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USC launching new supply chain certificate program to help South Carolinians with career advancement

The university will offer a Certified Supply Chain Certificate training program beginning in early 2023. The certificate program is an opportunity for individuals working in the supply chain industry to increase their knowledge and expertise in the field of supply chain management.

University establishes Clyburn endowed chair through $1.5 million gift from Boeing

The Boeing Co. has provided the University of South Carolina with a $1.5 million gift to establish the James E. and Emily E. Clyburn Endowed Chair of Public Service and Civic Engagement Fund. This endowed chair, awarded to associate professor Bobby Donaldson, will allow the university’s Center for Civil Rights History and Research to further its programming and outreach initiatives within the university community and across the state.

New USC Press director focuses on accessibility, impact of books

New University of South Carolina Press Director Michael McGandy has a strong editorial vision — one that builds on the press’ recent growth, reflects his own industry experience and is predicated on publishing books that matter.

Orehovec selected as assistant vice president for enrollment management

Elizabeth Orehovec will become the University of South Carolina’s new assistant vice president for enrollment management and executive director of undergraduate admissions, effective Oct. 16.

Q&A with Provost Donna Arnett

The University of South Carolina's new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, Donna Arnett, discusses her leadership approach and outlook for South Carolina.

Hodges selected as dean of the College of Education

Thomas Hodges has been selected as dean of the University of South Carolina College of Education, effective Oct. 15. Among his priorities are further strengthening the college’s internal culture, increasing outreach across the state and diversifying the state’s teachers to better reflect the demographic makeup of South Carolina.

Pierce becomes CIEL director

As the director of the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, Charlie Pierce is ready to expand his reach at the university and make opportunities for engagement more equitable and accessible for all students. He envisions an expansion of what he will be able to do to support experiential and integrative learning on campus.

Gerdes looking to foster innovation, belonging in Rhodos living learning community

Innovative technology and design, academic advancement and his students are things John Gerdes is passionate about. As the new faculty principal of the Rhodos Fellows living learning community, Gerdes hopes to build a supportive atmosphere that encourages curiosity and supports the creativity of his students.

UofSC ranked #1 college in country for veterans and military service members

The University of South Carolina has been ranked the No. 1 “Best for Vets Colleges 2022” by the Military Times. The ranking, which covers 311 public and private institutions, serves as the gold standard among the veteran and military community in terms of higher education.

U.S. News rankings: UofSC retains top spot in international business, first-year student experience

The University of South Carolina has the top first-year student experience of any public college in the country and the best international business program, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual undergraduate rankings.

Green elected president of national information science organization

As president of ALISE, Lucy Santos Green hopes to advance diversity and inclusion in the field of library and information sciences.

David Banush named dean of University Libraries

David Banush, dean of libraries and academic information resources at Tulane University, has been named dean of UofSC's University Libraries, effective Nov. 1.

On Your Time Initiatives improves experience, decreases debt for UofSC students

By developing offerings such as three-week winter semesters, summer minors, accelerated study plans and winter study abroad opportunities, On Your Time Initiatives is breaking higher education’s traditional academic structure to provide South Carolina’s students with increased flexibility, higher graduation rates and decreased debt.

Donna Arnett sets course as university's new provost

New Provost Donna Arnett has a background in epidemiology and biostatistics. Her leadership will build on her skills as a scientist, her ability to formulate questions and her willingness to listen.

Eberhardt to discuss First Year Reading Experience book, "Biased," at Koger Center

As part of the University of South Carolina's First Year Reading Experience program, incoming students will have the chance to read "Biased," an award-winning book written by Jennifer Eberhardt. On Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., students will be able to hear from Eberhardt for free at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence

Since establishing an Artificial Intelligence Institute in 2019, the university has seen growing interest in the subject across campus. There are now dozens of researchers throughout the university exploring how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to advance fields from health care to manufacturing.

Sutton among the greatest scientists the field of applied mechanics has ever seen

This is Michael Sutton’s lifetime achievement award. His Major League Baseball Hall of Fame induction. His Heisman Trophy; maybe even his Nobel Prize. When Sutton receives the 2022 Timoshenko Medal on Nov. 2, he will officially be recognized as one of the greatest scientists the field of applied mechanics has ever seen.

UofSC recognizes 2022 faculty award winners

The University of South Carolina recognized 24 faculty and staff as its 2022 faculty award recipients. These individuals all shared a common commitment to excellence across teaching, research, mentorship and service.

Sustained excellence leads Twiss to SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Since the early 1990s, Twiss has been at the forefront of the molecular neurobiology field. His excellence across research, teaching and mentorship has now led to him being named the 2022 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipient for the University of South Carolina.

Weldon named dean of Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education

Tracey Weldon has been named dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education at the University of South Carolina, effective May 1, after serving in the interim role for more than a year.

UofSC announces new hires to lead academic and research efforts

The University of South Carolina announced two key leadership hires for its Columbia campus on Thursday (April 14), selecting the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health Dean Donna K. Arnett as new executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and South Carolina health researcher Julius Fridriksson as the school’s vice president for research.

US News rankings: UofSC tops in International MBA, med school grads in underserved areas

The University of South Carolina’s international business program retained its spot as the best in the country, while the School of Medicine Columbia remained the best school for graduates practicing in underserved areas, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate School rankings.

Mental health task force will improve access to and awareness of mental health resources at UofSC

Through a mental health task force that began in November, the Office of the Provost is seeking to improve mental health and wellness support for students, faculty and staff through a two-pronged approach centered on building awareness of existing resources and making a financial request for more.

Supporting our campus community in a time of international conflict

As the nation and the world watch the horrible images of the war in Ukraine, please know that the University of South Carolina is supporting members of our community who may be impacted by the tragedy unfolding now, and in the weeks ahead.

Armen Shaomian is keen on being Preston's new faculty principal

It’s not just the students who are excited about moving into Preston for fall 2022. Sport and entertainment management professor Armen Shaomian — the residential college’s new faculty principal — is also eager to meet his future neighbors.


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