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27 November 2018, 8:00 am Written by

St. Andrews University senior Rina Suzuki (Japan) has been selected as a Circle Foundation for the Arts Affiliate Artist award for her works that are now being featured on the Circle Foundation’s website (  She was notified by Myrina Tunberg Georgiou, Circle Foundation Director, and received her certificate certifying her acceptance as an Affiliate Artist.

According to their website, Circle Foundation (Lyon France), 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.

Ms. Suzuki currently has five works on display and can be seen at

Additionally, as an Affiliate Artist she is competing for the CFA Artist of the Year 2018 Award that awards cash grants and publication on their art covers to three artists.  Sixty more artists will be awarded an Artist of the Year 2018 Certificate.  The results of this contest will be announced in late January.

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.

"Since I was a kid, my family encouraged me to be involved in designing their art products, and I was self-taught until I started studying art in the United States.  My grandfather, who was a photographer/painter, influenced me to focus on water and water lilies.  The knowledge I have gained as a college student, especially in psychology, has provided many inspirational ideas for my artworks.  In June 2018 two of my paintings were selected for an online art exhibition, “Water,” organized by Colors of Humanity Art Gallery."

Ms. Suzuki adds, "As a poet expresses feelings in poetry, I reflect my thoughts in my artworks.  Visual art has been an instrument that allows me to communicate with people.  I sublimate private emotions, especially complex and suffocating feelings, into something stunning."


(Pictured below is the Certificate and one artwork titled “Closure.”)

St. Andrews students and faculty member Dr. Kevin Phillipson completed the necessary arrangements with Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. to be part of the prestigious wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

This ceremony is memorial in purpose and patriotic in nature and conducted for nonpartisan patriotic groups only when permission is granted by the Superintendent, Arlington National Cemetery.

The students will be in Washington, D.C. following Thanksgiving as they tour various sites.  Dr. Phillipson submitted a request for the Nov. 25 occasion and the 1.15 p.m. ceremony.  This experience is highly regarded and includes a number of regulated steps to be followed as printed in Arlington’s official guide.  The playing of Taps concludes the service.

The trip was planned by the International Student Club whose president is Akie Fukuda, vice president Sakurako Fujino and adviser Dr. Phillipson.   They will be leaving for Washington, D.C. on Nov. 23 and returning Nov. 25.​

St. Andrews University and campus does not need any more rain but that is a plot point within the romantic comedy, “The Rainmaker,” along with a smooth-talking con man who says he can produce rain within 24 hours for a mere $100.

Cinny Beggs, theatre director, selected this Broadway play that became a movie in 1956 starring movie greats Katherine Hepburn and Burt Lancaster.

According to Ms. Beggs, “I chose this play last summer because of its themes of hope, love and belief.  I often think our young people today don’t have the confidence to express themselves, to share with others what is important in their lives. Their communication skills have been reduced to abbreviations and emojis—which is a limiting format—instead of the spoken word, proving to cause anxiety and insecurity.  I wanted to illustrate that most personal problems are universal, but can be overcome with communication and involvement with the community, with belief and trust that whatever is bothering you will eventually pass.”  

Her cast includes students Matt Fletcher, Eduardo Andrade, Jack Medlock, Kylie Morgan, Nate Rivas-Blackwell and Daryn Friedman.

Playwright N. Richard Nash was very intuitive about the relationships between the characters, and the love and familial bond becomes most evident at the end.  Ms. Beggs says this play has been ignored and is now coming back into the forefront of produced works for many theatres, including schools, with a theme that will leave the audience feeling uplifted because any situation can be remedied with belief, communication and love. 

“The Rainmaker” plays Thursday (Nov. 8) and Friday (Nov. 9) in the Morris Morgan Theatre in the Liberal Arts building, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday (Nov. 10) at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door one-half hour prior to curtain. ​


Photo:  l-r:  Matt Fletcher, Eduardo Andrade, Nate Rivas-Blackwell.​

(St. Andrews graduate Caeland Garner ’08 recently competed on Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice and his audition captured the attention and selection of coach Blake Shelton and will continue on in the competition.  The following story appeared in the Greensboro News & Report, written by Kim Mills, and is reprinted with permission.)


   Caeland Garner of Coleridge was chosen to be on the NBC singing competition "The Voice" on Tuesday night.

   The Randolph County native sang his own version of the 1972 hit by King Harvest called "Dancing in the Moonlight."

   Coaches Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson turned their chairs for Garner, meaning they were in the running to be chosen as Garner's coach.  "I started thinking, 'Man, I want to buy this guy's version of that song,'" Shelton said.

   "I'm a fan of your voice ... it's just a beautiful instrument, so I had to turn my chair in hopes that you would come to Team J Hud," Hudson said.

   Garner responded by saying, "This is just a dream come true, coming from a small town, knowing that big dreams are possible."

   Garner also said that Red Marlow, a member of Team Blake in Season 13, is one of his closest friends. Marlow talked Garner into moving to Nashville to pursue his music career.

   When it was time to pick a coach, Garner said, "I thank y'all, all, seriously from the bottom of my heart, but I'm gonna have to pick Blake Shelton."

"Caeland has got a voice that if you heard it on the radio, you'd instantly know who it is," Shelton said of his new team member.

   Full episodes are available for viewing online. Check out Garners episode at


(Carolina, the Garner and Harris duo, will be performing at the N.C. State Fair on the Bluegrass Stage in Heritage Circle (near the Village of Yesteryear) Oct. 15­-25. Follow Carolina on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @chrisandcaeland.)






Well-known conductor and musical mentor Robert Shaw once wrote that, “When we all sing with one voice, the world will stop and listen.” While the St. Andrews Singers is made up of many individuals, on Tuesday night at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church they sang with “one voice” as they performed songs of unity, of peace and of freedom.  In a world that is often divided, music can help remind us that we have a power to work for good—to share love, joy, peace and to live in unity.  They sang of the hope that one day all humanity will sing with “one voice.”

Congratulations to the Singers for their splendid concert and to Professors Elizabeth Blair and Sean Moore.​

NO—we didn’t forget Sept. 17 and Constitution Day—we were under water and closed for the next few weeks.  But we’re back and wanting to celebrate this day that gave us the incredible document we call The United States Constitution.

The Preamble:  We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Thanks to the website National Constitution Center, much information is available to make this day more historically connective such as:  “Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd lobbied for a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about our founding document. Senator Byrd once said, “Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world.” He added the Constitution Day clause to his 2004 federal spending bill because he believed that all citizens should know about their rights as outlined in the Constitution. This clause mandates the teaching of the Constitution in schools that receive federal funds, as well as federal agencies”

10 Fast Facts on the Constitution

  1. The U.S. Constitution was written in the same Pennsylvania State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Continental Army. Now called Independence Hall, the building still stands today on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, directly across from the National Constitution Center.
  2. Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17th. But it wasn’t until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states.
  3. The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries.
  4. Some of the original framers and many delegates in the state ratifying conventions were very troubled that the original Constitution lacked a description of individual rights. In 1791, Americans added a list of rights to the Constitution. The first ten amendments became known as The Bill of Rights
  5. Of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed and 3 delegates dissented. Two of America’s “founding fathers” didn’t sign the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson was representing his country in France and John Adams was doing the same in Great Britain.
  6. Established on November 26, 1789, the first national “Thanksgiving Day” was originally created by George Washington as a way of “giving thanks” for the Constitution.
  7. Of the written national constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest.
  8. At 81, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention and at 26, Jonathon Dayton of New Jersey was the youngest.
  9. The original Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping.
  10. More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress. Thirty-three have gone to the states to be ratified and 27 have received the necessary approval from the states to actually become amendments to the Constitution.

We at St. Andrews University celebrate Sept. 17, 1787.


(The following story was featured on the Oct. 9 PCUSA website and Presbyterian Mission page, written by Lee Hinson-Hasty, Senior Director, Theological Education Funds Development, Presbyterian Foundation.  It is printed with permission along with his photo.)


Mentoring today fills tomorrow’s pulpits—St. Andrews Presbyterian

College Alum Rev. Bobby Musengwa


   Growing up in South Africa, Bobby Musengwa couldn’t imagine coming to America to attend seminary. But it was his uncle’s friendship with Heath Rada, who later served as moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014), that brought this possibility to light for him — and the mentoring community of professors, pastors, family and friends reinforced Musengwa’s call.

    Musengwa soon found himself in the U.S., encouraged by his family to leave South Africa amid growing concerns about his safety in apartheid South Africa. He attended and graduated from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now St. Andrews University) in Laurinburg, North Carolina, and worked at Montreat Conference Center each summer. That’s where he reconnected with Rada, who then invited him to attend the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now part of Union Presbyterian Seminary).

   “He became a mentor that allowed me to safely explore the journey or the call into ministry,” Musengwa recalled. “I had in my mind that I’m just an educator.”  Musengwa did serve as a Christian educator, but Rada and others encouraged him to pursue ordination as a pastor. “Heath taught me that I could be an educator, a teaching elder even, as a pastor.” Musengwa earned degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary. He now serves as the “Rev.” of Maximo Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is the third church he has served.

    Mentoring for ministry has an increasingly important role in today’s Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Over the past decade, there have been about 500 pastor retirements each year and only 200 ordinations. That trend will continue until mentoring those called to pastoral ministry becomes a priority for Presbyterians.

