TEACHER EDUCATION PINNING CEREMONY
College students were honored in a formal pinning ceremony held in
Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on October 13, 2010. 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. 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.
Brittany Myers, ’09 and Sarah Morse ’08
describe the pin and Julie Gilley, ’08 Scholar
introduces Julie Stoltz, Rowan-Salisbury Teacher of the Year
Admission to a teacher education program is not
requirements include the successful completion of PRAXIS I standardized
tests of reading, writing, and mathematics; establishment of a 2.5 or better
grade point average. Applicants
must also pass a criminal background check.
Those who were pinned during the ceremony included: from the traditional day program at
Catawba, Jennifer Bailey, Salisbury, NC, Tammy Tutterow, China Grove,
NC, Taylor Doss, Boonville, NC, Lainey Edwards, Asheboro, NC, Kaitlin Foster, Shoreham, NY, Rachel
Fries, Rockwell, NC, Julie
Gilley, Dobson, NC, Alanna
Hantho, Great Falls, VA,
Rachel Barbee, Salisbury, NC, Josh Weaver, Cleveland, NC, Erin
Blackburn,Denver, NC, Lauren
West, Salisbury, NC, Jaclyn
Chapman, Leonardtown, MD, Ashley
Wheeler, Charlotte, NC, Jessica Clark, Salisbury, NC, Allison Wright, Wytheville, VA, Megan Courson, Statesville, NC, Philip Yarbrough, Lexington, NC,
Marissa DiMarco, Voorhees, NJ,
Kathleen Zielinski, Erie, PA,
Henderson, Statesville, NC,
Melanie Hudson, Greensboro, NC,
Kortney Kavanagh, Shoreham, NY,
Cory Kluttz, China Grove, NC,
Lackey, Seville, OH, Tangela Linn, Rockwell, NC, Marsha Meeks, Kings Mountain, NC, Brent Messenger, Kannapolis, NC, Sarah Moore, Mocksville, NC, Sarah Morse, North Berwick, ME, Lyle Naber, Melbourne, FL, Josh
Reinsvold, Mocksville, NC,
Alyssa Retundie, Mooresville, NC, Stephanie Riddle, Faith, NC, Matthew Tamer, Winston-Salem, NC and
Maryann Sherrill, Salisbury, NC.
From Catawba’s Birth-Kindergarten Program, Lori Anderson,
Locust, NC, Sara Burkhart,
Lexington, NC, Esther Butler,
Kannapolis, NC, Myra Cannon, Concord, NC, Sabrina Disher, Statesville,
NC, Anthony Dudas, Salisbury, NC,
Janet Foster, Salisbury, NC,
Kelli Gallimore, Thomasville, NC, Vickie Gammons, Mocksville, NC, Donna Girty, Salisbury, NC, Latonya Graham, Statesville, NC, Lauren Kepley, Lexington, NC, Amanda May, Lexington, NC, Erin Parsons, Lexington, NC, Janet Purrington, Salisbury, NC, Jennifer Smith, Concord, NC, Jamie Stirewalt, Kannapolis, NC, Melinda Thorneburg, Spencer, NC, and Jodi Walker, Advance, NC. Linda Kesler, assistant professor of
theatre arts was also pinned as the newest member of the Teacher
Faculty advisor for the SNCAE organization is Mrs. Amanda
Bosch. SNCAE officers for the
2010 - 2011 academic year include Julie Gilley, President, Danielle
Garzon, Vice President,
Brittany Myers, Secretary, Sarah Morse, Treasurer, Senior Class
Representative, Elizabeth Sloop, Junior Class Representative, Brent
Messenger, Sophomore Class Representative, Lizzle Davis, and Freshman
Class Representative, Amber Strickland.
WEST SCHOLARS PROVIDED
PROGRAMS AT THE CEREMONY AND WORKED AT THE RECEPTION
RETURNS WITH A NEW LEASE ON LIFE AND A NEW FOCUS ON WEST SCHOLARS
freshman West Scholars returned to Ketner Hall on Tuesday afternoon,
October 19th from historic Wilmington, NC and Wrightsville
Beach. They give up their Fall
Break to be together for this bonding experience! The weekend itinerary had Catawba
vans rolling into downtown Wilmington around mid-day Saturday. The students and faculty took off on
their own assigned scavenger hunts for historical sites. Groups of six broke off and went
their separate ways to capture the spirit of the river walk,
Wilmington’s history, and having lunch on their own. The regrouping brings about the bus
ride to a local grocery store on the way to Wrightsville Beach. Scholars broke into “cooking teams”
again to shop for the meals they planned and served during the long
weekend. Sunday morning provided
a great excursion with Captain Joe Abbate of Wrightsville Beach Scenic
Tours. Sunday afternoon offered
a visit by Gordon Massengill of New Hanover High School’s Lyceum
Academy. Monday morning brought
the school excursion to Wrightsville Beach Elementary School. In their own words – let them tell
you what they experienced and what they learned!
ready for the photos and blogs!
