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home : news : school April 30, 2016 

Strickland appointed to Lander Board of Trustees

Columbia attorney Angela G. Strickland, a partner with Bowman and Brooke LLP, has been elected by the South Carolina General Assembly to serve a four-year term with the Lander University Board of Trustees.   


Friday, April 29, 2016

Ninety Six Primary students get lessons in horticulture

First graders from Ninety Six Primary School went to visit the Horticulture class at Ninety Six High School! Ms. Lauritzen and her students had stations prepared where first graders could plant three different types of seeds, visit the garden and visit the chicken coop.  The HS students talked with first graders about parts of plants, plant needs, and the life cycle of plants. They learned so much and enjoyed this special treat!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Watts receives GAEOP Scholarship

Greenwood High School Senior Jamir Watts was recently the recipient of District 50’s Greenwood Administrative Education Office Professionals (GAEOP) 2015-2016 scholarship.

Each year the District 50 GAEOP organization awards a scholarship in the amount of $750 to a qualified high school senior who has plans to attend an accredited institution to pursue a major in Business.

Jamir, the son of Rodney Watts and Tammy Watts, will attend USC Upstate in Spartanburg in the fall.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Woodfields Elementary students enjoy Family Math Night

On April 19th, young bargain hunters received their first lesson in grocery shopping 101. Woodfields Elementary held their annual Bi-Lo Family Math Night from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Bi-Lo grocery store on Bypass 25 NE. Teachers, parents, and students from the school filled every aisle of the store in search of their favorite foods at the right prices. Students utilized their math skills to successfully total up different items in the store. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tau Alpha Pi Inducts New Members
Seven new members were recently inducted into the Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society at Piedmont Technical College. Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for engineering technology, just as Phi Beta Kappa is for liberal arts and Tau Beta Pi is for engineering. 
Monday, April 25, 2016

Lander Professor Joins Research Team to Prepare S.C. Coastal Regions for Climate Change Effects

GREENWOOD, SC – Dr. Daniel M. Harrison, professor of sociology at Lander University, has been invited to take part in a two-year, $159,000 study that will be used to develop safeguards to protect South Carolina’s coastal water infrastructure from the effects of climate change. Joining Dr. Harrison will be three civil engineer professors from Clemson University.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Greenwood joins initiative to improve college access for rural students

Emerald High School in Greenwood and Marlboro High School in Marlboro have joined the Rural Innovative Schools initiative led by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness. The two schools join North Middle/High School and Batesburg-Leesville High School in the multi-year initiative designed to improve access to postsecondary education for students in rural communities.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Ninety Six Schools celebrate literacy
All students, faculty and staff throughout Greenwood School District 52 took a break from everything to read for 30 minutes.  This was in “celebration of literacy” on April 22 beginning at 9am.
Sunday, April 24, 2016

First Habitat for Humanity House Dedicated at Lander

The new Lander University chapter of Habitat for Humanity marked the completion of its first house Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the on-campus building site where construction began two months ago.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Louden selected as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

Christi Louden, Director of Staff Development/Teacher Evaluation, has been named as the new Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Louden was approved by the School Board at the April Board of Trustees meeting.


Friday, April 22, 2016

District 50 announces 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year

In honor of their hard work, dedication and commitment to education, sixteen teachers from District 50 have been selected as their school’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.  

Click on the title to see a full list of all teachers receiving this honor.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Lander Assistant AD Steve Grogan to retire in August

When former basketball player Steve Grogan graduated from Lander in 1980, his main goal was to somehow get a job back on the campus he loved so much.

And he eventually made it back. After nearly 15 years working as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Aiken County School District, Grogan returned to Lander as the Director of Career Services in 1995.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Thomas Steals Show at Lander Film Festival

The biggest winner at the 7th Annual Lander Film Festival was “Finch’s Landing,” an imagining of Harper Lee character Atticus Finch as a boy.

The film, by Sam Thomas, of Abbeville, won first place in the hotly contested Open Division. It also won the Director’s Choice Award.

The screening of “Finch’s Landing” and the other award-winners at Sundance Gallery was the culminating event of this year’s festival, which featured appearances by screenwriters Chris Parrish and Craig Titley.

The day began with a screening and discussion of the classic movie “Network,” led by Dr. Misty Jameson, associate professor of English and Film Studies at Lander.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lander honors student-athletes at 48th annual Athletic Awards Banquet

The Lander University Athletics Department honored its student-athletes in 10 sports and the spirit teams at its 48th Annual Athletics Banquet Monday night in Horne Arena.

