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Lander readying for first collaborative exhibit - Public invited to reception on Oct. 4

Greenwood artists of all kinds will join forces with Lander University this autumn for the school’s first collaborative arts exhibit.

The new exhibit, known as Mirror Images, will be on display October 4 through November 13 in Lander’s Monsanto Art Gallery, and showcase the creations of 24 area artists and four Lander students.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lander 'A Great Institution,' Cosentino Says in State of the University Address

Last year, freshman enrollment at Lander University broke records. This year, it broke them again, Lander President Richard Cosentino said this week in his State of the University address.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Piedmont Tech 'Ready to Roll' in Workforce Partnership to Fix SC Roads
The SC Workforce Development Board has named PTC the lead agency and training provider for a $355,363 grant project, titled “Ready to Roll,” designed to increase the state’s workforce for highway construction and related sectors.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Students focus on emergency management skills as Hurricane Florence heads toward the East Coast

As forecasters and emergency preparedness experts keep their eyes on a hurricane heading towards the U.S. East Coast and two tropical storms developing behind it in the Atlantic Ocean, a group of 23 undergraduates are focused on learning the skills needed when responding to a disaster.

Led by Dr. Matthew Malone, assistant professor of Political Science and Homeland Security at Lander University, the emergency management course teaches students about the roles that local, state, and federal agencies play during catastrophic disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, and acts of terrorism.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Lander University Alumni Association welcomes four new board members

The Lander University Alumni Association announces the recent addition of four former graduates.

With graduation dates spanning 28 years, the newest board members occupy different professions and reside in both Georgia and S.C.

“It’s with great pleasure that we welcome these new board members,” said Debrah Miller, Class of ’76 and the 2017-18 Alumni Association president.  “We look forward to their service and leadership.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Community invited to Greenwood Co. Hall of Heroes program at Lander University on Sunday, Sept. 16
Lander University invites the community to a special program on Sunday, September 16 to honor the service and sacrifice of our military veterans. 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Piedmont Tech Graduates Share Messages of Gratitude, Faith

They came from diverse origins in geography, age, race and gender. Yet all four commencement speakers at the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) summer graduation ceremonies on August 2 in Greenwood shared common, overarching messages of gratitude and faith.

“I didn’t come from a family with a lot of money or education, so I have been working since I was 15 years old,” said graduation speaker Joan Pittman, who earned an associate degree in administrative office technology. At age 60.

The Union native once believed she would work for one company her entire life. My how times have changed. “You could’ve been at a job for a long time, been the best at what you do, but because you didn’t have a diploma or degree, you couldn’t get a higher position. They would hire someone else that you might have to train to do the job,” Pittman said, “but you just couldn’t have the position because you didn’t have the degree. That’s when I realized that a degree was so important.”

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Two Greenwood-Area Students Receive Countywide Awards 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. Two graduates from Greenwood County were among those honored. 
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Three D50 Elementary Schools Receive the Certified Grown in SC Grant

This summer, three District 50 elementary schools received the Certified Grown in South Carolina Grant. This grant is provided to schools throughout the state by the South Carolina School Nutrition Association. The grant is available to schools in the state who are interested in increasing local foods in their cafeterias.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Science and Mathematics Governor's School Welcomes Seven Greenwood County Students
Hartsville, SC – Seven students from Greenwood County have accepted invitations to attend the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville, South Carolina. They join 139 students from 90 high schools and 31 counties across South Carolina to form the Class of 2020. GSSM’s student body of 286 juniors and seniors moved onto campus in mid-August and began classes on August 20.
Friday, August 31, 2018

EHS Aerospace Engineering Program ranks #1

EHS Aerospace Engineering Program Ranks #1 in the Nation on EOC Exam Emerald High School’s Aerospace Engineering class is one of the best in the country! In the first year of the program, Emerald and Greenwood High School students scored as the highest performing class in the country on an End-of-Course exam!


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Piedmont Tech Graduates Share Messages of Gratitude, Faith

They came from diverse origins in geography, age, race and gender. Yet all four commencement speakers at the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) summer graduation ceremonies on August 2 in Greenwood shared common, overarching messages of gratitude and faith.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

PBS Television show to feature Lander's Montessori Program

The air date isn’t known yet, but Lander University is scheduled to be featured on Public Broadcasting Television in the near future.

The PBS TV show “Informed with Rob Lowe” will take a look at Lander’s longtime Montessori program and its success and approach over the last 18 years.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

LINK 101 Helps Lander Freshmen Transition Into College Life

As the Lander University freshman class prepared for their first week as college students, they gathered in Finis Horne Arena on Friday, Aug. 17, for an introduction to Lander’s LINK 101 course.

Now in its second year, LINK 101 is designed to help new students transition more easily from high school to college. ““There is a real difference between high school and college, and LINK 101 is designed to help college freshmen make that transition and be successful at Lander,”,” explained biology professor Dr. Mark Pilgrim, who also directs the program.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

NSPS students recognized for reading

Several Ninety Six Primary School students earned a medal from the public library for reading so many books this summer. We are very proud of these students. They started the school year off with a bang!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Lander University to host Grad School/Career Fair on Oct. 10 - Registration open for recruiters

Lander University is inviting employers and graduate school representatives to take part in the university's annual Grad School/Career Fair set for Wednesday, Oct. 10. 