BLOG: What it means to be a West Scholar
By David Garcia, ’10 Scholar from King,
Recently, the 2010 West Scholars Cohort participated
in an amazing experience. The
West Scholars took a trip to Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington as an
enjoyable way to participate in fun and educational activities. The trip's main purpose was to let
the new West Scholars get to know each other better and learn what it
means to be a West Scholar. We
participated in many activities that involved cooperation and team
work. To add onto the tradition
of teamwork, I asked everyone
what they thought it meant to be a West Scholar. Some of the responses
I received were: "A passion for teaching and
discipline, a balance
between leading and following, TEAM
building, positive attitude,
charisma, diversity and trust in the cohort." All of those were great examples of
what it means to be a West Scholar.
The West Scholars program was made to teach how to properly
respond to complex situations, how to work together as a whole and to
always support one another. I
believe that everyone should follow the values of the West Scholars
program, it would benefit the lives of many people in our community.
BLOG: Historic Downtown Wilmington –
By Jana Burkhardt, ’10 Scholar
Our group of six West Scholars,
Lindsay, Kyle, Daniel, Cristin, Allison, and Jana, visited four
historical landmarks in our self guided tour of historic Wilmington.
Our first place we visited was the J.W.
Brooks Building, which
housed the Brooks Cash Grocery Company from 1920 to 1978. It was
unique, because it was the first to be an overwater warehouse. The
second place we visited was the St.
James Church which was established in 1829 and was the oldest
church in Wilmington. It is the first example of a gothic style
architecture revival in North Carolina. The third place we visited was
the First Presbyterian Church. This structure replaced an earlier
church on the same site whose one time pastor, the Reverend Joseph
Wilson, who is the father of Woodrow Wilson, our 28th
The last place we visited was the Mitchell- Anderson House. This
is the oldest surviving structure in Wilmington. One of the boarders
who lived in this house was a surgeon in the confederate army. We
learned a lot while enjoying the beautiful weather Wilmington offered
BLOG: Historic Downtown Wilmington – GROUP
By Madison McKinney, ’10
Scholar from Midland, NC
During my West Scholars Retreat to
Wilmington, one of the most enjoyable parts was the scavenger hunt of
historical buildings and other significant places in the downtown
area. Not only were we expected
to get information about the places on our lists, but we were doing it
without guidance. Dr. Osterhus
and Dr. Bloodworth gave us maps and told us to eat lunch, research our
places and meet back at the bus in two hours. I had never been released into a city
like that before without an adult escort or a route given by the
chaperone. For me, this was a
completely new experience. My
group tactfully chose to eat lunch first (it had been a long bus drive)
and then started our scavenger hunt.
Our first stop was by the riverfront;
the USCGC Diligence. Our first lesson about this ship was
that it was still active. When
looking at our map the ship should have been docked right across from
the battleship, however, the only ship we found was a little fishing
boat bobbing in the water.
Therefore, we came to the conclusion that it was an active ship,
and after some research discovered it patrols the Eastern Coast,
Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
In 1992 it was given the home port of Wilmington, NC. This ship is also one of six that
have been named the Diligence.
All of the previous ships have been decommissioned. After taking our group picture in
front of the USCGC Diligence plaque, we moved on to the Cotton Exchange
where we explored shops and even made a pit stop for ice cream.
Cotton Exchange started in 1884 as the Cape Fear Flour and Pearl Hominy
Mill. In 1919, Alexander Sprunt
& Sons reconstructed the building to start a cotton exporting
business. The cotton made was
shipped to Europe and circulated in America. Since then there have been many small
businesses that were housed in The Wood Seed Building and The Bear
Building. One shop included a
grocer in 1913 and Sears, Roebuck and Company in the 1930’s. Today, the Cotton Exchange includes
eight buildings, twenty-five shops, and four restaurants.
By the end of that visit it was time
to meet back at the buses and drive to the beach house. During the afternoon we didn’t just
search for historical locations and have fun, but we were given the
opportunity to bond with our cohort members and have a good time out on
Downtown Wilmington – GROUP B
By Amber Strickland, ’10 Scholar
Our group of six West Scholars visited three
historical sites. Our first stop
was the Federal Building,
which is on the riverfront. It
was a large structure with a fountain and an impressive stairway
leading to the entrance. It is on the National Register for Historic
Places in New Hanover County, NC.
It is named for Alton Asa Lennon, a democratic Senator from New
Our second stop was the Temple of Israel. This was the first synagogue that
Jewish people built to worship in North Carolina. Our last site on the historical tour
was the Burgwin-Wright Museum
and Gardens. We took a few
photos and got some background on the structure from the many plaques
surrounding the property.
