2013 Archive

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At home in the wild

December 20, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

Creative writing professor James Barilla had his property declared a “certified wildlife habitat” by the National Wildlife Federation. The story of his journey to create a hospitable environment for creatures of the wild is told in “My Backyard Jungle,” published in 2013.

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Making the most of college

December 20, 2013, Jeff Stensland

Coy Gibson, a senior political science major at USC, credits Kirk Randazzo’s leadership class for his successful run for Student Government treasurer in 2012.

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Christmas dinners past hard to re-create

December 19, 2013, Page Ivey

USC professor of Southern letters David Shields talks about the classic Christmas dinner – 19th century style. Many of today’s dishes may have the same names, but they rarely have the same flavor. Shields works to help rediscover lost or forgotten Southern foodways.

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Leading by example

December 19, 2013, Frenche Brewer

Beth Watson, USC director of the Washington Semester Program, leads in her career in education and public service to do what is best for the greater good.

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PR alum opens the door for others

December 19, 2013, Megan Sexton

USC alumnus Stephen Brown is the managing director of the Atlanta office of Cohn & Wolf, a leading global communications agency. His client list includes consumer brands and retail, technology and health care companies. It’s a full plate, but the 1995 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications learned plenty about juggling at Carolina.

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USC physics professor contributes to Higgs boson discovery

December 18, 2013, Steven Powell

Carolina had a hand in the discovery of the long-sought Higgs boson, the final elementary particle that completed the Standard Model of particle physics. Milind Purohit, the new chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, was part of ATLAS, an international team that published evidence of the elusive particle last year.

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Lending a helping hand abroad

December 17, 2013, Liz McCarthy

Catherine Buddin didn’t know that her spontaneous decision to travel to Honduras last winter break would change her life. But this year, she’s hoping to have the same impact on a group of USC students.

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Building healthier communities

December 16, 2013, Hannah Spicher

Deeonna Farr was on her way to becoming a medical doctor when she traveled to Ecuador as an undergraduate to work with a community clinician. What she saw there changed her mind.

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Teaching the next generation of leaders

December 16, 2013, Liz McCarthy

When Leah McClimans was a 20-something professional working in hospitals in Canada, she was terrified of being a leader. But now, she’s teaching her students how to become leaders and why leadership is important.

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Getting to the heart of it

December 16, 2013, Liz McCarthy

Payal Shah’s research isn’t conducted in a lab or by looking at statistics. For two years, Shah lived her research — eating, sleeping, talking and studying alongside her young subjects in rural India.

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From student to professional

December 12, 2013, Hannah Spicher

Courtney Dunbaker has just made the leap from apprentice to professional, a process commonly celebrated but rarely described. Dunbaker, who graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s in psychology and earlier this year with a master’s in counselor education, started her first job in November as a licensed professional counselor.

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Pursuing musical passion

December 12, 2013, Liz McCarthy

Andrew Allen knew in middle school he wanted to teach music. It’s a goal he’s been working toward ever since, climbing through undergraduate and graduate education without a break. It’s a goal he realized with the help of USC’s School of Music and Carolina’s Presidential Fellow program.

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Award-winning maintenance

December 10, 2013, Steven Powell

Travis Edwards is part of an effort that helps keep America’s soldiers safe and its military helicopters ready for action. And his contribution hasn’t gone unnoticed: Aviation Week recently named the master’s candidate working in the Condition-Based Maintenance Laboratory one of twenty of the most promising young engineers in aerospace.

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USC researchers give businesses economic roadmap

December 09, 2013, Page Ivey

For 33 years, USC’s Moore School of Business has helped leaders navigate uncertain economic times with its annual forecast and outlook conference. For most of that time, USC’s top research economist Doug Woodward has helped South Carolina business leaders and the news media get an unvarnished look at how the state and U.S. economies are doing and what they can expect in the coming year.

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Gaining an American perspective

December 08, 2013, Liz McCarthy

Eveie Robinson, a third-year history and English student at the University of Leeds, decided to study abroad at Carolina to help differentiate herself on her resume and increase her career options. When she leaves USC, though, she’ll be taking home much more.

