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 Every summer the University of South Carolina’s faculty, staff and students travel the world to conduct research, learn about cultures and take on new challenges that can have a big impact. Here’s just a quick look at what some Gamecocks have been up to this summer.

How UofSC spent the summer

August 19, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Every summer the University of South Carolina’s faculty, staff and students travel the world to conduct research, learn about cultures and take on new challenges that can have a big impact. Here’s just a quick look at what some Gamecocks have been up to this summer.

For the first year, other students will be lending a helping hand to get the freshman class settled as a part of the Move-In Crew. In year’s past this duty has fallen solely to faculty and staff members, carrying armfuls of belongings up stairs or on elevators and through hallways.

Students offer open arms to help with move-in

August 13, 2015, Liz McCarthy

For the first year, other students will be lending a helping hand to get the freshman class settled as a part of the Move-In Crew. In year’s past this duty has fallen solely to faculty and staff members, carrying armfuls of belongings up stairs or on elevators and through hallways.

When Tatiana Chin walks across the stage at the University of South Carolina’s commencement this August, she’ll be one step closer to a path she started down when she was 8 years old. As she graduates, Chin won’t be worrying about finding a job: She will start working for IBM as a global security consultant.

From undecided to professional

August 06, 2015, Liz McCarthy

When Tatiana Chin walks across the stage at the University of South Carolina’s commencement this August, she’ll be one step closer to a path she started down when she was 8 years old. As she graduates, Chin won’t be worrying about finding a job: She will start working for IBM as a global security consultant.

Temisha Simpkins is one of four University of South Carolina students serving across the city this summer as a part of the AmeriCorps VISTAs program. She has spent her summer days helping children younger than 12 read at St. Lawrence Place, a nonprofit organization in Columbia.

Student finds path helping local kids learn to read

July 29, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Temisha Simpkins is one of four University of South Carolina students serving across the city this summer as a part of the AmeriCorps VISTAs program. She has spent her summer days helping children younger than 12 read at St. Lawrence Place, a nonprofit organization in Columbia.

It has been a momentous year for the Supreme Court of the United States. It’s also been a big year for alumnus Andrew Bentz, who has spent that time in a coveted position at the highest court.

'A momentous year'

July 22, 2015, Liz McCarthy

It has been a momentous year for the Supreme Court of the United States. It’s also been a big year for alumnus Andrew Bentz, who has spent that time in a coveted position at the highest court.

Allie Mason came to the University of South Carolina to study marine biology, but a few semesters locked in a lab led her to discover something important about herself. She needed sunshine a lot like a plant.

Dirt and sunshine

July 08, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Allie Mason came to the University of South Carolina to study marine biology, but a few semesters locked in a lab led her to discover something important about herself. She needed sunshine a lot like a plant.

Lauren Brown decided after graduate school that being a counselor wasn’t the career for her. At the University of South Carolina, though, she’s found the perfect way to put her counseling skills to work by helping students in University 101.

Fostering community in the classroom

June 10, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Lauren Brown decided after graduate school that being a counselor wasn’t the career for her. At the University of South Carolina, though, she’s found the perfect way to put her counseling skills to work by helping students in University 101.

When Kate Boyd first entered the library profession, there weren’t many libraries in the digital world. But a class project in graduate school led Boyd to discover a new realm for information science and, eventually, to University Libraries at the University of South Carolina.

Creating access: Digital Collections celebrates 10 years

May 20, 2015, Liz McCarthy

When Kate Boyd first entered the library profession, there weren’t many libraries in the digital world. But a class project in graduate school led Boyd to discover a new realm for information science and, eventually, to University Libraries at the University of South Carolina.

Augusta Schneider reinvented her career several times but it’s the latest position at the University of South Carolina that has proven to be the most rewarding. Working with student employees landed her the Supervisor of the Year award.

The best kind of work

May 13, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Augusta Schneider reinvented her career several times but it’s the latest position at the University of South Carolina that has proven to be the most rewarding. Working with student employees landed her the Supervisor of the Year award.

Not many college graduates land their dream job before their diploma is in hand but Chris Rosa’s hard work at the University of South Carolina landed him that coveted gig. Just a few weeks after graduation, Rosa, a senior public relations major, will move to the Big Apple to work for VH1 as an entertainment writer.

