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Presbyterian College students moving in, getting acclimated
AUG 11, 2020

Classes for Presbyterian students will be in person, on-line and a hybrid of both.
 

“This fall will look different than any semester we’ve had at PC,” said Dr. Joy Smith, Presbyterian’s College vice president for campus life and dean of students. “We’ve been working hard all summer to get to the point where students can return.

“We’ve been following the guidelines established by the CDC and are taking extra precautions in an effort to remain healthy during this time,” said Smith.

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Greenville Tech, Phillis Wheatley Center partner to help returning citizens
AUG 11, 2020

Senator Karl Allen (third from left) with (left to right) Stephanie Sherman, Dr. Keith Miller, Jennifer Moorefield, Sammie Stroud, and Dr. Jermaine Whirl of Greenville Technical College at the opening of the GTC Returning Citizens Program at the Phillis Wheatley Community Center.
 

Greenville Technical College (GTC) and the Phillis Wheatley Community Center (PWCC) have partnered to open the GTC Returning Citizens Program at the PWCC. The center, housed at PWCC, provides case management activities to remove barriers for citizens who are transitioning from the criminal justice system to productive lives within the community.

The program allows Phillis Wheatley to become a one-stop shop with integrated services providing the tools and resources to help individuals become self-sufficient and achieve upward mobility. The collaborative service delivery model includes partner agencies such as Goodwill, Eckerd Connect, SHARE Head Start, Greenville Area Parkinson's, and Greenville County Parks, Recreation and Tourism.

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NGU offers juniors, seniors online learning classes for fall
AUG 10, 2020

North Greenville University is expanding dual enrollment courses for high school juniors and seniors to online instruction in addition to its in-person classes for the Fall 2020 semester.

North Greenville University (NGU) is expanding access to its dual enrollment courses for high school juniors and seniors to online instruction in addition to its in-person classes for the Fall 2020 semester and beyond.

NGU’s Dual Enrollment Program offers students the opportunity to earn college credit hours in a Christ-centered learning environment to prepare them for their next step in life.   

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Spartanburg community receives $4.4 million grant to combat teen pregnancy
AUG 10, 2020

Spartanburg community receives $4.4 million grant to combat teen pregnancy

The Spartanburg Regional Foundation has been awarded a three-year, $4.4 million federal grant to reduce teen pregnancy. The grant will support a coalition of organizations working together to address high teen pregnancy rates and prevent related negative health outcomes.

“We’re so excited to bring national funding to Spartanburg to support local needs,” said Kristy Caradori, executive director of the Spartanburg Regional Foundation. “We are grateful to our program partners because this award would not have been possible without their commitment and expertise.”

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NGU eager and ready to bring community back to campus
JUL 29, 2020

Returning NGU students will begin moving in Tuesday, Aug. 18 with undergraduate classes starting Thursday, Aug. 20. 
 

North Greenville University is taking steps to resume in-person education on its campuses, eager to bring the community back in classrooms, living areas, and athletic competition.

NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. said the plan, informed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC)Guidance for Universities and Colleges, provides the University community with advice on the opening strategy.

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Fowler named assistant principal at Abner Creek Academy
JUL 27, 2020

Melissa Fowler named Abner Creek Academy Assistant Principal.
 

Melissa Fowler has been named the new Assistant Principal at Abner Creek Academy, announced Spartanburg District Five Schools.

Fowler moves into the role following Shayne Daugherty, who was appointed as Principal at Abner Creek.

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SCHSL short fall season remains; Lexington vote deferred
JUL 23, 2020

SCHSL short fall season remains; Lexington vote deferred

The South Carolina High School League Appellate Panel deferred a vote on the Lexington District 1 proposal until Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. The two-part plan is to adjust traditional high school sports seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCHSL officials and high school coaches and athletic directors reportedly asked for more information and time to study the proposal. COVID-19 cases and deaths are spiking in South Carolina, designated a hot spot for the coronavirus. The delay offers high risk sports like football an alternative for a spring season under the Lexington plan.

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Anna Parham awarded Order of the Silver Crescent
JUL 20, 2020

 Anna Catherine Parham was presented the Order of the Silver Crescent Award, the highest civilian honor for community impact.
 
 
 
 

Anna Catherine Parham, a native of Greer, was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent Award from Governor Henry McMaster.

Parham graduated Riverside High School, and the University of South Carolina. She is a third-year student at the USC School of Law.

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NGU Board is strong, ready for the future
JUL 2, 2020

Despite COVID-19 guidelines, NGU Board meeting atmosphere was full of reminders of God's continued faithfulness.
 
 

North Greenville University (NGU) Board of Trustees held their quarterly meeting on June 23 and was united and ready to face the future stronger than ever before.

"I am so grateful for the leadership of Board Chair Travis Agnew and the selfless service of the entire Board,"said President Fant. "In spite of our social distancing and masks, we had great reports, excellent accountability and transparency, and a spirit of mission-focused unity. As we prepare for a unique fall 2020 opening, we feel even better prepared thanks to their input and wise counsel."

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District Five makes administrative changes
JUN 24, 2020

Todd Hardy has been selected as District Five’s new Chief Administrative Officer.
 

