Stories for Students
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.
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, Page Ivey
David Wethey came to Carolina with a mandate to design a graduate program for ecology. That was 37 years ago. Today, Wethey can rattle off the accomplishments of students from the ’80s, the ’90s and just a few years ago. Many of those students were responsible for nominating and supporting him for a Mungo Teaching Award.
September 20, 2017, Mike Ettlemyer
The University of South Carolina has been named the first Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site in the state with a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to accelerate entrepreneurship.
September 15, 2017, Chris Horn
At the tender age of 11, Ralf Gothe got his first taste of tutoring students at the elementary school where his father was principal. That early exposure to pedagogy paid off. Gothe is one of four faculty members to receive the 2017 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
September 11, 2017, Jeff Stensland
Boosted by a growing reputation for academic excellence and research prowess, the University of South Carolina climbed several spots in the latest U.S. News and World Report’s latest undergraduate rankings publication released this week, now ranking 46th among all public institutions, and 25th among state flagships.
September 08, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
A University of South Carolina Lancaster chemistry instructor and the Lancaster chemistry department’s lab manager, Jill Castiglia teaches the full complement of introductory chemistry courses at the campus, which sometimes means blowing things up.
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.
August 25, 2017, Page Ivey
David Barbeau doesn’t seek to teach students geologic fact so much as he wants them to learn how to learn and how to open their minds to new possibilities and perspectives. For his efforts, he has been awarded a 2017 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 17, 2017, Chris Horn
Li Cai is often teaching and conducting experiments — his expertise is in synthesizing rare sugars. When he’s not busy with those activities, he’s reviewing manuscripts for 31 scholarly journals and mentoring undergraduate students at USC Salkehatchie.
March 10, 2017, Page Ivey
Virginia Shervette gets some groans from her biology students at USC Aiken when she introduces a new fish species to her class with the phrase, “Oh, that’s a tasty one.” But she makes it very clear that a big part of her research is to focus on managing commercial fish populations.
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.
January 30, 2017, Page Ivey
South Carolina's most recent Rhodes Scholarship winner credits his mother and his UofSC experiences with helping him be successful.
January 25, 2017, Madeline Thorn
A University of South Carolina student, faculty and staff member who exemplify Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to service, equality and social justice were honored at the university’s annual MLK commemorative breakfast Jan. 13.
January 19, 2017, Page Ivey
Nan Easterlin and Barry Storey were “raised Gamecocks.” So when the two Georgia grads wanted to do something to honor their father, a 1951 engineering graduate of the University of South Carolina, they stuck to what they knew.
January 11, 2017, Adena Rice
Living and experiencing different parts of the world gave Stefanie Feltwell, an international business and economics senior, a competitive edge to receive one of just 12 Women in Business scholarships from the Zonta International Foundation. Feltwell has used the global and leadership experience she gained at the University of South Carolina to develop her passion for helping others into a future career in international policy and global development.
January 06, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
If you want to break down the traditional classroom wall, look no further than public history, a discipline with one foot outside the academy already. Ask Allison Marsh, director of the University of South Carolina’s public history program, whose forays into the virtual world bring an added dimension to online learning and whose real world “classroom” stretches from the Carolina campus to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
December 15, 2016, Chris Horn
Ever since grade school, Terry Wolfer knew he wanted to teach. But it wasn’t until he had earned three degrees and started his career as a social work professor at USC that he found a teaching approach that resonated with him and his students.
November 07, 2016, Laura Kammerer
Brie Dunn earned a chemistry degree as an undergrad and soon found herself wearing a hard hat and steel-toed shoes in an industrial lab. After tiring of that environment, she returned to school to earn a Pharm.D. degree. Through all of those changes, she never thought much about teaching, but that’s exactly what she found herself doing after joining the clinical pharmacy faculty at Carolina six years ago.
October 25, 2016, Chris Horn
Daniel Keenen has tackled the rigors of college and ROTC service with a 4.0 GPA. He was recently ranked the No. 2 ROTC cadet among more than 5,000 cadets in the country — not bad for a guy who wasn't even sure he wanted to be in ROTC when he started college.
July 20, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Slavery, the Civil War, abolition, Reconstruction — University of South Carolina Beaufort history professor J. Brent Morris spends a lot of time contemplating the 19th century. That doesn’t mean, however, that the 2016 Breakthrough Star recipient is living in the past.
June 15, 2016, Page Ivey
Michy Kelly’s fascination with how brains work began in high school when she noticed that she and her brother were polar opposites when it came to cognitive abilities. Finding the physical difference in brains that have an inability to consistently create new memories — or find old ones — is a key focus of her work, which earned her recognition as one of the University of South Carolina’s 2016 Breakthrough Stars.
June 08, 2016, Chris Horn
Ralph White’s story could be told in numbers — journal papers published, graduate students who completed their degrees under his tutelage, or years of service as a department chair and dean and mentor and colleague. Or it could be told in international honors. Whatever the case, it's easy to see why he is a recipient of the 2016 Leadership in Research Award.
May 30, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
Dan Reger, a distinguished professor emeritus in the University of South Carolina’s department of chemistry and biochemistry who won a 2016 Breakthrough Leadership Award, says he has learned through his long career that leadership in more than a buzzword.