The meeting was called to order in the Law School Auditorium at 2 PM by President Palms
Charles Mack (ARTH) asked the president about the rumor that funding to units would be determined by enrollment. The President referred the response to the Provost.
We just had our kick-off with the Family Fund. For new faculty and those who are not as familiar with this fund, I believe it is quite unique in southern public institutions. I think we have one of the finest family funds in the country. We have over 70% participation by faculty and staff. 98% of those who make a pledge fulfill that pledge, and this year I think we raised over $1.4 million in gifts and gifts-in-kind. So I want to congratulate you. We have a goal of $600,000 set for this year. I want to thank all of the deans. Jerry Odom headed that campaign last year, and Jane Jameson will do it this year. It is a wonderful way to show your commitment to this institution. It certainly helps your president in going around as we lay the foundation of this campaign¬the campaign for 2001¬to be able to provide evidence of how we care about our own institution and that we give to it in spite of the below average salaries here as compared to some neighboring states.
I hope you had a good summer, those of you who stayed here and taught and those of you who had a chance to get away and do some scholarship or just travel for the sake of traveling. There are a number of things that were ongoing during the summer. I want to mention a few of these and talk a little bit about what the expectations might be for this year.
You know that since we last met that I have initiated tenure revocation proceedings for a particular faculty member. This is something that I don't think any of us, including myself, take lightly. It is very seldom done at the University, but I think it is very important that tenure is understood and the responsibilities of tenure are respected. Every faculty member is obviously entitled to the due process that revocation proceedings command. I know the public doesn't quite understand it like we do, but we patiently, with due care, must provide a faculty member due process. We are in that process and those negotiations at this time.
The governor is taking a economic development trip to Korea. We have many friends in Korea. When I went to Korea 3 years ago, we had an alumni gathering in Seoul, and we had almost 200 alumni of USC in Korea. This included undergraduates as well as graduates. We are looking for economic development in this state, and I have been invited to go with him. I think I need to bend his ear a little bit any way; Bob Royall, who is the leading economic development officer for the state, is also going. I will spend three or four days with them in the early part of October.
We have some really exciting news about our incoming class, and the provost is going to share those numbers with you. It is really a superb class and the recruiting of that class (this is mainly the undergraduate class I'm talking about now) has really been made possible because so many of you participated in that process. Individual faculty called outstanding students; chairmen of departments had candidates for Carolina scholars and for the freshman class of the honors college to the campus, invited them, communicated with the parents. The trustees had receptions in their hometowns for potential outstanding students.
You have raised the standards for admissions now two years in a row. That has resulted in additional applications coming in now, not a decline in applications, so we had a bigger pool to deal with. We made some commitments for scholarship money that we did not have budgeted. We took a risk because most of the outstanding students now have scholarship opportunities. As you know our adjacent state, Georgia, has these wonderful Hope scholarships. Any student with a 1000 SAT and a " B " average gets a free education in public institutions. There are not many instances of students who are outstanding who don't have an opportunity for scholarships, so we have extended ourselves, and it means we have obligations in forthcoming years, but we feel confident that we will continue to increase the enrollment and make up for that.
I have been conducting a number of meetings to lay the groundwork around the state for this major campaign (the Campaign for 2001). I go early in the morning, and we have a pre-breakfast gathering with a group of 20 to 30 individuals in a community. I speak for half an hour about the visions of this institution: where we hope to be, the category of institutions to which we want to belong, the quality of student body we are trying to recruit, and the expectations of our faculty as far as their teaching and their scholarship. Then, we have a computer printout of over 1000 names of our graduates who are potential contributors to a campaign. We ask them to grade, in categories from " a " through " e, " the potential givers to this institution. We have come up with over 1000 new names and over $30 million of potentials. Even if only a third of that were realized, they are names we never had before. It is really well received. While they are filling out those forms, I travel around their communities and meet with principle leaders of the community, meet with CEO's of corporations, get feedback from them about what we are doing, what their perception of the University is. We have the politicians who serve that region also at those luncheons. I think this has been a good way to communicate what we are doing at this institution. I have met in Aiken, Allendale, Anderson, and Greenville. I've been to Lancaster, Rock Hill, Sumter, Union, Walterboro. I haven't heard anybody at these meetings say we ought to cut higher education in this state. None of the politicians who have attended those meetings have said we ought to cut higher education. I don't think the governor who has met in these communities for his town meetings has heard that we ought to be cutting higher education in this state. So I think there is a very good feeling¬despite the football loss this last Saturday¬about what we are trying to attempt at this institution.
