Spring – February 2011 – Volume 9
’09 Cohort Traveled to Atlanta, Georgia during the MLK Holiday Weekend
Weather conditions notwithstanding, the ’09 Cohort enjoyed their Atlanta trip! The roads were clear and Atlanta schools were set to resume on Tuesday, January 18th – however; because this was their first day back in class following a very long break, the Project GRAD schools cancelled our Scholar’s visit to their schools. The trip would have been enhanced by that series of school visits and everyone was sorry it couldn’t be re-scheduled.
Inside CNN Studios
BLOG: by Jeremy Gardner, Harrisburg, NC – ’09 Scholar
Although the time was ours in Atlanta, the entire cohort visited the CNN Center and Studios together. Early on Sunday morning, the seventeen scholars and four chaparones walked to the CNN Center and were greeted by Adam, our tour guide through the center. After venturing up the 200 foot escalator, which was very nerve-wracking, if I may say so, the tour began. We got an inside look at what it takes to put on a 24 hour news-channel by seeing multiple newsrooms, and several sets from which actual news is reported. We even got to take a picture on a mock news desk! After visits with CNN, HLN, CNN Espagnol, CNN International and CNN Radio, the tour was concluded in the CNN giftshop. This was a great journey through the news network that has been sharing twenty-four hour news since 1984.
Read more in Jeremy’s PIONEER article at: http://www.catawbapioneer.com/student-life-and-news/2011/01/24/sharks-coca-cola-and-a-jam-packed-weekend/
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
BLOG: by Lizzle Davis, East Bend, NC – ’09 Scholar
The ’09 West Scholars Cohort paid a visit to the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia. There we paid homage to the tombs of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King. In front of their final resting place we saw the Eternal Flame, commemorating their sacrifices for the Civil Rights Movement. Right across the street from the tombs stands Ebenezer Baptist Church, where both King and his father were preachers. The Center was filled with signs bearing three simple words: “Remember. Celebrate. Act.” These words signify the call to remember the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement, to celebrate the path forged by such activists as Dr. Martin Luther King, and most importantly, to act and contribute to the cause of civil rights. The atmosphere was one of reverence and optimism. Although social struggle continues, I consider myself privileged to live in a society that is part of a realized dream for Dr. King.
The World of Coke
BLOG: by Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy, NC – ’09 Scholar
The World of Coca-Cola was by far the “sweetest” visit the ’09 scholars made while in Atlanta Georgia. While there, we watched a short film entitled Inside The Happiness Factory. This film showed us the excitement that goes into making each and every bottle of Coke. Later in the tour we saw a small bottling factory to see the behind the scenes of the actual bottling process. In turn we were given a newly bottled Coke as a souvenir. We were exposed to the global connections Coke has made since its beginnings in Atlanta in 1886. We got to see many artifacts and works of art from around the world. It was amazing to realize that Coke has made a product loved by us all. Coca-Cola has sponsored many events and programs, such as the Olympics and American Idol. Near the end of our tour we got to taste the many products Coke has made throughout the years. We tasted over 60 different flavors of Coke from all over the world. My favorite flavor was called Bibo, and it is a popular flavor in Africa. I had no idea there were so many different products besides the popular Coke products served in the United States. It was truly neat to see just how big Coca-Cola has become after visiting the birth place of the soft drink. Although leaving with a sugar rush, the World of Coca-Cola “opened happiness” for everyone visiting.
The Georgia Aquarium
BLOG: by Heather Cheek, Ramseur, NC – ’09 Scholar
While in Atlanta we got the opportunity to visit the Georgia Aquarium. While at the aquarium, we saw many different kinds of sea life including fish, turtles, and sting rays. There was a touch pool that made it possible to touch many different animals including, sting ray, starfish, coral and sharks. The most entertaining part of the aquarium, in my opinion, were the Beluga whales. The Belugas were a fairly new exhibit at the aquarium and the most entertaining. There were two of them in a large tank that could be viewed from two different levels of the aquarium. Another great exhibit the aquarium featured was the whale sharks. One of our West Scholars, Lizzle Davis, got the chance to actually swim with the whale sharks. Along with getting to watch Lizzle swim with the whale sharks we also got a special behind the scenes tour. We were able to go behind the closed doors of the aquarium and see where the animals are fed and cared for. We got a closer look at many of the tanks holding a variety of sea life. The aquarium is easily be an opportunity to expand on learning about the ocean and the life that inhabits it. It would be an amazing field trip for future students. It is a wonderful experiance that anyone would be lucky to have.
