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Leadership Week is Jan. 30 - Feb 4.

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the first annual Leadership Week at the University of South Carolina from January 30th to February 4th, culminating with the Student Leadership and Diversity Conference on Saturday February 4th.

Colleges, Schools, University Libraries, the Living/Learning Communities (Capstone, Maxcy, Green Quad and Preston), Center of Teaching Excellence, USC Connect, University Advising, On Your Time, Continuing Education and Conferences and the Office of Undergraduate Research have all joined together to sponsor activities, seminars, panel discussions, and performances to promote leadership activities for the student body and others.

All presentations, workshops and panels will count towards Graduation with Leadership Distinction as enhancement activities. Students, faculty and staff can find opportunities to participate listed below.

Opportunities in the Colleges and Schools

Leadership Presentation by State Representative James Smith (D-Richland)
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Gambrell 152

Diversity and Inclusion at the Moore School
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Sonoco Pavilion, Moore School
Meeting for all interested Moore School students with the Dean’s Student Council  on Diversity and Inclusion.

Leading Business Fraternities and Business Clubs: Insights from the Dean Date
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Moore School, Room 123
The Dean of the Moore School will meet with leaders of all business fraternities and business clubs at the Moore School to discuss leadership of their clubs, and how they might in these activities support.

 The BB&T Emerging Leaders Certification Seminar
Friday, February 3, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sonoco Pavilion, Moore School
Open to undergraduate business students.

January 30 – My USC Monday

Study Abroad Table
Monday, January 30, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wardlaw Main Entrace
Activities:  Do you know Your History?, Come make some new connections, and Kahoot Game

January 31 – Tailgate Tuesday

Graduate with Distinction
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wardlaw Courtyard
Activities:  Corn Hole and the Giant Tumbling Tower

February 1 – Get Social Wednesday

Graduate Program Coordinators
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wardlaw Main Entrance
Activities: Donuts with the Dean, How Sweet is it to Tween with the COE, One lucky person will receive a Gamecock Gift Basket

February 2 – Get Involved Thursday

Student Organizations
Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Russell House Room 315
Activities:  Student Forum/Service Projects, COE Student Organization Leaders Panel, Moderators:  Kamania Wynter-Hoyte & Jennifer Strickland-Poole

The Dean’s Leadership Conversation
Monday, January 30, 2017 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, Swearingen 1A03

All Engineering and Computing students are invited to join Dean Hossein Haj-Hariri for an engaging conversation about topics such as professional development and effective leadership in engineering and computing.  The Dean will provide an update on the College, a look ahead at some exciting new projects and initiatives, and a Q&A on issues affecting students. Bring a friend and take this opportunity to share your experiences and ideas with the Dean.
Contact: Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services,

Theta Tau Organization: Rube Goldberg Machine Demonstrations

Monday, January 30, 2017 from 12:50 – 1:20 p.m.
Swearingen Building Courtyard

Theta Tau , the Co-Ed Professional Engineering Fraternity, will be demonstrating their Rube Goldberg machine at the Swearingen Building courtyard.  As part of its philanthropy effort, Theta Tau leads a STEM promotion competition each spring.  Local middle and high school students are invited to construct their own Rube Goldberg machines.  Award prizes are presented to the best constructions. In case of bad weather, the demonstration will be moved inside Swearingen building.
Contact: Jared Leone, Regent, Theta Tau,

Start Smart Workshop
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Thomas Cooper Library Student Success Center, Mezzanine Level

Start Smart workshops are specifically designed for college students about to enter the job market. By using the skills taught in this workshop, you are prepared to negotiate your starting salary and narrow the gap early, improve your lifelong earning potential, articulate your value, build confidence in your negotiation style, and sharpen your budgeting skills. Registration required at
Hosted by: The Graduate School and Student Success Center

