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Criminal Justice

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Criminal Justice

Position Description: Newberry College invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in Criminal Justice beginning in either January 2020 or August 2020. Candidates need to have the education, skills and experience to teach a wide range of courses in Criminal Justice, including research, writing, and ethics. Preferences given to those applicants with a background in homeland security, corrections, and/or law enforcement. 


Duties and Responsibilities: Expected to teach in the traditional and online settings as assigned and to participate in activities in the Department, which includes the advising of students. A complete list of Duties and Responsibilities can be found in the Faculty Policies Manual. 


About Newberry College: Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Synod of South Carolina and Adjacent States, the College has maintained its association with the Lutheran Church. Today, Newberry College prepares students in the Lutheran liberal arts tradition through a supportive academic community for lifelong intellectual and personal development, meaningful vocation and engaged citizenship in the global society. 

Newberry College is committed to the achievement of academic excellence by students from diverse backgrounds. Our students vary in their socioeconomic status, academic, and cultural diversity. They make us who we are, and we are seeking someone committed to the service and personal attention of our student population. The successful candidate will have intercultural competence and history of success working with students from diverse and underrepresented populations. 


Qualifications: Master’s degree in Criminology or Criminal Justice from an accredited university required. Doctoral Degree preferred. Must have prior teaching experience. Experience with Regional and local Criminal Justice Agencies preferred. Must meet the College criteria for faculty appointment and have the ability to support the goals and mission of the College and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 


Applications: Review of applications will begin October 21st and continue until position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, graduate transcripts (sent directly from the degree granting institutions), and contact information for three professional references. Electronic application materials (preferred) should be emailed to Associate Dean, Dr. Christina Wendland Please include “Criminal Justice Faculty” in the subject line. 


Or mail hard copies to: 

Dr. Christina Wendland 

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs 

Newberry College 

2100 College Street 

Newberry, SC 29108


These job descriptions reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Admission Counselor

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Admission Counselor

Reports to:

Director of Admission



This position is a full-time, twelve (12) month, 40 hours per week administrative position responsible for recruiting high school students into the freshman class at Newberry College.  In representing the College, this will require frequent overnight travel to visit high schools and attend college fairs especially in the fall. Evening and weekend work can be expected.  


Essential Functions

An ability or instinct to begin and follow through with a plan or task without prompting or direction from others, dependable; instills confidence, works effectively with others to achieve common goals, & an ability to alter planned activities to accommodate new or changed situations.Additionally, the incumbent selected must have exceptional writing, interpersonal, and communication skills, attention to detail, and outstanding organizational skills. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license, safe driving record and a desire to work in and succeed in an energetic team environment. Perform all other duties deemed appropriate for this position.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  1. Teamwork Orientation.
  2. Communication Proficiency.
  3. Technical Capacity.
  4. Problem Solving/Analysis.
  5. Thoroughness.
  6. Collaboration Skills.
  7. Ethical Conduct.
  8. Organizational Skills.


Supervisory Responsibility

There are no supervisory responsibilities currently.


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. 


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time 12-month position, and general hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Some nights and weekends will also be part of the position depending upon workload and time of year.  Extensive overnight travel will also be associated with this position



A valid US Drivers’ license with a safe driving record is required, and the energy and ability to travel. Some evening and weekend work, and some overnight travel are expectations of this position.


Required Education and Experience

Bachelors’ degree.


Preferred Education and Experience

Masters’ degree.


Additional Eligibility Qualifications

None required for this position.


Work Authorization/Security Clearance (if applicable)

None required for this position.  


AAP/EEO Statement

Newberry College is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer Male/Female/Disabled/Vet.   


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


For complete consideration, applicants should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining how the candidate meets the core requirements for the position
  2. Resume that covers the applicant’s complete employment history
  3. Contact information for three (3) professional references including phone number and email address


The preferred method for submitting your application materials is via


These job descriptions reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Vice President for Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Vice President for Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer

Newberry College seeks a Vice President for Administrative Services/CFO who is an experienced financial professional to oversee all aspects of the finance and business functions of the College. This position exists to be an enabler or supporter for other administrators and department heads, helping them determine how to accomplish the objectives and thereby providing a supportive foundation for organizational success. The Vice President reports to the College President and is an integral member of the President's Council. The position requires a combination of strategic leadership and hands-on management. 


Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Synod of South Carolina and Adjacent States, the College has maintained its association with the Lutheran Church. Today, Newberry College prepares students in the Lutheran liberal arts tradition through a supportive academic community for lifelong intellectual and personal development, meaningful vocation and engaged citizenship in the global society. Newberry College is committed to the achievement of academic excellence by students from diverse backgrounds. Fifty percent of our students are Pell Grant recipients; forty percent of our students are first-generation college students; and thirty-five percent of our students are students of color. Our students make us who we are, and we are seeking someone committed to the service and personal attention for all our students. 


The Vice President of Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides management and leadership for the administrative functions of the College. The CFO assumes overall responsibility for the College's financial, general accounting, procurement, accounts payable and receivable, student accounts, debt management, capital financing, investments and budgeting. 


The CFO establishes and updates the College's financial policies and standards. The CFO further oversees the planning, direction and administration of the College's support functions which include Human Resources, Environmental Health and Safety and outsourced functions include Dining Services, Facilities Management, Bookstore functions, Property and Health Insurance. The CFO should have a thorough knowledge of the relationship between tuition discounting, access and affordability, student accounts receivable and the net income requirement per student. 


This position requires the following: 

· Master’s degree in accounting, business or related field 

· Five to seven years of experience in a supervisory role in a college business office or combination of education and experience commensurate with the requirement of this position 

· Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with college faculty, staff, administrators and the board of trustees 

· Experience in operational and strategic planning, policy development and financial analysis 

· Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in a written and oral format to administrative staff, professional colleagues, governing boards, and the general public in large or small group settings 


Newberry College is in a period of significant growth in enrollment (24% over the last 5 years). The CFO will be a visionary partner in managing the physical plant to support this growth. This includes planning and delivering improved learning environments and residential spaces, student-focused spaces, and dining venues. 


This position requires a background screen. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a background screen. 


This is a regular, full-time, exempt position reporting to the President of the College. 


Evening, travel and occasional weekend hours are expected. 


For complete consideration, applicants should submit complete application by October 14th, 2019. Application should include a cover letter explaining candidate's interest in the position; resume covering the applicant's complete employment history; and a minimum of four (4) professional references including phone number and email address. 

The salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications of the candidate. 

The preferred method for submitting your application materials is via


These job descriptions reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Director of Communications and Marketing

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Director of Communications and Marketing

Newberry College is seeking a Director of Communications and Marketing to lead the strategic communication and marketing efforts for the College. The new Director will help determine the course and lead the effort to promote the College’s brand strategy and communications objectives for multiple constituencies: prospective students and parents, alumni, donors, the campus community, and other critical regional and national audiences. 


As a senior member of the Enrollment Management team, the Director is also a member of the President’s Council and will help to ensure a high level of visibility not only for Enrollment Management, but for the Scaling the Summit Capital Campaign and other campus wide initiatives. This leader will collaborate with their team and institutional peers to keep Newberry constituencies informed and create a sense of excitement and confidence in the positive trajectory of the College. 


Newberry College has a proud tradition of educating students from the United States and countries abroad for more than 160 years. Recently recognized by the US News and World Report as a Best Regional College (No. 16), Regional Best Value (No. 6) and ranked No. 1 in the southern region for Social Mobility, Newberry’s diverse and inclusive campus delivers an outstanding liberal arts education for more than 1,200 students. 


The Director of Communications and Marketing is expected to: 


· Collaborate with the President and other key members of the administration to develop institutional messaging, creating and sustaining brand awareness for the college both locally and regionally. 

· Collaborate with Advancement, Admissions, and faculty to create a comprehensive communication plan that extends and strengthens the brand across all communication channels. 

· Support internal and community communications, develop themes and messages, measure and evaluate effectiveness, consult with academic chairs and administrative units, and pursue consistent, high-quality information sharing across the college community. 

· Develop thought leadership openings for the president and other leaders (as appropriate) that will align their expertise and strategic priorities with internal and external opportunities that enhance institutional reputation and increase recognition of Newberry’s quality. 

· Manage a team of creative communicators to deliver Newberry messaging to appropriate audiences in a timely and distinctive manner. 

· Advise the President and members of the President’s Council on issues of public relations, marketing and communications as needed. 

· Cultivate relationships with reporters, editors and producers. 




· A minimum of a bachelors' degree: advanced degree is preferred 

· A minimum of five to seven years of professional experience as a communications director or showing progressive development and leadership in a related role 

· Superior written and oral communication skills, including the ability to act as the College’s spokesperson when needed 

· Ability to manage projects and programs, which includes planning, developing timelines, determining resource requirements, evaluating progress, and reporting results 

· Demonstrated ability to develop and execute communication plans with measurable impact 

· Experience with or in‐depth knowledge of best uses of a wide array of communications media, including print, social, web, video, and design. 


How to Apply: 


For complete consideration, applicants should submit the following: 

· Cover letter explaining how the candidate meets the requirements for the position 

· Resume that covers the applicant’s complete employment history 

· Contact information for six (6) professional references including phone number and email address 


The preferred method for submitting your application materials is via


These job descriptions reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Alumni Engagement Coordinator


Reporting to the Director of Alumni Relations and Giving, the Alumni Engagement Coordinator will think critically, strategically and creatively about the development and growth of Newberry College’s overall alumni programming; identify, recruit and train alumni volunteers; develop and enhance geographic, academic and affinity group alumni programs and activities; provide stewardship for and recognition of alumni volunteers; and cultivate new and existing alumni donors. 



· Support efforts to meet annual financial and participation goals from alumni. Newberry College is currently in a comprehensive capital campaign of which the Annual Fund is a critical component. 

· Assist in the planning and implementation of Phone-a-thon and other Annual Fund campaigns, as assigned. 

· Organize and build leadership in targeted areas and assist alumni in implementing local and regional gatherings. 

· Work closely with the Young Alumni Association and the African American Alumni Association to increase participation among members. 

· Design and implement a revitalized reunion gift effort directed toward 5th-45th year reunion classes. 

· Develop an Annual Giving solicitation strategy for reunion celebrants inclusive of direct mail, phone, email and social media. 

· Maintain frequent contact with volunteers through visits, correspondence and telephone. 

· Assist in the planning and implementation of Homecoming, Reunions, Spring Fest and other all-campus activities, as assigned. 

· Provide stewardship for and recognition of alumni volunteers. 

· Monitor progress and programs against planned outcomes. 

· Complete other duties as assigned or needed. 



· A bachelor’s degree is required. 

· Experience in higher education, alumni relations or fundraising is strongly desired. 

· Proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel. 

· Possess and maintain a valid S.C. driver’s license. 

· Ability to work some nights and weekends as needed. 

· Ability to lift up to 30 lbs. 

· Travel estimated at less than 20%.


A complete application will include the following: 

• Cover Letter 

• Resume/CV 

• Contact information for three (3) current, professional references 


All applications can be submitted to


These job descriptions reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Academic Success Coach

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Academic Success Coach

Academic Success Coach (Staff position, 12 month appointment) 

Job Summary: Under the oversight of the Assistant Dean for Student Success, the candidate provides leadership, mentorship and academic intervention to promote student success and persistence to graduation. 


Job Tasks and Responsibilities: 

· Member of a dynamic staff who works collaboratively with campus partners to develop programs, interventions and strategic initiatives to promote student success and persistence. 

· Provides academic assistance and advising to a select group of undeclared students. 

· Manages a caseload of students, providing them with academic assistance; monitors students’ academic progress, and works closely and collaboratively with coaches, faculty and staff to develop needed interventions to ensure their academic success. 

· Initiates and coordinates creative student success programs and services to better meet the needs of students, which may include campus tutoring, programs to support first generation and undecided students, peer mentoring, athletic enrichment, etc. 

· Responds to student issues and concerns; works closely with students to resolve all issues to ensure ongoing satisfaction with program and successful progress to completion. 

· Provides regular updates to Assistant Dean concerning retention risks and intervention support; and effective solutions where appropriate. 

· Serves on the Student Intervention Team (SIT) that meets weekly to discuss student issues that can hinder successful persistence. 

· Teaches the first year seminar course and/or academic skills class as requested by Assistant Dean. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Characteristics 

· Knowledge of student development theories/practices and best practices related to student success, retention and persistence 

· Counseling, advising, mentoring skills 

· Interpersonal and personal development skills 

· Strong leadership skills and ability to work independently on projects 

· Ability to relate effectively and work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students 

· Ability to take initiative to plan, implement and assess programs 

· Ability to maintain confidentiality 


Minimum Qualifications 

· Bachelor’s Degree, however a Master’s degree in counseling, student development or some field in higher education HIGHLY preferred. 

· Two years of related higher education experience.


Email application materials to


This job description reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Pearson Hall

Pearson Hall



Yearly - $7,300

Semester - $3,650



Yearly - $7,800

Semester - $3,900


2019-2020 room rates (based on 10-month occupancy).


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Mental Health Counselor

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Mental Health Counselor


The Counselor provides psychotherapy sessions and campus education on mental health issues to Newberry College students on a full-time basis. The Counselor assists the student in identifying their issues or problems, aids in setting goals to overcome the problem, and lends support as the goals are reached and changes are made.



Any other tasks as assigned by the Director of Health and Counseling Services, the Dean of Students, or the College President.
Remain current on SACS criteria and ensure compliance in area of control.
Meet goals and objectives as communicated in the College’s Performance Review.
Effective stewardship of the College’s financial resources. 
Interface with students, faculty, and staff as indicated for case management.
Responsible for developing close, working relationships with student affairs professionals, faculty and administration.
Schedule counseling sessions with college students requesting services.
Provide individual psychotherapy sessions to address DSM-5 conditions and related mental health problems with appropriate documentation and adherence to SC State Mental Health Laws and HIPPA.
Provide group therapy sessions as needed.
Provide educational round tables discussions for students on substance abuse as needed.
Organize seminars and programs/events on substance abuse and mental health issues in collaboration with the Director of Health and Counseling Services.
Make referrals appropriate to student needs with documentation to The Center for Student Success and Disability Services, to College physician, the Emergency Room, and community resources.
Maintain current professional liability insurance and SC professional license.
Provide data to the Director of Health and Counseling Services, including total students served, referrals to the physician, and all external referrals as requested.
Follow the Health and Counseling Services office protocol and Standard Operating Procedures.




Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field from an Accredited College or University.
Licensed within the state of South Carolina to practice psychotherapy/counseling services.
Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice or Licensed Professional Counselor.
A minimum of five years of experience in the counseling field. Must be knowledgeable regarding
HIPPA compliance, SC state mental health laws, and DSM-5 criteria.
Prior experience working with adolescents/young adults.
Basic or Advanced written and oral communication skills
Positive attitude
Ability to support the goals and mission of the college
Basic or advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software
Excellent organization and time management skills
Ability to build effective partnerships within the college community



Minimum of 1year experience within alcohol and substance abuse treatment in addition to above.

Certifications in Addictions Counseling (CAC) in addition to above.

