SPRING - February 2012 - Volume 21
THE RITCHIE ACADEMY FOR TEACHING
THE GOODMAN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
will soon welcome the
North Carolina Teacher of the Year – 2011-2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.
in Tom Smith Auditorium, Ketner Hall
Mrs. Tyronna Hooker is the current North Carolina Teacher of the Year. She has spent the last nine years teaching social studies and exceptional children at Graham Middle School in Graham, North Carolina. Upon completing high school in Elizabethtown, NC she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Central University. After earning her teacher certification, she furthered her education by graduating with a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in Special Education from Elon University.
Mrs. Hooker's original career goals did not involve teaching. She made a very conscious decision to enter the wonderful, ever-changing field of education after years of employment in the criminal justice system and employment with the Department of Social Services. Her perspective on education is different from other educators because in her experience most teachers excelled in education as a children, but as a student, she struggled in the classroom.
She has transitioned into a leader at her school and serves on a number of committees including the Positive Behavior Intervention Support and Response to Intervention teams. Her commitment to literacy is evidenced by her training in Literacy First, Wilson Reading, and Corrective Reading. She remains active in the profession through membership in the National Education Association, North Carolina Association of Educators, and Alamance-Burlington Association of Educators. (Bio, compliments of Ms. Hooker’s website) http://www.tyronnahooker.com
Teaser for what is to come next month...
Dr. Cyndi Osterhus,Professor Linda Kesler, Dr. Aaron Butler, and Ken Osterhus guided the ’08 and ’09 cohorts of West Scholars through the many nuances of New York City. The twenty-one Catawba West Scholars and four chaperones left North Carolina on Saturday, January 7th and returned late in the evening on Tuesday, January 10th. Scholars had a planned agenda of activities and plenty of sight seeing time. They went to a Broadway Play – some saw The Lion King, others saw Phantom of the Opera. Five Scholars even used their “on your own” time (and their own money) to attend a matinee of the Broadway Play, Wicked. The group also trecked to the Bronx and visited with David Ward, at the Bronx Collegiate Academy.
Additional student reflections and photographs will also appear in the March 2012 newsletter.
New York Skyline photo compliments of Maggie McKee, ’09 Scholar, Mt. Airy, NC
Central Park photo compliments of Taylor Doss, ’08 Scholar, Boonville, NC
Saint John the Divine Cathedral
by Brent Messenger, ’08 Scholar, Kannapolis, NC
One of the most exciting parts of New York City, for me, was when the a small group of us visited The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. We went to listen to a Choral Evensong concert. This service included numerous pieces from the cathedral's chamber choir. I'm pointing out that it was a small chamber choir of only about a dozen singers and these few singers were fantastic and really filled up the massive cathedral. It was interesting to hear the contrast between the traditional high church style cantoring and the more contemporary hymns. The differences in harmonic structure really stood out to me. The responses and the singing of scripture passages had much more simple harmonies and larger intervals whereas the more contemporary piece displayed the dissonance and harmonic complexity indictative of 20th Century music. My favorite part of the service was when the whole congregation sang the hymn. Because of the small choir we were allowed to the sit in the choir stalls adjacent to the choir and when it came time to sing the hymns it made it feel like I was part of the choir. I would heavily recommend visiting this cathedral for anyone who visits NYC, and if you can, make arrangements to be there on a Sunday evening for the Choral Evensong you will not regret it. This was easily one of the best parts of my trip to NYC.
Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
by Taylor Doss, ’08 Scholar, Boonville, NC
On my senior scholar trip to New York I went ice skating at Rockefeller Center with Maggie, Sarah, and Suzy. This was the first time I had ever been ice skating, and I had the time of my life. Suzy and Sarah were very good and helped us to get comfortable on the ice. I also learned an interesting fact about Suzy that I did not know. She took ice skating lessons when she was younger. On the ice rink were people of all ages and abilities. There were people from all over the world. We spoke with one from Columbia and another from Costa Rica. It was a great experience.
Broadway Play Experience – The Lion King
by Maggie McKee, ’09 Scholar, Mt. Airy, NC
When I was growing up, I often went to support my sister in the community theater performances she participated in. Since being at Catawba, I have also had the opportunity to see some amazing actors in our own school productions. In New York with the West Scholars, I had the opportunity to see yet another play. A play on Broadway! I chose to see the Lion King because it has always been one of my favorite Disney movies and I was curious to see how the Broadway actors would become the animated cartoons that I've loved for many years. In a packed theater, the Saturday we arrived in New York, the curtains rose with the famous opening scene of the gathering of all the animals for the presentation of baby Simba. This scene was very powerful and made me cry. Several other scenes left me with goosebumps. The actors wore head dresses with lion faces on them, or they were practically human puppets (Zazoo, Timon). This was a very unique way of becoming the character and I, surprisingly, hardly noticed the actual person, but rather the puppet or the mask. The music in the play included all the memorable songs from the movie, as well as some new songs that helped tell the story a little better. The voices of the actors were amazing! I was also really impressed that the young Simba and Nala were played by 9 year olds. They were fabulous! The giraffes were my favorite costume because they were played by men on four stilts. It really looked like the size and the legs of an actual giraffe. I also thought the use of the floor as a prop for the setting was very cool. For the pride rock, the floor rose up and formed a spiral staircase, and it looked very similar to the rock from the movie. The lighting also played a big role in how each scene made me feel. I left the theater in awe. I had never experienced anything like that before. I am so glad I was able to experience the Lion King on Broadway, and I can't wait to go again to see something new!
