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home : news : school & college April 25, 2019 

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Lander University Announces Winners of Student Academic Symposium

Lander University recently wrapped up its 2019 Student Academic Symposium, featuring research presentations from Lander’s undergraduate students coming from a broad array of academic disciplines. Over 70 students participated in this year’s symposium.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis to deliver keynote address at Lander's 159th Commencement

More than 300 graduates are expected to cross the stage and receive their degrees on Wednesday, May 15, during Lander University’s 159th commencement.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Finis Horne Arena. Delivering the keynote address will be third-term State Treasurer Curtis M. Loftis, Jr. Known as South Carolina’s “private banker,” Loftis manages, invests and retains custody of more than $40 billion in public funds.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Lander University Invites Students to Wear Jeans

In an effort to raise awareness of sexual violence, Lander University will host “Denim Day,” on Wednesday, April 24, standing in solidarity against acts of sexual violence on college campuses and around the world.

The event is part of a larger international movement that began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, in which a rape conviction was overturned because the justices believed that, since the victim was wearing tight-fitting jeans, she must have helped the perpetrator by removing her jeans, thereby implying her consent.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Turning art into science - Lander student uses research to examine tattoo fascination

The art of human tattooing has existed since before the stone ages. But this spring, Lander University senior and Greenwood native Hannah Leister took on a scientific project to find out why people bother with tattoos – considering that they are painstaking to get and even more so to remove.

What Leister discovered was that the time, the patience, and even the cost to get a tattoo is worth it to most of the people who get this type of skin art because of one overpowering factor: a sense of having something that they want to last forever.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Self-Defense Expert Speaks at Lander

‘Students Fight Back’ speaker Nicole Snell, a self-defense expert, spoke before a large audience of Lander University students last week, sharing tips about how to harness their inner strength and feel safe in any situation.

‘Students Fight Back’ is the gender neutral version of the ‘Girls Fight Back’ program, founded by women’s safety speaker Erin Weed in response to the 2001 murder of her friend, Eastern Illinois student Shannon McNamara. Snell’s visit was sponsored by Lander’s Office of Student Affairs.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Lander student presented changes in print media
Sophomore political science major Fergus O’Rourke presents his paper, “Different Ball Game: The Changed and Changing Faces of Print Media,” during the opening panel of Lander University’s Student Academic Symposium on Monday, April 8. O’Rourke’s paper discussed how journalistic content has shifted away from print in favor of online platforms, and the problems this shift poses. 

“Fewer outlets are getting more attention,” O’Rourke noted in his abstract, “with many newspapers and their journalists losing out. Perhaps the public is losing out too.” O’Rourke is an international student from Dublin, Ireland, and a member of the Lander Men’s Tennis team.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lander Hosts Abney Scholars Reception

Lander University recently hosted a reception to recognize its 56 Abney scholars and to thank Abney Foundation Executive Director Dr. Lisa McWherter and Trustee Carl Edwards for their generosity.

“Some of you would not be here without assistance from The Abney Foundation,” said Lander President Richard Cosentino. He said that Lander has received more than $2 million from The Abney Foundation in the last 29 years, generating hundreds of scholarships. “It’s a big deal,” he said.

Monday, April 15, 2019

GHS Leadership Team Qualifies for National Leadership Bowl

The GHS JROTC Leadership team recently qualified for the 2019 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl for the 4th year in a row! They earned top scores out of the 1,350 Army JROTC teams that competed from around the world. The team is one of only 40 Army JROTC Leadership Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the National Leadership Bowl competition. The competition includes an all-expense paid trip to the Championship event later this June in Washington, D.C.

The team was recognized at the April Board meeting. In the picture above (from left to right) are GHS Principal Chad Evans, Cadets Rebecca Knight, Chastity Lubang, Sarah Mathis, Moises Lopez, Sgt. Major Jeffrey Brown, Board Chairman David Trent, and Col. Curtis Laymon.

