Lander University and Piedmont Tech to Offer Enhanced Bridge Program

Lander University and Piedmont Tech to Offer Enhanced Bridge Program

June 23, 2017

Piedmont Technical College students who are planning to transfer to Lander University will have a smoother transition and more because of a new agreement between the two colleges.

“Many of our students transfer to colleges in South Carolina and beyond, but Lander University is consistently the top transfer destination,” said Dr. Jack Bagwell, vice president of Academic Affairs at Piedmont Tech. “Our students will benefit greatly if they have a stronger connection with the university as early as possible.”

A historic agreement, the Bearcat Bound Bridge Program is a dual admissions partnership between Lander and PTC. After a student is admitted into the Lander transfer track at Piedmont Tech, there is now a process in place that will usher them through the admissions process at Lander—guaranteeing admission to Lander University as long as transfer requirements are met by the student while at PTC.

“The Bearcat Bound Bridge Program will allow many students a seamless transition from Piedmont Tech to Lander University,” said Andy Benoit, vice president for Enrollment and Access Management at Lander. “The program’s dedicated advisement and structured transfer pathway will allow for a more-defined course of study and progression toward completion of the two-year and four-year degrees. This program truly strengthens our commitment to helping students succeed.”

The program will provide prospective transfer students who meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 2.0 and a minimum of 30 hours of college-level coursework with advising and academic support for a guaranteed transfer of credit from PTC to Lander. Additionally, students who transfer to Lander before completing an associate degree will be able to easily transfer credit back to PTC to complete that credential while working toward their bachelor’s degree—allowing students to graduate from Lander with two degrees instead of one.

“There is a lot of excitement now that we have this agreement in place,” said Bagwell. “We want to remove any obstacles that stand in the way of our students achieving their academic goals. And we also want to see them achieve those goals by staying in the region.”

As more college-bound students recognize the cost benefit of staying close to home for their degree, the Bearcat Bound Bridge Program provides a viable solution to make that commitment affordable, efficient and effective.

“College affordability is top of mind for a lot of parents and students as they shop for college,” said Bagwell. “When a student stays in this region instead of going away to college, the savings can be tremendous. Add in a strong partnership between the two public institutions in PTC’s seven county service area, and you have a recipe for student success that is unmatched.”

Program participants will also benefit from an array of services that will improve their transition from PTC to Lander. “The bridge agreement allows students to immerse themselves into the cultures of both institutions from day one,” said Jennifer Mathis, executive director of Admissions at Lander, “and it creates a very unique higher education experience for those students.”

Bearcat Bound students will be issued a Lander University student identification card, which gives students access to all campus facilities, including the fitness center, pool and other on-campus amenities, as well as free entrance into sporting events and fine arts performances. Students will also have access to dual academic advisement by professionals at both PTC and Lander.

Upon successful completion of the Bridge requirements associated with PTC, Bridge students are granted full acceptance into Lander as well as being eligible for priority registration for their first term at the university.

“The Lander-PTC partnership on the Bearcat Bound Bridge Program will help ensure that students have no roadblocks to success,” said Dr. Richard Cosentino, president of Lander University.

“We are in the business of showing individuals the clearest pathway to the degree they have their sights set on,” said Dr. Ray Brooks, Piedmont Tech President. “Everywhere we can make a connection for PTC students that provides additional educational opportunities through Lander is a win-win situation for the community, the students and the state.”

For more information on the Bearcat Bound Bridge Program, contact Piedmont Technical College’s Office of Admissions at 864-941-8369 or visit www.ptc.edu/lander.

Photo Caption: Piedmont Technical College students who are planning to transfer to Lander University will have a smoother transition and more because of a new agreement between the two colleges. Officials from both colleges met recently to sign the agreement. Pictured, front row, from left, are: Dr. Richard Cosentino, president of Lander, and Dr. Ray Brooks, president of Piedmont Tech. Back row, from left, are: Dr. Dave Slimmer, Lander dean of science and math; Jennifer Mathis, Lander executive director of Admissions; Andy Benoit, Lander vice president of enrollment and access management; Dr. David Mash, Lander provost; Dr. Jack Bagwell, PTC vice president for academic affairs; Tamatha Sells, PTC dean of student services; Dr. Brad Griggs, PTC dean of arts and sciences; and Renae Frazier, PTC dean of admissions.

Greenwood Rocks is a hit!

