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USC Lancaster reopened for in-person classes on August 20, 2020. Face coverings are required on-campus and social distancing is encouraged among members of the campus community. The semester will be offered in an accelerated format, with in-person instruction ending on Nov. 24. In addition, classes will be held on many traditional holidays and breaks to allow for the semester to end earlier than usual. Classes will be held remotely on General Election Day (Nov. 3), Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Frequently check this COVID-19 link. and the gray boxes below to stay up-to-date with the latest news and updates.

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Recent Faculty Accomplishments


Fran Gardner's Group Exhibitions - all juried

  • Some Like it Hot, National Association of Women Artists SC Chapter, includes artists from SC, FL and MA (online only) opened in August and still accessible online
  • 131st Members Exhibition, National Association of Women Artists, includes artists from across the United States (online only but traditionally held in New York) October 2020
  • Small Chapters, Coastal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head, SC, and National Association of Women Artists SC Chapter, includes SC artists only (online and face to face exhibits) October 2020
  • Inspirational Journeys, The Vendue Art Hotel in Charleston, SC and National Association of Women Artists SC Chapter, includes artists from all NAWA chapters (online and face to face exhibits) October 2020

Several of Professor Lisa Hammond’s poems have been published and recognized for their excellence. Her poem “Hydrangeas” was selected from more than 400 submissions as the winner of the Saluda River Prize for Poetry from the Jasper Project and will be published in Fall Lines later this year. The poem and an interview with Dr. Hammond was featured on the Jasper Project blog, and also included a new poem, “Elizabeth Warren Dreams of Kissing Babies.” Her poem “many moons” was chosen by the Poet Laureate of the City of Columbia to be published in the booklet, Poetry on the COMET: Write on Time, and featured on buses on the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority. In addition, her poem “To a Son Leaving Home for College” was published this summer in Sheltered: South Carolina Artists Respond During the 2020 Pandemic.

Professor Chris Judge coauthored a paper entitled “Wateree Bug Ceramic Motif” which was published in Legacy (The South Carolina Institute of Archeology and Anthropology), 8-11. The paper examines the possible origin and cultural significance of images of the bug on ceramic vessels.

The 2020 Red Rose Festival concluded with a classical music concert featuring Erin Moon-Kelly (Adjunct  and Hunter Cox at First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, SC. Ms. Moon-Kelly performed with a product called a Wind defender (a device placed on the flute headjoint that keeps the droplets and the air inside the headjoint leaving only the sound to go out into the audience). To accommodate her concert patrons who for various reasons could not attend, Ms. Moon-Kelly recorded the performance.

Ms. Moon-Kelly is the principal piccolo player of the Charlotte Concert Band.  The band’s 1st two virtual concerts were published on YouTube in June and July of 2020.

CCB Summer Virtual Band:

CCB Fall 2020 Virtual Concerts:

CCB Chamber Music Concert Series: