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Montreat College Golf Tournament Raises $46,000 for Student Scholarships

Friday, August 26th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Montreat College Business Partners Golf Tournament held on Tuesday, June 20 at the Cliffs at Walnut Cove was a huge success. Rain or shine, the seventy-six golfers took advantage of the opportunity to play on the world-class course. Thanks to the many donations by participants and sponsors, the golf tournament provided over $46,000 for the Keystone Scholarship Fund.

Various contests were also available for participants, and many prizes were awarded. Duff Forsythe, CAS and owner of Proforma Forsythe Marketing and Total Golf, set up a unique and competitive putting contest that he uses for select tournaments that involves an obstacle course of golf tees. There were also contests for a Hole-in-One, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Putt. The tournament had three flights; teams from Wells Fargo, Bethel Church, and the town of Montreat won first place in their flights.

Celebrity guests participated in the tournament, including Chris Corchiani and Rodney Monroe, the basketball tandem “Fire and Ice” that made up one of the best two-player combos in NCAA history.

David Walters, Director of Development at Montreat College and avid golfer, appreciated the top-notch course and friendly fellowship the day offered: “The tournament is a great opportunity to enjoy a wonderful outing with friends, colleagues, other business people, and students, faculty, and staff of Montreat College. The fellowship was great, food was fantastic, and The Cliffs’ conditions were second to none!” Walters shared about the significance of the event for many Montreat College students: “It is because of the generosity of the participants that college is more affordable for many Montreat students.”

Next year’s golf tournament is tentatively scheduled for June. If interested in partnering with Montreat College for next year’s tournament, please contact David Walters at 828-669-8012 ext. 3711 or email him at [email protected]

Montreat College Wins National Award for Environmental Stewardship

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

MONTREAT, NC – Representing about 2 percent of the nation’s carbon footprint (as large as an average state) and educating 19 million future world leaders each year, the nation’s colleges and universities are ideal places for innovation to spark a clean energy revolution and produce green jobs for the U.S. Montreat is one of six winning schools that were chosen from a national pool of entries.

Montreat College’s environmental group Seeds is giving students a voice in promoting environmentally sustainable and socially responsible initiatives in energy conservation and local food production. In one of their most impressive and inspiring programs, Seeds launched their first annual energy-saving competition, the Residence Energy Challenge 2010, as part of an ongoing commitment to improve energy efficiency across campus.

As a result of the competition, Montreat’s campus residents reduced their energy consumption by 19.5 percent and prevented 3.7 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. Through this incentive-based contest, dorm residents also learned a variety of energy saving techniques and how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

Montreat’s Seeds team also implemented a community farm called The Garden of Eatin’, a student-founded initiative that grew out of a desire to learn how to grow their own food and to provide more local produce on campus while enhancing community involvement.

“If each American was to eat locally one meal per week, the nation would save 1.1 million barrels of oil per week,” said student gardener Andrea Thompson. “The Garden exists to help build community, to connect people to each other and the food that they eat. It’s an easy, fun and inexpensive way to reduce our carbon footprint, stimulate the local economy, and educate the student body about healthy eating.

Other winning schools in the Chill Out contest include: Central Carolina Community College (Pittsboro, NC), Baylor University (Waco, TX), Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School, Missouri University of Science & Technology (Rolla, MO), and Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA).

“National Wildlife Federation applauds the efforts of these young innovators who are so energized to protect their future and the future of our planet’s natural resources,” says Jeremy Symons, Senior Vice President of Conservation and Education for National Wildlife Federation. “The educators and students have proved it is possible to significantly reduce the pollution that is fueling global warming, and they are creating a clean energy workforce that is prepared to help decrease our country’s dependence on oil.”

The impressive efforts of the six winners will be broadcast in NWF’s Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus webcast on April 13. The colleges will also receive a monetary award from the National Wildlife Federation to continue exploring innovative clean energy and climate action initiatives. This year’s webcast will be co-hosted by Tara Platt (voice and live-action actress) and Yuri Lowenthal (voice of Superman on CW’s Legion of Superheroes), The free program will celebrate this year’s award winners and showcase initiatives occurring on campuses across the nation. The webcast is an excellent organizing tool and will be available for viewing on-demand after April 13.

Campus leaders all across the country are encouraged to host events on their campuses and in their wider communities to watch the webcast. The program will be part of a series of events scheduled on hundreds of campuses across the country building excitement in the week leading up to Earth Day 2011. Visit www.campuschillout.org for details on hosting a live screening party and to view the webcast.

Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus is proudly supported by The Kendeda Fund, National Association for Campus Activities, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Campus-To-Congress, the Campus Conservation Nationals, and many more partners.

