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Full circle

May 13, 2017, Page Ivey

For university President Harris Pastides, receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor is like coming full circle for the son of Greek immigrants who left their idyllic Mediterranean island home in search of better life for their children.

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Fake news is real

February 14, 2017, Page Ivey

Fake news. You’ve heard about it, consumed it, probably even believed it — at least on occasion. But what is it? Why does it exist? How do we combat it and why can’t it just go away? USC Times invited two faculty members and an alumnus who serves as the attorney for the South Carolina Press Association to discuss one of the most vexing of 21st century media problems — the rampant spread of fake news, clickbait profiteering and outright propaganda.

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SC Encyclopedia off the shelf and on the web

December 14, 2016, Page Ivey

If you’re of a certain age, you might remember the row of dusty encyclopedias in your parents’ den — books that were the Google of their day but limited in what they could convey. Now you can open the “South Carolina Encyclopedia” and hear Dizzy Gillespie talk about be-bop or watch qualifying for a 1970s Southern 500 stock car race. That’s because the encyclopedia has gone digital.

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Remembering Big Abb, Little Abb

July 27, 2016, Page Ivey

Faye Jeffcoat is a Gamecock by marriage and motherhood, but there is no doubt her blood runs garnet. A native of Newberry, S.C., who was an English major at Newberry College, Jeffcoat says her family was evenly split between University of South Carolina and Clemson grads — that is until she met and married Abb Jeffcoat Jr. After that, it was all Carolina, all the time.

The mechanisms of memory

June 15, 2016, Page Ivey

Michy Kelly’s fascination with how brains work began in high school when she noticed that she and her brother were polar opposites when it came to cognitive abilities. Finding the physical difference in brains that have an inability to consistently create new memories — or find old ones — is a key focus of her work, which earned her recognition as one of the University of South Carolina’s 2016 Breakthrough Stars.

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Stamps Family Charitable Foundation invests in UofSC students

May 13, 2016, Page Ivey

For today’s college students, a big part of their education happens outside the classroom, in the “real world.” But finding the time — and sometimes, more importantly, the money — for such real-world experiences can be difficult. Now USC’s best and brightest students have that opportunity thanks to the Stamps Carolina Scholars program

Caroline Westberg

Helping women teach each other to lead

March 30, 2016, Page Ivey

Helping her peers, especially other young women, find their leadership voice is Caroline Westberg’s passion. She has spent the past year – her senior year at the University of South Carolina – creating Women LEAD. On Wednesday, Westberg was named the 2016 Outstanding Woman of the Year.

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Academic bloggers share research with broader audience

March 28, 2016, Page Ivey

For researchers, little else is more gratifying than studying something that helps someone else — whether it’s finding a sustainable healthy diet, a better way to motivate workers 
or a way to make coursework more engaging. For some professors and researchers that means taking their scholarly work into the blogosphere, where they can reach not just others in their profession, but those who might learn from their work.

Angela Liese

Ground-breaking researcher helps others start careers

March 16, 2016, Page Ivey

In her 15 years at the Arnold School of Public Health, epidemiology and biostatistics professor Angela Liese has not only done ground-breaking research in the area of nutrition, food security and diabetes, but also mentored dozens of junior faculty both in the Arnold School and in other colleges and disciplines. Liese has been named a 2016 Breakthrough Leadership Award winner by the Office of Research.

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Arnold School marks 40 years of making SC healthier

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.

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Learn something new 'On the Horseshoe'

December 01, 2015, Page Ivey

Elizabeth Cassidy West has been telling and curating the story of the University of South Carolina for more than 15 years as the university’s archivist. But nowhere is the university’s story more clearly told than in the buildings of the Horseshoe, the original campus for South Carolina College and the heart of today’s sprawling downtown Columbia campus.

