for BCCCC.net - As Steve Ballmer wrote in his introduction to our FY10 Corporate Citizenship Report, "Microsoft has a long tradition of taking on tough challenges on a global scale ... it started with our original vision of a computer on every desk and in every home." The world has changed since Bill Gates articulated that vision over 30 years ago and events over the past three months bring into clear focus the growing role techno
Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame Announces Four New Members
Four new members will be inducted into the Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 30, during the festivities of the Hall of Fame's 34th anniversary. The inductees are (with graduation year): Dwayne Brewington '82 of Montgomery Village, Md.; Lonnie Chandler '63 of New London; Tony DiPaolo '59 of Smoketown, Pa.; and Monte Jackson Turner '94 of Burlington.
Toasted, Roasted and Thanked; Former Students Rally for Retiring Professor
Former and current students, representing almost each of the 40 class years that Dr. Sanford R. Silverburg has taught at Catawba College, turned out Saturday, April 2 for a dinner to honor the professor of political science on the advent of his retirement. Silverburg, who joined Catawba faculty in 1970, will retire from the institution at the end of this academic year.
David Walters: Pedestrian-friendly Neighborhoods Require Less Energy
By Kathy Chaffin - The United States is lagging behind in heeding signposts to survive the 21st Century, said British urban designer David Walters during a presentation Thursday evening at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus.
"The Journal of Economic Issues" Has a Catawba College Address
Thanks to Dr. Eric Hake, associate professor of economics, a leading academic journal, "The Journal of Economic Issues" (JEI), is now being hosted by the Association For Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) with a professional address of Catawba College. Hake serves as secretary of AFEE.
Kenerly Smith Family Scholarship Established at Catawba College
A 1944 Catawba College alumna, Edith Smith Kenerly Holshouser, has created a new scholarship fund at her alma mater that will benefit students from her native Rowan County. The Kenerly Smith Family Scholarship is a way for Mrs. Holshouser to pay tribute to the fact that she, her late first husband, Harold Kenerly '47, and four of her late siblings, William Lamont Smith '33, Maxine Smith Carlton '37, Quay Thurston Smith '41 and Martha Viola Smith Adams '41, all graduated from Catawba.
Two Catawba College Athletic Training Students Receive Recognition
Two Catawba College students who are majoring in Athletic Training were recently recognized. Senior Sydney Cox of Statesville had an article published in the March 2011 issue of the "International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training." The article was entitled, "Case Review: Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis in a College Golfer."
Comedy by Catawba Alumnus to Premiere
By Vikki Broughton Hodges, The Dispatch - "Scarletdale," a new comedy written and directed by Lexington's own Jason Roland, will premiere next week when the Hot Flash Players perform the two-act play at Tricia's Catering.
President Oxendine Celebrates His Birthday
Dr. Joseph Oxendine, president of Catawba College, was surprised on his 81st birthday with cake and balloons provided by members of the senior class. Faculty, staff and students gathered to wish him well.
Catawba College Wind Ensemble to Make Mid-Atlantic Tour
On Wednesday, April 6, the Catawba College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Etters, associate professor of music, will embark by bus on its "2011 Mid-Atlantic Tour." Approximately 40 students, with majors as diverse as Environmental Science and Elementary Education, in addition to Music and Music Education, will present concerts and offer master classes in a variety of venues before returning to campus on Sunday, April 10.
Still Time to Apply for National Environmental Summit at Catawba College
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College continues to accept applications for its first annual National Youth Environmental Summit, which promises to bring high school students from across the country to the Catawba campus. The event, "Redesigning Our Future," is an intensive experience for rising high school juniors and seniors who want to learn more about becoming effective environmental leaders.
Catawba Music Professor to Perform as Guest Artist with Wake Forest Jazz Ensembles
Jay Meachum, an adjunct professor of trumpet at Catawba College and director of the Catawba Pride Marching Band, will be the featured guest artist with the Wake Forest University Jazz Ensembles at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 in Brendle Recital Hall at Wake Forest University.
Catawba College Professor Has Paper Accepted for Publication
Pam Thompson, an associate professor of information systems in Catawba College's Ralph Ketner School of Business, has had a paper accepted for publication. Thompson co-authored the paper with three other professors, two at UNC Charlotte and one at Emory University. The paper will be included as a chapter in the book, "Learning Structure and Schemas from Documents," which is soon to be published by Springer in its "Studies in Computational Intelligence" series.
Catawba College's Female Acting Troupe Presents "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
By Sydney Berk, Catawba College News Service. Catawba College invites you to discover one of William Shakespeare's most hilarious comedies. Follow the antics of one of theater's most loved fools, Falstaff, as he is tricked by two witty wives. (It's a comedy and time to get even.) Performed April 5 and 6 at 6:55 p.m. and April 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., it is a production you don't want to miss.
Tennessee Banker & Salisbury Native to Speak at Catawba's CEO Lecture Series April 12
Bryan Jordan, president and chief executive officer of First Horizon National Corporation in Memphis, Tenn., will be the seventh keynote speaker to participate in the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business' Distinguished CEO Lecture Series at Catawba College on Tuesday, April 12. Jordan, a 1984 Catawba College alumnus and Salisbury native, will offer remarks beginning at 11 a.m. on April 12 in Hedrick Little Theatre of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
You're Invited to the Sports Hall of Fame Weekend 2011!
Catawba College's Annual Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, Cookout, and Inductee Luncheon is rapidly approaching. The date for the golf tournament is Friday, April 29th with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. at the Country Club of Salisbury with the cookout to immediately follow. The Induction Ceremony and Luncheon will be held Saturday, April 30th at 12:00 p.m. in the Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center.
Catawba College Hosts Special Day for RCCC's Early College Students
Early college students enrolled at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will visit Catawba College's campus for Campus to Campus Day 2011 Friday, March 25. The event will be an opportunity for this special population of students to experience what Catawba has to offer and to interact with Catawba's faculty, staff and students.
Catawba Students and Faculty Make NYC Trip to Prepare for Fall Theatre Production
Catawba faculty members Dr. Elizabeth Homan (Theatre Arts) and Dr. Janice Fuller (English) traveled with thirteen Theatre Arts students to New York City in early January. The trip was part of a course being offered by Homan this spring entitled, "Collaborative Aesthetics and Ensemble Techniques" in which students will learn to become members of a working ensemble performance company.
Catawba Business Honor Society Students Tour Uptown Charlotte
Nine Catawba College students, all members of Phi Beta Lambda, the business honor society, spent March 1 visiting uptown Charlotte. Their tour guide of the Queen City's uptown was 1977 Catawba alumnus Joey Popp, a Charlotte radio and television host and a member of Catawba's Ketner School of Business Advisory Board. Popp took the group on a two-hour walking tour and wrapped up the afternoon with dinner at Brixx.