Related experience in a higher education setting


Additional Information:

This position requires a background screen. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a background screen
This is a regular, full-time, exempt position

For complete consideration, applicants should submit the following:

                 Cover letter explaining how the candidate meets the core requirements for the position

                 Resume that covers the applicant’s complete employment history

                 Contact information for five (5) professional references including phone number and email address


The preferred method for submitting your application materials is via


This job description reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Residence Hall Director

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Residence Hall Director

Walker Hall, Pearson Hall and Oakland Mill


Position Description

Residence Hall Director for Oakland Mill, Pearson and Walker Halls, responsible for implementing a comprehensive residential program to facilitate student engagement in educational opportunities designed to build community and citizenship; support for student well-being and success; and meaningful connections with the academic community.


Departmental Duties:

Recruit, hire, supervise, train and mentor the Resident Assistant staff.
Coordinate and be present for opening and closing of halls to include room inspections.
Develop comprehensive programming plans designed to meet the needs of the specific halls.
Work with facilities management to maintain residence halls and to plan for future enhancements and renovations.
Maintain housing information in Jenzabar, both data entry and reporting.
Perform on-call duties as required including a rotating duty schedule.
Assist, as needed, in crisis and emergency situations.
Work with Residence Life to manage housing assignments and to develop relevant and timely residence life policies.
Other duties as assigned.


Student Development:

Serve as mentor for students providing guidance and referrals as needed.
Foster community within the Halls, mediating and facilitating as needed.
Conduct disciplinary counseling and judicial hearings for violations of Residence Life policies and/or the Newberry College Student Code of Conduct.
Serve as a student advocate and educator; available and accessible to students on a scheduled and non-scheduled basis.
Submit Early Alerts for students who may be retention risks
Actively participate in the First Year Experience Program as requested by the Dean.
Other duties as assigned.


Campus-Wide Responsibilities:

Serve on the Student Affairs Leadership Team and play an integral role in planning campus programs with faculty, staff, coaches and other campus departments such as:  Summer Orientation, Homecoming, Family Weekend, student organization leadership training, and other events unique to Newberry College.
As a live-in employee, it is expected that interaction will take place at college activities and in the dining hall on a regular basis.
Maintain current on SACS criteria and perform regular assessment activities to ensure compliance and that best-practices are being employed.

Other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in Student Affairs or related field or 1-2 years of experience preferred. Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Must be proficient with Microsoft Office. Must be able to multi-task effectively. Working knowledge of college student development theory and a strong commitment to the enhancement of the intellectual, cultural, social, physical and moral development of students. Maintain high professional standards and attitude of customer services.


To apply send a resume and cover letter to


This job description reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Director of Advancement Services

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Director of Advancement Services

Position Description: 
This position provides leadership, direction, strategy, supervision and coordination for the Advancement office daily operations – its staff and programs; including: alumni and donor records management and maintenance, gift processing, and receipting; list generation and giving reports.

Essential Duties:


Provide oversight and direction for the Advancement Services area. Guides, and directs staff through training, processing, and handling data and supervising the Associate Director of Advancement Services (Data and Scholarship Coordinator).
Using independent judgment and discretion, plans; budgets resources; formulates policy; develops procedures, and provides direction in the daily operations.
At the direction of the VP, serves as primary contact for regular operational purposes with other campus offices.
Create and maintain formal documentation of Advancement operating/gift acceptance policies and procedures.


Database-Donor Records Management

Create and administer Jenzabar database reports to address advancement needs. Must be willing to learn new Jenzabar modules and be willing to cross train others.
Supervise the preparation of donor receipt letters, donor letters and recognition letters, and related correspondence. Create giving or data reports.
Working with the Advancement team, construct the necessary lists, reports and tracking tools to support fundraising efforts including data/benchmarking.
Serve as the check-point for quality control for all records, reports, lists and data.


Collaboration and Customer Service

Oversee Advancement Services participation in the annual audit – calling on others on the Advancement team as needed for documentation and reports, and serve as needed in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) accreditation process.
Develops and maintains very positive and professional customer service attitude.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSA's) required

Must possess good communication, writing, and proof reading skills. Knowledge of office methods, procedures, practices, and bookkeeping/accounting and proven success in budget management. Ability to quickly learn, interpret and apply a variety of policies and procedures with their respect to the College. Computer skills in database management, word processing and spreadsheets Ability to manage multiple tasks.


Required Education: 
Bachelor’s Degree.

Preferred experience in Advancement/Development in higher education office or overall database administration experience. Jenzabar experience preferred. Experience using word processing, database, and spreadsheet software.

Salary commensurate with experience

To apply send a resume and cover letter to


This job description reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Qualified Applicants

Qualified applicants must submit information requested in the job posting. Unless otherwise specified, review of applicants will continue until positions are filled.

Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Position Summary:  Reporting to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the AVP for Institutional Advancement has primary responsibility for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding a portfolio of current and potential individual donors with the capacity of making major gifts of $10,000 and above.  Newberry College has launched a $35M capital campaign, emphasis will be on funding campaign priorities, which include the annual fund and capital projects.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Conduct face-to-face meetings for the purposes of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding an assigned portfolio of approximately 120+ current and prospective major donors.
Follow up all donor or prospective contacts with meticulous, thoughtful, and appropriate correspondence and maintain internal record-keeping as defined by office protocols.
Work collaboratively with other members of the Advancement team to identify, cultivate, research and solicit prospective and current donors.
Prepare proposals for gift solicitations for the President and the VP for Advancement.
Prepare written briefings for senior management and faculty visits with individual donor and prospective donors, as well as corporations and foundations, maintain follow-up documentation and correspondence.
Work cooperatively with other faculty and staff in expanding the pool of prospective donors and in coordinating solicitation strategies and campaign activities.


Qualifications:  The successful candidate for this position must be a results-driven, team player and should be a self-starter, strategic thinker whose hallmark qualities include the ability to listen carefully, a commitment to liberal arts education, exceptional communications skills, and the ability to relate comfortably with people of diverse profiles and backgrounds and be accountable.  Proven ability to cultivate and close major and deferred gifts is a central qualification. Travel is essential and is primarily regional.

 Minimum Level of Education Required:  Bachelor’s degree.  (Master’s degree-preferred).

 Minimum Level of Experience Required: 7-10 years of experience in fundraising, financial services, marketing/sales, or related experience.


Application:  Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to  Please include “AVP IA” in the subject line.


Salary commensurate with experience


Thise job description reflects the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job identified and shall not necessarily be construed as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job. Job descriptions do not constitute an employment agreement or contract of employment, expressed or implied. Unless designated in writing and signed by the College President, all College employees are considered to be" EMPLOYED AT WILL". Newberry College reserves the right to change, alter and amend job descriptions, functions and duties at the pleasure of the College President or Board of Trustees.

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Prospective Music Students

A Comprehensive Musical Foundation

The Newberry College Department of Music offers a supportive, student-centered community that provides students with a comprehensive musical foundation. The Music department faculty and staff support students in developing their musicianship, creativity, critical thinking, leadership and personal growth through instruction, performance, scholarship and service. Our majors and concentrations allow students to tailor their degree program to their unique career pursuits and personal interests.


Nationally accredited though the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the department offers personalized instruction with an outstanding faculty of active performers who are also experienced teachers, we ensure that every student receives the personalized, attentive instruction essential to developing one's musical talent to the fullest. 


Our graduates include professional performers, music industry business professionals and choral and instrumental music educators who are leading successful school music programs throughout the region. Newberry Music alumni also have earned graduate degrees in programs throughout the United States.


Click here for more information about audition requirements, audition dates and how to schedule your audition.  

Music Major for a Day

​The Department of Music invites prospective students and families to spend a day on campus to learn more about college life for music students at Newberry. This event is open to all current high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a music degree in college. 

Click here to learn more about the Music Major for a Day program

How to Apply

Apply as a Music Major

All high school seniors applying as a music major at Newberry College must complete the following steps:

Schedule an Audition

In addition to completing an application for admission to Newberry College, students seeking admission to the Department of Music as a music major must audition. Auditioning for admission as a music major ensures that you will be considered for all Department of Music scholarship opportunities.

Click here for more information about audition requirements, audition dates and how to schedule your audition

Music Scholarships

The Department of Music offers dedicated scholarships for music majors, ensemble participation scholarships for all students regardless of major, and the Music Achievement Award scholarships for students who auditioned into an All-State or All-Region honors ensembles in high school.

Click here for details about music scholarship opportunities.


Newberry College offers all students, whatever their major, the opportunity to continue performing in college as a member of one of our music ensembles. Many of our ensembles present annual concert tours across the region, regularly appear at regional and national conferences, and  have been featured with professional orchestras at acclaimed venues. Ensemble participation is open to all students on campus and participation scholarships are available.

Click here to learn more about the variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles available at Newberry College

Schedule a Personal Visit

One of the best ways to decide if the Music program at Newberry College is right for you is to experience it! We encourage you to join us for our Music Major for a Day event in the fall or schedule a personal visit whenever it's convenient for you and your family. You'll have the opportunity to spend time on campus, learn about our programs and faculty and tour our facilities. For more information about scheduling a personal visit to campus, contact Music department chair Dr. Chris Sheppard at

Events & Calendar

Want to experience other Music events at Newberry?

Click here to view our performance calendar and other special events.

Music Performance Honors Program

The Music Performance Honors Program recognizes outstanding student musicians who are NOT pursuing the Music in Performance major, but who are capable of performing at that level and who wish to complete the additional requirements for Performance majors. 

Click here to learn more about the Music Performance Honors Program

Music Student Handbook

Combined with the support you receive from Music department faculty and staff, this handbook will provide you with information about department policies and procedures, important forms, advising, information about juries and recitals and much more.

Click here to view the Music Student Handbook

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Music Performance Honors

Music Performance Honors Program

The Music Performance Honors Program recognizes outstanding student musicicans who NOT pursuing the Music in Performance major, but who are capable of performing at that level and who wish to complete the additional requirements for Performance majors. Participation in the Music Performance Honors Program will:

  • Prepare students not enrolled in the Music in Performance program to audition for graduate degree programs in Music Performance should they wish to do so.
  • Equip students with additional performance education and experience without additional academic coursework. When combined with a Bachelor of Art's in Music degree or a Bachelor of Music Education degree, the increase in credit hours is minimal. 
  • Provide students with recognition for Music Performance Honors status on their official student transcripts. 


Honors Program Requirements

  • 24 hours of private lessons
  • MUA 380 (half-hour recital - 1 hour)
  • MUA 480 (hour recital - 2 hours)
  • 4 semesters of chamber music on the student's major instrument (0-1 hour each)


Honors Program Admission Criteria

Students must earn an average of 80 points on the Sophomore Barrier Performance Evaluation Rubric in order to begin the program honors program. Students must meet the same performance standards as Bachelor of Music in Performance majors. .

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Music Scholarships

Music Excellence Award

Students who audition to become a music major are eligible for the Music Excellence Award. This scholarship is renewable for each year the student is a music major and remains in good academic standing. 

Ensemble and Marching Band Participation Scholarship

Students who participate in a large ensemble (wind ensemble, marching band, orchestra or choir) are eligible for participation scholarships that increase each year they are in the ensemble. These scholarships are open to all Newberry College students participating in a large ensemble. The Participation Scholarship is available to music majors participating in a large ensemble that is NOT required in their degree program. Students are eligible to receive one participation scholarship each semester. 


1st year  =  $1,000

2nd year  =  $1,500

3rd year  =  $2,000

4th year  =  $2,500

Music Achievement Scholarship

Students from any campus major who auditioned into All-State and All-Region ensembles during their high school years are eligible for the Newberry College Music Achievement Scholarship. To qualify, students must enroll in their corresponding ensemble each semester they are a student at Newberry. This award is not stackable with the Music Excellence Award nor with any Academic scholarship awarded by Newberry College. Students may only receive one Music Achievement Scholarship per academic year.


All-State Chorus, Band, Orchestra, or Jazz Band  =  $14,000/year

All-Region Band or Orchestra  =  $13,000/year


Click here for more information about scholarships, grants, loans and awards available at Newberry College

Dr. Sally Cherrington-Beggs Memorial Scholarship

The Dr. Sally Cherrington Beggs Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dr. Sally Cherrington-Beggs, who was a dedicated Newberry College music professor for 12 years. A talented professor, leader and performer, she was passionate about the integration of music into the worship experience. 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.

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Commencement Graduates

List of Newberry College Graduates

Spring 2019

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College Talk Tour

Featuring Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens

We're hitting the road to meet up with our student families, alumni and friends and share some of the exciting developments happening at Newberry College. This is your opportunity to hear from President Scherrens and other campus leaders about what's new at Newberry and what's on the horizon. Join us for the Tour -- complete with refreshments -- at any of these locations below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

College Talk Tour Locations


Wednesday, March 6

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Aloft Charleston Airport & Convention Center, 4875 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418



Tuesday, March 19

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Aloft Columbia - Harbison, 217 Landeau Ct., Columbia, SC 29212



Tuesday, March 26

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Newberry Firehouse Conference Center, 1227 McKibben Street, Newberry SC 29108



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Bridge to Big Ideas

Program Dates

June 6 — June 20, 2019

About the Program

The Newberry College Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a two-week summer seminar for rising high school seniors. The program is designed to provide students with an intellectually rigorous college-style experience, enhance critical thinking and writing skills, and promote engaged citizenship. 

  • Receive individual attention and support in small classes taught by Newberry College professors
  • Get real college experience taking classes on the Newberry College campus, eating in the college Cafe and utilizing campus amenities.
  • Gain college skills in reading, writing, critical thinking and analysis.
  • Make college connections with support from student mentors and professors, while producing college level writing samples.

Daily Schedule

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm

  • Meet with Newberry College student mentors for questions about the day’s assignments.

  • Attend a two-hour seminar with Newberry College professors.

  • After a short break, meet with student mentors to discuss readings and assignments for the following day.

  • Enjoy lunch in the college cafe or catered meals.

  • Reading time and activity, such as field trips to interesting sites in Newberry, or other recreational activities

Who Should Apply

All rising seniors should consider applying! We especially encourage students to apply who may not be certain whether they can, or want, o attend college but have an interest in learning and in their ability to grow.

Materials & Cost

This program is FREE to all students who are accepted to participate in the program.


Acceptance into this program provides you with the following at NO cost to the participant: 

  • Daily instruction and facilitated discussion

  • All course books and materials

  • Daily lunch either in the Cafe or catered

  • Access to student mentors during the program and the following school year

How To Apply






Send questions about the Bridge to Big Ideas program to:


Naomi Simmons, Program Coordinator 


Joe McDonald, Program Associate

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Lent Devotionals 2019

Easter Day

John 10:10 Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”


No better time than Easter to celebrate this passage.  Imagine spreading the good word throughout the land all the days of your life and then being mercilessly crucified.  His word of faith, hope and love were inconsistent with the desires of those in power, so they decided to put an end to His life.


Jesus, of course, got in the last word; he played the card that trumped the strong, mean-spirited power of the aristocracy.  He arose from the tomb on Easter Sunday.  The power of the ruling class was nothing compared to His power.


There can be no greater gesture than to give up one’s life so that others may live.   Jesus did not die for us so that we could live a life on “cruise control.” He did not die for us to live a risk-averse life never challenging ourselves physically, mentally or emotionally.  His sacrifice was not done so we could lay around on the couch, standing on the sidelines or simply remaining as one of life’s bystanders.

