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Creating access: Digital Collections celebrates 10 years

Creating access: Digital Collections celebrates 10 years

When Kate Boyd first entered the library profession, there weren't many libraries in the digital world. But a class project in graduate school led Boyd to discover a new realm for information science and, eventually, to University Libraries at the University of South Carolina.

Snake-charmed

Snake-charmed

Biologist Jennifer Fill's doctoral research may help identify surrogate habitats for the eastern diamondback rattlesnake's dwindling numbers. A famous emblem of revolutionary-era America featured on the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, the eastern diamondback has had its habitat reduced to just three percent of what it was when Europeans first arrived.

The 'Oscar' winner of Hampton County

The 'Oscar' winner of Hampton County

There are newer school buildings in more affluent school districts in South Carolina, but Hampton Elementary School has something this year that’s the envy of them all. Her name is Melonee Ginn Mattie, a fifth-grade teacher whose commitment to educational excellence netted her the 2015 Milken Educator Award, the only one given in the Palmetto State.

Better by Farr

Better by Farr

Alumni Brynley and Chris Farr are the co-founders ByFarr, a Columbia-based boutique letterpress printing company. The company uses vintage equipment to create modern designs for a variety of clients.

The best kind of work

The best kind of work

Augusta Schneider reinvented her career several times but it's the latest position at the University of South Carolina that has proven to be the most rewarding. Working with student employees landed her the Supervisor of the Year award.

Fresh air in a crowded world

Fresh air in a crowded world

Whether it's the flu, truck emissions or an anthrax attack, Shamia Hoque is on a mission to keep people safe when the air they breathe in this highly interconnected world is a hazard.

Making manga at Carolina

Making manga at Carolina

Along with learning how to tell stories, several of Northrop Davis’ former students are writing the beginning chapters of their own successful careers — in TV, the animation industry and the popular Japanese artform of manga. Their success stems from a mixture of talent and personal mentoring from a professor whose contacts have helped open doors.

VIDEO: Highlights from 2015 Spring Commencement

VIDEO: Highlights from 2015 Spring Commencement

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and Gamecock women's basketball coach Dawn Staley delivered addresses at the 2015 undergraduate commencement exercises. Haley and Scott also received honorary degrees of doctor of public service.

Start spreading the news

Start spreading the news

Not many college graduates land their dream job before their diploma is in hand but Chris Rosa's hard work at the University of South Carolina landed him that coveted gig. Just a few weeks after graduation, Rosa, a senior public relations major, will move to the Big Apple to work for VH1 as an entertainment writer.

Mother, daughter share title of graduate

Mother, daughter share title of graduate

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.

Washington semester; DC bound

Washington semester; DC bound

Senior Kara Jones is graduating this May, and the light at the end of her academic tunnel is shining bright from the nation's capital. A few weeks after commencement, the public health major will start work as an analyst for The Galen Institute, a nonprofit health policy research organization located in the D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Va.

Engineering a comeback

Engineering a comeback

James Wilton Holiday never doubted he would earn a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina. Not when he struggled in his first year of studies. Not when a car accident nearly ended his life, and not when he missed three consecutive semesters.

Keene on India

Keene on India

As a sophomore, history major Alexander Keene participated in a study abroad program at the University of Warwick in Great Britain. Meeting members of the international student community there led to an interest in all things Indian and, later, a decision to further his studies after graduation by attending the American Institute for Indian Studies in Jaipur, where he plans to learn Hindi.

Generation to generation

Generation to generation

When Amelia Hare, an 11-year-old String Project violinist, practices at home she has help in the next room. Her mother, Michelle Martin, a UofSC professor, was a String Project student herself more than 35 years ago.

The professor is always in

The professor is always in

There are professors students find approachable, and then there is David Reisman, a biology professor who seems to embody the word. Little wonder that he was named the 2015 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year.

Down and back

Down and back

While on a month-long cruise doing research on the East Pacific Rise, senior Avery Lee had the opportunity to dive more than a mile below the ocean's surface in the deep sea submersible Alvin.

Where no one has gone before

Where no one has gone before

More than a mile below the surface of the ocean, associate professor Scott White and undergraduate researcher Avery Lee explored a seafloor never before seen by humans, looking for signs of deep-sea volcanism.

Mouth of Cards: Researcher tracks changing 'Southern accent'

Mouth of Cards: Researcher tracks changing 'Southern accent'

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.

Connecting the dots

Connecting the dots

Graduating senior Connor Bain is a 2015 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner. The computer science and math major used his time at Carolina to connect his various interests in science, math, the environment and teaching as he prepares for a career in education.

Snowball's chance

Snowball's chance

If it weren't for a rare winter snow in South Carolina four years ago, Adam Mayer would never have come to Carolina. And that would have been a shame because the exercise science major from Wisconsin has had a huge impact on the university -- and vice versa.

Growing into a leader

Growing into a leader

Lindsay Richardson didn't come to Carolina looking for an opportunity to become a student leader, much less to become student body president. That path led her to be a finalist for Outstanding Woman of the Year and to receive the university's top honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Promoting women's leadership on campus

Promoting women's leadership on campus

The University of South Carolina promises opportunities for its students. In the last month, Venisha Pendergrass and two friends have found this to be true. Just before spring break, Pendergrass and a few friends noticed a need to have more professional development opportunities for young women on campus.