Bitzer Tapped as Acting Provost at Catawba
Dr. J. Michael Bitzer will serve as Catawba College's acting provost beginning June 1. President Brien Lewis made that announcement to the campus community on May 20. Bitzer, an associate professor politics and history and chair of the Department of History and Politics at Catawba, joined the faculty in 2002. He will fill a vacancy left by the departure of Dr. W. Richard "Rick" Stephens, Jr. who will lead the academic administration at Alfred University.
Catawba College Provost Accepts Position at Alfred University
Dr. W. Richard "Rick" Stephens, Jr. will step down as provost of Catawba College at the end of this academic year. He has accepted a position as provost and academic vice president at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and starts there July 1.
Retirees Recognized at End-of-the-Year Luncheon
Catawba College's End-of-the-Year Luncheon for Faculty and Staff was a time to recognize 10 individuals who are retiring from the college this year.
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 the college's commitment to environmental responsibility and are a reminder to the recipients to promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.
April 21 Piano Concert Concludes Catawba College Artist Series for Spring
A piano concert by Steven Heyman at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel will conclude the Catawba College Artist Series for spring semester. This concert is free and open to the public. Heyman is currently an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Keyboard Department at Syracuse University. In the central New York area, he has an active performing career including being the soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra 27 times over a 35 year period.
March is National Athletic Training Month
"Every Body Needs an Athletic Trainer" is the 2013 theme for the month of March recognizing Athletic Trainers (ATs) as experts in taking care of all kinds of injuries and for their commitment to helping people prevent injuries and keeping people healthy and active.
Catawba's HR Director Elected to CUPA-HR Board of Directors
Larry Farmer, Catawba College's Director of Human Resources, has been elected as Southern Region Director to the National Board of Directors for the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Farmer currently serves as the Past Chair of the Southern Region Board of Directors and will continue his service to the Southern Region and to the National CUPA-HR Board of Directors. Farmer, who joined the Catawba in 1998, has been active in CUPA-HR for a number of ye
New Scholarship Honors '70 Alumnus upon His Retirement from Catawba
When Gordon A. Kirkland, Jr. '70 of Clemmons retired as director of athletic development at Catawba College in December, he did so quietly, likely hoping for little or no fanfare. Instead, he received a tribute in the form of a new Endowed Scholarship, established in his honor by his fellow alumni, members of the Catawba Chiefs Club members with whom he had worked, and friends.
College Alumnus and Trustee Is One of Three Picked for NC State Board of Education
Catawba College Alumnus and Trustee Gregory M. Alcorn '79 of Salisbury is one of three new members appointed by N.C. Governor Pat McCrory '78 to the State Board of Education. That announcement was made Wednesday, Jan. 30. McCrory told N.C. legislative leaders that he had chosen Bill Cobey of Durham, Greg Alcorn of Salisbury and Becky Taylor of Greenville to the state's policy-making board for the public schools. The General Assembly must vote to confirm the new governor's choices.
Feb. 22nd Piano Concert Continues Catawba Artist Series
A free program of piano music by Patrick Behringer at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel continues the Catawba Artist Series for spring semester. Behringer will perform works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev. Behringer performs throughout the Fort Worth, Texas area and maintains a private piano studio there. He is a regular lecture recitalist in public schools as part of the Fort Worth Contemporary Music Fund's education program, "The Legacy of the Americas."
Catawba College Baseball Coach Honored with Two Awards
Catawba College Baseball Coach Jim Gantt was recently awarded the 2012 Walter Rabb Award, presented annually to the North Carolina Amateur Baseball Coach of the Year. This is the second time that he has been honored with this award; he also received it in 2002. Gantt's 2012 team went to the 2012 NCAA II College World Series with a 45-17 record, the second most wins in school history. In his 17th year serving as head baseball coach...
Andie Overbeck Lynch '06 Welcomed as New Director of Retention
Catawba welcomed a new Director of Retention and Academic Support Services in September. Andie Overbeck Lynch '06 filled the position and will focus on ensuring that students progress in their college experience without academic or social difficulties.
E-CARD: Holiday Memories from Catawba College
During this holiday season, we pause to reflect on all the wonderful memories of holidays and Christmases gone by. We invite you to catch a glimpse of some of the favorite holiday memories from the Catawba College community. We hope these special moments bring you additional warmth and joy this holiday season. View Catawba's 2012 holiday e-card below...
Curtis Walker Named Head Football Coach at Catawba College
Catawba College has announced that Curtis Walker, a former All-American player for the Indians, has accepted the position of head football coach. The announcement was made today by Brien Lewis, Catawba's president. Walker, defensive coordinator at Western Carolina University since last January, follows Chip Hester, who resigned on Nov. 16 after 11 seasons. Hester will remain at Catawba as Director of Athletic Development, replacing Gordon Kirkland who is retiring at the end of December.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Fun and Photos with Santa
The Catawba College community celebrated its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service together on Monday, November 19 in the Cannon Student Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the President's Office.
Hester Resigns as Football Coach, Accepts New Challenge at Catawba
Catawba College announced today that Chip Hester has resigned his position as head football coach. Hester has accepted the position of Director of Athletic Development at Catawba, a position that will be vacated in December with the retirement of Gordon Kirkland, Jr. '70, who joined the college in 2000. Hester's new position is part of Catawba's Development Office and includes oversight of the Chiefs Club, the athletics' booster club.
At Inauguration, President Lewis Quotes Yoda and Reminds: "Always in motion is the future."
Catawba College's 23rd President Brien Lewis conjured images of an exciting voyage into the future for the college at his inauguration ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 28. The ceremony marked an official beginning for the 45-year-old president, who joined the college in April.
Four Catawba College Alumni Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Awards
At a barbecue luncheon that was part of the college's Homecoming Weekend activities, four individuals were honored as recipients of Catawba College's Distinguished Alumnus Award on Saturday, Oct. 27. The honorees include 1979 alumnus Michael S. Bauk of Salisbury; 1955 alumnus the Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Hamilton of Newton; 1971 alumnus Dr. Dolan Hubbard of Timonium, Md.; and 1951 alumnus Jack Ward of Mocksville.
Plastic Ducks Raise Money for Turkeys
Catawba College's Residence Life staff will be using plastic ducks for the ninth consecutive year to raise money to buy Thanksgiving turkey dinners for needy local families. Over the past eight years, more than 1,100 families have been provided with Thanksgiving meals, thanks to the annual Thanksgiving Duck Draw project. This year, the project's goal is to provide meals for an additional 150 families.
Catawba College's 23rd President to Be Installed
Catawba College will install its 23rd president, W. Brien D. Lewis, during a 3 p.m. ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Keppel Auditorium on campus. Members of the Salisbury-Rowan community are invited to the installation that concludes the college's homecoming weekend activities planned for Oct. 26-28.
Volunteer Catawba Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Build Home by Christmas
Volunteer Catawba is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Rowan County and a local family to build a home by Christmas. The official ground-breaking for the home, located on Grants Crossing Lane, was held Saturday, September 22. The ceremony was attended by representatives of Habitat and Catawba College, as well as family members and friends of future homeowner, Kimberly Cornelius, and other community volunteers. Following a brief ceremony, which included music provide by members of the Corn
Catawba Students Visit the President in His Home
Many students wonder what it would be like to meet their college president or even if they would ever have the chance to meet him/her. This year on our campus, for the first time, many students got the chance to meet Catawba College's new president, Brien Lewis.
School Children Give Volunteers a Lesson in "Caring"
A group of volunteers from Catawba College, including President Brien Lewis, participated in the 2012 Rowan County United Way Day of Caring on Thursday, September 13th. On this annual event, hundreds of volunteers from across Rowan County travel to various schools and other non-profit organizations to paint, carpet, landscape, and/or do whatever the organization needs.
Catawba College Marks Its 161st Year at Opening Convocation
Catawba College President Brien Lewis talked of dreams to those gathered in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on August 23 at the Opening Convocation for the 2012-2013 academic year. The occasion marked the beginning of Catawba's 161st year since its founding in 1851 and the start of a new school year with Lewis as president.