#GRADprofdev Professional Development Fridays: Focus on Leadership

Friday, February 3, 2017 (All Day)
Online via social media

#GRADprofdev Professional Development Fridays offer online resources for graduate students to develop and enhance their professional development skills. On Friday, February 3, as part of Carolina Leadership Week, the focus will be on leadership – what it is and how graduate students can gain experience as a leader.
Graduate School social media:

Twitter: @gradschoolatUSC
Instagram: @gradschoolatUSC
YouTube: The Graduate School at USC (

Hosted by: The Graduate School

HRSM LEADS – Luncheon with Dean Oh & Department Chairs
Monday, January 30, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (invitation only)
HRSM Dean's Conference Room
Designed for students who serve as leaders of student organizations and student-led initiatives.

The Leadership Balancing Act – Andy Gillentine
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Student Leaders are constantly challenged to balance multiple tasks and activities. Come learn tips and strategies for effective time, money and stress management.
Featured Book: First Things First by Stephen Covey

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Success

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Got BIG goals? Don’t know where to start? Join us for this special workshop and learn how to break big ideas down into S.M.A.R.T goals.

S.M.A.R.T goals are Specific, Manageable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. This framework will prepare you to break down dreams and plans into manageable and achievable steps. During this workshop, you will identify your personal values and begin the process of mapping out a clear action plan to achieve a purpose driven goal. You will leave understanding how to develop goals rooted in your value system, how to prevent yourself from giving up on goals, and how to write a personal mission statement. Join us to get real results and set yourself up for success!
Featured Book: If at First You don't Succeed ... Dealing with Losing and Failure by Andy Gillentine

Utilizing your HRSM Practicum/Internship for Graduation with Leadership Distinction –
Steve Taylor & Glenna Gillentine
Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This presentation will help HRSM understand the procedures and requirements necessary for USC GLD and how to integrate those components into their HRSM Practicum/Internship Experience.

HRSM Giving Back Day

Friday, February 3, 2017
Locations TBA
Community Action Activities are encouraged among each of the student Organizations – this will be stressed in the Lunch with the Dean.

Leadership Films in Coliseum Lobby
Daily at 12:00 p.m.
This series features screenings of highly acclaimed movies that feature leadership. Discussion Questions Distributed. Hosted by different Faculty/Staff Member(s) each day. Cromer’s popcorn will be served!!

Fake News: Lunch, Learning, and Leadership
Thursday, February, 2 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
SJMC 318

Ernest Wiggins and David Lankes, professors in the College of Information and Communications, will host a conversation on Fake News and work with undergraduate students to brainstorm projects to help targeted communities navigate a changing media and information landscape. The goal is to model scholarship in action. The outcomes of this leadership event will inform an ongoing college research initiative on the topic that includes internal competitive grants.

Luncheon for Konduros Leadership Development Program Participants
“Team Player Assessment” led by Nathan Strong

Monday, January 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm
Law School room 334

Exhibit on Leadership Publications

January 30 to February 3, 2017
Coleman Karesh Law Library, Law School

Presentation by Sean Darling-Hammond, Esq. for Law Faculty
Monday, January 30, 2017 at 12:40 p.m.
Law School Room 302
Creating Wise Classrooms to Empower Diverse Law Students: Lessons in Pedagogy from Transformative Law Professors” 

Leadership Panel in Medicine
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
VA Campus, Bldg. #3, M-2 Classroom

The School of Medicine will be hosting a panel discussion on leadership to include several members of our basic science and clinical faculty.  The primary target audience for this session will be current School of Medicine students (all classes).

Panel Participants will be:

  • Dean Les Hall (moderator and panelist), Executive Dean for USC School of Medicine and CEO of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group
  • William Tripp Jennings, ER Physician and Chief Value and Informatics Officer at Palmetto Health
  • Marlene Wilson, Professor and Department Chair for Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience
  • Carol McMahon, Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Ruth Riley, Assistant Dean for Executive Affairs and Director of Library Services

Richland Library “Plink Rattle Toot” Words Meet Music
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Richland Library Main location (Assembly St.)
School of Music students perform live chamber music with the reading of children’s books in the Children's Room of the Richland Library.  (This is part of an ongoing partnership we have built with the library and their Children’s Room director, Leslie Tetrault). 

