Add your voice at Carolina Day at the Statehouse

A stronger University of South Carolina system means a stronger South Carolina.

That’s the message alumni, students and supporters from the university’s eight campuses will take to the Statehouse on Feb. 3, when they meet with elected officials from their respective districts. There, they will voice how the campuses improve the health and prosperity of communities and add to the quality of life through myriad cultural, educational and athletic offerings.

Dr. Lisa Bishara, an anesthesiologist from Florence, S.C., will be among the hundreds of advocates who participate Feb. 3. She says she plans to share with her district officials how the university is improving health care in the Pee Dee.

“The University of South Carolina is expanding its role in medicine and continuing to look for ways it can reach many patients across the state to improve their lives,” Bishara says. “In Florence where I work, we have begun teaching residents and medical students on a full-time basis. Helping to provide more access to health care and providing education to patients about their health is a worthy goal that the university always is working to improve.”

Jack Claypoole, executive director of My Carolina, invites alumni like Bishara to attend and share how the university’s campuses — individually and collectively — impact and improve lives in their communities.

“We are excited to have our new alumni center not only serving as the launch point for Carolina Day, but also serving as the year-round headquarters for advocacy support for our alma mater,” Claypoole says. “Carolina Day is a great way to begin your involvement in advocating for all that makes our university system great, but it is only one small component of an emerging long-term effort to mobilize our nearly 300,000 alumni in support of the USC system specifically and higher education in general.”

The annual Carolina Day at the Statehouse is organized by My Carolina Alumni Association. This year marks the first time that the event will be held in the university’s new alumni center, which is located steps away from the Statehouse at Senate and Lincoln streets.

If you are going

Alumni and supporters who would like to participate can register online. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. at the alumni center, followed by visits with legislators at their Statehouse offices then lunch back at the alumni center with UofSC President Harris Pastides. There is an $18 registration fee, which defrays the cost of the meal.

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