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on the cover The cover photograph of the Salkehatchie River was taken by USC Salkehatchie Head Librarian Daniel McDonald Johnson, whose photography is displayed at the Salkehatchie Arts Center near the USC Salkehatchie West Campus. The photo depicts the Salkehatchie River just upstream of Bufords Bridge on U.S. Highways 301/321. The photographer was standing on the Bamberg County bank facing upstream toward Barnwell with the Allendale County side of the river in the background. Hampton and Colleton counties are downstream from Bufords Bridge. The name USC Salkehatchie was given to the regional campus serving Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Hampton counties because the Salkehatchie River touches all four counties. When Colleton County joined the USC Salkehatchie service area in 1984, the name continued to be valid because the Salkehatchie River also touches Colleton County.

a letter from the dean Dear Friends,


Betty Goehring Stephanie Gruber


Stephanie Gruber

design assistants Nicole Bennett Cody Gruber

contributors Peggy Binette Jane Brewer Li Cai Ann Carmichael Stephanie Gruber Dan Johnson Eran Kilpatrick Trent Kinard Brian Lai Sarah Miller Dawn Rizer George Salsberry

western carolina higher education commission J. Reid Boylston, III, Chairman Barnwell County David L. Barnes, Vice Chairman Hampton County Holbrook Platts, Secretary Hampton County William E. Myrick, Jr., Chairman Emeritus Allendale County Lee Early - Bamberg County James E. Frank, Jr. - Colleton County W. Radcliffe Free, Jr. - Bamberg County G. Larisey Gooding - Allendale County Terrill N. Tuten - Barnwell County Kelvin D. Wright - Colleton County

We are happy to share with you the latest edition of Salkehatchie Update. As I write the word Salkehatchie and marvel at the magnificent cover photo of the Salkehatchie River (special thanks to Dan Johnson), I find myself wondering what the person who first suggested that name for our campus had in mind. Was it proposed solely for reasons of inclusivity and political correctness, or was the originator somehow envisioning how closely our campus would parallel the river’s uniqueness? As much as the river relies on its tributaries and streams for its volume, strength, and pure existence, USC Salkehatchie draws its strength from the five counties it serves— Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton and Hampton—the same five counties whose common bond is the Salkehatchie River and, ultimately, USC Salkehatchie. In contrast to the peace and tranquility of the cover photo, you’ll find the inside pages of this edition filled with excitement and activity. Our students and our faculty continue to shine in all areas of campus life: academics, athletics and community involvement. Be sure to read the follow-up stories on some of our graduates—proof that you truly can “START HERE, GO ANYWHERE!” I also want to thank personally our generous donors and sponsors whose support is vital to our continued success. I hope that you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoy being able to share it with you. Warm regards,

Ann C. Carmichael Dean

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USC Salkehatchie historian sheds light on Civil War figure David Schenck BY PEGGY BINETTE USC News and Internal Communications


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avid Schenck wanted to be accepted and admired so much so that when he saw the chance, he grabbed power and became a central figure in an intrigue that bilked North Carolinians of their money, land and belongings at a time when they were most vulnerable. Hidden in plain view within the pages of Schenck’s diaries that spanned 50 years, yet under the noses of Civil War historians who have referenced them for decades, are clues to his role as a Confederate receiver. “I had been laboring under the impression that David Schenck, as a receiver under the Confederate Act of Sequestration, was some sort of tax collector because everything I could find, which wasn’t much at all, indicated that,” said USC Salkehatchie historian Rodney Steward. “What I found was anything but that.” Steward’s biography on the Confederate official and lawyer, “David Schenck and the Contours of Confederate Identity,” was released in June by the University of Tennessee Press. “No one has written about sequestration. I can count on about one hand the number of publications that has dealt with the topic since 1865,” Steward said. In response to a U.S. Congressional act that allowed Union forces to confiscate property, including slaves, the Confederate Congress passed the Act of Sequestration, which established grand juries and receivers who were charged with ferreting out and seizing the property, debts and anything that was in part or fully owned by a Northerner. “If you owed money to a Northern factor, you now owed that money to the Confederate government,” Steward said. “It was the only legislation whose jurisdiction was the exclusive domain of the Confederate government. All other policies were delegated to state governments. In this sense, Schenck and other receivers become the face

