Centre News

Centre College winter board meeting celebrates VP Debate, successes in athletics, admissions and alumni


January 28, 2013 By Laura Pritchard       
John A Roush President John A. Roush speaks at the Associates Dinner on Jan.
25 following the winter meeting of Centre’s Board of Trustees.

The winter meeting of the Centre College Board of Trustees celebrated the triumphs of 2012, including the College’s Vice Presidential Debate, early indications of continued success in student recruitment and winning athletic teams, and looked forward to plans for further success in 2013. The Board met Jan. 25-26 at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville.

Andy Chan, vice president for personal and career development at Wake Forest University, spoke at the Board’s opening luncheon. Chan oversees the Wake Forest Office of Personal and Career Development, which is designed to teach, advise and equip students to successfully navigate paths from college to career.

Bob Nesmith, dean of admission and student financial planning, reported that applications have increased 10 percent over the same time last year. Out of state applications are up more than 10 percent over this time last year, and international applications have increased, both in quantity and quality.

The College also announced a new program, the Global Leadership Academy, geared toward rising high school juniors and seniors to take place from June 9-22 this summer. The program is focused on helping young people hone their leadership skills and providing the tools they need to take positive action to improve our world.

Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations, announced that Hugh Hines, class of 1960, and Rob King, class of 2004, are the Associate and Young Associate of the year. The two were recognized at the 2013 Associates Dinner at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville.

The Board voted to approve the Bonner Leaders Endowment, established by a gift from the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation that, together with designated matching gifts, provides funding of the Bonner Leaders Program; and the Virginia Brandenburg Gregory Memorial Scholarship, established in her memory by her three children, which will be awarded to deserving full-time Centre students; and the Class of 1962 Scholarship, established by members of the Class of 1962 in honor of their fiftieth anniversary.

Stephanie Fabritius, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, reported on the host-family and student-mentor program for Centre’s rising number of international students. The program began this fall. Fabritius also reported on off-campus programs, including new residential programs in Glasgow, Scotland, and Washington, D.C. CentreTerm programs abroad allowed 167 students to participate in courses led by 14 faculty members and included destinations like Italy, Barbados, Borneo, Ghana, Israel, the Netherlands and France. International internships also took place in Brazil, the Yucatan, China, Costa Rica and Ghana. International options for CentreTerm 2014 include courses in the Bahamas, Cameroon, Spain, France, England, Guatemala, India, New Zealand, Thailand and Burma, and Uganda and Rwanda, and internship programs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

Fabritius also announced that Centre received an award of $24,998 from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Collegiate Environmental Sustainability Initiative. Additional grant funding includes a one-year award of $9,637 from the Kentucky Latino Education Association to be used to hire two summer program coordinators and a parent liaison for the Warehouse Afterschool Program, which supports children who speak English as a second language; a $7,018 award from the Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Communities of Scholars; and several faculty advancement awards from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS).

The ACS faculty advancement grants include an award for $5,970 for a collaborative study on meditation in college with professors Aaron Godlaski (psychology), Christian Haskett (religion) and Kyle Anderson (Chinese language and culture); $7,500 for chemistry professors Jennifer Muzyka, Kerry Paumi and Joe Workman, and Sarah Lashley, director of the College’s Center for Teaching and Learning, to host a workshop on the scholarship of teaching and learning; a $7,500 award for Phillip White (English), Lisa Williams (creative writing) and Anderson to support the translation of Chinese poetry; and a $10,000 award for Forrest Stonedahl (computer science) and colleagues from other ACS institutions in support of a collaboration to explore how massive open online courses (MOOCs) can be used in small liberal arts college settings.

The Board voted to approve Anderson’s appointment to a tenure-track position, Assistant Professor of Chinese.

Randy Hays, vice president and dean of student life, reported that in the inaugural year of the Southern Athletic Association, Centre athletics fared well, with men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross-country finishing first in the conference, and field hockey and volleyball finishing second. In additional student life news, evaluations for resident assistants ranged between good and outstanding, demonstrating continued satisfaction among the 98 percent of students who live on the College’s highly residential campus.

The next meeting of the Centre College Board of Trustees is scheduled for April 11-12 in Danville.




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