Swimming with Giants – At The Georgia Aquarium
BLOG: by Lizzle Davis, East Bend, NC – ’09 Scholar
I was very excited about the West Scholars trip to Atlanta, Georgia. The ’09 Cohorts and I were able to visit destinations all over the city, including the King Center and the World of Coke. However, I harbored the thought of my personal holy grail for Atlanta’s destination, the Georgia Aquarium. The biggest aquarium in the world; it holds 8 million gallons of water and over 100,000 animals of 500 different species.
When my father and I had first heard about the aquarium a few years back, our inner aquatic enthusiasm reached new depths. It has always been a dream of ours to go to the aquarium together, but upon the opportunity to go with the West Scholars, my dad could not have been happier for me to go for myself (so long as I took a lot of pictures). On top of that, he decided to up the ante. On the night before I left for Atlanta, he surprised me with a chance to swim with whalesharks, the biggest fish species in the world.
Coming into the aquarium, my friends and I had made plenty of lighthearted jokes surrounding the whole sharks-are-dangerous-and-you’re-about-to-swim-with-eight-of-them premise. But by the time we reached the Ocean Voyager Room, the tank holding the four whalesharks, four manta rays, 2 hammerhead sharks, 2 needle nose sharks, and a barracuda, I was starting to realize just how much I appreciated each and every limb on my body.
Once we were briefed, suited, and supplied with air tanks, the last step was to simply take the plunge. It took no time to be swept away. The first animal I saw was a six-foot manta ray, about ten feet below me. Staring at it, I repeated a thought: There is no glass between us, is there?
We swam as a group. Two by two, we encircled the tank for thirty minutes in a figure eight pattern. The instructors told us that by swimming in a formation, the fish would identify us as a fellow school of fish, thereby feeling comfortable enough to swim closer. Wouldn’t you know it, the thirty five-foot whale sharks were among the friendliest. At many points, the whale sharks would swim close enough for a swimmer to touch. And at one point, I gasped to feel a whale shark’s tail fin skim across my stomach. The hammerheads and the other sharks, for the most part, stayed further down in the depths of the tank. It was alright by me.
The other members of my cohort were allowed to stay for the whole experience. I was surprised at the sound of my own underwater laugh when I saw them all, squatty and distorted, under the thick glass of the viewing tunnel. Before the dive, the instructors suggested to have a call signal—some sort of motion of hand gesture to let my classmates know that it was I under all the equipment. Poking fun at my pre-dive jitters, they determined I should flap my arms like a chicken. Hey, it served its purpose. But until this day, I still laugh to think of the immense calm I felt the entire time, under the slowed, graceful swimming of giants. http://www.catawbapioneer.com/student-life-and-news/2011/01/24/swimming-with-giants
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History
BLOG: by Brittany Myers, Shelby, NC – ’09 Scholar
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is like most museums: it has an Imax theatre and dinosaur bones and a nature exhibit. The differences between this museum and other museums I’ve visited, are the children’s and cultural exhibits.
The cultural exhibit reveals how people from different cultures view marriage or religion. It also has a display of uniforms that different cultures might wear to school or to war. The Fernbank contains another display on cultural beauty that offers corsets, neck stretching jewelry, and piercings to examine. The displays were fascinating.
The children’s exhibit provides a wonderful and exciting hands-on learning experience. As you walk into this area of the museum, there is an area where it is possible to create bubbles. These bubbles are thicker and larger than normal. What child wouldn’t enjoy making bubbles? This area also has numerous interactive exhibits relating to light, motion and sight. There is a very interesting display on optical illusion. In this display, one person can be on one side of the room and another person can be on the other side, and they can talk and hear each other quite clearly. We all really enjoyed exploring these interactive exhibits.
