Around Campus Summer 2013
August 5, 2013
It took a trip to Panama for George Burnette to remember why he got into law in the first place.
“I originally came to law school to help people,” said Burnette — who graduated this spring from Campbell University’s Norman A. Wiggins School of Law. “It is easy to forget that while in school. This trip sparked me to want to help people again. It solidified the idea that I want to do public interest law.”
Burnette and eight of his classmates accompanied assistant professor Lucas Osborn to Panama where the group researched the country’s adoption, foster care and orphan care laws and proposed legislation. For part of their trip, the group worked alongside Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry — a nonprofit organization founded by Campbell Law graduate Misty Hedspeth (’03) and her husband Matthew that works to streamline the adoption process in Panama to make sure orphaned children are placed in loving homes both in and out of the country.
The experience proved to be both educational and emotional, said Osborn, who chose Panama not only because of the Hedspeth connection, but also because he wanted his students to experience the inner-workings of international law in a developing country while performing mission work at the same time.
“We focused on adoption laws because of Misty; not because Panama’s adoption laws are terribly unique,” Osborn said. “The country’s laws fall somewhere between freely allowing international adoption and not allowing it at all … perhaps closer to not allowing it, save for exceptional circumstances. Misty and Matt have been working the past few years to convince the Panamanian government to make the process more efficient. This was a good chance for us to both experience the law process up close in another country and learn more about adoption and foster care laws.”
The nine students — Burnette, Caroline Gregory, Martha Hernandez, Jaime Lamphear, Brandon Patton, Brittany Taylor, David Williams, Nelia Willis and Hilary Workman — spent six of their seven days in Panama in the country’s capital, Panama City, population just under a million people.
“They learned about the civil law system, which Panama and most of the world runs on,” said Osborn. "As the world becomes more interconnected, it is important for American lawyers to have an understanding of how most of the world’s legal systems operate."
The nine students were broken up into three groups of three to focus on different projects upon arrival. The first group researched the Principle for Permanency — best practices to make sure children who are adopted are sent to homes where they have the best chance of remaining until adulthood. The second group wrote a policy manual of best practices for orphanages after studying the manuals penned by more developed countries and the United States.
The third group met with Panama’s government branch SENNIAF, which is responsible for coordinating and implementing policies to protect the rights of children and adolescents, and introduced them to Campbell Law’s Juvenile Justice program.
The students also spent time meeting and playing with children in two Panamanian orphanages, an experience that made the trip more personal to rising third-year law student Brittany Taylor.
“I now plan on incorporating international human rights into my studies,” she said. “Seeing firsthand the lives of these young children without a voice made me want to be their voice … or at least come up with a way in which their voice could be heard.”
Read the entire story, plus an excerpt from Professor Osborn’s journal, and see our photo gallery here at Children of Panama
With the addition of the School of Osteopathic Medicine, which opens to students this August, Campbell University has been upgraded to a Level VI university by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges.
A Level VI classification is given to schools that offer four or more doctoral degrees. Before the med school, Campbell offered three professional doctorates — law (JD), pharmacy (PharmD) and Divinity (D.Min). Graduates of the med school will leave with a DO degree, a doctorate of osteopathic medicine.
“Level VI is the highest level of accreditation with our accrediting group,” said Campbell University President Jerry Wallace. “Only two other private universities [Duke and Wake Forest] in North Carolina can say that.”
The Campbell University Board of Trustees approved the development of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at its spring meeting in April.
The proposed start date of the program is fall 2014, subject to approval of the N.C. Board of Nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
It will be the fifth major health sciences program launched or announced by Campbell in the last three years. As with its predecessors, the nursing program will help fill a growing need in North Carolina. The current statewide and nationwide shortage of nurses means the overall projected need for degreed nurses will increase by 28 percent over the next decade.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory explained the importance of hard work and determination to Campbell Law graduates at the hooding and graduation ceremony of the Norman A. Wiggins School of Law, held at the Raleigh Convention Center on May 10. Campbell Law School conferred 132 Juris Doctor degrees at the ceremony. “When forward progress seems impossible or simply not worth the risk, you will be tempted to quit, to give up, or let someone else carry the burden,” said Gov. McCrory. “Don’t give in to that temptation. Don’t be afraid to fail, and if you do fail, don’t just accept the failure. Try again.”
