News Releases

  • Alumni Association cites three for top honors

    An army major, a recognized hospice care expert and the manager of Lander’s newest athletic facility are the 2011 recipients of the Lander Alumni Association’s top awards. The honorees are Major Cory Plowden, a 17-year South Carolina National Guard and U.S. Army veteran; Nancy Boyter Corley, chief executive officer of HospiceCare of the Piedmont in Greenwood; and Steve Grogan, Lander’s assistant athletic director and manager of the Jeff May Complex.
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  • Lander honors top staff at awards breakfast

    Lander University President Dr. Daniel Ball, center, congratulates the recipients of the university's 11th annual staff excellence awards: Jeff Beaver, left, Lander physical plant director; and Tom Covar, Lander’s budget director and controller.
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  • Students, alumni honored at education conference in Myrtle Beach

    This semester nine Lander University students and two faculty members attended the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Myrtle Beach. Students held fundraisers to collect money to cover hotel costs and expenses related to the conference. During the conference several of these students and some Lander teaching education alumni made presentations, and received awards and scholarships.
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  • Lander University Graduate Gets Golden Apple Award

    Margaret Young Bennett, a 1997 graduate of Lander University, has won a WYFF-TV Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. The television segment that aired in January shows Bennett working with 8-year-old Macy Storm, a special education student assigned to Bennett’s second-grade class at Lake Forest Elementary School in Greenville. Bennett was nominated by Macy’s parents, who appreciated her efforts to reach Macy and make her feel a part of the class.
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  • GLPA salutes its departing executive director

    Myra Greene Shaffer, executive director of Greenwood Lander Performing Arts, was honored Tuesday evening, Nov. 30, before the sold-out Vienna Boys Choir concert at Lander University's Josephine E. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Shaffer is stepping down from her GLPA position and moving into an office across campus to become the university's director of Alumni Affairs.
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  • Shaffer named Lander's new Alumni Affairs Director

    Myra Greene Shaffer, executive director of Greenwood-Lander Performing Arts, has accepted the position of director of Alumni Affairs at Lander University, her alma mater, beginning in December. She will succeed longtime Alumni Affairs director Steve Grogan who, in July, was appointed assistant athletic director and manager of the Jeff May Complex, Lander's new recreation, wellness and sports center under construction on Montague Avenue.
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  • Lander alums reconnect with Bearcat Country

    Hugs and tears, remembrances of years past and a sense of pride in their alma mater were a few of the themes during Lander University's 2010 Alumni Reunion Weekend, which began on Friday, Sept. 24, with a 50th reunion dinner at Lander on the Square, followed by an alumni happy hour at T.W. Boons, both in Uptown Greenwood. On Saturday, Sept. 25, events focused on 60th-, 50th-, 40th- and 30th-year reunions for the classes of 1950, 1960, 1970 and 1980. Several alums from various graduating classes were also in attendance, including a 101-year-old alumna from the Class of 1930, Virginia Taylor Rushton. Rushton was accompanying her daughter Virginia Lynne Rushton Ouzts, who was on campus celebrating her own 50th reunion with fellow Class of 1960 alums.
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  • Lander receives a significant bequest for its nursing program

    Lander University has received a sizeable gift from the estate of a longtime Greenwood resident whose generosity will benefit the university's nursing program and its students.
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  • Lander sets ambitious goal for its Loyalty Fund

    Lander University has set a goal of raising $2 million for the Lander Loyalty Fund during the 2010-2011 academic year. Ralph Patterson, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of The Lander Foundation, said, "Our alumni and friends need to know that every dollar donated to the Loyalty Fund goes directly to students in the form of scholarships, academic programs, athletics and student services."
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  • Lander executives accept new university administrative roles

    Adam Taylor, Lander University's vice president for University Advancement, has been appointed by President Daniel Ball to fill a new position, and Ralph Patterson, Lander's director of Development, will move into the spot Taylor is vacating.
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