Spring - March 2011 – Volume 10
The Academy for Teaching hosted the
AT & T North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Jennifer Facciolini,
on Thursday, February 24th
Jennifer Facciolini, a social studies teacher at Midway High School, Sampson County Schools. She was named the 2010-11 AT&T North Carolina Teacher of the Year at a banquet held in Cary, NC, last fall. Facciolini succeeds Jessica Garner, a Spanish teacher at Porter Ridge High School, Union County Schools, who visited Catawba College as the Academy’s guest last spring. In making the presentation, State Superintendent June Atkinson said Facciolini is a wonderful example of the exceptional teachers leading public school classrooms across the state. "Jennifer finds ways to make social studies relevant to her students so that they connect with the events and people and remember what they've learned," Atkinson said. "She understands that education is not about teaching, but students learning."
From Left to Right: Vann Lassiter (Northeast Region) • René Herrick (North Central Region) • Courtney Davis (Piedmont-Triad/Central Region) • Amber Alford Watkins (Sandhills/South Central Region) • Joy Jenkins (Northwest Region) • Dorothy Case (West Region) • Jennifer Facciolini (Southeast Region) • David Dahari (Southwest Region) • Stuart Miles (Charter Schools). – Information via NCTOY website.
Breakfast: Panel discussion featuring Jennifer Facciolini and Joy Jenkins with freshmen West Scholars
BLOG: by Chadeon Proctor, ’10 West Scholar, Indian Trail, NC
The freshman Cohort of West Scholars enjoyed breakfast with the NC Teacher of the year, Jennifer Facciolini and the Northwest Regional NC Teacher of the Year, Joy Jenkins. They participated in a question and answer session about their experiences in the profession. I believe that I speak for everyone when I say that no one left that room without a feeling of inspiration and hope for the future. It was an enjoyable and informative experience.
2010 – 2011 NC Northwest Regional Teacher of the Year
Our special guest, participating in a panel discussion with freshman West Scholars, was the NC Northwest Regional Teacher of the Year, Joy Jenkins, of Rowan-Salisbury Schools. Joy has received numerous honors during her 12 years of teaching, including the Rowan-Salisbury School System's Math Teacher of the Year 2007, 21st Century Model Classroom Teacher 2008, Cleveland Teacher of the Year 2009, Rowan-Salisbury School System's Teacher of the Year 2009, and most recently the NC Northwest Region Teacher of the Year 2010. We were so pleased that Joy could be part of our panel discussion. She was recognized by the Academy during Jennifer Facciolini’s presentation to teacher education students, faculty and staff. Thank you Joy, for spending your morning with us at Catawba College.
Jennifer Facciolini, NC Teacher of the Year, Presentation
BLOG: by Julie Gilley, ’08 West Scholar, Dobson, NC
The North Carolina Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011, Mrs. Jennifer Facciolini, spoke with the Academy for Teaching on February 24, 2011. Facciolini, an 11-year veteran teacher, teaches social studies at Midway High School while mentoring both beginning teachers and student teachers. She addressed key fears many education majors feel when they are graduating and looking for a career, primarily, unemployment. Mrs. Facciolini gave this piece of advice: “don’t worry about not getting a job, there will always be jobs for great teachers—there won’t be jobs for ok teachers or mediocre teachers.” She encouraged all of us to reach our full potential by reflecting on our past, embracing today, and planning for the future.
Mrs. Facciolini told the audience “you all are one of the most hirable generations!” You already know how to multi-task—using Facebook, Twitter, and taking notes at the same time! You have a built in team mindset, and give more toward community service than any other generation. Facciolini encouraged us about the prospects in our future careers as teachers, because we have the ability to create the most change—“every doctor, lawyer, and mechanic had a teacher,” in her words. Mrs. Facciolini’s inspiring and encouraging talk gave the audience from the Academy for Teaching a new outlook on employment prospects for the future. In Gandhi’s words, “we must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
Read more at the Catawba Website: www.catawba.edu/news/archive/2011/02/24/facciolini.aspx
West Scholar Served as Interim Band Director at Salisbury High School during Fall Semester
BLOG: by Tyler Howe, ’07 West Scholar, Salisbury, NC
Tyler and members of the Salisbury High School Marching Band
I had the joy of spending eight weeks at Salisbury High School where I served as the interim band director over the marching and concert bands. For me, my experience with teaching music all came from being an instructor for my dad at North Rowan High School; and so this opportunity to start fresh and gain more knowledge was a blessing in itself.
