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Making a Movie, Making Memories..................................................... 4 The story behind the making of the docudrama, Edgewood: Stage of Southern History

Fellowship of the Pacers.........................................................................14 Senior student-athletes share their favorite Pacers memories

Going the Extra Mile.................................................................................23 A look at the university’s most academically-challenging programs and the students involved

Carolina Couple..........................................................................................30 A Surreal Honor..........................................................................................40 The four newest inductees of the Pacer Athletics’ Hall of Fame



Chancellor Tom Hallman Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Deidre Martin Director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund Jamie Raynor ‘02 & ‘05 On the cover:

The making of Edgewood: Stage of Southern History

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Getting to Know........................................................................................38 History professor Maggi Morehouse shares insight into her life and classroom

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reetings from USC Aiken! During the 2009-2010 year, we’ve implemented new initiatives and made changes to better your university. Faculty, staff, and students are taking part in a project called “WATT We Can Do.” The major goals focus on conserving energy; reducing, and eventually eliminating, our carbon footprint; and developing a long-term sustainability and climate commitment. Higher education experts are expected to lead the way in energy conservation practices, and we are doing our part. In a six-month period in 2009, we reduced our campus’ kilowatt usage by 22%, saving more than $95,000. Cost avoidance for 2010 is estimated at $180,000. Some of the specific strategies we have put into practice include running all buildings on an energy management system, operating on a four-day summer work week (which is estimated to save approximately $35,000 over the summer), and using renewable energy sources for our Natatorium, crosswalk lights, and emergency alert system. We are also preparing for our upcoming reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Part of the process includes employing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that will impact everything we do at USC Aiken by focusing on one area of improvement. Advancing students’ critical inquiry skills is our focus. Meeting this challenge requires a comprehensive approach by all faculty, staff, and students and will utilize various methods. One of the major changes is the addition of a mandatory, one-credit hour “Critical Inquiry” course for freshmen to be offered beginning in Fall 2011. This course is only one of several strategies that we will use to develop our students’ ability to problem solve, think creatively and critically, and to formulate inquiring questions. This process should begin in the student’s first semester with us, and most importantly, it should continue for life. Lastly, I hope you’ll join us for USC Aiken’s 50th anniversary events. Our golden anniversary celebration begins in September 2011. A planning committee is at work now to organize activities and events to bring our current faculty, staff, and students together with our alumni, retirees, and the Aiken community to share memories of the past five decades. I invite your ideas and suggestions now as we design events that are of interest to you. In this issue of the USCA Magazine, you’ll find many of this past year’s success stories. As a supporter of USC Aiken, you make these stories possible. On behalf of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni, thank you for all that you do. Please visit our website,, to follow our progress with energy conservation, our QEP, and our upcoming 50th anniversary. As always, I hope to see you on campus soon. Sincerely,

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Partners in Friendship

PIF Scholarship Committee in front of Valentini’s abstract painting and sculpture ,“Galassia” back row, left to right: Robert Alexander, Bill Gassman, Silvia Olabuenaga, George Custodi, Joan Bondor, Gail Boulé, Janice Jennings, and Elizabeth Benton seated, left to right: Ernest Squarzini and Tom Hallman


artners in Friendship (PIF), an organization dedicated to international cultural enrichment and appreciation, recently announced the creation of a permanently endowed scholarship to fund international study in Italy. “The Valentini—Partners In Friendship Endowed Scholarship Fund” was established “to honor the life, talents, and contributions of world-renowned Italian artist Livio Orazio Valentini,” said Dr. Robert Alexander, chair of the scholarship committee and distinguished chancellor emeritus. Valentini passed away in July 2008 at the age of 87 and was the “heart and soul of the sister-city partnership between Aiken and Orvieto, Italy,” said Alexander. As part of the sister-city relationship, Valentini visited Aiken several times, while PIF members visited Orvieto. USC Aiken hosted a major art exhibit of Valentini’s, and the artist served as a visiting professor on campus.

The scholarship will be awarded to students in their sophomore or junior year of study to fund a semester or summer of study at a college or university in Italy, preferably in the greater Orvieto/Umbria area. Ernest Squarzini, president of the PIF board, stated, “This scholarship will further the education of deserving students, while recognizing the many and varied contributions of Livio Valentini to the arts community. “ Chancellor Tom Hallman said the scholarship will be most helpful by permitting students to experience a country and culture other than their own. “It will be wonderful for one of our students to study art in the same environment that inspired Mr. Valentini.” According to George Custodi, co-founder with Valentini of PIF and the sister-city partnership, “Valentini’s memory lives on through his art.” Hallman concluded, “Now, through this generous scholarship, his memory will also live through today’s students.”


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Making a Movie, Making Memories by Deidre Martin

Renowned Aikenite Eulalie Salley once said:

“Don’t you know, the things of this earth are just loaned to us for a little while…”

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ver the past two years, I have had the incredible experience of working on a project that is hard to describe in words alone. It’s a project centered on a special house and its people … a house that history has “loaned” to the University of South Carolina Aiken for safekeeping … a house with a story to tell.

business women and was also a leader in the women’s suffrage movement. The docudrama tells the stories of the many people who lived, worked and visited the house in its 180 years of existence including stories of: the Antebellum era, the Pickens visit to Czarist Russia, the War Between the States, the Suffrage movement, the Winter Colony settlement in Aiken, the Civil Rights Era, and the impact of the Savannah River Site on Aiken.

compels people to “love” it and want to care for it. It’s difficult to think of any other reason that the house still stands today after sitting in disrepair in Edgefield for many years and surviving the two moves. The idea for the project had its inception more than eight years ago. Inspired by what I had learned about the house and its history, I sought the USC Aiken administration’s support to begin an annual symposium during Women’s History Month to remember the two remarkable women who lived in the house.

The project is “Edgewood: Stage of Southern History,” a docudrama Moved twice in its many years and of the more than 180 years of now in its third location as the history that have occurred in the PickensSalley House. The house was originally known as Edgewood, and over the years it has served as the stage for many important periods in Southern history. Originally built in 1829 in Edgefield, South Carolina for secessionist governor Francis W. Pickens, the house was home to two remarkable women, Lucy Edgewood production team (from left to right): Chris Saxon Koelker, Maggi Morehouse, Holcombe Barbara Morgan, Deidre Martin, and Judith Goodwin Pickens and Eulalie Chafee Salley. oldest building on the USC Aiken The Pickens-Salley Symposium Lucy was known as the “Queen campus, the Pickens-Salley House on Southern Women began in of the Confederacy” and was the gives our modern campus a special 2003 and each year featured only woman to be featured on tie to the history of our area. I’ve Southern women and their impact Confederate currency. Eulalie was said often throughout this project on history. At the conclusion of one of South Carolina’s earliest that it is almost as the house the 2008 symposium, Dr. Maggi 6

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Morehouse and I put our heads together and decided we needed to tell the stories of the house. Dr. Morehouse said, “Let’s make a movie about it.” I said, “We don’t know anything about making movies.” And she said, “Well, why should that stop us,” and the docudrama project was underway. Without a doubt, the women of the house were the center of the story from the very beginning. As we began planning, it also became clear that a team of women was coming together to make the project a reality. I became the Executive Producer. Dr. Morehouse was our Assistant Director and Historical Consultant. Chris Koelker was our Director. Judith Goodwin was the “voice” of Edgewood. Barbara Morgan was our historical stylist. What our official titles don’t reveal is the personal responsibility each of us took and the many roles we eagerly embraced – from casting to costumes to props to serving as extras. There was nothing this group of women wouldn’t do to make Edgewood a success. Equally important was the opportunity to involve our students in the process. Many students were involved in the filming, acting and research for the project. We even put one of the most important aspects of the project – the soundtrack – into the hands of a student. JR. Hall ‘09 is the USC Aiken graduate and current graduate student at USC Columbia who wrote the original music and supervised its recording for the project. Another special aspect of the project is that we received so much support from so many people and organizations. Our

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Chris Saxon Koelker, Director “Never, in my more than two decades in media production, have I had a more rewarding, collaborative experience than in the creation of Edgewood. From conception to completion--events, people and circumstances were almost eerily perfect. The right cast members showed up with impeccable timing. The facts that held the narration together showed themselves when I wasn’t quite sure where the story might lead next. And as incredible as it seems, the house became more and more of a real, living character to all of the people involved in the production of the movie. By the time we had wrapped, we all hated to leave her because she had become so precious to each one of us.”

Maggi Morehouse, Assistant Director/Historical

Consultant and Associate Professor of History at USC Aiken “For me, there were many brilliant moments in the filming and production of Edgewood: Stage of Southern History. Especially significant for me, were the times that students reenacted African American life associated with the Pickens-Salley House. I have used documentaries in the classroom when I am teaching African American history, and I know the impact film can have on student learning. When my students took their knowledge of slavery and brought that to life as we filmed the story of a young enslaved child dying, I was brought to tears by the sensitive portrayals these students brought to this difficult scene. And we had to shoot and reshoot from different angles, on a 100-degree day inside a dark “slave cabin.” Each time I witnessed this reenactment I was emotionally affected. When we watched the “dailies” on the monitor and witnessed how the medium of film conveyed this aspect of African American life during slavery, all of us—teachers, students, filmmakers—were able to feel and experience in some small way what it must have been like for the enslaved men and women who lived on the Edgewood plantation. To be part of this visual illustration, as difficult as the topic is to discuss and teach, was the most meaningful aspect of my involvement with this film. And now I know the story will continue on for future students and educators to experience.”


