St. Andrews to host book-signing, workshops

By: Staff report

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University will host the return of Chinese-American artist and former faculty member Daniel Nie on Oct. 23-24 and hold several workshops for students and faculty on campus.

Nie is a St. Andrews University alumnus, class of 1984, who also returned as a faculty member from 1987 to 1992. He is a renowned artist living in the Washington, D.C., area.

He is the author of several works, including his novels “Building Your Own American Dream: The Lessons I’ve Learned from Coming to America” and “Thinking Outside the Box: Meaningful Words in Coolligraphy.” His works can be viewed on and

“I attended St. Andrews in 1981 after I arrived in the U.S. as a young man from China,” Nie said. “St. Andrews taught me to be an open-minded person, provided me with a solid educational foundation and helped further my studies. I returned to the university as a faculty member and taught full time in this fine institution for five years.

“During my time as a professor, I developed a unique visual system called ‘Coolli,’ which later became a successful business, both as an art form and a training for creative thinking,” he added.

Scotia Village, 2200 Elm. Ave., will host a book signing event for Nie on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. He will have copies of both his books and artwork available for display and sale. Nie will talk about his works, give some insights on his creation “Cooligraphy” and share some of his experiences as a Chinese-American.

Staff report