Member News | April 29 – May 3

1×1 Design Announces the Addition of Tara Jerdan to the Team

1×1 Design is pleased to announce that Tara Jerdan, Associate AIA, has joined the team.  Tara earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University in 2007 and her Master of Architecture from Clemson University in 2009, where she participated in the Charleston and Genoa fluid-campus programs.

On the path to licensure, Tara has over four years of work experience, most recently at Maurer Architecture in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Her project experience ranges from new commercial construction, to commercial and medical office interiors, retail, historic preservation and residential design.

Tara also has participated in intense research opportunities concerning the design of office and medical environments.  Her team received the 2009 Contract Magazine Healthcare Environment Award for Conceptual Design, for their project “Redesigning the Office for Family Medicine”.  The project has also been published in the AIA Academy Journal.

“1×1 Design is so excited to have Tara join our team, “states Asheley Scott, firm President.  “Tara has proven herself to be an exceptional critical thinker in academic environments, but also possesses great depth, already, in the professional environment through project management, design, and documentation.  We are looking forward to having her on board, while also supporting her through the remainder of the registration process and introducing her to the Columbia region as a young professional.”

For more information, visit



COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 30, 2013 – DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW), a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, is pleased to announce the opening of a new store in Columbia, SC on May 2nd.

The address of the new store is:

320 Harbison Blvd

Columbia, SC 29212

DSW is the destination for savvy Shoe Lovers everywhere. Customers experience a breathtaking assortment of designer shoes, boots, and sandals at everyday value prices in a convenient assisted self-select shopping environment. Aisles are filled with the latest trends in men’s and women’s shoes giving Shoe Lovers a staggering amount of choices.  From casual and athletic shoes to top-brand dress shoes, DSW is the ultimate destination for anyone who loves fashion and the excitement of finding the perfect shoe. For an even larger selection, offers more styles, luxury brands, extended sizes and kids’ shoes.

DSW Rewards is a free, award-winning loyalty program in which customers earn certificates toward future DSW purchases and receive special member-only offers. Customers can also participate in a lively Shoe Lover community on Facebook to receive exclusive offers and giveaways, including chances to win free shoes on Facebook each Tuesday, also known as “Free Shoesday”

About DSW Inc.

DSW Inc. is a leading branded footwear, handbag and accessories retailer that offers a wide selection of brand name and designer fashion for women, men, and kids.  As of May 2, 2013, DSW operates 377 stores in 42 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and operates an e-commerce site,, and a mobile website,  DSW also supplies footwear to 347 leased locations in the United States under the Affiliated Business Group.  For store locations and additional information about DSW, visit Follow DSW on Twitter at and like DSW on Facebook at


Colonial Life Names Charitable Grant Recipients for First Quarter

Company awards nearly $130,000 in grants to community organizations

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 2, 2013) — Colonial Life awarded nearly $130,000 in charitable grants to nonprofit organizations in the community during the first quarter of 2013.

The following organizations received these grants:

  • American Red Cross Central S.C. Chapter
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
  • Celebrate Freedom Foundation
  • Children’s Trust of South Carolina
  • Columbia City Ballet
  • Columbia Museum of Art
  • Cultural Council of Richland & Lexington Counties
  • Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands S.C.
  • Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Palmetto Health Foundation
  • Saluda Shoals Foundation
  • South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation
  • South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Riverbanks Region

Through the company’s corporate social responsibility program, Colonial Life directs its resources to local organizations benefitting counties surrounding its corporate headquarters in Columbia, S.C., and within the state. Organizations receiving grant support from Colonial Life represent a diverse group and focus on four priority areas: education, wellness, economic development and the arts.

“Giving back to the community has been an integral part of our company’s culture for nearly 75 years,” says Kara Addy, assistant vice president for branding and communications. “We’re pleased to support organizations that are truly improving the quality of life for residents in the Midlands of South Carolina.”

Colonial Life granted more than $700,000 to nonprofit organizations in 2012 as part of its charitable giving efforts.

