April 2015


Student Spotlight: Ruthanne Wenger, English major in Bhutan

“Bhutan has been my dream destination for years,” said Wenger, “not only for its beauty and diversity, but also for the unique way it has preserved itself from Western influence.” It was for these reasons that Wenger thought Bhutan would be the perfect place to conduct research for her senior thesis, examining the interaction and overlap between postmodernism, Christianity, and Buddhism.

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Pondering life through poetry: Felicia Mitchell

Coping with cancer and caring for a parent with dementia would be enough to do anybody in. Not Felicia Mitchell. The poet, professor, and Honors College alumna transformed her grim into great—using her semester-long sabbatical in 2011 for treatment and to work on poems for her first full-length published collection.

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March 2015


Student Spotlight: Garrett Stuart, Wishing it Forward

“What do you see when you look at a wheelchair?” Stuart asks. “Many disabled people see it as a new life, a new beginning, a miracle. By working together with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and organizations like Globe Aware, I can continue to make miracles happen.”

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No pretty dresses in new YA novel

SCHC alumna Courtney McKinney-Whitaker has nothing against pretty dresses or pretty sentences. But she knew there would be no place for either in her book of historical fiction for young adults.

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SCHC Junior named Truman Finalist

Elizabeth Moore has been named a Truman Scholar Finalist. Highly competitive and prestigious, the $30,000 Truman Scholarship is awarded to approximately 60 juniors nationally for superior academic ability, a strong record of service and leadership, and plans for careers in public service.

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Student Profile: Erin Steiner, world traveler, serious researcher

The Honors College "...has served as the hub of an experience that has carried [Erin Steiner] across the world. She has volunteered at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, attended classes in Ghana and volunteered with at-risk youth in India, just to name a few stops on the tour. And it’s not just travel for travel’s sake. Over the past three years, she has used several grants to fund projects that research the global pervasiveness of a perception bias.

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January 2015


Finalists announced for SC high school writing contest

The 29 finalists will convene at the University of South Carolina in Columbia March 14, where they’ll participate in a second round of writing competition. They’ll also meet and hear remarks from Wentworth and Story River Books author Maggie Schein. “Round Two of the competition gives emerging writers a chance to learn from more established ones,” said Jonathan Haupt, director of USC Press. “We’re interested in helping writers of all kinds make connections, as well as publishing those with significant messages.”

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SCHC Alumni Honored by Oscars

It’s red carpet time for computer engineering alumni Michael Sechrest,’94, and Greg Croft,‘00: The pair, with their partner Chris King, another USC grad, have won a technical Oscar for their work with virtual vegetation software. We knew them when...

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