Catawba's Campus Dining Is Transformed
Catawba College students are enjoying meals this academic year in a renovated dining hall. Over the summer, Chartwells, the college's food service provider, renovated the space used for serving and dining in the Cannon Student Center, and the changes and upgrades are being well-received.
Catawba Football Player Walks Again Thanks to Athletic Trainer and Surgeons
By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com A Catawba College football player who broke two vertebrae in his neck Saturday during practice is walking again thanks to a quick response by medical personnel. Head athletic trainer Bob Casmus was on the field when the collision occurred between Tyrone Johnson, a defensive back, and his teammates as they leapt for the ball. "It was very intense and somewhat violent," Casmus said.
The Catawba College Library Launches "Amazon Wish List" Project
The Friends of the Corriher-Linn-Black Library have introduced a new "wish list" project to strengthen the library's current holdings with the goal of giving Catawba students a library collection to support their research, deepen their understanding of the world, and enable them to excel...
Catawba Employees Gear Up for New Academic Year
Catawba College President Brien Lewis sought to inspire and motivate faculty and staff at the start the new academic year. During the annual fall conference held Monday, August 6, Lewis referenced the late Bart Giamatti, president of Yale University and the former commissioner of Major League Baseball, and Giamatti's thoughts on "the constant conversation" in higher education; Ben Franklin and his quote, "When you're finished changing, you're finished;" excerpts from a poem...
Catawba College Staff Council Presents Faculty and Staff with a "Cool" Treat
Catawba College faculty and staff enjoyed ice cream treats and fellowship at Corner Coffee on campus between 2 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Those who attended filled an oversized, handmade card with personal messages and birthday wishes for President Brien Lewis, whose birthday coincided with the event. The social was sponsored by the Catawba College Staff Council.
Catawba College Joins Billion Dollar Green Challenge
Catawba College upped its institutional commitment to sustainability recently by agreeing to create a green revolving fund that will loan money to finance on-campus investments in clean energy and efficiency projects. With this commitment, Catawba joins 41 other institutions, mainly colleges and universities, in the U.S. and Canada that are part of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge.
Catawba College Launches Mobile App
Visit www.catawba.edu on your mobile device - Catawba is pleased to announce the launch of a mobile app that is universally device-friendly. The app is built for a touch-optimized user interface system for all popular mobile device platforms, smartphones, and tablets and does not require installation or a download.
Dr. W. Richard Stephens Selected for National Leadership Program
Catawba College is pleased to announce that Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Provost, is one of 20 senior college administrators selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in a year-long Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program for prospective college and university presidents.
Catawba College Trustees Elect Officers
The Catawba College Board of Trustees elected a new slate of officers at its May meeting. Darlene Landis Ball of Greensboro, a 1962 alumna of Catawba, was elected chair of the board, succeeding Paul Fisher of Salisbury. Ball had served on the board since 2001 and served as its vice chair since 2008.
Director of Career Services at Catawba Gives Good Advice to Recent College Grads
By Sarah Campbell, salisburypost.com - Jametta Gilmore applies for at least two jobs a day. It's a pace she's been holding steady since graduating from Livingstone College on May 5. Robin Perry, director of career services at Catawba College, said Gilmore has the right idea.
Scholarships Established in Recognition of a Current and a Retired Catawba College Employee
A current and a retired Catawba College employee have been honored with new scholarships established in their honor. Joanna Jasper, Catawba's chief information officer, and David E. Setzer, who retired in 1997 as special assistant to the president after 36 years of service, were honored with the scholarships created by gifts from an anonymous donor.
Catawba Shares a Sweet Goodbye with Dr. Oxendine
Students, faculty and staff gathered behind Hedrick Administration building for ice cream and slushes courtesy of the Mr. Cone truck as a "sweet goodbye" to honor Dr. Joe Oxendine, who served as interim President at Catawba for the 2011-2012 year. View photos from the event...
VIDEO: Awards Convocation Highlights and Presentation of Awards
Catawba College held its annual Awards Convocation on April 19 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Students, faculty and staff were recognized for various achievements. Watch a video of the presentation of awards and highlights from the service...
Center for Environment Wins N.C. Mobile CARE Award
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College received one of four 2012 N.C. Mobile Clean Air Renewable Energy (CARE) Awards from the N.C. Solar Center/N.C. State University on April 20 at the 9th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh. The Center's Campaign for Clean Air was the winner in the Policy/Organization Innovation category.
Catawba College Award Recipients Demonstrate "Just How High Their Potential Can Be"
Catawba College President Brien Lewis had a chance to meet and learn about the achievements of some of the college's best and brightest students during his first week on the job. That opportunity came for Lewis at the college's annual Awards Convocation held April 19 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.
Catawba College Cited as One of Nation's 322 Green Colleges
Catawba College is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The Salisbury, North Carolina-based college was one of 322 schools included in the third annual edition of "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition." Catawba joins 10 other North Carolina colleges and universities included in this free, downloadable book...
Joe Oxendine '52 Honored with Catawba's Prestigious Shuford Award
"The most important thing this college did for me was let me become a student here," Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine recalled Sunday, April 15, as he accepted Catawba College's prestigious Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service. Oxendine, a 1952 alumnus of Catawba and chancellor emeritus of UNC Pembroke, was tapped to serve as interim president of his alma mater last March while a national search was launched for Catawba's next president.
Catawba's New President in Place
Catawba College's new President Brien Lewis began his first day in the position April 16. His first day included meetings with campus constituencies and lunch with students in the dining hall. Catawba's Board of Trustees approved the selection of the former Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., in early March, following a recommendation by the College's Presidential Search Committee.
University Business Magazine and Higher One Honor Catawba College for Its "Model of Efficiency"
Catawba College is one of 16 colleges and universities nationwide recognized by University Business magazine's Models of Efficiency program, which is sponsored by Higher One, a technology and payment services company serving higher education. The Models of Efficiency program recognizes innovative approaches for streamlining higher education operations through technology or business process improvements.
Catawba's Annual Awards Convocation is April 19
Catawba College's annual awards convocation will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 19 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Held each spring, this is an opportunity for the campus community to celebrate the gifts and talents of students, and the strengths and abilities of a few faculty and staff members.
Ralph W. Ketner Receives Top Award for Extraordinary Philanthropy to Community and Rowan Regional Medical Center
Ralph W. Ketner was honored with the Wilson L. Smith Philanthropic Award during Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation's Annual Donor Appreciation and Recognition Dinner held on March 15, 2012. Mr. Ketner was presented with this prestigious award by Dr. Thomas K. Carlton, Jr., Board Chairman of Rowan Regional Medical Center Foundation. Among the special family and friends witnessing the presentation were son Robert Ketner and fiancée Leslie Sadler and his sister Dot Swing.
Dining Hall Renovations Planned at Catawba
Catawba College students will take their meals in a renovated dining hall when they return to campus in August. This after College trustees approved a plan for Catawba's food service provider, Chartwells, to renovate the space in the Cannon Student Center on campus. View Renderings...
Catawba College Named to 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
For the fourth consecutive year, Catawba College has been selected for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This year, Catawba was among 110 colleges and universities nationwide named to the Honor Roll with distinction. This designation was awarded to the college for demonstrating a strong institutional commitment to service, developing campus-community partnerships resulting in measurable impact, and engaging students in meaningful service.
Ralph Ketner Recalls Food Town's Rocky Road to Success
Food Lion Co-Founder Ralph Ketner, the keynote speaker at Catawba's ninth Distinguished CEO Lecture Series on March 1, likened himself to the turtle atop a fence post. "That turtle knows he didn't get there by himself – he had help. I'm only standing here today because of the help I have from the original investors in Food Town," the 91-year-old Ketner quipped.
