Fall - December 2011 - Volume 19
’11 COHORT OF WEST SCHOLARS RETURN FROM FALL RETREAT WITH ENERGY AND A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE PROGRAM
A number of
Scholars have dropped by the office to say how great the trip was and how they
wish they were still there! The photo
above was taken just before boarding the bus to return to campus. These freshmen gave up their fall break
with family and friends, to experience a West Scholar retreat of learning,
fun, and peer group bonding.
The West Scholar Experience
By: Zack Veitenheimer, ’11 Scholar, Tobaccoville, NC
This retreat has been a great experience. From the moment we all came together as a
group on Saturday night, to our last look at Wilmington on our way home, we
have bonded and learned. The trip has
taught me how simple things can bring people together. Hot tubs, kayaks, and sand castles can help
almost strangers become friends. I
also learned how a small school on the marsh of an island can do so much with
so little. It isn’t always great
technology that makes education successful.
It takes a little ingenuity and creativity to make things work. Funny, but the same thing goes for
cooking! The meals we 21 freshmen
planned, shopped for, and prepared turned out great due to teamwork and
creativity. Overall, this trip has
made us a stronger peer group and cohort of future educators. I look forward to our progress as aspiring
teachers, as we grow together into adults.
The West Scholar Experience
By: Jamie Gynn, ’11 Scholar, China Grove, NC
Our freshman cohort stayed in a gorgeous beach house on Wrightsville Beach, NC. Our house had enough bedrooms for everyone, a pool table, ping pong table, swimming pool, hot tub and a beach access overlooking the Atlantic Ocean that was beautiful! We did a lot of great bonding activities with one another, some that we directed ourselves. We had “family meetings” where our “triad groups” came up with games for everyone to play. We all took turns cooking a meal and we had great beach time just to hang out and really get to know one another better. One morning we went on an Eco-Tour at an uninhabited barrier island, and learned about the animals, plant life, and sea shells there. The next day we visited the elementary school, sitting in on classroom exercises and getting a feel for a classroom from the teacher’s perspective. We also got to kayak in the marsh behind the school. All in all, it was a great trip. We bonded as a group and learned new things at the same time. We made friends and memories to last a lifetime.
On being a West Scholar … it is all smiles!
Masonboro Island Eco-Tour
By: Nick Rodriguez, ’11 Scholar, Dunn, NC
Our first morning on Wrightsville Beach, we went on
a boat tour with Captain Joe Abbate of Wrightsville Scenic Tours. We left the beach house and walked to the
nearest dock on the inland waterway, where we met Captain Joe and boarded the
Shamrock. After we were loaded up and everything was
checked we sailed off toward the island as people began to sing “I’m On A
Boat.” The ride took about five or six
minutes in which Captain Joe told us what we were going to be doing
there. Once we got there, we were
introduced to numerous plants and learned a lot about the ecology of the
island. The start of the trip home was
not as easy as the one there, though. The
boat got stuck in the sand, forcing Captain Joe, myself, and four other
members of the West Scholars to come together and work as a team to get the boat
back out. Once the Shamrock was free from the sand,
Captain Joe played music for us, pointed out the ecological drawbacks of
island living, discussed the effects of storm damage, and dropped us off at the
dock where we met him, wishing us well for the remainder of our stay.
Masonboro Island Eco-Tour
By: Taylor Lee, ’11 Scholar, Concord, NC
On Sunday of the retreat, we went to an island with Captain Joe. When we got to the island, he talked about the four different eco systems and about how all the different vegetation has its own purpose. After we walked through the marsh, we made it to the beach where we were told to collect shells. The purpose of collecting these shells was to learn about the different species and their purpose within the coastal environment. A way that the different shells can connect to teaching is that every student is going to be different, but they still have a purpose no matter what.
NOTE: Check out the article in OUR
STATE MAGAZINE from last spring about Capt. Joe and his love of the
NC Coast! http://www.ourstate.com/captain-joe-abbate Don’t
forget to visit Capt. Joe’s website either.