“Greenwood Rocks” is only two days old, and it’s already a BIG hit with nearly 1,000

Greenwood Rocks
I watched the FB Live video earlier.. took my autistic son and let him find his first rock. We will re-hide it. Going to buy supplies tomorrow, so we can join the fun. I think he will love it! Submitted by Angie Duran

members. The fun is contagious and everyone can participate. This Rock Party is sweeping the country, and because Greenwood Calendar keeps you Plugged In to what’s GREAT about Greenwood, we’re happy to bring “Greenwood Rocks” to Greenwood.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Join the Facebook Group: Greenwood Rocks
  2. Get some rocks (either buy them or find them). Group member have tips about this step.
  3. Paint them with any design you choose (with acrylic paint)
  4. Seal them with spray paint sealer.
  5. Hide them anywhere in Greenwood (including all of Greenwood County). But remember to keep it safe.
  6. Print directions on the back, something like, “Post me on Greenwood Rocks FB group”
  7. Then go out and find some painted rocks.
  8. When you find one, you can keep it or rehide it, but be sure to take a picture of your find.
  9. You may choose to leave clues on the Greenwood Rocks group page as to where you hid your rock.
  10. You should add your friends to the group! The more people the more fun.



Leaving our first baby to be found #greenwoodrocks! Submitted by Elba Sharpe



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My wife and I hid this last night


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Janie Lindley found a rock!


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My grands are on the search! Found one! Submitted by Karen Wilson


Greenwood Rocks
Good luck finding this one!


Any questions? We have lots of answers on the group page. It is a private group to ensure the group is fun and safe for everyone. Everyone is welcome. Just be sure to read the rules at the top of the Group Page. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1121876747912759/



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Greenwood County students graduate from the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities

Greenwood County students graduate from the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities

GREENVILLE, S.C.- Four students from Greenwood were among the 102 who graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, a public, residential high school in Greenville.

Graduates include Esperanza Landeros-Hernandez, Emily Grace Ling, and Emily Kate Seymour who all attended Greenwood High School prior to being selected for the Governor’s School, and Charles Robinson Beecher Stowe II, who attended Cambridge Academy.

“These graduates have had a unique high school experience, unlike most others,” said Dr. Cedric Adderley, Governor’s School president. “In addition to the required coursework in their artistic area and a heavy schedule of performances and presentations, our graduates were successful in balancing intense requirements for traditional academic classes and advanced AP classes. The Governor’s School experience allowed them to not only cultivate their artistic talents to the highest level, but also those life skills such as independence and self-discipline that will prepare them for success at the collegiate level and in their chosen profession.”

Named one of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” by The Washington Post, and an “Exemplary School” by the Arts Schools Network, these students completed a rigorous academic curriculum for which they received a traditional high school diploma; participated in Humanities studies, which earned them a Scholar’s Diploma; and received pre-professional training in their chosen art field-creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts.

Collectively, the Governor’s School’s Class of 2017 received a record-breaking $36 million in scholarship offers. They will be attending prestigious universities and conservatories across the nation including American University, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, Boston Conservatory, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Kenyon College, Mannes School of Music, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, The New School, Oberlin Conservatory, Pratt Institute, Purdue University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Ringling College of Art and Design, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Vanderbilt University, and almost every major university in South Carolina.

The S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is the only school of its kind in the nation offering a tuition-free, two-year, residential high school arts program in a master-apprentice style community. Any tenth grade student living in South Carolina can apply and audition to attend the Governor’s School’s high school program during their junior and senior years. The music and dance programs also accept exceptionally-talented sophomores. With a maximum capacity of 242 students, and approximately 1,000 students applying per year, the audition process is very competitive. However, due to multi-faceted selection criteria, the Governor’s School’s student body demographics are highly reflective of the state’s, with students coming from all socio-economic backgrounds.

The Governor’s School will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year and summer programs beginning September 1, 2017. Individuals can apply online at www.scgsah.org.
About S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. As a public, residential high school, serving juniors and seniors, students refine their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th grade students, and SCGSAH serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools. www.scgsah.org


Lake Greenwood Drowning Victim Found

Lake Greenwood Drowning Victim Found. The body of a man who drowned at Lake Greenwood on Saturday was recovered this evening, according to thLake Greenwood Drowning Victim Founde coroner.

44-year-old Steve Roger Grigg, II of Blacksburg was found around 9:15pm.

The coroner says Grigg jumped off of a boat to swim and shortly after went under the water and did not surface.

Grigg’s body was recovered from the lake near the club house on Pucketts Ferry, according to the Greenwood County Coroner.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

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Breaking News – Man drowns in Lake Greenwood

Breaking News: Man drowns in Lake Greenwood  Saturday night, according to the SC DNR.


The man, who’s name has not yet been released,  jumped from a boat around 7 p.m., but he did not resurface. The incident occurred near Puckett’s Ferry.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources along with the dive team from Abbeville were on the scene.

The body has yet to be recovered.  Additional divers have joined the search.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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This just in – Splash Pad Closed

This just in – Splash Pad closed until further notice. Safety is our #1 priority with the operation of the interactive water fountain. With that said, unfortunately the fountain WILL NOT OPEN until further notice due to a mechanical issue.

