Professor of English John Bird was named the Margaret M. Bryant Professor for the Department of English. The Bryant professorship rewards outstanding teaching, scholarship and service to Winthrop and helps enrich the department through support of faculty. Created in 1997, the Margaret M. Bryant Professorship is given in memory of Winthrop's first graduate to earn a Ph.D.
Instructor of Human Nutrition Judy Thomas has been named to the state Panel for Dietetics by Gov. Nikki Haley. This panel is the state licensing board for dieticians in the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
Her commission expires in May 2015.
The Rock Hill School District awarded AAAS's Kelly Scott with a volunteer award for her work with Ebinport Elementary School's Improvement Council.
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed Associate Professor of Counseling Jennifer Jordan to the state Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.
Professor of English Matthew Fike presented his paper, "Anima in Africa: H. Rider Haggard's She," at the International Association of Jungian Studies on June 29 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Professor of Fine Arts Marge Moody has a show opening Saturday, July 12, at the Progressive Eye gallery at UNC-Charlotte's City Center. A free opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday. The show, "Chroma: Lyrical Lines and Compulsive Color," will be on display during July.
Institutes of Health recently awarded a $360,000 grant to Winthrop University
biology faculty member Eric Birgbauer to continue his studies
on how the optic nerve grows and can possibly be regenerated.
06/23/2014Professor of Fine Arts Shaun Cassidy is one of the
people presenting in the McColl Center's Innovation Institute. The two-day
program teaches business leaders how to evolve and bring new mentality to their
work. You can read more about it in The Charlotte Observer.
Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations Jack Frost and
Director of New Media Everett Hutto presented an informative
session on video streaming live athletic events during the 2014 College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Convention that was held this week at
the Marriott World Center Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Professor of Music Ron Parks had his personal piece "Click..." selected
for the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, which ran June
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Stacey Davidson is an
artist-in-residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte through
Aug. 15. Open studio Saturdays are 11 a.m..-4 p.m. June 14, July 12 and Aug.
of English John Bird has been appointed the president of the Mark Twain Circle of America.
Hiner, assistant professor of English and coordinator of Winthrop's
Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing Program, along with John
Bird, professor of English and director of the Teaching and Learning
Center, have been selected to present a session titled "Making Critical Thinking
Visible: Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom" at the prestigious 34th
International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform in
Berkeley, California, in July.
The S.C. Area
Health Education Consortium (AHEC) presented Biology Professor Dwight
Dimaculangan its 2014 Gateway Award for his promotion of the Bench to
Bedside (B2B) initiative.
The award also recognized Dimaculangan’s
commitment to the successful matriculation of undergraduate students into health
professions education programs. Dimaculangan, who is chair of the Department of
Biology and director of undergraduate research at Winthrop, was given the award
on April 4 at the AHEC luncheon in Columbia, South Carolina.
A bold painting
by Professor of Fine Arts Marge Loudon Moody will be featured
in a special exhibit in Charleston, S.C., beginning this weekend.
City Gallery at Waterfront Park will host the exhibition featuring Moody’s work,
“Chicago in Your Dreams.” An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 23,
at 5 p.m. at the gallery, 34 Prioleu St., Charleston, S.C., 29401. It is
Dacus Library Mark Herring has an opinion piece in the newest volume of
"Against the Grain." His article, "Little Red Herrings," discusses the recent Google Books
University’s newly appointed Thompson Scholar Tomoko Deguchi of
the Department of Music will spend the next year strengthening the capstone
music theory course.
This is the eighth year for the Thompson Scholar
Award, created by Winthrop Board of Trustees member Bob Thompson and his wife,
Norma, of Rock Hill. The fund provides for reassigned time for two classes per
year for a faculty member "to work on projects that strengthen the academic,
intellectual, and co-curricular life of the university."
Lyman, an associate professor in the Department of Social Work who is
retiring, is the 2014 Jane LaRoche Graduate Faculty Award recipient.