Wrightsville Beach Elementary School Excursion
By: Chris Money, ’11 Scholar, King, NC
On Monday, October 17, 2011, as part of the 2011
Cohort Freshman Retreat we visited Wrightsville Beach Elementary School. The school was built in the 1950s in the
small town. The school now has about
325 enrolled students. What sets this
school apart is what Ms. Cissie Brooks, the school’s guidance counselor ,has
brought to the students out of a passion she has for the environment around
the coastal area. Ms. Brooks has used
the land and environment around the students to show them about the world
they live in. Through grants and
various donations, she has built a dock, bought kayaks, and brought sea life
into the classroom. Students
throughout their time at the school learn about their surroundings and get to
experience this environment first hand, as they kayak in the marshlands and
waterways around the school. We got to
experience all of these events as we visited class rooms, and then kayaked to
a nearby island for a quick break. For
many of us it was a first time experience of learning to control a kayak, but
everyone made is back without incident.
Ms. Brooks gave us great words of advice as she told us to follow our
passions when we become teachers because if we do what we love our students
will see that and learn from that.
Wrightsville Beach Elementary School is truly one of a kind.
Wrightsville Beach Elementary School Excursion
By: Patrick Karriker, ’11 Scholar, China Grove, NC
On our third day of the retreat, all the West Scholars took a visit to a local elementary school in Wrightsville, called Wrightsville Beach School. Our purpose of this visit was to observe and learn from a small, yet creative, elementary school. The first person we met was a school counselor and teacher at the school. After she explained some of the challenges of teaching at a small school with limited resources; we split into smaller groups and got to observe in different classrooms. Though the school was small for its volume of students, the staff ran the school efficiently. The last activity was a kayak tour of the surrounding marshes, where students come out and learn about their environment and local animal and plant life. From watching the students and the teachers first hand, the learning experience proved the school visit to be enjoyable and an insightful trip.
NOTE: To get more information about Wrightsville
Beach Elementary School, visit their website. http://www.nhcs.net/wbeach/about.html
Historic Downtown Wilmington – Self-guided Tour
Scholars broke into three groups and were provided
downtown maps. Each group received a
disposable camera, and a list of five sites to select for a visit in the
Wilmington historic district. They
also played a Q & A game relating to the West Scholar handbook prior to
visiting downtown, with the prize for winners, a little cash toward
lunch. Scholars explored on their own
on Tuesday morning into early afternoon and had lunch at local bistros and
café’s along Wilmington’s wonderful Riverwalk. The weather was stunning, and a perfect end
to the perfect fall bonding retreat!
This trip never disappoints. The following photos were taken by the
Scholars during their self-guided tours.
Historic Burgwin-Wright Museum and Gardens, 224 Market Street
Battleship USS North Carolina, Eagle Island First Presbyterian Church, 125 South 3rd Street
Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, Riverwalk …. Oh, and they went on board not realizing they weren’t supposed to ……… luckily they did not get into trouble!
Perhaps deciding on lunch?
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING!
West Scholars Among Homecoming Court Nominations
Homecoming Court elections took place on October 10th and 11th. Homecoming and Family weekend was October 22nd and 23rd. West Scholars and Teacher Education majors were heavily represented among the nominations and were as follows:
Sarah Moore, ’08 Scholar, Mocksville, NC
Melanie Hudson, Teacher Education major
Corey Kluttz, Teacher Education major
Matt Tamer, ’08 Scholar, Winston-Salem, NC
Whitney Corriher, ’09 Scholar, Salisbury, NC
Maggie McKee, ’09 Scholar, Mt. Airy, NC
Alexandria Parrish, Teacher Education major
Allison Andrews, ’10 Scholar, Sherrills Ford, NC
Jana Burkhardt, ’10 Scholar, Willoughby, Ohio
MOORE TAMER CORRIHER MCKEE ANDREWS BURKHARDT
NOTE: 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. Members of Catawba's Homecoming
Court included from the freshman class Mallary Clay of Lansing, N.C., and
Theo Shepard of Southport, N.C.; from the sophomore class Allison Andrews of Sherrills
Ford, N.C., and Jonathan Bufftkin of Southport, N.C.; from the junior
class Whitney Corriher and Drew Laurens, both of Salisbury, N.C.; and from the
senior class, in addition to the crowned Ms. and Mr. Catawba, were Stephanie
Cook of Alpharetta, Ga., Josh Owens of Mt. Pleasant, N.C., Mackenzie
Westbrook of Charlotte, N.C., Robin Tynes of Black Mountain, N.C., and
Richard Plummer of Thomasville, N.C.
