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Name:  Class of 2021,

Winthrop's entering Class of 2021 boasts the highest number of valedictorians in school history and the highest entering GPA.

Name:  Lauren Wright, Human nutrition
From:  Columbia,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  04/27/2017

The South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has awarded Winthrop University’s Lauren Wright the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award.

Name:  Ty Robbins and Allyssa Calderhead, Environmental studes/sciences

Seniors Ty Robbins and Allyssa Calderhead are the recipients of the inaugural Dalton Environmental Scholarship. Robbins is an environmental sciences major while Calderhead is an environmental studies major.

Name:  Tadean Page and Julian Holland,

Tadean Page has been elected as the Council of Student Leaders (CSL) president and Julian Holland as vice president for the 2017-18 academic year.

Name:  Jordan Lewis , Biology
From:  Orangeburg,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  03/17/2017

Senior Jordan Lewis received one of the 2017 National Research Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowships.Lewis, a biology and environmental science major and Eagle STEM Scholar and Orangeburg Wilkinson High School graduate from Orangeburg, South Carolina, will receive a fellowship in the area of disease ecology. The May graduate plans to study at Emory University with the goal of working for a federal agency such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Name:  Austin Parker, Business Administration
From:  Lancaster,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  12/17/2016

Winthrop senior Austin Parker received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence at the Dec. 17 Commencement at Winthrop Coliseum.President Dan Mahony announced that Parker, a Lancaster, South Carolina, resident who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting, finished with the highest cumulative GPA.Parker will return to Winthrop to earn his M.B.A. degree while he begins studying to take the CPA exams.

Name:  Aniysa Raiford and Rachel Lyon, Family and consumer sciences
From:  Blythewood and Rock Hill,  South Carolina 

The National Honor Society in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)—Phi Upsilon Omicron—awarded two Winthrop students scholarships: *Aniysa Raiford ’16, of Blythewood, received the $750 Candle Fellowship for Graduate Studies; and*Senior Rachel Lyon of Rock Hill received a $600 scholarship for undergraduate studies.

Name:  Iota Kappa Iota chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma,
Date Awarded:  05/27/2016

Three Winthrop University senior chemistry majors were recently honored with the Carolina-Piedmont Section of the American Chemistry Society’s 2016 Outstanding Student Leadership Award.Katja Hall of Vienna, Virginia; Danielle Thibault of Lexington, South Carolina; and Jessica Zinna of Lexington, South Carolina, were recognized on April 27 with the award at the ACS local section meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.The trio established the on-campus Iota Kappa Iota chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma in order to promote the understanding and interest of chemistry and its related fields through education, philanthropy and professional advancement.

Name:  Rachel Burns, English
From:  Colorado Springs,  Colorado  

English major Rachel Burns is Winthrop's first student recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship. She will spend January-September 2017 in South Africa, teaching English to local students.

Name:  Adaeze Aninweze, Chemistry

Senior Adaeze Aninweze, a chemistry major originally from Nigeria, has won a National Security Education Program David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship for Study Abroad. She is the first Winthrop student to receive the prestigious scholarship.The merit-based scholarship provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Recipients incur an obligation to work for a period of at least one year either for an office or agency of the federal government involved in national security affairs or in higher education.

Name:  The Johnsonian newspaper staff,
Date Awarded:  04/08/2016

The S.C. Press Association awarded The Johnsonian, Winthrop University’s student newspaper, its top prize for general excellence.This is the first time the Winthrop paper has won first place in the category for institutions with 5,000+ students. Judges wrote that the small staff of 20 who report, write and edit the weekly newspaper should be praised.

Name:  Morgan Ruff, Elementary education
From:  Spartanburg,  South Carolina 

Elementary education major Morgan Ruff won the Big South Conference's annual Fan of the Year contest. Ruff, of Spartanburg, has attended every home men's and women's basketball game.

Name:  Jessica Logan , Chemistry
From:  Knoxville,  Tennessee 

Women’s soccer senior student-athlete Jessica Logan was awarded the Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship. Logan will use the $2,000 scholarship during her last semester at Winthrop. Recipients of the scholarship are selected based on university standing, leadership roles, community involvement, honors, and accomplishments. Logan also had to provide a personal statement and faculty and personal letters of recommendation.As a chemistry major, Logan has a 3.941 grade point average and has been named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll each year while earning honors on President’s and Dean’s Lists at Winthrop.A research assistant in the chemical engineering, organic chemistry, and nano-biotechnology lab, Logan serves as a tutor and participates in the Winthrop Eagle-STEM scholars program.

