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home : news : school & college February 17, 2019 

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Lander Celebrates Alumni Reunion Weekend

Alumni came from as far away as Texas to participate in Lander University’s Alumni Reunion Weekend. Class of 1969 graduates Steve Balon, Cheryl Browning and Sandra Boyter are shown reminiscing about old times at the Alumni and Friends Social, held at the Lander Alumni Center.

Following the social, the three, along with other members of their class, enjoyed a 50th
 reunion dinner at Lander’s Cambridge Hall.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Piedmont Tech Filling Prescription for Success

Clay Sprouse’s students recently begged for more than their allotted time in the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) pharmacy technology laboratory. They actually wanted to stay after hours. That was a first.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Spring Art Gala Artist Registration Begins

The Ware Shoals Community Library has opened registration for the 2019 Spring Art Gala.  In our 6th year, the event displays original artwork in a variety of styles and media.  The event offers a platform for artists to display their work while developing increased art appreciation.  It is also a chance for patrons to experience and meet the local talent within our community. Art is in the eye of the beholder and goes beyond a canvas and an easel.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mathews LIGHTS Club Spreads Valentine's Day Love at Self Regional & NHC

The Mathews LIGHTS Club completed another successful community service project during the month of February. 5th grade students in the school’s service club created Valentine’s Day Get Well cards for patients at Self Regional Healthcare. On February 11th Ms. Debbie Powell, a retired D50 employee and Self Regional volunteer, visited the school to receive the cards. She also talked with the club about her volunteer experiences at the hospital. The Valentine’s Day Get Well cards will be distributed to patients this week by Mrs. Powell and other hospital volunteers.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Laurens-Based Prisma Health Executive Joins PTC Foundation Board

The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Foundation recently welcomed Justin Matthew Benfield to its board of directors.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Henderson's K5 Class Recognized as a 2019 READBowl State Champion

Congratulations to Ms. Polly Henderson K5 class at Hodges Elementary School! Ms. Henderson’s class was recognized as a 2019 S.C. READBowl State Champion in the Primary School Division! Ms. Henderson’s class was among the 90,000 classes across the country that participated in the competition.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lander University Crowns Homecoming 2019 King and Queen

Senior mass communications major Santos Pagán, of North Augusta, and senior political science major Courtney Cannon, of Mauldin, were named Lander University’s Homecoming King and Queen on Saturday, February 9. The pair were crowned during the halftimes of the men’s and women’s basketball games in Finis Horne Arena on the Lander campus.


Monday, February 11, 2019

Seven students take top honors at annual art exhibit

More than 100 art patrons showed up on Feb. 7 to see three seniors, three juniors, and one sophomore win top honors at Lander University’s annual Juried Student Exhibition.

The public exhibit, run by the College of Arts & Humanities since the mid-1970s, featured more than 40 art pieces in the Monsanto Art Gallery from all levels of arts students.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

NS Students selected to compete in Banner Competition in Columbia

Congratulations to Alyssa Fox, Haylee Hill and Sydney O'Brien for their banner was chosen to represent Ninety Six High School in the State Banner Competition in March in Columbia SC.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Piedmont Tech Uses Self Donation to Expand Transition Nursing Program

On the heels of a national report projecting South Carolina will have one of the most serious nursing shortages in the country in the next decade, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) is using the generous $170,000 gift it received late last year from the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation to support the graduation of more students into the pipeline of qualified nurses needed by area health care facilities. If all goes according to plan, by this summer, transition nursing courses will be offered not only at the Greenwood Campus but on the college’s Laurens Campus as well.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Industrial hemp production bodes well in South Carolina for first year

FLORENCE – Industrial hemp production could be a viable crop alternative for South Carolina farmers, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension crop and agribusiness agents.

Clemson officials teamed with industrial hemp industry associates for a session at the 2019 S.C. AgriBiz and Farm Expo in Florence about the state’s hemp crop. David DeWitt, Clemson Extension agent and agronomic crops program team member in Lee County, said interest in industrial hemp is increasing in the agricultural community.

