CU trustees approve addition to Doug Kingsmore Stadium

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CLEMSON — Clemson University trustees approved new majors aimed at broadening humanities opportunities for students and gave the final OK for building and renovation projects at their April meeting Friday.

The trustees approved six bachelor of arts degrees in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities: Global Studies, Women’s Leadership Studies, Cinema and World Cultures, Pan-African Studies, Sports Communication and Religious Studies. The majors are offered as minors now and faculty would be shared among them. They are being funded by reallocations within the college.

The new majors reflect the need for graduates who have broad global views and are based on student demand.

Also approved by trustees are a Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation and a bachelor’s of science in Youth Development Services, an online program that enables some former students to complete their degrees.

The board gave the OK to offer online the master’s degrees in Professional Communication and Civil Engineering, which are aimed at working professionals who are seeking additional education.

The degrees could be available by fall 2013, pending the approval of the S.C. Commission on Higher Education and the university accrediting organization, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Trustees also approved six new certificates students can seek to add to their degrees. Each requires from nine to 18 credit hours: Digital Ecologies (architecture); Social Impact Design 1:1_Architecture+Community (graduate students); Structural Design of Low-rise Structures (post-baccalaureate, online); Dynamic Loads (post-baccalaureate, online); Non-profit Leadership (undergraduate, online); and International Engineering and Science (undergraduate).

The trustees also acted on various projects:

Approved the concept plan for an addition to Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The $7 million project will be financed by private donations.

Approved the concept of an addition of a research and education center to the Clemson University/Greenwood Genetic Center to increase the capacity for Clemson students to conduct genetic research on a cellular level. The $6.5 million project would be funded through state infrastructure bonds.

Approved an additional $700,000 more to complete the Highway 93 pedestrian safety.

Gave the OK for improvements and updates to the farm animal research centers at the Simpson Station and LaMaster Dairy. The state Legislature appropriated $2.6 million for the project.

Gave final approval for HVAC system renovation in 48-year-old Barnett Hall. The $4 million will come from Housing Improvement Funds.

In other action, the board approved naming the gallery in the lower level of Lee Hall the John Acorn Gallery in honor of the professor emeritus and former art department chairman.

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