Wishing you a safe, healthy, and peaceful holiday season.
Please enjoy a series of holiday video messages here: https://rb.gy/bth6ab
University of South Carolina Aiken The University of South Carolina Aiken is a four-year, public coeducational university offering undergraduate degree programs as well as three master's degree programs.
Additional graduate courses and degree programs are offered through the USC Extended Graduate Campus program. Founded in 1961 in a historic mansion in downtown Aiken, USC Aiken moved to its present site in 1972 and occupies 453 acres. USC Aiken is located in Aiken, SC, in the western region of the state. The campus is 20 miles from Augusta, GA, and 55 miles from Columbia, SC.
Mission: Founded in 1961, the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA) is a comprehensive liberal arts institution committed to active learning through excellence in teaching, faculty and student scholarship, research, creative activities, and service. In this stimulating academic community, USC Aiken challenges students to acquire and develop the skills, knowledge, and values necessary for success in a dynamic global environment. The University offers degrees in the arts and sciences and in the professional disciplines of business, education, and nursing. All courses of study are grounded in a liberal arts and sciences core curriculum. USC Aiken also encourages interdisciplinary studies and collaborative endeavors. Emphasizing small classes and individual attention, USC Aiken provides students with opportunities to maximize individual achievement in both academic and co-curricular settings. The institution challenges students to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, to learn independently, and to acquire depth of knowledge in chosen fields. The University values honesty, integrity, initiative, hard work, accomplishments, responsible citizenship, respect for diversity, and cross-cultural understanding. USC Aiken attracts students of varying ages and diverse cultural backgrounds who have demonstrated the potential to succeed in a challenging academic environment. In addition to serving the Savannah River area, USC Aiken actively seeks student enrollment from all parts of South Carolina as well as from other states and countries. As a senior public institution of the University of South Carolina, USC Aiken combines the advantages of a smaller institution with the resources of a major university system. Located in beautiful, historic Aiken, South Carolina, USC Aiken is an institution of moderate size (2,500-5,000 students) that offers baccalaureate degrees in a number of disciplines, completion baccalaureate degrees at University of South Carolina regional campuses, and master’s degrees in selected programs. USC Aiken endeavors to apply knowledge, skills, and wisdom in ways that promote the common good. Accordingly, the University seeks to build strong community ties. The institution enriches the quality of life not only on campus but also throughout the surrounding region through a variety of activities including the fine and performing arts, athletics, continuing education, distance learning, and community service. In fulfilling its role as an institution of higher learning, the University of South Carolina Aiken is a community of individuals engaged in broadly based educational experiences necessary for an enlightened society.
Wishing you a safe, healthy, and peaceful holiday season.
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The University of South Carolina Aiken School of Nursing recently received a gift of 1 million dollars from the estate of Anna M. Gascoigne-Nixon.
The University of South Carolina Aiken School of Nursing recently received a gift of 1 million dollars from the estate of Anna M. Gascoigne-Nixon. Gascoigne-Nixon, earned a nursing degree at St. Luke's hospital in Cleveland, Ohio where she worked in...
More Than A Game Campaign Completes Phase I of Fundraising
The First Tee of Aiken and The University of South Carolina Aiken celebrates the completion of phase I fundraising of the More Than A Game Campaign to create a golf practice facility on campus. The facility will include nine holes, putting greens, a...
The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center will have its rooftop open to view the star from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky Monday, appearing closer to one another than they have since Galileo’s time in the 17th century.
USC Aiken Alumni
The UofSC Aiken Alumni Office has a surplus of certain yearbooks. They were stored in the former maintenance building and when the office was preparing to move to their new site, they uncovered these yearbooks.
Specifically, we have a limited supply of (40) each for the years 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990. What better way to start the holidays than to offer them to you?
The Alumni Office will give one to you free of charge, based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Maybe you lost yours, or maybe you would like an extra copy, so come on by the Alumni House and one will be ready for you!
Please note that this offer is for pick up only at the Alumni House. So, if you live out of town please have a friend of family member pick one up for you today!
Make sure you check out the USC Aiken Alumni silent auction!
With the cancellation of Pacers and Polo in March, the alumni board has decided to have their silent auction virtually this year.
The auction will take place here, on the USC Aiken Alumni page between Monday November 30th and Friday December 11th. Bidders will comment their dollar amount bid on the picture of the item and at the end of the week the highest bidder wins!
We hope that you will join us in supporting student scholarships!
- Bidders will comment their bid on the photo of the item
-Bids are in increments of 5-10
-Bids close at midnight on Friday the 11th. Bids made after then will not be counted.
