Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 18, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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500Aiken remembers ex-USC presidentAndrew Sorensen, the bow-tie aficionado, died unexpectedly Sunday at age 72
By ROB NOVIT
The death of former University of South Carolina President Dr. Andrew Sorensen on Sunday has saddened USC Aiken Chancellor Dr. Tom Hallman and others affiliated with the university.
In an email sent out to faculty and staff, Hallman wrote, “I know you join me in keeping his family in our thoughts
and prayers and in reflecting fondly upon his many interactions with our campus and with many of us. We are a better campus and better people for his influence here and across the state."
Sorensen, 72. died unex
pectedly in (folumhus. Ohio, where he had joined the Ohio State University staff as president of the university’s foundation last fall.
A former University of Alabama president as well, Sorensen served in that role at USC from 2002 to 2008. Hallman said Sorensen visited USC A more than any other president before him. I hat seemingly modest effort meant a great deal to the faculty and
students, Hallman said.
‘‘Ile made us part of the system," he said cl Sorensen. “(Current President) I lams Pastides has continued that, hut Dr. Sorensen set the stage. He valued all the campuses and worked hard to make sure that people appreciated them."
When Sorensen arrived in South Carolina from Alabama, he soon embarked on a “bow-tie tour," a name
that stemmed from his affection for bow-ties instead of traditional ties. USC provost Michael Amirdis was dean of the engineering school during Sorensen’s tenure.
“He decided to take the car and go to many, many small communities around the state, meet the people, reach out from the university, make sure that the university is not an ivory tower, but that it’s embedded into the communi
ty and into the state of South Carolina,’’ said Amirdis.
Sorensen attended all or nearly all of USC A’s graduation ceremonies as the CSC president. On one visit he appeared at a student leadership class on campus and on another occasion, visited some classes at nearby Byrd Elementary School in Graniteville.
See SORENSEN. page12A
Johnson victorious in photo finish at ’Dega
► Jimmie Johnson won a Talladega two-step Sunday. edging Clint Bowyer by about a foot with a big push from Dale Earnhardt Jr. The official margin was 0.002 seconds, tied for the closest finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup history. 11B
Aiken lort included in ghost stories book
► Read stones about the ghost town of Ellenton, an 1886 torrential downpour localized to two adjacent Aiken graves, a 1943 hail of alligators and the 2005 Graniteville train disaster, in “Forgotten Tates of South Carolina" 12A
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Giving kids a reason to smile
Silver Bluff High Sthool gradate Brian Kinard (third from left), along with hit current dMsmitesal Harvard School of Dental Medicine, will participate in a 200-mile race to raise money for children with congenital facial
deformities through Operation Smite.
’04 Silver Bluff grad to run down Mass. coast for Operation Smile
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
A 2004 graduate of Stiver Bluff High School now in hts third year of dental school at Harvard University has enlisted the help of 11 classmates to join him rn a 200-mile race down the coast of Massachusetts to raise money for children with congenital facial deformities^
The group aims to raise $10,000 for the international nonprofit organization t)peration Smile, which, since 1982, has given surgenes to children with conditions such as cleft initiate or cleft hp who cannot afford or obtain them.
Hie race will begin in Boston, and the learn will be broken into two groups ut six. said Brian Kinard, who is from Beech island. I "he
groups will drive in separate vans, and one vanload of people will sleep while the other follow s a team member who will be running, and then they will switch. True to relay style, one team member will Ik* running al any given time during the 200-mile race,
Kinard has participated in various volunteer activities, including providing dental care for homeless teenagers at a night clinic and raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
** rhat’s the beauty of growing up in a small town like Beech Island -everyone works together to make big things happen. You can apply thai
lesson to every aspect of jour life, he said.
Tile third annual event will lake place May 6-7, and through the gen
erosity of friends, family and other acquaintances, the group has already collected a few thousand dollars.
People from across the country come lo Massachusetts to participate in the ev ent each year, Kinard said, and he and his 11 classmates, all of whom are third-year dental students, are looking forward to participating.
“We are excited to be part of an activity that will not only challenge us physically but also give us the opportunity to represent and support an organization such as Operation Smile.’ said Kinard.
f or more information about Kinard and his classmates’ elicits or (fpcration Smile or to make a donation to his team, visit http ^support. 0perahonsmile.org'HSDM2Ul2,
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Staff photo by Haley Hughes Done and Andy Chadwick look over the birdhouses up for bid in the silent auction at the Cedar Creek Community Center Sunday. The Woodworking Club, composed of Cedar Creek residents, built 45 birdhouses for auction with all proceeds to be split between the Aiken SKA and Friends of the (Aiken County) Animal Shelter.
See mort photos from Sunday's event on page 10A.
Staff photo by Ashleey Williamson
Willie Mae Walker, who turned 90 on April 14, sits here with her great-great-nephew, Ryan Connelly, 6, during her birthday celebration on Saturday.
Owner of Carolina Bar-B-Que is now 90
By ASHLEEY WILLIAMSON
A giant birthday cake, an enormous birthday card, tears, hugs and home-sty le barbecue cookin' tilled New Ellenton’s Carolina Bar-B-Que on Saturday as more than 200 people made their way to the restaurant to say "Happy Birthday” to Willie Mae Parker, the restaurant’s owner far 43 years who turned 90 on Apnl 14.
According to family members, Parker has struggled w uh her health ov er the last year, and sev eral family members admitted that, due to her illness, they were sure they were going to lose the oldest liv ing member of their bloodline “She’s a wonderftil woman." said Parker’s niece, Angie Clancy, tearing up. “Last July, she had a problem w ith her colon, arui they had to do surgery. For several months, we thought we had lost her. we had no idea that she would make it."
Parker was in tin; hospital tor three i months, and, although she is back to her self, her mobility is limited, added Clancy Parker sat in a chair near the ! entrance of the restaurant and during I the time of her celebration from 3 to 6 p.m., no more than three min-! utes could go by w ithout someone approaching her for a hug or a kiss
Please see BIRTHDAY, page 10A
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