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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

Proof that You Can Go Back Again

Dot Holmes will trade safety goggles for business attire when she embarks on the next stage of her professional career. The 56-year-old veteran of some 27 years on the factory floor anticipates moving into the office suite when she receives her associate degree in Administrative Office Technology (AOT) from Piedmont Technical College (PTC) next spring. 

A Greenwood native whose family moved to Edgefield County, Holmes entered the workforce straight out of Strom Thurmond High School, serving in a number of jobs before spending five years as a second shift packer at the FL Aerospace plant in Greenwood. After the facility closed in the 1980s, she started receiving unemployment and took a microcomputer course at PTC.

“During that time, I also attended a class for Capsugel (now Lonza) manufacturing certification,” she explained. Just as her unemployment benefits ran out, Capsugel offered her a temporary job working nights in the Finishing Department. Impressed with the conscientious, self-starter, Capsugel soon made Holmes’s status permanent. “That was my foot in the door. I ended up staying 22 years!” 

When a medical condition forced Holmes to leave the manufacturing work environment, she turned to South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) for help in taking her next steps. VR staff suggested she return to Piedmont Tech, even after all the years that had passed. She did and earned an Office Technician Certificate last December, receiving a happy bombshell on graduation day.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Piedmont Tech Awards Highest Honor at Recent Commencement

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) President Dr. Ray Brooks honored five college associates and community leaders with the Presidential Medallion, the college’s most prestigious award, at PTC’s recent summer 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: 

Brenda Brooks ― There is nothing dearer to retiring Piedmont Tech Development Coordinator Brenda Brooks than family. She is deeply grateful for being part of several families, including those represented by her church, her marriage and the college. She is wife to Roy and mother to children Jason, Joshua, Jessica and Jacqueline. Brooks holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Wesleyan University as well as two associate degrees from PTC in business/accounting and business/office management, graduating from both institutions cum laude. She started more than 20 years ago as a PTC work-study clerk and over the years ascended to her current position. She attends Siloam Baptist Church in Ninety Six.

Claudia Edwards ― Claudia Edwards began working at Piedmont Tech as an English instructor and coordinator of Developmental and Transitional English in 2007, helping underprepared students find success in college. Ten years later, she became academic program director and instructor for the Early Care and Education program at the college, a role she still fills today. Edwards earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Presbyterian College and her Master of Arts in teaching early childhood from the University of South Carolina. She has been married to PTC physics instructor John Edwards for 28 years, and the couple has been blessed with five children: Suzanna, James, Davis, Adam and Evan. She serves in the preschool and children’s ministries at North Side Baptist Church.


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Demario Watts returns to Lander to lead Student Activities

Lander University announced today that Demario Watts has been appointed to the position of director of Student Activities. 

His responsibilities include overseeing all Lander student clubs and organizations, and working closely with the student-led University Program Council, which coordinates numerous student events.

Watts’s appointment represents a homecoming of sorts as he earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Lander in 2012. He then began his professional career as a residence life coordinator at Lander later that year.

“I am more than excited to be back home here at Lander,” Watts said. “I have been overwhelmed with joy to be back where I started my college career. It feels amazing to be back and to have the opportunity to work with a phenomenal team of students, faculty and staff.”


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Demario Watts returns to Lander to lead Student Activities

Lander University announced today that Demario Watts has been appointed to the position of director of Student Activities. 

His responsibilities include overseeing all Lander student clubs and organizations, and working closely with the student-led University Program Council, which coordinates numerous student events.

Watts’s appointment represents a homecoming of sorts as he earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Lander in 2012. He then began his professional career as a residence life coordinator at Lander later that year.

“I am more than excited to be back home here at Lander,” Watts said. “I have been overwhelmed with joy to be back where I started my college career. It feels amazing to be back and to have the opportunity to work with a phenomenal team of students, faculty and staff.”


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Demario Watts returns to Lander to lead Student Activities

Lander University announced today that Demario Watts has been appointed to the position of director of Student Activities. 

His responsibilities include overseeing all Lander student clubs and organizations, and working closely with the student-led University Program Council, which coordinates numerous student events.

Watts’s appointment represents a homecoming of sorts as he earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Lander in 2012. He then began his professional career as a residence life coordinator at Lander later that year.

“I am more than excited to be back home here at Lander,” Watts said. “I have been overwhelmed with joy to be back where I started my college career. It feels amazing to be back and to have the opportunity to work with a phenomenal team of students, faculty and staff.”


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Demario Watts returns to Lander to lead Student Activities

Lander University announced today that Demario Watts has been appointed to the position of director of Student Activities. 

His responsibilities include overseeing all Lander student clubs and organizations, and working closely with the student-led University Program Council, which coordinates numerous student events.

Watts’s appointment represents a homecoming of sorts as he earned his Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Lander in 2012. He then began his professional career as a residence life coordinator at Lander later that year.

“I am more than excited to be back home here at Lander,” Watts said. “I have been overwhelmed with joy to be back where I started my college career. It feels amazing to be back and to have the opportunity to work with a phenomenal team of students, faculty and staff.”


