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August 23, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
Gamecock tennis doubles partners Connor Thomson and Toby Samuel enjoyed a stellar collegiate season and earned a wild card to Wimbledon. Their chemistry on court and off is key to their success.
August 17, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
No one expected Ray McManus to go to college. Three USC degrees later, he’s a professor of English at USC Sumter and a celebrated poet with three books under his belt.
August 15, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
In just two seasons, Head Football Coach Shane Beamer has changed the direction of USC’s football program. Entering his third year, fans are excited, his players are pumped, and his staff is ready to win.
August 14, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
Broadcast journalism graduate Alex Grant produces exciting social media video content for the Carolina Panthers. The Columbia native cut his teeth in Gamecock Productions.
August 10, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
Former Charlotte Motor Speedway president and general manager Humpy Wheeler was one of the most colorful racing promotors in NASCAR history. In the late 1950s, he was also a hard-nosed Gamecock football player — and he has the origin story to prove it.
July 11, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
New Staff Senate President Tyson Lusk builds on experience and looks forward to the year ahead.
June 26, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
On the last Friday before the end of classes, USC TIMES invited three staff members to lunch at McCutchen House’s Garden Grill to discuss how our work lives change — or don’t change — over the summer. George Hendry, director of the McCutchen House and senior lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, shared his thoughts on troubleshooting through teamwork. Jennifer Asouzu, assistant director for special populations and communication with New Student Orientation, talked up partnerships and first impressions. Leroy Sims, a custodial zone manager with Facilities and a member of Staff Senate, discussed employee satisfaction and how to make the USC campus the happiest place on Earth.
April 27, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
Poet Ray McManus won a 2023 Governor’s Award for the Arts, but the USC Sumter English professor’s impact stretches beyond the page.
March 29, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
Alumna Isabelle Khurshudyan loved her career as a hockey reporter. She found her calling as a war correspondent.
January 27, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
Physics Professor Timir Datta was recently named a 2022 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow for his research on “high-temperature” superconductors. But it’s the puzzling nature of electromagnetism that has pulled at his imagination for the last half a century.
Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis may be new to the President's House, but the university's first lady is no stranger to USC
January 18, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
First Lady Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis holds two graduate degrees from USC — a master’s in art history and a Ph.D. in philosophy. Her intellectual curiosity is how she makes sense of the world.
January 13, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
English professor and heirloom foodways expert David Shields introduces us to South Carolina seed saver Carold Wicker, whose Newberry County freezer chest is the stuff of legend among farmers, gardeners and heirloom produce detectives like Shields.
January 04, 2023, Craig Brandhorst
It’s no secret: public school teachers are leaving the profession at an alarming rate. “How Did We Get Here? The Decay of the Teaching Profession” (Information Age Publishing, 2022), edited by University of South Carolina associate professor of education Henry Tran and Iowa State University associate professor Douglas A. Smith, explores the causes and consequences of teacher attrition in South Carolina as a way to shed light on the larger crisis affecting America’s schools.
December 15, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Whenever possible, Andy Schumpert likes to start the workday with a loop around the Horseshoe. Strolling the historic campus grounds gives the biological sciences instructor and lab coordinator time to reflect. What’s he doing right? What could he do better?
December 08, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
When tenor Johnnie Felder finished the master’s program in vocal performance at USC’s School of Music, he had no intention of staying on for a doctoral degree. Now, he’s got teaching assignments across the state, a calendar filled with upcoming performances and freshly-minted Ph.D.
December 01, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Pharmacy professor Michaela Almgren thought her career path was in working at pharmaceutical companies and in labs. But the clinical teaching award winner says she found what she was looking for in the classroom.
November 16, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Longtime University of South Carolina geography professor Kirstin Dow has devoted much of her career to understanding climate impact, vulnerability and adaptation. In other words, she recognizes the problems posed by our warming planet and is determined to help mitigate them, most recently by mapping heat islands so that urban planners can make better decisions about where to plant trees, generate more shade or support investment in affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency.
