College notes, Oct 20

October 20, 2013 

Jesse Jackson to speak at Furman University

Greenville native the Rev. Jesse Jackson will speak at Furman University on Oct. 30 as part of Greenville’s “Year of Altruism” celebration. His talk, “Keeping Hope Alive: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement,” will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

One of America’s foremost civil rights leaders, Jackson is also a two-time Democratic presidential primary candidate. The Chicago resident currently serves as president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, an international organization that advocates for peace and justice.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Claflin gets largest donation in school history

Claflin University in Orangeburg has received the largest donation in the school’s almost 150-year history.

The (Orangeburg) Times and Democrat reported the school had received a $4.3 million donation from the Sodexo Corp.

The donation has moved the historically black school closer to its capital campaign goal of $95 million. The university has now raised $71 million since the campaign began 30 months ago.

Claflin president Henry Tisdale said Sodexo’s gift will help pay for a new chapel, a Molecular Science and Research Center, smart classrooms and wireless Internet.

Claflin was founded in 1869.

USC Aiken to participate in Nuclear Science Week

The University of South Carolina Aiken will host activities this week as part of National Nuclear Science Week.

Educational programs will be held at the school’s Ruth Patrick Science Education Center Monday through Friday for middle school and high school students.

The annual Edward Teller Lecture, which coincides with National Nuclear Science Week, will be 6-9 p.m. Monday at the USC Aiken Convocation Cetner. Marvin Fertel, president and CEO of Nuclear Energy Institute, will keynote the event.

Contributing: Rebekah Friedman, The Associated Press

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