Member News | Sept. 26 – Sept. 30

USC College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Sets New Enrollment Record

The College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) announces a record-breaking fall enrollment for 2011 with 2,105 students, an increase of 170 students from fall 2010.

“This is a milestone achievement for our growing college,” said Dean Brian Mihalik. “I am extremely proud of our department and program chairs, as well as each faculty and staff member who contributed their efforts and leadership, resulting in us reaching this tremendous milestone. This college continues to graduate outstanding students who help drive the economic engines of South Carolina and the region.”

HRSM is now the university’s third largest undergraduate college, providing integrative and practical academic preparation for students in a collaborative environment that promotes applied research and service projects with peer institutions, global colleagues and industry partners.

The fall enrollment is up 55% from the year 2000. This year the College enrolled 2,002 undergraduate majors and 103 graduate students, including seven students admitted to the college’s new Ph.D. degree program in hospitality management.

The College of HRSM was founded in the 1960’s as a collection of several associate degree programs offered through the university’s Extension Service Program, later called the College of General Studies, and now known as the College of Hospitality Retail and Sport Management.

The University of South Carolina College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) prepares leaders and scholars who drive the economic engines of South Carolina, the nation and the world. Additional information is available online at www.hrsm.sc.edu or by following HRSM on Twitter at @UofSC_HRSM

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START SOMETHING…ENGENUITYSC ANNOUNCES 8TH ANNUAL IGNITE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE CELEBRATING COLUMBIA’S KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY

Conference Highlights Home-Grown Talent and Features Crowd Funded Pitch Competition


EngenuitySC announced today that it will hold its award-winning 8th annual Ignite leadership conference showcasing and celebrating innovation and talent in the Columbia region on Wednesday, November 16th, from 5:15 to 8:00pm at the Zone at Williams Brice Stadium.  This year’s Ignite theme is “Start something.”

Continuing its fast-paced format celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship in the style of the popular TEDx and Pecha-Kucha conferences, this year’s Ignite program will include more audience interaction and engagement, including presentations by five dynamic speakers delivering high-energy messages about their passions and visions for building the region’s knowledge economy.

While not yet released, organizers say that the slate of speakers represent everything that is great about Columbia and exemplify the organization’s mission to create knowledge, recruit talent, foster entrepreneurship and help Columbia compete in the 21st century. 

“They will share three things in common,” said Neil McLean, executive director for EngenuitySC.  “They will showcase our local talent, share something they are passionate about, and will speak on the story behind their own endeavors.
Along with its announcement, EngenuitySC also released a promotional video for the event produced by upstart firmDinobrite Productions. The two and a half minute video, available on EngenuitySC’s website and YouTube channel, features President Pastides of the University of South Carolina and Mayor Steve Benjamin leading a team of Columbia’s entrepreneurs and grassroots leaders through an explosive, neon-lit montage of the previous year’s speakers. It was recently featured by The State as part of a profile on Dinobrite Productions and will be run on Columbia’s CityTV (Channel 2).

“The idea behind the video is how someone can take a spark, let it go, and it explodes into something bigger than you could have ever imagined when you first started,” said Neil McLean, executive director for EngenuitySC. “We think visually, the video really encapsulates our theme of ‘start something’ and hope it will be a great way to inspire Columbians to get out and act,” said McLean. 

Another new component of this year’s Ignite conference is a new competition called Ignite! Columbia. The contest allows any Columbia citizen the chance to pitch their innovative idea to “start something” impactful in the Columbia region. Finalists will pitch their ideas live at the event, and attendees will take a vote to choose which vision should become reality. More information will be released within the next week detailing the contest and is available now online.

The event promises to ignite the business, startup and creative communities.  Over ten organizations have already signed up to support the event this year, including anchors BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and Wells Fargo. 

“Ignite is about turning ideas into something tangible and celebrating the tremendous relationship that exists between the state’s flagship university, the City and the business community,” said City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, who serves as co-chair for EngenuitySC along with University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides.

