Mark Dewalt, co-author of "A Tour of Mr. Jefferson's University with Edgar the Squirrel," has been invited to participate in the 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book, March 19-23.
Dewalt will sign copies of his book and chat with readers at a March 22 session at 10 a.m. at the Barnes and Noble at 1035A Emma Street in Virginia.
Meg Webber, assistant vice president
for academic affairs, has been appointed as director of the Global Learning
As the initiative director, Webber will provide
primary responsibility for the coordinated implementation of global programs
through collaboration with multiple stakeholders across campus.
GLI is Winthrop University's Quality Enhancement Plan, a comprehensive
initiative that is a requirement of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools reaffirmation of accreditation processes. Started in 2011-12, the
global initiative is a five-year project committed to intentionally integrating
global learning across Winthrop's general education program.
Dr. Kathryn Holten, vice president of
Advancement and Enrollment, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the
American Association of University Women to a 2-year term on the Career
Development Grants Selection Panel. The national panel recommends fellowship
and grant recipients in education and the social sciences, furthering AAUW's
commitment to assist women to break through economic and educational barriers.
Dr. Holten is also serving a second term as Vice-Chair of the
Communications and Public Affairs Advisory Council to AASCU (American
Association of State Colleges and Universities) and a member of AASCU Public
Purpose Readers Advisory Group.
Library Dean Mark Herring has a new book for sale,
"Are Libraries Obsolete?: An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age."It is
printed by McFarland & Company, Inc.Herring noted that the digital age has
transformed information access in ways that few ever dreamed, particularly
libraries who are reeling as they are no longer able to serve as the chief
contender in information delivery.
Herring gives both sides - the
web aficionados, some of them unhinged, and the traditional librarians, some
blinkered - a fair hearing but misconceptions abound. Internet be-all and
end-all enthusiasts are no more useful than librarians who urge fellow
professionals to be all things to all people.
Associate Professor Janet Wojcik was granted the
distinction of Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a prestigious
recognition in her field of exercise science.
Hartel, an associate professor of chemistry who is credited with
increasing the rigor of the organic chemistry program, received Winthrop
University’s top teaching award at the Dec. 14 undergraduate commencement.
President Jayne Marie (Jamie) Comstock, presiding at her first
commencement, gave Hartel the 2013 James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard
Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The Kinard Award is presented
annually to the faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication to teaching
and is highly regarded on campus by faculty and students.
Spiro Shetuni, associate
professor and catalogue database manager in Dacus Library, is featured in an
article in an Illyrian newspaper, published in New York. The article, written
in Albanian, is titled "The Contribution of Spiro J. Shetuni in the Albanian
The author is Visar Munishi, an ethnomusicologist
scholar at the Albanological Institute in Prishtina, Kosovo. The article gives
an overview of Spiro’s work in Albanian ethnomusicology and highlights his latest
achievement in Albanian musicology.
Professor of Chemistry Aaron Hartel, who is credited with increasing
the rigor of the organic chemistry program, will receive Winthrop's top
teaching award at the Dec. 14 undergraduate commencement. The 2013 James
Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching is
presented annually to a faculty member who has shown dedication to teaching
and is highly regarded by faculty and students.
Professor Marilyn Smith of the College of Business Administration
will serve as the keynote speaker at the Dec. 14 undergraduate commencement.
She will convey an inspirational message about change, in terms of
technology and teaching.
John Timmons, assistant
director of residence life for residence education, and his brother David
Timmons appeared on BlogTalkRadio
on Sept. 1, where they talked about the second-half of music in the
1970s and which singer/songwriters enjoyed the most commercial success.
They also discussed the British invasion and America's response during a
special exhibit at the Mount Sterling Museum in Ohio.