SC college notes, Dec. 15

December 15, 2013 

Furman University’s Riley Institute has named state Sen. Paul Campbell, R-Berkeley, and the late Columbia attorney Steve Morrison as this year’s David Wilkins award winners.

Campbell, recipient of the Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership, has held office since 2008. In addition to serving on numerous Senate committees, he is also the director of airports for the Charleston Aviation Authority.

Morrison is the recipient of the Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership. He was a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Columbia prior to his death in October. Morrison was known for his work against poverty and injustice and his time given to arts groups and charitable community organizations. His widow, Gail, will accept the award.

The awards will be presented at a Jan. 14 dinner in Columbia.

Rebekah Friedman

Aiken Tech close to campaign goal for new center

Aiken Technical College almost has reached its $2 million goal for its Putting Knowledge to Work capital campaign.

With more than six months to go until the campaign ends, the money raised will go toward the $8.5 million construction of the new Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing on the college campus – a facility featuring flexible space design and industry-quality training equipment.

The Center will house the college’s welding, radiation protection technology, mechatronics and nuclear quality systems programs.

So far, Aiken Tech has raised about $1.8 million, with the largest contributor – Bridgestone – pledging a combined $250,000 from three sources: Bridgestone Americas Passenger and Truck Plant, Bridgestone Trust and Bridgestone Americas Off-Road Tire Plant.

The capital campaign will end in summer 2014.

The Aiken Standard

Bob Jones president resigns

Stephen Jones announced his resignation Friday as president of Bob Jones University at a board of trustees meeting.

The 43-year-old great-grandson of the school’s founder, Bob Jones, said he is stepping down after nine years for health reasons that prevent him from giving the Greenville school all the attention it needs.

Larry Jackson, chairman of the board of trustees, commended Jones for his contributions to the school. He said that the board would establish a search committee immediately in order to identify candidates for the position.

Jones’ term will end following the university’s commencement May 9.

Bob Jones College was founded in 1927 in College Point, Fla. It has more than 3,000 students.

The Associated Press

Coastal Carolina University to go smoke-free in 2014

Coastal Carolina University trustees approved an initiative Friday to make the campus smoke-free and tobacco-free, according to a release from the university.

The tobacco-free policy will take effect for the Fall 2014 semester.

The tobacco-free initiative includes support programs and an educational campaign that promotes healthy living.

Smoking cessation classes and other aids will be available to all members of the CCU campus beginning in January 2014.

The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News

Compiled by Rebekah Friedman

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