Jean Toal

'I have seen a lot of firsts in my time'

August 04, 2015, Page Ivey

Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, ’68 law, has seen a lot of firsts in her life, from being the first woman to chair a legislative committee to being the first woman on the state Supreme Court. She sat down with us to chat about her time at Carolina, her extraordinary career as an attorney, lawmaker and justice, and the future as she prepares to retire in December.

Perry MacLennan

Making his case: Recent law grad argues before SC Supreme Court

July 30, 2015, Page Ivey

In preparation for his biggest court appearance to date, Perry MacLennan, ’14 law, recalled one of his last classes at the University of South Carolina. In a trial by fire, MacLennan got to put what he had learned to use into real life in front of the South Carolina Supreme Court, arguing successfully on behalf on his client less than a year after he graduated.

Asma Jaber

Pivotal time: Helping preserve disappearing history

July 16, 2015, Page Ivey

Some of the world’s oldest artifacts are located in some of the world’s most volatile locations, making them vulnerable to destruction either intentionally or as collateral damage. Digitally preserving those historic items and locations is the goal of technology startup PIVOT.

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Local tech firm hires grads to solve problems

July 08, 2015, Page Ivey

Andrea Martin graduated from the University of South Carolina in May with a degree in mathematics. Next month, the Columbia native will be flying to England to help a British client implement a new software program.

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Paso a paso: Helping Latino families succeed in SC

June 24, 2015, Page Ivey

When Ondina Miranda came to South Carolina from Honduras, she wanted to learn English, to finish school and to offer her future children a better life. But, she needed a little help, especially when she was pregnant with her first child.

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The doctor of nursing practice will see you now

June 11, 2015, Page Ivey

The doctor of nursing practice program at the University of South Carolina is marking 15 years this year and is expanding to include a psychiatric/mental health specialty starting in the fall. It is just one of the innovative changes made since UofSC’s doctorate became just the fourth such program in the nation.

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Mother, daughter share title of graduate

May 04, 2015, Page Ivey

Four years ago when Katie Jerald started classes at the University of South Carolina, her mother, Lisa, was trying to finish up her own degree, which had been put on hold decades earlier for marriage and a family. Now, mother and daughter will graduate on the same weekend: Lisa with a degree in sociology and Katie with a business degree in marketing and human resources.

Paul Reed

Mouth of Cards: Researcher tracks Southern accents

April 27, 2015, Page Ivey

Anyone who has watched the Netflix series “House of Cards” knows that Kevin Spacey is supposed to be from the South Carolina Upstate, but what many people outside the state and outside linguistics circles don’t realize is that his accent is all wrong.

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Students show off research at Discovery Day

April 17, 2015, Page Ivey

Pharmacy students Alexas Polk and Sarah DeMott researched nearly 5,000 medical orders given on television medical shows since 1989 (Doogie Howser, M.D.). What they found was that fictional TV doctors were wrong about 12 percent of the time. They will present their findings at Discovery Day.

Allison Marsh

Capturing life at Gitmo

April 09, 2015, Page Ivey

The U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay has had some seriously bad press over the past dozen years as the detention center for people deemed enemy combatants following the 2001 terrorist attacks. But the base was there for a century before that and was home to thousands of service members, their families and civilian contractors from both the U.S. and other countries.

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Outstanding Woman of the Year: Jacquline Plyler

March 26, 2015, Page Ivey

Jacquline Plyler has always had an affinity for animals, her mother says, even though she was once kicked while trying to vaccinate a cow. Now the biomedical engineering senior wants to make a career out of studying and creating vaccines for farm animals. “I didn’t decide to pre-vet until between my freshman and sophomore year,” says Plyler, who was honored this week as the university’s Outstanding Woman of the Year.

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Print that: Bringing lessons to life in 3D

March 17, 2015, Page Ivey

Students in Carlina De La Cova’s intro anthropology class learn best when they can touch and hold artifacts they are discussing in class. The problem is those artifacts are rare, sometimes one-of-a-kind links to the past that may not fare well in freshmen hands. The solution? Recreate the artifacts on a 3D printer, including the wear and tear of being in the ground for hundreds or thousands of years.

