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In this issue

South Carolina Honors College Dean/ Steven Lynn Managing Editor / Writer/ Aïda Rogers Director of Communications/ Anna Redwine Interns/ Mae L. Bradford, English, Class of 2016 Hannah Costanzo, media arts, Class of 2016

The Bedtime Story Story Honors College Dean Steven Lynn weaves a story for students that is equal parts fantastical and clever.

Honors College Partnership Board

8 / Summer Bookshelf

Marshall Winn Chairman Roger Barnette Jay Cain Dan D’Alberto Bill Duncan Lori Clos Fisher Kevin Hall Steve Hibbard Anita Hood

Catherine Heigel Vice Chairwoman Kappy Hubbard Eddie Jones Jodie McLean Ben Rex Thomas Scott Jacob Shuford Sherri Timmons Jeff Vinzani

Stay Connected University Home Page: SCHC Home Page: Facebook: Twitter: LinkedIn: “South Carolina Honors College Alumni” University Creative Services / University Writers Group The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, genetics, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The University of South Carolina has designated as the ADA Title II, Section 504 and Title IX coordinator the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs. The Office of the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs is located at 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 805, Columbia, SC; telephone 803-777-3854. UCS14106 5/14



Three books, two by Honors College alumni and one featuring future college scholars from around the state, belong on your reading list.


Outstanding Year for Prestigious Scholarships A rundown of national awards garnered by some of this year's high-achieving students.

10 / Faculty Fellows Join SCHC Outstanding faculty from across the campus are partnering with the Honors College.

12 / ON THE COVER Alicia Sikes What glass ceiling? This SCHC alumna flew above it long ago.

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Revocation Recap What students said at the end of their SCHC academic careers.

16 / Au revoir and merci, Professor Mould A final tribute to the founding dean of the Honors College. Cover photograph, above and page 12: Pilot Alicia Sikes; © Dana James / Modern Life Photography


ear Alumni, Here’s a number for you: 9,386. That’s how many

alumni we have. You’re in every state in the country and numerous foreign

countries, too. It’s a strong number, and when it comes to making sure you’re all connected, a challenging one. As your new director of alumni engagement, I’m working to keep you connected to us, our students and each other. We have a few new and renewed ideas (see below), but would love to hear your suggestions.

Join our alumni LinkedIn group, South Carolina Honors College Alumni, to connect with other alumni in your field or area. Include on your LinkedIn profile or professional bio that you graduated from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina.

BETH HUTCHISON Director of Alumni Engagement

Help us expand alumni networking opportunities. These can be small gatherings in a restaurant for a dozen alumni or larger receptions in cities where there are many. I will be happy to help you plan it. Share your Honors College experience with students who have been accepted for enrollment here and who live in your region. Some alumni are helping us with recruiting and the feedback has been positive. Prospective students and their parents are interested not only in our collegiate experience but also in alumni success stories. Let us know if you’re willing to help: We’ll guide you. Consider hiring a current student as an intern, post a job opportunity in your organization or serve as a second reader for a senior thesis . . . and the list goes on. Contact me and I will make the connection with the appropriate staff person. Tell us how you would like to get involved with the Honors College and other alumni. Reach me at Sincerely,

Beth Hutchison Director, Alumni Engagement



Bedtime Story


Some of the ideas at the baseball game stirred, nce upon a time an honors college dean sensing success for one of their kindred; some had an idea. blinked, some took a bite of their hot dogs. And The dean had many ideas but usually they wanthe triumphant idea pulled up a lawn chair in the dered in the dark corridors and muggy jungles of sunny part of the dean’s head, on the beach between his mind, bumping into thoughts of cheeseburgers and Gibson guitars until they arrived at a 1969 high “I’m My Own Grandpa” and The Declaration of Independence, which had been deteriorating since school baseball game with the dean in the batter’s third grade. The idea enjoyed a kind of celebrity box, bases loaded, striking out. Again and again. inside the dean’s head. “So you’re the one,” other The dean’s ideas usually settled down, bought meandering ideas said, jealously. “Just living the a hot dog and some peanuts, and then slumbered dream,” the idea replied. peacefully, or stared blankly at the advertisements Under an umbrella with a drink with its own on the outfield wall. But this idea, because the dean little matching umbrella, the idea snoozed away was sitting with his staff, actually made it to the contentedly until Captain James T. Kirk showed outside world. “Let’s have some bedtime stories at up, yelling “Phasers on stun! The bedtime story the dorm,” the dean said — and to his surprise, is tonight. Are you ready?” the staff, ordinarily inoculated against his ideas, “Ready?” the idea said. said “OK.” “Yes,” Kirk replied. “You can’t just show up like “Yes,” the idea went on, excitedly, “we’ll have that. You have to be developed — into a story.” everyone and anyone — President Pastides, Patricia “No, no,” the idea said. “I’m not that kind of an Moore-Pastides, some famous alums, some students, idea. It’s just me, like this, alone. I’m a single idea.” maybe even politicians.”


The Bedtime Story Story,

an excerpt . . . a new tradition for an old idea By Steven Lynn Illustrations by Maria Fabrizio

“Oh,” said Kirk smoothly, staring soulfully into the idea’s eyes, “you’re single. Perhaps I should kiss you and see what happens, eh?” “No, absolutely not,” the idea said. “And while we’re on it, what is wrong with you — or your scriptwriters? Why are females of all species attracted to you, inexplicably?” “Yes,” said Mr. Spock, stepping into the picture. “It is not logical.” “In my humble opinion, Jim,” said Dr. McCoy, joining the group, “it’s some hormonal imbalance!” “Please guys,” the idea said. “The dean needs help. You are a distraction! He needs a bedtime story!” “Good God, man,” McCoy said. “I’m a doctor, not a fabulist.” “I could do a Vulcan mind meld,” Spock said, “but with his feeble brain, it likely would be fatal.” “Should I get into a fight with someone?” Kirk offered. “I could hit somebody…..”

Alarmed, the idea realized Kirk was right. It wasn’t ready. It had awakened to discover there was a class on its schedule it had forgotten to attend, and it was the day before the exam! It had invited a bunch of important guests over and not cleaned the house or bought food! The idea dashed past Captain Picard, Captain Janeway, Captain Sisko and Captain Archer, who were emerging from the shadows to help. “No!” the idea screamed. “I’ve got to get out of this Star Trek stream of conscious. Good night!” Then the idea thought, “Wait, that’s it. Good night!” The idea sprinted off to find Good Night, Moon. “Everyone loves that bedtime story,” the idea thought. “The dean can just read it to the students. It will awaken wonderful memories of childhood, disposing them to pleasant dreams.” Good Night, Moon was watching a re-run of Twenty-One Jump Street and pedaling a stationary



bike. After listening to the idea’s idea, Good Night, Moon was not enthusiastic. “Well,” GNM said, “he’d have to read it to them.” The idea looked closely at GNM inside the dean’s head: “Good night room, good night moon, good night cow jumping over the moon, good night Spurrier, good night United Nations courier, Good night French fries, Good night Starship Enterprise.....” “Yeah,” the idea said. “I see what you mean. You’ve started to fall apart a bit. You’re kinda corrupted. But it doesn’t matter. On reflection, I’m afraid the original version only works when you’re little, snuggled up, looking at the magical illustrations. These students are far too mature and sophisticated for that.” The idea’s growing sense of inadequacy intruded upon the dean’s consciousness. “What have you been doing?” the dean said. “Did you not hear the story of the Talents in the New Testament, when Preacher Crocker was talking so passionately about


going forth and multiplying, his spittle flying over the first pews in church?” “You’re confusing two Bible stories,” the idea said, “and you shouldn’t be criticizing other people’s spittle, but I get your point. Yes, it’s just me.” “Yikes!” the dean said. So, now, after briefly criticizing the idea for showing up in the first place, and for remaining so sketchy for so long, and for wasting time on the dean’s brain beach, the idea and the dean’s consciousness frantically began to sound the alarm for a bedtime story. And the ideas began to pour forth: a musical version of “Moby Dick,” “Gray’s Anatomy” converted to a sonnet, “Frog and Toad are Friends” performed as mime, a bagpipe version of the alma mater. They seemed like great ideas to the dean, but to his cranky staff, no doubt jealous of his fertile mind, they were insufficient. “I think,” said one, “a bedtime story should have a point. It should have a moral. Maybe you should start with that.”

“Oh,” the dean said, “like Goldilocks and the Three Bears? You think the honors students need to know they shouldn’t break into people’s homes and eat their food, and damage stuff, and sleep in their beds, especially if these people are actually bears and not people? Or, you mean like Snow White, which expands this theme to include the houses of dwarves — don’t go into their houses and taste their food and fall asleep? Are we having trouble with the honors students breaking into dwarves’ and bears’ houses?” “No need for sarcasm,” another staffer said. “This reminds me,” Captain Kirk said, suddenly appearing again, dressed in his Priceline outfit for some reason, “of ‘The Trouble with Tribbles’ episode. Sometimes an innocent thing, like a purring Tribble, or a simple bedtime story, can get out of hand, and just grow to life-threatening dimensions. You have to keep trying and have faith that some workable idea will appear. Just when we thought it was impossible to do anything about the Tribbles, because they were multiplying so fast that they were

eating everything and occupying all the ship’s space, we discovered the Tribbles were our saviors. They exposed the Klingon’s plot. You’re thinking of the bedtime story as a problem that is growing and getting out of control. “But you’ll think of something to use as a bedtime story. It doesn’t matter really what it is. The real moral of all bedtime stories is the same thing. The real moral is — I care about you. I care about you enough to tell you a story. And I will care about you tomorrow, so you can sleep soundly and wake up in a world full of more stories. It’s a world so full that you can make a bedtime story out of anything. You could make a bedtime story out of making a bedtime story.” With this, Kirk’s voice had morphed into my own — which was odd, since I usually pretend to be Spock. And I realized I had come to the end of my Tribbles — I mean troubles. I hope you all have a restful evening, all of your homework goes well, and your Tribbles — troubles — are few.

Other bedtime storytellers this past year have been President Harris Pastides, Patricia Moore-Pastides, SCHC Associate Dean Ed Munn Sanchez and international business professor Nancy Buchan.




Put these on your reading list Two SCHC alumni and the college itself are celebrating recent book releases. They include a young adult novel set during the Anglo-Cherokee War, a collection of poems about nature and the nature of aging, and an anthology of student writings that answer a difficult question. AHA! editors have read and wholeheartedly recommend the following: “The Last Sister” (Young Palmetto Books, USC Press)

Realizing the past was just as dangerous as the future, Courtney McKinney-Whitaker, ’04 history, set her dystopian young adult novel in pre-Revolutionary South Carolina. Her teenage heroine becomes “The Last Sister” in various ways, seeking revenge on the settlers who murdered her family. Reviewers have called the book “riveting” and “a pageturner,” and a companion novel is underway. A Greenville County native now living in Illinois, McKinney-Whitaker used settings from her childhood for some backcountry scenes. But scalpings — as well as 18th century weapons, medicines and courting customs — took research. “Waltzing with Horses” (Press 53)

The new and old poems of Felicia Mitchell, ’77 English, take readers on mountain hikes, lake swims and into the reality of coping with cancer and caring for elderly parents. “Felicia Mitchell has the wonderful gift of seeing the world at a slant, or slightly off-center; her view takes in what others leave out,” wrote Kelly Cherry, Virginia’s former poet laureate, in a review. Mitchell is a much-honored professor at Emory & Henry College, where she uses Dean Steven Lynn’s “Texts and Contexts” in class. “Writing South Carolina: Selections from the First High School Writing Contest” (Young Palmetto Books, USC Press)

Here’s a puzzler, all you alumni: How would you make South Carolina better? That was the question Dean Lynn asked South Carolina’s high school juniors and seniors to answer in 750 words or less. The top 23 responses, in fiction, poetry, essays, and drama, prove the Palmetto State is rich in young original thinkers and literary talent. The collection features a foreword by Pat Conroy, the contest’s grand judge, and “They’re Back,” Lynn’s introduction. Thad Westbrook, ’96 political science, ’99 law, funded the $1,000 senior first-place winner, naming it after history professor and author Walter Edgar. An anonymous donor funded the $1,000 junior first-place winner, naming it after the late Dorothy S. Williams, an upstate educator. Volume 2 is in the works.

