Nearly 1,000 middle and high school students will come to the College of Engineering and Computing on Thursday for the Edison Lecture Series. Presentations and interactive demonstrations will focus on human-robot interactions and how gaming and virtual reality can be used to make lives better.
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.
Forty faculty, graduate students and OB/BYN residents will present research findings from basic, clinical and social sciences at the Women's Health Research Forum Oct. 24 in the Russell House theater and ballroom.
Devon Sherrell knows he is one of the lucky ones when it comes to his "story." The junior political science student said he knew from a very young age that he was gay, so when he came out his friends and family in high school, he was relieved that no one seemed to have a problem. Knowing that is not the case for everyone, the now president of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance organization has dedicated his time to supporting the the LGBT community.
Dawn Staley didn't attend the UofSC, but she still considers herself a Gamecock. On the court, the women's basketball coach has filled a trophy case with awards. Off the court, Staley has raised money for a children's charity. The My Carolina Alumni Association named Staley an Honorary Life Member for the way she's represented our university.
A cancer diagnosis doesn't always put life on pause. Kathy Mercer, a survivor and professor in the College of Nursing stayed invigorated during her treatment and encourages patients to stay positive through her work with the Pink Posse, a local support group.
For more than 40 years, Parker Evatt has worked to improve the lives of children and other vulnerable populations. For that dedication to service, the My Carolina Alumni Association has named Evatt the recipient of the 2014 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
Elmore Leonard, the master of American crime fiction, knew exactly where he wanted his papers to go. He decided after a quick trip to the University of South Carolina shortly before his death in 2013, when he was awarded the university's Thomas Cooper Medal. "He went to visit the library and he was blown away," his son Peter Leonard says.
Jotaka Eaddy followed her cousin to the UofSC. That may have been the last time she followed anyone. Since graduating more ten years ago, Eaddy has been a civil rights and social justice leader. My Carolina Alumni Association named Eaddy its 2014 Outstanding Black Alumna.
Assistant professor of English Language and Literature Hannah Rule joined the faculty at Carolina this fall. She researches how individuals acquire and practice writing as well as how writing is taught in college and K-12 contexts.
Lydia Pappas, a curator at the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC), wants people to rescue their fragile home movies from hostile storage conditions in the attic or basement. They're even invited to donate the footage to Carolina's film archive -- where cultural artifacts belong.
Growing up, Brandon Bookstaver wanted to be a doctor or a pharmacist or a teacher. He ended up becoming all three. The alumni association has named Bookstaver its 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus.
Fred Tollison graduated from Carolina 50 years ago, and he's been a proud Gamecock ever since. But there was one moment when the prospect of attending Carolina was an occasion for joy -- and dismay.
In the last 45 years, Donald Bailey has played football for the Gamecocks, started a successful business, served as president of the alumni association and sat on the board of trustees. But he's most proud of the work he's done creating the Carolina LIFE program. That dedication prompted the My Carolina Alumni Association to name Bailey its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus.
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.
It's the smell of elephant ears, mustard and fried everything. It's the uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach as you clickety-clack up the first hill of the roller coaster. It's the South Carolina State Fair, and it's also Midway Physics Day, when thousands of kids from across the state learn that science can be cool.
Alumnus Jay Matheson, '82 media arts, prepares for the Jam Room Music Festival. Now in its third year, the annual event has played a major role in the revitalization of Columbia's Main Street.
The community, students, faculty and staff are invited to the annual Step Show competition between NPHC fraternities and sororities at UofSC. New to the homecoming events this year, Stroll Off will be held in the Russell House where students can watch organizations compete. Meet Jarvia Meggett, the student behind-the-scenes who ensures that these events run smoothly for UofSC to enjoy.
Dr. Jason Stacy is right at home as Student Health Services director for sports medicine and physical therapy. He started working full-time at the Thomson Student Health Center after 10 years as team physician for Gamecock athletes. His stint as team physician also included one day a week at the health center seeing injured students.
Working her way through Wofford and then pharmacy school at the Medical University of South Carolina, Brie Dunn never really pictured herself behind the lectern, but a move into academia has worked out very well — for her as well as her students here at the University of South Carolina.
After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, Robin Estrada vowed she’d never go back to college. “But I I felt I could make a bigger impact on health care outcomes by doing research,” she says, and that led her to apply to the Ph.D. program in the University of South Carolina's College of Nursing.
As deputy director of the Columbia Museum of Art, Joelle Ryan-Cook has had a front row seat for the ongoing revitalization of Columbia's Main Street and the recent growth of the Capital City's art scene. The University of South Carolina alumna has also played a key role in building the partnerships that have made that revitalization and growth possible.
In 2012 more than 80 percent of college students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do. But, the stigma associated with mental illness is preventing many of them from seeking help. Senior Margaret Kramer is working to change that.
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.
Priyantha Herath came to Carolina from Sri Lanka by way of Stockholm.