College News (Spring 2019) - Montreat College
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Audience in Anderson Auditorium in Montreat, NC

August 21, 2018

Montreat College achieved the highest degree-seeking enrollment on its traditional campus on record in the school’s 103-year history. Overall degree-seeking enrollment on Montreat’s traditional campus was 538, up from the previous record of 520 achieved the previous year. The college welcomed 147 first-time freshmen and 61 new transfer students, bringing overall new student enrollment to 208. An additional 72 non-degree-seeking students brought the headcount to 610 students on the traditional campus, also an all-time record. In addition, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies enrolled 301 students in Asheville, Charlotte, Morganton, and online, 175 undergraduate students and 126 graduate students, bringing the grand total to 911 students attending Montreat College.

NAIA Champions of Character logo

August 31, 2018

Montreat College announced that it was named a Gold-level Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for 2017-18 by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The honor continued an impressive run of Champions of Character designations for Montreat, and was the second consecutive year the college has achieved Gold-level status, ranking among the top 74 NAIA schools in the country. In determining Champions of Character schools, the NAIA measures institutions on their demonstrated commitment to fostering character development within athletics. Schools earn points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion.

Welcome sign at entrance to Montreat College

September 27, 2018

Montreat College received an impressive ranking from U.S. News & World Report for its low student debt. The student debt load that Montreat College students had at graduation was the 2nd lowest among regional universities in the state of North Carolina, and the 13th lowest in the entire South region. According to the report, the average student loan debt for a graduating Montreat College student is 45% lower than the national average for all colleges and universities. The impressive ranking from U.S. News & World Report was the latest in a string of accolades Montreat College has received from national publications in recent years. In 2017, Money magazine named Montreat College one of America’s “Best Colleges for Your Money,” ranking Montreat 8th among North Carolina’s 48 colleges and universities. And in 2015, The Economist ranked Montreat College 5th among North Carolina’s 48 schools.

Students performing William Shakespeare’s As You Like It in Montreat College’s Louan Gideon Theatre

October 11-13, 2018

Montreat College’s Theater program performed William Shakespeare’s As You Like It in the college’s Louan Gideon Theatre. The play was directed by Professor of Theater Callan White-Hinman, who was excited about the actors’ diverse dynamic of both theater majors and non-theater majors, athletes as well as non-athletes alike. For some students, it was their first production. The cast members doubled up on characters, adding to the comedic feel of the play by switching hats and other props to take on their different roles.

Montreat College Commitment logo

October 22, 2018

Montreat College announced that it will offer a student loan repayment assistance program called the Montreat College Commitment (MCC). The MCC is available to all incoming freshman and transfers with at least two years remaining who enroll in the college’s traditional four-year degree program for fall 2019. The MCC helps Montreat graduates in entry-level positions to pay off their student loans at no additional cost to students or their families.

Speakers on stage at Retr3at 2018 Conference

November 2, 2018

Montreat College hosted its 4th annual RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference. RETR3AT is designed to engage, educate, and raise awareness about cybersecurity in Western North Carolina and beyond. The conference goes beyond the “1s and 0s” approach to cybersecurity training, challenging attendees to think about how to lead in protecting their organization’s information within an ethical framework. This year’s RETR3AT keynote speaker was Strategic Link Partners Co-Founder Joan Myers. Other speakers at the conference included SAS Cybersecurity Solutions Vice President Bryan Harris, D4C Global Chief Operating Officer Tiffany Lopez-Winters, National Small Business Association President Todd McCracken, Snyder’s Lance Sr. Information Security Manager Mike Muscatell, North Carolina House Appropriations Chairman of Information Technology Rep. Jason Saine, Rocus Networks CEO Pete Seeber, Counter Hack Founder Ed Skoudis, Retired U.S. Army Special Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Kenneth Tovo, and AIG Cyber Security Risk Consultant Dan Wilson. 350 guests attended the conference, up from 307 the year before.

NAIA Cross Country logo

November 16, 2018

Lydia Wilson, a sophomore from Smithfield, Va., earned All-American honors for the third time, placing 17th in the 5,000-meter run at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Montreat College’s Men’s Cross Country also competed at the national championships—a first time for the program—finishing 21st after winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships earlier that month.

People with spectrometer at Montreat College

November 19, 2018

Montreat College announced that Asheville-based biotechnology company Sanesco International had donated a mass spectrometer valued at $300,000 to the college’s Natural Science Department. The 2.5 by 1.2 foot spectrometer includes components which make it conducive to analysis of water-based environmental samples. This fits well with Montreat’s setting, as much of the student and professor interests are in this type of study—such as analysis of Flat Creek’s water.

Nelson's in the L. Nelson Bell Library at Montreat College

January 9, 2019

Montreat College welcomed a new campus store into the L. Nelson Bell Library. The store, which was named “Nelson’s” in a campus-wide vote, offers a variety of food and drinks—including coffee, cold drinks, frozen meals, dry goods, and ice cream—as well as other essentials like medicine and school supplies.


Jackie Hill Perry in Graham Chapel in Montreat College's Gaither Hall

March 19-20, 2019

Montreat College welcomed writer, speaker, and spoken word artist Jackie Hill-Perry as the year’s Calvin Thielman Lecture Series speaker. Hill-Perry’s work has been featured in The Washington Times, The 700 Club, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and other publications. Since coming to know Christ at the age of 19, Hill-Perry has been compelled to share the light of Gospel truth through teaching, writing, poetry, and music as authentically as she can. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014. Her latest album, Crescendo, was released in 2018. ■



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