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AHA! | South Carolina Honors College | University of South Carolina | Volume XVII No. 1

Fall 2011

‘A Mile in Their Shoes’ Honors students learn about homelessness firsthand through a new course. See page 4.

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From Tayloe Harding,Interim Dean 2010-2011

Serving as your South Carolina Honors College’s interim dean in 2010-11 has been one of the great pleasures and honors of my professional life. We had a fantastic year — offering more great courses and profound learning experiences to more highachieving, high-aspiring students than ever in the history of the institution! On the pages that follow in this issue of AHA! are numerous stories and anecdotes that evidence the profundity of these experiences. The work done and observed by Emily Gunn in Professor Bret Kloos’ outstanding service-learning course, Homelessness in Columbia, is revealing. The achievements of Honors College students in 2010-11 fellowship and scholar programs competitions were impressive. And two significant alumni stories add to the mix: one highlights Wade Kolb’s (SCHC 2000) new book about the place of Kings Mountain and its heroes and characters in the American Revolution born from his work in a class and fellowship during his time as an Honors College student, and one represents Thomas Scott’s (SCHC 2006) efforts in a very complicated trial regarding a murder/robbery case in a recent Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford. Each story provides meaningful contexts for the reach and power of South Carolina Honors College educations. You will also notice in this issue that the Honors College, like all other academic units, is organic and constantly in some degree of transition. We have, in 2010-11, hired new staff members or made new administrative assignments in pre-med advising, service learning, undergraduate research, development operations, alumni relations and a few other areas. Some of this is the result of the college’s loss of two very important staffers, Associate Dean Briana Timmerman, who left in January 2011 to become assistant vice president for research and graduate education in The Graduate School here at USC, and Mark Sibley-Jones, our adept editor of AHA!, who left us at the end of July to accept a prestigious teaching and writing position at the S.C. Governors’ School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. We will miss Briana and Mark in the future, but we remain focused on making sure that all changes make us stronger, and we are endeavoring to meet that challenge. I wish to take this last opportunity to remind each of you, our Honors College friends, alumni and supporters, that it is through your provision that our college makes available such experiences to qualified students who aspire to these interactions and learning opportunities. New SCHC dean Steven Lynn and his staff will be continuing to build and strengthen relationships with each of you as the future of this great college is planned and executed in the coming years. I hope and trust that you will continue to be loyal devotees of the work of the South Carolina Honors College. Thank you for your encouragement and assistance to me in this transitional year for the SCHC, and thank you in advance for your enduring support of this magnificent college and of today’s students and tomorrow’s most important leaders.


r. Steven Lynn began his tenure as dean of the South Carolina Honors College on July 1. Prior to coming to the college, Lynn was a senior associate dean of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Lynn, who was a student in USC’s fledgling Honors Program in the 1970s, says he looks forward to leading “one of the best honors colleges in the country.” “Obviously it attracts superb students. It really does offer the resources and the experiences of both an elite small college and a major research university,” he said. “The range of courses offered and the out-of-classroom experiences are extraordinary. Students get an individually tailored education that prepares them for success in top graduate programs, med school, law school, politics, business, engineering — for leadership in all sorts of fields. And the staff is accomplished and dedicated.” Lynn, 59, earned his B.A. in English with a biology cognate and his master’s in English from USC. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas. A professor at USC since 1982, he directed the First-Year English Program and chaired the departments of English and religious studies before being named senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2007. Lynn’s teaching and publishing interests include 18th-century literature (especially Samuel Johnson), rhetoric and composition (especially pedagogy) and science fiction (especially nanotechnology and ethics). His books include “Samuel Johnson After Deconstruction,” “A Short Guide to Writing,” “Literature: An Introduction” and “Texts and Contexts” (7th edition forthcoming). Cambridge University Press published Lynn’s most recent book, “The Cambridge Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition,” in 2010. He served three terms as contributing editor for the 18thcentury section of “The Year’s Work in English Studies,” published by Oxford University Press. Lynn has published essays in “College English,” “Eighteenth-Century Studies,” “The Age of Johnson,” “The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson,” “Fresh Reflections on Samuel Johnson” and “Twentieth-Century American Critics,” among others. “Being named dean of the Honors College gives me an opportunity to serve an institution that I love,” he said. “That’s exciting and gratifying.”


Focus on Homelessness


Homelessness in Columbia


Honors College Fellowship Yields Publication


Welcome Reception for Dean Steve Lynn


From Honors to Nuclear Engineering


Thomas Scott (2006) Excels at Stanford


SCHC Students Shine in National Fellowship Competitions


Mark Your Calendar


New Courses for Spring 2012


Class Notes


Honor Roll of Donors

Back AHA! Editor Leaves College for New Position The University of South Carolina is an equal opportunity institution. 11553 UCS 12/11

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USC Names New Dean for Honors College

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Focus on Homelessness By Mark Sibley-Jones

Homelessness is not a recent social development in American history. And of course, many other nations have a history of homelessness. In America and abroad, to greater or lesser extents, homelessness has plagued the social conscience of the nation in various eras. In one of their many books on the antebellum and Civil War eras, Elizabeth FoxGenovese and Eugene D. Genovese say: Homelessness was worse during the middle of the nineteenth century than afterward. The figure of 0.4 percent of the population in 1890 fell well below the best estimates for the first half of the nineteenth century. Between 1830 and 1850, ten and twenty percent of the population of Britain and the continent went without shelter for substantial periods of time, and — the figures are less firm — the population of the large northern cities of the United States probably matched those. During 1810-1820, homelessness became increasingly evident in New York City, as wages declined and artisans were thrown into the proletariat. The solution? Frequent, unusually ineffective, police sweeps designed to clear the streets of the homeless. … Charles Dickens took one look at Five Points (in New York City) and likened it to London’s notorious East End. (“Slavery in Black and White: Class and Race in the Southern Slaves Holders’ New World Order,” p. 237) Last winter, encouraged in large measure by the concern and activism of our students, I participated in a homeless count with the United Way. Dean Guess, vice president of communications at United Way, led a team that included Greg Carbone, chair of the geography department at USC, and me. We were assigned a section of Columbia that included much of Five Points. Our duty was to walk the streets, alleys, parks and areas around the railroads, seeking out the homeless and asking them the following questions: 1) How long have you been homeless? 2) What services would be helpful to you if Columbia could offer them? 3) Do you have access to food daily? The purpose of the homeless count was to determine the extent to which services need to be provided and to access the city’s means

Dr. Bret Kloos’ class hosted a dinner dialogue to discuss common areas of concern for people who are homeless and local service providers.

to offer those services. What I discovered in conversations with many homeless people was sobering. First, quite a number of homeless people do work, albeit for low wages. Secondly, many of them want job training and often do not know where or how to seek it. Finally, homelessness is not a respecter of age. Homeless children — many of them with their parents — seek shelter in cars, beneath bridges, in woods, in abandoned buildings. I am grateful to Bret Kloos, a professor of psychology at USC, who taught a course on homelessness last year, and to his student Emily Gunn (one of my former students, I am proud to say), who wrote the article “Homelessness in Columbia” that appears in this issue of AHA! Like many social ills, homelessness is difficult to address. One of those difficulties, alluded to above, is that of gaining an accurate count of the homeless. And without an accurate count, writing grants for homeless programs is always a bit of a guessing game. In an age of technological sophistication, walking from street to alleyway to park to gain a count hardly ensures accuracy. But what other means do we have at our disposal, particularly when agencies like United Way have to depend on untrained volunteers to offer assistance? What’s encouraging, nonetheless, is that smart, engaged community activists like Brett Kloos, Emily Gunn, Greg Carbone and Dean Guess are seeking solutions to the problem. Their work continues to inspire the USC family and encourages us all to become engaged in community service.

