It's time to vote for Y’ALL campaign finalists
Five finalists have been selected by the Office of Annual Giving Programs and the Young Alumni Advancement Committee for the second-annual Y’ALL campaign (Young Alumni Leaving A Legacy).
University graduates from the past decade can vote online now through August 13 at the Y’ALL Web site, www.thefaceofyall.com, to select the two winners. The winners will be announced Aug. 17.
All five finalists have some inspiring things to say about their Carolina experiences and how their time at Carolina prepared them for their professional lives.
"We are very much looking forward to finding out who our young alumni will choose, from these five outstanding finalists, as this year’s two Face of Y’ALL winners,” said Steven Farwick, assistant director of Annual Giving Programs. “Each candidate would make an excellent choice.”
So, if you've graduated from Carolina in the past ten years, please go to the Y'ALL Web site, read the five finalists’ essays, watch their videos, and then vote.
But first, meet the finalists...
Evelyn Ackermann, '03 graduate, anthropology, New York, N.Y.
An Honors College student and officer for Chi Omega Sorority, Ackermann was captain of the Carolina Dance Team. She performed a dance solo at the Koger Center for the Arts during the University’s Bicentennial Dance gala. Her Carolina accomplishments also include being crowned 2002 Homecoming Queen and serving as a peer leader for University 101. Inspired by her anthropology professors, she traveled to Bangladesh after graduation to serve in the Peace Corps, where she taught English in Chittagong. She formed a Ladies’ English Club, taught dance classes, and was the first female board member of the Rotary Club of Agrabad. Ackermann received an MBA from New York University. She works in international development as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting LLP. “I credit my foundation at Carolina—the remarkable professors, confidence-building opportunities, diversity of experiences, and grace of the South—for where I am today.”
Karen Nashatker Hinson, ’03, finance, Atlanta
Karen Nashatker Hinson
Originally from Aiken, S.C., and born to Carolina alumni parents, Hinson said “Columbia felt so big” when she moved to campus. An avid runner, she cut it down to size during six-mile runs through the Shandon neighborhood and other locales, and later, entered half-marathons in her junior year. Hinson served two years as a senator for the Moore School of Business in Student Government. She joined Alpha Chi Omega sorority and lived in South Tower. Two of her sorority sisters were later bridesmaids at her wedding. Hinson now lives and works in Atlanta, where she is pursuing an MBA at Georgia Tech while working in human resources for a law firm. “Although I’ve moved away, I take pride knowing that I am part of a network of alumni from one of the best schools in the country.”
Tyler Macolly, ’05 finance, insurance and risk management, Spartanburg, S.C.
Described by friends as the “governor” for always seeming “to know someone or meet someone new” wherever he happens to be, Macolly was a Student Government senator for the Moore School of Business. He joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity and was president of the Fraternity Council. His Carolina accomplishments included participating on the Homecoming staff and membership on the Carolina/Clemson Blood Drive. He worked for S.C. House Rep. Scott Talley for four years, and his volunteer service included the Martin King Luther Jr. Day of Service and Brennan Elementary Adopt-A-Student. Macolly is a member of the Gamecock Club and said there’s “nothing better than hearing 2001 and the alma mater after a football game.” He works in commercial property sales and casualty insurance for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services. “I don’t think you will find anyone that loves the Gamecock Nation more than I do.”
Janet Parker, ’08, broadcast journalism, Columbia
Life on the University campus all four years was a great experience for Parker. She was a resident advisor during her junior and senior years at Patterson Hall, where she also lived as a freshman. The position was like being “a mom” for many. After going home one winter break to find a gift bag from a Patterson resident on her front porch, it was proof of “how you can inspire or affect someone else’s life.” Parker is now senior morning news producer for WACH Fox News’ Good Day show, and hosts a weight loss program on Wednesdays, “Janet’s Journey.” While a student, she was a Carolina Caller student fund-raiser. “I should be the face of Y’ALL because I believe the face of the University of South Carolina is changing much like the face of our nation.”
Jackie Rowland, ’04, nursing, Goose Creek, S.C.
Nurses perform a crucial role in providing the best health care possible at Veterans Administration hospitals, said Rowland, who has taken a leadership role in that regard in Charleston. She seeks to exemplify the College of Nursing standard, “Changes in Health Care for Best Practice,” while teaching younger nurses, participating in community nursing programs, and advocating for her profession. Rowland’s mother was also a Carolina nursing school alumna, while a nephew is nearing graduation at the Moore School of Business. Her home flies the Gamecock flag year-round. Rowland has applied to the VA’s nurse anesthetists school. “I am the face of the University of South Carolina where I work or wherever I go: I wear my graduation ring with pride, never forget where I came from, and always recognize that I have an education given to me by the first true USC in 1801!”
Vote now at www.thefaceofyall.com.