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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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  • Lander puts new radio station on the air

    The announcement that Lander University was introducing a new campus radio station has given substance to the observation, "If you build it they will come." In late September, Dr. Robert Stevenson, chair of Lander's Department of Mass Communication and Theatre, sent an e-mail to students, faculty and staff inviting those interested in volunteer positions with the radio station to submit applications. "I was flooded with responses," Stevenson said, adding, "I heard from 20 to 25 people within minutes after my message appeared."
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  • Samuel Lander exhibit opens in Monsanto Gallery Oct. 19

    As the Lander University community prepares to welcome the premiere of "S. Lander - His Life and Legacy," a new film chronicling the life of the university's founder, the Rev. Samuel Lander, an exhibit in Lander's Monsanto Gallery will offer early glimpses of the state educator whose actions shaped the lives of many South Carolinians.
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  • Bulgarian pianist to be featured in Lander's 2009-10 Piano Festival

    Since 2003, Lander University's Department of Music has been featuring a young pianist each year as part of its Emerging Keyboard Artist Recital. Initiated by Drs. Anthony and Marianne Lenti, Lander professors emeritus of music, the recital has showcased performers such as Denis Plutalov of Russia, Thomas Chiron of France, Paul Gillies of the United States and Hsin'I Huang of Taiwan.
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  • The Life and Legacy of the Rev. Samuel Lander: Local filmmaker documents the life of university founder

    A mist hangs over a nondescript train station in turn-of-the-century anywhere, South Carolina. A young woman waits on a bench, nervous and unsure about where the tracks will take her. She is preparing to start school at Williamston Female College, and she waits at the station for a school representative who will escort her to Williamston. The Rev. Samuel Lander, president of the college, emerges and takes the young woman's hand. With his presence, the woman's fears and reservations subside, and she readily boards the train, beginning her college days at the institution that will one day be Lander University.
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  • Lander Wind Ensemble opens season Oct. 8 with new batch of musicians

    The Lander University Wind Ensemble is gearing up for a new season of performances this fall and will open with promise as a new class of freshman musicians takes the stage. To kick off the semester, the ensemble will hold its first concert of the year Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium.
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  • Lander receives a gift of broadcasting equipment for its Mass Communication curriculum

    After Don LaDuke and wife, Peggy, moved to Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick in 2002, he purchased an impressive assortment of electronic equipment related to his former career as a radio broadcaster. He planned to turn a third bedroom in their new home into a recording studio and produce commercials and public service programming.
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  • Lander's Witherspoon honored as scholar and author

    Lander University assistant professor of history Dr. Kevin Witherspoon has presented scholarly papers and topics at international conferences, such as The Legacy of 1968 in Philadelphia, Pa., and the North American Society of Sports Historians (NASSH) Annual Conference. He was the keynote speaker at the Speed City 40th anniversary celebration of Tommie Smith and John Carlos' Olympic medal stand protest in October 2008. His first book, "Before the Eyes of the World: Mexico and the 1968 Olympic Games," was released by Northern Illinois Press in July 2008.
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  • Samuel Lander documentary trailer to be shown at festival

    Production on a documentary highlighting the life and times of Lander University's founder, the Rev. Samuel Lander, is nearly complete, and filmmakers plan to show the movie's trailer and a short clip at the 2009 Spring Water Festival, Sat., Aug. 22, in Williamston. The 55-minute film, titled "S. Lander - His Life and Legacy," paints a vivid portrait of the Rev. Samuel Lander and his determination to build an institution known for quality education. Lander locksmith Paul Crutcher is using his own company, Prestantia Pictures, to coproduce the film with Robert Stevenson, chair of Lander's Department of Mass Communications and Theatre.
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  • Lander students receive top honors at speech and theatre festival

    This spring, a group of eight Lander University Mass Communication and Theatre majors traveled to Newberry, along with Monique Sacay-Bagwell, Lander associate professor of theater, to compete in the annual South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association College Festival and Competition at Newberry College.
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  • Lander students inducted into English honor society

    Every year Lander University's English honor society Sigma Tau Delta welcomes new members and congratulates graduating members during an induction and medallion ceremony. Pictured front row, from left, are: Veronica Fuller of Greenwood, graduating senior; Janie Allison of Moonville, inductee; Jesse Timmons of Greenwood, inductee; Alayna Joseph of Greenwood, inductee; and Wendy Polk of Hampton, next year's president of Sigma Tau Delta and Lander's English Club. Back row, from left, are: Daniel Camak of Ware Shoals, graduating senior; James Johnson of Greenwood, inductee and graduating senior; Michael Going of Greenwood, graduating senior; and Sharon Gordon of Greenwood, graduating senior. Medallion recipients became 2009 Lander graduates at the university's spring commencement ceremony May 2.
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