— Events and honors at Catawba College —

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 14, 2013

Catawba College’s School of Evening Studies will sponsor a drop-in open house on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5-7 p.m. in Ketner Hall, Room 203. Prospective students will be given an overview of the program and financial aid opportunities.
Courses are open to transfer students as well as individuals with no previous college work. Two bachelor’s degree programs are offered in the evening: business administration with concentrations in both business management and information systems, and birth-kindergarten education for community college graduates who have completed the AAS degree with the early childhood associate major.
The block format in the evening allows students to concentrate on one course at a time. Classes meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-9:45 p.m. and one Saturday morning per month from 8-11:45 a.m. Students complete one course per month for 12 or more credit hours per semester. Tuition in the evening program is comparable to that of North Carolina public universities, and federal and state financial aid is available.
To enroll in the program, students must be at least 21 years old or hold an associate’s degree from a community college. Applications are being accepted for the spring semester, which begins on January 13, 2014.
According to Dr. Edith Bolick, dean of the School of Evening and Graduate Studies, “Our graduates report that the personal attention in our classroom-based program and our one-course-per-month format have contributed greatly to their successful degree completion.”
For further information call 704-637-4772 or visit www.catawba.edu.
Catawba College Trustees voted unanimously to award emeritus status to two of their long-serving members, Claude B. Hampton Jr. ’48, and Patricia Proctor Rendleman ’47, both of Salisbury, at their October meeting. Hampton served as Catawba Trustee from 1985-2013, while Rendleman’s service was from 1975-2013.
Trustees also voted to award emeritus status to Dr. John B. “Jack” Green, a marketing professor in the Ketner School of Business who retired at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.
Born in Newton, Hampton grew up in Statesville and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was decorated with the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. After his military service, he attended Catawba and earned a degree in business in 1948. Later in his life, he earned his master’s degree in marketing from Syracuse University and a degree from the advanced management program at Harvard University.
A year after his Catawba graduation, Hampton joined Nabisco and advanced to vice president of sales in 1976. In 1978, he was elected vice president of Nabisco Inc., and president of the Biscuit Division. In 1981, he was named to the additional position of senior vice president and group executive, Nabisco Brands, USA.
He was named executive vice president at Nabisco in 1985, but that same year, he elected to take early retirement and accept an invitation to join the Catawba Board of Trustees. He and wife Edith moved back to Salisbury from New Jersey, and Hampton began serving Catawba as an adjunct professor of business education. Hampton was for many years chair of the Trusteeship Committee of the Catawba Board of Trustees.
A former director for Chubb Life Insurance Company and a variety of other boards, Hampton has consistently supported his alma mater through his gifts of financial resources and time. Catawba honored him in 1979 with its Distinguished Alumnus Award; in 1986 with an honorary doctor of laws degree; in 1994 with the O.B. Michael Award, in 2007 with the Adrian L Shuford Jr. Award for Distinguished Service, and again in 2007 by inducting him into the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business Hall of Fame.
A native of Salisbury, Rendleman majored in mathematics at Catawba and minored in history. She married Richard Rendleman, a 1941 alumnus, the same year she graduated from Catawba. Together, the couple raised three children.
An avid golfer, she was women’s golf champion at Grandfather Mountain Golf and Country Club in Linville and Salisbury Country Club. She was a former member and president of the board of directors of the Women’s Carolinas Golf Association. She was also active in a variety of business and civic areas. She held seats on the boards of directors of Proctor Chemical Co. Inc. (her family’s business), Rowan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Rowan County Parks and Recreation Commission. Active in Piedmont Players, she was director and a president of that organization, and served on the board and as an officer of Salisbury-Rowan YMCA.
She is a longtime member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and was active in the church’s Altar Guild. She chaired the board of the Salisbury-based Proctor Foundation which her mother founded. As a Catawba trustee, she chaired the Academic Affairs committee of the Board.
Rendleman has a long history of giving back to her alma mater through her time and resources. She has made financial gifts to the institution for the past 46 consecutive years.
