The fourth annual student body elections have closed. The new president and vice president of the Council of Student Leaders are Ian Deas and Jarvais Jackson. They will officially begin duties following May commencement.
Winthrop students in the university's chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda
organization took home honors at the state conference:
Cunningham (president of the state PBL): 1st in management analysis,
decision-making and client service; Director Award for career membership
- Adam Yarborough: 1st in computer concepts
- Ryan Swistak: 1st in business law
Groves (unable to attend): 1st in word processing
Beta Lambda is the collegiate Division of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi
Beta Lambda, Inc. This is Winthrop's first year with a PBL chapter.
Thirteen students were
inducted into Winthrop's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society:
Scarlett Morgan Boyd
Leigh Olivia Fransen
Emily Crystal Hokett
Bethany M. Robinson
Lauren Caroline Switzer
The national organization recognizes
superior scholarship in all disciplines. Undergraduate students are eligible
for consideration who have senior status and are scholastically in the upper
10 percent of their class or have junior status and are scholastically in the
upper 7.4 percent of their class.
English majors are the recipients of the Geraldine Trammel Hurley Fellowship,
which entails an international study experience:
Bergmann will attend the International Summer School program,
Education in Ireland, at NUI Galway;
- Marie Tumaniec
will attend the Yeats Summer School Sligo, Ireland;
- Brierly Willis will backpack a section of the North Downs
Way to recreate a portion of the Canterbury Tales in England.
Senior biology major
Kara Hardwick has received the 2014 Raymond W. Sarber Award
from the American Society for Microbiology. The award recognizes students who
have excelled at the undergraduate and predoctoral levels in research and
Hardwick began her innovative research in the field of
conservation medicine in 2012. Her research focuses on the origin of disease in
the U.S. and a way to determine if there is a link between introduced species
and disease outbreaks in humans and animals.
The student tutoring group
SCOPE (Students Challenging Others to Promote Education) has
won the Julia Post Activities Award by the city of Rock Hill's Parks,
Recreation & Tourism Department. Operating out of the Boyd Hill Recreation
Center, the tutors provide extra academic instruction to low-income,
high-need children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
Visual communication designFrom:
Current visual communication design major Glenna
Baron two ADDY-winning campaigns for Seafoods.com (Judges Pick), La
Storia Productions Business Cards (Gold), La Storia Productions Website
(Gold), La Storia Productions Logo (Silver).
The American Advertising
Federation (AAF) Charlotte is a non-profit professional trade association
comprised of creative people dedicated to excellence in advertising. The AAF
Charlotte recognizes the year’s best projects in both the professional and
student industry with the annual ADDY Awards ceremony.
02/27/2014Alex Muller won the senior scholarship as well as
the Frederic Fadner Award for best critical essay in the Sigma Tau Delta
Review for his essay on Lacanian interpretations of King Lear at the Sigma
Tau Delta 90th Anniversary International Conference.
02/27/2014At the Sigma
Tau Delta 90th Anniversary Conference, Jeanne Stroud was
named runner up for the Isabel Sparks President's Award for best paper
submitted to the conference for her presentation, "The Adolescent Brain in
The Resident Students'
Association has again won the top prize of School of the Year from
the S.C. Organization for Residential Education. Other awards included
National Residence Hall Honorary Chapter of the Year, Best First-Year
Experience and Best Banner.
Marthaline Cooper broke the school record in the weight throw at the
Hilton Garden Invitational, with a distance of 18.46 meters, besting the
previous record of 17.65 meters.
science students placed 10th out of 51 teams at the southeast regional
competition in November. Sponsored by the National Association for Computing
Machinery and IBM at George Tech, the three Winthrop students--Nick
Cramer, Grandy Nguyen and John Connell--beat teams from
universities such as the universities of Southern Alabama, South Florida,
Auburn and Bob Jones.
Model UN students
competed at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Model UN conference
in October and the Southern Regional Model UN conference in Atlanta in
November. Winthrop students took home the most individual and team
awards of any participating institution at the first conference and won
several awards from the latter.
Amanda Leigh Floyd,
12/14/2013Senior Amanda Leigh Floyd of Lugoff, S.C., received
the Tillman Award at Winthrop University’s fall Commencement exercises on Dec.
14 at Winthrop Coliseum.
The Tillman Award is the university’s
highest academic honor.
McClanahan, senior guard for the women's basketball team, has now
bested the school's scoring record with a total of 1,862 points. She now leads
both the men's and women's teams in scoring, beating a record that has been
held since 1982.
