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Newberry College and Newberry Hospital Partner to Establish Health Clinic

June 30, 2022

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NEWBERRY — The partnership between Newberry College and Newberry County Memorial Hospital will be set in concrete, literally, following a historic agreement finalized this month and signed June 30. The partnership is designed to allow for better growth, greater access and more innovation in health care in the Midlands.

 

The $500,000 agreement will establish a working health clinic, to adjoin the college’s up-and-coming Nursing & Health Science Center. In addition to the clinic, the agreement will provide funds to help grow the college’s nursing and orthopedic programs.

 

“Moving forward, the partnership between Newberry College and Newberry Hospital will not only provide opportunities for students today, but will create a legacy that will endure,” said Dr. Maurice Scherrens, president of Newberry College. “Exploring new endeavors is important to the growth of our students, college, hospital and the future of our community.”

 

“I am very excited about the partnership between Newberry College and Newberry Hospital,” said Bruce Baldwin, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “This is a way for education and healthcare to come together to provide skills and resources that will positively impact our community for years to come.”

 

The daytime clinic will be an urgent care center for college students, employees, and members of the surrounding community. Operated by the hospital and staffed with nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the facility will also be a prime location for health care students to get hands-on experience without leaving campus.

 

“This partnership and this facility are a game-changer,” said Dr. Jerry Alewine, interim dean of nursing and health sciences at Newberry College, and a member of the hospital’s board of trustees. “Our students will not only have a new, state-of-the-art center in which to hone their skills, but a fully functioning clinic in which to do meaningful, life-changing work, right here.”

 

The clinic’s experiential benefit will be significant for nursing students, Alewine said, especially those in fundamentals, leadership and community nursing courses. But as with the Nursing & Health Science Center, the clinic will be an invaluable asset for students across health care programs.

 

“The intent is that not only nursing, but other majors on campus, may fulfill their experiential requirements at the clinic and at the hospital,” he said. “For example, students in health care management, health science, business administration, exercise science and more can acquire hands-on experience.”

 

The agreement comes at a critical time. Staffing shortages have constricted health care in the Palmetto State since even before the recent pandemic. This is especially pronounced in the field of nursing, in which South Carolina has one of the country’s largest gaps, according to the Bureau of Health Workforce.

 

“There is such a need for staff in all areas of health care for hospitals,” said Meg Davis, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer at Newberry Hospital. “This at a time when the need for nurses is increasing due to the aging Baby Boomers population, and higher rates of chronic health issues such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Rural areas are especially at higher risk of feeling the shortage. Creating opportunities and strategies to assist in growing the nursing population is more important than ever.”

 

South Carolina is positioned to experience the highest growth in nursing opportunities by 2030, according to the bureau. Experts anticipate 26,600 new jobs on top of an existing workforce of 36,900.

 

Newberry College is working to meet the demand for qualified professionals across the health care industry, having added four new degree programs in the last six years and expanded enrollment in nursing. The institution broke ground in February on the 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art center, which will provide well-needed space and technology to accommodate its recent and expected growth.

 

Construction on the 1,200-square-foot clinic, as well as the adjoining Nursing & Health Science Center, is expected to be complete in late spring 2023 at the corner of College and Evans streets.

 

Top: Leaders from Newberry College and Newberry County Memorial Hospital formally sign the partnership agreement on June 30. Sitting, left to right: Bruce Baldwin, CEO of Newberry Hospital, and Dr. Maurice Scherrens, president of Newberry College. Standing, left to right: Meg Davis, chief nursing officer at Newberry Hospital; Dr. Jenny Lindler, director of nursing at Newberry College; and Dr. Jerry Alewine, interim dean of nursing and health sciences at Newberry College.

 

Right: An architectural rendering of the Nursing & Health Science Center, currently under construction at the corner of College and Evans streets in Newberry.



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Gagliano Tapped as Interim Dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

June 29, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced that Pat Gagliano, chair of arts and communications, will serve as interim dean of arts, humanities and social sciences.

 

“Pat is a steady leader,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs. “He has a lot of experience working in a department that is now a part of this division. He is organized, clear-thinking, authentic, and goal oriented. We are confident that this will be a successful year under his leadership.”

 

Gagliano has served Newberry College since he arrived in 1994 as professor of theatre and speech and chair of the department. During his tenure, he has produced, directed and acted in many college theatre productions and advised countless students. He also served as director of the college life classes from 2008-12 and 2019-22.

 

He has distinguished himself with numerous awards, including Boyd Professorship for Teaching Excellence (2006-07); the Carter Professorship for Selfless Giving (2009-10); and the National Society of Leadership and Success’ Excellence in Teaching Award (2014).

 

He has also been an officer and award-winning educator in the South Carolina Speech & Theatre Association, the South Carolina Theatre Association and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

 

“The faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences are talented and caring individuals. I look forward to working with each of them,” said Gagliano.

 

Gagliano has agreed to serve in the interim role for no more than a year while the institution conducts a nationwide search for the division’s permanent dean.



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Singley Answers Violence with Vocation

by Jay Salter '19 | External Communications Coordinator - June 22, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Jarious Singley wipes his brow as he crosses brick-laden Boyce Street, keeping step with the beats emanating from Memorial Park to his left. The early-summer sun beams warm and bright on the tents and through the branches, where celebrants fan in time with the music. This Juneteenth, he thinks, will not only be a celebration of historic freedom, but a step toward an even brighter future for his community.

 

Singley, a Newberry native, just finished his freshman year at Newberry College, where he is a sport management major and a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He is using his connections and his love of community to get his “Grades Up, Guns Down” initiative off the ground. The initiative was prompted by the May 21-22 shootings of four Newberry teens, just a few blocks and hours apart.

 

“One of them was actually a relative, and a couple of them I coached in football, so it kind of hit home for me,” said Singley. “So, I just wanted to stop talking about it and get to work about it.”

 

For him, solutions come in the form of education.

 

“I just wanted to start something, exposing kids, especially young kids, to the importance of school and going into the workforce, as soon as I could, because we’ve got to start young,” he said. “You don’t have to stay in the streets. You can be from wherever you’re from, but you don’t have to be a product of your environment.”

 

Singley said that working to keep young people in school, helping them find their passions, and preparing them for successful careers can prevent violence and the senseless loss of life. That’s why he organized a college and career fair, which coincided with Newberry’s second annual Juneteenth celebration. Though not directly related to the holiday, Singley said the festival offered a prime opportunity.

 

“It’s the first year, and it’ll grow from here, but we just wanted to start off somewhere and it turned out pretty good,” he said.

 

In addition to Saturday’s fair, Singley said a mentor group meets at 10 a.m. each Friday at Genesis Hub in Newberry. Everyone is welcome to attend, especially middle and high school students. He credits the idea to fellow Newberry College alumnus and Newberry native Amir Cromer ’22.

 

“These sessions will include real talk, life skills and positive role models and free lunch in a safe and open environment,” said Cromer.

 

When asked what he says to get young people involved, Singley said, “I don’t have a pitch. I just use my personal experience. I’m not from the best of neighborhoods, but it’s just all about what you want to do. You’ve got to make your own way, but when you’ve got the resources there to help take the right option, I can help get you in places to succeed. That’s my main goal.”

 

Singley would like to thank the City of Newberry and Dr. John Lesaine '07, assistant dean of academic affairs at Newberry College, for their support thus far.

 

For more information on how to get involved, email Jarious.Singley@newberry.edu.



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Kidder Organizes International Finance Conference

June 14, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Leading financial minds from around the world assembled virtually for the International Trade and Finance Association’s 32nd annual conference, held late last month. While the two-day conference featured speakers and attendees from 12 countries, all reporting comfortably from their own offices, its technical epicenter was Newberry College.

 

Dr. Matthew Kidder, assistant professor of economics and the association’s chief operating officer, organized and ran the event from the college campus. The conference, he noted, dealt with some of the world’s most significant current issues, including the Ukraine conflict, supply chain disruptions, inflation, automation, cryptocurrency and monetary policy.

 

“One great thing about this conference is that it gives people an insight into what is being talked about by economists in the field,” said Kidder. “The conference has a mix of academics, policy makers and practitioners, so the content spans a wide range of topics, all linked by global economics.”

 

The event’s speakers included Lucian Cernat, head of Global Regulatory Cooperation and International Procurement Negotiations at the European Commission; Phil Levy, chief economist at Flexport and former senior trade economist for President George W. Bush; Ana Maria Santacreu, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis; and numerous economists from internationally ranked institutions.

 

Kidder joined the Newberry College faculty in 2020. His work with the association began three years earlier, when he hosted the conference from Beijing. Kidder was the last American academic trade economist to leave China during the height of the U.S.-China trade war. His work has been published by the World Bank, The Federalist and Hong Kong’s China Daily. Kidder is also the founder of LittleAmericans.org, which advocates for the rights of thousands of American children who have been abducted abroad.

 

The conference’s sessions were recorded and are available at ITFAssociation.org.



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Rouse to Depart Newberry College After 8 Years

June 10, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced that Dr. Sandra Rouse, dean of students, will leave the institution in July after eight years. She has accepted a position at Wofford College as vice president for campus life and student development and dean of students.

 

“Losing Dr. Rouse is a big loss for the College,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “She has developed into a premier Dean of Students, an invaluable member of President’s Council, a trusted colleague and a dear friend.

 

“She has served as the voice of our students and she has guided us through the pandemic with sage advice and inter-agency collaboration. Wofford is a wonderful institution and I have every confidence Sandra will continue to flourish in her new environment. She has served Newberry College well, and we all wish her the very best good fortune in this new endeavor.”

 

The Barnwell native first joined Newberry College in 1998 as assistant director of residence life and student activities, and she was promoted to director of residence life later that year. She pursued other opportunities, earned her doctorate in higher education administration, and returned to Newberry in 2014. She assumed her present role in August 2016.

 

As dean of students, Rouse has been responsible for residence life, campus security, health and counselling services, student engagement and fraternity and sorority life, among others.
 

Rouse also contributed her experience in the performing arts as interim head coach of the Newberry College Dance Team in 2019.

 

“It is bittersweet for me to leave my Newberry College family,” said Rouse. “As I take this next step on my career journey, Newberry will always have a place in my heart and I'll remain an active supporter.”

 

Rouse’s last day is July 15. A nationwide search for her successor will begin immediately.



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Bryant Appointed Dean of Business & Communications

June 9, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has named Dr. Sarah K. Bryant as dean of business and communications.

 

Bryant has been a member of the Newberry College faculty since 2017, when she arrived as department chair and professor of business and finance. She served as chair of the Department of Business Administration until 2019, and again since May 2021.

 

In her new role, Bryant will oversee programs in accounting, business administration, communications, digital marketing, graphic design, health care management and sport management.

 

“Business and communications students make up a considerable portion of the student body, and business and communications fields are some of the most vital and versatile in the world today,” said Bryant. “I look forward to working with faculty and staff to ensure the best experiences and opportunities for our students, and to also grow and innovate our academic offerings.”

 

Under Bryant’s guidance, the department has added five concentrations to the business administration major, the College’s largest academic program. The College also launched a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership last summer, and plans are being made for a new graduate program in accounting.

 

Bryant came to Newberry College after a long career in international academia. She has served as executive director of the MBA program at the City University of London, dean of business at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, finance department chair at Johns Hopkins University, and an assistant professor of finance at The George Washington University. She has also traveled to over 40 countries, and has consulted with many governments and universities.

 

Bryant earned her doctorate in 1985 and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1979, both from the University of South Carolina. She resides in Winnsboro.



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Rugby’s Roskopf Previews Inaugural Season

by Mike Sanders | Director of Athletic Communications - June 3, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Approaching the first season of competition this fall for the Newberry College women's rugby squad, we took a moment to sit down with head coach Emily Roskopf to discuss how she first got into rugby, what she's looking for in student-athletes to come to Newberry and what will set the Newberry rugby team apart from the other teams in the region and at the NCAA level. This is the beginning of a series in which we will put the spotlight on the coaches that make the Newberry College athletics department what it is.

 

When it comes to what initially got her involved in rugby, Roskopf turns her attention to her father. "Basically, I played every sport under the sun," she said.  "My dad started to look around for different sports and camps that fit my talent and abilities; he found rugby and crew."  While she enjoyed the crew camp and was successful, it was her trip to the rugby camp during her high school years that spurred her into the sport.

 

"I was told that I could run through people, and that's when I knew the sport was for me," she added. That camp where she found her love for the sport of rugby in just her sophomore year of high school. That parlayed into a spot on the team at Quinnipiac University where she found herself surrounded by members of the squad that featured several players with no rugby experience, instead finding their footing in the sport at the college level.  "We had people with backgrounds in basketball, soccer, football, volleyball and wrestling.  There were a few that had maybe a year or a couple in rugby."

 

That mix of backgrounds was what Roskopf attributed the success of the QU program as they believed that their athleticism would help them in the long run. "We knew we weren't going to be the most rugby talented team, but we were going to be the hardest working team," she noted.  "We knew that our fitness would allow us to outwork other teams on the field and carry our skills into the second half where others would lose theirs."

 

This is the philosophy that Roskopf is looking to instill her program in the early goings as it was proven successful as not only did the QU program win a trio of national championships while Roskopf was on the squad.  She was also successful individually as she was named a team captain during her senior campaign, was named the team's offensive MVP and was nominated for the MA Sorenson Award, an annual honor given to the nation's top rugby player. "It may be cliché, but we operated on the old saying of hard work beat's talent when talent doesn't work hard."

 

Roskopf uniquely understands the challenges ahead of her in the first few years as she introduces a new sport to not only the school and local community but helps to continue expanding its footprint in the region. But, as proven at Quinnipiac, the right student-athletes joining the team and working hard through the start of the program just set up the team to be successful in the early stages and throughout the future.

 

"We had to work through adversity at the national championships every year after our first championship. They would always seed us second despite being the defending champions and so we were always playing with a chip on our shoulder which just made us work harder." That chip on the shoulder is something that new Newberry rugby players will carry as well as they look to prove themselves on the national stage.

 

Recruiting is currently ongoing for the first class of Newberry rugby players and Roskopf says that her experiences as a student-athlete will be one of the major things that sets the Wolves apart from the other NCAA programs in the country. "I'm one of the few coaches at the NCAA level that actually went through the NCAA recruiting process and competed on that level," she added. "I know exactly what these kids will go through daily and the experiences they will have. Also, these first players will be able to set the traditions and culture of the program for future Wolves to take part in and join in the future."

 

The Newberry College rugby team opens its first season in the fall of 2022 with a six game slate that will announced in the coming weeks.

 

This story, here under a different headline, originally appeared on NewberryWolves.com on May 28, 2022.



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Clark Appointed Dean of Sciences & Mathematics

June 1, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has named Dr. Bret A. Clark as dean of sciences and mathematics.

 

Clark has been a member of the Newberry College faculty since 1995, when he arrived as an assistant professor of biology. He has served as chair of the Department of Sciences and Mathematics since 2017. During his tenure, Clark has developed courses in immunology and virology, alongside his instruction in general biology and microbiology.

 

“I look forward to working with the other division deans to further the mission and vision of Newberry College,” said Clark. “More specifically, I am excited to play a major role in advancing Newberry College into a leader in STEM education in South Carolina.”

 

In his new role, Clark will oversee programs in biology, chemistry, computer science, exercise science, mathematics and neuroscience.

 

Clark has received numerous campus awards, including the W.C. “Billy” Carter Professorship in the Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2004; the Boyd Professorship for Teaching Excellence in 2007 and 2010; the Student Government Association Professor of the Year in 1997 and 2010; and the SCICU Excellence in Teaching award in 2016.

 

Clark earned his doctorate in microbiology from the Medical College of Georgia and his bachelor's degree from Furman University. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology.

 

He resides in Leesville with his wife, Sharah, and they have two adult children, Bailey and Jordyn. The Clarks are members of Summer Memorial Lutheran Church in Newberry.



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Spring 2022 Dean’s List Honors 386 Students

May 31, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced its spring 2022 Dean's List, celebrating students' performance in the classroom this semester.

 

The Dean's List honors students who have achieved semester GPAs of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale. This semester's list honors 386 students representing 26 states, the District of Columbia, and 19 foreign countries. This semester, 122 students earned 4.0 GPAs.

 

Click here to view the Dean's List.



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In Wake of Violence, Be the Change You Want to See

by Dr. Maurice Scherrens | President of Newberry College - May 26, 2022

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Dear Members of the Newberry College Community,

 

As you may have heard in the news, four young men of the surrounding Newberry community were shot and killed this past weekend. All victims were between the ages of 15 and 19, and the shootings were in our own community. This loss of precious young lives is heartbreaking. With all the recent violence in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, across the country and across the world, this incident is a stark reminder that we are not immune from such tragedy.

 

First and foremost, Newberry College extends our most sincere condolences to the families devastated by these tragedies. Our thoughts and prayers extend to the impacted neighborhoods. We express our deepest gratitude to our partners in the Newberry Police Department, the Newberry County Sheriff's Office, and the Newberry County School District. We thank you for your leadership and we pray the healing process can begin within the neighborhoods struggling to find the strength to recover.

 

In this difficult time, we need to come together as a community, support those impacted, and work together to help prevent such violence in the future. It is time for transformative change, and it must begin with us. Transformative change is about building bridges and meaningful relationships. We must not only see the divine complexity in each other, but we must see the strength in our unity. By embracing our differences, we stand undivided, where empathy and civility can defeat hatred and violence.

 

On our own campus, we will conduct a thorough review of our safety practices and procedures. We will continue creating a safe and welcoming campus, where everyone feels a sense of belonging. As we do so, we become part of the solution for developing a more caring and inclusive community. Our campus security staff will continue to collaborate with local law enforcement professionals to ensure the safety and security of our campus and the surrounding community. 

 

Transformative change is long overdue. Let us be the change that we want to see in the world.



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Business Program Expands with Five New Concentrations

May 25, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College’s business administration program will introduce five innovative concentrations this fall. Students in one of the institution’s largest areas of study will now be able to specialize their education to meet some of the 21st century’s greatest demands.

 

The concentrations, all available within the business administration major, include business management and leadership, finance and accounting, entrepreneurship, esport management and gaming, and supply chain management.

 

“Business administration is a highly versatile program that equips students for success in every sector of the economy,” said Dr. Sarah Bryant, dean of business and communications. “With these new concentrations, students will be able to focus on one aspect of business and take those skills directly into high-demand fields and on to graduate school.”

 

Business management and leadership dives into the piloting of business, from small firms to major corporations. Coursework will include organizational leadership, human resources management, corporate finance and organizational behavior. Students in this concentration will also be well-prepared to earn their Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership, Newberry College’s first new graduate program.

 

Finance and accounting provides an inside look into the science of business from the versatile approach that comes with the business administration major. This concentration will be especially valuable as roles within business continue to shift. In a state of play report by U.K.-based FloQast, 44% of respondents reported an increased demand for strategic business insights from finance professionals.

 

Entrepreneurship focuses on small business and what it takes to build an enterprise from the ground up. Coursework will include small business management, entrepreneurial finance and ecommerce, and examines the risks and opportunities that come with being one’s own boss. While the prospect of starting a business from scratch can seem daunting, new enterprisers are not alone. The rate of new entrepreneurs reached its peak in 2020, meaning 3.8 out of every 1,000 U.S. adults were starting businesses each month, according to a study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Though the rate declined slightly in 2021, American entrepreneurship is still above pre-pandemic levels.

 

Esport management and gaming delves into the opportunities that come with the fastest-growing spectator sport in the world. Newberry College launched its intercollegiate esports program in 2019, and now an academic avenue exists for those wishing to make a career in this high-tech field. Coursework will explore the distribution, research, sales and marketing to navigate the complexities of video games and esports leagues.

 

Supply chain management is designed to confront the present and potential challenges that come with getting goods from production to consumer. This field is especially vital considering the manufacturing closures and delays, rising costs and transportation woes that have followed the pandemic. Not only are supply chain professionals in high demand, but the roles available are more lucrative than ever before. The concentration provides students with the skills needed to excel at the entry level while creating a foundation for growth.

 

Esport management and supply chain management are available to Newberry students through a strategic partnership with Rize Education, which provides access to cutting-edge curriculum, corporate partners, and experts in emerging fields.

 

For the supply chain management concentration, for example, logistical leader Ryder contributes executives and leaders who speak with students in the classroom and offer advice on course outcomes. Online men's personal care retailer Harry’s helped develop the capstone project, in which students use actual data to devise solutions for real-world supply chain challenges.

 

In spring 2022, one in five Newberry College graduates earned a degree in business administration, making it the college’s single largest undergraduate major. Combined with related majors — accounting, health care management and sport management — business majors made up 40% of this year’s graduating class.



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Fernandez to Lead Teacher Education

May 19, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has named Dr. Susan Fernandez as dean of education.

 

Fernandez comes to Newberry from Lander University, where she served as the chair of the Department of Teacher Education and campus director for the South Carolina Center for Educators Recruitment, Retention and Advancement’s Teaching Fellows program.

 

She brings several decades of education experience to the role, including as an elementary and middle school teacher, literacy coach, professional development coordinator, university professor, accreditation reviewer and senior institutional mentor-leader.

 

Expansion and creation of relevant online and graduate programs, recruitment and retention, and strong partnerships with local schools are some of the priorities on Fernandez’s agenda.

 

With strong interests in literacy and educational administration, Fernandez also serves as the executive director of the South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators. She is a former president of the Palmetto State Literacy Association, and she presently serves in a variety of leadership roles in the national Association of Teacher Educators.

 

Fernandez earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, her master’s and bachelor's degrees in education from Clemson University, and her associate degree from Anderson University.

 

She resides in Prosperity with her husband, Tony, and fur baby, Rex. They are blessed with two sons and one grandson.



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Newberry College Inducts Hall of Master Teachers Class of 2022

May 18, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College’s teacher education department held its annual Hall of Master Teachers celebration on May 11. The honor recognizes alumni for exemplary dedication and service in the field of education.

 

Dr. William “Bill” Dufford '49 was presented with his namesake prize, the William Dufford Retired Educator Award. Dufford has been a civil rights leader in education throughout his roles as a public school teacher, administrator and professor. In his retirement, he remains actively involved in Newberry College’s Dufford Diversity & Inclusion Week and the Newberry Opera House’s Dufford Center for Cultural Diversity. Dufford is a 2015 recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor.

 

Nancy Lou Anderson Glasgow '70 received a new diversity and inclusion award named in her honor. Glasgow is Newberry College’s first African American graduate, and she has devoted her life to education, both in and out of the classroom.

 

Christel Cato '00 received the Veteran Teacher Award. Cato is in her third decade of teaching and works as a special education teacher with at-risk students in Greenville County. “Chrissy has the ability to meet our at-risk students where they are, and bring them to levels of academic and personal growth they never believed possible,” said Principal Larry Ertzberger.

 

Dr. Megan Carrero '03 received the Educator Working Outside of the Classroom Award. Carrero, principal at Fulmer Middle School in West Columbia, has served a teacher, coach and administrator in Lexington School District Two for 19 years. Under her leadership, Fulmer Middle has been called a National School to Watch and has been ranked highly among South Carolina middle schools by U.S. News & World Report. Carrero is South Carolina’s 2022 Middle Level Principal of the Year.