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING!
24 Years of Lessons and Carols
For the twenty-fourth consecutive year, Catawba's Department of Music presented its annual Service of Lessons and Carols in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Each year, since 2007, there have been West Scholars involved with the wonderful event performances. This year is no exception. Teacher Education Department Chair, Dr. Rhonda Truitt was a reader in the Lessons and Carols program and a number of West Scholars performed, including: ‘ 10 Scholar, Allison Andrews, ’09 Scholar, Amelia Baity, ’09 Scholar, Aubrey Barton, ’11 Scholar, Taylor Lee, ‘08 Scholar, Brent Messenger, ’11 Scholar, Chris Money, ’11 Scholar, Michelle Newberger, ’11 Scholar, Nick Rodriguez, and ’11 Scholar, Zack Veitenheimer. Also among the guests, we found pictured Dr. Shirley Peeler Ritchie, our Academy namesake.
(above, Barton and Andrews) (above,Newberger) (above, Messenger)
(above, Lee) (above, Veitenheimer) (above, Money)
(above, Baity) (above, Rodriguez)
Dr. Shirley Ritchie Dr. Rhonda Truitt
Volunteer Catawba At Work Again
Volunteer Catawba recruited students to assist with an employee Christmas party at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks on Friday, December 2, 2011. The activity involved working with the children of Lutheran Home employees working on craft activities. ‘ 09 West Scholar Aubrey Barton, Salisbury, NC is one of the Student Coordinators for Volunteer Catawba. The other West Scholars volunteering that night were Jamie Gynn ‘ 11 Scholar, China Grove, NC, 11’ Scholar, Kelly Schumacher, Easton, Maryland, Justin Morris, ’11 Scholar, Rockwell, NC and Matt Laurens, ’11 Scholar, Salisbury, NC. Volunteer Catawba is an outreach program sponsored through the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values.
BARTON MORRIS LAURENS SCHUMACHER
By Jamie Gynn, ’11 Scholar, China Grove, NC
In volunteering at the Trinity Oaks Lutheran Home Staff
Christmas Party, Justin, Kelly, and I got to help children do some arts and crafts. They came to a table and we helped them make
felt snowmen and snowflakes. They
could put stickers on either of their hand made items, and decorate them to their
liking. Children made little penguins,
snowmen, letters, and scarves along with other items to put on the snowmen. We met some very funny children and even got
to make some snowmen for ourselves!
Vernaculars Fall Term Performance
’09 West Scholar, Aubrey Barton, Salisbury, NC, and ’10 Scholar, Allison Andrews, Sherrills Ford, NC, are singers with the Praise Vernaculars, who performed on Saturday, December 3rd. Aubrey and Allison can be seen under the spotlight in the performance photo below.
Aubrey and Allison
West Scholar’s Fall Internship Experience
by ’10 Scholar, Dan Couchenour, Ft. Mill, SC
Fall semester, I worked as an intern with Catawba College’s Center for the
Environment, on sustainability at Catawba.
Each of the three projects I worked on were designed to improve
Catawba’s “going green” efforts with the students, staff, and community. My first project was with Duke Energy,
working on improving Catawba College’s electrical grid. With new sub meters being added to
buildings across campus, there is now new information available on how the
campus uses energy and how we, as a student body, and staff, can work toward
monitoring our electrical use. Now, www.catawba.edu has the electric grid information visible
on it, so all the students, faculty and staff can see how much energy is
being used at that very moment. The
second project was building the base for a green office program for the
Catawba College faculty and staff.
The Green Office Program will allow all staff to learn more
environmentally friendly ideas centered in and out of the classroom. Professors and staff lead by example all
over Catawba making them a one of a kind collection. With the green office program in place at
Catawba College, the campus could become one of the most environmental
friendly campus’ around. Lastly, I am
still involved in Catawba’s research efforts toward the possibility of
placing an electric car charging station on our campus! Not only would this be Catawba College’s
first electric car station, it would be the first one in Rowan County, NC. With an electric car station, the college
could further itself in the reduction of our carbon footprint and lead the
way for plug-in vehicles. My duties
working on these projects ranged anywhere from research to field work with
Thurso Power in testing possible charging station sites. Even though the Fall semester has come to a
close and my internship has ended, I am blessed to have worked at the Center
and will never forget my work and the good times I had. I hope to continue with my work in the
field of sustainability and help make Catawba College the most
environmentally friendly college around!