Barbara Morgan, Historical Stylist “I came to be a part of Edgewood after the project was well underway. Chris recruited me shortly before the actual filming was to begin. She assured me that a long career as a prosecuting trial attorney was the perfect background for helping prop a film. It wasn’t long before I realized how right she was. A film is shaped by props in the same way a trial is shaped by evidence. Planning and preparation are the necessities because unpredictability is the reality of both endeavors. What matters in a trial is what is presented to the jury and what matters in a movie is what is captured by the camera. The pace for the prop crew is ever-changing—in one day we could do a picnic, a wedding and even a funeral or two! The most amazing part for me was seeing how history being remade could have such a powerful affect on all those involved. The scene in the slave cabin … the young man being “led” with a rope around his waist …I could go on and on about so many scenes and incredible things that happened, but in the end it all comes down to the amazing people involved in this project. They knew there was a story which needed to be told and the shared love and desire to see that it was done. Simply amazing.”

Judith Goodwin, The Voice of Edgewood and Major Gifts Officer at USC Aiken

“How fortunate I was to be asked to be the narrator for this exquisite work of art. I feel a special kinship with the team of women I worked with and with the women who lived in this house. Being the “voice of the house” solidifies this feeling of being one of the Edgewood women. When this project began, I had no idea of the measure of quality that would result. I think it is best described by the selection written by our student soundtrack composer, JR. Hall, entitled, “Struck by Beauty.” Several times I have been overcome with the beauty of the project. The first was when I heard JR.’s music that he had composed for the film. It was right after we had completed our first weekend of filming and I had seen the Pickens characters come to life. The music completely fit and I knew we had something very special on our hands. As the project progressed, I saw everything just fall into place in the most perfect way. It was a dream of a lifetime fulfilled to be involved in the making of this film.”

Deidre Martin, Executive Producer

and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement at USC Aiken “One of the best moments for me in the making of Edgewood was the story of Lucy Dugas Tillman, granddaughter of Lucy and Francis Pickens. Her story in the early 1900s had a tremendous impact on the women’s suffrage movement when her husband took their children and deeded them to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman. Lucy Tillman fought for years in the court system to regain custody of her children at great personal and financial cost. The case was the big news of the day and even appeared in the New York Times in 1910. Really special to me was that we filmed the courtroom scene of the trial in the Edgefield County Courthouse almost 100 years to the day that it actually occurred. It was a very moving experience for me as a woman. It was also one of the pivotal moments in Eulalie Salley’s life and fired her passion as a suffragette. Talk about reliving history!” 8

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primary sponsors were The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area, The Humanities Council of South Carolina, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, the Porter Fleming Foundation, the SC League of Women Voters, the American Association of University WomenAiken Branch, and the Julian B. Salley, Jr. Pickens-Salley House Endowment at the University of South Carolina Aiken. As one can tell from viewing the credits for the docudrama, there were hundreds of other individuals and organizations who stepped forward to make this project a reality. This was indeed one of the most affirming experiences for all of us associated with the project. On March 29 and 30, we showed the docudrama to an enthusiastic audience and the response has been amazing. One of my goals has always been to make history come alive for people who might otherwise find it irrelevant or boring. To that end, our next step is to take Edgewood on the road to audiences outside of Aiken and to take it into South Carolina middle schools. To this end, USC Aiken education major Lauren Stephens, has written a curriculum that will accompany the film allowing it to be part of the learning process when South Carolina history is taught in the eighth grade in Aiken and across the state. Eulalie was right. We only have the things of this earth for a little while. This project has taught me to savor the special moments and to find ways to share those special moments with those who walk behind me.

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DVDs, CDs, and posters of the movie available by calling 803.641.3630 or visiting The house was originally known as Edgewood and over the years it has served as the stage for many important periods in Southern history. Originally built in 1829 in Edgefield, South Carolina for secessionist governor Francis W. Pickens, the house was home to two remarkable women, Lucy Holcombe Pickens and Eulalie Chafee Salley.


Music Man


SC Aiken’s Music Program was boosted in the spring semester with the addition of renowned conductor Joseph Jennings. The music director emeritus of the two-time GRAMMY®-winning ensemble, Chanticleer, joined the music faculty as an artist-in-residence. During Jennings’ appointment, he has served as the conductor for Canticum Novum, an auditioned chamber ensemble that specializes in the performance of early and contemporary choral music. He has also worked with the ensembles at the university and has led clinics for high school and community choral ensembles in the Aiken and Augusta, Ga. areas.


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by Jennifer Conner “Joe is a wonderful presence in the music program,” said Dr. Joel Scraper, assistant professor of music. “He has brought his wealth of experience, knowledge, and excellence with him and has high expectations of the students in the choral program. He understands the competitive market for musicians today and creates an atmosphere where our students are challenged, so they may use these newfound skills as they embark on their careers.” Originally from Augusta, Jennings described the Music Program as “a small department where students don’t get lost in the shuffle.” He continued, “It’s nice to bring back some of my experiences to the community where I’m from.”

Jennings joined Chanticleer as a countertenor in 1983 and shortly thereafter assumed the title of Music Director, which he held until 2008. A prolific composer and arranger, Jennings provided the group with some of its most popular repertoire, most notably spirituals, gospel music, and jazz standards. Under his direction, Chanticleer released 30 critically-acclaimed recordings, including the GRAMMY®Award-winners “Colors of Love” and “Lamentations and Praises” and has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls.

Kristen Hartley, senior music education major and Canticum Novum member, said “Mr. Jennings is an amazing conductor and director. It is an honor to have been in a choir that was directed by him. I learned a lot about expressing music on a whole different level. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have been in his presence.” “Working with the young ladies was an exciting and rewarding experience, and they worked very hard,” Jennings commented. “We had a great time, and I’m looking forward to next semester. We can continue to build on what we started this spring. We got off to a great start.” Liz Blount, student and Masterworks Chorale member, described, “Joe Jennings has enormous energy. You know, the French term for one who leads a rehearsal is a répétiteur, and that fits Joe perfectly. ‘Let’s do that again,’ he says, and we’re asked to plow ahead repeating the same passage, maybe two more times. And often, without much correction from him, we repeat. This puts the onus on the singer, to think about how to make it better, to start listening to what’s going

on around you; you self-correct, and you assume the responsibility for making good music.” Jennings said, “Reconnecting with the community and arts culture here in Aiken has been nice after being all over the country.” He continues this connection as he leads a choir at USC Aiken this summer, and he will conduct a men’s ensemble this fall. “Most importantly,” concluded Scraper, “Joe cares about the students – they know he has their best interests at heart.”


SOBA Alumni Band: (l-r) Bill Irwin ‘93, Professor Mike Ritchie, Mark Ferriter, Chad Matthews ‘96, Jeff Mastromonico ‘00 & ‘08, and Darrell Rains ‘79

Communication professors Peggy Elliott and Charmaine Wilson welcome alumni

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lumni Pacers have got game! And hundreds of them brought it back to campus over Homecoming 2010 weekend on February 19-20th. We honored outstanding Pacers at the Hall of Fame Induction dinner and ceremony on Friday night. On Saturday, our athletic alumni showed the current teams that they’ve still got it with some great alumni games. Our alumni families had a terrific time at the carnival, School of Business Administration barbeque, the Alumni VIP room drop in, and the Watering Hole on Saturday as well! Mark your calendars now for next year’s Homecoming festivities February 11-12, 2011!

Women’s Basketball Alumni: (l-r) Julie Szabo Major ‘03, Katie Palizza Johnson ‘03, Erica Larsen ‘04, Jami Cornwell ‘04, Allison Nold ‘01, Jennifer Kennedy ‘03, Janell Gerk ‘02, and Katie Gebhardt ‘05


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Derek Moore (back center) and friends at his induction into the USC Aiken Hall of Fame

Men’s basketball alumni, players, and coaches

Children of alumni enjoy the carnival

Alumni couples catch up: (l-r) Carrie Soule Davis ‘05, Mark Davis ‘04, Donald Miles ‘04, and Delia Fox Miles ‘05


Fellowship of Pacers

by Brian Hand


amaraderie, of French origin, basically means a strong rapport among friends.


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This word means so much more to senior student-athletes. It is a great way, in one word, to summarize just what it has meant for them to be a Pacer.

left page – top left: Leanna Bussey; center left: Casey McMasters; bottom left: Mathilde Grenet; right: Justin Thompson right page – left: Gary Asbill; center: Seth Leonard; right: Annie Whitley

Senior volleyball player Lauren Cedeno ‘10 from Jacksonville, Fla. explained it best when she was asked what she would miss most about being a student-athlete. “I’m going to miss the camaraderie among all the teams here,” said Cedeno. “No matter what sport you played, you had so much support from the other teams.” Cedeno’s declaration breaks down what it means to be a part of the Pacer family, that you are forever tied to the university. Not all student-athletes have the same experience, but they all have many of the same travails such as time management, academic expectations, and commitment to their sport. Pacer women’s soccer player Annie Whitley ‘09 graduated with a double major in chemistry and biology. She made her way back to USC Aiken for the annual athletic banquet in April 2010. When asked what she missed most about being at USC Aiken, she replied, “The thing I miss the most is my relationship to my teammates.” Women’s basketball player Cameron Crapps ’10 of Elizabethton, Tenn. also noted that she will probably miss her friendship with her teammates the most, but “mostly I will miss the everyday routine that a student-athlete has. It is a totally different experience than a normal student at USC Aiken.”

