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  • Bix Beiderbecke Scholarship established at Lander

    A scholarship honoring jazz great Bix Beiderbecke has been established at Lander University.
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  • Lander artists awarded for entries in annual exhibit

    Each year Lander University's Department of Art gives students the opportunity to showcase their best work in an annual juried exhibition in the university's Monsanto Gallery. Winners of Lander's 20th Annual Juried Student Exhibition were announced at the exhibit's opening in April.
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  • Lander scholarship honors retiring choral director

    Under Dr. Paul Criswell's direction Lander University choral students have performed throughout South Carolina and beyond, including Wesley Commons in Greenwood and the Biltmore House in North Carolina. He also helped music students charter a Lander chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national music fraternity, and he has shared the Lander stage with choral directors and students from high schools across the state, including Greenwood High School, Dorman High School and Strom Thurmond High School.
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  • Lander students pack their bags for studies at foreign schools

    Nine Lander University students will spend the fall 2010 semester studying at foreign universities as part of Lander's Study Abroad Program.
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  • Lander students inducted into Alpha Chi to recognize outstanding academic achievement

    Family and friends gathered at Lander University on April 22 to witness the spring induction of 40 Lander students into the university's Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society.
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  • Lander participates in annual S.C. Historical Association meeting

    Lander University was well represented when the South Carolina Historical Association held its annual meeting in March at the Department of Archives and History in Columbia. Four students, five current and retired faculty members and a Lander graduate attended, and some had leading roles in the meeting.
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  • Andi Mills and Mr. Tibbs demonstrate teamwork at Lander

    Lander University student Andi Mills is often found sitting in front of her personal computer in the ground floor atrium of Lander's Carnell Learning Center, her companion, Mr. Tibbs, dozing nearby. Or she can be spotted walking to classes with Mr. Tibbs trotting along at her side. Mills is legally blind. Mr. Tibbs is a yellow Labrador Retriever, a guide dog who, as she puts it, " gets me were I have to be."
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  • Criswell directs farewell concert

    Lately when asked a simple question like " How are you," Lander University professor of music Dr. Paul Criswell responds, in his usual humor, with a countdown. For instance, a few weeks ago he might have responded "50 more days." But now that number is much smaller and each day his disposition grows more relaxed and serene. After all, he is retiring at the end of the semester. But Criswell is not moving on without one last chance to amuse and entertain with the power of song.
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  • Seven Lander University students earn Who's Who recognition

    The names of seven Lander University students will be included in the 2010 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, recognizing their selection as outstanding campus leaders.
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  • Lander music graduate will return to perform in a recital honoring a retired Lander educator

    Lander University's Department of Music will present the first Ann Mason Hutto Memorial Recital on Thursday, March 25, at 8 p.m., in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. The recital will feature soprano Amanda Hurren Jones who received her music degree from Lander in 2001, and a master's in vocal performance from the University of Massachusetts in 2007.
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  • The Gospel Show: one Upstate artist, Greenwood community members, Lander University's president and students come together to turn an evening of art and music into scholarships

    On any given summer night in 1960s Simpsonville, S.C., the joyful sounds of music and the laughter of children as they danced across the kitchen floor could be heard seeping through the open windows and the screen door of the Standridge home. The 12-inch LPs on the turntable spun to life the unforgettable voices of Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Brook Benton while the hot and humid atmosphere of the south faded into darkness.
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  • Upcoming Monsanto Gallery exhibit to feature South Carolina painter Leo Twiggs

    The next exhibit in Lander University's Monsanto Gallery, featuring paintings by South Carolina artist Leo Twiggs, will be on display Feb. 23 through March 26. The paintings are done using a unique batik painting process Twiggs developed through experimental and innovative manipulation of the traditional technique.
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  • Lander students bring directing talent to the stage