Name:  Alisha Sweatt, Mass communication
From:  Columbia,  South Carolina 

The German Language and Cultural Foundation (GLCF) of Charlotte has awarded mass communication major Alisha Sweatt a $2,500 grant to study in Germany in May. Sweatt, who lived in Germany as a child, will spend a week collaborating with Instructor of Internal Communication Bonnye Stuart to work with media outlets in Germany. She hopes to study German media practices and how they compare to those in the U.S. She also plans to complete an internship with MTV Germany for the remainder of the summer.

Name:  Jarvais Jackson, Elementary education major
From:  Sumter,  South Carolina 

Elementary education major Jarvais Jackson has announced his candidacy for the student chairperson position for the National Education Association (NEA).

Name:  David Stoner, Human nutrition
From:  Monroe,  North Carolina 
Date Awarded:  09/16/2015

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation awarded human nutrition graduate student David Stoner its $5,000 Commission on Dietetic Registration Diversity Scholarship.

Name:  Ray McKetty and Alex Nowlin,
From:  Greenville and Bluffton,  South Carolina 

Students Ray McKetty and Alex Nowlin are the new president and vice president of the Council of Student Leaders for the 2015-16 academic year.

Name:  Kristin Cranford and Victoria Davis,
From:  Sharon and Madison,  South Carolina and Alabama 

Kristin Cranford '15 and Victoria Davis '15, recent financial planning graduates, took second place at the National Financial Plan Competition, held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Name:  Sarah Helms and Jonathan Logan,
From:  Charleston and Rock Hill,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  05/09/2015

Seniors Sarah Mackenzie Helms and Jonathan Derek Logan received the Tillman Award at the May 9 Undergraduate Commencement.Acting President Debra Boyd presented the two the Tillman Award, which is the university’s highest academic honor. Established in 1940 to honor former S.C. Governor Benjamin Ryan Tillman, the award recognizes the graduate who has most consistently met the demands of academic excellence.

Name:  Terence Brice ,
From:  Rock Hill,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  04/26/2015

One of Winthrop University's Think College students mingled with the stars recently and took home a $10,000 Autism Speaks United Negro College Fund (UNCF) scholarship.The 36th installment of UNCF An Evening of Stars, which aired on April 26 on BET, featured singer Toni Braxton giving Winthrop’s Terence Brice of Rock Hill his scholarship award as the national recipient. The show was taped in Atlanta, Georgia, on April 12 with other celebrities appearing, including Usher, Kevin Hart and Pharrell.

Name:  Multiple students,
Date Awarded:  04/23/2015

Seniors Alyssa Fumiko Toshimitsu and Ian Deas captured top honors at the 2015 Winthrop University Student Life Awards ceremony. Several students won awards in honor of their service and academic excellence. Read the full list of honorees.

Name:  Michala Tesney, Chemistry
From:  Summerville,  South Carolina 

Chemistry student Michala Tesney will spend the summer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she has been accepted into the nationally competitive Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. For 11 weeks, she will work with St. Jude’s Dr. Tudor Moldoveanu researching protein crystallography.

Name:  Tung Nguyen, Interior design

Student Tung Nguyen has won second place in the national 2015 Bernice Bienenstock Interior Design Competition.

Name:  Olivia Livingston, Biology
From:  Columbia,  South Carolina 

Freshman Olivia Livingston will spend two months at the University of Kansas this summer learning her mother’s native tongue, Korean.She is going courtesy of Project GlobalOfficer, a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Cadet Livingston was nominated by Captain Jeff Krohn, the Army ROTC officer in charge at Winthrop.

Name:  Ian Deas, Biology
From:  Charleston,  South Carolina 

Ian Deas, a senior biology major from Charleston, is one of four recipients of the Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

Name:  Physical Education Majors Club,

The Physical Education Majors Club won first place at the Superstars competition at the state conference of the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Name:  Olivia Jean Keck, Business administration
From:  Columbia,  South Carolina 

Senior Olivia Keck of Columbia, South Carolina, received the Tillman Award at Winthrop University’s fall Commencement exercises on Dec. 20 at Winthrop Coliseum.The Tillman Award is the university’s highest academic honor. Established in 1940 to honor former S.C. Governor Benjamin Ryan Tillman, the award recognizes the graduate who has most consistently met the demands of academic excellence.

Chemistry majors Mikala Smith, Jessica Zinna and Danielle Thibault will participate in the EPSCoR grants secured by professions in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry in spring of 2015.

Name:  Audrey Masson, Integrated marketing communication

Audrey Masson, a French student in the mass communication department's integrated marketing communication program at Winthrop University, has won $1,000 scholarship for tuition from American Textile Recycling Services, where she interned this past summer.