Why USC Aiken? “Aiken is a great area,” said men’s basketball player Casey McMasters ’10 of Harrisburg, Pa. “I came from a big city, and Aiken kind of feels like it is separate from other areas. There aren’t too many distractions here, which allows you to focus on school and for me, basketball. I think I made a great decision to come to USC Aiken.” Fellow men’s basketball teammate and Keystone State native Seth Leonard ‘10 (York, Pa.) echoed McMasters’ sentiments about the move South to attend college. “I feel that it was a great decision to come to USC Aiken,” noted Leonard. “I ran into a great group of guys to play basketball with over the course of my five years here.” Leonard continued, “I could have attended a lot of places, and I would have met interesting people anywhere that I would have gone. But, it still wouldn’t be like here. This is a special place.” Jakub Gadomski ’10 exits the men’s basketball program along with McMasters and Leonard, but his experience differs because he came to the University from Poland. “The people here are just great,” he noted. “To me that is what going to USC Aiken is all about. The community, the students; everyone just embraces the student-athletes.”


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ver the past year, USC Aiken has had several former student-athletes head to the professional ranks. The men’s basketball program has seen five of its former standouts go on to the professional ranks. In fact, former Pacer greats Kingsley Oguchi ‘09 (second from top) and Brian Egwuatu ‘09 are both playing for the same team in Kereven de Energia in Finland. The duo joins three others from the highly successful 2007-09 USC Aiken men’s basketball era to ink a professional contract in the past few months. Jeremy Fears signed during the offseason with DEKE of the Hungarian A Division. Cody Ballard (bottom) is playing for the Columbus Crush of the American Basketball Association (ABA) presently. Former men’s basketball All-American Chris Commons signed a professional contract with BSV Wulfen of the Basketball Regionalliga in Germany. It was the second professional team that Commons had signed with since departing USC Aiken. Commons started his professional career in October of 2009 with Al Itihad Basketball Club of the Bahrain Premier Basketball League. Commons was very successful in his first professional contract, averaging a double-double with 35 points and 10.7 rebounds per game during his time with Al Itihad. The women’s basketball team also had two of its former standouts play professionally. Megan Starnes ‘09 realized her professional dreams by signing with an agent and spending a couple months in France playing professional women’s basketball. Catherine Cain (center) is currently playing for the Columbus Hidden Gems of the Women’s Blue-Chip Basketball League. Justin Fry ’09, a former baseball pitcher, is playing in the French Elite League in France. Pitcher Chad Benefield 16

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signed a professional contract with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent Northern League in June. Former golf standout Scott Brown (top) earned a spot on the Nationwide Tour in 2010 in the final stage of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School. Brown is a fulltime member of the Nationwide Tour for the first time this year. His appearance in the final stage of the PGA Tour’s “Q School” was his first. A three-time NCAA Division II All-America selection and a member of all three of USC Aiken’s NCAA Division II National Championship teams, Brown in four previous appearances had never made it past the second stage. He earned the spot in the final stage of “Q School” by finishing second in the second stage of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School at the Callaway Gardens Mountain View Golf Course in Pine Mountain, Ga. with a four-round score of 270. The final round was on Saturday, Nov. 21. The year before, playing on the eGolf Professional Tour, Brown finished first on the money list at $142,362. He finished the year with two wins. In total between the eGolf and the NGA Hooters Tour, Brown finished his previous year with more than $152,000 in earnings. Former men’s soccer standout John Lesko (fourth from top) recently inked a professional contract with the Athletic Club of St. Louis of the United States Soccer Federation Division II Professional League. A 6-foot-3 defender out of Richland, Wash., Lesko was named to the 2009 Daktronics NCAA Division II Southeast Region Men’s Soccer Second Team. He was also chosen to the 2009 Peach Belt Conference All-Conference team. The newest Pacers to go on to the professional ranks join an impressive contingent of former USC Aiken studentathletes to take their game to the next level. They will not be the last!

Academically Strong Upon their arrival in Aiken, these student-athletes became a part of not only a strong athletic tradition, but also a challenging academic environment.

For cross country runner Jani Linde ‘10 of Columbia, S.C., it was the work that she had put in during all four of her years culminating in a great senior year that helped her

Student-athletes set records in the classroom in the 20092010 year with an average GPA of 2.956, the highest-ever. One hundred six, or 53%, of student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.00 or higher for the year. Six programs had an average team GPA above 3.00. Thirteen Pacers in the fall and 14 in the spring earned perfect 4.00 GPAs. Eight of these student-athletes achieved a 4.00 throughout both semesters: Stephanie Humphrey (women’s tennis), Cassey Lloyd (women’s soccer), Kyle Maguire (women’s soccer), Thomas McLeod (baseball), Svetlin Penchev (men’s soccer), Lauren Stephens (women’s cross country), Tripp Warrick (baseball), and Nicole Westphal (women’s soccer).

Memories In addition to the fellowship of their fellow studentathletes, the Pacer alumni will also miss the top-level action they have experienced in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC). Some do go on to the professional ranks, but as is in the case in most of college athletics programs, the majority will move on to new adventures. North Augusta High School (S.C.) product Justin Thompson will always fondly remember his first hole-in-one. “We were at a tournament in Rhode Island, and it was my first one ever, so that was really cool. I was actually playing with two guys on different teams in the tournament that I grew up playing with in junior golf. It was a par 3, 190 yards out. I hit a five-iron. I still have the five-iron as well as the ball…it was really sweet.” “My favorite on-field moment is when we beat Lander (2-1) during my freshman year,” noted men’s soccer senior Corey Adamson from Clearwater, Fla. Women’s tennis player Mathilde Grenet said her favorite moment came this year. A native of Doumont, France, Grenet recalls it was when the Pacers were able to knock off nationally-ranked Erskine. “It was special,” she noted. Batesburg, S.C. native, Gary Asbill, affectionately known as “G,” has a couple favorite moments as a Pacer, and they both happen to have come against UNC Pembroke. “This year when Nick Aranas (Lexington, S.C.) hit a walk-off home run against UNC Pembroke, and last year at UNC Pembroke when we clinched the Peach Belt Conference. We dog-piled…it was just pretty exciting.”

left: Lauren Cedeno ‘10; right: Jakub Gadomski ‘10

earn Co-MVP honors with Nicole Maitland (Chapin, S.C.) during the 2009 season. “In a lot of races this year,” said Linde, “I finished in the top 10, and that for me was a big accomplishment because other years I had been injured. This year I was healthy.” Filipe Garcia joined the men’s tennis squad from Valinhos, Brazil. He said his favorite moments as a Pacer are based around the Pacers’ reaching as high as fifth nationally in the 2009 season. He claims his favorite Pacer athletics memory came “during the regionals last year when we played Armstrong Atlantic State in the regional final. To make it that far and finish fifth in the nation that was pretty good.”

Reflections on 2009-2010 The 2009-2010 athletic year was a strong one for the Pacers. The department saw three of its teams move on to NCAA regional play, and five teams were nationally-ranked at one point during the season. USC Aiken also had four teams regionally ranked at some point during their season.


There have been many special moments on and off the field such as the dedication of the university’s on-campus cross country facility, “Pacer Path.” This four-mile-long, 15-feet-wide grass and earth multipurpose trail is located on property adjacent to the USCA Convocation Center. It was built to NCAA standards and is the only course at a PBC school. The facility was inducted the same year that the cross country team advanced to their third consecutive NCAA regional. The dance team continued their dominance in the conference, winning their third consecutive PBC championship. The Pacers made their third appearance in the finals of the National Collegiate Dance Team Competition and finished in sixth place. The men’s basketball team had a year to remember. In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the Pacers downed two top 15 teams during the season and

All of this is why McMasters and Gadomski both noted how special not only this year was, but the team overall. “We just really enjoyed being around each other; everyone got along really well and outside of losing some games here and there it was a great season,” said Gadomski. McMasters explained, “I think winning the PBC Tournament had a lot to do with how close we were as a team.” After the tragic departure of Javonte Clanton, who would have been on the squad this season, it was a bittersweet season. “I have mixed emotions about this year,” noted Leonard. “It was a good overall year in that we were able to keep the tradition going. We didn’t accomplish everything that we wanted to, but overall we had a great time.” The USC Aiken family did all the right things to honor the legacy of Clanton by contributing to his namesake scholarship. Eventually, the scholarship became fully endowed, with the final gift given fittingly by a student. Clanton’s legacy was further honored on an evening that will always be remembered by fans as his number was chanted and his photo displayed on the scoreboard in the waning moments of USC Aiken’s 71-68 victory over No. 6 Augusta State on January 25, 2010.

Going Forward This year’s senior class is one that will truly be missed. Although they might be done playing as a Pacer, they will always be a part of the Pacer family.

left: Cameron Crapps ‘10; right: Corey Adamson ‘10

advanced to their third straight NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. The Pacers had the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Southeast Regional due to their winning of the 2010 PBC Tournament Championship at the Convocation Center in early March. The men’s basketball program has won a school-record 72 games over the last three seasons. The 72 victories over the three-year span are the most in the Palmetto State among all levels of college basketball. Under the guidance of Vince Alexander, the Pacers have become a national force in NCAA Division II over the past three seasons.


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Dance team member Leanna Bussey of North Augusta, S.C. remarked that what she will miss most about USC Aiken is being part of a team. “I’m going to miss performing at the games the most,” she said. “They’re so much fun.” “I feel like the sky is the limit for me in the future,” said Leonard. “USC Aiken is a great institution, and I feel like it prepared me for anything that I will face in the world in the future. I know things I learned here in the classroom and on the court will help lead towards future success.” McMasters wrapped a bow on his time at USC Aiken succinctly with the profound statement: “There is nowhere else like USC Aiken in Division II. Everybody gets along here. It is just a great place.”

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Baseball: Highest national ranking was sixth; Surpassed 30 wins to leave the program having won 30 or more games in each of the last 10 seasons Men’s Basketball: Won PBC Tournament; Advanced to NCAA Division II Tournament for third straight year; Won a NCAA Tournament game for second straight year with win over Georgia College & State Women’s Basketball: Finished season by winning nine of their last 13 games; School-record fourth straight season with 15 or more wins Cross Country: Season ended with Pacers earning their third ever trip to the NCAA Regional; Competed in eight meets against 64 teams; Finished second among NCAA Division II schools at USC Invitational Golf: Highest National Ranking was 10th; Finished second in the 2010 PBC Men’s Golf Championship; Finished in the top 10 in five tournaments over the course of the 2009-2010 season Men’s Soccer: Closed out regular season with three consecutive victories, which included a 3-2 upset victory over 13th-ranked Anderson at the “Pacer Pit” Women’s Soccer: Ended season honored as one of the top 20 most improved soccer teams in all of NCAA Division II; won four of their final five matches Softball: Highest national ranking was 13th; Pacers participated in PBC Tournament semifinals for second consecutive season Men’s Tennis: Highest national ranking was 17th; Pacers made fifth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance; Won three of their last five matches Women’s Tennis: Won three of their last five matches; The three wins were part of a season-high tying threematch winning streak; Acquired four PBC wins for the third time in the last four seasons Volleyball: Ranked third in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region poll for much of the 2009 season



Dedicated people. Dedicated energy. “You tell us you’re counting on SCE&G to provide clean, reliable energy for the future. So, my work today focuses on our state’s energy needs 10 years from now. The reality is, as South Carolina’s population continues to grow, so does the need for more electricity. That’s why we’re building additional nuclear generation.” SCE&G employees are dedicated to making sure you’ll always have the energy you need—now and into the future.

Johnnie Waller, SCE&G Engineer


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marks USC Aiken’s 50th anniversary. Plans for our anniversary celebration are underway, and we hope that you’ll join us for the events surrounding this milestone. Visit to find out more.

We are gathering nominations for the “Top 50 in 50,” a list of some of the most important individuals and organizations in the university’s history. We invite you to nominate a person or organization before December 15, 2010. Each nomination must include: the name of the individual or organization being nominated, a brief statement explaining why this nomination should be considered, and the name and contact information of the nominator. Nominations may be submitted online at or by mail to: USC Aiken, Campus Box 42 (attn: 50th Anniversary), 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801

Three USCA Graduates working together in Printing, Fulfillment, and Mailing. Jacob Cook, a 2010 graduate and Marketing Major is working as a Printing Specialist. “As a part of one of the fastest growing Printing and Fulfillment companies in the state, I am challenged to stay ahead of the curve with innovative ideas that will help us stay competitive in our market.” Wyatt Boylston, a 2009 graduate and Marketing Major is working as a Fulfillment Specialist. “Having the responsibility to set up and learn new software that enables us to completely handle all of our clients’ needs is exciting, the possibilities are endless and there are new challenges every day.”

Robert Davis, a 2006 graduate and Management Major is working as a Mailing Manager. “My challenge is to stay informed about all the new postal regulations and to make sure our customers get the full benefit of time and money saved, because there is more to postage than stamps.” 345 Dreher Road, West Columbia, SC 29169 - (803) 791-1786

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hen someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. ~Author Unknown

ALUMNI Mr. Shawn Patrick Daugherty ‘97, June 15, 2010 Mrs. Lillian L. Samonsky ‘85, May 22, 2010 Mr. Vann Shirley ‘94, October 6, 2009 Mr. Donald P. Sumner ‘98, April 24, 2010

Faculty Member Mr. Thomas C. Hobbs, February 28, 2010

RETIREES Dr. Stephen L. Gardner Jr., November 10, 2009 Dr. Mary Ann S. Rogers ‘76, September 16, 2009 Mrs. Z. Gretchen Erb, November 23, 2009 Dr. Albert T. Scroggins Jr., November 21, 2009 Mr. William Sanders, July 1, 2010

FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY Mrs. Louise Boatwright Alexander, February, 22, 2010 Mrs. Ruth W. Ashe, October 15, 2009 Mr. Dee Baker Jr., February, 9, 2010 Mr. Robert M. Bell, August 20, 2009 Mr. H. Peter Bisschop, July 1, 2009 Mr. Bobbie C. Blackmon, February 17, 2010 Mr. James Bolen Jr., October 28, 2009 The Honorable James Bradley, August 9, 2009

Mr. Gerald A. Cooper, January 22, 2010 Mr. Samuel A. Cothran, January 3, 2010 Mrs. Ruth B. Derrick, December 17, 2009 Mr. Joe W. DeVore, June 26, 2010 Dr. S. Gilmore Eaves, February, 23, 2010 Mr. Joseph H. Farmer, March 7, 2010 Mrs. Gladys B. Folk, May 22, 2010 Mr. Charles W. Goforth, May 17, 2010 Mr. Rufus W. Gosnell, December 8, 2009 Mr. Paul K. Hall, December 10, 2009 Dr. James O. Hightower Jr., May 18, 2010 Mrs. Bertha May Holley, December 26, 2009 Mrs. Lois Jean McFadden Hunter, October 28, 2009 Mr. Elvin D. Jones Jr., January, 30, 2010 Mrs. Phyllis A. Maxwell, December 19, 2009 Mrs. Lorraine C. McNair, March 4, 2010 Mrs. Mary R. Moates, January 11, 2010 Mr. A. Y. Morgan, July 14, 2009 Mr. Paul H. Pinson, June 1, 2009 Mrs. Bonnie M. Riggin, April 21, 2010 Mrs. Kathryn S. Riley, November 22, 2009 Mr. Clifford A. Rinehart Sr., March 16, 2010 Mr. Stephen Anthony Rosbach, May 1, 2009 Mrs. Maxine J. Scotten, July 29, 2009 Mr. Randolph H. Searle, March 13, 2010 Mrs. Delilah M. Thornton, July 16, 2009 Mr. Warren B. Whitson, July 27, 2009 Mrs. Jeannine Zuelsdorf, October 27, 2009

Going the Extra ile Honors Students, Magellan Scholars, and Research Day 2010


ccasionally small children astound others with curious questions. Where do butterflies go when it rains? How do geese decide

by Katie Miller ‘10 which of them gets to fly in the center of the V formation? Where do rainbows come from? Maybe you, or someone you know, were once just that sort of

inquisitive child. For some students, their desire to answer these questions didn’t end as they got older. In fact, college has provided the


was excited from the beginning for the chance to obtain funds to further my current project while providing me with valuable experience for the future. The research funded by the Magellan Scholarship allows me to experience the opportunity to see firsthand how research relates back to the future development of useful treatments. This project helps me to learn skills that will be useful as I consider a future in research.” 23

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SC Aiken had the very first non-Columbia Magellan Scholar in the USC system in 2007. This competitive program provides research funding for projects by undergraduate students who are paired with a faculty mentor in the reasearch area discipline. Besides USC Columbia, USC Aiken has more total scholars, 18 (listed by order in which they were named), than all other campuses in the system combined.

perfect opportunity for them to learn from others, to ask questions, and to test their theories. Their inquisitiveness hasn’t faded. For many, they’re just gearing up. “I think many people will be surprised at the impressive level of research and scholarly activities being conducted by our students,” said Dr. Elaine Lacy, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs. Lacy, who also serves as a professor of history, directs the university’s honors program. Over the past several years, the honors program has been

Honors Program students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge by taking courses with honors-designated distinction during which they meet privately with their professors during the semester to pursue their own individual study interests. They also enroll in three seminar courses designed to explore timely topics, such as the impact of globalization, America’s place in the world, and nonviolence. Lacy explained that honors program students have the opportunity “to study under our campus’ best teacherscholars, to cultivate their


results of this project will provide a reference for those interested in using SEIRA for trace analysis. I hope that our results can make that work easier by establishing a method that produces high-quality SEIRA sensors. I enjoy the challenge involved with working in an area that is still relatively new. This project was well-designed to achieve results, and it is exciting to do something that can contribute

to the advancement of science.”

Krystle Duckett ‘07

“Stimulus Generalization and Context Effects in the Reinstatement of Fear” Mentor: Dr. Edward Callen, psychology

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“Jim Sheridan and Irish Film“ Mentor: Dr. Jill Hampton, English 24

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reorganized and revitalized by the efforts of several faculty members, including Lacy. The program hosts approximately 40 students who’ve met the academic requirements for admission, some who entered as freshman and others who joined after coming to campus.

critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as their creative expression.” “Having worked with a Magellan Scholar,” said Lacy, “I can attest that it is a privilege for faculty to align closely with our most motivated students

on projects of similar interest to us. My first year at USCA, I had the privilege of teaching a student who went on to receive a

This competitive program is open to students throughout the entire USC System, and the

Heather Davis ‘08

“Music Production in postKatrina New Orleans” Mentor: Dr. Maggi Morehouse, history

Michael Drinkwater ‘07

“Contributions of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons to Non-point Source Runoff from the USCA Campus” Mentor: Dr. Michelle Harmon, biology/geology

Colby Moseley ‘08

“Assessing Resilience in Children with Trauma Histories” Mentor: Dr. Beverly Fortson, psychology

master’s and doctorate in history. She published an awardwinning book and went on to teach at two excellent universities. Every year since, I’ve encountered students whose curiosity and intellect are such that they find research exciting and enriching, and they’re very good at it.” The Magellan Scholars program is another opportunity for students to take their learning to another level by conducting research under the guidance of a faculty member. The program is sponsored by the University of South Carolina’s (USC) Office of Undergraduate Research and was designed to enable students to creatively explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can be attained in the classroom.

