USC named military friendly school
The University of South Carolina is listed among 2013 military friendly colleges, universities and trade schools that recruit and retain students with military experience.
The list is compiled by Victory Media in its annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools.
USC Sumter and USC Beaufort also made the list.
Active-duty military, family members and veterans often connect with USC at its Fort Jackson campus, where classes and academic counseling are offered.
The university also is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, which pre-approve classes for transfer a help to military members who often must move in the middle of their college education.
USC also offers college credit for approved military-training courses, and gives in-state tuition and other discounts for active-duty military, reservists and National Guard members. USC recently started a new student organization for veterans on its campus.
Eight S.C. schools win federal grants
Eight historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina are among dozens of schools nationwide to share $228 million in new grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
The money can be used for curriculum reform, counseling and student service programs, starting teacher education programs designed to qualify students to teach, acquiring real-estate property in connection with construction, and funding faculty and staff development.
The S.C. schools receiving grants were: Allen University, $1.4 million; Benedict College, $2.7 million; Claflin University, $1.8 million; Clinton Junior College, $250,000; Denmark Technical College, $1.6 million; Morris College, $1.6 million; S.C. State University, $3.4 million; and Voorhees College, $1.7 million.
Converse gets $2.5 million donation for new field house
Converse College will break ground this fall on its new Marsha H. Gibbs Field House.
The $4 million project will be funded, in part, by a $2.5 million donation from Jimmy Gibbs and his wife, Marsha, a Converse trustee, school officials said.
In the past decade, Converses athletics programs have doubled to 10, officials said, and student-athletes now make up about 25 percent of the schools student population, compared with 7 percent in 2000.
The 14,000-square-foot Gibbs Field House will include five locker rooms, a weight-training facility, office space, a press box and an academic support center. It also will have training facilities for golf. The space will be capped with a rooftop terrace.
Construction likely will begin in February, with the facility opening in 2014.
Jimmy Gibbs is founder and chairman of Gibbs International Inc. In 2009, he became managing partner and chairman of Albatros Energy.
Converse previously presented Marsha Gibbs with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award for community service. In 2008, she received the community champion award from the Mary Black Foundation for her work in early childhood development.
Clemson professor wins nanomaterials grant
Clemson University physics professor Apparao Rao has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the use of carbon nanomaterials for energy storage.
Rao will lead a team of researchers from Clemson and the University of California-San Diego in developing new types of electrochemical capacitors.
At one-billionth of a meter, the nanomaterials can be used in household power tools and other energy-management applications.
Clemson dean named education fellow
Randy Collins, associate dean for undergraduate and international studies in Clemson Universitys College of Engineering and Science, has been named to the American Council on Education Fellows Program that prepares senior faculty and administrators for higher positions in university administration. Fellows are nominated by college presidents and selected in a national competition.