Around Campus Summer 2012
September 10, 2012
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Annie Ellison receives her hood at the Campbell Law School commencement ceremony held at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. More than 950 students received degrees from Campbell’s six schools over a two-day period in early May. | Photo by Karl DeBlaker
A busy summer for Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine kicked off with the announcement that the school was awarded provisional accreditation status.
The new status, which went into effect on July 1, meant the University was eligible to actively recruit students, matriculate new students and offer a program of medical instruction with an approved curriculum. Campbell began taking applications for its first class — the Class of 2017 — on June 1.
According to Dean Dr. John Kauffman, the school took in more than 700 completed applications through Aug. 1, from students all over the country.
The school, which is scheduled to open its doors in the fall of 2013, is also currently busy hiring professors and staff to prepare for that opening, now just a year away.
“We have assembled an outstanding team of medical educators,” said Kauffman. “I look forward to meeting and working with potential students to ensure that we identify and recruit the highest quality applicants for CUSOM.”
Campbell’s medical school will eventually graduate 150 physicians each year, many of whom will practice in rural and underserved regions of the state. Students will spend their first two years training in the new medical school at Campbell University.
According to Kauffman, third- and fourth-year medical students will train in community hospitals across the state, where he expects many will live and become active members in their communities.
Construction on the 96,500-square-foot facility on Highway 421 began last December and is expected to be completed by May.
Campbell Law School released a new smartphone application, “CU LAW,” for Android and Apple products in April. The app was the third of its kind among all law schools in the United States, and the first among all law schools in North Carolina.
The free app was created in-house by Campbell Law Director of Information Technology Mark Gibbons and associates Chuck Toscano and Cole Dickens. “CU Law” allows for prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners to stay in touch with Campbell Law regardless of time or location.
“Our smart phone application further solidifies our standing as a forward-thinking law school in terms of technology and access,” said Gibbons. “Our app allows all of our stakeholders to stay informed, in touch and connected with Campbell Law via one all-encompassing resource.”
The app boasts a wealth of information, including admissions, school history, news feed, event calendar, videos, faculty bios, location information and a photo gallery. Additionally, the app uses GPS technology to individually connect with, and send pertinent messages and event information, to users in specific geographic locations.
The app is currently available in both the Android Marketplace and the iTunes store.
Campbell University professor Dr. Peggy Smith was named the recipient of the Jay Robinson Leadership Exemplary Educator Award in May, an honor given to educators who have made a "statewide impact in K-12 education."
Smith, who is also a member of the Johnston County School Board and is coordinator of Campbell’s Master of School Administration program, was honored at a reception and luncheon on June 11. She was nominated for the award by Mandi Campbell, Head Start coordinator and member of the Kannapolis City Schools Board of Education.
“Dr. Peggy Smith has filled many roles in education," Campbell said. "She is dedicated, driven and passionate about education. She has a vision that all students can succeed and this vision is contagious in all students, parents and teachers that have worked with her through the years. For Smith, there are no barriers when it comes to educating and preparing children to become life-long learners.”
Smith’s experience in education covers the public school area — classroom teacher, college instructor in school administration, statewide and national consultant, North Carolina Wachovia Principal of the Year in 2001, Dean of Students at the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics and school board member.
Dr. Gregory Dedrick was named founding director of Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ new doctor of physical therapy program in June. His responsibilities will include leading the development of the program, obtaining accreditation and overseeing faculty recruitment.
"Dr. Dedrick is highly respected in physical therapy education and understands the challenges of implementing a new degree program," said Ron Maddox, PharmD, dean of Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and vice president of health programs.
Dedrick brings more than 15 years of clinical knowledge and over a decade of teaching and research experience to the position. Most recently, he served as an associate professor of physical therapy at Texas Tech University, where he taught numerous physical therapy courses in both master’s and doctorate-level programs as well as post-professional education.
“One of the reasons I was drawn to Campbell University is its unique position to provide students with inter-professional learning experiences,” Dedrick said. “I believe this type of training will improve communication and respect among health care practitioners to ultimately provide better care for patients.”
The 2011-12 school year marked two major milestones for Campbell University with the 125th anniversary of the University’s founding and the 25th anniversary of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. But another milestone has gone somewhat unnoticed – the 100th anniversary of the first Pine Burr Yearbook. That first edition, published in 1912, was dedicated to founder J.A. Campbell and included 62 pages of photos, essays, poems and advertisements.
