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U n i v e rs i t y o f S o u t h C ar o l i n a

2009–2010 Annual Report of C ar o l i n a a n d M c Na i r S c h o l ars

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Aristotle described education as “ … an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.” In these challenging times, we can appreciate the great philosopher’s words as we celebrate our Carolina and McNair Scholars and their achievements, but also look to them for inspiration in the future. The University of South Carolina seeks to promote academic excellence, in part, by building a community of scholars. The University has recruited some of the nation’s best and brightest undergraduates—both inside and outside of South Carolina—to pursue their collegiate work on our campus. Complementing course work with out-of-classroom experiences, these young men and women are achieving in four years what many of us dream of in a lifetime. Their accomplishments are not reached individually but collectively, as faculty, staff, students, donors, community members, business leaders, alumni, family members, and a host of others walk with each of our scholars along their journey. As this publication is titled True Scholar, we recognize that the life of a scholar is not defined simply by books and studying, but by character, civility, and service. These are the qualities that keep us rooted in our history and purpose. Each scholar is encouraged to seek and create his or her own path based on interests, purpose, and talents—and to share that with the greater community, be it locally, nationally, or worldwide. As you will see, no two are alike! Our true scholars are making an impact, as this annual report details. We are proud to share their stories and successes with you. Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina Michael D. Amiridis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Helen I. Doerpinghaus, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

The Carolina and McNair Scholars The University of South Carolina developed the Carolina Scholars Program in 1969 to celebrate the virtues of a world-class education. Through generous private support, we have expanded the program from nine students in its first year to more than 94 scholars on campus during fall 2009. Since its inception, 662 scholars have participated in the program, which has been an integral factor in keeping many of the state’s most academically talented students in South Carolina. Established in spring 1998 as part of the University’s Bicentennial Campaign, the McNair Scholars Program is an exciting scholarship fund for out-of-state students supported by a generous gift of $20 million from University alumnus Robert C. McNair and his wife, Janice. The McNair Scholars Program is the counterpart of Carolina’s prestigious Carolina Scholars Program for gifted in-state students. The University welcomed the 12th class of McNair Scholars this year. This year’s McNair Scholars represent 18 states and are among the nation’s brightest students. Distinguished by their extraordinary academic talent, exemplary character, and remarkable leadership skills, the Carolina and McNair Scholars are outstanding students whose ideas and abilities will shape the world of tomorrow. These young scholars personify not only the ideals Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke of when he said, “Character is higher than intellect,” but also the University’s own motto: “Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel.” As this report chronicles, these scholars have significantly enhanced the reputation of the University. A continuing goal of both programs is to create a community of scholars with a united and visible identity. First-year scholars participate in a leadership retreat, creating bonds and developing skills that will last a lifetime. Through the generosity of the University’s donors, these prestigious scholarship programs will continue to improve and grow. This Carolina and McNair Scholars report is offered as a testament to the successes of the programs that you have made possible.

The Selection Process The Office of Undergraduate Admissions coordinates the selection process for Carolina and McNair Scholars. To be considered, students are required to submit an application for admission as well as an additional application for the top scholar awards. The application generally asks students to include


school and community activities and accomplishments, independent research and readings, goals for the future, an essay, and teacher recommendations. Each applicant is carefully reviewed by faculty and staff and evaluated in areas such as academic preparation, intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, recommendations, interest in the University, and outstanding talents and accomplishments. Each year, 50 Carolina Scholar finalists and 41 McNair Scholar finalists are selected to attend an interview weekend held in February. During this visit, candidates tour campus, view residence halls, meet with many prominent University of South Carolina faculty, staff, and senior administrators, and attend sample classes. The campus visit is an opportunity for students to learn about the services and programs Carolina affords elite scholars and for students to experience the campus culture and community. This year, 20 Carolina Scholars and 24 McNair Scholars were named from the group of 91 finalists. In addition to the monetary award, scholars enjoy many benefits, including preferred freshman housing and parking privileges and a laptop computer. Our current and incoming Carolina and McNair Scholars are representatives of the best our nation has to offer and are an integral part of what makes the University a “faithful index to the ambitions and fortunes of the state.”

The Awards The Carolina Scholar and McNair Scholar Awards are the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships at the University of South Carolina. Students who accept the scholarships receive automatic entrance into the South Carolina Honors College. Each Carolina and McNair Scholar Award provides an annual stipend, which helps cover costs such as tuition, fees, books, and room and board. The stipends are renewable annually to support the scholars through four years of undergraduate study at the University. In addition to the cash stipend, Carolina and McNair Scholars participate in activities during the school year that complement their academic experience. First-year scholars build community starting with their retreat, and they are also paired with University faculty members who serve as mentors during the year. Sophomores receive one-on-one advisement to assist with academic and cocurricular planning. All scholars have a full schedule of programs each semester, which includes socials, formal dinners, lectures, and invitations to special campus events.

Carolina Scholar Award Donors Carolina Scholar Awards are made possible by the contributions of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The University Development Office cultivates and maintains relationships with donors of Carolina Scholar Awards. Private support of this and other programs enables the University of South Carolina to attract academically talented students and to provide the margin of excellence in all academic programs.

(Top to bottom) Carolina Scholar Alyssa Weeks greets her donors, Jack and Susan Graybill, at the Carolina Scholar spring dinner. Jeet Guram, far left, was selected by his Carolina Scholar senior class to provide comments at the spring dinner held March 23 in the Capstone House Campus Room. Guram is photographed here with his family, from left: mother Davinder, sister Mavina, and brother Mandev, who is also a Carolina Scholar, and father Surb. University President Harris Pastides enjoys a moment with seniors at the Carolina Scholars spring dinner in March. From left, Pastides, Kayla McGee, Samir Panvelker, Amy Stone, and Melody Dawson. Stone is president of the Carolina Alumni Association.

Bank of America Friends of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Friends and Family of Solomon Blatt Michael Bond J. Willis Cantey* Carolina Alumni Association Carolina Class of 1936 Carolina Class of 1937 Carolina Class of 1938 Carolina Class of 1939 Carolina Class of 1942 Carolina Class of 1953 Carolina Class of 1964 Carolina Class of 1965 Carolina Class of 1966 Carolina Class of 1967 Carolina Department of Athletics Carolina Development Foundation Carolina Educational Foundation Carolina Interfraternity/Panhellenic Council Caroline McKissick Belser Dial* A.T. Chalk* William B. Douglas* G.G. Dowling* William B. Dukes/Longhorn Steaks of Columbia Inc. William H. Duncan Frances King Fawcett First Citizens Bank First Union National Bank of S.C. Edward R. Ginn III Jack S. Graybill Anne Johnston Gregg William M. Gregg II and Family/S.C. Tees Inc. Caroline and Susan R. Guignard* Martha M. and Hubbard H. Harris*

Friends of James B. Holderman and Carolyn Meadors Holderman Kappy M. and William C. Hubbard Mary Burnet M. Pearce Johnston Olin D. Johnston* The Knox Family/Terminix Service Inc. L. Joseph Land John T. Langston III Sodexho Marriott Arnold R. Merchant* Charles Edwin Moore* Dr. Nicholas K. Moore Michael J. Mungo* Ralph David Neuman* James T. Pearce Jr. Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Mr.* and Mrs. R. Roy Pearce Robert E. Penland* Pepsi Cola Soft Drink Company Progress Energy Clyde C. Rice* David W. Robinson* South Carolina State Fair Association The Spadoni Foundation Dr.* and Mrs. Charles R. Standridge Calhoun Thomas* Mr.* and Mrs. John L.M. Tobias Patrick L. Tomlin University Associates Chris Vlahoplus and Friends Wachovia Bank of South Carolina, N.A. Annually Funded Award Donors Carolina Scholars Alumni The R.L. Bryan Company R.C. McEntire and Company Inc. Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle *deceased


True Scholar Finds Inspiration

Robert C. McNair

Seventeen days, 18,500 volunteers, 2,632 athletes, 615 medals, and me

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By Christine Harding, McNair Scholar, Class of 2011 I spent last spring in Whistler, British Columbia, and had the unique opportunity to be involved with one of the most prominent events in the world. For three months, I was one of 10 University of South Carolina students interning for Cleanevent, a contractor for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. While I have (not surprisingly) come to the conclusion that my calling is not in the snow removal, cleaning, and waste industry, I am more inspired than ever by the spirit of the games. The University’s Department of Sport and Entertainment Management first presented this opportunity. As an avid Olympic fan who dreamed of working with the games, I knew this was something I couldn’t turn down. I quickly canceled my study abroad plans and, before I knew it, was packing my bags for Whistler. I honestly had no idea what to expect or even how close to the games I’d even be able to get, but it was worth a try. From my first day in Whistler, I knew that this would be an experience to be remembered. Even though the games were still more than a month away, the excitement was palpable. The entire town was anxiously preparing for the opening ceremonies and for the arrival of guests from all over the world. And their preparation clearly paid off: I have never seen a more welcoming people or felt so comfortable away from home. I believe IOC President Jacques Rogge expressed it best at the closing ceremonies when he said, “Thank you to the people of Canada for your generous hospitality, your warmth, and this unique and joyous celebration of Olympism.” Looking back, I am absolutely in awe of the things I got to see and do. To call it a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity seems an understatement. I received behind-the-scenes tours of all competition and noncompetition venues in Whistler, including Athletes’ Village. I rode the city bus with Olympic athletes on a daily basis. I watched Shaun White’s gold medal halfpipe run from the grandstands of Cypress Mountain. I got to see the gold medal awarded to the four-man bobsled team. This moment was truly the high point of my time in Whistler. Everything I’ve loved about the games since I was a little girl culminated in the pride I felt hearing our national anthem played as our flag was raised. It’s amazing that this experience is actually a part of my education here at USC. I am so grateful for the diverse and interesting opportunities that the University provides for its students and for the fact that the McNair Scholarship allows me to take advantage of these opportunities. This semester was incredible, and my Olympic experience is one I will not soon forget.


Robert C. McNair, a leading businessman, sportsman, and philanthropist in the city of Houston for more than 50 years, is the founder, chair, and chief executive officer of the Houston Texans. He is perhaps best known in the business community as the founder of Cogen Technologies, which was sold in 1999. Cogen was the largest privately owned cogeneration company in the world, with aggregate capacity of 1,400 megawatts. McNair is chair of The McNair Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, where he oversees an investment portfolio that includes interests in three cogeneration plants in the eastern United States. McNair owns Palmetto Partners, Ltd., and RCM Financial Services, L.P., private investment entities that manage the McNairs’ private and public-equity investments, and is a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. McNair formed Houston NFL Holdings in 1998 and is chair and CEO. On Oct. 6, 1999, the NFL announced that the 32nd NFL franchise had been awarded to McNair, returning football to the city of Houston in 2002. McNair’s efforts brought Super Bowl XXXVIII to Reliant Stadium in 2004. The Texans had the best season in franchise history in 2009, winning their last four games to finish with a 9-7 record. They set a franchise single-season record for victories and were a tiebreaker away from making the postseason for the first time. The Texans boasted the league’s top passing offense and the highest-ranked defense in team history, and a team-record five players were selected to the Pro Bowl. With 8-8 seasons in 2007 and 2008, the Texans are one of only six AFC teams to finish .500 or better in each of the past three seasons. McNair is actively involved in NFL affairs, serving as chair of the investment committee, and is a member of the audit, finance, stadium, and expansion committees. Stonerside Stable in Kentucky is among McNair’s successes. A 1,947-acre thoroughbred horse farm and racing stable, Stonerside was home to more than 275 racehorses, broodmares, yearlings, and weanlings. Since its inception in 1994, Stonerside has won 72 graded stakes races, including Grade I wins in the Belmont, Breeders Cup Mile, and the Travers. In October 2008 McNair sold Stonerside Farm and Racing Stable. The McNairs have given generously to a wide array of charitable, scientific, medical, literary, educational, and religious organizations through the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation. Major support has been given to education, scholarship programs, and medical research in juvenile diabetes, breast and pancreatic cancer, and the neurosciences. Born in Tampa, Fla., McNair graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1999, he received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University. In 2010 he received an honorary doctor of humanities from Baylor College of Medicine. Bob and his wife Janice have been married for more than 50 years and have four children and 12 grandchildren.

(Top to bottom) Janice and Bob McNair with pianist Marina Lomazov, an assistant professor in the University’s School of Music. Lomazov gave a private recital after the spring McNair Scholars dinner. Each year, the spring scholar dinner honors our graduating seniors. McNair Scholar seniors include Cynthia Harbison, Liz Tucker, Jewel Sheehan, Lydia DiSabatino, and Collin Eaker. McNair Scholar Brooke Carroll speaks with Dr. Abdel Bayoumi and his wife, Nagwa, at the fall dinner held Nov. 18 for Carolina and McNair scholars.



Common Ground

A Month of Fun Days

Time Out from the daily grind

Receptions, lectures, performances, and more

By Kristia Finnigan, Director of Academic Programs, Office of the Provost

By Mollie Carter, Carolina Scholar 2011

When I learned in the spring of 2007 that Mollie Carter, the Carolina Scholar assigned to me, was a declared chemistry major, I thought to myself, “Hmm, shortage of political science majors this year. This will be a great chance for me to push the envelope” and connect with a student outside my ordinary realm of international politics and culture. Despite our apparently differing fields, or perhaps because of them, Mollie and I just seemed to click. The more often we met, the more interests outside academia we discovered we shared—international travel, reading, affinity for animals, gardening, cooking, to name a few. And did I mention coffee? Getting the most out of the scholar mentor program takes a little effort on the part of both scholar and mentor. As the scholars get caught up in the whirlwind of classes, papers, and exams, and the mentors in their daily teaching, advising, and research regimen, it is only too easy to let the semester slip by without making contact. That is one of the many things I’ve appreciated about Mollie: from the beginning, she was never reticent about e-mailing me, either to seek my advice on a certain topic, or simply to suggest getting together. Establishing contact at the beginning of freshman year should be only the first step; it is in maintaining the contact throughout that year and the years that follow that the relationship is most enriching for both scholar and mentor. It is undoubtedly flattering to have one’s counsel sought, and it is even more flattering, perhaps astonishing, when it is heard. As many times as we had talked, it nevertheless took me by surprise when Mollie, the chemistry major, told me of her plans to minor in political science and European studies. This brings me to one of the most delightful aspects of the scholar mentor program: you serve as doorways into each other’s worlds, crossing over thresholds of generation, background, and academic interest. As Mollie and I have discovered, all it takes is a willingness to listen, openness to different perspectives, and a little time out from the daily grind. That, and a good mocha latte.

