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Newberry College Announces Winners of Third Annual W. Darr Wise Piano Competition

February 20, 2020


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced the winners of the third annual W. Darr Wise Piano Competition, held Feb. 15 on the college campus.


Jennifer Centa, a high school sophomore from Simpsonville, took first prize in the senior division, which comprises grades nine through 12. In addition to a monetary prize, Centa will receive a $5,000 music scholarship should she choose to attend Newberry after graduation.


Henry Sun, an eighth grade student from Greer, won first prize for the junior division, covering grades six through eight.


Centa and Sun are both students of Greenville-based teacher Lisa Kiser, a member of the piano faculty at Anderson University.


Taking the respective second and third prizes in the senior division were senior John Wang, of Central, a student of Clemson University’s Dr. Linda Li-Bleuel; and sophomore Caleb Jennings, of Newberry, a student of Newberry College accompanist and organist Alice Ramirez.


Rounding out the junior division were Mount Pleasant eighth grader Harry Ding, a student of Charleston’s Irina Pevzner; Greer sixth grader Andrew Ning, another Kiser student; and honorable mention Eric Sun, a sixth grader from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and a student of Durham-based Terry Correia.


The competition was officiated by Dr. Sarah Masterson, associate professor of music at Newberry College, and Huger Caughman, class of 2000, organist at Newberry’s Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.


The event was named for longtime college organist and professor W. Darr Wise, who served as a member of the Newberry College faculty from 1956 until his retirement in 1998.


“Darr Wise has long represented musical excellence, professionalism, and superb teaching," said Dr. Chris Sheppard, chair of the Department of Music. "All the while delivering those things with a kind smile.”

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Newberry College to Hold 63rd Annual Jazz Festival

February 18, 2020


NEWBERRY — Newberry College will host its 63rd annual Jazz Festival in conjunction with the 23rd annual South Carolina Band Directors Association Jazz Performance Assessment. The event will be held Feb. 29 on the college campus.


A record 273 students from 53 middle and high school jazz ensembles will perform for judges’ assessments throughout the day, divided by midday performances by the Newberry College Jazz Big Band and two all-state jazz bands. Click here to view the day's complete schedule.


“I’m so happy that Newberry College can continue to provide this opportunity for students in middle and high school jazz bands to perform, receive critiques and hear other groups,” said Dr. Jerry Gatch, director of bands. “The members of the all-state jazz bands have a chance to work with, and learn from, some of the greatest jazz educators in the field.”


The Newberry College group, under Gatch’s direction, will perform with world-renowned trombonist Steve Wiest. Wiest played and wrote arrangements for Maynard Ferguson’s big band in the early 1980s and directed the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band from 2008-2014.


“Steve Wiest is going to blow everyone away with our group,” said Gatch.


The all-state bands, made up of high school students who competitively auditioned for their seats, will rehearse and perform under guest clinicians Dr. Phil Thompson and Jim Warrick, respectively. Thompson is a professor emeritus of music and former jazz director at Winthrop University. Warrick is a jazz educator with experience at middle, high and collegiate levels, including a 27-year stint at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.


Judge-rated performances will occur throughout the day in the Alumni Music Center and in Wiles Chapel, with the all-state bands performing in Wiles Chapel at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., respectively. The Newberry College Jazz Big Band will follow at 1 p.m.


The festival and concerts are free and open to the public.


The Newberry College Jazz Festival is one of the longest-running in the nation, having begun in 1958. The festival has been held in conjunction with the association’s event since 1998.


Photo: World-renowned trombonist Steve Wiest. (

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Newberry College Students, Alumnus Recognized by City Council

February 17, 2020


NEWBERRY — Newberry City Council recognized the contributions of Newberry College students and an alumnus in its Feb. 11 meeting, held at the Center for Teacher Education.


Dr. David Fowler, chair of the Department of Business Administration, sang the national anthem as the meeting began. Later in the meeting, in what has become an annual tradition, the council presented 11 graduating seniors with proclamations honoring the community service and leadership of each during their time as students.


The following students were recognized:


ShaQuana Bracey, a member of the Woman to Woman leadership program from Bennettsville.


Jonathan Elicier, a volunteer youth baseball coach from Apopka, Florida.


Luke Gibson, a volunteer elementary school reader and captain of the men’s basketball team from Albemarle, North Carolina.


Terence Goodwin, director of the Newberry College Gospel Choir from Columbia.


Brandarius Jones, a member of the Call Me MISTER program from Newberry.


Marshall Lange, a homeschool student mentor and captain of the men’s basketball team from High Point, North Carolina.


Tarek Malz, a youth soccer clinic volunteer and captain of the men’s soccer team from Satrup, Germany.


Kelsey McDermott, a youth basketball clinic volunteer and two-time women’s basketball team captain from Mackay, Queensland, Australia.


Ashley Stout, a student ambassador, Alpha Leader and Greek Life philanthropy leader from York.


Lillian Tague, a middle and high school band assistant and mentor from North Charleston.


Malik Whitfield, an elementary school mentor and president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., from Anderson.


Additionally, the council recognized City Manager Matt DeWitt, class of 2002, for his 10 years of service to the city, and Hannah Jane Curry, a junior from Greer, on becoming Miss South Carolina USA.


The council heard an update from Miss Newberry, Peyton Worley, a senior from Greenville, on work on her platform issue, “The Mind Matters: Stop the Stigma on Mental Health.” Senior Akio Brown, of Savannah, Georgia, also presented an update as president of the Student Government Association.

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Newberry College to Host S.C., Southeastern Bishops

February 13, 2020


NEWBERRY — Newberry College will host an interactive discussion on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Sanctuary Denomination Statement.


The event will be held Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Center for Teacher Education, 1121 Speers St. Honored guests will include Bishop Herman Yoos, of the South Carolina Synod, and Bishop Kevin Strickland, of the Southeastern Synod, along with religion faculty and local clergy.


“This will be an opportunity for students to see the ways that religious leaders deliberate complex topics, and to join that discussion themselves,” said Dr. Laura Roost, political science program coordinator. “Having a literal seat at the table is a remarkable chance to see faith and values in practice.”


The discussion is designed to explore the theology and practical application of the national church’s August 2019 declaration as a sanctuary church body. The event is sponsored by the political science program, the Office of the Campus Chaplain and the Muller Center.


“As a college affiliated with the ELCA, Newberry has an opportunity with this event to consider how our connection to the church shapes our values and commitments as an institution,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center. “This is a chance for the College and the community to think together about a crucial issue facing our society today.”


This is the second event on this topic. The first was a panel discussion in the fall.


This event is free and open to the public.


For more regarding the church's statement, click here.

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Newberry Announces Fall 2019 Dean’s List

February 12, 2020

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has released its Dean's List for academic achievement during the fall 2019 semester. Students receiving recognition on the prestigious list had to achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. A total of 390 students earned the honor last semester. 


Click here to view the full fall 2019 Dean's List.

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Rivers Appointed Newberry College Marketing Chief

February 11, 2020


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Russell Rivers as director of marketing and communications, effective immediately.


Rivers now leads the office he has served as senior graphic designer since his arrival at Newberry in 2017.


“I am excited to bring Russell into a leadership position on the marketing and communications team,” said Lori Ann Vinson Summers, vice president for institutional advancement. “Russell has great energy for the College’s vital projects ahead, including strengthening our brand identity and increasing the visibility of the institution.


“His previous experience in various roles offers our College a grand opportunity to benefit from his creative leadership,” she added.


Rivers assumes the role with nearly 30 years of experience in advertising, communications, creative concepts and marketing strategy. Before joining the Newberry College community, he served several different advertising and marketing firms, and his clients have included the Carolina Cup Racing Association, Hubbell Power Systems and the South Carolina State Fair.


“I am excited to take on the challenges and opportunities afforded me by this new role,” Rivers said. “Leading this team and innovating how the College is represented will allow me to continue to give back to the Newberry family.”


Rivers holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and graphic design from the University of South Carolina, and a completion certificate with honors from the U.S. Air Force Graphic Design and Illustration School.

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Newberry College to Host City Council Meeting

February 6, 2020


NEWBERRY — Newberry College will play host to Newberry City Council as it honors graduating seniors who have made notable contributions to the Newberry community.


The council’s regular meeting will be held Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Gnann Center, part of the Center for Teacher Education, at 1121 Speers St. in Newberry.


“For the students it’s an opportunity to see how city government works,” said Dr. Dennis Lambries, adjunct professor of political science.


Lambries said when he and his state and local government class attended a previous meeting, Mayor Foster Senn discussed the possibility of taking city council meetings to the community. Lambries then suggested that council come to Newberry College.


“Having the meeting here on campus shows the mayor’s and the council’s commitment to working with the College, and to building on an already great relationship between the city and the College,” Lambries said.


In addition to the council’s meeting and recognition of seniors who have served the Newberry community during their time as students, the Student Government Association is slated to give an update on its progress.


“The level of government that most impacts people in their daily lives is local government, so this city council meeting at Newberry College is an extraordinary opportunity for students to see this process up close, and to hear from their student representatives as well,” said Dr. Laura Roost, assistant professor of political science.


The event is free and open to the public.


Photo: Elyssa Haven, City of Newberry. Click here to read about the city's 2019 senior honorees.

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Newberry College to Host Black History Month Event Series

February 5, 2020


NEWBERRY — Newberry College will mark Black History Month throughout February with a series of events that celebrate important people and traditions in African American history.


The series is sponsored by the student-led Social Justice Club.




Feb. 6: “Tearing Down the Wall of Prejudice and Discrimination” Interactive Workshop, 12:15 p.m., Dufford Diversity Lab at the Center for Teacher Education, 1121 Speers St.


Feb. 7: Black History Month Campus Celebration, 10 a.m., Holland Hall Yost Portico. College staff and students will join the Newberry College Gospel Choir in singing, “Lift Every Voice” and “Break Every Chain.”


Feb. 11: Movie Night: “Queen and Slim,” 7 p.m., Wiles Chapel Theater. Cosponsored by All Campus Entertainment.


Feb. 24-28: Black Arts Week.


Feb. 27: The College’s dining hall will serve a soul food dinner from 4:30-8 p.m. Cost is $8.72 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet.


All events are open to the public, and all events are free, except for the Feb. 27 dinner.


For more information, contact Dr. Naomi R. Simmons, assistant professor of sociology, at or 803-321-5210.

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Newberry College to Host Burkett Art Exhibition

January 29, 2020


NEWBERRY — Newberry College’s Wessels Library will feature a collection of drawings remembering the lives of African American children in late 19th-century America.


The collection, by West Columbia artist Mary Burkett, will be on display Feb. 3-14. The exhibition is sponsored by the Newberry College Multicultural Committee.


Dr. Peggy Winder, chair of the multicultural committee, played a huge role making the arrangements to bring Mary Burkett’s exhibition to campus,” said Dr. Natasha Ferguson Dennison, associate professor of sport professions and a member of the committee. “Since Dr. Winder is on sabbatical this semester, all committee members have worked together to iron out the details.”


According to Burkett’s website, the collection includes 14 portraits, drawn from photographs of enslaved and free children in the second half of the 19th century. She began the work in December 2017 to “give a small glimpse into the real lives of children in the last years of slavery and the early years following its abolition.”


“We are excited to have the opportunity to host the exhibit to commemorate Black History Month,” said Dennison. “Mrs. Burkett has conducted extensive research and through her hand-drawn portraits, she was able to honor the identities of each of the selected, beautiful African American children.”


The College will host a conversation with the artist Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. in Wessels Library. The exhibition and the conversation are free and open to the public.

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Lindsay to Spearhead Newberry College Alumni Engagement

January 16, 2020


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Newberry native Emma Lindsay as alumni engagement coordinator, effective Jan. 21.


“We are excited about the level of professional growth that Newberry College will be able to give to one of our very own,” said Lori Ann Vinson Summers, vice president for institutional advancement. “The college is lucky to have someone with Emma's experience and passion for the institution that will translate into meaningful engagement with our alumni.”


Lindsay graduated from Newberry in December with a degree in communications. She comes to her alma mater’s administrative staff from the Columbia-based nonprofit consulting firm 1000 Feathers, where she served as a public relations intern. She also brings communications and event planning experience from a previous stint with the South Carolina Republican Party.


As a student, Lindsay was active in the Blue Key Honor Society, Kappa Delta sorority and the National Society of Leadership and Success.


“This amazing opportunity will allow me to give back to the college that has given me so much over the last four years,” said Lindsay. “I cannot wait to get started and connect with each of my fellow alumni. I am truly blessed to be a part of this family.”

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Newberry College Honors Graduates at December Commencement

December 14, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College welcomed 76 graduates to the ranks of alumni Saturday in the largest winter commencement in school history.


The commencement exercises were conducted in Wiles Chapel, on the College campus. View the full ceremony here.


“This is an exciting day for all of you, graduates and families,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “I hope you will enjoy this momentous occasion as the graduates complete their time here at Newberry College and begin a new chapter in their lives.”


In addition to the baccalaureate degrees, the College awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to the Rev. Kevin Strickland. A 2004 Newberry graduate, Strickland took office earlier this year as bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


“Newberry College changed my life, and I hope you will say it has changed yours,” said Strickland. “I look forward to seeing what you, the Class of 2019, do as graduates of Newberry College.”


The College also honored two retiring professors with emerita status: Dr. Marilyn Schroer and Dr. Marilyn Seymour. Schroer, associate professor of psychology, completed her 27th year as a member of the Newberry faculty. Seymour, associate professor of English, retired in May after 10 years of service to the institution.


Each spring, the Student Government Association elects a Professor of the Year, who in turn speaks to the graduating class the following December. Alicia Davis, associate professor of accounting, delivered the commencement address.


“Today, you need to decide exactly, ‘what type of person am I going to be professionally? What type of contribution am I going to make to the world from here on out?’” said Davis. “Today is your starting line.”


“You can make a difference, and this world needs a difference,” said Scherrens, after the graduates moved their tassels. “And the difference that you offer is the first edition of you.”

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Curry Crowned Miss South Carolina USA

November 25, 2019


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.  Hannah Jane Curry, a Newberry College junior, has been crowned Miss South Carolina USA 2020. 

The competition was held Saturday at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center.


The 20-year-old Greer native won the title as Miss Greenville USA, competing in a field of 28 contestants from across the state. She will represent South Carolina next year as she competes for the title of Miss USA.


Curry is an early childhood education major, a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and a student ambassador in the College’s admission office. She plans to graduate from Newberry in 2021.


The last Newberry College student to be crowned Miss South Carolina USA was another Alpha Xi Delta member, Amanda Pennekamp, in 2003. After taking first runner-up at Miss USA 2004, she graduated that year with a degree in theatre and speech communications. Pennekamp went on to represent the United States in the 2006 Miss Earth pageant, placing in the top 16.


Photo credit: RPM Productions, Inc.

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Metz Appointed Newberry College Assistant VP for Advancement

November 19, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Whitney Metz to the post of assistant vice president for institutional advancement, effective Dec. 2.


"Newberry College is such a special place to me and to so many other people,” said Metz. “It is a privilege to get to serve those who love it so dearly. Together we will make a great and lasting impact on the College."


An Irmo native, Metz graduated from Newberry College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in history. As a student, she was active in the Student Government Association, All Campus Entertainment, the student ambassador program and Kappa Delta sorority. She went on to obtain a master’s in higher education business administration from the University of South Carolina in 2014.


Metz returns to Newberry from the University of South Carolina, where she has served as senior director of development for student affairs. She also has fundraising experience from previous posts at the University of Tennessee and The Citadel.


“Newberry is so fortunate to have an alumna and advancement professional like Whitney coming home to advance the mission of our college,” said Lori Ann Vinson Summers, vice president for institutional advancement. “She brings great energy and knowledge of higher education advancement to our campus, and I expect her to build deep relationships with our alumni and donors.”

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Newberry College Elects 10 Seniors to Who’s Who

November 12, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has inducted 10 seniors into the ranks of the institution’s prestigious Who’s Who.


The honorees received their awards Nov. 8 at the college’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation.


The following individuals were recognized:


Brooke Elizabeth Berry, of Batesburg. A psychology and English major, she has served as a student marshal, presented at the Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium, volunteered at the Saluda County Public Library, and has been published in Lacunae, the college’s literary magazine. Berry plans to pursue graduate school and a career as a librarian or a psychological researcher.


ShaQuana Vonne Bracey, of Bennettsville. An early childhood education major, she has been a Dean’s List student. She participates in the Woman-2-Woman program, works at the Newberry Child Development Center and tutors young students in a variety of subjects. Bracey plans to pursue a master’s degree in literacy and a doctorate in education.


Hester Foo, of Singapore. A graphic design and digital marketing major, she has been involved in Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Lutheran Student Movement, campus ministry and the International Students Association. She has taught physical education to home-schooled children and volunteered at the Newberry Opera House. Foo hopes to someday open her own graphic design and digital marketing company in her come country of Singapore.


Andrea Nicole Getz, of Newberry. A biology major, she has been on the Dean’s List for six semesters, served as a student marshal and played for the women’s basketball team. Recently, she was honored by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities as its J. Lacy McLean and Sterling L. Smith Student of the Year. Getz plans to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy and hopes to eventually open her own clinic.


Luke Charles Gibson, of Albemarle, North Carolina. An accounting major and member of the men’s basketball team, he has been named to the Dean’s List, the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He has been named the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year, served as a student marshal and volunteered at local schools. Gibson hopes to play professional basketball, obtain a master’s degree in accounting and build a career as a certified public accountant.


Brandarius Shmar Jones, of Newberry. An elementary education major, he has been involved in the Call Me MISTER program, Blue Key Honor Society and the Teachers Education Committee. He has volunteered as a football coach at Newberry Middle School, and has worked with the Junior MISTERs and the America Reads work study at Newberry Elementary School. Jones hopes to become an elementary school teacher and an administrator, while continuing his coaching career.


Mariah Elizabeth Lee, of Seaford, Delaware. A biology major, she has been involved in Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, the Future Medical Professionals of America and the varsity field hockey team. She has also been on the Dean’s List and was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II Scholar of Distinction. She has volunteered in the biology lab, South Carolina Science Olympiad, has worked with Newberry Pathology Group, and has two scientific presentations and one published work to her name. Lee hopes to pursue a career in medicine, specializing in anatomical and surgical pathology.


Dragana Petkovska, of Kriva Palanka, Macedonia. A mathematics and graphic design major, she has tutored in mathematics, physics and German, and placed first and second in the Michael W. Terrana Competitive Logic Mathematics Exam. She is also a member of Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society, and of the women’s basketball team, in which she was named Teammate of the Year for 2018-2019. Petkovska hopes to earn a master’s degree in computer science, and to continue playing basketball and working in graphic and web design.


Marisa Brianne Romanchek, of Charleston. A history major with a concentration in secondary education, she is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, and of the Dean’s List. Her campus activities include serving as an officer of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, and playing in the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band and in the Newberry College Wind Ensemble. Romanchek plans to pursue a master’s degree in education and teach social studies in the Charleston area.


Elise Sydney Utne, of Yorktown, Virginia. An accounting major and member of the field hockey team, she has been named to the Dean’s List, has received the Jerrol S. Oxner Business Merit Scholarship Award and has been named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II Scholar of Distinction. She has been involved in the Sojourner Initiative and has assisted the business administration department in its research into developing a graduate program. She also volunteers at White Oak Manor of Newberry. Utne hopes to pursue a graduate degree and become a certified public accountant.


Pictured: (back row, left to right) Brandarius Jones, Dragana Petkovska, Andrea Getz, (front row) ShaQuana Bracey, Mariah Lee, Elise Utne, Marisa Romanchek, Brooke Berry. Not pictured: Hester Foo and Luke Gibson.

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Newberry College Singers Seek Community Participants for Upcoming Concert

November 7, 2019


NEWBERRY — The Newberry College Singers invite members of the community to join them in their upcoming performance of Handel’s “Messiah.”


The performance, part of a Christmas concert given with the Newberry Chamber Orchestra, will take place Friday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in Wiles Chapel, on the Newberry College campus. This is the third time the group has partnered with community participants to perform the iconic piece.


For those interested, rehearsals are slated for Saturday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. until noon in the W. Darr Wise Rehearsal Hall, room 218 in the Alumni Music Center. A dress rehearsal will be held Monday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Wiles Chapel.


Participants should attend at least one Saturday rehearsal to perform.


The Dec. 6 performance is free and open to the public.


For questions, more information, or if unable to attend a rehearsal, contact Dr. Chris Sheppard at 803-321-5176, or via email at

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Newberry Hosts 59th SCMTA Conference

November 4, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College hosted the 59th annual South Carolina Music Teachers Association conference and state competitions Oct. 31 – Nov. 2. This marked the first time Newberry has hosted the event since 1983.


The three-day event featured teaching workshops, masterclasses, performances and state-level competitions for juniors, seniors and young artists on all instruments.


The conference clinician was author and pianist Jane Magrath. Her book, “The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature,” has become a reference work for pianists throughout the country. Magrath’s work in the area of Classical teaching literature has contributed to the current revival of interest in Classical music throughout the United States.


Alan Chow, a renowned pianist, was featured as the conference artist, giving a concert at the Newberry Opera House Friday. He is well known both as a performer and as a teacher, having performed in recitals and in concerts with orchestras in 47 states, and having given numerous masterclasses throughout Asia and North America. Chow currently serves on the artist faculty at the Eastman School of Music.


On Thursday, attendees were treated to a performance by the Newberry College Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Jerry Gatch.


On Friday, faculty and students from Winthrop University premiered the conference’s commissioned work, “Elegy: In Memoriam of the Emanuel Nine.” The nine-part piece, composed by Winthrop’s Leonard Mark Lewis for chorus and strings, honored and reflected on the lives taken in the June 17, 2015, massacre at “Mother” Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. The performance was conducted by Dr. Elisa Koehler, chair of Winthrop’s Department of Music, and featured soprano soloist Sequina DuBose.


Pictured: Composer Leonard Mark Lewis (Credit: Winthrop University)

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Merinar Appointed Newberry College Registrar

October 31, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Whitney A. Merinar as registrar, the College announced Thursday. She brings over 20 years’ experience in higher education to the post.


Merinar succeeded longtime registrar Carol Bickley, who retired after over 50 years of dedicated service.


“Carol has served Newberry College well for the last 50 years, not only as registrar, but as a mentor to students, faculty and staff alike,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited to have Whitney join the Newberry family. Her dedication to academic and social success will ensure that each student receives a distinct Newberry College experience.”


Merinar comes to Newberry from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where she served as registrar since 2011. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Pennsylvania College of Technology, and as an academic advisor at Penn State University. She has served in other various capacities in higher education since 1999.


“I am excited to be a part of the Newberry College family,” said Merinar. “I envision the registrar’s office as being a key player in improving the student experience while providing top-notch service. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this vital position.”


Merinar holds an Education Specialist degree from The George Washington University, a master’s in organizational management from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor’s in early elementary education from Armstrong Atlantic State University.

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Summers to Become Newberry College VP for Advancement

October 29, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced that Lori Ann Vinson Summers will assume the role of vice president for institutional advancement, effective Nov. 11.


The Union native brings over 20 years’ higher education experience to the post.


“I am honored and excited to join the Newberry College family and advance the vital work of supporting our students, faculty and programs,” said Summers. “I am passionate about higher education and its role in improving the lives of our students, our communities and beyond.”


Summers comes to Newberry from the University of South Carolina, where she has served as assistant vice president of university development since 2016. In this role, she led advancement operations for the university’s six health science schools and regional health program, launching a $120 million campaign for a new health sciences campus. Before that, she was senior director of development for the university’s College of Engineering and Computing, and has also served at Auburn University, Colorado College and the University of Minnesota.


“We are pleased to welcome Lori Ann to the College community,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “We look forward to working with her not only to complete our $35 million Scaling the Summit comprehensive campaign, but also to build on existing relationships with alumni and friends of the College, and help expand the breadth of our support community.”


Summers has been a member of the American Cancer Society leadership board in Columbia, and of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She holds a master’s degree in higher education business administration and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of South Carolina.

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Newberry College Among South Carolina’s Best Colleges for Jobs

October 23, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has been named one of the best colleges in South Carolina for getting a job, according to a recent report by Zippia.


The career resource website ranked employment levels of graduates from 31 South Carolina four-year institutions, and Newberry clinched the No. 8 spot on the list.


“Being ranked No. 8 demonstrates the time and effort we dedicate to helping students grow professionally and personally,” said Patrick Smith, director of career services. “We pride ourselves on making sure students are fully equipped with the necessary skills to enter the workforce and hit the ground running.”


Using data from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, Zippia measured the percentage of college alumni employed 10 years after graduation.


The results show Newberry graduates leading the state in finding meaningful vocations, with 91.36 percent in gainful employment.


“We could not be prouder of our graduates,” said Christopher Harris, dean of enrollment management. “The numbers show, time and time again, the value of a Newberry education, not only for livelihood, but for life.”

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Newberry College Nursing Enters New Era

October 16, 2019


NEWBERRY — The Newberry College Department of Nursing is advancing into a new era of growth and innovation, following a series of significant achievements over the past year.


This elevation in the reputation and status of the program comes on the heels of a congratulatory meeting with the South Carolina Board of Nursing, a highly successful departmental Open House, celebration of the program’s 10th anniversary and a swell of student interest in the growing program.


“I’m really excited about where we’re headed as a program,” said Dr. Susan Ludwick, chair of the Department of Nursing. “We enjoyed a great meeting with the state board of nursing recently. After reviewing how our average NCLEX-RN exam first-time pass rate has risen to 95 percent over the past year, above the state average, along with some of the changes we’ve made program-wide, I know we’re on the edge of something great.”


In addition to stellar pass rates, an exponential rise in student interest in the program has served as an indicator of success. Ludwick noted a sharp increase in the number of pre-nursing students over the last year – freshmen and sophomores who are completing nursing prerequisites and have yet to be admitted to the program.


“Our program is growing, and it's not only a sign of success, it's a key contributor," said Ludwick, who has chaired the department since January. "This growth is incredibly important to meet the increasing need for highly qualified nurses, and I am proud to say that Newberry is a leader in the field."


Ludwick cited strengthened program admission requirements, a partnership with ATI Nursing Education and plans for a new nursing education facility as key factors in program expansion and innovation.


As part of the Scaling the Summit campaign, the College projects a 12,000 square-foot health and nursing facility to be constructed at the corner of College and Evans streets. The new building, to feature state-of-the-art classrooms and clinical simulation labs, will help better prepare students for careers in an ever-innovating field.


“We couldn’t be prouder of our nursing students and faculty for all they’ve done to exceed expectations,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “With a new nursing building, we will be able to support the quality enrollment growth of the program and provide our students with the best possible learning environment.”


Since its launch in 2009, the Department of Nursing has expanded the program to educate a greater number of students. In 2017, Newberry launched the RN-to-BSN online degree completion program, which allows working registered nurses to earn their bachelor’s degree in as few as 12 months.

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Newberry College Sees Unprecedented Growth in Retention

October 14, 2019


NEWBERRY — In one of the most anticipated statements of the year, Newberry College has announced a record 7 percent improvement in freshman-sophomore persistence.


The College also saw notable retention increases among Pell Grant recipients, African-American males and non-athletes. The announcement comes as Newberry serves the largest student body of its 163-year history.


