November 26, 2018
From Bernstein's "Mass" and new, innovative partnerships to a Truman Scholar and cutting-edge research discoveries, 2018 was an eventful year at the University of South Carolina. Here are 20 of the year’s many highlights.
November 15, 2018, Mia Grimm and Catherine Jobe
Tiger Burn is one of the university's most cherished traditions. During rivalry week, student and alumni alike gather to watch the event on Greene Street Intramural Fields. Hear from the engineering students behind-the-scenes that build the tiger everyone watches go up in flames.
November 13, 2018, Keisa Gunby
The Finding Common Ground series, presented by the UofSC’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, continues this fall with guest lecturer, Deirdre Cooper Owens, assistant professor of history at Queens College, CUNY, and author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology. Owens will lead the fifth forum in this series beginning at 6 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Capstone Campus Room.
October 28, 2018, Kathy Henry Dowell
A 1951 University of South Carolina graduate who loved literature and libraries, Dorothy Smith made a proposal to University Libraries and the English department 20 years ago: If the two groups would work together to host an annual literary festival, she would establish an endowment to support it financially.
October 18, 2018, Annika Dahlgren
It’s another wonderful year here at the University of South Carolina, and to celebrate our students and alumni, the university is hosting a series of events to kick school spirit up to an all time high. Whether you’re dancing on Greene Street or building a canned creation, there is something for everyone to get involved in. Here are a few of the many must-see events going on this year.
October 09, 2018, Page Ivey
Overcoming stereotypes and drug addiction, learning to listen in uncomfortable conversations about race, and finding new ways to diagnose and treat mental illnesses were just some of the wide range of topics presented by speakers at the inaugural TEDxUofSC event Tuesday.
October 03, 2018, Jeff Stensland
After a decade of service as president and leading the University of South Carolina through an unprecedented period of growth and success, President Harris Pastides announced Wednesday (Oct. 3) that he will retire as president effective the summer of 2019.
September 28, 2018
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has seen tremendous change in his 10 years at the helm. For his annual State of the University address Wednesday (Oct. 3), he will look 10 years into the future to share his vision for the next decade.
September 27, 2018, Dana Woodward
In a celebration of the first lady’s 10 years of contributions to the health and wellness of the Carolina community, the university has partnered with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture to present an extension of the Healthy Carolina farmer’s market on Oct. 2.
September 27, 2018, Mia Grimm and Catherine Jobe
It’s that time of year again. Time for our families to descend upon Columbia and UofSC in droves, calling before you’ve even gotten out of class to say that they’re here and asking where to park. They’ve been waiting for this day since August, but what are you going to do with them? Don’t stress; impress them with these options.
September 19, 2018
Pete Souza, the former chief official White House photographer for President Obama and an official White House photographer for President Reagan, will deliver the Buchheit Family Lecture on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. We caught up with him to ask a few questions about his work and the future of journalism.
June 05, 2018, Peggy Binette
In its 16th year, the Southeastern Piano Festival offers South Carolinians the rare opportunity to hear renowned artists perform. It also provides 20 of the nation’s top pre-college pianists the opportunity to take master classes with top pianists and university piano faculty as well as perform and compete for prizes.
May 24, 2018, Dana Woodward
It’s a win for University of South Carolina students, for Midlands bargain hunters and for Habitat for Humanity: the annual Give It Up For Good Yard Sale sponsored by University Housing, which takes place this year on June 2 with a preview on June 1.
April 04, 2018, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Harvard Law professor Randall Kennedy will focus on South Carolina’s historic ties to landmark civil right cases as part of “Reconstruction’s Legacy: The History and Contemporary Significance of the 14th Amendment,” a symposium presented by the History Center and Historic Columbia.
March 20, 2018, Dana Woodward
In 2018, the Open Book Series celebrates its sixth birthday. Both a literary series and a free community read, the Open Book brings a variety of authors to campus over a four-week period, starting Monday, March 26, when host Elise Blackwell leads a discussion of Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel, “The Underground Railroad.”
March 20, 2018, Megan Sexton
South Carolina Honors College graduate Caroline Parler Potter headed to England as a Rhodes Scholar in 2000. She's still at Oxford, where she earned her master’s and doctorate in anthropology and is now a medical anthropologist. She'll return to Carolina on April 20 to give the keynote address at Discover USC.
February 07, 2018, Page Ivey
For the past eight years, University of South Carolina students and recent grads have had the opportunity to turn their brilliant ideas into something tangible with the Proving Ground — a startup business pitch competition along the lines of ABC’s “Shark Tank” television program.
February 01, 2018, Taylor Evans
Alli Webb, founder of blow out salon company Drybar, will speak on her journey from hairdresser to entrepreneur during the McNair Entrepreneurship Showcase on Feb. 9.
