Stories for Alumni

Kevin Varner

Brew it yourself

August 15, 2017, Craig Brandhorst

Before he finished college, Kevin Varner, ’93, was working in a brewery. By his mid-20s, he had started one himself. Now, a quarter century later, the founder of Columbia’s Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House is back at it, opening a second brewery, this one so big you could fly a plane through the front door — or at least taxi in.

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It's all about the kids

October 25, 2016, Dan Cook

Some teachers run from struggling students, but 2009 alumna Kari Croft has staked her career on trying to help them. Now she has a $10 million grant to establish RISE High, a charter school in Los Angeles aimed at serving students who are homeless, in foster care or facing other challenges that make it difficult for them to attend traditional schools.

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Start me up

January 12, 2016, Chris Horn

Columbia’s start-up culture is getting hotter, and Carolina is helping fan the entrepreneurial flames. Incubating companies is only part of the start-up equation. There’s a thriving entrepreneurial vibe now among students — enrollment in entrepreneurship classes has doubled and membership in the Entrepreneurship Club is at an all-time high — and the university has built an ecosystem on campus to foster that interest.

Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two graduates of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are developing new nanofluids for cooling everything from personal computers to large buildings.

Enter the Ice Dragon

November 25, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two alumni of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are the masterminds behind the nanofluid coolant Ice Dragon, which is used by online gamers to cool high-end PCs. Now the two hope to use the same coolant on a larger scale to cool everything from motorcycle engines to office buildings.

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Funny on the fly

September 23, 2015, Glenn Hare

For 20 years, Theatre 99 has been the epicenter of improvisational theatre in Charleston, attracting a cross-section of the city looking for something “edgy” to do on date night. The attic-turned-bare-bones theater above a Meeting Street bicycle shop is also where you’ll find Greg Tavares and Brandy Sullivan, both 1991 University of South Carolina theater graduates, making people laugh three nights a week.

Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two graduates of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are developing new nanofluids for cooling everything from personal computers to large buildings.

Enter the Ice Dragon

January 22, 2015, Craig Brandhorst

Andy Hayes and Dale McCants, two alumni of the University of South Carolina's doctoral program in mechanical engineering, are the masterminds behind the nanofluid coolant Ice Dragon, which is used by online gamers to cool high-end PCs. Now the two hope to use the same coolant on a larger scale to cool everything from motorcycle engines to office buildings.