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Meet Our Team

Dr. Patrick Hickey

Faculty Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program
patrick.hickey@sc.edu
(803) 777-4436

Patrick Hickey is the Faculty Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program and holds a Joint Appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. Patrick received a Nursing Degree from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, his BSN from Corpus Christi State University in Corpus Christi, Texas and his MS, MSN, and Dr. P.H. degrees from the University of South Carolina. Patrick grew up in Almonte, Ontario, Canada (birthplace of the Inventor of Basketball -- Dr. James Naismith) and is both a proud Canadian as well as an American citizen. Patrick has been a nurse for 36 years and has worked in all facets of nursing to include medical-surgical, critical care, emergency room, and operating room. Patrick has lived in the United States for 33 years; with the past 23 years being in Columbia, SC. Patrick has been a member of the USC Faculty for the past 7 years and Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program for the past 4 years. Patrick has introduced Personal Challenge into the Capstone Scholars Program as a direct result of his quest to successfully climb and summit the highest mountain on each continent. When he stood on top of Mt. Everest (May 24, 2007) he became the first nurse in the world to climb the 7 Summits of the World and joined, at that time, only 100 people in the world that had attained this lofty goal! Patrick is passionate about travel and adventure, and he and wife Carol have backpacked throughout 57 countries during three year-long trips around the world. Patrick loves to mentor, open doors of opportunity, and set students up to succeed!

David DeWeil

Associate Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program
deweil@mailbox.sc.edu
(803) 777-4430

David DeWeil is the Associate Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program. David received a M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs and a B.A. in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. He grew up in the Anderson/Greenville area of South Carolina and has lived in Columbia for the past 15 years. In his work, he enjoys teaching, meeting with students, getting students connected to the Capstone Scholars grant opportunities, and recruiting new students to the University. He also enjoys reading, watching college football and soccer, eating too many donuts, being involved at Columbia Presbyterian Church, and spending time with his lovely wife and two children. He has been known to tweet and start but not finish several crossword puzzles.

Erin Wilson

Assistant Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program
erin.wilson@sc.edu
(803) 777-4094

Erin Wilson is the Assistant Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program. She earned an M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (she created her own major) from The Ohio State University. Erin is a proud Tex-Ohioan who loves the outdoors: running, camping, farming, biking, SCUBA diving, or simply reading a good book on hot summer day. Some of her favorite hobbies include baking and cooking, gardening, cross-stitching, watching collegiate football, photography and arguing the finer points of science fiction.

Jessie McNevin

Program Coordinator of the Capstone Scholars Program
jmcnevin@mailbox.sc.edu
(803) 777-2076

Jessie McNevin is a Program Coordinator for the Capstone Scholars Program. Jessie recently received her M.Ed in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. She grew up near Scranton, PA and enjoys hearing quotes from "The Office" (which was set there). Prior to coming to the University of South Carolina, she earned a B.S. in Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Jessie enjoys making lists, exploring new places, re-reading the Hunger Games books, and cooking for friends.

Duncan Culbreth

Program Coordinator of the Capstone Scholars Program
dbc@mailbox.sc.edu
(803) 777-1343

Duncan Culbreth is a Program Coordinator for the Capstone Scholars Program. He earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina and a B.A. in English at the University of North Carolina. He is originally from Charlotte, NC. Aside from getting degrees from places that have "Carolina" in their title, Duncan enjoys traveling, meeting new people, playing Ultimate Frisbee, Super Smash Bros., baking, playing tiny instruments and writing poetry, to name a few things.

Sammy Easby

Graduate Assistant of the Capstone Scholars Program
SEASBY@mailbox.sc.edu
(803) 777-7545

Sammy Easby is a graduate assistant for Capstone Scholars and is in the process of earning her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Sammy went to the University of Richmond for her undergrad earning a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Studies and a Business Administration minor. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, attending concerts, and watching and playing sports. Her hobbies include reading, dancing (badly), and eating at as many different restaurants as possible.

Taylor King

Graduate Assistant of the Capstone Scholars Program
tak1@mailbox.sc.edu
(803) 777-7545

Taylor King is a graduate assistant for Capstone Scholars and is in the process of earning her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Taylor is a native of Collierville, TN, a suburb of Memphis. She received her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Religion from Mississippi State University where she invested most of her time working with student programs, organizations, and initiatives. She enjoys time spent with good food and good friends, simple joys such as candles, string lights, and mint sweet tea, and finding ways to help students love their college experience.

Ryan Poling

Graduate Assistant of the Capstone Scholars Program
rpoling@mailbox.sc.edu
(803) 777-7545

Ryan Montgomery Poling is a graduate assistant for Capstone Scholars and is in the process of earning his M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Ryan is a native of beautiful Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended Eastern Michigan University and earned his bachelor's degree in social studies and history. At EMU he worked in orientation for four years and was also involved in Campus Life, athletics, and Greek Life. He spent the last four years working at the University of Michigan facilitating team-building and group development on and off the ropes course. He has also worked for Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation for the past three years, helping to coordinate volunteer activities. He loves being outside, live music, avocados, and plaid.

 
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Capstone Scholars Program University of South Carolina
13 Gibbes Court
Columbia, SC 29208
CapstoneScholars@sc.edu
Fax: (803) 777-4412

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