Associated Press


Dr. David H. SwintonOne Columbia organization is celebrating its 48th year of recognizing leaders who make a different across the Midlands and the state.

The Columbia Urban League will host the 48th annual Fund Campaign and Equal Opportunity Day Dinner 6 p.m. today at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The organization will recognize five business, educational and civic leaders for their contributions toward unity, cooperation and civility.

"Our honorees are being recognized for their dedication and servant leadership to the Columbia Urban League and for their involvement in supporting underserved communities," said James T. McLawhorn, Columbia Urban League president and CEO. "All of our honorees, along with others, have been instrumental in moving our state toward (this year's theme of) 'One South Carolina.'"

Gov. Nikki Haley will be the keynote speaker, and she will also receive an award for the leadership she has exhibited this year.

Equal Opportunity Dinner honorees:

Martha Scott Smith is receiving the Anthony and Alice Hurley Award. Smith is being recognized for her years of leadership and service with the Columbia Urban League. She helped establish the Summer Work Experience Leadership Program (SWELP), which has served more than 6,000 youths.

The Boeing Company will receive the Virgil C. Summer Award, which recognizes exemplary achievements of individuals and businesses promoting corporate social responsibility. The company is being recognized for promoting diversity and focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for a more competitive workforce.

Project Unity, USA will receive the Ethel M. Bolden Community Service Award. The Columbia Urban League will present the award to the grassroot national community initiative's president, Bruce Trezevant. Project Unity, USA is being recognized for promoting unity among community stakeholders to reduce crime and increase health in the community.

David H. Swinton, Benedict College president and past chairman of the Columbia Urban League, is receiving the President's Award. He is being recognized for his years of service and leadership, including for planning the 2000 King Day at the Dome.

Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first minority and female governor, will receive the Stephen G. Morrison/Nelson Mullins Social Justice Award. She is being recognized for her leadership in the South Carolina General Assembly's removal of the Confederate Flag from the State House grounds. She is also being honored for her efforts to unite the state after massacre of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston this summer.

Source: The State Newspaper

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 6:00pm


14th Annual Palmetto Capital City Classic Schedule of Events

Columbia, SC -- August 26, 2015 -- For the past 14 years, the Palmetto Capital City Classic (PCCC) has been the ultimate Historically Black College and University (HBCU) football experience. The Classic brings fans together from across the state of South Carolina and the Southeast for a fantastic weekend of fun and football. It primary mission has been to generate revenue for scholarships and financial support for HBCUs by highlighting the educational and athletic endeavors of its participating HBCUs through quality athletics, academic programs, sportsmanship, and school pride.

This year’s Classic will feature several events for the community to enjoy.

Monday, August 31, 2015

PCCC Sponsors Kick-off Reception/Alumni Mixer
First Citizen Cafe & Outdoor Center

1210 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $15.00 per person

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PCCC Media/Sponsors Luncheon & Crowning of Miss Palmetto CCC
Hosted by AT&T

11:30 a.m. (INVITATION ONLY)
Brookland Baptist Convention & Banquet Center
1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PCCC Battle of the Drumline Show
Experience drumlines at their best! Featuring High School and College Bands
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Charlie W. Johnson Stadium - Benedict College
2047 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204

Friday, September 4, 2015

PCCC Annual Garnell McDonald Memorial Golf Tournament
9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
Oak Hills Golf and Country Club
7629 Fairfield Road, Columbia, SC 29203
Cost: $85.00 - Individual Golfer’s Fee
Team - $400.00

PCCC R&B Old School Funk Fest At It’s Best
Featuring: Cameo, Brick and Lakeside
1210 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
The Township Auditorium
1703 Taylor Street
Columbia, SC 29201
8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Ticket Prices: VIP Seating - $50.00 and General Seating - $40.00

Saturday, September 5, 2015

PCCC Alumni Old School Music Festival/Tailgate Party
(A Fun Filled Event for Alumni, Family & Friends of Benedict College and Livingstone College)
Benedict College Practice Facility
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The 14th Annual Palmetto Capital City Classic Game Featuring
Benedict College Tigers vs. Livingstone College

4:30 p.m.
The City of Columbia welcomes all of our HBCU football fans a Classical Experience.
You Don’t Want To Miss Special Half-Time Show featuring the Benedict College Marching Tiger
Band and Livingstone College Marching Blue Bear Band