I know that we had a meeting, a number of meetings, last year at which I related our collective vision for this University. We have new faculty here, and obviously we have faculty who were not at those meetings, and we have faculty that don't read their mail and they are saying what is the president up to, what is our vision. I have 10 little points that I think we all agreed that we would move toward collectively:
These are the 10 points that I am reiterating all over the state. I am instructing people, teaching people, what it means to have a flagship research university. You'd think you wouldn't have to do that in the 1990's, but it is still necessary.
We want to belong to the elite group of American Association of Universities. There are now 58. As you know, you can't apply to belong. You have to be invited. And you are invited once you have achieved a level of performance and standard regarding undergraduate student enrollment, the quality of faculty, research grants, scholarship production, your library, and number of degrees. We are the only Category I institution in South Carolina, as defined by the Southern Region Educational Board. Category I measures the research and the number of Ph.D.'s and master's degrees, and we are the only institution that will ever be a category I. We are the only institution that has a chance of belonging to the AAU. Our message is that South Carolina deserves, after 200 years of investment in this institution, to have one such institution in this state. Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, and Florida, who were admitted several years ago, are the only publics that belong to the AAU. We deserve to do that and that is the case that we are trying to make.
Another issue for this year is of course the legislative committee that is again studyi ng what the strategic philosophy for higher education in the state should be. I have met with at least half of the members of this committee. I am encouraged by the statesman-like approach they are taking to what questions they should even be asking: What kind of institution should be in this state? How many research universities? How many four-year institutions? What percent of the revenues that come in to this state should be dedicated to higher education? We have had a consistent, downward trend in this state. They are going to deliberate, and they will make their recommendations. We are staying in close contact with them. They have asked for a document from us. We are very close to submitting that document. We will be glad to share it with you when it is completed.
As you know at the end of August, the Commission on Higher Education asked that the presidents come and make a budget presentation to them. Many of the presidents did that. I also presented this vision to them. I think it was very well-received. I said I want some consistency in budgeting, so we can make some plans. The computer people want to make a major investment in the new main frame and move to an effective client server kind of an environment. This is a multi-year investment. I can't make that investment if I am being budgeted plus one year and minus the next year. I'd be willing to live with a cost of living increase to the general formula if we can cost of living increase the tuition and raise a lot of other money. I need some consistency for a while until this economy straightens out and we can decide politicall y how much tax relief we want to give people in this state. We are asking for at least a statement of some sort of partnership arrangement with us and the General Assembly of what we might expect in funding.
You are aware of the turmoil in Washington regarding federal funding. We are communicating with our representatives and senators. Whenever you have a professional organization that is communicating in Washington about an issue on the budget, please let us know so we can endorse your professional organizations, whether it is funding through NSF, NIH, or the Department of Energy. It is crucial that we keep the pressure on Washington to keep funding basic research and education, particularly student support, which last year was very much in jeopardy.
We have new leadership on the campus. Dr. Larry Faulkner. Larry stand up a minute. He has just been made dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Medical Affairs. Congratulations. I want to thank everyone who participated in a very, very open search. Many people had a chance to interview the candidates, and we came together a number of times. In the last search committee meeting everybody had a chance to express their opinions about each candidate. Larry has the support of the Medical School and the University.
