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Instructor in Equine Studies and Dressage coach Jackie Dwelle was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Intercollegiate Dressage Association Executive Board.

This is the first year of the award to recognize an outstanding coach who has given of themselves above and beyond, to their riders, and to the IDA organization.

Ms. Dwelle has served as the coach for the St Andrews University IDA team since its beginning in 2000 and has led their team to many IDA national appearances.  Additionally, she has served as the national treasurer for 16 years.  Her contributions to the IDA organization, on the large scale, as well as on an individual level with all her riders, have been immeasurable.  The IDA adds, “For these and many other reasons, Jackie was the obvious choice for this inaugural IDA Lifetime Achievement.”

Ms. Dwelle served as the Regional Representative for the South East region in the early days of IDA before being asked to assume the responsibilities of treasurer.  She was one of the four original founding board members of IDA and also served as the IDA Secretary for many years.  During the last 20 years the digital revolution has transformed the way organizations do business.  She has been the point person working with IT to transform the membership process from mail in paper memberships to the online service that is expected today.  In 2018-2019, she worked to develop the foundation for the recently launched new IDA website (teamdressage.com) which came online in the last couple of weeks. 

Peggy McElveen, Director of the Equestrian Programs said, “Jackie has been a board member of the IDA since its inception and has been a great supporter of its mission.  She successfully managed and hosted the IDA National Finals twice at St. Andrews University.  In her role as an Equine Business professor, Jackie has offered her students numerous internship opportunities in coaching, horse management, and event management all of which have helped to prepare the next generation for professional careers within the equine industry and specifically in intercollegiate dressage.  Her contributions to IDA have had a tremendous impact on the students and on collegiate riding.  It is very fitting that she was selected as the inaugural recipient of the IDA Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Prior to St. Andrews she worked in the horse industry as a groom, barn manager and riding instructor, working for leaders in the hunter seat industry and Olympic level riders in the discipline of Eventing.  She has been at St. Andrews for 21 years, first hired to be the Barn Manager that included developing and coaching the dressage team and teaching PE classes.  She then served as Director of Instructional Riding before joining the faculty to teach classes in the Equine Studies Department. 

Her achievements at St. Andrews include involvement in two IDA National Championships.  She led a group of students to France staying in Paris for a week followed by a week in the Loire Valley visiting the Cadre Noir and the French Equestrian National Training Centre in Saumur.  She led the Equestrian Program online presence starting with a blog adding social sites Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, developed sauequestrian.com and continues to update and revise the site. 

She chaired the Web and Social Media Committee to improve sa.edu, updated some of the crucial areas and prepared recommendations to the administration regarding web and social media.  And, she traveled with the SAU program in India with Dr. Neal Bushoven. 

Ms. Dwelle is leaving St. Andrews at the end of this semester, moving to Camden, SC, and says, “Starting my next adventure.”

 

 

St. Andrews University 2019

Baccalaureate and Commencement Speakers

Baccalaureate, Friday, May 10, Avinger Auditorium

Commencement, Saturday, May 11, DeTamble Library Terrace

 

Rev. Dr. John Cleghorn 

Rev. Dr. John Cleghorn is pastor of Caldwell Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Caldwell is an urban, diverse and missional faith community of about 325 that intersects a wide range of people in worship, formation and service in the community.

    John is married to Kelly and they have two daughters, one a teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the other a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Prior to entering ministry in 2008, John worked in the private sector. For 18 years, he held various communications and public policy roles with Bank of America, retiring early as a senior vice president. Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Charlotte Observer.

    A native of Atlanta, John serves on the board of The Presbyterian Outlook, the Covenant Network of Presbyterians, Presbyterian Psychological Services and on the Anti-Racism Task Force of the Charlotte Presbytery. He holds degrees from Washington and Lee University, Union Presbyterian Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

    He contributes to several regional and national publications and is working on a book about the Intersectional Church.

