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Advent Devotionals 2018

Day 15 - December 16, 2018

Isaiah 52:7-9

How beautiful upon the mountains
   are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
   who announces salvation,
   who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ 
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
   together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
   the return of the Lord to Zion. 
Break forth together into singing,
   you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
   he has redeemed Jerusalem.


As you read these words, it is mid-December. As I compose them, it is early November, just days after an armed man entered Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 faithful Jews; one was a 97-year-old woman who had survived the Holocaust. He killed them in the name of Christianity and explicitly because he blamed their prayers for refugees moving toward the U.S. border in search of asylum.


I read today’s passage mindful that both Christians and Jews claim Isaiah’s words and consider them sacred—these words of peace and of good news, of joy and of singing, of God’s comfort to the covenant people. And I wonder how my Jewish neighbors hear them. How do these words of assurance and hope strike their grieving hearts and souls? How do they strike ours? 


The Christian season of Advent invites us to dwell in a space of anticipation for the Holy Light that God has promised will come into the world and take on human flesh. This Emmanuel, God-with-us, comes to comfort and redeem us—and also to invite us, as graced and sent disciples, into the sacred work of helping mend the world. 


For both Christians and Jews, God’s promise is first a gift and then a call. The Jewish Talmud counsels us to “not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief” but instead to “do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work,” it says, “but neither are you free to abandon it.” May we tend both God’s gift and God’s call faithfully as we looked toward the promised Light of Christ this season.


Prayer: Holy One, even during this season of hope for your promised arrival in our midst, we grieve the senseless ways life is violated rather than honored in our world. Where your promise meets our grief, empower us to walk in your ways, to extend your healing touch, and to be instruments of your peace. 


Dr. Krista E. Hughes

Director, Muller Center

Associate Professor of Religion

Day 14 - December 15, 2018

Isaiah 11:5-9 - New International Version (NIV) 

5. Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. 
6. The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 
7. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

8. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 

9. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 



We share our home with two cats. The running gag is that our older cat, because he has stripes, believes he is a mighty tiger; the younger cat, who likes to leap atop our cabinets, believes he is a mountain lion.  They are two very different cats (in more ways than one) and there are inevitable turf battles and annoyances. Sometimes the mountain lion will try to wrestle with the tiger, and although it’s meant to be playful, the tiger doesn’t appreciate it and will fight back. Other times the tiger will shoot the mountain lion a certain look. (And sometimes they compete for my lap, as they have while I’ve been writing this.) But for all the moments those two compete, there are other moments when something different happens. Perhaps the tiger doesn’t feel well and the mountain lion, knowing something’s wrong, will get mournful. The mountain lion is distressed by something he sees outside and the tiger will gently lick the mountain lion’s back to calm him. Or on a morning when it’s cold outside, the two will snuggle up against each other, fast asleep. 


I think of those two cats and their differences as I read this famous passage from Isaiah, which foresees a day when the predator and prey, the menace and the innocent, cast aside their traditional roles and are together in community as creatures of God, nothing to fear from one another. Beyond that, I think of the divisions we so often see in the modern world – religious, political, philosophical, you name it. Too often we create our own adversaries, inflate our own differences, try to elevate ourselves over others...all the while losing sight of the fact that what unites us is far greater than what divides us, and that we can realize that as children of God, we really have nothing to fear from each other, and the only thing keeping us apart from one another is ourselves.


The tiger and the mountain lion know that on a cold morning like the ones we have this time of year, the differences you have don’t matter anywhere as much as the warmth you can create and share. I think they’re on to something. As we enter another season and another year, let’s take a lesson from those two.


Lord, when we are tempted to create division, help us instead remember that You made us so much more alike than different. Help us to get over ourselves and over our differences with one another, and help us build the unity we need to make the world a place where gentleness prevails, in which the faithfulness of a child will be sufficient to lead us all. In Your name we pray. Amen.


Jodie Peeler, Professor of Communications

Day 13 - December 14, 2018

A reading from the prophet Isaiah:


A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, 

and a branch shall grow out of his roots.  

The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, 

the spirit of wisdom and understanding, 

the spirit of counsel and might, 

the spirit of knowledge 

and the fear of the Lord.  

His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.  

He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear;  

but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, 

and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.


There’s a lot going on in our world these days that may well make us feel, as they say, “stumped.”  

We find hungry and homeless here in the most prosperous nation in the world.  
We who possess the most effective communication technology in the world in too many cases do not seem capable of carrying on either a meaningful conversation or a civil dialogue.
We hear of gunmen committing acts of violence directed at random people, including school children and folks just minding their own business.
We hear reports, on the one hand, that our economy is booming, while on the other, the news tells us that major corporations are closing plants. 
We participate in a marketplace where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and the rest of us get by. 


Whatever it is that may be stumping us today, the world has been here before—felt like this before.  


Those who first heard these words from Isaiah knew what it meant to feel stumped.  Enemies of the people of Judah had already stormed over much of their land, and now surrounded their sacred capital city threatening to invade.  The brave and mighty kingdom of David, son of Jesse, that once stood tall as a towering oak had been cut down to the size of a stunted stump. 


But “out from this stump,” assured the prophet, “would issue a shoot”—that is, a descendent of King David himself who would arrive on the scene in the nick of time to save the day.  Only this one would come armed not with swords and spears but words and Spirit.    “The Spirit of the Lord would rest upon him,” said the prophet.  A spirit marked by wisdom and understanding, counsel and might, knowledge and fear of the Lord.”  And so inspired he would come not to joust but to judge, not to wreak havoc but to restore justice.   “He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge….”  


Another way of saying that is that one who delivers on behalf of the Lord does not make decisions the way the world does, but the way God does.  So, do not expect divine rhetoric to sound like the uncivil tones that characterize our contemporary political and relational discourse.  God’s messages are sometimes challenging and sometimes comforting, but they are always marked by some element of “Love God, love neighbor.”  Anything else is something else.  But it is not God-talk.


So, these days, in the midst of all the noisy gongs and clanging cymbals of blistering tweets and angry diatribes, try to pause and listen for those still small voices—voices speaking words of wisdom and understanding, words of love and social justice.  Those, you can be assured, will belong to the shoot promised by Isaiah stemming from that holy stump, words inspired by God’s Spirit.  Words to live by.  And words we can live by together!


Let us pray.  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.  Stir within us ears to hear, a will to listen, and a mind able to distinguish in the midst of all the noise your life-giving word.  Lead us to love you with all we are, and love others as you first loved us. In the name of the word made flesh, we pray.  Amen.


Rev. Dr. Wayne Kannaday

Day 12 - December 13, 2018

Isaiah 9:2-7


"The zeal of the Lord will make this happen." That's future tense. It will happen in the future.


"The people who walked in darkness have seen a brilliant light and on them light has shined." That's past tense. It already happened.


You know, the prophet Isaiah would have points taken off of his writing in college. Don't mix your tenses!


Of course the prophet doesn't write or prophesy for academia, but for a people who were actually walking in darkness and who knew intimately the boot of their oppressors and the bar across their backs. The Assyrians had conquered territories in Israel. Exile from their homes looms in their future. Syro-Ephramaites were threatening the northern kingdom of Judah.  Don't read that last part as a history lesson; read it for what it meant to a frightened people, a threatened people, a people who lived with a constant sense of foreboding, and who had very little power to stop the inevitable. Constant threat and danger, teetering on the edge of being overtaken by more powerful militaries, made Isaiah's people fearful.


So why does Isaiah open this prophetic word in the past tense here? None of his people actually feel this way; they feel precisely the opposite. They are people who are stuck in darkness and cannot see light.


Isaiah invites the people to imagine a future where having brilliant light to shine on them could be past tense. In other words, imagine a future where God brought the people through, and where it is so cemented as reality that it is past tense. It happened. It's done. Such use of the past tense has a name in scholarship; it's called the "prophetic past." Isaiah's promise of God's deliverance in the future should be considered already done, because God makes it happen.


Advent is a mixed-tense time in the church too. We celebrate what God has completed in Jesus, and yet await the culmination of God's time where all things will be made new through Jesus. 


Fearfulness has not gone away. Even if we as a country and people have significantly more power than Isaiah's people did, somehow fear still wins out, darkness feels close and threats loom large in our minds.


Isaiah speaks into that fearfulness and says, "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light and on them light has shined. God has broken the rod on our backs and destroyed the trampling boots." We are invited to live like God has already broken through the darkness, through the fear, and through the threats. We are invited into embodying God's already-but-not-yet triumphant mercy and peace. We are invited to live into a future when the outcome is grace and love and hope realized.


If we cannot see the light, then we must be the light, because the Light is coming.


Let us pray.


All praise to you, Holy God, for you have done it! Your mercy reigns, your light shines, your grace triumphs. Make us instruments of your peace. Where there is darkness, let us bring light. Where there is hatred, let us sow love. Show us where to go, and awaken in us the faith that through Christ, you have done it. Amen.


-Rev. Michael Price, class of 2002

Day 11 - December 12, 2018

Luke 2:21-35

Good morning Newberry and friends, wherever you are. Today’s devotion is based on scripture from the Gospel of Luke chapter 2: verses 21-35.

Rather than read you the scripture, if you will allow; I will simply tell you a story.  Eight days after the birth of the Christ child and in accordance with the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem to fulfill the law, and to offer an appropriate sacrifice to the Lord.  While they were in the temple they were seen by a devout and righteous man named Simeon.  Simeon had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.  In fact, this temple meeting between Mary, Joseph, Jesus and Simeon was no coincidence, it was the work of the Holy Spirit who brought Simeon to the temple at that time.  Simeon asked if he could hold Jesus and while doing so he prayed to the Lord.  His prayer said simply that he could now wonderfully depart this world in peace having seen the Messiah, the salvation of God, in the person that would bring light to the Gentiles, and Glory to God’s people, Israel.  Needless to say, Joseph and Mary were astounded by Simeon’s words.

What a great story, right?  Do you recognize this story?  You’ve heard the story before?  Right?  Maybe you haven’t heard it the way I told it?  Have you ever been involved in a conversation with a group of people when something is said that you do not recognize or a point made that you don’t quite get?  Everyone else in the group gets the story but you don’t, and when they look at you they laugh and say something like, “inside story” or “You had to be there.”  My point today is that there is nothing fun about being left out of the conversation.  In fact, when this kind of behavior happens it often makes us feel a bit worthless, or like we are outsiders, not part of the group at all.  It’s not very nice to be exclusive.  It’s also not very God-like either.  Christmas is all about inclusivity and family, extended, created, biological and every other way.  Simeon’s prayer says it all.

The Messiah came to be a light to the Gentiles, to dispel the darkness in which they walked, to include them in the story, and to adopt them as family, and in doing so, bring Glory upon His people Israel.

This Advent season brothers and sisters, share the story of salvation by living the example set by the Child of Bethlehem.  Be kind. Be present. Be loving. Be inclusive.  Be Just.  Be forgiving.  Our Christian faith is not an inside story for a few, but an announcement for the world. The Prince of Peace is born. Christ is Risen.  The King of Kings shall return.

God bless you all Newberry,

Please pray with me: Almighty and merciful God, pour out upon us all your eternal love, by the power of your Holy Spirit, wrap us in your amazing grace, and fill us with your guiding light so that we may become beacons of your Holy Light wherever you send us.  Amen.

Have an amazing day Newberry.  Good day.
Pastor Ernie Worman (PEW)

Day 10 - December 11, 2018

Luke 2:8-20 New International Version (NIV)

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.”

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.


Good morning Newberry and Newberry College!  Happy Advent of our Lord! 


Here are my thoughts on today’s Bible verses... I don’t know about you, but when I read or hear this set of Bible verses, I play the Charlie Brown Christmas special segment in my head where Linus explains what Christmas is about.  It is such a special moment when Linus drops his security blanket as he says, “Fear not!” which in the NIV version is “Do not be afraid.”


So here we are on the 11th of December.  Is there Anxiety and Worry and Fear in your heart and mind as you review your list of things to get accomplished before Christmas?  Doesn’t that seem like the normal mode for December and Advent?  A few years ago, just days before Christmas, my beloved Ernie and I went out shopping finally for gifts for the family.  We decided to wear our favorite UGLY Christmas sweaters and Santa red and white fur hats and smiles.  Of course with Ernie’s almost white beard, in a Santa hat and red sweater, with his huge smile he brightened up many a frazzled mom and impatient kiddo at the local mall.  It almost felt like our positive attitude was rubbing off on the others, our smiles were spreading smiles across the stores. Now we were fully aware that much of the laughter and smiles were because we amused them as a silly old couple, holding hands, wearing ugly sweaters and Santa hats and smiling about something they couldn’t understand.  And looking back on that day, I am just a little bit sad for the ones who didn’t or couldn’t understand happiness during Advent.  Didn’t they know that the angels said, “Do not be afraid...a Savior has been born to you.”? 


How did we allow the weeks before Christmas to be turned into a list of chores and obligations instead of the anticipation of a wonderful celebration?  Before you beat yourself up for this, please hear that I am as guilty of this as any of you!  It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and “have-to’s.” So let me repeat again for you and me, the angels said, “Do not be afraid!”  And throughout His ministry, our Lord Jesus also greeted his people with the salutation, “Shalom,” which means, “May the Peace of God be with you.”  