Homecoming and Family Weekend Photos
Taylor Hardy, ’11 Scholar at Family Weekend Faculty Mingle and Nick Rodriguez, 11 Scholar enjoying his “tailgate lunch.” (Nick is on the right)
’11 Cohort Scholar, Courtney Tunstall (on the right) enjoying Homecoming. ’10 Scholar, Lindsay King having a little ice cream at Homecoming.
Back from the fall retreat – ’11 Cohort members Patrick Karriker (left) and Zack Veitenheimer (right) perform with the Catawba PRIDE and Homecoming, as does ’11 Scholar, Taylor Lee.
’10 Scholar, Allison Andrews (left photo below) and ’09 Scholar, Whitney Corriher (right photo) on the Homecoming court.
Ketner School of Business, CEO Lecture Series presents Krispy Kreme Head
By: Rachel Pickrel, ’11 Scholar, Salisbury, NC
James H. Morgan, CEO, chairman and president of
Krispy Kreme Donuts, Inc. spoke at Catawba College on October 13, 2011. As he began to speak, one of the first
things he mentioned was that he always speaks with a plan A and a plan
B. I believe this can relate back to
teaching because you must always have a plan B in case students don’t
immediately grasp a topic, if there are technical difficulties, and many
other possible variables. Morgan also
encouraged everyone listening to always keep a positive attitude regardless
of the situation. Many things will go
wrong in a day, and in life, and you can’t let one setback keep you from
achieving great things. Also, the
three main reasons Morgan gave for speaking to the college students at
Catawba were to let us know we should always follow our passion, that we are
writing our epitaph daily, and that we should seek out opportunities to be
leaders. I believe all of these main
points relate back to my interest in teaching as a career. Watching others learn, and being able to
help others gain knowledge is my passion and I believe that’s what will make
me happy and successful in my own life.
When he mentioned that we were writing our epitaph daily it was
shocking at first, but then I began to think about what he truly meant. You must always be the person you want to
be remembered as. Although it is
sometimes difficult to remain true to yourself, you must in order to live
your life in a way that will make you happy.
I believe the last point mentioned, regarding seeking out
opportunities to be a leader, is very closely related to teaching. I’m very interested in teaching elementary
education, and because children at that age are so naive and vulnerable it is
important that I lead and guide them in the right direction, while helping
them learn new things. I greatly
enjoyed the lecture and found it to be not only informational, but also
Catawba ‘Marching’ Forward
By: Chris Money, ’11 Scholar, King, NC, and band member of the Catawba PRIDE
On Saturday, October 8, 2011, an event kicked off a brand new chapter in the history of Catawba and its outstanding performing arts programs. It was the First Annual Catawba PRIDE Classic held at Catawba’s Shuford Stadium. This marching band competition with a strong history, marks the first year of the PRIDE marching band, and brought together some great bands from around the area.
The Catawba PRIDE Classic was previously known as the Lord Salisbury Classic and was organized by the Catawba drumline and pep band. Many bands from the area participated, such as Jay M. Robinson’s The Pride of Robinson marching band, having attended and won for the previous two years. The Piedmont High School, a former winner, prior to Robinson, has held the Grand Champion trophy in their hands also. With the creation of Catawba’s own PRIDE marching band this year, it was agreed that the event should be renamed. Though it was not the first marching arts competition held on campus, it was the first major showing of Catawba’s ever growing programs and abilities.
