Chowan grows financial aid to draw more students
    September 8 2010 by Chowan University

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Each North Carolina Baptist college was invited to submit an article for a feature package in the Sept. 11 issue of the Biblical Recorder. Scroll to bottom to find links to all the stories.)  

    Chowan University appears bound for yet another record-breaking enrollment year, with more than 585 freshman attending Fall Semester Check-in Day. These exciting numbers do not even include the 33 masters degree students signed up for the inaugural year of our new School of Graduate Studies program, nor the 38 Adult Degree Completion Program students already enrolled. With an increased retention rate, this year’s total enrollment is looking to exceed 1,200, a record breaking rise over the 1,080 enrolled last year.

    To assist this growing Christian college’s population, Chowan actively sought a significant increase in Christian student financial aid like the recently endowed Craig B. and Tucie P. Vaughan Scholarship, given to express the Vaughan’s commitment to Christian higher education and the values held by Chowan University, or the $112,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation given to support Southern Christian women.

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    Murfreesboro Chamber members and Chowan University representatives cut the ribbon Aug. 24 with Gwendolyn Phelps to unveil the new Ward-Phelps Graduate School Suite. From left: John Dilustro, Judy Hatchey, Brenda Tinkham, Danny Moore, Gwendolyn Phelps, Chowan President Chris White, Larry Frazier, and Adele Aycock.

    Over the 2010 summer, Chowan University invested more than $2 million dollars for its students in its residence hall systems to give them the most modern conveniences and ensure our campus stays state-of-the-art and meets the green standards of energy efficiency we are striving for. Other renovations across the 300+ acre campus include the complete overhaul of our new Reed Hall, which will now house the Sports Studies and Physical Education department with the neighboring Jenkins Wellness Center facilities located conveniently next door. The campus also expanded its corners to include the newly acquired University House, which will become a rewarding home to the top-ranked Leadership Scholar students.

    With the addition of the new graduate program also came the constructive addition of the School of Graduate Studies Suite through the generous gifts of our proud donors, like Gwendolyn Phelps of Tarboro.

    “Support from alumni and friends allows our institution to maximize the educational experience for our students to the fullest,” explained John Tayloe, vice president for development at Chowan University. “Students are always first here at Chowan, and people like Gwen Phelps are making it possible for them to receive a quality Christian education.”

    Chowan’s new School of Graduate Studies offers the only Christian university masters degree program east of North Carolina’s I-95, and the only Elementary Education Masters Degree within a 60 mile radius.

    “My whole life was reared with education and church foremost in our hearts and minds,” explained Mrs. Phelps, a Chowan alum from the class of 1942. “Both mean a lot to me and my family.”

    Also donated this year, in the memory of their beloved parents, President Chris White and his wife Linda erected an inspiring Veteran’s Memorial in front of the Helms Center to honor all the military service men and women who watch over our nation.

    Located near the 50’ flagpole and 12’ foot flag of the memorial, Chowan also installed an electronic message board for graphically-enhanced announcements inviting the community to join us in celebrating all the rich activities happening this year at Chowan.

    Chowan is also one of the few institutions able to increase its employment this year and even expanded its number of academic programs, adding four new areas of study to the 2010-2011 curriculum.

    The largely popular School of Education has now grown to include the addition of biology education, math education and English education for a new total of seven majors within the school, while Chowan’s English major has also grown to include a creative writing tract. Also new to Chowan this year are 14 full-time faculty positions, 13 new adjunct faculty members, and 22 new full-time staff positions.

    One of those staff positions includes the new Assistant Vice President for Development and Director of Church Relations, Jarrett G. Banks, assuming the position of the retired Ron McSwain. Banks’ major responsibilities will be planning all activities that relate to church and denominational relations including the leadership role on the Ministerial Board of Associates and the Chowan Christian Service Association. Banks will be available to speak in churches throughout North Carolina and Virginia, and will represent Chowan University at state and national conventions and meetings. Banks will also spearhead the SeniorFest series, going into its fifth annual event this year.

    Chowan University
    Location — Murfreesboro
    Founded — 1848
    Enrollment — 1,200 Undergraduate Students, 33 Graduate Students, 38 Adult Degree Completion Program School of Arts and Science, School of Business, School of Education, Honors College, School of Graduate Studies
    President — M. Christopher White (July 2003-present)
    Motto — Faith in your future.
    (888) 4-CHOWAN  

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