While many high school students travel to Greenwood to tour the Lander University campus, this
group of teenagers had to cross an ocean just to get here. In February, a group of 14 high school
exchange students from Beijing, China, arrived at Lander to take a closer look at the university.
After receiving a warm welcome from university President Dr. Daniel Ball, who even offered a
greeting in the students' native Mandarin language, the students and their chaperones spent the
morning with Admissions staff, viewing buildings, meeting Lander students and learning what it
means to have "Bearcat Spirit." The visiting students, aged 13-16, spent the week in Greenwood as
part of a "Winter Camp" designed by the American Global Perspectives for Youth Association,
according to The (Greenwood) Index-Journal. Greenwood Christian School hosted the youth for a week,
and the students participated in classes and took field trips to learn more about American culture.
The students also toured the Northeast prior to arriving in Greenwood, visiting universities
including Harvard, Columbia and Yale. Their visit to Lander wrapped up their stay in South
Carolina, and following a stop at Disney World, the group returned home to China. Pictured, Lander
University President Dr. Daniel Ball, kneeling, welcomes the exchange students and their
chaperones, as well as visitors from Greenwood Christian School.