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Q&A with Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

March 15, 2015, Page Ivey

Longtime College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mary Anne Fitzpatrick has been tapped to participate in a panel discussion about the role the humanities play in public life as part of the National Humanities Alliance’s Advocacy Day. She talked with us recently about the vital role the humanities play in a range of disciplines and why it is important to keep teaching these disciplines to college students.

Leeza Gibbons

'The lesson of more'

March 06, 2015, Page Ivey

The words of University of South Carolina broadcast professor Richard Uray have stuck with Leeza Gibbons for nearly 40 years, teaching her the lesson of "more." The 1978 alumna recently won TV's "Celebrity Apprentice" and plans to use her prize money to renovate a home for families dealing with chronic illnesses or diseases.

UofSC law professor Tessa Davis

Finding the American family in the tax code

February 24, 2015, Page Ivey

Just what makes an American family? The answer or answers, for Tessa Davis, can be found in the tax code. Tax law may seem far afield from Davis’ bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology, but she says the two disciplines fit together very nicely.

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Track star takes on leadership role after injuries

February 19, 2015, Page Ivey

When you think of track stars as leaders, you typically think of them leading from the front with their followers trailing behind. But University of South Carolina sprinter Sanura Eley-O’Reilly knows a little about leading from the bench.

Bradley Dean

Mapping king tides, sea-level rise

February 05, 2015, Page Ivey

What would rising sea levels do to South Carolina’s coast? Bradley Dean, a 2013 master of earth and environmental resources management, has created a preview that the public can see on the Internet. Put together with the mounds of data NOAA collects about perigean spring tides — also known as King Tides — the maps should provide policymakers with information they need to create sound coastal management plans.

Jennifer Hammond

Finding the most super ad of all

January 29, 2015, Page Ivey

If you work in advertising, Sunday was the "Super Bowl of" … well, it was the Super Bowl, and that is about as big as it gets for football, live television viewership and advertising. Advertising alumna Jennifer Hammond discusses her company's Super Bowl ad for Kia Motors and how ads are judged.

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Keeping your resolve

January 08, 2015, Page Ivey

Have you already stumbled in your New Year's resolutions to lose weight, exercise more and be healthier? Have no fear, Campus Wellness is here to provide you with all the support you need to keep those resolutions in tact.

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Meet new faculty: Felipe Thomaz, business

December 17, 2014, Page Ivey

Felipe Thomaz is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and brings a "family tradition" of marketing and sales to his position as an associate professor of marketing at the Darla Moore School of Business.

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Learning about the Affordable Care Act

December 16, 2014, Page Ivey

Health communication researchers from an array of disciplines are teaming up with the Richland County (S.C.) Library to help give people information about the Affordable Care Act. The law, also known as Health Care Reform and Obamacare, has some requirements that people need to know to make health care, insurance and financial decisions.

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Accounting students mine data for nonprofit

December 11, 2014, Page Ivey

Who are the United Way’s most loyal donors, where do they live and how much do they give each year? These are just a few of the questions the United Way of the Midlands wanted answered when it began a partnership more than a year ago with an accounting class at the University of South Carolina.

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It's all English to me

December 04, 2014, Page Ivey

Learning English as a second language – especially Southern American English – is no piece of cake, especially when folks say things like “piece of cake.” Making sense of these turns of phrase, these clichés and idioms that pepper much of our speech is the role of the conversation partner in the University of South Carolina’s English Programs for Internationals.

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Putting the student in student-athlete

November 25, 2014, Page Ivey

Did you know Gamecock athletic teams have led the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the past seven years? Meet five Gamecocks who put the student in student athlete.

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Behind the lens, ahead of his time

November 20, 2014, Page Ivey

Constantine Manos has always been a little ahead of his time, from having a professional photography gig by the time he finished his first year at Carolina to opposing segregation in editorials written in 1953-54 for The Gamecock. Now, as he looks back on a 60-year photography career that includes four books and countless exhibits around the world, Manos talks about growing up in Columbia and his time at Carolina.