Bands from all over the area gathered to compete and entertain those in attendance. A few of the bands performing were, The Marching Vikings of Central Cabarrus High School, The Marching Dragons of West Davidson High School, and The Marching Hornets of Salisbury High School. In all, a total of eleven bands attended from area high schools. Each school performed music and marching maneuvers that were based on themes of “From Britain with a Beat” to “The Plight of Olympus.” Participating bands had members numbering from thirty-seven to one-hundred-thirteen, and with all eleven bands were divided into four classes based on size. Performances began at 1:50 p.m. and ended at 5:30 p.m. when the Catawba PRIDE performed. After Catawba’s performance the awards were presented to bands, judged in classes such as Marching, Music, General Effect, and Overall Class. Afterwards came the time for the second round of performances for the evening. In all, seven bands were selected to move on to the finals, and they were: A. L. Brown, Independence, Central Cabarrus, North Davidson, Piedmont, Jay M. Robinson, and North Rowan High Schools. At about 9:30 p.m. the finals had concluded and it was time to announce the final placing for the day’s events. In third place overall was Central Cabarrus High School with their performance entitled “Communication.” In second place was The Pride of Robinson from Jay M. Robinson and their show “On the Waterfront.” Finally in first place, and the title of Grand Champion, were The Marching Panthers of Piedmont High School with a show named “Juliet.” Their show featured music from Steve Reineke’s “The Witch and the Saint” and Gary Gilroy’s “The Machine.” Zack Vietenhemier spoke of the bands great focus and abilities they demonstrated before they went onto the field to perform for the second time during the day.
The Catawba PRIDE marching band grew out of a few
students wishing to have a performing group to play at football games and
basketball games for the Indians. It
started as a drumline and transformed into having a few wind instruments over
the past few years. This year it
became a full marching band and became named the Catawba PRIDE. It includes members of a drumline, horn
line, and colorguard, and also is fully staffed. Several West Scholars participate in the
ensemble, such as the drum major Brent Messenger, and band members Taylor Lee,
Vietenheimer, Nick Rodriguez, Cherokee Blackmon, Patrick Karriker,
Money. The marching band
director is Jay Meachum who is a trumpet instructor at Catawba, and Dr.
Stephen Etters who composes the forms for the band to march during
performances. Liz Crawford instructs
the colorguard members to add great visual effects to musical
arrangements. At the competition held
this year the PRIDE had the opportunity to unveil their brand new uniforms to
those in attendance. Many of the
audience members commented on how great the band sounded and looked as they
watched the PRIDE marching band perform in exhibition. PRIDE performed the selections entitled Manteca, Sway, and Malaguena; then followed with
Catawba’s fight song that was unveiled last year written by director Jay
Meachum. Catawba PRIDE is the first
marching band at Catawba in almost forty years. In all it was great for the history of
Catawba College and the Catawba PRIDE, as well as all the bands that joined
us on campus. We all look forward to
the Second Annual Catawba PRIDE Classic next October.
Thoughts on the Catawba PRIDE Event
By: Sydney Hyder, ’11 Scholar, Asheboro, NC
I attended the Catawba Pride competition and volunteered my time in the concessions stand for about three hours. I worked with Kelly Schumacher and Tayor Hardy (both ’11 West Scholars). We worked together with two parents during the performances. We communicated well with each other and got the job done. Communication is key in education. We often had to improvise and learn to work without certain materials, work with a shortage of people, and work when a large crowd would come for beverages and snacks. This was a great example of teamwork and it made me feel accomplished, while enjoying the great music.
Taylor Hardy, Jacksonville,
Kelly Schumacher, Easton, MD
German Exchange Students Visit Catawba College
October 7th a group of German high school students visited Catawba
College, sitting in on classes, touring the campus and having lunch with
faculty, administration and a group of West Scholars.
The students had been attending classes all week at Salisbury High
School and living with Salisbury host families. Adair Doran, a history teacher at Salisbury
High, and Gonde Detlefsen, of the Gymnasium Brunsbuttel, worked together to
arrange the visit to Salisbury and Catawba.
