2014 Announcements

A $1.1 million law school gift to foster public service, leadership

Jim Konduros, a longtime adviser to government officials and Fortune 500 businesses has made a $1.1 million gift to the University of South Carolina's School of Law to provide students with scholarships, fellowships and leadership development.

World War II paratrooper to speak at UofSC's August commencement

Leif Erik Maseng, a World War II paratrooper who landed behind enemy lines to clear the way for the beach landings at Normandy on D-Day in 1944, will address graduates at the University of South Carolina's summer commencement exercises Aug. 9.

University Associates names new officers

Charles W. "Chuck" Garnett, president and chief executive officer of the National Bank of South Carolina, has been elected president of the University of South Carolina's University Associates for the 2014-15 term.

Children's literature and diversity conference at UofSC to feature public events

More than 350 scholars of children's literature from around the world will converge in Columbia June 18 - 21 to share their research and teaching on books past and present and to discuss the need for children's books to reflect a broader diversity. Hosted by the University of South Carolina, the 41st annual conference of the Children's Literature Association will feature a number of offerings for the public, all of which are free. Among them are museum and library exhibitions, talks and panel discussions.

Veteran business journalist named to fellowship at UofSC

Mark W. Tatge, a journalist who has spent more than 30 years working for the nation's leading business reporting outlets, is the first recipient of the Baldwin Business and Financial Graduate Fellowship for Business Journalists at the University of South Carolina.

New study sheds light on survivors of the Black Death

A new study by a University of South Carolina anthropologist suggests that people who survived the medieval mass-killing plague known as the Black Death lived significantly longer and were healthier than people who lived before the epidemic struck in 1347.

Poet Nikky Finney to edit USC Press poetry series

National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney will edit USC Press Palmetto Poetry Series.

Top students honored at awards day

The University of South Carolina presented its top honors, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Steven N. Swanger awards, to four graduating seniors during the university's annual Awards Day ceremony Thursday (April 17).

Support the United Way

UofSC President Harris Pastides encourages faculty and staff to donate to the United Way.

Desegregation Commemorative Garden

A garden adjacent the Osborne Administration Building on the University of South Carolina campus was dedicated Friday morning (April 11) in honor of the three students who integrated the university in 1963.

Vice President Joe Biden to deliver UofSC commencement address

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the commencement address at the May 9 ceremony at the University of South Carolina. Biden will address graduates at the 3 p.m. ceremony in the Colonial Life Arena that includes students from the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health.

Cute airedale arrives to South Carolina

South Carolinians are choosing airedale puppies over all other breed of dogs.

Performance caps yearlong commemoration of desegregation

The University of South Carolina's yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of desegregation culminates with "Our Journey Forward: Remembering Our Past, Celebrating Our Progress, Sharing Our Future," a free performance at Koger Center for the Arts. The event honors the struggles and aspirations of the civil rights movement with performances of new choreography and new compositions.

UofSC unveils its official tartan

Students, alumni and fans of the University of South Carolina have a new way to don the university's garnet and black and show their spirit. University officials unveiled its official tartan, a plaid design called "Old Cocky" Wednesday (March 26) on the university's Horseshoe.

UofSC's McNair Center signs research partnership

The Ronald E. McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research at the University of South CArolina announced a formal research partnership with Fokker Aerostructures, a subsidiary of Dutch-based Fokker Technologies, to support the development of next-generation aircraft technology. This is the company's first partnership with an American university research center.

SC College of Pharmacy opens medication compounding lab

Prompted by medication safety concerns after the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 and sickened hundreds, the South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP) at the University of South Carolina is opening a state-of-the-art sterile medication compounding facility that is one of only a few of its kind in the country.

U.S. News ranks international MBA No. 1

UofSC's international MBA program (IMBA) regained the top spot in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools released Tuesday (March 11). The program at the Darla Moore School of Business has consistently ranked among the nation's elite international business programs and was ranked third last year.

This is only a test

The University of South Carolina's emergency management team will conduct its spring test of the Carolina Alert Emergency Notification System sometime between Tuesday (March 4) and Friday (March 7).

UofSC staff, students win creative awards

The University of South Carolina Division of Communications, along with staff and students around campus, were recognized for creative work by the American Advertising Federation and the Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education.

Civil Rights leader Diane Nash talks leadership at UofSC

Freedom Rider and civil rights pioneer Diane Nash will join University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides on Feb. 25 for a conversation about leadership. The President's Leadership Dialogue is free and open to the public.

Study shows drop in crime rates are less where Wal-Mart builds

USC researcher Scott Wolfe says the unprecedented decline in crime in the 1990s wasn't nearly as dramatic for counties where Wal-Mart built stores. Wolfe's findings appear in a new study published by the British Journal of Criminology.

Construction begins on J-School's new home

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications celebrates its "groundbreaking" Monday, Feb. 3, at the former Health Sciences building at Greene and Sumter streets. The 52-year-old brick building will become the new home for the school, which has been housed in the Carolina Coliseum since 1969.

Winter weather announcements and updates

USC's Columbia campus will open at 10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 30). This includes all university offices. All classes scheduled to begin before 10 a.m. will be canceled. All classes scheduled to begin at or after 10 a.m. will meet as scheduled.

UofSC acquires Robert Burns manuscript

The University of South Carolina has added another treasure to its impressive Scottish literature collection, with USC Libraries' acquisition of Robert Burns' poem "Flow Gently Sweet Afton," written in the Scottish poet's hand circa 1789. Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, was among the most influential writers of his time, and his Jan. 25 birthday is celebrated around the world. USC is home to more than 5,000 items including manuscripts, first and later editions of his poems, music, books about Burns - even his porridge bowl and spoon.

USC Sumter dean named

Michael Sonntag has been named dean of the University of South Carolina Sumter, bringing nearly 20 years of higher education experience that includes serving as chief academic officer at the University of Maine at Presque Isle since 2007. His appointment was announced Friday (Jan. 17) by Palmetto College Chancellor Susan Elkins.

Carolina Completion Initiative to help improve college success

A new University of South Carolina initiative is being launched at a White House summit Thursday to address college achievement for economically disadvantaged students. The Carolina Completion Initiative is USC's commitment to raising the six-year graduation rate of its Pell Grant recipients by 5 percent over the next five years.

College of Education recruits next generation of science, math teachers

Thanks to a gift from the Duke Energy Foundation, the College of Education has launched the Teach Science and Mathematics campaign to recruit more students to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics--commonly called "STEM education" -- in middle and high schools. USC is spreading the word: Students interested in math and science can find fulfilling careers as teachers - and they will find plenty of jobs waiting for them when they graduate.

USC's online graduate programs rank among nation's best

The University of South Carolina has three graduate programs ranked among the best in the nation in the latest U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Education Programs. The 2014 rankings released Wednesday place USC's College of Education graduate degree program at No. 15 overall (No.11 among public institutions), the College of Nursing at No. 16 (No.11 among public institutions) and the College of Engineering and Computing at No. 36 (No.26 among public institutions).

UofSC arrest study

A new study by University of South Carolina professor Robert Brame released Monday (Jan. 6) in the journal Crime & Delinquency provides the first contemporary findings on how the risk of arrest varies across race and gender.