We also have a new school, a virtual school, the School of Environmental Studies. If you didn't follow that discussion during the fall, it is an interesting discussion. John Vernberg is that new dean. He is the dean of Environmental Studies.
And our new vice president for finance is John Finan, who comes to us from Maryland. There he is. He ran the finances of the Air Force Academy. He is a retired brigadier general. He has a master's in business administration from Michigan State. He has run a major $800 million school system in Maryland. We are glad to have you on board; welcome John.
This year we will have some additional searches. We have a search that we will initiate soon for the new dean of the School of Public Health. Winona, after a long wonderful career, has decided she wants to relax a little bit more. Dean Ishler has also requested retirement from his deanship, so we are going to be looking for a dean for the College of Education. And a new dean for the virtual school of the environment because John wants to retire, too; so we will have another dean search.
The master plan is on schedule. You see all the cranes. Most of the cranes in Columbia are here on this campus. So we are making our major contribution. By January we will have $120 million worth of construction going on on this campus. You may have been in the new classrooms on the campus; renovations took place this summer. We renovated Preston College as a residential college, and it was very, very well received.
People ask me, " What do you want to do this year? " I say that I want to continue to do what we do very, very well. I want the faculty to do what they came here to do, and that is to teach and do research. I cannot tell you how many families have decided this is the place to get an undergraduate education. We had our freshman convocation in the Koger Center, and some of these parents came up to Norma and I afterwards and said we were looking at Virginia and we were looking at Duke and they are awful expensive schools these days. We think you have a really great school and you are a bargain as some of the magazines in this country indicate. We have confidence in you that you can educate our children and if they want to go to graduate school they get into the best graduate schools. I just want to let you know how much it means to these parents when we really pay attention their students.
The horror stories are mostly about undergraduates not receiving attention, good teaching, counseling, and nurturing. I cannot tell you it doesn't really take that much time to pay attention to students; for example, in Preston Residential College, faculty dine with students and meet with them on a regular basis. The word is out all over the state that we care about our undergraduates. I want to encourage that interaction even more so between September 15th and October 15th; for any faculty member tenured or on tenure track, I will pay for your lunch if you eat with the students in the Russell House. One meal, just go in and get a tray and go sit down with the students. We will announce in the newspaper how that will be paid for, but I encourage you. I think that it will be a good thing. You can pick up passes I think on September 14th; we've got that arranged.
This is going to be an exciting year for us. We have the best student body we ever had. I am told by the deans that we have the best group of deans that we have ever had. We had an all day retreat with the deans, and if you saw the interaction, the sharing, the openness, the collective statesmanship approaches to problems that affect all of us, I think you would be really proud. I believe the trustees also collectively have the best disposition they've had about this institution and about you and what you are doing at this institution. So we should have a good year internally. What happens externally is anybody's guess, but I certainly will do everything in my power to see to it that we will be supported in the best way we can be supported.
Last year if you will recall both the President and I gave you a pretty heavy dose of hard hitting lectures about mission of the place and our responsibility that if we were going to make this a better university and laid some I think very heavy assignments on all of us. If you will recall we established some very concrete goals. One of them was to increase the number of national merit scholars by 20% a year for the next ten years. The number of national merit scholars that we have been attracting to USC - Columbia has been at best stagnant. It has been hovering at about 16 or 17 although I have now been told that as recently as 4 or 5 years ago we only had 8. We established that goal. We put in some additional funding. We doubled the scholarship for national merit scholars but we asked you the faculty to pitch in and be a part of the process of turning around the perception of this university into that of a place that truly cares about undergraduates and it does a good job with undergraduates once they get here. I think that accomplishing that mission, which is more than a one-year task, is clearly a key part of the president's overall vision for the place at the undergraduate as well as the graduate level side and is key to our having the kind of political support in the state that we need to have. If we're seen as doing a good job with those South Carolina high school graduates who attend this place and if we are seen as being the place of choice for those kinds of students and then they are happy once they get here and happy when they leave - that will be without question the key to turning around political support, long term, for the University of South Carolina.