Friday, April 12, 2019

'One Book, One College' at Piedmont Tech Explores 'Good Food Revolution'

In some neighborhoods, filling up on empty calories is the easiest way to fill an empty stomach. That’s because some neighborhoods exist in “food deserts” where healthy, fresh ingredients are hard to come by in the absence of full-service grocery stores or farmers markets. Author Will Allen recognized this and established an urban farm within walking distance of Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. His book, “The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities,” is the featured selection for “One Book, One College” at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) throughout the month of April.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lander University Awards Filmmakers During Tenth Annual Film Festival

Lander University showed winning films directed by filmmakers of all age groups during the awards ceremony of its tenth annual film festival on Saturday, April 6. A total of 36 films were submitted for the Lander Film Festival’s two-week film competition, “the most films ever turned in for our festival,” according to the festival’s director, Paul Crutcher.

In addition to Saturday’s awards ceremony, students and community members had the opportunity to attend a drone video workshop with Bill King from Greenwood Aerial Video, as well as a question-and-answer session with actor Grainger Hines, star of “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and currently available on Netflix.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lander seniors readying for final art show

Art lovers of all kinds are expected to show up April 25 for the reception of Lander University’s annual senior arts exhibition.

The reception is open to the public from 5-7 p.m. at the Monsanto Art Gallery, and the 50-piece exhibition, entitled “Last Call” will run through May 15 and serve as a grand send-off for all 17 graduating arts students.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Former Superintendent of Education talks about need for new political party

Lander University hosted a presentation by former S.C. Superintendent of Education Dr. Jim Rex to discuss the need for another political party in the U.S.


Friday, April 5, 2019

Peach Belt Conference Esports Championships decided at Lander University

Lander University served as the host site for the Peach Belt Conference League of Legends Esports Championship March 29-30. The tournament was sponsored by Riot Games and ByteSpeed.

Hosting the Peach Belt Conference Esports Tournament was a coup of sorts for Lander, as the university is planning to build a facility for Lander Esports and other gamers on campus.


Friday, April 5, 2019

Joe Franks receives prestigious Mary Frances Poole Alston Award

Joe Franks, director of Counseling Services and the CARE (Collaboration, Assessment, Response and Evaluation) Team at Lander University, has received the Mary Frances Poole Alston Award for the impact she has made upon the campus community. The presentation was made on Tuesday, March 26.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Get Accepted on the Spot at PTC Instant Admission Day

It’s OK. You can cut in line without receiving dirty looks ― so long as you are participating in one of Piedmont Technical College’s “Instant Admission Days.” At these events, counselors are on hand to help students get accepted on the spot and quickly complete the enrollment process for the summer and fall 2019 semesters. Students will leave Instant Admission Day already enrolled and prepared to start classes.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

TB investigation Involving Nine District 50 Schools

DHEC Identifies a D50 Adult with Tuberculosis The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has confirmed a case of tuberculosis (TB) in an adult associated with Greenwood School District 50.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

NSHS students support Meg's House
Ninety Six High School Library Club sponsored a school wide toiletry drive to support local organizations. This year the club donated to Meg's House, a shelter for abused women. NSHS Media Specialist Jackie Rapp, the Library Club Sponsor encourages club members to make sacrifices and to willingly give back to the community.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Transfer Week is April 15-19 at Lander University

Students interested in transferring to Lander University will be able to complete all aspects of the process during Transfer Week, which will be held on Lander’s campus April 15-19. 

“Transfer week is a time where students can complete the entire admissions process from application to enrollment,” said Kirsten Stewart Connor, Transfer Admissions Counselor for the Office of Admissions. “They can also complete financial aid applications, have transcripts reviewed, apply for housing, and go on a campus tour.” 

While transferring students are welcome to visit the Office of Admissions anytime between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day during Transfer Week, registering ahead of time ensures that an admissions representative will be available to assist them when they arrive. To register for Transfer Week, call the Lander’s Office of Admissions at 864-388-8307 or email to  

To learn more about transfer requirements, go online to


Monday, April 1, 2019

NSHS students read to 1st graders

Library Club members took time out of their busy high school schedules to visit Ninety Six Primary School to read to 1st graders.  Reading is a district wide initiative. NSHS Media Specialist, Jacqueline Rapp sponsored the field trip to encourage literacy across the district.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Piedmont Tech Students Build Home from Ground Up, Announce Open House

In the years ahead, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) building construction technology student Chris Rousey can drive by 216 Windtree Road in Greenwood and proudly tell his children in the back seat that daddy built that splendid house at the entrance to a tranquil cul-de-sac.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Dolny Leads Discussion on Managing Stress

Holding a whiffle ball, Dr. Linda Dolny, middle, talks with Lander students about factors that create anxiety, stress and other emotional mindsets; and how values can affect a student's behavior when affronted with a negative situation.

