Around the industry: University says president will be only commencement speaker

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  • Kentucky: The University of Kentucky (UK) has unearthed a time capsule on campus holding a 1958 ticket to a Louis Armstrong show, a ticket for a horse racing facility, a tea bag, band aids, university programs, and a tube of coral red lipstick. The capsule will be added to UK's archives collection (Smith, WKYT, 8/8). 
  • South Carolina: Beginning in May, University of South Carolina (USC) President Harris Pastides will be the only person to deliver the commencement address. While dignitaries will still receive honorary degrees, they will not address students and their families. According to a USC spokesperson, the university made the decision because of growing difficultly in finding enough quality speakers and a desire to focus more on students and their families during commencement (Shain, Free Times, 8/11).
  • Virginia: The Dominion Foundation has awarded Norfolk State University a $25,000 grant to expand its green technology initiative, which will go toward exposing students to technologies such as microelectronics, optoelectronics, and microfabrications. "Thanks to this Dominion Foundation grant, we are able to expand training capabilities for students to learn the fabrication process, which uses green technology to improve electronic communications, energy generation, and lighting," says Demetris Geddis, associate professor of engineering and director of the university's Micro-and Nano-Technology Center (Botelho, University Business, 8/14). 

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