His death and resurrection are a reminder to us that success is not final and failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts.  He begs us to pursue our dreams, climb the mountains, cross the seas, help the elderly, care for the needy and be generous to the less fortunate.  Live life to the fullest by listening to others and lending a helping hand so others can overcome their day-to-day obstacles of life.  Live life to the fullest; leave no stone unturned; leave no gas in our tank at the end of the day.  Rest every night exhausted by the efforts of the day and excited about what a new day offers. 


By bringing a smile to the face of another we become the rainbow in their otherwise cloudy day.  In those moments we discover that life’s real joys come from living every day to the fullest.  Every Easter morning, Jesus reminds us “Never give up, nothing is impossible.  Clear away the boulder!  Nothing is going to stop me now.”  Hallelujah.  Happy Easter. 


President, Dr. Maurice Scherrens and Dr. Sandy Scherrens

Newberry College

April 19, 2019

Good Friday. All exchanges welcome. 


When Jesus [on the cross] knew that all was now finished, he said, (in order to fulfill scripture), “I am thirsty.” When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “it is finished.”  Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  John 28, 30.  NRSV


I remember as a young boy travelling with my mother on many occasions to the huge multistoried department store downtown in the city where we lived.  There we would mostly “window shop” as they used to call it.  That means to browse the aisles for what is on display without making a purchase. This is akin to looking at the merchandise in the store windows and imagining the item at home or on one’s body without actually-spending any money on buying the item.  Window shopping is free.  Imagination is endless and it costs nothing to utilize.


However, from time to time we would actually-buy something at the store, most often on sale, and take it home only to find out it wasn’t really what we wanted, didn’t fit the décor of a room or just wasn’t right.  So, we would save up these items and when we had the time and the inclination we would trek back to the store and wait in the very long and very slow exchange/return line to get our money back or get a charge-back on that new-fangled thing called a credit card.  I will never forget the exchange line at the store.  There were always fifteen or twenty people in that line, of all shapes and sizes, loud and quiet, tall and short, male and female, people of all kinds.  The one thing I remember most is that every person in that exchange line appeared to be anxious, frustrated, angry, impatient and short-tempered while they waited for their turn and then when they finished returning the item they brought back to the store they would turn and head out to do more shopping or go home, but they never seemed quite satisfied with the whole return/exchange event.  This whole process seemed to me to be a singularly unhappy event for all. We were disappointed with the purchase and the return gave us no joy. 


Today, beloved of the Lord, is Good Friday.  Good Friday is exchange and return day, and it is a once in a lifetime event.  On this day we celebrate the life of our Lord Jesus Christ returned to the Father in heaven as complete payment for our sins.  Good Friday is the day when our Lord Jesus exchanged His righteousness for our sins.  Today is the day that the Lord has acted, and we shall rejoice and be glad in it.  Death has been overcome.  Sin has no power to control our destiny. Jesus declared upon the cross that Good Friday, “It is finished.”  No more payments necessary.  No returns accepted. The window is closed, and the line done away with.  Today Grace abounds from heaven where the One who sits upon the Throne and the One who sits at His right hand have declared that we, you and me and many still to come, are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, firstborn of the dead. 


We are saved by grace. We are forgiven our human inclination towards self-centeredness and sin.  We are loved equally and eternally, and we are sanctified by the power of God’s Holy Spirit as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death…we have seen the light and we have received acceptance into the promised land.  This is one exchange that is absolute joy with absolute satisfaction.  Thank God for Good Friday.  Thank God for Christ Jesus.  Thank God – Easter is but a few days away.  Our sins are forgiven – our spirits made free. Amen.


Dearest Lord Jesus, receive our prayers of gratefulness and joy for all your saving action and grace to save us and make us free.  Be with us now and empower us to be modern examples of your love, your grace and your eternal promise in the way we live and the way we talk and the lives we share.  Amen. Come Lord Jesus.


Pastor Ernie Worman

April 18, 2019

Newberry College Lenten devotion

Maundy Thursday, 18 April 2019

Annie Worman


The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.   1 Corinthians 11:23b-26 New International Version (NIV)


Good morning, Newberry.  Today is Maundy Thursday.   The word, Maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, like a mandate, which means “commandment.”  When Jesus, at the Last Supper said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” we consider it a command.  


In churches across the world, tonight marks a ceremony of foot washing, Holy Communion, and then the silent “stripping of the altar,” ending the service in preparation for Good Friday.  Also, in some churches, tonight marks the celebration of first communion for the young people who have just completed their instruction.


I have been blessed to get to help with first communion instruction for our three grandkids, the oldest one more than three years ago, the second over a year ago and the third grandchild’s first communion instruction is still ongoing. We study lessons from the Bible about all the ways God loves us, cares for us, and feeds us.  For our family, the first lesson is drawing a family tree and talking about God’s family and the last lesson is the baking of communion bread to be used in church for their first communion. 


For our third and next lesson with the youngest one, I found a Lego-like Lego-compatible “Last Supper” set with Jesus and the Twelve Disciples and a table and bread and wine glasses for everyone.  We will be playing with that for another lesson on what Jesus said and did at the actual Last Supper before Good Friday. I am so looking forward to this.  But the most wonderful part of first communion instruction with kids is that they were and still are all so very - very EXCITED to get to partake in the Lord’s Supper of repentance and forgiveness. Today, on Maundy Thursday, please gather your friends and loved ones close and share the Lord’s Supper together. Please partake in Holy Communion each and every time it is offered to you. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  And then He died on the cross for our sins. He died to conquer death!  You be excited about it, too!  


Please pray with me.  

Lord God, thank you for sending your son Jesus to teach us how to love one another. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to die a terrible death on the cross for us to save us from our sins. Thank you for sending Jesus to show us how to share in the Lord’s Supper, in Holy Communion to receive Your forgiving Grace. Amen.

April 17, 2019

Lenten Devotion

Newberry College

Pastor Ernie Worman/PEW


Good morning Newberry.  It is Wednesday in Holy Week, the middle of the week.  Some call it hump day meaning the week is at its official mid-point and from here it is all downhill to the weekend and relaxation.  It’s all about the middle today.  


My scripture for today is the Beatitudes from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount.  Appropriate perhaps for a devotion with the theme, “stuck in the middle with you.”  Let me explain.


Matthew Chapter five is a well-known scripture that has nine very familiar blessings.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” or, “Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.”  And so it goes for the nine blessings Jesus shares with his listeners.  If you were to look up the Beatitudes you would see that three of the nine blessings include a reward in the present tense…theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The other six blessings offer reward in the future tense, ”...for they will inherit,” “...for they shall see God,” “...for they will receive mercy,” “...for they will be called the children of God,” “...for they will be filled.”  Do you see it?  The children of God are in the middle, one foot in heaven and one foot on earth.  We are people of the ‘tween.  We are in-between heaven and earth and by the cross of Christ and faith in His resurrection promise the Lord has bridged the two, heaven and earth.  I keep hearing in my head the refrain from an old rock song by Stealers Wheel, “I’m stuck in the middle with you.” 


Actually- we really aren’t so much stuck as we are on a journey together “through the valley of the shadow of death,” Psalm 23:4.  Life has its:  ups and downs, joys and sorrows, pains and pleasures, dark times and sunshine, and loneliness and fellowship.  Life is seasonal from birth to old age and so much of it in the middle times.  When is middle age by the way?  That is a relative question, isn’t it.  My point is this, in the Beatitudes, the three blessings in the present tense all conclude the same, ”...the poor in spirit,” “...those who are persecuted for being righteous,” and, “those who are reviled and mistreated for Jesus sake,” “…for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” on earth.  For those who mourn, who are Christlike and kind, pure in heart, who are merciful and who hunger for righteousness, those who seek to be peacemakers, they will receive even greater than they hope. 


Lent is the time to remind ourselves that in Christ, we are blessed to be people of the middle, one foot on heaven as we struggle in faith to be people of righteousness and Truth, and one foot on earth as we struggle to live lives that seek to model for ourselves and others, Christ’s love and grace, qualities of mercy, compassion for others, peacemaking, and purity of spirit.  Together we are better.  Lent is the time that reminds us that Easter is neither a day nor a concept, it is a promise fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is like the thief without hope on the cross next to Jesus who asks to be remembered by Jesus when he comes into his kingdom, and is given on the cross, forgiveness and hope in Jesus’s words, “today you will be with me in paradise.”  We are half-way there and yet all the way there at the same time.  We are people of the middle. 


Gracious Lord Jesus, remember us in your kingdom today, and fill us with your spirit to go about your work here on earth.  We rejoice in your love, live in your grace and share your faith in us with all for whom we meet and pray.  Amen. 

April 16, 2019

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 

James 1:12-15, ESV


I have a confession.  I’m still listening to Christmas music. YES, I know it’s April. I’m not saying it’s the only thing I listen to but it’s still in my rotation. If you hit shuffle on my phone, you’ll hear an “O, Holy Night” or a “Little town of Bethlehem”.  As a Christian, I’m well aware that we’re in the season of Lent and I should put it away for another 7 months.  It’s past epiphany and it’s time to prepare for the death and resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know!  


What good Lenten songs are there? What Lenten songs do you sing to your roommates, neighbors, coworkers, mother or dog because it’s stuck in your head or you just love the chorus? I’m going to guess none. I’m not saying good Lenten songs don’t exist. The songs are poignant, powerful, and chocked full of important life lessons from the story of Easter but they’re not really fun. Alas, we save the Lenten fun and happy for Easter. The A (Alle…) or H (Halle…) word we can’t say at all during Lent is found in super fun, crazy awesome, ridiculously catchy tunes.  Is everyone ready to sing  ”Jesus Christ is Risen today” dooon’t say the-e ne-ext word? (sung in the tune)  If this worked out as I intended, you just heard my mother sing that first line for you all of our favorite Easter anthem. 

Advent songs are sung by Dean Martin, John Legend, Martina McBride, Elvis, The Beatles. They’re catchy and tell of the preparation for a baby. Who doesn’t love a baby? He’s little. He’s vulnerable. He’s giggly. Oh wait. He’s GOD. He came in this form for a reason. We were all babies once. This is palpable. We can understand this. What we have a harder time understanding is how an adult man who is tested and tempted, can resist it all and then sacrifice himself in a very painful and gruesome death to save everyone. God showing himself to us in the form of a cute and cuddling babe is fun and happy just like those Christmas songs. We like thinking about that. The hard part is recognizing that he’s not just the Talladega Nights Jesus “Eight Pound, Six Ounce, Newborn Baby Jesus, don't even know a word yet, just a little infant, so cuddly, but still omnipotent.” (Do you remember that movie?) He lived a life filled with trials and temptations and turmoil and in his 30s was able to fulfill God’s promise to us and save us from death. 

Being a person of faith isn’t just celebrating Christmas once a year, it must also be overcoming our temptations just as Jesus did in those 40 days and living the promise of Easter in our daily lives. Loving baby Jesus is easy. Loving the people who tell us to take the high road, to do the right thing, to sacrifice our interests for others, that’s hard. There’s a reason that singing songs like “Jesus Christ has risen today” with the A or H word feels so good on Easter Sunday. It’s because we put in the work. We will overcome the temptation to say it throughout Lent. He has faith in us. Only a week left, team, we can do it!

Dear Lord Jesus,    

Just as you grew in love and life to realize and achieve your heavenly purpose, we pray to be able to use our talents to help our communities. Help us overcome the trials that we endure and focus on your divine promise. Amen.


Ms. Elizabeth Sherman

April 15, 2019

Lenten Devotion

Newberry College

Pastor Ernie Worman/PEW


“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalm 118:24  NRSV.


Good morning Newberry, it is Holy Week.  Holy Week; what a funny term, as if there is one week in the year holier than another.  Yes, this week has some pretty special events to be remembered, commemorated and celebrated; Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and interestingly named, “Holy Saturday” and then Easter.  Indeed, this is a Holy Week to be sure, but what about all the rest of the weeks?  Is the second week of June less important than this week?  How about the third week of August, or October?  You and I have a way of making special, certain days and then lamenting that all the other days of the year are lacking.  We love our “holidays” don’t we? 


Did you know that the word holiday comes from the old English and is derived from the words meaning Holy and Day.   Originally the words were meant only for religiously affiliated days but in modern times has become holiday, meaning mostly, a day off from work for many.


Did you know that many theologians translate the biblical verse from Psalm 118:24 as this is the day that the Lord has acted, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  In fact, all of Psalm 118 is about God’s saving action in the life of the writer, and the writer’s joyous and faith-filled response to God’s action in his or her life.  Now that is a Holy Day or a holiday for certain. 


So today as we have just begun Holy Week, 2019, as we undertake the spiritual journey that leads us to Easter and all the joy that brings, can we begin to see every day as the day of the Lord’s action in our lives, not just the special ones like Easter.  Are we able to witness to God’s saving actions in our lives every day which makes every day a holiday? 


I don’t look for miracles in my life to prove God’s love.  I give thanks for the friends in my life in whom I see God at work.  I thank the Lord for the love of my family, the wonder in the eyes of my grandchildren and in the hopes and dreams of our students, faculty and staff at Newberry College.  I praise God for the gift of good neighbors, food on the table and the opportunity to work.  God is all around us, we are His children.  How about you?  What are you grateful for?  How is God active in your lives?  Remember the words of Psalm 46: 10a., “Be still and know that I am God.”  Listen, God is calling.  Watch, God is acting.  Receive, God’s generous grace.


Bless you all beloved Newberry as we make the journey through this Holy Week, it is but a foretaste of the weeks ahead, holidays all. 


Watch over us dear Lord and let us see and experience your activity in and through our lives making every day a Holy and Sacred day in your love.  Amen. 

April 12, 2019

Lenten Devotion

Newberry College

Pastor Ernie Worman/PEW


“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV


Here we are more than half-way through the season of Lent looking forward to the next season of Easter.  Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, (remember you are dust and to dust you shall return) and ends in Holy Week with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday…seriously mis-understood Holy days.  Easter begins with Jesus being raised from the dead. (Alleluia)  We associate Lent with ashes and suffering, and mournful hymns, and we associate Easter with brightly colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and tremendously joyful music. Who wouldn’t want to race through Lent to get to Easter as soon as possible?  But wait!  Lent has a purpose.  Lent is preparation for Easter.  Lent is the Christian way to bulk up for the event to come. 


Body builders and cross-country runners often bulk up on certain foods to prepare their bodies for the big race, or the big match.  Before you leave for the annual family vacation don’t you prep the house, do the laundry, clean out the fridge of perishables, catch up on work, maybe even get ahead of the office work and stop the mail so that you can truly enjoy that vacation without worry?  You wouldn’t leave home for vacation and leave the door unlocked, the laundry hamper full, and the mail piling up…would you?  Without Holy Week there is no Easter.  Lent prepares us for Holy Week and Easter. 


Lent is the spring cleaning of church seasons.


A time to reflect and a time to pray.

A time to repent and a time to be grateful.

A time to give up and a time to reclaim.

A time to confess and a time to be forgiven.

A time to remember and a time to forget.

A time to prepare and a time to receive.

A time to love and a time to be loved.


