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in Cuba is a huge step in achieving our mission,"
Saffi said. "The intercultural benefits will continue
to impact the students' lives long after they com-
plete their education at PC."

And, like her peers, Saffi, enjoyed personal
interaction with community members at the
University of Havana.

"This was, in my opinion , the greatest gain
of all," she said. "It allowed me to reali:e the real
nature of Cuban people. Their passion for their
country and their revolution, their fierce indepen-
dence and spirit of sacrifice are all admirable and
made this visit more than worthwhile."

Ingram said another highlight was an
interview with Jorge Lezcano, the advisor to the
president of the Cuban National Assembly.

"We were able to discuss with him some of
the political, economic, and structural reforms
that might take place in Cuba as a result of Fidel
Castro retiring," he said. "For more than an hour
and 45 minutes he answered our questions in an
earnest and open manner and it is an experience
that will remain with me forever."

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Challenging Academics

Biology Department
moves into Lassiter Hall

Guests gathered this spring in the new Las-
siter Hall for a dedication ceremony and to tour
the brand new facility for biology studies.

Bill Shearer '64, the chairman of the college
board of trustees, joined PC president Dr. John
Griffith in welcoming the community to see the
new science hall.

"Many gatherings begin with the comment
that 'this is an auspicious occasion.' For the PC
community, tonight truly is," Griffith said. "We
gather to honor those who have made possible a
dream that our science faculty, and particularly our
biology faculty, have held dear since 1984 - our
new science building, Lassiter Hall."

Explosive growth in the boundaries of sci-
ence had rendered PC's existing science building,
Richardson Hall, completed in 1966, too small less
than 20 years after it was completed.

More than 200 guests listened to the story of
the new biology building, a dream that began 24
years ago. PC science students take top honors in
graduate schools of all sorts. In a world of science
increasingly hungry for student-faculty research,
for emerging science disciplines, for environmental
awareness and for solutions to problems that run
the scale from health care to pollution, faculty
and students are excited about the possibilities for
modem science in their new space.

One of the visual highlights of the building is
the mural commissioned by Irwin Belk and painted
by noted painter and muralist Brenda Council.

Lassiter Hall, named for donors E.G. and
Marianne Lassiter of Atlanta, Ga., adjoins historic
Richardson Science Hall and contains six new
laboratories for a variety of classes in botany, para-
sitology, anatomy, paleontology, genetics, physiol-
ogy, and biochemistry. It has a wet lab, state of the
art fume hoods and fan systems, specialized storage
spaces, a life sciences core lab (including a tissue
culture and cold room), three preparatory labs, four
research labs and, good office space for faculty to
work with students outside the classroom.

The laboratories are specialized for different
courses, thus allowing faculty and students to
develop sophisticated experiments that they can
complete in one place, resulting in a better learning
experience in laboratory classes.

The cost of construction was roughly $14

Griffith recognized the donors who made
the building possible and gave special recognition
to Dr. Ron Zimmerman, the faculty' shepherd of
this project; his faculty colleagues; and to all who
helped find the resources needed.

Guests celebrated together as they walked
from room to room admiring the new space and
talking at length with faculty members.

Senior Cody Mitchell, president of the
student government association, thanked the
donors on behalf of the students who will use the

The Lassiters' Presbyterian College roots go
back to their own days as undergraduates, where
the couple met. E.G. serves on the board of trust-
ees as chair of the enrollment committee and on
the endowment committee. The Lassiter's son
Rich was a biology major in the Class of 1998 and
daughter Anna Marie an art major in the Class of


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Senior takes on summer
of learning and research
in medical physics

Presbyterian College a Nick Roosevelt is one
of only 14 undergraduates chosen nationally for the
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

Roosevelt, a rising senior from Clinton, is
taking on a 10- week research program where he
will he working with Dr. George Ding, assistant
professor of the department of radiation oncology
at Vanderbilt University.

He will research a specific area of radiation
therapy called "adaptive radiotherapy" whereby
health care providers use imaging technology while
treatment is being administered in order to make
real-time adjustments.

