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USC Connect

Our Staff

Lara Ducate

Lara Ducate, Executive Director

Dr. Ducate leads the implementation of USC Connect including Graduation with Leadership Distinction.  She works with faculty and staff in the development of integrative learning opportunities and coordinates efforts across Columbia and the Palmetto College Campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union).

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Amber Fallucca, Associate Director

Dr. Amber Fallucca manages the assessment initiatives aligned with USC Connect, including requirements for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and Graduation with Leadership Distinction. She also provides support for office and campus-based initiatives supporting a developing culture of integrative learning.


Assistant Director

The Assistant Director is responsible for overseeing USC Connect advisement, student programs, and events. She coordinates outreach to non-academic units to support the development of student engagement and reflection, advises students, and leads content development for Graduation with Leadership Distinction technologies. 

Gina Spence

Gina Spence, Student Advisor

Mrs. Spence advises students pursuing Graduation with Leadership Distinction and guides students in developing e-portfolios. She manages the GLD Application system and associated technologies related to verification efforts across campus and in the community. Gina also advises the Student Advisory Council.

Sarah Gay

Sarah Gay, Student Advisor

Miss Gay advises students pursing Graduation with Leadership Distinction and guides students in developing e-portfolios. She provides support to faculty and staff in communicating experiential and integrative learning opportunities to students through USC Connect resources. Sarah also supervises two student marketing and media interns. 

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Zack James, Administrative Coordinator

Mr. James welcomes and assists USC Connect partners and visitors.  He coordinates USC Connect activities and technology efforts in OUCampus and 25Live. 

Niesha Love

Niesha Love, Graduate Assistant

Miss Love advises students pursuing Graduation with Leadership Distinction and guides students in developing ePortfolios. She supports USC Connect efforts by responding to drop-in questions as well as assisting with outreach, event planning, and assessment efforts. Niesha is currently a student in USC’s Master of Human Resource program.

Megan Buechler

Megan Buechler, Marketing and Communications Intern

Miss Buechler is a senior studying public relations and graphic design. She assists USC Connect in the development and implementation of its marketing and public relations plans, including the development of marketing materials and our annual impact report.

Kelly Soder

 Kelly Soder, Social and Digital Media Intern

Miss Soder is a senior studying public relations and hotel, restaurant, and tourism management. She assists USC Connect in maintaining and expanding our presence on various social and digital media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our biweekly newsletter.


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