McClanahan, senior guard on the women's basketball team, became the
all-time leading scorer in women's basketball history on Nov. 10 versus the
College of Charleston. She finished the game with 17 points, 11 rebounds and
six assists. She now has 1,708 overall points, breaking a record that has
stood for 25 years, and is 143 points away from becoming Winthrop's top
scorer for both the men's and women's teams.
The students who produce
Winthrop's Honors Program newsletter "The Sage Page" tied for
first place in the National Collegiate Honors Council's newsletter
competition. The "Sage Page" comes out in the fall and spring.
Program Director Kathy Lyon will accept on behalf of the students in New
Counseling and developmentFrom:
Graduate student Omileye Achikeobe-Lewis attended
the UNICEF Global Interfaith WASH Alliance in New York in September. The
alliance is a group of world faith and cultural leaders who strive to reach the
United Nations' 2015 goal of providing every child with sustainable, clean
water and improved sanitation conditions.
Along with her husband, she
founded the YeyeOsun Institute of Sacred Balance and Humanity4Water Awards,
both dedicated to this goal. Through their institute, they create
experiences for people to “be with the water and earth” and hear inspiring
stories. She is also the author of several books, available on her
Ruth M. Fujino,
mathematics major Ruth M. Rujino was awarded the Waldemar J.
Trjitzinsky Scholarship from the American Mathematical Society on Oct. 10.
The $3,000 scholarship is one of eight awarded nationwide to help talented
students with their mathematics studies.
Hardwick has been awarded the Raymond W. Sarber Award
from the American Society of Microbiology. She is the
only undergraduate recipient of the award in the country and will honored in
May 2014 at the society's annual meeting in Boston.
worked on faculty
member Matt Heard's lab for a year, where she is studying whether there
is a link between the introduction of exotic mammals and the emergence of
infectious diseases in humans.
Sophomore percussionist Lex Nordlinger has won the competitive Sid
Catlett/Ed Shaughnessy PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International
Convention) Scholarship. The award, based on competitive auditions worldwide
via video recording, consists of a $500 stipend towards the recipient’s
travel expenses to attend the international convention.
year’s PASIC convention is Nov. 6–9 in Indianapolis.
Winthrop University's chapter
of Psi Chi, the international psychology honors society,
has won the model chapter award for the 2012-13 academic year from the
main Psi Chi. The award recognizes "chapters that consistently maintain
outstanding records of membership inductions, chapter correspondence,
service projects, and other criteria associated with being an outstanding
chapter," according to the Psi Chi website.
also won the Southeastern Regional Chapter Award earlier this year.
Fine arts w/ jewelry concentrationFrom:
Fine arts major Christopher Smalls
has been selected as a featured speaker for Ignite Charlotte 6 on Sept. 17.
During the conference, people from the community share their personal or
professional passions in a quick format to bring together
Winthrop University placed 146 of its
255 student-athletes on the prestigious Big South Conference Presidential
Honor Roll, ranking fourth of the 12 member schools for the 212-13 academic
Visual Communication Design: IllustrationKatie Kath '11 was recently selected
as one of two winners for the national Student Illustrator Scholarship for
the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Kath majored in
visual communication design with an emphasis in illustration when she
attended Winthrop. She earned a master's from Savannah College of Art and
Design earlier this year. As part of her award package, Kath will attend
a conference this summer in Los Angeles.
Several fine arts students--Bryanna Smith, Connor
Clinch, Josiah Blevins, Sarah Gregory, William Johnson, Kaitlyn
Walters, Nadia Blackmon and Chris Clark--helped make the “tiles”
for an installation at the Mint Museum earlier this month. The
installation is titled "Path of Yes" and was created by Charlotte
artist John W. Love Jr.
At the May performance, Mint
Curator of Contemporary Art Brad Thomas also gave a shout-out to
Winthrop BFA grad Julie Thompson, who this
past year earned the Zachary A. Smith Internship at the Mint and is
currently under contract at the Mint working with the director of
collections and exhibitions.
Blackwell received the Tillman Award at the May 2013 undergraduate
commencement ceremony. The award is given to the student with the highest GPA
in the graduating class.
Seventeen Winthrop students were selected as the 2013 Winthrop
Initiative for STEM Educators. They are:
• Logan Andrews (Hartsville,
• Tyra Douglas (Rock Hill, S.C.)
• Gabrielle Epelle
• Danielle Gasparik (Sebastian, Fla.)
Gathers (Eutawville, S.C.)
• Katja Hall (Vienna, Va.)
Howard (Lamar, S.C.)
• Lynnique Johnson (Lake Wylie, S.C.)
• Lauren Lintz (Florence, S.C.)
• Alesha Love (Columbia, S.C.)
