College News (Fall 2018) - Montreat College
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Howerton Residence Hall

April 3, 2018

Montreat College announced that it had received a $100,000 grant from The Cannon Foundation towards the renovation of Howerton Residence Hall. Howerton houses 112 men, roughly 20 percent of the students on Montreat College’s traditional campus. The residence hall received a new roof in 2016. Further renovations include repairing water damage to eight second and third-floor rooms, remodeling of additional rooms, switching to high efficiency water heaters, switching to electric LED lights, and more. The Cannon Foundation, Inc. is part of the philanthropic legacy of Charles A. Cannon, an industrialist and humanitarian who was president and chairman of Cannon Mills Company for more than half a century. The Foundation continues Mr. Cannon’s philanthropy through funding in healthcare, higher education, human services, and community, predominantly in North Carolina

Two men in suits having a conversation

April 5, 2018

Montreat College announced that its School of Adult and Graduate Studies is re-launching a completely retooled MBA degree program and launching new undergraduate business degrees in marketing and human resource management. All of the new degrees are be offered in Charlotte, Asheville, and online. Montreat College’s redesigned MBA degree can be completed in just 30 credit hours—under two years for most students. Optional concentrations in cybersecurity management or innovation and entrepreneurship add nine credit hours.

Stan Gaede speaking at the Keystone Scholarship Dinner

April 12, 2018

On Thursday, April 12, Montreat College hosted its annual Keystone Scholarship Dinner at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. The event raised $347,450 for the Keystone Scholarship Fund, which provides need and merit-based scholarships for students who desire an education from Montreat College. In addition to student and alumni performances and testimonies, the event featured remarks from Montreat College Board Chair Dr. David Bruce and Montreat College President Dr. Paul J. Maurer. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Stan Gaede, president of the Christian College Consortium.

Paul Maurer, Akira Shavers, and Raygan Dunlap

April 17, 2018

Montreat College hosted a special “Meet Montreat” event in Charlotte, N.C., focused on cybersecurity. The event featured a panel of Charlotte-based cybersecurity professionals and introduced Montreat College’s rapidly-expanding cybersecurity program. Panelists for the event included Queen Associates President Robin Pugh ’03, FBI Special Agent Brian Cyprian, Cybersecurity Professional Akira Shavers ’16, and Montreat College cybersecurity student Raygan Dunlap ’19. President Paul J. Maurer also outlined how Montreat College is responding to the exponentially growing demand for cyber professionals who can solve today’s cybersecurity problems through an ethical, Christ-centered framework.

Person doing scientific research outdoors

April 19, 2018

Montreat College announced that two students, Ben Jakobowski ’20 and Jessica Evans ’19, were awarded Ledford Scholarships by the Appalachian College Association (ACA). The award funded their summer research project with Environmental Science faculty member Joshua Holbrook. The project inventoried reptiles and amphibians in a specific region of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, filling a significant gap in the understanding of this ecosystem. The Ledford Scholarship, named for Colonel Lee B. Ledford, offers financial assistance for summer research by ACA students in the fields of laboratory and field work, interviews, analyzing special collections, and participant observation.

Students honored at Cavalier Court of Excellence

April 19, 2018

On Thursday, April 19, Montreat College held its 3rd Annual Cavalier Court of Excellence Banquet to showcase and honor the most exceptional, academic student athletes who pursued excellence in personal character, spiritual growth, and athletic competition for the 2017-18 academic year. Over 140 students, faculty, administrators, and trustees attended the banquet. Senior Brien Lancaster ’18 earned the Cavalier Award of Excellence—the highest honor a Cavalier can earn at Montreat College. In addition to Lancaster (Track & Field and Cross Country), the court also honored Montreat College athletes Tori Klose ’19 (Soccer), Jesse Daniel Collins ’18 (Baseball), Derrick Cusano ’19 (Basketball), Darah DeWalt ’19 (Basketball), Jessica Evans ’19 (Volleyball), Sara Gwillim ’19 (Golf), Alona Kosenko ’18 (Track & Field and Cross Country), Aubrey Sluder ’18 (Softball), and Miguel Tudon ’18 (Soccer). The event also featured addresses from 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel and Asheville Christian Academy Director of Athletics Joe Johnson.

Musician on stage at Coda Music Festival

April 20, 2018

Montreat College hosted the inaugural Coda Music Festival on Gaither Commons, overlooking the beautiful Montreat Cove. The festival featured critically-acclaimed Asheville-based acts Floating Action and Tyler Ramsey (of Band of Horses) as co-headliners, along with supporting bands Doc Aquatic, MYFEVER, and God Bless Relative. In addition to the college’s standard Aramark food service, food trucks from Foothills Meats and The Hop Ice Cream were on-site. The event was planned and executed by students in Montreat’s Music Business program, and was made possible by sponsorships from 14 local businesses.

Runners at the start line of the #brittenstrong 5K

April 26, 2018

Montreat College hosted the second annual #BrittenStrong 5k Run/Walk on the college’s Black Mountain campus. The event attracted over 140 runners and raised over $5,000. All proceeds from the event went towards medical expenses for Montreat College Assistant Track & Field Coach Britten Olinger, who was severely injured in an auto accident in February 2017. The event was organized by faculty and students in the college’s Exercise Science Department.

Musicians on stage at the Pops Concert

April 28, 2018

Montreat College hosted its annual Pops Concert in Montreat’s Anderson Auditorium. The concert included classical pieces, selected patriotic songs, film scores, a medley of George Gershwin tunes, and much more. “Some Enchanted Evening” from the musical South Pacific featured soloist Timothy Wilds, and highlights from Elgar’s Cello Concerto featured soloist Dr. Benjamin Smith. The concert also included a musical tribute to local songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler, whose songs have sold over 57 million copies and have been recorded by over 150 artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Neil Young, Jefferson Airplane, Glen Campbell, and more recently Florence and the Machine.

Female student accepting her diploma at Montreat College's 2018 Spring Commencement

May 12, 2018

Montreat College celebrated Spring Commencement exercises in Montreat’s Anderson Auditorium. The college welcomed Dr. David Chadwick, senior pastor of Charlotte-based Forest Hill Church and host of the popular radio program “The David Chadwick Show,” as the keynote speaker for commencement. Dr. Chadwick was also honored with an honorary doctorate. Montreat awarded diplomas to 113 students who had completed associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. Warren Campbell ’18, School of Adult and Graduate Studies graduate, and Emily Berry Lancaster ’18, School of Arts and Sciences graduate, gave addresses to their class.


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