 

Robert S. Brewbaker

The Honorable Robert S. Brewbaker is a 1969 St. Andrews graduate and earned his nickname “Brew” while at St. Andrews. The nickname stuck and most people know him by no other name. After St. Andrews, he graduated from Union Theological Seminary and later the University of Virginia School of Law. “Judge Brew” recently retired as a full-time judge of the juvenile and family court in Virginia – the court that handles matters ranging from juvenile crime to child abuse, child custody and welfare. He continues to serve that court on a part-time basis and as a mediator of legal disputes.

    With Nancy, his bride of nearly 40 years, he currently lives in Charlottesville where his daughter, her family, and his two granddaughters (ages 3 and 5) reside.  Beyond his family and his community, his current commitments and passions include – in addition to St. Andrews –- his work with Habitat for Humanity, his local Presbyterian church, and a non-profit that partners with people and organizations in Honduras in building water-tight cinder block homes with concrete floors to replace the stick and mud shacks (with dirt floors) in which the great majority of Honduran families try to survive.

St. Andrews University senior Rina Suzuki (Japan) and her painting titled “Closure” was recently selected for publication in the Circle Foundation for the Arts, based in Lyon, France.  The foundation is an international organization currently representing over 300 artists in their online gallery. 

According to their website, Circle Foundation is “a platform for the active artist, orchestrating the development of a variety of visual arts projects.”  Their goal is to provide a stage for the remarkable visual artist who can use this platform to publish, exhibit, win grants and awards, boost their resume and become established within a notable network.

The current edition highlights 95 selections, including Miss Suzuki’s work, “that examines works in photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media, collage, illustration, drawing and installation that are curated together to tell the story of what art looks like today.”  

Miss Suzuki’s art appears on the website and online magazine at https://circle-arts.com/spotlight-12/on page 103.  The magazine is also live on Issuu (the internet’s largest publication platform).

About her work, she said, “When my grandfather passed away, I could not go to attend his funeral, and I needed to get over the feeling of loss;  I created this piece as a farewell.  Things in this painting allow me to think about the time I spent with him but not the moment I lost him.  It has been a meaningful work to my entire family and me.”

Ms. Suzuki was born in Taiwan and raised in Japan to a family of artists. She is majoring in Visual and Performing Arts with an emphasis in Studio Art along with a minor in Gender Studies.  Her Art Professor is Ms. Stephanie McDavid.

   St. Andrews University held its 35th annual Science Olympiad regional tournament on March 30.  SAU Director of Logistics Rooney Coffman was again responsible for the event and has been involved in this event since its early beginnings at St. Andrews in 1974.

   As always, the John Blue Lab, which is two-thirds the size of a football field, was a huge hit and allows ample room for spectators to watch the students competing.  Events such as Ping Pong Parachute were held in the DeTamble Library that boasts a three-story atrium.  All the visiting students and faculty had a great time competing in the 23 different events held around the school.

   The Spirit Award was given to St. John Paul II Catholic School (Southern Pines) for their positive and encouraging attitudes.  The Outstanding Coach Award went to Jennifer Bellmore and Kim Patterson from West Pine Middle for their excellent guidance. The Outstanding Volunteer Award went to Regina Drake-Parguey, a 2016 St. Andrews alum, who has traveled from her home in Virginia for the past three years to be an event leader.

   Eleven schools from eight counties competed in the events. St. John Paul II Catholic School’s varsity team will be moving on to the state tournament on April 26--27 to be held at NC State University in Raleigh.  (By Kaitlyn Lomax, COM 454)

 

(Photo:  Regina Drake-Paraguey ’16 pictured with her Outstanding Volunteer Award)

 

Placings:

 

Junior Varsity Teams (medals and trophies)

1st Sun Valley Middle School – moving on to states

2nd Alpha Academy

3rd St. John Paul II Catholic School

4th Crain’s Creek Middle School

 

Varsity Teams (medals and trophies)