We enjoyed lunch in an Italian pizza parlor
and had fun getting to know one another better. Our last stop before we boarded the
bus was an ice cream shop with homemade waffle cones. It was a perfect end to our
self-guided historical tour of downtown Wilmington.
cream flavors made an impression – they took a picture!
BLOG: Wrightsville Beach Elementary School
By Savannah Goodnight, ’10
Scholar from China Grove, NC
As we pulled in to the car-rider line, just
like any other student at Wrightsville
Beach Elementary School, we were greeted by several dad volunteers.
They had smiling, friendly faces and seemed very dedicated to the
children’s safety. We waited in the gym/cafeteria/auditorium for the
principal to finish the announcements. The principal, Mrs. Pansy Rumley, took us to the library. We
all sat down in the tiny chairs, at the tiny tables and listened to
Mrs. Rumley speak about the school’s history. She has been the
principal at Wrightsville Beach Elementary for twelve years and she
said she has loved every minute of it. The school has had to be
remodeled many times through the years due to water damage from hurricanes
and also the school’s growing population.
Mrs. Ann (Cissie) Brooks, the school
counselor, began to show us many ways she has been able to incorporate
her passion for marine biology, into lessons for guidance. Her passion
and determination has brought many new learning environments for the
students. Through many grants and many parent volunteers, she has been
able to build a pier over the salt marsh behind the school and purchase
kayaks. She explained that through these activities she could build
better relationships with the students.
After the presentation we broke up in groups
and were able to visit a few of the classrooms. I visited a K-1st grade
classroom. They were learning
how to draw and shade pumpkins that looked round. This school seemed to
be filled with love and a passion for learning. Through this experience
I have learned that a school doesn’t have to be new and big to succeed,
but it does need dedicated teachers, parents, and students. That is why
Wrightsville Beach Elementary is successful.
BLOG: New Hanover High School’s Lyceum
By Jana Burkhardt, ’10 Scholar
Gordon Massengill came to speak with
the Freshman Cohort Sunday evening during the retreat. He introduced
the cohort to the idea of interdisciplinary secondary education. Mr.
Massengill is the dean of the New
Hanover County High School Lyceum
Academy, which is comprised of one hundred students. These students
attend this program in their junior and senior years of high school.
Each day is different from the next in this innovative setting. The
students come to the school not knowing the order in which they will
have their classes allowing the school day to not be monotonous. There
are two tracks in which students can take: honors and advanced
placement. The classes that students take relate to one another. An
example would be that a student’s junior year they would take American
Literature and AP US History. This allows teachers to work together and
teach certain units at the same time. Students who might excel in
social studies then can understand the importance of understanding the
literature in the American literature class. Another great quality in
the Lyceum Academy is how they asses the students. They allow students
to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject how they wish allowing
for the students who do not take tests very well have a chance at success
as well. The final piece of information Mr. Massengill left the cohort
with is that reform does not start with the government, but in the
classroom. As teachers we have the ability to make the most amount of
change if we make the effort to do so.
BLOG: Masonboro Island and Inland
By Amber Strickland, ’10 Scholar
Captain Joe Abbate, owner of Wrightsville Scenic Tours,
provided the West Scholars with an Eco-Tour of Masonboro Island. This island is just south of
Wrightsville Beach and is uninhabited, protected land. Captain Joe and his crew routinely
transport tourists and locals to the island for educational programs,
or just for pure enjoyment. As
we crossed the island from marsh to dunes, to oceanfront, he shared
interesting information about the three different eco-systems that
exist in those three areas. We
spent time collecting shells and examining small sea creatures. We then sat down in the edge of the
dunes to examine our discoveries and learn a little about each
the island tour, the entire group boarded “The Shamrock,” Captain Joe’s boat, for a tour north on the
inland waterway, where he discussed the polluted versus pristine areas
that exist. It was an
educational and enjoyable way to spend our morning.
BLOG: Planning – Shopping - Cooking
By Aliyah Khan, ’10 Scholar from China
As a cohort we had an amazing
experience on this trip. We all had our own special place, almost like
puzzle pieces that fit into a larger puzzle. Everyone worked very well
together to accomplish our goals. The meals were all wonderful.
Everyone helped in grocery shopping, preparing, cooking and cleaning up
-- even if it was not their defined meal group. I thought the coolest
meal was the omelet in a bag!
Overall, everything went as smooth as anyone could have hoped for.
It was a wonderful trip and the
food was great.
JUST A LITTLE MORE NEWS ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING
Hannah Thomas ’08 West Scholar
and Delphinian President
Delphinian Society held its annual Delphi Drop In homecoming event on
Sunday October 10. For more on
the story click the link to the Catawba Student newspaper, The Pioneer.
learn more about ’08 Scholar, Hannah Thomas check
out The Pioneer article Like Mother, Like Daughter,
by Brandi Cockerham: