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AHA Association of Honors Alumni

South Carolina Honors College UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

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Sederberg to Retire Reflections on Peter Sederberg’s tenure and impact on the University

Shuford wins Distinguished Honors Alumni Award Anchors Aweigh, my boys, Anchors Aweigh. Farewell to college joys, we sail at break of day. Through our last night on shore, drink to the foam, Until we meet once more, Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home.

ford graduated and began his first assignment on the USS Blakely, where he served in the operations department. That tour was followed by another serving as operations and plans officer for the commander, Naval Forces Korea. Shuford excelled in his military assignments and in 1979, he was selected to be an Olmstead Scholar, affording him the opportunity to study for two years in France at the Paris Institute of Political Science. He then went on to earn master’s degrees in public administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and in national security and strategy from the Naval War College, where he graduated with the highest distinction.

—Anchors Aweigh, United States Navy Anthem

When SCHC announced this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the honoree’s long list of accomplishments wasn’t out of the ordinary. After all, the Honors College has graduated plenty of extraordinary people in its four-decade history. But Jacob Lawrence Shuford’s accomplishments aren’t noteworthy simply for their plenitude. They read like a classified battle plan—words like Desert Fox, Sea Warrior, and Tomahawk jump off the page. But when you’re the 51st president of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., those words begin to make a little more sense. Oh, and by the way, Jacob doesn’t go by Jacob anymore. It’s Rear Admiral Jacob Lawrence Shuford, for those of you who weren’t buddies of his during his days at Carolina.



Navy Admiral Jacob Shuford

Shuford, a native of Bishopville, was one of the first students admitted to USC’s honors program, forerunner to SCHC. He’d been a Gamecock fan throughout his childhood, so it seemed natural to go to Carolina when the time came to apply to school.

He may have matriculated into the University with journalism and the performing arts on his mind, but by the time he graduated in 1974 with successful completion of the Navy ROTC program under his belt, there was nowhere else he wanted to be except out at sea.

The marches must have paid off, however, because Shu-

As for Shuford, he’s definitely earned his. —Rachel Moyle Beanland (2003)

Call for nominations Nominations for the Distinguished Hon-

“We knew we would read about Jacob one day in the papers.” -former roommate Steve Lynn

ors Alumni Award come from alumni, staff members, and various friends of the college; nominees are asked to submit supporting materials. Up to two winners are recognized each year at the SCHC Alumni Brunch during USC’s Homecoming weekend and the Carolina Alumni Association awards banquet the same weekend. Each winner

Over a 30-year career, he’s amassed five Legion of Merit awards, a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal. And now he has another award to add to the list, one with perhaps a slightly more down-home feel. The Distinguished Honors Alumni Award, Shuford says, is particularly meaningful. “I’m honored to be a part of something important—an institution with a great history and continuing impact. It is very nice to be ‘claimed’ by your alma mater!” Dr. Steve Lynn, Shuford’s former roommate and USC’s current English department chairman, said of his friend, “He was fully committed to whatever he was doing. We knew we would read about Jacob one day in the papers.” Shuford, in turn, said of his honors-program classmates: “I learned to recognize and use the genius of classmates to gain perspective.” Over the years, Shuford has managed to get back to Columbia for a football game or two each season, despite the number of years he’s spent abroad or at sea. As a new era of football begins this fall at Carolina, perhaps Shu-

Shuford remembers long-time English professor Dr. George Geckle returning what Shuford had assumed was an “A” paper with a “C” scratched at the top of the page. Shuford laughingly says of his foray in literature, “I figured out that ships and tides wait for no one.” While at Carolina, Shuford booked artistic performances for the University and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Some of his fondest memories of USC include marveling at just how little work his fraternity brothers managed to do while he was busy balancing the demands of the honors program with Thursday marches to the Navy ROTC drill.

ford’s years of experience waging war at sea can translate to a different kind of battle that will unfold on the field down at Williams-Brice. His advice isn’t bad for students and football enthusiasts alike: “Drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, eat well and always remember—there ain’t no free lunch.”

receives an engraved memento and a piece of Honors College sportswear as a reminder of the honor. Nominations for the 2005 award will be accepted through Aug. 1, 2005. Nominarions can be e-mailed to alumni@schc.

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Shuford’s college roommate and mentors attended the brunch. From left: Steve Lynn (1974), Professor George Geckle (English), Shuford, and Professor Bob Oakman (computer science and English)

Alumni Correspondents: Rachel Moyle Beanland (2003), Michele Marple Thomas (1992), Susan Nesbitt Ward (1990)

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Competition drives scholar athletes to excel Homework and teamwork: for athletes who are Carolina or McNair scholars, both are areas in which to compete. Each year, 20 S.C. students are named Carolina Scholars and 20 out-ofstate students are named McNair Scholars. Recipients of these prestigious awards receive stipends for four years of undergraduate study, provided they maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average.

Karen Wigal

Such high-achieving students who also are varsity athletes can be found in baseball, tennis, and track and field, to name a few. For these students, the drive to win—in the classroom and on the field, or court or in the pool— is what motivates them. “I would still run whether I was part of a team or not, but I would miss the competition very much if I was running on my own,” said Karen Wigal, a sophomore McNair Scholar (W.Va.) and member of USC’s track and field team. “There is nothing like the feeling after finishing a great race.” Wigal, a chemical engineering major with a 4.00 GPA, runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track. The same spirit of competition rings true for runner and Carolina Scholar David Johannesmeyer. “Originally, I had not planned to continue running in college.

However, I realized that I would miss the competing aspect of (competitive) running. Running is one of my passions, and I am happy to have the opportunity to continue it at the collegiate level.” Johannesmeyer runs track and field, David Johannesmeyer specifically the 5,000meter and 10,000-meter. A biology major, he also enjoys reading, playing the piano, snowboarding, and hanging out with friends. Many of these scholar athletes come to Carolina with a passion that started early in life. “I’ve been playing baseball since I was 5 years old,” said freshman Carolina Scholar Brad Hocking. “I played four sports until I was 13, but I chose to stick with baseball because I love the team aspect of the game. It was always a dream of mine Brad Hocking to pitch for Carolina, so I feel very fortunate to be in the position that I am today.” Hocking will redshirt this season and begin playing with the team in spring 2006, although he practices and lifts weights with the team every day. Aside from majoring in business, Hocking mentors a student at Joseph Keels Elementary School. Coming to Carolina as a scholar has added value for those who are also athletes. Grace Blakely, a McNair

Scholar (Pa.) said, “One major reason that I chose USC over multiple Ivy League schools was so that I could play tennis with a competitive program and continue to grow my game.” Blakely is a mathematics major, University Ambassador, and founder and president of two new student organizations, as well as the winner of a fellowship from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. So when do these scholars have time to fit in all of the demands on their schedules? Blakely says it’s tough. “Being a scholar athlete is definitely not for the fainthearted. The most obvious challenge is that there are only 24 hours in a day. Practice and training take hours every day, (forcing) me to budget my time strictly to have enough time also to study.” Wigal votes for a longer day too. “I really wish days were about 30 hours long. We have to find time to Grace Blakely practice, go to class, lift (weights), study, work, get adequate sleep, and eat well. Somewhere in there we have to find time for a social life and relaxation.” Johannesmeyer and Hocking agree that balancing daily life is tough. “The hardest thing is trying to find time to get everything done,” said Hocking. “Even during the off-season, practices, conditioning, and weight training take up a large portion of each day.” —Jan Smoak

Alexa Maddox joins college In September 2004, Alexa Maddox joined the Honors College as an academic advisor and the director of communications. She replaces Cameron Blazer, who left to attend the Charleston School of Law. Maddox brings a strong background in both communications and advising to her new position. In 1990, she earned a BA in English from USC and in 1996, a master’s in the same field from Appalachian State University. Prior to joining SCHC, Maddox was a study-abroad advisor for the International Programs for Students Office at USC. Other accomplishments include working as a VISTA volunteer, a magazine editor, and an editorial assistant.

