Experience PC as an asset to the community


As we move into the middle of the semester, there is a flurry of activity on campus following Fall Break, and our students, faculty, and staff continue to be actively engaged in both the Clinton and PC communities in embodiment of the PC motto, “While we live, we serve.”

We are proud of two of our alumni who have been cited for their outstanding contributions to the education of local children.

The Laurens District 56 Board of Trustees recognized Keighley Aldridge ’13, of Joanna-Woodson Elementary School, as the district’s 2017-18 Teacher of the Year.

Aldridge, a Charlotte native, will represent District 56 in next year’s SC Teacher of the Year competition. Additionally, Casey Gault Spain ’05, was selected as the Clinton Middle School Teacher of the Year.

October kicked off with the Confucius Institute’s annual International Day festival on campus. Members of the entire community joined the College and the Institute in celebration of world cultures and global diversity. One of the tenets of a PC education is the preparation of our graduates for responsible contribution to the world community.

As the month continues, I remind Clinton residents of some of the on-campus events and activities that are open to the public. The biggest of these events is Homecoming on Oct. 28-29. That Friday night we will have our annual Blue Pride Bash at Bailey Stadium, where you will find a live band, food trucks, and reunion tents for alumni gatherings. Plus, our music department and all choirs will present a patriotic concert honoring our service men and women.

The athletics line-up for the weekend will feature the Blue Hose football team taking on Coastal Carolina University. We also will support our volleyball team as they play Gardner-Webb University. Of special note, the cross-country team will compete that day in the Big South Championship. I invite you to come to campus to cheer on the Blue Hose and join the Homecoming festivities.

In conjunction with Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we will welcome Dr. Vernon Williams, professor of history at Abilene Christian University in Texas. Williams has chosen PC and Clinton as the location for the premiere of his documentary, “Fortress for Freedom: The 388th Bomb Group and the Air war in Wartime Suffolk, 1943-1945.”

Williams’ expertise includes naval and military history, and the research he has done in order to make “Fortress for Freedom” is of particular relevance to Clinton residents because a large part of the archival material used in Williams’ research came from the family of William B. Wade, a Clinton native.

Wade served as a ground officer in the 338th Bomb Group in the 8th Air Force in wartime England. The Wade family legacy at PC is meaningful, with many of the descendants having earned PC degrees.

Along with presenting the documentary to the public on the evening of Nov. 11, Williams will have a photo exhibit honoring Wade and his service in WWII, and give an afternoon lecture on the larger “East Anglia Air War Project.” All of these events are funded by the East Anglia Air War Project and the Old Primero Historical Foundation in Abilene, and will be free of charge to the Clinton community.

The College will continue to have activities and events on campus throughout the semester and into the New Year, and I hope that you will come out and enjoy each one. Whether it is by attending lectures, cultural events such as the Southern Film Circuit series, or the Christmas at PC concert in December, we want you to experience PC as an asset to the Clinton community and to this region.


(Bob Staton is president of Presbyterian College.)


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