3 at Lenoir-Rhyne are new
by Charlotte Observer
3 at Lenoir-Rhyne are new associate deans Lenoir-Rhyne College recently promoted three faculty members to newly created associate dean positions. They will continue to teach, in addition to handling their new duties.
They are John Cheek, professor of music; Charlotte Williams, assistant professor of human and community service; and Amy Wood, assistant professor of counseling.
Cheek will serve as associate dean for faculty development and academic outreach. He will manage support systems and procedures related to professional development, coordinate faculty mentoring and orientation programs and develop and promote activities related to academic outreach in the community. He will begin his new role at the beginning of the spring semester.
Williams will serve as associate dean for engaged and global learning. She will be responsible for promoting and improving undergraduate student research, creative student projects, service learning, internships, study abroad and other off-campus experiences.
She will also be in charge of peer tutoring and student leadership development. In addition, she will develop community partnerships that will facilitate these types of learning activities. Williams will begin her new role at the start of the spring semester.
Wood will serve as associate dean for graduate and lifelong learning programs. Her responsibilities will include ensuring the effective functioning of graduate and evening programs and coordinating the marketing of these programs with the Office of Enrollment Management and other internal departments.
She also will promote the use of innovation and most effective practices. She will begin her new role in June.
Caldwell Community College and
Team wins physical therapy quiz bowl
Six students enrolled in Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute physical therapy assistant program recently competed in the N.C. Physical Therapy Association Conference Quiz Bowl.The team outscored all participants, including several four-year colleges, to bring home the trophy for top community college participant.
Susan Brittain, Elise Bryant, Tom Ford, Ashley Gibson, Shannon Ledford and Michael Wheeling participated in the second annual event. Three students made up the team while three served as alternates. Competition was modeled after the television show "Jeopardy!" with a round of Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy and Final Jeopardy.
"At the end of Double Jeopardy, our team was the only community college still standing," said program director Martha Zimmerman.
Other teams included graduate-level physical therapist programs from Duke, Western Carolina and East Carolina universities. Guilford Tech, Fayetteville Community College and Southwestern Community College also participated.
Maintenance program to open
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is reactivating the industrial systems technology diploma program for students interested in careers in industrial maintenance.
Mark Barber, department chair for industrial and public service, said the decision was based on two factors.
"The program is offered at other community colleges throughout North Carolina and is a very successful and popular program with students," he said in a release. "With the county's renewed efforts to recruit new businesses, we feel there will be jobs for our graduates."
The 42- to 46-credit-hour program, which prepares students to safely service, maintain, repair or install equipment, can be completed in three semesters by full-time students.
Curriculum for the program will include blueprint reading, industrial maintenance, electricity, schematics, hydraulics, plumbing, welding, machining and fabrication.
Classes will begin in the spring semester, with quality management and manufacturing quality control to be offered on Tuesday and Thursday at the transportation and public services campus, on U.S. 321 North.
Applications are being accepted. Registration will be held Dec. 3-4, with final registration Jan. 3.
For more information, contact Barber at 828-726-2359 or Student Services at 828-726-2200.
Community colleges meet
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute hosted the first Western Regional N.C. Association of Community College Trustees meeting recently at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir. Community college presidents from across the region were among those attending.Nearly 40 officials from 10 community colleges attended the event, which leaders hope will spur an expanded and united western delegation for educational decisions at the state level.
Caldwell President Ken Boham welcomed guests, extending an opportunity for leaders to exchange thoughts and ideas.
The program concluded with a luncheon and presentation by Boham and Caldwell trustee Bill Stone.
Guests learned about economic development in Caldwell County and the role Caldwell has played through its Appalachian State University Center, Caldwell Early College High School, Directions Events for dislocated workers and the Information Technology Institute, co-developed with Google.
The group agreed to continue to meet periodically to exchange ideas.
The N.C. Community College System serves more than 800,000 students each year.
Parenting DVD for churches released
David Ludwig, retired professor of psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne College, has released a DVD series describing practical strategies for parenting.
"Parenting Families: From Me to We" is presented by Lutheran Hour Ministries and is designed for use by local churches.
Ludwig is an internationally recognized speaker, counselor and ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He is widely known for The Power of We Center for Family and Community Relationships and his videos and supporting materials.
The DVDs also feature Monique Nunes, an early childhood educator and mother, who applies the concepts to real-life situations, and the Rev. Ben Gonzales, who presents the concepts in Christian terms.
The six sessions deal with commitment, communication, consistency, consequences, conflicts and crisis and connections. For more information about "Parenting Families: From Me to We," go to www.parentingfamilies.com.
Event inspired by avant-garde artists
Students in Lenoir-Rhyne College's art history III class recently presented an improvised, informal performance at the Visual Arts Center on campus.Known as a "Happening," the event is often dramatic in form and uses audience participation. At Lenoir-Rhyne, the performance resulted from class study of avant-garde artists of the 1950s and 1960s such as Robert Rauschenberg, Allan Kaprow, John Cage and Jackson Pollock. For these artists, the viewer was transformed into a participant who interacted with the art.
For their Happening, Lenoir-Rhyne students focused on wastefulness by decorating objects that told a story of different types of waste in today's world.
Some rooms focused on material waste, while others portrayed wasted potential, wasted education and wasted lives through abortion and war. The final room challenged participants to look at their own wasteful practices.
In addition, reclaimed window shutters were incorporated into new art. The class also co-wrote a history of the avant-garde movement, which was donated to the Hickory Museum of Art.
Participating art students were Austin Rieley, Daniel Charles, Natalie Krause, Mallory Eudy, Karmen Bixby and Craig Knauf.
Christian students' benefit concert
Several Christian student groups at Lenoir-Rhyne College sponsored a Nov. 17 concert to benefit the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministries.
Christian singer-songwriter Matt Blair, a Wilmington native, performed in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. Sign language interpreters were provided.
Students received free admission with three canned food items. Additional donations also were accepted.
The Lenoir-Rhyne College Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Intervarsity and Campus Crusade for Christ presented the concert.
Luminarias for premature babies
Members of Delta Zeta sorority at Lenoir-Rhyne College recently placed pink and blue luminarias on campus in recognition of the 235 premature babies born in Catawba County in 2006.The activity was designed to raise awareness about premature births. March of Dimes is the chapter's philanthropic cause.
Delta Zeta participates in other March of Dimes activities such as Walk for America and the Chef's Auction Gala.
Journalist Tracy Kidder speaks
Journalist Tracy Kidder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.
Kidder's appearance is sponsored by Frye Regional Medical Center. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
Kidder's book, "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure The World," was the summer reading assignment for Lenoir-Rhyne freshmen this year. This book has also been adopted by other colleges as required reading for freshmen.
The best-selling book recounts the true story of Dr. Paul Farmer, who devoted his life to bringing health care to poor people in Haiti. His practices have influenced the way infectious diseases are treated in developing countries. A chance meeting with Farmer inspired Kidder to write the book, which was published in 2003.
Kidder received a Pulitzer Prize for his 1981 book "The Soul of a New Machine." His other books include "Among Schoolchildren" (1989), "Home Town" (1999) and "My Detachment: A Memoir" (2005).
He is also the recipient of the National Book Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.
Kidder was born in New York City in 1945. He attended Harvard and served in the Vietnam War as a first lieutenant, earning a Bronze Star.
He earned his master's of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. He has been a writer and contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly since 1981 and has written on topics ranging from the environment to architecture.
Support for this year's Visiting Writers Series is provided by the N.C. Arts Council, Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory Public Library, Unifour Foundation, Peoples Bank, United Arts Council of Catawba County, WFAE 90.7 FM, Lenoir-Rhyne Thomas W. Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources, Resource Partners and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
Western Piedmont Community College
WPCC earns `superior' rating
Western Piedmont Community College was recently recognized as a "superior performing college" for the fourth year by the N.C. Community College System.
WPCC received the honor based on its commitment to community, students, faculty and staff and its role advancing higher education. Factors are measured by student success, workforce development, diverse populations learning needs, resources and technology.
WPCC students earned the highest exam passing rate of 94 percent out of 59 community colleges statewide. In addition, WPCC students scored in the top 97th percentile for first-time test-takers in curriculum studies for Basic Law Enforcement and Nursing. College News | leigh pressley