Cocky to don plaid for USC event
University of South Carolina students, officials and mascot Cocky are gathering on the historic Horseshoe to help unveil the school’s new, registered tartan design.
Spokeswoman Peggy Binette says the garnet and black plaid design dubbed “Old Cocky” was chosen last year by students and alumni. The design is listed in the Scottish Register of Tartans as the school’s official tartan.
Retailing professor Marianne Bickle from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management is leading Wednesday’s unveiling at 4 p.m. Bickle helped students work on the project.
The event is free and open to the public. It includes bagpipers, Cocky in the new tartan, refreshments, door prizes and official Carolina tartan merchandise for purchase. A portion of the proceeds helps fund student scholarships.
Clemson building innovation center
Clemson University officials are building a $24.5 million innovation center they say will transform student lives and the academic center of campus.
The four-story, 70,000-square-foot Watt Family Innovation Center will be built behind the R.M. Cooper Library.
It’s being partly funded by a $5.5 million gift from the Watt family of Kennesaw, Ga. — Charles and his wife, Linda; son, Steve, and his wife, Pam; and son, Mike, and his wife, Kim.
“This center will be an incubator of innovation for our students, faculty and industry partners,” Clemson President James P. Clements in a statement. “We are so grateful to Charles Watt and his family for making it possible. Clemson is one of the best universities in the country because gifts like this make it possible for us to provide a top-notch learning environment for our students.”
The center is expected to open in spring 2016. The Watt family’s 2012 gift was part of the Will to Lead capital campaign to raise $1 billion for a variety of projects.