Nicholas E. Grossoehme of the Department of Chemistry,
Physics and Geology is the 2014 Outstanding Junior Professor, which recognizes
assistant professors with a reputation for inspired teaching, research or
creative excellence, and for dedication to the welfare of students.
Professor Laura Dufresne will receive the
Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor the Winthrop community can
bestow upon a faculty member.
Hecimovich, chair of Winthrop University’s Department of English, will
spend the 2014-15 academic year in residence as a Sheila Biddle Ford Fellow at
Harvard University's W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at The Hutchins Center for
African and African American Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Hecimovich is one of four educators selected for a Sheila Biddle Ford
Fellowship appointment among an incoming class of 23 Fellows for 2014-15. The
Sheila Biddle Ford Fellowship is intended to bring “emerging as well as
established scholars, writers, and artists to the W. E. B. Du Bois Research
At the 2014 Student Life Awards, the
Combining Service and Learning Faculty Award went to Geoffrey Morrow
`09, director of Winthrop’s Outdoor Education Center and an instructor
in the Department of Physical Education, Sport & Human Performance. Morrow
gives area children a chance to rock climb, swim, try the ropes courses and
visit a college campus through his service-learning courses for Winthrop
students. College students learn from the hands-on experience and younger
children are exposed to activities that impact self-esteem, health and
Varraso, an administrative specialist in Student Affairs, won the Fred
Angerman Quality Staff Award for for working closely with student groups at the
2014 Student Life Awards.
Associate Dean of the
Richard W. Riley College of Education Caroline Everington was
made a Fellow of the American Association for Intellectual Disabilities for her
leadership and scholarship in the field during the last 25 years. She will be
presented with the honor at the national conference in June.
04/08/2014Assistant Professor of Physical Education Seth Jenny
has co-published an article, "Pre-service Teachers' Perceptions of Motion-Based
Video Gaming in Physical Education," in the International Journal of Technology
in Teaching and Learning. You can read the article on the website. 04/02/2014
Assistant Professor of English Amanda Hiner
- A book review of Making Gender, Culture,
and the Self in in the Fiction of Samuel Richardson: The Novel
Individual by Bonnie Latimer.
- Two consecutive articles in
INQUIRY: Critical Thinking Across the Discplines, the premier international
journal in the discipline of critical thinking, “Critical Thinking in the
Literature Classroom, Part I: Making Critical Thinking Visible,” and
“Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom, Part II: Dickens’s Great
Expectations and the Emergent Critical Thinker.”
Assistant Professor of English Amanda Hiner has
presented several papers recently:
- "Critical Thinking and the Techno
Brain: How Electronic Media Consumption Impacts Students' Critical Thinking
Skills" at the first annual Winthrop Conference on Teaching and Learning.
- "Satire and Distributive Justice in Fielding's The History of Tom
Jones and Haywood's The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless" at the 45th Annual
Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in
- "Passions, Puberty, and Pamela: Integrating
Cognitive Literary Studies into the Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Classroom" at the 40th anniversary meeting of the Southeastern American
Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Knoxville, Tenn.
Assistant Professor of Social Work Kareema Gray has
been approved for the publication of her article on the Power of Peace Project
in the Journal of Law and Criminal Justice. Article is
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
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
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
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.
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 Ethnomusicology."
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.
also discussed the British invasion and America's response during a
special exhibit at the Mount Sterling Museum in Ohio.
Professor and Chair
of the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Educational Studies
Mark Dewalt and Deborah Mink,
associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, have
written a new book with two other educators and an illustrator, "A Tour
of Mr. Jefferson's University with Edgar the Squirrel."
host a Meet the Authors on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the
Designed for elementary-age children, the
book contains instructional activities and beautiful illustrations about
the University of Virginia.
Professor Christina Brooks has been selected
for a disaster mortuary operational response team from the U.S. Dept.
of Health and Human Services. As a forensic anthropologist, she will
locate and identify human remains in mass disasters.
Chemistry Cliff Calloway is featured in the ABC Nightline story,
"Feel the Burn: Tasting One of the World's Hottest Peppers," which aired on
Nov. 1. Calloway is interviewed about PuckerButt Pepper company's cross-bred
pepper, the "Carolina Reaper." The company utilizes the lab at Winthrop
University to test the heat properties.