Of final note, an interesting part of the Fernbank Museum is their replica of a 123 foot long Argentinosaurus in the main area of the museum that can be seen from all floors of the museum.
The Atlanta Zoo
The pictures taken by ’09 West Scholars speak for themselves:
That is Amelia Baity’s hand that the tiger is licking!
Lunch at the Varsity (reflections by two West Scholars)
BLOG: by Amelia Baity, Hamptonville, NC – ’09 Scholar
“What’ll ya have”
Founded in 1928, the Varsity restaurant in Atlanta, GA, is now the largest drive-in fast food restaurant in the world. That was obvious to us when we pulled up to the double-decker parking deck that makes up the “drive-in”. For me, the Varsity was an icon I was looking forward to visiting. I had seen specials on this restaurant on the Travel Channel, and for me their hotdogs were just as iconic as the whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium.
I was actually disappointed that we made it to the Varsity before the lunch hour rush, which arrived just after we finished eating, and results in lines of 12 people at every register. There are over a dozen registers! At these registers, you’re greeted with a curt “What’ll ya have?”, the Varsity’s unofficial slogan. The Varsity is famous for its hotdogs, but they also serve burgers, fries, chicken tenders, and the like. I ordered a hotdog, just to see if they were as spectacular as the Travel Channel made them out to be, and it came with an order a fries. I was not disappointed. Greasy, chili-covered, and deep fried, they were as wonderful as only an artery-filling fast food meal can be. The meal was overall satisfying. We all ate well and had energy to hike across Zoo Atlanta for the rest of the afternoon. Oh, and most of us got paper hats that read “The Varsity” on them and vowed to wear them to classes the next day (which I don’t think anybody actually did). If you’re going to visit Atlanta, GA, pay a visit to The Varsity, and it’ll be your turn to hear “What’ll ya have?”
BLOG: by Whitney Corriher, Salisbury, NC – ’09 Scholar
“What’ll ya have” – The Varsity – continued
TheVarsity is like taking a step back in time. Once you enter the chaotic, grease smelling restaurant, you will instantly know this isn’t your typical hamburger joint. At the entrance of the Varsity, there are more than several cashiers who scream out to the customers “What’ll ya have, what’ll ya have?” People have even said that if you don’t know your order, they will send you to the back of the line.
The West Scholars were lucky enough to get there before the crowd formed and the hustle and bustle started. Plates were filled with chili dogs, hamburgers, fries, and milkshakes. When trying to relate with such a place, a person should think of Haps, the infamous hole-in-the-wall in Salisbury, which will serve you about the same thing; the only exception is that the Varsity is much bigger. The Varsity is so big there are different rooms in which people can eat. There was also a station to the side with just ice cream and treats behind the ordering lines. The walls are covered with Varsity logos, posters, and signs which take you back in time.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the whole experience. The West Scholars said they loved the food and when leaving, we all got Varsity hats the cashiers wear. Also, when leaving, the Scholars noticed the huge crowd forming behind the cashiers to order, which was just a typical day for them.
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING
Catawba’s J-Term Considered a Success
One hundred and sixteen students took online classes or traveled abroad during Catawba's winter term this year. Enrollment in the "J term," as the December-January time that coincides with Christmas break is known as on campus, doubled since it was initially offered in 2009-2010, and so did the courses offered during the period. Earning three credit hours during J Term, senior Julie Gilley, ’08 West Scholar of Dobson, NC took an Elements of Fiction Writing class with Dr. Forrest Anderson during the recent J term.
’09 West Scholar, Christina Faircloth of Belmont, NC was among Catawba students who traveled to Tokyo over the winter break. Dr. Fish’s Japanese Theatre and Culture class traveled to Tokyo, Japan on December 26 and stayed to tour the city until January 9.
Information courtesy of Catawba News and the PIONEER.
