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AHA! | South Carolina Honors College | University of South Carolina | Volume XV No. 2

Spring 2010

“Global Studies” Through Semester at Sea, SCHC student explores the world on a path of self-discovery.

from the dean Davis Baird

Building a schedule of honors classes is a joyful labor. The classes are so interesting, unique, and exciting! For part of an Honors Beyond the Classroom requirement, we’re planning several exciting Maymester classes. Scott Gwara from the English department will take a group of students on a tour of England’s King Arthur sites. Another group of students will stay on campus to learn about how to take ideas and turn them into business—Ivory Tower to Marketplace. And yet another group of students will travel to a small medieval hill town, Montecastello di Vibio, to study landscape, meaning, and sustainability. This last course will initiate what we plan to be a long-term relationship with Montecastello di Vibio and all of the honors colleges in the Southeastern Conference schools—a shared honors study abroad opportunity. University President Harris Pastides has launched an effort to focus on civility, and the Honors College is contrib-

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uting. Associate Dean Ed Munn Sanchez is currently teaching an honors course, Civility and the Public Sphere. We’ll take this course to the whole University next fall, and build into the course half a dozen public lectures by the nation’s top thinkers on civility. We are very pleased to be able to contribute to a national discussion on civil behavior. Our service learning initiative, part of Honors Beyond the Classroom, continues to develop and expand. We’ll offer more than 10 service-learning courses next year. Kim Simmons from the anthropology department, has created a great course, Sugar in the Blood, that examines relationships between diet, diabetes, and eating habits and customs in the African American community. Students spend time interviewing patients at a local clinic on these issues. Montecastello di Vibio

Bobby Donaldson, from the history department is continuing his study of Columbia’s African-American neighborhoods with his students ferreting out stories and interviewing longtime residents. These are only a few highlights. But, I hope you can see why building an honors class schedule is indeed a joyful labor.

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Dean’s puzzle Last issue’s puzzle concerned the way a knight moves in chess. The puzzle asks: starting in the lower left-hand square of a chessboard, can a knight move to the upper right-hand square while landing on each of the board’s 64 squares exactly once? I apologize to those of you who spent hours moving a knight around the board. It is not possible. Here’s why: every time a knight moves, it changes the color of the square it is on (see Figure 1). Thus, in a series of moves the color of the square the knight is on oscillates black-white-black-white and so forth. If the knight starts on a white square, move 1 takes it to a black square, move two to a white square, three black, four white, and so forth. Every odd numbered move takes the knight to a black square; every even numbered move takes the knight to a white square. Now, there are 64 squares on the board. The knight is already on one of them. To land on each of the others—exactly once—would take 63 moves. Thus, the last move has to put the knight on a black square. But the upper right-hand square is white (see Figure 2). The knight cannot land there as its 63rd move. For the next puzzle, I will return to a probability problem. Suppose you have two fair, six-sided dice; one red, one green. We know that the probability of tossing a double six is 1/36. We also know that the probability of tossing a double six given that the red dice comes up six is 1/6. Similarly, the probability of tossing a double six given that the green dice comes up six is 1/6. What is the probability of tossing a double six given that either the red or the green dice comes up six?

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Honors College, law school


Gold LEED certification


King Arthur in Medieval Britain


Mini-reunion at MayCarolina Weekend


Ivory tower


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Semester at Sea


Honors beyond the classroom

10 Honors residence activities

11 alumni 1 Jim Burns, associate dean 2 Christian Price, technology director/academic advisor

11 Cool wines for warm days 12 New SCHC alumni relations director named

3 Mark Sibley-Jones, recruiting/academic advisor

12 Distinguished honors alumni nomination form

4 Molly Gilbride, director of service learning/academic advisor

13 Alumni reception in Washington, D.C.

5 Patsy Tanner, business manager

14 Alumni homecoming brunch

6 Jo Wessinger, interim assistant to the dean

15 Milliken Educator Award

7 Chappell Wilson, director of development 8 Ed Munn Sanchez, associate dean 9 Debra Boulware, student services coordinator 10 Doreen Rinehart, assistant to the dean/development coordinator 11 Davis Baird, dean

16 class notes 18 honor roll of donors 19 calendar

12 Michael Davis, student services administrative assistant 13 Beth Hutchinson, director of alumni relations and internship programs 14 Jim Clark, director of off-campus education/academic advisor 15 Briana Crotwell Timmerman, associate dean The University of South Carolina is an equal opportunity institution. 10010 University Publications 3/10

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South Carolina Honors College staff

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Honors College, Law School Offer Six-Year BA (BS)/JD Degree The South Carolina Honors College and the University’s School of Law have formed a partnership to offer a six-year BA (BS)/JD degree opportunity to qualified Honors College students. Students admitted to this program will enter the law school beginning their fourth year. Up to nine credit hours of their law program may be counted toward their undergraduate degree, usually as cognate credit. Students admitted to this program will be able to apply the fourth year of the University and state (LIFE and Palmetto) scholarships toward their first year of law school. All students in good standing in the Honors College and on track for graduation with honors are eligible to apply. To be competitive for admission, however, students need to have considerable advanced standing credits (24 hours) or be willing to attend summer school, earn a score of at least 160 on the LSAT, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50. In addition, students admitted to the joint program must be able to complete their undergraduate program (with the exception of their nine hours of joint credit), including their senior thesis, by August before their fourth year (the first year of law school). Other financial rewards make this joint degree opportunity appealing. Students who graduate with a 3.50 GPA with honors from SCHC and have an LSAT score of 160 and a letter of support from the dean of SCHC will be offered admission to the School of Law as SCHC Scholars. Residents who qualify under this program will receive financial support of $5,000 per year. Nonresidents who qualify under this program will receive reduced tuition. For the 2008– 09 academic year, tuition was reduced from $17,160 per semester to $9,556 per semester. Students who graduate with a 3.50 with honors from SCHC and have an LSAT score of 158 and a letter of support from the dean of SCHC will also be offered admission to the School of Law as SCHC Partners. SCHC Partners will be eligible for scholarship review. Lee Cole (SCHC 2009) says, “I think the program is a great deal for students because it cuts a year off of the long process of obtaining both a bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degree, and it allows students to use their final year of undergraduate scholarships toward law school tuition and fees.” Another SCHC 2009 graduate, Justin Bagwell, says, “The program is a no-brainer for students who wish to practice law and desire a first-class legal education from the South Carolina School of Law.”

Honors Residence Hall receives Gold LEED certification Our new Honors Residence Hall has been awarded Gold Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the first Gold LEED certified building on the USC campus! The LEED rating and certification system is recognized industry-wide as the gold standard for environmentally sustainable building. The Green Quad and Arnold School of Public Health are Silver LEED certified. “The Honors Residence Hall was designed to consume 38 percent less energy as compared to a similar building utilizing a traditional design,” says James Sherry, director of University Housing facilities management. The hall’s design, construction, and landscaping minimize the negative impact of new construction on the local environment. Eco-conscious features include low flow plumbing devices, interior finishes with no or low volatile organic compounds, materials with high levels of recycled content, and enhanced energy and water conservation. The 191,123-square-foot residence hall opened last fall and features 356 rooms, numerous study areas and living rooms, multiple smart classrooms for instruction, an indoor bicycle room with shower, a dining hall, and a Starbucks.