Environmental Science Alumnus offers Advice
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.
Website article reflection, by Jessica Everett, ’09 Scholar, Winston-Salem, NC
While I had initially intended to see Ben Prater speak on
this day, I was unable to because I was helping a fellow West Scholar, Taylor
Doss, in giving tours of Catawba College to the 5th grade classes of North
Rowan Elementary School. Instead, I
read the website article based on his speech.
I feel that the advice he gives reflects highly on future teachers.
From cautionary tales about what not to post on Facebook, or on the internet
in general, to quick tips on making your interview stand out by sending a
"Thank You" card to your interviewer, I feel that I can take all of
what he said and utilize it. I also
felt that he viewed his undergraduate experience here at Catawba College the
same way that I do. He talked about
using this time for trial and error and experiencing new things through
travel and internships, both of which I have done. My favorite piece of advice from the
article, based on his speech, was the quote that said, "Over-achieve, but do it to your benefit" where he
highlighted the significane of personal development. The most important lesson for me to learn
in college has been that college isn't necessarily about how high the
numerals following the decimal in my GPA are.
I am here to make memories, take risks, grow as a leader, a friend, a
mentor, and a future teacher. My
simplified role and time for being "a student" is over with. College is a time meant to prepare a person
in areas that one's classes may not provide.
It is the life experience along with those classes that matters to me.
To read the full website article, click
this link: http://www.catawba.edu/news/archive/2011/11/30/prater2011.aspx
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." Read more: http://www.catawba.edu/news/archive/2011/12/12/sustainablecatawba.aspx
Pictured is Catawba Senior, Sarah Moore, ’08 West Scholar, Mocksville, NC (in the foreground)
West Scholar is a Featured Player in Hometown Parade
by ’10 Scholar, Dan Couchenour, Ft. Mill, SC
On Saturday, December 3rd I was in the Fort Mill, South Carolina Christmas parade, and in better spirits than ever before. I had a smile on my face the whole time….because for my local community service I was the Fort Mill Strawberry in the parade. Fort Mill is very proud of its produce business, but I had no idea people wanted to see the Strawberry just as much as they did Santa! Even though no one knew who I was, other than my immediate family, this will count towards my fifteen minutes of fame. My father brought my name up before the parade committee as a possible strawberry candidate. He announced the parade on public television with Mrs. Patty Mercer. My father has always shown me that taking pride in my community and helping others will make the city a better place to live. You can also have fun while you do it. As a future teacher, community service is very important because teachers should set an example for their students both in and out of the classroom. The parade was a great opportunity for service and for fun. Editor’s note: Dan Couchenour has been famous for his smile, and friendly attitude since the first scholarship interview! Nothing has changed.
Delphinian Society Gathers Before Winter Break
The Delphinian Society is a campus organization designed to enrich the lives of the women at Catawba College through creating friendships and fellowships, service to the college community, and the extension of aid to fellow students. The Society’s intention is to provide opportunities for Catawba women to enhance their academic and social skills, enabling them to grow and lead meaningful and beneficial lives. Membership is by invitation. As you can see, The Academy for Teaching’s West Scholars and Teacher Education are heavily represented in the Delphi membership.
Scholar members are: Aubrey Barton,
Corriher, Jordan Farmer, Taylor Hardy, Michelle
Newberger, and Kelly Schumacher. Additional Teacher Education majors are, Lauren Bost,
Delphi Secretary and, Hannah Fisher, and Danielle Garzon.
CATAWBA ATHLETICS NEWS
Featuring ’10 West Scholar, Kyle Griewisch, #22, from Banner Elk, NC
Catawba Men’s Soccer Invited to ACC Hall of Champions
On March 31st and April 1st, GUSA will host the first annual ACC Hall of Champions Showcase. The tournament offers an opportunity to watch ACC soccer and play against solid competition all at the same venue. Greensboro United has commitments from six ACC schools and seven other area colleges. The colleges that will be attending are:
3. NC State
6. Virginia Tech
9. Greensboro College
10. High Point University
11. Guilford College
13. Lees McRae
This tournament features youth games and top-level
collegiate games, to provide players a chance to watch the college games and
give college coaches a recruiting opportunity. All the games will be at Bryan Park Soccer
Complex in Greensboro, NC. We will
definitely be watching
Featuring ’10 West Scholars, Caroline Bostian, Pfafftown, NC and David Garcia, King, NC and '11 West Scholar, Courtney Tunstall, Mt. Airy, NC
(12/20/11) catawba athletics website
Swimming Caps Off Successful Meet with More School Records Broken
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Shark Invitational at Nova Southeastern University came to a close yesterday with Tampa University taking both men’s and women’s championships. Catawba College placed fifth on the women’s side with 424 points while the men finished in fourth place with 609.5 points. Andrew McCollister (Rockwell, NC/Salisbury HS) completed a rewarding meet with a school record and NCAA ‘B’ time in the 1650 free at 16:13.77, placing sixth. He also finished eighth in the 200 breast at 2:11.49 as his point total for the meet was third best overall on the men’s side. Magnus Lundgren’s (Alvsjo, SWEDEN/Varmdo HS) time of 46.79 in the 100 free was a school record and NCAA ‘B’ cut as he placed seventh. Katia Kruglov (Karmiel, ISRAEL) finished off her record-breaking performance at the four-day meet with another school record in the 200 back at 2:04.33, good enough for second place and an NCAA ‘B’ cut. She also snagged the school record for the 100 free at 53.39 as she led off the 400 free relay with teammates Lindsay Yarborough (Lexington, NC/C. Davidson HS), Leah Constan-Tatos (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA/St. Andrews) and Caroline Bostian (Pfafftown, NC/Reagan HS). The team finished eighth in a time of 3:42.72. Janin Kassner (Giesen, GERMANY/Andreanum HS) placed ninth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:31.11.
(12/19/11) Catawba athletics website
Kruglov and Zatterstrom Highlight Third Day of Swimming Competition
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- Indian swimmers kept up the trend of snapping school records and producing NCAA ‘B’ cuts Sunday at the Shark Invitational swim meet. Katia Kruglov (Karmiel, ISRAEL) set a school record in breaking a 10-year-old archive in the 500 free with a time of 5:07.06, an NCAA B cut. In the finals of the 100 back Kruglov re-broke her record and won the event with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 58.21. For good measure, she then anchored the 800 free relay team with Lindsay Yarborough (Lexington, NC/C. Davidson HS), Leah Constan-Tatos (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA/St. Andrews) and Caroline Bostian (Pfafftown, NC/Reagan HS) to an eighth place finish in 8:04.19. Bostian won the consolation heat of the 100 back with a personal best time of 1:00.64.
(12/18/11) Catawba athletics Website
Records Continue to Fall for Swimming in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Catawba swim teams had a strong second day of competition at the Nova Southeastern Shark Invitational as six more school records were beaten. Caroline Bostian (Pfafftown, NC/Reagan HS) placed eighth at 1:41.76, a school record.
(12/5/11) Catawba athletics website
Catawba Swim Teams Sweep Pfeiffer as McCollister Breaks Record
NC -- The Catawba swim teams picked up wins against rival Pfeiffer Saturday
at Johnson Pool. The women won all but one event in taking a 161-101 victory
while the men took home 12 of 14 events in their 157-105 triumph. Caroline
Bostian (Pfafftown, NC/Reagan
HS) took top prize in the 200 free (2:03.63) and 200 backstroke (2:14.69).
#1, Williams #27, Couchenour
Featuring ’11 Scholar, Jon Williams,Hillsborough, NC and ’10 Scholar, Dan Couchenour, Ft. Mill, SC
Lacrosse Looks Forward to Another Season
Spring, the lacrosse team set a school record with 12 wins and earned its
first-ever national ranking. The team
was ranked as high as 10th at the end of the year. Catawba also claimed the Deep South Tournament
Championship. We are hoping
for big things this season.
Featuring ‘ 08 Scholar, Senior – Matt Tamer, Winston-Salem, NC
(12/30/11) Catawba athletics website
Halftime Deficit Too Big to Overcome in Men's Basketball Loss at Limestone
GAFFNEY, SC -- The Catawba men's basketball team found
itself down by 19 early in the second half then battled back to within a
point before eventually falling 78-66 to host Limestone on Friday night at
the Timkin Center. The Saints improve 7-6, sweeping the season series
from the Catawba Indians, who fall to 3-7.
#6 Terry #7 Baucom #8 Hyder
Featuring ’09 Scholars, Amanda Terry, Cordova, NC and Casey Baucom, Marshville, NC and ’11 Scholar, Sydney Hyder, Asheboro, NC
(1/5/12) catawba athletics website
Softball Announces MLK Day Clinic
The Catawba College Softball team will hold a
softball/baseball training clinic on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January
16. The clinic will be held at Extreme
Performance in Salisbury and will run from 9am until 4pm. The cost of the clinic is $75. Extreme
Performance is located at 1504 Kentucky Street.
#15 Beard #25 Laurens #2 Morris
Featuring ‘10 Scholar, Cameron Beard, Conover, NC, and ’11 Scholars, Matt Laurens, Salisbury, NC and Justin Morris, Rockwell, NC
(1/3/12) Catawba athletics website
Baseball Announces Opening Tournament Schedule
Catawba College will host an opening season tournament at Newman Park the first weekend in February. There will be a single game on Friday the 3rd followed by three games on Saturday. Play will conclude with a pair of games on Sunday. Catawba will be in action each day.
Friday, Feb. 3
4:00 – Catawba vs. Belmont Abbey
Saturday, Feb. 4
12:00 – Pfeiffer vs. Belmont Abbey
3:00 – Belmont Abbey vs. Mars Hill
6:00 – Mars Hill vs. Catawba
Sunday, Feb. 5
1:00 – Pfeiffer vs. Mars Hill
4:00 – Catawba vs. Pfeiffer
TEACHER EDUCATION NEWS
prepare reflective teachers who possess the professional knowledge, skills,
and dispositions necessary for effectively teaching students in a diverse
Cooperating Teacher Seminar Held on January 11, 2012
At the start of each new semester, Teacher Education hosts
and facilitates a seminar for Catawba student teachers for the upcoming
semester. This event includes the Catawba
student teacher and his or her cooperating host teacher from area school
systems. When possible, school
administrators also attend the event.
It is the beginning of the student teacher process for Catawba Teacher
Education seniors. The seminar provides
an opportunity for a first meeting between the student teacher and
cooperating teacher as well as information gathering prior to the opening of
public schools in the area. The invitees
were divided into two groups and met in the Hurley and Whitener Rooms of the
Cannon Student Center.
Poetry Readings by Creative Writing Class
in the fall term Creative Writing: Poetry course held a reading of their own in
the mezzanine of the Corriher-Linn-Black Library at 7:00 pm on Sunday,
December 4. The reading was part of their final exam for the term. Dr. Janice Fuller, Writer-in-Residence, and
Professor of English facilitated the evening event. The following Teacher Education students were part of
the class reading their own poetry: Danielle Garzon, Jesse Siak, Chelsea Starr.
Teacher Education Recruiting
On Monday, December 5th, the Catawba School of
Education hosted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system recruiter for a meeting with the current Teacher
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Robin M Perry, Director Career Services
Workshop for Beginning Teachers
Bloodworth, Associate Director of the Academy for Teaching was on hand as
local teacher, Susan Heaggans facilitated
a Classroom Management workshop with beginning teachers in Ketner Hall on Friday,
December 16th .
TEACHER EDUCATION ALUMNI NEWS
Two Assistant Principal Positions Approved By County Board of Education
By Deneesha Edwards The Lexington Dispatch - Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012
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. Mack replaces Dan Shamblen, who is now the
principal of Midway Elementary School. Her contract is for the remainder of
the school year. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education
from Appalachian State University in 2004 and a Masters in elementary education from
Catawba College in 2008. In 2010 she earned an add on licensure in
school administration from Gardner-Webb University. She joined the system as a teacher at
Davis-Townsend Elementary School in 2004. She served as a teacher for four
years before serving as the reading specialist at Southwood Elementary School
from 2008 to 2010. This past year she was the lead teacher at Fair Grove Elementary
School. Cole is filling the position
that was left vacant by Deborah Y. Hill, who was approved last month as the
new principal of Tyro Middle School. After retiring from the system in 2003
as the principal of Ledford Senior High School, Cole has worked with the
system in different capacities at the central office, as a teacher and
assistant principal. He is in his 38th year of education. School officials
reported the position is temporary until they fill it full-time.
Professor to spend semester at Harvard
Thursday, December 29, 2011, Salisbury Post
Dr. Dolan Hubbard, an honors graduate of East Rowan High School and a member of the Catawba College Board of Trustees, 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. Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the director of the Du Bois Institute.
Hubbard will work on a book-length project titled “W.E.B. Du Bois and the Luminous Darkness.” He puts Du Bois’ landmark work, “The Souls of Black Folk” (1903), in conversation with The Declaration of Independence (1776), by Thomas Jefferson; “Heart of Darkness” (1899), by Joseph Conrad; “The Liberal Imagination” (1950), by Lionel Trilling; “A Raisin in the Sun” (1959), by Lorraine Hansberry; “Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination” (1992), by Toni Morrison; and “A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.” (1986). They set up a call and response between oppression and freedom.
He will participate in the spring colloquium series where he will give a lecture titled “Reflecting Black, Du Bois, Hansberry, and A Knock at Midnight” on Feb. 22.
Du Bois was the first African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard. He held teaching positions at Wilberforce University and Atlanta University. The father of the modern civil rights movement, he was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) where he served as editor of its organ, the Crisis.
Hubbard is professor and chairperson of the department of English and language arts at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md. He was educated at Catawba College (’71), the University of Denver and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has received fellowships from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
His research interests include 19th- and 20th-century African-American literature, Diaspora studies and Digital Humanities. He is an executive director of the forthcoming documentary, “Black Scholars in America: The Story of the College Language Association.”
He is author or editor of numerous works, including “The Sermon and the African-American Literary Imagination.” He is a member of the editorial board of The Collected Works of Langston Hughes and has served as editor of the Langston Hughes Review.