About EngenuitySC

EngenuitySC is a public/private partnership formed in 2003 to develop and grow Columbia’s regional knowledge-based economy.  EngenuitySC leads initiatives that leverage the region’s assets, promote commercialization, and support research while building collaborations around these projects that are comprised of leaders from business, government and higher education. Together we foster an environment where entrepreneurship, innovation, and the creation of knowledge are fundamental elements of our region’s culture, identity, and economic development strategy.

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Lexington Medical Center Hosts Women’s Night Out for Breast Cancer

 Lexington Medical Center will host its annual Women’s Night Out on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the Embassy Suites hotel on Greystone Boulevard in Columbia.  The event recognizes October as breast cancer awareness month and honors cancer survivors and their families.  More than 500 people attend each year.

The event features a silent auction, physician exhibits, makeup demonstrations, signature cocktail, fashion show by Belk featuring breast cancer survivors, and a dinner and talk with a keynote speaker.  This year’s speaker is Emory Austin, a 20-year breast cancer survivor who will deliver a motivational speech about how her scary and unexpected cancer diagnosis became a great teacher and brought renewed purpose, balance and priorities to her life and the lives of others.

Proceeds from Women’s Night Out benefit the Crystal Smith Fund, a program through the Lexington Medical Center Foundation that helps women undergoing cancer treatment purchase needed supplies.  Each year, Women’s Night Out raises more than $25,000 for this important fund.

 “Women’s Night Out is an uplifting evening that leaves everyone feeling inspired,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations atLexingtonMedicalCenter.

 Tickets for Women’s Night Out cost $35 each.  Exhibits and the silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m.  Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.  You can purchase tickets by calling 803-791-2445.  You can also sponsor a table for a breast cancer survivor.

 LexingtonMedicalCenter’s breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the AmericanCollegeof Radiology (ACR).  LexingtonMedicalCenterhas four Women’s ImagingCentersand a state-of-the-art digital mobile mammography van that travels throughout the Midlands.  Through an innovative program known as “Five Day Detection to Diagnosis,” LexingtonMedicalCenterprovides answers about the health of a woman’s breast within five days after detection of a lump or abnormality. 

News reporters and photographers are welcome to cover Women’s Night Out.  With advanced notice, interviews with the keynote speaker, organizers and breast cancer survivors can be scheduled.  Please contact Jennifer Wilson, Lexington Medical Center public relations manager, if you plan to attend.

About Lexington Medical Center

Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,200 health care professionals.  The network also includes the largest extended care facility in the state, two occupational health centers, the largest nursing home in the Carolinasand physician practices.  At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art LexingtonMedicalCenter, with a reputation for the highest quality care.  Lexington Medical Center won “Best Hospital” by readers of The State for ten years in a row, “Best Hospital” by readers of the Free Times, “Best Place to Have a Baby” by readers of Palmetto Parent, the “Consumer Choice Award” from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious “Summit Award” from Press Ganey for outstanding patient satisfaction.  Visit www.lexmed.com.

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Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd Lawyer Joins SC BIPEC Board
John McArthur tapped to serve

John B. McArthur of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s Columbia office has been elected to serve on the board of the South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee (SC BIPEC), a member-driven, nonpartisan business and industry organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the free, private and competitive enterprise system through research and education. 

John is held in high esteem by his colleagues in the legal profession and is respected by business and industry leaders for his tireless efforts on their behalf.  We are honored to have John join the SC BIPEC Board of Trustees where we will benefit from his advice and counsel,” said SC BIPEC’s President/CEO Tom DeLoach.  Since 1985, SC BIPEC has educated its members on matters in the legislative and political arenas and educated legislators about issues of import to business and industry.

A member of the law firm’s three-member Management Committee, Mr. McArthur brings 30 years of legal and business experience to the SC BIPEC board, which is comprised of 23 statewide leaders from the manufacturing, transportation, regulatory, financial, legal, and economic development sectors.

