Stories for Alumni
January 14, 2020, Megan Sexton
The university’s Belle W. Baruch Institute for Coastal and Marine Sciences is a national treasure -- a place where students and researchers from the Columbia campus along with universities around the world come to better understand the complexity of coastal and marine environments.
December 11, 2019, Margaret Gregory
In 2002, 8-year-old Wanda Gibbs died after being hit by a car at her bus stop. After her tragic passing, the community came together and launched a fundraising initiative to ensure Wanda’s memory would live on. Their efforts established the Wanda Gibbs Scholarship at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia, which was awarded for the first time earlier this year.
December 02, 2019, Chris Horn
Not many professors inspire lofty tribute. Some we forget and others are scarcely remembered. James Cutsinger, a religious studies professor who taught at the university for 37 years, earned the respect and admiration of students for decades while helping them to achieve the most noble of goals: the ability to think.
October 28, 2019, Chris Horn
For Juan Tellez, a new assistant professor of political science at the University of South Carolina, conflicts within countries and peace agreements associated with them aren’t merely an academic interest. The native Colombian saw first-hand what violent conflict can do to a country.
October 11, 2019, Page Ivey
What does a gene sound like when it mutates? That seemingly absurd question is one that biology and music students work together to answer in a course that combines big data and sound to let researchers “hear” a mutation.
October 03, 2019, Chris Horn
Add this to the growing list of side effects wrought by climate change — fish in parts of the warming Atlantic Ocean are growing faster. That might seem like a good thing, but two fish biologists at the University of South Carolina say the phenomenon of younger, bigger fish could muddy the waters of vital fisheries management.
September 17, 2019, Chris Horn
Gary Gardiner and Sudeep Menachery never met each other during their time at South Carolina. But nearly 30 years later their paths crossed in an emergency room in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
September 13, 2019, Craig Brandhorst
If you think you hate statistics or they make you nervous, you might just be the perfect student for Amanda Fairchild. The associate professor of psychology is out to demystify statistics for University of South Carolina master’s and Ph.D. candidates, who need Fairchild’s courses to complete their degrees but do not always see themselves as numbers people.
August 20, 2019, Chris Horn
The successful sale of physics professor Thomas Crawford’s startup company is a testament to the university’s SmartState Center for Experimental Nanoscale Physics, one of more than two dozen centers established to foster research that leads to commercialization, economic development and job creation.
August 19, 2019, Page Ivey
When Conor Harrison went to Colgate University as a soccer player, he had no thoughts about becoming a professor — or anything else for that matter. So he majored in political science and worked for a company that sold soccer equipment after he graduated.
August 12, 2019, Chris Horn
When Donna Chen first taught physical chemistry at the University of South Carolina, the mood among students could only be described as bleak. Quantum mechanics — the specific focus of the course — has a reputation for being extraordinarily difficult to understand, and the students steeled themselves from day one.
August 05, 2019, Craig Brandhorst and Megan Sexton
You don’t need a degree from the University of South Carolina to get elected mayor in the Palmetto State, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. This summer, Carolinian magazine traveled the state, from the Lowcountry to the Upstate, from the Midlands to the Pee Dee, interviewing South Carolina alumni who hold the esteemed office.
July 31, 2019, Caleigh McDaniel
Illustrating a book that espouses optimism by changing your worldview of rich and poor is no easy feat. That was the challenge for senior-level graphic design students, participating in a contest to design a new cover for this year’s First-Year Reading Experience selection.
July 29, 2019, Megan Sexton
From a thousand-year flood to deadly hurricanes, South Carolina is no stranger to disasters. That’s why University of South Carolina researchers are working to better understand why dams fail, how to quickly map disaster areas and ways to improve how people with disabilities navigate natural disasters.
June 06, 2019, Kathryn McPhail
Education alumna, Chanda Jefferson, was recently named the 2020 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Her passion for serving others began when she drove the church van as a teenager. Now a decade into her career as an educator, she finds herself teaching much more than biology to her students.
May 09, 2019, Page Ivey
For Priest, who finishes her MFA in poetry at the University of South Carolina this May, the spring semester has been one incredible offer after another. She turned them all down except for a highly coveted seven-month fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
April 26, 2019, Alyssa Yancey
Graduating medical students Laine Way and Parker Edison have done their clinical education in Florence at the UofSC School of Medicine's Florence Regional Campus, and now they'll be completing their residencies in Florence at McLeod Health.
