2014 Stories

Coming full circle

Coming full circle

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.

'Sue my car, not me'

'Sue my car, not me'

It might seem like a flight of fantasy -- a car that could actually drive you to work (or your child to soccer practice) all by itself -- but the technology is being tested and its advent on roadways is all but inevitable. The question now is determining who will be blamed when a self-driving car causes an accident.

Helping Carolina women stand strong

Helping Carolina women stand strong

When Skye Klink studies abroad in Prague this fall, she wants to be prepared. Having studied abroad in Spain last summer, she knows the ups and downs of settling into another culture. This semester Klink decided to prepare for her upcoming trip by enrolling in a for-credit self-defense class taught by professors Ed Carney and Shannon Henry from Surviving Assault and Standing Strong (SASS), a local self-defense organization for women.

PMBA: Learning business part-time while working full-time

PMBA: Learning business part-time while working full-time

The university's new chief financial officer says her liberal arts degree taught her how to think, but her PMBA gave her the business skills that got her where she is today. Leslie Brunelli is one of thousands of graduates of the 40-year-old program designed to train professionals for the executive suite without interrupting their careers.

New SGA President takes office

New SGA President takes office

New student body President Lindsay Richardson wants to help the University of South Carolina grow and to create more services that can improve students' daily lives, such as an umbrella checkout program for those caught unprepared on a rainy day.

Chemistry up close

Chemistry up close

A chemistry show is a great way to reach K-12 students about science. Chemistry professor Linda Shimizu and University of South Carolina students put on a show that makes learning fun for kids of all ages.

Three new things

Three new things

The internal auditing department at the University of South Carolina has a new name, a new approach to how it does business and a new executive director to make it happen.

VIDEO: Using all your senses to learn botany

VIDEO: Using all your senses to learn botany

The glare from fluorescent lights and the squeak from chalk on a board are the sights and sounds most students experience, but some biology students are finding a classroom experience filled with bright sunlight and chirping birds.

VIDEO: UofSC dedicates garden to commemorate desegregation

VIDEO: UofSC dedicates garden to commemorate desegregation

A garden adjacent the Osborne Administration Building was dedicated in honor of the three students who integrated the university in 1963. The ceremony was part of the yearlong events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of desegregation.

No Limits: Young teacher determined to make a difference

No Limits: Young teacher determined to make a difference

Justin Dunham is always moving. A former high school athlete, he's conditioned to make quick turns, think on his feet and motivate. One minute he's in the front of the classroom, the next he's in the back. A few seconds later, he's tossing a football to a kid anxious to give an answer. Justin's Earth Science classes spin with energy, and the kids don't miss a beat.

Personal loss inspires student to help

Personal loss inspires student to help

Maranda Rosier fights to bring awareness to the issue of suicide. Her goal is to erase the negative stigma that comes along with it. This year's Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk is her first step.

As a Gamecock, my search has No Limits

As a Gamecock, my search has No Limits

May 3, 1999, is a day Kevin Ash can't forget. Considered by many plains-state residents as the worst weather outbreak in generations, the 70-plus tornadoes hit parts of Kansas as well as the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles. How members of his family and neighbors reacted to the storm warnings that day is a key reason Ash is at the University of South Carolina today.

Doorway to opportunity

Doorway to opportunity

It was hardly on her mind when Julian Greer arrived at South Carolina. But it has helped her polish her public speaking skills, expand her social circle, get to know professors outside of the classroom and chart her future. It has even put some spending money in her pocket.

Topiary artist honors past, shapes future

Topiary artist honors past, shapes future

Topiary artist Pearl Fryar has cultivated three young junipers to represent the three students who desegregated the University of South Carolina 50 years ago. The son of a North Carolina sharecropper, Fryar knows what it means to seek a better life. "If you had told me 50 years ago that one day I would be asked to do this sculpture, I would have thought I'd lost my mind. This is huge and shows how far we've come."

Taking the helm: Students learn sailing, leadership

Taking the helm: Students learn sailing, leadership

Call it the Best. Classroom. Ever. Basic Keelboat Sailing teaches students to safely skipper or crew a 25-foot boat on sheltered water in moderate weather. But they also learn how to captain a boat with a crew of their peers and that leadership experience goes with them into the real world.