Civility Last November, President Harris Pastides called the University’s attention to a matter of national importance. He said, “The decline in the civil tenor of our national discourse is troubling, and the long-term impact on our ability to remain a strong and resilient democracy might rest more on how we debate than on how these debates are resolved.” Pastides went on to say, “I am committing the eight campuses of the University of South Carolina to an initiative that seeks to elevate the tenor of public discourse in our state by educating our students and involving our citizens in this endeavor.” In an effort to promote this initiative, Associate Dean Ed Munn Sanchez offered a new Honors College course, Civility and the Public Sphere, this spring. Munn says civility is “what we are missing in our public discourse about disputed issues, from health care and immigration reform to debates over war, abortion, or the role of government in personal life.” But how can impassioned people debating matters of grave concern temper their rhetoric? And what constitutes civility when people on opposite sides of an issue are challenged to defend their respective points of view? Munn says, “Civility cannot simply be identified with politeness, nor can the achievement of civility be detached from a willingness to articulate one’s own arguments and reasons, and to listen to and engage with the arguments and reasons of others. Civility in this context is a virtue for citizens engaged in the project of creating a public space for reasoned discourse—a public sphere.” Munn’s course considers controversial topics, including health care reform, immigration reform, stem cell research, and civility in the University. In the fall term of 2010, the University of South Carolina will launch a course titled University 201 Fundamentals of Inquiry: Civility and the Public Sphere. University 101 Programs and the South Carolina Honors College will develop the course. The course will include a series of public lectures by USC faculty and by nationally recognized thinkers who have written and spoken on this topic.

May Spring Reunion 2010

King Arthur in Medieval Britain An Honors College group will fly to Great Britain this May to investigate the legends of King Arthur. The once and future king was an exceptionally popular and versatile subject in the Middle Ages. English professor and tour leader Scott Gwara says of the legendary figure: “The individual who came to be called Arthur was no doubt a fifthcentury Romano-Celt who fought invading Saxons. That much is clear. The rest of the story is pure fiction: Arthur as Welsh warlord, aspirant Roman emperor, or chivalric knight. Our class will explore the places mentioned in the Arthurian legends, including Arthur’s birthplace of Tintagel, Merlin’s Stonehenge, the capital of Logres at Winchester, and Camelot, which has been associated with Glastonbury.” Students taking the course will not only read the early literature about Arthur, they will also be invited to interpret medieval artifacts. “The Saxons were Arthur’s traditional enemies,” Gwara explained. “Our group will see the royal Saxon remains from the Sutton Hoo burial, visit Roman hill forts, and study the Round Table preserved in the Great Hall at Winchester. The part of the tour I’m most thrilled about is the country walk to Lud’s Church in Staffordshire. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was supposedly set in this magical grotto.” Students on the trip will appreciate English pubs, ethnic cuisine (in addition to bangers and mash!), wrong-way driving, London accents, cream teas, and British Rail. Gwara especially welcomes Arthurian enthusiasts: “in this course you won’t simply ‘understand’ the Arthurian past— you’ll live it.”

King Arthur in Medieval Britain departs on May 7 and returns on May 20, visiting London, Lud’s Church, Winchester, Bath, Glastonbury, Salisbury, Caerleon, Exeter, and Tintagel.

Do you remember moving into your freshman residence hall during your first day on campus? Or the friends with whom you went through the senior thesis process together? The first Carolina football game you attended? The friends you sat next to in class? Wouldn’t it be great to get together with those friends again? You can, with a mini-reunion! Mini-reunions are small social events that bring together specific groups of alumni such as residence-hall friends, intramural teams, the band, fraternities and sororities, or any group you were a part of while on campus. Mini-reunions will be held May 14–15, 2010, during MayCarolina Weekend on campus. How to plan a mini-reunion: 1. Let us know which group you want to plan a mini-reunion for. This will ensure that you receive a contact list for your group in the coming months and that you will receive updates from the Carolina Alumni Association. 2. In the coming months, decide where and when your group will meet. 3. Send an invitation to your group telling them to “save the date” and provide further details later. 4. Encourage your friends to attend! For help getting started, contact Lynn Bradley at the Carolina Alumni Association, 803-777-3989 or

Ivory Tower to Marketplace introduction By Ian Baird (2009)

Through the Honors College, students are given opportunities to travel King Arthur’s path through England, learn how to operate nuclear reactors in Germany, and learn how cryptographic techniques influence the policy of nations. These are just a few of the courses the Honors College offers. Among this eclectic set of unique courses, one sets itself apart. Ivory Tower to Marketplace is a Maymester course designed to provide students an introduction into entrepreneurship in a real-world setting. Last May, eight students were organized into two competing teams. They were tasked to produce business plans to commercialize a piece of USC technology. The course stressed an interdisciplinary approach to business, so teams were composed of a mixture of science majors and business majors. Over one month, students learned the basics of entrepreneurship and gas sensing, researched the gas detector industry, wrote a business plan, and presented it to a panel including the dean of the business school, the dean of the Honors College, the South Carolina secretary of commerce, and many others. It may not have the allure of study abroad, but as graduation and the real world approach, the lessons offered by Ivory Tower to Marketplace become more and more pertinent. Students looking for an intense college experience that will prepare them for the real world should seriously consider taking Ivory Tower to Marketplace.

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Hold a mini-reunion at MayCarolina Weekend, May 14–15, 2010

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By Celeste Nagy (2010)

Photos, clockwise: Celeste rides an elephant in Jaipur, India; sits on the Great Wall of China with fellow Honors College student Kate Jaffe; crosses the equator between Morocco and Namibia; and strikes a pose in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

ark Twain once wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” I took Mr. Twain’s advice quite literally and sailed around the world for 108 days while studying abroad with the Semester at Sea program. I explored the most foreign and wonderfully exotic places in the world, dreamed of new experiences, and discovered beautifully rich cultures and the most amazing people I have ever come across. Before I left, my family and friends assumed (and perhaps rightfully so) that living on a former cruise ship converted into a floating campus and traveling to the Bahamas, Spain, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hawaii, and Guatemala was just an excuse for a semester-long party. Though I will be the first to admit that all 108 days were filled with fun and adventure, to call this experience incredible and life-changing does not do it justice. Being on Semester at Sea offered a truly globalizing and unique education. I learned from professors from all over the world who were experts in their fields. However, outside of the classroom I was able to experience and connect to cultures in the farthest corners of the world—an authentic quest of self-discovery. While on Semester at Sea I saw and did things I thought to be unimaginable. The following are just a handful of hundreds of unforgettable memories: • seeing monkeys on a leash in Marrakech, Morocco, and smelling the tantalizing spices of the markets • walking within five feet of a free roaming giraffe in Namibia • experiencing the incredible beauty of a South African landscape and the uplifting spirit of the people • observing and sympathizing with disfigured children dragging themselves along the streets of India • viewing the harrowing photos of victims of the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese perspective, yet being treated with unprecedented generosity and kindness • backpacking on the Great Wall of China only to wake up at dawn to see the breathtaking majesty of a sunrise on one of the wonders of the world • getting lost in a Japanese train station because I could not read Japanese characters • hiking a 14,000-foot volcano over the course of two days in Guatemala Although these beautiful places and experiences were unbelievable in their own right, the people I met and the things I learned were the most important and incredible part of the whole voyage. Everyday between countries we had class, and the whole community of students and professors took a course called Global Studies. In this class, we had various guest lecturers or professors who would teach us about each country we were about to visit. We learned about their individual histories, cultures, religions, economies, politics, geographies, and a multitude of other topics. These educators were from all over the world, specialists in their fields who made a special trip to share their breadth of knowledge with us so that we too could become global citizens. Among all of these countries, India, Vietnam, and China had the most impact on me. Before entering India, we were warned of the extreme poverty. However, seeing it firsthand, not just in Slumdog Millionaire, was the most heart-wrenching experience of my life. I volunteered at a children’s orphanage in New Delhi where we learned of the dire situation of poor children who were purposely crippled in order to beg for money or steal from Westerners. How do you turn down a child limping toward you on dirt roads in torn rags merely asking for a dollar? Seeing this helplessness instilled in me the passion to return to India by joining a program such as Doctors Without Borders after medical school. Vietnam is the country I was most apprehensive about visiting before the voyage. I knew little about the Vietnam War (or American War as they call it in Vietnam) and was unsure how a large ship of young Americans would be accepted. Visiting the American War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is an experience I wish all Americans could have to understand the atrocities of war. The photos of Vietnamese women and children civilians as victims of wartime massacres and the

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Photos, clockwise: Celeste makes new friends in New Delhi, India; climbs a mountain in Cape Town, South Africa; shares a laugh with geishas in Kyoto, Japan; and tours Marrakech, Morocco.

chemical weapon Agent Orange, which still affects the population, were tragic and graphic. However, the Vietnamese overwhelmed us with their kindness and generosity. In China I understood for the first time the stark contrast between democratic and communist states. Our tour guide in Beijing was a young, kind, and enthusiastic woman. We American students asked her what her opinion was of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, where the Chinese army killed thousands in the public space in order to squash the civilian student protest for demo-cratic reforms. She nervously said that she had never officially learned about it, but her grandmother told her about the incident, and she took the side of the government because it was a misunderstanding. The Chinese Internet was censored to the point where we could not show her any pictures of the event. Nevertheless, she begged us to stop discussing it because if someone could understand English and overheard us talking about the Tiananmen Square massacre, she would be arrested. Therefore, despite individual and contrasting political convictions Americans have, I realized how fortunate we are that we have the freedom to express our opinions and publicize our beliefs without fear of government censure. As much as anything, I miss the friends I made on the trip. Together we explored, learned, and laughed about our misunderstandings. We couldn’t understand a word the tuk-tuk driver in India said, but somehow with enough universal hand gestures, we got to where we needed to be. These friendships I will have for life. Even the semester after this journey, I made several trips to visit Semester at Sea friends, and a few have come to South Carolina to visit me and attend an SEC football game. A Bantu word the professors often used on the ship embodied the essence of our voyage on Semester at Sea. Ubuntu (South African) roughly translates, “people are people through other people.” This saying gives voice to a humanist philosophy focusing on people’s allegiances and community relations with each other. It is a principle that focuses on understanding others by putting yourself in their position, but also learning about yourself through your relations with others. During my time on Semester at Sea, this idea resonated with me, defining my journey of exploring the world on a path of self-discovery.

Entrepreneurship class brings Béla Fleck to Koger No matter how much a person enjoys learning, everyone seems to have those days when it feels like a drag to get out of bed and head off to class. Regardless of how interesting the content of a class may be, sadly it is not always enough to keep students enthused. However, every once in a while students come across a class that provides a learning experience that is refreshing and new. Luckily for South Carolina Honors College students, the “honors beyond the classroom” credit option offers hands-on learning experiences in many different areas of study. During the fall semester of 2009, I was fortunate to participate in such a class, and was extremely pleased with the experience. Not only did I get to work with a professor who is unbelievably skilled in his field, but I also got to meet many influential members of the community who taught me the importance of culture and community togetherness. The extraordinary class was Performing Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Building a Better Columbia. After a brief introduction to the concept of entrepreneurship and what it entails by instructor Ben Rex, the class was informed that we would be working to aid in the establishment of a nonprofit organization. The goal of our organization is to enhance cultural experiences in Columbia. We were informed right from the start that we would be working closely with members of the South Carolina Philharmonic, including musical director Morihiko Nakahara. After meeting with Mr. Nakahara and discussing his goals

for the future of philharmonic performance, our class established a mission statement and was ready to get to work. The first step was to determine in what direction we needed to take the S.C. Philharmonic in order to maintain the traditional values, while pulling in a wider audience. Mr. Nakahara is a young, fresh face for the world of classical music and is known for his exciting and experimental musical endeavors. With his help, we put our heads together and began to explore how we could strengthen the cultural scene in Columbia through the philharmonic. Ultimately, our class decided that in order to break away from the misconceptions of classical performance, we needed to incorporate a fusion of other musical flavors. It was our hope that this would increase the size of our target audience and ultimately diversify the group that attends performances by the philharmonic. That said, we researched potential artists who were interested in fusing with the classical genre. Well-known musicians ranging from Ben Folds to Hootie and the Blowfish to Jerry C. (an electric guitarist) all had experiences in classical performance. We knew that by incorporating new flavors such as these into classical, we would create a spark that could pull people in. While we researched potential future performers, the S.C. Philharmonic and Ben Rex were already working to lock down the philharmonic’s first partnership for a performance—Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. This multi-Grammy-winning bluegrass group would definitely bring some flair to the philharmonic. As a culmination to the class, they did just that on Dec. 1, 2009. At an evening concert held at the Koger Center,

the unbelievably talented group joined the philharmonic on stage to put on an outstanding holiday show. I myself was never a fan of classical performance, but after my experience at that concert I am already planning on attending another event in February. The fusion of bluegrass sounds with classical performance was intriguing and exciting. My previous views of classical performance as being “too proper” and even “boring” were completely washed away. It was an enriching and powerful experience that I was thankful to have. When I originally signed up for this class I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The description was a little vague, but it caught my eye, and I am so glad that it did. Not only did the class open me up to a whole new world of musical performance, but it also showed me the value of culture within a community. On the night of the performance, as the audience filed in to the Koger Center, you could see people of all ages, races, and backgrounds come together for a night of music and fun. Many members of the community were united through music on Dec. 1, and I cannot wait to see how other cultural experiences will do the same.

Morihiko Nakahara with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones

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By Jennifer Beach (2012)

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By Laura Smentek (2012) and Erik Lybeck (2013)


he Honors College has always prided itself on being a close-knit community, but with the completion of the new Honors Residence Hall, that community has become more visible and vibrant than ever. Last semester culminated with two events put on by the student-run Honors Council. Not only did these events showcase the Honors Residence Hall itself, but they also promoted fellowship among its residents. The first of these events was an attempt to re-create the 1960s in the game room of one of the most modern buildings on campus. The evening featured musical performances by Honors College students themselves. Seeing two roommates perform an acoustic version of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe” set the stage for the rest of the evening’s performances. Closely following the first musical act was a guest lecture. The Honors College’s own Dr. Greg Stewart talked about the origins of the psychedelic movement in America, giving historical significance to the tie-dye speckled crowd’s costumes, trippy colors, and ridiculous hairdos. Despite the lecture’s Friday evening time slot, the topic kept the school-weary audience entertained and interested. (And it didn’t hurt that the Honors Council anticipated the possible pitfalls of its Friday night timing by providing free Chick-fil-A and a homemade psychedelic cake.) Following the speech, another musical group took the stage, a band of Honors students known as The Foreigners. Playing their own versions of everything from The Who to the Rolling Stones, the group showed off the harder rocking side of the Sixties.