National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program has been an integral leader in the campus greening movement since 1989. In the last two decades they’ve built a library of campus-tailored resources to help thousands of students, faculty and staff at more than one-third of all colleges and universities in crafting programs, incentives, curricula and best practices. As the climate crisis in our country grows, Campus Ecology has also evolved to help campuses tackle the challenges of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The nation’s 4,100 colleges and universities educate as many as 19 million students in any given year, and NWF is committed to partnering with them and fostering the seeds of creativity growing in some our nation’s most important hotbeds of innovation in confronting the climate crisis.

National Wildlife Federation’s mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Visit www.nwf.org.

Carolina Concert Choir Performing at Montreat College

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

MONTREAT, NC – The Montreat College Friends of Music presents the Carolina Concert Choir directed by Bradford Gee on Sunday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of the Prodigal on Montreat College’s main campus.

Bradford Gee is recognized as one of the leading choral musicians in the Carolinas. He is currently in his ninth year as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Carolina Concert Choir and is also the Director of Music and Organist at St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, NC, where he conducts the Parish Choir, plays the organ for services, and oversees a multi-faceted music program.

Under his leadership the Carolina Concert Choir has grown into an exceptional, auditioned-only choir of 40 voices. The choir has sung at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and thrills audiences with their diverse repertoire, command of foreign languages, and warmth and beauty of their choral sound.

Classical Voice of North Carolina said of Mr. Gee: “… a decidedly superior choral conductor…well known for the efficiency of his use of rehearsal time as well as his direction” and, “The choir was technically close to flawless…an exemplar of crispness and precision.”

Mr. Gee pursued doctoral studies in choral conducting and organ performance at Indiana University and received his master’s degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a member of Chorus America and the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.

Community Invited to Enjoy Christmas Season at Montreat College

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

MONTREAT, NC – On Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., the Music Program of the Fine Arts Department of Montreat College will present its annual Christmas Concert in the chapel. Admission is free and open to the public. The program will feature the Montreat College Choir as well as performances by instrumental ensembles and instrumental and vocal soloists.

The Chapel of the Prodigal is open for those who want to come and pray or for visitors who wish to see the fresco and experience the chapel for the first time. The chapel is also often known as an intimate place of worship on campus, where students, faculty, or people in the community can gather. “The Chapel is a symbol of the Mission Statement of the college, which states that we seek to equip agents of transformation, renewal, and reconciliation,” says Teresa Price, the Director of Auxiliary Services at Montreat College. In addition, though it is barely a decade old, it has been included as one of only 22 sites named as “Heritage Treasures of Western North Carolina” by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area web site.

Last month UNC-TV featured Montreat College’s Chapel of the Prodigal on its “Our State” program. The series discusses the fifteen frescoes created by world-renowned artist Benjamin Long in Montreat and in other western North Carolina locations. Long’s painting has always intended to be a centerpiece to turn visitors’ hearts toward this beautiful story of reconciliation, depicting the reunion of the Prodigal Son after he returns to his father’s home. So, it is with great honor and pride that we join with UNC-TV on this program.

The Chapel of the Prodigal’s hours for November are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed for the weekends from November through March.  Docent-led tours are available as well. To arrange a tour, call Teresa Price at 828-669-8012, extension 3821.

Montreat College Welcomes Mr. William Mackenzie

Friday, November 12th, 2010

MONTREAT, NC – Mr. William Mackenzie will speak in convocation on Tuesday, November 16 at 11 a.m. in Gaither Chapel at Montreat College. The title of his address will be “Life’s Priorities” with Philippians 3:1-11 as the key text. Mr. Mackenzie, a Scotland native, began a Christian book publishing company called Christian Focus over thirty years ago.

William Mackenzie is a gold medal graduate of Glasgow University. Initially he worked in agriculture and continues to be active in the family farming business. He began publishing Christian books over thirty years ago with the objective of bringing to children the truth of the Gospel through Bible stories.

Christian Focus now has 1900 titles in print under four imprints for pastors, students, adults and children and operates across the world in seventy-five different languages. William’s passion is to bring glory to God by pointing readers to the excellencies of the Gospel.

As a ruling elder for thirty-five years, he regularly preaches in congregations, large and small, often taking the opportunity to encourage the use of Christian literature.

William and his wife Carine (an author in her own right) live in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Montreat College Presents Ted Tally’s Terra Nova

Monday, November 1st, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – This November Montreat College presents four performances of Ted Tally’s Terra Nova, a play directed by Montreat College theater professor and professional actress Ms. Callan White-Hinman. Set in the frigid Antarctic winter of 1911-12, Terra Nova is the story of five Englishmen and five Norwegians who raced each other to the bottom of the earth. Only the five Norwegians returned. Terra Nova tells the account of the Englishmen.

The play will be performed at Montreat College’s Manor House located at the Black Mountain campus on 510 Vance Avenue. Terra Nova’s performances are on Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 13, at 1:30 p.m., Friday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free for Montreat College students with ID, $10 for adults, $5 for other students with ID. Terra Nova is not recommended for children under 16.

For more information, call 828-669-8012 x6106 or email [email protected]