Stories for Students
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.
August 11, 2017, Megan Sexton
In her nine years at the University of South Carolina, Mindi Spencer has focused on adapting her teaching to better serve students’ needs. During that time, the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching award winner says she has grown from an instructor into a teacher in the classroom, and from a teacher into a mentor outside the classroom walls.
August 04, 2017, Chris Horn
When Sourav Banerjee talks about teaching numerical and mathematical methods to engineering students, his enthusiasm is nearly palpable. The Calcutta, India, native is one of four recipients of the 2017 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
August 01, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
Study abroad can be a revelatory experience, and the rewards only increase with the passage of time. USC Times tracked down several USC faculty and staff members who studied abroad when they were students and asked them to reflect on what they learned — not just about the world but about themselves.
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.
July 21, 2017, Megan Sexton
Clifford Leaman's love of teaching and performing is obvious to Leaman’s students and colleagues, who describe him as a master performer and teacher. This year, the university presented Leaman, who has taught saxophone at Carolina for the past 17 years, with its highest teaching honor: the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award.
July 20, 2017, Megan Sexton
A total solar eclipse – when the moon orbits directly in front of the sun – is the perfect time to test Einstein’s theory of general relativity. A University of South Carolina professor will do that in August, using modern technology, high-powered telescopes and cameras to record the sky over South Carolina.
July 14, 2017, Peggy Binette
The University of South Carolina has a long history of attracting the best and brightest students to the university and its top-ranked South Carolina Honors College with significant funded scholarships. Five exemplary out-of-state students will join those ranks with the help of a gift from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, founded by Penny and E. Roe Stamps IV of Miami.
July 06, 2017, Melinda Waldrop
After a year-and-a-half of work, Carolina graduate student Derek Bedenbaugh is a chapter away from finishing his dissertation examining disability and gender roles in 19th century British literature. Bedenbaugh’s journey to that momentous occasion has been made smoother thanks to the Bilinski Educational Foundation.
June 30, 2017, Jalesa Cooley
To provide local students with a first-hand look at the benefits of gardening, sustainability and wellness, the Office of Sustainability collaborates with the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department to host a two-week, interactive summer program.
June 26, 2017, Megan Sexton
University of South Carolina alumnus Allan McLeland is in a pretty exclusive club. He’s one of seven people who have swum the English Channel and climbed Mount Everest. He braved the rough, cold waters off England in 2008 and reaching the summit of the world’s tallest mountain this past May.
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 13, 2017, John Brunelli
The 2017 Southeastern Piano Festival opens June 18 with a Piano Extravaganza concert. The region's only piano-focused arts event runs through June 24 with nightly concerts from world-class pianists and a competition of rising stars.
June 09, 2017, Chris Horn
If there’s a problem with too much heat in an electronic system, Chen Li probably has a plan to cool it down. The mechanical engineering associate professor has five patents related to heat dissipation technology for applications ranging from computer chips to power plants.
June 05, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Researchers at the University of South Carolina are working to create a software program that will automatically match prehistoric pottery with whole designs, which will help uncover how Native Americans interacted more than 1,500 years ago.
June 05, 2017, Megan Sexton
Tom Reichert, professor and head of the department of advertising and public relations at the University of Georgia, has been named dean of the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina. As dean, Reichert will oversee both the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Library and Information Science.
June 02, 2017, Chris Horn
When the School of Law moves out of the well-worn Law Center on South Main for a spacious new home on Gervais Street, there will be high-fives all around. But this isn’t the first time in the law school’s 150-year history that it has traded old for new.
June 01, 2017, Jalesa Cooley and Abby Webb
Summer is in and classes are out, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend your days lounging on the couch. The University offers many free events throughout the summer, and Columbia is a beacon of entertainment, filled with pastimes that you can enjoy by yourself or with a group of friends.
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 26, 2017, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina is working to build on the momentum from the past year to fulfill the promise made by President Harris Pastides in his State of the University Address to make Carolina a destination of choice for the next generation of state and national leaders.
May 26, 2017, John Brunelli
University President Harris Pastides and Thomas McNally, dean of University Libraries dedicate the John S. Davis Scanning Center and the Lt. Col. James H. Davis Film Vault at the Libraries' Moving Image Research Collections. The MIRC facility is the new home of the U.S. Marine Corps Film Repository that chronicles the corps from the 1940s to the 1970s.