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Antje Mays, head of acquisitions in Dacus Library, passed her doctoral defense and has officially earned her Ph.D. Her dissertation is "Toward the Application of Constructivism and Constructionism to Work-Related Training in Service of the Enhancement of Human Capital Development in Postsecondary Education in the United States."

Kristen Abernathy, a Winthrop University assistant professor of mathematics, was presented this month the 2015 regional Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member.

The award is given annually by the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America to a faculty member who meets the following three criteria: recognized as extraordinarily successful in their teaching, has documented effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics and has had influence in their teaching beyond their own classrooms.

Professor of Photography Mark Hamilton has been invited to submit work to two European photography websites: Monovisions and Pentaprism. Check out his work: here and here.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recently honored Winthrop University Psychology Professor Joe Prus as its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

The association, which represents 25,000 school psychologists throughout the United States and abroad, established the award in 1999 to recognize those who have contributed to the profession of school psychology in a significant and lasting manner. Prus is the 16th recipient of this award, and his contributions have been called “prodigious, outstanding and enduring.”

Winthrop University recently selected Associate Professor Janet Wojcik as recipient of the Bank of America Endowed Professorship for the Richard W. Riley College of Education.

Wojcik will use the endowed professorship to continue her work to sustain health-related initiatives. She listed three areas to work on:

• Partnering with the town of Clover to help improve its residents’ health. Within the past year, the town has started a community coalition named LiveWell Clover. Already the town offers a Tuesday night farmer’s market and stage morning walks, Zumba-thons, and group yoga. Wojcik wants to help make the initiative less focused on programs and work more to improve sustainability and structure.
• Promoting adoption of joint-use agreements at local schools to increase community physical activity. This would allow groups to use a public facility, such as a running track. She hopes to continue work from the Healthy South Carolina Initiative to partner with schools for outdoor classroom/active learning environments for schools to share.
• Developing a regional food policy network through the Catawba Farm and Food Coalition.This will improve the quality, availability, and accessibility of the food delivery systems for York and Chester county residents through online sales.

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.”

Laura Dawson Ullrich, an associate professor of economics who excels in mentoring, research, and service, will receive Winthrop University’s top teaching award at the Dec. 20 undergraduate Commencement.

The Kinard Award is given annually to the faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication to teaching and is highly regarded on campus by faculty and students.

Terry L. Norton ’81 recently published his book “Cherokee Myths and Legends: Thirty Tales Retold." The 232-page book contains some of the essential folklore of the Eastern Cherokees of western North Carolina.

From 1981-2008, Norton worked as a professor of literacy education in Winthrop University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education. During his tenure at Winthrop, he taught courses for teachers and librarians in literacy acquisition and children’s and young adult literature.

Acting Chair of the Department of English Robert Prickett and Assistant Professor of English Casey Cothran commented on the young adult dystopian trend and the popularity of The Hunger Games trilogy in a new Winthrop release.

Spiro Shetuni, associate professor and authority control librarian in Winthrop University's Dacus Library, led the Nov. 13 Provost's Spotlight on Scholarship Series session with his presentation, "Albanian Traditional Music: A General Overview."

Dacus Library's Susan Silverman has published a report in the inaugural issue of South Carolina Libraries, the official journal of the South Carolina Library Association.  "The Book vs. E-Book: E-Book Survey Report" shares information from an earlier study with Winthrop students on their usage of e-books in the library. You can read more about the study online.

The Southeastern Medieval Association has awarded Professor of English Jo Koster the annual Teaching Excellence award. "Professor Koster is truly a gem, whose commitment to medieval studies and teaching excellence shines throughout her activities both on your campus and in our organization," said Professor of English Tison Pugh of the association.

Professor of English John Bird and Assistant Professor of English Amanda Hiner presented a session at the 34th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform in Berkeley, California, entitled "Making Critical Thinking Visible: Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom."

Assistant Professor of English Amanda Hiner recently co-edited a special topics issue of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies: "New Approaches to Eliza Haywood: The Political Biography and Beyond." The issue includes Hiner's introduction, co-written with Gonzaga University's Patsy Fowler, as well as nine essays on Haywood from leading scholars in the 18th-century British literature field.

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) has selected International Center Director Leigh Poole as one of its four 2014-15 class of Neal Presidential Fellows.

Professor of Fine Arts Shaun Cassidy was a featured speaker at Imagine2025, a conference by the Arts and Sciences Council of Charlotte. His topic included Disruption, Difficulties and Differences.

Ronnie W. Faulkner, head of Technical Services and professor at the Dacus Library of Winthrop University, was recognized as a major donor of The Rotary Foundation on Sept. 11.

The honor took place at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Rock Hill. Faulkner became the first Rotarian to be so designated in the history of the Rock Hill club, which was chartered in 1919.

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science David Schary has had a co-authored article accepted for publication in Comprehensive Psychology Magazine. The article is entitled "In Search of Kinesiology's Core Journals: An Elusive and Potentially Value-Laden Enterprise" and can be found in the newest edition.

Winthrop University Senior Analyst Jonathan Thomas led a technology team that has won recognition for creating software to find and correct errors in its duplicate institutional records.

Their efforts led the South Carolina Information Technology Directors Association to name the Winthrop team on Sept. 9 as the recipient of the 2014 Innovation Award. Accepting the award in Columbia were Thomas; James Hammond, associate vice president for information technology, and Warren Byrd, director of administrative programs and systems.

Associate Professor of Biology Julian Smith III has won an image contest through JEOL USA, a maker of scanning electron microscopes. Smith's image of a local insect is entitled "Shhh...Baby's Asleep."

Assistant Professor of Social Work Kareema J. Gray served as the Winthrop delegate at Phi Kappa Phi Biennial Convention in August. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society.

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.

Assistant Professor Seth Jenny has a new article, "A Case Study of Successful Men's NCAA Division I Distance Running Coach: To What Extent is Decision-Making Humanistic?" published in The Sport Journal.

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.

The National 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.

Professor 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.

Winthrop 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.

Associate Professor of Music Ron Parks had his personal piece "Click..." selected for the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, which ran June 2-8.

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. 9.

Professor of English John Bird has been appointed the president of the Mark Twain Circle of America.

Amanda 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.

The 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 free.

Dean of 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 court case.

Winthrop 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."

Sue 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.

Gregg 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 Institute.”

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 communication skills.

Pam 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.

Assistant 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.


Assistant Professor of English Amanda Hiner recently published:

  • 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 Williamsburg, Va.
  • "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 forthcoming.


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 Initiative (GLI).

As the initiative director, Webber will provide primary responsibility for the coordinated implementation of global programs through collaboration with multiple stakeholders across campus.

The 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.

Aaron 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 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.

Associate 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.

Distinguished 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.

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.


Professor of 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.


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.

Assistant 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.

Associate 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.


Gary 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. 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.

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 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 “Hamlet”;
• Outstanding Sound Design and Outstanding Musical Direction/Conducting: Lecturer Jill O’Neill, also for “Hamlet”

Jill O'Neill took an award home for outstanding sound design.

CardHub asked 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 provision.


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 Foundation.


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."

"The Bondwoman's 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 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 career.

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 the public.

A percentage of sales will be donated to the homeless people of Charlotte, NC


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 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 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, Illinois.


Scott Huffmon, 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.

Roger Weikle, 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.

Assistant 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.

A 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 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 Winthrop.


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 submissions.

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.

The 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 careers.

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 faculty.

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 about computing.

Lee 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 Smith.


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 resources management.

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.

Marge Moody's 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 Directors.

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 stations. 

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 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

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 p.m.

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 development conference.

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.