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Players and fans celebrate the end of the first lacrosse game in Campbell University history — a 21-4 win over Kennesaw State on Feb. 23 at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek.
Photo by Bennett Scarborough
The nine Campbell University students who made the trick shot and the camera operator who recorded it. Top row, from left to right: Patrick Bindel, Ben Polland, Patrick Carter, Mike Turck, Matt Foster (cameraman), Nathan Mead and Jacob Wine. Bottom row, left to right: Ryan King, Taylor Ray and Mark Valenti. Watch the video here »
“If everybody played golf that way, it wouldn’t take you four hours [to play one round].”
Ellen Degeneres, showing the PGM program’s “9 Putts, 1 Cup" video on The Ellen Degeneres Show
When Nathan Mead became president of the PGA Golf Management Student Association at Campbell University last semester, he introduced a slogan that he hoped would set the tone for the group for the academic year: “Do big things.”
A video that features Mead and eight other seniors in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business’ PGA Golf Management University Program hitting nine putts into one golf hole, at one time, went viral in February. National news organizations such as CNN and USA Today, sports sites such as Sports Illustrated’s Golf.com and Yahoo Sports, and news stations from around the world — from 23ABC News in Bakersfield, Calif., to Zweites Deutsches Fernseher in Germany — picked up the video and described the trick shot with plenty of superlatives. Among them: “improbable,” “an incredible moment,” “astonishing,” “awesome,” “impossible trick shot,” “tremendous,” “the most impressive shot you’ll ever see” and “the all-time trick shot.”
“I can’t believe it has gotten so much attention,” Mead said during the first week of the video’s virality. “It’s exciting to wake up each morning with new texts from people saying, 'I just saw the video.'”
The roots of the video go back to earlier this winter when Mead was thinking of what he could do to bring together all the freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in CUPGM, one of only 20 such programs in the country.
The seniors in the video, with putts from 2 feet to 23 feet out, made nine putts into a golf hole after about two dozen attempts. Though the students removed the actual cup lining to make the hole deeper for all nine balls to fit, they kept the diameter of the hole regulation size (4.25 inches). The students calculated that the likelihood of making the nine putts was less than a half-percent.
“On the PGA Tour the odds of making an eight-footer is about 50/50, so for the students to be able to make all those putts is astronomical,” said Kenneth Jones, director of CUPGM.
In addition to the millions who saw the video on various television programs, the original YouTube video had topped one million views by month’s end. — By Cherry Crayton
Campbell University’s Campbell Magazine was named the top university publication and most-improved university publication in its division at the 2013 CASE District III awards ceremony, held in Atlanta on Feb. 19.
They were among the five total awards received by the communications department at the annual conference hosted by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
In addition to the magazine’s two grand awards, the University’s 125th anniversary book received an award of excellence, and merit awards went to Campbell’s 2012 Annual Report and campbell.edu’s “Alumni Memories” page.
District III covers colleges, universities and private K-12 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi.
Campbell Magazine’s Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Summer 2012 editions were entered for judging in the "Magazine II" division (schools with enrollments between 5,000 and 15,000) in this year’s contest.
The publications were produced by Billy Liggett, assistant director for publications, and designed by senior graphic designer Jonathan Bronsink.
Nearly 100 underserved children from Harnett County received free dental and medical care on Feb. 2 at a clinic organized by Campbell University’s Public Health and Physician Assistant programs.
The one-day event set up 12 dental chairs in the Harnett County Commons Area in Lillington, providing free exams, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments for children who do not have dental insurance or receive Medicaid funding.
The free clinic was held in conjunction with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile initiative, which addresses the need of dental care for underserved pediatric populations across the country.
“We were the only county in our surrounding area that did not have a Give Kids a Smile type event,” said Tina Tseng, chair of Campbell’s public health program. “As a new program, we were really happy to host this event for the first time, and help meet a huge need in our community.”
In a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Dental Campaign, North Carolina was in the bottom five states for school-based dental sealant treatment programs.
The clinic was a collaborative effort with High House Pediatric Dentistry of Cary, Dentalworks Pediatric Dentistry of Fayetteville, Central Carolina Community College, the N.C. Oral Health Section, the Harnett County Health Department, and the N.C. Dental Society’s Missions of Mercy. More than 100 students from five universities volunteered, and an estimated value of $60,000 in dental services was provided, including placement of more than 250 sealants.
In addition to dental care, Campbell’s public health and PA students provided medical screenings and educational programs covering nutrition and oral hygiene.