A Granite Quarry
native, Hubbard is the son of the late Olin and Elizabeth K. Hubbard. He is
married to the former Ruth Hampton of Kannapolis. They have two children,
Aisha and Desmond. They are members of Pennsylvania Avenue AME Zion Church in
Theresa Pierce is Award Recipient
Theresa Pierce, a graduate of Catawba’s Masters of Education program, has been selected for an opportunity to travel to Denmark in June 2012 with expenses underwritten by the Robertson Foundation as a representative for Rowan County, with the Center for International Understanding based out of Raleigh. This is a special Global Teacher Award that has been designated for Rowan County. Mrs. Pierce was the 2011 Teacher of the Year for the Salisbury-Rowan Schools. She has a love of history and world cultures. This opportunity will provide a multitude of opportunities for Mrs. Pierce to gather and return with incredible insights as well as share our unique NC attributes with people she meets during her travel.
Theresa Pierce was the Salisbury-Rowan School System 2009 North Carolina Gilder Lehrman Preserve American History Teacher of the Year winner. Pierce completed her graduate degree at Catawba College and has worked for the Rowan-Salisbury Schools since 1997. At Horizons Unlimited, she was the History Specialist, a position she began in March of 2008. Interviewed for a Salisbury Post article in June 2011, Pierce said, “I was teaching lots and lots of children, but I missed the relationship piece,” she said. “So I decided to reapply for the classroom and ended up being a curriculum coach, which is the best of both worlds because I get to teach the teachers and teach the students. Pierce, 53, said forming bonds is so important to her that she found her role as the history specialist at Horizons Unlimited to be less fulfilling.
’07 West Scholar, Elizabeth Sloop, a 2007 Catawba College graduate who participated in the Catawba-Overton Partners in Education mentoring program, said Pierce “doesn’t just build strong bonds with students, she also reaches out to her peers. She’s always positive, always lifting other people up,” Sloop said. “I don’t know what I would have done without having her here.”
Other positions Pierce has held within the school district include, the literacy/curriculum coach at Shive, Overton, and Woodleaf elementary schools and teaching for nine years at Morgan and Granite Quarry elementary schools. Pierce achieved the honor of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher in 2005.
Our recruiting season is at the half-way mark! Please spread the word about Catawba College and the Teacher Education Department, Academy for Teaching and the wonderful West Scholars Program!
A link to learn more about the Academy for Teaching’s history
A link to learn more about the West Teaching Scholars program
A link to the West Teaching Scholars application
A link to the Department of Teacher Education
- ’08 and ’08 Cohort Excursion - NYC
January 7 – 10, 2012
- Cooperating – Student Teaching Seminars
January 11, 2012
January 16, 2012
- Admissions Open House
February 11, 2012
- NC Teacher of the Year
February 23, 2012
- ’10 West Scholars Meeting
February 28, 2012
Our Scholar profile this month will be all West Scholars who are beginning their student teaching during the spring semester.
Taylor Doss, Boonville, NC
Student Teaching Kindergarten
North Rowan Elementary School
Bridgett Henderson, Statesville, NC
Student Teaching, Algebra/Geometry
West Rowan High School
Brent Messenger, Kannapolis, NC
Student Teaching, Band
Central Cabarrus High School
Matt Tamer, Winston-Salem, NC
Student Teaching, US History
South Rowan High School
"A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations."
– actress, Patricia Neal
Additional Spring Student Teachers from the
Department of Teacher Education
Rachel Barbee, Salisbury, NC
Student Teaching, Math
West Rowan Middle School
Heather Dalton, Harmony, NC
Student Teaching, World History
West Rowan High School
Marissa DiMarco, Voorhees, NJ
Student Teaching, Physical Education
Landis & Millbridge Elementary
Paul Friend, East Greenwich, RI
Student Teaching, Civics/Economics
West Rowan High School
Carolyn Hayes, Lexington, NC
Student Teaching, Pre-K
Jennifer Hinson, China Grove, NC
Student Teaching, Kindergarten
Enochville Elementary School
Melanie Hudson, Greensboro, NC
Student Teaching, Band
Mooresville High School
Kortney Kavanagh, Shoreham, NY
Student Teaching, Biology/Environmental Science
J. C. Carson High School
Lyle Naber, Melbourne, FL
Student Teaching, World History
Salisbury High School
Fawn Queen, Lexington, NC
Student Teaching, Pre-K
Tiny Tots Daycare
Margaret Steele, Mocksville, NC
Student Teaching, Pre-K
Central Davie Developmental Preschool
Andrea Packer, Thomasville, NC
Student Teaching, Kindergarten
Pilot Elementary School
New York City 2012
Photos courtesy of West Scholars
’09 Scholars, Lizzle Davis, Maggie McKee and Suzy Williams
Times Square, anyone?
Maggie McKee and first time ice skater, Taylor Doss on the Ice at Rockefeller Center.
New York City!