November 16, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
School of Law alumna J. Michelle Childs was appointed circuit judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this summer. Carolinian sat down with her to discuss her time at USC and her career on the bench.
November 15, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Langston Moore and Preston Thorne made a big impact on the football field at Williams-Brice. Now the former Gamecock defensive lineman make their impact writing children’s books and visiting schools.
November 10, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Assistant professor of pharmacy Alessandra Porcu has brought her research interests — and a $1 million, five-year NIH grant — to USC’s Department of Drug Discovery & Biomedical Sciences, where she is studying the effects of environmental light on circadian rhythm and mental health.
November 03, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Three members of President Michael Amiridis’ new executive leadership team were first-generation college students. It continues to shape the way they think about higher education.
November 02, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Civil and environmental engineering professor Juan Caicedo teaches his students statistics, physics, calculus and other tools they will need, but most importantly how to think like engineers.
October 03, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Julius Fridriksson loves a challenge. After climbing to the top of his field — and building out a research team of more than 40 faculty, post docs and graduate students at the Arnold School of Public Health — the onetime first-generation college student from a small village in Iceland agreed to become USC’s interim vice president for research in 2021.
September 16, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Michelle Dodenhoff is a familiar face on campus. She was USC’s associate VP for development from 2004 to 2009, then vice president for development and alumni affairs from 2009 to 2013. She returns to campus for another run as vice president for development.
August 25, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
“The History of American College Football: Institutional Policy, Culture, and Reform,” edited by UofSC faculty members Christian Anderson and Amber Falluca, examines the role of the popular American sport on college campuses from its 19th century roots to its contemporary cultural dominance.
August 09, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
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.
August 03, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Assistant professor of nursing Michael Wirth is a busy man these days, with his hands on multiple projects. The overarching goal? Healthier diets and lifestyles for shift workers in high-stress occupations like nursing and law enforcement and better sleep for everyone.
July 29, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Associate professor of social work Kristen Seay and her collaborators take on adverse childhood experiences among foster children.
June 29, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Rushondra James never planned on being staff senate president. When she first joined the University of South Carolina staff in 2009, she didn’t even plan on being here long. But a lot can happen in 13 years.
June 16, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Associate professor of integrated information technology Jorge Chrichigno builds a virtual “playground” for IT education.
June 07, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, corresponded with thousands of young people as he worked to promote his daughter’s legacy. His decades-long correspondence with author Cara Wilson-Granat is now the foundation of the university’s new Anne Frank Center Archive.
June 07, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
The university’s Anne Frank Center is dedicated to the legacy of the famous Holocaust diarist — and is committed to changing the world through education and conversation.
May 24, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Ed Madden is well known on the University of South Carolina campus as the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program and as a dynamic classroom instructor. He is just as well-known as a creative writer and arts advocate in Columbia, South Carolina, where he is wrapping up his term as the capital city’s inaugural poet laureate.
May 17, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
As an evolutionary psychologist, University of South Carolina Salkehatchie assistant professor Justin Mogilski probes fundamental questions about how our brains work. As a researcher focused on non-monogamous relationships, he wants to improve outcomes for a population that has traditionally been overlooked.
May 05, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Kev Roche has turned his artistic talent and quick wit into a lucrative "hustle" drawing illustrations for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. The 2005 studio art major also has illustrated a book by two former Gamecock football players as well as given UofSC's beloved mascot Cocky a cartoon makeover.
May 03, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
When computer engineering major Dimitri Amiridis crosses the stage at commencement this spring, the South Carolina Honors College graduate will become the third member of his family with a degree from the University of South Carolina. The only member of his immediate family not to hold a degree from his new alma mater? Dimitri’s father, university President-elect Michael Amiridis.
May 02, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Incoming University of South Carolina President Michael Amiridis is going to miss the University of Illinois Chicago, but he has zero misgivings about the new job. In fact, the former UofSC faculty member-turned-administrator is thrilled to return to the campus where he cut his academic teeth.
April 25, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
A lot happens over the course of an academic year, and there’s absolutely no way to highlight everything. So, no, don’t think of this as a Best Of list. This is merely a smattering of the achievements and memorable moments that defined 2021-22, a small taste of the year that was. Trust us, there’s plenty more where this came from — and plenty more to come.