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Veteran sees firsthand need for rule of law

November 10, 2014, Page Ivey

John Wall knows all too well what happens when a country descends into chaos with no faith in established laws to keep citizens safe. A third-year law student at the University of South Carolina, Wall is a former U.S. Army captain and West Point graduate who spent five combat deployments between 2007 and 2012 in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

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Meet new faculty: Spencer Moore, public health

November 04, 2014, Page Ivey

Spencer Moore wants to know how our social connections affect our health, from our family and friends to our acquaintances and neighbors. Learning that, he says, can help public health officials better serve communities.

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Learning to love the great outdoors

October 22, 2014, Page Ivey

Outdoor Recreation coordinator Blain Foley introduces University of South Carolina students to the great outdoors – many for the first time. He and student leaders are going to take students on a bike-packing trip through the South Carolina Lowcountry during fall break.

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Alumnus looking for the 'greenlight'

September 24, 2014, Page Ivey

Taylor Engel is this close to having one of his dreams come true, but talking with the 2009 media arts graduate, you wouldn’t know it. Engel is among 20 hopefuls waiting to see if their movie projects get “greenlighted.” “Project Greenlight” is an HBO documentary series produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that offers first-time directors a chance to direct a feature film.

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Darla Moore rings open new era for business school

September 14, 2014, Page Ivey

With the ring of a bell, Darla Moore officially opened the new building bearing her name and ushered in a new era for the university's business school. Moore tells the audience at the grand opening event that the building represents her expectations for the school's future: excellence.

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Meet new faculty: Kortney Sherbine, education

September 04, 2014, Page Ivey

Education professor Kortney Sherbine looks at new ways pop culture can affect young students' learning and encourages her students to live-Tweet her classes. She is among the stellar crop of new faculty members joining the university this year.

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'It's not about the grades, it's about the learning'

August 20, 2014, Page Ivey

The last time Joe McElveen was a freshman at the University of South Carolina, Lyndon Johnson was in the White House and the Vietnam War was playing on the nightly news. But after taking two courses this summer as a warm-up, the 64-year-old retired oncologist has a full load scheduled for the fall.

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'Retired' postal worker loves chaos of move-in

August 12, 2014, Page Ivey

Dan Davis’ favorite weekend is when the students come back to campus. This year, it will be a little more special as Davis recalls his first day on the University of South Carolina campus as a student in 1964.

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Bringing language to life

July 24, 2014, Page Ivey

If Andrew Rajca is speaking a mile a minute, you know you have found a subject he is passionate about. Typically, it has something to do with Latin America, the languages, the culture and the art. Rajca teaches Spanish and Portuguese at the University of South Carolina and is director of the Portuguese program, reviving it as a minor.

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Business school veteran makes 1 more move

July 17, 2014, Page Ivey

Julia Witherspoon is a sucker for something new: a new opportunity, a new responsibility, a new center or even a new building. New has oddly been a theme of her nearly 40-year career with the Darla Moore School of Business. This month, she has experienced new once more as the faculty and staff of the business school have begun moving into their new home at Assembly and Greene streets.

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Children looking for a home

June 26, 2014, Page Ivey

An estimated 100,000 children, mostly from Central American countries, will pour over the border between the U.S. and Mexico this year. They will be alone, frightened, hungry and exhausted from their journey that exposed them to dangers unimaginable to most American children. But for them and their families, the risk of making the trip alone or in small groups is less than remaining in their home countries.

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Making a name for UofSC in children's literature

June 13, 2014, Page Ivey

Putting together an international conference that draws the world’s foremost authorities on children’s literature is a daunting task, but no more so than creating in just a few years an interdisciplinary program at the University of South Carolina that is recognized by those same authorities as “legit.”