Name:  Quidditch Club,

The Quidditch Club received validation this summer when the International Quidditch Association awarded the Winthrop chapter with its Swag Award for Most Powerful, Visual and Physical Presence on the field, beating hundreds of teams from across the nation.

Name:  Dequesha McClanahan, Exercise science
From:  Oak Ridge,  Tennessee 

Winthrop women's basketball player Dequesha McClanahan '14 has been voted the Big South Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 season by the League's Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators and Sports Information Directors.

Name:  Matthew Knowles '13, '14, Mathematics
From:  Greenville,  South Carolina 

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) has selected Winthrop alumnus Matthew Neal '13, '14 as a recipient of the prestigious KSTF Teaching Fellowship.

Name:  Joshua Wald, Music
From:  Anderson,  South Carolina 

Music major Joshua Wald has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the division of Junior/Senior College Men for the first National Association of Teachers of Singing voice competition to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the 53rd NATS National Convention. The competition is set for July 6-7.

Name:  Society for Human Resource Management,

Winthrop's student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has won the organization's Superior Merit Award for excellence and achievement.

Name:  Cissie Xi, Accounting

Accounting major Cissie Xi of Nantong, China has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Charlotte Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Name:  Jeanne Stroud '14, English
From:  Charleston,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  05/29/2014

Winthrop track and cross country athlete Jeanne Stroud was named the Big South Conference's Woman of the Year for 2013-14 season at the conference's Spring Meetings Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner in Hilton Head.

Name:  Hannah Hadaway '14, Biology
From:  Rural Retreat,  Virginia 
Date Awarded:  05/10/2014

Winthrop track and field runner Hannah Hadaway received the Tillman Award at the May 10 Commencement.The Tillman Award, established in 1940 to honor former S.C. Governor Benjamin Ryan Tillman, is presented to the student in the graduating class with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Winners from the 2014 Winthrop Student Life Awards ceremony are: Mary Mildred Sullivan Award: Audry Counts-Davis Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award: Austin McDonald American Legion Awards: Deshawn Clement and Sarah Cohen James C. and Kimberly Dickens Williamson Leadership Award: Taylor Jernigan and Lisa Howard Gloria Godfrey Jones Outstanding Tutor Award: Jarrod Bennett Exemplary Service by an Individual Award: Sade Williams Multicultural Student Life Award: Chandler Cox SOAR Award: Leah Price Intern of the Year: Dedra Darby Student Organization with Exemplary record of Service: Student Dietetic Association Exemplary Service Project by a Group: Students Challenging Others to Pursue Excellence (SCOPE)

The fourth annual student body elections have closed. The new president and vice president of the Council of Student Leaders are Ian Deas and Jarvais Jackson. They will officially begin duties following May commencement.

Four Winthrop students in the university's chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda organization took home honors at the state conference: Nick Cunningham (president of the state PBL): 1st in management analysis, decision-making and client service; Director Award for career membership Adam Yarborough: 1st in computer concepts Ryan Swistak: 1st in business law Justin Groves (unable to attend): 1st in word processing Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate Division of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. This is Winthrop's first year with a PBL chapter.

Date Awarded:  04/13/2014

Thirteen students were inducted into Winthrop's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society: Scarlett Morgan BoydLeigh Olivia Fransen Lauren GoodwinEmily Crystal HokettEsabia MackeyAndrew McIver, Lex Henry Nordlinger Steven Patrick Bethany M. Robinson Kathryn Victoria SteversonLauren Caroline SwitzerCourtney Elizabeth WyattWang XiThe national organization recognizes superior scholarship in all disciplines. Undergraduate students are eligible for consideration who have senior status and are scholastically in the upper 10 percent of their class or have junior status and are scholastically in the upper 7.4 percent of their class.

Three English majors are the recipients of the Geraldine Trammel Hurley Fellowship, which entails an international study experience: Chelsea Bergmann will attend the International Summer School program, Education in Ireland, at NUI Galway; Marie Tumaniec will attend the Yeats Summer School Sligo, Ireland; Brierly Willis will backpack a section of the North Downs Way to recreate a portion of the Canterbury Tales in England.    

Name:  Kara Hardwick, Biology
From:  Charleston,  South Carolina 

Senior biology major Kara Hardwick has received the 2014 Raymond W. Sarber Award from the American Society for Microbiology. The award recognizes students who have excelled at the undergraduate and predoctoral levels in research and potential. Hardwick began her innovative research in the field of conservation medicine in 2012. Her research focuses on the origin of disease in the U.S. and a way to determine if there is a link between introduced species and disease outbreaks in humans and animals.

