Stories for Alumni
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.
August 01, 2018, Chris Horn
Wendy Bashnan’s career began in her rural S.C. hometown 25 years ago, but quickly sprouted wings. Since 1994, she’s worked in Washington, D.C., Miami, and New York, and has spent more than half of her professional life abroad in South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
July 16, 2018, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Political science alumnus James Anderson credits Gamecock connections for his success as he embarks upon the next phase of his career in foreign policy work. The Air Force officer, who helped found My Carolina’s Veterans Alumni Council, will study U.S. and Canada relations as part of a Fulbright Scholarship in September.
June 22, 2018, Chris Horn
Growing up in a small Russian town, Dmitry Peryshkov was fortunate to have a dynamic high school chemistry teacher who accelerated Peryshkov's love of the science, much like a catalyst speeds up a chemical reaction. Now Peryshkov is the one who is spurring on students with an enthusiasm that's almost palpable.
June 18, 2018, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Psychology professor Mark Weist is leading efforts to improve behavioral health in public schools across the Palmetto State. He and his team recently received a grant from the South Carolina Department of Education to launch the S.C. School Behavioral Health Alliance, an interdisciplinary initiative to prevent and treat emotional and behavioral concerns.
June 13, 2018, Page Ivey
Storytelling is how we make sense of our world. Whether we’re scientists, mathematicians, poets or preachers, we tell ourselves stories to understand the world around us. The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program helps hone this natural talent into a craft — a craft that turns stories into art.
June 01, 2018, Chris Horn
It sounds like a motorist's dream come true: Microorganisms that make gasoline. If you think it sounds farfetched, talk to Tom Makris. The assistant professor of chemistry is focusing his research on natural product biosynthesis pathways, which include not only fuel-producing microbes but also the antibiotic-making capabilities of microorganisms.
May 29, 2018, Chris Horn
Religious studies professor James Cutsinger has wrestled with life’s deep questions of sin, faith and suffering, pondering the existence of God and the meaning of life with thousands of students over the course of nearly four decades at the University of South Carolina. Now, at age 65, Cutsinger is facing a final exam of sorts — the test of his own theological insights in the face of a stage IV cancer diagnosis.
May 14, 2018, Mary-Kathryn Craft
School of Visual Art and Design professors Mary Robinson, Sara Schneckloth and David Voros exhibited work in Norway as part of an international initiative to raise awareness about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and the cultural importance of seeds in biodiversity.
April 26, 2018, Taylor Evans
The public is invited to enjoy the creations of five students at the Student Choreography Showcase at 7 p.m. Friday (April 27) and 2 p.m. Saturday (April 28) at the Drayton Hall Theatre. These showcases feature works that were chosen from 12 pieces presented at the Fall 2017 Student Choreography Showcase.
April 20, 2018, Chris Horn
Parastoo Hashemi wants to know what's going on inside our heads — neurochemically speaking, that is — and she and her research team are well on their way toward figuring out how to do it. Her pioneering research on measuring neurochemical levels in the brain have far-reaching implications for treatment of depression and other neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease.
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 08, 2018, Chris Horn
Jana Liese had her sights set on an internship at the National Institutes of Health but no students in the Washington Semester Program had ever landed an internship in a research lab. "At first, I was a little dejected," Liese says. "But then I decided I'm going to make this happen."
February 27, 2018, Chris Horn
Students in Ray Torres’ Earth Surface Processes course use their bare hands to build dams, scoop out river beds and mold mountain ridges — all in a sandbox the size of a small table. Called an augmented-reality sandbox, it's a hands-on tool to teach concepts such as topography and land surface processes.
February 26, 2018, Alyssa Yancey
Students, faculty members and alumni from the USC School of Medicine are making a difference in the Midlands by volunteering at two local free medical clinics. Students also work to support The Free Medical Clinic financially through the Black Tie White Coat Gala, an annual fundraising event.
February 19, 2018, Mary-Kathryn Craft
Global studies, one of the University of South Carolina’s newest and fastest growing majors, equips students to lead in our increasingly connected world. An interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Arts and Science, global studies is home to 125 undergraduates who focus on humanities paired with intensive language study and courses in professional schools.