College notes: Columbia College wins civic engagement award

September 16, 2012 

Columbia College is among five universities and colleges nationwide chosen to receive the 2012 Washington Center and New York Life Foundation Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.

Honorees were chosen based upon leadership, innovation, and support of community programs and projects. Columbia College will be presented with the award during The Washington Center’s annual awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 1.

Columbia College won for its initiative to promote healthy lifestyles and raise awareness of diabetes through a partnership with St. John Baptist Church. The school developed a series of programs, including providing information on access to health care, offering cooking lessons, and organizing a community walking group and free health screenings.

Other colleges receiving the award are California State University-San Bernardino, Roosevelt University, Tulane University and University of San Francisco.

Clemson to study impact of grocery bags

Clemson University researchers will study the environmental impact of grocery bag materials through a $179,900 a research grant funded by Hartsville-based Hilex Poly.

Clemson officials said most studies about the environmental impact of grocery bags are incomplete or have been done in Europe or Australia.

Investigators plan a science-based analysis of grocery bag manufacturing, use and disposal based on the types of grocery bags most commonly used in the United States.

The life-cycle analysis will investigate greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and other environmental impacts, from product sourcing to final disposal.

Hilex Poly makes plastic bag and film products, and operates the world’s largest plastic bag recycling facility.

Coker finishes first phase of education school building

Coker College will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the first phase of the Betty C. and Joseph L. Wiggins School of Education on Sept. 24.

The school, the first named in Coker’s history, is the result of a gift of more than $1 million from the estate of Betty C. Wiggins, a former trustee.

The school is in a building that belonged to the Hartsville Messenger.

The first phase of renovations included refurbishing the building’s office and meeting spaces. The second phase, slated for completion next summer, will include building model classrooms for Coker’s education students.

The late Joe Wiggins was president of Hartsville Broadcasting Co. of Hartsville and owner of The Hartsville Messenger.

USC music fraternity wins award

The University of South Carolina School of Music’s Theta Chi international fraternity chapter has received the Katherine Becker National Collegiate Chapter Achievement Award from Sigma Alpha Iota, its national office. The honor is presented annually to a chapter whose officers and members fulfill national objectives, including keeping the local chapter in good financial standing and maintaining good relationships with chapter advisers, school administrators, patrons and alumni.

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