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'It's not about the grades, it's about the learning'

'It's not about the grades, it's about the learning'

The last time Joe McElveen was a freshman at the University of South Carolina, Lyndon Johnson was in the White House and the Vietnam War was playing on the nightly news. But after taking two courses this summer as a warm-up, the 64-year-old retired oncologist has a full load scheduled for the fall.

Coast to coast

Coast to coast

When a river runs through it, there will be opinions aplenty on how to manage that river. And as emeritus geography professor Will Graf knows, science has a lot to offer when competing interests are entrenched in positions that might seem impossible to reconcile.

Athletes, all-pros, arrivals: Business student uses UofSC to land internship

Athletes, all-pros, arrivals: Business student uses UofSC to land internship

All-pro linebackers, high-profile high school recruits and dealing with large shipping orders are all in a days work for Eric Dunton. The junior Global Supply Chain and Operation Management major at the University of South Carolina earned an internship working as a customer service representative for large accounts at Under Armor.

Fathers and families

Fathers and families

Patrick Patterson learned the hard way what happens when a dad leaves home. That's why he's devoted his career to keeping families together.

No Limits: Memories of childhood encourage the search for a cure

No Limits: Memories of childhood encourage the search for a cure

University of South Carolina neuroscientist Rose Booze grew up on a sheep farm, working beside her father, who years later would be diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Memories of her childhood encourage her today. With support from the National Institutes of Health, Rose and her team are driven to discover the root causes of this devastating illness and remain hopeful that a cure is within reach

Returning to the quad

Returning to the quad

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.

VIDEO: Women's Quad opens after extensive renovations

VIDEO: Women's Quad opens after extensive renovations

Sims, McClintock and Wade Hampton, the three residence halls which make up the Women's Quad are re-opening this fall after undergoing an extensive renovation. The $29.2M project transformed the buildings to suite style accommodations for 600 female students.

Welcoming students home

Welcoming students home

Welcome week is an unique experience that allows new students to meet new people and discover campus. Chaunsia White makes it her mission to make everyone feel at home on campus.

'Retired' postal worker loves chaos of move-in

'Retired' postal worker loves chaos of move-in

Dan Davis' favorite weekend is when the students come back to campus. This year, it will be a little more special as Davis recalls his first day on the University of South Carolina campus as a student in 1964.

Common threads

Common threads

Heart attack, stroke and cancer -- three distinct afflictions. But a discerning eye can see the connections, the commonalities that link the illnesses. The School of Medicine's Daping Fan has that kind of vision.

Grease to green fuel

Grease to green fuel

When Joe Renwick came to the USC Columbia Technology Incubator six years ago, he had a simple business idea that required sophisticated technological and marketing prowess to make it work. Renwick got all of that and more from his partnership with the incubator.

Northern Pacific's tropical anoxic zone might shrink from climate change

Northern Pacific's tropical anoxic zone might shrink from climate change

A commonly held belief that global warming will diminish oxygen concentrations in the ocean looks like it may not be entirely true. According to a team of researchers including professor Robert Thunell, just the opposite is likely the case in the eastern tropical northern Pacific, with its anoxic zone expected to shrink in coming decades because of climate change.

Farm to Market Place

Farm to Market Place

Restaurateur and chef William Dissen is a big believer in the farm-to-table philosophy. At his Asheville, N.C., restaurant, The Market Place, the University of South Carolina HRTM alumnus champions fresh flavors, sustainable agricultural practices, community involvement and the constant pursuit of the perfect meal.

Into Africa

Into Africa

Ka'la Drayton got an early start crossing items off her bucket list at the University of South Carolina. The rising senior thought it might be years before she could take a trip to Africa, but a program at the university made her dream come true this summer -- and broadened her career horizons to boot.

Encore appearance

Encore appearance

Former professor and administrator Jerry Odom spent his entire 43-year career at UofSC. He retired two years ago but returns to campus Aug. 9 to receive an honorary degree.

The first degree

The first degree

Carole Sox didn't set out to make history when she started a Ph.D. program three and a half years ago, but she'll accomplish that Aug. 9 when she becomes the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management's first-ever doctoral graduate.

New board member, a Gamecock from birth

New board member, a Gamecock from birth

A Gamecock from birth, Paula Harper Bethea is giving back to her alma mater by serving on the board of trustees and raising funds for the new alumni center.

Is Taylor Swift a Gamecock?

Is Taylor Swift a Gamecock?

Elizabeth Scarborough is spending her summer a little differently than most Carolina students. The senior is part of this year's Legends in Concert tour, starring as Taylor Swift.

AmeriCorps experience opens a new world to student through summer work

AmeriCorps experience opens a new world to student through summer work

After being selected as an AmeriCorps Summer Service Associate Morgan Lundy found her perspective on helping others has changed through the time she has spent volunteering. Her placement at the Richland Library exposed her to library science and working with fun and educational programming opportunities.

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

When A.C. "Bubba" Fennell III launched a house-hunting quest 14 years ago, he had no idea it 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.