If music and lectures weren’t your thing, however, the event had other options. In another room, the Beatles’ version of Rock Band was set up (conveniently ignoring the Beatles’ glaring absence at Woodstock). And in tune with the Beatles’ theme, the popular movie Across the Universe was also shown. The weekend was far from over by the time “Woodstock” wound down. Two nights later, the new honors game room was again transformed, this time bringing Las Vegas a couple thousand miles east. Those entering the room were greeted by swaths of Honors students dressed to the nines (which, let’s face it, doesn’t happen all that often), all of whom were sitting around tables run by students freshly trained as charity casino aficionados. The stakes for the casino games were high: Buy-in was either $10 or 10 canned goods, all donated to the Harvest Hope Food Bank of Columbia. Keeping with the James Bond feel, “mocktails” were served and tension filled the room. Intensity increased as the night progressed, and the battle for chump (sorry, champ) of the casino room took us into the wee hours of dawn. Although all those who participated might have been a little more tired than usual come Monday morning, everyone agreed that the time was well spent and the weekend’s events served to further bolster the Honors community. Sandwiched between successful movie and fellowship events in early fall and a packed spring lineup, the weekend’s activities are a perfect example of the Honors Council’s successful efforts to solidify the Honors College’s status as much more than just an academic institution.

Farmers markets There are many farmers markets across the Carolinas and nationwide. Here are a few year-round options in South Carolina: Columbia—All Locals Farmers Market; 711 Whaley Street; Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon, year-round

By Betsy Johnson (2005)


s the weather turns warm, you’ll want something cool to enjoy in the afternoon sun. Spring and summer mean fresh produce on the table: berries, watermelons, peaches, cantaloupe, figs, apricots, and I could go on and on! With very little preparations, these local favorites might come right out of your backyard and onto a table for the simplest, most enjoyable appetizer you can offer your guests or just yourself. Mixing sweet fruits on a platter with hard salty cheese, like parmiggiano reggiano and aged cheddar, is a simple way to dress up a quick platter. Add a handful of nuts and dried fruit, and no one has to feel guilty about enjoying himself! Finding a wine to pair with these treats is also simple. Just think light and fresh, like the food on the plate. Pink wine is often shunned as the wine for people who don’t like wine. But not so fast! Remember, a true “blush” is actually made from red grapes, often of hearty and honorable quality. The difference? After the grapes are crushed, the red skins only ferment with the wine for a few days. The pulpy mess is then filtered out of the juice and the remaining tinted wine ages without the tannins of the skins. The key to finding a rosé worthy of a fruit and cheese platter (and there are many) is to hunt in the dry to off-dry sector. In wine speak, “dry” is the opposite of “sweet,” so you are looking for wines with little or no residual sugar. Sugar occurs naturally in grapes, and it’s the process of turning sugar into alcohol that makes wine … well, wine! So, dry wines have no sugar left in the juice and off dry have just a little sugar, usually less than 2 percent. However, sugar content is not listed on the label, so look for “clue words” like “dry” or “crisp” in the descriptors. Wine shop managers often try the wines before they buy, so

ask them what they think of the rosés they carry. Common flavor profiles in pink wine are watermelon, cherry, and strawberry. Pink wines are often made from Syrah, Grenache, or pinot noir grapes, though you can find them made from any red grape. Another great friend of the fruit platter is a dry to off-dry Riesling or Viognier (vee-oh-nyay). These white grapes are originally from France (Alsace and the Northern Rhone, respectively), but are now commonly grown in cooler climates of California. They tend to have qualities like melon and honeysuckle. Their sweetness, even when mild, is often more concentrated. Rieslings and Viogniers are especially good with a hard cheddar and sliced pear. As you do for rosés, look for descriptors like “dry” or “crisp” to guess how sweet the wine is when you’re shopping. These days it’s common for wine shops to offer consumer tastings. Find out when your local shop is going to do a tasting of these varietals and show up with your notebook! One of the perks to rosés, Rieslings, and Viogniers is how affordable they are. Often under $15 a bottle, it’s not too expensive to be experimental. Try an inexpensive bottle with whatever’s in your fridge, or buy a variety and have your guests vote. If your garden doesn’t grow its own fruit platter, to the right are some places to find great Carolina fruit and cheese, as well as some wines to enjoy with them.

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Myrtle Beach—Mr. Joe White Avenue at Oak Street; Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 9 a.m. –3 p.m. year-round Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): If you can’t make it to a farmers market in your area, try joining a CSA for a weekly delivery of fresh produce from local farmers. Some South Carolina CSAs are: Big Moon Farms, serving the Lexington area: Round River Farms, serving the Columbia area: Pinckney Farms, serving the Charleston area: Find CSAs and farmer’s markets in your neighborhood via the interactive map at Really Good Cheese: Happy Cow Creamery, Greenville, S.C. Their cheese shop is open six days a week, and they are also sold at several South Carolina farmers markets. Try the seven-year aged cheddar with walnuts and a dry Riesling! Pink. Toad Hollow. 2008 Dry Pinot Noir Rosé. Sonoma County. $14 Dry with bright acidity. Clean flavors of watermelon and strawberry with just a twist of cranberry. Great with dry sliced parmesan cheese and apples. I found it at Fresh Market, but you can also get it at their Web site, Riesling. Ventana Vineyards. 2008 Riesling. Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County. $16 Off-dry, soft, and mellow with a citrus twist. Orange peel, honeysuckle, and honeydew. Perfect match for pears and cheddar. I found it at Green’s Liquors, but you can also get it at their Web site, Viognier. Cline Cellars. 2008 Viognier. California. $8 Off-dry, smooth, and nutty with a light lavender nose. Peach, pineapple, and apricot flavors make it easy to pair with the same fruits. I found it at World Market, but you can also get it at their Web site,

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Alumna wine consultant suggests cool wines for warm days

Beaufort—Habersham Farmers Market; 22 Market Street; Fridays, 4 p.m.–7 p.m. year-round

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New SCHC alumni relations director named

Beth Hutchison has been named the new alumni relations director for the Honors College. Hutchison assumed her duties last July when she moved from the College of Arts and Sciences to the Honors College. Mark Sibley-Jones moved from his position as alumni relations director to take on responsibility for enhanced recruiting of top-notch students for the Honors College, along with his advising and teaching. Working with alumni is something with which Hutchison is familiar. For eight years, she published the alumni magazine for Columbia College and worked closely with alumni for special events. She first joined the USC staff in 2000 managing public policy research projects. She soon began managing two internship programs: the Washington Semester Program and the South Carolina Semester Program. In addition to her alumni relations responsibilities, Hutchison will continue working with the two government-related internship programs and is developing a new

Beth Hutchison

internship initiative exclusively for Honors College students. “The pairing of alumni relations and internship programs has already proven successful,”explains Hutchison. “One of our outstanding alumni in Washington, D.C., was able to provide a perfect internship opportunity for one of our students enrolled in the Washington Semester Program.” Locally, SCHC alumni have been among the first to develop internship opportunities for SCHC students and provide financial support for this new program. Making connections between SCHC undergraduates and alumni is one of Hutchison’s goals. Another is to help alumni make connections with other alumni whether for career assistance or recommendations when moving to a new city or for any number of networking purposes. Hutchison graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1979 with a bachelor’s in journalism. In 2007, she completed her master’s in public administration at USC. Her loyalty to USC runs deep. “My father and sister both graduated from USC and now my daughter is a senior in the Honors College, preparing to graduate this May. Working for USC and now for the Honors College with our alumni and undergraduate students is a real privilege.”

Distinguished honors alumni nomination form Send the form to Beth Hutchison at S.C. Honors College, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; fax to 803-777-2214; or e-mail to Nominee’s name Mailing address City





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Please give a brief description of the nominee’s accomplishments, activities, etc. to support the nomination. Additional pages may be added if desired. Graduates of the Class of 1998 and earlier are eligible; deadline for submission is May 1.