   Will we have enough pastors to fill the needs of Christ’s future Church? The answer is up to us.  And although some geographical regions have enough pastors now, there are not nearly enough to meet the needs in many other areas.

   Sharon Daloz Parks, a faith development expert and director of Leadership for the New Commons, an organization in Clinton, Washington, that provides consulting services in the areas of leadership and ethics, believes that a mentoring environment and culture are essential for anyone, and especially young adults, to discover their vocation. In her

book “Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith,” Parks writes that mentoring environments provide a

“network of belonging … [and] promise a place of nurture for the potential self.”

   Families, churches and even worksites can be mentoring environments, networks of belonging or mentoring communities. A whole community of mentors may already exist with the potential to nurture Christian vocational discernment. That potential is realized when gifts are identified, and intentional discernment of gifts begins. That can start with the mentor or the mentee.

    We are not alone in the church as we discern what God wants us to do with our lives. All that we have, including our lives, is entrusted to the care of the community most often embodied in congregations.

    I’ll never forget a college student in the first congregation I served. He began the process of discerning a call to ministry as what we call an “inquirer” by meeting with me and then our session. Later he would meet with the presbytery. The new inquirer asked the session for their support in finding out how to use his gifts best as a person of faith to make a positive difference in the church and the world. He trusted me, and he trusted them.

    After the meeting, the newly recommended inquirer and I privately debriefed the session meeting in the church parking lot. Feeling truly supported, the inquirer suggested, “Wouldn’t it be great if every youth at our church had the support I am getting?” With a lump in my throat, I managed to whisper back, “Wouldn’t it be great.”

    Our seminaries stand ready to prepare those with gifts for ministry for service in the church. We don’t have to wait to enroll or send someone to seminary to partner with them. The admissions staff serve as gifted members of a discernment team. Don’t wait until you or someone you know is called to seminary to contact one or more admission officers.

[Note:  At the beginning of the Scotland County Highland Games, Oct. 6, Scotland County Commissioner Carol McCall read a letter announcing that St. Andrews Piper and SAU graduate Bill Caudill ‘89 had been awarded North Carolina’s Governor’s honor of “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.”  Her letter is printed below.  The photo is of Carol giving the award to Bill.]


   It is my honor and privilege to present a very distinguished award today.  Among the honors and awards that the Governor of North Carolina can bestow, none is more valued than “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.”  Since its creation in 1963, it has been presented to honor persons who have a proven record of service to the State of North Carolina.

   In 1989, a group in Fayetteville organized the Scottish Heritage Symposium to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the Argyle colony from Scotland in 1739.  Bill Caudill was on that committee and when the committee decided not to commit to the continuation of the symposium, 22-year-old Bill Caudill moved the idea to Laurinburg where it has been an annual event in Scotland County since then.  The symposium is celebrated every year and brings visitors to our county from many states and several foreign nations.

   In 2007 when Red Springs decided to cease holding the Flora McDonald Highland Games, Bill and other citizens initiated the Scotland County Highland Games and Bill chairs the annual event.  No other event attracts more visitors to our area, and our games provide a strong economic impact to the county.

   Bill graduated from St. Andrews University in 1989.  Before he graduated, he was already an award-winning piper.  While in high school he was a member of the Grandfather Mountain Pipe Band and became the college piper at St. Andrews.  He started the St. Andrews Pipe Band.  Upon his graduation in 1989, Bill established the Scottish Heritage Center at St. Andrews and has served as its Director since 1989.  He personally raised the funds to renovate the building in which the Heritage Center is located.

   Bill came to Scotland County from Waxhaw, NC, and essentially never left.  He has helped forge bonds between the college and the community by including community pipers and drummers in the St Andrews Band and by teaching local high school students to play the pipes.

   Bill Caudill has made Laurinburg and Scotland County known nationally for our Scottish heritage and our reverence for that heritage.  He has promoted North Carolina throughout Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries as a place that values its heritage, its culture, and its roots.  Bill always exhibits a healthy respect for others and attempts to be inclusive of all cultures.  His service has strengthened the State of North Carolina by illuminating important aspects of our past and expanding the foundation of our human understanding.

   He is a leader, a coordinator, a perfectionist and most consistently a doer.

   The honoree receives a certificate by which the Governor confers upon the recipient “the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary privileged to enjoy fully all rights granted to members of this order among which is the special privilege to propose the following North Carolina Toast in select company anywhere in the free world.”


Here's to the land

0f the long leaf pine

The summer land

Where the sun doth shine

Where the weak grow strong

And the strong grow great.

Here's to "down home"

The Old North State"


   Congratulations to my dear friend, Bill Caudill.


(By Carol McCall)