The son of Oliver and Carol Roosevelt t)f
Clinton, Roosevelt said he originally came to PC
with his eyes on a future as an engineer.

"We have a program where you go here for
three years to get your liberal arts background and
then go to an engineering school like Clemson or,
ironically, Vanderbilt, or Auburn for two years to
get an engineering degree," he said. "Then you're
very' marketable as an engineer because you've had
that liberal arts training."

But during his sophomore year, at a meeting of
the college's Society of Physics Students, a senior
handed Roosevelt some written information about
a science career - medical physics - that greatly
held his interest.

"I began to read about it and was altogether
fascinated with the idea," he said. "It makes perfect
sense if you think about it - physics and medicine
- and how that equation works and how they are
married so beautifully together, 1 guess, through
treatment of cancer especially. 1 began to read
about that and really fell in love with it."

The former high school trainer has main-
tained an interest in heahh care - especially now
that he has discovered how closely tied it can he
to a greater interest in physics.

"So, this is wonderful because it's somethinsj I

enjoy - physics - that 1 can tie into something I've
always been interested in," he said. "... This has
put it where I can have access to both and enjoy
it as a career."

Roosevelt said he already believes this summer
experience is launching him towards his calling in
the career world.

"Sixty to 70 percent of medical physicists are
in radiation therapy - working directly with radia-
tion oncologists and technologists in the treatment
of cancer," he said. "I really like the clinical aspect
of it. ... That's what 1 really want to do; I want to
work in a clinic. I want to be that 60-70 percent
that do radiation therapy and 1 want to employ
techniques like image-guided radiotherapy. ...
That is definitely where I'm headed and where
I really feel like I've been called by this unique
relationship between physics and medicine and
everything that, by the grace of God, doors have
been opening."

Stepping through the door was made easier
by the army of support he received - from his par-
ents, physics professors Dr. Charles Rains and Dr.
Jonathan Bell, the Writing Center, and director of

career services/internships Linda Jameison.

Roosevelt said he is also thankful for the many
opportunities he has received at PC to pursue his
many interests. An active member of the PC Choir
and the Opera Workshop, he is a peer minister for
Canterbury of PC, a member of the Honor Council,
and the newly-elected president of Omicron Delta

"If you think about it, if 1 would have just
gone to Clemson and ignored the calling to come
to PC and have that liberal arts background, 1
would probably be okay in my engineering field but
1 definitely wouldn't be this happy about where my
life is going," he said. "... 1 don't believe it was by
any accident I stumbled across medical physics. But
because I was here and because I had that exposure
to many different things, you can come in and find
what's right for you.

"... You find different things that get you ex-
cited about life and get you excited about school and
learning. Medical physics is just one of those things
I've been able to find here at Presbyterian College
that I'm really looking forward to taking on."

Sigma Nu, mentors clean way to three awards

Sigma Nu and CfH.AMPS recently won three awards for the work they've done this
past year with South rs^o!;i:?'s Adopt-a-Highway program. The partnership between
the two groups ea 'o-nty Group of the Year, the District Group of the

Year, and the high; 13 Adopt-a-Highway Group of the Year.

Jerman Disasa, CHAMPS director end Sigma Nu faculty advisor, says the partnership
serves a purpose in addition to helping keep the community clean.

"The program is a vehicle, a teaching tool, for something else," Disasa, said. "The
goal is for the Sigma Nu brothers to work alongside the CHAMPS kids to help mo-
tivate them."



Professor achieves
important credential

Dr. Daria T. Cronic, an associate professor
ot education at Presbyterian College has recently
been awarded the status of Strategic Instructional
Model (SIM) professional developer from the
Center of Research on Learning at the University
ot Kansas.

Cronic served a year-long apprenticeship to
meet the criteria for this accreditation.