My day consisted of attending class at Catawba, then driving over to Salisbury to start class by 1:00 pm in which only concert band music was rehearsed, and then marching band went from 3:00 to 4:30 pm each day.
We accomplished more than just being able to play notes on a page. I had a goal to play music that was twice as hard as what they had been used to, because I heard the individual students play and realized they had great potential to be successful with harder music.
The first week and a half they hated every minute of it. Maybe it was the teaching of rhythms and note values that they had never seen in their music. Maybe it was just getting used to me as their new teacher. Regardless of the reason, after the first week and a half, true music was being made.
Being a young teacher, it is easy to think that the growth of the player is because of your hard work. Though there is some truth to that, what impressed me was the attention to detail and an open, rounded sound that they began to develop. All of this transferred over to the marching band where their sound became less of a raspy marching band sound; but that of a concert band that performs well. Because of their hard work, Salisbury band members had their most successful marching band season in four years. The joy of seeing your students succeed from their hard work is what teaching is all about.
For a more information about the Salisbury High School band, from Friday, October 8, 2010 the Marching Band prepares for the West Davidson game. “Whaddya do when the Key Club has a pink out tailgate and Jr. Civitans have a car smash where the band warms up? Find another location to practice………check the link to see!”
WHAT SCHOLARS ARE DOING!
The Lilly Center for Vocation and Values presented the eighth annual Lilly Colloquium with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ruth Anderson Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Catawba News Story -
BLOG: by Daniel Couchenour, ’10 West Scholar, Fort Mill, SC
On Tuesday, February 22, Dr. Ruth Anderson came to Catawba College’s Lilly Colloquium as the key note speaker telling her stories, that resulted from hard work and following her heart through life. Dr. Anderson taught for fifteen years at North Carolina State University before taking a position as vice-president at Kindermusik International. This transition was the most important in her life because through these times of uncertainty, she found herself becoming a better teacher and leader with the help of her colleagues. Through their teamwork the company accomplished many things, from tutoring a local elementary school, to making the face of Kindermusik known nationwide with their new slogan, that everyone in the company takes to heart every day: “A good beginning never ends.” After her amazing speech, sponsored by the Lilly Center, there was a brief lunch at the Hurley Center where Dr. Anderson continued to fill those who attended with more life-changing ideas and philosophies. She said “you must keep your head, hearth, and body healthy and ready to lead you in the right direction.” Anderson also said that not following your dreams should not be looked at as a failure, but not following where your heart takes you is a life not worth living. Dr. Anderson has lived her life to the fullest by following her dreams, and Catawba was lucky to have her speak to on campus.
As future teachers, we must take Dr. Anderson’s words to heart. If teachers are not doing what they love, then their students are not receiving the full benefit of their education. Teaching is also working with your colleagues to be the best that you can be, and to help others. If Kindermusik did not work side by side as successfully as they have, Dr. Anderson would most likely not have been vice-president for very long.
When West Scholars are looking for inspiration, we must remember Dr. Anderson’s words, “that you are following the golden thread even when you are in the mist of change and times are scary, your heart will follow the thread as long as you listen to it.”
The Lilly Center Vocation and Values Dinner
Monday, February 21, at 6:00 p.m
Speakers for this dinner were Catawba students Sarah Moore, ’08 West Scholar and a senior Environmental Education major; and Jacob Snyder, a sophomore Environmental Studies major. Additional speakers are Ms. Amanda Lanier, coordinator of programming and operations at Catawba’s Center for the Environment; and Mr. Jason Walser, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science and Executive Director of the LandTrust for Central North Carolina.
