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21st Century Class - Steve Plummer

20 April 2018, 1:42 pm Written by

  Steve Plummer is the General Manager at Roaring Gap Club,a 2,000 acre summer camp with a 54 acre lake and a golf course among many other amenities.  The club has 40 buildings and a year around staff of 20 individuals. During the summer there are 170 employees. The maximum club membership is set at 300 and they have 175 private residences on the premises.

   Mr. Plummer explained about starting relationships with people and showed us how to do it as he talked to each student by asking questions when he entered into our classroom.  Mr. Plummer also said that we need to work with what we love to do so in the end of the day we never work in our lives. —Lucas Chehab​

St. Andrews University hosted The North Carolina Poetry Society’s Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series Dinner, April 12, which brought together distinguished poets and student poets from the central regions of North Carolina.  Student poets were selected from middle school, high school, college, and adults not currently enrolled in school. 

Distinguished poets mentor selected student poets in writing and revising a dozen pages of poetry and coach them in the craft of oral presentation.

Camryn Massey is a 15-year-old sophomore attending Scotland Early College High School.  She is a member of the National Beta Club and the Technology Student Association.  Camryn loves science, but she's also passionate about writing poetry.  She serves as a volunteer at Scotland County Memorial Library. \

Pam Baggett's chapbook, Wild Horses, was a runner-up for the Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest and will be published by Main Street Rag in spring 2018.  Her recent poems appear in Atlanta Review, Cold Mountain Review, Kakalak 2017, Nimrod, San Pedro River Review, and Tar River Poetry.  Work also appears in several anthologies, including Forgetting Home: Poems About Alzheimers and The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VII: North Carolina.  She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a 2017 recipient of the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant, and a 2017 recipient of an artist grant from the Orange County Arts Commission.  She co-hosts the monthly Second Thursday Poetry Reading at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill and teaches free poetry workshops at the Orange County Main Library in Hillsborough.   She was unable to attend the event.

Terri Greco is a poet and psychotherapist.  A member of the North Carolina Poetry Society, she is one of the North Carolina Poetry Society's Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Adult Student Poets of 2017-2018.  Drawing upon personal and professional experience, her poems reflect the frailties and triumphs of being human and have appeared in online and print journals including Forage Poetry, Poetry Quarterly, I'm Not a Silent Poet, and The Gambler. A military dependent, Terri spent her early years living abroad in Greece, Germany, England and many of the United States. She is now glad to call Chapel Hill, NC, her home where she lives with her husband and son.—30—

(submitted by Beth Copeland)

Pepsico Recycling

13 April 2018, 10:37 am Written by

St. Andrews University has been selected as one of 19 recipients for the 2017-2018 PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund and up to $10,000 in funding.

With the help of PepsiCo Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund, St. Andrews is beginning their project titled the Green Knights Initiative to fund a recycling project on its campus. The challenge and application was to acquire funding for a collaborative venture among the Student Government Association, Office of Student Affairs and SAU Leadership. The grant will be used to initiate a recycling project that the Green Knights Initiative Committee will oversee.

As a part of the Zero Impact Fund, St. Andrews was selected out of more than 60 proposals to receive funding that will work to increase sustainability efforts on campus.

An ambitious project, the Growing Green Knights plan will introduce recycling stations in and around all resident halls, administrative buildings and outdoor areas. Recycling bins, receptacles and waste stations will be placed in all locations which the grant will cover the cost, including necessary supplies.

Their proposal covered specially referred to engaging the campus community, educating and benefiting. In part, their application stated, “The addition of recycling both indoors and out will benefit our residents, our university culture, workplaces, and the future main streets, workplaces and homes of our graduates.”

The project leaders for the grant at St. Andrews are SGA president Eduardo Andrade and Clifton Dial, Director of Residence Life and Housing. The extensive six-page application required the Growing Green Knights Team to identify specific needs, locations, costs and strategy to facilitate the project. When all aspects are functioning, the team believes that solid waste reduction could be as much as 131,000 pounds yearly and a savings of almost $10,000 for the university.

PepsiCo Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund aims to help schools across the country reach their sustainability goals by awarding up to $10,000 to support eco-innovations that increase sustainability on campus. More information on the PepsiCo Recycling Zero Impact Fund and other winning proposals can be located at

The Regional Science Olympiad held March 17 at St. Andrews University has proven to be a positive experience for area middle school students.

Designed to enhance the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experience, seven teams competed in a variety of competitive events under the supervision of the science staff at St. Andrews.

The varsity team from Parkwood Middle School (Monroe, NC) finished first in overall competition with wins in Battery Buggy, Crime Busters, Hovercraft, Optics, Road Scholar, Rocks and Minerals, Roller Coaster, Solar System, Thermodynamics and Towers.

