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Scott Cain to Discuss Experiences as USAF Senior Advisor in Middle East

April 6, 2018

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Newberry County Councilman and retired USAF Col. Scott Cain will discuss U.S. Air Force relations in the Middle East (2003-2007) at a lecture on Tuesday, April 10, at 2 p.m., in Kohn Lecture Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Councilman Cain’s story begins in rural South Carolina and crosses the globe. A decorated combat pilot, Cain was the Air Force Command’s senior advisor to the Middle East from 2003-2007, where he helped establish the first Air Force Center of Excellence training center in the region. Cain will share his experiences coordinating training efforts between various governments across the Middle East and discuss the political and leadership challenges that accompanied those efforts.
 



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Newberry College Hosts SpringFest 2018

April 4, 2018

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Newberry College will host SpringFest 2018, a weekend of sports, reunion events and music, on April 13-14, 2018. 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Noon

Athletic Club/Football Golf Tournament, Country Club of Newberry. Registration from 10 – 11:30 a.m.; shotgun start at noon. Great prizes! Foursomes can register online.For questions or more information, please contact Mike Hold at mike.hold@newberry.eduor (803) 321-5247.

 

6 p.m.

Baseball vs. Wingate, Smith Road Complex

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

11 a.m.

Alumni Flag Football Game, Setzler Field

 

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Inflatable Fun Zone, Practice Field adjacent to Setzler Field. 

Event is sponsored by Interfraternity Council and All Campus Events to raise money for Ronald McDonald House of the Midlands. Participants must sign waivers to use inflatables. Face painting provided by the ladies of Panhellenic Council. 

 

Noon – 1 p.m.

Spring Social sponsored by Athletic Club & Lettermen’s Club, Fountain Circle outside Setzler Field

 

1 p.m.

Spring Football Game, Setzler Field

Baseball Alumni Day, Doubleheader vs. Wingate, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m., Smith Road Complex

Softball Alumnae Day, Doubleheader vs. Tusculum, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m., Smith Road Complex

Men's Soccer Alumni Game, Smith Road Complex

 

6:30 p.m.

Jazz on the Lawn, Alumni Music Center front lawn

Bring your lawn chair or spread out a blanket on the AMC lawn for an evening of jazz al fresco. Features the student jazz combo and faculty jazz combo. 

 

7 p.m.

Women's Soccer Alumnae Game, Setzler Field. 

 

8 p.m.

Greek Life Lip Sync, The Ritz theatre in downtown Newberry.



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Newberry Professor Earns Teaching Awards

April 4, 2018

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Newberry College Associate Professor of English Dr. Amanda Hodges will be honored as a recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) organization. The honor is given annually to one faculty member from each of the 20 SCICU member institutions. 

 

Honorees will be recognized at the 13th annual award recognition dinner held on April 12, during which each recipient will be awarded a $3,000 professional development grant from the organization. 

 

Hodges also has been selected as the 2018 Newberry College Student Government Association Teacher of the Year. An award covered by the Newberry faculty because the recipient is selected by students, the SGA Teacher of the Year recipient has the honor of serving as the speaker for the College's next winter commencement ceremony. 

 

A City of Newberry resident, Hodges has been a professor at Newberry College since 2011. Formerly a high school English teacher, Hodges earned her Ph.D. in English Education at the University of Georgia, where her dissertation examined discourses on fanfiction and identity by combining pop culture studies and writing pedagogies. 

 

Hodges teaches a variety of literature courses ranging from English Composition to Young Adult Literature to World Literature. Bringing aspects of her doctoral work to the classroom, some of her recent course topics have included Space Fantasy, Magic and Mayhem; Love and the Literary Narrator; and Steampunk Fiction. 

 

Hodges has been published in The English Journal and The Journal of Transformative Works and Cultures and is a regular contributor to the National Council of Teachers of English Teaching and Learning Forum. She also has presented at regional, national and international conferences. 

 

“Dr. Hodges is dedicated to bettering her students and the College as a whole,” said Dr. David Rachels, English professor and chair of the Department of Humanities. “She seeks creative ways to keep her students engaged and progressing toward their academic goals. She is a wonderful role model for our students and we are proud to have her in the program.”



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Chinese Economic Development Official to Visit Newberry College

April 4, 2018

Deputy Director General of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Daniel Hung will lecture at Newberry College on Thursday, April 5, from 1:40 – 2:30 p.m., in the Summerland Room at Smeltzer Hall on the Newberry College campus.

 

As Deputy Director of Economic and Cultural Development for Taiwan, Hung will offer insights into the culture, economy, impact and relations of Taiwan in his talk, "Why Taiwan Matters."
He is the guest lecturer for Dr. Nick Di Liberto’s Asian History course, but the lecture is open to anyone in the campus or neighboring community with an interest in the topic.

 

“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Hung to the Newberry College campus,” De Liberto said. “This will be an excellent opportunity for our students to foster cultural exchange and develop a greater understanding of business opportunities with Taiwan that exist here in South Carolina.”

 

South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond also will attend the lecture. He was instrumental in arranging the event to allow Newberry students to interact directly with an international business leader.



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L. Wayne Pearson ‘70, Former Trustee and Alumni Award Recipient, Passes Away

March 21, 2018

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Newberry College mourns the loss of former trustee and alumnus L. Wayne Pearson, who was called to his heavenly home on March 15, 2018. An Isle of Palms resident, he was 70.

 

Click to read the obituary and leave remembrances in the digital guestbook.

http://hosting-16052.tributes.com/obituary/show/L.-Wayne-Pearson-105929755

 

Wayne graduated from Newberry College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. A successful businessman, Pearson spent 45 years in the banking industry in numerous positions, which included launching and leading two South Carolina banks.

 

A dedicated alumnus and generous supporter of Newberry College, Wayne maintained a lifelong connection with his alma mater. He served in many leadership positions, including as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Managers, a founding member of the Heritage Society, a founding member of the Newberry College Alumni and Parents Association, the Athletic Club, and as the Alumni Chairman for Annual Fund Giving Campaign.

 

Wayne was a member of the Newberry College Board of Trustees for 15 years, including service on the Executive Committee and as treasurer. Even when he transitioned to emeritus status, he continued to provide his expertise serving on the Board’s Finance Committee.

 

Wayne remained active in his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and was honored as a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, Graves Provence Court of Honor for South Carolina. He was honored in 2017 the Newberry College Alumni Association with The Thomas A. Epting Outstanding Alumni Award, which honors alumni who exemplify commitment to and support of Newberry College and service to others. Wayne also served in leadership capacities in a variety of industry associations and was an active member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

 

Wayne is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia Brehmer, and their sons, Lewis W. Pearson Jr, and Patrick Carter Pearson; daughters-in-law, Carrie Mann Pearson and Molly France Pearson; grandchildren Haywood Roland Pearson, Betty Reece Pearson and Harper Elizabeth Pearson; his mother Clarice Pearson and his brothers Stan, Ronnie, Frank and their families. 



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Newberry Hosts First Annual W. Darr Wise Piano Competition

March 20, 2018

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The Newberry College Department of Music hosted the first annual W. Darr Wise Piano Competition on Feb. 24, welcoming competitors in grades 6-12 to match their talents against other emerging musicians. 

“We were very impressed with the talent of the young musicians who participated in this competition,” said Dr. Chris Sheppard, chair of the Newberry College Department of Music. “We believe this event is a fitting way to honor professor Wise and his dedication to helping student to develop their musicianship. We look forward to hosting the event next year and to seeing its continued growth.” 

 

The piano competition is named in honor of professor emeritus W. Darr Wise, who taught at Newberry College for an impressive 42 years. His impact as a music educator is widespread through the work of his students, many of whom have gone on to successful careers as educators, performers and entrepreneurs throughout the country. 

For the inaugural year of the competition, 15 middle school and high school-age piano students participated in the event held on the Newberry College campus. Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Sarah Masterson and Newberry College alumnus Huger Caughman ’00 served as judges. 

 

Prizes were awarded to the competitors in the categories below. First-place winners received a cash prize of $250 in the Junior Division and $500 in the Senior Division. 

JUNIOR DIVISION (Grades 6 – 8) 

 

First Prize – Emma Bao (student of Lisa Kiser; Simpsonville, S.C.) 

Second Prize – Danika Yang (student of Lisa Kiser; Simpsonville, S.C.) 

Third Prize – Henry Sun (student of Lisa Kiser; Greer, S.C.) 

 

SENIOR DIVISION (Grades 9 – 12) 

 

First Prize – Oliver Rancu (student of Lisa Kiser; Anderson, S.C.) 

Second Prize – Emma Devine (student of Dr. Stephen Taylor; Simpsonville, S.C.) 

Third Prize – David Jang (student of Alice Ramirez; Newberry, S.C.) 

For more information about the W. Darr Wise Piano Competition, contact Dr. Sarah Masterson at sarah.masterson@newberry.edu or 803.321.5177.



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Newberry College Takes 1st Place at Speech and Theatre Competition

March 1, 2018

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Students representing the Newberry College Department of Arts and Communications took home team and individual honors in the South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association College Festival held at South Carolina State University on Feb. 24.

 

With six colleges and universities participating in the annual competition, Newberry College took home the Team Sweepstakes Award, an honor comparable to wining a state championship in speech and theatre.

 

Newberry College dominated the competition, earning 32 out of a possible 57 team points. Second place went to University of South Carolina-Upstate with 10 points, followed by University of South Carolina-Lancaster with nine points.

 

Newberry competitors snapped up first place in six of the 10 events and took first, second and third place honors in three categories. Newberry teams have taken home the SCSTA championship three times from 2005 – 2010. The team was eager to end a seven-year drought to add a fourth championship to their list of wins.

 

Junior Theatre/Acting major Angela Chancay won the Triathlon Award – the highest
individual honor given by the SCSTA. The award is given to the competitor earning the highest combined score in a Theatre event, a Performance Studies event and a Public Speaking event. This is the third time in the past seven years that a Newberry College student has won the
Triathlon Award.

 

“Our students were well-prepared and very professional,” said Newberry College professor of Theatre and Speech Pat Gagliano. “The SCSTA competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their work, to learn and to interact with other students from around the state. Being rewarded for our efforts is a bonus.”

 

Working under the direction of professors Pat Gagliano, Mandy Butler and Matthew Fuller, the following competitors were recognized for their outstanding work:

 

Theatrical Design

1st place – Julian Lanier, Senior, Music major

 

Musical Theatre Audition

2nd place – Angela Chancay, Junior, Theatre/Acting major

3rd place – Brette Bryant, Freshman, Theatre/Acting major

 

Informative Speaking

1st place – Matalyn Mills, Sophomore, Digital Marketing major

2nd place – Angela Chancay, Junior, Theatre/Acting major

3rd place – Alexander Peters, Senior, Political Science major

 

Persuasive Speaking

1st place – Hannah Macon, Sophomore, Nursing major

 

Impromptu Speaking

1st Place – Nigel Johnson, Freshman, Communications major

 

Poetry Interpretation

2nd Place – Angel Smith, Senior, Communications major

 

Prose Interpretation

1st place – Angela Chancay, Junior, Theatre/Acting major

2nd Place – Matalyn Mills, Sophomore, Digital Marketing major

3rd place – Angel Smith, Senior, Communications major

 

Storytelling

1st place – Angel Smith, Senior, Communications major

2nd Place – Caleb Lawrimore, Junior, Business Administration major

3rd place – Matalyn Mills, Sophomore, Digital Marketing major

 

 

GROUP PHOTO ID

Top Row (L to R): Nigel Johnson, Prof. Pat Gagliano, Alexander Peters, Julian Lanier,
Caleb Lawrimore

Bottom Row (L to R): Angel Smith, Angela Chancay, Matalyn Mills, Hannah Macon,
Brette Bryant

 

Photo credit: Christy Jones



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Muller Center Fellow Sarah Johnson Unveils “Little Free Library”

March 1, 2018

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The Muller Center at Newberry College recently unveiled the first of three Little Free Libraries organized by Research Fellow Sarah Johnson as part of her youth literacy research project.

 

Johnson, a junior elementary and early childhood education major at Newberry College, was selected for the 2017-2018 class of Muller Center Research Fellows. The Fellows program was created to support students in their independent study of a question, issue or project related to one or more of the values of the Muller Center: ethics, vocation, and civic engagement.

 

Projects can be conducted in any discipline on campus and students may work with a faculty mentor of their choice. Fellows incorporate research, civic engagement, ethics and vocation with the goal of making a difference in the lives of others while also impacting their own life.

 

Muller Center Research Fellows receive a stipend of $1,500, learn to use research tools, build community connections and have opportunities to collaborate with students at other institutions who are engaged in similar research.

 

With the focus of her fellowship being on early childhood literacy, Johnson set out to make a difference in the community of Newberry, S.C., by creating several Little Free Libraries, an idea that has gained popularity throughout the United States.

 

A Little Free Library is a neighborhood book exchange. It typically features a small shelf or box, similar to a newspaper dispenser, stocked with a small supply of books. Once someone is done reading the book, they’re urged to bring it back for others to check out. Individuals also are encouraged to donate books and rotate them through the Little Libraries.

 

Johnson’s Little Free Library project focuses on children’s books with the goal of making a difference in the lives of rural and low-income children by creating additional access points for children to age-appropriate books. She worked with a variety of community partners, including Boundary, Gallman and Newberry elementary schools, to build, paint and stock the three Little Free Libraries.

 

Johnson unveiled her first Little Free Library that will be placed throughout the City of Newberry on Feb. 8, outside the Newberry College Center for Teacher Education located on Speers Street. The locations for two additional Little Free Libraries will be dedicated later this month. The Newberry Arms Community ribbon cutting is slated for Monday, March 19 at 4 p.m. This site is co-sponsored with the Rotary Club. The third Free Little Library will be dedicated at Grant Homes Community on Wednesday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m.  

 

To learn more about the Muller Center or to donate new or gently used children’s and young adult books to the Little Free Library project, contact Muller Center director Dr. Krista E. Hughes at muller.center@newberry.edu or 803.321.5215.



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Newberry College Hosts 61st Annual Jazz Festival

by Jay Salter - February 28, 2018

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A record high 48 jazz bands from high schools throughout the state will converge at Newberry College on March 2 -3, 2018, for the 61st annual Newberry College Jazz Festival and 21st annual South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Jazz Performance Assessment.

 

The Newberry College Jazz Festival is one of the longest consecutive running jazz festivals in the nation. The festival will include judge-rated performances and music workshops for the student ensembles participating in the SCBDA assessments.

 

The event features performances by the South Carolina All-State Jazz Band, South Carolina All-State Jazz Combo and the Newberry College Jazz Big Band with guest soloist Terell Stafford, a highly acclaimed trumpet player.

 

The All-State Jazz Band and All-State Jazz Combo will perform on the Newberry College campus at Wiles Chapel on Saturday, March 3, at 11:30 a.m., and 12:15 p.m., respectively. The Newberry College Jazz Big Band with guest soloist Terell Stafford, will perform at 1 p.m., also at Wiles Chapel. The concerts are free and open to the public.

 

The All-State Jazz Band and Combo are made up of high school students who have competitively auditioned for their seat. Their performances on Saturday will be the culmination of their work during the two-day event with guest clinicians Mark Taylor, former chief arranger for "Pershing's Own" United States Army Band, and Jeff Jarvis, director of Jazz Studies at the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach.

 

"This will be a great experience for both the clinicians and the students participating in the clinic," said Dr. Jerry Gatch, director of bands and associate professor of Music at Newberry.

 

The Newberry College Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Gatch, will be joined by trumpeter, bandleader and recording artist Terell Stafford. Stafford also is director of Jazz Studies at Temple University and soloist for the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra in New York.

 

“Terell Stafford is a highly respected musician who is successfully recording and performing in the jazz genre all over,” Gatch said. “We’re very excited to have his participation in the festival.”

 

In addition to serving as guest soloist, Stafford will speak with the student participants about his path to becoming both a concert performer and a jazz performer and how he has achieved success in both areas.

 

“Three of the five selections the Newberry College Jazz Big Band will be performing on Saturday are compositions/arrangements by Terell Stafford,” Gatch said. “We’re delighted to have him as our featured soloist and excited to be able to play music that he has written.”

 

The Newberry College Jazz Festival was established in 1958 by long-time Newberry College band director Charles “Chief” Pruitt. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuing jazz festivals of its kind. Event organizer Dr. Jerry Gatch served as director of Bands at Lexington High School for 20 years before joining the Newberry College faculty in 2014.

 

"From my perspective as a music educator, it’s wonderful to welcome these music-loving students to Newberry College,” Gatch said. “I think experiences like the Jazz Festival plant a seed about their potential involvement in music in college at beyond. What they experience now can make Newberry College a very special place to them many years down the road.”

 

For a complete schedule of Saturday's events, please visit https://www.bandlink.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-Festival-Schedule-Rev-2-21-2018.pdf.



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Newberry College Hosts Kevin Shwedo, Executive Director of the SCDMV

by KarinaTarbell - February 22, 2018

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Newberry College Business Department will host the director of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Kevin Shwedo, on Feb. 27 at 9:25 a.m. in Kohn Lecture Hall on the Newberry campus.

 

Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Shwedo to the Governor’s Cabinet in 2011 as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. His responsibilities include administering the state’s motor vehicle licensing and titling laws by maintaining strict controls to deliver secure and valid identification, licenses, property records, while accurately accounting for the receipt and timely distribution of approximately $500 million. He also oversees appropriate fiscal controls to ensure accountability of state’s resources, through auditing and oversight management to ensure compliance and physical and personal stewardship. Previously he worked for the U.S. Army as Deputy Commander, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer. He will be at Newberry College to share his experiences with leadership and success in different positions.

 

“I think our students will gain a lot of perspective from Mr. Shwedo,” said Dr. Sarah Bryant of the Newberry College business department.  “He has a lot of information to share on leadership, opportunities and being able to be adaptable in different environments.”

 

Shwedo holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of North Carolina and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is also a designated Distinguished Military Graduate from Valley Forge Military Junior College. Shwedo has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Medal.



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Newberry College Adds Exercise Science Major

February 9, 2018

Exercise Science program offers a new option for students interested in sport or health professions. 

 

Newberry College has added a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science major to its programs of study. The new major allows students to explore the science of physical activity and learn how health and healing can be affected by nutrition and exercise.

 

“Our new Exercise Science major provides an added dimension to our offerings in the Department of Sport Professions,” said Dr. John Lesaine, Chair of the Department of Sport Professions. “We already have strong programs focused on the management and teaching aspects of sport professions; the new major will appeal to students interested in the science of sport and physical movement.”

 

Students with an Exercise Science major are equipped with the knowledge and skills for employment right after graduation, in jobs such as exercise physiologist, fitness trainer or conditioning coach. The degree also provides a solid foundation for students interested in allied health professions, such as physical therapy or chiropractic, which require graduate studies.

 

“Fitness, health and wellness is a multi-billion industry that continues to grow,” said Exercise Science professor and program coordinator Rebekah Dixon. “That growth promises new employment opportunities that our students will be ready to pursue with their Newberry College degree.”

 

Newberry’s Exercise Science major is a four-year, liberal arts degree offered by the Department of Sport Professions, which also offers majors in Sport Management and Physical Education. Students can enroll in the major beginning with the Fall 2018 semester.

 

For more information about the Exercise Science degree program at Newberry College, go to www.newberry.edu or call 803.321.5127 or email admission@newberry.edu.



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Newberry College to Host 34th Annual South Carolina Science Olympiad Competition

February 7, 2018

Sience Olympiad Exploring the World of Science

Middle and high schools from around the state of South Carolina are hard at work in preparation for the 34th annual South Carolina Science Olympiad (SCCO) competitions to be held on the Newberry College campus.  The middle school competition (Division B) will be held on Saturday, Feb.. 17, and the high school competition (Division C) will be held on Saturday March 17.  Approximately 22 schools and 370 participants are expected on campus each day as membership in the statewide program has reached record membership.

 

Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.  The Science Olympiad program hopes to bring academic competition to the same level of recognition and praise normally reserved for athletic competition.  The tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for throughout the year.  These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology.  The 2018 competition includes such events in Life, Personal and Social Science; Earth and Space Science; Physical Science and Chemistry; Technology and Engineering and Inquiry and Nature of Science.  Olympic-style medals are awarded to the top four individual places in each event, and team scores are tabulated in order to award an overall state champion.  The winning schools in each division will go on to represent South Carolina at the National Science Olympiad competition to be held May 18-19 at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO. 

 

Newberry College has been the proud host of the South Carolina Science Olympiad since its inception.  On competition day, events will be held in the Science and Math Building, Eleazer Arena, and MacLean Gym on the Newberry College campus.  The events in the gyms are open to the public and will take place from 10a.m. - 3p.m.  In addition, the public is invited to the Opening Ceremonies in Wiles Chapel at 9:30 a.m., as well as the Awards Ceremony in Wiles Chapel at 4 p.m. 

In 2013, Newberry College began awarding scholarships to South Carolina Science Olympiad event winners.  The winning students in each of the 20 different events at this year’s Division C competition will receive $2000 scholarships to Newberry College.  These awards are stackable from year to year, up to a maximum award of $10,000. 

 

Piedmont Municipal Power Agency joins Newberry College as a major sponsor of the South Carolina Science Olympiad for the fifth consecutive year.  Their sponsorship provides much needed assistance to offset travel costs associated with the Science Olympiad program, including funds to allow the director to travel the state and publicize the program, as well as funds to help facilitate travel of the state winners to the national competition.   In addition, the SCSO received a grant from Google to introduce schools from the urban Charleston area to the Science Olympiad program.



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Newberry College Hosts Lutheran Bishop from the Holy Land

February 6, 2018

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Rev. Munib A. Younan will share his perspective as a Lutheran leader and Palestinian Christian on peace and reconciliation. 

 

 Newberry College is one of a handful of ELCA colleges and universities selected to host Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and former president of the Lutheran World Federation, during a rare visit to the United States. Younan will be at Newberry College Feb. 13 – 15, 2018.

 

“We are delighted that Newberry College was selected as a host site for Bishop Younan’s visit,” said Dr. Krista Hughes, Director of the Muller Center, which coordinated with the ELCA on Younan’s visit.

 

Through his books, articles, presentations and sermons, Bishop Munib Younan has been a lifelong leader of interfaith dialogue and a vocal proponent for nonviolence based on justice, inclusion and forgiveness. He will discuss his experiences as a Palestinian Christian and Lutheran leader, living out his faith in a notoriously challenging and volatile region of the world where issues of faith are ever-present and inextricably interwoven with the complex political environment.

 

“This will be a wonderful opportunity for our campus community, local clergy and area congregations to hear first-hand from a highly respected Lutheran leader,” said Newberry campus pastor Rev. Ernie Worman.

 

In addition to several classroom visits and a luncheon with invited clergy, Newberry College will host several opportunities to hear Bishop Younan speak during his South Carolina visit. All of these events are free and open to the public.

 

 

 

Schedule of Public Events

Free and Open to the Public

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Ash Wednesday Chapel Service

“Perspectives from the Holy Land” featuring Rev. Munib Younan

10:05 – 10:45 am

Wiles Chapel

 

Ash Wednesday Service

7 pm

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

(1515 Boundary St., Newberry)

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15

“Loving God & Neighbor: Living Out the Biblical Call in the Holy Land”

6 pm

Wiles Chapel

 

 

ABOUT BISHOP YOUNAN

Bishop Munib A. Younan was born in Jerusalem in 1950 to parents who were Palestinian refugees. Younan holds United Nations Relief and Works Agency refugee status.

 

Bishop Younan is a founding member of the interfaith trialogue with membership that includes the heads of churches in the Holy Land, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, the Ministry of Waqf and Religious Affairs and the Islamic Shari’a Courts of the Palestinian Authority. He helped bring about a Mutual Recognition Agreement in 2006 between Middle East Evangelical churches for full communion between churches of the Reformed and Lutheran traditions, establishing mutual recognition of baptism, Eucharist, ministry and ordination.

 

Younan is sought after as a lecturer and speaker for his perspectives as a Palestinian Christian on Just Peace. He also is active in interreligious encounter, ecumenism and reconciliation in his own region and internationally. He has received numerous awards and prizes for his work in these areas. He is the author of several books, numerous articles and countless lectures and presentations relating to the life of Palestinian Lutherans in the Middle East.

 

Younan was ordained in 1976 and served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land for the next 12 years in roles of pastoral leadership and Christian education. He was elected bishop in 1998. He was elected to the presidency of The Lutheran World Federation in 2010, though his involvement with the organization in various leadership roles reaches back to 1981.

 

Younan has been an active member of the Middle East Council of Churches since 1985 and is currently president for the Evangelical Family. From 2004 to 2010, he was president of the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches, leading them to a unanimous vote in favor of women’s ordination in 2010. He is a founding member of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme for Palestine and Israel and has chaired the group’s Local Reference Group since 2002.

 

Bishop Younan completed his secondary education in Palestine and studied deaconry at Luther Opisto College in Finland. He earned his master’s degree in Theology at the University of Helsinki. He is married to Suad Yacoub; the couple has a son, two daughters and four grandchildren.



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Newberry Announces Fall 2017 Dean’s List

January 23, 2018

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

A total of 400 students earned Dean’s List honors this semester. The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall of 2017:


Tessa Renee Aberle Springfield VA
Burton Perry Able Columbia SC
Tyler James Ackard Mount Pleasant SC
Samuel Jawanza Adams Simpsonville SC
Stephanie Laura Agapion Gaffney SC
Alexander Ruiz Aguilar Malott WA
Kayla Marie Alewine Leesville SC
Brooks McCormick Allen Newberry SC
Colin Austin Allman Plant City FL
Jordan Nicole Alvey Goose Creek SC
Alex Richard Amble Summerville SC
Andrew D Aragon Grand Blanc MI
Steven Omarro Archie Goose Creek SC
Noah Thomas Armstrong Hickory Tavern SC
Devin Josiah Atchison Spartanburg SC
Chase Dalton Austin Chapin SC
Sarah Elizabeth Awenowicz West Mifflin PA
Jordan Elizabeth Baker Chapin SC
Alyssa Marie Ball Magnolia DE
Brooke Nicole Ball Newberry SC
Micah Anthony Ball RockHill SC
Samantha Grace Balough Lexington SC
Savannah June Barker Elloree SC
Jordan Ashley Barnes Prosperity SC
Brittani Nicole Barratt Mt Pleasant SC
Madison Elizabeth Bauknight Chapin SC
Joshua James Bell Charleston SC
Gracen Elizabeth Bennett Lexington SC
Hunter Kyle Berley Aiken SC
Brooke Elizabeth Berry Batesburg SC
Harthe Dufford Blankenship Branchville SC
Harry Frederick Bolton Kambah ACT 2902
Anne-Marie Branham Cassatt SC
Samantha Nicole Breeden Chattanooga TN
David Anthony Bridges Sumter SC
Shelby Lee Britten Victoria
Madison Grace Brock
David Copeland Brown Anderson SC
RaQuan Akeem Demarkus Brown bamberg SC
Tristan Ryan Brown Gilbert SC
William Austin Brown
Davis Scott Bryan Dacula GA
Alexandra Virginia Bryant Branchville SC
Brock Jameson Bryant Prosperity SC
Marjorie Brette Bryant Augusta GA
Fabrizio Bucco Guayaquil 090150
Pierce Allen Burch Holly Hill SC
Kirkland Christine Burkett Leesville SC
Rebecca Nicole Burkhart Gaston SC
Tery Gene Burt Chesnee SC
Olivia Hurst Burttram Walterboro SC
Nicholas James Butler Camden SC
Taylor Victoria Caldwell Prosperity SC
Christopher Curtis Capers Jr. Goose Creek SC
Hannah Leigh Carnes Lancaster SC
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Newberry College Welcomes 65 Graduates to the Ranks of Alumni

December 15, 2017

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Newberry College hosted its winter commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017, celebrating the accomplishments of 65 graduates on Thursday, Dec. 14, in Wiles Chapel.

 

“Today is to recognize the achievements of our seniors seated before us in caps and gowns,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “It is important that we acknowledge the contributions – emotional, spiritual and financial – of the parents, grandparents, spouses and other family members of the graduates of the Class of 2017.”

 

Newberry College conferred the Honorary Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, on
The Rev. J. Harry Crout in recognition of his service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and for his ongoing involvement in the ministries of mercy and justice.

 

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

 

In his role as the 2017 Professor of the Year, The Rev. Dr. Wayne Kannaday ‘75, professor of Religion, shared a few words of wisdom with the class. Kannaday congratulated the graduates for making it to graduation, but challenged them to make three more things.

 

“Make a life, make a living and make a difference,” he said. “We pass the baton to the next generation,” Kannaday said in his concluding remarks. “We need you to make a difference … Don’t ever think you can’t. You can change the world.”

 

Alumni Association president Mary Grate-Pyos ’81 welcomed the graduating class to the ranks of proud Newberry College alumni.

 

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

 

Watch the Winter 2017 commencement ceremony on the Newberry  College YouTube channel.



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Newberry College President Elected to SACSCOC Executive Council

December 4, 2017

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The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on Dec. 3, 2017, announced that Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens has been elected to the Executive Council of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees.

 

SACSCOC oversees the accreditation of colleges within the southern region, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

 

“SACSCOC plays an important role in higher education,” Scherrens said. “Rigorous peer evaluation based upon fair and impartial standards interpreted in a value-added manner results in colleges and universities becoming more effective. This is going to be fun.”

 

In 2016, Scherrens was elected to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, which includes seven representatives from each of the 11 states accredited by SACS. The Board of Trustees serves as the final review and approval of colleges and universities seeking affirmation, reaffirmation and substantive change.

 

The 13-member Executive Council is the executive arm of the Board of Trustees with primary responsibility for interpreting Commission policies and procedures. The Executive Council also functions on behalf of the entire Board of Trustees between sessions. It includes a chair, a public member and one member from each of the 11 states in the SACSCOC region.

 

Scherrens has been appointed to serve a one-year term and will be joined on the Executive Council with 10 other state representatives, including Joseph DiPietro, President of University of Tennessee; Ray Martinez, President, Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas; Alfred Rankins, Jr, President of Alcorn State University (MS); John Capps, President of Central Virginia Community College (VA); and Franklyn Casale, President of St. Thomas University (FL).

 

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Executive Council,” Scherrens said. “I believe I can provide a unique perspective having served at a large state university for more than 30 years and now serving in my sixth year at Newberry College, a small private college.” 



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Newberry College Launches Online Psychology Program

October 27, 2017

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Newberry College has launched an online degree-completion program for students looking to complete a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology. As a special bonus, the College is offering its required one-credit Online Orientation class for FREE (a savings of $395).

 

The program is designed for students who will be transferring an associate of arts degree or at least 45 credits to Newberry College. The program, offered entirely online, is ideal for working adults. Students can complete their bachelor’s degree in as little as 18 months and still manage their busy lives.

 

“Psychology is a very versatile degree that can prepare students for many different career paths beyond the typical clinical settings,” said Dr. Vinetta Witt, chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Psychology majors often work in a broad range of fields, such as marketing, education, healthcare and politics. Our graduates also are well-positioned to continue to graduate school if they desire.”  

 

Classes begin on Jan. 10, 2018 for the inaugural online Psychology program; the registration deadline is Jan. 3, 2018. Prospective students can learn more about Newberry’s online programs at www.newberry.edu/academics.

 

Along with the Psychology program, Newberry Online currently offers degree-completion programs for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (for licensed RNs) and Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (for registered respiratory therapists). Other programs currently planned for 2018-2019 include Criminal Justice, Business Administration and Healthcare Management.

 

For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, contact the Office of Admission at admission@newberry.edu or 803.321.5127, or visit the Online Programs webpage at www.newberry.edu/academics



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Newberry College Launches Online Respiratory Therapy Program

October 24, 2017

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Newberry College has launched an online degree-completion program for students seeking to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. In addition, Dr. Jerry Alewine, a highly qualified and well-respected educator and industry professional, has joined the College to lead the new program.

 

Coincidentally, the announcement of the new BSRT program coincides with national Respiratory Care Week (Oct. 22-28, 2017), an event that raises awareness for improving lung health around the world.

 

“The American Association for Respiratory Care has said they would like 80 percent of practicing respiratory therapists to have earned a bachelor degree or be enrolled in a bachelor’s program by 2020,” Alewine said. “The demand for a bachelor degree program in Respiratory Therapy is essential for the practitioners of South Carolina. Newberry College is in a unique position to help respiratory therapists achieve this credential.”