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Wind Ensemble considered for Grammy nod

December 06, 2013, Glenn Hare

The School of Music's Wind Ensemble was considered for a Grammy nomination for its recording “Bernstein Transcriptions for Wind Band.” The album recorded at the Koger Center for the Arts was being considered for Best Orchestra Performance.

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VIDEO: New live oak on the Horseshoe

December 05, 2013, John Brunelli

Landscaping services recently planted a live oak on the Historic Horseshoe to replace a 130 year old tree that was struck by lightning. The replacement comes as Arbor Day is commemorated in South Carolina.

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Students travel to Africa to help a little, learn a lot

December 05, 2013, Page Ivey

USC students went to Africa as part of service-learning class offered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. They used their storytelling skills to spotlight the lives of people who rarely are in the spotlight. They were led by visual communications professor Van Kornegay.

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Return of the Scottish journal

December 04, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

When people think of Scottish literature, they might not automatically think of the University of South Carolina, but they should. Scholars in the field certainly do — and have for decades.

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Building a better future

November 26, 2013, Glenn Hare

For months Larry Bennett was nervous. A heavy equipment operator, Bennett took matters into his own hands and entered a bachelor’s program at USC Lancaster. With the help of knowledgeable advisers and professors, his wife and family, and the flexibility of USC’s Palmetto College, he is on the fast track toward graduation, a new career and a better future.

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Alumna artist paints portraits with plastic

November 22, 2013, Chris Horn

It might have seemed a foregone conclusion that Kirkland Smith would become an artist. She drew her first portrait as a preschooler and grew up with the encouragement of a mom, Martha Thomas, who was and still is one of South Carolina’s premier portrait artists.

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Overheard in the Oval Office

November 21, 2013, Page Ivey

Today’s history students can listen at the door of past presidents through secret White House recordings recently made public. The earlier than planned release of the tapes was spurred by interest in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which happened 50 years ago today, but the recordings also provide a unique glimpse into the dilemmas facing several 20th-century presidents.

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Alum tells the Gamecock story

November 21, 2013, Liz McCarthy

For Justin King, the man behind popular YouTube videos about Carolina, the Gamecock videos started as a hobby shortly after he graduated in 2010 with a degree in media arts. But those videos soon landed King a job working with ESPN cutting highlights.

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Zoning out, zooming in

November 20, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

Filmmaker Steve Daniels started making home movies as a teenager and studied media arts and film theory at the University of South Carolina. Now, years later, his absurdist horror shorts are racking up awards at film festivals around the world.

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A Gamecock in Kosovo

November 20, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

As a political affairs officer for the United Nations mission in Kosovo, political science Ph.D. candidate Joe Chen serves as an advocate for ethnic Serbs, the war torn region's minority population. He's also spreading the word about how his time at Carolina prepared him for the job and made him who he is today.

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USC celebrates Native American Heritage Month

November 19, 2013, Marcie Nelson

November is Native American Heritage Month and the Carolina community is excited to celebrate the rich and diverse culture of our native people. Stephen Criswell, director of Native American Studies at USC Lancaster, heads the program that uncovers and preserves the traditions of South Carolina’s Indian tribes.

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Putting things in order

November 19, 2013, Page Ivey

You have an engraving and you know the artist and that it’s from the 19th century. Your job is to describe what is in the picture, when and where it was published and log it all into an international database. Now do that 14,999 more times and you have an idea of the task facing cataloguing librarian Kathleen McCallister and her assistants working on the W. Graham Arader III Collection of natural history watercolors, woodcuts, engravings lithographs and maps.

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Brain imaging: Looking under the hood

November 19, 2013, Steven Powell

Chris Rorden’s education as an experimental psychologist came at a time when a powerful new tool, magnetic resonance imaging, was just beginning to be harnessed to study the brain. His advice is highly sought after in the brain research community in part because of the nuts-and-bolts understanding of the technology he developed in those early years.