“We had six health education and assessment stations set up,” said Kristina Wolfe, a first-year public health student who helped coordinate the event. “Families were led by a volunteer to each station as well as the dental services station.”
Campbell’s public health and PA programs already have plans to host Give Harnett Kids a Smile again next year. They hope to expand the dental and medical services to provide the community with more access to preventative care.
Photo: Thomas Notto, first-year PA student at Campbell, learns how to apply fluoride varnish during the free dental and medical clinic in Harnett. (by Andrea Pratt)
Lorae Roukema describes the teacher preparation program for middle grades she directs in Campbell University’s School of Education as “small but mighty.”
That might has led Campbell’s Middle Grades Program to be honored with the first-ever Teacher Preparation Program to Watch Award for North Carolina’s Eastern Region. Given by the North Carolina Middle School Association and the N.C. Professors of Middle Level Education, the peer-nominated award recognizes excellence of middle grade academic programs and the efforts of faculty and graduates to advance the aims of exemplary middle grade education.
“This is an honor,” said Roukema, an associate professor of education at Campbell. “We were up against a lot of schools in the region that have big education departments, so for us to actually win the award makes it even more special.”
Other universities in the same region as Campbell include East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Buies Creek has seen its fair share of big music acts in the last 40-plus years (who can forget Billy Preston in 1974 or Weird Al Yankovich in ’93?).
This spring, two big names have Campbell University on their spring concert tours. American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will play Turner Auditorium on April 2, and rockers The Goo Goo Dolls will play the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center on April 17.
Phillips, the 21-year-old singer/guitarist whose debut single “Home” hit the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 list with 278,000 downloads sold, is the second Idol champ to perform in Buies Creek. Season 7 winner David Cook played a sold-out show at Campbell in 2009.
The Goo Goo Dolls, known for hits like "Iris," "Slide" and "Name," hit the bigtime in 1995 with the album "A Boy Named Goo,” which sold more than two million copies. The band hit its peak in 1998 with "Iris," which spent 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Campbell Law School hosted 18 schools in February for the second annual North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Ethics Bowl, a competition that focuses on ethics in leadership, decision-making, interpersonal relationships and other issues in today’s society.
“Ethics Bowl offers our students an extraordinary opportunity to dialog with other top-notch students from around the state on real-life moral dilemmas,” said Campbell associate professor of theology and philosophy Adam English, who also heads Campbell’s ethics team. “In addition to that, they make invaluable connections with Raleigh business leaders who volunteer their time to serve as judges and moderators.”
Campbell Law School moved into the top tier for law schools and collected its highest ever ranking as released by U.S. News & World Report in March.
The ranking is included as a part of the publication’s Best Graduate Schools 2014 guidebook, published in April.
“This is a proud day for Campbell Law and Campbell University,” said Campbell Law Interim Dean Keith Faulkner. “This ranking is further proof of the continued upward trajectory of the law school, as well as the strong foundation that has been built over time by countless faculty, staff, students and graduates since our founding in 1976.”
Previously unranked, Campbell is listed as 126th out of the 149 ranked schools.
Campbell Law ranked high in several metrics comprising overall rankings including student/faculty ratio, the school’s bar passage rate, and the number of graduates employed nine months after graduation with a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage.
Of the seven law schools in North Carolina, Campbell Law stands as one of four institutions ranked inside the top tier. The other three include Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest.
Campbell University students loaded an entire dumpster full of debris and dirt at a home in Howards Beach, N.Y., heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Photo courtesy of Faithe Beam.
Campbell students spend Spring Break helping victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York
It had been over four months since Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast when a team from Campbell University traveled north for Spring Break to lend a helping hand to those who still needed one.
The trip was an eye-opener for student Redonno Carmon, who was surprised at the condition of not only some of the homes and businesses hit hard by the mammoth storm, but the difficulty of getting one’s life back on track after such a disaster.
“If a tragedy isn't ‘close to home,’ we tend to forget that those people are still putting their lives back together,” said Carmon, a junior. “They are still trying to rebuild as we go on with our lives. God taught me the importance of being active physically or in prayer for those who have been dealt the difficulty of life, whether it's been days or months.”
Carmon and nearly a dozen other Campbell students joined Campus Minister Faithe Beam in New York in March for a week of work on hurricane-damaged homes with the North Carolina Baptist Men, a group known for its volunteer work following natural disasters. Another group of students spent Spring Break in Honduras building pilas, or sheds used to wash clothes or house bathrooms, for poor families.