Campbell’s inaugural physician assistant class finished its first year in July, and students and faculty gathered to celebrate with an end-of-the-school-year cookout in front of Carrie Rich Hall. With the 13-month didactic phase of their training complete, the students embarked on 15 months of clinical rotations after a three-week break in August. The second class of PA students began their journey just before the official beginning of the fall semester. | Photo by Andrea Pratt
Campbell’s Dr. Michael Smith was recognized by journalismdegrees.org as one of “Top 50 journalism professors for 2012."
Smith, a professor of Communication Studies and adviser of The Campbell Times student newspaper, was also awarded Campbell University’s first Teaching Excellence Award this spring.
Before beginning his teaching career, Smith spent a decade working in the newsroom and writing for several publications in the 1980s. He works with Drs. Edward Johnson and J. Dean Farmer to teach more than 100 students in the Department of Communication Studies.
Smith said the key for students in the Technology Age is to adapt to the ever-changing role of a journalist. Whether or not newspapers survive, Smith says there will always be careers for students who write well, and the nation will always need talented, hard-working journalists.
“There’s a valuable, respectable notion that democracy depends on the free flow of information, and journalists provide that information,” he said. “(Journalism) is not just writing well, it’s about having a community that flourishes.”
Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and the Campbell Law School announced the establishment of a new dual-degree program over the summer.
The four-year program, which will begin this fall, allows students to pursue and obtain a Juris Doctor at Campbell Law, as well as a Master of Science in Public Health from CPHS.
“The JD/MSPH is a powerful degree that will provide our students with an understanding of the intersections between law, health policy and public health,” Interim Campbell Law Dean Keith Faulkner said. “This program will be a great compliment for those students seeking a traditional legal job in health law and will provide an alternative career path for those seeking careers in the health care policy and nonprofit arenas.”
Graduates will enter the workplace prepared to represent clients, health organizations or systems, and serve in leadership roles in health policy at the national, state, county and local levels. Prospective students are required to gain admission to both programs in order to pursue the dual degree.
“This specialized focus will give law students an in-depth perspective on health care and prepare them for advanced careers in health law and policy throughout North Carolina and beyond,” CPHS Dean Ron Maddox said.
Shelley Hobbs has seen firsthand what an arena full of future freshmen preparing packaged meals can do for hungry families half a world away.
That’s why Hobbs was front and center and leading the way this summer during the “service project” portion of Campbell University’s two summer orientations for freshmen and transfer students. A few thousand students and family members were in Buies Creek for both two-day orientations, designed to introduce them to life at Campbell University and make the transition into college life a little easier.
A recent tradition of the orientation is the service project. This year the students were given the task of packing 25,000 meals to be delivered to families in the African country of Ethiopia. Hobbs, a Campbell graduate and now the University’s Private School and Christian Markets counselor, helped deliver food and minister to poor families in the region back in March, and Friday, she and Chris Leader of Ignite Outreach presented a film of their experience to the orientation crowd before their work began.
The story shared of a malnourished father who declined his meal so his family could eat more left some in tears.
“It’s just incredible to me how one hour of service can impact the lives of thousands,” said Hobbs, who described her trip in March as both humbling and inspirational. “There wasn’t anything that could have prepared me for the poverty I saw there … yet, it was humbling to see the joy and the zest for life these families had despite everything else. They are truly grateful for these meals.”
Donning hair nets and comfortable shoes, hundreds of future Campbell students manned a few dozen meal-preparation tables and worked in shifts for the hour-plus. Students on one end filled bags with rice, soy, dried vegetables and vitamins; those bags were passed down to students who sealed them and stacked them. Finally, students at the end of the table boxed the meals and loaded them to be carried off.
It’s by no means back-breaking labor, but it’s also not what you’d think a university would ask of the students who just signed on for at least four years. According to Campus Minister Faithe Beam, the opportunity to serve is just one of the reasons many students choose Campbell University.
“This is a generation that wants to change the world. They want to make a difference and serve,” Beam said. “That culture of service begins now.”
