"This is a day to express gratitude-for the ways God has led this institution for 122 years and the ways He continues to lead it today." Tony Thompson '69, chair of Sterling College's Board of Trustees, opened President Paul J. Maurer's inauguration ceremony with those words. He continued, "This day we celebrate the installation of Sterling's eleventh president and we look forward to his leadership of Sterling's future."
The 59th Annual Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration included a pow-wow, stomp dance, and competitions such as the Cornstalk Shoot. But for the Sterling College students and faculty who attended the celebration, these things were not the most memorable parts of their trip. "One of the highlights for me was to see how the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees strives to help all people: children, elders-just anyone who needs help. I was impressed with their determination to help all aspects of society," said Doug Boardman, an assistant professor in the history department.
Some Sterling College students are receiving instruction from an unusual source: third graders!
In an initiative started by Judith Best, an assistant professor in the SC elementary education department and the administrator of Sterling Academy Charter School, students in the social studies methods class at SC correspond with students at Newark Christian School in New Jersey.