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home : news : school & college January 19, 2019 

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Erin Nodine named Lander Associate AD for Student-Athlete Success/SWA

Lander University announced the hiring of Erin Nodine for the position of Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Success/SWA on Tuesday. She worked as a Coordinator of Registered Student Organizations and Service Learning for Lander Student Affairs for two years before becoming a Freshman Admissions Counselor in March of 2018.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lander Professor Gets PAL Award

Lander University Professor of Teacher Education Dr. Lee Vartanian recently received a PAL Award, recognizing him as a Professor for Affordable Learning.

    The award, conferred by the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL), is part of the South Carolina Affordable Learning (SCALE) initiative, that seeks to reduce the cost of higher education by promoting the use of low-cost and no-cost learning materials.

    Vartanian said that he has “noticed an uptick in the past 10 years or so in textbook prices.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Skilled Labor Pool Fuels Regional Economic Development

It’s a really great time to live and work in the seven-county region served by Piedmont Technical College (PTC). Names like Teijin, Samsung, Lonza, Fujifilm, JTEKT and Colgate Palmolive are making their presence known by creating hundreds of well-paying jobs in our part of the state. But how did they get here?


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lander students and alumni readying for Homecoming Week

Whether it’s tailgating near the fountain, pulling for your favorite soapbox racer, enjoying an Uptown concert, or reconnecting with people you once used to know, Lander University students and alumni are gearing up for another high-spirited Homecoming Week.

“I look forward to it every year,” said Debbie Dill, '90, assistant director for Alumni Affairs. “Even more so this year because we’re going to have a reunion for six classes dating back 60 years.”

Set for Feb. 3-9, the 2019 Homecoming Week features a concert on Assembly Plaza, tailgating on the front lawn, a pre-Super Bowl pep rally and bonfire, and other new and long-time activities.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Lander University Funding Requests Center Upon Student Safety and Building Renovations

As state legislators began their new session, Lander University President Richard Cosentino met with members of the Ways and Means Higher Education Subcommittee on Tuesday, Jan. 8, to request state funding for several campus needs.

The requests center upon increasing measures for the safety and security of Lander students, faculty and staff; completing much-needed repairs to state-owned buildings; renovating a student center to accommodate a rapidly increasing student population; and expanding the infrastructure for a nursing degree program that has experienced steady growth for more than 20 years.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lander to host campus talk on NEW Leadership Conference

The community is invited to hear from Lander University students who attended the National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership conference on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 3:30 p.m. in room 300 of the Carnell Learning Center at Lander.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

EHS Students pass programming exam

Four Greenwood 50 students passed the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Java Programmer exam in the fall of 2018.  The OCA exam is designed for people with technical backgrounds who have been working in a professional capacity. It is an impressive accomplishment that these students passed the OCA exam without professional experience.  


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Piedmont Tech Awards Presidential Medallions at Recent Commencement

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) President Dr. Ray Brooks honored 15 college associates and community leaders with the Presidential Medallion, the college’s most prestigious award, at PTC’s winter semester 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:


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Presidential Ambassador from Ninety Six a Big Guy With Heart to Match

He doesn’t look like other students on the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) campus in Greenwood. The large, physically intimidating gentleman is a former Marine who has worked as a bodyguard, a bouncer and a security guard. At 51, he’s older than most of the students in his classes, but he is making fast friends right and left. However, at first, simply enrolling took courage.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Greenwood County Nursing Graduates Receive Pins

Graduates of Piedmont Technical College’s associate degree and practical nursing programs from Greenwood County were recognized in a pinning ceremony last month at the Lex Walters campus in Greenwood.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Greenwood-Area Student Receives Countywide Award at PTC Winter Graduation
At Piedmont Technical College’s recent winter commencement exercises, outstanding students from each of the college’s seven supporting counties were honored for academic achievement. 
Friday, January 4, 2019

