A House Resolution
CONGRATULATING THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS ACCOMPLISHED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, HONORING THEIR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY EDUCATION, WISHING THEM MUCH CONTINUED SUCCESS AND GROWTH IN THE FUTURE, AND RECOGNIZING MARCH 24, 2010, AS CAROLINA DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE.
Whereas, the University of South Carolina (USC) serves more than 240,000 alumni and 40,000 students, on eight campuses, with more than 2,000 full-time faculty members dedicated to providing the highest quality education in more than 350 degree programs; and
Whereas, the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research can be seen in numerous top rankings. The U.S. News and World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges” guide ranked USC among the Top 10 “Most Promising and Innovative Schools” in the nation, while Carolina is one of only 23 public universities in the nation—and the only one in South Carolina—to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s highest research designation and to be named among the nation’s leaders in providing programs that benefit and engage communities; and
Whereas, USC has ten academic programs ranked in the Top 10 in the nation, while sixteen programs are ranked within the Top 100. Such programs include the international business program at the Darla Moore School of Business; the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management; and the School of Library and Information Science; and
Whereas, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked USC No. 32 among public universities in the nation for top-flight academics and affordable costs —and the best value in South Carolina—in its 2009-10 list of “Best Values in Public Colleges”; and
Whereas, the Carolina Alumni Association, first formed in 1846, serves USC’s alumni with numerous programs, such as homecoming reunions, alumni clubs, and scholarships, and has a membership of more than 30,000 alumni who remain connected to USC through the Association’s many activities; and
Whereas, USC’s alumni contribute $2.3 billion dollars annually to South Carolina’s economy; and
Whereas, in the past three years, University faculty have filed 209 invention disclosures, patented 19 inventions, and licensed 44 technologies, attracting investment from private companies interested in commercializing USC’s intellectual property, and the University’s Technology Incubator has graduated 23 companies, creating more than 650 jobs; and
Whereas, the University of South Carolina continues to be a source of pride for her alumni and the Palmetto State, enriching the lives of its students and building a better community throughout South Carolina. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the House of Representatives, by this resolution, congratulate the outstanding achievements accomplished by the University of South Carolina, honor their commitment to quality education, wish them much continued success and growth in the future, and recognize March 24, 2010, as Carolina Day at the State House.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina.