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Lenten Devotions 2018

February 23

Reading 2: Corinthians 4:5-12 

5For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. 8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. 11For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. 12So death is at work in us, but life in you. 



When we were children, I am guessing we all had the “my dad is cooler than your dad” argument with a friend from time to time – or at least I did. We’d talk about what our parents did, their achievements, and both brag about our parents. Or, maybe now those conversations have shifted to being about your children or grandchildren, and how wonderful, special, and talented they are. We love to talk about the people we love, and share the amazing things about them. 

What is interesting to me is that those conversations – which are always a little boastful regardless of our intentions – very rarely are about our own achievements. Now, they may reflect the kind of person we are or the kind of relationship we have with the person we are bragging about, but we’re rarely talking about our own deeds. 

With this reading in mind, we are encouraged not to proclaim ourselves or our works. Instead of proclaiming ourselves, we are told to proclaim Christ above all else. The gifts we have are not ours but are from God, and it is God who we should proclaim. Talking about and sharing about the people in our lives who we deeply care about isn’t strange to us, but sometimes it seems, sharing our faith is. I think in conversation we’ve all learned when we can pepper in information about our family to other people; I encourage you to listen for those appropriate times to share how wonderful our God is with those around you. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 



Gracious and loving God, you have mercifully made yourself known to us and among us in Jesus Christ. As we rely on his works, we ask that you help us in word and deed proclaim Christ to our neighbors in a way that points others to the light that has graciously shined on our lives. Amen.


Rev. James Henricks,

Pastor of Summer Memorial Lutheran Church in Newberry, SC. 

February 22

Lent 2018 Devotion 

2 Corinthian 1:3-7 // February 22nd 

Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation. (v. 7) 

One of the most remarkable things about the Bible to me is how God’s Word can shine through even the most imperfect of biblical characters—almost against their will. Today’s passage is the opening of Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth. Although Paul has been in close relation with this church, the relationship has not been an easy one, and the purpose of the letter is establish Paul’s apostleship. The Corinthians have apparently been listening to other teachers, and Paul is concerned that they are headed toward heresy. More than concerned, he is irritated and angry. Frankly, in more than a few places the letter reads as being more about Paul than about God, skirting a heresy of his own: self-idolatry. 


Yet his opening lines convey an affection and commitment that cannot be denied. He acknowledges the Corinthian church’s sufferings and afflictions as well as his own, and he witnesses to the power of divine consolation, shared from one to the other, as a loving response to that suffering. Whatever the conflict, whatever their flaws or his, what binds them is the holy consolation that issues from God but must circulate among one another in order to bear transformative power. 


At present I am in a prayer community with a few people I have never met. The young adult ministry in which I am involved connects over a mobile app called Group Me. Although it was established as a means of communication, it has evolved so that it also now serves as a prayer group when a member is in need. Because of odd work schedules and other commitments, there are a few members most of us have not even met in person. But when a call for prayers comes out, whether intercessory or celebratory, we respond. Perhaps less odd for the millennials in the group than for me, I have been surprised and moved by the power of this virtual yet as-real-as-it-gets prayer group. 


What’s more, it strikes me that we may be circling back in some ways to the time of the early church, when churches were scattered and relied upon the written word for connection—when God’s consolation was extended among human hearts via the human hand. Across differences, across geographies, across space, God’s grace and mercy flowed… and in turn hope. 


Let us pray: O Holy One, you are the ultimate tie that binds. May we console others in their afflictions as you have consoled us and in doing so nurture hope in, with, and among one another, whether we are near or far. Amen. 


Dr. Krista E. Hughes 

Director, Muller Center & Associate Professor of Religion

February 21

Psalm 51:15-17 

“Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O GOD, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, GOD, will not despise.” 

~New International Version 

I will admit that I am not the best gift giver in the world. Some of my family have told me that my gift-giving skills often lack imagination. It’s not that I don’t like to give gifts or that I am not creative. It’s just my belief that no gift is perfect. The only thing that matters is that each gift comes straight from the heart. My parents instilled this philosophy in me and it is something that I live by. 

This is what King David was alluding to in these verses. David went through a lot during his time as king and he did some things that were not pleasing in the sight of GOD. While others were sacrificing material things, David offered to sacrifice himself. He offered to sacrifice his old, broken self in order to become the new creature GOD wanted to make him. GOD’s message to us is still the same. He will take us as we are and clean us up if we let him. 

Heavenly Father, 

There is none like you. Thank you for looking beyond our faults to see our needs. Your love for us is amazing and grace is sufficient. Help us to spread that message to others. 

In Jesus Name, 



Dr. John Lesaine ’07, Associate Professor of Sport Professions

February 20

Psalm 51:10-14 King James Version (KJV)

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.


Okay Newberry Friends and Family, We're about to do some math. 


Don't hate me. It's easy math. It's the kind of math you look forward to when you're a kid, like "How many Valentines will I have if everyone in class gives me one?" 

I know what you're thinking, "There is no math in the bible!" but there is! 3's and 7's galore. Here we go. 


A Clean Heart +  Right Spirit    + God's Holy Spirit  = A Free Spirit  


Simple, right? David is a sinner, like us all, and as a King, David has the ability to affect a lot of people negatively and positively. In Psalm 51, David is repenting for many sins, including the bloodshed he has caused sending his brothers into battle while he stays home. In order to be truly free, David asks God for a Clean Heart, a Right Spirit, and God's Holy spirit to abide with him. Let's break down the ingredients in this recipe for Freedom.


1. A Clean Heart. Seems pretty straightforward. We ask every week at church that God forgive us our sins and make us clean again. But here, David doesn't just want to be cleansed. He wants a new heart, created by God, not just cleansed, but created new for David. A fresh, God given heart without any lingering sin or doubt. Only God can truly create something out of nothing.  That is a pretty big request of the Almighty Creator who created light and water, and heavens and the earth but God's compassion knows no bounds. 


2.  A Right Spirit. If it's not a right spirit, it's a wrong spirit. What does he mean here by "right" He means stalwart, steadfast and true, unflinchingly faithful in the presence of hardship, doubt, and temptation. David succumbs to temptation and fear multiple times in the text and he recognizes this and wants to change. We can all relate to that. Wanting to be better, stronger people. Choosing the high road every time. Doing what's right which is often not the easy choice.


3. God's Holy Spirit. In the passage, David asks God not to leave him. He was blessed with the Holy Spirit when he became King and he is afraid and desperate that it may be taken from him because of his transgressions which are great. We know from 1 Samuel that the Spirit of the Lord left Saul, David's predecessor, and he was tormented by it.  We are sinful beings and we falter. But the Holy Spirit can embolden us. Remembering that we're not alone can make our time at work and class better, our relationships better, and overall outlook on life better. 


So what does it take for David, and for us too, to be free?  A clean heart, A right spirit, and God's Holy Spirit. Brownies are ruined if you leave out an ingredient. So too, our freedom isn't true if we are missing any of the attributes : A clean heart, a right spirit, and God's Holy Spirit. Woof! Maybe that math wasn't so simple. It can feel impossible to maintain such righteousness but there is good news. And I believe Lent is about the lead up to our greatest news.  God loves us to an unfathomable degree and he is always here to help us be our best selves. He stands by our side and gives us strength when we pray for a right spirit. And when we falter,  he cleanses our hearts if we repent in earnest.  Best of all, he is everywhere we are, ready to help. The Holy Spirit isn't limited to Banking Hours. You don't need an application or a reservation. It's always available when you need it. Freedom, true freedom, is a work in progress. Everyday. We wake up with a new chance to be the incredible person God created us to be, in his image, a new chance to praise God and ask for his forgiveness for our sins, to make strong decisions, and to share his love and kindness with others. 


As you go through this week, I hope you remember this passage as a song of prayer, a Lutheran service hymn if you know it. If you're lucky enough to hear this on the radio, then my mother might just sing it for us now. 


Today, the scripture writes our prayer:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Amen. 


Elizabeth Sherman

Friend of Newberry College

Newberry College family member

February 19

Psalm 51:3-9

“For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.”

(verse 3, NRSV)

Growing up Lutheran, I remember every Lent being asked what I was giving up for Lent.  And I would usually give up a TV show (Sky King one year – as though anyone besides me remembers that one) or ice cream and one year I gave up climbing trees (easy choice since I had recently taken quite a fall from one of the higher ones in our yard).  It doesn’t seem to have ever occurred to anyone that I should try something that could make a lasting change in my life such as – giving up a TV show and reading the Bible during that time slot.  Somehow, as kids or adults it does not sound as cool to say I have added more Bible reading to my life as it does to do the martyr path and say I have given up chocolate for forty days.

However, the third verse of Psalm 51, “For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.”, reminds me of the one thing we are not good at giving up – our sins and guilt!  We have a hard time forgiving ourselves or accepting forgiveness from friends, family, co-workers, and especially from God.  We often seem to wallow in our guilt and beating ourselves up over our perceived failures, our mistakes, spoken words we wish we could take back, or broken relationships.   We seem to love carrying around our bag full of our sins and transgressions.  Whether or not we realize it, we are accepting God’s gift of Grace without ever unwrapping it or using it. 

So, what would our lives and the world look like if everyone decided to give up their “carry-round baggage” for Lent and filled all that new open space in their lives with joy in relationships, looking for ways to share Jesus’ love with others, and finding ways to bask in the Love of Christ and share that love as they begin each day with a clean slate and empty carry-round bag? 

Lent is only five days old, its not too late to add something to your Lenten journey that can make a permanent change in your life – healthy snacks instead of chocolate, porch conversations with friends instead of texting, reading a book instead of googling the short version, joining a Bible study instead of watching TV, or participating in a worship community instead of one round of golf each week.  Best yet, fill our carry-round bag with joy and love and the Good News of Christ to share with others instead of toting our oversized carry-round bag stuffed with every sin and transgression we can recall.

Let Us Pray – Loving Savior, thank you for the gift of Grace.  Please help us to accept your sacrificial gift and let go of our guilt and fears so that we can be free to live in the light of your love and share that love with the world through helping, giving, and working for a world united in peace and providing for everyone.  In Jesus Name we pray – Amen.


Rev. Joan E. Holden, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Crystal River, Florida.  2011 Newberry graduate and 2015 graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

February 16

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; 

according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  - Psalm 51:1-2

Lent is a strange 40-day journey in the life of the church kicked off with this peculiar day called Ash Wednesday.  People call it a time for self-reflection.  Yet, God offers and desires much more than sappy self-reflection.  He invites us to go deeper beyond those inwardly focused moments, beyond those self-help books, TED talks, or daily inspirational tweets and/or Facebook posts.  God wants much more for us than simply selfish reflection; he wants repentance and authenticity with ourselves and, perhaps more importantly, Himself.  

Psalm 51 is a great example of repentance and authentic words that we can use in our prayers and conversations with God. The psalm focuses on God’s unfailing love but also on the sin that is very much alive 

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February 15

My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. . . . I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.  For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!  

(Isa 5:1, 6-7) 


The prophet Isaiah lived at a particularly tumultuous time in Israel’s history.  The mighty Assyrians had moved in from the North and were perilously close to the capital city of Jerusalem, raising questions about whether Israel’s king should surrender or fight (Isa 7-9, 36-39).  Assyria’s King Sennacherib led an unsuccessful attempt to invade Jerusalem, which gave Israel hope that they would be saved from destruction. 

Then, these words from Isaiah.  In this extended metaphor about God’s vineyard (Israel and Judah), it is clear that God has planned destruction and it is imminent.  Why?  Because “[God] expected justice but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry” (Isa 5:7).  Like his predecessors, Amos and Micah, Isaiah was concerned about the consequences of the blatant classism of his time.  The wealthy abused the poor, kings did nothing, and the poor could not fight back for fear of losing their land or their lives.  Justice and righteousness were not evident, even though Amos and Micah had already called for it 50 years earlier.  Israel, for all the faith they claimed, had not changed their ways – they did not live their faith; thus, punishment was necessary. 

Lent is the great “TIME OUT” of the church year.  Not punishment, exactly, but not celebratory, either.  It is a time to reflect on our sinful human condition.  Many people “punish” themselves by giving up the thing they love the most.  Some take on an extra spiritual discipline, like prayer, fasting, or giving.  Whichever way you choose, Lent is a break before Easter in which we contemplate not only what makes us human, but also ways in which Jesus connects with the profound pain and joy of being human.  In this time out, we can think about what we have done (or not done) to and for our fellow human beings.  Have we worked to bring about justice and righteousness?  Have we repented and/or asked another person for forgiveness?  Have we offered forgiveness?  In what ways can we be inviting to others? 

Think about the cross of ashes on your forehead, your relationship with Jesus, and during the harshness of the Lenten season, remember Jesus’ promise – “I will be with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). 


O loving God, to turn away from you is to fall, to turn toward you is to rise, and to stand before you is to abide forever.  Grant us, dear God, in all our duties your help; in all our uncertainties your guidance; in all our dangers your protection; and in all our sorrows your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  (Augustine of Hippo) 




Rev. Dr. Christy Wendland, Ph.D.  

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs 

Associate Professor of Religion 

Ash Wednesday, February 14

During the month of February, we hear a lot about love, at least from a Hallmark perspective with the commercialization of Valentine’s Day. But in some ways, I find it fitting that during a month in which there is so much emphasis placed on love that we find ourselves in the church with ashes on our foreheads.


On February 14th, we will gather as a community in Christ around the Holy Meal of bread and wine and confess our sins, known and unknown. We will receive a visible symbol of our own mortality with the ashen cross, as we hear these ancient words spoken, “Remember, O mortal, that you are dust; and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19).


Ash Wednesday is intended to be a bold confrontation with death. This to many in our world is a painful dose of reality; for we live in a culture that wishes to ignore death and dress it up, trying to conceal that which cannot be concealed. As Laurence Stookey stated:

“This harsh medicine of reality is intended to set in motion a reconsideration of the meaning of life and death apart from Christ and in Christ. Ashes, the sign of death, are put on the forehead not in some random pattern but in the shape of a cross. This alters the starkness of the message, which this becomes: You will die. You cannot change that. But you can die in Christ, whose death transforms your own demise. Meanwhile, live in Christ and discover Christ’s new life, which conquers death.”


We hear of the proclamation of God’s great love for us in life and in death, a proclamation that transcends any Valentine card, and is a love that is impossible to fully comprehend or describe. The prophet Joel reminds us, “Return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing” (Joel 2:13).


It is on Ash Wednesday that we not only receive that cross, as a reminder of our own

mortality, but that cross is traced over the cross that was placed on our foreheads long ago in our Baptism. In Baptism, we were marked with the sign of the cross and sealed with the promise of the Holy Spirit forever, both in life and in death. Every time we gather for a meal at God’s holy table, we receive the reality of God’s great love letter for us, as we are strengthened and nourished. We are reminded as we gather each time at the table that we gather, in the presence of our enemies, assuring us that we can pass through the darkest valley without fear and find our place at the great resurrection feast in the house of the Lord.


Ash Wednesday is the beginning of a forty-day journey, that we call Lent. Lent begins with a call to fasting and repentance as we begin the journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. The sign of the ashes reminds us of our frailty and mortality. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness. To me, what love is any better than the love God has for each of us? I think none.

As Rachel Held Evans put it: “It’s just death and resurrection, over and over again, day after day, as God reaches down into our deepest graves and with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead wrests us from our pride, our apathy, our fear, our prejudice, our anger, our hurt, and our despair. Most days I don’t know which is harder for me to believe: that God reanimated the brain functions of a man three days dead, or that God can bring back to life all the beautiful things we have killed.”

I look forward to our journey together from ashen crosses to Easter Alleluias.

May God continue to bless us, so that we may be a blessing to others!


Let us pray.

God of love, as we enter this season of Lent, we know you journey with us. Open our eyes to see your more clearly in our neighbor and inspire us to show your love to all the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


The Rev. Kevin L. Strickland, is a 2004 graduate of Newberry College and currently serves as the Assistant to the Presiding Bishop and Executive for Worship for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Advent Devotionals 2018

Christmas Day Devotion

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news,

            Who proclaim peace,

                        Who bring good tidings,

                                    Who proclaim salvation,

            Who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Listen!  Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy.

When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes.

Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem,

For the Lord has comforted his people,

He has redeemed Jerusalem.  

(NIV Isaiah 52:7-10)


Beloved in the Lord, it is Christmas Day in the Year of our Lord, 2017.  Behold, the Good News of Great Joy foretold by the Angels to the shepherds in the fields more than two millennia ago is still as fresh and as real as if the child, Emmanuel were born today.  This Holy Day is hallowed by God’s great gift of His son to be one of us, to bring us the redemption of our self-centered humanity and to clothe us in eternal love and righteousness, a salvation for the ages.  This Holy Day is heralded by the greatest music scores and cantatas and carols ever conceived by human hearts, and sung throughout the generations.  This Holy Day is prophesied in Holy Scripture and passed on from father to son and mother to daughter.  This Holy Day is when Heaven and Earth come together as one, when the Creator of all that is, seen and unseen, became in the person of His son, flesh and blood to be held, clothed, bathed, fed, and loved.  This Holy Day brings us to the Easter promise of life eternal, life without pain or sorrow, life together in a greater way than our human imaginations can conceive.  Christmas day is God’s gift to us, Easter morning is the promise of life, and God’s grace gives us faith to believe it, live it, act on it, and magnify it.


Have you ever desired from your heart to hear a word of good news, or, to see something you have longed for so great that you could hardly wait, couldn’t sit still, couldn’t eat or think clearly; I have.  I remember like it was yesterday, but it has been more than 30 plus years ago, when my beloved wife told me twice that she was pregnant.  I remember wondering if they might be boy or girl?  I wondered what would they look like, how would they sound when they found their speech, and what would they be like?  I wondered, would I, could I be a good father?  I watched as the baby grew and as my lovely wife began to show her pregnancy.  Nine months is so very long to wait. I recalled the Psalmist who cried out to the Lord, “How long O’ Lord must I wait?”  And then, the labor and the birth, what was for my first child a labor of many hours the wait was so very long.  Thank the Lord our second child chose a quicker labor and birth.


Hours of waiting and wondering and hoping and praying for the birth of a child and then…there it was, a baby, another life, a person filled with nothing but hope, purpose, possibility and love.  I wanted to kiss the doctor, but I restrained myself. The good news was greater than I had dreamed, better than I had hoped, and more marvelous and magnificent both times with the births of both daughters.  I got it then, that whole passage in Isaiah, “how beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news…”  Even the feet of the messenger who brings the good news of Jesus Christ are a miracle and a joy to behold.  It is Christmas day in the year of our Lord 2017.  God loves you, and me, and has sent His son to prove that love, and to prove that His love is given unconditionally, and without merit, free for the receiving, free for the loving, free for the sharing, free to be, you and me, Children of the living God.  Amen.


Pastor Ernie Worman

Newberry College

Day 22 - December 24, 2017

He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. . . . Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.”  But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions” (Hebrews 1:3, 7-9, NRSV).


                  Christmas Eve.  So many memories.  When I was a child, we had a Christmas Eve tradition.  My Mom and Dad, my two sisters, and I went out to eat, which was a great treat for us.  We went straight from the restaurant to church, where everything was quiet.  I have vivid memories of looking around the church to see which college students (my old babysitters) were home for Christmas.  My favorite part of the service was the end, when the lights were off and we each had a candle.  I’ve always felt a peace like no other, standing, holding a lit candle in a darkened church, singing “Silent Night.”  It was this peace and sense of family and belonging that carried me over into Christmas morning.

                  The Christmas story, as it’s told in churches all over the world, is one of extreme humility and peace.  Jesus, the Messiah, was born in a stable, surrounded by animals, and visited by foreigners and lowly shepherds.  In this story we don’t hear about Jesus’ majesty or warrior-like qualities.  There is nothing about his healing, teaching, or preaching.  There seems to be nothing that points to Jesus as the One who will save the world.

                  These verses from the book of Hebrews paint a different picture of Jesus.  He is the “reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being” (1:3).  Jesus is greater than the angels, who are fleeting like the wind and not God’s Son.  But Jesus’ other characteristics are also highlighted; he is permanent (v. 8) and wise (v. 9).  Jesus, the king who was born in a manger in a stable, is the anointed one (messiah), the Son of God who entered the world to abide forever here with us.  The book of Hebrews doesn’t include “Silent Night,” but this hymn resounds with the greatness of the Son who was born on this most holy of nights so long ago.  It should be a source of great comfort for Christians that we worship Jesus, who is wise, just, and will not leave us.  Isn’t that really what Christmas is all about?



Almighty God, because of you, this night shines with the birth of the true Light.  Help us to walk in the light of Jesus’ presence each and every day.  Amen.



Rev. Dr. Christy Wendland, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Associate Professor of Religion

Day 21 - December 23, 2017

Titus 3:4-7 NIV


4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.


As I read “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy”, I am reminded that he knows what we’ll do, before we ever thought about doing it. We should always aspire to follow the path that Jesus taught us and choose right over wrong. It is so easy, at times, to default to routines, and forget the gifts we have been given in our lives. In the process, we may fall into the trap of our actions and thoughts becoming less than what is righteous and kind. The good news is that God is merciful, understanding and offers his compassion and love always. Above all, he extends his loving arms and wants to pulls us away from whatever situation we find ourselves in. Through Jesus, Mary, and the Holy Spirit, we need to have the faith to ask, and the willingness to listen to his grace and generosity.


What a beautiful message this is… God’s message is a message of HOPE. How fortunate are we, to have the opportunity to live a fulfilled life, knowing that through his Mercy, he offers eternal life. Let’s share our faith, every day, through our actions, thoughts and words. Knowing that God our Savior has sent his only son to guide us through this journey, and that he has already provided the blue print, we should feel the confidence to never doubt our faith. Let’s avoid not living our life at its fullest because of fear or lack of trust. He is a merciful and kind God who wants nothing but to bless us with his Holy Spirit. Let’s be kind to our family and friends as Jesus was to us all. Let us be reminded that every day we are blessed by the Glory of God in everything that surrounds us.


Let’s be thankful and let’s spread the good news!



Pray with me…


Dear Father, who watches us and protects us always, thank you for your unconditional love and mercy. Guide us through the path you have drawn for us and deliver us from actions and thoughts that go against your teachings. Thank you for the opportunity to be reminded of your incomparable love and let this Christmas season be a time of joy for all of us children of your Kingdom.


Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Newberry College




Joel Vander Horst

Dean of Enrollment Management

Day 20 - December 22, 2017

Psalm 96: 1-2

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.  NIV


Wow, it is the Twenty-second of December already! Does that fill you with dread or wonder and expectation? Are your thoughts full of the lists of things to get done or filled with your favorite Christmas Carols?  You know that every day is a choice; a choice to be happy or a choice to be unhappy and worried. 


Today’s Bible verse says to “Sing to the Lord a new song,...proclaim his salvation day after day.”  That means that the Psalmist is telling us to sing each and every day.  I always have a song in my heart and in my ear and in my mind.  There is always music playing in the background of my life.  Rarely, it is a sad song but most usually it is a praise song or a happy song.  Although I do not have the skill, my beloved Ernie is blessed to be able to make up new lyrics to old tunes, most often to amuse our children and grandchildren.  So he is blessed to be able to sing new songs all the time. 


Me, I have to learn new songs from sheet music, song books, and hearing them on the radio or sung by others. One of my most recent favorite NEW songs that I love to sing is “Death Was Arrested” by North Point InsideOut.  We were introduced to it at the congregation we visited last summer in San Clemente, California.  Now singing a song titled, “Death Was Arrested,” may seem to many like a curious song to sing at Christmas and during Advent.  I guess that this is the wonder of our faith in Jesus Christ; that we know the rest of the story, that we know not JUST the beginning of the story at His marvelous birth in Bethlehem.  The wonder of our faith is that we know not just Jesus’ birth but Jesus’ death on the cross that gives us life eternal!


As I write this in November, I have no idea of the new Christmas songs I will hear and learn this year, but I am looking forward to singing to the Lord another NEW song. And I ask you to consider today to try to sing with me.  I ask you to choose to set your lists and worries down, and to smile and sing and praise God and enjoy the day, enjoy the season, enjoy your loved ones and your life. Let there be a song in your heart, too today!  Thank you!


Please pray with me.


Dear God,

We praise you today for sending the gift of your son to us to save us from our sins.  Please accept our poor voices raised in song to you as we sing a new song to you today.  Amen.


Annie Worman

Day 19 - December 21, 2017

Isaiah 9:6-7

A child is born to us, a son is given to us, and authority will be on his shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be vast authority and endless peace for David's throne and for his kingdom, establishing and sustaining it with justice and righteousness now and forever. The zeal of the LORD of heavenly forces will do this. (CEB)


I read this and cannot help, but remember when my daughters were born. Every parent visions and dreams what kind of life their children will lead and experience. There is so much hope that we have for those new bundles of joy brought into our life through birth or adoption. It truly is an amazing feeling.

It is also neat to know that God visions and dreams as well for the Son born to the world. But, there is a significant difference. As I thought about my children’s future – it was all centered on them. I hope they live a good life, I hope they are afforded opportunities I never was, I hope they can be better than me. I hope they are safe.

Yet, when I read of the prophecies given about the Son to be born to the world I am struck that the visions and hopes that God has is not so much for this child, but for the world. Through this one, peace shall reign. It is in this Son, that righteousness will be established and upheld. Not for the child’s sake, but for creation.

Jesus is our hope. We wait in expectant hope for God’s inbreaking into the world. God visions and dreams of what this life will bring, not for the Child, but for the world through this Son. This kid is going to do great things, and those great things will not be for him, but for the world.


Let us pray…

God of hopes and dreams, you too share big dreams of what your child will be like – just like us! Yet, we know that your dreams are not limited to just the life of your Son, but through your Son do you dream and vision and bring hope to the world. Help us to vision and dream for the world as you do through your Son, Jesus Christ – the expectant hope for the world. Amen.


Rev. Matthew Titus
The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Newberry, SC

Day 18 - December 20, 2017

Titus 2:11-14 (KJV)

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.


What does it mean to be peculiar? These days, the word isn’t particularly complimentary – it means being something that doesn’t fit in, a freak, an oddball. But it hasn’t always meant that.

The earliest uses of the word date from the fifteenth century, and there, the word is associated with being special, but special in the fact that the peculiar thing belongs to one person and only that person. To be peculiar to someone or something meant that it was uniquely linked to that person or thing.

Here, Paul tells us that Christ’s Incarnation and sacrifice are meant for the benefit of His peculiar – his special – people. And in our world, even at this time of year, the secular world that we think of as normal calls for our attention. But Paul reminds us where our focus should be – on Christ, on our lives in and for Him. Living that way may feel odd, especially if we aren’t as used to it as we should be.

But that’s okay – after a while, being peculiar can feel pretty special.


Heavenly Father, as we celebrate the gift of Your Son, please help us make our lives and selves a gift to You, exclusively and always. We ask this in the Name of Jesus, Amen.


Warren S. Moore, III

Professor of English

Day 17 - December 19, 2017

“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” 

Isaiah 11:1 


A shoot that comes out of a stump. That’s the image that the prophet Isaiah depicts when speaking about a righteous one who comes to judge with justice and equity. And from that good judgment, predators become fellow companions to their prey. Snakes and lions and other threats are docile and gentle, and little children play in and around these threats, and those children lead lions like adults lead horses now. 

Isaiah says, “a shoot shall come out of the stump of Jesse.” 

That stump is what remains of a felled tree, a tree that has been cut down. That tree once stood tall and mighty and was itself a sign to the nations of God’s goodness to the people. But now there’s a stump.  

