University of South Carolina

Carolina Nexus Tour on the road again

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

About 30 faculty, staff and students from the University of South Carolina boarded a tour bus Monday morning, ready to explore and learn more about the Palmetto State.

The Carolina Nexus Tour offers a chance to spend four days visiting businesses, schools, military installations, tourism centers and recreation areas, focusing on the cultural, historical and educational aspects of the state.

“The idea is to familiarize recently recruited faculty, staff and administrators to the opportunities and challenges that exist in the state,” said Les Sternberg, the special advisor to the provost who runs the USC Coordinating Office for Community Engagement and Service. This is the second year Sternberg has organized the trip, known as the Carolina Nexus Tour.

During the trip, the group will make more than a dozen stops at places including the Penn Center, USC campuses at Salkehatchie and Beaufort, Fort Sumter, Charleston City Hall, Patriot’s Point, South Carolina State University, the Horrell Hill Professional Development School in Richland County and Shaw Air Force Base.

“When we visit, we look at what they’re doing to engage the community. Some of those ideas we can bring back here to campus,” Sternberg said. “Also, through some exchanges the people have on the bus or over dinner…we find they get some ideas of how internally they can interact with each other.”

Participants were chosen through nominations from the provost and from deans or academic unit leaders. Faculty and staff from public health, music, social work, education, Palmetto College and other areas are represented.

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Posted: 05/13/13 @ 2:00 PM | Updated: 08/09/13 @ 11:45 AM | Permalink