Catawba Alumna to Star in "Dirty Barbie" World Premiere
Source: (SalisburyPost.com) - Denise Laughlin Stewart, originally from Mooresville, is a woman who loves stories — listening to them and telling them. Her new one-woman show, "Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales," will make its world premiere at Lee Street Theatre in Salisbury, March 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be held in the black box theater at the Looking Glass Artist Collective at 405 N. Lee Street (corner of N. Lee and Kerr).
Mathematics Conference Hosted by Catawba College
Catawba College's Department of Mathematics hosted CAT-RUM 2011 — a Research Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on campus on March 5. Thirty undergraduate math majors and their advisors from North and South Carolina colleges and universities attended the conference. Eight of the undergraduates presented talks covering a wide spectrum of mathematical applications.
Invisible Children Organization to Visit Catawba March 18
The Catawba College Gospel Choir (Divine Unity), under the direction of 2006 alumnus Dennis Reed, will host Invisible Children at 6 p.m. Friday, March 18 in Tom Smith Auditorium on campus. Invisible Children is an organization that uses the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa, the war in Uganda. Their model has proven effective, and hundreds of thousands of people have been called to action through the organization’s films and the volunteers that
ALUMNA BLOG: On Assignment in Indonesia - I Like Spaghetti More Than Rice
by Lauren Ebersole '07 - Much has happened since the last email so I'm not exactly sure where to start, what to tell, what to leave out. You don't want to read a 4-page email so I'll hit what I consider to be the highlights.
Catawba College Professor to Present Lectures at Prison Symposium
Source: SalisburyPost.com - The 14th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium, sponsored by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, will be held April 8-10. Every year in April, descendants, historians, and interested individuals gather in Salisbury to learn about the history of North Carolina’s only War Between the States prison and to exchange information.
Poet Steve Kistulentz to Lead Creative Writing Workshop at Catawba March 18
By Forrest Anderson, Assistant Professor of English (for the Salisbury Post) - Poet Steve Kistulentz, winner of the 2009 Benjamin Saltman Award for his poetry collection, "The Luckless Age," will lead a creative writing workshop at Catawba College on Friday, March 18. A reading will follow at The Literary Bookpost.
Alumna Spotlight on Candace Neal '08: Kickstarting a Music Career
By Katie Scarvey, Salisburypost.com - When Candace Neal graduated from Catawba College in 2008 with a theatre degree, she was dead set on becoming a working actor. And why not? During her years at Catawba, Candace appeared in — actually, stood out in — plenty of productions, including "The Marriage of Bette and Boo," "The Exonerated," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" and "Trojan Women."
BLOG FINALE: On Tour with the Catawba Singers - Bristol, TN and Hickory, NC
In her last two entries while on tour with the Catawba Singers, junior and Theatre Arts major Kara Procell blogs about her experiences in Bristol, Tennesse and Hickory, North Carolina. Read her last two entries...
Spotlight on the Catawba Singers
Source: TriCities.com (Short Takes). The Catawba Singers amount to strength in numbers. They are large in size and strong in song choice. See the 62-members strong Catawba Singers of Catawba College on March 10 at First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tenn. What a group of youngsters.
STUDENT BLOG: UPDATES! On Tour with the Catawba Singers
Junior and Theatre Arts major Kara Procell shares several more experiences in her blog, "On Tour with the Catawba Singers," who are on their Spring 2011 tour during Spring Break. Read her latest blog posts...
Catawba's Master of Education Degree Program Inspires and Changes Area Teachers
Dr. Lou Ann Kasias, a Catawba College professor of education and coordinator of the college's graduate program, believes teachers in the region need to know just what Catawba offers in its Master of Education in Elementary Education.
Fifth Catawba College Accounting Student Awarded Fellowship at NCSU
Pierce Autry, a senior accounting student from Patuxent River, Md., is the fifth Catawba College accounting student to be awarded a graduate fellowship to attend North Carolina State University's Master of Accountancy (MAC) program.
Catawba College Political Science Professor Publishes Article, Edits Book
Dr. Sanford Silverburg, a professor of political science at Catawba College, has authored an article, "The Contravention of Consistency: Indian Foreign Policy Toward Israel," that will be published this spring in "The Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy."
Six Students, Three Faculty from Catawba College's Psychology Department Attend Annual Meeting
Six students and three faculty members from Catawba College's Psychology Department recently attended the 57th annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Jacksonville, Fla. Those attending included students Katie Zink of Salisbury; David Bowling of Newburg, Md.; Maura Pantone of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Rebekah Brown of Cleveland; Melanie Mishue of China Grove; and Jessica Jordan of Meriden, Conn.; along with faculty members Drs. Erin Wood, Lyn Boulter and Sheila Brownlow.
Catawba College's Financial Aid Office Goes Live with New Banner System
There is celebration at Catawba College as the first of many offices on campus goes live with the new SunGard Higher Education Banner System. In late January, after months of training and software preparation, the Financial Aid Office began packaging financial aid for new Fall 2011 students using the Financial Aid module of the Banner system.
STUDENT BLOG: On Tour with the Catawba Singers - This is Totally Going in My Blog!
by Kara Procell '12. And ... they're off! We, your very own Catawba Singers, left today on their spring 2011 tour. After a slightly delayed start due to Professor Oakley's lost wallet (don't worry, we found it later) we stopped first half an hour down the road at Lexington High School, alma mater of our very own Arsherres Jenkins.
Kiss 95.1 Spotlights Catawba Student and Local Artist Blakley Leonard
"Local Artist Tuesday: Blakley Leonard" by Jodi Philips (Kiss 95.1 FM) - This week's local artist reigns from Salisbury, NC. Making a name for himself at Catawba College, Blakley Leonard has the type of spirit that can't help but make you smile. And even more, his voice will surprise you!
Michael Bitzer: Pros and Cons of Partisan Judicial Elections
In the Feb. 26 edition, the Salisbury Post gave a “dart” to NC House Bill 64 (Senate Bill 47, co-sponsored by Rowan County’s state Sen. Andrew Brock (R-Davie)) to return judicial elections in North Carolina to a partisan election, rather than the current non-partisan election system. In the study of judicial politics, it might be helpful to know what researchers have found when judges are subjected to the “will of the people,” both in terms of partisan and non-partisan elections...
Catawba College Celebrates National Athletic Training Month for 2011
March is National Athletic Training Month. Catawba College's Athletic Training Program is responsible for the health care needs for the 18 varsity sports and the varsity cheerleaders. This includes practice and game coverage virtually seven days a week including holidays...