1st St. John Paul II Catholic School – moving on to states

2nd West Pine Middle School

3rd Parkwood Middle School

4th Sun Valley Middle School

5th Crain’s Creek Middle School

6th NC STEM Academy

7th Alpha Academy

 

Combined Scores – Placings (First Place Overall Winners)

1st St. John Paul II Catholic School (V)

2nd West Pine Middle School (V)

3rd Parkwood Middle School (V)

4th Crain’s Creek Middle School (V)

5th Sun Valley Middle School (V)

6th NC STEM Academy (V)

7th Sun Valley Middle School (JV)

8th Alpha Academy (V)

9th Alpha Academy (JV)

10th St. John Paul II Catholic School (JV)

11th Crain’s Creek Middle School (JV)

 

St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC.   The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.

   St. Andrews University held its 35th annual Science Olympiad regional tournament on March 30.  SAU Director of Logistics Rooney Coffman was again responsible for the event and has been involved in this event since its early beginnings at St. Andrews in 1974.

   As always, the John Blue Lab, which is two-thirds the size of a football field, was a huge hit and allows ample room for spectators to watch the students competing.  Events such as Ping Pong Parachute were held in the DeTamble Library that boasts a three-story atrium.  All the visiting students and faculty had a great time competing in the 23 different events held around the school.

   The Spirit Award was given to St. John Paul II Catholic School (Southern Pines) for their positive and encouraging attitudes.  The Outstanding Coach Award went to Jennifer Bellmore and Kim Patterson from West Pine Middle for their excellent guidance. The Outstanding Volunteer Award went to Regina Drake-Parguey, a 2016 St. Andrews alum, who has traveled from her home in Virginia for the past three years to be an event leader.

   Eleven schools from eight counties competed in the events. St. John Paul II Catholic School’s varsity team will be moving on to the state tournament on April 26--27 to be held at NC State University in Raleigh.  (By Kaitlyn Lomax, COM 454)

 

(Photo:  Regina Drake-Paraguey ’16 pictured with her Outstanding Volunteer Award)

 

Placings:

 

Junior Varsity Teams (medals and trophies)

1st Sun Valley Middle School – moving on to states

2nd Alpha Academy

3rd St. John Paul II Catholic School

4th Crain’s Creek Middle School

 

Varsity Teams (medals and trophies)

1st St. John Paul II Catholic School – moving on to states

2nd West Pine Middle School

3rd Parkwood Middle School

4th Sun Valley Middle School

5th Crain’s Creek Middle School

6th NC STEM Academy

7th Alpha Academy

 

Combined Scores – Placings (First Place Overall Winners)

1st St. John Paul II Catholic School (V)

2nd West Pine Middle School (V)

3rd Parkwood Middle School (V)

4th Crain’s Creek Middle School (V)

5th Sun Valley Middle School (V)

6th NC STEM Academy (V)

7th Sun Valley Middle School (JV)

8th Alpha Academy (V)

9th Alpha Academy (JV)

10th St. John Paul II Catholic School (JV)

11th Crain’s Creek Middle School (JV)

 

St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC.   The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.

   St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, held its annual Awards Convocation, April 4.  Faculty members were piped in by Bill Caudill ’89 to a packed Avinger Auditorium with students and parents.  After the Convocation was called to order by University Marshal Dr. David Herr ’91 and a welcome from St. Andrews President Paul Baldasare Jr. ’77, the St. Andrews Singers performed a musical interlude.  Awards were then presented from faculty and department chairs to about 100 students.  At the conclusion of the event, Academic Dean Dr. Edna Ann Loftus thanked students and parents for all that had been accomplished this academic year.  Below is the list of the awards (without names), and a photo gallery that can be accessed for student pictures who received an award (without names and in no particular order).