This Advent season, as we prepare for Christmas once again, let’s try to greet each other in the JOY of the gift of our Savior and remember to let go of fear and anxiety.  “Do not be afraid!”


Pease pray with me.

Lord God,  Thank you for the wonderful gift of your son, Jesus and for all of the many gifts and blessings you have given us. Help us to let go of our fears and anxieties and stresses so that we can truly find joy in those gifts and blessings.  Amen.


R. Annie Worman

Day 9 - December 10, 2018

Luke 2:1-7

While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom. (CEB)


In one of the opening scenes of the movie Forrest Gump, we see a young Forrest getting on the school bus for the first time. As he walks down the aisle, child after child tells him that, “He can’t sit here.” Or “Seat’s taken.” Finally, getting to the back of the bus where a young girl offers the seat next to her for him to sit.

I think for many of us, that is how this scene of the gospel has always been depicted. The young couple entering into the city of Bethlehem as they journey to be counted for the emperor’s census. Where they go to home after home and are told, “No. Can’t stay here. All full. No room. Go down the road.” There is a sense of ‘anger’ that can rise up because of how this young couple and almost family of three is being treated. It does not paint a warm or welcoming picture for the people of that time and place.

However, a few years ago I was able to be in a Bible Study led by one of my friends, Rev. Jay Gamelin, who offered a different interpretation. Based on his and others’ sound research, perhaps the holy family couldn’t stay in the ‘main house,’ but space was offered in the home’s outer room. A room that did share space with animals and supplies. But, a place for this family in need was offered out of kindness, welcome, and love. Where space is made for this family, and unbeknownst to the family who offers a place of rest, they’ve made space for God. 

Our world today is filled with so many things. Especially during this time of year; obligations, meetings, parties, presents, meals, and more. If you’re not careful, you’ll notice that there isn’t much time for the holy in our lives; there isn’t much space for us to rest in God’s love and presence.

Perhaps this year, we can remember to make space for God in our lives – especially during this incredibly full time of year. To set time a part for prayer, for love, for rest, for worship, for others – whether we know them or not.

Maybe, this part of the story of Jesus’ birth isn’t so much about a family not being able to rest after a long journey, but instead about a people who welcomes in a family in need and, unbeknownst to them, welcomes in the very presence of God into their lives. Perhaps in our efforts to make space – for others, for ourselves, and more we will indeed welcome in God’s very presence in our life as well.


Let us pray…

God of space and love. We enter into this season with full schedules that only become more crowded, help us to make space for you as we welcome your holy rest and presence. Guide us to make space for others, for prayer, for worship, for rest. Amen.


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

Day 8 - December 9, 2018

Luke 1:67-80 (Amplified Bible) 

Now Zacharias his father was filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by Him, and he prophesied, saying, “Blessed (praised, glorified) be the Lord, the God of Israel, Because He has visited us and brought redemption to His people, And He has raised up a [a]horn of salvation [a mighty and valiant Savior] for us In the house of David His servant— Just as He promised by the mouth of His holy prophets from the most ancient times— Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us; To show mercy [as He promised] to our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant [the promised blessing], The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, In holiness [being set apart] and righteousness [being upright] before Him all our days. 

“And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; For you will go on before the Lord (the Messiah) to prepare His ways; To give His people the knowledge of salvation By the forgiveness of their sins, Because of the tender mercy of our God, With which the Sunrise (the Messiah) from on high will dawn and visit us, To shine upon those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, To guide our feet [in a straight line] into the way of peace and serenity.” 

The child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel [as John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah].


In the passages leading up to today’s reading, the angel Gabriel visits the priest Zacharias in the temple to inform him that he and his wife, Elizabeth, shall bring forth a son, John the Baptist. This comes as an answer to Zacharias’ prayers, despite that Elizabeth is barren and they were both growing old. But to Zacharias, this sounds almost too good to be true, and he questions God’s messenger, only to be muted until the day his son is born. Here, after John is born, Zacharias can speak for the first time in months, prophesying his son’s destiny and the coming of the Messiah. John the Baptist’s job, then, is to pave the way for Jesus, and he goes on to preach and baptize in the River Jordan, baptizing Jesus along with many others.


Today’s reading reminds us that God calls each of us to lives of service and furtherance of His Will. Even though we may serve God and serve others in different ways according to the gifts with which we have been blessed, we are all charged with preparing the way for Christ’s Second Coming, just as John the Baptist was for His first. We are called to give God’s people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of sins, and to tell our brothers and sisters of God’s mercy, love, and light. And we are to do this not simply by preaching and baptizing people in the river, but also by living our faith, leading by example, doing well the work we are called to do, and bringing good news and encouragement to those in need along the way.


Heavenly Father: help us to do the work you have called us to do. Remind us that you have called us to pave the way for Christ and to share your love and promise with our brothers and sisters. And especially now, as we end one year and begin another, and as the nights get longer and the days get colder, warm us and renew us with your Word, and strengthen us and guide us for the work ahead and the glory to come. In Jesus’ name: Amen.


James “Jay” Salter, Senior, Newberry College

Day 7 - December 8, 2018

Luke 1:57-66


“All who heard [these words] pondered them and said, “What then will this child become?” For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.” – Luke 1:66


If the story of Jesus were a movie, the part of John would be played by a famous actor in a cameo role. His is an important part of the story, but it is a short part. We meet John when he is born a few months before Jesus. It is an unlikely birth to an older woman, but nothing like the miraculous virgin birth of Jesus, his cousin. There are no heavenly hosts, no magi, no shepherds abiding in the fields. Just a father struck speechless for not believing and an overjoyed mother who insists on a name that doesn’t show up in the family line. 


“What then will this child become?” We don’t hear from John again until we see him out in the wilderness, clothed in camel skin and eating locusts dipped in honey, a desert prophet who keeps  demanding that people repent, change, turn around. John won’t be quiet, and he won’t go away. He demands to be heard. He doesn’t seem to be intimidated by anything or anyone until, finally, John’s short story ends in a gruesome beheading for speaking truth to power. 


You have to wonder how Elizabeth felt about the fate of her miracle baby. I imagine that when everyone agreed that “the hand of the Lord was with him” she never considered that special status would mean an early and violent death. But doing the will of God doesn’t always lead to happiness and ease, despite what some currently popular theologies would suggest. 


Sometimes, to do God’s work is to be sent out into the wilderness or even into the halls of power to call the world to change, to turn away from self-centeredness and toward God and the neighbor. And sometimes that proclamation brings on resistance, opposition, and struggle. But even then, as it was for John, the hand of the Lord is with us. 


Prayer: Ever-present One: you call us to faithfulness and courage and you promise to be with us in all circumstances. Give us a strong assurance of your presence and make us bold to proclaim and to live your good news in what we say, in what we do, and in how we live. Amen.


The Reverend Julian Gordy, Bishop, Southeastern Synod, ELCA

Day 6 - December 7, 2018

Luke 1:46-56

46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” 56And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.


Mary sings her ecstatic vision of God: “My soul magnifies the Lord.” She sings of how God has scattered the proud, brought down the powerful, lifted up the lowly, filled the hungry, and sent the rich away with nothing. I say that this is an ecstatic vision because Mary saw these things as if they had already happened as if this work of God were already completed.


In our world, we still have proud, powerful, rich folk who deserve nothing less than being scattered, cast down, and sent packing with nothing in hand. Pride, power, and wealth are not inherently wrong. The problem comes when proud, powerful, wealthy people treat lowly and hungry persons with contempt. In fact, one doesn’t even have to have all that much to be just as guilty of the same contempt. The innkeeper in Bethlehem might have said, “Traveled all the way from Nazareth, did you? About to have a baby? Not my problem!” A border guard in Egypt might have said, “Herod’s been killing all the boy babies in Palestine? What makes you think you deserve to be given refuge here in Egypt?”


Mary’s vision is of a world where the proud, powerful, and rich longer heap contempt upon persons who are lowly and hungry. Rather, the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are fed. Mary envisioned the fulfillment of God’s promise to turn our upside down world right side up, setting it aright, the way God would have it be.


We pray. . .

Saving God, you look with favor on your lowly servants. Grant us a glimpse of Mary’s vision of a world in which your justice, kindness, and compassion reign. We ask this in the name of Jesus who you sent to save your people.


The Rev. Dr. Ben Moravitz (Class of 1976), Assistant to the Bishop, Southeastern Synod ELCA

Day 5 - December 6, 2018

Luke 1:39-45  


This past weekend, my family was together with my pregnant daughter, who is expecting in early January. Several times she would interrupt our conversation and say, “Put your hand here, the baby is very active.” Most of the time, the person who placed their hands on her tummy were disappointed because that would be the very moment the baby stopped kicking or became shy to another’s touch. Yet even when we couldn’t detect the “kick,” our daughter certainly did. The effect on us was a sense of this unborn child letting us know she was already a part of our family and was making her presence known. These were joyful moments.

In this passage, Mary is visiting her elder relative, Elizabeth, who thought at her late age she would never get pregnant. Much to her surprise, however, she also was expecting her first child. It was right when these two expectant moms came together that the unborn John the Baptist decided to leap inside Elizabeth’s womb and make his presence known. Elizabeth interpreted this “kick” as something more than just a baby kick; instead it was a sign from the Holy Spirit that Mary was carrying the Christ child. And she exclaimed with joy, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb . . . And blessed is she who believed there would be fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

This year when you watch most of the Christmas movies on television, I invite you to notice how often they use the word “believe” or “faith” to talk about who Santa is or what Santa does, or why Santa comes. Our culture loves to play around with this concept of “faith and Christmas” belonging together. Yet what is missing most is the messiness of an unexpected human pregnancy to a 14-year-old peasant girl in Palestine who dared to believe in God’s promise that she would give birth to the Messiah. I can’t help but wonder what God may be inviting us to pay close attention to this Christmas, and how our lives can also be a witness to God’s incredible loving promises for our world. 


Dear God, 

Open our eyes this Advent season to the mystery and majesty of your promises being fulfilled in and through the birth of Jesus. Free us from cynicism and indifference to the hurts and needs of others, and use our words and actions to share your loving and forgiving intentions for humanity. 

In the name of the Christ Child and for his sake we pray.



Bishop Herman Yoos 

Day 4 - December 5, 2018

Matthew 1:18-25 New Life Version (NLV)

18The birth of Jesus Christ was like this: Mary His mother had been promised in marriage to Joseph. Before they were married, it was learned that she was to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. 19Joseph was her promised husband. He was a good man and did not want to make it hard for Mary in front of people. He thought it would be good to break the promised marriage without people knowing it. 20While he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She is to become a mother by the Holy Spirit. 21A Son will be born to her. You will give Him the name Jesus because He will save His people from the punishment of their sins.”

22This happened as the Lord said it would happen through the early preacher. 23He said, “The young woman, who has never had a man, will give birth to a Son. They will give Him the name Immanuel. This means God with us.”24Joseph awoke from his sleep. He did what the angel of the Lord told him to do. He took Mary as his wife. 25But he did not have her, as a husband has a wife, until she gave birth to a Son. Joseph gave Him the name Jesus.

Key Verses: Matthew 1:21,23
21 – A Son will be born to her. You will give Him the name Jesus because He will save His people from the punishment of their sins.”
23 - He said, “The young woman, who has never had a man, will give birth to a Son. They will give Him the name Immanuel. This means God with us.”


                Thanksgiving is one of the holidays I look forward to most. A time to bring the whole family together, or as many as can come, and commune and give thanks. All of the cousins were sitting at the “kid’s table”, though the youngest is just shy of eighteen, and were rubbing the rim of Grandmother’s crystal glasses, letting the hum fill the room. Whoops, maybe it was too loud. Someone got called out by name; their full name. You know you’re in trouble when they call out your full name. 

Time to start a new conversation and move away from playing with the dinnerware. How about that name? How did we get our names? We went around the table and each cousin told the story of why they got the name that they did. For the older cousins, their names came from family members further down the line - family names, keeping tradition. For a few of the others, mom and dad both made lists of boy names and girl names; if they had the same name on each of their lists, that would be the baby’s name. The last group said that they had gotten their names based off of their meaning. 

It escapes me frequently that words have origins, as do names – and names that have meaning. Our names, the names we share with others, and the names unique to ourselves. Each of our own individuals with their own personal significance. And then there is the name given by God with the greatest meaning – Immanuel. This time of year, we celebrate the coming of Jesus… Immanuel… the One whose name means “God with us.”


Please pray with me, “Dear God, thank you for giving me my name. A name that signifies me, who I am, and who I will become in your world. Thank you for giving your Son the name “Jesus, Immanuel, God with us.” Thank you for being with us. Amen.”


Hunter Berley
Newberry College, Class of 2019

Day 3 - December 4, 2018

Luke 1: 26-38 (KJV)

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.

32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.


Miracles are unlikely things that happen in unlikely places – the unlikeliness, even the impossibility, is what makes them miraculous, after all. And certainly, God’s decision to come to us as one of us seems unlikely indeed. But when the angel Gabriel approaches a young woman and informs her that she will be the mother, the caregiver of God in His Incarnation as Jesus, Mary’s response is simple and straightforward: “I am the Lord’s handmaid. Let this happen as you have said.”

I think there may be at least two lessons in today’s reading. The first one is that miracles may happen even as we mind our own business and go through our daily lives. They may not always be announced by angels, but we may notice them if we accept that they can happen.