Charlie W. Johnson Stadium - Benedict College
2047 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC
Tickets: $25
Ticket Outlets: PCCC Office, The Township Auditorium, and Benedict College - Charlie W. Johnson Stadium
Parking: $10 in advance, $15 day of game
RV Tailgating: $100

For additional information on all events, please call the Palmetto Capital City Classic Headquarters at (803) 252-9200 or visit the website at


Palmetto Capital City Classic * 2352 Two Notch Road * Columbia, SC 29240-4455
Phone 803-252-9200 * Fax 803-252-9202

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Monday, August 31, 2015 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 9:00pm

Benedict College Service-Learning and Leadership Development Hosts
5th Annual Strengthening Our Neighborhood Community Day

Columbia, SC -- The Benedict College Service-Learning and Leadership Development Program will host the 5th Annual Strengthening our Neighborhood Community Day at the Charlie W. Johnson Football Stadium on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This will be a day for families to come out and enjoy face painting, games, food and fun while getting to know their neighbors and learning more about services available in the Columbia area.

In preparation for our K-12 students returning to school, we will be hosting the Strengthening Our Neighborhood Community Day.  In collaboration with the Freshman Institute, our incoming freshman class will be introduced to the community and the college’s mission of service by assisting in the activities at this event.

Benedict College students are required to engage in service-learning activities designed to affect change and build leadership through academic-based opportunities that enhance students' intellectual growth, civic responsibility, and career exploration.  Last year, students engaging in service provided over 43,395 hours to the community. This service activity will kick off the 2015-2016 academic year of service to the community. Please come out to support the endeavor.

For more information about the 5th Annual Strengthening Our Neighborhood Community Day, please contact Mrs. Tondaleya Jackson, Director at (803) 705-4726.


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Saturday, August 15, 2015 -
10:00am to 1:00pm





8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Presenters Arrival and Setup  
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks - Dr. Jessica Chau, Assistant Professor and SURI Coordinator Lamar 100
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Oral Presentations Lamar 100
Break - 15 minutes    
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. Poster Presentations Lamar 101
12:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Judges Meeting - Presided by Dr. Larry Lowe Lamar 102
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Award Ceremony Lamar 107

Remarks - Dr. Janeen P. Witty, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Introduction of Keynote Speaker - Dr. Samir Raychoudhury, Dean

Keynote Speaker - Dr. David Ladner
Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Clemson University

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 -
8:45am to 2:00pm

Benedict College to host the “Champions for Tiger Pride Gala”

Columbia, SC -The Benedict College Alumni Club #2 will honor a group of distinguished graduates at their fourth “Champions for Tiger Pride” Gala. The club will showcase seven well-known citizens who resided in the Columbia Metropolitan area. Like the previous Galas, this celebratory event will be a memorable occasion that will recognize the notable efforts and dedication of Benedict College alumni who have gone beyond the call of duty in support of our beloved alma mater and the community. We are grateful for their service and the service of their loved ones over the years. The work of the honorees has inspired many alumni, students, and friends throughout the nation.

The Gala will be held on Saturday, June 27, 6:30 P.M. at the Brookland Banquet and Conference Center 1066 Sunset Drive, West Columbia, SC. The attire is Black Tie Optional. We would be honored to have you as our guest supporting the following graduates of Benedict College for their charitable service and humanitarian work.

*Mr. Joseph Jackson (posthumously)
*Mrs. Jorie Daniels Steadman (posthumously)
Dr. Burnett Gallman
Mr. & Mrs. Robert & *Corrine Johnson (posthumously)
Mr. Marion Hanna
Mrs. Ada Brown Belton
Mrs. Rosena Reese Lucas

A table for eight can be purchased for $500.00. Individual tickets are $50.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling: Mrs. Essie Perkins (803-786-7024), Jasper Salmond (803-765-2795) or Alumni Relations Office 803-705-4600. Please make checks payable to Benedict College Columbia Alumni Club #2 and mail to Mrs. Essie Perkins, 31 Broadmore Street, Columbia, SC 29203. Tickets will be available at the door.

All proceeds from this gala will benefit the students at Benedict College with high quality programs of teaching, research, and public service. These programs will provide our students and the community with the knowledge, skills, understandings, and values required to make the world a better place. *All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Thank you for accepting our invitation and supporting our fourth “Champions for Tiger Pride” Gala!