More than 30 Washington, D.C., area alumni met for a fun after-hours reception on Capitol Hill during the fall. Dean Davis Baird and other Honors College staff members reconnected with former students while SCHC alumni met old friends and made new connections. For Dean Baird, the D.C. alumni reception reminded him of unexpected benefits for students in the Honors College. “I had an opportunity to chat with two students, now married, who met in my class a decade or more ago. I don’t know if either of them remembers much about the philosophy of technology, but clearly the class had an impact. And it was wonderful for me to catch up with both of them, to find where their lives had taken them,” says Baird. Many classes were represented at the reception, ranging from 1971 to 2009. Two alumni who were former suite mates learned for the first time that they were both living in the D.C. area. Alumni who are looking for career advancement made connections with other alumni who are working in the same field in management positions. “Given the volume of talk, and the fact that the restaurant had to shoo us out after already closing the bar, I have to conclude that everyone had an excellent time reconnecting with old friends and meeting new friends,” Baird said. The great turnout and alumni response make it likely another D.C. area reception will be in the planning.

If you are interesting in having an alumni reception in your area, please contact Beth Hutchison, director of alumni relations, at 803-777-1180 or Special thanks to our alumni sponsors of the D.C. area alumni reception: Lauren Griswold, ’98 Jamie Hammill, ’83 Mark and Debbie Husband, ’83 Elizabeth Laffitte Hutton, ’01 Julia Royall, ’71 Emilie Sommer, ’99

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A successful alumni reception in Washington, D.C.

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By Beth Hutchison

Make sure you are a part of the Honors College fall homecoming activities. Mark your calendar for the weekend of Nov. 5–7, 2010. The Honors College Homecoming Brunch will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6.

Top left: Associate Dean Ed Munn Sanchez talks with alumni. Top right: Dean Baird, alumni honoree Betty Anne Williams, and Dean Charles Bierbauer Bottom left: Old friends enjoying brunch Bottom right: Kimberly Boyd Moore (1992) and husband, William, at Homecoming Alumni Brunch


nother successful alumni brunch was held during USC’s fall homecoming festivities. For the first time, the brunch was held in the new Honors Residence Hall. More than 100 alumni and their family members helped us celebrate the opening of the 537-bed residence hall on the corner of Blossom and South Main streets, in the same location as the former “Honeycombs.” Following the brunch, 20 small groups took a tour of the residence hall, where they saw classroom space, student rooms, the game room, and the many small gathering places for students that are located throughout the residence hall. During the brunch, Dean Baird updated the alumni and guests with news of the Honors College. Door prizes were given at the end of the program, including two free football tickets and a parking pass for the homecoming game later that night.

As has been the tradition, the SCHC honored one of its alumni as the Distinguished Honors Alumni for 2009. The Distinguished Honors Alumni Award is the highest honor given by the Honors College to our graduates. Betty Anne Williams, ’72, was selected by an awards committee for her outstanding career accomplishments. Williams lives in Washington, D.C., and is the director of communications for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The Washington, D.C.-based think tank produces research and policy analysis on issues confronting African Americans. Her previous positions have been with news organizations, including USA Today and the Associated Press. A journalism major, Williams was joined at the brunch by Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies since 2002.

SCHC alumna is the recipient of 2009 Milliken Educator Award Ready for a change, she moved to West Ashley High in 2005, Katherine O’Connor Henderson, a 2009 winner of the Milliken and in 2007 became English department chair. Educator Award, believes in public education. “From the very beginning of my career, I was tasked with She graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia in meeting the needs of both the gifted and the struggling learner,” 1989, then earned a BA from the Honors College in 1993, followed Henderson said. by master’s degrees from both the University of Florida and USC. “At Berkeley, I developed my first AP English Language and Henderson now teaches English at West Ashley High School Composition program and began working during the summer as (WAHS) in Charleston, S.C., where in October she was surprised a reader for the exam. Berkeley County, as a smaller county than with the prestigious national award during an assembly she thought Charleston, provided me with an was convened to spotlight the exceptional foundation for working school’s focus on literacy. “Winning the Milliken award came as a in education. Instead she found herself in the “Now in my fifth year at West spotlight, with state Superintendent complete surprise,” Henderson said. “I have Ashley High School, I continue to of Education Jim Rex announcing found that moment, and the moments that teach a variety of learners,” she said, the award and the $25,000 prize that have followed in connection to it, disjointed “with two sections of English 101/102 goes along with it. (which I teach to WAHS seniors on “Winning the Milliken award and awkward. I certainly did not enter the our campus for Trident Tech), three came as a complete surprise,” profession looking for tangible rewards.” sections of AP English Language, and Henderson said. “I have found one section of repeating freshmen.” that moment, and the moments that Henderson said that, following have followed in connection to it, what she calls a “misstep” of a year as a Georgia Bulldog, she found disjointed and awkward. I certainly did not enter the profession the Honors College to be a rich environment for learning. looking for tangible rewards.” “I feel blessed to have joined the college as a sophomore,” she said. But Henderson is anything but awkward in the classroom, “I truly believe that the college enabled me to understand that each where she was recognized for furthering excellence in education. individual has potential, value, and talent. According to the Milliken Family Foundation Web site, award “As the capstone to the Honors College education, the senior recipients are heralded in early to mid-career for what they have thesis experience especially allows for students to highlight and fineachieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. tune their gifts as individual thinkers and creators,” she said. “It was “The appreciation of educators by the Milliken Foundation a thrill to see my peers combine empirical learning and aesthetic parallels the system it attempts to recognize,” Henderson continued, appreciation in a final culminating product.” “a system that prepares all children as productive citizens and reflecHenderson has been married five years to Mikell M. Henderson. tive thinkers. They live in Mt. Pleasant with their 3-year-old son, Will. “Most educators, as with most people, work hard each day “As a teacher, I strive to facilitate the success of others,” she said attempting to do their part without expecting or anticipating reward. in conclusion. “For me, teaching is not about what it can do for me, I am happy to be counted as one of the many who is merely doing but what I can do for others. her job.” “Although honored and grateful for the acknowledgement, I Over the past 12 years, Henderson has excelled at that job. She prefer to think of my moment in the sun as a reminder of the positive began at Berkeley High School in Moncks Corner in 1997, teaching outcomes of a well-supported public educational system.” Advanced Placement English, honors, college-prep, and tech-prep.

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By Susan Nesbitt Ward (1990)



Stephanie Pendarvis McDonald (1991) is president-elect of the Junior League of Charleston and a member of the South Carolina Commission on Judicial Conduct.

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Class notes



Larry Mintz (1966) retired after 37 years on the faculty of the University of Maryland. He continues to lecture, write, and teach in his areas of scholarly interest: American humor and travel and tourism.



Wilmot Irvin (1972) will soon publish his fourth novel, “Merriman’s Second Chance,” with Red Letter Press. A lawyer in Columbia, Irvin says this is his first book “on the subject of lawyers, judges, and lawyering.”

The Honorable Catherine Houd Kennedy (1973) was recently elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Council.

Aggie Zed (1974) has a showing of miniature sculptures and paintingson-paper at Nina Liu and Friends Gallery, 24 State Street, Columbia, as part of the exhibition “Creatures Large and Small.” The exhibition will be on view through January.



Teresa Mizzell Hatchell (1980) recently completed the South Carolina Department of Commerce Economic Developers Program. She also completed the Senator John Matthews Leadership Program and is now serving on the South Carolina Small Business Committee.

Joel Brandon (1982) received the Deacon Robert Brady Award for Excellence in Teaching (Middle School Teacher of the Year) in 2008. He teaches middle school literature and history at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, S.C.

Cynthia Shelnutt Smith (1983) was recently re-elected to her third term on the Lexington One School Board, where she serves as vice chair.

Rick Grant (1984), after a long career in the auto industry in Germany and the Upstate, “managed to escape at the beginning of 2009, when I joined the South Carolina Energy Office and moved back to Columbia. It’s great to be back and to work in an industry I’ve always had a passion for, going back to my honors thesis!”