Palm Sunday is this weekend coming.  Holy week follows.  Then it is EASTER!  Let’s bulk up Newberry.  Pray for one another.  Be kind to each other.  Model goodness.  Rejoice in God’s forgiving love by forgiving others as you are forgiven.  Let’s prepare our hearts for the coming season of eternal joy.  Lent is a blessing.  A season of preparation to prepare us for the eternity of Easter.


Dear Lord of Heaven and Earth, use this Lenten season to prepare us to be renewed in faith, strengthened in spirit and re-created in your eternal love this Easter coming and for all eternity.  Amen.  

April 11, 2019

Lenten Devotion #2

Hebrews 9:11-14 King James Version (KJV)

11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?


When I was young, my family frequently couldn’t afford name-brand items. The “store-brand” or economy products, from groceries to tennis shoes to the other necessities of life, were what furnished much of my childhood. And we got along fine during those years; what we had might not have been fancy, but as my parents frequently noted, it was “good enough.” Still, I would sometimes hear my parents talk about the things they wished they could give my brother and me – after all, they loved us, and they did the best they could.

When Paul writes to the Hebrews, he talks about the offerings they had traditionally made for the remission of sins, for atonement with God. And for generations of Hebrews, the sacrifice of bulls and goats, doves and lambs had been “good enough.” 

But unlike my parents’ household budget, God’s grace was and is unlimited. And through His sacrifice on Calvary, He offers us forgiveness, peace, and ultimately unity with him on ways we can’t even imagine. They are all ours for the asking, all by His generosity.

In this Lenten season, we mark that generosity and that sacrifice, and remember that we need not settle for “good enough.” When it comes to the love of God, we can accept no substitutes.


Heavenly Father, thank You for having given us the best, even when we are slow to recognize it. Thank You for giving us better than we can deserve, and for giving us Your love. In the name of Your Son we pray, Amen.


Dr. Warren Moore, Professor of English 

April 10, 2019

Lenten Devotion

Joel 2:12-13 King James Version (KJV)

12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.


One of our era’s catchphrases is “Perception is reality.” If we act a certain way, if we can be perceived a certain way, the theory goes, the world will assume us to be what we portray. It’s a sort of method acting of the soul, a fake-it-til-you-make-it approach to the world. Why bother actually being kind, or gentle, or noble, or wise, when you can reap the social benefits with the mere appearance of those virtues? Kindness, nobility, and wisdom are hard, and often hard earned. But we know how to pretend almost as soon as we are born.


But that approach relies on an audience that suspends disbelief, either intentionally (as when we see a movie or a play) or because we have fooled them. And that becomes a problem when the audience is not – cannot be – fooled.


That brings us to today’s passage from the prophet Joel. Joel is speaking to us on behalf of One Who cannot be fooled. While our outer appearance may seem attractive, even admirable, God sees and knows the actor playing the role. Because of that, God is the toughest possible audience. He demands not merely performance, but commitment to the role.


But wonderfully enough, God is also the kindest, most forgiving audience, forgiving enough to come to us and suffer the pains that we have earned by our sins. He doesn’t want us tearing our clothes in flashy, artificial grief – hamming it up like that won’t impress him. But if we stop acting like people of God and instead become people of God, He will be satisfied, and our reality will surpass any mere play of shadows on a stage.


Heavenly father, thank You for Your call to us, for Your refusal to accept falsehood and sham. Thank You for coming to us and showing not how to act, but how to live, even at the cost of death. We pray this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen


Dr. Warren Moore, Professor of English

April 9, 2019

Lenten Devotion


Philippians 4:10-13

“I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength.”

~New International Version


My maternal grandfather was one of the most laidback, smoothest guys you could ever meet. He never seemed to let anything bother him. Granddaddy, as we called him, always had a smile on his face and a positive outlook on life. I know there were days when we did not feel his best. I know there were days when things were not going right. However, he was happy to be alive and he made the best out of life.


Paul’s message to us in his letter to the Philippians expressed the same sentiments. When Paul wrote this letter, he was actually in jail. However, he chose to focus on the joy inside of him because of the relationship he built with the people who made up the church of Philippi. Even in the midst of being locked up, Paul was able to find happiness in sorrow. He learned to make the best of the situation. We, too, should have this same mindset. Why? Because GOD has given us the power to do so. However, it only works if we are smart enough to tap into it.


Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the good times and the bad times. We know that nothing we go through will be wasted. Please help us to stay positive in the times when things aren’t going so well. We know you will bring us out as only you can.


In Jesus Name,



Dr. John Lesaine ’07, Assistant Dean for Student Success and Persistence

April 8, 2019

Lenten Devotions 2019

Newberry College

Pastor Ernie Worman


Good morning Newberry, peace be with you.  I know that we are wee bit past St. Patrick’s Day, and just a few days into April, but I want to share one of my favorite greetings with you.  It goes like this; when one Irish person meets another, he or she might begin their chance meeting with the words, “Top ‘O the morning to you, and the other responds, “and the rest of the day to you.”  Isn’t that a pleasant way to say hello?  Even better than hello, this Irish greeting is more a blessing than a greeting. Imagine taking the time to make eye contact with someone and offer them a bit of a blessing to begin the conversation or move on if the connection is only a brief encounter of acknowledgement. 


Jesus greeted those he met with a word, Shalom, or peace be with you.  Peace, not like the world provides, not the absence of conflict or violence, but real peace.  God’s peace, which passes all human understanding conveys the free gift of God’s Holy Spirit filled with love and grace that offers forgiveness and hope.  Imagine that every time you and I meet, no matter the place or time or reason; we genuinely offer each other a prayer of blessing, “Peace be with you” and the response, “and also with you.”  Simply put, whether coming or going, hello or good-bye, we simply offer God’s Shalom to one another.  Peace be with you and also with you.


In this season of Lent I was reminded by a pastor whom I have come to call friend and brother, that this is not a season to give up things we love only to be miserable, counting the days until we can start up again, caffeine or chocolate or social media, whatever.  This is a season to be grateful for what we have, great or small, grateful for who we are, grateful for whose we are, and grateful for the love of God in Christ Jesus.  Lent is a season as my pastor friend reminds us, to do little things for one another with great love as we approach the Easter miracle of God’s eternal grace and never-failing love for you, for me, for us all.  Peace be with you Newberry…


Let’s pray, Gracious and loving God, fill us with your peace, call us forward by your Holy Spirit to care for one another, to provide hope to each other, and to do little things for one another with great love.  May this season of Lent provide us a renewed joy in Easter to be held in our hearts, modelled in our lives, and shared through our love every day, all day.  Amen

April 5, 2019



“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

—Luke 23:42


They say, “To err is human….” So, I think, is forgetting.  Most of us would admit to being forgetful.  I know for me that, at any given time, I have a hard time remembering names, dates, sometimes even where I am supposed to be or what I was supposed to get when I walked into the pantry. 


But if to forget is human, then “to remember” must be divine.  Indeed, the Bible is chock full of references to God’s amazing memory.  Over and over the hymns of scripture celebrate God for remembering his steadfast love and faithfulness, his mercy, and most of all his covenant promises across a thousand generations.  And where the hymns praise God for remembering, the laments and prayers plead for it.   The Bible characters Joseph, Hannah, Samson, and Hezekiah, are just a few of those who implore God “to remember” them in times of urgent need.  


The reason for all this pomp and circumstance about divine recall is that God’s memory is not just some “neutral preservation of mental images or ideas.”  No, God’s memory has ramification beyond recollection.  God’s memory is potent.  When God remembers, things happen.  If God “remembers our sins no more,” they are gone.  Memory banks purged.  Servers erased.  Sin forgiven.  Forgotten.  Gone for good.  And for goodness’ sake.  


Likewise, if God remembers in response to a prayer or the cries of his people or “just because,” something good is going to come to pass. Abraham and Sarah get blessed with descendants numerous as the stars; Joseph gets out of jail; slaves in Egypt follow Moses into freedom; Samson recovers his strength one last time; a barren Hannah gives birth to Samuel; Hezekiah and his people are delivered from sure destruction.  The divine memory is a powerful thing.


So when one of the two terrorists dying on a cross alongside the Lord dares to call him by name and begs Jesus to “remember” him, it is unclear whether he understands the long line of pious pray-ers he has just joined OR just how bold his prayer really is.  But Jesus does. And Jesus remembers as only God can with a memory not bound by time or space, with a mind that can recall the future as easily as the past (if we mortals can put our minds around that). This Jesus—divinity in the flesh dying on a dogwood—remembers and declares as only God can, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  


You see, when your memory is not subject to time and space, but rather time and space is subject to you, you can say things like that.  In the mind of God, every day is today.  Every memory is made real.  And every place where God remembers is paradise.  


Remember that, people of God.  For the good news is that this day God is remembering us!   


Let us pray:  O God of time and space, matter and mind, forgive all the times we forget what you have taught us: forget to love you with our whole heart and forget to care about our neighbors as our selves. And please, in your might and mercy, remember us this day and every day, that your kingdom might come among us and that we might share memories with you always.  Amen.


The Rev. Dr. Wayne Kannaday, Newberry College Professor of Theology and a 1975 graduate of Newberry College.

April 4, 2019

Did you notice the number of selfies of people posted on Facebook with ashes smeared on their foreheads in the sign of a cross? So much for Jesus’ words, “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them.”


It is a pretty common practice among a number of Christians to receive ashes on the forehead as a sign of repentance and a recognition of mortality. When I was a boy attending a Roman Catholic military boarding school, the priest didn’t follow the current practice of adding some olive oil to the ashes, making a paste, and smearing that on our foreheads. Instead, the ashes were dry and were placed on the crown of the head in the form of a cross. It was a lot of ashes.


This made for an interesting atmosphere once my classmates and I returned from chapel to the classroom. Leaning over our schoolwork, dry ashes fell on the papers and books on our desks and were then blown or swept into the air. Being a military school, we all had crew cuts. Running hands across the tops of our heads sent clouds of ashes wafting about the room creating a haze that hung over us.


The addition of oil to ashes to make a paste would have kept that sort of fun from happening. Paste is neater, but it also seems like an invitation to practicing one’s piety before others. Clouds of dry ashes rising from schoolbooks and crewcuts, though humorous at the time, reminds me today that death isn’t neat. Death is a cloud that hangs over us, that pervades our space, that is out of our control.


We are invited to remember that we are dust (not paste) and to dust we shall return. This ought to be taken literally, at least the last half should. Between now and the time we are literal dust, how shall we live? That’s a question posed by Ash Wednesday and the season of lent.


We pray, giving thanks for the gift of life and the opportunities before us to enhance and support life and loving relationships.


The Rev. Dr. Ben Moravitz

Assistant to the Bishop, Southeastern Synod – ELCA

Newberry College Class of 1976

April 3, 2019

Mark 1:35 (NIV)
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.


Lent famously involves a long wait. Sometimes that wait for the holy days of Easter seems as if it will never end. Those who observe Lent think about the things they’ve given up for those forty days. Like so much else in life, we look so forward to what we’re going to get that we lose sight of what’s all around us. But we lose sight of the opportunity Lent offers us: to slow down and reflect on what’s around us, on what we already have, and the blessings we too often overlook.


Years of teaching a morning class mean I’m in the habit of being up well before dawn. I used to be grumpy about being up so early, but in time I realized it offered me something special. The rest of any given day is bound to be hectic – there’s always some problem that needs to be solved, or a student or a colleague with a problem it seems only I can soothe, or something other issue that demands my attention. Outside of work there’s always one more errand to run. There’s the twinge of apprehension that comes any time you check the headlines. There’s always another bill to pay. There’s this, that and the other you have to schedule or attend. It’s always something. The moments speed past and they’re distressingly fleet. And when you’re a world-class introvert like me, all the hurly-burly means your emotional energy gets used up in a hurry.


That’s why those quiet moments alone, before the rest of the world wakes up, have become so special to me. In those moments I can think about what the rest of the day won’t allow. Those moments let me listen to life, and through the quiet I can listen for the things God wants me to hear before the day begins. Those moments remind me that my life is more blessed than I often let myself believe, that happiness isn’t an impressive-sounding job title or a fancy car or a trip to someplace exotic, but it’s as simple as a comfortable seat, a warm cup of coffee, two cats snuggled next to me, in a house filled with love. It reminds me that my life, no matter how goofy it often seems, really is a good life.


In the quest for the next thing, in the drive to get the day’s checklist complete, it’s so easy to forget that the things that mean the most, the ones that keep you centered, are so often the simplest. And as another Lenten season winds to its conclusion, let’s take the season’s spirit of contemplation with us. The most meaningful things are those closest to us. Let’s think about that more often, and let’s be thankful more often.


Lord, so often we get caught up in tomorrow that we lose sight of the blessings of today and the wonders You have given each of us. Let us never be so caught up in wanting that we forget how blessed we truly are, and let us never forget that the most fulfilling blessings are so often those we think are the simplest. Thank you for the blessings you have given all of us. Let us never take those things, or Your love, for granted. Amen.



– Dr. Jodie Peeler, Professor of Communications

April 2, 2019

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

Matthew 19:13-15 New International Version (NIV)


I recently spent two weeks with our grandchildren, ages 10, 9 and 7.  I had forgotten how much love and patience and understanding it takes to nurture children.  To be honest, when our daughters were children, if they wanted something assembled, fixed or some person-problem corrected forcibly, they came to me.  If they needed a hug, care, understanding and a listener, they went to their dad, my beloved husband, Ernie also known as Pastor Ernie at Newberry College.  We had and still have much different parenting styles and skills, and, thanks be to God, they complement each other.


This year, for the Newberry College Lenten Devotions, we were allowed to choose our own Bible verses.  This Matthew set of verses seems to be most commonly recited in the King James Version with, “Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  I chose not to use that version and have to get into the Old English alternative definition of suffer, to allow, but alas, here I am discussing it anyway.  I much prefer the, “Let the little children come to me,...” NIV version because when I see the excitement on our grandkid’s faces when they are called up for the Children’s Sermon, I wish I could recapture that excitement in my worship life and practice. In writing this Lenten devotion, I am actively working on rekindling my child-like excitement over the promise of God’s forgiveness and grace.


Do you remember the book, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum?  Anyway, the author had 16 points about sharing and playing fair, taking naps, eating milk and cookies, and more.  The point is that, with the 16 life lessons we learned in kindergarten, the world would be a kinder and nicer place, maybe even the kingdom of heaven on earth.  


When I hear the phrase, ‘kingdom of heaven,’ I used to think just about heaven and the afterlife promised with Jesus in the Second Coming.  Today, I can look at the phrase, ‘kingdom of heaven,’ and consider that perhaps it points to heaven and perhaps it also points us to work to make this world more heaven-like. In our child-like excitement over our salvation, couldn’t we work a little harder to share our toys and play fairly for the good of others less fortunate?  Couldn’t we provide others just a glimpse of heaven on earth in our actions?  “Let the little children come to me,...” -what a great thought! Let us together be like loving little children in our travels through our world today!  I am working on this goal.  Come join me!


Please pray with me:


Thank you, dear God, for loving us so much you sent us your Son, Jesus to take on our sins for us and through His death on the cross, to wash us clean and make us new creations in this world.  Help us make the kingdom of heaven in our world today.  Amen.


R. Annie Worman

April 1, 2019

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.                        