“The good news is, we can grow industrial hemp in South Carolina,” DeWitt said. “Our yields were where they needed to be in 2018 and we’re getting ready for 2019.”

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Community invited to free concerts at Lander University

The community is invited to visit the campus of Lander University and enjoy concerts and performances by our talented student musicians from the Department of Music. Make plans to join us for a musical adventure beginning at 8 p.m. on show nights in the Abney Cultural Center auditorium.  All performances are free and open to the public.

  • Student Honors Recital – Monday, Jan. 28

  • Piano Ensemble - Thursday, Feb. 21

  • Wind Ensemble - Tuesday, Feb. 26

  • Collage Concert - Tuesday, March 19

  • University Singers - Thursday, April 11

  • Chamber Strings - Tuesday, April 16

  • Wind Ensemble - Thursday, April 18

  • Jazz Ensemble - Tuesday, April 23

For more information, visit Lander online at or call Lander’s College of Arts & Humanities at (864) 388-8323 during normal business hours.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

DHEC identifies an individual with TB at EHS

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has identified an individual with tuberculosis (TB) at Emerald High School in Greenwood SC.  DHEC’s investigation is active and on-going. The individual has been isolated and is no longer at the school.


Friday, February 1, 2019

Abbeville High School Winners at FBLA District Leadership Conference
At the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) District Leadership Conference held on Saturday, January 26 at Dorman High School, Abbeville High School students were the recipient of twenty-two district awards. 

Click on the title to see a full list of those receiving awards...

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Aiken Area Home educators take 1st place in SC Regional Future City Competition

Students from the Aiken Area Home Educators take first place at this year’s SC Regional Future City competition.  The event was held at the University of South Carolina Aiken on Saturday, January 26, 2019. This year's competition included teams from many different schools. Participants came from all over South Carolina to participate in this national STEM competition.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Piedmont Tech Reviews 2018 Improvements and Upgrades

Over the past year, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) invested significantly in health care learning facility upgrades. One of the most visible improvements is a new drive-through-type service window in the pharmacy technology lab. In fact, the college has invested more than $50,000 in the pharmacy technology lab since it was reaccredited in January 2018. Other additions include the installation of a realistic pharmacy store service counter, cash register, and a Fillmaster, an automated water dispenser for medications requiring reconstitution.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Lander to Host Symposium on World War I

Lander University will host a two-day symposium on the impact of World War I on the South on Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15.

The public is invited to the event, made possible by a grant from South Carolina Humanities.

A new book, “The American South and The Great War, 1914-1924,” published by LSU Press and co-edited by Lander Associate Professor of History Dr. Ryan Floyd, was instrumental in the obtainment of the grant. Floyd will participate in several panel discussions during the symposium, as will his co-editor, Dr. Matthew Downs, assistant professor of history at the University of Mobile, Alabama.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Lander readying for annual public Arts Exhibit

Students and professors alike are bracing to see who takes the top prize next week at Lander University’s annual “Student Juried Exhibit.”

The public exhibit, run by the College of Arts & Humanities since the mid-1970s, takes place from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 7, in the Monsanto Art Gallery of the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Lander Promotes Rookard to Vice President and General Counsel

Lander University announced today the promotion of Crystal Rookard to vice president and general counsel. She reports directly to Lander President Richard Cosentino, and plays a vital role in providing legal and strategic advice to the president, Board of Trustees and other senior administrators.


Monday, January 28, 2019

PTC Works to Make University Transfer Programs Seamless

Julie Miller was in her mid-30s when she started classes at Piedmont Technical College (PTC). Even so, she was treading water on her career choices.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Lander Professor Granted Sabbatical to Work on New Book

Professor of History Dr. William Ramsey, one of two Lander University educators granted sabbatical leave for the current school year, is spending the spring semester working on his new book, “The Yamasee Nation in Peace and War.”

The book expands upon ideas that Ramsey first explored in “The Yamasee War,” published in 2008 by the University of Nebraska Press.

“I’m researching the evolution of the Yamasee political leadership within the nation itself, and their early involvement and the consequences of their involvement in market relations with Europeans,” he said.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Lander readying for Black History Month

Students and public alike will have ample opportunity to explore the history of African American History culture during Lander University’s annual Black History Month.