Monday, August 27, 2018

Erskine Bringing Back Football for 2020 Season

DUE WEST, SC - Erskine College announced Friday afternoon the reinstatement of intercollegiate football to the campus effective immediately. The program was discontinued after the 1951 season. 


Friday, August 24, 2018

Local businesses welcome Lander students
More than 100 businesses, restaurants, agencies, churches and other community organizations from the Greenwood area introduced their products and services to Lander students who recently arrived on campus for the beginning of Fall semester.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Lander to host Lowcountry Boil dinner in October - Tickets on sale

Lander University will add a lot more color to autumn this year when it hosts its first-ever Lowcountry Boil on campus.

Scheduled for 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Jeff May Athletic Complex, the Lowcountry Boil dinner will feature Jazz music, a cash bar, and food galore with shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and a touch of crawfish with cocktail sauce and other seasonings.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Golf Tournament to Benefit Scholarships Named for Fallen Student

The first annual Logan Lusk Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 at the Rock Golf Club & Resort (formerly known as The Rock at Jocassee) in Pickens.

Named for Pickens native and Lander University student James Logan Lusk, who lost his life in a single car accident earlier this year. The golf tournament will benefit the Logan Lusk Angel Memorial Science Scholarship and Logan Lusk Angel Memorial General Funded Scholarship, both established by Logan’s parents, Angela and Jimmy Lusk.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Healthcare businesses invited to Nursing Recruitment Fair at Lander University

Lander University is inviting healthcare professionals from across the state to participate in the Nursing Recruitment Fair set for Wednesday, Sept. 26.  Agencies can use this opportunity to recruit potential employees and for brand exposure. The recruiting event attracts students majoring in nursing at the university's William Preston Turner School of Nursing. 


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lander Athletics announces new Hall of Fame nomination process

To celebrate the rich history of athletics excellence at Lander spanning more than 50 years, Lander Athletics has established a new Hall of Fame nomination process that will be put into effect during the 2018-19 academic year. 

The Lander Athletics Hall of Fame honors the men and women who, through athletics participation, coaching, or service and contribution to Lander Athletics, have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics, brought honor and acclaim to Lander, and contributed to the success and advancement of intercollegiate athletics at the university. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Partnership Gives SC Vocational Rehabilitation a Consistent Presence at PTC

In its ongoing mission to optimize access to education in its seven-county service area, Piedmont Technical College has forged a partnership with the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR) that provides access on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood to provide on-site counseling, eligibility determination and consultation for individuals living with impairments ranging from minor hearing loss to debilitating brain injury. Many of these impairments are not immediately visible, such as ADHD, diabetes and emotional disorders.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Donnie Belcher Recognized as District Support Employee of the Year

District 50's Opening of School Celebration is a time where all employees in the district come together at Emerald High School's gymnasium to celebrate the start of a new school year. The event is also reserved for the announcement of the District Support Employee of the Year.

This year’s winner was Donnie Belcher, a computer lab assistant at Hodges Elementary School.

Belcher has worked in District 50 at Hodges Elementary for the last 38 years. During this time, she has served as an inspiration and motivator for students and staff at the school and within the community.



Friday, August 17, 2018

Starnes Named as District 50's District Teacher of the Year

On August 14th, Mathews Elementary 4th grade teacher Lee Ann Starnes was recognized as District 50’s District Teacher of the Year at the annual Opening of School Celebration at Emerald High School.

Starnes received a standing ovation, along with a mixture of cheers and applause after the announcement was made.


Friday, August 17, 2018

Lander University welcomes new batch of freshmen - Record numbers move in to residence halls

They were moving pictures, clothes, lamps, computers, books, chairs and all other forms of furniture to study on, lie on, and write on.

And they were moving it all under a hot summer sun during Lander University’s annual Freshman Move-In Day August 15.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Attitude is Everything for Piedmont Tech Student Living with Cerebral Palsy

Dillon Greenway is only 21, but he’s already had a lot of work done.

By “work,” Greenway refers to the many surgeries he’s endured over his young life to manage physical difficulties presented by cerebral palsy (CP). The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) student is pretty recognizable on campus, partly because of the rolling walker that he uses to help him get around, but mostly by the sunshine that seems to follow him in attitude and spirit.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lander places two more students in D.C. Honors College internships

What began in 2010 as a Lander University milestone has become an almost expected tradition.

This August, two more Bearcats – Brooke Trotter and Sarah Grigg – will head to Washington, D.C., to spend their fall semester in a work-study internship through the Washington Semester Program.

Directed by the University of South Carolina Honors College, the program will run from August 25 through December 7 – and Trotter and Grigg are counting the days until departure.

“I am beyond excited,” said Trotter, a junior Criminology major.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Community invited to free concerts and art shows at Lander University

Lander University invites the community to visit campus and enjoy free concerts and artistic exhibits that showcase the talents of students and guest artists from across the country and abroad.


Friday, August 10, 2018

PTC Graduate Climbing Construction Industry Ladder

It’s only appropriate that Piedmont Tech graduate Drew Jeffries is rapidly climbing the rungs of the construction industry ladder. He has a sincere passion for it ― a passion forged while a student in a building construction technology program known for its enthusiastic, tell-it-like-it-is instructors.

This spring, the Columbia-based McCrory Construction Company promoted Jeffries to assistant project manager, and his new project is the construction of an assisted-living facility in North Carolina. He credits excellent training at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) for much of his success.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

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