College Notes: Jan. 28, 2009
National Geographic Society honors University of South Carolina geographer
The National Geographic Society’s committee for research and exploration honored University of South Carolina geographer Dr. Will Graf for eight years of service. Graf, an Educational Foundation Endowed Professor at the university, is one of the nation’s leading authorities on American river systems and the lands and wildlife around them. As a committee member, Graf reviewed more than 3,000 research grant proposals.
He was honored at a dinner Jan. 11 in Washington D.C. In 2006, Graf received the Meredith F. Burrill Award, the highest honor given by the Association of American Geographers. He was awarded that honor for his environmental public policy contributions.
Moore School team wins international competition in Montreal
The Moore School of Business’ Case Competition Team has won the Concordia Cup at the prestigious John Molson Case Competition in Montreal. The team, comprising graduate students from the University of South Carolina’s Moore School, went undefeated as it competed against 36 teams from eight countries, including Canada, France, Denmark, Ireland, Singapore, Germany, Sweden and the United States.
In the round-robin tournament, student teams were given three hours to analyze a 15 – 30 page business case and then present their recommendations. The Moore School team completed five cases over a four-day period.
The team comprised Richard Allen and Philippe Herndon, French track of the IMBA program; Chelsea Render and Matthew Sockrider, global track of the IMBA program; and Josh Rabon, master’s degree student in accountancy. Patrick Demouy, a faculty member in the management program, is the team’s adviser.
University of South Carolina’s Academic Team wins regional tournament
The Academic Team at the University of South Carolina has won the Academic Competition Federation’s winter tournament for the Southeast region. The four-member team beat teams from Florida State University, the University of Georgia, Oxford College at Emory University, the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University and The Citadel.
The members of the winning student team were Summerville’s Joseph Montoya, a senior majoring in chemical engineering and math; Myrtle Beach’s Robert Harden, a sophomore majoring in history; Alyssa Hesse of Hastings, Minn., a graduate student in linguistics; and Katie Baehler of Spearman, Texas, a junior majoring in studio art. Harden led the team in scoring and finished in second place overall. The university’s Academic Team competes in quiz tournaments throughout the Southeast and nationally, focusing on questions that stress academic content. The team’s adviser is chemistry professor Dr. Vitaly Rassolov.