Campbell University rising senior Kendra Batie poses for a photo with Mount Kilimanjaro serving as a background during her recent Study Abroad trip to Tunisia with other health sciences students from Campbell University. A biology major, Batie hopes to attend medical school after graduation next spring.
Campbell University Divinity School has created a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Degree, available beginning this fall.
The MACM is a professional degree designed to prepare men and women for specialized, ordained or lay ministry. It will provide a foundation in the theological disciplines and specialized training in an area of specialized ministries.
“It will allow focused preparation for ministry that will be especially suited for and accessible to persons who may already be serving in churches, in lay ministry, and in other ministry contexts,” said Divinity School Dean Dr. Andy Wakefield.
Currently, the specialized training areas include Congregational Leadership, Youth Ministry, Teaching the Bible, Christian Education and Children’s Ministry. Additional specializations are already planned and will be developed as opportunities allow.
Forty-eight credit hours are required for completion of the degree.
David Orr, director of instruction for Campbell’s PGA Golf Management Program, has earned in recent months national and world recognition for his ability to work with students at Campbell and teach the world’s best golfers on the PGA Tour.
Orr was recently named the Palmer Maples Teacher of the Year for 2011, an award that goes to the “teaching professional who has performed outstanding service as a golf instructor.” The award takes into consideration the past five years of the winner’s career. At Campbell, Orr not only instructs golfers, but also heads curriculum and instructs academic courses like Player Development, Instructor Development and PGM Internships.
Across the pond in Great Britain, Orr was the subject of an article published in several newspapers and websites after being sought out by British pro golfer Justin Rose to help him with his putting.
According to the article, Rose spent two days with Orr to work on his putting problems. Orr has put years of research into putting and has published several articles on the subject.
The life of a church music minister — or most ministers, for that matter — means often having to work (and work hard) so others can enjoy their worshipping experience.
It means that there are few times when the ministers themselves can shed their responsibilities and immerse themselves in the experience.
That’s where OASIS comes in.
Campbell University Divinity School’s second annual OASIS: Renew for the Journey Church Music Conference in July was designed to inform and teach those who’ve made a career of music ministry, and to offer them time to “reflect, renew and rest.”
“It provides them with quiet time and opportunity to hone their skills, all while allowing them to network with others in their field,” said the Rev. Lionel Cartwright, a 2009 graduate of Campbell Divinity School and pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Chadbourn who also served as a planner and volunteer for this year’s OASIS. “For them, it’s like a canopy of grace … a break from the norm. A minister’s life is a busy life.”
More than 150 guests took part in this year’s event, which included worship services and several breakout sessions led by nationally known church music leaders. The final worship service at Butler Chapel included distinguished pianist and composer Joel Raney, organist and composer Jane Holstein and musicians from Hope Publishing Company, in addition to the Campbell Children’s Choir and the Grace Notes Handbell Choir from Winstead United Methodist Church. The concert was free and open to the public.
Sitting in the “Oasis Room” — a comfortable lounge in Taylor Hall set up for relaxation between breakout sessions — Marcy Mittlestadt of Cornelius talked about why she came to Buies Creek to take part in the three-day program.
“It allows me to worship and to do so without having to at the forefront, in front of hundreds,” Mittlestadt said.
Even the workshops had a relaxed feel to them. Joyce Wolfe, director of the Winstead Handbell Choir, had students bouncing tennis balls and doing other odd exercises in sync with the beat … creative techniques these music directors can use with their own music groups.
“Nobody goes to college for a handbell degree,” Wolfe told her class. “And compared to the violin or organ, it’s a fairly new instrument to many churches. But it’s a beautiful instrument … and I encourage people to attend these seminars and other national seminars. You just learn so much.”
Carol Dickerson, a music teacher and choir director from Nashville, Tenn., instructed a session titled, “Tips and Tricks for Terrific Rehearsals.” The class was designed for those who teach children’s choirs, and the 25 in her class clapped, sang and even danced along with Dickerson as she presented new ways of keeping children interested in music.
“We’re here to make it not only fun, but learning fun,” Dickerson said from behind a digital piano. “We’re dealing with kids … so I know it can get rowdy.”
According to organizers, OASIS features special tracks for pastors, worship leaders, worship technologists, youth and children’s choir leaders, accompanists and handbell directors. The bent is toward traditional music, but also includes some contemporary selections.