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121st Founders’ Weekend

Friday, March 3 – Sunday, March 5
Preserving Our Future: Embracing Our Legacy


Faculty PicSC State University will celebrate 121 years of excellence in service to the community, state, nation and world, having produced all of the following: leading professionals in arts, sciences, politics, law, medicine, human services, education and more African-American Army officers than any other university military training facility in the nation. This is the legacy of South Carolina State University, and we will continue to build upon this legacy of excellence.


Join us for a time of celebration and reflection by attending any one of our scheduled events open to the public.


Friday, March 3


Thomas E. Miller Society Induction Ceremony and Dinner (invitation only)
The Presidents’ STATE Room
6:30 p.m.


Inductees
Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Retired) Lamar Webster Powell (Posthumously)
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Thaddeus "T.K." Bythewood, Jr.


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Saturday, March 4


SC State University Foundation Scholarship Gala & Tribute
Uniting Leaders of Today with Leaders of Tomorrow


Smith-Hammond Middleton Memorial Center
6 p.m. – Reception
7 p.m. – Program and Awards Ceremony
9:30 p.m. – Gala Party


Host
Alexis Simmons
Reporter/Multimedia Media Journalist
WCSC-TV, Charleston, South Carolina


2017 Shining Stars

Abrianna Williams
Elementary Education
Branchville, SC


Tyree Clyburn
Economics
Charlotte, NC


Endia Green
Mathematics
Plainfield, NJ


Imani Bell
Physical Education Teaching
Manning, SC


Honorees

The Honorable Tim Scott
U.S. Senator (R-South Carolina)


The Honorable Marlon Kimpson
State Senator (D-Charleston)


BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC


Donnie Shell, ’74, ‘77
Retired Pittsburgh Steeler


Armstrong Williams, ‘81
Founder and CEO of Howard Stirk Holdings, LLC


Mike Colter
Actor


Entertainment
Mike Stone and The Kritikal Band


Sponsorships
$175 per individual
Call (803) 536-8742 to RSVP or to get more details on additional sponsorship opportunities.


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Sunday, March 5


Quarter Century Luncheon (invitation only)
Bulldog Lounge – K.W. Green Student Center
1 p.m.


Honorees
Deborah Blacknall
Grants Administrator/ASST Officer
Office of Sponsored Programs


Thomas Cassidy
Professor
Communications and Languages


Geoffrey Collier
Professor
Social Sciences


Eduardo Curry
Adjunct Professor
Human Services


Frank Martin
Director
Visual & Performing Arts


Janice Owens
Professor/Director
Teacher Education


Nathaniel Wallace
Professor
English & Modern Languages


Presidential Installation and 121st Founders’ Day
Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center
4 p.m.
Reception immediately following – I.P. Stanback Museum & Planetarium


Installation of SC State University 12th President
James E. Clark


Honorees
Distinguished Community Service Award
Kenneth "Ken" E. Middleton


Distinguished Young Alumna Award
Kendra Speed Sellers, ‘01


Distinguished Alumnus Award
Michael W. Triplett, Sr., ‘83


Distinguished Alumna Award
Brenda L. Williams, ‘74


Distinguished Alumni Award
Class of 1966
Accepted by Janet Stokes, ‘66


Keynote Speaker
President James E. Clark