April 11, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Romance, historical fiction, sci-fi — for young adult novelist Shanna Miles, it’s all fair game. It’s also rocket fuel for the imagination, whether she’s typing up the next interstellar adventure or turning kids on to reading and writing as a virtual school librarian.
March 15, 2022, Craig Brandhorst
Alumni Kenneth Moton, Eva Pilgrim and Sara Messer launched their broadcast careers at the University of South Carolina. Two decades later, they came back — as part of the "Good Morning America" takeover over Colonial Life Arena.
November 19, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Adel Nasiri joined the University of South Carolina as a distinguished professor of electrical engineering in August, following a 16-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research on energy conversion, microgrids and batteries has taken on added import as sustainability, efficiency and resilience efforts ramp up during the age of climate change.
Newly acquired Ray Bradbury collection features books, pulps, fanzines and three decades of literary friendship
October 28, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Alumna Anne Hardin enjoyed a three-decade friendship with Ray Bradbury. Now, her vast collection of the late author’s books, magazine appearances and other works has found a permanent home at the University of South Carolina’s Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
October 18, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Law professor Thomas Crocker specializes in constitutional law, criminal procedure, free speech and democracy, national security and the Constitution. His new book, "Overcoming Necessity: Emergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism" (Yale University Press) is an analysis of how the concept of necessity, in conflict with constitutional commitments, creates dynamic challenges to constitutional governance, especially during times of emergency.
October 14, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
COVID changed the way professors teach, but it has also provided room to grow, according to Darla Moore School of Business professor Sanjay Ahire. Ahire is one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
September 23, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Sport and entertainment management major Shawnese Cleveland’s internship at the Russell House was a crash course in pandemic protocols. Cleveland is one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
September 21, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
As an executive vice president and global head of inclusion at ViacomCBS, Marva Smalls plays a crucial role in the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. And while her commitment to advocacy predates her time at the University of South Carolina, Smalls’ undergraduate and graduate experiences shaped her philosophy in profound ways.
September 01, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Singers, teachers and public speakers can feel the effects of the pandemic, whether or not they contract the virus. Enter clinical professor of communication sciences and disorders and voice therapist Jamy Claire Archer, one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
August 26, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Assistant professor of studio art Naomi Falk wants her students to create art that is meaningful to their own lives. “Finding ways to change my projects so that they are more relevant to their lives, socially and culturally, whatever — that's become one of the topmost important things about how I teach,” she says.
August 18, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Capstone scholar Fatou Diedhiou began her college career in the age of COVID but adapted quickly to the “new normal,” despite contracting the virus early in her first semester. Diedhiou is one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
August 10, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
As a freelance photojournalist, Sean Rayford is used to immersing himself in the crowd. COVID changed the rules. Rayford is one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
August 05, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
For associate professor of pharmacy Patricia Fabel, classroom education is a team effort, with students contributing their own experiences to the discussion. “Whether we're talking about immunizations, medications, over-the-counter products or things that they've interacted with and their family has interacted with, they bring different perspectives to the table,” she says.
July 26, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Greenville developer and business administration graduate Brody Glenn oversees major construction projects for corporate clients nationwide. With Camperdown, a mixed-use, live-work-play development in the heart of downtown Greenville, he is reshaping his hometown.
July 22, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Geography alumna Tracy Swartout, ’95, has been with the National Park Service 21 years. In May, she became the first female superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
July 19, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Health disparities between rural and urban children can have long term consequences. Elizabeth Crouch and her colleagues at the Rural and Minority Health Research Center don’t just study those disparities; they want to address them head on.
July 14, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Tapped to head the new Cardiovascular Translational Research Center at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in early 2020, Clinton Webb arrived just in time for lockdown. So, how did he get the blood pumping?
June 16, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Literacy is as much a reflection of a student’s cultural experience as it is a measure of what they have learned in school. As education professor Eliza Braden explains, “Students come into our classrooms as literate individuals in different ways. We want to honor those literacies.”
