College notes: Benedict, College of Charleston, USC, Francis Marion

January 20, 2013 

Benedict to hold MLK commemoration

Rudolph Wheeler, counselor for the Upward Bound program and collaborator for the “Call Me Mister” program at Morris College in Sumter will be the keynote speaker at Benedict College’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Antisdel Chapel on the main campus, with musical selections by Benedict College Concert Choir.

First black graduate of College of Charleston dies

Eddie Ganaway, College of Charleston Class of ’71, died Jan. 13 after a long battle with cancer, the college announced. Ganaway was the first-African American student to graduate from the university, enrolling after four years in the Navy.

Last year, Ganaway played an integral role in the development and launch of the university’s Black Alumni Caucus. The caucus is a strategic initiative supported by the Office of Institutional Diversity and the College of Charleston Alumni Association.

Also, in 2008, the Eddie Ganaway Distinguished Alumni Award was established to honor College of Charleston alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their career field.

Two USC colleges make list of top online programs

Two University of South Carolina colleges have made the list of U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 best online education programs.

The College of Education ranks No. 5 in online graduate education programs and the College of Engineering and Computing’s online graduate program ranks No. 28 in the national survey.

The College of Education first began offering online degree programs in 2005 with a master’s degree in educational administration for graduate students pursuing careers in school administration. Three other master’s degrees now are offered in teaching, educational technology and higher education business administration.

USC’s online graduate engineering program dates back to 1968. It was developed for professional engineers working in the field. The college now offers a doctoral degree, a master’s of science and a master’s of engineering degree.

Benedict opens new student health center

Benedict College last week celebrated the official opening of its new student health center, located at 2315 Laurel St. The 4,770-square-foot facility has four examination rooms, six offices, a lab, recovery room and a conference room.

Black caucus to hold town hall meeting at Francis Marion

The S.C. Legislative Black Caucus, state Sens. Gerald Malloy, Kent Williams and Kevin Johnson, and state Reps. Terry Alexander and Robert Williams will host a town hall meeting Jan. 29 at 6:15 p.m. at Francis Marion University’s Chapman Auditorium in the McNair Science Building.

The meeting, free and open to the public, will share the caucus’s agenda and give an update on legislation up for debate this year.

Lawsuit filed in 2011 hazing case

A lawsuit filed last week seeks damages from a 2011 hazing incident that left one Francis Marion University student with kidney damage after a fraternity initiation ritual.

The McLeod Law Group in Charleston filed the suit on behalf of Daniel McElveen of Hartsville, the victim of a beating that left the now former Francis Marion student with injuries that forced him to drop out of school.

No trial date has been set.

The suit alleges the beating was the final instance of abuse that McElveen endured as a pledge of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. The suit names Phi Beta Sigma, its national president, local chapter and Francis Marion University as defendants.

The naming of Francis Marion as a defendant came as a surprise, according to Jim McGee, general counsel for the Florence-based university.

McGee said the university makes all fraternities and sororities aware of campus anti-hazing policies. “The criminal charges that have been filed against the alleged perpetrators have been, I think, in a large result of what we brought to law enforcement,” he said.

That criminal case still is pending.

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