The stump was the reality that people faced during the prophet’s time. Threats are on all sides of the people to whom Isaiah speaks. They are vulnerable and weak and tired, and many of them don’t want to admit it. To put it one way, their tree had been cut down and a stump is all that was left. 

Have you ever seen a shoot growing out of a stump? It’s small. Compared to the stump, it looks like a baby plant that’s really not supposed to be there at all. If it were growing on a tree, we’d call them “suckers,” because they are these little shoots that suck water and nutrients away from the rest of the tree. Here in Isaiah, however, this shoot is the tiniest sliver of life and is the focus of prophecy. This sucker is a sign of hope! 

It’s funny how when so much is cut away in our life, the smallest things take on bigger meaning. I imagine the prophet who was forced to see the decay all around him took comfort in seeing how life continues its pursuit of growth, how people overlook that constant pursuit. And how God must work that same way. 

Make another, bigger, better tree magically appear, we demand! But God gives a shoot, a natural, normal occurrence whose significance is dramatically undervalued, and whose presence means not a magical end to our problems but the steady, faithful transformation of them into peace. 


Let us pray. 

Surprise us, Almighty God, with a shoot growing out of a stump. Tend the hearts of all people so that where there is decay, hope begins its growth. We pray these things in the name of Jesus, who is our tree of life forever. Amen. 


Pastor Michael Price of Grace Lutheran Church. Newberry College alumnus 2002 

Day 16 - December 18, 2017

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

                  ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word;

                  For my eyes have seen your salvation,

                  Which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

                  A light for revelation to the Gentiles,

                  And for glory to your people Israel.’

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.”

Luke 2: 25-33 (NRSV)


Anyone who knows me knows I am a sucker for a baby. I mean, really, what’s not to like? Baby smell, may be second only to puppy smell (I’ll need to ponder that for a bit more). Baby giggles and hiccups are hysterical. Then there are all the firsts that come with a baby: first tickle, first real chuckle, first time to roll over, first word, first time to sleep through the night (admit it first time moms and dads, you were elated, and then you panicked). And then, as if I’d forget it, there are the cuddles. Absolutely love them.


My girls are all grown up now, and while they still snuggle up to lay their head on my shoulder to talk or watch some television, it’s not the same as holding a baby and cuddling with it. When my family and I meet up with friends or colleagues who have babies, I get filled with joyous anticipation prior to their arrival. Once the baby has arrived (yeah, I’m glad to see their parents, too…) it is only a matter of time before she/he is in my arms and we are playing or snuggling down (and, no, I do not share well). For me, a baby brings such immense joy.


Which brings me around to Simeon. He had waited his whole life in eager anticipation of the coming of a baby. Not just any baby, mind you. THE baby! THE baby who would repair the rift between God and humanity. THE baby who would redeem the world through God’s saving grace. And then, out of nowhere, THE baby appeared. Can you imagine Simeon’s joy? All those years of waiting and wondering finally came to an end. A young mother and her husband of modest means simply show up and this giddy old man grabs their son and begins joyously praising God and praying about this child and the future of the world. Wow!


And yet, in the end, isn’t that what babies are all about? Are they not a gift from God and a promise for the future? May we always eagerly anticipate a birth, and may we experience the joy of the cuddle as each child reminds us of THE baby at whom Simeon, Mary, and Joseph marveled. Amen.


Dr. Timothy Elston

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of the College

Day 15 - December 17, 2017

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

(NRSV Isaiah 61:10)


One of my favorite praise hymns is “Shout to the Lord,” especially the line where we sing:

Let every breath, all that I am never cease to worship you.

Think about this idea for a moment (or much longer would be even better) – what would the world look like if everyone viewed everything they did and said as opportunities to worship God?  Imagine how this would impact our business ethics; our priorities of the use of our money and time; how we view our relationship with our family, friends, co-workers, total strangers – everyone; and the choices we make about how we spend our free time and what we laugh about (or at).

What difference could it make if everyone lived lives that worship God – lived lives reflecting a total belief that Christ is present with them every moment of every day and no matter where they are.  Try it!  Start slow – for just an hour in the middle of the week live with an intentional awareness of Jesus’ presence right there with you.  You know He loves you no matter what, but you still want to please Him – this living a Gospel led life is easier when we fully appreciate His constant presence.  So – go for it!  Dare to worship Him with your every breath!

Always present God, help us to feel your presence all the time and not just in church.  Help us to worship you with our every breath.  Amen.



Pastor Joanie Holden, St Timothy Lutheran Church, Crystal River, Florida.  Newberry Class of 2011 and Southern Seminary Class of 2015.

Day 14 - December 16, 2017

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” - Luke 2:21-24 (NRSV)


Like all Jewish boys, Jesus was circumcised and named on the eighth day following his birth. His parents named him Yeshua (Latinized – “Jesus”), a name that comes from the Hebrew for “deliverer” or “rescuer.” Around three weeks later, his parents brought him to the temple in Jerusalem to perform an ancient redemption ceremony. Every first-born male – human and animal - was considered sacred to God. A child’s parents needed to make a sacrifice in the temple to “buy back” the child. Some scholars believe that this practice had its origins in a time, long-past by Jesus’ day, in which first-born children had been sacrificed to the gods.


Jesus’ parents were religiously observant people, keeping the ways of their faith. Jesus continued this practice - teaching in synagogues, attending to holy days, visiting the temple – even as he criticized the emptiness of some ritual and the harshness with which some people practiced religion. When Jesus opposed religious practice, he opposed it as the “loyal opposition,” not as someone criticizing from the outside. In this way, he was acting in the way of a true prophet, one who speaks God’s word, but who stands with and as one of the people he or she is addressing.


“Being a prophet involves more than being mad at everybody,” someone once anonymously said. This is a good word for those today who would see our politics, our communities, or the church reformed. It is easy to throw rocks from the outside. But when we make our critique and offer our advice as people who are part of the community, when we are patient with those who are not yet where we think they ought to be, when we are humble enough to learn from the tradition and practice that we have inherited – even when we seek change, when we speak the truth in love, we are following in the way Joseph and Mary and Jesus.


Prayer: God of all charity, whose will it is that all your people live in unity and peace; give us patience with and love for one another so that our words and our lives may help to heal and renew our communities and our church. In the name of Jesus, our rescuer and our savior. Amen.


--Julian Gordy

Bishop, ELCA Southeastern Synod

Day 13 - December 15, 2017

Scripture reading: When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the LORD has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2: 15-20, NIV)

Devotion: Dealing with feelings of inadequacy can be a constant struggle. These feelings are often especially strong regarding how we see ourselves in God’s plan: “I’m not worthy enough…good enough…strong enough…why would God ever use me?” Time and time again in the Bible, stories revolve around perfectly common and flawed people, and today’s scripture is yet another example. In addition to God’s choice of Mary to birth His son, who hears the big news about the baby about to be born? Who gets to proclaim that to all people? Having a king or church authority proclaim the arrival of Christ into the world would have been perfect, right? Everyone would have believed that! And yet, the angels tell shepherds about Jesus’ coming. Shepherds? They don’t even have a job with regular hours! They have ZERO influence!

So, even with all of these ancient biblical stories that rely on plain folk to further God’s plan, we still have trouble accepting that this applies to us, too. Could it be that God knew we would have trouble believing that we are not only acceptable, but even loveable in His eyes? We can take these stories to heart. God comes to any and all. The gift is there without condition. We just need to accept it and “go to Bethlehem!”

Chris Sheppard

Associate Professor

Chair, Department of Music

Day 12 - December 14, 2017

Luke 2:8-14  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the LORD appeared to them, and the glory of the LORD shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the LORD. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." NIV


Have you ever been so surprised and frightened that you physically JUMPED from your standing or seated position?  I imagine the shepherds in the fields actually physically jumped when an angel of the Lord appeared to them.  I also imagine that, back in the first century, with small camp fires, when the glory of the Lord shone around them, the light must have been blinding, kind of like today when we try to see with car’s bright headlights in our eyes...


I also imagine that, to someone who has never heard the Good News of Jesus before, the story of how much God loves us that He sent us Jesus might feel spiritually blinding today. 


For this is the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus for us believers and for everyone: God sent us a Savior, a Messiah, a Redeemer in the form of an infant human named Jesus.  And Jesus grew up and preached and taught and said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” and died an excruciating death on the cross for us and for our sins.  He did all that so that we do not have to live eternally in our sin but can be washed of our sins in the blood of the pure lamb of God to live eternally sinless with God.  Jesus was and is and will be forever our pure lamb of God that makes us sinless by our faith.


So the question this 14th of December is, “Do you feel it?”  Do you feel saved and forgiven?  Do you ACT like you are saved and forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus?

Are you rejoicing in each and every day given to you?  Are you rejoicing in all of the many blessings God has given you?  Are you telling and showing the people you love that you love them? Are you praising God and saying, “All of the glory goes to God!”


This afternoon, at Newberry College’s Wiles Chapel, they will hold a wonderful ceremony called ‘Winter Commencement.”  And it is no simple, “graduation” for graduation implies finishing a grade and the students commencing today are ending their college time and commencing on journey of the rest of their lives.


So with the angels and the shepherds and the commencing Newberry College students, we all have so much for which to praise God.  It is your job today to speak and act like you are doing everything to the Glory of God. It is your job today to praise God in all that you are and all that you have and all that you do and all that you say.  Glory to God in the highest!   Peace be with you today and always. 


Please pray with me.


Lord God,

Thank you for sending your son, Jesus to be our Savior and Messiah.  We give you glory and praise today for our lives and many blessings. Help us to hold the joy of your many gifts to us in our hearts and live out the love of Christ Jesus in our actions today. Amen.


Annie Worman

Day 11 - December 13, 2017

Luke 2:1-7 


6While [Mary and Joseph] were [in Bethlehem], the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


“Because there was no place for them in the inn.” This seemingly factual statement—that the hotel was all booked up for the night—harbors a deeper reality. When faced with a pregnant woman on the edge of labor, someone chose to turn Mary and Joseph away. Instead of asking others to be accommodating or sacrificing his own comfort, he sent them to the barn.


It is easy for us to be indignant, especially having the hindsight we do. Yet are we any different today? How prepared are we for the arrival of the unexpected… of the inconvenient? Whom are we prepared to welcome?


Advent is one of the church seasons of preparation: preparation for the arrival of God in our midst, in the flesh. On the one hand, we know that December 25th will arrive as it always does. The calendar tells us so. Yet the Christmas story itself shows us that the Holy One may arrive in the most unexpected form at the most unexpected time in the most unexpected place. Is it any wonder that Jesus will later proclaim that it is when we have welcomed the stranger, tended the sick, and visited the prisoner, it is then that we have loved him best?


Let us use Advent well and faithfully. For when we prepare our hearts to be a dwelling place for God, we are also able to offer hospitality to our neighbor in need, even when the knock on the door is unexpected.


Let us pray: Holy One, you who took on the flesh of the world, give us eyes to see that your mysteries are often right before us. And give us hearts that declare, “there is always room at the inn.”


Krista E. Hughes

Director, Muller Center & Associate Professor of Religion

Day 10 - December 12, 2017

Isaiah 9:2


“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of darkness a light has dawned.”

~New International Version


I was 3 years-old when Hurricane Hugo paid a visit to the state of South Carolina. I don’t remember much about the storm itself but I definitely remember sitting in the dark for a few days. My home county, Clarendon County, was one of the hardest hit areas inland. I do remember being frustrated because I wanted to play with my toys and watch TV but couldn’t do either because we had no power. We were in the dark. However, I remember my parents telling my sister and me, “Don’t worry. It won’t always be this way. The lights will be back on soon.” Like always, my parents were right.


Before Jesus Christ, our world was the same way in a sense. There was darkness everywhere. However, the birth of Jesus brought a light to this world in which everything pales in comparison to it. We must remember that we are made in the image and likeness of GOD. Therefore, we have his same qualities. We have been given our own light that we should let shine every day of our lives. Darkness cannot overtake light as darkness is only the absence of light. As long as we let our light shine, the darkness of this world will not be able to overtake us.


Heavenly Father,

We thank you for your faithfulness and your kindness. Thank you for continually showing us that trouble doesn’t last always. Please help us to remember that we should let our light shine. Please show us the way so that we may show your glory.

In Jesus Name,



Dr. John Lesaine ‘07, Associate Professor of Sport Professions

Day 9 - December 11, 2017

Luke 1:67-80

Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.   (NRSV Luke 1:72-75)

“That we … might serve him without fear” – this is an amazing promise that is easily overlooked in the midst of all of the good news in this passage.  Think about it – fear of failure can keep us from trying new things or participating more in worship; fear of the unknown can trap us in a fear of death; fear of being wrong can keep us from speaking; fear of being judged can keep us from taking a stand; fear of  being called a Bible thumper can keep us from witnessing to the Gospel; and fear of rejection can keep us from reaching out to others – to name just a few of the many fears that can make it hard for us to be everything God creates us to be. 

Then, there is Jesus, our Lord and Savior – the fulfillment of all of God’s promises – who rescues us from all of our fears.  He frees us to take chances and risk everything in order to be the people God creates us to be.  He gives us the freedom to discover our God given gifts and discern how God wants us to use those gifts in service to the world as everything from store clerks, first responders, teachers, lawyers, mechanics and farmers to doctors - to name just a few. 

Think about it – pray about it!  Imagine the possibilities for a world where no one is afraid of being who God creates them to be and doing what God gifts them to do.

Freeing God, thank you for offering us freedom from fear.  Help us to embrace this freedom and allow you to help us live our lives fearlessly for you and your world.  Amen.


Pastor Joanie Holden, St Timothy Lutheran Church, Crystal River, Florida.  Newberry Class of 2011 and Southern Seminary Class of 2015.

Day 8 - December 10, 2017

“In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God… And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together.  Isaiah 40:3, 5


When I was a child in church, I often heard these words: “Advent is a time of preparation.”  Naturally, I would ask, “What are we preparing for?”  I would get many different answers that were about Christmas, gifts, Jesus Christ, and many other answers that I would find acceptable.  While I still didn’t know exactly why we were preparing, I knew that it required waiting.  And I hated waiting. 


For many, many years, God’s glory had been hidden from the Jewish people.  In some ways, God’s people waited and waited to see God’s glory revealed to them in the fullest.  After all, they were his chosen people and felt like they deserved that much.  In many stories of the Old Testament, God would reveal himself a bit but never fully revealed himself to his people.  Yet, things were about change.  Throughout the prophets, God promised that he would eventually reveal himself to his people and return to them offering salvation.  All this waiting would eventually pay off! 


In Jesus, we see the glory of God finally being revealed to the people of this world and God’s promises being fulfilled.  The greatest news of all is that God refused to allow humanity to exist in its current condition of sin and death.  Here, we see one of the climatic moments in all of Scripture when God stepped into our world and took on flesh so that we could see God’s glory.  Jesus came into our world to prepare and make a way for us to get to God. 


Now, on the other side of the Jesus’ descent into our world, we are called to wait and prepare as well.  In the wilderness of our hearts and the deserts of our souls, we are called to prepare the way and make straight his path.  In this time of Advent, I want to invite us to prepare a way in our hearts and souls for the Lord so that we may see the full glory of God.  Yet, maybe most importantly, that we are able to bring others to see the glory of God as well. 


Rev. Anthony "Gryff"" Carosiello, Newberry College Alumnus and Methodist pastor.

Day 7 - December 9, 2017

Based on Luke 1:46-56

And Mary[a] said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.


When I was a child, one of the things I loved to play with was a magnifying glass. It could make ant-sized creatures appear large and fascinating. It helped me observe things up close that I might have never noticed before. I believe the Advent season is a lot like a magnifying glass in that it invites us to see more closely how God has fulfilled his promises of a messiah through ordinary people like Mary and Joseph and how his coming into our world also helps us see up close things we often might not pay attention to.

After greeting Elizabeth, Mary praises God by saying, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.” When she says my soul magnifies the Lord, I believe she meant, “Let my life, my words and my actions be like a magnifying glass that helps others to see and discover the largeness of your mercy and grace.”

Mary goes on to say that with the coming of Jesus, God will bring down the powerful from their thrones. God will exalt the humble and lowly and will fill those who are hungry with good things and send the evil away empty. When we think of Jesus’ ministry and how he blessed the poor, how he fed the hungry, how he ministered to those at the margins of society and how he healed those who were broken in body, mind or spirit, then we see a glimpse of what God’s kingdom is all about.

Hopefully this Advent, God will help our lives, our words and our actions magnify his love and grace to our hurting world.



Thanks God for Mary’s magnifying love for you in bearing Jesus and being his mother. Let our lives also proclaim the vastness of your love in our world.


In Jesus’ Name,



Written by the Rev. Dr. Herman R. Yoos

Bishop of the South Carolina Synod, ELCA

Day 6 - December 8, 2017

Luke 1:39-45 King James Version (KJV)

39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.


Let’s just try to imagine the magnitude of this visit with Elizabeth and Mary. Both are pregnant and both are carrying a miracle child. Elizabeth will give birth to John the Baptist and Mary will give birth to Jesus! The Angel Gabriel told Zacharias and Elizabeth that even in the womb that the child would be filled with the Holy Spirit. And, the baby leapt in the womb when he heard Mary’s voice, knowing that Jesus was in his presence.

It’s also important to know that there was no competition between Elizabeth and Mary, and we learned there wasn’t a competition between John the Baptist and Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the light, but that John was a witness to the light.

I hope that all of us will leap with joy this Christmas as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Lord and savior.



Thank you, Lord, for the lessons we learn through scripture, and for those people that you place in our path that will share these important lessons with us. Let’s count our Blessings, and thank God for people in our lives that witness the light of Jesus, and hope that we are prepared to see the light, feel the light, and share the light! AMEN


Ralph Patterson

Director of Athletics

Newberry College

Day 5 - December 7, 2017


Luke 1:26-38 (NRSV)

 6 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”[a] 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[c] will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.



            I am constantly surprised by Mary’s reaction to the news from the angel Gabriel. She is told that, even though she is a virgin, she will have a Son. This son, she is told, will go on to be “the Son of the Most High,” reign on David’s throne, and his kingdom will have no end. Think about the weight of that statement: This angel has just told this young woman that she will give birth to the Messiah. I can’t overstate how tremendous this news must have been. Mary’s life, whatever she thought would come from it, has surely in an instant been entirely changed. Imagine knowing that you are a young woman from a hick town in the Roman Empire, and suddenly, you are now the Mother of the Messiah. I don’t know if I could take this news as calmly as Mary seems to have, given what I imagine to be the weight of that statement. Yet Mary simply responds with “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

            Advent, in the church year of those who observe it, is a time of hope, of expectation, of longing for Jesus to come into the world. More so than that, it is a time of preparation, in which we as the whole church of God prepare ourselves to hear the story once again of Jesus coming into the world. Mary, surely to this point had lived a life of such faith that, when confronted with the angel and the news which he bore, was ready in this moment to simply respond with faith.

            This is our challenge in this season leading up to Christmas: Are we prepared? Are we ready to hear God telling us what God has planned for us, and to let it change the shape of our life? Are we prepared to hear the Good News in such a way that it is Good News: Because Jesus came into the world, and has come into our lives, we are tasked with living a life like Mary in faithful response to all God has done for us.  



Will you pray with me?

God, you sent and continually send your Son into a broken world. As we prepare ourselves to once again hear the message of your saving work in the world, break into our hearts and prepare in us a heart and mind ready to receive you. Guide us in our devotion to you, and shape us to be your faithful servants. We ask all this in the name of the Most High, Amen.


Rev. James Henricks

Day 4 - December 6, 2017

Luke 1:13-17

BIBLE PASSAGE:  But the angel said to him “Do not be afraid, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son and you shall call him John.   And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth for he will be great before the Lord and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit  even from his mother’s womb  and he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God and he will go before him in spirit and power of Ellijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just  to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.



The angel said with the birth of John you will have gladness and joy and many will rejoice.  The angel is talking of a new beginning, and this new beginning does not happen only at the time of a child’s birth, it happens every time we return to our commitment to live our life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  At every such moment there is a reason for gladness and joy.  

The Angel said with the “spirit and power of Elijah,” we will turn the hearts of fathers to their children.  It is so easy and happens so often, that when life throws us an unexpected difficulty, we make it seem like it is nearly insurmountable, so rather than turn to God, we bail out and take the easy, less complicated way.  But the angel pleads with us to stay the course; keep our promises and turn our hearts back to those who need us the most – our family, our children, our friends, and especially those with no one else to rely upon.  Those with nothing, those with no support system.

And the Angel then asks us to turn the disobedient to the “wisdom of the just.”  We are expected as children of God to do whatever we can, to correct the injustices of the day.  We are not supposed to just walk past injustice, we are expected to do something.   We are expected to make a difference.  What other purpose is there to living one’s life?  With the “spirit and power of Elijah” we are to be bold and courageous and help bring about empathy, mercy and selflessness.  We have opportunities every day to make someone else’s life a little less burdensome.  Will we be so caring to give the gift of love and compassion?  Or will we let the moment pass without helping one who is suffering from depression, discrimination, injustice, homelessness or hunger. 

If there was ever a season to start a new life of giving – it is now – it is today.  I make my commitment today in the midst of this most wonderful season of Advent.  As the angel said, our reason for being here is to “make as many as possible ready for the Lord, so we can pronounce to the Lord your people are prepared.”  I promise to get myself as ready as I can be and bring as many to the finish line as possible.

And we will celebrate the moment with gladness and joy.

Merry Christmas.


Maurice W. Scherrens


Day 3 - December 5, 2017

Isaiah 7:10-15English Standard Version (ESV)

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” 13 And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15 He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.


I don't know about you, but when I read this passage, just the 6 verses, I was immediately thinking, "Wow! What a faithful man, this Ahaz, to pass on a sign from God himself!?! This is cut and dry. A faithful man who gets the good news of Jesus Christ."  But then I did the research. I read the histories and the rest of the scripture around the passage and realized that I had been fooled by the face value of these verses. This was just the trailer to a thriller film. The dust jacket on a mystery novel.  Thank goodness that Google was there with references abounding to shed more light on the situation. 

Now before I delve in, let's get this out of the way: would it be incredible for anyone of us to be so righteous as to refuse this gift? Yes, of course, and if we stopped the lesson at that, we wouldn't be wrong. Should we test God? Should we test Love? No. No we should not. But we do. Trust is hard. Faith is hard. Love is hard. But God is with us. 

Back to our story, working around the military, you hear a lot of tall tales and sea stories, and often times, at the end of story, someone will respond without hesitation, "pics or it didn't happen." That means, prove it! We live in a time of immediate gratification. Plagiarism checks, fact checker, spell checker, Siri or Google or Alexa are going to tell us immediately if you're wrong or right. If you have a picture? Well then, we are more likely to believe you. A picture's worth a thousand words.  So what did I find, researching this passage from Isaiah? What happened when I read the whole book and not just the back cover?  

Get ready for some Game of Thrones drama here! King Ahaz's realm of Judah is being attacked by the kingdoms of Israel and Aram, who are mad because he will not join them in fighting Assyria. Oh wait, Assyria is also trying to conquer the entire region. Long story short: Everyone has threatened to attack Judah and its' capitol, Jerusalem.  Judah is afraid.  But God has promised to King Ahaz that He will protect Judah through this struggle. And here in this passage God offers Ahaz a sign of his strength and promise, proof of God's omnipotence, the pic to show that he is not lying. Faith and trust in God and His promise will save Ahaz and his people, and if Ahaz needs a sign, he can ask for anything he wants. Anything. God can and will do it to prove this to Ahaz.  Seems straight forward, right? But in research we find that lurking outside this passage, in other scriptures and history textbooks, is the knowledge that Ahaz has already decided to disregard God's promise. He has already sent gold and silver from the house of the Lord to beg for mercy from the King of Assyria.  Dun. Dun. Dunnnnnn.  

Ahaz isn't a righteous man, standing resolute in his faith and dismissing the need for a sign. He's a hypocrite. He didn't trust God. He doesn't ask for a sign because he doesn't want the proof. The proof will be indisputable. Proof of God's power and promise will show that Ahaz turned his back on God. But God doesn't turn his back on Ahaz and he doesn't turn his back on us. Trust is hard. Faith is hard. Love is hard. But God is with us and he's going to prove it. Not only will he still protect Ahaz' kingdom of Judah through these warring times, but in verse 14 we hear the good news of the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God is going to give Ahaz a sign anyway, a sign for the people, and all of the "House of David" to prove that they are not alone. God was with them. God is with them. God is with us. That's what Immanuel means- God is with us. Boom! You want proof? Pics or it didn't happen? God can beat that. He's giving them a miracle. A savior. A living sign and embodiment of Love.  

So what did I learn from all of this? Truth is stranger than fiction. I'm so glad I researched this passage. Arming yourself with the correct information makes you a better person, a better neighbor, a better partner, a better friend. How often do we see a clip, a snippet, hear a quote, see a news headline, and think we know the whole story? Education is everything. Knowledge is power. God's Love is a gift that has nothing to do with us being righteous or deserving. We're weak but He loves us anyway. He gives us a second, and third and fifteenth chance.  When all the wolves are at your door and you cry out for mercy, God is there. He would never abandon you. Even if you've doubted him. He gave you His promise and gave you a sign. Immanuel. God is with us.  

Trust is hard. Faith is hard. Love is hard. But God is with us and He makes trust, and faith and love possible. 


Elizabeth (Libby) Sherman daughter of Pastor Ernie and friend of the college

Day 2 - December 4, 2017

Psalm 51:10-15   

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, 
and put a new and right spirit within me.  

11 Do not cast me away from your presence, 
and do not take your holy spirit from me.  


“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” I sing this refrain with others in my Lutheran congregation several Sundays a month. That such ancient words are still sung today, albeit to a different tune, is nothing short of miraculous to me.  


What are we asking when we petition the Divine to create in us a clean heart and to reorient our spirits? The season of Advent is the perfect time to ponder this question. As the nights grow longer and colder, we naturally turning inward—toward the warm light of candles and hearths. We are also called to turn toward our own hearts, to ask what kinds of quiet transformations we are being called to during winter’s hibernations. 


A clean heart before God suggests to me a clear heart before others. A clear heart is willing to open itself. To those who may seem too different from us for any sort of connection to happen. To those who are so in need that drawing near makes us feel vulnerable. Even to those whom we love dearly but who frustrate us to no end. A clear heart is a heart that opens us to others in a gesture at once tender and courageous, allowing us to see the image of God in every person we encounter and stirring us to treat them with grace. 


As we turn inward toward the soft glow of the season, warmed not only by the holiday lights but by the one called Emmanuel, the Light of the World, may we seek clear hearts that open us to stranger, neighbor, and loved ones alike. 


Let us pray: O Holy One, as you create in us clean hearts, help us also to have clear hearts that we may see your many children through eyes of grace and mercy and love them as you have called us to do. 


Krista E. Hughes 

Director, Muller Center & Associate Professor of Religion 

Day 1 - December 3, 2017

When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” 

John 1:38  


“What are you looking for?”  Of course the first words Jesus would speak in John’s Gospel would be a question.  Not a parable, not a prediction, not a pronouncement.  But a question.  A query.  And a quixotic one at that.   


It was to two men who were following him that he posed the question.  You or I, nervous about strangers pacing a few steps behind us, shadowing our movements, might have phrased it, “Why are you following me?”  But Jesus was not nervous that these men following him, but he was curious about why they were following him.   


And so he asked them, point blank, and they famously answered in Hebrew, “Rabbi.”   

