USC Times April 25, 2013
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uscTIMES Stories, snippets & scenes from the University of South Carolina. Aik on the insid e en / Beau fort / Co l u m b i a / L a n ca s t e r / S a l tc h i a h e k e/S r/U u mt e nion / U pstat e 4 /2 5 /2 0 1 3 nursing on the go For more than 15 years, Craig Smith cared for the sickest people in each hospital he worked in. And he worked in a lot of hospitals. The critical care nurse, now a clinical professor in the College of Nursing, didn’t hop from job to job. Instead he worked as a traveling nurse, spending weeks at various hospitals and filling in where he was needed. He worked in a burn unit and a newborn nursery. He worked in a heart monitor unit. He worked in neurotrauma. “You have to be willing to go anywhere,” Smith said. “And you have to be confident and competent. From day one, you’re taking care of patients.” Travel nurses can be called to hospitals around the country, filling in slots until a full-time nurse can be found. Smith traveled to hospitals around South Carolina, working in various units where he was needed. “For me, it was about the adventure. I was able of different hospitals,” he said. It was also his foot in the door of the critical care unit, a competitive job in a hospital, he said. “They realized I BY LIZ MCCARTHY to see different hospitals and see the diversity “You have to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together to prevent that patient from getting worse.” “It makes me think more. You have to be able to understand the human body, understand lab work, understand X-rays,” he said. “You have to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together to prevent that patient from getting worse. I like that complex, high-level thinking.” was excited and wanted to learn. I wasn’t scared.” he said. Smith knew he wanted to work in critical care where he could focus on a few patients versus entire units. He said he wanted to face the challenge of caring for these patients, who are often on multiple medicines and in need of constant attention. FIRST LADY REVIVES COOKING, GARDENING FOR FAMILIES Wouldn’t it be great, Patricia Moore-Pastides asks, if children grew up knowing how to grow and cook their own fresh food? Or if people didn’t have to change their eating habits when they hit 40 because they’d been living a healthful lifestyle from their early years? The key might just be in the USC first lady’s new book, “Greek Revival from the Garden, Growing and Cooking for Life.” The gardening/cookbook, which is among the first books published as part of the new Young Palmetto Books series, targets teens and young adults. Focusing on the timetested Mediterranean diet, it offers guidance for ways to pursue healthy eating — starting from the ground up — and includes gardening tips, recipes and cooking methods that foster a happy, healthy relationship with good food. “We are beginning to see school-based vegetable gardens and more attention being paid to starting younger and growing your own vegetables. It’s a perfect time to approach a younger audience. This book can be used by teens, college students, anyone who’s a novice in the garden or the kitchen, but I’m really excited about the concept of it being a ‘family’ book,” Moore-Pastides says. “We know that if children can get their hands in the dirt and plant seeds, they are much more excited about trying vegetables.” —Megan Sexton Moore-Pastides’ book will be available at the S.C. Book Festival May 17-19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. 2 University of south carolina TRAVELING CLASSROOM A druggist’s delight The small museum at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s Columbia campus celebrates a simpler time when ice cream sodas were served up alongside prescriptions. The curios contained in the space also demonstrate the lasting importance — and sometimes mysterious nature — of the profession. The counter at the College of Pharmacy’s museum, which is stocked with items donated by alumni and friends of the college, was created more than a decade ago with assistance from the South Carolina State Museum. It’s located on the first floor of the Coker Life Sciences building and is a standing reminder to the importance the local pharmacy has in health care and Americana. — Jeff Stensland D department of psychology uring spring break, 11 faculty, staff and administrators from across the university took part in USC’s professional development program designed to give educators a chance to visit study abroad sites in Europe. Led by Jennifer Engel, director of study abroad, and Jimmie Gahagan, director of student engagement, the program allowed the group to meet with USC students at each location to “This was such a great learning experience and it feels great to have learning and cultural enrichment be valued and be necessary parts of my job. It just made me more enthusiastic than ever to encourage students to study abroad.” – Jay Pou, undergraduate student services, “Study abroad has become a necessity for T HIS CAROLINA LIFE Tim Carroll is a father of three, an assistant professor of management and director of the Professional MBA program at the Darla Moore School