By Emily Gunn (2013)

In fall 2010, a handful of students in the Honors College participated in a service-learning class titled Homelessness in Columbia. Dr. Bret Kloos taught the class. He is a community psychologist whose profession has afforded him a keen understanding of homelessness, including its causes and effects in different communities. As the title implies, service-learning classes are beneficial on two levels: students learn while simultaneously giving back to the community. The primary objectives of this course were to educate students about homelessness and to engage students in opportunities around Columbia to serve the homeless. It would be difficult for any student at USC to be completely ignorant about homelessness in Columbia. A student does not have to stray far from campus to witness this problem firsthand. What the average USC student may not know, however, is what the City of Columbia is doing to deal with this problem. And this is an example of the kind of question that this class aimed to address. So what is Columbia doing to address homelessness? It seems that the most prominent service Columbia provides for the homeless is food. Several students in the class participated in an event called The FortyEight Hour Challenge, in which they lived like the homeless for two days, sleeping outside and eating meals provided by service organizations for the homeless around the city. One student who participated in this event talked to a homeless man who said that on any given day, he can easily get six meals in Columbia at various church soup kitchens. The students who participated found this to be quite true; they had little trouble

finding food (although the food was notably unhealthy and poor-tasting.) What Columbia lacks is a sufficient shelter. A plan for a new year-round shelter has been realized this summer after years of debate. The idea was created, the motivation was present, even the funding was available. The one thing standing in the way of the creation of the homeless shelter was the debate of where it would be placed. Neighborhoods fought ceaselessly to keep the homeless shelter from being built in their areas. This is just one example of the kind of complications facing efforts to help the homeless. It can be rather sobering and perhaps discouraging to students, but it is important to understand that solutions are never faced without resistance. The Midlands Housing Alliance Transitions Center opened in June and provides housing programs that help their adult male and female clients reach self-sufficiency, as well as emergency beds and short-term housing. They also provide assistance to those with mental illness and addictions, computer services to those searching for jobs and housing, and laundry and shower facilities. The Transitions Center will provide year-round services, and it does not replace the existing winter shelter in Columbia. Perhaps the most valuable thing the students gained from the class was a more accurate perspective on the homeless population. Through their volunteer experiences, students met homeless people in Columbia and heard their stories firsthand. Several students in the class regularly attended meetings for an organization called Homeless Helping the Homeless. Students saw homeless individuals who have organized themselves into a coalition, aiming to share ideas,

solutions and resources with one another. This is just one example of homeless people who continually defy the stereotype that homeless individuals are either lazy or enjoy being homeless and do not wish to do anything to change their situation. Students also gathered pieces of information, including specific statistics, that have proven to be useful for debunking misconceptions. For example, at Thanksgiving, one may imagine addressing comments made by relatives, such as, “Oh really, you’re in a homelessness class? Well you know, they’re all crackheads, don’t you?” It’s difficult to remain convinced that all homeless people are crackheads when research shows that this simply is not the case. A class like this is beneficial for the community, not just because of the volunteer hours each student had to complete (which totaled, as a class, roughly 200 hours) but also because it allows people in the community to see USC giving something back. As Kloos explains, “Sometimes people in a community see college students moving to their town and they wonder, ‘what are these students doing to contribute?’ ‘What are they giving?’” A class like this can show that USC is indeed making an effort to improve Columbia.

Emily Gunn is a junior from Matthews, N.C., and is double majoring in psychology and English. She works as a line therapist for children with autism and is planning to study abroad in Ireland this spring. After graduation, Emily plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology.

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Homelessness in Columbia

“A class like this is beneficial for the community, not just because of the volunteer hours each student had to complete ... but also because it allows people in the community to see USC giving something back.” — Bret Kloos

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Honors College Fellowship Yields Publication A new firsthand account of the Revolutionary War in South Carolina likely owes its publication to a partnership between an Honors College professor and his student forged in the late 1990s and nourished by an undergraduate research fellowship. Honors College alumnus Wade Kolb III (’00) and Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History Robert M. Weir are the co-editors of “Captured at Kings Mountain: The Journal of Uzal Johnson, A Loyalist Surgeon.” Published by USC Press this past March, “Captured at Kings Mountain” is the diary of New Jersey native and surgeon Dr. Uzal Johnson, who served with the American Volunteers, a Loyalist unit that fought in South Carolina in 1780. The story of Kolb and Weir’s cooperation on the project goes back to an Honors College seminar Weir taught in American history in fall 1996. Kolb was just a freshman when he enrolled, but both professor and student quickly made a positive impression on each other. Kolb later signed up for Weir’s upper-level seminar on the American Revolution, and it was during that course that Weir approached Kolb with a proposal to help edit Johnson’s journal. Weir had discovered the journal while doing research for another project in a collection of Revolutionary War-era manuscripts held in the Princeton University Library. He immediately became intrigued, recognizing that the journal was remarkably similar in places to another diary kept by a member of the American Volunteers, Lt. Anthony Allaire. Unlike Johnson’s journal, however, Allaire’s was widely known by historians because it had been published in 1881 as part of Lyman Draper’s famous history of the war in the back-

country, “King’s Mountain and Its Heroes.” Weir’s plan was to transcribe and edit the journal, adding footnotes to put the various people Johnson met, the places he traveled, and the experiences he had in the proper historical context. Along the way, Weir hoped to solve the mystery that had drawn him to the diary in the first place: figuring out just what the relationship was between Johnson’s diary and that of Allaire. The project seemed manageable, but Weir also thought it would be an ideal one for bringing on board a talented student assistant. Around that time, he spotted an Honors College flyer advertising a new program for undergraduate research fellowships. Professors and students were asked to team up, submitting research proposals for competitive grants of up to a few thousand dollars. If an application were approved, students would be funded at a modest hourly rate to complete research. Weir approached Kolb with his plan, suggesting the two apply for the fellowship and jointly edit and transcribe Johnson’s diary. They filled out the application, and Peter Sederberg, then Honors College dean, approved their proposal. Their work commenced in earnest in the summer of 1997 and continued through the next academic year. “Unfortunately,” Kolb explained, “the grant money ran out long before the work did, but by that time we both wanted to see the project through.” They eventually did just that, though neither really knew in the late 1990s just how long it would take. In the intervening years, both were involved in other work and research, but neither laid the Johnson diary aside for too long. Following his graduation from the Honors College in May 2000, Kolb spent a year study-

“It’s immensely gratifying to have seen this work through to publication, but certainly the most rewarding part of the journey has been the relationship I’ve formed with the Weirs.” ­— Wade Kolb

ing in Oxford, England, before returning to South Carolina, where he taught English at his high school alma mater, Wilson Hall, for six years. In 2007 he left teaching for law school, graduating from Duke University in May 2010. During those years, Kolb maintained his relationship with Weir and the diary, breaking off from his regular work for a weekend during the school year or a week or two in the summer in order to entomb himself in the South Caroliniana Library or the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Weir stayed busy too. Even though he retired from teaching in the late 1990s, he was occupied with numerous research projects, helping write and edit a history textbook, preparing numerous papers, and lecturing and moderating for various academic conferences. Weir’s wife,

Anne, became involved in editing Johnson’s diary as well, providing invaluable help with compiling research and helping to revise and collate the journal’s extensive footnotes. The final product is an impressive volume of nearly 200 pages. The diary itself covers approximately a year between March 1780 and March 1781. Johnson was present for the fall of Charleston in May 1780 before being dispatched to the chaos of the S.C. backcountry, where he served through numerous skirmishes that climaxed with the battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780. After being captured, Johnson was held as a prisoner of war in Hillsborough, N.C., for several months before being released and allowed to return to Charleston. “It’s immensely gratifying to have seen this work through to publication,” Kolb observed. “But certainly the most rewarding part of the journey has been the relationship I’ve formed with the Weirs. I first knew Dr. Weir as a teacher and a scholar, but along the way both he and his wife, Anne, have become mentors and friends as well. I consider myself lucky indeed that they let me join alongside them in helping bring this important journal to light.” Weir added that he too found the collaborative experience rewarding and unexpectedly enlightening. Had it not been for the bond that developed between Kolb and the Weirs, he says that he doubts he “would have stuck with the project to its completion.” Scholarship is often regarded as a lonely enterprise, but in this case student and teacher found teamwork to be, in Weir’s words, “its lifeblood.”

