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Since graduating from the South Carolina Honors College and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2012, former The Daily Gamecock reporter and editor-in-chief Josh Dawsey has worked some tough beats. None has been tougher than covering the White House since Donald Trump took office — first for Politico, then for The Washington Post.

Alumni News - Spring 2020

See what our Honors College alumni have been doing lately.

Because generosity begets generosity

Families honor loved ones by supporting Honors College Faculty Fellows

Far from a dusty document

Adjunct professor and lawyer Joel Collins brings the U.S. Constitution to life.

Big picture problem solver

Greg Ferrante uses his financial skills to help people around the world

The advocate

For Honors College alumna Sharika Richardson Shropshire, pro bono legal work brings fulfillment, connection, gratitude.

Dean's Letter: Spring 2020

Not Charles Dickens: A letter from South Carolina Honors College Dean Steve Lynn.

SCHC announces new mental health liason

The Honors College's director of research and new mental health liaison, Dr. Susan Alexander, discusses mental health resources for students.

From rags to bags: Honors goes green

The Honors Residence Hall's "Convert the Shirt" event taught students how to recycle their unwanted T-shirts.

Honors College junior builds global connections

Even when a global viral outbreak keeps people apart, Lilly Kays wants people around the world to be more connected. She’s using her spring internship and social media to do her part for that goal.

Porter Family Redefines the Meaning of Community within the Honors College

Elise Porter, an SCHC academic advisor, recalls her father's influence on her as a UofSC faculty member. Since Elise has graduated and began her job at UofSC, her two younger siblings have continued the family tradition.

Research Opens Doors to the Goldwater Scholarship

South Carolina Honors College juniors Ian Bain of Irmo, South Carolina, and Zoe Screwvala of Brooklyn, New York, have won prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, awarded annually to undergraduate STEM majors across the country. This marks the 28th year of UofSC scholarship winners since 1990.

From classroom to craft brewery

Chris Herron, a 2003 graduate of the Honors College and former UofSC athlete, is the founder and CEO of Creature Comforts Brewing Co., one of the fastest growing breweries in America. The brewery is built on the notion of improvement through curiosity as they believe that a curious mind leads to better living - a decidedly Honors College sort of idea.

Poet Today, Surgeon Tomorrow

Kwame Kennedy, a Top Scholar and Honors student from Irmo, South Carolina, pursues his passion for medicine and his passion for creative writing here at the South Carolina Honors College.

Beyond the Gates: Headed to Capitol Hill

Brand new South Carolina Honors College graduate Mae Chinnes is taking her new degree, her college experiences and her optimism for the future to D.C. to start her career on Capitol Hill.

Professor helped students find the light within

Students reflect on Honors professor emeritus who never stopped teaching them... in the classroom and in life.

Engineering student-athletes run with focus

Honors student Rachel Hensler - along with her fellow track and field athletes - push through rigors of schedule with determination.

Honors student wins national award as part of exchange program

Hannah Bauer’s time at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo was full of the experiences you’d expect from a semester on the big island. Hannah Bauer’s time at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo was full of the experiences you’d expect from semester on the big island.

To drink or not to drink (tap or bottled water)

For environmental chemistry professor Susan Richardson, it's a question she hears a lot: Is bottled water safer to drink than tap? To help find the answer, she enlisted Honors biochemistry students Gretchen Bollar and Anthony Kocur.

Three Honors College students named Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars

The students will learn about the mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in honor of the career of Hollings, who was a longtime U.S. senator from South Carolina and a former governor of the state.

Luke Rankin follows his calling

Talking to Luke Rankin, our newly installed student body president, you would think that he was born to be a politician. He’s friendly, charming and inspiring. When he speaks there’s at least one motivational phrase in each sentence, which is exactly what people love to hear when they’re trying to be convinced they can do something or that their community can be better.

SCHC student awarded Boren Scholarship to study in Jordan

Growing up in Lexington, South Carolina, Patrick McKenzie never imagined he'd leave the United States. But as of today, thanks in large part to his time at the South Carolina Honors College, he has traveled to 22 countries, and he's just getting started.


Friends since freshman year, seniors Casey Hasenbein and Rachel Wood grew so close during their four years in the Honors College that they can finish each other's sentences. So it was only natural that the exercise science majors would want to work on their senior thesis together. Hence the creation of Be Your Best S.E.L.F. (Strength, Energy, Life Skills and Fitness), their thesis project that ultimately bonded them to a group of girls at Epworth Children's Home in Columbia.

Search for a cure: The story of one Honors College graduate and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic fibrosis affects more than 30,000 people across the United States with hundreds of those affected living in South Carolina.

The Emergence of Bedroom Pop

Many little kids dream of becoming rock stars, but Honors College sophomores Evan Delp and Robert Magee are on their way to making that fantasy a reality.


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