Mr. McArthur’s law practice primarily focuses on real estate lending and commercial development.  He regularly represents national and regional banks, other lending institutions and developers in transactions involving multi-phase commercial, industrial and residential development.  He is included in The Best Lawyers in America® for Real Estate Law and also in South Carolina Super Lawyers™ – Real Estate. 

He currently serves as chairman of The River Alliance, is a board member of City Center Partnership, Inc., and a former board member of the Columbia Development Corporation.  He previously served on the executive committee of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.  A native of Sumter, SC, Mr. McArthur received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his B.S., magna cum laude, also from the University of South Carolina. 

About Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. provides business, litigation, financial legal services, and government relations to national and international clients.  With a history dating back more than 100 years, it is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas with 130 attorneys.  The Firm has offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. 

About South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee (SC BIPEC)

SC BIPEC is a member-driven, nonpartisan business and industry organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the free, private and competitive enterprise system through research and education.  For 26 years, SC BIPEC has educated its Members on matters in the legislative and political arenas and educated legislators about issues of import to business and industry. Since 1985, SC BIPEC analysis has accounted for the voting of each Senator and Representative on key business and industry issues in the South Carolina General Assembly.  In every year since then, BIPEC has documented and quantified their respective voting performance and reported same in the Legislative Scorecard. Memorable SC BIPEC events include:  The nationally televised BIPEC I (1996) and BIPEC II (2000) Presidential Debates; Gubernatorial Debate (2002); US Senate Debate in 2004; and the 2010 BIPEC Gubernatorial Debates.

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John Fitzhugh “Fitz” King and Staci Hymson Lovelace

Join NBSC Private Banking Division 

NBSC, a division of Synovus Bank, is pleased to announce the addition of John Fitzhugh “Fitz” King and Staci Hymson Lovelace to the Private Banking Division. They are both located in the Columbia office at 1221 Main Street.

Fitz is a native of Columbia and a graduate of Roanoke College in Virginia. He brings an extensive background in business to NBSC having worked in manufacturing, mortgage banking and the financial technology industry. Active in the community, Fitz is a Board Member of Palmetto Richland Children’s Hospital.

Staci is also a Columbia native and a graduate of the University of Georgia. She began her career with NBSC in 2008 as a Personal Banker. Staci later joined the loan department as a Commercial Loan Specialist and then a Credit Analyst before joining Private Banking. Staci is an active member of the Junior League of Columbia.

“We are excited to have both Fitz and Staci join our Private Banking team. As proven leaders in business and the community, they represent the commitment NBSC has to the communities we serve,” said Michael Edens, Senior Vice President.

About NBSC

NBSC is a division of Synovus Bank and currently serves 27 communities in South Carolina from 45 locations.  For over 100 years, NBSC has focused on relationship banking and remains dedicated to the communities it serves. NBSC offers diverse lines of business and personal financial services including Business Banking, Investment Services and Mortgage Lending.  For more information, visit http://www.bankNBSC.com.

About Synovus Bank

Synovus Bank is a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank. Synovus Bank provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 30 locally branded divisions, 323 offices, and 456 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. See Synovus Bank on the web at www.synovus.com.

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Friends of RCPL Announces 2011-2012 Officers, Board Members

The Friends of the Richland County Public Library announces its officers and board members for 2011-2012.

Tracy A. Haisley, a communications manager with Colonial Life, was elected president. Haisley, who is currently serving her fourth term on the board, has been an active volunteer at Friends’ book sales, including serving as chairperson of the Book Sale Committee. She previously served as president in 2009.

Shannon Bobertz, a partner with Turner, Padget, Graham & Laney, P.A., was elected vice president. A Friends’ board member since 2009, she is an active member of the South Carolina Bar and the Richland County Bar Association. She was also appointed as a Bar Examiner by the South Carolina Supreme Court. 

Gill Gignilliat was elected secretary.  A Friends’ board member since 2009, she is a key account manager in the Clinical Quality and Health Management department of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Gignilliat is a member of Junior League of Columbia and volunteers with March of Dimes and Family Connection.