William Hubbard (1974), Kappy Hubbard (1975) and Dean Steven Lynn (1974)

On Aug. 30, 2011, Columbia-area honors alumni and the college’s supporters gathered to welcome the Honors College’s new dean, Steve Lynn. Attendees learned more about Dean Lynn and the college, enjoyed a time of fellowship, and partook in an hors d’oeuvres menu that included recipes from First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides’ recent cookbook. A very special thank you to each of our sponsors and hosts who made the event a success: E.A. “Perk” Bailey Edens and Avant Frances and John Fawcett Edie and Jack Goldsmith Susan and Jack Graybill Charles and Anita Hood Kappy and William Hubbard

Emily Burn (2010) with her mother, Beth Watson, Honors College director of internship programs

Cathy and Lex Knox Laura and Pierce McNair Ben Rex Marta and Jim Stiver Chris Vlahoplus Christy and Thad Westbrook

Thad Westbrook (1996) and Leslie Brunelli (1996)

Senior Associate Dean Jim Burns, professor and past associate dean Jim Stiver ,and Marta Stiver

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Welcome Reception for Dean Steve Lynn

From Honors to Nuclear Engineering How an SCHC summer course solidified the future of one alumna

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By Kallie Metzger

When I look back on my undergraduate experiences, those most memorable were met through the honors curriculum. One of the most meaningful was an SCHC summer abroad course in Germany. I had previously traveled abroad to Greece and Turkey following high school graduation, where I was bitten by the travel bug. When I returned from my first trip overseas, I desperately craved seeing more of the world. The opportunity to study abroad presented itself as a remedy; it merged two of my favorite things: learning and travel. The Honors College had proven itself to be a champion of exciting courses, so there was no doubt in my mind that I would study abroad under the umbrella of an SCHC course. When I first learned about the nuclear reactor course in Germany, I was ecstatic. I had always wanted to visit Germany, and aside from that, so few undergraduates were granted the privilege to operate a nuclear reactor. I could not have dreamed of a more perfect course and experience. Under the tutelage of Dr. Ralf Gothe, students learned nuclear reactor physics, radiation safety and basic reactor operation at Johannes Gutenberg University. We had an exciting itinerary that kept us busy every day. We not only toured Mainz but also visited historic Trier, an ancient capital of the Roman Empire. The trip concluded with a wine tasting at a vineyard along the Mosel River. However, in spite of my love for travel and wine, I personally found the most exciting portion of the trip was that spent at the reactor in Mainz. Learning about the intricacies of the reactor system inspired my interest in nuclear energy. From the moment I observed the brilliant blue Cherenkov radiation, I knew I wanted to work in the field of nuclear energy research.

(Cherenkov radiation occurs when the neutrons in the reactor coolant [water, in this case] travel faster than the speed of light in that medium.) However, upon graduating from the Honors College in December 2009, I was uncertain how to achieve my end goals. I found part-time work as a lab instructor for the physics and astronomy department, but somehow felt unfulfilled. I enjoyed teaching, but after a year away from attending classes, I realized how much I missed learning in an intellectually stimulating environment. Because I received my B.S. in physics, I always assumed my options for graduate school extended only as far as a graduate physics program. However, after a discussion with a student in the mechanical engineering department, I learned about the relatively new graduate nuclear engineering (NE) program at USC. I perused the program’s website and was motivated to apply to the doctoral program. The NE program began in 2003 and has since graduated more than 40 students. The program is headed by Dr. Travis W. Knight and draws on professors from the mechanical engineering department as well as individuals employed at the Savannah River National Laboratory. In this way, students are prepared for a variety of roles in the nuclear energy industry. Fellowships and scholarships are available to all full-time students accepted to the program. Upon meeting Dr. Knight and learning about the department’s research, I knew this was the ideal program for me. The department’s research ranges from advanced fuels, reactor design, fuel cycle modeling and simulation to radiation damage. I found this body of research seeking solutions to our society’s energy crisis highly interesting. I was also awarded a fellowship through the Nuclear

Regulatory Commission, which helped solidify my decision to “come back” to USC. It was important to choose a graduate program that offered the opportunity to participate in exciting research and that provided access to influential and supportive advisors. Since joining the group in April, I’ve found that this program has exceeded all my expectations. I have already had the opportunity to participate in a major conference. I received a student sponsorship through the Nuclear Energy Institute to attend the 2011 U.S. Women in Nuclear Conference held in St. Louis, which focused on alternative pathways to leadership. The sessions were especially interesting, and it was exciting to meet other women in the nuclear industry. The conference offered a tremendous networking opportunity; I was assigned a mentor to personally introduce me to numerous professionals in the industry. I met representatives from energy facilities and national laboratories. Best of all, I was offered several internship opportunities for next summer! If you are a recent graduate who is curious about nuclear engineering, I highly recommend checking into this exceptional program. The NE graduate program accepts students with a bachelor’s degree in any engineering discipline, physics, chemistry, or computer science. Growth in the industry, with new reactors under construction and a workforce nearing retirement, means a healthy job market should be around for a long time. If you are worried about the effect Fukushima, Japan, will have on the nuclear industry, be confident that the United States’ nuclear industry is far more regulated than that of any other nation. The Fukushima incident has provided American nuclear opera-

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“Looking back, my participation in the Honors College has been the single most rewarding decision made to date.” — Kallie Metzger

Kallie with two new friends outside the nuclear reactor in Mainz, Germany

Kallie (middle row, second from the left) and the rest of her work group gather for a photo over the reactor pool.

tors and regulators the opportunity to review their emergency preparedness. All reactors are required to have practiced disaster plans in place and have developed mitigating strategies beyond their robust safety systems. Also, new reactors under construction are based on passive safety systems. These passive safety systems do not require any manual operation, which makes them intrinsically safe. Another draw to the program is the small size and subsequent close interaction with your research advisor. I had the privilege of having wonderful advisors in my undergraduate studies (in the Honors College and at USC) and found they were motivating factors in my success. I only dreamed my luck would carry over into graduate school. However, I fortunately found Dr. Knight and the nuclear engineering program. Advisors like Dr. Knight not only

encourage you to learn but also provide opportunities for you to excel. Looking back, my participation in the Honors College has been the single most rewarding decision made to date. As an undergraduate, I looked forward to my Honors College classes; I viewed them as “breaths of fresh air” in my schedule, a balance to the monotony of my core physics curriculum. Every student has interests outside the realm of their major, but rarely has the chance to explore all of them. I took advantage of the senior thesis requirement and held an art show that melded my love of physics with painting. It was so satisfying to check something off my “bucket list” and simultaneously fulfill a requirement for graduation with honors! Without my study abroad SCHC experience, I would not have chosen to pursue nuclear engineering, and

Kallie with her mentor at the 2011 Women in Nuclear Conference in St. Louis

I’m certain it was my distinction as a South Carolina Honors College graduate that motivated my reception of a graduate fellowship from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. To learn more about USC’s Nuclear Engineering Program, please visit edu/nuclear. The department has informal lunch meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room A228 of 300 Main. Anyone interested in the program or current research is more than welcome to attend.