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Retired Lander professor Establishes Fund for History Students' Research

Dr. Joel Cleland, Professor of History Emeritus at Lander University, and his wife, Abby, have provided the initial gift to establish a research fund designed for the support of Lander history majors as they pursue research projects and presentation opportunities at conferences.

According to Dr. Lucas McMillan, dean of Lander’s College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, the Joel and Abby Cleland Student Research Fund will fill a significant void in the areas of student research and professional development programs.

“The Cleland Fund will be integral in enhancing our commitment to undergraduate research as part of the History major experience,” said McMillan. “Our students have presented at state, regional and national-level conferences in recent years, so these funds will be of great use.”

In April, a group of Lander students representing a host of majors presented findings from their undergraduate research projects at the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Marietta, Ga., one of whom has been accepted into the graduate program at the University of Winchester in England. 

A Greenwood native, Cleland began his service to Lander in 1974 after earning his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in History from the University of South Carolina. In between, he earned a master’s degree in History from the University of North Carolina.


Friday, August 2, 2019

Teague Selected As Interim Assistant Director

Karen Teague has been named as the interim Assistant Director at Genesis Education Center. Teague has been employed with Greenwood School District 50 for 6 years. She was a social studies teacher at

Emerald High School, and she has been the district social studies coach since 2017. Teague also previously taught in Laurens School District 55 and at the collegiate level at Furman University.


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Lander University Student Gets Introduction to Museum Work

Internships allow college students to establish professional contacts and gain experience related to their majors. Lander University emphasizes the value of them, and Ashley Hampton’s experience this summer at the Anderson County Museum is a good example why.

Hampton, a history major from Anderson, worked with museum curator Dustin Norris in creating the new Dixie League Baseball Exhibit, which features memorabilia from the Little League, the Textile League, the short-lived minor league team known as the Anderson Joes, and major league stars such as Boston Red Sox outfielder Jim Rice, an Anderson native who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Lander's Ingalls named to Canada roster for IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship
Lander University incoming freshman midfielder Quinn Ingalls will be among the 23 players to represent Canada in the 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship Aug. 6-11 in Mississauga, Ontario, the Canadian Lacrosse League international program announced this week.
Monday, July 29, 2019

District 50 Announces Interim Principal and Interim Director

Emerald High School and Genesis Education Center will have new faces interim administrators next school year. 

Damian Coleman has been named as the interim Principal at Emerald High School. Coleman completed his 12th year in District 50 as the Director of the Genesis Education Center. Prior to working in District 50, Coleman served as an assistant principal, teacher, and coach in Spartanburg 5 and Spartanburg 7 school districts. Coleman worked as the Assistant Principal at Greenwood High for three years. 

Coleman obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Social Studies from USC-Spartanburg and received his Masters of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Furman University. 

“I am excited about my next career opportunity in District 50,” Coleman said. “Emerald offers a quality educational experience for all students that is engaging and diverse. I look forward to building positive relationships with our faculty, staff, and parents as we continue to provide our students with the building blocks for future success.”


Monday, July 29, 2019

Perrin Selected As Director of Elementary Education

Alyson Perrin, Director of Evaluation, has been named as the new Director of Elementary Education.

“I am excited about this new opportunity in my professional career,” Mrs. Perrin said. “I have high expectations for all of our staff and maintain the belief that all students deserve the highest quality education in order to be successful in tomorrow's world.”

Perrin has worked in District 50 for the last 17 years. Perrin began her career in District 50 as a teacher at Brewer Middle School. She has also served as an Instructional Specialist at Merrywood and Woodfields Elementary Schools. Perrin was named Merrywood’s Teacher of the Year in 2008 and Woodfields’ Teacher of the Year in 2010.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Piedmont Tech Update on O'Dell Center Construction

Construction is gradually taking shape on the site of the forthcoming William H. “Billy” O’Dell Upstate Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood. To the untrained eye, the site may still look relatively undeveloped. Make no mistake, though. Important work has taken place. 

“Right now we are in the process of putting in the foundation and below-grade infrastructure,” said Chad Teague, PTC director of facilities management. Before that could commence, a tremendous amount of dirt had to be moved to fill in a ravine/low spot. “It would have required 5,000 truckloads of (purchased) dirt, but we were able to get the dirt from our own property and save significantly.”


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Piedmont Tech Summer Graduations Set for August 1

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) will hold two summer commencement exercises on Thursday, August 1, 2019. An afternoon ceremony for Health Care graduates will take place at 3 p.m. An evening ceremony for Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Business, Computer Technology and Engineering/Industrial Technology graduates will be held at 7 p.m. Both commencements will take place in the James Medford Family Event Center on PTC’s Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.

Speakers for the 3 p.m. ceremony will be Alayjah Davis and Dennis Hoechst. 

Davis of Calhoun Falls will receive her associate degree in radiologic technology. She hopes eventually to earn a bachelor’s in the field. She is a Presidential Ambassador and proud recipient of the LIFE Scholarship and lottery tuition assistance, which gave her the means and the confidence to succeed in college.

