January 15, 2020, Communications and Public Affairs staff
Each January, University of South Carolina alumni and advocates come together in person and online in a show of support for UofSC’s efforts to build a stronger state — and to ask state legislators to join the cause. Here, we look at some of the ways in which the university is advancing our state.
January 14, 2020, Tenell Felder & Amanda Hernandez
The University of South Carolina ranks No. 1 in the nation among public universities (No. 2 overall) for its online graduate nursing program, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual online rankings.
January 14, 2020, Kathryn McPhail
More than 5,300 teachers left South Carolina public schools at the end of the 2018-19 school year. That seems like a staggering number, but it’s not an anomaly. It puts students at risk of missing out on the quality instruction they need and deserve, and the University of South Carolina’s College of Education is stepping in to help with a new initiative aimed at recruiting and retaining teachers.
January 14, 2020, Megan Sexton
The university’s Belle W. Baruch Institute for Coastal and Marine Sciences is a national treasure -- a place where students and researchers from the Columbia campus along with universities around the world come to better understand the complexity of coastal and marine environments.
January 09, 2020, Page Ivey
A community organizer and equity scholar, a three-degree alumna, an education student leader and a professor with a strong record of mentoring younger colleagues are the recipients of the University of South Carolina’s 2020 Social Justice Awards and will be honored at the annual MLK Commemorative Breakfast Jan. 17 in the Russell House Ballroom.
January 06, 2020, Chris Horn
“We know what we are,” Shakespeare once wrote, “but know not what we may be.” If only the old Bard could have sat in on “Mathematics for Shakespeare,” an Honors College course at the University of South Carolina. He would have learned how to take the full measure for measure of his own literary works, using statistical software and linear algebra to probe and pose questions about everything from his sonnets to soliloquies.
December 18, 2019, Carol J.G. Ward
During this season of tradition, it makes sense to serve meals and recipes that connect us with friends, family and memories of years past. We asked English professor and Southern food historian David Shields to indulge us in a bit of nostalgia by offering a glimpse into South Carolina’s holiday food heritage.
December 17, 2019, Page Ivey
The DC Gamecocks are serious about celebrating their alma mater. They watch football games and participate in special events related to their days at the University of South Carolina. But, more recently, the alumni club, one of the larger ones outside of South Carolina, took on the goal of endowing a scholarship for students from the D.C. area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia.
December 17, 2019, Page Ivey
Jade Battiste is grateful for her parents’ patient support as she has traveled a nontraditional path to her bachelor’s degree. But she is especially grateful to her father, Luther Battiste, who helped create the African American Studies program at the University of South Carolina 50 years ago.
December 16, 2019, Chris Horn
A former superintendent of West Point who served 43 years in the United States Army and retired as a lieutenant general, Bob Caslen is the University of South Carolina's 29th president. And he's keen to lead the state’s flagship public university into a new era.
December 16, 2019
Nabil Natafgi, a new professor in the Arnold School of Public Health, studies the quality of care in small, rural hospitals and whether telemedicine can improve that care.
December 12, 2019, Megan Sexton
The College of Information and Communications' Social Media Insights Lab is able to analyze sentiment and identify emerging trends that are occurring in real time on sources from Twitter to YouTube to blogs.
December 12, 2019, Megan Sexton
Dara Khaalid earned her degree from the University of South Carolina this month, ready to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. It’s a path she set out on years earlier – when she was just a fifth grader.
December 11, 2019, Margaret Gregory
In 2002, 8-year-old Wanda Gibbs died after being hit by a car at her bus stop. After her tragic passing, the community came together and launched a fundraising initiative to ensure Wanda’s memory would live on. Their efforts established the Wanda Gibbs Scholarship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia, which was awarded for the first time earlier this year.
December 10, 2019, Dan Cook
While many of us were eyeing the end of the semester, University of South Carolina music professor Phillip Bush was eyeing his piano — gearing up for an early December trip to Paris, where he performed with acclaimed American composer Philip Glass.
December 02, 2019, Chris Horn
Not many professors inspire lofty tribute. Some we forget and others are scarcely remembered. James Cutsinger, a religious studies professor who taught at the university for 37 years, earned the respect and admiration of students for decades while helping them to achieve the most noble of goals: the ability to think.
November 25, 2019
"Doing good to others is easy when you are surrounded by a community that encourages and celebrates service."
November 21, 2019, Josh German
The holiday season is one of the most active times of the year for the Carolina Service Council as they participate in multiple projects to spread holiday cheer through Carolina Cares.
November 21, 2019, Annika Dahlgren
The South Caroliniana Library is home to the South Carolina Historical Cookbooks collection of publications from 1832 to 1921. The collection is a valuable resource for research but also of interest to anyone who is just curious about local dishes and cooking traditions.