April 02, 2019, Jeff Stensland
Eight new research and outreach projects have been selected for funding as a part of the Excellence Initiative, a competitive grant program launched by the Board of Trustees last year to identify and fund proposals with the potential to be transformative and have a lasting impact on the university.
March 18, 2019, Page Ivey
As a gemologist and old-school goldsmith who has made jewelry in Columbia for more than 40 years, Ron Koenig used to look down on “rock hounds” — those folks who like to dig for their own gems. That is, until a friend suggested a place where they could dig up amethyst and Koenig found several hundred pounds of it.
March 12, 2019, Craig Brandhorst
On the second-to-last Thursday of each month, at Columbia’s War Mouth restaurant and bar, the Carolina Archive of Storytelling hosts an open mic event where amateur storytellers share personal narratives with nothing to lean on but a microphone, their memory and the vocal support of a standing room-only crowd.
February 28, 2019, Allen Wallace
A year ago, University of South Carolina Dance Marathon made history, raising more than a million dollars for the kids at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital (then known as Palmetto Health). Just days after that success, they began working to do it again. That yearlong effort concludes Saturday with the student organization’s annual Main Event.
February 04, 2019, Chris Horn
At the Charleston Woodworking School, Sam Sprouse teaches his students the right way to make fine furniture, using traditional tools and a craftsman’s sensibility. To succeed here, the only school of its kind in the Palmetto State, students make lots of mistakes — and learn from each one.
January 17, 2019, Dana Woodward
The University of South Carolina’s MLK Weekend event series culminates Sunday, Jan. 20, with Freedom Rings, an artistic celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. The university partnered with the Columbia nonprofit Auntie Karen Foundation to bring together Midlands musicians, artists and spoken word performers to honor the civil rights leader in an event designed to bring the audience to its feet.
January 07, 2019, Chris Horn
The University of South Carolina Press celebrates 75 years of publishing in 2019, which is a pretty big deal in itself, but there’s more going on than a diamond anniversary. A new director, a new acquisitions editor and a more tightly focused editorial direction promise dynamic changes at one of the country’s foremost academic presses.
November 23, 2018
Gail Wagner believes students should leave her classroom with something concrete, a skill they can carry with them long after the semester ends.
November 01, 2018, Keisa Gunby
A summit on talking about race in America grew naturally out of a conversation. Jennifer Gunter, ’17 Ph.D. history and director of the S.C. Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation, wanted to bring together a group of community leaders dedicated to equity and inclusion to learn from one another about projects that were working.
October 26, 2018
As a doctoral student, Steven Rodney was confident in his knowledge of astronomy. But the prospect of teaching the material to students seemed more like a black hole — Rodney didn’t know if he had the right stuff.
October 26, 2018, Page Ivey
Matt Schreiber didn’t come to Carolina expecting to become a private wealth manager. In fact, his degrees, a bachelor’s in history (’03) and a master’s in teaching (’04) are more often associated with less financially lucrative careers. But the 2018 Distinguished Young Alumnus puts his two degrees to work every day, using historic trends to map investment strategy and helping educate his clients on how best to navigate the market.
October 24, 2018, Megan Sexton
As he conducted research for the civil rights history project Columbia SC 63, history professor Bobby Donaldson started discovering largely untold stories about the struggle as it played out in Columbia. The material he and his students unearthed and the people he met helped guide the formation of the South Carolina Center for Civil Rights History and Research.
September 14, 2018, Julie Smith Turner
Media arts professor Evan Meaney is a self-described game-player who holds a bachelor’s in cinema and photography and an M.F.A. in film and video production. He’s been teaching in the School of Art and Visual Design since 2013 and received a 2018 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
September 07, 2018
Political science professor Brad Epperly says teaching is a conversation that extends well beyond the scheduled class time. For his efforts, he has been awarded a 2018 Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.
August 28, 2018, Chris Horn
David Lankes, Riley’s dad, is director of the university’s School of Library and Information Science, and this past fall was diagnosed with lymphoma, his third bout with the cancer of the immune system. Help is on the way in the form of a bone marrow transplant from his son, an incoming freshman at Carolina.