Need for Qualified Auto Technicians Continues to Grow

More than six months after it was launched into space, Elon Musk’s bright red Tesla Roadster with “Starman: at the wheel continued to zoom across the galaxy at an estimated 2,246 miles per hour. It had exceeded its 36,000-mile warranty more than 7,800 times over. And if the growing shortage of auto mechanics and technicians continues, earthbound customers seeking repairs and service for their increasingly high-tech vehicles could feel as lonely as Starman while they wait for service scheduling with a shrinking pool of qualified technicians.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Lander graduate takes top academic award

On Dec. 18, 2018, just before she was about to walk across the stage during fall commencement, Lander University senior Michaela Smith heard her name being called from the graduation podium far ahead of when she expected.

In the blur of the moment, Smith realized she had just won something called the Thayer Award – the university’s highest academic honor, reserved for the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA of the class.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Adding it all up - Student tutor shows others the wonder of math

It all started for Lander University senior Rebecca Strickland in seventh grade when a math teacher sought out her help.

The teacher was concerned about a student who was drowning in a struggle with algebra, and knew Strickland had a liking for numbers – Could she help this student avoid a D or an F?

Strickland agreed – and ever since that day, through high school and Lander, she has used her friendship with numbers to help many students navigate the hazards of Xs, Ys, hyperbolas and quadratics to keep their drowning math scores above “C” level.

“Rebecca’s the kind of senior and tutor I wish we could keep,” said Anissa Lawrence, tutoring and supplemental Instruction coordinator with the Academic Success Center. “She not only has a calming effect with students in need of tutoring, but several times has helped them reach the next level in their math.”

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Lander Recognizes Nursing Graduates

Thirty-two students graduating with B.S. degrees in nursing were honored this week in a recognition ceremony sponsored by Lander University’s William Preston Turner School of Nursing.


Friday, December 21, 2018

Piedmont Tech Holds Winter Graduation

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) held its winter graduation on Dec. 13 at the James Medford Family Event Center in Greenwood. One hundred and twenty-three (123) graduates walked across the stage to receive their degrees and shift the tassel hanging from their caps. Two graduation speakers expressed gratitude for their blessings as well as appreciation for the encouragement they received from teachers and fellow students.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

More Than 200 Students Receive Degrees at Lander University's 158th Commencement

Family, friends, and supporters packed Finis Horne Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 18, to see 218 graduates receive degrees during Lander University’s 158th commencement.

The Fall 2018 class was represented by students from China, France, South Korea and various U.S. states including South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Maryland and Alabama.

The event was a milestone for nursing student Jatrese A. Brownlee, of Hodges and graduate of Ware Shoals High School, who also gave the invocation at the beginning of the ceremony. “I transferred from another university to Lander because I had heard so much about its reputation for preparing students for their careers or to begin graduate school, and it definitely lived up to the hype,” she said. Brownlee leaves Lander with a job offer in-hand from AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Greenwood County School Districts Partner with Piedmont Tech to Provide More Options

Greenwood School Districts 50, 51 and 52 will be collaborating with Piedmont Technical College (PTC) next fall to offer their students two new opportunities to prepare for careers in health care.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

NSHS Library Club supports American Cancer Society

Ninety Six High School Library Club donates funds to Support the American Cancer Society. Ninety Six High School Library Club donated funds to support American Cancer Society during the month of October. The group raised $125.38.

Pictured from Left to right: Jacqueline Rapp- Sponsor, Anson Delatte- Library Club Member, Maggie Hamm- Library Club President, Hoyt Dorn- American Cancer Society Representative and Chip Ehlers- Library Club Member.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Noah's Ark Preschool Donates to Hospice & Palliative Care
Noah’s Ark Preschool has the tradition of a “Giving Tree” each Christmas.  They select and donate to a worthy cause. Noah’s Ark donated to Hospice & Palliative Care of the Piedmont’s Hospice House to help supply items for patients and their families.  At a time when families really need to feel the warmth of love and support of others, supplying items that are needed helped Noah’s Ark’s students learn the true meaning of giving from the heart.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

D50 Superintendent announces retirement plans

Greenwood School District 50 Superintendent Dr. Darrell Johnson has announced plans to retire.  Dr. Johnson, who has served as Superintendent for the past 12 years, announced his plans at the District 50’s Board of Trustees meeting on December 17, 2018.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Graduations Reminders for Greenwood School D50

The Mid-Year Graduation Ceremony for Greenwood School District 50 will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019, in the Emerald High School Gymnasium.  The graduation ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m.