    Four Lander University seniors will bring their directing talent to the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Stage during the university's annual Student-Directed One-Act Plays. Pictured front, from left, are: Elizabeth Teal of Darlington and Michael Genevie, Lander associate professor of theatre. Back, from left, are: Jasmine Wallace of Whitmire, James Anthony Chapman of Greenwood and Cherelle Mitchell of Greenwood.
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  • Upstate artist to host music-infused art production to raise funds for Lander University scholarship

    Upstate artist Ric Standridge will mesmerize the audience with his artistic talents as he paints to live, gospel-themed music in Lander University's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium, March 20, at 6 p.m.
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  • Lander Wind Ensemble performs first concert of 2010

    At just over a month into the spring 2010 term at Lander University, faculty and student performing artists are not wasting any time in preparation for the semester's upcoming music and theatre events. And with a student honors recital still visible in the rearview mirror, Lander's Department of Music is quickly rolling on to the next production by the Lander Wind Ensemble.
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  • Criswell directs final Christmas concert at helm of Lander choral program

    With 37 years of teaching behind him, Lander University professor of music Dr. Paul Criswell is retiring. "Through the years I've taught kindergarten through graduate school. I wouldn't give any of it back, but it's time to move on," he said. Criswell is not moving on without a little of the superb showmanship that has helped make the Lander choral program a beacon for the performing arts in the Greenwood area and beyond. Under Criswell's direction, Lander's University Singers and Old Main Singers filled the university's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center stage with holiday songs during a concert on Dec. 8. Titled "Another Concert with Friends," the performance was the last Christmas concert Criswell will direct as a Lander professor. His final concert as director of Lander's choral program will be in the spring.
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  • MAT students present at SCAEA conference

    Lander MAT candidates recently presented a workshop for art teachers at the South Carolina Art Education Association conference at Myrtle Beach. They guided a search for alphabet shapes in photographs and shared alphabet books with artistic design and wit. A highlight of their session was the presence of an active designer of inventive lettering, Lander University Art Department Chair and coordinator of the graphic design program Jim Slagle. He provided information about humor in the field of graphic design. Along with his "Salvage Alphabet," parody art for a Red Ribbon campaign, and eye-catching images of supersized chopsticks as advertising art, Slagle offered helpful tips for students seeking a career in graphic design based on his own experience in the field. For more information about Lander's MAT degree, a 14-month program for teacher certification in art at the master's level, contact art education program coordinator Linda Neely at lneely@lander.edu . The cohort entering in May 2010 is now forming. Pictured, from left, are: Krysty Nunley of Greenwood, Kayla Griffith of Greenwood, Jess Alexander of North Augusta, Avis Tuttle of Saluda and Catherine Whitten of Pelzer.
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  • Lander makes its television debut

    It was a little more than a month ago that Lander University put its campus radio station on the air. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the university's new television program, Lander Today, made its debut on Northland Cable's government access channel. A group of students, faculty and staff, including President Daniel Ball, gathered in the university Dining Hall to watch the 30-minute production, which airs on Channel 9 at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
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  • Lander History Honor Society receives award for excellence

    Student members of the history honor society at Lander University have won bragging rights again after receiving another award as one of the best chapters in the country. Lander's Xi-Epsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta received the 2009 Nels. A. Cleven Award, which is given to chapters that have been designated as one of the best five times or more. Xi-Epsilon has been selected as a best chapter annually for more than a dozen years from among chapters at colleges and universities that have enrollments of less than 3,000 students. There are more than 820 Phi Alpha Theta chapters nationwide.
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  • Lander University welcomes back descendants of founder for movie premiere

    The new film "S. Lander - His Life and Legacy," which chronicles the life of Lander University founder the Rev. Samuel Lander, premiered Saturday, Oct. 24, in the university's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. From as far north as Toronto, Canada, and as far west as San Carlos, Calif., nearly 100 descendents of the Rev. Lander were on hand for the event. They came back to Lander with a sense of pride in their heritage and they left the auditorium with a renewed commitment to carrying on the Rev. Lander's legacy for generations to come.
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