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Presbyterian College, commonly known as PC, is a four-year, private liberal arts college located in Clinton, South Carolina, USA and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA. The college’s current president is Dr. Claude Lilly. Presbyterian's undergraduate and graduate programs emphasize small class sizes, a congenial atmosphere between professors and students, and a commitment to service. PC is also home to Cyrus, the largest bronze statue of a Scotsman in the world. Wikipedia.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Big South Conference ( announced today an innovative new partnership with Game Plan that creates the first of its kind league-wide student-athlete career network.  Through this arrangement, the Big South will provide Game Plan’s innovative student-athlete development software to its member institutions to greatly enhance each campus’ current resources, which include Game Plan’s eLearning courses, assessment instruments, and the Game Plan Career Marketplace. With Big South member institution’s Winter Commencement ceremonies approaching, as well as the conference graduating at least 84 percent of its student-athletes for three consecutive years, a key aspect to this partnership is each institution’s ability to incorporate Game Plan uniquely into their athletic department culture and student-athlete experience.  The Big South will use Game Plan’s Career Marketplace to incorporate current and future sponsors.  By connecting sponsorship with recruiting, the Big South enhances the value of its partnerships while bringing new career opportunities to its student-athletes.  Current Big South partner Sharp Business Systems will be a presenting sponsor of the new initiative. “A key focus of the Big South Strategic Plan is the student-athlete experience, and what we have heard loud and clear from our student-athletes, in addition to an outstanding athletic experience, is the enhanced opportunity for career placement upon graduation,” stated Big South Commissioner Kyle Kallander.  “That is why we are so excited about this partnership with Game Plan.  The supplemental resources Game Plan will provide each of our members supports our goal of preparing student-athletes for life, and gives corporations exposure to wonderful leaders that are graduating from Big South institutions.” “The partnership with the Big South to invest into student-athlete development illustrates the shift to the new norm of genuinely caring about the student-athlete experience as well as how investment into this student-athlete experience can have a positive impact at both a conference and athletic department level,” said Vin McCaffrey, Founder and CEO of Game Plan.  “A better student-athlete experience should not run contrary to a better economic model for the conference or athletic department.” For more information on Game Plan and its Career Marketplace, please visit: ABOUT GAME PLAN Game Plan is a unified student-athlete development platform, bringing together all the components for a rich student athlete experience by connecting conferences, athletic departments, student-athletes, and employers to improve outcomes for all. Leaders in college athletics look to Game Plan to be the foundation for their student-athlete development program by using a comprehensive approach based on engagement and a student’s personality and interests. Game Plan works with college athletic departments at all NCAA division schools and partners with companies all over the country. For more information, please visit and connect on Facebook (Game Plan), Twitter @gameplanworks), and LinkedIn (Game Plan by Game Theory Group). ABOUT THE BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE ( Founded in 1983, the Big South Conference has matured into a competitive leader in college athletics, actively pursuing excellence on the field of play and in the classroom.  For more than 30 years, the league’s growing presence as an NCAA Division I athletic conference is evident by athletic accomplishments on the national stage, innovative marketing and media partnerships, increased television packages and quality athletic competition while intentionally fostering the academic, personal, social, athletic and leadership development of its student-athletes.  Comprised of 10 member institutions sharing a common geographic region and similar academic values and purposes, the Big South Conference’s institutions -- Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville and Winthrop University -- have a remarkable history of achievement through the league’s 19 championship sports in addition to the academic success of its more than 4,200 student-athletes.  The Big South Conference: Developing Leaders Through Athletics.

News Article | October 25, 2016

HARTSVILLE, S.C., Oct. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has named John Florence its Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.  In this new position, Florence reports to Sonoco’s President and CEO Jack Sanders. Florence’s promotion to Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary comes upon the retirement of Sonoco’s previous Vice President, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary, Ritchie L. Bond. In addition to managing legal work for the company, Florence will now manage Sonoco’s Corporate Secretary and governance function. “John has worked with Sonoco for more than a decade, first at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd and recently as our Corporate Attorney,” said Sonoco President and CEO Jack Sanders. “His legal expertise and advice are invaluable, and he is an important member of our management team.” Prior to this promotion, Florence, 37, has been the Company’s Corporate Attorney since August 2015. He previously worked as an attorney at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. in Columbia, S.C., where he handled legal work for Sonoco and other clients. He holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina (2010), a JD from Samford University (2004) and a BA in English from Presbyterian College (2001). Florence and his wife, Jeanette, live in Columbia with their three children. Florence is a member of the American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Richland County Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel. A photo is available for download at About Sonoco Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5 billion, the Company has 21,000 employees working in more than 330 operations in 34 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. For more information on the Company, visit our website at