Now, we might miss the point here if we do not catch the translation.  Rabbi means “teacher,” or “a teacher.”  So, to Jesus’ question, “What are you looking for,” they answered (in English translation), “A teacher.  We are looking for a teacher.”  They were looking for someone to teach them, to lead and guide them, someone who could teach what needed to be known and could do what needed to be done in order to restore divine purpose and peace to the chaotic imperial terror in which they lived.  In short, they were desperately hungry to follow a leader who had something nourishing to offer their famished souls, one who could fill the holes in their hearts with something holy, one who could vanquish the decrees of polemical gibberish with the declaration of godly justice.  


To the extent that their circumstance in any way resonates with ours—to the extent that we might be looking for a teacher to guide us toward a godly life—the good news of this first day of the Advent season is that we who might be looking for a leader to follow might just find one.  Or, more like it, be found by one.   The stories that we will hear in these four sacred and mysterious weeks of Advent will invite us to prepare the way of the Lord, in part, by asking ourselves what we are looking for.   And if we really are looking for a teacher worth following—or a God worth dedicating our lives to—let’s not be surprised to find ourselves found by the Lord who, all along, was looking for us.  


Let us pray: Lord, we pray that as we look for a life made of moments of mirth in months that matter, that you will be our teacher.  Guide us on this Advent journey so that as we faithfully look for you we may discover that we ourselves are found to be your blessed children.   Amen.   


Dr. Wayne Kannaday

Professor of Religion


Called to the Common Good

Called to the Common Good

High School Youth Theology Institute

June 10 - 17, 2018






Do you ever ask yourself these questions and wonder how you can use your gifts to make an impact? Are you interested in issues like poverty, hunger and the environment but not sure how one person can make a difference? Do you want to focus on your Christian faith as a resource for making the world a better place?


If you are in grade 10, 11 or 12 and answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider applying to Called to the Common Good: High School Youth Theology Institute. An online application can be found here.



High school students currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade.



June 10 – 17, 2018



Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.  This is a residential academy; students will live away from home throughout the eight-day program, which includes a three-day off-site retreat.



  • Engage in hands-on activities, spiritual inquiry and fellowship with other high school students
  • Thoughtfully reflect on your beliefs about God, self and community
  • Learn how to create positive change in the communities and causes that are important to you
  • Design a project that will benefit a community in need
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Enjoy a three-day off-site retreat where you will plan how to take what you have learned back to your home church and community
  • Learn from Newberry College Religion professors and undergraduate students
  • Live in campus housing at Newberry College with undergraduate students trained to serve as academy counselors and peer mentors



$250 enrollment fee. 

The one-time enrollment fee covers all meals, lodging (including a three-day off-site retreat), instruction, activities and materials. You are responsible for travel expenses to and from Newberry College. Check with your home church for possible assistance covering your enrollment fee and other costs.

Apply for the Program

Candidates for the program can be nominated by a mentor or apply directly. Ask your faith leader, pastor, church youth minister/director, school principal, teacher or guidance counselor to submit a nomination or agree to be a mentor.






Mentors are welcome to submit multiple nominations for candidates they believe would benefit from participating in Called to the Common Good: High School Youth Theology Institute. 

Why Should I Attend?

“You will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

– Michelle Obama


The opportunity!

Called to the Common Good offers a unique introduction to the college experience and the chance for you to actively work with communities to address critical problems such as poverty and hunger. The program also promotes diversity, teamwork and leadership. You will gain pre-professional experience from completing the program along with a deeper understanding of faith and the role that religious study can play in defining life goals.


The value!

Residential summer programs similar to Called to the Common Good typically cost $3,500 per student. Thanks to a generous grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., Newberry College is able to cover all but the $250 enrollment fee.


The convenience!

Called to the Common Good will be held immediately after the school year ends, leaving the majority of the summer free for you to pursue employment or other opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Called to the Common Good?

Called to the Common Good is an eight-day residential youth theology institute that brings together a cohort of high school students who will work together with Newberry College professors and undergraduates to learn about how the Christian theological tradition can be a resource for looking at moral and ethical challenges facing the world.


Who can participate?

Any student who is currently in grade 10, 11 or 12 may by nominated. Called to the Common Good will accept up to 24 candidates who demonstrate church and community involvement, thoughtful reflection on social issues, and interest in community service, religious study and leadership.


When and where is the institute?

The High School Youth Theology Institutue will be held June 10 through June 17, 2018, on the Newberry College campus in Newberry, South Carolina. This is a residential program. Students will live away from home for the duration of the eight-day program in a Newberry College residence hall for the on-campus portion and in housing arranged by the Institute for the off-site retreat. 


How much will it cost to attend?

The enrollment fee is $250. This one-time fee covers five days of on-campus housing at Newberry College, a three-day off-site retreat, instruction, activities and materials, and all meals for the entire eight day program. Attendees are responsible for travel expenses to and from Newberry College. Home congregations of accepted candidates are encouraged to assist with the enrollment fee and other costs.



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Hampton Inn, Newberry Opera House

1201 Nancy Street

Newberry, SC 29108


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Newberry, SC 29108


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Newberry, SC 29108


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Division C


Saturday, March 17 at Newberry College


  • Informative brochures outlining our state program were emailed to all South Carolina High Schools the week of August 21. If you did not receive one and would like to request that one be mailed to you, click here and provide your mailing address.
  • Membership Forms and fees due by December 31, 2017. For a printable on-line version click here.
  • Coaches Manuals/Event Rules will be sent to schools as soon as registration fees have been received.
  • The 2017 state events are listed below. Please note that every event held at the national competition and listed in the 2017 Coaches Manual will not be offered on the state level.
  • For general descriptions of these events and for coaching tips and resources, visit the National Science Olympiad Event Information Page.
  • Be sure to check the Rules Clarifications Page periodically for changes/updates to the rules.


Anatomy & Physiology Helicopters
Astronomy Herpetology
Chemistry Lab Misson Possible
Disease Detectives Mousetrap Vehicle
Dynamic Planet Optics
Ecology Remote Sensing
Experimental Design Rocks and Minerals
Fast Facts Thermodynamics
Fermi Questions Towers
Forensics Write It, Do It


Division B


Saturday, February 17 at Newberry College

  • Informative brochures outlining our state program were emailed to all South Carolina Middle Schools the week of August 21. If you did not receive one and would like to request that one be mailed to you, click here and provide your mailing address.
  • Membership Forms and fees due by December 31, 2017. For a printable on-line version click here.
  • Coaches Manuals/Event Rules will be sent to schools as soon as registration fees have been received.
  • The 2017 state events are listed below. Please note that every event held at the national competition and listed in the 2017 Coaches Manual will not be offered on the state level. 
  • For general descriptions of these events and for coaching tips and resources, visit the National Science Olympiad Event Information Page.
  • Be sure to check the Rules Clarifications Page periodically for changes/updates to the rules.


Anatomy & Physiology Mystery Architecture
Battery Buggy Optics
Crime Busters Portions and Poisons
Disease Detectives Road Scholar
Dynamic Planet Rocks and Minerals
Ecology Rollar Coaster      
Experimental Design Solar System
Fast Facts Towers
Herpetology Wright Stuff
Meteorology Write It, Do It


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Newberry College Alumni Award of Valor

Newberry College Alumni Award of Valor

This award is to recognize courageous action or note worthy bravery by a person who is an alumnus/a of Newberry College. Potential recipients of the Award of Valor, when confronted with situations involving personal danger, acted with valor to avert or minimize potential disaster.

Award Recipients

2014 - Louis Mark Mulkey ('95)

2015 - Clyde Yonce ('39)


Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Alumni Distinguished Service Award

The criteria for the Alumni Distinguished Service Award states that the award must be given to a Newberry alumnus who has made significant contributions to the ideals set forth in a liberal arts education. Distinctive service may have been rendered on national, state, and/or local levels. Nominees from each of the academic departments may be considered for the award. The recipient must exemplify creative and continuous personal growth and a willingness to embrace our changing world. This award also recognizes outstanding achievement and service to the recipient’s profession, community, society, and/or college.

Award Recipients

2014 - Wendell Davis ('81)

2015 - Dr. Julian Landrum Mims III ('64)

2016 - CSM Robert H. Brickley ('78)


Noah and Pansy Derrick Outstanding Friend of the College Award

Noah and Pansy Derrick Outstanding Friend of the College Award

Presented to a non-alumnus/a who best exemplifies commitment to and support of Newberry College. Additional consideration is given for service to church, community, state, and nation.

Award Recipients

1968 - Deems Haltiwanger             

1969 - A. Hart Kohn          

1970 - Pansy Smoak Derrick          

1971 - Joseph Wessinger               

1972 - Erwin A. Baumer  

1973 - Richard Haymaker               

1974 - Virgil Sease           

1975 - Fred Wessels, Jr.  

1976 - William Boyd       

1977 - Vincent Vierling    

1978 - Milton Moore         

1980 - Raymond S. Caughman     

1981 - Edward O. Cannon              

1982 - Evelyn Stockman Segelken               

1983 - Harold B. Folk       

1984 - L. Grady Cooper   

1987 - James F. Coggins                

1988 - Fredrick William Kinard, Sr.                

1989 - James B. Wessinger            

1990 - Virginia B. Casey  

1991 - Hattie Belle Lester                

1993 - Ellen Wingard Cobb            

1994 - Sadie Crooks        

1997 - Bobby & Georgette Livingston           

1998 - Ruth Bundrik Jenkins           

1999 - J. Thomas Johnson             

2000 - Richard & DeLouris Hollinger            

2001 - Billy West               

2002 - Mary Ellen Carter | Glenn E. Whitesides            

2003 - Jerry S. Chitty | Francis I. Fesperman           

2004 - James Gerding     

2005 - Carol Bickley         

2006 - Gordon Henry | Susan McArver | Peter McCandless | Ronald Numbers | Lester Stephens

2008 - Julie Epting | Walt McLeod

2009 - Gloria Nelson | Irvin & Connie Pund

2010 - T. Edward Kyzer   

2011 - Jeff Shocker | Misty West

2012 - Denise Reid

2013 - Carol Brandt | Frank P. Tourville, Sr.

2014 - David and Ruth Vorpagel

2015 - Foster Senn

2016 - Joel M.Carter


Phillip T. Kelly, Jr. Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Phillip T. Kelly, Jr. Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Presented to an alumnus/a aged of forty (40) or younger who best exemplifies commitment to and support of Newberry College. Additional consideration is given for service to church, community, state, and nation.

Award Recipients

1978 - Donald Dowling ('67) 

1979 - W. Alvin Gainey ('73)

1980 - William R. Sommerville ('75)

1981 - Harvey Leroy Atwater ('73)

1982 - Richard Webber ('69)

1983 - James H. Riddle, Jr. ('72)

1984 - Laura Neath Vinson ('71)

1985 - Philip T. Kelly,lll ('69)

1986 - Delores Snelgrove Camp ('78)

1987 - R.E. Lybrand, Jr. ('71)

1988 - Robert Donald Alcorn ('71)

1989 - David Caldwell Reames ('75)

1990 - Rhonda Taylor Norris ('80)

1991 - Marilyn Boone Kimbrell ('78)

1992 - Gerald P. Dickinson, Jr. ('86)

1993 - Deryl D. Leaphart ('80)

1994 - Susan Wingard Clifton ('82)

1995 - Jeanette McKinney Davis ('88)

1996 - Kelly Ahrens ('90)

1997 - Dorothy Park Jehlen ('82)

1998 - John A. Babson ('87)

1999 - Joe B. "Trey" Castles, III ('94)

2000 - Shannon O'Brien ('98)

2001 - Mark Pleasant ('89) 

2002 - Donna Freeman Calcutt ('86) | Steven M. Calcutt ('84)

2003 - Brent A. Weaver ('92)

2004 - John Miller ('94)

2005 - Peggy Barnes Winder ('86) | Huger P. Caughman ('00)

2006 - Heath Brabham ('95)

2008 - Wyatt Chocklett ('07)

2009 - Kristin Caughman ('04)

2010 - Kelly Furtick ('00)

2011 - Zeb Reid ('02)

2012 - Melanie Metze Corn ('07) | Michael K. Corn ('08)

2013 - Joshua T. Stepp ('07)

2014 - April Troglauer ('07)

2015 - Brian Shealy ('04)

2016 - Parkes B. Coggins ('05)


Thomas A. Epting Outstanding Alumni Award

Thomas A. Epting Outstanding Alumni Award

Presented to an alumnus/a over the age of forty (40) who best exemplifies commitment to and support of Newberry College. Additional consideration is given for service to church, community, state, and nation.

Award Recipients

1968 - Dr. J.A. Shelay ('13)

1969 - Dr. James C. Kinard ('16)

1970 - Dr. Karl W. Kinard ('22)

1971 - Philip T. Kelly, Jr. ('33)

1972 - Dr. Hubert Stezler ('26) |  Sadie Wagers Edwards ('24)

1973 - Dr. John Clarson ('23) | Esther Sherouse Preuett ('29)

1974 - Dr. Homer Eargle ('25) | Harry L. Eleazer ('28)

1975 - Clara Shealy Hawkins ('38)

1976 - The Rev. Henry S. Petrea ('12)

1977 - The Rev. J. Virgil Addy ('31)

1978 - Elizabeth Rice Boone ('45)

1979 - Rev. Fred E. Dufford ('25) | Thomas Stilwell ('26)

1980 - Vernon Eptings ('36) 

1981 - Elizabeth Shealy Hunter ('44)

1982 - Clifford B. Morgan ('37) 

1983 - Lawrence Benjamin Graves ('46)

1984 - Francis Addy Snelgrove ('45) | Dr. Herman L. Frick ('29)

1985 - Dr. James L. Graham Jr. ('60) | Prema Lever Gnann ('33)

1986 - The Rev. Henry McCullough, Jr. ('29) 

1987 - Louise Eargle Seastrunk ('27) 

1988 - Mary Ellen Rawl Wingard ('53) 

1989 - Dr. David J. Haigler ('44) 

1990 - Robert Eargle Seastrunk ('55) 

1991 - Thomas A. "Bucko" Edens ('47) 

1992 - Rev. Charles J. Shealy, Jr. ('40)

1993 - Margaret Paysinger ('38) 

1994 - Harry Weber ('42)

1995 - Murray L. Davis ('53) | James Aull ('53)

1996 - Gaines Orin Boone ('48) 

1997 - Fred Voight Lester ('42)

1998 - Dorothy P. Brandt ('54)

1999 - J. Asbury Bedenbaugh ('38)

2000 - Doris Dominick Sandberg ('52) | John L. Sease ('70)

2001 - E. Eugene Epting Jr. ('69) 

2002 - James W. Ingram Jr. ('69)

2003 - Christie C. Whitaker ('84)

2004 - Virginia K. Aull ('55) | Clarence Stucke ('43)

2005 - William Bethea ('62) | Patrick Dennis ('54) | Hap Corley ('47) 

2006 - Bill Hilton Jr. ('70) | John Hudgens ('60)

2008 - Julie McLeod ('59) - John Yost Jr. ('43) | David Epting ('44) | Daniel Koon ('81)

2009 - Nelson Rickenbaker ('84) | Virgil Kester ('41) | Frances Kester ('41) | Edward "Buddy" Counts Jr. ('63)

2010 - The Dufford Family

2011 - Phillip M. Spotts ('56) | Mary Kathryn "Kathy" Whitaker Spotts ('63) | George W. Dominick ('65)

2012 - Robert “Bob” Hampton ('61)

2013 - William P. Walker, Jr. ('69)

2014 - Dorothy "Dot" Jeffcoat ('63)

2015 - Dick Roberts ('65) | Joanne Jumper ('62)

2016 - Otho L. Shealy ('48)


Dual-Degree at Duke University

Forestry at Duke University

3 + 2 Program with Duke University

The Newberry College 3 + 2 Program is an outstanding cooperation with Duke University that leads to a master’s degree in Forestry and Environmental Management. We lay the strong foundation at Newberry that students build upon at Duke, allowing students to experience the best of both worlds academically. When all requirements are met for both institutions, students earn a bachelor of science degree in Biology from Newberry College and a Master of Forestry or Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. For more information



3 years



2 years

Student completes:

· minimum of 90 semester hours for B.S. in Biology

· general education and related graduation requirements for Newberry College

· recommended courses for dual degree with Duke


Student completes:

· Remaining classes for Newberry Biology degree

· 48 semester hours of graduate level studies

Student must earn a minimum grade of 2.7/4.0 and receive a B-minus or better in order for these classes to count toward the master’s degree prerequisite. Formal application for admission also must be made to the Duke University School of the Environment.

For more information about degree programs at Newberry College, contact 803.321.5127 or  


Dual-Degree at Lenoir Rhyne

Professional Master of Science in Athletic Training Education

The Master of Science in AthleticTraining program is designed as an entry-level degree for people entering the field of athletic training. The degree is designed to prepare individuals for positions as athletic trainers in a variety of employment settings. The program uses an integrative curriculum for the development of strong clinical and decision-making skills. 


Available at LRU’s Columbia and Hickory campuses. Students are required to complete their initial didactic training in Hickory, but then offers fieldwork placement in or near Columbia. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).


The Master of Science in Athletic Training program seeks to provide a program to develop students who are:

  • Prepared for service to God and mankind through the healing art and science of Athletic Training
  • Critical thinkers who are caring, skilled athletic trainers
  • Leaders in the profession of athletic training, the community, and the world

Students complete clinical education courses with required field experiences over a two-year period.The first year includes four rotations at various clinical sites helping the student begin to implement knowledge and skill from the classroom.  During the second year, there  are two assigned rotations. For more information 


Dual-Degree at Lenoir Rhyne University

Master of Arts in Human Services

The Human Services Program is designed to give you the knowledge and skills required to make a difference in the overall quality of life for individuals and communities.  In our online program, students learn how to meet human needs, not only through direct services, but by providing leadership in human service agencies, organizations, and communities


Program Highlights

  • 33 credit hours – most students can complete the program in 18 to 24 months.
  • The program is completely online, so you can enroll from anywhere in the world. However, the online experience does not mean you have to sacrifice engagement with faculty and fellow students.
  • Our program is designed to provide you with opportunities to interact with students from around the country as well as the world and our faculty make it a priority to be available to students.
  • Internship experiences will provide you with hands-on opportunities for students to engage in the field with human service professionals.

The Master of Arts in Human Services is designed to prepare graduates as human service professionals to manage care for vulnerable client populations, manage public or nonprofit organizations and administer programs and services. Students can specialize in Administration, Addictions Counseling or Career Counseling. The program is available entirely online. For more information 


Dual Degree at Lenoir Rhyne University

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lenoir Rhyne University is designed to prepare graduates for positions as professional counselors, the program meets coursework requirements toward professional licensure. Courses are available evenings and weekends or online to cater to working professionals.


For the convenience of students, courses for the counseling program are available at all three campuses of LRU in Hickory, Asheville, and Columbia, S.C. The programs in Hickory and Asheville are accredited by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Accreditation in Columbia is pending.


Program Highlights

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling has 61 required credits and School Counseling has 52 required credits.
  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is available in Hickory, Asheville, and Columbia.
  • The School Counseling degree is available in Hickory and Asheville.
  • All faculty members are Licensed Professional Counselors who emphasize a mentor relationship with their students.
  • Designed for the working professional in mind with online, evening, hybrid, and week-end course offerings.
  • Traditional and Career Admission Tracks give students more than one way to be admitted.


For more information: Clinical Mental Health Counseling-Lenior Rhyne University




A dual degree program is based on a formal agreement within one college/university or between separate colleges/universities. Students spend 2–3 years in each degree program. After completing all requirements for both programs (usually in four to five years) the student is awarded two degrees in one of the following combinations:


(1) Associate's and Bachelor's programs - an associate degree from a community college and a bachelor's degree from a partner university; (2) Dual bachelor's degree programs - two bachelor's degrees; (3) Dual Bachelor's master's degree programs - a bachelor's degree and a master's degree; (4) Dual Graduate Degree programs - a combination of D.D.S., D.O., M.A., M.D., M.P.P., M.S., J.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., or Ph.D. 


Newberry’s highly interactive and hands-on classroom setting builds a strong academic foundation that will help students thrive at Lenior Rhyne, Duke and Clemson University programs. 


Accepted Students Weekend

Friday, April 15 - Saturday, April 16

Students are invited to join us on Friday, April 15, starting at 1pm to meet current students and fellow members of the Class of 2020. Get the inside track on preparing to join the Wolf Pack. Enjoy dinner and fun events, and stay overnight with your student host. 


On Saturday, families are welcome to join us for the day’s activities including a light brunch, SpringFest, the spring football game on-campus, or head downtown for the tasty BBQ at Pork in the Park.

For Students

Registration is now CLOSED for this year's Accepted Students Weekend.

Please click to register for Accepted Students Weekend.

Please also submit the Overnight Visit Consent Form. Note: a parent or guardian must sign this form.


Please register by April 11. 

For Families

The City of Newberry offers a variety of options for local accommodations during your student’s overnight stay in the residence hall with their student host.


Click for more information about the City of Newberry or downtown's upcoming event, Pork in the Park.



African-American Pioneers at Newberry College


Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

Any outside organization wishing to do research within the Newberry College campus should contact the Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness, Sid Parrish, at

Studies completed on campus are subject to the supervision of the Newberry College Institutional Review Board. Once your request has been submitted, you will be provided additional information on the steps required to complete your project on campus. 


We Promise!

The Newberry College Loan Repayment Promise

A great liberal arts education is one of the smartest investments you'll ever make in yourself, but we understand that student loan debt is a big concern. The Newberry College Loan Repayment Promise can help put your mind at ease. 


With the Loan Repayment Promise, we're investing in YOU! We're so confident in the value of a Newberry College education, that we've taken a bold step to ensure that worries about student loan debt won't stand in the way of your future success.


We're the first institution in South Carolina to offer this innovative new program and it's open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students enrolled for Fall semester 2016 and beyond.

How It Works

You have to graduate from Newberry College and work at least 30 hours per week (part-time jobs count!). If you make less than $40,000 a year, we'll help you repay your student loans until you reach that salary threshold. You're still responsible for making your monthly loan payments and then requesting a quarterly reimbursement.


Your level of reimbursement is determined by income.  If you make less than $20,000 per year, you'll receive full reimbursement; otherwise, you're reimbursed on a graduated scale up to $40,000. If you make more than $40,000, you'll repay your loans yourself.


The Newberry College Loan Repayment Promise gives you the freedom to pursue your academic and vocational goals without the burden of excessive student loan debt.


So go ahead. Pursue your dreams. We've got your back. We promise!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Why is Newberry College offering the Loan Repayment Promise?

A:  College affordability and student loan debt is a significant concern of our students and families. The Loan Repayment Promise is a direct response to those concerns.

Q:  How does the Loan Repayment Promise work?

A:  If an eligible Newberry College graduate works at least 30 hours per week and makes less than $40,000 a year, we’ll help them repay their student loans until they reach that salary threshold. Graduates are responsible for making their monthly loan payments and then requesting a quarterly reimbursement. If the graduate makes less than $20,000 per year, they receive full reimbursement; they receive reimbursement on a graduated scale up the $40,000. Graduates who make more than $36,000 repay their loans themselves.

Q:  Who is eligible for the Loan Repayment Promise?

A:  All incoming freshmen are eligible for the Loan Repayment Promise. Transfer students with at least two academic years to complete at Newberry College are also eligible. Currently enrolled students are not eligible for this program; however, they will continue to benefit from the previously offered tuition freeze program that has now been replaced by the Newberry College Loan Repayment Promise.

Q:  How much does the Loan Repayment Promise cost?

A:  Newberry College provides the program at no additional cost to students or their families.

Q:  Are graduates required to work a single full-time job in their intended career field to be eligible?

A:  No. Graduates must work a combined total of 30 hours per week to be eligible for reimbursement. This work can be completed with a full-time job or with multiple part-time jobs in any career field.

Q:  Are students eligible for the Loan Repayment Promise if they continue on to graduate school or pursue international service?

A:  Yes. Newberry College graduates are allowed to pause their eligibility for the Loan Repayment Promise while they pursue graduate school or up to three years of international work. Only undergraduate loans taken while studying at Newberry College are eligible for repayment under the Loan Repayment Promise.

Q:  Does the program encourage students to incur more debt?

A:  No. The program is intended to allow students to borrow the amount they deem necessary to attend Newberry College while providing them with the freedom to pursue their desired vocational calling. Newberry College remains committed to keeping the cost of tuition as low as possible. The Loan Repayment Promise does not remove responsibility for repaying loans from the graduate, it simply serves as a safety net for graduates as they launch their careers.

Q:  Does the program encourage graduates to avoid getting a job just to avoid repaying their student loans?

A:  No. The program is a safety net for graduates as they launch their careers. Graduates have 18 months to find a job and must work at least 30 hours per week to be eligible for reimbursement. During that time they are still responsible for making their student loan payments.

Q:  Does the program encourage graduates to keep their income level low to avoid repaying their student loans?

A:  No. The purpose of the program is to free students to pursue their vocational calling without the burden of debt dictating their degree choice during college or their career path after graduation.


Submission Thank You

Thank You!

Thank you for your submission!



Homecoming 2017

Schedule of Events

Homecoming Weekend 2017:  There’s No Place Like Homecoming


We're briniging you a Homecoming Weekend filled with friends, food, football and fun. Watch your mailbox in late August for your homecoming mailer with details on events, costs and registration.


Click to Register


Monday, October 16

7 -10 pm

Homecoming Bonfire and Cookout


Nothing says homecoming like grilled food and fire! Join us under the starts Speers Street Field where the 2017 Homecoming Court will be announced. 



Tuesday, October 17

5 pm

Paint the Town Scarlet and Gray


Each "street team" will partner with a downtown business to decorate their storefront and paint the town Scarlet and Gray. Teams will receive points toward the Homecoming Week competition and extra points for placing in this event. The business also willl receive a certificate for participating. 


6 pm

Volleyball vs Augusta




Wednesday, October 18

4 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Lees McRae



10 pm

Throwback Bingo


Enjoy fast-paced Bingo and cool prizes while jamming to the best music of the 80s, 90s and early 2K. Don't forget to dress the part!



Thursday, October. 19

6 pm

Newberry Can-Struct



8:30 pm

Powder Puff Football


Ladies play and the guys cheer. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Participating teams must pre-register. Contact 



Friday, October 20

5 - 9 pm



All Campus Entertainment presents a day of inflatables with free food, activites and games.


7 pm

Field Hockey vs. Limestone



6 - 8 pm

Lawn Party and Reunion Class Socials


Alumni and friends are invited to enjoy a lovely fall evening lounging on the Dufford Alumni House lawn with free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and music.



Saturday, October 21

8 am

9th Annual Alumni Association Homecoming 5K Run/Walk


Register at Register by October 10 to receive the appropriately sized free t-shirt. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Entry fee is $25 for pre-registration; $30 on race day; $15 for Newberry College students and children ages 12 and under. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent during the race. Newberry College students should register in person in the Officeof Institutional Advancement located in Holland Hall.


10:30 am

Alumni Association Meeting


Get the latest updates about what’s been happening on campus. Alumni award recipients will be announced and medallions will be presented to the Class of 1967 in honor of their 50 year reunion.


10:30 am – 1 pm



Adults $10 in advance, $12 at the door; ages four to 10, $5; ages three and under dine free. Kaufmann Hall will not be open, but lunch is available to the entire campus community. Reserved seating for classes ending in “7” and “2” will be available, so please register in advance to ensure sufficient places are reserved for your class to dine together. Ten-year and 25-year reunion classes may pick up their alumni gifts at lunch.