We were also concerned, if you remember, last year that we were raising admission standards for the second time in 3 years by the action of this faculty and we did that knowing there was tremendous risk to the bottom line. All of our economic forecasters told us that we would drop 300 freshmen students this fall as a result of raising the admissions standards another tenth of a point. You will recall 3 years ago by your action we raised the admission standard from a 2.05 to a 2.15 and we did actually for one year undergo a slight loss. We recovered it the following year, but this fall the second wave of that admission increased another tenth of a point to a predicted 2.25. All of the analysts said we will drop from roughly 2500 freshmen to 2300 freshmen, and that has a sizeable impact on the budget and we were already in a tight budget climate so we gave ourselves an almost impossible task; raise the predicted gpa, shoot for an almost impossible 20 point gain in the SAT average, and get us over the one thousand threshhold, and maintain at least stable enrollments. I am very pleased to tell you that we have exceeded all of those goals. We increased enrollment - we increased the freshmen class by 9%. We didn't have 2300 freshmen. We have 2600+ freshmen. We increased the number of transfer students from 900 to close to 1100 students. But more significantly to me and I think to you is that we made that 20 point gain in the SAT average. We now have an average SAT score of entering freshmen class of 1002. That is in a state with an average SAT score in the 850's. I think that is an incredible achievement for this university and I think we can all take great pleasure in that. I told you we wanted to increase national merit scholars by 20%. We doubled the number of national merit scholars. We went from 17 to 35. I told you about the freshmen class of that freshmen class 2600 students 200+ of those are in our Honors College where the average SAT score is 1292 and those students represent the top 3% of their graduating high school graduating classes. We have 20 Carolina scholars on full scholarship with an average SAT score of 1400.
Last year I told you that the most embarrassing score we had to settle with Clemson was in the Governor's School for Science and Math. The score was an embarrassing 17 to 4 - 17 of their students went to Clemson and 4 came here. This year we won the battle with Clemson. We have more freshmen coming to this university from the Governor's School for Science and Math than Clemson got. And Clemson has an engineering school 3 times the size of ours and many of those students were engineers.
Now I want to pay tribute where tribute is truly due because these numbers and this quality represents a corporate achievement by the faculty and staff of this university. I am going to ask some people in this room to stand and I would like if you fit this category I would like for you to stand and remain standing until I finish this list. Will anybody who called a prospective last year please stand? If you called a student about the university. If you invited a student to lunch or invited a student to visit your class or if you met with a student on campus, please stand? Everyone stay up. If you traveled on one of the five bus trips that many of us took around this state to Charleston, Greenville, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Aiken took any of those bus trips -faculty or staff, stand up. If you led one of the many high school workshops or camps that we did this summer for high school students, please stand up. If you interviewed Carolina scholar candidates, please stand. If you serve as a mentor to any of those students. If you interviewed students for Trumans, Goldwaters, Rhodes or any other fellowship program that to which we have coordinated interviewing for our own students. If you served on any committee that relates to the public schools in South Carolina - advanced placement teachers or any relationship through K through 12 sector please, stand up. If you are a faculty associate in Preston College -if you are one of the 35 faculty volunteers for Preston College. If you took part in the freshman reading experience that just concluded as part of freshmen orientation. If you have ever taken part in one of our provost's teaching breakfasts to improve teaching. If you teach University 101, stand. Now president Palms I submit to you these are the people in the room who are making this university turn around. Now I think we should give all of those people a real applause. And this was a joint effort by the way of faculty and staff. We had wonderful cooperation with Dennis Pruitt, with Terry Davis, and Char Davis in the Student Affairs section. We have to give real note of appreciation to Kathy Leaphart who is the full-time admissions counselor assigned to finding these individually talented students, these academically highly motivated and highly achieving students and placing them linking them with individual members of the faculty. And I again issue a challenge. You see what we can do if we all work together as a team. My challenge and my request to you this year is if someone from one of