Assistant Volleyball Coach
In 2016, Cecilia Brandon served as a graduate assistant coach before becoming interim co-head coach for the Waldorf Warriors during the season. She helped lead the Warriors to a 17-22 record which included going 6-10 in the conference. Her responsibilities included managing volleyball operations, recruiting, and teaching physical education courses.
Brandon began her collegiate career at Catawba Valley Community College before moving to UNC Pembroke after one season. At Catawba Valley, she helped the top-ranked Buccaneers post a 36-0 regular season record while claiming the Carolina-Virginia Conference title with a 16-0 league mark. Catawba Valley captured National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Region X Tournament and NJCAA Division II District P Tournament championships to advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Toledo, Ohio.
Moving on to UNC Pembroke as a sophomore, Brandon played NCAA Division II volleyball and excelled both on and off the court during the final three years of her career. During her first season with the Braves, she received the team’s “Most Improved” award. As a junior, she was named to the 2014 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division All-State Volleyball Team.
Brandon graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Journalism.
Head Volleyball Coach
Kessler has spent the last four seasons in the Division I ranks as an assistant coach. In 2017 he helped Arkansas State to a 21-win season as Offensive Coordinator, overseeing setter and attacker training and development. A former setter, Kessler also worked extensively with the Red Wolves' setters in the areas of footwork and peripheral vision.
He spent the 2016 season at Troy coordinating the Trojans' defense while also training the setters, helping six players surpass 120 digs and two players attain 95 blocks. He held the same role at Georgia Southern the previous year, where Eagles' libero Alex Beecher ranked 10th nationally and led the Sun Belt Conference in digs per set while setting a school record for total digs.
Director of Housing and Residence Life
M.S., Western Illinois University, 2011
B.A., Iowa State University, 2008
Amanda Halfacre previously worked at DePauw University working in Residence Life, Greek Life and Student Conduct.
In her role as the Director of Housing and Residence Life at Newberry College, Amanda provides oversight and support for all students living on campus.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
B.A., Communications, College of Charleston, 2004
Bernie Coaxum is in his first season as an assistant coach for Newberry College.
Coaxum comes to Newberry after one season as an assistant at Pfeiffer. During the 2016-17 season, Coaxum played an important role in helping the Falcons compile a 26-5 overall record and win the Conference Carolinas regular season championship. In addition, the Falcons were ranked nationally in the NCAA Division II polls and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Coaxum's main role as the defensive coordinator helped the Falcons set a school record in steals at (391) which ranked 2nd nationally in NCAA Division II. The Falcons were also ranked No. 1 in the country in forced turnovers at (725) with an average of 23.3 per game.
Prior to Pfeiffer University, Coaxum had three years of experience as a head coach at the high school level. He spent two years at Coastal Christian Prep in Mount Pleasant, S.C. and one at Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, S.C. His 2012 team at Coastal Christian reached the South Carolina Independent Schools Athletics (SCISA) Class A state championship game and posted a 28-4 record. Coaxum was named SCISA Region IV Coach of the Year.
A native of Mount Pleasant, S.C., he played collegiately for one season at Anderson University for coach Doug Novak before transferring to Division I College of Charleston.
During his time at College of Charleston, Coaxum was on a team that defeated the University of North Carolina and won the 2002 Great Alaska Shootout with victories over Wyoming, Oklahoma State and Villanova. He was a member of the 2002-03 Cougars that finished with a 25-7 record and spent several weeks in the AP Top 25.
He is a graduate from the College of Charleston with a degree in communications.
Public Services Librarian
M.S., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994.
B.S., Secondary English Education, Auburn University, 1989.
Angie Rachels grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and joined Newberry College on September 5, 2017.
She came to Newberry College from the Newberry County Library, where she served as the Technical Services Director and Cataloger. Previous to moving to Newberry in 2014, Ms. Rachels worked in Lexington, Virginia, as a public librarian and cataloger. A lifetime ago, she was a school librarian and middle school English teacher in Illinois.
Ms. Rachels’ interests lie in vernacular photography, films, books, art, Portland Timbers soccer, dance, cooking, type 1 diabetes in young adults, snow, and travel. This fall, she is dabbling in volleyball spectatorship. Having raised two sons, she remains intrigued by the mysteries presented by work-life balance. Few of these topics seem to appear in the weekly pub trivia that she enjoys, but she persists.