May 03, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
When Joey Driskell crosses the stage to receive his physician’s assistant degree from the School of Medicine this May, he will be 40 years old. His wife will be watching. So will his kids. But if you think for one second he’s getting a late start, think again.
April 23, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley, a two-time UofSC graduate, was at a loss for words when he learned the international organization he helms won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. Beasley has served as the executive director of the World Food Programme since 2017.
April 20, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
First-generation college student Shawnese Cleveland started her academic career as a political science major, intent on going to law school one day and perhaps working in government. After watching the event staff do their thing during a women’s basketball game at Colonial Life Arena, the Georgia native changed her mind and changed her major. Now, following back-to-back campus internships, the sport and entertainment management major is kicking off her career at a Las Vegas resort.
April 05, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
When it comes to leadership, nursing professor and researcher Bernardine Pinto’s biggest impact might come in the form of her mentorship, which to her mind is almost as important as the work she does with cancer survivors themselves.
March 18, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked members of the university community to share their expertise about how the coronavirus has affected all facets of life and offer insights on ways to move forward. Simon Hudson, a professor of tourism in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, speaks about COVID-19’s economic impact on the tourism industry.
February 09, 2021, Craig Brandhorst
In 2014, Mohammed Dajani, longtime professor at Jerusalem’s al-Quds University, took 27 Palestinian college students to Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration near Krakow, Poland. He wanted them to confront the Holocaust, which he believes is downplayed in Palestinian schools, and to consider the complicated history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from multiple perspectives. The backlash would cost him his job and endanger his life. It would also embolden his commitment to reconciliation.
December 14, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
If you think Five Points is only a college bar district, think again. The village down the hill has drawn South Carolina students for more than a century, and not simply to celebrate. And for many who settle in the Capital City after graduation, Five Points remains an integral part of their lives, including Tim Smith, who turned his passion for music into a 40-year career buying and selling it.
December 10, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
If you think Five Points is only a college bar district, think again. The village down the hill has drawn South Carolina students for more than a century, and not simply to celebrate. And for many who settle in the Capital City after graduation, Five Points remains an integral part of their lives, including Don McCallister, whose business Loose Lucy's supports his creative outlets.
December 08, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
If you think Five Points is only a college bar district, think again. The village down the hill has drawn South Carolina students for more than a century, and not simply to celebrate. And for many who settle in the Capital City after college, Five Points remains an integral part of their lives, including Opie Patterson, who reopened one of the district's most iconic nightspots five years ago.
December 03, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
If you think Five Points is only a college bar district, think again. The village down the hill has drawn South Carolina students for more than a century, and not simply to celebrate. And for many who settle in the Capital City after graduation, Five Points remains an integral part of their lives, including Amy Beth Franks, who worked for the Five Points Association and now owns one of the district's oldest businesses.
December 03, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
If you think the visual arts and the hard sciences don’t mix, think again. Or maybe just talk to Eliza Stierle. The Dayton, Ohio, native and 2020 University of South Carolina graduate double-majored in studio art and biology (with a minor in art history) and aspires to become a medical illustrator.
December 01, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
If you think Five Points is only a college bar district, think again. The village down the hill has drawn South Carolina students for more than a century, and not simply to celebrate. And for many who settle in the Capital City after graduation, Five Points remains an integral part of their lives, including Richard Burts, who has helped re-imagine many of the district's spaces.
November 10, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Knowledge is constructed, not passively received. That, in a nutshell, is Anna Swartwood House’s teaching philosophy. But the art history professor isn’t the sole architect of her students’ education; everyone shares in the heavy lifting.
November 05, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
In a Q&A originally published in Breakthrough magazine, Greg Trevors, an assistant professor of educational psychology and research at the College of Education, discusses his research on belief correction as it relates to COVID-19. Trevors helped develop an online game to help people correct misconceptions about COVID-19.
November 04, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Sharon Lee White finished her bachelor’s degree 21 years after she started, then thanks to a UofSC program that she now leads, she continued through to earn her doctorate.