Alpha Chi, National Honor Society, at Catawba College Earns Award
Catawba College's Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, was one of 37 chapters in the nation to earn the society's Star Chapter designation for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Four Hundred Miles Away From Home: Two Catawba College Students Thrive and Grow
Both of them are students at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., and although they're each 400 miles from their respective homes, they love life at their college. Ashley Acken of Marietta, Pa., and Kyle Hendrick of Palatka, Fla., have more in common than the 400 miles between Catawba College and their hometowns. They both are student leaders on the picturesque campus of 1000 students, and there, they have begun to discover themselves and their full potential.
"Follow the Golden Thread of Your Life," Educator and Author Ruth Anderson Says
Educator and author Dr. Ruth Anderson shared her own morality tale with members of the Catawba College community when she spoke on campus at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. Anderson was the keynote speaker for the eighth annual Lilly Colloquium and her visit to campus was sponsored by Catawba's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values and Catawba's Goodman School of Education.
'10-'11 N.C. Teacher of the Year Offers Encouraging Words to Catawba’s Prospective Teachers
"Don't be afraid about your choice to become a teacher," Jennifer Facciolini, the 2010-2011 AT&T N.C. Teacher of the Year, told Catawba College's prospective teachers during a Feb. 24 visit to campus. "There will always be jobs for great teachers. Don't be afraid of the unknown in education."
Catawba Alumnus Named New Interim IT Director for Davidson County Schools
Source: The-Dispatch.com - The Davidson County Board of Education approved Gregory S. Cline as the interim informational technology director for the system, replacing Sue Whitman, who retires March 1.
No Tuition Increase at Catawba for 2011-2012
There will be no increase in Catawba College's tuition, room and board for day students in the 2011-2012 academic year. College Trustees made that decision at their Feb. 15 meeting. Tuition will remain $25,160 per year for students in the day program enrolled in between 12 and 18 semester credit hours, while annual room and board for these students will stay at $8,700.
Harry Chapin Scholarship to Be Established at Catawba College; Celebration at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square
Celebration at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square. One of Harry Chapin's famous lines was "Keep the change." Fans of the late great singer/songwriter are now being asked to contribute that change (and maybe the interest it has accrued over the years) to honor his memory. The funds will help endow a Harry Chapin music scholarship at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.
Catawba College Performs Beatles' "Abbey Road" at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square
The Beatles stopped touring in 1966. One reason: their music was becoming too complex to perform live. Or so they thought. The Vernaculars, a student ensemble from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, will perform all of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album live at the Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square on Saturday, March 5. Free and open to the public, the show begins at 9:00 p.m.
Ben Smith Named Dean of Students at Catawba College
Since June of 2005, George "Ben" Smith has worked in a variety of capacities in Catawba College's Office of Student Affairs. He has served as Assistant Director, responsible for Housing and Residence Life, as Associate Dean of Students, directing Conduct Administration and Intramural and Wellness programs, and since November, he has served as Interim Dean of Students.
Catawba's Church/College Award and Paul Fisher Service Awards Presented
It was The Reverend Kristen Gerner Vaughn, a 1999 alumna of Catawba College, a United Church of Christ minister and a mother of three, who was honored February 14 as the recipient of the 2011 Catawba's Campus Ministry Church/College Award. Vaughn, pastor of Brick UCC in Whitsett, was lauded for her service to both the Church and Catawba College during a dinner event held in Peeler Crystal Lounge on campus. She was the fifth recipient of the award presented to her by College President Dr. Craig T
Catawba Singers Ready for Spring 2011 Concert Tour
The Catawba Singers, Catawba College's highly regarded and auditioned concert choir, are set to depart on their Spring 2011Tour on Thursday, March 3. The 2011 Tour coincides in part with Catawba's spring break and includes performance stops in Huntington, W. Va.; Evansville, Ind.; Springfield, Ill.; Chicago, Ill.; Louisville, Ky.; Bristol, Tenn.; and Hickory, N.C.
Limited Time Only: Every Dollar Given to Catawba Will Be Matched 2 to 1
If you are considering making a gift to Catawba College, there is no better time than right now! All gifts to Catawba received between now and March 31 are eligible for a 2 to 1 match! Any gift made to Catawba, for any purpose, will be matched by our donor two-to-one if we receive it by the deadline. The funds which match your gift are designated by our donor to go for Annual Scholarships for students, and for areas of greatest need for Catawba.
Catawba College Trustees Announce Interim President, Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine
Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine, chancellor emeritus of UNC Pembroke, will be the new interim president of Catawba College, effective March 15. The Catawba Board of Trustees made that official on Monday, February 14, after the executive committee of the Board put forth Oxendine's name as its interim candidate of choice during an executive session of the membership.
The Rock Musical, "Bright Lights, Big City," Runs Feb. 23-27 at Catawba College
Bright lights in a big city don't always signal excitement and glamour. Catawba College's production of the musical "Bright Lights, Big City" explores the tumultuous and confusing aspects of one young man dealing with grief, loss and the feeling of nothingness in New York City. "Bright Lights, Big City," with book, music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 26, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27 in the Florence Busby Corriher Thea
Catawba Alumnus Hired as Laurel Football Coach
The Gazette – 2/7/2011 (published with permission) - Laurel High School named Todd Sommerville as its new head football coach on Monday. He replaces Brian Moore, who was not retained by the school following the 2010 season. Sommerville, a physical education teacher at Parkdale High School, served as the Panthers' defensive coordinator the past three years under head coach Rich Holzer, who resigned from Parkdale last week...
Join Us for Blue-White Weekend April 1-2, 2011
It's been cold and winter seems to last forever! But, spring will soon arrive along with warmer weather and Catawba's 2011 Football Indians will be on display in the annual Blue-White Spring Football Game. To begin the weekend, Friday, April 1st we will offer our female friends and fans, Ladies Night. Our special program will feature Jerry Hester, mother of our Coach Chip. Jerry has written a children's book, Beach Bunnies ,and is also a professional artist,with her speciality oil paintings. She
Author Michael Parker Speaks on His Stories and Words
"That night, standing at the edge of the drive in her mother's boots, staring up at the stars, her arms crossed, her hooded sweatshirt riding up her ribcage, the thrum of trucks far away up the valley and the slow clang of train, the day declining, giving itself up to night, a sweet and willful surrender, nothing left to declare, nothing to talk or even think about, just a confidence that all would be there, in order, in the morning: Maria wanted just that, and only, forever, that." — "Five Thou
Catawba College Lecturer Talks Hog and Charlotte Barbecue
Cyndi Allison Wittum, lecturer in the department of Communication Arts at Catawba College, was recently polled by Associated Press writer Tom Breen for his article examining Charlotte as one source for great barbecue. Read the full article: "Charlotte Barbecue? Hog Experts Say Look Elsewhere" by Tom Breen.