Spartanburg District Five Schools announced several leadership changes in District administration, following approval from the Board of Trustees.

Todd Hardy has been selected as District Five’s new Chief Administrative Officer. Hardy has served as the Principal of Byrnes High School since 2016.

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King joins NGU School of Communication
JUN 17, 2020

Dr. Randall E. King brings over 30 years of professional communication experience to the NGU School of Communication as associate dean and professor.
 

Dr. Randall E. King brings over 30 years of professional communication experience to the North Greenville University (NGU) School of Communication as associate dean and professor. In addition to teaching, King will oversee the School of Communication in matters including budget, curriculum development, faculty development, course scheduling, program review, and faculty hiring.

King began his professional career in 1984 at WPDE-TV (ABC) in the Florence, Myrtle Beach market as a reporter, anchor, and producer. In 1987, he was hired by WYFF-TV (NBC) in Greenville as a news producer. He then transitioned to media ministry as a staff director with Travis Avenue Baptist in Fort Worth, Texas, and then First Baptist Church in Dallas, as a marketing and media ministry consultant.

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Callis named to Ft. Hays Deans Honor Roll
JUN 8, 2020

Callis named to Ft. Hays Deans Honor Roll

Jessica Callis of Greer was named to the Deans Honor Roll for the spring 2020 semester at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. Callis is a senior majoring in elementary education. 

The Deans Honor Roll includes undergraduate students only. To be eligible, students must have completed 12 or more credit hours and earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.60 for the semester. Full-time on-campus and FHSU Virtual College students are eligible. 

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USC Upstate names nationally recognized Burke to coach women's basketball
JUN 8, 2020

Becky Burke was named to coach the USC Upstate women's basketball team.
 

Becky Burke has been named the new USC Upstate women’s basketball coach.

Burke coached at Division II University of Charleston (W.Va.) the past two years and accumulated a 48-14 record.

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Travis Perry, beloved Greer coach and athletic director, dies
MAY 29, 2020

Travis Perry, the beloved athletic director at Greer High School, died Friday morning. He was 49.
 

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Travis Perry, the beloved athletic director at Greer High School, died Friday morning. He was 49.

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NGU will open Tigerville, Greer campuses in fall for in-person instruction
MAY 21, 2020

North Greenville University will open its Tigerville and Greer campuses for in-person instruction beginning on August 20.
 

North Greenville University confirmed Thursday that it will open its Tigerville and Greer campuses for in-person instruction beginning on August 20.

“We are excited to welcome students back to campus for the fall semester,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. “We will overcome these challenging days together as the North Greenville family. Every necessary precaution will be put in place to ensure the safest educational experience is available to the students we serve.”

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Solicitor tells grads to 'cherish path to your degree'
MAY 20, 2020

Barry Barnette is Solicitor for the 7th Judicial Circuit.
 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. It is a wonderful time to celebrate your accomplishments and look forward to future opportunities. I realize your celebration is different than you ever envisioned but I encourage you to cherish the path to your degree, the valuable relationships established along the way and the creative celebrations that are occurring.

I challenge you to pursue your dreams and take advantage of any opportunity that allows you to develop your talents. After my high school graduation, I worked hard to be the best chemistry teacher that I could be and later began practicing law. That career decision led me to become a judge and a prosecutor. I quickly discovered the parallels between the legal and education professions. Both careers require communication, research and writing skills. The similarities helped me to make a smooth transition into my career. I hope your choices will lead to success and happiness in the future.

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NGU Class of 2020 has memorable commencement
MAY 18, 2020

The NGU Office of Student Services held a Regalia & Diploma Drive-Thru Pick Up Event on May 6.  More than 150 participated in the Pick-Up Event.

The restrictions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic canceled North Greenville University's (NGU) in-person commencement ceremony for May 1. The Class of 2020 never envisioned their college graduation or graduate work to end this way.

The NGU Office of Student Services held a Regalia & Diploma Drive-Thru Pick Up Event on May 6.

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HS Seniors recognized for creating service projects
APR 15, 2020

High school seniors from around the state are being recognized for creating service projects that help children in foster care, elementary school students and adolescents from low-income families and people experiencing homelessness.

The seniors are winners of the Riley Institute at Furman University’s Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) service project competition.

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SCC distance learning to continue through end of semester
MAR 19, 2020

SCC distance learning to continue through end of semester

Spartanburg Community College implemented a distance learning instructional model on March 16 that will continue through the end of the semester, April 29, in compliance with the executive order announced Thursday by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.

SCC’s five campuses in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties remain closed through March 31 for students and the public, in accordance with the Governor’s March 15 executive order.

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USC Upstate extends virtual learning, postpones May commencement
MAR 19, 2020

USC Upstate extends virtual learning, postpones May commencement

USC Upstate extended virtual learning for all students through the spring semester, interim Chancellor J. Derham Cole, Jr., announced Thursday. Upstate, along with all other University of South Carolina System institutions, will teach and learn remotely through the completion of final exams in May.

“As we continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 on university campuses across the country, and in consultation with public health experts, it has become necessary to extend virtual learning for students at least through the remainder of the Spring semester,” according to Cole’s announcement.

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