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Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 6:30pm

2015 Funk Fest to Announce Star-Studded Line Up for Columbia Concert and Partnerships with Benedict College & The Columbia Urban League

Successful R&B & Soul Concert Series To Visit Columbia For the First Time and Aims To Teach Local Youth About the Business of Entertainment


Funk Fest Concerts will kick-off its inaugural visit to Charles W. Johnson Stadium at Benedict College in Columbia with the announcement of an all-star line-up of current and legendary R&B, Hip Hop and Soul artists, and its partnerships with local entities that will positively impact the community. The Funk Fest is a unique entertainment property that will demonstrate the viability and versatility of Benedict College by hosting an estimated 7,000 patrons from the region for a live concert event that will include: performances by national talent, participation by global brands and contribution to the local economy with staffing and vending opportunities specifically for Columbia-based businesses.

In 2015, Funk Fest, its community partner Lifting As We Climb and presenting sponsor, Pepsi, will contribute $50,000 in scholarships and support for local programs across all nine concert cities. Community efforts in Columbia will involve Benedict College, Pepsi and the Columbia Urban League and will include a unique 'edutainment' session for local youth featuring successful professionals from the entertainment industry that will provide insight about various careers in the industry with Funk Fest as a case study example. Parents of youth participants in attendance will have the opportunity to win complimentary tickets to the concert, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2015.


  • Mayor Stephen Benjamin – City of Columbia
  • Dr. David Holmes Swinton – President, Benedict College
  • Dr. James T. McLawhorn, Jr. - President, Columbia Urban League
  • Sean Bishop – Market Director, South Carolina, PepsiCo
  • Leo Bennett – CEO, Variety Entertainment/Board Member, Lifting As We Climb


Wednesday, April 15, 2015
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM


Charles W. Johnson Stadium President's Box
2047 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29204


For more than 20 years, the Funk Fest has attracted music enthusiasts from across the globe who enjoy partying with a purpose while celebrating the rich cultural heritage of different musical genres. Over 100,000 patrons attend annually to be entertained by today's hottest artists and musical legends alike. The festival began in Mobile, AL and has since grown to tour to cities across the southeast including Atlanta, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Charlotte and many others. Previous Funk Fest artists have included: Charlie Wilson, R. Kelly, Outkast, Betty Wright, Jill Scott, and more.


Media Contacts To RSVP To Attend:
Jessica Manning
Funk Fest/Variety Entertainment
Cell: (404) 313-7602

Kymm Hunter
Assistant Vice President for Marketing & Communications
Benedict College
Cell: 803.665.3137

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 11:00am


Friday-Monday, April 3rd - 6th
Easter Holiday

Tuesday, April 7th
Meet-the Candidates Symposium
Campus Center Ballroom
Rising Sophomores @ 5:00 p.m.
Rising Juniors @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8th
Meet-the Candidates Symposium
Mr. and Miss Benedict College Pageant
6:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. - HRC Arena
Admission: Free - Attire: Business Casual
(NO Jeans, Athletic Gear, Shorts or Sneakers
(Dress Code Strictly Enforced)

Thursday, April 9h
SGA and Classes Election
Campus Center Ballroom
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Validated ID Required

B.E.T. Awards
HRC Arena
Show - 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
BC Student w/ ID: FREE
General Admission: $5:00
Attire: Business Casual

Friday, April 10th
TigerFest Fashion Show "Rip the Runway"
BC Library - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 11th
Spring Open House and
High School Visitation
HRC Arena - 10:00 a.m.

Spring Football Game
Charlie Johnson Stadium - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 12th
Worship Service
Antisdel Chapel - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, April 13th
Field Day
Activity Field
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14th
You Got Served Dance Competition
Gym - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15th
Mardi Gras/Tiger Fest Cookout
Oak Street - 4:00 p.m.

BC Underground
Campus Center Ballrooms - 7:00 p.m.
BC Student w/ ID: $2.00
General Admission: $5:00

Thursday, April 16th
TigerFest Carnival
Activity Field
5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 17th
DAY Party
Activity Field Area
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 18th
Service Learning "PLUS Day"
Campus Center - 7:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 19th
The National Pan-Hellenic Council at Benedict College
And The National Pan-Hellenic Council at Columbia, SC
Founder's Day
Campus Center - 3:00 p.m.
All Campus and Community Greeks and Public Invited
Event – Recognizing Dr. and Mrs. David H. Swinton

TigerFest Activities
Sponsored by SGA 2014-15 & Office of Student Activities

Note:  Schedule subject to change

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