The other lesson comes from Mary’s response. Presented with miracles – the Virgin Birth to come and the Son of God she is to deliver – she accepts the Will of God. It’s too easy for us to think that we’re in control, that we know what can and what must happen, that our world is limited by what we can perceive and explain. Mary is wiser than that. Let us learn from that, and be willing to accept God’s will for us, even as a young woman did two millennia ago.


Heavenly Father, thank You for the miracles around us, whether they are as striking as a sunrise or as tiny as a baby born in a small town. Grant us the vision to note them and the wisdom to accept them. In the Name of Your Son, Amen.


Dr. Warren Moore, Professor of English

Day 2 - December 3, 2018

Luke 1:5-17

In the time of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife, Elizabeth, was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.


Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God.And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

~New International Version


GOD does many things well. Wait a minute. GOD does all things well. He does things so well and so smooth that we often don’t realize how he did what he did! He has a mysterious way about doing things. A great illustration of that is right here in this text. Zechariah is minding his own business when an angel of the Lord appears with great news. It was news of great hope and news that would lead to even greater news. Zechariah might have wanted that news to be told to him in a different way, but GOD chose to do it the way he did because he needed to get Zechariah’s attention.


We can easily get ourselves lost in the hustle and bustle of life. There are so many distractions that we are prone to missing what GOD is trying to tell us. This is especially true during this time of the year. We are so preoccupied with shopping for gifts and preparing for the holidays that we forget the true meaning of the holidays. We turn our attention towards celebrating the wrong thing. Thankfully, GOD has numerous tricks up his sleeve to get our attention back and help us to focus on the true reason for the season.


Heavenly Father,

We simply stand in awe of the amazing things that you do. You show your power to us every day and we thank you for that. Thank you for always managing to grab our attention when we need it. 

In Jesus Name, 



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

Day 1 - December 2, 2018

Matthew 1:17

17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.


There is no better feeling than when a promise is fulfilled. Especially when an anticipating, anxious feeling disappears in favor of peace. It may not be obvious but the verse above in the first chapter of Matthew is all about promises. Promises of a God who willingly gave an imperfect people their perfect Messiah. 

However, in order for the people to understand that their perfect Messiah had arrived, God set up a series of prophecies in the Old Testament. When these promises were finally satisfied, the people would know that Jesus had come. One major prophecy surrounded the lineage of the Messiah as established through Abraham and David. In Genesis 12:3, Abram (soon changed to Abraham) is told “I will make you into a great nation”, indicating the importance of Abraham’s offspring. In 2 Samuel 7:12-13, David is told “I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever”, indicating a continuation of David’s line. The fulfillment of each promise was essential in creating a lineage which would become the foundation for Christianity’s everlasting life and was proved in the first chapter of Matthew as evidence of Jesus’ true purpose.

But why are promises made in about 1000 BCE relevant to December 2018? Each December, Christians all over the globe take time to prepare and anticipate the coming of Christ, both as a baby in Bethlehem and during his second coming. Traditions vary between denominations, but the purpose is clear. Advent allows us to pause in order to acknowledge the amazing promises which have already been fulfilled through the lines of Abraham and David while also remembering that one day Jesus will come again with an exulting trumpet sound. During Advent, this year, use this time to reflect on the complexity of our Christian history of prophets and promises while also anticipating the assurances made for the future. 


Prayer: Dear Lord, During this season of Advent, I pray that we use this time to remember the amazing works You have already done and Your continuous works which fulfill daily promises to us. Help us take the pause in this busy season to be reminded of the blessing of Jesus. Amen.


Sarah Johnson, Senior, Newberry College

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Omega Psi Phi

About Omega Psi Phi

The Alpha Delta Chi chapter of Omega Psi Phi was founded on March 22nd, 2014 at Newberry College. Omega Psi Phi was created to bring about union of college men of similar high ideals of scholarship and manhood in order to stimulate the attainment of ideas and ambitions of its members; occupy a progressive, helpful and constructive place in political life of the community and nation. Omega Psi Phi is involved in the Assault on Illiteracy Program, holds an annual blood drive, promotes national action among society and many more philanthropic events.

Omega Psi Phi Fast Facts

Chapter: Alpha Delta Chi (Founded March 22nd, 2014) 

Symbol: Lamp 

Color(s): Royal Purple and Old Gold 

Flower: African Violet 

Founded In: 1911 

Motto: Friendship is Essential to the Soul

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Phi Beta Sigma

About Phi Beta Sigma

The Alpha Beta Psi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma was founded June 19th, 2001 at Newberry College. Phi Beta Sigma was conceived as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, they wished to return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma also conduct philanthropy events benefitting the March Of Dimes organization.

Phi Beta Sigma Fast Facts

Chapter: Alpha Beta Psi (Founded June 19th, 2001) 

Symbol: Dove 

Color(s): Royal Blue and Pure White 

Flower: White Carnation 

Founded In: 1914 

Motto: Culture For Service and Service For Humanity

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Kappa Alpha Psi

About Kappa Alpha Psi

The Xi Pi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi was founded during the 1992-93 school year at Newberry College. The Fraternity has over 125,000 members with 700 undergraduate and alumni chapters in nearly every state of the United States, and international chapters in Nigeria, South Africa, the West Indies, the United Kingdom, Germany, Korea and Japan. Local chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi participate in community outreach activities to feed the homeless, provide scholarships to young people matriculating to college, serve as mentors to young men, participate in blood drives and serve as hosts of seminars for public health awareness to name a few.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fast Facts

Chapter: Xi Pi (Founded 1992-93) 

Symbol: Diamond 

Color(s): Crimson and Cream 

Flower: Red Carnation 

Founded In: 1911 

Motto: Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor

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Theta Chi

About Theta Chi

The Eta Iota chapter of Theta Chi was formed February 12th, 1972. The brothers of Theta Chi are involved in a multitude of activities such as football, soccer, golf, and wrestling, in addition to other school organizations such as SGA, IFC, and Teaching Fellows. Theta Chi is a diverse group of young men and it is that diversity that defines them; but all brothers share the common goals of serving their god, their country, and their fellow man. Theta Chi participates in philanthropic events benefitting the USO, and locally, The Boys’ Farm. Theta Chi also hosts yearly events such as the USO Softball Tournament, visits to The Boys’ Farm and a Low Country Shrimp Boil.

Theta Chi Fast Facts

Chapter: Eta Iota (Founded February 12th, 1972) 

Symbol: Rattlesnake 

Color(s): Red and White 

Flower: Red Carnation 

Founded In: 1856 

Maxim: Alma Mater First and Theta Chi for Alma Mater

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Tau Kappa Epsilon

About Tau Kappa Epsilon

On March 31st, 1974 the Omicron Theta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was formed at Newberry College. Tau Kappa Epsilon strives to be as diverse and unique as the college in which they reside. The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon, men of sterling character and staunch uprightness, have joined a brotherhood that believes in the honest convictions of love, charity and esteem. Tau Kappa Epsilon is partnered with Saint Jude Children’s Hospital for their philanthropic events held each year.

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fast Facts

Chapter: Omicron Theta (Founded March 31st, 1974) 

Symbol: Equilateral Triangle 

Color(s): Crimson Lake Cherry and Pure Silver Gray 

Flower: Red Carnation 

Founded In: 1899 

Motto: Better Men for a Better World

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Kappa Alpha Order

About Kappa Alpha Order

In the spring semester of 1964, the Delta Epsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Order was formed at Newberry College. The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Order present incredible opportunities for growing, meeting challenges and building leadership. For their members, there is nothing more substantial or real than the vows they have taken, the strong bonds of brotherhood they have developed, and the personal growth they have achieved. Living together, growing together, and learning about each other in a positive and healthy environment, is what Kappa Alpha Order at Newberry College represents.

Kappa Alpha Order Fun Facts

Chapter: Delta Epsilon (Founded 1964) 

Symbol: Lion 

Color(s): Crimson and Old Gold 

Flower(s): Crimson Rose and Magnolia Blossom 

Founded In: 1865 

Motto: "Dieu et les Dames" (God and the Ladies)

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Alpha Xi Delta

About Alpha Xi Delta

On April 22, 1967, twenty-six sisters founded the Epsilon Iota chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at Newberry College. Alpha Xi Delta was the first sorority on Newberry's campus and were later joined by two other National Panhellenic Sororities. The Epsilon Iota Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta has continued to grow over the years and currently has 44 active sisters. The ladies of Alpha Xi Delta are focused on being successful, well-rounded ladies that spread love and happiness through their actions. Alpha Xi Delta’s major philanthropy is Autism Speaks for which they host the Light It Up Blue Week. Over the course of the week, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta host various fundraisers such as bake sales and raffles benefitting Autism Speaks.

Alpha Xi Delta Fast Facts

Chapter: Epsilon Iota (Founded April 22nd, 1967) 

Symbol: Quill 

Color(s): Light Blue, Navy Blue and Gold 

Gem(s): Pearl and Diamond 

Flower: Pink Rose 

Founded In: 1893 

Mission: The mission of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity is to enrich the life of every Al-pha Xi Delta through the decision to nurture unity and cooperation, foster intellec-tual, professional and personal growth, exemplify the highest ethical conduct, in-still community responsibility, and perpetuate fraternal growth.

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Sigma Sigma Sigma

About Sigma Sigma Sigma

The Eta Beta chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority was founded on April 12th, 1997. The sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma are dedicated to their community on and off campus. Every year Tri-Sigma celebrates events such as crush, semi-for-mal, formal, Homecoming, Founders Day, and Greek Week, along with holding mixers with the fraternities on campus. Sigma Sigma Sigma also participates in philanthropic efforts for Sigma Serves Children, Robbie Page Memorial and March of Dimes. Some of these philanthropic events include selling Rainbows for Robbie, participating in Teeter Totter, Premature Awareness Month, March for Babies, and Character Counts Week.

Sigma Sigma Sigma Fast Facts

Chapter: Eta Beta (Founded April 12th, 1997) 

Symbol: Sailboat 

Color(s): Royal Purple, Pearl White, Gold 

Gem: Pearl 

Flower: Purple Violet 

Founded In: 1898 

Mission: Sigma Sigma Sigma exists to provide a lifelong sorority experience for women through ensuring a perpetual bond of friendship, to develop in them strong womanly character, and to impress upon them high standards of conduct

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Kappa Delta

Overview of Kappa Delta

The Delta Mu chapter of Kappa Delta was founded March, 23rd 1968 and recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The organization has been nationally recognized, and has received awards on several occasions at National Conferences around the country. The Delta Mu chapter of Kappa Delta has also initiated over 700 members. The philanthropies supported by Kappa Delta are Girl Scouts of America and Prevent Child Abuse America. The sisters of Kappa Delta host sev-eral Girl Scout events throughout the year along with their Shamrock Week, benefitting PCAA.

Kappa Delta Fast Facts

Chapter: Delta Mu (Founded March 23rd, 1968) 

Symbol(s): Nautilus Shell and Dagger 

Color(s): Olive Green and Pearl White 

Gem(s): Emerald, Diamond, Pearl 

Flower: White Rose 

Founded in: 1897 

Motto: Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful, and highest

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Clarinet Festival


Workshops led by guest clinicians, recitals and clarinet choir concert.

Registration fee:  $20

All ages welcome.


Saturday, November 17

8 AM – 7 PM

Free Public Concert  5:45 PM


Newberry College Campus

Alumni Music Center * 2100 College Street, Newberry


CLICK HERE to download the complete festival schedule.

How to Register

Registration Fee:  $20

CLICK HERE to download the registration form. 

Groups should submit one registration form for each person attending. 


Mail completed registration form and and fee to:

Dr. Barry McGinnis

Department of Music

Newberry College 

2100 College Street

Newberry, SC  29108


Register now and make subsequent payment arrangements by emailing:  --  OR  --

Guest Clinicians

Robert DiLutis

Principal Clarinet, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Associate Professor of Clarinet, University of Maryland


Robert DiLutis is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Maryland and in his second season as Principal Clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. DiLutis previously taught at Louisiana State University and held positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and Eastman School of Music. His recent recitals and classes have included the Cincinnati Clarinet Mini-Fest, Catholic University of America, Interlochen Arts Academy and Clarinetfest in Madrid, Spain. Born in Baltimore, Maryland to a family of musicians, DiLutis studied with William Blayney and later at the Juilliard School with David Weber of the NYC Ballet. In 1989 he made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut as the winner of the Artist International Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist, he has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Baton Rouge Symphony. DiLutis has toured with the New York Philharmonic and is co-director of the Clarinet Academy of America. In addition to his performance career, DiLutis is the creator of the Reed Machine, a reed-making device used by leading professionals around the world. DiLutis is an Artist for Buffet and his new DVD/CD Clarinet at Maryland, is available at


Dr. Karl Kolbeck

MTNA-Certified Teacher of Music in Clarinet

Associate Professor of Music, Wayne State College-Nebraska


Dr. Karl Kolbeck is Associate Professor of Music at Wayne State College in Nebraska. His primary teaching responsibilities include applied instruction for clarinet, saxophone, double reeds and related courses. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Adams State College in Colorado and a Master of Music degree from The University of New Mexico, both in Clarinet Performance. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance from Texas Tech University, where he served as a graduate part-time instructor and sabbatical replacement instructor for the clarinet studio. Kolbeck is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Clarinet through the Music Teachers National Association.  His primary teachers include Dr. Barry McGinnis, Keith Lemmons, Dr. David Shea, and David Dees.