11:30 am

Newberry College Singers Concert


Enjoy the music of the Newberry College choirs as they perform selections from their fall repertoire.


1 pm

Women’s Soccer vs. Mars Hill



1:30 pm

Homecoming Parade


This year’s parade begins on Speers Street and will circle campus along Evans Street, Luther Street, Wolves Way, College Street, around the Fountain Circle and back onto College Street to return to the staging area.

Call for Participants: To enter, contact Michael Smith at or 803.321.5501.


2 pm

Pep Rally



3 pm

Family Photo


A homecoming tradition, all alumni in attendance are encouraged to participate in a group photo of the Newberry College family.


3:30 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Mars Hill



4 pm

Football vs. Limestone




Sunday, October 22

10:30 am

Homecoming Worship and Memorial Service


Join together in worship with the reunion classes. Flowers may be purchased in honor or in memory of a classmate or other loved one and may be picked up after the service to enjoy at home.


10:30 am – 2 pm



Enjoy a delicious brunch served buffet style for $8.95+tax at the door.




Tenting and tailgating before the football game is a popular part of our homecoming traditions. (Homecoming Only: designated grass areas throughout campus may be reserved through the Office of Alumni Relations.) You provide and set up your own tent, tables and chairs. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No parked cars are allowed in the “tent only” reserved areas. Please reserve your space by Wednesday, October 18.



Find us at the Fountain Circle on Saturday, 9 am–4 pm. If you have questions or need assistance during the homecoming festivities, visit the Alumni Association Information Tent.



Parking will be available in designated lots throughout campus. Reserved parking for Athletic Club members is located in the College Street lot in front of the stadium and across the street from the stadium.



Reserved parking for our honored Golden Newberrians and anyone with mobility issues will be available in the parking lot behind Kaufmann Hall on Luther Street throughout Saturday. For shuttle service throughout the day, come to the Alumni Association tent near the Fountain Circle



Campus buildings surrounding the festivities will be open

Homecoming 2017

Schedule of Events

Homecoming Weekend 2017:  There’s No Place Like Homecoming


We're briniging you a Homecoming Weekend filled with friends, food, football and fun. Watch your mailbox in late August for your homecoming mailer with details on events, costs and registration.


Click to Register


Monday, October 16

7 -10 pm

Homecoming Bonfire and Cookout


Nothing says homecoming like grilled food and fire! Join us under the starts Speers Street Field where the 2017 Homecoming Court will be announced. 



Tuesday, October 17

5 pm

Paint the Town Scarlet and Gray


Each "street team" will partner with a downtown business to decorate their storefront and paint the town Scarlet and Gray. Teams will receive points toward the Homecoming Week competition and extra points for placing in this event. The business also willl receive a certificate for participating. 


6 pm

Volleyball vs Augusta




Wednesday, October 18

4 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Lees McRae



10 pm

Throwback Bingo


Enjoy fast-paced Bingo and cool prizes while jamming to the best music of the 80s, 90s and early 2K. Don't forget to dress the part!



Thursday, October. 19

6 pm

Newberry Can-Struct



8:30 pm

Powder Puff Football


Ladies play and the guys cheer. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Participating teams must pre-register. Contact 



Friday, October 20

5 - 9 pm



All Campus Entertainment presents a day of inflatables with free food, activites and games.


7 pm

Field Hockey vs. Limestone



6 - 8 pm

Lawn Party and Reunion Class Socials


Alumni and friends are invited to enjoy a lovely fall evening lounging on the Dufford Alumni House lawn with free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and music.



Saturday, October 21

8 am

9th Annual Alumni Association Homecoming 5K Run/Walk


Register at Register by October 10 to receive the appropriately sized free t-shirt. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Entry fee is $25 for pre-registration; $30 on race day; $15 for Newberry College students and children ages 12 and under. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent during the race. Newberry College students should register in person in the Officeof Institutional Advancement located in Holland Hall.


10:30 am

Alumni Association Meeting


Get the latest updates about what’s been happening on campus. Alumni award recipients will be announced and medallions will be presented to the Class of 1967 in honor of their 50 year reunion.


10:30 am – 1 pm



Adults $10 in advance, $12 at the door; ages four to 10, $5; ages three and under dine free. Kaufmann Hall will not be open, but lunch is available to the entire campus community. Reserved seating for classes ending in “7” and “2” will be available, so please register in advance to ensure sufficient places are reserved for your class to dine together. Ten-year and 25-year reunion classes may pick up their alumni gifts at lunch.


11:30 am

Newberry College Singers Concert


Enjoy the music of the Newberry College choirs as they perform selections from their fall repertoire.


1 pm

Women’s Soccer vs. Mars Hill



1:30 pm

Homecoming Parade


This year’s parade begins on Speers Street and will circle campus along Evans Street, Luther Street, Wolves Way, College Street, around the Fountain Circle and back onto College Street to return to the staging area.

Call for Participants: To enter, contact Michael Smith at or 803.321.5501.


2 pm

Pep Rally



3 pm

Family Photo


A homecoming tradition, all alumni in attendance are encouraged to participate in a group photo of the Newberry College family.


3:30 pm

Men’s Soccer vs. Mars Hill



4 pm

Football vs. Limestone




Sunday, October 22

10:30 am

Homecoming Worship and Memorial Service


Join together in worship with the reunion classes. Flowers may be purchased in honor or in memory of a classmate or other loved one and may be picked up after the service to enjoy at home.


10:30 am – 2 pm



Enjoy a delicious brunch served buffet style for $8.95+tax at the door.




Tenting and tailgating before the football game is a popular part of our homecoming traditions. (Homecoming Only: designated grass areas throughout campus may be reserved through the Office of Alumni Relations.) You provide and set up your own tent, tables and chairs. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No parked cars are allowed in the “tent only” reserved areas. Please reserve your space by Wednesday, October 18.



Find us at the Fountain Circle on Saturday, 9 am–4 pm. If you have questions or need assistance during the homecoming festivities, visit the Alumni Association Information Tent.



Parking will be available in designated lots throughout campus. Reserved parking for Athletic Club members is located in the College Street lot in front of the stadium and across the street from the stadium.



Reserved parking for our honored Golden Newberrians and anyone with mobility issues will be available in the parking lot behind Kaufmann Hall on Luther Street throughout Saturday. For shuttle service throughout the day, come to the Alumni Association tent near the Fountain Circle



Campus buildings surrounding the festivities will be open


Family Weekend

September 29 - October 1

Join us for Newberry College Family Weekend.

It’s an annual tradition that provides families with an opportunity to connect with their student, our campus and the Newberry Community.We have a weekend of fun in store for you! 












4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Check-In & Registration, Derrick Hall

Pick up your Family Weekend schedule, campus map, nametag and other important items for the weekend, and meet the Student Affairs staff. We are building 23 on the campus map!


6 - 8 p.m. -- Ring Ceremony, Dufford Alumni House

Ring eligible students who purchased a class ring prior to August 10, 2017, will receive their rings at a special ceremony presented by the Newberry College Alumni Association. Invitations will be mailed to eligible students and their families. 


8 p.m. -- Spoken Word Artist Herrison Chicas presented by All Campus Entertainment (ACE)

Herrison Chicas is a professional Spoken Word Artist from Uniondale, New York. He is currently the Champion of the TEDxUNC Spoken Word Slam, and has been a Finalist in the Slam Charlotte, as well as the Bull City Slam. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2010 Brave New Voices Poetry Slam, and has been a two-time invitee to perform spoken word at TEDx-Charlotte.




10 a.m. -- Late Check-in & Registration, Derrick Hall

Missed the Friday Night Check In? It’s okay; we have a second chance for you to pick up your Family Weekend schedule, campus map and nametag for the weekend! Stop by Derrick Hall. We're building 23 on the campus map!


11 a.m. -- Field Hockey vs. Bellarmine University-Setzler Field

Cheer on the Lady Wolves as they face off against the competitive BU Knights.


1 p.m. -- Men’s Soccer vs. Tusculum, Smith Road Complex-Soccer Field

Cheer on Men’s Soccer  as they go head to head against the Tusculum College Pioneers. Soccer gear for sale and inflatables for the kids.


2 - 3 p.m. -- Family Weekend Tailgate with the "First Family"

Stop by Yost Portico at Holland Hall (building 15 on the campus map) for free food before the many athletic events scheduled for the day. Meet President Scherrens and his wife, Sandy, and mingle with Student Affairs staff and other Newberry families. 


3:30 p.m. -- Women's Soccer vs. Tusculum-Soccer Field

Soccer gear for sale and inflatables for the kids as the Lady Wolves face the Tusculum Pioneers.


4 p.m. -- Football vs. UNC Pembroke, Setzler Field

Support Wolves Football as they engage in a tough regular season matchup against the BraveHawks from University of North Carolina at Pembroke.


6 p.m. -- Midlands Muscle & Classic Car Cruise-In, Sonic Drive In

Classic and muscle car fans show off their rides and share their passion for these cars. No entry fees or membership fees.


8 p.m. -- Comedian Myq Kaplan presented by All Campus Entertainment (ACE) 

Myq Kaplan has appeared on the Tonight Show, Conan, the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers, in his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents special, and in his own one-hour Netflix special, "Small, Dork, and Handsome." He has been a finalist on Last Comic Standing and most recently appeared on America's Got Talent. His album "Vegan Mind Meld" was one of iTunes' top 10 comedy albums of the year. More on




10:30 - 11:15 a.m. -- Worship Service, Wiles Chapel

Led by our campus pastor, The Rev. Ernie Worman, service will feature Newberry students.


11:30a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -- Sunday Brunch, Kaufmann Dining Hall

Wrap up your weekend with Newberry College's famous Sunday afternoon brunch. 


Noon - Field Hockey vs. Lindenwood-Setzler Field

Enjoy the post-brunch competition as the Lady Wolves face the Lindenwood Lions.


May Term Study Abroad

LONDON 2016 - May Term Study Abroad


Travel to London for nine days to experience its culture and see some of the iconic sites: St. Paul’s Cathedral,Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, institutions and landmarks that define this great, ever-changing city.


Download the brochure for itinerary, costs, payment plans, course descriptions and FAQs. For additional questions, contact Dr. Jennifer Martinsen at



We’ll examine how London has shaped the life and identity of the West and beyond from a variety of perspectives. Possible course offerings include:

  • Divorced, Beheaded, Died: The Lives (and Deaths) of Henry VIII and his Six Wives
  • Criminal London
  • London and Pop Culture
  • London Through the Eyes of a Child


$2,500* includes the following:

  • Airfare + Airport Transportation
  • Lodging and Breakfast
  • London Underground
  • Possible day trip outside of city
  • Admission to attractions
  • Travel Insurance

*Payment plans are available.


3 + 2 Program

Newberry, Clemson Sign Dual Education Agreement

Newberry College has launched a dual education program with Clemson University. The Newberry College 3 + 2 Program will allow students to earn bachelor of science degrees from both Newberry College and Clemson University in five years. A similar program with Duke University leads from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree in five years.
A key feature of the 3 + 2 Program with Clemson University is that it provides a clear pathway for students wishing to pursue a career in engineering. The program offers guaranteed admission into most of Clemson’s engineering programs for students who successfully complete all academic requirements of the 3 + 2 Program. 
“The Newberry College 3 + 2 Program is ideal for students who may be more comfortable starting out at a smaller campus like ours,” said Timothy Elston, vice president for Academic Affairs. “Newberry’s highly interactive and hands-on classroom setting builds a strong academic foundation that will help students thrive in Clemson’s rigorous engineering program.”

How It Works

Students participating in the 3 + 2 Program complete their first three years of study at Newberry College where they fulfill all general education and other graduation requirements for Newberry. Students complete the remaining two years of study at Clemson University, where they complete the course requirements for an Engineering degree. 
Students work with an academic advisor from each institution to develop a personalized course of study for their desired path in Clemson’s engineering program. When all requirements are met for both institutions, students earn a bachelor of science degree in Mathematics from Newberry College and a bachelor of science degree in Engineering from Clemson University.



3 years



2 years

Student completes:

· minimum of 90 semester hours for B.S. in Mathematics

· recommended courses for dual degree with Clemson

· introductory Engineering course with Clemson in distance education format

· general education and related graduation requirements for Newberry College


Student completes:

· Course requirements for Clemson Engineering degree

· 32 semester hours of Engineering coursework at Clemson, which also fulfills fourth-year requirements for a Mathematics degree from Newberry

Students must apply to the 3+2 Program by sophomore year, maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7/4.0 and receive a “C” or better in all of the required courses in the 3+2 program to be eligible for admission to the engineering program.

“The Newberry College 3 + 2 program is an excellent example of how our institutions can work together for the mutual benefit of our students,” Elston said. 
3 + 2 Program with Duke University
Newberry College offers a similar 3 + 2 program in cooperation with Duke University that leads to a master’s degree in Forestry and Environmental Management. When all requirements are met for both institutions, students earn a bachelor of science degree in Biology from Newberry College and a Master of Forestry or Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.



3 years



2 years

Student completes:

· minimum of 90 semester hours for B.S. in Biology

· general education and related graduation requirements for Newberry College

· recommended courses for dual degree with Duke


Student completes:

· Remaining classes for Newberry Biology degree

· 48 semester hours of graduate level studies

Student must earn a minimum grade of 2.7/4.0 and receive a B-minus or better in order for these classes to count toward the master’s degree prerequisite. Formal application for admission also must be made to the Duke University School of the Environment.


“The Newberry College 3 + 2 Program is an outstanding partnership between our institutions that allows our students to experience the best of both worlds academically,” said Newberry College president Dr. Maurice Scherrens. “We lay the strong foundation on which they’ll build at the research institutions where they will complete their program.”
For more information about degree programs at Newberry College, go to or 803.321.5127 or  



Map & Directions

Newberry College

2100 College St, Newberry, SC 29108
(803) 276-5010


Click here for directions to Newberry College.




Download a printable copy of Newberry College's campus map here.


Directions to Newberry College from Neary-by Locations

Traveling West on Interstate-26 (From Columbia)

Exit the Interstate at exit #76 (The sign says “Newberry Opera House, Newberry College") and turn left onto SC Highway 219. Go 3.2 miles, passing the high school (on the right) and Wal-Mart (on the left). Cross US-76 at the third traffic light (SC-219 turns into SC-34, Main Street ). Go 1.4 miles down Main Street, passing through three more traffic lights. Turn right (north) on College Street, passing through two traffic lights. Turn right on Evans street and then turn left on Luther street. Turn right on Bachman street. You may park in the back of the building.


Traveling East on Interstate-26 (From Greenville/Spartanburg)

Exit the Interstate at exit #76 (The sign says “Newberry Opera House, Newberry College") and turn right onto SC Highway 219. Go 3.2 miles, passing the high school (on the right) and Wal-Mart (on the left). Cross US-76 at the third traffic light (SC-219 turns into SC-34, Main Street ). Go 1.4 miles down Main Street, passing through three more traffic lights. Turn right (north) on College Street, passing through two traffic lights. Turn right on Evans street and then turn left on Luther street. Turn right on Bachman street. You may park in the back of the building.  


Traveling East from Greenwood, SC

Take Highway 34 East from Greenwood . Proceed through Ninety Six, Chappels, and Silverstreet. In Silverstreet, Highway 34 will merge with Highway 121. Continue on Highway 34/121 for approximately 4.5 miles until the two highways split. Go left on Boundary Street for 2 miles. Take a left onto College Street, passing through two traffic lights. Turn right on Evans street and then turn left on Luther street. Turn right on Bachman street. You may park in the back of the building.  


Traveling West from Prosperity, SC

Take Highway 76 West from Prosperity for 7 miles through 1 traffic light. You will pass Wal-mart on the right. Take a left onto Main Street at the 2nd traffic light. Go 1.2 miles down Main Street, passing through three more traffic lights. Turn right (north) on College Street, passing through two traffic lights. Turn right on Evans street and then turn left on Luther street. Turn right on Bachman street. You may park in the back of the building.


Wessels Library

Wessels Library

Wessels Library offers a great location to study, work with friends, conduct research or browse newspapers, magazines and recently published books. With both collaborative and quiet study areas, the library serves the study and research needs of Newberry College students.
Visit Library

Our knowledgeable staff offers decades of combined experience in assisting guests who need information and academic support. Our friendly and welcoming team is always ready to help students get better research results and locate the numerous resources the library provides.

Wessels Library is home to the Center for Student Success, where academic specialists assist students with time management and organizational skills. Sunday through Friday, the library arranges regularly scheduled and by-appointment peer tutors, who assist students with written work across the curriculum, Spanish conversation sessions, and a wealth of subject areas ranging from math and chemistry to diversity education. Computers and print/copy/scan machines are available.


The library’s print collection of reference materials and circulating books encompasses 35,000 volumes. Additionally, Wessels Library provides online access to hundreds of thousands of electronic resources (including e-books and full-text journal and periodical articles), which are available 24/7 to the entire campus community. Participation in the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL) allows the library’s users access to more than a million books.




NOTE: Prices are approximate and not guaranteed. Lower prices may possibly be found through online retailers such as Regardless, please check carefully to make sure the items you select will meet the requirements outlined below. The Communications program is not responsible for equipment that does not meet recommended standards. Please contact Dr. Jodie Peeler or Prof. Al de Lachica if you need guidance.


Digital Camcorder ($300-$400)
This will be used in all video production courses, as well as journalism courses. The Communications program uses and recommends the Canon Vixia HF R40 HD camcorder (approx. $350.00). The camcorder you select must have similar capabilities, in particular HD capabilities and the ability to produce output in MP4 format.

Tripod ($15-$25)
The Communications program uses and recommends the Magnus PV-3400 tripod (approx. $15.00). The tripod you select must not only be compatible with your chosen camcorder but must have telescoping legs that help provide adequate height (the PV-3400 has a maximum height of 44”) as well as tilt and pan capabilities.

Carrying Bag for Camcorder and Equipment ($15-$25)
You will need at least one lavalier microphone that will connect to your camcorder
You will use this in interviews and on-camera assignments. The Polsen OLM-10 (approx. $23) is recommended.

Laptop Computer with Video Editing Software (varies)
Users of Apple-branded laptops already have iMovie as part of Mac OS X. Users of Windows systems should purchase the latest version of Pinnacle Studio Ultimate (approx. $90). Either way, you will need a laptop with reasonable computing power. Tablets (iPads, etc.) and similar devices will not work for what you’ll be doing in our courses.

Sound Editing Software (free)
Audacity is a powerful open-source sound editing suite available for free download for both Windows and Mac OS at

Appropriate Cables to Connect Your Camcorder to Your Computer (as needed)


Portable Digital Sound Recorder (approx. $150-$200)
This will let you record high-fidelity audio projects in digital format for audio production courses and broadcast journalism projects. Choose a high quality unit that will allow you to use memory cards and external microphones through an XLR or mini-jack (3.5 mm) input and that will connect to your laptop via USB connection. The Tascam DR-05 (approx. $175) is a good choice, especially if you can purchase it as part of a “value pack.”



I have been admitted and will be attending Newberry College. When do I go to Wolf Pack Welcome?

As an admitted student, you will receive a letter from the Office of Enrollment Management about Wolf Pack Welcome. You can also find orientation information through Wolf Den. For questions, please contact 803-321-3311.

Is there a fee to attend Wolf Pack Welcome?

You and up to two guest can attend Wolf Pack Welcome at no additional cost. 

How do I sign up for Wolf Pack Welcome?

After you have paid the enrollment fee, you will have access to select your preferred session date through Wolf Den.

When will I have an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor?

You will be scheduled for a face-to-face appointment with an academic advisor during Wolf Pack Welcome.

Who can I contact with questions about Wolf Pack Welcome?

Contact Dr. Travis Ballenger, Director of First Year Programs  at 803.321.3311.


Wolf Pack Welcome

Your Student Journey Begins

Welcome to the Wolf Pack! We look forward to being with you as you take the next steps on your educational journey. To help you make a smooth transition to the Newberry College family, all new students are required to attend Wolf Pack Welcome (new student orientation). Wolf Pack Welcome will help you get your college years off to a great start!

Wolf Pack Welcome

Wolf Pack Welcome is a one-day event designed for freshmen and transfer students and their families to give you your first glimpse of life at Newberry College. You'll learn about campus facilities and resources, finalize your academic schedule and meet with your advisor. It's also an opportunity to connect with new classmates and get acquainted with faculty, staff and coaches. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of First Year Programs at 803.321.3311. 


2018 Dates: April 20, June 22, July 13, July 27, and August 16


Frequently Asked Questions

Registration for Wolf Pack Welcome

Once you have been admitted to Newberry College and have paid your enrollment fee, you will have access to the "Enrollment Fee Paid" tab in Wolf Den, where you will be able to select your preferred Wolf Pack Welcome date. The earlier you attend Wolf Pack Welcome, the sooner you can take care of the details necessary to enroll. You will also meet other new and current students, so attending an earlier date will give you the opportunity to start developing those relationships that much sooner.

Family Wolf Pack Welcome

A family orientation program runs concurrently with the Wolf Pack Welcome program for students. Families are encouraged to attend Wolf Pack Welcome to acquaint themselves with Newberry College. Family Orientation is free for two guests/family members of a freshman student. Additional guests are $10 per person (children 5 and under are free). Payment will be accepted on the day of orientation in the form of cash or check (made payable to Newberry College). 

Family Orientation sessions include: 
• Helping your student through the first year of college 
• Applying for financial aid and paying tuition and fees 
• Understanding academic policies, graduation requirements and support services
• Learning about life on campus, health services, safety and student success programs

Family members and students will be together for some sessions, while seperate for others, During a joint lunch faculty/staff representatives will be present so families and students can accquaint themselves with various individuals from different departments.

Alpha Leaders

Wolf Pack Welcome would not be possible without our student Alpha Leaders! Alpha Leaders are a team of specially trained students who are ready to help you get started at Newberry College. They are involved on campus in student organizations, Greek Life, athletics and student government association. Alpha Leaders participate in every Wolf Pack Welcome summer session and Howl Effect. Students and parents will be assisted by one or more Alpha Leader who is there to help guide you through the day and to answer any questions that may arise during the sessions.

Contact the Office of Student Affairs

Wolf Pack Welcome
Dr. Travis Ballenger, Director of First Year Programs, 803-321-3311.


Center for Student Success
Kay Chandler, Center for Student Success  803- 321-5187.

Students requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact this office.

Parent/Guest Accommodations

Hampton Inn
1201 Nance Street
Newberry, SC 29108

Holiday Inn Express
121 Truman Avenue
Newberry, SC 29108

Newberry Manor Bed & Breakfast
1710 College Street
Newberry, SC  29108

After Wolf Pack Welcome

Once you have attended Wolf Pack Welcome and have begun your journey as a Newberry Wolf, be sure to regularly check your Newberry College email as well as your Wolf Den account to stay connected to the campus community and keep in touch with your new friends, your Alpha Leader and academic advisor. 

Howl Effect

Howl Effect is Newberry College's welcome retreat for all first-year students. Although mandatory for all first-year students, it is optional for transfer students (though we encourage both to attend!) Sorry parents; Howl Effect is just for students. 


Howl Effect features a variety of activities to help get off to a great start at Newberry College. You'll go through academic check-in, meet your College Life 113 instructor, explore opportunities to get involved on campus at the Student Organization Fair, and attend info sessions to learn about campus resources. You'll also pose for the Class of 2021 photo, prepare for our annual lip sync battle and much more. We'll conclude with the Candle Lighting Ceremony, an annual tradition to officially welcome first-year students to the Newberry College family. 


If you have questions about Howl Effect, please contact Dr. Travis Ballenger, Director of First-Year Experience at or 803-321-3311. 



Week of Welcome
Week of Welcome is your opportunity to join upperclassmen in welcome activities sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs. This week's events change with each year, so be sure you keep checking your email to see what kind of fun you can have upon your arrival!



The mission of the Pre-Engineering major at Newberry College is to provide students with a solid foundation in mathematics necessary to pursue an engineering degree at Clemson University.  


This “dual-degree” is a 3/2 program.  Students spend three years at Newberry College where they will take a minimum of 90 credit hours, including core courses under the guidance of their Mathematics faculty advisor and a Clemson’s advisor. They will then transfer to Clemson University for two years to finish course requirements for an engineering degree. 


Upon successful completion of the program, a student will graduate with an Applied Mathematics degree from Newberry College and an Engineering degree from Clemson University.


For more information about this dual degree, please visit:


The “Three-Year Plan”


    FALL     SPRING  
Freshman Description Course Credits Description Course Credits
  Calculus I MAT 211 4 Calculus II MAT212 4
  Comp. Science CSC155 3 Discrete Math. MAT227 3
  Gen. Chemistry CHE113 4 Public Speaking SPE110 3
  Inquiry Course INQ101 3 Freshman Composition ENG113 3
  Intro. Engineering TBD w/ Advisor 3 Intro. Engineering TBD w/ Advisor 3
Sophomore Description Course Credits Description Course Credits
  Calculus III MAT213 4 Diff. Eqns. MAT261 3
  Survey of H.M. MAT225 3 Linear Algebra MAT334 3
  Physics I PHY213 4 Physics II PHY214 4
  HFA Electives TBD w/ Advisor 3 Freshman Composition ENG113 3
  REL Electives TBD w/ Advisor 3 GL Electives TBD w/ Advisor 3
Junior Description Course Credits Description Course Credits
  Abstract Algebra MAT443 4 Real Analysis MAT443


  Core & Electives TBD w/ Advisor ??? Core & Electives TBD w/ Advisor ???


Homecoming Registration Closed

Homecoming Registration Closed


Online registration for Homecoming is now closed but tickets will be available at the door. We look forward to seeing you for the food, fun and fellowship at Homecoming 2014!




Ensemble Groups

The Newberry College Music Department is very proud of our nine ensemble groups. Below is information about the ensembles. For more information about how to get involved, contact a member of the Music Faculty.


Newberry College Singers 
Newberry College Singers was founded in 1932, and is one of the oldest groups on campus. This premier auditioned choir tours annually and performs choral masterworks that range from the Middle Ages through the 21st century.


Madrigals is an auditioned vocal ensemble that presents stunning performances of choral chamber music from a wide variety of periods. This group presents several concerts each year and tours with the Newberry College Singers. The Madrigals are under the direction of Dr. Chris Sheppard.  His can be reached by calling 803-321-5181.


Marching Band
Marching Band is a corps-style ensemble that performs at all home football games. Students traditionally write the drill and music. Newberry is the only Lutheran college in the country with a marching band.


Symphonic Band 
Symphonic Band performs exciting and challenging music, closing the spring semester with an electrifying concert.


Wind Symphony

This select group of 40 -50 students will perform both standard band repertories as well as contemporary wind ensemble repertory designed for this smaller instrumentation.  This course is open to all students, both music and non-music majors and may be repeated.  Required for all instrumental majors.


Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) 
The Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) plays several concerts each year and tours in the spring semester. Their energetic performances have been recorded on numerous CDs. Newberry College hosts the statewide SCBDA Jazz Festival.


Jazz Combo 
The Jazz Combo is a small jazz group which performs frequently at on and off campus venues, and performs regularly at jazz festivals. The group offers students many opportunities to work on jazz improvisation.


Woodwind Ensemble
Woodwind Ensembles include saxophone ensemble, clarinet ensemble, flute ensemble, and woodwind quintet, depending on studio personnel. These groups perform in their own concerts as well as at special events on campus.


