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Meet a New Addition to Catawba’s Biology Department: Dr. Jay Bolin

Steffi Cook, Writer

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Catawba College is very fortunate to have outstanding group of professors within each academic department. I am lucky to have one of these professors as my Bioscience teacher.

Dr. Jay Bolin is in his first year as a Catawba College Biology professor. He is very enthusiastic to be employed here and comes to Salisbury with an interesting background.

Originally from Alexandria, Va., a suburb of Washington D.C., Bolin spent a lot of his free time in the outdoors as an adolescent. He was an avid fisher and hunter, which helped him develop a keen interest in biology, since these activities take place in the natural world instead of indoors. After graduating from high school, he attended Virginia Tech and studied Environmental Science as an undergraduate. He then went on to earn his Masters and Pd D. from Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. to pursue his goal of becoming a college professor.

Bolin is thrilled to be living in Salisbury, saying that the people here are very friendly and traffic is not an issue for him anymore. “My blood pressure has dropped a lot {from moving out} of the D.C. area,” Bolin chuckles. He mentioned that Salisbury reminds him a lot of Blacksburg, Va., the town he lived in as an undergraduate student at Virginia Tech.

Besides being pleased with his new place of residence, Bolin is very happy with the work ethic of the students at Catawba. “I think the students are wonderful; the academic quality of the students is really high, the students are engaged, and almost everyone really cares about what they are studying.”

When asked what he would like to see implemented more in the Catawba community, Bolin quickly answered he would like to see more growth in regards to the Green Initiative. He feels as though it is a positive direction for the college and wants more people that are part of the college community to embrace the campaign. He also noted that he would like others outside of the Catawba community to know that the college is a green and environmentally cautious one. “I think it will help with recruiting and the visibility of the college itself,” Bolin comments.

If you haven’t had a chance to chat with this biology expert, make time and go visit him in his office on the second floor in the Center for the Environment. Be sure to come before the academic year is over, or else you may miss him. He will be in Borneo (a country in southeast Asia) for part of the summer!

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Meet a New Addition to Catawba’s Biology Department: Dr. Jay Bolin