Nearly 200 Take the Sustainable Catawba Pledge
By Sarah Robinson, Catawba College Student Intern. An air of excitement fills the student center. Dozens of students are lined up 20 minutes before the event begins. Sustainable Catawba hosted a successful kickoff Tuesday, February 21st, in the Cannon Student Center on the Catawba College campus. During the event, 193 students, faculty, and staff (including College President Dr. Joseph Oxendine) pledged to make sustainable behaviors a habit in their daily routines.
Trustees Announce Catawba's New President
Brien Lewis, currently Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., will become Catawba College's next President, effective in April. The College Board of Trustees approved Lewis' selection in early March, following a recommendation by the College's Presidential Search Committee.
A New Vision for a Sustainable Catawba
On-campus collaboration between Catawba College student groups, organizations, and academic and operational departments is key to creating a new vision for Sustainable Catawba. An effort to seal this collaboration launches February 21 with a pledge.
President Oxendine Accepts Duke Energy's 2011 Power Partner Award on Behalf of Catawba
Noting that only two higher education institutions in the Carolinas were selected to receive a prestigious Duke Energy 2011 Power Partner Award, Catawba College President Joseph B. Oxendine accepted Catawba's award during a Jan. 25 luncheon hosted by Duke Energy on campus. Oxendine explained that Catawba College and Clemson University were the only two higher education institutions tapped for the awards.
Food Lion Co-Founder Ralph Ketner to Speak March 1 at Catawba CEO Lecture
He has been called a visionary for transforming food retailing and has been named among "Tar Heels Who Made a Difference" in the 20th century. Ralph W. Ketner, one of the co-founders of Food Lion and chairman emeritus of the board of Food Lion, Inc. , will deliver the keynote address at Catawba College's ninth annual CEO Lecture on Thursday, March 1. The event is free and open to the public.
Catawba College Named One of Duke Energy's 2011 Power Partners
Catawba College was among businesses, colleges and school systems throughout Duke Energy's service territory chosen as a 2011 Power Partner Award recipient. Since 1993, the program has recognized customers who share Duke Energy's commitment to strategic energy solutions and economic development.Catawba was selected because of its participation in Duke Energy's Smart Metering and SmartBuilding Advantage programs.
Memorial Service Planned for Louise Tucker
Please join us for a memorial service honoring the life of our friend Louise Tucker who passed away on December 18th. The service will take place on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. A 1944 graduate of Catawba College, she went to work for the College where she served as secretary to the registrar, associate registrar and assistant to the vice president for planning and academic services. She retired in 1986.
'Sustainable Catawba' to Coordinate, Strengthen Environmental Efforts
By Dr. John Wear. Students – and prospective students – are placing more importance on colleges' sustainability record than ever before. Environment & Energy, a publishing firm, recently noted that "colleges are ... beginning to see that environmental initiatives have impacts on how their peers, along with their current and past students, perceive them. A school's reputation may hinge as much on its green credibility as it does on conference titles and championships."
Catawba College President Speaks at Native American Heritage Month Celebration
National Native American Heritage Month was celebrated on Nov. 17 in the Hefner VA Medical Center Social Room. The theme was Service, Honor, Respect, Strengthening Our Cultures and Communities. Catawba College president Dr. Joe Oxendine was the keynote speaker, quoting from his book and speaking about the nuances of culture and tribal group of the Lumbee Indians.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Fun and Photos with Santa
The Catawba College community celebrated its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service together on Monday, November 21 in the Cannon Student Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) and the President's Office.
Alumni Board of Directors Hosts Appreciation Reception for Faculty and Staff
The Alumni Board of Directors hosted a Catawba College Faculty and Staff Appreciation Reception on Thursday, November 17 from 3:00 to 4:00pm in the lobby of the Hedrick Administration Building. Dessert and hot apple cider was served. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Alumni Board of Directors hosted the event to thank Catawba's employees for their continuous positive impact on students and the campus community, as well as...
Students Hope Shoeboxes Bring Smiles
Though it was only mid-November, the sounds of Christmas could be heard coming from the Cannon Student Center recently as volunteers scurried around, filling shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for children in impoverished and war torn countries. On November 15th, approximately 40 students and several staff members enthusiastically participated in the Operation Christmas Child Packing Party – a joint effort of Volunteer Catawba and the Student Affairs Office.
175 Local Families to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner Thanks to Duck Draw
One hundred and seventy five needy local families will enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner this year, courtesy of Catawba College's annual "Duck Draw. " The eighth annual event, sponsored by the college's Residence Life Staff, raised $3,500 that will be used to buy materials for the Thanksgiving meals. A plastic duck might seem an unlikely starting point for a Thanksgiving dinner, but thanks to this year's successful results, "Duck Draw" has raised money since its inception to provide holiday meals for
Catawba President Announces Hiring of Assistant
Catawba College President, Dr. Joseph Oxendine, announced the hiring of Amy Harrell Williams as assistant to the president on Oct. 31. Williams replaces Linda Hamilton who retired from Catawba on Oct. 28 after 29 years of service. Williams, a Salisbury native, graduated from Davidson College and has worked at Catawba since 2001. She joined the college as executive assistant to then President Fred Corriher and served in that capacity during the last year before his retirement in 2002.
Plastic Ducks Raise Money for Turkeys
2011 marks the eighth year that Catawba College's Residence Life staff has used plastic ducks to raise money to buy Thanksgiving turkey dinners for needy local families. A plastic duck might seem an unlikely starting point for a Thanksgiving dinner, but to date, Catawba's annual Thanksgiving Dinner "Duck Draw" has raised money to provide the holiday meal for more than 800 families.
Linda Hamilton's 29-Year Career Spans Five Presidents and Oceans of Tears
Before she retired from Catawba College after 29 years service, Linda Hamilton traded tears and memories with Mark Wurster, son of the late college president, Dr. Stephen Wurster, who had hired her in 1982. Linda had given Mark the gift of his late father's academic regalia before her last day at Catawba, October 28. The long-time assistant to the president, who served five different Catawba presidents during her career, still holds the man who brought her to the college in high esteem.
Members of College Community Agree to Exchange Service for a T-Shirt
Volunteer Catawba is hopeful that a free t-shirt might serve as both an enticement and as a reminder for members of the campus community to make a commitment to serve others during this academic year. To date, more than 400 of the t-shirts, imprinted with "Catawba Cares: One campus. One community. One world." have been distributed to faculty, staff and students on campus. The initial demand for the t-shirts was so great that Volunteer Catawba ran out of several sizes and had to order more...
Catawba College Admissions Website Ranked Top in the Nation
Catawba College is proud to announce that its Admissions website is among the most highly rated in the country, scoring in the top 100 of all sites rated. The site was recognized in the 13th annual My College Options® Enrollment Power Index® (EPI), an analysis of the admissions websites of nearly 3,000 colleges and universities.
New Catawba Students Attend Retreat, Prepare for College Experience before Classes Begin
More than 120 members of the Class of 2015 participated in this year's Freshman Retreats sponsored by the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. The students were joined by more than 40 members of the Catawba faculty and staff and members of the Lilly Center Retreat Leadership Corps (RLC)...
Catawba College Announces Members of Presidential Search Committee
Members of Catawba College's Presidential Search Committee were announced today by Mr. Paul Fisher, Chairman of the Catawba College Board of Trustees. The Committee, chaired by Trustee Bill Graham, a 1983 Catawba graduate, has begun a national search for the college's 23rd president.
Joseph B. Oxendine '52 Takes another Swing at Catawba
When Joe Oxendine came to Catawba College the first time in 1948, he was an 18-year-old Lumbee Indian who had just spent a year working at a Detroit automobile factory making and saving money to put himself through undergraduate school. When Oxendine returned to Catawba this past March, he was an 81-year-old man, retired after a long and successful career in academia.
Volunteer Catawba Reaches Out to Alabama
By Jay Laurens, Coordinator of Outreach Programs - Lilly Center for Vocation and Values. From April 25-28 of this year, a total of 362 tornadoes ripped through the southern United States, killing at least 350 people. Hardest hit was the state of Alabama, where a 1.5-mile wide tornado left a path of destruction almost 80 miles long and resulted in at least 65 deaths and the destruction or major damage of an estimated 5,000 homes.