On paper, it looks like we have little in common. I am a Carolina Scholar majoring in chemistry, and my first-year scholar mentor, Dr. Kris Finnigan, director of academic programs in the Office of the Provost, has an undergraduate degree in German and a doctoral degree in political science. Despite our different academic backgrounds, Dr. Finnigan could not have been a better match as my scholar mentor. As part of the Carolina and McNair Scholarship programs, each first-year scholar is matched with a faculty member, usually based on academic major or interests, who serves as a mentor to ease the transition into college. For me, the faculty mentor has been one of the best perks of the scholarship. It was a great advantage to enter college already having a mentor to go to for academic and personal advice and questions about how the college system works. Even more, it has been a great experience to maintain and build this relationship beyond my freshman year. Over morning coffees and lunches throughout the past three years, Dr. Finnigan has helped me navigate through academic curricula, departments, research, and internship opportunities. The fact that we specialize in different academic fields has made little difference. If she doesn’t know the answer to my question about a chemistry program, she knows who to ask or who to send me to. She has increased my awareness about other academic fields as well. When I declared minors in political science and European studies, I told her jokingly, “You’re rubbing off on me.” She responded, “I’m not even trying.” Perhaps not—perhaps that is the beauty of the scholar mentor program. We, as scholars or mentors, can just be ourselves and learn about the person behind the desk and degree. I encourage every scholar to build and maintain a relationship with his or her faculty mentor. Whether your academic major differs from your mentor’s degree or you think you have college figured out, your first-year scholar mentor is an indispensable source of advice and wisdom that can benefit you well beyond that first year. It will truly make a difference in your college experience.

(Top to bottom) McNair Scholars Daniel Hains, Caroline Crouch, and Stephen Timko enjoy their scholarship dinner held each spring. Chris Shuping, Caitlin Strachan, and Hali Kerr work through a “spider web” during the first-year scholar retreat. First-year Carolina Scholars Amit Kumar and Lizzie Mahoney attend the fall dinner and theatre performance in November.

Carolina and McNair Scholars have a full calendar for the academic year. Here’s a glimpse into what this year’s offerings were like … month by month. August: Scholars are welcomed back; a reception for all scholars is held the first week of class, with a firstyear scholars retreat the Saturday after Move-In Day. A meeting is also held for to jump-start the academic year for continuing students. The calendar of programs begins in September! Professor Neil Levens, psychology, gave his last lecture, and the first-year scholars met their mentors at a reception. A new program called “Nibble and Scribble” gave scholars a chance to hang out with a campus rock star (University President Harris Pastides kicked off this series.) while writing a note to their donors. Monthly scholar meetings also began this month, and the Carolina Scholars attended the president’s tailgate for the Mississippi game. In October, leaves begin to fall on the Horseshoe, and scholars are fully immersed in their schedules and routines. The last lecture was held in conjunction with the First-Year Reading Experience and University 101. Professor Abbas Tavakoli shared his view of The Complete Persepolis and growing up in Iran. Later in the month, scholars visited the Counseling Center’s Bean Bag Room for self-hypnosis—a big hit! November brings the first holiday of the fall semester, but there was no better treat than feasting on Lucille Mould’s, French, last lecture. The McNair Scholars attended the president’s tailgate for the Florida game and ended the month with a formal fall dinner for all scholars, followed by a performance of Theatre USC’s Radium Girls. January marks the end of a long break and the first-year scholars reconnected with their mentors at a breakfast in the dining facility of the new Honors Residence hall. February is busy, as the Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts recruitment weekends for Carolina and McNair Scholarships. Several scholars volunteered to assist, but before that, Professor Lawrence Rhu, English, gave his last lecture. March begins the wind down of the year as seniors make graduation and future plans. Professor Christopher Tollefsen, philosophy, delivered the last lecture in early March, followed by the annual spring dinners—one for Carolina Scholarships, one for McNair Scholarships. The dinners mark the end of the four years, eight semesters for our senior scholars —and highlights included comments from a senior speaker, selected by fellow classmates. April doesn’t go unnoticed at the University, especially on the Horseshoe, now in full bloom with a profusion of colors. Each day, students gather to study, play Ultimate Frisbee, and walk their dogs! A jazzy last lecture by Professor Bert Ligon, School of Music, provided a wonderful ending to the semester. Our final monthly scholars meeting was simply a social event—a great way for the students to touch bases before the rigors of exams and their departure for the summer.




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To introduce you to our senior scholars means an introduction to the world—they find themselves in places their predecessors only dreamed

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of—from traveling continents to tutoring children. On these pages you

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will see photographs of our senior Carolina and McNair Scholars in their own element, a location of their choosing. For some of them, the choice was easy and obvious, but for others, more thought and reflection was

For Alina’s senior thesis project she learned how to quilt and made a cathedral window quilt of pieces of fabric that she collected, along with stories, from family members. Through the process of making the quilt, she learned a lot not only about the art of quilting, but also about her relatives.

employed. The photos, accompanied by the students’ reflective and insightful words, provides a glimpse into their time as a Carolinian.

“Before I began my classes at USC, I had already initiated my Gamecock experience by attending band camp for the ‘Mighty Sound of the Southeast.’ I participated in the marching band and University Band for four years as a counterpoint to my major studies in marine science. The experiences and friends I gained from these organizations are absolutely invaluable. In addition, the USC Band’s fantastic team of photographers captured this picture of me performing at a halftime show—a perfect example of my extracurricular pursuits. On the more strictly academic side of my time at USC, my marine science major allowed me to learn from a variety of scientific disciplines, resulting in a satisfying broad-based education. Studying abroad in Australia helped me gain experience with many different basic research techniques. I also took a variety of geography courses purely out of interest. In short, I find that USC has helped to cultivate exactly the ‘love of learning’ that I hoped I could obtain from my higher education.” Caleb is conducting a job search with the intention of finding work in the environmental sciences. He is also working on an application to the Peace Corps as a way to continue his studies abroad.


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M c Na i r S c h o l ar West Perry High School Loysville, Pa. Marine Science Caleb spent a great deal of time performing with the Carolina Band.

“It is difficult to pinpoint one incident or aspect about Carolina that has influenced me most as all of my experiences here have mingled and combined to define my four years at Carolina. However, I would have to say that reflecting on my time here I am struck by the relationships that I have acquired as a


scholars were recognized at the April 8 Leadership and Service Awards. Three scholars won a Caroliniana Award—Alina Arbuthnot, Jenn Lias, and Amanda Lager. For his work with the Residence Hall Association, Jim Manning received a Hall of Leaders Award.

Gamecock. From my first visit to campus for the McNair Scholar interview weekend, I have found a new friend at every turn of my college career. I was shocked, but ecstatic, to find that living in Maxcy my freshman year would introduce me to dozens of people that would prove to be my friends throughout my time at USC and, I am sure, beyond it. The same sense of community that I felt in my residence hall I found in the University Ambassador organization. Even my professors and other faculty members have proven to be invaluable friends and mentors during my student years. Being an out-of-state student, I did not expect to want to stay in South Carolina post-graduation, yet only a few years after moving here I find myself searching only for career opportunities in the Palmetto State because of the bonds that I have forged and the family that I have created at USC.” Alina plans to work for a year before entering law school.


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M c Na i r S c h o l ar Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Mechanicsville, Va. Mechanical Engineering


Wally Peters has been one of Rebecca’s favorite professors during her four years at the University. He helped her through a lot of personal issues, like deciding on a major, where to go to grad school, and what scholarships to pursue.


mechanical engineering professors, and they have helped me grow in more ways than I could have imagined. With their help and guidance, I realized that I could study mechanical engineering and still pursue my other interests. When my housing arrangement fell through sophomore year, it was Wally Peters and Dr. Baxter who suggested that I look into living at the French House, even though I hadn’t taken French in three years. Last summer I participated in an REU hosted by the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt. computational fluid dynamics) in Germany. It

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was the perfect way to combine my fluency in “Four years ago, the prospect of graduation seemed far in the distance. What I was concerned with then was deciding what university to attend. The school I chose would shape my life and my growth for the foreseeable future, and USC stood out as one that provided a personality and experience that was different from other schools. It really wants its students to come learn and succeed. It felt like home—and it soon became one that is so difficult to leave behind. During these four years, I’ve learned many things and changed in many ways. I’ve found a passion in sociology and anthropology, fields I hadn’t even considered before coming to Carolina. I’ve raced against deadlines to turn out the best possible work and meet the high expectations of those around me. I’ve developed skills and honed a work ethic that will allow me to move forward and develop my dreams. Most of all, though, I’ve met wonderful people and made friends that will last far beyond my time here. Whatever may happen and wherever I may go, I’ll always treasure the years at USC, because it was—and is—my home.” Audrey will return to Virginia to seek employment, hopefully with the federal government.


build close relationships with several of my

For two months, I lived and traveled (and studied

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Audrey spent three of her four years living close to the University’s Horseshoe, so it was always an important place.

“During my freshman year I was able to

German with my engineering curriculum. I like to think that I’ve made a name for myself within the College of Engineering and Computing. I’ve been heavily involved with ASME (the mechanical engineering professional society), serving as both president and vice president. I’ve also served as vice president of Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society)—leading pledges through initiation week activities. What I will miss most about Carolina are the people I’ve lived with for the past four years. The people I lived with in Maxcy during freshman year remain my closest friends. They have been the one constant through the whirlwind that has been my time at Carolina.” Rebecca will spend the summer studying automotive technologies at the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt. She will begin working toward her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech in August.


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William H. Duncan Scholarship Southside High School Taylors, S.C. Pharmacy

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“Volleyball? Check. Sleeping bag? Just in case. Maps? Nah. Lunch? Music? Check and check. As I ran down my packing list for my latest escapade, I realized how much of my life and personality can be discovered by a

Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Honeoye Falls, N.Y. International Business and Human Resources Management Michelle’s Jeep reflects her personality as well as her time at Carolina.

look inside my Jeep. My Jeep has carried precious cargo, including friends,

a Gamecock, and I have discovered that South Carolina has a permanent place in my heart! For these reasons, I’ve decided to postpone the great westward trek to savor two more years here, getting my Master of Human Resources and launching my career with Cooper Power Tools. I have found the perfect place to start day one of the next great road trip.” Michelle will enroll in the Master of Human Resources Program at USC while working as a human resources clerk at Cooper Power Tools.


be young and to be a student. It is good to be young and to be a student at the University of South Carolina.’ He said that about a month before I was even born, but it resonates so well for me as a Gamecock now. I could rattle off the organizations I’ve joined, the numer-

medications that needed a care plan in clinical applications … on and on and on. But my

tournament. It has also transported me to yoga, basketball, salsa rueda classes,

smell of Carolina wafting through the rolled-down windows. I am proud to be

John Paul II from his visit to our very own backyard, ‘It is good to be young. It is good to

hypothetical patients who had seven different disease states and at least eight different

favorite anthropology and English classes, and my gear for a USC club volleyball

ing lifelong friends and mentors, and learning about myself, all with the sweet

is just difficult because I could go on forever! But let me start out by quoting Pope

ous leadership positions I’ve held, the 8 a.m. classes that I should have avoided, and the

family, the ingredients for my latest bread-baking adventure, books from my

job interviews, the Piedmont, and the ocean. I’ve been making memories, meet-

“To sum up my Carolina experience for the past four years into about 200 words

In addition to everything that the University had to offer, the Duncans have been more than scholarship donors to Kriska, and the family has been a big part of her Carolina experience.

Carolina experience is really more about my Gamecock family: my roommate of four years,


percent of all student government senators this year were scholars (five of 30 senators).

my closest and dearest friends, my second mom in Jan Smoak, and my Carolina family of the Duncans. I love my family back home in Taylors and would never trade them, but never would I have thought that I would find another family and home here in Gamecock Country! Fortunately, I still have two years left of pharmacy school, and I can continue to be ‘young’ and be a student here! While there will still be lots of drugs and health conditions for me to learn, I can still enjoy my ‘free’ football tickets and look forward to more dancing to ‘Sandstorm’!” Kriska has two years of pharmacy school remaining at the S.C. College of Pharmacy. She will be at Carolina for one more academic year, and then plans to conduct her last year of rotations in several different areas.


Carolina and McNair Scholars won 52 awards this year at the University’s annual spring Awards Day. 13

“I am surprised I was able to experience so much and graduate with a degree in women’s and gender studies and anthropology in my four years at the University. I entered with a vague idea of my passions and few friends. The Carolina Scholarship provided a community of bright and ambitious young people with whom I immediately bonded. These scholars inspired me with their drive and pushed me to challenge myself both personally and academically. Through my classes, I learned about social justice issues in both local and global contexts, and through my extracurricular activities, I was able to directly affect them. I found myself volunteering at a student-run afterschool center, the Waverly After School Program, a couple


“When coming to Carolina in fall 2006, I knew that academics would play a large role in my next four years. Anytime someone inquired about my major, they


always told me how difficult a task it would be to complete. Knowing how important

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school was going to be, I didn’t want to let

Charles C. Pinckney Scholarship Mauldin High School Simpsonville, S.C. Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies

it take over my life. With my time at Carolina, I wanted something that most scholars probably don’t reach for … an intramural

Sydney managed the Healthy Snack Initiative at the Waverly Afterschool Program along with Kelly Scriven and fellow scholar Jessica Steele. They provided children in a low-income neighborhood of Columbia with fresh produce for snacks five days a week and taught them basic culinary skills.

championship T-shirt. This accomplishment became my goal for the next four years. I had watched as my peers around me won them

of days a week, and it was there that I have made some

year after year. It seemed as if I had played

of my fondest memories. Meanwhile, closer to campus, I

every intramural sport possible, from football

met a like-minded group of women and men through the

to basketball to softball to Frisbee, the end

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. With them I en-

result was always the same—until spring of

gaged in spirited debates, raised awareness of important is-

my senior year. The opportunity finally ar-

sues through film festivals and demonstrations on campus, and lobbied Congress in Washington, D.C., to advocate important policy changes. The Carolina Scholars Program also gave me the opportunity to explore my passions beyond Columbia. It was in my travels and work in Senegal, Brazil, and the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans that I found my calling in increasing food security for women and children. I was able to unite all my experiences when I returned to Columbia by building a children’s community garden in one of the city’s food insecure neighborhoods and volunteering with our local sustainable urban farm. This scholarship opened up the world to me and showed me my place within it.”

bruce Dav i s

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Bernice and Mason Hubbard Scholarship and Class of 1953 Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Columbia, S.C. Chemical Engineering Since his freshman year of college, Bruce has enjoyed playing Frisbee on the University’s Horseshoe. Every Friday an intense Ultimate Frisbee game would commence. Although those games became few and far between throughout the years, Bruce still enjoys throwing the Frisbee around.

rived in my last possible semester, and I won in co-rec and men’s Frisbee. Mixed within the academics and the intramurals has been the opportunity to study abroad in the Dominican Republic, attend great Carolina athletic events, be a part of outstanding campus organizations such as Tau Beta Pi and AIChE, participate in thrilling workouts at Strom with Alex Wang, and much more. Knowing that my scholastic goal as well as my self-imposed goal have been completed, I am able to call my time at the University of South Carolina a success.” Bruce will work for Frito-Lay in Perry, Ga.

