SC State University Celebrates 115th Anniversary During Founders' Day Weekend

Sunday, February 27, 2011

SC State University faculty, staff, students, alumni, members of the Orangeburg community and of the state of South Carolina will soon converge at SC State University’s Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center to celebrate the legacy of an institution that has provided countless years of tutelage and support for many individuals. SC State University’s celebration of the 115th anniversary of its founding will take place on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 4 p.m. in SHM.

Touting the theme, SC State: An Eternal Torch of Light and Hope, the University will recognize those individuals who have offered assistance to the institution and to generations of students during Founders’ Day. Ten, 20 and 30-year faculty and staff members will receive service awards, with special recognition for the 2011 inductees into the Quarter Century Club in which members are recognized for 25 plus years of service to SC State University. Members inducted into the Thomas E. Miller Society are also deemed influential, having contributed at least $100,000 over the course of a lifetime.

Other awards to be presented during this year’s Founders’ Day include the Distinguished Alumni Award to be presented to the class of 1960. Jim Roquemore will receive the Distinguished Service Award, while the Distinguished Alumna Award will be obtained by Dr. Linda Thomas-Glover, ’76.  Keynote speaker, Dr. M. Christopher Brown II,’93, will be bestowed with the Outstanding Accomplishments and Achievements Award.

Dr. Christopher BrownBrown, recently appointed to the position of president at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss., is ecstatic about keynoting the 2011 Founders’ Day. The Charleston, S.C. native credits SC State University for his successful career. “It was SC State that really gave me an understanding of what was possible in life,” says Brown. “I will tell anybody that my best training in higher education and leadership management, I received from SC State, and I am still using today what I learned there.”

Brown, who received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from SC State, the master’s degree in educational policy and evaluation from the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate in higher education from The Pennsylvania State University, has gained his enlightenment over the years and through his many experiences. These experiences include his last appointment as the executive vice president and provost at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.; his service as dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; vice president for Programs and Administration at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; director of social justice and professional development for the American Educational Research Association; and executive director and chief research scientist of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund. Brown has also presented research on six continents and is the author/editor of 15 books and monographs.

The 115th Founders’ Day Weekend Celebration will begin on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. All activities are as follows:

The 2011 South Carolina State University Foundation
Scholarship Gala and Tribute
Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7 p.m. (By subscription)

The Thomas E. Miller Society Breakfast
Robert S. Evans Walnut Room
Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 9 a.m. (Invitation only)

Quarter Century Club Luncheon
K.W. Green Student Center (Bulldog Lounge)
Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 1 p.m. (Invitation only)

For more information on the 2011 Founders’ Day Weekend activities, call (803) 536-7057 or (803) 536-8460.