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nursing on the go

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the sickest people in each hospital he worked in.

and see the diversity

And he worked in a lot of hospitals.

of different hospitals,” he said. It was also

to job. Instead he worked as a traveling nurse,

his foot in the

spending weeks at various hospitals and filling in

door of the

where he was needed.

critical care

He worked in a burn unit and a newborn

unit, a competitive job in a

worked in neurotrauma.

hospital, he said. “They realized I

Smith said. “And you have to be confident and

was excited and wanted

competent. From day one, you’re taking care

to learn. I wasn’t scared.” he

of patients.”


Travel nurses can be called to hospitals around

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“You have to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together

nursery. He worked in a heart monitor unit. He “You have to be willing to go anywhere,”

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to see different hospitals

sor in the College of Nursing, didn’t hop from job

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the insid


For more than 15 years, Craig Smith cared for

The critical care nurse, now a clinical profes-


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Smith knew he wanted to work in critical

the country, filling in slots until a full-time nurse

care where he could focus on a few patients

can be found. Smith traveled to hospitals around

versus entire units. He said he wanted to face

South Carolina, working in various units where

the challenge of caring for these patients, who

he was needed.

are often on multiple medicines and in need of

to prevent that patient from getting worse.” “It makes me think more. You have to be able to understand the human body, understand lab work, understand X-rays,” he said. “You have to be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together to prevent that patient from getting worse. I like that complex, high-level thinking.”

“For me, it was about the adventure. I was able

constant attention.


Wouldn’t it be great, Patricia Moore-Pastides

gardening tips, recipes and cooking methods

asks, if children grew up knowing how to

that foster a happy, healthy relationship with

grow and cook their own fresh food? Or if

good food.

people didn’t have to change their eating habits when they hit 40 because they’d been

“We are beginning to see school-based vegetable gardens and more attention being paid

living a healthful lifestyle from their

to starting younger and growing your own

early years?

vegetables. It’s a perfect time to approach a

The key might just be in the

younger audience. This book can be used by

USC first lady’s new book, “Greek

teens, college students, anyone who’s a novice

Revival from the Garden, Growing

in the garden or the kitchen, but I’m really

and Cooking for Life.” The garden-

excited about the concept of it being a ‘family’

ing/cookbook, which is among

book,” Moore-Pastides says. “We know that

the first books published as part

if children can get their hands in the dirt and

of the new Young Palmetto Books

plant seeds, they are much more excited about

series, targets teens and young

trying vegetables.”

adults. Focusing on the time-

­—Megan Sexton

tested Mediterranean diet, it offers guidance for ways to pursue healthy eating — starting from the ground up — ­ and includes

Moore-Pastides’ book will be available at the S.C. Book Festival May 17-19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.


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A druggist’s delight The small museum at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy’s


Columbia campus celebrates a simpler time when ice cream sodas were served up alongside prescriptions. The curios con-

uring spring break,

tained in the space also demon-

11 faculty, staff

strate the lasting importance

and administra-

— and sometimes mysterious

tors from across

nature — of the profession.

the university

The counter at the College of

took part in USC’s

Pharmacy’s museum, which is


stocked with items donated by


alumni and friends of the col-

program designed

lege, was created more than a

to give educators a

decade ago with assistance from

chance to visit study abroad sites in Europe.

the South Carolina State Museum.

Led by Jennifer Engel, director of study

It’s located on the first floor of the

abroad, and Jimmie Gahagan, director of student

Coker Life Sciences building and is

engagement, the program allowed the group

a standing reminder to the impor-

to meet with USC students at each location to

tance the local pharmacy has in health care and Americana.