Sydney plans to spend a year exploring her passion in food justice while working in Washington, D.C. She will pursue a master’s in public health or medical anthropology in fall 2011.



“I chose to have my picture taken on the Carolina Shuttle. I feel that I have not spent my years at USC sitting still. In fact, it seems as if I am always

melody Daws o n

coming and going! Coffee dates with old friends, movie dates with new friends, dinner at my sorority house, study groups at the library, meetings at the Russell House, free concerts on Greene Street, and of course, class! The best thing about Carolina has been all the opportunities to stay busy. I am not sure I have even had a ‘boring’ day in college. I have taken classes on subjects from catapults to Bob Dylan. I even traveled to Ireland for an Honors College

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Pearce Scholarship Wilson High School Florence, S.C. Biology Melody is still on the go, only now she’s at MUSC.

literature class. The Carolina Shuttle has driven me all over campus, but being at USC has taken me and will continue to launch me so much farther!” Melody began dental school at MUSC in Charleston, S.C., in June. There, she will pursue her goal of bringing healthy and happy smiles to everyone around her!

lydia D i S abat i n o

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Turpin High School Cincinnati, Ohio Sociology Lydia is sitting outside the sociology building on campus, Sloan College, surrounded by copies of USC’s student newspaper, The Daily Gamecock, where she served as assistant copy desk chief.

“My time at Carolina as a McNair Scholar has been full of memorable experiences and people that have made the last four years really special. During sophomore year, my French class spent two semesters getting to know a group of students in France who came to stay in Columbia for a week—two of them even crashed at my apartment!—before my class got to return the visit in France over spring break. I also got to work for The Daily Gamecock as a copy editor for three semesters, where I met and joined forces with others on the copy desk—those original members of the grammar police. Junior year I spent Maymester working at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic—made possible through


scholars are University Ambassadors, who lead campus tours and welcome guests to the Visitor Center. 16

the summer study stipend from the McNair Scholarship. All these experiences just added to the great times I had on campus at USC, making my years there even more memorable. The opportunities that this award has given me and the doors that it opened for me in college are innumerable, and through the University of South Carolina and the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. McNair, I have built a strong foundation for my graduate studies in sociology next year at Indiana University.” After graduation, Lydia will travel with Cynthia Harbison through Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam), India, and along the east coast of Australia. Afterward, she will be home in Cincinnati for the summer to work until attending graduate school at Indiana University in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology.


“Arriving on campus as a freshman, I had no expectations aside from the fact that I would major in biology and Carolina’s football team would win the SEC Championship (I was correct in one of those regards). I essentially had a clean slate and an open mind, and Carolina provided me with the opportunities and the diversity to accomplish anything. I characterize my education not by what I learned in the classroom, but what I learned as an individual through all my amazing experiences. From operating on live mice in my research lab, learning and tasting the wines of France in wine appreciation class, and playing guitar on the Horseshoe, I distinguish my collegiate career as anything but average. The constant throughout was the strong support and friendships I gained by being part of the Gamecock family. This was most evident the crisp fall afternoon my senior year as the alma mater played after beating Clemson, and I gave a health to Carolina with those who just three years prior were complete strangers and now are my closest friends.” Kevin plans to attend either the Medical University of South Carolina or the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and hopes to practice cardiology in the Southeast.



collin Ea k e r

D o u g l as

M c Na i r S c h o l ar C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Thomas B. Pearce Scholarship Spartanburg High School Spartanburg, S.C. Biology Throughout his years at Carolina, Kevin frequently wrote and performed music while earning his biology degree. Kevin received a Magellan Scholar grant for his research, and he also wrote and recorded an album of original music for his senior thesis.

East Rutherford High School Forest City, N.C. Chemical Engineering Collin could often be found in the Swearingen engineering building, going to class, working on homework or projects, or just performing research.

“The last four years have gone by so fast, and looking back, I could not picture myself anywhere but the University of South Carolina. I initially came to USC to pursue a physics degree, but ultimately decided to take on chemical engineering. While my time in the classroom has been an enriching experience, the best parts about my time here have been outside the classroom. My passion has always been in research, and the University gave me many opportunities. I worked as an assistant in the physics and engineering departments, and through a USC professor, I was able to take part in an internship at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy in Freiburg, Germany. The things I will remember most though are my first days in Maxcy, the thrill of watching Carolina football with my friends, and countless other memories that will last a lifetime. Wherever I go, I will always carry with me the knowledge and friendships I have gained here.” Collin will attend graduate school in chemical engineering, preferably in some type of renewable energies program.


“Coming to the University of South Carolina has opened so many opportunities for me. I’m graduating in May with majors in international business and marketing and minors in Spanish, environmental studies, and international relations. But this hardly encompasses my experiences the last four years. As a Carolina Scholar, much of the financial burden of attending college was lifted, and I was able to embrace the opportunities this created for me. During my undergraduate years, I have been fortunate enough to


“When I picture my time at USC, I cannot help but to think about the future. In fact, my roommate and I were imagining a time,

e l l i ot t

20 years in the future, when we will meet up with all of our best friends from the Honors

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar

College. We laughed as we imagined catching

Class of 1938 Scholarship and Class of 1939 Scholarship Waccamaw High School Pawleys Island, S.C. International Business and Marketing

up with the published Ivy League physician, the world-renowned musician, and the public relations guru, among other friends. Though

Liz poses with some excited Indian school children on their field trip to the Taj Mahal.

we talked about it jokingly, the fact is that

study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, participate

such a future will probably take place. South

in the South Carolina Semester Program as an intern

Carolina has provided all of the stepping-stones

at the State Energy Office, participate in student

necessary for us to reach such goals while

government, and sail completely around the world

also receiving a well-rounded education. For

on Semester at Sea. It was during these past four

instance, I will be graduating with a degree

years that I was able to truly discover and explore my

in chemical engineering, have been taught to

passions and interests for the Earth, its resources, and

play the bassoon by a nationally recognized

all that is has to offer. Being in Columbia has allowed

bassoonist, have conducted cardiovascular

me to experience the best of both worlds, being close enough to the beach where I grew up, but also close enough to the mountains to develop my love for backpacking and the outdoors. Next year, I will be attending law school, where I will study environmental law and policy, which I will use to save, for example, the rainforests of South America, among many of Mother Nature’s other gifts.” Liz will attend law and graduate school at Tulane University, where she will be working to get her JD and MA in environmental science and policy.

nyssa F ox

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Solomon Blatt Scholarship and the G.G. Dowling Scholarship Spring Valley High School Columbia, S.C. Chemical Engineering Nyssa lived on the Horseshoe throughout her four years at USC. As her backyard, it was the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors while studying or hanging out with friends.

research at the medical school, was an officer in a nonpartisan political organization, and took a variety of classes to prepare me for the rigors of medical school next year. Even more so, while participating in all of these activities provided by the school, I have developed deep and lasting friendships with a group of diverse, amazing people. USC has supplied us with an excellent education and ample opportunities, and I am very grateful for everything that this school has provided for me, both personally and professionally.” Nyssa will attend the Medical University of South Carolina to pursue a medical degree. She plans to conduct clinical research in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.




“I fell in love with Carolina in the springtime. Walking through the Horseshoe and Gibbes Green on my first tour of the USC

G u ram


C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar A.T. and Frances Chalk Scholarship Irmo High School Irmo, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae: Biology, Economics, and Political Science

h arm o n

Carolina Scholar Jeet Guram received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award, the University’s highest undergraduate honor. Sullivan awards are given each year to one male and one female graduating senior for their outstanding achievements, campus leadership, exemplary character, and service to the community. The award is named for the 19th-century New York lawyer and philanthropist.


sunshine filtering through the live oaks twisting overhead, I suddenly realized that I felt … at home. My time at Carolina has been a period of immense growth and self-discovery: exciting and tough and sometimes painful,

Jeet stands outside the Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C., an exciting memory combining his time as an intern in Washington and his love of movies— he saw many remarkable ones, including The Hurt Locker, at the Landmark.


campus in 2005, azaleas all around me and

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but always pushing me toward a better ver-

Parkwood High School Waxhaw, N.C. Philosophy

sion of myself. Disregarding the skeptics, in

Michelle enjoys one of her favorite places—Carolina in the spring.

2006 I decided to major in philosophy, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I am a lover of wisdom, and here at Carolina I have had a unique opportunity to spend my time learning to distinguish wisdom from sophistry. In 2009, I spent the spring semester at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands, studying not only philosophy but also

“The University of South Carolina has been a kind of home base: After having

the culture and history of the Dutch people.

acquired knowledge here in Columbia, I have taken off around the country and the

It was an incredible, life-changing experi-

world to apply what I learned. The knowledge I gained on campus came in many forms.

ence that taught me as much about myself

I learned in classes, from remarkable professors such as Dr. Melayne McInnes and Dr.

as it did about the Netherlands, and I never

Christopher Tollefsen. I learned from my peers as we worked together to start a chapter

would have been able to study abroad were it

of The Roosevelt Institution, a student think tank. I learned as a research assistant at

not for the encouragement I received and the

the School of Medicine and as a volunteer at Palmetto Baptist Hospital. My travels took

confidence I’ve gained at USC. Now, during

me first to the Dominican Republic, where I worked in a rural clinic and engaged with

my last spring here, I sometimes find myself

public-health initiatives. I then set off for Washington, D.C., to serve as a health policy

daydreaming as I walk across campus, gazing

intern at The Heritage Foundation and The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy

at the live oaks and knowing that Carolina will

Research. In Washington, I harnessed my knowledge of health economics to contribute to

always be my home.”

the health reform debate.” Jeet will attend Harvard Medical School in the fall. In addition to pursuing an MD there, he will study for an MBA at Harvard Business School to further his interests in medicine and health policy.

Michelle plans to study Japanese culture in Tokyo before returning to Columbia to pursue an MBA. She hopes to continue her study of philosophy.


“My time at Carolina has been an incredible four years. I have spent more than two of those years living in Preston, where I have had the opportunity to participate in a residence-hall community and made countless friends. This year, I decided to give back to the community and functioned as the West Wing liaison of the second floor in Preston Residence Hall government. I majored in media arts and focused on the audio portion of the field. This involved taking extremely informative courses with Jeff Francis in the music school and gave me access to the music school

katie jarr i e l

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Mr. and Mrs. Julius H. Walker Scholarship Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Anthropology Katie enjoys reading on the Horseshoe or under the meditation tree near Flinn Hall.

recording studio. I have used this opportunity to pursue a variety of audio engineering projects, includ-

damian h e rr i n g

M c Na i r S c h o l ar McLean High School McLean, Va. Media Arts Damian spent a lot of time behind the console in Studio C at the USC School of Music.

ing recording bands. I chose to take my senior picture

“As a freshman, my faculty mentor Hal French told me

in the music studio because I have learned so much

about the meditation tree in the courtyard near Flynn

there, and I greatly enjoyed the work I accomplished

Hall; it was a place for students to communally reflect and

there. I have made many friends here at college and

broaden their perspectives. During the next four years, this

formed relationships that I hope will be lifelong. I

became the physical nexus of my undergraduate experi-

formed a band called Horrendous with two very good

ence. Though I traveled far away and explored many new

friends I met here at school. We have played shows

things, I always had a place to return to in the heart of

at the New Brookland Tavern, and we plan to release

Carolina. At the end of my first year, I took a Maymester to

an album in the near future. For my senior project, I

Morocco, where I rode camels in the desert and explored the

recorded and produced eight songs written by Hor-

medina of Fes. During the summer before my junior year,

rendous. I have also hosted a radio show on WUSC

I participated in an archaeological field school in Menorca,

for all four of my years here at USC. Each semester

Spain, before spending the fall in Florence, where I traveled

(except my first) I played strictly metal music, which

throughout Italy on the weekends. My experiences at USC

was broadcast to listeners on FM radio in the Colum-

have fully prepared me to continue my education pursuing

bia area, as well as on the Internet.”

a doctorate in classical archaeology, and because my roots were planted in a community of learning and wisdom, my

Damian plans to record more songs with his band, Horrendous, and to finalize arrangements with record labels to have an album released internationally later this year. In the long term, he hopes to find employment in the audio field or other technical areas in Columbia in order to stay in close touch with his college friends.


life will grow to encompass new places, ideas, and people.” Katie will attend graduate school at Cornell University to pursue a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology.


“Being a Carolina Scholar has given me more opportunities than I would have had attending university anywhere else. During my first week of class, I was

amanda l ag e r


introduced to my mentor, the brilliant writer Janette Turner Hospital, and the experience changed my life. Since then I have met numerous award-winning authors, have interned over a summer for a literary agency in New York City, and have written a collection of short stories for my senior thesis. The University of South Carolina inspired me to pursue my love of writing and reading in all

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Pierce Butler Scholarship Ridge View High School Blythewood, S.C. English

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Amanda and author Jane Alison before her lecture for Caught in the Creative Act, which was directed by her mentor, Dr. Janette Turner Hospital.