BLOG: by Sarah Morse, ’08 West Scholar of North Berwick, Maine
The Vocations and Values Dinner was
co-hosted by the Lilly Center and the Environment Catawba Outreach (ECO)
Club. It featured four speakers who talked about some of the most important
values they saw at Catawba and the vocation they are going into or are
currently experiencing. West Scholar, Sarah Moore, co-founder of ECO, discussed
how the value of small communities within Catawba has prepared her for
success in environmental education. She is confident these experiences will
be of value in any community she finds herself in for the future. Other
speakers talked about how small communities allowed them to develop their
morals. They believe that Catawba pays attention to students, which allows
them to reach their potential in greater ways. All agreed that the
educational opportunities at Catawba are equal to those at larger
institutions. Those present at the dinner were able to ask questions and
discuss the values that the speakers introduced.
Servant Leadership: Engaging the Intelligence of the Heart for Community Transformation - February 22, 2011
For the eighth year in a row, the Catawba College
Community Forum co-sponsored the annual Lilly Colloquium, offered by the
Lilly Center for Vocation and Values at Catawba College. This year’s speaker
was Dr. Ruth Anderson, executive director of the Servant Leadership School of
Greensboro and author of Hairpin Turn. West
Scholars attended a student program in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel at
11:00 a.m. and three Scholars attended a luncheon with Dr. Cyndi Osterhus, Director of the Ritchie Academy for
Teaching. Those Scholars attending lunch were Lindsay King, ’10 Scholar, Kannapolis, NC, Daniel
Couchenour, ’10 Scholar, Fort Mill, SC, and Anna Toole, ’10 Scholar,
Catawba College presents “Fatal Matrimony”
What happens when the act of holy matrimony becomes anything but? The answer was found in Catawba College’s production of Fatal Matrimony, presented at 6:55 on, February 8th and 9th, and at 7:30 February 10th – 12th in Hedrick Theatre. Among the crew members was Chadeon Proctor, ’10 West Scholar, of Indian Trail, NC.
To read the story in the Pioneer follow the
Bright lights in a big city don't always signal excitement and glamour. Catawba College's production of the musical "Bright Lights, Big City" explores the tumultuous and confusing aspects of one young man dealing with grief, loss and the feeling of nothingness in New York City.
Allison Andrews, ’10 West Scholar of Sherrills Ford, NC, was an ensemble member in this production. To read the entire article from the Catawba website, follow the link:
A Step into the Future
February 7, 2011 • Jeremy Gardner, Writer and ’09 West Scholar from Harrisburg, NC
Filed under Student Life & News from the Pioneer
Many students at Catawba do not know
about our Career Services department. Robin Perry, the new director of Career
Services is here to help with planning the future of Catawba students. To
read more of Jeremy’s article in the Pioneer, click the link:
Battle of the Sides: Catawba Blood Drive
February 7, 2011 • Jeremy Gardner, Writer (and ’09 West Scholar from Harrisburg, NC)
Filed under Student Life & News, Top Stories -- On Thursday, January 20, students
packed the Cannon Student Center in an effort to represent their side of
campus, and to do one of the greatest deeds ever: save a life. Read more of
Jeremy’s article in the Pioneer:
The Catawba Singers, Catawba College's highly regarded and auditioned concert choir, are set to depart on their Spring 2011 Tour on Thursday, March 3. The 2011 Tour coincides in part with Catawba's spring break and includes performance stops in Huntington, W. Va.; Evansville, Ind.; Springfield, Ill.; Chicago, Ill.; Louisville, Ky.; Bristol, Tenn.; and Hickory, N.C. Allison Andrews, ’10 Scholar from Sherrills Ford, NC and Aubrey Barton, ’09 Scholar from Salisbury, NC are members of the Choir.
