Francis Marion hosting college fair this week

Francis Marion University is hosting a college fair Tuesday at the Smith University Center from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Representatives from more than 50 colleges and universities will be available to answer questions about courses, costs, scholarships and other financial aid.

The college fair, free and open to students and parents throughout the state, is sponsored by the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

"CACRAO provides an excellent opportunity for students in the region to learn about colleges and universities from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia," said Jim Schlimmer, Francis Marion's director of admissions. "This gives our institution a chance to partner with other universities, high schools, civic organizations and companies who have an interest in providing good information about higher education opportunities."

Memorial honors Newberry College's old nickname

A memorial wall on the grounds of Newberry College's Dufford Alumni House honors the school's recently retired Indian nickname.

The memorial is a gift from three alumni, Milton Dufford, Raymond Solomon and Christine Solomon.

"Many fond memories of our time here at Newberry are tied up in the Indian symbol," said Jim Hale, director of planned giving at Newberry. "I hope all classes will see the memorial as an honor to the true spirit of Newberry College."

Newberry dropped its Indian nickname in 2007 after the National Collegiate Athletic Association threatened to bar schools that used offensive or hostile nicknames from post-season play.

McNair's civil rights record to be discussed

Francis Marion University will host a two-day symposium on Thursday and Friday to examine the civil rights record of former Gov. Robert McNair.

South Carolina historian and ETV radio personality Walter Edgar will headline the symposium, which will be held at the university's Robert E. McNair Center for History and Government, located on the FMU campus.

"With its focus on teaching, research and outreach, the center provides an ideal platform for the symposium," FMU President Luther F. Carter said. "We are honored to recognize the contributions of this highly respected and truly extraordinary leader."

Edgar will give the keynote address Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Chapman Auditorium.

Panelists include U.S. District Judge Matthew Perry and historians Merle Black, Earl Black and Edgar Dyer.

Former S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges will moderate a pair of discussions on Friday.

- Wayne Washington