of the Confederate government at the local level.” While the proceeds of property seized and auctioned were supposed to go to the coffers of the Confederacy, Steward discovered deceit. “Schenck writes in his diary in 1862 when he first gets started. He makes an entry where he says that he auctioned $22,000 worth of property on a single day. However, the sequestration fund ledger in Richmond indicates that in the month of September 1862 only $3,682 was remitted,” he said. “The district court of North Carolina pocketed or distributed those funds liberally among the various members of the court.” Steward said its makes a person wonder how much of New South fortunes were the result of this corruption. “A lot of evidence has been mysteriously scattered,” Steward said. “I’ve found records and court writs in some strange places, including archived records of The Charlotte Observer and a variety of collections in the National Archives. We’re talking about untold amounts of money that I have an idea was upwards of $10 – 20 million.” Steward became fascinated with Schenck as a Confederate nationalist and how religion, duty and manhood shaped his identity. “The first story about David Schenck that I connected with was the construction of his Confederate identity,” he said. “Schenck came of age in the antebellum South, which had very rigid social norms in which few were deemed ‘respectable.’ Schenck was part of the small but burgeoning middle class and although he became a lawyer, he remained on the periphery of elite society. His religious training or the lack thereof was an impediment. His father, left in a religious stupor after the death of his wife when Schenck was 2, didn’t provide the spiritual training essential for a young man to being accepted into polite society.” To overcome social disadvantage, Schenck fashioned a Confederate identity. He became an ardent supporter of the Southern Rights Party of North

Carolina, a party Steward describes as “dangerous revolutionaries with violent revolution in mind.” “They were not hot-headed cotton lovers who wanted to break with the Union and join the secessionist side, and they were definitely not the democracy loving, patriarchal, personal rights individuals that some have portrayed them to be,” Steward said. “These were professional middle-class men who wanted to destroy the state’s Democratic Party and replace it with their new secessionist party and overthrow the popular governance of the state by any means necessary so that North Carolina is removed from the Union. That is what no one has written about.” The image he fashioned and projected along with his role as a receiver for the Confederacy are among the more compelling aspects of the biography. Another is debunking the notion that those on the homefront were weary loyalists. “Looking at North Carolina’s homefront through Schenck’s eyes is something more like the French Revolution during the Reign of Terror,” he said. “People were threatened with the loss of their lives, liberty and property.” The New York Times featured an article by Steward on sequestration for its Opinionator blog “Disunion” earlier this year. “David Schenck and the Contours of Confederate Identity” was released in June by the University of Tennessee Press.

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dedicated. determined. deserving. student-athletes recognized for work on and off the field


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hen Jermale Paige was 4 years old, he picked up a stick while playing in the yard. When his older sister threw a sponge ball at him, he hit it. He hit it a LONG way. He doesn’t know why he hit the ball – he doesn’t think he had ever seen anyone play baseball before, but his mom took one look at how far he hit that ball and signed him up for rec league baseball. “I started playing baseball and I fell in love with it,” Paige said. “Been playing ever since.” Besides being the first person to spot his baseball talent, Paige’s mom, Alfreda Alexander, taught him the value of hard work. “My Mom is a hard worker. She was a single mother, working two jobs to raise my sister and me. From early on, I wanted to be just like her. I don’t know any other way to be,” Paige said.

His baseball ability and his work ethic brought Paige into the limelight at USC Salkehatchie this year. He was

At USC Salkehatchie, you are a person. You matter. - Jermale Paige named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Academic AllAmerican team after earning a 3.66 grade point average during his two years at Salkehatchie. Additionally, Coach Bubba Dorman selected Paige as the recipient of the 2012 Dannelly/Baxter Coaches’ Award, an award presented to a baseball player who does his best in every aspect of his life – in the classroom, on the field, in a game and in practice. “Jermale Paige has been a joy to coach these last two years. He gives his best effort at all times - even when it’s his turn to do the team’s laundry,” Dorman said. Starting with coach pitch, Paige played at every level – minors, majors, Dixie Youth - and then he met Coach John Hayes, then

coach at Colleton County High while playing AAU baseball one summer. Hayes had him play junior varsity baseball in 8th-grade and then moved him up to varsity in 9th-grade where he started as an outfielder all four years of high school. After he graduated from Colleton County High School, Paige wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, but he did know he wasn’t ready to give up baseball. “My good friend, Sam Crosby, told me I should talk to Coach Dorman at USC Salkehatchie. I did and realized Salk was the perfect place for me. I really liked Coach Dorman’s philosophy – how he coaches. He is all about winning and about making you both a better player and a better young man.” Paige earned his Associate of Arts in May 2012, an accomplishment of which he is proud. “I loved being at Salkehatchie,” Paige said. “At USC Salkehatchie, you are a person. You matter.” Paige still isn’t ready to give up baseball and has signed to play at Newberry College next year where he plans to major in pre-med with a special interest in radiology. Those who know Paige agree that he will take his strong work ethic with him to Newberry and beyond.

2011 - 2012 NJCAA Academic Student-Athletes Four USC Salkehatchie student-athletes were honored with NJCAA 2011-12 Academic Student-Athlete Awards. Only 1,680 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors. Nearly 60,000 student-athletes competed in the NJCAA for the 2011-2012 academic year on over 3,500 teams in 28 different sports.

Jermale Paige Exemplary Academic Achievement Award

Dana Crews

Laura Maule

Achievement Award

Achievement Award

SuSuperior Academic

SExemplary Academic

Nicole Lewis Exemplary Academic Achievement Award

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analyst helps solicitor’s team target ‘worst of the worst’ Dylan Hightower (R), USC Salkehatchie alum, works with Solicitor Duffie Stone as a member of a cutting edge program that prosecutes career criminals. He is the first SLED-trained crime analyst hired by a state solicitor’s office.

Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone looked at the success of the office’s career criminal teams and wondered about the next step. He wanted to find a way to enable his office to get criminal history information faster, a way for his prosecutors to know quickly if the person arrested the night before was a career criminal or a member of a criminal gang so that he stood a better chance of getting him off the streets. The information was there, contained in the South Carolina Law Enforcement’s virtual warehouse called The Fusion Center. “I was sitting in this warehouse with literally millions of dollars worth of hardware and software. Analysts all over the place. The question became how do you access what you need? They (SLED) told me you don’t need any hardware, you don’t need any


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software. You need somebody who knows how to work it (the warehouse of information) and is certified to do it,” Stone said. Enter Dylan Hightower, Stone’s go-to guy, the first SLED-certified and trained crime analyst hired by a state solicitor’s office. Hightower, who is passionate about his job, is a law enforcement enthusiast whose single career focus since childhood was to work in law enforcement, just like his grandfather. Each morning, Hightower arrives at the Bluffton office of the solicitor and grabs the telephone. He calls every detention center and jail in the five counties that make up the 14th District, obtaining the names and dates of birth of people arrested on criminal offenses that would make their way to General Sessions Court. Armed with

this information, Hightower is able to collect the arrestee’s criminal history, identifying those that are career criminals or gang members while they are awaiting bond hearings. “The early morning work is necessary,” Stone explained, “because those arrested the day before will appear in the bond court that morning. It is not enough to say to the judge that we think this person is a danger to the community because we have determined that he is a career criminal. We have to be able to prove it.” Providing this information quickly often prevents career criminals from getting bond and going back on the streets. “In some cases, it also helps prove they are guilty,” Stone added. He offers a recent murder in Jasper County as a good example. Stone was

preparing to try the man in connection with the death of his female companion. The pathologist had ruled that the woman’s death was the result of blunt force trauma, but there was a large hole in the information. “The question I had, which is the question the jury would have had, was how did she die,” Stone said. The pathologist didn’t know. Investigators had searched the home but did not find a weapon that might have been used to cause the fatal injuries. Stone turned to Hightower. He told him he wanted a full background on the suspect. “I wanted to know everything about him,” Stone said. Hightower pulled the man’s criminal history and found that he had committed several crimes in a variety of locations. He pulled photographs

from the crime scene, which included footprints. “We went to SLED, which was processing the evidence at their lab, and asked them to photograph the bottom of the boots he had been wearing at the time of his arrest. We sent those pictures to the pathologist who had been unable to determine how the victim died and he matched the prints at the scene of the crime. Now we knew how he did it,” Hightower explained. In part because of Hightower’s work, the murderer was sentenced to life in prison. His mug shot hangs on Hightower’s office wall, joining the photos of the other criminals Hightower has helped convict. “I love this job. It is exciting and I feel like I make a difference,” Hightower said. A Lexington, South Carolina native,

Hightower came to USC Salkehatchie to earn his degree and to play baseball. He credits the self-discipline and focus he learned on the field and in the classroom to his Salkehatchie professors and Coach Charles “Bubba” Dorman, skills that serve him well in his new job. After graduating from USC Salkehatchie, Hightower transferred to the Columbia campus where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology. After graduation he applied for the SLED position and was hired by Stone. Graduates like Dylan Hightower aren’t only living their dreams; they are making the world a safer place for the rest of us. Portions of this story were provided courtesy of The Press and Standard from a previously published article written by George Salsberry.

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where are they now? 1970s

Jess Dannelly – 1966 - 1972; B.A. in Physical Education from USC Columbia in 1974. Founder of baseball program at USC Salkehatchie. Retired as head softball coach at Coastal Carolina University; currently Assistant Athletic Director for Development for Coastal Carolina University.


Ricky Platt – A.A. 1981;

B.A. in English from USC in 1992; recently retired from career in S. C. National Guard; now working as Assistant Academic Program Director for Strom Thurmond Institute and also as an associate for Peduzzi Associates, Ltd. From Alexandria, VA. Victor Radcliff – 19751977; played baseball at USC Aiken; currently employed by SCE&G and also head baseball coach at North Augusta High School. Runelle Weeks – A. A. 1980; earned master’s degree in guidance from S. C. State University; currently guidance counselor at BambergEhrhardt High School. Michael Young – 19841987; currently sports editor for Barnwell People Sentinel.


Michael DeWitt – A. A.

1997; currently editor of The Hampton Guardian, the humor columnist for S.C. Wildlife Magazine and a co-writer of the Salkehatchie Stew plays. Dewayne Ennis – 199091; B. A. in Political Science from USC Columbia in 1994; currently city manager for the town of Allendale.


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Scott Senn – A. A in 1996;

Cea Knox

played baseball and earned B. A. from Berry College. Currently employed by City of Lexington.