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship Cardinal Newman High School Columbia, S.C. Psychology and English

areas of my life, including giving back to the community through Cocky’s Reading Express, spreading the joy of reading to schoolaged children. I have also helped produce the Lettered Olive Literary Review to honor outstanding examples of undergraduate prose and poetry. USC also allowed me to travel to England, to study my favorite musician, Bob Dylan, and to get to know my fellow scholars each year at the freshman retreat. I will miss sitting on the Horseshoe in the spring and all of the wonderful people I have met along the way. Going to school in my own backyard was definitely not my first choice four years ago, but it was the choice that made all the difference in my career.” Amanda will be attending the University of Central Florida in the fall to work on her Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction creative writing. Afterward she intends to pursue a career in publishing.


“When I reflect on my four years at the University of South Carolina, I can’t help but think of all the incredible memories I’ve made here. As an English and psychology double major, I’ve definitely stayed busy during my time at USC. I’ve had the opportunity

As an English major, Mary spent plenty of time reading in the Thomas Cooper Library. Being able to work so closely with priceless rare books by authors from Milton to Fitzgerald has been an amazing experience and is something she hopes to continue in her graduate studies.

to take interesting, unique honors courses with outstanding professors, learning more not only about the world around me but about myself as well. Beyond academics, I’ve been able to be involved in my community through the Waverly After School Program. Forming the bonds with the kids there has been one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences at Carolina, opening up my eyes to the real needs in the Columbia area. In my time at USC, I’ve met some of the most amazing people. I have taken classes from faculty members whose teachings and encouragement have inspired me to pursue a career in academia as an English professor. The friends I’ve made here mean the world to me—we have had amazing times together, and I know even as we continue in different directions, I know we will in the future as well. I am so thankful for my scholarship that enabled me to come to USC and had the experiences that have shaped who I am today, and I feel lucky to have met so many wonderful people here that I know I will never forget!” Mary plans to pursue a doctoral degree in English, specifically studying Medieval and Renaissance literature. She would like to become an English professor.


“Graduating from the University of South Carolina is a bittersweet experience for me. It is sad to say good-bye


to four wonderful years of a beautiful campus, enlightening classes, brilliant professors, and dear friends. All of the high-spirited football games, hours of

L i as

studying at coffee shops, and afternoons on the Horseshoe helped to piece together

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a college experience I would never trade.

Upper St. Clair High School Pittsburgh, Pa. Public Relations and Spanish

Even though it is hard to leave Carolina, I am even more excited to pursue my dreams and passions that college has helped me prepare for and develop. After semesters of tough science classes, cervical cancer research, hospital volunteer work, community outreach with teenage girls, and summers spent ministering to middle school students, I feel ready to start medical school and work toward a career in adolescent obstetrics. The Carolina Scholars Program has played such an important role in helping me to reach my


The historic Horseshoe quickly became Jennifer’s favorite place to spend time as a Gamecock. She loved hanging out in front of the McKissick Museum, the home of her beloved University Ambassadors and the starting place for the 75-plus tours she led for prospective students during her four years. She especially enjoyed bringing her new puppy, Lilly, up to the Horseshoe to play during the warmer months.


C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar

home for the past four years. No matter

Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship Eastside High School Taylors, S.C. Chemistry

Katie plans to attend the USC School of Medicine. She wants to pursue a career in obstetrics with a special interest in teen pregnancy.


by the towering palm trees. A Pittsburgh girl born and raised, the thought of spending my college days in a city known to be ‘famously hot’ sounded absolutely perfect. Now more than four years later, I can honestly say that my experience here at the University of South Carolina has been nothing but that—perfect. I have enjoyed eight semesters full of rigorous studies and fantastic amounts of fun. My experiences spent on the Horseshoe with my Honors College study buddies or the days lying on the sundeck at the sorority house with my Alpha Chi Omega sisters. Yet, without a

tunity I had to make this University my

be a Carolina girl at heart.”

but be enthralled by the school with the glistening outdoor pool surrounded

as a Gamecock have been stimulating and diverse. I will never forget the days I have

goals, and I am so thankful for the oppor-

where my future takes me, I will always

“When I went to the college fair my junior year of high school, I couldn’t help

Katie worked on a research project in the USC School of Medicine lab.


scholars were recognized at the annual TOAST breakfast—The Outstanding Achievement and Student Triumph breakfast.

doubt, my most engaging and rewarding experience as a Gamecock has been my time spent every week in the Visitor Center. Having the chance each week to make an impression on prospective students and to open their eyes to the wonders of Columbia and what it means to be a Gamecock was something that made my college years special. Next year I will be attending law school, but I will never forget my undergraduate days spent in garnet and black.” Jenn will attend law school at the University of Virginia to study environmental law. She hopes to work as the legal advisor for the National Park Service or another nonprofit organization focused on conservation. Her other plans include one day returning to the classroom as a law professor.



“My four years at Carolina have certainly been a source for great changes in me. I will always remember all the best spots for reading, the well-kept secret of the computers with

m i tc h e l l

free printing, and the answers to the crossword

ette of Longstreet Theatre five years ago on my campus tour, I told my mother, ‘Someday I will star on that stage.’ Little did I know that before that day, I would be on a banner across the front of

puzzles I did everyday. Over the four years and

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the three majors I have discovered interests:

George Walton Comprehensive High School Marietta, Ga. Theatre

anthropology as well as philosophy and religious studies. I was able to expand my artistic skills with a class in ceramics and my physical

It seems like much of the last four years has been spent getting ready to be on stage, whether in rehearsal, dressing in the basement of a theatre, studying her craft, writing, or performing, the University theatres have been Sydney’s home. For as much as she has learned from preparing to be on stage, nothing compares to what she has been taught by her incredible peers, teachers, and mentors.

skill with karate in the mixed martial arts style. The stack of notes and books now taking over my room is an almost frightening reminder of how much reading I have done over the years.

that theatre in a corset and wig ‘shhh’ing the world. Nor could I even grasp the change four years would show in my dreams, skills, and spirit. Over the course of my work at USC, I completed a minor in Spanish, acted in a number of plays; wrote and directed a play called Lorca: Alone in a Dream, worked as a supervisor at Starbucks, completed my honors degree, and somehow maintained a social life, all while participating in at least 16 productions.

However, what I will remember most from

I spend the majority of my time inside theatres,

my time here is not my overworked eyes, my

but surprisingly enough, not Longstreet, until my

dependence on caffeine (well, maybe), or my

senior year, I did it! I starred in a play in Longstreet

grade point average but listening to WUSC ra-

Theatre as Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac just like

dio, going to the movies in Russell House with friends, and long walks across campus in the springtime. I could never forget and will always thank the handful of teachers that really allowed

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me to ask and helped me to answer the most important questions of life.” Kerri will to move to Charleston, S.C., to do freelance work for a friend and save money for a transcontinental trip!

I said I would, but by then, it was about more than tangible goals. The most valuable element of my time at USC is the genuine connections I have made with friends and audiences through theatre. I cherish the time I spent learning from my mentors and

car o l i n a S c h o l ar

teachers, collaborating with my friends and fellow

Athletic Department Scholarship Saint James High School Surfside Beach, S.C. Anthropology

artists, challenging my limits, and coming to see

In four years, Kerri spent a lot of time in the bookstore before or between classes. Most of her tools for school, pens, notebooks, post-its, index cards, and countless books and a few comics from the fiction shelves were supplied by the bookstore.


“After first laying eyes on the striking silhou-

that theatre is a relevant and living art form.” Sydney will begin her professional acting career in Manteo, N.C., as Eleanor Dare in the nation’s longest running outdoor drama, The Lost Colony. She then plans to move to New York City to continue pursuing a theatre for this generation through the creation of new works while acting and possibly making a latte or two with her current employer, Starbucks.


“As I look back over my years at Carolina, I can’t help but feel extremely lucky— lucky for the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve been fortunate enough to meet. The University of South Carolina has become an essential part of my life, and as I move on, I cannot help but feel a bit of nostalgia for all

samir pa n v e l k e r

that I am leaving behind. From Saturdays in Williams-Brice Stadium to Carolina Cup ev-

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ery spring, I have made memories so unique

Athletic Department Scholarship Wilson High School Florence, S.C. Anthropology

to this University that I cannot imagine what these past few years would have been like anywhere else. I will not forget the faculty and wonderful mentors that have made my time here worthwhile, and I am happy to say I take friendships with me that will last

During his undergraduate studies, Samir enjoyed watching the Gamecocks at the Colonial Life Arena, especially their 2010 win over top -ranked Kentucky.

me a lifetime. It will be with tears that I leave

kayla McGee

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Bank of America Scholarship North Augusta High School North Augusta, S.C. Finance and Accounting From freshman year in Capstone House to senior year living on Harden Street, Five Points has always been the spot where Kayla and her friends could wind down from the school week and laugh while dining and shopping.


the University of South Carolina in May, but I know that I leave prepared for my future

“Becoming a Carolina Scholar was a major factor in my decision to attend Carolina,

and thrilled to come back and visit my alma

and I am tremendously grateful I made that choice. Looking back on my four years in

mater for years to come. The University of

garnet and black, I am amazed how much I have grown. The structure of the Honors College

South Carolina will always have a part of my

guided me to take classes in a variety of disciplines, allowing me to find the perfect fit for my

heart. Go Gamecocks!”

major in anthropology. With the help of University scholarships and grants, I fulfilled a lifelong

Kayla will move to Charleston to help open an office for the company she currently works for, Avista Solutions. In the fall, she will attend law school at the University of Georgia, Emory University, Vanderbilt University, Georgetown University, or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

dream and spent a summer in Australia. In the Carolina community, I met motivated peers


percent of outstanding seniors were Carolina or McNair Scholars.

with whom I served the underprivileged through the Waverly After School Program, explored my interest in politics with The Roosevelt Institution, and formed friendships I will cherish for the rest of my life. My picture was taken at a Carolina basketball game, where I have spent many nights cheering on the Gamecocks. The team struggled my freshman year but grew in maturity and talent over the years, their progress culminating in a thrilling win over topranked Kentucky this year. The rise of the basketball program has mirrored my growth here over the years, and I am really proud of how Carolina has shaped me to be today.” Samir will attend the University of Virginia School of Medicine next year.


melanie pozdol

“It’s funny that I would not have been a USC student, had it not been for my dad and his OCD tendencies to go the recycling bin. He always worries that we might throw away important documents without shredding them

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Rolling Meadows High School Arlington Heights, Ill. Music Performance Melanie is shown in her favorite practice room at the School of Music with both her violin and her oboe. She spent a great deal of her time here at USC locked in the practice rooms … practicing and perfecting her musical skills!

first … But there it was in the recycling bin on that fateful day in 2006: a letter about the McNair scholarship, mixed in with all of the other annoying college mail I’d tossed without opening. After rescuing and showing me this letter from the University of South Carolina, which mentioned full scholarships, all I could think

ashley robertson

C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Wachovia Bank of S.C. Scholarship Newberry High School Newberry, S.C. Finance Ashley is pictured at the Olympia Mill not only because she lived in one of the loft apartments, but also because it was the topic of her senior thesis. It holds a great deal of meaning for her, as it did to the many people who once worked there and lived in the surrounding village.

was: ‘Ooh. South Carolina. How exotic!’ Upon finding more about USC, I was full out in love. But my mom wouldn’t let me go unless I got the scholarship. So I did. I mean, I was in love! And here I am, four years later, still in love with USC! During my time here, I have explored my musical interests on violin and oboe, been active in the Lutheran campus ministries, gone to football games, made lots of lifelong friends, and have attempted to stay well-rounded. Although music is ‘my thing,’ USC has allowed me to explore new and exciting opportunities—opportunities that I would have missed out on if my dad hadn’t gone through the recycling that day!” Melanie will work toward a master’s in music performance on oboe at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Though not pursuing graduate studies on the violin, she will continue to play her violin for pleasure and as a member of Eastman’s graduate conducting ensemble.

“Making the decision to attend USC was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Growing up a Clemson fan, I never thought I would come to school here. Now, I am confident that my array of experiences at USC will contribute to future success as an attorney because its opportunities have allowed me to broaden my horizons. Although I knew I wanted to go to law school from the time I began college, I love the fact that I have been able to explore many different areas and serve many ways at Carolina. One of my most enjoyable experiences was as a University 101 peer leader. I valued being able to get a taste of teaching college students although quickly learned it is a lot harder than I first thought! Having students look up to me and using my own experiences to advise them was both humbling and exciting. Being a member of the Carolina Judicial Council has allowed me to hold an important role on campus and realize the importance of the Carolinian Creed. The Delta Zeta sorority provided me with both social and community-service events. Traveling to Ireland for a Maymester is something I will never forget. Finally, completing my senior thesis on a topic about local history caused me to sharpen research skills that do not get practiced much as a business major. I am very grateful to USC and the Carolina Scholars program for providing me with the opportunity to spend my college years in such an enriching environment and look very forward to spending three more years here as a law student and cheering on the Gamecocks as a converted fan!” Ashley will attend the University of South Carolina School of Law this fall on a Dean’s Scholarship.



“I came to South Carolina as a teenager with no idea where my life was


headed, and I graduate from this

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great school as an adult who knows exactly where I want to go. I learned than I could possibly list, and I’ve never regretted for an instant that USC was

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the only school to which I applied. The

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most important lesson I learned in both

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my academic and personal life was that

Michael prepares for a meeting of Beta Alpha Psi, the professional accounting fraternity, with two of his fellow officers.


more useful knowledge and life lessons

Jewel’s photo was taken at Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor in West Columbia, S.C. There, she learned many old folk, gospel, and country songs from generous veteran guitar pickers. Learning to play the guitar taught her more about herself than any other experience has.

when an opportunity presents itself, I should jump at the chance to take it, even if it’s outside my comfort zone. This semester I signed up for a management class I needed in order to graduate, not realizing the section I chose was the one from which four students would be selected to represent USC in an international case competition in Canada.

