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USCA celebrates year’s achievements at Holiday Jingle and Jazz

December 26, 2018

During its annual holiday event, USC Aiken recognized its donors, supporters, leadership groups and elected officials.

During Holiday Jingle and Jazz at the Aiken Center for the Arts, Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor, shared some of the university’s notable accomplishments this year, according to a news release from the university.

They included, being ranked number one by “U.S. News and World Report” for the 14th time; receiving numerous accolades for the Veteran and Military Student Success Center; the opening of the Aiken Scholars Academy; a new faculty affiliate program agreement with Savannah River National Lab; and several new degree programs.

In the fall, USCA launched a master’s degree in educator leadership, an online MBA and a revamped computer science program, which now includes concentrations in cybersecurity and applied gaming.

“All that we have accomplished - and all that we have planned - would not be possible without your tremendous support,” Jordan said.

USCA literacy professor donates books to area teens

To foster reading and raise social awareness among high school students, a USC Aiken professor, conducted a campus-wide book drive.

Dr. LeNessa Clark, an assistant professor of literacy education, “adopted” a local 11th-grade English class and asked her colleagues to help provide 52 copies of “The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas, to the students, according to a news release from the university.

Between USC Aiken faculty and staff, members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Clark gathered more than 70 books.

“I am so thankful to everyone who rallied to help support this effort,” Clark said. “It’s great to be a Pacer.”

USCA holds STEM Friday for high schoolers

High school juniors and seniors throughout the CSRA recently took part in STEM Friday at USC Aiken.

The event helps introduce students to STEM fields of study and careers, according to a new release from the university.

“Our region’s workforce is steeped in STEM-related fields,” said Dr. Chad Leverette, the interim dean of the college of science and engineering at USC Aiken.

Almost 150 students who attend public or private high schools or who are home schooled in the area attended the event. They visited with USC Aiken professors and students in psychology, mathematics, engineering, computer science, chemistry, physics, biology and geology. Many took part in interactive experiments.

New International Programs director joins USCA team

Liz Dille has been named the assistant director of student life - international programs at USC Aiken.

“We are very pleased to have Liz on our campus in this vital role,” said Ahmed Samaha, interim vice chancellor for student life and services.

“Currently, we have students from 38 countries represented in our student body. Her extensive experience in international programs allows Liz to give these students the critical support and guidance they need and deserve.”

She joins the Pacers team after serving in a similar capacity at Mercer University where she was the associate director of international programs. Before that, she was at Presbyterian College where she was the assistant director of international programs.

Dille is active in the National Association of International Educators and is on the regional leadership team for the organization.

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