November 20, 2019, Margaret Gregory
In South Carolina, a majority of the 46 counties are considered to be medically underserved. The South Carolina Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare is working to improve access to quality care through training programs that are helping grow the health care workforce.
November 18, 2019, Tenell Felder
Researchers from the University of South Carolina are unlocking how botanicals could defeat chronic inflammation, how to prevent literary failure in students with hearing loss and how childhood obesity can be eliminated.
November 15, 2019, Chris Horn
Students who successfully complete Laura Smith’s “Power Producing” course often find themselves in high demand when they’re ready to graduate. That’s because, under Smith’s tutelage, they’ve learned the fundamental skills of TV news producing and hone them further in their final capstone semester.
November 12, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel
On Nov. 25, students will gather around a carefully engineered and constructed 20-foot wood-and-paper tiger — and set it aflame. The tradition known as Tiger Burn happens every year during Rivalry Week in advance of the football game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers.
November 11, 2019, Megan Sexton
School librarian Kathy Carroll likes to be in the middle of the action and that’s where she finds herself every day, whether it’s helping students at Westwood High School in Blythewood or advocating for her profession as president-elect of the American Association of School Librarians.
November 08, 2019, Chris Horn
You won’t find Thomas Nathaniel’s clinical neuroscience students passively watching PowerPoint lecture slides or their professor droning at a lectern. That’s because Nathaniel, a professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine-Greenville, takes a different approach to teaching and learning.
November 07, 2019, Kathryn McPhail
In the 21 years that she’s been a school counselor, Elizabeth Balthazor has worked with children whose emotional – and sometimes physical – wounds run deep. Two-thirds of children report at least one traumatic event by 16 years old, and one in seven children are abused. Before she can help, Balthazor must figure out what’s wrong and that can be hard with children who don’t fully know how to verbalize their trauma.
November 06, 2019, Josh German
Initiatives like Global Carolina and the annual International Education Week, taking place Nov. 11-15, help bring an international atmosphere to students on the University of South Carolina campus.
November 05, 2019
Attending college is a transformative experience, offering students the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and experiences that lead them to a fuller life. We spoke to first-generation college students, faculty and alumni to learn about their experiences on campus and beyond.
November 05, 2019, Allen Wallace
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Sigmon is just a few classes away from finishing his master's degree in sport and entertainment management while he has also been on active duty.
November 04, 2019, Craig Brandhorst
John Doering-White became interested in immigration issues as an undergraduate and followed his research interests to Mexico as a graduate student. Now an associate professor at the University of South Carolina with a joint appointment in social work and anthropology, he hopes his research will contribute to the development of a more humane immigration system in the both the United States and Mexico.
October 31, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel
Last Wednesday we joined one of Student Health Services' free cooking classes, “Happy Halloween! Kitchen Tricks and Treats” for a taste of the fun and educational workshop.
October 29, 2019, Office of Communications and Public Affairs
In October, crime novelist James Ellroy visited the University of South Carolina for the 2019 Fall Literary Festival, sponsored by University Libraries and the English department. On his last day on campus, Ellroy sat down with junior English and theater major Susan Swavely for an interview at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ Kennedy Greenhouse Studio.
October 28, 2019, Chris Horn
For Juan Tellez, a new assistant professor of political science at the University of South Carolina, conflicts within countries and peace agreements associated with them aren’t merely an academic interest. The native Colombian saw first-hand what violent conflict can do to a country.
October 25, 2019, Chris Horn
Since he’s a chemical engineering professor, it’s probably no surprise that Ed Gatzke has worked on engineering a method for improving the drop-fail-withdraw rate in a key course for freshman engineering majors. He’s also jury-rigged a free alternative to clicker-type response systems, but more on that later.
October 24, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel
Homecoming Week is a campuswide celebration with nightly events, service projects and more for students, faculty, staff and alumni. This year’s theme is “The Power of Garnet,” so grab your cape and mask and get ready for this action-packed week.
October 24, 2019, Megan Sexton
Chelsea Stinnett is an assistant research professor in the department of educational studies and is the new director of CarolinaLIFE, an inclusive certificate college program for students with diverse learning needs, such as intellectual disability.
October 23, 2019, Ellen Woodoff
Carlisle Floyd’s "Susannah" is one of the most beloved American operas. Under the direction of Ellen Douglas Schlaefer, the School of Music presents the opera at Drayton Hall Theatre Nov. 1-3.
October 22, 2019, Carol J.G. Ward
Based on research at White Pond near Elgin, South Carolina, UofSC archaeologist Christopher Moore and 16 colleagues present new evidence of a controversial theory that suggests an extraterrestrial body crashing to Earth almost 13,000 years ago caused the extinction of many large animals and a probable population decline in early humans.