Catawba Public Safety Officer is a "Sauce-isseur"
On the outside, Catawba College Public Safety Officer Ralph Michael seems a tall, quiet, unassuming man with a ready smile, intent on doing his job. On the inside and when he's off-duty, Ralph Michael is a man serious about his barbecue and dipping sauce — so serious that he's started producing his own version for retail sale. The retired Lexington police officer and native of North Carolina's barbecue capital admits he's been making his Ralph's BBQ and Dipping Sauce for more than 25 years.
Catawba College Announces Search for a President
Mr. Paul Fisher, Chairman of the Catawba College Board of Trustees has announced that the college will begin a national search for its 23rd president. Fisher also announced that Trustee Bill Graham, a 1983 Catawba graduate, will Chair the Presidential Search Committee. "As we begin our search for the 23rd President of Catawba College, we will focus on finding a candidate who is first and foremost a leader, with an enthusiasm for higher education combined with bold and visionary goals...
Catawba Employees Get a "Taste" of Social Networking, Watermelon-Style
Catawba College employees gathered with co-workers for watermelon and fellowship on campus between 2 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The summer afternoon social, one of several planned during the months of June and July, was sponsored by the Staff Council and the President's Office.
Catawba Staff Member One of Three Generations in Her Family to Survive Breast Cancer
Jean Wurster, a librarian at the Corriher-Linn-Black Library at Catawba College, is one of three generations of women in the same family to be a breast cancer survivor. Her mother, Doris Miller, and daughter, Liz, have also survived breast cancer. WRAL-TV recently covered their stories, which illustrate the advances in care for the disease for nearly 30 years...
Q&A with Head Athletic Trainer Robert Casmus
Catawba College may have to get a bigger trophy case just to house all of the awards collected by longtime Head Athletic Trainer Robert Casmus, MS, LAT, ATC, EMT. Last year, he was named an NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, which will fit nicely alongside his NCAA Division II College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year and North Carolina College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year awards.
Women's Lacrosse, An Additional Catawba Sport to Cheer
By Stephanie Cook '12 - As we welcome the Class of 2015 to the Catawba College campus, we will also acknowledge and give our attention to the newest intercollegiate team added to the Catawba Indian's athletics program. Women's Lacrosse, under the direction of Ashley Gilroy, will kick off its inaugural season in January 2012.
Catawba College Group Travels to Alabama to Assist with Recovery Efforts
A group of students, faculty and staff from Catawba College will depart on May 16 for the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham, Alabama area on a mission trip to assist with clean up and recovery after recent destructive tornadoes there. The weeklong trip is coordinated by Volunteer Catawba. The Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Birmingham, Ala. will serve as the base of operation for the Catawba team as they help remove debris and distribute much-needed food, water...
UPCOMING BLOG: The Catawba Singers Take on Europe
The Catawba Singers will be embarking on a Summer European Concert Tour May 15-May 25, 2011 to include stops in France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. Tonia Black-Gold, Catawba's communications officer, will be blogging about the students' experiences while on the tour...
Two Join Center for the Environment at Catawba College
Two individuals have joined the staff of the Center for the Environment at Catawba College for the coming year. Craig Midgett, a former researcher with the Environmental Assistance Office at UNC-Charlotte, and Michael Smith, a LEED-accredited professional, will work with the Center in energy-related fellowships.
Lilly Center Work Retreat Includes Renovation and Rejuvenation
by Devin Rodgers of Glen Burnie, Md., Class of 2011 - Comments ranging from the truly meaningful to the humorously trivial could be heard coming from the sleepy faces that gathered in front of Omwake-Dearborn Chapel early (very early!) on a recent Saturday morning. A team of 15 Catawba College students, faculty, staff, and alumni headed west for John's River Valley Camp.
Catawba's Award Recipients Share Characteristic of Striving to Be the Very Best
Catawba College President Joseph Oxendine encouraged those who received awards during the annual Awards Convocation to "show off, brag modestly, throw your chest out, and feel good." But more important than the awards received, he said, was a characteristic shared by all of the recipients. "At some point, you decided you were going to excel and strive to be the very best," Oxendine told the award recipients. "You won these awards for the spirit of striving to be the very best."
President Oxendine Celebrates His Birthday
Dr. Joseph Oxendine, president of Catawba College, was surprised on his 81st birthday with cake and balloons provided by members of the senior class. Faculty, staff and students gathered to wish him well.
Catawba College's Financial Aid Office Goes Live with New Banner System
There is celebration at Catawba College as the first of many offices on campus goes live with the new SunGard Higher Education Banner System. In late January, after months of training and software preparation, the Financial Aid Office began packaging financial aid for new Fall 2011 students using the Financial Aid module of the Banner system.
Ben Smith Named Dean of Students at Catawba College
Since June of 2005, George "Ben" Smith has worked in a variety of capacities in Catawba College's Office of Student Affairs. He has served as Assistant Director, responsible for Housing and Residence Life, as Associate Dean of Students, directing Conduct Administration and Intramural and Wellness programs, and since November, he has served as Interim Dean of Students.
Catawba College Trustees Announce Interim President, Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine
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.
Alumni Board Honors Faculty and Staff with Reception
The Catawba College Alumni Board of Directors honored faculty and staff of the college with an appreciation reception on Tuesday, November 23 in the lobby of Hedrick Administration Building. The purpose of the reception, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, was to give thanks to employees of the college for their support of students and the campus community, as well as their commitment to student success in the classroom and in life.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Photos with Santa and Fun Had by All
The Catawba College community celebrated its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service together on Monday, November 22 in the Cannon Student Center. Santa Claus arrived special delivery on an antique fire truck. Those attending enjoyed hot dogs and chips, hot cider and hot chocolate, roasted peanuts, popcorn, cookies, s'mores, and more.
President Turner Announces 2011 Summer Tour to Europe
Dr. W. Craig Turner, President of Catawba College and Annette Turner, the College's First Lady, enthusiastically invite all students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Catawba to join them and the Catawba Singers on a tour to Europe.
Go Green and Take It Home
by Stephanie Cook '12. Catawba College stepped onto the environmental friendly bandwagon with its Green Pig Initiative in the 2009-2010 school year. This academic year, the college traveled even further in its efforts to preserve the environment by implementing recyclable takeout boxes in the dining hall for use by all members of the college community.
Catawba Names Gilroy as Initial Women's Lacrosse Coach
Catawba College has named Ashley Gilroy as the school's first women's lacrosse coach. It was announced by Dennis Davidson, Director of Athletics. Gilroy takes the reins of Catawba's newest intercollegiate sport which will celebrate its inaugural season in the spring of 2012. "We are pleased that Ashley has joined the Catawba College athletics staff," said Davidson. "It is exciting to have new women's sport and Ashley is energetic and passionate about women's lacrosse. With her background as a D
Meet Sarah Rossini, Catawba's New Director of Residence Life
Sarah Rossini, Catawba College's new director of residence life, feels that her job allows her to "make a difference" in the lives of students. "My student interaction is my absolute favorite thing — helping students develop and get ready — and being a part of helping them get ready for what's next," she explains. The Boston native remembers discovering her calling while she worked as a resident assistant in undergraduate school at Merrimack College. "I liked it," she remembers, "plus it helped
Catawba's Human Resource Officer to Serve as Chair-Elect of Southern Region Board
Larry Farmer, human resources officer at Catawba College, has been elected to serve as chair-elect for the 2010-11 on the board of directors of College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Southern Region board. Farmer will assume the duties of chair for that board on July 1, 2011.
VIDEO: 2010 Awards Convocation Highlights and Presentation of Awards
View highlights and presentation of awards from Catawba College's 2010 Spring Awards Convocation service. Speakers included Provost Dr. Rick Stephens and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Paul Fisher.
