College notes: Benedict choir’s Christmas concert is Sunday

December 7, 2013 

The Benedict College Concert Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert at 6 p.m., Sunday in the Antisdel Chapel on the main campus.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Linda L. Kershaw, will again perform an array of holiday music ranging from classical, contemporary gospel, to popular music. Special guests for this year are Tom White, pianist; Angela Blalock, soprano; and Andrew Loeffler, trumpet.

In the spirit of giving, the Benedict College Concert Choir has again partnered with the Office of Student Activities in the Toys for Tots Campaign. Please bring an unwrapped gift to the concert and help spread the joy of Christmas to a child. Contributions will be donated through Benedict College Student Government Association to SisterCare, The Hannah House, The Family Shelter, the Columbia Housing Authority, and other recognized children’s charities.

Speakers announced for USC commencement

Marva Smalls, a University of South Carolina alumna who is a veteran of the political world and the entertainment industry, will speak at USC-Columbia’s winter commencement Dec. 16.

The 3:30 p.m. ceremony for baccalaureate, master’s and professional-degree recipients from all eight campuses will be in the Colonial Life Arena.

Smalls will receive the honorary degree of doctorate of humane letters at the commencement ceremony. Carlisle Floyd, a renowned opera composer and librettist and native of Latta, will receive the honorary degree of doctor of fine arts.

The doctoral hooding ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts. Robert E. Ployhart, Bank of America Professor of Business Administration in the Darla Moore School of Business, will be the speaker.

The university expects to award 1,650 degrees from the Columbia campus. Also receiving degrees at the December ceremony will be about 850 graduates of USC Aiken, USC Beaufort, USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and USC Upstate.

Smalls, a native of Florence, who earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s in public administration from USC, has spent three decades as a champion of social and corporate responsibility, multiculturalism, inclusiveness and diversity. She spent 10 years as chief of staff for former U.S. Rep. Robin Tallon of South Carolina. In 1993, she joined the media company Viacom, where she is the company’s executive vice president of global inclusion strategy. She serves concurrently as executive vice president of public affairs and chief of staff at Nickelodeon Networks Group, where she helps direct financial resources, personnel and facilities for the company’s New York, Los Angeles and international offices.

The second honorary degree recipient, Carlisle Floyd, earned a bachelor of music degree at Syracuse University and taught at Florida State University and the University of Houston. He served as the co-director of the Houston Opera Studio and chairman of the Opera Musical Theater of the National Endowment for the Arts. Floyd retired from teaching in 1996, 50 years after accepting his first faculty appointment. As an opera composer, many of Floyd’s works were set in Southern venues and featured Southern themes. Floyd received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1956. In 1983, he received the National Opera Institute’s Award for Service to American Opera, the institute’s highest honor.

USC-Aiken convocation will be Dec. 12

The University of South Carolina-Aiken will hold its December convocation at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Convocation Center on campus.

Timothy Hofferth, a 1986 graduate of USC-Aiken and president and chief operating officer of Nelligan Sports Marketing, will be the featured speaker. Nelligan Sports marketing provides sales, marketing, television, and radio expertise for sports properties worldwide. The company produces over four hundred radio and television broadcasts annually and has executed over $450 million in sponsor contracts to date, representing some of the most prestigious universities and major sporting events in the country.

While at USC Aiken, he was a member of the Pacer Baseball Team. At the age of 34, Hofferth was one of the nation’s youngest athletic directors in Division I-A, working at Villanova.

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