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home : news : school & college September 17, 2019 

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EHS to release students at noon, power outage

Earlier this morning, Emerald lost power in its main building. CPW has informed district officials and school administration that the main power line running underground to the school is out and needs to be replaced. Emerald students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. Prior to dismissal, students will be provided lunch in the new gymnasium which has power and air conditioning. CPW anticipates having the power line replaced prior to the beginning of school tomorrow.

During the power outage, Emerald students and staff were safely housed in the new gym which had power and air conditioning. During this time, students were provided with breakfast and supervised by staff.

Monday, September 16, 2019

The 2019 Edisto REC Peanut/Row Crop Field Day

The 2019 Edisto REC Peanut/Row Crop Field Day will be held on September 12, and 13th. ­The peanut, cotton and soybean growers from across the state will gather at the Clemson Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville to learn the latest research on growing these crops. It will be from 8 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Thursday at 64 Research Road, Blackville. The schedule is posted online. For more information, contact Dan Anco at 803-284-3343 or

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month keynote: Christine Chavez ­– The granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962, Christine Chavez works for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service as an outreach coordinator. She works with farmers from underserved populations, including Hmong, Latinx, African-Americans, veterans, LGBTQ and women. Her talk will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the Strom Thurmond Institute auditorium. It is presented as part of Clemson’s Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month celebration, which aims to educate and heighten awareness about the rich culture. For information, contact Jerad Green at 864-656-7625 or

Thursday, September 12, 2019

CSS HL Hunley Presentation

The Ninety Six Historical Society is hosting a free presentation on the 

CSS HL Hunley, the first submarine ever used in combat. 

The presentation will be held on October 27th at 3:00 at the 96 Visitor Center, Main Street, Ninety Six, SC 29666. (Next to the fountain). 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Managing Growth Main Topic During State of the University Address

On the heels of announcing the largest enrollment in Lander University’s history, President Richard Cosentino opened his annual State of the University address with a broad smile as he said, “Welcome to the fourth year of great news.”

Lander students, trustees, faculty and staff filled the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 9, as Cosentino reeled off one achievement after another while updating the audience on the health of the university. 

From the largest freshman class, largest overall enrollment, and highest student housing occupancy in the school’s history; to a dramatic increase in Honors College enrollment, the state’s top number of professors awarded for leading textbook-free courses, a banner fundraising year, and a university-wide embraced commitment to safety and security, the address focused on managing and maintaining a trajectory of momentum. 

“What other college is experiencing this type of growth…especially with the caliber of students we have?” Cosentino asked rhetorically. “Students want to come to Greenwood, and they want to attend Lander,” 

Managing growth
Shifting from the listings, Cosentino outlined plans to manage and build upon the success.

A commitment to keeping the campus population safe was the top priority of the Lander administration, according to Cosentino. “The safety our students is more important to me than anything else,” he said. “I would rather close than for any of our students to be harmed.”

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tony Lenti Begins 50th Year at Lander

 Lander Emeritus Professor of Music Dr. Tony Lenti retired in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped him from teaching.

     “I teach pretty much what I was teaching before I retired. It’s only my business status that has changed. I teach music history, I teach piano, I teach music appreciation.”

     The 73-year-old Lenti recently began his 50th year on the job, with no immediate plans to quit. If his older brother Vince can do it, he asks, why can’t he? Vince, who is 81, still serves on the faculty of the prestigious Eastman School of Music, with plans to work several years more.

     “I’d be crazy to sit home and put my feet up in the morning and read a newspaper when I can come to school and interact with energetic and interesting young people,” Lenti, a native Long Islander, said.

     Teaching allows him to vent some of the energy he used to put into performing with his wife, Marianne, who was forced to retire from teaching and performing in 2003, because of migraine headaches. The Lentis team taught for twelve years in the Summer Honors Program of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. During the same time, they served as the piano ensemble faculty for the Chamber Music Conference of the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. They played together for more than 40 years, appearing in such far-flung places as London, Milan, Warsaw and Bermuda, as well as in 33 of the 50 states, and recording fourcompact discs.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Academic Honor Students Recognized for 2019 Summer Term

Piedmont Technical College students who had outstanding academic accomplishments during the 2019 Summer Term have earned inclusion on the President’s List. To be named to the list, students must be full time and earn a term GPA of 4.00. Students will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the college president.