 

Sarah Livingston Shealy '15 received the New Classroom Teacher Award. Shealy, a music education teacher, discovered her love for music in the Palmetto Center for the Arts magnet program in Richland School District Two. She now teaches at Pomaria-Garmany Elementary and Whitmire Community School in Newberry County, for which she was named Teacher of the Year for 2020-2021.

 

Grace Lee '22 received the Student Teacher of the Year Award. Lee, a native of Harrington, Delaware, earned her degree Saturday in elementary education. As a student, Lee was a member of the field hockey team, where she earned academic and athletic distinctions and served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. She was inducted last month into the Bachman Honor Society, an honor bestowed upon seniors who finish in the top 8% of their class.

 

The awards presented were crafted by Kyle Mishoe '04, owner of The Knotty Pine Metal Shop in Chapin.

 

Pictured: Dr. J. Tracy Power, associate professor of history (left) presents the retired educator award to Dr. Bill Dufford '49 (right).



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Bryant Promoted to Athletic Club Director

May 17, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced that Sharon Hawkins Bryant '11, associate director of the Newberry College Athletic Club, will assume the club’s top post, effective immediately.

 

“Sharon has been an invaluable asset to Newberry College and student-athletes,” said Lori Ann Summers, vice president for institutional advancement. “Every Newberry College fan and donor has been in contact with Sharon at some point and knows of her dedication to the Wolves.”

 

Bryant was hired in 2006 to work with the Athletic Club and has served in many roles to keep athletics strong and growing. Since her arrival, the club has grown to nearly 400 members, generated $3 million in revenue, and raised more than $2.5 million to support specific teams.  Bryant also serves as director of ticket operations and manages fundraising events for the club.

 

The club has been the leading auxiliary for Newberry College athletics since 1952. The organization supports student scholarships, academic support, training, facilities, and operation expenses. The club also provides exclusive benefits to members.

 

Bryant resides in Prosperity with her husband, Larry, and they have three children: Kathren, Makayla, and Brock Bryant '18.

 

To join or learn more about the Newberry College Athletic Club, visit newberrywolves.com.
 



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‘Our Time to Serve:’ Newberry College Celebrates Spring 2022 Commencement

May 16, 2022

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NEWBERRY  Relief and jubilation filled the air in Newberry College’s Eleazer Arena on Saturday as members of the class of 2022 turned their tassels toward the future.

 

The weekend’s commencement exercises celebrated the achievements of 178 graduates from the spring and summer classes. Click here to view the commencement program and full list of graduates.

 

Commencement Addresses

Each year since 2014, the honor of the spring commencement addresses have been awarded to members of the graduating class, selected by fellow seniors, faculty and staff. The Class of 2022 chose Biasia Roberts, a health care management major from Fort Mill; and Nathaniel Carrasco, a business administration major from Las Vegas.

 

“I went from being a young girl who was so timid and filled with so much doubt in herself, to someone who was sure of what she wanted and who she wanted to be,” said Roberts. “If you had told that girl that she would be standing right here in this exact moment, she would say ‘yeah right!’ The moral of the story is, Newberry helped us to become who we are. It allowed us to know what it feels like to belong.”

 

“In this room, we have straight-A students, conference champions, and leaders ready to receive the baton, because it’s our time to serve,” said Carrasco. “We’re all here today, because we didn’t let the distractions of this world bring us down with them. Instead, we used them as reasons to win, as reasons to become victorious.”

 

Special Awards

Gabriel Meyer, senior class president and chemistry major from Cocoa, Florida, presented the senior gift, a Japanese maple tree and plaque.

 

The graduating class 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 tenure as a professor of religion and Greek. This year, the staff honor went to Carlton Kinard '16, program coordinator for the Muller Center. The student honoree was Sumner Moorer, a communications major from Chapin.

 

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 upon Elijah Fulmore, an elementary education major from Irmo; and Chandler Watson, a music education major from Powder Springs, Georgia.

 

Finally, the Dr. George B. Cromer Award, named for Newberry College’s fifth president, is presented by the faculty to the graduating senior who exemplifies academic excellence, leadership ability and personal integrity. This year, the honor was presented to Biasia Roberts.

 

Honorary Degree

David L. “Buddy” Morgan received the honorary Doctor of Business Entrepreneurship degree for his service to Newberry College and his dedication to education, innovation, creativity and improved learning.

 

Morgan founded Litton Entertainment and served as president and CEO from 1989 to 2021. He has served on the board of the MUSC Children's Hospital and of the College of Charleston School of Business. He resides in Charleston with his wife, Lissy, and they have three children — Katie, Dillon, and Henry Morgan '17.

 

"My opportunities didn't look like this when I was your age," said Morgan. "Being positive is possibly my secret sauce. It's disarming, it's disruptive, and it's positively powerful. Use it. Today you feel positive. Don't lose that."

 

Class of 2022 Quick Facts

The spring and summer graduates represented 17 states and eight other countries — Canada, England, Germany, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa and Spain. Thirty graduates were Greek-affiliated, coming from nine of Newberry College's 10 fraternities and sororities. A majority of graduates, 92, were student-athletes. The most popular majors were business administration (39), sport management (23), exercise science (15), psychology (15) and physical education (10).



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Letter: A Truly Great Academic Year

by Dr. Maurice Scherrens | President of Newberry College - May 12, 2022

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Dear Members of the Newberry College Community,

 

Congratulations! We have reached the bittersweet end of one of the best academic years in Newberry College history – certainly one of the very best during my time here. On a personal note, this has been my tenth academic year as president, and I can’t think of a better way to close one decade and begin another.

 

We broke ground on an unprecedented three major campus construction projects – the Nursing & Health Science Center, Athletic Stadium Phase II, and the new residence hall. Construction is set to begin on each of these projects after commencement. We began classes for our first new graduate program, the Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership, and we look forward to celebrating its first class of graduates this summer. We announced our new Quality Enhancement Plan, reaffirming our commitment to paving a clear pathway for students from matriculation to graduation. We welcomed our new campus pastor, the Rev. David Coffman, and celebrated his wonderful installation service on May 4.

 

We brought home the conference championship in football, along with especially stellar seasons in wrestling, women’s tennis, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and esports. We added a new sport, women’s rugby, which is set to begin soon. And we welcomed our new athletic director, Sean Johnson, who is already off to a great start.

 

We launched a new program specifically designed for students with dyslexia, the first of its kind in South Carolina. After years of hard work and planning, we welcomed the Upsilon Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., with 15 women making history as charter members. And finally, we celebrated the end of the Scaling the Summit comprehensive capital campaign.

 

This is just an overview of some of the things we have accomplished together in this academic year. When you see all these institutional achievements together, it really has been an incredibly impressive year. And we have even more great things in the works for next year.

 

None of these achievements would have been possible without the hard work of our faculty, staff, and coaches. You made this all possible.

 

To our spring graduates, we are so proud of all you have accomplished. We look forward to celebrating you at commencement this Saturday, May 14.

 

In closing, I wish you all the best as you finish out this semester, as you travel home, and make plans for the summer. For our graduates, we wish you good luck and Godspeed as you prepare to embark on life’s next chapter. For our returning students, I look forward to seeing you back on campus for another exciting semester this fall.

 

Take care and Go Wolves.

 

Maurice W. Scherrens

President



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Ishita Singh: Making a World of Difference

by Jay Salter '19 | External Communications Coordinator - May 10, 2022

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When you can travel across the globe and never meet a stranger, it says a lot about you.

 

Ishita Singh, or Ish, as she is known to many on campus, was inaugurated April 8 as Newberry College’s student body president, one of nine Student Government Association leaders elected earlier last month. The sophomore from New Delhi, the capital of India, has already made history as one of the youngest student presidents in Newberry College history, and as one of the first international students to hold the office.

 

She has enjoyed a rapid rise from her election as freshman class president — just weeks and thousands of miles separated from home, and smack dab in the middle of a pandemic — a mere three semesters ago. From there, Singh became student body secretary before leading a two-way race for the top post. A business administration major and Summerland Honors student, she attributes her success to her drive to lead by serving.

 

“In my high school, I was always in the student council. I was like the V.P. We call it vice head girl, and it’s basically like vice president of the student council,” she said. “As soon as I came to college, I knew that I wanted to be in SGA and serve students. It’s an honor.”

 

Now that she is the face of Newberry’s student body, Singh said she hopes to bring student government to the forefront of campus life. One obstacle she and other student leaders have faced is decreased awareness about the opportunities that are available. In the last election, no candidates filed for the junior class offices, so those will be on the ballot again in the fall.

 

“I want to leave an impact, so that students will want to be in SGA and we’ll have numerous students running for each position. The more competitive, the better,” she said.

 

Singh said that student government is about more than popularity and résumé-filling. In fact, SGA has improved campus life substantively over the course of its history. Student government has worked with local businesses to offer more discounts for students, faculty and staff; made residence hall self-service laundry free of charge; helped establish the campus radio station, WNIR-LP; advocated successfully for more available parking; improved on-campus dining, and much more.

 

The association’s officers also hold office hours in Derrick Hall throughout the week. During these times, student leaders are available to meet with their constituents and have devoted time for the business of government.

 

Singh has big plans heading into her administration. Her priorities include bolstering school spirit, fostering more intercultural events, holding “Voice of the People” forums for students to express concerns, and of course, ensuring the best eats on campus.

 

“It’s not going to be from zero to 100 in a day,” she said. “So we’ve got to keep working.”

 

Though the current academic year is in its final days, Singh and her administration are ready to hit the ground running.

 

“I’m pretty sure the other students who were elected, they’re all very keen to serve the student body,” she said. “A few of them have already reached out to me with ideas, what they want to see happening. The set of student leaders we’re going to have next year, they really want to make change, and I’m really excited for it.”

 

And while juggling student government, academics and Wolves tennis, Singh is preparing to attend law school after graduation.

 

“Whatever I achieve in the future, I’ll always be thankful to Newberry College,” she said. “Being an international student, coming here knowing no one, just a group of friends who are my teammates. I’ve made a lot of connections. I bonded with a lot of people as freshman class president. I’m interning with President Scherrens. My life has definitely gotten so much better. I feel more confident. And I know I can achieve great things and make Newberry very proud.”



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Newberry College Begins Ninth Residence Hall

May 2, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College broke ground Friday on its ninth residence hall, the campus’ third and final major construction project launched this spring. The ceremony was held at the corner of Luther St. and Wolves Way, adjacent to the Alumni Music Center.

 

“Living on this campus provided me with relationships, experiences and memories that have stuck with me throughout my life,” said Kevin Steelman '95, member of the Board of Trustees. “That’s why this new residence hall is so important. This will not only be a dorm, but a home for all too short a time, and a formational part of students’ lives.”

 

The apartment-style hall will provide well-needed living space for Wolf Nation's growing population, designed to accommodate 104 students, along with two common study rooms. The building is set to open for occupancy in fall 2023.

 

“[The building’s] prime location will make it an epicenter for campus life, with its proximity to the Alumni Music Center, Eleazer Arena, and Setzler Field,” said Dr. Sandra Rouse, dean of students. “And as our ninth residence hall, it will allow our students more choice and comfort than ever before.”

 

“This residence hall will add much-needed living space — room to learn, room to grow, and room to rest from all that learning and growing,” said sophomore Ishita Singh, student body president for the 2022-23 academic year.

 

The facility is being designed by Ayres & Associates Architects, of Murrells Inlet, and built by Triangle Construction Co., of Greenville.

 

For more information and construction updates, visit newberry.edu/buildingtheberry.

 

Pictured: Campus Pastor David Coffman '97 (left) and Dean of Students Sandra Rouse (right).



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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Charters Newberry College Chapter

April 26, 2022

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NEWBERRY — April 24 will forever be known as Charter Day for the sisters of the Upsilon Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The chartering ceremony and celebration were held Sunday on the Newberry College campus.

 

“It is our desire to have young ladies on college campuses who represent what Alpha Kappa Alpha is all about: service to all mankind, scholarship, and sisterhood,” said South Atlantic Regional Director Carolyn G. Randolph.

 

“I am excited about these young ladies. One good thing about them is their stick-to-itness,” she said. “I am so proud of them because I know this is something that they really want to do.”

 

The 15 charter members included:

  • Destiny Thomas, sophomore from Blythewood

  • Kyla Smith, senior from Durban, South Africa

  • Yamileth Rios, junior from Gaston

  • C'Xaurius Corley, junior from Newberry

  • Destinie Flinch, junior from Acworth, Georgia

  • Shaniah Farrow, junior from Greenwood

  • Tamaya Brooks, junior from Newberry

  • Tyeisha Robinson, senior from Blair

  • Maiya Williams, senior from Blythewood

  • Raven Richardson, freshman from Charleston

  • Nautica Chisholm, junior from York

  • Ja’Kobia Abraham, sophomore from Lexington

  • Sarah Abumere, sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria

  • Gianna Hill, junior from Sumter

  • Vincenttia Downing, junior from Inman

The day was truly a celebration, college and sorority leaders said, because this history-making event is the culmination of years of planning.

 

“I want to thank the College, because this did not just happen.” Randolph said. “This seed was planted by administrators eight years ago. When I came into administration, the previous administration had already been working on this. So, I want to thank the College for all the work and the time that they put in making it happen.”

 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., was founded on the campus of Howard University in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women, comprising more than 300,000 members and over 1,046 chapters worldwide.

 

AKA is the fourth active sorority on the Newberry College campus, joining Alpha Xi Delta, Kappa Delta and Sigma Sigma Sigma. AKA is currently Newberry College’s only sorority established by African Americans.



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College to Break Ground on Ninth Residence Hall

April 26, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College will break ground on its ninth and newest residence hall. The event will take place Friday, April 29, at 3 p.m. at the corner of Luther St. and Wolves Way in Newberry.

 

The apartment-style hall, designed to house 104 students, will provide well-needed living space for Wolf Nation’s growing population. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2023.

 

Featured speakers will include College administration, Newberry Mayor Foster Senn, trustee Kevin Steelman '95, representatives from Triangle Construction Co., and Student Body President Ishita Singh.

 

For more information, visit our project page.



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Easter Message from President & Dr. Scherrens

April 17, 2022

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Easter was always a special time. On Good Friday we attended church, saddened by the reminder of God’s torturous crucifixion and death. Then two days later, on Easter Sunday, we celebrated the most joyous and glorious day of the year.

 

Everything in the church changes on Easter Sunday. The purple that was draped throughout the inside of the church is removed, and there is now a celebratory mood. Everyone seems happier. Easter is the most uplifting Sunday of the year. And there is good reason. This glorious sense of unbridled happiness is rooted in the fact that an unbelievable miracle really has occurred. He has risen from the dead.

 

God is always teaching us. And His death and resurrection is one of His greatest lessons about living life. Things are going to happen in our lives that we wish were different, but He is telling us, “Believe in Me. I am with you; I will make you strong and I will show you the way.”

 

The resurrection is our reminder of hope, renewal, and a new life. John 11:25-26 captures it best when Jesus says to her, "I am the resurrection and the life... And whoever believes in me, will never die.”

 

Others may try to bury truth, honesty, empathy and justice in a grave, but nobody can keep those virtues buried. God has given us the strength to turn the inevitability of death into the invincibility of life.

 

God is the answer! He requires but one thing from us – believe in Him. Easter is the most glorious day of the year. He has risen, Hallelujah!

 

Let us pray: Dear Lord, today we celebrate your resurrection. There is no more powerful message than Your resurrection. Your arising is our awakening! We believe in you, and we turn our lives over to you. Please help us change our ways and help us put an end to injustice; help us bring about peace throughout the world. Help us keep Your word in our hearts. We pray this, trusting and believing in You. Amen.

 

Whatever lifts your spirits, brings you hope and fills you with the miracle of Easter, that is what we wish for you today. Happy Easter.

 

Sandy & Morrie Scherrens



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Newberry College Takes Second in Speech & Theatre Competition

April 14, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College brought home individual honors and an overall second-place finish at the South Carolina Speech & Theatre Association’s State College Festival Competition. The annual competition was held April 2 at Lander University.

 

Three Newberry students won first place in their individual competitions. Newberry tied in cumulative points for the Team Sweepstakes Award for the second consecutive year, falling short to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in the tiebreaker. Newberry was one of six college and university teams in attendance.

 

Newberry’s speech and theatre program was represented by sophomore Madison Bickley, of Newberry; senior Artavis Boyd, of West Columbia; senior Nathaniel Carrasco, of Lexington; senior Sarah Dougherty, of Newberry; sophomore Makayla Lee, of Aiken; senior Ashton Porter, of Lexington; junior Bryce Sox, of West Columbia; sophomore Raesha Thompson, of Salters; and freshman Christian Vega, of Greer.

 

The students worked under the direction of professors Mandy Butler, Pat Gagliano, Al de Lachica and Dr. Jodie Peeler.

 

Newberry’s individual competition results:

 

Persuasive Speaking

First — Madison Bickley

Second — Raesha Thompson

Third — Bryce Sox

 

Informative Speaking

Second — Ashton Porter

Third — Nathaniel Carrasco

 

Television Broadcasting

Third — Madison Bickley

 

Poetry Interpretation

First — Sarah Dougherty

Second — Ashton Porter

 

Prose Interpretation

First — Sarah Dougherty

Third — Ashton Porter

 

Storytelling

Second — Nathaniel Carrasco

 

Pictured: Standing (left to right): Artavis Boyd, Bryce Sox, Nathaniel Carrasco, Christian Vega, Makayla Lee, Raesha Thompson; Sitting (left to right): Madison Bickley, Sarah Dougherty, Ashton Porter.



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Newberry College Launches Program for Students with Dyslexia

April 13, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has launched a new program for students with language-based learning differences, the first of its kind in South Carolina.

 

The Language-Based Learning Differences Program is designed to offer students diagnosed with dyslexia a helpful educational and residential environment with personalized support.

 

“We are proud to be able to offer accessible, high-quality education for all students, and to serve the needs of students in our state and region,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs. “This program is another example of our commitment to personal attention and to providing high-quality support and guidance to our students with language-based learning differences.”

 

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading, affecting an estimated 15% of Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The International Dyslexia Association also estimates that 30% of those with dyslexia also have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

 

Newberry College’s program will provide eligible students with a professional mentor and an annual, merit-based scholarship of $11,000. The program will also provide summer training for faculty and staff. The college is in the process of hiring a director of dyslexia programming to oversee the program’s academic and cocurricular support structures.

 

Eligible students should submit a completed application for admission and a high school transcript. The college’s admission counselors will work with each student to secure a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, principal or headmaster, and the required medical documentation.

 

The program is partially funded by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.



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Newberry College Student Government Inaugurated

April 11, 2022

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NEWBERRY — A new era has dawned for the Newberry College student body, following the inauguration of its new Student Government Association. The leaders were elected April 5 and sworn in Friday during the college’s awards convocation in Wiles Chapel.

 

Sophomore Ishita Singh, of New Delhi, India, has made history as one of the youngest and one of the first international students to become student body president. Her administration will include:

 

  • Student Body Vice President: junior Mikayla Miles, of Clio

  • Student Body Secretary: freshman Layla Warren, of St. Helena Island

  • Student Body Treasurer: junior Daniel Oluwarotimi, of Lagos, Nigeria

  • Senator-at-Large: junior Jareed Raymond, of Estill

  • Senior Class President: Dennis LoDolce, of Stamford, Connecticut

  • Senior Class Vice President: C'Xaurius Corley, of Newberry

  • Sophomore Class President: Amaria Thompson, of Summerville

  • Sophomore Class Vice President: Katie Parker, of Edgefield

 

Outgoing Student Body President Nathaniel Carrasco, a senior from Las Vegas, Nevada, delivered his farewell remarks.

 

“We’ve come a long way, and we have so much more to accomplish. But as all presidential terms, mine has come to an end, and the next wave of leaders will carry on the culture of excellence,” he said. “I give my blessing to the new Student Government Association and my blessings to all of you. You all have greatness within you, and a responsibility to manifest that greatness.”

 

The presidents and vice presidents of the junior and incoming freshman classes will be elected this fall.



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Newberry College Convocation Honors Students, Faculty & Staff

April 11, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College held its awards convocation Friday, its first spring convocation in three years. The prestigious event, held in Wiles Chapel, presented honors to students, faculty and staff.

 

Scholastic Awards

  • Jerrol S. Oxner Business Merit Scholarship: junior Cameron Veazey, of Luton, England

  • Donald K. Melaas Business Merit Scholar: senior Tom Bueschges, of Nettetal, Germany

  • Palmetto Gold Scholarship: senior Clayton Stratton, of Spartanburg

  • Joe and Jeffrey McDonald Scholarship: junior Dennis LoDolce, of Stamford, Connecticut

 

Campus Ministry Awards

  • Outstanding Service and Leadership: freshman Kornelia Rudkowska, of Radom, Poland

  • Outstanding Service and Leadership to Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Clayton Stratton

  • Campus Pastor’s Special Service Award: Alice Ramirez, college organist

 

Student Life Awards

  • Senior Resident Advisor of the Year: senior Seven Smith, of Greenwood

  • Dr. Travis Ballenger First-Year Experience Awards: senior Myasia Byrd, of Clinton; senior Biasia Roberts, of Fort Mill; and Pat Gagliano, professor of theatre and speech

  • Student Ambassador of the Year: senior Kalyn Truesdale, of West Columbia

  • Student Ambassador Rookie of the Year: junior C'Xaurius Corley, of Newberry

 

Student Government Association Awards

Each year, members of the Student Government Association elect a Professor of the Year and the recipient of the Sadie Crooks Award for dedication and service. According to tradition, the Professor of the Year delivers the commencement address the following December.

 

This year, students elected Dr. Jerry Alewine, interim dean of nursing and health sciences, as Professor of the Year. Carol West, director of special events, was honored with the Sadie Crooks Award.

 

Bachman Honor Society

Induction into the Bachman Honor Society has long been one of the highest honors Newberry College bestows. Founded in 1962 by faculty and named for the college’s principal founder, the Rev. John Bachman, the society is home to seniors who finish in the top 8% of their class for GPA, and to honored faculty and staff.

  • Tom Bueschges

  • Katharine Chappell, of Newberry

  • Corey Chrzanowski, of Suwanee, Georgia

  • Jacqueline Diller, of Chapin

  • Justin Dorton, of Ridgeway

  • Gregory Gerber, of Frederick, Maryland

  • Judit Gonzalez Agud, of Barcelona, Spain

  • Leonardo Hernandez, of Bluffton

  • Oluwadoyinsolam Johnson, of Chapin

  • Grace Lee, of Harrington, Delaware

  • Joseph Mass, of Fayetteville, North Carolina   

  • Sophia Maybay, of Lexington

  • Kaylie Pridgen, of Williston

  • Biasia Roberts

 

This semester’s faculty inductee was Dr. Amanda Hodges, associate professor of English, who has served at Newberry College since 2011.



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Newberry College to Host Jazz on the Lawn

April 7, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Bring your picnic blanket or folding chair and enjoy jazz in the sweet spring air! Newberry College will host Jazz on the Lawn this Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. outside the Alumni Music Center on Luther St. This weekend will mark the tradition's first run since 2019.

 

Performers will include the College Street Jazz Connection, the student group, along with the Faculty Jazz Combo and alumni artists Shannon Pinkney '10 on piano and Darius Starks '16 on saxophone.

 

“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.



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Halvorson Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

April 6, 2022

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Aslynn Halvorson, assistant professor of exercise science, has been named Newberry College’s 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award winner by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. She was recognized April 5 at an awards dinner in Columbia.

 

Halvorson joined the Newberry College faculty in 2019, teaching a variety of courses in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning, among others. She is also the program coordinator for exercise science, co-advisor for the Society of Sport Professions, and serves on the SafetyNET task force in association with the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina.

 

“Aslynn is one of our best and brightest, focusing hard on building an exercise science program that now has about 120 majors, and is on the front line of active learning and engaging pedagogy,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs. “She is also one of the faculty who contributed heavily to the peer-led professional development in online learning.”

 

Halvorson is a doctoral candidate in kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she is investigating the concussion recovery experiences of female collegiate athletes. She also holds master’s and bachelor's degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

 

Her other academic interests include return-to-learn policies and experiences during concussion recovery, and strength acquisition and weightlifting in youth athletes.

 

In addition to her academic interests, Halvorson serves as a liaison and Highland games heavy athlete for the Southeastern Highland Athletics and Games Association. She also volunteers her time with track and field and Scottish heritage events across the United States.

 

South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities is a consortium of 21 private, nonprofit institutions, founded in 1953 and headquartered in Columbia. For more information, visit scicu.org.



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Newberry College to Mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 31, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College will offer a series of events to mark April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, calling attention to sexual assault and human trafficking. The programming is presented by the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences in collaboration with campus organizations and area nonprofits and businesses.

 

“The climate toward sexual assault is changing for the better, due in large part to the #MeToo movement,” said Dr. Carrie Caudill, associate professor of psychology and event organizer. “Nevertheless, survivor-blaming and cultural values that reduce one’s humanity to their sexuality are still too common. But at the college level, students who have been sexually assaulted are never alone.”

 

Sexual assaults are often underreported on college campuses. Data from the Association of American Universities in 2019 reported that non-consensual sexual contact occurred at an alarming rate of 13%.

 

The events scheduled during Sexual Assault Awareness Month will provide support and advocacy for students, spread awareness of available resources, and spark conversations that educate and facilitate change.

 

Schedule of Events:

April 13 at 7:30 p.m. | Healthy Relationships Panel Discussion

This panel will cover a range of topics related to healthy and unhealthy relationships, including relationship boundaries, red flags and warning signs, and gender stereotypes in relationships. This event will take place in the Alumni Music Center Recital Hall.

 

April 18 at 7 p.m. | Trauma-Sensitive Yoga

All are welcome for a trauma-informed yoga session on the campus Quad. RSVP to Amy.Griffiths@newberry.edu for a yoga mat and space. Cosponsored by Newberry Yoga.

 

April 21 at 4 p.m. | Walk Like a Wolf

A fundraising walk around Newberry College to benefit Pathways to Healing. Registration is $3 for students and $15 for faculty, staff and community supporters. Click here to register. Cosponsored by the Newberry College Social Justice Club and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.
 

April 27 | Denim Day

Denim Day encourages everyone to wear jeans to support survivors of sexual assault and spread awareness about all forms of sexual violence.



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Wilder to Help Mark 60 Years Since MLK Visit

March 28, 2022

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — The legacies of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — most prominently his work for racial equality and his use of nonviolent means to effect change — are seen worldwide. Less known, however, is his brief ministry in Augusta and his direct impact on the CSRA.

 

To mark the anniversary of King’s April 1962 visit, “Augusta: 60 Years Since Dr. King,” will explore King’s impacts here in our own community, featuring local leaders and figures of the Civil Rights Movement. The panel discussion will take place April 2 at noon at the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center (1230 Laney-Walker Blvd.) in Augusta.

 

The event is organized by the Rev. Dr. Lerone Wilder, assistant professor of religion at Newberry College and pastor of Mattoon Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

 

“This discussion will allow Augusta and the CSRA to reflect on the Civil Rights Movement’s impact on the community since Dr. King’s first visit here,” said Wilder.

 

The event will be moderated by Minister Priscilla Gary, radio personality, entrepreneur, speaker and educator in Augusta. The panel will also include the Rev. Larry Fryer, founder of the CSRA King Memorial Celebration; Corey Rogers, historian at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; and Augusta City Commissioner Jordan Johnson.

 

King spoke at Tabernacle Baptist on April 3, 1962, and he visited the city again shortly before his assassination in 1968.

 

“Mother Lillie Hamilton’s memories of her husband, the late Rev. Dr. C.S. Hamilton, bringing Dr. King to Augusta have been instrumental in helping make this event happen," said Wilder. “There are deacons at the church who went with Dr. King on the March on Washington. This has also been a wonderful opportunity to speak with people who have seen this history with their own eyes.”



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Newberry College and the story of James Lamar Cotton Spence

by Garry Spence - March 25, 2022

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Lamar “Cotton” Spence is being honored in Newberry College’s new field house’s first floor, which will include the Lamar “Cotton” Spence Equipment Office.

 

The story of James Lamar Spence, or “Cotton,” as he was known on the Newberry College gridiron, is a lesson of triumph against overwhelming odds. Cotton played for Newberry 76 years ago, yet his journey serves as an inspiration to Newberry students and alumni today, and serves as a wonderful example of overcoming life’s challenges. Cotton’s composure and determination throughout adversity, demonstrates that you can take whatever hand you are dealt in life and excel.

 

Spence was an underdog who prevailed. He defied the odds, including physical disability, and massive personal setbacks, to become a standout football player at Newberry College in the 1940s. He was a quiet young man from humble beginnings who left his home in search of an opportunity. Along the way, this young man, though physically small in stature, left a giant impression on those he came in contact.

 

“Cotton” Spence was born and raised in the small textile mill town of LaGrange, Georgia. His father Matt was a supervisor in the mill and his mother Nancy a worked in the weave room.

 

At birth, Cotton was so small that his mother kept him in her bottom dresser drawer next to the bed rather than a crib. Afraid that he wouldn’t survive due to his premature size, she watched over him constantly.

 

Cotton was the oldest of three children, and several tragic incidents occurred which shaped his life forever, forcing him to grow up quickly. At the age of seven, Cotton lost his right eye in a classroom accident. He became totally blind in his right eye from that day on for the remainder of his life, often wearing a patch over his right eye to hide the damaged socket.

 

Three years later, tragedy struck again. Cotton lost his younger brother Jack to pneumonia, which was tremendously devasting to him. They were close pals and playmates, and Jack’s death had a profound effect on Cotton. Then, two years following Jack’s death, Cotton’s father became crippled and lost his job as overseer in the cotton mill. Times were hard during the Great depression, and at the age of 13 Cotton began digging ditches for Troup County to earn money to help support his mother and sister. These were tough but formative years where Cotton began to develop enormous physical strength and an enduring never quit attitude that would later serve him well on the Newberry gridiron.

 

When Cotton was freshman in high school, he was wrestling in gym class with a couple of boys. The high school football, Coach Oliver Hunnicutt, saw Cotton and admired his ability to wrestle older and larger upperclassmen. Hunnicutt asked, “Boy, what’s your name? Why don’t you come out for the football team?” Cotton replied, “Coach, you’ll have to ask my mother if I can play.” So, Coach Hunnicutt asked Cotton’s mother for permission, and she replied, “Absolutely not Oliver, he's too small to play football. And he only has one eye.” She was afraid that Cotton would get hurt and she couldn’t accept that fate, especially since she’d already lost one son to pneumonia. Coach Hunnicutt was persistent in his gruff but persuasive manner, and said that he needed someone with Cotton’s toughness and speed on his team. Nancy held firm and Cotton was not allowed to play football.

 

But Hunnicutt wouldn’t be denied and asked if Cotton could be the trainer or equipment manager for the team. He wanted him to be around the team. Reluctantly, Cotton’s mom agreed to allow him to help them prepare for the upcoming season. Within the first of week of practice Coach Hunnicutt began slipping Cotton into drills and scrimmages to see just how much this fast and strong player could help his team. Hunnicutt was so impressed with Cotton that despite not having permission from his mother, Hunnicutt had slated Cotton to be the starting offensive guard, starting defensive tackle, punter, and kicker for the high school team his sophomore year. Hunnicutt then went to Cotton’s mother before the first game and said “Nancy, this boy's got to play football. We need him.” Reluctantly she agreed, but she could never bring herself to go watch his football games for fear that he might get hurt. She never saw him play a single game.

 

Cotton went on to make All-NGIC for three consecutive years of Georgia high school football despite playing with only one eye. His handicap didn’t hold him back from excelling on the ball field. He was only five-foot-five and 155 -160 pounds his senior year, but he played like a 200 pounder. He played with such reckless abandon he was given about a half dozen nicknames by locals based on his playing style. He was called Mighty Little Lamar, Joe Buzzard, Wild Bill, Rabbit, and Cotton. Cotton came from his light-colored hair and his blazing speed like a “cotton tail rabbit”. He was known for his motor and his never quit attitude and according to one former teammate was considered pound for pound the hardest hitting football player to ever come out of LaGrange High school.

 

Because of Cotton’s high school football success and being voted Best Athlete at LaGrange High School, several college football programs showed interest in him. But college recruiting wasn’t a big thing in the 1940’s as it is today. There weren’t any films or photographs, only statistics from the games that were played and word of mouth from coaches and newspaper men. There were a few large schools such as Georgia Tech who admired Cotton’s football stats but upon learning of his small physical size for his position and having only one eye, they quickly passed on offering him an opportunity to play for their program. Also, WWII had just ended, and many big named players were returning from war to attend the larger Division 1 football programs.

 

But one of Cotton’s coaches had been writing back and forth with several colleges, including Furman. Furman had written a letter to the high school coach expressing an interest in Cotton coming up to play for them in the 1946 season. They had never seen him play, but his game statistics were impressive, and the letter said he would be a good fit for their football team. So, Cotton agreed to attend Furman in 1946 and play on the football team.

 

Money was scarce so Cotton’s family reached out to church members and neighbors in the Hillside community, and they raised enough money to buy a train ticket to South Carolina and $5.00 for living expenses. Cotton packed his duffel bag and set out for South Carolina. He didn't know exactly where he was going but knew he’d figure it out once he got there.

 

Well, somewhere along the way he either took the wrong train or got off at the wrong stop and he ended up near Newberry and not Furman. Not knowing exactly what town he was near, he asked the train porter if he knew where the college was located. He was told it was a few miles away and Cotton departed the train with his duffle and walked to the college. He arrived at the old field house, and met the Head football coach, Billy Laval. He said, “Hey, Coach, I'm Lamar Spence. I'm here to play football.” Coach Laval said, “You're who?” Cotton said, “I'm Lamar Spence from LaGrange, Georgia.” Coach Laval looked at this small kid and said, “Well, son, I don't have you on my roster. What position do you play?” “Offensive guard and defensive tackle,” replied Cotton.

 

Cotton then reached into his duffel bag and pulled out a letter, handed it to Coach Laval and said, “Here's a letter that says I can play.” The coach opened it up and he smiled and said, “Son, this is a letter to play at Furman. But if you’re good enough to play at Furman, you’re good enough to play at Newberry.”

 

Others on the coaching staff had concerns about Cotton’s size. All the other Newberry linemen averaged 6’ tall and 200lbs. The assistant coaches felt that he was a longshot to even make the team.

 

On the first day of practice Cotton goes to the equipment room to get fitted for his football equipment. He is assigned a helmet, shoulder pads, jersey, pants, and cleats. The equipment manager looked at Cotton’s small stature and asked, “What size cleats do you wear?” Cotton said size 8. The equipment manager said, “this is all we have,” and handed Cotton an old, worn-out pair of size 12 cleats. When Cotton put them on, the cleats were so big his feet came out of the shoes when he walked, even though tightly laced. But Cotton didn’t flinch.

 

Cotton took a roll of athletic tape and wrapped tape all around those size 12 cleats and his ankles. He even wrapped them halfway up his calf so that the cleats wouldn’t fall off. He then went out to the practice field on that first day and he did what he had always done throughout his lifetime. He played his game. He played full out. He was determined to show the coaches and especially the equipment manager how well he could play the game of football. Regardless of the cleats he was given, regardless of the naysayers, he took the cards he was dealt, and he played HIS game. He ran, blocked, tackled to the best of his abilities. and he put on a football clinic that day. He dominated!

 

The very next day, Cotton went to the equipment room to retrieve his clean uniform and football gear. He was looking for those dreaded size 12 cleats and a new roll of athletic tape when the equipment manager smiled from behind the counter and handed Cotton a brand-new pair of size 8 football cleats. He said, “Welcome to the team”.

 

Cotton took those size 8 cleats and used them to start at the offensive guard position on opening day of that season and every single game of his college career. He played so hard in those size 8 cleats that he became one of the top linemen in South Carolina during the 1946-47 collegiate football season. When the South Carolina All State honors were announced in 1947, Lamar “Cotton” Spence’s name was listed among them.

 

Cotton Spence had to return home to LaGrange after only two years at Newberry to support his family. Newberry taught him so much about life, about commitment, and teamwork. For the remainder of his life Cotton remained a passionate worker, a devoted husband, and a loving father of three. Cotton took pride in his work in textiles and worked in manufacturing until a plant closure forced him to retire “early” at the age of 81. He passed away June 27, 2013. He was known for his tremendous physical strength, a bone crushing handshake, and as being one of the kindest men on the planet.

 

One of Cotton’s children remarked that the equipment room was a fitting tribute to their father. “It’s a testament to his drive and determination to excel at what he loved and to overcome incredible odds. It was in the Newberry equipment room that Dad was initially challenged and had to prove himself. That single incident proved to be a defining moment in his football career at Newberry and ultimately in his life. Dad chose to accept that specific challenge head on and conquer it. Lamar “Cotton” Spence didn’t allow someone else to define his abilities or his desire. It is such a wonderful message of inspiration to students and underdogs everywhere. Never allow others to define you or your abilities.”

 

For more information about naming opportunities at Newberry College’s athletic stadium, please contact Bill Tiller, director of development for athletics, at 803.321.5676 or William.Tiller@newberry.edu.



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Newberry College Establishes Tree Farm & Educational Forest

March 22, 2022

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NEWBERRY — It has been said that time spent among trees is never wasted. This will certainly be the case for Newberry College students as the institution branches out with its new tree farm and educational forest.

 

The land has been provided by Dr. William “Bill” Dufford '49, retired educator and civil rights leader. Dufford, 95, provided 140 acres of timber land that his family has operated since 1955. The property is at S.C. Highway 34 and Short Cut Road in Newberry.

 

“Newberry College is grateful to Dr. Dufford’s continued support of the institution, not only monetarily but academically, as well,” said Lori Ann Vinson Summers, vice president for institutional advancement.

 

The forest will benefit students in biology and the college’s forestry and environmental management dual-degree program with Duke University. The tree farm will also serve as a sustainable source of support for the institution for decades to come.



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Newberry College Breaks Ground on Stadium Phase II

March 14, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College broke ground Saturday on the second phase of renovations to its historic athletic stadium.

 

“The building that will stand where we stand today will literally be a game changer,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “This is about educating the whole student, giving them all the tools they need to be successful, inside and outside the classroom.”

 

The current project will include new spectator seating and an 18,000-square-foot field house, complete with locker rooms for football, lacrosse and field hockey, coaches’ offices, and field-view classrooms and reception areas. The new building will flank the stadium’s east side, near the Pearson and Walker residence halls.

 

The project will provide the space and resources necessary to accommodate the burgeoning athletics programs at the college. “When I first came to Newberry College back in 2013, it was a different place, and Athletics was a different program,” said Interim Athletic Director Wayne Alexander.

 

He went on to note that the college has added six sports in the last seven years — field hockey, men’s and women's track and field, men’s lacrosse, women's triathlon and women’s rugby. The Wolves have logged two conference championships in football, a 2016 title in women’s basketball, a 2019 title in baseball, and six super regional championships and one national championship in wrestling. He also noted the recent completion of the Younts Athletic Performance Center and other recent facility enhancements.

 

“I know this has been said, because it’s true. There is no better time to be at Newberry College, and it’s getting better all the time,” said Alexander.

 

“Today the dream comes true for all of us,” said Head Football Coach Todd Knight. “This building will change the lives of student-athletes for ages to come.”

 

The ceremony was capped with a statement of gratitude from junior Marissa Plumer, of Kent Island, Maryland, a two-sport athlete in field hockey and lacrosse.

 

“Just knowing that through a pandemic it was possible for people to continue to put us first and give us all the resources to be successful – from a brand-new weight room to new locker rooms and more – is exciting,” she said.

 

The facility is being designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith and built by JDavis Construction.

 

The project is the second of three phases of renovations to the athletic stadium. The third phase will include upgrades to the press box and west side seating.

 

The college will also break ground on its ninth residence hall on Friday, April 29.

 

For more information, updates and naming opportunities, visit newberry.edu/buildingtheberry.



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Newberry College’s Masterson to Release Album April 1

March 2, 2022

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NEWBERRY — On April 1, Dr. Sarah Masterson, associate professor of music at Newberry College, will release her much-anticipated album — a first-ever recording of Philippa Schuyler’s “Seven Pillars of Wisdom.” The album will be published by Centaur Records and will be available through all major sellers and streaming services.

 

The album gives new life to one of the last works of Philippa Schuyler, concert pianist, composer and journalist whose music has been largely unheard since her untimely death 55 years ago.

 

Schuyler was born in 1931 in Harlem to George Schuyler, an African American journalist, and Josephine Cogdell, a white artist and writer from Texas. Philippa was performing Mozart at age five, and by 10 she had earned national fame as a young composer. As she entered young adulthood, her appeal among white Americans had declined, and she noted racial prejudice for the first time. After that, she left the U.S. and toured more than 80 countries, performing for numerous world leaders. In the 1960s, Schuyler became a published writer, and later a Vietnam correspondent for the Manchester Union Leader. She died in 1967, at age 35, while on a helicopter rescue mission in war-torn Vietnam.

 

Masterson discovered Schuyler nearly four years ago, and she soon found herself piecing together one of the late composer’s last pieces, the pages scattered throughout New York archives.

 

“I reassembled and transcribed the full work, using Schuyler’s combination of handwritten musical notation and performance instructions,” said Masterson. “In some of it, the music just stops, and she would say, ‘and now play these measures from this other movement, but with this in the left hand.’ So, I had to turn all that into musical notation,” she said.

 

Written in 1964-65, the technically complex, hour-long “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” was inspired by the book of the same title by T.E. Lawrence – more famously known as Lawrence of Arabia – about the British army officer’s participation in the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

 

“Perhaps also influenced by [her] experiences reporting on war crimes in the Congo, the piece explores challenging ideas about conflict, violence and faith through interwoven themes spelled with her own musical alphabet.”

 

Masterson’s pioneering recording has earned her the attention of Schuyler’s biographer, Kathryn Talalay. “[Masterson’s] performance is eloquent and nuanced, and the lucid liner notes enhance our understanding of this complex, mosaic-like piece. It is a tour de force,” she wrote in her review.

 

Masterson joined the Newberry College faculty in 2014. She holds a doctorate and a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor’s from DePauw University. For more information, visit SarahMastersonPianist.com.



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Newberry College to Establish Bowers Endowed Chairs

March 1, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Near the end of a life well lived, World War II veteran and devoted Lutheran Cecil Harvey Bowers cemented his dedication to Christian education with a bequest in his will. He set aside a portion of his life’s earnings to establish two endowed chairs at Newberry College, both to continue his support of a beloved institution, and to honor his late wife, Edith. Now, with the help of his nephew, Bowers’ dream will come to fruition.

 

Bowers was born Sept. 16, 1913, in Little Mountain, and as a young man entered the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning home, he gained employment with Dixie Home Stores, later to become Winn-Dixie, and remained with the company until he retired as an area supervisor.

 

A lifelong Lutheran, Bowers was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Anderson, and he served as president of the South Carolina Lutheran Men in Mission. He also served on the board of trustees for the Lutheran Children's Home of the South and the Lowman Home. He was also a member of Lions Clubs International for over 35 years, and a Shriner for over 40 years.

 

He was a heartfelt supporter of Newberry College, belonging to the President’s Club and to the Heritage Club as a charter member. For his passionate dedication to the institution, he was presented with an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 1991. Bowers passed away Dec. 31, 1995, in Anderson.

 

Bowers’ nephew, William “Bill” Dukes, of Chapin, is facilitating his uncle’s final gift, which will establish the Cecil Harvey Bowers Chair in Religion and the Edith Counts Bowers Chair in Accounting.

 

Dukes said his uncle influenced his own business success. The owner of the Blue Marlin Restaurant and Signature Catering in Columbia, he also cofounded Longhorn Steakhouse, which became a beloved chain of restaurants throughout the Carolinas. Dukes also founded Honor Flight of SC, which has honored more than 2,000 World War II and Korean War veterans.

 

A former member of the Newberry College Board of Trustees, Dukes shares the Bowerses’ commitment to Lutheran education.

 

“The endowments will serve as an enduring tribute to the Bowers family. They will support faculty research and instruction, and support outreach to the community. This sustainable financial support will benefit the College, students, and faculty for many years to come,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs.

 

The chairs are expected to be awarded in 2023.



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Best Reelected as Newberry College Trustees Chair

February 25, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced that Rob Best '71, of Pawleys Island, has been reelected chair of the Board of Trustees.

 

The retired insurance executive marks his third term on the board, having joined in March 2016. Best has served as chair since September 2018, when he succeeded Hugo "Hap" Pearce '67.

 

The board also paid respects to board member William “Wick” Ashburn III '69, who passed away Dec. 30.

 

February’s meeting was also the last for members Joe “Trey” Castles '94Eddie Havird '76 and Frank Snyder '70.



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Newberry College Jazz Festival to Return

February 24, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College will host its 64th Jazz Festival, following a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic. The event will be held March 4-5 on the college campus, in conjunction with the 24th South Carolina Band Directors Association Jazz Performance Assessment.

 

The weekend will include clinics and concerts with two all-state jazz ensembles, performances by middle and high school jazz bands from across South Carolina, and a special concert by the Newberry College Jazz Big Band with guest artist Charlton Singleton.

 

“We are so happy to be able to host again the state jazz festival after not being able to do so last year,” said Dr. Jerry Gatch, director of bands at Newberry College. “This event is a great opportunity for students from middle school, high school and college to grow as musicians and work with some of the greatest jazz educators around.”

 

Throughout the weekend, 49 middle and high school jazz ensembles will each perform three selections for adjudicators and receive a rating. These performances will take place in various locations across campus from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, and from 8:50 a.m. until 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

 

High school students from across South Carolina were selected through competitive auditions to participate in two all-state jazz ensembles, led this year by internationally renowned jazz educators and writers Eric Richards and Mike Tamaro.

 

The Newberry College Jazz Big Band, under Gatch’s direction, will be joined by Grammy award-winning musician Charlton Singleton. A native of Awendaw, a small fishing town in Charleston County, Singleton is a jazz educator who cofounded and conducted the Charleston Jazz Orchestra from 2008-18. In 2020, his Lowcountry Gullah quintet, Ranky Tanky, won a Grammy for its second album, “Good Time.” Singleton will join Newberry’s group on trumpet, but he is also fluent on the piano, organ, violin and cello.

 

“We are beyond excited to have S.C.’s own Charlton Singleton playing with us,” said Gatch. “He is a truly fantastic artist.”

 

In addition to Singleton, the college band will be joined by professional saxophonist Darius Starks ’16; clarinetist and flutist Dr. John Wagner, professor emeritus of music; trombonist Dr. Patrick Casey, assistant professor of music education; and pianist Wanda Neese, instructor of piano.

 

The all-state bands and the Newberry College Jazz Big Band will perform back-to-back beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Wiles Chapel. The college band will perform last at 1 p.m.

 

The festival and concerts are free and open to the public. Newberry College requires face coverings to be worn in all campus buildings.

 

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

 

Photo: The Newberry College Jazz Big Band performs with guest artist Steve Wiest on Feb. 29, 2020.



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John Howard ‘97 Part of Super Bowl LVI & Daytona 500

February 24, 2022

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Communications alumnus and technical director John Howard '97 is one of few individuals who have participated in both the Super Bowl and the Daytona 500. Of those, even fewer have done them back-to-back on two coasts. Read Sports Video Group's outstanding feature on how this Newberry College graduate helps broadcast the nation's biggest events. Read the complete story.

 

Photo: Sports Video Group



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Newberry College Breaks Ground on Nursing & Health Science Center

February 22, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College broke ground Monday on the future of health care in South Carolina. Students, alumni, donors, faculty and staff gathered at the corner of College and Evans streets, shovels in hand, to officially begin the new Nursing & Health Science Center.

 

“This building will provide the space and technology necessary to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “The seeds we have sown, the soil that we turn today, will reap lifesaving benefits for our community for decades to come.”

 

The 11,000-square-foot facility will include state-of-the-art classrooms and simulation labs. The site will be home to the nursing, health science, respiratory therapy and health science programs.

 

Dr. John Thompson, an internal medicine specialist who has lived and practiced in Newberry for 45 years, was recognized as a key supporter of the project. “Newberry College is one of the main reasons my wife and I wanted to come to Newberry to live and work,” he said. “As a member of the Newberry community and of the health care profession, this facility will have resounding benefits not only for the College, but for the community, and even the state.”

 

Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs, reviewed Newberry’s growing legacy of excellence in health care. “I arrived at Newberry College in 2006, and one of the first things we did was approve the addition of a nursing program. Since the program launched in 2009, we have prepared 202 qualified talented graduates for careers in nursing.

 

“In 2016, we launched the health care management major, exploring the business side of health. In 2017, we expanded our nursing programming to include RN-to-BSN, allowing working registered nurses to earn their bachelor's degrees in as few as 12 months. In 2018, we introduced the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and graduated the first class of the following year. Newberry College’s respiratory therapy program is the only one of its kind in South Carolina, and 42 have earned their bachelor’s degrees to date.

 

“In 2019, we announced a degree in Health Science, a broad-based and versatile major that opens an infinite number of doors for students looking to go into the healthcare industry. And we have only just begun,” he said.

 

“Now more than ever, there is a desperate need for medical professionals, all over the country but especially in South Carolina. Shortages in nurses, respiratory therapists, doctors and other vital personnel have plagued the Palmetto State even before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the demand has only increased,” said Dr. Jerry Alewine, interim dean of nursing and health sciences and head of the respiratory therapy program.

 

Alewine said that personnel shortages have been caused by pandemic stress, increased demand, a shortage of qualified nursing instructors, and the ever-changing nature of the industry.

 

“The good that will come from this new building is too good to be articulated here. But I can tell you that this building will help save lives. And all those who have gotten us to this point – donors, administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni – are life savers,” he added.

 

“Buildings come and go, but the dedication and innovation of Newberry College have helped push our world forward,” said Student Body President Nathaniel Carrasco. “And that is exactly what our new Nursing & Health Science Center will do.”

 

The facility is being designed by Jumper Carter Sease, with assistance from McMillan Pazdan Smith. The college has also partnered with JDavis Construction.

 

The college has two more groundbreakings planned this spring. Stadium Phase II is slated for March 12, and the newest residence hall will break ground April 29.

 

See this story as covered by ABC Columbia and on video by WLTX.



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Alewine to Serve as Interim Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences

February 16, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Dr. Jerry Alewine, head of the respiratory therapy program, as interim dean of nursing and health sciences.

 

“Dr. Alewine has over 20 years’ experience in higher education management as a dean of health sciences at Piedmont Tech,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs. “He has over 30 years’ experience as a health care practitioner and respiratory therapist. He knows what it takes to prepare highly qualified students for careers in health care. Dr. Alewine will be a great asset to the nursing department, and we look forward to working with him.”

 

Alewine is a lifelong resident of Newberry. Under his leadership, the college will continue to focus on academic excellence, student preparation and growth. The program boasts small classes with highly credentialed nursing instructors, a commitment to quality clinical experiences, and high first-time pass rates on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

 

The change comes as the college prepares to break ground Feb. 21 on a new state-of-the-art Nursing and Health Science Center at the corner of College and Evans streets in Newberry.

 

The college also announced that Dr. Jenny Lindler will serve as director of nursing. In this role, Lindler will oversee the fundamentals of the nursing program and serve as the college’s representative to state nursing associations.

 

Lindler is a 2011 graduate of the Newberry College nursing program and holds a doctorate in educational leadership with six years’ experience in higher education.

 

The transitions come after Dr. Susan Ludwick resigned in January as chair of the nursing department after three highly successful years in the role.



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Women’s Basketball Featured Ahead of Annual “Play4Kay” Game

February 11, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College women's basketball was featured Thursday, in a segment by WACH Fox's Amanda Poole, ahead of the team's annual Play4Kay game. The video, shared on Twitter, discusses legendary NC State coach Kay Yow and how her life-saving legacy continues to shed light on breast cancer. The Wolves have partnered with Invision Diagnostics to bring a mobile mammography bus to Newberry on Saturday, Feb. 12, from noon to 4:30 p.m. Appointments and other information can be found at this link. Women's basketball hosts Lincoln Memorial for Newberry's 14th annual Play4Kay game Saturday at 2 p.m. at Eleazer Arena.

 



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Newberry College Awards Two Full-Tuition Scholarships

February 8, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced the winners of its Presidential Scholarship Competition, held Saturday on the historic campus.

 

Magnolia Peters, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Annaclaire Yearick, of Lilburn, Georgia, were the recipients of full-tuition scholarships. Both Peters and Yearick plan to study sport management when they begin college in the fall. Yearick has also committed to play basketball for the Wolves.

 

Each of the 57 competition participants went home with scholarships. Non-student-athletes and non-scholarship student-athletes received $1,000 toward their tuition, and scholarship athletes received $500. Both scholarships are renewable for four years.

 

The day included information sessions on admission, financial aid, the Summerland Honors Program, interviews with faculty, scholarship awards and a campus tour.



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Newberry College Students Named SCICU Scholars

February 1, 2022

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities has named 11 Newberry College students as SCICU Scholars.

 

The private higher education collaborative partnered with 11 companies and foundations in the 2021-22 academic year, establishing scholarships for eligible students at SCICU’s 21 member institutions, which include Newberry College. In all, $432,000 in scholarships were awarded to nearly 300 students across South Carolina.

 

The Bailey Foundation, based in Clinton, provided a scholarship for freshman Tyrone Garlington Jr., of Laurens.

 

The CIC/UPS Foundation provided a scholarship for senior Sarah Townsend, of Pelzer.

 

Colonial Life, headquartered in Columbia, provided a scholarship for senior Princess Sturkey, of Clinton.

 

Dominion Energy provided scholarships for junior Addison Cox, of Irmo; freshman Marcus Foy, of Columbia; freshman Sha’nadia Marshall, of Columbia; and junior Avery Webb, of Florence.

 

South Carolina Student Loan, based in Columbia, provided a scholarship for Sturkey and Joshua Cousar, of Clio, who graduated in December 2021.

 

Sonoco Products Company, headquartered in Hartsville, provided a scholarship for senior Diana Gutierrez, of Newberry.

 

Truist Bank provided a scholarship for freshman Braxton Dimery, of Lake View.

 

Rock Hill-based Williams & Fudge, Inc., provided a scholarship for junior Nataishja Hymes, of Ladson.



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Newberry College Announces Fall 2021 Dean’s List

January 24, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced the fall 2021 Dean’s List, the third-largest in school history.

 

The list honors 427 students, who represent 30 states and 19 foreign countries. The honor recognizes full-time students with semester GPAs of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

 

In size, fall 2021 follows only spring 2020 (477) and fall 2020 (459).

 

View the fall 2021 Dean's List.



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Johnson Appointed Newberry College Athletic Director

January 19, 2022

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Sean Johnson as its new athletic director, effective April 1.

 

Johnson has served as athletic director for the University of Jamestown (North Dakota) since 2015. While serving at the University of Jamestown, Johnson saw student-athlete enrollment grow by 35%, to over 650 students. Under his leadership, the program added men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s volleyball, and women’s swimming and diving. During Johnson’s tenure, the university completed two major capital projects, including the $16 million Harold Newman Arena in 2017, and a $12 million renovation of Gordon and Charlotte Hansen Stadium.

 

“It is an honor to serve as the next athletic director at Newberry College,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working with our student-athletes, coaches, college community and supporters to ensure we have the best athletic program in the South Atlantic Conference.”

 

Prior to Jamestown, Johnson served as athletic director at Division II Angelo State University (2012-15), and as associate athletic director at Division I University of North Dakota (2008-12), and New Mexico State University (2004-06).

 

“We are really excited to have Sean joining us as our next Director of Athletics,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “He was our unanimous top choice for the position, and he brings not only a great breadth of experience but also a solid understanding of the role of athletics at a small college. Sean is a leader who has a history of helping student-athletes achieve excellence in the classroom and on the courts and fields of competition. He is excited, creative, full of energy and a team player. He will help us reach greater heights.”

 

“We reviewed nearly 100 applicants, interviewed several candidates and then had the most difficult task of selecting the finalists for a campus interview,” said Dr. John Lesaine, chair of the search committee. “We were pleased at how many talented candidates this position attracted. It speaks volumes about the great things that are happening here at Newberry. I would like to thank the committee for their hard work. They truly did an outstanding job.”

 

During Johnson’s time at the University of Jamestown, several teams participated in NAIA postseason play, with men’s and women’s teams reaching the Elite Eight and the women’s track and field team winning several conference championships. At Angelo State University, six teams – football, volleyball, women’ soccer, men’s basketball, baseball and softball – participated in the NCAA postseason. The track and field programs finished in the top 20 in the country.

 

In his community, Johnson is the past president of Jamestown Rotary, and he has served on the boards of the Salvation Army of Jamestown, Jamestown Chamber of Commerce, and Jamestown Ambassadors.

 

He and his wife, Marcia, have a 23-year-old son, Ian. Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in speech communications from University of Missouri at Columbia.

 

Johnson will succeed Ralph Patterson, who will retire Jan. 31.

 

“We are so grateful to Ralph for his service over the past five-and-a-half years, and we feel so fortunate to have Wayne Alexander, our senior associate AD, willing and able to serve as our interim athletic director until Sean arrives,” Scherrens said.



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Newberry College to Hold Competition for Two Full Scholarships

January 18, 2022

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NEWBERRY — The dreams of two prospective college students will come true as Newberry College holds its second Presidential Scholarship Competition. The event will take place Feb. 5 on the 90-acre campus in the heart of downtown Newberry.

 

To be eligible, students must hold at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or 4.38 on a 5.0 scale) and apply and be accepted to Newberry College. All that is required for admission is a completed application and high school transcript.

 

Competition participants will submit an essay and complete an interview with a member of the college’s faculty. At this all-day event, students will also hear from President Maurice Scherrens, learn more about the Summerland Honors Program, and meet with professors.

 

To apply, click here. To find out if eligible to participate, or for more information, contact Guest Experience Coordinator Kenley Longshore via phone at 803.321.5132, via text at 803.770.4428, or via email at Kenley.Longshore@newberry.edu.



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Op-Ed: Let’s End this Phenomenal Year Right

by Lori Ann Vinson Summers | Vice President for Institutional Advancement - December 28, 2021

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What a year.

We added our first graduate program (since 1928). We received an outstanding reaffirmation report from SACSCOC, our accreditation body. We defended our place among the best colleges in the South. We launched construction on two incredible new facilities. We added a new sport, hit the ground (and water) running with women's triathlon, and brought home championships in wrestlingcheerdancefootball and esports.

 

This has been a year unlike any other, and we couldn't have done any of it without you. Thank you.

 

As this phenomenal year comes to a close, this is also the last chance to wrap up your tax year and help Newberry College get 2022 off to a great start. Make a gift now.

 

Charitable Tax Benefits through CARES Act

Included in the original CARES Act were key provisions that encouraged individuals and corporations to help nonprofit organizations. As a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, several of these provisions were extended or expanded into 2021. They may impact your 2021 charitable tax deductions as described below:

 

  • Up to an $300 above-the-line deduction for charitable donations for those who claim the standard deduction.

  • An expanded $600 max deduction for married couples filing jointly who do not itemize tax deductions.

  • Charitable giving deduction limit increased to 100% of Adjusted Gross Income on cash donations for those who itemize.

  • The AGI limit for corporate contributions has also been increased to 25% of taxable income.

Gifts made by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, will be included in your 2021 giving.

 

Other ways to support Newberry College

RMDs: Newberry College also accepts required minimum distributions from your retirement accounts. Click here for more information.

 

Stock: To give gifts of stock or other securities to Newberry College, you may need the information below for your broker:

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me at Institutional.Advancement@newberry.edu or at 803.321.5363.

 

Thank you for making this one of the best years Newberry College has ever seen. Take care, and have a great start to the new year.



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Caudill Offers Advice for Talking to Children About Anxiety

December 16, 2021

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COLUMBIA — Recently, there have been a number of reports of violence and weapons in Midlands schools. Dr. Carrie Caudill, associate professor of psychology, spoke with Darci Strickland of WLTX about how to talk to children about any anxieties they may have about violence in school.

 

"Give them tools for coping, because anxiety doesn't disappear in our world, as much as we would like the bad things to stop happening," Caudill said.

 

View the full story.



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‘Do What You Love:’ Newberry College Holds Fall Commencement

December 13, 2021

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NEWBERRY — On a day of electric enthusiasm, Newberry College conferred bachelor’s degrees on 78 graduates in its fall commencement exercises, held Dec. 10 in Wiles Chapel. It was also the first commencement held in the chapel in two years, due to renovations that kept the building out of commission for much of 2020 and 2021.

 

The graduating class represented six states — South Carolina (67), California (4), Florida (2), North Carolina (2), Georgia (1), Maryland (1) — and South Africa (1).

 

The most popular majors among fall graduates included respiratory therapy (9), nursing (8), business administration (7), sport management (7), criminal justice (5), communications (5), exercise science (5) and biology (5). Click here to view the commencement program and list of graduates.

 

This fall, the Student Government Association named Dr. Laura Roost, associate professor of political science, as Professor of the Year. In keeping with tradition, the fourth-year Newberrian and Marine Corps veteran delivered the commencement address.

 

“Through my explorations which led me to realize that my own passion and purpose is wrapped up in higher education, I learned a key lesson from my military service: life is short – do what you love,” said Roost. “Whether we live for 20 years, 30 years, 60 years, or 100 years, we never have enough time.”

 

Roost led three rousing Wolf howls throughout her speech in celebration of the graduates.

 

“Not all of you may be pastors, as the original Newberry College graduates were, but all of you are Newberry Wolves who can care for and lead your future communities, wherever and whatever those communities are for you,” Roost said.

 

New this year, the faculty elected to create a graduation honor for transfer and online students who did not complete enough credit hours to qualify for the traditional Latin honors. Those students who completed 30-55 credit hours and earned at least 3.75 GPAs graduated with distinction.



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Wolves Esports Secures First-Ever Team Championship

December 9, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College ‘Valorant’ team won the NECC’s Navigators Division Yellow championship over the weekend. The trophy is the program’s first-ever team honor, won at the end of the gaming title’s inaugural season at Newberry.

 

The team finished regular season play 6-1, with the one defeat coming from Tennessee Tech in the sixth week. Newberry seeded second behind Tennessee Tech going into the postseason.

 

In the Nov. 22 quarterfinals, the Wolves downed No. 7 King University 2-0, followed by a semifinal victory over No. 3 Murray State the following week. In the final round, held Dec. 4, Newberry won a decisive victory over the No. 4 University of Rio Grande, 3-0 in the best-of-five match.

 

‘Valorant’ is a team-based first-person shooter published by Riot Games in 2020. Players are assigned to the attacking or defending team, with each team comprising up to five players. There are five different positions on a team, each with their own function and abilities. There is a duelist, a controller, a sentinel, and an initiator. For players who are skilled in multiple positions, the community created the title, “flex.”

 

‘Valorant’ became the Newberry program’s sixth competitive gaming title at the start of the fall 2021 season, joining ‘League of Legends,’ ‘Overwatch,’ ‘Madden,’ ‘Fortnite’ and ‘Rocket League.’

 

The fall ‘Valorant’ team included:

  • Kaleb Barr, a freshman, at duelist

  • Peyton Norcia, a senior, at controller

  • Zach White, a junior, at sentinel

  • Seth Rentz, a junior, at initiator

  • Aidan Listermann, a sophomore, a “flex”

 

“In a short time period, this team became cohesive with strategy and able to rely on each other,” said head coach Ruben Benitez. “All the players complimented each other well going into finals, and I was fairly confident we were going to win it.”

 

Among Wolves esports’ other teams, ‘Overwatch’ enjoyed a great regular season at 6-2. The team came up short only to Clark University 0-3 in week two, and to Butler University 0-3 in week seven.

 

The team was seeded No. 3 going into the postseason, but the playoff run was cut short by No. 6 Clark University by 3-2 in the Nov. 18 quarterfinals. The University of Southern Mississippi would go on to win the tournament Dec. 5 with a 4-1 decision over Clark.



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Newberry College Professor Appointed to Piedmont Tech Commission

December 7, 2021

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dr. Dennis Lambries, professor of practice in political science at Newberry College, has been appointed to the Piedmont Technical Education Commission to represent Saluda County.

 

The commission is the governing body for Piedmont Technical College, which serves Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda counties. Members are recommended by their legislative delegation and appointed by the governor for four-year terms.

 

Lambries teaches a variety of political courses at Newberry College, including American government, state and local government, parties and elections, public policy, public opinion and emergency management.

 

Prior to his arrival at Newberry, Lambries taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of South Carolina. He has also served as assistant director of the Survey Research Laboratory at the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research.

 

Lambries holds a bachelor's degree from Chapman College, along with a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of South Carolina.



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Roost Named Professor of the Year

December 1, 2021

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NEWBERRY — The Newberry College Student Government Association has elected Dr. Laura Roost, associate professor of political science, as 2021 Professor of the Year.

 

The award is given annually to a professor dedicated to the college’s students, who has the enthusiasm that inspires future leaders, the association said in a statement. According to tradition, the honoree will deliver the commencement address at fall commencement, to be held Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the college’s Wiles Chapel.

 

Roost joined the Newberry College faculty in 2017, serving also as political science program coordinator, pre-law advisor and Fulbright liaison. In these first four years, she has distinguished herself as an advocate for student civic involvement. She has organized numerous voter registration drives, community service days and real-world discussion panels.

 

Roost has also sought to strengthen relationships among faculty, staff and coaches, spearheading meet-and-greets and encouraging conversation across disciplines. She also serves on the President’s Task Force for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, established in 2020 by President Maurice Scherrens. For all this and more, she was named Newberry College's 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award winner in April by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

 

Roost earned her doctorate from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, with graduate specialization in human rights and humanitarian affairs. She also earned her master's in political science from Lincoln, and her bachelor's from Morningside College, graduating summa cum laude. A Fulbright Scholar herself, Roost spent 10 months in Rwanda studying the impact of women’s non-government organizations on post-genocide society. Roost is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.



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Coffman Appointed Newberry College Campus Pastor

November 17, 2021

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NEWBERRY — The Rev. David W. Coffman, of Irmo, has been called to serve Newberry College as campus pastor, effective Dec. 1.

 

The 1997 Newberry College graduate returns to his alma mater from West Columbia-based SC House Calls, where he has served as patient care coordinator. Coffman has also been a chaplain for Agape Care, and has served its predecessor, Agape Hospice, in multiple roles since 2013.

 

“I am super excited about joining Wolf Nation and being back home,” said Coffman. “Newberry College was formative for me, and I am humbled and honored to be sharing in the amazing work God is doing in and through the students, faculty and staff. I look forward to engaging in our spiritual journey and connecting folks over what unites us: God’s amazing grace.”

 

Coffman earned his bachelor's degree from Newberry in political science, and he holds a Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

 

Coffman’s formal installation service will be held in February.



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Newberry College Recognizes Bachman Honor Scholars

November 15, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Induction into the Bachman Honor Society has long been one of the highest honors Newberry College bestows on students.

 

Founded in 1962 by faculty and named for the college’s principal founder, the Rev. John Bachman, the society is home to seniors who finish in the top 8% of their class for GPA.

 

This year, the society decided to split its induction, historically a single ceremony each spring, to recognize seniors graduating in fall and spring respectively. The decision allows prospective fall graduates to receive this well-deserved acknowledgement with their peers.

 

The society held its first fall induction on Friday during Founders Convocation in Wiles Chapel, and welcomed the following five students:

 

  • Preston Bowers, an accounting major from Pomaria (pictured below)

  • Sarah Dominick, a psychology major from Newberry

  • Kelsey Havird, a biology major, with an environmental studies concentration, from Newberry (pictured below)

  • Emma McCall, an accounting major from Chapin

  • Denelle Williams, a criminal justice major from Johannesburg, South Africa

The society also honored one faculty member and one administrative staff member:

 

  • Patrick Gagliano, chair of the Department of Arts and Communications and professor of theatre and speech, who arrived at Newberry College in 1994 (pictured below)

  • Cindy Shealy, assistant registrar, who has served Newberry College since 1977 (pictured below)

Dominick, McCall and Williams were honored in absentia.



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Newberry College Student Voting Increased in 2020, report finds

November 8, 2021

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NEWBERRY — As the 2021 off-year elections came to an end, Newberry College reported that its student voting in the 2020 presidential election increased significantly over previous years.

 

A simple majority, 51.7%, of Newberry College students cast their votes in the 2020 election, up from 14.7% in the 2018 midterms and 36.6% in the 2016 presidential election.

 

The report comes from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement, conducted by the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University.

 

“This report is fantastic news for campus civic engagement in the area of voting,” said Dr. Laura Roost, associate professor of political science and political science program coordinator at Newberry College. “The reason these years are highlighted is because these are presidential elections, which typically have more voter participation than midterm elections.”

 

Newberry College student voter registration was up as well, with 67% registered in 2020 over 51% four years before.

 

“We are doing some great work getting students to register and ultimately vote however they choose,” Roost added.

 

Nationwide, the institute reported, students built on the momentum swing of 2018 as 66% of them turned out in 2020, over 52% in 2016. The 14-point increase outpaces that of Americans on the whole, who saw only a six-point jump, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

“That students, often younger and first-time voters, turned out at rates commensurate with the general public is nothing short of stunning,” said IDHE Director Nancy Thomas.

 

Thomas went on to say that the high level of participation can be attributed to increased student activism and increased efforts by educators to get students civically engaged.

 

The institute’s study is the nation’s largest study of college and university student voting. The 2020 dataset included 8,880,700 voting-eligible students, representing 1,051 colleges and universities, all 50 states and the District of Columbia.



