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Notable Highlights

Winthrop’s reputation as one of the best universities of its kind is not by accident. It was built over the course of 125 years thanks to the countless achievements at the university level and by dedicated faculty and staff. The 2010-11 year was no different. Continue reading to view the year’s impressive accomplishments.

University Highlights

     
  • Resolutions celebrating the 125th anniversary were presented by the S.C. General Assembly and the city of Rock Hill.
  • Pinnacle Awards recognized five College of Business Administration alumni and business leaders for their contributions to the university and the community. Honorees were Bob Breakfield, Larry Carroll, Larry Durham ’80, ’87, Mike Forrest ’98 and Bob Thompson.
  • Second Liberty Tree initiative was granted to illuminate the role freedom of expression plays in creative works. Winthrop was only one of two institutions nationally to earn a second grant.
  • Addition of women's lacrosse team to the university's Division I sports program was approved by the Winthrop University Board of Trustees.
  • Education Trust praised Winthrop as a national leader in consistently showing high rates of graduation success among minority populations.
  • The Winthrop Poll continued to receive national and international news coverage for each of the three administered polls. The long-term survey initiative gauges attitudes of South Carolina residents and the South.
  • New programs formed as part of the Readiness Winthrop initiative, a cross-campus effort to review and refine the university’s mission and resources, included a Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Other new programs included five-year master’s programs in social work and business administration; music theatre as a concentration; legal studies as an academic option; and a sustainability minor and a sustainable business concentration.

Faculty Highlights

  • Shaun Cassidy, associate professor of fine arts, was honored with the 2011 Jane LaRoche Graduate Faculty Award.
  • Stevie Chepko, chair of the Department of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance, was honored with the prestigious Joy of Effort Award at the national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
  • Heather Evans-Anderson, assistant professor of biology, received a $419,115 grant from the National Institutes of Health to aid her ongoing research on cardiac myocyte, or muscle cell, proliferation.
  • Janet Gray, associate professor of theatre, received the James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Mark Hamilton, associate professor of fine arts, won the Expression category and was the winner of the Calumer Prize for the Best Image Taken on Film in the Renaissance Photography competition in London, England. Hamilton’s “Introspection” was selected from more than 4,500 entries.
  • Haney Howell, associate professor of mass communication, received the S.C. Broadcasters Association’s Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.
  • Karen Kedrowski, chair of the Department of Political Science and director of the Global Learning Initiative, was named the 2011 Distinguished Professor of the Year.
  • Carol Marchel was named the recipient of the Bank of America Endowed Professorship for the Richard W. Riley College of Education.
  • Padmini Patwardhan, associate professor of mass communication, was selected as the newest Thompson Scholar.
  • Jason Silverman, professor of history, was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Ellison Capers Palmer Jr. Professorship.
  • Tom Stanley, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, earned the 2010 S.C. Art Education Association Higher Education Level Award.
  • Gary Stone, professor of economics, was the winner of a national service award given jointly by the National Association of Economic Education and Council for Economic Education. In addition, Stone was selected as the William H. Grier Professor for the College of Business Administration.
  • Laura Ullrich, assistant professor of economics, earned the 2011 Outstanding Junior Professor of the Year Award.

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