 

Newberry’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program is designed for licensed respiratory therapists who want to complete their baccalaureate degree. The 12-month program is offered entirely online with each course 7.5 weeks in duration. Classes for the inaugural Respiratory Therapy program begin on Jan. 10, 2018; the registration deadline is Jan. 3, 2018. Prospective students can learn more about Newberry’s online programs at www.newberry.edu/academics.

 

Dr. Jerry Alewine joined Newberry College in July 2017 as chair of the newly formed Department of Respiratory Therapy and was responsible for developing the curriculum for the program. He is also focused on outreach to Respiratory Therapy programs at South Carolina technical colleges and to industry associations to raise awareness for the new program.

 

“Newberry College is very fortunate to have someone with Dr. Alewine’s knowledge, skills and leadership abilities leading our new Department of Respiratory Therapy,” said Dr. Timothy Elston, vice president of Academic Affairs. “He is a dedicated professional with a proven track record of success as an educator and healthcare practitioner.”

 

Alewine comes to Newberry College from Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, S.C., where he served as dean of the Division of Health Science (2008-2017) and previously served as Piedmont’s director of Clinical Education for Respiratory Care (2001-2008).

 

Alewine’s experience also includes more than two decades working as a Respiratory Therapist. He worked at Self Regional HealthCare (1998-2001), where he was adult care supervisor, and at Providence Heart Center (1995-1998), where he was department supervisor.

 

Alewine served as president of the South Carolina Technical Education Association (2015) and was a 2006 recipient of the Piedmont Technical College Presidential Medallion. He is active in the healthcare industry having served as president of the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care in 2013. He was recognized for his efforts with the DHEC Maternal and Neonatal Champion Award (2004) and was named the South Carolina Practitioner of the Year by the South Carolina Society for Respiratory Care in 2006.

 

Alewine earned his Doctor of Education degree from Argosy University and his M.Ed. from American Intercontinental University. He received his B.A degree from the University of South Carolina and his A.S. degree from Piedmont Technical College.

 

In August 2017, Newberry College launched its first online degree completion program with an RN-to-BSN program designed to help licensed nurses earn their bachelor of science degrees. In January 2018, Newberry will launch the degree-completion program in Respiratory Therapy along with a Psychology degree-completion program. The College has plans to launch programs in Healthcare Management, Criminal Justice and Business Administration during the 2018-19 academic year.

 

“I look forward to strengthening the College’s relationships with Respiratory Therapy programs in our technical college system,” Alewine said. “Our degree-completion program will provide an important stepping stone to respiratory therapy professionals to advance their careers and add depth and breadth to their industry knowledge.”

 

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree, contact department chair Dr. Jerry Alewine at jerry.alewine@newberry.edu or call 803.321.3320 or visit the Online Programs webpage at www.newberry.edu/academics



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Newberry College Hosts Reformation 500th Year Anniversary Celebration

October 19, 2017

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When Martin Luther, a German monk and theology professor, posted his 95 Thesis in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, the resulting debate about Christian doctrine and practice shaped the course of Christianity in the Western world for the next 500 years. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Newberry College will host a celebration to commemorate and educate about this momentous period in Christian history. 

 

“It is fitting that this historic celebration should be held at Newberry College,” said Reformation Celebration organizer Denise Reid. “Martin Luther was, after all, a professor of theology at Wittenberg when he posted the 95 Theses.” 

 

Newberry College has partnered with local community members and alumni to plan a variety of activities, including a worship service, documentary film, reenactment and other events meant to be educational and entertaining. The activities will be hosted on the Newberry campus, Newberry Opera House and Half Full Coffee and Wine Bar. 

 

REFORMATION CELEBRATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

TUESDAY, OCT. 24

A REFORMATION CELEBRATION CONCERT

7:30 p.m., Wiles Chapel

Concert features the Newberry College Wind Ensemble, with the premiere of “this is most certainly true” by James Stephenson, a work commissioned especially for Reformation 500th anniversary. The Newberry Wind Ensemble also will perform with a special performance by Newberry piano professor Dr. Sarah Masterson playing Grieg’s famous Piano Concerto in A Minor, movement 1. This concert is sponsored in part by Rice Music House.

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 26

BEER AND HYMNS 

6 p.m., Half Full Coffee and Wine Bar (1402 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108) 

Beer is optional, singing is encouraged, making friends is required! Hymn celebration will be led by Jay Gamelin. 

 

FRIDAY, OCT. 27

FILM – “MARTIN LUTHER: THE IDEA THAT CHANGED THE WORLD” 

2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Newberry Opera House 

The PBS film, “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World,” features the story of Martin Luther and how his ideas influenced Protestant Reformation. 

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 27

FILM – “MARTIN LUTHER: THE IDEA THAT CHANGED THE WORLD” 

2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Newberry Opera House 

The PBS film, “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World,” features the story of Martin Luther and how his ideas influenced Protestant Reformation. 

 

“THE REFORMATION OF LUTHER AND THE WOODCUT” with DR. M. PATRICK GRAHAM 

4:30 p.m., Newberry Opera House 

Dr. M. Patrick Graham is the Margaret A. Pitts Professor Emeritus of Theological Bibliography at the Candler School of Theology (Emory University), where he led the development of the Kessler Reformation Collection for 23 years. In his illustrated lecture, five key uses of the Reformation woodcut will be elaborated, testimony to the great reformer’s genius and ability to inspire his followers in their common work. 

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 29

REFORMATION REENACTMENT “KATHERINE LUTHER: A BURR TO A TOPCOAT” 

9:15 a.m., Holland Hall Lobby 

 

COFFEE, DONUTS AND REFORMATION EXHIBIT 

9:30 a.m., Holland Hall Lobby 

 

REFORMATION CELEBRATION SERVICE 

10:30 a.m., Wiles Chapel 

 

REFORMATION CELEBRATION LUNCH 

Noon, Kaufmann Hall Café 

Lunch is $9.50 + tax for adults and youth; children five and under eat free. To help us plan for food, please RSVP for lunch to anne.smith@newberry.edu or 803.321.5363 with an estimated number attending. 

 

CONCERT – MUSIC OF THE REFORMATION 

2 p.m., Wiles Chapel 

The Newberry College Department of Music will feature a performance of choral and organ music that symbolizes and celebrates the Reformation.



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Newberry College Honored for Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

October 19, 2017

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Newberry College was recognized for its commitment to diversity and creating a campus culture of inclusivity at the 18th annual National Role Models Conference hosted by Minority Access Incorporated, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C. 

 

“Minority Access is pleased to bestow this special honor on Newberry College in recognition of its current commitment to diversity,” said Mason Monroe, director for Minority Access Incorporated, an organization whose mission is ‘Improving diversity in education, employment and research.’” We congratulate you on your innovative diversity initiatives and your work to decrease disparity.” 

 

Newberry College’s Director for Diversity Education, Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder, accepted the award on behalf of the college. 

 

“As we consider the challenges we face as a society, it’s important that we not only talk the talk, but that we actually walk the walk,” Barnes-Winder said. “For Newberry College, that means we strive to provide our campus community with programming that emphasizes an appreciation and respect for diversity and inclusivity provides an understanding for how we can, and should bridge our differences as individuals and cultures.” 

 

The recognition is reserved for colleges that are committed to creating an environment of inclusivity and promoting awareness and appreciation of all cultures and walks of life. 

 

Thousands of public and private institutions are nominated for the award, but Newberry College is among a small but prestigious collective of colleges who were selected to receive the “Institution Committed to Diversity” award, among them Clemson University, University of South Carolina, Auburn University, Syracuse University, and several other schools. 

 

“Diversity Education may be one of my roles personally at Newberry, but this has truly become a campuswide effort,” said Barnes-Winder in describing important factors that contributed to the recognition for Newberry College’s efforts in diversity education. “We see a growing and sustained awareness of diversity and inclusivity in student-led programming, in campus multicultural committee events, such as our annual Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week and, most importantly, in the prevailing dedication to these ideals among both academic and administrative units throughout campus.”



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Newberry College to Host 500th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation

October 17, 2017

Reformation Five Hundred Years 1517-2017

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Newberry College will host a three-day celebration to commemorate and educate about this momentous period in Christian history.

 

When Martin Luther, a German monk and theology professor, posted his 95 Thesis in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, the resulting debate about Christian doctrine and practice shaped the course of Christianity in the Western world for the next 500 years.

 

“It is fitting that this historic celebration should be held at Newberry College,” said Reformation Celebration organizer Denise Reid. “Martin Luther was, after all, a professor of theology at Wittenberg when he posted the 95 Theses.”

 

Newberry College has partnered with local community members and alumni to plan a variety of activities, including a worship service, documentary film, reenactment and other events meant to be educational and entertaining. The activities will be hosted on the Newberry campus, Newberry Opera House and Half Full Coffee and Wine Bar.

 

 

REFORMATION CELEBRATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017

BEER AND HYMNS

6 p.m., Half Full Coffee and Wine Bar (1402 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108)

Beer is optional, singing is encouraged, making friends is required! Hymn celebration will be led by Jay Gamelin.

 

FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2017

FILM – “MARTIN LUTHER: THE IDEA THAT CHANGED THE WORLD”

2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Newberry Opera House

The PBS film, “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World,” features the story of Martin Luther and how his ideas influenced Protestant Reformation.

 

SATURDAY, OCT. 28, 2017

FILM – “MARTIN LUTHER: THE IDEA THAT CHANGED THE WORLD”

2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Newberry Opera House

The PBS film, “Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World,” features the story of Martin Luther and how his ideas influenced Protestant Reformation.

 

“THE REFORMATION OF LUTHER AND THE WOODCUT” with DR. M. PATRICK GRAHAM

4:30 p.m., Newberry Opera House

Dr. M. Patrick Graham is the Margaret A. Pitts Professor Emeritus of Theological Bibliography at the Candler School of Theology (Emory University), where he led the development of the Kessler Reformation Collection for 23 years. In his illustrated lecture, five key uses of the Reformation woodcut will be elaborated, testimony to the great reformer’s genius and ability to inspire his followers in their common work.

 

SUNDAY, OCT. 29, 2017

REFORMATION REENACTMENT “KATHERINE LUTHER: A BURR TO A TOPCOAT”

9:15 a.m., Holland Hall Lobby

 

COFFEE, DONUTS AND REFORMATION EXHIBIT

9:30 a.m., Holland Hall Lobby

 

REFORMATION CELEBRATION SERVICE

10:30 a.m., Wiles Chapel

 

REFORMATION CELEBRATION LUNCH

Noon, Kaufmann Hall Café

Lunch is $9.50 + tax for adults and youth; children five and under eat free.

To help us plan for food, please RSVP for lunch to anne.smith@newberry.edu or 803.321.5363 with an estimated number attending.

 

CONCERT – MUSIC OF THE REFORMATION

2 p.m., Wiles Chapel

The Newberry College Department of Music will feature a performance of choral and organ music that symbolizes and celebrates the Reformation.



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Newberry College Hosts Gerding Author Series Featured Speaker Danny Gardner

October 12, 2017

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The Newberry College annual Gerding Author Series will feature Danny Gardner, author of, “A Negro and an Ofay,” on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St, Newberry). The event is free and open to the public. The author also will meet with students on Friday, Oct. 20, to discuss his work and answer questions from the College’s aspiring writers.

 

Gardner has enjoyed careers as a comedian, actor, director and screenwriter. His first novel, "A Negro and An Ofay" is newly published by Down And Out Books and his creative non-fiction piece, “Forever. In An Instant,” is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee.

 

Gardner’s short fiction piece, "Labor Day," appeared in "Beat to a Pulp," and his flash fiction piece, "You’re That Guy," was featured in "Out of the Gutter." His short fiction will appear in a Johnny Cash-inspired crime anthology, "Just to Watch Them Die,” by Gutter Books and in “The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir," edited by Gary Phillips, and published by Three Rooms Press. Gardner lives in Los Angeles by way of Chicago, Ill.

 

The Gerding Author Series is hosted by the Newberry College Department of Humanities and is made possible by a grant from the Gerding family. 

 

About the Book:

In 1952, after a year on the run, disgraced Chicago Police Officer Elliot Caprice wakes up in a jailhouse in St. Louis. His friends from his hometown secure his release and he returns to find the family farm in foreclosure and the man who raised him dying in a flophouse. Desperate for money, he accepts a straight job as a process server and eventually crosses paths with a powerful family from Chicago’s North Shore. A captain of industry is dead, the key to his estate disappeared with the chauffeur, and soon Elliot is in up to his neck. The mixed-race son of Illinois farm country must return to the Windy City with the Chicago Police on his heels and the Syndicate at his throat. Good thing he’s had a lifetime of playing both sides to the middle. 

 

Praise for the Book:

“’A Negro and an Ofay’ forces us to look into the brutal mirror of our past in the hope we might understand our future. With his sharp as a whip crack writing, Gardner may just change the world.” 

—Paul Bishop, author of Lie Catchers

 

“Hard-boiled don’t get much harder than this. Danny Gardner hits all the right notes, but with enough swagger and voice to make it completely his own. Elliot Caprice is a fantastic character, stuck between two worlds—black and white, good and bad—and I really hope to see more of him.”

—Rob W. Hart, author of South Village. 

 

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ABOUT NEWBERRY COLLEGE:  Newberry College is a private, residential, co-educational college with a diverse student population. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, Newberry College appears in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings for regional colleges in the South: Best Colleges (#17); Best Value (#7); and Least Debt at Graduation (3). Newberry College offers baccalaureate degrees in 32 majors, 29 minors, 31 areas of concentration and 10 pre-professional programs, and recently launched an online degree-completion program. The College offers 20 NCAA Division II sports, cheerleading and dance. Newberry College is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, go to www.newberry.edu



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Newberry College Theatre to host SCISA Drama Festival in Partnership with Newberry Academy

October 10, 2017

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Newberry Academy has been selected to host the Fall 2017 South Carolina Independent Schools Association’s Regional Drama Festival, and has partnered with Newberry College’s Theatre Program to hold the event on-campus in Wiles Theater.  Professor of Theatre Matthew Fuller is coordinating the on-campus logistics of hosting eight schools with 10 performances throughout the day in Wiles Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Professor Fuller is Newberry’s Director of Technical Theatre and serves as the space manager for Wiles Theater.  He states that, “This is a wonderful opportunity for Newberry College Theatre to support high school and middle school drama programs that serve as the foundation for future support of theatre in South Carolina.” Nicole May, who teaches Middle School English at Newberry Academy, states that, “We are thrilled to be hosting the SCISA Regional Drama Festival this year and glad that we have the support of our neighbors at Newberry College Theatre.”
 



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Trump Taps Former Newberry College President to Serve as Deputy Secretary of Education

October 4, 2017

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THE WHITE HOUSE -- Office of the Press Secretary

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

 

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

 

R.D. James of Missouri to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works.  Mr. James has most recently served as a civilian member and engineer on the Mississippi River Commission, originally appointed in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan, where he provided water resources engineering direction and policy advice to several Administrations, Congress, and the Army for a drainage basin that covers roughly 41 percent of the United States.  He is a self-employed farmer and manager of cotton gins and grain elevators in New Madrid, Missouri.  Over the past 35 years, Mr. James has developed a wealth of knowledge about our nation's critical infrastructure.  He previously served as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, he served on the board of directors and executive committee of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, the Cotton Producers of Missouri, the Board of Directors of U.S. Bank of Sikeston, and the board of directors of Osceola Products.  Mr. James is the recipient of the prestigious Bronze de Fleury medal for his significant contributions to Army engineering, the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Award, and was formerly named the New Madrid County Outstanding Conservation Farmer.  Mr. James received his degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.

 

 

Mitchell Zais of South Carolina to be Deputy Secretary of Education.  Most recently, Mr. Zais served as South Carolina's elected State Superintendent of Education.  During his term in office, the department's budget was reduced while on-time high school graduation rates increased every year to an all-time high.  The number of public charter schools increased 78 percent, the number of public charter school students increased 155 percent, and the number of students taking online courses grew 130 percent.  Prior to that, he served 10 years as president of Newberry College in South Carolina.  The College was recognized for the first time by U.S. News as one of "America's Best Colleges."  He served 31 years as an infantry soldier in the U.S. Army.  He retired as a Brigadier General.  Mr. Zais holds a B.S. in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an M.A. degree in military history, plus M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in organizational behavior and social psychology from the University of Washington.  He served as South Carolina Commissioner of Higher Education and is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the states’ highest civilian award. 



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Newberry College Hosts Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week

September 22, 2017

Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week 2017 October 16-23, 2017

The fiery images of Charlottesville and the blistering grief that followed have sounded a wake-up call, and one small college in South Carolina continues to answer.

 

In the hope of healing the wounds of the past—and lowering the fever of racism that threatens to cripple our future, Newberry College will host the fifth annual Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week Oct. 16 – 23, 2017. (See schedule of events below).  All events are free and open to the public except where noted.

 

“After Charlottesville, this should be on the forefront of everyone’s mind,” said series sponsor William Dufford. “We encourage the community to join us. This topic should be of particular interest, I think, to educators and youth, of course, but everyone has a stake in social justice. Everyone.”

 

Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week is part of Newberry College’s ongoing efforts to promote appreciation for diversity and create a culture of respect. The program promotes an appreciation for the differences that give individuals a sense of identity – among them religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, age, ethnicity and race.

 

Of particular interest in the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, is the keynote presentation by Southern Poverty Law Center. Founded in 1971, SPLC’s innovative legal strategies crippled many hate groups and white supremacist organizations. The Southern Poverty Law Center continues to monitor hate groups. Its publication, “Teaching Tolerance,” is used in classrooms across the nation to promote respect and reduce bullying, particularly of children with differences.

 

Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week is sponsored by educator and social justice activist William Dufford, Ph.D., of Columbia, S.C. Born and raised in a segregated South within a block of Newberry College, it never seemed out of the ordinary to Dufford that he attended an all-white school, was captain of an all-white basketball team, was taught by all-white professors or that the only African-Americans on campus served food or swept the halls.

 

Dufford’s eyes were slowly opened to the injustices that were a fact of life for most African-Americans when he served with African-American men in the Navy and as he came to know African-American students during his doctoral studies at the University of Florida. With awareness came a desire for change and Dufford began to grow beyond his roots to become a champion for social justice.

 

The week-long series will close with a documentary video and book signing about Dufford’s evolution from a “good old boy” at all-white schools into a champion for social justice in education, working to ensure all South Carolinians have access to the transformational power of a good education.

 

Dufford’s work is the subject of a new book, “My Tour Through the Asylum: A Southern Integrationist’s Memoir,” published by USC Press. Authors Aida Rogers and Sally McInerney have compiled recollections from people who walked with Dufford on the journey of working through differences toward a common good. The book title is based on the infamous assessment by 19th century statesman James Louis Petigru that South Carolina was “too small to be a republic and too big to be an insane asylum.”

 

Newberry College basketball players will greet guests attending the video and book signing event. Dufford will be introduced by his former student and longtime friend, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Gergel. Gergel presided over the emotional court trial of Dylan Roof, who massacred seven parishioners at a historic African-American church in Charleston.

 

“Each year, we host a variety of stimulating events that we hope will help students, faculty, staff and the community broaden their perspectives,” said Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder, director of Diversity Education at Newberry College. “Our goal is to help participants develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the unique differences of our humanity and the values and beliefs that form our individual identities.”

 

 

DUFFORD DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WEEK SCHEDULE

MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2017

Breaking Down Barriers

7:30 p.m. – Alumni Music Center, Newberry College

World-class Paralympic sprinter Jerome Singleton Jr., and former Director of Public Safety for Orangeburg, S.C., Wendell Davis ’81, will speak on some of the obstacles they have overcome over the course of their careers.

 

TUESDAY, OCT. 17, 2017

Fighting Hate, Teaching Tolerance, Seeking Justice

7:30 p.m. – Wiles Chapel, Newberry College

Lecia Brooks, Outreach Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization founded to combat hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation, will discuss SPLC’s history, landmark legal cases and describe current efforts for equal justice. She also will discuss SPLC’s internationally recognized efforts to track and expose the activities of hate groups and the nativist movement and monitor militia and other extremist antigovernment activity.

 

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18, 2017

Martial Artists and Acrobats of China

7:30 p.m. – Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St., Newberry)

Tickets: $20-40; Order online at www.newberryoperahouse.com

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, an award-winning acrobatic troupe from China, offers a thrilling performance of martial arts, juggling acts, contortion tricks, aerial stunts and feats of balance. 

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 2017

Gerding Author Series Speaker

7 p.m. – Newberry Opera House, 1201 McKibben St, Newberry

Danny Gardner, author of “A Negro and an Ofay,” will speak at the Newberry Opera House about his novels and his career as an author, comedian, actor, director and screenwriter.

 

MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

Documentary Video and Book Signing with Dr. William Dufford

5:30 p.m. – Center for Teacher Education, 1121 Speers Street, Newberry

Screening of the documentary video featuring Dr. William Dufford’s work as an educator and administrator who led the integration of the Sumter school district. Dufford will sign copies of his newly published book,” My Tour Through the Asylum: A Southern Integrationist’s Memoir.”



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Newberry College Shatters All Student Enrollment Records

September 15, 2017

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Newberry College enrolled a record-high 459 new students for Fall 2017, marking another year of record-breaking enrollment for the incoming class. The new record represents an astounding 20 percent increase over Newberry’s previous enrollment high water mark of 381 new students set in fall 2016. Overall, College enrollment increased 10 percent over last year to a headcount of 1,190 students, including 1,157 full-time students.

 

“One of the important reasons for the past several years of record-breaking enrollment growth stems from our determination to really examine the needs and interests of our learners and respond with a strong sense of urgency,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. “By adding new career-focused academic programs and expanding our co-curricular programs, we continue to strengthen our reputation as an outstanding value proposition.”

 

Enrollment for the incoming class included 356 freshmen, 85 transfers and 12 readmits. The tally also included six students in the inaugural cohort for Newberry Online, an online degree-completion program for working adults and traditional students transferring at least 45 credits from other institutions.

 

INCOMING CLASS STATS

  • Out-of-state enrollment for the incoming class comes from 22 states, drawing primarily from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
  • The top five states by enrollment are Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland and New York.
  • International students in the incoming class represent 12 countries. Overall, international students come from 25 countries throughout the world. Australia leads international enrollment followed closely by Spain, Canada, Ecuador, Germany and United Kingdom.
  • Top five areas of study selected by the incoming class are Business Administration, Nursing, Biology, Sport Management and Teacher Education. Pre-Engineering, a 3+2 partnership with Clemson University, tied for a place in the top five. Additionally, a sizeable number of the incoming class are undeclared majors and plan to use their first year of college to explore a variety of areas of study.

 

Joel Vander Horst, Newberry’s Dean of Enrollment Management, noted that the launch of three new NCAA Division II sports –Men’s Lacrosse and Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, which began competing in Fall 2017, played an important role in driving enrollment gains, particularly in out-of-state recruitment.

 

Newberry focused on developing or expanding in-demand majors based on interest from both prospective and current students. The College also aimed at strengthening ties with technical college programs with a natural progression to baccalaureate programs at Newberry.

 

“Basically, students asked and we listened,” Vander Horst said. “Current student interest drove the expansion of several programs, including Criminal Justice, Sport Management, Healthcare Management and Digital Marketing. The high level of inquiries from prospective students drove the expansion of programs such as Nursing and Pre-Engineering.”

 

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

 

“For a school like Newberry College, where personal attention is an important part of our brand promise, the one-on-one interaction with faculty and coaches is highly valued by prospective students during their search process,” Vander Horst said. “Faculty also have played a pivotal role in reinforcing our relationships with parallel programs in the two-year colleges.”

 

In the competitive higher education landscape Newberry College has continued to focus on affordability.

 

“We offer a generous financial aid package that often makes us the most affordable choice for many students,” said Holly Wood, Director of Financial Aid. “Our Loan Repayment Promise also is an attractive benefit with its pledge to help students repay their college loans if they make less than $40,000 per year after graduating from Newberry. The program gives students and their parents added peace of mind if they find it necessary to take out college loans.”

 

The College’s efforts aimed at value and affordability recently caught the attention of U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Newberry College seventh in Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South in its 2018 rankings released earlier this week. Newberry also grabbed the number three spot for Least Student Debt at Graduation for Regional Colleges in the South on the national publication’s annual report on colleges.

 

“We are fervently committed to preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives,” Scherrens said. “We personalize the college experience and, by doing so, we find ourselves becoming a college of first choice among prospective students. The relentless effort and tireless dedication of our faculty, coaches and staff are what make these advancements possible.”



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Newberry College Earns High Marks for Value, Affordability on USNWR Best Colleges Report

September 12, 2017

Newberry College once again made a strong showing on the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings released today by the national magazine’s annual report on colleges. Newberry appeared on the following lists:

 

  • Best Regional Liberal Arts Colleges in the South (#17)
  • Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South (#7)
  • Least Student Debt Load at Graduation for Regional Colleges in the South (#3)

 

For many years, Newberry College has ranked in the Top 50 for Best Colleges in the South, but the private liberal arts college ascended into the Top 20 last year and has retained its place in the 2018 rankings as part of the region’s upper echelon.

 

“I am pleased Newberry College continues to be recognized for its efforts to offer students an affordable, high quality education,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. “These highly respected rankings are another proof point of the value of a Newberry College education.”

 

Newberry College senior Benjamin Herring echoed the president’s observation.

 

“Results like these rankings affirm what we already know as students,” said Herring, who is the current president of the Newberry College Student Government Association. “They show that others are taking note and valuing the unique experiences we’re having at Newberry as we explore our passion and purpose in life.”

 

Newberry College earned the #7 spot as the Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South, its second consecutive appearance on this list. 

 

“Our Loan Repayment Promise, which pledges to help students who earn less than $40,000 after graduation to repay their college loans, has proven to be a very attractive benefit to students and their families,” said Joel Vander Horst, Dean of Enrollment Management.

 

Newberry made its debut appearance on the rankings for Student Debt at Graduation, appearing third on the list for Least Debt for Regional Colleges in the South.

 

“Newberry College offers a very competitive financial aid package,” Vander Horst said. “We’ve also been proactive in identifying students who might be at risk and helping them find solutions before they experience a financial crisis that could prevent them from returning to school.”

 

“As an institution, we are called to prepare students for successful careers and meaningful lives,” said Hugo A. “Hap” Pearce, chairman of the Newberry College Board of Trustees. “Our excellent rankings demonstrate our success in helping students achieve their unique goals.”

 

 

About the Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges by key measures of quality, including graduation and retention rates, alumni giving, student selectivity and financial resources. Newberry College earned high rankings for its low student-teacher ratio (12 to 1) compared to peer schools, high alumni giving (14 percent) and high percentage of small class sizes (64 percent less than 20 students), among other criteria. More at www.usnews.com/colleges.

 

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About Newberry College:  Newberry College is a private, residential, co-educational college with a diverse student population. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, Newberry College appears in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings for regional colleges in the South: Best Colleges (#17); Best Value (#7); and Least Debt at Graduation (3). Newberry College offers baccalaureate degrees in 32 majors, 29 minors, 31 areas of concentration and 10 pre-professional programs, and recently launched an online degree-completion program. The College offers 20 NCAA Division II sports, cheerleading and dance. Newberry College is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, go to www.newberry.edu



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Hurricane Irma Update

September 8, 2017

Sept. 11, 2017 (8:15 pm) -- Late Start for Tuesday Classes

Classes for Tuesday, Sept. 12 will start at 10:50 am. The 8 am and 9:25 am periods have been cancelled. 

 

Sept. 11, 2017 (3 pm)  -- Administrative Office Closing at 3:15 PM

Due to worsening weather conditions, Newberry College administrative office will close for the remainder of the day.  

 

Sept. 10, 2017 -- Newberry Classes Cancelled Monday; Staff Office Remain Open

The National Weather Service has placed several counties in South Carolina under a High Wind Warning for Monday, September 11, 2017. As such, and out of an abundance of caution, classes for Monday will be canceled. Residential students are encouraged to remain in their residence halls as much as possible.  Food Service will still be provided and students are urged to use great caution when traversing the campus.Student athletes who are in season and either practicing or competing will be advised by their coaches. Administrative offices will be open on Monday; however, should staff members, regardless of position, believe it unsafe for travel to work, they should notify their immediate supervisor.

 

 

Sept. 8, 2017 -- Newberry College to Continue Normal Operations

According to current projections for Hurricane Irma, the weather outlook continues to improve for the Newberry County area and South Carolina overall. The likelihood of the storm reaching this part of the state has dropped significantly. Based on the latest projections from the National Weather Service, we believe the campus can safely continue normal operations and we have NO PLANS TO CANCEL CLASSES ON MONDAY.

 

Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will closely monitor weather conditions throughout the weekend and notify you through the E2Campus alert system, social media and web posts if there are any notable changes. If we close campus, daily food service will continue to be available. If you’re not already an E2Campus subscriber, go to the Security tab on Wolf Den to sign up.

 

We believe the campus is the safest place for students to be this weekend Traffic will be extremely heavy as Florida residents continue to evacuate north. We encourage you to stay off the roads as much as possible. During heavy winds, we urge you to stay inside to avoid the chance of injury from falling tree branches or blowing debris. It’ll be a great weekend to get ahead of your reading assignments or just do some Netflix binge-watching, so take advantage of it!

 

If you have other questions or need clarification on anything regarding our storm response, please connect with your RA or Housing staff. You can find more information about Hurricane Irma’s progress on the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website at http://www.scemd.org/

 

In the meantime, please keep the individuals and families affected by this storm in your prayers.

 

 

Sept. 6, 2017 -- Newberry College Will Remain Open, Continues to Monitor Conditions

Although Hurricane Irma does not currently present a direct threat to the Newberry area, we are working closely with our local emergency response center, State Emergency Management, the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service to monitor the progress of the storm. The College will be part of a coordinated, community-wide emergency response should conditions warrant this course of action. Based on our daily briefings with these agencies, there are currently no plans to evacuate the area or detour traffic. We will post updates as needed via our emergency alert system, email, social media and the College website. For families in the path of Hurricane Irma, we’re praying for you!



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Football Team Collects Donations for Hurricane Relief

September 6, 2017

Hurricane relief

The Newberry College football team will be collecting donations for the next three weeks to aid families affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

Donations may include canned goods, bottled water and paper products. Examples of preferred donations are: pop top canned goods (soups, pastas, fruit, Spam, etc.), handheld can openers, peanut butter and jelly, water, snacks (cereal bars, pop tarts, protein bars, etc.), baby food/formula, diapers (both adult and baby), feminine hygiene products, and toiletries (tooth paste, tooth brushes, shampoo, etc.). 

The drop off location is inside the football offices in Eleazer Arena. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Coach Stephen Flynn at steve.flynn@newberry.edu or 803.321.5688.



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Newberry College Presents Politics Week 2017

September 6, 2017

Politics Week 2017

Newberry College will host a week of politically oriented events aimed at broadening students’ understanding of the U.S. political process at the local level and encouraging them to be better informed and engaged citizens. All events are free and open to the public.

 

“This week’s events are to further our students’ knowledge of the ever-changing world of politics and encourage them get involved with their community and representatives of that community,” said Political Science professor and event organizer Dr. Laura Roost.

 

 

POLITICS WEEK 2017 SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2017

Voter Registration Drive

9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Kaufmann Hall and McClurg Center

Students and faculty/staff may register to vote at either of the sign-up stations at their convenience.

 

From Holland Hall to City Hall

2 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Alumni Music Center

Alumnus Carllton Kinard ’15 will describe his journey from a student at Newberry College to a public office candidate. Shanna Procter, director of the Newberry County Voter Registration and Elections Office will explain the process of local elections.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2017

Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s Look at Local Party Politics

7 p.m.

Kohn Lecture Hall, Science and Math Building

Newberry County Republican and Democratic party chairs Charm Altman – R and Walt McLeod – D will speak on their experiences and discuss why they got involved with politics.

 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2017

Constitution Day

7 p.m.

Gnann Conference Center, Center for Teacher Education (1121 Speers St., Newberry)

City of Newberry mayor Foster Senn will discuss the importance of community engagement and his experience in local politics. Reception to follow.



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Chick-fil-A Express and Other On-Campus Dining Venues Reopen August 18

August 16, 2017

After a long, hungry summer, the full menu of dining options at Newberry College will reopen to the public on Friday, Aug. 18. These venues include Chick-fil-A Express, Jazzman’s Café and the Kaufmann Hall Cafeteria, featuring the long-time community favorite Sunday brunch.

