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





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


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

Wednesday, April 6th
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 7th
SGA and Classes Election
Campus Center Ballroom
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Validated I.D. Required

TigerFest B.E.T. Awards
HRC Arena
Show - 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
B.C. Student w/ I.D.: $1.00
General Admission: $5:00
Attire: Business Casual

Saturday, April 9th
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 10th
TigerFest Gospel Concert
HRC Arena - 4:00 p.m.

Monday , April 11th
TigerFest Color of Unity
All Organizations
come out and support this event
Cafe - 4-7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12th
TigerFest Cook Out
Activity Field - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13th
TigerFest BC Underground
Campus Center - 7:00 p.m.
Free with Valid ID

Thursday, April 14th
TigerFest DAZE Party
Campus Center - 11:00 p.m.
Free with Valid ID

Friday, April 15th
TigerFest Yard Show @ 7:00 p.m.
Block Party @ 9:00 p.m.
Front of Library

Saturday, April 16th
Service Learning "PLUS Day"
7:00 a.m. - Campus Center

Sunday, April 24th
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

TigerFest Activities
Sponsored by S.G.A 2015-16 & Office of Student Activities

NOTE: Schedule Subject to CHANGE

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 3:00pm

bc_events_usa_president_visit_20150306_barack_obamaBenedict College family is honored to be the host site for President Barack Obama's first visit to South Carolina since his election. Given the high level of interest expressed regarding opportunities to be a part of this historic occasion, we are pleased to share the following information:

Where: Benjamin E. Mays Human Resource Arena
When: Friday, March 6, 2015
Who: Only invited, ticketed guests will be permitted entry into the venue. Students with leadership roles on campus will receive priority consideration.

Benedict College students, faculty, and staff who do not receive an invitation and wish to view the live stream of resident Obama's address may obtain tickets for a special viewing in Antisdel Chapel. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on Thursday, March 5th in Antisdel Chapel between 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Purple tickets).

We thank you in advance for your patience during this momentous occasion!

Kymm Hunter- 803.705.4519 or
Carolyn G. Wigfall-803.705.4366 or

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Friday, March 6, 2015 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Columbia, SC -- April 25, 2014 -- The Benedict College Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2014 will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium located on Two Notch Road and Read Street in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Benjamin D. Snoddy will give the keynote address during the College's 144th Commencement Exercises.

Rev. Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr. to be Featured Speaker at the Benedict College 144th Founder's Day Rally

bc_events_founders_day_rally_20140322_clifford_a_jones_srColumbia, SC -- March 17, 2014 -- Rev. Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr., Senior Minister of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, will be the featured speaker at the Benedict College Founder's Day Rally. The event will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Antisdel Chapel, Benedict College. Music will be provided by the Benedict College Concert Choir. The program is free and open to the public.

The Founder's Day observance pays tribute to Benedict College's primary benefactor, Mrs. Bathsheba A. Benedict, a missionary and abolitionist who founded the originally named Benedict Institute in 1870, under the auspices of the American Baptist Home Mission Society. Though it is specifically set aside to honor the College's founder, Mrs. Benedict, it is also the day when donors collectively make financial contributions to the institution. The Founder's Day Rally is one of the most significant events of the calendar year at Benedict College, and is a high point of the institution's Annual Fund Campaign. This historical event will unite people from churches and religious organizations, alumni, and community to show philanthropic support for the institution. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for Benedict to recognize and show appreciation to individuals, churches, and organizations that have donated financial, moral, and spiritual support to the institution.

This year's speaker, Rev. Dr. Jones, is a philanthropic and faithful supporter of the Baptist mission. He led a delegation to form a solid partnership with the Winterveldt School in Mabopane, South Africa for Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to partner in the purchase and building of a fully equipped Christian educational center for grades Kindergarten through High School. He has organized and led numerous medical and religious mission teams of preachers, doctors, nurses, technicians, and teachers to provide needed healthcare, medical supplies, and educational training in Jamaica, Africa, and Guyana, South America for children and families struggling in poverty.

He is a strong supporter of senior citizen activities. In April 2001, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Senior Centers recognized Dr. Jones as a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award because of his contributions and leadership in making our community a better place to live, work, worship, and raise a family.

"The Baptist E&M Convention Family is looking forward to celebrating the 144th Founder's Day Rally and worship service," said Rev. D.L. Grant, Sr., Director of Church Relations at Benedict College. "Baptists that represent 72 Baptist Associations will gather along with their moderators and pastors to show support for Benedict College. The convention has set its goal at $528,476.00, a 15% increase over last year."

Dr. James B. Blassingame, who serves as president of the SC Baptist E&M Convention and on the Board of Trustees at Benedict College, has assisted Rev. Grant in encouraging the Baptist constituency to meet the challenge. Although the Founder's Day Rally is held on March 22, the drive continues through June 30, 2014.


Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President, Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366

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