Stories for Alumni
October 11, 2017, Kathryn McPhail
Rapping the words to the U.S. Constitution might seem odd — unless you’re a student in one of Brandon Harrison’s classes. Harrison, and other public school teachers, are collaborating with education professors here at Carolina to identify which methods work best when teaching African-American students.
October 11, 2017, Jalesa Cooley
Ross Lordo knew he wanted to be a leader from the moment he completed high school. Now, after four years of serving in student government, the Fort Mill native is spending his senior year serving at the highest student government position — student body president.
October 11, 2017, Megan Sexton
For the 21st year, faculty and students at the University of South Carolina will spend a day at the fair with 2,500 high school students from every corner of the state, helping them understand more about physics – while learning to be better teachers themselves.
September 25, 2017, John Brunelli
May 2017 graduates of the University of South Carolina College of Nursing set a new record on the National Council Licensure Examination, the standardized test used for the licensing of nurses in the U.S. The cohort of 158 nursing students earned a pass rate of 99.3 percent. The year-to-date average for the college is 98.3 percent. The national average is approximately 83.6 percent.
September 22, 2017, Kathryn McPhail
At just 6 years old, Noella “Binda” Niati was forced to flee her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo, amid intense violence and political upheaval. More than two decades later, she is headed back to Africa to study ways to encourage children, especially girls, to stay in school longer.
September 19, 2017, Chris Horn
The School of Law is launching two new legal clinics this academic year. A medicolegal clinic will team law students with medical students, medical residents and physicians to improve health outcomes for pediatric patients, while a domestic violence clinic will focus on protection, advocacy and community education.
September 18, 2017, Allen Wallace
Tailgating has become as important as the game to many college football fans, but how did it grow to be such a big deal? UofSC Professor Andy Gillentine is one of the world's leading experts on tailgating, and his two decades of research have helped shape its present and future.
September 13, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
Mario Reyes, pursuing his master's degree in athletic training, served seven tours of duty as a U.S. Army Ranger. That included the rescue mission in Afghanistan that became the subject of the book and motion picture "Lone Survivor."
September 07, 2017, Megan Sexton
On Sept. 15, a 6-foot-5, 773-pound bronze statue of the beloved mascot will be dedicated in front of Davis College, just off Greene Street next to the Melton Observatory. Cocky is seated on a bench, with one hand raised high with a spurs-up sign. His other hand rests on a stack of books, a nod to Cocky’s role as a literacy leader around the state.
September 05, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
The Hansen family's artistic legacy spans three generations at the University of South Carolina. Harry Hansen was a long-time art professor whose son, Danny, and grandson, Kendall, are finding success with their fast-growing handcrafted jewelry business.
August 29, 2017, Chris Horn
USC’s new food service contract with Aramark promises to bring big changes to the campus dining scene, both in restaurant options and dining facilities.One of the highlights of the 15-year contract is $79 million in dining facility improvements and new construction
August 01, 2017, Chris Horn
With its soothing interior colors, lush plants, comfy seating and walls of windows, the new student health center might become the next cool place for students to hang out. And if that happens, executive director of student health services Debbie Beck will be more than a little pleased.
July 25, 2017, Megan Sexton
With his newly earned degree from the University of South Carolina Upstate, D.J. Bron traded in his S.C. Highway Patrol uniform for a magistrate’s robe this summer. It's a position he couldn't have imagined without Palmetto College, part of the university system that offers online bachelor’s degree completion programs.
July 21, 2017, Kathryn McPhail
Education professor Rhonda Jeffries and graduate student Hope Reed wanted to close the achievement gap for underrepresented students, specifically those tracked to be in remedial classes. So, they took a risk with a group of freshman students at Blythewood High School and conducted a secret experiment of sorts that proved to be powerful.
June 26, 2017, Kathryn McPhail
Raised by a Cuban father and Colombian mother in Boston, Massachusetts, Julia López-Robertson experienced first-hand the challenges that come with being a member of an underrepresented population in America. Now as a professor in the College of Education, she is helping other Latino families through her research and outreach.