Noel McDaniel, a senior women's soccer player from Lexington, S.C., received the Dr. Boyce M. Grier Award as the Lander student-athlete who best exemplifies sportsmanship, integrity, pride in the university and a positive attitude. McDaniel, whose senior season was cut short due to an injury, was twice a member of the All-Peach Belt Conference team and once selected to the NSCAA All-Southeast Region team. She has also been named to the Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll. A member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, she is involved in youth ministry at North Side Baptist Church, volunteers at Mud Pies Pre-School, collects food and formula for the Greenwood Food Bank, and sponsors a child named Maxwell from World Vision in Zambia. McDaniel has been on three mission trips to Africa and two in the United States.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Annual Anne B. McKellar Memorial 5K set for April 30
The annual Anne B. McKellar Memorial 5K will take place this year on Saturday, April 30 at Hodges Elementary School.  Race day registration begins at 8:00, and registration is $25 (after the initial April 8 deadline).  
Monday, April 18, 2016

Lander Students Earn Academic Honors

Lander University announces its President’s List, Dean’s List and Freshman Honors for fall semester 2015. Undergraduates who earned a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 out of a possible 4.0 are on the President’s List. Those with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.9 are on the Dean’s List, while Freshman with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 earn Freshman Honors.

 Click on the title to see the full list...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Lander prepares for Alumni Week

Lander University’s Alumni Week is April 18-23, and the Alumni Association has scheduled a variety of events throughout the week, leading up to the annual alumni Reunion Day and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 23.  

Click on the title to see a full schedule...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Piedmont Tech Hosts 34th Annual Employers Day

More than 350 Piedmont Technical College students and alumni recently took advantage of the college’s 34th annual Employers Day. Representatives from over 75 businesses, industries and service agencies were on hand to offer information about current and future job opportunities.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Two Ninety Six High Students awarded scholarships

The Greenwood County Education Association announces 2015-2016 scholarship recipients. The Greenwood County Education Association awards students who will attend a South Carolina college/university in the fall.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lander student chosen to spend a semester working and studying in Washington, D.C.

Lander University has continued its enviable record of placing students in the Washington Semester Program sponsored by the University of South Carolina Honors College. Since 2010, Lander has nominated 14 students for the program and all of them have been accepted.

The latest is Luke Harris, of Greer, an Honors College student majoring in political science. He is also a junior-level cadet in the university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps and the first Lander ROTC cadet accepted into the program.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

GSSM Accepting Applications for its CREATEng Summer Camp in Greenwood County

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is now accepting applications for CREATEng, its advanced, interactive engineering summer camp for rising 8th and 9th graders in Greenwood County. The camp will run July 18-21, 2016, at Fort Lander University. Online applications are available at


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Students Take Center Stage in Wind Ensemble Show

The Lander University Wind Ensemble’s Tuesday, April 12 show, will be a platform for some of the area’s most talented student musicians.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Admission is free.

Associate Professor of Music Dr. Reed Gallo, who directs the ensemble, said he wanted to “feature as many different students in as many different ways as we could.”

Sunday, April 10, 2016

PTC Funeral Service Program Hosts Training Event

Piedmont Technical College’s Funeral Service Education recently hosted a training event for not only its students, but area funeral directors and embalmers. The seminar, presented by expert embalmer Matt Smith, provided the participants with information on techniques used in embalming and restoration for massive trauma cases.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Lander Transfer Week is April 18-22
Lander University has scheduled its Spring Transfer Week for April 18-22, and students interested in transferring to the university can get a jumpstart on the process by registering now for an appointment. 
Friday, April 8, 2016

Piedmont Tech Early Care and Education Hosts Literacy Event

Piedmont Technical College’s early care and education program (ECD) recently hosted “Growing Literacy,” an event to promote literacy for nearly 100 area preschoolers from Lifetime Discoveries, Children’s Courtyard and Learning Vine.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Lander receives national recognition for promoting healthy trees on campus

Lander University’s commitment to campus tree management has been recognized again by the Arbor Day Foundation, which designated the university as a 2015 Tree Campus USA, one of only seven schools in South Carolina to be selected for the award. It is the fourth year in a row that Lander has received the designation.

To qualify, schools must meet the Foundation’s five core standards, including having a campus tree advisory committee, a tree care plan and service learning that engages students in conservation efforts.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Jazz Ensemble Prepares for Spring Show

The Lander University Jazz Ensemble’s Thursday, April 7, show will pay homage to an assortment of jazz greats, big band leaders and esteemed songwriters.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

S.C. Supreme Court Justice scheduled as Lander University commencement speaker

Justice John C. Few of the South Carolina Supreme Court will be the main speaker when Lander University conducts its spring commencement on Saturday, April 30.

Approximately 285 students will receive their degrees during the ceremony, which will be held in the Finis Horne Arena on campus.

Few was born in Anderson and grew up in Greenwood, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1981. He graduated from Duke University and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1988. After more than 10 years in private law practice, he was named as a trial judge on the South Carolina Circuit Court. In 2010, he became the chief judge of the S.C. Court of Appeals.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Four Lander graduates chosen for annual Alumni Association awards
Lander University’s Alumni Association has chosen four graduates with health care and medical credentials as the 2016 recipients of its highest annual awards.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lander students learn about careers in banking
Nineteen students in Lander University’s School of Management recently attended Banking 101, an educational program held in Columbia, designed to share information with students interested in careers in banking, finance and accounting.
Monday, April 4, 2016

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