Crestview was among 18 Greenville County elementary schools and more than 10,000 students awarded a free book fair, “Make Summer Count”.
Each student in grades 4K-5th grade received 12 free books for summer reading.
The new director of Clemson University’s general engineering department is a career naval officer who has served aboard three nuclear submarines and has done research on how lasers can be used as weapons.
Joe Watkins, who will retire as a captain after 31 years in the Navy, comes to Clemson from the U.S. Naval Academy. He was most recently associate professor and general-engineering program director in the academy’s mechanical engineering department.
Watkins said he expects to begin his new job at Clemson on Aug. 15
“I’m very passionate about educating young men and women about how to think like an engineer,” he said. “This was a great opportunity.”
All students who want to major in engineering at Clemson are admitted to the general engineering program before picking a specific field.
Students take courses that prepare them for the work they will face in upper-level classes and their careers. They are also offered academic advising and career counseling.
Watkins will replace Interim Director Don Beasley.
Anand Gramopadhye, dean of the College of Engineering and Science, said that Clemson has landed a star faculty member.
“Our general engineering program, through world-class engagement experiences, is the cornerstone to creating the next generation of engineers, a vital need of our state and nation,” Gramopadhye said.
“We are truly fortunate to recruit a leader and a top-notch engineer like Capt. Watkins to Clemson.”
Watkins is the founding director of the academy’s Directed Energy Research Center, where he did his laser research. He said that he may continue the research at Clemson once he’s settled in his new job.
Watkins said that Clemson’s vision for its engineering program attracted him to the university.
“It really excited me,” he said. “The university is committing the necessary resources to make it the best school in the nation in engineering. And that is something we sorely need to meet the technological demands of today's society -- more top-quality graduates in engineering fields.
Watkins is a veteran of the Navy’s submarine force, serving in three nuclear submarines from 1983 to 2001. His last afloat tour was as executive officer of USS Louisville, SSN 724.
Watkins was qualified as a nuclear engineer and for command.
Watkins was awarded a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2004. He also holds a Master of Science in astronautical engineering, a Bachelor of Science equivalency in electrical engineering and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Auburn University.
Watkins will move to the Upstate with Teresa, his wife of 32 years.
They have two adult children. Joseph is a recent graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sarah is completing her interpreter training program in American Sign Language.
Eighth grade students at Riverside Middle School produced “Saturday Night Lost in Time”, an annual production of the drama department. Heidi Kurtz has been director of school’s drama for the past 10 years
Michael Gallagher and Algebra Team #1 won the individual and team event, respectively, to lead Riverside Middle School students in an outstanding competition at the Mauldin High Math competition.
Rey Rivera, a fifth grader at Crestview Elementary School, offers a salute to honor active and veteran military personnel.
May 22, 2014
The Greater Greer Education Foundation awarded $13,100 in scholarships to 16 students from six high schools in the Greater Greer area Thursday afternoon at Greer City Hall.
Wild & Wooly Big Fat Bully was one of the most entertaining children's plays ever performed at the J. Harley Bonds Center on Thursday night.
The students of Washington Center are giving back and helping others in their community. They are working with St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Blythe Elementary and Greenbrier Elementary to provide meals to children who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year.
Once a month the students are performing a variety of skills to assemble bags filled with non-perishable food items during Sarah Ashworth's Daily Living Classes. The goal is that these meals will reduce hunger for the students which in turn will improve their educational experience.
Wild & Wooly Big Fat Bull will be performed by a 50-student cast of grades 3-5 from Crestview Elementary Thursday at 7 p.m. at the J. Harley Bonds Center.
Admission is $3 for adults and students are free.
Leadership Greer Class XXXIV and Junior Leadership Class XXV held their graduation ceremony last Tuesday at the BMW Zentrum.
Leadership Greer’s class project, Leaders in Action, a partnership with Christmas in Action, coordinated a project day, and worked on five homes in the Greer area. A donation of $1,000 each was also made to Greer Relief & Resources, Greer Community Ministries, Piedmont Women’s Center, Middle Tyger Community Center, and the Greer Soup Kitchen.
Jake Purvis of Greer High School signed a letter-of-intent Monday to play baseball for Erskine College.
A two-sport standout with Greer High School, Purvis was starting catcher for two years and played H back/linebacker for the Class 3A football Yellow Jackets.
Greer State Bank will recognize 237 Greer High School students for completing EverFi, the new online Personal Finance program.
The certification ceremony, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the high school, will highlight both the success of students and the private-public initiative within the community. Guest speakers will discuss the importance of financial education to high school students, information on how this education initiative is transforming learning in the classroom, and the value of public-private partnerships in making it all happen.
Jeremy Murphy of Greer, a teacher at Greer High School, will attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute in Washington.
After an application process, 60 teachers were selected to participate. The Institute is open to teachers in the fields of law-related and civic education.
Bob Jones Academy graduated 87 students Thursday at Rodeheaver Auditorium on the Bob Jones University campus.
Claire Overly was the valedictorian and Elliott Lovegrove the salutatorian, both from Greenville.
Riverside had 20 student athletes sign with colleges Tuesday to continue their athletic career.
Photos of the signings are here.
Greer Middle College plays Greenville Tech Charter in a second round 1A state playoff boys soccer game Thursday at 8 p.m. at Furman University. That simple sentence has a much deeper meaning for the Blazers and their followers.
GMC is seeded fourth in the Upper State playoffs and received a first round bye.
Bunny Sedmont will release her first published novel 6-9 p.m. on May 31 at a book signing at the Stomping Grounds in Greer. “Trinity’s New Song” is a Christian romance book.
The back jacket of the book illustrates its theme:
Washington Center recently held its annual Craft Day school-wide fundraiser.
Students and teachers created items to sell to the public during the fair. Volunteers assisted in the event.
Washington Center is the recipient of several recent awards.
The center received the Upstate Diversity Leadership Honorable Mention Award for efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the upstate community.