Lisa James ‘09 & Courtney Rabun ‘09 scholarship funds costs for students to conduct research. Krystle Duckett ‘07, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, was USC Aiken’s first Magellan Scholar. Duckett worked with Dr. Ed Callen, professor of psychology, on her project which tested what happens when fear was conditioned, then extinguished, and then reinstated. Including Duckett, 18 USC Aiken students have been named Magellan Scholars. Kayla Butler ‘10, an honors program graduate and Magellan Scholar, studied cultural influences on African-American females who may later become diabetic. Although a nursing major, the question behind her project came when she took nursing courses and a

“Synthesis of Kainic Acid” Mentor: Dr. Nandeo Choony, chemistry

Misty Kelley ‘09

“Communications as a Tool to Increase Visibility and Knowledge of a Local Area Non-Profit” Mentor: Dr. Deidre Martin, communications

Amanda Robinson ‘09

“Identification and Analysis of Olfactory Receptor Genes in King Snakes to Determine Whether Snakes Use Olfactory Receptors to Detect Odors” Mentor: Dr. Michelle Vieyra, biology/geology


Bill Whaley ‘09

“What Lies Beneath: the Rediscovery of Fort Charlotte” Mentor: Dr. Maggi Morehouse, history

Kayla Butler ‘10

“African American Women’s Perception of the Relationship between Cultural Eating Habits and the Increased Occurrence of Type II Diabetes Complications” Mentor: Dr. Lou Gramling, nursing

communications course in the same semester. Butler says she began to examine the influence of television advertising on preschool age children. Does using Dora the Explorer as a mascot for fast food commercials help or hurt lifelong eating habits? Magellan Scholar Kiri Dunlap ‘10 said, “The Magellan Undergraduate Research Program is an excellent way for

critical work on Tyler, so the Magellan is definitely going to be a career builder for me.” Since USC Aiken has been successful in the Magellan Scholar program, with more students named than any other campus in the system beside Columbia, faculty wanted to offer these research opportunities even further. Callen began to explore the idea of

Taylor Byerly

“Characterization of Olfactory Receptor Genes in Copperhead Snakes to Determine their Reliance on Olfactory Receptors for Odor Detection” Mentor: Dr. Michelle Vieyra, biology/geology

Angela Arthur

“Inducement of apoptosis through tat-dependent expression of pro-apoptotic Bax” Mentor: Dr. William Jackson, biology/geology

Kiri Dunlap ‘10

“Anne Tyler: Southern Writer or Not?” Mentor: Dr. Tom Mack, English


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undergrads to gain experience in designing and completing an original research project.” Dunlap plans to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in linguistics, and she says her ultimate dream is to become an English faculty member at a university. “The work that I am doing on Anne Tyler is definitely going to lay the groundwork for my future research in American realism and contemporary Southern fiction,” she stated. “I also hope to one day publish a

hosting a Research Day, where all USC Aiken students – not just Magellan Scholars – would have the opportunity to present their research findings. USC Aiken hosted its first Research Day in 2008, allowing students to make oral or poster presentations regarding the findings of their research efforts. More than 40 students participated in the most recent event held April 16, 2010. The event was sponsored by School of Business Administration alumna Celeste Suggs ‘83, which allowed for cash prizes


and eating behaviors have always been a subject of interest for me. When I found a way that we could investigate treatments for disordered eating, I was extremely excited. Studying animal models to further understand the basic mechanisms of human behavior will prove to be a productive means of finding improved

treatments for eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, and I hope my research will aid in the development of successful treatments.”

Michelle Killian ‘10 to students making the best presentations in their respective categories. “The students in the Honors Program, Magellan Scholars, and participants of Research Day are excellent examples of students who’ve gone the extra mile,” said

Chancellor Tom Hallman. “They’ve taken what they’ve learned in texts and in the classroom to form their own questions about the way the world works, and now they are attempting to answer those questions, for themselves and for the rest of us.”

“Optimized SEIRA Substrate Fabrication by Physical Vapor Deposition: Influence of the Underlying Substrate Film Thickness Angle of Deposition and Substrate Rotation on the Observed SEIRA Response” Mentor: Dr. Chad Leverette, chemistry

Krista Lange ‘10

“The Effects of Response Prevention on the Development of ActivityBased Anorexia in Rats” Mentor: Dr. Edward Callen, psychology

Shannon Breor

“First Amendment Rights in High Schools” Mentor: Dr. Maggi Morehouse, history

Cierra Jones

“Preventing Preterm Delivery Associated with Genitourinary Tract Infections: the Provider’s Prospective” Mentor: Dr. Jo-Ellen McDonough, nursing 27

The World is His OYS T E R


nyone who ever read Merchant of Venice may remember Portia talking about mercy being a quality that “tis mightiest in the mightiest.” But for anyone who has ever met Biology Professor Garriet Smith, Shakespeare might have changed his message to say that in this man, it is the word modest that “tis mightiest in the mightiest.”


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by Katie Miller ‘10 You might not guess Smith has nearly four dozen journal publications to his credit, either that he has written or co-authored with other biologists from around the world. In addition, he’s authored four book chapters or proceedings and 21 other publications. While talking to Smith, he might tell you that he is a U.S. veteran, a soldier from the Vietnam War. Someone who loves rock and roll might squeeze out of him the tales of his younger years travelling or recording with his high school band, “The Counts.” In today’s world, he might also tell you about his wife, Brigitte Smith ‘01, and daughter who are competitive runners. But all these topics may be overshadowed when it comes to the passion of his life’s work, the inner workings of tropical marine biology.

Smith earned his Ph.D. from Clemson University in microbiology in 1981. Only a year later, he was given his first grant to study marine biology. Smith became the first scientist to study sea grasses in depth. Decades later, that grant from 1982 is still being renewed for him to take USC Aiken students to the Bahamas to study diseases in sea grasses, among other things. People may wonder about a future where populations could be sustained by the production or harvest of vegetation that grows in the sea. Smith was the very first to actually ponder this possibility seriously enough to initiate the research to determine what might make such a future possible…or not. Smith’s research not only covers healthy sea grasses and coral reefs, but also diseased species. He is currently involved in the Scientific American Frontier article, “Alien Invasion.” This article explains the noxious plant life in the ocean that attempts to take over native vegetation. Think of the plants as kudzu in another territory,

undersea. These invasive plants get re-deposited throughout the world by people who unintentionally reintroduce a species where it doesn’t need to be. The next thing you know, countless other ocean species are threatened by the overgrowth of an invasive marine plant. Smith just completed a six-year grant through World Bank to study the health of coral reefs at checkpoints all over the world, including Australia, Phylmes, the Port of Moralis, Zanzibar in East Africa, and Hawaii. Through his work, people are becoming more aware of what treasures the precious coral reefs really are. Few people are as uniquely qualified to study the dynamics of what is happening there as Smith.

The U.S. Department of Energy recently funded a $456,000 grant for Smith’s investigation of future potentials for biofuel production. While the pressure intensifies for Americans to become independent of the Middle East for energy reserves, we wonder where to turn. Smith is leading the search within the oceans and seas around us to see if an answer there is possible. A breakthrough could mean a change in the direction of future energy production, easing the strain of competition and international conflicts between countries competing for limited global oil reserves. Since Smith grew up in Charleston, finished his bachelor’s at Winthrop University (1974), earned his master’s and doctorates from Clemson University (1977 and 1981), and

resides in Aiken, you might think he was bound within the borders of the Palmetto state. However, Smith’s groundbreaking research has allowed him the opportunity to explore the world. While Smith is a pioneer of his field, he’s made a point to not always go it alone. He’s involved students in all aspects of his research, both on campus and underwater. For those who have walked the beaches near Isle of Palms or listened to the birds at sunrise at the Carolina ocean shore, you could understand why a boy who grew up here would grow to love the oceans and choose to follow a career in marine biology. For the students fortunate enough to follow in his footsteps and learn from such a master scientist, the world is their oyster too.


Carolina Couple: Miles & Ann Loadholt

by Deidre Martin


ach year, hundreds of USC Aiken graduates walk across the floor of the Convocation Center to accept the congratulations of the Chancellor and President. For Miles and Ann Loadholt, it is this moment in time – repeated in graduation ceremonies on USC campuses across the state – that is the greatest reward of all. As the current Chairman of the USC Board of Trustees and a trustee since 1996, Mr. Loadholt, and his wife, Ann, have certainly had the chance to attend many graduation ceremonies. Rather than seeing these events as one more task to complete, both say they feel it is a privilege to be participants in this special moment in a student’s life. 30

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“Seeing students receive their diplomas and knowing the important role the University plays in educating the people of this state is most gratifying,” said Mr. Loadholt. “I enjoy the graduations a great deal,” Mrs. Loadholt added. “The pride you see in the faces of the parents and families is really special on graduation day. I enjoy talking to the

students and hearing their stories of the challenges and accomplishments they have experienced to reach their goals.” In his role as trustee, Mr. Loadholt represents the 2nd Judicial Circuit and the Loadholts are frequent visitors to the Aiken campus. “Miles and Ann are both dedicated to USC

and all of its campuses. At USC Aiken, we have come to know and love them because they spend so much time here,” said Dr. Tom Hallman, USC Aiken Chancellor. “There are no events too small for them to grace with their presence, and I know that they have many competing demands upon their time. They are truly great friends, committed workers, and generous contributors, and we are all better for the time we spend with them.”

“I am very thankful for the education I received at the University. I have had a successful career and I owe that to Carolina,” said Mr. Loadholt. “I love the University. I’m in a position now to give back now, and it is an honor to do so.”

“They pay as much attention to style and to the social characteristics of their jobs as they do to the technical and substantive demands. They are, indeed, Carolina’s Board Chairman and First Lady.”

