Stories for Alumni
February 07, 2018, Page Ivey
For the past eight years, University of South Carolina students and recent grads have had the opportunity to turn their brilliant ideas into something tangible with the Proving Ground — a startup business pitch competition along the lines of ABC’s “Shark Tank” television program.
February 02, 2018, Taylor Evans
Professor Bonnie Drewniany's Super Bowl Commercial class graded Super Bowl advertisements on their likability, brand identity and persuasiveness to chose this year's Cocky Award winner.
February 02, 2018, Laura Kammerer
Kristal Tribble and Tina Williamson enrolled in Carolina's online RN to BSN program thinking it would be a solitary endeavor. Instead, they found community and friendship, and the pair are now pursuing the College of Nursing's online master's of nursing program together.
February 01, 2018, Taylor Evans
Alli Webb, founder of blow out salon company Drybar, will speak on her journey from hairdresser to entrepreneur during the McNair Entrepreneurship Showcase on Feb. 9.
January 31, 2018
One of the splendors of music is its power to inspire joy, acceptance and understanding among people of all backgrounds and beliefs. It is widely recognized that Leonard Bernstein’s dramatic "MASS: Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers" does just that, bringing to life diverse views on spirituality, self-reflection and personal responsibility through the musical means only one of America’s greatest composers could envision.
January 17, 2018, Chris Horn
Every day for more than 60 years, students and faculty from USC’s geography department have gathered downtown weather data for the National Weather Service. That daily routine won’t change, but the university’s weather station is going to move, and geography students will have a hand in determining the new site.
January 12, 2018, Kathryn McPhail
A cherished, childhood friendship led Tori Vaeth to study special education at the University of South Carolina. Now, the College of Education double alumna is leading a program that’s training and placing young adults with intellectual disabilities in rewarding careers.
January 11, 2018, John Brunelli
The Carolina Family Practice, operated by nursing faculty, has a new home to better serve its patients. In November, the clinic opened at 1410 Blanding St. in downtown Columbia as part of its new affiliation with Palmetto Health USC Medical Group.
January 11, 2018, Dana Woodward
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and the University of South Carolina’s Black Law Students Association intends to mark the occasion with a film screening of "Rikers: An American Jail" and a community forum.
January 03, 2018, Melinda Waldrop
Samantha Petrelli threw herself into campus life, getting involved in a number of organizations while amassing 63 academic credits and a 4.0 GPA. Such a resume made Petrelli more than deserving of the inaugural Chi Omega Centennial Scholarship, endowed by a $25,000 donation by the Eta Gamma Chapter in 2016.
December 12, 2017, Chris Horn
It’s been 13 years since Billy Buckner played baseball for the University of South Carolina, memorably striking out 16 batters one afternoon against Clemson and winning seven games in the 2004 season. Now, after taking several online classes and on campus, he has a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.
December 12, 2017, Allen Wallace
Former Hootie & the Blowfish tour manager Paul Graham has been a star in the sport and entertainment management field for decades. Recently, he has also been simultaneously a teacher and a student at USC and will claim his master's degree this month.
December 11, 2017, Chris Horn
The Pastides are celebrating their 10th holiday season in the President’s House, and part of the house’s extensive decorations this year are 30 hand-painted ornaments that celebrate some of the university’s milestone accomplishments of the past decade.
November 17, 2017, Jalesa Cooley
On a campus with almost 1,800 international students from 95 different counties, the University of South Carolina has supreme rankings when it comes to accommodating those from various backgrounds. While the environment is welcoming to all, a few students are taking the initiative to stop subtle acts of discrimination that often go unnoticed.
November 13, 2017, Jalesa Cooley
It’s not every day that a simple interaction with a professor leads you to the Olympics, or even to finding a trusted mentor, but it is for students who are lucky enough to interact with John Grady. After 13 years at the University of South Carolina, these inspiring interactions have resulted in Grady being honored with the 2017 Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students Award.
November 09, 2017, Page Ivey
Stacey Calvert has been a devotee of choreographer George Balanchine since she was a young dancer. “The choreography is brilliant; it’s beyond brilliant,” she says. "It’s super organic to dance. As a dancer, it makes perfect sense.” That is why Calvert has staged a Balanchine program every spring for the past 14 years as a dance professor at the University of South Carolina.
October 24, 2017, Megan Sexton
The University of South Carolina women’s soccer team is among the nation’s best on the pitch, and the players also take seriously their roles as student-athletes. That includes sophomore Rebecca Koch, a top student who is the only Carolina athlete pursuing a degree in statistics.
October 20, 2017, Kathryn McPhail
University of South Carolina College of Education alumnus and Chapin High School principal, Akil Ross, was named the 2018 National Principal of the Year on Friday, October 20. The honor is the culmination of a passionate career as an educator that began just a few miles away from our campus 16 years ago.
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.