Maddox has a passion for travel and learning about other cultures. Her current interest is studying Punjab culture, language, and food—she recently married an Indian national. She also likes dance, including salsa and bhangra. As an advisor, Maddox says she aspires to be accessible and wise, and hopes to develop more international opportunities for the students in SCHC. She can be reached at —Michele Marple Thomas (1992)

Maddox (center) with her in-laws at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India



Time marches on...

Sederberg steps down after decade of service

The search is underway for a new dean of SCHC, and by all accounts, Peter Sederberg is a tough act to follow. Sederberg retires in June, after 30 years’ involvement with the Honors College. Much of the original vision for the college has been realized in just these past few years under his leadership. “Dr. Sederberg is not replaceable—we are searching for a successor,” said Bruce Coull, chairman of the search committee. “Dr. S. has incredible energy, drive, and love of the SCHC. We are hoping we can find someone with similar qualities, but we know that will not be easy,” he said. “I don’t think we could find anyone who loves the Honors College more than Peter,” said Patsy Tanner, SCHC business manager, who has been with the honors program for 31 years. “He has put his all into it. “Peter is a family-oriented man and a very caring person,” she said. “He loves his children and wife and loves talking about them and sharing with us things they have done. He is always thinking about the staff and their needs; the same with the students. I guess that is what I appreciate about him the most. He is easy to talk to and work for.”



“Peter is a man of extraordinary integrity, intellect, dedication, and good spirits,” said his wife of 20 years, Jan Love. “As dean, Peter has been like a kid in a candy store. He sees many great possibilities and goes to work each day eager to seize them all. It’s very gratifying to see someone so fulfilled in his work. “Peter thrives under challenging circumstances, and he has a passion for creatively solving problems,” she said. “Guiding the SCHC has certainly offered many challenges and interesting problems to solve, so he’s never bored!” Love and Sederberg met in 1982 when she began teaching at USC as an assistant professor. “By that time Peter was already a full professor and was taking a break from doing any administration with the Honors College,” she explained. “He had been involved in one way or another since its founding. He clearly had a vision of how great the SCHC could be, however, and began to implement that

Milestones in Sederberg’s tenure 1994 July 1: Sederberg assumes deanship


Then and Now: Sederberg’s association with the Honors College spans 30 years

vision when he became dean (in 1994). He could not have gone as far as he did with that vision if not for the active, strong support of President John Palms,” she said.

also is innovative in conceptualizing the idea of learning through research, and has fostered and published on that subject for undergraduates.”

“The Honors College is the intellectual heart of undergraduates at the University,” said Palms, who retired as

Few people take Sederberg’s support of the concept more personally than Doug Williams, one of SCHC’s associate deans, who joined the Honors College eight years ago. “Peter literally rescued me professionally,” he said. “We intersected during a time in my life when I was struggling to define and put forward a concept called ‘research-based learning.’ I was meeting considerable resistance and hostility from close-minded and smallthinking faculty in my home program.

“I don’t think we could find anyone who loves the Honors College more than Peter. He has put his all into it.” -Patsy Tanner, SCHC business manager

president in 2002 but still teaches for SCHC. “Its vitality stimulates the academic lives of students and faculty. The Honors College continues to attract the best students coming out of high school. They deliver key leadership on our campus. “Peter Sederberg has always been dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education,” he continued. “He

“Peter recognized the potential of my ideas immediately and enthusiastically joined me, pooling our intellectual resources and energy, becoming partners, thus making an exciting concept a reality and part of the mission of the Honors College,” he said. “For this and many other kindnesses and examples of his support, I will be forever grateful.” It’s hard to summarize a career stretching back to the very beginnings of the honors program, but Sederberg said he is proud of three things: “First, that we have been able to expand the size of the college while improving the quality of both its students and its programs. Second, I am pleased that the college is perceived by our most talented faculty as a venue for experimentation. Finally, I

Association of Honors Alumni

1994 Association of Honors Alumni established

A fall tradition: moving freshmen into Maxcy

1996 Renovation of Maxcy, a residence hall for first-year Honors students

1997 Research-based learning is born, significantly enriching honors academic opportunities; Flinn Hall classrooms acquired

Members of the first class of McNair scholars

1998 Quality of Honors students continues to improve, bolstered by the first class of McNair Scholars

am proud of the evolving vision of research-based learning. It really is an empty vessel into which we have been pouring content for the last seven years. Some of it has been exceptionally successful, other ideas have not worked, but the effort and promise remain worthwhile. “I am grateful for the support of the University leadership over my tenure, especially John Palms,” he continued. “I am grateful for the staff of the Honors College. I hesitate to mention anyone, without mentioning all of them. I feel, though, I cannot fail to note Patsy Tanner, who has meant so much to the college and its precursor for three decades. I also benefited greatly from my collaboration with Doug Williams, my co-conspirator on research-based learning. Finally, I must mention my predecessor—twice—Bill Mould. He and I really wrote the proposal and shepherded it through all levels of approval within the University. He laid the foundation; I have had the chance to build on it. My successor will, I hope, continue to build on what we have prepared.” Mould, who is in a unique position to counsel Sederberg on the adventures that await after retiring from SCHC, has advice to share with Sederberg. “1. Make no decisions for a year. You may think you want to buy a farm, or move to Samoa, or go to med school. Give it a year. Relax. Get used to catching up on your reading, on letter-writing, or gardening or cooking or golf or whatever—but keep it small scale. After a year, you are ready to take your passport in hand and do whatever you want. “2. Do not think that you will finally do what you have never done. If you have never gardened, you won’t do it in retirement. If you have never backpacked, or run the marathon or learned a foreign language, you are unlikely to do it in retirement. Retirement is a wonderful time to return to past efforts, expand them, find out if you are really any good at them. This is not to say that retirement is not a time of growth; quite the contrary. But you are unlikely to become a different person, just a better one.” And he added, “Hope and pray that your successor is as fine a dean as mine has been. When I left the college to you, I felt a little bit like when we sent our sons off to college—hopeful, and somewhat scared. You took this ‘child’ and led him/her into maturity. (My successor) did a wonderful job. I wish you the same good fortune.”

The Long Goodbye

scores of 1399 and WGPAs of over 4.40. Attracting more fine students was only half the plan. We also aimed to develop enriched academic opportunities for these students across all four years. In the late 1970s, we provided about 40 honors courses per semester for a college of approximately 450 students. We now typically offer more than 120 courses each semester for a student body of 1,100.

Now begins the long goodbye. As many of you already know, I am stepping down as dean of the college at the end of this academic year. The major reason for my decision is timing— whenever one is in a position of leadership, it’s better to walk out the door freely than to wait for the defenestration.

We hoped the college would become a venue for academic innovation. Over the past three decades, we have pioneered hundreds of honors proseminars, many of which have subsequently been introduced into the regular curriculum. We have fostered interdisciplinary investigation and encouraged the expansion of undergraduate research opportunities.

In addition, our business manager, Patsy Tanner, will be retiring no later than June 2006. Patsy has worked in the Honors College and its precursor honors program for 31 years. My successor would benefit greatly from her presence over the next year. Still, breaking up, as the song says, is hard to do. For 30 years, the South Carolina Honors College has been a part of my professional life at Carolina. It was my privilege to serve on the committee that designed the college. Bill Mould, then director of the honors program and chair of the founding committee, and I shepherded the proposal through all levels of University approval. When Bill’s term as director ended in 1976, I succeeded him and during my tenure implemented the college proposal, admitting its first class in 1978. Bill was appointed the first “master,” later dean, of the college in 1979, and I followed him once again in 1994. Bill and I, then, have led honors education at the University since 1973, so this transition to new leadership is critical, providing yet another reason to try to make the new dean’s path as smooth as possible. Our vision for the college we created three decades ago has been largely fulfilled: We wished to attract more high quality students to Carolina. Our first class in 1978 numbered approximately 120 students; over the last three years we have averaged 270 entering freshmen. We do not have comparable data going back to the 1970s, but in 1994, the average SAT score was 1316 and the weighted high school GPA was 3.92. For the last three years we have averaged SAT

