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home : news : school & college May 22, 2019 

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Self Regional Healthcare Nurses Receive Masters Degrees through Lander Collaboration

Ten graduate nurses employed by Self Regional Healthcare received their Master’s degrees through a partnership between Self Regional and Lander University to train Certified Nurse Leaders (CNL’s).


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Lander graduates earn Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education

Graduating seniors are recognized during a pinning ceremony on May 14 at Lander University.  The following day, they were awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, grades 2-6.

Front row (from left): Anna Smith, of Simpsonville; Taylor Simmons, of Lexington; Kasey Wood, of Ware Shoals; and Amanda Cleveland, of Honea Path.

Second row (from left): Emily Brantley, of Abbeville; Kristin Bridges, of Central; Macie Smiley, of Gaffney; Danielle Greer, of  Greenville; and Haley Giles, of York;  Top row (from left): Anne Marie New, of Abbeville; Kensley Ward, of Lexington; Savannah Malphrus, of Beaufort; and Taylor Freeman, of Cheraw.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Annual breakfast recognizes Lander employees and award winners

More than 200 Lander University employees were on hand May 21 for the school’s 19th annual Staff Excellence Awards breakfast.

Created in 2001 to honor all staff members and to recognize those who have gone above and beyond their regular professional duty, the awards breakfast includes all non-faculty Lander staff departments, offices and special services employees.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring all of the staff together for fellowship, and to appreciate them for their service and dedication to Lander and its students,” said Kurstin LaCoste, Human Resources Coordinator. “Award nominations are submitted by colleagues, and winners are selected by the President’s Cabinet.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

District 50 to Host Public Forums for Superintendent Finalists

Greenwood School District 50 will host public forums for the four Superintendent Finalists on Tuesday, May 21st and Wednesday, May 22nd at Genesis Education Center in their Board Room, 400 Glenwood St.  

The purpose of these forums is to provide students, parents, and community members the opportunity to meet the finalists and discuss their future plans for the district.

Participants for these forums will also have the opportunity to submit written questions.  For more information, visit the district’s website at  

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Erskine Wins NCCAA Softball National Championship
Botetourt, VA – Reagan Davis hit a two-run double in the top of the sixth to give the Fleet a 2-1 lead over Biola University and the Fleet would hold on to win the 2019 NCCAA Softball National Championship.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Three Greenwood Students Receive Countywide Awards at PTC Graduation
At Piedmont Technical College’s recent spring commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. 
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lander confers more than 300 degrees at 159th commencement

Nearly 2,500 people packed Finis Horne Arena on May 15, 2019, to see 343 graduates receive degrees at Lander University’s 159th commencement.

It was one of Lander’s largest graduating classes, just under the mark set in spring 2014.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

High School Seniors Comprise 6% of Piedmont Tech Spring Graduating Class

It happens more often than one might think, but it never ceases to impress when young high school students practically earn their higher education certificates and associate degrees before their diplomas. Twenty-three (23) of these young people did just that recently during Piedmont Technical College’s Spring Commencement Exercises. T’Laysha Creswell, a student soon to graduate from McCormick High School’s Middle College, is one of those young people, and just to raise the bar a bit, she also served as a commencement speaker! Talk about poise!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

NSHS Students selected for Girls State

Ninety Six High School students selected to attend The American Legion Auxiliary Palmetto Girls State in June at Presbyterian College. Only young ladies who demonstrate qualities of good character, scholarship and maturity are selected.  

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Five Receive Lonza Endowed Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s winners of the Lonza Endowed Scholarship are Bianca Earl of Greenwood, Sarah Foster of Ware Shoals, Richard Gregory of Rock Hill, Téyanna Mathis of Greenwood, and Andrea Pozo of Simpsonville.

The Warner Lambert Company originally established this scholarship endowment in 1992. This scholarship is based on academic achievement and financial need.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Four Receive Sterilite Corporation Endowed Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s winners of the Sterilite Corporation Endowed Scholarship are Marquel Evans of Laurens, Michelle Freeman of Greenwood, Hailey Fuller of Ninety Six, and Zelea James of Ware Shoals.