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Rewarding service

November 15, 2013, Page Ivey

Taking on community service while also being responsible for educating future doctors, lawyers and leaders can seem overwhelming. But for members of the USC community who have received the Martin Luther King Social Justice Award, it is second nature.

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It's easy being green

November 14, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

Jessica Parker is trying hard not to have an impact—and all week she’s been doing less and less. In fact, on Thursday she barely even turned on the lights or booted up her computer. But make no mistake. The sophomore isn’t some hopeless slacker who can’t be bothered to get out of bed.

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VIDEO: Student winners open up shop

November 12, 2013, John Brunelli

Human resource problems can be some of the biggest headaches for the smallest of companies. So, PMBA student Sean Rankin and his business partner Aaron Traub came up with a solution. Their fix was so promising that it won the University of South Carolina's entrepreneurial competition, the Proving Ground. Now a year later, Rankin and Traub's company, Huddle HR, is poised to start accepting clients.

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The science of writing

November 12, 2013, Steven Powell

From peering under a mummy’s wrap to examining a 148-million-year-old Apatosaurus fossil, alumna Stephanie Pappas found a career that feeds a wide-ranging curiosity.

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Bringing a 'one Carolina' spirit to campus

November 08, 2013, Liz McCarthy

When Binda Niati first came to America from Africa, she lived in a diverse world of cultures with friends from all over the globe. Now Niati hopes to introduce more USC students to that same intercultural awareness as USC’s international student population grows.

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Teach your teachers well

November 06, 2013, Craig Brandhorst

When Christy Friend taught her first class as a 24-year-old graduate student she had no idea how tough the job could be. Years later, as the director of USC's Center for Teaching Excellence, she helps a new generation of teachers find their footing in the classroom.

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Discovering a passion for research

November 06, 2013, Page Ivey

Sometimes the hardest part of a research project is knowing where to start. And a USC program teaches undergraduate students the ins and outs of starting a project and how to approach faculty members who can be mentors.

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Roots in a 'precious mountain'

November 05, 2013, Steven Powell

Lingling Zhang came to USC because it has a sterling reputation in fuel cell research, her chosen field. But she’s found other qualities that make Carolina a fond home away from her hometown in northeastern China’s Inner Mongolia.

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History student gets big forum for big ideas

November 04, 2013, Chris Horn

Beyond merely thinking about big ideas, Robert Greene’s ability to articulate his thoughts in an engaging fashion has earned him a prestigious forum — a regular spot on the Society for U.S. Intellectual History’s blog site.

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From Carolina to Capitol Hill

November 01, 2013, Liz McCarthy

When Jordan Dick first came to Carolina he knew he wanted to make the most of his time as a Gamecock and studying abroad was a natural choice. Instead he found Carolina’s Washington Semester Internship Program.

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My Carolina Alumni Association breaks ground on new home

November 01, 2013, Peggy Binette

Nearly 170 years after its establishment, the University of South Carolina’s alumni association will have a new home. Officials of the My Carolina Alumni Association and the university gathered Friday (Nov. 1) to break ground on an Alumni Center, located at Lincoln and Senate streets.

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First 4 McCausland Faculty Fellows named

October 31, 2013

Four College of Arts and Sciences professors have been named the inaugural McCausland Faculty Fellows. An alumni gift of $10 million will ultimately support 20 fellowships and create a visiting scholars program to encourage and reward excellence in teaching and research.

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Passion for service

October 31, 2013, Marcie Nelson

Beth Brink, with the Leadership and Service Center, is passionate about the opportunities for service and involvement at Carolina through the “Carolina Cares” initiative.

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VIDEO: Caring for others in his spare time

October 30, 2013, John Brunelli

Todd Crump spends his free time at the Free Clinic. It's that devotion to others, which prompted the My Carolina Alumni Association to name him the recipient of this year's Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

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Bringing local history to life

October 29, 2013, Steven Powell

Brian Dolphin and Kathy Keenan are bringing history to the public. With an independent project, the master’s students are helping educate kids at A.C. Moore Elementary about the life of the former USC president for whom the school was named.