October 22, 2019, Communications and Public Affairs staff
From growth and innovation on campus to an increasingly bustling city life, the university and the city are thriving together in a symbiotic relationship. In many cases, it’s South Carolina alumni themselves who are leading change in the city as entrepreneurs and community leaders.
October 21, 2019, Chris Horn
South Carolina's nearly 91,000 lane miles of pavement are deteriorating faster than ever, thanks to record numbers of cars and trucks on the road. Nathan Huynh doesn’t have a magic formula to fix the wear and tear, but he hopes to use his modeling skills to help the S.C. Department of Transportation develop a better statistical formula for predicting the long-term health of the Palmetto State’s pavement.
October 18, 2019, Jeff Stensland
After receiving final approval from state officials, construction of the first stage of the University of South Carolina’s new Campus Village student residential housing redevelopment will begin in February, bringing modern housing options to a new generation of students.
October 17, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel
We are just days away from Halloween, so it’s time to fully embrace everything pumpkin spice flavored and enjoy the fall festivities at UofSC. We've compiled a list of all of the fun and more importantly, free, spooky events going on around campus.
October 15, 2019, Page Ivey
When the Darla Moore School of Business launched the master’s in international business program in 1974, the motive was pretty straightforward: to address a need of South Carolina businesses by supplying highly educated professionals who could successfully manage investments outside the U.S.
October 14, 2019, Kathryn McPhail
After winning state championships in high school, Kaden Briggs was excited to earn a spot on the University of South Carolina’s track and field team. But he was shocked when he faced an unexpected hurdle – some skepticism about his chosen career path.
October 11, 2019, Page Ivey
What does a gene sound like when it mutates? That seemingly absurd question is one that biology and music students work together to answer in a course that combines big data and sound to let researchers “hear” a mutation.
October 10, 2019
Take a moment to destress from midterms by checking out this gallery of some of the cutest puppers on campus.
October 10, 2019, Annika Dahlgren
When Joyce Hansen, an award-winning young adult author, was learning to read, she and her mother picked up "Alice and Wonderland" and read it over and over again. Those early reading experiences inspired her passion for storytelling, a joy that turned into a career. Hansen is among a trio of authors coming to campus for this month's Fall Literary Festival.
October 07, 2019, Chris Horn
Gaining insight into a patient’s concerns and feelings is essential for positive clinical interactions between patients and physicians and better health outcomes. To help foster empathy in medical students, researchers at the School of Medicine Greenville are testing virtual reality videos.
October 04, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel
When the class of 2023 arrived on campus this fall, many wasted no time transforming the blank walls of their rooms into extravagantly designed spaces that reflect their unique personalities. The 2019 Room of the Year contest gave students a chance to showcase the innovative ways they’ve revamped their on-campus rooms and apartments.
October 03, 2019, Chris Horn
Add this to the growing list of side effects wrought by climate change — fish in parts of the warming Atlantic Ocean are growing faster. That might seem like a good thing, but two fish biologists at the University of South Carolina say the phenomenon of younger, bigger fish could muddy the waters of vital fisheries management.
October 03, 2019, Megan Sexton
University 101 started as a trial course in 1972, following a student riot on campus in 1970. Forty-seven years later, the course is being taught to 80 percent of incoming freshmen, helping them adjust to college life and learn about all the university has to offer.
October 02, 2019, Jeff Stensland
The Office of Economic Engagement, with its corporate and government partners, has created over $790 million in indirect economic impact since its founding in 2013. The figure includes ongoing industry partner investments along with grant generation, software gifts, and new job creation.
September 30, 2019, Carol J.G. Ward and Joshua Burrack
With a massive donation of comics from Gary Lee Watson in the spring of 2019, the University of South Carolina is becoming an intellectual center for the study of 20th century popular culture. “The acquisition has made the Irvin department one of the nation's top public repositories of comic books, positioning the University of South Carolina as a premier institution for comics studies,” says Elizabeth Sudduth, associate dean for special collections in University Libraries.
September 27, 2019, Megan Sexton
Sheryl Mitchell still remembers the advice from her graduate school mentor while she was earning her nursing and nurse practitioner degrees from the University of South Carolina. Now as the nurse practitioner program director, Mitchell brings passion and experience to the online classroom.
September 26, 2019, Alyssa Yancey
The new Simulation and Interactive Learning Center is giving medical and advanced practice students at the School of Medicine Columbia a unique opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom with the goal of further strengthening patient care for South Carolina and beyond.
September 26, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel and Catherine Jobe
It’s that time of year again. Time for our families to descend upon Columbia and UofSC in droves, calling before you’ve even gotten out of class to say that they’re here and asking where to park. They’ve been waiting for this day since August, but what are you going to do with them? Don’t stress; impress them with these options.
