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Catawba College Students Recognized at Opening Convocation

January 20, 2006

Category: Academics, Events, Students


2006 Spring Opening Convocation
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A number of Catawba College students were recognized during when the College was convened for spring semester January 19 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel.

Members of the soon-to-be graduating class of 2006 donned caps and gowns to robe and process for the event. Students whose academic achievements earned them a place on the Dean's List for fall 2005 or the Presidential Honor Roll for the 2004-2005 academic year were recognized.

New inductees into Alpha Chi, the academic honor society, were congratulated. These were juniors and seniors who demonstrated outstanding academic achievements and character and participated in an induction ceremony this fall. They included seniors Terri Ann Boyd of Jacksonville, Vt.; Heather Lawrece Cashatt of Randleman; Sharon Lynn Everhart of Spencer; Holly O'Neal Fesperman of Albemarle; Sara Renae Gray of Mt. Pleasant; Stacey Lentz of Kannapolis; Ray Porter of Salisbury; and Jessica Lynn Smith of Westfield; along with juniors Hayley Michell Bollinger of Simpsonville, S.C.; Tiffany Yvonne Cox of O'Fallon, Ill.; Lauren Marie Ebersole of Hagerstown, Md.; Lauren Jean Eller of Dalles, Ga.; Stephani L. Garrett of Hagerstown, Md.; Amy Kathleen Guenther of Asheville; Victoria Shay Hamilton of Wake Forest; James Andrew Howe of Salisbury; Nikolas Dewight Kear of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; Eva Joy Manney of Olmsted Falls, Ohio; Tamara Lynn May of Gold Hill; Jessica Ann Moretti of Charlotte; Amanda Michelle Nantz of Troutman; Kristen Anne Phillips of Hartwood, Va.; Lisa Katherine Ponce of Tolland, Conn.; Diana Marie Proffen of Highland, Md.; Derek William Rodgers of Glen Burnie, Md.; Jared Williams Wietbrock of Grayson, Ga.; and Amanda Beth Wilson of China Grove.

Students selected by Catawba College's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values at Catawba College for their interest in and promise for Christian ministry were recognized. "Year of Inquiry" participants are students from any class who have demonstrated a commitment to service and to exploring the way or ways in which they can best respond to God's call and claim upon their lives. The 2005-2006 participants in the "Year of Inquiry" program are Shannon E. Axtell of Charlotte; Alyssa Florida of Harleysville, Pa.; Jared Gordon of Spencer; Mollie R. Landers of Williamsport, Pa.; Daniel Robertson of Little Rock, Ark.; Maurice Vance of Gastonia; and Alexander Will of Milton, Mass.

Lilly Fellows for 2005-2006 are upperclass students who have significant academic achievement and are majoring in religion and philosophy. They include Megan Fulsom of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Tara Lyn Ketcham of Plymouth, Ind.; Kamille Marie Plocinik of Baltimore, Md.; and Diana Marie Proffen of Highland, Md.

Lilly Scholars for 2005-2006 are persons of outstanding academic achievement who have committed to continuing their education in a seminary or divinity school following graduation from Catawba. They are awarded full tuition for their senior year of study at Catawba and for the first year of graduate study. They are Laura Jeanne Althaus '05 of Salisbury; and Emily McGaughy '05 of Upland, Calf.

Paul Fisher Service Awards are named in honor of the chairman of the Board of F & M Bank and a trustee of Catawba College. These awards are presented to members of the Catawba community who have made the greatest contribution through service to others and who make service an integral part of their lives. The recipients of the Paul Fisher Service Awards during fall semester were Nathan Wrights of China Grove; Emily Hoffman of Tampa, Fla.; Camille Pocinik of Balitmore, Md.; and Kurt Cribb of Salisbury.

Two Catawba College music majors have written songs that have been sent on to national competition. Dennis Reed of Charlotte and Derek Daisey of Lowes, Del. submitted entries in the BMI/MENC John Lennon Songwriting Collegiate Scholarship Competition. As finalists at the state level, their songs were sent on by the North Carolina Committee to the National Competition. This is the second year in a row that Reed has progressed to the national finals.

Dennis Reed's gospel choir, G.A.P. or God's Appointed People, has been selected as a showcase ensemble for the national 2006 Gospel Heritage Praise and Worship Festival in Washington, D.C. in February. This is the largest and most prestigious annual gathering of gospel artists and gospel industry figures (managers, agents, record label executives, and publishers). Each year, the week-long conference selects an up-an-coming group to back luminary artists during a live concert that is then released on CD. 

The Catawba College Chapter of Collegiate Music Educator's National Conference (CMENC) received the N.C. CMENC Chapter of Excellence Award from the North Carolina Music Educator's Association for outstanding achievement in music education and commitment to professional development. This is the third consecutive year that the Catawba Chapter has been honored with this award.

The Princeton Review's "361 Best Colleges" this year ranked Catawba College's Theatre Arts Program #4 in the country. Students in that program have recently been recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for their prowess and expertise in several areas of theatre production, including performance, direction and design.

From the Theatre Arts Department's production of "Psycho Beach Party," students recognized included Jeremy Kinser of Matthews and Justin Johnson of Fuquay-Varina, who received Irene Ryans for their performances; Will Randall of Tifton, Ga., for lighting; Johnathan Menius of Kannpolis for makeup and costume design; and Jessica Moretti of Charlotte for set design.

From the Theatre Arts Department's production of "Sweeney Todd," students recognized included Rory Dunn of Vale, Ali Keirn of Salisbury, and Lauren Connolly of Moon Township, Pa., for stage management.

In statewide competition at the N.C. Theatre Conference, Joey Yow of High Point received the William Rackley Scholarship and was congratulated during convocation.

Athletes who made significant achievements on the field and in the classroom were also also congratulated. Catawba College football player, Lester Sconyers of New Bern, and volleyball player, Summer Zuck of Kingston, Tenn., earned recognition from the College Sports Information Directors of America for participating in at least 50% of their teams' competitions while achieving a minimum of a 3.20 cumulative grade point average.

Athletes who participated in spring sports and were recognized by their respective coaches' associations for their achievements on the field and in the classroom included women's golfers Marja Hatfield of East Winthrop, Maine, and Melissa Kepley of Cary; swimmer Erin Hyde of Lilburn, Ga.; and softball players Katie Phelps and Jessica Rivera, both of Salisbury, Lindsey Ettinger of Pasadena, Md., Megan Kittle of Winchester, Ontario, and Tammy May of Gold Hill.

Athletic teams with players of strong academic standing were also congratulated during convocation. Catawba's men's tennis team had a 3.377 grade point average for fall semester, while members of the women's tennis team had an overall 3.228 grade point average for fall semester.


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