Catawba College Awards Convocation honors students, faculty, staff

  • Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:14 a.m.
Catawba student government association officers left to right, Vice President Anne Mabry, Treasurer D.J. Colson; Secretary Ashley Everidge and President T.J. Olsen.
Catawba student government association officers left to right, Vice President Anne Mabry, Treasurer D.J. Colson; Secretary Ashley Everidge and President T.J. Olsen.

Members of the Catawba College community gathered in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on April 23 to celebrate achievement at the annual Awards Convocation.

The awards distributed were eco-friendly, made of Catawba blue, 100 percent recycled glass. They symbolized the college’s commitment to environmental responsibility and are a reminder to promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.


Student Government Association officers

Jana Burkhardt of Wake Forest received a gavel awarded to the retiring president of the SGA. SGA officers for the 2013-2014 academic year were installed. They include President T.J. Olsen of Pineville; Vice President Anne Mabry of China Grove; Secretary Ashley Everidge of Hamptonville; and Treasurer D.J. Colson of New London.

Service to the Community & Leadership Awards

Garrett McAuliffe of Kernersville, Brandi Cockerham of Mocksville and Jeremy Gardner of Harrisburg shared the David Hoyle Award for Outstanding Service in student activities.

Pioneer student newspaper Editor Darby Reedy of Reading, Pa., received the Pioneer Award for her hard work and leadership on the staff of the paper.

Maggie Keeble of Mocksville and Katherine Carpenter of Salisbury shared the Frances Decker Wentz Award, given to the upper class student who has demonstrated a real concern and aptitude for the theory and practice of library science and service.

The new Mr. and Ms. Catawba are Brendan Lawson of Charlotte and Olivia Myers of Lexington.

Kelly Heinemann, area coordinator for Resident Assistant Programming and assistant to the director of housing in the student affairs department, received the Kenneth Clapp Tri-Delta Award. Established by the Class of 2000 in recognition of the work of Dr. Ken Clapp, college senior vice president and chaplain, it is presented to a member of the faculty or staff who demonstrates dedication, devotion and dependability.

Students Jonathan Cooley of Mooresville and Kyra Thurow of Holly Spring, and staff member Carl Beaver of the facilities department received the Leader in Environmental Stewardship Award, presented to the person who best exhibits outstanding leadership ability and uncommon commitment to environmental stewardship.

Rachel E. Gallup of Fredericksburg, Va., received the annual Paul Fisher Service Award and Scholarship, presented to the member of the Catawba community who has made the greatest contribution in service to others and makes service an integral part of his or her life. The recipient is chosen from those who have been monthly Paul Fisher Service Award winners and receives a scholarship from F&M Bank and the recycled glass award.

Fifteen students are inductees into Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Nominated by members of the college community and selected by faculty and students, these students are leaders and scholars on campus. They include Ashley E. Acken of Marietta, Pa.; Brandi D. Cockerham of Mocksville; Leah Constan-Tatos of Johannesburg, S.A.; Christian A. Crifasi of Ramseur; Elizabeth G. Davis of East Bend; Andrew M. Laurens of Salisbury; Jaclyn M. Lawrence of Waxhaw; Garrett P. McAuliffe of Kernersville; Jubilee A. Meehan of Kannapolis; Maura L. Pantone of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Spencer D. Preston of Estero, Fla.; Collette L. Riddle of Roanoke, Va.; Chelsea M. Starr of Weston, Fla.; Kyra J. Thurow of Holly Springs; and Elizabeth J. White of Salisbury.

Academic Achievement Awards

Constan-Tatos received the Sherrill & Smith Award in Business Administration, given by the partners of Sherrill & Smith to the senior in the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business who achieves the best scholastic average.

The Millard F. Wilson Award for Excellence in Business went to Constan-Tatos and Christian Crifasi of Ramseur. Given in recognition of outstanding service to the Ketner School of Business, this award also recognizes excellence in academic achievement.

Megan Bean of Kannapolis received the Dr. Charles Turney Award, established in memory of Turney, retired chair of the English Department. The recipient is a rising senior English major with at least a 3.5 GPA and a demonstrated aptitude for and interest in English studies.

Blanche Schwarz of Statesville received the Rebecca H. Frantz Essay Prize, given by alumnus Edwin Nance of Altoona, Pa., in memory of the mother of three former Catawba College students. It goes to the writer of an essay judged by faculty to be the most original. Scwarz’s winning essay is “The Orbo Virtutum: A Brighter Vision for Humanity.”

Bean was also selected by the English department faculty to receive the Martha H. Morehead Award, given in honor of a late Catawba professor emeritus of English. It is presented for the outstanding single work – poem, short story or graphic — to the Arrowhead, the college’s annual literary publication. Her winning work was a poem, “Reins.”

Rebecca Rider of Rockwell received the Bethany and Aidan Sinnott Poetry Award, established by the English department in honor of Dr. Bethany Sinnott and in memory of Dr. Aidan Sinnott. The award is given to the student who demonstrates the greatest potential as a poet.

Chelsea Starr of Weston, Fla., received the Rice, Andrews, Young Award. It is given in honor of the former chairpersons of the Catawba department of modern foreign languages to the foreign language major or minor who has made the highest grades in foreign language studies.

The Elisabeth Scranton History Award went to Christina Faircloth of Belmont. It is given in honor of a former professor of history to the student who has attained the highest academic average during senior year and who represents the ideals of liberal scholarship in history.

The Braun Award in Physics, given by 1934 alumna Anne Blodgett Bashore, was given to Ekaterina “Katia” Kruglov of Karmiel, Israel. It recognizes the student showing the most meritorious work in physics.

Elizabeth J. White of Salisbury received the Chemistry Prize, given to a student selected by the chemistry faculty who best represents the qualities of good character, overall scholarship and excellence in chemistry course work.

The CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award was shared by Maria Gurski of Norristown, Pa., and Taylor Spillman of Boonville. It is awarded to a chemistry major during freshman year in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement.

Blake Rushing of Indian Trail got the American Institute of Chemists Award, honoring an outstanding senior majoring in chemistry, based on ability, character, scholastic achievement and potential advancement in a chemical professions.

The recipient of the Mathematics Award was Maggie McKee of Mt. Airy. It is presented by the mathematics department faculty to a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability, scholarship and interest in mathematics.

Kyra Thurow of Holly Springs received the Environmental Programs Award. It goes to a senior who has best demonstrated dedication, inspiration and academic achievement in environmental science.

Hannah Fisher of China Grove and Elizabeth Davis of East Bend were co-recipients of the Shirley L. Haworth Prospective Teacher Award, presented to a senior with a 3.0 grade point average or better who majors or minors in education and who has demonstrated outstanding potential as a teacher based on observation in classroom setting by faculty and cooperating teachers.

Cristin Ritchie of Salisbury received the Student Education Association/Cynthia Osterhus Award. It is given to the student who has made an outstanding contribution to the student education association and who has shown potential to become an excellent teacher. The award is named in honor of Cynthia Osterhus ’73, a former N.C. Teacher of the Year, and now a faculty member in Catawba’s teacher education department and director of the college’s Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching.

The College Chairman’s Award in Music went to Michelle Chaffee or Holly Springs and Dustin Shelton of Kannapolis for their significant contribution to the programs of the music department and

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