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Winthrop University faculty member Katarina Moyon has been invited to join the Spring 2018 Midlands Diversity Leaders Initiative organized by the Riley Institute at Furman University.The program is designed to break down barriers, build relationships and realize the advantages created by the diversity of the Midlands. Around 50 participants were chosen out of a pool of 550-650 nominees.

Frank Ardaiolo, vice president for student life at Winthrop University, received the 2018 Dream Keeper Award during the city of Rock Hill’s Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence, and unselfish service.

The deans of six of South Carolina’s larger institutions and Colleges of Education have formed a consortium to address collaboratively some of South Carolina’s most pressing education issues. Together, they urge action to address the teacher shortage being experienced across the Palmetto state.One of those deans is Richard W. Riley College of Education Dean Jennie Rakestraw.

Zach Abernathy, an assistant professor of mathematics, recently received the 2017 Early Career Faculty Mentoring Award from the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Professor of Mass Communication Padmini Patwardhan has received the Charles H. Sandage Award for Teaching Excellence from the American Academy of Advertising (AAA).

Sabrina Habib, an assistant professor of mass communication, recently was selected as a 2017 Kopenhaver fellow for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

The South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (SC-AMLE) recognized David Vawter with one of its distinguished teaching awards at its annual conference this month.Vawter, an associate professor and secondary social studies education coordinator in the Richard W. Riley College of Education, received the Dr. Jennifer Wilson Teaching Excellence Award, which acknowledges the significant contributions of a classroom teacher, literacy leader or teacher educator who has positively impacted middle-level teaching excellence in the state.

NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education recognizes members who are doing outstanding work in the student affairs profession. Frank P. Ardaiolo, vice president for student life at Winthrop University, was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean.The Scott Goodnight Award, named for NASPA’s founding chair of the Board of Directors (1919-20) and former dean of men at the University of Wisconsin, is presented to a dean or senior student affairs officer who has demonstrated sustained professional achievement in student affairs work, innovative response in meeting students' varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing staff, and leadership in community and college or university affairs.

Associate Professor of Healthcare Management Michael Matthews, Professor of Marketing Cara Peters and Assistant Professor of Marketing Stephanie Lawson had a paper, “An Exploratory Investigation of Hospice Marketing: How Are Palliative Care Providers Marketing Their Services?”, published in the latest issue of Health Marketing Quarterly.

Winthrop has selected Chemistry Professor Takita Felder Sumter as its first Provost’s Faculty Fellow.The Provost’s Faculty Fellows Program provides emerging and current faculty leaders with opportunities to develop and demonstrate administrative leadership. At the same time, fellows contribute full-time faculty perspectives to the work of the Office of the Provost, expanding the collaboration among faculty and administrators.Fellows’ work includes representing the Office of the Provost on special projects, such as The Winthrop Plan, Winthrop’s strategic plan for 2025, as well as supporting routine office operations.

Associate Professor of Anthropology Richard Chacon co-edited a new anthology that challenges many existing theories on the origins of social complexity by providing revolutionary new understandings of the rise of social inequality and socio-political evolution.The 481-page book, titled “Feast, Famine Or Fighting?: Multiple Pathways to Social Complexity,” was published this month by Springer Press.

Associate Professor Michael Matthews received the university's top teaching award: the James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching.The Kinard Award is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication to teaching and is highly regarded on campus by faculty and students. Established by the Kinard family, it honors former Winthrop President James P. Kinard and his wife, Lee Wicker Kinard.Matthews joined the Winthrop faculty in 2005 as an assistant professor of management and was promoted in 2009 to associate professor. He teaches healthcare management and management courses for the College of Business Administration and Human Experience courses for Winthrop’s general education program. He also develops and supervises student internships in the healthcare management field.

Jennifer Disney received the 2016 Professional Achievement Award from her undergraduate alma mater, formerly Western Maryland now McDaniel College. This award is presented to graduates who have gained national/international distinction in his/her chosen field or profession and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on the college.

Work by Professor of Political Science Stephen Smith was recently highlighted in a New Yorker article regarding the Charlotte protests.

Associate Professor of Management Barbara Burgess-Wilkerson was named the new Thompson Scholar on Aug. 16. She will spend the next year developing an emotional intelligence project to help prepare students for the workforce.Burgess-Wilkerson said her research will help millennials identify their areas of strength and weakness as they prepare for their professional lives.

Deana F. Morrow, chair and professor in social work, has been appointed to the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation.Morrow is one of only 11 social work educators from across the nation selected for a three-year appointment to the Commission in 2016.

