Education Briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sacred Heart open house

Sacred Heart Catholic School is hosting two open houses for prospective families and students on Thursday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Jan. 23 — both from 9 a.m. to noon. Personal tours and visits can also be scheduled most weekdays.

Sacred Heart offers classes in Pre-K through eighth grades. Sacred Heart offers curriculums in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Religion, along with coursework in Spanish, Latin, Computer Technology, Art, Music Appreciation.

In addition, students can participate in Book Club, Chess Club, Children’s Choir, Geography Bee, History Bee, Spelling Bee, Bible Bowl, Science Fair, Master Gardener Program, Lego Robotics, Baking Club, Dolphin TV, Literary Magazine, Beta Club, Student Government, Good Citizens of the Month, Novels at Night, The Reading Cafe, and numerous essay contests. Sacred Heart also offers 19 competitive athletic teams.  All faiths are welcome.

New for school year 2016-2017 is a half day PreKindergarten program option.

Construction committee to meet

The Cabarrus County Schools Construction Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Superintendent’s Conference Room at the Education Center, located at 4401 Old Airport Road in Concord.

Questions regarding the agenda may be referred to Dave Burnett at 704-262-6243.

New endowed fund supports internships for Catawba students

Nancy and Richard Councill of Monkton, Maryland, recently committed to a campaign gift of $25,000 to establish an endowed fund for The Councill Family Internships. Funding from this endowment will go to support internships for students with preference going to students studying business.

Catawba’s Athletic Training Hall of Fame to induct two

On Saturday, Feb. 27, two new members will be inducted into the Catawba College Athletic Training Hall of Fame. The induction of the Class of 2016 will take place between noon and 2 p.m. in the Hurley Room of the Cannon Student Center on campus.

The 2016 inductees are 1995 graduate Shawn Fitzgerald of Wilmington, and 1998 graduate Andrew Sylvester of Duncansville, Pennsylvania. Catawba’s Athletic Training Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class in 2011.

Previous inductees include Gary Blabon ’91 of Salisbury; Dr. Dan Burks ’93 of Salisbury; Chris Felix ’92 of Audubon, N.J.; Dr. Jolene Miller Henning ’96 of Jamestown; Scott McCall ’93 of Charlotte; and Holly Stump ’98 of Lithia, Fla.; Jim Bradley ’86 of Mebane; John Lukowski ’92 of Irmo, S.C.; Angela Shirk Sneed ’93 of Mooresville; Jeff Tucker ’90 of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Bryan Fass ’95 of Davidson; Carrie Graham of Coventry, Conn.; Ronald Ogrodowicz ’96 of Stratford, Conn.; Richard Sharpnack ’95 of Pitman, N.J.; Sandra Cash Campbell ’87 of Elberton, Ga., and Matthew Shaller ’98 of Knoxville, Tenn.

The induction ceremony is sponsored by the Catawba College Athletics Department and the Catawba College Athletic Training Program. Make reservations to attend by Feb. 20. For more information about the event, contact Catawba’s Head Athletic Trainer Robert Casmus at or 704-637-4350.

Scholarships available

AAUW Salisbury branch has set the annual goal of sending two students to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), which is held each June at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

This unique conference brings college women together to address important and contemporary leadership issues. It is a fast-paced, two-and-a-half day event that addresses the needs of current and aspiring women student leaders.  The conference provides a transformative experience for attendees. Students return home ready to improve their campuses and their communities.

The scholarships provided by the Salisbury AAUW will cover registration, room and board and $75 towards travel expenses. Applicants must be either from Rowan County or attending college in Rowan County, enrolled in college as a sophomore or junior, and have at least a 2.5 grade point average. Awardees may be required to attend a scholarship meeting, presentation and/or an AAUW meeting.

To learn more about the conference, visit the NCCWL website at, download the application form from, or contact Dr. Carol Cody, AAUW Branch President (see email address below). The scholarship application is due Feb. 28.  Submit application and questions to Carol Cody at

Applications available for internship program at N.C. Research Campus

Thirty undergraduate students from North Carolina colleges and universities will be selected to participate in an intense, 11-week internship program, the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Applications are now available from the program website,

Applications are due March 1, and the selection process will include a Skype interview. The start date of the 2016 summer program is May 16.

P2EP involves numerous research endeavors with an overarching theme of plant pathways. Plant pathways are the series of chemical reactions in a plant that produces compounds and amino acids, phytochemicals or fiber that are necessary for the plant’s survival and adaptation and may benefit human health. The P2EP research involves the genetic mapping, sequencing and annotation of these pathways in fruits, grains and vegetables. Using bioinformatics, the P2EP teams will be compiling data to populate a knowledge base dedicated to plant pathways research from around the world.

Interns will be divided into small groups with a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor. Some research teams conduct functional genome sequence assembly in tandem with plant pathways research for specific food crops (banana, blueberry, broccoli, oats, pineapple, strawberry and sweet potato). Other teams focus on bioinformatics, mining data to further contribute to a research knowledge base. As the program concludes, each team will give an oral presentation of their research and present a scientific poster at the P2EP Summer Research Symposium in July.

Professional development modules, guest lectures, and team-building exercises are interspersed with research work during the summer session.

Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Ebony Powers-Watermann, P2EP program manager, 704-250-5451 or

Direct links to online application (hosted by NC State Jobs website):

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Non-UNC System Students