“From the moment I first toured Carolina, I could feel the Gamecock spirit, and

Though I’d had no intention to compete

it caught on in me very quickly! I am an avid Gamecock sport fan (I didn’t miss a

for one of those four slots at the outset of

single home football game in four years). My passion for Carolina wasn’t just between

the semester, when the professor asked

the hedges, however. During my time at Carolina, I was involved in a wide variety of

for volunteers, I raised my hand on

organizations, including Club Water Polo, the Newman Club, University Choir, and

impulse. Not only was I selected for the

Relay for Life. Each one of these organizations provided friends with new ideas and

competition, our team ended up taking

perspectives. My two most defining experiences as an undergraduate were conducting

first place, and it was a true highlight of

research with Dr. Jim Carson and working on my senior thesis with Walter Liniger.

my time at Carolina.”

The two were totally different experiences, as lab work is strictly about facts and data, while my thesis is all about abstracts and the self, but each one was an integral part

Michael plans to begin the Master of Accountancy program at the University this fall. He will then pursue the Certified Public Accountant designation before beginning his career in auditing.


of my life at Carolina. Moving forward from here, I will always be a Gamecock first. ‘Here’s a health Carolina, forever to thee!’” Jewel will return to her home state to attend UNC Chapel Hill Medical School and experience the other Carolina.


scholars won Magellan Scholar Awards for undergraduate research this year. Twentyfive scholars participated in Discovery Day, and 11 of them received awards. 37

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“My four years at USC have been a time of boundless opportunities and personal growth. I came to Columbia not knowing what to expect from college or even whether I’d keep the political science major I’d indicated on my application. My involvement with SAGE, USC’s environmental group, led me to an internship with the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, where I worked on a project to raise awareness about climate change in the

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presidential primary. This was my first real political involvement and included everything C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Student Government Scholarship Fort Mill High School Fort Mill, S.C. Political Science and Latin American Studies Emma visited Scarborough while studying in Hull, located in Yorkshire, England. This photo was taken on one of a very few sunny days!

from writing op-eds for local papers to a personal meeting with President Barack Obama. That same year, I studied abroad for the first time, spending six weeks in Costa Rica. There I became immersed in the life of my host family and was able to carry on a conversation in Spanish for the first time. I went on to spend semesters in Argentina, Mexico, and England—learning about other cultures, meeting new people, and visiting more countries than most people see in a lifetime. Between semesters, I spent a month interning in my con-

M c Na i r S c h o l ar Oak Ridge High School Lynchburg, Va. Biology Melissa was a Personal Touch Volunteer in the Newborn Nursery at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital.

gressman’s office in Washington, D.C., and while in Columbia, I worked at a local law firm. In all, my undergraduate experience has been incredibly enriching and rewarding, and I’ve been lucky to be at Carolina.” Emma will attend Duke Law School on scholarship this fall after working at a law firm this summer.


students studied abroad this year, from summer 2009 to spring 2010, and in 21 countries: Poland, Austria, Peru, Germany, England, South Africa, Spain, Egypt, France, Italy, Russia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia, Dominican Republic, British Columbia, Chile, Taiwan, Thailand, Ireland, and Argentina.


‘My time at USC has been filled with memorable experiences, many of which influenced my decision to attend medical school this August. I enjoyed the fantastic opportunity of being a personal touch volunteer in the Newborn Nursery and Radiology Department at Palmetto Health Baptist. I also completed a research project investigating memory and emotion in epilepsy with an incredible mentor at the USC School of Medicine. During my time at Carolina, I went skydiving, adopted a cat, and day-tripped to the beach. For fun and for credit, I was able to take horseback riding lessons just outside of Columbia. I even studied abroad in Ireland with a fellowship over a summer— and loved every minute.” Melissa will attend medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Va.


“Of all the things I’ve enjoyed at Carolina, my friends will be the hardest to replace. While my Maxcy companions and I share memories of ping pong tables,


flooded basements and late night Beezer’s runs, the kids at Waverly have kept me upto-date on middle school gossip, ‘healthy’


eating, and the latest texting trends. Carolina has been an inspiring place to spend four

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years, a University with a wealth of resources

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and mentors who are willing to shower you with opportunity. I have taught classes on the production of amaranth in indigenous

“When I came to South Carolina for school I knew that I was coming for ‘the college experience’—I had no idea that I would be getting a cultural experience akin to a study abroad trip. I remember my first day at USC: ‘You mean you don’t have pearls? Don’t worry, I have an extra strand I can lend you,’ said a fellow Gamecock. I think that experience sums up my time at USC: I was

Katie is pictured on the Horseshoe because it was truly the epicenter of her college experience: It was her front yard (or backyard) for all four years. It was where she learned that she hated Frisbee. It was where she fell in love with the campus. It was where she spent hours tanning with friends that turned into family. It was where she studied and hung out with the pet bunny rabbit that she hid in her residence hall for a year, and it will always be the first thing that comes to mind when she thinks of USC.

communities in Mexico, taken courses such as photography and rock climbing, tutored kids in a resource-limited neighborhood in Columbia, and played for USC’s club tennis team. Each experience has introduced me to individuals who have made lasting im-

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constantly learning new things about the South, about school, about my interests, about my strengths and weaknesses, about myself. I learned from my professors, my employers, and my friends, and I am so happy to say that I still keep in touch with them now and that they are still such a big part of my life. Being a student at South Carolina really has helped shape the person that I am today. And when it comes down to it, there are three things from USC that I’ll always keep with me: my education, my friends, and my very own strand of pearls.” Katie is job hunting and interning and volunteering at a museum and performing arts center, planning to work in development and fund-raising in the arts.


car o l i n a S c h o l ar Henry Laurens Scholarship Asheville School Hilton Head Island, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae: Public Health, English, and International Studies Jessica’s greatest contribution at USC has been to the Waverly After School Center, a tutoring program located just 1.5 miles from the University campus. There she has taught hip-hop dance classes, started a public-health initiative, and forged meaningful bonds with a remarkable group of kids and community members.

pacts on my life, including fellow students, professors in the School of Public Health, and women in the Latina community. They say that ‘Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.’ Carolina is one of those truly great friends, and a place I will wholly miss.” Jessica will work for two years with HealthCorps, where she will be running health and nutrition programs in a public high school in Sacramento, Calif. The organization targets teen health and mental resiliency in underserved populations across the country and advocates for better health in local communities.


“My dad tells me that I enjoyed college more than anyone he knows. I don’t know everyone that he knows, but I


do know that I will look back on my years at Carolina with the greatest nostalgia (this could be due to the fact that I unfortunately started singing Trace Adkins’ ‘You’re

to n e

Gonna Miss This’ about most events starting sophomore year). I have trouble

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conceiving that the variables of college

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life could ever again line up with such beautiful precision as they did for me— marvelous friends, a rundown apartment

Megan’s room was her headquarters during her time at USC. It was one of her favorite places.

building, the discoveries of caffeine and vegetables, an endlessly faithful God and church family, the Department of State’s

my years at USC would be some of the best of my life. I was right. During the past

willingness to give me your tax money

four years I have had so many great experiences. I have met many new friends here at USC

to go to China, and the list could go on. The past four years have encompassed my attempts to not just exist, but truly live. What will stay with me are the stories from these attempts. Whether it’s the one about playing Candyland with gold medalist ice skaters at the Waverly Center or the time I made chocolate truffles as homework for my Chemistry of Food class, I will never quit telling them. Let me know if you want to hear one. I’ll meet you at Starbucks in the Vista.” Ashley will be screaming for ice cream as she starts her job at the Southeast headquarters of Edy’s Grand Ice Cream in Atlanta. She will begin Edy’s yearlong sales management training program in June.


“Ever since I first stepped onto campus on move-in day freshman year, I knew that


and have grown much closer to my old friends who came with me from high school. I have been able to participate in many organizations, including Relay for Life, Dancesport, the Residence Hall Association, Alpha Lambda Delta, and the Carolina Scholars Association. I have been able to take many classes in a variety of subject areas and have been able

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to major in international business, economics, and finance and minor in European studies and Spanish, all of which I greatly enjoyed studying. I also had the wonderful opportunity

m c n a i r S c h o l ar Sullivan South High School Kingsport, Tenn. International Business and Marketing Ashley considers Williams-Brice Stadium to be a place where friendships are made and sustained … she also liked to watch a little football. You could find her in Section 23 at any given home game over the past four years.

to study abroad in San Sebastian, Spain. It was an amazing experience and made me really


Carolina and McNair Scholars were enrolled at USC for the 2009–2010 school year.

realize how much I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. Because of studying abroad, I have also had the chance to work as a study abroad representative on campus to encourage students to have the great adventure I was able to have. All of these experiences have helped me to realize what I really want to do with my life, study international macroeconomics, which I will be able to do here as I continue studying to earn my Master of Arts in economics at the Moore School of Business.” Megan will attend graduate school at USC to earn a Master of Arts in Economics. Afterward, she will either continue working toward a Ph.D. in international macroeconomics or will join the workforce, hopefully as an economic advisor in the government or for a multinational corporation. She is also working on plans to start her own business.



“While deciding on a location for the picture that represents my time at Carolina, one choice became obvious: the S.C. Statehouse. During the spring semester of sophomore year, I interned with the

wa n g

Senate Minority Department of Research at the South

finally set in is a bit misleading. In truth, I began reminiscing about my experiences at Carolina as soon as my freshman year ended. From late-night

Carolina Statehouse. My time spent at the Statehouse

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and the relationships and skills that I developed during

Bank of America Scholarship South Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Political Science and Psychology

this semester shaped not only the rest of my time at Carolina, but also my future after graduation. After this internship, I dedicated myself to my major in politi-

As an intern at the Supreme Court, Alex assisted petitioners with the process of filing writs and applications. He said “The Hill” offered a vibrant political setting and provided its fair share of sights and eclectic dining options.

cal science and sought to experience politics through a variety of diverse experiences. An internship on ‘the

study room sessions to ultimate Frisbee games on the Horseshoe, my Maxcy experience was simply a taste of things to come. Over the course of my time at Carolina, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in an array of activities, all of which bore their own unique

Hill’ with Representative John M. Spratt (D-S.C.) truly

contributions. Whereas the Carolina

changed my concept of what I will eventually strive

Judicial Council afforded meaningful

to achieve in my career. After graduation, I plan to

interaction with the University’s judiciary

move to Washington, D.C., to continue my work in

process, The Roosevelt Institution

government and public policy. My time at Carolina has

offered a glimpse into the intricacies of

certainly flown by. Reflecting on my days here reminds

policymaking. Additionally, through the

me of afternoons spent on the Horseshoe, picnicking with friends, late night runs to Beezer’s, workouts at the Strom, and all-nighters at Thomas Cooper. I spent an unbelievable summer semester at the University of

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Urbane in Italy and worked with challenging professors

Washington Semester Program, I had the opportunity to intern at the Supreme Court of the United States while living in the heart of nation’s capital. In the end, however, the invaluable friends I have

who encouraged me to think and work to achieve my

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met along the way will remain the most

potential. These memories will never be forgotten, but I

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defining aspect of my time here, and

will always be most thankful for the opportunities that I have received to further my interests in political science and the friends I have made while doing so.” Liz will be starting her career on Capitol Hill as director of operations for Congressman Rick Boucher (D-Va.). She will be in charge of scheduling and budgeting.


“To suggest that nostalgia has

Liz’s internship at the S.C. Statehouse solidified her interests in political science.

although I am proud of each and every one of them, they will be sorely missed.” Alex plans to take a year to teach English abroad in Taiwan or China. He then plans to apply for and attend law school.


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C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar A.T. and Frances Chalk Scholarship Wilson High School Florence, S.C. International Studies Minors in Chinese and Japanese James performs an advanced posture from the “108 Martial Techniques” of Yang Jianhou, a 19th-century Tai Chi master.

“Arriving at USC with a command of both

“I came to the University of South Carolina with an open mind and a sea

Madarin Chinese and Japanese languages,

of opportunity in front of me. I immediately found an appreciation for the

I built on my language abilities to further

mind-expanding field of philosophical thought, as well the history and theory

my interest in Asian culture, economics,

of film and other modern media. I gained this knowledge while studying abroad

and politics. In addition to completing both

in London, England. Outside the classroom, I maintained interests in various

a Chinese and Japanese minor, I interned in a

activities, highlighted by writing opinion columns for The Daily Gamecock, making

Chinese market research company the summer

award-winning short films, and producing a television program for SGTV. More

of my freshman year and continued to work with

than anything, I found a love for all things comedic, performing in the local

my host company as a private contractor until

improv group Toast, winning the USC Student Stand-Up Comedy Competition,

2008. I also studied abroad at Peking University

and cowriting and acting in several comedic short films, one of which won the

during my junior year, when I also worked in the

USC Got Film? Festival.”

marketing department of a prominent Beijing art gallery. Throughout my time at USC, I studied traditional Tai Chi Chuan with Master Zhang Manjun in Beijing. As a senior, I taught Tai Chi

After graduation, Drew plans to attend New York University’s Steinhardt School to pursue an MA in media, culture, and communication, and he will continue his comedic studies through stand-up and improvisation throughout New York City.

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C ar o l i n a S c h o l ar Charles C. Pinckney Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Philosophy and Film and Media Studies Combining his love of film, philosophy, and comedy the only way he knows how, Drew Zolides takes a literal view of the adage ‘playing a game against death.’ The scene is a parody of the famous “Chess with Death” sequence in Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The Seventh Seal. Drew thanks Death for agreeing to appear in his picture.

for the Confucius Institute at USC. Starting in 2008, I published a series of articles on Tai Chi culminating in a fifth trip to China on a Magellan Research Grant. With the founding of the Yang Jianhou Tai Chi Reasearch Institute, a collaborative effort in which I have been heavily involved, I hope to continue my intellectual and practical research into Tai Chi from the institute’s headquarters in Beijing, China.” James will spend the next few years as an instructor at the Jianhou Tai Chi Research Institute, where his first project will be to translate and compile a collection of didactic martial-arts poetry. He hopes to make Chinese philosophy and culture more accessible to the Western world through teaching and publishing.



