06/19/2013The work of
Associate Professor of Chemistry Takita Sumter was featured in
the recent National Science Foundation Research's "Connecting Chemistry to
Everyday Life" feature. The story's tagline is "Teaching focus ignites student
interest in science."
The feature discusses how some of
Winthrop's science faculty increased science literacy through medicinal and
biological models. The every day-life context increased relevance and
understanding for students and sparked more interest in pursuing science
The study, led by Sumter, was part of an attempt to broaden
participation by inspiring students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue
scientific careers and to increase the representation of minorities in sciences
through the promise of supportive projects and interaction with minority
professor Marguerite A. Doman participated in the S.C. Affiliate
Aspirations in Computing Awards this spring. The ceremony honors high school
women who want to learn about computing.
Miller recently released her book, "Legends of Camp Cherokee," a
loving tribute to the camp and its campers' fond memories of summers spent at
Kings Mountain State Park.
A piece composed for full orchestra by
Associate Professor of Music Ron Parks appears on Navona
Records' new CD, "Spellbound." Parks' piece, "Torque," was recorded by the Kiev
Philharmonic and conducted by the late Robert Winstin.
Sgt. Dewayne Bunch and
Officer Thomas Dunham were recognized by two separate area
civic organizations for their outstanding work in the field. The Optimist Club
of Rock Hill honored Bunch during its annual Respect for Law program and the
state's Office of Highway Safety commended him for improving driver safety.
Dunham will be named the 2013 Central City Optimistic Club Police
Officer of the Year in June for his commitment to the Alive at 25 defensive
Adjunct instructor Jon
Prichard helped Charlotte artist John W. Love Jr. install Love's
piece "Path of Yes" at the Mint Museum. Prichard created a wooden grid to
hold the tiles of the piece. He also brought along some Winthrop students to
create the tiles that cover the installation floor.
Associate Professor Merry
Sleigh recently published a study called "Professors' Facebook Content
Affects Students' Perceptions and Expectations" in the peer-reviewed journal
"Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking." The multi-year research was
conducted with two former undergraduates, Jason Laboe and Aimee
Natalie Jeter, admissions
coordinator for the Graduate School, recently participated in
Limestone College's spring Commencement exercises on May 11, 2013, where she
graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in human
Jeter also was inducated as a
member of Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society for Business
Management and Administration majors. Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the
highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or
university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To be eligible for membership, a
business student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior, senior or
master’s class, and be invited to membership by the faculty
exhibition "Paracosms" opens in Chicago at Space 1858. The exhibition
consists of new small collages, drawings and watercolors. The official opening
date is May 10. The exhibition will run until June 9.
Jennifer Belk, assistant professor
of design, has been named the winner of the 2013 Carol A. Kueker
Construction Education Visionary Award, presented by the National Association
of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Education Foundation. The award recognizes a
U.S. educator or advocate who is dedicated and passionate toward
construction education. Belk was nominated and sponsored by the Charlotte
chapter and will be presented the award at the National Convention in
Seattle, Washington, in August.
Winthrop's interior design
students participate annually with NAWIC by acting as judges for their Block
Kids (Lego building) competition, a national program which promotes the
knowledge of construction related trades to area children.