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Around the World in 90 Minutes
(reflections provided by two West Scholars)
BLOG: by David Garcia, King, NC – ’10 Scholar
Presented by Marty Essen
Mr. Essen’s travels took about three and a half years to complete. He took tens of thousands of photos of many unusual and rare creatures. His wife was an expert scuba diver and loved the undersea wild life and Mr. Essen loved the wildlife in the amazon rainforest. On his first trek through the Amazon rainforest, Mr. Essen was stung by the infamous bullet ant. The effects of the bullet ant last about twenty-four hours and the effects of the sting feel as if you were shot by a bullet (hence the name). A very memorable moment for Mr. Essen involved a very common, five foot long, monitor lizard located in the Amazon rainforest. As he was walking along a river bed, he heard a loud hissing noise coming from the bushes, just 15 feet away. As he was observing the shaking bush, out stepped the monitor lizard. Both the lizard and Mr. Essen quietly and cautiously observed each other for a couple of minutes and eventually Mr. Essen got down on his knees, eye level with the lizard, and slowly started crawling towards the lizard. After about fifteen minutes, Mr. Essen came nose to nose with the lizard. Moments later, the lizard became anxious and trotted away. Mr. Essen is a great and entertaining speaker who has had more amazing experiences in three and a half years than most people experience in their entire life. I would attend Mr. Essen’s lectures at every possible opportunity; as I enjoyed his presentation very much.
Around the World in 90 Minutes
BLOG: by Kyle Griewisch, Banner Elk, NC - ’09 Scholar
Presented by Marty Essen
Marty Essen was a simple man. He owned a telephone company in rural Montana, until he decided to take a fateful vacation to Central America. After that vacation, Marty gained a passion for exploration of rare and interesting creatures all across the seven continents. His tour began with the Amazon and ended in the African savannah. He traveled as far south as Antarctica and as far east as Australia. Nothing compared, in Marty's mind, to the thrill of possibly discovering a new species of animal. Marty had many close encounters including a near death experience with a hippopotamus. He walked beside vicious lions and swam with red-bellied paranahs. He talked about the thrill of making your own adventure and how discovery is something that is always new. The more you look for new and interesting things, the more you will broaden your knowledge of what you are seeking. This man has great enthusiasm and the passion for his work shows in his swooping photographs. It was a thrill just hearing about his adventures.
A little background information courtesy of Catawba College: While working on his multi-award-winning book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents, Marty Essen and his wife, Deb, traveled the world searching for rare and interesting wildlife. Along the way, they swam with piranhas, hiked with the Porcupine caribou migration, had close-up encounters with humpback whales, were surrounded by wolves, and survived a hippo attack.
Marty took thousands of photos during his travels and has put the best of the best into his seven continents digital slide show, Around the World in 90 Minutes. Filled with stunning photos, little-known facts, and humorous stories, Marty's show is both entertaining and educational. For more information visit the website: www.CoolCreaturesHotPlanet.com
Looking at the World as we Move Forward
A presentation by Dr. Sanford Silverburg
BLOG: by David Garcia, King, NC - ’09 Scholar
“Time moves in one direction, from today to tomorrow.” Dr. Sanford Silverburg starts off with this quote to explain that humans need to learn to move forward, even if they may not like to. Around the later part of the 19th Century, it is noticed that the world is becoming more globalized. In the middle of the 20th century, change is occurring at a rapid rate due to industrialization and technology. Countries realize that they have to speed up economic development if they want to keep up with the economic race. Near the end of the 20th Century new industry was formed to keep up and stay ahead of other countries, for example steam power, coal power, electricity and nuclear energy. Dr. Silverburg explains that time now has to be viewed in “a third dimension;” it must be viewed in the current rate of industrial and technological change. He talks about how our world has advanced at an astounding rate, take computers for instance. The rate at which today’s computers process has increased dramatically compared to the first computers 50 years ago. Also, on computers we are able to send messages around the globe instantly for pennies or even free, instead of sending out a written letter at a hefty price, with it being received up to weeks later. Dr. Silverburg is a talented speaker and influences his audience well through his love for the subject of globalization and change.
