Asian Correspondent » University of South Carolina Asian Correspondent Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:16:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 University of South Carolina is leading the way in going “green”! Tue, 25 May 2010 16:47:20 +0000

The University of South Carolina is paving the way in the southeast for environmental “green” initiatives. USC had pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020, and two residence halls on campus are helping to achieve this goal. The West “Green” Quadrangle residence hall was one of the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings in South Carolina and was the nation’s largest “green” residential University building at the time of inception. The brand new Honors Residence hall recently received a gold LEED rating for its initiatives in sustainability, and it uses 30 percent less energy and water than a comparable building.

There are many groups on campus that advocate for environmental change. A community within the West Quad grows its own food, holds recycling competitions, campaigns for energy conservation, and has weekly activities and speakers to raise awareness of environmental influences. Every spring and summer a “Farmer’s market” is held on campus where students can purchase organic, locally grown food. In April, the Students Advocating a Greener Environment (SAGE) organize and host the Earth Day festival which celebrates the world and helps students learn ways they can become more environmentally friendly.

With all the development in sustainability initiatives, it is safe to say that the University of South Carolina has officially “turned green”!

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Baseball a Power Sport in South Carolilna Wed, 12 May 2010 15:22:56 +0000

Gamecocks Baseball

If South Carolina football is considered a religion here in Columbia, SC, the University community can also be proud of its baseball team. Indeed in the last 35 years it has won its way 25 times to the NCAA tournament and made eight College World Series appearances. Since 1997, Coach Ray tanner has led the Gamecocks to a winning streak (with 605 overall wins and only 273 losses), dominating the South Eastern Conference for the past 10 years.

Last year marked the team’s first season at the brand new Carolina Stadium, a state-of-the-art stadium with the first hydrogen-cell powered scoreboard in the World. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and fans can gather at this beautiful facility and enjoy a hot dog on a beautiful South Carolina day.

This year, the Gamecocks show an impressive record of 35 wins – 9 losses so far and are ranked #5 in the country (and… #1 in their division, the SEC). We are on track for some exciting postseason games. Currently ranked #4 head coach in the country, Coach Tanner inspires baseball experts: “It was yet another fantastic week for Tanner’s Gamecocks. Can anyone slow them down?” Baseball Power ranking reported.


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Columbia, SC: One of the best college towns! Wed, 12 May 2010 15:20:11 +0000

Columbia, SC

Columbia, the home of the University of South Carolina, has been ranked among the best college towns by ePodunk, an online survey resource.  Columbia is situated in a greater metro area of around 700,000 people, which makes it a city that is large enough to provide many experiences and opportunities, but small enough to navigate and learn quickly.

Located just a few hours from the beach, mountains, and several larger cities, Columbia also boasts the state’s only national park, the Congaree Swamp. There are museums, art galleries, theatres, concerts, an exciting night life, and affordable living all within reach while attending USC.  The University of South Carolina has 28,000 students, and in turn gives the city a unique college vibe.

In the fall, all eyes turn to Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturdays when the Gamecocks take the field to play football. The tailgating experience is not to be missed: Thousands of people in a sea of garnet and black bond together long before the game begins and after the game ends to share in the pride of being a Gamecock Fan.

Add in the southern hospitality that South Carolina is known for, and you’ve found a unique blend of culture, excitement, sports, friendly people, and diversity that truly make Columbia and The University of South Carolina an extraordinary place to be.

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South Carolina completes its international student recruitment season Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:28:44 +0000

The University of South Carolina has completed its spring 2010 recruiting campaign with trips to Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Guangzhou in China; Hong Kong; Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam; and Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan.

Coming up: The summer and fall educational fairs will include India, as well as return trips to China, Vietnam and Taiwan.

As part of our campaign, South Carolina has launched a new website that provides access to information about all programs of study, from undergraduate and English language education to master’s and Ph.D. programs. Get to know the University of South Carolina at

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South Carolina marine science links to Chinese academy Sun, 25 Apr 2010 18:48:48 +0000

Dr. Ronald Benner, Marine Science Program, University of South Carolina has been named an Einstein Professor by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Einstein Professorship Program is a key initiative of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to strengthen science and technology links, cooperation and exchange between CAS scientists and respective Einstein Professors and their laboratories, and to enhance the training of future generations of scientists in China.

The Marine Science Program (MSCI) is an interdisciplinary academic program offering curricula that lead to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The MSCI Program was founded in 1972 and is one of the premier marine science/oceanography educational programs in the nation with about 40 faculty, 30 graduate students, and 200 undergraduate majors.