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Two Class of '43 grads return for 70th reunion

October 28, 2013, Chris Horn

When Robert McAlpine and Vernon Sumwalt graduated from Carolina in 1943, they weren’t thinking about coming back to campus for class reunions. They just hoped to make it back, preferably in one piece, from the war in the Pacific.

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Finding meaning in ghost stories

October 25, 2013, Liz McCarthy

For Katherine Adams, haunted stories aren’t just meant to be scary. Stories that give readers chills can also help students learn the fundamentals of English literature.

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USC recognized for campus diversity

October 24, 2013, Jeff Stensland

For the second year in a row, the University of South Carolina is recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as one of the nation’s top universities for diversity and inclusivity. The Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award is given to schools that demonstrate a commitment to a diverse campus experience.

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3 questions with USC comics expert Qiana Whitted

October 24, 2013, Page Ivey

Comics are simply another form of storytelling and their imagery speaks volumes about how their characters are perceived. English professors Qiana Whitted tells us a little about her study of comics and what they can teach us.

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Keeping USC secure

October 24, 2013, Liz McCarthy

This month marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month. With the many possible pitfalls of online information, USC’s University Information Security Office (UISO) keeps the university on track. Chief Information Security Officer Marcos Vierya details how the office is helping Carolina.

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Student bakes up creative sweets, business

October 23, 2013, Katie West

Whiskey red velvet cupcakes. Bacon chocolate chip cookies. Apple bakes. Blackberry jam brownies. These and other unique and scrumptious creations are all in a day’s work for USC student Alexandra Martindale, who started her own business, Hott Noms Bakery.

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Honors College photo exhibit recalls former African-American community

October 22, 2013, Page Ivey

Many of the university’s most recognizable buildings, from the Coliseum and Koger Center to the Booker T. Washington School and the Honors College residence hall, sit on top of the old Ward One community. A USC Honors College student has curated an exhibit of images of the former residents of this neighborhood.

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Holocaust mothers and daughters

October 21, 2013, Chris Horn

Jewish studies faculty member Federica Clementi presents stories of mothers and daughters of the Holocaust and points to the persistent anti-Semitism and patriarchal structures in society as enduring problems in the Holocaust's aftermath.

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Art from the heart

October 18, 2013, Liz McCarthy

Will Bryan has long been trying to find a way to make the world a prettier place through art and charity, and his most recent project does just that with a little bit of Gamecock spirit.

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Alumnus gives back as board chair

October 15, 2013, Marcie Nelson

Many people on campus may recognize Tommy Preston. As a student he was student body president. As a law student, he helped start Cocky’s Reading Express. And he’s still involved as an alumnus. Now, Preston is the chair of the Board of Visitors.

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Meeting the architects of Czech freedom

October 15, 2013, Steven Powell

Senior Carl Brzorad’s family history and academic interests found a perfect research outlet at Carolina. Using competitive grants available to USC undergrads, he’s been able to travel to the Czech Republic and interview a number of the dissident leaders who endured Soviet occupation and helped led the nation to freedom.

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First African-American professor's diploma comes home

October 14, 2013, Megan Sexton

The law diploma earned by Richard T. Greener, the University of South Carolina’s first African-American faculty member who taught philosophy and worked as the university’s librarian during Reconstruction, is back at USC. Greener’s diploma, along with his license to practice law in South Carolina, was discovered in an abandoned Chicago home scheduled for demolition.

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Vowel and consonant free

October 14, 2013, Chris Horn

Graphic design alumna Maria Fabrizio captures each day's news with an original illustration or watercolor — wordlessly.

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Stray bullet leaves student in critical condition

October 13, 2013

A University of South Carolina student was struck by a stray bullet in Five Points early Sunday morning. She was taken to Palmetto Richland Hospital where she remains in critical condition. The person who fired the weapon was arrested by the Columbia Police and is in custody. The shooter is not affiliated with USC.