Kolbeck has performed with numerous orchestras and other professional ensembles throughout Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. He currently performs with the Sioux City Rockestra, Sioux City Municipal Band, Crazy 8 Brass Band, Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble, Clarinet Spectrum, and has appeared with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Black Box Trio, a group dedicated to performing chamber music written for violin, clarinet and piano. Kolbeck has also performed at conferences hosted by the International Clarinet Association, Dallas Clarinet Colloquium and the College Music Society.  

As a clinician and adjudicator, Kolbeck has made appearances at local, regional and state festivals and has experience as a public school music teacher at all grade levels, including general music, choir, band and orchestra. Kolbeck currently serves on the Nebraska State Board for MTNA as the Young Artist Solo and Chamber Music Competitions Coordinator. He has been a part of recording projects for Summit Records and Naxos and is an active member of the International Clarinet Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association and the National Association for Music Education. Kolbeck is a D’Addario Woodwinds performing artist.

Festival Hosts

Zachary Bond

Music Instructor & Performer

Faculty Artist, USC-Aiken Wind Ensemble


Zachary Bond is a clarinetist and teacher with degrees from the University of South Carolina-Columbia (MM) and Newberry College (BM), and is currently completing his studies as a DMA candidate in clarinet performance at USC. His primary instructors include Joseph Eller, Dr. Barry McGinnis and John Bittle with additional experience garnered from numerous acclaimed artists, such as Steve Cohen, Robert Spring, Robert DiLutis, Fan Lei and Karel Dohnal. He also serves on the music faculty of the University of South Carolina-Aiken as Adjunct Clarinet Instructor and Lecturer in Introduction to Music and World Music.


As an instructor in higher education, Bond teaches undergraduate applied clarinet lessons, holds seminars and masterclasses, instructs clarinet and woodwind chamber ensembles, serves as a Faculty Artist with the USC Aiken Wind Ensemble, and designs and leads non-major World Music and Introduction to Music courses, striving to deliver a student-centered approach to teaching. He is sought after as an adjudicator, serving as a member of The International Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences for the ENKOR Competition, the world's only online international solo and ensemble competition that critiques and awards chamber music group performances of students ranging from elementary to college level. He also has served as the woodwind and brasswind adjudicator for the SCMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival held at the USC School of Music.


As a performer, Bond specializes in numerous performance genres and styles, ranging as a soloist to the orchestral, operatic, band, chamber and jazz settings. A member of the Aiken Symphony Orchestra, he has also appeared with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Lake Murray Symphony and the USC Symphony, collaborating with major national and internationally acclaimed artists and groups, including Zuill Bailey, Vadim Gluzman, Natasha Paremski and the New York City Ballet, and with local performers, such as the Sandlapper Singers and the Dutch Fork Choral Society. Bond has also worked frequently with Teatro Lirico d'Europa, a world-renowned opera company, in performing Puccini's Turandot and Madame Butterfly, with additional performances of Bernstein's Candide and Donizetti's Elixir of Love with USC opera students. While a member of the USC Columbia Wind Ensemble, he has participated in performances for the 2013 CBDNA National Conference with a release of a CD, “And I Await,” released on Mark Records.


Bond performs on a Buffet R13 Prestige Bb and R13 A clarinet, using the D'Addario Reserve X5 mouthpiece, D'Addario Reserve Classic reeds, with a Vandoren Optimum ligature. He resides in Prosperity, South Carolina.


Dr. Barry McGinnis

Professor Woodwinds & Music, Newberry College


Dr. Barry McGinnis is Professor of Woodwinds and Music History at Newberry College where he teaches woodwinds, music history and directs the woodwind ensembles and jazz combo. Prior to joining Newberry College, McGinnis served on the faculties of Georgia College and State University, Piedmont College, and Adams State College. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in Saxophone Performance from Towson University, the Master of Music-Woodwind Specialist degree from East Carolina University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Georgia. His former teachers include Dr. Joseph Briscuso, Dr. Brad Foley, Dr. Kenneth Fischer and Dr. Theodore Jahn.


McGinnis has served as adjudicator for various music festivals in South Carolina, Colorado, Maryland and North Carolina. He has performed extensively in both classical and jazz settings. Performances include regional and national meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance and international meetings of the World Saxophone Congress, and he has appeared with the East Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. 


McGinnis is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Clarinet Association and serves as state chair for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. He is a member of Delta Omicron and Kappa Kappa Psi music fraternities and Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. McGinnis and his wife, Amy, make their home in Newberry, South Carolina.

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Terms and Conditions

South Carolina Scholarships Terms & Conditions

LIFE, HOPE, Palmetto Fellows and Enhancement Scholarships


Students who meet the State of South Carolina’s general eligibility requirements for the LIFE, HOPE, or Palmetto Fellows scholarships are responsible for understanding their initial eligibility requirements and their subsequent renewal requirements. For more information about each of the scholarship programs, please visit the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education’s website ( Listed below are some key facts about the LIFE, HOPE, and Palmetto Fellows scholarship programs:


  • The HOPE scholarship may only be awarded during a student’s first year of enrollment immediately following high school graduation. The HOPE scholarship cannot be renewed for subsequent years of attendance.
  • The LIFE, Palmetto Fellows, and Enhancement scholarships are continuous programs. Therefore, if a student drops out or takes a leave of absence from the institution, the student’s defined period of eligibility will continue to elapse just as if the student had remained enrolled. Please note that the requirement to complete 30 credit hours of non-remedial coursework per year remains in effect even if a student chooses to temporarily cease attendance
  • Students must be enrolled on a full-time basis in order to receive LIFE, HOPE, Palmetto Fellows, or Enhancement scholarships.
  • At Newberry College, the LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarships are limited to eight consecutive terms for the first four-year degree program. The terms of eligibility begin immediately upon initial college enrollment.
  • The Enhancement scholarship is limited to six consecutive terms for the first four-year degree program. Only eligible sophomores, juniors, and seniors may receive an Enhancement scholarship.
  • Remedial and Developmental courses do not count toward a student’s credit hour calculation for LIFE, HOPE, or Palmetto Fellows.
  • To maintain eligibility for one of the state scholarships, a student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and earn at least 30 credit hours of non-remedial coursework each academic year.
  • In order to earn the Enhancement scholarship, a student must (1) meet all eligibility requirements for LIFE or Palmetto Fellows, (2) be enrolled in an eligible STEM major, and (3) earn at least 14 credit hours of STEM-related coursework during the freshman year of enrollment.


This list of terms and conditions is in no way inclusive. For detailed information about the LIFE, HOPE, Palmetto Fellows, and Enhancement scholarships, please visit the Scholarships & Grants for SC Residents section of CHE’s website:

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W. Darr Wise Piano Competition

W. Darr Wise Piano Competition

At Newberry College

Saturday, February 16, 2019

About the Competition

The W. Darr Wise Piano Competition is named in honor of Newberry College Professor Emeritus Dr. W. Darr Wise. Wise was a member of the Newberry College Music faculty for 42 years, serving as both a piano professor and the College organist until his retirement in 1998. His skill as a musician and an educator inspired his students to continue studying and teaching at major music conservatories and to achieve successful careers as performers, church musicians, retailers and leaders in the music industry, teachers and administrators in all levels of education. 


Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third in both the junior and senior divisions. First prize winners in each division each receive a cash award. All prize winners will perform one music selection in the winner's recital. 


Junior Division, First Prize  --  $250

Senior Division, First Prize  --  $250   PLUS   $5,000 Newberry College Scholarship


Honorable Mention may be awarded at the discretion of the judges. 

Competition Repertoire

JUNIOR DIVISION (Grades 6 - 8)

  • Two contrasting solo pieces

A total of 10 minutes is allocated for each audition; no minimum performance time limit.
The repertoire must be performed from memory in order to be eligible for prizes.



  • One movement of a Classical sonata
  • One contrasting piece selected by the contestant

A total of 10 minutes is allocated for each audition; no minimum performance time limit.
The repertoire must be performed from memory in order to be eligible for prizes.


Submit your registration and $25 non-refundable entry fee online.

Registration and entry fee must be submitted no later than January 14, 2019. 



Competition Schedule

Saturday, February 16, 2019


8 am - Noon Junior Division
1 pm Junior Division Prizes Announced
1 - 4 pm Senior Division
4:30 pm Senior Division Prizes Announced
5 pm Winner's Recital

2017-18 Award Winners

First Prize Junior Division – Emma Bao (Student of Lisa Kiser; Simpsonville, SC) 

Second Prize Junior Division – Danika Yang (Student of Lisa Kiser; Simpsonville, SC) 

Third Prize Junior Division – Henry Sun (Student of Lisa Kiser; Greer, SC) 

First Prize Senior Division – Oliver Rancu (Student of Lisa Kiser; Anderson, SC) 

Second Prize Senior Division – Emma Devine (Student of Dr. Stephen Taylor; 

Simpsonville, SC) 

Third Prize Senior Division – David Jang (Student of Alice Ramirez; Newberry, SC)


Dr. Sarah Masterson



Newberry College
Department of Music
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Newberry, SC  29108

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Lenten Devotions 2018

March 30

Good Friday 

Holy week Devotion 

30 March 2018 


John 19: 28c-30. [On the cross that day] Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of hyssop plant, and lifted it to his lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 


Finished is a word we use to express completion. We use this word to express satiation such as, “I couldn’t eat another bite, I am finished.” Just last month, millions around the world tuned their televisions to watch the winter Olympic games where the word, “Finished or Finish” was used to express finality. From the starters gun to the finish line we watched as athletes raced down ski slopes, bobsled runs and other venues and the one thing that kept them in the pursuit were dreams of the finish line. 


You and I are linear people, we walk in straight lines, we make lists in columns, and we even park our cars in parallel rows. You and I see life as a straight line, from birth to death. We age chronologically and count the years one at a time. For you and for me life appears to be a race from start to finish. But is it? 


Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph and Mary, born in a manger, raised by a carpenter, ordained by God the Creator as His beloved Son and Messiah. Jesus, who the Gospel of John calls, The Word made flesh, who was in the beginning, our beginning, and who ever shall be, eternal and everlasting for whom the word finished simply means mission accomplished, task completed. 


Today is Good Friday, the day we hear the story of the death of Jesus Christ who suffered death for our sins and in return offers us his righteousness for a life of eternal joy with him, who is from everlasting to everlasting, God Almighty. You and I know that Easter is in but a few days from now. The earliest disciples thought that this was the finish for Jesus! We know better. Today we mourn, but on Sunday we celebrate. What was it New York Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra used to say, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Today we are told that it is finished, yes indeed, redemption is ours by the cross of Christ! God bless you Newberry. 

God be with us in our every thought and every action every day. Make us instruments of your peace, and people of the light. May we with your Spirit share the love of Jesus you so freely give. Amen.


Pastor Ernie Worman

Campus Pastor, Newberry College

March 29

Maundy Thursday 

John 13:1-17 


1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. … 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. (NRSV 13:1, 14-15) 


Tonight, Christians everywhere will grieve for their savior as we endure and embrace the memory of Maundy Thursday events more than two thousand years ago when our Savior literally loved us to the end as He allowed himself to be arrested, tormented, and ridiculed before being nailed to the cross tomorrow. Communities will hear the passion narrative dramatically read or presented, some will have Seder meals, many will have foot washing, and all will in silence and sadness strip the altar and silently leave their services weighed down with a grief and pain too deep for words. 


In this John passage, we experience the depth of His love for His own – the disciples and us. And the only thing He wishes in return is for us to love and serve one another as He has. Not blood sacrifices or prolonged pilgrimages – just to sacrifice our pride for the sake of others and the world around us. 


This carpenter’s son, this man from Galilee, this Jesus who loves us enough to fully experience being human in order to defeat death for us and claim us in such a way that nothing can ever come between us and God – He set us an example – not to do superhuman things, but to do human things such as loving, serving and caring that reflect His image to the world. 


Precious Son of God, our Brother and our Redeemer – help us to follow your example in our relationship with all of your creation. Amen. 


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

March 28

Reading: Philippians 2:5-11 

Let the same mind be in you that was* in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 



What is the biggest show of power that you have seen in your life? Maybe it was a power-play at work; maybe it’s been associated with time spent in the military, or watching politicians at work. 


I am guessing that most of us did not associate power with humility. Yet it is precisely through this humility which our God in the person of Jesus Christ has expressed power. Obedience, shameful public execution, servitude – none of these would be considered powerful by our standards. 


If I phrased my initial question differently – what is the most powerful thing you have ever seen? – I think our answers would change quite a bit. Maybe you were in the room for the passing of a loved one. Maybe you think of the birth of your child. But in the way we speak about “powerful moments,” rarely are these shows of power in a physical or material way. 


For God, the power and might of his reign on earth is demonstrated by the emptying of himself, becoming a servant, and undergoing a humiliating death. Yet through that humble life is the most powerful life – in both senses of the word. God’s power over our ultimate enemy – death – is overcome through this powerful and humble life. 