West Scholar, Allison Andrews, Sherrills Ford, NC, attended an
intermediate German class led by Dr. Laurel Eason, with the German students,
their teacher and school principal. West
Scholars attending the luncheon were, Sydney Hyder, ’11 Scholar, Asheboro, NC, Michelle
Newberger, ’11 Scholar, Lutz, FL, Kelly Schumacher, ’11 Scholar, Easton, MD,
Casey Baucom, ’09 Scholar, Marshville, NC, Brittany Myers, ’09 Scholar,
Shelby, NC, and Jessica Everett, ’09 Scholar, Winston-Salem, NC.
Lunch With German Visitors
By: Sydney Hyder, ’11 Scholar, Asheboro, NC
I really enjoyed talking with the German students. They were a little shy at first but I
managed to get them talking. Knowing
what to talk about with a new person to make them feel comfortable is
definitely a skill I need to have for my future as an educator. I also found it was interesting how they
have 13 years of school and how their daily schedule is set up. I was impressed at their knowledge of
English, but I still had to think about my choice of words and phrasing when
talking about our school systems and about Catawba. I want the way I teach in the future to have
my students think with an open mind so when they look at many topics, from
college to other countries, they will have an open mind. The photo below contains West Scholars, Casey Baucom, Brittany Myers, Michelle Newberger, Jessica
CATAWBA ATHLETICS NEWS
Following ’10 Scholars, Kyle Griewisch, Banner Elk, NC and Anna Toole, Simpsonville, SC
Following Dan Couchenour, ’10 Scholar from Ft. Mill, SC
(10/12/11) Catawba athletics website
Lacrosse 10th Annual Golf Open Fund Raiser Set for Nov. 5th
The Catawba College Lacrosse Team will host the 10th annual Men's Lacrosse Golf Open on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Crescent Golf Club in Salisbury. The event will begin at noon and the cost is $55 per person, which includes lunch and cart. Deadline for entry is November 2. The tournament is a four-member captain's choice format. Come out and support the lacrosse team at this event which includes food, trophies, door prizes and more. The team payment of $220 must be paid in full by November 2. Make checks payable to Catawba College Lacrosse. Follow the link below to the Golf Open for an entry form, a sponsorship form or for more information.
Following ’10 Scholars David Garcia, King, NC, and Caroline Bostian, Pfafftown, NC, and ’11 Scholar, Courtney Tunstall, Mt. Airy, NC
GARCIA BOSTIAN TUNSTALL
Following ’10 Scholar Cameron Beard, Conover, NC, and ’11 Scholars, Matt Laurens, Salisbury, NC and Justin Morris, Rockwell, NC
BEARD LAURENS MORRIS
Following ’08 Scholar, Matt Tamer, Winston-Salem, NC
Following ’09 Scholar, Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy, NC
Following ’10 Scholar, Anne Mabry, China Grove, NC
Following ’10 Scholar, Jana Burkhardt, Willoughby, Ohio and ’08 Scholar, Samantha Lackey, Seville, Ohio
Following ’09 Scholars, Amanda Terry, Cordova, NC and Casey Baucom, Marshville, NC and ’11 Scholar, Sydney Hyder, Asheboro, NC
TERRY BAUCOM HYDER
Following ’08 Scholars, Alecia Marsha (Shay) Meeks, Kings Mountain, NC and Taylor Doss, Boonville, NC and ’09 Scholar Denise Grissom, Stokesdale, NC
MEEKS DOSS GRISSOM
(10/25/11) CATAWBA ATHLETICS WEBSITE
Volleyball Duo Earns SAC Player of the Week Honors
ROCK HILL, SC -- After leading Catawba to a pair of wins that kept the school tied for the No. 2 spot in the SAC standings, the Indians’ Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) and Jordan Raye (Boonville, NC/Starmount HS) have been named the league’s volleyball Players of the Week. It was announced on Monday by the league office.
(10/22/11)CATAWBA ATHLETICS WEBSITE
Meeks Leads Volleyball Over Tusculum With Career-High 28 Kills
GREENEVILLE, TN -- Senior Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) tallied a career-high 28 kills, while collecting 10 digs and a .431 attack percentage to lead visiting Catawba to a four-set win over Tusculum in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena.