About Colonial Life

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, cancer, critical illness and supplemental health insurance. The company’s benefit services and education, innovative enrollment technology and personal service support more than 79,000 businesses and organizations, representing more than 3 million working Americans and their families. For more information visit or connect with the company at, and


Lake Marion HIGH school STUDENTS TEAM UP with AT&T Employees and junior achievement to focus on high school success 

AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy Brings Students to the Workplace to Address National Dropout Crisis and Help Students Achieve College and Career Readiness

Columbia, SC-April 30– With more than 1 million students failing to graduate on time each year, AT&T is committed to providing South Carolina students with mentoring opportunities to help prepare them for future success. To help maximize student potential, AT&T employees teamed up with thirty three Lake Marion High School students from Santee, SC today to share life and career skills. More South Carolina high school students will be mentored throughout the spring.

Mentoring that takes place onsite at AT&T workplaces is part of Aspire Mentoring Academy, the key community engagement program of AT&T’s $350 million investment in Aspire, focused on high school success leading to college and career readiness. AT&T employees are engaging in their communities to help raise high school graduation rates by providing students 1 million hours of mentoring through the end of 2016.

“Aspire Onsite Mentoring helps students develop a bigger picture of the ‘real’ world that will, in turn, help them create a vision for their future,” said Rodney McClure, Center director of AT&T for South Carolina. “Providing students with the opportunity to visit the work world firsthand and be mentored by adults who truly care about their future success can make an impact that will last for a lifetime.”

“We are very excited to work with Junior Achievement as we mobilize our employees to provide students 1 million hours of mentoring across the country,” said Janiece Evans-Page, Assistant Vice President – Community Engagement at AT&T. “We believe that the relationships formed and lessons learned during onsite mentoring can help students stay on track to graduate from high school and succeed in college, the workforce and beyond.”

“We will continue to work with AT&T to build on our Job Shadow program and offer a deeper mentoring experience to students,” said Stephanie Stuckey, president of Junior Achievement of Central South Carolina. “By encouraging their employees to volunteer their time and expertise, AT&T is helping South Carolina students learn 21st-century skills that will help them succeed in school and beyond.”

Aspire Mentoring Academy is a part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s $350 million investment in education planned over five years, which is among the most significant U.S. corporate educational initiatives.  The program, which has impacted over 1 million students in all 50 states since its initial launch in 2008, connects with students in new and more effective ways, such as with interactive games, social media and tapping into the power of personal connections involving many of AT&T’s approximately 240,000 employees.

To learn more about Aspire Mentoring Academy, please visit

Community Engagement at AT&T

At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected, and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. In 2012, employees and retirees donated more than 5.8 million hours of time to community outreach activities and pledged more than $34.8 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 23,500 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

About Junior Achievement® (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 130 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States. For more information, visit


Mashburn Employee Earns LEED AP BD+C Accreditation

Drew Coleman, a project Superintendent at Mashburn Construction, MashburnDrew Colemanhas recently been accredited as LEED AP BD+C (LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction) by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Accreditation is achieved by passing an exam administered by USGBC that tests knowledge and competency regarding the requirements and the administration of the process involved for a building to become LEED certified.

According to the USGBC, “A LEED Professional Credential signifies that you are a leader in the field and an active participant in the green building movement who contributes expertise to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of buildings and neighborhoods that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution, and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community.”

Drew earned his initial LEED AP accreditation in June 2009.

Mashburn Construction is a full-service construction company providing construction management, design/build and general contracting. For over three decades, the company has exemplified building with integrity by providing superior service and quality to clients across many markets. Headquartered in Columbia, Mashburn also has offices in Charleston and Greenville, SC. For more information, please visit


Columbia techies, community leaders to host South Carolina Day of Civic Hacking, June 1-2

Columbia, April 25, 2013 – Hackers and other techies will be joining forces with the power of artists, librarians and community leaders June 1-2 for a weekend of public service and fun called the South Carolina Day of Civic Hacking.

