SC college notes, July 14

July 13, 2013 

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Coker College appoints new administrator

Coker College has appointed the president of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce to serve as the college’s director of annual funds and planned giving.

Johnna Shirley, a longtime Hartsville resident who once served as director of the college’s Loyalty Fund, will begin the new role in August.

Clemson receives USDA grant to support multicultural scholars program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a five-year $439,920 grant to Clemson University to develop a food science and technology program for multicultural students in partnership with Orangeburg-Calhoun and Trident Technical College.

The goal is to graduate 12 students with bachelor of science degrees in food science and technology that will enable them to pursue careers in the food and agricultural industries. Students will complete two years at one of the technical colleges and then transfer to Clemson to complete their degrees.

Scholarships are available starting this fall. For more information contact William Hair ( at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and Cara Smyczynski ( at Trident Technical College.

Grant to fund financial education at Winthrop

Winthrop University has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Council of Graduate Schools to develop a financial education program for graduate and undergraduate students.

Incoming freshmen will receive financial training in an introductory course beginning this fall, and the College of Business Administration plans to offer more sections of its personal finance courses. Graduate students will attend four professional seminars taught by business faculty covering topics like budgeting and cash flow, managing debt, and taxes and insurance.

Winthrop is one of only 15 institutions awarded the grant through a competitive proposal process.

Wofford project provides micro-loans for Haitians

Students at Wofford College are getting lessons in high finance while helping some poor women and peanut farmers in Haiti.

Wofford professor Philip Swicegood says the students learn to manage an investment fund and they decided to use part of their profits to support a small loan project in Haiti.

A physician helping coordinate the program in northern Haiti says the Wofford investment fund provides loans of several hundred dollars to about 30 women and 50 peanut farmers. Dr. Eugene Maklin says the loans are repaid over time and have become life-savers in hard times.

The women use the loans to buy produce or make small consumer items to sell in the markets. The peanut farmers sell their crops to an organization that helps feed malnourished children.

Spartanburg Methodist College to host mental health training

Spartanburg Methodist College will host two training sessions Monday designed to teach law enforcement and the community how to respond to people experiencing mental health crises.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nonprofit organization representing those affected by mental illness, will present the crisis intervention training. The sessions are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Buchheit Board Room on the college’s campus.

The event is free, but space is limited. To register, email chief of campus safety Teresa Ferguson at

Compiled by Bryan Betts. The Associated Press contributed.

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