Catawba's Awards Convocation Recognizes Students, Faculty and Staff and Marks Earth Day in a Green Pig Kind of Way
Because it fell on Earth Day, Catawba College's Awards Convocation on April 22nd turned out to be just a little bit more. It was an opportunity for the campus to gather in the Omwake-Dearborn Chapel for what the Office of the Provost dubbed "Earth Hour." Students, faculty and staff turned off the lights, left their offices and residence halls, and celebrated the achievements of some, while promoting awareness and a commitment to energy efficiency and acknowledging the precious and finite resourc
Campus Beautification Projects Planned for Catawba Cares Day
Volunteer Catawba will host a Catawba Cares Day on Saturday, April 10th. On that day, several different groups of faculty, staff, and student volunteers will work on beautification projects around campus. Planned projects include painting, mulching and planting flowers, with all materials and tools to be provided by the College.
Service Project Provides Soldiers in Afghanistan Comforts From Home
Thanks to a Catawba College service project, soldiers in Afghanistan have been receiving some comforts from home since August. Three separate shipments, a total of 110 packages, have been shipped to soldiers in the 159th Air Support Battalion, 563d Trans Platoon, part of the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Ft. Campbell Kentucky. The battalion is currently serving at Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Order of the Green Pig Launched at Catawba College
A small Green Pig pin was handed out to all students, faculty and staff who attended Catawba College's Opening Convocation on August 27th and most wondered exactly why. But when College President Dr. Craig Turner officially introduced Green Pig, calling it "a new symbol of our commitment to the environment at Catawba College," the wondering ceased.
Catawba Employees Recognized at Opening Convocation
Catawba College kicked off its 158th academic year with an opening convocation held Thursday, August 27 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. The event marked the second full year at the institution for Catawba's 21st president, Dr. W. Craig Turner, and was an occasion to recognize some college employees for their years of service.
Catawba College Faculty and Staff Gather for Fall Conference
Catawba College faculty and staff who gathered for their annual fall conference on August 10 learned that the institution will soon welcome its largest class of first-time freshmen since 2001. Three hundred and eleven first-year students will join the campus community and push the total headcount enrolled in the traditional day program to 967.
Catawba College Office Celebrates Two Years of Waste Reduction and Recycling Efforts
Two years ago, Catawba College's Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling did not exist. But since it was established within the Facilities Department in 2007, this office has championed recycling and waste reduction efforts on campus with a track record of success, measured in tons.
Students, Faculty and Staff Recognized at Catawba College's Awards Convocation
Students, faculty and staff at Catawba College were recognized at the institution's annual Awards Convocation held Thursday, April 16, 2009 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The event is an opportunity for the campus community to recognize student achievements in a variety of academic and service areas, as well as faculty and staff members for their significant contributions to the institution.
College Employees Recognized
Catawba College employee G. Ben Smith, assistant director of residence life and coordinator of the Lerner Wellness Center, received the Staff Member of the Year Award. It is presented annually and selection is made by a popular vote of the students.
Catawba College Celebrates National Athletic Training Month
Catawba College celebrates National Athletic Training Month during the month of March 2009. The Athletic Training Department at Catawba College is responsible for the health care needs of all 18 varsity sports. The certified athletic trainers on staff include Bob Casmus, ATC, Rob Dingle, ATC, Mike Eden, ATC, Travis Armstrong, ATC, Christy Hawley, ATC and Sara McCauley, ATC.
Enter the Catawba STORIES Contest — and WIN a $50 Gift Card!
Enter the Catawba STORIES Contest and You Could WIN a $50 Gift Card to the Campus Bookstore! We want to hear YOUR Catawba Stories! And, if share your story between now and Monday, April 13th, you will be entered into the contest for the best Catawba STORY! Read more...
Catawba College Library Director Interviewed for "Against the Grain"
An interview with Catawba College's Corriher-Linn-Black Library Director, Dr. Steve McKinzie, was published in the December 2008 – January 2009 edition of "Against the Grain." In the interview, McKinzie discussed the recent renovation of the 25,000 square foot library at Catawba.
Catawba College Named to Presidential Honor Roll For Community Service
Catawba College has been honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities. The award was announced on Feb. 9th at the 91st annual meeting of the American Council on Education.
Catawba College's Future Business Leaders of America Host Fundraiser
Thanks to assistance from a local eatery, Catawba College's Phi Beta Lambda Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America hosted a successful fundraiser, the proceeds of which will support student travel and lodging expenses at an upcoming state conference this spring.
Catawba Welcomes New V.P. of Enrollment
Stressing the value of a private college education is important, Catawba College's new Vice President of Enrollment Lois Williams says. "Catawba is a gem of a school. It has dedicated faculty and staff and great facilities. This type of educational experience is truly transformative."
New Provost Is an Advocate of Always Having a Plan B
Catawba College's new provost, Dr. W. Richard Stephens, Jr. is an advocate for always having a Plan B. In fact, he credits a series of Plan Bs for helping shape his career in academe. "Life often demands that you take a step back, two steps to the right or left and then go forward again," he explains. Rick Stephens has heeded life's demands.
Student Achievements Recognized at Opening Convocation, New Provost and Vice President of Enrollment Management Welcomed
When members of the Catawba College community gathered for Opening Convocation on Thursday, January 22, it was for the purpose of recognizing outstanding academic student achievements. It was also an opportunity for College President Dr. Craig Turner to formally introduce two new administrators.
Catawba College Staffer Inducted into High School Hall of Fame
Rashad Smith of Salisbury, Associate Dean of Admissions at Catawba College, was recently inducted into the East Rutherford High School Hall of Fame. Smith, a 1996 graduate of East Rutherford High, participated in football and track and field there.
Catawba College's 21st President Installed
Dr. W. Craig Turner was officially installed as Catawba College's 21st President on President's Day, Monday, February 16, 2009. The date coincided with the federal holiday, Washington's Birthday or President's Day, and the annual meeting of the College's Board of Trustees.
Catawba President Asks Trustees to "Dream for Us"
Catawba College's President, Dr. Craig Turner, asked college trustees to "dream for us" during remarks he made at that group's semi-annual meeting held October 20 and 21 on campus. The meeting marked Turner's first official one with trustees since joining the institution as its 21st president on June 1.
Tom Smith Honored by Trustees
Tom E. Smith of Salisbury, who has served for the past 11 years as chairman of the Catawba College Board of Trustees, turned the reins over to Paul Fisher of Salisbury at the Board's semi-annual meeting held October 20-21 at the college.
Public Transportation Comes to Catawba College Community
Catawba College students and residents around the campus have more than six months to prove that they'll use the Salisbury Transit system. This thanks to a new agreement worked out between Salisbury Transit and the College's Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling.
Catawba College Moves to Become Green and Clean
Catawba College became a little greener recently. On Monday, August 25th, the institution's housekeeping staff began using green cleaning products in nine buildings on campus. But adoption of the green cleaning products did not just happen, it evolved as housekeeping staff tried various green seal products and made their own assessments about which would do the best job. These staffers also participated in green cleaning training sessions and often reassessed their own ideas of what constitutes
One Card, Many Uses – The Catawba ONE Card
This year, Catawba College students, along with faculty and staff members, are using their Catawba ONE Card. It's their official College picture ID and allows them access to almost everything on campus, but it can also be used like a debit card at some key on-campus locations and at several local merchants.
Opening Convocation Marks New Academic Year and New President at Catawba
Catawba College's opening convocation held Thursday, August 29 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel marked the start of a new academic year, Catawba's 157th, and a new president, Catawba's 21st. President Dr. W. Craig Turner convened the college and officiated as employees of the College were recognized for their years of service.
Catawba College's 21st President Says, "Look up, advance! All now is possible."
When Catawba College faculty and staff gathered for their annual fall conference on August 12th, it was an opportunity for the institution's new president, Dr. W. Craig Turner, to rally the troops before the start of a new academic year.
Catawba College's Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling Touts '07-08 Efforts
The Catawba College's Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling, established within the Facilities Department just a year ago, has spearheaded recycling efforts on campus throughout the recently completed academic year. Led by David Najarian, a 1997 Catawba alumnus who serves as waste reduction and recycling coordinator, the new office tracks its successes by the ton.