Artist's lens on an undersea world

Artist's lens on an undersea world

Few of us will ever scuba dive in the Dutch Caribbean, but there's almost no need to if you can spend a few moments gazing at Katie Boatman's paintings.

Business researcher investigates what motivates us

Business researcher investigates what motivates us

You could say Anthony Nyberg is a people person. He wants to know what makes them work and, maybe more importantly, what makes them quit. An associate professor of management in the Darla Moore School of Business, Nyberg earned his doctorate degree after working a decade in financial services, including starting and growing his own firm. During his time in the business world, he found his biggest issues had little to do with finance.

Town and Country

Town and Country

Ben Muldrow got his first taste of marketing and branding at Carolina when he was president of Carolina Productions, the student group that recruits speakers and entertainers to campus. He's now a marketing executive who has coached hundreds of towns across the country on how to put their best foot forward.

Leading in style

Leading in style

Through her involvement with the UofSC Fashion Board, president Brittany Terry is devoted to celebrating and promoting the fashion industry. Fashion Week 2014 successfully began Monday, March 31, with a doggie fashion show and will end Thursday, April 3, with a finale fashion show.

Illuminating history

Illuminating history

Adam Glenn is a freshman chemical engineering major working with some of South Carolina's most valuable humanities artifacts, illuminated manuscripts from the 15th century. His Magellan Scholar research project combines scientific lab work with historical scholarship.

Good smile, good health

Good smile, good health

Senior Andrea Eggleston wants to be a dentist, but not just one for the well-heeled. Working for three years with people who often can't afford dental care has opened her eyes to often-overlooked populations in the community, and public service is now the focus of her career.

Professor discovers Columbia through community service

Professor discovers Columbia through community service

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.

Finding a place in the world

Finding a place in the world

Andrew Kovtun is spending his second semester abroad in Paris and has two international gigs lined up for this summer. He also is hoping to spend next year in Europe learning Czech, which may postpone his graduation from the University of South Carolina, where he is triple-majoring in international business, economics and marketing with minors in French and Russian.

2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year

2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year

Emily Learner wants to improve people's lives, whether it is helping children understand the importance of physical activity, helping discover a possible treatment for muscular dystrophy or helping society discard gender stereotypes. For all her work and commitment to service, Lerner has been named 2014's Outstanding Woman of the Year at the University of South Carolina.

'It's got to be a passion'

'It's got to be a passion'

If you had known him several years ago, it might have been all too easy to picture Davontae Singleton becoming a high school dropout. But Singleton, an English and secondary education major and now an Honors College student, has thrived, not merely survived, in the college environment.

Student leads, embodies Carolinian Creed

Student leads, embodies Carolinian Creed

Corrin La Bella refuses to miss out on the diversity the University of South Carolina has to offer.. The sophomore is involved in all facets of Gamecock life. With a double major in global supply chain management and finance, and a minor in wellness studies, the aspiring lawyer insists of being active in her community.

'They have nobody'

'They have nobody'

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

A two-wheeled solution

A two-wheeled solution

If you're under stress and need more exercise, Outdoor Recreation's bike shop has the cure. And it just might help address parking and air pollution problems, too. Whether you become a full-fledged bike commuter or opt to simply start riding a bike from one place on campus to another, the bike shop has your back. A team of student technicians there can provide free labor and advice to keep a bike tuned up.

Building a successful acting career, 1 step at a time

Building a successful acting career, 1 step at a time

University of South Carolina alumnus and successful actor Mike Colter says he thinks people are born actors, but he admits, that doesn't guarantee success. "You study to free the talents you have," Colter says "But there's no one-plus-one-equals-two formula that creates a successful actor."

Gamecocks of a feather run together

Gamecocks of a feather run together

Gearing up to run any distance with no support can be a daunting experience. Campus Wellness has the answer with a program that incorporates a goal, social media support and plans for runners of any level. So there's no reason not to go from zero to 5k.

Social media 2.0

Social media 2.0

Rubeyes is the brainchild of Joshua and Paul Norris, who have been working nonstop on their smart phone app in hopes that it will become a game-changer by improving the way people connect through social media.

Smile, be happy, UofSC

Smile, be happy, UofSC

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.