Name:  SCOPE,
Date Awarded:  03/06/2014

The student tutoring group SCOPE (Students Challenging Others to Promote Education) has won the Julia Post Activities Award by the city of Rock Hill's Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department. Operating out of the Boyd Hill Recreation Center, the tutors provide extra academic instruction to low-income, high-need children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Name:  Glenna Baron, Visual communication design
From:  Fort Mill,  South Carolina 

Current visual communication design major Glenna Baron two ADDY-winning campaigns for (Judges Pick), La Storia Productions Business Cards (Gold), La Storia Productions Website (Gold), La Storia Productions Logo (Silver). The American Advertising Federation (AAF) Charlotte is a non-profit professional trade association comprised of creative people dedicated to excellence in advertising. The AAF Charlotte recognizes the year’s best projects in both the professional and student industry with the annual ADDY Awards ceremony.

Name:  Alex Muller, English
From:  Murrells Inlet,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  02/27/2014

Alex Muller won the senior scholarship as well as the Frederic Fadner Award for best critical essay in the Sigma Tau Delta Review for his essay on Lacanian interpretations of King Lear at the Sigma Tau Delta 90th Anniversary International Conference.

Name:  Jeanne Stroud, English
From:  Charleston,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  02/27/2014

At the Sigma Tau Delta 90th Anniversary Conference, Jeanne Stroud was named runner up for the Isabel Sparks President's Award for best paper submitted to the conference for her presentation, "The Adolescent Brain in Richardson's Pamela."

The Resident Students' Association has again won the top prize of School of the Year from the S.C. Organization for Residential Education. Other awards included National Residence Hall Honorary Chapter of the Year, Best First-Year Experience and Best Banner.

Name:  Marthaline Cooper, Psychology
From:  Providence,  Rhode Island 

Freshman Marthaline Cooper broke the school record in the weight throw at the Hilton Garden Invitational, with a distance of 18.46 meters, besting the previous record of 17.65 meters.

Computer science students placed 10th out of 51 teams at the southeast regional competition in November. Sponsored by the National Association for Computing Machinery and IBM at George Tech, the three Winthrop students--Nick Cramer, Grandy Nguyen and John Connell--beat teams from universities such as the universities of Southern Alabama, South Florida, Auburn and Bob Jones.

Model UN students competed at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Model UN conference in October and the Southern Regional Model UN conference in Atlanta in November. Winthrop students took home the most individual and team awards of any participating institution at the first conference and won several awards from the latter.

Name:  Amanda Leigh Floyd, Dance
From:  Lugoff,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  12/14/2013

Senior Amanda Leigh Floyd of Lugoff, S.C., received the Tillman Award at Winthrop University’s fall Commencement exercises on Dec. 14 at Winthrop Coliseum.The Tillman Award is the university’s highest academic honor.

Name:  Dequesha McClanahan, Exercise science
From:  Oak Ridge,  Tennessee 
Date Awarded:  12/14/2013

Dequesha McClanahan, senior guard for the women's basketball team, has now bested the school's scoring record with a total of 1,862 points. She now leads both the men's and women's teams in scoring, beating a record that has been held since 1982.

Name:  Dequesha McClanahan, Exercise science
From:  Oak Ridge,  Tennessee 
Date Awarded:  11/10/2013

Dequesha 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.

Date Awarded:  11/08/2013

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. Honors Program Director Kathy Lyon will accept on behalf of the students in New Orleans.

Name:  Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis, Counseling and development
From:  Lancaster,  South Carolina 

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.

Name:  Ruth M. Fujino, Mathematics
From:  Gurnee,  Illinois 
Date Awarded:  10/10/2013

Senior 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.

Name:  Kara Hardwick, Biology
From:  Charleston,  South Carolina 

Senior Kara 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. Hardwick has 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.

Name:  Lex Nordlinger, Instrumental music
From:  Greer,  South Carolina 

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 Chi website.Winthrop's chapter also won the Southeastern Regional Chapter Award earlier this year.

Name:  Christopher Smalls, Fine arts w/ jewelry concentration
From:  Beaufort,  South Carolina 

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 communities.

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 year.

Name:  Katie Kath, Visual Communication Design: Illustration

Katie 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.

Several 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.

Name:  Keslie Blackwell, Business administration
From:  Florence,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  05/04/2013

Keslie 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, S.C.)• Tyra Douglas (Rock Hill, S.C.)• Gabrielle Epelle (Charlotte, N.C.)• Danielle Gasparik (Sebastian, Fla.)• Shiannea Gathers (Eutawville, S.C.)• Katja Hall (Vienna, Va.)• Lisa 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, S.C.)• Allison Riffe (Charleston, S.C.)• Abigail Roush (North Chesterfield, Va.)• Shanythia Thomas (Aiken, S.C.)• David Walker (Tega Cay, S.C.)• Jessica Zinna (Lexington, S.C.)