“This was such a great learning experience

­— Jeff Stensland

and it feels great to have learning and cultural enrichment be valued and be necessary parts of my job. It just made me more enthusiastic than ever to encourage students to study abroad.” – Jay Pou, undergraduate student services, department of psychology “Study abroad has become a necessity for


our students, as we see the world shrink, opportunities and jobs expand globally, and competition grows with fierce determinism. The visit to each institution served to reinforce my opinion that these programs are among the best that our students can choose to learn languages

Tim Carroll is a father of three, an assistant professor of management and director of the Professional MBA program at the Darla Moore School of Business. The PMBA program was ranked last month among the top 20 professional MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report.  

and cultures on their study abroad ventures.” – Loren Knapp, assistant dean for academic affairs and advising for College of Arts and Sciences. “After this experience I have an added dimension to what I offer to the university. Yes, my job is the same as it has always been. Now I can relate in many ways that I couldn’t before.” – Beth Busby, administrative coordinator for the International Business Department, Moore School of Business

Favorite book

Newest obsession

“How Soccer Explains the World,” by Franklin

Tennis. I played Water Polo in high school,

Foer. It’s been described as Nick Hornby

but it’s much easier to get a game of tennis

meets Tom Friedman.


Favorite escape

Surprising admission

The beach. I grew up in Southern California,

I started the university as an engineering ma-

experience, to be a part of a faculty-led program

but I like the South Carolina beaches better.

jor, transferred colleges twice and graduated

themselves, and to see where students live, go to

with an undergraduate degree in philosophy.

class and intern,” Engel said.

Favorite movie

their experiences abroad back to campus.

Biggest fear That someone will read this.

Personal quirk(s) Too many to list.

Memorable tradition Making Sunday morning pancakes. It’s about the only cooking I can do reasonably well aside from grilling.

Caddyshack. Anyone who can quote from the

talk about their experiences — ­ as they were happening. “Our goal was to provide participants with the opportunity to live the student study abroad

Participants are now in the process of bringing “We encouraged participants to reflect on

movie is OK in my book.

what they were experiencing, and challenged

Unwinding time

them to think about how it was impacting them

The Harbor Master app on the iPad. I’ve gotten to an embarrassing level of proficiency.

personally and professionally. The effects of this experience will be significant for the students we work with,” she said.

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! Delicious. Entertaining. Memories. Engaging. Comfort. That’s how students in Rico Reed’s University 101 classes have described the casual dinners he hosts each semester at his home. Reed, who teaches the class when he isn’t working with the

A spiritual life in pictures

National Resource Center for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, says he has found the experience to be an important part of his class. “I think it’s important to have them see me as a real person,” Reed says. “A big

By: Frenche

part of the course is opening up and shar-


ing. This helps them relate to me as an

Once a year as a child, Minuette Floyd’s entire family went away to camp. They didn’t hike. They didn’t

instructor and to see where I come from.” Reed’s dinners are a part of Dinner Dialogues, which offers instructors a

sing around the campfire. There was singing though — of church hymns. These fellowship services were special gatherings held

unique way to increase interaction with

at rural campgrounds called “camp meetings,” a tradition in the black community. “Going to the campgrounds was something that I looked forward to doing with my family,” says Floyd, an associate professor of art education. “I grew up attending camp meetings, and I thought everybody knew about them. When I

“I wondered ... what I could

started talking about them, I realized they didn’t.” Floyd was inspired to keep those

do to help preserve some of

stories and memories alive when she

the memories and some of

She began documenting the stories and

the stories of the elders.

started revisiting the camp meeting sites she had attended with her family. memories of the older campers through video and photography.

their students beyond the classroom

Now preserving that history in pic-

and build community. Funded by a grant

tures has become a source of spiritual

from the Parents Annual Fund, the Office

renewal for her.

of Parents Programs reimburses profes-

“I started thinking about the children who come out to the campgrounds,” she says. “I wondered what they know about the history of the camp meetings, and what I could do to help preserve some of the memories and some of the stories of

sors when they host their undergraduate class for dinner at their home. “This program is an excellent opportunity to take the classroom experi-

the elders.” Since the idea came to her, Floyd has taken thousands of photographs and captured hours of inter-

ence to another level,” says Leigh

views at the campgrounds. She hopes to turn the photographs into a book, “This Far by Faith,” and she

Hewlett Greene, coordinator of Parents

says she would like to turn a portable trailer into a traveling museum, bringing the campground history

Programs. “After the dinners, students

to those who cannot travel.

often find it easier to ask questions

By reconnecting with some old camp meeting friends, Floyd says it’s almost seemed like coming

office hours.”

home. “Since I’ve been going, I have met many people and formed lasting relationships with them,” she says.