Sterilite Corporation established a scholarship in 2010 to assist Greenwood and Laurens county residents who attend Piedmont Technical College. Preference is given to Sterilite employees and members of their immediate families. This scholarship is available to students showing academic achievement and financial need.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Riley Receives Carl Brock Vocational Rehabilitation Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s winner of the Carl Brock Vocational Rehabilitation Scholarship is Ashlee Riley of Greenwood.

The Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Board established this scholarship in 2000. In 2018, it was renamed to honor Mr. Carl Brock for his long association with Vocational Rehabilitation. Priority is given to VR clients who have successfully completed the South Carolina Manufacturing Certificate. If no client is selected, the scholarship is available to a full-time Human Services major with financial need. Additional criteria include residency in Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick or Saluda County.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Lander Students Called Into Active Duty Receive Deployment Flags

Lander University honors students who have been called into active duty with the South Carolina National Guard by presenting them with deployment flags. The tradition was first announced at Lander’s Veterans Day program in November.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

PTC Employees Celebrate State Service Milestones

PTC Librarian Yvonne Hudgens and Director of Campus Police and Security Terry Ledford both reached a pinnacle at Piedmont Technical College when they were recognized for 40 years of service to the state and college. President Ray Brooks recognized them and 28 other employees who have reached a years-of-service milestone at a luncheon last month.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Four NSHS Students chosen to attend Boys State

Congratulations to the following young men for being chosen to attend The American Legion Boys State. Young men who illustrate leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service in their schools and community are considered. These young men will attend sessions June 9 –June 15 @ Anderson University.  These young men were sponsored by American Legion Post 103, The Ninety Six Lion’s Club and The Masonic Lodge 47 of Ninety Six.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Panagiotou became the first Orthodox Christian theologian to receive a doctorate at Erskine Theological Seminary
John G. Panagiotou became the first Orthodox Christian theologian to receive a doctorate at Erskine Theological Seminary on May 4, 2019, in it's 182 year history.  Christian Stewardship. 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Dynamic Duo in the making with GHS Softball

Sports has blessed us with many famous tandems like Ruth and Gehrig, Jordan and Pippin, and Montana and Rice.  Greenwood High Softball is also fortunate to have a special pair of players - Aubrey Holland and Zoey Montgomery.  These two seventh graders have recently led the Eagles JV Softball team to a second place finish in Region 1-AAAAA.  They set the table for Greenwood’s offense with Montgomery leading off (.455 On Base Percentage) and Holland right behind (.452 OBP).  When they got on, they generally didn’t stick around that base long, stealing a combined 28 bases while only getting caught twice.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Two PTC Students Receive Charles Baumeister Memorial Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s recipients of the Charles Baumeister Memorial Endowed Scholarship are Dorothy Holmes (right) of Greenwood and Linh Nguyen (not pictured) of Duncan. Holmes is pictured with Donor Representative Sally Baumeister.  

The scholarship was established in 1992 in memory of a longtime faculty member of the college who also served as dean of the Business and Industrial Divisions and vice president for Educational Affairs. Mr. Baumeister believed in education and in helping students. Family, friends, faculty and staff wanted to continue his work through this scholarship.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Piedmont Technical College Awards Presidential Medallions

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) President Dr. Ray Brooks honored eight college associates and community leaders with the Presidential Medallion, the college’s most prestigious award, at PTC’s recent spring semester commencement exercises. Instituted in 1991 during the college’s silver anniversary celebration, the medallions recognize individuals who have made significant contributions toward excellence in education. Receiving the award were:


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Westview Girl Power PEARLS visit State House
On Saturday, May 4, 2019 Westview Girl Power PEARLS took a field study trip to the SC State House and State Museum in Columbia, South Carolina.  The group was given a guided tour of the State House. This was the first time the group had the pleasure of visiting the facility.  They were awarded the opportunity to receive first-hand information regarding the history, the beautiful exterior and interior architectural features of the State House and the important roles of the executive and legislative branches of South Carolina Government.  
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Two Receive Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Community Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s winners of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Community Scholarship are Whitney Moore and Elena Worthing, both of Greenwood.