The University announced on April 5 the appointment of Dr. John Roberson as the Dean of Extended Programs. The deanship is a new initiative for Campbell University and is intended to bring increased emphasis to the University’s extended campus and distance learning initiatives.
“We are pleased that Dr. Roberson will be guiding the University’s extended programs," said Campbell President Jerry Wallace. "He brings to the position a broad knowledge of higher education and years of demonstrated expertise within Campbell’s church-related context. We could not be more pleased for him or for the University.”
Roberson is a 1980 alumnus of Campbell and a 1983 graduate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. In 1997, he earned his Doctor of Education in higher education Administration from North Carolina State University.
From 1989 to 1996, he served Campbell University as an assistant vice president for Alumni Relations, but stepped away for a few years (1997-2005) to serve as an executive with the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. He returned to Campbell in 2005 as the vice president for marketing and planning and most recently has served as the vice president for enrollment management and assistant to the president.
Alexander Roman “A.R.” Burkot (1909-1984) served Campbell for nearly 50 years and made a name for himself as one of the most influential professors Campbell has ever seen. Legend has it he could read in 12 languages, speak six and teach five of them; and during his time at Campbell, he held titles of professor, dean of men, registrar, director of admissions, academic dean, VP of academic affairs and provost. This fall, Campbell Magazine takes a closer look at the man who once said, “The price of mediocrity is death; if not immediate, still inevitable.” If you would like to share your own A.R. Burkot stories, email editor Billy Liggett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant professor of biology Christopher Havran is not only considered a top research professor at Campbell University … he’s producing top research students as well.
For the second year in a row, a Campbell University student has been named one of only 25 students nationwide to receive a Young Botanist Award from the Botanical Society of America.
“It feels amazing,” Havran said of his students’ success. “I have felt honored that each of my research students — not just [award winners Lauren Stutts and K.T. Payne] — have chosen to study plant biology with me.”
This spring, Havran was named the recipient of Campbell University’s D.P. Russ Jr. and Walter S. Jones Sr. Alumni Award for Research Excellence, now in its second year (Dr. Richard Drew of the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences was the inaugural winner in 2012). Havran was honored for not only his continued work on plant physiology and biogeography, but for his extensive research on the ecology and evolution of native Hawaiian plant species.
In 2012, Campbell University history professor Salvatore Mercogliano was chosen by the student body as "professor of the year." In 2013, his colleagues followed suit.
Mercogliano — who teaches on Campbell's main campus in addition to extended campuses at Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune — was the recipient of the second annual D.P. Russ Jr. and Walter S. Jones Sr. Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence in the spring. Known for his engaging style and success in getting history majors and non-majors interested in their studies and as an innovator using technology in his classrooms, Mercogliano said he was "shocked" when he heard news of the honor.
"It's especially important to me to be acknowledged by both students and faculty,” he said. “I run a class that isn't an easy class by any measure ... in fact, they're pretty tough and my students are always challenged. But these honors vindicate [that approach] ... it tells me what I'm doing is helping students and influencing them in their careers."
Campbell Law School was the winner of one of the nation’s most prestigious mock trial competitions in April.
Michael Hedgepeth, Jessica Burgess, Philip Kuhn and Anna McNeill brought home a national championship by winning the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge in Houston. Hedgepeth and Burgess tried both sides of the case as lawyers throughout competition, while Kuhn, McNeill and South Texas student Lena Laurenzo served as witnesses en route to collecting the Treece-O’Quinn Trophy as competition champions.
Campbell Law director of advocacy and assistant professor Dan Tilly and third-year student Andrew Shores coached the team. Campbell Law professor Jean Cary was also instrumental in providing the students with a strong foundation in family law and directly assisted in formulating the case theory for the trial.
When incoming students at Campbell University arrived in Buies Creek orientation this summer, they brought with them items such as school supplies and non-perishable food to donate for a new common service initiative Love Thy Neighbor, which Campbell is introducing this fall.
Those freshmen will return to campus on Aug. 18 and converge on the Academic Circle to prepare and package food bags for Buddy Backpacks of Harnett County, school supply bags for local children, and hygiene bags for homeless individuals in the area.
Sponsored by the offices of Campus Ministry and First-Year Experience, Love Thy Neighbor will join other university traditions such as Welcome Week and the New Student Convocation and Medallion Ceremony to help new students build connections with each other and with the university’s mission to serve others.