The Strategic Instruction Model, based on
research from a variety of fields and theoretical
perspectives, is designed to serve as a guide or um-
brella for program development. All components of
the model have been evaluated in light of rigorous
standards. The standards are:

• An instructional procedure must be palat-
able for teachers. If it isn't, teachers won't
adopt it for use in their classrooms.

• The instructional procedure must have
value and be perceived to have value bv

high-achieving and average-achieving

• The procedure must be sufficiently pow-
erful to have an effect on low-achieving

• The procedure must result in statistically
significant gains for students.

• The procedure must result in socially
significant gains for students. In other words,
if a procedure results in an increase in a
student's performance from 20 percent to 40
percent, although the result might be statisti-
cally significant, it is not socially significant
because the student is still failing.

• The degree to which students will main-
tain a skill or strategy they have been taught
and generalize it for use in other settings
is important in determining whether the
instructional procedure is successful and
has merit.

SlM's components - content enhancement
routines, learning strategies curriculum, and sup-
porting materials - give teachers access to a breadth

and depth of instaictional procedures to address
many of the challenges faced in the classroom. As
a result, more students who are at risk now can
realize success in school.

Cronic s accreditation is in the area of content
enhancement. She plans to complete the Learn-
ing Strategies apprenticeship in 2010. Content
enhancement routines are used by teachers to
teach curriculum content to academically diverse
classes in ways that all students can understand and
remember key information. Content enhancement
is an instructional method that relies on using
powerful teaching devices to organize and present
curriculum content in an understandable and easy-
to-leam manner. Teachers identify content that
they deem to be most critical and teach it using a
powerfully designed teaching routine that actively
engages students with the content.

Cronic currently teaches students in her
classes these powerful devices so that they will
be more effective in reaching diverse learners in
their future classes. She is also available to share
these devices through professional development
opportunities to interested professionals.


James Garden bears
loving fruit of labors

Andrew Stt ickland '08 came to PC with every
intention of being a doctor. A biology major from
Gainesville, Ga., he began to feel during his first
year, he says, that medical school was not where
he was being led.

"In high school 1 wanted to be an architect,"
he said. "When 1 played on PC's golf team, 1
thought 1 wanted to design golf courses. As I stud-
ied more biology, I started looking into landscape
architecture. It was a logical progression - archi-
tecture, medicine, golf, landscape architecture!"

Strickland designed the landscaping for the
PC Habitat House his junior year. When Dana
Professor of Biology Dr. John Inman suggested that
he design and build a garden in honor of the late
L^r. Fred James, Strickland jumped at the chance.
Although he never met James, he did some re-
search about the beloved biology professor and,
based on what the biology faculty and others told
him, chose a site that he thought was perfect -off
a comer of Greenville Dining Hall in front of a
Chinese Yew (also called a monkeypuzzle tree).

"It was important to me that it was the right
spot for someone who meant so much to PC"
Strickland said. "I read through all the tributes
1 could find to get an idea of Dr. James. 1 wanted
something intimate, so 1 designed a circle that
leads to reflection. The monkeypuzzle tree was a
nod to Dr. James' great sense of humor. The biology
faculty liked it, the design and that meant a lot to
me - it meant 1 found the essence of this remark-
able man."

Fellow student Leigh Christy told her grand-
parents about the project. They were eager to help,
and donated all the plants from their nursery in
North Carolina. Strickland describes Rachel and
Ste\'en Christy as two of the warmest and most
generous people he has ever met.

"To support something like this in honor of
someone who meant so much to the PC commu-
nity but that they never met - amazing!" he said.

Staff members in Campus Ser\'ices, most of
whom knew James, helped choose the plants. They
donated the soil, mulch, spraying, and lots of time
with the ongoing maintenance. When it came time
to actually put the plants in the ground, a biology
faculty member was there every day.

"They care so much about each other,"
Strickland said. "As students, we don't always see
that. We tocus on getting our education from one

professor at a time, never really thinking about how
they interact as friends. They were excited about
this project, and working with me and each other
on the garden seemed to be part of the healing
and grief process. If you asked me the best part
about the project, I'd have to say the process, how
all the biology family came together to do this for
Dr. James."

