Columbia College students Darci Dawson, Arwen Wedgeworth, Seire Baker-Morgan, Gavin Rice, Jaquaya Adams, Kristin McConnell, Zhaire Casteal, and Tre’tavia Jackson were mentored by Dr. Adrienne Oxley, Dr. Vida Mingo, Dr. Chakia McClendon, and Dr. Mary Jon Barrineau. The students had six weeks to choose, research, organize, and presents their findings on their selected topics, and the results were a true representation of the caliber of students attending Columbia College. The hard work, dedication, and commitment were evident, and these values complimented the support and guidance shared by caring faculty advisors.
President Dr. Matthew vandenBerg told the group that PC is making a four-year, $60 million commitment to the rising seniors in Palmetto Girls State, the largest scholarship commitment in the college’s history.
Each Girls State participant who applies to, is admitted to, and enrolls at PC will receive an annual $25,000 Palmetto Girls State Promise scholarship – a four-year, $100,000 commitment.
A former participant in Michigan Boys State, vandenBerg said the Palmetto Girls State program’s values – leadership and citizenship – align perfectly with PC’s mission to become the country’s leading college for innovative service.
“This scholarship program is a powerful way for PC to put its money where its mouth is in terms of equipping future servant leaders to address our society’s most vexing challenges and bring about positive change,” he said.
President vandenBerg made a powerful case for Girls State delegates to come to PC. PC’s commitment to service and creative problem solving is clear and evidenced by the college’s Service Entrepreneurship program, its partnership with Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and its growing reputation for health-related graduate programs.
“If you want to learn how to solve real-world problems through creativity – if you want to serve your community and the world and help people facing struggles – if you seek a life of meaning and purpose – THAT is what you get from an education at PC,” vandenBerg said. “That’s who we are. No matter what field you enter – health care, law, business, government, or nonprofits, solving problems and helping people are what it’s all about. That’s what makes PC different. Wherever you go, or whatever line of work you enter, PC gets you ready to make the world a better place.”
Palmetto Girls State is a one-week leadership and citizenship training program created to educate outstanding high school students about state and local government and citizenship. They are selected based on the leadership skills and involvement they have shown in their respective schools and communities.
The S.C. Department of the American Legion Auxiliary has organized and administered Palmetto Girls State since 1947. Leading this year’s 75th anniversary delegates are Sabra Denny, director; Katie Stoughton, assistant director; and Pam King, education director.
Incarcerated individuals that meet Claflin and SCDC requirements can earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, psychology, and organizational management. They can also earn minors and certificate credentials.
Bank of America’s investment will support student scholarships and enhance technological resources such as laptops, keyboards, printers, routers, and wi-fi hotspots. Funding for the partnership will also be used to increase the number of qualified faculty and staff to ensure incarcerated students receive the same high-quality educational experience that has earned Claflin national recognition as one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities.
“We are extremely grateful for Bank of America’s support for our Center for Social Justice and the Pathways From Prison Program. Research indicates a dramatic reduction in recidivism rates for incarcerated individuals who participate in prison education programs,” said Claflin President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, a 2019 USA Eisenhower Fellow. Warmack’s research during his fellowship explored global best practices for reducing mass incarceration through education and rehabilitation.
“Bank of America’s reputation as a global leader in banking and finance is widely recognized. This partnership amplifies their commitment to equality, equity, and expanding economic opportunities for diverse populations.”
“Education is a gateway to a better life,” said Kim Wilkerson, president, Bank of America South Carolina. “We appreciate Claflin University’s leadership and recognize the success and progress made through the Pathways From Prison Program. Issues of racial equality and economic opportunity are deeply connected, and it’s important to remove the barriers to success and focus on areas where systemic, long-term gaps have existed.”
Claflin’s Pathways From Prison Program was established through the Second Chance Pell Grant Pilot Program, a U.S. Department of Education (DOE) initiative. The grant provides need-based Federal Pell Grants to individuals incarcerated in federal and state prisons. Claflin University was the only historically black college/university (HBCU) in South Carolina among 67 colleges and universities nationwide selected for the program.
TIGERVILLE, S.C. (courtesy nguathletics.com and NCAA.com) — The North Greenville University Crusaders won their first-ever NCAA national championship in baseball with a 5-3 victory over the Point Loma Nazarine University Sea Lions on June 10 in the 2022 NCAA Division II national championship game held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
The Crusaders went into the DII national championship tournament as the number one seed. Before advancing to championship game, North Greenville went undefeated in tournament play against West Chester (3-1 and 8-5 rematch) and Angelos State (18-3, record-setting tournament game). Carrying tournament losses from Southern Arkansas and Rollins, the June 10 game was do-or-die for Point Loma. The Sea Lions would have to win June 10 and force another game with North Greenville to win the championship.
In the championship game, the Crusaders never relinquished the lead. They jumped off to a quick 1-0 lead in the second inning and added another unanswered run in the third inning. The Sea Lions finally got on the board in the fifth inning, bringing the score to 2-1. NGU added three more unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings, and the score stood at 5-1 at the top of the ninth inning. Despite a rally in the ninth inning, Point Loma fell 5-3 to North Greenville in the championship game.