“This is a testament to the College community coming together to help our students realize their full potential,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “For any college to rise a couple percentage points is a tremendous feat, but to have a jump of 7 percent is off-the-charts incredible. Simply put, it means that our faculty and staff are creating an environment and an experience where our students feel they can achieve self-fulfillment.”


“This high level of retention improvement is a holistic manifestation of all the great things happening at Newberry College, and a testimony to the countless individuals who make them happen,” said Robert Best ’71, chair of the Board of Trustees.


The College initiative to improve student retention has been led by Dr. Sandy Scherrens, associate dean for student success. She has partnered with Credo, a small college consulting firm in Greensboro, North Carolina, and many of the retention strategies have been funded by a generous gift from the Kadilhen Foundation.


“Through this partnership and the generous gift, we have been able to make a concerted and coordinated effort across the campus to better address the issues that have been obstacles to student success,” said Sandy Scherrens. “Our focus is on ensuring that every student feels valued, and that they know we are here to help them achieve their goals.”


In addition to the surge in overall retention, persistence among Pell Grant recipients rose 4.3 percent, African-American males improved 9.5 percent, and non-athletes retained 10.7 percent better.


Last month, Newberry was honored by U.S. News & World Report with the No. 1 spot for Social Mobility among southern colleges. The list measured graduation rates of students who received federal Pell Grants, available to those with household incomes below $50,000. The College was also recognized for having one of the most ethnically diverse student populations in the South.


“Over the past seven years, I have seen Newberry grow enrollment, balance budgets, increase retention and connect graduates with their dream jobs, all counter to national trends in the liberal arts sector,” said Dr. John V. Griffith, consultant and president emeritus of Presbyterian College. “This is a model for others to emulate.”

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Newberry College to Hold Seventh Annual Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week

October 7, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College will host its seventh Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week Oct. 21–28. The annual event series will feature a host of guest speakers and programs designed to inspire appreciation for differences of humanity, and to bring people together on common ground.


“Newberry is fortunate to have one of the most diverse student populations in the South,” said Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder ’86, director of diversity education and professor of sport professions. “While being diverse is important, it’s equally vital that we strive to create an environment of inclusivity and radical hospitality where all people feel a sense of belonging, respect, and have opportunities to learn from one another. Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week has been a major part of that.”


The annual series began in 2013 with the vision and generosity of Dr. William Dufford ’49, who continues to sponsor the program. Dufford made history in 1969 as the school administrator responsible for integrating the Sumter County school system. As an educator, he has been a lifelong advocate for civil rights and quality education for all.


This year’s program will include the following events, all of which are free and open to the public:


Oct. 21 – “Unexampled Courage.” Keynote and book signing with Judge Richard Gergel. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel tells the story of Sgt. Isaac Woodard, a decorated African-American veteran who was blinded by police in Batesburg-Leesville on his way home from service in World War II. The case served as a catalyst for civil rights reform in America. Newberry Opera House, 7 p.m.


Oct. 22 – Agents of Change Fair. Organizations provide support and resources for members of the campus and greater Newberry communities. Eleazer Arena, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Oct. 22 – "Visions of Women." Dorlisa Adams, founder of the nonprofit Visions of Women, discusses her organization and its efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence, to support victims and to promote healthy relationships. Kohn Lecture Hall, Science and Mathematics Building, 3 p.m.


Oct. 23 – Wednesday Chapel service. Pastor Frederick L. Smith of Newberry’s Bethlehem Baptist Church addresses the College’s mid-week prayer service. Wiles Chapel, 10 a.m.


Oct 24 – "An Evening with Danny Gardner." Actor, author and comedian Danny Gardner returns to Newberry to preview the sequel to his 2017 novel, “A Negro and an Ofey,” and to introduce his newly established publishing company, Bronzeville Books. Gardner was featured in the College’s ongoing Gerding Author Series in 2017, a literary program made possible by a grant from Jim and the late June Gerding. Newberry Opera House, 7 p.m.

This event is canceled as of Oct. 21.


Oct. 25 – "The Art of the Conversation: Why Words Matter." Talk and book signing with Professor Nikky Finney. Professor Nikky Finney, award-winning poet and University of South Carolina professor, discusses the art of civil discourse and the importance of words in the ongoing pursuit of equality and inclusion. Wiles Chapel, 2 p.m.


Oct. 28 – "Newberry Needs to Talk About… Being the Change." The latest installment of the “Newberry Needs to Talk About…” series, hosted by the student-led Social Justice Club, explores the need for students to be agents of change on campus and in communities. Alumni Music Center Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.

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Newberry College Designates Inaugural Communications Week

October 3, 2019


NEWBERRY — The Newberry College Communications Program has declared the second week of October to be Communications Week, to celebrate distinguished program alumni in conjunction with Homecoming 2019.


The week will feature a series of on-campus events Oct. 10-11 with a slate of successful former students, to include class visits, a special newscast, awards dinner and panel discussion.


“We could not be more excited, nor more honored, to welcome back this group of distinguished alumni,” said Dr. Jodie Peeler, professor of communications, program coordinator and the event’s organizer. “This is an opportunity not only to recognize their success as Newberry graduates, but to show them the advancements we’ve made since they graduated, and to show our current students what is possible with initiative and a good education.”


The group of honored communications alumni includes:

  • Kyle Grainger ’02, an Emmy-winning meteorologist with WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Victoria Connelly Kennedy ’01, a producer for CNN in Atlanta
  • Justin Machado ’02, director of creative services at Katz Networks in Atlanta
  • Andrew Wigger ’13, editor of The Newberry Observer


The group will visit communications classes Thursday and Friday. On Thursday afternoon, they will join communications lab students in the Langford Center television studio to produce a mock newscast, with students comprising the production crew. That evening, Grainger, Kennedy, Machado and Wigger will each receive distinguished alumni awards at a dinner in their honor.


At 7 p.m. Thursday, Peeler will moderate an alumni panel discussion, covering professional skills, lessons learned and keys to success. Free and open to the public, the event will be held in the Gnann Conference Room of the Center for Teacher Education, 1121 Speers St. in Newberry.


The event comes after the College cut the ribbon last month on upgrades to the Langford Center, home of the communications program. Improvements included repairs and upgrades to the television studio’s main set, the installation of high-definition control room equipment, the creation of a new classroom and renovation of a seminar room.

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Newberry College to Host Inaugural Noir at the Bar Event

October 1, 2019


NEWBERRY — The Newberry College Department of Humanities has announced its inaugural crime and dark fiction reading, and the public is invited to join in the mystery.


Noir at the Bar will be held Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. at Bar Figaro (944 Main St., Newberry), and will feature America’s foremost crime writer, Lawrence Block, along with College alumni, faculty, and other published authors. Though there have been dozens of similar events around the world, this is the first of its kind in Newberry.


“Noir at the Bar has a rich history dating to the first event in Philadelphia in 2008,” said Dr. David Rachels, humanities department chair and the event’s organizer. “Noir at the Bar events are now held all over the country all the time. Dr. (Warren) Moore and I had often said that we should have one such event at Newberry, and with Lawrence Block on the faculty this semester, we were never going to have a better opportunity for a memorable event."


The event will feature the following readers:

  • Lawrence Block. Block has published more than 100 books over the course of his 60-year career, including 17 novels featuring his signature character, private eye and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder. Along the way, he has received nearly every award available to a mystery writer, including the prestigious Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He currently serves as Newberry College’s Gerding Writer-in-Residence for the fall semester, teaching a writing workshop and a survey course of American crime fiction.
  • Jill D. Block. A real estate attorney and daughter of Lawrence Block, Jill Block is the author of “The Truth about Parallel Lines,” published in 2018, and numerous short stories.
  • Shawn A. Cosby. Author of “My Darkest Prayer,” published earlier this year, Cosby recently signed a three-book deal with Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan.
  • Dr. Warren Moore. A professor of English at Newberry College, Moore is the author of the crime novel “Broken Glass Waltzes,” published in 2013 and reissued in 2017. His short stories have been published in multiple magazines, and in six anthologies edited by Lawrence Block. One such story, “Bowery Station, 3:15 A.M.,” was listed as an Honorable Mention in “Best American Mystery Stories,” and his “Ampurdan,” received favorable notice in The New York Times in 2017. Moore has also read at Noir at the Bar events in Philadelphia, Durham, North Carolina, and Lawrenceville, Georgia.
  • Eryk Pruitt. A screenwriter, author and filmmaker from Durham, North Carolina, Pruitt wrote the 2015 novel “Hashtag,” the southern thriller “What We Reckon,” and the short story collection “Townies,” published in 2017. He is co-host of the true crime podcast, "The Long Dance.”
  • Dr. David Rachels. Chair of the Newberry College Department of Humanities and a professor of English, Rachels has published 23 noir stories. His work has been featured in magazines and journals including Thuglit, Switchblade, Plots with Guns and Manslaughter Review.
  • Kasey Stuart Schroer ’13. Schroer graduated from Newberry College with a degree in English, and now works as a freelance content creator and chair of the Arts Board for the Newberry Community Players. Her work, inspired by authors such as Clive Barker and Jack Ketchum, delivers horror and suspense from a distinctly feminine perspective.
  • Karina Tarbell ’19. Tarbell, a recent Newberry College graduate and a residence hall director, has been published in the College’s literary magazine Lacunae. She also maintains a poetry blog and writes fiction in her spare time.


“Noir at the Bar has in fact become an international series, with readings having taken place in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom,” Moore said. “I hope that while this will be the series’ Newberry debut, there will be more in the future.”


Because of the venue, attendees must be 18 or older with ID.

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Strickland to Lead ELCA Southeastern Synod

September 30, 2019


ATLANTA — The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland ’04 will soon take office as the fourth bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


The synod, which serves congregations in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, elected Strickland June 2 to a six-year term. He will be formally installed as bishop at a service Oct. 5 at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.


“The Southeastern Synod is one of the most geographically spread synods within the ELCA,” said Strickland. “Where that geography can be an impediment, I look forward to finding ways to engage technology better and partner with others in spreading the gospel.”


The Lexington native graduated with honors from Newberry College in 2004 with a bachelor’s in religion and philosophy, and a minor in history. He went on to attend Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, earning his Master of Divinity in 2008.


“Newberry College was pivotal for me in discerning my call to ministry, but also equipping me with the gifts to faithfully take the next steps to pursue my call as a pastor in this church,” Strickland said. “One of the many gifts Newberry College gave me was the ability to thoughtfully question how my faith shapes my life and how I can help shape the lives of others.


“I will forever be grateful for these experiences and the many individuals who invested in me. I pray that I too can do the same for someone else,” he added.


Strickland served as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Maryville, Tennessee, from 2008 to 2011, and of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville from 2011 to 2014. Strickland also served as assistant to the presiding bishop and executive for worship with the nationwide church organization in Chicago from 2014 until his election.


“As I walk into this term as bishop, I do so knowing that our church has much work to do in becoming more authentically diverse, casting vision for its future, and continuing to find ways to spread the message of God’s grace to a world so in need of hearing it,” he said.


“I look forward to seeing where God will continue to guide us, call us, and shake us up as a denomination, and for me as the bishop of the Southeastern Synod.”

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Newberry Sets Student Enrollment Record

September 25, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has the largest enrollment of its 163-year history, according to a report issued today. The announcement makes 2019 the fifth time in the last six years the College’s student population has established an all-time enrollment record.


“This record-breaking group of Newberry College students comprises some of the best and brightest we have ever attracted to campus,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “They are a testament to the student-centered leaps and bounds we have made as an institution. These students offer an optimistic forecast for the future.”


This fall, the College reached an unprecedented 1,280 students, with 1,220 enrolled full-time. The incoming Class of 2023 comprised 360 students, representing 16 different states and eight different countries. Among other new students, 80 have transferred from other institutions.


“This is a phenomenal time to be a Newberry College student,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs. “Personal attention is a defining feature of a Newberry education, and over the past year, we have made enormous strides to that end. From retooling programs of study, to enhancing our learning spaces, to watching new innovative academic degrees be awarded, our dedication to our students’ success has never been stronger.”


The College’s newest students are the first to benefit from the College’s Tuition Promise, announced last spring, and the innovative Loan Repayment Promise, the first of its kind in South Carolina. The former freezes tuition for incoming freshmen for the next four years and applies to transfer students as well. The Loan Repayment Promise helps graduates repay their student loans, provided they work at least 30 hours per week and make under $43,000 per year.


“Newberry makes a promise to every student, a promise that says, ‘you invest in us, we invest in you,’” said Christopher Harris, dean of enrollment management. “Our students have already made it abundantly clear they aspire to big things in life. We are proudly committed to helping them reach their goals and ensuring that financial worries won’t stand in their way.”

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Newberry College Dedicates Langford Center Upgrades

September 23, 2019


NEWBERRY — The Newberry College communications program cut the ribbon Tuesday on upgrades to its longtime home.


Over the summer, the Langford Communications Center saw a host of state-of-the-art improvements to enhance students’ learning and experiential opportunities. The 29-year-old facility houses television and radio studios, classrooms and offices, used to educate students in the broadcasting, journalism and public relations fields.


“These upgrades have been a long time coming, and we are honored and thankful for the opportunity to better our facilities,” said Dr. Jodie Peeler, professor of communications and communications program coordinator. “We believe these changes will make a real difference in the careers and lives of our students.”


Unveiled improvements included:

  • Repairs and upgrades to the television studio’s main set
  • Installation of high-definition television equipment in the studio control room
  • Conversion of two first-floor offices into one classroom, complete with new furniture and carpeting
  • Remodeling of a seminar room, including installation of a custom-built conference table


Associate Development Officer Jim Hale ’63 gifted funds for desks and chairs for the new downstairs classroom. Peeler constructed the 4-foot-by-16-foot conference table with a grant from the Newberry College Women’s League.


Also in attendance was Gordon Henry, who came to Newberry in 1969 as public relations and sports information chief, and taught decades of photography and journalism students until his retirement in 1996.


The center was constructed in 1990 with a bequest from 1917 graduate Herman Sterling Langford.

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Newberry College Alum Duo Performance to Benefit Music Program

September 20, 2019


NEWBERRY — A pair of Newberry College alumni, Sylvia Elkins Looney ’63 and Jim Ingram ‘69, are slated to perform at the Newberry Opera House to benefit the College’s Music Department scholarship program.


The Lexington natives are members of a piano group called Li’L Entertainment, comprising “the talents of the ‘Looneys and the Ingrams from Lexington.’” The pair have performed together since 2013, specializing in “comfort music,” to include the big band, bluegrass, classical, pop and Broadway genres, among others. The group has expanded to include other members of the Looney and Ingram families.


The variety show, entitled “The Southern Purveyors of Comfort Music,” will take place Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. The group will be joined by soprano Bailey Slice Parker and Jim Graddick, the 2019 Carolina Country Music Festival’s fiddler of the year.


Tickets are $20 and may be purchased through the Newberry Opera House at (803) 276-6264, or online here. Proceeds go to scholarships for students in the Newberry College Department of Music.

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Smith Promoted to Assistant Dean for Student Engagement

September 18, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced that Michael Smith has been appointed assistant dean for student engagement.


In his new role, Smith will be responsible for fostering student engagement, planning and promoting dynamic campus programs, teaching an introduction course to college life, and supervising Newberry’s nine Greek-letter organizations.


“I am truly honored to serve in this role,” Smith said. “Newberry College has provided me with a great opportunity to take student engagement to the next level. I look forward to working with the Student Affairs team and the student body to make co-curricular activities a vibrant experience on this campus for everyone.”


Smith has served Newberry as director of student engagement and Greek Life since 2016. In this role, he has supervised the coordinator of campus recreation, the esports coach and coordinator, and student affairs interns. He created the College’s First 56 initiative, a series of programs designed to welcome, educate and engage students in the critical first 56 days of each semester. He also has extensive experience coordinating Newberry’s Greek Life and student organizations.


Before coming to Newberry, Smith served in student engagement roles at Horry-Georgetown Technical College and at Coastal Carolina University.


“Getting and keeping students involved on campus in a variety of ways is vital to a full Newberry education,” said Dean of Students Sandra Rouse. “Providing students leadership and learning opportunities outside the classroom is instrumental to their success, and we are excited to have Mr. Smith take on this role.”


Smith holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Georgia Southern University, and a bachelor’s in health promotion from Coastal Carolina University. He is currently fulfilling requirements for a doctorate in organizational leadership from Abilene Christian University.

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Newberry College Breaks Ground on Phase One of Historic Setzler Field Renovations

September 16, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College officially broke ground Friday on the first phase of major renovations to historic Setzler Field.


The ceremony opens construction on an Athletic Performance Improvement Center, to include improved guest accommodations and expanded sports medicine facilities. This comes after the Board of Trustees approved the $2.3 million phase one project last month.


“This project is the direct result of hard work, generosity, and dreams of many dedicated men and women,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “We are excited to officially begin construction, and we know the outcome will bring a host of benefits to the College. I’d like to thank everyone who helped get us here, and with your continued support, I look forward to launching phase two in the near future.”


The project will comprise a 6,750-square-foot Athletic Performance Improvement Center in the north end zone, with a 3,000-square-foot weight room, 2,000 square feet of athletic training space, a medical examination room, office space, a locker room for game officials and public restrooms.


Construction on the facility is expected to begin in November. New LED lights have already been installed on the field, and the over 60-year-old stadium restrooms were demolished last month. Air-conditioned, temporary guest accommodations are in place for the 2019-2020 season. Completion of the project is expected next summer, ready for the 2020 football and field hockey seasons.


“I want to thank the awesome people that are making this day possible, our donors that have chosen to help us,” said Director of Athletics Ralph Patterson. “I know that you can make a choice to help other groups, and the fact that you’ve chosen Newberry, to help us, means the world to us, and we thank you very much. The reason that they’re doing this, there are about 200 or 300 reasons out there, and that’s our student-athletes.”


Attending Friday’s ceremony was Melvin Younts, a leading supporter of higher education whose $1 million matching gift pledge has helped propel the project forward. Other major donors in attendance included Jean and Charlie Haggard, and Carter Pearson, on behalf of his parents, Trish and the late Wayne Pearson. Newberry Mayor Foster Senn was also in attendance.


The Athletic Performance Improvement Center is the first phase of the stadium expansion project. Phase Two will include an Athletic Field House on the east side of Setzler Field.


The complete groundbreaking ceremony may be viewed here.

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Newberry No. 1 in Social Mobility, Leads in Ethnic Diversity

September 11, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College is best in the South for social mobility and a regional leader in ethnic diversity, according to a recent review by U.S. News & World Report.


Top Performers on Social Mobility


In a new category to the collegiate ranking publication, Newberry took the No. 1 spot for Social Mobility among colleges in the South. The list measures graduation rates of students who received federal Pell Grants.


The grants are available to students coming from households with total annual incomes below $50,000. Most of these funds benefit students with family incomes below $20,000. At Newberry, graduation rates of students who received the grants are virtually identical to those of students who did not.


“Nothing is more important to us than the success of our students, and ensuring that every student has a strong opportunity to succeed,” said Robert Best, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Looking back at the past six years, specifically, the record shows that, regardless of your socioeconomic background, you have that opportunity at Newberry College.”


Ethnic Diversity


In an unranked list highlighting diversity, Newberry was recognized for having one of the most diverse student populations in the South.


An examination of enrollment data showed that the diversity of Newberry students was similar to that of the general population of the state, seen as exceptional among southern institutions.


“Here at Newberry, we pride ourselves on creating a culture of inclusivity and radical hospitality that allows us to find common ground and learn from one another,” said Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder ‘86, director of diversity education and professor of sport professions. “Having a student body that reflects the diversity of the state helps students better serve their communities, both those in South Carolina and in those beyond.”


About the Rankings


U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges by key measures of quality, including institutional reputation, student selectivity, graduation and retention rates, financial resources and alumni giving. More at

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Bishop Younan to Return to Newberry College

September 10, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced that the Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop emeritus of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Lands, will return to Newberry Sept. 11–16.


The bishop’s visit will include speaking at the College’s weekly chapel service, a public lecture, class visits and meetings with local clergy.


“We are thrilled to welcome Bishop Younan back to campus for an extended visit,” said Dr. Krista Hughes, director of the College’s Muller Center. “He possesses a wealth of experience and wisdom born of a lifetime commitment to just peace, especially within and among religions.”


A Palestinian Christian native to Jerusalem, Younan is also past president of the Lutheran World Federation. During his tenure, he signed a joint declaration with Pope Francis, stating that what unites the Lutheran and Catholic traditions is greater than that which divides them. The author of three books and a 2017 recipient of Japan’s Niwano Peace Prize, the bishop has been a leading proponent of interfaith dialogue, justice, inclusion and forgiveness.


Younan was first introduced to Newberry in February 2018, when the College was one of a handful of Lutheran colleges and universities selected to host him during a rare visit to the United States. During this visit, he preached at Ash Wednesday services at the College and at Newberry’s Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and his lecture, “Loving God and Neighbor: Living Out the Biblical Call in the Holy Land,” saw a considerable turnout of students, faculty, staff and community members.


“We are so blessed to have Bishop Younan back to educate and inspire us with his experiences,” said Campus Pastor Ernie Worman. “To explore the big questions and have an open dialogue about faith from different perspectives is a hallmark of Lutheran liberal arts education.”


The bishop will begin his upcoming visit with a guest appearance at Wednesday Chapel, the College’s regular mid-week prayer service, Sept. 11 at 10:10 a.m. in Wiles Chapel, on the College campus.


The keynote of the visit will be a lecture entitled, “Migration and Cross-Cultural Encounter: Perspectives from the Abrahamic Faiths,” slated for Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in Wiles Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.


“I hope campus and community members will come out and take advantage of having this wise and warm, distinguished guest in our midst,” said Hughes.

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Newberry College Among Region’s Best

September 9, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College is among the South’s most affordable institutions, and one of the best colleges in the region, according to a review released today by U.S. News & World Report.


Newberry appeared on the following 2020 rankings lists:

  • Best Value Schools – Regional Colleges South (No. 6)
  • Best Regional Colleges – South (No. 16)


Best Value Schools

For the fourth year in a row, Newberry remained among the top 10 for best value in the southeast.


“Newberry has only strengthened its commitment to providing a cutting-edge liberal arts education that is affordable for students and their families,” said Christopher Harris, dean of enrollment management. “Not only do students benefit from substantial financial aid packages, they also have peace of mind with our Tuition Promise.”


The Tuition Promise, announced in March, freezes freshman students’ tuition rate for their four years at Newberry. The program is available for transfer students as well.


Best Regional Colleges

Among colleges in the South, Newberry took the No. 16 spot, holding its place in the region’s top 20 institutions for the third consecutive year.


“Newberry has made significant strides, each year for the past six to eight years, to improve the educational and co-curricular experience of our students,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “This has been done by maintaining a rich faculty-to-student ratio, adding attractive new academic programs, expanding our co-curricular activities and renovating our on-campus facilities. The commitment of our faculty and staff to the success of our students has been the key to our rise in these regional rankings.”


About the Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges by key measures of quality, including institutional reputation, student selectivity, graduation and retention rates, financial resources and alumni giving. More at

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Newberry College Unveils Apex Esports Arena

September 4, 2019


NEWBERRY — Competitive gaming, or esports, has a new home at Newberry College after the new Apex Arena was unveiled at a ribbon cutting Wednesday.


Dean of Students Sandra Rouse cut the ribbon for the facility, housed in the renovated north wing of the College’s Wright Hall. The ceremony officially launched the intercollegiate sport for the 2019-2020 season.


“We’re looking forward to nothing but success from the esports program,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “I know we’ve got a great coach, and I’ve seen how crowded the new facility is with students, both participating and watching, and I really hope it’s a hit.”


The aptly named facility will serve as the esports teams’ practice and competition headquarters, complete with two competition spaces with six computer stations each, a study lounge, office and broadcasting space for commentators.


“The wolf is an apex predator,” said Terrence Knock, coordinator and head coach of esports. “We hope to be such a predator in the esports space as well.”


Though not a traditional sport, competitive gaming has become the fastest-growing spectator sport in the world. Like other sports on campus, teams will practice and train, formulate and analyze strategy and schedule competitions with other collegiate programs, mostly in spring.


“We have the ability to compete pretty much at any time, regardless of budget or school,” Knock said. “It doesn’t matter that some schools are (Division I), doesn’t matter that some schools are community colleges, and anywhere in between, those all can be very competitive. On top of that, our travel budget will be minimal until we get to regional and national competitions.”


The Newberry program will compete in team-based video games “League of Legends” and “Overwatch,” among other games and across platforms that support intercollegiate competition. The program will be supported by the National Association of Collegiate Esports.


Knock added that the program hopes to begin streaming test matches online in October, once fully up and running.


“With this new facility and state-of-the-art equipment, we’re very excited for the opportunity that the institution has provided to us,” Knock said.

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Getz Named SCICU Student of the Year

August 28, 2019


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Newberry College senior Andrea Getz has been honored by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities as its J. Lacy McLean and Sterling L. Smith Student of the Year.


The award is given annually to a student who “performs well academically and who demonstrates commitment to public affairs, community service and leadership.” Getz was selected from a pool of nominees from each of the state’s 20 private institutions. She also received a $3,000 tuition scholarship.


“Andie is a wonderful ambassador for Newberry College,” said Dr. Bret Clark, professor of biology and chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics. “In addition to excelling in the classroom, Andie has spent much of her free time serving campus and the community beyond. We are so proud of all she has accomplished, and we can’t wait to see what her future has in store.”


On campus, the biology major and Newberry Academy valedictorian has been named to the College’s Dean’s List every semester of her career. She has been a member of the women’s basketball team, the Future Medical Professionals Association of America, Blue Key Honors Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


In her community, Getz has volunteered with Central United Methodist Church and Salkehatchie Summer Service, which rebuilds homes for less fortunate individuals and families. She has been actively involved with Meals on Wheels, Newberry County Memorial Hospital, numerous community festivals, and with her high school’s basketball program as a coach and mentor. She adds that her summers with Asbury Hills Camp and Retreat Center, Camp Tekoa and Hawaii’s Camp Erdman have been inspirational.


"I am really blessed and thankful for opportunities to give back to my community and have my involvement and success acknowledged through this scholarship,” said Getz. “I believe college is a steppingstone on the path to success, and I'll always be grateful to SCICU for giving me the tools to further my education and make an impact.


“I'm also grateful to Dr. Clark and Dr. (Lindsy) Boateng for encouraging me to apply.”


Getz added that the scholarship will be a big help in paying for senior year. She hopes to pursue a career in pediatric physical therapy after graduation in May.


Getz will be recognized by SCICU at an Oct. 8 banquet at Coker College.

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Newberry College Declares Sept. 14 Lutheran Day

August 27, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College will hearken to its faithful origins when the Wolves football team opens at historic Setzler Field Sept. 14. The season’s first home game is Lutheran Day, a tradition that welcomes members of the Lutheran community to campus for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and football.


“It’s Lutheran Day, and my goal is to encourage Lutherans to come see our campus, enjoy the football game, they can have a tour of the campus if they would like, and to just see how we’re growing and how we’re doing,” said Campus Pastor Ernie Worman.


Lutheran Day participants receive a student-designed T-shirt, a wristband that doubles as a game ticket, and a hot dog, chips and a beverage. Campus tours and tailgating spaces are also available by request with RSVP.


