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Tutu's daughter to headline Winthrop's Model UN conference (The State, 03/11/14)

March 11 lecture on Lincoln by Professor Jason Silverman promises to be entertaining (03/05/14)

English department to hold ninth annual research conference (03/05/14)

Winthrop English majors recognized at international conference (03/03/14)

Professor of the week (The Johnsonian, 02/27/14)
Dr. Scott Shinabargar is a professor of French and the chair of the World Languages & Cultures department.

Senator Graham visits campus to talk about attacks at Benghazi (The Johnsonian, 02/26/14)

Winthrop Poll: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has support of 45% of likely Republican primary voters (02/26/14)

Creating equitable schools focus of Dorothy Perry Thompson colloquium (02/25/14)

24th Annual Mass Communication Week gives students a "passport to their future"(02/18/14)

International student of the week (The Johnsonian, 02/12/14)
Caitlin Cridland is a sophomore biochemistry major from Australia.

Professor of the week (The Johnsonian, 02/12/14)
Dr. Wendy Campbell is a professor of social work.

Military speaker visits Winthrop, talks about her experience in Coast Guard (The Johnsonian, 02/12/14)

Sign language club breaks barriers for hearing impaired (The Johnsonian, 02/12/14)

English department tries new curriculum (The Johnsonian, 02/05/14)

It happened on the way to war: A marine's path to peace (The Johnsonian, 02/05/14)

The American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) released Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight, in January 2014. This report finds that liberal arts majors are successful in the workplace. Read a summary of the full report here.

Professor of the week (The Johnsonian, 01/29/14)
Dr. Adolphus Belk is an associate professor of political science and the coordinator of the African American Studies minor.

International student of the week (The Johnsonian, 01/29/14)
Elizabeth Williamson is a freshman environmental studies major from New Zealand.

Biology major seeks to end cancer (The Johnsonian, 01/29/14)

First woman to lead a U.S. military academy will visit Winthrop Feb. 6 (01/27/14)

Holocaust lives on through literature class (The Johnsonian, 01/22/14)

Winthrop biology students will travel to Peru to study conservation of the Amazon rainforest (The Johnsonian, 01/22/14)

Professor of the week (The Johnsonian, 01/22/14)
Dr. John Holder is a professor of political science.

MUN students compete in fall and prepare in spring for own conference (01/15/14)

Archives turns to Alison Boulton '11 for Special Uniforms Exhibit (01/06/14)

Opening the Pipeline in Health Professions (Duke Endowment newsletter, Winter 2013)

Senior Biology major conducted stink bug research and shared her findings (12/12/13)

Chemistry Associate Professor Aaron Hartel to be recognized at Dec. 14 commencement (12/04/13)
Dr. Hartel will be presented with the 2013 Kinard Award for excellence in teaching, which is awarded annually to a faculty member who has shown dedication to teaching and who is highly regarded by other faculty members and by students.

Irene Boland honored by York County Chamber of Commerce (11/26/13)
Geology Professor Irene Boland was one of several educators honored for their hard work and dedication to teaching.

Winthrop graduate student with social studies aspirations passes away (11/25/13)

Calling all Doctor Who fans: Literary society celebrates show milestone (11/22/13)
The celebration was also covered on CNN's iReport.

Affordable Care Act provisions to go into effect in January 2014 (The Johnsonian, 11/21/13)

Student Dietetic Association hosts on-campus Farmer's Market (The Johnsonian, 11/21/13)

Lt. Governor candidate Bakari Sellers visits Winthrop (11/19/13)
The candidate's visit was hosted by the College Democrats and the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.

Student Dietetic Association organizes on-campus farmer's market (11/18/13)

Fulbright Fellow brings Indian culture to Winthrop (The Johnsonian, 11/14/13)

Professor of the week (The Johnsonian, 11/14/13)
Mark Nortz is an instructor of mass communication.

International student of the week (The Johnsonian, 11/14/13)
Olivia Whitehead is a sophomore social work major from Australia.