 

All Newberry College food service venues are open to the public. Meals in Kaufmann Hall Cafeteria are preset pricing with access to all menu options for that meal: $4.75 for breakfast, $7.25 for lunch and $7.75 for dinner. Sunday brunch (10:30 am - 1:30 pm) is $9.50 per person.  For menus and other food service information, go to Newberry.SodexoMyWay.com

 

CAMPUS DINING HOURS OF OPERATION

 

Chick-fil-A

Monday – Thursday    8 am – 11 pm

Friday                          8 am – 5 pm

Saturday                      10:30 am – 5 pm

Sunday                        Closed

 

Jazzman's Cafe

Monday - Thursday     5 pm – 11 pm

 

Kaufmann Hall Cafeteria

Monday – Thursday    7 am – 8 pm

Friday                          7 am – 7 pm

Saturday                      10:30 am - 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday                        10:30 am - 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm – 8 pm



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NEW REPORT SHOWS NEWBERRY GRADS HAVE LESS DEBT THAN ANY OTHER SC FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

August 14, 2017

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When it comes to rankings, we don’t usually celebrate a last-place finish on the list. One notable exception is LendEDU’s Student Loan Debt Report, which reported that Newberry College students graduated with less loan debt than any other four-year college or university in South Carolina. 

 

According to the report, Newberry College graduates had an average student loan debt of $18,566, the lowest average debt per borrower among South Carolina’s public or private four-year institutions, and well below the state’s overall average debt per borrower of $29,490. 

 

“We are dedicated to keeping the cost of attending Newberry College competitive and affordable for all students and their families,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Hugo A. “Hap” Pearce. “This new report helps demonstrate the effectiveness of our efforts.” 

 

Newberry College graduates also fared exceptionally well among their peers nationwide. Newberry ranked #35 for overall lowest average debt per borrower among all private colleges and universities. 

 

“We are committed to doing everything possible to make Newberry College a “best value” investment for our students and their families,” said Newberry College president Maurice W. Scherrens. “Part of our strategy has been to limit price increases and provide a generous financial aid package to help limit indebtedness. After graduation, our Loan Repayment Promise helps position our graduates for their chosen careers or further education.”

 

Focusing on Access and Affordability

Students and their families understand that a college education remains the most reliable path to a professional career and higher lifetime income. Although students consider a variety of unique factors in their college choice, the cost of attendance and their ability to pay are significant factors influencing their decision. 

 

With a focus on providing access and affordability, Newberry College has sought to keep tuition and housing increases as low as possible. In a comparison of 20 South Carolina public and private colleges and universities, no institution had a lower percentage price increase over the past three years than Newberry College. [Source: IPEDS]

 

The price of attending Newberry College has risen 6.1 percent over the past three years, while the 20-school average price increase was 10.9 percent. Among that same group of 20 schools, Newberry College also had the lowest increase in tuition, fees, room and board over the past five years. For the 2017/2018 academic year ahead, the College’s increase on tuition, fees, room and board was just 1.69 percent. 

 

Providing the Best Value

A generous financial aid package, which includes state and federal grants and loans and Institutional scholarship, helps families manage college costs. Last year, Newberry awarded $14 million in institutional scholarships, which factor in the family’s level of financial need and the student’s academic and/or co-curricular strengths. 

 

“More than 95 percent of our students received some form of financial assistance last year,” said Joel Vander Horst, Dean of Enrollment Management. “Institutional scholarships combined with outside aid sources make us highly competitive, even among state-subsidized schools.” 

 

Gauging Return on Investment

Newberry continually seeks proactive, innovative ways to ensure that qualified students from every socioeconomic walk of life have access to a Newberry College education. After three years offering the Tuition Promise, which froze tuition at the student’s incoming year, Newberry again raised the bar on value and affordability. 

 

In 2015, Newberry College launched Loan Repayment Promise, which pledges if a student’s annual income is less than $40,000 after they graduate from Newberry, the College will help them repay their student loans until they reach that salary threshold. Newberry was the first in South Carolina to launch this type of program for students. 

 

“Like any student, I dreamed of getting a college education, but I worried the expensive,” said Olivia Fraunfelter, who graduated in 2017 with a major in Physical Education/Sport Management. "Because Newberry helped keep my costs lower, I’ve been able to receive an affordable education and can more easily start making a better future for myself after graduation.” 

 

As another value indicator, Newberry College moved into the top 20 in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Colleges report, taking its place among the most respected colleges in the Southeast. Newberry earned rankings in three categories:  Best Regional Colleges in the South (#16), Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South (#3), and Best Regional Colleges in the South for Veterans (#8). 

 

Newberry also is on track to welcome approximately 450 incoming students for the fall 2017 semester, surpassing its previous high-water mark of 381 incoming students set in fall 2016. 

 

“Rankings and enrollment growth, along with our Loan Repayment Promise, reassure students and their families that a private college education at Newberry is a wise investment,” VanderHorst said. 



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Adia Daniels Joins Newberry College as Assistant Dean of Students

August 10, 2017

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Newberry College has named Adia N. Daniels to serve as Assistant Dean of Students in the Office of Student Affairs. Daniels, who began her duties on July 10, is responsible for developing and managing programs aimed at creating a diverse and healthy campus experience for students and helping students create meaningful connections throughout campus.

 

“Ms. Daniels brings a desire to collaborate, create solutions and strengthen relationships throughout campus,” said Dr. Sandra Rouse, Dean of Students. “She is well-prepared to serve Newberry College as a strong and compassionate advocate for our students.”

 

Daniels will advise student clubs and organizations and oversee the College’s Greek community, including annual events, member recruitment and the philanthropic endeavors of the College’s four national sororities and five national fraternities.

 

Before joining Newberry, Daniels served as Director of Greek Student Engagement and Development at Western Carolina University (2016-2017). She was responsible for developing, implementing and assessing all Greek Life programming and served as member of the leadership team of the AVP/Dean of Students.

 

Daniels served as Senior Coordinator-Student Victim Assistance for Georgia State University in Atlanta (2015-2016) where she helped provide comprehensive assistance and support for students experiencing victimization.

 

Daniels was Director of Student Activities at North Carolina Wesleyan College (2009-2014) where she provided oversight and assessment of all Student Activities programming. She facilitated the chartering of several international fraternities and sororities and led a renovation project for the Student Center. Daniels also served as an instructor for WesWay, the college’s freshman seminar, and was an academic advisor for first-year students.

 

Daniels served as a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities and Leadership (2008-2009) and the S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault Free Environment) program for the Women’s Center (2007-2008) at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Daniels served as a Greek Life intern in at Norfolk State University (2009) and Virginia Wesleyan College (2008-2009). She was as a Volunteer Advocate (2004-2006) and Sexual Assault Services Coordinator (2006-2007) for Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands in Columbia, S.C.

 

Daniels is a member of the Southern Association of College Student Affairs and has been a conference presenter for that organization and others. She is a current member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

Daniels earned her master of science in Education with a concentration in higher education administration (2009) from Old Dominion University. She received her bachelor of science in Experimental Psychology (2006) from University of South Carolina-Columbia.

 

“I am absolutely thrilled to be at Newberry College at such an exciting time of growth and progress,” Daniels said. “I am eager to collaborate across campus to enhance the student experience. I am excited to serve Newberry students.” 



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With a solar eclipse headed our way Newberry really IS the center of the universe

July 19, 2017

Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 The Center of the Universe Meets the Path of Totality

Newberry, South Carolina is directly on the path to witness the natural event of a lifetime when a total solar eclipse crosses directly over Newberry on Monday, August 21, 2017.  

 

What’s the big deal about this eclipse? 

A total solar eclipse is extremely rare. It happens when the sun, moon and Earth are perfectly aligned so that the moon blocks the sun’s light on part of Earth’s surface. It’s been nearly 40 years since a total eclipse was seen in the U.S., and 117 years since a total eclipse was visible in Newberry.

 

What should I expect when the eclipse happens?

On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be viewable across a 70-mile-wide path that will cross 14 states in the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina. At approximately 2:40 p.m., Newberry will find itself in total darkness for two minutes and 32 seconds. Click here for solar eclipse basics from NASA, interactive maps, interviews, educational activities, videos and much more.

 

Where can I view the eclipse?

The City of Newberry will host EclipseFest from August 18 – 21, featuring speakers and films, demonstrations and displays, music, food and drink. Newberry College’s Setzler Field is one of four NASA-endorsed viewing sites where you can watch the eclipse on August 21 in addition to the city’s official EclipseFest Watch Party in downtown Newberry. Shuttles will run from downtown to all four viewing sites throughout the four-day festival. Click here for a detailed calendar of EclipseFest events and other local eclipse information.

 

How do I safely view the eclipse?

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe and can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun! The only safe way to view the eclipse is with eclipse glasses or #14 or darker welder’s glass. Newberry College will provide free eclipse glasses for all students, faculty and staff. The City of Newberry also will have eclipse glasses available. Click here for detailed eclipse viewing safety tips.

 

How wil EclipseFest activities impact the campus during this time?

We have been told to expect as many as 350,000 visitors to Newberry County alone and upwards of one million along the eclipse path throughout South Carolina. We urge you to please plan accordingly if you will be visiting Newberry College or the City of Newberry during this timeframe.

  • Traffic: We expect a significant increase in automobile and foot traffic throughout EclipseFest, particularly as some roads near downtown will be closed to traffic throughout the event. You also should expect freeway delays throughout much of the state. Allow plenty of extra time to arrive at your campus destination.
  • Parking: We plan to reserve the parking lot at Brokaw Hall and the adjacent science building to accommodate freshman move-in on Aug. 17; however, because Newberry College is an EclipseFest shuttle stop, we anticipate heavy demand by the public on all parking lots throughout EclipseFest on Aug. 18-21.  
  • Lodging: The eclipse is attracting visitors to South Carolina from all over the world. Our local hotels are already booked to capacity. If you are planning an overnight visit to Newberry during EclipseFest, you may wish to seek alternative lodging options with local families through www.airbnb.com
  • Personal Safety: Although we are blessed with a very safe campus, the heavy influx of visitors to the area can lead to crimes of opportunity. During this time, please be vigilant about locking car and office doors and securing personal property that could be tempting to would-be thieves. Likewise, be aware of your surroundings at all times and move about campus in groups whenever possible.

 

How can I volunteer at EclipseFest or help in other ways?

Volunteer: The City of Newberry is seeking EclipseFest volunteers to help with kid-friendly interactive activities, to staff information booths and merchandise tables and to serve as “runners.” To sign up to volunteer, contact Michael.Smith@newberry.edu or call 803.321.5501.


Donate Supplies: EclipseFest needs the following recyclable items that kids will use for space-themed activities: plastic bottles, Styrofoam, toilet paper rolls, towel rolls, cereal boxes, plastic egg crates, shiny gift bags, bottle caps/tops, empty Keurig cups, rubber bands and aluminum foil. Bring all donations (clean and dry please!) to Michael Smith in Derrick Hall, Room 9.

 

We’re looking forward to kicking off an exciting new academic year! If you have any questions about eclipse-related planning, please feel free to contact Michael A. Smith, Director of Student Engagement & Greek Life at michael.smith@newberry.edu or call 803.321.5501.



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Newberry Launches Online RN-to-BSN Program

July 18, 2017

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Newberry College has expanded its nursing program to include an RN-to-BSN degree-completion program that can be completed entirely online.

 

The new degree-completion program is designed for working RNs who have already earned an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing and seek to enhance their credentials and position themselves for career advancement by earning a bachelor of science in nursing degree.

 

As a special bonus, the College is offering its required one-credit Online Orientation class at no cost (a savings of $395) to students enrolling in an online degree-completion program with Newberry Online. Students in the inaugural class of the RN-to-BSN degree-completion program also will receive a voucher to use at the Newberry College Bookstore. Additionally, members of the inaugural RN-to-BSN class who live or work in Newberry County will be eligible for the Newberry Community Scholarship offered for community members enrolling with Newberry Online.

 

Department of Nursing chair Betsy McDowell, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEFF, noted the new RN-to-BSN degree-completion program responds to the rising demand for bachelors-trained nurses.

 

“A growing number of hospitals and other clinical settings are making a bachelor’s degree a mandatory credential for newly hired nurses and for nurses being promoted to supervisory and management roles,” McDowell said. “This new program will help nurses progress in their careers without having to put their lives on hold to go back to school.”

 

The RN-to-BSN degree-completion program is designed to allow students to complete the nursing course sequence in as little as 12 months. Courses are 7.5 weeks in duration. Because classes are not offered in the typical lockstep format of many degree-completion programs, students are able to scale up or down on the courses they take in any given term based on the demands on their time in the other areas of their lives.

 

Over the course of the coming year, Newberry Online plans to launch online degree-completion programs in Respiratory Therapy, Healthcare Management, Psychology, Criminal Justice and Business Administration.

 

For more information about degree-completion programs offered by Newberry Online, email admission@newberry.edu, call 803.321.5127 or visit the Online Programs webpage at www.newberry.edu



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Newberry Announces Spring 2017 Dean’s List

May 19, 2017

Dean's List Newberry Colleges

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

A total of 293 students earned Dean’s List honors this semester. The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017:


Joseph    Tanner    Adair    Fountain Inn    SC
Samuel    Jawanza    Adams    Simpsonville    SC
Stephanie    Laura    Agapion    Gaffney    SC
Brooks    McCormick    Allen    Newberry    SC
Jordan    Nicole    Alvey    Goose Creek    SC
Alex    Richard    Amble    Summerville    SC
Kaycie    Lynn    Andrew    Lehighton    PA
Steven    Omarro    Archie    Goose Creek    SC
Shelbie    Reanna    Austin    Greenville    SC
Brooke    Nicole    Ball    Newberry    SC
Gabrielle    Lena    Bazemore    Chesapeake    VA
Holden    James    Beemiller    Oro Valley    AZ
Gracen    Elizabeth    Bennett    Lexington    SC
Hunter    Kyle    Berley    Aiken    SC
Devin    Tavon    Blackwell    Manning    SC
Harthe    Dufford    Blankenship    Branchville    SC
Harry    Frederick    Bolton    Kambah ACT     AUSTRALIA
Baylee    Elizabeth    Bouknight    Prosperity    SC
Caleb    Josiah    Bouwkamp    Landrum    SC
Devon    Michal    Bradley    West Columbia    SC
Ashlie    Summer    Brickle    Cope    SC
Shelby    Lee    Britten    Victoria    AUSTRALIA
Madison    Grace    Brock        
Eric    Hayden    Brody    Orlando    FL
David    Copeland    Brown    Anderson    SC
RaQuan    Akeem Demarkus    Brown    bamberg    SC
Tinara    Anna    Brown    Summerville    SC
Davis    Scott    Bryan    Dacula    GA
Alexandra    Virginia    Bryant    Branchville    SC
Fabrizio        Bucco    Guayaquil     ECUADOR
Ashley    Nell    Buettner    Village of Lakewood    IL
Pierce    Allen    Burch    Holly Hill    SC
Perryn    Derryal    Burkett    Leesville    SC
Rebecca    Nicole    Burkhart    Gaston    SC
Olivia    Hurst    Burttram    Walterboro    SC
Taylor    Victoria    Caldwell    Prosperity    SC
Madeline    Marie    Campbell    Bluffton    SC
Troy    Steven    Cann    Abbeville    SC
Kelly    Ann    Cardew    Spartanburg    SC
Hannah    Leigh    Carnes    Lancaster    SC
Luke    Jay    Carraway    Newberry    SC
Amanda        Carrillo    Almeria    Spain
Morgan    Taylor    Cato    Lexington    SC
Joseph    Benjamin    Chaney    Ninety Six    SC
Andrew    Morgan    Chariker    Prosperity    SC
Keyla    Starr    Childs    Summerville    SC
Zachary    Thomas    Clary    Spartanburg    SC
Briana    Taylor    Clontz    Conover    NC
Kirsten    Sarah    Cockerham    Mocksville    NC
Robert    Duncan    Cook    Chapin    SC
Jessica    Timberly    Cooke    Williamsburg    VA
Kayla    Michele    Cooke    Williamsburg    VA
Dv'nn    Ja'jwan    Cooks    Smiths Station    AL
Kyle    Douglas    Corey    Prosperity    SC
Pressley    Kate    Coster    Woodruff    SC
Sydney    Rae    Cox    Oregon City    OR
Austin    Steele    Crocker    Laurens    SC
Bethany    Leanne    Cromer    Newberry    SC
Andrew    Michael    Crook    Blythewood    SC
Katy    Elizabeth    Crout    Gilbert    SC
Chelsey    Lynn    Cunningham    Rolesville    NC
Annabelle    Laird    Dallery    Sumter    SC
Madison    Marie    Darby-McClure    Colorado Springs    CO
Lucia    Annette    Davila    La Paz    BOLIVIA
Allison    Victoria    Davis    Greensboro    NC
Marial        de Lachica    Whitmire    SC
William    Eric    Decker    Anchorage    AK
Evan    Thomas    DeGrazia    Thunder Bay    ON
James    Taylor    Dennard    Andrews    NC
Lauren    Rebecca    Derrick    Chapin    SC
Myranda    Holly    Dills    Chesnee    SC
Bradley    John    Dixon    Wakefield    ENGLAND
Logan    Gabrielle    Dortch    Chapin    SC
Melissa    Rebecca    Dowell    Lexington    SC
Hailey    Marie    Drawe    Spring Hill    FL
Trung    Ngoc    Duong    Forest    VA
Jaima    Breanne    Edwards    West Columbia    SC
Megan    Ashley    Eisenhardt    Pasadena    MD
Jonathan        Elicier    Apopka    FL
Karyn    Ann    Ellis    Summerville    SC
Dakota    Raighne    Elzy    Louisville    KY
Charles    Baylen    English    Cheraw    SC
Makiyah    Nyteria    English    Duncan    SC
Gerald    Bernard    Evans    Inglewood    CA
Lauren    Renee'    Evans    Columbia    SC
Summer    Leigh    Evatt    Liberty    SC
Curren    Charles    Fessler    Summerville    SC
Ashley    Jordan    Floyd    Kingstree    SC
Jessica    Lauren    Folk    Newberry    SC
Hester        Foo    SINGAPORE    SINGAPORE
Hayden    Lee    Francis    Snellville    GA
Rachel    Anne    Franklin    Newberry    SC
Olivia    Rose    Fraunfelter    Bangor    PA
Dylan    Morgan    Fulmer    Belmont    NC
Adara    Anne    Garner    Stuart    FL
Madison    Julie    Garr    Oviedo    FL
Mallory    Marie    Gerndt    Alexandria    VA
Andrea    Nicole    Getz    Newberry    SC
Luke    Charles    Gibson    Albemarle    NC
Cassidy    Rae Barber    Gilmore    Gowen    MI
Lukas    Alan    Gilmore    Greenville    MI
Emily    London    Glymph    Pomaria    SC
Marta        Gomar    VALENCIA     Spain
Trey    Jamal    Goodwin    Gadsden    SC
Conner    Nourjian    Goulet    Hilton Head Island    SC
Madison    Elizabeth    Graham    Pomaria    SC
Cera    Morgan    Gravely    Fort Mill    SC
Mary    Margaret    Greco    Hatfield    MA
Orin    Stacey    Gregg    Irmo    SC
Kelly    Mae    Gunter    Batesburg    SC
Elizabeth    Nicole    Gutierrez    Fullerton    CA
Adam    Keith    Gwinn    Cayce    SC
Samuel    Winburn    Hall    Conway    SC
Benjamin    Tyler    Havird    Newberry    SC
Lauren    Renee    Hawkins    North Charleston    SC
Victoria    Hope    Hawkins    Graniteville    SC
Jarrett    Christopher    Hazel    Chapin    SC
Jamarcus    Raequon    Henderson    Union    SC
Jorge    Brian    Hernandez-Esquivel    Lexington    SC
Margarette    Kathryn    Herrera    Elgin    SC
Benjamin    Colton    Herring    Hopkins    SC
Shannon    Camille    Hetrick    Greenville    SC
Daphne    Liliana    Heyaime-Fernandez    Santo Domingo    DOMINICAN RE
Ragan    Elizabeth    Hill    Simpsonville    SC
Samara    Adele    Hill    "Frankston, Vic"    AUSTRALIA
Xavier    McKenzie    Hill    Columbia    SC
Thomas    Austin    Hinen    Chapin    SC
Peyton    Clark    Hite    Ninety Six    SC
William    Wesley    Holbrook    Aiken    SC
Mark    Edward    Hoog    Lexinton    SC
Christopher    James    Howe    Kinards    SC
Lindsay    Elizabeth    Huber    Selden    NY
Madeline    Frances    Hunnicutt    Columbia    SC
Jessica    Mackenzie    Hutt    Summerville    SC
Laura    Ashley    Hutto    Orangeburg    SC
Charles    Danton    Hyman    Prosperity    SC
Nabila        Inak    Forest Hills    NY
LaQuasha    Nicole    Jefferson    Cassatt    SC
Jessica    Zhane'    Jennings    Irmo    SC
Jakob    Paul    Jerman    simpsonville    SC
Fredric    Antwan    Johnson    Orangeburg    SC
Sarah    Elizabeth    Johnson    Ruby    SC
Meghan        Jolikko    Middletown    DE
Mikaela    Danielle    Jones    Spartanburg    SC
Kensley    Hannah    Jordan    Hartwell    GA
Sarah    Haley    Judy    Moncks Corner    SC
Ryan    A    Kagiyama    Castaic    CA
Brandon    Alexander    Keller    Clementon    NJ
Zachery    Reed    Kelly    Daleville    VA
Julie    Ann    Kinard    Prosperity    SC
Samuel    Harrison    Kinard    Lexington    SC
Lauren    Olivia    Knight    Moore    SC
Cassidy    Jordan    Krasselt    Cayce    SC
Quincy    William    Kroeschell    Charlotte    NC
Wan Shia        Lai    Selangor     MALAYSIA
Taylor    Rae    Lance    Travelers Rest    SC
Patrick    Dee    Lane    Chapin    SC
Ashley    Sloan    Lawson    Lexington    SC
Mariah    Elizabeth    Lee    Seaford    DE
Claus    Simonsen    Lehland    Bergen    NORWAY
Hannah    Kate    Lepaio    Bathurst NSW    AUSTRALIA
Thomas    Calhoun    Lever    Newberry    SC
Tyler    Logan    Lindsay    Lamar    SC
Christina    Elizabeth    Linton    Odessa    FL
Kinard    Javante    Lisbon    Bishopville    SC
Johnnie    William    Little    New London    NC
Taylor    Renee    Livingston    Newberry    SC
Andres        Lopez    E Longmeadow    MA
Hannah    Isharah    Macon    Columbia    SC
Tarek        Malz    Satrup    Germany
Sai Nikhil        Mannepalli    Telangana     INDIA
Kylan    Joseph    Margita    Florence    SC
Margaret    Elizabeth    Marsh    Mount Pleasant    SC
Rebeca        Martinez Perez    Granollers    
Jamie    Thomson    McAvoy    Ayr    SCOTLAND
Noah    Wesley    McBride    Grovetown    GA
Andrew    Michael    McCall    Chapin    SC
Emmanuel    Jacob    McCord    Indian Land    SC
Frank    Compton    McCurry    Summerville    SC
Kelsey    Taylor    McDermott    Mackay Queensland    AUSTRALIA
Emily    Swain    McElveen    Cades    SC
Michael    Matthew    McPeak    Chapell Hill    NC
Joseph    Dante    Meade    Prosperity    SC
Alexandria    Guimaraes    Meetze    Columbia    SC
Matalyn    Eryn    Mills    Turlock    CA
Leah    Ashley    Minor    Gaffney    SC
Cierra    Delores    Negron    Beaufort    SC
Timmany    Danielle MiShay    Nesbitt    Wellford    SC
Holly    Michele    Newsome    Grovetown    GA
Sikander    Tajik    Nielsen    DENMARK    
Kimberly    Lathrop    O'Dell    Newberry    SC
Alyssa    Monique    Ortega    Los Angeles    CA
Kristyna    Alexis    Oyola    Virginia Beach    VA
Joshua    James    Parker    Little Mountain    SC
Thomas    Arthur    Passerello    Davenport    FL
Neil    Brandon    Patrick    Lexington    SC
Samuel    River Hale    Pelkey    Pelion    SC
Dragana        Petkovska    Kriva Palanka    Macedonia
Mackenzie    Taylor    Pitt    Goosecreek    SC
Tara    Nicole    Pittman    Chapin    SC
Angel    Javier    Pizarro-Sanchez    Villar del Olmo    Spain
Aminee    Marissa    Point    Newberry    SC
Christian    Kenneth    Pope    Powder Springs    GA
Taylor Rae        Potts    Columbia    SC
Morgan    Michelle    Powers    Charleston    SC
Meagan    McKenzie    Privette    Lexington    SC
Cameron    Stuart    Provan    Glasgow    SCOTLAND
Danielle    Lee    Puchacz    Scaly Mountain    NC
Madison    Avey    Putman    Whitby    England
Jenna    Dawn    Rabel    Aurora    CO
Diana    Hope    Rausch    Lawrenceville    GA
Sarah    Marie    Reed    Ridgeland    SC
Daniel    Alejandro    Reyes    Guayaquil    ECUADOR
John    Mason    Reynolds    Greer    SC
Gavan    Crawford    Rikard    Leesville    SC
Christopher    William    Ringer    Columbia    SC
Kayleigh    Ashlynn    Riser    Chapin    SC
Phoenix    Bradford    Roberts    Lavonia    GA
Marisa    Brianne    Romanchek    Hanahan    SC
Courtney    Dale    Rose    Rolla    MO
Connor    Oakley    Roudabush    Goose Creek    SC
Patrick    Hamilton    Rowe    Prosperity    SC
James    Allen    Salter    Prosperity    SC
Courtney    Renee    Sanders    Pomaria    SC
Jonathan    Alexander    Saullo    Beaufort    SC
Jaya    Nicole    Schultz    Monrovia    MD
Jerry    Wayne    Scott    Spring Hill    FL
Jacob    Andrew    Seebauer    W Columbia    SC
Rachelle    Desiree    Serrano    Glendale    CA
Corey    Evan    Shaver    Chapin    SC
Kristina    Marie    Shealy    Leesville    SC
Mims    Douglas    Shealy    Lancaster    SC
Avery    Rashad    Shippy    Pacolet    SC
Kylee    Matthew    Shoop    Triangle    VA
Mary    Elizabeth    Siebert    Charleston    SC
Amber    Michele    Singer    Pasadena    MD
Whitney    Logan    Singleton    Goose Creek    SC
Spencer    Christopher    Skiff    Aiken    SC
Malkia    Victoria    Small    Florence    SC
Carly    Michelle    Smith    Laurens    SC
Haley        Smith    Toano    VA
Jeffrey    Scott    Sneed    Cumming    GA
Ludmila    Andreyevna    Sokolovich    Pasco    WA
Connor    Roxby    Sorensen    Murrieta    CA
Thomas    Peyton    Spangler    Clinton    SC
Mason    Gray    Spease    Concord    NC
James    Joshua    Spigner    Summerville    SC
Andrew    Wilson    Sprouse    Boiling Springs    SC
Robert    Halsey    Stafford    Lexington    SC
Tamara    Maria Anna    Stemmer    Columbia    SC
Joshua        Stempihar    Spartanburg    SC
James    Edward    Stepp    Greensboro    NC
Talya    Natasha    Stocksdale    Psadena    MD
Ashley    Nichole    Stout    York    SC
Chelsia    Renee'    Sumrell    Easley    SC
James    William    Swink    Cayce    SC
Jordan    Steven    Szustwal    Fort Mill    SC
Karina    Nicole    Tarbell    Lexington    SC
Thomas    Holden    Tarbert    Anderson    SC
Alexis    Breanne    Tate    Pomaria    SC
Morgan    Lee    Tate    Gaffney    SC
William    Jason    Taylor    Woodruff    SC
Christian    Alexander    Tejada    Orange Park    FL
Benjamin    Murray    Thompson    Toronto    Canada
Shelby    Brooke    Tolbert    Prosperity    SC
Lauren    Nicole    Underwood    Canyon Country    CA
Elise    Sydney    Utne    Yorktown    VA
Nicolas        Vallejos    Santiago    Chili
Jean    Gerrit    van Niekerk    Stellenbosch     SOUTH AFRICA
Brittany    Tianna    Venzen    Fayetteville    GA
Veronika    Zwetsch    Viegas    Sao Leopoldo    Brazil
Makenzie    Erin    Wagner    Columbia    SC
Bailey    Paul-Michael    Walker    Columbia    SC
Anna    Grey    Walters    Winnsboro    SC
Gabriel    McKay    Ward    Spartanburg    SC
Kenjorie    Elijah-Gaiquem    Ware    Greenwood    SC
Caitlyn    Foster    Warren    Richmond    VA
Courtlyn    Balasio    Warren    Richmond    VA
Kali    Maryssa    Webber    Orangeburg    SC
Kevin    Frank    Weber    Fountain Inn    SC
Zachary    Michael    White    Taylors    SC
Austin    Dale    Wicker    Newberry    SC
Jessica    Lynn    Will    Leesville    SC
Elizabeth    Anne    Williamson    Canterbury     NEW ZEALAND
Natalie    Elizabeth    Willis    Lexington    SC
Courtlin    D'Anja    Wilson    Cassatt    SC
Dewey    Smarr    Wilson    Clarks Hill    SC
Leila    Anne    Winters    Cross    SC
Frances    Claire    Wylie    North Charleston    SC
Jurgen        Xhafaj    Vlore Vlore     ALBANIA
Jeffery    Steven    Young    Pelion    SC
Karley    Frances    Young    Kinards    SC
Nicholas    Robert    Young    Goose Creek    SC



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RETAIN Hosts Technology Conference June 14

May 18, 2017

Newberry College Retain Technology Conference Save the Date June 14, 2017

RETAIN Center of Excellence will host a Technology Conference on June 14, 2017, from 9 am - 3 pm. Educators at all levels of technology proficiency are welcome to attend! Presentations will focus on innovative practices for effectively integrating and using technology in the classroom. The event will feature many informative presentations with topics ranging from novice to advanced. Door prizes at the end of the day!

 

REGISTER

Registration is $20 for the day and includes a box lunch from Grouchos Deli of Newberry. To register, go to https://goo.gl/wgjIJ8 {that's capital "I", capital "J"}.  Visit the RETAIN website for more information. 

 

PROPOSAL REQUESTS

If you are doing something amazing in your classroom and would like to share, proposal requests are still being accepted at https://goo.gl/oWmT4S.



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David Santiago Joins Newberry College as Marching Band Director

May 11, 2017

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David M. Santiago will join Newberry College as its new marching band director effective June 1, 2017.

Santiago has been contributing to the music education of students in Chapin schools for the past 31 years. He joined Chapin High School in 1986 as Assistant Band Director. During his first year in that position, he founded the Chapin High School Jazz Band, which went on to receive Superior ratings at state, regional and national jazz festivals for the next 26 years. 

When Chapel Middle School opened in 1991, Santiago was appointed Band Director, where he has served for the past 26 years while continuing to assist with all facets of the entire Chapin band program for grades 6 – 12. 

“Mr. Santiago’s years of experience as a band director and music educator will be a tremendous asset to the music program at Newberry College,” said Dr. Chris Sheppard, Chair of Newberry College’s Department of Music. “We look forward to witnessing the transformation that David’s energy and creativity will bring about in our marching band program.” 

Under Santiago’s direction, Chapin Middle School bands have consistently earned Superior ratings at concert festivals and contests throughout the Southeast, as well as 29 consecutive Outstanding Performance Awards given annually by the South Carolina Band Director’s Association. 

Students in the CMS band program routinely earn Superior ratings at the South Carolina Solo and Ensemble Festival every year, and consistently place in the South Carolina All-State Band, Regional and District Honor Bands. 

Santiago was honored in 2013 by the National Band Association with both the Citation of Excellence and the Outstanding Jazz Educator Award. He also received the 2014 South Carolina Bandmaster of the Year Award given by the Phi Beta Mu national band fraternity. Earlier in his teaching career, he was recognized by the American School Band Directors Association in 1997 with the South Carolina Middle School Band Director of the Year Award and was named Chapin Middle School Teacher of the Year for 1993-94. 