Name:  Mackenzie Mynatt, Sociology
From:  Columbia,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  04/06/2013

Battalion 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 UNC Charlotte.

Name:  Brittany Prioleu, Biology
From:  Columbia,  South Carolina 

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.

Name:  Sharon Jenkins '11, MAT, biology
From:  Gastonia,  North Carolina 

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 program.

Name:  Aaron Eichelberger, Economics
From:  West Columbia,  South Carolina 

Junior Aaron 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.

Name:  Desirae House, Biology
From:  Rock Hill,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  02/23/2013

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 Competition.

Name:  Kimberly Small and Jaclyn Cirillo, Art

Two art majors--Kimberly Small and Jaclyn Cirillo--won honorable mentions at the ASID Carolinas Chapter of the 2012-2013 Otto Zenke Student Design Competition.

Name:  Tarah Catalano, Graphic design
From:  Greenville,  South Carolina 

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.

Several 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.

Name:  Laura Zellmer, Masters, fine arts
From:  Simpsonville,  South Carolina  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 educators.

Name:  Sarah Rubinstien, Art
From:  Rock Hill,  South Carolina  U.S.A.

Sarah Rubinstien, a bachelor of fine arts student in the Department of Fine Arts, won the South Carolina Art Education Association's scholarship.

Name:  Tyler Polomski, exercise science
From:  Easley,  South Carolina  U.S.A.

Tyler 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.

Name:  Catherine Zende, science communication
From:  Greenville,  South Carolina 

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 Rock Hill. 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.

Name:  Kayla Barber and Allie Briggs, Political science
From:  Rock Hill and Sumter,  South Carolina  U.S.A.
Date Awarded:  03/18/2012

Kayla 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 concluding ceremonies.

Name:  Griffin Glaze,

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.

The Department of Fine Arts held an exhibition "Multiplicity" for nine senior photography students on Dec. 2 at The Design Center of the Carolinas in Charlotte, N.C.

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. The 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 TourThe 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. Winthrop 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.

Name:  Jessica Creel, Chemistry
From:  Summerville,  South Carolina  
Date Awarded:  11/04/2011

At 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 Brains”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 others. 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 the competition. 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 University.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 State University. 

Date Awarded:  10/22/2011

Awards at Model United Nations Conference at UNC Charlotte 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 from Winthrop.The students and their awards are: Allie Briggs - Honorable Mention as the delegate from Sudan in the Security Council Brandon Dane - Outstanding Delegate Award for China in the Security Council Justin Barbee and Kayla Barber - Outstanding Delegation for China in the Historical Security Council Helen Layton - Outstanding Delegate Award for Algeria in the League of Arab States Amy Fabel - Honorable Mention for Algeria in the Arab-African Summit Katie Jorsch and Megan Robinson - Outstanding Delegation Award for France in the Arab-African Summit  

Name:  Mirielle Smith, English
From:  Stockton,  New Jersey 
Date Awarded:  10/24/2011

Mirielle 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.

Name:  Rebecca Jacobs, Fine Arts
From:  Fort Mill,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  10/24/2011

Rebecca 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.

Name:  Matt Horn, Biology
From:  Mooresville,  N.C. 
Date Awarded:  10/06/2011

Senior 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: You can also visit a facebook page set up specifically for Matt Horn and the Lowe’s Senior Class Award Voting at:!/pages/Vote-For-Matt-Horn-Lowes-Senior-Class-Award-Top-10-Finalist/229351633785774?sk=wall 

Name:  Lustra Miller, Dance
From:  Spartanburg,  S.C. 
Date Awarded:  10/08/2011

Lustra Miller, 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.

Name:  Joshua Johnson, Mass Communications
From:  Hemingway,  S.C. 
Date Awarded:  10/08/2011

Joshua 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 students.

Name:  Jessica Creel, Biochemistry
From:  Summerville,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  11/09/2011

Senior biochemistry 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. Fingolimod is 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.  

Name:  Erin Sharpe/Cayla Eagon, English
From:  Clover/Greenville,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  08/31/2011

Erin 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 Review.

Name:  Dejon Bivens, Political science
From:  Charlotte,  NC 
Date Awarded:  08/22/2011

Dejon Bivens, 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.

Name:  Jeffrey T. Myers, Biology
From:  Lexington,  South Carolina 
Date Awarded:  08/01/2011

Biology 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.

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