Cheer for a Cure” Supports Kay Yow Cancer Fund
Kelli Ferguson, ’07 West Scholar, Raleigh, NC (directly in the middle)
Read the Pioneer article by Lizzle Davis, ’09 West Scholar, East Bend, NC
Author, Michael Parker visits Catawba
February 14, 2011 • Lizzle Davis, Writer (and ’09 West Scholar from East Bend, NC)
Compliments of the Pioneer
WEST SCHOLARS –Athletics!
Click the links to visit the Athletic website and read each article!
(2/22/11) FROM CATAWBA’S ATHLETIC WEBSITE
Women's Tennis Rolls Past Belmont Abbey
Maggie McKee, ’09 West Scholar, Mt. Airy, NC
Related Item: Box Score
(3/1/11) Catawba Athletics website
Women's Tennis falls 5-4 to Winston Salem State
NOTE: While the headline might not look great – read about our Maggie!!
(2/12/11) CATAWBA’S ATHLETIC WEBSITE
Softball Opens Season With Sweep of Georgia College
Casey Baucom, Marshville, NC Amanda Terry, Cordova, NC
Both girls are ’09 West Scholars
(2/16/11) from catawba’s athletic website
Softball Grounds Falcons With Doubleheader Sweep
(2/19/11) FROM CATAWBA ATHLETICS WEBSITE:
Softball Falls Twice by a Single Run at USC Aiken
2/21/11) from catawba’s athletic website
Hester's Homer Salvages Doubleheader Split for Softball
Murray Tosses No-Hitter as Softball Downs West Liberty 9-0
(2/27/11) FROM THE CATAWBA ATHLETICS WEBSITE
Lacrosse Posts First-Ever Shutout In Win Over Ohio Valley
SALISBURY, NC -- Daniel Couchenour, ’10 West Scholar from Fort Mill, SC is number 27! . Read the full article at the Catawba Athletics Website: www.gocatawbaindians.com/article.asp?articleID=4372
Related Item: Box Score
Daniel Couchenour, ’10 West Scholar, Fort Mill, SC (Lacrosse Team)
(3/1/11) catawba athletics website
Catawba Men's Lacrosse Garners First-Ever National Ranking; Pecchia Named DSC Player of Week
(2/15/11) catawba athletics website
Lackey Leads Women's Golf at Newberry Invitational
Samantha Lackey, ’08 West Scholar, Seville, OH
HILTON HEAD, SC – Catawba College finished ninth at the Newberry College Invitational women’s golf tournament which concluded on Tuesday at the 5,808-yard, par-74 Moss Creek Golf Course.
(3/2/11) CATAWBA ATHLETICS WEBSITE
Purpur Paces Women's Golf to Fifth-Place Finish
COLUMBUS, GA -- Catawba College placed fifth among nine schools at the Lady Cougar Collegiate Women’s Golf Classic.
- THE CANNON SCHOOL
’10 Cohort School Visitation
March 1, 2011
- SPRING BREAK
March 7 – 11
- ALL COHORT MEETING
- THE KIPP ACADEMY
’10 Cohort School Visitation
March 29, 2011
Tyler Howe, ’07 West Scholar
Salisbury, North Carolina
Music Education Major
Tyler has prepared a reflection on his experiences during fall semester, when he served as an interim band director.
Photos follow from February 24, when the Academy hosted the NC Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Martha West, Dr. Shirley Ritchie, Joy Jenkins and Dr. Jim Stringfield listen intently as Jennifer Facciolini shares her perspectives on teaching!
Just a few photos of Tyler, taken from last year, during West Scholar activities.
Tyler, Dr. O, and Zach Poole in NYC during the ’07 trip last March!
Tyler, Philip Russ and Zach Poole on the set of Good Morning America in NYC.
