Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 6, 2013

CONCORD – The movie “The Hunger Games” was a box-office sensation last spring. This summer, children ages 10-14 will again be able to explore the land of Panem in a camp offered July 8-12 from 9 a.m. until noon.
“The Hunger Games” is a science fiction drama based on the young adult novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.
“We had an exciting week of ‘Hunger Games’-related activities last year,” said Marcia Brashear, Cannon School’s enrichment director. “The campers loved making a tribute to Ru, designing their own costumes for the opening ceremony and acting out scenes from the movie. Their favorite activity was a cornucopia game where they gathered items but didn’t know if those items would be useful until the story was read.”
For more information about the “Hungry for the Land of Panem” camp or any of the variety of other camps available at Camp Cannon, visit Camp Cannon offers more than 100 enriching summer camp sessions focused on the arts, science, college prep and sports, and serves children ages three to 17. Registration opened March 1 for Camp Cannon, which runs for seven weeks June 10 through Aug. 2, with the exception of the week of July 1.
The Executive Committee of Salisbury-Rowan Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is pleased to announce the creation of another named scholarship to be awarded for academic year 2013-2014. The Roger and Linda Hull Scholarship has been established and set at $1,000 and will be awarded to a deserving Rowan County high school senior.
Roger, a retired electrical engineer, and Linda, a retired elementary school teacher, live in China Grove. The Hulls are active members at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury and have spent their retirement years keeping up with current events, especially those related to theology, religion and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. “As a result of our life interests, we have decided to sponsor a scholarship based on the Biblical injunction in Micah 6:8, ‘He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’” said Hull. “We decided that one way we could embody the spirit of Micah 6:8, that of doing justice, would be to provide a scholarship to an LGBT high school student or straight ally student” added Hull.
“We are excited and honored that the Hulls have chosen to partner with Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG in creating this new scholarship and appreciate their personal commitment to the vision and mission of PFLAG,” said Michael Clawson, president of the local chapter.
A total of six $1,000 scholarships are being offered by Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG for academic year 2013-2014, including the Anne Stanback-Charlotte Kinlock Scholarship, the Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG Founder’s Equality Scholarship, the Linda Ketner Community Service Scholarship, the Bob Page-Dale Frederiksen Scholarship, the Salisbury Pride-Scotty Ray Gilbert Scholarship and the new Roger and Linda Hull Scholarship. Liz Boltz, chair of the Scholarships Advisory Committee, said, “Our scholarships are unique in that students do not have to attend a traditional four-year college or university. Any student going on to an institute of higher learning, including technical and trade schools, is encouraged to apply.”
The Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG scholarships are available to all public, private and home-schooled Rowan County high school seniors, including Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Early College students. Application forms can be found at all area high school guidance offices or by downloading from the chapter website at
For more information regarding the Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG Scholarship Program, how to make a donation or how to create a named scholarship, call Michael Clawson at 704-213-0181 or email at
The Catawba College Board of Trustees approved tenure for theatre arts Assistant Professor Erin B. Dougherty at its February meeting.
Dougherty joined the Catawba faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of costume design and technology. She has served since 2008 as the faculty adviser to Catawba’s Blue Masque, a student theatre organization, and served during the 2012-2013 academic year as a member of the Catawba faculty’s curriculum committee.
She earned her undergraduate degree in theatre and English from Hartwick College in 2002 and her master’s degree in English from Northern Michigan University in 2004. She earned her MFA in theatre design and scenography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007.
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 is 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 Catawba in 1998, has been active in CUPA-HR for a number of years. With his recent re-election as Southern Region Director, he begins a three-year term with the National CUPA-HR Board of Directors.
A native of Rowan County and a graduate of North Carolina State University, Farmer is married to wife Beth and the two are parents of adult sons Brad and Jonathan, and grandparents to Addison Grace.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is offering a new class for instructors, coders, billers, medical office managers and students.
ICD-10 -CM is a new diagnostic and procedural medical coding system that will be mandated by the federal government as it pertains to processing insurance claims, coding and gathering data. Instructors, medical office personnel, medical office/coding students, physicians and practice managers must be prepared to implement ICD-10 diagnosis codes by October 2014.
The series of workshops presented by Nancy Higgins, CPC, CPC-I, CIRRCC, CPMA, CEMC, will provide detailed information that will equip you, your staff and/or your students for the transition.
The course will teach: The significance and definition of ICD-10-CM; the benefits of the new systems; the differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM; how to select a diagnosis code; chapter specific guidelines and examples.
ICD-10CM training will be held in a series of three workshops (March 15, June 14, and Oct. 11) presented by Rowan-Cabarrus Community College continuing education and medical office administration programs. The cost is $65 per session. To RSVP or for more information contact, or or call 704-918-5152.
In addition, the college is also offering a Residential Contractor License Exam Review class. This course is a review of the laws, codes and procedures covered by the general contractor’s license examination for residential and light construction.
The dates for this class are March 12-April 11 (Tuesday/Thursday) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on North Campus, Bldg. 400, Room 4104. Jeff and Bryan Duncan from JJ Construction in Rockwell will teach the class. Registration is $120, advance in-person registration required.
For more information about Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, please visit or call 704-216-RCCC (7222).