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  • Lander Montessori director evaluates international programs

    The director of Lander University's Montessori teacher education program continues to pile up frequent flyer miles, traveling the world as part of the accreditation and evaluation process for Montessori programs in other countries. Associate professor of education Barbara Ervin was selected by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) to make site visits to colleges and universities in Taiwan twice, Shanghai, China, in 2009, and most recently Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in September and Dublin, Ireland, in November.
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  • Top award for advocacy goes to Lander physical education chair

    Gina Barton, chair of Lander University's Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science, has received a prestigious award for promoting quality physical education during her 26-year career as an educator. The South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD) presented Barton its 2010 Honor Award at the organization's recent convention in Myrtle Beach. The citation accompanying the award said she has demonstrated "an outstanding commitment to the individuals she has taught and coached and to the profession in which she has invested so much time, energy and talent."
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  • Lander and 10 other schools compete in psychology quiz bowl

    The teams from Lander University and The Citadel tied for fifth place among the 11 colleges and universities who competed in the annual quiz bowl, one of the main attractions of the South Carolina Psychological Association's Academic Day hosted by Lander on Nov. 9. Teams of students faced off in two rounds answering five questions in each of seven psychology categories. Points were awarded for correct answers and the team with the highest point total at the end of the competition was declared the winner.
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  • Lander student recruits players for a basketball program for the disabled

    Lander University student Melissa Wessinger is preparing to resume the basketball program that she organized earlier this year for disabled children and adults. The first step will be recruiting players. Last season, there were seven players, fewer than the number needed to form two teams, but the group got together weekly for practice sessions and games on Saturday.
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  • Lander students create a basketball league for appreciative players and their families

    Lander University student Melissa Wessinger is considered an angel by a group of disabled children and adults in Greenwood for organizing a basketball program for them earlier this year. Now, she is hoping to attract another angel willing to provide some financial support to help her continue and expand the program.
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  • Lander University students honored for academic excellence, extracurricular service

    Lander University recently honored its cocurricular standouts for the 2009-10 academic year, presenting student life awards to the university's top students and student organizations. The awards were announced during Lander's annual Academic and Student Life Awards Ceremony.
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  • Lander athletic training education program wins statewide quiz bowl

    Lander University students took home the top prize in the second annual South Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association (SCATA) Quiz Bowl, which was held in March in conjunction with the SCATA College/University Workshop in Lexington.
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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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  • The family of Kari Smith of McCormick creates a Lander scholarship in her memory

    Kariana Smith of McCormick died tragically in a boating accident in Lexington County in September of 2007, one year after she graduated from Lander University. On March 21, on what would have been her 26th birthday, her family and friends created a scholarship at Lander to honor her memory.
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  • British educator shares experiences with Lander University students

    Lander University is playing host to a British educator as part of a faculty exchange in which a Lander professor will travel to England for a month of similar academic activities.
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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 introduces program that teaches and offers therapeutic riding

    Lander University will expand its equestrian program next fall to include a minor in therapeutic horsemanship, a form of equine-assisted activity and therapy for children and adults. Equestrian program director Nancy Poston said the new minor will allow Lander students who are majoring in other subjects to obtain special instruction in therapeutic riding.
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  • Education professors from Lander and British university participate in faculty exchange

    Dr. Dava O'Connor, chair of Lander University's Department of Teacher Education, will travel to England this spring and spend a month at the University of Winchester as a guest lecturer on special education. She will also take part in ongoing research and public presentations.
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  • Lander and two other colleges square off in sudden death psychology quiz bowl

    Teams of students representing Lander University, College of Charleston and Furman University squared off in a sudden death playoff to decide the winner of the annual quiz bowl that was the main attraction of the South Carolina Psychological Association's Academic day on Nov. 5, at the former Inn on the Square in Uptown Greenwood. College of Charleston won the showdown with Furman finishing second and Lander, third.
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  • Lander's teacher education chair earns Distinguished Professor award

    Dr. Dava O'Connor began her career in education as a classroom teacher in Massachusetts more than 20 years ago. Since joining the Lander University faculty in 1998, she has helped mold and shape hundreds of students into classroom teachers for school districts in the Greenwood area and around the country.
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  • Lander graduate helps give young lungs a breath of fresh air

    Lander University exercise science graduate Leslie Treece Knox has helped redefine fresh air when it comes to outdoor play areas for children in Montgomery, Ala. The 1996 Lander graduate helped develop and coordinate the implementation of a program called Young Lungs at Play, which established Tobacco-free areas in parks, on play grounds, at ball fields and on walking trails throughout Montgomery County.
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  • Public invited to view progress at Lander's new Equestrian Center

    Lander University and Burton Center will hold an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 27, to celebrate completion of the first phase of Lander's new Equestrian Center, located on Burton Center's campus at 2605 Hwy. 72/221 in Greenwood. The event, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., will include a demonstration of therapeutic riding, a form of physical therapy for disabled young people and adults. There will also be a presentation of horsemanship skills by members of Lander's equestrian team. Fin N' Filet of Greenwood will provide refreshments.
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  • Scholarship established in memory of Kia Logan

    Few who were living in Greenwood County in the late 1980s have forgotten the story of Malakia "Kia" Logan, whose life ended tragically at age 8. Now Kia's name will live on in the Malakia Logan Memorial Scholarship, which was recently established at Lander University. The process of creating the scholarship began when the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office realized that money collected from family and friends to establish a reward fund for the Logan case remained unused. The reward fund was originally opened by Countybank with an initial donation of $2,000. Through the combined efforts of Kia's family and former Greenwood County Sheriff Sam Riley, retired FBI Agent John Fradella and current Sheriff Tony Davis, the account balance of $20,328.68 was donated to form the scholarship, which will help fund the education of deserving Lander students.
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  • Teacher Cadets visit Lander campus, receive slice of college life

    What does it mean to be a teacher? This is the question South Carolina's Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA) sets out to answer for high school students enrolled in the organization's Teacher Cadet program. CERRA is aided in this task by higher education institutions across the state.
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