Maggie McKee, Lizzle Davis, Taylor Doss
Winter Break Notes from a few West Scholars
by ’10 Scholar, Jacob Regensburger, Fayetteville, NC
My family spent Christmas visiting family in Michigan and Pennsylvania before coming home to North Carolina for New Years. While traveling, we had to find WiFi wherever we went so I could work on my online winter term class, which was World Music. I'm looking forward to this semester since I got into the Honors "Re-Reading Harry Potter" class, and I have been spending my spare time reading ALL of the Harry Potter books again and watching the movies. I can't wait to get back on campus!
by ’10 Scholar, Lindsay King, Kannapolis, NC
Over Christmas break, I did a great deal of relaxing and traveling. I traveled to the mountains and explored the Blue Ridge mountains. I found that my favorite mountain was Mount Jefferson. When I took a short hike to the peak, I could see Virginia and Tennessee. To me, it was mind blowing to be able to see three places at once. It was also very beautiful and COLD! Also over Christmas break, I took the online class World Music with Dr. Fish. I found that class to be very interesting and fun. I love music and found myself bobbing my head to the different styles of music from countries like Japan, Iran, China, and Africa. Overall, I feel refreshed coming back from break and am ready to start a new semester! :)
by ’11 Scholar, Jacob Shepherd, Claremont, NC
Three years ago, my family began a tradition of traveling to Urban Ministries in Charlotte on Christmas Eve, to help provide a much needed meal to needy and less fortunate people. Our job is to make sure they never go thirsty during their holiday meal. Another group from a soup kitchen prepares a meal of turkey sandwiches, soup, apples, salad, bread, and Christmas tree cookies for dessert. One of my brothers, my uncle, my aunt, and their two daughters prepared large caldrons of sweet tea so the people would have something to wash their meal down, while my brother and I passed out Solo cups filled with the delicious tea. About halfway through, a man suggested that a few of us grab a wash cloth and clean the tables as people finish their meal. He did not want them to have to eat in others’ messes on this special occasion. He also believed we would be able to mingle and meet interesting people; he was right. One man I spoke with was angry. He was angry that so many of the people in the room come back year after year and simply expect to be fed when instead they should attempt to help themselves by getting jobs. He was very passionate about this subject and was practically yelling as he told his story. In my opinion, the man was right. I had seen both sides in the past three years. Every year I’ve seen a few of the same people who come in as if they own the place and expect to be fed. They don’t say thank you, they give you a “what are you looking at” look if you speak to them, they seem unappreciative. On the other hand, I’ve seen the complete opposite. This year, there was a father and his little boy who was probably around seven years old. The boy was playing with a green plastic toy car with purple stripes. It was about the size of a shoe. He seemed so happy as he rolled the car across the table and the father sat quietly staring at his son with a faint smile. I began to wonder if this was the boy’s only present he would be getting for Christmas. This isn’t very “manly” of me to say, but it broke my heart, and I realized what the angry man from before was talking about. This is the type of person who needs to be at Urban Ministries. You could sense that the father was ashamed to have to come there, but it was all he could do to make that day special for his son. I’ll never look at a person on the street the same again after my experiences at Urban Ministries and I think everyone should have that experience. You’ll meet people that you never forget.
by ’10 Scholar, Anna Toole, Raleigh, NC
Every year for Christmas, my family spends the entire day at our
house opening presents, eating food, and laying around watching movies. However, this year, my dad surprised us all
by announcing that this year, we were going to spend Christmas in London,
England! All at once, our priorities
changed, and instead of focusing on Christmas decorations we were making sure
we had enough luggage and the proper warm clothes to take with us! The plane ride there was about six hours and
we arrived in England on Christmas Eve morning. The sky was a constant gray and the weather
was chilly. The city of London was
very busy and it seemed as though everyone was dressed in dark colors wearing
either a black or a brown coat! My
family ate at a fantastic pub where we all ordered the classic fish and
chips. The food was delicious! Throughout the next couple of days, we did
all of the touristy things such as Big Ben, The London Eye, Westminster
Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch, and the Tower of London. We shopped in Harrods and walked around Hyde
Park. My favorite thing that we did
was go to a soccer game. We saw
Chelsea play Fulham at the Chelsea stadium. It was an experience like no other. We were
standing up the whole game and soon were joining in with the singing and chanting.
The plane ride home was about nine
hours because of the resistance of the tail wind, and I think we were ready
to be home. London was quite an
experience and I will definitely never forget it! It was a great way to spend Christmas with
the ones I love.