September 25, 2019, Annika Dahlgren
Family Weekend is part of the university’s wide-ranging commitment to delivering a superior student experience in a welcoming, inclusive environment. It helps to connect a student’s personal support network to the university experience, so that family members can feel engaged in a student’s journey — and a student can feel a deep level of support both on- and off-campus.
September 20, 2019, Page Ivey
For College of Pharmacy professor Celeste Caulder, every day should bring some new piece of knowledge. One of Caulder’s key goals is to teach her students in the classroom and during their clinical rotations how to be lifelong learners. They will need that ability to learn something new every day as they venture into the field of pharmacy where there is not always one single right solution to a problem.
September 19, 2019, Amanda Hernandez
Valerie Smith, Swarthmore College’s first African American president in its 155-year history, is committed to deepening human understanding through the process of learning and discovery. She will share her passion and perspective to South Carolina as the 2019 Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecturer.
September 17, 2019, Chris Horn
Gary Gardiner and Sudeep Menachery never met each other during their time at South Carolina. But nearly 30 years later their paths crossed in an emergency room in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
September 16, 2019, Jesse Surette
Two weeks into his job with the athletics department, Justin Stoll crafted some of the most iconic words in Gamecock football history. Nine years later, he plays an even larger role in multimedia productions, but he also is working on his master's degree in library and information science.
September 13, 2019, Craig Brandhorst
If you think you hate statistics or they make you nervous, you might just be the perfect student for Amanda Fairchild. The associate professor of psychology is out to demystify statistics for University of South Carolina master’s and Ph.D. candidates, who need Fairchild’s courses to complete their degrees but do not always see themselves as numbers people.
September 13, 2019, Page Ivey
Myisha Eatmon has joined the university as a research fellow in the history department and will begin as an assistant professor of African American history in fall 2020. The North Carolina native's research focuses on black legal culture in the face of white-on-black violence under Jim Crow and black civil litigation’s impact on civil law.
September 12, 2019, Chris Horn
If you’re a junior faculty member, landing that first external research grant is a game changer, a jump-start for your research agenda. Getting a National Science Foundation CAREER award is a career changer, but the only catch — and it’s a big one — is that CAREER awards are hard to come by.
September 11, 2019, Amanda Hernandez
The tumultuous decades of the 1950s and ‘60s inspired an artistic reaction from black female musicians whose work often emoted the mourning and anger they felt inside as a result of the struggle for civil rights. Musicologist Tammy Kernodle will explore that soul-stirring music as this year’s Robert Smalls lecturer.
September 10, 2019, Page Ivey and Joshua Burrack
Fox introduced theater audiences to its version of the newsreel in 1919. 100 years later, the University of South Carolina’s extensive collection of these newsreels is helping researchers better understand life from the end of World War I through D-Day.
September 09, 2019, Megan Sexton
The University of South Carolina has the top first-year student experience among the nation’s public universities, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual undergraduate rankings.
September 09, 2019, Kathryn McPhail
For most students, the path to law school doesn’t include a stop in a fourth grade classroom. Well, at least not as the teacher of the class. But law student Brandon Adams says his experience as a teacher will help him become a better attorney, and he plans to combine his love of teaching and the law.
September 02, 2019, Megan Sexton
This summer, Hootie & the Blowfish celebrated the 25th anniversary of their smash hit album Cracked Rear View with their first tour in more than a decade. We caught up with the band, all University of South Carolina alumni, to revisit their big break and reflect on becoming one of the most popular bands of their generation.
August 30, 2019, Bryony Wardell
Behind the bright lights, beyond the stage, Oak View Group has built a global family of companies that have become known as the leading force in the sport and live entertainment industry. It takes commitment and experience to lead one of those divisions – something University of South Carolina alumnus Sam Piccione III knows firsthand.
August 29, 2019, Josh German
Jazz studies director Bert Ligon helps his students find their unique voice by exposing them to a variety of musicians and styles.
August 28, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel
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. However, she went beyond the typical experiences of a study away program by taking advantage of several opportunities to immerse herself into Hawaiian culture.
August 27, 2019
Lifelong comics collector, journalist, author and comics/pop culture historian Michelle Nolan is speaking at University Libraries’ Four Color Fantasies comic book exhibit opening event Thursday (Aug. 29).
August 26, 2019, Abe Danaher
Travis Knight sees many benefits to nuclear energy, including a well-paying field for the graduates of his University of South Carolina nuclear energy program and an economic driver for the state.
August 23, 2019, Jeff Stensland
Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation has joined forces with the University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Computing to design and implement an automation process that significantly boosts production of pre-filled medication, reducing the physical burden on workers and increasing patient safety.