University 101 Programs

In addition to Campus Partner presentations, there are two other presentation options available to University 101 instructors, 1) Resource Presentations and 2) Speakers Bureau. Resource Presentations are designed specifically to highlight various programs, services, and opportunities for students on campus. The Speakers Bureau is a list of presentations developed by individuals both on and off-campus related to University 101 course content or the special interests of the presenters.

University 101 instructors may contact speakers directly to schedule presentations. Individuals interested in offering a Resource presentation or one as part of the Speakers Bureau should contact Catherine Sale at for more information about the proposal process.

Resource Presentations

Student Government Association
A Student Government member presents a Prezi outlining the various branches and programs of Student Government, speaks briefly about some of the initiatives and events that have happened in the past, and explains to students how to get involved and how to contact the organization. Then, they will ask a few questions about the presentation and give prizes (Student Government pens, buttons, sunglasses, and other items) for correct answers. The presenter then shares copies of the "USC Bucket List" to all students in the class as a way for them to get connected with SGA initiatives and the university as a whole.

Meghan Aubry
Elections Commissioner
Student Government Association

Speakers Bureau

Building Healthy Habits: Introduction to the Blatt PE Center and the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training
Establishing a routine of healthy eating coupled with regular physical activity can contribute the overall success of college students. There is a strong correlation between personal wellness and academic success and USC offers many resources to support students in their efforts to create healthy habits. This introduction to the Blatt PE Center and the Physical Activity Program in particular, offers exposure and insight into the wide range of options for physical activity available at the PE Center as well as class offerings for academic credit through the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training. Request this session at least two weeks in advance of the desired date.

Length: 30-40 minutes.

Please visit the Activity Program website at for more information.

Gary Nave
Physical Activity Coordinator
Department of Physical Education & Athletic Training

Financial Literacy
The Financial Literacy presentation offers information on a variety of topics and tips for success to help college students best manage their money and plan for their financial future. Topics include the basics of checking accounts, credit cards, responsible budgeting, and understanding credit history. Please contact the presenter at least two weeks in advance.
Length: class period

Helen Powell Beam
Vice President, HR/ Business Development Carolina Collegiate FCU

In Our Own Voice
In Our Own Voice is a presentation by the Mid-Carolina chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In this moving program, persons with a history of mental illness tell their stories and engage the audience in discussion. The four phases of the presentation are dark days; acceptance of the illness; treatments and therapies; and triumphs, hopes, and dreams. The program is designed as an anti-stigma tool to change attitudes about mental illness and includes a take-home folder and evaluation. Requires a DVD player and monitor, or presenters will bring their own equipment.

Length: approximately one hour

Kate Heald
NAMI Mid-Carolina

Internet Activities, Your Safety, and the Law
This interactive presentation looks at popular Internet activities such as social networking, gaming, and video chatting, and the potential risks they carry related to your name, identity, and reputation.  We also examine current laws that are in place to protect users, and explore ways to avoid falling on the wrong side of these laws.  Young people are being prosecuted for actions they believe are harmless, yet are illegal.  Using an interactive self-quiz, students recognize the possible dangers in their own behavior.  The presenter then demonstrates the various privacy settings on popular social networking sites. Participants leave knowing how to stay "in line online."

Length: up to one hour

Patti Fowler
Internet Safety Education Coordinator
SC Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force,
Office of the Attorney General

Let’s Get Real: An Open Discussion about Mental Health
According to the National College Health Assessment 2013 data, approximately 25% of Carolina students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult to function, and 5.7% of Carolina students reported seriously considering suicide in the course of a year.  This interactive discussion engages first-year students in a discussion of mental health issues, others’ handling of these issues, and ways to address mental health issues personally.  This includes information about the signs of depression, anxiety, and suicide, and guidelines for responding should a student recognize these signs in oneself or a peer.  This presentation highlights available campus, local, and national resources, including services offered by Counseling and Human Development Center.

Length: class period

Jennifer Myers
Coordinator of Suicide Prevention Services
Counseling & Human Development Center 

Lies and Deceit: How to Identify Using Kinesics
Can you tell if someone is telling you the truth? Have you ever been lied to and “felt” something was wrong, but could not explain the “feeling”? This presentation will explore the verbal, non-verbal, and written cues given when a person engages in deceptive behavior. In this Socratic forum, participants learn how to ask questions and look for responses with minimal confrontation. The facilitator will also show several illustrative film clips of interviews, confessions and statements.

Length: class period

Jim Miler
Inspector of Professional Standards
Division of Law Enforcement and Safety

Managing Medical Emergencies
This presentation gives students a firsthand look into the lives of USC's First Responders. These experienced EMT's work every day to maintain and protect the well-being of students, faculty, and staff at USC. This presentation is designed to prepare students in the event of an emergency, Students learn how to recognize, respond, and react to many different types of situations such as seizures, shock, and alcohol related emergencies. Presenters demonstrate some basic first-aid skills. As a result of this presentation, students will be equipped to manage an emergency until medical assistance arrives. The presentation is in PowerPoint format and includes opportunities for students to get up and interact with the First Responder and classmates.

Length: 30-45 minutes

Cedrick Nelson
University of South Carolina First Responder
Thomson Student Health Services

SPURS- Students Promoting the University’s Reach for Success
The University of South Carolina is dependent on private support from alumni and friends to maintain a high quality educational environment. Private giving to Carolina has never been more important; making gifts to scholarships, the Carolina Fund, and academic areas even more impactful to the student experience.  Students Promoting the University’s Reach for Success (SPURS) are a student program run through the Office of Annual Giving that educates students on the importance of philanthropy and private giving at Carolina. Through this interactive and engaging presentation, students learn how gifts affect the campus and their Carolina experience and gain an appreciation for the opportunities available to them and for the University's generous donors.

Length: 20 minutes

Steve Farwick
Development Office

Students Today - Alumni Tomorrow
This presentation engages and informs students about the Alumni Association’s student membership program - the largest student organization on campus. We believe a student’s lifelong connection to the Carolina community begins the moment he or she steps foot on campus, and we highlight the many events and benefits that student members enjoy. We also discuss our student advisory board, the governing body of the student membership program, and the leadership development opportunities that come from being a part of it. We always come prepared with plenty of giveaways for students who contribute to the conversation!

Whether the students in your class are members or not, they learn something about what their Alumni Association is doing for them now and planning to do for them after they graduate. Please contact the presenter with the exact number of enrolled students so we can plan to bring enough prizes.

Length: 10-20 minutes

Hunter Looper
My Carolina Alumni Association

The History of Books and Printing
Since its inception in the mid-15th century, the printed book has contributed immensely to the production of knowledge. Through the spread of new ideas, discoveries and debates, print culture has made the modern university possible. This session, drawing on the resources of Thomas Cooper Library's Rare Books and Special Collections, will look at how books have been produced, distributed, and used in various ways over the past 500 years. Examples shown and discussed will range from medieval manuscripts to contemporary artist's books.

Jeffrey Makala
Assistant Librarian
Rare Books and Special Collections

Understanding Your Personality Type
This presentation emphasizes the benefits associated with an understanding of one’s personality type. The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator is utilized, administered, and scored prior to class. Discussion topic options include learning styles, relationships, career planning, and communication styles. MBTI results can be linked with the Strong Interest Inventory, thus providing additional career planning information to students, as well as the EQi emotional intelligence instrument.

David Hunter
System Affairs