Start spreading the news

May 07, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Not many college graduates land their dream job before their diploma is in hand but Chris Rosa’s hard work at the University of South Carolina landed him that coveted gig. Just a few weeks after graduation, Rosa, a senior public relations major, will move to the Big Apple to work for VH1 as an entertainment writer.

Lindsay Richardson didn’t come to Carolina looking for an opportunity to become a student leader, much less to become student body president. That path led her to be a finalist for Outstanding Woman of the Year and to receive the university’s top honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Growing into a leader

April 23, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Lindsay Richardson didn’t come to Carolina looking for an opportunity to become a student leader, much less to become student body president. That path led her to be a finalist for Outstanding Woman of the Year and to receive the university’s top honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

The University of South Carolina promises opportunities for its students. In the last month, Venisha Pendergrass and two friends have found this to be true. Just before spring break, Pendergrass and a few friends noticed a need to have more professional development opportunities for young women on campus.

Promoting women's leadership on campus

April 23, 2015, Liz McCarthy

The University of South Carolina promises opportunities for its students. In the last month, Venisha Pendergrass and two friends have found this to be true. Just before spring break, Pendergrass and a few friends noticed a need to have more professional development opportunities for young women on campus.

Caitlin McCormack came to the University of South Carolina to make her dance dreams come true. This week she’ll return to the stage with a group of students and alumni to perform an original piece.

Alumni, students 'collide' on stage

April 14, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Caitlin McCormack came to the University of South Carolina to make her dance dreams come true. This week she’ll return to the stage with a group of students and alumni to perform an original piece.

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Building a path beyond the classroom

March 25, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Elizabeth Moore has always been interested in science and math. Health care was something she was naturally drawn to but watching her grandmother struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease sparked a passion for research that the University of South Carolina junior hopes to pursue in her career.

Leslie Knight doesn’t consider herself a dancer. The dancing isn’t why she first got involved with Dance Marathon. It’s all about the cause; it’s all for the kids.

Half a million, half the time

March 19, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Leslie Knight doesn’t consider herself a dancer. The dancing isn’t why she first got involved with Dance Marathon. It’s all about the cause; it’s all for the kids.

Shelby Clemmer wants to show everyone that giving back to the community can make a difference. That’s why the junior psychology major is spending her spring break helping various organizations in Charlotte, N.C., and leading an alternative break trip with five other students.

A break for service

March 12, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Shelby Clemmer wants to show everyone that giving back to the community can make a difference. That’s why the junior psychology major is spending her spring break helping various organizations in Charlotte, N.C., and leading an alternative break trip with five other students.

Professor Thomas Brown’s history class is bringing Civil War lessons to life by “live-tweeting” Sherman’s historic march to Columbia 150 years later. They scoured historical documents to find the most compelling 140-character nuggets.

Reconstructing history in 140 characters

February 11, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Professor Thomas Brown’s history class is bringing Civil War lessons to life by “live-tweeting” Sherman’s historic march to Columbia 150 years later. They scoured historical documents to find the most compelling 140-character nuggets.

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A cut above

January 23, 2015, Liz McCarthy

Gregory Garret stumbled into his career after an apprenticeship at a salon turned him on to hairstyling while attending the University of South Carolina. It wasn’t the traditional path for a college graduate but as the owner, manager and head stylist of Columbia’s newest salon, Garret isn’t just styling hair.

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Meet UofSC's Chernobyl expert

December 22, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Biological Sciences professor Timothy Mousseau has made more than 30 trips to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site in Ukraine since 1999. In the past few years, he has traveled a dozen times to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear site in Japan to study the aftereffects of that catastrophe. Mousseau, as a part of UofSC’s Chernobyl Research Initiative, is focused on the health and environmental outcomes of radiation effects in wildlife.

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Alumnus focuses lens on Carolina life

December 15, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Sean Rayford’s camera is his passport to worlds he might not otherwise visit: from cheerleading championships to punk rock concerts, from the sidelines at NFL games to the aisles of the wedding chapel. While Rayford started photography as a way to get into rock ‘n’ roll concerts for free, it has become a lifelong passion and career – one that he honed as a University of South Carolina student.