of Business. The PMBA program was ranked last month among the top 20 professional MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report. our students, as we see the world shrink, opportunities and jobs expand globally, and competition grows with fierce determinism. The visit to each institution served to reinforce my opinion that these programs are among the best that our students can choose to learn languages and cultures on their study abroad ventures.” – Loren Knapp, assistant dean for academic affairs and advising for College of Arts and Sciences. “After this experience I have an added dimension to what I offer to the university. Yes, my job is the same as it has always been. Now I can relate in many ways that I couldn’t before.” – Beth Busby, administrative coordinator for the International Favorite book “How Soccer Explains the World,” by Franklin Foer. It’s been described as Nick Hornby meets Tom Friedman. Newest obsession Tennis. I played Water Polo in high school, but it’s much easier to get a game of tennis together. Business Department, Moore School of Business talk about their experiences — as they were happening. “Our goal was to provide participants with the opportunity to live the student study abroad experience, to be a part of a faculty-led program themselves, and to see where students live, go to class and intern,” Engel said. Participants are now in the process of bringing their experiences abroad back to campus. “We encouraged participants to reflect on what they were experiencing, and challenged them to think about how it was impacting them personally and professionally. The effects of this experience will be significant for the students we work with,” she said. Favorite escape The beach. I grew up in Southern California, but I like the South Carolina beaches better. Surprising admission I started the university as an engineering major, transferred colleges twice and graduated with an undergraduate degree in philosophy. Biggest fear That someone will read this. Favorite movie Caddyshack. Anyone who can quote from the movie is OK in my book. Personal quirk(s) Too many to list. Memorable tradition Making Sunday morning pancakes. It’s about the only cooking I can do reasonably well aside from grilling. Unwinding time The Harbor Master app on the iPad. I’ve gotten to an embarrassing level of proficiency. USC Times 4/25/2013 3 ! Delicious. Entertaining. Memories. Engaging. Comfort. That’s how students in Rico Reed’s University 101 classes have described the casual dinners he hosts each semester at his home. Reed, who teaches the class when he isn’t working with the A spiritual life in pictures By: Frenche Brewer National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, says he has found the experience to be an important part of his class. “I think it’s important to have them see me as a real person,” Reed says. “A big part of the course is opening up and sharing. This helps them relate to me as an instructor and to see where I come from.” Reed’s dinners are a part of Dinner Dialogues, which offers instructors a unique way to increase interaction with Once a year as a child, Minuette Floyd’s entire family went away to camp. They didn’t hike. They didn’t sing around the campfire. There was singing though — of church hymns. These fellowship services were special gatherings held at rural campgrounds called “camp meetings,” a tradition in the black community. “Going to the campgrounds was something that I looked forward to doing with my family,” says Floyd, an associate professor of art education. “I grew up attending camp meetings, and I thought everybody knew about them. When I started talking about them, I realized they didn’t.” Floyd was inspired to keep those stories and memories alive when she started revisiting the camp meeting sites she had attended with her family. She began documenting the stories and memories of the older campers through video and photography. Now preserving that history in pictures has become a source of spiritual renewal for her. “I started thinking about the children who come out to the campgrounds,” she says. “I wondered what they know about the history of the camp meetings, and what I could do to help preserve some of the memories and some of the stories of the elders.” Since the idea came to her, Floyd has taken thousands of photographs and captured hours of interviews at the campgrounds. She hopes to turn the photographs into a book, “This Far by Faith,” and she says she would like to turn a portable trailer into a traveling museum, bringing the campground history to those who cannot travel. By reconnecting with some old camp meeting friends, Floyd says it’s almost seemed like coming home. “Since I’ve been going, I have met many people and formed lasting relationships with them,” she says. “I wondered ... what I could do to help preserve some of the memories and some of the stories of the elders. their students beyond the classroom and build community. Funded by a grant from the Parents Annual Fund, the Office of Parents Programs reimburses professors when they host their undergraduate class for dinner at their home. “This program is an excellent opportunity to take the classroom experience to