Degrees: A. A. 2009;

played softball and graduated with B. A. from Francis Marion University in 2011. Future plans: will enter Florida Coastal School of Law in fall 2012.


Eric Avant – A. A. 2008;

B.A. in Business from USC Columbia; currently working in GIS Department of Colleton County Government. Alex Boykin – BAIS from USC Columbia through USC Salkehatchie 2004; currently employed by Showa Denkoin Ridgeville as an electronic instrumentation technician. Jamie Bradford – A. A. 2005; owner of Lowcountry Oyster Boys Catering Company in Charleston

Caroline Hooker – A. A.

2004; completed B. A. in early childhood education at USC Beaufort in 2004; currently employed in the English as a Second Language Program in Colleton County Schools.

Shirl Cave Degrees:

A. A. 2003; B. A. in Communications from USC Aiken in 2004;

Where she is now:

Currently owner and publisher of The Allendale Sun newspaper.

Cobia Eadie Burris –

A.A. 1998; BAIS from USC Columbia through USC Salkehatchie 2000. Currently owner of Sweet Dreams, Sewn Seams and Jelli Beans, a shop on Washington Street in Walterboro. Brice Griffin – A.A. 2007; completed B.A. in history at USC Aiken; completed Master’s Degree in Student Affairs at Clemson University; currently working in student affairs at University of Georgia.

Travis Howard – 2006-

2008. B.S. from USC Aiken in business administration in 2011. While at USC Aiken, named 2009 Daktronic NCAA Division II Southeast Region Player of the Year and was 2009 first team All-American. He tied the school record for RBI’s in a single game with 7, set the Peach Belt conference record for RBI’s in a season with 103 and tied a school record with 2 homeruns in a game. Howard is now living in Charleston working with

Home Telecom. Jeremy Joye – A. A. 2002; completed B. A. in early childhood education from USC Upstate; currently teaching in Spartanburg County School System; author of newly published children’s book, “Daddy’s Not Coming Home.” Bryant Julious – A. A. 2009; played basketball and graduated with B. S. in business from Francis Marion University in 2012. Jacob O’Quinn – A. A. 2009; currently police officer with City of Walterboro. Joyce Rohde – A. A. 2005; B.A. in elementary education from USC Aiken in 2006; currently teaching at Northside Elementary School in Walterboro.

Lacey Rohde – A. A. 2005;

B. A. in elementary education from USC Aiken in 2006; currently teaching at Hendersonville Elementary School in Walterboro. Donald Sims – 2009-2011; Now playing basketball at West Texas A & M where he was named Lone Star Conference Newcomer of the Year for 2011-12. Courtney Strobel Smoak – A.A . 2008. B.A. in elementary education from USC Aiken in 2009. Now teaching science at Colleton Middle School.


Matt Arrant – A. A.

2012; will play baseball and attend Southern Wesleyan in fall 2012. Caleb Brazell – A. A. 2010; played baseball and earned B. A. at Newberry College in 2012. Dana Crews – A. A. 2012; will attend Newberry College in fall 2012 to play soccer. Received a full Newberry Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship.

Antonio Evans Degrees: A.A. 1997; BA

Exercise and Sports Science from USC Aiken in 2001. Where he is now: currently owner of ReShape Fitness, LLC and the ReShape Apparel brand in Charlotte, N.C. Coming soon: His book, “100 Things to Ponder” will come out in September, 2012.

Michael Godbee Degrees: A.A. 1995; played baseball

and earned B.A. degree from Armstrong State College Where he is now: currently First Vice President and Financial Advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors Activities: Michael and his wife, Christy, have three children: Cameron, Madison and Caden. They reside in Savannah, Georgia. Michael is active in the community and in both youth and adult sports.

Mohammed Fall – A. A. in 2011; now playing soccer at USC Aiken.

Ashley Gurganious and Rochelle Lyda – 2011-2012;

will attend Columbia College in fall 2012 to play softball. Zach Holt – A. A. 2012; will play baseball and attend Limestone College in fall 2012. Jack Jemison – A. A. 2012; will attend Brewton Parker College in fall 2012 to play soccer.

Jason King, Andre McFarlane, David Johnson, Admir Vakufac – A. A. 2012; will attend USC Aiken in fall 2012 to play soccer.

Drew Tripp – 2006-2007;

currently sports editor of The Press and Standard.

D. J. Osby – A. A. from USC

Salkehatchie in 2012; will play baseball and attend Claflin College in fall 2012.

Carlos Santana

Degrees: A. A. 2010; currently attending Tusculum College Where he is now: Carlos arrived in the U.S. from the

Dominican Republic just weeks before enrolling at USC Salkehatchie. Now, he just completed his second season at Tusculum College batting .375 for the season. He was named to both the all-region and all-conference teams. Carlos is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree in business from Tusculum in December.

