March 31, 2006

Welcome Group Study Exchange Team from Brazil

March 28, 2006: Rotarians got to see firsthand what being a part of an international service organization is all about. Our club was visited by the Group Studies Exchange (GSE) Team from Brazil, which included six team members from District 4470 in Sao Paulo State, southwest Brazil. The Team is visiting cities all around the state, including Orangeburg, Columbia, Sumter and Charleston, where they joined our District Conference luncheon on Friday.

The Team was made up of teachers, consultants, and medical professionals who shared bits from their personal and professional lives. They also shared highlights of the Brazilian economy as well as attractions and important facets of their culture. For example, Brazil boasts the largest freshwater wetland as well as a series of waterways used for commerce and recreation. And who knew that the town of Birigui, where several of the team members call home, is the "children's footwear capital" of the world! Brazil's cars can run on gas as well as ethanol and natural gas, the country produces 100% of its oil demand strictly from offshore drilling, and has a large steel production.

We wish our new friends the best and thank them for visiting our Club. What a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures and lands through the common bond of Rotary!

By Amy Riley, Keyway Committee Chair

March 17, 2006

Club Social: Oyster Roast!

March 14, 2006: From a spectacular sunset to the dramatic rising of the moon, the Rotary Oyster Roast was held in wonderful weather at the fabulous harbor setting of the Maritime Center. Upon arrival members were greeted by Carroll's smiley face and a hello by Chappy McKay. For a starter there was literally a boatload of libations on ice. Then came piles of steaming oysters. The crowd did not need to be asked twice to line the tables and shuck away. For the timid, or those wishing a starter, spicy chili was available. As if perfection had not been achieved with the setting and food, the John Tecklenburg Quartet played songs to enhance the moonlight mood. If you were there, you know what we mean. If you missed it --, well, better luck next time, for not coming was a mistake not to be repeated. If you do not remember if you were there, check the pictures.

Reported by Ian Cognito, your Live Guy Spy

March 13, 2006

New Graduate Degrees in the Low Country

March 7, 2006: Expounding on a new partnership for the Charleston area, Dr. Skip Godow, Director of the Lowcountry Graduate Center brought exciting news to both potential students and employers alike. Formed in 2001 as a result of University Study Committee of 1999, the LGC partners The College of Charleston, The Citadel and the Medical University of South Carolina to offer graduate training in areas that were totally absent in the lowcountry. This absence was leaving potential and local corporations without graduate level opportunities for their employees to improve their skills. A primary concern of the Study Committee was the need to improve area economic development, particularly in the areas of engineering, computers, education and business development.

Dr. Godow is a graduate of the University of Illinois and been associated with the C of C since 1974 with considerable experience operating the colleges North Campus.

The center, which is located on the road to the airport, now has 14 classrooms, a major distance learning program, video conferencing, more faculty and a library.

Current major opportunities include:

USC Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering
C of C and Citadel M. S. in Computer and Information Sciences
Citadel MBA
C of C Organizational and Corporate Communications Certificate
Citadel Technical Project Management Certificate
C of C Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate
Citadel and C of C Master's Level Education Courses

Future plans include doctorates in computer science, education, engineering and public policies.

Program costs range from about $13,000 for a Masters Degree to $40,000 for a doctorate.

Reported by Fred Sales, Keyway Committee

March 2, 2006

Restoration is our Future

February 28, 2006: Before we can think about building new, we must fix and restore what we already have. That was the message Rotarians took home from a presentation by Jan Schach, Dean of Clemson University's College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Dean Schach spoke to our Club about the new Clemson University Restoration Institute, and why the Lowcountry is the perfect location because of its rich history and natural laboratory for studying the "restoration economy".

The restoration economy in South Carolina will be based on rebuilding the state over the next 60 years by revitalizing areas and utilizing technologies that will allow us to build smarter. Dean Schach shared some staggering statistics on population, infrastructure and development, and how restoration is going to be critical if we are going to be able to meet the challenges of growth with respect to future development. Restoration has many meanings, including historic preservation, creating new, sustainable building materials, and remediation of our natural resources.

Established in 2004, the Restoration Institute was formed to bring together resources and experts in many fields to tackle issues regarding health, hydrology, materials engineering, historic preservation and urban design. The Institute will build its campus on 80 acres at the former Charleston Navy Base, and will capitalize on such local resources as the Lasch Conservation Center (on the property), the ACE Basin and downtown's historic district. The goal of the Institute is to "drive economic growth by creating, developing and fostering restoration industries and technology."

According to Schach, more people live in urban cities than ever before, and specifically in the South Carolina, we can expect one million more people in the next 30 years, with one-third of them moving to the Lowcountry. With a current $1.6 trillion infrastructure backlog that doesn't even take into consideration new development, we need to be smart about how we build into the future, conserving our resources and building sustainably for future generations.

Submitted by Amy Riley