Stories for Alumni
January 17, 2019, Dana Woodward
The University of South Carolina’s MLK Weekend event series culminates Sunday, Jan. 20, with Freedom Rings, an artistic celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. The university partnered with the Columbia nonprofit Auntie Karen Foundation to bring together Midlands musicians, artists and spoken word performers to honor the civil rights leader in an event designed to bring the audience to its feet.
November 15, 2018, Mia Grimm and Catherine Jobe
Tiger Burn is one of the university's most cherished traditions. During rivalry week, student and alumni alike gather to watch the event on Greene Street Intramural Fields. Hear from the engineering students behind-the-scenes that build the tiger everyone watches go up in flames.
October 18, 2018, Annika Dahlgren
It’s another wonderful year here at the University of South Carolina, and to celebrate our students and alumni, the university is hosting a series of events to kick school spirit up to an all time high. Whether you’re dancing on Greene Street or building a canned creation, there is something for everyone to get involved in. Here are a few of the many must-see events going on this year.
October 09, 2018, Page Ivey
Overcoming stereotypes and drug addiction, learning to listen in uncomfortable conversations about race, and finding new ways to diagnose and treat mental illnesses were just some of the wide range of topics presented by speakers at the inaugural TEDxUofSC event Tuesday.
October 03, 2018, Jeff Stensland
After a decade of service as president and leading the University of South Carolina through an unprecedented period of growth and success, President Harris Pastides announced Wednesday (Oct. 3) that he will retire as president effective the summer of 2019.
September 27, 2018, Dana Woodward
In a celebration of the first lady’s 10 years of contributions to the health and wellness of the Carolina community, the university has partnered with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture to present an extension of the Healthy Carolina farmer’s market on Oct. 2.
September 19, 2018
Pete Souza, the former chief official White House photographer for President Obama and an official White House photographer for President Reagan, will deliver the Buchheit Family Lecture on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. We caught up with him to ask a few questions about his work and the future of journalism.
April 04, 2018, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Harvard Law professor Randall Kennedy will focus on South Carolina’s historic ties to landmark civil right cases as part of “Reconstruction’s Legacy: The History and Contemporary Significance of the 14th Amendment,” a symposium presented by the History Center and Historic Columbia.
March 20, 2018, Megan Sexton
South Carolina Honors College graduate Caroline Parler Potter headed to England as a Rhodes Scholar in 2000. She's still at Oxford, where she earned her master’s and doctorate in anthropology and is now a medical anthropologist. She'll return to Carolina on April 20 to give the keynote address at Discover USC.
February 07, 2018, Page Ivey
For the past eight years, University of South Carolina students and recent grads have had the opportunity to turn their brilliant ideas into something tangible with the Proving Ground — a startup business pitch competition along the lines of ABC’s “Shark Tank” television program.
February 01, 2018, Taylor Evans
Alli Webb, founder of blow out salon company Drybar, will speak on her journey from hairdresser to entrepreneur during the McNair Entrepreneurship Showcase on Feb. 9.
January 25, 2018, Jeff Stensland
Carolina Day at the Statehouse is an annual one-day event designed to let legislators know that state support is vital for the University of South Carolina to ensure quality, access and affordability. This year, USC is taking a new approach that will allow more supporters than ever to participate — whether they're in Columbia or anywhere around the globe.
January 11, 2018, Dana Woodward
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and the University of South Carolina’s Black Law Students Association intends to mark the occasion with a film screening of "Rikers: An American Jail" and a community forum.
November 09, 2017, Page Ivey
Stacey Calvert has been a devotee of choreographer George Balanchine since she was a young dancer. “The choreography is brilliant; it’s beyond brilliant,” she says. "It’s super organic to dance. As a dancer, it makes perfect sense.” That is why Calvert has staged a Balanchine program every spring for the past 14 years as a dance professor at the University of South Carolina.
