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September 20, 2012


A publication for faculty, staff and friends of the university

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‘we owe it to children’ Working with the early childhood program Jumpstart began as a college work-study experience for Josh GuptaKagan. That changed when one of the children he took to a nearby park bumped into the child’s brother whom he had been separated from through the foster care system.  

ugust marks two major milestones in my academic life. On Aug. 1, 1998 I joined the university as the dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. Exactly 10 years later, I became Carolina’s 28th president. Today, Patricia and I continue our unique experience of living on the Horseshoe among friendly student neighbors who cheerfully high-five me as I walk the 185 steps to Osborne. The past five years have been a whirlwind of activity and gratification. Only

45 days into the 2008 fall semester, the nation’s economy teetered on the brink

of disaster. As Time magazine reported that November, “the bad times had begun.” State budget cuts began immediately and four years later cumulative state appropriation cuts to USC totaled more than $112 million. Where state budget appropriations were once 20 percent of our budget, they had dropped to less than 10 percent. But Carolina’s story, one that I will revisit in the months ahead, illustrates how, together, as faculty,

staff, alumni and university friends, we created Focus Carolina, a comprehensive strategic plan that provided direction during turbulent times. It is the story of our remarkable tenacity: how we continued to attract the nation’s best students while recruiting the highest caliber faculty. Our story is the essence of the no limits story — a Carolina that emerged confident, ambitious and transformed into a world-class research university, recognizing that there are no limits to our future. Stay tuned. President Harris Pastides

Celebrate our university #UofSCsotu

Save the date for the State of the University Address Wednesday, Sept. 18 10 a.m. on the Historic Horseshoe

All the world’s a stage USC’s Robert Richmond is known for his imaginative and energetic revamping of Shakespeare’s work, and his take on “Twelfth Night” at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C., this summer was no less sensational. The production and the cast welcomed rave reviews from critics. And that talented cast was comW

prised of two theater students — senior theater major William


Vaughan, cast in the role of Sebastian, and MFA acting candidate




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Amanda Forstrom, who understudied the role of Viola. gh


“I am committed to professionalizing my students,” says Richmond, an associate professor in the theatre and dance department. “I believe that an apprentice system is the very best way to learn any craft, and

“I’ll never forget it. It was a vivid example of a legal issue that affected that child,” says Gupta-Kagan, who will join the School of Law this fall as a clinical faculty member specializing in legal issues affecting children and families. That experience, coupled with the influence of having parents who are child psychologists who work on child welfare issues, has helped shape GuptaKagan whose career path has taken him from Yale to New York University for law school and Washington, D.C., where he represented children in the district’s family courts. Gupta-Kagan is among 10 new faculty members who are changing the face of law education at USC. He says he was drawn to academia and law clinical education because it’s the perfect balance of writing and teaching. Not only does he write about aspects of children and family not addressed in legal literature, but he trains students to work in the legal system and be advocates for all sides of children’s and family issues. “As a society we owe it to children to figure out legal systems that can intervene as effectively as possible while respecting the rights of children as individuals and as members of their families,” Gupta-Kagan says. 

the best way to learn how to be an actor, on and off-stage, is be to around experienced professionals. This brings the classroom to the profession and the profession back into the classroom.”

– Peggy Binette


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Life at CarolinA The newest Gamecocks have moved their belongings into their on-campus homes, picked up their textbooks and eaten the first of many meals in one of USC’s dining halls. Students will head back to the classroom

The expected number of high-school


valedictorians in the

13 tons of cardboard collected and recycled during move-in weekend

6.1 million meals served annually in on-campus dining units

Services in 2012-13


an opportunity for univer-

bananas, apples and

and give back to Caro-

oranges consumed

lina. Last year, nearly 1,700

at on-campus dining

faculty and staff members


participated in the Fam-

The top five states (in order) where out-of-state freshmen

5 New Jersey

about life at Carolina.

by the Student Health

members Sept. 16. This is

Virginia, Georgia and

by-the-numbers stats

The estimated number of freshmen who will enter the

The Family Fund is kicking paign for faculty and staff

Carolina, Maryland,

latest class and other


off its annual giving cam-

hail from are North

Here’s a peek at the

flu shots administered

estimated students in the university’s freshman class

expected to be

this week.



freshman class

sity employees and retirees to show their pride


ily Fund. Employees can make their gift to any area of campus through payroll deduction, check, a debit/ credit card or electronic

undergraduates who will

funds transfer. It’s as easy

live on campus this year

as having $1 deducted per

in residence halls

pay period or making a one-time gift.