"Lunch Time New Music," Performance
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
The Wired Goat
A performance of live music featuring new compositions, and including a piece by School of Music composition faculty member and Guggenheim recipient Mandy Fang.  At the Wired Goat on Gervais St.


Both these events feature undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Music.  They are coordinated by Philip Snyder, a graduate student in the School of Music.  

Fourth Annual Clinical Practice Conference
Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 7:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
College of Nursing, Williams Brice Nursing Building

For more details and registration:

Walker Leadership Scholars

The Walker Pharmacy Leadership Scholars Endowment was established in 2013 by Donna J. Walker ’79 to identify, educate and recognize top pharmacy student leaders at the University of South Carolina (USC). The goals for the program include promoting a vision for leadership development for pharmacy students on the USC campus and catalyzing the creation of new projects on campus related to leadership.  The College of Pharmacy will host Mrs. Walker as part of the University of South Carolina Leadership Week.  During her visit to the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy she will meet with various student groups and organizations to discuss her career path, her perspective on leadership, and on the Walker Leadership Scholars program.  Mrs. Walker will spend January 23-24 as the college launches USC Leadership Week.

Challenges to Leadership on Issues of National Public Health Concern –
Women’s Health, Environmental Health, and Children’s Physical Activity

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
PHRC Room 114 Auditorium

3 person panel discussion open to all students, with Dean Thomas Chandler, moderator.

Brief overviews by each leader on her/his leadership experience, present perspective, and particular challenges faced and overcome (or not) for each of these key areas of PH concern.  Then open up for questions from students and moderator with group discussion.  Panel invitees:  Ms. Francis Ashe Goins, former Director of the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).   Dr. Geoffrey Scott, former Director, NOAA Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR).  Dr. Russ Pate, Chairman, Chair, Board of Directors of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, and member of the U.S. National Physical Activity Guidelines Committee.

Dynamic Leaders on Leadership Panel Discussion and Reception
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Gressette Room
Perspectives from Honors College and Liberty Fellows alumni who are making a difference in South Carolina.

Honors College Leadership Food Drive: All week

The South Carolina Honors College will conduct a canned food drive in partnership with the Gamecock Pantry to help increase donations for the Gamecock community and to raise awareness about hunger on campus and the surrounding community.


Living and Learning Communities

Mayor Steve Benjamin
Speaking to the Capstone motto of “Dream Big. Impact the Community. Leave a Legacy.”
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Carolina Room, 17th Floor Capstone

Cory Alpert, Introduction. David Deweill, Capstone Associate Principal, contact person. This event will be in the be open to all students that want to attend.

Capstone Scholars will be kicking off our newly developed leadership seminar series (8 week course) named the “Capstone Scholars Leadership Program” (CSLP). Students will hear guest-lecturing in each of the 5 sections on how to become a student leader, the various roles of a leader, and how this skill learned at USC can help in the future workplace.

We will be funding/supporting payment for 10 of our students for the SLDC Conference.

Leadership in Service!
Guest: Karlee Liddy, Environmental Science, Senior
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Green Quad Lounge

What can a single person do to make a change? Meet Karlee! She is the creator and organizer of ConKerr Cancer- an informal group of students who meets at the Green Quad on Sunday evenings to sew and make pillowcases for children diagnosed with cancer. This is a project that she has initiated entirely on her own. Since the inception of ConKerr Cancer, the project as grown so much that she is considering having it formally listed as a student organization at USC. Karlee will discuss ways to be a leader through community service.