We envisioned creating a quasi campus within the University that would provide honors residential opportunities for as many of our students as desired them. From the fringes of the campus and housing for 35 students, we have moved to the historic heart of the University and provide honors housing for up to 600 students. We dreamed of using the college as a lever to lift the entire institution. Obviously we have helped enhance the quality of the undergraduate student body. Our students, in turn, have improved the school not only through their academic excellence and the recognition they earn, but also through the leadership they contribute to the University community. Also important are the substantive changes we have fostered. Most recently, the Honors College took the lead in establishing a celebration of undergraduate research and inquiry—Discovery Day—in all disciplines. Our leadership helped prompt the University to move toward the creation of an Office of Undergraduate Research that will foster these opportunities for all undergraduates. The new dean will find a firm foundation on which to build; not merely, I hope, to stand. Challenges of managed growth, maintained excellence, academic initiatives, and appropriate resources in a time of increasing fiscal austerity await. The college, though, is poised to reach for the next level of excellence. Bill and I cannot claim all the credit for this legacy. First, we have been assisted over the years by a wonderful and continued on page 6

—Susan Ward (1990)

Doug Williams taught “Southern Horizon,” SCHC’s first Maymester course

1999 Record breaker! Honors College offers 125 courses for the first time

Parler (center) with the University Rhodes Scholarship Committee


Caroline Parler named Rhodes Scholar. Sederberg mentored Caroline and many others for national competitions

Baccalaureus majors at the 2004 revocation ceremony

2001 USC Bicentennial Campaign kicks off. Under Sederberg’s tenure, the SCHC endowment surpasses $500K, outside funding increases dramatically, and new scholarships are established

2004 2004 Sederberg advised Baccalaureus and Political Science majors, many of whom express fond memories of their mentor

2005 Sederberg will step down June 30. At press time, a successor has yet to be named



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capable staff: the constant contribution of Patsy Tanner; the academic leadership of Doug Williams, Leslie Jones, and Jim Burns; the advisors who do so much more than academic advisement, Marshall James, Carissa Hansford, and Alexa Maddox; and the support staff of Patsy, office manager Debra Boulware, who has served the college for 20 years, and William Morris, our IT director. I, in particular, have been blessed with the support of the leadership of the University from the Board of Trustees to President Andrew Sorensen and all the provosts with whom I have been privileged to serve. Most importantly, the support given the college by past president John Palms over his 11-year tenure explains our success. What animates this structure, however, are the faculty and students whose energy and creativity constitute the life force of the college. Those who gladly teach and gladly learn have made my experience a joy. I have been honored to work with the best students and best faculty of this institution for over a decade. I will not forget them. In Bruce Springsteen’s ironic anthem, “Glory Days,” his characters cannot let go of the glory days of their high-school years. The Honors College—its staff, students and faculty—have made this past decade into my glory days. And though my stories may still be boring to everyone but me; they will, at least, be fresh.

—Peter C. Sederberg January 2005



In honor of the founders of the South Carolina Honors College, the William A. Mould Scholarship Fund has been renamed the William Mould and Peter Sederberg Scholarship Fund. Gifts in honor of Peter Sederberg’s retirement may be made to this fund. Make your check payable to the SCHC Educational Foundation for the Mould/Sederberg Fund. Mail to Carissa Hansford, SC Honors College, USC, Columbia, SC 29208.Donations may be made online at

The times they are a-changin’ The past few years have seen several high-level retirements at the university, including a provost, two associate provosts, and several academic deans. Jamal Rossi, dean of the USC School of Music, will leave USC in May 2005 for the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. He commented for AHA! on the changing of the guard: “This is an exciting time at the University in so many ways, yet at the same time, the University must exercise caution. Over the next five years the University will witness a tremendous turnover of faculty and staff due to retirements. Within a period of about 18 months, the University will have hired a new provost, two associate provosts, and eight deans. The exciting piece of this equation is that all of these people come to the University with fresh enthusiasm and new ideas. The University must exercise caution because it is losing tremendously valuable experience. All things are the way they are for good reason. Intelligent and dedicated people put forward their best efforts to create the University as it exists today. With so much turnover, it is easy to think that everything must change. Care must be exercised so that the University does not lose sight of its history, and the reason that things exist as they currently do.”



