Education briefs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 8, 2019

EdNC solicits input on renewal

The State Board of Education met Wednesday to review the annual report for the Rowan-Salisbury Schools renewal district. is asking for community input on the districtwide endeavor. Rowan County residents are asked to visit to respond.

North Hills student serves as House page

Caroline Nance, a student at North Hills Christian School, recently served as a page in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

She is the daughter of Robert and Beth Nance and was sponsored by Rep. Harry Warren, R-76. Nance was appointed and introduced to members of the House during its session last Monday.

Pages witness and learn how a bill becomes law, the structure of state government and the legislative process. House pages attend session and committee meetings each day. They are have the opportunity to provide office assistance to members and staff of the House of Representatives.

Salisbury resident named ECU Residential Scholar
GREENVILLE — Zachary Chichester, of Salisbury, is one of 20 East Carolina University students named a Residential Scholar for the 2019-20 year. Chichester is a sophomore and is pursuing a degree in biology.
The Residential Scholars program is a scholarship offered by ECU Campus Living and provides a $4,000 annual stipend to students who maintain a 3.0 GPA, live on campus, and participate in leadership and community service activities.
The program was the first merit-based residential scholarship program established at ECU. It provides an undergraduate experience that offers students access to community leaders who mentor and share life experiences as well as a continued involvement with campus and community endeavors. The program is entering its ninth year.
“The Residential Scholars program was extremely appealing to me because of the opportunities it will provide me for personal growth,” said Chichester. “In addition, it will allow me to engage in activities that will help me to fulfill my passion for service.”
As a member of the program, students must be involved in campus life and community service and are expected to participate in at least two community service activities plus one service trip over either fall or spring break.

Charles H. Long to speak at Hood Seminary’s opening convocation

Charles H. Long will be the speaker for Hood Theological Seminary’s opening convocation at 6 p.m. Sept. 13. The public is invited to the service in Albert J. D. Aymer Center on campus.

Dr. Charles H. Long

The convocation marks the beginning of the academic year and is a time when the seminary community joins to ask God’s guidance throughout the coming year, according to seminary President Vergel Lattimore. New students sign their names in a document — “The Book of Lambs” — that serves as part of the historical record of the seminary.

Long is an emeritus professor of religious studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a former professor of religion at the universities of Chicago, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Duke and Syracuse. Considered the founder and pre-eminent advocate of the study of black religion, Long was exploring religion and colonialism and the importance of Afro-American religion as early as the 1960s and early 1970s.

His voice and presence will help the International Center of Faith, Science and History envision its role in navigating the nexus of faith and science at the historically black theological institution.

Opportunities for auditing classes at Hood Theological Seminary

Hood Theological Seminary welcomes local residents to audit classes in the fall semester. 

“Hood Theological Seminary’s mission is not only to train persons for ministry, but also to foster theological literacy among committed lay persons, the intellectually curious, and those wanting to connect faith more meaningfully with real life. Course audit is one way for us to advance this part of our mission and to share our resources with the wider community,” said Academic Dean Trevor Eppehimer.

Subjects such as “Introduction to Old Testament 1,” “Pastoral Care and Counseling,” and “Worship and Preaching II” can be audited.

Auditing a class allows participants to deepen theological, spiritual and biblical knowledge, grow personal life and ministry, and learn through wide-ranging graduate-level theological education, according to the seminary. The classes are for clergy, church professionals and lay persons. All denominations are welcome.

Auditing a class costs $75 per course per semester. To apply as an auditing student, contact Reginald Boyd, director of recruitment and admissions, at 704-636-6455 or