Law students tackle tax returns - for free

Law students tackle tax returns - for free

Got your 1099? Your W-2? How about railroad benefits? Do you know on which line you report your scholarships or retirement income or how to determine your earned income eligibility? Luckily, we've got some pretty smart students for that. The University of South Carolina School of Law has provided free basic assistance with federal and state tax returns to folks through the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for 23 years.

Recognizing poverty, redefining the American dream

Recognizing poverty, redefining the American dream

The concept of the American dream has changed over the years and poverty in America is more pervasive than many of us think. Social work professor Kirk Foster co-authored the new book "Chasing the American Dream," which explores the subject in the hope of sparking a new conversation about economic opportunity.

Standing up to stress, for the body and mind

Standing up to stress, for the body and mind

Standing up to stress helps prevent both depression and cardiovascular disease, ailments that face new lines of attack from the laboratory of Susan Wood, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine. Her research might engender ways to promote resilience to stress - in part by controlling signs of inflammation in the brain - and avoid the ailments that mismanaged stress can bring about.

In it for the long haul

In it for the long haul

For Anna Battiata, long-distance running is more than a passion. It's a sport that took her on a two-year journey of nonstop training and inspired the focus of her current graduate studies.

Taking a break abroad

Taking a break abroad

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.

Engineering students hope to stay dry in concrete canoe

Engineering students hope to stay dry in concrete canoe

Courtney Wheeler rattles off the ingredients of a lightweight concrete mixture like someone reciting a treasured family recipe. She knows the amounts, what each ingredient does and why it works to create a structure light enough to float with four people in it, but sturdy enough to hold those people. An Air Force Reservist, Wheeler's know-how and leadership skills made her a natural captain for the College of Engineering and Computing's entry in this year's Concrete Canoe Competition.

VIDEO: UofSC math master shares his genius with students

VIDEO: UofSC math master shares his genius with students

The University of South Carolina's College of Education has launched a campaign to recruit more math and science teachers. Using a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education will use the funds to recruit, place and train teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics--commonly called "STEM" education. Keenan High School math teacher Anthony Myers is a graduate of the program, and gets an "A" from his students on how he runs his class.

Science fairs in America

Science fairs in America

Science fairs in the United States have a long and storied history, one that reflects trends and attitudes in the larger American culture. They also embody the spirit of childhood imagination and ingenuity. Graduate student Sarah Scripps' dissertation-in-progress, "Science Fairs before Sputnik," puts that history under the microscope.

Rush order: Egyptian pottery to go

Rush order: Egyptian pottery to go

What's a ceramics professor got to do with a TV show about pharaohs and sorcerers? OK, she's not actually in the show, but Virginia Scotchie and her former student, Bri Kinard, can take credit for some of the props when the TV drama "Hieroglyph" that premiers this fall.

Music junky, disc jockey

Music junky, disc jockey

For two hours every Tuesday, Gabriel Crawford is a jazz master, sharing his love of the genre with listeners on WUSC. He prepares for his weekly show - "Swing Swang Swung" - the way a professor prepares for class.

Nursing student maps unusual career path

Nursing student maps unusual career path

Nursing student Ben Thomas knew only that he wanted a degree from the University of South Carolina. What he charted out in his four years here is a unique path to becoming a physician that starts first with a nursing degree and includes a few years working as a critical care nurse.

Journalism students challenged to compete

Journalism students challenged to compete

Five public relations seniors take on the unique opportunity of researching, creating and implementing a corporate public relations campaign for a national client as part of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Bateman Team.

Dancing all night - for the kids

Dancing all night - for the kids

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 student-run philanthropy event is to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.

Reconstructing the Reconstruction: Historic home gets new life

Reconstructing the Reconstruction: Historic home gets new life

University of South Carolina history professors and students worked with members of Historic Columbia to shape the vision for the newly reopened Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Displays in the Columbia museum shine light on the 28th president's adolescence and offer insights into the pivotal era of Reconstruction.

