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Winthrop series highlights faculty research

Winthrop University is highlighting research of faculty members through the inaugural Provost’s Spotlight on Scholarship Series.

These “Lunch and Learn” sessions are at 11 a.m. in Dinkins Auditorium. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided.

The sessions are:

• Oct. 9, “For-Profit vs. Not-For-Profit Higher Education: Are Differences Driven by Schools or Students?” by associate professor of economics Laura Ullrich. Ullrich spent the spring 2014 semester in Kosovo as a Fulbright Scholar. Ullrich notes that a college education has become increasingly important in maintaining competitiveness in the job market. While the number of traditional four-year and community colleges in the nation have expanded and multiplied, so have proprietary, for-profit institutions. This presentation examines the differences in student loan debt and graduation outcomes between the nonprofit and for-profit institutions.

• Nov. 13, “Albanian Traditional Music: A General Overview,” by associate professor and authority control librarian Spiro Shetuni. Shetuni, a native of Albania, says music, still an obscure subject, reflects a musical environment of both the Balkans and the Mediterranean world and is “not simply a heritage of the past, but above all, a vibrant contemporary art.” His presentation will examine the distinct musical culture of Albania, both monophonic and polyphonic, by delineating its four main musical dialects – Gheg, Tosk, Lab and Urban – along with its origins, styles and features.

• Feb. 5, “Land, Love, and Laughter: Irish Storytelling and Song,” by associate professor of music Connie Hale. Hale is active across the state and nation as a clinician, and her articles have appeared in publications such as “The Orff Echo” and “Music Educators Journal.” She has spent much time in Ireland researching the country’s storytelling and songs.

• April 2, “The Studying of Math Interventions for Non-Strategic Learners,” by professor and special education program coordinator Bradley Witzel. Response to intervention and multi-tiered systems of support are educational approaches designed to provide interventions and academic assistance to students quickly after difficulties emerge. Witzel provides insight into the field of mathematics interventions with an emphasis on preventing failure.

For more information, call 803-323-2220 or email