SC college notes, May 4

05/04/2014 12:00 AM

05/03/2014 6:43 PM

Citadel selects new commandant

The Citadel in Charleston has a new commandant of cadets.

U.S. Navy Capt. Eugene Paluso is a 1989 graduate of the state military college. He currently commands Naval Special Warfare Group Three at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In that job, he commands 700 Navy SEALS and other personnel.

Paluso is retiring from the Navy after 25 years to take the position at The Citadel this summer. He will oversee the college’s 2,300-member Corps of Cadets.

The Citadel’s current commandant, retired Marine Col. Leo Mercado, is retiring from the school after serving since in the post since 2009.

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Benedict appoints new board members

Benedict College has elected seven new members to its board of trustees.

New members are Clarence Davis, a shareholder with Greenberg Traurig in Atlanta; George D. Howell III, a computer engineering student at the school, who will serve a one-year term as a student trustee; James Patrick “Pat” Hudson, a corporate compliance and privacy officer for SCANA; the Rev. Solomon Jackson, founder and pastor of Solomon’s Temple in Columbia; Boyd B. Jones, executive vice president of NBSC; Charlene H. Keyes, area vice president for Time Warner Cable; and Richard Panner, vice president at Pepsi Beverages Company’s southeast region.

Four professors honored for scientific research

Gov. Nikki Haley and the S.C. Academy of Science recognized four educators with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science in a private ceremony Thursday.

Recipients of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research are: John Ballato, vice president for economic development and professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University; Apparao Rao, Physics and Astronomy Department professor at Clemson; and Russell Pate, exercise science professor at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. Pate also received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Awareness.

Brian Powell, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Science at Clemson, was presented with the 2014 Governor’s Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research.

Poet Laureate to speak at Coastal Carolina commencement

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will address graduates at Coastal Carolina’s spring commencement ceremony Saturday.

Trethewey, a native of Gulfport, Miss., is the author of four poetry collections, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Native Guard.” She currently serves as the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University.

The school will present the poet with an honorary Doctor of Human Letters during the ceremony.

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