Q&A with Ali Herlong, group exercise instructor

Q&A with Ali Herlong, group exercise instructor

Looking for something new this year? Try group exercise classes at the Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center. Ali Herlong, a junior advertising major with a minor in hotel, restaurant and tourism management, teaches Zumba at 8:30 a.m., Monday and Wednesday, and Bodypump at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Making the lab work for the world outside

Making the lab work for the world outside

Google, nitrogen dioxide, the Navajo Nation and graphene: For senior electrical engineering major Hani Gomez, they're all part of harnessing the laboratory to make the world a better place.

The science of addiction

The science of addiction

The title of psychology professor Steven Harrod's undergraduate course, Drug Use and Effects, tends to pique students' interest. What they encounter is a course that deals with complex neurochemistry and the ethical complexities of drug laws, treatment and enforcement.

Sharing girl power

Sharing girl power

Priyanka Juneja has always had a passion for women empowerment issues, and early this summer, she decided to channel that passion into something bigger -- a way to help people face-to-face. Her student organization, Girls for Tomorrow, hosts workshops for middle school girls.

Q&A with President Harris Pastides on Leadership Dialogue

Q&A with President Harris Pastides on Leadership Dialogue

The President's Leadership Dialogue is in its third year and welcomes civil rights-era Freedom Rider Diane Nash for a conversation with USC President Harris Pastides. The president answered a few questions for us about the dialogue and what he hopes to see come from the event and the university's Leadership Initiative.

Flavor profile: George Kessler

Flavor profile: George Kessler

Alumnus George Kessler traveled to Urbino, Italy, on a study abroad program as an undergraduate and fell in love with all things Italian, from the language to the culture to the food. After a career in the restaurant and travel industries, Kessler and his wife, Monica, returned to Columbia two years ago to open Il Giorgione, an intimate restaurant specializing in the types of authentic Italian fare Kessler fell in love with 35 years ago as a student.

From Cambodia to Carolina: Engineering safer buildings for all budgets

From Cambodia to Carolina: Engineering safer buildings for all budgets

Senior Narong Phal has witnessed the same problem in two very different parts of the globe: buildings that can't stand up to rare but powerful natural events. He hopes his undergraduate research at USC can help bring safer structures to his native Cambodia, the U.S. and many nations in between.

USC's 'no impact man'

USC's 'no impact man'

Not just anyone can tend to hogs, chickens and goats in the morning and incorporate that experience into a classroom lecture later the same day. But Joe Jones, the new faculty principal of the Green Quad residence Hall, does it all the time.

Tradition meets romance on the Horseshoe

Tradition meets romance on the Horseshoe

At USC, the historic Horseshoe has been witness to the beginnings of many love stories. It's no surprise that some choose this special spot as the perfect place to get down on one knee.

The nonprofit next door

The nonprofit next door

Students in the College of HRSM often land cool jobs and internships across the country. But 20 students in the college are getting a closer look this semester at opportunities close to home: nonprofit performing arts and entertainment organizations in Columbia.

Building the Future, plus cake!

Building the Future, plus cake!

To commemorate 50 years since the desegregation of the University of South Carolina, the university has invited a panel of successful African-American alumni to discuss their experiences on campus and inspire the next generation.

Alum aims for Olympics

Alum aims for Olympics

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.

Stargazers find time -- and space

Stargazers find time -- and space

Alumni Sam and John Drew have bonded over a mutual interest in astronomy their whole lives. Now, they are taking their hobby to the next level.

Program helps students with personal finances

Program helps students with personal finances

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.

Helping guide a thousand Magellan voyages

Helping guide a thousand Magellan voyages

Julie Morris had a difficult time when she pursued research as an undergraduate at Michigan State. But the lessons learned from the experience have added to her effectiveness as the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, which is poised to award its 1,000th Magellan Scholar grant this semester.

Finding the light switch in the dark

Finding the light switch in the dark

As a life coach and psychologist, Lisabeth Saunders Medlock knows exactly what to say to people who have experienced life-changing trauma. Nearly four years ago, she began repeating those words to herself after a freak accident.

Alumnus reflects on 50 years with 'J-school'

Alumnus reflects on 50 years with 'J-school'

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.

VIDEO: A ball is a thing of beauty to a USC ceramics class

VIDEO: A ball is a thing of beauty to a USC ceramics class

USC ceramics students turn a class project into a work of art for all to enjoy. A collection of spherical sculptures in varying sizes has been erected on the McMaster Art College's front lawn, calling attention to the creative minds at work behind the brick walls.