Tyler Kirby and Dalton Novia – A. A. 2012; will play

baseball and attend Point West College in fall 2012. Nicole Lewis – A. A. 2012; will attend Northeastern Florida College in fall 2012 on softball scholarship. Brittany Padgett – A. A. 2012; will attend Columbia College in fall 2012 to play softball. Jermale Paige – A. A. 2012; will play baseball and attend Newberry College in fall 2012. Adrian Rivero – A. A. 2012; will play baseball and attend USC Aiken in fall 2012.

Nicholas Smiley – A. A.

2012; will play baseball and attend Tusculum College in fall 2012. Brandon Stoots – A. A. 2012; will play baseball and attend Francis Marion University in fall 2012. Quincy Washington – A. A. 2012; will play basketball and attend Charleston University in Charleston, West Virginia in fall 2012. Eric Wehrmann – A. A. from USC Salkehatchie in 2012; will play baseball and attend Erskine College in fall 2012.

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ancer. Just hearing the word evokes fear, dread or sadness. Most of us have in some way been impacted by the disease. But one of Salkehatchie’s professors hopes to change that. Dr. Li Cai, a chemistry professor at USC Salkehatchie and a carbohydrate (sugar) chemist, has made the study of this feared disease his research passion. Some diseases, cancer particularly, involve changes in cell surface carbohydrates (sugars). Cai is working with Dr. Quin Wang, a professor on the USC Columbia campus, to determine how carbohydrates are synthesized by the body and how to monitor cell surface carbohydrates. "Protein and nucleic acids follow a more linear progression in terms of how they are synthesized, but the synthesis of sugar remains more of a challenge. If we can successfully decode the carbohydrate biosynthetic pathway, then we will gain a better understanding of their functions and enable their manipulation for biomedical purposes, such as cancer diagnosis and immunotherapy," Cai explains. Cai says that there is also the potential to develop more affordable vaccines for treatable diseases such as pneumonia, which are especially needed in under-developed countries. Cai developed an interest in chemistry when he was a young boy attending school in his homeland of China. He credits his teacher Ms. Sujun Wang for his love of the subject. "She had a lot of confidence in my ability, and I didn’t want to let her down," Cai said. After graduating from high school, he continued his studies at Peking University where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Pharmaceutical Science and Medicinal Chemistry. He later moved to the United States, attending Ohio State University and graduating with a Ph.D. in chemistry in 2011. He joined the USC


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WORKING FOR A CURE: Dr. Li Cai hopes his research can lead to cancer diagnosis and immunotherapy. Additionally, his studies may lead to the development of affordable vaccines.

Salkehatchie faculty later that year. While research is extremely important to Cai, he is also committed to teaching, remembering that his inspiration to study science began in the classroom. He admits that many students may consider the study of chemistry boring and difficult if they don’t see any applicable value to it. That is why he engages them in his research, talking about how what he is doing in his lab may eventually contribute to a better quality of life. Cai also teaches students how to apply their knowledge by teaching science principles to his students and creating lab modules. When not in the lab or the classroom, Cai spends time with his wife of four years, Liang Zha, an anesthesiologist Cai met while in school in China. They enjoy living in the community and traveling to nearby Charleston where they like to shop and watch movies.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS Magellan Research Scholars Both Paul Thomas and Marvin Brown were Magellan scholars this past year and presented their research at USC’s Discovery Day in April. They conducted research under the mentorship of biology professor Dr. Eran Kilpatrick. Brown’s project focused on the distribution and habitat characteristics of the green-fly orchid in the Salkehatchie region. Thomas evaluated frog and toad species detection and site occupancy in the S. C. Coastal Plain. Thomas’ work was awarded second place in the Environmental Science I section at Discovery Day. Both students also presented their research at the University of Georgia 73rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists as well as at the Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Academy of Science.


SC Salkehatchie students have numerous opportunities to be involved in undergraduate research, mirroring the impressive research being conducted by USC Salkehatchie faculty.

SC STEPS to STEM Interns The SC STEPS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program) to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer internship program awards intern scholarships to students working with professors in their research. For 2012, USC Salkehatcie has two STEPS to STEMS recipients. Chris Rufty, worked with chemistry professor Dr. Li Cai, trying to improve the classic acetylation reaction in carbohydrate (sugar) chemistry. In April 2012, Rufty presented at the S. C. Academy of Science’s annual meeting on the low-cost conversion of waste aluminum cans into useful potassium alum.

Marvin Brown Chris Rufty

Carolina Emerging Scholars Research is not just for the sciences and math. In May, four USC Salkehatchie students presented papers at the First Annual Carolina Emerging Scholars Conference. The theme of the conference was “Temptation and Redemption.” Abigail Byrd presented “Destruction Deception:The Delphi Dilemma,” based on a paper she had written in a science fiction literature class. Katina O’Neal Brown’s paper “An Analysis of Redemption in Susan Glaspell’s ‘Trifles’ ” was inspired by her connection to the play early in her undergraduate career. Christine Rice’s analysis “Andrew Jackson: Sinner or Savior,” was originally researched as part of a history class. Kelly Wall reviewed the tribulations faced in running for office in “Newt Gingrich: A Story of Temptation and Redemption.”

