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Alumni Highlights

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Therapeutic Recreation Graduate; Psychology Minor

"I chose Catawba because I enjoy the small town atmosphere that the campus community provides, and I knew Catawba would be somewhere I could excel tremendously, because of the supportive faculty and staff that this fine institution has. I decided to become a Therapeutic Recreation major because I enjoy providing others with the opportunity to maintain a meaningful, satisfying, and healthy lifestyle. During my Practicum at the Lutheran Home At Trinity Oaks, I had an opportunity to do this while I served as Assistant Activities Director. I will attend Winston-Salem State University, where I will receive a Master's degree in Physical Therapy.

Beverly Maurice '10
Therapeutic Recreation Graduate with minors in Biology and Psychology

"I chose Catawba for the commute and also for the pre-med program. If you want to attend a school where faculty and staff will get to know you personally and help you find the best path to meet your educational goals, Catawba would be the ideal school for you.

After college, I want to provide therapeutic recreation services to individuals with disabilities or special needs. I would like to pursue a master's degree in bioethics."

While at Catawba, Maurice's activities included: President of the Pre-Health Organization, President of the P.E. Majors, writer for The Pioneer, Team Captain for Walk For Babies, Catawba's American Red Cross Blood Intern, Psych Club, Tri-Beta, Phi Epsilon, ACS, Co-founder of the Already Been Read Book club, Venaculars fan, Arrowhead staff.


Crissi Harrison '05
LRT/CTRS; Graduate Student at University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Exercise and Sport Psychology; Employed at Murphy-Wainer Orthopedics

"Attending Catawba College was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. My educational experience at Catawba not only allowed me to receive my degrees but it prepared me for national certification exams (Athletic Training and Therapeutic Recreation) and the real world after college. The professors provided me with connections to valuable and influential internships and job opportunities. Catawba College allowed me to build relationships with my professors, coach and staff, who became my family with whom I could share my dreams and concerns and always receive support, feedback, direction and references."


Peggy Mekebak '06
Rowan County Special Populations Assitant

"The Therapeutic Recreation program at Catawba College gave me the necessary knowledge and skills for a long career assisting individuals with disabilities in achieving their goals while having fun. Being a part of this program helped me understand that in the field of TR, the benefits are endless, not only for the clients I serve but also for me."


Matt Agner '05
LRT/CTRS; Physical Therapy Aide at Rowan Regional Medical Center Physical Rehabilitation Clinic

"The best part of my experience as a Therapeutic Recreation major at Catawba College was the diversity of training I received. I had the experience of observing and assisting in the fields of Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy, as well as community and school settings. It's a fun major, especially establishing good relationships with the clients."


Tom Riley '96
LRT/CTRS; Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Head Football Coach at North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, NC

"My experience at Catawba gave me many hours of hands-on experience helping persons with disabilities in both clinical and community settings. The professors' open-door policy and the benefit of having small classes allowed me to interact and learn much more than a textbook could teach me. My elective course in sign language prepared me for a career I had not foreseen."


Nicole Beal Sigmon '03
MS. LRT/CTRS; Recreation Therapist, Delta Psychiatric Unit/Transitional Care Unit, Davis Regional Medical Center

"Catawba's Therapeutic Recreation program gave me the small classroom attention I needed to become a successful student, along with multiple opportunities for hands-on experience in a variety of settings. My experiences there gave me the opportunity to excel as a professional. I would encourage anyone interested in recreation, specialized recreation, or simply working with individuals with varied abilities to participate in the Therapeutic Recreation major at Catawba College."