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December 31, 2012
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Minter to coach Fighting Camels

Mike Minter knows what it’s like to suffer through a bad season.

Minter played safety for the Carolina Panthers during its worst season in franchise history — a 1-15 campaign that included 15 consecutive losses.

So on the day he was announced as new head football coach for the Campbell Fighting Camels, a team coming off a 1-10 season, Minter spoke from experience. Just two years after going 1-15, the Panthers were in the Super Bowl.

“I understand what you feel,” Minter told his future players who were sitting on the stairs in the packed Hall of Fame lobby area of the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center on Nov. 27. “We will get it done. Yes, sir.”

Minter, a member of two national championship teams at Nebraska and the Panthers' 2003 Super Bowl squad, joins the program after serving as an assistant coach at Liberty University in 2012 and Johnson C. Smith University in 2011. He also brings head coaching experience from First Assembly Christian School in Concord, where he guided his teams to 33 victories and two state titles in three seasons.

"I am excited to be the next head football coach at Campbell University," said Minter. "I am grateful for the chance to lead these young men and to help develop them into champions on and off the field."

Photo by Bennett Scarborough

Watch the Minter announcment at

Togas, Anyone?


In a move to expand on the social offerings for Campbell’s growing undergraduate population, the University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the expansion of Greek Life during its Oct. 30 meeting.

What does that mean? As early as fall 2013, Campbell will introduce up to four fraternities and sororities, with the policies and handbook for those organizations written by a committee of faculty, staff and students

Countering arguments that Greek Life brings with it controversy (students and alumni had differing opinions about the news on Campbell’s social networks), Vice President of Student Life Dennis Bazemore said the decision was made to add to students’ overall experience at Campbell.

“Studies have shown that students who join a fraternity or sorority are more pleased with their college experience, are retained at a higher rate than other students on campus, attain higher grades, graduate at a higher rate than other students and are more loyal alumni after graduation," Bazemore said.

“We hope to create a vibrant Greek Life environment for Campbell students to thrive."

Campbell currently has Greek organizations for graduate students in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and School of Law.

No decisions have been made or considered yet as to which undergradate Greek organizations will seek charters at Campbell next year.

School of Law

Campbell Law raises the bar (again), posts state's highest exam passage rate

Three years at Campbell Law School in Raleigh give you a better chance at passing North Carolina’s bar exam than three years at any other school in the state.

The numbers don’t lie.

The school’s Class of 2012 posted the highest bar passage rate of all state law schools with 94.53 percent of its students getting through. Campbell led in both first-time bar passage and overall bar passage rates.

It was satisfying news to Professor Melissa Essary, who stepped down as dean after six years at the helm in July. The 2012 class represented the last graduating class under her direction.

“This class was an extraordinarily closely-knit and hard-working class,” Essary said. “Their work ethic, sense of community and Campbell Law’s outstanding program of legal education combined to put them at the top. The Campbell Law Class of 2012 was my last graduating class as dean, and they have my heartiest congratulations.”

The school’s overall record of success on the exam has been unsurpassed for the past 26 years.

“Campbell Law students do not take a for-credit class in preparation of the bar exam,” said Campbell Law Director of Academic Support and Bar Success Sha Hinds-Glick. “This score, as well as our consistent success on the North Carolina Bar Exam, is indicative of our culture and practical curriculum, as well as the commitment of our students, faculty and staff.

“This is an accomplishment that everyone associated with Campbell University and Campbell Law can be proud of.”

School of Medicine

Nonprofits donate $4M to med school to fund state-of-the art laboratories

Campbell University announced two partnerships this fall that resulted in $4 million toward the School of Osteopathic Medicine, the largest foundation gifts in the University’s 125-year history.

Campbell was granted $2 million from both the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and the Golden LEAF Foundation. The money will be used for the medical school’s state-of-the-art simulation lab, anatomy labs and clinical examination area, all of which will bear the name of both groups.

The University celebrated the announcement with a ceremony and bus tour of the under-construction 96,500-square-foot facility that will house the medical school beginning in August 2013.