Seniors crowned Homecoming king and queen on Nov. 9 (11/12/13)
Mass Communication major Daisy Burroughs was crowned Homecoming Queen during the men's basketball game.

Former SC Superintendent of Education Jim Rex visits campus to discuss political parties (11/11/13)

Announcement: The College of Arts and Sciences is happy to announce that the new BA in Individualized Studies has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This innovative program will allow students to pursue their interests in an interdisciplinary context. Interested students should contact Dr. Clara Paulino for more information.

Indian Fulbright Scholar visits Winthrop to discuss ethics and globalization in mass media (The Johnsonian, 10/30/13)

Winthrop students learn to lessen ecological footprint on Earth (The Johnsonian, 10/30/13)

Walk a mile in an athlete's shoes (The Johnsonian, 10/30/13)
Ekin Gunaysu is a member of the women's tennis team and a junior political science major.

International student of the week (The Johnsonian, 10/30/13)
Ylan Hazot is a senior integrated marketing communication major from France.

Political fallout from the government shutdown (Charlotte Talks, WFAE, 10/28/13)
Dr. Scott Huffmon, Professor of Political Science at Winthrop and Director of the Social and Behavioral Research Lab, was a guest on the show to discuss the fallout from the government shutdown that we can expect in the next few months.

Assistant Professor of Biology Matthew Heard discusses the threat diseases pose to endangered species on WAMC's Academic Minute (10/14/13)

Winthrop class studies JFK assassination (The Charlotte Observer, 11/07/13)
Students in English professor Bryan Ghent's CRTW class traveled to Dallas last weekend to visit sites related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. More on the class: Critical thinking class dissects JFK assassination during this 50th anniversary (11/22/13), Winthrop class studies JFK assassination on 50th anniversary (Rock Hill Herald, 11/07/13), After visiting Dallas, Winthrop students have different views about who killed Kennedy (Rock Hill Herald, 11/13/13), Winthrop students OK with muddy answers to JFK assassination questions (Rock Hill Herald, 11/19/13), Off the guest list, Kennedy devotees still make the trip to Dallas (Dallas News, 11/19/13), Convinced by the Communists? Some theorize Soviets or Castro inspired Oswald to kill JFK (NBC News, 11/19/13)


Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/search_results?q=Winthrop+Kennedy#storylink=cpy

Fire-eaters: The search for the hottest chili (The New Yorker, 11/04/13)
A local chili farmer grows one of the hottest chili peppers in the world, and brought it to Winthrop Chemistry professor Cliff Calloway in 2010 for help in certifying the chili's heat. More here: Chemistry students play role in chili pepper war (11/16/13) and here: CBS This Morning (12/28/13)

Long-time English professor and writer Scott Ely passes away (11/01/13)

Junior Biology student remembered for her talents and love of dance (11/01/13)

Department of Mass Communication will host Fulbright Visiting Scholar from India (10/31/13)

Winthrop Poll shows approval ratings for President, Congress, Governor, and others (10/30/13)

Upcoming Event: Fulbright Fellow Triveni Goswami Mathur (pdf - 448 KB)
Dr. Mathur is a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. She will be at Winthrop on November 7 and 8, and will give lectures on media ethics and advertising in India.

Winthrop students win more awards than any other delegation at collegiate Model UN competition at UNCC.
Winthrop students won the following awards:
JC Dougherty - Distinguished Delegate, League of Arab States, Iraq
Leo Gonzalez - Honorable Mention, SC, South Africa
Brandi Guerkink - Distinguished Delegate, Organization of American States, Venezuela

Sarah Cohen - Distinguished Delegate, Organization of American States, Venezuela
Anthony Jablonecki -  Distinguished Delegate, General Assembly (GA), Syria

Brianna Bagwell - Distinguished Delegate, GA, Syria
Steven Benitez - Distinguished Delegate, GA, Peru

Elizabeth Yost - Distinguished Delegate, GA, Peru
Winthrop University - Best position papers award for entire delegation

Imitation, the highest form of flattery (The Johnsonian, 10/24/13)
Winthrop's Model U.N. mimics the real United Nations by debating issues that the world is currently facing, such as protecting the environment, sustainability, and gun control. The students in the two Political Science classes related to Model U.N. also work with high school students debating similar topics.