Percussion Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble plays inventive arrangements for a wide variety of percussion combinations.


Brass Ensemble
Brass Ensemble performs at a number of events, including college convocations. 


Guitar Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble is small ensemble of guitar and non-guitar majors who perform music from Renaissance to Modern to Popular genres of music. 


Newberry Chamber Orchestra

The Newberry Chamber Orchestra is a town and gown orchestra and is open to both Newberry College students and community members. The NCCO performs music from Baroque to 21st century literature. The Newberry Chamber Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Patrick Casey.


Retired Faculty

To Our Newberry College Music Faculty

"The strength of any institution of higher learning is measured by the quality of the faculty members of the academic unit.  At Newberry College, particularly in the Department of Music, that quality has been observed in and out of the classroom.  Knowledge of the subject matter professed by faculty members has always been more than adequate and often exceptional, but a far more difficult assessment is the extent to which dedicated Newberry Music Department faculty members cared for and mentored all of their students.  Their concern never stopped outside of classes or at the end of the business day.  They were always available to each of us for a gentle nudge or a swift admonition when needed.  Ability was noticed and nurtured when it was often not evident, and our mentors were creative and diligent in finding methods to urge each and every student to reach his or her highest potential.  It is not an exaggeration by any means to say that many of us would not have fared as well as we have without the loving guidance of these dedicated individuals.  They labored to impart knowledge and support to generations of students with little in the way of financial or personal gain.  Many of their efforts have been forgotten or never reported, but the retired professors of the Newberry College Department of Music will live forever in the hearts and minds of thousands of grateful former students."



Dr. Benny Ferguson '70


Dr. Milton W. Moore   
 Charles "Chief" Pruitt  
 Dr. John W. Wagner  
 Dr. W. Darr Wise  
 Dr. Julie H. McLeod  
 William "Bill" Long  




In addition to performances on campus and an annual tour, our Jazz Big Band ensemble plays
host to the famous Newberry College Jazz Festival each year.   Watch our music Program News for details of the 2015 events as the unfold to include the South Carolina All-State Jazz weekend.

You can print our Jazz Festival Flyer for 2015 here.



Our Orchestral String Program

The Newberry College Department of Music offers string students of all degree areas the opportunity to perform in orchestral and chamber music settings. Collaborating with orchestral musicians from the region, the Newberry Chamber Orchestra explores a wide range of music, often featuring professional soloists and joining forces with other arts organizations.  We have an outstanding string faculty who teach applied lessons and masterclasses::

Andrew Lynn    Violin & Viola
Tzu-Ying Liao    Violoncello
Austin Gaboriau    Double Bass


For more information about the Orchestral String Program, please contact Dr. Patrick Casey at (803) 321-5634. 




The Newberry Chamber Orchestra (NCO) is a college-community or town and gown orchestra and is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members in the region. The NCO performs orchestral music from the Baroque to the 20th century and rehearses every Monday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm on the Newberry College campus.  For more information please contact Dr. Patrick Casey at (803) 321-5634 or




 Newberry College Music Department Newsletters (.pdf Format)

 2012-2013 Newberry College Dimensions - Music Department Insert


Performance Calender

Performance Calender

Newberry College

Department of Music


Public Events Calendar

FALL 2015 – SPRING 2016



View and Print our current Public Events Calendar









Band, Choral, and Orchestral Directors can nominate outstanding senior high school music students for the annual Newberry College Music Leader Day! We are looking for an elite group of students who wish to pursue a degree in music to become our newest Music Leaders for Fall 2017!  Nominations must be received no later than October 13, 2017 in order for us to make sure that your recommended student receives their invitation to this event. Our “MUSIC LEADER DAY 2017” will be held on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 in the Alumni Music Center on the Newberry College Campus.  For more information about Music Leader Day nominations, please contact: Debbie Jarman at 803-321-5633 /  
Students interested in scheduling a campus visit or music audition may Click here to go directly to the Newberry College Campus Visit Request form.  For more information about Newberry College, please contact the Office of Admission at 803-321-5127 or by email at




The Newberry College Music Department and the Cherrington-Beggs family are pleased to announce the establishment of the Dr. Sally Cherrington-Beggs Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of "Dr. Sally" who lost her three-year battle with a rare sinus-brain cancer in March 2012.  The last 12 years of her life Dr. Sally served Newberry College as the Chair of the Music Department and College Organist.  Under her leadership the size of the department has doubled, the Alumni Music Center has been refurbished and the quality of the program has elevated Newberry College to one of the premiere private college music programs in South Carolina.  Dr. Sally represented Newberry College nationally as a recitalist and workshop clinician at events sponsored by the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the Organ Historical Society (OHS), and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) and Augsburg-Fortress Press. Her deepest passion, however, was the integration of music into the worship of the Church.  The Dr. Sally Cherrington Beggs Memorial Scholarship is intended to honor her memory and to promote the cultivation of promising organists/musicians who are dedicated to using their talents to enrich the worship life of the Church.

Please assist Newberry College in this effort by 1) contacting Dr. Victor Vallo, the Chair of the Music Department, with contact information of prospective students who would be suitable candidates for this scholarship and 2) making your tax-deductible donation to the Dr. Sally Cherrington-Beggs Memorial Scholarship. 


You may send your donation to: 

Sally Cherrington-Beggs Scholarship,

c/o Institutional Advancement
Newberry College,

2100 College Street,

Newberry, SC 29108


Donations can also be made on-line:


If you would like to show your support to the Newberry College Department of Music, you are welcomed to make your tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Music.


You may send your donation to: 

Friends of Music, c/o Department of Music

Newberry College

2100 College Street

Newberry, SC 29108


Donations can also be made on-line:






Students wishing to enter as music majors in one of these degree programs for the 2017-2018 school-year will be required to audition. In addition to determining admittance to the department, the audition also determines student eligibility for music department scholarships. Once awarded, the scholarships are renewable annually.

The Newberry College Music Department 2018 Audition Dates:

Friday, January 19

Friday, February 2
Friday, February 23
Saturday, March 17
Friday, April 13
Friday, May 11


Audition dates and information


Audition requirements: 

Please be prepared to perform two pieces of your own choosing in contrasting styles (they do not need to be lengthy). If you would like to be accompanied, please let us know in advance, and either email or fax us a copy of the accompaniments as soon as possible.  Instrumentalists will be asked to play several scales. The audition will also include a brief sight-reading and tonal memory assessment, a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only), and an informal interview with the music faculty. 

To set up an audition use our Music Info/Audition Form:


If you have any questions, contact:

Debbie Jarman, Administrative Assistant


Music Office:  803-321-5633

Fax:  803-321-5175


Veterans Program

Veteran's Benefits

Newberry College is an accredited institution, a military friendly college, and participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. More information is available from the Office of the Registrar and the VA Coordinator's Office.


Registrar’s Office Location and Contact Information

The Office of the Registrar is located on the first floor of Holland Hall. Call the Registrar's Office at 803-321-5124.


Office of the VA Coordinator and Adult Mentoring Services

Located in Academic Affairs on the second floor of Holland Hall. Call 803-321-2121 or email

Determining Your GI Benefits Online through the United States Department of Veteran Affairs

Go to

On this page, you will see 5 steps listed on the left side of the page.  Use those 5 steps as your guide for making decisions and filling out the appropriate paper work.


Step 1: Determine your best benefit.

This page indicates what types of benefits are rewarded for various types of study and informs you of various education options and their related benefits.

For fastFORWARD students, please note that if you are taking distance or online classes, you qualify for 1/2 the national average monthly housing allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


Step 2: Collect Your Paperwork and Information

You will need the following documents

DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty for most recent period of active duty

Transcripts for all periods of education after high school.

Kicker Contract (the Department of Defense may be able to provide this information if you cannot locate a copy of the contract.)


Step 3: Choosing a School

The maximum in-state fees for South Carolina is $4,305.50 and $484.00 per credit hour. (This does not apply for active duty service personnel.)

The zip code for Newberry College is 29108.

Tuition and Fee information can be found at

Please note: Newberry College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program


Step 4: Compare Programs


Step 5: Apply Online

Newberry College’s VA Certifying Officer is Carol Bickley and she is located in the Registrar’s Office in Holland Hall. You will need to bring the following forms to facilitate the process.

* Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD form 214) for all periods of active duty service

 * DD Form 2384, also known as the Notice of Basic Eligibility, if applying for the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserves (chapter 1606)

* Copies of orders if activated from the guard/reserves

* Supporting documents (e.g., vouchers, statements) for buy-up or buy-in contributions, which may allow you to make a small initial payment so that you can receive a higher monthly payment.

* College fund “kicker” contracts for additional monthly payments that you may receive from the Department of Defense through your branch of the Service


Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad

Students who take foreign language classes have the opportunity to receive academic credit for study in a foreign country for a summer, a semester, or two semesters.

Through Central College in Pella, Iowa, Newberry College is a member of a consortium offering a variety of foreign study programs. Many other study-abroad programs are available through different universities. Faculty can advise and assist students in enrolling directly in a study-abroad program of their choice. Normally, the cost of tuition, room, and partial board will not exceed expenses for the same period of time on the Newberry campus. Courses offered abroad are taught in the native language. Qualified students may enroll in these and other accredited programs. Students interested in making the study-abroad program a part of their Newberry College experience should contact Dr. Gregory Cole.


Student Disability Services

Students with documented disabilities (seen and/or unseen) are provided accommodations based on their specific needs. Please contact us should you have questions about the accommodations Newberry College is equipped to provide.


Contact Information

Kay Chandler, Director and PDSO, Center for Student Success, 803.321.5187


Diversity Education

Welcome from the Director of Diversity Education

Peggy B. Winder, PhD.


Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dr. Peggy Barnes-Winder and I am a professor in the Department of Sport Professions and the Director of Diversity Education. Welcome to this amazing place called “Newberry College”! It is both a privilege and an honor for me to address you today.  As a graduate of Newberry College, it is my sincere hope that your experience here is one that you will never forget. Having been at Newberry for over 20 years, I can honestly say that my time spent here as a former student and now as a professor and administrator, have been some of the best days of my life. Take time to learn all you can about Newberry College and its rich History and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Whether you are a freshman, transfer, or non-traditional student, know that we are here to help you succeed in any way that we can.  You will quickly learn that we are family and regardless of your race, gender, religion ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and/ or ability, everyone will be treated with the dignity and respect you are entitled to as human beings. Begin your journey at Newberry College and allow the Newberry College Family to help guide you in the right direction!


The Office for Diversity Education is committed to building and maintaining a more inclusive and welcoming environment for EVERYONE on the Newberry College Campus. Through educational initiatives and action, the Institution will focus on implementing and supporting the college’s commitment to promote personal and social acceptance, development, awareness and understanding of diversity, multiculturalism, and social equity. 


Through collaborative efforts, working with various departments, groups, and organizations within the Newberry campus community, we will work to implement diversity goals and initiatives that support the strategic plan, the QEP and the mission and values of Newberry College.  Our goal is to promote kindness and acceptance among the campus environment and beyond where diversity is valued and appreciated within an atmosphere of respect for ALL people.


Aaron Thompson, professor of Sociology at EKU and coauthor, Joe Cuseo of “Diversity and the College Experience” provides 8 reasons why DIVERSITY is important and I wholeheartedly support each of these reasons:


1. Diversity expands worldliness. College might be the first time you have had the opportunity to have real interaction with people from diverse groups. Whether we like it or not, many times we find ourselves segregated from other groups in schools, churches, and our own neighborhoods. A college campus is like opening the door to the entire world without traveling anywhere else.
2. Diversity enhances social development. Interacting with people from a variety of groups widens your social circle by expanding the pool of people with whom you can associate and develop relationships. Consider how boring your conversations would be if you only had friends who had everything in common with you.
3. Diversity prepares students for future career success. Successful performance in today's diverse workforce requires sensitivity to human differences and the ability to relate to people from different cultural backgrounds. America's workforce is more diverse than at any time in the nation's history, and the percentage of America's working-age population comprised of members of minority groups is expected to increase from 34 percent to 55 percent by 2050.
4. Diversity prepares students for work in a global society. No matter what profession you enter, you'll find yourself working with employers, employees, coworkers, customers and clients from diverse backgrounds—worldwide. By experiencing diversity in college, you are laying the groundwork to be comfortable working and interacting with a variety of individuals of all nationalities.
5. Interactions with people different from ourselves increase our knowledge base. Research consistently shows that we learn more from people who are different from us than we do from people who are similar to us. Just as you "think harder" when you encounter new material in a college course, you will do the same when you interact with a diverse group of people.
6. Diversity promotes creative thinking. Diversity expands your capacity for viewing issues or problems from multiple perspectives, angles, and vantage points. These diverse vantage points work to your advantage when you encounter new problems in different contexts and situations. Rather than viewing the world through a single-focus lens, you are able to expand your views and consider multiple options when making decisions and weighing issues of, for example, morality and ethics.
7. Diversity enhances self-awareness. Learning from people whose backgrounds and experiences differ from your own sharpens your self-knowledge and self-insight by allowing you to compare and contrast your life experiences with others whose life experiences differ sharply from your own. By being more self-aware, you are more capable of making informed decisions about your academic and professional future.
8. Diversity enriches the multiple perspectives developed by a liberal arts education. Diversity magnifies the power of a general education by helping to liberate you from the tunnel vision of an ethnocentric and egocentric viewpoint. By moving beyond yourself, you gain a panoramic perspective of the world around you and a more complete view of your place in it.

©2009 Professors ' Guide LLC. All rights reserved.

Promoting the Importance of Diversity:

A campus cannot be diverse if it is not "INCLUSIVE". In an effort to promote the importance of Diversity on our campus, in 2012, Newberry College implemented the Campus Alliance for Respect and Diversity (C.A.R.D.) program. This is a Safe Zone Ally program made available to ALL of our students, faculty, and staff. The C.A.R.D. program aims to make the Newberry Community a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all and decrease discrimination against individuals who in some way may be different from us.  Please note that all C.A.R.D. Ally members must complete an orientation training before becoming a Campus Ally.   The program allows individuals to share their thoughts, issues, and/or concerns with Ally’s in confidence and free from judgment. These safe havens are identified by displaying stickers and placards in visible areas signifying that the area is safe and free from discrimination of any type.

To learn more about the C.A.R.D. program,  please contact Dr. Peggy Winder, Director of Diversity Education at 803-321-5161.


You may also contact any of our C.A.R.D. Allies with questions or concerns.

Faculty/ Staff Allies: 

Dr. Peggy Winder Dr. Marilyn Seymour Prof.Gretchen Haskett
Dr. John Lesaine Pastor Ernie Worman Dr. Jenn Martinsen 
Dr. Valerie Burnett Dr. Jodie Peeler Dr. Christina Wendland
Ms. Susan Page Ms. Martha Dorell Ms. Jacqueline Hunt
President Scherrens Dr. Sandy Scherrens Dr. Amanda Hodges
Prof. Lillian Bouknight Dr. Timothy Elston Prof. Druie Cavender
Dr. Sara Peters Dr. Tien Chih Dr. Krista Hughes


Student Allies:

Leigh Blake Christine Sullivan Daniel Foster
Connor Sorenson Cassie Babb Jordan Beauchamp
Daniel Derrick Donovan Hadley Adriana McCray
Caroline Crider Marial de Lachia Jessica Hutt
Konstantina Sellers Samuel Cobbler Navata Roberts
Kimberly Henderson Kiara Baccus Daniqua Drayton


Career Services


The faith-based, liberal arts tradition of Newberry College insures that our students and graduates are well-rounded with the critical thinking and life-long learning skills needed in today's marketplace. With 25 majors and 33 minors, our student population is diverse in its interests and skills, and we are certain that, if you choose to recruit here, you will find talented young professionals ready and eager to join your organization.

To facilitate the recruiting process, we utilize a Symplicity online recruiting system we call WolfTracks. If you are interested in posting internships, part-time or permanent positions accessible by our talented student population, please click here to create a free account:  WolfTracks Employer Account Access 
Once your account is approved you will be able to post open positions, review resumes, arrange on- campus visits and/or register for our career events. In addition, we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you via telephone, or in person, about developing a campus-presence strategy at Newberry College. To reach out career service team, please email and someone will get back with you shortly.
Thank you for your interest in Newberry College and we look forward to partnering with you as your source talent for your organization.


Student Preparation

The mission of Career Services is to enable every Newberry College student to define, articulate, and achieve his or her personal and career goals. Various career and professional development activities are designed and delivered through every phase of the college career to ensure that students are prepared for tomorrow's job market!

Freshman Year
Self-exploration is an important part of the first year of college. It is during this crucial year that students begin to fine-tune and focus their goals. To help facilitate this process, the Career Services office coordinates events and programs that help students assess interests, values, strengths and direction. This programming is integrated into the academic experience and is major specific.

Sophomore Year
As students select and declare a major, discipline and industry specific professional development becomes a crucial part of the college experience. At this point it is imperative that students begin developing their personal, professional brand and begin building their personal network. The Career Service office provides training and tools for students and faculty to use as the students begins transitioning from student to young professional. An initial resume is prepared during this time, and basic interviewing and networking skills are developed.

Junior Year
As students begin the second half of their college career Experiential Learning becomes imperative. Internships, co-ops, clinical training and student teaching become a cornerstone of their education. In addition, students interested in pursuing a graduate degree should begin researching programs, preparing for graduate entrance exams and visiting schools. The Career Services office provides support to students as they pursue these opportunities, insuring that student resumes are professionally prepared and that students are skilled in interviewing.  The office also actively engages in outreach to potential employers.

Senior Year
 As a student’s college career nears completion, the transition into the professional world begins. During the final year of student students should be actively engaged in applying for positions that fit their interests and skills or applying for relevant graduate programs. The Career Services office works closely seniors during this time on tactical and strategic issues. Aggressive employer outreach is also a mainstay of the Career Office as seniors transition to the workforce.
For more information about our career development programming, please contact us at 



Newberry College Herbarium

Location Science and Math Building Room 223
Newberry College, 2100 College Street, Newberry, SC 29108
Curator: Dr. Charles Horn (E-mail: Phone: 803-321-5257)
Herbarium started: 1986
Index Herbariorum abbreviation: NBYC
Collection size: 21,500 (September 2014)


NBYC collection geographical scope:

A majority of the specimens are of collections in South Carolina and represent plants growing in the piedmont region of the state. There are a number of specimens from the piedmont of North Carolina and Virginia. Also included are some collections from the Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, and Guyana.

Important collections:

Flora of South Carolina
Voucher specimens for flora projects, including Lynch's Woods (Newberry County), Sumter National Forest (Fairfield, Laurens, Newberry, Union Counties), Saluda Shoals County Park (Lexington County), Little Mountain (Newberry County).
Collections of the following genera: Asimina/em>(Annonaceae), Dirca (Thymeliaceae), Heteranthera (Pontederiaceae), Rhododendron (Ericaceae)

Value of an Herbarium

An herbarium is a repository for pressed and dried plant material. These collections (or specimens) are a permanent record of where and when a plant existed in nature. Herbaria (plural of herbarium) have several important functions:

  • Provides a reference collection for the identification of plants.
  • Specimens provide information on the location and time a plant grew in the past. This information can be used to predict the future for a plant species.
  • The herbarium is a repository for voucher specimens for flora and research projects; documenting the distribution of a species and recording information on what species are found at a location. For example, NBYC has specimens to document the plants found at Lynch's Woods Park in Newberry County. It may also be the sources for anatomical and morphological research.
  • Serves as a base collection for teaching botany classes. Our collection is used in a number of botany classes I teach.


Herbaria are of value because they contain many bits of information in a historical sense - plants collected at a particular location at a particular time. The oldest herbarium is the Naturkundemuseum Kassel, in the Federal Republic of Germany; it was established in 1569 (information from Index Herbariorum). In order for specimens to remain preserved for hundreds of years, several concerns need to be addressed relative to maintaining a collection.  

  1. Plant material is collected, pressed flat and dried. This is usually with the aid of corregate cardboard and a heat source.
  2. Specimens are glued (or attached in some similar way) on sheets of approximately 11x17 inch paper. This makes for ease of reviewing the specimens, keeps all material together, yet visible, and documents a single collection.
  3. The collection needs to be preserved to prevent damage, thus are most commonly stored in air-tight cabinets. Several concerns are evident when specimens are not properly stored, including specimens loose color when exposed to light, changes in humidity can hurt the plants and glue, and of greatest importance, insects can damage exposed specimens. 
  4. For convenience sake, the collection needs to be in an order so persons can find specimens quickly. Typically, specimens are either filed alphabetical by family, then by genus, or the families are arranged in systematic order using a recent evolutionary scheme. 


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Location and Contact Information

The Office of the Registrar is located on the first floor of Holland Hall. Call the Registrar's Office at 803-321-5124 or email us.


Transcript Requests

To request an official Transcript, please complete the following transcript online order system. The transcript fee is $5.00 each after the first copy has been issued. If the transcript is faxed, that is an additional $2.00. We accept Mastercard or VISA.

Newberry College 
Office of the Registrar 
2100 College Street
Newberry, SC 29108
Fax to: 803-321-5126 


Change of Address or Phone Number

Any change in a student's address or phone number, whether on or off-campus, must be reported to the Office of the Registrar within 72 hours. All students should also notify the Registrar of any change of address or phone number of their parents or guardians.


Marriages (Name Changes)

Any change in marital status of any student must be reported to the Office of the Registrar and the Dean of Students immediately.


Class Schedules

Click here to link to the list of class schedules


Declaring a Major

Students at Newberry College who will have completed 56 semester hours by fall semester are required to declare their major no later than the preceding May 1st. Students declare their major by securing the approval of the major department chairperson and completing and filing copies of the Degree Audit with the Office of the Registrar. The department chairperson will assign the student an advisor.


Dropping a Course

Students may drop a course by obtaining a drop form from the Office of the Registrar, securing their faculty advisor's and instructor's signatures, and returning the form to the Office of the Registrar. Failure to follow this procedure may result in a grade of FA. A course may be dropped no later than one week after mid-term grades are reported. Students are also cautioned that dropping courses may affect their financial aid.


Enrollment Verification

Enrollment verification requests should be submitted to the Registrar's Office.


Repeating a Course

Students who receive a grade of "D" ,"D+", "F", or "FA" on a course at Newberry may request to repeat the course and have their GPA reflect the higher grade, for the first repeat only. The request for an adjusted GPA must be made during the registration period for the course that is to be repeated. The course must be repeated at Newberry College to receive the benefit of the adjusted grade policy.


Veteran's Benefits

Newberry College is an accredited institution under provisions of all the public laws for providing educational benefits for qualified veterans and dependents of veterans. More information is available from the Office of the Registrar.


Withdrawing from the College

Students who withdraw from Newberry College before the end of a semester are required to complete a Withdrawal Form available from the Office of the Registrar. The form lists procedures to follow that will help them plan and facilitate readmission to Newberry College or transfer to another college. Failure to complete the appropriate forms when withdrawing from Newberry College will result in a grade of "FA" for each enrolled course. It may also jeopardize readmission to Newberry College and transfer eligibility.


Center for Student Success

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Wessels Library


Our Staff:

Kay Chandler, Director and PDSO, Center for Student Success, 803.321.5187

Dr. Susan Epting, Faculty - History, Military Services, Academic Specialist, 803.947.2121

Mary Shephard, MA, Faculty - Spanish, Study Abroad, Academic Specialist, 803.321.5270

Dr. Peggy Winder, Faculty - Sport Professions, Director of Diversity Education, 803.321.5161


Educational Services:

Career Services
Diversity Education
Student Disability Services
Newberry College Herbarium

Academic Services

One-on-One Support

Our academic specialists are here to assist students with time management and organization skills.



Working collaboratively with our campus community we are attentive to class attendance, behavior, and performance.


Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum Requirements

The new 2014 Core Curriculum applies to all students who entered Newberry on or after Aug. 17, 2014. The Core Curriculum was revamped to better enable students to meet general education requirements and more fully align with the College’s mission and goals, which emphasize intellectual development, personal development, meaningful vocation and engaged citizenship in a global society. 


The new Core Curriculum places greater emphasis on the core competencies of critical thinking, communication and quantitative literacy. It is designed to give students basic exposure to the principal areas of knowledge, including humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics while mastering the basic skills to prepare for life after graduation. 

General Education Core Curriculum Outline

See below for Course Type descriptions 


  1. Personal and Community Formation (total: 11 credit hours)
    1. ENG 113 (3 credits) (must earn a “C” or better)
    2. INQ 101 (3 credits) (Required of all freshman students)
    3. MAT 111, 121, 150, or 211 (3 credits)
    4. FIT 1XX (2 credits)
  2. Liberal and Empathetic Education ( total: 28 credit hours)
    1. OCC (Oral Communication) – SPE 110 (3 credits)
    2. HFA (One additional designated Humanities: ENG, HUM, ART, MUS, THE (3 credits)
    3. FLC (Foreign language: SPA, GER, GRE) (3 credits)
    4. GL1(Global learning 1= cultures)(3 credits)
    5. GL2(Global learning 2 = perspectives) (3 credits)
    6. GL3 (Global learning 3 = application of knowledge)(3 credits)
    7. REL 121-129 (3 credits)
    8. LSC (Lab Science) (4 credits)
    9. QLC (Quantitative literacy) (3 credits)
  3. Collaborative Learning and Practice ( total: 6 credit hours)
    1. Two interdisciplinary courses (3 credits each)
  4. Professional Knowledge and Experience – designated course within Major
  5. Intellectual, Social, and Civic Engagement – designated course within Major
  6. Graduation Requirement: Tagged Courses 
    1. ET (Ethics Course) (3 credits as part of Major)
    2. CE (Civic Engagement) – 2 courses (3 credits each)
    3. SB (Social and Behavioral Sciences) (3 credits)
    4. WI (Writing Intensive) – 3 courses (3 credits each) (at least one WI course must be outside major) (Cannot be waived for transfer students)
  7. Graduation Requirement: One May Term Course – (3 credits) – Interdisciplinary or Experiential Learning (One interdisciplinary course from May Term may count toward section C)



  1. A single course may not satisfy multiple requirements in sections A-E.
  2. If a student is awarded transfer credit for a course that carries a Newberry College core tag, the student will also be awarded credit for the tag.  This policy does not apply to the WI tag; all WI requirements must be satisfied by Newberry College coursework.
  3. Please see the current catalog for greater detail.

Course Type Descriptions

Inquiry Courses (INQ)  A thematic, academic-based, writing and oral intensive course that serves as an introduction to the Quality Enhancement Plan and Values-Based Learning. Some course meetings will build assignments around a unique theme, while other course meetings will be common curriculum based on the QEP/VBL. 


Perspectives Courses  Courses designed to provide a basis in liberal arts. These courses will develop the critical thinking skills gained in the freshman INQ courses and expand knowledge in Humanities and Fine Arts.


Capstone Experience  Senior-level, discipline-specific course that integrates program learning outcomes and may include methods, skills, research and practice. These courses are part of the major with credit hours determined by the department. 


Interdisciplinary Coursework (IDS)  Uses methodologies of one discipline to expand learning in multiple disciplines. These creative courses integrate a theme or topic that is more effectively examined and explored through a multi-disciplinary approach. Courses are typically capped at 15 students. At least one of these interdisciplinary courses must be outside of the student‘s department. 


Experiential Learning  Applied learning that may incorporate engaged learning experiences or projects, such as civic engagement, service learning, community-based learning, etc. This work is part of the major and the credit hours are determined by the department. These experiences include Internships, program practicums, clinicals, study abroad/study away. 


