Happy anniversary USC Union


Local campus celebrates golden anniversary

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This cake held a place of honor during Friday’s reception in the lobby of USC Union’s Main Building. The reception and the program that preceded it in the auditorium which is also located in the Main Building, celebrated both the 20th annual Founders’ Day and the 50th anniversary of the founding of USC Union in 1965.


Charles Warner photos | The Union Daily Times A large crowd turned out for the reception in the lobby of USC Union’s Main Building Friday morning. The reception and the program that preceded it in the auditorium, which is also located in the Main Building, celebrated both the 20th annual Founders’ Day and the 50th anniversary of the founding of USC Union in 1965.


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION — Even as it celebrated the contributions of one of its staunchest supporters, USC Union was itself celebrated for its 50 years of service to the people of Union County.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of USC Union and that milestone was celebrated Friday morning along with the 20th annual Founders’ Day which honors those who have supported the university and its efforts to provide the people of Union County with higher learning services.

Friday’s celebration included a program in the auditorium in the campus’ Main Building followed by a reception in the lobby of that facility.

Among those addressing the program was Campus Dean Dr. Alice Taylor-Colbert who explained that Founders’ Day “is the day that institutions of higher education set aside to honor those whose energy, effort, and enthusiasm made their establishment possible. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we honor the leaders in Union, the state legislature, and the University of South Carolina who came together in the 1960s to create the University of South Carolina Union. We are indebted to them and the hundreds of others who have made USC Union what it is today.”

During her address, Taylor-Colbert recognized the many local and educational dignitaries attending the celebration.

“Joining us today from USC are Board of Trustees member Tony Lister, Palmetto College Chancellor Susan Elkins, Dean Walt Collins of USC Lancaster, and Chris DeWolf of the Development Office as well as Palmetto College Board of Visitors members Mike Cassels and Bill Taylor,” Taylor-Colbert said. “We are also honored to have former USC Union Dean Jim Edwards here today.

“We are honored to have elected officials with us including City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson, Mayor Ernest Moore of Jonesville, Mayor Mary Ferguson-Glenn of Carlisle, Mayor Ailene Ashe of Lockhart, Union County Supervisor Frank Hart, Union County Clerk of Court Freddie Gault, Union City Councilmen Tommy Anthony, Yates Giles, and Jim Wilson and Carlisle City Councilwoman Ann Stevens,” she said. “Joining us also was Ms. Teresa Thomas representing U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.”

Taylor-Colbert also recognized USC Union Educational Foundation Partnership Board members and former Founders’ Day honorees who were present.

“From our USC Union Educational Foundation Partnership Board are Helen Diamaduros and Packie Whitener,” she said. “Former Founders’ Day honorees are Rev. A. L. Brackett, Mr. Bannie Kennedy, and Packie Whitener.”

Taylor-Colbert also asked that USC Union faculty, staff and students that were present to stand and be recognized and asked family members of USC Union’s original founders to do the same.

As part of the celebration of its 50 years of

service to the community, USC Union commission a 50th anniversary publication and had planned to have it available for distribution at Friday’s celebration, but Taylor-Colbert said it has been delayed because of the weather. She said the publication’s availability would be announced on USC Union’s website when it arrives.

Taylor-Colbert concluded by telling the audience that “I hope you will speak with all of those around you and thank them for what they do to contribute to the ongoing work and success of USC Union. … May USC Union continue to be a blessing to those we serve, extend her influence in all directions, and thrive for the next 50 years.”

Barbara Rippy

Friday’s celebration also honored Barbara Rippy for her support of USC Union. Rippy was presented a plaque and a portrait of her was unveiled during the ceremony. The portrait was to be placed in the Community Room in the Central Building of the campus alongside past Founders’ Day honorees.

Rippy, who has donated or pledged $150,000 in support of various USC Union projects, thanked the university for the honor it bestowed upon her.

“I would like to thank the University of South Carolina Union and Dean Alice Taylor-Colbert for recognizing me in such a special way today,” Rippy said. “It is truly a humbling experience. Also, many thanks to the staff here for all of the preparations that helped make this event possible today.”

Rippy and her late husband, Dr. Bobby Rippy, owned and operated Smith’s Drug Store on Main Street in downtown Union from 1969 until their retirement in 2003. During that time, they were both heavily involved with the community, an involvement that she has continued since her husband’s death.

“Forty-six years ago, Bobby and I came to Union and fell in love with this wonderful town,” Rippy said. “We worked many tireless hours and were greatly supported by the people in Union County. Throughout the years we made it our mission to support this county in many ways and certainly this fine institution is no exception. It gives me great pleasure to see this university succeed here and Bobby and I always believed that it was a vital part of our community. There are many success stories that begin here and it is my hope that USC Union will be here for many years to come.”

Rippy also thanked SC House District 42 Rep. Mike Anthony, SC Senate District 14 Sen. Harvey Peeler, and SC Senate District 13 Sen. Shane Martin “for being our champions in Columbia. They have led the fight to keep our university here in Union and we should all be grateful for their efforts.”

The importance of education was also stressed by Rippy.

“I would also like to emphasize the importance of education in our world today,” Rippy said. “More than anything else, education provides the foundation for the building blocks for the rest of our lives.”

Rippy concluded by saying “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this great honor today.”

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This cake held a place of honor during Friday’s reception in the lobby of USC Union’s Main Building. The reception and the program that preceded it in the auditorium which is also located in the Main Building, celebrated both the 20th annual Founders’ Day and the 50th anniversary of the founding of USC Union in 1965.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Cake.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times This cake held a place of honor during Friday’s reception in the lobby of USC Union’s Main Building. The reception and the program that preceded it in the auditorium which is also located in the Main Building, celebrated both the 20th annual Founders’ Day and the 50th anniversary of the founding of USC Union in 1965.

Charles Warner photos | The Union Daily Times A large crowd turned out for the reception in the lobby of USC Union’s Main Building Friday morning. The reception and the program that preceded it in the auditorium, which is also located in the Main Building, celebrated both the 20th annual Founders’ Day and the 50th anniversary of the founding of USC Union in 1965.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_0025.jpgCharles Warner photos | The Union Daily Times A large crowd turned out for the reception in the lobby of USC Union’s Main Building Friday morning. The reception and the program that preceded it in the auditorium, which is also located in the Main Building, celebrated both the 20th annual Founders’ Day and the 50th anniversary of the founding of USC Union in 1965.
Local campus celebrates golden anniversary

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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