Guests attending the ceremony are required to have a ticket to attend.  Each graduate will receive tickets for their guests.

Friday, December 14, 2018

GHS Administration Receives Report of Bomb Threat Written on Boys Bathroom Wall

This afternoon, GHS school administration received a report regarding a bomb threat written on a boys bathroom wall. School administration immediately contacted law enforcement and district officials and the school was placed on HOLD. After investigating the situation, law enforcement deemed the situation a low level threat.

As a precaution, law enforcement and school administration worked together to complete a thorough search of the building. Nothing out of the ordinary was found.

“We appreciate the swift response of law enforcement and school administration in handling this situation,” Community Services Coordinator Johnathan L. Graves stated. “We take these matters very seriously. We are committed to providing a safe learning environment for our students and staff.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Presidential Ambassador from Saluda Eyes Career in Nursing

Aime Lorick had an epiphany in 11th grade that led to her pursuit of a nursing degree at Piedmont Technical College (PTC), where she also serves as a Presidential Ambassador representing the college. She realized the inherent value of newborns from day one.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Lander Names Greg Allen Police Chief

Since becoming a Lander University police officer in 2007, Greg Allen has held about every position possible within the police department, serving as an investigative sergeant, investigative lieutenant, support service captain and uniform patrol service captain.

Now he can add another title to the list — chief of police.

“I really don’t know the words for it,” he said about being picked to succeed Eddie Briggs, who retired this summer. “It’s a blessing,” he said.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Piedmont Tech Ready to Help Displaced Virginia College Students

Like many in the higher education community, officials at Piedmont Technical College (PTC) heard the news about Virginia College closing and expressed concern for the students who were impacted. Students affected by the closures are invited to inquire about opportunities to continue their education at Piedmont Technical College. Spring Classes begin at PTC on January 9, and registration is open now.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

GHS Chorus Performs at Disney World's Candlelight Processional Ceremony

On November 29th, the Greenwood High School Chorus embarked upon a magical journey to a special place in Florida.The GHS Chorus auditioned and was accepted to sing for the Candlelight Processional Ceremony at Disney World.  The annual ceremony was held at EPCOT as tourists were treated to the story of Christmas told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and massed choir.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Dr. Scott Jones Announced as Lander University Provost, VPAA
Lander University has announced the appointment of Dr. Scott L. Jones as the university’s next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Jones, who comes to Lander from Indiana University Kokomo, will begin his duties at Lander on January 7. “In addition to being a well-respected academician, Dr. Scott Jones has been a key driver in the development of new academic programs and strategies, including online and graduate programs, which are two areas of priority at Lander,” said Lander University President Richard Cosentino. “His accomplishments in higher education are impressive, and I am excited to see how Dr. Jones will apply his expertise and experience to successfully lead our academic team at Lander University.”
Friday, December 7, 2018

GHS Junior Rose Whitt Recognized as a 2018 Congressional App Challenge Winner

On Wednesday, December 5th, hundreds of U.S. Representatives announced the winners of their district’s 2018 Congressional App Challenge. GHS Junior Rose Whitt was announced as the one and only winner from South Carolina for her fitness workout app Move. Rose’s interest in coding and current enrollment in an AP Computer Science course at Emerald led her to begin searching online for possible contests where she could test her skills.


Friday, December 7, 2018

Piedmont Tech Fall Graduation Set for Dec. 13

Piedmont Technical College (PTC) will conduct its fall commencement on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m. in the James Medford Family Event Center on the college’s Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood.


Thursday, December 6, 2018

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