The tycoons of reality television’s Shark Tank should take note. Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Engineering Design Technology student Kaleigh Price may not have invented the next big thing like the Simply Fit Board, but she’s designed something that undoubtedly will make a BIG difference for special needs students at Woodfields Elementary School in Greenwood.
After a community-wide effort to raise enough funds to make the program sustainable, the Abbeville Promise launched with the graduating high school class of 2018. Now in its second year, and just a few weeks into the Fall 2019 college semester, the impact of the Abbeville Promise continues to be felt.
Under the leadership of Brad Evans as chairman, The Freshwater Coast Community Foundation sponsored a campaign to establish the Abbeville Promise—a “last dollar” scholarship program for every graduating high school senior from Abbeville County.
With fall break just around the corner, students at Lander University took a break from classes to visit with a group of miniature horses on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
The visit was sponsored by Lander’s Student Wellness Center, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, which seeks to educate the campus community on mental wellness and provide support for students in need of help.
Other activities included depression screenings, educational exhibits, and stress relieving neck and shoulder massages provided by area professionals. Monday, October 14, 2019
Affordable travel opportunities abound, and the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Continuing Education program has scheduled a free presentation about three trips planned for 2020 ― to Tuscany, Southern France and the Painted Canyons of the American West.
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Lander University unveiled its new gamer’s lounge during a grand opening celebration last week.
Nicknamed the Bearcade, the lounge is located in the Thomason residency complex. In addition to having three gaming stations for the general student population, the Bearcade also features a 12-station training area for Lander’s Esports team, the Bearcat Bytes.
It became astonishingly clear as the question-and-answer session commenced that nearly everyone in the room had been affected by suicide at some point in their life. Some shared their personal stories. A few shed tears.
To learn strategies for dealing with a suicidal person in crisis, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Human Services students in Greenwood recently participated in a special training ― titled the QPR Institute ― with Tony Johnson, regional executive director of Mental Health America.
With the promise of October's cooler temperatures and colorful autumn foliage, Lander University is preparing to host Family Weekend from Oct 18-20.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, Oct. 18 with a free outdoor concert when "The Tams" perform at Oktoberfest in Uptown Greenwood. Students and their families are invited to a reception at The Arts Center of Greenwood later that evening.
Private investigator Chandra Cleveland, a law enforcement veteran and self-defense expert, demonstrates how to use a “catfight self-defense tool” to ward off an attack by an assailant. “This is going to be a big surprise for him,” she said, adding, “as soon as he lets my hand go, I’m gone.” Cleveland, who spoke at Lander University, said that one in four female undergraduates will be sexually assaulted by the time she graduates. “If you don’t know how to protect yourself, you’re more likely to be a victim,” she said. Cleveland, whose visit was sponsored by Lander’s Spill the T.E.A. student organization, said that awareness of one’s surroundings is the key to staying safe.
On Wednesday, September 11th officials with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Two seniors from Greenwood High School were recognized as National Merit Semifinalists!
The Lander Athletic Department will host the Eighth Annual Bearcat Monster Bash and Halloween Walk from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Jeff May Complex.
The event is sponsored by the Lander Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The Bearcat Monster Bash and Halloween Walk is designed for children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. In addition to a costume contest at 6:30 p.m., the first 150 children will be given a commemorative T-shirt.
Children and their parents will get to meet Lander athletes and coaches from the Bearcats' 18 athletic teams and the spirit teams. There will also be lots of candy, prizes, good music and clean, safe fun. A photo booth will also be present for pictures with the Bearcat mascots.
Each year, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) chooses some of its best and brightest students to serve as Presidential Ambassadors. These students represent the college at campus events, provide campus tours and speak about their experiences to various audiences, including potential students and civic organizations. This year’s 17 ambassadors hail from a variety of backgrounds and represent many program areas, but they all have one thing in common ― they share a deep gratitude for the impact Piedmont Tech has had on their lives.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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