Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hanford-Dole October book club

The first grade students at Hanford-Dole Elementary School enjoyed the first Book Club of the year in the school’s Media Center.  Their guest reader was Felecia Young, Hanford-Dole’s new assistant principal.  She read the book, “Apples and Pumpkins,” and also shared with the students how important reading was to her. While reading the book, Young asked the students critical-level thinking questions to give them an opportunity to really process the reading material.

Hanford-Dole’s Book Club is sponsored by grants from Target Stores, Schneider Electric and CIS-Rowan. Fran Simpson, Student Support Specialist with Communities in Schools, gave a presentation on reading and writing to the parents as a follow-up on the book that was read.  Hanford-Dole and Communities in Schools are committed to engaging the parents in school activities to better prepare students and parents to work together with the school.


New scholarship program at Catawba

Catawba College’s School of Evening and Graduate Studies announced the creation of its first scholarship program on Tuesday. Called the Transfer Excellence Awards, the program is designed to help transfer students who have demonstrated excellence in previous college-level studies and show strong potential in their future career.

Students transferring at least 45 credit hours into the college’s four-year degree program, whether in the spring or fall semester, are eligible to apply. The primary consideration for receiving the award is the grade point average achieved in past credit hours.

The first scholarships will be awarded for transfer students entering in January 2016.


Hood seminary hosting community blood drive

Hood Theological Seminary will host a blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The blood drive will take place in the parking lot next to the Security Office on the seminary campus at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive in Salisbury in the Community Bloodmobile of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.

Dr. Dora Mbuwayesango, professor and dean of students who organized the drive, said there is a need for all ethnicities, but African American donors are especially needed.

“Unfortunately, African Americans are disproportionately impacted by certain diseases which are treated through blood transfusions, such as sickle cell anemia,” she said.

To schedule a time, visit or call Mbuwayesango at 704-636-6077.


Catawba to offer free music workshop Nov. 17

Catawba College will offer a free workshop, “Making Music Beautiful: An Aural Approach to Instrumental Music Education,” on Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in Peeler Crystal Lounge in the Robertson College-Community Center. The workshop will feature Dr. George Naff with the Catawba Wind Ensemble. Participants will be eligible to receive .5 CEU certificates.

The workshop will run until 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A Dinner (each workshop participant pays for his/her meal) from 5:45 until 7 p.m. at DJ’s Restaurant. A Catawba Wind Ensemble Concert back on Catawba’s campus in Keppel Auditorium  at 7:30 p.m. will conclude the event. Registration is required for all workshop participants and dinner RSVPs must be received by Nov. 12 to assure seating.

For more information or to register to attend, contact Dr. Steve Etters, an associate professor of music at Catawba, at or via phone at 704-642-2283 or 704-637-4476.