You can view the story on
the ABC Nightline website.
Officer Thomas Dunham has earned his second award of the year
for his work as an Alive at 25 Instructor.
This month he was
selected as the 2013 South Carolina Alive at 25 Instructor of the Year by
the S.C. National Safety Council. Alive at 25 is a survival course
developed by the National Safety Council to prevent automobile crashes by
Professor of Fine Arts Phil Moody received the
Society of Photographic Educators' Honored Educator of the Year Award
at the organization's recent southeast regional conference. The
conference's exhibition "Mad Hatters and Pixel Pushers" features four of
Moody's largest lightboxes.
Associate Professor of Fine Arts Seymour Simmons
received the 2013-14 S.C. Art Education Association Higher Education Level
Art Educator Award at the organizations' annual conference in
10/24/2013Assistant Professor of Psychology Sarah
Reiland is interviewed on the nationally syndicated show
America Now, hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic. She discusses the
relationship between chronic back pain and depression. The show can be viewed online. 10/24/2013Associate Professor of
Political Science Adolphus Belk appeared on Carolina Business Review
with Ran Coble of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.
Belk's full appearance can be seen on Youtube. 10/10/2013
Stone, director of Winthrop's Center for Economic Education, has been
selected as the 2013 Albert Breekhuis Award by the national Council for Economic Education.
was honored at the 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education
Conference on Oct. 4 in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Beekhuis Award
consists of a $1,000 monetary gift made possible by the Albert
Beekhuis Foundation. Dr. Albert Beekhuis was a lifelong believer in
the value and importance of economic literacy and a longstanding
supporter of the mission of the Center for Economic Education.
Winthrop University faculty and staff, along with
students, garnered the most Metrolina Theatre Association Awards in
school history. Nominated faculty and staff included:
Lead Actor-Male: Dean David Wohl for his role as Joe
foster in “Becky’s New Car” at the Fort Mill Community Playhouse;
• Outstanding Supporting Actor-Male: Department of Music’s
Jimmy Chrisman playing himself in the Rock Hill
Community Theatre’s “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”;
• Outstanding Direction: Facilities manager/technical director
Chris O’Neill for Shakespeare Carolina’s
• Outstanding Sound Design and Outstanding Musical
Direction/Conducting: Lecturer Jill O’Neill, also for
Jill O'Neill took an award
home for outstanding sound design.
different experts about their impressions of what caused the Great Recession.
Economics Professor Louis Pantuosco talked about the
bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the reforms by Congress, the over-riding lesson
learned and our country's high employment. Check out his comments here.
Vice President for Student Life Frank
Ardaiolo spoke to the U.S. Department of Education's Undersecretary
Martha Kanter about how Winthrop has engaged students in registering to vote.
The presentation came through a Sept. 30 conference call, in which Ardaiolo
spoke on behalf of the National Association of Student Personnel
Administrators about the Higher Education Act voter registration
Fine Arts Professor Shaun Cassidy's new
exhibit, "Saturate," will be on display at the New Gallery of Modern Art
in Charlotte, N.C. "Saturate" is a collection of drawings Cassidy
created by layering paint and often drawing through the paper itself.
An opening reception took place on Oct. 11. The gallery is
located at 435 S. Tryon St., #110.
Education Professor Marshall
Jones will is in Kyiv, Ukraine this October, leading workshops for
university administrators from eastern Europe on preparing for online
learning at their institutions.
More than 20 university
administrators from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia will participate
in the leadership development programs sponsored by the Carnegie
Economics Associate Professor Laura Ullrich
will spend the spring semester in Kosovo as a Fulbright Scholar, where she
will teach economics to undergraduate and graduate students at the
University of Pristina.