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Santiago frequently serves as a clinician/adjudicator at music festivals and contests and as a guest clinician throughout South Carolina. He also has served for seven years as Director of Winds and Percussion for the Tri-District Arts Consortium. Santiago performs regularly as a professional trumpeter for special services and events throughout South Carolina. 

Santiago is an active member several organizations for musicians and music educators as well as Phi Mu Alpha and Phi Beta Mu National Band Fraternity. He served a three-year term as one of four Middle/Junior High School representatives on the prestigious board of directors for the National Band Directors Association. 

Santiago received his Bachelor of Music Education in 1985 from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He earned his Master of Music Education in 1986 from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He is currently pursuing post-graduate work to complete 30 graduate hours above his master’s degree. 

“I am excited to be joining forces with the music faculty at Newberry College as we work together to make the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band an amazing experience for the students,” Santiago said. “We hope to add new energy and excitement to our performances at sporting events throughout the year.” 

A native of Columbia, S.C., Santiago graduated from Irmo High School in 1981. He and his wife, Kimberly, live in Chapin, S.C., with their children, Christian, Colin and Nicole.



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​Newberry Celebrates 113 Graduates at Spring 2017 Commencement

May 9, 2017

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Newberry College hosted the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017, celebrating the accomplishments of 113 graduates on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m., in Eleazer Arena. 

 

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

 

Student Commencement Speakers 

In keeping with the College’s practice of choosing students to give the commencement address, graduating seniors Mallory M. Gerndt and Trung N. Duong were selected for this honor. Mallory M. Gerndt, a Business Administration and Political Science double major from Burke, Va., is a member of Phi Beta Lambda, Omicron Delta Kappa, Blue Key Honor Society and the prestigious Newberry College Bachman Honor Society. 

 

“Newberry College has provided us with a yellow brick road – or a path to success, a path that encouraged us to follow our dreams and to never give up.” Gerndt said during her commencement remarks. “We have found a home in Newberry College and wherever you go, there is no place like Newberry College, there is no place like home.” 

 

Trung N. Duong, an English and Graphic Design double major from Forest, Va., is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta international English honors society and a two-time Division II Wrestling All-American who has earned multiple Academic All-American honors. 

 

“When we first arrived at Newberry College, we had so much to learn from our professors and coaches, but we all found a way to persevere,” Duong said during his commencement remarks. “Persistence is what kept us going and what got us here today. But our journey does not end today with graduation. Our journey continues.” 

 

Senior Class Gift 

Each year, graduating seniors make a class gift to their alma mater. This year’s class gift is a cedar bench and swing, which will be installed on the patio of the new residence hall when construction is complete. 

 

Emeriti Faculty 

Newberry College conferred emeritus status on three retiring faculty. Leighton Hartzog, a Newberry resident who retires after 15 years of service to the College, was granted the rank of assistant professor of Accounting and Business Administration emeritus. Newberry conferred the rank of professor of Political Science emeritus upon Dr. Steven Schweitzer, a Hartsville, S.C., resident, honoring his 14 years of service to the College. 

 

Newberry College conferred the rank of associate dean and associate professor of English emerita on Dale Kinard Brown, a Newberry resident and 1966 alumna, who retires in July after 26 years of service to the College. She was additionally honored with the Luceo Mea Luce Award, which honors individuals whose lives of devotion, learning and service exemplify the motto, “By my light I enlighten,” associated with Newberry College founder John Bachman. By acclamation, the faculty bestowed this seldom-given award on Brown in honor of her tireless service to the College in whatever capacity she was needed, including as professor, English department chair, interim Teacher Education chair and associate dean of Academic Affairs. 

 

Awards and Honors 

Dr. L. Grady Cooper Award: The graduating class annually presents the Dr. L. Grady Cooper Award to faculty, staff or students who exemplify the loyalty and devotion to Newberry College that Cooper demonstrated during his long tenure as a professor of Religion and Greek. The Rev. Ernie Worman and Kirsten Cockerham were selected for this honor. Worman was recognized for his unfailing support and encouragement of students, faculty and staff. Cockerham, a senior with a major in Physical Education and minors in Business Administration and Athletic Training, was a founding member of the Scarlet Poms dance team and represented the group on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. A Mocksville, N.C., native, she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, served as president of Panhellenic and represented Panhellenic interests on the Student Government Association. 

 

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

Christopher Ringer received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. A History major from Columbia, S.C. Ringer has been inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He is a member of several academic and leadership societies and actively involved in volunteer service with local nonprofits. He plans to study International Relations in graduate school with the goal of working in the State Department or American Foreign Service. 

 

Mallory M. Gerndt was honored with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award. Gerndt, a double major in Business Administration and Political Science from Burke, Va., Gerndt was a Summerland Honors Scholar who has been a member of several academic honor societies, including the Bachman Honor Society. A member of the Wolves Softball team, she was named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and served as president of the Student Athlete Advisor Committee. She interned with Newberry alumna Hope Walker at the South Carolina GOP and with Reince Priebus, then chairman of the Republican National Committee. 

 

Dr. George B. Cromer Award: Established by the Class of 1938 in memory of Dr. George B. Cromer, who served as president of the College from 1895-1904, the award is given annually to the graduating senior who exemplifies the qualities of academic excellence, leadership ability and personal integrity that Cromer demonstrated throughout his tenure. Madison Marie Darby-McClure was honored as this year’s recipient. An English major with a minor in Business Administration and Creative Writing, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native is a Summerland Honors Program scholar and a member of several academic honor societies, including the Bachman Honor Society. Senior captain of the Wolves Volleyball team, she was recognized as the SAC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and named an Academic All-American. 

 

Special Presentation 

Newberry College surprised Mary Grate-Pyos ’81, current president of the Alumni Association Board of Managers, with the opportunity to experience a missed opportunity. Circumstances prevented Grate-Pyos from participating in her commencement ceremony in 1981, so Newberry helped Grate-Pyos recreate the experience, asking her to step forward to walk across the stage and receive her certificate of graduation from President Scherrens.



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Muller Center Announces Student Research Fellows for 2017-18

May 4, 2017

Student Research Fellows

The Muller Center at Newberry College proudly announces its Muller Student Research Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. Benjamin Herring, Sarah Johnson and Mariah Lee will each spend a semester conducting research and using their findings to develop civic projects.  

 

“The aim of the fellowship is to encourage students to connect academic learning to pressing civic and ethical issues,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, Muller Center director. “This is a concrete expression of Newberry College’s mission, which links intellectual and personal development to engaged citizenship.”

 

Herring, a rising senior from Hopkins, S.C., will use a summer internship in Quito, Ecuador as the foundation for his project. Combining on-the-ground experience with research, he seeks to develop a strategic management system specifically for international non-governmental organizations. Locally he will work to educate about the global aspects of civic engagement.

 

Johnson’s project addresses early literacy and its impact on educational achievement

across the lifespan. A rising junior and a South Carolina Teaching Fellow from Ruby, S.C., she will focus specifically on the question of how to increase access to books and reading in the home, both to strengthen early literacy in very young children and to address the loss of reading skills when students are not in school over the summer.

 

Lee, a rising sophomore from Seaford, Del., will conduct laboratory research in microbiology this summer at the University of Georgia. Upon returning to Newberry, she will investigate vaccination rates among elderly populations in Newberry County and develop educational materials on the importance of community-wide vaccinations for preventing the spread of disease.

 

“The disciplinary variety of these three projects is really exciting,” Hughes said. “They show the wide possibilities for civic engagement. We are pleased by the clear commitment of this class of Muller Fellows to draw their campus peers into their civic projects.” She added, “Student leadership is a key motivator of student engagement. All three of these Fellows are already leaders on campus and, thanks to their work, I expect enthusiasm for civic engagement to grow in the 2017-18 year.”

 

For more information on the Student Research Fellows and their work, contact Dr. Krista E. Hughes at muller.center@newberry.edu.



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Newberry Selects Travis Ballenger as Director of First-Year Programs

May 4, 2017

Dr. Ballenger speaking at a microphone

Newberry College has named Dr. Travis Ballenger to serve as Director of First-Year Programs, a newly created position designed to support the academic, psychological and social integration of students who are just beginning their academic journeys. His appointment is effective May 8, 2017.

 

Ballenger will be responsible for developing programming specifically aimed at guiding students and their families into the college experience and supporting their transition to the Newberry College campus community.

 

“Dr. Ballenger brings proven experience in mentoring students to acquire the skills and motivation needed to be academically successful and fully engaged in campus life,” said Dr. Sandra Rouse, Dean of Students. “He brings a wealth of fresh ideas to Newberry that we are eager to implement.”

 

Prior to joining Newberry, Ballenger served as Coordinator of Academic Tutoring for Student Support Services and academic advisor at Lander University (2008-2017) in Greenwood, S.C. He worked with first-generation, low-income and disabled students to define academic issues and develop realistic educational action plans to ensure they persisted to graduation,

 

Prior to that, Ballenger was Director of Career Services and New Student Orientation at Newberry College (2005-2008) where managed all aspects of career services from strategy to day-to-day operations. He developed a variety of career planning programming and coordinated hiring opportunities with employment recruiters.

 

Before turning his interests to higher education, Ballenger was a career counselor with the County of Greenville, S.C. (2003-2005), where he provided intensive career counseling and guidance to an average caseload of more than 70 clients.

 

Ballenger’s teaching experience includes serving as a Human Services adjunct instructor at Southern Wesleyan University (2014-Present), course facilitator/instructor at University of Phoenix online (2007-2016), and adjunct instructor at Newberry College (2005-2008).

 

Ballenger is a regular presenter at industry conferences and was a member of the South Carolina Council of Education Opportunity Personnel Programs (SC TRiO Association), having served as treasurer and Student Leadership Conference chair for the association. Ballenger also is an active member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., currently serving as Gulf Coast Regional Chief of Staff and Alpha Chi Omega Alumni Chapter President. 

 

Ballenger earned his Ed.D. with a concentration in Higher and Post-Secondary Education (2016) from Argosy University in Atlanta, Ga. His dissertation topic was “African-American Faculty Members’ Lived Experiences in Higher Education.” Ballenger received his M.A. in Counseling with a Mental Health concentration (2005) from Webster University in Greenville, S.C., and received a B.A. in Sociology (2002) from the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg.

 

“I look forward to returning to Newberry College, assisting students and their families as they transition to our campus community and enhancing the first-year experience for our incoming students,” Ballenger said.

 

Originally from Spartanburg, Ballenger currently lives in Simpsonville, S.C.



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Newberry Appoints Christina Wendland as Associate Dean of the College

May 4, 2017

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Newberry College has named The Rev. Dr. Christina Wendland as Associate Dean of the College effective July 1, 2017. She replaces Dr. Dale Brown, a 1966 Newberry College alumna who is retiring after 26 years of service to the College.

 

In her new role as Associate Dean of the College, Wendland will serve as the Academic Affairs liaison to more than 10 faculty committees and coordinate with the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness on matters related to accreditation. Additionally, she will develop the academic calendar, oversee the business unit’s budget and hire and mentor adjunct faculty.

 

“Christy’s dedication to the success of the College is evident through her positive interactions with both students and colleagues,” said Dr. Timothy Elston, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. “In her new role, she will continue to support and inspire the campus community.”

 

Wendland joined the faculty of Newberry College in 2007 as assistant professor of Religion. Her teaching responsibilities focused Biblical Studies, Religion and Pop Culture and Summerland Honors Program courses. She also has served on the Academic Assessment Committee and the Campus Alliance for Respect and Diversity.

 

Wendland will continue to serve as director of Newberry’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Habits of the Heart,” a program she has led since 2011 to enhance student learning by emphasizing critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and vocational reflection.   

 

“Newberry College has been my home for 10 years, and I love the students and people who make this college great!” Wendland said. “As I prepare to step into the next decade of my career at Newberry, I am pleased to have this opportunity and look forward to the new challenges it will offer.”

 

Wendland is registered as a supply preacher with the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has taught adult forums and Sunday School classes on a variety of topics and is active in her home church, Christus Victor Lutheran Church.

 

Prior to joining Newberry College, Wendland served as associate pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (1997-2001) in Columbia, S.C. Prior to that, she was a member of the faculty at Waldorf College (1997-2001) in Iowa.


Wendland earned her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Luther Seminary (2007). Her doctoral work focused on the book of Ezekiel, challenging the traditional conception of the relationship between God and the people of Israel characterized in that book of the Bible.  She received her M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary (1997), and earned her bachelor of science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from The Ohio State University (1992).

 

Wendland is a regular presenter at Lutheran and higher education organizations as well as on-campus events, exploring on a breadth of topics, including religion and technology, immigration and the intersection of religion and Harry Potter.

 

Wendland lives in Columbia, S.C., with her children, Kayla (18) and Jonah (12). 



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Newberry Student-Athlete Selected for South Atlantic Conference Softball Elite 18 Honors

May 4, 2017

Dills holding trophy with SAC representative

Myranda Dills from Newberry College was named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Softball Elite 18 honoree by the South Atlantic Conference (SAC).  This is a new award for the SAC and honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average based on a minimum of 48 credit hours who is competing at the final site of each of the Conference's 18 team championship sports.

 

Dills, a sophomore from Chesnee, S.C., carries a 4.0 GPA as a nursing major. 

 

On the field, Dills posted a .330 average at the plate with 35 hits.  She put two balls over the fence to go along with eight doubles and two triples.  She recorded 34 starts at first base on the year and led the League in Conference-only games in putouts with 163.



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Newberry College Accepting Bids for Summer Renovation Projects

May 1, 2017

Newberry College will be accepting bids for two renovation projects for existing campus housing. Projects include cosmetic renovations to four residence halls, roof repairs on one residence hall and complete reroofing on one residence hall. All projects will be completed over the summer prior to students returning to campus in August for fall semester. 

 

#1 - RESIDENCE HALL LIMITED RENOVATIONS

Newberry College is accepting bids for limited cosmetic renovations on Cromer Hall, Derrick Hall, Kinard Hall and Smeltzer Hall, the four residence halls surrounding the campus quad. This renovation will include:

  • Replacement of ceiling tile
  • Painting
  • Replacement of flooring (carpet, VLT, VCT)

 

#2 – REROOFING OF RESIDENCE HALL

Newberry College is accepting bids for roof replacement on Derrick Hall and roof repairs on Cromer Hall. This project will include:

  • Complete reroofing with architectural shingles to Derrick Hall
  • Repairs to dormers of Derrick Hall
  • Painting of fire escape of Derrick Hall
  • Significant patch work (built-up) to Cromer Hall

 

Eligible contractors must have a valid South Carolina contracting license, be in good standing with the State of South Carolina and carry a minimum of $2 million aggregate insurance coverage. For the roofing project, the contractor must be a certified roofer and be able to provide references. For both projects, the contractor must be staffed to complete assigned work within 52 working days beginning on May 19, 2017.

 

Interested parties should email qualifications and proof of insurance no later than May 10 to Fred Errigo, Director of Physical Plant, at fred.errigo@newberry.edu. Physical Plant will do a walk-through for both projects for interested contractors on Thursday, May 11, at 9 a.m.



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ROTC Color Guard Performs Opening Ceremony for Charlotte Knights Baseball

April 26, 2017

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The Scottish Highlander Battalion, made up of ROTC students from Newberry College, Presbyterian College and Lander University, performed the Presentation of the Colors for the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team as part of the team’s season opener ceremony held April 6, in Charlotte, N.C.

 

The color guard [pictured L to R] included:
CDT Joseph Jenkins, a senior at Newberry College
CDT Avion Mickens, a freshman at Lander University
CDT Lee-Ann Salim, a junior at Presbyterian College
CDT Brandon Patrick, a freshman at Newberry College
CDT Nicholas Schon, a junior at Newberry College.

 

Senior Military Science Instructor MSG Skip McMillan tasked CDT Patrick with serving as Sergeant of the Guard. In this leadership role, CDT Patrick was responsible for selecting and training the other members of the color guard, arranging transportation and commanding the guard during their performance.

 

“Coordinating everything and teaching the cadets all of the rifle and flag movements was a lot to do, but I enjoyed it.” Said CDT Patrick. “It’s something I did throughout high school in JROTC. I’ve had opportunities to perform at other events, including the 9//1 memorial ceremony in Columbia, S.C., but the Charlotte Knights season opener was one of the biggest I’ve done.”

 

MSG McMillian, who works with the ROTC programs at all three institutions, arranged the Color Guard’s appearance.

 

“Earlier in the year, the cadets told me they were interested in doing more off-campus activities,” MSG McMillan said. “Our Color Guard detail is solid, so I began looking for opportunities. In February, we learned the Highlander Battalion Color Guard had been selected for the opening day ceremonies of the Charlotte Knights.”

 

“I’m proud to have represented Newberry College and our ROTC Highlander Battalion in this way,” CDT Patrick said. “It was so worth the effort when everyone’s combined efforts came together as we did in Charlotte.”



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Newberry College Breaks Ground for New Residence Hall

April 21, 2017

Residence Hall prototype

Newberry College today broke ground on a new residence hall. Construction on the $3.8 million student residence is expected to get underway in June 2017 and is slated to be ready for occupancy for the start of fall semester in August 2018.

 

The new building will be adjacent to Walker Hall, a student residence constructed in 2006 on the corner of Luther Street and Wolves Way. The 22,866-square foot residence hall will be home to 76 students and three resident advisors.

 

“The new residence hall is a welcome addition to the campus housing options available to our students,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “Construction of the new residence hall is a crucial step forward in fulfilling our campus housing master plan.”

 

Construction of the new residence hall comes in response to institutional growth that has stretched campus housing to capacity. The project is an essential first step toward more sweeping overall improvements and upgrades in campus housing.

 

“With the combined effects of enrollment growth and retention increases, housing demands will soon exceed our current capacity,” said Dr. Sandra Rouse, Dean of Students. “We have implemented short-term solutions to help us manage, but the 76 new beds provided by the new residence hall will go a long way toward accommodating current and future growth.”

 

The new residence hall will be a three-story brick and cement panel building that is consistent with the style and beauty of the existing buildings. It will accommodate 79 students across 14 living units. It will feature suite-style, double-occupancy rooms arranged in pods of four, six or eight people with a shared living room, bathroom and efficiency kitchen. Multiple covered common areas and entrances will provide residents with opportunities to study and interact in between classes.

 

Over the course of this summer the College will invest an additional $800,000 in cosmetic improvements and infrastructure upgrades to four existing residence halls: Derrick Hall, Cromer Hall, Kinard Hall and Smeltzer Hall.  

 

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, a regional, studio-based architecture, planning and interior design firm, led the design efforts for Newberry’s residence hall. Triangle Construction Co., a Greenville-based builder serving the region for 70 years, will lead the construction phase. Interim construction financing is being provided by First Reliance Bank, a community-focused lender with locations throughout South Carolina. USDA Rural Development, a federal agency offering loans, grants and loan guarantees to support economic development in rural America, will serve as the permanent lender.

 

“USDA Rural Development in South Carolina is focused on strengthening our rural communities.” Said Acting State Director Michele J. Cardwell. “Providing safe, comfortable and affordable living and educational facilities are essential components of the economic well-being of our rural citizens.”

 

Participants in the groundbreaking ceremony included:

Hugo A. (Hap) Pearce – Chair, Newberry College Board of Trustees
Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens – President, Newberry College
Robert James – Chair, Ad-Hoc Housing Committee of Board of Trustees
Dr. Sandra Rouse – Dean of Students
Benjamin Herring – Incoming President, Student Government Association
Tim Ellis – Program Manager, USDA Rural Development
Melanie Anderson – Project Designer, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture
Bryant Nixon – Executive Vice President, Triangle Construction Co.
Richard McIntyre – Market President-Lexington, First Reliance Bank

 

After the opening greeting by Hap Pearce, Campus Pastor Ernie Worman led the invocation. Dr. Sandra Rouse, Dean of Students, spoke on behalf of Student Affairs, followed by the student response from SGA incoming president Ben Herring. Program Manager Tim Ellis provided remarks on behalf of USDA Rural Development. With the ceremonial turning of the soil complete, President Scherrens gave the closing remarks. 



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Newberry Professor Receives Teaching Award

April 13, 2017

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Newberry College Assistant Professor of Sport Professions and Newberry resident Dr. John Lesaine recently received the Excellence in Teaching Award, an honor given annually to one faculty member from each of the 20 member institutions of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) organization.

 

The honorees were recognized at the 12th annual Excellence in Teaching awards dinner held on April 4, at which time each professor also received a $3,000 professional development grant from SCICU.

 

A Newberry College graduate, Lesaine has been a member of the Newberry faculty since 2012. He earned his Ed.D. in Sport Management from U.S. Sports Academy, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from Valdosta State University, and a B.S. Sport Management from Newberry College.

 

Prior to joining the Newberry faculty, Lesaine held various college basketball coaching positions. As an assistant coach, Lesaine’s teams appeared in six consecutive NCAA Division II national tournaments. He continues to officiate NCAA women’s basketball games.

 

Bringing from coaching into the classroom what he learned about mentoring and encouraging student success, Lesaine has twice been honored by Newberry as Professor of the Year (for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years). Lesaine also has received the L. Grady Cooper Award for loyalty and dedication to Newberry College.

 

“John is a dedicated teacher and mentor to many of our students,” said Dr. Timothy Elston, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. “He serves as a role model in and out of the classroom and inspires our students to reach higher than they sometimes think possible.”

 

Lesaine teaches several popular courses, including Film and Sport, an interdisciplinary course that examines the historical versus popular views of sports and various athletic personalities on the American psyche.

 

“John is always creative and engaging in his approach to teaching and motivating students to strive for their own personal best,” said Gretchen Haskett, chair of the Department of Sport Professions.



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One-Woman Show Explores Societal Taboos Around Infertility and Miscarriage

April 13, 2017

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Newberry College will host “Lost and Found,” a one-woman theatrical performance that explores the societal taboos surrounding infertility and miscarriage.

 

The solo show features Adanma Onyedike Barton, a faculty guest artist from Berea College. Barton takes to the Newberry College stage on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m., in Wiles Theatre. The play is free and open to the public.

 

Barton’s performance teaches audiences about women’s reproductive health while also providing the audience with a chance to respond. When the 45-minute production concludes, the audience is invited to remain for a panel discussion featuring Barton, a reproductive health counselor and a physician specializing in reproductive health.

 

During her sabbatical from Berea College for the 2016-2017 academic year, Barton created her solo play, “Lost and Found,” as a means of engaging audiences in an exploration of the uniquely personal issues surrounding women’s reproductive health.

 

“So many women suffer in silence,” Barton said. “It is my hope that this production gives women the opportunity to speak up and speak out.” 

 

Since February, Barton has been touring her production and teaching a solo performance workshops at colleges and universities throughout the county. She joined the faculty of Kentucky-based Berea College in 2009, where she serves as an associate professor of Theatre.

 

“When I arrived at Berea College, I began teaching my students that Theatre can be used as a tool to promote conversation and social change,” Barton said.” I developed a course titled, ‘Feminist Solo Performance,’ that helps students explore various methods of storytelling that have enhanced perspectives on issues pertaining to women.”

 

Founded in 1855, Berea College is the first interracial and coeducational college in the South.  All students who attend Berea do so tuition free and are required to work a minimum of 10 hours in a labor position on campus.

 

 

PRAISE FOR ADANMA O. BARTON

“I have had the tremendous good fortune to have Adanma Barton as a colleague. In all my works on transformative pedagogy, I urge professors and students to be fully engaged. Adanma Barton in her multidisciplinary work in Theatre, Black Studies, and Women Studies embodies the very best of engaged teaching and learning.”

DR. BELL HOOKS, world renowned feminist scholar and Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College

 

“I believe Adanma is one of the most exciting directors in the region. Her intelligence, deep knowledge of theatre, and drive brings an electricity to a play that would not have existed without her. Her deep passion for the written word and for drama instilled the same into her students. I have seen several plays directed by Adanma and all of them have her trademark stamp of layered intelligence, creativity, and energy. Adanma is an amazing teacher. She cares deeply about her students and works incredibly hard to make sure they are learning as much as possible. She never coddles them but always makes sure they know she cares about their education. Her teaching technique is especially effective because it is so clear that she cares about knowledge and taking the work at hand seriously. Her passion for learning is infectious, and it sets a fire in her students.”

SILAS HOUSE, award winning author and playwright

 

“Adanma is a world builder. Seeing how she brings her students into this delicate realm, whether it’s on stage or in the classroom, I became increasingly aware of a certain transformation from classmates to cast members. Wherever that fourth wall goes up, Adanma pushes it as far back as it will go, absorbing every last member of her class. The very vitality that she endows, both her teaching and directing, becomes so readily infectious amongst her students, her audience, it’s impossible not to feel engaged—or, even better, a member of the ensemble. Quite simply, she brings theatre to life.”

CLAY McLEOD, New York City-based playwright and author 



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Proclamation Celebrates April 7 as Newberry College Women’s League 75th Anniversary Day

April 5, 2017

Newberry College has issued a proclamation declaring Friday, April 7 to be Newberry College Women's League 75th Anniversay Day. At the group's annual meeting on April 1, Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens praised the group as one of the unsung heroes of the College. The group has worked tirelessly on behalf of the College to identify and fund projects on campus that might otherwise be overlooked. They have funded everything from the installation of handrails on campus buildings to the white boards in classrooms. Although their grants typically range from $500 to $1,000, the projects they select have far-reaching impact on the campus community. Newberry College gratefully acknowledges Women's League for their tireless efforts, undying devotion and endless generosity to Newberry College for generations past, present and future. 

 

 

PROCLAMATION

 

WHEREAS,                           the Newberry College Women’s League was established October 9, 1942, to support Newberry College, its mission and the needs and well-being of its students; and

 

WHEREAS,                           members of the League are committed to the institution of family, the Christian faith, and encouraging future generations to serve the Newberry College community; and

 

WHEREAS,                           the League meets annually on campus to evaluate and make decisions regarding funding various needs and service projects for the campus and its student body; and

 

WHEREAS,                           the League has generously donated funds to support many areas of campus including academic departments, capital projects, college archives, campus beautification and more; and

 

WHEREAS,                           the club has shown by its actions and good works for the past 75 years that it is a significant asset to the College community, providing leadership and funding projects that have greatly benefited the campus and student body.

 

NOW, THEREFORE,           I, Maurice Scherrens, president of Newberry College, do hereby proclaim April 7, 2017, as Newberry College Women’s League 75th Anniversary Day.

 

On the campus of Newberry College, and I urge all to recognize the outstanding contributions the Newberry College Women’s League has made to our community and to commend the League for its faithful support of generations of Newberry College students, faculty and staff, past, present and future.

 

Proclaimed this 7th day of April 2017.        



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Newberry College to Host 33rd Annual South Carolina Science Olympiad Competition

March 24, 2017

Sience Olympiad Exploring the World of Science

High school students from around the state of South Carolina will converge on Newberry College on Saturday, March. 25 for the 33rd annual South Carolina Science Olympiad high school competition.  These students have been hard at work for the past several months working to prepare themselves for the preeminent science competition in the United States.

Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.  The Science Olympiad program hopes to bring academic competition to the same level of recognition and praise normally reserved for athletic competition.  The tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of twenty individual and team events which are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology.  The 2017 competition includes such events as Towers, Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detectives, Rocks and Minerals, Forensics, Astronomy, and Experimental Design.  Olympic-style medals are awarded to the top four individual places in each event, and team scores are tabulated in order to award an overall state champion.  The winning school will go on to represent South Carolina at the National Science Olympiad competition to be held May 19-20 at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. 

Piedmont Municipal Power Agency joins Newberry College as a major sponsor of the South Carolina Science Olympiad for the fourth consecutive year.  Their sponsorship provides much needed assistance to offset travel costs associated with the Science Olympiad program, including funds to allow the director to travel the state and publicize the program, as well as funds to help facilitate travel of the state winners to the national competition.   Through this generous sponsorship, the state Science Olympiad program continues to grow.  The 400 participants expected this year represents the largest number in decades, and last year the South Carolina Science Olympiad program was recognized as one of the top three states nationwide in annual membership gains over the previous year.

Newberry College has been the proud host of the South Carolina Science Olympiad since its inception.  On competition day, events will be held in the Science and Math Building, Eleazer Arena, MacLean Gym, and on the Quadrangle in the center of campus.  The events in the gyms and on the Quad are open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  In addition, the public is invited to the Opening Ceremonies in Wiles Chapel at 9:30 a.m., as well as the Awards Ceremony in Wiles Chapel at 4 p.m.  

As students advance through school, the perks of participating in the Science Olympiad program grow. In 2013, Newberry College began awarding scholarships to South Carolina Science Olympiad event winners at the state high school competition in March.  The winning students in each of the 20 different events at this year’s high school competition will receive $2000 scholarships to Newberry College.  These awards are stackable from year to year, up to a maximum award of $10,000.  

For more information about the South Carolina Science Olympiad program, contact Bret Clark, Director, at 803-321-5255 or bret.clark@newberry.edu.



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Gretchen Haskett Appointed Associate Dean for Student Success and Persistence

March 16, 2017

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Newberry College has appointed Prof. Gretchen Haskett as Associate Dean for Student Success and Persistence, a newly developed position aimed at helping the College attain its vision for a nationally recognized student retention program.

 

Haskett currently serves as assistant professor of Sport Professions and chair of the Department of Sport Professions. She also leads a task force focused on improving student engagement, which is one of the College’s strategic priorities.

 

“Gretchen has been a valuable contributor in the various roles she has filled since joining the College 12 years ago,” said Dr. Timothy Elston, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. “Her leadership will be a tremendous asset to the College for ensuring the success of our student support programming.” 

 

In her new position, Haskett will provide the vision and leadership for the Center for Student Success, which provides a broad range of services that have a direct impact on students and their ability to succeed and remain in college.

 

The Center provides support services related to careers, disabilities, international students, study abroad programs, military services, honors program, diversity education, writing and tutoring, bridge programming, athletic liaison and Call Me MISTER (in cooperation with Teacher Education). Haskett also will work closely with departments across campus to develop and enhance retention programming and to collect and analyze retention data.

 

Haskett has served in various capacities at Newberry College since joining the staff in 2005 as Assistant Director of Residence Life. In 2007, she was appointed as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Physical Education.

 

The President’s Council recently selected Haskett to receive the inaugural Alpha Wolf Leader of the Pack Award, which was created to recognize Newberry College employees for excellence in leadership. Haskett also has been previously recognized as Advisor of the Year and for her efforts in program assessment.

 

Haskett earned her B.S. in Physical Education from Newberry College in 2003 and received her M.S. in Health and Physical Education from Tennessee Technological University.

 

“I look forward to tackling the challenges of my new position and having an impact on programs that will broadly affect the campus,” Haskett said. “I have always tried to approach learning with a holistic view and help others see that learning takes place through a variety of experiences. My new position offers the perfect opportunity to continue the enhancement, growth and collaboration of all services to assist in fulfilling the needs of our students.”

 

She and her husband, Nathan Haskett, live in Pomaria, S.C., with their daughter, Piper. 



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RETAIN Hosts Mentor Collaboration Event

March 7, 2017


The RETAIN Center of Excellence for Mentoring and Induction Teachers hosted a Mentor Collaboration Dinner with Newberry County teachers and administrators on March 2. Hosted at Newberry College’s new Center for Teacher Education, the event was an opportunity for Newberry College professors and Newberry County teachers and administrators to collaborate on field experience, student teaching and induction teachers. 
 
The RETAIN Center of Excellence was created at Newberry College in 2010 to focus on the issue of retaining the state's in-service teaching professionals. RETAIN supports new teachers and prepares pre-service teachers for the classroom, making a difference with teachers and schools throughout South Carolina.
 
RETAIN seeks to increase teacher retention in South Carolina by providing quality professional development, mentoring, and support for new teachers. RETAIN hosts the annual statewide New Teacher Induction Symposium for teachers in their first three years of teaching each summer.  This event has impacted hundreds of South Carolina teachers over the last four years. 
 
RETAIN also hosts the annual GROW Symposium for college education majors from multiple schools to collaborate, network and learn from one another. For more information, go to www.retainmentoringandinduction.com
 



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Newberry College’s Value Proposition Pairs Quality and Affordability

March 7, 2017

Since its founding in 1856, Newberry College has been focused on its mission to prepare students for productive careers and meaningful lives. Flourishing alumni, along with record-breaking enrollment and rising national rankings, all point to a mission being fulfilled.