Togel F.E.,Presbyterian College | Westenfelder C.,University of Utah
Nature Reviews Nephrology | Year: 2010

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common clinical complication, associated with poor outcomes and the development of chronic kidney disease. Despite major advances in the understanding of its pathophysiology, available therapies for AKI are only supportive; therefore, adequate functional recovery from AKI must predominantly rely on the kidney's own reparative ability. An extensive body of preclinical data from our own and from other laboratories has shown that administration of adult multipotent marrow stromal cells (commonly referred to as mesenchymal stem cells [MSCs]), effectively ameliorates experimental AKI by exerting paracrine renoprotective effects and by stimulating tissue repair. Based on these findings, a clinical trial has been conducted to investigate the safety and efficacy of MSCs administered to open-heart surgery patients who are at high risk of postoperative AKI. In this Perspectives article, we discuss some of the early data from this trial and describe potential applications for stem cell therapies in other fields of nephrology. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has emerged as a priority for outlining the advantages and disadvantages of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) for multiple sclerosis (MS). CER can provide physicians with valuable information to assist them in selecting the most appropriate therapeutics for their patients with MS. For payers, data from CER could inform decisions regarding the level of coverage for current and developing MS therapeutics, and drive the use of the most effective treatments for patients with MS. The base of CER data for DMTs has been expanding, and findings from a number of CER studies for currently available DMTs have been published, while further CER studies are planned to evaluate currently available and new DMTs or DMTs in development. While CER can be used to guide DMT selection for physicians and payers, the safety and tolerability of these treatments must be considered as well. Other emerging factors (eg, biomarkers and patient-specific factors) may also serve as important determinants of DMT choice in the future.

Grace E.,Presbyterian College
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy | Year: 2012

Vancomycin was the first glycopeptide antibiotic introduced into clinical practice. Despite the numerous benefits of vancomycin, clinicians have struggled to dose vancomycin successfully in obese patients to achieve a therapeutic concentration for optimal bacterial killing. Owing to the hydrophilicity of vancomycin and the increase in both adipose tissue and muscle mass associated with obesity, the volume of distribution of vancomycin in obese patients is likely to be altered compared with non-obese patients. In addition to an increase in body mass, obesity is associated with an increase in certain circulating proteins, which results in altered free serum vancomycin concentration. Another alteration that occurs in obesity is increased blood flow secondary to increased cardiac output and blood volume, resulting in increased vancomycin clearance in obese patients. Vancomycin pharmacokinetics in the obese population remain an area of much debate, one that requires continued research given the rising number of obese patients in both the USA and worldwide. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. All rights reserved.

Clements J.N.,Presbyterian College | Shealy K.M.,Presbyterian College
Annals of Pharmacotherapy | Year: 2015

Objective: To review the efficacy and safety of liraglutide, marketed as Saxenda, a glucagon-like peptide-1 analog for obesity management. Data Sources: A MEDLINE search (1970 to March 2015) was conducted for English-language articles using the terms glucagon-like peptide 1, liraglutide, and obesity. Study Selection and Data Extraction: Published articles pertinent to the efficacy and safety of liraglutide for short- and long-term obesity management among overweight or obese patients and special populations were reviewed and summarized. Data Synthesis: Based on randomized placebocontrolled and active-comparator studies, liraglutide can increase weight loss among overweight and obese patients in a dose-dependent manner with once-daily doses of 1.2 to 3.0 mg. It has been shown that a higher proportion of patients experienced 5% and 10% weight loss from baseline compared with placebo and orlistat. Data support the potential benefit of liraglutide among overweight and obese patients with prediabetes, as well as women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) with an inadequate response to metformin. Larger and more robust studies are needed to determine the clinical significance of liraglutide among other agents for obesity in diverse populations. Conclusions: Liraglutide is an adjunct to lifestyle modifications to improve success rates among overweight or obese individuals without diabetes. It may have a potential role in special populations, such as in those with prediabetes and women with PCOS. Based on its clinical evidence, liraglutide can result in more weight loss from baseline compared with orlistat and placebo. Adverse events associated with liraglutide are primarily gastrointestinal and usually dose dependent. © 2015, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, All rights Reserved.