Adjunct Instructor of Nursing
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics
Ed.D candidate, Educational Leadership, American College of Education
M.T., Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics, University of South Carolina, 2014
B.S., Mathematics, University of South Carolina, 2013
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D.,Counselor Education and Supervision, University of South Carolina, 2012
Ed.S., Marriage and Family Counseling, University of South Carolina, 2005
B.A., Psychology and Bible, Columbia International University, 2003
Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor
Dr. Caudill's current research involves exploring relational quality, college students and depression, and spirituality and psychological health. Before joining the Newberry College Faculty, Dr. Caudill taught psychology for eight years in higher education. She continues to maintain a part time counseling private practice in the community. She has presented at regional and national conferences, as well as given workshops in the community about psychology and wellness.
Associate Counselor, Palmetto Counseling Associates (Jan. 2004 – Present)
Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia International University, (2007 - 2016)
Family Counselor, Palmetto Health Recovery & Addictions Center (July 2006 – Sept. 2007)
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D.,Political Science with graduate specializations in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs., University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2014
M.A., Political Science with graduate specializations in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2009
Chair, Department of Respiratory Therapy
Ed.D. -- Argosy University
M.Ed. -- American Intercontinental University
B.A. -- University of South Carolina
A.S. -- Piedmont Technical College
Dr. Jerry Alewine, a highly qualified and well-respected educator and industry professional who joined Newberry College in July 2017 to lead the newly created Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree-completion program for which he also developed the curriculum. Alewine came to Newberry College from Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, S.C., where he served as dean of the Division of Health Science (2008-2017) and previously served as Piedmont’s director of Clinical Education for Respiratory Care (2001-2008). His experience also includes more than two decades working as a Respiratory Therapist. He worked at Self Regional HealthCare (1998-2001), where he was adult care supervisor, and at Providence Heart Center (1995-1998), where he was department supervisor. Alewine served as president of the South Carolina Technical Education Association (2015) and was the 2006 recipient of the Piedmont Technical College Presidential Medallion. He is active in the healthcare industry having served as president of the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care in 2013. He was recognized for his efforts with the DHEC Maternal and Neonatal Champion Award (2004) and was named the South Carolina Practitioner of the Year by the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care in 2006.
Assistant Dean of Students
M.S.Ed., Old Dominion University, 2009
B.S., University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2006
Adia Daniels began her career in Higher Education as Director of Student Activities at North Carolina Wesleyan College (2009-2014) where she provided oversight and assessment of all Student Activities programming. She facilitated the chartering of several international fraternities and sororities and led a renovation project for the Student Center. Daniels also served as an instructor for the college’s freshman seminar and was an academic advisor for first-year students.
Daniels served as Senior Coordinator for Student Victim Assistance for Georgia State University (2015-2016) where she helped provide comprehensive assistance and support for students experiencing victimization.
Before joining Newberry, Daniels served as Director of Greek Student Engagement and Development at Western Carolina University (2016-2017). She was responsible for developing, implementing and assessing all Greek Life programming and served as member of the leadership team of the AVP/Dean of Students.
In her role as Assistant Dean of Students, Daniels has oversight of the College’s Greek community, student clubs and organizations, campus recreation program, and she manages non-academic violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
Daniels is a member of the Southern Association of College Student Affairs and has been a conference presenter for that organization and others. She is a current member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Director of First Year Programs
Ed.D. with a concentration in Higher and Post-Secondary Education, Argosy University, 2016
M.A. in Counseling with a Mental Health concentration, Webster University, 2005
B.A. in Sociology,University of South Carolina-Spartanburg, 2002
Accompanist for voice and choirs
Mrs. Elisabeth Ramirez serves as the accompanist for the voice studio of Newberry College’s Department of Music, and for NC Singers and Madrigals. As a collaborative pianist, she won numerous prizes in Youth Competitions at the state and national level in Germany, her native country. Mrs. Ramirez studied at University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim with Prof. Ulrich Eisenlohr, emphasizing vocal and instrumental piano accompaniment. She has performed in many recitals and concerts with singers, instrumentalists, and ensembles in a broad repertoire in art songs, oratorio, and opera, as well as diverse chamber music from the Baroque Period to contemporary. She also worked as accompanist for several choir formations in Germany, including continuo playing. In addition to her piano skills, Mrs. Ramirez is also an accomplished violinist. In Germany, she was a violinist with the Symphony Orchestra of Kaiserslautern for over 25 years, and participated in several chamber orchestras and smaller ensembles, also. Since moving to Newberry in 2015, she has been a member of the Newberry Chamber Orchestra, teaches private lessons in piano and violin, and is organist at AR Presbyterian Church.
