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The Lilly Center's programs can be divided into two categories:


Curricular Programs

New Courses
In keeping with its purpose and goals, the Lilly Center will subsidize the development of a number of new courses at Catawba College, courses that explore the concept of vocation as it applies to various academic disciplines available at the college.

In addition, new courses were added within the Department of Religion and Philosophy. The college has also increased its offerings in ethics-related courses such as Religion and Philosophy 2170, "Ethics."

Modifications to Existing Courses
The Lilly Center also offers faculty stipends to aid in developing vocational components which can be integrated into existing courses. In this way students in as many disciplines as possible will be encouraged to consider seriously the idea of vocation as it applies to their particular area of interest.

Summer Internships

Specially selected students may conduct a not for profit internship with a local community service organization during the summer months. The Lilly Center provides payment for the student's services. We believe that this experience will help students identify their personal sense of vocation.


Co-Curricular Programs

The Lilly Center creates abundant opportunities for exploring vocation and values outside the classroom as well. The following represents a partial selection of the activities the Center makes available to students:

The Lilly Colloquium
Consists of a guest speaker on topics related to the theological exploration of vocation. Some events of the Colloquium are open to the entire Salsibury/Rowan community, while others are limited to particular segments of the College Community. The Colloquium normally takes place in March. View Past Colloquiums »

These overnight events provide a relaxed setting for approximately 30 participants to pursue intensive, guided reflection on the theological nature of vocation, and in some retreats, on theological vocations themselves. Read more »

Two-hour sessions conducted several times at the College during the academic year. They provide guided meditation and reflection on the types of vocation that participants would find most suited to their personal interests and abilities and thus most likely to provide a fulfilling and purposeful life.

Mentor Program for Potential Seminarians
Students considering a seminary education are paired with volunteers from regional seminaries such as Hood Theological Seminary, Wake Forest Divinity School, and Duke Divinity School. These pairs meet regularly to discuss the seminary experience. Participants keep a journal and visit seminary classes.

Seminary Visits
For interested students include meetings with seminarians and faculty.

Discovering Faith-Based Careers
An annual, one-day event in which representatives from various kinds of ministry, denominations, camps, and conference centers come to the College and share their knowledge of opportunities for exploring faith-based vocations.

Christian Vocational Mentoring
In this program interested students are paired with local clergy, lay ministers, or faculty from Catawba, Hood, or Wake Forest so that students may learn more about what those professions entail.

Vocation and Values Dinners
Limited to about 30 participants. Four selected individuals speak on what has shaped their values and how those values contribute to their sense of vocation. Participants receive a free meal in return for which they are asked to limit their table conversation to discussion of the presentations.

Campus Ministry Liturgical Team
A group that employs contemporary music, visual effects, dance, and drama to enrich the campus worship experience, while they themselves gain experience in worship leadership.

Workshops on Character, Integrity, and Service
Tailored to vocational themes such as "Character in the Workplace," "Why volunteer?" and "Do I Owe My Co-workers Anything?" these regular campus workshops focus on professions outside of strictly theological or community-service vocations.