Colin Kane

Marissa Thomas

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Helen Knight

First Union National Bank of S.C. Scholarship Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

Charles Pinckney Scholarship and Edward R. Ginn III Scholarship Irmo High School Irmo, S.C. International Studies

Ballard High School Louisville, Ky. Geography

Atlanta Girls School Decatur, Ga. International Studies

Sarah Callahan

Kyle Mallinak

Jim Manning

Alexandria Tracy

William H. Duncan Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Mathematics

Bank of America Scholarship Berkeley High School Pinopolis, S.C. International Studies

East Rutherford High School Ellenboro, N.C. Exercise Science

Dobyns-Bennett High School Kingsport, Tenn. International Studies

Whitney Dearden

Emily Matherly

Brian Mesimer

Erin Weeks

Council Rock High School Washington Crossing, Pa. Art Studio

Dobyns-Bennett High School Kingsport, Tenn. Biomedical Engineering

William H. Duncan Scholarship James F. Byrnes High School Moore, S.C. Philosophy and Religious Studies

A.T. and Frances Chalk Scholarship South Carolina Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities Summerville, S.C. Baccaulareaus Artium et Scientiae

Colton Driver

Ellen Meder

Veritas Christian Academy Hendersonville, N.C. Political Science

Sanderson High School Raleigh, N.C. Print Journalism

Jasmine Whelan

Tori Espensen-Sturges

Marin Mueller

James A. Morris Scholarship Wilson High School Florence, S.C. International Studies

McAllen Memorial High School McAllen, Texas Psychology

Plano West Senior High School Plano, Texas Marketing and Economics

Lauren Fowler

Andi Perriguey

Carley Peace

Shalika Whig

Charles Pinckney Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. English and Music

Mr. and Mrs. Tom B. Pearce Scholarship Paul M. Dorman High School Spartanburg, S.C. Psychology

Lincoln Park Academy Fort Pierce, Fla. Psychology

Powell High School Powell, Tenn. Pharmacy

Christine Harding

Tegan Plock

Strongsville High School Mableton, Ga. International Business, Management, and Marketing

Poudre High School Fort Collins, Colo. International Studies and French

Rachel Herrin

Ballard High School Louisville, Ky. Chemistry and Psychology

Lauren Mozingo Bill Dukes/Longhorn Steaks of Columbia Scholarship Robert E. Lee Academy Lamar, S.C. Biology

Olivia Reburn

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Mollie Carter

Laurie Graves

Solomon Blatt Scholarship South Florence High School Florence, S.C. Exercise Science

Mrs. Hubbard H. Harris Scholarship Louisa Ellerbe and John L.M. Tobias Scholarship White Knoll High School West Columbia, S.C. Chemistry

Mary B.M. Pearce Johnston and James T. Pearce Jr. Scholarship Clover High School York, S.C. Biology

Kerri Brown

Tenley Desjardins

First Union National Bank of S.C. Scholarship Irmo High School Irmo, S.C. Biology

Jennifer Ammerlaan

Terminix Scholarship Lancaster High School Lancaster, S.C. Pharmacy

Liana Bugos Student Government Scholarship Eastside High School Greer, S.C. Marketing and Economics


J. Rion McKissick Scholarship and Calhoun Thomas Sr. Scholarship Richland Northeast High School Columbia, S.C. International Business, Finance, and Accounting

Kylie Glessman Joseph Cardinal L. Bernadin Scholarship Carolyn Holderman and James Holderman Scholarship Southside High School Simpsonville, S.C. Psychology

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Joanna Helms Eleanor V. and Nicholas K. Moore Scholarship Irmo High School Irmo, S.C. Music

Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship Northwestern High School Rock Hill, S.C. Comparative Literature

Brad Williams

Robert Rolfe Jr.

Walid Yaghy

Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship Irmo High School Columbia, S.C. Chemistry and Spanish

Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Baccaulareaus Artium et Scientiae

Sara Hinojosa

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Pace High School Pace, Fla. Public Relations

Ali Salisbury Pierce Butler Scholarship Dreher High School West Columbia, S.C. Psychology

Devon Taylor A.T. and Frances Chalk Scholarship Pelion High School Lexington, S.C. International Business

Bank of America Scholarship Paul M. Dorman High School Spartanburg, S.C. Finance and Management

Emily Berger Saint Ursula Academy Cincinnati, Ohio Chemical Engineering

Bearden High School Knoxville, Tenn. Biology Dr. Phillips High School Winter Garden, Fla. Psychology

Kyle Kemp

Nick Riley

Tara Tae Oak Ridge High School Oak Ridge, Tenn. Exercise Science

Taylor Thul Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences Chattanooga, Tenn. Nursing

Drew Kirchhofer St. Mark’s School of Texas Dallas, Texas International Business


Anna Hegquist

Jackie Parnell II

Tracy Brader

Jessica Michal

James A. Morris Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Business and Hospitality Management

Athletic Department Scholarship Blythewood High School Blythewood, S.C. Finance

William G. Enloe High School Raleigh, N.C. English

Academy of Our Lady of Mercy Crestwood, Ky. Pharmacy

Sam Johnson

Jim Talbert Jr.

Jackie Cantwell

Jackson Midyette

Student Government Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Biology

Pepsi Cola Scholarship Waccamaw High School Andrews, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

Milton High School Alpharetta, Ga. Chemistry

Western Branch High School Chesapeake, Va. English

Caroline Crouch

Sara Moore

Lauren Koch

Hannah Van Patten

Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Anderson, S.C. Theatre

Class of 1942 Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Columbia, S.C. Anthropology

Huntsville High School Huntsville, Ala. International Business and Management

Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Wake Forest, N.C. Public Relations

Jade Davis

McCallie School Lexington, Ky. Business

Chase Levinson

Mr. and Mrs. Julius H. Walker Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Public Relations

Student Government Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Economics

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C ar o l i n a S c h o l ars Reggie Bain Olin D. Johnston Memorial Scholarship Irmo High School Irmo, S.C. Physics and Mathematics

Katie Boland Ada B. Thomas Scholarship Mary B.M. Pearce Johnston and James T. Pearce Jr. Scholarship Cardinal Newman High School Columbia, S.C. Biology

Laura Bootle Carolina Alumni Association Scholarship Chapin High School Irmo, S.C. Chemistry


Megan Britt

Christina Galardi

John Rutledge Scholarship Camden High School Camden, S.C. German and Psychology

Mary Meech and Michael J. Mungo Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Public Relations

Kira Campbell Athletic Department Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Biology

Matt Casedonte Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Anderson, S.C. International Business and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

Mary Glenn Julia and Spud Spadoni Scholarship Carolina Forest High School Conway, S.C. Accounting

Joseph Goldstein Interfraternity Council-Panhellenic Scholarship John Thomas Langston Scholarship Blair Standridge Memorial Scholarship James Island Charter High School Charleston, S.C. International Business and Finance

Lauren Wallace

Shannon Looney

Payton Wanstreet

Henry Laurens Scholarship South Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

Eleanor V. and Nicholas K. Moore Scholarship Hanahan High School Hanahan, S.C. Chemical Engineering

Courtney Marsh Caroline and Susan R. Guignard Scholarship Wando High School Isle of Palms, S.C. Biology

Alyssa Weeks

Ben McIntosh

Susi Wolff

John Rutledge Scholarship Emerald High School Greenwood, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle Scholarship Southside High School Mauldin, S.C. International Business, Finance, and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

Maliek McKnight John Rutledge Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Columbia, S.C. Computer Engineering

Michelle Nations John Rutledge Scholarship Ben Lippen High School Columbia, S.C. Pharmacy

Jack S. Graybill Scholarship Blythewood High School Blythewood, S.C. International Studies and Spanish

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East Rutherford High School Ellenboro, N.C. Political Science

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Gillian Fishman Laurel School Novelty, Ohio International Business and Marketing

Daniel Hains Jay M. Robinson High School Concord, N.C. Political Science and Social Work

Katie Harris Saint Mary’s Dominican High School New Orleans, La. Exercise Science

Robert Knox Blessed Trinity Catholic High School Marietta, Ga. International Business and Finance

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Russ Purdy

Nicole Rheinlander Rochester Adams High School Rochester Hills, Mich. International Business and Accounting

Caitlin Strachan Troy High School Troy, Ohio Geography

Ryan Teel West Rowan High School Salisbury, N.C. Chemical Engineering

Stephen Timko Vicksburg High School Vicksburg, Mich. Marine Science and Chemistry

Kody Walter Medina High School Medina, Ohio Film and Media Studies

India Wells Walt Whitman High School Takoma Park, Md. International Business

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Katherine Gause

Sarah Robbins

Kali Esancy

Jenni Knight

Grace King Merchant Scholarship West Florence High School Florence, S.C. Business

Classes of 1936, 1937, and 1966 Scholarship Carolina Forest High School Conway, S.C. Pharmacy

North Mecklenburg High School Huntersville, N.C. Biology and French

E.C. Glass High School Lynchburg, Va. Journalism

Tom Finch

Michael Lambert

J.M. Atherton High School Louisville, Ky. Political Science

Alabama School of Fine Arts Helena, Ala. Comparative Literature and English

Kara Garrott

Kyra Marsigliano

Cypress Creek High School Gotha, Fla. Biomedical Engineering

Bard High School Early College Staten Island, N.Y. Marine Science

Christopher Gauger

Maddie McDowell

A.C. Reynolds High Asheville, N.C. Pharmacy

Saint John’s School Houston, Texas Advertising

Trey Gordner III

Clay Mettens

Jack Britt High School Fayetteville, N.C. International Business

Scott High School Covington, Ky. Music Composition

Elizabeth Wilson

Emily Graczyk

Hannah Miller

First Citizens Bank Scholarship Georgetown High School Georgetown, S.C. International Business

East Rowan High School Salisbury, N.C. Biomedical Engineering

Riverwood High School Atlanta, Ga. International Studies and Economics

Adam Griffith

Ross Roessler

Sullivan South High School Kingsport, Tenn. Chemistry

Worcester Preparatory School Bishopville, Md. Computer Engineering

Timothy Hamrick

Amy Upshaw

East Rutherford High School Bostic, N.C. Mathematics

Sullivan South High School Kingsport, Tenn. International Studies

Amy Hill

Amanda Williams

Radford High School Radford, Va. Pharmacy

Milton High School Milton, Ga. Biomedical Engineering

Ben Haggard Isabelle Caldwell Penland Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Electrical Engineering

Kirstie Hewson Ralph David Neuman Scholarship White Knoll High School West Columbia, S.C. Psychology

Amit Kumar Patrick L. Tomlin Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Broadcast Journalism

Lizzie Mahoney J. Willis Cantey Scholarship Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Public Relations

Danya Nayfeh

C l ass o f


C ar o l i n a S c h o l ars Artem Aleshin University Associates Scholarship Dreher High School Columbia, S.C. Mechanical Engineering

Greer Baxter Joseph Land Scholarship Carolina Forest High School Myrtle Beach, S.C. Biology

Purva Choudhari Class of 1964 Scholarship Orangeburg Preparatory Schools Orangeburg, S.C. Chemical Engineering


Rachel Despres Chris Vlahoplus Scholarship Ben Lippen School Columbia, S.C. English and Spanish

Cole Franks William B. Douglas Scholarship Southside High School Greenville, S.C. Mathematics and Physics

Tyler French William B. Douglas Scholarship Wade Hampton High School Taylors, S.C. Undeclared

Class of 1965 Scholarship Lugoff-Elgin High School Lugoff, S.C. International Studies

Christine Noonan Class of 1967 Scholarship South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Beaufort, S.C. Biology

Katie Pennington Progress Energy Scholarship Brookland-Cayce High School Cayce, S.C. Pharmacy

Elise Porter S.C. State Fair Scholarship Home Schooled Columbia, S.C. English

Tori Seigler Thomas Edwin Moore Scholarship North Augusta High School North Augusta, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

Garrett Snipes William B. Douglas Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Biology

Mark Taylor R.L. Bryan Company Scholarship South Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Biology and History

M c Na i r sc h o l ars Paulina Berkovich Laurel School Cleveland, Ohio International Business

Megan Brown Seven Lakes High School Katy, Texas Engineering

Brooke Carroll Castle High School Newburgh, Ind. Biomedical Engineering

Janet Crook The School of Math, Engineering, Technology, and Science at Olympic High School Charlotte, N.C. Pharmacy

Hali Kerr Dulaney High School Cockeysville, Md. Marine Science

Adam Kess Centennial High School Roswell, Ga. International Business


First-Year Scholar Mentors

(Top to bottom) Trey Gordner meets his mentor, Professor Randy Folks from the Darla Moore School of Business. Honors College Dean Davis Baird, chemistry professor Scott Goode, and Goode’s scholar, Adam Griffith Sarah Robbins’ mentor is the USC campus dean of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Dr. Randall Rowen.