Romans 8:38-39 King James Version (KJV)


Nothing, “shall be able to separate us from the love of God,” In dark times, I cling to these verses and repeat them again and again.  They comfort me as I ponder life and death, gains and losses.  I sometimes remind friends that the only thing we get to take with us when we die is love, sweet love.  But since we know from Paul’s writings in First Corinthians, Chapter 13, that, “Love never dies,” we can be assured of the fact that love endures.  If your worth was measured today in the number of people you love and who love you, would you count yourself rich?  Or is it the depth of love that makes us blessed richly?  I don’t know the answer.


I do know that our dog, Valerie, loves me and loves Ernie.  I have often compared the unconditional love and acceptance from a dog to be an example of God’s love for us here on earth.  Dogs love us, sometimes more than we are able to love ourselves.  Dogs love us when we are grumpy or sad; they lick our tears away and try to sit on our laps to make us feel better.  Dogs greet us, even after prolonged absences, with excitement and a wagging tail, sometimes even a happy bark or a big lick.  Valerie likes to greet me with one of her squeaky toys in her mouth for me.  There is a very valid reason that there are therapy dogs in this world.  Valerie has put her sweet head on my knee as tears fill my eyes while writing this. 


Milan Kunera wrote, “Dogs are our link to paradise.  They don’t know evil... or jealousy... or discontent.  To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring... was peace.” To those of you that have loved a dog and been loved by a dog, can you image that the huge heart and love of God is like the love of a dog?  I mean, we humans love and love deeply but in our humanness, there are limits and conditions and limitations that I don’t feel from the adoring gaze of our dog. And so I can image that God’s love is that big and all-encompassing and deep and strong and endless.  And the good news today and every day is that nothing can separate us from the love of God.


God loved us so much that He send His son, Jesus to die for us on the cross. He sent us Jesus to tell us that He, Jesus is going to prepare a place with Him and that wherever He, Jesus, is, that is where we will be also.  Nothing can separate us from the love of God.  Even in the dark and sad and lonely times, we can cling to this truth.


Please pray with me:  Lord God, send down your love to surround us today. Help us love ourselves and others better.  Thank you for your loving gift of your Son, Jesus, to show us your love and give us the gift of grace.  Amen.


R. Annie Worman

March 29, 2019

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.  Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.

Revelation 1:5 KJV


Every fall for the past 11 years, my older sister and I have had a sister's week at the beach.  We listen to books on CD's while we sew on embroidery or hand quilting projects or applique towels.  We get up before sunrise to walk in the predawn beauty on the beach and to watch the dawn over the Atlantic ocean and see if any of the sea turtle nests are hatching that morning.  Then we take a nap in the late morning or early afternoon. We cook in the little efficiency room and eat at the little bar table, usually.  We walk on the beach in the late afternoon and again after dinner before dark.  We do a lot of walking on the beach and occasionally, don our swim suits and inner tubes and venture out into the surf to jump waves and float in the cool salt water.  It is very delightful and peaceful.  We get along remarkably well for only spending a week or two together each year.


Almost every day, we spend time looking down at the sand for shells or fossilized shark teeth or sand dollars or limpets.  I also collect sea glass and sea smoothed quartz rocks to put in the bottom of my glass candle holders.  I love sea shell, they remind me of the happy times by the ocean.


Every year, either my sister or I pick up a large olive shell or whelk that looks great but it has a big hole on the back side.  My sister rejects these shells for being not perfect.  Sometimes I keep them and sometimes I, too, reject them and put them back down.  But each time I see one of these damaged shells, I remember that these imperfect shells are an example of God's love for us.  I think about how we humans choose to see the flaws and imperfections and damage in ourselves and others, but in God's love, all He sees is the perfect side.  So think about that for just a minute.  Jesus has, "washed us from our sins in his own blood." Jesus has washed us clean and perfect from our sins in His very own blood.   And if we are perfect, then all of his host of believers are perfect, too.  Why do we continue to obsess over the imperfections and flaws when we have been washed from them?  Can you look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself that you are a child of God washed clean and made perfect?  Can you look at others and see them in the same God-given perfection?


Lent is a time to reflect on the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus our Christ.  Jesus died for you and for me.  Jesus' blood, "washed us from sins."  Praise the Lord!


Please pray with me:  Lord God,  Thank you for sending your son, Jesus to die on the cross for us that we may be washed free of our sins.  Please help us live a joyful life of thankfulness and generosity and love in response to your gift.  Amen.


R. Annie Worman

March 28, 2019

Good News in the Old Testament?

Micah 4:1-4

1In days to come the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, 2and many nations shall come and say: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths." For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 3He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; 4but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid;

for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. NRSV

Many of us growing up in the church mostly heard the Gospels preached (speaking from my Lutheran growing up experience) and it often felt or seemed like Jesus was God’s plan B, a contingency plan for our salvation since we just never seemed to be able to get it right.  But, meandering through the Hebrew Bible (our Old Testament) and allowing the Spirit to travel with us; we are led to the Gospel in unexpected moments and places such as this Micah passage: “For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”  Passages that make our souls dance with joy as we realize that God has always loved us enough to come in person to reveal her true loving and forgiving nature to us; and, to personally give us guidance and direction for peace and mutual respect in this world. God comes to us time and again through the prophets and mixed in with the cultural contexts and influences of the times – we discover God’s truths of love, forgiveness, and mercy shining through in spite of the darkness and fears of the times. 

Lent is time set apart for us to rediscover the light of God’s truths amid the darkness of images that continue to swirl around us of disasters, war, abuse, exploitation, hate, prejudice, unfair distribution of resources and opportunities, abundant waste, and the list goes on and on.  The World needs the instruction and Word from Jerusalem.  As Advent is a time of preparation for the Christ’s return, Lent is a time for us to make the Christ’s presence felt until His return.

Beloved Creating God – thank you for fulfilling your promises to the prophets.  Now, help us to share those promises with the world.  Help us to continue the work your Son began in Jerusalem.  Amen. 


Pastor Joanie Holden, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Crystal River, Florida.

2011 Newberry Alumna, 2016 LTSS Alumna.

March 27, 2019

Lenten Devotion


Acts 3:1-10

“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising GOD. When all the people saw him walking and praising GOD, the recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what happened to him.”

~New International Version


I can vividly remember when I was a little boy going grocery shopping with my mom. Being a little kid, it was often the highlight of the week. My mom, my sister, and I would set off for the Piggly Wiggly in Manning on Saturday morning for our weekly trip. My sister and I would always get very excited when we went down the cereal aisle. There were so many options that we would beg our mom to buy us a box of cereal because we saw it on TV or we just wanted to get the prize inside of it. However, there were times my mom wasn’t buying it, literally and figuratively. She would say, “I’m not buying any more cereal because you already have two or three boxes of cereal at the house that are almost full. Eat what we have and then I’ll buy you some more.”


There is a similar message here in this scripture from Acts. We see the beginning of the church and a miraculous act performed by Peter and John. The man who they healed asked them for money. They were very honest with the man telling them they did not have money but they had something better for them. You see, Peter and John took an inventory of what they already had. They did not worry about what they did not have but they used what they had. We must be like Peter and John and understand that GOD has given us awesome power. As long as we use it for his glory, we, too, will be able to do awesome things.


Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your faithfulness and for our awesome gifts. Please help us to remember that you have given us what we need to carry your kingdom and work forward.


In Jesus Name,



Dr. John Lesaine ’07, Assistant Dean for Student Success and Persistence

March 26, 2019

One year, I gave up coffee for lent. It was a bust.


I grew up with the practice of giving up something for lent as a spiritual discipline, abstaining from something I like in order to gain the spiritual strength to abstain from sin. At least that’s what I was taught.


I thought that coffee was the one thing I would most not want to give up for lent because it got me going in the morning and because without coffee I could be edgy and impatient. I figured that I could use some work on embracing calm and patience. I expected headaches from caffeine withdrawal and a mighty struggle with self-control.


The first day, I had a little headache. I took a couple of ibuprophen. The coffee pot for the whole office sat in a corner of my office. People came in and out of my office all morning pouring coffee. I had to stop myself a couple of times from pouring myself a cup just out of habit. I expected a struggle with temptation. Instead, I just enjoyed the aroma of coffee and greeting people as they stopped in for a cup.


No headache occurred the second day or thereafter. I had no great struggle with temptation. Despite what everybody says about coffee as a mood stabilizer, I was as calm and patient as I could be without much effort. I was expecting a self-justifying spiritual victory over temptation come Easter morning, and instead, I simply got to enjoy a hot cup of coffee.


Spiritual discipline through religious practices can be a good thing, but I don’t think we should expect too much. Giving up something for Lent can be good for you, but it can’t make us good. That is done for us by God’s grace in spite of ourselves not because we’ve accomplished something great.


We pray.

Faced with temptation, give us strength, O God. And when we fail, grant us grace and forgiveness. Remind us of what you have done for us.


The Rev. Dr. Ben Moravitz is Assistant to the Bishop, Southeastern Synod–ELCA. He is a 1976 graduate of Newberry College.

March 25, 2019

Theme: Joy

Nehemiah 8:1-12

"The joy of the LORD is your strength." -Nehemiah 8:10


"The joy of the Lord is your strength," says the priest Ezra as the people heard a word from God after decades in exile.


I can't help but think of the season of Lent when I hear this story. I don't immediately think of "joy" when I think of Lent, but Ezra is making me wonder.


This story goes that the people grieved because in the hearing of God's word and law, they knew they were wanting. They didn't measure up. God was so good, and the people had lived in ignorance of this and sometimes in direct defiance of it.


This is when Ezra spoke up and called the people into joy.


Israel had endured a dwindling down and utter destruction of power and sovereignty, massive exile into foreign lands, and now, after all that, they return to rebuild homes and worship spaces. They were starting over, with renewed intention and focus (although it's worth noting that some of their focus and decisions would later be brought into sharp criticism by Jesus). It was like a rebirth of an entire people. 


And Ezra is simply reminding people that that was what they are going through right at that moment. It's not the time to grieve and weep, because they as people as well as the things around them are being rebuilt by God. "The joy of the Lord is your strength!" And from that joy, Ezra instructs the people to eat the fat of the land, give generously to those who do not have enough, and let that joy live in them.


Lent is traditionally a time for the church to confess sin, pray, fast, and sacrificially give. Disciplines like these and others are meant to point us toward metanoia, or repentance.


Have you ever considered that repentance might be a joyful thing? I haven't, until these words from the priest Ezra hit me like they recently have. Could confession of sin and the reality of Jesus' cross be God's complete rebirth for us? Can we see Lent and the disciplines of prayer and fasting, of sacrificial giving, of holding off the "Alleluias," the ashes and the minor keys as our being rebirthed by God? Could these exercises actually be joyful ones?


Do not be fooled! They are joyful exercises and disciplines! All these things are expressions of God doing a new thing in you, of releasing you, of setting you free, of rebuilding us, reforming and remaking us and the creation around us. Because Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected, we too walk in newness of life, in Lent and always.


Let the joy of the Lord be your strength!


Let us pray.

For us who have lost joy, Holy God, find us again! Shake loose the colorless, joyless spirit that blinds us to your ever-present rejoicing over us. Through Christ our Savior and ruler, resurrect joy in all of us, in our giving and loving and serving. Make us strong in your joy.

In Jesus' name. Amen.


Rev. Michael Price

Newberry College, Class of 2002

March 22, 2019

Trapped in Sin

Once you were in darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true.

--Ephesians 5:8-9


I once encountered a women who strenuously objected to a word in a key sentence from the Lutheran liturgy’s brief order for confession used at the time: “We confess that we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves.”


She was troubled by the word “bondage.” She was not perfect, she said, but she also did not constantly act in an evil manner. How could she be in bondage to sin if she most typically tried to do “all that is good and right and true,” as the passage from Ephesians quoted above exhorts Christians to do. She thought our confession did not reflect reality. As a Christian, she was redeemed from sin, not in bondage to it. She did not like being liturgically compelled to confess non-existent sins.


She was wrong about sin and about the truth of reality. Like many Christians, she had confused wrongful actions with the complications of life that ensnare almost everything we do—a reality that holds us “in bondage to sin.”


NBC’s TV show, The Good Place, has described this reality well. In The Good Place, a demon named Michael is surprised to learn that it is truly impossible for human beings to always to what is good. He discovers that they cannot because life is too complex. No matter how hard people try, they will end up doing evil and be destined for the bad place. Michael observes, “Life is so complicated, it’s impossible for anyone to be good enough… Just buying a tomato at the grocery store means you are unwittingly supporting toxic pesticides, exploited labor, contributing to global warming. Humans think they’re making one choice when they buy a tomato, but they’re actually making dozens of choices they don’t even know they’re making.”


The complexities of life mean that none of our actions is pure. Even buying a tomato can involve us indirectly with evil. This Lenten season learn anew to acknowledge and confess your bondage to sin, confessing the darkness that always threatens. At the same time, celebrate the light of Christ that dispels the darkness and illumines and points us toward all that is good and right and true. Celebrate that even when we fall short, the light of Christ allows us to find our way anew.


Prayer: God our creator, renew me in Christ this day and throughout my life, calling me from darkness into your glorious light. Amen.


Mark Wilhelm is Executive Director for the Network of Colleges and Universities, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

March 21, 2019

Lenten Devotion


Galatians 6:1-5


“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.”


~New International Version


I am very blessed to be part of a great program known as Call Me MISTER. It is a program that seeks to address the shortage of male teachers from diverse backgrounds in elementary schools across the state of South Carolina. We have a rallying cry in MISTER that says “teamwork makes the dreamwork”. It is our belief that is does take a village to raise a child. Everyone has their role and everyone’s role is important.


We see this message boldly stated in this part of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Life is an interesting thing. We have successes and we have failures. Somedays we are on top of the world and other days it feels like the world is on top of us. However, we are to take care of each other and lift each other up. That is what Paul means when he says we should “carry each other’s burdens”. We can help to lighten each other’s load just like Jesus lightens our load. 


Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Please keep us in the palm of your hand so that we might lift each up other and lighten each other’s loads.


In Jesus Name,



Dr. John Lesaine ’07, Assistant Dean for Student Success and Persistence

March 20, 2019

Scripture reading: Zechariah 8: 1-17

Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets…and the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing… (Zechariah 8: 4 & 5, NRSV)


I’ll admit, I don’t read a lot of Zechariah. As one of my study bibles describes it, “…it is the longest and most obscure…” of the minor prophets. It’s a weird book. Full of visions, apocalyptic phrases and imagery, but still has a more ‘peaceful’ outlook of what life will look like after that time than what most people would expect it to go (especially from where it begins).


I was drawn to Zechariah’s portrayal here about what life would look like after this time that the temple is restored and what we, as Christians, might say in the time after Jesus returns. Normally, you read about abundance, wealth, peace between nations, and more. But, Zechariah simply says – people will be in the streets. Young and old in community together.


That’s pretty awesome. What joy it would be to just be witness to that and be at that kind of peace? Yet, even in this chapter of Zechariah this is not just something that happens only because God has returned. The prophet also gives some pretty straightforward advice on how to help bring about this vision of peace.


In verses 16 and 17 Zechariah gives us stuff to do… speak truth, render judgements that are true and make peace, do not devise evil in our hearts, love no false oath.


Seriously – that can’t be too hard right? I’m always amazed that within our scripture – within the Word of God – when told what we must do to enact and engage in peace, it is never some long drawn out list full of hoops and hurdles.