Mapping an effective earthquake response

Mapping an effective earthquake response

Erin Derrick's seismology research in geologist Jim Knapp's laboratory is providing essential information for planning the emergency response to an earthquake near Charleston. If anything like the magnitude-7 temblor of 1886 strikes again, public safety officials need to take into account a fault line she has identified under Interstate 26, the major transportation artery in the area.

As a Gamecock, my pursuit has No Limits

As a Gamecock, my pursuit has No Limits

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.

Meet Peter Brews

Meet Peter Brews

Peter Brews, the Darla Moore School of Business' new dean, plans to be 'all ears' in his first few weeks on the job, listening and assessing before announcing any new initiatives for the university's internationally ranked business school.

Meet & Three: a second helping

Meet & Three: a second helping

Alumnus and Free Times editor Dan Cook, media historian Kathy Roberts Forde and student journalist Austin Price discussed the future of print media for the debut installment of USC Times' new roundtable discussion, Meet & Three.

Into the stacks: Professor introduces students to rare collections

Into the stacks: Professor introduces students to rare collections

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.

Healthy snacks, healthy kids

Healthy snacks, healthy kids

After-school programs have been tasked with providing children healthier snacks, but budgetary concerns can make that hard to do. Arnold School of Public health professor Michael Beets has stepped up with a plan that pairs such programs with local grocery stores to make healthier snacks more affordable.

A student of the sea

A student of the sea

Sophomore Charlotte Eckmann's summer of marine fieldwork is just one step along the way toward a career in marine science. From the bay scallop to marine bacteria, her research experiences are giving her what she needs to pursue a doctoral degree and establish a laboratory of her own.

No second chances

No second chances

Of all the threats afflicting children in South Carolina, one is more prevalent than diabetes, autism, sickle cell and even pediatric cancer. It is child abuse and neglect, and Olga Rosa has made it her mission to better identify and treat the thousands of little ones in South Carolina who become victims every year.

Jody Pritt welcomes international students to the Gamecock family

Jody Pritt welcomes international students to the Gamecock family

International Student Services director Jody Pritt helps students from around the world feel at home at South Carolina. She hopes their good experiences will bring even more international students here to study and learn more about the university, the state and the U.S. She calls it "person-to-person diplomacy."

Meet Mike Vinson, problem-solver

Meet Mike Vinson, problem-solver

Mike Vinson joined South Carolina this summer as the employee relations manager for the entire university system. His office handles many employee issues including monitoring the Employee Performance Management System, coordinating Employee Assistance Program services and mediating workplace disputes.

Science in art preservation

Science in art preservation

Brianna Cassidy enjoys taking on challenges in two fields that many see as worlds apart: science and art. And as a graduate student at South Carolina, she has found a way to contribute to both.

25 Arrive: Carolinians share 25 years at USC

25 Arrive: Carolinians share 25 years at USC

Celebrating its 25th year of publication, USC Times is featuring in its January edition 25 faculty and staff members who joined the university in the past 25 years. USC Times writers asked the faculty and staff featured in "25 Arrive" about their impressions of the campus when they arrived, their accomplishments in the years since and any advice they might proffer to future faculty and staff.

To serve and protect

To serve and protect

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.

Measuring champions

Measuring champions

A geography professor and a team of volunteers are taking the most comprehensive survey of champion trees in the Congaree National Park in nearly 20 years.

Matters of the heart

Matters of the heart

Heart failure affects more people than all cancers combined. Now a research program on cardiovascular biomarkers led by Francis Spinale is paving the way for personalized treatment of heart disease.

HSSC finding strength in numbers

HSSC finding strength in numbers

Health Sciences South Carolina, a consortium in which USC plays an integral role, is pioneering the use of S.C. health data to define best practices for a range of health conditions.

UofSC becomes tobacco-free campus in 2014

UofSC becomes tobacco-free campus in 2014

Starting Jan. 1, the Columbia campus is tobacco-free. That means all tobacco use is banned on all university property. Campus Wellness is offering students, faculty and staff a range of resources to quit smoking or manage tobacco cravings while on campus.