-Items can be paid for through cash, card or check
-Items must be able to be picked up at the Alumni House on the UofSC Aiken Campus. We will not be shipping items.
Aiken Sunrise Rotary Club has selected Kyle Ready as its Student of the Month for November.
This Aiken native made the decision to follow in his mom's footsteps and major in nursing at the University of South Carolina Aiken.
Ready is involved with several organization on campus, including the Student Government Association and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. In addition, he is also a member of the men's cross-country team.
Ready is also a member of the Student Nurses Association and plans to become an anesthetist after earning his BSN.
Happy Thanksgiving, Pacers! Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! ❤️💙
During The University of South Carolina Aiken's annual One Table event, students, faculty, and staff brought in nonperishable food items, school supplies, and backpacks to be donated to students at Warrenville Elementary School.
In total, 105 backpacks filled with nonperishable food items and school supplies were delivered to Warrenville Elementary School.
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/pacers-supply-food-for-local-elementary-school/17868
USC Aiken Alumni
There is still time to nominate a deserving alum for the Core 4 awards!
For more information and to nominate and alum go to https://www.usca.edu/alumni/events-programs/core-4
Stop by Parking Lot D before your holiday travel and let UofSC Aiken police officers give your car a free check-up. They’ll be in Parking Lot D until 1:00 p.m.
The University of South Carolina Aiken celebrated its newest alumni during its fall convocation ceremony on Nov. 20.
"Do you realize that of the 7 billion people in the world, only 6% have completed a college degree? You did not just complete a college degree, you did so in the middle of a global pandemic," said Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor.
Thanks Aiken High School for letting us hold tonight's graduation on your field!
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/uofsc-aiken-celebrates-fall-graduation/17921
“Graduates, please move your tassels!” 🎓🎉
Almost that time... 🎓
Watch live at 6PM: https://youtu.be/JHSCDV-Z7ZM
Graduation festivities continue with the School of Nursing pinning ceremony. Students light candles in honor of Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing.
Starting off graduation day with the School of Education pinning!
Two University of South Carolina Aiken visual and performing arts students, Vanya (Kayla) Hutto and Mr. Tres (Lowell) Taylor placed first in their levels for the South Carolina National Association for Teachers of Singing (SCNATS) Musical Theater competition held Oct. 25 - 28.
Winners were announced and had their video submissions streamed live on a Facebook event on Oct. 29. According to Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Dr. Keely Rhodes, these wins give the students recognition throughout the state and will move them forward into a regional competition with winners from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Based upon those results they may have the opportunity to compete on the national stage.
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/usc-aiken-students-advance-in-musical-theater-competition/17795
The week before Thanksgiving, the University of South Carolina Aiken held its 8th annual One Table event on campus.
Students, faculty, and staff gathered together for a traditional Thanksgiving meal before students head home for the remainder of the semester.
For the fourth year in a row, those attending the event brought backpacks, school supplies, and non-perishable food, to be donated to students at Warrenville Elementary School.
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/campus-community-gathers-to-give-thanks/17869
The University of South Carolina Aiken announced the installation of a new chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta on its campus Wednesday, November 4, 2020. This marked the 385th chapter of the honor society since its inception over 95 years ago.
The chapter at the UofSC Aiken was installed under the direction of chapter advisors Jason Munsell, associate professor of communication, and Christian Medders, assistant director of student life. Both were instrumental in founding this new chapter on campus. Medders says that the "ceremony when very well and that the university is excited to have ALD on campus." The new chapter was presented with a hand-calligraphed charter featuring names of the 41 founding members and 2 honorary members of the Society.
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/new-honor-society-installed-at-uofsc-aiken/17793
The University of South Carolina Aiken Police Department wants to wish you happy holidays, and a safe journey as you travel home during break.
Think you might need your battery, lights or other details checked on your car before leaving?
On Monday, November 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., your UofSC Aiken police officers are offering a free car check-up in Parking Lot D.
Here's a list of items they can check for you so that you know your car is ready to make the trip.
Amethyst Marroquin has been selected as the Outstanding Senior for fall 2020.
Marroquin is the recipient of multiple scholarships, including the Student Leadership scholarship and the Lionel and Dot Smith scholarship, and she has been named to either the Dean's or President's List all four years. She is a member of Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honors Society in Social Sciences, she serves as a Peer Mentor, and she is a tutor for the Capstone Research Methods course in Sociology. Marroquin has also worked as the student coordinator for the Office of Diversity Initiatives.