It’s always summed up in one four letter word. 

Love. It’s so simple, yet so hard for us to live into.

Let’s start – I can’t wait to see that time where all children and the old might sit, laugh, and play.


Prayer: Lord God, we expect to have long lists, hurdles, and obstacles to overcome to see you at work in this world. But, every time you give us simple instructions that all come forth from love. Help us to love, guide us in love. Amen.


The Rev. Pastor Matthew Titus, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Newberry SC, and Newberry College alumnus

March 19, 2019

The First Supper

Isaiah 25:6-8a:  6On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.  7And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; 8he will swallow up death forever.  (NRSV)

A while back one of our congregation gave me a bookmark that was so wonderful that we got these bookmarks to give to everyone here and everyone who visits.  The picture is of Jesus dining with twelve individuals from different nations and is entitled: “What Language Would He Use to Speak to Each of These?”  And on the back of the bookmark it states: “Their Own.”  The painting is by Hyatt Moore and the diners are Crow of Montana, Berber of North Africa, Masai of Kenya, China, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Jesus, Ethiopia, Tzeltal of Mexico, Canela of Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Salish of British Columbia, and Mongolia. 

Every time I read the above passage – I think of the bookmark.  And every time I look at the bookmark – I think – The First Supper in the Second Coming!  And I get very excited.  

During Lent – I invite and encourage everyone to meditate on and appreciate the magnitude of the promise in this Isaiah passage – that the Good News is for everyone – not just the Jewish and Christian peoples who claim this Bible as their own.  “All peoples” not only crosses all boundaries – it obliterates them as it promises the feast and freedom from death to “all nations.”  The Jerusalem mount witnessed the institution of the Lord’s Supper in His final meal.  The Jerusalem mount received His life’s blood as He by dying defeated death for us and prepared the road to the First Supper on His return – the meal God prepares for all people and through Jesus extends the invitation to join the meal in this life that will last forever in the next.


We Pray: Dear Savior, thank you for fighting our battles, winning our war with death and preparing the Victory Feast for all nations.  We anticipate with joy our First Supper at Your Return.  Amen.


Pastor Joanie Holden, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Crystal River, Florida.

2011 Newberry Alumna, 2016 LTSS Alumna

March 18, 2019

Luke 15:7

“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who need no repentance.”


One of the major themes of the Lenten season is repentance. Repentance for most of us implies a kind of sorrow for our sins, a deep regret for our hurtful words and actions towards others along with asking for God’s forgiveness and a personal intention to do better in the future. Of course, there is nothing wrong with these associations except that they may be too narrow and too preoccupied with an effort on our part to show a proper kind of remorse. For instance, one could worry about what is a proper amount of remorse to show God? How bad do I have to feel in order to convince God that I know I need God’s forgiveness and grace? Whether we realize it or not, we begin to make God’s gift of forgiveness all about our own ability to make ourselves feel bad enough to deserve it, which means we miss the whole point. 


Frederick Buechner in his book, Wishful Thinking, gives us a different way of understanding repentance. He writes, “To repent is to come to your senses. It is not so much something you do as something that happens. True repentance spends less time looking at the past and saying, “I’m sorry,” than to the future and saying, “wow.” Here we see that the real significance of repentance is that it reorients us to a new focus on the future that God makes possible. That is why Jesus said so clearly that “there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous persons who need no repentance.” In this sense, repenting involves a letting go of the mistakes and brokenness in the past that weighs us down and discovering a gracious invitation from God to live life more fully and authentically in the future. The Lenten season therefore prepares us to see our lives more clearly through the lens of the cross and the joy of Christ’s resurrection gift of forgiveness and new life.


Let us pray. 

Dear God, Sometimes we hold onto many things too tightly. Sometimes we let our regrets and disappointments in the past weigh us down so much that they prevent us from experiencing your gifts in the present and the future. Help us this Lenten season to let go and to trust in the new future you offer us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Rev. Dr. Herman Yoos, Bishop of the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA

March 15, 2019

James 1:12 New International Version (NIV)

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.



One of my favorite short stories is George Clayton Johnson's "The Prevailing Westerlies," a little-known gem of a story published in an anthology of Johnson's works. In it, Johnson channels the voice of a crewman aboard Christopher Columbus's flagship Santa Maria on the voyage to the New World. Day after day of being at sea, with no land in sight, with food rotting in the holds, had filled many of his crewmates with fear and suspicion. Mutiny was in their eyes. And even though this crewman kept faith with Columbus, he still wondered if they'd all die in a watery waste, having never reached their destination. But one day in the midst of his disquiet, a familiar smell crossed his path...not the smell of the ocean, but a "brief scent of green" too strong to be only an island. The story ends, "That's why I was in the crow's nest that night back in 1492, ready to be the first to sing out 'Land ho!' at the first sign of a sudden light."


Life is so much like that kind of uncertain voyage. We head off into an immense unknown, full of hope that we'll get where we want to go. But as time goes on, days come when the winds aren't favorable at all. Our destination seems uncertain and we wonder if we'll ever find it. Hope deserts us. Sometimes come voices that sound like mutineers, urging us to just give up and do the easy thing. It seems like everything's just going wrong and we can't find anyone who will support us, who sees the point of the journey, who can keep the faith. Why not just give up? But somehow in that darkness, through some kind of grace, we hold on. And every once in a blessed while comes that brief scent of green in the middle of the ocean, a reminder that where we want to go is not so wild a dream after all. 


In this season of Lent, as we remember the forty days that Jesus spent on his own spiritual voyage in the wilderness, it's worth remembering that where we want to end up is worth the struggle, worth ignoring the mutineers, worth staying the course for. Someday you'll reach that destination, and you'll look back and remember how it felt when you got that glorious first view of your own new world, the one you found only by keeping the faith.


O Lord, thy sea is so great and our boats are so small. But do not let us stray from the course You have charted for us. Help us resist the temptations and the voices of mutineers, let us not be discouraged in the moments when the winds aren't favorable, and hold us fast when the storms of life toss us about. Keep our courses true, and may the day come when You welcome us into a new home port to abide for all time. In your name we pray. Amen.


Dr. Jodie Peeler

Professor of Communications, Newberry College

March 14, 2019

Luke 24:13-35

Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. They said to each other, "Weren't our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?" (Luke 24:31-32 CEB)


There are moments in our lives that we, for whatever reason, cannot see God present in our lives. We can’t feel Jesus’ life within us. We wander unaware of the Holy Spirit’s guidance in each of our days.

This is not uncommon (no matter how many times someone might tell you otherwise). Even the disciples experienced that distance and elusiveness within their own lives at times. Especially when something tragic has happened – even after they were told that Jesus would be present with them always. How easily we forget that promise when turmoil, hurt, and more are going on in our lives.

I remember while in Seminary being stressed beyond belief. So many papers and responsibilities not only within school, but my field work site, and in my family life as well. I (and all my classmates) felt pulled in all directions and we were barely holding it together. During that stressful time, one of the first things that was typically ‘dropped’ from all of our ‘to-do’ lists was attending chapel. We felt that we needed that time; we needed that rest.

We were reminded by a much beloved professor – where is the place that you can hear that you are loved, remembered, and forgiven? Where is the place that you can know – with no shadow of a doubt – that Jesus is present right there? Where is the one place you can turn to because God has promised to be there?


The answer is the same place where Cleopas and the other disciple realized that Jesus was with them; at the table – in the breaking of bread.

Always remember, no matter how crazy life gets (and boy does it sure get crazy at times) Jesus has promised to be with us. As a Lutheran, I believe that Jesus is fully present in, with, and under the bread and wine at communion because Jesus said and promised he would be. When life becomes hectic, I can turn to that meal and remember that Jesus is indeed with me. Always. It doesn’t magically make the stress go away, but it sure does make it easier to go through knowing I’m not alone.

That’s the love and presence of Jesus that I cannot wait to share – because it burns within my heart.

Let us pray…

Lord God, we don’t always see you. We become distracted and distant from you for a variety of reasons. Remind us always that you indeed are here with us. Help us to hold on to your promise of love and forgiveness that is in the meal we share at your table. Hold us in that love always. Amen.


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

March 13, 2019

2 Corinthians 13:5-8 (ESV)

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. But we pray to God that you may not do wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth.


Today’s Scripture passage deals with the theological aspects of Lent — a time symbolic of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness and in which we, as followers, are encouraged to test and strengthen our faith and be spiritually reborn. In keeping with the Lutheran tradition, questioning and critically evaluating what we hear, what we believe, and why we believe it are key to a better understanding of God. This means exploring and revisiting articles of our personal faiths, counting our blessings, and putting aside presumption to find truth. Tests to our faith are not only trials and tribulations as they come, but they are also our own deliberate efforts to leave our comfort zone, reject complacency, and ask the big questions. Today’s verse tells us to embrace these tests, because anything rightfully in search of truth is no sin, and God is with us every step of the way.


O God, help us to know you better each day, and open our hearts to seek you with humility, curiosity, and thanksgiving. Amen.


Jay Salter

Student Body Vice President and graduating senior

March 12, 2019

Trust and Follow


Luke 18:31-34

31Then [Jesus] took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. 33After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” 34But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.


The disciples are confused again. And it’s no wonder. Jesus has just encountered the rich young man who can’t leave everything and follow Jesus. And Peter observes, “Look, we have left our homes and followed you” (18:18)


And Jesus replies, he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not get back very much more in this age, and in the age to come eternal life” (18:19-20)


It sounds like they are on the way, doesn’t it?  On the way to victory, to a prominent place in the cabinet of the soon-to-be victorious Messiah. Then Jesus says this: He will be handed over to the Romans, jeered at, made sport of, and spit on. Then, after giving him the third degree, they will kill him. But in three days he will rise, alive. The disciples can’t make heads or tails of what he is talking about, of what God is up to.


I’d be less than honest if I told you that I always get it. I am often mystified by what God is up to in the world. And there is a long list of things I’d like answers to: Big things like the suffering of the innocent. If God wants to bring about a divine reign of peace and justice, why is it taking so long? Small things that are so petty I’d be embarrassed to admit them to you.


Like those disciples, I am often confused about where all this is headed and what my part in it is supposed to be. “God, if you want me to do something here, make it clear and I’ll do my best!”


But notice this: while the disciples were confused, while they just didn’t get it, still, they followed Jesus. They went with him to Jerusalem, and while – as we will see during Holy Week – they didn’t come off as exemplary friends and supporters, while they let him down, betrayed and abandoned him, still, they followed him. And that’s all he asked of them and all he asks of us.


Follow the best you can. Trust that God will bring it all to a good end. Amen


God of mystery, you call us to follow you even in our confusion. Give us grace to trust enough to follow where you lead. We ask this in the name of the one who loves us and gave himself for us, Jesus our Lord. Amen


Rev. Dr. Bishop Julian Gordy

Southeastern Synod, ELCA

March 11, 2019

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  So Abram went, as the LORD had told him [Genesis 12:1-4]


The next year will bring some significant changes to my life.  I have one child who is half way through college and almost ready to be on her own.  I have another child who will begin high school next year.  And my 50th birthday is just over a year away.  Lots of changes.  And they feel big.  With my kids almost raised, I’m anticipating the next chapter in my life and doing a lot of reflection.  Will I have more time for volunteer work?  Will my career consume me?  Will I finally be able to afford a great vacation?  Needless to say, I’ve been doing some serious reflection lately.  What really comes next?


In the verses above, there is a promise to Abraham: “I will bless you.”  Abram was just a guy from Ur.  The Bible doesn’t really tell us, but there doesn’t seem to be anything special about him.  He wasn’t tall and handsome like Saul (1 Sam 9:2) and he wasn’t a sharpshooter like David (1 Sam 17:48-49).  He wasn’t strong like Samson (Judges 16:6) or cunning like Esther.  He was just an ordinary guy living an ordinary life when God told him to leave his home, take his wife and possessions, and move.  Just on faith, he was supposed to begin the next chapter in his life.  Abraham listened and moved.  He trusted that whatever God had in store for him would be provided.  And late in life, Abraham’s wife gave birth to Isaac.  The Israelite people were formed because of God’s promise to Abraham.  Abraham trusted God and God blessed him in multiple ways over the course of his life. 


The season of Lent is usually thought of as a time of reflection on one’s sinful life.  We may give up something we really like to emulate the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross or we may take on an extra spiritual discipline.  During the 40 days of Lent, we reflect on the phrase, “From dust you came and to dust you shall return.”  In other words, what does it mean to be human?  Big questions. 


But, Lent is also a season of hope.  Rather than drowning in the muck of life, we are looking ahead to the resurrection – new life in Christ.  Like Abraham, we hope that the next chapter is in God’s hands, that there is something wonderful and meaningful in the next phase of our lives.  And we trust. 


O God, in the waters of baptism you bring us to new birth to live as your children.  Strengthen our faith in your promises, that by your Spirit we may lift up your life to all the world through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.


Rev. Dr. Christy Wendland

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

March 8, 2019

“Where, O death, is your victory? 

Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 New International Version (NIV)


You have turned for me my mourning into dancing...

Psalm 30:11 New King James Version (NKJV)


Here we are another day into our Lenten journey 2019... The forty days of Lent are a period of contemplation and prayer on the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.  I chose this First Corinthians verse because it is one of my favorite to remember in Lent. In another translation it becomes, “O Death, where is your victory?”  Indeed, through the sacrificial death of Jesus, we are freed from the power of death into new life with Jesus.


So both this year and last year, one of my favorite Christian songs is “Death Was Arrested”  by North Point InsideOut.  They sing of our being dead in our sin just like Paul writes in First Corinthians.  They sing, “You have made us new, now life begins with You.”  Isn’t that a wonderful thought? We speak of being made new through our Baptism into the life and death of Jesus but how often do we really feel like God has made us new?  We are a new creation each and every day because every morning we awaken to a new chance to be the best person we have ever been.  And we need to be and feel like we are new because in this sad and lonely world, we have a chance to be a new light of Grace and Love.  Let me repeat that thought for you, in this sad and lonely world, we have a chance to be a new light of Grace and Love. The world needs Grace and Love so much.  You, yes, you and I can shine in this world and be a light in the darkness.  North Point InsideOut sings these wonderful words, “Oh, Your Grace so free washes over me.  It's your endless Love pouring down on us.“


Jesus has made us new and has washed us free of our sin with His Grace. Thanks be to God!  Jesus rose from the dead and that was, “When death was arrested and my life began.”  Death is stopped, death is no more, death is arrested.  “O Death, where is your victory?” Death has NO victory over us believers just like death had no power over Jesus. And I will repeat that sentence also, death has NO victory over us believers just like death had no power over Jesus. Thanks be to God!


Please pray with me.


Lord God, Thank you for giving us the victory over death through our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for forgiving our sins through your wonderful Grace. Thank you for loving us and allowing us to be and show the light of your love to the world. Amen.


Ms. R. Annie Worman

March 7, 2019

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Matthew 26:26-29 New International Version (NIV)


These verses from Matthew are, of course, the verses we hear each and every week before we take Holy Communion.  They are the words from the “Last Supper,” when Jesus shared the Passover meal in Jerusalem on Maundy Thursday before He was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane and crucified the next day on Good Friday.