“We’re in a time when our nation is facing a severe physician shortage, and many in North Carolina currently lack access to prenatal care or must drive considerable distances for primary care,” said Dr. John Kauffman, founding dean of the medical school. “We’re so thankful for the generosity of our donors … We look forward to multiplying these generous gifts and giving back to the world.”

The medical school will eventually graduate about 150 students a year, many of whom will practice in rural and underserved regions of the state. According to Kauffman, the simulation lab made possible by these grants will include the latest in hi-tech robotics and will help train students to deliver babies and resuscitate sick children and adults in an ICU or ER setting.

“Our decision to make this gift … this is what they call a ‘no-brainer,’” said Karen McNeil-Miller of Kate B. Reynolds. “This is absolutely, without a doubt, one of the best investments we’ve ever made. The real celebration will come when hundreds of osteopathic physicians are spread out across North Carolina, especially in our rural areas, making us a healthier state.”


Try the Pie, It’s Divine!

He has a Ph.D., has been published in several academic publications and for the past four years, has taught Christian theology in Campbell University’s Divinity School. And in his spare time, Cameron Jorgenson bakes a mean pie.

The professor’s “chai latte pie” was the grand prize winner at the North Carolina State Fair’s 2012 Pillsbury Pet-Ritz Pie Baking Championship in October. Jorgenson took home the blue ribbon in only his second attempt in the annual State Fair contest.

After competing in 2010, he came up with the idea for the chai latte pie and took a year off to refine the recipe.

“It was worth the wait,” said Jorgenson, of Fuquay-Varina. “One of my favorite coffee-shop treats is a chai latte. It’s creamy, warm and full of spices that remind me of autumn. What's not to love? So, I wanted to capture those flavors in a pie. As it turns out, chai tea is the secret ingredient that makes this pie work.”

Jorgenson said he got into baking thanks to his wife, Kelly, the director of admissions for the Divinity School. She and several other members of the school’s faculty and staff served as guinea pigs leading up to the competition, tasting the pie as he perfected the recipe.

Campbell offers first dual public health/PA degree

The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences is launching the first dual physician assistant/public health degree in North Carolina.

The new program, which takes less than three and a half years to complete, will begin next fall, allowing students to graduate with a Master of Physician Assistant Practice degree and a Master of Science in Public Health degree in December 2016. The PA and public health degrees normally last 28 months and two years, respectively.

Athletic training program earns 10-year accreditation

Campbell’s Athletic Training Education program earned reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

The program, now in its 20th year, was awarded the maximum 10-year accreditation, a sign that the University’s program is going strong, according to program director and instructor Catherine Simonson.

“In the past, our accreditation came in five- or seven-year increments,” said Simonson, who took over the program in 2008. “Getting 10 years is phenomenal, and it was definitely a team effort."

Tiger's coach visits PGA Management students

He has coached PGA stars Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Stephen Ames and Sean O’Hair. In 2010, he began coaching the sport’s biggest star, Tiger Woods.

But Sean Foley didn’t spend a lot of time talking about Woods or the others during his visit with students in Campbell University’s PGA Golf Management Program on Nov. 5. Much of the famed instructor’s two-hour talk in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business’ Lynch Auditorium focused on insulating neural circuits, the power of thought and other psychological factors that go into properly hitting a little white ball with a club.

His message to students — nobody has all the answers when it comes to golf. He credits his success to knowing his players and being a calming presence when the pressure becomes overwhelming.

“There are coaches and teachers who make it all about them,” said Foley. “I know my role. Every guy I’ve coached on the PGA Tour was a star before they met me. I’m not showing them anything they don’t already know how to do. … But coaching is so much more than understanding techniques and mechanics.”

‘Homeland’ now offered as a major

“Homeland” at Campbell was cool long before Showtime made it television's most talked-about show and actress Claire Danes’ “cry face” (pictured) became a meme.

One of the University’s most popular courses and areas of study in the past few years, Homeland Security will now be offered as a major beginning in 2013, the College of Arts and Sciences announced.

Homeland Security students study to become familiar with domestic and international terrorist organizations, recognize strategies for disaster prevention and examine areas of the world in which international terrorist organizations are formed.

Kids’ stuff, right?