 

Newberry College saw a record high 381 incoming students for Fall 2016, bringing total enrollment to 1,070 full-time students. Newberry also moved into the upper echelon of institutions ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the 2017 Best Colleges report. Taking its place among the most respected colleges in the Southeast, Newberry College moved into the Top 20 colleges in three categories:

 

#16 – Best Regional Colleges in the South

#3 – Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South

#8 – Best Regional Colleges in the South for Veterans

 

Measuring Return on Investment

Students and their families understand that a college education can help open doors to better careers and higher lifetime incomes. They consider a variety of factors in a uniquely personal decision about their college choice. Increasingly, they weigh the cost of attendance compared to the return on their education investment after graduation.

 

“College is a big decision, so we expect that families will assess the value and affordability of a Newberry College education,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. “Rankings and enrollment growth, combined with our Loan Repayment Promise, reassure students and their families that a private college education at Newberry is a wise investment that will not result in a heavy student loan debt when they graduate.”

 

At Newberry College, students receive institutional scholarships that vary considerably based upon their academic and co-curricular strengths as well as the family’s financial need. The average Newberry College scholarship for fall 2016 (not including athletic scholarships) was $10,600. With the addition of merit- and need-based grants and scholarships from state (for South Carolina residents) and federal sources, the net price often drops much lower.

 

Ensuring Access to a Private College Education

Ensuring that qualified students from every socioeconomic walk of life have access to a Newberry College education is a foundational point of the institution. Newberry has taken a proactive approach on the issue of college affordability.

 

In 2012, the College launched the Tuition Promise, an initiative that guaranteed incoming students they would not be subject to tuition increases during their four years of undergraduate study.

 

After three years offering the Tuition Promise, Newberry continued to set the bar higher for innovative approaches to affordability, launching the Loan Repayment Promise in 2015. The Loan Repayment Promise pledges that if a student’s annual income is less than $40,000 after they graduate from Newberry, the College will help them repay their colleges loans until they reach that salary threshold.

 

“Newberry is the first college in South Carolina to offer this kind of loan repayment assistance to students,” said Dean of Enrollment Management Joel Vander Horst.  “Although we work hard to keep tuition among the lowest of our peers in the state, the Loan Repayment Promise offers additional peace of mind to students and their families.”

 

Providing the Best Value

Even with the financial safety net of the Loan Repayment Promise, Newberry’s focus remains on keeping the cost of attendance in check. A generous financial aid package helps families manage costs.

 

“More than 95 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance,” Vander Horst said. “Institutional scholarships combined with outside aid sources make us highly competitive, even among state-subsidized schools.”

 

Newberry’s claim to the number three spot in the rankings for Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges report offers strong evidence of the strides Newberry continues to make in enhancing its value proposition.

 

“Like any other student, I dreamed of getting a college education, but I worried about how expensive it would be," said Newberry College senior Olivia Fraunfelter, a Physical Education/Sport Management major and current student body president. "Because Newberry has helped keep my costs lower, I’ve been able to receive an affordable education and can more easily start making a better future for myself after graduation.”

 

Controlling Price Increases

Newberry’s efforts to keep price increases as low as possible makes the College a leader in access and affordability throughout the region.  In a comparison with 20 South Carolina public and private colleges and universities, no institution has had a lower percentage increase in price over the past three years than Newberry College.

 

The price to attend Newberry College has risen 6.1 percent over the past three years, while the 20-school average price increase was 10.9 percent. Among that same group of 20 schools, Newberry College also had the lowest increase in tuition, fees, room and board over the past five years. The College’s increase on tuition, fees, room and board is just 1.69 percent for the 2017/2018 academic year.

 

 “We are delivering on our commitment to carefully control the price of a Newberry College education,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Hugo A. “Hap” Pearce. “We are dedicated to keeping the cost of attending Newberry College competitive and affordable for all students and their families.”

 

 

Expanding employment prospects

Considering the scope and importance of their education investment, students feel the pressure to ensure their college degree puts them on a clear path to employment after graduation. Mindful of these concerns, the most recent degree programs launched by the College focus on areas of study that are in high demand with prospective students and offer strong career prospects after graduation.

 

New majors in Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management, Digital Marketing and Forensic Science are helping students prepare for careers in high-demand fields. Newberry also recently expanded its highly competitive nursing major – a program with an employment success rate of nearly 100 percent.

 

“Our new degree programs are intentionally career-focused, but the liberal arts foundation also helps students develop many of the “soft skills” employers value so highly, such as critical thinking, flexibility and creativity,” said Dr. Timothy Elston, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.

 

Newberry College is preparing to launch a new online degree-completion option with fall 2017 semester starting with an RN to BSN program. Launching soon after will be online degree-completion programs in Healthcare Management, Psychology, Criminal Justice and Business Administration. 



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Newberry College Athletes Conquer the Classroom Fall Semester

February 16, 2017

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Newberry College athletics teams posted some impressive stats during the fall 2016 semester. Among their many accomplishments, the Wolves Football team earned the South Atlantic Conference Championship with head coach Todd Knight recognized as Coach of the Year. Volleyball set a school record for conference wins and Cross Country hosted and competed in the conference championship.

 

One of the biggest success stories for Newberry student-athletes, however, was their stand-out performance in the classroom last semester. As a whole, the Athletic department combined for an overall semester GPA of 3.104, with 17 out of 19 teams earning both a semester and cumulative GPA higher than a 3.0. In addition, 185 student-athletes earned Dean’s List honors for fall 2016 semester.

 

“The accomplishments of our student-athletes this fall is a reflection of our commitment to encouraging a balanced approach to college life,” said Newberry College Director of Athletics Ralph Patterson. “We’re proud of our athletes and grateful to the faculty and administrative support staff who help them excel in the classroom. Likewise, we are proud of our coaches for bringing in student-athletes who are high academic achievers.”

 

Individually, several athletes saw their athletic and academic accomplishments recognized at the conference, regional and national levels.

 

Sam Hall (football, first team) and Madison Darby-McClure (volleyball, third team) were recognized as Academic All-Americans by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), for their outstanding achievements both scholastically and in their respective sports. Their honors mark a total of 23 student-athletes in Newberry College history to earn this honor from CoSIDA.

 

Sam Hall also received the SAC Elite 18 Award, while Darby-McClure was named the SAC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Hall and Darby-McClure, along with Holden Beemiller (football), were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

 

From the Wolves women’s soccer team, Alyssa Ortega was named to the National Soccer Coaches of America Scholar All-South Region Team and was also recognized as the Chick-fil-A Student-Athlete of the Month in October.



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Newberry College to Host 33rd Annual South Carolina Science Olympiad Competition

February 7, 2017

Sience Olympiad Exploring the World of Science

Approximately 400 middle school students from around the state of South Carolina will converge on Newberry College on Saturday, Feb. 18 for the 33rd annual South Carolina Science Olympiad middle school competition.  These students have been hard at work for the past several months working to prepare themselves for the preeminent science competition in the United States.

Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers.  The Science Olympiad program hopes to bring academic competition to the same level of recognition and praise normally reserved for athletic competition.  The tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of twenty individual and team events which are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology.  The 2017 competition includes such events as Towers, Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detectives, Rocks and Minerals, Forensics, Astronomy, and Experimental Design.  Olympic-style medals are awarded to the top four individual places in each event, and team scores are tabulated in order to award an overall state champion.  The winning school will go on to represent South Carolina at the National Science Olympiad competition to be held May 19-20 at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. 

Piedmont Municipal Power Agency joins Newberry College as a major sponsor of the South Carolina Science Olympiad for the fourth consecutive year.  Their sponsorship provides much needed assistance to offset travel costs associated with the Science Olympiad program, including funds to allow the director to travel the state and publicize the program, as well as funds to help facilitate travel of the state winners to the national competition.   Through this generous sponsorship, the state Science Olympiad program continues to grow.  The 400 participants expected this year represents the largest number in decades, and last year the South Carolina Science Olympiad program was recognized as one of the top three states nationwide in annual membership gains over the previous year.

Newberry College has been the proud host of the South Carolina Science Olympiad since its inception.  On competition day, events will be held in the Science and Math Building, Eleazer Arena, MacLean Gym, and on the Quadrangle in the center of campus.  The events in the gyms and on the Quad are open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  In addition, the public is invited to the Opening Ceremonies in Wiles Chapel at 9:30 a.m., as well as the Awards Ceremony in Wiles Chapel at 4 p.m.  

As students advance through school, the perks of participating in the Science Olympiad program grow. In 2013, Newberry College began awarding scholarships to South Carolina Science Olympiad event winners at the state high school competition in March.  The winning students in each of the 20 different events at this year’s high school competition will receive $2000 scholarships to Newberry College.  These awards are stackable from year to year, up to a maximum award of $10,000.  The South Carolina Science Olympiad high school competition will take place at Newberry College on March 25.

For more information about the South Carolina Science Olympiad program, contact Bret Clark, Director, at 803-321-5255 or bret.clark@newberry.edu.



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Newberry College Recognized Two Employees With New “Alpha Wolf” Leadership Award

February 1, 2017

Knight and Haskett holding award plaques

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens this week announced the first-ever recipients of the Alpha Wolf Leader of the Pack Award created to recognize Newberry College employees for excellence in leadership.

 

Recipients of the inaugural award are Gretchen Haskett, chair of the Department of Sport Professions, and Todd Knight, Newberry Wolves Football head coach.

 

“We considered many worthy nominees, but Todd and Gretchen led the pack,” Scherrens said. “Both are stellar examples of what can be achieved through dedication, persistence and inspirational leadership.”

 

The Alpha Wolf Leader of the Pack Award was created by the College’s senior leadership team to recognize Newberry College employees (faculty, staff and coaches) who have demonstrated excellence in leadership through their individual roles within the College.

 

Criteria for the Alpha Wolf Leader of the Pack Award include:

Uncompromising commitment to the welfare of Newberry College students
Steadfast focus on achieving the goals and objectives of the College
Personal leadership that encourages and inspires others
Willingness to actively engage in resolving interdepartmental challenges
Willingness to take courageous action and accept responsibility

 

Haskett and Knight were recognized during the quarterly meeting of the Newberry College Board of Trustees on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

 

ABOUT THE AWARD RECIPIENTS

Gretchen Haskett earned her B.S. in Physical Education from Newberry College in 2003 and received her M.S. in Health and Physical Education from Tennessee Technological University. Haskett has served in various capacities at Newberry College beginning in 2005 as Assistant Director of Residence Life. In 2007, she was appointed as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Physical Education. She currently serves as assistant professor of Sport Professions and is chair of the Department of Sport Professions. Haskett has been recognized as Advisor of the Year and is a recipient of the Golden Machete Award for program assessment. She currently leads a task force focused on improving student engagement, one of the College’s strategic priorities. She and her husband, Nathan Haskett, live in Pomaria, S.C., with their daughter, Piper.

 

“I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition” said Haskett at the presentation of her award.  

 

Todd Knight is head coach of the Newberry Wolves Football team, which recently clinched the 2016 South Atlantic Conference championship. Knight joined Newberry College in 2001 as the Wolves Football defensive coordinator; he was named head coach in 2009. As a coach, Knight has made it his personal mission to ensure his players thrive on the field, in the classroom and after graduation. Despite the challenges of large rosters, limited resources and aging facilities, Knight has fashioned the Wolves Football program into one of the premier Division II programs in the region. He is a strong supporter of student activities and serves as a mentor and serves as a mentor for new coaches joining the ranks of Newberry College. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Physical Education, both from Gardner-Webb University. He and his wife, Tina, live in Newberry, S.C., with their sons, Devin and Cash. His daughter, Anna, is a 2010 Newberry College graduate who lives in North Carolina.

 

“It is a privilege every day to be on campus and work with our kids,” Knight said during the conferral of his award.



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Newberry College Honors Two With New Leadership Award

February 1, 2017

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens this week announced the first-ever recipients of the Alpha Wolf Leader of the Pack Award created to recognize Newberry College employees for excellence in leadership.

 

Recipients of the inaugural award are Gretchen Haskett, chair of the Department of Sport Professions, and Todd Knight, Newberry Wolves Football head coach.

 

“We considered many worthy nominees, but Todd and Gretchen led the pack,” Scherrens said. “Both are stellar examples of what can be achieved through dedication, persistence and inspirational leadership.”

 

The Alpha Wolf Leader of the Pack Award was created by the College’s senior leadership team to recognize Newberry College employees (faculty, staff and coaches) who have demonstrated excellence in leadership through their individual roles within the College.

 

Criteria for the Alpha Wolf Leader of the Pack Award include:

Uncompromising commitment to the welfare of Newberry College students
Steadfast focus on achieving the goals and objectives of the College
Personal leadership that encourages and inspires others
Willingness to actively engage in resolving interdepartmental challenges
Willingness to take courageous action and accept responsibility

 

Haskett and Knight were recognized during the quarterly meeting of the Newberry College Board of Trustees on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

 

ABOUT THE AWARD RECIPIENTS

Gretchen Haskett earned her B.S. in Physical Education from Newberry College in 2003 and received her M.S. in Health and Physical Education from Tennessee Technological University. Haskett has served in various capacities at Newberry College beginning in 2005 as Assistant Director of Residence Life. In 2007, she was appointed as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Physical Education. She currently serves as assistant professor of Sport Professions and is chair of the Department of Sport Professions. Haskett has been recognized as Advisor of the Year and is a recipient of the Golden Machete Award for program assessment. She currently leads a task force focused on improving student engagement, one of the College’s strategic priorities. She and her husband, Nathan Haskett, live in Pomaria, S.C., with their daughter, Piper.

 

“I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition” said Haskett at the presentation of her award.  

 

Todd Knight is head coach of the Newberry Wolves Football team, which recently clinched the 2016 South Atlantic Conference championship. Knight joined Newberry College in 2001 as the Wolves Football defensive coordinator; he was named head coach in 2009. As a coach, Knight has made it his personal mission to ensure his players thrive on the field, in the classroom and after graduation. Despite the challenges of large rosters, limited resources and aging facilities, Knight has fashioned the Wolves Football program into one of the premier Division II programs in the region. He is a strong supporter of student activities and serves as a mentor and serves as a mentor for new coaches joining the ranks of Newberry College. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Physical Education, both from Gardner-Webb University. He and his wife, Tina, live in Newberry, S.C., with their sons, Devin and Cash. His daughter, Anna, is a 2010 Newberry College graduate who lives in North Carolina.

 

“It is a privilege every day to be on campus and work with our kids,” Knight said during the conferral of his award.



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Muller Center Launches Spring Series to Explore the Lost Art of Civil Discourse

January 27, 2017

Muller Center At Newberry College #XplorePurpose

The Muller Center at Newberry College will host its spring {Civic} Art of Listening Series starting this month. The series is based on the premise that society has lost its capacity for civil discourse.

 

“We seem to have lost the ability to talk and to listen to one another – with troubling consequences for shared civic vitality,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center. “In an era where sound bites prevail and social media gives voice to reactive communication, listening to understand in order to work together across our differences is truly a lost art. This series encourages people to engage in a type of listening that aims at understanding rather than reacting.”

 

SPRING 2017 SERIES SCHEDULE

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 30

Politics & the {Civic} Art of Listening

7 p.m.

Gnann Conference Room

Newberry College Teacher Education Center (1121 Speers Street, Newberry)

This event includes a screening of the documentary “Bring It to the Table,” followed by facilitated table talks that will allow participants to practice effectively speaking, listening and understanding across differences.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Race & the {Civic} Art of Listening

7 p.m.

Gnann Conference Room

Newberry College Teacher Education Center (1121 Speers Street, Newberry)

Community transformation organization Speaking Down Barriers returns to campus for an evening of spoken word poetry and community dialogue about interracial understanding.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 13

Interfaith & the {Civic} Art of Listening

7 p.m.

Wiles Chapel (2100 College Street, Newberry)

Visiting scholar Jacqueline A. Bussie and Muller Center director Dr. Krista Hughes will lead a public conversation on the challenges and promises of interfaith engagement. The event is part of Newberry College’s first ever Religious Diversity Week, jointly sponsored by the Muller Center and the Newberry College Office of Diversity Education.

 

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Muller Center at 803.321.5215 or muller.center@newberry.edu



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Newberry Announces Fall 2016 Dean’s List

January 18, 2017

Keep calm and make the dean's list

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

A total of 348 students earned Dean’s List honors this semester. The following students were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall of 2016:


Tessa    Renee    Aberle    Springfield    VA
Tabitha    Patrice    Adams    Saluda    SC
Stephanie    Laura    Agapion    Gaffney    SC
Brooks    McCormick    Allen    Newberry    SC
Kendall    Caroline    Allen    Newberry    SC
Colin    Austin    Allman    Plant City    FL
Edison Ambarzumjan   Grafing    
Alex    Richard    Amble    Summerville    SC
Luke    Wilfred    Atack    Hamilton    ON
Brooke    Nicole    Ball    Newberry    SC
Brittani    Nicole    Barratt    Charleston    SC
Holden    James    Beemiller    Oro Valley    AZ
Caleb    Remellow    Belton    Heath Springs    SC
Gracen    Elizabeth    Bennett    Lexington    SC
Hunter    Kyle    Berley    Aiken    SC
Harthe    Dufford    Blankenship    Branchville    SC
Jeffery    Akeem    Booker    Spartanburg    SC
Caleb    Josiah    Bouwkamp    Landrum    SC
Devon    Michal    Bradley    West Columbia    SC
Natalie    Jy-anna    Briggs    Spartanbrug    SC
Austin    Cameron    Brinson    Pickens    SC
Shelby    Lee    Britten    Victoria    
Madison    Grace    Brock        
Eric    Hayden    Brody    Orlando    FL
David    Copeland    Brown    Anderson    SC
RaQuan    Akeem Demarkus    Brown    bamberg    SC
Tinara    Anna    Brown    Summerville    SC
Cody    Sterling    Brundage    Chapin    SC
Davis    Scott    Bryan    Dacula    GA
Alexandra    Virginia    Bryant    Branchville    SC
Fabrizio        Bucco    Guayaquil 090150    
Ashley    Nell    Buettner    Village of Lakewood    IL
Rebecca    Nicole    Burkhart    Gaston    SC
Tery    Gene    Burt    Chesnee    SC
Olivia    Hurst    Burttram    Walterboro    SC
Taylor    Victoria    Caldwell    Prosperity    SC
Kelly    Ann    Cardew    Spartanburg    SC
Hannah    Leigh    Carnes    Lancaster    SC
Luke    Jay    Carraway    Newberry    SC
Amanda        Carrillo    Almeria    
Morgan    Alexandria    Cassidy    Gaston    SC
Joseph    Benjamin    Chaney    Ninety Six    SC
Keyla    Starr    Childs    Summerville    SC
Edouard        Cholet    Saint Cloud 92210    
Megan    Elizabeth    Clark    Newberry    SC
Zachary    Thomas    Clary    Spartanburg    SC
Briana    Taylor    Clontz    Conover    NC
Kirsten    Sarah    Cockerham    Mocksville    NC
Aminee    Point    Cockfield    Newberry    SC
Dalton    Chase    Coker    Honea Path    SC
Kelly    Crittenden    Coleman    Smyrna    TN
Stacie        Coleman    Newberry    SC
Bria        Coles    Columbia    SC
Jalen    Xavier    Cook    Lexington    SC
Robert    Duncan    Cook    Chapin    SC
Kayla    Michele    Cooke    Williamsburg    VA
Dv'nn    Ja'jwan    Cooks    Smiths Station    AL
Derrick    Chantell    Copeland    Kannapolis    NC
Kyle    Douglas    Corey    Prosperity    SC
Hope    Baker    Corley    Prosperity    SC
Lucien    Thomas    Corsini    Newberry    SC
Pressley    Kate    Coster    Woodruff    SC
Austin    Steele    Crocker    Laurens    SC
Bethany    Leanne    Cromer    Newberry    SC
Andrew    Michael    Crook    Blythewood    SC
Katy    Elizabeth    Crout    Gilbert    SC
Chelsey    Lynn    Cunningham    Rolesville    NC
Madison    Marie    Darby-McClure    Colorado Springs    CO
Lucia    Annette    Davila    La Paz    
Allison    Victoria    Davis    Greensboro    NC
William    Eric    Decker    Anchorage    AK
Evan    Thomas    DeGrazia    Thunder Bay    ON
James    Taylor    Dennard    Andrews    NC
Lauren    Rebecca    Derrick    Chapin    SC
Myranda    Holly    Dills    Chesnee    SC
Bradley    John    Dixon    Wakefield    
Tabitha    Marie    Dorsey    Goose Creek    SC
Logan    Gabrielle    Dortch    Chapin    SC
Melissa    Rebecca    Dowell    Lexington    SC
Hailey    Marie    Drawe    Spring Hill    FL
Shelby    Lynn    Dunbar    Charleston    SC
Trung    Ngoc    Duong    Forest    VA
Alexander    Scott    Durham    Easley    SC
Bruce    Carter    Edmonds    Columbia    SC
Jaima    Breanne    Edwards    West Columbia    SC
Megan    Ashley    Eisenhardt    Pasadena    MD
Quintin    Uriah    Eisner    Sheboygan    WI
Jonathan        Elicier    Apopka    FL
Karyn    Ann    Ellis    Summerville    SC
Dakota    Raighne    Elzy    Louisville    KY
Makiyah    Nyteria    English    Duncan    SC
Lauren    Renee'    Evans    Columbia    SC
Summer    Leigh    Evatt    Liberty    SC
Curren    Charles    Fessler    Summerville    SC
Ashley    Jordan    Floyd    Kingstree    SC
Jessica    Lauren    Folk    Newberry    SC
Hester        Foo    680413    
Hayden    Lee    Francis    Snellville    GA
Rachel    Anne    Franklin    Newberry    SC
Olivia    Rose    Fraunfelter    Bangor    PA
Kaitlyn    Paige    Froneberger    Lake Wylie    SC
Emily    Parker    Gantt    Leesville    SC
Adara    Anne    Garner    Stuart    FL
Madison    Julie    Garr    Oviedo    FL
Mallory    Marie    Gerndt    Alexandria    VA
Andrea    Nicole    Getz    Newberry    SC
Luke    Charles    Gibson    Albemarle    NC
Cassidy    Rae Barber    Gilmore    Gowen    MI
Lukas    Alan    Gilmore    Greenville    MI
Marta        Gomar    VALENCIA
Trey    Jamal    Goodwin    Gadsden    SC
Brian    Austin    Gordon    Lancaster    SC
Conner    Nourjian    Goulet    Hilton Head Island    SC
Madison    Elizabeth    Graham    Pomaria    SC
Madison    DeAnne    Graham    Prosperity    SC
Cera    Morgan    Gravely    Fort Mill    SC
Cazmera    Clara    Gray    Newberry    SC
Esther    Shantavia    Green    Aiken    SC
Shelby    Hanna    Greene    Sumter    SC
Chelsea    Alexandria    Griffin    Central    SC
Elizabeth    Nicole    Gutierrez    Fullerton    CA
Adam    Keith    Gwinn    Cayce    SC
Nicholas    Dennis    Hall    Alabaster    AL
Samuel    Winburn    Hall    Conway    SC
Nicola    Victoria    Handreck    "Heywood, Victoria"    
Madison    Kathleen    Hargraves    Lake Orion    MI
Victoria    Hope    Hawkins    Graniteville    SC
Jarrett    Christopher    Hazel    Chapin    SC
Kaylee    Joy    Heaton    Moyock    NC
Jamarcus    Raequon    Henderson    Union    SC
Chandler    Althea    Hendrix    Lexington    SC
Jorge    Brian    Hernandez-Esquivel    Lexington    SC
Margarette    Kathryn    Herrera    Elgin    SC
Benjamin    Colton    Herring    Hopkins    SC
Shannon    Camille    Hetrick    Greenville    SC
Daphne    Liliana    Heyaime-Fernandez    Santo Domingo    
Hannah    Irene    Hill    Cumming    GA
Hunter    Scott    Hill    Little Mountain    SC
Ragan    Elizabeth    Hill    Simpsonville    SC
Samara    Adele    Hill    Victoria   
Xavier    McKenzie    Hill    Columbia    SC
Thomas    Austin    Hinen    Chapin    SC
Peyton    Clark    Hite    Ninety Six    SC
William    Wesley    Holbrook    Aiken    SC
Brycen    Thomas    Holdman    Lexington    SC
Mark    Edward    Hoog    Lexinton    SC
Carly    Samantha    Hosper    Naperville    IL
Christopher    James    Howe    Kinards    SC
Lindsay    Elizabeth    Huber    Selden    NY
Madeline    Frances    Hunnicutt    Columbia    SC
Jessica    Mackenzie    Hutt    Summerville    SC
Nabila        Inak    Forest Hills    NY
Taylor    William    Jackson    Aiken    SC
Nathaniel        Jenkins    Mount Pleasant    SC
Jessica    Zhane'    Jennings    Irmo    SC
Jakob    Paul    Jerman    simpsonville    SC
Sarah    Elizabeth    Johnson    Ruby    SC
Meghan        Jolikko    Middletown    DE
Erika    Danielle    Jones    Chapin    SC
Ian    Walter    Jones    North Charleston    SC
Mikaela    Danielle    Jones    Spartanburg    SC
Samuel    Griffin    Jones    Greer    SC
Kensley    Hannah    Jordan    Hartwell    GA
Ryan    A    Kagiyama    Castaic    CA
Chandler        Keith    Lexington    SC
Alyssa        Kessler    Annapolis    MD
Samuel    Harrison    Kinard    Lexington    SC
Lauren    Olivia    Knight    Moore    SC
Cassidy    Jordan    Krasselt    Lexington    SC
Kaitlyn    Mychelle    Krawzak    Summerville    SC
Quincy    William    Kroeschell    Charlotte    NC
Helen    Marie    Kuhn    Charlotte Hall    MD
Nicholas    Miller    Kuhns    Garner    NC
Wan Shia        Lai    Selangor 68000    
Anne    M    Lambert    Lexington    SC
Patrick    Dee    Lane    Chapin    SC
Marshall    Hunter    Lange    Archdale    NC
Nicholas    Jabe    Lankford    Braselton    GA
Andrew    Michael    Latham    Summerville    SC
Ashley    Sloan    Lawson    Lexington    SC
Tara    Bisogna    Layne    Whitmire    SC
Mariah    Elizabeth    Lee    Seaford    DE
Claus    Simonsen    Lehland    Bergen 05003    
Hannah    Kate    Lepaio    Bathurst NSW    
Thomas    Calhoun    Lever    Newberry    SC
Tyler    Logan    Lindsay    Spartanburg    SC
Kinard    Javante    Lisbon    Bishopville    SC
Johnnie    William    Little    New London    NC
Taylor    Renee    Livingston    Newberry    SC
Kenley    Camille    Longshore    Newberry    SC
Andres        Lopez    E Longmeadow    MA
Johana        Lunackova    Tyn nad Vltavou    
Hannah    Isharah    Macon    Columbia    SC
Mary    Eve    Madden    Charleston    SC
Tarek        Malz    Satrup    
Sai Nikhil        Mannepalli    Telangana      
Lindsey    Caroline    Manos    Chapin    SC
Emily    Violet    Marchbanks    Sweet Home    OR
Margaret    Elizabeth    Marsh    Mount Pleasant    SC
Rebeca        Martinez Perez    Granollers    
Jamie    Thomson    McAvoy    Ayr    
Noah    Wesley    McBride    Grovetown    GA
Andrew    Michael    McCall    Chapin    SC
Gabriel    John    McCall    Greenville    SC
Zachary        McCall    Chapin    SC
Emily    Swain    McElveen    Cades    SC
Nicolas    Scott    McKee    Odenton    MD
Bobby    Gerald    McNeil    Huger    SC
Joseph    Dante    Meade    Prosperity    SC
Charity    Mae    Meeler    Newberry    SC
Charissa    Kaytlyne    Mills    Megget    SC
Martina    Elaine    Mills    Newberry    SC
Matalyn    Eryn    Mills        CA
Charles    Emmett    Milner    Greenwood    SC
Leah    Ashley    Minor    Gaffney    SC
Ella    Elizabeth    Mintz    Lexington    SC
Harley    Auburn    Moody    Camden    SC
Dorothy    Tela    Morales-Bowers    Pomaria    SC
Dakota    Davis    Mozingo    Rock Hill    SC
Makensie    Taylor    Mullens    Enoree    SC
Michael    Austin    Neal    Hendersonville    NC
Cierra    Delores    Negron    Beaufort    SC
Valeria    Luna    Newcomb    San Diego    CA
Jaseph    Theodore    Nidiffer    Columbia    SC
Sikander    Tajik    Nielsen    DENMARK    
Kimberly    Lathrop    O'Dell    Newberry    SC
Anna    Marie    Odom    Chapin    SC
Alyssa    Monique    Ortega    Los Angeles    CA
Ryan    Joseph    Ott    Irmo    SC
Nina    Cherie    Overton    Wagner    SC
Neil    Brandon    Patrick    Lexington    SC
Lanier    Moore    Paul    Buford    GA
Dillon    Patrick    Pelton    Pomaria    SC
Tholia    Codeja    Peoples    Moore    SC
Alexander    Ellis    Peters    Kimper    KY
Imane    Monique    Pierre    N Charleston    SC
Mackenzie    Taylor    Pitt    Goosecreek    SC
Tara    Nicole    Pittman    Chapin    SC
Mallory    Jane    Pitts    Prosperity    SC
Rebekah    Faye    Pitts    Clinton    SC
Christian    Kenneth    Pope    Powder Springs    GA
Taylor Rae        Potts    Columbia    SC
AnnDee    Danielle    Priest    Douglasville    GA
Meagan    McKenzie    Privette    Lexington    SC
Mark    Christopher    Prouty    Blacksburg    SC
Cameron    Stuart    Provan    Glasgow    
Danielle    Lee    Puchacz    Scaly Mountain    NC
Jenna    Dawn    Rabel    Aurora    CO
Diana    Hope    Rausch    Lawrenceville    GA
Lauren    Renee    Rawls    West Columbia    SC
Kendall    Macy    Reese    Irmo    SC
Marshall    Knight    Rentz    Charleston    SC
Daniel    Alejandro    Reyes    Guayaquil 12345    
John    Mason    Reynolds    Taylors    SC
Shelton    Skylar    Reynolds    Walterboro    SC
Alexander    D    Rice    Pasadena    MD
Cole    Taylor    Riddlehoover    Gilbert    SC
Gavan    Crawford    Rikard    Leesville    SC
Christopher    William    Ringer    Columbia    SC
Kayleigh    Ashlynn    Riser    Chapin    SC
Phoenix    Bradford    Roberts    Lavonia    GA
Marisa    Brianne    Romanchek    Hanahan    SC
Codi    J    Rothermel    Myrtle Beach    SC
Connor    Oakley    Roudabush    Goose Creek    SC
Patrick    Hamilton    Rowe    Prosperity    SC
James    Allen    Salter    Prosperity    SC
Julia    Reese    Sanders    Pomaria    SC
Colin    Mac    Santiago    Chapin    SC
David    Christopher    Schroer    Newberry    SC
Jaya    Nicole    Schultz    Canyon Country    CA
Harrison    Thomas    Scott    Summerville    SC
Jerry    Wayne    Scott    Spring Hill    FL
Jacob    Andrew    Seebauer    W Columbia    SC
Kristina    Marie    Shealy    Leesville    SC
Laura    Elizabeth    Shealy    Newberry    SC
Avery    Rashad    Shippy    Pacolet    SC
Kylee    Matthew    Shoop    Triangle    VA
Mary    Elizabeth    Siebert    Charleston    SC
Haley    Elisabeth    Simonds    Pasadena    MD
Tristan    L    Simpson    Leesville    SC
Amber    Michele    Singer    Pasadena    MD
Whitney    Logan    Singleton    Goose Creek    SC
Carly    Michelle    Smith    Laurens    SC
Griffin    Chad    Smith    Greenwood    SC
Haley        Smith    Toano    VA
Iyteria        Smith    Silverstreet    SC
Olivia        Smith    Lexington    SC
Trejon    Michael    Smith    Fredericksburg    VA
Jeffrey    Scott    Sneed    Cumming    GA
Ludmila    Andreyevna    Sokolovich    Pasco    WA
Brittany        Soper    Salem    MA
Connor    Roxby    Sorensen    Murrieta    CA
Thomas    Peyton    Spangler    Clinton    SC
Matthew    Lehman    Spears    Charlotte    NC
Mason    Gray    Spease    Concord    NC
James    Joshua    Spigner    Summerville    SC
Andrew    Wilson    Sprouse    Boiling Springs    SC
Robert    Halsey    Stafford    Lexington    SC
Tiffany    Brooke    Starnes    Leesville    SC
Abigail    Logan    Stasky    Mount Pleasant    SC
Alexandra    Caroline    Stasky    Mt. Pleasant    SC
Joshua        Stempihar    Spartanburg    SC
James    Edward    Stepp    Greensboro    NC
Talya    Natasha    Stocksdale    Psadena    MD
Ashley    Nichole    Stout    York    SC
Noah        Stribling    Enoree    SC
Chelsia    Renee'    Sumrell    Easley    SC
Jackson    Pate    Swindler    Newberry    SC
Jordan    Steven    Szustwal    Fort Mill    SC
Karina    Nicole    Tarbell    Lexington    SC
Morgan    Lee    Tate    Gaffney    SC
Christian    Alexander    Tejada    Orange Park    FL
Benjamin    Murray    Thompson    Toronto    
Katherine    Marie    Thompson    Newark    DE
Daymon        Totherow    Danville    VA
John    Wesley    Trainor    Prosperity    SC
Rachel    Lauren    Turner    Newberry    SC
Robert    Steven    Twigg    Manchester    MD
Lauren    Nicole    Underwood    Canyon Country    CA
Elise    Sydney    Utne    Yorktown    VA
Jean    Gerrit    van Niekerk    Stellenbosch 7611    
Courtney    Jordan    Vance    Columbia    SC
Ana    Laura    Vargas    Lexington    
Brittany    Tianna    Venzen    Fayetteville    GA
Veronika    Zwetsch    Viegas    Sao Leopoldo    
Makenzie    Erin    Wagner    Columbia    SC
Bailey    Paul-Michael    Walker    Columbia    SC
Devin    Elizabeth    Walker    Lexington    SC
Anna    Grey    Walters    Winnsboro    SC
Caitlyn    Foster    Warren    Richmond    VA
Courtlyn    Balasio    Warren    Richmond    VA
Akyra    Sydney    Washington    Irmo    SC
Lamell    Tyrese    Washington    frederick    MD
Cole    Anderson    Watson    Laurens    SC
Kyle    Walker    Watts    WestColumbia    SC
Kali    Maryssa    Webber    Orangeburg    SC
Allie    Brooke    White    Clinton    SC
Zachary    Michael    White    Taylors    SC
Jessica    Lynn    Will    Leesville    SC
Kaitlyn    Diane    Willard    Stevensville    MD
Alexis    Sierra    Williams    Columbia    SC
Courtlin    D'Anja    Wilson    Cassatt    SC
Dewey    Smarr    Wilson    Clarks Hill    SC
Alli    Michelle    Wimberly    St. George    SC
Leila    Anne    Winters    Cross    SC
William    Robert    Winters    Cross    SC
Frances    Claire    Wylie    North Charleston    SC
Jeffery    Steven    Young    Pelion    SC



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Dr. Sid Parrish Named VP for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives

January 13, 2017

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Newberry College has promoted Dr. Sidney Parrish, Jr., to serve as vice president for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives effective immediately.