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Newberry College Receives Growth Grant for Diversity Week

November 3, 2021

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Newberry College received a Growth Grant from South Carolina Humanities for the college’s ninth annual Dufford Diversity & Inclusion Week. The week was held Oct. 25 through Nov. 1.

 

Funding for the grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan initiative.

 

“We are very grateful for the grant funds received from SC Humanities,” said Dr. Peggy Winder '86, director of diversity education and professor in the Department of Sport Professions. “It truly means a lot for our diversity and inclusivity efforts, in that it allows us the opportunity to offset some costs and continue educating our audiences by sharing human stories that are often ignored or forgotten.”


Winder added that the Newberry Opera House also received Growth Grant funding for its collaboration with Newberry College, affording an even greater reach to the local community.

 

Dufford Diversity & Inclusion Week is an annual event series started in 2013 through the vision and generosity of Dr. William E. Dufford '49. Dufford made history in 1969 as the 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.

 

“The Dufford series is a tangible outcome of the College’s commitment to promoting personal and social acceptance, and the awareness, development and understanding of diversity, multiculturalism and social equity,” added Winder.

 

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this nonprofit organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 350,000 citizens annually.

 

For more information about Dufford Diversity & Inclusion Week, visit newberry.edu/Dufford.



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Newberry College Unveils Newberry Edge

November 2, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has unveiled Newberry Edge, the college’s new Quality Enhancement Plan, designed to pave students clear pathways to graduation.

 

Officially launching in fall 2022, the comprehensive plan seeks to enhance student learning and target specific areas for student success, focusing mainly on academic advising.

 

“Surveys were sent to students, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, alumni and community partners to see where they believed Newberry College has the greatest potential for improvement,” said Dr. Carrie Caudill, associate professor of psychology and chair of the committee. “With the insightful help of the College community, we have identified academic advising as a key area.”

 

Advising is a process through which students work with faculty and staff advisors to find courses, internships and other academic opportunities that lead to graduation and further career success.

 

“It’s not just about picking out classes. It’s about the personal attention for holistic development and strategically creating a purposeful path that will take students where they want to go in life,” added Caudill.

 

The plan includes guiding students’ educational goals, preparing for careers, exploring purpose, improving student satisfaction with the advising process, and bolstering student retention and persistence.

 

“This Quality Enhancement Plan is the product of years of research and dedication, so that we can be more effective at helping students reach their goals,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs. “We would like to thank the QEP committee and everyone who has brought us to this point, and we look forward to implementing this plan over the coming years.”

 

Committee members include Caudill, Registrar Whitney Merinar, Assistant Dean John Lesaine '07, Head Baseball Coach Russell Triplett, Professor Jenny Lindler '11, Professor Annette Hunter, Professor Lindsy Boateng, student engagement director Kenntrail Grooms '07, Professor Matthew Kidder, Foundations and Grants Officer Tina McCartha, Muller Center Director Krista Hughes, Chair of Humanities David Rachels, Professor Matthew Fuller, Chair of Arts and Communications Pat Gagliano, and Associate Dean Christina Wendland.

 

For more information on Newberry Edge, visit newberry.edu/edge.



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Newberry College Hosts 99th Homecoming Celebration

October 25, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College hosted its 99th Homecoming in person last weekend, welcoming back alumni and their families for awards, class reunions and fellowship.

 

Each year, the Newberry College Alumni Association gives awards to graduates and friends of the institution for their service, success and support. This year, following last year’s virtual Homecoming, awards were presented for 2020 and 2021. The following awards were presented Saturday:

  • The 2020 Alumni Distinguished Service Award: Mary "Cookie" Canty Goings '82, a retired educator who converted her family home into Nana’s Hope House, a nonprofit that benefits homeless Horry County high school students. Goings and her husband, Eric Sr., have two children, Whitney and EJ, and a granddaughter, Cali Marie.
  • The 2020 Noah and Pansy Derrick Outstanding Friend of the College Award: The Rev. Dr. Herman R. Yoos III, bishop emeritus of the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and former member of the Newberry College Board of Trustees. Yoos and his wife, Cindy, have three children, Drew, Kristi and Elizabeth.
  • The 2020 Philip T. Kelly Jr. Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Albert Elton Garrett III '02, a Laurens District 55 Athletic Hall of Famer and volunteer with the Salvation Army of Augusta and Goodwill Industries of Aiken. Garrett and his wife, Precious (Polite-Caldwell) Garrett '02, have two daughters, Jade and Maya.
  • The 2020 Thomas A. Epting Outstanding Alumni Award: Henry Michael Mack '82, an award-winning science teacher at Clinton High School, mentor for the Science Olympiad team and member of Presbyterian College’s CHAMPS enrichment collaborative.
  • The 2021 Alumni Distinguished Service Award: Bill Hilton Jr. '70, a retired educator, former president of the Alumni Association, founder of the nonprofit Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, and co-founder of the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. Hilton and his wife, Susan (Ballard) Hilton '71, have two sons, Billy III and Garry, and two granddaughters, McKinley and Hadley.
  • The 2021 Alumni Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Heyward Brock '63, a retired professor and author who co-founded the University of Delaware’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, the Medical Scholars program, and several undergraduate programs. A former president of Lutheran Community Services in Wilmington, Delaware, he co-founded the LCS Walk/Run for Life. Brock and his wife, Patricia (Farmer) Brock '63, also founded the Farmer/Brock Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The couple has three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
  • The 2021 Philip T. Kelly Jr. Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Elliott Cox '09, the director of marketing for South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers’ Coastal Retreat, and volunteer coach at the Isle of Palms Recreation Center. Cox and his wife, Deacon Ashlyn (Suhr) Cox '09, have three children, Carson, Lily and Micah.
  • The 2021 Thomas A. Epting Outstanding Alumni Award: Jim Guard Jr. '70, a member of the Florida Bar and scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America Troop 760, who has been honored for his pro bono legal services. Guard and his wife, Susan (Oetgen) Guard '71, have five children and three grandchildren.
  • Finally, a new award, the 2021 Newberry College Alumni Award of Valor, was presented to the late Mark G. Liptak '74. The Stamford, Connecticut, native retired in 2008 as a supervisory special agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, after 40 years in law enforcement at the local and federal levels. In 1999, he was honored with the Department of the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award for safely negotiating the end to a hostage situation. Liptak and his wife, Helen “Lindy” (Lee) Liptak '75, had two children and two grandchildren. Mark Liptak passed away Sept. 16 at age 70.

 

On Saturday, reunion lunches honored the following groups:

  • 50th Reunion (1970 & 1971)
  • 40th Reunion (1980 & 1981)
  • 25th Reunion (1995 & 1996) 
  • African American Alumni Chapter
  • The 1971 football team, which marked 50 years since one of the greatest seasons in school football history
  • The Madrigal Singers, previously known as the Madrigalians, who celebrated 52 years since the group’s founding

 

Homecoming worship services were led Sunday by the Rev. Kevin Strickland '04, bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA.

 

The Alumni Association has announced that next year's centennial Homecoming, "100 Years of Home," is scheduled for Oct. 28-30, 2022.



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Newberry College to Host Ninth Annual Diversity Series

October 4, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced the schedule of events for its ninth annual Dufford Diversity & Inclusion Week. The series, set for Oct. 25 through Nov. 1, is designed to inspire appreciation for differences of humanity and bring people together on common ground.

 

The annual series began in 2013 with the vision and generosity of Dr. William “Bill” 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. Masks are required in all indoor spaces on the Newberry College campus and in the Newberry Opera House.

 

Monday, Oct. 25: DDIW Symposium

·       Educator Brandarius Jones '20, at noon on Setzler Field

·       Retired educator Moses King '76, at 2 p.m. in Kohn Lecture Hall

·       Graduate student Aubrey Guyton '21, at 3:30 p.m. at the Center for Teacher Education, 1121 Speers St.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m.: Keynote address by Billy Keyserling and Mike Greenly, under the tent at the Alumni Music Center. Keyserling, retired Beaufort, South Carolina, mayor and legislator, is co-author of “Sharing Common Ground: Promises Unfulfilled but Not Forgotten,” which offers a new approach to gaining a shared understanding of our value to each other. His co-author Greenly, a Beaufort native now living in New York, is a former Avon executive, lyricist, writer and speech coach.

 

Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.: “Cross That River” performance at the Newberry Opera House. These performances take audiences on a musical journey about how slaves-turned-cowboys helped settle the American West. These performances have been made free thanks to the support of Newberry Arts For All.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 27, at noon and 2 p.m.: “Tearing Down the Wall of Prejudice & Discrimination” workshop in the Gnann conference room in the Center for Teacher Education. Sponsored by the Social Justice Club.

 

Friday, Oct. 29, at noon: Room dedication for Nancy Lou Anderson Glasgow '70, at the Center for Teacher Education. This event will honor Glasgow, a Newberry native and Newberry College’s first African American graduate. A reception will follow in the garden.

 

Monday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m.: “Underrepresented Composers” performance in Wiles Chapel. This concert will feature the works of historically underrepresented musical composers, including those of Chickasaw pianist Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate and Black violinist Jessie Montgomery.



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Coggins, Raines & Trainor Elected to Newberry College Board of Trustees

September 27, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced that James P. “Jimmie” Coggins '74, Dr. Kevin M. Raines '92 and Joseph A. “Joe” Trainor III will serve on the institution’s Board of Trustees. They each begin a three-year term Oct. 18.

 

Coggins, of Newberry, is a 1974 Newberry College graduate. He is the owner and general manager of Newberry Broadcasting Co. Inc., which has operated WKDK radio since its founding in 1946. Coggins served as chair of the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce, honorary chair of the Newberry County March of Dimes, and president of the county unit of the American Cancer Society. He also served on the board of directors of the Newberry County Family YMCA, the Newberry County Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, and as member and chair of the Board of the State Department of Youth Services Juvenile Parole Board. He is a member of the Newberry Rotary Club, and was named Rotarian of the Year and a Paul Harris Fellow. He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from his alma mater in 2007.

 

Coggins has served on the Newberry College Board of Trustees since 2015. He and his wife, Doris, have a son, Parkes '05, and a daughter, Jessica.

 

Raines, of Chapin, is a Newberry College alumnus of 1992 who went on to graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina and earn specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia. He is currently a pediatric dentist and partner at Palmetto Smiles Pediatric, Orthodontic & Family Dentistry in Lexington. He is a member of the South Carolina Dental Association, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He has also served as president of the South Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Raines has been a volunteer youth baseball and basketball coach and a former board member of the Lexington County Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

 

Raines is a member of Gateway Baptist Church. He and his wife, Katie, have four children, Klaire, McGuire, Cooper and MaryKate.

 

Trainor, of Prosperity, is the co-owner of Stokes-Trainor Chevrolet in Newberry, and boasts 27 years of experience in the automotive business. He purchased a dealership that was losing money and restored it to one of the consistently highest-ranked. Stokes-Trainor won the General Motors Mark of Excellence Award in 2000, and the 2020 Mark of Excellence Award from Chevrolet. Trainor was Gov. Mark Sanford’s Economic Ambassador for Newberry County in 2004. He is also a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow.

 

Trainor previously served on the Newberry College Board of Trustees from 2011-20. He and his wife, Carla, have two children, John Wesley '20 and Samuel Christian.



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Newberry College Launches Capital Improvements

September 21, 2021

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NEWBERRY — The Newberry College skyline will look much different over the next year. That’s what President Maurice Scherrens told students, faculty and staff Monday in a special announcement on Yost Portico at Holland Hall.

 

Over the weekend, the college’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved construction on two new campus facilities: the Nursing and Health Science Center and the second phase of athletic stadium renovations. The decision is the culmination of years of planning and generous giving, and the timing could not be better.

 

“This decision by the Board of Trustees is transformational for Newberry College,” said Scherrens. “As we reimagine our role in preparing students for the future, we’ve been relentless in our efforts to create a campus environment that leads to academic and athletic success. Today, thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends and the leadership of our Board of Trustees, we are turning dreams into reality.”

 

The Nursing and Health Science Center will be Newberry College’s first new academic building since Langford Communications Center in 1990. The $2.6 million facility will occupy 11,000 square feet at the corner of College and Evans streets. State-of-the-art classrooms and simulation labs will allow the space and the innovative potential required by the ever-changing health care industry.

 

Stadium Phase II will bring an 18,000-square-foot athletic field house to the stadium’s east side, behind visitor seating. The facility will include locker rooms for football, lacrosse and field hockey, coaches’ offices and field-view classrooms and reception areas. The $4.5 million project is the second of three phases designed to upgrade the athletic stadium and provide well-needed space for the growing Wolves athletic programs. The stadium decision was first announced at Saturday’s football game against rival Lenoir-Rhyne, following the board’s meeting earlier in the day.

 

“The board could not be more pleased to move forward with these projects,” said Rob Best '71, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are grateful to all those who have helped us get to this point, and we are excited to see this momentum continue over the coming years.”

 

The projects are a leap toward the completion of the Scaling the Summit capital campaign. Since the campaign’s launch in 2014, the college has added the Center for Teacher Education, in the former Speers Street Elementary School (2016), Pearson Residence Hall (2018) and the Melvin & Dollie Younts Athletic Performance Center, the stadium’s first phase (2020).



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Newberry College Among Top Five for Best Value

September 13, 2021

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WASHINGTON — Newberry College has been named one of the top five best value colleges in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report. In the annual college rankings for 2022, published today, Newberry also held its place among the top 10 for social mobility and retained its No. 11 position among the overall best colleges in the region.

 

Here are Newberry’s official rankings:

  • Best Regional Colleges – South: No. 11

  • Best Value Colleges – South: No. 4

  • Top Performers on Social Mobility – South: No. 7

 

This year’s rankings are consistent indicators of Newberry College’s success. The college has been among the top 10 for value since it made the list in 2017. Newberry has remained among the top 10 in social mobility since the category’s creation in 2020. Finally, in a series of stunning leaps, Newberry has worked all the way up from No. 41 among the region’s best in 2016 to No. 11 in 2021.

 

“Our trajectory in these national rankings reflect the transformative advances being made by the College,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “The College is on a journey of growth, change and continuous improvement. We are reimagining our role in higher education as we add state-of-the-art facilities and new academic programs – including our first new graduate program. Our success has only been possible through the efforts of our outstanding faculty, staff and coaches.”

 

From the value perspective, Newberry College reaffirmed its commitment to affordability with its Tuition Promise, which freezes an incoming student’s tuition for their four years at Newberry. The promise was initiated in 2013, supplemented by a loan repayment promise in 2016, and the Tuition Promise has been renewed by the Board of Trustees since 2019.

 

“We constantly evaluate our key performance indicators as an institution, to see how we can become better and in turn better help our students,” said Rob Best '71, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Alongside student retention, graduation rates and others, these rankings help confirm that we are on the right track.”

 

The Top Performers on Social Mobility list is based upon graduation rates of students who received federal Pell Grants. Available to students with household incomes below $50,000, most Pell Grant funds benefit those with incomes below $20,000. Newberry College’s Pell Grant recipients graduate at a rate nearly identical to that of non-recipients.

 

According to U.S. News & World Report, the rankings compare four-year colleges and universities from across the country on 15 diverse measures of academic quality. Factors used in the rankings include average ACT and SAT scores, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, tuition and financial aid, student body characteristics, post-graduate employment and more.

 

Find out more about the college rankings at usnews.com/colleges.



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Benitez to Lead Newberry College Esports

August 30, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College’s esports program has found a new head coach in Ruben Benitez.

 

Benitez previously served as a coach at Uptime Esports in Hanover, Massachusetts, a youth esports club. Before that, he was an esports coach and “League of Legends” team captain for Georgia Southern University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations in 2019.

 

Benitez is passionate about effective communications, particularly in competitive gaming.

 

“We are proud to welcome Ruben to the Newberry College family,” said Dr. Michael A. Smith, assistant dean for student engagement. “He brings a love of the game, a desire to grow Wolves esports and a willingness to learn. This is important especially in esports, which is not only growing in popularity, but also in terms of strategy and technology.”

 

Benitez comes to the helm of an esports program burgeoning just two years from its inception. The program brought home its first national trophy in 2020, expanded its coeducational roster and recently added a fifth gaming title. A member of the New England Collegiate Conference and supported by the National Association of Collegiate Esports, the Newberry program offers intercollegiate competition in “League of Legends,” “Madden,” “Overwatch,” “Fortnite” and “Rocket League.” Participation comes with structured training, competitions and scholarships.

 

“As a former student, competitor, and youth esports coach, I look forward to being a resource for my players, parents, and faculty alike,” said Benitez. “I seek to create a program that allows students to express themselves competitively and creatively, in an institution that challenges them academically.”



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Back-to-School Message from President Scherrens

by Dr. Maurice Scherrens | President of Newberry College - August 23, 2021

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Dear Members of the Newberry College Community,

 

It brings me great joy to welcome you back to campus and back to the classroom as we begin another exciting academic year.

 

We begin this new year stronger than we have ever been. We each bring our compassion, experience, hope, and resilience, having weathered many storms over the last 17 months. Though we have challenges before us, even the continuing effects of a global pandemic, I am optimistic about the coming year because of the wide range of improvements we have finished over the past few months.

 

As you arrived on campus, you saw the results of the hard work of many people as they prepared campus. We look forward to breaking ground on new buildings, starting classes for our brand-new master’s degree program, launching new undergraduate majors, and welcoming a new sport to the field of competition. We welcome new professors, new coaches, new staff members, and of course, the Class of 2025 into the Newberry College family. We have so much to look forward to this year!

 

Our success as a College, once again, depends on your actions and behavior on and off campus. While we strive to return to normal campus life as much as possible, the fact is that we’re still living in a pandemic. Our campus community is known for and sustained by the compassion and dedication of its members to a safe, healthy, and happy campus environment. And it is through your commitment to our sense of community that we can remain on campus and enjoy everything this year has to offer.

 

To learn more about the upcoming year, I am inviting you to an in-person town hall for students on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Wiles Chapel. Select one session to attend.

 

As always, you can visit newberry.edu/returning for up-to-date health-related information.

 

Wear your mask indoors. For those who can, get vaccinated! Be mindful of social distancing. Be respectful of each other. Stay Newberry Strong.

 

Welcome back, take care of each other, and Go Wolves.

 

Maurice W. Scherrens

President



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Newberry College’s New Leader in Song

August 16, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Dr. Molly A. Getsinger as its new director of choral activities for the Department of Music.

 

Getsinger comes to Newberry from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she has served as a lecturer in choir and choral education. She has also taught at Xavier University in Ohio and led the women’s chorus at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

 

“Dr. Getsinger’s excellent work and vision will continue to take the choral program to new highs,” said Dr. Chris Sheppard, chair of the Department of Music. “She is ready to jump into the choral world in South Carolina and brings promising connections that will serve our students well. I am very excited to welcome Dr. Getsinger, and I know we will work well together.”

 

Getsinger holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, a master’s from Rider University’s Westminster Choir College, and a bachelor’s from Shepherd University. Before earning her graduate degrees, she taught at Brunswick Middle School in Brunswick, Maryland.

 

“I am very much looking forward to joining this welcoming community, and I am excited to continue to the strong choral and musical tradition at Newberry College,” said Getsinger.

 

Sheppard, who has led Newberry College’s choral activities with great success for the last 11 years and served as department chair since 2016, is turning his attention to his administrative role. He sees Getsinger’s appointment as a way to better provide the choral program with the attention it requires. While Getsinger will serve as the main choral director, Sheppard isn’t ready to give up the podium completely. Look for him to remain involved in some way with the Newberry College Singers.



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Kinard Joins Newberry College’s Muller Center

August 11, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Carlton L. Kinard '16 as program coordinator for the institution’s Muller Center.

 

In his new role, the Newberry city councilman will connect students to community service opportunities and deepen civic engagement on and off campus.

 

“Mr. Kinard’s love and dedication to both the College and the Newberry community make him the ideal candidate for this position,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center. “And with his history of civic service, especially at such a young age, he is a wonderful model and mentor for our students.”

 

In addition to expanding the number of the college’s community partners, Kinard will play a vital role in several collaborative projects. These include an effort to establish Gallman Place, a community center at the former Gallman High School. As Newberry’s high school for Black students from 1954 until its integration with Newberry High in 1970, the Gallman site remains an important landmark for its surrounding community.

 

“I believe in the vision of the College and the Muller Center, and I am excited to play a part in making that vision come to fruition,” said Kinard.

 

The Muller Center, established in 2015 and named for Lutheran benefactor John D. Muller Jr., offers opportunities for volunteerism, community-based learning, leadership development and vocational reflection. Ongoing student initiatives include Muller Research Fellowships and the Sophomore Sojourners program.

 

Among Kinard’s initial duties is reaching out to community partners to learn more about their plans and projects for the coming year. Any organizations interested in partnering with the Muller Center, or any in need of volunteers, are invited to contact the center at Muller.Center@newberry.edu or 803.321.5615.



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A Half-Century of Young Adult Suffrage

by Dr. Laura Roost | Political Science Program Coordinator - July 30, 2021

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ratified on July 1, 1971, this amendment ensured that “[t]he right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.” This amendment acknowledged the reality that many who participated as adults in the U.S. from the age of 18 on – as military service members, in the general workforce, and in their communities – could not vote until the age of 21. This left them without a say in the democratic process that elected representatives, who in turn made policies which impacted them in nearly every way.

 

The timing of this amendment during the Vietnam War shows what many pointed out to be an absurdity: since men in the U.S. needed to register for selective service at 18, there were a number getting drafted for military service in Vietnam who could not vote, just as many had been in World War II. In World War II, a shortage of troops led the draft age to be lowered to 18 in 1942, which began the protest phrase: “Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote.”

 

Do note that men who are 18 in the U.S. still need to register for selective service at sss.gov/register, and you can also register as part of your FAFSA application. Those who are conscientious objectors (religiously or morally opposed to participating in war) could submit a for conscientious objector classification in the event of a draft. There have been discussions of amending existing law to include women in selective service registration, since all military occupational specialties are open to anyone who qualifies for the position, but to date there has been no such change.

 

Fifty years of the 26th amendment has given 50 years of voting access for those 18 and older, and many have been able to use their access to the vote to have their voice heard in the important matters that impact their everyday life. However, even after half a century of suffrage, voters in the 18-34 age group tend to have the lowest voter turnout. Voter registration drives and other initiatives continue to be important for ensuring that citizens make themselves heard in matters that affect them and their community. As a good milestone, with a variety of voting options available this past election year, 18-34-year-olds saw their largest jump in voting as 57% voted in the 2020 presidential election, while only 49% voted in 2016.

 

Expanding voting access has been a continual debate in U.S. history, and the 26th expands to all adults letting them contribute in every way to their communities, including politically. The debate has been a key aspect of U.S. history and politics because voting ensures that our government represents “We the People.” If you are not registered to vote, please consider honoring the 50th anniversary of the 26th amendment and the struggles of those who advocated for it from 1942 to 1971. Take a couple minutes to register to vote, or remind others to register if they have not.

 

If you are a citizen who lives in South Carolina, as a resident or college student, you can register to vote online at scvotes.gov, or go to your local county voter registration and elections office (in Newberry, the address is 1872 Wilson Road, or you can call 803.321.2121 with questions). If you are a college student, you can register at your campus address or your home address, but you can only vote at your chosen address. Talk to your local county elections office if you have questions. To get information on registering to vote in other states or territories, you can go to vote.gov.