The cost is $15 for adults and children, payable by cash or check the day of the game, and Lutheran pastors are admitted free. Registration begins at noon, followed by the game against the Florida Tech Panthers at 1 p.m.


“We’ve been a Lutheran college for 163 years, we’re growing, highest attendance we’ve ever had, we’ve seen a lot of upgrades to the campus,” said Worman. “Our school is changing and growing and pretty, and we just want to invite our Lutheran partners to come enjoy the college they have created, sustained and supported.”


Interested churches and individuals are asked to RSVP by Sept. 6 to Worman by email at, or by phone at (803) 947-2052. Please send the number of attendees, and whether a campus tour or tailgating space is requested.

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Hanes to Lead Newberry College Disability Services

August 20, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed LaShawn A. Hanes as coordinator of disability services, beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.


“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to work with students and families who have found a home at Newberry College,” said Hanes. “I will work to ensure full access and participation on campus, both academically and socially, and to show there are no barriers to what our students can accomplish.”


Hanes’ role includes managing academic, residential and commuter accommodations for students with disabilities, as well as ensuring accommodations equitable and reasonable. She will also develop and manage plans for long-term absences and serve as a general advocate for students with disabilities.


Hanes comes to Newberry from Owosso (Mich.) Public Schools, where she served as a special education teacher and caseload manager for six years. She has also served in equity inclusion and academic affairs at the University of Michigan, and as adjunct faculty at Baker College. She has also coached high school-level basketball and volleyball.


“We are so pleased to welcome LaShawn to the team,” said Dr. Sandy Scherrens, associate dean for student success. “We look forward to ensuring every student has what they need to be successful.”


Hanes holds a Master of Arts in Educational Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in learning disabilities education, both from Michigan State University.

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Newberry Ranks Among Best Southern Institutions

August 19, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College is among the best colleges in the southeast, according to an annual report by College Consensus.


Newberry was named sixth out of 44 southern colleges and universities, ranking highest among South Carolina colleges and surpassing last year’s No. 10 designation.


“We are absolutely honored to be listed among the best institutions in the southeast,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “We’ve made tremendous progress in so many areas in the past year alone, with so much more on the way. It’s always a blessing to be recognized for how far you’ve come, and we strive to continue making a difference in the lives of our students.”


The collegiate ranking guide examines published evaluations and thousands of student reviews to provide comprehensive quality scores for colleges and universities across the United States. Scores combine average ratings from college rankings publishers and online student reviews for a comprehensive consensus score.


Newberry earned a 59.6 Publisher Consensus and a 74 Student Consensus for an overall score of 66.8.


“Newberry College has been transforming lives for more than 160 years by focusing on our commitment to passion, purpose and personal attention,” said Christopher Harris, dean of enrollment management. “To be recognized by our students and colleagues is proof that we are making a difference in South Carolina.”


Newberry joins High Point University, ranked first, and two other S.C. institutions in the top 10, Coker College and the University of South Carolina at Aiken, at ninth and 10th, respectively.

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College to Begin Historic Setzler Field Renovations

August 15, 2019


NEWBERRY — The Newberry College Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a $2.3 million phase one renovation project for historic Setzler Field.


The project will include an Athletic Performance Center in the north end zone, improved guest accommodations and expanded sports medicine facilities.


“We are thrilled to begin the stadium project, which will bring a host of benefits to our campus,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “None of this could be possible without contributions from our alumni and friends. We are hopeful that we will be able to announce commencement of phase two, our East Building, in the near future.”


Construction on the 6,750-square-foot performance center will begin this fall, with completion expected next summer, in time for the 2020 football and field hockey seasons. The center will include a 3,000-square-foot weight room and 2,000 square feet of athletic training space, along with a medical examination room, office space, a locker room for game officials and public restrooms.


Work has already begun on the stadium’s restrooms after the existing building was demolished last week. It will be replaced with an air-conditioned, temporary structure and landscaping for the upcoming season.


The field will also receive new LED lighting, replacing existing light poles and providing more, energy-efficient light for events.


"We have been working on plans to begin a new stadium for many years and we're thrilled to begin the first phase," said Associate Athletic Director Dexter Odom, who played an instrumental role in the project. "Our primary goals have always been to improve the appearance of the whole campus, to benefit our student-athletes and to create a brand-new atmosphere for Wolves football, field hockey and lacrosse.”


In addition to the stadium project, four other venues are also undergoing lighting improvements. The soccer and softball competition fields at Smith Road Complex, as well as the Atwater and Alumni Music Center practice fields, will be illuminated for the first time.


The new complex lights will allow night games for soccer and softball, significantly reducing missed class time for student-athletes and enhancing the gameday experience for players and fans. The new lighting will also benefit Newberry’s robust intramural program, the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band, and general student activities.


The College has been assisted in the planning and design of this first phase by Kurt Ludwick of the architectural firm McMillian-Pazdan and Smith, Ben Weeks of J. Davis Construction Company, Hall of Famer Keith McAlister and West Electrical Company.


“The completed project will complement our vision of athletic excellence,” said athletic director Ralph Patterson. “We thank everyone who has helped get us this far, and we can't wait for others to jump on board to help make this vision a reality.”


The College has tentatively planned a groundbreaking ceremony for Sept. 13, a day before the football team’s home opener against Florida Tech.

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Ard Appointed Financial Aid Director

August 12, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Thomas Ard as director of financial aid, beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.


“It is an honor to return to Newberry to serve students and their families,” Ard said. “Our financial aid department plays a critical role in how students pay for college, and this includes everything from institutional scholarships to grants and student borrowing. I am excited and humbled to take the lead.”


Ard returns to the Newberry staff after serving as associate director of financial aid at North Greenville University. Before this, he served Newberry as scholarship coordinator before becoming assistant director of financial aid in 2017.


Ard has served in similar roles at Greenville Technical College and Virginia College, and as a student services program coordinator in Clemson University’s accounting office.


“Thomas knows the ins and outs of higher education financial aid, and having previously served Newberry, he is well-acquainted with not only our processes, but most importantly with our people and our mission,” said Christopher Harris, dean of enrollment management.


Ard holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Clemson University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Presbyterian College.

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Newberry College Appoints New Admission Director

August 7, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Milena E. Velez as director of admission, beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year.


“I am thrilled for the opportunity to help prospective students and families through the admission process as they begin their journey at Newberry College,” said Velez. “The Office of Admission is not only the first impression new students have of our campus, it is also the place where we lay the foundation for their success at Newberry and beyond. I am honored to be serving this incredible campus community.”


Velez comes to Newberry from Ohio's University of Findlay, where she served as assistant director of graduate and transfer admission beginning in 2015. In this role, she led a team of three admissions counselors and redesigned admission processes for all 16 of the institution’s graduate and post-graduate programs. Before that, she served the university as transfer admissions advisor from 2014-2015.


Velez also served Lake Erie College as a public relations staff writer and senior admissions counselor before her appointment as interim director of admission in 2014.


“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Milena to Newberry College,” said Christopher Harris, dean of enrollment management. “Her extensive experience in higher education, along with her passion for personal attention to students and families, make her the right person to lead our admissions team.”


Velez holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Lake Erie College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in creative writing and politics from Oberlin College. She is currently finishing coursework for a graduate degree in rhetoric and writing from the University of Findlay.


She and her husband, Joel, a business analyst and technical advisor for Newberry’s enrollment management division, reside in Chapin with their daughter, Stella.

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Newberry College Announces First 56 Initiative

August 5, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced the return of its First 56 initiative to welcome, educate and engage students in campus life.


The initiative, now in its second year, features at least one event each of the first 56 days of fall semester, beginning Aug. 15. The program takes its name from 1856, the year the college was founded.


“First 56 has been a huge success, and we looking to make this programming initiative a tradition for the campus,” said Michael Smith, director of student engagement and Greek Life. “The goal is to create a vibrant environment for campus engagement that all students, from our freshmen to our graduating seniors, can enjoy.”


The programming includes interactive entertainment, concerts, tournaments, community fairs, and seminars for student organizations and professional development. There are over 100 events slated until the series ends mid-October with fall break, all designed to engage students in the critical first weeks of the semester.


“At Newberry College, we pride ourselves on our active student body, full of volunteerism and a desire to get involved and lead change. These qualities will serve them well in college and in their lives beyond,” said Dean of Students Sandra Rouse. “The First 56 has been an excellent catalyst for student engagement, and we look forward to another great year.”

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Lesaine Named Among Black Pages’ Top 20 Under 40

July 24, 2019


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Dr. John Lesaine ’07, assistant dean for student success and persistence at Newberry College, has been honored by the South Carolina Black Pages as one of its Top 20 Under 40.


The award class of 2019 was recognized July 17 at a reception in Columbia.


“I am definitely honored and humbled to receive this distinction,” said Lesaine. “To be recognized alongside so many movers and shakers across the state is something that I will cherish forever, and I am grateful to God for the opportunity.”


Each year, the business directory and reference guide selects 20 men and women under the age of 40 who “have achieved personal and professional success, have a record of community service and have given back to others through their time, talents and donations.”


Lesaine, also associate professor of sport professions, earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Newberry College. He coached collegiate women’s basketball for eight years, including two stints at Newberry, before joining the faculty in 2012.


The Manning, S.C., native is the campus site coordinator for Call Me MISTER, a program designed to remedy the shortage of male elementary school teachers from diverse backgrounds. He also serves as a public address announcer for Newberry College athletics, and as a basketball referee for colleges, high schools and semiprofessional teams.


“My greatest hope is to inspire our students to continue to do great things so that they, too, will one day achieve their aspirations and realize their full potential,” Lesaine said.


Lesaine also holds graduate degrees in educational leadership from Valdosta State University, in sport psychology from Capella University, and a doctorate in sport management from the United States Sports Academy.

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Newberry Men’s Golf Named Academic National Champions

by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications - July 17, 2019


NORMAN, Okla. – The Newberry College Men's Golf team has been honored as the Academic National Champion by the Golf Coaches Association of America for achieving the highest team GPA of any two- or four-year institution in the nation.


Newberry won both the Division II and overall Academic National Championship with a sterling 3.84 GPA.


"We are very pleased to have earned this award, and to be recognized by the GCAA as the Academic National Champion for men's golf," head coach Howard Vroon said. "Collegiate golf is incredibly time consuming for the student-athlete. This 2018-19 team worked extremely hard in the classroom and on the golf course, and this award will be very well received here on our campus."


The Wolves become the first NCAA Division II team to be crowned the GCAA's overall Academic National Champion since the award's inception in 2009. Other division champions included New Mexico (NCAA Division I), Augsburg (NCAA Division III), SCAD-Atlanta (NAIA), Dodge City (NJCAA Division I), and North Central Missouri (NJCAA Division II).


Individual men's golfers have been honored for their work in the classroom as well. Harry Bolton (Canberra, Australia), the 2019 individual South Atlantic Conference champion who graduated in May with a 3.88 GPA, was named the SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year for Men's Golf. Eleven men's golfers were named to the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll, helping Newberry set a new record with 207 student-athletes honored.


"Many thanks to the GCAA for organizing this award and for recognizing our student-athletes for their hard work and impressive achievement in the classroom," Vroon said.

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Newberry College Welcomes Criminal Justice, Sociology Honor Societies

July 16, 2019

Alpha Phi Sigma held its charter member induction ceremony in the spring 2019 semester. (Left to right): Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sid Parrish, Dr. Patrick Beatty, Jacob Rhoad, Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Chair Dr. Vinetta Witt, Cierra Negron, Denelle Williams, Jade McDowell, Jessica Johnson, Megan Clark, Kendall Tipton, Timothy Martinez, Eric Brody, Katie Hayes, Jon Saullo, Madison Bauknight, Malik Whitfield, Mary Siebert, Jaquez Hartwell, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Cynthia Eshleman. Not pictured: Austin Crocker.

NEWBERRY – Newberry College has announced the addition of two new national academic honor societies – Alpha Phi Sigma, for criminal justice students, and Alpha Kappa Delta, for sociology. The announcement comes after the respective field-specific organizations inducted their charter members earlier this year.


“We could not be prouder to be able to recognize our top criminal justice students for their achievement and further their potential,” said Dr. Patrick Beatty, assistant professor of criminal justice and advisor for the Pi Gamma Rho chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma. “This first class of inductees will have not only acknowledgement of their excellence, but also a network of resources to be successful in their chosen career paths.”


The following criminal justice students were inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma: Mary Siebert (Charleston, S.C.), Madison Bauknight (Chapin, S.C.), Katie Hayes (Roebuck, S.C.), Timothy Martinez (Pasco, Wash.), Megan Clark (Newberry), Alexis Jade McDowell (Charleston), Malik Whitfield (Anderson, S.C.), Jon Saullo (Beaufort, S.C.), Eric Brody (Orlando, Fla.), Kendall Tipton (Land O’ Lakes, Fla.), Jessica Johnson (Laurens, S.C.), Denelle Williams (Johannesburg, South Africa), Jaquez Hartwell (Summerville, S.C.), Jacob Rhoad (Newberry) and 2018 graduates Cierra Negron (Beaufort) and Austin Crocker (Laurens).



 “This is an amazing opportunity for our students to be recognized for their hard work in the sociology program,” said Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Naomi Simmons, advisor for Alpha Kappa Delta’s Nu of South Carolina chapter. “AKD provides a number of ways for students to be involved in research and in service to their college and the community.”


Alpha Kappa Delta conferred membership upon the following students: Madison Bauknight, Marisa Romanchek (Hanahan, S.C.), Mary Siebert, Cameron Clingan (Myersville, Md.), Shelby Britten (Victoria, Australia), Kendall Tipton, Allison Davis (Greensboro, N.C.), Emma Smith (Albany, N.Y.), Breante Miller (Spartanburg, S.C.) and 2018 graduates MacKenzie Swink (Cayce, S.C.) and Cierra Negron.


The two new organizations join other existing academic honor societies at Newberry College, including Blue Key Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, the National Society for Leadership and Success, and similar organizations for English, history and mathematics.

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Newberry College Welcomes New Esports Coach

July 8, 2019


NEWBERRY – Newberry College has announced Terrence Knock will lead its newly-minted competitive gaming program, also known as esports. Knock, an Air Force captain and officer-in-charge of esports and fitness evaluations for the U.S. Air Force Academy, will begin with the 2019-2020 season.


“Adopting esports at Newberry College allows students the opportunity to grow and compete in a greater number of ways, and it is a vehicle for technologically-savvy students to put their skills to work,” said Dean of Students Dr. Sandra Rouse. “This puts Newberry at the front of an expanding frontier, and we couldn’t be happier to have Mr. Knock leading the charge.”


Though not a traditional sport, competitive gaming has become the fastest-growing spectator sport in the world. As with any intercollegiate sport, students will win a seat on the team roster based on their playing ability and will be eligible for scholarships. The Newberry program will compete in team-based video games “Overwatch” and “League of Legends,” and will be supported by the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).


In November, Knock cofounded the academy’s esports program, the first of its kind for any military service academy. He currently coaches 26 competitors across three major gaming titles, and oversees daily practices and competitions against other collegiate teams. Knock will retire from the Air Force with eight years of active duty service.


“I’m extremely thankful and excited for the opportunity to become the first-ever head coach and coordinator of esports at Newberry College,” Knock said. “I will work tirelessly to create an environment for students to grow athletically and academically, and to prepare them for professional and personal success.”


Knock earned a bachelor’s degree in international security and conflict resolution from San Diego State University in 2010. In May, he graduated from the University of Miami with a master’s degree in sports administration.

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Rouse Receives Career Achievement Award

July 3, 2019


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Newberry College Dean of Students Dr. Sandra Rouse has been honored by Columbia College with its 2019 Career Achievement Award, given “to an alumna who has distinguished herself and Columbia College by outstanding accomplishments in her career field.” She received the award as part of the school’s Alumnae Weekend.


“I am immensely honored to be recognized by my alma mater with this award,” said Rouse. “In the Columbia College and Newberry College traditions, we are called to a higher purpose, to serve causes larger than ourselves. I have been blessed with many opportunities to this end, and I believe it is my calling to help students find, and strive in, their own vocations.”


Rouse, a 1995 graduate of Columbia College, began her career in higher education as Newberry College’s Assistant Director of Residence Life and Student Activities in 1998. That same year, she earned a master’s degree in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina, and she received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009. Rouse served other higher education institutions throughout the Carolinas from 2000-2014, when she returned to Newberry to serve as Associate Dean of Students. She was named interim Dean of Students in August 2016, assuming the permanent role in December of that year.


In her present role, Rouse is responsible for providing strategic direction for student-focused areas of the institution, including Housing and Residence Life, Campus Safety, Health and Counseling Services, Student Engagement, Greek Life, Student Leadership, Intramurals and Wellness, Judicial Affairs and Postal Services. She works closely with departments across campus to develop programs and services that promote student success, support student retention and ensure the timely graduation of students.


A native of Barnwell, S.C., Rouse currently resides in Columbia.

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Fowler to Head Newberry College Business Administration Department

July 1, 2019


NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced that Dr. David Fowler, assistant professor of business management, will chair the Department of Business Administration beginning in July.


“Dr. Fowler has demonstrated the necessary skills and a drive to see students succeed,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president of academic affairs. “The business department plays a significant role, not only as our largest academic department, but as one of our fastest-growing. We look forward to Dr. Fowler leading this growth, both in our online programs and possible graduate-level programs.”


Fowler joined the Newberry College faculty as an assistant professor in 2018, teaching courses in business management. Before coming to Newberry, he served as adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division, and as an information technology officer for a global Fortune 500 company. He has also prepared meals as an executive chef in hotels, casinos and country clubs across the south.


“I am very excited, humbled and honored to be the new faculty chair of the Department of Business Administration at Newberry College,” said Fowler. “It is my wish to build on the foundation laid by my predecessor, Dr. Sarah Bryant, by expanding fulfilling internships and employment opportunities with local business partners, strengthening our current academic offerings, and introducing new innovative programs.”


“Specifically, a priority will be to develop Newberry’s first graduate program in Organizational Development and Leadership,” Fowler added. “We look forward to this and other milestones in the years to come.”


Fowler holds a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development: Organizational Development and Change from the University of Texas at Tyler, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University. He and his wife, Victoria, reside in Irmo, S.C.

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Newberry College Receives Major Gift from Kadilhen Foundation

June 27, 2019


Newberry College has received a one-million-dollar gift from the Kadilhen Foundation to support the school’s innovative Center for Student Success, which helps improve student retention and graduation rates. The foundation’s support will bolster academic success coaching, peer mentoring, and supplemental instruction. The College will also use the funds to enhance career counseling, financial literacy, academic advising and the early alert system. 

“This gift makes it possible for us to customize a successful pathway for each of our students,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “No two students follow the same path, and no two students have the same needs. Kadilhen’s gift gives our academic support staff the resources necessary to expand their services to serve a much larger universe of students, and to help each student in a timely and individualized manner.” 

The gift will also enhance the College’s transition course, focusing greater attention on writing skills, critical reading and thinking skills to better position students for their subsequent move to graduate studies or full-time employment. 

One of the foundation’s members, while a student at Newberry, discovered that although the dedicated efforts of individual faculty and staff proved invaluable to his success, the resources were simply not available to help all the students in need of assistance. 

“Additional resources and a pivot toward a greater student-oriented mindset were needed to improve the student experience and motivate students to ‘power through’ the more difficult times of their college years,” said the member. “It is our belief that, with the leadership of Dr. Sandy Scherrens and the empowerment of faculty and staff like John Lesaine and Kay Chandler, the College can become a leader not only in student persistence, but in graduating students well-prepared to pursue their vocation.” 

The foundation’s gift, to be matched by College fundraising, will be provided over a three-year period. The College and the Kadilhen Foundation agree that improved student retention will fully fund the Center for Student Success when the gift expires in 2021.

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College Singers, Orchestra Perform International Tour

June 19, 2019


The Newberry College Singers and Newberry Chamber Orchestra returned Tuesday from a 10-day performing and sightseeing tour of southwest Germany.


“We were so fortunate to have had this phenomenal opportunity,” said Dr. Patrick Casey, orchestra conductor and the trip’s organizer. “To represent Newberry College on an international stage, and to bring people together from across the globe to make music, that’s something very special indeed.”



Tour Participants

  • Isaiah Bowman – Irmo
  • Josh Blancher – Prosperity
  • Noah Brandon – Chapin
  • Patrick Casey – Newberry
  • Catherine Hazan – Columbia
  • Marcelo Hazan – Columbia
  • Julian Lanier – Prosperity
  • Maria Manaeva – Walterboro
  • Janet Price – Lexington
  • Van Price – Lexington
  • Karen Rambo – Prosperity
  • Ron Rambo – Prosperity
  • Alice Ramirez – Newberry
  • Kayleigh Riser – Chapin
  • Jay Salter – Prosperity
  • Alvin Shaver – Chapin
  • Corey Shaver – Chapin
  • Chris Sheppard – Newberry
  • Elsie Sheppard – Newberry
  • Melissa Sheppard – Newberry
  • Erin Siegfried – Chapin


From June 6-18, the 21-member entourage resided in and around the town of Kaiserslautern, making day trips between rehearsals. The group performed two special-invitation collaboration concerts with German a capella chorus, d’acCHORd, and with friends from the local orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Landkreises Kaiserslautern. The concerts included Josef Rheinberger’s “Stabat Mater,” selections from Marten Jansson’s “Missa Popularis,” featuring soprano soloist Kayleigh Riser, and Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” with baritone soloist Dr. Chris Sheppard.


Sightseeing opportunities led the group to the medieval city of Heidelberg; Mainz, the home of Johannes Gutenberg; Worms, where reformer Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church; Strasbourg, France, on the German border; and Ramstein Air Force Base, to visit members of the U.S. Air Force Band of Europe. The ensembles also attended a performance of Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo” in Wiesbaden and a brass quintet “Waldkonzert,” or forest concert, outside Kaiserslautern.


The trip was financed in large part by contributions from local corporate and individual sponsors, including Meinolf Muhr of German-owned manufacturing firm MM Technics, Samsung corporation, Thrivent Action Team, Robert and Dorothy Best, Renee Cousins Stubbs and Tamra Tootle. Combined with gifts from other local donors, this support offset more than 20 percent of each traveler’s out-of-pocket costs. Lodging for approximately half the tour featured home stays with German families in Kaiserslautern, who agreed to host members of the group.


“This effort could not have been possible without the support of our generous community sponsors and our hospitable German host families,” said Sheppard, director of choral activities and chair of the Department of Music. “We are truly grateful for the opportunity not only to take our talents to an international audience, but to learn through immersion and bring cultures together through music. To have businesses and families remove a large part of the financial costs through gifts and hospitality was a real blessing.”


Sheppard added the last time a Newberry College musical ensemble performed internationally was in 1972.

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Newberry College Confers Its First Respiratory Therapy Degrees

June 12, 2019


Newberry College recently conferred degrees upon its inaugural class of graduates in the Respiratory Therapy online degree-completion program.


Nine students became the first to earn their bachelor’s degrees in the degree-completion program that was launched in January 2018. The graduates received their degrees at the College’s spring commencement, held May 4 at Eleazer Arena on the Newberry campus.


“This first class of Respiratory Therapy graduates are well-equipped to excel in this fast-growing, critical field,” said Dr. Jerry Alewine, chair of the Department of Respiratory Therapy. “We are so proud of what they have accomplished in earning their baccalaureate degree and pleased to be able to offer a program that allows working professionals to complete their degree and still manage the demands of work, home and family.”


Graduates of the inaugural B.S. in Respiratory Therapy class were:

Joseph Anthony Ariale, Jr. – Summerville, S.C.

Kevin Tyler Berry – Spartanburg, S.C.

Janet Williams Carter – Ninety Six, S.C.

Mandy Joy de Vries – Charleston, S.C.

Tammy Marshall – Greenwood, S.C.

Erin Denise Mosley – Columbia, S.C.

Norma Nely Pineda – Greenwood, S.C.

Elizabeth Ridge Richey – Fort Mill, S.C.

Brittany Nicole Williams – Newberry, S.C.


The 12-month program, completed entirely online, is designed for licensed respiratory therapists seeking to earn their baccalaureate degree. Increasingly, bachelor’s degrees are becoming the preferred credential for respiratory therapists just entering the field and for established professionals seeking career advancement.


“As one of the first schools in South Carolina to offer a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy, and the first to graduate a BSRT class, Newberry College is in a unique position to help professionals advance their careers and better serve their patients.”


Respiratory Therapy is one of four online degree-completion programs Newberry College offers, along with RN-to-BSN, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. Over the coming year, the college plans to add online programs for Healthcare Management and Business Administration.


For more information about Newberry Online degree-completion programs, go to


PICTURED IN PHOTO: Front row (L to R): Erin Mosley, Mandy de Vries, Dr. Jerry Alewine, Janet Carter, Brittany Williams. Back row (L to R)): Joseph Ariale, Jr., Norma Pineda, Tammy Marshall.

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June 11, 2019

Dean's List Newberry Colleges

Students receiving recognition on the Dean’s List at Newberry College had to achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale during the semester.