In-depth interviews with McKinney-Whitaker and Mitchell, as well as coverage of the high school writing contest, are at


Outstanding year for prestigious scholarships T he Honors College has 31 national scholars this year. Particularly impressive is USC tying for No. 1 in the nation with the University of Maryland at College Park for producing the most NOAA Hollings Scholars. Of the nine USC Hollings Scholars, seven are SCHC students. Brown University was the top Ivy League school, with four Hollings Scholars; Stanford had three. USC has produced 34 Hollings Scholars during the 11 years of the program, with 16 in the past two years. Other notable scholars include David Wolfer (’15, nursing, Rotary), Riley Brady (’16, marine science, Goldwater), Klara Milojkovic (’17, chemistry, Mount Vernon Leadership), and Clinton Welsh (’16, biomedical engineering, U.S. Department of State Critical Languages). Winning the Fulbright Grant are seniors Rachel Har­­rison (comparative literature, Russian and Spanish),

and Andrew Kovtun (international business, marketing and economics). Recipients of National Science Foundation fellowships are 2015 graduates Connor Bain (computer science, math) and Anna Kirkpatrick (math). Alumni NSF winners are Drew DeLorenzo, Kathryn Kingsmore, and Hilde Oliver (2014); Kimberly McCormack (2013) and Katrina Phillips (2007). Additionally, Elizabeth Moore (’16, biomedical engineering) is a Truman finalist and recipient of a Goldwater Honorable Mention. Haley Yaw (’17, exercise science) is a Mount Vernon Leadership finalist. Pictured (from left): Phillip Key, Justin DuRant, Melaina Dyck, Kaitlyn Bretz, Alexandra Golden (Hollings Scholars); Andrew Patterson (NSF Honorable Mention), Anna Kirkpatrick, and Connor Bain (NSF Fellows). Absent: Angela Korabik, Anna Lynn (Hollings)



FACULTY FELLOWS JOIN SCHC FOURTEEN DISTINGUISHED USC PROFESSORS ARE SERVING AS FACULTY FELLOWS FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA HONORS COLLEGE. Appointed by the provost, the fellows are tenured or tenure-track faculty with outstanding records of teaching, research and service. Besides teaching, cultivating and developing Honors College courses, they advise the dean on Honors College matters and help honors students in their respective disciplines and fields. Half of their teaching and half of their  service are assigned to the Honors College for the duration of their twoyear appointments. “Although the Faculty Fellows program just started last fall, it is already making invaluable contributions, not only in mentoring and advising our current students, but also in recruiting the next class,” said Dean Steven Lynn. Added Sandra Kelly, SCHC associate dean: “The Faculty Fellows are all superb scholars, great teachers and strongly invested in student engagement in scholarship. The students benefit from their input and interactions with them.”  



USC’s 2013 Distinguished Professor of the Year, Benitez-Nelson’s expertise ranges from radiochemistry to harmful algal bloom toxins. She is the recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s 2014 Sulzman Award for Excellence. NANCY BUCHAN, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Associate dean of undergraduate programs at the Darla Moore School of Business, Buchan also is associate professor of international business and a Moore Research Fellow. Her research combines the methodology of experimental economics with theory from psychology, sociology and political science to understand factors that influence development of trust and cooperation in cross-cultural relationships.


Carbone’s research includes climate variability and change and climate impacts. He is an investigator with the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments program, a NOAA-sponsored center designed to work with decision makers to improve the use of climate information in resource management. He has won university teaching awards for his instruction of weather and climate courses. MICHAEL FILASETA, MATHEMATICS

Assistant chair of the mathematics department, Filaseta has interests in several aspects of advanced mathematics. He received the 2010 Michael J. Mungo Award for Teaching Excellence and the Distinguished Award of the Hardy-Ramanujan Society (with Ognian Trifonov) in 1991.



Along with courses on Greek and Latin literature, Gardner, a McCausland Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences, teaches classical civilization courses on sex and gender in Rome, Greeks and Romans in the cinema and mythology. She is currently developing a seminar on the ancient plague narrative and its impact on discourses of contagion in contemporary films, novels and visual arts.

An associate professor in history, Johnson is a historian of science and technology with a joint appointment in history and philosophy. Her work focuses primarily on engineers, their social dynamics and knowledge. Johnson is the recipient of the 2013 Michael J. Mungo Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and a 2010 USC Office of Research “Breakthrough Star.”



Goode is currently studying microwaveinduced plasmas, inductively coupled plasmas and laser- induced plasmas to learn the fundamental plasma processes and to use them as excitation sources in atomic spectroscopy. He is the recipient of the 1991 Amoco Teaching Award, 2000 Ada B. Thomas Advising Award, 2013 USC Distinguished Service Award, and a member of “ChemMatters” editorial advisory board.

Kelly uses a rat model of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders to investigate the impact of alcohol exposure during development on social behavior and the underlying brain changes.


Gothe and his team have built a largescale time-of-flight detector at USC that will enable them to carry out the next generation of experiments at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Virginia, where they currently investigate nucleons and their excitations to probe nature’s strong secrets. Gothe received the 2013 Russell Research Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering and the 2008 Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Award.


