Spotlights

Charleston native Kenton Kelley named 2019 HBCU Competitiveness Scholar

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities recently announced Morris College’s Kenton Kelley had been named one of the 2019 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars. Kelley, along with 43 others from 34 other historically black institutions received the Initiative’s highest student recognition. Competitiveness Scholars are nominated or endorsed by their institution’s president and are recognized for their academic…

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William McCoy named interim director of Clemson University Pan African Studies

By Paul Hyde, College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities William C. McCoy has been appointed interim director of the Pan African Studies program in the Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. In addition to this new role, McCoy will continue his duties as director of the Rutland Institute for Ethics at Clemson. “I welcome William C. McCoy to…

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SC State Athletics Receives APR Award at NACDA Convention

The South Carolina State Department of Athletics was among several universities that were honored at the annual FCS Athletics Directors Association APR Awards Banquet, at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando during the 2019 NACDA and Affiliates Convention. Director of Athletics Stacey Danley was on hand to accept the Most Improved APR award on…

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SC State young alumnus, former SGA president appointed to SC CMA board

SC State alumnus and former Student Government Association (SGA) president, Juwan Ayers, was recently appointed to the board of South Carolina’s Commission for Minority Affairs (CMA). Ayers was confirmed to serve as the commissioner representing the 6th Congressional District of South Carolina. Ayers said the process began after he was approached by Tommie Windsor, director…

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Grambling St. Record Breakers Graduate: Hill, Christmas, Orzo, and More Share the Spring Graduation Stage

Grambling State University’s Class of 2019 includes three of the schools most historic athletes: Shakyla Hill, De’Arius Christmas, and Marc Orozco – who have broken school, conference, and national records during their college sports careers. “Our athletics programs attract some of the best and brightest students in the country,” said Dr. David Ponton, Director of…

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Family and Faith: Father and Son Graduate Together

Antonio and Brandon Gathers have bonded many years as father and son, enjoying life’s pleasant moments and overcoming challenges together. Devoted to serving their community, the Orangeburg residents shared another pivotal moment as they graduated from SC State University together on May 10. Antonio received a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. Brandon received a bachelor’s…

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Black Billionaire Robert Smith Pays Off Student Loan Debt of 400 Morehouse Students

By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor During what will likely be seen as one of the most memorable graduation presents for parents and their children — a quiet African American billionaire delivered a welcomed surprise. At their graduation on May 19, investor and chemical engineer Robert Smith announced he would pay off the student loan debt…

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Energy, Media Professionals Offer STEM Advice to Indy Youth at National Conference

By Demi Vaughn, Special to the NNPA Newswire The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), a national organization with a 50-year history of educating young people on the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, recently left an indelible mark on the Indianapolis youth, during their 42nd annual conference. Held at the Marriott Downtown,…

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Louie’s Kids “Little Chef/Big Chef” Inspires Participants to Think Healthy

Louie’s Kids is hosting its 12th annual Little Chef/Big Chef event on June 24th, 2019 from 7pm-10pm at Halls Signature Events in historic downtown Charleston. By pairing local young men and women with professional chefs from Charleston’s most celebrated kitchens, the participants learn the importance of eating healthy and learn the necessary skills to prepare…

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