Second place went to Sun Valley Middle School (Indian Trail, NC) with a first in Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detective, Duck Tape Challenge, Ecology and Write It, Do It.

Third place went to West Pine Middle School (West End) with a first in Fast Facts, Herpetology and Meteorology.

“We are very pleased with the level of competition seen at this year’s regional event,” said Rooney Coffman, site director. “We are hopeful that the competition will continue to grow at this level.”

The highest placing team is invited to participate in the state tournament at North Carolina State University later this spring. Last year, more than 900 K-12 teams representing over 18,000 students and 85 counties in North Carolina participated in North Carolina Science Olympiad. These tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. A few of the events students participated in were Anatomy and Physiology, Crime Busters, Towers, Optics and Ecology.

Top finishers at the state level advance to the national tournament to take place in Colorado.

The first recorded Science Olympiad was held 41 years ago at St. Andrews. Dr. Donald Barnes, Dr. David Wetmore and Rooney Coffman were the originators of this event. Fifteen schools from North and South Carolina and Virginia participated in this event. This Olympiad was a daylong event, with competitions and demonstrations for high school students in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics. There were four event periods during this day, and each event period had one fun event (beaker race or paper airplane), one demonstration (glassblowing and holography), and one serious event (periodic table quiz or Science Bowl).

An article by Wetmore was published in the Journal of Chemical Education in January of 1978 documenting the success of recruiting students through Science Olympiad. Education leaders who observed the Olympiad took the concept to the national level in 1985. Today, 7,800 teams in 50 states compete in Science Olympiads

Dr. Feldman and Leaf Miners

3 April 2018, 11:40 am Written by

29 March 2018

While out cataloging plants on the St. Andrews University campus in Laurinburg, ecology professor Dr. Tracy Feldman came across an intriguing group of leaf miners on an evergreen tree.  

Curious about what species he had found, Dr. Feldman sent the specimen to the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic at North Carolina State University where they could not identify the leaf miners.

Dr. Feldman then sent the specimen to a freelance naturalist to whom he had been introduced, Charley Eiseman, who then informed Dr. Feldman that he had possibly found a new species.  

Although the specimen first sent to Eiseman has yet to be confirmed as a new one—with the possibility of discovering new species on campus—Dr. Feldman was determined to look for all the leaf miners he could. Since then, six of the more than 180 leaf miner species he has found have been confirmed as new species by Eiseman and Dr. Owen Lonsdale (Curator at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes).

“Leaf miners are considered parasites,” Dr. Feldman explains. They are insects that mine through plants for nutrients, leaving behind trails on the branches they eat that may differ depending on the species of insect and plant. Miners are not limited to one group of insects and include flies, beetles, moths and sawflies.

Scotland County is in the Southeastern Coastal Plain, which is a global biodiversity hotspot, one of 36 in the world. It “just really is not a place where people are looking for small insects,” according to Dr. Feldman. When cataloging various plants and animals, some of these leaf miners can go undetected because of their small size.

“Most ecologists go for the larger sized bugs,” he said, which are unequivocally easier to spot compared to smaller leaf miners. Dr. Feldman said he was fortunate to have observed such a small insect that led him to discover several new species of leaf miners in Laurinburg.

His next steps after the unexpected discoveries of six fly species including two Agromyza species, two Liriomyza species, one Calycomyza species and one Cerodontha species are to continue describing all the characteristics that distinguish them from other leaf miners with collaborators Eiseman and Lonsdale. They will then send a manuscript of the discovery to a publisher.

Publishing, which involves editing and rewriting, can take years before a final perfected manuscript is released describing these six new species of leaf miners found by Dr. Tracy Feldman at St. Andrews University.—30—

(written by Kiah Cheatham for COM 454)

Members of Granville Hall came together to give Suite 4 an uplift with new lounge painting. The student initiative was drawn up and executed by the Granville Dorm Council. Two sides walls were painted blue and the back wall white. Tri shields will be painted later on the blue walls. The Dorm Council plans to continue spreading spirit by painting other suite lounges!
Those who came to help were:
Taylor Fowler '20
Lily Grace Sager '20
Destiney O'Kane '19
Jason Lawyer '16
Brandon Standridge '15
Conor Moloney '15

Nikon Storytellers Award

22 March 2018, 9:06 am Written by

A St. Andrews junior majoring in Art, Rina Suzuki (Shizukuishi, Japan), has been chosen as a semi-finalist for the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship.

The contest was open to undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited, non-profit college/university or vocational/technical school in the United States or Canada pursuing degrees in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography and multimedia/content creation who will have completed their freshman year of college or academic equivalent before Fall 2018. Ten winners will each receive a $10,000 academic scholarship as they continue to pursue their creative field of study to be used in the 2018-2019 academic school year.

Ms. Suzuki is a junior with particular interests in psychology and gender studies. Her artwork (as shown) focuses on realism and a detailed texture of life to share perspectives and feelings with viewers. Her art professor at St. Andrews is Stephanie McDavid.