Colum McCann to Speak at Catawba College's 2011 Brady Author's Symposium
Author Colum McCann, winner of the 2009 National Book Award for his novel, "Let the Great World Spin," will be the featured speaker at the 25th annual Brady Author's Symposium scheduled Thursday, March 3, 2011. In a July 2009 "New York Times" review, contributing writer Jonathan Mahler called McCann's "Let the Great World Spin," "an emotional tour de force."
Catawba Professor to Serve as Judge in International Moot Court Competition
Dr. Sanford Silverburg, professor of political science at Catawba College, is one of the judges in the 2011 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The International Law Students Association of Chicago, Ill. coordinates the competition, now in its 52nd year. The Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries.
ALUMNA BLOG: On Assignment in Indonesia - Puppetry and Prayer
by Lauren Ebersole '07 - What follows is a random series of events that have happened since the last email. SCHOOL: The first month of the new year is almost over and like the last 10 has flown by. I'm zooming toward the one-year anniversary of stepping foot in Indonesia. Since the holiday I have been spending my time teaching and getting acquainted with my new students. I am teaching 5 new classes this semester.
VIDEO: Professors Discuss Impact of Egyptian Crisis on WBTV
Professor of Political Science Dr. Sanford Silverburg recently spoke to WBTV in reference to the Egyptian crisis and how it could impact our lives.
Watch this Video on WBTV.com...
Mathematics Honor Society Inducts Members
The Catawba College Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society, inducted five new members during a February 3 ceremony held in Ketner Hall on campus.
Inductees included Alan Burgess of Rockwell; Jacob Hill of Salisbury; Mark Ketterer of Hamilton, N.J.; Joseph Manser of Mooresville; and Jonathon McNeill of Asheboro. The faculty advisor for the organization, Dr. Douglas Brown, a professor of mathematics, gave a short talk after the ceremony entitled, "Choice: What could possibl
Catawba's Athletic Training Hall of Fame to Induct Inaugural Class on Feb. 12
Six inaugural members will be inducted into the Catawba College Athletic Training Hall of Fame on Feb. 12. The induction of the Class of 2011 will take place between noon and 2 p.m. in the Frank Meyer's Gymnasium of the Abernethy Physical Education Center on campus. The inductees are (with graduation year): Gary Blabon '91 of Salisbury; Dr. Dan Burks '93 of Salisbury; Chris Felix '92 of Audubon, N.J.; Dr. Jolene Henning '96 of Greensboro; Scott McCall '93 of Charlotte; and Holly Stump '98 of Du
Catawba College Forum Explores Impact of the Egyptian Crisis
Students at Catawba College may not fully understand the protests occurring in Egypt, but they'll be much more aware of the situation should their wallets be affected. This was the consensus of a forum, "Insights into Egypt," whose members Wednesday night, Feb. 2, discussed the impact of the protests in Cairo. The event was sponsored by Catawba's Department of History and Politics.
VIDEO: Political Science Expert and Catawba Professor Pegs Strategy as the Key in Charlotte DNC Win
Political Science Professor Michael Bitzer recently spoke to WSOC-TV following the win of the Democratic National Convention by the city of Charlotte. Bitzer said that strategy was the key in Charlotte winning the DNC.
New Songwriting Course Offered through Catawba's Community Music Program
A new songwriting course is now being offered through the Community Music Program at Catawba College. The course will combine the study of lyricism, melody, harmony, and form to create original compositions. Students will learn how to compose songs using different chord types and techniques of lyric writing.
Professor and Political Expert Speaks on Local Health-Care Challenge
Political Science Professor Michael Bitzer recently spoke to WSOC-TV about the local health-care challenge by a Charlotte area lawmaker. Bitzer said the bill may have no effect on health care, that federal law trumps state law and that the health care law passed by Congress will stand unless ruled unconstitutional.
Winterfest Ball Cuts Season's Chill
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. They came in groups of twos and threes and more than that, chilled by the bracing January night. Things heated up quickly inside the Crystal Lounge, however, during the annual Winterfest semi-formal dance at Catawba College. Held consistently for the past decade, the dance is attended by some 500 Catawba students. It's sponsored by the college's Helen Foil Beard Society, a service club for young women.
Catawba's "Experiment" in J Term Declared a Success
One hundred and sixteen students took online classes or traveled abroad during Catawba's winter term this year. Enrollment in the "J term," as the December-January time that coincides with Christmas break is known as on campus, doubled since it was initially offered in 2009-2010, and so did the courses offered during the period.
Catawba's New TV Spots to Air in Select Cable Markets
Catawba College has produced and will air several television commercials in select cable markets during the first quarter of this year. The 30-second commercials, which feature Catawba students as talent, will run during select programs on the cable systems serving Lancaster, Lebanon, York and Harrisburg, Pa., Roanoke, Va., and Jacksonville, Fla., markets.
Holy Matrimony Turns Deadly in Catawba's Production of "Fatal Matrimony" Feb. 8-12
What happens when holy matrimony becomes anything but? Come find the answer in Catawba College's production of "Fatal Matrimony," presented at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, and Wednesday, February 9, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, February 10–12 in Hedrick Little Theatre on campus. "Fatal Matrimony" is a collection of two one-act plays: "Recklessness," by Eugene O'Neil, and "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell. "Recklessness" tells the tale of a wife, stuck in a marriage where she foreve
Catawba College Mathematics Department to Sponsor Annual Contests
Catawba College's Mathematics Department will be sponsoring the ninth annual North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics Contests on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Catawba will be a qualifying site for the Algebra I, Geometry contests, and local students who are in (or have taken) Algebra I or Geometry during the 2010-2011 academic year are invited to participate.
Educator and Author Ruth Anderson to Speak at Catawba College Feb. 22
Educator and author Ruth Anderson, who serves as executive director of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro, will be the keynote speaker for Catawba College's eighth annual Lilly Colloquium on Tuesday, February 22. Anderson's visit to campus is sponsored by Catawba's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values and Catawba's School of Education.
SAVE THE DATE! Catawba's Sports Hall of Fame is Set for April 29-30!
The 2011 Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame is set for April 29-30! A brief schedule is available below. More information will be released later this spring.
Catawba College and Community Blood Center of the Carolinas Start New Partnership
Catawba College and the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) completed their first blood drive together on January 20, 2011. The drive, held in the Cannon Student Center on Catawba's campus, was coordinated by Sarah Rossini, Director of Housing at the college. After a week of recruitment by housing staff, 105 students registered to give blood.
