COLLEGE NOTES

Coastal Carolina professor collaborates on art installation

September 1, 2013 

Coastal Carolina University art professor Steven Bleicher collaborated with artists Jennifer Wen Ma and Zheng Jianwei to create a permanent public art installation in Beijing entitled “Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube.”

The project involved transforming the five-story Water Cube, built to house Olympic water sports in 2008, into an interactive light display. Bleicher served as the project’s color specialist.

Bleicher is the associate dean of Coastal Carolina’s Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts in Myrtle Beach.

Bob Jones University completes renovations

Bob Jones University in Greenville has reopened its main dining room, marking the end of a nearly $6 million student dining facility renovation project.

Now renamed the Dixon McKenzie Dining Common, it ranks as one of the country’s 10 largest dining facilities operating under one roof.

The new dining room will offer healthier food options and will seat over 1,100 students, according to the school.

Francis Marion professor named teaching program director

Erik Lowry, associate professor of education at Francis Marion University in Florence, has been named director of the S.C. Teaching Fellows Program.

The school’s Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention & Advancement will be responsible for overseeing the new program, which recruits and provides fellowships to high school seniors interested in teaching.

Lowry, along with education instructor Lindsay Sturkie, will monitor the program’s academic progress and work to ensure it complies with the center’s guidelines.

Three elected to Wofford board

Three new members have been appointed to the Wofford College board of trustees.

New trustees are Jordan M. Glatt, New York business leader and former Summit, N.J., mayor; Costa M. Pleicones, an S.C. Supreme Court associate justice; and the Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon, a retired United Methodist bishop.

Four trustees were re-elected to new terms: William R. Cobb of Spartanburg; D. Chris Goodall of Columbia; Corry W. Oakes III of Spartanburg; and Jerome J. Richardson of Charlotte.

The appointments were made in June at the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina.

Rebekah Friedman

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