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Thomas Scott (2006) Excels at Stanford This year marks the conclusion (at long last) of my graduate studies. It is also the fifth anniversary of my graduation from the Honors College: five years since I marched across the Colonial Center stage to find a handshake and a hug from friend and mentor Dr. Andrew Sorensen. Time, it seems, marches on. But graduations past and future seemed awfully distant last fall as I and my two teammates in Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic were introduced to our first case, Greene v. Fisher. Our client Mr. Greene’s situation arose at the intersection of time and law. Greene was accused of participating in the robbery of a Philadelphia grocery store in which the store’s owner was killed. He was put on trial with three other men also accused of participating in the robbery, but, while Greene maintained his innocence, the other three men confessed. Each codefendant offered a different account of Greene’s involvement, though none was willing to testify in the trial. In this situation — where the confession of one codefendant risks implicating another codefendant, and the confessing person is not willing to testify in court (which would give the implicated codefendant a chance to cross-examine the witness) — a judge will often sever the trials. But in this case, the judge instead redacted the confessions, replacing Greene’s name with phrases like “this guy” or simply “blank,” making it obvious to jurors that the name of someone (perhaps that other gentleman in the defendant’s box?) had been redacted. Greene was ultimately convicted. He appealed his conviction, disputing the judge’s decision. But while Greene’s appeal was pending, something remarkable happened: the Supreme Court of the United States agreed with him, finding such obvious redactions unconstitutional. Though the judge’s redaction strategy had been legally permissible at the time it was taken, suddenly, and before Greene had exhausted all his appeals, the Supreme Court had issued a new decision disallowing that sort of redaction. What happens in this situation? Our team, representing Greene, was to write a petition asking the highest court in the country, the Supreme Court of the United States, to answer that question. In our petition, we did not need to argue about what prosecutors and judges can or cannot do. The court had already decided that. Nor did we hash out the circumstances of the robbery and murder. That has been done once and, if we prevail, will be done again when Greene gets a new trial. Instead, we had to convey a message about time and the law — why the law from a later point in time should impact our evaluation of the original conviction of Greene. And we had to do it well. In a typical year, the Supreme Court accepts less than 1 percent of such petitions.

The team researched and outlined, and re-outlined, and wrote and rewrote and re-rewrote. Since clinic students work full time, rather than taking classes, we worked exclusively on the petition for weeks. Draft piled on draft, but with each hour, something new emerged: a new case to cite, a new idea to consider, and new and better ways to phrase those ideas. Through hard work, and great patience from our instructor, we slowly refined our arguments for why the Supreme Court should take this case. It was the most intellectually engaging project of my time in law school. I was tasked with drafting the final section of our petition, (delicately) explaining why the lower court was wrong and why Greene should receive a new trial. I laid out how the text and structure of the relevant statute, Congress’ expressions of intent, earlier Supreme Court precedents, and practical considerations all point toward that conclusion. Notably, I also got to argue that basic notions of fairness entitled Mr. Greene — and all similarly situated people in the future — to the benefit of the Supreme Court’s new decisions. At first glance, the entire exercise of appellate litigation could not have been further removed from my work as an SCHC B.Ar.Sc. student in African development. But my contribution to the team’s petition would not have been the same without that grounding. My initial intuition about the case had been to view time — appointments, deadlines, urgency, starting and stopping points — as a social construct that reflects our society’s priorities and values. That perspective came from honors seminars in African anthropology, early African history and blues music, as well as courses in constitutional law. And my visceral sense that fairness should play some role in how we choose to link time to law owed more to my time volunteering with the Waverly After-School Program than to my reading of court precedent. All this is to say that, though my time in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic was incredibly formative for me as a lawyer, my thought processes and values were largely shaped at an earlier stage — most of all during college. It reminds me just how valuable my time in the Honors College was and how valuable a particular view of time could be for Mr. Greene. Thomas J.G. Scott (B.Ar.Sc., ’06) received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School and his master’s in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University this year. Greene v. Fisher, Docket No. 10-637, will be argued during the Supreme Court’s October term this year. For more information and all court documents, visit SCOTUSBlog at

SCHC Students Shine in National Fellowship Competitions

Goldwater nominees (from left) Jim Talbert, Jackie Cantwell and Reggie Bain

Mark Your Calendar

Exciting news came also from the NOAA/ Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship program when five USC students were named Hollings Scholars this year. Three of those winners are SCHC students: Javits Fellowship winner Hali Kerr, Tristan Nathan Saunders Lawson and Kyra Marsigliano. There was even more to celebrate when honors student Hali Kerr was awarded a Udall Scholarship. Graduating seniors Emily Matherly and Denise Sullivan each earned the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support their graduate work in biomedical engineering. They join an impressive group of former SCHC students who have gone on to research careers with the support of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Committed to continued culture and language study, SCHC students Alex Chapman and Taylor Odom were awarded Free-Asia Grants to study abroad this fall. Three SCHC students received U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for summer language study: Stephanie Bedard, Olivia Keyes and Laura Smentek. Last, but certainly not least, Tas Anjarwalla earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Turkey for 2011-12. Congratulations to all our SCHC national fellowship winners!

2 Last Day of Classes 3 Reading Day 5–12 Final Exams 12 Commencement Exercises 12 Board of Trustees Meeting 22–30 Holidays

January 9 Spring Classes Begin 16 MLK Service Day — No Classes/ Holiday


4–11 Spring Break — No Classes

April 23 Last Day of Classes 25–May 2 Final Exams


4–5 Commencement Exercises 10–12 May Carolina Alumni Weekend

New Courses for Spring 2012 — Black South Carolina Writers — Freedom Trains — Lost and Found: Hannah Arendt and the Legacy of Ancient Greek Thought — Remembering, Imagining and Teaching the Holocaust in America — John Dryden and His Contemporaries — How to Be a Remote Customer Service Star to Hispanic Patients — Social Justice: Igniting Change within Our Community — Recording Russia: Soviet History in Novels, Memoirs and Diaries — Visions of Violence — Divas — Reconciling Words: Rhetoric, Reconciliation and Identity in Contemporary South Africa

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December This year, Honors College students once again made headline news as finalists and winners of national fellowship competitions. During the 2010-2011 academic year, working with the staff and faculty through the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, SCHC students and recent graduates submitted 77 national fellowship applications, and 17 received national fellowship awards. Since the fellowships office was established in 1994, SCHC students have won 342 national awards. For a complete list of winners, visit the OFSP website at This year’s finalists included Jim Manning, Rhodes Scholar finalist; Daniel Hains, Truman Scholar finalist; and Taylor Odom, Pickering Fellow finalist. All of these students traveled and participated in national interviews for these competitions. 2011 marked the 19th consecutive year SCHC students have won one or more Goldwater Scholarships, the most prestigious national fellowship for undergraduate researchers, bringing the total number of USC Goldwater Scholars to 38. Reggie Bain and Jim Talbert were selected as Goldwater Scholars, and Jackie Cantwell received an honorable mention. All 38 Goldwater Scholars have been in the SCHC! Nathan Saunders, SCHC ’02, returned to Carolina this year to pursue his Ph.D. in History and also landed the most prestigious graduate fellowship in the humanities to support his study, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Nathan is a repeat national fellowship winner, having won the Madison Fellowship in 2002, which supported his first graduate degree.

Class Notes

The daughter of Pete Papajohn (1985) just started her sophomore year at USC as a Capstone Scholar, and he believes his son will probably follow suit and become a Gamecock next year.