M.B.A. Syracuse University
B.A. Mathematics, Newberry College
Mary Grate-Pyos, MBA, is a Certified Family Business Specialist who prides herself on being able to simplify financial issues and create solutions for families, business owners & entrepreneurs. She speaks regularly at churches, conferences and businesses to share her insight financial strategies for peace of mind.
As a trained mathematician, Mary considers herself a “Proud Geek in Pearls.” She earned an MBA from Syracuse University; a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from Newberry College; and is a Certified Family Business Specialist, completed at the American College of Financial Services. She has also completed training in the Certified Leadership Development Program at George Washington University.
She is author of Wealthy woman – Wise Choices; former Columnist for the Capital Spotlight Newspaper in Washington, DC; and former Financial Expert on the syndicated radio show, “Serving Up Soul” with Gospel Singer Dorinda Clark. She has been featured in countless publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine; Essence Magazine; Ebony Magazine; Today’s Christian Woman Magazine; Pink Magazine; Financial Woman International, Boomer Market Advisor, and Advisor Today Magazine. She hosts My Pearl Power events that focuses on powerful dialogues with successful women to educate, encourage and empower women in their finances and in life.
Mary is a member of Women in Financial Services (WIFS); Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA); and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She is a former Board Member for Dress for Success – Washington, DC and the Greater DC National Association of Women Business Owners. She is a proud partner with the Women’s Business Center located in Springfield, Virginia, where she provides advice and guidance to new entrepreneurs.
She created and now chairs the Financial Ministry at her local Church and currently resides in Burke, Virginia.
Spanish Instructor and Academic Specialist-International Students/Study Abroad Programs
M.A., Spanish, University of South Carolina, 2013
B.A., Spanish, Wofford College, 1998
Academic Specialist - Disability Services
M.Ed., Higher Education, Columbia College, 2018
B.A., Education; Concentration: English and Social Studies, University of South Carolina-Aiken, 2015
Adjunct Faculty, Music
Director of Athletics
Ralph Patterson comes to Newberry after serving nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation at Lander University in Greenwood. He was also Vice President for Advancement at Erskine College from 2007-09.
Prior to his work as a higher education fundraiser, Patterson was a college basketball coach for 18 years. He was an assistant coach at Colorado for five years and at Appalachian State for six years. He was the head basketball coach at Erskine College for seven years. The Boulder, Colo., native coached at Fairview HS in Boulder prior to joining the college ranks. He graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Organizational Management.
Patterson also has sports radio and television broadcasting experience. He hosted a sports radio show in Clemson from 1999-2003, and from 2003-2009 served as a co-host for the Clemson football radio network on the Tiger Tailgate Show and the 5th Quarter Show. He has continued to be a college basketball color analyst, and has done telecasts on Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN Regional, ESPN3 and MASN.
Patterson currently serves as a board member of the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Anderson Counties), and is also on the Greenwood Rotary Club Board of Directors
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Management & Policy,
Seton Hall University (NJ)
Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, Seton Hall University (NJ)
M.S. in Safety Management, Saint Joseph’s University (PA)
B.A. in Law & Justice, Rowan University (NJ)
A.A. in Arts & Science, Gloucester County College (NJ)
A.A.S. in Law Enforcement, Gloucester County College (NJ)
Dr. Patrick Beatty received his Ed.D in Educational Leadership Management & Policy from Seton Hall University in 2014. His dissertation work focused on the post-secondary education of New Jersey foster youths. He has served more more than 20 years in law enforcement with the New Jersey Department of Human Services State Police as a Senior Detective, and the Deptford Township Police Department as a Patrolman. His current research involves criminal justice policies focused on foster care victimization, juvenile delinquency, and police ethics.