Students Tutor Students in Catawba's Writing Center
"Students say they come in for proofreading, but it's always a lot more than what they come in for," explains Catawba College Writing Center tutor Chelsea Starr, a sophomore from Weston, Fla. "The biggest thing I see is at the organizational level. There is a disjuncture between the argument and paragraph topic. Sometimes you have an introduction and then the paragraphs are not relevant to the thesis," notes another Writing Center tutor, Lizzle Davis, a sophomore from East Bend, N.C.
Catawba Alumna's Play Survives Life, Love and Her Death
Simone Grant Timoney, a 1983 alumna of Catawba College, died in November 2005 after a six-year battle with breast cancer. Her thoughts and words will live again on Feb. 3 and 4 on campus when theatre arts students at her alma mater perform a reading of Timoney's original play, "Tough Titties: Surviving Life, Love, and Death."
Alumnus and Lexington Native Leads Salisbury Theater Company
By Jill Doss-Raines, The Dispatch - A person with such a rich and long background in theater as Reid Leonard '76 would likely make one assume he has been involved with local plays and had aspirations to be involved with theater from a very young age. Read More...
With a Little Help, You Can Dig Your Past
Source: Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, CharlotteObserver.com - There are a lot of resources to help with a genealogical search; the library is a good place to start. I've yet to meet a person who embarked on a family-history search and didn't become mesmerized by his own bloodline. It doesn't even take the discovery of somebody famous (or infamous) in the lineage. Just finding out that great-great-grandpa and great-great-grandma Jones were farmers, owned a couple of acres and raised corn and kids is eno
Fiction Writer Michael Parker to Speak at Catawba College Feb. 7
Acclaimed fiction writer Michael Parker will read his work on Monday, February 7, at 7:30 in Tom Smith Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College. A professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Parker is the author of five novels.
Catawba College President Dr. Craig Turner Will Leave College at End of Spring Term
Dr. W. Craig Turner, president of Catawba College, has informed the College Board of Trustees that he will not seek to have his contract as president renewed when it expires May 31. President of the College since June 1, 2008, Dr. Turner's letter to the board said that "It is with genuine sadness that I inform you that I will not seek renewal of my contract with Catawba College that expires on May 31, 2011. While Annette and I have made a number of friends here and have enjoyed many very special
ALUMNA BLOG: On Assignment in Indonesia - 2010, A Year in Review
by Lauren Ebersole '07 - 2010 has been one of the more interesting years of my short life, filled with more emotions than I usually care to feel or acknowledge. So here's the review of 2010: A year ago I was working at STAR Community, a residential home for developmentally disabled adults. While there I met and worked with an amazing group of people and learned that I might be capable of doing things I never imagined I was.
Jan. 16-17 - Finding Your Voice Festival Canceled
The Finding Your Voice Festival, originally scheduled at Catawba on Jan. 16-17, has been canceled. The recent inclement weather has played havoc with school calendars and many high school students and their teachers who had planned to participate in the event will be unable to because Monday, Jan. 17, is now a make-up day for them in their school districts. For more information, contact the Catawba College Music Department at (704) 637-4345.
"Finding Your Voice" Festival New to Catawba
During Catawba College's first annual Finding Your Voice Festival and Vocal Scholarship Competition, Jan. 16 and 17, high school students will be celebrating new concepts of "vocal freedom." These students will travel from all over the region, state, and from other states to study and perform on campus.
Success of Catawba College Professor's Business Venture Depends on a Promise
Have you made a New Year's resolution? Have you already broken one? Catawba College Business Professor Pam Thompson is betting you can make a promise, not a resolution, and stick to it while "making the world a better place one promise at a time." Thompson is launching a business venture that depends on people making a promise and going public with that promise with a bracelet and social networking. She has spent most of the last three months "learning about starting a product-based business ra
Registration Underway for Catawba College Community Music Spring Classes
The Catawba College Community Music Program is now enrolling students for spring classes that begin the week of January 24. Since 1984, the program has provided a variety of quality musical experiences including private lessons, music classes and performance opportunities to help students of all ages and abilities in Salisbury and the surrounding areas develop lifelong musical foundations and skills.
Five of the 10 to Watch in 2011 Have Catawba College Connections
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. Did you see the article in the "Salisbury Post" on the 10 to Watch for 2011? Did you know that five people on the list have a Catawba College connection? Four of the five are Catawba alumni and one is a Catawba professor.
STUDENT BLOG: Catawba First-Generation Students Make Trip to Washington, D.C.
A group of Catawba College's first-year, first-generation students are visiting Washington, D.C., this week before spring semester begins thanks to a $100,000 CIC/Walmart College Success Awards grant. Seventeen first-year students, all first-generation college students and members of this fall's NextGen first-year seminar, departed for the nation's capital Tuesday, January 4.
Catawba College Dean's List Announced
A total of 273 students have been named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Catawba College, according to Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr., Provost of the College. Students named to the Dean's List have achieved a 3.5 grade point average in 15 or more semester hours.
"Zeitoun" is Catawba College's Common Reading for 2011-2012 First-Year Students
Author Dave Eggers' "Zeitoun" will be the common summer reading for the incoming class of first-year students at Catawba College this fall. These students should be prepared to discuss this text during orientation and in their first-year seminar classes. Eggers won the American Book Award for "Zeitoun" which is the story of Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun, New Orleans residents whose lives were irrevocably changed by Hurricane Katrina.
Jan. 25th Forum Features Dr. Sanford Silverburg on "The World in Flux"
The old maxim, "nothing is more permanent than change," is particularly apparent in world politics today. Change is taking place on the global level, no less than on the national one. The nature of international relations is undergoing a quiet revolution. Globalization and the accumulation of economic resources are rapidly replacing the old conception of power as a mechanical force. At the next Catawba College Community Forum, Dr. Sanford Silverburg, senior professor of Political Science at Cata
Catawba Alumnus Leads San Francisco 49ers to a Win in Final Game of Season
The San Francisco 49ers had a 38 to 7 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Jan. 2, and much of the credit for that goes to the 49ers interim head coach Jim Tomsula, a 1990 Catawba College alumnus. Tomsula's appointment as interim head coach was announced during a press conference on Monday, Dec. 27, and came on the heels of the firing of the 49ers' former head coach Mike Singletary.
Catawba Alumnus Is San Francisco 49ers Interim Head Coach
When the San Francisco 49ers take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Jan. 2, the team will be under interim head coach Jim Tomsula, a 1990 Catawba College alumnus. Tomsula's appointment was announced during a press conference on Monday, Dec. 27, and comes on the heels of the firing of the 49ers' former head coach Mike Singletary.