• Olivia Manley (Rock Hill, S.C.)
• Diamond Melendez (Spartanburg,
• Allison Riffe (Charleston, S.C.)
• Abigail Roush (North
• Shanythia Thomas (Aiken, S.C.)
• David Walker
(Tega Cay, S.C.)
• Jessica Zinna (Lexington, S.C.)
04/06/2013Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Gary McGinnis, presented
Winthrop ROTC Cadet Mackenzie Mynatt the Military
Order of the Purple Heart Award for outstanding achievement for a cadet
who demonstrated academic success and sacrifice at the Battalion
ROTC Ball at UNC Charlotte.
The Society for
Developmental Biology selected junior biology major Brittany
Prioleau to participate in a mentor-student team as part of a new
National Science Foundation-funded program called CHOOSE Development! She
is one of 10 fellows selected for the program and will work with biology
faculty member Heather J. Evans-Anderson.
Sharon Jenkins '11,
Sharon Jenkins '11, who is currently
pursuing a master's in biology at Winthrop, has been selected as a 2013
Knowles Fellow from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Teaching
Fellows program. Through the five-year program, fellows are offered
support through teaching resources, curriculum materials, research and
experts in the field.
Matthew Neal, a senior pursuing a degree
in mathematics, was nominated and made it to the final interview
This is the first time Winthrop has had a
fellow in the program.
Eichelberger has been named to the 2013 Class of Newman Civic
Fellows. Presented by Campus Compact, the designation is awarded to
students who strive to implement lasting change in their
Twenty-two dance majors represented
Winthrop at the at the Southeast American College Dance Festival in
Tampa, Fla. Several of the students -- Samantha Patterson,
Kristin Ward, Mason Diaz, Brittany Johnson, Mackenzie Elder, Nikesha
Nelson, Shelby Mosher, Allie Nunweiler and Dani White --
performed a piece entitled "Stirrings of Consciousness,"
which was created by Instructor of Dance Meg Schriffen. It was one of
12 pieces selected for a performance, the first time in nearly a
decade that a piece from a Winthrop faculty member was
Senior Desirae House received the 2013 Hall of
Fame Award at the BACCHUS Area 9 Conference in late February. As president
of the Student Wellness Advocacy Team (SWAT), the
award is given to a senior with distinguished service and leadership.
The organization itself won the 2013 Iron Chef
Kimberly Small and Jaclyn Cirillo,
majors--Kimberly Small and Jaclyn Cirillo--won honorable
mentions at the ASID Carolinas Chapter of the 2012-2013 Otto Zenke Student
Tarah Catalano was assigned to create a
point-of-purchase display for her 3D-design class. The Charlotte design
community gave Catalano a special award for her project at the 2013 Addy
Awards, hosted by the AAF Charlotte.
students have been accepted into the 2013 College Band Directors National
Association Intercollegiate Band, which will perform at the association's
national convention in Greensboro March 20-23. The students are: Joshua
Artz, clarinet, junior music education major; Stephen
McFall, oboe, junior music education major; Christopher
Mitchell, baritone saxophone, senior music education major;
Phillip Loftis, euphonium, senior music
education major; and Zachary Miller,
percussion, graduate percussion performance student.
Masters, fine artsFrom:
U.S.A.Laura Zellmer, a graduate student pursuing a
master's in fine arts, won the South Carolina Art Education Association's
Liz Smith-Cox Scholarship, awarded to those aspiring to be art
Rubinstien, a bachelor of fine arts student in the Department of
Fine Arts, won the South Carolina Art Education Association's
Polomski, an exercise science major in the Department of Physical
Education, Sport, and Human Performance, will spend the summer in a Duke
Center for Living Integrated Health Sciences internship in Durham, NC. He is
a junior from Easley, S.C. The Duke Center for Living allows interns to
gain experience working with clinical trials investigating the effects of
exercise and/or dietary interventions on cardiovascular and metabolic
Polomski will work on the research team for Dr.
William Kraus, who is investigating the role of exercise in reducing
mortality and improving the quality-of-life of patients with
various stages of heart failure. Polomski’s primary responsibilities
will include assisting with exercise stress tests, exercise
training, and data entry and attending weekly intern
The Center for Career and Civic Engagement
announced its 2011 Intern of the Year, Nancy Catherine
Zende is a graduating science communication from
Greenville, S.C. She is part of the Honors association and currently
the Science & Technology Editor for the Johnsonian. Zende
completed her academic internship in fall 2011 with The
Messenger Center (a Christian counseling center) in Rock Hill.