Before joining the Newberry College faculty, Dr. Beatty previously taught at Kutztown University (PA), Cecil College (MD), Delaware County Community College (PA), Salem County Community College (NJ), Gloucester County College (NJ), and as a Certified New Jersey Police Academy Instructor.
Defensive Line Coach
B.A., Tusculum, 2008
Jarvis Littlejohn came to Newberry College to coach the defensive line in the spring of 2016 after recently completing his third season on the Tusculum coaching staff in 2015.
Littlejohn, who starred on the Tusculum gridiron from 2005-08, served as the Pioneers' running back coach in 2013 and has was responsible for the outside linebackers in 2014 and 2015.
The 2008 Tusculum graduate returned to the Greeneville campus after serving the four years on the coaching staff at Gaffney (S.C.) High School. While at Gaffney, he helped the Indians to a 45-12 record while capturing the 2012 state championship and a pair of region titles (2011 & 2012).
He served as Gaffney's freshmen basketball coach for four years, leading the program to 15 wins per season, including a perfect 20-0 record in 2009.
Prior to Gaffney, he served as a graduate assistant football coach at Delta State under head coach Ron Roberts. While at the Cleveland, Miss. school, he assisted with the linebackers along with other duties with the program.
During his playing career at Tusculum, he earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors twice (2007, 2008) and was a consensus All-Region linebacker in his senior campaign (2008) where he finished with 105 tackles, which were the third most in school history.
He served as team captain of that 2008 squad that captured the SAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in school history. That squad finished the year with a 9-4 record, advanced to the region semifinals and ended the year ranked 16th in the nation. He earned All-Region distinction by Daktronics (CoSIDA) and Don Hansen’s Football Gazette.
Littlejohn accounted for 209 career tackles, which are 14th in Tusculum history. His five career fumble recoveries are sixth in TC history, including his three in 2008 (T4th in TC history).
In 2007, he led the Pioneers in tackles, recording 85 stops, including a career-high 17 against Mars Hill (T7th-most in TC history). The Gaffney native posted 11 tackles for loss in 2007, recovered two fumbles and forced a pair. For his 17-tackle effort against Mars Hill University, he was named SAC Defensive Player of the Week and D2football.com National Defensive Player of the Week.
While a student-athlete at Tusculum, he also served as a counselor and mentor to disadvantaged youth with the Boys and Girls Club.
Littlejohn and his fiance Latoya Lane of Knoxville, Tenn., are the parents of one son, Isaiah.
Head Wrestling Coach
Director of Student Engagement & Greek Life
M.Ed., Georgia Southern University 2014
B.S., Coastal Carolina University 2011
A.A., Horry Georgetown Technical College 2006
Chapel organist and adjunct instructor of Music Theory and Ear-training
D.M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
B.S., University of South Carolina
B.A., University of South Carolina
Dr. Al Roberts is the Chapel organist and adjunct instructor of Music Theory and Eartraining. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Biology and a BA in Music. He holds a DMD from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is Director of Music and organist at St. David Lutheran Church in West Columbia, and is an active composer. His 40 published works are for piano, organ, band, and chorus.
Assistant Professor of Sport Professions
Master of Science in Physical Education, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC (2003)
Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, Concentration in Athletic Training, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC (2000)
Rebekah Dixon has been a member of the Newberry College Sport Professions faculty since 2004. She earned tenure in 2007 as an assistant professor in Sport Professions focusing on the academic major of Sport Management and minor of Athletic Training. During her time at Newberry College she has served as the Head Men’s & Women's Cross Country Coach at Newberry College (2006-2008 season) and has served on various Newberry College committees. She serves as the Sport Management program coordinator and has served as the co-faculty advisor to the Blue Key Honor Society since 2010. She was awarded the Golden Machete Awards (2011-201) for program assessment. She also has been certified through the American Red Cross to teach First Aid/CPR since 2002 and uses her NSCA-CSCS certification as a part-time personal trainer to assist individuals with their health and fitness goals.Dixon was born and raised in Gastonia, N.C.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
ADN, Greenville Technical College 2006
BSN, University of Phoenix 2009
MSN-ED, University of Phoenix 2011
Meredythe Goodreau received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Greenville Technical College, her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix, and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix with a focus in Nursing Education.