Business (ranked No. 19 nationally in Business Week). He has been involved with academic work in Latin America and the Pacific islands, but remains a militant Gamecock fan!

Wilson McDonald (1986) and his

Stacy Thompson (1994) was recently reelected to the board of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) representing the 4th and D.C. circuits. She serves as the vice president for community for the Junior League of Columbia for the 2011-2012 year and is the board president for the Disability Action Center in Columbia, S.C.

family moved back to South Carolina after serving as general counsel for a national mortgage lender in Lake Oswego, Ore., for several years. He joined Robinson McFadden in his current position in May 2008.

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Glenn Ohanesian (1987) and



on 5,000 acres of land. Needless to say, it’s a pretty hectic job!

William Dugas (1975) recently added

Jeff Wildes (1982) returned from his

responsibility as NET social media strategist to his duties as manager of content distribution with University of Nebraska Television.

Alice Jeffords Jacobson (1977) graduated with honors from American Military University in June, earning a Master of Arts degree in history. She is now seeking adjunct professor opportunities and is looking into history Ph.D. programs. Alice believes “it’s never too late to learn.”

Ramon Klitzke (1977) has been selected for Best Lawyers in America three years running (2010-2012) and as an Oregon Super Lawyer for intellectual property (2008-2010). He was also selected by Portland Monthly as one of Portland’s top lawyers (2008, 2010).

Dan Laney (1977) and his family have just returned from a two-week safari in Tanzania and Kenya, where they saw amazing wildlife and witnessed the Great Migration as it crossed the Mara River.



Robert Bernstein (1980) has been selected as president-elect of the Charleston County Bar Association.

Phil Goodman (1980) has been in property and real estate for 35 years and with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) since 1998, serving as director since 2007. CMS is the 18thlargest school district in the country, with a property portfolio of 182 schools, 22 million square feet, 650 buildings, and 1,250 mobile classrooms

second mission trip this year to Kenya in August. A team of six spent eight days in Nakuru, Kenya, teaching Bible classes to local pastors and church leaders. His group is working with another organization to set up free online seminary classes for pastors who are too poor to attend a regular seminary.

Harry Miley (1982) was a recruit of Marshall Winn (1974). Harry took his Ph.D. in Physics in 1987. Since being traded for a goat and two chickens, he has worked at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and eventually became a laboratory fellow, working in nuclear nonproliferation. He splits his time between the deserts of southeast Washington and the jungles of Washington, D.C., and Vienna.

C. Steven Moskos (1983; ’86 law) has been practicing law in Charleston, S.C., since 1986. He argues a variety of cases, but mainly handles cases for consumers who have been cheated by car dealers or who have purchased lemon cars. He is a board-certified civil trial advocate. In 2010, he became an S.C. board-certified circuit court mediator. He lives in Charleston with his wife and three children. Cynthia Shelnutt Smith (1983) was recently appointed president of the South Carolina School Boards Association and chair of the Lexington One School Board in Lexington, S.C. William Rambo (1984) practices medicine with Columbia Neurosurgical Associates and lives not too far from campus with his wife, Lee, and their two children.

his wife have joined forces as partners in the Law Offices of Ohanesian & Ohanesian after practicing law in separate offices for approximately 20 years. Their firm has purchased a new office building in downtown Myrtle Beach. Their oldest child, Zack, is a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at Socastee High School, plays on the JV Basketball team and participates on the Academic Team. Their youngest son, Sam, recently received the highest academic honor bestowed in first grade and participates in football, basketball and baseball programs. They are all part of the founding core group of a contemporary Anglican Christcentered church, The Well by the Sea.



Melanie Geiger Legamaro (1990) lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband of 18 years, Nick, and their two children, Alex (13) and Ryan (10). When she’s not on the soccer field sidelines watching them play, you can find her on the Citi trading desk, where she is a director and has covered institutional equity clients for 21 years. She also enjoys her role as the NCL historian for her local chapter and the volunteer opportunities that the organization offers. Life is good in Texas! Philip Powell (1991) is the faculty chair of the full-time MBA program at the Indiana University Kelley School of

James Nooney (1994) was married to Elizabeth Hart on July 17, 2010.

Brian Comer (1995) has been selected to serve as cochair of the Products Liability Substantive Law Committee for the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association (SCDTAA). The purpose of the SCDTAA is to promote justice, professionalism and integrity in the civil justice system by bringing together attorneys dedicated to the defense of civil actions. As cochair of the committee, Comer will be responsible for providing current information to members about developments in S.C. products liability law, as well as planning education programs about this area of the law for SCDTAA’s meetings throughout the year. Comer is also the founder and contributing author of The South Carolina Products Liability Law blog at http://scproductsliabilitylaw., which provides current information on trends in S.C. products liability law for individuals and product manufacturers. He practices with Collins & Lacy P.C.

Jamie Williams (1995) has been named director of the National Scholars Program and associate director of the Honors College at Clemson University. Michael Quinn Jr. (1995) has been named a shareholder in the Ellis Lawhorne firm. Quinn joined Ellis Lawhorne in 2008. He focuses on com-

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Brad Holt (1995) is beginning his seventh year as an IT manager in University Technology Services at USC. He serves as the IT representative on the Leadership Team of the OneCarolina project. His wife, Heather Marie (Bradshaw), is a 1999 graduate of the USC journalism school. They have a daughter, Parker (6), and a son, Sawyer (18 months), and are a proud Gamecock family.

Victoria Custodi Zabel (1995) recently helped her neighborhood create a community oven. See her article here: www.charlotteobserver. com/2011/09/04/2571095/elizabethneighbors-build-an-oven.html.

Matthew Ballard (1997) will marry Leah Cogswell on Jan. 28, 2012, in Sarasota, Fla.

Anna Hall (1997) is one of the founding teachers and now the principal of a small 6th-12th grade public high school in the South Bronx. For more information, visit her school’s website: www.

Anne Knight (1998) recently moved back to the States from Germany, where she worked for three years for U.S. Africa Command, promoting African security issues. She was named civilian of the year for 2010. She has started a new position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense working on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief policy. In February, Anne went back to Burkina Faso, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1999 to 2002, to visit old friends and colleagues.



Benjamin Bryan (2002) and Susan Watson were married Dec. 18, 2010, at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. Ben is an associate auditor with the Legislative Audit Council of South Carolina. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in education administration at USC. The couple lives in Columbia.

Christopher Major (2000) has been named a shareholder of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. Major joined the firm’s Greenville, S.C. office in 2006, and he represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the Carolinas. He regularly represents clients in the transportation and construction industries. Prior to joining the firm, Major served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge G. Ross Anderson Jr. and practiced law in Charlotte, N.C.

Steven Suchomski (2002) and AnneMarie Ellis were married Jan. 8, 2011, at Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church in Columbia, S.C. Steven is a captain in the U.S. Army, serving as a lawyer. The couple resides in Augusta, Ga.

Julie Jensen (2000) earned a Master

Sara (Cornwell) Nolette (2002)

of Divinity in 2005 from Columbia Theological Seminary and serves as the associate pastor for Congregational Care and Mission at First Presbyterian Church in Cartersville, Ga. In May she celebrated the fifth anniversary of her ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Ashley Amundson (2001) and her husband, Hank, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Isobel Charlotte. She was born Feb. 26, 2011. Ashley was also recently elected probate judge for Colleton County and began serving in that role in January. John Whitehead (2001) recently began a new general law practice with the Andrighetti Law Firm in Greenville, S.C.

