People of Chowan

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People of Chowan

Featuring students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University.

Malachi cobb

Malachi is a junior music education major from Washington, NC:

  • What activities are you involved in on campus? Senator of Religious Life for Chowan SGA. I play the saxophone and piano for serval churches in the area, including campus ministry events and services!
  • What do you plan to do after you graduate from Chowan? How do you feel like Chowan has helped you in your future goals?  My plans after graduation are to become a high school band director and a Worship Director at a church. Chowan University is giving me the chance to become a better musician and leader, I’m thankful for Chowan’s professors and staff. 

Erica mock

Erica is a junior history, pre-law major, from Diamond, OH.

  • What activities are you involved in on campus? Ministry Chaplain, Team 4:13, Women’s Swimming, Captain of the Swim Team, President of SACC, Vise President of Honors College, Senator of Athletic Life, History Club President, CCSA Scholar, Harris Scholar, Alpha Lamba Delta, Alpha Chi, and hopefully more is to come!
  • What do you like/love about Chowan? Something I noticed while visiting Chowan is the sense of family-based community. I am over a 10-hour drive away from home, but everyone on this campus treats you like family, so there is no need to feel homesick. 
  • What advice would you give a student interested in Chowan? No matter where you go, you MUST get involved! After getting my junior and senior year of High School taken away due to Covid, I have learned not to take things for granted. If you have the opportunity to try something new, do it you never know what may come from it. 
  • Tell us about your favorite professors and/or class. Dr. Ballew is one of the History professors on campus, Spring 2022, he was teaching a class on Mystery. During the classes, he showed a preview of the hit TV show “Twins Peaks.” A group of us students were hooked and wanted to watch more. Dr. Ballew set up a “primer time” for our group to watch the whole series. Not only was the TV show awesome, but I was also able to create a friendship with that group, and we still text in our “Twin Peaks” group chat! 
  • What has been your favorite experience on campus? One of the best events Chowan Student Life holds is Wednesday night Bingo. When most people think of Bingo, they think of older women playing, but here at Chowan, you have the whole student body represented because you could win anywhere from $5-$50. The first night I went to Bingo, I was the winner of $50. With that $50, I went and bought a betta for my roommate and I. Bingo will forever be the best event held on campus. 
  • What do you plan to do after you graduate from Chowan? How do you feel like Chowan has helped you in your future goals? I plan to attend law school. I believe the history department is setting my education up very well with all the reading and writing assignments I am given.

Harri Lovett

Harri, a native of Wrexham, Wales, is a 2021 Chowan University graduate with a BS in Business. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Organizational Leadership.

  • What activities are you involved in on campus? Men’s Soccer (Captain), Presidential Ambassador, Sporting Athletic Advisory Committee
  • Why did you choose Chowan? I needed a community and somewhere that cared, and of course, Coach Whalley (men’s soccer coach)
  • What do you like/love about Chowan? That I know hundreds of people on campus. Their smiles, their interests, their stories, and they know just as much about me. Also, Chowan highlights achievements/successes extremely well. 
  • What advice would you give a student interested in Chowan? Just come and meet the people. You WILL be hooked by how much our faculty and staff care for you as an individual, not as a number. 
  • Tell us about your favorite professors and/or class: Professor Shannon Williams in the Business department is nothing short of the perfect professor, she cares, she teaches intensely, makes you think, keeps things current, and has a laugh along the way, I was fortunate to have her through my capstone class. It would be unfair not to mention Professor Phillip Entzminger as his business law class was outstanding. Engaging, funny, and thought-provoking, and all the content stuck. 
  • What has been your favorite experience on campus? Graduation. Walking that stage and having the opportunity to speak in front of the thousands of people who pushed me along my journey to that point. Goosebumps. 
  • What do you plan to do after you graduate from Chowan? How do you feel like Chowan has helped you in your future goals? Chowan has helped me keep my options open and my network-wide as I look toward the next steps in my life. Not knowing exactly what you want to do when you graduate can be daunting, but with the skills and acquaintances Chowan has equipped me with, I know I’m up to any challenge!

Kashara Simpson

Kashara is a sophomore exercise science major from Raleigh, NC.