Josh Smoak worked with math professor Dr. Brian Lai researching integration theory, vector space and advanced Euclidean geometry as well as learning LaTex, a mathematical document markup language. Earlier this year, Smoak presented “An Identity for Exradii” at the Carolina Mathematics Seminar. Both Rufty and Smoak will be changing campuses to USC Columbia in the fall.

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outstanding educator Dr. Sarah E. Miller, Assistant Professor at USC Salkehatchie, was recognized as the National Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year (20112012) by the National Society Daughters of Colonial Wars in the State of South Carolina. The National Historian Don L. Hursh announced Miller as the national winner at the April national board meeting. Miller was in competition with the winners of the other state awards. Miller teaches United States survey classes, the New Nation, the Sections and the Nation and Indians of the Eastern United States.

on the irrationality of pi

giving back

by Martha McKevlin, Ph.D. for the Pi Day Celebration held at Salkehatchie

USC Salkehatchie students pause for a rest during a day of community service in Allendale County in conjunction with Abba’s Kitchen, an outreach program founded by the Allendale First Baptist Church and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and in partnership with all churches of all denominations in Allendale County.

3.14 Oh, but there’s so much more. 3.141 Just forget it; we’re not done. 3.1415 Keeps this number yet alive. 3.14159 To write this number, I’ll need another line. 3.141592 So many numbers, it’s just like the zoo. 3.1415926 I’m losing my strength, I think I’ll need a fix. 3.14159265 As many numbers as bees in a hive. 3.141592653 If I write all of these numbers, I don’t know where I’ll be. 3.1415926535 Oh, no, another five, another line to contrive. 3.14159265358 This number’s too long; look it’s getting late. 3.141592653589 Let’s take time out; it’s time to dine. 3.1415926535897 This number’s still rising; it’s sure not unleavened. 3.14159265358979 This number’s so irrational—a real pain in the spine. 3.141592653589793 O.K. I’ve had it—it drove me up a tree. Oh, too many numbers, I don’t know how to stop! Trying to determine pi will make you blow your top!

USC Salkehatchie and its alumni pump $43.8 million dollars into the state’s economy every year according to the figures released by Darla Moore School economists.

USC Salkehatchie students worked with community volunteers and Gov. Nikki Haley to provide health screenings to the residents of the Allendale community at the All Together Allendale Health Fair.


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Salkehatchie’s SGA collected 134 pairs of shoes benefitting Soles4Souls. The organization provides shoes for the less fortunate in the United States and abroad.

Over $79,000 in academic scholarships were awarded for the 2012-13 academic year at the acdemic reception in April. Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Dean of the USC College of Arts and Sciences spoke at the event.

Salkehatchie’s SGA and Pon Pon Recycling teamed up to launch a campus recycling program. Students, faculty and staff now recycle aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and paper.

the size of a heart Martha Strickland was named this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award. Strickland is a lifetime educator who has devoted her professional career to helping children learn. Strickland has taught children of all ages and currently serves as principal of Black Street Early Childhood Center. She is engaged in her community, serving on numerous boards whose goals are to strengthen families. Strickland is also an enthusiastic Indians fan, and her school forged a partnership with our men’s basketball team where players read to children and teach them to “shoot hoops.” The children, in turn, are often the loudest fans at the games, cheering for their favorite players, a mutual admiration which is built on caring and respect. To quote Martha Strickland, “our students look up to these young men, not because of their physical stature or skill, but for the size of their hearts.”

amazing year The USC Salkehatchie basketball team finished the 2011-12 season with a 21-12 record and brought home its first trophy as runner-up in the NJCAA Region X Tournament. The season was statistically the best season in program’s history. USC Salkehatchie’s students donated over 2,400 hours in community service in 2011-2012 supporting over 12 organizations.

international flavor Although USC Salkehatchie has only about 1,300 students, our campus attracts many international students because of its athletic programs. During the 2011-2012 academic year, USC Salkehatchie had 14 students from Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Colombia, Germany, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, the U.K. and Venezuela. To support our international students, Dr. Wei-Kai Lai organized the International Student Organization in 2009, which consistently has 10 - 15 active members. The ISO sponsors many activities during the year. During Thanksgiving break, international students who stayed in town enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner. This allowed the participants to experience all the traditions associated with this unique American holiday. The Country Cupboard Deli in Barnwell provided the Thankgiving meal. ISO students are also encouraged to participate in events hosted by the USC Salkehatchie Globalization Committee and the local Lowcountry International Society. Several members also worked as volunteers in the International Food and Arts Festival in Walterboro. USC Salkehatchie is actively participating in Carolina’s Promise, the University of South Carolina’s capital campaign set to raise a record 1 billion dollars.