The forum, held on March 21 inside the Carnell Learning Center at Lander University, brought in community members, health care professionals, students, faculty and staff.  Members of Lander's sports teams assisted in the demonstration by kicking soccer balls, tossing tennis balls, and dribbling basketballs to represent how each person's behavior is influenced by their personal thoughts and feelings - adding stress to daily life. Standing behind Dolny, from the left are Sarah Owen, of Orlando, Fla; and Alex Moore, of Sarasota, Fla.

Dr. Dolny is chair of Lander's Board of Trustees and a commissioner for the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE). She earned a bachelor's degree in English and Education from Lander University, a master's degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and holds an honorary doctorate from Lander University.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lander Concludes World War I Symposium

Lander University concluded its two-day symposium on the impacts of World War I on the South with a Friday, March 15, “overview from the experts,” highlighting the economic, social and political transformations that began during the war and continued after its conclusion.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Craig Selected as Linda Belue Adult Education Part-Time Teacher of the Year

Each year the South Carolina Association of Adult and Continuing Education (SCAACE) recognizes outstanding professionals in Adult Education who work tirelessly to provide South Carolina  Adult Education students with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to achieve their educational, career, and personal goals. One of these professionals works at the Greenwood County Adult Education Center! 


Thursday, March 21, 2019

NSHS students take 2nd place in at 44th Annual State Librarians Conference

Congratulations to Alyssa Fox, Hailey Hill and Sydney O'Brien, their banner placed 2nd in the 44th Annual State Librarians Conference  held in Columbia March 7-9. Blackwell's 2nd block Pre- AP English class at Ninety Six High School participated and brought home the 2nd place prize. Mrs. Rapp encourages classes yearly to participate in this hands-on activity to encourage reading and teamwork.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Students Inducted into the National Technical Honor Society

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an organization whose purpose is to promote the ideals of honesty, service to others, leadership, career development, and skilled workmanship. Membership in  the NTHS is the highest scholastic honor awarded for excellence in workforce education in America.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Piedmont Tech Educator Releases New Children's Book

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common childhood query. Familiar answers might include race car driver, firefighter, ballerina or even superhero. But what if a child simply wants to be kind when he grows up? Or honest? Or principled? They first need to be aware of those qualities and why they are desirable. That’s a basic premise behind the new children’s book, “You Were Raised Better Than That,” by Joshua L. Lindsay, a Clinton native and dean of business, information technology and public service at Piedmont Technical College.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Lander University to host Peach Belt Conference Esports Championships

Lander University will serve as the host site for the Peach Belt Conference Esports Championships on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30.

The event, which will be held in the Abney Cultural Center Auditorium, will be streamed online via Ticket prices to see the championships in person are $5 for adults (ages 13-59); and $3 for seniors (ages 60 and over), children (ages 6-12), Lander faculty and military personnel (with valid identification).

The ten Peach Belt members that field Esports teams are engaged in weekly battles as they compete for the eight spots available in the championship tournament. The gamers are competing in “League of Legends,” a multiplayer online battle arena video game, and one of the most popular games among Esports participants worldwide.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

PTC Horticulture Program Partners with Jackson & Perkins

The Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Horticulture Technology Program and Jackson & Perkins Roses and Park Seed have formed a first-of-its-kind partnership to conduct the Jackson Perkins/PTC Horticulture Quarantine Rose Trial Program at the horticulture facilities on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Lander University Film Festival to Celebrate Ten Years of Filmmaking

Lander University will begin its two-week short film competition as part of its tenth annual film festival on Monday, March 11, with a special kick-off session at 5:00 p.m. in room 200 of the Carnell Learning Center. Participants will have the chance to hear from former winners and receive their director’s packets.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

South Carolina Connections Academy Kicks Off Open Enrollment for 2019-20 School Year

South Carolina Connections Academy, a tuition-free, state-wide, online public school, announces open enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. The school, which served nearly 5,000 students in grades K-12 across the state during the 2018-19 school year, offers a flexible learning option to accommodate the needs of the modern student and grants families the ability to personalize and monitor their student’s education.  


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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