Education Briefs: Catawba science graduates win top prizes at convention – Salisbury Post
SALISBURY — Two recent Catawba College graduates, Austin Snide, ’21 and Arilyn Lynch, ’22, attended the National Beta Beta Biological Honors Society’s 100th anniversary convention in Oklahoma City, June 1-4.
Carmony Hartwig, an associate professor of biology at Catawba College, a co-counsellor to the new Tau Eta chapter and the society’s new Southeast District I director, accompanied Lynch and Snide to the conference, the college’s first time attending the event for more than a decade. .
Both Snide and Lynch have been recognized at previous meetings of the Association of Southeastern Biologists Conferences with first place honors in the section.
At the Spring 2021 Conference, Snide won first place in the SE D1 Johnson C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Poster Presentation for his research titled “Eggshell Organizing Factor 1 Protein in Psorophora ferox Mosquitoes”.
Last spring, Lynch won first place in the SE D1 Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Paper Presentation, for his research entitled “The Harder they Fall: Measuring the Decline of a Green Ash Swamp Forest due to Emerald Ash Borer Damage in North Carolina” at the ASB conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.
With these first place honors at ASB regional meetings, both students were invited to attend and present their research at the National Conference in Oklahoma City, fully funded by the society.
Lynch, a graduate in biology and environment and sustainability, presented the research she conducted with professors Jay Bolin and Andrew Jacobson on the decline of ash stands in the Catawba College Fred Stanback Jr. Ecological Reserve due to the borer invasive ash.
His speech at the national convention was incredibly well received by attendees who represented chapters from across the United States, from California to Puerto Rico. His presentation earned him another first place at the Frank G. Brooks Award for Excellence in Student Research, this time at the national level.
Catawba celebrates MBA graduates
SALISBURY — The Ralph W. Ketner School of Business at Catawba College celebrated its latest Ketner MBA graduates at a July 27 recognition ceremony, recognizing their achievements.
“These seven Ketner MBA graduates represent the best of Catawba College as they embody the leadership and ideals of Ralph W. Ketner,” said Jeremiah Nelson, assistant professor of management and director of Ketner’s MBA program. “Each of them completed the MBA in one year while balancing many work, family and other commitments. This kind of work ethic and determination is unique to Catawba, and it will serve them well as they continue to progress in their professional careers.
Catawba’s seven Ketner MBA summer graduates are: Caroline Alexander, Zachary Alford, Alexander Elliott, Michael Hueitt, Carlos Lara, Henderson Lentz and Mackenzie Reid.
“Being part of the Catawba College community through the Ketner MBA program allowed me to leverage my undergraduate education while allowing me to quickly progress in my career,” said graduate Callie Alexander. “As an employee of the Salisbury-based grocery chain giant Ahold Delhaize USA, I have seen the impact that Catawba’s Ketner MBA has had through the connections of my day-to-day work in the larger network of East Coast supply chain.”
The Ralph W. Ketner School of Business at Catawba College launched its Master of Business Administration program with a specialization in General Management in fall 2020. The 36-credit-hour online program will begin offering a concentration in business administration. healthcare in fall 2023. Full-time students can start summer or fall terms and earn their MBA in one year. Students can also choose to pursue higher education part-time, start any semester, and graduate in less than two years.