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2012 COE Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards

COE Award for Collaboration and Service:   Ms. Pansy Phillips

Ms. Pansy Phillips exemplifies exceptional skill in collaboration and dedication to service within the university and community. She willingly provides service to the college that significantly promotes our collaborative goals and strategic plan and is a model of exceptional collaboration with faculty and staff in all departments and areas within the college. Pansy willingly addresses the needs of faculty, staff, and students in departments, centers, or areas other than her own.

COE Award for Collaboration and Service: Dr. Brad Witzel

Dr. Witzel has been very active with his professional service at the local, state and national levels. His work helps state departments of education and school districts better meet the needs of students with disabilities and his work impacts the lives of teachers and children on a daily basis. Dr. Witzel works locally with Fort Mill, Shelby, and Lancaster schools as well as with the Forman School for Dyslexia. Statewide school districts contact Dr. Witzel for assistance with the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI). He works with the Vermont Department of Education to set up district and regional RtI plans, the Colorado State Department of Education, as well as the Association for Childhood Education International. He has worked to improve electronic access to textbooks for students with disabilities through the Mathematics eTextbook Grant based out of the University of Oregon.

COE Award for Collaboration and Service: Dr. Sue Reichelt

Dr. Reichelt demonstrates extraordinary contributions to the College beyond normal job requirements and expectations in the areas of collaboration with students, with FACS colleagues, with local public service agencies, and with WU colleagues in SPED, NUTR, and SOCW. Her leadership has led to a redesign of the FACS program to better meet the needs of our students and the employers who hire our graduates. Dr. Reichelt is often the first professor in the office and the last to leave. Students notice her availability and know they can come see her on a variety of topics. She worked to improve the FACS program through program revisions and work with student organizations (WINIFACS) as well as affiliating our program with the Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U), the FACS Honor Society. Dr. Reichelt provides community outreach and continues to build business contacts in the community.

COE Award for Collaboration and Service: Ms. Jane Rawls

Ms. Jane Rawls has consistently gone above and beyond her assigned duties in the past 10 years of being an Administrative Specialist. However, this nomination is specifically for her leadership in the fall 2011 NCATE National Accreditation On-Site Visit. An accreditation visit of this magnitude requires extensive planning, preparation, and coordination. Jane approached this task, as she does most of her work, with thorough and meticulous planning. During this and other assignments, Jane was professional, cheerful, and unflappable. Many of the “extras” that she did were not required of the visit, but went a long way toward making the team feel good about being here. Jane understood that it was important “to get this right.”

COE Award for Application of Scholarship: Dr. A.J. Angulo

Dr. Angulo’s scholarship deserved recognition because it has not only been consistent since his arrival at Winthrop, but it clearly matches the NNER guiding focus of equity in education. He undoubtedly makes a strong contribution to his field in the areas of education history, student rights, and historiography. He is a prolific writer and his works include an award-winning book, numerous manuscripts, and a wide range of encyclopedic contributions to his discipline.  This summer he published his second book, Education and Empire.  Dr. Angulo’s focus on the broader contexts of education serves to draw needed attention to policies, practices, and events too often overlooked in the business of schooling.

COE Award for Innovation in Teaching: Dr. Linda Pickett

Dr. Picket exemplifies an exceptional and inspiring approach to teacher preparation. She incorporates lab instruction and appropriate children’s literature within her science methods classes and teaches by example. She frequently addresses special education needs and accommodations in her courses. As part of the Winthrop Transition to College grant, Dr. Pickett teaches students with intellectual disabilities from Rock Hill and Fort Mill school districts in her science methods course. Students and faculty comment on her student engagement, clear content delivery, and high expectations. Not only are students learning science methods through her instruction, they are learning professionalism, differentiation, classroom flexibility, and how to establish rapport with students.

Withers/W.T.S. Building Centennial Celebration


The Withers/W.T.S Building:  A Landmark Representing Quality Education for 100 Years  

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Withers/W.T.S. building, home of the Richard W. Riley College of Education at  Winthrop University, marks its 100th birthday this year. 

A celebration to commemorate this milestone will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Withers/W.T.S. building from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Winthrop Training School  attendees and graduates, Macfeat Laboratory School attendees and graduates, Winthrop University alumni and current students who have attended school  in the Withers/W.T.S building, as well as interested members of the community, are invited to take a stroll through the building, enjoy old photos, visit with friends, and attend a fashion show of clothing from Winthrop’s past.

The Centennial Celebration planners would like contact information from W.T.S and Macfeat attendees and graduates by Aug. 31.


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