Catawba College to Host Research Undergraduate Mathematics Conference
On Saturday, March 5th, the Catawba College Math Department will hold a regional Research Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (CAT-RUM 2011), sponsored in part by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and NSF-RUMC. The conference will take place in Ketner Hall on campus.
Spring Semester Class to Offer Preparation for Life after College
It was a letter that Ralph W. Ketner received from a recent Catawba College graduate that made him think that young adults need lessons in personal finance. Now, the 90-year-old Food Lion founder will be co-teaching a class at Catawba during the spring semester with Professor Al Carter, a classroom veteran of 42 years, to try to share those lessons.
2009 Alumnus Plays Curly in National Tour of "Oklahoma"
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. Imagine playing the role you were born to play. That's exactly what 2009 Catawba College alumnus Paul Saylor is doing with the role of Curly in the national tour of the beloved musical, "Oklahoma!" "My dad and his family are generations deep in Oklahoma," Saylor explains. "They love the show."
ALUMNA BLOG: On Assignment in Indonesia - What's Crackin?
A belated Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast, filled with rice and chicken. If you close your eyes and imagine hard enough white rice still tastes like white rice. I was able to make the chicken taste like turkey, not that impressive of a mental feat. I did have a fleeting moment of Thanksgiving-ness. I went to a house warming party and I was sitting on the floor in a circle with a group of women from the village with a spread of food on the floor. For a spli
Catawba Alumnus Directs 100-Year-Old Choral Society
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. You'd think a 23-year-old might be intimidated about directing a choir that's 100 years old. There's a lot to be said for youthful enthusiasm. Matt Newton, a 2010 graduate of Catawba, took the reins of the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society this summer. The society is a century old this year. Newton graduated from high school in Raleigh and came to Catawba as a theater major, but soon found out it wasn't for him.
VIDEO: Teaching Scholars 2010 Cohort Retreat to Wrightsville Beach
The 2010 Cohort of West Teaching Scholars recently went on a retreat to Wrightsville Beach over Fall Break, October 16-19. As part of the retreat, they took an eco tour, did team and trust building exercises, and visited Wrightsville Beach Elementary School. They shared videos and photos of their experiences with us.
Catawba College School of Education to Host Association Meeting
The Catawba College School of Education, specifically, the Curriculum Materials Center at the college, will host the Fall/Winter 2010 North Carolina Curriculum Materials Center Directors Association Meeting on campus on December 17. The Association consists of librarians from a variety of public and private institutions across the state and meets twice annually to discuss issues related and pertaining to maintaining and managing curriculum materials center collections and technology as well as a
Catawba College English Professor Delivers Paper at Conference
Dr. Aaron B. Butler, assistant professor of English in the School of Evening and Graduate Studies at Catawba College, recently delivered a paper entitled "Beowulf Then and Now: Women and Warriors in the Old English Poem and in Robert Zemeckis's Film Adaptation" at the annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association.
Interest Shown in Catawba College Energy Corps; Still Accepting Applications
The Center for the Environment has received a great deal of interest in its Catawba College Energy Corps, a program that will facilitate the placement of as many as 17 students or recent graduates in on-the-job green energy positions. Candidates must be currently enrolled in college, pursing an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, or they must have completed such a program within the past three years. Students from any accredited college or university may apply.
Center for Environment to Host Presentation by Environmental Defense Fund President and Co-Author
The president of the Environmental Defense Fund and his coauthor will speak Thursday, January 20, at Catawba College on "Earth: The Sequel – What's Next for the Clean Energy Revolution?" Fred Krupp, who has headed the organization for 26 years, wrote the book, "Earth: The Sequel – The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming" with staff member and journalist Miriam Horn. They will talk about innovative technologies that can reverse global warming in Keppel Auditorium in the Robertson Coll
VIDEO: Political Science Professor Discusses Possible Leadership Changes for Mecklenburg Co. Commission
Source: WSOCTV.com - Political Science Professor Michael Bitzer recently spoke to WSOC-TV about the possible leadership changes for the Mecklenburg County Commission. He said politically it's all about getting five commissioners, a majority, voting the same way. If this situation plays out with Cogdell, it could give Republicans the five votes they need, even if they don't hold the majority. Read more...
Community Music Program Announces Christmas Recital and Spring Registration
Catawba College's Community Music program has Christmas Recitals for all students scheduled between 1:30 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 12 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The recital is free and open to the public and members of the community are invited to attend. Community Music's first senior citizens group piano class and group guitar class, Suzuki violin class, and the new Broadway and teen voice classes will all be performing for the first time at this event.
Ketner Offers Lecture
Mr. Ralph W. Ketner delivered a business lecture to a group on Wednesday, December 1 at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. His lecture was part of the BB&T Distinguished Leaders in Action Lecture Series.
Ballin' Isn't Just a Habit, It's a Job
By: Stephanie Cook '12. Many people refer to their time in college as "living the dream." If you asked three Catawba graduates, who are pursuing their dream of playing professional basketball overseas, their answers may be a bit different. Rob Fields, Donald Rutherford, and Antonio Houston are three Catawba alumni from the Class of 2010 who all played collegiate basketball for the Indians and are now playing professionally in Europe.
Catawba Professor Participates in Annual Meeting of Political Science Association
Dr. Sanford Silverburg, professor of political science at Catawba College, recently participated in the 42nd annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association. That meeting was held November 11-13 in Boston, Mass. Silverburg chaired a session entitled "International Organizations and Global Governance" and was a discussant in a session entitled "Policing and International Politics."
Catawba's Blue Masque Commemorates A Day Without Art
On December 1, World Aids Day, 25 members of Catawba College's Blue Masque Theatre Club will don black shirts and remembrance signage to commemorate A Day Without Art. These students are participants in a larger effort in Rowan County to commemorate the day."Members of the club are excited to participate in this event," noted Erin B. Dougherty, assistant professor of theatre arts and costume designer at Catawba College.
Catawba Student Carries on Family Tradition by Raising Miniature Horses
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. Aubrey Overcash had a pretty good reason for attending Catawba College — 50 of them, as a matter of fact. Overcash, 23, raises miniature horses, and the college was convenient to his family's farm in Rowan County. His grandparents started raising the animals when they retired, and now Overcash is carrying on the family tradition.
Alumni Board Honors Faculty and Staff with Reception
The Catawba College Alumni Board of Directors honored faculty and staff of the college with an appreciation reception on Tuesday, November 23 in the lobby of Hedrick Administration Building. The purpose of the reception, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, was to give thanks to employees of the college for their support of students and the campus community, as well as their commitment to student success in the classroom and in life.
