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.