NOTES 1960s John D. Culbertson (1969) recently retired, but stays busy as a part-time elementary school counselor, a member of the board of directors of the Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce, and an instructor at Piedmont Technical College.

1970s Sarah P. Springer (1977, USC School of Law 1980) is completing her 10th year on the bench. At the Mississippi Trial and Appellate Judges Sarah P. Springer Conference in 2004, she was elected to a two-year term as chairwoman of the Conference on Chancery Judges. She has previously served the conference as secretary, vice chairwoman, and program chairwoman. Kate Heald (1978) is a massage therapist currently studying Feldenkrais. She resides in Columbia. Gail B. Ingram (1978) earned national board certification in the field of adolescence and young adulthood/social studieshistory. She is in her 25th year of teaching history at Cheraw High School and led her 13th student tour to Europe in March 2005. She is married to attorney Miller S. Ingram Jr. and has two children. Ruth is a senior at Presbyterian College and Mark is a sophomore at Clemson. She says, “Maybe my grandchildren will attend USC!”

1980s Barbara Faile Morán (1987) is a cardiologist in Greenville, S.C. She and her husband Mandrés Morán have a seven-

month-old daughter, Isabel. She also has two stepchildren: Krystal, 15, and Josh, 8. Andrew Newton (1987) was named vice president for legal affairs at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. His wife June (Godshalk) Andrew Newton Newton (1987) is a freelance flutist and private flute teacher in the Augusta area. They have two children, James, 12, and Thomas, 10. Andrew: June:

1990s Michele Marple Thomas (1992) and her husband, Curt, recently welcomed another son to their family. Braden Scott Thomas was born Michele Marple Thomas Aug. 28, 2004, and and Family joins his big brother, Cameron, who turned 3 in April. In addition to exciting family news, Michele also took a new position at IBM, managing the Design Center for the Systems and Technology Group. She and her family are based in Raleigh, N.C. Jennifer Baker (1995) recently joined her father (also a USC alumnus) as vice president of The Laurin Baker Group, one of the only father-daughter lobbying firms in Washington, D.C. Since moving to D.C. after graduation, Jennifer spent five years as project manager for a strategic communications firm, two years in public and crisis communications at WorldCom, and two years in legislative affairs for the U.S. Marine Corps. After that, she figures working with her dad will be a breeze! Danny Dorsel (1995) taught and coached for two years at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia before taking on a new position as Cardinal Newman’s director of advancement. He says the position is challenging but easy to do because he believes in the mission of the school: “forming lives of excellence in the Catholic tradition.”

Lisbeth Bossheart (1996) has been living in Los Angeles for the last six years. She is an attorney at the firm of Shaub, Williams and Nunziato LLP, where she recently became partner. She specializes in international and intellectual property, business litigation, and transactions. She is licensed to practice in both California and New York. Amy Coppler (1996) graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2000. After completing a residency in emergency medicine at The Johns Hopkins University, she returned to Charleston to work in the emergency department at MUSC. She is engaged to marry Mike Ramsay, whom she met at MUSC, in the fall. Joseph “J.J.” Gentry (1996) recently joined the South Carolina Senate after serving as an attorney with the S.C. House of Representatives for four years. In his new position he will serve as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Judicial Merit Selection Commission. Laura A. Hall (1996) is the director for planning at the newly established office of the coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization at the U.S. Department of State. The mission of the office is “to lead and coordinate U.S. government planning, and institutionalize U.S. capacity, to help stabilize and reconstruct societies in transition from conflict or civil strife so they can reach a sustainable path toward peace, democracy, and a market economy.” Allison Williams (1996) and Jason Spangler (1995) are the proud parents of Sophia Elizabeth Spangler, born July 18, 2004, in Fayetteville, N.C. alliewillie@yahoo. com Erin (Shaw) Street (1998) is communications and public relations manager at the University of Alabama, Birmingham Comprehensive

Cancer Center. She married Shane Street on May 22, 2004. They enjoy life with their pugs, F. Scott and Lolita.

