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.
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."
They will host a Meet the
Authors on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Winthrop Bookstore.
Designed for elementary-age children, the book contains instructional
activities and beautiful illustrations about the University of Virginia.
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
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
Campus Police 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 teenagers.
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 Beaufort.
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
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.
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.
He 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:
• Outstanding Lead Actor-Male: Dean David Wohl for
his role as Joe foster in “Becky’s New Car” at the Fort Mill Community
• 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 “Hamlet”;
• 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
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 Foundation.
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.
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
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 Being."
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 activists.
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
The Hart 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
A percentage of sales will be donated to the
homeless people of Charlotte, NC
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
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 education.
Dr. Debra Boyd has a new
role: provost of Winthrop University.
Boyd, 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
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 Committee.
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 in Belgium.
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
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.
07/11/2013A piece 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.
Campus Police 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 JohnTalkRadio website.
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
Associate 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 year.
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.
Tom 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
Tom Stanley was a
featured artist/presenter at the South Carolina Art Education Association
(SCAEA) Staff Development Conference in Myrtle Beach.
Shaun Cassidy was a
featured artist/presenter at the South Carolina Art Education Association
(SCAEA) Staff Development Conference in Myrtle Beach.
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.
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.