This inaugural event features many local opportunities at IT-oLogy, Richland Library, Columbia Museum of Art and EdVenture Children’s Museum. The event is part of the first ever National Day of Civic Hacking taking place in about 100 cities in more than 30 states.

A 24-hour Hackathon is planned at IT-oLogy as well as classes and lectures at the Richland Library. “We are encouraging teams of developers to sign up for the Hackathon,” said committee chair Karl McCollester. “This is a great opportunity for student and professional developers, designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and others to come together and work on a project that will help their neighbors here in Columbia.”

Individuals can join together as teams to work on a project of their own design, or they can join teams to work on projects being designed by the event’s organizers. To register go to

Hackathon projects use data sets that are available to the public, but often hard to extract into a useful form. Want to let your local sanitation department know your garbage wasn’t picked up? There could be an app designed for that. Want to know how your elected official voted on an issue? There could be a website developed for that.

“Civic hacking promotes projects for the public good using open data,” McCollester said.

“Most people think of ‘hacking’ as a form of vandalism by computer — or worse,” McCollester said. “But we, like most techies, believe that ‘hacking’ is what amateurs or volunteers do when they write computer code to solve problems. This event is about using our hacking skills to provide computer applications to benefit our community.”

Hackathon teams will begin coding prototype applications or websites starting 11 a.m. Saturday at IT-oLogy. They’ll work through the night — bolstered by a midnight breakfast and ample coffee. The event will end after the organizers announce the results of the Hackathon projects and present awards 1 p.m. Sunday.

Richland Library is planning to host lectures and classes designed to help beginners take on technology projects and community leaders become more familiar with useful data already available online. Details for those sessions will be announced later.

“We were excited to have the Richland Library join this event,” said Jim DuPlessis, a conference coordinator. “Community leaders are often trying to find critical information in an ever-changing online landscape. Librarians can keep us connected, and we’re lucky here in Richland County to have one of the best group of librarians in the country.”
Specifics on programs for each location are still being worked out, so stay tuned for more details.

Sponsors include: IT-oLogy, Richland Library, Columbia Museum of Art, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), City of Columbia, Richland County, Innovista, University of South Carolina,, EngenuitySC, CETi, Voterheads, and DP Professionals.

More information about the South Carolina Day of Civic Hacking can be found at:




Event registrations are at:

More information about the National Day of Civic Hacking can be found at:


“The Boomers” Are Back!
Music at Sandhill Favorites to Appear May 3

Columbia, SC – May 1 – Village at Sandhill’s free spring concert series, “Music at Sandhill presented by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union” continues this Friday May 3, with pop and rock band “The Boomers” from 7pm-9pm in Town Center Common.  Free rides and balloon art from Nick Propst begin at 6pm.

From Charlotte, NC “The Boomers” are back by popular demand! Their Top-40 and pop/rock performances have ranged from the most intimate of gatherings to the ’97 President Clinton Inaugural ball. The song selections, and consistent quality of their live performance, make this group a guaranteed success at every event!

With 20 branches, and one opening soon at Village at Sandhill, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union is recognized as one of the leading Credit Unions in the nation, and has $1.8 billion in assets.  Originally founded to provide a safe place to save and borrow money for the military and civilian personnel of MacDill Air Force Base, Grow Financial has since expanded membership to include employees of more than 1,100 businesses.  Established in 1955, Grow Financial has its corporate headquarters in Tampa, Florida. For more information visit

Located at Clemson Road and Two Notch Road in Northeast Richland County, Village at Sandhill offers the very best in shopping, dining, entertainment, working, living and more – all in one exceptionally beautiful and convenient location.  Village at Sandhill covers 330 acres and contains over 100 merchants, anchored by Belk, JC Penney, Home Depot, Academy Sports + Outdoors, and Home Goods.  Village at Sandhill is owned and managed by Kahn Development Company. Visit us online at

Jeffrey L. Harper
Director of Property Management
Kahn Development


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