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism, & "Pinkwashing" (Charlotte Talks, WFAE, 10/24/13)
Mass Communication Professor Marilyn Sarow is a co-author of the book Cancer Activism: Gender, Media, and Public Policy, which compares the breast cancer and prostate cancer activism movements. Sarow was one of four guests on a segment of the WFAE show Charlotte Talks discussing breast cancer awareness campaigns.

Psychology faculty member links chronic pain to depression on TV show America Now (10/22/13)

Math professor competed with wife for WU position (The Johnsonian, 10/10/13)

Professor of the Week -- Matthew Fike (The Johnsonian, 10/03/13)

Voyager 1 leaves the solar system, enters the collective mind of Winthrop professors and students (The Johnsonian, 10/03/13)

Look at that BOD... POD (The Johnsonian, 10/03/13)

WU professor solves literary mystery after decades of research (The Johnsonian, 10/03/13)

Professor reveals real "Remember the Titans" (The Johnsonian, 10/03/13)

Speaker debunks myths on homosexuality in Bible (The Johnsonian, 10/03/13)

Tabooed books discussed (The Johnsonian, 09/25/13)
Winthrop's English Department, Literary Society, and National Council of Teachers of English affiliate hosted the fifth annual banned books reading, which included a discussion of how and why books are challenged and banned. 

WU celebrates International Day of Peace (The Johnsonian, 09/25/13)
Students and faculty celebrated Peace Day with an event dedicated to "Education for Peace."

Rock Hill lawyer educates WU on First Amendment issues (The Johnsonian, 09/25/13)
Stephen Cox, an attorney based in Rock Hill, spoke to a packed crowd in Dina's Place about the history and politics of free speech and the First Amendment. 

NABJ sheds light on glass ceiling in work force (The Johnsonian, 09/25/13)
The National Association of Black Journalists and Phi Alpha Delta hosted a roundtable discussion on gender equality in the work force. Panel members included Dr. Jennifer Disney, chair of the political science department and director of the women's studies program, and Dr. Bradley Tripp, associate professor of sociology.

Senior bio major captures prestigious award (The Johnsonian, 09/25/13)
Kara Hardwick was the only undergraduate student in the nation to receive the Raymond W. Sarber Award from the American Society of Microbiology, given to a student who demonstrates potential and excellence in research.

New leader for Winthrop Poll (The Johnsonian, 09/18/13)
Winthrop alumna Allie Briggs, who started working with the Winthrop Poll as a student caller, is now its operations manager.

Rock Hill attorney to discuss free speech, national security in Dina's Place (The Johnsonian, 09/18/13)

Literary society celebrates banned books at cultural event (The Johnsonian, 09/18/13)

Woman's best friend (The Johnsonian, 09/18/13)
Psychology major Brianna Murray explains how she got her guide dog, Lacey, and what her role in Murray's life is.

Upcoming event: Same-sex Relations in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, 09/30/13 (pdf - 355 KB)
The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies will host Dr. David T. Stewart, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Long Beach, at 7 p.m. in Dina's Place. Dr. Stewart will discuss the interpretation of several key biblical passages that relate to the contemporary GLTB/Q rights controversy.

Upcoming events: The Fall Reading Series, 09/25/13 and 10/23/13
On Wednesday, September 25, from 7-8 p.m. in The Little Chapel, Morri Creech will read from his poetry and Sarah Creech will read from her fiction. On Wednesday, October 23, from 7-8 p.m. in The Little Chapel, Scott Ely will read from his novels. These readings are organized by the Department of English and The Anthology: Art and Literary Magazine, and are approved cultural events.

N.Y. Times details English Chair Gregg Hecimovich's work on Identifying slave author (09/19/13)
English Department Chair Gregg Hecimovich's groundbreaking research identifying the true author of The Bondwoman's Narrative, the first novel written by an African-American woman, was covered by the New York Times and MSNBC.