Established in 1946, the Fulbright
Scholar Program is America’s most widely recognized and prestigious
international exchange program. It annually sends more than 800 faculty
and professionals overseas and operates in more than 155 countries
worldwide. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and is administered
by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
Fine Arts Chair Tom Stanley's "Untitled
Drawings" exhibit will be on display from Sept. 27-Nov. 26 at the Fine Arts
Center in Greenville, S.C. An opening reception is Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
at the center, located at 102 Pine Knoll Drive.
The drawings are inspired by a former career interest of Stanley's:
engineering. The acrylic on canvas paintings are a response to
that particular time in his life and the mechanical drawings from
that period as well.
Professor of English Matthew Fike has
published a new book, The One Mind: C. G. Jung and the Future of
Literary Criticism. The book, released on Sept. 24 through Routledge
Publishing in England, applies Jung's writings on the metaphysical,
paranormal and the quantum to literature.
It is available online at the publisher's website.
Department of English Chair Gregg Hecimovich
is featured in a Sept. 19 front-page article of The New York Times: "Professor
Says He Has Solved a Mystery Over a Slave's Novel."
Narrative" by Hannah Crafts became a bestseller in 2002 and was believed to
have been the first novel written by an African-American woman. It depicts
Southern life in the 1850s through the eyes of a house servant. However, the
author's true identity had been a secret until Hecimovich used diaries,
wills, public records, almanacs and other documents to discover the author
to be Hannah Bond.
He will publish his full findings in a book,
"The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts."
Professor and Coordinator of Art History Laura
Dufresne has a review appearing in the fall/winter 2013
issue of Woman's Art Journal. Her review is entitled "Women
and the Visual Arts in Italy c. 1400-1650: Luxury and Leisure, Duty
and Devotion, A Sourcebook."
To subscribe and read the review
visit the journal's website.
Assistant Professor of English Amanda Hiner
recently published an article in the new issue of "Inquiry: Critical
Thinking Across the Disciplines." Hiner's article, "Critical
Thinking in the Literature Classroom, Part I: Making Critical Thinking
Visible” discusses strategies to incorporate elements of reasoning
and critical thinking standards from experts such as Richard Paul
and Gerald Nosich into the classroom.
"Inquiry" is the
leading academic journal in the critical thinking field.
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Seth Rouser
won first place at the Arts Council of York County's 24th Annual
Juried Competition with his piece, "The Ineffable State of
Adjunct Professor Katie Poterala won third place with
"geologae briolliotara no 001-005."
Associate Professor of English Amy Gerald has
collaborated with the Charleston Museum to create a display about Sarah and
Angelina Grimke in their childhood home, the Heyward-Washington House on Church Street
in Charleston. The house served as Charleston's Revolutionary War
House and was once George Washington's temporary residence during
his southern tour in 1791.
Members of a wealthy, slave-owning
family, the Grimke sisters left Charleston for Philadelphia, where
they became members of the Society of Friends, the first female
abolitionist agents in the United States and early women's rights
Professor of Fine Arts Marge Louden Moody will
host a show for one night only--Sept 6.--at the Hart Witzen Gallery in
Charlotte, N.C. The exhibit, "Made in America: 1983-2013," hosts about
40 works throughout the past 30 years of her career.
Witzen Gallery is located at 136 E. 36th St., Charlotte, 28206, Sept
6, 2013 from 6–10 p.m. Entry is free and open to the public.
A percentage of sales will be donated to the homeless people of
Professor of Healthcare Management Keith Benson
has been elected to secretary of the Board of Directors of the Association
of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). He is currently
in his second year of a 3-year term.
The association is a
global network of education institutions, faculty, people and
organizations dedicated to the improvement of healthcare delivery
through excellence in both healthcare management and policy
Boyd has a new role: provost of Winthrop University.
who has moved from English professor to department chair to dean of
arts and sciences, has served as vice president for academic affairs
since 2011. She has expanded faculty-student collaboration opportunities
through undergraduate research, overseen an increase in the number
and amount of external grants bringing millions of dollars to the
university, and successfully advocated for $4 million of
instructional and research equipment, among other achievements.
