Catawba College Recognizes Students, Faculty, Staff at Annual Awards Convocation

Members of the Catawba College community gathered in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on April 23 to celebrate achievement. The occasion was the annual Awards Convocation. Scheduled the day after Earth Day, the awards distributed were eco-friendly, made of Catawba blue, 100% recycled glass. They symbolized th...

Members of the Catawba College community gathered in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on April 23 to celebrate achievement. The occasion was the annual Awards Convocation.

Scheduled the day after Earth Day, the awards distributed were eco-friendly, made of Catawba blue, 100% recycled glass. They symbolized the college's commitment to environmental responsibility and are a reminder to the recipients to promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.

Student Government Association Officers
;As is tradition at Catawba, the outgoing SGA president, Jana Burkhardt of Wake Forest was presented with a gavel, awarded to the retiring president of the Student Government Association (SGA) at the end of the academic year. Burkhardt served as SGA president during '12-'13 academic year.

SGA officers for the 2013-2014 academic year were installed at the convocation. They include President T.J. Olsen of Pineville; Vice-President Anne Mabry of China Grove; Secretary Ashley Everidge of Hamptonville; and Treasurer D.J. Colson of New London.

Service to the Community & Leadership Awards
 Garrett McAuliffe of Kernersville, Brandi Cockerham of Mocksville and Jeremy Gardner of Harrisburg shared the David Hoyle Award for Outstanding Service in the area of student activities. It is awarded annually to a student who has made exemplary contributions to all areas of student activities.

Pioneer editor, Darby Reedy of Reading, Pa., received the Pioneer Award, for her hard work and leadership on the staff of the student newspaper, "The Pioneer."

Maggie Keeble of Mocksville and Katherine Carpenter of Salisbury shared the Frances Decker Wentz Award. This award is given annually to the upper class student(s) who has demonstrated, through distinguished performance of responsibilities, a real concern and aptitude for the theory and practice of library science and service. The library staff chooses the recipient.

The new Mr. and Ms. Catawba, elected to serve the College in the coming year, were announced at the convocation. They are Brendan Lawson of Charlotte and Olivia Myers of Lexington.

Kelly Heinemann, area coordinator for Resident Assistant Programming and Assistant to the Director of Housing in the Student Affairs Department, was the recipient of the Kenneth Clapp Tri-Delta Award. Established by the Class of 2000 in recognition of the work of Dr. Ken Clapp, College senior vice president and chaplain, it is presented annually to a member of the faculty or staff who demonstrates dedication, devotion, and dependability.

Students Jonathan Cooley of Mooresville and Kyra Thurow of Holly Spring, and staff member, Carl Beaver of the FacilitiesDepartment, received the Leader in Environmental Stewardship Award. It is presented to the person(s) who best exhibits outstanding leadership ability and uncommon commitment to environmental stewardship through the facilitation of activities and initiatives that promote the wise use of the earth's resources.



;Rachel E. Gallup of Fredericksburg, Va., was the recipient of the annual Paul Fisher Service Award and Scholarship. It is presented to the member of the Catawba College community who has made the greatest contribution throughout the year in service to others and makes service an integral part of his or her life. The recipient of the annual scholarship award is chosen from those persons who have been designated as monthly Paul Fisher Service Award winners and receives a scholarship provided by F&M Bank and the recycled glass award.

Fifteen students were announced as inductees into Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Nominated by members of the college community and selected by a committee of faculty and students, these students are active leaders and scholars on campus. They include the following students: Ashley E. Acken of Marietta, Pa.; Brandi D. Cockerham of Mocksville; Leah Constan-Tatos of Johannesburg, S.A.; Christian A. Crifasi of Ramseur; Elizabeth G. Davis of East Bend; Andrew M. Laurens of Salisbury; Jaclyn M. Lawrence of Waxhaw; Garrett P. McAuliffe of Kernersville; Jubilee A. Meehan of Kannapolis; Maura L. Pantone of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Spencer D. Preston of Estero, Fla.; Collette L. Riddle of Roanoke, Va.; Chelsea M. Starr of Weston, Fla.; Kyra J. Thurow of Holly Springs; and Elizabeth J. White of Salisbury.

Academic Achievement Awards

Leah Constan-Tatos of Johannesburg, S.A., was the recipient of the Sherrill & Smith Award in Business Administration. This award is given annually by the partners of Sherrill & Smith to the senior in the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business who achieves the best scholastic average during the year.  


The Millard F. Wilson Award for Excellence in Business was presented to Leah Constan-Tatos of Johannesburg, S.A., and Christian Crifasi of Ramseur. Given annually to a senior or seniors in recognition of outstanding service to the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business, this award also recognizes excellence in academic achievement. The late Professor Millard F. Wilson, former chair of the business department at Catawba from 1949-1979, established the award.

Megan Bean of Kannapolis was the recipient of the Dr. Charles Turney Award. This award was established by family and friends in memory of Dr. Charles Turney, retired Chair of the English Departmentat Catawba. The recipient of the award is a rising senior English major with at least a 3.5 GPA and a demonstrated aptitude for and interest in the discipline of English studies.;

Blanche Schwarz of Statesville received the Rebecca H. Frantz Essay Prize this year. This prize is given by an alumnus, Edwin Nance, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, in memory of the mother of three former Catawba College students. It is awarded annually to the writer of an essay judged by faculty to be the most original. Blanche's winning essay is entitled, "The Ordo Virtutum: A Brighter Vision for Humanity."        

