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Light the Cupola!

USC Lancaster has embarked on an effort to recognize and honor academic and other accomplishments in the Lancer campus community with our Light the Cupola! project. At various times throughout the year the cupola of the James Bradley Arts and Sciences Building will glow with Lancer pride in honor or in recognition of outstanding achievement.

Conceived through conversations in meetings of the USC Lancaster Board of Visitors and the USCL Town-Gown Advisory Group, the objective of Light the Cupola! is to bring more awareness to the many wonderful accomplishments of USC Lancaster students, faculty, and staff. 

The very first honorees for Light the Cupola! were the graduates of the May 1, 2021 virtual Commencement ceremony, and the cupola was lit with alternating Blue and Yellow lights on the evenings of May 1 and 2.  The lighting system is a state-of-the-art LED system with a large variety of color capacity, so in addition to recognitions of achievement, you also may see pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October or Green for Earth Day in April. 

When you’re in the area after dark, look up and see if the Bradley cupola is aglow. You will know right away that we’re celebrating something special. 


This Week's Recognition:

Between April 25 to May 2, 2022, we will Light the Cupula! of Bradley each evening in celebration of the many recent accomplishments of and honors for USC Lancaster students, faculty, and staff.

Here is the list of those who will be honored and on which evening the lights will glow blue and yellow:

Monday, April 25

In honor of student award winners from USCL at the recent South Carolina Speech and Theatre Association Festival, the recent USCL students inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success, students who recently presented mentored research at Discover UofSC 2022, and the recent Palmetto College inductee from Lancaster into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of South Carolina. Also, many thanks to all faculty and staff who sponsor student organizations and mentor USCL students.

Tuesday, April 26

In honor of our TRiO Opportunity Scholars Program student participants and their leaders for all of their accomplishments—both academic and personal—this year.

Wednesday, April 27

In honor of Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduating class of 2022 and their professors as they complete today an important required component of their program and finish review for the national nursing licensure exam.

Thursday, April 28

In honor of our faculty members named Teacher of the Year for their respective Academic Division and Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Humanities—Prof. Kim Covington (also Distinguished Teacher of the Year), MSNPH—Prof. Lynnette Martek, and BBCEL—Prof. Mike Sherrill. Additionally, the lights glow in honor of Ms. Helen Champion, winner of this year’s Servant’s Heart Award.

Friday, April 29

In honor of our faculty members who received RISE grant awards for support of Summer 2022 research activities: Dr. Bettie Obi-Johnson, Prof. Marybeth Berry, Dr. Nahid Swails, and Dr. Peter Seipel.

Saturday, April 30

In honor of the hard work and accomplishments of the Class of 2022 and those graduating at our ceremony on campus today. Many thanks to our faculty for their instructional excellence.

Sunday, May 1

In honor of Dr. Fernanda Burke, 2022 Research Service Award winner given by the Office of the Vice President of Research at the University of South Carolina.

Monday, May 2

In honor of all Lancer student-athletes from our four NJCAA Region X teams who competed this academic year. Many thanks to USCL coaches, athletics trainer, and other support staff.