June 20, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
After her younger brother, Andrew, was diagnosed with ADHD, Sydney Bassard became intrigued by the intervention methods that boosted his grades and confidence. She switched majors and graduated this May with a degree in public health, set on becoming a speech/language pathologist.
June 01, 2017, John Brunelli
The School of Music's SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge explores how a variety of business lessons are applicable to all arts disciplines. Musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists and even mimes learn what it takes to create a business.
May 31, 2017, Jalesa Cooley
Brandon Johnson decided he would study law and work to help young people in his community the day his older brother went to prison in 2009. His desire to fully understand what his family was dealing with during the time sparked a passion in his mind to dig deeper and begin understanding the legal system. Eight years later, Johnson is well on his way to that goal thanks to the Council on Legal Education Opportunity.
May 31, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
Yancey Kemp Wise earned a master's degree in social work from USC to help others deal with the mental illness she battled for most of her adult life. A fellowship she established to honor her mother is helping present-day students continue her legacy of caring.
May 18, 2017, Kathy Henry Dowell, University Libraries
Rebecca Borovsky was a student in Evolution of American Higher Education assigned to do something she had never done before: interview, record, transcribe and make available the memories of a University High graduate, a high school previously held in the Wardlaw College as a laboratory school and training ground for teachers.
May 05, 2017
The University of South Carolina Columbia campus awarded nearly 6,800 degrees Friday and Saturday (May 5-6), including 4,921 bachelor’s degrees.
May 03, 2017, Kathryn McPhail
Second-grade teacher Kelly Herring is about to finish her 10th year in the classroom. Herring was among the first class of students to graduate from the College of Education’s elementary education undergraduate degree program in 2007. Since 2007, nearly 740 students have completed the program.
April 25, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
Melonee Hayes realized after a series of post-high school jobs that she was meant to do more in life. On Friday, she'll take a huge step toward a more defined future when she graduates from USC Beaufort with a degree in human services.
April 20, 2017, Chris Horn
University of South Carolina chemistry professor Chuanbing Tang is using the versatile soybean as the primary ingredient in plastic film and molded plastic. He has a patent pending for a chemical formula to convert soybean oil into “green” plastic.
April 20, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Three graduating seniors received the university's highest honors at the annual Awards Day ceremony. Jory Mackenzie Fleming and Megan Patricia O’Brien received Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards, the university’s top honor for undergraduates, and Cory Cambridge Alpert received the Steven N. Swanger award, the university’s second-highest undergraduate honor.
April 11, 2017
The city of Columbia threw a parade for the NCAA National Champion Gamecocks. The women's basketball team rode down Main Street on a variety of vehicles to the Statehouse for a celebration.
March 13, 2017, Laura Kammerer
Ohood Alshareef's childhood dream came true when she graduated from pharmacy school in Saudi Arabia, but now the fourth-year Pharm.D. student at UofSC hopes to reach a new milestone in her pharmacy career: acceptance into a hospital-based post-graduate pharmacy practice residency program.
March 07, 2017, Megan Sexton
If you haven’t walked around the intersection of Greene and Lincoln streets lately, you’re in for a surprise. It’s Foundation Square, the latest gem of the Greene Street corridor, a pedestrian- and bike-friendly gateway that eventually will connect the university with the Congaree River in Columbia’s Vista.
March 03, 2017, Megan Sexton
Julia Hogan, a senior in the South Carolina Honors College, is the winner of this year’s Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Student Prize in Short Fiction from the South Carolina Academy of Authors.
February 19, 2017, Allen Wallace
Ivan Carter has journeyed from high school dropout to husband and father to being less than a semester away from earning a bachelor of arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.) degree from the University of South Carolina College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.
February 16, 2017, Abigayle Morrison
“For the kids!” or “FTK!” will be a rallying cry for more than 1,237 University of South Carolina students at this year’s Dance Marathon’s main event Feb. 25. Dance Marathon raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness for more than 170 pediatric hospitals across the nation.