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National Fellowships and Scholar Programs

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Jennifer (Jen) Bess

Title: Director of National Fellowships
National Fellowships and Scholar Programs
Phone: 803-777-5420
Office: DeSaussure College 330
Jen Bess


BA in Religion from Dartmouth College; MA in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton

About Me

I'm originally from Chicago, where I grew up with two younger brothers and am now a proud aunt to a niece and two nephews. I’ve been an academic advisor, a campus minister, and a high school teacher.  When I'm not hanging out at home with my dog Killian, I like to be off traveling the world. I enjoy long distance walks, including the West Highland Way, and have completed three pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Feel free to ask to see pictures!

Favorite Spot On Campus

It’s really hard to beat the Horseshoe.

Length of Time at USC

Since January, 2012

Favorite Gamecock Moment/Best Part about being a Gamecock

I love how easy it is to encounter Gamecocks in the wild - I even ran into one at the Great Wall of China!

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.