A total of 343 students earned Dean’s List honors this semester. The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019:

Tyler James Ackard Mount Pleasant SC
Olivia Rose Adams South Portland ME
Michael Alexander Aimone Columbia SC
Edison Ambarzumjan Grafing 
Alex Richard Amble Summerville SC
Noah Thomas Armstrong Hickory Tavern SC
Sarah Elizabeth Awenowicz West Mifflin PA
Alyssa Marie Ball Magnolia DE
Jordan Ashley Barnes Prosperity SC
McKenzie Dale Barneycastle Mocksville NC
Brittani Nicole Barratt Mt Pleasant SC
Madison Elizabeth Bauknight Chapin SC
Meagan Renee Bedenbaugh Newberry SC
Hunter Kyle Berley Aiken SC
Brooke Elizabeth Berry Batesburg SC
Gustav Olof Bjornsson Stockholm
Harthe Dufford Blankenship Branchville SC
Chandler Lawrence Boltin Orangeburg SC
Harry Frederick Bolton Kambah
Quentavious Dashawn Bonham Saluda SC
Joshua Matthew Bookbinder Easley SC
Caleb Josiah Bouwkamp Landrum SC
Preston Warren Bowers Pomaria SC
Brandy Shayna Bowman Irvine CA
Sidney I Bowman Irmo SC
ShaQuana Vonne Bracey Bennettsville SC
Anne-Marie Branham Cassatt SC
Samantha Nicole Breeden Chattanooga TN
Ashlie Summer Brickle Cope SC
David Anthony Bridges Sumter SC
Austin Cameron Brinson Pickens SC
Jacob Wayne Brinson Pickens SC
Andrew Louis Briones Friendswood TX
Shelby Lee Britten Victoria
Madison Grace Brock
David Copeland Brown Anderson SC
Taylor Diann Brown Newberry SC
William Austin Brown
Fabrizio Bucco Guayaquil
Tom Bueschges Nettetak
Kirkland Christine Burkett Leesville SC
Nicholas James Butler Camden SC
Robert Christopher Butler Camden SC
Taylor Victoria Caldwell Prosperity SC
Taylor Nichole Campbell Laurens SC
Pedro Gabriel Ferreira Campos Belo Horizonte
Troy Steven Cann Abbeville SC
Kailey Blair Carpenter Clover SC
Jared Douglas Chant Theresa NY
Katharine Nichole Chappell Newberry SC
Christian Andres Chavez Arden NC
Wei Chen orangeburg SC
Corey James Chrzanowski Suwanee GA
Megan Elizabeth Clark Newberry SC
Cameron Joseph Clingan Myersville MD
Briana Taylor Clontz Conover NC
Megan McKenzie Cobb Leesville SC
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Octavia Michaela-Cheri Grandy Newberry SC
Antoinaya Azari Mone Grant N Charleston SC
Mikhyah Juwan Grant Irmo SC
Tyrese Mykeil Grant Summerville SC
Sarah Elizabeth Grayson Guyton GA
Lucius Harper Greene York SC
Amy Griffiths Gateacre
Christopher James Griggs Lexington SC
Calesta Paige Grooms Eutawville SC
Kelly Mae Gunter Batesburg SC
Aubrey Grace Guyton Cordova TN
Alicia Leigh Hall Whitmire SC
Cody James Halloran Fountain Inn SC
Andrew Allen Hamer
Savannah Payton Harmon Prosperity SC
Emma Claire Harms Greer SC
Benjamin Tyler Havird Newberry SC
Kelsey Morgan Havird Newberry SC
Mason Lawrence Hawkins Newberry SC
Jarrett Christopher Hazel Chapin SC
Katelyn Marie Heard Yorktown VA
Ryan Jestin Heriot Fort Mill SC
Carlos Adan Hernandez NEWBERRY SC
Gracen Laine Hester Prosperity SC
Shannon Camille Hetrick Greenville SC
Daphne Liliana Heyaime-Fernandez Santo Domingo
Jordan Marielynn Heyward Pelion SC
Taylor Rei Hiatt Waterloo IA
Ragan Elizabeth Hill Simpsonville SC
Peyton Clark Hite Ninety Six SC
Delaney Morgan Hood Summerville SC
Mark Edward Hoog Lexinton SC
Jonathan Middleton Huggins Anderson SC
Madeline Frances Hunnicutt Columbia SC
Jackson Paul Hyatt Nolesnville TN
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Madison Lynn Hyman Prosperity SC
Nabila Inak Forest Hills NY
Ahyannah Essie Irby fountain inn SC
Bobby Donte' Irby Irmo SC
Taylor William Jackson Batesburg-Leesville SC
Lanard Keith James Harleyville SC
Zoiee Alexis Jamison Prosperity SC
Jacob Allen Jeffcoat West Columbia SC
Jessica Marie Johnson Laurens SC
Nigel Kenyatta Johnson Manning SC
Sarah Elizabeth Johnson Ruby SC
D'Arion Lashay Johnston Columbia SC
Ian Walter Jones North Charleston SC
Kensley Hannah Jordan Hartwell GA
Nathan Richard Kaminski Acworth GA
Jacob Bailey Katopol Ypsilanti MI
Farai Mazvita Kawonde Harare, Harare
Brady Alexis Keeler Bridgeville DE
Rodney Heath Keeter West Columbia SC
Chandler Keith Lexington SC
Kadelyn Taylor Kelly Chapin SC
Julie Ann Kinard Prosperity SC
Robert Cory King Chapin SC
Aaron Joseph Kitchen Chapin SC
Ethan Patrick Kitchen Chapin SC
Friederike Johanna Klein Berlin
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Collin Michael Kremer Sumter SC
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Marshall Hunter Lange Archdale NC
Cody Lee Lathrop Little Mountain SC
Arthur Edward Lawrence Irmo SC
Caleb Sheffield Lawrimore Newberry SC
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Grace Theresa Lee Seaford DE
Mariah Elizabeth Lee Seaford DE
Carson Blake Lesser Plantation FL
Genesis Olivia Lewis Port Wentworth GA
Tyler Logan Lindsay Lamar SC
Rasha Myiti Simone Ling Reeseville SC
Johnnie William Little New London NC
Taylor Renee Livingston Newberry SC
Jackson Scott Lominick Newberry SC
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Johana Lunackova Tyn nad Vltavou
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Tiquan Andre Lyles Greenville SC
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Tony Christopher Matos Hoschton GA
Sophia Ann Maybay Lexington SC
Shannon Lynn McCann Horseheads NY
Frank Compton McCurry Summerville SC
Kelsey Taylor McDermott Mackay Australia
Alexis Jade McDowell Benson NC
Jena Marie McGuire Walterboro SC
Samuel Andrew McMillan Chapin SC
Joseph Dante Meade Prosperity SC
Brianna M Meador Irmo SC
Bethany Layne Meadors Clinton SC
Paige Lorraine Meyer Georgetown IN
Cameron Alexander Miles Mechanicsville MD
Breante Neshae Miller Spartanburg SC
Nycholas Tryvar Millington Summerville SC
Hailey Dianne Mills Pomaria SC
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Sydney Brooke Mitcham Chapin SC
Emily Bay Moore Newberry SC
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Tori Ashlen Morris Severna Park MD
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Sloane Caroline Neal Camden SC
Joshua Caleb Neiger Newberry SC
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David Jacob Ott Irmo SC
Samuel David Ottley Shropshire
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Zachary Payne Pasadena MD
Valeria Isabel Paz Rock Hill SC
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Diana Hope Rausch Lawrenceville GA
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Ashley Taylor Raymond Chapin SC
Mariah Patrice Read Columbia SC
Sarah Elizabeth Reagin Greenwood SC
Brett James Rhoad Newberry SC
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Morgan Cato Rhoney Lexington SC
D'Zhanya Angelyque Richards Pembroke Pines FL
Collyn David Richardson West Columbia SC
Logan Danielle Richardson Clover SC
Cole Taylor Riddlehoover Gilbert SC
Kayleigh Ashlynn Riser Chapin SC
Biasia Meche Roberts Chester SC
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Dana Renee Robinson Laurens SC
Shea Manning Rodgers Indian Land SC
Caitlyn Elayne Rogers Gaffney SC
Carly Elise Rogers Greenwood SC
Marisa Brianne Romanchek Hanahan SC
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Nicholas Austin Seymore Laurens SC
James Connor Shadday Lexington SC
Corey Evan Shaver Chapin SC
Mary Elizabeth Siebert Charleston SC
Erin Marie Siegfried Chapin SC
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Sarah Mckenzie Stegall Jefferson SC
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Heather Leigh Stork Duncan SC
Marie Charlene Stroud
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Jordan Steven Szustwal Fort Mill SC
Karina Nicole Tarbell Lexington SC
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Christopher Allen Taylor Florence SC
Ka'Liberty LaKenzie Taylor Newberry SC
Lauren Brooke Teague Orangeburg SC
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Joita' Samiya Watts Clinton SC
Kevin Frank Weber Fountain Inn SC
Abigail Elaine Webster Newberry SC
Brianna Ashley Webster Mauldin SC
KeShaun Elizabeth White Columbia GA
Leanna Michelle White Newberry SC
Saylor Morgan Whitesides Lincolnton NC
Nicole Marie Whitlock Little Mountain SC
Kelli Widener Myrtle Beach SC
Caleb Roimane Wilkie Gaffney SC
Denelle Tessa Williams Johannesburg
Jonathan Williams Columbia SC
Natalie Elizabeth Willis Lexington SC
Quinn Layne Wilson Simpsonville SC
Ericka Brooke Wiseley mt. pleasant SC
Ethan Benjamin Yamin
Mattie Grace Yarbrough Saluda SC
Seung Hyun Yoon Irmo SC
Jeffery Steven Young Pelion SC
Jeremy Zarwanski Avon CT
Alexandra Marie Zimmer Goose Creek SC

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“Newberry Defined My Life,” says SC Secretary of State Mark Hammond ‘86

by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications - June 10, 2019


Maybe it's a good thing that Banner Elk is so cold. Otherwise Mark Hammond may never have come to Newberry.
At his recent induction into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumnus, Hammond joked about the difference between he and his brother, Vance, a two-time All-ACC defensive lineman that helped Clemson to 40 wins from 1987-90.
"He's 6'5" and I'm 6'0" and I tell everyone if I hadn't gone to Lees-McRae with it being so cold, I would be 6'5" because it stunted my growth."
Newberry College has that (dubiously) alleged stunted growth to thank for helping it land one of its most accomplished alumni. It also has a pair of assistant coaches that braved the cold and made a weeknight trip to see Lees-McRae, then a junior college, take on Appalachian State's JV team in Boone one Thursday in 1983.
Prior to that night, the Bobcats' final game of the season, Hammond hadn't received much interest from four-year institutions. A conversation with Coaches John Etter and Chris Worst put Newberry on his radar. Now, 36 years later, he recognizes the pivotal role that evening played in his life.
Hammond was convinced to visit campus, where he met with head coach Clayton Johnson. He laughed as he recalled the meeting.
"He said, 'Hammond, what will it take to bring you to Newberry College?' And I told him I didn't have a car but I thought my dad could bring me down. And he was actually offering me a scholarship! Can you believe that?
"I said, 'To play football? I'm sure I can get a ride.' "
That decision has impacted Hammond's life in immeasurable ways. As a defensive end, he helped Newberry to a 14-7-1 record over two seasons, including a 1985 win over defending NAIA national champion Carson-Newman at Setzler Field and an upset over Division I-AA Furman in Greenville that was the Paladins' only loss until the national championship game.

He is the fourth member of the 1984-85 teams to be inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame, following Jimmy Skipper, the late Rev. Eddie Taylor, and fellow Distinguished Alumnus Eric Wells.

Now South Carolina's Secretary of State, a position he has held since 2003, Hammond credits Johnson with helping shape his work ethic and love of public service.
"Newberry College defined my life. Coach Johnson always instilled in us that we needed to set goals, and I think the things he taught us as players and as men have been very beneficial in helping me achieve some of the positions I've been able to achieve and do some of the things I've been able to do."
That list of things Hammond has been able to do is quite long. He graduated from Newberry with a Political Science degree in 1986 and from Clemson two years later with a Masters of Education. He had been a criminal investigator and a juvenile probation officer in his hometown of Spartanburg, giving him experience in family court. When the Spartanburg County Clerk of Court retired in 1996, his mother urged him to run for the position, which he won.
Six years later, Hammond won statewide election to become South Carolina's 41st Secretary of State. He has since been reelected four times.
He describes his office's role as "integral in the transaction of business here in South Carolina," one that regulates activities like creating limited liability corporations, filing articles of incorporation and Uniform Commercial Codes, and registering charities. He takes great pride in the state's business climate, which has been ranked among the top eight most business-friendly states in America.
Its charitable donations are also a point of pride for Hammond. South Carolina is a top-five state in charitable giving despite being roughly in the middle of state population rankings, prompting Hammond to describe the Palmetto State as "a small state with a big heart." His annual Scrooges and Angels list promotes transparency among charities and helps South Carolinians ensure that their donations go to their intended causes.
His love of public service was instilled in him by his parents, a 30-year state trooper and the Spartanburg County personnel director. It was then cultivated by Newberry—Hammond was quick to heap praise upon Coach Johnson for his role in teaching him to set goals and to "play multiple positions" that have led to his revision of practices in the office and use of technology to streamline applications for business owners.
Political Science professor Dr. Robert Carley was also instrumental in Hammond's journey into local and state government. As the only professor in the department at the time, Dr. Carley helped shape Hammond's worldview and commitment to public servanthood.
Not everyone immediately recognized its importance, however. At last week's Hall of Fame banquet, Hammond shared a story of signing up for classes and being torn between Political Science and History. His friend David Rankin, who was going to major in Physical Education and is now an accomplished high school head football coach, asked him one evening what he'd decided to major in. Hammond told him Political Science. Rankin smiled and said, "Political Science? What are you gonna do, run for somethin' someday?"
Hammond knows that Newberry and the sport of football have been pivotal in shaping his life. He maintains he and his brother Vance have gotten to go places and accomplish things they'd never dreamt of because of their experiences on their respective campuses.
"I just really appreciate Coaches Etter and Worst driving up to Boone, North Carolina and scouting that game and calling me and asking me to come down for a visit, because it seems like that changed everything for me."

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Athletic Club Hosts Inaugural Howling Wolf Gala June 8

June 8, 2019


The Newberry College Athletic Club will hold its inaugural Howling Wolf Gala on Saturday, June 8 in the Gnann Room at the Center for Teacher Education on Speers Street.


The event includes dinner, a progressive raffle, a silent auction, and live entertainment featuring singer-songwriter Emily Wells. The evening will begin with a social at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Mexican-style dinner at 6:30. The progressive raffle is scheduled to begin at 7:30, with the grand prize amount set at 25 percent of ticket sales.

Tickets to the gala are $100 and include dinner, two beverage tokens, and a raffle entry. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $100. One guest dinner ticket that does not include a raffle entry or drink tickets may be purchased for $20 by a full-price ticket holder.


The first ticket drawn in the progressive raffle received $100 and every 15th ticket drawn thereafter received $100 until five tickets remain. The final five ticket holders can vote unanimously to split the remaining money or continue the drawing, which would yield $200 for the first four tickets drawn and 25 percent of gross ticket sales for the grand prize winner. You do not have to be present to win prize money


 Click here to purchase tickets and to view raffle rules.

Tickets also can be purchased by contacting Sharon Bryant at or (803) 321-5152. 

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May 31, 2019


The Newberry College Department of Music and the Office of Alumni Relations will host a special concert celebrating the legacy of former longtime Newberry music professors Bill and Janet Long. 


Participants will gather for a reunion event culminating in a concert by the couple’s former students on Saturday, June 15, at 3 p.m., in the Gnann Conference Center at Newberry’s Center for Teacher Education at 1121 Speers Street in Newberry. The event is free and open to the public. Community members are cordially invited to attend to help celebrate the impact of Bill and Janet Long on generations of students and within the local community. 


Prof. Bill Long, a native of South Dakota, was a music educator at the middle school, high school and college levels for 48 years. He taught for 28 years in Boseman, Mont., before his path led him to Newberry College, where he was an influential band director for the next 20 years. Under his leadership, the College’s marching band grew to an all-time high of 99 students. He also built up concert and jazz bands at Newberry that were the envy of colleges and universities throughout the state. 


Prof. Janet Long taught band and elementary music in Boseman before joining the faculty at Newberry College. She led the College’s Music Education major and successfully led the Department of Music’s reaccreditation process with the National Association of Schools of Music.

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Southeast Regional Information Released

by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications - May 16, 2019


The Newberry College Athletic Department has released ticketing and parking information for this weekend's NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Southeast Regional games.
Participating Teams
No. 2 Seed Newberry
No. 3 Seed Catawba
No. 6 Seed Young Harris

Game Schedule
Thursday, May 16
7:00 p.m. — Young Harris vs. Catawba
Friday, May 17
3:30 p.m. — Loser Game 1 vs. Newberry
7:00 p.m. — Newberry vs. Winner Game 1
Saturday, May 18
3:30 p.m. — TBD vs. TBD
7:00 p.m. — TBD vs. TBD (if necessary)
Adults: $10
Children (18 and under): $5
Students with valid ID: $5
Seniors: $5
All fans must have a ticket regardless of age. There will be no pass list or passes accepted (Athletic Club All-Sport passes, SAC or SC High School League passes, etc.) per NCAA regulations due to the Regional being an NCAA event, not a Newberry event. Fans must enter the main gate behind the home plate area with the exception of handicapped individuals, who may be dropped off at the third base gate.
Gates will open one hour prior to the first game of each day. Tickets are good for one whole day whether one or two games are played. Tickets are available in advance online or by calling the Newberry Ticket Office at (803) 321-5152. Tickets will also be available at the gate on game days. Fans must purchase a new ticket each day. Re-entry into the stadium is allowed with a ticket stub.
All seats are general admission, including chairback seats in the stadium area. Fans are allowed to bring lawn chairs and tailgate tents onto the concourse and blankets onto the grassy hill on each side of the stadium seats.
Fans are encouraged to park in the lot on the first base side of the stadium. Overflow parking is available in the gravel lot above the softball and soccer fields.
Parking on the third base side of the stadium will be reserved for game staff ONLY. No fans will be permitted to park on the third base side, including those with regular season parking privileges in that area and along the fence down the left field line.
Game Coverage
Video of all games will be streamed at Radio broadcasts of games involving Newberry will be aired on WKDK-AM 1240 with an online audio stream at, on the TuneIn Radio app, and at Live stats for all games are available at
Tournament Central
For more information, visit the Tournament Central page.

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Newberry Celebrates Graduating Class of 2019

May 7, 2019


Newberry College hosted its spring commencement ceremony for the Class of 2019, celebrating the accomplishments of 139 graduates on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m., in Eleazer Arena.  


For a list of students of the Class of May 2019, Click on this link.


“This happy occasion brings us together to celebrate the achievements and realized goals of this senior class,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens during his remarks at the ceremony. “Seniors, in partnership with your professors and mentors, each of you has invested four years in an effort to cultivate your individual potential into singular accomplishment."  



In keeping with the College’s practice of selecting students to give the commencement address, graduating seniors Mary E. Siebert and Sarah E. Reagin were selected for this honor. Mary E. Siebert graduated with a major in Sociology and Criminal Justice. 


“I’m not ready to leave Newberry; I’m not ready to leave the friends I’ve made. I’m not ready to get a big-girl job and start a career. I’m not ready to leave college, but I’m prepared. We’re all prepared. Some of us are ready to go onto graduate school. Some of us are prepared to go into the military. Some of us are prepared to go into the workforce. We may not be ready but we are prepared because Newberry College prepared us.”  


Sarah E. Reagin graduated with an Accounting major with a Business Administration minor.  


“As we embark on our new steps after college, I want to remind you on all the steps we took to get here. In this room we are surrounded by people who have helped us take steps of all sorts. Our parents, who watched us take our very first steps. Our grandparents who helped guide us with their wisdom in any step taken. And, our friends with whom we stepped along the way. Thank you to each of you for making today possible.”  



Each year, graduating seniors make a class gift to their alma mater. This year’s class gift is an iron sculpture in the classic Wolf N, which has been installed outside Kaufmann Hall.  



The graduating class annually presents the Dr. L. Grady Cooper Award to faculty, staff or students who exemplify the loyalty and devotion to Newberry College that Cooper demonstrated during his long tenure as a professor of Religion and Greek.


Professor Wayne Kannaday  and  James Allen Salter, III  were selected for this honor. Kannaday, a professor of Religion, was recognized for classes that are practical and advantageous to students in their future careers. Salter graduated as a Political Science major. He is a Dean’s List student and Vice President of Omicrom Delta Kappa Honor Society. He has been involved in the College Wind ensemble, the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble and the Newberry College Singers. He serves as communications director for Rick Martin for South Carolina House and is a contributing writer for the Newberry Observer.


The Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards were established to honor one man and one woman of the graduating class who exemplify outstanding character and service to others, traits valued by Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan.  The awards were bestowed respectively on James Allen Salter, III and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson. 


James Allen Salter, III has been active in the Newberry College Student Government Association, serving as Junior Class President and as the 2018-19 SGA Vice President. He also is founder of the College's chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. 


Sarah Elizabeth Johnson is an Elementary and Early Childhood Education major and a member of the Summerland Honors Community. She has participated in Teaching Fellows, Newberry Education Society, Omicron Kappa Delta, and Sophomore Sojourners. She has also volunteered every semester with the Spanish Academy program at Newberry Elementary School. During her Junior year, Sarah completed a Muller Center Research Fellowship which established three Little Free Libraries throughout the city of Newberry. After graduation, Sarah plans to teach fifth grade at Saluda Elementary School.


The Dr. George B. Cromer Award was established by the Class of 1938 in memory of Dr. George B. Cromer, who served as Newberry College president from 1895 - 1904. The award is given annually to a graduating senior who exemplifies the qualities of academic excellence, leadership and personal integrity that Cromer demonstrated throughout his tenure. This year's receipient was Peyton Clark Hite. He was inducted into the prestigious Newberry College Bachman Honor Society. Each summer throughout college, he has volunteered to serve as a counselor at Palmetto Boys State, where he mentored rising high school seniors. Peyton plans to work at Laurens High School where he will teach and coach football.

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April 26, 2019


Newberry College will celebrate Thursday, May 2, as Scarlet and Gray Day – A Day for Newberry.


The one-day event on Thursday, May 2, encourages alumni and friends of the College to wear their favorite Newberry gear, make a gift to the Newberry College Annual Fund, and share their love for the Newberry with their friends and family on social media with #day4newberry.  


“Scarlet and Gray Day allows Newberry employees, alumni, friend of the College and community members to pause at the end of a busy spring semester, celebrate all that we’ve accomplished and wrap up the academic year on a high note,” said Scott Joyner, vice president for Advancement. 


A Day for Newberry encourages friends of the College to make a gift to the Newberry College Annual Fund anytime during the 24-hour period starting at 12:01 am, on Thursday, May 2. Gifts to the Annual Fund support scholarships, academic programming, athletics, student life initiatives, employee salaries, campus operations and campus improvements.


The College is seeking a new record in single-day contributions by reaching the milestone of 400 donors. The more people who give, whatever the size of their gift, the greater the impact for students.


“Scarlet and Gray Day is a way for people to show their appreciation for Newberry’s role in the community and to make an impact in the lives of students and within our community,” Joyner said. “Great things are happening at Newberry College and we encourage people to get involved through their gift of support.” 


People can make a gift to Newberry College’s Scarlet and Gray Day in any of the following ways: 

·         ONLINE:  Go to

·         TEXT:  Send the message Day4Newberry to 41444. You’ll receive a reply text with a link to Newberry’s secure site to make a gift from your mobile phone.

·         MAIL:  Send checks payable to Newberry College with “Day4Newberry” in the memo line. Mail to Newberry’s Office of Advancement, 2100 College Street, Newberry SC  29108


For questions or more information, call the Office of Advancement at (803) 321-5147 or email

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Newberry Takes Speech & Theatre Championship

April 15, 2019


LANCASTER, S.C. — A team of Newberry College students recently participated in the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association’s annual State College Festival Competition, taking the championship along with trophies in a number of categories. The event was held at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on April 13.


“We had a fun day and our students represented the College well,” said Pat Gagliano, Professor of Theatre and Speech and Chair of the Department of Arts and Communications.


Participating Newberry students included Ashton Porter (Lexington, S.C.), Allie White (Clinton, S.C.), Biasia Roberts (Chester, S.C.), Aniya Mahaffey (Oxford, Ala.), Matalyn Mills (Newberry), Caleb Lawrimore (Newberry) and Nigel Johnson (Manning, S.C.).


The delegation won the Team Sweepstakes Award, for the most combined first, second, and third place finishes, for the second consecutive year. The team finished ahead of Claflin University and Tri-County Technical College, who took second and third, respectively.


Individually, Newberry team members placed in the following competitions:

  • Audition Monologues: Nigel Johnson (3rd place)
  • Musical Theatre Audition: Matalyn Mills (2nd place)
  • Poetry Interpretation: Matalyn Mills (1st place)
  • Prose Interpretation: Nigel Johnson (1st place); Allie White (2nd place)
  • Storytelling: Caleb Lawrimore (1st place); Allie White (2nd place)
  • Impromptu Speaking: Nigel Johnson (1st place)
  • Informative Speaking: Ashton Porter (2nd place)
  • Persuasive Speaking: Matalyn Mills (2nd place); Aniya Mahaffey (3rd place)


Lawrimore also won the Triathlon Award, the highest individual prize, given to the student with the highest combined score in theatre, performance studies, and public speaking events. This is the fourth time in eight years a Newberry College student has won the award, following wins in 2018, 2014 and 2012.


“The Team award is terrific, and what is even more exciting was the opportunity to see the presentations, learn, and network with people who share a passion for excellence in theatre and speech education,” Gagliano said.


The next competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

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City of Newberry Honors Newberry College Seniors

April 10, 2019


NEWBERRY – The Newberry City Council has honored 11 Newberry College seniors for contributions to the city, community, and college during their time as students. Mayor Foster Senn presented each student with a proclamation, recognizing service and leadership in all aspects of collegiate achievement and community service. The following seniors were recognized:


Kevin Weber, of Summerville, S.C., for volunteering at local elementary schools, reading to children and opening doors for students on Fridays; and for volunteering with the Prosperity Parks and Recreation program, starting its archives and records department. A history major, he received the Dorothy Jeff History Award, and he set and tied school records for field goals as a member of the football team.


Timmany Nesbitt, of Wellsford, S.C., an honor student and member of the cheerleading team, for volunteering at Newberry Elementary; for working at City of Newberry festivals; and for serving as an Alpha Leader, resident advisor and student ambassador. She was given the Newberry College Who’s Who award in November 2018, and is a member of Blue Key Honor Society.


Brad Dixon, of Leeds, England, a Dean’s List student and soccer team captain, for helping with reading days at elementary schools; leading the soccer team in hosting youth clinics; volunteering at Boys Farm; and helping host successful outings with the Screaming Eagles special needs team. Dixon also broke every goalkeeper record in Newberry College soccer program history.


Shelby Britten, of Victoria, Australia, a member of the basketball team, for volunteering at Newberry festivals, at the Newberry County animal shelter, at Newberry Elementary by reading to children, and at local high schools by modeling professional attire for dress-to-impress days. A psychology major, she plans to work in prisons back home in Australia, while pursuing a professional basketball career, with a contract to play for the Eltham Wildcats.


Peyton Spangler, of Clinton, S.C., a member of the baseball team, for traveling to Haiti on two separate occasions for mission trips with the Newberry College FCA; and for planning and helping to lead the free Newberry County baseball camp for youth.


Sarah Johnson, of Ruby, S.C., for volunteering at the Newberry Spanish Academy, among others, and for introducing Little Free Libraries to Newberry. Supported by a Muller Center Research Fellowship, she established three libraries in underserved areas, with each library painted by local elementary students and filled with books. An elementary education and early childhood education major, she will teach fourth grade at Saluda Elementary next year.


Danton Hyman, of Prosperity, S.C., a member of the baseball team, for helping lead the free Newberry County baseball camp for youth; for serving his community through Operation In-As-Much; for being active at St. James Lutheran Church and for being a role model for young people in Newberry County.


Jay Salter, of Prosperity, S.C., a Dean’s List student, for serving as student body vice president and working with the City of Newberry on issues affecting the college; for writing about local events as a contributor to the Newberry Observer; and for performing with the Newberry College Singers and Jazz Big Band. A political science major, he is also a member of Young Americans for Liberty and of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society.


Jamaal Satisfield, of Lexington Park, Md., a Dean’s List student and captain of the basketball team, for working with the Big Brother program at Gallman Elementary; for volunteering at youth basketball clinics and the Special Olympics; and for serving as a company commander in the Newberry College ROTC. He will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army after graduation.


Korina Martinez, of Fayetteville, N.C., a Dean’s List student and member of the soccer and tennis teams, for volunteering regularly at White Oak Manor and MSA Hospice; and for participating in multiple service projects with her athletic teams. She plans to be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the branch of medical services after finishing medical school.


Lauren Evans, of Columbia, S.C. for serving in major leadership positions in her sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, and as student body secretary for the Student Government Association; for organizing a yard sale among sororities to benefit the Newberry community; and for serving on the GraceWorks planning team and participating in numerous volunteer efforts. An early childhood education major, she plans to teach after graduation with long-term aspirations of becoming a school guidance counselor.