“One of the most important steps in making Campbell feel like home is the opportunity to connect with peers and make new friends,” said Jennifer Latino, director of the First-Year Experience. “When you couple that with the spirit of the Campbell University mission to serve others, Love Thy Neighbor makes a lot of sense. We hope that students will find this project to be a perfect blend of an opportunity to know their fellow peers and make an impact on the local community.”
Campbell student Jacob Berger won “honorable mention” in the North Carolina College Media Association’s 2012 Statewide College Media Awards in March for his poem, “Encased,” which was published in theLyricist, a Campbell University student publication. Berger’s poem marked the first NCCMA award for theLyricist in the publication’s history.
Campbell Law School graduates led all seven North Carolina law schools in first-time and overall bar passage on the February 2013 state bar exam. First-time test takers from Campbell Law scored a 90 percent bar passage rate, while repeaters passed at a 62.50 percent clip. The state bar passage average for first-time takers was 63.81 percent, with a state-wide average of 44.52 percent repeaters passing.
Larry G. Dickens, a 1975 graduate of Campbell University, became the first person selected to fill the Gay T. and Haskell A. Duncan Chair of Church Music at Campbell University Divinity School in May. In his new position, Dickens will give leadership to the Master of Divinity’s church music concentration program, teach courses in that concentration and guide the planning of weekly chapel services.
Glenn Jonas, the Charles B. Howard Professor of Religion and chair of the Department of Religion at Campbell University, received the 2013 Carolyn Blevins Meritorious Service Award from the Baptist History & Heritage Society. The award is presented each year to a member of the BHHS who has contributed to the life and work of the society.
Campbell Law received a $50,000 grant in June from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation to aid students serving underserved members of our community. The fellows program will provide stipends for students who take unpaid summer internships in the area of public interest law.
“Humbled and elated” to take over as dean of Campbell University’s Norman A. Wiggins School of Law, J. Rich Leonard officially stepped into the role on July 15.
The former United States Bankruptcy Court judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina and U.S. magistrate judge, Leonard became the fifth dean in Campbell Law School’s 35-year history. He follows former Dean Melissa Essary (2006-2012) and former Interim Dean Keith Faulkner (2012-2013).
“I believe in this law school,” Leonard said of his appointment. “I appreciate the focus on rigor and discipline, and the emphasis on the practical aspects of law practice.”
A native of Davidson County, Leonard is a 1971 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He earned a master's degree in education from UNC in 1973, and then earned a law degree from Yale Law School in 1976.
He has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina since 1992 and as Chief Judge from 1999 through 2006. Prior to that time, he was a United States Magistrate Judge (1981-1992) and Clerk of Court of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (1979-1992). For more than a decade, Leonard also acted as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State to work with judiciaries in many developing countries.
His judicial work and expertise have earned him both state and national recognition. In 2011, the American Bar Association awarded Leonard with the Robert B. Yegge Award for Outstanding Contribution to Judicial Administration. He is a 1992 recipient of the Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Federal Judiciary. In 2011, he was selected as the Editor in Chief of the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.
“Judge Leonard’s wealth of experience in judicial leadership will prove tremendously beneficial to our students and faculty,” said Campbell President Jerry Wallace. “His commitment to academic excellence and the highest standards of legal education will help shape the future of Campbell Law School for years to come and we are excited to welcome him to this new role.”
Leonard has also been active in the classroom. He has worked as an adjunct professor for North Carolina Central University School of Law (1985-1986; 1995-1998); UNC School of Law (1994-1995); and, most recently, Campbell Law (2009-2013). In 2012, Campbell Law’s Delta Theta Phi Fraternity presented Leonard with the Judge Robinson O. Everett Award for Legal Excellence.
“We could not be more pleased to welcome Judge Rich Leonard,” said Benjamin N. Thompson, chairman of the Campbell University Board of Trustees. “He brings a wealth of administrative experience, scholarly work and broad respect from his years of service on the federal bench. He will help take our program to the next level regionally and nationally.”
U.S. Army Capt. Garry L. Brady wasn’t able to make his son’s ROTC Commissioning Ceremony in Buies Creek on May 10 — he was busy serving his country as a field medic in Afghanistan.
But that didn’t mean he had to miss his son’s big day.