S ystemwide

Sarah Miller, associate professor of history at USC Salkehatchie

in class or visit their professor during




—Liz McCarthy

You’ve been teacher of the year four times at USC Salkehatchie. What drives your passion for teaching? I love history and think that history is awesome, so sharing that with students is something that makes me happy. As my students engage in several activities (such as historic site visitations and song lyric analysis), they begin to understand that history is a part of their everyday life and that realization is an incentive for me. They inspire me and I hope that I inspire them.

This year you’ve been helping your student, Sabrina Driggers, develop a preservation/restoration plan for the Pon Pon Chapel of Ease as a part of a Magellan Scholar grant. Was Driggers your first Magellan student? What did you learn from the experience as a historian and a mentor? Sabrina is my first Magellan student; she and I worked though the entire Magellan procedure together. We both love Pon Pon Chapel of Ease and recognize what it meant to the community in the past and the importance of preserving it for the future.

You earned three degrees from Ohio institutions, yet you chose South Carolina. What would you want faculty and staff around the system to know about USC Salk? Salkehatchie is a great little campus — we have students engaged in research and internships, student-athletes and international students. Because we are one campus with buildings separated by 45 miles our faculty travel together, discuss research and teaching, and are genuinely friends. We are truly a Salkehatchie family.


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Not so lazy days of summer

The key to learning a language is to be immersed in it all day every day. The University of South Carolina Summer Language Institute promises to take students from zero to conversational in just eight weeks. It’s like studying abroad without the costs of traveling and hotel rooms. “It’s close to being in the country itself,” said Mark Beck, assistant chair of USC’s languages, literatures and cultures department in the College of Arts and Sciences. “You’re surrounded by the language, hearing it, learning to think in it.” Participants can earn 12 hours of credit toward their degree and will be eligible to take 300-level language courses after successfully completing the program. In summer 2013, USC will be teaching Italian and Portuguese with programs designed to enhance the understanding of the cultures of Italy and Brazil. —Page Ivey

! This May more than 30 faculty and staff members will be leading students across the world for a chance to learn in exotic locales. From German managerial accounting to service learning in Africa, from the history and culture of Japan to business in Turkey, Carolina students will be experiencing new cultures and languages firsthand. We want to know where you’re headed this summer for an upcoming feature in USC Times. Tell us where you’ll be:

+ The new Summer Language Institute is a part of the university’s On Your Time Graduation Initiative’s Summer at Carolina, creating a summer semester so students can catch up, get ahead or pursue other opportunities. it gives students flexibility in planning their course of study.


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With this spring’s rollout of OneCarolina, USC’s new system-wide digital community, the university continues a technological ascent that began way back in 1962 — with the purchase of USC’s very first computer, an IBM 1620. Two years and a few thousand punch cards later, the university added the state-of-the-art IBM 1401 mainframe pictured in this archival photo from the South Caroliniana Library. According to a company fact sheet, the 1401 featured such space age bells and whistles as “high speed card punching and reading, magnetic tape input and output, high speed printing, stored program, and arithmetic and logical ability” — in other words, we’ve come a very long way indeed. For other blasts from USC’s recent past, check out the feature “Object Lessons” in the spring 2013 issue of Carolinian magazine.

USC alumni Jonathan Mayhak, ’09, and Jason Rikard, ’10, love great food and drink. That’s why they recently created Grubbly, a free phone app and website for people in the Midlands looking to find daily specials at the area’s growing list of unique restaurants, gastropubs and food trucks. The two childhood friends from Lexington, S.C., both graduated with computer science degrees and say they want to help foster the recent growth of nonchain dining options. While they’re optimistic about the venture’s potential, they can’t quit their day jobs as programmers just yet. “It’s been expensive, but it seems like you’re taken more seriously if you’re willing to put your own time and money on the line,” Rikard says. —Jeff Stensland

uscTIMES Vol. 24, No. 8 | April 25, 2013

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Stories, snippets and scenes from the University of South Carolina. USC Times is a publication for the faculty, staff and friends of the u...

USC Times April 25, 2013  

Stories, snippets and scenes from the University of South Carolina. USC Times is a publication for the faculty, staff and friends of the u...