SC College notes

February 17, 2013 

Lori Burns Allen to keynote Columbia College commencement

Alumna Lori Burns Allen will be the keynote speaker for Columbia College’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, set for May 4. Allen also will receive an honorary doctorate.

Allen is a bridal retail entrepreneur based in Atlanta. Since 2010, she has become well known to reality television fans as the owner and consultant of Bridals by Lori. Her salon is the filming location for TLC network’s television series, “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” and “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids.”

Allen opened her first bridal shop three weeks after graduation from Columbia College in 1980. Since then, she has grown her business from a small shopping-center storefront to the 25,000-square-foot, three-story wedding salon.

Greener Scholarship banquet set for April 27

The Black Alumni Council of My Carolina Alumni Association will host the annual Richard T. Greener Scholarship banquet at 6 p.m. on April 27 at Seawell’s, 1125 Rosewood Drive.

Leah B. Moody, a 1996 USC graduate and trustee, will be the keynote speaker.

The banquet raises money for the Greener Endowment, named for Richard Theodore Greener, the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University, in 1870, and first African-American faculty member at USC, in 1873.

S.C. State sees 9 percent drop in enrollment

South Carolina State University administrators say enrollment at the school declined nearly 9 percent between the fall and spring semesters.

Vice president for finance Eric Eaton says the university has a plan to deal with a potential $5 million shortfall from the enrollment decline, The (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat reported. Eaton says S.C. State only will spend money if it is required or needed to keep students and faculty safe. The university’s enrollment is 3,479 this spring. Eaton says the university’s financial situation would be better if it had at least 4,200 students.

Administrators told trustees the school plans to begin aggressively recruiting new students, especially from technical colleges. They also say they will work harder to retain students attending the university.

State restricts Winthrop spending after audit

S.C. officials are restricting some of Winthrop University’s spending authority after a financial audit revealed concerns.

The issues include the public university spending $4.5 million on a computing system without competitive bids and the university’s management of an apartment complex for the past decade, The (Rock Hill) Herald reported.

Winthrop spokeswoman Rebecca Masters says the university is unhappy about the criticism of the apartment complex, built by a related nonprofit foundation on donated land.

The school’s ability to make spending decisions will be limited and get more oversight from state officials unless the university wins an appeal.

Sandra Day O’Conner to speak at Charleston law school

Former U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor will make keynote remarks April 15 at a symposium at the Charleston School of Law. The topic will be separation of church and state.

In 1981, O’Connor became the first woman to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court. She retired in 2006.

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