Upcoming event: Congressman Joe Kennedy's Campus Tour, 09/25/13 (pdf - 233 KB)
Winthrop's College Democrats and Pi Sigma Alpha are hosting Congressman Joe Kennedy on September 25, 2013, from 4:30-5:30 at Dina's Place. This event is free and open to the public.

Biochemistry major earns national accreditation (The Johnsonian, 09/11/13)
Winthrop is the first school in the country to earn accreditation for a biochemistry department from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The Johnsonian article explains what the process of accreditation was like, and what it means for students.

Professor of the Week -- Aimee Meader (The Johnsonian, 09/11/13)
Newly hired Mass Communication instructor Aimee Meader was interviewed by The Johnsonian.

Voting rights dominate discussion in Charlotte (The Johnsonian, 09/04/13)
Winthrop students and social work professor Kareema Gray attended an event in Charlotte to commemorate the March on Washington. 

Publication: English department alumna Erin Sharpe's essay "'This Man ... Doth Present Wall': The Enactment of Objectified Labor in A Midsummer Night's Dream" was published in the Sigma Tau Delta Review this year (Vol. 10, pg. 25). Essays by Alex Mueller and Adjunct Instructor Amanda Covington have been accepted for publication in a future volume of the review.

What will Destinee Johnson do next? (The Johnsonian, 08/29/13)
Senior biochemistry major Destinee Johnson was interviewed by The Johnsonian about her many interests and activities both on-campus and in the community.

Upcoming event: Chasing Ice documentary film screening, 09/04/13 (pdf - 301 KB)
The award-winning documentary Chasing Ice, which follows one man's mission to gather undeniable evidence of climate change, will be shown Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Dina's Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. The film screening will be followed by a discussion led by Geology Professor Scott Wert and Photography Professor Phil Moody. The event is free and open to the public.

(08/21/13) Winthrop's chapter of Psi Chi, the international Psychology honors society, received the model chapter award for the 2012-13 year. According to the Psi Chi website, this award recognizes "chapters that consistently maintain outstanding records of membership inductions, chapter correspondence, service projects, and other criteria associated with being an outstanding chapter." Earlier this year, the chapter also won the Southeastern Regional Chapter Award.

(08/21/13) Dr. Amy Gerald, Associate Professor of English, has collaborated with The Charleston Museum to develop a display about Sarah and Angelina Grimké in their childhood home, the Heyward-Washington House on Church Street in Charleston.  Members of a wealthy, slave-owning family, the Grimké sisters left Charleston for Philadelphia, where they became members of the Society of Friends, the first female abolitionist agents in the U.S., and early women's rights activists.

Publication: The One Mind: C.G. Jung and the future of literary criticism (pdf - 570 KB)
English professor Matthew A. Fike's new book explores Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung's concept of an underlying unified reality by applying Jung's writings to the works of literary authors such as Hawthorne, Milton, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and others. Fike's book will be available starting in September 2013.

NCAA names Horn as 2013 Walter Byers Scholar (The Johnsonian, 08/15/13)

Back to school means security cameras, armed guards (MSN News, 08/13/13)
Dr. Melissa Reeves, a lecturer in the Psychology department and School Psychology program, was interviewed and quoted in this article about keeping kids safe in the classroom.

Upcoming event: Banned Books Reading, 09/24/13 (pdf - 156 KB)
Winthrop's 5th annual Banned Books Reading will be held on September 24, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Owens G01. There will be dramatic readings from The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier; Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey; The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison; and Killing Mr. Griffin, by Lois Duncan.

Upcoming event: Constitution Day, 09/19/13 (pdf - 416 KB)
Attorney Stephen Cox will hold a discussion about the limits of free speech at this year's Constitution Day, to be held on September 19, 2013, from 11 a.m. until noon at Dina's Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center.

