Winthrop University: Eagle STEM Scholars Program - About the Program: Staff

Eagle STEM Scholars Program

About the Program

Staff Information

Amanda Cavin

113A Sims Science Building  

Staff: Cavin, Amanda


Amanda Cavin attended Winthrop University as a post-traditional student, graduating in 2015 with a BS in Early Childhood Education and again in 2017 with two MEds, one in Literacy and one in Special Education Intervention. She was a McNair Scholar while at Winthrop and later served as the program’s graduate assistant and then programming assistant. She taught in the public school system briefly before becoming the director of the Eagle STEM Scholars Program. Cavin is married with four amazing children. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her husband, loving on their four dogs, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.



Cliff HarrisStaff: Harris, Cliff
Assistant Director

302 Sims Science Building

Cliff Harris is a new faculty member at Winthrop, joining the Chemistry department in July 2011 as a visiting assistant professor, where he currently teaches Chemistry 105. He also serves as the assistant director of the Eagle STEM Scholars Program. Cliff Harris received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he was a member of the prestigious Meyerhoff scholarship program. Afterwards, he attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received his PhD in Chemistry, with a research focus on electron transfer in semiconductor assemblies for solar energy assemblies.


Velbert Ervin Staff: Ervin, Velbert
Program Assistant

113A Sims Science Building

Velbert Ervin is the Program Assistant for Eagle STEM Scholars Program at Winthrop University where she serves in a supportive role to the program director, staff and scholars. With over 40 years of successful work in banking, real estate, and accounting, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Strayer University of Charlotte, NC.  She is a Rock Hill native. Velbert and her husband have three adult children and four grandsons.  She is a dedicated member of Turn Around Ministry where she is the prayer coordinator and teacher.  During  her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, walking and listening to music.



Shea NunnShea Ferguson
Graduate Assistant
113A Sims Science Building


Shea Nunn is the Graduate Assistant for the Eagle STEM Scholars Program. Shea received her undergraduate degree from The University at Buffalo in Social Sciences. After graduating in 2015 she worked as the Training Manager at Higher Logic and moved to North Carolina. In 2018, Shea decided to make a career change and begin post-baccalaureate classes in Biology and Chemistry. Beginning fall 2019 she will begin completing her Masters in Teaching Secondary Education with a focus in Biology. Shea is excited to work as part of the Eagle STEM Scholars Program as she has a passion for helping students achieve their goals while also encouraging them to reach their full potential. After graduating from Winthrop she hopes to work as a High School Biology teacher. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, exploring with her two dogs and spending time with her husband and family.


Last Updated: 2/20/20