these offices calls you and says would you mind placing a phone call to a potential chemistry student in Charleston or a potential business major in Greenville, make that call. And make it possible for them to visit your class. Because I am convinced that if those students can be linked with our faculty and see and visit a class and come to campus we will continue this momentum. There are lots of success stories. I am told that in one of the regional high schools where the year before were two thirds of the high school graduating class went to Clemson, two thirds of this year's class came to Carolina. Now this, I think, can be for us a change which can have long term effects on us qualitatively and our position in the state, but I think it is not something that we should take for granted. We essentially won one game. Let's go for a winning season of several years of doing this in a row and we will see incredible change. I also want to pay tribute to the work of Novella Beskid who coordinates our office of summer programs and major fellowships. At the general faculty meeting last year I gave you this report card, but just listen to what our students last year accomplished - our best students. They won 17 major awards, post-graduate awards totaling more than $320,00. We had our first Truman scholar in recent history at this university. We had 2 Goldwaters - we never had more than one. We had 3 Fulbrights - never more than one before. Four Rotary International scholars. And we had our first Marshall finalist and again those successes were due to faculty . We had faculty who had previously been Rotary scholars who served as the mock interview team for the Rotary. We had Fulbright scholars who were the mock interview team for the Fulbright candidates, and that's what makes this system work. Again those of you who are Marshalls, Fulbrights, Rhodes, Trumans, Goldwaters, we will be calling on you to help us with this again as we mentor our very best students to succeed when they leave.
The president has already mentioned Preston Residential College. We set out to do this in 2 years. We did this in one. Thanks to a phenomenal effort by a lot of people in the physical plant - it is very difficult to go in and renovate a dormitory with the window of time basically from when the students leave in May and when they come back in August. To complete the renovation of Preston it will take 2 summers. But we completed the first floor, the lobby, the commons area. There are 6 faculty offices in the college as well as a large commons room and a small commons room where classes can be offered. Kevin and Becky Lewis the principals of the college have invited everyone to an open house for the residential college this Friday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:00, and if you haven't been in, just walk in. In fact one of the geniuses of this whole idea is to get faculty inside a residence hall. We want you to walk in. We want you to come in and mingle and spend some time with - if you just have an hour to spend just mingle with the students. Or make arrangements to join the faculty associates who dine with these students Monday through Thursday evening in a beautifully renovated dining hall in the Russell House. It's a first class facility. But what is really important, of course, is the interaction - out of class interaction between faculty and students.
The president has already mentioned the work you have accomplished in this past year in increasing faculty research. It's up almost 20%. We went from $60 million to $71 million in externally funded research. Dr. Marcia Tour who is our newly appointed vice provost for research has I think very important strategic plans for exponentially increasing funding research on the Columbia campus and indeed on all the campuses of the university. One of the things we want to try to accomplish is to increase the number of proposals being written by faculty and she has offered for any faculty member trying who writes a grant proposal with $25,000 or more who gets an excellent rating on that grant whether or not it is funded she will offer a $500 travel grant. That's just to say we are serious about reving up research at this university. She is in the process right now of restructuring the office of research budget. Over the next 3 years we are going to decrease support for some ongoing programs that research has been supporting in order to free up funds to create a quasi endowment to allow us to jump start some large grant proposals. IF we are going to make the kind of progress that we need to make which is essentially to double our funded research over the next - within the next decade. We need to get into multi-million dollar grant proposals and that requires large teams of people working across college and departmental lines. That raises the whole issue of and I will be speaking to the deans about this but one of the things that I think we must be very vigilant about is making sure that unit tenure and promotion guidelines do not penalize people who work across departmental and college lines on major research efforts. And I think that is something we want to look very carefully at.