  • What activities are you involved in on campus?  I am the SGA President, a Ministry Chaplain, team 4:13 Chaplain, CCSA scholar, Honors College Secretary, Alpha Lambda Delta Secretary, CU Women’s Basketball
  • Why did you choose Chowan? I chose Chowan because God led me to this school. After being accepted into over 20 universities, God called me to Chowan to grow spiritually, academically, and socially while having the opportunity to play the sport that I love.
  • What do you like/love about Chowan? What I like about Chowan is the way that you always have someone reaching out to you to help you with anything. Whether you don’t know the location of the cafe or you have locked your keys out of your car, there is always someone here that knows and is willing to help you. I also love the potential that Chowan has. As each year passes, I get more and more excited about what the future of the University holds.
  • What advice would you give a student interested in Chowan? The advice I would give a student interested in Chowan is to take the chance. Everyone that is at this University was specifically placed here by God. He knows the plan that he has for you upon attending Chowan. It may not be clear to you from the start, but it will be revealed through the years.
  • What has been your favorite experience on campus?  My favorite experience on campus has been the SAC Champions pep rally. I got an opportunity to see the fun side of all the sports teams while teaming up with a close friend of mine from the football team to compete with other members of the sports teams at Chowan.
  • What do you plan to do after you graduate from Chowan? How do you feel like Chowan has helped you in your future goals? What I plan to do after I graduate from Chowan is earn my master’s degree to become a Physician assistant. I want to work in either pediatrics with kids or orthopedics in the working field. Chowan has helped me take advantage of my own future. I don’t just hold all of my roles around campus for fun. I see an opportunity to better not only myself but the people around me. If I can teach a thing or two to someone else while I learn from them, then we are both in good shape.

Faculty Features

Mary Hellmann

McDowell Columns Scholar Prize

Mary Hellmann

The Chowan University McDowell Columns Scholar Prize, which is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is presented to a faculty member for his or her scholarly and/or creative activities during the previous academic year. The prize consists of a cash award and a book style clock, showcasing a photo of the historic McDowell Columns Building, and engraved with the recipient’s name. The prize recipient will be announced at the Seventh Annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Creative Achievement, which will showcase the scholarly works and creative activities that have been published, exhibited, or performed during the academic year, and provide the university community the opportunity to congratulate and recognize faculty for their recent accomplishments as authors, artists, leaders, researchers, presenters, and performers.

Greg Taylor

McDowell Columns Scholar Prize

Gregory Taylor

The Chowan University McDowell Columns Scholar Prize, which is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is presented to a faculty member for his or her scholarly and/or creative activities during the previous academic year. The prize consists of a cash award and a book style clock, showcasing a photo of the historic McDowell Columns Building, and engraved with the recipient’s name. The prize recipient will be announced at the Seventh Annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Creative Achievement, which will showcase the scholarly works and creative activities that have been published, exhibited, or performed during the academic year, and provide the university community the opportunity to congratulate and recognize faculty for their recent accomplishments as authors, artists, leaders, researchers, presenters, and performers.

Faculty Advisor of the Year Award

Ashley N. Doane

The Faculty Advisor of the Year Award is given each year to honor excellence in academic advising. Selection is based on availability to advisees, caring attitude toward advisees, monitoring of student progress toward academic goals, and knowledge of the university’s regulations, policies, and procedures.

Fowler Jason Smiling picture

Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award

Jason S. Fowler

The recipient of the Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year Award is  chosen by students of the university. Selection is based on such factors as dedication to the profession and to students, effectiveness as a teacher, continued professional growth, availability to students, participation in the university’s program of extracurricular activities, and relationship with colleagues and students.

Dr. Bo Dame and Dr. Heather McGuire outside of the Hawks Athletic Center

Faculty Excellence in Community service award

James K. “Bo” Dame II &

Heather L. McGuire

The Faculty Excellence in Community service award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of his or her involvement with charitable, nonprofit, church, public service, or similar organizations in his or her community; dedication to strengthening the spirit of civic engagement; commitment toward furthering the practice of service learning; participation in the life of the university transcends professional responsibility; and/or contribution of professional expertise in service to the wider community.

Bo Dame

faculty excellence in teaching award

James K. “Bo” Dame II

The recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award is chosen by his or her colleagues on the faculty of the University. Selection is based on such factors as dedication to the profession and to students, effectiveness as a teacher, continued professional growth, availability to students, participation in the University’s program of extracurricular activities, and relationship with colleagues and students.