Beginning on January 31 and lasting throughout February, the university will celebrate and educate students in many different ways.

“Some of the events are fun in nature and some are educational,” said Mike Rapay, director of Student Activities & Engagement. “But many of them are designed and executed by student organizations.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Two Calves Born at Piedmont Tech's Saluda Campus During Winter Holidays

As people around the globe observed the winter holidays with colorful decorations and candlelight, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) quietly welcomed two baby calves into the world at its Saluda County Campus. The births took place within a few days of one another ― right after Thanksgiving. And PTC’s diversified agriculture students got to witness it all.

“The whole class was involved, from insemination to birth,” said Diversified Agriculture (DA) Instructor Roger Estridge. “After exams on Monday, we got the students and told them the second labor was going on. … A grown cow labors for an average of 5-8 hours. While they are in labor, we try to watch them for at least an hour to make sure they are making progress and intervention is not needed. With these births, we were very fortunate. … We all watched her push the calf out. Within 10 minutes, the calf was up and trying to nurse, ready to go.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

NSHS Marching Band Championship displayed roadside

Signs are now up and displaying the 2018 Class 1A State Marching Band Championship status for the Ninety Six Marching Band.  2018 is the latest of the 4 consecutive State Championships this Marching Band has achieved in recent years.

Be sure to look for these signs as you drive into Ninety Six and be proud of the NSHS Marching Band for representing this area so well.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Lander Student Finds Calling; Spearheads Growth in Environmental Organization

Shortly after enrolling at Lander University, Libby Bergmann changed her major from Biology to Environmental Science. “It clicked for me and just made sense. Environmental science encompasses everything I want to do,” the senior from Beaufort said.


Monday, January 21, 2019

Erin Nodine named Lander Associate AD for Student-Athlete Success/SWA

Lander University announced the hiring of Erin Nodine for the position of Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Success/SWA on Tuesday. She worked as a Coordinator of Registered Student Organizations and Service Learning for Lander Student Affairs for two years before becoming a Freshman Admissions Counselor in March of 2018.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lander Professor Gets PAL Award

Lander University Professor of Teacher Education Dr. Lee Vartanian recently received a PAL Award, recognizing him as a Professor for Affordable Learning.

    The award, conferred by the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL), is part of the South Carolina Affordable Learning (SCALE) initiative, that seeks to reduce the cost of higher education by promoting the use of low-cost and no-cost learning materials.

    Vartanian said that he has “noticed an uptick in the past 10 years or so in textbook prices.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Skilled Labor Pool Fuels Regional Economic Development

It’s a really great time to live and work in the seven-county region served by Piedmont Technical College (PTC). Names like Teijin, Samsung, Lonza, Fujifilm, JTEKT and Colgate Palmolive are making their presence known by creating hundreds of well-paying jobs in our part of the state. But how did they get here?


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lander students and alumni readying for Homecoming Week

Whether it’s tailgating near the fountain, pulling for your favorite soapbox racer, enjoying an Uptown concert, or reconnecting with people you once used to know, Lander University students and alumni are gearing up for another high-spirited Homecoming Week.

“I look forward to it every year,” said Debbie Dill, '90, assistant director for Alumni Affairs. “Even more so this year because we’re going to have a reunion for six classes dating back 60 years.”

Set for Feb. 3-9, the 2019 Homecoming Week features a concert on Assembly Plaza, tailgating on the front lawn, a pre-Super Bowl pep rally and bonfire, and other new and long-time activities.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lander University Funding Requests Center Upon Student Safety and Building Renovations

As state legislators began their new session, Lander University President Richard Cosentino met with members of the Ways and Means Higher Education Subcommittee on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to request state funding for several campus needs.

The requests center upon increasing measures for the safety and security of Lander students, faculty and staff; completing much-needed repairs to state-owned buildings; renovating a student center to accommodate a rapidly increasing student population; and expanding the infrastructure for a nursing degree program that has experienced steady growth for more than 20 years.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

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