The scholarship was established in 2015. It is restricted to a resident of Greenwood County who is registered as a full-time student in good academic standing and willing to attend or volunteer at a Chamber event.  

Pictured here are Elena Worthing and Donor Representative Van Taylor. Not pictured:  Whitney Moore.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Lander Promotes London Thomas to Director of Human Resources

Lander University announced today the promotion of London Goode Thomas to Director of Human Resources.  

Thomas joined the Lander family in 2013 as benefits manager, and since then, has steadily increased her level of responsibilities, including serving as Interim Director of Human Resource since August.

As director, Thomas is responsible for planning, developing and implementing human resource policies, procedures and programs, and provides day-to-day leadership and oversight of Lander’s Human Resources Department.

“My vision for Lander is to facilitate the development of a highly motivated, well-compensated and diverse workforce that drives Lander to the forefront of comprehensive universities in the South,” said Thomas.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

'God is good in all circumstances,' Andrew Brunson tells Erskine graduates

Erskine College and Theological Seminary honored graduating students May 4 during a morning celebration under the towers of the Erskine Building. A highlight of the ceremony was an address by Erskine Seminary graduate Dr. Andrew Brunson, a pastor and missionary who came to the attention of the media when he was imprisoned in Turkey for two years beginning in 2016.

Brunson began by honoring the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination in which he was brought up and expressing thanks for the prayer support he received during his incarceration. “It was a wave of prayer that brought me out of Turkey,” he said.

Monday, May 6, 2019

District 50 Announces 2019-2020 Support Employees of the Year

The Support Employee of the Year Program is designed to honor those individuals who represent District 50’s many exceptional support employees. In recognition of their hard work and dedication, 20 support employees have been selected as their school/department’s 2019-2020 Support Employee of the Year. The support employees are:

Johnnie Tolbert ~ Brewer Middle School

Bettye Smoot ~ District Office

Margaret Nettles ~ Early Childhood Center

Rhonda Donaldson ~ Emerald High School

John Louden ~ G. Frank Russell Technology Center

Click on the title to see the full list of D50's Support Employees of the Year...

Monday, May 6, 2019

Smithdeal Receives The 40 and 8 Nursing Scholarship

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently held a Scholarship Luncheon to recognize student recipients of dozens of PTC Foundation scholarships for 2019. This year’s winner of The 40 and 8 Nursing Scholarship is Catherine Smithdeal of Greenwood, right, pictured with Donor Representative Daniel Grubbs.


Monday, May 6, 2019

District 50 announces Teachers of the Year 2019-20

In honor of their hard work, dedication and commitment to education, sixteen teachers from District 50 have been selected as their school’s 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year.

The teachers are:

Amy Fennell ~ Brewer Middle School

Anna Clark ~ Early Childhood Center

Meredith Schwendemann ~ Emerald High School

Chip Whitt ~ G. Frank Russell Technology Center

Click on the title to see more...

Saturday, May 4, 2019

NSHS supports American Cancer Society
Ninety Six High School is a proud sponsor of Relay for Life, supporting The American Cancer Society. Way to go Ninety Six High School they raised $2,371.76. They want to everyone who supported the cause.
Friday, May 3, 2019

Piedmont Technical College Students Honored for Excellence

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) recently honored the achievements of more than 40 conscientious student leaders at its 45th Annual Student Awards and Recognition Program.


Friday, May 3, 2019

Students Recognized in Lander Honors and Awards Program

Lander University’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences recently held its annual honors and awards program, recognizing outstanding students majoring in criminology, political science, sociology, history, philosophy, military science and psychological science.


Friday, May 3, 2019

Congratulations to all the students who made the Honor Roll at Ninety Six High School.  For a ful list of students who made the list, click on the title.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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