Catawba College's Phil Kirk Cited as an Impact Education Leader
Phil Kirk, Catawba College's Vice President for External Relations, has been named one of the 2008 Charlotte Impact Education Leaders in the May 2008 of Charlotte Business Leader magazine. Others on the list included include Dr. Richard Brownell, retired president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College; Dr. Pamela Davies, president of Queens University of Charlotte; Dr. Phillip Dubois, chancellor of UNC Charlotte; and Dr. Peter Gorman, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
North Carolina Education and Political Leader Phil Kirk Joins LearningStation's Board of Directors
LearningStation, a leading provider of customized, online solutions for the K-12 classroom, today announced the appointment of Phillip J. Kirk, Jr. to its board of directors. "Supporting education has been a driving factor throughout my career," said Kirk. "I am honored to serve on LearningStation's board of directors and contribute to their mission of improving student achievement in North Carolina and around the country."
Catawba College Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni to Make Business Study Tour of China
Students, faculty, staff and alumni associated with Catawba College's Ketner School of Business will take a "Business in China" tour May 19-June 1. The tour, coordinated by Associate Professor of Marketing, Dr. Jack Green, is offered through EF Education Tours and includes visits to Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
Catawba College Hosts State Curriculum Materials Meeting
Amanda G. Bosch, director of curriculum Materials Center in Catawba College's Department of Teacher Education, hosted the N.C. Curriculum Materials Center directors on Catawba's campus April 25. Bosch serves as president of this state organization made up of curriculum materials center directors from various teacher education departments in North Carolina.
Catawba College Students, Faculty and Staff Recognized at Awards Convocation
Catawba College students, faculty and staff were recognized at the institution's annual Awards Convocation held Thursday, April 17, 2008 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. While this event is an opportunity for the entire campus community to recognize student achievements in a variety of academic and service areas, several faculty and staff members were also cited for their contributions to the institution.
Catawba's CIO Shares Data Security Tips for "Wiping the Hard Drive"
by Joanna Jasper, CIO, Catawba College. Jasper is responsible for donating end-of-life computers and shares her experiences with data security technology and managing used technology in a secure and environmentally friendly way. Security issues are on the minds of all CIOs these days. Whether the CIO of a 1,300-student liberal-arts college or that of a 13,000-employee Fortune 100 company, never before has the issue of data security been more important.
Longtime Catawba College Employee Honored
Longtime employee of the college, Dorothy Earle of Salisbury, was surprised by friends and colleagues at the dedication of the Dorothy Pope Earle Conference Room on Friday, February 29th in Ketner Hall on campus. Dorothy retired in December of 2006 after more than 23 years of service to the institution.
Catawba College Chaplain Participates in Institute on College Student Values
Catawba College Chaplain and Senior Vice-President Dr. Kenneth Clapp participated in the Institute on College Student Values held on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
Catawba Alumna/Employee Earns Certification
Bridgette Edwards Gibbs of Salisbury, a 2002 Catawba College alumna and director of event planning at the college, completed a certification in Meeting and Event Planning during the fall 2007 semester at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Interested in Martial Arts? Try the Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts Class at Catawba
Kim Soo Karate is a form of the Chayon-Ryu martial arts that allows one to train without injury or fear of being hurt. Master Mitchell, a seventh degree black belt, has taught martial arts for 36 years and at Catawba College for over 22 years. Mitchell trains under one of the most renowned martial arts teachers in the world, Grandmaster Kim Soo, a 10th degree Black Belt.
Catawba Alumnus and Employee Earns Graduate Degree
Douglas A. Stanley of Salisbury, a 2004 alumnus of Catawba College, was recently promoted to a programmer/analyst position in Catawba's Computer Services Department. Stanley also recently earned a master's degree in information technology and management from UNC Greensboro.
Phil Kirk Named Chair-Elect of the Public School Forum of North Carolina: Legacy of Continued Dedication to Education Continues
By Cindy Stranad, articulon.com. SALISBURY, N.C. (November 19, 2007) — Phil Kirk, vice president of external relations for Catawba College and Chairman Emeritus of the State Board of Education, has been elected chair-elect of the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Next July, Kirk will succeed Sen. Katie Dorsett of Guilford County as the chair of the Raleigh-based organization.
Chiefs Club Honors Dr.and Mrs. Knott
The Catawba Chiefs Club honored Dr. Robert E. Knott and his wife, Brenda, at Tribal Treats Saturday, November 10th before the final home game of Dr. Knott's tenure as President of Catawba. Senior Vice President of the college, Tom Childress, told the crowd of nearly 400 of Dr. Knott's numerous accomplishments as President and Chiefs President, Tippie Miller, presented Dr.Knott and Brenda with gifts of gratitude from the club.
Council of State Chambers Present Resolution to Phil Kirk: Recognized for Continued Service to National Business, Politics and Education
Phil Kirk, vice president for external relations at Catawba College, public speaker and consultant, was presented with a resolution from The Council of State Chambers at its semi-annual meeting at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
The resolution commends Kirk for several notable accomplishments, including his career contributions to helping restore respect to public schools, elevating the political process, and forming professional stature among business lobbyists.
Phil Kirk to be Honored by National Kidney Foundation of N.C.
by Cindy Stranad, articulon.com. The National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina presents "Speak Up while Phil Kirk Takes the Hot Seat," a gentle roast of Phil Kirk, vice president of external relations for Catawba College, chairman emeritus of the State Board of Education and former state senator.
Catawba College Receives Community Appearance Award
Catawba College received the Salisbury Community Appearance Commission Award for the month of October 2007 for the appearance of the Hedrick Hall Lawn/Garden area. Catawba Grounds Supervisor Jeff Hartley, and his staff, Gene Trexler and Sawaha Brown, are responsible for this area.
Catawba College's New Waste Reduction and Recycling Coordinator Promotes Green as "the Color" of the Institution's Future
The Catawba College Facilities Department is encouraging all members of the college community to start seeing green this academic year. That department is taking a leadership position on campus, advocating recycling, use of sustainable, green, and recycled products, encouraging conservation and waste reduction, and even establishing a new position to coordinate those efforts.
Opening Convocation Marks Advent of New Academic Year at Catawba
Various faculty and staff members of the Catawba College community were recognized for their years of service to the institution during fall convocation Thursday, August 30 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. The convocation also marked the official beginning of the College’s 156th academic year, 82 of those years in Salisbury.
Committee Formed to Guide Catawba's Work in Climate Commitment
Faculty and staff members at Catawba College have been tapped to serve on a committee that will guide the institution's work in support of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Committee members begin their work two months after Catawba joined close to 300 other colleges and universities nationwide in supporting the ACUPCC.
Catawba College President Dr. Robert Knott Announces His Retirement
Dr. Robert Knott, Catawba College's 20th President, publicly announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2007-2008 academic year during an annual gathering of faculty and staff August 14th. Knott, who is entering his sixth year of service at the institution, said his planned retirement "was in the best interest of the College" and would allow new leadership "to build on what we've done and move into a new and exciting future."
National Kidney Foundation of N.C. to Honor Phil Kirk at Fundraising Event
Leanne Skipper, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina (NKF), announced today the organization will be hosting a testimonial dinner honoring Phil Kirk on October 18 at the Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. We're excited to hold the first event in Raleigh and are confident that the event will be a very successful fundraiser," said Skipper. "NKF is proud to honor Phil Kirk for his continued service to North Carolina."
Phil Kirk Speaks on Leadership at NCCAT Seminar
Phillip J. Kirk Jr., who has helped shaped North Carolina business, government and education policy for more than three decades, believes that having a sense of humor, being willing to admit mistakes and knowing how to express gratitude are among the fundamental qualities of great leadership.
Catawba College's Phil Kirk Serving on Blue Ribbon Charter School Commission
Catawba College's Vice President for External Relations and Chairman Emeritus of the State Board of Education Phillip Kirk is a member of a new Blue Ribbon Charter School Commission convened by the State Board of Education.
