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“I have been to dozens of graduations in my lifetime,” said former North Carolina Governor James Hunt during Saturday’s commencement ceremony at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. “But I have never been in a setting as marvelous as this one – the grove over here (to the right), the lake over here (to the left), and the bagpipers playing

“And I understand you (graduates) are leaving and the geese are coming!”

The graduation at St. Andrews is held outside on DeTamble Library Terrace between an acre grove of trees and the college’s 70-acre lake. A brisk wind off the lake kept attendees cool during the 83-degree ceremonies. There were 135 graduating seniors at the college. Additionally, one honorary degree and three award recipients were announced.

“Your achievements are significant,” said College President Paul Baldasare to the St. Andrews graduates. “We are proud of you.”

Hunt gave the graduates six suggestions for their lives going forward. He encouraged them to never stop learning, develop and use their potential to the fullest, be interested in the world around them, be optimistic about life, love others, and aspire for something better.

“Risk failure by trying new things,” he said. “This will keep you new and fresh all of your life. And by the way, that will make you interesting.”

Hunt also lauded St. Andrews and what it means to the educational community.

“This college is important to North Carolina and America,” he said, urging all in attendance to continue their support. “We’re all going to commit to make it greater in the days to come.”

Hunt also received an honorary doctor of law degree in recognition of his efforts on early childhood development and the improvement of the quality of teaching in the United States. He led the development of Smart Start, a nonprofit, public-private partnership that provides quality educational opportunities for children in every county in North Carolina.

Since 1967, St. Andrews annually recognizes an outstanding graduating senior and one member of the community with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. The award recognizes those who place service to others above self in daily living.

Mike Kryszak, a graduating elementary education major from Plainville, Conn., was named this year’s student recipient, receiving a standing ovation from faculty members.

“Mike was nominated for his caring nature, his thoughtfulness, and his pleasant personality,” said Paul Baldasare, college president. “He has a big heart, looks out for everyone and gets along with all who cross his path. He is also known as one who puts his own needs aside for the needs of others.”

Kryszak has volunteered with the Scotland County Special Olympics and represented the college at Model UN and at the Scotia Village Quiz Bowl. He also volunteered with the college’s Therapeutic Horsemanship Ride-Like-A-Knight program.

The community recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, Doug Yongue was lauded by College President Paul Baldasare for his career in education and support of St. Andrews. Yongue is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, serving eight and a half terms thus far.

Baldasare said the retired educator has championed the cause of education and is presently paying attention to increasing the level of physical activity of students in schools.

“Life is full of surprises and folks I can assure you this is certainly a surprise,” said Yongue. “There are many more deserving people of this award than I am, but I can assure you I’m not going to give it back.” Those attending chuckled at his comment.

Dr. Larry Schulz was named this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Service Award sponsored by the Class of 1991. The award is given annually to a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated intellectual vitality, instructional excellence, effective communication skills, the ability to motivate or inspire, compassion and concern for student success, collegiality, and leadership.

“Dr. Schulz is an extremely valuable contributor to all aspects of the academic life of the college,” said Dr. Robert Hopkins, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. “He has traveled the globe in service to the college including leading students to China, served as vice president for academic affairs, and even taught Tai Chi for the physical education program.”

Upon receiving the award, Schulz said, “This is a big surprise. I deeply appreciate this award. Thank you very much.”

Two students from the graduating class gave remarks on behalf of the graduates – Stephanie E. Capps, an elementary education major from Raeford, and Caitlin Haney, a politics and philosophy major from Austin, Texas.

“The achievement of goals, believing in oneself, and the opportunities for success are only the beginning,” said Capps. “It is genuine wisdom in action that will reveal our true capacity for success in life.”

Haney reflected on her St. Andrews education.

“We were taught to view the world in a more fluid way than other people find comfortable,” she said. “We are aware that our perspectives are one among many and inherently complete. This ability to see what others cannot anticipate, our creativity, is our greatest tool.”

The Rev. Dr. Richard Prust, distinguished professor of philosophy at St. Andrews, gave the sermon for the graduation class’ baccalaureate services Friday. Students participating in the ceremony were Joanna Hipp, Kanny Bright, and Kyle Loda.

“I suggest that it is true that most people have one belief in kind. If you want a community you must suppress individuality and if you want individuality you must suppress community,” said Prust in his address. “But St. Andrews doesn’t believe it. This place was founded on a belief that comes from the Pentecost miracle. It has made us a different college.

“In the classroom we try hard to get you to form your own thoughts and articulate your position rather than simply reiterating the professor’s beliefs. We want you to bond in an academic community in a discourse of respect.”