 

In his new role, Parrish will be responsible for leading the development, implementation and assessment of Newberry’s strategic plan, working cross-departmentally to identify opportunities for expansion and growth that are aligned with the College’s mission. He also will continue to lead efforts to collect and assess information from a variety of sources to support data-driven decision making. Although his role is primarily administrative, Parrish does plan to continue teaching a course most semesters.

 

“Sid comes to his new role as vice president with a proven track record for moving the institution from planning to action to mission accomplished,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “His ability to motivate teams to action across campus will continue to be a tremendous asset to us.”

 

Parrish has 17 years of experience in higher education. He began his teaching career as assistant professor of Chemistry at Midland Lutheran College (2000-2005) in Fremont, Neb., moving to a position of the same rank at North Carolina Wesleyan College (2005-2006) in Rocky Mount, S.C.

 

Parrish joined Newberry College in 2006 as assistant professor of Chemistry and was advanced in rank to associate professor in 2008. He played a pivotal role in the development of the College’s Forensic Chemistry program and attracted more than $650,000 in instrumentation, grants and donations for the startup program.

 

In 2012, Parrish moved to the administrative arm of the institution to serve as associate director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and a member of the president’s senior leadership team. During that time, he successfully led the College’s 2012 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation effort.

 

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on tackling new challenges, eliminating potential roadblocks and identifying new programs and partnerships that will help the College remain competitive and create the best outcomes for our students.”

 

Parrish earned both his Ph.D. and master of science degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of Florida, and received his bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from Furman University. 



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Newberry Wolves Add Track and Field, Annouce Kimour Bruce as New Head Coach

by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications - January 11, 2017

Track and field

Director of Athletics Ralph Patterson has announced the addition of men’s and women’s track and field to Newberry’s Division II sport portfolio along with the hiring of head coach Kimour Bruce.


Newberry is resurrecting its track program after a lengthy hiatus. The school had previously competed in track for over a decade, primarily in the 1930s, before discontinuing the program following the 1940 season.


Since moving to the NCAA ranks in the early 1990s, Newberry’s only appearance in a track event came in the 2013 Terrier Relays hosted by Wofford in Spartanburg, where a five-member Newberry contingent netted three top-10 finishes in a handful of distance events and the triple jump.


A 12-time All-American and seven-time national champion at Lincoln University in Missouri, Bruce comes to Newberry with tremendous track and field credentials. He holds the second-fastest 60-meter dash time in NCAA Indoor Championship history, completing the event in 6.62 seconds in 2011 to defend his title from the previous season, and helped Lincoln to three 4x100-meter relay titles in his four years.


“We are excited that Kimour Bruce will lead our men’s and women’s track program at Newberry,” said Patterson. “Coach Bruce has an impressive background and he will be an outstanding role model for our student-athletes.


“This is a great opportunity for him to build a championship caliber program at Newberry, and we’re pleased that Phil Peterson will assist Coach Bruce by continuing to coach our cross country teams, and will help Coach Bruce is all phases of the program. Please join me in welcoming Kimour Bruce and his family to Newberry College.”


Bruce’s success has extended to his time as a coach. Bruce comes to Newberry from South Atlantic Conference foe Coker, where he has served as an assistant coach since 2015. He also spent time as a graduate assistant at Adams State, as an assistant at Cloud County Community College, and on a volunteer basis at his alma mater.


In his time as a coach, Bruce has helped mentor three individual national champions, 17 conference champions, and 34 all-conference performers. He helped the Adams State women win an indoor national championship in 2014 and the men to a title the following season.


“It’s an honor for me to be the head coach of this program,” said Bruce. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m happy to be a part of such a great staff, a family, that understands winning.”


The Wolves will begin competition next winter, giving Bruce just shy of a year to find student-athletes for the fledgling program. “I want kids who want to make their families proud in both athletics and academics. We’ll be a new team next year, but I want to have national qualifiers. I don’t want to just be a program that’s participating. I want to be competing.”


Newberry’s addition of the program coincides with the first season the SAC will sponsor indoor track and field, giving the Wolves opportunities to compete for conference championships in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.


In his role, Bruce will oversee all of Newberry’s running programs while serving as the head coach of both the men’s and women’s track and field teams. Phil Peterson will continue to serve as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach while assisting Bruce during the track and field season.



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Patterson Appointed New AD

December 16, 2016

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Newberry College has appointed Ralph Patterson to serve as Director of Athletics after serving four months in an interim capacity. The appointment is effective immediately. 

 

Patterson brings a wealth of experience in athletics and higher education administration to his new role and serves as a member of the College’s senior leadership team.

 

A former men’s basketball coach, Patterson made assistant coaching stops at Colorado and Appalachian State before spending seven years leading the Erskine program. He came to Newberry in August 2016 from Lander University in Greenwood, where he served nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation. The Boulder, Colo., native also served as the Vice President for Advancement at Erskine College, bringing 14 years of experience in higher education fundraising to Newberry College along with his 18 years of coaching and athletic administration.

 

"Ralph brings substantial intercollegiate athletics and institutional advancement experience to his new position at Newberry,” Scherrens said. “More importantly, he has a good feel for the challenges facing our coaches and student-athletes in a small college environment. He is committed to leading a program of integrity and excellence. I am pleased to have him on our leadership team.”

 

Patterson also has sports radio and television broadcasting experience. He hosted a sports radio show in Clemson from 1999-2003, and from 2003-2009 served as a co-host for the Clemson football radio network on the Tiger Tailgate Show and the 5th Quarter Show. He has continued to be a college basketball color analyst, and has done telecasts on Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN Regional, ESPN3, MASN, the ACC Network, and American Sports Network.

 

“It is both a privilege and an honor to be named to this position and I appreciate the opportunity the College has given me,” Patterson said. “This is exactly where I want to be and what I want to be doing. I’m blessed with excellent coaches and a dedicated staff here at Newberry. I look forward to seeing our talented student-athletes continue to succeed in the classroom and excel in competition.”


Patterson currently serves as a board member of the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens and Anderson Counties) and is also on the Greenwood Rotary Club Board of Directors.



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Dr. Sandra Rouse Appointed Dean of Students

December 16, 2016

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Newberry College has appointed Dr. Sandra Rouse to serve as Dean of Students, a role she has held on an interim capacity since August. The appointment is effective immediately. 


Rouse began her career in higher education at Newberry College in 1998 as Assistant Director of Residence Life and Student Activities and was named Director of Residence Life later that year.

 

She added another 14 years of higher education experience at institutions throughout the Carolinas before returning to Newberry in August 2014 to serve as Associate Dean of Students. She was named interim Dean of Students in August 2016 and awarded the permanent role this month.

 

“Sandra brings a depth of knowledge and experience to her work that has been a tremendous asset to the College,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “She has quickly earned the respect of her colleagues throughout campus and, most importantly, from the many students with whom she interacts on a daily basis.”

 

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

 

Before to joining Newberry College, Rouse served as Director of Education and Research for the National Association for Campus Activities in Columbia, S.C. (2011-2014). Prior to that, she was Director of the Freshman Year and Retention Programs at Voorhees College (2007-2011), where she was responsible for increasing fall to fall retention by 20 percent during her tenure there. Prior to that, she served as Director of Residence Life at Salem College (2005-2007). Previously, Rouse was Assistant Director of Student Advising and Recruitment Center for the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2002-2005), and served as Area Director (2000-2002) at that institution. In addition to her administrative roles, Rouse has frequently been a course instructor at the institutions where she served.

 

Rouse has received several awards for her contributions in higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services from University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., and received her B.A. degree with a double major in Psychology and Dance from Columbia College. She also has numerous industry affiliations and certifications. 



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Newberry College Seeks Nominations for Annual Hall of Master Teacher Awards

December 15, 2016

Building Better Communities One Teacher at a Time

Nominations are now being accepted for new inductees to the Newberry Collge Hall of Master Teachers. The Hall of Master Teachers recognizes alumni for their exemplary dedication, service and excellence in the field of education. 

 

Click here to complete the nomination form.

 

Nominations for this award are due no later than Friday, February 3, 2017, by 5 p.m. Nominations submitted in previous years are still on file and will be considered by the selection committee. The 2017 class of award recipients will be inducted on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the newly renovated Center for Teacher Education (formerly Speers Street School). 

 

QUESTIONS?

Please direct questions to Melissa.Awenowitz@newberry.edu or Angela.Floyd@newberry.edu or call 803.321.5235



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Lilly Endowment Grants $352,000 for Theological Academy for High School Youth

December 1, 2016

Muller Center At Newberry College #XplorePurpose

Newberry College has received a $352,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish Called to the Common Good: Theological Academy for High School Youth.

 

The summer program invites high school students to consider how the Christian theological tradition can help them reflect on pressing ethical issues, such as poverty and environmental degradation, and to explore their own calling to a life of meaning and service.

 

Called to the Common Good is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

 

The program launches June 3, 2017, when up to 24 rising high school juniors and seniors will gather on the Newberry College campus for nine days of theological and moral exploration.

 

Activities include classroom lectures and discussions, experiential learning, community service projects and contemplative/worship opportunities. Students will integrate these for real-world impact, applying their knowledge to the problems of poverty and hunger, both locally and later in their home communities.

 

During the second weekend of the academy, students will participate in a retreat hosted by South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Center’s Camp Kinard, where they will continue to build friendships and teamwork in a beautiful outdoor setting.

 

The Muller Center at Newberry College will facilitate the academy in collaboration with the College’s Religion department as well as local churches and nonprofit organizations in Newberry. Faculty from the Religion department and other disciplines will lead the academic portion of the academy. Participants also will enjoy peer mentorship from Newberry College students who have demonstrated leadership and a deep sense of vocation.

 

“We believe many young people possess the interest and capacity for theological, vocational and moral reflection; they just need to be equipped,” said Dr. Krista E. Hughes, Director of the Muller Center at Newberry College. “We see young people arrive at college with questions about purpose and their place in the world and with an eagerness to explore these life questions. For many high school youth this process begins much sooner, and we’re grateful to Lilly Endowment for supporting the opportunities that Called to the Common Good will provide for these students.” 

 

The formal application process for next year’s program begins Feb. 1, 2017, and is open to current high school sophomores and juniors regardless of denominational affiliation. Students who expect to be the first in their families to attend college are especially encouraged to apply.

 

“Newberry College is home to a diverse student body and we hope to reflect that diversity in the Theological Academy,” said Dr. Christina Wendland, Associate Professor of Religion. “We look forward to gathering together a group of youth who can listen to and appreciate various perspectives on deep questions of faith and ethics. It is our goal to give participants multiple avenues through which to explore their faith and vocation, and we can do this by connecting them with peers from diverse backgrounds.”

 

Newberry College is one of 92 schools located in 30 states and the District of Columbia participating in the High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative. Although some schools are independent, many reflect the religious heritage of their founding traditions, including Baptist, Brethren, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches, as well as Roman Catholic, non-denominational, Pentecostal and historic African-American Christian communities.

 

The Lilly Endowment is giving $50 million in grants to help a select group of private four-year colleges and universities around the nation to create the institutes. The grants are part of the Endowment’s commitment to identify and cultivate a cadre of theologically minded youth who will become leaders in church and society. 

 

For more information about Called to the Common Good at Newberry College, please contact Dr. Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center, at 803-321-5215 or Muller.Center@newberry.edu.



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Raleigh Yeldell named Harlon Hill Trophy finalist

by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications - November 30, 2016

Raleigh Yeldell Harlon Hill Finalist

Senior quarterback Raleigh Yeldell has been named Newberry’s first-ever finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, the honor given by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee to the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.


Yeldell now advances to the national ballot along with eight other finalists from the initial pool of 43 nominees. The Edgefield native is joined by North Alabama quarterback Jacob Tucker from Super Region 2.


The nine finalists were selected by Sports Information Directors of football-sponsoring Division II institutions voting on regional ballots. A tie in Super Region 4 allowed three players to advance, while two players from each of the other regions were named finalists. The 171 Sports Information Directors with Division II football programs will vote to select the 31st Harlon Hill Trophy recipient.


The winner will be announced on Dec. 16 and honored at a luncheon on the campus of the University of North Alabama on Jan. 6, 2017.


Yeldell already has a South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year award, a first team all-SAC nod, four SAC Offensive Player of the Week honors, and one Eastern College Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week awards to his credit this season. The senior played a major role in Newberry’s conference championship, sparkling 7-0 league mark and 10-2 overall record, and No. 2 seed in the 2016 Division II Football Championship.


Under his guidance, the Newberry offense established school records with 5,462 yards of total offense, 3,536 passing yards, 61 total touchdowns, and 436 points scored. The Wolves tied a school record with 10 consecutive wins, have extended their still-active school-record streak for consecutive conference victories to 10, and earned the highest playoff seed in school history.


Yeldell had arguably the best season by any offensive player to wear the scarlet and gray in 2016. He led the nation with a 70.3 percent completion rate, connecting on 260 of his 370 passes for a school-record 3,087 yards and 27 touchdowns. He added 331 yards and six scores on the ground to set a Newberry record and finish eighth in SAC history with 3,418 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns accounted for.


He also accumulated gaudy career totals, becoming the only Newberry player to pass for 5,000 yards and rush for 1,500 in a career. He finished the season second all-time at Newberry with 11 250-yard passing games, third in total offense with 7,026 yards, third with 47 passing touchdowns, and fourth in career passing yardage at 5,499. He threw at least one touchdown in every game this season, became the first quarterback in school history to throw at least four touchdown passes in a game to different receivers, and has three of the top five passing games in school history. The Wolves have won 17 of the 21 games he started under center over the last three seasons.


In addition to rewriting the Newberry record books, Yeldell ranked among the national and conference leaders in a cornucopia of statistical categories. He topped the SAC in 11 categories and ranked inside the top 21 in Division II in nine, including finishing fifth with 26.0 completions per game, sixth with 308.7 passing yards per game and eighth with 341.8 total yards per game.


Yeldell helped the Wolves to a school-record 729 yards of total offense against Lenoir-Rhyne, one of six games in 2016 that saw Newberry roll up at least 450 yards of offense. He was one of nine Wolves’ offensive players named to all-conference teams, including three all-SAC wide receivers and six total first team offense selections.


Running back Vic Gilmore was nominated for the Harlon Hill Trophy in 1998 and Josh Stepp earned a nomination in 2006, but Yeldell is the first to advance onto the national ballot. Former Mars Hill running back Jonas Randolph became the South Atlantic Conference's only Harlon Hill Trophy winner in 2011.


2016 Harlon Hill Trophy Finalists
Garry Brown - California (Pa.) QB
Marty Carter - Grand Valley State (Mich.) RB
Justin Dvorak - Colorado-Mines QB
Austin Ekeler - Western State (Colo.) RB
Trey Heid - Augustana (S.D.) QB
Jacob Tucker - North Alabama QB
Raleigh Yeldell - Newberry (S.C.) QB
Jeff Ziemba - Shepherd (W.Va.) QB
Kyle Zimmerman - Northwest Missouri State QB



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Hall Named First Team Academic All-American

by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications - November 30, 2016

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Junior offensive lineman Sam Hall has been named a First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


Hall, who is a Biology major with a 4.0 cumulative GPA, is Newberry’s third-ever Academic All-America selection following Mark Weeks in 1982 and Brandon Gantt in 2009. CoSIDA voters are instructed to take both academic achievement and athletic accomplishments into account when selecting the Academic All-America teams to honor those who excel in every aspect of being a student-athlete.


The Conway native has already garnered significant academic accolades this season. He was named the recipient of the inaugural South Atlantic Conference Elite 18 Award for football, given to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average at the final site of competition in each of the SAC’s 18 sports, and earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team last month.


“I couldn’t be prouder of Sam for everything that he’s accomplished,” said head coach Todd Knight. “The kid’s tremendous work ethic in the classroom carries over onto the field as well. We knew we had a good one when we signed him a couple of years ago, but he has exceeded our expectations. Quite simply, he’s an outstanding young man.”


Hall saw his role dramatically increase as an experienced third-year player this season, appearing in 10 of Newberry’s 12 games with three total starts. He averaged over 80 percent on the season on offensive line coach Na’Shan Goddard’s 100-point scale that takes into account all aspects of offensive line play, grading out a winner (80 or above) in five games. He accumulated 15 pancake blocks on the season.


Hall was a member of Newberry’s formidable offensive line, blocking for a unit that finished the season with the top offense in the South Atlantic Conference, set school records in scoring, points per game, total offense, and passing yardage, and saw nine all-conference selections on the offensive side of the ball.


Hall was the only player from the South Atlantic Conference named to the first team. Carson-Newman senior tight end Cooper Davis, also a Biology major that sports a 3.91 GPA, was a second team honoree.



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Newberry Wolves are 2016 South Atlantic Conference football champions

November 14, 2016

Newberry Wolves football players

Unlikely though they may have seemed a mere half-hour before, public address announcer Dr. John Lesaine’s words gave finality to what over 4,000 raucous fans had witnessed on the playing surface of Setzler Field moments before.


“Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pride and pleasure to present to you the 2016 South Atlantic Conference football champions, your Newberry College Wolves!”


The stadium erupted into elation as players drenched head coach Todd Knight and spilled onto the field. South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz presented Knight with the championship trophy on a raised stage at midfield moments later

 

Newberry has earned the No. 2 seed in Super Region 2, its highest seeding in school history, and will host seventh-seeded Tuskegee on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m., to begin the 2016 NCAA Division II Football Championship

 

Despite more than its fair share of adversity, the Wolves outscored visiting Wingate (8-3, 5-2 SAC) 13-0 in the fourth quarter for a 27-22 win that handed Newberry (10-1, 7-0 SAC) its third-ever and second outright conference championship and assured the Wolves of a postseason bid.


The outlook appeared bleak as Newberry entered the fourth quarter trailing the Bulldogs 22-14. The defense had kept Wingate out of the end zone on three previous lengthy drives that stalled out deep inside Newberry territory. The Wingate offense, however, had found its stride on its previous two scoring drives set up by Newberry turnovers.


Wingate took over at its own 20 following a Newberry punt with half the final period gone by. Terrance Salley and Jaquille Oden combined for a tackle for loss on Blake Hayes, who led all players with 165 yards on the ground.


On the next play, LaQuan White came away with an interception at the 29-yard line as his momentum carried him toward the center of the field. He doubled back toward the near sideline and was being ridden to the ground when he pitched the ball to Oden. The defensive lineman rumbled for an additional 15 yards before stepping out of bounds at the Wingate 10-yard line.


Braxton Ivery took a direct snap on the first play of the drive and scampered around the left side behind left tackle Tyler Stasky for a touchdown. Newberry’s two-point conversion attempt to tie the score was picked off, but the momentum had shifted for good as the gigantic scarlet-clad crowd gave the Wolves an insurmountable home field advantage.


Wingate went backwards on its next possession, including an 8-yard loss on a sack by Salley, and a short punt gave Newberry possession a yard inside enemy territory.


Ivery called his own number again on Newberry’s first snap. He peered right, then sprung free to the left off a tremendous block from Bobby McNeil. The speedy Ivery angled toward the sideline, where a downfield block from Wesley Jordan helped him gain the boundary. He slipped out of a tackle just inside the 25 and outsprinted two defenders to the pylon, giving Newberry touchdowns on two consecutive snaps and a five-point lead.


The Wingate offense mounted a formidable attempt at a comeback, converting three third downs to reach the Newberry red zone. Rashaad Smith broke up passes on consecutive plays to set up a 3rd and 10 from the Wolves’ 19. Avery Shippy stopped Wingate receiver Malik Bledsoe two yards short of the marker with 1:04 to play to set up a decisive 4th and 2 from the 11.


Quarterback James Whitaker’s pass for Jordan Berry was incomplete, giving Newberry its school-record 10th straight win, a 10th consecutive SAC victory, the outright SAC title, and a berth in the 2016 NCAA Division II Football Championship.


Forced into an emergency start, backup quarterback Nick Jones performed admirably. He completed 16 of his 21 pass attempts for 242 yards and two touchdowns and added 28 yards on the ground. His first scoring play came on 16-yard strike to a wide open Baptiste Staggers in the final minute of the first half to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive and cut Wingate’s lead to 9-7.


His second was from 19 yards out to Markell Castle, ending another drive of 75 yards that sliced the Bulldogs’ lead to a single point with 8:06 to play in the third quarter.


Castle led all players with 105 yards on six receptions, his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season. He now has 863 yards on the season, moving from ninth to third on Newberry’s single-season receiving yardage list by passing such names as all-time leading receiver Tymere Zimmerman’s 2003 total and future NFL players Brandon Bostick (2010) and Corey Washington (2012, 2013).


But the day’s brightest offensive star was undoubtedly the versatile Ivery, who split time with Jones at quarterback exclusively in a wildcat package. He rushed for 74 yards and the two fourth-quarter scores on eight carries and added four catches for 79 yards to his total.


The Wolves limited Wingate’s offense to 327 yards, including just 142 yards through the air on 12-for-26 passing. Will Elm and Joe Blue tied for the team lead with 11 tackles, while Blue added a sack and a pass breakup. Oden counted three tackles for loss among his nine stops and added 15 return yards on White’s interception and pitch. Blue, Jamarcus Henderson, and Salley added a sack and two tackles for loss apiece, while Smith finished the night with three passes broken up.



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Newberry College Honors World War II Veteran with Honorary Doctorate

November 11, 2016

Murray Price Newberry College Veterans' Day 2016

First Lieutenant D. Murray Price reflects on his military service in World War Two with equal measures of pride and humility.

 

As the number of living WWII veterans continues to dwindle, the number of requests for interviews and speaking engagements continues to increase for the 95-year-old former army aviator. He gladly accepts those requests, he said, to honor the memory of all those who served and sacrificed for their country.

 

“Every time I tell my story, it’s a tribute to them,” Price said.

 

When the United States was drawn into the war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Price knew it wouldn’t be long before Uncle Sam would come calling. Rather than waiting to be drafted and assigned at the whims of the military, Price volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps in August 1942.

 

Price sat for the aviation cadet exam at Fort Jackson and was one of only two test takers in that round accepted into flight school. A large percentage of cadets washed out during flight training, but Price persevered. Nine months later he sported his hard-earned pilot wings and the iconic leather flight jacket he treasures to this day.

 

Price was assigned as the co-pilot of a 10-man flight crew that began training on B-24 bombers. They represented 10 different states, three different religions and many diverse backgrounds, but they all came together as a crew during their training at bases in California, Arizona and Nevada. In September 1945, they left Hawaii for the Pacific theater and the first of many combat missions in Saipan and, later, Guam.

 

They dubbed their plane, “Complete Miss,” as a nod to their hopes that the crew would always hit its targets and that enemy fire would always miss their plane. They got their wish – mostly.

 

“We were very fortunate,” Price said. “We flew 40 combat missions and not a single member of my crew ever got physically injured.” However, they had plenty of closes calls. “Of course, we were hit; we were hit plenty of times. In fact, I recall we were hit on 15 consecutive missions.”

 

Paradoxically, one of the most harrowing missions burned into Price’s memory didn’t directly involve his plane. On a bombing mission over Iwo Jima, his squadron was attacked by a dozen Japanese Zeroes and the bomber flying off his right wing was shot down.

 

The two flight crews had spent the previous evening playing cards and telling stories of home. He watched in horror as their plane, billowing smoke, crashed into the water and exploded, instantly killing comrades he considered close friends.

 

“Ten men, gone like that,” Price said, snapping his fingers.

 

On the return flight from that terrible mission, rather than grieving or raging against fate, Price recalled feeling surrounded by a sensation of peace. “It was the most beautiful feeling,” he said. “Everything was so quiet and pleasant and peaceful. I felt almost like I was in the presence of God and I remember thinking I just felt like God was with us.”

 

Price returned stateside in August 1945 with several commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Like most WWII veterans, he came home, married his girlfriend, Frances Addy, and started a family and a career. He began as a salesman in the wholesale food distribution industry and worked his way up the ranks. He retired 39 years later as the executive vice president and CEO of PYA/Monarch.

 

Price graduated from Lexington High School in 1940, but never went to college. On-the-job experience served him well, but Price wanted more opportunities for his children. Two of his children are Newberry College alumni; Debbie, a 1974 graduate, and Jerry, who graduated in 1976.

 

Jerry was a founding member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity on the Newberry campus and Price supported his efforts. The fraternity honored Price’s support years later by inducting him as a member in 2010, possibly the oldest initiate ever inducted by a TKE chapter in the history of the national fraternity.

 

Like so many members of the Greatest Generation, Price had a heart for serving others and he did so tirelessly throughout his career and well into retirement. He served on the boards and foundations of numerous organizations, including YMCA of the Midlands, Lexington County Arts Association, Lexington County Health Education Foundation, Crime Stoppers, Franke Home and Midlands Technical College.

 

Price also served on the advisory boards of several banks and industry organizations. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Columbia where he was a two-time recipient of the Paul Harris Award.

 

He has remained active in his church, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, S.C., well into retirement. In fact, it wasn’t until last year, at the age of 94, that he gave up handling lawn care for the church and handed it over to professional landscapers.

 

Price has been recognized repeatedly for his military service. In addition to his military awards, which include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with six bronze oak leaf clusters and two battle stars, he received the Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award in 2015 from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the 2016 Annual Military Veterans Award from the Blue Star Mothers organization.

 

Newberry College honored Price on Nov. 11, 2016, on Veterans Day, as part of its annual Founders Day convocation, conferring an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

 

“We are truly honored to recognize Dr. Price for his service to the country, to the Church and to the community,” said Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens, president of Newberry College. “He is a shining example how one person can make a difference in the lives of many.”

 

Price was both pleased and humbled by the award.

 

“It’s hard for me to encompass the thoughts of a high school kid that had his B.A. degree from the School of Hard Knocks and his master’s degree from the College of Experience, winding up with an honorary doctor’s degree,” he quipped. “I’m very honored.”

 

Price was one of the veterans who was instrumental in creating the Honor Flight program, which brings U.S. military veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials of the war(s) in which they fought at no cost to the veteran. He was on the first Honor Flight travelling to the nation’s capital.

 

“Those serving today will have similar stories – other people, other backgrounds,” Price said. “Men and women throughout the years have all accepted the call to serve, to protect and defend lives in the process. I hope all who hear my story will realize there are thousands of others with similar stories and remember all those others who have served.”



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Newberry College Student Named Distinguished Military Graduate

by By Orlando McGill - November 10, 2016

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Newberry College senior Trey Scott earns ROTC national honor

 

For Jerry “Trey” Wayne Scott, half the battle in achieving success is in setting goals and attacking them with laser-sharp intensity. That level of focus is what landed him in the top 10 percent out of 6,000 ROTC cadets throughout the nation and earning the Distinguished Military Graduate designation. 

 

To rank in the top 10 percent, a cadet must meet requirements for academic ability, leadership skills, physical fitness and extracurricular participation. The ranking also required a written evaluation from an ROTC instructor based on his performance at the Cadet Advanced Camp in Fort Knox, Ky., which included standardized testing on leadership, military knowledge and skills. 

 

A fifth-year senior with a 3.9 GPA at Newberry College, Trey is a Biology major with a minor in Military Science Leadership. He also played varsity baseball for the Newberry Wolves. 

 

Trey began in the ROTC program as a student at Presbyterian College and continued to develop his leadership capabilities when he transferred to Newberry College in his sophomore year. 

 

“A focus of ROTC is on helping us develop our leadership skills,” Trey said. “Leadership means listening to what your instructor is teaching you, pushing yourself beyond your limits and motivating the entire group to accomplish the mission.”

 

A unique aspect of Trey’s top 10 percent ranking was his performance on the physical training components of the ROTC program. Trey earned the highest possible points available out on the PT test, which includes a maximum of 80 sit-ups, 75 push-ups and completing a two-mile in less than 13 minutes. 

 

Pushing himself physically, mentally and emotionally has helped Trey develop the skills to deal with adversity he may face in his future military career. 

 

“I deal with adversity with the support of my fellow cadets,” Trey said. “Once I see success and the gains from it, then I get that satisfying feeling and push myself even more.”

 

As a Distinguished Military Graduate, Trey has the benefit of choosing his first duty station. He hopes to be based in Italy. “Italy gives me a chance to be in another country and to experience life from a different view,” Trey said. 

When he graduates from Newberry College in spring 2017, Trey plans to serve as a Medical Service Office in Italy and then apply to medical school. 

 

“ROTC is a great opportunity that can help you learn about yourself, push yourself daily, have fun and open up opportunities to get a career and help your country.” 



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American Sports Network to Televise Newberry vs. Wingate

by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications - November 7, 2016

Newberry Football Players

Newberry’s season finale with Wingate from Setzler Field Nov. 12 will be televised on the American Sports Network at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Division II Football Showcase, solidifying the matchup as one of the most pivotal games in the nation.


“The first time we were on TV this season, it was awesome for Newberry,” said head coach Todd Knight, “but having it happen two times in one year is unbelievable for us. We’ve never had this type of exposure before. And both of these games being at home is fantastic for the college and the whole city of Newberry.”


The 19th-ranked Wolves and Bulldogs are currently the top two teams in the South Atlantic Conference standings and are ranked third and 10th in the Super Region 2 rankings released by the NCAA. Newberry clinched at least a share of the league championship with its 53-14 win over Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday and is looking to become the 16th team in SAC history to have a perfect season in conference play. A Wingate win would clinch a share of the championship for the Bulldogs and bolster the team's playoff resume.