Zende discussed the impact of her internship, “…my internship
involved much more creativity and independence than I had originally
expected. In my time working with [my supervisor], I learned the
value of flexibility and creativity. She would give me ideas of
things she wanted to achieve, and I would brainstorm and develop
unique ways of accomplishing those goals. I learned practical
things like grant writing, event planning, and marketing
development.” She describes her internship experience as “a very
important mission” and an experience that was “not just about
accumulating hours; it became a mission to help an organization that
was helping so many people.”
Zende will be honored
at the annual Student Life Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, and
her name will be added to a plaque in the Career and Civic
Kayla Barber and Allie Briggs,
Rock Hill and Sumter,
03/18/2012Kayla Barber and Allie Briggs won an
Outstanding Delegation Award in their committee representing the United Arab
Emirates at this spring's Southeast Regional Model Arab League
on March 16-18. Justin Barbee also was singled out by his committee chair at the
Griffin Glaze, a graphic design student, won a
Charlotte ADDY Award in the Best in Student Work category for her project
entitled School Garden Social Causes.
of Fine Arts held an exhibition "Multiplicity" for nine senior
photography students on Dec. 2 at The Design Center of the Carolinas in
The Winthrop University
delegation received several awards at the Southern
Regional Model United Nations, held on November 17-19. The
students competed against much larger schools such as Florida A &
M, UNC at Charlotte, Old Dominion University, Mississippi State, and
many others. There were a total of 863 delegates.
winners of Outstanding Delegates were Brandon Dane
as Syria and Kayla Barber as Algeria
in the General Assembly.
The winners for Distinguished
Delegation for representing the People's Democratic Republic of
Algeria go to (Head-Delegate) Eric Bostic,
Coordinator-General Helen Layton,
Amy Fabel, Alexandra "Allie"
Briggs, Katie Jorsch and Kayla
Winthrop Chorale and
Chamber Singers Tour
The Winthrop Chorale and
Chamber Singers embarked on a tour around South Carolina
from Nov. 14-16. They visited Greenville, Spartanburg, Seneca and
Charleston and reached out to nearly 20 high school music programs.
Director Katherine Kinsey said the group performed at Erskine
College, First Presbyterian Church in Greenville and at the S.C.
Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities,
among other sites.
Wells Fargo 2011 Community
Celebration Arts & Cultural Event on Oct. 29 in Charlotte, N.C.
Five seniors from Winthrop University’s illustration program
participated in the Community Celebration in downtown Charlotte by creating
a twenty square-foot work of art. Their chalk drawing was inspired by
Keith Haring, the former graffiti writer and artist.
Winthrop students Jillian Sanford, Jennifer Moran,
Corrie Bates, Chris Coleman and Jade South
blended their supplied chalk with water to create paint for
Queens University, UNC-Charlotte, and the Art
Institute were also in attendance. All participants received a
stipend of $1,000.
11/04/2011At the Student
Research Day on Nov. 4 at the Medical University of South Carolina,
Jessica Creel, a Winthrop biochemistry
major, was the second place winner in one of the two undergraduate
All undergraduate research
presenters were placed in one of two categories; each was judged
twice by a separate panel of three judges. There were about 13
undergraduates in each category; these were all talented students who
had been competitive selected to do research at MUSC during the
summer of 2011.
Creel of Summerville, S.C., earned a prize
of $200. Her research was on "The Effect of Fingolimod (FTY720) on
Small Cell Lung Cancer and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer," Jessica S
Creel, Sahar Saddoughi, Besim Ogretmen.
She also will
travel to St Louis later this week to present her research at
the prestigious national Annual Biomedical Research Conference
for Minority Students meeting. Her travel to the conference is
one of two that were selected by MUSC for travel awards
several months ago.
Winthrop Students Competed
in “Battle of the Brains”
On Oct. 29, the
Winthrop Programming Team of Ryan
Nikin-Beers, Brandon Clopton, and James D’Aniello
(with Bethany Ritter as the
alternate) competed at Georgia Southern University in the Southeastern
Regional ACM Programming Competition. Twelve different schools
After five hours of programming,
Winthrop placed as the third best school of the 12 schools competing,
with Georgia Tech coming in first and Clemson placing second. Of
the region competition comprised of 78 teams from 28 different
placed 26 of the 78 teams, beating teams from Georgia Tech, Clemson,
Auburn, University of Alabama, Florida State University, as well as several
The teams in the region that scored better than
Winthrop were significantly larger than Winthrop. Most of those schools
have more than 20,000 students and some had over 50,000 students.
Therefore, smaller Winthrop performed very well given the larger sizes
of the competition.