LaVann Pearson Landrum (1986) recently was hired as director of philanthropy, Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, Ga. She is a graduate of Leadership Georgia 2008.

Christopher Hardy (1987) was elected 2009 chair, Savannah Section Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Glenn Ohanesian (1987) is involved in the planning of a church in Myrtle Beach. He works part-time as an attorney in Myrtle Beach and part-time as a city court judge.

Kelley Grady Dunkelberg (1987) just finished a two-year rotation at the United States Embassy in Rabal, Morocco. While there, she worked as an assistant information officer.

Julie Perry Robinson (1991) was appointed to the Independent School Research Collaborative.

Pierce (1992) and Laura McNair celebrated the first birthday of their son Evans Davis last October. Dad says Evans Davis “is adored by his big sister Mary Catherine.” Earlier this summer Pierce was named associate vice president for organizational relations for the South Carolina Technical College System. Kimberly Boyd Moore (1992) and her husband, William Moore III, had their second child, Kennedy, in May 2008. Their first child, Olivia, is 6. Stacey West Gault (1993) and Thomas (Thom) Gault recently relocated from Chicago back to South Carolina. They are looking forward to getting more involved in USC events and attending football games again.

William Storch (1993) is proud to announce that his daughter, Amanda, was a member of the Little League Softball World Series Championship team in August 2008. The Simpsonville, S.C., team met President George W. Bush in October 2008.

Kimberly Isaacs Moseley (1994) is running her first half marathon this year.

Stacy E. Thompson (1994) has been elected board member of the fourth and district court circuits of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives. She is currently the section chair for the Social Security Disability section of the South Carolina Association for Justice and chair of the South Carolina Bar Association Publications Committee. A partner at the law firm of Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado LLC since 2005, Stacey serves on the Board of Directors of the Disability Action Center. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Columbia.

Alison Kemmerling Jimenez (1994) was recently appointed to the Florida Advisory Council on Small and Minority Business Development. Alison also recently participated in a round-table discussion on federal contracting hosted by the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business. Alison is the president of Dynamic Securities Analytics, a litigation consulting company based in Tampa, Fla.

Laura Stovery Danysh (1996) recently left her law firm partnership and started a new position in July 2009 at Hilton Worldwide, where she is senior counsel for dispute resolution. Tara Bradshaw (1996) married Jason Newton on April 18, 2009. She also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at USC in November 2009.

Amy Geddes Harmon (1996) and husband, Edward (1997), announce the birth of their daughter, Madelyn Vaughn, on July 16, 2009. Madelyn is 16 months younger than her sister Elise Geddes Harmon. Edward Nicholas (Nick) Jones (1997) recently moved from ExxonMobil’s Fairfax, Va., office to Baytown, Texas, to take on a new role as technology advisor. Nick earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 2001.

Melissa Boehler (1998), Project Lead the Way Science Teacher at Blythewood High School in Blythewood, S.C., received her national board certification in science in 2008. Katie Bishop (1998) became engaged in March 2008 to Jason Wechsler, a University of Maryland graduate. They are planning a May 2010 wedding in South Carolina. Katie also has recently taken on the role of global executive for KPMG’s consumer markets line of business, supporting their global chair of consumer markets in the design and implementation of go-to-market initiatives for KPMG’s largest and most prestigious clients within the food, drink, and consumer goods and retail sectors.

Lisa Weaver Darby (1999) took a two-week trip to Italy last November. She has become board certified in vascular medicine and RVT/vascular lab and is a vascular medicine specialist, working at the Vein Center at the Institute for Vascular Health at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Shital Patel (2001) and Viralkumar Patel celebrated the birth of their first child, daughter Shreena, on Aug. 24, 2009. Tim Sinclair (2001) and his wife, Cassie, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Avery Tharin Sinclair, May 14, 2009.

Anita Smith Fair (2004) has started

Ashley Brown (2005) and Michael

a new job as an assistant attorney general for South Carolina.

Michael Traynham (2004) and

Traynham were married Dec. 30, 2006. They have pursued advanced graduate degrees at Carolina and now work in the Columbia area.

Ashley Brown (2005) were married Dec. 30, 2006. Both earned advanced degrees at USC and now work in the Columbia area.

Eric Friedman (2006) will graduate in May with an IMBA degree in finance from USC.

Emilie Green Sommer (1999) and

Allison Freeman Winter (1999) married Preston Winter in Washington, D.C., in 2006.



Dru Cameron (2000) recently graduated with an IMBA from the Darla Moore School of Business.

Tali Engoltz (2000) and Geoffrey MacArthur were married March 20, 2009.

Stephanie Childress McCauley (2001) is working for the Sustainability Institute and international governments on the climate interactive program. This program hopes to bring a new climate change model into the UNFCCC process.

Michael Creech (2001) led a leadership development course called Challenge New Zealand in June 2009 for GlobalLinks Learning Abroad, where he is a regional director. The course was worth four University credits, and of the 18 students from across the United States and Canada, two were from the University of South Carolina.

Karen Morschauser Clark (2001) will soon publish a middle school science curriculum about the ethical use of animals in biomedical research.

Jessica Megan Carter (2001) and John Anthony Drew (2001) were married Nov. 21, 2009, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Columbia. Jessica is a middle school band director and real estate investor. John is the owner of Drew Family Chiropractic and Nutrition in Northeast Columbia. The couple resides in Ridgeway.

Sarah Jones (2001) and Kevin Laake were married at the Millstone at Adams Pond in Columbia on May 24, 2009. They reside in Baltimore, Md.

Michelle Parsons (2004) and Jay Edward Kelley (2007) were married May 23, 2009.

Amy L. Pasquet (BuchananSarah Cornwell Nolette (2002) and Charlie Nolette (2003) will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in May.

Jamie Monogan (2003), having completed graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a visiting assistant professor at the Center for Applied Statistics at Washington University in St. Louis.

Chad E. Crumbaker (2003) and Katherine Crumbaker are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Chase, last summer. Chad clerks for a circuit court judge and is an adjunct professor at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, teaching classes in business and ethics. Alison E. DeCoupp (2003) recently completed a four-year position as a program coordinator at the International Association of Women Judges. Before that she worked in Austria, teaching English through the Fulbright Program.

Ryan Christopher Hoesly (2003) and Deborah Patricia Paez were married June 13, 2009, at Rutledge Chapel on the USC Horseshoe. Deborah is associate director of development at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University. Ryan is an engineer for Sentech Inc., Bethesda, Md. The couple resides in Falls Church, Va. Isaac D. (2003) and Christina L. (2004) Scheer welcomed Lucas, their first child, born Aug. 27.

Sarah Bayko (2004) completed the Presidential Management Fellows Program in August 2009.

Feinberg, 2005) has returned to school to earn a master’s in English at the Université de Poitiers, France, in order to teach English in France.

Stephanie Lareau (2005) completed medical school at Wake Forest and has begun a residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in emergency medicine. She also earned a fellowship from the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and received the Founder’s Award from the Appalachian Center for Wilderness medicine for her work organizing student wilderness medicine conferences in the Southeast. Patrick Norton (2005) and Amanda Young (2008) were married Dec. 20, 2008. Patrick has completed two semesters of Mandarin Chinese instruction at the University of National Business and Economics in Beijing.

Jeanette Wallulis (2005) and Paul Rumfelt were married last May. Jeanette, who teaches at Dreher High School, plans to begin work on her master’s in educational administration. Jason Wade (2005) and his new wife, Jenny, were married at Rutledge Chapel on May 3, 2009.