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Research keeps many eyes on the coastline

June 04, 2014, Page Ivey

Families huddled together in Lincoln High School in McClellanville, S.C., nearly 25 years ago as Hurricane Hugo lashed the small fishing town. About an hour into the storm, folks noticed water coming into the building — not rainwater but tidal surge that accompanied the Category 4 storm.

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Alumni recognize Dear Old Professor

May 30, 2014, Page Ivey

Dozens of former students and co-workers honored longtime engineering professor Mike Meadows recently with the establishment of the Mike Meadows Civil Engineering Endowment Fund. The fund, supported by former students and colleagues, will provide undergraduate scholarships for students majoring in civil engineering at Carolina.

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Tanner reflects on year of 'outstanding moments'

May 21, 2014, Page Ivey

Ray Tanner enjoyed unprecedented success as the Gamecock head baseball coach and this past year — his second as athletic director — saw even more success. The football team has won 11 games three years in a row, the women's basketball team made the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament and the equestrian team won its second-straight Southeastern Conference title and came in second in the national championship. We caught up with Tanner to ask about the year that was 2013-14.

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Leading with distinction

May 07, 2014, Page Ivey

For years, University of South Carolina students have dedicated hundreds of hours to community service, worked as peer leaders, studied abroad and completed research as undergraduates. Now, 93 of these students will make up the first class to graduate with leadership distinction.

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A man of many talents

April 29, 2014, Page Ivey

A native of St. George, S.C., Chase Mizzell has been a high-profile fixture on the University of South Carolina campus since he arrived as a bow-tied freshman. He has served as student body president and vice president, the Mic Man at Carolina football games and was most recently one of three graduating seniors to receive the university's highest undergraduate honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

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Sullivan award winner ready to take flight

April 25, 2014, Page Ivey

Anna Hawkins thinks she will be terrified the first time she straps into the cockpit of a Navy plane, but she has a well documented history of not letting fear slow her down. A member of the University of South Carolina’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, Hawkins has climbed Mount Fuji, parachuted out of an airplane and spent two months backpacking through Europe with her best friend. Hawkins is one of three graduating seniors to receive the university’s highest undergraduate honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

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PMBA celebrates 40 years of training executives

April 17, 2014, Page Ivey

The university's new chief financial officer says her liberal arts degree taught her how to think, but her PMBA gave her the business skills that got her where she is today. Leslie Brunelli is one of thousands of graduates of the 40-year-old program designed to train professionals for the executive suite without interrupting their careers.

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Taking the helm: Students learn sailing, leadership

April 08, 2014, Page Ivey

Call it the Best. Classroom. Ever. Basic Keelboat Sailing teaches students to safely skipper or crew a 25-foot boat on sheltered water in moderate weather. But they also learn how to captain a boat with a crew of their peers and that leadership experience goes with them into the real world.

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Business researcher investigates what motivates us

April 04, 2014, Page Ivey

You could say Anthony Nyberg is a people person. He wants to know what makes them work and, maybe more importantly, what makes them quit. An associate professor of management in the Darla Moore School of Business, Nyberg earned his doctorate degree after working a decade in financial services, including starting and growing his own firm. During his time in the business world, he found his biggest issues had little to do with finance.

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Finding a place in the world

March 27, 2014, Page Ivey

Andrew Kovtun is spending his second semester abroad in Paris and has two international gigs lined up for this summer. He also is hoping to spend next year in Europe learning Czech, which may postpone his graduation from the University of South Carolina, where he is triple-majoring in international business, economics and marketing with minors in French and Russian.

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2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year

March 26, 2014, Page Ivey

Emily Learner wants to improve people’s lives, whether it is helping children understand the importance of physical activity, helping discover a possible treatment for muscular dystrophy or helping society discard gender stereotypes. For all her work and commitment to service, Lerner has been named 2014’s Outstanding Woman of the Year at the University of South Carolina.