Tagged Courses  Designed to meet key student learning outcomes that support the College mission and goals, tagged courses may change from year to year, so students and faculty should consult the most recent edition of the Newberry College Catalog to determine tagged courses for a given academic year.


Victim Support Services

Victim Support Services

It can be traumatic to be the victim of a crime.  Feeling violated and vulnerable because someone has forcefully entered your private space and ransacked your personal belongings is an understandable reaction.  Fear that other types of crime will happen, anxiety, irritability, lack of sleep, and appetite problems are also common reactions.


If you have been the victim of a personal or property crime, support is available at any of the following locations:


On-Campus Support

Health & Counseling Services 803.321.5373 or 803.321.3316
Campus Pastor 803.947.2052
Dean of Students 803.321.5206
Director of Campus Security 803.321.5602


Off-Campus Support

Newberry County Sheriff 803.321.2211
City of Newberry Police Department 803.321.1010
Newberry County Solicitor's Office 803.321.2123

Sexual Assault Support Services

Newberry College is committed to creating a campus environment which will neither tolerate nor condone sexual violence. 

What to do if you are a victim of sexual violence:

  • Find a friend for support.
  • Get medical attention. A physical examination will help to assure that any injuries will be identified and treated and that sexually transmitted disease testing will be provided and followed up.
  • Evidence may be obtained and kept in case the victim decides to pursue criminal charges. Do not bathe, shower, douche or change clothes before the exam.
  • Report the crime. The decision to report is the victim's. There are several ways to take action, criminal prosecution or through the college’s disciplinary system or both. Contact Campus Security or the Dean of Students.
  • Seek counseling. Support through a trained counselor can help the victim understand and work through the trauma.
  • The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for college disciplinary procedures following a report of rape or sexual assault between students. Both accuser and accused are entitled to have an advisor present at all hearings and proceedings. Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary hearing. Possible sanctions for being found guilty include but are not limited to, expulsion, probation, counseling and other sanctions as deemed appropriate by the hearing body. The victim's academic and living situation will be changed upon request if reasonably available.


If you are a victim of an off campus assault, you should report this to the local police authority having jurisdiction. If you want assistance from the Campus Security Department with this process, a Newberry College Security Officer will accompany you upon request to the Newberry College Counselor.


Post Office

General Information

The Newberry College Mail Center is located in Wright Hall in the heart of campus. From the Mail Center students may send mail, buy stamps, and receive mail and packages. All Newberry College students are assigned a post office box and key when first arriving on campus and will keep this same box for the duration of their academic career. Lost mailbox keys will result in a $50 charge to the student’s account.

Mailing Address

The following address format should always be used for your mail and packages to ensure delivery to the campus:



NC #

2100 College Street

Newberry SC 29108-2126

Contact Information

Leslie Sligh, Mail Center Coordinator


Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to each student’s course of study. Newberry College gives work-eligible students opportunities to be employed at many diverse jobs either on campus in various positions off campus in community service-related positions.  See the Student Employment Job Postings to select potential job positions.



How much will I make?

You’ll earn at least the current federal minimum wage.


How will I be paid?

You’ll be paid by the hour. Work study students receive their paychecks on the 15th of every month.


Are Federal Work-Study jobs on campus or off campus?

Both. If you work on campus, you’ll usually work for your school. If you work off campus, your employer will usually be a private nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest. .



Federal Direct Stafford Loan

The main federal loan for students is called the Stafford Loan. All Stafford Loans are either subsidized (the government pays the interest while you're in school) or unsubsidized;(interest accrues while you are in school). To receive a subsidized Stafford Loan, you must be able to demonstrate financial need. All students, regardless of need, are eligible for the unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Stafford Loans have a fixed interest rate of 4.29% for subsidized loans and 4.29% for unsubsidized loans. Repayment begins six months after the student graduates or drops below half-time enrollment. The standard repayment term is 10 years, although one can get access to alternate repayment terms (extended,graduated and income contingent repayment) by consolidating the loans.


Federal Perkins Loan

  • Amount: up to $4,000 based on financial need
  • Eligibility: full or part-time students
  • How to apply: complete a FAFSA

Federal Parent Loan (PLUS)

The Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)lets parents borrow money to cover any costs not already covered by the student's financial aid package, up to the full cost of attendance. PLUS Loans have a fixed interest rate of 6.84%. There is a 4.3% fee deducted from each disbursement of a PLUS Loan. Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed, and extends up to 10 years.


Eligibility for the PLUS loan depends on a modest credit check that determines whether the parent has an adverse credit history. If a parent is denied a Federal PLUS loan due to credit reasons, the parent may reapply with a credit-worthy co-borrower or appeal the denial with the Direct Loan Origination Center. In addition, if a student's parents are denied a PLUS loan, the student becomes eligible for increased Stafford Loan limits.


  • Amount: up to the full cost of your education
  • Eligibility: parents of full or part-time dependent students
  • How to apply: complete a 2014-2015 PLUS application

SC Teachers Loan Program

This loan is forgiven if you teach in a critical geographic area within SC.


  • Amount: up to $2,500 for freshmen and sophomores, up to $5,000 for juniors and seniors
  • Eligibility: full time student, SC resident, education major, freshmen must be in the top 40% of their class and have an SAT or ACT score equal to or greater than the SC average for their graduation year, enrolled students must take and pass the SC EEE and have a 2.75 GPA
  • How to apply: complete a FAFSA, complete the application.

Private Student Loans

Private Education Loans, also known as Alternative Education Loans, help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and the limited amount the government allows you to borrow in its programs.


Our Financial Aid Office will work with any lender and servicing agency to process a private/alternative education loan for our students. Please be advised that these loans are often more expensive than federal loans and should only be used when all other options have been exhausted, including federal loans. The terms and conditions of alternative loans vary from lender to lender and we encourage all borrowers to review and evaluate each program.


To insure timely processing of your loan, please monitor your application once submitted. Each lender’s process may vary, but each step must be completed before a disbursement is made to Newberry College.


The link below will allow you to research and compare alternative loan programs. We strongly suggest looking at all of your options before making a final decision.


Fast Choice—Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc. has a private/alternative education loan selection tool that provides basic information on alternative loans and detailed listings of the various interest rates, borrower benefits, fees and repayment options.



Newberry College Grants are awarded to both freshmen and upperclassmen to recognize service to our school and our community. Federal and State Grants are also available.


Students may apply for all grants by completing the FAFSA form.

Federal Pell Grant

  • Amount: $598-$5,815 per year dependent on need
  • Eligibility: full or part-time students

Federal SEOG Grant

  • Amount: up to $1,000 per year
  • Eligibility: full or part-time students

SC Tuition Grant

  • Amount: up to $2,600
  • Eligibility: full time student, SC resident with demonstrated need, and one of these three criteria: 900 SAT score, 19 ACT score, top 75% of class


South Carolina Scholarships

SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

  • Amount: $6,700/year (freshmen); $7,500/year (sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
  • Eligibility: full time student; SC resident; 1200 SAT; 27 ACT; 3.5 GPA at end of junior year of high school; top 5% of class at end of sophomore or junior year
  • How to apply: contact your high school guidance counselor or the SC Higher Education Commission at 803-737-2260

SC Palmetto Fellows Enhancement Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500 a year (sophomores, juniors and seniors)
  • Eligibility: must meet all criteria to receive SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship; must major in one of the following areas: science, mathematics, computer science or informational technology, engineering, science education, math education, or healthcare
  • How to apply: your transcript will be reviewed at the end of your freshman year

SC Life Scholarship

  • Amount: $5,000 a year (sophomores, juniors and seniors)
  • Eligibility: full time student; SC resident; and 2 out of 3 criteria: 3.0 GPA; top 30% of class; 1100 SAT or 24 ACT
  • How to apply: complete an application for admission

SC Life Enhancement Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500 a year (sophomores, juniors and seniors)
  • Eligibility: Incoming fall freshmen who want to qualify for the enhanced awards next year must take 14 credit hours in math and science during their freshman year. Must meet all criteria to receive SC Life Scholarship; must major in one of the following areas: science, mathematics, computer science or informational technology, engineering, science education, math education, or healthcare.
  • How to apply: your transcript will be reviewed at the end of your freshman year

SC Hope Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,800 a year (freshman year only)
  • Eligibility: first time freshman; full time student; SC resident; 3.0 GPA; is not eligible for the Life Scholarship
  • How to apply: complete an application for admission




Campus Security serves all students, staff, faculty, and guests of Newberry College. All criminal offenses occurring on-campus or at College controlled property should be reported to Campus Security. The department operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by fully trained officers.

Learn more about how Newberry College keeps its students safe. 


C.A.T.S.  (report a crime with this anonymously e-mailed form)
Victim Support Services
Safe Areas
Emergency Info  (Including Emergency Alert sign-up)
Public Safety Policies
Safety Tips for Every Situation
Campus Crime Report

From the Director of Security

The mission of Newberry College Security is to work with all members of the campus community to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote the educational objectives of Newberry College.


The objective of Newberry College Security is to enhance the quality of life on campus by working cooperatively with the campus community and within the regulations of the college to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, help build self confidence, and provide a safe and secure environment.


As our mission, we believe in setting the example. We are committed to providing high-quality, expedient service to the campus community. We strive for a safe and healthy environment through quality improvements and constant performance monitoring.

Our Services

Newberry College Security Officers are on duty 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for your safety and protection. The Newberry College Security Services operation consists of S.L.E.D. (South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division) trained security officers who are here to maintain a safe and inviting physical environment. Some of the duties of security officers include, but are not limited to:


  • Patrolling campus--exterior and interior; monitoring students, employees and visitors.
  • Traffic control—Assist in parking needs, issuing parking violations.
  • Locking and unlocking campus doors--interior and exterior.
  • Accompanying students to classroom and/or vehicles when they feel unsafe and request these services
  • Security officers respond in order of priority and level of emergency.

Our Officers

Full-time staff includes a Director of Campus Security, one Captain and five Campus Security Officers. All Security Officers are trained and certified in First Aid, CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Officers conduct foot and vehicle patrols on-campus and are charged with the enforcement of applicable federal, state, local laws, as well as college policies and regulations. The Campus Security Department works cooperatively with the Newberry Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of the campus community and may ask for assistance when a crime has been reported.


We recruit only the most qualified and professional security officers. Our officer selection process is one of the most comprehensive in the security industry, featuring:

  • A detailed application process
  • Stringent screening and interviewing of all applicants
  • Comprehensive pre-employment background investigations
  • Complete investigation of criminal history
  • Security enforcement training by a S.L.E.D. certified instructor

Need to contact a security officer?

  • 803-940-0672 or ext. 5600(from on-campus) for emergency help
  • 803-321-5600 or 803-940-0672 (from on-campus) for non-emergency assistance
  • 911(from off-campus) for emergency help
  • 803-940-0672 or 803-321-5600 (from off-campus) for non-emergency assistance


Security officers are equipped with radios and cell phones. Dial 5600 from an on-campus phone or (803) 940-0672. From an off-campus phone dial (803) 321-5600 or (803) 940-0672.


Security should be notified of any problems or crimes committed on the campus as well as calling 911 in the event of an emergency.


Paul Whitman - Director of Security


Allied Barton Security

How to Report a Crime or Emergency

To report a crime or an emergency on campus, call Campus Security. For anonymous reporting, go to the Security web Page and click on C.A.T.S. (College Anonymous Tip Site) Campus Security officers respond to all reports of crimes and emergencies and complete an “Incident Report” for any crime occurring on College property. As a service to the campus community, if requested by the complainant a Security report is filed with the Newberry Security Department.


Call 911 and or Campus Security if:

  • Someone is injured or ill
  • You see fire or smell smoke
  • You see something suspicious
  • Someone is hurting another
  • You see someone stealing something or vandalizing property
  • You have something stolen


If you are not sure if security is needed, call to let us respond and assess the situation. Call quickly. Don’t assume someone else has made the call. Try to provide accurate detailed information about the problem. Stay on the line until the dispatcher or the officer says it is ok to hang up. Depending upon the type of emergency the Campus Security officer may also request assistance from the Newberry Police Department, Fire Department or EMS. The Security 24/7 phone number is 803-940-0672 to report an emergency from on campus phones is extension 5600 or 803-940-0672.


Have you seen something we need to know about?


Please fill out the College Anonymous Tips by clicking on C.A.T.S. in the above right column on the current page.


Health Services

Student Healthcare and Counseling Services

Health Services at Newberry College contributes to the physical, academic, emotional, and social development of students by providing quality healthcare for students. We do this through offering free general healthcare services, and by counseling students who are experiencing emotional/behavioral or learning difficulties. We are also committed to promoting healthy behaviors for all students through health education. Health and Counseling Services operates with a commitment to confidentiality, ethical behavior, and practices that reflect current research and professional standards. 

Office Hours and Location

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. We are located behind the Science/Math building and across from Brokaw Hall. Services on campus are free of charge to all full-time students.

Available Services



  • Assessment and treatment of acute illness.
  • Collaborative work with a local physician
  • Testing for strep, flu, pregnancy, glucose, and urinalysis
  • Flu vaccines
  • Referrals to physicians, and resources within the community 
  • Education on health related topics


Physician services are contracted with Compass Family Medicine, P.A., for illness, injuries, and ongoing allergy injections. The physician's service bill is separate and filed through the student's private insurance. Students will need to provide insurance information and co-pay for physician services. 




  • Confidential assessments. 
  • Individual and group therapies. 
  • Collaborative work with physicians. 
  • Referrals to other resources on campus and within the community. 
  • Consultation and educational services to assist in fostering an environment supportive of the intellectual, emotional, and social development of students. 



Notice of Medical Privacy Practices

Notice of Medical Privacy Practices.pdf


Martha Dorrell, MSW, LISW-CP
Director of Health and Counseling Services/Counselor
Office: 803-321-5373
Fax: (803) 321-5239 

Penny Howard, CMA, AAMA
Certified Medical Assistant
Office: (803) 321-3316

Health Services Packet

Health Services Packet


Each student is required to complete a Health Services Packet, which includes a medical history form and a record of immunization. The Health Services packet may be mailed to Health Services, 2100 College Street, Newberry, SC 29108, faxed to Penny Howard @ 803-321-5239 or e-mailed. * The health forms for athletic participation are separate and need to be sent to the Athletic Office. If you have any questions regarding the athletic health forms, please contact 803-321-5166


Mail Center

General Information

The Newberry College Mail Center is located in Wright Hall in the heart of campus. From the Mail Center students may send mail, buy stamps, and receive mail and packages. All Newberry College students are assigned a post office box and key when first arriving on campus and will keep this same box for the duration of their academic career. Lost mailbox keys will result in a $50 charge to the student’s account.

Incoming and Outgoing Mail

Letter mail is delivered to Newberry every Monday – Friday by the local post office and is generally placed into student mailboxes by noon. Outgoing mail needs to be at the mail center no later than 9:30am in order to be picked up the postal carrier. It is essential students bring their mail box keys to the Mail Center. Mail will not be handed to students at the service window.


Packages are brought to the mail center at various times throughout the day by Fed Ex and UPS. When you receive a package or an item requiring a signature, you are automatically sent a notification email and a printed notification slip in your mail box. You must present your Newberry College ID to retrieve your package. Please do not come to the service window until you receive the notification email. 

Mailing Address

The following address format should always be used for your mail and packages to ensure delivery to the campus:



NC #

2100 College Street

Newberry SC 29108-2126


You must use the exact format above with “NC” (Newberry College) and your campus box number (123, etc) in the complete delivery address. It is important to use the full 9-digit zip code at all times. Do not use your residence hall or any words like Box 123 for mail or packages or your mail (USPS, Fed Ex or UPS) will not be delivered to campus.


In addition to personal correspondence and periodical subscriptions, you should make sure that your correct address is used by all commercial mailers, including banks, credit card companies, and all other mailers. To prevent misdirected or returned mail, please notify mailers immediately if they use an incorrect mailing address.

Contact Information:

Leslie Sligh, Mail Center Coordinator



Fall & Spring Semester Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday & Sunday, Closed


Summer Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday & Sunday, Closed


Military Aid

VA Benefits – Types of Benefits Available

There are a number of benefit plans available for eligible veterans. An overview of the ones most often used for enrollment at Newberry College is provided below. More detailed information about each program and its eligibility requirements is available at the Department of Veterans' Affairs Web site at

  • The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33): The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days on or after September 11, 2001. Veterans, active-duty service members, and their spouses and dependents may be eligible for these benefits. Additional financial assistance is available for eligible veterans through Newberry College’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30): Active Duty Educational Assistance Program, generally for individuals who entered active duty after June 30, 1985 and served continuously for three years or for individuals serving two years on active duty followed by four years of Selected Reserve. To be eligible, veterans must have contributed $1,200 during their first year of military service. Veterans or service personnel cannot withdraw money paid into the fund.
  • The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606): Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program, for members of the Reserve elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Air National Guard. To be eligible, reservists must have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. No contribution is required. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security, as appropriate
  • Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35): Educational assistance is available to spouses and children of veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-related disability
  • Disabled Veterans Assistance (Chapter 31): Vocational Rehabilitation for service-connected disability of 10% or greater. The benefit provides a monthly stipend and covers the cost of tuition, books and supplies. Eligibility is determined on an individual case basis.
  • Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP Chapter 32): This program is for individuals who entered active duty service between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, have served a continuous period of 181 days or more, and have contributed toward the education program.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Newberry College is proud to be a full participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. All veterans who are fully eligible for the program (as determined by the VA) will receive a Yellow Ribbon Scholarship. That scholarship, together with matching funds from the VA, will cover all tuition and fee expenses at Newberry College that are not covered by Chapter 33 benefits.

Application Procedures

  • Apply to Newberry College.
  • Submit an application for VA benefits either online through the VA Online Application System ( or download the forms and mail or fax them to the Department of VA. You may download the forms at
  • Once the Department of Veterans Affairs has determined your eligibility (10-12 weeks after receiving your application), you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. Please submit a copy to the Newberry College Registrar’s office and the office of Financial Aid.

Tuition Assistance

Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the college by the individual services. More information can be found at


Greek Life

Greek Life

Students may choose to enhance their Newberry College experience with the unique opportunities of Greek Life. Fraternities and sororities promote scholarship, provide leadership opportunities, build lasting friendships, encourage community service and philanthropy, and allow for social and athletic opportunities.


The Office of Greek Life currently advises nine fraternities and sororities; they strive to enhance the student experience while providing programs to foster leadership development, community service involvement, and academic excellence. Greek organizations are governed by their respective councils: NPC, NIC, and NPHC.


Each fall, the Office of Student Activities hosts a "Meet the Greek" night on campus for students to learn more about our chapters. Fraternities and sororities will also host social and community-service programs open to the campus to allow students to learn more about Greek Life at Newberry.


Students interested in joining an NPC or NIC chapter participate in “Recruitment” which lasts for one week during fall semester. The NPHC fraternities offer “Membership Intake” which begins with informational meetings in both fall and spring semesters.


For More Information:

To learn more about any of our nine Greek organizations on campus, please click on the links below:


NPC: National Panhellenic Conference



NIC: North-American Interfraternity Conference






Quality Enhancement Plan


The Newberry College Quality Enhancement Plan is "Habits of the Heart."


QEP -- Habits of the Heart.

Through a sustained focus on Critical Thinking, with special emphasis on thinking critically about personal and social responsibility and vocation, students will become better learners and more responsible citizens in their communities and in the world.


Critical Thinking:  Critical Thinking is a deliberate process by which individuals identify and reconsider assumptions as they explore ideas and actions, gather and evaluate new evidence, view ideas and actions from alternative perspectives, and apply new insights as informed scholars and citizens.


Vocation: Vocation is a call to a life of meaning and purpose which is expressive of our talents and passions, and characterized by continual self-reflection, service to others, and broad-based study and experiences.


Personal and Social Responsibility: Personal and social responsibility is a commitment to striving for excellence in the use of our talents, taking responsibility for the integrity and quality of our work, and fulfilling our obligations as members of an academic community and as local and global citizens.


To learn more about Newberry College's QEP plan, click on the links below:

QEP Habits of the Heart (PDF)
What is a QEP? (PDF)




Endowed gifts are a vital source of permanent funds that make a Newberry College education possible for many worthy students. Endowed Scholarships aid in the recruitment and retention of students by supporting those who display academic promise, interest in a certain field of study and/or financial need. This enhanced ability to fund the costs of a Newberry College education will ensure an academically competitive student body.Download the list of donors


Robert A. Abrams Memorial Scholarship

ACS Competitive Chemistry Scholarship

Rev. J. Virgil & Elese Fulmer Addy Scholarship

African American Alumni Academic Scholarship

Charles W. Albrecht Scholarship

Elise E. Altman Memorial Endowed Service Learning

Internship for Business Education

D. F. Antonelli, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

Olanthe Loadholt Ashe Scholarship

Athletes Helping Athletes Scholarship

Graham-Weber Athletic Scholarship

Lee H. Atwater Scholarship

Philip Sidney Aull English and Communication Scholarship

Rossie Aull Memorial Scholarship

John Bachman Scholarship

George Heber Ballentine Scholarship

Jess S. Ballentine, Jr. and Peggy Peele Ballentine Scholarship

Charles P. Barre Memorial Scholarship

Baruch Memorial Scholarship

Davis L. Batson Endowed Athletic Scholarship

Mildred Baumann Scholarship

Erwin G. Baumer Scholarship

Kathryn W. Baxley Scholarship

Cornelia Culp Beaty Scholarship

J. T. “Pete”Berry Endowed Athletic Scholarship

Jerome Erman & Annie Laurie Bishop Scholarship

BlueCross Blue Sheild Scholarship

Dr. Daniel & Eleanor V. Boda Scholarship

Bolen-Creech Athletic Scholarship

Dennis Bolts Athletic Scholarship

G. O. and Betty Boone Alumni Legacy Scholarship

J. C. “Fox” Boozer Athletic Scholarship

Herman W. Boozer Endowed Scholarship

Mary Elizabeth Boozer Endowed Service Learning

Education Fund for History Majors

Amorette Bowers Endowed Scholarship Fund

William S. & Elizabeth K. Boyd Memorial Professorship

BB&T Business Scholarship

Dottie Brandt Education Scholarship

Courtney A. Briscoe Memorial Scholarship

Wade and Sylvia Brodie Endowed Business Scholarship

James D. and Leila Brown Scholarship

Ruth and Sheridan E. Brown Memorial Scholarship

Minnie Lane & Olin Bundrick Scholarship

E. W. “RED” Burnette Athletic ScholarshipLouise Buzhardt Endowed Scholarship

J. Dave Caldwell Scholarship

Wylie H. Caldwell Memorial Scholarship

The Jenifer Call & Robert G. Edwards Business Scholarship Fund

Cannon Memorial Scholarship

Elizabeth Huffman Cannon Scholarship

R. Wright Cannon Founders Scholarship

Norma Jean Carley Music Scholarship

Billy Carter Professorship in the Humanities

Smith Ladson Carter Scholarship

“W. C. “Billy” Carter Athletic Scholarship

The Wayland Henry Cato, Sr.

Endowed Scholarship

Bertha Caughman Scholarship

William B. Caughman Scholarship

E. Marion Chaplin Athletic Scholarship

Dr. Sally Cherrington Beggs

Memorial Music Award

Jerry S. Chitty Athletic Scholarship

John F. Clarkson Scholarship

Class of 1929 Scholarship

Class of 1930 Scholarship

Class of 1931 Scholarship

Class of 1933 Scholarship

Class of 1937 Scholarship

Class of 1940 Scholarship

Class of 1941 Scholarship

Class of 1942 Scholarship

Class of 1943 scholarship

Class of 1944 Scholarship

Class of 1945 Scholarship

Class of 1954 Academic Scholarship

Class of 1962 Scholarship

Class of 1982 Library Fund

Class of 1989 Scholarship

Close Foundation

James Francis Coggins

Radio Communications Scholarship Fund

James Oswald & Mildred Stirewalt

Coleman Scholarship

Ralph W. & Dorothy Ross Connelly Scholarship

L. Grady Cooper Scholarship

L. Grady & Miriam G. Cooper

Memorial Scholarship

Robert Samuel Cope Memorial Scholarship

Dae Sims Derrick Corley Education Scholarship

Edward “Buddy” Counts Endowed Scholarship

Stephen M. Creech Endowed

Business Scholarship

Thomas Percy Culclasure Football Scholarship

John W. Cunningham Scholarship

Charles Ezra Daniel Chair of Mathematics

Paul M. DeLoache Scholarship Fund

Martin Luther Denton Scholarship

Mary Ethel Hutto Derrick Education Scholarship

Blanche Ballentine Derrick Memorial Education Scholarship

Dorothy Dean Derrick Scholarship

L. S. Derrick Scholarship

Mary Ethel Hutto Derrick Education Scholarship

Noah E. & Pansy Derrick Business Scholarship

Noah E. & Pansy Derrick Scholarship

J. L. Dickert Family Memorial Scholarship

Yancey Jackson Dickert Memorial Scholarship

John Benson Dominick Scholarship

Gaynelle Cudd Doty Scholarship

Billy Dreher Memorial Scholarship

J. W. Ingram & E. T. Driggers Athletic Scholarship

Alma Cole Dufford Endowed Athletic Scholarship

C. A. Dufford, Jr. ’42 Athletic Scholarship

C. A. Dufford, Sr. Athletic Scholarship

Doris Dufford ’46 Endowed Athletic Scholarship

Fred E. & Mary M. Dufford Scholarship

Virginia Dufford ’44 Endowed Athletic Scholarship

Dr. William E. Dufford ’49 Endowed Athletic Scholarship

Homer Eargle Athletic Scholarship

Charles W. and Emma Lou B. Easley Scholarship

Thomas A. Bucko Edens Football Scholarship

The Jenifer Call & Robert G. Edwards Business Scholarship Fund
Richard F. Eich Memorial Scholarship

Harry “Flick” Eleazer Athletic Scholarship

Paul Ensrud Memorial Scholarship

Delta Epsilon Foundation Scholarship

Charles H. Epting Scholarship

Dr. David A. Epting Memorial Scholarship

Thomas E. Epting Scholarship

Thomas & Lula Epting Scholarship

Vernon Epting Athletic Scholarship

Dr. L. B. Etheredge Scholarship

Ernest J. Ezell Athletic Scholarship

Paul B. & Helen J. Ezell Scholarship Fund

Francis I. Fesperman Scholarship

Miriam Eleazer Fisher and Carl M. Fisher International Student Scholarship

Harriet D. & Herman L. Frick Scholarship

J. Harvey Frick Scholarship

Nettie Drafts and John Milton Frick Scholarship

Steven B. Fuson Basketball Scholarship

Gaver-Martin Scholarship

Harry H. Gaver Scholarship

Beverly S. Gillette Nursing Fund

Walter A. & Hortensia S. Gnann Memorial Scholarship

Goodman Memorial Scholarship

Nield Gordon Men’s Basketball Scholarship

Graham-Weber Athletic Scholarship

Graham, Loadholt, Long & Cook Athletic Scholarship

Graves Family Scholarship

Etoile Hodge Grant Endowed Scholarship

Greenville Area Alumni Scholarship

Greenwood Area Alumni Scholarship

Walton H. Greever Scholarship

Charlie Haggard Athletic Scholarship

D. J. and Clara Shipley Haigler Scholarship in Chemistry

William David Halfacre Memorial Scholarship

Robert E. & Dottie Yon Hampton Basketball Scholarship

Rev. Donald E. and Janet Arnsdorff Hanberry Endowed Scholarship

Butler B. Hare Memorial Scholarship

Robert Hayne Hare Memorial Scholarship

Harmon-Timmerman Memorial Scholarship

P. K. Harmon Scholarship

Dr. George F. Hart Memorial Scholarship

Sara & O. D. Harvin Endowed Scholarship

M. Chester & Clara S. Hawkins Scholarship

Emma Vogelgesang Haymaker Library Fund

Emma Vogelgesang Haymaker Scholarship

Harry Hedgepath Athletic Scholarship

Charles Robert and Ruth Haigler Helsabeck Scholarship

Hencken Memorial Scholarship

Raymond L. and Willie Platt Hendrix Scholarship

S. Ed Hendrix and Annie Rawl Hendrix Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

Fred Herren Athletic Scholarship

Boozer Hipp Athletic Scholarship

Frank Hipp Memorial Athletic Scholarship

W. Frank Hipp Memorial Scholarship

Tommy Hite Athletic Scholarship

J. Tom and Sarah A. Hodge Music Scholarship

Lorin & Ethel Hoffman Scholarship

Robert T. Holt Endowed Scholarship

Daniel Wade & Lydia T. Hook Scholarship

John H. and Martha Eargle Hudgens Education Scholarship Fund

Roy E. and Ada Belle Hudgens Athletic Scholarship

Dr. John E. Hugus, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Charles L. Iberg Scholarship