Phillip J. Kirk, Jr. Named Recipient of the 2007 Jay Robinson Leadership Award
On Monday, June 4, Phillip "Phil" J. Kirk, Jr. was named the seventh recipient of the Jay Robinson Leadership Award given by the Public School Forum of NC. A $5,000 cash prize was given by BB&T and an anonymous donor. The award honors the extraordinary leadership and service of Dr. Jay Robinson, former school superintendent and State Board of Education Chair.
Oliver's Way Dedicated at Catawba College
Surrounded by friends and family, longtime Catawba College employee, Oliver Gilbert Scott of Salisbury, was recognized April 26th when a walkway and fountain on campus were dedicated in her honor. For more than 25 years in her role as assistant to the president for special events, Oliver has planned luncheons, dinners, retreats and other special occasions for the college.
Catawba College's Annual Awards Convocation Recognizes Student Achievements
Catawba College's annual Awards Convocation began on a somber note, with College Chaplain Dr. Kenneth Clapp leading those gathered in a moment of silent prayer for the victims and survivors of the April 16th Virginia Tech tragedy. The event was held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus and is an opportunity for the entire campus community to recognize student achievements in a variety of academic and service areas.Catawba's Provost Dr. Jess McCartney officiated.
Phillip J. Kirk Jr. Scholarship Endowed at NCCAT
CULLOWHEE, NC - Development Foundation of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching will honor Phillip J. Kirk Jr., one of North Carolina's best-known advocates for education, during a reception to be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday (March 22) at Catawba College in Salisbury.
Campus Construction is "On Schedule"
"On schedule!" is how Catawba College Facilities Director Henry Haywood describes progress on the five new residence halls now under construction on campus. Haywood well knows that "on schedule" is an absolute necessity if upper-class students are to occupy these halls beginning August.
Spotlight on Life-Skills 101: Navigating Life after College
Jointly, the Alumni Office and the Office of Career Services hosted Life-skills 101: Navigating Life after College, open to students of any class year. Twenty students accepted the invitation to learn about Personal Finance from Professor Al Carter; transitioning from "Backpack to Briefcase" and business etiquette from Marcia Miller, Director of Career and Service Learning; and enjoyed the grand finale of networking with the alumni association board of directors and two trustees, as well as lear
Catawba College Celebrates National Athletic Training Month
Catawba College celebrates National Athletic Training Month beginning March 1st, 2007. The theme for 2007 is "Quality Health Care and Wellness". The Athletic Training Department at Catawba College is responsible for the health care needs of all 17 varsity sports.
Individuals Recognized, Appointments Announced at Catawba College Trustees Meeting
Several individuals were recognized and several appointments announced at Catawba College's annual Board of Trustees Meeting held Feb. 19 and 20 on campus.
Catawba College's Young Artist in Residence Is Finalist in International Songwriting Competition
One of Catawba College's 2006 graduates, who was the first place winner of the BMI Foundation's 9th Annual John Lennon Scholarship Awards, is a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
Catawba Vice President and Dean Chairs Conference Session
Dr. Barbara Hetrick, vice president and dean of the college at Catawba College, chaired a session on "Mental Health Challenges on Campus" at the Council of Independent Colleges’ 50th Anniversary Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., November 3-7.
Needy Will Have Turkey Thanks to Ducks
One hundred and twenty-five needy area families will enjoy a complete Thanksgiving meal this year, thanks to a Duck Draw Community Service Fundraiser sponsored by Catawba College's Residence Life Staff. Before a small gathering of faculty, staff and students, over 1,000 brightly colored plastic ducks were set afloat shortly before noon Monday in the fountain outside of the Cannon Student Center on campus. Then at noon, over 150 ducks were drawn. Each duck that was plucked from the water display
Catawba College Honors Three Distinguished Alumni at Homecoming BBQ
Three Catawba College alumni were honored as recipients of the College's Distinguished Alumnus Award during a barbecue luncheon held Saturday, Nov. 4 in the Goodman Gymnasium of the Abernethy Physical Education Center before the football game against Presbyterian College.
Catawba College Administrator Makes Presentation at National Conference
Rashad Smith, an associate dean of admissions at Catawba College, was among the presenters at the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. His presentation, "Electronic Communications: Websites, E-newsletters, E-mails, RSS Feeds, Blogs, and Blending Print and Electronic Communications," focused on different electronic communication tools available to institutions.
Catawba College Holds Opening Convocation
Faculty and staff members of the Catawba College community were honored for their years of service during fall convocation Thursday, August 31 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. The College was also officially convened for its 155th academic year.
Robert Casmus, Head Athletic Trainer at Catawba College, Appointed to North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners
The General Assembly of North Carolina, acting upon the recommendation of Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, has appointed Robert Casmus, head athletic trainer at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, to the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners. This board, authorized by the General Assembly in 1997, issues the occupational licenses to athletic trainers in North Carolina.
Six North Carolina Leaders, Including Catawba College's Phil Kirk, Receive 2006 Razor Walker Awards
Catawba College's new vice president for external affairs, Phillip J. Kirk '67, was among six North Carolina leaders who were the recipients of the 14th annual UNC Wilmington Watson School of Education's Razor Walker Awards.
Catawba College Community Recognizes Students at Annual Awards Convocation
Local students were among those honored April 20 during Catawba College's annual Awards Convocation. The event was held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus and Catawba's Vice President and Dean of the College Dr. Barbara Hetrick noted that the convocation was an annual celebration of "all that is excellent."
Catawba College Theatre Arts Costumer Presents Paper
Eric Abbott presented a juried paper at The United States Institute for Theater Technologies held in Louisville, Kentucky March 28th through May 1st. He also gave portfolio reviews for students from other schools. He was accompanied to the conference by Junior Will Randall.
Students Volunteer during Weeklong Catawba Cares
Catawba College students, faculty and staff donated 188 hours of their time last week during Catawba Cares Week of Service. Students entertained residents at Trinity Oaks with songs, helped out at Rowan Helping Ministries Overnight Shelter, and even cleaned stalls at the Horse Protection Society.
Catawba College to Be Represented on Technology Advisory Committee
Catawba College is among several high education institutions across the country that will participate in the CDWG Technology Advisory Group. Chad Lewis, Catawba's manager of academic computing, will serve as the institution's representative on the committee which will help promote and exchange new technology ideas.
Salisbury Couple Participates in Ride for the Roses
"HE DOES EXIST!!!" yelped Catawba College Associate Director of Lifelong Learning Ann Dunn of Salisbury to her husband, Alex, as they excitedly watched Lance Armstrong approach the podium to welcome 6,500 cyclists who were eagerly anticipating the start of the ninth annual Lance Armstrong Foundation's Ride for the Roses held in Austin, Texas on October 23.
Campus Improvements, Including the Kitchen Sink, Occupy the Catawba College Facilities Department
Catawba College residential students can check on the status of their dirty laundry without ever leaving their rooms. That, thanks to a new Laundry View software program recently installed on the College's computer network. But the impetus behind that new software comes from an unlikely source – not Student Affairs or Computer Services, but rather the College Facilities Department. As that department was searching for ways to both improve downtime and repair time to the washers and dryers avai
Catawba College Librarian Receives Grant to Attend Forum
Keith Engwall, head of systems and technology at the Catawba College Library, has been awarded a 2005-2006 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Career Enrichment Grant for $1000 to attend the 2005 Library Information and Technology Association National Forum. The forum, “The Ubiquitous Web: Personalization, Portability, and Online Collaboration,” is scheduled September 29-October 2 in San Jose, Calf.
Catawba College Holds Opening Convocation
Members of the Catawba College community paused for a moment of silence to recognize the victims of Hurricane Katrina when they gathered for fall convocation Thursday, September 1 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel. Then, College President Robert E. Knott officially convened the college for its 154th academic year.
Catawba College Cookbooks Available
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Catawba College have pooled their culinary resources into a new cookbook, “Catawba Cooks.” And now, this collection of 311 favorite recipes is available for purchase in Catawba’s bookstore on campus, with proceeds to benefit on and off-campus service and charitable organizations.