Prior to joining the full-time faculty at Newberry College in 2015, Goodreau worked as a nursing faculty member at Midlands Technical College in West Columbia, SC and as an adjunct clinical faculty member for the Newberry College nursing program. She has experience in the area of staff nurse education as well at hospitals across the Midlands. Goodreau is a practicing Registered Nurse since 2007 with experience in several areas–Cardiac Telemetry, Pediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Mother-Baby. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.
Adjunct Professor of Music - Flute
D.M.A., University of South Carolina
M.M., University of Southern California
B.M., The Ohio State University
Since returning to her home state of South Carolina, flutist Lauren Watkins maintains a versatile career as an educator, performer, and clinician. Inspired by diverse musical experiences, her innovative pursuits as a member of the flute and percussion duo, flusSion, have led to experiential performances, masterclasses, and summer camps around the United States.
Lauren has received prizes in several national competitions, performed community concerts with the fellowship winning ensemble, Sound of 5, appeared as a soloist with orchestras, performed recitals at flute festivals, and presented a Spotlight Concert at Piccolo Spoleto with flusSion. Recently appointed Second Flute with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Lauren will also perform as Principal Flute with the Aiken Symphony Orchestra this season. She has appeared in concert with the SC Philharmonic Orchestra, Palmetto Opera Orchestra, and the Long Bay Symphony.
Dedicated to creating community through music education, Dr. Watkins currently serves on the faculty of Newberry College, Limestone College, and the University of South Carolina Aiken. In addition to maintaining a diverse private studio, she directs Flute Loops, Columbia’s adult community flute ensemble. She has been a summer program instructor for Trustus Theater and frequently presents masterclasses and guest clinics to flute students across the state of South Carolina. Lauren currently serves on the board of the SC Flute Society and is past president of both the Carolina Flute Guild at USC and the Central Ohio Flute Association.
As an advocate for community engagement in higher education, Dr. Watkins was featured as a Big Idea presenter at the 2016 College Music Society Summit. Her presentation, “Community Engagement for the 21st Century Music School” directly draws on her doctoral research that assists applied studio teachers interested in creating and implementing community-based performance programs.
Dr. Watkins is a graduate of South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in her native Greenville, SC. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina where she served as graduate teaching assistant for the flute studio. She is blessed to experience continual learning and growth under the instruction of her musical mentors Jennifer Parker-Harley, Jim Walker, Katherine Borst Jones, Patricia George, Mark Thomas, and Caroline Ulrich.
Adjunct Professor of Music - Bassoon
M.M., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
B.S., Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
American bassoonist and composer Reed Hanna is an active freelance musician in the southeastern United States. Currently, Dr. Hanna is interim second bassoonist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. He also performs regularly on bassoon and contrabassoon with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Valdosta (GA) Symphony, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and others. A committed educator and chamber musician, he maintains a private bassoon studio in Columbia, SC, and frequently plays in chamber and new music concerts.
In 2015, Dr. Hanna performed in the Spoleto USA Festival both with the festival orchestra and in performances with New York Baroque, Inc. Shortly thereafter he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of South Carolina, where he studied with Dr. Michael Harley (member of the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound).
Dr. Hanna’s compositions have recently become more widely known among woodwind players for their interesting and imaginative musical ideas that challenge performers and captivate audiences. Recent publications include Little Suite for bassoon and bass clarinet (also for 2 bassoons), and Red Lights!, his second woodwind quintet. Amidst many current composition projects, Dr. Hanna is composing his Second Chamber Symphony and has begun work on a second concerto for tuba.
Prior to coming to South Carolina, Dr. Hanna earned the Performer’s Certificate from Penn State University, where he studied bassoon with Daryl Durran. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Dr. Jeffrey McCray and Dr. Jason Worzbyt, respectively.