2000s Chris Dorsel (2000) graduated from the USC School of Law and began work as an associate with Turber, Padget, Graham, and Laney in Charleston. Holly Dowd (2000) graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law. She then completed her international law degree at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She plans to take the North Carolina bar exam. Ben Morris (2000) and Angela (Johnson) Morris (2000) welcomed their second child, Cameron Grace, in April 2004. She Cameron Grace Morris joins big brother, Alex, 2. Ben and Angela graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in May 2004. Angela is pursuing family practice at Anderson Area Medical Center and Ben is doing his surgery residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Gwendolyn “Wendy” Pearson (2000) traveled the country for three years as a children’s theater actor, educator, and dancer. In 2003 she decided to change careers and move back to Columbia, where she began work as a docket clerk at the U.S. District Court.

now teaching seventh grade. She says, “My students always appreciate additional books for our classroom library. Please e-mail if you can donate.” jdniemi@hotmail. com

Martha Wright (2002) is a copy editor and page designer for the style section of The Washington Post.

Jenn Niemi

Judson Brehmer (2001) resides in Denver, but will be relocating in the fall to attend law school, location yet to be determined. Stay tuned! Sara J. Cornwell (2002) completed a master’s degree in social work at USC in May 2004. She worked at VisSara Cornwell and her taCare Hospice in fiancé, Charlie Macon, Ga., for the past year, and has just accepted a position with Hospice Care of America in Beaufort, S.C. Sara is engaged to be married to Charlie Nolette on May 29, 2005, in Tampa, Fla. Charlie is a USC grad (2003) with a BS in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management. He is the banquet manager at Idle Hour Country Club in Macon, Ga. Derrick Smith (2002) is engaged to marry Meghan Blanton on June 3, 2006, upon her graduation from Samford University. The wedding will be held in Spartanburg, S.C.

Katherine Ray (2003) is a first-year student at the USC School of Law. Suzanne Pickard (2003) completed a master’s degree in teaching at USC in 2004. pickards@iolscedu Christina (de Ridder) Scheer (2004) married Isaac Scheer (2003) on Aug. 7, 2004. Christina is an accountant at Bradshaw, Gordon & Clinkscales, LLC; Isaac is also an accountant at Sloan Construction. They reside in Greenville, S.C. Jessica Roaden (2004) is a contract administrator for engineering and construction company Fluor-Daniel. She lives in Taylors, S.C. Allison Skipper (2004) joined the South Carolina State Ports Authority in Charleston as a public relations associate.

Allison Skipper

Nicholas Young (2004) and Amber (Liebsch) Young (2004) were married Oct. 16, 2004. They live in Nashville, Tenn.

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Rebecca (Cronican) Strelow (2000) and her husband, Paul, had their first child, Blake William, in March 2004. Rebecca Blake William Strelow and Paul both work for the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, S.C. Jenn Niemi (2001) moved to Los Angeles in 2002 upon completion of a 10-month Americorps national service program. She joined Teach for America and finished her first year of teaching in June 2004. She is

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Raise your glass toast your class celebrate your past “Here’s a Health, Carolina!” was the theme Oct. 9, when alumni and friends of the Honors College gathered at the Top of Carolina for the 9th annual AHA homecoming reunion.

Sallee Still Weston (1992) with husband, Mark, and daughter, Madelyn

Danny Dorsel (1995) and Chris Dorsel (2000)

USC President Andrew Sorensen with distinguished alumnus Jacob Shuford

John Culbertson (1967) and his wife, Virginia, with Jim Stiver

Kate Heald (1978) and Susan Cate (1978), who first met in honors Anthropology 101 in spring 1975

Suzanne Pickard (2003)


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