Catawba College Employee Participates in Theatre Conferences
Linda Kesler, a staff/adjunct faculty member in Catawba College’s Theatre Arts Department, recently participated in the Alternate Regional Organization of Theatres South Conference. While there, Kesler presented her experimental development process for an original company-developed work, “Where’s My Muffin?” produced last fall in the Florence Busby Corriher Theatre. She also participated in sessions on International Collaborations for the original theatre productions, best practices for arts-in-
Catawba College Professor Issues Challenge
In September, Catawba College Associate Professor of Management Dr. Andrew Morris will pedal for the 10th year in the Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour and he’s challenging both students and colleagues to either join him or support his efforts.
Catawba College Hires New Director of Career Services
Marcia Miller joined the Catawba College community as director of career services on August 1. She had been employed as assistant director of the career development center at Northern Kentucky University since 1995.
Local Poet to Have Poem Broadcast on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac”
Dr. Janice Fuller, a local poet and Catawba College’s writer-in-residence, will have one of her poems included in the July 20 broadcast of “The Writer’s Almanac,” a daily radio program hosted by Garrison Keillor. Fuller’s “My Aunt Raises Violets from Africa” will be read on the program which is broadcast to about 280 non-commercial public radio stations around the country.
Catawba College Hires Two Area Coordinators in Student Life Department
Catawba College will have two new area coordinators in the Student Life Department when the 2005-2006 academic year begins next month. Katie Slagle and Ben Smith are already on the job, said Dan Sullivan, Catawba’s Director of Residence Life.
Wear to Speak to International Delegation on Environmental Education
Dr. John Wear, director of the Catawba College Center for the Environment, will speak July 21 to a five-person delegation from the International Visitor Leadership Program. The participants will travel to Salisbury to learn about environmental education and community participation.
Catawba College Athletic Trainer Recognized
Robert J. Casmus, head athletic trainer at Catawba College was honored earlier this month while attending the National Athletic Trainers’ Association annual meeting in Indianapolis , Indiana. He received N.A.T.A.’s Atheltic Trainer Service Award for dedicated service and outstanding contribution to the profession of athletic training and to the Association. He also received the Dan Libera Service Award from the Board of Certification, Inc. for his outstanding contributions.
Catawba to Host Choir Reunion July 8 and 9
All former Catawba College choir members are invited to participate in a very special Choir Alumni Reunion July 8 and 9 on campus! Choir alumni are invited to bring their families and return for a weekend of music making. Events get underway Friday, July 8, with check in slated at the Williams Music Building on campus between 4 and 6 p.m. A Presidential Welcome Reception follows between 7 and 9 p.m. at the home of College President and First Lady, Robert and Brenda Knott.
Kirkland Changing Positions at Catawba College
Gordon A. Kirkland Jr., Associate Dean of Admissions at Catawba College, is moving to the athletics department, it was announced today by Dennis Davidson, director of athletics. Kirkland, a member of the admissions staff since 2000, will become assistant to the athletic director, effective June 1. Davidson said that Kirkland’s duties will include coordinating all athletic recruiting, assisting Catawba’s coaches with initial contacts and campus visits, as well as other duties.
Catawba College Faculty, Staff Win Awards
Eight members of the Catawba College faculty and staff were among those recognized during the 2005 Awards Convocation held April 21 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.
Catawba College Professor Awarded Fulbright Lectureship
Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, Assistant Dean of Catawba College and Associate Professor of English, has been awarded a Fulbright Lectureship in American literature in Kiev, Ukraine for the 2005-06 academic year through the Fulbright Scholars Program.
Catawba College Biology Students and Faculty Participate in Meetings
Catawba College students and faculty attended the 66th annual meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) in Florence, Ala., April 13-16. Biology Professor Dr. Michael Baranski, past president of ASB, judged the Odum Prize Competition for that meeting.
Catawba College Psychology Faculty and Students Participate in Professional Meeting
All four faculty members of the Catawba College Psychology Department, along with several of their students, participated in the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association held recently in Nashville, Tenn. Faculty members attending included Drs. Lyn Boulter, Karen Horner, Al Roberts, and Sheila Brownlow.
Catawba College English Professor Participates in Professional Conference
Dr. Laurel Eason, a professor of English at Catawba College, recently participated in the Association of Core Texts and Courses conference held April 7-11 in Vancouver, British Columbia. While there, she delivered a paper entitled, “Mario Vargas Llosa’s Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter: A Comedic Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”
Catawba College Music Faculty Participate in Annual Meeting
Three members of the Catawba College Music Department participated in the plenary session, “Musical Inclusiveness: the Catawba College Initiative,” at the College Music Society – Mid-Atlantic Chapter annual meeting held March 19 at West Virginia University.
Two Catawba Students Honored for Their Poems
Two of Catawba College’s creative writing students from Salisbury are among four N.C. college students honored in the Charlotte Writers’ Club’s annual Anthony Abbott Poetry Award for undergraduates.
Catawba College’s Writer-in-Residence to Share Work in "A Poem A Day"
Catawba College Writer-In-Residence Dr. Janice Fuller is one of 30 N.C. poets selected by the state’s new Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer to be included in Byer’s “A Poem a Day” project during April, poetry month.
Catawba College Students Make News
Theatre Students to Study Abroad; New Catawba Ambassadors; Students Earn Merit Scholarships from Catawba College Honors Program; Students Receive Funding to Participate in Scholarly Association Meetings; Students Attend N.C. Academy of Science Meeting; Political Science Students Participate in Association Meeting...
Catawba College’s Writer-in-Residence to Participate in Poetry Reading
Dr. Janice Fuller, Catawba College’s writer-in-residence, has been invited by the Writers Group of the Triad to participate in a poetry ready to kick off Poetry Month. She will read from her poetry, along with Fred Chappel and Ann Deagon, at the Green Bean Café in Greensboro at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4. The Dave Fox Trio will also perform that evening, providing jazz interludes
Catawba College Faculty and Staff Outside the Classroom
Catawba College faculty and staff members pride themselves on their professional accomplishments outside the classroom. Following are some of their recent activities.
Catawba College’s Facilities Department Recognized
Catawba College’s Facilities Department was recognized Thursday, Feb. 17 during a community meeting held on campus. The department received the third annual Extreme Maintenance Makeover from the MPACT Learning Center in Greensboro in recognition of the challenges it has overcome and the efforts it has made to improve the service component of the department over the past three years.
Oliver Scott Honored by Catawba College Board of Trustees
For 24 years, Oliver Scott of Salisbury has planned luncheons, dinners, retreats and other special occasions for the Catawba College Board of Trustees. But on Valentine’s evening, the tables were turned, and trustees honored Oliver during an event held at the home of Mona and Lee Wallace.
Catawba College Announces Promotion
Gordon A. Kirkland has been named associate dean of admissions at Catawba College. The promotion was announced recently by Dr. Russell Watjen, Catawba’s vice president and dean of admissions.
Retired Catawba College Faculty and Staff Feted at Luncheon
Retired Catawba College faculty and staff members were feted at a luncheon held Thursday, July 22 in the Hurley Room on campus.
Salisbury Man Is Catawba College’s New Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving
When Catawba College sought a new director of major gifts and planned giving, administrators knew they wanted a seasoned professional with a strong background in finance. They found those attributes in Salisbury resident Eric Nianouris who began his new position in April.
Kim Betts Joins Center for Environment Staff
Kimberly A. Betts has joined the Catawba College Center for the Environment as the executive administrative assistant. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brandi Orbin Joins Center for Environment Staff
Brandi Bettis Orbin, formerly assistant director of development stewardship at Georgia Institute of Technology, has joined the staff of the Catawba College Center for the Environment. She will serve as coordinator of fund raising and volunteers.
Catawba College Establishes New Center for International Studies, Appoints Its Director
A new Center for International Studies is being established at Catawba College and Dr. Kurt Corriher has been tapped as its director, effective June 1. College President Dr. Robert Knott made the announcement at the annual President’s Circle Dinner held May 12 on campus.