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NEWBERRY — Kennedy Moore of Newberry and six other sophomores at Newberry College will spend the 2016-17 academic year exploring questions of meaning, purpose, values, and service as the Muller Center’s first cohort of Sophomore Sojourners.

The Sophomore Sojourners program is part of a broader Purpose Exploration Initiative the Muller Center will launch during the 2016-17 year.

“In its first year, the Muller Center sought to sustain and strengthen existing civic engagement activities,” said Krista E. Hughes, director of the Muller Center. “With those programs humming along, we are excited to implement our Purpose Exploration Initiative, which is a vital expression of Newberry’s roots in the Lutheran liberal arts tradition-a tradition that prizes self-reflection and personal and social responsibility.”

Other Purpose Exploration programming will include the Compass Fellowship for faculty and staff; Table Talk meals where faculty and staff share their vocational stories with students; and Pilgrimage Hikes where students enjoy a daylong opportunity for contemplative time in nature. Plans for future programs include a residential living-learning community, alternative break service trips, and Junior-Senior leadership programs.


COLUMBIA — Whitmire resident Mariclare McEntire attended the Business at Moore program at the University of South Carolina from June 18 to June 24.

The Business at Moore program is a week-long business program designed for high school juniors who are underrepresented in business and have an expressed interest in pursuing a business degree.

McEntire and 29 other applicants were picked from a pool of applicants across the country. BAM students live on the USC campus for one week, enabling them to explore the many opportunities available to them with a business degree and to experience college life.

It also gives participants a chance to meet other high school students from throughout the state, as well as current Moore School students and faculty. This program is available at no cost to the students, thanks to the program sponsor, Wells Fargo.

At the beginning of the week, students are placed into teams of five in which they are challenged with creating a product and company to sell to “investors” at the end of the week in a 20 minute presentation and 10 minutes Q and A. This is similar to the Shark Tank TV show, but these students must come up with their entire business and product in less than a week.

McEntire, a senior at Oakbrook Preparatory School in Spartanburg, was the Chief Financial Officer of her team, Epsilon, which created a high heel shoe that was convertible to a ballerina flat with a simple mechanism that would allow for the heel to twist on and off. McEntire’s team came in second place and each member received gift cards as prizes.


SPARTANBURG — The University of South Carolina Upstate recognized May graduates during commencement exercises held May 3, 2016 on the Quad behind the John C. Stockwell Administration Building. Area graduates included Kelsey Bailey of Prosperity, Johneka Byrd of Newberry, Carley Dominick of Silverstreet, Henry Egleston of Newberry, and Kylin Hunter of Whitmire.

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