The recognized students were nominated by professors, coaches, administrators, and community members.

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April 8, 2019


Newberry College assistant professor of Physical Education Joanna Tremble was one of more than 150 educators on Capitol Hill earlier this month urging lawmaker to provide full funding for physical education and health programming in in K-12 education. 


The effort, which was part of the 12th annual advocacy day by members of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), sought to educate new members of Congress about the importance of a well-rounded education and to push for full funding for grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 


“We need to ensure that the health and physical education programs covered under ESSA can be effective in helping to provide a well-rounded education for K-12 students,” Tremble said. “This starts with making sure these grants are fully funded, and we are competing with many other subject areas and programs for financial support.” 


The grants, under Title IV, Part A of the ESSA act, support professional development for teachers as well as health and physical education programs in schools. The law, enacted in December 2015, replaced parts of the No Child Left Behind Act, governing United States K-12 public education policy. 


“As a former public school teacher and a supervisor of student teachers, I cannot overstate the links that exist between health, physical education, social emotional learning and academic achievement,” Tremble said. “The success of these programs is directly tied to the proper development and success of our students.” 


SHAPE America, based in Reston, Va., is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals.

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Luke Gibson Named SAC Scholar-Athlete

by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications - April 7, 2019


Luke Gibson has been named the South Atlantic Conference Scholar-Athlete for men's basketball.

Newberry's first-ever Academic All-American in men's basketball becomes fourth Newberry men's basketball player to earn the award in the last five years. The prestigious honor equally weighs athletic achievement with academic success and community service.

Head coach Dave Davis is proud of Gibson's achievements, saying, "Luke Gibson has been the consummate student athlete in his entire time here. What an incredible honor for him and he truly deserves this award."

Gibson, a junior, boasts an exceptional 3.98 GPA as an accounting major. The Albemarle, N.C. native has been named to the Dean's List in each semester at Newberry College.
The junior started in 18 games in Coach Davis' five-in, five-out system, asserting himself as one of the leaders on a young Wolves squad. Gibson was third on the team in scoring this season, averaging 11.2 points per game while leading the team in both three-point percentage (.385) and three-point field goals made (65). He's also served as the iron man for Newberry this season, playing in every game and leading the way in minutes per game (25.8).

Gibson has a long resume of community service activities during his time as a Newberry student as well. The junior has worked with multiple special olympics basketball events hosted at Newberry, as well as serving as volunteering as a referee-coach with the Law Enforcement & Youth Basketball Tournament meant to improve relations between law enforcement and community members. 

During his freshman and sophomore years, Gibson served as a weekly Spanish Academy volunteer at Newberry Academy, as well as participating in a weekly team activity at Gallman Elementary where he assisted a classroom teacher. Gibson's efforts earned him an exclusive selection to attend the NCAA Division II APPLE Institute in Dallas to promote student-athlete wellness and substance abuse prevention; using the tools he learned there, he will work with a team to create and implement a Newberry-specific action plan on this topic.

Gibson becomes the 20th SAC Scholar-Athlete across all sports at Newberry College.

Year, Name, Sport
2018-19 Luke Gibson Men's Basketball
2018 Ben Herring Baseball
2017-18 James Stepp Men's Basketball
2017 Dakota Mozingo Football
2016 Madison Darby-McClure Volleyball
2016 Jeff Sneed Baseball
2015-16 Mitch Riggs Men's Basketball
2015 Tessa Davis Women's Lacrosse
2014-15 Mitch Riggs Men's Basketball
2014 Elayni Stokes Volleyball
2013 Casey Stevens Softball
2010-11 Ben Lown Men's Golf
2009-10 Anita Bulcher Women's Basketball
2008-09 Laura Marquardt Women's Basketball
2005 Kayce McLeod Softball
2004-05 Jack Easterby Men's Golf
2004 Amanda Van Pelt Volleyball
2002 Alex Kellner Baseball
1997-98 Beau Osborne Men's Golf
1997-98 Lovee McKinney Women's Basketball

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Newberry College Appoints Dr. Sid Parrish as Vice President for Academic Affairs

April 3, 2019


Newberry College has promoted Dr. Sidney Parrish, Jr., to serve as Vice President for Academic Affairs, a role in which he has served on an interim capacity since July 2018. Parrish, a resident of Chapin, S.C., will assume the permanent appointment effective immediately. 


“I want to thank the VPAA search committee for their time, commitment and expert analysis,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “We had a significant number of highly qualified candidates and the committee served the College well in assisting me in making this most important selection.”


In his role as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Parrish will provide leadership and administrative oversight for all instructional programs and related academic support services provided by the College.


“Dr. Parrish has worked hard to provide the consensus-building leadership this position requires,” said Philosophy and Religion professor Dr. Mike Beggs, who chaired the VPAA search committee. “Throughout the evaluation of 75 applicants, Dr. Parrish’s efforts and accomplishments set him apart among the very best candidates. His knowledge of the history and values of the College, combined with his understanding of the president’s vision for Newberry, made him an excellent choice. I am eager to share in the benefits of his new role and to witness his personal and our communal growth as we continue this journey together.” 


Parrish will provide leadership for faculty that encourages outstanding teaching and development of a curriculum focused on student academic and career outcomes. Parrish will oversee classroom technology initiatives that enhance student learning. He also will provide strategic leadership for Newberry’s focus on student retention and persistence. 


“As we continue to build bridges between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, I look forward to working with Dr. Parrish to provide the best student experience both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Sandra Rouse, Dean of Students.


Parrish earned both his Ph.D., and Master of Science degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of Florida and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Furman University. He brings 19 years of experience in higher education to the position.


“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve our students, faculty and staff in this new role,” Parrish said. “I look forward to continuing our collaboration as we discover new opportunities, tackle new challenges and identify new programs and partnerships that will help the College remain competitive and create the best outcomes for our students.”


Parrish began his teaching career as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Midland Lutheran College (2000-2005) in Fremont, Neb., moving to a position of the same rank at North Carolina Wesleyan College (2005-2006) in Rocky Mount, S.C.


Parrish joined the Newberry College faculty in 2006, serving as full-time faculty, earning tenure and achieving the rank of associate professor. Parrish joined the administration in 2012 as the Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness. He has served the College as both Faculty Athletic Representative and Title IX Coordinator. In 2015, Parrish was promoted to Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives and continued to teach part-time through 2016.


“Dr. Parrish has been forthright in his work with the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee on important issues from the faculty and student perspective,” said Board member Dr. Lenna Young. “I have no doubt that his strong commitment to the College’s talented and dedicated faculty and students will continue to effectively lead the positive direction of Newberry College.”


During the past five years, Parrish has played an integral role as the SACSCOC accreditation liaison and assisting the Board of Trustees in their annual review and update of the College’s strategic plan. He will continue to serve as the Administration’s point person to the Board’s Strategic Planning committee. Parrish also has been instrumental in developing and refining a financial aid matrix that has facilitated student enrollment growth over the past seven years.


“Sid is an excellent choice for this critical leadership position,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Best. “His results have been noteworthy to the Board and we look forward to his continued contributions.” 

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Newberry College to Host Annual Jazz on the Lawn Concert

April 1, 2019


Newberry College will host the annual Jazz on the Lawn concert on Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m., on the front lawn of the College’s Alumni Music Center on Luther Street. 


This year’s event will feature performances by Newberry College alumni Shannon Pinkney ’10 and Darius Starks ’16, along with the student group, College Street Jazz Connection, and the Newberry College Faculty Jazz Combo. 


“We are pleased to welcome back Shannon Pinkney and Darius Starks, two Newberry alumni who have gone on to successful careers in music,” said Dr. Barry McGinnis, professor of music and the event organizer. “It’s always great to see the positive outcomes of a Newberry College education. We are excited to have these alumni return to their alma mater to share their talents.”


The event is free and open to the public; however, donations are welcome. All donations will benefit instrument and facility upkeep, trainings and future events, including the student combo's participation in the Crescent City Jazz Festival held in New Orleans. 


“This year’s Jazz on the Lawn marks nearly a decade of this fun tradition, where campus and community members come together to enjoy great jazz on the backdrop of good weather and our beautiful campus,” McGinnis said.  

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Zeus Industrial Products Donates Major Gift to Newberry College

March 26, 2019

Exterior of Holland Hall

Newberry College received a generous donation from Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. (Zeus) to upgrade the campus infrastructure. This donation represents the largest single gift received from Zeus. Zeus will allocate this major gift over the next 27 months. 


The primary plans for this donation include:

·        Renovating Brokaw Hall, the largest on-campus residential facility

·        Modernizing several classrooms and labs

·       Providing lighting for certain athletic and recreational fields


Zeus has generously supported Newberry College since 2012 and is currently its largest corporate donor. 


Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. is an internationally renowned polymer solutions manufacturer. The company operates world-class research and development facilities that focus on medical and industrial applications.


Throughout its history, Zeus has earned a reputation as an industry innovator. As one example, Zeus has created, developed and mass produced the thinnest, state-of-the-art catheter liners available in the market. These liners represent a new class of precision components that provide the necessary strength and flexibility for today's stringent medical needs. 


Along with its success as a polymer solutions innovator, Zeus has a long history of generously supporting higher education, technical training, health care organizations and medical research efforts throughout South Carolina and the nation. 



"We are so indebted to the founder of Zeus and the senior leadership of the organization. They have become close friends of the College and strong supporters of our mission as a small, private liberal arts college. Jerry Chitty and Mike Hold from our athletic department have been instrumental over the years in developing this close relationship with Zeus." – Maurice W. Scherrens, President,Newberry College


“Zeus is honored to present a meaningful gift to Newberry College, an exceptional institution of higher learning. We realize donations are transformational and critical to the future of any educational organization, which is why we have made significant contributions to the College over the past seven years. We strive to make a difference and are glad we can invest in Newberry College’s future. Zeus is committed to helping Newberry College maintain its high standards and deliver the best education possible to its students.” – Steve Peterson, President, Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.


“These renovations will create even more technology-rich, collaborative learning space on campus. These spaces encourage our students to actively engage their faculty and peers in deep and meaningful conversations. As a result, they will be better prepared than ever to enter a rapidly evolving world.”– Dr. Sid Parrish, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Newberry College


“We have a critical need to light all of our athletic fields. Our softball and soccer teams must miss classes on home game days because we can’t play at night. This wonderful gift will help our student-athletes academically and allow them to play at night in front of supporters that couldn’t attend day games. This is a phenomenal gift for Newberry Athletics!”– Ralph Patterson, Athletics Director, Newberry College


“The timing of this gift is perfect. Our freshmen have asked about Brokaw updates because we have recently added new residence halls and refurbished others. This brings an immense joy to the college residential community.” – Dr. Sandra Rouse, Dean of Students, Newberry College



Zeus Industrial Products, Inc., is headquartered in Orangeburg, SC, USA. Its core business is the development and precision extrusion of advanced polymeric materials. The company employs over 1,700 people worldwide with facilities in Aiken, Gaston, and Orangeburg, South Carolina; Branchburg, New Jersey; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Guangzhou China; and Letterkenny, Ireland. Zeus products and services serve companies in the medical, automotive, aerospace, fiber optics, energy, and fluid management markets. For more information, visit

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Newberry College to Mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month with Full Slate of Events

March 25, 2019


Newberry College has announced a slate of events to commemorate April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, calling attention to sexual assault and human trafficking. The programming is sponsored by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, in conjunction with area non-profit organizations and local businesses. 



Calendar of Events

April 1 – Kickoff Rally, featuring state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, of Lancaster. The event will include booths for the Clothesline Project, Visions of Women, and more. Co-sponsored by the Social Justice Club, with pizza provided by the Muller Center. Campus Quad, 11:30 a.m. 

April 1 – Fashion Show Fundraiser for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, co-sponsored by All Campus Events. Alumni Music Center, 7:30 p.m. 

April 2 – Trivia Tuesday: Sexual Assault. Steele Student Center, 8 p.m. 

April 11 – Genesis Hub Coffee Talk on Human Trafficking: a panel discussion on modern-day slavery, the plight of survivors, and what we can do to combat human trafficking. Panel features author Carol Hart Metzker, Professor Cynthia Eshleman and Dr. Carrie Caudill. Genesis Hub Coffee Shop, 1110 Main St., 8 a.m. 

April 11 – Carol Hart Metzker presents “Facing the Monster.” The author, survivor advocate, and modern-day abolitionist will give a lecture on how to end human trafficking. CTE: Gnann Conference Room, 7 p.m. 

April 17 – Panel discussion: “Newberry Needs to Talk About: Consent,” sponsored by the Social Justice Club. This discussion deals with the topic of consent from multiple stakeholders and experts in the sexual assault prevention field. Alumni Music Center, 7:30 p.m. 

April 18 – “Walk Like a Wolf” Fundraising Walk for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. Co-sponsored by the Social Problems Class. The walk will be a mile around campus, beginning at the wolf statue at the main entrance on College St. 3 p.m. 

April 24 – Denim Day: wear denim to support survivors of sexual assault. Co-sponsored by Martha Dorrell, Director of Health and Counseling Services.

April 1–30 – “Think, Advocate, Act, Abolish: Become an Abolitionist and End Modern-Day Slavery,” a traveling exhibit on human trafficking, will be featured in Wessels Library. 

April 1–30 – The Clothesline Project: a display of t-shirts decorated to visually demonstrate the impact of sexual violence in our community. Blank shirts will be available for pick-up at the April 1 Kickoff Rally, or from April 2–26 in McClurg Center room 212. Decorated shirts will be displayed from April 27–30 on the Quad. 

All events and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

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Newberry College to Freeze Four-Year Tuition Rate for Incoming Class

March 24, 2019


In an effort to make college costs more predictable and avoid any unexpected increases in tuition, the Board of Trustees of Newberry College has approved the Tuition Promise, a new program which freezes tuition for incoming freshmen for the next four years while they attend Newberry. The tuition freeze applies to transfer students as well. The Tuition Promise does not apply to room and board. 


“Our goal is to ensure that families have a financial aid plan that will enable the students to focus on their studies and not worry about finding money for next semester,” said Christopher Harris, dean of enrollment management. “Our Tuition Promise makes the cost of attending Newberry transparent and accessible for those seeking an outstanding education.” 


Affordability Key to Student Success 

This is not the first time Newberry College has implemented innovative programs to help families manage college costs.


“This is the third phase of our continued focus on access and affordability, and this remains one of our highest priorities," said President Maurice Scherrens.


In addition to the Tuition Promise, this year’s incoming class will also enjoy the College’s forward-thinking Loan Repayment Promise, the only program of its kind in South Carolina. Together these programs help students realize they can afford a private college education, but more importantly, the College will financially assist them along after graduation. 


“While there are many variables affecting student retention, we firmly believe that affordability should not be among them," said Dr. Sid Parrish, interim vice president for academic affairs. "The Tuition Promise is an important tool in ensuring students are able to remain focused on their academic goals and not on worries about paying for college.” 


“The Board of Trustees is very pleased with the continued enrollment growth and the recognized strengths of our student oriented liberal arts environment. The innovative Tuition Promise directly helps our students and their families with predictable tuition planning,” said Robert Best, chairman of Newberry College’s Board of Trustees. 


Focus on Affordability 

“All of the full-time students enrolled at Newberry receive institutional financial aid in the form of a grant or scholarship to help with the cost,” Harris said. “When institutional aid is coupled with federal and state resources, our students have an average financial aid package of nearly $27,000, which makes Newberry College as affordable as most of the four-year state-supported institutions."


With nearly $17 million awarded in institutional aid for the 2019-2020 academic year, Newberry students are benefitting from the College’s focus on affordability. As part of the Tuition Promise, the total price for tuition, fees, room and board is being increased by 2.3% for all continuing students. All returning students will receive a new $400 Persistence Scholarship. 


Newberry’s claim to the No. 3 spot in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report report for Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South offers strong evidence of the advances Newberry continues to make on its promise of value and affordability. Newberry also grabbed the No. 3 spot in rankings by LendEDU for Lowest Average Student Loan Debt among South Carolina colleges. To view LendEDU's full student loan debt report, visit

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Newberry Nursing Grads Repeat on 100% NCLEX-RN first-time passage rate

March 18, 2019


The Newberry College Department of Nursing announced that its fall 2018 graduates have achieved a 100 percent first-time passage rate on the NCLEX-RN exam, the second consecutive Newberry Nursing cohort to earn this accomplishment. 


“We are very pleased with the results achieved by our fall cohort of graduates,” said Dr. Susan Ludwick, chair of the Newberry College Department of Nursing. “This repeat on the NCLEX demonstrates our students not only graduate with outstanding content knowledge, but also are well-prepared to apply that knowledge in the clinical setting.” 


The NCLEX-RN is a standardized exam utilized by the South Carolina Board of Nursing to assess the readiness of new nursing graduates to enter the nursing profession. The state Board of Nursing uses the first-timepass rate as the metric its assessment of nursing programs. 


In fall 2018 semester, Newberry partnered with ATI Nursing Education, a nationally recognized test preparation expert, to better familiarize students with the unique testing environment of the NCLEX-RN exam and to increase the frequency of subject matter reviews and refocus those reviews on helping students apply subject matter to their cumulative nursing knowledge. 


“We have an excellent Nursing program at Newberry College,” said interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sid Parrish, Jr. “We are proud of what these students have accomplished and for their future impact and health professionals.” 


Focused on Future Growth

Although Nursing is a relatively new program at Newberry College (the first class started in 2009), it has proven to be an enormously popular program that has operated at maximum capacity for several years. 


In 2016, Newberry College expanded its pre-licensure Nursing program to increase by one third the number of candidates admitted to the major. The program expanded from 24 students to 32 students admitted per year and began offering program starts in both fall and spring semesters. 


Building on the success of its traditional program, the RN-to-BSN Completion program was among the first adult degree-completion programs the College offered when it launched Newberry Online in 2017. 


The Nursing program also is one of the focus areas of the College’s recent fundraising initiatives, with construction of a new Nursing building a top priority of Newberry’s Scaling the Summit comprehensive campaign. 

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Newberry College Receives $1 Million Matching Gift

February 26, 2019


Newberry College made impressive strides in its quest to build Stadium Village, a facility designed to support student athletic and academic success, thanks to a $1 million irrevocable matching gift pledge from Fountain Inn, S.C., resident Melvin Younts and the Melvin and Dollie Younts Foundation. 


Regarded as one of the Palmetto State’s leading supporters of higher education, Melvin Younts inked an agreement on Jan. 31, 2019, affirming his pledge to match up to $1 million in donations raised for Newberry College’s stadium expansion project over the next three years, concluding in 2021. 


“Newberry College is a diamond in the rough that is truly ready to shine,” said prominent attorney, businessman and philanthropist Melvin Younts. “The Stadium Village project will provide much-needed infrastructure to a very competitive athletics program while also strengthening academic growth. I am pleased to join Newberry College in its mission to prepare students for successful careers and meaningful lives.” 


In addition to their gift to Newberry College, the Younts family has supported initiatives at Clemson University, Columbia College, North Greenville University and Furman University. The family also is the benefactor of the Younts Center for Performing Arts in Fountain Inn, S.C. 


“We are delighted that Melvin and Dollie Younts have demonstrated, through this generous gift, their support for our mission and their belief in our vision for the future of Newberry College,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. 


Stadium Village is one of several capital projects included in the College’s $35 million Scaling the Summit comprehensive campaign. The Stadium Village project will include major renovation of the stadium and construction of a new field house, locker rooms, classrooms, staff offices and expanded athletic training facilities. 


“We are grateful to the Younts family for providing what will be a transformational gift to the College,” said Newberry head football coach Todd Knight. “Their challenge gift is an important step forward in achieving this important goal.” 


“The Younts family’s gift to Newberry College gives a tremendous boost to the Stadium Village initiative,” added Scherrens. “Combined with earlier gifts and pledges, we are well on our way to making the dream a reality.” 


In addition to Stadium Village, key projects included in Newberry’s Scaling the Summitcomprehensive campaign include construction of a new Nursing building, renovation of Wiles Chapel and Theatre and enhancements to the Smith Road Athletic Complex (for soccer, baseball and softball). The campaign already has funded the renovation of a former elementary school into the new home for the Center for Teacher Education (completed in 2016) and has raised nearly double the initial campaign goal for annual giving support. 

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Newberry Announces Fall 2018 Dean’s List

February 26, 2019

Dean's List Newberry Colleges

Students receiving recognition on the Dean’s List at Newberry College had to achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale during the semester.

A total of 379 students earned Dean’s List honors this semester. The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2018:





Tyler Ackard Mount Pleasant SC
Olivia Adams South Portland ME
Michael Aimone Columbia SC
Alex Amble Summerville SC

Joseph Ariale Summerville, SC (Online Student)
Noah Armstrong Whitmire SC
Sarah Awenowicz Irmo SC
Kiara Baccus Florence SC
Colton Bailey Inman SC
Alyssa Ball Magnolia DE
Jordan Barnes Prosperity SC
McKenzie Barneycastle Mocksville NC

Kevin Barry, Spartanburg, SC (Online Student)
Nicholas Bates Boiling Springs SC
Madison Bauknight Chapin SC
Meagan Bedenbaugh Newberry SC
Ebony Bennett Columbia SC
Kenneth Bergmann Philadelphia PA
Brooke Berry Batesburg SC
Alec Blackmon Newberry SC
Harthe Blankenship Branchville SC
Olufemi Boko Winston-Salem NC
Harry Bolton 
Quentavious Bonham Saluda SC
Joshua Bookbinder Easley SC
Hanne Sofie Borgen Nordkisa
Caleb Bouwkamp Tryon NC
Preston Bowers Pomaria SC
ShaQuana Bracey Bennettsville SC
Anne-Marie Branham Cassatt SC
Samantha Breeden Anderson SC
Ashlie Brickle Cope SC
David Bridges Sumter SC
Austin Brinson Pickens SC
Jacob Brinson Pickens SC
Andrew Briones Friendswood TX
Shelby Britten Victoria 
Madison Brock Whitmire SC
William Brown Fountain Inn SC
Taylor Brown Newberry SC
Akio Brown Savannah GA
David Brown Anderson SC
Fabrizio Bucco Guayaquil
Tom Bueschges Nettetal 
Benjamin Burleson Whitmire SC
Nicholas Butler Camden SC
Jason Calderon-Diaz Ladson SC
Taylor Caldwell Prosperity SC
Pedro Gabriel Campos Belo Horizonte
Troy Cann Abbeville SC
Luke Carraway Newberry SC

Janet Carter, Ninety Six, SC (Online Student)
Bradley Chambliss Stevensville MD
Jared Chant Theresa NY
Katharine Chappell Newberry SC
Andrew Chariker Prosperity SC
Sierra Chavez Leona Valley CA
Tanner Chavis Boiling Springs SC
Wei Chen Orangeburg SC
Corey Chrzanowski Suwanee GA
Gunner Cisko Mauldin SC
Zachary Clary Gaffney SC
Cameron Clingan Myersville MD
Briana Clontz Hickory NC
Dv'nn Cooks Smiths Station AL
Aaron Copeland Mountville SC
Kyle Corey Prosperity SC
Pressley Coster Woodruff SC
Kelly Craven Goose Creek SC
Austin Crocker Laurens SC
Kayla Crockett Cocoa FL
Amir Cromer Newberry SC
Allison Crout Gilbert SC
Katy Crout Gilbert SC
Robert Cull Liverpool BC
FreDaysha Cunningham Hopkins SC
Chelsey Cunningham Franklinton NC
Hannah Curry Greer SC
Jacob D'Ambrosio Summerville SC
Zachery Dadabo Lexington SC
Lucia Davila La Paz 
Hannah Davis Chapin SC
Allison Davis Greensboro NC
Nicholas DeAugustino Dade City FL

Mandy DeVries, Hollywood, SC (Online Student)
Kenly Derrick Chapin SC
Sydney Diaz Cayce SC
Bradley Dixon Wakefield 
Michelle Doby Lithonia GA
Davontay Dopson Columbia SC
Layla Dorn West Columbia SC
Logan Dortch Chapin SC
Joao Dos Santos Viamao
Robert DuBose Chapin SC
Iris Duke North Charleston SC
Kyle Dunklee Pearland TX
Ari Edmiston Cayce SC
Megan Eisenhardt Pasadena MD
Jonathan Elicier Apopka FL
Georgia Elliott-King Northampton 0
Delanee Ellis Gaffney SC
Kelsey Elrod Batesburg SC
Kailee Erwin Lancaster SC
Lauren Evans Columbia SC
Curren Fessler Summerville SC
Ellena Finneran Braintree 
Hester Foo 680413 
Gari Forehand Beaufort SC
Kacie Frady Leesville SC
Rachel Franklin Newberry SC
Elijah Fulmore irmo SC
Jayleen Gant Poway CA
Emily Gantt Leesville SC
Felipe Garces Quito 
Adara Garner Stuart FL
Madison Garr Longwood FL
Keundra Gartman Chapin SC
Chantel Gauthier Elma NY
Sha'rya George Manning SC
Gregory Gerber Frederick MD
Grayson Gettys leesville SC
Andrea Getz Newberry SC
Luke Gibson Albemarle NC
Reagan Glanz Aberdeen WA
James Glenn Lyman SC
Emily Glymph Pomaria SC
Marta Gomar Valencia 
Emma Gooding Chapin SC
Kaitlynne Goodman Prosperity SC
Brian Gordon Lancaster SC
Jonathan Gortman Lexington SC
Tyrese Grant Summerville SC
Antoinaya Grant Charleston SC
Sarah Grayson Guyton GA
Erika Green Columbia SC

Megan Greene, Moore, SC (Online Student)
Amy Griffiths Liverpool 
Calesta Grooms Eutawville SC
Kelly Gunter Batesburg SC
Aubrey Guyton Cordova TN
Alicia Hall Whitmire SC
Cody Halloran Fountain Inn SC
Andrew Hamer Columbia SC
Ryan Harbin West Columbia SC
Savannah Harmon Prosperity SC
Carlee Hatchell Lexington SC
Kelsey Havird Newberry SC
Mason Hawkins Newberry SC
Savannah Hayes Chadbourn NC
James Haynes Florence SC
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Kelsey McDermott Mackay
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Megan Shell Greer, SC (Online Student)
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Celebrated Mystery Author Lawrence Block Joins Newberry Next Fall

February 26, 2019


Lawrence Block, America’s foremost mystery writer, will join the Newberry College faculty as the Gerding Writer-in-Residence for the fall 2019 semester.


Block has published more than 100 books over the course of his 60-year career. Along the way, he has received nearly every award available to a mystery writer, including the coveted Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. The first Grand Master Award was first given in 1955 to Agatha Christie and has since been bestowed on some of the greatest in the genre, including Alfred Hitchcock, Tony Hillerman, John le Carre, Mickey Spillane, Sue Grafton and Stephen King. 


“This is an amazing opportunity for Newberry College to have Mr. Block working with our students for a full semester,” said David Rachels, chair of the Department of Humanities and professor of English. “Students and professors alike are thrilled at the prospect of learning from his expertise.” 


Block’s courses will include a limited-enrollment writing workshop and a survey course of American crime fiction. A public lecture event also will be scheduled during the semester. 