 

Photo: The National WWII Museum



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Newberry College Esports ‘Kicks’ it into High Gear

July 27, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Described as "soccer, but with rocket-powered cars," the game “Rocket League” is Newberry College esports’ fifth and newest competitive title. Intercollegiate competition will begin this fall.

 

Created by Psyonix, the game can be played by two teams of up to eight players across gaming platforms, including Xbox, PlayStation and PC. Matches are typically five minutes long, with “sudden death” overtime if the score is tied when time runs out.

 

“Rocket League is among the fastest-growing esports for its simplicity in objective and the fact that soccer is a globally popular sport,” said Terrence Knock, head coach and coordinator of esports. “We look forward to welcoming our first ‘RL’ recruits to campus and participating in tournaments.”

 

The addition comes after a stellar year for Newberry College esports, which included its first-ever national trophy, roster expansions and a founding membership in the New England Collegiate Conference. “Rocket League” joins the Wolves’ four other competitive titles — “Fortnite,” “League of Legends,” “Madden” and “Overwatch.”

 

The gaming program, founded at Newberry College in 2019, offers structured training, strategy and skill building, competitions and scholarships for participants. The Wolves are also supported by the National Association of Collegiate Esports.

 

Knock, who built the Newberry College and U.S. Air Force Academy esports programs from the ground up, is stepping down to devote his energy to his Air Force career. A nationwide search is currently underway for a new esports coach.

 

Learn more about the program here.



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Spring 2021 Dean’s List Honors 416 Students

July 23, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced its spring 2021 Dean's List, honoring 416 students for academic achievement.

 

The list recognizes all full-time students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher for the semester. The spring 2021 list represents 23 states and 16 countries.

 

View the spring 2021 Dean's List.



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Cureton Appointed Assistant Dean of Students

July 19, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed Quintavis Cureton as assistant dean of students and deputy Title IX coordinator. His first day was July 1.

 

Cureton’s duties encompass student conduct and Title IX cases, and he will supervise campus security and health and wellness services.

 

The Newberry County native comes to the institution from his alma mater, Benedict College, where he taught recreation and sport management.

 

“Mr. Cureton brings experience and a desire to strengthen relationships throughout campus,” said Dr. Sandra Rouse, dean of students. “We are excited to welcome him to the Office of Student Affairs.”

 

Cureton was elected in 2018 to the Newberry County school board. He also serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands.

 

Before his stint at Benedict, Cureton served as a research assistant for the University of South Carolina’s College of Education.

 

“I am excited to be at Newberry College, and to have an opportunity to ensure the safety of our campus community,” said Cureton. “We all play a role in maintaining a safe campus environment, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Student Affairs to better the holistic development of all students at Newberry College.”

 

“I have an open-door policy and I welcome everyone to stop by,” he added.

 

Cureton is working toward a doctorate in educational leadership and policies from the University of South Carolina. He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and a bachelor’s from Benedict College. He remains an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.



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Scherrens: Returning Safely this Fall

by Dr. Maurice Scherrens, President of Newberry College - July 15, 2021

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Dear Newberry College Community,

 

I hope you and your family are safe and well. As we reach mid-summer, we look forward to the fall semester.

 

I continue to reflect on the successes of the last academic year with deep appreciation for your resolve to navigate through the turbulence caused by the pandemic. We kept case counts low, excelled in the classroom and on the field, and redefined what it means to be “Newberry Strong.” As effects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain with us, I just wanted to share our plans for your safe return this fall.

 

First, while we strongly recommend everyone get vaccinated against COVID-19, vaccinations are not mandatory for students, faculty, or staff. At fall check-in, vaccinated students will show proof of vaccination to keep on file. Like last year, students who have not been vaccinated must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within five (5) days of their return to campus. Vaccinated faculty and staff may send a copy of their vaccination card to Human Resources to keep on file.

 

Due to a decrease in the risks associated with the pandemic, in large part due to the availability of vaccines, we are pleased to report that all classes will be held on campus, in person. Virtual learning will be offered on a limited, case-by-case basis for students with extenuating circumstances. You may click here to fill out the virtual learning application.

 

All students, faculty, staff, and guests will be required to wear face masks inside college buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be removed when outside, dining, or in one’s own office or residence hall room. Face shields are permissible, but face masks are still required along with them. Accommodations can be made for students who have documented medical conditions that could be worsened by wearing a face covering. We will maintain social distancing of three (3) feet while engaged in indoor activities. Finally, like last year, we recommend that students limit non-essential travel to and from campus.

 

This is just a summary of our policy changes for this fall. Since the issues surrounding the pandemic are ever-changing, we will advise you of any policy changes as soon as possible. For up-to-date information, visit newberry.edu/returning, and email any questions to ResponseTeam@newberry.edu.

 

Enjoy your summer, stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you back on campus next month.

 

Maurice W. Scherrens

President



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Tiller to Lead Newberry College’s Athletics Development

July 14, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has appointed William “Bill” Tiller as director of development for athletics.

 

In his new role, Tiller will work to bolster support for Wolves athletics. The Clinton native comes to Newberry from the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation.

 

“We are so honored to welcome Bill Tiller to the Institutional Advancement team,” said Lori Ann Vinson Summers, vice president for institutional advancement. “His experience will be an invaluable asset to the continued growth of the College.”

 

Tiller has also served as CEO of Make-A-Wish South Carolina, and as executive director of United Way of Laurens County.

 

“Newberry College is rich with potential for amazing things,” said Tiller. “I look forward to being a part of a talented team, and to working with the many students, alumni, staff and other constituents who make up the Newberry College community.”

 

Tiller resides in Clinton with his wife and three children, and he boasts a love of history, sports and The Grateful Dead.



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Newberry College Announces Accreditation Level Change

July 9, 2021

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NEWBERRY — After years of planning, Newberry College has the green light to offer master’s degrees, college leaders announced Friday on the steps of Holland Hall.

 

The announcement comes after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved the level change from Level II to Level III, which includes graduate degrees as well as the traditional undergraduate curriculum.

 

“This level change is not only an historic step for Newberry College. It’s a natural extension of our College’s mission, and a next step in our continued growth. Our mission includes preparing students to pursue their calling, their vocation,” said Dr. Maurice Scherrens, president of Newberry College.

 

“As society and industries change, Newberry College will be here to give students the tools they need to pursue their callings – whether it’s a traditional bachelor’s degree; degree completion for working professionals in nursing and respiratory therapy; and now, a master’s degree,” Scherrens said.

 

The substantive change in accreditation is the result of the college’s viable case for adding such programs. Not only did the institution need to illustrate the demand for new master’s programs, college leaders needed to demonstrate financial fortitude, employability of graduates, faculty preparedness, and more. Newberry College cleared these hurdles with flying colors.

 

“There are so many people who are committed to the success of our students and the future of Newberry College. We want to thank our students, alumni, staff, and community partners who continue to support Newberry College every day, without whom this would not be possible,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs.

 

The college’s first graduate program will be an online Master of Science in organizational development and leadership, with classes expected to begin this year.

 

Parrish went on to recognize Dr. David Fowler, who, alongside his duties as chair of the Department of Business Administration, has spearheaded the graduate degree’s development. Fowler will assume the role of program coordinator for the new master’s program, while Dr. Sarah Bryant will reprise her role as business department chair.

 

“Graduate program offerings help us expand opportunities for individuals to invest in their future through education, to journey with them toward discovering their vocation and impacting their communities, regions, and states,” said Dr. Kelli Lynn Fellows, dean of online and graduate programs.

 

“Our task now is to work to build new partnerships and strengthen existing connections in our community, to provide the framework for real-world educational experiences,” Fellows added.

 

Newberry College’s move to the graduate level is historic, but not unprecedented. Between 1885 and 1928, the college awarded 54 master’s degrees, in subjects including mathematics, natural sciences, philosophy, history, and Latin and Greek. The last student to earn a Newberry master’s degree was Ella Dunn, the program’s only female graduate, who received her Master of Arts degree in chemistry and physics in 1928.

 

The location of Friday’s announcement was chosen in part as a tribute to the Rev. George Holland, president of Newberry College from 1877 until his death in 1895, whose accomplishments included the establishment of the college’s first graduate program.



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President Scherrens Elected Chair of SCICU Council of Presidents

June 21, 2021

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dr. Maurice Scherrens, president of Newberry College, has been unanimously elected to serve as chair of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities’ Council of Presidents.

 

The council comprises the leaders of the state’s 20 private higher education institutions. As chair, Scherrens convenes meetings of his fellow member executives, sits on the SCICU Executive Committee, and serves as vice chair of the SCICU Board of Trustees.

 

“As chair of the Council of Presidents, Dr. Scherrens will be the voice of SCICU’s campus leadership,” said Dr. Jeff Perez, SCICU president and CEO. “SCICU is very fortunate to have the benefit of Dr. Scherrens’ experience and leadership, and I personally look forward to his counsel and guidance on matters of importance to SCICU’s 20 member institutions.”

 

Scherrens was nominated by the outgoing council chair, Krista L. Newkirk, president of Converse College, who has just completed her two-year term as chair. Newkirk will also step down from her role at Converse in July to assume the presidency of the University of Redlands in California.

 

“The future of our private colleges is bright due in large part to the dedication, leadership and vision of my fellow presidents in the SCICU. It is a great honor to help coordinate the collective efforts of our outstanding institutions,” said Scherrens. “I would like to thank President Newkirk for her service, and I wish her all the best as she begins her next chapter.”



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Op-ed: Juneteenth in Newberry

by Dr. Peggy Winder '86 | Director of Diversity Education and Professor of Physical Education - June 15, 2021

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Juneteenth, also referred to as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. History tells us that Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas, and is celebrated annually on June 19. It is celebrated on this day because in 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger announced that the Civil War had ended, and slaves were now free.

 

I am so excited to be a part of a town that sees the significance of an event such as Juneteenth. With so much turmoil that has taken place in our world today, it is wonderful to see a COMMUNITY come together to bring about awareness and recognize the importance of the day that celebrates our freedom. It not only is an opportunity for us to come together, but an opportunity for ALL of us to boldly take a stand against the inequities that are so vivid in our communities and beyond.

 

Juneteenth is also a time to reflect on African Americans who have made significant contributions to our lives, and to think about all the sacrifices that have been made to secure our freedom. As stated by African American historian and Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Juneteenth became “an occasion for gathering lost family members, measuring progress against freedom and inculcating rising generations with the values of self-improvement and racial uplift." While this event will be a wonderful celebration of history, family, food, culture, and music, we must continue to build upon it and not forget that there is still much work that needs to be done.

 

I am grateful for the collaborative effort by the City of Newberry’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department and the Juneteenth Committee: Councilwoman Jackie Holmes, Councilman Carlton Kinard '16, Barbara Chapman, Margo Whitener, Shelia Brown, Tomekia Means, and Michael Raiford, for seeing a need for an event such as this and bringing it to fruition. Thank you all!

 

For more information on the City of Newberry's festivities this June 19, please click here.



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Sgt. James C. Hipp ‘40 Wounded In Normandy

by Dr. J. Tracy Power, Associate Professor of History and College Archivist - June 6, 2021

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James Chester Hipp '40 (1918 - 2001), of Saluda, South Carolina, enlisted at Camp Jackson in March 1942. He was a Sergeant in the 58th Field Artillery Battalion, attached to the 3rd Armored Division of the First Army. He was an advance observer attached to a Ranger unit on D-Day, June 6, 1944, among the first to go ashore on Omaha Beach. The battalion commanding officer and reconnaissance officer were killed by machine gun fire on the beach, and the Executive Officer took command of the battalion. Sgt. Hipp was unharmed on D-Day, but on June 12, he was wounded by machine gun fire while reconnoitering as a forward observer.

 

Sent to England to recuperate, Hipp wrote the Newberry College Alumni Bulletin, thanking the editors for sending him the Bulletin and describing his experiences. The following was his entry in the August 1944 Bulletin:

 

Sgt. James C. Hipp, '40, Wounded In Normandy

Played 'Possum For Eleven Hours After Having Received Wound.

 

Received a V-mail letter this past week from James C. Hipp, '40, in which he told of his having been wounded by the Germans in the D-Day invasion. The letter is as follows: "I received your letter of June 13th and the Alumni Bulletin today. I was very glad to receive them because it had been so long since I had heard from Newberry. It took a long time to reach me because I have been evacuated from France back to England for hospitalization after being wounded on June 12th.

 

"I landed on D-Day in the first wave as an observer for my battalion. I got along well until venturing out too far and running into a machine gun nest. Received a slug in the right shoulder but got out light after playing ''possum' on them for 11 hours. I'll be returning to my outfit in a short time.

 

"Give my regards to Coach Laval, if he is around. Also Dr. Kinard. I always enjoy hearing from you."

 

Hipp was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster (for a second wound, sustained in the German Rhineland in late 1944 or early 1945), was later awarded the French Croix de Guerre and the Silver Star (the third highest U.S. military award) for gallantry in combat, and was promoted to 2nd lieutenant before his discharge in October 1945.

 

Hipp, who had been a teacher and coach in Florence County before enlisting in the army, worked at a furniture store in Georgetown after the war, then moved to Loris, in Horry County, in 1946. He founded the Carolina Furniture Company there that same year, where he worked for over 50 years. A prominent businessman and one of the founders of Coastal Carolina Junior College — later Coastal Carolina College of the University of South Carolina, and now Coastal Carolina University — Hipp died in 2001 at the age of 82.



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A Conversation with Dr. Kelli Lynn Fellows

by Jay Salter '19 | Communication Specialist - May 27, 2021

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Dr. Kelli Lynn Fellows joined the Newberry College staff earlier this year, taking the newly crafted helm of the College’s rapidly growing online division and a budding master’s degree program weeks away from accreditation.

 

This is kind of a big deal.

 

Newberry is meeting the post-pandemic world with a solid and growing menu of online programs, including an RN-to-BSN program for working nurses and the Palmetto State’s only bachelor’s-level program in respiratory therapy.

 

On top of this, the Scarlet and Gray are rolling out their first graduate program since 1928 — master’s degrees were offered for 43 years, beginning in 1885. This pending program, dubbed the Master of Science in organization leadership and development, has been developed primarily by Dr. David Fowler, chair of the College’s Department of Business Administration, over the last 18 months. More on Dr. Fowler later. The program passed institutional hurdles in February before being sent where it is now, to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, for final approval.

 

In the middle of all this is Dr. Fellows, who comes to Newberry from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, where she was an assistant dean in graduate and business programs and a professor of business and leadership. She also touts an extensive professional background in communications and public relations.

 

After the obligatory talk of Mardi Gras and piping hot beignets, the New Orleans native discussed the changing face of business, the possibilities in education, and how excited she is to be at Newberry.

 

Q: What is this new master’s degree program all about?

 

A: The new MSODL focuses on two critical dimensions of business — individuals who comprise the organization, and coordinated action to business outcome attainment.

 

All organizations, regardless of type — nonprofit, for-profit, church, school — have one thing in common — people. That is, organizations are groups of people working together toward a common goal. And so when we recognize that, and juxtapose the science of business with the fact that human beings are not stable phenomena — we do not appear on the periodic table — then we say, ‘How do we effectively coordinate individual decision makers to collective action toward our common goal? How do we motivate to form and grow a thriving organization?’

 

Concurrently, the face of business is changing. How we do business is changing. We’ve got artificial intelligence coming in. We’ve got organizations and departments that have three to four generations all working alongside each other. Too, there's a lot of nuance to human behavior, to communication, and there are leadership aspects to organization development. They all come together to weave the fabric of how the organization operates. On top of all this, we’ve had a wake-up call for industries, brought on by the pandemic. It's truly given all firms a litmus test, if you will, of their own organizational rigidity, their leadership agility. It’s given us an opportunity to examine our own capacity for innovation.

 

This and our other burgeoning programs are also opportunities to infuse Newberry’s liberal arts tradition and core values, grounded in the Lutheran tradition, to help individuals discover their vocation; to help them discern their own ethical standards and their own moral compass; and to infuse them into ever-evolving industries. We are growing, and we will have the opportunity to grow ethical leaders, those who will contribute and hopefully continue to expand and innovate within and across all sectors of business and industry.

 

Q: What would you say to folks who are questioning whether it's worth it, to go to college, especially with everything that’s happened over the last year?

 

A: Within any society, there's always a need for a spectrum of educational offerings. So, there are folks who go to community colleges and technical schools to get very precise training in specific areas. Some of these people then take their associate degrees and their work experience and complete a bachelor’s in their fields, like nurses and respiratory therapists, for example. And then there are others who choose to earn traditional bachelor's degrees and then go on and work, or those who want graduate education. The spectrum of educational opportunities provides highly individualized choices and opportunities for reskilling, upskilling, and/or lifelong learning. Essentially — optimized employability.

 

Whether for career mobility or lifelong learning, education is a catalyst. Across every education venue, though, education is an investment in the individual and the individual’s possibility — helping them actualize their dream. And that’s what we’re about here at Newberry. We welcome anyone who wants to learn, to grow, to advance their careers and find their callings, and we continue refining and expanding program offerings to align with shifting marketplace needs and demands.

 

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic as a society, we recognize that some folks may be experiencing a change in their financial situation. Some folks might be questioning whether a traditional college education is worth the time and money. And Newberry College has, for the last several years, renewed its commitment to accessibility and affordability, and we have made it clear that we are willing to meet people where they are. And I think the most important thing about education is that it’s not an investment in just another piece of paper. It’s an investment in hope, in possibility, in discovery. Education fuels our individual and societal capacity to grow and thrive —as individuals, professionally, and to inspire others.

 

Q: What do you think of your time at Newberry so far?

 

A: I am truly ‘living the dream!’ What a phenomenal opportunity to work with visionary leaders, people who are driving our programs and who share a passion for education for life. I’m impressed by the caliber and the commitment of the faculty and staff. It truly feels like a family here, a place where one can thrive. My roots in the Newberry community deepen each day — getting to know area businesses, taking classes at the Newberry Arts and Cultural Center, attending performances at the Opera House, and developing relationships with alumni and community members. It truly feels like home, and for that, I consider myself blessed beyond measure. I’m ecstatic to be here, and my door is always open. Drop by and let’s chat over a cup of coffee. Together, we will ‘make it happen!’



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Masterson Revives Life and Lost Music of Philippa Schuyler

May 24, 2021

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NEWBERRY — The music of the late Philippa Schuyler, concert pianist, composer and freelance journalist, has been largely unheard since her untimely death 54 years ago.

 

Newberry College’s Dr. Sarah Masterson seeks to change that.

 

“Schuyler was a mixed-race composer, pianist, and journalist whose works have not been recorded or published, in large part due to her early death in the Vietnam War,” said Masterson, associate professor of piano and music theory.

 

This summer, Masterson will record Schuyler’s unpublished Seven Pillars of Wisdom, written in 1964-65. The album will be released by Centaur Records.

 

Seven Pillars of Wisdom was performed by Schuyler during her lifetime, but the manuscript pages have remained scattered among archive boxes since her untimely death,” said Masterson, whose recent research has focused on the work of 20th-century American women composers. “I reassembled and transcribed the full work, using Schuyler’s combination of handwritten musical notation and performance instructions. It is my hope that this recording will inspire a renewed interest in Schuyler’s life and music.”

 

Schuyler was born in 1931 Harlem to George Schuyler, an African American journalist, and Josephine Cogdell, a white artist and writer from Texas. Educated privately and managed by her mother, Philippa Schuyler was performing Mozart at age five, and by 10 she had earned national fame as a young composer. As she entered young adulthood, her appeal among white Americans had declined, and she noted racial prejudice for the first time. After that, she left the U.S. and toured more than 80 countries, performing for numerous world leaders. In the 1960s, Schuyler became a published writer, and later a Vietnam correspondent for the Manchester Union Leader. She died in Vietnam in 1967 while on a helicopter rescue mission.

 

“Inspired by T.E. Lawrence’s book of the same title, the hourlong Seven Pillars includes a prologue, seven movements and an extended epilogue,” said Masterson. “Perhaps also influenced by Schuyler’s experiences reporting on war crimes in the Congo, the piece explores challenging ideas about conflict, violence and faith through interwoven themes spelled with her own musical alphabet.”

 

To bring this project to fruition, Masterson will need to raise $2,500 to cover the album’s production and international distribution. Masterson will hold recitals to assist with this effort, and to educate the public about Schuyler and her until-recently lost music. The album can be released about four to six months after the necessary funds are raised, Masterson said.

 

To become a project supporter, please visit bit.ly/newberrycollegemusic, or contact Whitney Metz '09, assistant vice president for institutional advancement, at 803.321.5694.



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Newberry College Celebrates the Class of 2021

May 17, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College conferred bachelor’s degrees upon spring graduates May 15 on Setzler Field, celebrating the accomplishments of its 151st graduating class.

 

To view the commencement program and list of graduates, click here.

 

The college has maintained a tradition of selecting graduating seniors to address their classes at commencement. This year, the honors went to Aubrey Guyton, psychology and religion major from Cordova, Tennessee; and Jonathan Elicier, biology major from Apopka, Florida.

 

“Before college, I was always known as being someone’s sister, cousin, or daughter. People did not know me for who I was. In fact, I was one of those people,” said Guyton. “Today, I can tell you who I am. I am Aubrey Guyton. I am almost a Newberry College alum. I believe in the importance of mental health and that is why I am pursuing a degree in clinical mental health counseling.”

 

“Growth is the one word that I believe will illustrate our memories at Newberry College thoroughly,” said Elicier. “Within society, we tend to celebrate the specific accomplishment that we hope to reach, but forget the growth that we as individuals went through to achieve that thing we wanted so dearly.”

 

Senior Class President Ari Edmiston, business administration and digital marketing major from Cayce, presented the class gift, a total of $1,314. Seniors personally gifted the funds to campus organizations and scholarships that were important to them.

 

Three retired faculty members were awarded emeritus status: Bruce Nellsmith, professor of art; Dr. Vinetta Witt, professor of sociology; and the Rev. Dr. Wayne Kannaday '75, professor of religion.

 

Nellsmith, who joined the college faculty in 1989, is an acclaimed artist with paintings in collections across the United States and Europe. During his time at Newberry, he served as department chair, on faculty council, and as chair of the Fine Arts and Lectures series, among others.

 

Witt officially retired at the end of the 2019-20 academic year after 21 years of service, the last six of which as chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She has been a tireless advocate for equity and inclusivity, and an excellent mentor to her faculty, students and community.

 

Kannaday, an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, joined the faculty in 1999 after a decade in parish ministry. He helped create the college’s Summerland Honors Program and the Muller Center for Ethics, Vocation and Civic Engagement. He served as Dean of the College from 2008-11. More recently, he was the 2017 Professor of the Year and a 2019 recipient of the Dr. L. Grady Cooper Award.

 

In addition to his emeritus status, Kannaday was presented with the Luceo Mea Luce Award. The honor, Latin for “by my light I enlighten,” was created in 2004 by the faculty to recognize individuals whose lives of devotion, learning and service exemplify the motto, associated with Newberry College founder, the Rev. John Bachman. Kannaday is the 10th individual to receive the award.

 

“Make a life, make a living, make a difference,” Kannaday said. “We need you to make a difference. Don’t ever think you can’t. You can change the world.”

 

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. This year, the honor went to Dr. Naomi Simmons, assistant professor of sociology, and Jonathan Elicier.