Gadala-Maria’s research focuses on relating the microstructure of materials to their macroscopic properties. Current projects include the economics of production of hydrogen from nuclear power. Listed in the 2007 edition of “Who’s Who in the World,” Gadala-Maria’s is the recipient of the 2003 Joseph M. Biedenbach Distinguished Service Award and the 1994 Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award. MELAYNE MCINNES, ECONOMICS

McInnes researches the economics of the health care industry, medical malpractice, smoking and obesity, experimental economics and economics of insurance. The recipient of the 1998, 2004 and 2010 USC Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award, McInnes has held fellowships at Yale and Florida State universities and a Rotary International Fellowship at the University of Sussex in England.


Miller is director of the Center for Digital Humanities and is editing a new three-volume edition of “The Collected Works of Edmund Spenser” and preparing text and commentary for the first edition of “The Faerie Queene” (1590). His honors include the 2012-13 SCHC Michael A. Hill Award for Outstanding Faculty Member and the USC Department of English 2008-09 Teacher of the Year, as well as National Endowment of the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships. MELISSA MOSS, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Moss researches Alzheimer’s disease, studying how interactions between AB and endothelial cells, which line the cerebrovasculature, contribute to an increased adhesion of immune cells to the cerebrovascular endothelium. Moss received the 2012 Governor’s Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, the 2011 USC Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award and the 2007 USC Mortar Board Society’s Excellence in Teaching Award. REKHA PATEL, BIOLOGY

Patel focuses on regulation of cell survival and apoptosis by interferon-induced, double-stranded RNA activated protein kinase PKR. Her team’s research is integral to a better understanding of the origin, progression and treatment of many human diseases and disorders including cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes, and aging. Patel is the 2014 Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year.

PICTURED OPPOSITE: front, left to right: Gothe, Miller, Gardner; back, left to right: Filaseta, Moss, Goode, Gadala-Maria, Buchan


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CALL HER In the great blue yonder, Alicia Sikes is at the controls




he’s used to it by now. Captain Alicia Sikes steps out of the cockpit to say goodbye to the passengers she’s just flown to their destinations. They’ll say, ‘You were our pilot?’ Then they’ll look a bit frightened. Maybe one of these days it won’t be as unique to be a pilot and a female,” she says. For Sikes, flying is passion, profession and an opportunity to see the world. As a pilot for TWA from 1988 to 2001, she saw Berlin as the wall came down and Moscow when Russians were starting to shed themselves of communism. Now flying for American Airlines, she’s still thrilled by travel, but also intent on encouraging other women to take up the profession. Only 6.61 percent of pilots in the country are women, according to 2013 statistics reported by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aeronautical Center. “I think women think flying is too complicated,” said Sikes, describing mothers with young children on her flights. “They’ll shove the uninterested boy in and pull the girl with the big wide eyes out, telling her she isn’t interested. I’ll ask girls if they want to be a pilot, and sometimes they’ll say, ‘You mean, I can be a pilot?’ It’s as if it’s the first time they’ve even considered it. We have to stop telling girls they can’t be interested in science.” Sikes, ’83 computer science, has wide interests in the sciences. She earned master’s degrees in space studies from the University of North Dakota, systems management/information systems from Florida Tech and digital forensic

science from Champlain College. She earned her private pilot’s license the day before her Carolina graduation, paying for lessons at Eagle Aviation from her summer job at a paper mill in West Point, Va. “I used to pretend I was flying when swinging on the swing set,” she recalls. “But in a small town, I couldn’t figure out how you learned.” A Wiffle ball game on the Horseshoe spurred the lessons. A friend talked about his plans to fly, so Sikes investigated how she could, too. Nine months to the day from her first lesson, she earned her flight instructor’s certificate. Progressing to cargo pilot to regional airline pilot in five years, she was hired by TWA and upgraded to captain within 10. As with all pilots, she takes continual education: quarterly online training to refresh systems knowledge and simulator training every nine months to practice emergencies. She’s also a pilot activist, advocating for decent pay and negotiating terms and continuing to support the TWA pilot group during its rocky merger with AA. “Management has gotten away with paying starvation wages to new hires at the regional airlines — yes, a new-hire first officer qualifies for food stamps,” she fumes. “No one has a problem paying a doctor a high wage because of the perception of high responsibility and professionalism. We need to return to having airplane folks running airlines instead of bean counters who see their employees only as cost units.” Sikes says she has at least one trait that makes for a good pilot: stubbornness. “You

need to know the rules and follow those no matter what outside forces try to do — managers trying to get you to take a broken plane, controllers giving you a clearance that is not safe for your aircraft,” she says. “Being able to solve 3-D equations is very useful, too. If you’re descending into an airport, and you can see the runway you want to land on — how you get from your altitude and airspeed to being configured, on speed, and at the proper altitude for landing in the distance remaining to the airport is a 3-D challenge!” She owns four general aviation planes, all based at an airport near Quakertown, Pa., where she lives. Still, she keeps USC close. “I’m proud of going to South Carolina,” she says. “I have USC bag tags on my flight kit!”

Would you like a luggage tag, too? Submit your alumni news or update at, Keep In Touch, and we will send you an Honors College luggage tag.

Another way Sikes champions women pilots is by participating in the annual Air Race Classic, a four-day event that started in 1929. Last year, she and co-pilot Emily Lewis won second place in the seventh leg of the California-to-Pennsylvania women’s-only race, despite a broken starter in Illinois. Sikes and Lewis flew a 1961 twin-engine Beechcraft Travel Air; this year, she and co-pilot Carol Bailey will fly a 1979 Mooney M20J.


