The faculty featured here are people who can make a tremendous difference in your life. These dynamic professors, who are just a few of our outstanding faculty members, generate enthusiasm for learning that has already excited literally thousands of students. They have become an important part of their students' lives, and their influence is felt long after graduation.
We invite you to visit our campus and meet these professors — you will likely want to enroll in their classes as they will draw the very best from you and help you succeed!
Just a Few of Our Featured Faculty
Helping Students Understand Why Things Happen
That statement became central to Dr. Bolick's life. This associate dean and sociology professor at Catawba College has made a commitment to helping others. "If you act in ways that lift people up and improve your life as well as theirs, it makes a difference," she says, "and little differences add up."
Called "the soul of equanimity," Bolick is universally admired on campus. She received the Trustee Award for outstanding contribution to the college in 1998.
She gives each individual the gift of her complete attention, listening without judgment. Her background in sociology has influenced that approach to listening. She knows that people are shaped by all sorts of forces, both biological and environmental.
Sociology became her passion when she was an undergraduate. "Going to college in the '60s, when society was in a state of upheaval, made me want to understand why things happen the way they do," she says. "It drew me to my discipline."
Now she tries to engender that same passion in her sociology majors. Dr. Bolick also tries to help non-majors understand how society works and how it influences people. "I hope they become less judgmental and more objective," she says. "I hope they look at all the forces that influence people and influence their own lives, too."
The Battle of Antietam, Freeze Style
"Right at dawn, just like they're supposed to, Joe Hooker's troops on Hagerstown Pike literally come crashing into the West Woods," he says to the Catawba College students who are gathered around the Civil War battlefield map. "He wakes up Stonewall Jackson and masses his troops at a place called the Cornfield and the West Woods."
The class watches as the spools sweep back and forth in total chaos. "There are more bodies than stubble corn," Freeze says, after pointing out where his great great grandfather got shot in the hip. "Right there."
The students learn that Lee had only 15,000 of his troops at Sharpsburg the day before the battle and only half as many as the Union on the day of the conflict. "What's missing?" Freeze asks. "Half his army is still out there lollygagging around Fredrick, Md."
This is the Battle of Antietam, Freeze style. Livelier than any textbook, more active than a Ken Burns documentary, Freeze's class resurrects the past. "Even when the semester is over, you still want to learn more about the class," says recent graduate Kevin Funderburk. "He gives you an interest in the subject that makes you want to contintue to learn."
It's not that he doesn't value punctuality. It's just that his students were wrestling with the subject of God and evil, and he couldn't leave them just because the clock said class was over.
"They're still talking about it in the hallway," he says. "That means the topic is real for them."
The topic is real because Sang, professor of religion, has a way of making ethereal subjects seem central to his students' lives.
"Dr. Sang is so dynamic and enthusiastic," says Melinda Coble, a recent graduate. "He gets so excited about the knowledge he has and is so eager to share that with the students. And he's an excellent facilitator of discussion. He really cares that students learn and get something out of his classes."
Sang wants his students to make a connection between education and life. That may mean encouraging them to step into the shoes of David as he looks into the courtyard at Bathsheba. "It's not unlike looking out your back window at your neighbor who is out there in a bikini," he says. "There are connections between their stories and ours. There is drama in knowledge -- trying to find out `who done it' and why and what it means."
Sang feels it is his responsibility to help his students see life from different perspectives -- from the viewpoint of Aristotle, for example, or the Buddha. "I want them to pick up what they are learning and hold it at arm's length and turn it around," he says. "I want them to see that education is about life."
Making Ideas Concrete
It's typical Coggin: taking a complex idea and making it concrete.
"The white of an egg is clear before you cook it," Coggin explains, "and when you fry it, it turns opaque. By adding heat, you change the three-dimensional structure of a protein."
That creativity in conveying ideas -- plus his enthusiasm for teaching and learning, his accessibility to students and his constant effort to stay current and bring the latest information into his classroom -- has garnered Coggin the Swink Award for Outstanding Teaching.
It is typical for students to comment that Dr. Coggin's courses are among their favorites. "He was willing to stop and explain things," says graduate Erica Vedeikis. "He cared that we were learning."
"I teach things that you don't see with the naked eye -- introductory biology, genetics, cell biology, microbiology," Coggin says. "I'm always showing pictures or drawing things on the board or using overheads or computer simulations."
Or frying an egg. "Words aren't really enough," he says.
Making his labs interesting and current is important to Coggin. "I try to do something new every year in lab," he says. Students in his genetics class recently analyzed their own genes by doing DNA fingerprinting.
"I want my students to understand the material, but, more than that, I want them to have an open mind and be willing to accept something new."
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