Winthrop University’s newly appointed Thompson Scholar Shawnna Helf of the Richard W. Riley College of Education will spend the next few months preparing the campus to enact the new Read to Succeed Act for literacy reform.
Helf, an assistant professor of reading in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, has participated in the statewide literacy reform discussions for the past three years and followed the passage last summer of the Read to Succeed legislation. In her Thompson Scholar application, Helf focused on how the new legislation will impact Winthrop’s pre-service teacher education program and how to reinforce with teacher candidates the important roles they will be playing as they teach P-12 students reading and writing.
Director of Dance Meg Schriffen has one of her originally choreographed pieces, "Co si Cominicia," performed by the Coker Repertory Dance Company.
Fine Arts Professor Shaun Cassidy’s latest large-scale sculpture entitled “The Sound of Everything” was recently installed in front of the Bragg Financial Advisors building at 1031 South Caldwell Street, located one block off Morehead Street near the Dowd YMCA.
Professor of English Gregg Hecimovich will present a lecture--“Introducing The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative”--on Feb. in Owens Auditorium at the Sandhills Community College campus in Pinehurst. Hecimovich will detail his quest to find the true author and identity in the N.C. slave narrative. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information call 910/245-3132.
Professor of English Matthew Fike published an article, "Hemingway's Frances Macomber in 'God's Country,'" in the Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies.
Gina Price White presented preservation tips to the Fairfield County Genealogy Society Jan. 15. She is the director of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Nick Grossoehme, Associate Professor of Biology Heather Evans-Anderson and Associate Professor of Chemistry Maria Gelabert have received competitive research grants from the South Carolina faction of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The grants will be implemented in spring of 2015 to study specific topics in their disciplines with student researchers.
The Arts & Science Council of Charlotte has awarded grants to:
• Chris O’Neill ’98, ’10: $1,907 to purchase a MacBook Pro for multimedia creation and integrated show control. O’Neill is the facilities management/technical director for the Department of Music and head of Shakespeare Carolina.
• Professor of Fine Arts Shaun Cassidy: $2,000 to purchase sheets of metal to create a new sculpture series.
The Levine Museum of the New South invited Winthrop University Political Science Professor Adolphus Belk Jr. to participate in an hour-long TweetChat on Dec. 10 about recent African-American citizen shootings by police.
Winthrop University is one of only eight U.S. institutions recently cited as a model program by the Critical Thinking Foundation due to the institution’s integration of critical thinking across its curriculum.
Amanda Hiner, a Winthrop assistant professor of English and coordinator of its critical reading, thinking and writing program, will talk about Winthrop’s efforts as a focal session speaker at the foundation’s 35th international conference set for July 25-30 in Berkeley. The conference theme is “Cultivating World Justice and Freedom of Thought Through Educational and Social Reform.”