The NCAA announced the Division II Football Showcase in June as a slate of 22 Division II games, two each week, that would be split evenly between ESPN3 and ASN. The first 18 games of the Showcase were predetermined, with two games on each of the final two weekends at the discretion of the networks in an effort to highlight the nation’s most pivotal matchups. The Newberry vs. Wingate game was deemed worthy of selection.


“This is a great decision by ASN to showcase an incredibly important South Atlantic Conference game,” said Interim Director of Athletics Ralph Patterson. “Wingate has a great team. This is a great game to showcase our conference on national television.”


"We are excited that this game has been selected to be on the American Sports Network," added South Atlantic Conference Commissioner Patrick Britz. "We appreciate the NCAA recommending this game to be televised since it could have both conference championship and regional rankings implications. It will also be a great opportunity for Newberry, Wingate and the SAC to be showcased and get some great exposure"


Newberry is one of two teams, along with third-ranked and 2015 national runner-up Shepherd, that will be featured twice on the Division II television package this season after the Rams' Nov. 5 home game vs. No. 20 Fairmont State was selected by ASN. ESPN3 has picked up the Edinboro vs. No. 6 California (Pa.) matchup on Nov. 5 and the Northeast-10 Championship Game on Nov. 12.


ASN is a division of Sinclair Networks Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. It owns 172 television stations, operates and/or provides services in 81 markets, broadcasting 482 channels. Sinclair is the leading local news provider in the country, as well as a producer of live sports content.


Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. In addition, ASN’s content is syndicated to other broadcasters and regional sports networks. ASN, which launched in August 2014, produced 250 college events in nine sports in its first year and in the current 2016-17 academic year, plans to produce and broadcast in excess of 300 NCAA events.


Newberry earned a convincing 35-14 win over Catawba on Oct. 1 in a game broadcast online nationally on ESPN3 in the Wolves' first television appearance this season.



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Men’s Basketball to Face South Carolina in Exhibition Game This Sunday

by Bryan Eckelberg, Athletic Communications Assistant - October 31, 2016

Newberry Wolves vs SC Gamecocks Basketball

The Newberry Wolves men’s basketball team will open its 2016-2017 season with an exhibition game against the University of South Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

Newberry enters the contest against the Gamecocks seeking a two-game winning streak in exhibition games after a 101-89 win at Marshall on Nov. 15, 2015. The matchup in Columbia will be the first of two exhibition games for the Wolves this season, with a trip to face UNC Charlotte coming on Nov. 11.

"Inviting and allowing Newberry College Basketball to come to Colonial Life Arena for a game is so special for us small college guys. From day one on the job, Frank Martin has reached out to help fellow coaches regardless of the level and works tirelessly to make his program great," said Davis. "The challenge for us at South Carolina will be enormous, especially with so many new guys on our team this year, but the experience of getting to play against the SEC will be a lifelong memory for all of us, regardless of the outcome."

Newberry finished 18-12 overall and 12-10 in the South Atlantic Conference a season ago. The Wolves reached the SAC Tournament as the fifth seed, defeating Lenoir-Rhyne 98-90 in the quarterfinals, before falling to top-seeded Lincoln Memorial 105-81 in the semifinals. Newberry will return 13 letterwinners next season.

Fifth-year head coach Frank Martin is at the helm of a Gamecocks' squad that finished 25-9 overall and 11-7 in the Southeastern Conference last year. USC was widely considered to be among the "first teams out" of last season's NCAA Tournament, winning its first contest in the National Invitation Tournament before seeing its season come to a close against Georgia Tech.



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Historical Marker Honors Dr. Julian E. Grant, Founder of County’s Only Black Hospital

October 26, 2016

Dr. Grant's commerative marker with plaque

Newberry College today dedicated a historical marker at the original home site of Dr. Julian Edward Grant, who moved to Newberry in 1930 and was the only African-American physician in Newberry County at that time.

 

Grant and his wife, Grace, raised their family in a modest brick home on the corner of Lindsay and Cheek Streets. The lot was donated to Newberry College by Dr. William Dufford and his siblings, who lived in the adjacent property (also donated to the College) in what is now the Dufford Alumni House.

 

Bricks and concrete blocks from the original Grant House were conserved during recent demolition of the home and used to construct the historical marker now installed on the edge of the property.

 

The following text appeared on the commemorative plaque:

 

Dr. Julian Edward Grant (1900-1997), physician, hospital administrator, and advocate for social justice, was described at his death as “a gentle healer, humanitarian, peacemaker and friend to all who him.”

 

Dr. Grant and his wife, Grace Funchess Grant (1910-1993) lived in a house on this site for many years and raised their family here.

 

Dr. Grant, a native of Marlboro County, S.C., graduated from Claflin University in Orangeburg in 1925 and Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, Tenn., in 1929. He moved to Newberry in 1930.

 

The only African-American doctor in Newberry County at the time, he was often paid in produce or livestock by patients who could not afford to pay anything else. Since there was no hospital in Newberry County for blacks in the early 1930s, Grant urged the African-American community to organize and fund one. His group bought a two-story frame house at the corner of Vincent and Cline Streets for $1,500 in 1935 and opened the Peoples Hospital there in 1937. It was the only hospital for blacks in the county until Newberry County Memorial Hospital desegregated and the two hospitals merged in 1952.

 

Dr. Grant continued to practice medicine, retiring in 1979 after 49 years’ service. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor, by Gov. David Beasly in 1995.

 

Vincent Street Park, a city park near the site of Peoples Hospital, was renamed Dr. Julian E. Grant Park in his memory in 2014.

 

Dedicated by Newberry College

Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week

October 24, 2016

 

The dedication of the historical marker is one of the events hosted as part of the fourth annual Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week. Through lectures, music, plays and discussions, the week-long event seeks to foster a community that understands and appreciates diversity and creates an environment of inclusivity.



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Newberry College to Host Annual Dufford Diversity & Inclusion Week October 24-31

October 19, 2016

Dufford Diversity and Inclusion week 2016

Newberry College will host the fourth annual Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week Oct. 24 - 31, 2016. Through lectures, music, plays and discussions, the week-long event seeks to foster a community that understands and appreciates diversity and creates an environment of inclusivity. 

 

“Diversity and inclusion is about giving value to all human beings, regardless of their differences,” said Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder, director of Diversity Education and professor of Physical Education at Newberry College. “Dr. Bill Dufford, for whom this week is named, has made it his mission in life to support diversity, inclusion, social justice and equality for all.” 

 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

Monday, Oct. 24

“Native American History in Story and Song” featuring Dr. Will Moreau Goins

7:30 p.m., Wiles Theatre

Folklorist, cultural presenter, storyteller, chanter-singer, dancer, artist, educator and arts administrator Dr. Will Moreau Goins, uses music, poetry, legend, movement, visual imagery and drums to tell the ancient and contemporary stories of the American Indian. Chief of the Cherokees of South Carolina, he was instrumental in supporting the call for change in the use of Indians as college mascots. Performances and discussion will be presented by the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois and United Tribes of South Carolina Cultural Arts Ensemble. 

 

Tuesday, Oct. 25

“Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra” featuring classical composer Robert McDuffie and rock musician Mike Mills

8 p.m., Newberry Opera House

A merging of rock and orchestra that will inspire! Throughout his prolific 25-year concert career, violinist Robert McDuffie has been a champion of the core repertoire and interpreter of the works of the most important popular classical composers of our time. McDuffie and Mike Mills, of the rock band, R.E.M., began a new collaboration recently with the world premiere performance of Mills’ Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra. 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 26

“Down by the River:” Gullah Geechee Culture in Song featuring Ron Daise

7:30 p.m., Alumni Music Center Recital Hall

The Gullah Geechee are descendants of enslaved Africans who lived in the Lowcountry regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Their rich cultural history has attracted both popular and scholarly interest for decades. Writer, performing artist and educator Ron Daise began offering productions about Gullah heritage after the publication of his book, “Reminiscences of Sea Island Heritage, Legacy of Freedmen on St. Helena Island” (1986), the first of five books he has published. Daise has received numerous civic and cultural awards, including the 1996 South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest honor. 

 

Thursday, Oct. 27

“Living with Dying: Writing ‘Ark’” featuring Gerding Author Series speaker Ed Madden

7 p.m., Newberry Opera House

Ed Madden is an award-winning poet, activist and associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina where he is director of Women’s and Gender Studies. He is the featured speaker for the annual Gerding Author Series at Newberry College. Madden’s newest book of poetry, Ark, explores a son’s return home, a father’s death from cancer and the gifts of healing that can be found in the care of the dying. In January 2015, Madden was named the first Poet Laureate for Columbia, South Carolina.

 

Monday, Oct. 31

“First-Hand Account of a Holocaust Survivor” featuring Marion Blumenthal Lazan

2 p.m., Alumni Music Center Recital Hall

Marion Blumenthal Lazan is the last of her generation to speak first-hand about the horrors of the Holocaust, the adversity she faced and the anti-Semitism that caused it. She has dedicated her life to sharing a message of racial and religious tolerance to audiences throughout the world. Marion will discuss her unforgettable memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story, which recalls the devastating years that shaped her childhood. Following Hitler’s rise to power, Marion and her family were trapped in Nazi Germany. They spent the next six-and-a-half years living in refugee, transit and prison camps, including the notorious German prison camp, Bergen-Belsen. Marion’s story is one of courage, hope and the will to survive. 

 

 

ABOUT THE SERIES AND SPONSOR

Dufford Diversity and Inclusion Week is made possible by the generosity of Dr. William Dufford, who made history for his efforts in 1969 to integrate the Sumter school district. During a turbulent time of violent social unrest, Dufford pressed for peaceful integration. He argued that desegregation focused on the idea of righting a major wrong, whereas integration emphasized inclusion, setting aside past injustices and looking toward the future. In 2014, he was the recipient of two humanitarian awards including the Governor’s Award in the Humanities, for his lifetime contributions as an educator and civil rights advocate. 

 

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ABOUT NEWBERRY COLLEGE: Newberry College is a private, residential, co-educational college with a diverse student population. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, the College is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Music. Newberry College was ranked in the top tier of regional colleges in the South in the 2015 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges in the U.S. The College offers baccalaureate degrees in 28 majors, 35 minors, 31 areas of concentration and 10 pre-professional programs and features a radio and television station. The College offers 17 NCAA Division II sports, cheerleading and dance. For more information, go to www.newberry.edu



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Athletic Department Announces Goal to Set Attendance Record at Saturday’s Homecoming

by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications - October 12, 2016

Football field

The Newberry Athletic Department has announced a goal to set an all-time attendance record at Saturday’s Homecoming game against Carson-Newman.


The initiative to “Sell Out Setzler” comes as the Wolves look to win their sixth consecutive game, which would equal a 2013 winning streak as the second-longest of the past decade. Newberry is currently in sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings and is seeking its first conference championship since 2008.


Fans are encouraged to wear scarlet on Saturday. White rally towels will be handed out in the stadium and gray “Beat Carson-Newman” stickers will be available before kickoff.


"Our goal is to win the South Atlantic Conference football championship,” stated Interim Director of Athletics Ralph Patterson. “This week's Homecoming game against a great opponent like Carson-Newman is a wonderful opportunity to Sell Out Setzler. How cool it would be for all of our Wolves Nation to wear our colors and help us set an attendance record?"


Several special events are planned in conjunction with this weekend’s game. A 5K run will take place in downtown Newberry Saturday morning before a parade beginning at 1:15 p.m. will encircle the campus.


The traditional pregame pep rally, featuring the Newberry cheerleaders, Scarlet Poms dance team, and Scarlet Spirit Marching Band will take place on the steps of Holland Hall, with kickoff slated for 4:00 p.m. Halftime festivities include the revealing of the Homecoming Court and a performance by the Scarlet Spirit Marching Band.


Two other Newberry athletic events are also planned for Saturday afternoon. The Wolves’ field hockey team, winners of three of their last four games, hosts Sewanee at noon at Setzler Field, while the volleyball team welcomes No. 23 Wingate to Elezaer Arena at 1:00 p.m.


The Wolves and Eagles have split the last six meetings, with Newberry riding a two-game winning streak over Carson-Newman at Setzler Field. Eagles’ coach Ken Sparks passed Pop Warner for fifth on the NCAA’s all-time wins list with his 337th career win Saturday at Brevard.


The largest crowd on record at the facility came during the 1999 edition of the Bronze Derby game, when 5,100 fans packed Setzler Field to see Presbyterian take a 45-35 decision over Newberry.


Fans are asked to wear scarlet and include the hashtag #SellOutSetzler on social media posts leading up to the game.



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Scherrens Issues Letter of Support for Bethany College President Will Jones

September 23, 2016

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens issued a letter of support for Bethany College President Dr. William A. Jones after racist messages targeting Jones and his family were discovered scrawled in chalk on the sidewalks of the campus. The alleged perpetrators, claiming affiliation with a white supremacist group, claimed their actions were in protest to Jones’s call for a more diverse population on the Lindsborg, Kan., campus and to the makeup of Jones's family, which includes two bi-racial adopted children.

 

 

Written Sept. 19, 2016, President Scherrens said: 

 

Dear Dr. Jones:

 

I just heard recently about the issues that you are dealing with at Bethany College, and wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that everyone here at Newberry College, Newberry, South Carolina has you and your family, as well as the Bethany College community in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Even though we have not met, I am very impressed by the commitment that you have made to embrace inclusivity and diversity both in your private and professional life.  You “walk the walk” in a world where so many just “talk the talk.”  As a fellow ELCA institution of higher education, our foundation is “reason and faith” along with “diversity and inclusivity.”  We believe the word “minority” no longer has value in our dialogue about treating each other fairly, and treating each other how we would want to be treated ourselves.  We are all in this together, and the more time we spend walking in the shoes of others, the less discrimination, hatred and racism there will be in the world.

 

It is because I believe that we are all so much stronger as institutions and organizations because of our diversity that I am so disheartened by the treatment that you and your family are enduring.  There is no room for such hatred, bigotry and discrimination.  As a people we are better than that.  We have to be!  Our goal must be to tear down the walls of isolationism and exclusivity and build communities that leverage our differences to make us stronger.

 

We have included you in our Wednesday morning chapel prayer list and as a President’s Council you were in our prayers today.  If there is anything that we can do to help you in anyway, please do not hesitate to call upon us.  We stand with you in your commitment to diversity and inclusivity and we are proud to stand with you on your stance of eliminating racism and hatred from your campus.  We pray that God gives you the strength and wisdom that you need.  You know that you are in the “right,” and with that knowledge I am reminded of the advice I was once given:

“…to get from where we have been to where we want to be,
we must get through where we are.”

 

If there is a fund where we could make a contribution to help out the school in your efforts to more fully embrace diversity, I believe we have some individuals who would want to help.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Sincerely,

 

Maurice W. Scherrens

President



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Newberry College Ranked Among Nation’s Best by U.S. News & World Report

September 13, 2016

Best Colleges U.S. News and World Report, Regional Colleges South 2017

Newberry College earned three rankings on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges report published annually by the national magazine. 

 

Best Colleges in the South (#16)
Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South (#3)
Best Colleges for Veterans-Regional Colleges in the South (#8)

 

Although Newberry College has ranked in the Top 50 for Best Colleges in the South for a number of years, the private liberal arts college rocketed ahead in this year’s rankings, moving from #41 last year to #16 in the 2017 report.

 

“It is very rewarding to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as our key performance indicators continue to improve,” said Newberry College President Maurice W. Scherrens. “We are on a journey of continuous assessment and improved effectiveness. The College’s rise in the rankings is a tangible outcome of our efforts.”

 

Senior English major Madison Darby-McClure noted Newberry’s rise in the rankings reflects many positive changes students are experiencing on campus.

 

“It’s encouraging to see Newberry College getting recognized for all the great things students see happening on a daily basis,” Darby-McClure said. “I think it recognizes the changes and improvements the College has been making for the past few years.”

 

Newberry College earned the #3 spot for Best Value for Regional Colleges in the South for 2017, a new ranking for the institution this year.

 

“Earning the Best Value ranking affirms our sustained efforts over the past several years to ensure that Newberry College one of the best private college values in the region,” said Joel Vander Horst, Dean of Enrollment Management. “We have worked hard to create a highly competitive financial aid package and to offer innovative programs, such as the Loan Repayment Promise, to make us a very attractive choice for students.”

 

The Newberry College Loan Repayment Promise is a financial safety net that Newberry offers at no cost to students and their families. Starting in 2017, if a student earns less than $40,000 working at least 30 hours a week after graduation from Newberry, the College will help the graduate repay their student loans until they reach that earning threshold.

 

Newberry College appears once again on the Best Colleges for Veterans in the South list, earning the #8 spot in the rankings this year, up from #28 in the 2016 rankings.

 

“Newberry’s focus on individualized learning and personalized attention to students makes it an attractive option for veterans and their families,” said Newberry College Military Services Coordinator Susan Epting.

 

Newberry College Board of Trustees Chairman Hugo A. “Hap” Pearce credited the College’s impressive rise in the rankings to top caliber faculty who are committed to helping students succeed in the classroom and after graduation.

 

“These U.S. News & World Report rankings highlight what we have known for many years,” Pearce said. “That students don’t have to make a choice between high quality and affordability. We offer them both at Newberry College.”

 

About the Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges by key measures of quality, including graduation and retention rates, alumni giving, student selectivity and financial resources. Newberry College earned high rankings for its low student-teacher ratio (12 to 1) compared to peer schools, high alumni giving (14 percent) and high percentage of small class sizes (64 percent less than 20 students), among other criteria. More at www.usnews.com/colleges.



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Newberry College Hits Record High Enrollment for Incoming Class

September 7, 2016

Holland Hall

Newberry College enrolled a record high 381 new students, easing past its previous high water mark of 379 set in 2014. The incoming class increased by 10 percent compared to the 347 students who constituted the incoming class for 2015.

 

Enrollment for the incoming class included 287 freshmen, 80 transfers and 14 readmits. Overall, the College enrollment reached 1,070 students for the fall 2016 semester, a slight increase over last year.

 

 

CLASS STATS

76 percent of the incoming class hail from South Carolina; 75 percent of the overall student population are South Carolina residents.
Out-of-state enrollment draws primarily from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, which is comparable to the geographic distribution of the overall student body: South Carolina (808), Georgia (33), North Carolina (30), Virginia (30) and Florida (20).
International enrollment accounts for 2 percent of the incoming class. International students make up 4 percent of the overall student population drawn from 15 countries, including Canada, France, Bolivia, Australia, India and Mexico.
52 percent of the incoming class (199 students) are recruited student-athletes who play on one the College’s 17 Division II teams as well as cheerleading and dance.
48 percent of the incoming class (182 students) are non-student-athletes, an all-time high for new student recruitment at Newberry College.
Top 5 majors by overall enrollment are Business Administration/Accounting, Sport Management/Physical Education, Nursing, Biology and Teacher Education.

 

Dean of Enrollment Management Joel Vander Horst said the College’s strategy of streamlining the admission process and engaging students and their families earlier in the recruitment process has led to double-digit increases at nearly every stage of the recruitment process.

 

“We focused a great deal of effort over the past year on eliminating possible friction points in the enrollment process to make a more student-centered experience,” Vander Horst said. “We revised or eliminated outdated policies, retooled our campus visit programming and focused on cultivating a spirit of hospitality.”

 

Director of Financial Aid Danielle Bell noted the Newberry College Loan Repayment Promise has attracted significant interest from families. A new program offered to the 2016 incoming class, it guarantees students if they earn less than $36,000 after graduating from Newberry College, the College will help repay their loans on a sliding scale based on their earnings.

 

“For families who use student loans to pay the portion of tuition not covered by institutional scholarships and other forms of aid, the Loan Repayment Promise offers them the peace of mind of having a financial safety net after graduation.”

 

Bell also noted that her team has placed greater emphasis on providing personalized support for students and their families to ensure they navigate the complexities of the financial aid process.

 

“Families can feel overwhelmed by the complexities of financial aid, so we’ve worked to make it as stress-free as possible,” Bell said. “We typically work one-on-one with families to guide them through the steps and put together the best possible financial aid package. We offer very personalized support; it’s definitely not a cookie cutter approach.”

 

Vander Horst noted that the largest enrollment gains this year have come from majors in which Newberry College has long enjoyed a dominant position.

 

“We’ve seen continued growth in areas of historic strength for us” Vander Horst said. “Based on an analysis of inquiries from prospective students and declared majors for enrolled students, we expanded our Nursing cohort by 33 percent and added the Criminal Justice major.”

 

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens noted that recruiting new students is one side of the enrollment management coin; the other is retention of current students.

 

“Improvements in both recruitment and retention are two pillars of our campus strategic plan and we will be unveiling recommendations to improve retention later this semester,” Scherrens said. “A key focus of our efforts is to continue creating a positive student experience that supports persistence to graduation.”



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Newberry College Celebrates Grand Opening of Chick-fil-A Express

August 31, 2016

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Newberry College will celebrate the grand opening of its new Chick-fil-A Express restaurant on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m., at its location in Kaufmann Hall on the Newberry campus. President Maurice Scherrens will be on hand to greet guests and help hand out Chick-fil-A cow mini plush toys to the first 200 guests beginning at 11 a.m. 

 

“Chick-fil-A Express opened to the campus community Aug. 23 for the first day of classes,” said Sodexo general manager Tiffany Bell. (Sodexo manages the College’s food service operations, including Chick-fil-A Express.) “The new restaurant had a very successful campus opening, finishing number one among the licensee Chick-fil-A operations opening that day. It has received an enthusiastic response from both the campus and the local community.”

 

The grand opening is one of several events on-campus Saturday. The Newberry Wolves host home games for men’s soccer at 4 p.m., and football at 6 p.m. Newberry also will recognize the 2016 class of inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame at an afternoon social in their honor and again during the football game.

 

During game day festivities, the College will host more than 100 guests at its annual Lutheran Day, which honors local Lutherans and celebrates Newberry College’s Lutheran heritage. For their $12.50 ticket, participants receive a Newberry College wristband, admission to the football game, a Lutheran Day T-shirt, hot dog, chips and a drink, and recognition during the football game.

 

For details about Chick-fil-A Express at Newberry College, see the FAQs below or contact Sodexo general manager Tiffany Bell at tiffany.bell@newberry.edu or call 803-646-8929. 

 

Chick-fil-A Express – Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q:  When is Chick-fil-A Express open?

A:  Chick-fil-A Express hours of operation are as follows:

 

  Breakfast Lunch/Dinner
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Varies according to athletic events
Sunday Closed  

 

Q:  Where can I park to visit Chick-fil-A Express? 

 

A:  Four reserved spaces are available in the Kaufmann Hall parking lot on Luther Street. From College Street, turn right on Evans Street or Wolves Way (cemetery road). Street parking also is available on Luther Street. Visitor spaces are available on the Holland Hall circle accessible from the main entrance on College Street.

 

Q:  Can I call in an order to pick up later?

A:  No. Call ahead ordering currently is not available at this Chick-fil-A Express restaurant.

 

Q:  What is the difference between the Chick-fil-A Express at Newberry College and full-scale restaurants elsewhere?

A:  Chick-fil-A Express offers a streamlined selection of the restaurant’s most popular offerings.

 

Q:  What menu items does Newberry’s Chick-fil-A Express offer?

A:  The Chick-fil-A Express at Newberry College offers Original or Spicy Chick-fil-A Sandwich, Chicken Biscuit, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Nuggets, Market Salad, Waffle Fries, Milk Shake, Icedream, Lemonade, Iced Tea and Soft Drinks.

 

Q:  Who should I contact if I have questions about Chick-fil-A Express or other dining options at Newberry College?

A:  Contact Sodexo general manager Tiffany Bell or call 803-646-8929. 



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Newberry College Begins Academic Year with Opening Convocation

August 30, 2016

Building Family: Empathy, Understanding, and Respect

More than 750 students, faculty and staff gathered in Wiles Chapel on Friday for the annual Newberry College Opening Convocation to usher in the 2016/2017 academic year. In keeping with tradition, the opening ceremony began with a full academic procession of current and emeriti faculty.

 

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens welcomed the more than 350 incoming freshmen and transfer students along with the more than 650 returning students. In his remarks, Scherrens emphasized the importance of innovation and growth that supports the College’s liberal arts tradition.

 

“At Newberry College what matters most is that we stay true to our core Lutheran values and provide a strong liberal arts education that prepares our graduates to be meaningful contributors to society,” Scherrens said.

 

Campus pastor Ernie Worman helped student leaders light their class candles. The Candle Lighting Ceremony is a tradition begun four years ago that represents the Biblical theme of light. It signifies that each person at Newberry College is a candle burning brightly. If one candle falters or even briefly darkens, others are not diminished by helping that faltering candle. 

 

During the Opening Convocation remarks, City of Newberry Mayor Foster Senn and Joe Trainor, area business owner and member of the Newberry Board of Trustees, shared greetings from the local community.

 

Incoming freshmen and transfer students stood for the Matriculation Pledge and recited the Newberrian Creed. The convocation concluded with the traditional singing of the Alma Mater. This year’s opening convocation was web-streamed via Periscope for off-campus viewers.



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Manck Resigns; Stewart Takes Over Athletic Communications

August 18, 2016

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 After 10 years at Newberry College, Josh Manck has announced his resignation from the post of assistant athletic director for athletic communications. Randall Stewart has accepted the position of director of athletic communications and he will be assisted by Bryan Eckelberg and Tanner Swift.

Manck resigns to accept a similar position at Texas A&M-Commerce after the longest tenure of any athletic communications director in the college's history. Manck was promoted to the head of the athletic communications office at Newberry in 2007 after serving a 10-month internship in 2006-07. He was elected to the leadership of the Division II Sports Information Directors Association in 2014 and serves as second vice president. He also serves the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on the convention programming committee. Manck helped promote 18 CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees at Newberry since 2009.

"It is tough to leave a place like Newberry after the support the community has shown me," Manck said. "This is an awesome place with great people, and I look forward to the continued progress of the Athletic Communications Department under Randall's leadership, as well as the College as a whole."

 

A former Newberry intern, Stewart returns to Newberry after serving as Athletic Media Relations Director at Brevard College for two years. Stewart joined the BC staff in June 2014 from King University in Bristol, Tenn., where he served as the Sports Information Graduate Assistant for the 2013-14 academic year. There he assisted the department’s functions for all 25 varsity sports while earning a Master of Business Administration.

Stewart is a member of CoSIDA and the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association. Under his watch, the Tornados have had three student-athletes named CoSIDA Academic All-District, the first such honorees in school history. He has also been the recipient of three district writing awards through CoSIDA's Fred Stabley Sr. Writing Contest.

Prior to his time at King, the Spartanburg native interned at Newberry for the 2013 spring semester, serving as the primary media contact for the Wolves' softball team and assisting in game day operations for basketball, baseball and lacrosse.

Stewart also has extensive experience in the newspaper field, spending a year with the Aiken Standard and two years with The State during his time as an undergraduate before helping found Garnet Report, a student-run website that covered University of South Carolina athletics. In May of 2013, Stewart graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management.

 

Eckelberg is a May 2016 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree with a major in communicative arts. He worked in Wisconsin Lutheran’s sports information office under the supervision of Adam Heinzen. He was team leader his senior year, helping manage WLC’s staff of student workers. He was also a member of the school’s newspaper where he wrote for both the sports and opinions sections. Bryan is a native of Slinger, Wis., and graduated from Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School.

 

Swift graduated with a BSBA in Sport Management from Western Carolina University in August of 2015. Swift has experience in the sports information field having worked as a student in the Western Carolina Athletic Department under SID Daniel Hooker. In 2015, he also interned in the Coastal Plain League with the Gastonia Grizzlies. Before coming to Newberry, Tanner spent time with Amazon, helping launch their new Prime Now site in Raleigh, N.C., in January of 2016.

Swift is from Cary, N.C., and has also coached basketball at various levels since 2011. He spent a season as an assistant for his former high school, Panther Creek, under Mark Adams. Since 2012, he has been with Networks Basketball, Inc. under Kevin Nunley.



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Joel Vander Horst Named Dean of Enrollment Management

August 4, 2016

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Newberry College has named Joel Vander Horst to serve as Dean of Enrollment Management, a role he has filled as an interim appointee since October 2015.

 

“Joel has been a strong contributor from the very start of his tenure at the College,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens. “He stepped seamlessly into the interim position and has continued ever since to demonstrate his leadership and ability to get results.”

 

In his role as Dean of Enrollment Management, Vander Horst leads both the Admission and Financial Aid units of the College. He is part of the senior leadership team that directs the overall strategic plan of the institution. Earlier this year, he served on the Program Prioritization Process committee tasked with conducting a thorough, data-driven evaluation of all academic and administrative units of the College for the purpose of honing the College’s strategic focus.

 

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue leading the College’s enrollment efforts on a permanent basis,” Vander Horst said. “I am blessed with a strong team of hard-working, goal-oriented Admission and Financial Aid professionals who consistently exceed their performance metrics. I look forward to working with them and collaborating with our colleagues campuswide in the years ahead.”

 

Vander Horst joined Newberry College in August 2013 as Director of Admission, where he was responsible for developing and executing recruitment strategies designed to increase freshmen and transfer enrollment. He led the team responsible for bringing in a record-breaking incoming class in 2014 (a 19 percent increase from the previous year).

 

Prior to joining Newberry, Vander Horst served as Assistant Director of Admission (2007-2011) and then as Associate Director of Admission (2011-2013) at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he consistently met the enrollment goals for the territories he managed.

 

Vander Horst earned his Master of Business Administration degree with an International Business focus from Lynn University in 2006. He received a B.S. in Business Administration with a Finance and Economics specialization and minor in Computer Science in 2005 from Mars Hill College.

 

Vander Horst lives in Chapin, S.C., with his wife and son.



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Ralph Patterson Named Interim Director of Athletics

by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications - August 4, 2016

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Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens has announced Ralph Patterson has accepted the position of Interim Director of Athletics. Patterson replaces Matthew Finley, who resigned to accept a position in athletic administration at Anderson University.

Scherrens will conduct a national search for a director of athletics in a permanent capacity, and expects Patterson to serve in the interim capacity for 60 to 90 days.

"We feel very fortunate Ralph was available to serve as our Interim AD," Scherrens said. "Our coaching staff has expressed their support of his appointment and I am confident he will provide us strong leadership. He has already shown a high level of interest and energy and I believe from a team chemistry perspective he is a good fit."

“It is a real privilege to be at Newberry College to serve in this role for Dr. Scherrens,” Patterson said. “I will follow his lead as we unite the Newberry Wolves department of athletics with our student body, faculty, alumni and friends. We have terrific coaches and a dedicated support staff. I look forward to seeing our talented student-athletes succeed in the classroom and excel in competition.”

Patterson comes to Newberry after serving nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation at Lander University in Greenwood. He was also Vice President for Advancement at Erskine College from 2007-09.

Prior to his work as a higher education fundraiser, Patterson was a college basketball coach for 18 years. He was an assistant coach at Colorado for five years and at Appalachian State for six years. He was the head basketball coach at Erskine College for seven years. The Boulder, Colo., native coached at Fairview HS in Boulder prior to joining the college ranks. He graduated from Ashford University with a degree in Organizational Management.

Patterson also has sports radio and television broadcasting experience. He hosted a sports radio show in Clemson from 1999-2003, and from 2003-2009 served as a co-host for the Clemson football radio network on the Tiger Tailgate Show and the 5th Quarter Show. He has continued to be a college basketball color analyst, and has done telecasts on Fox Sports South, Comcast Sports Southeast, ESPN Regional, ESPN3 and MASN.

Patterson currently serves as a board member of the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Anderson Counties), and is also on the Greenwood Rotary Club Board of Directors.



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Women’s Team, Nine Individuals Earn ITA Academic Awards

by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications - July 26, 2016

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The Newberry College women's tennis team earned the ITA All-Academic Team Award, while nine men and women were named ITA Scholar-Athletes on Friday, as announced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The women's team earned the All-Academic Team Award for the fourth consecutive season, with team members Paula Avellan, Tara Lamers, Vanessa Ortiz, Veronika Viegas and Elizabeth Williamson earned Scholar-Athlete honors.

On the men's team, Alex Amble, Fernando España, Patrick Rowe and Jacob Svantesson earned Scholar-Athlete honors.