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Bain (computer science major, music minor); Andrew Patterson ots of cheers and only a few tears marked the 28th annual (electrical engineering); Stephanie Saunders (experimental psySouth Carolina Honors College Revocation May 7. The chology major, political science minor); and Davontae Singleton only thing more prevalent than the personal thanks stu(secondary education major, concentration in English). dents gave at the podium was the applause from the crowd. Senior marshals select the faculty member for the Michael “I’m a representative from the Guinness Book of World A. Hill Award. The 2015 recipient, nominated by the graduating Records and you’ve won the prize for the longest sustained class, is Thomas Hughes, accounting lecturer in the Darla Moore applause,” Dean Steven Lynn deadpanned at the beginning of School of Business. Noted for his devotion to students, Hughes the event, after 180 graduating seniors walked across the stage. will receive a cash award and speak at the next SCHC Freshman Kidding aside, he congratulated the Class of 2015 for achieving Convocation. the “spectacular dream” Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Cooper Other staff and faculty were thanked for their devotion to had for Americans to get a “superb public education.” Students students. Jan Smoak, associate director of the Office of Fellowalso congratulated each other in the gathering-before-scattering ships and Scholar Programs, was thanked for helping students win that Revocation represents. scholarships and fellowships. Susan Alexander, director of Service “These four years have made me who I was supposed to Learning and Undergraduate Research, was thanked by Matthew become,” said Emily Andreoli, who opened the ceremony perCorley for giving him his first C. “It was very humbling,” he said. forming “Here’s To Us,” a song she’d written for the occasion. Noting Andreoli’s departure for Nashville, Lynn told the students “Thank you, Dr. Alexander, you’re a true student advocate.” Celebrations like Revocation evoke humor and heartache. they might one day be able to say a star played at their Revocation. Emily Eliza Still thanked Alexander for helping her after her father Revocation is a “calling back together” of SCHC students died during her sophomore year. Alexander, she said, drove to her who were greeted at their Freshman Convocation. This year, 300 home with her funeral clothes and counseled her to continue at Honors College students graduate in May and August. All have USC despite her inclination to leave. or will complete senior theses. Kari Benson received the inauguCarter John Degennaro paid tribute to Raja Fayad, the public ral William A. Mould Outstanding Senior Thesis Award for her health professor killed in a domestic violence incident in Februresearch on college students misusing stimulant medication. The ary. “He became my mentor and path to medical school,” he said, $1,000 prize, given by Mould’s family, honors a founding dean of SCHC. Benson will pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Ohio explaining Fayad wrote his recommendation letter. “If he was here today, I wouldn’t be able to thank him enough.” University. Parents were thanked consistently, perhaps none more memoIn keeping with tradition, four senior marshals led and rably than Kara Gay’s, who “stood with me at the fax machine at managed the ceremony. Nominated and selected by the SCHC 12:45 in the morning while I made my decision to come here by staff, marshals balance high academic records with university and 1 a.m.” community involvement. Class of 2015 marshals were Connor Emily Andreoli’s “Here’s to Us” CD can be downloaded at

‘Here’s to Us’ 14 / S O UTH C A R O L IN A H ONORS COLLEGE


We have more than 9,000 Honors College alumni in all 50 states and multiple countries worldwide. If you are interested in hosting or organizing an event or would like to ask about having one near you, contact Beth Hutchison, director of alumni engagement, at or 803-777-8555.

SCHC welcomes new associate dean

Among those enjoying the Greenville Alumni Reception in March were, from left: Honors College Dean Steven Lynn, ’74, and Sheri Timmons, ’76; Kelly Smith ’13, Jennifer Humphrey, ’10 and Kizer Crum ’12

Student’s work published in prestigious book Research by Claire Bower, art history ’15, will be published this fall in “Reasserting America in the 1970s: U.S. Public Diplomacy and the Rebuilding of America’s Image Abroad (Bloomsbury Press). Bower’s chapter, “Paintbrush Politics: The Collapse of American Arts Diplomacy, 1968-1972,” examines how the Vietnam War prompted American artists to withdraw their work from officially sanctioned exhibitions overseas. The first writer to document the case, Bower traveled to Oslo with her history professor David Snyder to present her work at the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Snyder is co-editor of the volume.

Sandra Kelly, a USC faculty member since 1988, has joined the SCHC as associate dean. A Carolina Trustee Professor in psychology, Kelly is the recipient of the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Russell Research Award, the Mortar Board Award for Teaching Excellence and the Golden Key Faculty Award. She holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from McGill University and did her postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa and SUNY Albany. She has been a fellow of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program. Kelly’s research deals with social behavior and neurological changes related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and more recently the neurogenomic origins of monogamy and social bonding. She has mentored many Honors College students in research and teaches both honors introductory psychology and introduction to neuroscience.


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Au revoir and merci, Professeur Mould AN ADULTEROUS QUEEN dressed as a nun in red stockings. A king on a commode throne. What else could this be but a French absurdist play directed by Bill Mould? When the multi-talented, high-energy, founding dean of the South Carolina Honors College died in March, stories about his boundless creativity and dedication to students bubbled like Dom Perignon. “It flabbergasts me, the time he put into us,” recalls Susan Cate. By the time she graduated in 1978, Cate had been recruited, advised, taught and directed by Mould, a French professor who formed Les Comédiens Carolingiens, a student theater troupe that performed around the state. Cate, who became Mould’s graduate assistant and later taught in USC’s French department, was his queen in Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi.” Marshall Winn, 1974 English, played King Ubu, swinging onto Longstreet Theatre’s stage like Tarzan on a rope, cursing in French. Cast members wore tutus, others rollerskated. “With absurdist plays, you can do what you want,” Cate says. “He staged it like a circus.” Imaginative fun was important to Mould, and students in his French Theater Experience course built sets, made costumes and performed. “He was firm because he had his vision, but he was open to our suggestions,” says Cate, director of the Office of Research at the Arnold School of Public Health. “It wasn’t until we performed that I realized the genius of what we created.”


