In Our Community: TCMU, Greenville County Animal Care, and more

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COMMUNITY

MUSEUM
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate receives grant for financial literacy programs

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) has been granted $10,000 from the Piedmont Chapter of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA), which represents more than 4,000 CPAs and accounting professionals throughout the state. The funds will go toward the museum’s Finances for the Family program, which is a family-based financial literary series built to educate parents and children. SCACPA has shown its support for TCMU since 2013, where it helped maintain the Money Works bank exhibit. This partnership helps families to learn to make better choices about their finances while also educating future generations.

PHILANTHROPY
Peace of Triune Art Auction to be held April 19

The Upstate Women’s Club of Simpsonville will host the Peace of Triune Art Auction for the 6th time. The event will benefit the Triune Mercy Center and its program that help Greenville’s homeless. The event will be held on Thursday, April 19, at Studio 220 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville on North Main Street. Admission for the event will be free. The event is presented by Southern First Bank and will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a silent auction featuring contributed art and other items. A live auction will follow with a performance by Joe Everson. The auction will feature works by professional artists throughout the Upstate that have been donated, as well as artists in the Triune Art Room.

ANIMAL WELFARE
Greenville County Animal Care progress since January

Greenville County Animal Care is currently at an 87 percent save rate, which is incredibly close to the next milestone of a 90 percent no-kill save rate. Seven hundred and fifty large dogs have entered the shelter since Jan. 1, and 500 of those have been adopted, while 250 are still in need of a home. Five hundred and fifty small dogs and puppies have also entered the shelter, as well as 100 cats and 48 kittens. In total, 980 animals have been adopted into loving homes.

Lost pets have made up 68 percent of GCAC’s intake since Jan. 1 for pets in Greenville and Spartanburg County, making it a great place to check first when a pet goes missing. Two hundred and fifteen lost pets were returned to their owners.

There have been 915 free spays and neuters provided to high-risk pet populations through the donations of the community. One hundred and fifty heartworm-positive dogs entered the shelter that required treatment totaling about $100,000.

EDUCATION

BOB JONES UNIVERSITY
University to launch new and updated academic programs

Bob Jones University has announced that its Division of Music will launch four new degrees including a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in music and church ministries, Bachelor of Music Education, and a Bachelor of Music in Composition. The new degrees will be available in fall 2018. The existing musical programs are expecting updates as well to include additional credits in applied music study, new experiential learning internships in the community, and a seminar focused on developing entrepreneurial skills and mindset for the 21st-century musician.

Dr. Michael Moore, who is the current head of the Department of Music Education, will become chair of the Division of Music this summer. Moore and the rest of Bob Jones University are anticipating the degree will be appealing to students who are strong in music, but also interested in business, communications, arts administration, health sciences, or ministry careers.

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