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Making the most of Carolina -- from afar

October 11, 2013, Liz McCarthy

Kira Koppel decided to use USC's National Student Exchange program to get out of her comfort zone, see the West Coast and learn about a new part of the country by trekking to California for a semester at a new university.

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Singing the praises of Cockappella

October 08, 2013, Katie West

Some people spend a lifetime searching for something that makes their faces light up the way Ben Peele’s does when he talks about Cockappella, USC's coed singing group. Peele, now a senior psychology major, had been involved in marching band and church choirs since elementary school, but the idea of performing a cappella came later.

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Beating illness, pursuing health

October 08, 2013, Steven Powell

After surviving a bout with cancer, Columbia native Kevin General comes to USC to study public health. His undergraduate research could lead to better ways of communicating with residents about the health risks of living in an area with environmental contamination.

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Letter to a friend

October 07, 2013, Chris Horn

Patti Smith wrote “A Letter to a Friend — The Story of Abuse in America” for victims of domestic violence and those who want to help them. A USC graduate, Smith was in an abusive relationship before seeking help. She has started a counseling program in her Surfside Beach, S.C., church.

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Young journalists hope to inspire

October 06, 2013, Liz McCarthy

Hundreds of high school students will come to Carolina this week to participate in the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association conference. Several USC journalism students who participated in this conference while they were in high school will be there to help guide their younger peers.

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Cleaning up with a new membrane

October 04, 2013, Steven Powell

Fewer greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner wastewater from fracking operations are possible uses for a new membrane created by USC engineers. The key to the membrane, made of graphene oxide, is its thinness.

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Creating a welcoming campus

October 03, 2013, Liz McCarthy

USC's Kayla Lisenby is helping to create a welcoming campus and offering support to Carolina’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

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Pharmacy alumna establishes scholarship

October 03, 2013, Roby Hill

Donna J. Walker ’79 has agreed to create and endow the Walker Pharmacy Leadership Scholarship Endowment Fund for $525,000, launching a student leadership initiative that will identify, educate and recognize top pharmacy student leaders at the University of South Carolina.

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Making Innovation an EdVenture

October 01, 2013, Steven Powell

MVS Chandrashekhar faces one of the most difficult tasks in teaching: guiding freshman engineering majors through their first college-level engineering course. It’s a pathway fraught with attrition, but Chandrashekhar is keeping his electrical engineering class engaged with an innovative project – and its beneficiaries will be Columbia kids visiting the EdVenture Children’s Museum.

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Alum's donation to help students study aerospace

September 30, 2013, Jeff Stensland

Television executive and USC alumna Marva Smalls wants to ensure the story of late astronaut Ron McNair continues to inspire by establishing a $1 million scholarship endowment for minority students from the Pee Dee to study aerospace technology.

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Thanks for the memories

September 26, 2013, Frenche Brewer

The Carolina Theatre in Allendale is now owned by USC-Salkehatchie, and the feelings and memories of a bygone era are recaptured in a book titled “The Carolina Theatre.” The book is written by USC art students Sara McGregor and Mari Humphries.

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Fighting sophomore slump

September 24, 2013, Liz McCarthy

In years past, students returning to campus for their sophomore year at Carolina faced many challenges – new housing off campus, tougher classes, career development, just to name a few. And they mostly dealt with these issues on their own. But USC’s Office of Student Engagement is changing how the university treats its second-year students.

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Finding focus, giving back

September 24, 2013, Steven Powell

Senior Leila Heidari started an after-school gardening program for Columbia-area elementary school kids as an undergraduate research project.

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More than skin deep

September 20, 2013, Chris Horn

It’s a chilly, rainy afternoon in April, but it’s going to take more than cold drizzle to stop Earl Baker from getting up at 0-dark-thirty the next morning to go turkey hunting. That Baker is able to focus once again on his beloved pastime might seem an ordinary thing. But it required extraordinary skill on the part of Ben McIntyre, M.D., one of the Department of Surgery’s newest physicians, to restore a measure of normalcy to the 86-year-old man’s life.