When we tested the system this morning at 7 AM, it appears a probe in the controller that maintains the chlorine level failed. We are working diligently to obtain a replacement part; however, with the holiday weekend that is proving to be difficult.

We will update information on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/uptowngreenwoodmarket/) and online (www.uptowngreenwood.com) as soon as we have additional information. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Greater Greenwood Clemson Club to hold Tiger Fan Day

The Greater Greenwood Clemson Club to hold Tiger Fan Day on Friday, June 16 at the Countybank Plaza in Uptown Greenwood. Located at the Tiger Topiary, Clemson players, coaches and cheerleaders will be on hand to greet fans. Starting at 5:30pm, come out for fun and autographs and as always, wear orange! Go tigers! For more info contact Ann Hunter at 229-4915.

District 50 News: 5 New Assistant Principals

Five New Assistant Principals Named in District 50


The Early Childhood Center, Lakeview, Springfield, Emerald, and Greenwood High School will all have new faces on their administrative teams for the 2017-2018 school year.


Jennifer Macomson will be the Assistant Principal at the Early Childhood Center next year. Macomson has worked as an elementary school teacher at Homeland Park Primary and Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology in Anderson for the last 10 years. Her last four years at Homeland Park Primary have been highlighted by successful internships with administrators at the school. Macomson obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and received her Masters of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Southern Wesleyan University.


Anna Haynes has been named as Assistant Principal at Lakeview Elementary School. Haynes is currently completing her first year in District 50 as a 5th grade teacher at Woodfields Elementary School. Prior to working in District 50, Haynes spent 10 years in Anderson School District Five as a teacher at North Pointe Elementary and Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation. Haynes graduated from Maryville College in 2006 and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Anderson University.


Michelle McCoy has accepted a position as an Assistant Principal at Springfield Elementary School. McCoy is currently the Assistant Principal at Houston Elementary in Spartanburg School District Seven, a position she has held for the last three years. During her 13 years in education, McCoy has served as an elementary school teacher, administrator, and test coordinator in Greenville and Spartanburg. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2004 from Lander University. She also has received two Masters of Education degrees in Divergent Learning and Administration and Supervision from Columbia College and Southern Wesleyan University.


Jamie Blount has been named as Emerald High School’s new Assistant Principal.  Blount has worked for the last five years at Southside High School in Greenville as an English teacher. Along with duties as an English teacher, Blount has also served as a mentor to new teachers in the building and was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2014. Blount graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/English from USC-Upstate and a Master of Arts degree in English from Winthrop University.


Lindsey Johnson will be an Assistant Principal at Greenwood High School. During her 10 years in education, Johnson has served as a high school Spanish teacher in Greenville County Schools and Anderson School District Five. Johnson graduated from Clemson University in 2002 and has a Masters of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from Anderson University.


“All of these assistant principals will do a tremendous job at their respective schools,” Superintendent Darrell Johnson stated. “They will have a positive impact on the students, faculty, staff, parents, and communities at their schools. I look forward to welcoming all of them to the District 50 Family as we prepare all of our students for tomorrow’s opportunities.”


Minute with Mayor: Win with Welborn

 Minute with Mayor: Win with Welborn or Poll with a Prize. To Yell or Not to Yell; that is the question. Watch this video, then enter the contest for a $50 giftcard to Main and Maxwell by leaving your answer below. A winner will be chosen this Friday, May 26.

If you’ve ever been to a graduation, you’ve heard folks yelling when their child, friend, or relative’s name is called. You’ve also likely heard an announcement to hold loud noise down to a low, polite applause.

Particpate in the poll, then share!

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Gimme Shelter – Shelter Scoop that is

Gimme Shelter – Shelter Scoop is a video series all about the Humane Society of Greenwood. Sponsored by our friends at T.W. Boon’s, Shelter Scoop host Michael McCarthy talks today about Furry Tales at the Greenwood Library and Camp Good Dog.

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Greenwood Christian Senior killed

A head-on collision in Saluda yesterday resulted in the deaths of Evan Blair Campbell  and Lexie Turner Rodgers.

Campbell, 18, was a senior at Greenwood Christian School. Turner, 66, was a resident of Ninety Six. The accident is under investigation.

Greenwood Christian Headmaster stated that the school is bringing in ministers to talk with students and to provide counseling. The senior class gathered late Sunday evening at the school to decorate Evan’s  locker.

Prayers for family and friends of the victims are being requested.