The vice president for academic affairs, Boyd provides leadership to
five colleges, the library, the Graduate School, and various other
academic support units. With the addition of the provost title, Boyd
will assume responsibility for coordinating strategic initiatives
that cut across institutional divisions, and she also will serve
as Comstock’s deputy.
English Professor Matthew
Fike presented a paper, "Blake's Fourfold Vision vs. Jung's Visionary
Mode," at the Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies Conference. The
conference was July 24-27 at Loyola University in Chicago,
political science professor and director of the Social & Behavioral
Research Lab and its Winthrop Poll, was named one of the 23 new Liberty
Fellows in the Class of 2015. The fellows are selected by a state-wide
leadership organization and are noted as "action-oriented leaders with
ambitious goals for a stronger South Carolina."
Alumna DeAndrea Gist
Benjamin '94 was also chosen. She and Huffmon will participate in four
seminars over a 2-year period, reflecting on what makes a just society.
dean of the College of Business Administration, has
been appointed by the Board of Directors of the Association toAdvance Collegiate Schools of
Business International to its Initial Accreditation
Winthrop University Associate Fine Arts Professor Shaun
Cassidy and Department of Fine Arts Chair/Professor Tom Stanley
joined forces once again for a public art project. Time Further Out,
the newest effort, was recently installed at the upcoming sports
complex in Matthews, N.C.
Associate Professor Julian Smith III presented two
research papers and a poster at the Fifteenth International Meiofauna
Conference in Ansan, Korea, and gave an invited lecture on meiofaunal
flatworms to students at the accompanying Workshop, held in Yeosu, Korea.
The three research presentations were co-authored with
Winthrop students Stephen Whisonant, Joseph Bursey, Austin Weiss and
Daniel Roberts, GSSM student Hanna Maghsoud and Smith's professional
colleagues at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, Westfield
University, The University of New Hampshire and Universiteit Hasselt
08/05/2013Assistant Director of Residence Life John
Timmons and his brother David Timmons have been busy this summer with
their Rock 'N Roll shows.
The brothers appeared on BlogTalkRadio's John Darlington Show in June.
Their trivia show was selected as one of the "Top 5 Things to Do" in central
Ohio on June 29, with The Columbus Dispatch calling it a "hidden gem."
The brothers appeared on WCHO 1250 AM Cool Oldies to discuss the aforementioned show,
which also also ran on WCHO-FM 105.5
The Madison Press also did an article on the brothers, and
they made the front page of The Tribune on July 9.
The Evolution, Biology, and Society
Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) has granted the
Graduate Student Paper Award to instructor Yamilette
Chacon for her paper, “Status-Influence and The Evolution of
Chiefdoms." The award ceremony will take place at the organization's
annual meeting in New York City in August.
written by Professor of Fine Arts Tom Stanley appears in
The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 23: Folk
Art. Published by the University of North Carolina Press and sponsored by
the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of
Mississippi, the book contains more than 200 essays on colonial
portraiture, quilt-making traditions, profiles of major folk and
self-taught artists and more.
Stanley's piece focuses on Rock
Hill artist Gene Merritt.
Chief Frank Zebedis won the President's Award from the
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement
Administrators. The award is given to a member in recognition of
contributions to the campus law enforcement profession.
Karen Derksen, director of Winthrop University
Galleries, recently curated a show in Los Angeles at the Craft and Folk
Art Museum. The exhibit contains 19 pieces from artist Sonya Clark,
which were previously on display in the Rutledge Gallery at
Jim Connell and Tom Stanley,
faculty members from the Department of Fine Arts, were selected by the 701
Center for Contemporary Art as members of the jury panel for the center's
biennial. The panel was limited to 25 artists state-wide out of more than 100
Connell is a professor of fine arts and works with
ceramics and pottery. Stanley is an associate professor of fine arts and chair
of the department.
Three alums--Doug McAbee, Caroline Rust and
Todd Stewart--were also selected.
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
Assistant 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
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 driving program.
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 officers.
Moody's exhibition "Paracosms" opens in Chicago
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.
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
Boyd Jones, director of
university programming, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from
the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.