Leadership in the Environment!
Guest: Alexa Dean, Marine Science, Junior

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 8:00 p.m.
Green Quad Lounge

How do you take the information from your classes and take it to the big, wide world and become a leader? Meet Alexa! I know, I know. You just got out of the Marine Science SI session with her, but now is your chance to learn how to take this knowledge and use it in the real world! Alexa has a passion for the ocean. In fact, she loves the ocean so much that she teaches others! She interned at the Marine Science Camp this summer and helped educate K-8 kids about the ocean and the environment. Want to make an impact on helping the planet? Be like Alexa. You can find out how by coming to Green Quad!

Leadership Beyond the Classroom!
Guest: Jory Fleming, Marine Science/Geography, Senior
Thursday, February 2, 2017 8:00 p.m.
Green Quad Lounge

Yes. You read correctly. This will be a unique opportunity for you to get to meet and ask questions with Jory Fleming who recently was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. Jory is a true leader in every way- you will not want to miss this opportunity. Jory will be discussing ways to get involved with different organizations and how to use these to not just become a leader but to help others become leaders.

"Maxcy Leadership Derby"
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Maxcy College Lobby
Game night for Maxcy students

Conference panel "Lessons for the Global Leader."
Saturday, February  4, 2017
The panel is chaired by Maxcy's Assistant Principal, Alina Burkholder. It features Maxcy students Girik Gupta from India; Yuen Ki (“Venus”) To from China; Patricia Porcel Vasquez from Peru; and Sidney Cutter from the U.S.A.  Student Leadership and Diversity Conference.

Any Maxcy students that want to attend the Student Leadership and Diversity Conference will have their registration costs covered.

Preston Leadership Retreat
January 27 - 28, 2017
The Preston Leadership Retreat will be Friday, Jan. 27 in the Maxcy dining room and Saturday, Jan. 28 at Camp Kinard in Batesburg-Leesville. Restricted to Preston students.

LOBGR (Leadership Style) Inventory
Monday, January 30,, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
LOBGR is a leadership style inventory. It stands for “Lion, Beaver, Otter, and Golden Retriever.” In the same vein as Myer’s Briggs and True Colors, it gives the students another way to understand, value, communicate and motivate each other. View the sample test here:

Leadership Book Discussion
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Junior Common Room
The leadership book discussion will be in the Junior Common Room at Preston on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 pm.  Bring your own book! 

True Colors Personality Inventory
Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Preston Lobby


Opportunities Elsewhere on Campus

All workshops will be held at the CTE: Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511.
Seats are limited, so please register early!

Habits Highly Effective Leaders Practice for Productivity and Peace of Mind
Monday, January 30, 2017 from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Facilitator: Dr. Janet Hudson, CTE Faculty Associate Director for Innovative Teaching

Effective leadership requires strategic planning, creative thinking and the ability to adapt when things don’t go as planned. However, these high-level skills rest on a foundation of successfully managing the nitty-gritty details of everyday life. Join Janet Hudson for an interactive, practical introduction to strategies that can help you manage email, daily distractions, competing demands and procrastination—so that you can increase your productivity and peace of mind. Lunch provided.

Best Practices for Effective Team Projects

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Facilitators: Drs. Barbara Bolt and Lindsay McManus, Clinical Assistant Professors of Management, Moore School of Business

Team projects are pedagogically sound and beneficial teaching practices, but managing them strategically in the classroom can be challenging. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn research-based best practices for helping students to develop strong team leadership skills, as well as for designing, structuring and effectively assessing team projects in the undergraduate classroom.

TA Workshop: Enhance Your Classroom Leadership through Active Listening
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Facilitators: Dr. Bethany Tisdale, Clinical Assistant Professor of Management, Moore School of Business, and communication specialists from the Center for Business Communication

Excellent speaking and writing skills are important aspects of successful teaching. However, a growing body of research suggests that effective listening plays an equally important role in leading a classroom. Join Bethany Tisdale and communication experts from the Center for Business Communication for an informal, practical discussion of specific active listening strategies that can help instructors serve as more effective leaders—both inside and outside the classroom. Lunch provided.