Thanks to the wonders of technology, Capt. Brady delivered the Oath of Commissioning to his son from Afghanistan via Skype during the ROTC’s pre-commencement ceremony held at Turner Auditorium.
Facing a laptop computer and with his right hand raised, ROTC Cadet Charles Brady repeated his father’s words before his mother, Ellen Brady, and other family members joined him onstage for the ceremonial pinning. Tears swelled in Ellen Brady’s eyes as her husband could be seen sporting a big smile on a television that faced the audience of about 100 on hand.
Ellen Brady called the ceremony a “big moment” for her family.
“Before Garry was deployed, we knew this event was coming and that he wouldn’t be able to get back in time for it,” she said. “We’d talked about possibly using Skype [a video chat program], which is something military families often use so they can share graduations and other big moments. Campbell helped make it happen for us, and it was even better that Charlie’s father was able to deliver the oath.”
In addressing the crowd after his pinning, Charles Brady said his father’s presence made graduation weekend extra special for him. Following the ceremony, he talked about life in a military family.
“My dad’s going on 28 years of service, and it’s become a way of life for us,” he said. “It meant a big deal for me to have him swear me in, and I’m even prouder that he did it while serving our country in Afghanistan. It was a proud moment for our entire family. If down the road I have a son and I’m the one who gets to swear him in as an officer, I’d be the proudest father ever. I can only imagine how my dad feels right now.”
Campbell University introduced its first “official ring” on April 22 at Shouse Dining Hall. The ring — which is engraved with degree abbreviations, the University seal and depictions of iconic campus landmarks Kivett Hall, D. Rich and Butler Chapel’s Dinah Gore Tower — is adorned with orange and black stones representing the school’s colors.
“The official Campbell Ring is a new tradition for the students of our university that will add to their Campbell experience,” said Dennis Bazemore, vice president of Student Life. “This ring will be a significant purchase for our students, and I think they will wear it with great pride. ”
A formal Campbell Ring ceremony will be held over Homecoming weekend on Oct. 26, beginning a new tradition at Campbell.
The Campbell University School of Education has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer online the Master of Education in elementary, middle grades (language arts, math, social studies), secondary grades (English, math, social studies), and K-12 (physical education).
Applications for the new online M.Ed. in elementary education program are now being accepted for the fall 2013 semester.
"While the School of Education continues to offer the traditional face-to-face evening graduate programs on the main campus, this new online option removes travel restrictions that have kept some students from attending Campbell University’s main campus in Buies Creek," said Sam Engel, assistant dean of the School of Education and coordinator of the school’s online programs.
For some students, it served as an opportunity to seek out summer internships or ideas about graduate programs. For graduating seniors, it was a chance to get a foot in the door for the start of their careers.
And for the nearly 50 employers on hand for the Campbell University’s Spring Career & Professional Fair in March, it was their first impression of the talent Campbell has to offer.
The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and Career Services teamed up to present the career fair, held on the concourse of the Pope Convocation Center. The fair featured businesses in a variety of fields, from clinical research to education, communications to health care, and more.
“Campbell’s growing, and I think businesses are realizing this,” said Christy Connolly, student affairs coordinator for Campbell’s pharmacy school and one of the organizers of the event. “This fair is a great way for us to market ourselves and show the world we have great students.”
At a time when a college degree doesn’t necessarily guarantee employment for new graduates — over 6 percent of college grads ages 24 and under nationwide are still seeking a job — Connolly said the fair was valuable to the students who attended because it brought them face to face with companies they may have otherwise never known about or had an opportunity to converse with.
“They realize the importance of networking,” she said. “Obviously, I would love for them to walk away with a job or an internship, but in the very least, they’re coming away with experience in interacting with potential employers. First impressions are so important.”
Caleb Michalek of Virginia and Lindsey Stever of Wake Forest — donned in clothes typically saved for the big interview — were mere weeks away from graduation when they attended this spring’s fair. For Stever, grad school awaits. For Michalek, it’s time to venture off into the real world and land a job.
Both have trained for careers in clinical research. Both said the career fair was a valuable experience for them.
“I went in looking at what sort of companies were out there and looking for new grads and what career opportunities are out there for me,” Michalek said. “I asked what they expect from new hires and what I can expect as I start my career. I felt like it was absolutely beneficial. If anything, I gained more networking skills and was introduced to companies I’d never seen before.”