Tuesday/11 Sept. 2018
St. Andrews University will be suspending all classes and campus activities effective Wednesday, 8 a.m. Tuesday classes remain open.
All classes will resume Monday, Sept. 17, at 8 a.m.
This is not a mandatory evacuation for the campus, but students will need to exercise caution if staying on campus. Students remaining on campus must keep in touch with their Residence Directors during and following the storm and sign out with their Residence Director if they choose to leave campus. All Residence Directors will remain on campus throughout the week.
Dean of Students Dr. Verhey has indicated that a no alcohol on campus policy will be in effect beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Unless otherwise notified, meals will be served at regular times in the cafeteria, including the 4thmeal in Knight Life on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Athletes who have scheduled games, etc., should be in touch with their coaches to determine if those schedules have been changed.
All staff are expected to report to work on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, unless otherwise notified. If there is a question, please contact your supervisor.
Unless there is a complete lack of power, updates will be available on email, the SAU website and social media as possible.
All-conference, all-academic, all-region student-athlete Kiah Cheatham doesn’t just love to read—she loves to “study vigorously whatever I do read.” The undergraduate Communications major/Philosophy and Religious Studies minor at St. Andrews University draws energy from “meeting new people who come from different or similar backgrounds as mine.” And as a non-denominational Christian, Kiah believes in “church outside church walls.”
How did this scholarly volleyball player from North Carolina wind up as a Miller Summer Youth Institute Intern in Pittsburgh this summer? “One of my professors had visited PTS last fall and learned of the program. Upon returning, he noticed I was looking for vocation-forward internships that would challenge me while helping me discern my calling,” says Kiah. “During my application interview, I discovered just how broad the internship would be—and I accepted the offer to come!”
Now, reflecting on her internship experience, Kiah notes, “I came to Pittsburgh with doubts, questions, and an open heart and mind. I was met with love, kindness, and individuals who shared similar doubts. They taught me not to shy away from those hard conversations about race, gender, or God’s call on my life. They allowed me to think critically and progressively.” She adds, “The availability of the PTS staff and faculty was exceptional. Many of them shared coffee or a meal with me and wanted to hear about my vocational aspirations.”
During her internship, Kiah appreciated the opportunity to work with Open Hands ministry, which combats social injustice by helping low-income black families accumulate wealth via home ownership. In the future, she may want to do similar work. But she also senses that God may instead be calling her to a position of greater influence, perhaps in the public policy sector to promote “a harmonious nation for all people.” Toward the end, Kiah is considering PTS’s joint-degree program in public policy management with Carnegie Mellon University after she graduates from St. Andrews.
“SYI left me with some challenging questions but also with the desire and ability to find their answers on my own,” Kiah notes. She adds, “My internship gave me the tools to discover my strengths. I learned that I am a critical, progressive thinker, that I’ve been blessed as an activator, and that I love to learn and collect knowledge. I also love to serve, and I believe that is what I am meant to do on this earth.”—30—
(This was published in Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s magazine Celebrations and written by Connie Tappy. Ms. Cheatham was selected as an intern for the Summer Youth Institute program and was responsible for non-profit and mission group leadership in addition to studies on their campus.)
In a change from the normal St. Andrews University opening Convocation, a campus wide and community gathering on the first day of classes kicked off the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Usually the event is held during orientation week for new and transfer students along with parents who were still on campus followed by a picnic. Discussions began earlier this year about a first-week convocation experience that would be open to all students and staff to attend the 11 a.m. gathering.
Classes on the first day, Aug. 21, were dismissed at 10.30 a.m. to allow for all faculty, staff and students to attend.
That decision proved to be successful as Harris Courts was filled with new students marching in, surrounded by hundreds of returning students, faculty, staff and community members including Scotland County Commissioner Carol McCall, Laurinburg Mayor pro tem Mary Jo Adams, Laurinburg Presbyterian Church pastor Rev. Rob Martin and NC House of Representatives 48th District member Garland Pierce.
Students began assembling on the causewalk led by Pipe Major Bill Caudill and escorted by University Marshall Dr. David Herr, Dr. Edna Ann Loftus, Academic Dean, and Mr. Loren Cornish, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Dr. Herr declared the Convocation to be in order. The Rev. Dr. James R. Henery, Director of Communications and University Chaplain, led the invocation. Dr. Loftus welcomed the students and community.
Student Government Association President Eduardo Andrade spoke to the students and challenged them to be active, involved and willing to make a difference as they begin their years on campus.