 

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 upon Pedro Campos, psychology and English major from Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and D’Zhanya Richards, digital marketing major from Pembroke Pines, Florida.

 

In memory of Dr. George B. Cromer, president of Newberry College from 1895-1904, the faculty gives an award to the graduating senior who has exemplified the qualities of academic excellence, leadership ability and personal integrity. This year, the honor was presented to Aubrey Guyton.

 

Founded in 1962 by faculty and named for the college’s principal founder, the Rev. John Bachman, the Bachman Honor Society is home to seniors who finish in the top 8% of their class for GPA. The following graduates were inducted in spring 2021:

  • James Aldridge '20, an exercise science major from Chesterfield, England
  • Alyssa Ball, an elementary education major from Ocean View, Delaware
  • Brooke Berry '20, an English and psychology major from Batesburg, South Carolina
  • Gustav Bjornsson, a business administration major from Stockholm, Sweden
  • Samantha Blair, an accounting major from Blair, South Carolina
  • Tony Bridges, a music education major from Sumter, South Carolina
  • Adam Cain, a history major from Columbia, South Carolina
  • Allison Crout '20, a history major from Gilbert, South Carolina
  • Aubrey Guyton, a psychology and religion major from Cordova, Tennessee
  • Savannah Harmon, an early childhood education major from Prosperity, South Carolina
  • Lauren Huffman, an exercise science major from Granite Falls, North Carolina
  • Aaron Kitchen, an accounting major from Chapin, South Carolina
  • Brianna Meador, a psychology major from Lexington, South Carolina
  • Bethany Meadors, a biology major from Clinton, South Carolina
  • Victor Odiong '20, a sport management major from Stone Mountain, Georgia
  • Tradd Proctor, a physical education major from Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Julia Roach, an art and graphic design major from Prosperity, South Carolina
  • Keli Romas, a business administration and chemistry major from Donvale, Victoria, Australia
  • Adrian Villiger, a business administration major from Flühli, Switzerland
  • Jeffery Young '20, a biology major from Pelion, South Carolina


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Op-ed: My Fellow Wolves

by Paige Meyer | 2020-21 Student Body President - May 13, 2021

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My fellow Wolves,

 

We have come to the end of not only another academic year, but also the end of another student government administration. As student body president, I have been so fortunate to lead a team of outstanding student leaders, from different backgrounds and even different continents. Together, as a student body, we have successfully returned to campus during a global pandemic, and showed our compassion for one another's health and well-being every step of the way. On top of that, we have enjoyed an active academic year, remaining engaged and social and full of Newberry pride.

 

In my term as president, I have learned to be more open-minded, to value other people's opinions and consider other ideas alongside my own. I have continued to realize what it means to be a member of a close-knit community, like the one we share here at Newberry College, and I've fallen in love with it all over again. I have faced challenges that have made me a stronger person, and so have you.

 

I would like to thank all my wonderful professors, teammates and classmates, for their friendship, support and the life lessons they've helped me learn. I will leave Newberry with a great education, invaluable experiences, and friendships for life.

 

My hope is that our time together has left you more enriched as students and as people, and that we have made a difference at Newberry College.

 

My wish is that all present and future students have successful experiences at Newberry, from academics to athletics and everything in between. Be active, participate, have fun, and get out of your comfort zone. Keep doing these things after graduation – enjoy life and what it has to offer. Give back – find something you care about and volunteer – be part of something good.

 

As one door closes and another one opens, I would like to wish all Student Government Association members-elect my very best.

 

As for my fellow 2021 graduates, I'll see you in your caps and gowns on May 15.

 

Thank you, and Go Wolves.



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Newberry College Seniors Honored by City Council

May 10, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Twelve Newberry College seniors were recognized May 5 by the Newberry City Council for their service to the community during their time as students.

 

Newberry Mayor Foster Senn, Mayor Pro-Tem Lemont Glasgow and Councilman Carlton Kinard, a 2016 Newberry College graduate, presented the proclamations on the Yost Portico at the college’s Holland Hall.

 

The following seniors were recognized:

 

Ty'Ran Dixon, of Columbia, captain of the football team, has served as a peer mentor for local children, training youth during his off-season. He is also co-president of the Newberry Society of Sport Professions and a member of the Order of the Gray Stripe, the football team’s leadership council. Dixon will graduate with majors in exercise science and sport management.

 

Benjamin Gilmore, of Columbia, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., has worked as a peer mentor in local schools, and has lent his services to F. B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home when needed. On campus, he has been president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and an Alpha Leader. Gilmore will earn a degree in physical education, with a concentration in leisure services.

 

Antoinaya Grant, of Charleston, has served as a leader on campus and off, from heading the Social Justice Club to mentoring local students via the Bridge to Big Ideas summer program. She has also interned at Newberry County Memorial Hospital, assisted with focus groups for the Gallman School Project and helped lead a Martin Luther King Jr. service day project at the Newberry Museum. Grant plans to graduate in December with a degree in sociology.

 

Aubrey Guyton, of Cordova, Tennessee, a member of the women’s golf team, has served the community in a variety of ways. She has volunteered at Oakland Community Center food drives, Central United Methodist Church, Newberry Elementary School, and the Newberry Alternative School, where she also conducted a mindfulness study. She is youth director at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Newberry, and a camp counselor for the Muller Center’s Called to the Common Good program. She has served as a representative to the Student Government Association and as a leader in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Guyton will graduate with Summerland honors and majors in psychology and religion, with a concentration in church leadership.

 

Julie Kinard, of Prosperity, a two-time captain of the women’s basketball team, has volunteered with the Newberry County Humane Society, with the YMCA for basketball clinics, with Screaming Eagles Special Needs Athletics, and with Newberry Academy as an afterschool mentor. After graduating with majors in biology and exercise science, Kinard will continue her education and earn her doctorate in physical therapy.

 

Nathan Lee, of Irmo, has done volunteer work in multiple neighboring communities, providing music lessons to young musicians and assisting church music programs. At Newberry College, Lee has performed in almost every musical ensemble, including the wind ensemble, Jazz Big Band, Scarlet Spirit Marching Band and Newberry College Singers. Lee will graduate with a major in music in performance.

 

Brianna Meador, of Lexington, has volunteered numerous hours at Westview Behavioral Health, where she compiled valuable needs assessment information for substance abuse prevention. She has also been a member of the Highlander Battalion ROTC. Meador will earn her degree in psychology, with an interest in criminal justice.

 

Paige Meyer, of Georgetown, Indiana, student body president and a member of the softball team, has volunteered at J.F. Hawkins and Springfield Place nursing homes, at local elementary schools, and with various softball camps and clinics. She has been an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she plans to travel on a mission trip to Haiti this summer. Meyer will graduate with a major in elementary education.

 

Nycholas Millington, of Summerville, a member of the Highlander Battalion ROTC, has assisted with Veterans Day lunches and other such events in the community. On campus, he has served on the Student Government Association, All Campus Entertainment and as the campus recreation program intern. Upon graduation, Millington will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

 

Preslee Sikes, of Graniteville, a student ambassador and a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, has volunteered at Newberry’s Boys Farm, at the animal shelter, and with Newberry’s Oktoberfest and Pork in the Park festivals. She has served as president of the first-year experience, a resident advisor, peer mentor and Alpha Leader. Sikes will graduate with a degree in chemistry, with concentrations in biochemistry and forensic chemistry.

 

Denelle Williams, of Johannesburg, South Africa, a member of the field hockey team, has volunteered with the City of Newberry’s Oktoberfest, county voter registration, Boys Farm and Living Hope Food Bank. She has also interned with Samsung and Pope, Parker and Jenkins law firm. On campus, she founded the Newberry International Student Organization, and has been a member of the Social Justice Club. She has served as a resident assistant, treasurer of the Newberry College chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice honor society, and a member of the campus disciplinary board.

 

Jacob Williams, of St. Augustine, Florida, a member of the men’s soccer team, has volunteered with the Newberry County Parks and Recreation Department with various activities, including youth soccer clinics. After graduating with a degree in sport management, Williams plans to pursue opportunities in parks and recreation services.

 

Photo credit: City of Newberry



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Newberry College, Technical Colleges Sign Respiratory Therapy Partnership Agreement to Meet Industry Demand

April 27, 2021

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Newberry College and the South Carolina Technical College System have signed a partnership agreement to meet industry demand for respiratory care professionals.

 

The agreement is designed to enhance the smooth transfer of respiratory therapy graduates from the state’s 16 technical colleges to Newberry College’s online bachelor’s degree-completion program, the only one of its kind in South Carolina.

 

"We are very excited to collaborate with the S.C. Technical College System," said Dr. Maurice Scherrens, president of Newberry College. "Students can begin their educational journeys in respiratory therapy at one of 16 technical colleges across the state, and then transfer seamlessly to Newberry College. This agreement provides a clear, accessible, affordable path for individuals looking to get their bachelor's degrees in this high-demand field."

 

Respiratory therapists typically treat patients with breathing-related health conditions, such as asthma, COPD and pneumonia. This year, however, they have played a crucial role alongside doctors and nurses to help patients impacted by COVID-19. The pandemic has brought light to the profession and increased the demand for highly trained respiratory therapists.

 

After they complete an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care degree at their local technical college, students can seamlessly transfer to Newberry College's online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program with junior class standing. As the bachelor’s degree becomes the industry standard for new respiratory therapists, this agreement provides a streamlined approach for career advancement, skill expansion and versatility in the field.

 

"This memorandum of understanding is a tremendous opportunity for our Respiratory Care students," said Dr. Tim Hardee, president of the SC Technical College System. "Accessibility, affordability, and relevance are key tenets of our System. This collaborative agreement works to strengthen those fundamental values by expanding our students' access to a baccalaureate education with a well-respected South Carolina college. The online component of the program provides accessibility and scheduling flexibility to accommodate our students and ensure their educational success."



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Scarlet & Gray Week is a Chance to Make Your Mark

by Whitney Metz ’09 | Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement - April 26, 2021

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Dear Newberry Family,

 

Scarlet & Gray Week is upon us once again. This time of celebration and giving comes at the end of an academic year that some thought impossible, given all that society has endured of late. The task of returning to campus during a pandemic has been difficult, but with your love, faith and loyalty, we have persevered, even thrived, in unprecedented times. This second annual Scarlet & Gray Week is about celebrating how far we’ve come together, honoring the accomplishments of our soon-to-be alumni, and coming together with financial gifts for continued growth, but it’s about more than that. It’s about making your mark on the institution that has made its mark on you.

 

A native of Irmo, South Carolina, I first came to Newberry College as a Lutheran youth on an overnight camp. Many of our alumni have also come to know Newberry through their church involvement. It was during that camp, on setting foot on this beautiful campus, that I fell in love with the College. Then and there, I decided that I would become one of the Scarlet & Gray.

 

Just shy of the end of my junior year, I suffered a medical emergency that impacted my ability to go to class, and even to learn. During and after my time in the hospital, I was greeted with cards from all over campus, my professors worked with me, friends and faculty and staff came and ministered to me, and I was able to graduate in 2009. I wouldn’t be the person I am today, had it not been for the people of Newberry College and the life-changing mark they left on me.

 

That’s why events like Scarlet & Gray Week are so important. They remind us of who we are, how far we’ve come, and how we got here. And it might sound cliché, but it’s absolutely true: You are vital to the College’s success, to our students’ success. You have a direct impact on our students, in the form of scholarships, innovative new programs, and so much more. And now, at the end of the academic year and when matching donors have agreed to match the overall gift amount during this week, it is the best time to make your mark, whether you are an alum, a parent, a student, a congregant, or a member of the local community.

 

Last year, we raised more than $150,000 from over 400 donors, and we were able to connect and celebrate with countless more through email and social media. This year, we’ve set a goal of 450 donors and $200,000. Why do we set a goal for number of donors? Because each individual donor has an invaluable impact on our students, and no gift is too small.

 

We have so much planned for this exciting week, I ask you to please visit newberry.edu/scarletandgray for our complete schedule and all the ways you can make your mark this May 3-7. And remember to follow Newberry College and @newberrycollegealumni on social media, where you can participate and follow the action.

 

Thank you, take care, and Hail Scarlet and the Gray!


Whitney

Whitney.Metz@newberry.edu | 803.321.5694



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Newberry Esports Partners with Gaming Companion Mobalytics

April 19, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has partnered with Mobalytics, an analytics-based gaming companion for "League of Legends," in an effort to bolster Newberry's growing esports program.

 

The partnership is designed to help the program with talent recruitment and player development using cutting-edge data analysis. The plan is part of an initiative by Mobalytics to support varsity esports programs. To that end, 2016 Techcrunch-winning firm has provided Newberry's "League of Legends" team with a Mobalytics Plus subscription, free for two years.

 

"We process players' in-game actions and events and score that data with our GPI methodology to identify weak and strong spots," said Dima Karpenko, champion of industry partnerships at Mobalytics. "Ultimately, we deliver to coaches and players relevant and actionable recommendations on what and how to improve."

 

Essentially, the partnership will serve as a treasure trove of player statistics and insights at the technical level. With Newberry's help, Mobalytics aims to continue developing and optimizing its tools for the ever-growing field of esports athletes.

 

"This exciting new partnership offers Newberry access to tactical insights we wouldn't otherwise have. Insights that will help our players and our staff build on strengths and shore up weaknesses in gameplay," said Terrence Knock, head coach and coordinator of esports at Newberry College. "This will definitely be a game-changer."

 

Knock added that he hopes to partner with analytical firms for other gaming titles, such as "Fortnite," "Madden" and "Overwatch," in the near future.

 

Newberry College's esports program was established in 2019, and since then has grown to field 23 players across four competitive gaming titles. In 2020, the No. 1 seed “League” team went undefeated in the regular season and made the playoffs, where it came in second only to Howard Community College in Maryland. The season also saw the program's first-ever intercollegiate championship, won by senior "Madden" star Lamonzeia Mosley.



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Newberry College Reintroduces Staff Council

April 16, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College is renewing its commitment to its staff as it announces the reestablishment of the staff council.

 

The representative body seeks to recognize the contributions of the college’s non-faculty employees, including administrative and athletics staff, as well as to serve as a voice in matters of mutual concern.

 

Sandy Smith '08, faculty administrative assistant, is leading the revitalization effort.

 

“Staff Council originally started in late 2018, and a lot of initial work was put into its organization,” Smith said. “But before it really got off the ground, COVID happened and effectively derailed all that the council had put together. The subject came up again recently, and after speaking with some colleagues, I volunteered to head the steering committee to reestablish the council.”

 

The committee also includes Whitney Metz '09, assistant vice president for institutional advancement; Angelia Bedenbaugh '02, administrative assistant for teacher education; and Michael A. Smith, assistant dean for student engagement.

 

“I believe – truly believe - that the Staff Council could be of significant benefit to our staff,” said Sandy Smith. “From much-deserved recognition for all they do, to keeping staff informed, to hopefully acting as a liaison between staff and College administration, there’s a lot of potential here.”

 

She added that the council’s current goals are to reintroduce itself to campus and gather feedback from staff regarding their priorities.

 

“The steering committee has done a lot of research regarding other college’s staff councils and the work they are currently doing on their campuses. It is our hope to start small and build a very firm foundation on which the council can grow,” added Sandy Smith.

 

With questions, concerns or comments, please contact Staff.Council@newberry.edu.



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Fall 2020 Dean’s List Features 459 Outstanding Students

April 15, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has announced its Dean’s List for academic achievement during the fall 2020 semester.

 

In "hi-flex" classes that were a mix of in-person and online learning, students fared quite well overall. The Dean's List comprises 459 outstanding students who represent 26 states and 22 countries.

 

The honor is awarded each semester to full-time students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher for the term.

 

Click here to view the fall 2020 Dean’s List.



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Roost Wins SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award

April 14, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Dr. Laura Roost, associate professor of political science, has been named Newberry College's 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award winner, by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.

 

Roost joined the Newberry faculty in 2017, and she brought with her a passion for civic education and real-world involvement. Alongside her roles as professor, coordinator of the political science program, pre-law advisor and Fulbright scholar liaison, Roost has become a campus leader for community service, voter education and civic discussion efforts. She serves on the President's Task Force for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, established in 2020. She has also been a key player in the development of a new major and minor, public and nonprofit administration, set to debut this fall.

 

"My teaching philosophy emphasizes that which makes for effective students and world citizens: questioning, critical engagement, and logical argumentation," said Roost. "Education is about going outside comfort zones, grappling with difficult concepts, working together to fully comprehend those concepts, and learning how to apply critical thinking skills."

 

In addition to this year's SCICU award, Roost was honored in 2019 with the Teacher Appreciation Award by the Alpha Delta Chi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

 

Roost earned her doctorate from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with graduate specialization in human rights and humanitarian affairs. She also earned her master's in political science from Lincoln, and her bachelor's from Morningside College, graduating summa cum laude. A Fulbright Scholar, Roost spent 10 months in Rwanda studying the impact of women’s non-government organizations on post-genocide society. Roost is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

 

Photo: Dr. Laura Roost and Newberry College President Maurice Scherrens.



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This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Speak Out

by Dr. Carrie Caudill | Associate Professor of Psychology - April 13, 2021

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For over 15 years in clinical practice, I heard clients describe experiences of sexual assault from their college years in graphic detail. Compounding the trauma is their fear and shame that others in their life may think “they were asking for it” by what they were wearing, drinking, or where they were during the incident. On the other hand, I’ve heard from those who felt supported by their campus environment, who received supportive and knowledgeable care, and the latter is one of the aims of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

Although often underreported, sexual assaults occur worldwide on college campuses. Data from the Association of American Universities in 2019 reported an alarming rate of 13% of non-consensual sexual contact at colleges and universities. Moreover, the #MeToo movement is one that too many college students can identify with. Fear of social, political, or career reprisal has muted too many for too long. Now a wave of social disapproval, particularly by high-profile public figures, indicates a shift in the climate. Nevertheless, survivor-blaming and cultural values that reduce one’s humanity to their sexuality are still too common.

 

Students who have been sexually assaulted are not alone. Newberry College will support these students with counseling resources and Title IX advocacy. Legal processes are also available with advocacy support through Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, a local nonprofit that provides survivors with free counseling support, survivor advocacy, and legal counsel, if desired.

 

Sexual assault is preventable! Many human injustices have been reduced and even eliminated through education and efforts to influence public consciousness. This is our goal at Newberry College, especially in the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences has collaborated with other campus organizations to provide events and programming to educate and facilitate change.

 

Support our events and speak out for survivors to END all sexual assault!

 

Upcoming Sexual Assault Awareness Month events:

April 21 at 4:30 p.m. | Walk Like a Wolf. This fundraising walk around the Newberry College campus benefits Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands. Sponsored by the Newberry College Social Justice Club and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

 

April 27 at 7 p.m. | Empowering Yoga. All are welcome from a trauma-informed yoga session on the campus Quad. Please RSVP to Carrie.Caudill@newberry.edu for a mat and a socially distanced space. Sponsored by the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Newberry Yoga.

 

April 28 | Denim Day encourages everyone to wear jeans to support survivors of sexual assault and to spread awareness about all forms of sexual violence and resources that are available. Sponsored by the Newberry College Office of Health and Counseling Services.



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Newberry College’s Fall Nursing Grads Earn High Marks on NCLEX Readiness Exams

March 30, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College’s fall class of nursing graduates has earned a 100% first-time pass rate on its nursing readiness exams. This is the program’s fourth such success since May 2018.

 

“We could not be prouder of our nursing graduates,” said Dr. Susan Ludwick, chair of the Department of Nursing. “We are also thankful to have been able to prepare them for the field with safe, in-person instruction and clinicals.”

 

The NCLEX-RN is a standardized exam used by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to assess the readiness of new nursing graduates to enter the profession. The board uses the percentage of students’ first-time successes to help measure the effectiveness of nursing education programs.

 

“The Newberry College nursing program continues to be among the very best,” said Dr. Sid Parrish, vice president for academic affairs. “This comes from an unmatched standard of excellence and a commitment to our students. We continue to expect great things from this department, out students, and our graduates.”

 

All three fall graduates, Brooke Baker, of Clinton; Iyteria Smith, of Silverstreet; and Taylor Marie Smith, of Chapin, are gainfully employed in hospitals around South Carolina. All three also hope to pursue graduate degrees.



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Women Leading the Pack: Past and Present

by Madison Darby-McClure ’17 - March 23, 2021

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During Women’s History Month, we often recognize the pioneering accomplishments of female leaders like aviator Amelia Earhart, Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton, or Vice President Kamala Harris. At Newberry College, we, too, have a rich history of women achieving and leading at high levels. Starting with the first women to enroll and continuing over 100 years to this year’s student body president, the experience, strength, and knowledge of capable women leaders has impacted every facet of the College community.

 

In 1897, Newberry College admitted the first women as day students. In 1900, Margaret Johnstone was the first of these to graduate. Shortly after, Pauline Holland, widow of President George Holland, joined the staff as a full-time librarian, the first woman to do so. Ella Dunn ’24, M’28, was the first and only woman to earn a Newberry master’s degree (the College’s graduate program spanned 1885-1928). Since these female firsts and the 1930 merger with Summerland College, women have continued to make their mark on the institution. The direction of the College has been, and continues to be, greatly influenced by women’s leadership as they guide the College in a variety of roles.

 

At the highest level, Newberry College is headed by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Lenna Young ’77 serves as secretary for the board, inspired by her years earning her bachelor’s in psychology. “I want students to experience what I did,” she said of her undergraduate education.

 

In academic support, Dr. Sandy Scherrens, first lady of the College, leads the Center for Student Success and other student persistence efforts to make sure students have everything they need to be successful in the classroom.

 

Dr. Peggy Barnes Winder ’86 is a well-loved professor who also holds the role of director of diversity education. As the first woman inducted into the Newberry College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and the first African American full-time professor, her perspective and wisdom shape the College’s efforts to create an inclusive community.

 

Dr. Sandra Rouse, dean of students, manages a good portion of the student experience outside of academics and athletics, including everything from residence life, to student engagement, to conduct, to security.

 

Lori Ann Vinson Summers, vice president for institutional advancement, leads a team critical to College support, including alumni relations, giving and development, and marketing and communications.

 

Key to student enrollment is Director of Admission Milena Velez, a native of Bulgaria with a keen interest in writing and rhetoric.

 

Chief of Staff Bobbie Sides ’80 is the longest-serving full-time staff member, who began her Newberry College career in 1974.

 

In the last year, Newberry College faced a host of challenges as a provider of higher education amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Paige Meyer, president of the Student Government Association, has been key in helping students have the best year possible. “I see Paige as an individual who is very approachable,” said SGA advisor and Director of Student Engagement Kenntrail Grooms ’07. “She is instrumental here as an advocate between the student body and the administration.” Paige is the latest in a handful of women who have been elected to lead the Newberry College student body.

 

This is just a sampling of the women who have shaped, and continue to shape, Newberry College since those first steps through these hallowed halls in 1897. Now, in the 121st year of female alumni, at just over a century of women’s suffrage, and 93 years since Miss Dunn earned her master’s degree, women could once again reach the graduate level of education at Newberry College. Last month, the Board of Trustees announced that plans for a graduate program in organizational development and leadership are headed for final approval. Given our legacy of leadership and strength, there is no limit to what Newberry women might accomplish.

 

This piece is just one of many insightful stories featured in the upcoming spring 2021 Dimensionsthe magazine for alumni and friends of Newberry College. Click here to read last year's issue.