Jason Wheeler (2006) is researching esophageal cancer disparities in South Carolina and was selected by the American Association of Thoracic Surgery as a cardiothoracic surgery intern. Danielle Gleaton (2006) recently started a new position at Research in Motion as a business intelligence analyst.

Kyle Bishop (2006) passed the Virginia Bar Exam in October 2009. He is in practice at Baher & McKenzie LLP. Arren Waldrep (2006) recently graduated from the Charleston School of Law and is clerking for South Carolina Circuit Court Judge R. Lawton McIntosh, in the 13th Judicial Circuit. Jennifer Leigh Tomlinson (2006), a student at MUSC, went with some classmates on a medical mission trip to Masindi, Uganda, last May. They assisted more than 2,000 patients and grew both intellectually and spiritually. Jennifer heads to Costa Rica in April 2010 for a month of medical Spanish before she begins her residency program next summer. Medical school, she says, “has certainly been a challenge, but it has also been very fun and rewarding. I’m looking forward to delivering a lot of babies next year.”

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her husband, Jacob, proudly announce the birth of Margaret James Sommer (“Maisie”), Aug. 17, 2009.

Honor roll of donors The South Carolina Honors College is thankful to have alumni and friends who are devoted to our students and the exceptional education we provide them, and we wish to thank those who made donations which support our educational mission in the calendar year 2008. We sincerely appreciate your kindness and generosity. $10,000+ The Canal Charitable Foundation

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$1,000–$9,999 Dr. Davis W. Baird Dr. Christopher T. Bardi ExxonMobil Foundation Dr. Anita S. Hood and Dr. Charles G. Hood Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ralph McLaren Mrs. Michel G. Moore Morgan Stanley Dr. Joseph C. Muller Dr. Dennis A. Pruitt Sr. Mr. Ben A. Rast Rotary Club of Forest Acres Dr. Peter C. Sederberg Mr. T. Daniel Silvester Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Simmons Jr. Mrs. Sherri R. Timmons Mr. Harry Elwood Turner

$500–$999 Dr. James R. Banks Dr. Brenda Leigh Boultwood Ms. Linda Lineberger Ensor Mr. Richard L. Farley Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Fishman Ms. Sarah Gluek and Mr. Gregory R. Smith Ms. Lauren E. Griswold Ms. Laura A. Hall The Honorable C. Bradley Hutto Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Litwin Mrs. Molly S. Matthews Mr. and Mrs. William Andrew Minton Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott Moore Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Morris Ms. Julia C. Royall Dr. John Mark Sibley-Jones Mr. Alan Toporek Dr. Ronald S. Wilson

$250–$499 Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Allen Mr. and Mrs. Trent L. Arnold Ms. A. Lorraine Aun Mrs. Catherine D. Baker Mr. and Mrs. Dennis W. Bowen Mr. G. James Burns Dr. Suzette Surratt Caudle Dr. Madison Stevens Crouch The Duke Energy Foundation Dr. Harold W. French Dr. Alfred Julius Garrett Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Bruce Hains Ms. Katharine J. Heald Mr. Stephen D. Hibbard Colonel and Mrs. D. Mark Husband Invest in Others Charitable Foundation Ms. Joanne M. Johnson Mr. Edwin R. Jones III

Dr. Sheryl Kline and Mr. Peter Kline Mr. and Mrs. Jason Wendell Lockhart Ms. Elizabeth Stran McCurley Ms. Karen Petit Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anthony Pulte Ms. Geneieve Ramsey Rear Admiral Jacob Lawrence Shuford Ms. Alicia Sikes Dr. Stephanie E. Smith-Phillips Mr. Wesley M. Walker III Ms. Laura Campbell Waring Mr. and Mrs. Guy Yandel

$100–$249 Mrs. Nancy Wardlaw Aldinger Mr. Ahmed Reda Ali Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Bandy Dr. and Dr. John B. Barber Ms. Mary Alice Barth Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bedard Mrs. Allyn P. Bedenbaugh Mrs. Kimberly D.C. Benjamin Berry Systems, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Scott Bingham Mr. Walter D. Blessing Jr. Mrs. Carol F. Boudreaux Mr. and Mrs. William R. Bowman Mrs. Janet M. Breen and Mr. Livingston D. Sutro Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stokes Brewer Mr. Paul Alan Brilhart Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Inc. Mr. James P. Byrd Ms. Jennifer I. Campbell Mr. Patrick W. Carr Dr. Dana Lynn Caulder Mr. Edward W. Chambliss Mr. Kevin L. Chapman Mr. Colin R. Chasler Mr. James R. Clark Comcast Corporation Mr. Philip R. Couch Mr. Erik Steven Crook Mr. and Mrs. Donald Crownover DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund Mr. John C. Davis Mr. Frank Deloache Thomas J. Dwork, DMD Mr. Christopher Scott Edwards Dr. Donald F. Elias Dr. Christine H. Feely Fenimore Asset Management Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Frank Finn Jr. First Nazareth Foundation Mrs. Hilda W. Flamholtz Dr. and Mrs. Bruce L. Godfriaux Ms. Frances F. Goldman Ms. Rebecca S. Gramling Mr. and Mrs. Peter Norman Grana

Dr. and Mrs. Mark William Griffith Ms. Ellen Jamieson Hammill Mrs. Joan M. Hampel Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Lee Hansen Jr. Mr. Todd T. Hardaway Mr. Willis Everette Haselden IV Mr. and Mrs. James Haselsteiner Ms. Anna Maria Hatfield Ms. Catherine Edwards Heigel Mrs. Susan L. Hitchcock Mrs. Sharon A. Hoover Dr. Charles R. Hubbard Mrs. Donna Rice Hughes Mr. Joseph I. Hungate III Ms. Julia E. Hunt and Mr. Matthew W. Jochim Mrs. Lauren B. Inabnit Dr. Laura Barnette Jackson Cmdr. Alice Mobley Jacobson, United States Navy Retired Mr. and Mrs. Wesley K. James Mr. Randall A. Jewell Mr. Dale C. Johannesmeyer Ms. Julye Matthews Johns Mr. Wayne D. Johnson Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Kelly The Honorable Catherine H. Kennedy and Dr. Richard M. Kennedy Mr. Stephen H. Keown Mrs. Colleen S. Kowal Mr. Clifford Larry Lamb Mr. Scott Landry Dr. Boyce Mendenhall Lawton III Dr. and Mrs. Richard M. Learner Mr. and Mrs. Jean Paul LeSaint Lincoln Financial Group Foundation Inc. Ms. Christina K. Headrick and Dr. Gordon Keith Mantler Mr. Matthew S. McAlhaney Microsoft Corporation Mr. W. Eugene Mills Jr. Mrs. Shoshana R. Mostoller Dr. Mukund Nori Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Oleson Mr. H. Joseph O’Shields Dr. Dilip C. Patel Mr. William Burnet Pearce Dr. Maria M. Pena and Dr. Edsel Aldea Pena Dr. and Mrs. Frederick B. Piellusch Raytheon Company Mrs. Sallie W. Rediske, PT Ms. Mary Lucy Reep Mr. Scott S. Reeves Ms. Judy M. Rehberg Mr. and Mrs. James Charles Robinson Mrs. Durene D. Rogers Ms. Virginia H. Rogers Roper Mountain Animal Hospital Ms. Helen Sater Ryan Ms. Sue Ellen Sanders Ms. Katherine G. Saunders

