November 2015


Madison to Gideon: Teacher makes U.S. government come alive

These are good days for Patrick Kelly. Not just because he won a prestigious national teaching fellowship this year or was named Richland District 2’s Teacher of the Year in 2014. These are good days because a presidential election is coming up. That means plenty of lively classroom conversation at Blythewood High, where Kelly has been teaching AP U.S. Government and Politics since 2005.

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The serious consequences of ‘smart drugs’

After surveying more than 1,000 USC students about their use and misuse of stimulant medications, Kari Benson learned two important things: These “smart drugs” are more common on campus than people think, and there’s nothing smart about them. Her research brought an invitation for publication as first author in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. It also earned her the first William A. Mould Outstanding Senior Thesis Award.

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October 2015


2015 Alumni Award Recipients Announced

The South Carolina Honors College presents two awards to its alumni each year at an annual Honors College Homecoming Reception: the Distinguished Honors Alumni Award (for alumni more than 10 years removed from graduation) and the Young Honors Alumni Award (for alumni age 35 and under).

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September 2015


Mary Alice Monroe to judge third SC High School Writing Contest

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will judge the third annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest. She follows novelist Pat Conroy and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth as judge of the contest, which is presented by the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina Press.

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SC High School Writing Contest winners announced

The South Carolina Honors College and University of South Carolina Press have announced the winners of the second annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest. Grand Judges Pat Conroy and Marjory Wentworth judged the writings of the semi-finalists, 29 juniors and seniors.

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S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne ('94) selected for 2015 Aspen-Rodel Fellowship

The Aspen Institute has selected SC Rep. Jenny Anderson Horne, ’94 English, ’97 law, as one of 24 Rodel Fellows in its class of 2015. Fellows are chosen for their “intellect, thoughtfulness, and commitment to civil dialogue,” which Horne proved in July when she told the SC House of Representatives it was time to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in Columbia.

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July 2015


Making order of a classical education

No matter how eloquent a case he can make for why the classics matter, Del Maticic, SCHC '15, was still a little apprehensive about telling his parents that he was forsaking law school in favor of a graduate degree in ancient Latin and Greek. As it turned out, his parents were very supportive of his plans, perhaps even more so when he was named a MacCracken Fellow at NYU, a full-ride doctoral fellowship.

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