The James Garden was dedicated on a warm
spring day. The biology faculty were all there, as
well as the James family and former dean of the
faculty Dr. Dave Gillespie. Strickland shared what
the garden had meant to him, and members of the
biology faculty tried to say what Fred James meant
to them, as well. Like most dedications, words were
spoken, tears were shed, and many Fred James jokes
were shared.

Dr. lames? He would have loved it.

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PC builds on its success

Renovations spruce up college campus

It's haal to follow something like the opening
of a new biology wing with anything bigger, hut
it's not for lack of effort.

In February, college president Dr. John
Griffith and trustees committed to a variety
of capital projects which focus on classrooms,
residence halls, and student life. The Campus
Services Department has already made improve-
ments on 1 1 buildings on campus, with plans to
improve six more within the next year.

New Roofs

Roots have been replaced on Belk Hall,
Clinton Hall, Barron, Grotnes, and Carol Inter-
national House. These replacements follow the
recent roof replacements on Richardson Hall,
Greenville Dining Hall, and parts of Templeton
and Springs Campus Center.

Springs Campus Center renovation

Extensive renovations have already begun on
two facilities — Springs and Georgia Hall. The first
phase of Springs Campus Center includes a new
fitness center, which opened in June. Formerly

home to the swimming pool, the fitness center
is now home to a full circuit of strength training
machines, spin bikes, free weights, and three differ-
ent types of cardiovascular machines (recumbent
bikes, treadmills, and elliptical machines).

The rest of Springs won't resemble the old
Springs either. Contractors are renovating all three
floors. In the fall, students will enjoy new dining
and recreation areas, a new post office, a new PC
radio room, and the benefit of having Student Life
offices located within Springs.

A renovated Springs also will feature a medi-
tation room built in memory of longtime Clinton
residents Dr. and Mrs. Judd Davis. A new patio
with bistro furniture also will make Springs a great
place to spend time outdoors, and enjoy the Springs
tower clock that is being repaired.

Georgia Hall renovation

PC is installing the best heating and cooling
system available, one that promises to be energy-
efficient and cool in the dog days of summer. The
college began planning the project a year ago and
committed to a system that will provide heating
and cooling on demand to each room. The college
also will install a system that can be monitored
remotely for malfunctions and will reduce energy

The lounge in Georgia Hall is also getting a
facelift, including a new flat screen TV, furniture,
and recreational equipment. A new elevator will
be installed in Georgia Hall during the summer of

Neville Hall renovation

Technology upgrades to many of the class-
rooms in Neville continue the facility's renovations
that were begun in the third-floor classrooms last



Planned renovations are
taking shape

Campus to see even more improvements

While some projects have already begun or are
complete, many other projects are in the planning
stages. Richardson Hall will undergo renovations
during Christmas break, including upgrades to
the heating and air systems, new finishes in the
hallways and bathrooms, and some classroom
renovations. This project should conclude next
summer with a major overhaul to the building's
heating and cooling systems.

Chapman Conference Center is set for new
renovations as well. A full renovation to the room
in Jacobs will include new finishes, furniture, and
technology upgrades. This project will be com-
pleted soon.

The Multi-Cultural Center will be restored.
The college took bids on the project this summer
and renovations should be completed soon there-

The faculty, the Office o{ the Provost, the
Infomiation Technology Department, and Campus
Media Services have planned for the continuing
upgrade to classrooms in the Harrington-Peachtree
Center. Although the H-P renovations have yet
to be scheduled, they are expected to provide
classrooms with a variety of new technology-based
teaching aids.

This summer, the Art Department has been
working closely with architects to develop con-
ceptual plans for a new visual arts center. The
development of this project is moving along well
and has produced preliminary concepts for PC's
new home to visual arts.

While PC is not yet home to a new school
of pharmacy and a final decision has not yet been
reached on its location, it is reasonable to state
that the next big project will be the development
of a facility to house this program.