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
Student Performance Hour
February 25, 2011
Ginny Weant, soprano
Tyler Howe, trumpet
’07 West Scholar, Salisbury, NC
It is interesting what you discover when “surfing” the Catawba College Website! We invite you to “surf” often. Our West Scholars are everywhere. These photos are from the freshman retreat last fall – known as -
The Make A Difference Retreat
Hannah Thomas, ’07 Scholar
Sarah Moore, ’08 Scholar
Jacob Regensburger, ’10 Scholar
Anne Mabry, ’10 Scholar
Jacob Regensburger, ’10 Scholar
recently asked West Scholars to tell us what activities they’ve been involved
with – or what their plans are for the summer. Here are a few responses.
Lindsay C. King
’10 West Scholar
Currently I am babysitting on Monday’s and Tuesday’s and I enjoy it very much.
I recently visited The Cannon School with our ’10 West Scholars cohort in an Introduction to Teaching and Education Technology course, taught by Dr. Osterhus. It was a great opportunity to view an independent school.
For the last month, I’ve also been volunteering as a tutor at Knox Middle School. This has been a really great experience for me because I am learning how to deal with students who have learning disabilities.
My summer plans include the West Scholar’s Outer Banks trip in May, and hopefully, serving as a counselor with the Catawba Conservation Camp.
asked Lindsay to keep us posted on the details of the Ocracoke trip and her
experiences as a camp counselor. Thanks Lindsay!
’08 West Scholar
I’m in the midst of applying for an internship with Freedom School Partners. This is an organization in Charlotte, NC that helps at-risk children not fall behind during the summer. I’m applying to be their Development Intern, meaning (if I get the position) that I’ll help them with grant writing and help out with their field trips. I really hope I get this internship!
WE hope so too, Julie. For those of you that aren’t aware, Julie is a tutor in the Catawba College Writing Center, and is the current President of SNCAE. Good luck Julie, keep us posted.
’09 West Scholar
This semester has been a busy one but one of my best at Catawba College. Being an RA in Woodson has been the greatest learning experience I've ever had and plays very much into my future career as an educator. I've been able to learn what motivates my residents and how important it is to have a caring attitude. I've also been able to maintain my part time job as a server at Outback Steakhouse in Winston-Salem. The people that work there make it a fun atmosphere and I enjoy seeing them weekly.
I've continued to stay involved with Catawba's Conservation Camp and recently attended one of the Saturday events this past February 19th where I and my fellow counselors were reunited with our camp girls and got to observe and catch birds! Our next event is this month and we will be going to a dairy farm. I am very excited to milk a cow for the first time! This summer I plan to re-apply to be a counselor again for this camp, as well as work full-time at Outback Steakhouse until the school year starts again.
Before all the work, however, I'm going to join my fellow West Scholars and go to the Outer Banks following graduation. We're going to see the smallest school in North Carolina! Until the end of the school year I will continue to work hard in my classes and continue with some volunteer work for the Rowan County Parks and Recreation Department in their Abundant Living Adult Daycare Center. I helped out with arts and craft activities last semester, working with Renita Ritchie and her Vocational Opportunity clients for a class I took. I also attended some dances. This semester I look forward to helping to put on a Croquet event with a fellow student at Catawba in April.
Jessica during the 2010 C3 Camp.
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
of North Carolina, will be held during the week of
July 10th through July 15th, 2011
Applications, brochures and parent letters have been provided to schools in the area.
C3 Dates of Interest include:
MARCH 18: Applications and essays returned to school teachers for recommendations.
MARCH 25: Schools return applications to Camp Directors for the selection process.
APRIL 8: Notifications are mailed to selected campers, with registration packages.
APRIL 19: Official Parent / Camper / Camp Staff meeting to receive registration and provide information.
Do you know a high school student who would benefit from this rare opportunity?
Two leading organizations, the Center for the Environment at Catawba College and Rocky Mountain Institute, will offer the National Youth Environmental Summit: Redesigning our Future July 20-24 for rising high school juniors and seniors.
The Summit is uniquely
designed to engage students with interests and talents in disciplines that
lie beyond the traditional environmental field. They will learn how they can
use their talents to become effective environmental leaders. For more
information, visit www.centerfortheenvironment.org/
Contact the Catawba College Center for the Environment!
The Ritchie Academy for Teaching