Megan Bean of Kannapolis was selected by the English Department faculty to receive the Martha H. Morehead Award. The award, given in honor of a late Catawba professor emeritus of English, it is presented for the outstanding single work – poem, short story or graphic contribution to the Arrowhead, the college's annual literary publication. Her winning work was her poem, "Reins."

Rebecca Rider of Rockwell was the recipient of the Bethany and Aidan Sinnott Poetry Award. This award was established by the English Department in honor of Dr. Bethany Sinnott and in memory of Dr. Aidan Sinnott. The award is given to the student(s) who demonstrates the greatest potential as a poet, based on a portfolio of his or her work.

Chelsea Starr of Weston, Fla., was the recipient of the Rice, Andrews, Young Award. It is given in honor of the former chairpersons of the Catawba Department of Modern Foreign Languages to the foreign language major(s) or minor(s) who has made the highest grades in his/her foreign language studies.

The Elisabeth Scranton History Award was presented to Christina Faircloth of Belmont. It is given in honor of a former professor of history to the student(s) who has attained the highest academic average during his or her senior year and who represents the ideals of liberal scholarship in the area of history.

The Braun Award in Physics, given by 1934 alumna Mrs. Anne Blodgett Bashore, was given to Ekaterina "Katia" Kruglov of Karmiel, Israel. It is given in recognition of the student showing the most meritorious work in the field of physics.

Elizabeth J. White of Salisbury was presented the Chemistry Prize. This award is given annually to a student(s) selected by the chemistry faculty who, in their opinion, best represents the qualities of good character, overall scholarship, and excellence in chemistry course work.

The CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award was shared by Maria Gurski of Norristown, Pa., and Taylor Spillman of Boonville. It is awarded annually to a chemistry major(s) during their freshman year in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement.

Blake Rushing of Indian Trail was the recipient of the American Institute of Chemists Award. This award honors outstanding senior majoring in chemistry and is based on ability, character, scholastic achievement and potential advancement in one of the chemical professions.

The recipient of the Mathematics Award was Maggie McKee of Mt. Airy. This award is presented annually by the mathematics department faculty to a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability, scholarship and interest in the field of mathematics.

Kyra Thurow of Holly Springs was the recipient of the Environmental Programs Award. It is presented annually to a senior who has best demonstrated dedication, inspiration and academic achievement in the field of environmental science.

Hannah Fisher of China Grove and Elizabeth Davis of East Bend were the co-recipients of the Shirley L. Haworth Prospective Teacher Award. It is presented to a senior(s) with a 3.0 grade point average or better who majors or minors in education and who has demonstrated outstanding potential as a teacher based on observation in classroom setting by faculty and cooperating teachers. The recipient is chosen by the Department of Teacher Education faculty.


Cristin Ritchie of Salisbury received the Student Education Association/Cynthia Osterhus Award. It is given to the student who has made an outstanding contribution to the student education association and who has shown potential to become an excellent teacher. The award is named in honor of Cynthia Osterhus '73 of Salisbury, a former North Carolina Teacher of the Year, and now a faculty member in Catawba's Teacher Education Department and director of the College's Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching.

The College Chairman's Award in Music went to Michelle Chaffee or Holly Springs and Dustin Shelton of Kannapolis for their significant contribution to the programs of the music department and for their promise of future success in the field of music.

David R. Bowling of Newburg, Md., was the recipient of the Senior Psychology Award. It is given annually to a psychology major who has been judged by graduating psychology majors, through secret ballot, as having made an outstanding contribution to the various activities of the Psychology Department.

Lindsay Smith of Salisbury received the Patricia R. Whitley Award in recognition of academic excellence, loyalty, and dedication and for outstanding service to both the physical education department and the community. The award was established in 1999 by the Physical Education Department and the Student Majors Club in honor of Dr. Patricia Whitley.

Meredith Brown of Statesville received the Daniel E. Kirk Biology Award. It is given in honor of Dr. Daniel E. Kirk, former professor and chair of Catawba's Department of Biology and former Dean of the College. It is presented to a senior(s) who has exhibited outstanding service and achievement in the Department of Biology.

Kevin Killough of Concord received the Bruce A. Wentz Philosophy Award. Given in memory of Dr. Bruce A. Wentz, long-time teacher of philosophy at Catawba, the award recognizes a junior or senior who has shown excellence in the study of philosophy.

Andrew Laurens of Salisbury was the recipient of The Religion Award. This award is given by the ministers of the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ to the student in the junior or senior class who has excelled in academic work in the religion and philosophy department and has contributed actively to the religious life of the campus community. The recipient is selected by the faculty of the Religion and Philosophy Department.

The Augustin Daly Award for Outstanding Student of the Year in Theatre Arts went to Kara Procell of Bel Air, Md. The award is named in memory of one of North Carolina's most historically important theatre figures and voted on by the Theatre Arts faculty.

Maura Pantone of Pittsburgh, Pa., was the recipient of the Sociology Award. This new award is presented to the graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in the field of sociology and exemplifies the qualities of the sociological imagination.