 

Awards

Sophomore Honors

St. Andrews Honor Society    

Department of Natural and Life Sciences

Psi Chi National Honor Society          

GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholars  

Excellence Awards                                         

Biology     

    Field and Ecology      

Psychological Research           

Outstanding Senior Awards                                  

   Psychology   

   Science          

Rooney L. Coffman Award

Division of Liberal and Creative Arts

The Flora Macdonald and Vivian Morrison Music Scholarship

Pi Gamma Mu

Senior Communication Studies Majors Demonstrating Overall Excellence Award

Developing Scholars in History

Blair Turner Awards for Historical Scholarship

Highest GPA Among Majors

Department of Education

Pamela S. Moll Scholarship Award

Jo Ann Williams Memorial Scholarship

Edith Bullock Award

Department of Equine Studies           

Equestrian Academic Leadership Award – Hunter Seat

Equestrian Academic Leadership Award – Western

Equestrian Academic Leadership Award – Dressage

Therapeutic Horsemanship Academic Award

Department of Business and Economics

Sigma Beta Delta

Junior Business Majors Demonstrating Overall Excellence

Excellence Awards for Senior Business Majors                  

    Accounting and Finance                     

    Equine Business Management         

    Strategic Management         

    Management Communication        

    Therapeutic Horsemanship Award 

Junior Sport Management Majors Demonstrating Overall Excellence

Senior Sport Management Major Demonstrating Overall Excellence

The St. Andrews Press

Gravity Hill Editor’s Choice Award

Marie Gilbert Award for Poetry

Nancy Bradberry Award

Alpha Chi National Honor Society

 

View the embedded image gallery online at:
https://www.sa.edu/news?start=10#sigProId68fa82d0e6

 Dr. Tanner Capps, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, has been selected to participate in two academic programs for Summer 2019.

The first award is a selection to join the 2018-19 cohort of the Fellowship for Protestant Ethics (FPE) at the University of Notre Dame.  The FPE “seeks to build a diverse community of early-career scholars who are critically appreciative of the Protestant tradition(s) of ethical reflection and radically committed to the church’s social witness.”

During the symposium, invited participants will discuss texts, workshop works-in-progress, and interact with the 2019 keynote speaker, Professor Willie James Jennings of Yale Divinity School.  Past symposia were held at Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary.

The second award is for the Workshop for Early Career Religion Faculty Teaching Undergraduates hosted by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion in Crawfordsville, IN. The first session will be held in July at Wabash College, Indiana; the second session will be held in January 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the final session in June 2020 again at Wabash College.

Dr. Capps is one of 14 professors from diverse scholarly specializations and institutional contexts to be selected for the program.  As a collaborative learning group of teacher-scholars, they will explore topics such as “the relationship between scholarship and teaching; professional and personal life in institutional context; the implications of intersectionality in the classroom, course design, and assessment; issues of technology in education; and fellowship project design.” 

Participants receive honorariums for the sessions, including travel and expenses.  In addition, they are eligible to apply for fellowships for work on teaching projects during the following 2020-21 academic year.

 

Because the emphasis for the workshop is on teaching, Dr. Capps’s application focused on students and the learning environment of St. Andrews: who they are, how they learn, and how the subject matter of religion and theology touches students’ own interests and passions.  His application was enthusiastically supported with a letter of institutional support by Dr. Edna Ann Loftus, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at St. Andrews.

 

St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC.   The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.—30—

 

Since late March, St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, has been on the precipice of utilizing a new hot water system for the campus that comes with a 96% thermal efficiency rating and is now functional and online.

“How can we ensure a stable supply of hot water for students and reduce operating costs?” That was the question that Glenn Batten, Vice President for Administration, posed to the engineers of Brady-Trane Services.  The campus hot water system had become unreliable, one of the large storage tanks had failed and the other was on borrowed time.  St. Andrews needed a cost effective solution.

Brady-Trane engineered and installed a new system based on state of the art technology.  Instead of one large boiler and a couple of 5,000 gallon storage tanks, the new system uses eight high efficiency boilers to produce an endless supply of hot water on demand. 