Powerful God, you showed us your love and the depths of your rule through a life that should humble us all. Contemplating your power on earth, guide us to have the mind of Christ that we should not abuse the power we have, and through acts of servitude point to the power of the one who can save us all. AMEN.


Pastor James Henrichs

Summer Memorial Lutheran Church

March 27

[Jesus said,] “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. --Matthew 6:25-34, Common English Bible 


Martin Luther taught us, “Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is your God.” When our heart clings to our stuff, and we come to believe that it is our stuff, our own efforts, and our own work that will save us in the future, we become anxious, and we worry that we will lose what gives us life. 


When we think that what we have is all on account of our own doing, pretty soon, we come to think that it all depends on us. Then we become anxious about losing it, anxious about what we will eat and what we will wear and how we will pay the bills and if we will have enough money to retire. Then life becomes something less than a celebration of God's goodness. It becomes a drag. We worry. In today’s reading, Jesus urges us not to worry about anything. 


Instead, over and over again scripture calls us to live in joy, to give up our insistence on doing it all ourselves and enjoy God's gifts with gratitude and praise and thanksgiving. You can’t do that if you don’t recognize that what we have is a gift. After all, we were all born into the world naked and helpless. Everything we have, everything we know, every talent, every pleasure, every ability, even life itself has come to us from others. The only way to live then is in thankfulness and humility, wonder and joy, graciousness and generosity. 


Ultimately it is not our stuff that gives us life. It is living as a citizen of God’s dominion - serving our neighbor, welcoming the stranger, visiting the sick, sitting with the lonely, being good news for the poor - that defines and comprises our real life. 


This Lent, we have a chance once again to turn toward the One who gives us the life that lasts even when all our stuff is gone, the One who offers us the joy that comes from giving up our fixation with ourselves and turning our focus toward God and our neighbor. 


Prayer: O most loving God, you want us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing except losing you, and to lay all our cares on you, knowing that you care for us. Protect us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds in this mortal life may hide from us the light of your immortal love shown to us in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (LBW Prayer 204) 


Julian Gordy

Bishop, ELCA Southeastern Synod.

March 26

Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve. 

Mark 11:1-11 


The fanfare is over. Crowds have acclaimed Jesus as the coming king entering Jerusalem. It’s late and Jesus enters the temple and looks around. 


At every point in the story in Mark, Jesus does not let anyone make assumptions about who he is, even if that means keeping his entire identity secret. He doesn’t permit spirits to testify to who he is; he tells those he has healed to keep quiet; and he even instructs the disciples not to disclose the transfiguration moment when Moses and Elijah appear with him in glorious radiance. It’s as if Jesus wants zero prejudice about his ministry and what he has come to do. No one but God will dictate his identity. 


But we try as hard as we can to dictate Jesus’ identity. We want him to back up our own prejudices against others. We want him to have the same enemies we do. We want him to be just like us. We want him to demonstrate dominance according to us. 


But here he stands in the midst of our temples late at night having a look around. 


After this moment, the Holy One of God will undercut the temple system. The king of Israel will drive out money exchangers. The Son of God will admonish religious leaders for their deliberate ignoring of doing God’s justice and healing work. 


Then the Messiah will die, with all the expectations that people have set upon him. 

Each Lent in the church year is really a season of letting Jesus have a look around in our own hearts and souls, our own congregations, our own communities, and in our own world. That’s when Jesus drives out false expectations, self-centered sin, and our deliberate ignorance toward God’s ever-surprising love. 


Indeed, Jesus is taking a look around right now to clean house later. Let it be so this Lent. 


Let us pray. 


Even as we desire to follow in your way of love, Lord Jesus, our hearts are cluttered with bitterness and worry, selfishness and prejudice. Save us, O Christ! Clean house! Make room in our hearts again for the fullness of the love of God and neighbor. Amen. 


Pastor Michael Price 

Newberry College, Class of 2002

March 23

Psalm 19: 14. NIV 


“May the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” 


This final verse of Psalm 19 is more a prayer than a statement. The writer of Psalm 19 has made his statement in previous verses, and now asks that what he has spoken, and what his heart holds dear, may be acceptable to God Almighty, Rock and Redeemer. Having grown up in the Christian faith, I have only heard this prayer spoken by Pastors just prior to giving their Sunday sermon message for the day. But as I read the Psalm this week it came to me that this may be one of the finest prayers given to us in scripture. It says it all in one short verse. May I be careful in what I say, and cautious in what I carry in my heart, so that you Lord God, may receive my offering of words and hopes with gracious acceptance. 


Forgive me if this sounds a bit earthy, but, isn’t that what we are made of scripturally, the earth? When I was younger and often in a group of young men, perhaps playing a sport or discussing a controversial topic, someone would say something unkind, or off-color, or inappropriate, only to have another person say something like; “Hey, do you eat with that mouth?” Or, “Would you kiss your mother with that mouth?” Or even, “Hey, what would your grandmother say if she could hear you?” The point is that words have power. Our words tell others who we are, what we believe, our values and our fears. Words that come from the heart can inflict pain on others, or they can comfort others. Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 


I have discovered a new purpose for this Psalm prayer that is greater than simply to be used before the preacher starts his or her sermon message. Perhaps this prayer would serve us all well to be spoken out loud or silently just prior to every time we speak. What if we were all so conscious of our words, and, what we hold dear in our hearts, that we prayed every time we spoke so that God, our Rock and our Redeemer would listen and approve of them? I wonder how much kinder this world might be? Words can hurt or they can console. Words can build up or they can tear down. Words can forgive or they can be resentful. We have a choice in the words we share with others. Words spoke the universe into being, and The Word dwelt among us and brought us salvation. May God bless the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.

March 22

1 Peter 3:18-21 (New Revised Standard Version) 

18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21 And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ 


“We are baptized more often than we realize.” 

This is a saying that has stuck with me through the years, and the more I think about it, and the more I grow in my faith, the more it rings true. Baptism, after all, is a cleansing of the soul, through which we die and are reborn, changed and claimed by the Lord. In fact, anything we do that involves a change for the better, a birth of a new self, and a closer relationship with God, can be considered a baptism. And it happens to us more than we would think. 


Each of us have experienced the fine appreciation that comes through longing, even suffering with anticipation, for something good to arrive or return. This applies to everything from powering through the work day to get to the nice, hot, homecooked meal and relaxation at the end, to waiting months at a time for a loved one to return from active duty, or from prolonged illness. But these events, regardless of how common or how significant they are, often leave us changed for the better. Striving through a work day for that nice, hot meal at the end might not only make us value our daily bread and our fellowship with friends and family even more, it may even leave us better at the task or occupation we are doing. Patiently waiting for a loved one to come home after an extended time of absence not only brings us closer to that person, and makes us relish in every little thing we can do with them again; it also allows us time to see how much that person means to us, and to grow in our faith and forbearance while anticipating their return. 


Today’s devotional Scripture essentially defines baptism for us. Baptism is not the removal of dirt from the body, but an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism is the spiritual by way of the physical. In this way, the season of Lent is a kind of baptism. The forty-day fast, soon coming to an end, is meant to deny ourselves worldly pleasure to allow us to turn our focus to God, to patiently wait for Christ’s resurrection, and to have a fuller appreciation for His sacrifice as we see through comparison all that God’s grace can give us through faith and Scripture. In this way, our former selves continually die, and we are continually reborn with closer relationships with God and with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are baptized more often than we realize. 


Heavenly Father: help us to better understand and appreciate you. Help us to see you in every day, every wait, and every trial, and help us to grow closer to you and others through them. Lord, remind us that we continue to be remade as better servants of you and others, and that you are with us every step of the way. In Jesus’ name: Amen.


James “Jay” Salter, Newberry College student

March 21

John 12: 20-21 

“Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Phillip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request, ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we would like to see Jesus.’” 


Sometimes when I read scripture it feels as though I am reading something so foreign to my way of thinking. As I was reading the text for my devotion; I couldn’t get past the first two verses. Some Greeks come to Jerusalem during the festival of Passover with the intention to see Jesus. Imagine if you will the ability to say out loud, “Please Sir, we would like to see Jesus. Could you direct us or make the introduction?” That is what the scripture sounds like in my head. Outsiders travel far and come to the Holy City with the hope of speaking with and seeing Jesus. Really! 


Well, in my brain this story might as well begin with the words, “in a galaxy far, far, away…” I mean, after all, I would love to say just once, with meaning and belief that it will happen, “Please Sir, I would like to see Jesus.” Can you imagine? No, actually, I cannot imagine what it might have been like to see and hear and touch Jesus. I know, right, this sounds so sad, but wait… 


You and I have something so much greater than these First Century Greek visitors to Jerusalem. They came to see a man whom they had heard about, who had done great wonders and miracles, and why, to see if He was real. They came in wonder. We see in truth. 


We are Easter people. We know the story of Jesus and His redemption of humanity on the cross. We are baptized in the water spoken over with the Holy Word of God, and we are by faith, infused by the very Holy Spirit of our Creator. You and I have the power of God to see Jesus in the face of strangers, in the feeding of the hungry and housing of the homeless. We know that God is present in, with, and under the elements of bread and wine at Holy Communion. We know that Jesus has overpowered the finality of death to bring us eternal life. We see Jesus in our brothers and sisters who are working with the poorest among us, and in the poor whom God has given us to serve. We are Easter people. We can say with absolute assurance, Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. We need not travel far to see Jesus and wonder if it is possible. Jesus is present among us every day, in the love we share, the forgiveness we offer to others and the hope we provide to those without hope. 


God be present in our hearts, active in our daily efforts and surround us with your Holy Spirit that we might see Jesus in the face of others, and, for others, be the face of Jesus in our love. Amen.

March 20

Hebrews 5:5-10 

“In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,” Hebrews 5:5a. 




Not so long ago, a television commercial would air and the tag line for this mobile phone company was, “Can you hear me now?” The point to be made was that their cell service was clearer and crisper than their competitors. Do you remember your first cell phone, how often the call dropped or how often you had to ask the listener, “Can you hear me now,” as you moved about the area to find the location with the clearest signal, the place where you might have three or four signal strength bars? 


Our scripture for today from the Book of Hebrews reminds us that God is calling to us as He did when He called Jesus to be our great high priest. The Psalms remind us that God is a still small voice that comes to us from within, and one of my favorite worship hymns is titled, Listen, God is calling. I wonder, does God ever shout to us out of frustration, “Can you hear me now?” 


You and I live in a world of noise. No matter where we are or what we are doing, this is a world of turbulence, and chaos and noise. In fact, some of us use what they call, “white noise” machines to mask out other noise. Noise to combat noise. And yet, God is calling to us, reminding us that we are his beloved children, and that he has a purpose for our lives. Thankfully, Lent is a season to be reminded that God is calling, are we listening? God is calling, will we answer the call? God is calling, and when we answer that call, say yes to our divine purpose on earth, our lives and the lives of our neighbors and families and communities is better. 


Find some time today if only two minutes, pray, listen, and say yes to God. He created us in his image, inspires us with His Holy Spirit, and redeemed us through His Son. Listen, God is calling. Now go, and serve the Lord in love, in humbleness of faith and strength of purpose. You have the power of God’s love. 


Almighty and everlasting God, call to us and come to us quickly. Inspire our hearts to serve you with newness of life and the power of faith. Make us instruments of your peace, and beacons of your light in our homes and communities. Amen


Pastor Ernie Campus Pastor, Newberry College 

March 19

Psalm 119:9-16 


9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, LORD; teach me your decrees. 13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. 15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (NIV) 


Life so often puts us in uncharted territory. Sometimes we have no idea what to do. Advice from other people leaves us at a loss – they can’t grasp what’s boggling us. Should I do this? Should I do that instead? Or is there another option I’m not recognizing? What’s going to be the outcome? Will this come back to haunt me, or will I rest easy knowing I did the best I could? There’s no manual, no quick reference to guide us through these moments, no flowcharts that lead to proper outcomes. 


From my earliest days I was taught that God was watching my every move, knew everything I did, and will hold me to account for all I have done. Those warnings often came when I was a child about to be led astray by my sense of mischief. Back then my parents were close at hand to make sure I didn’t stray, but as I went out into the world on my own, I had to figure out how to get along. As it turned out, that sense of “God is watching you” followed me into adulthood, and to this day it governs how I interact with the rest of the world. You might think this means my life is miserable. Instead, it’s a reminder to live by the rules God lays out – tell the truth, love one another, don’t hurt or cheat anyone, be a good neighbor, be genuinely kind to each other. It’s worked out well, and there’s a genuinely good feeling you get from the effort. You tend not to toss and turn at night, plagued by a troubled conscience, nearly as often. It’s like the old saying about the virtues of telling the truth: there’s so much less you have to remember to keep straight. 


This world is always changing around us. Sometimes it’s confusing. Sometimes it’s scary, and especially so for a young person who experiences the world and suddenly realizes the truth behind the Breton fisherman’s prayer: “O God, Thy sea is so great and my boat is so small.” But no matter how overwhelmed we feel by the great ocean around us, the simple and faithful advice of the Psalmist will see us through, and keep us on course. 


Lord, in these times it is often difficult to remember the path You want us to take. Help us to remember that You always watch us, and that nothing feels so good as the warmth that comes from living as You would have us live. Let us always lead lives of service and gratitude, to love everyone, to walk gently, act with kindness, and serve Your purpose with love and laughter, no matter if we’re nine or ninety-nine. In Your name we pray. Amen. 


