College notes

January 27, 2013 

Stamps Foundation adds 5 to USC Carolina Scholars

There will be five additional Carolina Scholars at the University of South Carolina thanks to a gift from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation.

University spokeswoman Megan Sexton says last week’s announcement means 25 freshmen will get a $10,000 annual scholarship over a four-year period. Each student also will receive $8,000 to pay for such things as study-abroad programs, internships and undergraduate research projects.

Sexton says the Stamps Foundation pays for half of the five scholarships and the remainder is paid by matching funds. The Carolina Scholars program is one of the university’s most prestigious and is meant to keep the state’s most academically talented students in the state.

The Stamps Foundation was founded by Penny and E. Roe Stamps IV of Miami.

USC Lancaster breaks ground for Founders Hall

The University of South Carolina Lancaster broke ground last week for a new 40,000-square-foot classroom building.

The $7.5 million project will include classrooms, multimedia lecture rooms, an art studio, faculty offices and an outdoor amphitheater. The building is scheduled to open in January 2014.

Bob Jones University asks for outside abuse probe

Bob Jones University is asking an outside Christian organization that deals with abuse claims to investigate how the fundamentalist college responds when students say they have been abused.

Trustees at the Christian university in Greenville agreed earlier this month to the investigation, which also will produce recommendations on how to better deal with any allegations of abuse in the future. The investigation will include the nearby affiliated Bob Jones Academy, which teaches students from preschool to 12th grade.

School officials said the investigation was prompted by revelations of sexual abuse in secular and Christian organizations, but isn’t in response to any specific claims of abuse at the school. The university wants to make sure it is doing the right thing when students come to officials to report abuse that happened before they enrolled or off campus, university spokeswoman Carol Keirstead said.

The investigation will be handled by an organization called GRACE, which stands for Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment.

Bob Jones University was founded in 1927 and is known for its fundamentalist Christian views.

Coastal Carolina professor edits medical anthology

James Borton, a teaching associate in the department of English at Coastal Carolina University, recently edited “The Art of Medicine in Metaphors: A Collection of Poems and Narratives.”

The book is a compilation of stories, essays and poems that deal with illness and medicine. The anthology is published by Copernicus Healthcare and will be available later this month.

“This anthology includes thematic reflections on death, diagnoses, fears, humor, joy and transformation — both physical and spiritual,” Borton said. “These writers all succeed in telling their story, sharing their brokenness, discovering healing metaphors, and — at unexpected moments — offering grace and renewal.”

Borton channeled his own experiences into his editing of the anthology. During his recovery from triple bypass surgery, Borton said he discovered the importance of stories concerning illness and injury.

Borton began teaching for at Coastal in the fall. This spring he is teaching “Themes in Literature and Medicine,” an interdisciplinary studies class.

From Wire and (Myrtle Beach) Sun reports

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