Goldsmith S.J.,Presbyterian College
Seminars in Nuclear Medicine | Year: 2010

Radioimmunotherapy is a form of targeted radionuclide therapy that uses a monoclonal antibody to deliver localized radiation. It is most appropriate for treatment of multiple tumor sites that cannot be readily excised surgically or irradiated using external beam radiation or brachytherapy. At present, 2 products, Bexxar (131I-tositumomab and unlabeled tositumomab, GlaxoSmithKline, Triangle Park, NC) and Zevalin (90Y-ibritumomab tiuxetan and unlabeled rituximab, Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Irvine, CA and Cell Therapeutics, Seattle, WA) are approved for treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in certain clinical situations in the United States and Canada. Zevalin is available also in Europe, and there are plans to make both agents more widely available. The therapeutic dose to be used depends upon a number of patient-specific variables. Both regimen achieve a complete response or partial response in approximately 3 of 4 patients, with a duration of remission lasting many years in some cases. This article reviews the basis for dose selection, the nuclear medicine procedures involved, the results obtained to date, and issues related to patient and staff safety. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Michelassi F.,Presbyterian College | Sultan S.,Presbyterian College
Annals of Surgery | Year: 2014

Introduction: The clinical presentations of Crohn disease of the small bowel vary from low to high complexity. Understanding the complexity of Crohn disease of the small bowel is important for the surgeon and the gastroenterologist caring for the patient and may be relevant for clinical research as a way to compare outcomes. Here, we present a categorization of complex small bowel Crohn disease and review its surgical treatment as a potential initial step toward the establishment of a definition of complex disease. Results: The complexity of small bowel Crohn disease can be sorted into several categories: technical challenges, namely, fistulae, abscesses, bowel or ureteral obstruction, hemorrhage, cancer and thickened mesentery; extensive disease; the presence of short gut; a history of prolonged use of medications, particularly steroids, immunomodulators, and biological agents; and a high risk of recurrence. Conclusions: Although the principles of modern surgical treatment of Crohn disease have evolved to bowel conservation such as strictureplasty techniques and limited resection margins, such practices by themselves are often not sufficient for the management of complex small bowel Crohn disease. This manuscript reviews each category of complex small bowel Crohn disease, with special emphasis on appropriate surgical strategy. Copyright © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 155.99K | Year: 2013

This project is establishing an innovative introductory biology course open to both biology majors and those majoring in other fields. Both lecture and laboratory are integrated as regards teaching approaches used and subject matter covered. Both use an inquiry-based approach to teaching. The particular teaching approach used has been piloted at the institution and found to be superior to other approaches in retaining majors and gaining an interest in and knowledge of the discipline by those students not biology majors. Class time is devoted to group discussions of student-generated questions and peer review of each others work under the guidance of faculty and experienced upper division students. This experience provides an opportunity for upper division students to enrich their research skills.

Intellectual Merit: Web-based background materials are used to prepare students for investigations, while scenarios and discussion questions are of high quality and connect basic concepts in the life sciences (such as the nature of respiration) to real world problems in subjects ranging from molecular biology to animal behavior.

Broader Impact: The entire department is engaged in faculty development activities to prepare both the upper division students and the faculty for this student discussion-centered mode of teaching and research-centered approach to a student laboratory so the impact will go beyond this institution. In addition the web-based background material prepared for students is being made freely available to facilitate easy adaptation by other institutions.

This project is being jointly funded by the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education as part of their efforts toward support of Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: MAGNETOSPHERIC PHYSICS | Award Amount: 217.19K | Year: 2012

This project will apply and extend two new approaches to the problem of recasting magnetic storms. In particular it will develop tools for forecasting of extreme events in ground-based magnetic indices. It will also develop tools for accurately predicting local magnetic fluctuations on the ground that are generated by magnetic storms. Local forecasts during and prior to storms are particularly important since coupling of the magnetosphere-ionosphere system produces geospace and ground magnetic variations whose statistical properties vary with both local time and latitude. The project will develop risk estimation methods based on (1) the statistics of the waiting times between storms above (below) a certain threshold, and (2) a symbolic dynamics method which quantifies temporal variations in the magnetic fluctuations and incorporates the solar wind driving fluctuations. Recent years have witnessed the development of tools that allow for the analysis of data that feature sudden transitions and extreme events, like space storms. These advances have been made possible by a combination of approaches based on dynamical systems theory and statistical physics. A growing catalogue of research provides evidence that the magnetosphere behaves like a complex system with sudden transitions and extreme events that have a distinct statistical structure, including heavy-tailed Levy-type behavior. Because of this complex nature it is possible to leverage the data statistics to make probabilistic hazard assessments for storm risk. These are primarily based on the association of small disturbances with future large storms. The project will examine the way in which the nonlinear behavior in the driver and the magnetosphere interact to produce space storms, especially those for which there is no obvious gross trigger.

American society relies upon technologies such as power distribution systems and constellations of communications satellites for its daily functioning. These technologies are all susceptible to the effects of magnetic storms (also called space storms). Increased societal dependence on these technologies implies the need to understand and predict spatiotemporal fluctuations in the magnetosphere. In addition to the improved ability to predict important space weather phenomena the project will include meaningful research performed by undergraduate students.

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