 Click on the title to see the full list!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Graduate's Experience at Piedmont Tech Forged Path to Law School

T-shirts are plentiful these days and often discarded before the memories they signify have faded. Over the past few years, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) alum Jared Chapman has been to Clemson and then the University of South Carolina for his bachelor’s in political science. He recently arrived in Lynchburg, Virginia, to attend law school at Liberty University. It was a big move. He packed light. 

“I still have a Piedmont Tech shirt and wear it all the time,” he said. In fact, Chapman chose to begin his college experience at PTC in part because of his humble T-shirt budget. “Law school is very, very expensive, so I wanted to save money looking at colleges. The first two years are very important. You get your GPA set and find out what your interests are. I tell everybody now to do what I did. Go to Tech. I loved it.”

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Enrollment Up At Lander, Cosentino Says

Lander University President Richard Cosentino, speaking at Lander’s Opening Convocation on Tues. Aug. 27, said that “well over 3,200 students” are enrolled at Lander this semester, the largest enrollment in the history of the school.

Lander’s freshman class, likewise, is the largest ever, surpassing the record-setting classes of the last two years.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Budweiser Clydesdales set to visit Lander University Friday night

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will appear on the campus of Lander University on Friday, August 30. The "Gentle Giants," as they are often referred to, will host a parade at 7:00 p.m. on campus. This event is free and open to the public.  

The parade will begin at 7:00 on the front lawn by the fountain adjacent to Horne Arena. The hitch will then circle around the PEES loop and turn left onto Wilson St. before making a right onto Crews St. The horses will continue down Crews St. and turn around at the main entrance to campus, returning through the visitor's paring lot to the front lawn. 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Community invited to free concerts at Lander University
Beginning Sept. 17, the talents of students and guest artists from around the country will be showcased in a series of musical performances held at Lander University. The community is invited to experience pieces by emerging keyboard artists, student recitals and concerts by the University's Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and University Singers.

The season wraps up on Nov. 25 with a performance by the Chamber Strings Ensemble. Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Abney Cultural Center Auditorium, and are free and open to the public.   Click here for a full list of events…

Thursday, August 29, 2019

From Tech to Trojan: Transfer Agreement Expands Opportunities for Area College Students

The presidents of Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and Anderson University (AU) signed a transfer agreement today that will provide prospective transfer students who meet eligibility requirements a seamless transition from PTC to AU and its nine colleges and schools supporting 36 baccalaureate degree programs. The agreement became effective upon its signing.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

CommUniversity Called 'A Great Success'

When students return to Lander University in the fall, the population of Greenwood swells by 3,000, driving retail sales and supplying a valuable source of part-time employees. The large number of businesses taking part in this year’s CommUniversity event shows that area merchants are taking notice.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lander, Uptown Greenwood partner to provide community with musical entertainment

While inclement weather forced the community concert planned by Lander University and Uptown Greenwood to relocate from Lander’s front lawn to the Grier Student Center, it didn’t stop the hefty crowd of students and members of the community from attending the event on Friday, Aug. 23.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

'Machine Tool 4.0' Evolves at Piedmont Tech

Economist Klaus Schwab in 2016 described the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” as a fusing of technologies, “blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.” It is the inevitable result of the previous three industrial revolutions characterized by the use of: 1) steam and water to power production; 2) the progression to electricity and assembly line manufacturing for mass production; and 3) the now-familiar computerization of manufacturing production. Along this trajectory, the machine tool trade has evolved, and the latest revolution has brought a renaissance of sorts to the discipline that in recent years was considered a dying art.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Piedmont Tech Producing New Generation of Truck Drivers

Some millennials may be as familiar with operating a rotary phone as they are with driving a manual transmission vehicle. After all, those things are so last century. But it is exactly the millennials (and now Gen Z’ers) who are needed in the coming years to keep vital economic supply lines moving, and that means providing ground transportation ― trucking, if you will. A nationwide shortage of qualified truckers demands it.