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Law students tackle tax returns - for free

March 13, 2014, Page Ivey

Got your 1099? Your W-2? How about railroad benefits? Do you know on which line you report your scholarships or retirement income or how to determine your earned income eligibility? Luckily, we’ve got some pretty smart students for that. The University of South Carolina School of Law has provided free basic assistance with federal and state tax returns to folks through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for 23 years.

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Engineering students hope to stay dry in concrete canoe

March 06, 2014, Page Ivey

Courtney Wheeler rattles off the ingredients of a lightweight concrete mixture like someone reciting a treasured family recipe. She knows the amounts, what each ingredient does and why it works to create a structure light enough to float with four people in it, but sturdy enough to hold those people. An Air Force Reservist, Wheeler’s know-how and leadership skills made her a natural captain for the College of Engineering and Computing’s entry in this year’s Concrete Canoe Competition.

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Nursing student maps unusual career path

February 28, 2014, Page Ivey

Nursing student Ben Thomas knew only that he wanted a degree from the University of South Carolina. What he charted out in his four years here is a unique path to becoming a physician that starts first with a nursing degree and includes a few years working as a critical care nurse.

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International students join Gamecock family

January 16, 2014, Page Ivey

International Student Services director Jody Pritt helps students from around the world feel at home at South Carolina. She hopes their good experiences will bring even more international students here to study and learn more about the university, the state and the U.S. She calls it “person-to-person diplomacy.”

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Meet Mike Vinson, problem-solver

January 15, 2014, Page Ivey

Mike Vinson joined South Carolina this summer as the employee relations manager for the entire university system. His office handles many employee issues including monitoring the Employee Performance Management System, coordinating Employee Assistance Program services and mediating workplace disputes.

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UofSC becomes tobacco-free campus in 2014

January 03, 2014, Page Ivey

Starting Jan. 1, the Columbia campus is tobacco-free. That means all tobacco use is banned on all university property. Campus Wellness is offering students, faculty and staff a range of resources to quit smoking or manage tobacco cravings while on campus.

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Christmas dinners past hard to re-create

December 19, 2013, Page Ivey

USC professor of Southern letters David Shields talks about the classic Christmas dinner – 19th century style. Many of today’s dishes may have the same names, but they rarely have the same flavor. Shields works to help rediscover lost or forgotten Southern foodways.

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USC researchers give businesses economic roadmap

December 09, 2013, Page Ivey

For 33 years, USC’s Moore School of Business has helped leaders navigate uncertain economic times with its annual forecast and outlook conference. For most of that time, USC’s top research economist Doug Woodward has helped South Carolina business leaders and the news media get an unvarnished look at how the state and U.S. economies are doing and what they can expect in the coming year.

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Students travel to Africa to help a little, learn a lot

December 05, 2013, Page Ivey

USC students went to Africa as part of service-learning class offered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. They used their storytelling skills to spotlight the lives of people who rarely are in the spotlight. They were led by visual communications professor Van Kornegay.

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Overheard in the Oval Office

November 21, 2013, Page Ivey

Today’s history students can listen at the door of past presidents through secret White House recordings recently made public. The earlier than planned release of the tapes was spurred by interest in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which happened 50 years ago today, but the recordings also provide a unique glimpse into the dilemmas facing several 20th-century presidents.

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Putting things in order

November 19, 2013, Page Ivey

You have an engraving and you know the artist and that it’s from the 19th century. Your job is to describe what is in the picture, when and where it was published and log it all into an international database. Now do that 14,999 more times and you have an idea of the task facing cataloguing librarian Kathleen McCallister and her assistants working on the W. Graham Arader III Collection of natural history watercolors, woodcuts, engravings lithographs and maps.

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Rewarding service

November 15, 2013, Page Ivey

Taking on community service while also being responsible for educating future doctors, lawyers and leaders can seem overwhelming. But for members of the USC community who have received the Martin Luther King Social Justice Award, it is second nature.