another level,” says Leigh Hewlett Greene, coordinator of Parents Programs. “After the dinners, students often find it easier to ask questions in class or visit their professor during office hours.” —Liz McCarthy S ystemwide Q A You’ve been teacher of the year four times at USC Salkehatchie. What drives your passion for teaching? I love history and think that history is awesome, so sharing that with students is something that makes me happy. As my students engage in several activities (such as historic site visitations and song lyric analysis), they begin to understand that history is a part of their everyday life and that realization is an incentive for me. They inspire me and I hope that I inspire them. Sarah Miller, associate professor of history at USC Salkehatchie & This year you’ve been helping your student, Sabrina Driggers, develop a preservation/restoration plan for the Pon Pon Chapel of Ease as a part of a Magellan Scholar grant. Was Driggers your first Magellan student? What did you learn from the experience as a historian and a mentor? Sabrina is my first Magellan student; she and I worked though the entire Magellan procedure together. We both love Pon Pon Chapel of Ease and recognize what it meant to the community in the past and the importance of preserving it for the future. You earned three degrees from Ohio institutions, yet you chose South Carolina. What would you want faculty and staff around the system to know about USC Salk? Salkehatchie is a great little campus — we have students engaged in research and internships, student-athletes and international students. Because we are one campus with buildings separated by 45 miles our faculty travel together, discuss research and teaching, and are genuinely friends. We are truly a Salkehatchie family. 4 University of south carolina Not so lazy days of summer F ROM THE VAULT The key to learning a language is to be immersed in it all day every day. The University of South Carolina Summer Language Institute promises to take students from zero to conversational in just eight weeks. It’s like studying abroad without the costs of traveling and hotel rooms. “It’s close to being in the country itself,” said Mark Beck, assistant chair of USC’s languages, literatures and cultures department in the College of Arts and Sciences. “You’re surrounded by the language, hearing it, learning to think in it.” Participants can earn 12 hours of credit toward their degree and will be eligible to take 300-level language courses after successfully completing the program. In summer 2013, USC will be teaching Italian and Portuguese with programs designed to enhance the understanding of the cultures of Italy and Brazil. —Page Ivey + The new Summer Language Institute is a part of the university’s On Your Time Graduation Initiative’s Summer at Carolina, creating a summer semester so students can catch up, get ahead or pursue other opportunities. it gives students flexibility in planning their course of study. Browser History With this spring’s rollout of OneCarolina, USC’s new system-wide digital community, the university continues a technological ascent that began way back in 1962 — with the purchase of USC’s very first computer, an IBM 1620. Two years and a few thousand punch cards later, the university added the state-of-the-art IBM 1401 mainframe pictured in this archival photo from the South Caroliniana Library. According to a company fact sheet, the 1401 featured such space age bells and whistles as “high speed card punching and reading, magnetic tape input and output, high speed printing, stored program, and arithmetic and logical ability” — in other words, we’ve come a very long way indeed. For other blasts from USC’s recent past, check out the feature “Object Lessons” in the spring 2013 issue of Carolinian magazine. ! This May more than 30 faculty and staff members will be leading students across the world for a chance to learn in exotic locales. From German managerial accounting to service learning in Africa, from the history and culture of Japan to business in Turkey, Carolina students will be experiencing new cultures and languages firsthand. We want to know where you’re headed this summer for an upcoming feature in USC Times. Tell us where you’ll be: email@example.com USC alumni Jonathan Mayhak, ’09, and Jason Rikard, ’10, love great food and drink. That’s why they recently created Grubbly, a free phone app and website for people in the Midlands looking to find daily specials at the area’s growing list of unique restaurants, gastropubs and food trucks. The two childhood friends from Lexington, S.C., both graduated with computer science degrees and say they want to help foster the recent growth of nonchain dining options. While they’re optimistic about the venture’s potential, they can’t quit their day jobs as programmers just yet. “It’s been expensive, but it seems like you’re taken more seriously if you’re willing to put your own time and money on the line,” Rikard says. —Jeff Stensland uscTIMES Vol. 24, No. 8 | April 25, 2013 USC Times is published 20 times a year for the faculty and staff of the University of South Carolina by the Division of Communications. 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