SCANA Services Inc. Mr. Robert S. Seigler Mr. Naren S. Shenoy Dr. Mark A. Simmons Mr. Timothy D. Sinclair Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Patton Smith Sonoco Foundation Mr. Daniel A. South Ms. Jenine Marie Stevenson Dr. Suzanne Balliett Storch-Whitt Mrs. Erin Shaw Street Mr. Rajeev H. Swami Mrs. Patricia K. Tanner Mrs. Nanci M. Tansey Ms. Zeynep N. Tanyel Ms. Lauren Megan Tebeau Mr. and Mrs. Mark Eugene Teel Mr. and Mrs. Ernest T. Thompson III Mr. and Mrs. William Hicks Thrower Jr. Mrs. Alison W. Tuck Dr. and Mrs. William H. Turnley Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ian Harris Tyra Wachovia Foundation Ms. Erin Elizabeth Waldron Ms. Catherine S. Watson Dr. Mary Catherine Watzin Mr. and Mrs. Michael K. Weed Major John W. Welker Mr. J. Ray Williams Mrs. Chappell Wilson and Mr. Marty Wilson Mr. Herbert Lanier Wilson Mrs. Mary K.B. Zanin Dr. Anne Virginia Zichterman

Up to $99 Mrs. Lauren K. Adams Ms. Dorcas J. Alexander Dr. William Major Anderson Mr. John A. Atkins Bank of America Mr. and Mrs. Roger Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Sotirios Dimitrios Basilakos Mrs. Edwina R. Beam Ms. Tamera Marie Beam Mrs. Rachel M. Beanland Mr. Thomas Bell Ms. Heather Christine Benson Dr. Harikrashna B. Bhatt Ms. Catherine T. Binuya Ms. Grace Ragna Blakely Mr. Cale Bonner Mr. Kyle S. Braxton Ms. Heather Dobbs Brent Mrs. Jeanie M. Burrell Mr. Arthur W. Busbee Jr. Mr. Kevin Cannon Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Scott Cantwell Ms. Lorinda R. Carmine Ms. Christine S. Carroll Ms. Hsin-Lan Lee Chao Dr. LaFaith Miller Coleman

Mr. John Steven Comereski Mrs. Heather Janney Cooper Mr. Joseph S. Cope Ms. Debra J. Cordova Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Morris Cornwell Dr. D. Allan Coutts Mrs. Michelle O. Cranford Mr. John B. Crimmins Dr. Briana Timmerman and Dr. Henry Philip Crotwell Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Ms. Meredith E. Dukes Dr. Michael D. Dukes Ms. Michele Long Dunphy Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Emrick Ms. Carrie T. England Ernst & Young Foundation Expedia Inc. Ms. Sheila S. Fitts Mrs. Sarah T. Fletcher Ms. Patricia Tarrer Flora Mrs. Fiona E. Fornwalt Mr. Jefferson Daniel Fuller Mr. William G. Galardi Ms. J. Colette Gauthier Ms. Lisa A. Gayle The Reverend Terrell Lyles Glenn Jr. Ms. Marangely Gonzalez-Correa Mr. and Mrs. David Gordin Ms. Linda M. Gremillion Mrs. Tracy W. Gunn Dr. Deborah L. Trainer and Mr. Timothy Wayne Hagemann Dr. Jean P. Hall Mr. Samuel F. Hamilton-Poore Mr. Christopher R. Hardy Dr. Charles Clinton Harshaw Mrs. Janet Regal Hart Mrs. Juanita Carter Hawfield Ms. Carol T. Henderson Dr. and Mrs. Steven C. Hendrickson Dr. M. Noreen Herring Dr. Jennifer Hess Mrs. Shannon M. Holley The Reverend James C. Howell Ms. Julia M. Hucks Mrs. Elizabeth Hutton Ms. Suzanne A. Hyman IBM Corporation Matching Grants Program Mrs. Susan Westbrook Jackson John Hancock Financial Services Inc. Mr. Martin Gerald Johns II Dr. and Mrs. Carlton David Johnson Mrs. Laura C. Johnson Mr. and Mrs. William V. Johnson Mrs. Colleen Parry Jones Dr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Jones Ms. Jessica Leanne Jones The Reverend Norman E. Jones Jr. Ms. Teresa Christine Karr Ms. Christina Lynn Klein

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Schmalz Mrs. Andrea Scott Dr. Patrick Scott Ms. Sharon Elise Sengelaub and Mr. Phillip Russell Croom Mrs. Judy A. Shackelford Mr. William Benitez Shand Dr. Harry F. Sharp III Mr. and Mrs. K. Trent Shealy Mrs. Nancy Shimp Mr. and Mrs. Eric J. Shrader Mr. Justin Lance Simmons Ms. Tracy L. Skipper Mrs. Cynthia S. Smith Ms. Laura C. Smith Mrs. Virginia A. Spallek Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Splawinski Ms. Sarah Springer Dr. Randall W. Stowe Dr. Joseph Burdell Sutcliffe III Ms. Sarah Ann Swick Mr. and Mrs. Cahit Tanverdi Dr. Summer S. Taylor Mr. Jeffrey Reid Thompson Ms. Harriet Celeste Toole Ms. Melissa A. Tucker Dr. Arthur M. VanDeWater Jr. Mr. Stephen T. Veldman Mr. James R. Wanstreet Mr. and Mrs. Gregory L. Webb Mr. James Greg Welborn Mr. Robert Allan Wertz Mrs. Megan Blythe Westmeyer Ms. Betty Anne Williams Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Thomas Wilson Mrs. Julia H. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Mark McDowell Windham Mr. and Mrs. Roger Alan Winstanley Ms. Caroline L. Winter Mr. Greg Wolfe Ms. Jennifer L. Wu Mr. Timothy Matthew Wuthier Ms. Aggie Zed Mr. and Mrs. Brian Allen Zondlak

Care has been taken in the preparation of the report to assure 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.

Mark your calendar March

16–23 Advisement for rising seniors (advisement day off: March 24)

25–April 2 Advisement for rising juniors (advisement day off: April 5)


6–14 Advisement for rising sophomores 15 Awards Day 26 Last day of classes 27 Reading day

28–May 5 Final examinations


6 SCHC revocation

10–28 Maymester 14–15 MayCarolina Weekend 31–July 1 Summer orientation (and Summer I)


6–Aug. 7 Summer II


16 SCHC convocation

16–17 Transfer and freshman orientation 19 Fall term begins

Continued from page 17 Bonnie Coggins (2006) moved to Washington, D.C., in June to begin working at the Census Bureau. She works on the Current Population Survey, which produces the unemployment rate. Lindsay Stewart (2006) is a second-year student at MUSC.

Terrill Wilkins (2007) teaches American History and AP Art History at his alma mater, Paul M.

Dorman High School, in Roebuck, S.C. He received certification through the PACE program for alternative certification, and has been in the classroom since 2008. Terrill also coaches the academic team, which currently boasts the third ranked team in the nation and finished as runners-up in the 200-school National Championship Tournament last May. After finishing school this year, Terrill will begin studies at the University of Michigan Law School as a JD candidate for the Class of 2012.

Susan Crook (2007) recently visited her sister, Sarah, in Peru, where she is a student. They spent three nights and four days in the Amazon jungle.

Jacob Nunn (2007) and Susan Nunn were married on June 27, 2009. They live in Fort Mill, S.C., where Jacob is employed by Grant Thornton LLP.

Hui-Ann Tan (2007) spent a year

Rebecca Freed (2008) and Daniel

teaching English in China after graduating from SCHC. He is back in the United States now. After living for a few months in Colorado, he has returned to South Carolina and is planning to apply for graduate school at USC.

Glendinning were married May 25, 2009. They reside in Columbia, S.C.

Chelsey Karns (2008) and Christian Couch were married April 18, 2009. They are expecting a baby.

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