(10/21/11)CATAWBA ATHLETICS WEBSITE
Volleyball Gets Past Mars Hill Behind 21 Kills from Meeks
MARS HILL, NC -- Catawba claimed a four-set win over host Mars Hill in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Stanford Arena. Shay Meeks (Kings Mountain, NC/Kings Mountain HS) led Catawba with 21 kills with Kaitlyn Whitmer (Ferrum, VA/Franklin Co. HS) followed with 18 kills. Whitmer added 15 digs with Meeks collecting 14.
NOTE: To see more of Shay Meeks,
look at the Rowan Salisbury Schools home page. You will see her face in a group of
students. Shay is performing her
student teaching this semester at Hanford Dole Elementary School and will
finish up at Catawba in December.
Following ’09 Scholars,
Whitney Corriher, Salisbury, NC, Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy, NC, Lizzle Davis,
East Bend, NC and ’11 Scholar Jamie Gynn, China Grove, NC
TEACHER EDUCATION NEWS
prepare reflective teachers who possess the professional knowledge, skills,
and dispositions necessary for effectively teaching students in a diverse
Department of Teacher Education Pinning Ceremony and Reception
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
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). Ms. Theresa Pierce, 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 the Goodman School of Education. Dr. Lou Ann Kasias, a Catawba professor of teacher education, decorated the Chapel with an arrangement of fall flowers.
Admission to a teacher education program is not automatic. Admission requirements include the successful completion of PRAXIS I standardized tests of reading, writing, and mathematics and the establishment of a 2.5 or better grade point average. Applicants must also pass a criminal background check.
West Scholars are noted in blue. Those who were pinned during the ceremony from the traditional day program at Catawba included Amelia Baity, Hamptonville; Aubrey Barton, Salisbury; Casey Baucom, Marshville, Kylie Beinke, Raleigh; Lauren Bost, Rockwell; Nicolle Bradway, Rockwell; Gabriella Bressi, Villanova, Pa.; Jamie Caputo, Greensboro; Heather Cheek, Ramseur; Whitney Corriher, Salisbury; Doug Crawford, Salisbury; Deon Cuffie-Joseph, Trinidad, Tobago; Heather Dalton, Harmony; Elizabeth "Lizzle" Davis, East Bend; Stacie Drye, Concord; Jessica Everett, Winston-Salem; Christina Faircloth, Belmont; Jordan Farmer, Walnut Cove; Hannah Fisher, China Grove; Paul Friend, East Greenwich, R.I.; Hannah Gagnier, China Grove; Danielle Garzon, Raleigh; Denise Grissom, Stokesdale; Katie Hopkins, Albemarle; Jarrett Jackson, Huntersville; Misty Jenkins, Salisbury; Katie Johnson, Myersville, Md.; Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy; Brittany Myers, Shelby; Carol Ottinger, Salisbury; Samantha Santoli, Nesconset, N.Y.; Jesse Siak, Hendersonville; Chelsea Starr, Weston, Fla.; Amanda Terry, Cordova; Suzanne Williams, Efland; and Lindsay Yarborough, Lexington.
From Catawba's Birth-Kindergarten Program: Sonya Allman, China Grove; Patricia Doby, Mocksville; Kelli Earnhardt, Salisbury; Susan Gunter, Thomasville; Carolyn Hayes, Lexington; Jennifer Hinson, China Grove; Roberta Mickel, Elkin; Judy Peacock, Mooresville; Fawn Queen, Lexington; Wendy Sheehy, Lexington; Denise Smitherman, East Bend; and Margaret Steele, Mocksville.
Dr. Miren Hodgson of Salisbury, assistant professor of modern foreign language, was also pinned as the newest member of the Teacher Education faculty.
advisor for the SNCAE organization is Mrs. Amanda Bosch. SNCAE officers for
the 2011 - 2012 academic year include Brittany Myers of Shelby, President; Cristin Ritchie of
Salisbury, Vice President; Jamie Caputo of Greensboro, Secretary;
Heather Cheek of Ramseur, Treasurer; Danielle Garzon of Raleigh,
Class Representative, Julie Gilley of Dobson; Junior Class Representative, Jordan Farmer
of Walnut Grove; Sophomore Class Representative, currently
vacant; and Freshman Class Representative, Gareth Cobb of Salisbury.