Marroquin has become a respected leader on campus. She has held various positions with the Student Government Association from parliamentarian to community service senator, to vice-president. She is also the president of the College Democrats, the treasurer for UofSC Aiken's chapter of Amnesty International, a member of the University Judicial Board, and a member of the Chancellor's Task Force for Diversity and Inclusion. She is also on the steering committees for Latinx Heritage month and for Women's History month. In addition to her leadership activities on campus, Marroquin has established herself in the wider Aiken community as a passionate voice and effective advocate in the area of diversity and inclusion. She was the keynote speaker at the Lights for Liberty Rally, an invited speaker at the Memorial for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and a panelist for events discussing issues related to voting and to DACA and immigrant rights.
Upon graduation, Marroquin hopes to become a fellow at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and she plans to continue working in diversity and inclusion.
USC Aiken Office of Veteran and Military Student Success
Happy Veterans Day from Team VMSS!
Aiken High School principal Dr. Jason Holt will deliver the commencement address at The University of South Carolina Aiken's fall commencement ceremony on November 20.
During his 15 years as an educator, Holt, 36, taught at Jackson Middle School and South Aiken High before becoming an assistant principal at South Aiken. Later he served as the principal at Paul Knox, which became a science-themed school under his leadership. Holt was also the principal at Jackson STEM Middle, helping the school transition from a traditional middle school to a nationally STEM-accredited school.
Holt completed his doctoral studies in educational innovation at Augusta University after earning an educational specialist degree in educational leadership at Georgia Regents University. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from UofSC Aiken.
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/uofsc-aiken-announces-fall-2020-commencement-speaker/17784
Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor of The University of South Carolina Aiken, has decided to retire effective June 30, 2021.
In a letter to the campus community, Jordan wrote, "It has been an extraordinary privilege to serve with you and for you as your chancellor. I will always be grateful for the opportunity I've had to learn from-and help illuminate to others-the dedication and excellence, creativity, and commitment that characterizes this amazing-and award-winning-university!"
Jordan has served as the chancellor since July 1, 2012. University of South Carolina President Robert L. Caslen stated, "Last year, Dr. Jordan informed me of her intention to retire at the end of this academic year. We celebrate this milestone moment for her and the legacy she leaves behind at the University of South Carolina Aiken and the entire UofSC System."
Read more about Jordan's tenure at UofSC Aiken: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/university-of-south-carolina-aiken-chancellor-to-retire/17650
Shepeard Community Blood Center will have a bloodmobile parked in Lot A next to the Student Activities Center tomorrow (Oct. 29) for a Halloween-themed drive.
They provide blood and blood products to 20 local hospitals in the CSRA and our regional burn center, and they’re facing an unprecedented shortage of blood products
Please come out between 9 and 4 and contribute to saving lives All donors will receive Halloween treats, your donation will be screened for COVID-19 antibodies, and there will be random gift card drawings throughout the day (Starbucks, Dunkin’, Subway, GameStop, etc).
To make your donation process quicker, visit https://www.shepeardblood.org/QuickPass in advance tomorrow (must be done the day of your donation). Make sure to have the barcode saved (printed, e-mailed to yourself, or a clear picture of it in your phone’s photo files).
If you would like to schedule an appointment to donate, visit https://donor.shepeardblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/25657
Brooke Thomas, a recent UofSC Aiken graduate, started her own jewelry company almost three years ago when she was a freshman. Friends who loved the pieces she wore encouraged her to share her talents, so she did.
"I have been making jewelry for sale since October 2017," Thomas said.
"I first started making it for myself, but then all my friends were asking them to make them different pieces, so I decided to sell from an Instagram account."
Now, she's expanding even more. This summer, Thomas opened Ginger Bee Boutique in the center of Laurens Street, in the heart of her hometown of Aiken. For the past several years, Thomas saved her profits from her jewelry sales to invest in the entrepreneurial, store-front venture.
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/pacer-entrepreneur-busy-as-a-bee-downtown/16912
USCA Student Affairs
Some awesome events and programs this week at UofSC Aiken. Help support the United Way or get your spook on at Fall Fest!
The rigors of the University of South Carolina Aiken nursing program helped prepare one alumnus for the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forrest Ayers had a rewarding job in Aiken Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department since he graduated in December of 2017. But once the coronavirus hit New York City, making it the nation’s pandemic epicenter, Ayers volunteered to head to the Big Apple.
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/pacer-goes-to-heart-of-pandemic/16915
USC Aiken Alumni
Today is the registration deadline for our annual Golf Classic! We still have spots for a few more teams and some of our great sponsored prizes are starting to arrive!
We hope to see you at The Reserve Club at Woodside on Monday November 2nd!
For more information and to sign up go to: https://www.usca.edu/alumni/events-programs/golf-classic
The University of South Carolina Aiken Department of Athletics partnered with Golden Harvest Food Bank and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office Thursday to give back to the community.