Reflection on Fall 2011 From West Scholar Senior
by ’08 Scholar, Bridgett Henderson, Statesville, NC
During the Fall Semester, I was very busy outside of class working a part time job at a local restaurant and running my own private tutoring service. I have always enjoyed challenging myself, and this was definitely a challenge. It was sometimes difficult to balance class work with my job and with tutoring. I was tutoring around 12 hours per week. Tutoring has been such a rewarding experience for me. To me, it’s a fun way to work with students of all ages. It is rewarding to watch students grow and the experience serves as a preview of what it is like to reap the rewards of being a teacher. I was also busy last semester teaching a Sunday School class, helping to direct a Christmas play, and leading many youth activities at Monticello Baptist Church in Statesville, NC. All of these activities help me to gain valuable experience working with students and help to prepare me for the field of teaching. Even with all of these things going on, I remained very busy with my class work at Catawba as well. Last semester, I was able to complete my Capstone Project. During our Mathematics Capstone Experience at Catawba, one of our main assignments is to pick a topic of research and to spend the semester researching and developing our selected area of interest. My topic was The Mathematics of Roller Coasters. I was able to parameterize a roller coaster, find polynomials to represent each curve of the coaster, develop a thrill factor, find angles of steepest decent, find the speed of the coaster at any given point, and much more by the time I completed the project. This was a very interesting project that required a lot of work, and I am very thankful for all the help that I received from the professors in the Mathematics and Education departments. They, as always, were very helpful at every step of my research. We were also asked to present this project to students and faculty at the end of the semester. This was an opportunity for me to essentially teach and share about my findings. Though I was very nervous about giving this presentation, I believe that my time spent tutoring and opportunities in various education classes to speak in front of crowds definitely helped me to overcome my fears about presenting. I am very excited about student teaching at West Rowan High School during spring semester. I believe that this will be another meaningful experience to help me grow as a future teacher. I plan to embrace the experience and attempt to learn as much as I can to prepare me for my future career. As my time at Catawba comes to an end, I am becoming keenly aware of my gratefulness for all the faculty and staff at Catawba who have helped me learn and grow so much during my time as a student. It would not be financially possible for me to attend Catawba without the West Scholars program and scholarship. The scholarship has help me financially, and the program has helped to enrich my college experience by providing me with many exciting experiences, adding to my growth and development as a college student.
West Scholar Athletes
At A Glance
’10 Scholar, Kyle Griewisch, Banner Elk, NC – Men’s Soccer
’10 Scholar, Anna Toole, Raleigh, NC – Women’s Soccer
’10 Scholar, Jana Burkhardt, Willoughby, Ohio – Women’s Golf
’08 Scholar, Samantha Lackey, Seville, Ohio – Women’s Golf
’09 Scholar, Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy, NC – Women’s Tennis
’09 Scholar, Denise Grissom, Stokesdale, NC – Volleyball
’09 Scholar, Amanda Terry, Cordova, NC - Softball
’08 Scholar, Taylor Doss, Boonville, NC - Volleyball
’08 Scholar, Matt Tamer, Winston-Salem, NC – Men’s Basketball
’09 Scholar, Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy, NC - Cheerleading
’09 Scholar, Lizzle Davis, East Bend, NC - Cheerleading
Maggie, Lizzle, and ’09 Scholar, Whitney Corriher, Salisbury, NC – Cheerleading
’10 Scholar, Anne Mabry, China Grove, NC – Cross Country
’11 Scholar, Courtney Tunstall, Mt. Airy, NC – Swimming
’10 Scholar, Caroline Bostian, Pfafftown, NC - Swimming
’11 Scholar, Grover “G” Moore, Burlington, NC – Football sidelines – white shirt, kaki pants.
Fun Random Scholar Photo!
’11 Scholar, Taylor Hardy from Jacksonville, NC is a work-study student for the Office of Public Relations. Taylor is pictured here with PR Officer, Tonia Black-Gold and staff member Nancy Mott.
West Scholar Alumni News
’07 Scholar Sends Year-end Update
by Tyler Howe, ’07 Scholar
“I am starting my Masters in Business Management in January while working on a new career path; that of Pharmaceutical Sales and as a future business owner. My days have been spent in contact with a few business owners working out my resume to keep it more up-to-date. I decided to leave the teaching field to move in with my grandmother in Rock Hill, SC to really help her out during some rough times for her. After the amount of work I put into my job, I realized that some things in life aren't meant to be missed, even if it cuts off what is going on in your life at that time. But I am very active in the world of education. My brother (Andrew - class of '07) and I are working on an online music studio that provides "real" private lessons to students of low income homes, as well as middle to upper class homes at a fraction of the cost per month with "real" professional instructors. It really hurts to watch wonderful students miss out on opportunities because life at home isn't what they imagined, for whatever the reason(s). So we have filed to create this website in hopes that we can expand the Performing Arts with a great service to individuals and to schools. Eventually, it will be a resource to all areas of study, not just the Performing Arts. I miss teaching. I miss what my students accomplished during our time together. If presented the right opportunity, I will be back in the classroom one day. My passion is teaching music, and I would like to think that during my time at Catawba College, I learned how to be very successful in the classroom. Thank you for all that was taught to me, as it has really helped me thus far. God Bless all of You, Tyler Howe”