Red Nose Day comes to Greenwood

Red Nose Day comes to GreenwoodRed Nose Day comes to Greenwood. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to help the kids who need us most, both at home and around the world. Get ready—Red Nose Day returns May 25. Walgreens makes it easy to celebrate Red Nose Day.   Red Nose Day volunteers greet you as you enter Walgreens. Pictured are volunteers at the Greenwood Walgreen’s on Hwy 72.  They informed me that through the Red Nose Day fundraiser,  a $1 donation feeds 11 children.

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Greenwood welcomes back LPGA Symetra Tour

Share to Win! Greenwood welcomes the Symetra Tour back with the Stoney Point Classic, the largest purse in the Symetra Tour.  This includes a week filled with lots of festivities  – watch the video for details.

Share this video to be eligible to WIN 2 Tickets to the MEET THE PROs Reception.

We also have 10 tickets to give away to the Stoney Point Classic Tournament. Simply share this video, then come back and let us know you shared, and we’ll enter your name in the drawing.

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Win with Young’s Concrete

Win with Young’s Concrete. You know ’em. You love ’em. Young’s Concrete turns 30 this year, so we sat down and had a little talk about their beginnings up to the present.

Share this post and like Young’s Concrete Facebook Page, and we’ll enter you in a drawing for either:

1. Free Dinner for two with the Young’s at a  local restaurant of your choosing (must be at least 21 to enter), or

2. Two movie tickets to Premier Cinema of Greenwood. Be sure to let me know when you share, so I can add your name to the contest.

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Breaking News: Huge Tree Falls on E. Durst Apartments

Greenwood Calendar Tip: Stock Up at Aldi before April 9

Greenwood Calendar Tip: Greenwood Calendar Tip: Stock Up at Aldi before April 9. Your Greenwood Aldi is remodeling and will close from Sunday April 9 to May 18.

Be sure to stock up on your Aldi favorites.

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Severe weather, tornadoes in the forecast.

Severe weather, tornadoes in the forecast


An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is expected across the area 
later today and tonight. Widespread damaging winds and large 
hail, as well as isolated tornadoes, will be possible. One of two
of these tornadoes could be strong. It is important that you pay 
close attention to the weather today. Consider postponing 
unnecessary trips or events. Monitor NOAA all hazards weather 
radio or local news media outlets for the latest weather 

Remember, a severe thunderstorm or Tornado Watch means conditions
are favorable for severe weather. A severe thunderstorm or
Tornado Warning means severe weather is occurring or is imminent.
A watch is meant to increase awareness of the severe weather
potential. A warning means immediate action is required to
protect life and property.

In some cases, severe thunderstorms can produce wind speeds
similar to a weak or moderate tornado. In other words, severe
thunderstorm winds in their most extreme form can flip Mobile
homes and automobiles, and cause widespread damage to trees and
power lines. Tornadoes can also develop rapidly within severe
thunderstorms and may occur with little or no warning.

Another threat associated with severe thunderstorms is large
hail, which can grow to the size of baseballs, or even larger.
Hail of this size can cause serious injury and severely damage
property. Hail driven by damaging severe thunderstorm winds can
enhance the threat of injury and damage.

The safest place to be during a severe thunderstorm is in an 
interior room on the lowest floor of your home or office
building, away from windows and doors. One of the main dangers
associated with severe thunderstorm winds in Georgia and the
Carolinas is from falling trees, which can cause extensive
structural damage and serious injuries or even fatalities. When
seeking shelter, avoid rooms that may be damaged by falling

If you live in a Mobile home, the safest course of action is to
seek shelter in a nearby sturdy office building or house if a
severe thunderstorm approaches. If you are in an automobile, pull
to the side of the Road away from trees and power lines. If
strong winds overtake you, attempt to turn your vehicle so that 
you are facing the wind.

Stay tuned to NOAA all hazards weather radio and local news media
for later statements, watches, and possible warnings.
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Greenwood Mall’s Growing

Greenwood Mall is growing. Flanked by new restaurants Panera Bread and Chick fil A and with anchor stores like J.C. Penney, Belk, T.J. Max, GNC, Kay Jewelers, and Bath and Body Works, Greenwood Mall is growing even more appealing with the addition of Jimmy Jazz

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Jimmy Jazz debuted its first store up to 25 years ago when Founder & CEO, James Khezrie, noticed an increasing demand for popular menswear in New York City. With natural entrepreneur spirit and a vision, Brooklyn-born Khezrie, opened the first Jimmy Jazz store on Delancy Street in Manhattan—named after his favorite song from The Clash, a punk rock group from the late seventies. Today, Jimmy Jazz and subsidiaries have over 170 stores on major streets and malls in the United States.

Greenwood Mall Directory

The Greenwood Mall is also surrounded by new construction. Behind the Mall, Holiday Inn Express is now open for business and across the street from the mall is …

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Meet Robert

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Dr. Robert Stevenson, Greenwood Calendar President