Catawba ATHLETICS WEBSITE - (1/20/11)
2011 Catawba Invitational Softball Tournament Schedule Set
SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College will host its 2011 Softball Invitational Tournament once again at Salisbury Community Park. The tourney, which features 14 teams, is set to get underway on Friday, February 25 and run through Sunday, February 27. The schedule may be altered due to weather. ’09 West Scholars, Casey Baucom and Amanda Terry are sure to be involved!
Students Tutor Students in Catawba’s Writing Center
By Susan Shinn, Catawba College News Service
"Students say they come in for proofreading, but it's always a lot more than what they come in for," explains Catawba College Writing Center tutor Chelsea Starr, a sophomore from Weston, Fla.
"The biggest thing I see is at the organizational level. There is a disjuncture between the argument and paragraph topic. Sometimes you have an introduction and then the paragraphs are not relevant to the thesis," notes another Writing Center tutor, Lizzle Davis, a sophomore from East Bend, N.C. (and ’09 West Scholar).
As another semester cranks up, so does the Writing Center. Staffed by Catawba College tutors, the center is a free service for classmates looking to improve their writing in any subject.
Freelance writer Susan Shinn is a full-time student at Catawba College in Teacher Education.
For the entire article, please click the link to Catawba’s website:
Catawba has produced and will air several television commercials in select cable markets during the first quarter of this year. The 30-second commercials, which feature Catawba students as talent, will run during select programs on the cable systems serving Lancaster, Lebanon, York and Harrisburg, Pa., Roanoke, Va., and Jacksonville, Fla., markets. The spots target the 18-24 age group and will air in cable programming viewed by this demographic on networks like MTV, TBS and USA, and during shows such as “Family Guy,” and “Burn Notice.”
The commercials, shot on campus in early December, feature a variety of students speaking on camera, sharing their academic majors or future plans in an attempt to show the range of majors available at Catawba and how those majors prepare students for life after graduation. Each spot concludes with a student voice-over directing prospects who may be viewing to the college website www.catawba.edu where they may fill out a 1-Minute application for admission.
These spots are on our website and on our social media pages. They are posted via these unlisted links on YouTube and to access them, you must click through the links below:
THE WEST SCHOLARS TUITION AWARD AND PROGRAM
The Academy for Teaching wants to remind our readers that the West Scholars tuition award at Catawba College is available!
For your information, to qualify for consideration in the West Scholars program, the applicant:
must be a first time freshman
must have the minimum SAT requirement of 1000 (quantitative/verbal scores)
must have the minimum GPA of 3.4
must have applied to Catawba for admission
The West Scholars tuition award is a combination of all academic tuition awards provided by Catawba including the NCLTG state grant. The West Scholarship is a $15,000 educational tuition award ($13,000 for out of state residents) offered to qualified students who are interested in teaching as a profession.
Please pass along our information to students you know who are interested in the teaching profession. Students can apply online at the link below!
EDUCATION ALUMNI NEWS:
Catawba Graduate Named Head Football Coach at Laurel High School in Laurel, MD
To learn more, click the link to Maryland Community News.com
Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine, chancellor emeritus of UNC Pembroke, will be the new interim president of Catawba College, effective March 15. The Catawba Board of Trustees made that official on Monday, February 14, after the executive committee of the Board put forth Oxendine's name as its interim candidate of choice during an executive session of the membership.
www.catawba.edu/academyforteaching (704) 637-4499
West Scholar Interviews
NC TEACHER OF THE YEAR
With special guest, Joy Jenkins -
NC Northwest Regional Teacher of the Year from Rowan Salisbury Schools
Our hope is to post reflections offered by our ’07 West Scholars Cohort during the spring term. Our first senior to offer thoughts on the Catawba experience is –
Alexa Baird, Plainfield, NJ
By Alexa Baird - Senior
My four years at Catawba College have been incredible. It was everything I could have imagined- and much, much more. The small community-based campus kept me from missing home and helped me feel safe and secure in my new environment. The 1:1 teacher-student relationships helped me actually achieve all the goals I wanted to. I was able to be a successful college athlete as well as a coach and tutor on the side. I was also able to get involved in the community surrounding the school and understand the region I was living in. Being involved in West Teaching Scholars has especially helped me understand that I want to teach in the areas of the country that are struggling the most, such as inner city or rural areas.
