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C. Michael Curtis

Professor
English

Fellowship named in his honor

C. Michael Curtis has been honored with the naming of the C. Michael Curtis Publishing Fellowship, a collaborative venture of Converse College’s MFA program and Hub City Press. The fellowship, which provides opportunity for MFA students to work directly with Hub City Press in all areas of publishing and editing, was announced Jan. 28, 2014, with the naming of its first recipient, Travis Burnham of Spartanburg, S.C. Curtis has been the fiction editor at The Atlantic for more than 40 years. He also serves on the Hub City Editorial Board.

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Andrew F. Green

Assistant Professor
Finance

Receives Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences

Andrew F. Green received the Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences during Commencement Ceremonies on May 19, 2013. Green joined the Wofford faculty in the fall of 2007 after a 25-year corporate career. Before Wofford, Green served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Spartanburg-based Denny’s Restaurants, one of the largest restaurant chains in the U.S. Before his 10 years at Denny’s, Green built his career in finance and accounting during 15 years with Ryder System, where he worked in Miami, Fla., and later Cincinnati, Ohio. A native of Wilmington, Del., Green graduated with a B.A. in Latin American studies from Tulane University and received his MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences is named in honor of Philip Stanhope Sheffield Covington, a beloved academic dean of Wofford College who served from 1953 to 1969.

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Dr. Katherine (Trina) Janiec Jones

Associate Professor
Religion

Receives SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Katherine Janiec (Trina) Jones in May 2013 received the Excellence in Teaching Award presented by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Inc. (SCICU) in a ceremony in Columbia, S.C. Jones, an associate professor of religion, was selected by Wofford to represent the college as its recipient of the award. Each of the 20 member institutions of the SCICU consortium selects one faculty member each year to receive the award, which includes a professional development stipend for the professor. Each recipient is chosen by his or her institution according to rigorous criteria. The most important characteristic of the nominees is their demonstration of the highest standards in teaching methods that encourage students to strive for excellence in their studies and pursuits. 

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John E. Lane

Associate Professor and Director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center
English
Environmental Studies

Named 'Clean Water Champion' by Upstate Forever

John Lane was named a “Clean Water Champion” by Upstate Forever in February 2013. Lane was recognized for his time exploring and educating others on rivers and streams through his books, which include “My Paddle to the Sea,” “Waist Deep in Black Water,” “Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River,” “A Stand of Cypress” and “Circling Home.” Lane also was noted for his work on the “Thinking Like a River” initiative, which creates a culture of sustainability centered on local waters by offering unique, hands-on experiences with area rivers for the Wofford College and Spartanburg communities. 

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Dr. David W. Pittman

Associate Professor, Coordinator of the interdisciplinary program in neuroscience
Psychology

Receives Graduate of Distinction Award for Program in Neuroscience at FSU

Dr. David W. Pittman received the Graduate of Distinction Award for the Program in Neuroscience at Florida State University on Jan. 15, 2014. The prestigious award is given to a former student who has excelled in his career since receiving a doctoral degree in neuroscience from FSU. Immediately after graduating from FSU in 2001, Pittman began his academic career at Wofford. He spent three days on the FSU campus while receiving the award, meeting with current faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the program of neuroscience. His visit culminated with a colloquium lecture on his scientific career investigating the influence of anti-anxiety benzodiazepine drugs on taste palatability and weight gain. He is the first of the award's recipients to be recognized for his career at an undergraduate liberal arts institution. He received the award in recognition of both his productive research career and his mentoring and training of future scientists. He has mentored 76 Wofford students majoring in psychology, biology, chemistry and even philosophy and history as well. The title of his colloquial address was "Enhancing Taste Palatability: GABA in the Parabrachial Nucleus." To learn more about his research, visit his website at: sites.wofford.edu/pittmandw/research/.

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Dr. G. Mackay Salley

Associate Professor, Chair
Physics

Receives Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science

Dr. G. Mackay Salley received the 2013 Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science during Commencement on May 19, 2013. Salley joined the Wofford faculty in 2002 and assumed the duties of chair of the department in the fall of 2010. He has worked in that capacity to reinvigorate the department by reshaping the curriculum through current pedagogical techniques and by implementing many new technologies into laboratory exercises across the physics course offerings. He also has reinstated 3-2 partnerships in engineering with Columbia University in New York City and with Clemson University. Salley received his B.S. degree in physics and mathematics from Wofford in 1995, and his Ph.D. in philosophy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Georgia in 2000. The Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science recognizes outstanding performance in the teaching of science. The late Roger Milliken, chairman and CEO of Milliken & Co., based in Spartanburg, S.C., was the longest-serving member of the board of trustees of Wofford and is the only person to have been named trustee emeritus. He died Dec. 30, 2010.