Catawba Student-Athlete Named SAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week
Catawba junior Dana Hicks (York, SC/Gaston Day) has been named the South Atlantic Conference women's basketball Player of the Week for the week ending November 21, 2010. It was announced by the league office on Monday. Hicks helped Catawba split a pair of road games last week as she posted double-doubles in both outings. She scored 27 points with 12 rebounds in a two-point loss at Barton then followed with a 25-point, 13-rebound effort in a victory at Mount Olive.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Photos with Santa and Fun Had by All
The Catawba College community celebrated its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service together on Monday, November 22 in the Cannon Student Center. Santa Claus arrived special delivery on an antique fire truck. Those attending enjoyed hot dogs and chips, hot cider and hot chocolate, roasted peanuts, popcorn, cookies, s'mores, and more.
ALUMNA BLOG: On Assignment in Indonesia - Hello Mr. President My Name is Lauren
by Lauren Ebersole '07. I am back to school and unfortunately not much has changed. After training maybe I thought I would come back and implement sweeping changes; not realistic I know, but a girl can dream. My first week back after training included proctoring mid-semester tests, which is difficult because the students cheat like crazy. On the surface it seems as if the teachers don't want the students to cheat, but there is no disciplinary plan for how to deal with it.
Second Catawba Student Completing Fellowship at N.C. Research Campus
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. Erin Witalison can tell you anything you'd like to know about biochemistry and the biomedical sciences, but there's one term about which she hesitates. "Free time." Witalison, 21, a Catawba College senior from Gold Hill and the daughter of John and Linda Witalison, doesn't have a lot of it. She's a double major in biology and Spanish, minoring in chemistry.
Vernaculars Concert December 3-4: Fallout 2010
All of the Vernaculars ensembles at Catawba will perform in concert on December 3 and 4. The Fallout 2010 concert will feature a selection of popular music and songs by Taking Back Sunday, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Eagles, Coldplay, Garbage, Michael Jackson, and more.
The Words of the Tiger – Julian Robertson Speaks
Julian H. Robertson, Jr., Catawba College trustee, Salisbury native, philanthropist, and chairman and chief executive officer of Tiger Management, L.L.C., came back to his hometown on Thursday, Nov. 18. During his visit, he stopped at Catawba College to have a conversation with Catawba College and Livingstone College business students and their faculty, along with several dozen members of the Rowan-Salisbury community.
VIDEO: Athletic Training Students in Action
by Stephanie Cook '12, Communication Arts Major. Students in the Athletic Training program work during a season football game and discuss what they like about athletic training, working with the athletes and in a team environment, and their numerous experiences.
STUDENT BLOG: N.C. State Board of Education Attorney Visits Catawba
by Bridgett Henderson, '08 West Scholar. On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 17, Katie Cornetto presented a program in the Tom Smith Auditorium on Professional Development and Legal Behaviors. This was a great event for all education students and faculty as well.
President Turner Announces 2011 Summer Tour to Europe
Dr. W. Craig Turner, President of Catawba College and Annette Turner, the College's First Lady, enthusiastically invite all students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Catawba to join them and the Catawba Singers on a tour to Europe.
West Stokes High to Host Catawba College Instrumental Ensembles and Master Classes
The Catawba College Wind Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Catawba PRIDE Pep Band will be performing a collective concert/exhibition at West Stokes High School in King, N.C., on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to this event is free and open to the public and all Stokes County middle and high school band directors and their students are invited to attend.
2,152 Plastic Ducks Equal Lots of Turkey Dinners
They were yellow, pink and blue, floating in a small plastic pool on a November day. Their sheer number foretold the number of needy area families who would have a Thanksgiving turkey dinner this year. Catawba College's Residence Life staff floated 2,152 plastic ducks on Monday, Nov. 16, in the seventh annual Thanksgiving Dinner "Duck Draw." The funds raised through the "sale" of the ducks will be enough this year to provide between 150 and 175 holiday meals for area families.
Go Green and Take It Home
by Stephanie Cook '12. Catawba College stepped onto the environmental friendly bandwagon with its Green Pig Initiative in the 2009-2010 school year. This academic year, the college traveled even further in its efforts to preserve the environment by implementing recyclable takeout boxes in the dining hall for use by all members of the college community.
The Catawba Singers Garner a Personal Invitation from Composer Eric Whitacre to Perform "Paradise Lost" in Chicago
Distinguished Concerts International in New York City (DCINY) has announced that the Catawba Singers under the direction of Professor Paul E. Oakley have been personally invited by the internationally celebrated composer, Eric Whitacre, to participate in a performance of Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings. The performance is scheduled on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 in Chicago's historic Auditorium Theatre, right in the heart of Chicago, and will be the prelude event to the National Convention of the Am
Catawba College Music Department Presents Twenty-Third Annual Service of Lessons and Carols
For the twenty-third consecutive year, the Catawba College Department of Music presents its annual Service of Lessons and Carols. Members of the general public are invited to attend on Thursday, December 2 in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. A Tuesday, November 30 performance is for invited guests of the College.
Sounds Of Silence Collaborative Concert
By Sophie Harton '11. From folk songs to rap, many artists have championed the rights of the oppressed through their music, representing the countless voices of silenced populations. On Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Little Theatre on the Catawba College campus, three of the contemporary popular music ensembles and the Sounds of Silence honors class at Catawba will band together for a concert dedicated to music that has historically served as a voice for oppressed populations...
Students Have Poems Published
Several Catawba students' poems have been published in the latest issue of Muse & Spirit, a magazine distributed by the Center for Faith and the Arts. These students wrote poems in response to art work displayed as part of the Center's Abstraction and Beyond exhibit, including a photograph by Dr. Seth Holtzman, a philosophy professor at Catawba. Lizzle Davis was selected as one of two featured poets for the magazine.
Teacher Education Alumnus Prepares to Retire after 20 Years as Teacher and Principal
Source: www.berksmontnews.com. Few people have the kind of passion and dedication it takes to be a teacher. But for Dr. Ronald W. Christman, teaching is in his blood, and for as long as he can remember his life has revolved around the betterment of education and the many children whose lives he has touched. Christman, much to the disappointment of many, is preparing to retire from Gilbertsville Elementary School after more than 20 years of service with the school as both teacher and principal.
West Stokes High to Host Catawba College Instrumental Ensembles and Master Classes
The Catawba College Wind Ensemble, Horn Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Catawba PRIDE Pep Band will be performing a collective concert/exhibition at West Stokes High School in King, N.C., on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Admission to this event is free and open to the public and all Stokes County middle and high school band directors and their students are invited to attend.
N.C. State Board of Education Staff Attorney to Speak Nov. 17 at Catawba College
N.C. State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction In-House Staff Attorney Katie Cornetto will speak to students enrolled in Catawba College's Teacher Education program at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Cornetto will make her remarks in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall on the Catawba campus and area educators and those interested in education are invited to attend.