The final scholarship recipients will be notified in June.

21 March 2018

Award recipients of the annual Ethel Fortner and Sam Ragan Arts Awards at St. Andrews University were presented March 15 to Ms. Janet Kenworthy and Dr. Douglas Orr.

Ms. Kenworthy, Aberdeen, NC, started and runs the musical theater known as The Rooster’s Wife. She was presented with the Ethel Fortner award by St. Andrews University president Paul Baldasare for her active role in the arts including music, literature and cinema. Settling in Aberdeen with her family in 1991 following work and living in New York City, she shares that she “has lived a story with a soundtrack, and a broad sensibility to all things artful.” Trips to New Orleans created a visceral reaction to what she perceived as a lack of affordable live music in her community.

Experiencing first hand the restorative effects of music and the arts led Ms. Kenworthy to open her home to give musicians and music lovers a way to building community. Weekend concerts, now over 300, of all musical genres fill the Rooster’s Wife located on Knight’s Street in Aberdeen. Created to serve the community by preserving the cultural heritage and presenting the talent of the next generation, the Rooster’s Wife is committed to offering affordable programs for every age to enjoy.

The Ethel Fortner Arts Award was established in 1986 to honor the legacy of Ms. Fortner—a poet, critic, editor, arts promoter and benefactor of St. Andrews press.

President Baldasare presented the Sam Ragan Arts Award to Dr. Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, a liberal arts college in Asheville. Prior to that, he served as vice chancellor and faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he was a recipient of the teaching excellence award. He has served as board chair of the North Carolina Independent College and University Association, and board chair of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Orr was recognized by the governor of North Carolina with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, the state’s highest civilian honor. While at Warren Wilson he founded the Swannanoa Gathering summer music program that has become one of the nation’s most popular such events, attracting about 1500 participants each summer from all over the world for the five theme weeks.

He and his wife Darcy reside in Black Mountain, NC, and perform traditional Celtic and Appalachian music. They recently published through the UNC Press the New York Times best seller Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia, co-authored with Fiona Ritchie, host of NPR’s The Thistle & Shamrock weekly radio program.

The Sam Ragan Arts Award was created in 1981 to honor Samuel Talmadge Ragan, North Carolina’s first Secretary of Cultural Resources.



St. Andrews University President Paul Baldasare presents the Ethel Fortner Arts Award to Janet Kenworthy (l) and the Sam Ragan Arts Award to Dr. Douglas Orr (r).

Psychology Research Night

20 March 2018, 2:57 pm Written by

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Gianico for her Psychology Research Night, March 20. “I estimate that 40 individuals participated in the event.  We actually had to end early and send an email to the student body at 8:15 because we ran out of pizza,” she said.  

Here is a snapshot of most of the PSY 202 Researchers, along with Phillip Alden and Gaby Stephens (Psych Club officers), and Psi Chi grant winner Reinatou Saidou.

Ethics Bowl Results

16 March 2018, 10:43 am Written by

St. Andrews University students, Dean of Students Dr. Tim Verhey and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Tanner Capps competed in February at the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities annual Ethics Bowl in Raleigh. Although not the eventual winner (Salem College/Winston-Salem), St. Andrews students distinguished themselves in a number of rounds among 24 college teams.

St. Andrews competed against schools including High Point, Wake Forest, Methodist University, Campbell and Queens University of Charlotte.

The goal of the NCICU Ethics Bowl is to emphasize applied ethics as a hallmark of the student experience at North Carolina’s 36 independent colleges and universities which includes St. Andrews.

The NCICU ethics Bowl is designed to provide an academic experience that increases awareness and discourse in applying ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relations and carious issues in today’s society. Sponsors included Duke Energy and Wells Fargo. Over 70 volunteer judges and moderators participated representing corporations, media, business and legal firms.

Each college team competed in four rounds with the final competition focusing on cyber communities and how to exercise personal responsibility to ensure ethical standards and practices in social media.

“As a liberal arts institution, St. Andrews is committed to the education of the whole person. We prepare students not only to become economically successful, but also to become good people and engaged leaders in society. The NCICU Ethics Bowl was a great opportunity for our students to grow as professionals, people, and leaders. Moreover, I am proud to say that their performance showed that they are well on their way,” Dr. Verhey said.

St. Andrews students competing were Timothy Aiken (GA), Edwardo Andrade (NC), Cheyenne Ball (NC), Nina Havelka (NC), Kerri Anne Paschal (NC) and Nathan Rivas-Blackwell (CA)





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 Edwardo Andrade, Nina Havelka, Timothy Aiken, Cheyenne Ball, Kerri Anne Paschal, Dr. Tim Verhey. Not pictured Nathan Rivas-Blackwell.