Jodie Peeler, Professor of Communications

March 16

Jeremiah 31:31-34 

Jeremiah lived through tumultuous times, with wars and siege befalling his country of Judah. His mission was to call his people to obey and trust God. His people lived under the old Mosaic covenant that God had established hundreds of years prior. People were taught to obey God’s laws to be in God’s good favor. Jeremiah prophecized that God would establish a new covenant with His people in which God would open Himself to each one of us and live in our hearts, so that we would know and love Him as our Father, and not just to obey rules. 


We are blessed to be under the New Covenant, established through the death of Jesus Christ. We have been given the Holy Spirit to live within us that gives us access to our Holy Father. We no longer must be taught to live by laws alone to attain salvation, as Jesus did that for us. We obey now because we want to, out of our love and respect for our Creator. 


Prayer: Dear God, thank You for making access to You and Your Goodness dwell within our hearts, so that we can directly experience You and Your love and peace in our lives. Thank You for fulfilling Your promises to us through Your Son.


Dr. Sarah Bryant Interim Chair, Department of Business Administration 

March 15

Psalm 107


1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 and gathered them out of the lands,
from the east, and from the west,
from the north, and from the south.


4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way;
they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way,
that they might go to a city of habitation.


8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul,
and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.


Daniel Boone is reputed to have said that he had never been lost, but he admitted that he had “once been a mite bewildered for three days.” None of us are Daniel Boones, and even in our era of online maps and GPS, it really isn’t that hard to miss our exit or get turned around. Life moves quickly, and we can lose our bearings.


God knows this, of course. And as Christ, God was even willing to become fully human, to be lost and afraid on a hill near Jerusalem. But God doesn’t want us to be lost or alone. He asks us to call to Him, so that He can lead us “by the right way”, to a place we can live. He still wants to guide us, even if we feel more lost each day. Will we call for him?

Heavenly Father, we know You know how lost we are and how lost we feel. Thank You for being willing to guide us, and for letting us have these weeks to focus on You and Your call, Your direction. In Jesus’s name we pray, amen.


Authored by; Dr. Warren Moore, Professor of English, Newberry College.

March 14

Ephesians 2: 9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. NIV 


Faith is a gift from God. Wow, can you even begin to understand that concept? Faith is a gift from God. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” And the, “not by works,” part, well isn’t this verse the cornerstone of the Lutheran Reformation? So here we are just a couple of weeks before Easter and today we get to talk about grace through faith. Let me repeat that, for Bonhoeffer warns us about “cheap grace,” but this is grace through faith. And even though Faith is a gift from God, by faith we are called to do work for the good of the kingdom of God, not for our salvation but for the Glory of God above! 


You all know I love to talk about the music in my head and heart. When I think of grace, of course, one of the first songs that comes to mind is, “Amazing Grace.” But recently, another song has been in my ear and heart, “Death was Arrested” by North Point InsideOut. If you have a chance to listen to the whole song, please do. My beloved Ernie has played the video in Wiles Chapel a few times and I know it is easy to find online. It is also playing on Christian Radio stations now. The wonderful lyrics of this song, “Death Was Arrested,” speak of how death was arrested when Jesus redeemed us with His sacrificial death on the cross and then arose from the grave on Easter Day. I love the images the lyrics paint of Grace washing over me, making me new, and endless love pouring down on us...both of these word pictures bring me great peace in my heart and mind. For we all yearn to be loved so much that we are freely forgiven and made new. God through Jesus redeemed us. 


And in this season of Lent, as we contemplate the excruciating pain our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ endured on the cross to buy this “Free Grace,” we need to remember and appreciate all the gifts God has given us- including faith in the first place. 


Please pray with me. 


Lord God, 

Thank you for your loving gift of faith and for giving us your Son, Jesus, who through His sacrificial death, bought for us amazing grace and eternal salvation. Please send down your Holy Spirit today to live in us and work through us for the good of our neighbors. 




Annie Worman

March 13

John 3:14-21 


“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. For GOD so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For GOD did not send his son into the world to condemn world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of GOD’s one and only son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for the fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of GOD.” 


~New International Version 


I often look back on my coaching days and have many fond memories. The championships, the wins, the joys, and even some of the sorrows flood my brain when reminiscing. I think about the many players who I was blessed to coach and how each of them was special and talented in their own way. However, it was not always easy trying to fit all that talent together. One of the characteristics of an effective coach is the ability take his or her personnel and use it wisely. There are times when things are not working well, and the coach must go to his or her bench to shake things up. Putting the right substitute in the game is sometimes the difference between winning and losing. 


Thankfully for us, GOD was able to send a substitute to this world to save us. We were losing but he sent someone to save the day. This time of the year is always special for the believer because without the sacrifice of this substitute, we would not be here today. Jesus paid the ultimate price, but we reap the benefits. He gave his life so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Let us lift him up for all to see so that all may be saved. 


Heavenly Father, 

We’ve messed up and we have fallen short. However, we know that your love for us is unconditional and your grace is sufficient. Thank you for sending your son to save this world. Please help us to be more like him so that we can provide the light to drive out the darkness. 


In Jesus Name, 



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

March 12

There may be no more inspiring and encouraging words spoken than those of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 3-12. The words are often referred to as the eight beatitudes. The words tell us not to be misled by the unfairness of the moment. 


Don’t be discouraged by the examples of daily injustice that seem to go applauded or unaddressed. Fight for justice and inclusivity, but remember “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” There is injustice every day and today the hate and discrimination we seen being waged against other seems deeper and more wide-spread than ever. But we are reminded, “Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.” 


There are days when we try our best to do the right thing and treat others with a “soft heart,” yet things often just seem to fall apart on us. And we wonder what I am doing? Is chasing after a life of kindness, humility and righteousness of any value? We lose a loved one too early in life, a relationship ends poorly, a sickness causes a child far too great a pain, or we lose our job for doing the right thing. We consider giving up, but then we are reminded: “Blessed are those who are persecuted, because of their righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” 


There is no scorecard being kept by anyone here on earth that accurately reflects the quality of our life. It may seem like it and we may be concerned that the more deceitful people are prospering the most. But Matthew is saying do not be confused or disheartened. God wants us to live our lives as best we can. NO one has ever lived a perfect life. We can be sure that things don’t always work out with happy endings. Things work out according to God’s plan, and that does not mean we end every day in a river of joy and contentment. Life is not easy. 


Matthew tells us to pick ourselves up, keep the faith, and don’t look for immediate gratification or acknowledgement. It most likely ain’t coming. Only the scorecard in heaven is keeping tabs on the love and empathy we are showing others. Only the scorecard in Heaven knows how we are living our life. 


These words of encouragement remind us that there is a unique greatness in taking a stand for justice and fairness. There is a greatness in standing up for the oppressed and pushing for a change of love and empathy. The question is do we have enough faith to believe that “Blessed are those who are persecuted and evil things done against you because you believed in Me… for those that do so, rejoice and be glad because your reward is in Heaven.” 




Dr. Maurice Scherrens 

President, Newberry College.

March 9

A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness


A Psalm of David. 


25 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. 3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. 


4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. 


6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindnesses, For they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord. 


8 Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. 9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. 10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. 


Have you ever been in a difficult trial and you knew that you were in the trial because of your own sin or own mistakes? You knew that you should cry out to God for help, but you were afraid to do so because of your sin or mistake. Or, maybe your problems were not due to deliberate sin, but rather because of immaturity or stupid decisions. Even though I have prayed for guidance and wisdom, I still have done something that resulted in putting myself in a bad situation. What should you do at such times, or what should I do? Psalm 25 teaches us to seek God in the hard times, no matter for what reason we are in those hard times. 


Advent often seems to come to us as a teeny tiny pinhole of light surrounded by darkness. The world, with its suffering, its violence, its ruthlessness, at times is so dark, or seems so dark, and the light seems so puny. We want that tiny pinhole of light to be enough, but it’s easy to feel like it won’t be enough to solve our problems. We may fear that the light that God has promised won’t really shine in the darkest corners of our world, or the dark corners of our own individual worlds. And it is only dimly, through that pinhole of light, that we see ourselves, reduced to our shortcomings, and we long for God to look past those faults and really see us. 


We too are saved by grace, a reality that we remember and celebrate during the season of Lent. Because we trust that God is gracious, we dare to enter a season of confession and penitence, offering ourselves as a living sacrifice to God and pledging ourselves anew to discern and do God’s will. 


Let us pray- 

Lord- all of us need you and all of us desire the love and comfort that only you can provide. My prayer is that I slow down, that all of us slow down, and take time and make time to listen, and listen only to you. 

Continue to put your people in my path, and use me to do your work. In your glorious name, we pray. Amen 


Ralph Patterson 

Director of Athletics 

Newberry College

March 8

Genesis 9:8-17 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV) 


8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10 and with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15 and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. 


If you lived in this part of the country a few years ago, you likely remember what we call the “thousand-year flood.” The rain damaged property, driving some people from their homes and making travel difficult. But we knew it wouldn’t last forever, and we did the best we could during and after that monstrous rain. And even during those difficult times, we could find moments of beauty and satisfaction as first responders, neighbors, and even strangers did what they could during the storm and the ensuing recovery. 


In our text today, we recall the story of the rainbow, a mark of God’s promise that even though storms would still come, they would not destroy us. Later in the Bible, Jesus comes to us and shows that even death does not mean obliteration. And though we know that we move through storms and suffering, some of which we mark in Lent, we also know that they don’t mean we will be destroyed. 


But the rainbow is also a challenge to us. When there are floods, both literal and metaphorical, we should do what we can to bring beauty and reminders of the mercy of God to the people around us. We see rainbows, yes – but we may be rainbows as well. 


Heavenly Father, thank you for the rainbow, the reminder that even when life slips beyond our control, You love us and give us futures in you, through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Please grant us the ability to be agents of Your mercy and kindness as well. In Christ’s Name we pray, amen. 


Dr. Warren Moore. Professor of English, Newberry College

March 7

Matthew 7: 7-12 

A Plan for Good 

God intends good for you. That is the message announced by our text for this day. Jesus says you can be as confident about receiving God’s favor as a person who knocks on a door with the confidence that a friend is on the other side, ready to open it. You can confidently trust that God is on your side. God intends good for you. 


This an easy concept, but people have difficulty accepting and trusting that God intends good for them. They wonder if it’s true because much in life suggests otherwise. To help us understand, Jesus gives us a straightforward analogy. People are not perfect. None of us always does what is good and right. Even so, who among us would give a child who asks for food something poisonous to eat? As Jesus says in our text, “What parents would give their children a poisonous snake when children ask for food?” If we, with all our flaws, often do what is good, how much more then will God, who is completely good, give us what is good! 


I often hear people say they wish God would reveal a plan for them. What a strange question to ask! As if we don’t already know God’s plan for us! Can we not trust the good news that in Christ we know God intends good for us? Is that not enough? Is this not what it means to live by faith? Even if we do not know the particulars about God’s care for us or how God is leading us, Jesus taught us that God is in our lives for good. In return, God asks that we share goodness with others, and that part of the plan is up to us to devise. This Lenten season, let’s get to work living out our discipleship. 


Almighty God, source of all good things, give us the courage to trust in your Son’s good news about your steadfast love. Help us respond to your call to serve our neighbor even as Christ served us. Amen.


Mark Wilhelm, Executive Director 

Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

March 6

Matthew 7:1-5


“About Judging and Being Judged”

An old Indian proverb teaches us, “Never judge another until you have walked a mile in his moccasins.”

Jesus made the same point long ago in this proverb from Matthew. “Judge not,” he said, “lest you be judged.” Now his point was not that we never need to make decisions about the people we are going to hang out with or hire or elect to hold public office. In that sense, we are judging others all the time, and by the nature of life we need to.


But in doing so we need to put on one another’s shoes. A colleague friend of mine tells the story about teaching at USC. One student would come late into her class, slip into the back row, and would often fall asleep. She perceived him to be a poor student who did not care, and she wrote him off. But one day after class he walked up to the podium and explained to her, “I’m sorry I come late and sometimes fall asleep. You see I am putting myself through college and I work the late shift. I come here straight from work and am often exhausted. I am sorry for my behavior, but I did not want you to take it personally.”


In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus tells his daughter Scout that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”


Even God refused to judge us until he climbed inside a human’s skin and walked around in it, until he became flesh and dwelled among us.


So we are not to judge each other, certainly not until we have asked and listened and heard and understood the stories and circumstances of our sisters and brothers. That is why we need to walk in each other’s moccasins. So we can relate to one another, understand each other. This is what it means to have compassion – to “feel with” the other, to recognize that each of us is, in the words of Luther, “saint and sinner at the same time.” We fear, we fall; we bear, we bless. We harangue and harm; we help and heal. Ours is not to judge by double standards, for to do so is to live double-dealing, duplicitous lives. Ours are not the feed of the pure and holy, but we may sometimes be blessed to tread in the path the holy one has made for us. WE are not to judge; but sometimes we may show good judgement.


When a judge walks into a courtroom, the Bailiff orders the court to stand, saying “All Rise.” And all in the court do. In due time, we will all be judged, but the good news for us is that when that time comes, the one that will do the judging of us is the same one who did the dying for us. Jesus will act as both judge and advocate. He judges not from a bench but from a cross, and from that cross he pleads our case and asks God to forgive us even when we know not what we do. And even when we do.