Dr. Loftus introduced the speaker, St. Andrews University President Paul Baldasare Jr., as one who has thoroughly invested himself in the life of St. Andrews. Mr. Baldasare graduated with Honors from St. Andrews Presbyterian College in 1977 and went on to receive his J. D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law, 1980. After a career in law and higher education, he returned in 1997 to St. Andrews to serve as Vice President for Institutional Advancement (1997-2006) and was then chosen as President of St. Andrews in January 2007 and continues in that office today.
In his convocation speech titled “Challenge, Change and Call,” President Baldasare said, “In this time of challenge and change for you, we plan to help you think through what motivates your actions and animates you to change, to live outside the narrow confines of your own self-interest, and to find a direction in your life that leads to meaning and purpose. How will the work you do here and the life you begin when you leave lead you to focus on something larger than yourself, something that holds meaning for you beyond your own comfort and self-satisfaction?”
He concluded: “So, are you ready as students to begin the search, face the challenges, make changes and respond to your own personal calling in ways that lead you beyond the walls that separate you from each other and from the larger community? And are we as a university prepared to take a few risks and act with a sense of urgency to introduce a new era of innovation and change that will make this good place even better and more responsive to the needs of our students and one another? I think you are, and I think we are. So, let the journey begin on this day, the first day of the new academic year!”
Following the speech, Mr. Cornish began the Community Honor Code Ceremony having all new and transfer students sign pledge cards.
Mr. Sean Moore, Instructor of Music and Accompanist, Ms. Elizabeth Blair, Assistant Professor of Music, and choir members Phillip Alden, Gabriella Rhodes, Gabrielle Stephens and Jessica Doepp led the assembly in singing the Alma Mater.
A picnic lunch at Belk concluded the morning and classes resumed.
Kevin Phillipson Assistant Professor of Business, has completed his studies and dissertation at Wilmington University in Delaware and received his Doctor of Business Administration—DBA. His BS and MBA are also from Wilmington University.
His paper is titled “A Critical Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Business Networking Events and Recommendations for Improving the Networking Process.”
In brief, this empirical study examines the perception held by small business owners and their representatives of the effectiveness of chamber of commerce networking events. Effectiveness was measured in terms of perceived increase in annual sales and customer count. The findings suggest that members of the chambers perceive these events to be above average in effectiveness, and they perceive their own networking skills as being effective.
Dr. Phillipson adds, “Positive relationships were found between networking skills and perceived value of events, networking skills and number of events attended, and number of events attended and perceived value of events. Of the moderators examined (education, age, chamber region, gender, role in the company, and length of membership), none of them had a significant relationship with perceived networking skills. Only one moderator, region, showed a difference relative to perceived value of the events. The recommendation to chambers of commerce is to continue to offer networking events because members value them and continue to offer networking skills training. However, because a portion of respondents showed an interest in different types of events, exploring alternative formats should be considered.”
Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Phillipson.
A Scotland County military footnote that began near Maxton in 1942 became even more newsworthy and significant in early June this year when a replica of the Army’s WACO CG-4A Glider was built and dedicated at Fort Bragg’s Special Warfare Training Group by the 1stBattalion at Camp Mackall, about seven miles from Fort Bragg. Named after Pvt. John Mackall, he is thought to be the first paratrooper casualty in World War II and is the only Army base named after an enlisted soldier. The glider’s tail number, 111242, corresponds to the date Mackall died: Nov. 12, 1942.
Glider duty was dangerous, and the gliders were called "flying coffins,"Gooney Birds" and more respectfully "Silent Wings."
Laurinburg's place in the war effort ended Oct. 30, 1945, when the glider project closed at the Laurinburg-Maxton Air Base.
However, the connection to Laurinburg cannot be minimized, and one of the guests at the June 7 dedication was St. Andrews faculty member Dr. David Herr who has become a link for those 73 years.
Dr. Herr, associate professor of history and Liberal Arts department chair, was invited to the dedication because his public history students, faculty colleague Dr. Valerie Austin and he helped research to build specifications for the Glider replica that was being built by Scotland County native Beau Neal and Oak Grove Technologies. “Our work uncovered dimensional drawings and details of the glider not previously available. Our search took us to contacts in Texas, Wisconsin and France. After the class ended two years ago, I stayed in touch with Beau as his team completed the glider. The glider replica includes the front cockpit frame section from an actual CG-4A that crashed at Camp Mackall and was discovered years later,” Dr. Herr said.