October 25, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Boston College theological ethics professor Kristin Heyer will deliver the 18th annual Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Lecture in Moral, Ethical and Religious Studies. Heyer says today’s immigration dialogue often has been framed in terms of crisis management alone, and she will explore how the scripture and Catholic social tradition can shape the debate.
October 23, 2017, Page Ivey
Lee Thomas’ long career took him from public service during a tumultuous period of environmental disasters in the U.S. and abroad to a long stint in the corporate world. The 1970 graduate with a master's in education is this year's Algernon Sydney Sullivan alumni award winner.
October 11, 2017, Jalesa Cooley
Ross Lordo knew he wanted to be a leader from the moment he completed high school. Now, after four years of serving in student government, the Fort Mill native is spending his senior year serving at the highest student government position — student body president.
September 12, 2017
The University of South Carolina has made great strides in the past year in its mission as the flagship university system for the state, but now is no time to be satisfied, President Harris Pastides told students, faculty and staff in his annual State of the University address on Tuesday.
August 31, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Historian Thavolia Glymph will deliver the 20th Annual Robert Smalls Lecture on Sept. 7 focusing on Reconstruction and how we write and remember history.
May 05, 2017
The University of South Carolina Columbia campus awarded nearly 6,800 degrees Friday and Saturday (May 5-6), including 4,921 bachelor’s degrees.
April 24, 2017, Jeff Stensland
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will receive an honorary degree and deliver special remarks to graduates as part of the University of South Carolina’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at the Colonial Life Arena.
April 20, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Three graduating seniors received the university's highest honors at the annual Awards Day ceremony. Jory Mackenzie Fleming and Megan Patricia O’Brien received Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards, the university’s top honor for undergraduates, and Cory Cambridge Alpert received the Steven N. Swanger award, the university’s second-highest undergraduate honor.
November 17, 2016, Adena Rice
Carolina and Clemson’s rivalry is as intense as an in-state competition can be. It’s deep-rooted in history, politics and athletics with Carolina fans having a dislike for anything orange and purple. But in recent years, the rivalry has been used to encourage spirited competition to help the South Carolina community.
September 08, 2016
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides will give his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m., Wednesday (Sept. 14) on the historic Horseshoe.
August 18, 2016, John Brunelli
Two popular music series merge to create the new Freeman Sundays @ 3 concerts featuring School of Music faculty. Proceeds from the concerts will still fund music student scholarships.
May 04, 2016, Chris Horn
Carolina is one of the few large public universities that still announces each graduate by name at its commencement ceremonies, even as the number of graduates has increased dramatically in recent years. For Harvie Nachlinger, it’s just a matter of speed and diction to enunciate each student's name.
May 04, 2016
All UofSC campuses are celebrating commencements this spring and we have captured images from each of them. Whether you're a Gamecock or a Fire Ant, commencement always ends with "Forever to Thee."
April 07, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
William Shakespeare’s First Folio, an anthology of 36 plays compiled by the playwright’s friends seven years after his death, is considered one of the most important books in the English language and is widely credited for preserving Shakespeare’s for the future. From April 14 to April 30, one of the few remaining copies will be on display at University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
January 22, 2016, Peggy Binette
Ada B. Thomas, for whom the university’s top undergraduate adviser award is named, believed in Carolina and believed in preparing students who would make a difference as leaders in communities across South Carolina. To Dr. Lisa Bishara (’88, ’93) Thomas was more than an adviser. She was her grandmother.
January 14, 2016, Olivia Currey
During Sunday evening’s Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Festival at the Koger Center, choirs will be singing in honor of the past and for the future. For Carl Wells, director of the USC Gospel Choir, the event offers the chance to understand King’s legacy through music and explore its relevance today.
January 07, 2016, Megan Sexton
State Sen. Marlon Kimpson will bring his personal story of education and equity to the University of South Carolina on Tuesday when he speaks at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.
December 16, 2015, Page Ivey
For 35 years, South Carolina business executives and owners have turned to the Darla Moore School of Business research economists and the Economic Outlook Conference to help them plan and make crucial decisions.