Mary League, a shareholder with Ellis, Lawhorne & Sims, P.A., was elected treasurer. League has served on the Friends’ board since 2009 and is an active member of the South Carolina Bar, the Richland County Bar Association and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association. She has served as vice president and recording secretary for the Shandon Neighborhood Council and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Board members are: Christina “Tina” W. Auman; Robin Blume; John C. Bradley Jr.; Janice W. Brown; Joseph D. Clark; Michelle J. Clark; Aubrey Dillard; Keith Gardner; Stacey D. Haynes; Chris Koon; Andrea Lance; Jonathan “J.P.” Lee; Helen Madden; Melina Mann; Sarah Martin; Susan Mazur; Chakisse Newton; Jennifer Robinson; Rachel Snowden; and Jess Torres. Kirby Shealy serves as the representative from the Library’s Board of Trustees.

The Friends of RCPL is a nonprofit organization charged with raising awareness of and support for the library. For additional information on membership, which starts at only $25, or the book sales, call (803) 98 or visit www.myRCPL.com/friends.

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NAI AVANT AWARDED 100 ACRE FORMER ROBBER’S ROOST PROPERTY

 IN DOWNTOWN NORTH MYRTLE BEACH 

Macon Lovelace and Cam Kreps, members of NAI Avant’s Brokerage Team, were recently awarded the assignment to sell the former Robber’s Roost property in the heart of downtown North Myrtle Beach. This 100 acre proposed and (fully entitled) mixed-used urban development opportunity represents one of the most significant in-fill parcels to become available on the Grand Strand in years. The property sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway.

To learn more about this property please visit www.naiavantnorthmyrtlebeach.com or contact Macon Lovelace mlovelace@naiavant.com or Cam Kreps ckreps@naiavant.com.

About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast.  With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services.  For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with over 350 offices and 5,000 professionals in 55 countries across the globe.  NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at www.naiavant.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAI Avant and like us on Facebook.

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Wins Prestigious Edward H. Bean Award 

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) today announced that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden has been awarded the 2011 Edward H. Bean Award for its Bali mynah program.

The Edward H. Bean Award recognizes propagation or management programs that contribute to the reproductive success of one or more species and/or subspecies. The Bean Award is a historic award within AZA, established in September 1956, honoring the first director of Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo, Edward H. Bean, who was one of the founders of AZA in 1926. 

“Riverbanks Zoo and Garden maintains an exceptional commitment to conservation science,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy.  “Winning the AZA Bean Award provides well-deserved international recognition for the professionals at Riverbanks who devote themselves to the conservation of nature.”

The Bali mynah is a critically endangered bird species that has been maintained and bred at Riverbanks Zoo since 1973. Since then, Riverbanks has bred 44 Bali mynahs that have been transferred to other institutions as part of the AZA’s Species Survival Plan. Then curator of birds at Riverbanks, Robert E. Seibels, recognized the key role AZA-accredited institutions could play in saving this enigmatic species. In 1981 he established the AZA Bali mynah North American Regional studbook, followed in 1983 by the establishment of the Bali mynah Species Survival Plan.

The North American population now numbers 155 birds in 55 AZA institutions. Bali mynahs continue to be bred and exhibited at Riverbanks. This work helps to ensure the integrity of the North American population and preserve the future possibility of re-introducing birds back to their native range on the Indonesian island of Bali.    

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Golf Tournament to Benefit Children Served by Healthy Learners  

Healthy Learners  will hold its 12th Annual George Younginer Memorial Golf Tournament on Wednesday October 26, 2011, to benefit the children served by Healthy Learners.  The event is set for a noon shotgun start on the Wildcat and Old Hickory courses at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia.

Healthy Learners is a faith-based non-profit that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school.  The organization addresses poverty at its root, so that future generations can lift themselves, and their communities, to a better life.

“Each year, proceeds from the golf tournament enable us to help hundreds of children all across South Carolina by providing them with health care services like vision care, dental care, and hearing evaluations,” said Jo Pauling-Jones, Executive Director of Healthy Learners. “There is no way we could do all that good work without dedicated and caring supporters.”

