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Book Fair 2022

Posted: 2022-09-22 05:17
Book Fair 2022, a CLL fundraiser for its scholarship fund, will be held Saturday, September 24, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, in the Etherredge Center Lower and Upper Lobbies on campus. Come meet and talk to real authors. No admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Class Schedule Updates

Posted: 8:19 AM 9/14/2022
As you likely know, we had a number of errors in our printed catalog. We are also operating in a new working environment with USCA. Those two elements have resulted in inconsistencies in our published class schedule information and in more wait-lists than we want. We apologize for those. The Center and the university are dedicated to eliminating these issues for next semester. For now, we believe you will find consistent information about the class schedule for the fall semester, regardless of where that information is published. Check anywhere in this block to go to the Catalog page for up-to-date schedules and an errata for the printed catalog. Thank you for your patience.

Course Canceled

Posted: 7:23 AM 9/7/2022
The course Introduction to Digital Networks has been canceled for the fall semester due to insufficient enrollment.

Schedule Changes

Posted: 7:11 AM 9/7/2022
Several courses have date and time changes due to an unavoidable change in the instructor's schedule. These courses are: Exploring Windows 10, Making the Most of Your Words, Home Security, and Home Surveillance Systems. To see the changes for a specific course, click anywhere in this block and select the course name from the topical index, under the heading Technology, to display the details for that course.

Section Added

Posted: 5:54 AM 9/6/2022
We have added a second section of the course Google Picasa Photo Editing to accommodate wait-listed students. The added section will be taught on October 17 at 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM.

2020 Kauffman Award Presented to

Vicki Collins

The annual Kauffman Award for outstanding service to the Center for Lifelong Learning was presented to Vicki Collins at the annual Earl F. Kauffman Remembrance Day Luncheon, April 21, 2022.

[Note: Due to Covid concerns, no Kauffman luncheons were held in 2020 or 2021, so this presentation was made in 2022.]

Vicki Collins is the third USC Aiken instructor to receive this award since it was instituted in 1992.

Vicki CollinsBorn in North Carolina and reared in East Tennessee, Vicki Joan Collins earned her B.S. at East Tennessee State University and an M.A. at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. As a lifetime educator, she taught at various secondary schools, colleges and universities throughout the southeast during her career. She joined the faculty of University of South Carolina Aiken in 1989, where she held a Professorship in English.

Vicki was a writer most of her life. Her poetry and prose has appeared in many literary publications. Her book The Silent Appalachian: Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Film, and Television was published by McFarland & Company. Vicki became an active member of the Augusta Poetry Society, the Aiken County Library Board and various author/writer groups in the southeast.

She was the Director of USC Aiken's Writing Room and received numerous awards including the 2015 University Service Award, the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, and Student Education Advisor of the year.

While at USC Aiken, for well over a decade Vicki could be relied upon to teach numerous courses for the Academy dealing with various aspects of literature and writing, and especially with her lifelong interest in Appalachian culture. She was very popular with Academy students and many would sign up for whatever course she offered on any subject, knowing it would be worthwhile, interesting, and enjoyable. From Spring 2013 through Spring 2019, Vicki provided the Academy with a well attended course every semester. She retired from USC Aiken with health issues shortly thereafter.

Vicki Collins' husband DavidFor her continued support of the efforts of the Academy, Vicki Collins was selected as the recipient of the Academy's Kauffman Award for 2020. Sadly, Vicki passed away only a month later, before the award could be presented, so she never learned of this honor. Vicki's husband David Collins accepted the award on her behalf when the Academy's successor organization, the Center for Lifelong Learning resumed the Kauffman Remembrance lunches in 2022.