Bill Mould in a Workshop Theatre production of Cheaper by the Dozen

Mould helping a student with make-up during the production of “The Future is in Eggs” at Clemson University, Spring 1977; photo courtesy of Susan Cate

The Honors College is another of Mould’s collaborative creations. The college’s dean from 1979 to 1994, he helped start the program with Peter Sederberg and others in the mid-1970s. Students remember an advisor who challenged them to explore intellectually and geographically. “He always encouraged me to try courses I might not normally try,” says Ralph Stice, 1983 journalism. Knowing Stice was a person of faith, Mould steered him to Hal French’s World Religions course. Years later, Stice — a published author, pastor and French professor — would teach a similar course at Nyack College’s campus in Washington, D.C. Mould’s high standards influenced Barnwell lawyer J. Martin Harvey, 1978 political science. Harvey remembers feeling “sheepish” when he learned Mould overheard him recommending “easy A” courses to another student. “He didn’t say so, but the look on his face indicated he was disappointed in me taking an easy course rather than challenging myself. I didn’t take another.” Robert Violette, 1987 BARSC, credits Mould with changing the trajectory of his life. Founder of Violette Editions in London, Violette says Mould got him to England, where he met his wife, started a family and created a career. “He berated me for a weak and inauthentic interview I gave in applying to the University of Kent exchange program, which I obviously failed,” the Massachusetts native recounts. “I then applied to the Warwick program with more effort and heart, and that all started what followed.” A native of upstate New York, Mould came to USC in 1967. In 1980, the French government awarded him the Ordre des Palmes Académiques for his contributions to French culture in the United States. After retiring in 1994, he moved to

Washington, D.C., where he directed the SCHC’s Washington Semester program for 10 years. Besides “when to be serious and when to have serious fun,” Violette says Mould taught him “the only boundaries we face are the ones we create for ourselves.” Mould practiced his teaching, becoming a ceramic sculptor and opening a studio in retirement. The Washington Post praised his work in 2014. “Dr. Mould enjoyed, with his perpetual grin, the absurd things about life, about a university and about art,” summarizes Emerson Smith, a medical sociologist who performed in “En Attendant Godot” in 1972. “How many of us wouldn’t like to feel confidence enough to suddenly leave one successful career and enter another successful career?”

Mould entered a second career in sculpture and opened a studio upon retirement.

Peter Sederberg, former dean, and Steve Hibbard, 1983 BARSC, would like to challenge others to join them in honoring the memory of Bill Mould by making a gift to the William Mould and Peter Sederberg Scholarship Fund. Visit


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Catching up with Ben Muldrow, ’00 Ben Muldrow can still feel the power of some of his Honors

quarter-after-quarter growth in sales tax revenues; more than

College courses. He was standing at one of the three graves

100 buildings have been restored in Gulfport.

of music legend Robert Johnson in Greenwood, Miss., when

“I’m extremely proud of the fact that I see small communi-

conversations from Walt Liniger’s Echoes in Blues course

ties all over the country experience an economic recovery, and

came back and hit hard.

I am honored to play a role in that.”

“I remembered his description of the origin of the blues — the pain, the heartache and the backbreaking work,” Muldrow

Favorite movie: If it is wrong to say “Star Wars,” my Honors

said. “I truly believe the passion I express today in my career

College answer might be “Citizen Kane.”

started in that class.” Muldrow, ’00 advertising, has helped more than 400 communities in 38 states turn their blues into songs of hope. As partner at Arnett Muldrow & Associates, a Greenville urban

Reading now: I just finished reading “Think Like a Freak” by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. My 9-year-old is starting Harry Potter, so I think I might revisit “Sorceror’s Stone” next.

planning company, and the founder of Downtown America,

Most recent concert: Alison Krauss & Union Station in Balti-

Muldrow works with towns to successfully market themselves,

more. She is even more amazing on stage!

particularly after natural disaster, human tragedy and economic downturn. Gulf Coast towns reeling from Hurricane

Bad at: Singing. Ask anyone.

Katrina and the BP oil spill and Vermont towns recovering

What most people don’t know: I have created branding identi-

from spring floods have benefited from his expertise. So has

ties for more communities than anyone else in the world.

Philadelphia, Miss., known for its racist “Mississippi Burning” past. His biggest challenge was helping the people of Sandy Hook, Conn., prepare for the one-year anniversary of their tragedy. A Greenville native, Muldrow is on the road — or in the air — every week. “I try to discover the unique personality of each place,

What you do that you said you never would: I find myself talking to my kids as if I was an adult. And preaching about responsibilities. It is kind of crazy. USC go-to places: I always like to stop by the Russell House, catch some chicken fingers and white gravy at Yesterdays,

and create a system to help preserve that character, and

sweet tea from Groucho’s, and a burger from Stronghold.

provide tools for them to grow their economy,” he explains.

Wait, was this a food question? A little Gamecock football

“People love their communities, but their own need for convenience seems to be more powerful than the sense of place.” Muldrow spends three days in each community, practicing one of the most important things he learned in Columbia. “SCHC taught me to listen. I learned to connect. The connections between people and the connections between a person and a place are so very key.”

never hurts. Most memorable thing involving the SCHC: Strangely, I remember going to my brother’s graduation ceremony on the Horseshoe. I was struck by how much of an honor it seemed when he received a degree from the Honors College, and I knew that was a goal I hoped to achieve one day.

To date, Arnett Muldrow has helped 14 towns attain

Advice for SCHC students: The people you are surrounded by

“Great American Main Street” status from the National Trust

today are the innovators of tomorrow. Never pass up a chance

for Historic Preservation. In Mississippi, Starkville has had

to collaborate. Do good. Be nice. And always, always have fun.