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Keeping Carolina green

December 12, 2014, Liz McCarthy

UofSC’s Facilities Landscaping team staffs a tree maintenance crew to keep the campus trees beautiful, sustainable, and most importantly, safe. With more than 7,000 trees from about 80 species on the Columbia campus, the team has their work cut out for them to keep Carolina a Tree Campus USA. We caught up with the team to find out how they keep campus green.

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Everybody eats

December 10, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Carolinians care for one another. That’s a key tenet in the Carolinan Creed. It’s also something Rachel Smith and the students running the Gamecock Pantry practice every day.

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Meet new faculty: Richard Hodinka

December 09, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Clinical professor Richard Hodinka joined the School of Medicine Greenville's faculty this year from Philadelphia, where he'd spent the majority of his career. At UofSC, Hodinka looks forward to having an impact on future doctors.

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Once more with feeling

November 25, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Dustin Praylow has always wanted to be a pediatrician. The junior biology major is on track to make that happen, but not before he explores his other passion — dance.

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Getting students to think globally

November 07, 2014, Liz McCarthy

At Carolina, Ruby Han, a student from China, has even found a program that helps her share her culture with Americans. Through the university’s International Student Services, Han has become involved with Thinking Globally, which takes international students to local schools to discuss their cultures.

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Nursing student answers call for help

October 31, 2014, Liz McCarthy

David Wolfer has always known he wanted to make an impact, do something bigger than himself, even if that means living without modern conveniences and forgoing a traditional college experience.

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Student hopes UofSC can 'Be the Match'

October 20, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Eric Villeneuve, a junior criminal justice major, is hoping to get more University of South Carolina students, faculty and staff members registered with the national Be The Match bone marrow registry. It’s a cause that’s important to him personally, having seen what a difference bone marrow donations can make.

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Building the scene

October 10, 2014, Liz McCarthy

The newest improv troupe on campus is building UofSC’s scene one show at a time. OverReactors hopes to get more students involved and keep campus laughing.

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Dissecting the detectives

October 02, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Grace Gardner considers herself an “SVU junkie,” one of the many people who binge watch rerun marathons of the popular television show “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” spending nights cuddled up with Detectives Stabler and Benson on Netflix. Fortunately, Annie Boiter-Jolley, a professor and also a fan of the show, wanted to bring Benson and Stabler to campus.

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Inability to love

September 19, 2014, Liz McCarthy

In the nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, German guilt and shame over the Holocaust remains — though some modern German literature reflects a more casual attitude toward the stereotyping of Jews. That’s what UofSC's Agnes Mueller uncovers in her latest book.

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All in the family

September 11, 2014, Liz McCarthy

The University of South Carolina community prides itself on being a family. For Christopher Gallman, it really is. The USCPD investigator works alongside his father to keep Carolina safe.

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Going into business

August 21, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Senior computer science majors Andrew Askins and Bill Brower along with recent alumnus Austin Price kick-started Krit this summer, a start-up venture they hope will make graphic designers' work easier and impact Columbia's tech community.

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Returning to the quad

August 14, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Laura Bankert knows what it means to be connected to campus. It’s something she felt early as a freshman living on the second floor of Sims in the Women’s Quad. This year, Bankert, a junior elementary education major and first-time resident mentor, hopes she can make a new group of Gamecocks feel the same way as she moves back to campus in the newly renovated Women’s Quad.

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Home sweet home

July 30, 2014, Liz McCarthy

would take so long to find the perfect home. But thanks to the efforts of Fennell and several others, the move-in date for the My Carolina Alumni Association’s Alumni Center — the new campus home for all Gamecock alumni — is next summer.

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How to make it in film, TV

July 24, 2014, Liz McCarthy

This week when comic book fans take over part of San Diego for the annual ComicCon, one University of South Carolina alumnus will be brining it to the masses. That’s because Blake Garris works for Marvel Comics, running parts of the comic company’s website, including live streaming and creating videos from the famous comic convention.

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The world's biggest field

July 10, 2014, Liz McCarthy

For the last few weeks, Brazil has been at the center of the world’s attention as the best soccer players from across the globe compete for the ultimate trophy. Amidst the fans and excitement, the cheers and the tears, two University of South Carolina students reached the pinnacle of their college experience at this year’s World Cup.