In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Hanna enjoys running, swimming, and cycling. He teaches swimming lessons each summer in Columbia, and is looking forward to training for his next marathon or triathlon. All of life is a race, and you are your biggest competition
Assistant Professor of Music Education
Ph.D. in Music Education, The Ohio State University
M. M. in Conducting, Northwestern University
B. A. in Music Education, Arkansas Tech University
Dr. Patrick Casey joined the Newberry College faculty in August 2015 after a year-long visiting appointment in music education at Middle Tennessee State University and a five-year tenure in Germany as a vocal and instrumental music educator with the U.S. Department of Defense schools. His return to primary and secondary teaching followed over two decades of instrumental music instruction in post-secondary education, including conducting and teaching appointments at Indiana University, Virginia Tech, the University of Central Missouri and the University of Oregon.
Casey’s formal education includes degrees in music education and conducting from The Ohio State University, Northwestern University, and Arkansas Tech University, where his principal teachers included Craig Kirchhoff, Richard Blatti, John Paynter, Frank Crisafulli, Hal Cooper, Andy Anders and Vicki Kiehl.
He recently served as Music Director of the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir (2008-2013), as President of the European Music Educators Association (2012-2013), and in earlier times, as the Southwest division chair of the National Band Association, and Missouri chair of the College Band Directors National Association. He holds honorary memberships in Tau Beta Sigma, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Beta Mu, and his continuing professional affiliations also include the National Association for Music Education, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the American Choral Directors Association.
At Newberry, Dr. Casey coordinates the music education program, teaches music education methods courses, low brass studio & masterclasses, and coaches the jazz combo. He and his wife Elisabeth Ramirez are delighted to be living in Newberry, and look forward to making musical connections with generations of former, present and future Newberry College students.
B.A. Newberry College, 1974
Employment/Self-Employed/Professional. Currently President and General Manager, Newberry Broadcasting Co. Inc. radio station WKDK in Newberry, SC
Chairman of the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce
Former Honorary Chairman of the Newberry County March of Dimes Walk America
Former Member of the Board of Directors, Association for a Greater Newberry
Past Member of the Board of Newberry’s Great Town Program
President of the Newberry County Unit of the American CancerSociety, 1979
Member and Former President of the Newberry Cotillion Club
Served as Chairman of the United Way of the Midlands Campaign for Newberry County
under area Chairman Dr. Hubert Setzler, President of Newberry College
Served as a Member of the Board of Directors and as Secretary of The Newberry County Development Board/Chairman of Commerce
Served 1981-1991 including 2 years as Chairman of the Board of the State Department of
Youth Services Juvenile Parole Board
Member of the Newberry Rotary Club (President 1979-9180)
Named Rotarian of the Year (2002-2003) and a Paul Harris Fellow
Member of the City of Newberry Planning Commission 1981-1985
Charter Member and Board Member of the Newberry County Touchdown Club
Honored and recognized by the SC general Assembly for services to the State Gift of Life Trust Fund
Former Member and Treasurer of the Newberry County Memorial Hospital Foundation Board
Former Member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Broadcasters Association
Former Member of the Board of Directors of the Newberry County Family YMCA
Member of the Newberry College President’s Club
Served on several Academic and Athletic Committees at Newberry College,
including the 150th Anniversary Committee
Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Newberry College. August 19, 2007
Since 1982, Coggins has been the radio voice of Newberry College and Newberry High School Athletics.
BOT Athletic Club Representative
Newberry Foundation Board of Visitors Representative
Jean Nichols Haggard graduated from Newberry College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences and served as editor of the Newberrian her senior year. She also was a member of Chi Beta Phi and the Student Education Association. She was inducted into the Bachman Honor Society and was listed in Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She also earned a Master of Education from USC.
There was never any question that she would attend Newberry College. Family members included her mother and father and her mother’s three sisters and her great grandfather whose college career was interrupted by the Civil War. She is married to Charles W. Haggard – Class of 1963. He is retired and served as Mayor of Pelion and is currently on town council. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Ralph completed a dual degree program with Newberry College (1988) and Georgia Tec and is married to Beth Fulmer Haggard, Newberry College class of 1987. Colonel Michael (US Army) and Traci Haggard are currently residing in Germany.
Haggard retired from public education having served all but one year in Lexington School District One. She concluded her educational career as Principal of Pelion High School. She is a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and has served as organist for many years. She has been a member of the Pelion Ruritan Club for many years and currently serves as the president.
Her achievements include Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy from Newberry College in 2007, Office Professionals Administrator of the Year Award in 2010, State Honorary FFA Degree in 2012 and a Finalist for SC MetLife/NASSP Secondary Principal of the Year Award.