Donor Honor Roll Students at the South Carolina Honors College continue to thrive because of the generous support of alumni and friends. Thanks to you, both the Honors College and the University have exceeded our Carolina's Promise campaign goals! $25,000 and above Mr. Robert H. Hill Bill and Connie Timmons Foundation $5,000 to $24,999 Dr. and Mrs. Paul M. Aitchison Ms. Randi A. Berry Lockheed Martin Corporation Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William Walker McAnulty $1,801 to $4,999 Dr. Christopher T. Bardi Central Carolina Community Foundation Charles Timmons Foundation Dr. Edward J. Dinkins Ms. Elizabeth E. Endler and Mr. Gary J. Wells Mr. and Mrs. Aaron L. Hark Ms. Catherine E. Heigel Dr. Judith Farley Hoffman and Dr. Thomas Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Jones III Dr. Suzy L. Kim and Dr. Walter Ott Dr. Theresa Knoepp and Dr. Louis F. Knoepp Mr. Aaron W. Knowlton Dr. and Mrs. William M. Rambo, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Rex

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Honors College Dean's Circle members have each given more than $1,000 this year. Donors who contribute $1,801+ annually are granted membership in the President's Society. Donors who give at any level for three or more consecutive years are members of the Carolina Circle. For more information on these and other Giving Societies, please visit http://giving. and support/deans-circle

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SCANA Services, Inc. Ms. Gena Schoen Ms. Lois Q. Semmens Mr. and Mrs. Jay Richard Shaffer Ms. Deborah Harrison Sheffield Ms. Michele Silva

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The Honors College would also like to thank the following donors who supported our students with gifts to the Carolina Scholar Scholarship Program. $100,000 and above Jeannette and Marshall Winn $50,000 to $99,999 Mr. and Mrs. E. Roe Stamps IV $10,000 to $49,999 Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bradley Estate of William B. Douglas Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Graybill The Honorable Mack I. Whittle, Jr. and Mrs. Whittle

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Jones III Ms. Dorothy G. Owen The Reverend Bradley D. Smith and Mrs. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Chris Vlahoplus $100 to $999 Dr. and Mrs. James Russell Banks Mr. and Mrs. James S. Beskid Dr. and Mrs. Walter J. Bristow III Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Brockington

$1,000 to $9,999

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Mr. and Mrs. David M. Cohn

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Dr. and Mrs. John O. Fairey

Ernst & Young Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Fortson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Hogue Colonel and Mrs. D. Mark Husband

Meet the staff Beth Hutchison is the new director of alumni engagement. She will focus on connecting alumni and providing opportunities for giving. Previously, Hutchison was SCHC’s director of internship programs. Contact her at or 803-777-8555. Kathy Keenan is the new assistant director of development, assisting with fundraising activities. She has worked in the development office since 2011. Contact her at or 803-777-0620. Chappell Wilson, director of development, is in her tenth year matching the interest of potential donors with high priority projects at SCHC. Contact her at or 803-777-7511.

Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Hubbard, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Barrett H. Jones, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Anothony Schexnayder SpringTree Associates Mr. and Mrs. Ben Martin Wilson III

SAVE THE DATE . . . HOMECOMING 2015 Friday, October 16 The Capital City Club 5-7 p.m. Followed by a Street Dance at the new USC Alumni Center in the Vista More Homecoming information is on the Alumni pages of the Honors College website.


Do you know an SCHC graduate who excels professionally or who has contributed time and effort to the betterment of the Honors College or to society? A special thank you to the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation for their substantial support of the McNair Scholars Scholarship Program.

If so, please submit your nomination for the  Distinguished Honors Alumni and Distinguished Young Honors Alumni. Award recipients will be recognized at the Honors College Homecoming reception.

These lists include donors for the 2015 fiscal year

The nomination form can be found on the alumni page of the Honors College website. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2015.

(July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015) as of April 5, 2015. Every effort has been made to ensure their accuracy. For a complete list of donors, visit edu/support/donor-honor-roll-0.

Distinguished Honors Alumni must be more than 10 years removed from graduation. Distinguished Young Honors Alumni candidates must be age 35 or younger.


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Alumni News 1970 Gail Blizzard Ingram, ’78, was elected probate judge for Chesterfield County, S.C.

1980 Joel Brandon, ’82, and Stacy Burch Brandon, ’84, live in Greenville where he is a teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and she is a senior vice president with Park Sterling Bank. Stacy also is chair of the Upstate American Red Cross Board of Directors. Yu Liang Chen, ’83, will begin medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine this fall.


in Ontario. The CCIN works with Arctic and Antarctic scientists to archive and publicly share their research data and satellite imagery online. Lauren Kolowith Clark, ’94, is the research program manager in the Office of the Vice President for Research at USC. Suzanne H. Bauknight, ’94, was appointed U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville. She lives in Powell, Tenn., with her husband, Jamie, and two daughters, Tessie and Sarah. Dr. Bryce Nelson, ’95, is the medical director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the Greenville Health System. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Rebecca and Reed.

Matt Jochim, ’92, a partner at McKinsey and Co., has moved to London, England, with his family. Julie Watson Friddell, ’93, has become associate director of the Polar Data Catalogue and Canadian Cryospheric Information Network at the University of Waterloo


Teresa Wilson, ’96, is the city manager for Columbia, S.C. She was inducted into the 2014 Women’s Hall of Fame

by Southeast Small Business Magazine. Cliff Chestnut, ’98, is a senior writer at 30 Point Strategies, a strategic communications firm in Atlanta. Kim Buckner Land, ’98, received a “40 Under 40” award in 2014 from Direct Marketing News. She is a marketing instructor at USC Upstate in Spartanburg. Jamie Prince, ’99, founded Flourish Integrated Communications, a strategic communications firm in Greenville, S.C., and Flourish Events, which specializes in customcreated corporate and signature events. She spent 10 years in marketing and corporate communications in management positions at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and The Cliffs master-planned communities. She serves on Greenville Women Giving’s 10th Anniversary Committee and is active in several professional associations.