Dr. Reginald Bain, Professor, Music Dr. Davis Baird, Dean, South Carolina Honors College Dr. Katherine Barbieri, Associate Professor, Political Science Dr. Sarah Baxter, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dr. Abdel Bayoumi, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dr. Charles Bierbauer, Dean, Journalism and Mass Communications Professor Elise Blackwell, Assistant Professor, English Dr. Duncan Buell, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering Professor Jim Burns, Associate Dean, South Carolina Honors College Dr. Wayne Carver, Associate Professor, School of Medicine Dr. Erin Connolly, Associate Professor, Biology Dr. Joshua Cooper, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Professor Randy Covington, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications Dr. David Crockett, Assistant Professor, Business Dr. Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra, Assistant Professor, Business Dr. Helen Doerpinghaus, Vice Provost, Office of the Provost Dr. Kate Flory, Assistant Professor, Psychology Dr. Randy Folks, Professor, Business Dr. Jill Frank, Associate Professor, Political Science

Dr. Francis Gadala-Maria, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. Edie Goldsmith, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine Dr. Scott Goode, Professor, Chemistry Dr. David Hudgens, Professor, Business Dr. Asif Khan, Professor, Electrical Engineering Dr. Tatiana Kostova, Associate Professor, Business Professor Karen Mallia, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications Dr. Lydia Matesic, Assistant Professor, Biology Dr. Michael Matthews, Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. Jill Michels, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Dr. April Miller, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Dr. Melissa Moss, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. Shekhar Patel, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine Dr. Mike Perkins, Assistant Dean, Engineering and Computing Dr. Jeff Persels, Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Dr. Wally Peters, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dr. Harry Ploehn, Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. Joe Quattro, Associate Professor, Biology Dr. Richard Ray, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Alumni Dr. Tammi Richardson, Assistant Professor, Biology Dr. James Ritter, Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. Robert Rolfe, Professor, Business Dr. Kendall Roth, Professor, Business Dr. Randall Rowen, Dean, Pharmacy Dr. Daniel Sabia, Professor, Political Science Dr. Rich Showman, Associate Professor, Biology Professor Lisa Sisk, Instructor, Journalism and Mass Communications Dr. Tangali Sudarshan, Professor, Electrical Engineering Dr. Sarah Sweitzer, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine Dr. Andrea Tanner, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications Dr. Briana Timmerman, Associate Dean, South Carolina Honors College Professor Marius Valdes, Assistant Professor, Art Dr. Vincent Van Brunt, Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. John Van Zee, Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. Holly Watson, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Dr. Christopher Williams, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. Sarah Woodin, Professor, Biology

Class of 1972

Class of 1979

Betty Anne Williams

Gilda Poteat Bocock Elizabeth A. Ferrell Cheryl Bernatonis Hrivnak Colleen Parry Jones Richard Kent Porth Janet Nale Teuber

Class of 1973 James R. Banks John Michael Coxe Stanley David Hudnall Cynthia Lyle Ledbetter Robert Mathew Riley Richard Schwartz Linda Harvey Stephens William Stokes Taylor

Class of 1974 Christopher Thomas Bardi Susan C. Bryan Sarah B. Clarkson Brian Maurice Desatnik David Michael Garman William C. Hubbard Catherine F. Jervey Steven W. Lynn Jonathan Z. McKown Jr. Alex W. Ramsay James Gregory Welborn R. Marshall Winn III

Class of 1975

(Top to bottom) McNair Scholar Marin Mueller on her fall skydive with the Flying Gamecocks skydiving club. Carolina Scholar Anna Hegquist was one of three scholars who participated in the cake competition as part of an evening with Duff Goldman, host of the popular Food Network show “Ace of Cakes,” sponsored by Carolina Productions. Anna won the cake competition! McNair Scholars Emily Berger, Helen Knight, and Nick Riley at the University’s Homecoming Showcase, which precedes the crowning of Homecoming king and queen. Nick was crowned king this year.

Terry Dugas Christine Hager Feely Armida Jennings Gilbert Anna Louise Larson Kathleen Crum McKinney William F. Rinehart Nancy Stepp Rogan Pamela George Stone

Class of 1980 Michael Raymond Baum Karin Sabine Bierbrauer William A. Funderburk Jr. Janis Kruger Leaphart Thomas Joel Taylor Julia Ogle Turlington

Class of 1981 Carol Danner Benfield King Keith Giese Anna Maria Addison Hatfield Lawrence W. Kellner Arthur Dar Tai Sara House White Felicia Little Wilson

Class of 1982 Joel Shawn Brandon Karon Dawkins Harry S. Miley Lewis Phillips Jr. Susan Schilb Stewart Michael Scott Taggart

Class of 1983

Thomas R. Bolt Francenia B. Heizer James C. Howell Charles B. Murdock Kerry J. Northrup

Robert J. Breen Yu Liang Chen Anita Shah Hood Charles G. Hood D. Mark Husband Beatrice Gardner Jones Maria Feliciano Mackovjak Anne Elizabeth Patterson

Class of 1977

Class of 1984

Joseph S. Brockington Porter W. Gregory III W. Lanier Laney Thomas R. McNeal Richard D. Michaelson Jr. Daniel N. Sansbury Caryle Schlea Vann

Vivian Fields Christopher Neal Lane Cuong Peter Le Delane Maxwell Julia J. Ostrover Stephanie Bradford Pritchett Terry Alan Smith Kate Magoffin Sutton Stephen D. Sydow David R. Wiles

Class of 1976

Class of 1978 Johnathan W. Bryan Wilson W. Bryan Edgar G. DesChamps III Daniel Dale Hanle William Martin Jones John B. McArthur Melton Parris III Joseph D. Walker Cynthia P. Youmans

Class of 1985 Diane Rose Carr Patrick M. Dom Susan Willis Dunlap Tracy Dianne Gunter Steven Thomas Hand

Shelvia Gilliam Jamison Edwin Rudolph Jones III David Welsh Kuechler T. Keith Legare Benjamin Kevin Malphrus Michelle Sentell Morris E. Bryan Mozingo Allison L. Stein Karen Leigh Watson

Class of 1986 Steve Legrand Altman Jr. Raymond Davis Amaker Suzette Surratt Caudle James William Cooper Reid Adam Davis Harold Franklin Jefferies Norma Anne Turner Jett Ruth Berg Patterson Everett Christian Rogers Margaret Walker Sedgwick Mark Alvin Watson Andrew Beard Wright Lolita Harney Youmans

Class of 1987 James L. Atkinson Catherine Linder Conte Kenneth Edward Dunlop David W. Dunn William Holmes Finch Jr. Alana Leaphart Griffin James Earl Harley Melissa Scott Howard Joseph Brent Lanford Noel M. Nachtigal Elizabeth Lucas Reynolds Susan Parker Shimp Jacob Patrick White

Class of 1988 Mary Seana Baruth Eric Browder Blough Hugh Alan Bruck Mark Andrew Caffrey Stuart Holmes Coleman John Edwin Coulter Lee S. Dixon Michael W. Hogue Vernon Brian Jackson III Neale Thomas Johnson Kevin Ward Krebs Judy H. Lui Huong Thi Phan William Johann Schmonsees III Lynette Baroatsis Slovensky Holly Flake Sox Annette Teasdell Michael Roy Thigpen

Class of 1989 Jill Q. Byrum Lisa Suggs Cooke Paul Denisowski Caroline Metosh Dickey Michael Joseph Furlough Gene Dunbar Godbold William R. Haulbrook Raju Prasad Krishna Patricia Reidinger Martin Thai Quoc Nguyen Amy Corderman Purdy Stephen Malone Roddey Connie Olson Scrivens Evan L. Smoak Jim Odell Stuckey II William Britton Watkins Betina Entzminger Yarnall

Class of 1990 Robert Lewis Baker Sharon Morris Barrs Glen Eric Beckner Kimberly Connelly Benjamin Karen H. Borkowski John C. Brandon Mary Beth Clayton Busby William Michael Dickson Jr. Sandra Leahan Doar Mary E. Fant Brian Christopher Goode Radwan Saadallah Hallaba Laurie Anne Harmon Tracey Hyatt-Bosman Steven Robert Jacobi Willis Vincent Jowers III Mary B. Lankford M. Brian Magargle Richard Allen McCombs II Mariana Rush Lowry Neil Marie-Louise A. Ramsdale Norman Daniel Sanders Melissa G. Wuthier Mary K. Boackle Zanin

Class of 1991 Mohamed Reda Ali Jr. Leslie Gallagher Brunelli Kelly K. Chappell David M. Cohn Jeremy Terrell Cothran Chandis B. Digby Lila A. Faulkner Matthew R. Ferrante Margaret Anne Gaffney Kellye Padgett Hafner Amanda Wunder Harling Laura Willenborg Herrell Jeffrey Hunter Johnson David Andrew Knight Bernard Francis Masters III Lena Younts Meredith


Alumni Alumnicont. Eric Alfred Paine Reginald A. Riser William Thomas Scruggs III Courtney A. Shytle Laura Sremaniak Jeffrey David Watts

Class of 1992 David Roy Blough Susan Burdick Domke Kristine J. Kane Maeve Edel O’Connor Anh Huynh Phan George Postic Paul McKinley Richardson Jr. Jessica Christian Sessions David Eugene Slovensky Caroline McElveen Small Christopher Atkins Smith Anil Umesh Swami Rajeev Harish Swami Shane Eric Swanson John Gregory Talbot Shahin Vafai

Class of 1993 Allison Davis Aitchison Paul Kevin Beach Heidi Michele Brooks Jennifer Inez Campbell Julie Watson Friddell Samuel Christy Hogue Lisa Marie Jasper Timothy W. Jowers Eunjoo Julie Lee Kristin Dell Olsen Leslie H. Poinsette Deborah Annette Procopio Patrick Todd Quattlebaum James Broward Story Sanjay Muleshchandra Swami Summer Smith Taylor Brent Alan Thomas Melissa Suick Tromsness Christian Michael Turner Julie F. Wade Thomas R. Young Jr.

Class of 1994


Irene Yuek-Se Au Kelly S. Bobo Dana Lynn Caulder Sabrina Virginia Dixon Terry Carlyle Dixon Noel Vaughan Eaton Kelly S. Elliott Sean Kelly Flynn Shannon Geoly Horn Susan Render Johnson Peter Barnaby Knight Brenda McDaniel Meyer

Scott Goodlett Murray Brian K. Nunnally Rebecca Starr Smith

Class of 1995 Holly Palmer Beeson William M. Blitch Jr. Lisbeth E. Bosshart Mary S. Boyd Joya Chakrabarti Tory Clark Darra Marie Coleman Brian A. Comer Daniel S. Dorsel Christopher Brent Faulkenberry Karla Fulmer Allison Hanna Sadia Obaid Khan Benjamin S. Martin Christopher Muldrow Marie Lovelace Rasmussen Benjamin Boyce Reed Beth Salter Kimberly Berndt Simmons Ryan Patrick Sims Jonathan Skvoretz Jeffrey Allen Stephens Aline Bonno Sullivan Angela Miller Wilhite

Molly Simpson Matthews Kelly Brian McClanahan Melanee Bianca Poston Caroline Keller Powell Darcie Shively Nathan Terracio Sharon Woods Webb Julie Hartley Wham

Class of 1998 Melissa Boehler Curtis Brown Jennifer C. Cartwright Grant Stephen Cauthen Kelley Vickery Davies Jennifer DeFee Elena Esther Ellison Elizabeth Endler Greg Ferrante Lauren Griswold Jason T. Hucks Scott Hultstrand Allison Laborde Timothy James (T.J.) Lyerly Lane McFadden Kai J. Musielak Allen Mitchell Tibshrany Stephen Todd Veldman Elizabeth Ann Chandler Wieber

Class of 1996

Class of 1999

Anita Tremblay Baker Steven C. Burritt Peter Pei-Chi Chung Donald Shane Crankshaw Doris Lorraine Galloway Susan Frances Goodwin Geoffrey Miles Gordon Laura A. Hall Angela Hays James Joseph Hill III Wendy Timms Hudson Courtney Stroman Hutchins Laurie Johnson Sharon Elizabeth Lynn Robert Osmer Charles H. Thompson Jr. Jennifer Licia Wu

Charles Herbert Boulware III Jeanne Britton Jason Matthew Burns Kevin M. Cannon Jared A. Causey Gita Chakrabarti Kathleen Warthen Coffey Frankie E. Crain Sarah Crosby Creel Kimberly Coxe Elvington Amanda M. Esch Christine Danath Funk Amanda Galloway D. Marshall Kibbey Jr. Amy Elizabeth McCormick Elizabeth H. Mack Megan Meece Mocko Philip Michael Mobley Emilie Greene Sommer Chappell Suber Wilson Allison Freeman Winter

Class of 1997 Charles B. Ancheta Robert Foster Bradley V Amy Elizabeth Bragg Christine Hill Burrell Jessica N. Caspers Jennifer Elizabeth-Ann Denley Timur Engin Joshua R. Gray Jennifer Landry Casey Bonds Martin

Class of 2000 Mathew Clayton Burrack Emily Streyer Carlisle Vanetta Loraine Christ Ashley W. Donato Elizabeth Kathleen Elder Katherine Trexler Etheridge

Brian Patrick Frushour Andrew Higginbotham Matthew Katz Wade S. Kolb III R. Ryan Lindsay Kenyon Russell Maree Evan Meadors Gwendolyn L. Pearson Kristin G. Pope Allyn H. Powell Ian S. Scharrer Holly Elizabeth Selvig Ashley Copeland Wiggins Polly Funk Wilson

Class of 2001 Anna McGowan Babel Shannon Sturkie Bennett Daniel Brown Britton David Timothy Bush Nilanjana Sengupta Caballero John H. Davis Gustaaf Gregoire de Ridder Woodward Holland Folsom IV Joann Elizabeth Johnston Sarah Jones Laake Keitha Marie McCall Monica Smoak McCutcheon Nicholas Winfield Miller Christopher Wrenn Porter Brett John Robillard Joshua Robert Rushman Sona Satish Shah Danielle Davis Soto Pamela Ann Markham Warren Patrick Warren Rachael Thomas Zweigoron

Class of 2002 Sonia Irene Adams* Laura Elizabeth Anderson Erika Lauren Burns Mary Elizabeth Cook Ronnie Wayne Edwards Jr. Brandon Kenneth Fornwalt Jennifer Elizabeth Gagnon* Sarah Kelsey Hammond Hydrick Harden Jason Wallace Harmon Traci Jeanne Heincelman*† David Hugh Hill Julie Milligan Hughes* Norman Ernest Jones Jr.* Kevin Kirkley Shawn Robert Loew* Sara Ravold Mareno* Stephanie Paige Ogburn* Sharon Veloso Panelo Jennifer Sarah Pross*

Betsy Lauren Rodgers Nathan Joseph Saunders Ripal Nitin Shah James Edward Southard Jr. Kyle Andrew Sox Maggie Claire Thomas Matthew Blake Williams Martha Janet Wright Anne Virginia Zichterman Michael Patrick Zini

Class of 2003 Eddie Mood Baker Jr. Meredith Brooke Barkley Rachel Moyle Beanland* Indrani Boyle Reshma B. Changappa* Heather Janney Cooper* Alexandra Deyneka Thomas Chiles Griffin III Patrick Lee Kelly* Ryan Russell Kirk Nathan Charles Koci Jill Noel Martin Abigail Lynn McKee* Grace Draffin Moore Suzanne Rae Pickard Lauren Elizabeth Ready Brooke Allison Spitzer* Denise Colleen Strickland Sheima Salam Sumer* Terra Thomas Varner* Jada Caroline Watkins* James Robert Whittingham* Estee Amber Williams Adam Thornton Wilson* Emma B. Wuertz Heather Hayes Zachary