Chris Johnson ‘99, Winthrop University's sustainability coordinator, recently received the Clean & Green Board Member of the Year Award.Rock Hill Clean & Green is a city-sponsored organization consisting of an 15-member all-volunteer board appointed by City Council.

Two Winthrop University fine arts professors--Laura Gardner and Laura Dufresne-- received $93,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to lead 16 university educators in the exploration of the commonplace book, scrapbook, friendship album, and travel books in Asheville, North Carolina.During two weeks in July the scholars from across the country will research “Commonplace Books and Scrapbooks” as part of the grant. They will explore how commonplace books - early attempts to manage and make sense of information - helped record lives, ideas, notes and bits over time.

The Carowinds theme park named its new warm-up building the Bill Malambri Performing Arts Center due to his involvement in the park's popular Festival of Music program over the years. Malambri is emeritus professor of music and emeritus director of bands at Winthrop.

Winthrop University Associate Professors of Management Malayka Klimchak and Melissa Carsten published a study on the effects of employee entitlement. The study, “Employee Entitlement and Proactive Work Behaviors: The Moderating Effects of Narcissism and Organizational Identification,” appears in the "Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies."

In 2004, Winthrop University Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Sport and Human Performance Seth Jenny spent four months and two days hiking the Appalachian Trail. From a bear encounter to picking a “trail name,” Jenny shares his once-in-a-lifetime adventure in his new book, “Marathon’s Walk in the Woods: An Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike,” now available on Amazon as in eBook ($2.99) and paperback ($11.78) form.

Caroline Rust Ward ’97 won Best of Show for her painting “Billie Holiday Wears a Veil Gifted by John Rawls,” part of a juried exhibition titled “In-VISIBLE” at Point Park University’s Lawrence Hall Gallery in Pittsburgh.

Professor of English Matthew Fike presented his paper, "C.G. Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections as a Model for Doris Lessing'sBriefing for a Descent Into Hell" at the Philological Association of the Carolinas at UNC-Charlotte March 18-19.   He also had another article, "Time Is Not an Arrow: Anima and History in H. Rider Haggard's She" in ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews in a 2015 edition.    

Kristi Schoepfer, associate professor of sport management, won the 2016 Herb Appenzeller Honor Award during the 29th Annual Sport and Recreation Law Association Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from Feb. 24-27.The award is given to the association member who has given outstanding service to the organization. Schoepfer served as the conference host.

Associate Professor of Philosophy David Meeler has been designated the Dalton Endowed Chair of Environmental Sciences and Studies at Winthrop University.Meeler is only the second faculty member to hold this position in its 13 years of existence. He is very knowledgeable about the university’s environmental programs, having served on the initial search for the chair and on its coordinating committee.

Siobhan Craft Brownson, an associate professor of English, will take on a new role this spring as director of the Master of Liberal Arts program at Winthrop.Brownson joined the Winthrop English faculty in 1984 as a part-time lecturer and then became an instructor of English. After earning her Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina, she was hired at Winthrop in 2002 as assistant professor of English to teach literary theory and contemporary British literature.Brownson earned her B.A. in English from Miami of Ohio and her M.A. in English from the University of Michigan. She began her teaching career at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she became an assistant professor of English.At Winthrop, Brownson now serves as director of composition. She continues to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in literary theory and British literature as well as freshman and advanced composition. Her other teaching interests include 19th- and 20th-century British literature, and she has taught courses in British Romanticism, modern British poetry, the British novel, world literature, literature and film, and the short story.Brownson’s research interests include the work of Thomas Hardy, Victorian Literature and the Victorian Periodical. Her forthcoming book, a collection of essays entitled “Thomas Hardy’s Short Stories – New Perspectives,” co-edited with Juliette Schaefer, will be published by Ashgate later this year and contains her essay analyzing Hardy’s Christmas stories in the Illustrated London News.

Professor of Music Ron Parks' visit to Barcelona's famous Park Güell inspired him to compose a new chamber music piece.Also titled "Park Güell," the composition premiered on January 26 at the University of North Carolina and Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at Queens University.

Assistant Biology Professor Matt Stern was recently awarded a SC INBRE III Developmental Research Project (DRP) Target Faculty award to work with students to explore stem cell growth.The $73,159 grant is for one year but can be renewed for two more years.Stern and up to five students will spend time studying how cultured stem cells behave in two- and three-dimensional experimental microenvironments. They will use stem cells from fatty tissue and compare how growing the cells as a three-dimensional ball of cells changes key properties of the cells relative to growing the cells on a flat surface such as a Petri dish.

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