Sarah Schroeder (2001) married David G. Schroeder (2000, USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications). Sarah earned her Master of Library and Information Science from USC in May 2008. She has been employed by Richland County Public Libraries since August. After graduating, Heather (Sines) Wilhelm (2001) was married to Walter Wilhelm in September 2003. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching 2008, and the Wilhelms have welcomed two daughters, Ashley Marie (4) and Taylar Nicole (18 months), to their family.

Robin Tarpley (2001) and Jeff Paz were married Oct. 23, 2010, at Marriage Island on the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas. Robin is a licensed professional engineer at Burns and McDonnell in Houston. The couple resides in San Antonio.

just celebrated 6 years of being married to her wonderful husband, Charlie Nolette. They have a restaurant, Berry Island, on Lady’s Island in Beaufort and love the Lowcountry!

Jennifer (Ross) MacLeod (2002, ’05 law) and Andrew MacLeod (’05 law) welcomed their daughter, Marjorie Anne, on May 16, 2011.

Justin Colvin (2002) spent eight years in Tampa, Fla., traveling the United States and the world for work and for pleasure, but after 10 years in the corporate world he has started his own business, day trading futures. He is extremely happy with his new endeavor and encourages anyone to pursue their dreams and ambitions. He was married to his wife, Jana, in 2008, and they have two bichon frise dogs and two cats. No kids yet, but the dogs sure feel like kids. Rev. Norman (Norm) E. Jones Jr. (2002) and his wife, Kathryn, celebrated the birth of their first child, Isabel Alyce, on March 27, 2011. In June, Norm was ordained an elder in the WNC Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is serving his fifth year as pastor of the Lilesville Charge of the UMC.

Brian Shiels (2003) and his wife, Amy, welcomed their first son, Owen Patrick Shiels, on Dec. 1, 2010.

22, 2011, Jonathan is still a Gamecock fan. Go Cocks!

Dustin Taylor (2004) recently received his MBA in Consumer Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He has moved back to Charlotte, N.C., and is on the hunt for a new position to continue his career in an upward trajectory.

Amy (Buchanan-Feinberg) Pasquet (2005) and her husband, Jean, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Laura, who was born on July 5, 2011, in Cognac!

Patrick Walsh (2005) has been promoted to associate director of media relations at Louisiana Tech University and is the youngest sports information director in the nation among FBS schools. Walsh married Blair Brandon in July 2010, and they now live in Ruston, La. Daniel Kim (2006) is currently enrolled in law school at USC and runs his own business, a martial arts school that opened a second location in September 2011. Jayson Boyles (2006) was married to Sarah Fuqua in April and transferred from Kimberly-Clark in Paris, Texas, as a mechanical engineer, to KC Beech Island, S.C., as a process engineer.

Carla Patat (2007) has opened her own law firm in Greer, S.C., called Patat Law Firm LLC. She has general practice, including wills, estate planning and administration, family law, litigation, and criminal law. Terrill Wilkins (2007) is entering his second year of law school at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. This past summer he came back to South Carolina to work as a summer associate at Gallivan, White & Boyd and Nelson Mullins in Greenville. He is currently pursuing job opportunities in Chicago, Atlanta and Columbia and is set to graduate in May 2013.

Sarah Bayko Albrecht (2004) was married in May 2011 to Mark Albrecht in Washington, D.C. They now reside in Bethesda, Md.

Jonathan Maxham (2004) is in his third year of internal medicine and plans to apply for a nephrology fellowship. While he will marry a Buckeye (Ohio State University alumna) on Oct.

Catherine (Whitt) Bishop (2008) started work in February 2010 for ExxonMobil in Human Resources in Beaumont, Texas, and married Renato Bishop May 8, 2010, in Columbia, S.C.

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mercial real estate, business transactions and condemnation matters. He has extensive experience in civil litigation involving real estate and business matters, including construction defects, land use disputes, condemnation, inverse condemnation, zoning matters, contract and business disputes, title insurance claims, and landlord/tenant disputes. Quinn also volunteers his time with Home Works and Brennan Elementary School and as a YMCA youth soccer coach.

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A Gift of Any Size Can Make a Difference. Here’s How ... $30 supports the binding of two senior theses. $50 covers senior thesis supplies such as petri dishes, sheet music, or a digital voice recorder. $75 provides transportation for community activities in service-learning courses. $125 supports one senior thesis workshop or pre-advising workshop. $135 helps a student obtain a passport for study abroad courses or research. $200 funds an away football game watching party in the Honors Residence. $250 sponsors a minority or top scholar recruitment dinner. $300 provides materials for community outreach in service-learning courses. $500 sponsors one Honors Council charity fundraiser event. $500 supports one career development workshop for Honors College students. $750 supports one student participating in an honors summer travel course. $750 covers one month of materials for the student computer lab. $750 provides interview travel expenses for a Truman, Marshall, or Rhodes Scholar finalist. $1,000 furnishes one new computer in the student computer lab. $1,250 sponsors December Revocation. $1,500 supports a student working in an unpaid internship for a semester. $1,500 creates a student stipend for a 150-hour faculty-mentored research project. $1,500 provides a senior thesis grant. $1,750 supports a luncheon for prospective internship providers. $2,000 supports a student participating in the South Carolina Government Internship Program. $2,000 provides a grant for a faculty member developing a new service-learning course. $2,250 sponsors the Alumni Homecoming Champagne Brunch. $2,500 supports a student participating in the Washington Semester Internship Program. $2,750 sponsors Freshman Convocation. $3,000 creates a student stipend for a 300-hour faculty-mentored research project. $5,000 funds an honorarium to bring a nationally known speaker to the Honors Residence. $8,000 sponsors May Revocation. $15,000 furnishes a teaching computer lab in the Honors Residence. $25,000 creates a named endowment to support the donor’s area of interest. $50,000 endows a named study abroad scholarship. $75,000 endows a named research grant for a faculty-mentored project. $100,000 endows a named merit- or need-based scholarship. $300,000 creates a named Carolina Scholar scholarship endowment. $500,000 endows a named Honors College professorship. . *Endowed gifts last in perpetuity and can be named by the donor, and only a defined amount of the earned interest is spent each year. For more information on contributing to the Honors College, please contact: Chappell Wilson Director of Development 803-777-7511

Honor Roll of Donors The South Carolina Honors College wishes to thank all donors who made gifts in 2010. Thank you very much to the 332 alumni, couples, businesses and friends listed here. Your generous contributions totaled $1,566,032 and were used to provide a multitude of scholarships, as well as senior thesis grants, internship support, study abroad stipends, service learning support, Honors Council funding and course enhancements. Your generosity had an immediate impact on our students and allowed us to do what we are known for — going above and beyond in providing exceptional experiences for our students inside and outside the classroom. Those opportunities are what make our honors education unique and exciting. Thank you for supporting our mission and our students. Care has been taken in the preparation of this report to ensure complete and accurate recording. However, if omissions or errors have occurred, we express our sincere regret and request that you bring such errors to our attention. Donors who contribute $1,801 or more annually are granted membership in the President’s Society. Donors who give at any level for three or more consecutive years are members of the Carolina Circle. For more information on these and other giving societies, please visit givingsocieties.

Mr. James R. Clark Ernst & Young Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John T. Foust Ms. Lisa Kahn Frick Ms. Sarah Gluek and Mr. Gregory R. Smith Dr. and Mrs. James P. Jamison Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Jones III Dr. James C. Karegeannes Dr. Theresa Knoepp and Dr. Louis Knoepp Mr. Scott Landry Mrs. Lauren McGinley Mr. and Mrs. William Andrew Minton Sr. Dr. William M. Rambo Jr. Ms. M. Alicia Sikes Mr. Philip Ronald Snipes Mr. Shane E. Swanson Ms. Christy A. Tinnes Mr. and Mrs. Chris Vlahoplus Jr.

