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President Harris Pastides does the ceremonial ribbon cutting. From left are Ning Yuan, Kirsten Kennedy, Rohail Rashid Kazi, Davis Baird and Mark Timbes.
President Harris Pastides does the ceremonial ribbon cutting. With him, from left, are Ning Yuan, chairman and president of China Construction America; Dr. Kirsten Kennedy, director of University Housing; Rohail Rashid Kazi, Honors Residence hall government president; Dr. Davis Baird, dean of the South Carolina Honors College; and Mark Timbes, principal project manager of Garvin Design Group.

University officially opens Honors Residence

Students and officials at the University of South Carolina gathered on the lawn of the Honors Residence earlier Friday (Sept. 25) to celebrate the grand opening of the new home to more than 500 students in the South Carolina Honors College.

The program featured Dr. Kirsten Kennedy, director of University Housing, Dr. Davis Baird, dean of the S.C. Honors College, President Harris Pastides and Rohail Rashid Kazi, the hall government president for Honors Residence.

The remarks emphasized the building as an example of the university’s commitment to sustainability and to creating living-and-learning communities that help students succeed.

“Amazing things happen when the connections that students and faculty have move outside the classroom,” said Baird. “You can graduate with a 4.0 and earn a degree, but if you don’t get to know your professors, you will not get an education. We look forward to a great deal of interaction when students and faculty connect in this wonderful new space.”

Pastides said the best thing about the Honors Residence living-and-learning community is the students.

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The Honors Residence

  • What for: To house more than 500 South Carolina Honors College students
  • What color: Green. Very, very green. Eco-conscious features include recycled materials from the "Towers" and ramped-up energy and water conservation capabilities.
  • What else: Amenities galore, including dining areas, a Starbucks cafe, numerous spaces to gather for studying or visiting, multiple "smart" classrooms and a bicycle room with shower.

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