Elma Cauble Isenhour Scholarship

Dorothy L. Jeffcoat Fellowship Award

Wirt Holman Jennings, Jr. Scholarship Endowment in Business

Arlie McCain Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Robert and Dolly Johnson Nursing Scholarship

Lillie P. Justus Music Scholarship

C. A. & Tilla West Kaufmann Scholarship

Dr. J. A. Keisler, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Keister Memorial Scholarship

Margaret Fuller Kelly Scholarship

Maude D. Kelly Memorial Scholarship

Philip T. Kelly, Jr. Scholarship

Fredrick W. Kinard Scholarship

Dr. James C. Kinard Memorial Scholarship

Karl & Esther Kinard Memorial Scholarship

Coach Harvey Kirkland Athletic Scholarship

The Kiswire, Inc., Business Endowed Scholarship Fund

A. Hart and Carolina H. Kohn Music Scholarship

Verna and Hal Kohn Music Scholarship

W. Harold Koon History and Political Science Scholars Fund

Marguerite Boozer Landrum Endowed Scholarship

Herman Langford Scholarship

Coach William L. “Billy” Laval Athletic Scholarship

William I. and Eva W. Layton Scholarship

Donna Heine Leibensperger Scholarship Fund

Hattie Belle Lester Memorial Scholarship

Charles A. Linn Memorial

Gerhard and Essie Livingston Endowed Service Education Fund

Robert Edward and Sunie Johnston Livingston Scholarship

Olin S. & Gladys Geiger Long Faculty Development

Bessie P. Luedtke Memorial Music Scholarship

Lutheran Brotherhood Challenge

Lutheridge/Lutherock Academic Scholarship

Janie Whitaker Martin Endowed Service Education Fellowship

Martin/Schreffler Family Music Scholarship

James Marx, Sr. Scholarship

Walter Marz Memorial Scholarship

David Sondley Matthews, Jr. Scholarship

Dr. Albert P. Mature Scholarship Endowment in Foreign Language

Q. Donald Maxwell Athletic Scholarship

O. B. Mayer Memorial Scholarship

Joseph A. and Jeffrey B. McDonald Community Service Award

Janice S. & Robert C. McNair Endowed Scholarship Fund

Kiu-Ling Mei Memorial Scholarship

Donald K. & Betty D. Melaas Business Merit Scholarship

Elizabeth Zobel Melton Scholarship

Mickey/McDowell Nursing Award

George S. and Martha Toole Middleton Scholarship

Deering Milliken Scholarship

T. Pinkney Mills Scholarship Endowment Fund

Betty Setzler Monroe Scholarship

Henry B. Moore Memorial Fund

Milton Moore Scholarship

Clifford B. Morgan Academic and Athletic Scholarship

Carl O. and Edith Nelson Memorial Scholarship

Newberry College Alumni General Scholarship

Newberry College Athletic Club Scholarship

Newberry College Family Association Scholarship

Newberry Federal Savings Scholarship

Newberry Lions Club Academic Scholarship/Bradley Scholarship

Newberry Rotary Club Scholarship

John Harley Newell Memorial Athletic Scholarship

B. Roy Nichols and Ruth B. Nichols Education Scholarship

Colonel E. C. Norman Memorial Scholarship

J. Eugene Norris Memorial Scholarship

One in Mission Scholarship

Dr. Moody Oswald Education Scholarship

Robert W. Owen Scholarship Fund

Jerrol S. Oxner Endowed Business Merit Scholarship

Jerrol S. Oxner Memorial Endowed Business Education Scholarship

Jerrol S. Oxner Memorial Endowed Business and Industry Scholarship

Gladys W. Padgette Memorial Scholarship

Park Family Scholarship Fund

Jamey L. Patrick Memorial Men’s Basketball Scholarship

Paysinger Memorial Scholarship

Paysinger Scholarship

M. Pearson Scholarship

Amanda H. Pennekamp Performing Arts Scholarship

Edna Davis Phillips Memorial Scholarship

Helen Hall Fleming and Buddy L. Pleasant Memorial Scholarship

Walter P. and Ernestine Price Rawl Scholarship

Charles “Chief” Pruitt Instrumental Music Scholarship

Purcells Fund

Walter Regnery Memorial Scholarship

Richard Rigby, III Memorial Scholarship

Louanna Parrott Ringer Memorial Music Scholarship

Thomas Edward Ringer, Jr. Memorial Science Scholarship

Joseph J. Ropp Memorial Scholarship

Clarence Rowland Scholarship

Jesse G. “Rabbit” Rushe Athletic Scholarship

Sabonsky-Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund

Herb Sanders-Ethan Howard Baseball Scholarship

Ray & Carolyn Crawford Sawyer Scholarship

Rev. H. Brent Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship

John and Clare Schaffer/Koch Scholarship

W. B. Schaeffer Foreign Student Scholarship

R. Nelson Schofield Athletic Scholarship

Sease Memorial Scholarship

Charles Ernest & Louise Eargle Seastrunk Music Scholarship

George and Evelyn C. Segelken Athletic Scholarship

Senn Trucking Company Scholarship

Beulah Louise Senn ’39 Scholarship Fund

Hubert Setzler Scholarship

Charles J. Shealy Athletic Scholarship

Charles W. Shealy & Robert Belton Shealy Academic Award for Excellence in Education Studies

Erin Leigh Shealy Memorial Music Scholarship

J. A. Shealy Family Memorial Scholarship

Otho & Mary Shealy Athletic Scholarship

Shana Marie Shuler Memorial Scholarship

Rev. Dr. D. Murray Shull, Sr. & Mary Langford Shull Scholarship

Phoebe Schumpert Singley Endowed Scholarship

George Wellington and Lucy Herr Smith Scholarship

Francis Addy Snelgrove Nursing Scholarship

Solomon Athletic Scholarship

South Carolina Lutheran Men in Mission Scholarship

Dr. Lemuel C. Sparks, Jr. Scholarship

Gordon M. and Katherine S. Spezza Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Holst Steele Scholarship

Carl H. and Lucy E. Stelling Endowed Scholarship

Ernest Henry and Victoria Stender Scholarship

G.E. and Mrytle Wertz Stone Scholarship

Maxwell Earle Stone Scholarship

Lottie D. Stoudenmire Education Fund

C. Walter Summer Scholarship for Accounting Students

Summerland Memorial Scholarship Fund

Swittenburg/Monts Endowed Scholarship

Annie Lee Shealy Swygert Scholarship

Louise Frances Chapman Swygert Scholarship

Franklin D. Swygert Memorial Scholarship

Tampa Bay Lutheran Brotherhood Scholarship

The Newberry County Mark Taylor Memorial Scholarship

Voight Taylor Scholarship

Ruth Stipling and Carl P. Tebeau Scholarship

Tennessee Lutheran Scholarship

Theta Chi Alumni Scholarship

May M. Thomas Education Scholarship

Shirey Troutman Scholarship

William P. & Mabel I. Walker Memorial Scholarship

Michael N. Washington Academic Scholarship

Carroll & Virgie Watson Scholarship

Weber-Millar Endowment Fund

Mary F. & H. B. Wells, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

Clara D. Wertz Athletic Scholarship

Clarence Holland Wertz and Anna Nichols Wertz Fund

Florence Eargle Wertz Memorial Scholarship

Fred Kinard and Ruby Hipp Werts Scholarship

Dr. James B. Wessinger Scholarship

Dr. Glenn E. Whitesides Family Scholarship

Dorothy L. Wieters Scholarship

James Harvey Wilkerson, Jr. History and Political Science Scholarship

Gene Williams Family Athletic Scholarship

Nathan Kibler Williamson Memorial Scholarship

Maurice Wilson Baseball Scholarship

Robert W. and Mary Ellen (Sue) R. Wingard Scholarship

Sue Wingard Athletic Scholarship

Wise Memorial Scholarship

Estelle Pugh Witt Scholarship

Malcolm Onnie Wood Athletic Scholarship

Julie Bredenberg Wright Memorial Scholarship

Bryan Bennett Wrigley Memorial Scholarship

Clem I. Youmans Memorial Scholarship

Gladys and Jeter Young Memorial Scholarship

Melvin Zais Endowed Scholarship

John David Zeigler Scholarship


Values Based Learning


 At Newberry College, Values Based Learning means promoting within students the sense of living in response to a call to community involvement that is rooted in the individual’s deepest values. As a Lutheran-affiliated institution, Newberry nurtures what Martin Luther called “Christian Vocation.” He used this term to indicate all of us, not just ordained ministers, are called to serve.


The mission of the Values Based Learning Program is to prepare students to be active, engaged citizens, by incorporating service-learning into their educational experiences in a way that celebrates Martin Luther's concept of "Christian Vocation."


To serve our mission, we:


  • Foster collaboration among faculty, staff, students, campus organizations, athletics teams, and community partners.
  • Connect service to Martin Luther's assertion that we are called to serve and that service is rooted in our deepest values.
  • Promote the use of service-learning as a teaching and learning method and to nurture characteristics necessary for life-long engagement in the community:
    • Commitment to democracy
    • Openness to diverse points of view
    • Knowledge of current events
    • Willingness to work with others
    • Compassion and service to others


The Values Based Learning (VBL) Program was initiated by former Vice President of Academic Affairs Frank McCoy to enhance the college’s mission of preparing students for service to the world as well as the church and to foster skills of leadership and civic engagement. The college wants and expects students to understand the nature of citizenship within democratic institutions and to have the desire and ability to make a difference in their communities and beyond. A grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans helped launch the VBL program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing service-learning projects will be able to:


  • Connect knowledge and skills from classes to real-world issues in a service setting.
  • Explain the skills, traits, and attitudes necessary for effective citizenship.
  • Learn and refine their conception of personal and social responsibility necessary to sustain and deepen democracy.
  • Develop and demonstrate the ability to reflect on the Lutheran concept of vocation as a call to service in all roles we play.

Community Partners

The following schools and agencies are long-term community partners. We are currently updating information about these organizations and their requirements for volunteers. For more information about specific sites and their requirements, please contact Maggie Williamson at or stop by Keller Hall 203.


  • Newberry Elementary School 
  • Newberry Middle School 
  • Boundary Street Elementary School 
  • Prosperity-Rikard School
  • Pomaria-Garmany School
  • Gallman Elementary School 
  • Accelerated Learning Academy 
  • Reuben Elementary School

Other Agencies

  • Newberry County Literacy Council    
  • Grant Homes (low-income housing complex)
  • Newberry County Free Medical Clinic 
  • First Steps (school-readiness program) 
  • Living Hope Foundation (Daily Bread food pantry and thrift store)  
  • White Oak Manor (nursing home)
  • Newberry YMCA 
  • Newberry County Disabilities and Special Needs Board 
  • Bright Beginnings Child Development Center 
  • All Grace Thrift Store and Hospice 
  • Newberry Fire Department 
  • City of Newberry Parks and Recreation 
  • Campus Garden
  • Animal Shelter
  • Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District

For more information about Newberry College and our Values Based Learning Program, please contact one of the following:

Admissions/Financial Aid Counselor
1-800-845-4955 ext. 5127

Muller Center Director

Maggie Williamson


Congregational Endowed Scholarships


Newberry College would like to thank the many churches and individuals who have supported education through their endowed congregational scholarships. These scholarships not only assist in our recruiting efforts but also strengthen our ties to our Lutheran heritage and the Church.


All Saints Lutheran Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Rev. Matthew O. Moye, Jr. Scholarship


Ascension Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)

James S. Aull, Jr. Memorial Scholarship


Bethany Lutheran Church (Ashtabula, OH)

William L. Kantola Scholarship


Bethel Lutheran Church (Chapin, SC)

Lucille R. Rauch Memorial Scholarship


Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Irmo, SC)

Bethlehem/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Cedar Grove Lutheran Church (Leesville, SC)

Clemuel G. “P-Nut” and Freeda E. Craps Scholarship


Cedar Grove Lutheran Church (Leesville, SC)

Eric L. Farmer, Sr. CPA Scholarship


Colony Lutheran Church (Newberry, SC)

Colony Lutheran Church/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Corinth Evangelical Lutheran Church (Prosperity, SC)

Corinth-Koch Congregational Scholarship


Ebenezer Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)

Ebenezer/Trinity Congregational Lutheran Scholarship


Epiphany Lutheran Church (Rock Hill, SC)

Prince of Peace/Bradley Congregational Scholarship


Faith Lutheran Church (Birmingham, AL)

Annie Blanche Graham Endowed Music Scholarship


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Anderson, SC)

Alton C. and Alice W. Clark Memorial Scholarship


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)

Alton C. and Alice W. Clark Memorial Scholarship


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)

Good Shepherd/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Hernando, FL)

Good Shepherd/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Grace Lutheran Church (Rock Hill, SC)

Prince of Peace/Bradley Congregational Scholarship


Holy Trinity Church (Anderson, SC)

Alton C. and Alice W. Clark Memorial Scholarship


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Little Mountain, SC)

Holy Trinity/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Pelion, SC)

Holy Trinity/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Hope Lutheran Church (Vance, SC)

Clara Shealy Irick Hawkins Scholarship


Immanuel Lutheran Church (Greenwood, SC)

Immanuel Lutheran Church Scholarship


Incarnation Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)

Incarnation/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Lord of Life Lutheran Church (Bluffton, SC)

Lord of Life/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (Macon, GA)

William L. Kantola Scholarship


Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (Newberry, SC)

Cromer/Hipp Bible Class Scholarship


Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (Newberry, SC)

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Scholarship Fund


Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church (Newberry, SC)

Mayer Memorial/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Messiah Lutheran Church (Mauldin, SC)

Maxine Terry Frazee/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church (Leesville, SC)

Mt. Hebron Centennial Scholarship


Mr. Pilgrim Lutheran Church (Properity, SC)

Alton C. and Alice W. Clark Memorial Scholarship


Mt. Pilgrim Lutheran Church (Prosperity, SC)

Mt. Pilgrim Lutheran/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church (Ehrhardt, SC)

Myra B. Hills Scholarship


Nazareth Lutheran Church (Lexington, SC)

Harold E. & Pauline M. Long Memorial Scholarship


Orangeburg Lutheran Church (Orangeburg, SC)

Archie Schiffley/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Peachtree Road Lutheran Church (Atlanta, GA)

Baumer/Peachtree Road Lutheran Church Scholarship


Pilgrim Lutheran Church (Lexington, SC)

Ernest M. and Bertha E. Caughman Scholarship


Reformation Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)

Reformation/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Resurrection Lutheran Church (Cameron, SC)

Julius P. and Roberta W. Dufford Education Scholarship


Shades Valley Lutheran Church (Birmingham, AL)

Annie Blanche Graham Endowed Music Scholarship


Shades Valley Lutheran Church (Birmingham, AL)

Lois S. & R. Barry Luther Scholarship


St. Jacob Lutheran Church (Chapin, SC)

J. Sidney & Claudia Amick Sites Endowed Scholarship


St. James Lutheran Church (Lexington, SC)

St. James/Koch Congregational Scholarship


St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Walhalla, SC)

St. John’s/Koch Congregational Scholarship


St. John’s Lutheran Church (Orlando, FL)

Martin F. & Leah S. Schnibben Scholarship


St. Johns Lutheran Church (Altanta, GA)

Edna Louise Bowers Cobb Music Scholarship


St. Johns Lutheran Church (Atlanta, GA)

Ellen Wingard Cobb Alumni Scholarship


St. John’s Lutheran Church (Charleston, SC)

Emma Vogelgesang & Everett W. Haymaker Scholarship


St. John’s Lutheran Church (Lexington, SC)

Ellison and Elaine Kaiser Memorial Scholarship


St. John’s Lutheran Church (Lexington, SC)

Redd and Doris Reynolds Endowed Scholarship


St. Johns Lutheran Church (Rincon, GA)

Annie Blanche Graham Endowed Music Scholarship


St. John’s Lutheran Church (Spartanburg, SC)

Vogel-Werts Scholarship


St. Luke’s Lutheran (Florence, SC)

Martin F. & Leah S. Schnibben Scholarship


St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (Prosperity, SC)

John V. & Rebecca B. Pugh/Koch Congregational Scholarship


St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Jacksonville, FL)

St. Mark’s/Koch Congregational Scholarship


St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (Prosperity, SC)

Maxwell Earle Stone Scholarship Fund


St. Matthew Lutheran Church (Charleston, SC)

St. Matthew/Koch Congregational Scholarship


St. Matthias Lutheran Church (Easley, SC)

St. Matthias/Koch Congregational Scholarship


St. Michael Lutheran Church (Moncks Corner, SC)

Gary C. and Martha W. Lecroy Scholarship/St. Michael/Koch


St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)

Dwight C. Wessinger-St. Michael’s/Trinity Scholarship


St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)

Harry J. Harmon & Katie Belle H. Summers Scholarship


St. Paul Lutheran Church (Aiken, SC)

Joan Franklin Phibbs Scholarship


St. Paul Lutheran Church (Gilbert, SC)

Fritz Hugh & Fanny Sineath Hook Scholarship Fund


St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Clearwater, FL)

St. Paul ‘s Lutheran Church Scholarship


St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Gilbert, SC)

Francis Addy and Deltha Best Snelgrove-Bradley Scholarship


St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Myra B. Hills Scholarship


St. Peter Lutheran Church (Chapin, SC)

Marian Williams Rushe Memorial Music Scholarship


St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Lexington, SC)

Swannee Roberts & Otto F. Reenstjerna Scholarship


St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church (Lexington, SC)

St. Stephen’s/Koch Congregational Scholarship


St. Timothy Lutheran Church (Camden, SC)

Francis Addy and Deltha Best Snelgrove-Bradley Scholarship


St. Timothy Lutheran Church (Whitmire, SC)

St. Timothy/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Summer Memorial Lutheran Church (Newberry, SC)

Summer Memorial/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Transfiguration Lutheran Church (Cayce, SC)

Marian Williams Rushe Memorial Music Scholarship


Trinity Lutheran Church (Greenville, SC)

Trinity/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Trinity Lutheran Church (St. Petersburg, FL)

Trinity/Koch Congregational Scholarship


Zion Lutheran Church (Lexington, SC)

John D. Derrick-Zion/Trinity Congregational Scholarship



Summerland Honors Program

In many ways the human story has been and will continue to be a quest for identity: how have we understood what it means to be human? The Summerland Honors Program is structured around the theme "A Quest for Identity," and will afford opportunities to explore this question from a number of perspectives.


Three years of paired, interdisciplinary seminars focus on examining identity in different contexts.During the first year, students study the question from the perspective of the arts and humanities. Year two looks at the question through the lens of the natural sciences. During the third year, students probe the quest for identity from the perspective of the social sciences.


In each of the six honors courses, students will participate in enrichment activities where they can apply their knowledge to service in the campus and local community while becoming an independent learner, a leader and a responsible citizen.

Program Entry Requirements

Typically, new freshman and transfer students apply to the Summerland Honors Program as they are admitted to the college.  Admission to the Summerland Honors Programs is based on a variety of criteria including:

  • High school GPA,
  • SAT or ACT equivalent scores, and
  • An interview with one or more members of the Newberry College Community

In addition, current Newberry College students may apply for entry into the program. Applications to the Summerland Honors Program are sent to the director, Dr. Charles Horn.  


Pre-Professional Programs


Our pre-professional programs offer students the prerequisite courses necessary to prepare for application to a graduate program. We do not offer a specific degree in these areas and Newberry College cannot guarantee admission to any specific graduate program.


Students may major in any area as long as the necessary coursework for entrance into the pre-professional program has been completed.  Many students choose biology or chemistry as their major due to the quantity of required coursework in these areas.  Students should find out the necessary coursework through websites from the professional schools in which they are interested in applying.  The appropriate science faculty advisor will help you develop an individual plan for completion of necessary coursework. The science faculty have very general four year templates for each pre-professional program.  Of importance for candidates to all professional health programs is the completion of 2-3 volunteer, internship, or job shadowing experiences within the area of intended study. These show the professional schools that candidates are serious about their chosen future career path and have an understanding of their intended profession.  Further, applicants are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills.


The recent trends in admission to Medical schools have been to reduce the number of courses required for admission. However, the standardized test, the Medical College Admission test (MCAT) is a criteria by which admission is granted. The MCAT is undergoing major changes during 2015. Scores reflect a student’s ability in four areas: biological and biochemical foundations of living systems; chemical and physical foundations of living systems; psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior, and critical analysis and reasoning skills. For additional information on the MCAT content please see the following link:      Scores on the MCAT will be greatly enhanced by completion of appropriate courses prior to taking the MCAT during the summer before the senior year.


Dental school admission requirements include the  Dental Admission Test (DAT). For more information on DAT content see the following link:  Scores on the DAT will be greatly enhanced by completion of appropriate courses prior to taking the DAT during the summer before the senior year.


Veterinary Medical school admission requirements include the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (for GRE information, see the following link: or the Medical College Admission test (MCAT). For MCAT information, see the following link: .

Scores on the MCAT will be greatly enhanced by completion of appropriate courses prior to taking the MCAT during the summer before the senior year.  South Carolina does not have a veterinary school; hence South Carolina residents must attend an out-of- state veterinary school. However, students may be considered in-state residents for tuition purposes at the University of Georgia, Tuskegee University (Alabama) and Mississippi State University.


The Pre-pharmacy program prepares students for application to the clinical doctorate program in Pharmacy (PharmD).  The pharmacy schools of South Carolina have merged into the South Carolina College of Pharmacy with campuses in both Charleston and Columbia. A new Pharmacy program opened at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina and has enrolled its first class in fall, 2010.


The health professions programs of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy both require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) For more information on the GRE, see the following link: Most Physician Assistant programs require at least two years of college courses in basic science and behavioral science as prerequisites. Students interested in Chiropractic programs must have completed 90 semester hours of coursework to be accepted with no required graduate exam.


Any student interested in any of the above health sciences and also in doing research in these fields

is invited to join the Future Medical Professional Association (FMPA).  This student organization will offer many opportunities to do volunteer projects, apply for internships, get helpful tips for applications and interviews, overall networking, and also have fun. This organization is advised by Dr. Valarie Burnett. Career services makes available practice entrance exams for students to take multiple times prior to taking the actual exam.


Additionally, Newberry College pre-professional advisory board, pre-professional advisors and mentors, along with career services will guide pre-professional students through undergraduate preparation for graduate school.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I prepare for a professional degree as an undergraduate? Where do I start?
A: The expectations include a specific minimum GPA, Experiential Learning opportunities (Internships, Research), required entrance tests, prerequisite course requirements, degree requirements, and choice of a major. Your Science Faculty Advisor will discuss each of these with you. In addition, a preliminary 4-year plan of study for each pre-professional track at Newberry has been created to assist you in developing your plan of study while at Newberry College.


Q: How will Newberry College Help me prepare for professional school?
A: Newberry College has excellent PhD-prepared faculty with expertise to prepare you for entrance into your chosen professional school. Additional assistance is provided by:

The student organization, FMPA: Future Medical Professional Association, was created to provide students with opportunities for interaction with professionals and other students.
The Newberry College Board of Professionals provides students with an opportunity for interaction and networking to improve their professional school entrance applications.
Specialty Advisors will guide you in preparing for your chosen pre-professional area and you will also have an advisor within your major.


Q: What are my responsibilities for preparation?
A: We recommend that you:

Communicate with your specialty advisor on a regular basis.
Register and prepare for entrance exams at the appropriate time.
Research the pre-professional programs, requirements, and expectations for the program in which you are interested.
Plan time for internships, shadowing, research, and other experiences in preparation for the application process.
Develop your individual 4-year plan.

Plan time for internships, shadowing, research and other experiences in preparation for the application process.

Develop a 4 year plan.



ROTC: It's All About Leadership!

Since 1916, the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) has produced more than 500,000 lieutenants for America's Army. As an ROTC cadet, you will become part of a team. You will acquire new friendships that will last a lifetime, as well as meet physical and mental challenges you may not have thought possible. The discipline, teamwork, and leadership you experience in Army ROTC will equip you to succeed anywhere, in whatever pursuit you choose.


Welcome to N Company, the Newberry College Detachment of the Scottish Highlander Army ROTC Cadet Battalion. The Highlander Battalion is based at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, the host institution for the Army ROTC Program at both Newberry College and Lander University. All ROTC classes are taught at Newberry College, however all Leadership Labs are conducted at Presbyterian.

ROTC Curriculum

The ROTC curriculum is divided into two distinct courses: the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. Each course differs in regard to who can participate and also in regard to one's overall military obligation.

Basic Course

The Basic Course is comprised of freshman (MS1) and sophomore (MS2) classes and does not require any military obligation. At most universities, these classes are considered electives and only meet once a week for approximately 1 to 2 hours. The Basic Course covers topics such as Organization of the Army; Military Customs and Courtesies; Basic Leadership Skills; Decision Making Process; Map Reading Skills; Introduction to Small Unit Tactics; and Basic Soldier Skills. In order to enroll in the Basic Course, an individual must:


  • Be a full-time student at Newberry College
  • Not be a conscientious objector
  • Be of good moral character
  • Not have any tattoos specifically prohibited by Army policy
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be in good physical condition

Advanced Course

The Advanced Course is comprised of junior (MS3) and senior (MS4) classes and requires students to commit to a military obligation prior to entering the course. Once enrolled in the Advanced Course, cadets participate in academic classes and leadership labs each semester and also attend the Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC- Warrior Forge) at Fort Lewis, Washington, during the summer of their junior/senior year. In order to enroll in the Advanced Course, an individual must:


  • Meet all of the previous requirements to enter the Basic Course
  • Not have any civil convictions, adverse adjudications, or court marshal convictions other than minor traffic violations less than $250.00
  • Not have more than 3 dependents
  • Never have used drugs; or be a self-admitted limited/experimental user of drugs who has not used within 6 months of contracting
  • Sign a loyalty oath


If you are prior service, you must have an Honorable Discharge from the Armed Services with a qualifying RE code of 1 on your DD Form 214. Additionally you must meet one of the following criteria:


  • Have course credit for MS 1 and MS 2, complete Leadership Training Course or complete Basic Training in one of the Armed Forces
  • Have a college GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Score at least 180 points with 60 points in each event on the Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Successfully pass a Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board physical
  • Be younger than the age of 31 at time of commissioning


Upon completion of the Advanced Course and successful graduation from Newberry College, cadets are commissioned as United States Army Officers and subsequently begin rewarding careers in the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard.


fastFORWARD Blended Degree Program


The fastFORWARD Program at Newberry College is a realistic, affordable solution for working adults looking to complete a bachelor’s degree. By combining the practicality and convenience of online learning with the intimate philosophy and deep commitment of Newberry College, this blended program can show adult students the most direct route to a degree, then personally guide them every step of the way to the finish.