Winning the 2022 national Division II championship capped a historic season for North Greenville. In the regular season, the squad ranked in the top 10 nationally in eight categories, including hits and ERA. The Crusaders posted an overall 54-10 regular season record and won the Conference Carolinas title with a 25-5 record. 2022 also marked the fifth Conference Carolinas baseball championship for the Crusaders.
Four Crusaders were named to the All-Tournament Team, led by NGU pitcher Reece Fields as the tournament Most Valuable Player. Also named to the All-Tournament Team were NGU’s Gehrig Octavio (2nd base), Pat Monteith (3rd base), and John Michael Faile (designated hitter).
The national championship game also marked the 300th career win for Landon Powell, now in his eighth year as head coach for the Crusaders.
The NCAA’s full replay of the national championship game between North Greenville and Point Loma is available on the NCAA website. The game’s box score, play-by-play, and composite stats are available on the North Greenville University Athletics website.
North Greenville University is one of 21 member colleges and universities in SCICU – South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Learn more at scicu.org.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (courtesy Allen University) — Allen University will host STEM day camps June 13-18 for rising juniors and seniors in Richland County School District 2 and Florence County School Districts 1 and 3.
Each day students will be introduced to biology and biochemistry concepts presented by experts and researchers with subject area expertise in neuroscience, plant biotechnology, genetic engineering, and other disciplines. Teachers and researchers will work with campers in reviewing their experiences to prepare end-of-week presentations.
Camp registration is open through June 1 and may be completed online.
Construction of the 45,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to conclude ahead of the 2023-2024 academic year. Located in the east end zone of Spero Financial Field at Melvin and Dollie Younts Stadium, the state-of-the-art facility will house coaches’ offices, locker rooms, team meeting rooms, and a training and sports medicine center.
The first Anderson University Trojan Football season is scheduled to begin in 2024. AU is an NCAA Division II program within the South Atlantic Conference (SAC).
Among those attending the groundbreaking ceremony included City of Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts, Trojan Football Coach Bobby Lamb, Anderson University Vice President for Athletics Dr. Bert Epting, members of the Anderson University Board of Trustees, and state and local community leaders.
Past news about the launch of the first Anderson University Trojan Football team include:
Anderson University Moving Forward with Plan to Launch Football Program
(October 3, 2019)
Network Controls Gift Benefits New Trojan Football Program
(July 22, 2021)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (courtesy benedict.edu) — Benedict College is the first institution of higher education in the nation to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs to participate in the Veteran Health Administration (VHA) Health Care Talent Academy (HCTA). Benedict College scholars will participate in a dynamic and innovative learning and development program for undergraduate students interested in health careers. The MOA between the VA and Benedict College was signed by Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College, and Dr. Steven L. Lieberman, Deputy Under Secretary for Health, performing the delegable duties of the Under Secretary for Health.
“Benedict is proud to be the first higher education institution in the nation to sign an MOU for the VHA Health Care Talent Academy,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president and CEO of Benedict College. “The partnership introduces our students to careers in the Veteran’s Healthcare System. Our veterans have served their country with distinction, and we want to ensure that they are receiving the highest quality healthcare in return for their service. This partnership reflects another step in that direction.”
The Health Care Talent Academy was created under the authority of the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M. D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020. The pilot program will increase awareness, knowledge, and empathy of future health conditions common in Veterans among Benedict students interested in the health care field. Students will have an opportunity to do 20-40 hours of clinical shadowing and observing at the Dorn VA Medical Center. There are 1-3 four-month sessions. The program kicked off with the first orientation session on Monday, May 2, 2022.
About Benedict College
Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution, offering 26 competitive baccalaureate degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world.
Benedict offers several high-demand fields of study in STEM, Cyber Security, Mass Communication, Sport Management, Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, and Education. The College also has a diverse faculty and importantly, 80 percent of courses are taught by full-time faculty.
Over the past ten years, three out of five Benedict College graduates have attended professional or graduate schools. There are over 18,000 proud Benedict Tigers throughout the nation. Benedict College has been a community leader for over 150-years and is a significant contributor to South Carolina and the region. Contributing $130 million and 1,218 jobs in total local and annual economic impact, a Benedict graduate working full-time throughout his or her working life can expect to earn $1.1 million in additional income because of their Benedict College degree.
The College made front-page news in the spring of 2018 when it became the first South Carolina college to lower its tuition by 26 percent. Cutting tuition drew praise from the Commission on Higher Education, South Carolina’s education oversight body. The commissioner noted that the move Benedict College made should be applauded because it offers families affordability and students greater access to higher education.
Benedict College has been highly regarded and exceptionally ranked for its programs by several academic and traditional publications. For example, Benedict College was ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for creating social mobility and producing cutting-edge scholarship and research. In 2019, Benedict College received the 2019 ACE/ Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation and was named the HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest.
Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Five of the College’s degree programs hold national accreditation: The School of Education, Social Work, Environmental Health Science, Arts and Sciences and the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship.