COLUMBIA, SC — USC 2nd-year medical students get white coats
The University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine hosted a special ceremony Friday to bestow the famed white coats upon medical students.
The so-called Pledge of Commitment ceremony, held at the Koger Center, is for second-year medical students. Bestowing the white coats symbolizes the students’ entrance into the medical profession.
Winthrop panel narrowing list in presidential search
ROCK HILL After sifting through more than 100 applicants for retiring President Anthony DiGiorgio’s position, Winthrop University’s search committee soon will narrow the pool from 12 candidates.
Search group leader Kathy Bigham says the committee will invite some of those 12 back to interview again with the committee members on Jan. 20 and 21. The candidates’ names have not been released, Bigham has said, to protect their current jobs. Once Winthrop’s trustees name three finalists, they will visit the Rock Hill campus and meet with the public.
DiGiorgio announced in March that he would retire after 24 years at Winthrop. His successor will start work in June 2013.
Clemson opens student center for military veterans
CLEMSONClemson University held a grand opening Friday for its first-ever campus center devoted to helping military veterans succeed as students.
Ken Weaver, faculty adviser for the veterans group, says veterans formed a support group in 2006. Weaver said the new center will be open five days a week and be staffed by veteran-students acting as volunteers.
The center is expected to provide support to veterans as they learn to navigate academics at the university, as well as the ins and outs of assistance programs such as the GI Bill, which helps pay for tuition.
Weaver says there are about 200 students identified as military veterans on the Clemson campus.
Coker begins construction on three-story residential facility
HARTSVILLE Coker College has begun construction on a 48-bed residential facility, the first of up to six to be built. A public groundbreaking ceremony and reception will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 25.
“Following four straight years of increasing enrollment and plans that call for still more growth, our need for new facilities is obvious,” said Coker president Robert Wyatt.
The three-story apartment-style building includes 12 suites and a large wrap-around porch on every level. The full six-building residential complex is designed to complement existing campus architecture and have the look and feel of a modern village neighborhood. Each of the six buildings would cost about $3 million for a total of $18 million.
Francis Marion announces administrative appointments
FLORENCE Francis Marion University has announced four administrative appointments, effective immediately.
• Pamela A. Rooks, professor of English and formerly director of the honors program, is the new director of the gender studies program.
• John Tuttle, professor of English and formerly coordinator of international programs, is the new director of the honors program.
• J. Mark Blackwell, associate professor of philosophy, is the new international programs director.
• D. Keith Best, professor of theatre arts, is the new associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
College of Charleston executive finalist for Kansas university presidency
SALINA, Kan. Brian McGee, chief of staff and senior policy adviser at the College of Charleston, is one of three finalists to be the next president of Kansas Wesleyan University.
A presidential search committee chose the finalists from eight candidates. The finalists will visit the Salina campus in the next two weeks to meet with faculty, staff and students.
Coastal taps new marketing officer
MYRTLE BEACH William M. “Bill” Plate Jr. has been named associate vice president for communication at Coastal Carolina University.
Plate is responsible for leading all of Coastal’s university communications, including its advertising and strategic marketing efforts, news and public affairs, publications, brand management, television production and printing.
Plate previously was director of marketing and creative services at Florida Atlantic University.
Francis Marion’s top fundraiser moving to The Citadel
FLORENCE After eight years as Francis Marion University’s chief fundraiser, Jay Dowd will become vice president of institutional advancement and chief executive officer of The Citadel Foundation at the start of next month.
The Bennettsville native was appointed vice president for development and executive director of the FMU Foundation in 2004. When Dowd joined Francis Marion, the school had just started its first capital campaign with a goal of $12 million. The campaign netted more than $50 million.