January 25, 2018, Jeff Stensland
Carolina Day at the Statehouse is an annual one-day event designed to let legislators know that state support is vital for the University of South Carolina to ensure quality, access and affordability. This year, USC is taking a new approach that will allow more supporters than ever to participate — whether they're in Columbia or anywhere around the globe.
January 11, 2018, Dana Woodward
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and the University of South Carolina’s Black Law Students Association intends to mark the occasion with a film screening of "Rikers: An American Jail" and a community forum.
November 09, 2017, Page Ivey
Stacey Calvert has been a devotee of choreographer George Balanchine since she was a young dancer. “The choreography is brilliant; it’s beyond brilliant,” she says. "It’s super organic to dance. As a dancer, it makes perfect sense.” That is why Calvert has staged a Balanchine program every spring for the past 14 years as a dance professor at the University of South Carolina.
October 25, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Boston College theological ethics professor Kristin Heyer will deliver the 18th annual Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Lecture in Moral, Ethical and Religious Studies. Heyer says today’s immigration dialogue often has been framed in terms of crisis management alone, and she will explore how the scripture and Catholic social tradition can shape the debate.
October 23, 2017, Page Ivey
Lee Thomas’ long career took him from public service during a tumultuous period of environmental disasters in the U.S. and abroad to a long stint in the corporate world. The 1970 graduate with a master's in education is this year's Algernon Sydney Sullivan alumni award winner.
October 11, 2017, Jalesa Cooley
Ross Lordo knew he wanted to be a leader from the moment he completed high school. Now, after four years of serving in student government, the Fort Mill native is spending his senior year serving at the highest student government position — student body president.
September 12, 2017
The University of South Carolina has made great strides in the past year in its mission as the flagship university system for the state, but now is no time to be satisfied, President Harris Pastides told students, faculty and staff in his annual State of the University address on Tuesday.
August 31, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Historian Thavolia Glymph will deliver the 20th Annual Robert Smalls Lecture on Sept. 7 focusing on Reconstruction and how we write and remember history.
June 13, 2017, John Brunelli
The 2017 Southeastern Piano Festival opens June 18 with a Piano Extravaganza concert. The region's only piano-focused arts event runs through June 24 with nightly concerts from world-class pianists and a competition of rising stars.
May 05, 2017
The University of South Carolina Columbia campus awarded nearly 6,800 degrees Friday and Saturday (May 5-6), including 4,921 bachelor’s degrees.
April 24, 2017, Jeff Stensland
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will receive an honorary degree and deliver special remarks to graduates as part of the University of South Carolina’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at the Colonial Life Arena.
April 20, 2017, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Three graduating seniors received the university's highest honors at the annual Awards Day ceremony. Jory Mackenzie Fleming and Megan Patricia O’Brien received Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards, the university’s top honor for undergraduates, and Cory Cambridge Alpert received the Steven N. Swanger award, the university’s second-highest undergraduate honor.
March 31, 2017, Dana D'Haeseleer
Addressing health inequities at a time of chaos and privilege will be the focus of the 10th annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture April 18 at the University of South Carolina.
March 23, 2017, Peggy Binette
Award-winning civil rights documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr. will visit the University of South Carolina March 29-31 to preview his latest documentary and give a series of public talks. We caught up with Nelson to discuss some of the topics he'll explore with university faculty, staff and students.
March 09, 2017, Dana D'Haeseleer
We caught up with David Leonhardt, New York Times columnist and this year's Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism lecturer, to discuss politics, economics and the future of business journalism. Leonhardt's public talk takes place March 14.
February 23, 2017, John Brunelli
Five paintings by Edward Hopper are the inspiration for Opera at USC's spring production "Later the Same Evening." The show runs Feb. 24-26 at Drayton Hall.
February 16, 2017, Kathryn McPhail
When high school math teacher Morgan Bailey steps in front of her class in rural Walterboro, South Carolina, she worries that some of the faces looking back at her may not graduate. Bailey is trying to enrich her students learning by sharing her experiences as a former intern with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and through her friendship with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss.
February 01, 2017, Peggy Binette
Samuel Tenenbaum reflects on the impact that the Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship has had on the community and in his life for the past 27 years. This year’s lecture will feature Jon D. Levenson of Harvard Divinity School who will explore the shared Abrahamic traditions found in Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths.
November 17, 2016, Adena Rice
Carolina and Clemson’s rivalry is as intense as an in-state competition can be. It’s deep-rooted in history, politics and athletics with Carolina fans having a dislike for anything orange and purple. But in recent years, the rivalry has been used to encourage spirited competition to help the South Carolina community.
September 08, 2016
University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides will give his annual State of the University address at 10 a.m., Wednesday (Sept. 14) on the historic Horseshoe.
August 18, 2016, John Brunelli
Two popular music series merge to create the new Freeman Sundays @ 3 concerts featuring School of Music faculty. Proceeds from the concerts will still fund music student scholarships.
