Professors from The Citadel and the University of South Carolina Sumter were recognized Thursday for their excellence in teaching and student advising.
Hendrikus van Bulck of USC Sumter and Conway Saylor of The Citadel were honored with the Governor’s Professor of the Year awards for 2012. They were chosen from 35 candidates nominated by their colleges.
Van Bulck is the winner for two-year colleges. He joined the division of business administration and economics in 2006.
Saylor is the recipient for four-year colleges. Saylor is board certified in both clinical psychology and in clinical child and adolescent psychology.
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The state Higher Education Foundation hosted a luncheon at USC honoring the winners and other professors nominated for the awards.
Others finalists for the awards were: Willie Lee Bryant Jr. of Williamsburg Technical College, Edward J. Callen of University of South Carolina Aiken, James S. Cutsinger of the University of South Carolina Columbia, Kathy Ferrell of Greenville Technical College, Katherine L. Haigler of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, Amy Langville of the College of Charleston, John B. McGill of York Technical College and Nicholas Panasik Jr. of Claflin University.
Midlands Tech awarded $5 million for training
Midlands Technical College has been awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund the college’s Growing Resources for Information Technology program.
The program will build a training infrastructure to place unemployed veterans, minorities, women and others in high-growth, high-demand information technology occupations.
Students will receive training through Midlands Technical College’s corporate and continuing education division, as well as on-the-job training with area partner employers. Nearly 75 percent of the grant money will be used for student scholarships, books and on-the-job training.
MTC is one of only 43 institutions to receive a grant during the process. The $5 million awarded is the most awarded by the Labor Department to any college in the country.
Coker selected for national program on improving student learning
Coker College has been selected to participate in the Council of Independent College’s Engaging Evidence Consortium.
“This project stands to substantially improve the quality of our students’ learning and, accordingly, to strengthen our educational programs,” said Coker president Robert Wyatt.
Forty colleges and universities were selected for the project, made possible by a grant from the Teagle Foundation, based on the merits of their proposals. To be eligible, applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to improving student learning.
“In this particular project, we will assess the information literacy skills of both traditional and nontraditional students, and then use the data to tailor our information literacy educational plan to better serve our students,” said Coker College provost Tracy Parkinson.
The 16-month project at Coker will be completed in August 2013.
Wire and Staff Reports