The expected outcome of the project is that energy savings will pay for the project.  Batten said, “The old system was only about 20 to 30 percent efficient.  This meant that 70 to 80 cents of every dollar spent on producing hot water went straight up the flue.  The new system has a 96% thermal efficiency rating and since we only produce hot water when needed the payback is very quick. This a great example of a green initiative project that is good for the environment and good for the budget.”

Batten focuses on major improvements with the new system:  paid for by energy savings, replaces old equipment, advanced technology and provides for better student comfort.

 

 

 

Photo:  (l-r) Lindsey Trockenbrot, Cailey Culp, Samantha Gallo, Shelby Balmas, Sarah Beth Felker, Hannah Newman, Annie Owen, Gina Ulveie, Maggie Martin, Coach Carla Wennberg

 

   In an unusual geographic assignment and task for the St. Andrews Western team that might have sent them to either Ocala, FL or Findlay, OH, their trip was to Wellsville, Utah, for the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Western Semi-Finals.

    In competition including the eventual champion Oregon State University, St. Andrews once again was up against much larger schools including the U. of Cincinnati, University of Wisconsin, Northern Kentucky University, Utah State University and Rocky Mountain College.  St. Andrews would finish sixth.   

    Team members included Gina Uleive (7th reining), Sarah Beth Felker (6th in Open Horsemanship), Hannah Newman (5th Advanced Horseman), Maggie Marti (4th Novice), Shelby Balma (4th Intermediate) and Samantha Gall (4th walk).

    However, earning a trip to the national finals in Syracuse, NY, were individual winners Sarah Beth Felker (3rd in Open Horsemanship) and Annie Owen (7th Open Horsemanship) out of 15.  Gina Uleive was the High Point Regional rider and also earned a spot at nationals as region High Point.

    Western Coach Carla Wennberg said, “My team did a great job for the experience level they had going into the Utah semi-finals.  It was a big step up for us and many on the team had never had the competition experience to handle the competition.  It’s been a rebuilding year, plus the struggles with the weather and events from last fall so our preparation has been different.” 

    She added, “Utah State University was an amazing host, great facility, beautiful setting and great horses.  Amazing for our students to fly to a competition.  Overwhelming, too.  Winning is part of the plan, but the journey is the success ultimately.”

    Next stop for Coach Wennberg, Felker and Uleive is Syracuse where once again, St. Andrews will be represented on the national Western finals equestrian stage. 

 

   St. Andrews University is a branch of Webber International University located in Laurinburg, NC.   The University’s mission is to offer students an array of business, liberal arts and sciences, and pre-professional programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines, while pursuing a degree at associate, bachelor, or master level. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. The international quality of the student body enriches personal experience and promotes understanding of international cultures and influences. Through an atmosphere in which self-discipline, creativity and cultivation of ethical standards are enhanced, the University is dedicated to teaching its students the “how to learn, how to think, and how to apply method” to each new challenge.

 

{The following story about St. Andrews alumna Reeta Roy ‘86 appeared in the Toronto Star, Canada.  It was written by Catherine Porter.  St. Andrews has received permission to reprint it in its entirety by following the link.}

 

How a mother’s gamble sparked thousands of scholarships

 

  Two themes run through Reeta Roy’s family story. One is hard work; the other is migration.

  Roy’s father, Durgadas, grew up in Dhaka, then capital of India’s Eastern Bengal province. During the 1947 Partition, the Hindu family fled as refugees to Calcutta, where Durgadas was studying medicine. After graduating, without telling his parents, he hopped a boat to Malaysia, where he had heard that good jobs awaited.

    Reeta Roy is president and CEO of the Toronto-based MasterCard Foundation, the largest private foundation in Canada. “You want every child to go to school on an even playing field,” she says…

 

https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2016/05/08/how-a-mothers-gamble-sparked-thousands-of-scholarships.html