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Newberry College Students Win Multiple Awards in Speech and Theatre Competition

March 23, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Continuing a tradition of excellence, Newberry College students brought home impressive awards from the annual South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association State College Festival Competition. The event was hosted virtually on March 20 by the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

 

Of the 11 competitive events, Newberry College students dominated in four, and brought home four second-place and two third-place finishes. The students prepared under the direction of Pat Gagliano, chair of the Department of Arts and Communications, and Dr. Jodie Peeler, professor of communications.

 

“The SCSTA Festival Competition was brilliantly organized and facilitated by the USC Lancaster personnel, and we were happy to participate,” said Gagliano.

 

Individually, Newberry team members placed in the following competitions:

 

  • Informative Speaking: Denelle Williams, of Johannesburg, South Africa (first), TJ Paul, of Charlotte, North Carolina (second) and Sarah Dougherty, of Newberry (third)

  • Persuasive Speaking: Jayleen Gant, of Poway, California (first) and Caleb Wilkie, of Gaffney (third)

  • Impromptu Speaking: Denelle Williams (second)

  • Television Broadcasting: Timothy Roesler, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania (first) and Jayleen Gant (second)

  • Prose Interpretation: Jayleen Gant (first) and Ashton Porter, of Lexington (second)

 

Newberry College has participated in the festival annually since 1994, hosing several times and taking home top honors on multiple occasions, most recently in 2020.

 

Photo: Newberry College speech and theatre students pose with trophies after a successful showing at the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association State College Festival Competition. Back: Timothy Roesler, TJ Paul, Bryce Sox. Front: Denelle Williams, Ashton Porter, Jayleen Gant. Not pictured: Caleb Wilkie, Sarah Dougherty.



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Shealy Leads Newberry College Alumni Engagement and Communication

March 17, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry native and 2016 Newberry College graduate Laura Beth Shealy has returned to her alma mater to serve as assistant director for alumni engagement and communication.

 

Shealy comes to the role from the world of nonprofit and philanthropy.

 

“In previous positions, my job was to help people help their community,” Shealy said. “And now that’s what I want to do for Newberry College, engaging fellow alumni, reminding them what makes Newberry College so great, and pouring back into the College.”

 

Shealy is a third-generation Newberry College graduate and the eighth graduate in her family. She graduated in three-and-a-half years with a degree in history, and was a member of the cheerleading team and of Kappa Delta sorority.

 

Her role in the Office of Institutional Advancement will include alumni engagement through the alumni association, Homecoming and other events, and all forms of alumni communication.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome Laura Beth back to Newberry College,” said Whitney Metz, assistant vice president for institutional advancement. “She exemplifies what it means to be ‘Newberry born and Newberry bred,’ and her wealth of experience and energy will be vital to this role.”



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Newberry College has Unique Opportunity through NetVUE Grant

March 11, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College has received a $25,000 Vocation across the Academy Grant from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education.

 

The grant will support an ongoing program to integrate two key pieces of the Newberry College mission — meaningful vocation and engaged citizenship.

 

What’s more: this amount could more than triple with donor support.

 

“We have a chance to develop and implement some campuswide projects that will help students integrate their entire Newberry experience,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center at Newberry College. “What is particularly unique and exciting is that NetVUE asked institutions to imagine a four- to five-year project, even though the grant is disbursed across three years. The grant leadership team responded so creatively.”

 

The grant will fund professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and the creation of new co-curricular opportunities for students. Campus departments may also choose to apply for ‘mini-grants’ to support student program development. Examples include redesigning internship programs, reimagining introductory courses, or combining classroom learning with civic leadership in a community-based project.

 

The program even provides for the development of off-site travel courses through grants for faculty who design the courses, and scholarships for students who participate.

 

NetVUE will issue another $25,000 if Newberry College will match the funds.

 

“The Newberry College community has a real chance here to literally triple its impact for our students, faculty and staff,” said Whitney Metz, assistant vice president for institutional advancement. “The grant funds, matching funds, and anything raised over the required amount go directly to innovative programs that exemplify the Newberry College experience.”

 

For more information or if interested in supporting the initiative, contact Metz at Whitney.Metz@newberry.edu, or 803-321-5694.



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Golden Brown Gratitude

by Jay Salter | Communication Specialist - February 23, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Last Friday, Newberry College President Maurice Scherrens presented each student, faculty and staff member with their own box of Girl Scout Cookies.

 

Like the beloved treats themselves, the event was a scrumptious mix. Part appreciation and encouragement at the close of spring semester’s first few weeks. Part well-needed support for future female leaders in the community.

 

And the rain held off just long enough for the cookie party to ensure there were no ‘soggy bottoms’ (for fans of The Great British Baking Show).

 

“We have been back on campus for about three weeks and our campus continues to show courage in dealing with the ongoing pandemic,” Scherrens said in a message to campus. “So many of you have stepped up to work harder and stepped out of your comfort zones to keep the mission of the College in full focus.

 

“Much like us, Girl Scout cookie sales have struggled this year, so we are supporting local Girl Scout Troop 990 and our community,” he added.

 

The president purchased 150 cases of cookies from Newberry County’s Troop 990, including Caramel deLites®, Thin Mints®, shortbreads, peanut butter sandwiches, Peanut Butter Patties®, and of course, Lemonades®. In all, over 1,000 boxes were whisked away to offices and dorm rooms, where they are unlikely to linger.

 

The event was more than just desserts, however. The midday celebration was marked with a ‘photo booth’ and appearances by Scar, the Newberry College mascot, and the Newberry College Dance Team and cheerleaders. The Office of Institutional Advancement and the sisters of Kappa Delta, for whom the Girl Scouts are the main philanthropy, helped the event pan out.

 

“I am thrilled that Newberry College is a champion for girls and Girl Scouting,” said Lora Tucker, CEO of Girl Scouts of South Carolina — Mountains to Midlands. “Thank you so very much for understanding that the Girl Scout Cookie Program powers our girls’ experiences that provide life changing opportunities, and you are helping them meet their goals. The purchase of Girl Scout Cookies by Newberry College will help girls in their community learn, grow, and build a better world.”



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Newberry College Music Announces Annual Honors Recital

February 17, 2021

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NEWBERRY — At the start of another unprecedented year, one Newberry College tradition will happen right on cue.

 

The Department of Music has announced its annual honors recital, to be held Feb. 23 at the Newberry Opera House. The performances begin at 8 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public. The event will be held according to reduced capacity and face covering guidelines established by the Newberry Opera House.

 

The recital will feature 15 solo performers and one chamber ensemble, selected through competitive auditions held earlier this month.

 

The performing students include:

  • Freshman Te’Ondrus Billie, of Pinewood, on bass trombone

  • Sophomore Myson Boone, of Wellford, on baritone

  • Junior Isaiah Bowman, of Irmo, on viola

  • Junior Crysta Gurga, of Clinton, soprano

  • Sophomore Jayden Hickey, of Bluffton, on viola

  • Sophomore Joanne Hunt, of Mount Croghan, on flute

  • Sophomore Paul Johnson, of Summerville, on piano

  • Freshman Belle Kneece, of Leesville, on trumpet

  • Senior Nathan Lee, of Irmo, on trumpet

  • Freshman Joseph Loera, of Lexington, on flute

  • Senior Maria Manaeva, of Gaffney, on clarinet

  • Junior Sophia Maybay, of Lexington, soprano

  • Sophomore Zackery Nash, of Sumter, tenor

  • Junior Margaret O’Toole, of Irmo, mezzo-soprano

  • Freshman Steven Robinson, of Fountain Inn, bass

  • Senior Connor Shadday, of Lexington, on alto saxophone

  • Senior Lilly Tague, of North Charleston, on trumpet

 

For those who cannot attend, the performance will be streamed live here.



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Here’s What the Newberry College Board of Trustees Decided in February

February 16, 2021

NEWBERRY — In its February meeting, the Newberry College Board of Trustees approved numerous significant measures, including a renewal of the Tuition Promise for incoming students, the election of new board members, and one step closer to the launch of a graduate program. The virtual meeting was held Friday, Feb. 12.

 

“Friday was a great day for Newberry College. Thanks to the hard work of the Board of Trustees, we continue our trajectory of institutional improvement while advancing strategies to provide an accessible, high-quality education for our students,” said President Maurice Scherrens. “We are not only setting goals of growth, accessibility and affordability, but we are exceeding them despite all odds.”

 

For the third consecutive year, the board has frozen tuition costs for incoming freshmen for their four years at Newberry College. While tuition, fees, room and board will increase 1.2% for the 2021-22 academic year, the Tuition Promise guarantees that each new student’s tuition rate is locked in at the time of enrollment and will not increase for their subsequent years. The initiative does not apply to room and board costs during the same period. The promise was made in 2019 and expanded to include transfer students, all part of the college’s commitment to affordability.

 

“We know as a matter of fact that this program is a great benefit to our students, especially over the last year,” said Rob Best, a 1971 graduate and chair of the Board of Trustees. “This initiative is designed to give peace of mind that incoming students’ tuition costs will not increase. It’s a little bit of certainty for uncertain times.”

 

Second, the board ratified membership for three new members who will officially take their seats in May. Financial specialist and entrepreneur Mary Grate-Pyos, class of 1981, has served as president of the Alumni Board of Managers. The Rev. Kevin Strickland, class of 2004, took office in October 2019 as the fourth bishop of the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. John Winarchick retired as CEO of Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. in 2020, after 31 years of service.

 

“Each of these new members, Mrs. Grate-Pyos, Bishop Strickland and Mr. Winarchick, has already contributed immeasurably to Newberry College though time, talent or financial support,” said Best. “Each of them brings a great deal to the table, and we are confident that they will continue to help further the mission of the institution. We are so happy to welcome them aboard.”

 

Newberry College is also one step closer to a graduate program. The board will proceed with a plan to pursue a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership. Now that it has cleared institutional hurdles, the program will go to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for final approval. If ratified, the degree will be Newberry’s first graduate-level program since 1928.

 

The board approved the college’s 2021-22 operating budget, balanced at just over $30.5 million, a 1.6% expansion over the previous fiscal year. The college also received a clean opinion from national nonprofit consulting firm CapinCrouse. Scherrens called the budget and the report “indicative of the impeccable financial strength of the College.”



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Op-ed: A New Beginning

by Dr. Maurice Scherrens | President of Newberry College - February 1, 2021

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Dear Newberry College Community,

We've just experienced an unprecedented year, full of challenges, division, and violence. As many of us spent the holiday season in a very scaled-back manner with a limited number of family and friends, we witnessed a most deplorable act as the U.S. Capitol was ransacked. Property was damaged and destroyed, individuals were injured, and unfortunately, five people died. This criminal act reflected the polarization that has been dividing our country. It was a most embarrassing day for us as a nation. Moreover, the violence was an attack on our democratic form of government.

Today signals a new beginning. Now we begin a new year, a new semester, and hopefully, a new era, filled with light rather than darkness. Today we reaffirm our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Empathy begins with respectful, civil discourse, listening more and judging less and realizing that getting out of our comfort zone is at the root of all growth and learning. Now is a time to listen to one another and treat each other the way we want to be treated. We have many, many miles to travel before we achieve equity and eliminate discrimination — be it of gender, race, ethnicity, social status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The list of types of discrimination is endless. But this is our time, and we can make a difference.

In the inspirational words of the 22-year-old poet laureate Amanda Gorman, recited at the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, "We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free."

We have said this often on campus and it means more now than ever: “the winner in this race of life is not the person who crosses the finish line first, but the person who carries the most people across the finish line.” I invite you to carry this thought with you as we begin this new semester.

For those of you who have arrived on campus, it is great to welcome you back. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing you with another great semester here on campus, in the classroom, where there is not a more effective teaching or learning environment.

Take care of each other this semester. Please do not take any chances with this virus. Mask up, continue to socially distance, and avoid large gatherings. Above all, continue to treat one another with respect, compassion, and care. Let’s enjoy this semester together. We are Newberry strong!

 

Morrie

Maurice W. Scherrens

President



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In the News: Reggie Deas ‘89 and the Deas Guyz Orchestra

January 28, 2021

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Newberry native and former Newberry College football player Reggie Deas '89 is founder and lead vocalist of the Deas Guyz Orchestra, a group of 12 multi-talented musicians blending jazz, Motown and rhythm and blues. The orchestra will return to the Newberry Opera House on Friday, Jan. 29. For those unable to attend this performance, Deas and his six-piece band will perform at the Opera House on Friday, May 7.

 

For tickets and more information about the Deas Guyz Orchestra, click here.

 

For an exclusive interview with Deas and the Newberry Opera House's Heather Hawkins, click here. For a shorter feature published in The Newberry Observerclick here.

 

For tickets and more information about the Deas Guyz Band, coming May 7, click here.

 

Photo: The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head Island, S.C., thejazzcorner.com



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High-Tech & Sky-High

by Jay Salter | Communication Specialist - January 21, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Athletic staff at Laurens District 55 High School once called Lamonzeia Mosley a “multi-dimensional character,” distinguished by his fierceness on the field and his close relationship with teammates. Four years later, the former Raiders defensive end and Newberry College senior has taken his love for football to a new dimension.

 

In April 2020, the Newberry College esports program announced it was expanding its gaming title offerings to include “Madden,” a long-running football video game series first released in 1989. When he heard the game would be available for intercollegiate play in the fall, Mosley jumped at the opportunity.

 

“I told Coach Knock I really wanted to be on the team, and he told me that this was going to be the inaugural ‘Madden’ season. So, you know me, I was excited and ready to play,” said Mosley. “And when I played the first game, I blew everybody out.”

 

Mosley went on to secure the New England Collegiate Conference’s first-ever championship crown in esports, having defeated Carroll University on Xbox One under the gamertag “Mozart.”

 

“It’s a really fun experience just being able to play and bring a championship to Newberry,” he said.

 

Mosley is part of a growing esports program, established at Newberry College in 2019, which includes 26 players across four competitive gaming titles. “Madden” wasn’t the only Wolves team that covered ground in the fall.

 

The No. 1 seed “League of Legends” team went undefeated in the regular season and made the playoffs, where it came in second only to Howard Community College in Maryland. The “Overwatch” team wrapped up its 7-4 season with a fourth-place division finish, ranking 29th out of 85 teams in the first-ever National Association of Collegiate Esports Overwatch Fall Cup.

 

“I would say the biggest part of the ‘League’ team's success, and this could be extended to about any team, is that now that the program has been around for a year, we have had more chances to grow as a team,” said senior Jordan Peebles, of Camden. “We all went from just playing for fun, or with people we never knew and will never know, to now playing consistently as a group. It gives the game an entirely new feel that took time to get used to.”

 

The popular battle royale “Fortnite,” which also joined the program’s title offerings in 2020, will begin intercollegiate play this spring. “It’s gonna be a ride. I’m excited for it. It’s going to be a lot of fun being Newberry’s first Fortnite team to go out and play,” said junior Will Eubanks, of Chapin.

 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, esports does not face the same logistical challenges as traditional sports do, since practices and competitions are virtual anyway. However, operations have been notably different for the Wolves this year for a different reason.

 

Coordinator and head coach Terrence Knock, an Air Force captain with eight years of active-duty service, was deployed in September, just over a month into the fall season. Despite a world between them, Knock and his players have stayed connected through the same technology that brought them together in the first place.

 

“It’s definitely different,” Eubanks said of the past season during Knock’s deployment. “He’s normally with us in the arena, and it’s just a different vibe without him being in there. But I will say, whenever we’ve been playing online and we’re streaming, he always pops in and says some kind words. When he’s not there in person, we know he’s still there because he’s watching us, saying, ‘great job.’”

 

“It’s been weird, because I had just got here, and I really like Coach Knock,” said Mosley. “But he always communicated with us every day, making sure we were on top of our game, making sure we understood what was going on. Coach Knock really did a great job, being a great coach, not even close to us on the map.”

 

Knock came to Newberry in 2019 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he cofounded the first esports program of any military service academy. There, he coached the same number of players across three gaming titles. In his short time with the Wolves, he has helped form his pack into a force to be reckoned with.

 

“The teams performed at a level above and beyond expectations,” Knock said. “I expected them to compete and fulfill academic requirements, but they operated as truly seasoned veterans. They came together quickly and were able to show growth in a less-than-ideal environment.

 

“Being a coach while deployed is far from a desirable situation. But this did not deter the students from taking ownership of their respective teams and being the responsible teammates I knew they could be,” he added.

 

Before Knock returns in June, the Wolves face a spring season in which they hope to capitalize on their momentum.

 

“’Overwatch’ will be competing in the NECC’s spring tournament, ‘League of Legends’ will participate in Riot Games’ annual collegiate tournament, while ‘Madden’ and ‘Fortnite’ will look to take the competition by storm in NACE’s spring matches,” said Knock. “I know these students will continue to represent themselves and Wolf Nation at a high level.”

 

“I’m looking forward to seeing ‘Overwatch’ play, I’m ready to see ‘League’ play, I’m ready to see myself play,” said Mosley. “I’ve just got the drive to win right now, and I’m ready to win another championship.”

 

Before the beginning of his second season in the program and his next-to-last as a Newberry College student, Mosley notes the lasting impression the program has already made.

 

“I just want to thank Coach Knock for giving me the opportunity to play, to represent the school. And I appreciate Newberry College for propelling us on and making esports as important as it should be. A lot of people don’t really understand how big a medium esports really is,” he said.

 

“It’s huge.”

 

Pictured: The Newberry College "League of Legends" team. Back: sophomores James Hansen (Selah, Wash.) and Shield Sawyer (Newberry). Front: senior Jordan Peebles (Camden), sophomore Jin Zheng (Washington, D.C.) and junior Tristan Ly (Duncan).



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Newberry College’s Annual Piano Competition to be Held Virtually

January 19, 2021

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NEWBERRY — Newberry College’s fourth annual piano competition for middle and high school students will still go on this year, though in a slightly different arrangement.

 

The W. Darr Wise Piano Competition will be held virtually, with competitors’ performances entered via YouTube. All submission materials, including video links, forms, sheet music and the $25 entry fee, are due Feb. 13.

 

Participants will compete in either the junior division, for those in grades six through eight, or the senior division, for grades nine through 12. Entrants must be residents of South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia.

 

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third in each division. The first prize winner for the junior division will receive a cash prize of $150. The senior division champion will receive $250, as well as $5,000 in Newberry College scholarships. All winners will be notified via email by March 1.

 

The traditional winners’ recital, at which each prize winner performs one selection, will be set for a later date.

 

The competition is named in honor of Professor Emeritus of Music W. Darr Wise, now in his early 90s, who served as a member of the Newberry College faculty for 42 years. The event is hosted by the Department of Music, and organized by Dr. Sarah Masterson, associate professor of music.

 

Visit the competition webpage for full competition details, contact information and more.

 

Pictured: The winners of the 2020 W. Darr Wise Piano Competition at their recital, held Feb. 15. From left to right: Eric Sun, Andrew Ning, Harry Ding, Henry Sun, Caleb Jennings, Jennifer Centa. Credit: Dr. Sarah Masterson.



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Carlton Kinard ’16 Shares His Family’s Kwanzaa Traditions

December 26, 2020

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Today, the Kinard family of Newberry, South Carolina, will mark the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration honoring shared culture and heritage among Americans of African descent. The holiday begins each year on Dec. 26 and culminates on Jan. 1.

 

“Celebrations often include singing and dancing, storytelling, poetry reading, African drumming, and of course, traditional meals that have been passed down through generations,” said Newberry City Councilman Carlton L. Kinard ’16.

 

Kwanzaa began as a holiday in 1966 with Dr. Maulana Karenga, of California State University. Karenga sought to bring the African American community together in the wake of civil unrest across the United States, particularly in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. The traditions are based in the Swahili language, and each of the holiday’s seven days is defined by a guiding principle for discussion and reflection.

 

The Kinards began celebrating Kwanzaa in 2010, and they are among many who celebrate the cultural holiday alongside Christmas.

 

  • Day one: Umoja (Unity): “To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.”

 

  • Day two: Kujichagulia (Self-determination): “To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.”

 

  • Day three: Ujima (Collective work and responsibility): “To build and maintain our community together, to make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.”

 

  • Day four: Ujamaa (Cooperative economics): “To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.”

 

  • Day five: Nia (Purpose): “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”

 

  • Day six: Kuumba (Creativity): “To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.”

 

  • Day seven: Imani (Faith): “To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.”

 

Each principle is represented by a candle held by the kinara (candleholder), which is placed on a mkeka, a straw mat. One ear of corn, called the vibunzi or muhindi, is placed under the kinara for each child in the family. On the first night of Kwanzaa, the center black candle is lit, and on each subsequent night, another candle joins it, three red and three green, lit in alternating order. Other Kwanzaa symbols include a mazao (fruit basket) and a kikombe (unity cup), which are also placed on the mkeka.

 

“It is tradition when greeting family members, you must start out by saying ‘Habari Gani’ (‘what is the news?’). The appropriate response is to say the name of the principle for that day,” said Kinard.

 

“Cooking and eating have played an important role during the Kwanzaa celebrations,” said Kinard. “Many recipes are prepared that have been passed down from generations. Dishes such as my Grandma B’s famous sweet potato pie, also black-eyed peas, rice, collards, a smoked turkey, and dressing (not stuffing)!

 

“Another tradition that has been rooted in the African American culture is dancing. There’s nothing more satisfying, and needed, after eating a delicious meal than working off that turkey while dancing to your favorite old school tunes and African drumming. Many African American households own an African drum that is more likely used as decoration in the house. However, during the Kwanzaa celebrations, it is often used for its original purpose.

 

“Many of the traditional dances are from our African heritage, however, we have incorporated some of our African American dances into the celebrations as well, such as the Soul Train Line, the Electric Slide, the ‘Wobble’ and so much more.

 

“As a musician, I find joy in performing different genres of music on my trumpet as well,” added Kinard, a music program graduate.

 

“One of my favorite traditions during the Kwanzaa celebration is storytelling. Listening to the elders in the family, like my grandmother and great aunts and uncles, and allowing to them tell old stories about their struggles and successes during their lifetime is a highlight during Kwanzaa.

 

“Allowing the elders to share the family history is a way young people like myself have a better understanding of my family roots. During the pandemic, we have been able to start a family tree activity where we are doing some research on how far we can go back in time to find out about our ancestors. It has been a great experience for our family,” said Kinard.

 

“Gifts are often exchanged for Kwanzaa, but are usually handmade rather than store-bought. The focus of the gift-giving is about creativity and commemorating a shared history, rather than on receiving a bounty of toys. Some of the Kwanzaa activities often include making traditional crafts, such as straw baskets, painting, jewelry crafts and kente cloths, which are then given out to relatives as the celebration progresses.

 

“The celebrations and traditions will look a little different this year during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kinard said. “However, we are blessed to have our family still among the living. During the Christmas and Kwanzaa holiday season, our family will celebrate many of our traditional festivities online, via Zoom or some other virtual outlet.”

 

“The festivities are enjoyed in your home, from embracing the full week to just devoting one evening to the holiday. Remember that the focus is on being together as a family and connecting the present to history and the future. As many Americans are staying home this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, I ask that you spend an evening with your family and discuss the principle of the day and how your family can achieve that principle on a daily basis collectively,” said Kinard.

 

“The most important part is to create a holiday tradition that resonates, delights, and inspires your family.”



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