There is no doubt that one of the greatest challenges facing the University is funding, especially in light of the current economic conditions. Mr. Loadholt said he believes that finding sources of funding through federal support and Their ties to Aiken County are many. fundraising efforts are important. Mrs. Loadholt was born in the town He also stresses the need for the of Ellenton and continues to be very University to increase efforts to build involved in organizations in the partnerships, such as USC Aiken’s Aiken area such as the Savannah Since graduating from law school, Mr. efforts with the Savannah River River Heritage Foundation. “USC Loadholt has built a successful career Site and the Innovista initiative in Aiken has grown and become such a as a lawyer and partner at Motley Columbia. He explained that he feels a key in all of this is to place a top priority on reaching “They are truly great friends, committed workers, and generous out to the contributors, and we are all better for the time we spend with them.” alumni of the University, and – Dr. Tom Hallman to encourage them to become more beauty spot within the USC System,” Rice, one of the nation’s largest actively involved with the campuses. she said. plaintiffs’ litigation firms. His practice, anchored in Barnwell, S.C., was built Even in these tough times, Mr. “The campus is a source of pride for on careful listening and decisive Loadholt said that he is proud of the community.” Mr. Loadholt agrees, action. the University. “The University “Aiken is certainly special to me. has continued to maintain high Ann and I feel as if it is one of our Mrs. Loadholt worked as a teacher standards even in light of constant adopted hometowns in the state. I for many years and has also found budget cuts. We haven’t backed am especially proud to have been the listening skill to be important down on what’s important. We are on the search committee that hired in their role. She explained, “For me, continuing to do well in our areas of Chancellor Hallman. He has been a it always goes back to the people strength and changing our direction great leader for the Aiken campus.” – paying attention and listening to in areas that we don’t do well,” he their stories about the large part said. “The return on investment The University tradition runs deep in the University has played in their in higher education is impressive. the Loadholt household. Mr. Loadholt lives and then finding ways to share Ultimately it benefits not only the is a 1965 graduate of USC and a 1968 those stories to build support for the student and their family, but also graduate of the USC law school. Mrs. University across the state.” the state and the nation. We must Loadholt is also a 1965 graduate and continue to impress upon our leaders was the Homecoming Queen during There are a number of challenges and citizens the true value of higher her senior year. Another tradition in for the Board Chairman but these education to the future of our state.” their household is their commitment are challenges that the Loadholts to giving back, with both involved embrace as a team and with a great in a wide range of professional and deal of passion. “Ann and Miles are community organizations. wonderful leaders and like Patricia and I, they ‘operate’ as a team,” said Dr. Harris Pastides, USC President. Mrs. Loadholt shared, “I am very proud that Miles has been willing to be involved at this level on behalf of the University. It has been a commitment we’ve both enjoyed, especially the opportunity to meet people from across the state and country who share our love for the University.”


Family Ties: The Maree Siblings by Jamie Raynor ‘02 & ‘05


iblings Gerald Maree ‘88 and Rhonda Maree O’Banion ‘94 live and work in different cities in South Carolina. Gerald, an attorney, runs his private practice in Walterboro, S.C., and Rhonda serves in public affairs for the SCANA Corporation’s Nuclear Operations. They are six years a part in age, and have different interests in their communities. What do these two siblings have in common? They both chose USC Aiken for their educational foundation. Gerald majored in political science graduating in 1988, while Rhonda is a 1994 interdisciplinary studies graduate, concentrating in journalism and speech communications. Although the siblings attended USC Aiken at different times, they share a common bond in their loyalty and enthusiasm for their alma mater. Gerald has always taken on the big brother role with his little sister. Rhonda looks up to Gerald, and he left a lasting impression on her with his choice of a higher 32

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education institution. Rhonda recalls as a high schooler, “I remember being so proud of Gerald while he was a student at USCA and then at the USC School of Law. As his little sister, I looked most closely to Gerald as a role model for what I wanted to do academically beyond high school. He’s my big brother, and I’m proud of him.” Gerald was drawn to USC Aiken because of its smaller size, and he began early on encouraging Rhonda to attend USC Aiken. “I recall telling Rhonda that the student-toprofessor ratio was excellent and that the school as a whole was very supportive of its graduates. I encouraged her to get more involved in organizations and to take advantage of established relationships with faculty, staff, and other people who could help her as a student and support her when it was time to start her career,” Gerald remembers. “Despite advice from Gerald, I went to the Columbia campus my freshman year,” Rhonda admits. It didn’t

take her long to see the difference for herself though. After a year at the Columbia campus and continued conversations with her passionate USC Aiken ambassador brother, Rhonda transferred and became a Pacer. “Having transferred from the Columbia campus where there were

address, was his little sister, Rhonda, still looking up to her big brother. Both siblings continue to return to campus as supportive alumni for Career Panels, Homecoming events, and career

“I truly appreciated the warm and welcoming environment that Gerald told me I would experience at USCA.” – Rhonda Maree O’Banion

about 25,000 students, I truly appreciated the warm and welcoming environment that Gerald told me I would experience at USCA. Being in classrooms with professors who knew me by name meant a lot to me. I thrived academically at USC Aiken and graduated cum laude,” Rhonda describes.

networking opportunities for USC Aiken students. Their alumni relationship with the University remains strong and their memories of USC Aiken are vivid. Their USC Aiken legacy can now be passed down to their own children in the hopes of a USC Aiken family tradition.

Although USC Aiken was a much smaller campus, the opportunities for academic and personal growth abounded. Each of the siblings was able to carve out their own niche on campus and in the community that rarely intersected with the others’ path because they had so many choices at USC Aiken. Rhonda describes their individual experiences, “As I recall, we both had a few political science classes with Dr. Bob Botsch, but because of our different majors, we probably didn’t have any other classes in common.” Their student organization interests did not overlap either. Rhonda served as a staff writer for Pacer Times, the student newspaper, and was the student chair of the USC Aiken Media Board. Gerald served as president of the Student Government Association and the Minority Affairs Association. He was an officer for the African American Student Alliance and was a founding member of the first historically black fraternity on campus, the Nu Nu chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. Both of the Maree siblings have had the honor of speaking on behalf of the university at large events. As a student, Rhonda recalls, “The highlight of my student involvement was being selected to introduce Dr. Maya Angelou at a major campus event.” Gerald spoke to his peers, faculty, and staff often as the Student Government President, and recently, Gerald was asked to serve as the December 2009 Commencement speaker. On December 10, 2009 standing by his side before his commencement

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Lessons from a Graduate: Michelle Killian ‘10 by Jennifer Conner


ichelle “Mickie” Killian ‘10 of Graniteville, S.C. graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and minor in biology.

In summer 2009, Killian began working with Dr. Chad Leverette in the university’s chemistry lab through a grant from the Savannah River National Laboratory funded by the United States Department of Energy and focused on Surface Enhanced Infrared Absorption (SEIRA). She made an oral presentation of her most recent findings at the Pittsburgh Conference (Pittcon) held in March in Orlando, Fla. Pittcon is the world’s largest analytical chemistry conference and rarely accepts presentations from undergraduate students. This spring, Killian was named a Magellan Scholar by the University of South Carolina. This scholarship is a competitive research grant open to students throughout the USC system. She presented her Magellan project, “Optimized SEIRA Substrate Fabrication by Physical Vapor Deposition: Influence of the Underlying Substrate Film Thickness Angle of Deposition and Substrate Rotation on the Observed SEIRA Response,” at USC’s Discovery Day, USC Aiken’s Research Day, and the 2010 Meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Science in April. Killian was honored with a Bronze Medal for her presentation at Research Day and won the 2010 South Carolina Academy of Science Undergraduate Research Award for her technical session in nanoscience, math, computer science, and astronomy. She has been named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities” and is the recipient of several scholarships, including the Dr. Richard M. and June F. Wallace Memorial Scholarship, the Frederick Carl Memorial Scholarship, the Liz and Dean Alverson Scholarship, and the DSM Chemicals Scholarship. In the university’s Department of Chemistry and Physics, Killian has served as a laboratory assistant in organic chemistry and general chemistry, a teaching assistant in organic chemistry, a peer tutor, and as a member of the Inorganic Chemistry Faculty Member Search Committee. Killian plans to continue to work as a research assistant before entering graduate school in pursuit of a doctor of philosophy degree in analytical chemistry. She hopes to work in government or private industry. Killian and her husband, Travis, reside in Graniteville with their four children: Jory, Zachary, Kyra, and Teddy Jo.


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How did your academic career lead you to USC Aiken? attended high school in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where I met my husband, Travis, and lived until 2004. I always intended to enroll in college eventually, but my first priority while our kids were young was being the best mom I could be. I didn’t start college until 2005, when I enrolled fulltime at USC Aiken.


What sparked your interest in chemistry? don’t remember my first experience with chemistry in particular, but science was a constant part of life while I was growing up. My dad explained everything to us – how obsidian rocks were formed, why the sky looked blue, and what made the pretty colors in the Yellowstone hot springs. That nurtured my natural curiosity, and when I took my first classes at USCA there was an instant appeal to chemistry because it explained so many things.


college and take the time to get to know yourself, but at the same time, realize that you are here for a purpose. Life is much easier if you’ve got the tools to succeed, and it doesn’t get any easier to finish college as you get older. How has your college experience changed you? have much more confidence than I ever had before, and I’ve realized for the first time that I have something to offer the world. I hope to contribute to society not only as a scientist, but by using my experiences in life to mentor others.


How has being a non-traditional student with a family impacted your college experience? t definitely made things more complicated. My kids have inspired me to work much harder than I probably would have if going to college were only for my own benefit. Not only have I wanted to be a good role model for them, but I needed to make sure that the time I spent on school was used well enough to justify the time taken away from them.