July 07, 2016, Augusta Bauknight
For Ross Lordo, the decision to attend the Pillars for Carolina orientation program before his freshman year set him on the path to success. Pillars for Carolina offers first-year students an opportunity to learn about the Carolina community, create friendships with future classmates, and participate in the university’s traditions while also learning about leadership skills and service.
May 12, 2016, Erin Mikes
Looking for a 4-foot Santa lawn ornament? How about a basket in the shape of the state of Virginia? Surely someone in your family needs an alligator costume. All this and more is available at this year’s Give It Up For Good yard sale.
May 04, 2016, Chris Horn
Carolina is one of the few large public universities that still announces each graduate by name at its commencement ceremonies, even as the number of graduates has increased dramatically in recent years. For Harvie Nachlinger, it’s just a matter of speed and diction to enunciate each student's name.
May 04, 2016
All UofSC campuses are celebrating commencements this spring and we have captured images from each of them. Whether you're a Gamecock or a Fire Ant, commencement always ends with "Forever to Thee."
April 28, 2016, Megan Sexton
Rosa and Winton Eugene married in 1968 and moved from South Carolina to Chicago and back home again, with careers in carpentry, nursing, carpet installation and farming along the way. But it’s the work they are doing now – making elegant, functional pottery in their Upstate studio – that has brought them attention. Each will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at commencement.
April 21, 2016, Megan Sexton
The University of South Carolina presented its top honors, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Steven N. Swanger awards, to four graduating seniors during the university’s annual Awards Day ceremony Thursday on the historic Horseshoe.
April 07, 2016, Craig Brandhorst
William Shakespeare’s First Folio, an anthology of 36 plays compiled by the playwright’s friends seven years after his death, is considered one of the most important books in the English language and is widely credited for preserving Shakespeare’s for the future. From April 14 to April 30, one of the few remaining copies will be on display at University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
March 24, 2016, Peggy Binette
Alondra Nelson, the dean of social science at Columbia University, will discuss how the science and technology of ancestry analysis has placed the double helix of DNA in the middle of social issues surrounding race as this year’s Robert Smalls lecturer on March 30 at the University of South Carolina.
March 10, 2016, Megan Sexton
“Spotlight,” the Oscar-winning movie that tells the story of The Boston Globe’s investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, has been praised by journalists for its authentic portrayal of the work it takes to do in-depth reporting. “Everyone should see the movie and should be cheering for good journalism,” said Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Information and Communications.
February 25, 2016, Peggy Binette
Rudolf Jaenisch has dedicated his life to helping people who are battling neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. And while his parents and grandparents chose careers in medicine, he chose the healing path of cellular science.
February 12, 2016, Peggy Binette
President Harris Pastides is passionate about helping students develop their leadership skills. That’s why he created the Carolina Leadership Initiative in 2010, which includes an annual President’s Leadership Dialogue that makes leaders from various fields and backgrounds available to students and the campus community.
January 28, 2016, Patrick Ingraham
On Feb. 7 students and faculty will meet in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ state-of-the-art multimedia room to watch Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. But the focus for those in attendance will not be the game, but rather, the advertisements during the game.
January 22, 2016, Peggy Binette
Ada B. Thomas, for whom the university’s top undergraduate adviser award is named, believed in Carolina and believed in preparing students who would make a difference as leaders in communities across South Carolina. To Dr. Lisa Bishara (’88, ’93) Thomas was more than an adviser. She was her grandmother.
January 14, 2016, Olivia Currey
During Sunday evening’s Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Festival at the Koger Center, choirs will be singing in honor of the past and for the future. For Carl Wells, director of the USC Gospel Choir, the event offers the chance to understand King’s legacy through music and explore its relevance today.
January 07, 2016, Megan Sexton
State Sen. Marlon Kimpson will bring his personal story of education and equity to the University of South Carolina on Tuesday when he speaks at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium.
December 16, 2015, Page Ivey
For 35 years, South Carolina business executives and owners have turned to the Darla Moore School of Business research economists and the Economic Outlook Conference to help them plan and make crucial decisions.
November 19, 2015, Peggy Binette
Monday, Nov. 23 marks 12th year that engineering professor Abdel Bayoumi and his students will watch their design and construction of a gigantic Clemson tiger burn in effigy on the intramural field adjacent from the Colonial Life Arena as part of Tiger Burn.
September 16, 2015, Craig Brandhorst
University President Harris Pastides introduced "Carolina 2025" during his State of the University address. Dean of undergraduate studies Helen Doerpinghaus explains how this 10-year plan will affect the student experience.
September 10, 2015, Page Ivey
New classrooms and labs, additional faculty and more responsive advising are all part of the “Carolina 2025” roadmap for the next 10 years, university President Harris Pastides says. Pastides introduced the ambitious plan during his 2015 State of the University address.