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Catawba Alpha Chi inductees
Catawba Collegeís Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi, the national college honor society, held an initiation ceremony for candidates on Oct. 21 in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the collegeís annual Homecoming and Family Weekend.
The organizationís 2011-2012 president, senior Joshua L. Owens of Mt. Pleasant, officiated, assisted by acting faculty sponsor Professor Julia Hayes and faculty advisers Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery, chair and associate professor of sociology, and Dr. Barry Sang, dean of Catawbaís Shuford School of Performing Arts and professor of religion.
Dr. Sue Calcagni, assistant professor of biology and environmental science, delivered the homily for the ceremony, ěNo Cats Were Harmed in The Making of This Homily.î Owens delivered the invocation while Sarah Robinson of Cartersville, Va., brought words of greeting and introduction.
Candidates initiated include seniors Amanda Joyce Carter, Sanford; Jubilee Ann Meehan, Kannapolis; Lisa Pearl Pilcher, Yadkinville; Alyssa and Darlene Retundie, Mooresville. Junior inductees include Amelia Danielle Baity, Hamptonville; Kylie Ann Beinke, Cary; Gabriella Jean Bressi, Villanova, Pa.; Meredith Madríe Brown, Troutman; Jodye Shae Carroll, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Joshua Ray Cummings, Faith; Elizabeth Grace Davis, East Bend; Christina Cherrie Faircloth, Belmont; Hannah Rebecca Fisher,Ashley Gail Freeze, Ivory Taylor May China Grove; Katherine Rae Higgins, Durham; Jaclyn Mirisa Lawrence, Waxhaw; Maura Lee Pantone, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Blake Richey Rushing, Indian Trail; Dustin Stuart Shelton, Kannapolis; Lindsay McCarn Smith and Elizabeth Jane White, Salisbury.
Catawbaís Omicron Chapter of Alpha Chi was founded in May 1978 with the induction of 13 members. To date, more than 600 members have been inducted. Alpha Chi inducts no more than the top 10 percent of juniors and seniors from all academic fields. Founded in 1922, the society has active chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities in 45 states and Puerto Rico.
48 pinned for Teacher Education program
Forty-eight Catawba College students and one faculty member were honored in a formal pinning ceremony held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on Oct 12, marking admission to the Teacher Education Program at Catawba College.
The ceremony was sponsored by the Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE). Theresa Pierce, Rowan-Salisbury Teacher of the Year, presented the program for the event, which was followed by a reception at the Peeler Crystal Lounge, sponsored by the Goodman School of Education.
Admission to a teacher education program is not automatic. Admission requirements include the successful completion of PRAXIS I standardized tests of reading, writing and mathematics and the establishment of a 2.5 or better grade point average. Applicants must also pass a criminal background check.
Those who were pinned during the ceremony from the traditional day program included Amelia Baity, Hamptonville; Aubrey Barton, Whitney Corriher, Doug Crawford, Misty Jenkins, Carol Ottinger, Salisbury; Casey Baucom, Marshville, Kylie Beinke, Raleigh; Lauren Bost, Nicolle Bradway, Rockwell; Gabriella Bressi, Villanova, Pa.; Jamie Caputo, Greensboro; Heather Cheek, Ramseur; Deon Cuffie-Joseph, Trinidad, Tobago; Heather Dalton, Harmony; Elizabeth ěLizzleî Davis, East Bend; Stacie Drye, Concord; Jessica Everett, Winston-Salem; Christina Faircloth, Belmont; Jordan Farmer, Walnut Cove; Hannah Fisher, Hannah Gagnier, China Grove; Paul Friend, East Greenwich, R.I.; Danielle Garzon, Raleigh; Denise Grissom, Stokesdale; Katie Hopkins, Albemarle; Jarrett Jackson, Huntersville; Katie Johnson, Myersville, Md.; Maggie McKee, Mt. Airy; Brittany Myers, Shelby; Samantha Santoli, Nesconset, N.Y.; Jesse Siak, Hendersonville; Chelsea Starr, Weston, Fla.; Amanda Terry, Cordova; Suzanne Williams, Efland; and Lindsay Yarborough, Lexington.
From Catawbaís Birth-Kindergarten Program: Sonya Allman, Jennifer Hinson, China Grove; Patricia Doby, Margaret Steele, Mocksville; Kelli Earnhardt, Salisbury; Susan Gunter, Thomasville; Carolyn Hayes, Fawn Queen, Wendy Sheehy, Lexington; Roberta Mickel, Elkin; Judy Peacock, Mooresville; Denise Smitherman, East Bend.
Dr. Miren Hodgson of Salisbury, assistant professor of modern foreign language, was also pinned as the newest member of the Teacher Education faculty.
Faculty adviser for the SNCAE organization is Amanda Bosch. SNCAE officers for the 2011-2012 academic year include Brittany Myers of Shelby, president; Cristin Ritchie of Salisbury, vice president; Jamie Caputo of Greensboro, secretary; Heather Cheek of Ramseur, treasurer; Danielle Garzon of Raleigh, historian; Senior Class Representative, Julie Gilley of Dobson; Junior Class Representative, Jordan Farmer of Walnut Grove; Sophomore Class Representative, vacant; and Freshman Class Representative, Gareth Cobb of Salisbury.

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