And judging by the nature of God’s grace, the time is coming when Jesus, our holy judge and faithful advocate, will also play the role of the blessed Bailiff who, having conquered death itself, will say to us, “ALL RISE.”




Let us pray.

O Holy One, forgive us when we judge one another in duplicitous ways, and deliver us from the headless and harsh judgments of others. Lead us not into judgment but deliver us from evil. And may be wise with our Lord into your kingdom of life and grace and goodness.



Professor of Religion, Dr. Wayne Kannaday

March 5

Isaiah 50:4-9 

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up. 



Speaking to a group of Lutheran church leaders, Peter L. Steinke once concluded his remarks by saying, “Being right is highly overrated.” The prophet Isaiah seemed certain that the word he received from God and proclaimed was right. Some of Isaiah’s listeners apparently thought that his message was not right. He was beaten. They pulled the hair of his beard. He was insulted and spat upon. Isaiah set his face like flint, which is a pretty hard mineral, the idea being that even if he were struck in the face, he would not be deterred from speaking the word he had received from God. 


God had called Isaiah to preach peace, good news, salvation, and the reign of God. Isaiah’s certainty that set his face like flint was not certainty that he was right. His certainty was based in his faith in God who fulfills God’s promises. 


Being right is highly overrated because certainty of being right can get in the way of loving relationships. A bright, well informed, thoughtful, wise person I know often ends what sounds like a very certain pronouncement with the words, “But then again, I could be wrong.” This is an invitation to hearing new information or another point of view. This is a mark of humility, of not taking one’s self too seriously. 


People outside of the church are increasingly of the opinion that Christians are judgmental, that we are too certain about how others ought to behave. If we are to be certain about something, it ought to be our trust that God is One who saves, who brings peace, who brings relief from suffering, who reconciles, bringing peace to relationships. We ought to be more certain of God’s salvation than we are of our own judgments. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’” (Isaiah 52:7). 



Gracious God, give us courage and strength to proclaim your words of peace, good news, and salvation, words that can sustain the weary. May we be steadfast in our faith in your promises and humble in our judgments.


Reverend Dr. Ben Moravitz, '76

Assistant to the Bishop, ELCA Southeastern Synod. 

March 2

Matthew 6: 19-21 

In this passage, Jesus is instructing us in one of the hardest areas of life that people face. He is telling us not to “let the world be too much with us.” Do not be so concerned with earthly possessions that we focus on accumulation of our things, that we forget what is really important to our true nature, that of our spirit. I have learned to say “Heaven is so much with me!” I then feel lighter and headed more in my life’s true direction, rather than feeling the cares and worries of the world. Love for and generosity to others shows our trust in God that He will take care of our needs, so that we do not have to worry and stress over the cares of this life. 


I heard a minister’s wife say that she mentally burned her house down each week. She was saying that she caused herself to let go of allowing things to own her. God knows that we have need of material goods to sustain life, and He generously gives us more than we need. In this passage, Jesus asks us to be careful that life on earth is not so important that we lose sight of our goal of Heaven. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Verse 6:21) 


Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, we thank you for your lessons contained in the scriptures to help us with our daily life lessons. Your words teach and inspire us to understand the true meaning of life. Please help us to conquer this area of life that we find hard to remember, that of enjoying our worldly gifts from you, without worshiping them more than You.


Dr. Sarah Bryant

Interim Chair, Department of Business Administration

March 1

“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 


The best advice I ever got from the internet was from an article summarizing a book which dives into our cultural need to be “busy.” The author of the book, Brigid Schulte, interviews and studies linguists and sociologists and comes to the conclusion that “busyness” has become a cultural badge of honor and a sign of status and importance. We feel the need to be “busy,” or to appear busy. Many of us are busy, but Schulte finds a particular sociologist who has a very simple fix for all the anxiety that builds up in us due to our busy lives. 


The advice was simple: stop telling yourself and others how busy you are. 


Apparently, the mere fact that we have an internal voice telling us how busy we are and the fact that we freely express this to others have adverse psychological effects on us. It compounds stress and exhaustion, paving the way for bad decision-making, all the while wasting time on brooding on how busy we are. 


In much the same way, Jesus is trying to remind anyone who will listen that our attempts to appear valued, important, or special really only get us so far, and may even cause us harm. But to refrain from these things —moreover to actively work away from such self-aggrandizement— may just bring more substantive rewards. 


I really don’t care to admit to you all how much my life is run by how I appear to others, because it’s a constant motivation. Nevertheless, the way of Jesus takes us down a different path, a path away from such silly motivations and self-deception. The way of Jesus is not being seen and known by others but being seen and known by God. God, who is faithful and good, brushes aside our busyness and self-promotion and sees through it to the very human beings we really are. 


Would you believe me if I told you that even then God loves you? 


Let us pray. 


Holy and loving God, you see who we are in secret, and you love us still. Turn us away from self-importance and instead turn us toward our neighbors and you. Teach us to serve our neighbors with the same love you gave in Christ, your Son, in whose name we pray. Amen. 


Pastor Michael Price 

Newberry College, Class of 2002

February 28

Matthew 6: 9-13


Pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us for the ways we have wronged you, just as we also forgive those who have wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. (CEB)


The Lord’s Prayer, the time honored and time-tested prayer that our Lord Jesus has shared with us. This is indeed a wonderful prayer that we recite as often as we can. In my congregation we recite the Lord’s Prayer within every service and this prayer usually begins or ends each of our many meetings. I recite this prayer as I go to visits with those I serve. We pray this prayer as we share in the Lord’s meal, as we pray for healing and well-being, as we are present with one another during times of grief and sadness, but also during times of joy and celebration. Within all aspects of the faithful life – this prayer is prayed. A lot.


I do love that so many hold on so dearly to this prayer (even though there is no ‘correct’ Lord’s Prayer just different translations of the prayer Jesus gave to his disciples). I can be with some of my most beloved members that have some of the fiercest cases of dementia – those who have trouble staying in a conversation since their short-term memory is so impaired. Yet, as soon as we get to the portion of our visit where this prayer is recited, they can join right in with no trouble at all.


Something about this prayer has lodged deep into their memories, as the recite these well-loved words, you can begin to see the person you knew for so long and so well. There is comfort for the one who has trouble remembering as they join in – they can and do remember some things – really important things. And there is comfort brought to those who are visiting with them as they see, if only for a fleeting moment, the person they know and love as they used to be.


I love this prayer. I love that we repeat it and recite it so much. It reminds me of God’s promise of presence with us. Our God provides us with those things we need for daily living, in the midst of our life we will screw up, yet our God will continue to forgive us. In the remembrance of that forgiveness of when we have wronged God, we are called to forgive those who have wronged us in some way. All the while we pray that our God will continue to protect us in this life.


There is so much promise and hope in these words. And yes, we repeat them a lot. But, we repeat them because they are good words to hear. These words help us remember not only God’s promise with us, but how we live towards others. These words or so important in our life of faith that they nestle deep in our minds, they ingrain themselves in the fibers of our very being. We repeat, recite, and remember these words because of their promise and comfort. Amen.


Let us pray – O Lord whose name is indeed holy, help me to remember these words. To remember your promise, remember your protection, to remember to live in love towards and with others. May these words rest in my soul and may I recite them again and again, not only to bring comfort to me, but to remind others of their comfort as well. Amen.


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

February 27

Matthew 6:5-8 

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (NIV) 


How many times have you heard somebody praying, or making some expression of faith or worship, really making a show of it...and you’ve wondered who the real audience was? Was it truly a message to the Lord, or was it using prayer as a way to say “hey, everybody, look at me!”? Too often in life I have found people who talked a great game about loving the Lord and wanted everybody to know just how devout they were. They were great at doing wheelies with their words, but their actions told a far different story. I learned the hard way to keep my distance from them. 


When my parents were attending Greenwood High School back in the day, the school’s motto was “do right because it is right.” You shouldn’t do the right thing because you want credit or because you want to show off. You should do it because it’s the right thing to do. And the same is true with prayer. No matter your intent, you shouldn’t pray to be a showoff. It’s too sacred a thing to use as a device. You should pray because you mean it. And a prayer that takes place in a secluded room, with nobody around but you and God, is about as sacred and meaningful as it gets. It’s an honest way to pray, and a powerful one. 


It is true there are times we are called to pray in the presence of others (a church service without prayer would be kind of pointless, wouldn’t it?). But we don’t need an audience to make a prayer valid. After all, how many times have you found yourself sleepless, consumed by crisis, your heart crying out to God in the wee small hours? God, who has incredible hearing anyway, who can hear a prayer before we even pray it and knows what we need before we even know we need anything, can hear us a lot better when we speak in seclusion, connecting with the Almighty through the honesty that lies deep within our hearts and souls, instead of over the shouts of “look at me!” that come from prayer as spectacle. 


Dear Lord, please let us always keep in mind that the purpose of prayer is to connect with You. Help us to keep our communications with You always honest and sincere, and our purpose genuine. Please help us use the gift of prayer to make us more faithful and benevolent servants for Your purpose. Amen. 


Jodie Peeler, Professor of Communications

February 26

Matthew 6: 2  So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. NIV



Today we continue our Lenten journey towards Good Friday and Easter with this rather difficult text.  For who among us doesn’t love to be recognized or honored for doing good things? But you see, this text is not really about that. This passage is about doing good things like giving to the needy, not for our own honor but because it is the right thing to do, for the honor and glory of God. I have heard my beloved Ernie often say words to the effect that, ‘If there are two choices, usually the more difficult one is the right thing to do.”  Does it seem like that to you, too? It is so much easier to do nothing that to do something.  This season of Lent in preparation for Good Friday and Easter is a time for self-reflection and especially self-reflection in looking at our actions as a reflection of God’s love for us and Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3: 16.


Those of you who know me, know that music is always in my head.  So just writing John 3:16 takes me into singing that in a well known anthem.... But also today I have another song in my heart and head for this Lenten journey: “I Love To Tell The Story,” by Alan Jackson.  The Chorus goes:

            “I love to tell the story,

            Twill be my theme in glory.

            To tell the old, old story

            Of Jesus and his love.


For our contemplation today and each and every day during this Lenten season should be about Jesus and His love.  To everything, for everything, give God the honor and glory!


Please pray with me.

Lord God,

Thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus.  Lord Jesus, thank you for your gift of grace and salvation from the cross.  Holy Spirit, please dwell in me today and help me make the right choices that honor God and Jesus instead of just me.  Amen


R. Annie Worman

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 in people’s lives. Many believe this is the psalm that David, a man of God, wrote after his affair with Bathsheba and murder of her husband on the battlefield (2 Samuel 11).  We hear in this psalm the sound of a man who has been convicted by the weight of his sin and is driven to repentance seeking God’s unfailing love to cover his transgressions.  


For us, this psalm offers us a glimpse into the Christian truth that repentance - not mere self-reflection - leads us to an authentic relationship with God and others.  It is out of this repentance that a lively relationship with God is born.  Knowing our faults, our imperfections, and our brokenness, and lifting all these to God is exactly what He desires because it is His unfailing love that blots out our transgressions, imperfections, and shortcomings.  


Prayer:  Almighty God, guide us beyond simply self-reflection but lead us to true repentance.  As we lift up all our burdens, transgressions, and imperfections to you, cover them with your unfailing love.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.  

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.

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Called to the Common Good

Called to the Common Good

High School Youth Theology Institute

June 9-16 2019






Do you ever ask yourself these questions and wonder how you can use your gifts to make an impact? Are you concerned about the problems facing our society 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 9 - 16, 2019



Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina.  This is a residential institute; 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
  • 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



$300 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. Limited scholarships are available. 

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 address critical social problems such as food insecurity, mass violence and environmental destruction. 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 $300 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 apply or be 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 9 through June 16, 2019, 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 $300. 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. Limited scholarships available.

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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

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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)

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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)

2017 - Stephen M. Creech ('72)

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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

2017 - Raymond L. and Julie E. Hendrix

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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)

2017 - Brandon Gantt ('08)

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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)

2017 - L. Wayne Pearson ('70)

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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  

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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 

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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 

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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

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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. 

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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.

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African-American Pioneers at Newberry College

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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. 

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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.

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Submission Thank You

Thank You!

Thank you for your submission!

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Family Weekend 2018

Family Weekend 2018

OCTOBER 5 - 7, 2018

Family Weekend is the perfect opportunity for families to visit campus and enjoy the spirit of Newberry College! Enjoy a weekend full of food, games, athletic events and fun for the entire family. 





6 - 8 pm

Ring Ceremony at Dufford Alumni House

Ring eligible students who purchased a class ring prior to August 10, 2018, will receive their rings at a special ceremony presented by the Newberry College Alumni Association. Invitations have been mailed to eligible students and their families. 


8:30 pm

Family Movie on The Quad -- Incredibles 1

Married superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastagirl come out of their government-mandated retirement as superheroes when Mr. Incredible is summoned to an island to battle an out-of-control robot. When he runs into trouble his family marshal their superhero powers to save him.




10 am - 6 p.m. 