October 27, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Andy Schumpert got his first taste of teaching in graduate school at the University of South Carolina. Now an instructor and lab coordinator for the university’s Department of Biological Sciences, he credits his early experience as a graduate teaching assistant with kickstarting his career.
September 28, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Instead of contemplating retirement, longtime Columbia attorney, Board and Trustees member and past president of the American Bar Association William Hubbard is focused on his new tenure as dean of his alma mater’s School of Law.
September 15, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Students with intellectual disabilities face an array of challenges as they navigate their way through high school and transition to adulthood. Anthony Plotner, an assistant professor of special education in the College of Education, is working to ease that transition in practice and research.
August 11, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
This spring, as COVID-19 spiked in New York City, the nation’s largest metropolitan area became the face of the U.S. pandemic. Nurses from across the U.S. — including UofSC alumni — descended on the region, enduring personal hardship and risking their own health to help stem the tide.
July 16, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
As the coronavirus threatens health and upends daily life throughout the world, UofSC Today is turning to our faculty to help us make sense of it all. While no one can predict exactly what will happen in the coming months, our faculty can help us ask the right questions and put important context around emerging events. Simon Hudson, a professor of tourism in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management and author of the new book "COVID-19 and Travel: Impacts, Responses and Outcomes," keeps us up-to date on the pandemic’s travel sector impact.
May 28, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Since graduating from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2012, former Daily Gamecock reporter and editor-in-chief Josh Dawsey has worked some tough beats. None has been tougher than covering the White House since Donald Trump took office — first for Politico, then for The Washington Post.
May 12, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Loris, South Carolina, native Dalton Stalvey loves his home state, but when it came time for college, he looked forward to exploring new horizons. He got his wish through the South Carolina Honors College, which he attended on a Palmetto Fellows scholarship.
May 12, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Elizabeth Thompson wanted to be at the head of the class — and she made sure she got there. No, we’re not talking about the computer engineering major’s classroom success, which landed her a job in her field straight out of college. We’re talking about Thompson’s other driving passion: group fitness instruction.
April 29, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Since completing his political science degree in 2015, James Anderson has been working on his resume. He was also instrumental in starting the Alumni Association’s Veterans Alumni Council, which became the association’s newest affinity group in 2016.
April 27, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
A half century ago, against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and seismic shifts in American culture, the campus of the University of South Carolina became a battleground — between students and the administration, between a young generation and the establishment, between radically different worldviews. But the dramatic events of that spring, which came to be known as The Months of May, weren’t strictly destructive. The lessons of that era also changed lives and changed the university itself.
April 06, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Imagine, if you can, a world without oranges or any fruit or vegetable. When plant pathogens strike, unchecked, the results on agriculture can be devastating. Luckily, researchers like University of South Carolina associate professor of biological sciences Zhengqing Fu are on the case.
April 01, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
In the new world of distance learning, faculty are getting a crash course in online education — and the learning curve can be steep. But it’s not insurmountable, says Lucy Ingram, assistant dean for academic affairs and online education at the university’s Arnold School of Public Health.
March 25, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to separate communities, families, co-workers and friends — but it is also bringing us together like never before. And it is inspiring University of South Carolina faculty and staff to step up their efforts in a time of need.
March 20, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Sport and entertainment management professors Tom Regan and Nick Watanabe from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management answer questions about COVID-19’s economic impact on the sport and entertainment industries.
February 25, 2020, Craig Brandhorst
Indiana native Kurt Vonnegut, who died in 2007, was one of the country’s most celebrated writers, authoring such classics as Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions. But there was no place devoted to celebrating his work — until UofSC alumna Julia Whitehead got involved. Whitehead founded the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in 2011. Last year, the museum moved to a new space in downtown Indianapolis.
November 04, 2019, Craig Brandhorst
John Doering-White became interested in immigration issues as an undergraduate and followed his research interests to Mexico as a graduate student. Now an associate professor at the University of South Carolina with a joint appointment in social work and anthropology, he hopes his research will contribute to the development of a more humane immigration system in the both the United States and Mexico.