Class of 2004 Brandon Wayne Bales* Sarah Renee Bayko* Jennifer Lynn Brady Lara Frances Bratcher* Christopher Martin Caver Meredith Elizabeth Dukes Julia Josephine Emery* Jo Mason Ervin* Jana Ruth Haggard Devin Thomas Hanlon* Christanne McLaurin Hoffman Leigh Alexander Johnston Ashley Ann Jones Jennifer Lynne Kennedy* Justin Ryan Knight Lee Elena Mangiante Amanda Lea Marshall* Cailin Elisabeth McLaughlin*

Britton White Newman Robert Joseph Oppermann Thomas Andrew Paterniti Lauren Elizabeth Propst Katie Spurrier Quertermous Joni M. Rabon Paula Bridget Randler Katherine Elizabeth Rawson Thomas Jake Rich Sarah Elana Ross* Melissa Nicole Snyder Eric Jokob Soong Thomas Evan Spackman* Joshua Michael Spurgeon* Joyce Elizabeth Stuckey* Molly Denham Walker

Class of 2005 Anita Ellen Autry Allyson Jane Bird Bethany Michelle Matheny Carlson Sallie Ruth Coleman Graham Wooten Culbertson* Hilary Kirsten Schramm Culbertson* Antonio Joaquim de Ridder Dean Jeremy Emmerton* Chandra Caitlyn Farris* Corey Owen Garriott Elizabeth Sutton Gosnell Elizabeth Anne Howarth Ian Donald Kane Bethany Marie Kessell* Kathryne Lane Knight Jennifer Lauren Lake* Stephanie Ann Lareau* Priscilla Grace Larkin Sheena Kim Lazenby Sylvie Elise Lomer Katherine Mancuso Jamie Sue McIntyre* Kristen Alexandra Morella Ross Marshall Nesbit* Patrick Thomas Norton Nina M. Oxner* Marianne Parrish* Amy Louise Pasquet* Ryan Petty Sarah Schoen Refi* Jacque Banks Riley* Katherine Ann Rochelle* Daniel Andrews Sansbury* Anna Rebecca Stewart Sarah Tennant* Andrea Lynn Waddle* Ashley Heather West Matthew Bruce Wilkinson Brooks Dupler Willet* Jeremiah Gregory Wolfe*

Class of 2006 Elizabeth Diane Bakanic* Chad Michael Baum* William Perry Bovender* Elizabeth Jane Bradbury* Alicia Dianne Buddin* Steven Delbert Byrd Michelle Disiree Casper* Allison M. ChampionWescott Richard Crapps Chapman Bonnie Louise Coggins* Kathleen Robin Curtin* Matthew Stephen DeAntonio Christopher James Dickson* Matthew Thomas Elder Aaron Benjamin Flaaen* Elizabeth Ann Fortnum Allison Hersey Garrett Amy Catherine Goddard* Stacey Ann Ivol* Teresa Christine Karr Roger Joseph Keane II Craig Carruth Link Christopher Clark Mitchell* Zachary William Nichols Stephanie Ingrid Pappas* Alexander Nygaard Pietras Brooke Elizabeth Russ Thomas James Greig Scott Corinne Elizabeth Sheridan Rachel Leigh Spence* Alexis Loring Stratton* Jessica Michelle Sullivan Sarah Marie Tennant* Katherine Leigh Thompson* Joseph Allen Turner Jr. Marissa Meredith Vawter* William Jefferson Vigen* Jason Benjamin Wheeler

Class of 2007 Alexander J. Dacara Alon Melanie Joanne Baker* Amanda Lee Bannister Tamera Marie Beam* Matthew Stuart Bell Jonathan Paul Bell Grace Ragna Blakely* Guy Charles Boudreaux Brittany Alexandra Cencula Chanda Livingston Cooper Susan Bailey Crook* Drew Charlotte Cutright* Rita Czako Amy Bostic Edwards* Radhika Engineer* Luay Hammami Anne Michelle Harvey Samantha Jayne Hayford

Jacob Tyler Hunter Gregory Andrew Inabinet Abigail Lorraine Isaac* Elizabeth Hunt Jenkins* Michael Alan Kanwisher* Mary Kathryn Keane Jeffrey James Kent* Ira Matthew Klein* Mary Ellen Lohman* Patrick Bragdon McCormick Michael Stephen McFadden Andrew William Montgomery* Kathryn Maureen Morris Megan Lucille Mueller* Marisa Ann Niparts* Rachel Marie Perkins Sara Rives Saylor Sonam Ashish Shah Laura Corina Sima* Jesse Jet Sky Scott Daniel Spivey Jonathan Sheinkin Tomberg Jeremy Thomas Vanderknyff Callie Garrett Van Koughnett* Karen Renee Wigal*

Class of 2008 Jennifer Sue Autrey Fahmin Basher Dimitrios Sotirios Basilakos Elizabeth Ann Bell* Michael James Blew Katherine Stewart Bristow Matthew Thomas Brown* Christopher Joseph Butch* Chelsey Karns Crouch Corinne Kathleen D’Ippolito* Matthew Thomas Enright* Alexa Albrecht Erbach Lindsay Eris Flowers* Benjamin Fonville Garrett Kathleen Patrice Ginder Bradley Thomas Hocking David Charles Johannesmeyer Ralph Hervey Lawson Deirdre Quinn Martin* Kathryn Kelly Miller Emily Margaret Mitchell* Mindy Lee Moore* Daniel Alan Noyes* Elizabeth Anne Oleson* Shelley Lee Price Tyler Robbins Ray* Charles Edward Redmond Ellory Winona Schmucker Amanda Kay Seals*

Stephen Graham Smith* Kathryn Patrice Stickle* Philip Andrew Stonecypher Tiffany Michelle Terrell* Catherine Whitt Christopher Alan Williams Daniel Owen Williams* Tina Zhang

Class of 2009 Sherah L. Aiken* Jordan E. Beckman Thomas J. Benning* Angela Lynn Bingham* Annie L. Boiter-Jolley Rachel Bowman* Austin C. Collie Joseph A. Dean Derek M. DeBruin Huley Dru Dickert Kaitlin C. Duffey* Dori Anne Enderle* Leah Miller German Robert S. Gillispie* Patrick L. Hankins Benjamin David Hankinson Jr. Travis N. Hardy* Jennifer Christine Huggins* Silvia Hunziker Amy Michelle Jackson* Mary Allison Joseph Heather K. Judd* Laura M. Lamb* Joseph Philip Mankovich * Kathryn Susan Mansfield Caitlin W. McLaren* Karly Marie Miller* Sarah J. Moran* Kathryn M. Mulligan Kathy Lei Niu Stephanie K. Paolini Yasmin Birju Patel Kayla Michelle Porter Dana Lynn Sanders* Andrew James Schwark* Tina S. Shah Kellie M. Sharpe* Becca S. Tedesco* Will Hicks Thrower III* Sarah E. Vanderwood* Jessie B. Walters-McCarthy* Xin Wang John Lafitte Warren Megan Kate Womack* Kevin Yeh

Freshman Carolina and McNair Scholars and finalists are collectively known as first-year scholars. In the first year, they are assigned a scholar buddy (upperclass student with similar interests) and a faculty mentor within their academic interests, and they participate in a daylong retreat. For the retreat, a team of upperclass scholars assists in planning the day’s activities. The event is held at Columbia’s Heathwood Hall School. This year’s retreat was held Aug. 22 and included exercises on the large Alpine Tower ropes course. The event connects Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs staff members with students and allows them to learn the names and faces of their peer scholars, as well as upperclass scholars, to socialize, and to have fun! (Above) Sarah Robbins and Chris Gauger work the ropes course at Heathwood Hall School, where the first-year scholars participated in a daylong retreat. (Below) The fall 2009 retreat team! Left to right: Caroline Crouch, Jeet Guram, Megan Tone, Amanda Lager, Colin Kane (back), Emily Matherly, Nick Riley (back), Michelle Nations, Katie Boland, Ryan Teel, and Caitlin Strachan

*denotes McNair Scholar °† awarded posthumously


Starting Lineup National Fellowships and Scholarships

In keeping with the great American pastime of baseball—and the Gamecocks’ 2010 College World Series National Championship—we’re highlighting our national awards farm team! Each year, many of our Carolina and McNair Scholars apply for and win national fellowships and scholarships. These awards are quite prestigious and are earned by students for study and travel abroad, research, undergraduate support, and even graduate school. Because our Carolina and McNair Scholars receive the University’s top undergraduate scholarships, many of them are outstanding applicants for national awards. In the same way our Gamecock teams engage in practice, our applicants engage in the process—a process that is extremely beneficial, as attested to by an alumna: “Going through the process of writing, thinking, revising, etc., gave me a new perspective on myself as a student and professional. The application process itself was worth going through. It is a huge bonus to have received the fellowship, but forcing myself to step up and take a serious look at my studies and current experts, mentors, and cultures in my field was a very important part of my academic and professional development,” said Callie Van Koughnett, McNair Scholar 2003 and recipient of an EPA GRO award, a Knowles Scholarship, and a Fulbright Grant to Denmark. Jasmine Whelan, a Carolina Scholar, at Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. Whelan spent the school year in Russia on a NSEP scholarship and also won a Critical Languages Scholarship for the summer.


Time and effort spent completing a national fellowship or scholarship application yields benefits for the student applicants regardless of the outcome; nearly 95 percent of applicants responding to a postcompetition survey said that constructing a competitive application packet was beneficial. While every application does not hit a home run, it is great to know that scholars are using this process as an integrated learning experience.

Callie Van Koughnett is a McNair Scholar alumna (‘07) and recipient of a Fulbright Grant to study in Denmark. Van Koughnett has won three national fellowships in her short career—in addition to the Fulbright, she also received the EPA GRO as an undergraduate and a Knowles Fellowship as a senior.

McNair Scholar Marin Mueller is the recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for a year of study abroad. She will study at the University of KwaZulu-Natal-Howard College Campus in Durban, South Africa.

Shannon Looney, a sophomore Carolina Scholar, won an undergraduate fellowship from The Fund for Theological Education. Looney is the third scholar to win this award in the past two years.

Recent graduate Karly Miller is the recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. These scholarships allow for a year of study abroad. The McNair Scholar departed for the Universidad Pontificia Catolica del Peru in Lima.

Senior Jessica Steele, a Carolina Scholar, traveled to Argentina on her Fulbright Grant.

McNair Scholar sophomore Stephen Timko won a NOAA Hollings Scholarship this year and also received honorable mention in the Goldwater competition.

Joey Montoya, a Carolina Scholar, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Montoya will begin his postgraduate chemical engineering studies at Stanford University. A 2008 Goldwater Scholar, he was also a Rhodes Scholar finalist this year, along with fellow scholar Jeet Guram. And to top off the year, Joey found out in late spring that he received honorable mention in the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team competition.

Dave Ensor, a McNair Scholar, won a Boren Scholarship funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) for yearlong language and culture study in Taipei, Taiwan, at the National Taiwan University International Chinese Language Program.

Carolina Scholar Matthew Casedonte won a Critical Languages Scholarship for summer study in Russia.

scholars or scholar alumni won national fellowships or scholarships this year. 58


Photo Index A Alison, Jane 26 Anderson, Caleb 8 Arbuthnot, Alina 9 B Baird, Davis 54 Ball, Audrey 10 Bandy, Rebecca 11, 60 Bayoumi, Abdel 5 Berger, Emily 55 Boland, Katie 57 Budreau, Michelle 12 (Above) Courtney Marsh, a Carolina Scholar, traveled to Salamanca, Spain, and was photographed outside of a cathedral during her first excursion in the country. (Below) Rebecca Bandy spent the summer in Darmstadt, Germany for a NSF REU—Research Experience for Undergraduates. Here, she hikes the Alps in Garmisch, a town on the Austrian border.

C Carandang, Kriska 13 Carroll, Brooke 5 Carter, Mollie 6 Casedonte, Matthew 59 Crouch, Caroline 7, 57 D Daigle, Sydney 14 Davis, Bruce 15 Dawson, Melody 3, 16 DiSabatino, Lydia 5, 17 Douglas, Kevin 18 E Eaker, Collin 5, 19 Elliott, Elizabeth “Liz” 20 Ensor, Dave 59 F Finnigan, Kristia 6 Folks, Randy 54 Fox, Nyssa 21 G Gauger, Chris 57 Goldman, Duff 55 Goode, Scott 54 Gordner, Trey 54 Graybill, Jack 3

Graybill, Susan 3 Griffith, Adam 54 Guram, Jeet 3, 22, 57 H Hains, Daniel 7 Harbison, Cynthia 5 Harding, Christine 4 Harmon, Michelle 23 Hegquist, Anna 55 Herring, Damian 24 J Jarriel, Katie 25 K Kane, Colin 57 Kerr, Hali 7 Knight, Helen 55 Kumar, Amit 7 L Lager, Amanda 26, 57 Learner, Mary 27 Lewis, Katie 28 Lias, Jennifer 29 Lomazov, Marina 5 Looney, Shannon 59 M Mahoney, Lizzie 7 Marsh, Courtney 60 Matherly, Emily 57 McCutcheon, Kerri 30 McGee, Kayla 3, 32 McNair, Robert “Bob” 5 McNair, Janice 5 Miller, Karly 59 Mitchell, Sydney 31 Montoya, Joey 59 Mueller, Marin 55, 59

P Panvelker, Samir 3, 33 Pastides, Harris 3 Peters, Wally 11 Pozdol, Melanie 34 R Riley, Nick 55, 57 Robbins, Sarah 54, 57 Robertson, Ashley 35 Roglitz, Michael 36 Rowen, Randall 54 S Sheehan, Jewel 5, 37 Shuping, Chris 7 Smiley, Emma 38 Smith, Melissa 39 Spicer, Katie 40 Steele, Jessica 41, 59 Stone, Amy 3 Strachan, Caitlin 7, 57 T Teel, Ryan 57 Timko, Stephen 7, 59 Tjader, Ashley 42 Tone, Megan 43, 57 Tucker, Elizabeth “Liz” 5, 44 V Van Koughnett, Callie 58 W Wang, Alex 45 Weeks, Alyssa 3 Whelan, James 46 Whelan, Jasmine 58 Z Zolides, Drew 47

N Nations, Michelle 57

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