Student-athletes from each of the 10 sports, in addition to the Spirit Squad, coaches and administrators, assisted in the food distribution event. With an extensive line of vehicles at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, a second truck carrying food arrived and was also unloaded during the four-hour event.
A student-leader at the University of South Carolina Aiken has been recognized by the Sunrise Rotary Club as the Student of the Month of September.
Katlyn Johnson, a junior majoring in biology, plans to become an OB/GYN or perinatologist. Ultimately, she'd like to own and operate an all-woman birthing center.
Before she does, though, she's staying busy with a plethora of student organizations and initiatives at UofSC Aiken. While this keeps her schedule quite full, she says she wouldn't have it any other way.
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/biology-major-selected-as-rotary-s-student-of-the-month-/17386
The University of South Carolina Aiken celebrated the opening of its new USCA Esports Gaming Center on Monday.
The approximately 1,000 square-foot center features 24 spaces in total for members to practice and compete. The competition arena is a partitioned room within the center and is equipped with seven state-of-the-art gaming consoles and gaming chairs for Peach Belt practice and competition.
Read more: http://usca.meritpages.com/news/usc-aiken-dedicates-new-esports-gaming-center/17439
Aiken Electric Cooperative, INC recently hired University of South Carolina Aiken almna, Daniele Ligons, Class of '12, as its marketing manager.
In addition to her new responsibilities, she works as the creative director for her own business, Ligons Creative Co.
Ligons has a heart for service and community involvement and is an active member of the Aiken Junior Woman's Club and United Way of Aiken County's Young Philanthropists Society.
She also serves on the USC Aiken Alumni Board where she works with fellow members to increase alumni engagement.
Read more: https://usca.meritpages.com/news/marketing-alum--local-business-owner-now-at-aiken-electric/17163
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Building partnerships has been the cornerstone of the University of South Carolina Aiken since its inception in 1961. It was then that the citizens of the Aiken community voiced the need for a local institution of higher education. In a true demonstration of grassroots politics, the community rallied to show their support for a college to be founded in the area. Through state legislation, a governing board was formed, the Aiken County Commission for Higher Education, which continues to oversee the University’s mission.
The University of South Carolina, the state’s flagship university which was founded in Columbia in 1801, began offering courses in Aiken for students interested in completing their degrees in Columbia. USC Aiken became the fourth campus founded of the eight that would eventually comprise the USC System. Three full-time faculty members, a secretary, and 139 students joined for the university’s first academic semester in September 1961. Classes took place in "Banksia", a former winter-colony mansion in downtown Aiken. For 11 years, the university’s first students attended college in a structure which was developed as living quarters, studying composition in an area which was once a ballroom and algebra in a former sitting room.
Over the years, the student population grew and the need for a new physical location for campus arose. The university purchased property from the Graniteville Company and moved from Banksia to its present site in 1972. One multipurpose building was constructed, which was later named the Robert E. Penland Administration Building. This building’s open courtyard features one of the campus’ most notable landmarks, the Double Knot sculpture by artist Charles Perry, which symbolizes the University's close ties with the local community. At the time, most assumed that this would be the only building ever needed for the campus; however, the university grew to occupy more than 20 buildings and athletics facilities in the years that followed.
As a natural next step, USC Aiken began to seek autonomy in the USC system so students could begin and complete their degrees in Aiken. In 1977, the university was fully accredited as a senior college by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges, now known as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and granted its first baccalaureate degrees. Master’s degree programs began being offered on campus in 1994.
The institution began forming a limited number of sports teams as part of the NAIA in the 1960s. USC Aiken student-athletes adopted the Pacers as their mascot, named for Aiken’s well-known status as an equestrian community. In 1990, USC Aiken achieved NCAA Division II status and became a charter member of the highly-competitive Peach Belt Conference. Today, Pacer Athletics hosts 11 varsity men’s and women’s sports teams, including the three-time national champion men’s golf team.
Since 1961, five leaders have navigated the University’s path. Mr. Chris Sharp (1961-1962), Mr. Bill Casper (1963-1983), Dr. Robert Alexander (1983-2000), Dr. Thomas Hallman (2000-2012), and Dr. Sandra Jordan (2012–current) have overseen the campus as it has grown from a commuter institution to a more traditional, residentially-based campus.
Today, USC Aiken has ranked in the top three public baccalaureate colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges" for twenty-one consecutive years. More than 3,500 students attend the university, and approximately 500 students graduate each year. USC Aiken provides bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 50 programs of study while delivering many of the offerings of a large university on a small, friendly campus with intimate class sizes and personal attention. The commitment to continuing partnerships is woven into the fabric of the campus’ culture.