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College and University News - July 16, 2019
Doughtery-Bliss receives Ogelthorpe University awards

Graduating senior Robert Dougherty-Bliss, of Lugoff, received the James Edward Oglethorpe Award at Oglethorpe Unviersity’s commencement on May 18, 2019. Dougherty-Bliss, a mathematics major, attended Lugoff-Elgin High School.

The esteemed James Edward Oglethorpe Award is presented annually to two individuals in the graduating class who, in the opinion of the faculty, have excelled in scholarship, leadership and character. The award is named for Georgia’s founder and Oglethorpe University’s namesake, General James Edward Oglethorpe.

Doughtery-Bliss also earned the Sally Hull Weltner Award for Scholarship, which honors the student in the graduating class who has attained the highest grade point average with the greatest number of hours in course work completed at the university. This award is given annually in loving memory of Sally Hull Weltner, wife of Dr. Philip Weltner, president of Oglethorpe University from 1944-1953.


Daniel Brettelle, of Lugoff, graduated from Emory & Henry College during its May 11, 2019 commencement exercises.

Brettelle was among 216 students who received degrees.


Wheaton College student Lars Johnson, of Lugoff, was named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester.

To earn Dean’s List honors at Wheaton, at undergraduate student must carry 12 or more credit hours and achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher on the 4.0 scale.


Breana Lohbusch, of Elgin, has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean’s Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Spring 2019 semester.

Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester’s work are placed on the College’s Dean’s Honor List.


Ntanya Kelly, of Bishopville, graduated from Ohio Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.


Kiersten Clark, of Kershaw, joined members of the upcoming freshman class as Bob Jones University (BJU) hosted Summer Orientation ’19 in June.

Incoming students and their parents became familiar with the campus and attended informational sessions about the BJU experience including academics, student development and financial aid. Students were also able to receive academic and career counsel from faculty and register for their fall classes.

Clark will be majoring in Child Growth and Development when classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 4.


Abigail Bibb, of Elgin, has been named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire for earning High Honors for the Spring 2019 semester. Bibb is majoring in Sust Agriculture & Food Systems.

Bibb later graduated Summa Cum Laude from the university, graduating with a GPA of between 3.85-4.0.

Students named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Hampshire are students who have earned recognition through their superior scholastic performance during a semester enrolled in a full-time course load (12 or more graded credits). Highest honors are awarded to students who earn a semester grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with a 3.65 to 3.84 average are awarded high honors and students whose grade point average is 3.5 through 3.64 are awarded honors.

Students are only graduated after the Registrar’s Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. Participating in the commencement ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.


The University of Hartford recently announced that Anna-Marie Neville, of Lugoff, has been named to its Dean’s List for Spring 2019.


Katherine Taylor Long, Elgin, was named to the University of Alabama President’s List for spring 2019.

A total of 11,406 students enrolled during the 2019 spring term at UA were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

The UA Dean’s and President’s lists recognize full-time undergraduate students. The lists do not apply to graduate students or to undergraduate students who take less than a full course load.


Unity, a student group at the University of South Carolina - Aiken, recently announced its officers for the 2019-2020 academic year, including Jenesis Garcia, from Elgin, who is majoring in Communication. Garcia will be the group’s vice president.

“Unity is a support group for members of the LGBT+ community and their allies,” said Austin Bowers, president of the group. “We help provide a safe space where members of the USC Aiken student body can feel comfortable with themselves and not be afraid or ashamed of who they are.”


Christian Beason of Kershaw, SC, graduated from Troy University during the Spring Semester/Term 4 of the 2018/2019 academic year.

Beason graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.


Ransom C. White, of Elgin, was recently named to the President’s List at Costal Carolina University (CCU). White is an information technology major.

Nearly 770 CCU students were named to the President’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. To be named to the President’s List, students must achieve a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) for the semester. CCU has a student body of 10,600.


Elizabeth Hooks, of Camden, earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Citadel. Hooks graduated during The Citadel Graduate College commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4 in McAlister Field House.