Performance Hour features two Education Majors
Presented a Student Performance Hour
November 4, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – Omwake-Dearborn Chapel
Two of the four performers are Education majors:
Cory Kluttz, trumpet
Nick Luciano, clarinet
The Educators Dinner Held
The Educators Dinner took place on Wednesday,
October 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Whitener Room of the Cannon Student
Center. Local educator, Theresa Pierce
was the featured speaker. She focused
on her visit to Mount Vernon this past summer and some of the activities she
has been involved with related to history.
KCACTF Honors Include Education Major
A BIG Congratulations to all Catawba students nominated for KCACTF
Honors for AS I LAY DYING; in particular, Irene Ryan Nominee and Theatre
Education major, Jesse Siak.
We will learn in December if the production will tour to KCACTF
regionals, but we remain hopeful!
Metrolina Theatre Awards Announced
On Sunday, October 9th the Metrolina Theatre Awards were announced, recognizing theatres and colleges in the greater Charlotte area. Catawba College had 29 nominations, among our current Catawba students, faculty and alumni working in the region. Catawba took home the following eight awards:
1. Mary Alice Nichols--Hello, Dolly!, College and University, Outstanding Choreography
2. Mike Innis (Secretary/Company)--Bright Lights, Big City, College and University, Outstanding Cameo Performance
3. Brianna Smith (alumni) (Emma Goldman)--Ragtime, Davidson Community Players, Regional-North Outstanding Performance by a supporting Actor (female)
4. Aaron Alderman (Jimmy, Phil)--Almost, Maine, St Thomas Players, Regional-North Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor (male)
5. Brian Romans (alumni) (Steve, Chad, Dave)--Almost, Maine, St Thomas Players, Regional-North Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor (male)
6. Jesse Siak, Theatre Education major (Jamie)--Bright Lights, Big City, College and University, Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor (Male)
7. Zack Lynch--Bright Lights, Big City, College and University, Outstanding Direction
Bright Lights, Big City, College and University,
Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony
Alpha Chi held its annual induction ceremony on Friday, October 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. They inducted 22 new members. Each inductee was asked to invite a faculty member who had been important to his or her growth as a student. Those faculty members who attended the ceremony were invited to stand when the student was inducted. Dr. Sue Calcagni, a collegiate member of Alpha Chi, delivered the address to the students. The following Teacher Education and West Scholar students below, were inducted: Alyssa Darlene Retundie, Amelia Danielle Baity, Kylie Ann Beinke, Gabriella Jean Bressi, Elizabeth Grace “Lizzle” Davis, Christina Cherrie Faircloth, Hannah Rebecca Fisher.
A new recruiting season is well underway! Please spread the word about Catawba College and the Teacher Education Department, Academy for Teaching and the West Scholars Program!
- West Scholars ’11 Cohort Retreat
Sat., Oct. 15th – Tue., Oct. 18th
- Homecoming and Family Weekend
Fri., Oct. 21st – Sun., Oct. 23rd
- First Family Scholarship Interviews
Thurs., and Fri., Nov. 17th & 18th
- Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
Mon., Nov., 21st
- Thanksgiving Break
Thurs., & Fri., Nov., 24th & 25th
- Lessons and Carols Service
Mon., Tue., Thurs., Nov. 28th- Dec. 1st
- ’08 and ’09 Cohort Excursion Meeting
Thurs., Dec. 1st at 11:00 a.m.
- Last day of classes
Fri., Dec. 2nd
Mon., - Fri., Dec. 5th – 9th
- College Closed
Mon., Dec. 19th – Mon., Jan. 2nd
Sarah Morse, ’08 Scholar
North Berwick, Maine
Student Teaching at Koontz Elementary
Being a West Scholar has been one of the most important pieces of my education at Catawba College. It wasn't just a scholarship, but a cohort of students that helped me grow as a person and learn as a student. From our fall freshman retreat to Savannah to Atlanta, we learned about ourselves, each other, and the world around us. We learned more about the world our students will come from by traveling, and how to teach them through classes together. The extra time in schools and the professional development opportunities that being a West Scholar means has been invaluable to prepare me for my student teaching. I'm currently student teaching at Koontz Elementary in 5th grade. The students always want more when we talk about places like Tajikistan and Guatemala. Expanding their world experience was inspired by the trips that I made with the West Scholars. I've been nominated for the Peace Corps (cross your fingers for me!) and would love to teach 3-6th grade here in North Carolina (don't tell my mom!).
