$1 million Clemson gift to support advertising, communication center
Clemson University is getting another $1 million donation from the founders of the Greenville marketing and advertising firm Erwin Penland to support the school’s Erwin Center for the Study of Advertising and Communication.
Joe and Gretchen Erwin’s gift includes more than $200,000 to establish two need-based scholarships, named in honor of Gretchen Erwin’s parents, Eugene and Valerie Getchell.
The rest of the money will support the center’s operation, including the addition of an executive director position and the construction of a state-of-the-art classroom.
The room in Daniel Hall will include moveable furniture and teleconferencing capability to allow students to interact with advertising professionals around the nation.
The Erwin Center was established with a 2012 gift of $1 million from the Erwins.
2 educators named state’s 2014 professor of year
Two educators have been selected as winners of the 2014 S.C. Governor’s Professor of the Year Award, recognizing excellence in teaching and student advising.
Milind Kunchur, professor of physics at the University of South Carolina, and Christopher Hall, instructor and academic program manager for criminal justice technology at Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter, were chosen from a field of 30 candidates.
Gov. Nikki Haley presented the winners with framed certificates and checks for $5,000 at a ceremony last this week. It’s the 26th year the award has been given.