According to Lt. Col. Seth Wheeler who spoke at the ceremony (and reported by Fayetteville Observer military editor Drew Brooks), “Camp Mackall—once called Camp Hoffman—was an installation to behold, with over 65 miles of paved roads, a 1,200 bed hospital, two cantonment areas with five movie theaters, six beer gardens, a triangle-shaped airport with three 5k foot runways and a total of 1,750 buildings including three libraries and 12 chapels,” he said.
Camp Mackall was home to U.S. Army Airborne Command that needed greater maneuver areas and airfields to train the expanding airborne and glider units—thus Laurinburg-Maxton became home to the CG-4A and the Glider infantry units. The 11th, 13th and 17th Airborne Divisions were headquartered at the camp. Additionally, the 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division at Fort Bragg trained at Camp Mackall that later became a training location for Special Forces.
Dr. Herr notes that during World War II the CG-4A was the most widely used combat glider during the war and troops trained here served in campaigns in both the Pacific and European theaters including the Normandy invasion. “As part of the class we located veterans including a former pilot and former members of the glider infantry, including retired General Robert Johnson. General Johnson passed away last year but his wife also attended the ceremony with me. Dr. Austin and I conducted oral history interviews with some of these veterans,” he said.
Oak Grove Technologies saved the templates and details of the glider replica. It is hoped that Scotland County and Laurinburg will consider having a second glider replica constructed for public display near Highway 74 to remind everyone of this area's important role in World War II.
A lengthy description covering the Laurinburg-Maxton Airbase is available on Wikipedia along with photos. In part, that account adds that Generals Dwight Eisenhower and George Marshal visited a number of times. According to Wikipedia, the CG-4A Waco glider was huge and could carry 13 fully equipped soldiers, or a jeep with a 4-man crew and equipment, or a 75mm howitzer plus supplies and ammunition. It had a wingspan of over 80 feet and weighed over 4,000 pounds when empty. Manufactured primarily of wood, medal tubing and canvas, it was towed into the air by C-47s that connected to it by a tow rope that also carried basic communications between the glider and aircraft.
Engineers surveyed the site, water wells were dug and preparations were underway to build a railroad spur to the facility. The base was planned to be a large, expansive facility designed to house 10,000 men. The cost was over $10 million and netted 20 miles of paved roads within the compound.
Dr. Herr said that some homes in Laurinburg were built from the massive wood containers the Army used to ship the gliders. Each glider required five enormous hardwood containers.
“It was an extraordinary coincidence that at the same time my public history class was developing a research project about the history of the Maxton Airbase, Beau Neal had been asked by Col. Wheeler to create a life-size glider replica to mark the entrance of Camp Mackall. The students had long wanted to discover an actual glider somewhere in Scotland County and while that didn't happen, we were able to help Beau create a new glider with the exacting historical accuracy both he and the Army desired. The Sandhills region should be proud of their support for America's effort in World War II and the glider replica helps remind people of that role more than seventy years ago,” Dr. Herr wrote following the dedication.—30—
Pioneer College Caterers provides food service for St. Andrews University and has announced that a new food service director has been assigned to St. Andrews.
Brian Oliver replaces Brian Johnson who was at St. Andrews for the past two years and was recently promoted to a district manager position in the Midwest for Pioneer.
Mr. Oliver arrived July 1, having been with Pioneer at Campbellsville University (KY) since 2016. His duties there consisted of hiring, training and supervising 50-75 hourly and student workers in the main dining room, supervising the serving of 7,500 meals weekly, plus catering and working with the athletic department for pre-game meals.
He is a 2012 Campbellsville University graduate with a B.S. in organizational management. His interests include youth baseball and football and Campbellsville’s community garden.
According to Pioneer, “Brian is a high energy individual with a passion for service and a desire to create exceptional dining experiences … and brings a spirit of servant leadership to our team at St. Andrews University.”
Mr. Oliver’s work has already begun as he makes preparations for new student orientation which begins Aug. 16 and classes on Aug. 21.
St. Andrews 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. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University which is located in Babson Park, FL.
The annual Laurinburg Area Campaign for St. Andrews University exceeded its 2018 goal of raising $500,000 from the Laurinburg/Scotland County community. Co-chairs Richard and Betsy Massey, both of whom are alumni, reported that the campaign exceeded the goal by raising $503,203 during the university’s fiscal year ending May 31, 2018. Just over 200 individuals, businesses, corporations and local alumni made 243 gifts to the campaign. Gifts to the campaign are used for student scholarships, faculty support, and the maintenance of campus buildings and grounds.
“Betsy and I would like to thank all those who made gifts and grants to St. Andrews during the campaign. They not only supported a fine academic institution, but in turn showed their support for Scotland County that benefits in so many ways from having St. Andrews in our local community,” Mr. Massey said.
Mr. Massey also recognized Ken Nichols, Kay Alexander, Wayne Hobbs, Megan Harvey and Sam Fulton as key members of the volunteer leadership team. These volunteers helped plan the campaign and spent significant time contacting potential donors. Mr. Massey expressed a special thanks to Gary and Terri Gallman of WLNC for the airtime they provided to the campaign.
St. Andrews University president Paul Baldasare said, “I cannot think of a more generous community, or a stronger ‘town-gown’ relationship than the one that St. Andrews and Laurinburg/Scotland County enjoy. St. Andrews trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students are deeply grateful for the donors and volunteers who made the campaign such a success.”
Key volunteers and donors will be recognized later this fall at an event to celebrate the successful completion of the campaign.—30—
For a few days in late May, a St. Andrews University alumna was creating a stir nationally with her grammatical critique of a White House letter. Yvonne Mason, class of 1978, and similar to what she had done for 17 years as a high school English teacher, took purple pen to paper, circled mistakes, wrote notes, highlighted redundancies and generally “graded” the letter for its syntax and rhetorical style.
And then, she mailed it back to the White House. It went viral, and Ms. Mason began to be interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and more.
The real story began when Ms. Mason wrote President Trump in February after the Parkland, FL, high school shooting. She was quoted, according to the Washington Post: “I wrote urging the president to meet with every single family of a victim individually. And to hear what they had to say and to assure them that something was going to be done about gun control in this country. I didn’t expect to hear back. After I mailed it, it was over for me. I had expressed my opinion.” She insists that whoever wrote the letter didn’t need a new job, maybe just a new stylebook.
However, the White House letter that sparked the editing did not refer to any of the content or requests in Ms. Mason’s letter and was probably written by someone at the White House, “who was trained to mimic the president’s writing style such as a speechwriter.”
Regardless, her teaching and composition skills took over, the letter was scrutinized and sent back with a photo taken of the letter that would end up on her Facebook page.
Without repeating the various media reporting, St. Andrews director of communications contacted Ms. Mason (now retired from teaching and living in Atlanta) and asked her to respond to questions. These are her answers.
- Now that you are "in the news," any changes or how you have to deal with people/media?
I've had to change my Facebook privacy settings to make them more narrow, but I didn’t block anyone until over the past weekend. It was getting a little scary. Someone called for Atlantans to protest in front of our house.
- Any follow up from the WH, etc.?
Nope! LOL, I don’t expect any follow up.
- Is there a learning experience evolving from this--once you did it ... results ... ?
Several people would ask me if I’d do it again, and I would. The learning experience is that people will attack you personally while calling you down for attacking someone they admire.
And I’d do it to more than just the president. The point is that it was a formal letter from a nationally important figure.
- Was it intended to be political?
I just joked about it constantly. It was most certainly political, but I’d do it for a Democrat, too. South Carolina (where I am still registered to vote) has no major politicians to correct.
- Are you still in the media drama?
I am not. I did an interview with a South American international television station two weeks after the media storm, but I think people are now rushing to trash the Eagles for not loving America as much as a man who doesn’t know the words to “God Bless America,” or have enough sense to just not start singing.
- Threats? Love letters?
No direct threats, but implications of what “should” happen to me if I were this disrespectful. Lots of people shared and complimented me, but no proposals of marriage! My favorite epithet was “old hippie hag.” A woman from New Delhi messaged to tell me I was a badass. I loved it!
- Most surprising aspect of the entire story?
The most surprising aspect was that it was a story at all. I posted it on my FB page knowing that my friends would get a kick out of it. Someone asked to share it and the rest is media history.
- Any role that St. Andrews played?
St. Andrews made me brave and confident in my intellectual capabilities and thinking skills. I am forever grateful for my experience there. My daughter Margaret Tate is also a St. Andrews alum, class of 2008.
- Additional ideas/thoughts/points you would like to contribute?
Not really. It was fun being on CNN and everyone was very nice. I was surprised at how passionate people were about how awful I am. And to all of them, I WOULD have done the same with a letter from Barack Obama had the occasion arisen.—30—