William C. "Bill" Steen is a 1968 graduate of Newberry College where he earned his BA in Economics. His additional education includes University of Michigan's Manager of Managers and University of Virginia's Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers training. He is the CEO and President of Stencorp of Anderson LLC of Anderson, SC. He previously was the VP of Manufacturing and Partner at Central Textiles, Inc.
Bill has served on the Board of Advisors at Cornerstone National Bank of Easley, SC as well as on the Board of Directors for Central Textiles, Inc. of Central, SC; Metro-Con Concrete, Inc. of Six Mile, SC; and Southern Textile Association.
Bill and his wife, Clara, reside in Greenville, SC. The have two adult daughters, Shayla S. Durst of Wilmington, NC, and Danas Glenn of Simpsonville, SC.
Kevin B. Steelman graduated from Newberry College in 1995 with a BS in Accounting. He then went on to earn his MBA from the University of South Carolina in 1997. Kevin currently serves as the President and CEO, Partner/Owner of LandTech Incorporated of SC and has been employed with LandTech since March 2000. From 1997-2000, he was an Audit Consultant at Arthur Andersen.
Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed since 1998. He is also a SC Real Estate Broker, licensed since 2006, a NC Real Estate Broker, licensed since 2014, and is a member of the Homebuilders Association of SC. Kevin has been named a Lexington Vocational Center Hall of Fame Member.
Kevin and his wife, Kelly, live in Columbia, SC, and have two children, Skylar and Kevin, Jr.
Adjunct Professor of Music Recording & Technology
B.A. in Percussion Performance, University of South Carolina
As one of our newest Music Adjunct Instructors at Newberry College, Mr. Ingram will be teaching the MUS 321: Music Recording Industry and Technology course which is part of our new Music Business minor.
Mr. Ingram is owner and recording engineer for Ingram On Tracks, a recording Company in Lexington, SC that records live concerts and recording sessions for various schools, churches, and professional groups across the state to include All-State Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Festivals.
Mr. Ingram is also the new Sound and Lighting Engineer and Director of the Lexington One Performing Arts Center at Lexington High School where he schedules events for schools in the district as well as groups outside the district and manages and trains. personnel for the center. Mr. Ingram received his Bachelor of Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of South Carolina.
Chair of the Department of Teacher Education
Ph.D and MAT in English Education and Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Pittsburgh.
Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Melissa Awenowicz joined Newberry College on July 15 as chair of the Department of Teacher Education.
She came to Newberry College from the Department of Education at Ohio Wesleyan University. She joined OWU in 2009 and served as director of the Adolescent Young Adult Program and Multi-Age Licensure Program from 2010-2015. She also served as the department’s accreditation coordinator from 2014-2015. Her teaching responsibilities included methods and clinical courses that supported the secondary teaching candidates.
"Dr. Awenowicz’s leadership will be invaluable to ensuring the Teacher Education department continues to innovate,” said Dale Brown, Associate Dean of College and interim chair of the Teacher Education department. “Her public school experience and training in national education program review (CAEP) will greatly benefit our students and our Teacher Education program."
Prior to her work at OWU, Awenowicz served as Director of Clinical Experiences for the School of Education and clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught courses in English Education and coordinated clinical experiences, supervision and licensure requirements for all candidates in the teacher certification programs.
As a certified middle and high school English teacher (1989-2004), she spent the majority of her teaching career in urban schools teaching multicultural literature, classical literature, teaching literature and composition to support struggling adolescent readers and writers.
Awenowicz’s research focuses on examining the beliefs and cultural models of teacher candidates as they negotiate the competing ideological and conceptual spaces of a teacher education program and clinical experiences, examining the influences that context and time have on their emerging and developing beliefs, thinking, and practices. In addition, she has been examining the use of Action Research in teacher candidates’ instructional decision making.
Awenowicz earned both her Ph.D (2009) and her MAT (1989) in English Education and Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English (1988) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Bachelor of Arts- Sociology, Newberry College
Barbara Langford Davis is a 1979 graduate of Newberry College with a BA in Sociology. She has served as a Financial Advisor since 1982 and received her designation as a Certified Financial Planner practitioner in 1990.