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donors & sponsors 2011 - 2012 With deep appreciation, we acknowledge the contributions, in-kind gifts and sponsorships made by individuals, organizations, companies, corporations, foundations, and trusts during fiscal year 2011-2012 (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012). Every effort has been made to assure complete and accurate recording. However, if errors or omissions have occurred, please bring them to our attention by contacting Marge Berryman, USC Salkehatchie, P.O. Box 1337, Walterboro, SC 29488, 843-549-6314, ; or Margaret Carter, USC Salkehatchie, P.O. Box 617, Allendale, SC 29810, 803-584-3446,

companies, corporations, foundations and trusts Allendale County Library Allendale Presbyterian Church Bank of Walterboro Black Street Early Childhood Clack’s Convenience Corner Colleton County Memorial Library Davis Body Shop Edisto Electric Cooperative, Inc. Energy Solutions Chem Nuclear Systems LLC Enterprise Bank of SC Goodrich Griffin, Beach & Company, P.A. Hamilton-Delleney-Grier, PA Hill Tire Center Home Federal Savings & Loan Association Kings Funeral Home Lowcountry Sertoma Club Lowcountry Surgical Associates PA McLeod, Fraser & Cone, LLC


Manuel’s Grocery and Barber Shop Mitchell Construction Co. Neland Development Co., Inc. Palmetto State Bank The Press and Standard Newspaper SCANA SRNS (Savannah River Nuclear Solutions) Savannah River Remediation LLC D. L. Scurry Foundation Shaw Areva Mox Services, LLC Jayne P. Siegel Design The Southern Carolina Alliance The Sunshine Foundation, Inc. Tea & Topics Literary Club Walterboro Adult & Pediatric Medicine, LLC Walterboro Civitan Club Walterboro Rotary Club WDOG Radio Joe Williams & Associates, Inc. Woods Garage Inc.

IN MEMORY OF MR. DARRELL T. JOHNSON: Randy and Ann Carmichael, Mr. and Mrs. Montague T. Laffitte, Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Laffitte IN MEMORY OF MRS. ANNA LOU MARVIN: Chuck and Jane Brewer IN MEMORY OF ANNE OSWALD: Chuck and Jane Brewer IN MEMORY OF MRS. TILLIE BRUNSON: Chuck and Jane Brewer


Abba’s Kitchen Allendale County Bank Allendale IGA B & B Ford Baxley’s Pawn Shop Baymont Inn & Suites Beach Electric Berley’s Pharmacy Buck’s Pizza Bug Busters, Inc. Carmichael Oil Castillo’s Pizzeria CMITS Colleton Chiropractic David H. Williamson Financial Services David Porter Realty Edisto Orthopedics First Citizens Bank Gooding Advertising Gooding & Gooding, PA

Green Acres Turf Farm Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union Home Advantage Realty, LLC Huber Supply Co. Keith Smith Funeral Home Magnolias Nursery and Landscaping Murdaugh’s Kubota Pacesetter Barber Shop Palmetto Putt-A-Round Palmetto State Bank Price’s Signs Plus Quizno’s of Walterboro R & R Motor Company Sycamore Health Care, LLC Tiger Express/Mixson Oil Company Tyler Brothers USC Salkehatchie SGA Walterboro Ford Motor Sales WDOG Radio

ACN Prize Allendale Academy Scholarship The Reid and Louise Boylston Scholarship Clarence and Virginia Brabham Memorial Scholarship Representative James B. and Mrs. Barbara T. Brandt Scholarship David and Brenda Barnes Scholarship David and Maggie Cannon Scholarship Wayne Chilcote Scholarship Barbara B. and Carl A. Clayton Scholarship Mary M. and William A. Clayton Scholarship J. Paul Detrick Scholarship

Vivia Peeples Eden Scholarshp Harry Lee Foy, Sr. Memorial Scholarship The Gillam Family Scholarship Abe Harris Memorial Scholarship Killion-Waller Scholarship Billy Wade Memorial Scholarship “Luke” Laffitte Endowed Scholarship Leadership Colleton Class of 2008 Endowed Scholarship Manuel’s Grocery and Barber Shop Scholarship Miles and Ann Loadholt Endowed Scholarship Lowcountry Sertoma Club Scholarship Zita Mellon Scholarship



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individuals Ms. Gezelle Barnes Ms. Shannon Belangia Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Beoddy Mr. Glenn Bishop Mr. Gregory Barton Black Dr. and Mrs. A. Kennerly Bonnette Mr. and Mrs. J. Reid Boylston III Ms. Jennifer L. Breland Chuck and Jane Brewer Ms. Susan M. Bromwell Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bullock Mr. and Mrs. Philip Burke Dr. Ann Carmichael Mr. and Mrs. Richard Carmichael, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Danny Coleman Ms. Rensie S. Coleman Mrs. Joyce A. Collins Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Copeland, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Crosby, Jr. Mrs. Lillian H. Daley Mr. Corol Dobson Dr. John J. Duffy, Sr. Mrs. Lee Early Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Finch Mrs. Marjorie H. Foy Mr. Jimmy Frank Mr. Travis Garrett Ms. Faye Gibson Mrs. Ernestine Gillam Ms. Tammy T. Gilliam Mr. Jimmy Givens Dr. Robert Barry Glenn Ms. Sara Horne Greenberg Ms. Nancy W. Hall Mrs. Carol Hanna Ms. Patsy G. Hargrove Ms. Diane Hassane Dr. Samuel M. Hazel Mr. and Mrs. William A. Hice Mrs. Minnie Sims Holmes Mr. Terry Holmes Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Honeycutt Mr. Thomas I. Howard Mr. Thomas I. Howard, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hurst, Jr. Mr. B. Alton Hutto, Jr. Ms. Nancy G. Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Johnson Mr. L. P. Jordan III Mr. and Mrs. Melvin H. Kane Mr. and Mrs. Richard Knight Ms. Elizabeth Ann Laffitte Mrs. H. L. Laffitte