Other schools competing were: Florida
Institute of Technology, Bob Jones University, Armstrong Atlantic,
Wofford, University of Southern Mississippi, Mercer, College of
Charleston, The Citadel, Jacksonville University, Mississippi State
University, Morehouse College, Columbus State, Georgia Southern,
University of West Florida, University of Southern Florida and Nova
In the entire region, the only
schools that placed higher than Winthrop were Georgia Tech, University of
Central Florida, Clemson, University of Miami, Florida International
University, University of Alabama – Birmingham, University of
Alabama, and Florida State University.
Awards at Model
United Nations Conference at UNC Charlotte
students received awards at the Model United Nations Conference at the
University of North Carolina Charlotte on Oct. 22. Winthrop students
earned the most of any school eligible for awards. There were 150 delegates
total, of which 15 were from Winthrop.
The students and their
Allie Briggs - Honorable Mention as
the delegate from Sudan in the Security Council
Brandon Dane - Outstanding Delegate Award for
China in the Security Council
Barbee and Kayla Barber - Outstanding
Delegation for China in the Historical Security Council
Helen Layton - Outstanding Delegate Award for Algeria
in the League of Arab States
Amy Fabel -
Honorable Mention for Algeria in the Arab-African Summit
Katie Jorsch and Megan Robinson
- Outstanding Delegation Award for France in the
10/24/2011Mirielle Smith, an English major in the university's
honors program, had her essay, entitled "Getting There," selected for inclusion
in the juried publication The Sanctuary, the Arts Journal of the Southern
Regional Honors Council.
Jacobs, a photography major in the university's honors program,
recently had two photographs, “About Face” and “Ladybug,” selected for
inclusion in the juried publication The Sanctuary, the Arts Journal of the
Southern Regional Honors Council.
10/06/2011Senior Matt Horn has been selected as a Top 10
Finalist for this year’s Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in men’s soccer. Fan voting
is 1/3 of the total vote in determining the winner, along with media and coach
votes. Please vote daily until Nov. 14 at: http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/mens_soccer_2011/
You can also visit a facebook page
set up specifically for Matt Horn and the Lowe’s Senior Class Award
Voting at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Vote-For-Matt-Horn-Lowes-Senior-Class-Award-Top-10-Finalist/229351633785774?sk=wall
a sophomore dance major, represented Winthrop's Xi Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi
Alpha at the district conference Oc. 7-9 at Myrtle Beach, S.C., and won the
Miss Black and Gold pageant. She was selected over 13 other undergraduate
contestants from across the state. Miller now will represent the district of
South Carolina at the regional level in March. This was the second
consecutive district Miss Black and Gold from Winthrop.
Johnson, a senior mass communication major, won first place in the
Belford V. Lawson Oratorical Contest on Oct. 8 at the 51st annual Alpha Phi
Alpha district conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He will represent the South
Carolina District of Alpha Phi Alpha at the regional level in March in
Columbia, S.C. His speech theme was "Healthcare for All Americans: Entitlement
or Privilege." He competed against seven other undergraduate
major Jessica Creel was one of the approximately 65
undergraduate students competitively selected to conduct 10 weeks of research
at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) during the summer of 2011. Of
those 65 students, only Creel and one other student have been selected to
present their research projects at the Nov. 9-12 Annual Biomedical Research
Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).
Creel's research focuses on The Effect of Fingolimod (FTY720) on Small
Cell and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.
typically used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Its possible utility
in treating lung cancer is an exciting new development. While
Creel's research experience at MUSC was tremendous, her earlier research
experience at Winthrop in Associate Professor Chemistry Takita Sumter's group
and her biochemistry laboratory experience prepared Creel to take advantage
of the learning experience she had this summer at MUSC.
Erin Sharpe/Cayla Eagon,
Sharpe’s essay, “'Put Money in thy Purse’: The Economy of Evil in
Othello” and Cayla Eagon’s essay, “ ‘Touching the Secret
Spring’: Sexual Awakening in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey” have both been
accepted for publication in the 2012 issue of The Sigma Tau Delta
a rising senior on the men's tennis team and a political science major, is the
second recipient of the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Senior Scholarship. Given
by Jerry and Rosalind Richardson of Charlotte, N.C., the scholarship was
presented at the Aug. 22 Convocation ceremony.
Jeffrey T. Myers,
08/01/2011Biology major Jeffrey T. Myers of Lexington, S.C., was
awarded a $1,000 Chick-Fil-A leadership scholarship. Michael Tucker, operator
of Chick-Fil-A of Lexington, nominated Myers for "demonstrating abilities and
potential to accomplish great things." The scholarship provides assistance to
restaurant employees who want to further their education.