Area Briefs, March 28, 2014

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HTC names 2014 Teacher-Scholar Award recipient

Coastal Carolina University’s Terry F. Pettijohn II, associate professor of psychology, has been named the 2014 Horry Telephone Cooperative Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecturer.

He will be honored at a ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31, in the James J. Johnson Auditorium. Pettijohn is the 18th recipient of the award presented annually by HTC.

At the ceremony, Pettijohn will present research on his “Environmental Security” hypothesis at 7:30 p.m.

The proposed project looks at how social and economic conditions influence our social preferences. Particular attention will be focused on pop music and how musical preferences are shaped by current events in our culture.

Pettijohn joined the CCU faculty in 2008 and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1995 from Ohio State University. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees in social psychology from the University of Georgia.

Pettijohn conducts research in the areas of interpersonal attraction, relationships and how environmental conditions influence social preferences.

His research findings have been published in the journals Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, the Journal of Social Psychology, and Media Psychology and have also been covered in the media by MSNBC, CNN and the Discovery Channel.

Pettijohn has been recognized as a consistently high performer based on department chair and student evaluations. He mentors student researchers in his senior thesis courses, as well as in several independent studies. Pettijohn also coordinates CCU’s Department of Psychology’s program of planning and assessment, quality enhancement, course development and other initiatives meant to strengthen and build the university’s psychology program.

Pettijohn is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Society of Personality and Social Psychology.

His areas of expertise include social psychology, interpersonal relationships, love, attraction, dating, popular culture and music preferences.

— From HTC

Registration for Race for the Inlet still open

Registration for the ninth annual Race for the Inlet is still being accepted from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday at the Murrells Inlet 2020 office, 4124 Highway 17 Business.

Sign up will also be accepted from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, the day of the race, near the Morse Creek Landing starting point. Entry fee for the event, which actually is four races in one, is $20 for the 5K walk or run without a timing chip, or $25 for the 8K walk or run with the chip and for the 5K walk with the chip.

Prizes will be awarded to the overall top male and female, the 5K and 8K winners and the top male and female 5K and 8K winners in each age group. You must register for a chip to be eligible for a prize.

The USATF-certified courses wind through the Inlet and Marsh Walk. Proceeds benefit MI2020.

— From Anita Crone

Cultural Council to feature ‘Young Treasures’ scholars

“Young Treasures” provides scholarships for talented young musicians and artists through the Cultural Council of Georgetown County’s ongoing program.

For over 20 years the Young Treasures (formerly Pawleys Island Youth Arts) scholarship program has been identifying talented, young students who excel in music and visual arts. During this time, over $115,000 in scholarships have been awarded to more than 130 students.

Scholarships help pay for one year’s private study. Winners have the opportunity to perform at various community events during the year, including a recital at the end of the scholarship year.

The scholars for 2013-14 will be featured in the “Night of the Rising Stars” recital on May 20, at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island.

This free event is at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The scholarships are awarded based upon audition performances or juried art competitions. The Cultural Council is currently seeking applicants to compete for the 2014-15 scholarships.

The deadline for music applicants is April 18, 2014, and auditions will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church of Georgetown.

Over the years, scholars have gone on to major in music at prestigious music schools, have conducted orchestras in the U.S. and Russia, become music teachers and have studied their craft abroad.

Funds for the program come entirely from private contributions. The Cultural Council is looking for members of the community to sponsor a “Young Treasure” by funding a scholarship at the $250 or $500 level. Donors are free to make a contribution towards the scholarship in any amount.

For an application and to find out more about the program or make a donation, contact the Cultural Council at 843-520-0744 or e-mail Admin@CulturalCouncil.info.

— From CCGC

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