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Bringing civil rights history to life »

Throughout his life and career, associate professor Bobby Donaldson has carried advice from his great-grandfather to “leave his mark” in whatever he undertakes.  

  • Today, that’s serving as director of USC’s Center for Civil Rights History and Research. 
  • He uses his role to combine education in the classroom and outreach to the community through learning opportunities, events and exhibits.
Building a legacy: In 2022, the center’s research and community engagement attracted major public and private support, receiving nearly $6.5 million in gifts and grants to expand its mission and outreach.

What he's saying: “We've advanced the mission of the university's civil rights center. The ultimate goal is to serve as a national model for interdisciplinary research and teaching of the civil rights movement,” Donaldson says.

Read more about Bobby Donaldson and USC’s Center for Civil Rights History and Research.

Greener Scholarship recipient: KJ Frazier »

Freshman KJ Frazier of Bluffton, S.C., is the 2022 Richard T. Greener Scholarship recipient.

  • Frazier is in the Capstone Scholars program and is majoring in international business.
  • The Greener scholarship is awarded by USC's Black Alumni Council and recognizes the university's first African American faculty member.
Read our Campus Conversation with KJ Frazier.

USC Wind Ensemble performs at national conference »

The University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble was one of 10 university ensembles selected to play at the 2023 College Band Directors National Association Conference in Athens, Ga. 

  • Before the main event, the ensemble also performed outreach concerts at several Atlanta area high schools. 
  • “This tour will ensure that we are getting our name out into the scene and put ourselves with the top ensembles in the nation.” — music education senior Jesse Winslow
Read more about the USC Wind Ensemble.

National Academies appoints Melissa Nolan to forum on microbial threats »

Melissa Nolan, assistant professor of epidemiology, has been selected to serve on the forum on microbial threats for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

  • Comprised of nearly 30 members, the forum convenes leaders from government agencies, industry, academia and nonprofit/philanthropic organizations to discuss critical scientific and policy concerns related to infectious diseases.
Learn more about Melissa Nolan's appointment.
graphic with a trophy and the words: Do you know a remarkable Gamecock 2023 alumni awards nominate today


“Charleston airport a $4.5B ‘economic pillar’ of SC, study says” (feat. Joseph Von Nessen, economics)
The Post and Courier
“Under Armour’s Charece Williams Gee on networking, purpose and perspective” (feat. William Sutton, sport and entertainment management)
Sports Business Journal
“Earth’s inner core may have an inner core” (feat. Dan Frost, earth, ocean and environment)
Scientific American

“Slow recovery from concussion? Exercise, breathing practice may improve symptoms” (feat. Robert Davis Moore, exercise science)
“USC College of HRSM hosts South Carolina high school and middle school students to demonstrate career paths” (feat. Scott Smith, hospitality and tourism management)
Midlands Biz


Abbi Lane, exercise science, authored “Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: The Missing Link in Discovering the Role of Lactation in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention” in the Journal of the American Heart Association

Eva Monsma, education, and others published “An Examination of Depression, Anxiety, and Self-Esteem in Collegiate Student-Athletes” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Subramani Sockalingam, Dongkyu Lee and Michael Sutton, mechanical engineering, authored “Sub-microscale speckle pattern creation on single carbon fibers for scanning electron microscope-digital image correlation (SEM-DIC) experiments” in Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing.

Mark Macauda, Michelle Arent, Mayank Sakhuja, Brooks Yelton, Samuel Noblet, Daniela Friedman, health promotion, education, and behavior, authored “Elements for successful implementation of a clinic-based health literacy intervention” in Frontiers in Public Health.

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