Instructor of Dance Meg
Schriffen had one of her dance pieces, "Stirrings of Consciousness,"
chosen to be performed at the Southeast American College Dance Festival. The
piece was one of 12 selected out of more than 40 submissions.
John Timmons, assistant director of
residence life for residence education, appeared twice on
JohnTalkRadio, a show on BlogTalkRadio that focuses on independent artists
and musicians. Timmons and his brother David have served as
rock-and-roll historians. The first appearance was Dec. 15, 2012,
entitled "The Beach Boys: Fifty Years of Endless Summer." The most
recent appearance was March 9 called "A Look at the Debut Album:
Where it All Begins for Performers."
Podcasts of both show
are available online at the Timmons brothers' website or the
Associate Professor of Religious Studies Peter
Judge was a featured guest on WFAE March 4, where he discussed the
history of the Papal Conclaves and how the selection process for
the new Pope could go.
Kelly Costner, assistant
professor and coordinator of middle-level education, appeared with Sullivan
Middle School teachers to discuss the diversity of students in the Rock Hill
school district and the challenges and rewards that come with that
population. The lecture was entitled "The World Down the Street, Part 1:
English Language Learners in Rock Hill Schools."
Adolphus G. Belk,
Jr. was named to South Carolina's branch of the ACLU Board of
Professor of Dance Sandra Neels has an
article published in this month's Dance Magazine. "Centerwork:
Keeping the Past and Present" discusses Neels's reconstruction of
the work of Merce Cunningham, famed choreographer for 70 years. She
received a trust in his name, which provided funds for the
restaging. She is expected to receive a second fellowship this
Tom Stanley and Shaun Cassidy
will have their work showcased in the CATS Blue Line Extension
Exhibition, opening Jan. 14 and closing Feb. 28. An opening reception
is scheduled for Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Storrs Gallery, located
at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte's College of Arts +
Architecture. Their work will be seen at the Tom Hunter and McCullough
Mark Mitchell, associate professor of education and
project director of NetLEAD, was quoted in an Education Week article “More
Principals Learn the Job in Real Schools,” which highlights Wallace Foundation
programs and the work of several AREL Network programs—specifically Gwinnett
County Public Schools, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago Public
Schools, Chicago Leadership Collaborative, Winthrop University, and
The article demonstrates the
positive impact of innovative principal preparation programs and speaks to
the growing trend of training the next generation of school leaders in a
real world, practical environment.
Stanley showcased one of two exhibits at if ART Gallery in
Columbia, S.C. Tom Stanley: Glossary-Untitled Paintings will run
from Dec.7-24 at the gallery, located at 808 Lady Street. An artists'
reception is Friday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.
Stanley was a featured artist/presenter at the South Carolina Art
Education Association (SCAEA) Staff Development Conference in Myrtle
Cassidy was a featured artist/presenter at the South Carolina Art
Education Association (SCAEA) Staff Development Conference in Myrtle
Associate professor Seymour Simmons spent the
last academic year on sabbatical, doing research on the potentials of
learning to draw for developing creative, critical and reflective thinking
applicable to the visual arts and across curriculum. Interests included
exploring the role of drawing in holistic development and integrating
intellectual, emotional and sensory motor faculties. He served as a
visiting official at Columbia and Harvard Universities, working on
Project Zero and for a National Science Foundation Grant. He was a
presenter at the National Art Education Association professional
Associate professor Bradley Witzel will help students
who struggle in math during his fall semester sabbatical. Using research on the
arithmetic-to-algebra gap, he will develop assessments, interventions and
training for teachers in South Carolina, Kansas, Vermont and Massachusetts.
Topics include K-1 number line instruction, middle school fractions
interventions and high school motivation.
Dr. Stevie Chepko, Physical
Education, will be a featured keynote speaker at a National
Physical Education Institute event July 30-Aug. 3 in Asheville, N.C.
Chepko, who is chair of Winthrop's Physical Education Teacher Education
program, will talk about how important skill development is to a
stable K-12 education program and explore the best practices to
achieve that goal.