11/10/2013Dequesha 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.
Director Kathy Lyon will accept on behalf of the students in New Orleans.
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 website.
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.
This 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
Winthrop's chapter 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.
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
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 round.
This is the first time Winthrop has had a fellow in the
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 communities.
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 chosen.
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 Mock-Tail
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 outcomes.
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 meetings.
The Center for Career and Civic Engagement announced its 2011
Intern of the Year, Nancy Catherine Zende.
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
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 Engagement office.
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 Barber.
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.
students Jillian Sanford, Jennifer Moran, Corrie Bates,
Chris Coleman and Jade South blended their
supplied chalk with water to create paint for the artwork.
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 research categories.
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
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 were represented.
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 schools, Winthrop
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
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 Southeastern
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
Awards at Model United Nations Conference at UNC
The following 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
The students and their awards are:
Allie Briggs - Honorable Mention as the delegate from
Sudan in the Security Council
- Outstanding Delegate Award for China in the Security Council
Justin Barbee and Kayla Barber
- Outstanding Delegation for China in the Historical Security
Helen Layton - Outstanding Delegate
Award for Algeria in the League of Arab States
Fabel - Honorable Mention for Algeria in the Arab-African
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
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.