$250-$499 Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Allen Anonymous Ms. A. Lorraine Aun Mr. Robert E. Barr Ms. Mary Alice Barth Dr. Kelly Bobo Mrs. Eathel L. Bowen Mr. G. James Burns Mr. and Mrs. Colin Richard Chasler Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Dumiak Jr. Earth Fare Mr. and Mrs. Wade Franks Ms. Susan L. Hitchcock Mr. Thomas J. Horan Mr. Richard C. Litwin Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Micciche Microsoft Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wright Parker Dr. Dennis A. Pruitt Sr. Raytheon Company Ms. Mary Lucille Reep Mr. Benjamin H. Rex Mr. and Mrs. Larry A. Slovensky Mrs. Lynn E. Pruitt-Timko and Mr. Joseph Michael Timko Mrs. Caroline Tigner Traugott

$100-$249 $10,000+


Anonymous Canal Charitable Foundation LTG and Mrs. William P. Tangney

Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Ball Mrs. Leslie G. Brunelli Dr. and Mrs. Madison Stevens Crouch Mr. Jon Andrew Dumiak Mr. Michael S. Gadd Mr. Stephen D. Hibbard The Reverend James C. Howell Ms. Julia C. Royall Dr. Peter C. Sederberg Dr. T. Daniel Silvester Mr. and Mrs. Jerre Sumter Mr. Robert A. Tangney

$1,801-$9,999 Dr. Davis W. Baird Dr. Christopher T. Bardi Mr. E.J. Dinkins Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Fishman Dr. Anita S. Hood and Dr. Charles G. Hood Dr. Annette Lynn and Dr. Steven Lynn Mr. Ben A. Rast Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Simmons Jr. Mr. Harry E. Turner

$500-$999 Mrs. Beth Benko and Mr. James L. Atkinson Mrs. Lauren Bingham

Accenture Foundation Inc. Mr. Brian U. Adler Ms. Dorcas J. Alexander Dr. Michael D. Amiridis Mr. and Mrs. Joe Amons Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Anderson Anonymous Mr. Gerrit T. Bakker Ms. Amanda Lee Bannister Dr. and Dr. John B. Barber Mrs. Susan Strayhorn Barbour Mrs. Rachel G. Barnett Mr. Robert Alan Bernstein Miss Grace Blakely Mrs. Judith R. Bowman Mrs. Janet M. Breen and Mr. Livingston D. Sutro Mr. and Mrs. James P. Byrd Ms. Shari K. Carter

Ms. Amy Louden Dehmlow Deloitte & Touche Foundation Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Dr. James B. Dewar Mr. Nader S. Elraheb Mr. Hugh J. Eubanks Mrs. Sheila Sullivan Fitts Mrs. Abby C. Fowler Dr. Hal W. French Mr. James D. Gandy III Mr. James B. Graczyk Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Gramling Mr. and Mrs. John D. Groves Mr. Thomas P. Guilderson Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Bruce Hains Dr. Samyah Hammami Mr. and Mrs. George V. Hanna IV Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin Harvey Jr. Ms. Jennifer Marie Heinemann Mr. Harvey Helman Dr. Jennifer Hess Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey A. Hill Mr. and Mrs. David Edward Hodge Mr. and Mrs. Walter Elward Hoover Mrs. Shannon Geoly Horn IBM Corporation Matching Grants Program Mr. and Mrs. Louis V. Isganitis Mr. Randall A. Jewell Mr. Matthew W. Jochim Johnson & Johnson Ms. Joann Elizabeth Johnston Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Kalinauskas Mr. Gerard J. Kanczewski Mr. Glenn C. Kienz Dr. Maribeth B. Kowalski Dr. Patti T. Langston Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Learner Ms. Deborah J. Lindsey and Mr. James M. Riley III Dr. Gordon K. Mantler Dr. and Mrs. William H. Marsh Ms. Kathy J. McKinless Mr. Gerald M. Meggs Dr. R.D. Michaelson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Philip J. Molesky Mr. and Mrs. Vincent P. Mooney Mrs. Shoshana R. Mostoller Dr. Edward C. Munn Mr. H. Joseph O’Shields Mrs. Tanja Ostapoff Dr. Maja Osterman Dr. and Mrs. Juraj Osterman Ms. Beverly A. Pascoe Dr. Frederick B. Piellusch Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Pietras Dr. Leslie H. Poinsette Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Edwin Rambo

Ms. Judy M. Rehberg Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc. Mrs. Andrea L. Reynolds Ms. Sarah F. Robertson Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Rogers Jr. Ms. Julie A. Roughton Ms. Amy M. Royalty Mrs. Janis E. Lutz and Mr. Richard J. Ryan Ms. Deborah C. Salzberg SCANA Services Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Earl Seigler Mr. and Mrs. William Keith Shannon Mrs. and Mr. Timothy Shaw Mrs. Vandy J. Shrader Dr. John Mark Sibley-Jones Ms. Tracy L. Skipper Dr. Sally and Mr. Gary Smith Mr. and Mrs. Scott William Steele Prof. James L. Stiver Dr. Sanjay Muleshchandra Swami Mrs. Patricia K. Tanner Mr. and Mrs. Mark Eugene Teel Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. Thompson III Mr. William Britton Watkins Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Williams Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Patrick Williams Mr. and Mrs. Ben Martin Wilson III Mr. and Mrs. Brian Allen Zondlak

Under $100 Dr. Anital Kheptal and Mr. Vijay K. Ahuja Ms. Allison Albert Dr. Susan G. Alexander Mrs. Laura Nichols All Ms. Victoria Anna Alvarez Capt. and Mrs. Ernest G. Anastos Mr. Christopher K. Anderson Anonymous Mrs. Ashley M. Beard Mrs. Kimberly D.C. Benjamin Mr. Kyle L. Bishop Ms. Anne H. Blessing Mr. Robert T. Bockman Mr. and Mrs. Christian Julian Borkowski Ms. Debra J. Boulware Mr. Richard Joseph Breen Mrs. Tamara Sue Brewer Ms. Jeanne MacDonald Britton Mrs. Margaret Smith Brooks Lt. Col. and Mrs. Anthony W. Broussard Mr. Andrew William Buchanan Ms. Jessica L. Bultman Ms. Jennifer I. Campbell Mr. Kevin M. Cannon Mrs. Jane E. Cantwell Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Clair Mr. Gregory Lee Cole Jr.

Ms. Sandra K. McCombs Ms. Elizabeth Stran McCurley Ms. Laura E. Mewbourn Ms. Felicia D. Miller Mr. W. Eugene Mills Jr. Mr. Larry Patrick Mitchell Mr. James Edward Monogan III Mr. and Mrs. Chip Morgan Mrs. Lucille P. Mould Mr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Newell Ms. Lucy A. Nolan Ms. Natasha Elisabeth Paz Miss Rachel Marie Perkins Dr. Jennifer Kinwa Poon Mr. Louis P. Porter Ms. Joan D. Powers Mr. Christian Andrew Price Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Dwayne Pruitt Ms. Kathleen Raschiotto Ms. Katherine Elizabeth Rawson Mr. Stephen M. Rawson Mr. David Michael Repp Mr. and Mrs. William Alton Richard II Mr. and Mrs. Kevin M. Rinehart Ms. Laron Laura Roach Mrs. Julia C. Robinson Mr. L. Greg Rollins Mrs. Kelly S. Rosche Ms. Sarah E. Ross Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Daniel Scheer Mr. Robert T. Scott Dr. Harry F. Sharp III Mr. Reid Thomas Sherard Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Shinbaum Dr. Kerry Short Mrs. Cynthia S. Smith Mrs. Jo Anne G. Smith Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Smith Ms. Pamela S. Solarek Ms. Lise Movall Soukup Ms. Katie Jean Spicer Mrs. Sara E. Stein Dr. Randall W. Stowe Mr. and Mrs. Ronald K. Stuckey Mr. Thomas J. Taylor Mr. William H. Thrower Dr. Briana Timmerman Ms. Harriet Celeste Toole Mr. Oleg Uvarov The Vanguard Group Foundation Mr. Richard A. Verkler Mr. and Mrs. James R. Wanstreet Ms. Jada Caroline Watkins Mrs. Elizabeth Hutchison Watson Dr. Mary C. Watzin Mr. Travis Lee Weatherford Ms. Krystal R. Webber Dr. Tracey A. Welborn and Mr. J. Greg Welborn Ms. Jo Addy Wessinger Which Wich Mr. Bradley Charles Williams Mrs. Julia H. Wilson Mrs. Caroline Lindsay Winter Mr. and Mrs. William Wohleber Mr. Andrew Beard Wright

In addition, the Honors College would like to thank the following donors who supported our students in 2010 with gifts to the Carolina Scholar scholarship program.

