COLLEGE NOTES: Mount Pleasant wants Francis Marion campus

September 21, 2013 


Mount Pleasant is the fourth-biggest municipality in South Carolina but young people have to leave home to get a bachelor’s degree.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that Mayor Billy Swails is courting Francis Marion University in Florence to open a satellite campus in Mount Pleasant.

Francis Marion President Fred Carter says he’s studying the plan and will likely make a recommendation to the college board of trustees in November.

Swails says if the idea is approved, a satellite campus could open as early as next fall. He says it likely would begin with a few degrees including several business degrees and a program for registered nurses who want to get a B.A. in nursing.

S.C. colleges named to Military-Friendly Schools list

Victory Media has released its 2014 Military-Friendly Schools list. The designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that work to ensure the success of military students.

Among those included in South Carolina are Aiken Technical College, Allen University, Central Carolina Technical College, Charleston Southern University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, Coker College, Columbia International University, Francis Marion University, Greenville Technical College, Limestone College, Newberry College, Northeastern Technical College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Southern Wesleyan University, Spartanburg Community College. Technical College of the Lowcountry, The Art Institute of Charleston, The Citadel, Trident Technical College, University of South Carolina (Columbia, Beaufort, Sumter and Aiken), and Williamsburg Technical College.

Poet to speak Thursday at USC

Poet Nikky Finney will present “Diamonds in the Sawdust Pile” at Thursday’s Adrenée Glover Freeman Memorial Lecture at the University of South Carolina Law School auditorium.

Finney, who grew up in Sumter, joined the USC faculty this fall as the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair of Southern Literature and Creative Writing in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her poetry collection, “Head Off & Split,” won the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry.

The lecture will be from 7-8 p.m. and is open to the public.

Freedom Rider to speak at Winthrop

Winthrop University will present “Freedom to Death Row: The Story of Civil Rights Activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Tillman Auditorium.

Mulholland will recount her story of fighting for civil rights; in 1961, she joined a Freedom Rider bus to Mississippi, and was subsequently arrested and sent to prison. The event is free and open to the public.

Rebekah Friedman, The Associated Press, staff reports

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