Monday, August 26, 2019

NSHS Student receives Greenwood County Education Association scholarship

The Greenwood County Education Association chooses students yearly to award a $250 college scholarship. The scholarship committee is pleased to announce that Tijona Freeman, senior from Ninety Six High School was the 2019 scholarship recipient. The scholarship is based on academics, integrity and a written essay component. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Classes Begin at Lander University
Students walk across Moran Assembly Plaza on the first day of classes at Lander University on Monday (Aug. 19). In addition to navigating their way to classrooms and getting to know their professors, students also look forward to a semester filled with events and social activities that allow them to unwind after their studies, including a community concert on Friday, Aug. 23. The university will also host a special appearance by the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales on Friday, Aug. 30, which is open to the community.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Budweiser Clydesdales coming to Lander on Aug 30

Students walk across Moran Assembly Plaza on the first day of classes at Lander University on Monday (Aug. 19). In addition to navigating their way to classrooms and getting to know their professors, students also look forward to a semester filled with events and social activities that allow them to unwind after their studies, including a community concert on Friday, Aug. 23. The university will also host a special appearance by the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales on Friday, Aug. 30, which is open to the community.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Greenwood Student Receives Academic Achievement Award at PTC Summer Graduation

At Piedmont Technical College’s recent summer commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. Hannah Beardsley, left, who graduated with a diploma in applied science/surgical technology, was the honoree for Greenwood County. Congratulating Beardsley is PTC Area Commissioner Peter Manning, right. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

D50 Announces Safety Procedures for Major Events

Clear Bag/Metal Detector Procedures for Major Public Events Greenwood School District 50 strives to provide safe environments for students, staff, and families at all events.

This year, all guests will be required to pass through metal detectors. A clear bag rule will also be strictly enforced.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Lander students tour Uptown Greenwood

The incoming freshman class at Lander University had an introduction to campus and to the Greenwood community unlike any other incoming class in Lander’s history. 

Last week, Lander held its first ever “Launch Into Lander” series, a weekend filled with events aimed at engaging and connecting students ahead of the 2019/20 academic year. 

As part of “Launch Into Lander,” students took a special tour of Uptown Greenwood on Friday, August 16, by riding the Lander Line. The shuttle transports students from campus to hot spots around the city, providing the opportunity to explore restaurants and businesses located in Greenwood’s historic Uptown district. Some businesses offered special discounts to students as a way of welcoming them to the community.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

250-Plus Graduate at Piedmont Tech Summer Commencement

To avoid trying to drink from life’s proverbial fire hose, Dennis Hoechst has had to sort and manage his goals by pursuing them pragmatically, one at a time. He learned to do that living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and gave Piedmont Technical College (PTC) graduates a glimpse into his journey during his commencement address on August 1 in Greenwood.

“Growing up with ADHD, I think I pushed all the boundaries of ‘a mother’s love,’ and yet she sits in the audience today, watching her baby achieve his goal,” Hoechst said. “Thank you to my family, on earth and in heaven. I am here today because of you.”

Inspired by his mother’s example, Hoechst followed her into the nursing profession. He worked full-time as a licensed practical nurse while studying for his associate degree in nursing-transition. Having an older brother with Parkinson’s disease reinforced his determination to work in health care. The 45-year-old married father of two in July became a first-time grandparent. He and his spouse, Tim, live in North Augusta with their four dogs.

Despite working full-time and juggling a packed course load, Hoechst said his relationships with teachers and fellow students helped him persevere. “My bonds kept me on task, motivated me, encouraged me, and, in the end, my classmates became extended family,” he said.

“Here at Piedmont Tech, the instructors have the students’ best interest at heart. I’ve seen ALL my instructors go above and beyond for the entire class and the individual student,” he added. “Their dedication to our success has renewed my passion for learning and my drive to continue my educational journey.”

More than 250 graduates turned their tassels at the event. The day’s other commencement speakers were:  Alayjah Davis, who received an associate degree in radiologic technology; Roman Mulkey, who received an associate in arts degree; and Reginald White, who received an associate degree in human services. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Dr. Jo Ann Griffith Contribute to the Abbeville Promise
Dr. Jo Ann Griffith presents a check for $25,000 to Abbeville Promise Co-Chair Jeff Wilson of WCTEL. The Abbeville Promise scholarship program will provide any Abbeville resident who earns a high school diploma the opportunity to earn an associate degree at Piedmont Technical College free of tuition and fees.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lander University, Uptown to host community concert on Lander's campus

After a successful partnership between Lander University, The City of Greenwood and Uptown Greenwood for Lander’s Freshman Move-in Day and “Launch Into Lander” festivities, the three are joining forces once again to provide a community concert on the Lander University campus.