Blended Program

The fastFORWARD program is designed for busy, ambitious adults that have completed at least 60 credit hours of college courses and want to earn a bachelor's degree in either business-organizational management or early childhood education. 


An advisor is on staff to thoroughly evaluate each fastFORWARD applicant's transcripts. Once accepted into the program, the advisor will help each student plot the most direct, manageable path to degree completion. 


Because fastFORWARD students are typically already managing the responsibilities of work and family, the courses are a blend of evening class meetings and on-line collaboration. 


The fastFORWARD blended approach allows adult learners to complete their degree in as little as 18 -24 months. The first graduates (December 2011) of our fastFORWARD Early Childhood Education Program received teacher certification in grades PK-3 and jobs in South Carolina public schools. Twelve students also completed the fastFORWARD Organizational Management business program. The adult transfer students completed fastFORWARD degrees using a blend of online and evening courses. The next cohorts are scheduled to begin in August 2013.


*The fastFORWARD program is currently not accepting applications for admissions.  If you are interested in transferring to Newberry College, please contact the Office of Admissions.

fastFORWARD Organizational Management Admissions Requirement:

Organizational Management Program (pdf)


At least 60 transferable credit hours (preferably within the general education core curriculum requirements)
2.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
25 years of age or older
2 years work experience 
Business Departmental Degree Checklist (pdf)

fastFORWARD Early Childhood Education Admissions Requirement:

Early Childhood Education (pdf)


At least 60 transferable credit hours (preferably with an associate of arts or science degree in Early Childhood Development)
2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
Education Departmental Degree Checklist (pdf)

Computer and Technical Requirements for the fastFORWARD Program

Newberry College’s minimum computer requirements are intended to ensure that the equipment you use meets the  minimum requirements to support you in your academic program. We have listed recommended features that provide a better experience; minimum requirements follow in parentheses.  Most new computers sold today meet these recommendations. *Netbooks may not meet all requirements. 


You will need an Internet connection to access the online portion of your course work as well as Microsoft Office Word, Excel & PowerPoint.


You can download the technical requirements checklist to review.


Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Federal Aid:

Newberry College is required to determine the earned and unearned Title IV aid a student has earned as of the date the student ceased attendance based on the amount of time the student spent in attendance. The calculation of Title IV funds earned by the student has no relationship to the student’s incurred institutional charges. Up through the 60% point in each payment period or period of enrollment, a prorated schedule is used to determine the amount of Title IV funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. After the 60% point in the payment period or period of enrollment, a student has earned 100% of the Title IV funds he or she was scheduled to receive during the period.

The student is required to return the difference between the amount of unearned aid and the amount returned by the College. The student will be billed for the amount the student owes the Title IV programs and any amount due to the University resulting from the return of Title IV funds used to cover College charges. If the student (or parents in the case of a PLUS loan) is required to return a portion or all of their loan proceeds, the calculated amount is to be repaid according to the loan's terms.

Funds are returned to the following Title IV sources in order of priority:

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
Federal Direct PLUS Loans
Federal Pell Grants
Federal SEOG
Other Title IV assistance for which the return of funds is required
Other federal, state, or institutional financial assistance


The Director of Financial Aid will determine refunds to federal agencies by using the Title IV refund calculation tool on the web.

State Aid:

If the student withdraws during the college’s refund period, Newberry College must determine any refund (according to the regular refund policy of the college) of the student’s state aid based on the full award of the student. If the student withdraws after the college’s refund period, (since the student incurred full tuition charges) the full tuition grant should be awarded.

The following percentages of SCTG, LIFE, Hope, and Palmetto Fellows will be returned if the student withdraws:

Prior to the first day of class: 100%
Between the first and fifth day of class: 75%
Between the sixth and tenth day of class: 50%
Between the eleventh and fifteenth day of class: 25%
After the fifteenth day of class: 0%

Institutional Aid:

The Institutional Aid Refund policy will work the same as the refund policy for Newberry College. If a student withdraws, Institutional Aid will be refunded to the college in the following percentages:

Prior to the first day of class: 100%
Between the first and fifth day of class: 75%
Between the sixth and tenth day of class: 50%
Between the eleventh and fifteenth day of class: 25%
After the fifteenth day of class: 0%

Dropping below Full Time

Any full-time student who drops below full-time to part-time status after the last day for late registration and change of courses (add/drop), will be charged tuition, fees, room, and board at the full-time rate. For the purposes of Financial Aid, enrollment status will also be set at this time and there will be no adjustments to Federal, State, or Institutional Aid.

**The regulations do not require any recalculation for changes in enrollment status after the student has begun attendance in all of his or her classes. Newberry College will, however, make adjustments to a change in Enrollment Status (full time vs. part time) until add/drop.


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Financial Aid Renewal Requirements

In order to continue receiving financial aid each year, students are required to maintain certain standards. Below are the overall requirements for receiving financial aid and individual scholarship requirements.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Students enrolled in a degree program at Newberry College must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards in order to be eligible for any type of financial aid. The following are the minimum standards for Federal financial aid eligibility (including grants and loans). Many State scholarships will have higher eligibility requirements than those set forth by these standards. 
In order to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, a student will be evaluated on three criteria:  Quality (i.e., cumulative grade point average or GPA), Quantity (hours attempted and earned), and Maximum Time Frame.   A student must meet all three criteria in order to be in compliance with SAP.


Qualitative Evaluation 
A student must earn a minimum cumulative GPA as follows, depending on the number of credit hours attempted in college coursework:

Credit Hours Attempted             Cumulative GPA
0-23……………………………………………..  1.50
24-55 …………………………………………… 1.75
56 or more ……………………………………… 2.00

Furthermore, a student must be enrolled in twelve (12) semester hours during an academic semester (fall or spring) to be considered a full-time student. Students enrolled in eleven (11) or fewer credit hours during a semester are not eligible for Newberry College Grants, Newberry College Scholarships or the State Grants and Scholarships.


Quantitative Evaluation 
Students must earn college credit in a minimum of 75% of the classes in which they enroll. This percentage is calculated by dividing the number of credit hours earned by the number of credit hours attempted. Attempted hours include those for degree-related courses, remedial courses, withdrawals, repeated course, and failed courses. All transfer hours accepted by Newberry College will be counted in calculations for both earned and attempted hours. Courses that are dropped within the regular ADD/DROP period (as published in the College’s catalog and course schedule) are not included on a student’s transcript and will not be counted in the hours attempted.


Time Frame Evaluation

The time frame evaluation limits the length of time that a student can receive federal student aid. A student will not be permitted to receive Federal aid after exceeding 150% of the average length of his or her degree program.  For example, here is a calculation for “time frame evaluation” on a standard undergraduate degree program that requires 126 credit hours to complete:
126 credit hours times (x) 150% = 189 attempted hours
A student who exceeds the maximum time frame for his or her degree program will not be eligible for federal aid. This standard applies to all undergraduate candidates including second-degree students. A student who changes his or her academic major (or program) will not have credit hours related to the original major counted in the base of credit hours for this calculation.   A student will be allowed one “reset” based on a change of academic major.  The maximum time frame may be adjusted by the College upon receipt of a student’s appeal.


Review of SAP
The academic records of all students receiving financial aid will be reviewed for SAP at the end of each academic term (fall, spring and summer). Students will be notified at the end of the each term whether or not they meet SAP; those not meeting SAP will be given a financial aid warning. During the warning period a student will continue to receive financial aid. If a student fails to meet SAP by the end of the warning period, he or she will not be allowed to receive financial aid until all SAP criteria have been met.    Students with unusual circumstances (e.g., death in the family, illness, or other circumstances beyond their control) may appeal to reinstate their Financial Aid. Students may appeal the reduction or cancellation of their Financial Aid by completing and submitting the Financial Aid Appeal form and supporting documentation to the Director of Financial Aid.


If a student has a successful appeal, he or she will be placed on probation and will be allowed to receive financial aid for one semester only. A student who meets all requirements by the end of the probationary term will be removed from probation. A student who is not meeting SAP requirements by the end of the probationary period will no longer be allowed to receive financial aid. 


A student with a successful appeal may be placed on an Academic Plan. This plan must be agreed to and signed by the student, his or her academic advisor, and the Director of Financial Aid. A student who is placed on an academic plan must adhere to the requirements set forth in the plan. Failing to meet requirements will result in a loss of financial aid.



Newberry College:

A unique and personal college experience that is rare among higher education choices. We want to help you afford the education that you choose.

Passion – Purpose -- Personal Attention

If you thought that you could not afford a private college education, think again. We invite you to explore the ways that Newberry can give you that extra measure of personal attention that makes a difference in the quality of your college experience. The passion of our faculty and students will drive your success in the classroom and your future career. You will share the spirituality and values that give your life purpose. Newberry is for students who want to live a fuller life.

What is a Sticker Price?

We know how much it costs to educate, entertain, feed and house each student at Newberry, but we don’t charge that total amount. Some of the cost is offset by the generosity of alumni and friends and by our endowment. The “sticker price” that you see – tuition, room, board and fees – is the remaining cost. But your final bill is likely to be enhanced by scholarships, state and federal aid, and discounts. Ninety-six percent of our students receive financial aid in some form.  So your chances for a much lower bill are excellent.

Loan Repayment Promise

We're so confident in the value of a Newberry College education, that we've taken a bold new step to ensure that worries about student loan debt won't stand in the way of your future success.

Click to learn more about Newberry College's Loan Repayment Promise.

Where to start

When you apply and gain admission to Newberry, we’ll begin with an estimate of scholarships and discounts that you can earn based upon your academic achievement, talents and leadership. With some basic information about your family income and expenses, we can also estimate your state and federal aid eligibility. We’ll work with you to make sure you tap all the resources available.


Some things to remember:

  • While Newberry scholarships are not based on income information, all government aid (including state aid)requires you to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Information about FAFSA can be obtained online or from your college counselor. You will need to have family federal income tax information to complete this form. And be sure to list Newberry


College on your FAFSA.

  • Be aware of all deadlines and submit documents and forms on time so you don’t miss out on awards for which you qualify.
  • State awards (South Carolina and others) may require school transcripts and/or test score information.
  • You’ll need to buy books and supplies when you start each semester.  Think realistically about your expenses – like pizza and trips home, too.
  • We will help you navigate. We know college is a big investment, and we do believe it is worth the time, effort and money you put into it.

How can you help yourself?

Scholarships might cover much of your expense but probably not all of it. Often, parents or other relatives can help out. Each family circumstance is different, so we expect to assist you individually in making your dreams come true.


You can also make your own investment in college. Most college students choose some or all of the items below to pay for their education:


  • Loans. This is money you have to pay back. There are both federally funded loan programs and private loans. While it is tempting to borrow frequently to cover expenses, it adds up quickly. You should be aware of how much debt you are carrying and how you will pay it back after you graduate.
  • Targeted career programs. Some states have funding programs for students who pursue certain careers that are in demand. For instance, you might be able to find grants that support teaching or nursing if you agree to work in that field for a certain number of years.
  • Summer work. Any kind of summer job teaches you responsibility and provides a paycheck. It is important to try to bank as much of that income as you can so you have money for cash expenses in college. As you complete a year or two of college work, you may be able to find a summer job that relates to your career plans, giving you more experience and better income.
  • Work study. Working during the school year is another way to ease your costs. Campuses like Newberry have many kinds of convenient work study programs, usually 10 or so hours a week in an office, the gym, a residence hall or the dining service. Some students prefer to work off-campus in restaurant or retail jobs. Be realistic about the number of hours you work; it might be very difficult to attend classes full time and work more than twenty hours per week.

Be an informed student

It is Newberry’s goal to give you the best financial aid offer we can as early as we can. Like family, we want to guide you carefully through the process and help you understand your options so that you can make wise choices. Private education is affordable. We invite you to try Newberry.


Dining Out

Dining Out

The City of Newberry has a varied offering of Restaurants




No information on this program.


Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Our Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program provides undergraduate students with relevant coursework to help them prepare for a career in veterinary medicine.


Students planning to attend a College of Veterinary Medicine should major in biology or chemistry. Completion of the recommended courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics will assist students in preparing for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT). Most Veterinary Medical Schools require applicants to have completed 90 semester hours of college work. Specific course requirements vary from school to school.


Because South Carolina has no veterinary schools, SC residents must complete their veterinary medicine education out-of-state. For tuition purposes, however, SC students may be considered in-state residents at the University of Georgia, Tuskegee University (Alabama), and Mississippi State University.


Recommended Coursework


Students should consider the following courses in preparation for application to a veterinary school:


  • Biological Science (BIO 121, 4 hours)
  • Zoology (BIO 122, 4 hours)
  • Microbiology(BIO 212, 4 hours)
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology (BIO 220, 3 hours)
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIO 315, 4 hours)
  • Animal Development (BIO 321, 4 hours)
  • Cell Biology (BIO 331, 4 hours)
  • Immunology (BIO 342, 4 hours)
  • Biochemistry (BIO 301, 4 hours)
  • General Chemistry (CHE 113-114, 8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHE 231-232, 8 hours)
  • Calculus I: Differential Calculus (MAT 211, 4 hours)
  • Physics for Science and Engineering Students (PHY 213-214, 8 hours)


Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy

Our Pre-Physical Therapy Program provides relevant coursework to help undergraduate students prepare for a career in physical therapy and acceptance into graduate training.


The Medical University of South Carolina offers a Master of Science in Physical Therapy; admission to the program requires a Bachelor's Degree. The MUSC admissions committee reviews three important criteria in assessing potential students:


  • Score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Courses taken and grades in those courses; the higher the GPA the better, with a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Showing interest in Physical Therapy through volunteer or work experience in hospitals or similar situations where Physical Therapists are needed.


Note: MUSC requires a minimum of 100 volunteer hours.


Recommended Coursework


To best prepare for application to a graduate Physical Therapy program, our students typically major in either biology or chemistry and complete the courses listed below:


  • Biological Science (BIO 121, 4 hours)
  • Microbiology (BIO 212, 4 hours) [or similar course]
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 215-216, 8 hours)
  • General Chemistry (CHE 113-114, 8 hours)
  • Precalculus (MAT 150, 4 hours)
  • Applied Statistics (MAT 200, 3 hours)
  • Calculus I: Differential Calculus (MAT 211, 4 hours) [physics pre-requisite]
  • Physics for Science and Engineering Students (PHY 213-214, 8 hours)
  • General Psychology (PSY 120, 3 hours)
  • Human Growth and Development (PSY 230, 3 hours)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 231, 3 hours)


NOTE: Completion of the Newberry College Core Curriculum will satisfy additional admission requirements at MUSC.




Our Pre-Pharmacy Program provides relevant coursework to help our students best prepare for pharmacy school and careers in pharmacy. Although a Bachelor’s Degree is not required prior to entering the pharmacy program, students are expected to have completed at least 66 hours of recommended college coursework.


Recommended Coursework

  • Biological Science (BIO 121, 4 hours)
  • One of the following: 
  • Zoology (BIO 122, 4 hours)
  • Botany (BIO 201, 4 hours) 
  • Microbiology (BIO 212, 4 hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 215-216, 8 hours)
  • General Chemistry (CHE 113-114, 8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHE 231-232, 8 hours)
  • Freshman English (ENG 111-112, 6 hours)
  • One of the following: 
  • Microeconomics (ECO 201, 3 hours) 
  • Macroeconomics (ECO 202, 3 hours)
  • Precalculus (MAT 150, 4 hours)
  • Applied Statistics (MAT 200, 3 hours)
  • Calculus I - Differential Calculus (MAT 211, 4 hours)
  • Physics for Science and Engineering Students (PHY 213-214, 8 hours)
  • General Psychology (PS 120, 3 hours)
  • Public Speaking (SPE 110, 3 hours)
  • 9 additional hours of humanities or social science courses


NOTE: The courses listed above total more than 66 hours due to the inclusion of 4-hour lab components.


Applying to the South Carolina School of Pharmacy


The University of South Carolina and Medical University of South Carolina pharmacy programs merged to form the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Applications must include:


  • Transcripts showing completion of the recommended courses listed above
  • A satisfactory score on the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
  • Submission to a criminal background review—upon acceptance


Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Most South Carolina students interested in Occupational Therapy consider the Master of Science (M.S.) program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Students must have completed their bachelor's degree prior to enrollment at MUSC.


In evaluating applicants for admission, MUSC considers the following three criteria important:


  • Score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Courses taken and grades in those courses—the higher the GPA the better, with a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of the applicant’s interest in Occupational Therapy demonstrated by volunteer or work experience in hospitals or similar settings where Occupational Therapists are needed


Recommended Coursework


To best prepare for the application process, most students choose a biology or psychology major and complete the courses listed below:


  • Biological Science (BIO 121, 4 hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 215-216, 8 hours)
  • General Chemistry I (CHE 113, 4 hours)
  • Precalculus (MAT 150, 4 hours)
  • Applied Statistics (MAT 200, 3 hours)
  • General Psychology (PSY 120, 3 hours)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 230, 3 hours)




Training to become a medical doctor is a rigorous process taking about eight years of college-level study. However, it is interesting to note that a student is not required to have a BS degree to be admitted into most medical programs; this is true at both Medical Schools in South Carolina (USC and MUSC).


The typical admission committee looks at three important criteria in making the decision for admission:


  • Score on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
  • The applicant’s college transcript of course selection and grades.Note: The higher the GPA the better, with a typical minimum of about 3.2 on a 4.0 scale (the actual minimum changes each year with the pool of applicants).
  • Evidence of the applicant’s interest in the medical profession as demonstrated by volunteer or work experience in hospitals or similar settings where doctors are needed.


Recommended Coursework


To best prepare for the application process, we recommend majoring in either biology or chemistry and completing the courses listed below.


  • Biological Science (BIO 121, 4 hours)
  • Zoology (BIO 122, 4 hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 215-216, 8 hours)
  • General Chemistry (CHE 113-114, 8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHE 231-232, 8 hours)
  • Calculus I: Differential Calculus (MAT 211, 4 hours)
  • Physics for Science and Engineering Students (PHY 213-214, 8 hours)




Newberry College’s Pre-Law Program is designed to prepare the future lawyer for one of the most important and rewarding occupations one can undertake. In addition to taking a Pre-Law curriculum, the future law student has the opportunity to socialize with other pre-law students, be part of a Mock Trial team and gain legal experience through internships. 


Law School Placement

Students emerge from the program well-prepared to succeed: 90 percent of students completing the Pre-Law curriculum admitted to law schools and, since 2003, 100 percent have completed law school. 

Recent graduates have been admitted to the following law schools: University of South Carolina, Charleston School of Law, Florida State University, University of Miami, Southern Methodist University, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and University of Virginia.


The Pre-Law Experience

The goals of the Pre-Law Program are to prepare the student for law school and to allow the student to become conversant with the following:

  • The nature and function of law and legal institutions
  • The relation of law to the broader social order
  • The moral and ethical attributes lawyers should possess so as to secure the health and vitality of the American legal profession


Pre-Law students take courses that prepare them for law school, and they intern with both local and hometown lawyers as well as state and federal attorneys.


The Pre-Law Program

Law schools do not require a particular major or undergraduate field of specialization. At Newberry College, you are encouraged to select the major that excites your imagination and supplement this with our pre-law courses.

Admission to law schools is becoming more competitive. The Pre-Law curriculum, when combined with a major and the general education requirements, gives the student a solid foundation on which to base his or her application to law school.

In addition to the courses in their major, pre-law students are encouraged to take the following courses in the Pre-Law Curriculum:


Skills-Oriented Courses:

  • English Composition & Research
  • Advanced Grammar & Composition
  • Public Speaking
  • Statistics
  • Logic
  • Accounting


Content-Oriented Courses:


  • American Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
  • International Law
  • Business Law
  • History of Political Thought
  • American & British History
  • American Government
  • Ethics
  • Economics
  • Literature
  • Forensics


Pre-Law Internships

Students interested in gaining experience in a legal environment can receive up to 3 hours of college credit for an internship. Internships offer potential law students the opportunity to gain practical experience in law or politics; they can also help students decide whether or not law is the profession they wish to pursue.

Advisors in the Political Science program will help interested students secure an internship with area law firms, the U.S. Attorney's office, the U.S. Department of Justice, or a law office in their own hometown. For those interested in lawmaking, the Political Science Department offers internships with the U.S. Congress and the South Carolina legislature.


Mock Trial

With a simulated case, Newberry College students take roles as attorneys, witnesses, and defendants. With a local judge presiding over the trial, teams argue cases before a jury. Mock Trial is an excellent way for students to hone their understanding of the law, court procedure, and argumentation.




The Newberry College Pre-Dentistry Program helps undergraduate students planning to enter the field of dentistry to prepare for further education.


Training to become a dentist is a rigorous process taking about 7-8 years to complete undergraduate and graduate coursework. Most students will complete their BS degree prior to entering the graduate program; however, students with exceptional GPA and DAT scores may apply with 90 hours of coursework. This is true for both Dentistry Programs in South Carolina, USC and MUSC.


Dentistry schools typically consider three criteria important in assessing applicants for admission:


  • Score on the Dental Admission Test (DAT)
  • Courses taken and grades in those courses; the higher the GPA the better, with a minimum of about 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of the applicant’s interest in the dental profession demonstrated by volunteer or work experience in settings where dentists are needed


Recommended Coursework


To best prepare for acceptance into dental school, most students major in either biology or chemistry and complete the science and math courses listed below:


  • Biological Science (BIO 121, 4 hours)
  • Zoology (BIO 122, 4 hours)
  • 8 additional hours of biology courses from: 
  • Microbiology (BIO 212, 4 hours) 
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIO 315, 4 hours)
  • Genetics (BIO 322, 4 hours)
  • Biochemistry (BIO 301, 4 hours)


  • General Chemistry (CHE 113-114, 8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHE 231-232, 8 hours)
  • Calculus I - Differential Calculus (MAT 211, 4 hours) [required for physics]
  • Physics for Science and Engineering Students (PHY 213-214, 8 hours)


NOTE: Many dentistry programs, including USC and MUSC, expect additional coursework in the sciences, especially biology and chemistry.



Fine Arts Lectures and Events

The Fine Arts and Lectures Series (FAL) brings to our campus a variety of nationally and internationally known groups and individuals. Students are admitted to most of these cultural events free of charge. Graduation requirements dictate that students must attend at least 24 FALs. Students are encouraged to attend at least three events per semester to meet this requirement.


For more information about FAL Events, contact Dr. Christina Wendland.


Student Housing FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to live on campus?

A: As you will quickly discover, residential living is an essential component to the Newberry Experience! Newberry College has a residency policy requiring all full-time students to live on campus.

Q: What are my housing options?

A: Newberry College has seven residence halls that offer a variety of programs that enhance the quality of life at Newberry. A description of these halls can be found on the Student Housing page or via Wolf Den on the Student Life tab.

Q: Do all freshmen live in the same residence hall?

A: As a freshman, you will have the choice of living in Brokaw or Cromer Hall, where students form life-long friendships and have easy access to academic and student support services. The Residence Life professionals and student staff members offer programs and services designed to engage students from the first day they arrive on campus.

Q: Is housing available for transfer students?

A: Yes, as a transfer student, you will have the option of living in one of the following halls designated for upperclassmen: Smeltzer, Cromer, Kinard, Walker and Oakland Mill.

Q: Can I have visitors?

A: Of course you can have visitors—and you are responsible for the behavior of your guests. Campus guests are required to follow Newberry College housing policies that can be found online in the Student Handbook and housing contract.

Q: How is my roommate selected?

A: The anticipation of a roommate is one of the most exciting parts of going to college. Your roommate may be someone you know or someone you have not met before. If you know someone you want to room with, you can indicate your preference on the online housing application. To be placed with a specific person, both parties must request one another. If you do not have a roommate request, information provided in the online housing application will be used to match roommates. 

Q: What can I bring?

A: Please refer to the Student Housing page for a complete list.

Q: Can I make a room change?

A: Room changes are based on space availability and will begin September 1 of each academic year.

Q: Are the residence halls open during scheduled breaks?

A: The residence halls will remain open during the Thanksgiving holiday but close for winter break and spring break. Oakland Mill complex does not close during breaks.

Q: What are my dining options?

A: Kaufmann Hall is the central hub for student dining. The building includes the campus dining hall, Subway, snack bar, campus bookstore and student mail center. Dopey’s, a long-time favorite campus diner, serving arguably the best burgers and milkshakes in town, is located directly behind Kaufmann Hall.

Q: What safety measures are in place for security?

A: Each student living in a residence hall will have their residence hall access pre-programmed on their Newberry College ID card. This will allow students to have swipe-card access into their residence hall. Newberry College also has security officers who are on duty 24/7 and provide services such as lockouts, escort services, and general information.

Q: Does the College insure students’ belongings?

A: The College does not insure residents’ belongings. You may want to check if your homeowner’s insurance will cover your belongings at school. Property insurance is also available from most insurance companies.


Walker Hall

Walker Hall

This suite-style residence hall is home to approximately 100 upperclassmen. Walker Hall is spacious and conveniently located in the heart of campus between the football stadium and the basketball arena. It features a variety of suite configurations.




Triple Occupancy Two Bedroom Suite



Triple Occupancy One Bedroom Suite



Double Occupancy Two Bedroom Suite



Triple Occupancy One Bedroom Suite



Single Occupancy Two Bedroom Suite




*2017-2018 room rates (based on 10-month occupancy)





Smeltzer Hall

Smeltzer Hall

Smeltzer Hall is an all-female, community-style hall houses approximately 60 upper division women. Located on the campus quad adjacent to Wiles Chapel, it offers a quick stroll to classroom buildings and campus dining. This historic building's prime location features an up close view of our beautiful azalea gardens.



Standard Double Occupancy



Triple or Quad Occupancy



Four-Person Suite



Community-Style Super Single



*2017-2018 room rates (based on 10-month occupancy).


*2016-2017 Room Rates (based on 10-month occupancy)

For more information about Smeltzer Hall, please click here.





Oakland Mill

Oakland Mill

Located adjacent to campus, this apartment-style residence hall is home to nearly 150 upperclassmen. This award-winning renovation of an historic textile mill, Oakland Mill features beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, spacious bedrooms and a convenient kitchenette.



Double Occupancy Four Bedroom Suite



Double Occupancy Two/Three Bedroom Suite



Single Occupancy Two/Three Bedroom Suite



*2017-2018 room rates (based on 10-month occupancy).




Cromer Hall

Cromer Hall

A co-ed, community-style residence hall that houses 130 upperclassmen, Cromer Hall is conveniently located near the College’s largest classroom buildings as well as the Dining Hall. 




Standard Double Occupancy 



Four-Person Suite



*2017-2018 room rates (based on 10-month occupancy)



Kinard Hall

Kinard Hall

all-male traditional style hall houses approximately 100 upperclassmen. Kinard Hall is located on the corner of College and Evans Streets, this hall is adjacent to the campus quad and an easy strol to two of  the College's largest classroom buildings. 



Standard Double Occupancy


Four-Person Suite


*2017-2018 room rates (based on 10-month occupancy)