Stories for Alumni
June 04, 2019, Chris Horn
During his 11 years as president of the University of South Carolina, Harris Pastides has participated in more than 100 commencement ceremonies across the university system, delivering remarks, career advice and wise counsel to more than 100,000 graduates. It’s been a bittersweet moment for Pastides, who — with retirement looming on July 31 — considers himself and his wife honorary members of the Class of 2019.
March 04, 2019, Craig Brandhorst
The University of South Carolina has been a global player for a long time. But since 2011, when the Focus Carolina strategic plan was announced, the university has significantly increased its internationalization efforts, transforming a healthy overseas presence into a clearly defined global footprint.
February 19, 2019, Diane Veto Parham
Taking the new Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center from concept to completion was a team effort that promises a big win. The 110,000-square-foot facility in Gamecock Park will transform the student-athlete experience for football players at the University of South Carolina, Athletics Director Ray Tanner says.
October 19, 2018, Allen Wallace
The University of South Carolina’s sport science programs are making an impact around the world, and the success has earned global recognition. The programs are ranked No. 1 in the United States for the third consecutive year in the Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.
September 09, 2018, Jeff Stensland
U.S. News and World Report’s annual undergraduate rankings were released Monday, and the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business has reason to celebrate. For 20 straight years, its undergraduate degree in International Business has claimed the top ranking, besting programs that include Ivy League and other large public universities.
July 11, 2018, Peggy Binette
The South Carolina Political Collections — one of the largest political collections in the nation — will expand Monday, Aug. 6 when the University of South Carolina opens the Richard W. Riley Collection. The collection details the life and public career of Richard Wilson “Dick” Riley, a former South Carolina state representative, senator and governor and U.S. Secretary of Education.
May 09, 2018, USC Times
When Janelys Villalta entered UofSC, she was focused on entertainment news. But after taking an interest in sociology the journalism student found her passion in social advocacy.
April 27, 2018, Chris Horn
When Mitzi Nagarkatti joined the School of Medicine as chair of pathology, microbiology and immunology in 2005, the department was bringing in about $600,000 a year in NIH funding, 81st among all such departments across the nation. The department now garners some $9.5 million per year in NIH grants (No. 17 in the country) and Nagarkatti continues to build research capacity not only in that unit but in the entire School of Medicine and across the university.
February 21, 2018, Chris Horn
Richard T. Greener’s larger-than-life story is one of academic achievement, professional success and civic service, played out mostly in the tumultuous years after the Civil War. It’s a story of firsts — in addition to being USC’s first black professor, Greener was also Harvard’s first black graduate and America’s first black diplomat to a country of white citizenry.
December 14, 2017, Craig Brandhorst
When Capstone House opened in fall 1967, the new “women’s honor dormitory” was a little behind schedule: Carpets and drapes wouldn’t arrive for another week, the cafeteria wouldn’t open for another month and the grand opening of the revolving restaurant at the top had been bumped to November.
December 07, 2017, Megan Sexton
Thanks to a $5 million gift to the university from an anonymous donor, the country’s oldest freestanding academic library is getting a needed renovation. Work is well underway at the South Caroliniana, with all of the materials moved to the Thomas Cooper Library and other sites around campus.
December 05, 2017, Chris Horn
The names of enslaved workers and acknowledgement of their contributions at the University of South Carolina during its antebellum era are now immortalized on two bronze historic markers that will be unveiled in a ceremony Dec. 5 at Rutledge Chapel on the Horseshoe.
November 13, 2017, Jalesa Cooley
It’s not every day that a simple interaction with a professor leads you to the Olympics, or even to finding a trusted mentor, but it is for students who are lucky enough to interact with John Grady. After 13 years at the University of South Carolina, these inspiring interactions have resulted in Grady being honored with the 2017 Outstanding Advocate for First-Year Students Award.
October 30, 2017, Megan Sexton
A new book by first lady Patricia Moore-Pastides shares what life is like inside one of the most recognizable buildings on campus. “At Home in the Heart of the Horseshoe: Life in the University of South Carolina President’s House,” offers a look at the first families and their memories of the home, along with some history of the house and photographs of the home and gardens. There are even a few recipes for entertaining and photos of floral arrangement designs.
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 19, 2017
The University of South Carolina has been preparing students for the workforce for generations. As the state has attracted more high-tech manufacturing operations, the need for more skilled workers has grown rapidly. The university can now increase its reach to help even more South Carolinians take advantage of these opportunities with a $20 million National Science Foundation grant.
August 17, 2017, Megan Sexton
Tom Reichert is the new dean of the College of Information and Communications. The college includes the School of Library and Information Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Reichert comes to Carolina from the University of Georgia, where he was head of the advertising and public relations department in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
June 05, 2017, Megan Sexton
Tom Reichert, professor and head of the department of advertising and public relations at the University of Georgia, has been named dean of the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina. As dean, Reichert will oversee both the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Library and Information Science.
May 26, 2017, Jeff Stensland
The University of South Carolina is working to build on the momentum from the past year to fulfill the promise made by President Harris Pastides in his State of the University Address to make Carolina a destination of choice for the next generation of state and national leaders.
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 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.
April 11, 2017, John Brunelli
The University of South Carolina has named Sarah Gehlert as the dean of the College of Social Work. Gehlert comes to Carolina from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity.
January 19, 2017, Peggy Binette
Inspired by his rural roots, Dr. Caughman Taylor believes in the power and purpose of advocacy. On Wednesday he'll join Carolina alumni, faculty, staff and students for Carolina Day at the Statehouse. That's when he and others will meet with legislators to share their stories in support of higher education as being vital to the economic health of the state and lives of its residents.
December 15, 2016, USC Times
A is for alphabet, at least according to USC Times. To help close out 2016, the University of South Carolina’s monthly magazine for faculty and staff devoted its entire December issue to the ABCs of 2016 — with each letter representing a different accomplishment, announcement or notable arrival from the past year.
August 31, 2016, Thom Harman
Since becoming head football coach for the Gamecocks, Will Muschamp has been determined to instill his mantra of "effort, toughness and discipline" in his players. We caught up with the coach to get his answers to a few questions before the team kicks off his first season.
August 12, 2016, Dan Cook
Tommy Preston could have gone just about anywhere for college, but a trip to Carolina more than a decade ago opened his eyes to the possibilities in his home state. Now, 10 years after serving as student body president, Preston is taking on a new leadership role as president of the My Carolina Alumni Association.
April 14, 2016, Peggy Binette
Reconstruction was the first chapter in America’s civil rights movement. And its influence on race relations continues across the country and on college campuses, although few may realize its connection. Now 150 years later, the University of South Carolina’s History Center and Historic Columbia hopes to deepen public understanding of Reconstruction’s history and racial legacy with a symposium April 21–22.
March 15, 2016, Page Ivey
Very few disciplines have as much real-world immediate impact as public health, and the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health has increased its reach and impact in each of its 40 years, going from seven faculty members and 34 students in 1975 to more than 2,500 students and 137 faculty who last year garnered $36 million in research dollars.
February 18, 2016, Dana D'Haeseleer
University of South Carolina’s First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides wears many hats – cook, author and gardener to name a few – but during Heart Health Awareness month, Moore-Pastides will don yet another: award recipient. On Tuesday (Feb. 23), the Palmetto Center for Women, formerly the YWCA of the Midlands, will honor Moore-Pastides for her commitment to health and wellness in the Carolina community.
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 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.