Beam, who leads a group to work and minister in East St. Louis each December, said God steered her toward choosing New York as a mission destination this year; and upon seeing the damage in Newport, N.Y., she instantly realized their work was needed.
“There are still many without insurance or who simply haven’t had time to rebuild since the storm,” she said. “The family we helped in Howards Beach [near Queens] … the husband was an NYPD officer and the wife was a nurse. They’d spent all this time helping others and not focusing on their own needs.”
Beam and her crew spent an entire day moving dirt from their home, filling an entire large dumpster with dirt and debris from the couple’s back yard. At another home, they spent multiple days doing a complete tear-out, removing walls, sheetrock, ceramic tiles and studs damaged by the flooding and days of standing water.
Hard work. And hardly a typical Spring Break.
“The whole experience taught me I am tougher than I thought,” said junior Courtney West. “I continued to work and press forward even though I was tired and sore.”
It was West’s second mission trip with Campbell. For Carmon, who has volunteered locally with Campus Ministry several times, it was his first week-long mission trip.
“There is an overwhelming peace in getting away from the noise and serving someone who really needs it,” he said. “I found out how much joy and clarity of mind there is in doing that type of service.”
Justin McKoy and Mary Beth Smith perform a scene from “The Fastest Woman Alive,” presented by the Fine Arts Department in February. “Alive” tells the story of Jackie Cochran, the first woman to break the sound barrier and founder of Women Air Force Service Pilots, or WASP. Cochran became a mentor to both Amelia Earhart and Chuck Yeager, and to this day she holds more flight records than any man or woman who ever lived.
Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences released a new mobile application for Android and Apple products in February. The free app for smartphones and tablets offers instant access to news, videos and information about the College.
The CPHS app connects prospective students to admissions criteria about the College’s nine academic programs and six dual-degree options.
“As technology changes, apps are becoming a prevalent way to communicate with others,” said Brenda Blackman, director of recruitment and retention at CPHS. “We created our app to help with recruiting efforts, but also as a resource for current students, faculty, staff and alumni because it is a universal way to connect with our audience.”
Environmental sciences professor Michael Larsen (far right) led a group of students through the woods and nature trails surrounding Campbell University in January collecting trash as part of the university's Week of Service, an annual event held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The clean-up effort lasted throughout the week, often in sub-freezing temperatures.
Campbell began accepting student applications in early February for its new Doctor of Physical Therapy program, anticipated to start spring 2014 (pending accreditation approval).
The program will accept between 32 and 40 students for the first class. Those interested in becoming a part of that first class have until Nov. 1 to submit their applications.
Over the next decade, millions of citizens are expected to gain access to health care services, which include physical therapy, due to changes in healthcare laws and delivery. With this new access to care, physical therapy positions are projected to increase 40 percent by 2020.
Campbell’s new program aims to help fill this need. The 36 month, full-time program at Campbell is dedicated to developing independent, autonomous practitioners who function as part of a comprehensive inter-professional health care team, with an emphasis on care in rural communities.
“Campbell is in a unique position to influence physical therapist retention rates in rural North Carolina by providing necessary health care access to those regions,” said Dr. Greg Dedrick, director of Campbell’s DPT program.
Students will spend the first two years applying classroom knowledge with hands-on training. The final year will focus primarily on clinical training in health care facilities throughout North Carolina, the southeast region and the nation.
Six months before it’ll open its doors to students, Campbell’s School of Osteopathic Medicine announced in February a partnership with Southeastern Health and the Regional Medical Center in Lumberton to offer medical training opportunities for students.
The agreement is one of several academic health center partnerships between the newly formed medical school and major health care institutions in the region.
The partnership with Southeastern Health would involve training opportunities for third- and fourth-year Campbell medical school students, with additional residency programs provided post-graduation. Students and residents would have the opportunity to train alongside primary care physicians at Southeastern Regional Medical Center as well as primary care physicians and specialists throughout Southeastern Health's network of 40 clinics.
The Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine will open to its first class of 150 students in August. Students will spend the first two years learning on the Harnett County campus in state-of-the-art simulation labs before being assigned to training opportunities in regional community hospitals.
Dr. John Kauffman, dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine, said this model is ideal for training primary care physicians, particularly physicians who will practice in rural and underserved areas.
“By placing our students in community hospitals for their third and fourth years and having residency programs available once they graduate, we believe it will enable our students to put down roots and become the next generation of physicians who practice in this community,” said Kauffman. “These students will be your pediatricians, your family doctors, your internists, your surgeons, your OBGYNs and your emergency medical physicians.”