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Home sweet home

Home sweet home

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.

Student finds his way helping others

Student finds his way helping others

After his great-grandmother death, Wilyem Cain was angry and negative. But that all changed after he started volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club. The University of South Carolina political science major found his calling and is serving as a role model to area kids. Now Cain is planning a future committed to children's advocacy and public service so that he can catch them if they fall.

No Limits: Providing hope and healing

No Limits: Providing hope and healing

Life can be hard in Columbia's poorest neighborhoods. But Toriah Caldwell and her colleagues at the USC's Children and Family Healthcare Center, a nurse-run medical practice, haven't left. The center serves as an important alternative to emergency room care and is the medical home for many in the surrounding neighborhood.

No Limits: Professor documents changing South

No Limits: Professor documents changing South

Kathleen Robbins, professor of photography, is documenting changes taking place in the Mississippi Delta. Once the Land of Cotton, the fluffy boils are being replaced by corn and soybean and the lifestyle associated with the former "king" crop.

As a Gamecock, my strength has No Limits

As a Gamecock, my strength has No Limits

The severe headache, the numbness in his side and the loss of balance were the start of Mark Cox's toughest battle. But the former military officer faced the challenge with the support of loved ones and the expertise of Julius Fridriksson, a leading stroke rehabilitation researcher.

VIDEO: Researcher helps autism families

VIDEO: Researcher helps autism families

Researcher Robert Hock helps families cope with the stresses of raising a child with autism. Hock says treatment begins and ends with the family who will take care of the child long after therapy ends.

Body mechanics

Body mechanics

South Carolina is in the thick of states with folks that are too thick around the waist, ranking in the top five for obesity rates nationally. But the Palmetto State also has some innovative researchers, such as Sue Lessner in the School of Medicine, working to mitigate the risks of extra pounds and other factors that put the state in the heart of what's called the "stroke belt."

Walk, Chad, walk

Walk, Chad, walk

All the things most of us take for granted -- walking, eating, breathing -- Chad Shelton lost the ability to do in the space of a week. The 48-year-old library specialist at the School of Medicine contracted a rare autoimmune disorder, Guillain-Barré syndrome, in January that short-circuited his nervous system and put him in the hospital on a ventilator for months.

Bringing language to life

Bringing language to life

If Andrew Rajca is speaking a mile a minute, you know you have found a subject he is passionate about. Typically, it has something to do with Latin America, the languages, the culture and the art. Rajca teaches Spanish and Portuguese at the University of South Carolina and is director of the Portuguese program, reviving it as a minor.

How to make it in film, TV

How to make it in film, TV

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.

Professor says teaching is a privilege

Professor says teaching is a privilege

Maryah Fram has a book in her office that she invites students to write in before they graduate, saying what they are going to do to make the world a better place. It's just one of the ways she connects with her students. A social work professor, Fram's focus is social policy and teaching the graduate-level class for students to apply what they've learned to real-life situations.

Education of a teacher

Education of a teacher

Push and pull have helped move Odell Glenn through a wide-ranging career in engineering. He has pushed to follow his passions, he has been pulled in unexpected directions, and he finds himself at the University of South Carolina as a late-career doctoral candidate. He says he wouldn't have changed the journey in any way.

Not easy being green

Not easy being green

When Melissa Pilgrim's undergraduate students suit up for research, they don't reach for white lab coats and safety glasses. Instead, they don waders, battery-powered headlamps and lots of bug spray before heading into damp woodlands after dusk.

40 years and counting: Business school veteran makes another move

40 years and counting: Business school veteran makes another move

Julia Witherspoon is a sucker for something new: a new opportunity, a new responsibility, a new center or even a new building. New has oddly been a theme of her nearly 40-year career with the Darla Moore School of Business. This month, she has experienced new once more as the faculty and staff of the business school have begun moving into their new home at Assembly and Greene streets.

Stemming the tide of cancer

Stemming the tide of cancer

Curing cancer, not just putting a patient in remission. That's what Hexin Chen and other researchers are trying to make possible with the new cancer stem cell approach to oncology.

No Limits: Shelbretta Ball finds a new way to be on the team

No Limits: Shelbretta Ball finds a new way to be on the team

Basketball has been a part of Shelbretta "Brett" Ball's life since she was 5 years old. Even before she scored any points for the Gamecocks, a medical condition put her on the bench. But she's still on the team and contributing in a new way.

Serbia on his mind

Serbia on his mind

When Philip Mattox walked across Carolina's commencement stage this past May, his dream was to somehow forge a career in Serbia -- a country he's grown to embrace after traveling there as a student, meeting its people and studying Balkan history and culture. A week later, parts of his adopted country were underwater.

Nothing to hide

Nothing to hide

Aisha Haynes overcame a stuttering affliction on her way to a doctorate in curriculum instruction and a position at UofSC's Center for Teaching Excellence as an instructional designer.

The world's biggest field

The world's biggest field

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.

String Project finds harmony in community

String Project finds harmony in community

Hearing a child's first draw of a bow across the strings of a violin can make your ears bleed, but for University of South Carolina graduate student Katie Holaway, it is music to her ears.

Antibiotics, infants and food allergy

Antibiotics, infants and food allergy

Food allergies in children are becoming more common, and antibiotics might be part of the problem. Pharmacy researcher Bryan Love led a team that showed antibiotic exposure in infants is associated with increased likelihood of later diagnosis of food allergy.

Capstone adventures to Peru for Maymester

Capstone adventures to Peru for Maymester

Less than a month into her job as assistant principal for the Capstone Scholars program, Erin Wilson was asked to take a group of students to Peru. The trip was inspiring, rewarding and a little scary at times, but well worth it, she says.