How have you balanced college demands with your roles as a wife and mom? tried to minimize the impact on our family by taking classes while our kids were at school during the day, and I did a lot of studying late at night so that we could all eat dinner and spend the evenings together. The main thing was that I had a whole lot of help. We made the decision for me to enroll as a family, knowing that Mom wouldn’t be able to do everything at home any more, that everyone would have to pitch in to do what needed to be done, and that each of us would have to give up some things to make this work. I am so proud of and grateful for my kids and my husband, because this was truly a team effort.


What is your favorite USC Aiken memory? will always remember the wonderful people I have gotten to know at USCA. I have learned so much from each of my professors, as well as from many of my classmates. I will carry those friendships with me wherever I go.


What advice would you give to an entering freshman? he typical college experiences are important for 18-year-olds to find out who they are and what they want to do with their lives. So have fun while you’re in


Leverette and Killian in the chemistry lab What are you most proud of? am most proud of my family, definitely. There is nothing in the world that is more difficult or more rewarding than being a parent. Each of our kids has such a distinct personality, and it is a wonderful feeling to be part of their lives and to help shape them into the people they will someday become.


What are your other interests? like to read, and I love to do just about anything that involves being active and outdoors. I enjoy gardening, and my husband and I like to take our kids bowling, to the drive-in movies, or to play baseball or mini golf. Mostly, I enjoy just spending time with my family.


What makes life worth living? aith and the people in my life. I believe it is our purpose in life to affect others in a positive way, to use what we have learned and the gifts we have been given to benefit others.



George Kierspe: Being an Inspiration

by Jamie Raynor ‘02 & ‘05

Kierspe with Jane Popeil, Barbara Walcher, and Virginia Schultz from left to right


eorge Kierspe entered Al Beyer’s USC Aiken art classroom 22 years ago with the hopes of starting in an advanced course. Professor Beyer explains, “After a career at SRS, George embarked on a journey, not just as a Sunday painter, but as a serious artist.”

Although Kierspe was already an artist, he decided to take formal courses at the university as soon as he was eligible for free classes through the South Carolina state law that enables USC Aiken to allow senior citizens of a certain age to attend complimentary classes. Beyer had another idea for Kierspe. Start at the beginning like every other student. So, George entered the beginning painting course in the summer of 1988 followed by basic drawing in the fall of that year to begin the fundamentals and complete still life drawings and paintings with his instructor and mentor. 36

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Over the past two decades, George has covered a wide range of subject matter and artistic styles in his coursework. He has completed over fifty art courses on campus, and Beyer adds, “For well over a decade, he has entered competitions and maintained successful gallery affiliations.” Quite possibly Kierspe’s favorite was the series of sunglass paintings completed in the late 1990s and into the new millennium. The “sunglass series” as George refers to it was his most successful work in terms of awards and prestige.

Most recent students and alumni of USC Aiken have never met George, but can quickly call to mind large scale images of bright blue, pink, yellow, and orange sunglasses that threw them into thoughts of summertime. Students came in contact with his paintings throughout the campus in the Writing Room, the bookstore, Wellness Center, and the Etherredge Center as George always graciously allowed his work to be displayed. They can still be seen in the halls of the classroom section of the Etherredge Center. His peers, both traditional and nontraditional students, simply refer to him as “George,” but most on campus would only recall the delicate signature of “Kierspe” on the bottom right corner of his artwork. George tells an amusing story of this signature, stating that it was originally “a big, sprawling, slashing signature” because that’s what he thought real artist had to have. One day his son told him, “The painting is okay dad, but the signature has got to go!” George decided to make the perfection of his artist signature a family affair, so he created a ballot with various signature options and had each family member vote on their favorite. George notes, “The winning signature is difficult to do because of its fine lines.” The autograph has taken on a life of its own, and Kierspe said that other artists, such as renowned South Carolina artist Edward Rice, have given him compliments on his signature.

him by making him the focus of their final projects with each student painting their own version of Kierspe. Each painting takes on different forms, variations, and translations of the artist’s “George.” Virginia Schultz’s painting portrays Kierspe as a farmer watching over the cattle. “He’s dreaming of beef steak! See his dreamy look in his eyes,” she jests. Simply titled “George,” Barbara Walcher’s work features a profile of Kierspe in his signature overalls.

Beyer and Kierspe Other students, Mabry MacGregor and Chung Gong, portray Kierspe the way they see him every day, doing art. In Gong’s piece, Kierspe is portrayed with pastel colors reclining in his art chair with a smile on his face. In MacGregor’s rich painting, Kierpse is the contemplative, serious artist surrounded by deep purples and shadows. Kierspe noted that MacGregor’s was probably his favorite because it was the “most creative” rendition of him.

During the Spring 2010 semester, Kierspe could once again be found in the back left corner of the art studio working alongside his peers, both traditional and nontraditional students. He has moved into tinkering with abstract painting, and has already sold several of his new paintings. “People think you just slap paint on a canvas, but abstract requires thought,” he explains.

In whatever setting Kierpse is placed and no matter the colors or techniques used, one thing is clearly evident. Kierspe is a beloved and inspiring peer, student, and ambassador of USC Aiken’s art program. Byer praises Kierpse as “a shining inspiration to the other students, no matter what age, and a warm, very kind friend to everyone in the painting studio.”

Kierspe is a soft spoken, gentle soul, yet his impact on his peers is great. So great in fact, that they decided to honor

Byer praises Kierpse as a shining inspiration to the other students, no matter what age, and a warm, very kind friend to everyone in the painting studio. 37



Morehouse By Katie Miller ‘10


ssociate Professor of History, Dr. Maggi Morehouse, graduated with a Ph. D. in African American Studies from the University of California at Berkley in 2001. She was the first graduate of this program. Teaching at USC Aiken since 2003, Morehouse’s students fill her classrooms for courses such as Scope and Methods of Historical Research and Morehouse’s own creation, Graveyard Data, which explores collecting data from area cemetaries. Morehouse was recently named one of 17 Rising Star professors by the University of South Carolina’s Office of Research and Graduate Education for her “contributions and commitment to research and scholarly pursuits as well as her passion for teaching and inquiry,” said Steve Kresovich, vice president for research and graduate education. In March of this year, Edgewood: Stage of Southern History, a documentary about two prominent women who lived on the campus’ Pickens-Salley House was released. She served as assistant director and historical consultant on the project, produced along with Historical Marker Productions. She published the book Fighting in the Jim Crow Army: Black Men and Women Remember World War II in 2000, which traces African American history through interviews and archival data. Morehouse also has numerous other publications on this subject. Outside of her impressive career, Morehouse loves to read and play tennis. She says she is most proud of going back to school and achieving her doctorate. Three of her major goals in life are to: continue collecting oral histories, write another book, and make a difference in someone else’s life. 38

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Do you have a favorite class that you teach?


love teaching Scope and Methods of Historical Research. I select a theme for the class, for example: the West, the sixties, migration, slavery, or the Civil War, and students conduct primary source research around materials produced during the era. They produce a 20-25 page research paper by the end of the class, and sometimes this paper becomes their entry into graduate school or a fascinating topic that they continue to research throughout their life. I enjoy facilitating the discovery of materials and helping a student to improve their critical thinking and analysis skills. It is wonderfully rewarding to help someone through the struggle of such a major project and then to have them really “own” a piece of scholarly work. As part of a course, you take students on a fieldtrip to a graveyard to study history from tombstones. What inspired you to use this method?


he honors course, Graveyard Data, was really the brainstorm of Dr. Andy Dyer and me. He talked to me one day about some data he was collecting from local graveyards, and I had been volunteering on the board of the historic Pine Lawn Cemetery (which had previously been referred to as the old Aiken “colored” cemetery), and we thought it would be interesting to map the health and social data between the graveyards in town. We crafted this one-unit course and got honors students out to the graveyards to collect data and to help maintain the site, and we even went into a local funeral home to investigate burial procedures. I really enjoy the opportunity to go outside of the classroom to learn.

What is the most rewarding part of being a professor?


xchanging information with students is the most rewarding part of teaching. When I learn from students because of our interactions, I find this to be the greatest reward. I try to make my classes a type of knowledge exchange where we are sharing information, rather than the traditional “stand-and-deliver” deposit method. How would you say people could use oral histories with their family genealogies?

Dr. Deidre Martin and she said, “I wish we could do a film about Lucy Pickens and Eulalie Salley.” I responded, “Well, why not? Let’s do it.” I didn’t have any particular experience putting together a project like this, but the director and writer, Christi Koelker, had the skills and pulled together a great production crew. I have been pleased to be the humanities scholar, assistant director, make-up assistant, shoe provider, wardrobe hauler, mother-of-the-bride, babywrangler, etc. I’ve been involved in all sorts of tasks including producing the special features interviews of people who were affiliated with the house.

ollecting oral histories is really a skill that requires some specific training and perhaps is not best when you are trying to collect family histories. An oral history differs from an interview in that the oral history record (transcript, tape, or video) is made available to other researchers at some kind of archive or digital repository. In family genealogies, I suggest that people document their family stories and then place those narratives into the context or history of the period. Who married whom is important, but only as those families can be placed in the panoply of American history.

What drew you to the area of African American Studies?