The president has already mentioned the creation of the School of the Environment - that is directly related to our vision of increasing the research thrust of the university and also capitalizing on great strength where it already exists in a number of schools and colleges in both instruction and research.
I am going to yield just a little bit of my time to George Terry. I am going to ask him to come forward to give you - I want George to give you this directly. As the president has already indicated we have invested through the Future Committee and through reserve funds and computer services well over $5 million - it is probably closer to $7 million now - in the last 2 or 3 years on information technology and wiring the campus and really making this a state of the art university with regard to information technology. We have since this is information technology we have a presentation that I think I will let George introduce which will give you a very brief report of where we are and I will conclude by introducing the newest members of this faculty.
We have to speak directly to Randy's concern. We have developed a mechanism which we now call incentive based budgeting, which used to be called enrollment based budgeting. With the view that there should be some consideration in the budget given to where students are where the students are really residing, what courses are being offered. We also however backed away from letting that be the driving mechanism and we are going to rely on this strategic planning process which will begin in the colleges and be a both top down as well as a bottom up process, asking each of the colleges to develop their own 3 year plan; asking the questions how will you redeploy the resources inside your college to achieve the goals that you've stated; and then try to fit those plans into an all university plan for a 3-year period. The strategic plan itself will be the driving mechanism, not incentive based budgeting, nor will research incentive from the research side, which is also the other factor that we will look at in terms of both enrollment and funded research but the strategic plan itself. Randy, I think it is the core planning process which we want faculty to be intricately involved with inside the colleges, working with department chairs and deans as each college develops its strategic plan and then comes forward and we begin to assess those plans in the contex.
DAVE SCHROCK - Dean of the College of Business Administration - Last year we had zero and this year I am pleased to say we have hired 7 individuals this year - 5 of whom I think are with us today. I see at least 3 or 4 of them out in the audience. Those that are not here would be Todd DeZoort n the Accounting Department joins us from Alabama and Susan Laury in Economics in the Division of Research and joins us from Indiana University. We also have in accounting Jimmy Burkett - Jimmy has degrees from U.S.C. and also comes to us from a career in accounting in the Columbia area. Kent Hargis from the University of Illinois, Bruce Money from the University of California at Irvin in the international business area. Michael Leiblien joins us in management the strategy area. He is from Purdue University and Peter Palij joins us in marketing from Columbia University.
RICHARD ISHLER - COLLEGE OF EDUCATION - The College of Education has four new tenure track faculty members this year. I think 3 of them are with us. The first one is Dr. William Brown. Dr. Brown is in special education, assistant professor in education. He has a Ph.D. from George Peabody College for teachers at Vanderbilt and he was previously employed by Vanderbilt. Dr. Cathy Evans, assistant professor in counselor education. Has Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in counseling and she comes to us from William and Mary. Dr. Jane White, assistant professor in elementary education and has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in education and anthropology. Her previous employer was University of Maryland, Baltimore county. Those are our four new members.
KENNETH HUMPHRIES - COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING - represented by WALLY PETERS - I will do them from here because I am going to make these guys stand. Tony Reynolds, materials, in mechanical engineering. Tony comes to us from Thomas Jefferson's University, the University of Virginia, with degrees in material science. He has been at NASA working on the civil super sonic transport for the past 5 years. And Sandy Dutta comes to us from the Aggie University in Texas. He is a brand new Ph.D. He got his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in August. He speciality area is thermodynamics fluid and heat transfer. I might mention quickly that both of these guys are working are problems that affect you - aging aircraft and this fellow from a different perspective of the thermodynamic side is working on cooling of turbines which are the things that make the aircraft go. Dr. Michael Huhns is the third member in engineering in electrical and computer engineering to offset the new faculty member from Texas A & M. He comes from Texas - Austin.