1,800 on-campus student employees


packages delivered at the Student Mail Center in 2012-13

Why do you give? “As a professor, I give as a reinvestment in the university. My annual contributions to the Family Fund help to fulfill the Carolina Promise, invest in the university’s future, and support the advancement of its teaching, research and service mission. I am confident that my gift has impact, and in that sense, the gift is more purposeful, and the act of giving is a more rewarding experi-

South Carolina Hon-


ors College this fall

—Shirley Carter, profes-




sets of twins expected in the freshman class. There is also one set of triplets.

participants in intramural sports during 2012-13

sor in the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies 10 years participation “Giving to the Family Fund means being able to give

1,250 students who

studied abroad in 2012-13, up from 1,117 the previous year

1,822 The number of students who completed a servicelearning course in 2012-13.

back to a wonderful place. I designate my small donation to staff development, helping make an impact for my fellow colleagues.” —Michael Wingate, manager of University Instructional Services 32 years participation


A celebration of India USC’s global experience spans classrooms, residence halls, stages and study abroad. Kicking up its international focus, the university will launch in September CarolIndia, a celebration of India through a series of fall and spring events. Led by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Walker Institute, CarolIndia is designed to elevate campus and community understanding of India’s growing importance as the world’s largest democracy and a rising global economy. In addition to visiting scholars and a 15-day study abroad, there will be film festivals, lectures, concerts and exhibits. Learn more about CarolIndia and this special “bhārata kā utsava” (celebration of India) online at

USC Times 8/19/2013


Five questions with Richard Southall director of the College Sport Research Institute (CSRI) 1. What does the institute do, and will the mission change at USC? The institute conducts data collection and analysis related to college sports. We will conduct research for the NCAA member athletic offices with a focus on football and men’s basketball. Our mission will not change, but we will have greater research capacity

The sports industry is a reflection of society — the good, the bad

Beyond the job

and the ugly. Sports transcend and encapsulate issues of class,

Name: Zach Kelehear

ethnicity and gender.

Day job: Associate dean for

here at USC.

2. Why did you choose sport research as a career?

3. Why is there a need for a sport research institute? College sport is a multi-billion dollar industry. We need to have the ability to conduct independent, critical research of college sport, and CSRI is the only such research entity in the United States.

academic affairs

and professor for the

College of Education

"They create out of pollen and nectar, a

Part-time passion: beekeeper

honey that's just a

Sells under label: “Z’s Bees”

4. Do you play any sports, or

Kelehear was “stung” by the

have a favorite one?

family business three years

special thing to watch”

Presently, I do not play any

ago when he was introduced

competitive sports, but

to the hobby by his father.

I am an avid mountain

When his father died, Kelehear

biker, a road biker, skier,

inherited the family beehives

scuba diver, and P90X

and brought them to his home to rebuild them. Kelehear learned that he was from a

and yoga devotee.

long line of apiarists and had even married into a family of beekeepers. “I feel it’s sort of a celebration of his legacy, and my father-in-law, my grand-

5. What goals do you have for the institute in

father and great-grandfather kept bees,” he says. “I didn’t know all of this, but it seems like a family tradition is in order.”

the next year?

Kelehear finds the collaboration of watching, supporting the bees and being a

Our goals for this coming

part of their work fascinating and therapeutic.

year are to host the seventh

“They are such focused little creatures,” he says. “They all have a task. They’re

annual CSRI conference on college sports; and complete data

all clear about their roles; they create out of pollen and nectar, a honey that’s just a

collection and begin analysis of the BCS Longitudinal Study, a

special thing to watch.”

database of the socio-demographic information on all NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Division-1 men’s basket-

Kelehear is now a member of a local bee club and discovered that several university faculty members keep bees, too.

ball players.

– Frenche Brewer

S ystemwide




What is your military background. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school. I received a commission following my first eight years of service and served for more than 20 years, completing my service as a chief warrant officer four.

How many veterans have you helped since the center opened in April? I have personally connected with more than 100 individual veteran and military students (including military-dependent students) since we opened. The conversations I have with veteran students build trust and vision supporting their education and career goals. We served together and are now enjoying our freedom together.

The center is designed to offer support and assistance to veterans as they navigate their transition back into the civilian world. Why is this important? Based on my own experience, the transition from the military is tough. Some service members transition well but many stumble. The university is an excellent place to transition. The Veteran Student Success Center is staffed with veterans who can help provide direction to the transitioning military community. Basically, the men and women are operating on campus similarly to how they did in uniform. They are looking out for one another.


USC Aiken named Randy Duckett the director of Alumni Relations and Community Partnerships.


Robert Murphy, USC Aiken’s Student Veteran’s Success Center’s program leader

USCB appointed Christine J. Ferguson chair of the Department of Education and Brigitte Ziobrowski chair of the Business Administration Department.


Thirty-nine USCL freshmen participated in Early Start, TRiO’s intensive three-week program designed to promote college readiness and success.


USC Salkehatchie hosted the Governor’s School in Technology.


More than 30 children made science fun at USC Sumter’s Science Camp this summer.


USC Union played host to a community event sponsored by Gov. Nikki Haley's Original Six Foundation.


USC Upstate’s Mary Black School of Nursing receives $350,000 in community support.


