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USC publishes complete collection of James Dickey’s poems

March 24, 2013 

— The University of South Carolina last week celebrated its publication of a book containing the complete poems of James Dickey, a former USC professor.

Dickey, an internationally recognized poet and novelist, is best known for his novel “Deliverance.” He taught at the university as poet-in-residence and the first distinguished professor of English from 1969 until his death in 1997.

Winthrop library gets $14,000 grant to digitize newspapers

Winthrop University’s library archives has received a $14,000 grant to digitize area newspapers dating back to the 1860s.

The college’s Dacus Library joins other S.C. university libraries that are moving print records to digitalized microfilm to preserve the Palmetto State’s history. The long-term plan is to make the digitized records available to researchers and the public.

Included in the digitization is Winthrop’s student paper, The Johnsonian, dating back to 1923. Archives staff members also plan to digitize other newspapers, including The News and Herald of Winnsboro, The Chester News and The Chester Reporter.

The grant comes from Chester’s Lutz Foundation, established in 1995 after the deaths of Clarence H. and Anna E. Lutz.

Charleston dean finalist for Eastern Kentucky presidency

Eastern Kentucky University’s search for its next president is down to three finalists.

The finalists are Southern Utah University president Michael Benson, Lamar University vice president Gregg Lassen and College of Charleston business school Dean Alan Shao.

Eastern Kentucky officials said each finalist will visit the 15,300-student school for tours and a series of meetings and forums. Shao’s visit will end April 3.

Current EKU president Doug Whitlock will retire this summer.

Coker to host ‘Celebration of Academics’

HARTSVILLE Continuing a tradition that began during president Robert Wyatt’s inauguration as its 16th president in 2009, Coker College will host a campus-wide “Celebration of Academics” Monday through Wednesday.

Among the presentations is the college’s 2013 “Last Lecture” series by retiring professor of communications George Lellis. The celebration will culminate Wednesday with Coker’s annual performing arts showcase to be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Watson Theater.

USC inaugurates new student body leadership

Student Government at the University of South Carolina held its annual inauguration of new officers and senators last week. Chase Mizzell, a Charleston native, is the new student body president. Ryan Bailey, also of Charleston, is vice president, and Haley Guyton of Columbia is treasurer.

Rushton receives service award from USC

Francis Rushton of Beaufort recently received the 2013 William Weston Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Pediatrics from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School Of Medicine.

The award, given annually since 1980, is named for William Weston, the first pediatrician in the Southeast. It recognizes professional excellence, dedication and service to the children of South Carolina. Rushton, the senior partner for 30 years at Beaufort Pediatrics, is a clinical professor of pediatrics at USC’s medical school.

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