The first step in this realization was when we traveled as a cohort to different types of schools in GA, D.C, NC, and NYC. During the summer of 2010, when I was deciding between applying for graduate school and attempting my luck at interviewing for a job, I came across a well-known organization called Teach for America. This is a program where you go through a tedious selection process and if you are chosen, you are placed in 1 of 39 regions in the US. You are expected to teach for two years and within these two years, you are able to obtain your Master’s.
This program had my name written all over it. I am happy to say that I was accepted into the TFA program and have been placed in Eastern North Carolina. I will not find out my actual job placement until June of this year, but they guarantee you a teaching position no matter what. I will go through training for five weeks in the summer and then will enter my school in August. I am extremely excited about my future and I have my Catawba College professors to thank for this. Without their constant support and encouragement, I would not have been brave enough to fulfill my dreams.
Here is Alexa as a freshman!
Many thanks to the ’09 West Scholars who provided the Atlanta excursion photos! They are great.
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING
Catawba College West Teaching Scholars Sing the North Carolina Teaching Standards
Click the link to see and hear!
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING
Winterfest 2011 – That is ’09 West Scholar Lizzle Davis standing tall in the center.
Read more at the PIONEER article link:
of Performing Arts
Department of Music
Student Performance Hour
Friday, February 4, 2011
Doug Crawford, Euphonium
Erin Harper, Accompanist
Cory Kluttz, trumpet
’08 West Scholar
and Melanie Hudson,
History and Politics
The Crisis in Cairo, Egypt
BLOG: by Laura Ritchie
Salisbury, NC – ’07 Scholar
Due to a shocking turn of events in Cairo, Egypt, the History and Politics Department of Catawba College held an impromptu student forum in order to give students a chance to ask questions and discuss these events and their relevance to their own lives. Dr. Sanford Silverburg, Dr. Michael Bitzer, Dr. Gary Freeze, and Matthew Freeze (a previous student of the American University of Cairo) all served as panelists who each gave insights into the issues, and to whom students could pose questions of relevance. Throughout this discussion, several interesting and challenging topics were addressed.
After providing a thorough explanation of the political issues leading up to this turmoil, the panelists prompted the students to think about cultural and ethnic issues that might be rooted in the Islamic values of the individual people who are revolting.
As is often the case, the news that students are presented with can be vast and unstable. These panelists were able to better explain to the students the details behind the news headlines and provide a solid prediction for future events. It is interesting and important to explore significant current events like these, not only due to their impact on the world, but also due to their relevance for us as American college students. While it might seem irrelevant to us now, the spread of this uproar throughout the Middle East could essentially change our everyday lives here in the United States.
My conclusions from participating in this forum have led me to see the importance in providing an opportunity for students to explore and understand significant current events as soon as they happen. So many students remain ignorant of the everyday news that could be monumental to their lives.
As a future teacher, I realize that participatory events such as this one, that explore current events, need to be as open and available to students as possible to keep them active and knowledgeable about the world around them.
Swimming Prepares for Conference Tournament
The 2010-2011 Catawba College Swim Team is gearing up for their biggest meet of the year coming up February 16-19. The team will be competing against the other 15 teams in the Bluegrass Mountain Conference in 22 events throughout the weekend at Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in Charlotte. – Photo and lead-in courtesy of the PIONEER
’10 West Scholars, David Garcia of King, NC and Caroline Bostian of Pfafftown, NC
are members of Catawba’s swim team.
To read the PIONEER article, click the
Know a high school student with an interest in the environment?
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College and Rocky Mountain Institute will team up in July, 2011 to create a summer program for high school students to learn how to apply environmental leadership to their areas of interest.
Contact the Catawba College Center for the Environment!
The Academy for Teaching and The Center for the Environment announce:
Catawba Conservation Camp
for middle school girls, from Rowan, Davie, Davidson, Cabarrus, Iredell and Stanly Counties in NC
will be held during the week of
July 10th through July 15th, 2011
Applications for this camp will be available in elementary and middle schools in the coming weeks. For more information contact
The Academy for Teaching