His teaching stint next fall is not Block’s first time at Newberry College. In 2010, he delivered a public lecture and met with more than 200 students who had read his novel, “Eight Million Ways to Die,” in their first-year English class. 


Block is the author of several successful series, including 17 novels featuring his signature character, private eye and recovering alcoholic Matthew Scudder. Several of Block’s novels have been made into films, including “A Walk Among the Tombstones” (2014), starring Liam Neeson as Scudder. 


Block’s appearances in both 2010 and this coming fall are the result of the generosity of restauranteur Jim Gerding and his late wife, June, whose significant gifts to the college have enriched the study of literature and the lives of Newberry College students since 2008.

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Newberry College Professor Elected to Old Exchange Building Commission

February 23, 2019


Dr. J. Tracy Power, assistant professor of history and director of the Newberry College Archives, has been elected by the General Assembly to serve on the Old Exchange Building Commission. The Columbia, S.C., resident will serve as member of the nine-member board that oversees the preservation and operation of the historic Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon in Charleston. 


“The opportunity to serve on the Old Exchange Building Commission is truly a great honor,” Power said. “As the South Carolina equivalent of Independence Hall, this landmark is perhaps one of the most important buildings in the state and has played a major role in the development of South Carolina into what it is today.” 


Elected for his expertise in South Carolina history, Power served as an historian for the South Carolina Department of Archives and History from 1986-2013. He joined the Newberry College faculty in 2014. 

The Exchange building, a National Historic Landmark built in 1771, has been called one of the three great public buildings of the colonial period, alongside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and Boston’s Faneuil Hall. 


In January 1775, the First Provincial Congress of South Carolina met in the building’s Great Hall. After the colony declared independence in March 1776, John Rutledge was sworn in on the front steps as president of South Carolina (a title the state constitution changed to governor two years later.) During the British occupation of Charleston from 1780-1781, the building’s Provost Dungeon housed American prisoners of war. The Great Hall also saw visits from President George Washington in 1791, and from the Marquis de Lafayette in 1825. 


The building is owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and is leased to the State of South Carolina. The commission was created in 1976 by the General Assembly. For more information about the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon and its programs, visit

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Newberry College Nursing Professor Receives Industry Award

February 23, 2019


Newberry College assistant professor of Nursing Dwaine Thomas, a Columbia, S.C., resident, has received the Rosalie Mirenda Education Fellow Award for her development of a learning module for the Neuman Systems Model (NSM). 


The NSM is a widely used framework utilized throughout the world for producing positive outcomes with patients. It serves as the guiding conceptual framework for the Newberry College Nursing program. 


The Education Fellow Award is given by the Newman Systems Model Education Academy to recognize educators for outstanding contributions in the use of the NSM as a guide for nursing education. 


“I am honored to receive this award,” Thomas said. “I am proud to say that, initially, the module was used by teachers and clinical instructors to guide their understanding of the Neuman Systems Model, but now it is also being used by RNs returning to Newberry College for their BSN degrees.” 


Thomas will accept the award and present her work on the new learning module at the Neuman Systems Model biennial international symposium being held in June in Canton, Ohio. The honor includes a monetary award which Thomas plans to donate to the Newberry College Department of Nursing for the purchase of new equipment for its simulation labs. 


“Professor Thomas has been an invaluable asset to the nursing program at Newberry,” said Dr. Susan Ludwick, chair of the Department of Nursing at Newberry College. “As this honor demonstrates, she is both an educator and an innovator.”

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Newberry College President Named to NECU Executive Committee

February 19, 2019


Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens has been elected to the executive committee of the board of directors for the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities (NECU). 


The NECU is composed of 26 colleges and universities affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Luther College at University of Regina in Canada. The executive committee is NECU’s governing body selected from among the presidents of its member institutions. 


President Scherrens will serve on the executive committee with the presidents of Augustana University, California Lutheran University, Finlandia University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Texas Lutheran University and Thiel University.


“It is truly an honor to serve the NECU in this capacity,” Scherrens said. “I am confident we have much to learn from the unique perspectives of our fellow institutions and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”


Established in 2015, the NECU represents the common mission and shared identity of ELCA higher education. Students at ELCA institutions are educated to explore their vocational calling as a means toward creating a meaningful life that contributes to the common good whatever their chosen career path.


“This is a unique opportunity for Newberry College to reaffirm its commitment to our motto of Passion, Purpose, and Personal Attention, and to strengthen our relationships with fellow Lutheran institutions across the country,” Scherrens said.

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RETAIN Hosts Conference for Newberry Alumni Teachers

February 12, 2019


The RETAIN Center of Excellence Mentoring and Induction Teachers will host the 2019 Coming Home Conference for Newberry College Teacher Education alumni on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Center for Teacher Education.


The focus of the conference will be on professional development relevant to teachers in their first five years of teaching.


The cost to attend is $10 per person. Click here to register, or visit the RETAIN website at


For questions, contact Daphne Poore at 803-321-3603, or Debbie Poston at 803-321-3604,

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Newberry College Launches Health Science Major

February 11, 2019

Newberry College has added a bachelor of science in Health Science major to its programs of study. The new major offers a versatile, broad-based program of study without the rigid course progression often required in other science-based majors.


“The B.S. in Health Science curriculum is intentionally broader in scope,” said Dr. Bret Clark, chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics and professor of Biology. “It is designed to prepare students for certification exams in various health-related fields and will satisfy the majority of prerequisite courses for graduate studies in most Allied Health professions.”


The new Health Science major includes 60-62-credit-hours of coursework in public health and wellness, science, anatomy and physiology, mathematics and applied learning through research and internship experiences selected to expand on the student’s individual interests.


“The course offerings in the Health Science curriculum have been carefully selected to equip students with a fundamental knowledge base universal to all health-related fields while providing the flexibility for students to tailor the program to their specific interest areas,” Clark said.


While some career paths require additional certification exams or coursework, Health Science majors will have the preparation they need to pursue career options, such as audiology, chiropractic care, dental care, physical therapy, pharmaceutical sales and a wide variety of other health-related fields.

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Newberry Retools Communications Major to Include Sports Communications Concentration

February 11, 2019

Newberry College recently approved four academic concentrations for its Communications major. Beginning in the Fall 2019 semester, students majoring in Communications can choose Journalism, Broadcasting, Public Relations and Advertising or Sports Communications as focus areas for their studies. 


“Concentrations allow students to focus on a particular area of interest within their major,” said Prof. Patrick Gagliano, chair of the Department of Arts and Communications. “These new concentrations help students customize their coursework and offer more in-depth exploration of their specific interest areas.” 


Journalism, Broadcasting and Public Relations and Advertising are long-standing staples of the Communications curriculum at Newberry College. “What’s changed is that we have formalized concentrations to give students a roadmap of courses that are best suited to their academic and career interests,” said Dr. Jodie Peeler, Communications program coordinator and professor of Communications. 


Sports Communications is a newly launched concentration in the Communications major that responds to the current and projected growth of sports-related occupations as well as the career interests of current Newberry students. 


The Sports Communications concentration incorporates several Sport Management courses in tandem with the existing Communications curriculum to help students build a firm understanding of the unique needs of sports organizations in the world of mass communications, how to cover sports of all kinds and how to effectively market and manage player and team brands to the public. 


“The addition of the Sports Communications concentration not only helps us expand the scope of our major, it also strengthens the bond between academic disciplines and provides a relevant new path of study for our students,” Gagliano said.

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Newberry College Hosts Black History Month Event Series

February 7, 2019


Newberry College will mark Black History Month throughout February with a series of events to celebrate important people and events in the history of African-Americans and the African diaspora. All events are free and open to the public.



Feb. 6 –Kenyan band Jabali Afrika, 8 p.m., Alumni Music Center Recital Hall. Presented by All Campus Entertainment (ACE).


Feb. 7 – Game Night: Black Card Revoked, 7 p.m., McClurg Center 215. Hosted by the Social Justice Club.


Feb. 12 – Trivia Tuesday: Black History, 8 p.m., Steele Student Center. Hosted by the Office of Residence Life and the Social Justice Club.


Feb. 13 – And When They Wake Up: Black Lives Matter, Rap and Activism, featuring instructor and researcher Najja K. Baptist, 7:30 p.m., Gnann Center-Center for Teacher Education. 

Presented by the Newberry College Multicultural Committee and the Political Science program.


Feb. 19 – Poetry Slam,8 p.m., AMC Recital Hall. Hosted by ACE and the Social Justice Club.


Feb. 21 – Movie Night: “The Hate U Give,” 7:30 p.m., McClurg Center 215. Presented by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Diversity Education and the Social Justice Club.


Feb. 28 – Soul Food Dinnerand Stroll Off performanceby National Pan-Hellenic Council members, 6:30 p.m., Kaufmann Dining Hall. Food prepared by Sodexo Dining Services. Sponsored by Diversity Education and the Social Justice Club.

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Newberry College Professor Earns Coveted Spot at National Seminar

January 29, 2019


Newberry College Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Sara Peters has been selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in the “Teaching Vocational Exploration” seminar. Hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges, faculty are competitively selected as part of CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) initiative. 


Peters will be among 20 higher education faculty from across the country selected to explore strategies for incorporating vocational exploration into curriculum and student mentoring. 


“With only 20 faculty chosen nationwide, the application process was highly competitive,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, interim vice president of Academic Affairs. “Dr. Peters’ exceptional commitment to her students makes her an ideal candidate for this seminar. We are eager to see what develops from her participation in the event.” 


The June seminar, to be held in Chicago, will share best practices for incorporating questions of vocational calling, purpose, ethics and identity into coursework to help students connect knowledge and vocational goals. Upon completing the seminar, faculty will be charged with developing a new course or course materials with a strong focus on vocational exploration. 


“Because of Newberry’s Lutheran liberal arts heritage, questions of calling, purpose, ethics and identity are precisely those we want our students to consider,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center at Newberry College. “Through this seminar, Dr. Peters will bring another dimension of vocation expertise to the student experience.”


The seminar is the latest development in the college’s relationship with CIC’s NetVUE initiative. Hughes currently directs a two-year, $42,000 program development grant, focused on mentoring first-year students for vocation. Hughes will speak in March at NetVUE’s national conference in Louisville, Ky.


Peters also has been granted a research sabbatical during Fall 2019 to study how people’s perceptions of national parks translate into stewardship when parks are utilized for recreation.

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Innovation Grant to Focus on Ethics Exploration Among Teens

January 28, 2019


Dr. Krista E. Hughes, Newberry College associate professor of Religion and director of the Muller Center at Newberry College, has received a $3,500 Leadership Education at Duke Divinity (LEDD) Innovation Grant for her project, “Amplifying Youth Voices in the Pulpit and the Public Square.” 


The project is intended to fund professional development workshops for adult youth leaders along with the design of a web-based hub where teens and young adults can share their perspectives on pressing ethical questions. Hughes received the grant through her participation in Duke University Divinity School’s Foundations of Christian Leadership program held in Washington, D.C., in May and August 2018.


“Our project is two-tiered,” Hughes said. “We intend to host conversations and encourage resource-sharing among adult youth leaders, and to create a platform where young adults can share their ideas: through writing, podcasts, videos … really any creative form. We cannot wait to see what emerges.” 


Hughes and Ian Carr McPherson, co-director of Called to the Common Good, the College’s summer High School Youth Theology Institute, envision the project as an extension of the Institute, which equips youth to connect faith, ethics and civic commitment. 


“Youth are hungry for opportunities to explore issues of moral concern, such as gun violence, misunderstanding and hatred in our society, the dark side of social media,” said McPherson. “Churches need to do a better job of listening to the questions raised by youth as well as the wisdom they have about solutions.”


Many youth ministers agree, but they are unsure how to incorporate civic formation into faith formation, and existing resources are few, Hughes said. The innovation grant will be used to help fill that gap, especially in the Southeast region.


To this end, the Muller Center will host three Prophetic Youth Ministry summits on Jan. 24, in Chapel Hill, N.C.; Feb. 5, in Greenville, S.C.; and Feb. 7, in Charleston, S.C. The events are free, but registration is required. To register for a summit, or for more information, visit, or email The web-based component of the project will launch in spring 2019. 

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Newberry Launches Esports for Intercollegiate Competition

January 9, 2019

Esports Logo

Competitive gaming, otherwise known as esports, will launch at Newberry College as an intercollegiate scholarship sport for the 2019-2020 season.


“Esports is experiencing exponential growth, particularly with high school- and college-age students,” said Newberry president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “We believe it is a natural fit for Newberry College.”


It may not fit our traditional view of collegiate athletics, but competitive gaming has quietly grown into one of the most popular team sports of the past decade.


Esports experiencing worldwide growth with both competitors and spectators

Esports appeals to a broad range of competitors with leagues running at the recreational, intercollegiate and professional levels. In fact, interest in gaming has become so widespread that ESPN added esports as one of its coverage categories in 2014.


Research by the Entertainment Software Association found that 150 million Americans play video games, and 64 percent of American households have at least one person who plays video games at least three hours per week.


Americans may be ardent gamers, but the appeal of esports is global. According to gaming and esports market intelligence provider Newzoo, there are 2.2 billion active gamers worldwide.


Likewise, the global fan base for competitive gaming has surged over the past decade, making esports the fastest growing spectator sport in the world. The Washington Post recently reported that substantially more people watched the 2017 League of Legends World Championships (106.2 million) than watched the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Daytona 500 contests combined (42.8 million).


Intercollegiate and recreational esports leagues forming at Newberry

Esports will launch at Newberry College for the 2019-20 season under the auspices of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). As with any intercollegiate sport, students will win a seat on the team roster based on their playing ability and will be eligible for gaming scholarships.


“Intercollegiate and recreational esports leagues formalize a structure that will help students connect with one another and with the campus,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. “These connections can be an important factor in whether a student stays in school and persists to graduation, just as they do with students in other intercollegiate sports.”


Esports teams compete in different leagues based on the specific games they play. Newberry College will compete in “Overwatch” and “League of Legends.” Both are multi-player games in which players compete as a team against other intercollegiate teams. A recreational league will be offered concurrently for students preferring more casual competition or seeking to hone their gaming skills to be considered for the intercollegiate ranks.


“This is an excellent opportunity for Newberry to establish itself in the arena of competitive gaming,” Parrish said. “Not only will we attract a new segment of students to campus who are highly motivated and technologically savvy, they also will experience the benefits of team competition that strengthen their connections to their teammates and enhance the overall student experience in college.”

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Newberry Welcomes 68 Graduates to the Ranks of Alumni at the Winter Commencement Ceremony

December 14, 2018


Newberry College hosted its winter commencement ceremony for the Class of 2018, celebrating the accomplishments of 68 graduates on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Wiles Chapel. 

“Today is to recognize the achievements of our seniors seated before us in caps and gowns,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “It is important that we acknowledge the contributions – emotional, spiritual and financial – of the parents, grandparents, spouses and other family members of the graduates of the December Class of 2018.” 

Newberry conferred the Honorary Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, to Dr. Mitchell M. Zais in recognition of his service and leadership to Newberry College, the State of South Carolina and his continued support of education across the U.S. 

The College also conferred the rank for professor emerita of Nursing to Dr. Betsy M. McDowell, who retired at the conclusion of the fall 2018 semester. 

The Newberry College Student Government Association each spring confers Professor of the Year honors upon a Newberry faculty member. That professor has the distinction of serving as commencement speaker at the December graduation ceremony. 

As the 2018 Professor of the Year, Dr. Amanda Hodges, associate professor of English and Director of the Summerland Honors Program, in her remarks to the graduates encouraged them to savior the moment. “Be brave enough to invest your talents,” Hodges said. “Take those meaningful risks and we can’t wait to see all the strength, understanding and goodness you will bring about.” 

Alumni Association president Mrs. Joyce Roof Carter ’82 welcomed the graduating class to the ranks of proud Newberry College alumni. 

“This is neither the end of your journey nor the end of your relationship with Newberry College,” she said. “Go forth from this campus an educated citizen and alumnus of this fine institution.”

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Newberry College Appoints Susan Ludwick to Lead Nursing Program

December 14, 2018


Newberry College has named Dr. Susan Ludwick to serve as chair of the Department of Nursing effective Jan. 3, 2019. Ludwick replaces Dr. Betsy McDowell, who retired this month after 10 years with the College.  


“We are very pleased to have someone with Dr. Ludwick’s skills and experience to lead our Nursing program,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. “She takes charge at a pivotal period of growth and development for the program.”


Although relatively new for the College (the first class started in 2009), the program has proven to be enormously popular and has operated at maximum capacity for several years.


In 2016, Newberry College expanded its pre-licensure Nursing program to increase by one third the number of candidates admitted to the major. The program expanded from 24 students to 32 students admitted per year and began offering program starts in both fall and spring semesters. 


Building on the success of its Pre-Licensure Nursing program, the RN-to-BSN Completion program was among the first adult degree-completion programs the College offered when it launched Newberry Online in 2017.


The program also is a primary focus of the College’s fundraising efforts, with construction of a new Nursing facility being a top priority of Scaling the Summit capital campaign. 


Susan Ludwick comes to Newberry College from Charleston Southern University where she was assistant professor of Nursing. Her teaching responsibilities focused on pediatrics and pharmacology and coordinating student clinicals in these areas.


Ludwick served as an instructor in the USC-Upstate School of Nursing in Spartanburg for eight years, where she taught obstetrics, women’s health and pediatric nursing in both lecture and clinical settings.


Other teaching posts at Gardner Webb University School of Nursing, Clemson University School of Nursing and William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., focused primarily on community health nursing, obstetrics and maternal/child health nursing.


While teaching at Baker University School of Nursing in Topeka, Kan., Ludwick led a student-run clinic in a local homeless shelter and organized all community health agency clinical experiences for upper division students.


Earlier in her career, Ludwick held staff nurse positions at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, Mo., and Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie, Wy. She also served as a health care consultant on the staff of U.S. Representative Sue Myrick in Charlotte, N.C., and Washington, D.C. (1994-95), where she was responsible for crafting health care legislation and served as executive assistant to the Congresswoman.


“I am delighted to be joining the Newberry College family to lead the Nursing program,” Ludwick said. “As a small, close-knit campus community, Newberry faculty are able to give personal attention to each student – something that is incredibly important for students going into a field that is highly focused on providing individualized care.”


Ludwick received her BSN from Wichita State University and MSN from the University of Wyoming. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Leadership and Public Health Nursing emphasis from the University of Kansas Medical Center.


Ludwick is a regular presenter at regional nursing conferences and is active in a variety of professional organizations, including Postpartum Support International, South Carolina Nurse’s Association and Nurse’s Christian Fellowship. Ludwick applies her nursing skills as a volunteer in a variety of community health settings focused on supporting children and families and addressing issues of homelessness.


Betsy McDowell, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, retired as chair of the Department of Nursing at the conclusion of the fall semester in Decemer2018. McDowell came to Newberry in 2008 to establish and lead a Nursing program for the College. Under her leadership, Nursing has grown into the successful and well-respected program it is today, and recently achieved the highest NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate, at 100 percent, in the program’s short history.

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Michael Stamp Named Campus Recreation Coordinator

November 30, 2018


Michael Stamp has joined Newberry College as coordinator of Campus Recreation in the Office of Student Affairs effective Nov. 26, 2018. In his new role, Stamp will focus on expanding the College’s intramural sports program, overseeing the campus fitness center and developing Newberry’s outdoor recreation/adventure programming.


Stamp comes to Newberry from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where he was assistant director of the Kelchner Fitness Center serving as residence director and programs coordinator.


“Michael’s experience managing a comprehensive campus recreation program will be a tremendous asset to Newberry,” said Michael Smith, Director of Student Engagement. “We look forward to seeing the new initiatives he will bring to our Campus Recreation program.”


During Stamp’s nearly four years at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, he oversaw a staff of 40 student employees and managed all aspects of the college’s intramural sports program. He assisted with day-to-day operations of the fitness center.


Stamp spearheaded collaborations between the Kelchner Fitness Center and local community groups, such as Special Olympics and YMCA. He developed and directed an annual outdoor summer camp for local youth. Stamp also served as an adjunct professor in the Geosciences Department teaching courses for students in the Outdoor Recreational Leadership major.


Stamp previously served as a graduate assistant/co-op Intern for Campus Outdoor Recreation Experience at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where he oversaw all aspects of the program. He planned and facilitated more than 20 outdoor recreation/adventure program annually, managed the climbing gym and challenge courses and supervised equipment rentals.


Stamp is certified in First Aid, AED and CPR, and is a Wilderness First Responder. He also is a climbing wall instructor and a challenge course practitioner.


“I’m excited to get started working with students to build a Campus Recreation Program that will make Newberry College proud,” Stamp said. “There are a lot of really passionate and talented students on the Newberry campus who are eager to be active and get involved in activities outside of the classroom.”

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Newberry Professor Presents Research On Three Pioneering Television Programs

November 16, 2018


Newberry College Professor of Communications Dr. Jodie Peeler presented original research on three influential television programs during a seminar at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in Hunt Valley, Md. this semester. 


Peeler’s seminar, “Your Friends From Breakfast to Bedtime: NBC’s Today, Home and Tonight” chronicled the development in the early 1950s of three programs that changed not only television programming, but also program ownership and advertising philosophies. Peeler spoke about Today, the first successful early-morning network news program, and Home, a pioneering daytime magazine hosted by Arlene Francis. Peeler’s co-presenter Kevin Doherty spoke about the development of Tonight, and shared reminiscences of working with former Tonight host Jack Paar later in his career. 


“We take Today and Tonight for granted, and it’s easy to think they’ve always been there,” Peeler said. “But when they were proposed, few people thought they would work, let alone gain a following. And few people anymore remember Home or how pioneering it was in its time. All three were great risks, but time has proven they were sound concepts. This was a great opportunity to share what I’ve learned about how these programs came to be, and how they influenced so much that came after.” 


During the presentation Peeler also shared insights from her ongoing research into original Today host Dave Garroway. A versatile communicator on radio and television, Garroway was a presence on multiple NBC programs through the 1950s, and hosted Today from its January 1952 debut through July 1961. Peeler is currently writing a book about Garroway’s life, having conducted archival research in multiple states and interviewed people who knew or worked with him, and maintains the Garroway At Large website (, an online tribute that also features an ongoing chronicle of her research. 


“Too often Dave Garroway, when he is remembered, is remembered only for a few things in his life,” Peeler said. “But he was a versatile communicator whose style influenced so much that came afterward, and he was a fascinating human being whose story hasn’t really been told. I’m always glad when I can share what I’ve learned. Dave Garroway needs to be remembered.” 


Peeler, who specializes in broadcast history, plans to return to the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention next year to give a presentation on how the historic July 1969 flight of Apollo 11 was broadcast from liftoff to splashdown, and on the technological accomplishments that made the live telecast possible.

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Newberry Hosts Dedication Ceremony for New Residence Hall

November 3, 2018


Newberry College hosted the dedication ceremony for Pearson Hall, the College’s newly constructed residence hall, on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. The building is named in honor of the late Wayne Pearson, a 1971 Newberry College alumnus, and his wife, Patricia.


“Wayne would be extremely humbled by this honor, but I know he would be grinning from ear to ear,” said his wife, Patricia. “He always felt that Newberry College gave him the opportunity to be successful. We both want the students to take advantage of the opportunities at Newberry College and enjoy this new residence hall. If the students get going, then the world will open up for them with education.”


Pearson gave generously of his time and treasure to his alma mater throughout his lifetime. He served as an elected member of the Newberry College Board of Trustees for 15 years and was honored as a trustee emeritus at the completion of his final term.


“Wayne kept the best interests of Newberry College close to his heart, even when he was not actively serving the College in an official capacity,” said former Board of Trustees chairman Hap Pearce. “He served tirelessly and with humility, neither expecting nor desiring special credit for his efforts on behalf of the College. It was my pleasure to serve on the Board of Trustees with Wayne. I respected his business savvy and relied upon his good judgement and sound advice.”


Pearson was as a member and president of the Newberry College Alumni Board of Managers. He also was a proud member of Kappa Alpha Order and was inducted into the Kappa Alpha Court of Honor in recognition of his long-time support of that fraternity.


Pearson and his family also have generously supported Newberry College throughout the years with leadership gifts to capital projects, academic and athletic programs and scholarships.


“Wayne was a cherished friend of the College for more than 30 years and a role model of servant leadership throughout his lifetime,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “I am delighted we are able to commemorate Wayne and Patricia’s legacy in a way that is meaningful to the Pearson family.”


Construction on Pearson Hall was completed in July and the building was opened for student occupancy in August 2018. The residence hall is home to 82 students, including two resident assistants. It features suite-style, double-occupancy rooms in pods of four, six or eight people, with a shared kitchenette and living room. The building also features useful commona areas, including a fully equipped kitchen, television lounge, table seating and small group meeting spaces, along with lounge/study spaces in the second and third floor common areas.

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Newberry College ROTC Cadets Place In Ranger Challenge

October 22, 2018

Newberry College ROTC cadets at 2018 Ranger Challenge.

FORT PICKETT, Va. – Newberry College members of the Highlander Battalion Army ROTC participated in the annual 4th Brigade Ranger Challenge, held Oct. 20-21 in Fort Pickett, Va. The day-long competition, designed to test basic army skills and knowledge, saw two Highlander teams place 19th and 33rd, respectively, of 48 teams in attendance.


“We are so proud of our cadets, not only for their determination and strong showing at the Ranger Challenge, but also their dedication to better-serving the United States of America,” said senior military instructor Master Sgt. Skip McMillan.


The challenge, which followed a night of outdoor camping, began with a five-mile jog, followed by a series of 16 testing stations. The sparsely-placed stations challenged skills including map-reading, radio transmission and identifying hand grenades.


“I volunteered to do the Ranger Challenge to improve my fitness and leadership skills” said Newberry junior Korina Martinez, of Fayetteville, N.C. The first-time participant added that her skills were tested past expectations.


The Highlander Battalion includes students from Newberry College, Lander University and Presbyterian College, whose campus hosts the program. Team A, led by Newberry junior Corey Lorence (Lexington, S.C.), and Lander sophomore Catherine Rithianos, earned 19th place. Team B, led by Presbyterian junior Cameron Glenn, placed 33rd .

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Newberry College Reaches New Enrollment Milestones

September 18, 2018


Newberry College welcomed a record-breaking 471 new students in its incoming class for fall 2018, making it fourth time in the past five years that the College has achieved a new enrollment milestone for its incoming class. 


With 377 freshmen, Newberry’s incoming class charted an astonishing 5.4 percent increase in first-time freshmen, along with 75 transfer students and 10 readmitted students. The incoming class tally also included 14 students enrolled in the College’s recently launched online degree-completion programs for adult learners. 


“This year’s enrollment result is particularly gratifying,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “As we continue to focus on the quality and relevance of the educational experience we offer, students increasingly are understanding the value of earning a Newberry College degree.”


Newberry also reached a new high point in overall enrollment with a fall headcount of 1,212  students, including 1,179 full-time students. The result toppled last year’s double-digit percentage increases for both overall enrollment (1,190) and full-time students (1,157).



South Carolina residents account for 75 percent of total enrollment.
Non-resident students hail from 28 states, drawn primarily from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Top five states by enrollment are North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. 
International enrollment accounted for 5 percent of the student population and come from 23 countries and six continents. Canada, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom and Ecuador account for the largest proportion of international students. 


Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sid Parrish noted that putting greater emphasis on informing prospective students about secondary areas of interest helped tip the scales for fall enrollment. 


“We’re good at sharing information about majors with prospective students, but we weren’t connecting with them as well on areas of interest– everything from marching band to bass fishing, which appeal to students across all majors,” Parrish said. “Helping students connect the dots between areas of study and areas of interest made a difference in the number of prospective students who committed to Newberry College.” 


Newberry faculty and staff also have deepened their involvement throughout the recruitment and enrollment process. 


“For a school like Newberry College, where personal attention is an important part of our brand promise, this one-on-one interaction with faculty and staff gives students a sense of our student-centered approach,” Parrish said. 


In the competitive higher education landscape, Newberry College has continued to focus on providing students with a top-quality education that is competitively priced. 


“Newberry’s commitment to financial transparency allows the College to provide a customized financial aid award based on a family’s needs,” said Christopher Harris, dean of Enrollment Management. “Coupled with our Loan Repayment Promise, families are finding that our strong private liberal arts education is attainable for their educational goals.”


The College’s emphasis on value and affordability also was reflected in the 2019 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges report released earlier this week. Newberry College moved up to the #3 spot in the Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South rankings and made its second consecutive appearance on the unranked list, Least Debt at Graduation for Regional Colleges in the South. The College also moved up to the #12 spot in the Best Regional Colleges in the South category and was included in the unranked list, Schools With the Most International Students. 


“Passion, purpose and personal attention is our promise to students, and we strive to live out that promise every day,” Scherrens said. “Our dedication to this pledge is making us a college of first choice among prospective students.” 

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Newberry College Ranks Among Nation’s Best

September 10, 2018

Holland Hall

Newberry College had an impressive showing on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released today. Newberry appeared on the following lists: 


* Best Regional Colleges in the South (#12) 

* Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South (#3) 

* Schools With the Most International Students (unranked list) 

* Least Debt at Graduation for Regional Colleges in the South (unranked list) 


Best Colleges 

In the rankings for Best Regional Colleges in the South, Newberry jumped five places in the rankings to take over the #12 spot and retain its place in the Top 20 Best Regional Colleges in the South for the second year in a row. 


“Newberry College has invested significant time and effort over the past five years on fostering a more student-centered campus environment,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. “This incredible jump in the national rankings is directly attributable to the persistence and dedication of our faculty, staff, coaches, students and alumni.” 


Best Value 

In its third consecutive appearance on the Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South rankings, Newberry College moved up four places to the #3 spot in the 2019 rankings. 


“Newberry is committed to providing students with a top-quality liberal arts education that is affordable for students and their families,” said Chris Harris, Dean of Enrollment Management. “With our ability to provide generous financial aid packages, a Newberry College education lives up to its ranking in the Best Value category.” 


International Students 

Recognizing the importance of understanding other cultures and being able to effectively interact personally and professionally within a global society, U.S. News identified institutions with the largest proportion of international undergraduates during the 2017-18 academic year. 


On this new list of Schools with the Most International Students for Regional Colleges in the 

South, the proportion of international students at those schools ranged from 5 to 19 percent of their student populations. At Newberry College, international students comprised 5 percent of the overall student population. 


“Being able to introduce our students to a wide variety of cultures makes our small-town college a much more diverse place,” said Newberry College senior and student body president Luke Carraway. “The growing number of international students is an important factor in Newberry’s recent growth and success.” 


Student Debt 

In Student Debt at Graduation (a category debuted by U.S. News in last year’s 2018 rankings report), Newberry College makes its second consecutive appearance on the Least Debt for Regional Colleges in the South list. 


Over the past several years, Newberry has worked to refine its institutional aid matrix to make awards where they would have the greatest impact and placed greater emphasis on moving families through the financial aid application process earlier in the enrollment cycle to ensure the best award package from state, federal and institutional sources.


“It is truly exciting to see the progress we are making as an institution manifest itself in data-driven measures such as national rankings,” said Hap Pearce, Newberry College alumnus and chairman of the Board of Trustees. “I look forward to witnessing all we will accomplish in the years ahead.” 


About the Rankings 

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges by key measures of quality, including institutional reputation, student selectivity, graduation and retention rates, financial resources and alumni giving. More at 

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Newberry College Professor Recognized by State Respiratory Therapy Organization

August 10, 2018


Dr. Jerry Alewine, chair of Newberry College’s Department of Respiratory Therapy, has been named the 2018 Leadership Practitioner of the Year by the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care (SCSRC). 


“You have demonstrated a dedication to your program, students and the profession, which has earned you this honor,” noted selection committee chair Cayce Hendrix in the award letter. 


SCSRC recognizes up to three practitioners statewide each year who strive to elevate the respiratory care profession in either a clinical, education or leadership role. With more than 20 years in the field of Respiratory Care, Alewine has served in all three capacities.


Alewine has spent the past 10 years in teaching and leadership roles in higher education. He joined Newberry College in 2017 to develop and launch the institution’s new Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy online degree-completion program. 


Prior to joining Newberry College, he served as dean of the Division of Health Science (2008-2017) for Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, S.C., and previously served as PTC’s director of Clinical Education for Respiratory Care (2001-2008). Alewine also has more than two decades of clinical experience working as a Respiratory Therapist at Self Regional HealthCare and Providence Heart Center. 


Throughout his career, Alewine has worked to advance the field of Respiratory Care. He is a former president of the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Newberry County Memorial Center. 


His past efforts on behalf of his patients and the industry have garnered recognition. He received the DHEC Maternal and Neonatal Champion Award (2004) and was recognized as South Carolina Practitioner of the Year by the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care in 2006. 


“I am honored to have been selected as Leadership Practitioner of  the Year by SCSRC,” Alewine said. “By developing the BSRT program, Newberry College is leading the way in improving healthcare in South Carolina and I am proud to have a role in continuing to advance the filed in this way.” 


Alewine will be recognized for his latest accomplishment by the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care at an awards banquet during the organization’s SCSRC’s fall conference in September at Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

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Newberry Music Invited to Perform in Germany

July 30, 2018

Violin with sheet music

The Newberry College Chamber Orchestra and the Newberry College Singers have been invited to participate in a special “Lange Nacht der Kultur” (long night of culture) festival in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Saturday, June 15, 2019.   The event, and related performance events earlier that week, will be a collaboration between the Newberry College musicians and members of the ensemble “d’acCHORd”, a Kaiserslautern-based  a cappella vocal ensemble, and friends from the Sinfonieorchester des Landkreises Kaiserslautern (SOKL).   
Participating students and faculty will depart South Carolina on Thursday evening, June 6, and will enjoy ten full days of performing and sight-seeing in southwest Germany, with considerable support from their German hosts.  Both ensembles have also been invited to appear on the US military bases in the region, performing for students at Kaiserslautern High School, and at Ramstein High School.
To offset some of the expenses of this journey, participating students and faculty will seek local sponsorship possibilities.   Dr. Patrick Casey, music director of the Newberry Chamber Orchestra—and tour coordinator--is actively engaged with some civic organizations in the Kaiserslautern area for co-sponsorship potential as well.   All ideas for area sponsorship possibilities are most welcome.   Please feel free to contact Dr. Casey at (803) 321-5634, or with thoughts or inquiries.
The Newberry Chamber Orchestra (NCO) is a college-community or town and gown orchestra and is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members in the region. The NCO performs orchestral music from the Baroque to the 20th century and rehearses every Monday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm on the Newberry College campus.  For more information please contact Dr. Casey at (803) 321-5634.
Newberry College Singers was founded in 1932, and is one of the oldest groups on campus. This premier auditioned choir tours annually and performs choral masterworks that range from the Middle Ages through the 21st century.  The Singers are under the direction of Department of Music chair, Dr. Chris Sheppard.  Dr. Sheppard can be reached at 803-321-5181.

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Newberry College Earns SACSCOC Approval on Five-Year Report

July 23, 2018

Newberry College recently received the best possible response from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), receiving the accrediting body’s approval of Newberry’s Fifth-Year Interim Report. 


Colleges and universities undergo a comprehensive accreditation review every 10 years. The Fifth-Year Interim Report is the mid-point assessment of compliance with the 17 standards of the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation. Newberry College provided a detailed review of compliance in its Fifth-Year Interim Report submitted in December 2017 and responded to follow-up questions from SACSCOC in its Referral Report. 


The SACSCOC Board of Trustees reviewed the report at its June 2018 meeting and requested no additional information or reports. Furthermore, the accrediting agency determined that Newberry is in full compliance with all SACSCOC accreditation standards and is fully accredited until 2022, when the College will undergo the standard reaffirmation review process. 


“We have focused our efforts on continuous improvement of organizational effectiveness driven by an ongoing process of action, assessment and adjustment of policies, programs and strategies,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. “Our success with the Fifth-Year Interim Report is a solid indicator of the positive impact of our work campus-wide.” 


Newberry College has been continuously accredited by SACSCOC since 1936 and received its most recent reaffirmation of accreditation in December 2014. Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution has a mission appropriate to higher education, has resources, programs and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives. 


For more information, contact Dr. Sid Parrish, interim vice president for Academic Affairs and SACSCOC institutional liaison at or 803.321.5263.

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Newberry College Appoints New Dean of Enrollment Management

July 23, 2018


Christopher M. Harris will join Newberry College as its new Dean of Enrollment Management effective Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. 

Harris will provide strategic leadership and planning for the recruitment and enrollment of both traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate degree-completion programs and financial aid. As a member of the College’s senior leadership team, Harris will advise the president and others on recruitment strategies and tactics for current enrollment and future growth. 

“Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in enrollment management to this position,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “He offers an infusion of energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas that will transform our enrollment efforts. I am pleased to welcome Chris as the newest member of our leadership team.” 

Harris comes to Newberry College from Ohio-based University of Findlay, where he served as Director of Admission (2014-2018). He helped that university achieve record-breaking enrollment and supported year-to-year retention gains. 

Previously, he served as Dean of Admission and Financial Aid (2010-2014) at Lake Erie College, where he provided strategic direction for the institution’s new student recruitment efforts, including undergraduate, graduate, transfer, dual enrollment and international student constituencies. 

Prior to that, Harris served as Director of Financial Aid (2009-2010) at Hondros College of Nursing, where he developed and monitored financial aid processes across multiple departments. He served as Dean of Enrollment and Student Services (2003-2009) at MedCentral College of Nursing, where he led significant enrollment growth and increased student retention by 20 percent in four years. At Paul Smith’s College, where he served as Director of Admissions (2001-2003), he partnered with academic deans and program chairs to identify, develop and market new degree programs. 

“I am excited and honored to be joining the Newberry College family,” Harris said. “From the moment I stepped onto the Newberry campus, it was obvious this is a truly special and unique institution deeply rooted in its mission of preparing students in the Lutheran liberal arts tradition. Newberry has great momentum and I look forward to partnering with our talented faculty and staff and dedicated alumni to attract and retain future graduates of our College.” 

Harris completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from West Liberty University. He earned his Master of Arts in Education degree from Heidelberg University and is completing his doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Concordia University-Portland. 

Harris has a long-held tradition of volunteer and community service and said he looks forward to getting involved in the local community once he is relocated in the area. Most recently, Harris served as a volunteer with the Miracle League of Hancock County Buddy for Baseball program, The Make It Fit Foundation and the Heart of Ohio Girls Softball Association.

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Newberry Nursing Grads Earn 100 Percent Pass Rate on NCLEX-RN Licensure Exam

July 10, 2018


The Newberry College Department of Nursing today announced its spring 2018 graduates have achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam. The NCLEX-RN is a standardized exam given by the South Carolina Board of Nursing to assess the readiness of new nursing graduates to enter the nursing profession. 


“We implemented strategies at the beginning of the academic year to raise our first-time pass rate to 90 percent or better,” said Betsy McDowell, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, chair of the Newberry College Department of Nursing. “It is gratifying to see our plan so quickly yield an even better than expected result.” 


The state Board of Nursing uses the first-time pass rate in its assessment of nursing programs. Although Newberry’s overallpass rate for the NCLEX-RN was 92 percent (higher than the state average), its first-time pass rate had dropped in 2016 and 2017. In response, Newberry College developed a strategy to address the issue. 


Developing the Plan

Newberry College administrators presented a performance improvement plan to the state Board of Nursing, with the goal of achieving 90 percent or better for the first-time pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.


Newberry partnered with ATI Nursing Education, a nationally recognized test preparation expert, to provide regular content reviews focused on helping students apply their cumulative nursing knowledge and offer supplemental instruction to better familiarize students with the unique testing environment of the NCLEX-RN exam. Newberry also provided one-on-one support for students needing additional help on specific subject matter. 


“Our senior students faced a number of program changes aimed at improving their preparedness for the licensure exam,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “They consistently went above and beyond, responding to every additional task or assignment in a positive and professional manner to achieve an unprecedented 100 percent first-time pass rate. I am greatly impressed by their focus and perseverance throughout the year to achieve this goal.” 


Working the Plan

Kayla Alewine, one of the spring 2018 Nursing graduates responsible for achieving the 100 percent first-time pass rate, said she and her classmates understood the importance of performing well on the NCLEX and knew what they needed to do to achieve that result. 


“I speak on behalf of the whole class when I say that we would not be where we are today without our professors pushing us, administrators supporting us and all of them giving us continuous encouragement,” said Alewine, who starts her new job at Palmetto Health on July 30 working as an RN in the Critical Care Residency. “I knew we could do this and I am glad we were able to be the first Newberry class to conquer the NCLEX with a 100 percent first-time pass rate.” 


Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sid Parrish, Jr., also praised the Nursing faculty for their efforts in creating a strong action plan for improvement. 


“Our Nursing faculty did an outstanding job working with ATI to research best practices and implement an action plan that has exceeded our expectations,” Parrish said. “We have an excellent Nursing program at Newberry College that is now even stronger thanks to their efforts. With these changes now a permanent part of our program, we are confident that upcoming classes will continue to achieve this same level of success on their licensure exams.” 


Focusing on Future Growth

Although Nursing is a relatively new program at Newberry College (the first class started in 2009), it has proven to be an enormously popular program that has operated at maximum capacity for several years.


In 2016, Newberry College expanded its pre-licensure Nursing program to increase by one third the number of candidates admitted to the major. The program expanded from 24 students to 32 students admitted per year and began offering program starts in both fall and spring semesters. 


Building on the success of its traditional program, the RN-to-BSN Completion program was among the first adult degree-completion programs the College offered when it launched Newberry Onlinein 2017. 


The Nursing program also is a primary focus of the College’s recent fundraising initiatives. Construction of a new Nursing facility is the top priority of Newberry’s Scaling the Summitcapital campaign. 

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Community Yard Sale A Success

June 1, 2018


The Newberry College campus community, led by members of the Panhellenic Council, came together to hold a community yard sale that raised more than $1,100 for charity. All proceeds raised during the May 12 event were donated to The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded and powered by sorority women on a mission to raise financial support and resources to help remove education barriers for girls and women facing poverty and oppression. 


It had been several years since Newberry had hosted the Community Yard Sale, so members of the Panhellenic Council agreed it was time for the event to make its return to the campus. In the weeks leading up the end-of-year move-out from the residence halls, donations poured in from students, faculty and staff offering up their gently used or unwanted items to the cause.


"We did not expect to receive so many donations,” said  Katelyn Heard, philianthropy chairwoman of the Panhellenic Council of Newberry College. "We appreciated all the support that came from throughout the Newberry College family.”


Circle of Sisterhood and National Panhellenic Council have been working together since 2012.


“I am impressed with the dedication of the Panhellenic Women with this project,” said Dean of Students Dr. Sandra Rouse. “They developed and ran with the idea from start to finish, and I could not be prouder of their efforts to create positive change in the world.”


The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation is a mechanism by which all sorority women can stand together across affiliation, age, color and creed to make a difference in the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. Collectively, they are one of the largest communities of college-educated women in the world. Fewer than 7 percent of the world's population, both men and women, has a college degree and two-thirds of all illiterate adults are women. Standing together as one community, they give girls and women an equal chance for rewarding lives and livelihoods through schooling, the learning of a trade or even a college degree. 


Based on the success of this year's event, the Newberry College Panhellenic Council plans to hold this event annually. The 2019 yard sale is tentatively scheduled for late April or early May. For more information about the Newberry College Community Yeard Sale event, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Greek Life at Newberry College.

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Newberry Announces Spring 2018 Dean’s List

May 29, 2018

Dean's List Newberry Colleges

Students receiving recognition on the Dean’s List at Newberry College had to achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale during the semester.

A total of 354 students earned Dean’s List honors this semester. The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2018:

Samuel    Jawanza    Adams        Simpsonville    SC
Tabitha    Patrice    Adams        Saluda        SC
Stephanie    Laura        Agapion    Gaffney    SC
Alexander    Ruiz        Aguilar    Malott    WA
Brooks    McCormick Allen        Newberry    SC
Jordan    Nicole    Alvey        Goose Creek    SC
Alex    Richard    Amble        Summerville    SC
Steven    Omarro    Archie        Goose Creek    SC
Joseph    Anthony    Ariale        Summerville    SC
Luke    Wilfred    Atack        Hamilton    ON
Alyssa    Marie    Ball        Magnolia    DE
Brooke    Nicole    Ball        Newberry    SC
Samantha Grace    Balough        Lexington,     SC
Jordan    Ashley    Barnes        Prosperity    SC
Kevin    Tyler    Barry        Spartanburg    SC
Madison    Elizabeth Bauknight     Chapin        SC
Caleb    Remellow Belton        Heath Springs    SC
Gracen    Elizabeth Bennett     Lexington    SC
Hunter    Kyle    Berley        Aiken        SC
Brooke    ElizabethBerry        Batesburg    SC
Steven    Semaho    Berry          North Charleston, SC
Devin    Tavon    Blackwell     Manning        SC
Harthe    Dufford    Blankenship     Branchville    SC
Harry    Frederick Bolton     Kambah ACT     
Anne-Marie Branham        Cassatt        SC
Samantha Nicole    Breeden        Chattanooga    TN
Ashlie    Summer    Brickle        Cope        SC
David    Anthony    Bridges        Sumter        SC
Dakotah    Scott    Brigham        Hilton Head Island, SC
Jacob    Wayne    Brinson        Pickens        SC
Shelby    Lee    Britten        Victoria    
Madison    Grace    Brock        
Eric    Hayden    Brody        Orlando        FL
David    Copeland Brown        Anderson    SC
Ronald        Brown        Columbia    SC
William    Austin    Brown        
Alexandra Virginia Bryant    Branchville    SC
Brock    Jameson    Bryant        Prosperity    SC
Fabrizio    Bucco        Guayaquil     
Pierce    Allen    Burch        Holly Hill    SC
Rebecca    Nicole    Burkhart    Gaston        SC
Nicholas James    Butler        Camden        SC
Jordan    Curtez    Campbell    Abbeville    SC
Pedro Gabriel    Ferreira    Campos    Belo Horizonte     
Christopher Curtis Capers Jr.    Goose Creek    SC
Hannah    Leigh    Carnes        Lancaster    SC
Anthony    Miles    Carter        Blenheim    SC
Janet        Carter        Ninety Six    SC
Morgan    Alexandria Cassidy    Gaston        SC
Angela De Jesus    Chancay        Beaufort    SC
Joseph Benjamin    Chaney        Ninety Six    SC
Jared    Douglas    Chant        Theresa        NY
James    Thomas    Chappel        Columbus    GA
Andrew    Morgan    Chariker    Prosperity    SC
Wei        Chen        Orangeburg    SC
Molly    Irene    Chester        Dumfries    VA
Keyla    Starr    Childs        Summerville    SC
Travis    Anthony    Christmas    Sumter        SC
Corey    James    Chrzanowski    Suwanee        GA
Zachary    Thomas    Clary        Gaffney        SC
Briana    Taylor    Clontz        Conover        NC
Kelly Crittenden Coleman    Smyrna        TN
Nicholas Coy    Comfort        Columbia    SC
Dv'nn    Ja'jwan    Cooks        Smiths Station    AL
Sydney    Rae    Cox        Oregon City    OR
Austin    Steele    Crocker        Laurens        SC
Bethany    Leanne    Cromer        Newberry    SC
Allison    Elaine    Crout        Gilbert        SC
Katy Elizabeth Crout        Gilbert        SC
Robert        Cull        liverpool    
Chelsey    Lynn    Cunningham    Youngsville    NC
Selice    Alexandra Daley        Bluffton    SC
Lucia    Annette    Davila        La Paz    
Allison    Victoria Davis        Greensboro    NC
Marial        de Lachica    Whitmire    SC
Mandy    Joy    De Vries    Hollywood    SC
William    Eric    Decker        Anchorage    AK
Lauren    Rebecca    Derrick        Chapin        SC
Nicklaus Montgomery Dietrich    Matthews    NC
Myranda    Holly    Dills        Chesnee        SC
Bradley    John    Dixon        Wakefield    
Michelle    Matsue    Doby    Lithonia    GA
Tabitha    Marie    Dorsey        Goose Creek    SC
Logan    Gabrielle Dortch    Chapin        SC
Robert    Garrett    DuBose        Chapin        SC
Alexander Scott    Durham        Easley        SC
Ari    Caleb    Edmiston    Cayce        SC
Cole    Allen    Eison        Whitmire    SC
Cannon    Jenee    Elliott        Little Mountain    SC
Mikayla    Noel    Elliott        Little Mountain    SC
Georgia    Mae    Elliott-King    Northampton    
Karyn    Ann    Ellis        Summerville    SC
Dakota    Raighne    Elzy        Louisville    KY
Meg    Hannah    Essex        Glamorgan Vale    
Lauren    Renee'    Evans        Columbia    SC
Curren    Charles    Fessler        Summerville    SC
Christine S.    Fissella    Columbia    SC
Jessica    Lauren    Folk        Newberry    SC
Hester        Foo        
Julia Kathleen Fowler        Lugoff        SC
Hayden    Lee    Francis        Snellville    GA
Rachel    Anne    Franklin    Newberry    SC
Jayleen    Virginia Gant        Poway        CA
Emily    Parker    Gantt        Leesville    SC
Gabrielle Elaine Gentner    Chapin        SC
Luke    Charles    Gibson        Albemarle    NC
Garrett    Vernon    Giles        Cupeper        VA
Emily    London    Glymph        Pomaria        SC
Marta        Gomar        VALENCIA 
Emma Kristine Gooding        Chapin        SC
Trey    Jamal    Goodwin        Gadsden        SC
Brian    Austin    Gordon        Lancaster    SC
Madison    DeAnne    Graham        Prosperity    SC
Cera    Morgan    Gravely        Fort Mill    SC
Esther Shantavia Green        Aiken        SC
Lucius Harper    Greene        York        SC
Orin    Stacey    Gregg        Irmo        SC
Calesta    Paige    Grooms        Eutawville    SC
Kelly    Mae    Gunter        Batesburg    SC
Aubrey    Grace    Guyton        Cordova        TN
Donovan    Jordan    Hadley        Hopkins        SC
Alicia    Leigh    Hall        Whitmire    SC
Samuel    Winburn    Hall        Conway        SC
Andrew    Allen    Hamer        
Nicola    Victoria Handreck     Heywood,Victoria, AU    
Madison    Kathleen Hargraves    Lake Orion    MI
Savannah Payton    Harmon        Prosperity    SC
Emma    Claire    Harms        Greer        SC
Billie    Alessandra Harper    Belmont        NH
Daniel    Kwame- Ageykum Harris    Fairfax        VA
Mackenzie Carolyn Harsch    Irmo        SC
Benjamin Tyler Havird        Newberry    SC
James    Austin    Haynes        Florence    SC
Jarrett    Christopher Hazel    Chapin        SC
Katelyn    Marie    Heard        Yorktown    VA
Erica    Jordan    Henderson    Fountain Inn    SC
Carlos    Adan    Hernandez    Newberry    SC
Jorge Brian Hernandez-Esquivel Lexington    SC
Deisi Hernandez-Galarza        Randleman    NC
Margarette    Kathryn        Herrera    Elgin    SC
Georgne    Crystiana Herring    Columbia    SC
Shannon    Camille    Hetrick        Greenville    SC
Daphne Liliana Heyaime-Fernandez Santo Domingo    
Hunter    Scott    Hill        Little Mountain    SC
Jasmine    Sinclair Hill        Columbia    SC
Samara    Adele    Hill        Vic     
Xavier    McKenzieHill        Columbia    SC
Peyton    Clark    Hite        Ninety Six    SC
William    Wesley    Holbrook    Aiken        SC
Mark    Edward    Hoog        Lexinton    SC
Dara    Nicole    Hoopingarner    Roebuck        SC
Christopher James Howe        Kinards        SC
Madeline Frances Hunnicutt    Columbia    SC
Kayla    Nicole    Hutto        Chapin        SC
Laura    Ashley    Hutto        Orangeburg    SC
Nabila        Inak        Forest Hills    NY
Jennie    Tahisha    Jackson        Newberry    SC
Taylor    William    Jackson    Batesburg-Leesville    SC
Jacob    Allen    Jeffcoat    West Columbia    SC
Fredric    Antwan    Johnson        Orangeburg    SC
Jessica    Marie    Johnson        Laurens        SC
Sarah Elizabeth Johnson        Ruby        SC
D'Arion    Lashay    Johnston    Columbia    SC
Brandarius Shmar Jones        Newberry    SC
Mikaela    Danielle Jones        Spartanburg    SC
Samuel    Griffin    Jones        Greer        SC
Keito        Jordon        Columbia    SC
Alexis    Joan    Kahler        West Bloomfield    MI
Jacob    Bailey    Katopol        Ypsilanti    MI
Farai    Mazvita    Kawonde        Harare, Harare    
Brady    Alexis    Keeler        Bridgeville    DE
Kadelyn    Taylor    Kelly        Chapin        SC
Tyrone    T    Kelly        Camden        SC
Naomi    Elise    Killian        Stone Mountain    GA
Julie    Ann    Kinard        Prosperity    SC
Samuel    Harrison Kinard        Lexington    SC
Robert    Cory    King        Chapin        SC
Aaron    Joseph    Kitchen        Chapin        SC
Sara    Derice    Koen        Chapin        SC
Christopher    John Kowalski    Myrtle Beach    SC
Cassidy    Jordan    Krasselt    Cayce        SC
Quincy    William    Kroeschell    Charlotte    NC
Hannah    Elizabeth Ksor        Moore        SC
Hayleigh Dianne    Ksor        Roebuck        SC
Wan Shia    Lai        Selangor     
Anne    M    Lambert        Lexington    SC
Patrick    Dee    Lane        Chapin        SC
Marshall    Hunter    Lange    Archdale    NC
Ashley    Sloan    Lawson        Lexington    SC
Mariah Elizabeth Lee        Seaford        DE
Paige    Jane    Lehine        Glendora    CA
Claus    Simonsen Lehland    Bergen     
Hannah    Kate    Lepaio        Bathurst NSW,     AU    
Rasha    Myiti Simone    Ling    Reeseville    SC
Kinard    Javante    Lisbon        Bishopville    SC
Johnnie    William    Little        New London    NC
Taylor    Renee    Livingston    Newberry    SC
Andres    Lopez    E         Longmeadow    MA
Lauren    Elizabeth Lopez        Lebanon        TN
Johana        Lunackova    Tyn nad Vltavou    
Connor    Wilson    Lundkovsky    Monterey    CA
Hannah    Isharah    Macon        Columbia    SC
Tarek        Malz        Satrup    
Gillian    Faith    Maner        Irmo        SC
Sai Nikhil    Mannepalli    Telangana      
Vojin        Manojlovic    Podgorica    
Tammy    Kay    Marshall    Greenwood    SC
Timothy    Vela    Martinez    Pasco        WA
Rebeca        Martinez Perez    Granollers    
Andrew    Michael    McCall        Chapin        SC
Emmanuel Jacob    McCord        Indian Land    SC
Kelsey    Taylor    McDermott    Mackay Q 4740    
Alexis    Jade    McDowell    Benson        NC
Emily    Swain    McElveen    Cades        SC
Joseph    Dante    Meade        Prosperity    SC
Brianna    M    Meador        Irmo        SC
Bethany    Layne    Meadors        Clinton        SC
Paige    Lorraine Meyer        Georgetown    IN
Cameron    Alexander Miles        Mechanicsville    MD
Dominique Marie    Milian        Mahopac        NY
Breante    Neshae    Miller        Spartanburg    SC
Hailey    Dianne    Mills        Pomaria        SC
Autumn    Brooke    Mims        Cayce        SC
Anfernee    Durian    Moffett    Phenix City    AL
Jordan    Joseph    Monosky                FL
Nala    Michelle    Moon    Newberry    SC
Emily    Bay    Moore        Newberry    SC
Sophie    Elizabeth    Moore    Mt Pleasant    SC
Travis    Lee    Morgan        Hampton        GA
Erin    Denise    Mosley        Columbia    SC
Joshua    Caleb    Neiger        Newberry    SC
Timmany    Danielle MiShay    Nesbitt    Spartanburg    SC
Sikander    Tajik    Nielsen    DENMARK    
Jose    Nurez    Navarro    La Linea de la Concepcion    
Anna    Marie    Odom        Chapin        SC
Alyssa    Monique    Ortega        Los Angeles    CA
Kristyna    Alexis    Oyola    Virginia Beach    VA
Thomas    Arthur    Passerello    Davenport    FL
Logan    Chandler    Pate    Graniteville    SC
Valeria    Isabel    Paz        Rock Hill    SC
Alexander    Ellis    Peters    Kimper        KY
Dragana        Petkovska    Kriva Palanka    
Daphne    Elara    Peyton        Stuart        FL
Tara    Nicole    Pittman        Chapin        SC
Rebekah    Faye    Pitts        Clinton        SC
Angel    Javier    Pizarro-Sanchez    Villar del Olmo    
Aminee    Marissa    Point        Newberry    SC
Bailey    Tanner    Postell        Appling        GA
Taylor Rae    Potts        Columbia    SC
Morgan    Michelle Powers        Charleston    SC
AnnDee    Danielle Priest        Douglasville    GA
Meagan    McKenzie Privette    Lexington    SC
Tradd    Carson    Proctor        Orangeburg    SC
Charles    Hunter    Rachels        Grovetown    GA
Diana    Hope    Rausch        Lawrenceville    GA
Lauren    Renee    Rawls        West Columbia    SC
John    Mason    Reynolds    Greer        SC
Brett    James    Rhoad        Newberry    SC
Jacob    Daniel    Rhoad        Newberry    SC
Morgan    Cato    Rhoney        Lexington    SC
D'Zhanya Angelyque Richards    Pembroke Pines    FL
Elizabeth Ridge    Richey        Ft Mill        SC
Michael    D    Richter        Charleston    SC
Gavan    Crawford Rikard        Leesville    SC
Kayleigh AshlynnRiser        Chapin        SC
Phoenix    Bradford Roberts    Lavonia        GA
Dana    Renee    Robinson    Laurens        SC
Kechelle Marsha    Robinson    Nassau    
Shea    Manning    Rodgers        Indian Land    SC
Marisa    Brianne    Romanchek    Hanahan        SC
Marvin    Wade    Rouse        Charleston    SC
Patrick    Hamilton Rowe        Prosperity    SC
James    Allen    Salter        Prosperity    SC
Courtney Renee    Sanders        Pomaria        SC
Julia    Reese    Sanders        Pomaria        SC
Ryan    Benjamin Sandifer    Cameron        SC
Hayden    Wyatt    Scharber    Bamberg        SC
Stephan        Schutt        GUATEMALA    
Jacob    Andrew    Seebauer    W Columbia    SC
James    Connor    Shadday        Lexington    SC
Corey    Evan    Shaver        Chapin        SC
Cydney    Rose    Shaw        El Paso        TX
Megan    Leigh    Shifflett    Oak Park    VA
Avery    Rashad    Shippy        Pacolet        SC
Mary    Elizabeth Siebert    Charleston    SC
Jaime    Andres    Silva        Loretto    
Tristan    L    Simpson    L    Leesville    SC
Emma    Rose    Smith        
Griffin    Chad    Smith        Greenwood    SC
Haley        Smith        Toano        VA
Hampton    Barnes    Smith        Clayton        NC
Olivia    Grace    Smith        Lexington    SC
Trejon    Michael    Smith        Fredericksburg    VA
Ludmila    Andreyevna Sokolovich    Pasco        WA
Thomas    Peyton    Spangler    Clinton        SC
James    Joshua    Spigner        Summerville    SC
Shannon    M    Springer    Jericho        VT
Jacob    William    Springs        Green Sea    SC
Andrew    Wilson    Sprouse    Boiling Springs        SC
Robert    Halsey    Stafford    Lexington    SC
Walker    Jackson    Starr        Simpsonville    SC
Sarah    Mckenzie Stegall    Jefferson    SC
Tamara    Maria Anna Stemmer    Columbia    SC
Joshua        Stempihar    Spartanburg    SC
James    Edward    Stepp        Greensboro    NC
Jessica    Brice    Stidham        Winnsboro    SC
Ashley    Nichole    Stout        York        SC
Erick    Grant    Szurley        Holbrook    NY
Karina    Nicole    Tarbell        Lexington    SC
Thomas    Holden    Tarbert        Anderson    SC
Ka'Liberty LaKenzie Taylor    Newberry    SC
Christian Alexander Tejada    Orange Park    FL
William    Christian Thomas    Charlotte    NC
Benjamin Murray    Thompson    Toronto,ONT    
Robert    Carlile    Timmons        Greeleyville    SC
Kendall    Lyn    Tipton        Land O' Lakes    FL
Chandler Jordan    Todd        Clinton        SC
Shelby    Brooke    Tolbert        Prosperity    SC
Daniel    Alejandro Trillo    Miami        FL
Regan    Clara    Turnour-McCarty    Redcliffe    
Elise    Sydney    Utne        Yorktown    VA
Jean    Gerrit    van Niekerk    Stellenbosch     
Courtney Jordan    Vance        Columbia    SC
Ana    Laura    Vargas        Lexington    
Courtney Paige    Velazquez    El Cajon    CA
Adrian         Villiger    Fluehli     LU    
Morgan    Taylor    Wagaman        Greencastle    PA
Makenzie Erin    Wagner        Columbia    SC
Anna    Grey    Walters        Winnsboro    SC
Gabriel    McKay    Ward        Spartanburg    SC
Kenjorie Elijah-Gaiquem    Ware    Greenwood    SC
Christopher Anthony Watkins    Spartanburg    SC
Joita'    Samiya    Watts        Clinton        SC
Kevin    Frank    Weber        Fountain Inn    SC
Abigail    Elaine    Webster        Newberry    SC
Brianna    Ashley    Webster        Mauldin        SC
Robert    Thomas    Westenrieder    Taylors        SC
Allie    Brooke    White        Clinton        SC
Leanna    Michelle White        Newberry    SC
Zachary    Michael    White        Taylors        SC
Saylor    Morgan    Whitesides    Lincolnton    NC
Malik    Quintez    Whitfield    Anderson    SC
Toni-Anne    Whitlow        Poquoson    VA
Ashleigh    Wilkes        Raleigh        NC
Caleb    Roimane    Wilkie        Gaffney        SC
Matthew    O'Neal    Williams    Marion        SC
Ashley    Michelle Willis        Lexington    SC
Natalie    Elizabeth Willis    Lexington    SC
Courtlin D'Anja    Wilson        Cassatt        SC
Dewey    Smarr    Wilson        Clarks Hill    SC
Tracy    Kay    Wilson        W Columbia    SC
Bethany    Christina Wingard    Lexington    SC
Frances    Claire    Wylie          North Charleston, SC
Jeffery    Steven    Young        Pelion        SC