Recent English Graduate Wins Poetry Award
Recent Catawba graduate Rachel Kennedy has won an award from the Poetry Council of North Carolina. Her sonnet "Flesh" was awarded second place in the Council's annual Charles Shull Contest for Traditional Poetry. The poem appears in the most recent issue of Bay Leaves, the Council's annual publication.
Student Conductors to Be Featured at Catawba College Wind Ensemble Concert
Ten student conductors will be featured during a Tuesday, Nov. 16 Wind Ensemble Concert at Catawba College. The event, "Conductors for a New Generation," is free and open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
Plastic Ducks Raise Money for Turkeys
A plastic duck might seem an unlikely starting point for a Thanksgiving turkey, but that has been exactly the case for the past six years on the Catawba College campus. Now for the seventh year, Catawba College's Residence Life staff will be using plastic ducks to raise money to buy turkeys, actually Thanksgiving turkey dinners for needy local families.
November 16th Community Forum: Compassion and Burnout in the ER
When Dr. Paul Austin published his recent book, Something For the Pain: One Doctor's Account of Life and Death in the ER, the Boston Globe commented, "Austin gives a stunning account of the chaos of the emergency room, the constant drama of urgent situations...." Another reviewer described it as "...a relentlessly honest look at modern emergency medicine ... What makes this inspiring medical memoir stand out is …Austin's humanity" (Publisher's Weekly), and Library Journal...
ALUMNA BLOG: On Assisgnment in Indonesia - Safe and Sound
by Lauren Ebersole '07. So far I have been nowhere near any of the natural disasters that seem to strike Indonesia every few days. The latest earthquake and ensuing tsunami were on a different island and the volcano that is erupting is in Central Java. I apologize for the large lapse in emails and consequently probably a pretty low point in your life.
Ready, Set, Swim!
by Stephanie Cook '12. Did you know there is a paralympian within Catawba College's student body? The fact that Ashley Owens is a Lady Indian or student athlete on the swim team makes the student population even more different and interesting.
"Hello, Dolly!" Promises an Extravaganza of Music, Dance, and Spectacle
By Ashton Tibbitt, Catawba College Class of 2014. "Hello, Dolly!," a romantic comedy about finding love in unexpected places, is the Catawba College Theatre Arts Department's musical performance of the season. "Hello, Dolly!" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13 in Keppel Auditorium on campus.
Catawba College Open House on the DCCC Campus
Catawba College's School of Evening Studies will sponsor an open house on Tuesday, November 9, from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Conference Center on the main campus of Davidson County Community College in Lexington. Community college graduates who are interested in completing the bachelor's degree by attending Catawba classes on the DCCC campus are encouraged to attend.
"Own Your Own Life," Says BB&T CEO Kelly King
BB&T CEO Kelly King contends that leadership will help the United States recover from "the economic calamity we've been through." King spoke at the sixth installment of the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business' CEO Lecture series. Aiming his remarks, titled "Our Best Days Are Ahead," at attending students, King first offered a perspective on how the nation's recent financial crisis came to be. He then shared some principles for living, principles that guide both his bank's business philosophy...
Richard Stevenson Feimster Athletic Scholarship Established
Richard Stevenson Feimster '48 (1921 to 2009). Submitted by Luther Conger and Franklin Ivey, co-chairs of the Richard S. Feimster Athletic Scholarship Fund. Soon after Coach Feimster was laid to rest, two of his student athlete pallbearers decided on the front lawn of Concord Presbyterian Church that they wanted to create a lasting honor for their coach, teacher, mentor and friend.
Fourth Annual Business Hall of Fame to Tap Four Inductees
Catawba College's Ketner of Business will host the fourth annual Business Hall of Fame Saturday, November 6 in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus. Four outstanding business leaders will be inducted at the event. Inductees include Paul E. Fisher of Salisbury, Richard "Dick" J. Seiwell '67 of West Chester, Pa., Jim L. Williamson '54 of Charlotte, and the late Lotan Corriher of Landis, who attended Old Catawba College in Newton from 1891 to1892.
Catawba College First-Year and Transfer Students Present "Nocturne" Oct. 28-31
Adam Rapp's "Nocturne" will be presented by Catawba College first-year and transfer students Oct. 28-31 in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre on campus. This Blue Masque production runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 28-30, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. In this student-directed performance, students new to Catawba explore a haunting story of tragedy, grief and what happens when you pick yourself up and re-enter the world. Rapp's unique tale is, according to the Associated Press...
VIDEO: A Catawba Story - To Peru by Canoe
Bill "Scotch" Shaw '75 is making his way from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Iquitos, Peru on his freighter canoe, the Lucky Suz. He began his journey on August 30, heading down the east coast of North America. He'll travel through Central America, Eastern South America, to mouths of the Amazon, then, up the Amazon River, to Iquitos.
Three New Faculty Members Welcomed to Catawba College
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service. This fall, the Catawba College community welcomed three new faculty members: Dr. Forrest Anderson, Dr. Eric Hake and Dr. Erin Wood.
Catawba College Alumnus and Hall of Famer Featured on the NFL Network
Source: NFLNetwork.com. 1989 Catawba Alumnus Randy Brown was recently featured on the NFL Network. The segment aired on Saturday, October 16. Brown spends half of his days coaching in the NFL and the other half as a mayor in New Jersey.
55 Catawba Students Pinned and Admitted to Teacher Education Program
Fifty-five Catawba College students were honored in a formal pinning ceremony held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on Wednesday, October 13. For those students pinned, the event marked their admission into the Teacher Education Program at Catawba College. Ms. Julie Stoltz, Rowan-Salisbury Teacher of the Year presented the program for the early evening event, which was followed by a reception at the Peeler Crystal Lounge, sponsored by Debbie Suggs Catering. The ceremony was sponsored by the Student Nor
VIDEO: Political Science Professor Discusses Voters Lining Up Hours Before Polls Opened
As poll workers opened the doors at 8 a.m. on Thursday at the Hal Marshall Annex in uptown, a line of voters had already formed. Thursday was the first day of early voting in Mecklenburg. Voter Sam Spencer was the first to get in line three hours at 5 a.m. "It doesn't matter if you're voting Democrat, Republican, independent. What matters is that you have a myriad of opportunities over the next couple of weeks to let your voice be heard," Spencer said.
VIDEO: A Catawba Story - The Piano Player
by Rev. John A. Denlinger '65, Religion & Philosophy Alumnus - Denlinger shares one of his fondest memories of campus life that happened unexpectedly during an evening program at the old gym.