Wishing you a holiday season of joy and peace!
Please enjoy these photos from the ’11 Cohort’s fall retreat to Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington, NC!
The early stages of “The Name Game” as the Scholars get to know one another better.
Starting off with “The Knot”
Another teaming game, this time, led by the scholars themselves.
Clean-up time following a meal. “Tiny Taylor” Lee might be wondering where the rest of her meal group is. They did come to her rescue. Each group, prepared a menu, shopped for groceries, cooked and cleaned up the meal.
“Family Meeting” time each evening.
Kelly Schumacher, Taylor Hardy, Michelle Newberger
Cherokee Blackmon, “playing around” a bit after the meeting.
A new hair style for Matt Laurens.
First steps onto Masonboro Island with Captain Joe – on the inland waterway side of Masonboro island.
View from the center of Masonboro Island looking southwest.
What we saw looking southwest across Masonboro Island.
Preparing to cross the dunes toward the Atlantic Ocean side of Masonboro.
Instructions from Capt. Joe on shells.
Starting the hunt for shells and sea life.
After the search for shells and sea life on Masonboro, Capt. Joe leads a discussion on the island’s eco systems and how what Scholars found on the beach impacts the island’s protected status.
Our last glance, looking north from Masonboro Island toward the south end rock jetty of Wrightsville Beach.
Scholars inside Wrightsville Elementary.
Looks like the tables might be a little low.
Wrightsville Elementary School counselor, Cissie Brooks speaks to the Scholars prior to the kayaking adventure.
Patrick Karriker and Cherokee Blackmon prepare to launch and board a kayak.
A little race, perhaps?
Cherokee Blackmon and Patrick Karriker
Zach McNeill got a little wet during the kayaking excursion at the school.
Matt Laurens and Jacob Shepherd in the yellow kayak paddle the marshes behind Wrightsville Beach Elementary School.
Nick Rodriguez and Jonathan Williams.
Justin Morris helps pull the kayaks out of the water.
Sydney Hyder, Sydney Smith, Jamie Gynn, Zack Veitenheimer, Zach McNeill
Jacob, Matt, Taylor H. and Haley.
Jonathan Williams and Courtney Tunstall.
Back sofa, Jacob Shepherd and Taylor Hardy, front sofa, Courtney Tunstall and Jamie Gynn, chair to right, Chris Money.
…..and they just HAD to go out and buy matching swim trunks in multiple colors!
Photos of the Catawba PRIDE featuring several West Scholars
In the solid blue solid uniform in front is Drum Major, Brent Messenger, ’08 Scholar from Kannapolis, NC
’11 Scholar, Patrick Karriker from Kannapolis, NC
’11 Scholar, Christopher Money, King, NC
In the blue hat, ’08 Scholar Brent Messenger, The PRIDE’s drum major with ’11 Scholar, Zack Veitenheimer to his left..
Catawba Hosts German Visitors
Below are ’09 West Scholar, Jessica Everett and German visitor and teacher, Gonde Detlefsen discussing education during a luncheon on Oct. 7th.
’11 West Scholars, Sydney Hyder and Kelly Schumacher listening to an opening welcome by Dr. Joe Oxendine.
Dr. Oxendine welcomes the principal of Gymnasium Brunsbuttel and his students to Catawba College. In the foreground, seated, is Dr. Jim Stringfield, Dean of the Goodman School of Education.
’11 Scholar, Sydney Hyder and German student enjoying lunch.
’07 Scholars, Hannah Thomas and Kelli Ferguson were pictured in Catawba website photos, having attended Homecoming 2011.