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Newberry Students Present Staff Member with Annual Award

May 18, 2018


Lexington resident Theresa Daniels was honored by the Newberry College student body at the College’s annual Awards Convocation this spring. 


Each year, the Newberry College Student Government Association selects a member of the College faculty or administrative staff to receive the Sadie Crooks Award. The award recognizes a College employee for their service and dedication to the College and for going above and beyond their call of duty. 


Daniels is an employee of Sodexo, an on-campus, third-party service provider that manages all campus dining and catering services at the College. Newberry students selected Daniels for the honor in recognition of her positive attitude and caring, considerate approach to her interactions with students. 


“Theresa is a wonderful example of how every interaction in every area of the institution can make a difference for students and their College experience,” said Newberry CFO Kathy Worster. “We are pleased the students have recognized Theresa’s contribution to campus.” 


Theresa has been a Sodexo employee for 37 years. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she moved to South Carolina in 2005. She worked at the University of South Carolina before joining the food service team at Newberry College in August 2015. 

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Former Newberry College President Appointed DOE Deputy Secretary

May 17, 2018



U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Welcomes Dr. Mick Zais as Deputy Secretary


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today congratulated Dr. Mitchell (Mick) Zais of South Carolina on being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Deputy Secretary of Education.


“We are thrilled to finally have Mick on our team,” said Secretary DeVos. “In his nearly four decades of public service, Dr. Zais has fought for our country abroad and for students at home. He brings a remarkable breadth of experience to the Department and will strengthen the work we do every day to improve education for students across the country.”     


Dr. Zais most recently served as South Carolina’s elected State Superintendent of Education from 2011-2015.  Prior to that, he served 10 years as president of Newberry College in South Carolina.  Dr. Zais served 31 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Brigadier General.  He holds a B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an M.A. degree in military history, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organizational behavior and social psychology from the University of Washington.  He served as South Carolina Commissioner of Higher Education and is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the states’ highest civilian award.

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Newberry Celebrates Spring Commencement

May 10, 2018


Newberry College hosted its spring commencement ceremony for the Class of 2018, celebrating the accomplishments of 141 graduates on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m., in Eleazer Arena. 


“This happy occasion brings us together to celebrate the achievements and realized goals of this senior class,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens during his remarks at the ceremony. “Seniors, in partnership with your professors and mentors, each of you has invested four years in an effort to cultivate your individual potential into singular accomplishment." 

Student Commencement Speakers 

In keeping with the College’s practice of selecting students to give the commencement address, graduating seniors LaQuasha Nicole Jefferson and Benjamin Colton Herring were selected for this honor. LaQuasha Nicole Jefferson graduated with a major in Physical Education with a concentration in Leisure Services and a minor in Coaching. She was a captain on the Newberry Wolves Women’s Basketball team, served as senior class president and was selected as the 2017 Homecoming queen. She was a Resident Advisor and an Alpha Leader (a student team that leads incoming freshmen through the new student orientation experience.)


“Think big and believe every step you take is necessary.” Jefferson said during her commencement remarks. “We have not only made an impact on ourselves and friends, we have changed our minds to become greater citizens.” 


Benjamin Colton Herring graduated with an International Studies major with a Spanish minor.  He served as the 2017-18 president of the Newberry College Student Government Association.  He is on the Newberry Wolves baseball team and served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He is a Dean’s List student, a member of the Blue Key Honors Society and was named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He was a member of the Summerland Honors Program and was inducted into the Newberry College Bachman Honor Society and was named to the Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.


“Newberry College has taught us all how to achieve happiness in the real world by making us lifetime learners, encouraging our passions and focusing on services to others,” Herring said during his commencement remarks. “I challenge youto find out what is really important and ask the tough questions that our professors and peers have asked of us.” 


Senior Class Gift 

Each year, graduating seniors make a class gift to their alma mater. This year’s class gift is a six-foot Pullman Bench, which will be installed on the patio of the new residence hall when construction is complete. 


Awards and Honors 

Dr. L. Grady Cooper Award: The graduating class annually presents the Dr. L. Grady Cooper Award to faculty, staff or students who exemplify the loyalty and devotion to Newberry College that Cooper demonstrated during his long tenure as a professor of Religion and Greek. Professor Paul Smith and LaQuasha Jefferson were selected for this honor. Smith, an assistant professor of Business Administration, was recognized for his classes that offer practical and advantageous to students in their future careers. Jefferson has been involved in Salkehatchie Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, South Carolina Clay Conference, and volunteers as a basketball coach for the City of Newberry Office Parks, Recreation and Tourism.  She recently was recognized by the City of Newberry for outstanding leadership and service to the community. 

Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards: These awards were established to honor one man and one woman of the graduating close who exemplify outstanding character and service to others, traits valued by Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan. 


Benjamin Herring received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. He is a Muller Center Research Fellow and volunteered in Quito, Equador for one month conducting a research project on the business strategies of non-governmental organizations in that country.  He active in the community, volunteering with the Harvest Hope Food Bank and Spanish Academy.


Hannah Lepaio was honored with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award. Lepaio graduated with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice and was selected to present her capstone project at the Carolina Undergraduate Social Science Symposium. She is a Dean’s List student and was inducted into the Newberry College Bachman Honor Society. Lepaio was captain of the Newberry Wolves women’s basketball team and was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She is a Dean’s List student, served as a Resident Advisor and was vice president of the International Student Association.


Dr. George B. Cromer Award: Established by the Class of 1938 in memory of Dr. George B. Cromer (College president from 1895-1904) the award is given annually to the graduating senior who exemplifies the qualities of academic excellence, leadership and personal integrity that Cromer demonstrated throughout his tenure. Brooks McCormick Allen was honored with this award. Graduating with Business Administration major and a minor in English, Allen served as a Student Marshal and was a Dean’s List student. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key and Sigma Alpha Pi honor society.  He has served as president and chaplain of Tau Kappa Epsilon and is part of the Summerland Honors Community.  Allen is secretary of the Newberry College Republicans, president of Future Business Leaders of American and present of Sigma Tau Delta.  He is a Student Ambassador for the Office of Admission and student editor of Lacuane, the College’s literary magazine.  Allen was inducted into prestigious College Bachman Honor Society and was named to the Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.


Luceo Mea Luce Award: Newberry College presented Carol A. Bickleywith the Luceo Mea Luce Award, which honors individuals whose lives of devotion, learning and service exemplify the motto, “By my light I enlighten,” associated with Newberry College founder John Bachman. Bickley devoted 50 years of service to Newberry College, including the last 35 as Registrar. By acclamation,


The Newberry College faculty by acclamation bestowed this seldom-given award on Bickley in honor of her tireless decades of service to the College. The College also presented her with the traditional Windsor-style rocking chair in honor of her impending retirement from the College on June 30. 




Spring 2018 Graduates

Macie Elizabeth Abercrombie BA Psychology Social Work Seneca SC
Joseph Tanner Adair BS Biology/Environmental Studies Fountain Inn SC
Tabitha Patrice Adams BA English Saluda SC
Daniel Alexander Adkins BS Physical Education/Sport Management Business Administration Gardendale AL
Stephanie Laura Agapion BS Elementary Education Magna Cum Laude Gaffney SC
Kayla Marie Alewine BSN Nursing Cum Laude Leesville SC
Brooks McCormick Allen BS Business Administration Summa Cum Laude Summerland Honors English Newberry SC
Jordan Nicole Alvey BS Biology Cum Laude Goose Creek SC
Steven Omarro Archie BS Physical Educatin/Leisure Services Coaching Charleston SC
Kareem Auguste BS Physical Education/Sport Management Miramar FL
Chase Dalton Austin BA Communications Military Science Chapin SC
Jasmine Shaprese Bates BSN Nursing Pomaria SC
Dylan James Beauchamp BS Individualized Parrish FL
Gracen Elizabeth Bennett BS Elementary Education Summa Cum Laude Lexington SC
Devin Tavon Blackwell BA Psychology Sociology Manning SC
Devon Michal Bradley BS Physical Educatin/Leisure Services Coaching Sport Management West Columbia SC
Ronald Brown BA Political Science Theatre Columbia SC
Alexandra Virginia Bryant BA Graphic Design Branchville SC
Brock Jameson Bryant BS Physical Education/Sport Management Business Administration Prosperity SC
Pierce Allen Burch BA Religion/Philosophical Theology Magna Cum Laude Holly Hill SC
Rebecca Nicole Burkhart BA Psychology Sociology Cum Laude Gaston SC
Tery Gene Burt BA Music Theory Magna Cum Laude Summerland Honors Jazz Studies Chesnee SC
Olivia Hurst Burttram BA Communications Cum Laude Walterboro SC
Hannah Leigh Carnes BA English/Education Summa Cum Laude Lancaster SC
Amanda Carrillo BS Business Administration Accounting Cum Laude Almeria
Morgan Alexandria Cassidy BSN Nursing Cum Laude Gaston SC
Joseph Benjamin Chaney BS Biology/Education Cum Laude Ninety Six SC
Keyla Starr Childs BA Graphic Design Cum Laude Art Coaching Summerville SC
Walter Patrick Clarey BA Criminal Justice Business Administration Younges Island SC
Robert Austin Collingham-Walker BS Individualized Charleston SC
Charles Cotesworth Cook BS Individualized Biology Simpsonville SC
Davis Sumner Cooler BA Political Science Sport Management Art Bamberg SC
Bethany Leanne Cromer BS Biology Magna Cum Laude Newberry SC
Jacob Scott Crutchfield BA Communications Political Science Travelers Rest SC
William Eric Decker BS Business Administration Anchorage AK
Soleiby Estefanie Delcid BS Biology Manassas VA
Michael Jamal DeLee BS Individualized Coaching Dorchester SC
Lauren Rebecca Derrick BS Early Childhood Education Cum Laude Chapin SC
Tabitha Marie Dorsey BSN Nursing Cum Laude Goose Creek SC
Christopher D DuPree BA History Political Science Mount Pleasant SC
Alexander Scott Durham BS Business Administration Political Science Cum Laude Greenville SC
Cannon Jenee Elliott BS Individualized Little Mountain SC
Dakota Raighne Elzy BA History/Education Cum Laude Louisville KY
Hannah Paige Floyd BA English Political Science Newberry SC
Jessica Lauren Folk BS Early Childhood Education Cum Laude Newberry SC
Hayden Lee Francis BA Communications Cum Laude Art Snellville GA
Kayla Ashley Gibson BS Individualized Prosperity SC
Trey Jamal Goodwin BS Physical Educatin/Teacher Certtification Cum Laude Coaching Gadsden SC
Madison DeAnne Graham BA English History Prosperity SC
Cera Morgan Gravely BS Accounting Business Administration Magna Cum Laude Spanish FortMill SC
Cazmera Ciara Gray BS Accounting Newberry SC
Esther Shantavia Green BA Communications Cum Laude Aiken SC
Orin Stacey Gregg BS Elementary Education Cum Laude Irmo SC
Donovan Jordan Hadley BA Sociology Criminal Justice Hopkins SC
Samuel Winburn Hall BS Biology/Environmental Studies Summa Cum Laude Conway SC
Nicola Victoria Handreck BS Physical Education/Sport Management Cum Laude Business Administration Coaching Heywood, Victoria
Madison Kathleen Hargraves BS Elementary Education Cum Laude Lake Orion MI
Jared Keith Harmon BS Business Administration Political Science Newberry SC
Billie Alessandra Harper BA Psychology Art Belmont NH
Lauren Renee Hawkins BA Psychology Sociology Cum Laude North Charleston SC
Erica Jordan Henderson BA Psychology Sport Management Fountain Inn SC
Benjamin Colton Herring BA International Studies Summa Cum Laude Summerland Honors Spanish Hopkins SC
Hannah Irene Hill BA Communications English Newberry SC
Hunter Scott Hill BS Business Administration Cum Laude Little Mountain SC
Mary Precious Hill BSN Nursing Newberry SC
Xavier McKenzie Hill BA Psychology Cum Laude Business Administration Columbia SC
William Wesley Holbrook BS Chemistry Summa Cum Laude Aiken SC
Dara Nicole Hoopingarner BS Elementary Education Roebuck SC
Kayla Nicole Hutto BS Chemistry Cum Laude Biology Chapin SC
LaQuasha Nicole Jefferson BS Physical Educatin/Leisure Services Coaching Camden SC
Terell Paul Johnson BA Sociology Newberry SC
Mikaela Danielle Jones BS Middle Level Education/English Middle Level Education/Math Magna Cum Laude Spartanburg SC
Samuel Griffin Jones BS Physical Education/Sport Management Cum Laude Business Administration Greer SC
Alexis Joan Kahler BA Communications West Bloomfield MI
Naomi Elise Killian BA Criminal Justice Sociology Lilburn GA
Sara Derice Koen BSN Nursing Chapin SC
Robert Stephen Kosch BS Business Administration Clemson SC
Quincy William Kroeschell BA Graphic Design Summ Cum Laude Summerland Honors Spanish Social Media Charlotte NC
Hayleigh Dianne Ksor BS Accounting Business Administration Spartanburg SC
Helen Marie Kuhn BS Biology Charlotte Hall MD
Carlos Leandro BS Business Administration Huelva 21110
Hannah Kate Lepaio BA Psychology Criminal Justice Summa Cum Laude Bathurst NSW
Alexa Rudell Lester BS Business Administration Mt Pleasant SC
Kinard Javante Lisbon BA Graphic Design Magna Cum Laude Bishopville SC
Jonathan Bryan Martin BSN Nursing Rock Hill SC
Rebeca Martinez Perez BS Business Administration Accounting Granollers 08401
Emily Swain McElveen BS Physical Educatin/Teacher Certtification Summa Cum Laude Cades SC
Autumn Brooke Mims BA English Summerland Honors Communications Cayce SC
Karly Elaine Mims BSN Nursing Lexington SC
Ella Elizabeth Mintz BSN Nursing Cum Laude Lexington SC
Jordan Joseph Monosky BS Accounting Oldsmar FL
Dorothy Tela Morales-Bowers BSN Nursing Pomaria SC
Valeria Luna Newcomb BS Business Administration Summerland Honors Sport Management San Diego CA
Alyssa Monique Ortega BS Elementary Education Cum Laude Los Angeles CA
Thomas Arthur Passerello BS Business Administration Cum Laude Accounting Davenport FL
Alexander Ellis Peters BA History Political Science Cum Laude Summerland Honors Kimper KY
Marie LaRou Peters BA Political Science Business Administration Prosperity SC
Katie Leigh Pindar BSN Nursing Columbia SC
Angel Javier Pizarro-Sanchez BS Business Administration Accounting Villar del Olmo
Aminee Marissa Point BS Accounting Magna Cum Laude Business Administration Newberry SC
Taylor Rae Potts BS Biology Summa Cum Laude Chemistry Columbia SC
Meagan McKenzie Privette BS Biology Magna Cum Laude Chemistry Lexington SC
Dylan Jacob Quinn BS Physical Educatin/Teacher Certtification Coaching Lynn SC
Lauren Renee Rawls BS Early Childhood Education Cum Laude West Columbia SC
John Mason Reynolds BS Accounting Business Administration Greer SC
Chynna Victoria Rowe BSN Nursing Chapin SC
Patrick Hamilton Rowe BS Business Administration Accounting Magna Cum Laude Newberry SC
Courtney Renee Sanders BS Biology Cum Laude Pomaria SC
Stephan Schutt BA Graphic Design Digital Marketing Business Administration GUATEMALA
Rachelle Desiree Serrano BS Physical Educatin/Leisure Services Glendale CA
Cydney Rose Shaw BSN Nursing Benbrook TX
Avery Rashad Shippy BS Business Administration Military Science Pacolet SC
Hampton Barnes Smith BS Business Administration Clayton NC
Sharon Lamar Smith BA Psychology Union SC
Trejon Michael Smith BS Physical Education/Sport Management Cum Laude Coaching Fredericksburg VA
James Joshua Spigner BA Psychology Sociology Summerville SC
Elkurru Baptiste Staggers BS Individualized North Charleston SC
James Edward Stepp BS Biology Magna Cum Laude Greensboro NC
Thomas Holden Tarbert BS Accounting Business Administrtion Anderson SC
William Jason Taylor BS Business Administration Spanish Woodruff SC
Christian Alexander Tejada BA Political Science Criminal Justice Orange Park FL
Shelby Brooke Tolbert BME Music Education Cum Laude Prosperity SC
Courtney Jordan Vance BME Music Education Cum Laude Theatre Columbia SC
Cody Evan Wadford BA Communications St. Stephen SC
Michele Capers Walker BS Individualized Lexington SC
Anna Grey Walters BS Early Childhood Education Cum Laude Winnsboro SC
Gabriel McKay Ward BS Biology Cum Laude Chemistry Spartanburg SC
John Francis Waters BS Physical Education/Sport Management Business Administration Charleston SC
Christopher Anthony Watkins BS Business Administration Spartanburg SC
Sterling Aston Wendt BS Business Administration Alpharetta GA
Robert Thomas Westenrieder BS Physical Educatin/Leisure Services Taylors SC
LaQuan Samuel White BS Business Administration Ridgeville SC
Zachary Michael White BS Physical Educatin/Teacher Certtification Cum Laude Taylors SC
Nolan James Whitely BS Business Administration Chagrin Falls OH
Mia Mone' Wideman BS Individualized Summerville SC
Matthew O'Neal Williams BA History Political Science Newberry SC
Dewey Smarr Wilson BS Biology Summa Cum Laude Clarks Hill SC
Bethany Christina Wingard BS Middle Level Education/Science Middle Level Education/Social Studies Lexington SC
Leila Anne Winters BS Early Childhood Education Magna Cum Laude Cross SC
William Robert Winters BS Physical Education/Sport Management Business Administration Cross SC
Victoria Dawn Zambrano BS Biology Othello WA

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Patrick Smith Tapped to Lead College’s Career Services Office

April 27, 2018


Patrick J. Smith has been promoted to Director of Career Services at Newberry College. He joined the College in June 2017 as an academic specialist and athletic liaison in the Center for Student Success, which provides students with a variety of academic support services and career planning assistance. 


“We are so impressed with the impact and influence Patrick has had on campus in the 10 months he has been with us,” said Associate Dean for Student Success and Persistence Gretchen Haskett. “The Center for Student Success and the students it serves will greatly benefit from having Patrick in his new role in Career Services.” 


Prior to joining Newberry College, Smith served an internship in the Dodie Anderson Academic Center at the University of South Carolina and was a post-graduate assistant in the Otis Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence at the University of Florida. 


Smith received his undergraduate degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned his master’s degree in Education from Akron University. He also holds certification as an athletic development specialist. 


Originally from Hollidayburg, Penn., Smith is a resident of Newberry, S.C.

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