$50,000+ Mr. W. Michael Bond Dr. Anita S. Hood and Dr. Charles G. Hood

$10,000-$49,999 The Ayco Charitable Foundation Estate of William B. Douglas Waccamaw Community Foundation The Honorable and Mrs. Mack I. Whittle Jr.

$1,000-$9,999 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Fortson Jr. McEntire Produce Inc. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Global Impact Inc. University Associates Mr. Chris Vlahoplus Mr. and Mrs. Chris Vlahoplus Jr.

Under $1,000 Mr. Caleb Timothy Anderson Bank of America Mrs. Novella Fortner Beskid Mr. David M. Cohn Mrs. Alien B. Cook Ernst & Young Foundation Mrs. Laura P. Freeman Mr. John D. Gregory Mr. James S. Guignard Mrs. Erin C. Gwin-Leverton Ms. Anna Maria Hatfield Mr. J. Cantey Heath Jr. Mr. Robert H. Hill Mr. and Mrs. James G. Puffenbarger Ms. Jan P. Smoak Mrs. Ashley West Thompson Ms. Julia O. Turlington Mr. Jay D. Weber

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We’d like to send out a special thank you to the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation for their substantial support of the McNair Scholars scholarship program.

Mr. T. Charles Conrad III Dr. Nicholas C. Cooper-Lewter Mr. Joseph S. Cope Mrs. Lori F. Copeland Mr. Glenn M. Cornwell Mr. William S. Cowan Dr. Sarah Crosby Creel Mrs. Hilary K. Culbertson Cyberwoven LLC Mr. John C. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Roger Daniel Davis The Duke Energy Foundation Ms. Meredith E. Dukes Ms. Sarah Curry Dulcie Ms. Michele Long Dunphy Mrs. Fiona Fornwalt Ms. Elizabeth Ann Fortnum Mr. and Mrs. William Guy Galardi Mr. and Mrs. Mark D. Glenn Mr. Terrell L. Glenn Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Goldstein Ms. Maria S. Gray Mr. and Mrs. John Green Ms. Linda M. Gremillion Dr. Jean P. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Lee Hansen Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Sean R. Hardwick Mrs. Elizabeth B. Harris Mr. and Mrs. Alexander G. Henderson Dr. and Mrs. Steven C. Hendrickson Mrs. Noreen S. Herring Mr. and Mrs. Chris L. Herron Mrs. Shannon M. Holley Mrs. Julie Milligan Hughes Mr. and Mrs. George Hutton Ms. Suzanne A. Hyman Dr. and Mrs. David Isenhower Ms. Anne M. Janku Dr. and Mrs. Carlton David Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ross Johnson Mr. L. Scott Johnson Mr. Mark W. Johnson Dr. R. Neill Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Barrett H. Jones Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Jones Mrs. Gina Garrett Jones The Reverend Norman E. Jones Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ian D. Kane Dr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Kelly Dr. Richard M. Kennedy III and Mrs. Catherine H. Kennedy Dr. Anita Khetpal Mr. Lewis Kreps Mrs. Sue Nannette Lanham Ms. Kathleen A. Layden Mrs. Janis K. Leaphart Dr. Michael J. Leonard Mr. Ernest D. Levinson Ms. Tamara E. Looney Mrs. Tali MacArthur Mrs. Margaret H. Mackinnon Mr. Arch G. Martin III Mrs. Casey B. Martin Mr. Kevin Patrick Mason Mrs. Cynthia S. Mazanec Mrs. Erika M. McCallin Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Jeremiah McCarty

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AHA! Editor Leaves College for New Position

AHA! is the official newsletter of the South Carolina Honors College and is published twice yearly for alumni, students, parents, and other members of the South Carolina Honors College community. Managing Editor: Mark Sibley-Jones Copy Editor: Susan Nesbitt Ward (1990) To reach us: 803-777-8102 or

Alumni Correspondents: Kallie Metzger (2009) Thomas Scott (2006)

Student Correspondents: Emily Gunn (2013)

AHA! Editorial Board: Doreen Rinehart Chappell Wilson Christian Price Mark Sibley-Jones Tori Espensen-Sturges Gregory Goetz

This is my last issue as editor of AHA! I am moving to the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, S.C., where I will teach junior AP English. However, I will not sever all ties with USC. This fall I will teach a British literature survey course for the evening college. Time permitting, I’ll maintain my connection to USC as an adjunct faculty member. A friend recently asked what I found most enjoyable about my experience at the Honors College. I don’t know that I can give a satisfactory answer. Certainly, opportunities to teach in the college, to form relationships with students and faculty and staff, to work with a wonderful group of people at SCHC — well, where does the list stop? Allow me to name a few recent highlights of my time here. 1) This summer I married two former students in Charlotte, N.C. (I was, as some of you know, a United Methodist minister before coming to the university in 2002). My wife and I spent a splendid weekend in Charlotte with the families of Shawn Campbell and McKenzie Phillips Campbell. I renewed acquaintances with former students. Julia and I visited the Mint Museum (both campuses) Saturday morning and afternoon. We had fun that evening at the wedding. What an honor it is to be invited to participate in a ceremony that unites two remarkable young people. 2) A young woman who is more like a surrogate daughter than a former student came to see

me earlier this summer on her way to her home in Greenville. I married her and her husband three years ago. Jennifer teaches in Tennessee. Her husband, Will, is finishing medical school at the University of Tennessee. Both of them graduated from the Honors College with 4.00 GPAs. I have taught at the university for fifteen years. Jennifer had two classes with me. She and I were required to take a four-hour test that preliminarily qualifies us to teach in high school. She outscored me on the qualifying test. She says I should be happy about that. Something along the lines of, “Look, Mark, you always said your greatest hope was that your students would outsmart, outperform, outdo you in every way.” Yes, Jennifer, I’m sure I said it. I’m also sure I didn’t mean it. It’s not fair that a student nearly 30 years younger than I should be able to outsmart me with such ease. There is no justice in academia. 3) I am both elated and sad about Steve Lynn’s appointment as dean. The elation comes with knowing that no better appointment could have been made. Steve hired me in 2002 when he was chair of the English department. I don’t know anyone more dedicated to his staff, the University, the education of students. He is exceptional. So is his wife, Annette. And their daughter, Anna. Naturally, I am sad not to be able to work with Steve. Great things will happen under his leadership, and I will miss being part of that. Finally, I have been privileged to serve as editor of your magazine. I am always amazed at the accomplishments of our students and our alumni. Reading your stories has been a great pleasure for me these past five years. I wish all of you continued success, and the happiest of lives.

AHA Fall 2010  

Fall 2010 edition of AHA

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