 

 

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About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

St. Andrews Presbyterian College is a four-year liberal arts and sciences college situated on 600 acres with a 70-acre lake in the Sandhills of North Carolina.  Known for innovation and academic excellence, the College boasts an unparalleled interdisciplinary curriculum, a study abroad program on three continents, a soccer-field size science lab, the first undergraduate college press in the country, the first four-year degree in therapeutic riding and equine business management, an award-winning pipe band, and a five-time national champion equestrian team. Students enrolled at St. Andrews come from 42 states and eleven countries.

Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu or calling admissions at 800-763-0198 sending an e-mail to admissions@sapc.edu.


 

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Former Governor Jim Hunt received an honorary doctor of law degree during Saturday’s commencement exercises at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg. From left are Robert Hopkins, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, Gov. Hunt, David Burns, chair of the St. Andrews Board of Trustees, and College President Paul Baldasare.

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Professor William McConnell Appointed To National Position

 

The Executive Committee of the American Choral Directors Association announced on Wednesday the appointment of Dr. William “Bill” McConnell, associate professor of music at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, to the position of National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Colleges and Universities.

In his new position, McConnell will coordinate the activities of seven regional chairs across the nation, solicit applications from performing choirs and presenters for national conventions and events, coordinate the choice of repertoire for national collegiate events, and serve as a liaison between the national board and college choral directors.

“We congratulate Bill on his appointment,” said Bob Hopkins, vice president for academic affairs at St. Andrews. “This is truly an honor for him and we are proud of his accomplishments in this arena.”

McConnell also serves St. Andrews as the associate dean for adult and extended programs.

“In the years I have held this position, I can honestly say without a doubt, this was not only the largest field of applicants, but the most distinguished I have ever seen for any Repertoire and Standards position,” said Nancy Cox, ACDA National Chair for Repertoire and Standards.

McConnell has previously served on the association’s planning committees for national conventions in Miami and Oklahoma City. He has also served as Honor Choir Chair of the 2007 Two-Year Colleges National Honor Choir in Miami.

Founded in 1959, the American Choral Directors Association is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society.

McConnell received his bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University and went on to earn his Master’s in Music from East Carolina University and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture to an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship have marked the distinctive character of St. Andrews. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE. St. Andrews was formed by the merger on Aug. 29, 1958, of Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.

 

 

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St. Andrews Hosting 2009 ANRC National Equestrian Championships This Weekend

 
Ten colleges and universities will enter teams seeking the 2009 national championship of the American National Riding Commission this weekend at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Savannah College of Art and Design from Savannah, Ga., will defend its 2008 title.

Savannah College has captured the Betty Belser Memorial Trophy four times including three of the past four years. In 2007, the team from St. Andrews won the national title.

Riders will compete in hunter seat equitation for the team and individual titles.

“We are thrilled the ANRC has chosen to return to St. Andrews for their national championship,” said Peggy McElveen, the director of the St. Andrews Equestrian Center. “St. Andrews has hosted this national championship previously and has a wonderful facility for this multi-faceted competition.”

Most recently this championship was held at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., and at Centenary College in New Jersey.

Other colleges and universities fielding teams are Centenary College from Hacketstown, N.J., the College of William and Mary from Williamsburg, Va., Duke University from Durham, Goucher College from Townsend, Pa., Massachusetts Institute of Technology from Cambridge, Mass., Otterbein College from Westerville, Ohio, Sweet Briar College from Sweet Briar, Va., and the University of the South from Sewanee, Tenn.

Two or three riders from each college will compete as a team. The championship consists of three riding phases judged on equitation and a written phase covering riding theory and stable management. The riders perform a memorized flat test that includes many of the United States Equestrian Federation hunter seat tests on Saturday. On Sunday, they compete on an outdoor hunter trials course with three-foot heights and then move to a three-foot hunter seat equitation medal course in the ring.

The ANRC National Championship is a USEF Local Recognized Competition and is an Affiliate Member of the United States Hunter Jumper Association. Special sportsmanship and equitation awards sponsored by the USHJA are presented at the ANRC Championship. The 2009 National Championship is dedicated to the memory of Jon Conyers, an alumnus of St. Andrews Presbyterian College, an ANRC Board member, and a highly regarded equine professional and educator.

The purpose of the ANRC is to promote the highest quality of educated riding and related services within schools, colleges, and universities; and in public and private concerns. For more information on ANRC and on the National Championship, please visit the organization’s website www.anrc.org

The facilities at St. Andrews are among the best for colleges nationwide. The 300-acre Equestrian Center is located only two miles from campus and has four barns with a total of 112 stalls, housing both college-owned horses and student-owned horses.

The complex also has one indoor arena, two covered arenas, five outdoor show and teaching arenas, and two hunter trials courses with a bank, ditch, and many permanent jumps.

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About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture to an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship have marked the distinctive character of St. Andrews. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE. St. Andrews was formed by the merger on Aug. 29, 1958, of Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.