Throughout the Week

Visit the  CTE website for feature stories about how USC faculty are incorporating leadership concepts and skills into the curriculum and for suggested readings and resources.

Leadership Week Food Drive
Continuing Education and Conferences and the Residence Hall Association will host a food drive to benefit Harvest Hope Food Bank and the Gamecock Pantry.  Donations can be dropped off starting Monday, January 30 until Sunday, February 8 at several locations across campus.

Drop-off Locations:

  • Thomas Cooper Library lobby
  • The Dodie lobby
  • UTS building lobby
  • Colonial Life Arena
  • Swearingen Engineering Building Lobby
  • 1600 Hampton Street lobby
  • Main Entrance to Petigru
  • Darla Moore School of Business Welcome Center and W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall Lobby
  • Cliff Apartments
  • Columbia Hall
  • East Quad
  • Preston Residential College
  • Patterson Hall
  • South Quad

Student Leadership and Diversity Conference
Saturday February 4, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 PM
1400 Greene Street, Russell House University Union, Suite 227
Columbia, SC 29208

Sister Care Supply Drive
The students of the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Program in coordination with the Office of On Your Time Initiatives (OYT) will hold a supply drive for Sistercare.  Toiletries, baby products and other donations for victims of domestic violence will be collected at the OYT office, Byrnes 209.  Stop by to drop off donations and learn more about the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Program. 

Engage in Research: Student Panel
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Russell House University Union, Room 203

Undergraduate research provides a great opportunity to lead in your field of interest. Come hear from upperclassmen about their experience doing undergraduate research! A panel of Magellan Ambassadors will share how they got involved in research, the impact research has had on them, and more. The audience is encouraged to come with questions. This panel will take place on Tuesday, January 31st from 4pm-5pm in Russell House room 203.

This event is also  part of the 2nd Annual Sophomore Warm Up Series (sponsored by The Sophomore Initiative). There will be a gift card raffle at the end of the event for sophomores attending.

Advising to LEAD:  Utilizing Advising Sessions as a Catalyst for Student Leadership  (For Advisors)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
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Brown Bag Lunch for advisors, UAC will provide cookies and coffee.

As academic advisors, we work daily to help students recognize their potential on their pathway to graduation.  Advisors help students transform as learners, but how do we help students evolve as leaders?  Join us for a brown bag lunch opportunity where we’ll provide tips you can use in your next appointment that engage students’ leadership capabilities.  We’ll also help you evaluate:  What are the leadership opportunities in your college, and how are you sharing them in your advising sessions?   Bring your lunch—the University Advising Center will provide free coffee and cookies!

How advisors can help you discover your leadership potential  (For Students)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Close-Hipp 102, UAC Lobby Drop-In

Students are invited to drop-in to the University Advising Center, Close-Hipp 102 to learn about various leadership opportunities as they relate to your major. Advisors are available to chat students, answer questions, and provide information on ways to make the most of their curricular and co-curricular experiences at USC.  Hot cocoa and cookies for students!

“Leadership starts here! Research award winners share their stories”
Thomas Cooper Library, Main Level

Join us as recipients of the 2017 Breakthrough Graduate Scholars award share their inspiration and journey to success. Please reserve your seat. Pizza will be served!
Sponsored by University Libraries and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Two opportunities to attend:

  • Tuesday, January 31, at 1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 2, at 11:40 a.m.

Open House Highlighting Information on Graduation with Leadership Distinction
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Legare College, all floors with refreshments in room 321,
Offices of USC Connect and Undergraduate Research will host an open house in Legare College.

USC Connect, Graduation with Leadership Distinction Information Table
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
College of Education, Wardlaw Main Entrance

USC Connect, How are you leading?  Tabling and Social Media Event

Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Russell House 2nd Floor Lobby

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