Catawba honored Rendleman in 1984 with an honorary doctor of humanitarian service degree; in 1991 as the recipient of the Adrian L. Shuford Jr. Award for Distinguished Service; and in 1997 with its Exemplary Life Service Award.
Green, an associate professor of marketing, joined the Catawba faculty in 2002. Following graduation from Providence College in 1969, he served as a 2nd Lt. Armor Tank Commander at Ft. Knox and Ft. George G. Meade. After completing the MBA in marketing at State University of NY-Albany, he spent eight years as an account executive for Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, in Connecticut and New York.
Following his Wall Street period, he spent five years as director of The Regional Advancement Service of the SUNY-Albany School of Business and taught most marketing courses to classes of 500-600 students.
He then joined the faculty of Brenau University and Women’s College in Atlanta where he served for 18 years. During this period, he earned his Ph.D. in marketing research at University of Warwick, Coventry England, the first AACSB accredited institution in the United Kingdom.
He spent the past 11 years as a faculty member at Catawba. His plans in retirement include teaching online, and expanding his Kindle e-Book publication library.
Three Catawba College employees attended the 2013 Learning Spaces Collaboratory Workshop held at the Freelon Group offices in Durham on Nov. 2. Those attending this one-day event included IT services, Joanna Jasper, chief information officer; Chad Lewis, director of technical and instructional support, along with Dr. Erin Wood from the psychology department.
The conference brought together faculty, staff and administrators from higher education institutions, along with architects and project planners to share their own experiences and brainstorm about the organization of spaces for learning both in disciplinary and multi-disciplinary arenas. The keynote speakers were Dr. Robert Beichner from North Carolina State University who presented his efforts with the NCSU STEM Education Initiative and the Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Upside-down Pedagogies (SCALE-UP) model, as well as Edward Gomes, senior associate dean from the Office of Technology Services at Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, who has been behind the institution’s efforts in its Link Teaching and Learning Center.
Throughout the day, the assembly engaged ideas of how learning happens in traditional physical spaces, as well as how it can happen with newer, outside-of-the-box methods derived from recent research on the interaction between learning and environment. The day ended with on-site visits to the Link at Duke University and the Biomanufacturing Research Institute & Technology Enterprise (BRITE) at North Carolina Central University.
The Catawba attendees are already working on ways to bring their experiences back into campus discussion, including through the Instructional Support Committee on which they each serve.
Phillip M. Frank, a visiting assistant professor of marketing in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business, has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Bryan School of Business and Economics and has been awarded his Ph.D.
Frank’s dissertation, defended within the Bryan School’s Department of Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies, was titled “Modeling Young Global Consumers’ Apparel Brand Resonance: A Cross-Cultural Comparison Between the United States and Thailand.”
While a doctoral student, Frank, with Nancy Hodges, Ph.D., co-authored a paper titled “Reinventing ‘Towel City USA’: Textiles, Tourism and the Future of the Southeastern Mill Town.” The paper received a 2013 Paper of Distinction award at the International Textile & Apparel Association’s (ITAA) 2013 annual conference held in New Orleans, La.
Frank earned his bachelor of science degree in marketing from Appalachian State University and his MBA from High Point University.
Catawba’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) received a Commendable Award from the national organization for its activities during the 2012-13 academic year.
More than 367 chapters were considered for the award, and Catawba’s student organization was one of 85 earning the commendable award.
In addition, Dr. Mark Sabo, professor of chemistry and faculty adviser to the chapter, was noted for special commendation. As Marinda Li Wu, president of ACS, noted, “few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Sabo’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.”
“Dr. Sabo’s commitment to his students is reflective of the spirit and energy that Catawba faculty have towards their students’ education,” said Dr. Michael Bitzer, acting provost of the college. “For many chemistry majors, Mark’s dedication to providing an education rich in personal attention brings the study and understanding to a higher level for our students. We are lucky to have such dedicated faculty at Catawba for our students.”