Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 18, 2016

Documentary on Afghan photojournalists kicks off College Community Forums

The showing of the film, “Frame By Frame,” kicks off Catawba College’s 2016-17 College Community Forum series on Aug. 23. The 85-minute, award-winning documentary about four Afghan photojournalists will be shown at 7:30 pm in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall on campus. This event, as are all College Community Forums, is free and open to the public.

The film tracks the risks and conflicts these photojournalists take to re-establish a media presence in Afghanistan in order to tell the story of its people, especially highlighting the plight of women there. Created by two American female TV journalists, with the help of a Kickstarter campaign, the film was produced after the Taliban destroyed much of Afghanistan’s pictorial record, both family photos and images of the country, and imposed a nationwide ban on any further photographic documentation.

The Afghan translator of the film, Baktash Ahadi, will travel from Washington, D.C., to the Catawba campus to introduce the film and to help with the question-and-answer session after it is shown.

Many thanks to Salisbury’s Mary Miller James, who purchased the license to bring this film to Catawba. Mary’s husband has been in Afghanistan, and she worked for years trying to teach TV reporting to fledgling journalists in former Soviet-bloc countries.

For more information about the documentary, visit

Downtown Salisbury’s third College Night Out

Join us for Downtown Salisbury, Inc.’s third College Night Out on Thursday, Aug. 25  from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on West Fisher Street.

Enjoy music, games, food and so much more! Students may participate in an ice cream eating contest hosted by Spanky’s or try their hand at the dunk tank. The event will begin with local marching bands and cheerleading teams from participating colleges.

Students are invited to ride the trolley to and from the event. A schedule can be found on

Participating schools include Catawba College, Livingstone College, Rowan Cabarrus Community College and Hood Theological Seminary. Students, family, faculty and staff are invited.

Catawba professor publishes textbook

Dr. Barry R. Sang, professor of religion and chair of the Religion & Philosophy Department at Catawba College, has published a textbook for introductory courses in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. His book, “Revealing the Hebrew Bible,” is available only online at
According to an online description about this introductory text, it assumes “no prior knowledge of the Hebrew Bible” and “blends an emphasis on both story and scholarship.” The description also notes that “The Hebrew Bible has shaped the lives of millions of people over more than two millennia. It is scripture for Judaism and Christianity, and sacred text for Islam.”

Sang joined the faculty of Catawba College in 1985. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carroll College in Wisconsin; a master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary in New York state; and a master of philosophy and Ph.D. in biblical studies from Drew University in New Jersey. Sang maintains ordinations in the American Baptist Churches, USA, and in the Presbyterian Church, USA. His special fields of interest are New Testament studies, Old Testament prophecy and process theology.



Cannon School opens year with record enrollment 

Cannon School opened its school year on Monday with the largest student body in history – 1,023 students. This number includes 156 new students. Over the summer, construction was completed on a renovated lower school library, so it is now a space which encourages collaborative efforts.

Cannon will revolve around a theme of connecting, which Head of School Matt Gossage announced at an all-school assembly Monday morning.

Cannon School is a private independent junior kindergarten through 12th grade college-preparatory institution. It has students from Concord, Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Charlotte the University City area, Kannapolis and Salisbury.

DCCC to host art show

Davidson County Community College will hold its Fall Art Show on Aug. 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Davidson County Community College Mendenhall Building, 297 DCC Road, Thomasville.

The show features 13 artists from around North Carolina are showing artwork in several mediums, including fabric art, stone sculpture, oils, acrylics, mixed media, gouache, and photography. This event is open to the public.

U.S. Apple Association seeks nominations

Know a student program in need of extra funds this fall?  Maybe a school needs money for a nutrition program or musical instruments, art classes or school garden supplies? The U.S. Apple Association — which represents the U.S. apple industry from apple growers to juice makers — seeks nominations for the second annual Apples for Education: Buy an Apple, Help a Student program pledging school financial support one apple bite at a time.

Through Sept. 19, educators, parents and people everywhere are encouraged to visit to enter and share a student cause in their community in need of financial support. The association will then select finalists eligible for funds this fall.

From Oct. 1 through Nov. 12, the association and its Apple Buddies (supporting brands) will call on people to vote for the school cause of their choice every time they:

  • Snack on an apple, applesauce, apple juice or an Apple Buddy’s product
  • Snap a picture eating their snack
  • Tag their selected school and #Apples4Ed
  • Share on Instagram or Twitter

The school with the most tags – or votes – will receive the most funding, with additional funds awarded to other top-participating schools.

Last year’s inaugural campaign received more than 20,000 votes and provided $21,000 to 12 student causes ranging from school gardens and playground makeovers to robotics and reading education initiatives.