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GET CONNECTED USC can feel like a big place with more than 30,000 students and more than 6,000 employees. But across campus, faculty and staff members are carving out their own communities. Here’s just a few ways you can meet new people on campus and become a part of the Carolina community.

By Liz McCarthy

Faculty Senate USC’s Faculty Senate can be a great way to not

Social media can be a great way to interact

only meet other faculty members on campus,

with faculty and staff members from across

but to find out what is going on around campus.

campus. Here’s why some have turned to

Although senators are elected on the unit level,


anyone can attend the general meetings to get a sense of the issues being discussed. The senate generally meets the first Wednesday of each month and once during the summer. “Faculty Senate is the primary way faculty members engage in university governance,” says James Knapp, chair of the senate and professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

“at Carolina, it’s hard not to meet people just by doing things I like to do” – Maegan Gudridge, communications director for Student Affairs and Academic Support

Administrative Employees Club The Administrative Employees Club, also known as the AEC, is open to all current and retired

@ericnichols (assistant athletic director of marketing): Any marketer worth their salt will say you have 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason. I love to listen to Gamecock Country and then engage. @KatieSHambrick (assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Life): Twitter is a great way for people to see the real you. I can stay up to speed on events and share ideas with fellow staff.  @EricaJamesLake (assistant director of employer relations in the Career Center): Intrigued by information, I use Twitter for news updates & to connect with USC faculty/staff who have similar interest. We share ideas & articles. @cstegmaier (adjunct professor in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management): I meet & talk to people at @UofSC via Twitter by tweeting about the great things happening at #UofSC. Good goes around!

special events such as lunches with Gamecock coaches, community service opportunities and social hours. “You know the people in your department but maybe not others. In the AEC, you meet people from all over campus,” says Emily Davis, secretary for the club and associate director of student services for distributed learning.

Is your department looking for a teambuilding experience to take the staff to new heights? Check out the challenge course, which features a 50-foot tall alpine tower and a free-flying swing. During the summer, a pavilion and restrooms have been added to

full-time employees of the university. The club meets at various times during the year for

Challenge yourself

many service activities going on around town. Once a month, USC hosts Service Saturdays to

the facility, located between the Blatt PE Center and Bates House.

get out into the community for various projects.

Two members of the Outdoor Recreation

USC also offers weekly service projects at the

staff — Liz Jones and Blain Foley — are

Washington Street Soup Kitchen, Transitions

qualified challenge course instructors.

and City Roots.

They can provide free full- or half-day high

“Most instructors attend Service Saturdays with their classes, but several offices use Service Saturday as an office bonding activity,” says Theresa Harrison, program coordinator for Community Service Programs. “I think others take advantage of the opportunity because it’s on the weekend, and the service is already coordinated for them. It’s an easy way to get involved without a lot of preparation.”

quality team-building programs. “It was built three years ago, but programming has been limited,” said Jones, the Outdoor Rec director. “We want to market it better for all departments on campus.” Outdoor Rec is now accepting reservations for the fall semester.

Group Exercise Faculty and staff can also take advantage of USC’s various fitness programs at both the Blatt and the Strom (with a membership). Group


Exercise classes are offered throughout the week for a semester-long fee. “It’s people that I would never otherwise Outdoor Recreation USC’s Outdoor Recreation isn’t just open for students. Faculty and staff members are welcome to join any of the programs offered including adventure trips like canoeing, surfing and kayaking that are scheduled throughout the semester. “Signing up for one of our adventure trips not only exposes you to new places in the Southeast to play outdoors, but allows you to meet other people within the USC community with similar interests and establish the type of quality friendships that only come from shared experiences,” says Liz Jones, director of Outdoor Recreation. Community service The USC community is all about giving back and faculty and staff members can join in the

come in contact with and I like that it’s a mixture of students, faculty and staff,” says Alisa Liggett, who teaches a group exercise class every semester on top of working as the

Vol. 24, No.13 AUGUST 19, 2013 USC Times is published 20 times a year for the faculty and staff of the University of South Carolina by the Division of Communications.

executive director of student conduct and academic integrity. “There are people that I know and have known for years that I’ve only ever seen at the Blatt.”

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, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Managing editor: Liz McCarthy Designer: Linda Dodge Contributors: Peggy Binette, Craig Brandhorst, Frenché Brewer, Glenn Hare, Thom Harman, Chris Horn, Page Ivey, Steven Powell, Megan Sexton and Jeff Stensland Photographers: Kim Truett To reach us: 803-777-2848 or Campus correspondents: Patti McGrath, Aiken Candace Brasseur, Beaufort Shana Dry, Lancaster Jane Brewer, Salkehatchie Misty Hatfield, Sumter Tammy Whaley, Upstate

Submissions: Did you know you can submit photos, stories or ideas for future issues of USC Times? Share your story by emailing or calling Liz McCarthy at, 803-777-2848

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