Ms. Rebecca Laffitte Ms. S. Rosalie Laffitte Dr. Wei Kai Lai Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Loadholt Dr. and Mrs. C. Bryan Love Dr. Martha McKevlin Mr. Peden B. McLeod Ms. Constance B. Mansfield Mr. Todd B. Manuel Mrs. Rhonda C. Martin Ms. Alta Mae Marvin Ms. Joyce Meeks Mr. and Mrs. Richard Metz Dr. Arthur Mitchell Mr. Richard H. Mixson, Jr. Mr. Robert Rhett Mixson Ms. Sarah Leanne Mixon Mr. and Mrs. Maurice B. Morrow, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Peek Mr. and Mrs. Bob S. Pence Mr. and Mrs. Ted Pennington Mr. and Mrs. F. Holbrook Platts Dr. Chris Plyler Mr. and Mrs. James A. Poole Dr. Roberto Refinetti Mrs. Anne P. Rice Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rice Ms. Lura Richardson Mr. Robert Keith Rizer Ms. Rebecca Rizer-Owsley Mr. and Mrs. Christopher G. Samellas Mr. Laurence Sanders Ms. Linda Sanders-White Dr. and Mrs. William Sandifer Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Savarese Mr. and Mrs. Mark Seigler Mr. Amadu L. Sesay Mr. Joseph B. Siren Mrs. Carol J. Slocum Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Smoak Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. A. Smith Ms. Peggy D. Stanley Mr. and Mrs. Charles Strickland Dr. Lawrence Strong Ms. Delphia Taylor Mr. W. Gene Whetsell Mr. R. G. Wiggins III Ms. Leila Williams Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Williams Shagari I. Williams Mr. John Winthrop Mr. Kelvin D. Wright Ms. Pauline P. Zidlick

Bob and Ginger McCully Endowed Scholarship Cynthia and Ross McMillan Endowed Scholarship Randolph “Buster” Murdaugh Scholarship John and Julia Myers Scholarship Butch Phillips Memorial Scholarship Martha and Holbrook Platts Scholarship Marion Preacher Scholarship President’s Commencement Scholarship Reid’s Scholarship (formerly The Barnwell High Scholarship) Witsell R. and Josephine L. Robertson Endowed Scholarship

Salkehatchie Faculty-Staff Scholarship Neil Sanders Scholarship Scurry Foundation Scholarship Joe Siren Endowed Scholarship Tharin Endowment Scholarship Audrey G. Thomas and Peggy A. Morris Endowed Scholarship Walterboro Civitan Club Scholarship Walterboro Rotary Club Scholarship Baker T. Warren Scholarship (Allendale County Presbyterian Church) Western Carolina Higher Education Commission Scholarship


Louis Hargrove (R) received his associate’s degree in May and easily changed campuses to Columbia in time for the June session. “I started right into summer session at USC Columbia working on my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. The transition was easy and smooth with the help of the advisors at Salkehatchie,” Hargrove said. Not only did Salkehatchie prepare Hargrove academically, he says Salkehatchie prepared him for life. “University activities and community mentorship programs helped me develop far beyond the classroom. I love my Black Street family. They make me feel like I’m special. And you better believe I think twice about everything I do at school, on the court and in Walterboro. I know those kids are watching me. If they want to be like me, I better be someone they need to be like.”

CLASS OF 2012 Degrees awarded: 165 Commencement speaker: Dr. David Moody, Manager, U. S. Department of Energy, Savannah River Operations Office 2012 USC Salkehatchie Outstanding Student: Hannah Langdale 2012 USC Salkehatchie Outstanding Professor: Dr. Wei-Kei Lai

USC SALKEHATCHIE NEEDS YOU Our friends and alumni are vital to the growth and success of USC Salkehatchie. With state funding declining to less than 12 percent combined with escalating costs, your financial support is needed now more than ever before. A gift to Salkehatchie is an investment in the future of our students, workforce and the communities we serve. Gifts can be in the form of one-time contributions, annual gifts or charitable trusts. All gifts are tax deductible. If you want to learn more about how you can support our campus, please contact Ann Carmichael at the campus address or email her at salkehatchie update


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Salkehatchie Update Fall 2012  

Salkehatchie Update is a magazine for the alumni and friends of the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie Campus.