She is a member of the Newberry College Foundation Board of Visitors, the Midlands Education and Business Alliance, the Newberry College Alumni Association, and the Midlands Technical College Business Advisor Committee.
Past Board and Community Service include the Midlands Technical College Foundation Board, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia convention and Visitors Bureau, United Way of the midlands, Columbia community Relations Council, Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina, Newberry College Lettermen’s club, and the Newberry College Athletic Club.
Notable accomplishments and awards include the Newberry College Sesquicentennial Medal of Honor, the Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame, Leadership South Carolina, Leadership Columbia, and YMCA TWIN – Tribute to Women and Industry Honorees.
Barbara is married to G. Bernard Davis, a Newberry College alum, and they have two sons: Bryant and Brandan. They reside in Columbia, South Carolina.
Adjunct Professor of Speech & Theatre
M.F.A., University of North Carolina
B.A., Furman University
Professor Hance received his Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Furman University and his Master of Fine Arts in Drama with an emphasis in Acting/Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has either acted, directed or produced over 60 theatre productions over a 25 year career. He also has coached students for Speech and Acting competitions and has produced many winners.
Professor Hance created a theatre program and Fine Arts Series and taught acting, theatre and public speaking at Greenville Technical College for 17 years. He has also taught with the Palmetto Center for the Arts at Richland NE High School, Greenville Middle Academy, Greer High School, USC-Upstate and USC-Union.
Presently, Mr. Hance teaches:
THE 110 Theatre Appreciation
SPE 110 Public Speaking
Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design/Photography
Larry Cameron is an editorial and commercial photographer and filmmaker. His photographs have been published in Audubon, Food & Wine, Sierra, Forbes, Wilderness, South Carolina Wildlife, Riverbanks magazine, and National Geographic books.
His film and video productions have earned honors from national competitions including the Charleston International Film Festival, Silver and Bronze Telly awards and a regional Emmy.
His first book, What Is a Garden, with the poet and essayist W.S. Merwin, is scheduled for publication in December 2015.
B.A. in Communications, Newberry College, 2003
A 2003 graduate of Newberry with her Bachelors of Arts in Communications, Mrs. Banks has worked consistently in the field of Communications. She served three years as Newberry College Director of PR and Marketing and seven years as Director of Communications for the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, where she has been Senior Advisor for Communications since 2014.
Born in Concord, N.C., The Rev. Dr. Herman R. Yoos III graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Southern, in Columbia. He studied at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and earned a doctorate in ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
Yoos was ordained in 1979 and served as pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Charlotte, N.C., and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Charleston, S.C., before Good Shepherd Lutheran Church called him to Columbia in 1996.
He and his wife Cindy are parents of three adult children.
Misty West is the daughter of Billy and Peggie West of Newberry. She was born in Newberry and attended Newberry Academy and then Newberry High School. Starting in high school, Misty became active in the community through church and civic organizations through school. She attended Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C. graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts.
After graduation, Misty returned to the family business to assist her father in expanding into land development, real estate investments, and general contracting. For the last 25 years, she has worked to build retail, commercial and industrial facilities in Newberry County. She has been active in recruiting businesses to Newberry County which has created hundreds of jobs. In 2009, Misty led an effort to secure, finance, and restore the Historic Oakland Mill on Fair Avenue, providing housing for Newberry College thus offering Newberry it's first market rate luxury apartments. She continues to to work with the Oakland project to ensure the positive impact on the entire area known as the Oakland Mill Village.
Misty has been an active supporter of Newberry College over the past 25 years in business. She holds the honor of having worked in or on every building on campus. Many of these projects she has designed for the College and worked to deliver the most cost effective solution. It has truly been her pleasure to assist the school in any way possible. Her desire is to see the continued growth and success of the college and its strong positive impact on the Newberry community.
Eric Wells graduated from Newberry College in 1987. At Newberry he is chairman of the Athletic Club Board of Advisors.
Wells is cofounder and co-owner of Southeastern Insurance Consultants. He has worked in all facets of the employee benefits industry since getting his start as service representative for Jefferson Pilot in 1989. He has gone on to successfully manage territories for both Jefferson Pilot and Mid-South Insurance Company, before getting into the broker side in 1999. Since then, Wells has gone on to assist many clients with their health, life and dental plans.