2000 Vann Holden, ’04, was recently named principal of Chapin Intermediate School

in Lexington-Richland School District Five. He was previously the school’s assistant principal. Tina L. Brown, ’03, is the executive director of the S.C. Fair Housing Center in Columbia, a non-profit organization for the enforcement of the federal Fair Housing Act. Hannah Davis Stetson, ’09, is an associate with Murphy & Grantland P.A. in Columbia, S.C., where she specializes in insurance coverage and defense.

2010 Alina Arbuthnot, ’10, graduated from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law in 2014 and joined Burr & Forman in Orlando as an associate practicing corporate and public finance law. Liz Cronin Burgess, ’10, began working for National Gypsum in Charlotte in 2012 as an R&D technician before managing the scanning electron microscope (SEM) lab. She learned SEM while working on her honors thesis with John Nelson in USC’s

biology department, and credits the university’s electron microscopy center for helping her advance her company’s use of the technology. Her work was recognized with the company’s President’s Award two consecutive years — in 2013 for analytical methods and 2014 for process training programs. Emily D. Burn, ’10, received her juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2013. She worked as a law clerk for the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office for three years during law school before joining Offender Management Services. She helped launch and now manages the Richland County office of OMS. Burn was named Employee of the Quarter within her first year of employment. Jennifer Humphrey, ’10, is an account executive at Comparion Medical Analytics in Greenville, S.C. Cynthia Harbison, ’10, received her master’s in forest resources and served in Cameroon as an agroforestry volunteer. She works

as a planning forester with the Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Wash., on the Olympic Peninsula. Jarred Morehead, ’10, completed his master’s in music in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin. In May he finished his professional studies diploma from Mannes College at the New School in New York City. This summer he is studying at the Corday Music Festival in Puigcerdà, Spain, with Yuri Kim and Oxana Yablonskaya, internationally renowned pianists. In 2013 he won the Distinction Award at the Metropolitan International Piano Competition and played a recital in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. Morehead teaches piano lessons, privately and for the New York Music School. Katie Ware Munshaw, ’10, and her husband, Saket, worked in San Francisco the past four years, where she was an alumni advisor to Chi Omega sorority at Stanford University. After travels to Thailand, Cambodia, India and Vietnam, the couple moved back to Columbia, where they opened their own business in May 2015. Southern Squeezed is a cold-pressed juice company at 1135 Lady Street. They hope to expand in the Southeast. Melanie Pozdol, ’10, earned her master’s of music performance in oboe at the Eastman

Melanie Pozdol with her quintet

School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. She has been employed for three years with the Great Falls Symphony Association in Montana as the principal oboist. She also plays oboe in the Chinook Winds quintet, Montana’s only professional wind quintet, which performs throughout Montana and the northwest. This summer, Melanie will perform with her wind quintet on Montana PBS program “11th and Grant,” at the International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles and at the International Double Reed Society conference in Tokyo. Kate Coffey, ’11, worked for two years as a research analyst at the S.C. Department of Commerce. In August 2014, she became director of research for Central SC, which promotes regional economic growth. Tas Anjarwalla, ’11, recently returned to the U.S. after three years in Turkey on a Fulbright teaching grant and newspaper work in Istanbul.

Brad Williams, ’11, recently accepted a position as a private banker at Wells Fargo in Greenville, SC. Anna Janosik Cooke, ‘12, worked with Katherine Chaddock in the USC College of Education, editing a publication, “Endurance Testing: Histories of Liberal Education in Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.” Kizer Crum, ’12, completed her third year at the USC School of Medicine in Greenville. She was one of only 13 students selected nationally by the American College of Physicians to serve on the organization’s Council of Students. Eleasa Hulon, ’13, is a student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. She married USC graduate Collin Hulon, ’11, on July 19, 2014. Justin Jensen, ’13, completed a master’s in development economics from the University of Cambridge and is now working in Dubai at Oliver Wyman, a management consulting firm.

Steven Kanczewski, ’13, graduated from Wake Forest University with a master’s in accountancy in May 2014. He lives in Charlotte, where he is an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Michael Hood, ’14, will begin his second year at the USC School of Medicine in Greenville this fall. Last summer he had a pediatric endocrinology clerkship at the Greenville Hospital System. He presented his research on the hearing impaired at the national conference of the American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association.

William Lightle, ’14, will begin his second year at the USC School of Medicine in Greenville this fall. He is involved with the Institute for Health Care Improvement, working with pharmacy students and other health professions to expand interdisciplinary learning experiences focused on improving patient care. Taylor Wapshott, ’14, will begin her second year at the USC School of Medicine in Greenville.

A few Honors College alumni enrolled at the USC School of Medicine in Greenville attended the Greenville Alumni reception in March 2015. From left, Michael Hood ’14, Eleasa Hulon ’13, Krupesh Dave ’14, Taylor Wapshott ’14, William Lightle ’14, Kizer Crum ’12, Samantha Ward ’12.

The full Class Notes section can be found on our website, Search for AHA! Archives. We would like to include you in the Alumni News section. Please send us your news or update your contact information at Search Keep In Touch. Also, connect with other Honors College alumni with LinkedIn by joining the group, South Carolina Honors College Alumni. A direct link is on our alumni website.


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As Gamecocks, our imagination has No Limits. Chris King (USC Class of ’93), Michael Sechrest (SCHC Class of ’94), and Greg Croft (SCHC Class of ’00)

The otherworldly forests of “Avatar” and futuristic backdrops of “Tomorrowland” might seem a world away, but they first took root in Columbia, S.C. Encouraged by their Carolina engineering professors, Michael Sechrest and Chris King got things started in USC’s Technology Incubator. Since then, the team at IDV Inc. has turned SpeedTree software into the industry standard for creating lush, highly realistic environments for movies and video games. This year they joined Hollywood’s A-list when they received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award in Beverly Hills, where they thanked family, friends and “USC — that’s Gamecocks, not Trojans.”

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