The band Oferle will perform at the PEES Circle on Friday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the entire community.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Piedmont Tech Alum, Abbeville Mayor Freeman: 'Leadership is a Choice'

Ever the military man, Abbeville Mayor Santana Delano Freeman is a mission-focused workhorse intent on cultivating an effective team to serve the city where he grew up. When he was elected as the first African-American mayor of Abbeville in 2016, Freeman joined an administration dealing with vacancies for city manager and assistant city manager, as well as a resignation and the deaths of two City Council members. 


Saturday, August 17, 2019

Benoit Leaving Lander

Andy Benoit, Lander University vice president for Enrollment and Access Management, is leaving his post to take a similar position at Texas A&M — Corpus Christi.

Benoit’s last day at Lander will be Friday, August 30. A national search for his successor is underway.

Benoit was Lander’s first vice president for Enrollment and Access Management, and he will be the first staff member to have that title at his new school as well.

Enrollment at Lander increased more than 18 percent during Benoit’s three and a half years on the job. One of the largest enrollments on record — 3,053 students — was recorded during his watch, and he expects enrollment for the coming academic year to top that.

Lander’s enrollment increases have been driven in part by large freshman classes. Two years ago, Lander had its largest freshman class ever. Last year, a new record was set, a trend that Benoit expects to continue this fall.

“I’m also very proud that we have increased the academic standard of our incoming classes. They are stronger than they’ve ever been academically,” he said.

Benoit, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from McNeese State University, and did doctoral work at Louisiana State University, is a native of Louisiana, and the opportunity to move closer to family was part of the attraction of his new job.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

EHS student charged after making social media threat

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, law enforcement and district officials were alerted to a threat made on social media by an Emerald High School student.  The EHS student posted pictures of Westview Middle School and a toy gun with a threatening message on Instagram.  Law enforcement and district officials worked together to investigate the situation.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

PTC Training Partnership Provides Pathway to Gainful Employment

When ex-offenders are released from incarceration and have officially paid their debt to society, many go from “locked up” to “locked out” of any means for supporting themselves in society. If they have any kind of criminal record, their employment applications often are automatically flagged for rejection. Do they deserve a life sentence for their mistakes? A thriving partnership between Piedmont Technical College (PTC) and Greenwood Pathway House is helping at-risk individuals get a second chance at employment, housing, and independence. 

The process begins when Greenwood Pathway House, which operates homeless shelters and related support programs for men and women, identifies and refers job-ready clients to PTC for a Ready to Work program to prepare and certify them for a number of jobs in manufacturing. 

“Once somebody goes into this program, we generally know that from the day they graduate, within 7-10 days, almost all of them have a really good job,” said Anthony Price, executive director of Greenwood Pathway House. “All of them so far have gone straight into employment, except for one who received a scholarship to study mechatronics.”

The complete program comprises three phases, beginning with a three-week comprehensive workshop geared toward preparing participants for the modern workforce. The second phase allows participants to bridge their training into a Quick Skills certificate program at PTC. Quickskills certifications teach very specific, in-demand skill sets in as little as one semester.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lander University Army ROTC commissions Two Officers

Two cadets of the Lander University Army ROTC were commissioned as officers of the United States Army at Lander on Friday, August 9.

Cadets Erin Nicole Fowler and Isaac James Auzenne were sworn in as second lieutenants of the Army in a ceremony that included close family and friends. Lieutenant Colonel John R. Shipe, professor of military science for the New Highlander Battalion, gave the commissioning address.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lander Announces Continued Partnership with Connie Maxwell Children's Home

Lander Athletics is proud to announce its continued partnership with Connie Maxwell Children's Home. From Aug. 12 – Sept. 21, more than 440 Lander University student-athletes, coaches, and administrators will support the local ministry through various campus improvement projects. 

Established in Greenwood in 1892, Connie Maxwell annually serves more than 200 children and families through its residential care, crisis care, family care, and foster care programs. 

"Lander Athletics is thrilled to continue its partnership with Connie Maxwell Children's Home in what has proven to be a mutually fruitful relationship. We hope to continue the standard set from last year's inaugural campaign for community service in our athletic department that yields impactful and lasting results," said Brian Reese, Lander Athletics director. "We believe instilling this sense of 'service above self' is vital in the comprehensive development of our student-athletes."

Friday, August 9, 2019

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