LESTER LEFTON - COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS - Joanna Casey is a new faculty member in the Anthroplogy Department. I think she is teaching now. She comes to us with a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and she is an archaeologist. Robert Newman is a new professor in the Department of English and chair of the English Department. He got his degree at the University of North Carolina a couple of years ago. He comes to us from Texas A & M. His specialization is 20th century British literature and cultural studies. Also in the English Department as a new assistant professor is Andy Shifflett who got his Ph.D. from Princeton and his specialization is 17th century British literature. Christine Moritz is a new assistant professor in French and Classics. Her Ph.D. is from Cornell and her specialization is in French Language and Literature. David Cairns is a new assistant professor in geography and comes to us from the University of Iowa and his specialization is physical and environmental geography. Richard Matthews is a new assistant professor in geography. His Ph.D. is from Arizona State and his specialization is in economic geography. Roxanne Euben is a new assistant professor in the Government and International Studies Department. Her Ph.D. is from Princeton and her specialization is in political philosophy. Cleveland Sellers is new faculty member in the history department. His doctorate is from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He has a joint appointment in African American Studies and History. His specialization is African American History. Michael Halberstam is a new assistant professor of philosophy. His specialty is socia l and political philosophy which has some nice links with Roxanne. George Cush has a joint appointment as director for the Center of Bioethics and he is an assistant professor of philosophy. His Ph.D. is from Rice University and his specialization is bioethics. Victoria Voytko, a Ph.d. from the University of Virginia. Her specialization is in ancient philosophy. Chris Donohue is in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. His Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona and his specialization is Spanish and medieval studies. Dorothy Peterson is in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Arizona. Her specialization is in Spanish and foreign language pedagogy. Bob Tezza a new professor in military science and director of the army or aero ROTC unit.
DOROTHY PAYNE - SCHOOL OF MUSIC - I am delighted to introduce two new assistant professors. The first Tonya Currier. Some have had the pleasure of hearing Tonya perform on this very stage last year on March 30th. She was with us as a visiting artist in residence. We conducted a rigorous national search and sure enough our first instincts were correct. Tonya we are so pleased to have you. And our second assistant professor Dr. Wendy Valerio. Wendy comes to us with a Ph.D. from Temple University. She replaces retiring distinguished professor emerita, Nell Sins. She was has worked with Edwin Gordon at Temple University. Her specialization is early childhood music development - early childhood elementary music teacher training. I promised Wendy when I got up here that I would announce the she is expanding the early childhood music program at U.S.C. to include children from birth through age 3. We are not kidding she has really done this and extremely successfully and she also said that I could announce that she has recently taken on a new research assistant, Maria Valerio who came on board at the end of May and has been very helpful to her mother in preparing for this classes. Wendy welcome.
DEAN LARRY FAULKNER - SCHOOL OF MEDICINE - It is my pleasure to introduce two new faculty members. I know one of them is here and I don't if the other one is or not. Dr. John Dacus.. John is a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology. He has experience in South Carolina. He did his master's study at Furman and graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with his M.D. degree, did his internship at MUSC, his ob-gyn residency at RMH here in town, did a fellowship in fetal and maternal medicine at the University of Tennessee and comes to us now from a position there where he was a professor of ob-gyn in the division of maternal and fetal medicine. The second individual I would like to introduce is Dr. Robert Gifford. Bob is a graduate of Harvard and he does his medical training at Emory. He did the bulk of his internship and residency in surgery and a fellowship in transplantation surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He comes to us as professor and chairman of the department from a position as professor in the department of surgery and chief of the section of transplantation medicine from surgery I mean from Penn State University in Hershey.
DEAN MARY ANN PARSONS - COLLEGE OF NURSING - I would like to welcome 6 new faculty to the College of Nursing. Dr. Sue Young. Sue is our new associate dean for academic programs. Sheryl Russell joins us as an assistant professor from the University of Tennessee where she is a recent graduate. Kenneth Phillips recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Ph.D. in nursing and joins us as an assistant professor. Dr. Mary Boyd, University of Virginia, recent graduate with her Ph.D. in nursing. Dr. Richard Sowell is not with us today but he will be joining us very soon as chair of the department of administrative and clinical nursing. He comes to us from serving us as the director of the division of research and program services AIDS Atlanta. And also I would like to recognize Nan Faile from Lexington Medical Center.
