Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 26, 2015

Parade Saturday for CIAA champs

Livingstone College plans a parade Saturday to celebrate its second consecutive CIAA men’s basketball championship.

The parade will start at 9 a.m. at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N. Church St. It will head to Main Street and travel south, then go west on Monroe to the Livingstone campus.

Livingstone President Dr. Jimmy Jenkins will lead the festivities, and local dignitaries will be on hand to help the college celebrate.

After the parade, Woodleaf Lanes, 1811 Jake Alexander Boulevard West, will host a UNCF Bowl-A-Thon in conjunction with the college. That event goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Rowan County scholarship winner

Kasandra White, a senior at North Rowan High School, was awarded the Rowan County Alumni Endowed Scholarship to Appalachian State University.

The Rowan County Alumni Endowed Scholarship was established to support academically motivated students from Rowan County who demonstrate verifiable financial need. This scholarship totals $1,155.​


Salisbury High alum accepted to Virginia Tech sports medicine program

Former Salisbury High School student Lewis Meyer Young has been accepted to Virginia Tech and will enter graduate school as a graduate assistant athletic trainer in the college’s sports medicine department.

Young is one of six students accepted to the program this year. The position
provides Young with a fully funded graduate school experience for the two-year graduate degree program, while studying and working in the sports medicine department. As a graduate assistant athletic trainer, Young will be responsible for covering both the men’s and women’s tennis teams.

Young will graduate from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, in May. He was a member of both his high school and college tennis teams.

Prior to joining the sports medicine staff at Virginia Tech, Young interned
with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers football team. He also shadowed the ATP World Tour Physiotherapists at the Winston Salem Open. While being an athletic training student at Roanoke College, Young has been a medical liason during numerous conference and championship events.

This summer Young plans on joining the sports medicine staff for the Atlanta Silverbacks professional soccer team as an athletic training intern.
He is the son of Michael and Diane Young of Salisbury.


Anukwuem and Cartwright win essay contest

Isenburg fourth-graders Adamma Anukwuem and Michelle Cartwright won the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center essay contest in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. The elementary portion of the contest required a 150-word essay that answered the question, “How has King’s dream impacted your life?”

This annual award commemorates the life and accomplishments of the civil rights leader. The theme for this year’s celebration was “From Washington to Memphis.”

Anukwuem won first place in the school and the district, and Cartwright won second place at Isenberg.


Isenberg competes in Battle of the Books

The Isenberg 2014-15 Battle of the Books Team competed in the district semi-finals on March 10 at North Rowan Middle School. Team members included Kaoly Pineda- Mercado, Natavia Reid, Khishana Sonawa, Julian Beltran, Alexander Diaz, Michelle Cartwright, Adamma Anukwuem, Kirstyn Mason, and Alaina Lopez.


Cabarrus College of Health Sciences has impact on regional economy

A recent study was conducted regarding Cabarrus College of Health Sciences’ economic impact on the region. The study was a part of a larger effort to assess the economic value of North Carolina’s higher education institutions in the state.

Cabarrus College is ranked one of the top 10 colleges and universities in North Carolina by a national ranking system of more than 2,000 four-year institutions. College Factual ranked Cabarrus College number eight out of 51 colleges and universities in the state.

The economic impact study showed that in fiscal year 2012-13, payroll and operations spending of Cabarrus College, together with the spending of its visitors and alumni, created $16.8 million in added regional income to the Cabarrus College service area economy, which is the equivalent of creating 301 new jobs.

The results of this study also concluded that Cabarrus College benefits the region by increasing consumer spending and supplying a steady flow of workers into the labor force. It also enriches the lives of students by increasing their employability and raising their lifetime incomes.


Catawba’s freshman class plans community yard sale March 28

Catawba College’s Freshman Class Student Government Association will host a community yard sale between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 28 at the Robertson College-Community Center on campus, right off of West Innes Street. There will be plenty of parking available at the venue, high visibility, and all of the advertising for this community yard sale will be provided by Catawba’s freshman class.

Participants keep all of the profits from what they sell at the yard sale, and pay only a nominal fee for each yard sale space. Members of the general public pay $10 per yard space, while Catawba faculty and staff pay $7, and Catawba students pay $5. Tables will be available to rent for $5 on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fifty percent of the profits will go to the freshman class and 50 percent will go to Operation Homefront, a Charlotte-based nonprofit that supports military families who need assistance with bills, food and housing.

If you are interested in participating, contact Madalyn Liefert, freshman treasurer, at 704-796-5103 or at


Catawba professor receives NCATA’s Educator of the Year award

Dr. Jim Hand, an associate professor and chairman of sport and health sciences at Catawba College, was honored with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Educator of the Year award for 2015.

The presentation was made at the organization’s Spring Symposium and Awards luncheon held March 20 and 21 at Carolinas Medical Center–NorthEast in Concord.

The organization added the Educator of the Year Award as a new category in 2007 and has presented it annually since that time to a high school athletic trainer, college athletic trainer or a doctor who devotes time to the education of athletic training students.

Hand joined the Catawba faculty in 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree in recreation management with a minor in sports medicine from Culver-Stockton College, his master’s degree in physical education from Ohio University, and his doctorate of education in educational leadership from California Lutheran University.

Prior to joining Catawba, Hand served as an assistant professor of motorsport management at Winston-Salem State University, as an assistant professor of human performance and sports medicine and director of athletic training education and assistant professor of sport sciences and coordinator of clinical education at California Lutheran University, and as an assistant professor of sport sciences and director of athletic training education at Wingate University.


Three more Lunch and Learn sessions at Downtown Catawba

Catawba College continues its free Lunch and Learn sessions at its Downtown Catawba storefront at noon on March 26, with Francis “Frank” Farina, associate professor of accounting and director of the Catawba College Institute of Business and Accounting.

Farina, who teaches accounting, taxation, law and finance courses, will offer a free session entitled, “Who Owes Those Employment Taxes?”

Dr. Paul Baker, a Professor of Mathematics, will offer a Lunch and Learn session entitled “Ethical Choices in International Business,” at noon on April 2.

Baker has extensive international travel experience, in particular to Cambodia and Russia.

Dr. Kimberly Creamer, an assistant visiting professor of teacher education, will offer the final Lunch and Learn session of spring semester at noon on April 15.

Her session, “Developing Your Child’s Love of Reading,” is appropriate for parents and educators.

Downtown Catawba is located in The Plaza Building at 100 West Innes Street, Suite 103 in Salisbury. The phone number is 704-603-6009.


Operation Prom Fairies seeks nominations

Prom is a rite of passage for high school students, but it’s an expensive affair that many students struggle to afford.

Operation Prom Fairies hopes to alleviate some of those expenses by providing gently used dresses to 15 young women and $100 tuxedo rental gift cards to 15 young men.

The group is looking for churches, high schools and community members to nominate students in need of the free dresses or tuxedo rentals.

Operation Prom Fairies is looking for young people who have exhibited good grades, are active in the community, have recently done a good deed for someone in need, or other positive traits that should be rewarded and recognized.

Nominations can be made by sending an email to by April 6.

The dresses and gift cards will distributed April 11 at 4 p.m. in Rockwell.