How did you become involved with the production of Edgewood?




t was through opportunities that came from serving on the Pickens-Salley Symposium committee. Two years ago, we produced a mini-documentary about four women from the Aiken area who experienced World War II. One of the women mentioned a funny story about her time working with Ms. Eulalie Salley, in what they called the “Pickens House.” I shared the story with


have always been interested in issues of race. I really can’t understand the history of racial discrimination, no matter how much I study. At Berkeley I was able to delve into the interdisciplinary and global aspects of race studies, and my dissertation about black soldiers in World War II became a book and a field of study that I continue to explore. How would you describe yourself when you were in school? had two school careers. The first was a very troubled high school experience without the following college experience. The second began when I took the SAT at age 36 and enrolled in a community college. Eleven years later I had a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate. I was successful at school when I was self-directed and motivated to investigate a topic.


by Brian Hand

A Surreal Honor Joining the USC Aiken Athletic Hall of Fame

left to right: Dru McPherson Nix , Derek Moore, Jami Cornwell , and Anne Barham


n Homecoming Eve, February 19, the USC Aiken Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony celebrated the hard work of four special individuals. Eight months prior, the 17-member Hall of Fame committee consisting of current Hall of Famers, media members, campus representatives, and university administrators, chose four of the Pacer elite to comprise the 2010 class of inductees. Individuals considered are those whose participation and contributions enriched and strengthened the University’s athletic program. Criteria includes athletic 40

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and academic accomplishments of the individual while at USC Aiken, as well as post-USC Aiken accomplishments and character. There is a five-year waiting period for eligibility, and nominations are accepted annually by the committee. The foursome included three former Pacer student-athletes and a former team physician. Dr. James Barham, Jami Cornwell ‘04 (softball and women’s basketball), Derek Moore (men’s basketball) and Dru McPherson Nix ‘81 (women’s basketball and volleyball) joined the 13 inaugural members of the Hall of Fame.

The late James Barham was the university’s first team doctor, serving from the 1970s into the 1990s. Through his unselfish dedication to Pacer athletics, he evaluated, treated and rehabilitated hundreds of student-athletes. Barham also served as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the South Carolina Medical Association’s Commission on Sports Medicine. Barham was a member of the Pacer Pioneers, a group honored for helping to start and sustain athletics at USC Aiken. In Barham’s honor, his friends, family, university supporters, and former Pacer student-athletes,

established a permanently endowed scholarship at the university. His widow, Anne, accepted the honor on behalf of her husband. Cornwell was a two-sport star, earning numerous accolades in both softball and women’s basketball. She was a three-time All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) selection in softball (2001, 2002, and 2004). She was also named to the PBC All-Tournament team in 2001. A shortstop, Cornwell (1999-2004) led the Pacers to two 30-win seasons, leading the team in batting average in all four of her seasons with the Pacers. She concluded her softball career second in school history in batting average, hits, on-base percentage, total bases, and sacrifice hits. She still holds the PBC record for most assists with 561. In total, she ended her softball career in the top five in school history in 12 different categories. Cornwell was named the PBC Softball Freshman of the Year in 2000, the same year that she was named the PBC Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Year. She is the only studentathlete in Pacer history to claim Freshman of the Year accolades in two sports in the same year.

A point guard, Cornwell was a threeyear team captain of the women’s basketball team. She helped lead the Pacers to back-to-back PBC North Division titles (2000-2001 and 20012002) and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II top 25. A four-time All-PBC selection (2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003) in women’s basketball, Cornwell was a Dodge Trucks Honorable Mention All-America selection in 2001 and a women’s Division II Bulletin Freshman All-American in 2000. Strong in the classroom as well, Cornwell was a three-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District choice (2001, 2002, and 2003). A three-time PBC women’s basketball Player of the Week, Cornwell is one of three Pacer women’s basketball players to have her jersey retired and is the only Pacer softball player to have done so. Both of her jerseys were retired at the university’s annual athletic banquet in May 2004. Since graduating from USCA, Cornwell has coached basketball as an assistant at Pfeiffer University and Francis Marion University. Today she is the head softball coach at HannahPamplico High School in Florence County, S.C., where she teaches history. Moore (1995-1999) was a four-time second team All-PBC selection as a center, claiming the award in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999. He is the only four-time All-PBC player in program history. The PBC Freshman of the Year in 1996, Moore was named a preseason All-America selection by the Division II Bulletin prior to the 1998-1999 season.

Dr. James Barham

He is USC Aiken’s and the PBC’s all-time leader in blocks (408) and blocked shots per game average (4.0). Moore’s 12 blocks in a Dec. 5, 1998 game against Coastal Carolina is also a PBC record. Additionally, Moore owns the school record for

USC Aiken Hall of Fame Inductees Student-Athletes Brooks Blackburn, golf Kim Merrill Brooks ‘98, volleyball Charlie Colclough, baseball Jami Cornwell ‘04, softball and women’s basketball Tisha England ‘94, women’s basketball Greg Gibson ‘91, men’s basketball Roberto Hernandez, baseball Brian Kassel ‘97, golf Derek Moore, men’s basketball Dru McPherson Nix ’81, women’s basketball and volleyball Faye Ryans Norris ‘80, women’s basketball Jamie Stanley, golf Roxanna Rivera Tirado ‘98, volleyball Bill Weeks ‘78, men’s basketball Athletics Staff Dr. James Barham, former team physician Johanna Gibbs, former volleyball and women’s basketball coach Lew Perkins, former athletic director and men’s basketball coach To nominate someone for the USC Aiken Athletic Hall of Fame, please visit


left to right: Johanna Gibbs , Faye Ryans Norris ‘80, Jami Cornwell, Derek Moore, Tisha England ‘94 , and Dru McPherson Nix

most rebounds in a career, corralling 841 in his time in a Pacer uniform. A three-time PBC Player of the Week, Moore recently retired from professional basketball. He was chosen as Australia’s National Basketball League Rookie of the Year (2000). Nix (1978-1981) was a two-sport standout at in women’s basketball and volleyball. In 1981, she was named to the South Carolina

the NAIA District 6 championship. The same year, Nix led the women’s basketball team to the NAIA District 6 Championship and a 17-10 (.630 winning percentage) overall record. Nix was named as the university’s Education Student of the Year and she helped start the intramural sports program at USC Aiken. She worked at Silver Bluff High School for 12 years, teaching physical education, mathematics,

we honored the induction of four outstanding individuals,” noted Athletic Director Randy Warrick shortly after the ceremony. “Without exception, all of them certainly made a tremendous impact on our athletics program. They are a great addition to an already top-tier Hall of Fame.” After accepting congratulations from a fan during her playing days, Nix noted, “I still can’t believe it. It’s just surreal. I still don’t know what to say. It’s just an honor.”

“I still can’t believe it. It’s just surreal. I still don’t know what to say. It’s just an honor.” – Dru McPherson Nix Intercollegiate Athletics for Women’s All-State women’s basketball team and as NAIA District 6 All-District. Selected as the Most Valuable Player for both volleyball and women’s basketball, Nix coached both of these teams at USC Aiken for one season following her playing career. Nix guided the 1981 volleyball team to a 30-21 record (.588 winning percentage), leading the squad to 42

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and science and coaching. For the past 15 years, Nix has worked at the South Carolina High School League, handling eligibility issues, training game officials, and keeping track of all sports and high school athletics in the state. For everyone in attendance, the 2010 Hall of Fame ceremony was something they’ll never forget. “It was truly a great night for us as

The Hall of Fame experience concluded during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Armstrong Atlantic State on February 20. The new inductees, along with Anne Barham, walked off the court to cheers of more than 3,000 attendees at the Convocation Center. To the former Pacer greats, that may have been the most surreal moment of all.

Giving Back G

iving back to the community has always been a part of Norman Frank’s life. So when he was called upon to serve as the first president of the newly created Inclusion Advisory Council (IAC) at USC Aiken, he immediately said yes. As the Aiken Field Representative for the Social Security Administration, Frank has a busy job and life, but he still finds a way to keep his commitment to the community in the forefront of his life. “I have always had a passion for serving the community and have done that through the years through being involved in my church and a number of community organizations. It has always been a part of my life,” said Frank. “I’m not the kind of person to complain about how things are but feel instead I should get involved and be part of the solution.”

“I’m not the kind of person to complain about how things are but feel instead I should get involved and be part of the solution.” – Norman Frank In 2007, the Inclusion Advisory Council was created by Chancellor Tom Hallman to provide support and guidance to USC Aiken with three primary goals: (1) To establish a relationship between USC Aiken and the surrounding community to enhance and improve the University; (2) To work with USC Aiken to develop an inclusive and diversified environment acting as a change agent and model for all universities; and (3) To provide support and guidance for employing a diverse faculty and developing student leaders to model the ideals of integrity and respect. During this first phase, the Inclusion Advisory Council has worked with the campus to make faculty and staff more aware of the importance of considering diversity in the hiring process as well as serving as mentors for minority students on campus. Additionally, the Council

began a fundraising effort in 2009 that provides financial support for the Compass Minority Leadership program on campus. “Without a doubt, the IAC has enriched the life of our campus,” said Chancellor Tom Hallman. “Having fresh perspectives and a diverse group of people to guide our efforts has only made our University better. I am honored by the commitment of the community leaders on the Council and appreciate the time and talent they have brought to the process. I am especially grateful to Norman Frank for his leadership as we began this new endeavor.” Not only has Frank been involved in the IAC, he has taken his involvement to another level. “Education empowers people,” said Frank. “I know that in my own life education made the difference for me and my family and our quality of life.” To that end, Frank has found that hiring USC Aiken graduates has been a benefit for his agency as well as for the young people involved. “The USC Aiken graduates we have hired have been top of the class in my opinion,” said Frank. “They came to us very prepared and ready to work. I am proud of the contributions they are making to our organization.” USC Aiken graduates currently employed with the Social Security Administration in this area include: Angela Ramsey Jay ‘96, Rachael Bond Spires ‘08, Shaun Hardman ‘09, Nicole Kennedy ‘09, and Erin Ross Vincent ‘98. As he steps down as President of the IAC this year, Frank stresses that he plans to continue to be involved at USC Aiken. “The Inclusion Advisory Council has an important role to play in the future of the University,” said Frank. “Having a unified voice in making the campus the best it can be is an important responsibility and it is an experience I value being part of now and in the years to come.” 43 Representative Tom Young PO Box 1607 Aiken, SC 29802

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