Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 14, 2015

Catawba marketing professor makes presentations

Catawba College Assistant Professor of Marketing Dr. Phillip M. Frank made two presentations during April.

He presented a paper entitled “Exploring Antecedents and Consequences of Young Consumers’ Perceived Global Brand Equity” at the Academy of Marketing Science’s annual conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 8-11. He also presented “Catawba College’s Marketing Program 1.0” to Salisbury Sales and Marketing Association on April 22.

Frank earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Appalachian State University, his master’s of business administration from High Point University and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Catawba chapter of Student N.C. Association of Educators recognized

At the Student North Carolina Association of Educators state conference, held April 10-11 in Greensboro, current Catawba College Student N.C. Association of Educators President Courtney Foster of Lexington was selected as the statewide president elect for 2015-16.

Catawba’s chapter was awarded red ribbon status, and a submission in the statewide video challenge won second place and $50. Catawba’s Student North Carolina Association of Educators chapter was awarded the N.C. SNCAE Outstanding Local Communication award and the chapter advisor, Amanda Bosch, was awarded North Carolina Student North Carolina Association of Educators Outstanding Chapter Advisor. Bosch will continue to serve as North Carolina Chapter advisor liaison for 2015-16.


West Rowan Middle in Model United Nations Conference

West Rowan Middle School sent a group of eight students to the Model United Nations Conference at Duke University on April 23.

At this Model United Nations conference, students were able to explore various committees that comprise the United Nations. Students from West Rowan Middle participated in The World Health Organization, Commission on the Status of Women and the United Nations Environment Programme.

Matthew Ramsay and Brooklynn Hoffner represented Switzerland in the United Nations Environment Programme council and received the Most Collaborative award. Trevor Mervine and Kevin Sullivan were also in attendance in the United Nations Environment Programme council representing Costa Rica, and received the Most Vocal award.

In the Commission on the Status of Women council roomMeredith Gaskill and Skylar Jahnke represented Morocco and received an award for Best Delegation. Ashley Radtke and Bryant Collins represented Honduras in the World Health Organization council.

All students who participated worked in class to research their country and topics, but also spent hours of their own time to prepare for this event.

Model United Nations provides students with a wealth of academic and personal growth opportunities. Students come together from all over the state to demonstrate an understanding of parliamentary procedure, their country and the issues they are tasked to solve.

Model United Nations provides students with an opportunity to view and solve world issues from a variety of perspectives. Students gain a deeper understanding of the issues that plague our planet, how to collaborate with others who have opposing views, public speaking and much more.


Granite Quarry End-of-Grade “Prep” Rally

Excitement filled the air in the Granite Quarry Elementary School auditorium on May 6.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade participated in an end-of-grade pep rally hosted by the Carolina Panthers and their mascot, Sir Purr.

Through an engaging and comedic performance by Sir Purr, staff from the Carolina Panthers and with brief video segments by some players, the students are ready for the end-of-grade tests.

Students learned getting eight hours of sleep, eating a nutritious breakfast, having a positive attitude, and exercising through ‘Play 60’ makes taking an end-of-grade test a “snap.”

The interactive experience also provided students with an uplifting message with how to successfully “Do your best and sack the test.”


Millbridge Ruritan Club awards scholarships

The Millbridge Ruritan Club recently awarded seven scholarships at its May monthly meeting.

Five scholarships, each valued at $750, were awarded to three high school seniors from South Rowan High School and two seniors from West Rowan High School this year. This year’s winners from South Rowan are Chandler Corriher, Peyton Cook and Nathan Cobb. The winners from West Rowan are Kathryn Swaim and Mackie Gallagher.

The sixth scholarship, valued at $600, is awarded under the Ruritan National Foundation’s “Build Your Dollar Grant Program.”  This year’s winner is Bayley Corriher from East Rowan High School.

The seventh scholarship, valued at $1,000, was awarded in memory of Ann White. Ann was a vital member of the Millbridge Ruritan Club for many years. She lost her battle with cancer last year and is remembered for her caring and compassionate gifts to the club and community. This year’s winner is Savannah Morgan from West Rowan High School.


Cannon School juniors present biology research projects for scientists

Junior biology students at Cannon School spent the fourth quarter researching, creating and executing their own experiments, then presenting them to a panel of scientist judges.

These Biology Research Experience projects provide students the opportunity to delve deeper into topics that pique their curiosity. Examples of projects include “Detecting Objects in Water through Triangulation” and “Mucus to My Ears,” which determined how mucus production from dairy decreases vocal production. Students were judged by acclaimed scientists and faculty.


Crosby Scholars to host Family Fun Day

Rowan Crosby Scholars are being recognized for their achievements this academic year. Crosby Scholars who have met all of this year’s program requirements may receive a free Kannapolis Intimidators game voucher for the team’s May 17 game against the Lakewood BlueClaws. The game begins at 2 p.m. and a special pre-game parade will be held at 1:20 p.m.


Hood Theological Seminary announces new Doctor of Ministry degree

Hood Theological Seminary President Vergel L. Lattimore announced that the seminary will offer a new doctor of ministry degree with a specialty in pastoral theology and care. This new degree is designed to equip ministers with a deeper level of skill for assisting their church and community through pastoral care.

“Hood Theological Seminary understands that effective ministry in the church and the world requires the mastery and utilization of specialized skills,” Lattimore said. “These skills include competence in the preparation and conduct of worship and preaching; the ability to communicate effectively in teaching, preaching, and evangelism; productive approaches to mission and outreach; creative relationship to people of all races, ages, gender, and social class; and proficiency in administration, pastoral counseling, and pastoral care. For this reason, theological education at Hood Seminary assists the development and cultivation of those specialized skills for meaningful expression of beliefs with the Christian church.”

This new degree will be first available to the cohort entering Hood Seminary this fall, with the first graduates in May 2018. The design of the doctor of ministry program allows a candidate to complete the degree in six semesters. The curriculum comprises three core seminars, six group-electives and a final doctoral project, totaling 33 credit hours.

“The Doctor of Ministry Program is expanding to assist its students in personal development, professional growth, and to ready them for church and community ministry,” said Dr. Jim R. Wadford, director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.

For more information, contact the dean’s office at 704-636-6962 or Admissions Director Angela Davis-Baxter at 704-636-6023.