Matthew Roberts, Member, Nexsen Pruet, LLC and Judy Davis, CLO, EVP, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina are Co-Chairs for this statewide event that traditionally hosts more than 200 golfers.  As Co-Chairs, they invite others to help make a difference in a child’s life by playing golf or supporting a golfer in the 12th Annual George Younginer Memorial Golf Tournament. 

Join this year’s presenting sponsors, M.B. Kahn Construction Company and AFLAC, for one of the largest and most successful charity golf tournaments in the Midlands. There are four levels of sponsorship that include invitations for a golf foursome to participate. To sponsor or play in this event contact Cindy Nixon-Witt at Cynthia.nixon-witt@healthylearners.com or visit healthylearners.com.

Healthy Learners was founded in 1992 based on the belief that children learn better when they are healthy.  A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Healthy Learners has five programs that serve 144 schools across nine South Carolina school districts.  The counties served are Allendale, Dillon, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lexington and Richland.  For more information, see healthylearners.com

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NEW AIRPORT COMMISSION CHAIRMAN NAMED 

            Robert W. Price, Jr. was named the Chairman of the Richland-Lexington Airport Commission at the Commission’s monthly meeting on September 19th.  Mr. Price represents Lexington County on the Commission and was initially appointed in 2005. He is currently serving his second term as a board member having been re-appointed in 2009.

            Mr. Price retired from Delta Air Lines in 1996 after having served with the company for 32 years. Following his retirement, he worked for Lexington School District Two for 12 years. He has been a member of the Masons since 1975, a member of the Jamil Shrine Temple since 1976, and is also a member of the American Legion Post 130. 

Mr. Price and his wife, Amelia, are members of West Side Baptist Church in West Columbia where he is a member of several committees and a member of the West Side Baptist Choir. They have two children, Angela and Wally, and two grandchildren, Bryan and Chad.

            The Commission also welcomes Jerry Howard and Jim Compton, both representing Lexington County, back to the Airport Commission. Mr. Howard’s previous term ended in 2008 and Mr. Compton’s previous term ended in 2007. The Airport Commission consists of 12

members with 5 members representing Lexington County, 5 members representing Richland County, and 2 members representing the City of Columbia.

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Golf Tournament to Benefit Children Served by Healthy Learners

Healthy Learners  will hold its 12th Annual George Younginer Memorial Golf Tournament on Wednesday October 26, 2011, to benefit the children served by Healthy Learners.  The event is set for a noon shotgun start on the Wildcat and Old Hickory courses at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia.

Healthy Learners is a faith-based non-profit that connects children to care so that poor health is not an obstacle to doing well in school.  The organization addresses poverty at its root, so that future generations can lift themselves, and their communities, to a better life.

“Each year, proceeds from the golf tournament enable us to help hundreds of children all across South Carolina by providing them with health care services like vision care, dental care, and hearing evaluations,” said Jo Pauling-Jones, Executive Director of Healthy Learners. “There is no way we could do all that good work without dedicated and caring supporters.”

Matthew Roberts, Member, Nexsen Pruet, LLC and Judy Davis, CLO, EVP, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina are Co-Chairs for this statewide event that traditionally hosts more than 200 golfers.  As Co-Chairs, they invite others to help make a difference in a child’s life by playing golf or supporting a golfer in the 12th Annual George Younginer Memorial Golf Tournament. 

Join this year’s presenting sponsors, M.B. Kahn Construction Company, AFLAC and Hole in One Sponsor, Jim Hudson for one of the largest and most successful charity golf tournaments in the Midlands.  There are four levels of sponsorship that include invitations for a golf foursome to participate.  To sponsor or play in this event contact Cindy Nixon-Witt at Cynthia.nixon-witt@healthylearners.com or visit healthylearners.com.

Healthy Learners was founded in 1992 based on the belief that children learn better when they are healthy.  A ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, Healthy Learners has five programs that serve 144 schools across nine South Carolina school districts.  The counties served are Allendale, Dillon, Georgetown, Greenwood, Lexington and Richland.  For more information, see healthylearners.com.

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