An update on renovations would not he
complete without mentioning the completion of
the Alumni Green. This project was funded largely
by alumni from the class of 2008 and other classes.
This is a multi-phase project which will continue to
grow as graduating seniors continue to contribute,
chiefly by purchasing bricks inscribed with their

Officials state there are many other improve-
ments planned for the next 1 2 months. Receiving
input from faculty and students alike, PC is com-
mitted to keeping its beautiful, historic campus
looking great and up to date.


Gene genie

PC senior interns at Greenwood Genetics
Center this summer

Rising senior Kathryn Anne Mooneyham is
one of eight summer interns at the Greenwood
Genetics Center. She began in May during exam
week at PC, continuing research that she began
in January.

Mooneyham became especially interested in a
certain gene after taking a medical genetics course
taught by Dr. Leta Trihble, who also works at the
center. Mooneyham's advisor. Dr. Daniel Hanks,
and biology professor Dr. John Inman suggested
that she pursue an internship. Mooneyham took
their advice.

"I am using skills I learned at PC, especially
in Dr. Hudson's genetics class, while also learning
many other research techniques," she said. "I am
getting to meet and interact with many brilliantly
minded people. They are all very helpful and are
willing to share their immense knowledge with

Mooneyham screens and sequences a specific
gene that regulates glutamate receptors in the
hippocampus region of the brain in individuals
with non-syndromic intellectual disability. She
compares the individuals who have intellectual
disability with control individuals who have no

The biology and Spanish double major spent
her first several weeks at the GGC learning dif-
ferent procedures and helping other researchers
with their work. Mooneyham then began her own

"It's really nice because 1 was so nervous when
1 started working here," she said. "Now, 1 feel like
I'm part of the lab."

Mooneyham's internship at the GGC is her
second. This past spring she completed an intern-
ship in Honduras, traveling with a team of doctors
on a medical missions trip.

"I really feel like PC has offered me so many
great opportunities. Because my professors know
me and care about my success, I have gotten
this great internship at the genetics center and
also got to go use my Spanish in Honduras."

Kathryn Anne Mooneyham

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Thank you, Blue Hose

(Editor's Note: The following is a letter from director of
athletia, Dr. Bee Carlton.)

Presbyterian College Athletics completed
the first year of transition into NCAA Divi-
sion 1 athletics in 2007-08. On behalf ot your
outstanding coaches and student-athletes, I am
pleased to tell you about many of our significant
achievements during the 2007-2008 year. These
accomplishments are very encouraging to all Blue
Hose constituents. I am confident that our athletic
future is bright.

The following list highlights some pleasant
surprises and some very good news about our
transition that 1 want to bring to your attention.


Our Blue Hose teams have not only been
competitive, but also have, in many cases,
achieved notable success. It has been satisfying
that no matter where or against whom our teams
have competed, your Blue Hose have competed
hard and have represented and acquitted them-
selves exceptionally well. This is the direct result
of the hard work by our coaches and players.

Competitive Environment

The opportunity to compete in Division 1 has
meant that our teams have competed in locations,
arenas, and environments never experienced by
previous Blue Hose athletes. In many cases, our
head coaches have reported that the competitive
atmosphere is much more congenial even when
competing in front of highly enthusiastic opposing

For example, our men's soccer team played
against the University of South Carolina, our
volleyball team competed in the 15,000-seat
UNC Charlotte Coliseum. Our women's soccer
team competed at Coastal Carolina University,
where our coach and team were very well-received.
Our baseball team played Clemson University
at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., in front of an
enthusiastic crowd of Blue Hose fans. Our men's
lacrosse team competed against No. 1 -ranked
Duke University. A final example was the football
game this fall against VMl. The day began with
a military review. The review was followed by a
Scotsman Club tailgate and capped by the game
in their outstanding stadium on a crisp fall day.
The atmo?'-]icie of diese venues and the quality
of compeiitioi; ■- " rr- • t: .rn and more Blue
Hose tan^ ':'.■''' ', .nw' and on

the road.

One of the iiciitp.i-

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