This year for Lenten devotions, my beloved husband, Pastor Ernie asked us to choose our own Bible verses to discuss with you.  As it turned out, I had just heard a new-to-me sung version of this text on the radio.  It is hauntingly beautiful.  Fernando Ortega sings, “In My Father’s Kingdom.”  You can find it easily on Youtube.  His version is very contemplative to me.  And as you might be able to tell from it’s name, the refrain repeats, “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.” So I chose this text to share with you today.


In these powerful “Last Supper” words, Jesus is trying to prepare His beloved disciples for His imminent death.  I don’t think they understood at all at the time.  And I don’t think they understood them after Jesus’ death on Good Friday.  I think they began to understand these words more completely on Easter and in the days following that when the risen Jesus stood among them and greeted them with, “Shalom.”


Isn’t that the way with many things today in our lives?  At the time some major event happens, we are sure it is terrible.  But years later, when we look back on that very same event, we can see how it shaped our life into something unexpectedly wonderful.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good...” Genesis 50:20A  As we continue on our Lenten journey this year, let’s take the time to contemplate the goodness of God and the GOOD in Good Friday.


Jesus says that we will be with Him in His Father’s Kingdom. Jesus died to make that happen. Believe and contemplate and give thanks.


Please pray with me.


Lord God,

Thank you for your gift of your Son, Jesus the Christ.  Thank you for sending Him to us to teach us and lead us and show us your ways.  And thank you Jesus, for dying on the cross to take away our sins.  Amen


Ms. R. Annie Worman

March 6, 2019

For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.  Genesis 3:19 B  (RSV)


Here it is Lent 2019 already.  Doesn’t it seem like it was just Christmas, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day?  And it is March already!  


On Ash Wednesday, we stand or kneel in front of our Pastor at the imposition of Ashes as he or she marks our foreheads with a cross made from an ash-and-olive-oil mixture and repeats, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  Did you know that traditionally, the ashes are freshly burned palms and palm crosses from Palm Sunday last year? So on Ash Wednesday we are marked with ashes made from the same palms we waved in worship while we shouted ‘Hosanna’ to mark Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. And what was the reason Jesus was entering Jerusalem?  He was on His way to our salvation and sacrifice on the cross.


Those of you that know me or have heard or read any of my other Advent or Lenten devotions may remember that in my head, there is ALWAYS a song playing.   It is a major reason when I am not listening to WKDK on the radio I listen to Christian radio.  That is so when I wake in the middle of the night, I have a positive song playing in my head. But I digress, the reason I mention that I always have a song playing in my head is that on Ash Wednesday and the whole first week of Lent, I hear Kansas singing, “Dust in the Wind.”  And the lines of the song that I seem to hear repeated are the ones that speak of ‘nothing lasts,’ and that money won’t buy us any more time, not even another minute. And of course there is the beautiful refrain:


“Dust in the wind, All we are is dust in the wind. All we are is dust in the wind.”


As much as this song haunts me this first week of Lent, it also comforts me.  I believe that God formed Adam and Eve out of dirt and dust and breathed the breath of Life and His Holy Spirit into them.  And I know that I will die and my earthly body will return to the earth.  I also believe in Heaven and the Second Coming of Jesus in the New Jerusalem when and where there is no such thing as time and no Sun nor Moon because the glory of God is the light everywhere. And I believe that each and every time I take Holy Communion, I get to catch a glimpse of this promised New Heaven and Earth in the eating of the bread and drinking of the wine with the whole community of believers past and present and future everywhere on the earth and in Heaven.


This Lenten season 2019 is another opportunity to reflect on the goodness of God that He sent His only begotten Son to save us.  In saving us, he has freed us from the bondage of sin and DEATH.  We are free from death.  


We are dust and to dust we shall return!  Thanks be to God!  For we believe that wherever Jesus is, He has gone there to prepare a place for us there, too. 


Please pray with me.



Dear Lord,

Thank you for loving us so much that you sent your son, Jesus the Christ to die for us on the cross. Thank you for your plan of salvation.  Thank you for giving us the time today to remember we are your people and that there is a place prepared for us in your kingdom.   Amen.


Ms. R. Annie Worman

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Omega Psi Phi

About Omega Psi Phi

The Alpha Delta Chi chapter of Omega Psi Phi was founded at Newberry College on March 22, 2014. 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 the ideals and ambitions of its members and to 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, hosts 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 22, 2014

Symbol: Lamp 

Color: Royal Purple and Old Gold 

Flower: African Violet 

Motto: Friendship is Essential to the Soul

Omega Psi Phi was founded In 1911; the Alpha Delta Chi Chapter was founded in 2014.


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Phi Beta Sigma

About Phi Beta Sigma

The Alpha Beta Psi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma was founded at Newberry College on June 19, 2001. 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 19, 2001

Symbol: Dove 

Color: Royal Blue and Pure White 

Flower: White Carnation 

Motto: Culture For Service and Service For Humanity

Phi Beta Sigma was founded In 1914; The Alpha Beta Psi Chapter at Newberry College was founded in 2001. 



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Kappa Alpha Psi

About Kappa Alpha Psi

The Xi Pi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi was founded during the 1992 at Newberry College. The Fraternity has more than 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.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fast Facts

Chapter: Xi Pi, Founded in 1992

Symbol: Diamond 

Color: Crimson and Cream 

Flower: Red Carnation 

Motto: Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor

Kappa Alpha Psi was founded In 1911; the Xi Pi Chapter at Newberry College was founded in 1992


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Theta Chi

About Theta Chi

The Eta Iota chapter of Theta Chi was formed at Newberry College on February 12, 1972. The brothers of Theta Chi are involved in a multitude of the College's Divsion II sports teams along with a variety of other school organizations such as Student Government Association, Interfraternity Council and Teaching Fellows. Theta Chi is a diverse group of young men and it is that diversity which 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,  Boys Farm. Theta Chi hosts annual events, such as the USO Softball Tournament, visits to  Boys Farm and a Low Country Shrimp Boil.

Theta Chi Fast Facts

Chapter: Eta Iota, Founded February 12, 1972)

Symbol: Rattlesnake 

Color: Red and White 

Flower: Red Carnation 

Theta Chi was founded In 1856; the Eta Iota Chapter at Newberry College was founded in 1972. 

Maxim: Alma Mater First and Theta Chi for Alma Mater (Refers to one of the founding ideals of of the fraternity of loyalty to one's college over the course of one's lifetime)



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Tau Kappa Epsilon

About Tau Kappa Epsilon

The Omicron Theta chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was formed at Newberry College on March 31, 1974. 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 annual philanthropic events. 

Tau Kappa Epsilon Fast Facts

Chapter: Omicron Theta, Founded March 31, 1974

Symbol: Equilateral Triangle 

Color: Crimson Lake Cherry and Pure Silver Gray 

Flower: Red Carnation 

Motto: Better Men for a Better World

Tau Kappa Epison was founded in 1899; The Omicron Theta chapter at Newberry College was founded in 1974. 

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Kappa Alpha Order

About Kappa Alpha Order

The Delta Epsilon chapter of Kappa Alpha Order was founded at Newberry College in the spring of 1964. The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Order present incredible opportunities for growing, meeting challenges and building leadership. For 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 

Colors: Crimson and Old Gold 

Flowers: Crimson Rose and Magnolia Blossom 

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

Kappa Alpha Order was founded In 1865; Delta Epsilong Chapter at Newberry College was founded in 1964. 


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Alpha Xi Delta

About Alpha Xi Delta

Twenty-six sisters founded the Epsilon Iota Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at Newberry College on April 22, 1967, making it the first sorority on the Newberry campus. They 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 individuals who seek to 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 that week, the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta host various fundraisers and raffles to benefit the Autism Speaks organization. 

Our Mission

The mission of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity is to enrich the life of every Alpha Xi Delta through the decision to nurture unity and cooperation; foster intellectual, professional and personal growth; exemplify the highest ethical conduct' instill community responsibility; and perpetuate fraternal growth.

Alpha Xi Delta Fast Facts

Chapter: Epsilon Iota -- Founded April 22, 1967

Symbol: Quill 

Colors: Light Blue, Navy Blue and Gold 

Gems:  Pearl and Diamond 

Flower: Pink Rose 

Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity was founded In 1893; the Epsilon Iota Chapter at Newberry College was founded in 1967. 


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Sigma Sigma Sigma

About Sigma Sigma Sigma

The Eta Beta chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority was founded on April 12, 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-formal, formal, Homecoming, Founders Day, and Greek Week, along with holding mixers with the fraternities on campus. Sigma Sigma Sigma also participates in a variety of philanthropic efforts, including Sigma Serves Children, Robbie Page Memorial, and March of Dimes. Some of the events Tri-Sigma plans in support of these philanthropic interests include selling Rainbows for Robbie, Teeter Totter Marathon, Premature Awareness Month, March for Babies, and Character Counts Week.

Our 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.

Sigma Sigma Sigma Fast Facts

Chapter: Eta Beta, Founded April 12, 1997

Symbol: Sailboat 

Colors: Royal Purple, Pearl White, Gold 

Gem: Pearl 

Flower: Purple Violet 

Sigma Sigma Sigma was founded In 1898; Eta Beta Chapter at Newberry College was founded in 1997.



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Kappa Delta

Overview of Kappa Delta

The Delta Mu chapter of Kappa Delta was founded March 23, 1968, and has initiated more than 700 members. The organization has been nationally recognized and has received awards on several occasions at National Conferences across the country. Philanthropies supported by Kappa Delta include Girl Scouts of America and Prevent Child Abuse America. The sisters of Kappa Delta host several Girl Scout events throughout the year as well as their annual Shamrock Week benefitting PCAA.

Kappa Delta Fast Facts

Chapter: Delta Mu (Founded March 23, 1968

Symbols: Nautilus Shell and Dagger 

Colors: Olive Green and Pearl White 

Gems: Emerald, Diamond, Pearl 

Flower: White Rose 

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

Kappa Delta was founded in 1897. The Delta Mu chapter of Kappa Delta was founded in 1968.


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Clarinet Festival


We're hard at work on the dates and details for the second annual Palmetto Clarinet Festival! Check back later this summer for more information on the 2019 event. 



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About the Festival

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

All ages welcome.


2019 Event Date Coming Soon!


Newberry College Campus

Alumni Music Center * 2100 College Street, Newberry


CLICK HERE to download last year's festival schedule.

How to Register

Registration Fee:  $20

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

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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

The next competition will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020

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 winners' recital. 


Junior Division, First Prize  --  $150

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
  • Competitors must bring two copies of their music

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
  • Competitors must bring two copies of their music

A total of 15 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.


Registration deadline is Monday, January 13, 2020.

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

Competition Schedule

Competition will take place from approximately 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., with  a winners' recital at the conclusion of the competition.  Specific times will be emailed to competitors and the winners' recital time is to be determined. 

About the Event Organizer

Dr. Sarah Masterson, piano, is currenty Associate Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C. Dr. Masterson also serves as the Coordinator of Music Theory, Director of the Department of Music Social Media, Freshman Faculty Mentor, and the founding Artistic Director of the W. Darr Wise Piano Competition. As an SCMTA board member, Dr. Masterson serves as Coordinator of Junior Competitions. She is also an active member of the Coljlege Music Society and American Guild of Organists. Prior to joining the Newberry College faculty, she was on faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University and Fitchburg State University.


Dr. Masterson's recent research focuses on the work of 20th-century American women composers, and she presented related lecture-recitals at the 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford and the 2016 College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Conference. In 2016, she also published a book review in the American Music Teacher magazine. As a performer, Dr. Masterson has performed as a soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the DePauw Orchestra, and the University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. She currently maintains an active performance schedule throughout New England, the Midwest, and the Southeast. In 2018, she premiered a collaborative piece at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference and presented at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford and the CMS Mid-Atlantic Conference.


In 2011, Dr. Masterston completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Connecticut, with a major concentration of piano performance and a minor area of emphasis in music theory. Past instructors include Dr. Neal Larrabee, Prof. Claude Cymerman, and Phyllis Niednagel.


Dr. Sarah Masterson



Newberry College
Department of Music
2100 College Street
Newberry, SC  29108

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We want everyone who visits the Newberry College website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.

What are we doing?

To help us make the Newberry College website a positive place for everyone, we've been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the Newberry College website.

How are we doing?

We've worked hard on the Newberry College website and believe we've achieved our goal of Level AA accessibility. We monitor the website regularly to maintain this, but if you do find any problems, please get in touch.

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This accessibility statement was last updated on 20th March 2018.

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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

July 5-12 2020






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 currently a high school student 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 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade.



July 5 - 12, 2020



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 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 Community!

Part of Called to the Common Good's magic is the unique community that emerges every summer. We intentionally welcome high school students from different cultural and denominational backgrounds, who come together to learn, worship, and grow with one another and in the process start seeing the world through many eyes.

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 9,  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 Institute will be held July 5 through July 12, 2020, 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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Lodging In and Around Newberry College

Hampton Inn, Newberry Opera House

1201 Nancy Street

Newberry, SC 29108


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Holiday Inn Express and Suites

2012 InterContinental Hotal Group Torchbearer Award Winner

1-26/Exit 76 (Main Street/SC Highway 219)

121 Truman Avenue

Newberry, SC 29108


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Econo Lodge

1147 Wilson Road

Newberry, SC 29108


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Days Inn

I-26 & Highway 34 - Winnsboro Rd (Exit 74)

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/a 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)

2018 - Reggie Wicker ('04)

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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

2018 - Charlie T. Arnsdorff

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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)

2018 - Rev. Kevin L. Strickland ('04)

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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)

2018 - Pastor Mary W. Anderson ('78)

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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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Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

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 4-5 years) the student is awarded two degrees in one of the following combinations:

  • Associate and bachelor' degrees (an associate degree from a community college and a bachelor's degree from a partner university).
  • Dual bachelor degrees (one awarded from each of the partner institutions).
  • Bachelor and masters degree (a bachelor's degree award from one institution and a master's degree awarded by a second institution).
  • Dual graduate degrees (a combination of DDS, DO, MA, MD, MPP, MS, JD, MBA, MPH or PhD).

Dual-Degree Programs

Newberry College has dual degree agreements with several institutions for the following bachelor's and master's programs: 

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Accepted Students Experience

Friday, April 5, 2019

Students are invited to join us on Friday, April 5, starting at 1p.m. to meet current students and fellow members of the Class of 2023. Get the inside track on preparing to join the Wolf Pack, enjoy dinner and participate in fun events with your future classmates. 

For Families

For families whose travel time may require an overnight stay in Newberry, the City of Newberry offers a variety of options for local accommodations

Click for more information about the City of Newberry.

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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 and we're the first institution in South Carolina to offer this innovative program. 


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.