DEAN JULIAN FINCHER - COLLEGE OF PHARMACY - We have Donna Bellamy and she got her Pharm D at Florida A&M. Dr. Bellamy internal medicine. Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, he is a transdermal drug expert and he has joined us in our pharmacy practice department but he got his Ph.D. with us in hospital pharmacy. We have Holly Watson who joined us in January who is a pediatric drug specialist . She did her speciality residency in pediatrics at Richland Memorial. We have Dr. Catherine Trenery. Cathy came to us from the University of Arizona where she got her PharmD degree and also did a residency at the University of Arizona hospital. Dr. Cynthia Phillips came to us from Standford University. She got her Pharm D from Tennessee and did her speciality at the University of Birmingham Hospital.
DEAN WINONA VERNBERG - SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH - We have 2 new associate professors this year. Dr. Barbara Aimsworth who got her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and we managed get her away from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a cariodvascular epidemiologist. Dr. Linda Vallino who got her Ph.D. in voice and cranial facial disorders and she got her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburg and has most recently been at the University of Toronto.
DEAN FRANK RAYMOND - COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK - The College of Social Work is pleased to welcome two new faculty members this year. The first one is Dr. Joseph Bevilacqua and many of you from South Carolina particularly will recognize. He has had a distinguished career in mental health administration. For the past 10 years he has served as the director of the Department of Mental Health in South Carolina. Prior to coming to South Carolina he was the commissioner of Mental Health and Mental Retardation in Virginia for five years and prior to that time he served in a similar role in the state of Rhode Island. He has his master's degree from Buffalo University and his Ph.D. in social administration from the Florence Heller School of Social Welfare at Brandeis University. Joe is attending a meeting in Atlanta today and couldn't be with us. The second faculty member is Terry Wolfer. Terry is completing his doctoral study at the University of Chicago. He has had a career in administration and clinical practice. His master's degree is from Ohio State University and he is remaining at the University of Chicago this year while he completes his degree. He will be joining us in January.
GEORGE TERRY - LIBRARIES AND COLLECTIONS - The libraries are pleased to welcome 7 new tenure track faculty. First in our reference department, Donna Lehman who comes to us from her library studies at University of Maryland. Anthony McKissick from Emory University also from the reference department. From the South Carolinian Library, Christopher Hoebeke from the University of Kentucky. Collections Management, Jane K. Olsgaard, University of Iowa. Jennifer Chandler, from our systems department from our own libraries and Information Science. Carol Lepzelter, she is from our science library as is Gwen Lochstet. Carol comes from University of Illinois and Gwen comes from the University of South Carolina also.
DEAN JERRY ODOM - COLLEGE OF SCIENCE and MATH - We have 3 new assistant professors in the College of Science and Mathematics. Actually four, one whom could not be here today. Gale Kineke is and assistant professor in geological sciences and marine science. She received her undergraduate degree with honors from Princeton University. She got her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and she joins us after a postdoctoral appointment at Woods Hole. Evan Paleologos. He is an assistant professor of geology. He got his undergraduate degree in civil engineering at Brooklyn Polytech. He then went to the University of Arizona and received his Ph.D.. He joins after two years as a senior staff consultant with InteraCorporation where he was looking at modeling studies of the possibility of using Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a repository for high level radioactive waste. Tony Rossini. He is an assistant professor of statistics. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Rice University. Received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Biostatistics. He joins us after a stint as a visiting assistant professor at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Dr. Miguel Goni is not here today. He has not joined the faculty yet but he will be joining us as an assistant professor in geology.