Little Time for Summer Break at Presbyterian College
During the summer many people are jockeying for room on the beach, are hiking up in the mountains, or are just getting together with friends for a barbecue in the backyard. While the staff at Presbyterian College are taking some time out here and there – they are still spending a huge chunk of their summer making sure that the College is still running smoothly. You see, PC is never not bustling with activity.
By the end of summer, the College will have hosted nearly 20 programs – including summer session, sports camps, international programs, and two orientations. The College will also have completed many necessary renovations and updates to campus buildings and grounds.
During the first week of June the College hosted the American Legion Auxiliary’s 69th Palmetto Girls State. The program was created to educate high school students about local and state government and principles of public service. In addition to participating in mock campaigns and elections, the students heard from guest speakers and expert panels.
More than 600 students attended the week-long program, including Rena Haley, the daughter of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. During the students’ stay they slept in residence facilities, had meals in PC’s dining hall, and made use of classrooms, computer labs, Harper Theater, Templeton Gym, Wyatt Chapel, and Belk Auditorium.
Also on campus for a week this summer were high school students attending the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s Business Week. The students learned about the principles of leadership, teamwork, and the free enterprise system. The students also developed mock companies. Like the students at Girls State, the students attending Business Week stayed in PC’s residence facilities, had meals in the dining hall, and made use of campus buildings.
Additional events on campus included CHAMPS, a college and community partnership designed to provide promising middle and high school students encouragement to strive toward higher education; and the English Immersion Program, designed to allow international students to experience the American University while improving their English language skills.