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A full experience

June 26, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Sheimaliz Glover’s dream just came true and the recent graduate credits her time at the University of South Carolina to setting her on her way to becoming an ambassador and working in the foreign service.

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Words for the world

June 19, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Laura Griner’s never been to Afghanistan. She doesn’t speak Dari or Pashto but the University of South Carolina graduate is hoping to bring a little peace to the country, one children’s book at a time.

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Connecting to community

May 23, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Gerald Davis Jr. works with some of the most vulnerable people in Columbia and does it all on top of taking classes at the University of South Carolina. But his real passion lies with opening doors at the university to connect the community to campus.

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Becoming a leader, getting ahead

April 23, 2014, Liz McCarthy

A few years ago Thomas Landzert decided to step up and become a leader, something he wasn’t preparing to do as a sophomore. In May, he will be among the first crop of students to graduate with leadership distinction.

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Coming full circle

April 22, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Kristmar Muldrow grew up in an artistic household but here at the University of South Carolina, she’s been able to discover what being an artist really means. Growing up with a graphic designer mother and an architect dad meant Muldrow, a junior studio art major, never had a shortage of art supplies. These days, though, she’s using more digital skills to create her works.

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Professor discovers Columbia through service

March 27, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Michael Gibbs Hill didn’t get involved with community service as a college student. Mentoring local children was something he discovered when he came to the University of South Carolina in 2007 as a faculty member. Now, as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, he thinks more Gamecocks should get involved.

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'They have nobody'

March 24, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Ronald Bradley thought his background in school counseling might be useful in wartorn Afghanistan and Iraq. He was right.

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Smile, be happy, UofSC

March 14, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Hayley Geis wants to make you smile. If she had her way, the freshman would have everyone on campus smiling. Something she wants to go viral on campus as she starts a Random Acts of Kindness organization.

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Taking a break abroad

March 07, 2014, Liz McCarthy

This spring break, while many students take a breather from classes, some Gamecocks will be getting hands-on health care experience, helping rural villagers and getting a taste for world travel. The service-learning trip to Belize promises to be a life-changing experience for the 24 students.

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Dancing all night -- for the kids

February 27, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Taylor Dietrich discovered her love for Dance Marathon as a freshman. At first, it was just a booth during the annual Student Organization Fair, but an illness and hospital visit led Dietrich to see firsthand how important the University of South Carolina’s largest student-run philanthropy event is to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

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Alum aims for Olympics

February 06, 2014, Liz McCarthy

When the American athletes parade through the Olympic village in Sochi, Russia, this week, you won’t find any Gamecocks on the teams. Stephen Garbett hopes that won’t be the case in 2018 in South Korea. The 2010 sport and entertainment management alumnus and skeleton competitor has been training day and night for the games since 2012.

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Program helps students with personal finances

February 04, 2014, Liz McCarthy

For many students, college is a time to make new friends, find a career path and discover interests and passions. It also can be a difficult time for managing money and staying financially stable. One out of three college students experience financial stress each year. But the University of South Carolina’s Student Success Center helps Gamecocks keep that financial stress in check with its Financial Literacy Program.

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Alumnus reflects on 50 years with 'J-school'

January 31, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Henry Price has seen a lot of changes at the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He has been a student, a graduate student, an alumnus, a faculty member and even an interim dean. This week, the school will celebrate a big milestone as it begins construction on its new, 21st century home. But Price, who retired in 2002 as a distinguished professor emeritus, has a lot to say about where the school has been.

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Into the stacks: Professor introduces students to rare collections

January 23, 2014, Liz McCarthy

John Knox first set out to write his dissertation on British romantic literature. He didn’t expect rare books and manuscripts in the University Libraries’ collections to influence his studies. Then he came across USC Libraries’ G. Ross Roy Collection of Scottish Literature, considered the largest collection outside the United Kingdom, while conducting research on narrative poems.

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To serve and protect

January 09, 2014, Liz McCarthy

Allan Bolin’s first goal when he’s on duty is to keep Carolina students, faculty and staff safe and secure. It’s a goal he has been working toward since before he graduated from USC in 2010. As a patrol sergeant with the USC Police Department, Bolin and his team handle all incidents on campus – fire alarms, burglaries, auto break-ins.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.