SC College notes

April 21, 2013 

Benedict dedicates Milton Kimpson Center

Benedict College Friday dedicated its Milton Kimpson Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. The newly renovated building, at 111 Doctors Circle, is named in honor of long-time Benedict supporter Milton Kimpson.

Kimpson graduated from Benedict in 1953 with a bachelor’s of science degree in mathematics. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and received honorary doctorates from Benedict and Wofford colleges.

Kimpson was a Benedict trustee for 41 years, including serving as a member of the search committee that selected David H. Swinton as Benedict’s president. He was elected a trustee emeritus in 2011.

The 35,000 square-foot Kimpson Center, renovated at a cost of $1.8 million, formerly was the corporate finance building for Palmetto Baptist Hospital. In addition to classrooms and offices, the building features a 131-seat lecture hall, a library resource room, student and teacher lounges, and a reception area.

$1 million to help train doctors in Greenville

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville has received a $1 million gift to help train doctors from retired businessman James T. Pearce Sr.

USC president Harris Pastides says the money will be used to help set up a $50 million endowment to pay for scholarships to help gifted students pay for their medical education, The Greenville News reported. The dean of USC School of Medicine-Greenville, Dr. Jerry Youkey, says the average medical student now graduates with $200,000 of debt.

Newberry inaugurates its 22nd president

Newberry College recently inaugurated its 22nd president, Maurice W. Scherrens. Scherrens has been with the college since August 2012.

Before coming to Newberry, Scherrens was senior vice president and chief operating officer at George Mason University.

While at Newberry, Scherrens has initiated “Tuesdays With Morrie,” an open discussion of topics of interest among faculty, staff and students. He is also working to strengthen Newberry College’s Lutheran identity with a new “Tuesday Morning Prayer and Inspiration Breakfast.”

Clemson invites other Tigers to save tigers

Clemson University students and Tigers from a dozen other schools are trying to save tigers in the wild. The organization called Tigers for Tigers hosted a three-day summit in Clemson.

Clemson students invited people from 57 other colleges that use Tigers as mascots to the summit. Twelve other schools joined the effort, including Louisiana State, Princeton, Auburn, Missouri and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Tigers for Tigers president Sean Carnell says he hopes students can come up with solutions and help spread the word that tigers are endangered in the wild. The summit concludes today.

British ambassador lays wreath at The Citadel

Britain’s ambassador to the United States Monday honored the crews of a submarine that once sailed under the flags of both countries.

Sir Peter Westmacott placed a wreath at a monument to the HMS Seraph on the campus of The Citadel, South Carolina’s state military college. The monument near a corner of the college’s parade ground is comprised of the periscope, the wheel, the hatch and other artifacts from the submarine.

The vessel once secretly took U.S. Gen. Mark Clark to North Africa before the Allied invasion in 1942. Clark, who liberated Rome for the Allies, later was Citadel president.

On another mission, the sub evacuated French Gen. Henri Giraud from France. Giraud was at odds with the British and insisted he escape on a U.S. vessel, so the Seraph for a time sailed under the flags of both countries.

“It’s not as if our military cooperation stopped there. The fact is in the last 25 years we have fought six military campaigns side by side,” Westmacott said. “The need for the British and the Americans to stand together is undiminished.”

The monument at The Citadel is the only place in the United States where the British Navy ensign, or flag, flies on a shore installation. “That’s very special,” Westmacott said. “Here we have the royal ensign flying next to the Stars and Stripes.”

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