Campbell will be one of the few universities in the country — and the only in North Carolina — to offer the major when the program begins.

Beloved Hartness Hall gets a facelift

As a student at Campbell Junior College in the late 1920s, Blanton Hartness made an impact in Buies Creek.

As an alumnus, he left a legacy.

That legacy was celebrated in September at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Blanton & Mamie Hartness Lecture Hall in the Science Building. Representing the couple (Blanton died in 1995 and Mamie in 1975) were three of their children — William Blanton Hartness, Al Hartness and Crystal Leathers — their spouses and Blanton’s 89-year-old brother, John.

“Blanton loved this school,” said Dr. John Hartness, the sole remaining survivor of 11 children. “It was always a tremendous part of his life. Not only the school, but the people, too. He loved the people here.”

Hartness Lecture Hall is considered one of the most versatile and most used classrooms on campus. Its renovations are part of an effort to modernize the entire Science Building, built in 1961.

“This classroom has met the needs of this University ever since this building was built,” said Jim Roberts, vice president for business and treasurer. “It’s been so well used, we simply had to renovate it.”

Aesthetic and comfort improvements include new (wider) seating, fresh paint on the walls, better heating and air conditioning and new lighting to knock the glare off of student laptop screens. Improved technology includes a revamped control room and high-definition projectors and screens.

Blanton Hartness will forever be a part of Campbell lore for owning the first automobile on campus, a Model A Ford, in 1927. He graduated from Campbell Junior College in 1928 and would go on to own Sanford Milling Company in Sanford and eventually in Henderson after a fire destroyed the facility in Sanford in the mid-1940s. His family produced the popular Snowflake and Hartness Choice flour brands used in kitchens throughout the state for years.

The company, now in its fourth generation, is still going strong today.

The Legend of St. Nick

What does Adam English hope people will take away from his book, “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus”?

That “people will be inspired by a life well lived,” English says. He also hopes that people will bring St. Nicholas into their Christmas traditions.

As the book title suggests, English has written a biography of St. Nicholas, who, yes, really did exist.

“In most books or resources, the story of St. Nicholas is an introduction to the story of Santa Claus,” English said. “I wanted to reverse the flow of an ordinary pattern of how historians have told the story. I wanted to make St. Nicholas the real story.”

The book made English a national sensation of sorts this December. He was interviewed for WUNC’s The State of Things and by BookExpo America and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Future educators enjoy an adventure on the North Carolina Coast

Four future teachers in Campbell's School of Education — Sara Lisenbee, Courtney Phillips, Samantha Ledbetter and Megan Gralton — traveled with
Dr. Mary Ellen Durham to Fort Fisher this fall to work directly with the naturalists and educational specialists assigned to the North Carolina Aquarium.

The sun beats down on four young women as they thread their way through sand dunes carrying supplies that must last the entire day.

They stop to watch in silence as a great white egret gracefully unfurls its impressive 50-inch wing span, rising above the marsh grasses. Upon reaching a pool, these explorers carefully wade through the rising waters of the estuary, netting shrimp and fish.

It sounds like scenes from "Survivor," but these are images from a recent professional field trip taken by the students enrolled in Campbell University’s Secondary and Middle Grades Science Methods class, SCIED 453.

Four future teachers — Sara Lisenbee, Courtney Phillips, Samantha Ledbetter and Megan Gralton — traveled with course instructor Mary Ellen Durham to Fort Fisher this fall to work directly with the naturalists and educational specialists assigned to the North Carolina Aquarium. The seniors engaged in several educational and scientific investigations designed to expand their science content knowledge and instructional skills.

The future teachers were participating in one of the outdoor explorations designed by the Aquarium staff for middle school students. Expanding their personal expertise and teaching skills, the young women examined a variety of instructional techniques and piloted lessons designed to promote critical thinking and scientific literacy among adolescent learners.


Single Rainbow Gets Record Likes

The convocation center was mighty photogenic this fall. Adjunct Communications Studies professor Pete Kenny snapped this shot of a rainbow arching the facility after an early autumn storm. The photo was by far the most “liked” photo on
Campbell’s Facebook page, netting more than 1,100 likes in two days.

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