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Students get 'full experience' abroad

September 20, 2013, Mario Cuadros

Eight students participated in the study abroad program in Ufa, the capital city of the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, over the summer. For the students on the trip, it was a life-changing experience that inspired several of them to return to Russia.

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Much to crow about

September 18, 2013, Liz McCarthy

University President Harris Pastides wants higher education to be more accessible and affordable for South Carolinians. He plans to ask state lawmakers to work with the higher education community to find a fair funding strategy, he said during his annual State of the University address.

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She's got style

September 17, 2013, Frenche Brewer

Admittedly obsessed as much with calculus as she is with the style.com fashion website, Sophie Kerr-Dineen would not deny the left and right sides of her brain, so in her sophomore year at USC she changed her major from economics to the business of fashion.

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Organizing solutions with the Chapman Conference

September 17, 2013, Steven Powell

Venkat Lakshmi recently assumed chairmanship of the American Geophysical Union’s Chapman Conference program, and inthat capacity he plans to continue what he’s spent his professional career doing: bringing people together to create solutions.

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USC named Military Friendly School

September 17, 2013, Megan Sexton

Financial, academic and social support for members of the military and veterans helped earn USC a place on the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list. Carolina's Student Veterans Association is one of the organizations on campus designed to help veterans adjust to life at USC.

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Exploring country music's dark side

September 17, 2013, Katie West

USC sociology student Anna Rogers turned her interest and background with country music into an undergraduate research project examining sexism in the popular genre.

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Reading Rooster encourages literacy

September 16, 2013, Megan Sexton

Helen Fellers was honored with a Literacy Leaders Award from USC’s School of Library and Information Science for a career that started as the Richland County Public Library’s Bookmobile driver in the 1950s. Today, she is known as the “Story Lady” and the “Reading Rooster,” the name of a popular monthly book review and recommendation program on You Tube and S.C. ETV.

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Making buddies, sharing cultures

September 16, 2013, Megan Sexton

More than 140 American students at UofSC have agreed to be a buddy with 160 international students. This is the second semester the Office of International Student Services has paired American and international students in a formal buddy program.

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Conroy to judge USC writing contest

September 14, 2013, Megan Sexton

The South Carolina Honors College and the University of South Carolina Press are sponsoring a writing contest for the state’s high school juniors and seniors, asking them to answer this question: How should we improve the state of South Carolina? Their work will be judged by Pat Conroy, New York Times-bestselling author of “The Water Is Wide,” “The Great Santini” and “The Prince of Tides.”

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Students, alumni share Carolina love

September 13, 2013, Liz White

In high school Sarah Ferraro didn’t imagine herself at USC. A few years later, she says she can’t picture herself anywhere else. Carolina is her home. And she is sharing her love for USC with potential Gamecocks.

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As a Gamecock, my pursuit has No Limits

August 30, 2013, Glenn Hare

Spanish moss, pinching blue crabs and resort villages distinguish Josh Eagle’s passion for the law. As a USC law professor he is knee-deep in the rising tide of coastal law, a new field of knowledge that combines environmental sciences, land development and public policy. Through his research, Josh seeks to understand the relationship of economic development and nature preservation.

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As a Gamecock, my search has No Limits

August 23, 2013, Glenn Hare

“Get in the car,” his father yelled. “We’re leaving now.” May 3, 1999, is a day Kevin Ash can’t forget. The teenager’s family escaped, but others weren’t so lucky. Thirty-six people died and the 300 mph winds, rain and flying debris snapped power lines and ripped open houses in three states. Now, at USC’s Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, the doctoral student is studying how people react to severe weather announcements. Description

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As a Gamecock, my vision has No Limits

August 16, 2013, Thom Harman

Distorted images. Uneven exposures. Blurred edges. The photographs taken by Taylor Singmaster, aren’t perfect, but that’s on purpose. Her pictures serve as metaphors for the lives of children with Down syndrome, whose worlds aren’t perfect either. But they are still beautiful, genuine, pure. Using a plastic toy camera the images may not be sharp, Taylor’s focus is clear.