Lamers is a four-time winner of the Scholar-Athlete Award, while Ortiz earned the honor for the third time. Viegas, Williamson, Amble and España are two-time winners.

Lamers, Williamson and España were also named CoSIDA Academic All-District earlier this year. All of the individuals honored by the ITA are South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll members as well.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2015 and spring 2016).

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).



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Trio of Wolves Named to NABC Honors Court

by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications - July 26, 2016

James Ashby, Mason Spease, Mitch Riggs NABC Honors Court

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2015-16 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season. Newberry College is represented on the Honors Court by James Ashby, Mason Spease and Mitch Riggs.

Ashby and Riggs are repeat honorees by the NABC, while Spease is recognized on the list for the first time. Newberry is one of four South Atlantic Conference schools with honorees this season, and the Wolves' three recognized student-athletes are the most in the league. 

Riggs was a two-time winner of the South Atlantic Conference's men's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. He graduated in May with a degree in Physical Education/Sport Management. Ashby was recognized by his peers as one of two student speakers at the May commencement ceremony and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. Spease is a rising senior in the classroom and is majoring in Accounting.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 
1.   Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player. 
2.   Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year. 
3.   Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4.   Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.



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Finley Resigns as Director of Athletics at Newberry College

by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications - July 22, 2016

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Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens has announced he has accepted the resignation of Matthew Finley from the position of director of athletics, effective August 1. Finley has accepted a position in the athletic administration at Anderson University.

Scherrens anticipates naming an interim director of athletics in the immediate future prior to conducting a national search for a director of athletics in a permanent capacity.

“Matt has served the College well and has always done what he thought was best for Newberry College,” Scherrens said. “He has become a valued member of the Newberry College family and I am confident he will similarly become an asset to the Anderson University community. We wish Matt all the best in this new opportunity."

“I would like to thank the Newberry College community for a great experience over the past decade,” Finley said. “It has been a blessing to work with the student-athletes and coaches. It is bittersweet to be leaving such a great place full of great people that will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Finley has served as athletic director at Newberry College since the fall of 2012, when he was named as one of the youngest collegiate athletic directors in the nation.

Finley has overseen the expansion of the Wolves’ sports offerings with the addition of varsity field hockey and the Scarlet Poms dance team in 2014. Additionally, the spirit programs have been expanded to enhance the gameday experience across Newberry’s sports platform. 

Finley also organized Newberry’s induction to the Eastern College Athletic Conference for field hockey and wrestling competition leagues, while also enjoying participation in the ECAC’s awards programs and postseason tournaments. The football program was named the 2015 ECAC Division II Team of the Year and the women’s soccer team participated in the 2014 ECAC postseason tournament.

Finley was appointed to the NCAA Division II Field Hockey committee in 2015 and previously served on the regional advisory committee for women’s golf. Finley is also the athletic director liaison to the South Atlantic Conference’s men’s and women’s tennis coaches’ committee (since 2012) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Wrestling League’s coaches’ committee (since 2015).

Finley had previously served Newberry College as assistant wrestling coach (2005-10), assistant athletic director for business (2010-11) and associate athletic director for compliance and academic services (2011-12).



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NFL Pros Lend Support to Newberry College’s Stadium Fundraising

June 30, 2016

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More than 100 alumni and friends of Newberry College gathered on Friday, June 24, to officially kick off fundraising efforts for the College’s new athletic stadium project.

 

The event, themed “A Night with Our Pros,” outlined plans for a new stadium construction project and recognized more than 25 Wolves football alumni who went on to have opportunities in professional leagues.

 

Newberry President Dr. Maurice Scherrens unveiled plans for a $9.3 million stadium complex. The stadium is the second among six projects that make up the College’s $35 million comprehensive capital campaign (the first comprehensive campaign in school history). The campaign’s first project, the Center for Teacher Education, is slated to open fall 2016.

 

A rousing “half-time” speech by Scherrens led Ron Parker (Kansas City Chiefs) to interrupt the presentation to offer his support with a naming gift for the football locker room.

 

Sports agent and Newberry alumnus Justin Turner interjected on behalf of himself, his wife, Maria, and his brother, Joel Turner, with a naming gift for the stadium press area and home coaches’ booth, offering an emotional thank you from Justin for the opportunities his Newberry education had afforded him. Justin and Joel own Turner Sports Management, which represents more than 100 current and former athletes, including several athletes who played for Newberry College.

 

Head football coach Todd Knight and his wife, Tina, also made a financial commitment to the stadium project during the evening’s festivities.

 

The president’s remarks were interrupted yet again by a pledge from an anonymous donor in attendance who was inspired to issue a $2.5 million challenge gift. As the event drew to a close, a second anonymous gift put another $350,000 on the fundraising scoreboard.

 

Prior to Friday’s kick-off event, the stadium project had already received naming gifts from Charles and Jean Haggard for the President’s Suite; from Jason Burger for the football conference room; and from The Friends of Don Saylor given in his memory for the new stadium’s concession arcade.

 

“With more than one-third of the needed gifts and pledges already raised, we have taken an incredible first step toward achieving our goal for a new stadium complex,” Scherrens said. “Our new stadium complex will be among the best in the conference and will provide the kind of facilities that will provide our student-athletes a competitive advantage and a bright, winning future.”

 

The athletics construction project will feature a stadium for football, lacrosse and field hockey, with new press box, scoreboard and fan seating. The project also includes a stadium village that features a field house and four adjacent buildings.

 

The field house includes a football locker room, equipment room and athletic training facilities on the first floor. The second floor of the field house will contain four academic classrooms, two conference rooms and office space for athletic administration. The four smaller buildings will house locker rooms and offices for field hockey, women’s lacrosse, men’s lacrosse and football coaching staff. 

 

The stadium kick-off event included a Q & A session with former Wolves turned NFL players Brandon Bostick, Ron Parker, Edmond Robinson, Alstevis Squirewell and Corey Washington. They were joined on the panel by retired pros Rick Sargent and Herb Spencer. They discussed their preparation at Newberry College and some of their experiences as professional players.

 

“We have proven we can do great things with our existing facilities,” said head football coach Todd Knight, who emceed the event. “I’m eager to see how much more we can achieve with new facilities that will improve our ability to recruit top talent and give our student-athletes the best opportunities to succeed at their sport and in the classroom.”

 

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ABOUT NEWBERRY COLLEGE: Newberry College is a private, residential, co-educational college with a diverse student population. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, the College is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of Schools of Music. Newberry College was ranked in the top tier of regional colleges in the South in the 2016 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges in the U.S. The College offers baccalaureate degrees in 33 majors, 39 minors, 42 areas of concentration and 10 pre-professional programs and features a radio and television station. The College offers 17 NCAA Division II sports, cheerleading and dance. For more information, go to www.newberry.edu



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Muller Center Announces Inaugural Sophomore Sojourners

June 30, 2016

Muller Center At Newberry College #XplorePurpose

The Muller Center at Newberry College announces its first cohort of Sophomore Sojourners. Hunter Berley, Lauren Evans, Autumn Fountain, Sarah Johnson, Korina Martinez, Kennedy Moore, and Tamara Stemmer will spend the 2016-17 academic year exploring questions of meaning, purpose, values, and service.

 

The aim of the program is to help sophomores gain greater clarity about personal, educational, and professional goals—and, says Muller Director Krista E. Hughes, “to provide some breathing room to explore those. Rather than being ‘one more thing to do,’ we hope Sojourners will experience this program as a place to pause amidst the noise and demands of being a college student and reflect on the bigger questions.” Activities will include two off-campus weekend retreats; gatherings every other week for a meal and conversation; targeted mentoring from faculty and staff; and a self-designed community service project.

 

The Sophomore Sojourners program is part of a broader Purpose Exploration Initiative the Muller Center will launch during the 2016-17 year. “In its first year, the Muller Center sought to sustain and strengthen existing civic engagement activities,” says Hughes. “With those programs humming along, we are excited to implement our Purpose Exploration Initiative, which is a vital expression of Newberry’s roots in the Lutheran liberal arts tradition—a tradition that prizes self-reflection and personal and social responsibility.”

 

Other Purpose Exploration programming will include the Compass Fellowship for faculty and staff; Table Talk meals where faculty and staff share their vocational stories with students; and Pilgrimage Hikes where students enjoy a daylong opportunity for contemplative time in nature. Plans for future programs include a residential living-learning community, alternative break service trips, and Junior-Senior leadership programs.

 

For more information on these programs, contact Dr. Krista E. Hughes at muller.center@newberry.edu.



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Home Football Game to Be Broadcast on ESPN3

by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications - June 24, 2016

Sat. Oct 1 2016 ESPN3

The South Atlantic Conference football game between Newberry College and Catawba College will be broadcast on ESPN3 as part of the 2016 NCAA Division II Football Showcase, as announced by the NCAA office Thursday. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, at Newberry's historic Setzler Field as the culmination of Family Weekend and the City of Newberry's Oktoberfest celebration.

The Newberry/Catawba game is one of 22 Division II football games to be broadcast on ESPN3 and the American Sports Network as part of a three-year agreement between those outlets and the NCAA to showcase Division II sports.

This will be the first live televised game at Newberry College since the 2005 Wingate game. Of this year's 22-game slate, 18 games have been predetermined. An additional four flex games (two per network) will be finalized later in the football season and played Nov. 5 and 12. The flex games are expected to highlight premier and pivotal matchups.

The game will be the 80th meeting between the long-time conference rivals, with Catawba holding a slight 40-36-3 edge in the all-time series. Catawba has won the last two meetings by a combined seven points. Prior to that, Newberry had won seven of the previous nine meetings.

Both teams made the NCAA Division II playoffs last season, with Catawba as the third seed in Super Region II and Newberry as the seventh seed in Super Region II.

"Our team, our coaching staff and our student body are very excited to put on a great show for a national television audience," said Newberry College head football coach Todd Knight. "Our home games are always well attended and we have some of the best fans in small college football. With a 6 p.m. kickoff after Family Weekend and Oktoberfest, I anticipate a tremendous atmosphere and that makes this game even more exciting to me."

"We couldn't be more excited for our student-athletes to be able to play in a televised game against a quality opponent in Catawba on our Family Weekend," said Newberry College director of athletics Matthew Finley. "This will bring great exposure to Newberry College and the City of Newberry with such a big day planned and now an even bigger audience on the ESPN3 platform. There are so many great things going on at Newberry College and this game will be a fantastic way to highlight the positive energy here."

“This second year, with an expanded broadcast schedule, continues to give Division II student-athletes a chance to play in front of a national audience,” said Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II. “Division II student-athletes balance community engagement and strong academics with their athletics, and this national platform gives the division the opportunity to highlight the successes of these student-athletes on and off the field.”

“We’re excited to once again give fans an opportunity to watch Division II football on their mobile and handheld devices, on their computer and on TV,” said Michael McBroom, incoming chair of the Division II Football Committee and director of intercollegiate athletics at West Texas A&M University. “The schedule continues to feature some of the best teams in DII and it should make for great games for our audience and our local communities.”

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

The Division II broadcast schedule kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. 



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Newberry College Trustees Approve Contract Extension for President Scherrens

June 23, 2016

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The Newberry College Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to extend the contract of the College’s president, Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens, for an additional four years.

 

Scherrens was inaugurated Aug. 13, 2012, and will embark on his fifth year leading the Lutheran private college with the start of the 2016/2017 academic year in August.

 

“President Scherrens has done an outstanding job in forging and strengthening relationships with our students, employees, alumni, donors and community leaders,” said Hugo A. “Hap” Pearce, Chairman of the Newberry College Board of Trustees. “He has helped cultivate a culture of optimism and trust that will drive our continued success.”

 

The Board of Trustees cited a variety of success factors that informed its decision to extend Scherrens’ contract as president:

 

ACCREDITATION: Achieved full reaffirmation of accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (December 2014).
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: Added new industry-focused, in demand majors, including RN to BSN, Healthcare Management, Criminal Justice and Digital Marketing; and partnerships with regional institutions for specialized programs and graduate/professional studies.
ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT: Retooled financial aid matrix to increase scholarship support for a greater number of students, streamlined the enrollment process and improved freshmen-to-sophomore retention.
FINANCIAL: Improved financial health of the College by reducing borrowing and developing a five-year financial plan.
FUNDRAISING: Launched a $35 million capital campaign(the first comprehensive capital campaign in college history), achieved record-breaking fundraising results with increases in endowment, unrestricted giving, annual fund, planned giving and percentage of alumni giving.

 

During spring semester 2016, Scherrens initiated a campuswide program prioritization process. This self-study process will serve as one of the foundation pieces for the strategic planning process for 2018 and beyond.

 

“With the support of a strong Board of Trustees and a highly qualified and dedicated faculty and staff, we have developed a shared governance culture to effectively pursue an ambitious strategic plan while sustaining a student-focused environment,” Scherrens said. “We have achieved a great deal during our first four years, but much more remains to be done. Today, we are well-positioned to elevate the College through a variety of strategic initiatives to become one of the leading private liberal arts colleges in the region.” 



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Newberry College Alumna Crowned Mrs. South Carolina

June 23, 2016

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Tasha Etter, State Director for Mrs. North and South Carolina United States Pageant announced results from the 2016 pageant that was held May 29th in Charlotte, NC.

 

Mrs. Quiana Anderson Reed, a resident of Duncan, SC, who is the Director for Recruitment at Spartanburg Community College, was crowned Mrs. South Carolina United States 2016. She will go on to represent the state this summer in Las Vegas, NV in the national Mrs. United States Pageant, Inc.

 

Anderson, who is 33 years old and a graduate of Newberry College, decided to compete for the opportunity to continue to promote her platform “Character Speaks”, which is geared towards empowering young people through character education and mentoring programs. She hopes to continue being a positive change in her community and further promote her platform by inspiring the younger generation to strive for success not only through education and job skills, but in life. Throughout her career in higher education, Quiana believes it is imperative that we begin today preparing these young people to become successful future leaders for tomorrow.

 

As Mrs. Reed is preparing to compete in the national pageant, which is less than two months away, she continues to promote her platform and hopes to bring awareness to it on the state and national level.

 

Quiana is married to Karl Reed, who is an educator and wrestling coach at Limestone College and a professional MMA fighter. Together, they promote “Character Speaks” and living healthy and active lifestyles across the state of South Carolina. 

 

For more information on “Character Speaks” or to have Quiana attend your next event please contact her at mrsscunitedstates@gmail.com.

For information on Mrs. North Carolina or Mrs. South Carolina United States Pageant, contact the State Director, Tasha Etter at mrsnc.scus@gmail.com



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Newberry College to host 2017 Division II Women’s Golf South Super Regional

by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications - June 8, 2016

2017 Division II Women's Golf Championships Columbia, SC Newberry College, Host

Newberry College has announced it will serve as the host school for the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf South Super Regional tournament, which will be played at the Members Club at Woodcreek course on the outskirts of Columbia. “I could not be more excited for the state of South Carolina – this is a great opportunity to begin hosting great events statewide,” said Newberry College director of athletics Matthew Finley. “I am pleased that Newberry College is able to step up and host such a prestigious event. I am so appreciative of the staff and community who have stepped up to help make this bid become a reality.” The tournament will be a 54-hole event played May 8-10, 2017. The announcement of Newberry’s successful bid to host the 2017 South Super Regional marks the first NCAA postseason event held at a predetermined site in the state of South Carolina since the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state house in July 2015.  This is also the first time Newberry will serve as the host school for a predetermined site for an NCAA championship event. No predetermined NCAA championship events have been held in the state since the 2002 Division I men’s basketball regional in Greenville. Also of note, one of the last predetermined site NCAA championship events held in the state of South Carolina was the 1999 Division I Women’s Golf regional tournament at The University Club in Blythewood, which was hosted by the University of South Carolina and run by current Newberry head women’s golf coach Clarissa Childs and then-USC head coach Kristi Coggins, who is now a volunteer assistant coach at Newberry College.  “We are honored and privileged for Newberry College to be able to host the 2017 NCAA Division II South Super Regional tournament, said Childs. “Our staff and team will certainly make it a championship to remember as we welcome NCAA championship golf back to South Carolina.”

The South Super Regional will feature 12 teams and six individuals from Conference Carolinas, the Gulf South Conference, the Peach Belt Conference, the South Atlantic Conference and the Sunshine State Conference. The top three teams advance to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, which will be held on May 17-20, 2017, at the Findlay (Ohio) Country Club.

This tournament will feature some of the toughest competition in all of collegiate athletics over its 54 holes. Since the Division II women’s golf championship was made into its own division entering the 2000 season, 16 of the 17 national champions have come from the South Super Regional, including 2016 national champion Rollins College.

Of the 12 teams who participated in the 2016 South Super Regional, none were ranked lower than 25th in the Golfstat Statistical rankings.  “We are all excited about providing a great student-athlete experience at this event,” added Finley.  “I know that Newberry and South Carolina will welcome all with a nice dose of southern hospitality.”

The Members Club at Woodcreek course is a Tom Fazio designed course in the Sandhills area of metropolitan Columbia. The course is one of the home courses for the University of South Carolina’s golf teams.

The course is a beautiful, wooded par-72 course which plays just over 7,000 yards from the tips. An official yardage for the NCAA Division II South Super Regional is yet to be determined.

Winding through hardwoods, wetlands, hills and valleys, Woodcreek is a natural beauty where players will encounter dazzling displays of wildflowers, natural streams and lakes.



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Newberry College to Host Commencement Events May 7

May 4, 2016

Seven graduates in cap and gown

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice W. Scherrens will confer approximately 150 undergraduate degrees when it bids farewell and good luck to the graduating seniors of the Class of 2016 on Saturday, May 7.  Tomorrow's Spring Commencement will be streamed at 1:45 p.m. ET at www.NewberryWolves.tv

 

Baccalaureate:  Students and their families will attend the Baccalaureate service of worship on May 7, at 11 a.m., in Wiles Chapel.

 

Commencement:  Students and their families will attend the spring commencement ceremony on May 7, at 2 p.m., in Eleazer Arena on the Newberry campus. A reception will follow commencement on the Yost Portico at Holland Hall.

 

During the Commencement ceremony, Newberry College will announce the recipients of the following awards:

 

Dr. Grady L. Cooper Award – Named in honor of the long-serving professor of Religion and Greek, the award is given annually to one student and one faculty member selected by the senior class who exemplify Cooper’s qualities of loyalty and devotion to Newberry College.
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award – A scholarship awarded to an outstanding graduating male student based on his personal character, integrity and service to others and to their community.
Mary Mildred Sullivan Award – A scholarship awarded to an outstanding graduating female student based on her personal character, integrity and service to others and to their community.
George B. Cromer Award – Named in honor of the former Newberry College president who served 1895 – 1904, the award recognizes a graduating senior who exemplifies Cromer’s own qualities of academic excellence, leadership ability and personal integrity.  



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Newberry College Professor Receives Teaching Award

May 4, 2016

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Newberry College Professor of Biology Dr. Bret Clark was one of 20 faculty selected from the member institutions of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) for recognition at the organization’s 11th annual Excellence in Teaching awards dinner on April 12.  Each award recipient received a $3,000 professional development grant from SCICU.

 

Clark teaches general biology, microbiology, virology, zoology and immunology at Newberry College. He also teaches courses within Newberry’s inquiry-based General Education core, including the perennially popular “Microbe Hunters.”

 

Clark joined the Newberry College faculty in 1995 after earning his Ph.D. in microbiology from the Medical College of Georgia. He holds a B.S. in biology from Furman University.

 

Clark frequently has been lauded by Newberry College for his teaching abilities. He has twice been awarded both the Boyd Professorship for Teaching Excellence (2007, 2010) and NCSGA Professor of the Year (1997, 2010). He also has been awarded the W.C. “Billy” Carter Professorship in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (2001-2004).

 

Clark has served for more than a decade as the state director of the South Carolina High School Science Olympiad. He has been involved with multiple faculty committees and has been elected by his peers to such pivotal committees as the Academic Core Committee (serving as chair), multiple terms on the Tenure and Promotion Committee and, most recently, the steering committee for the College-wide Program Prioritization Process.

 

“Bret is the quintessential, over-worked faculty member,” said Dr. Timothy Elston, Newberry College vice president for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. “He is called upon so frequently because he is reliable, thoughtful and able to get the job done. Whatever his other commitments may be, however, his teaching always comes first. This is the quality that makes Bret such a great teacher and mentor.” 



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Newberry College to Partner with Charleston School of Law

April 29, 2016

Gavel and scales of justice

Newberry College has entered into an educational agreement with the Charleston School of Law as part of a joint effort to expand opportunities for students interested in pursuing the study of law and to make those studies more affordable.

 

“We feel strongly this will be a good fit for Newberry College students,” said J. Edward Bell III, president of the Charleston School of Law.

 

The agreement, which goes into effect immediately, will award a $5,000 renewable scholarship to graduates of Newberry College who are admitted to the Charleston School of Law. The scholarship will be awarded to Newberry College graduates in addition to any other financial awards the student may receive. 

 

“Partnerships of this nature offer our students and graduates a blended pathway to experience the best of both worlds,” said Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens, who is a strong advocate of graduate and professional school articulation agreements.

 

This Charleston School of Law partnership is the latest among a growing list of partnerships aimed at expanding career opportunities for Newberry College students. Additional opportunities include articulation agreements with the following institutions:

 

Institution Program Articulation
Clemson University Engineering 3 + 2 == BS- Mathematics to BS-Engineering
Duke University Forestry/Environmental Studies 3 + 2 == BS-Biology to Master of Forestry or Master of Environmental Management
Presbyterian College Pharmacy (PharmD) 3 + 4 == BS-Biology to Doctor of Pharmacy
Lenoir-Rhyne University Clinical Mental Health Counseling Streamlined admission to MA
Lenoir-Rhyne University Human Services Streamlined admission to MA
Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletic Training Education Streamlined admission to MS

 

 

“These agreements allow Newberry College students to experience all the advantages of receiving their undergraduate education at a small liberal arts college while gaining access to some of the finest graduate and professional schools in the country,” Scherrens said.



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Professor Emeritus Hosts Book Signing

April 22, 2016

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Joanna Innes, professor emeritus of English, has continued to pursue her interest in writing since her retirement from Newberry College. She recently published her first novel, “Blocked,” about art professor Lydia Drexel and the mystery she encounters during a mountain getaway to reclaim her lost muse. Innes recently completed the children’s book, “Wood Sprite,” and also has written a memoir about the effects of the Great Depression on her family, the results of post-WWII industrialization and the changes wrought by modern technology. While at Newberry from 1989-2002, Innes directed the Writing Center and taught English, Creative Writing, Writing and English Education courses. Books on Main (Main Street, Newberry) will host a Book Signing for Innes on Friday, May 6, from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Copies of her novel will be available for purchase. She lives in Charleston in retirement, so please drop by and welcome Joanna during her “homecoming” to Newberry.



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Choirs of Newberry College and Lenoir-Rhyne University Join for Special Performance

April 19, 2016

Concert in Charlotte celebrates 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation

 

The choirs of Newberry College and Lenoir-Rhyne University are teaming up for a special joint concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, April 24, at 7 p.m. It will be the first time the choirs of from both of the Lutheran institutions have performed together. The program features the Newberry College Singers and Madrigals from Newberry College and the College Singers and A Capella Choir from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

 

The combined choir concert is part of a series of events scheduled during the Luther Decade (2008 - 2017) to honor the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which will occur in 2017. Both institutions are affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Newberry is a college of the South Carolina Synod; Lenoir-Rhyne is a university of the North Carolina Synod.

 

The choirs will perform separately and a combined program. The program will open with the Bach extended chorale from Cantata BWV 79 for the Reformation, “Now Thank We All Our God,” and will end with F. Melius Christiansen’s perennial favorite, “Beautiful Savior.” Other combined pieces include the Duruflé “Sanctus,” and “Northern Lights” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. The choirs will perform the powerful spiritual by Moses Hogan, “My Soul’s Been Anchored,” as well as Paul Weber’s dynamic setting of the Reformation hymn, “A Mighty Fortress,” on which the audience will be invited to join. 

 

Another highlight of the program will be pieces for the combined women and men of the choirs.  The women will sing Esenvald’s ethereal “O salutaris hostia,” and the men will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ setting of “Loch Lomond.”  In addition the chamber ensembles of each choir – the College Singers from Lenoir-Rhyne and the Madrigals from Newberry – will perform selections individually and together. Their combined pieces will be Orban’s “Come Away,” on a text by William Shakespeare, and “Beautiful River,” a setting of Shall We Gather by the River by the American composer William Hawley.

 

About Newberry College:

Newberry College is a private, residential, coeducational college with a diverse student population. Having begun as a seminary-academy in 1831 at the recommendation of Rev. John Bachman, the College began its charter as a degree-granting institution in 1856. Now, over 150 years later, it has continued to flourish as the ELCA’s southern-most affiliated college. Newberry College was ranked in the top tier of regional colleges in the South in the 2016 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges in the U.S. The College offers baccalaureate degrees in 33 majors, 39 minors, 42 areas of concentration and 10 pre-professional programs. Visit www.newberry.edu for more information.

 

For decades, the Department of Music has been a major part of campus life. With the most full-time faculty of any department, the choirs and instrumental ensembles have toured the south for more than 80 years. The College also hosts the state’s high school All-State Jazz Festival, one of the longest-running state jazz festivals in the country. The Music department offers degrees in music education, performance, church music, music theory, plus minors in areas such as music business, jazz studies and musical theater. The Newberry College Singers and Madrigals are conducted by Dr. Chris Sheppard, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. Their accompanist is Dawn Driggers.

 

About Lenoir-Rhyne University:

September 1, 2015, marked the beginning of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s 125th anniversary year. Founded in 1891, the private, coeducational University houses its primary campus in Hickory, N.C. Academic programs include more than 50 undergraduate majors and 24 graduate programs at its campuses in Hickory, the Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, N.C., and the Center for Graduate Studies of Columbia, which shares a campus with the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) in Columbia, S.C. Today, more than 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled across the three campuses. Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious denominations and backgrounds. For more information, go to www.lr.edu.

 

The music program of Lenoir-Rhyne University features varied ensembles and majors and has long been known for excellence in music. Majors include performance, music education, sacred music, and music (liberal arts). The A Cappella Choir, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this spring, was founded in fall 1935 by St. Olaf College graduate, Kenneth B. Lee. The choir has toured regionally since 1951 and has taken 12 tours abroad. The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir is directed by Dr. Paul Weber, Professor of Church Music, and accompanied by collaborative artist, Jeana Neal Borman. Student organist for the concert will be Lenoir-Rhyne junior sacred music major Andrew Barbour.



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Summer Sessions Ideal for Lifelong Learners

April 15, 2016

Teacher with class outside

Days are getting longer and warmer, a sure sign that summer will soon be upon us – and with it, new opportunities for learning.

 

Summer sessions at Newberry College offer a chance for both students and lifelong learners to explore new areas of interest or brush up on key career skills. Even better, summer classes are offered at a significantly discounted rate, making it a great way to get started taking a course for credit.

 

Newberry College offers three sessions after the close of the regular academic year: 

May Term  -- May 9 – 27

Summer Session I – May 31 – June 29

Summer Session II – July 5 – August 3

 

The shorter, concentrated courses offered during summer session are ideal for adult learners looking for a shorter time commitment. They also offer flexibility for graduating high school seniors looking to get a jump on classes or take a “catch-up” class. Likewise, summer sessions give current college students the opportunity to earn extra credits or catch up on academic requirements.

 

Sample Course Offerings:

 

MAY TERM:  May 9 – 27

Spirituality & Social Action [May 100] - The course will examine how spiritual perspectives influence vocation and service, including modes such as scriptural readings, prayers, and Sabbath. It will include a three-day retreat with a travel fee of $150.

What’s All the Buzz About? [May 107] – The importance of bees and their possible extinction is increasingly in the headlines. Learn about bees and how to keep them healthy and happy.

Baseball in America [May 108] – Examine the historical, political and economic interactions of baseball in American culture. Students attend a professional and college game at their own cost.

Experiencing Theatre [May 110] – Examine the art of modern theatre through the study and attendance at several productions. Textbook provided; students purchase tickets to three shows.

 

SUMMER SESSION I:  May 31 – June 29

Clay Art: Ceramics I [ART 171] – Experience the joy of artistic creation working with clay.

Nutrition for Healthy Living [PHE 220] – Learn about the basics of nutrition for maintaining and improving quality of life and good health.

Public Speaking [SPE 110] – Brush up on your communication skills and hone your ability to craft well-organized and dynamic speeches.

Spanish Language & Culture [SPA 101] – Introductory course covering grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary.

 

SUMMER SESSION II:  July 5 – August 3

First Aid & CPR [PHE 117] – Be prepared for anything with a course offering American Red Cross: Adult and Pediatric CPR, First Aid and AED Lay Responder certification.

Psychology of Personality [PSY 325 – BLENDED COURSE] – Explore how personalities and behavior are influenced by personal environments.

Psychology of Aging, Dying, and Death [PSY 340] – This course will explore current and past views on the end of the life cycle, including perspectives from various cultures. It is a blended course including online and in-class learning.

 

HOW TO ENROLL

Audit or College Credit

To take a class without receiving academic credit or if you are taking additional credit while pursuing degrees elsewhere, apply using “Special Student Application” on www.newberry.edu. Click on Admission, go to Getting Started and click on Apply Now.

 

Newberry College Credit

If you plan to take classes for credit toward a degree from Newberry College, apply for regular admission at www.newberry.edu.

 

For information about course fees, admission requirements and applications, visit www.newberry.edu and select Admission. To view the complete course schedules for May Term and summer sessions, visit www.newberry.edu, select Academics, go to Registrar and select Course Schedules.



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Newberry College Adds Chick-fil-A Express to Campus Dining Options for Fall 2016

April 11, 2016

Rendering of Chic-fil-a interior

Newberry College will bring an eagerly anticipated new dining option to campus with the arrival of Chick-fil-A Express beginning fall 2016 semester.

 

“A recent survey asking our students about their dining preferences showed overwhelming support for bringing Chick-fil-A to campus,” said Jane Willis, dean of Student Affairs. “We are pleased to be able to offer Chick-fil-A Express as our newest dining option for the campus community.”

 

Chick-fil-A Express will be run by Sodexo, the company that manages all of Newberry College’s food service and catering needs. The streamlined menu will offer some of the restaurant’s most popular selections:

 

Chicken Biscuits Market Salad
Chick-fil-A Sandwich Waffle Fries
Spicy Chick-fil-A Sandwich Lemonade / Iced Tea / Soft Drinks
Grilled Chicken Sandwich Milk Shakes
Chicken Nuggets  

 

“Sodexo is very excited to partner with Newberry College to bring Chick-fil-A Express to campus,” said Tiffany Bell, Sodexo general manager. “Bringing Chick-fil-A to the College will enhance the everyday dining experience for the students, faculty and staff.  We look forward to opening in August 2016.”

 

Chick-fil-A Express will be the newest addition to the College’s dining options. Kaufmann Dining Hall serves breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Other food venues supplement the main dining hall to provide meal and snack options throughout the day. Simply to Go, located in the Science and Math building, offers grab-and-go packaged sandwiches, salads and snacks. Jazzman’s Café offers coffee drinks and gourmet sandwiches and salads.

 

“The local community in Newberry has long enjoyed taking advantage of the outstanding Sunday brunch offered by Sodexo in Kaufmann Hall,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “Now the community will be able to enjoy Chick-fil-A offerings throughout the week.”

 

Subway, which offers made-to-order sandwiches and salads, will cease campus operations on April 29 to allow Sodexo to prepare for the opening of Chick-fil-A Express for fall 2016 semester. Sodexo will announce additional menu changes, updated hours and possible expansion of dining options in other parts of campus later this summer. 



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Dr. Barry McGinnis to Perform World Premiere Composition

April 8, 2016

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Professor of Music, Dr. Barry McGinnis performed a recital at the recent North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference held in Lubbock, Texas. The recital was a world premiere of a piece composed for Dr. McGinnis by Dr. Howard Buss, titled "Alien Loop de Loops for Soprano Saxophone and Electronic Recording." Dr. McGinnis will perform this composition at Newberry College along with a new world premiere titled "Soundscapes for Saxophone and Drumset" along with Assistant Professor of Music, Dr. John Roberts on April 12 at 8 p.m. in the Alumni Music Center, West Memorial Recital Hall.



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