Summer Experience Gives Students a Chance to Research Along With Faculty (08/02/13)

Five Grants Helped Fund Research for Biology and Chemistry (08/01/13)

Summer Research at Winthrop (CN2 News video, 07/23/13)
Student Ashley Williams and
chemistry professor Nick Grossoehme were profiled in a video about their work investigating a disease-causing organism.

Professor and Columbia Judge/Alumna Selected as Liberty Fellows (07/16/13)

Winthrop Alums Among Top U.S. Graduate Students Meeting Nobel Laureates (06/29/13)

National Science Foundation Notes Winthrop's Success at Increasing Science Literacy (06/26/13)

Biology Faculty Member Will Track Ranaviruses at Georgetown Refuge (06/18/13)

Winthrop and Rock Hill Educators Head to China to Teach Classroom Technology (06/11/13)

Publication: Academic Forgiveness: The Price of Pardon (06/10/13)
CAS professors Jonathan Marx and David Meeler wrote this article for The Chronicle of Higher Education about the role of academic policies in grade inflation. They based the article on case study research that they also published in a longer paper in the Quality Assurance in Education journal: Strike four! Do-over policies institutionalize GPA distortion.

Tenure, Promotions and Emeritus Status Announced for Faculty (06/10/13)
The following retiring CAS faculty members were approved for emeritus status: Kenneth Gordon, professor of Spanish and department chair; Ron Green, professor and former chair of social work; Barbara Heinemann, associate professor of Spanish; Cecile Leung, professor of French; and Marguerite Quintelli-Neary, professor of English.
The following CAS faculty members were granted tenure and promoted to associate professor: Matthew Hayes, psychology; Robert Prickett, English; Joseph Rusinko, mathematics; and Scott Werts, geology.
The following CAS faculty member was promoted to professor: Leigh Armistead, psychology.

Sue Lyman Recognized by City of Rock Hill at Volunteer Appreciation Dinner (05/24/13)

Professor, Graduates Study How Facebook Profiles Affect Student Perceptions of Faculty (05/16/13)

NEW Leadership Conference at Winthrop Prepares Future Female Leaders (05/14/13)

Former Men's Soccer Team Captain Wins NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship (05/10/13)

Seventeen Students Selected as Summer WISE Interns (05/10/13)

Three Outstanding Faculty Members to be Honored at Commencement (04/26/13)
CAS faculty member Joseph Rusinko, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, will be recognized at Commencement as the 2013 Outstanding Junior Professor. This award is given for inspired teaching, research excellence, and dedication to the welfare of students.

Twenty Winthrop Retirees and 54 Employees Recognized for Service (04/23/13)

CAS retirees:
Kenneth Gordon, world languages and cultures
Ron Green, social work
Lynn Harand, College of Arts and Sciences
Barbara Heinemann, world languages and cultures
Cecile Leung, world languages and cultures
10 years of state service:
Rick Chacon, sociology and anthropology
Rory Cornish, history
Jennifer Disney, political science
Linda Mason, psychology
Guy Reel, mass communication
20 years of state service:
Gary Alderman, psychology
Irene Boland, chemistry, physics and geology
Janice Chism, biology
Norma McDuffie, English
Pedro Munoz, world languages and cultures

Winthrop Recognizes Exceptional Employees During Annual Ceremony (04/23/13)
The following CAS employees received presidential citations for service to the university: Clifton Calloway, chemistry, physics and geology; Nick Grossoehme, chemistry, physics and geology; Wendi Hevelow, biology; Norma McDuffie, English; Pat Owens, chemistry, physics and geology; Scott Huffmon, political science; Adolphus Belk, political science; Karen Kedrowski, political science; Katarina Moyon, political science; Elizabeth Oswald-Sease, political science; and Judy Longshaw, university relations.
The following CAS employee received a presidential citation for service to the community: Barbara Heinemann, world languages and cultures.
Lynn Harand, an instructor and director of student services who retired in June 2012, was one of two co-recipients of the Mary Spann Richardson Award.

Chemistry Department Will Sponsor Its First Project Seed Program This Summer (04/22/13)

Student Captures First Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowship (04/19/13)