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 $43,000 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 $43,000. If you make more than $43,000, 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 $43,000 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 $43,000. Graduates who make more than $43,000 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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Homecoming 2019

Hail Scarlet and the Gray

October 11 - 13, 2019

Newberry College vs. University of Virginia - Wise

Schedule of Events

Monday, October 7

Noon -- Deadline For Banner Completion, Derrick Hall

7 – 10 pm -- Homecoming Bonfire and Cookout, Center for Teacher Education


Tuesday, October 8

3 pm -- Office Decorating Contest Judged, Campus

5 pm -- Paint the Town Scarlet and Gray, Downtown Newberry

9 pm -- Homecoming Paint, Oakland Mill Lobby


Wednesday, October 9

10:10 am -- Homecoming Chapel, Wiles Chapel

5 pm -- Field Hockey vs. Mount Olive, Setzler Field

8:30 pm -- Homecoming Talent Show, Wiles Chapel Theatre


Thursday, October 10

6 pm -- Newberry Can-Struct, Yost Portico

10 pm -- Throwback Bingo, Kaufmann Hall


Friday, October 11

5 – 9 pm -- WolfFest, Field Outside Walker Hall

6 – 8 pm -- Lawn Party and Reunion Class Socials, Dufford Alumni House


Saturday, October 12

9 am – 4 pm -- Alumni Association Information Tent, Fountain Circle

10:30 am -- Alumni Association Meeting, Wiles Chapel

10:30 am – 1 pm -- Lunch, Kaufmann Hall  (Reserved Areas for classes ending in 9 or 4). Cost: $9.50 + tax.  

 St. Louis Style BBQ Ribs  Buffalo Chicken Wings
 Honey Glazed Chicken Wings  Vegetarin Chili with Toppings
 Fresh Green Beans  Corn on the Cob
 Potato Nacho Bake  Meatball Subs
 Cheddar, Tomato and Basil Subs  Cole Slaw
 Cucumber and Tomato Salad  Celery Sticks, Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressing
 Full Salad and Fruit Bar  


11:30 am -- Singers Concert, Wiles Chapel

Noon -- 1:30 p.m. - African-American Alumni Chapter luncheon, reserved seating in Kaufmann Hall

1:30 pm -- Homecoming Parade, Campus Route

2 pm -- Pep Rally, Yost Portico

3 pm -- Family Photo, Yost Portico

4 pm -- Football: Newberry vs. University of Virginia - Wise, Setzler Field


Sunday, October 13

10:30 am -- Homecoming Worship and Memorial Service, Wiles Chapel

10:30 am – 2 pm -- Brunch, Kaufmann Hall. Cost: $9.50 + tax.

Other Information


Find us at the Fountain Circle on Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you have questions or need assistance during the homecoming festivities, visit the Alumni Association Information Tent. 



Tenting and tailgating before the football game is a popular part of our homecoming traditions. (Homecoming Only: designated grass areas throughout campus may be reserved through the Office of Alumni Relations.) You provide and and set up your own tent. These spaces are available on a first-served basis. No parked cars are allowed in the "tent only" reserved areas. Please reserve your space by Wednesday, October 9.


For the complete campus tailgating policy, please visit here.



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



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



Campus buildings surrounding the festivities will be open throughout the weekend.


For questions about homecoming festivities, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations

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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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Suggested Equipment for Communications Students

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). 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 the Office of First Year Experience at or 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 the Office of First Year Experience at or 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 or 803.321.3311. 


2019 Dates

Monday, January 7

Friday, April 12

Friday, June 14

Friday, July 12

Thursday, August 15



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
Office of First Year Programs, or 803.321.3311.


Center for Student Success
Students requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact the Center for Student Success for assistance.

Barbara Joyner, Center for Student Success, or 803.321.5625. 

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 16 - 19, 2019. 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. 


Questions about Howl Effect?

Please contact the Office 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.  


The 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 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 Department of Music proudly offers a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. For more information about how to get involved, contact the Music department at 803.321.5633 or email  





Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble performs regularly at college convocations and other campus functions and special events. 


Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra is a campus/community partnership that is open to both Newberry College students and community members. The orchestra performs music literature from the Baroque period to the 21st century and is under the direction of Dr. Patrick Casey. Email or call 803.321.5634. 


Guitar Ensemble

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


Jazz Big Band Ensemble

The Jazz Big Band plays several concerts each year and tours during spring semester. The group's energetic performances have been recorded on numerous CDs and performs at the statewide SCBDA Jazz Festival hosted annually by Newberry College. 


Jazz Combo 

The Jazz Combo is a small jazz group that performs frequently at both on-campus and off-campus venues and regional jazz festivals. The group also offers students many opportunities to hone their skills with jazz improvisation.


Percussion Ensemble

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


Wind Ensemble

Students in the Wind Ensemble perform both standard band literature as well as contemporary wind ensemble music designed for this smaller instrumentation. Participation in this ensemble is required for all instrumental music majors and is open to all students, both music and non-music majors. . The Wind Ensemble is under the director of Dr. Jerry Gatch. Email or call 803.321.5180.


Woodwind Ensembles

Woodwind Ensembles include saxophone ensemble, clarinet ensemble, flute ensemble and woodwind quintet, depending on student interest and studio personnel. These groups perform their own concerts and often perform at special campus functions. 





Scarlet Spirit Marching Band

The Scarlet Spirit Marching Band is a corps-style ensemble that performs at all home football games. Newberry is the only Lutheran college in the country with a marching band. Athletic Bands are under the director of Mr. David Santiago. Email or call 803.321.5179.


Scar's Army Pep Band

Scar's Army Pep Band performs at on-campus athletic events during spring semester. 






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. Email or call 803.321.5181.


Newberry College Singers 

Newberry College Singers was founded in 1931, and is one of the oldest groups on campus. This premier choir tours annually and performs choral masterworks that range from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. Singers are under the direction of Dr. Chris Sheppard. Email or call 803.321.5181.

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Retired Faculty

A Tribute to Our Retired 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


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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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Newberry College Jazz Festival

The longest-running jazz festival of its kind in the country

The Newberry College Jazz Festival welcomes the state's premier high school jazz musicians as host to the annual South Carolina Band Directors Association All-State Jazz Performance Assessment, which includes nationally recognized guest clinicians and adjudicators. The Newberry College Jazz Big Band plays a concert during the weekend event. For details about the SCBDA Jazz Performance Assessment, visit

Jazz Big Band Concert at the Newberry Jazz Festival

Check back for information about the featured performance of the Jazz Big Band.

Jazz Tour

Each Spring the Jazz Big Band performs a concert tour throughout different regions of the state.  Recent tour highlights include concerts in Chapin, Sumter, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Lexington.

Recent Guest Artists

Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone

Chris Vadala, saxophone

Denis DiBlasio, saxophone

Howard Levy, harmonica

Victor Wooten, bass

Steve Bailey, bass

Terell Stafford, trumpet

Al Chez, trumpet

Roger Pemberton, saxophone

“Blue Lou” Marini, saxophone

Allen Vizutti, trumpet

Wyclef Gordon, trombone

Charles P. Pruitt Jazz Award

Each year a student in the Newberry College Jazz Big Band is awarded the Most Valuable Player of the Year in honor of longtime band director, Charles “Chief” Pruitt. Students who receive this award are added to a commemorative plaque located in the Alumni Music Center. 

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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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Music Major for a Day

What's it like to be a music major at Newberry College?

Experience it first-hand at Music Major for a Day!



9:00 am - 2:15 pm

Followed by optional campus tour and optional auditions for prospective music majors.


​The Department of Music invites prospective students and families to spend a day on the Newberry College campus to learn more about college life for music students at Newberry. This event is open to all current high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a music degree in college. Attendance is free. Lunch is provided for each student and ONE guest. Meals for additional guests may be purchased in the College Cafe during the lunch break. 



Students must register for this event. Click here to register for Music Major for a Day.

Register by Friday, October 11, 2019




Students attending Music Major for a Day may audition at the conclusion of the event. Click here to register in advance for your audition. 



Schedule of Activities

  • Registration
  • Welcome and Introduction of Music Faculty
  • Music Admission and Scholarships
  • Masterclasses with Newberry College Faculty
  • Q & A Session with Current Newberry Music Majors
  • Lunch in the Campus Cafe
  • Performances by Madrigals, Jazz Big Band and Chamber Ensembles.
  • Rehearsals with Wind Ensemble, Newberry College Singers and Chamber Orchestra. **Bring your instrument to sit in with our College ensembles!.**




Contact the Newberry College Department of Music. Email or call 803.321.5633.

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Make a Gift to Music

Newberry College Friends of Music

We gratefully welcome your support for the Newberry College Department of Music.


Click here to make an online gift to the Friends of Music


You may also mail your donation to: 

Newberry College Friends of Music
Department of Music
2100 College Street
Newberry, SC 29108


All donations are greatly appreciated! 

Dr. Sally Cherrington-Beggs Memorial Scholarship

Sally Cherrington-Beggs HeadshotThe Newberry College Music Department and the Cherrington-Beggs family established 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. In the final 12 years of her life, Dr. Sally served as Chair of the Department of Music and College Organist. Under her leadership the Alumni Music Center was refurbished, the department doubled in size and established itself as one of South Carolina's premiere private college music programs.


Dr. Sally represented the College nationally as a recitalist and workshop clinician at events sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and Augsburg-Fortress Press. Her deepest passion, however, was the integration of music into the worship experience 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. If you know prospective students who would be suitable candidates for this scholarship, please contact the Department of Music. 



Click here to make an online gift to the Dr. Sally Cherrington-Beggs Memorial Scholarship

Or mail your donation to: 

Newberry College Office of Advancement
Sally Cherrington-Beggs Scholarship
2100 College Street
Newberry, SC 29108

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Once your application to Newberry College is complete, schedule an audition during one of our audition days. An audition is required for you to be considered for admission to the Department of Music as a music major. Auditions for woodwind, brass, percussion, voice, strings, piano and guitar are held during all of the audition dates below except where otherwise noted. 


Department of Music Audition Dates -- 2019 / 2020

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 -- Music Major for a Day; All Areas

Friday, November 22, 2019 -- Honors Band Clinic; Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Only

Friday, December 6, 2019 -- Honor String Orchestra Clinic; Strings Only 

Friday, January 24, 2020 -- All Areas

Friday, February 14, 2020 -- All Areas

Saturday, March 21, 2020 -- All Areas

Friday, April 17, 2020 -- All Areas

Friday, May 8, 2020 -- All Areas


Audition Requirements

Students should prepare for their audition using the guidelines below. For questions about specific audition repertoire, contact Dr. Chris Sheppard, chair of the Department of Music at


Students should prepare two solos demonstrating contrasting styles and major scales. An All-State/Region solo may take the place of one of the two prepared solos. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). Accompaniment is not required.


Students should prepare a solo/etude on snare drum, a solo/etude on the marimba or timpani (if studied), and major scales on a mallet instrument (marimba, xylophone or vibraphone). Students with drumset experience should demonstrate the following styles: funk/rock, swing, latin/samba and bossa nova. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). 


Students should prepare major scales in four octaves and two prepared pieces including a movement of Classical, Sonata, and one contrasting piece. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only).


Students should prepare two solos demonstrating contrasting styles and major scales. The audition also will  include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). Accompaniment is not required.


Students should prepare two songs of contrasting styles. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). A piano accompanist from the college will be provided upon request. Email your piano scores at least one week in advance of your audition date to or fax 803.321.5175. 


Students should prepare two solos demonstrating contrasting styles (Classical or Jazz preferred) and major scales. The audition also will include sight-reading, tonal memory assessment and a diagnostic music knowledge test (for placement purposes only). Accompaniment is not required.



Register for an Audition

To register for an audition, click here to complete the Music Audition Form




If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Music Department Administrative Assistant Debbie Jarman at or call 803.321.5633. Send faxes to 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

Office of Disability Services 


Our Mission 

The mission of Disability Services in the Center for Student Success is to empower disabled students to seek academic and personal success through maximizing ability and encouraging full participation. Services are offered to students with various exceptionalities as they navigate the varying demands of the Newberry College experience. Length of services may vary from a short period to the entire length of a student’s academic tenure at Newberry College.



The laws concerning the rights and responsibilities of the College regarding students with disabilities differ from those you've navigated in high school. You'll be responsible for voluntarily disclosing your disability, providing documentation and requesting appropriate accommodations. These may be different from those you received in high school. 

In college, you'll advocate for yourself. We offer a student handbook that outlines your rights and responsibilities and prepares you for your greater role in managing your education and accommodations. Though the services may change, it's important you inform us about your past, so we're able to provide the right support. 



Parents and guardians are a critical component to all aspects of the educational trajectory, however, that involvement does shift once a student becomes 18 years of age and is admitted to a college or university. At that time, parents and guardians are not legally allowed access to a student's educational information. The Federal Education and Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) allows for the release of private and confidential information to specified persons. Families are allowed to access information if a student has signed a release of information form. If you are in need of a release of information form, please stop by the Center for Student Success. 


Common Accommodations 

Newberry College is committed to providing students with equitable access and participation in academics and other programs sponsored by the College as mandated by federal law. The process for granting accommodations to qualified students with documented disabilities is managed by the Coordinator of Disability Services.


Faculty should only implement accommodations approved by the Coordinator of Disability Services, who will provide students with a letter describing approved classroom accommodations. Students are responsible for providing this letter to faculty prior to before the need arises. 


By law, disability and accommodation information should be kept private, and only shared with College personnel who have a legitimate educational need to know. 


Some common accommodations include:

  1. Providing a distraction-free environment for test taking
  2. Providing additional time to complete course tasks
  3. Permission to audio-record lectures
  4. Access to laptop / tablet for notetaking
  5. Access to faculty lecture notes
  6. Priority seating 
  7. Substitution of courses 
  8. Access to alternate material / media (i.e. Braille, audio versions, etc.)


Contact Information

LaShawn Hanes, 803.321.5277 

Coordinator of Disability Services

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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.

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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. Christina Wendland Prof.Gretchen Haskett
Dr. John Lesaine Pastor Ernie Worman Dr. Jennifer Martinsen 
Dr. Valerie Burnett Dr. Jodie Peeler Dr. Amanda Hodges
Dr. Krista Hughes Ms. Martha Dorell Dr. Timothy Elston
President Maurice Scherrens Dr. Sandy Scherrens Dr. Sara Peters


Student Allies:


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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

The Center for Student Success supports Newberry College students throughout their educational journey by providing a variety of academic support services. Our academic specialists offer a personalized, one-on-one approach to assist students with the self-management skills they need to be successful in the classroom. The Center works collaboratively across academic and administrative departments, monitoring success indicators, such as class attendance, personal behavior and academic performance, all with an eye toward helping students achieve their academic goals and persist to graduation.


The CSS is a one-stop student support center that provides:  

  • Academic Coaching and Mentoring 
  • Academic Advising  
  • Academic Engagement Programs & Services  
  • Learner Support (for students with disabilities & educational accommodations) 
  • Career Exploration & Preparation 
  • Early Alert & Academic Recovery 


Hours of Operation

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Alternate times may be arranged by appointment.



Wessels Library

The Center for Student Success is in the library's main floor, adjacent to the commons area. 


Our Team

Dr. Sandy Scherrens

Associate Dean for Student Success and Persistence



Dr. John Lesaine

Assistant Dean for Student Success and Persistence

Assoc. Professor of Sport Professions 

Campus Site Coordinator - Call Me MiSTER Program



Barbara Joyner

Assistant Dean for Student Success and Persistence

Director of Early Alert & Student Intervention

International Student Support

Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) - U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security



Brittany Noble

Academic Success Coach

Athletics Liaison



Patrick Smith

Director of Career Services



Belle Mazurik

Assistant Director of the Center for Student Success



LaShawn Hanes

Coordinator of Disability Services


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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
  • 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 - 1:00pm

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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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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