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Do you have a new job, marriage, baby or other life-changing event that you would like to share with the Winthrop family? If so, please send in your information to be included in a future Winthrop Magazine issue.

Please e-mail, visit alumni or call 803/323-2145 or 800/578-6545 to submit your news.


Barbara Kunz Loots of Kansas City, Missouri, recently published her second collection of poetry entitled “Windshift,” which is dedicated to former Winthrop Professor John S. Eells Jr.


Charleston resident Shelia Frasier Anderson published two books, “Is That You, Bo’? A Modern Look at an Ancient Love Story” and “Night Songs and Musings: A Collection of Inspirational Poems and Essays.”


Rock Hill resident Martha Manning published a book entitled “My Angel and Me.”


“Penpoint Poems and Prose” contains work by Harlain Sligh Ruff of Little Rock, Arkansas.


Patricia Bostic of Matthews, North Carolina, published part one of her memoir, “Chinaberries and Beyond: A Teacher’s Childhood Journey.”


Charleston resident Barbara Jaicks Atkins joined the Dunes Properties Real Estate Company.


Marie (Angie) Barrett Spohn was chosen as Teacher of the Year at Willow Drive Elementary School in Sumter.


Marcia Wiggers Lewis of Columbia earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

The city of Anderson promoted Margot Bettendorf Martin to finance director.


Mary Lou Shuler Pundt of York was honored as a semifinalist for the Jessie Williams Little Leading the Way Award.


Kimberly Belk Sebastian is a pre-kindergarten music teacher at Westminster Catawba Christian School in Rock Hill.

Clover School Board named Sheila Bridges Quinn the


superintendent for Clover School District.


Rock Hill resident Carol Weaver was honored as a semifinalist for the Jessie Williams Little Leading the Way Award.


Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, has named Nikkole Davis its director of academic advising.

Phillip (Phil) Hamby of Lexington has been named director of legislative affairs for the Office of the Adjutant General, South Carolina Military Department.

The Mathematical Association of America has recognized Berry College Professor Ronald Taylor of Rome, Georgia, with its Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics Award.


The Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, featured the exhibit “Surrounded by Wolves,” created by Jennifer (Jen) Ray Forrest of Long Island City, New York.

West Columbia resident Mark Rapp was chosen as the jazz ambassador of Columbia and South Carolina.


Lexington resident Traysie Amick was awarded the Carl R. Blair Commitment to the Arts and Education Award from the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville.


Jonesville resident Mary Little Genoble announced her candidacy for Union County Council’s District 1 seat.


Tracey Hyatt of Chester was named Teacher of the Year for Lockhart Elementary School.


Kaaren Wells Hampton of Columbia was named to The State’s Top 20 Under 40 list.


Charlotte, North Carolina, resident Lula Johnson was named Teacher of the Year for Crown Point Elementary School.


Stone Mountain, Georgia, resident Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey received the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center.

The Florida State University Foundation has hired Lauren Matthews Graves of Tallahassee, Florida, as the executive secretary for the Office of Advancement Relations.

New York, New York, resident Justin Pauley published “Unlocking Financial Data: A Practical Guide to Technology for Equity and Fixed Income Analysts” with O’Reilly Media.

Saint Johns, Florida, resident Tashia Small was made a partner

Fine Arts Alumnus Captures

Highest Children’s Book Prize How will a girl and a wolf lost in a snowstorm find their way home? You’ll find the answer in Matthew Cordell ’97’s “Wolf in the Snow,” which captured the American Library Association’s prestigious Caldecott Award in February. Since 1937, the award has recognized the year’s most distinguished American picture book for children.

Cordell said that the book’s underlying message of trust and communication is something everyone can learn from in today’s world.

Last year, Cordell, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, visited Winthrop as part of his Winthrop Galleries’ exhibition, “pen & ink.”

“When I was a student, one of the things that always made an impression on me was to see working professionals succeeding in what I wanted to do,” he said. “I’m thankful that Winthrop invited me back and that I could be that for someone else and show the trajectory of my career.”

Cordell’s other books include “Wish,” “Dream,” “hello! hello!” and “Another Brother.”

at Conroy Simberg Law Firm in Jacksonville, Florida.


Charlotte, North Carolina, resident Leslie Giles was cast in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” production at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

Walker Marketing, Inc. in Concord, North Carolina, hired Matthew (Matt) Lochel as the director of account services.

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Rumph-Geddis Wilkerson was named to The State’s Top 20 Under 40 list.


Rock Hill resident Joel Hamilton announced his candidacy for York County Council District 7 seat.

Jermaine Whirl has been promoted to vice president for learning and workforce development at Greenville Technical College.

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