Dr. Gena Poovey honored by S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 3:45pm

The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) consortium recently recognized 20 college professors across the state for fostering serious inquiry, critical thinking, and a broader understanding of the world in which we live.
The 2014 Excellence in Teaching awards are presented annually to one nominee from each of the state’s private colleges. Honorees received a $3,000 professional development stipend during an awards dinner held in Columbia earlier this week.

One of those honored was Limestone College’s Dr. Gena Poovey, Professor of Choral/Vocal Music Education and Director of Choral Activities. While the group of teacher-scholars represents many different academic disciplines and brings a rich diversity of education, experience and interests to campuses, SCICU notes the common threads are woven throughout the group. “They first and foremost are teachers who come to our liberal arts institutions to work one-on-one with students whom they also serve as advisors, mentors and friends. They are dedicated and committed professionals who have worked long and hard to be the best in their particular academic discipline in order to instruct and guide future generations as their life’s work. They are value-centered, passionate, creative and caring,” says SCICU of the honorees.

Dr. Poovey is professor of choral/vocal music education, director of choral activities, and chairs the Department of Music and the Division of Arts and Letters at Limestone College. A native of Newton, N.C., she studied music at Pfeiffer University, Southern Methodist University, and holds the DMA from University of South Carolina. Her choirs have performed at Carnegie Hall; in Salt Lake City, Utah; in York, England; in Austria; and on Limestone’s campus. The Vocal Ensemble and Show Choir provide numerous service performances annually for special events on campus and in schools and churches.

Dr. Poovey came to Limestone College in 1993, following five years as a North Carolina Visiting Artist in Montgomery, Stanly and Surry Community Colleges. Since arriving in the area, she has continued to perform and has appeared numerous times with the Spartanburg Repertory Company, Gaffney Little Theatre and the Limestone College Theatre Department. She and her husband, Noah Lindemann, are active in non-profits arts organizations and in arts education in the Upstate.

Dr. Karen Gainey, Limestone’s VP for Academic Affairs, describes Dr. Poovey as “one of Limestone’s most nurturing and most demanding professors. As a faculty leader and mentor, she guides with gentleness and leads by example.” Dr. Walt Griffin, Limestone’s President, noted, “Under Dr. Poovey’s leadership, there is always appropriate, well-prepared music available for Limestone’s special occasions. I am proud of and grateful for Dr. Poovey’s service to Limestone College and to the academic and artistic Upstate Community at large.”

Chartered by the State of South Carolina as a nonprofit corporation in 1953, SCICU supports and promotes the values of independent higher education in South Carolina. SCICU seeks to advance higher education through fundraising, scholarships, and research, as well as by facilitating collaborative activities among the member institutions. SCICU also enhances a positive public image and encourages government policies that support independent higher education.