City of Newberry Annual Oktoberfest

Celebrate Newberry's German heritage at this festival featuring authentic German cuisine, two German biergartens, plenty of art and craft vendors and FREE activities for the kids in the Kindertown: Family Fun Zone. The Rocktoberfest stage will feature polka music, variety hits and the Best German Costume contest. Don't miss the Newberry Car Buff's Classic Car Display. Admission to the Newberry Oktoberfest is FREE! 


1 pm

Wolf Nation Family Games Tournament 


2  - 3 pm

Family Weekend Tailgate with the "First Family"

Stop by Yost Portico at Holland Hall (building 15 on the campus map) for free food and a quick chate with President Scherrens and his wife, Sandy, Student Affairs staff and other Newberry families. 


4 pm

Football vs. Lenoir-Rhyne at Setzler Field **

Support Wolves Football as they engage in a tough regular season matchup against the Bears from Lenoir-Rhyne University. 




10:30 - 11:15 am

Familly Weekend Worship Service at Wiles Chapel

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


11:30 am - 1 pm

Sunday Brunch at Kaufmann Dining Hall

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



**Discount code for Family Weekend 2018 is FAMILY18. Tickets maybe purchased at With the discount code, Adult will be $10, and children will be $5 with the discount. The discount code will be active until 4:00pm on Friday October 5th, 2018.**







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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.

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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  


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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.

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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 decades of combined experience in assisting guests who need information and academic support, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always ready to help students get better research results and locate the numerous resources the library provides. With both collaborative and quiet study areas, the library serves the study and research needs of Newberry College students. Computers and print/copy/scan machines are available for student use.
Visit Library


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.


Wessels Library and Center for Student Success arrange peer tutoring on a variety of subjects that is free to all students of Newberry College. Tutoring schedules and subject areas covered may vary by semester depending on the availability of tutors. The current tutoring schedule can be viewed on Wolf Den, on the Wessels Library website or in-person at the Library front desk. 

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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.”

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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.

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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  (This date is offered in conjunction with the Office of Admission for early admitted students who will be attending Accepted Student Experience). 

June 22

July 13

July 27

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 August 17 - 19, 2018. 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!

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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 ???

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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.

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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  

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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 2019 events as the unfold to include the South Carolina All-State Jazz weekend.

You can print our Jazz Festival Flyer for 2015 here.

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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. 

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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

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 Newberry College Music Department Newsletters (.pdf Format)

 2012-2013 Newberry College Dimensions - Music Department Insert

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Performance Calender

Performance Calender

Newberry College

Department of Music


Public Events Calendar

FALL 2015 – SPRING 2016



View and Print our current Public Events Calendar


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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

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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:



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Students wishing to enter as music majors in one of these degree programs for the 2018-2019 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 2018-19 Audition Dates:

Friday, November 16

Friday, January 18

Friday, February 22
Saturday, March 16
Friday, April 12
Friday, May 10


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

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Veterans Program

Veterans Benefits

Newberry College, an accredited institution, is a military friendly college and a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. More information is available in the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Veterans Affairs.



The Office of the Registrar is located in Holland Hall, first floor. Call the Registrar at 803-321-5124.



The Office of Veterans Affairs is located in the Center for Student Success in Wessles Library. Contact Veterans Affairs Representative Samilia Abney at 803.321.5148 or email

Determining Your GI Benefits

Your can determine your eligibility and benefit amounts using VA GI Bill Comparison Tool on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Go to


Use the steps below to help you compare benefits and gather the necessary documentation to request education benefits. 



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 Newberry Online students, please note that if you are online classes, you qualify for one-half the national average monthly housing allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.



Collect Your 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.)



Compare Programs and Choose a School. The maximum in-state fee 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. Newberry College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Information on tuition and fess is available at



Apply Online. Newberry College’s VA Certifying Officer is Tanika Beard in the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar must receive the following information for the certification 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

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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.

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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

Samelia Abney, Academic Specialist and Disabilities Coordinator for Center for Student Success, 803.321.5148.

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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

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Career Services

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services provides a variety of career and professional development activities and support throughout a Newberry student's career to give them the relevant support at the most appropriate times to ensure they are prepared to succeed in the job market. 


Our Mission

To develop and equip every Newberry College student to explore, define, articulate and pursue their personal, educational and career goals.


Our Vision

Newberry students will graduate with the clarity, confidence and capacities to pursue a successful and fulfilling career.


Wolves2Work is the place for all things career at Newberry College. You can find internships, part-time jobs and career jobs here. We want to ensure that that your are competitive in the workplace. Your first step is to create a profile that gets you noticed by employers who are looking for interns and employees.

Create your account today by clicking here:  Wolves2Work


Wolves2Work, powered by Purple Briefcase, is the best place to post part-time jobs, full-time jobs, internship and cooperative learning opportunities, and connect with Newberry College students for your hiring needs.


Get started!

Create your free account today by clicking here: Wolves2Work

  • Under New User, select New Employer 

  • Navigate to the My Schools pagescroll down to the Request Access section and select South Carolina (SC).

  • After all the schools load, scroll to Newberry College in Newberry, SC, and click Request Connection.

  • Newberry College will approve your profile within two business days after which you will be able to post jobs, connect with prospective employees and register for on-campus recruiting opportunities. 


Faculty/Staff Access

Faculty/Staff access is the same access level as students. Having your own access can be beneficial for advisors to show students how the career management system is used and how it can benefit them. To post jobs within Newberry College, you will need New Employer access. Click here to set up an account: Wolves2Work

Year-by-Year Support Process

Freshman Year -- Exploring
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 -- Selecting
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 -- Experiencing
At this phase of their college career Experiential Learning becomes imperative. Internships, co-ops, clinical training and student teaching become a cornerstone of a student's education. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree should begin researching programs, preparing for graduate entrance exams and visiting schools. Career Services can provide support to students as they pursue these opportunities, ensuring that student resumes are professionally prepared and that students are skilled in interviewing.


Senior Year -- Transitioning
As a student’s college career nears completion, the transition into the professional world begins. Students should be actively engaged in applying for positions that fit their interests and skills or applying to relevant graduate programs. Career Services works closely with seniors on tactical and strategic issues. 

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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 may be submitted to the Registrar's office using our online request form. For questions about enrollment verification, please email the Registrar's office at or call 803.321.5124


 If you have any questions regarding these forms, please email or call the Office of the Registrar at 803.321.5124.


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.

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Center for Student Success

Hours of Operation:

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



Wessels Library


Our Staff:

Samelia Abney, Academic Specialist and Disabilities Coordinator for Center for Student Success, 803.321.5148

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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. .

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Federal Direct Stafford Loan

Stafford Loans are the primary federal loan for students. 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 you graduate or if you drop below half-time enrollment. The standard repayment term is 10 years; however, it is possible to get access to alternate repayment terms (extended, graduated and income contingent repayment) by consolidating the loans.


$5,500 (freshmen)
$6,500 (sophomores)
$7,500 (juniors, seniors)


Full-time or part-time student


How to Apply
Complete the FAFSA
Complete the Online Federal Entrance Interview 
Complete theDirect Loan Master Promissory Note

Federal Perkins Loan

Up to $4,000 based on financial need


Full-time or part-time students


How to Apply
Complete the 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%. A disbursement fee of 4.3% fee iis deducted from each disbursement of a PLUS Loan. Repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed, and extends up to 10 years.


A modest credit check is conducted to assess the parent's credit history. If a parent is denied a Federal PLUS loan due to adverse credit history, the parent may reapply with a credit-worthy co-borrower or appeal the denial with the Direct Loan Origination Center. 

If the parent is denied a PLUS loan, the student becomes eligible for increased Stafford Loan limits.


Up to the full cost of the student's education


Parents of full-time or part-time dependent students


How to Apply
Complete a PLUS loan application

SC Teachers Loan Program

Repayment of the SC Teachers Loan is forgiven if the graduate teaches in a critical geographic area within South Carolina as determined by State.


Up to $2,500 (Freshmen, sophomores) 
Up to $5,000 (Juniors, Seniors)


Full-time student; South Carolina 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 South Carolina average for their graduation year
Enrolled students must take and pass the SC EEE and have a 2.75 GPA


How to Apply
Complete the FAFSA
Complete the SC Teachers Loan application

Private Education Loans

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


The Newberry College Office of Financial Aid will work with any lender and servicing agency to process a private/alternative education loan for our students. It is important to note that this type of loan is typically more expensive than federal loans and should only be used when all other options, including federal loans, have been exhausted. The terms and conditions of alternative loans vary from lender to lender. We encourage all borrowers to carefully review and evaluate each program.


To ensure timely processing of your loan, please monitor your application once submitted. Each lender’s process varies, but all steps require by the lender must completed before a disbursement can be made to Newberry College.


We urge you to carefully consider all of your options before making a final decision. Click here to research and compare alternative loan programs using FASThoice. This tool from 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.

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Newberry College Grants

Newberry College grants are awarded to both freshmen and upperclassmen to recognize service to the College and to the local community. 


How to Apply

Complete the FAFSA

Federal Pell Grant

$598 - $5,815/year based on financial need


Full-time or part-time students

Federal SEOG Grant

Up to $1,000/year


Full-time or part-time students

SC Tuition Grant

Up to $3,100/year


South Carolina resident with demonstrated need
Full-time student
One of these three criteria: 900 SAT score, 19 ACT score, top 75% of class

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South Carolina Scholarships

SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

$6,700/year (freshmen)
$7,500/year (sophomores, juniors, and seniors)


South Carolina resident, full-time student
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 South Carolina Higher Education Commission at 803-737-2260


Click to view Terms & Conditions

SC Palmetto Fellows Enhancement Scholarship

$2,500/year (sophomores, juniors and seniors)


You must meet all criteria for the SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship AND
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


Click to view Terms & Conditions

SC Life Scholarship

$5,000/year (sophomores, juniors and seniors)


South Carolina resident; full-time student
Meet at least two of these criteria: 3.0 GPA; Top 30% of Class; 1100 SAT or 24 ACT


How to Apply
Complete an application for admission


Click to view Terms & Conditions

SC Life Enhancement Scholarship

$2,500/year (sophomores, juniors and seniors)


You must meet all criteria to receive the SC Life Scholarship AND
Major in one of the following areas: science, mathematics, computer science or informational technology, engineering, science education, math education, or healthcare.

Incoming fall freshmen who wish to qualify for the SC Life Enhancement Scholarship awards in their sophomore year must complete 14 credit hours in math and science during their freshman year.


How to Apply
Your transcript will be reviewed at the end of your freshman year


Click to view Terms & Conditions

SC Hope Scholarship

$2,800/year (freshman year only)


South Carolina resident
First-time freshman; full time student
3.0 GPA
Not eligible for the Life Scholarship


How to Apply
Complete an application for admission


Click to view Terms & Conditions

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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.

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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

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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

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Military Aid

Veteran Education Benefits

A number of education benefit plans are available for eligible veterans. Following is an overview of the benefits most frequently used for enrollment at Newberry College. More detailed information about each program and its eligibility requirements is available from the Department of Veterans Affair at


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 the Yellw Ribbon Program (see below).


Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
The Active Duty Educational Assistance Program, is for individuals who entered active duty in the military after June 30, 1985 and served continuously for three years, or who served for 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)
The Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program is 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 applicable.


Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
Educational assistance is available to the 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 is available through this program. The benefit provides a monthly stipend and covers the cost of tuition, books and supplies. Eligibility is determined on an individual case-by-case basis.


Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP Chapter 32)
The Veterans Education Assistance 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 participate 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. Combined with matching funds from the VA, the scholarship will cover all tuition and fee expenses at Newberry College that are not covered by Chapter 33 benefits.

Application Procedures

  • Apply for admission to Newberry College.
  • Submit an application for benefits through the VA Online Application System ( or download the forms at and mail or fax the completed application to the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 
  • Once the Department of Veterans Affairs has determined your eligibility (typically 10-12 weeks after receiving your application), you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. Submit a copy of the certificate to the Newberry College Office of the Registrar and to the Office of Financial Aid.

Armed Forces Tuition Assistance

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

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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





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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)

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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

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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

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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

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Mission Statement

The Summerland Honors Program challenges students to engage in an exploration of critical inquiry, interdisciplinary research, and civic responsibility. We equip students with knowledge and skills necessary to become lifelong learners who embrace intellectual curiosity.


Through a combination of dynamic courses, a Living & Learning community in the dorms, and a variety of special speakers and events, the Summerland Honors program brings together scholarship, service, and community.

Students choose from a range of exciting course topics each semester, and Honors courses encourage discussion, curiosity, and hands-on learning. Each Summerland Honors graduate also has the opportunity to complete an independent study, artistic portfolio, or community engagement project, and members of the Summerland community develop innovative thinking and a commitment to others.

To apply

Admission to the Summerland Honors Programs is based on a variety of criteria including:
-3.5 High school GPA
-1100 SAT or 24 ACT scores
-An interview with one or more members of the Summerland Honors Community.

In addition, current Newberry College students may apply for entry into the program. 

Additional inquiries may be addressed to the director of Summerland Honors, Dr. Amanda Hodges.

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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.

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ROTC: It's All About Leadership!

Since 1916, the Army Reserve Officer 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.


Newberry College is part of the New Highlander Battalion Army ROTC, which also includes Lander University and Presbyterian College, which is the host institution for the enter battalion. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dining Out

Dining Out

The City of Newberry has a varied offering of Restaurants

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No information on this program.

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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)

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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.

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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

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