Hoechst comes from a family of caregivers. Following in his mother’s footsteps, he became an LPN in 2014 but has worked in various health care roles, including pharmacy technician and certified auto-transfusion specialist, since 1999. He will receive his associate in nursing – transition degree and hopes to secure a nursing position in a hospital post-anesthesia care unit or operating room.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Piedmont Tech Veterinary Technology Alumni Lands Dream Job

Nine years after graduating from Piedmont Technical College with an associate in veterinary technology, Elizabeth Stevens found herself back at her alma mater on the Newberry campus training current students to use a blood coagulation analyzer manufactured by the global company she now works for, IDEXX. It has turned out to be a dream job with a company she hopes to make a career with.

“It’s a very innovative company, and I have grown a lot educationally and business-wise,” she said. “It’s really a great company and I don’t foresee leaving any time soon. I might transition from my current role and go into leadership. The possibilities are endless.”


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lander University announces faculty tenure and promotions for 2019/20 academic year

The Provost and University Tenure and Promotions Committee at Lander University recently announced their decision to promote and/or grant tenure to outstanding members of the Lander University faculty.

Promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure are Dr. Susan Fernandez, of the Department of Teacher Education; Dr. Emily Prince, of the Department of Biology; and Dr. Andrew Schwendemann, of the Department of Biology.

Promoted to the rank of Associate Professor is Dr. Farha Ali, of the Department of Mathematics and Computing.

Promoted to the rank of Professor are Dr. Christopher Duncan, of the Department of Mathematics and Computing; Dr. Gail Moore, of the College of Business; and Dr. Josie Ryan, of the Department of Mathematics and Computing.

Founded in 1872, Lander University offers more than 60 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences. To learn more about Lander, and the academic success of our students and faculty, visit www.lander.edu/news



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

WCTEL Contributes to Abbeville County School District
Billy Bauman, WCTEL Board Member representing Abbeville, presents a check for $2,500.00 to Abbeville County School District’s Superintendent, Betty Jo Hall and Director of Operations, Mike Reepe. The check will help fund the new concession stands and public restrooms located at the Abbeville High School Softball Field. “The project is set to be done by the end of August,” Reepe says. “We appreciate WCTEL’s dedication to the students in Abbeville County and for supporting this project. 
Monday, July 15, 2019

Miss South Carolina, Morgan Nichols, Promotes Science Program at Clemson
After winning Miss South Carolina title, Clemson grad plans to promote science in S.C. and across the nation.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Greenwood School District 50 Meeting
The Board of Trustees of Greenwood School District 50 will meet for the regular July meeting on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Genesis Education Center, 400 Glenwood Street. A tentative agenda is listed below.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

SC National Guard Foundation Scholarships

The South Carolina National Guard Foundation (SCNGF) is pleased to announce that $76,000 in scholarships was awarded to 75 deserving recipients this past June. Recipients were honored at a scholarship luncheon held last month in Columbia, South Carolina. 

The Foundation is honored to fund $76,000 in scholarships to these very deserving students. There was a record number of applicants this year and funding would not have been possible without the generous support from Foundation donors.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lander University announces President's List, Dean's List and Freshman Honor Roll

Lander University has announced the names of those undergraduate students who have been named to the President's List, Dean's List, or Freshman Honor Roll. The students and their hometowns are listed by South Carolina county for your convenience.

“We are proud of our students and their continued academic success,” says Writer and Public Information Coordinator, Lander Graham Duncan '17 University Relations and Publications, Lander University.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

100% of McCormick Middle College Students Earn Associate Degree

Valerie Yarbough-Jones is on the road a lot around graduation season. All 16 of her students ― 100 percent ― graduated this spring with associate degrees from Piedmont Technical College (PTC). In fact, McCormick Middle College (MMC) has logged a near-perfect completion record since it started in August 2011. She keeps tabs on nearly every one of her students, and she’s seen many go on to graduate from four-year universities. 

“I try to make as many graduations as I can,” said Yarbough-Jones, MMC Coach at McCormick High School. “I’ve become a lifelong mentor to the majority of my students. It’s a great feeling when I see them out in the community and they come up to me in places like the grocery store and hug me. Some will even stop by to visit when they are on break from college.” 

Yarbough-Jones is excited by how the program has grown, and students tell her that when they arrive on a college campus, people are impressed with what they have accomplished.

“The students who make the best candidates for MMC are those who are self-motivated and understand the advantages of this opportunity,” she explained. “It’s a rigorous program, and it takes a lot of discipline. They need to know and understand the importance of being accountable and responsible … We understand that they are still in high school, but we try to give them an opportunity to grow and develop into the best version of themselves.”


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

XLR greets incoming freshmen

Hannah Gallant (left) and Damion Moragne (right), on-air talent for Lander University’s radio station, XLR, speak with incoming freshmen about participating in student media during Lander’s Freshman Orientation session. XLR is part of Lander’s Department of Mass Communications and Media Studies and can be streamed by visiting www.xlr1.org. –Photo by Laura Brown.



Monday, July 1, 2019


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