The MSCI faculty conduct research projects in biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography in South Carolina, nationally, and internationally. They successfully compete for research funding from many federal agencies, including NSF, ONR, EPA, NASA, and NOAA as well as private foundations and international agencies. Interdisciplinary research emphasis on open ocean, coastal ocean, and estuaries is clearly in step with the future research directions and needs for undergraduate and graduate students in preparation for employment in the 21stCentury.

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South Carolina selected for 2010 IAPP focus on India Sun, 25 Apr 2010 18:43:21 +0000

The University of South Carolina has been selected as one of 10 U.S. institutions to participate in the 2010 International Academic Partnership Program by the Institute of International Education. This year the primary focus of this program is to help build partnerships and linkages in India. 

The program at USC will be lead by Dr. T.S. Sudarshan, Carolina Distinguished Professor and Chairman Department of Electrical Engineering (lead Principal Investigator), and Co PI’s Dr. Venkat Lakshmi, Professor and Chair Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences and Dr. Meera Narasimhan, Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, USC-School of Medicine and Ms.Patricia Willer, Associate Vice President for International Programs.

This team offers a very unique dimension to the program that would help facilitate international educational exchange and research partnerships in the area of engineering, environmental science, public health and  healthcare. This award comes at a very opportune time since both President Pastides and Provost Amiridis have made internationalization a high priority at the University of South Carolina. USC provides a supportive environment for international students and scholars. This award will further enhance global citizenship for our faculty and students through educational exchange.

This year’s IAPP was extremely competitive with over 70 nominations for only 10 spots. “Your institution’s application stood out for its demonstrated support from both administration and faculty, commitment to increasing internationalization on your campus and stalwart desire to foster a partnership with Indian institutions,” said Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President & CEO, Institute of International Education.

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A message from President Pastides Sun, 25 Apr 2010 18:32:39 +0000

“The world is getting smaller.”

It’s a shopworn cliché that doesn’t resonate as it once did, but it’s no less true in 2010 than on the day it was coined. We know that especially to be true at the University of South Carolina. We have ongoing research on every continent and ocean, and our comprehensive study-abroad programs expose students to cultures and languages the world over.

But our doors to the world are entrances as well as exits, and we are the American home to nearly 1,500 international students, including more than 900 from Asian nations. International students give us much-needed perspective. They challenge us, broaden us, and teach us. They remind us that we are all citizens of the same planet. They enable us to appreciate cross-cultural differences and to see the common threads we share as fellow human beings.

In return, we offer an experience to our international students that first includes world-class academic rigor in more than 80 undergraduate programs, including international business, engineering, science, liberal arts, and music, plus a wide range of advanced programs for students who wish to build on an existing degree. And for students who wish to strengthen their language skills during their programs of study, we offer excellent, personalized instruction through our English Programs for Internationals.

But the Carolina experience goes well beyond the classroom, and our Office of International Student Services is an invaluable resource both for meeting specific needs and for helping our international students fully engage in the wealth of opportunities available to them once they are here. From assisting with visa and immigration matters, to arranging for student employment, to suggesting a fun activity on one of our beautiful South Carolina Saturdays, our friendly staff are here to make the international student’s visit meaningful and memorable.

For a world of opportunity, consider the University of South Carolina.

Harris Pastides


University of South Carolina

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Introduction: University of South Carolina Sat, 10 Apr 2010 18:20:34 +0000

Welcome to the University of South Carolina’s blog for Asian Correspondent.  We hope you will find our information of value to you in exploring the opportunities of a comprehensive American university.  The best way to learn about us it to plunge into our web site: 

I’ll share only my own perspective as dean of our College of Mass Communications and Information Studies.  Long title–it’s our journalism school and our library science school.

I came to the university eight years ago after a long career as a journalist, much of it with CNN.  I spent a dozen years in Europe–from London to Moscow and points in between–and more than 20 years in Washington covering politics and policy. 

We seek to have a global view of communications in all its dimensions, especially emerging media.  After all, I’m writing in Columbia, and you could be reading in Calcutta or Chengdu.  Our faculty include professors originally from China, Korea, Taiwan and Greece and others who have taught in other countries.  I have great fondness for one of our doctoral students whom I met at a conference at SISU in Shanghai and recruited over an evening cruise on the Huangpo.  One of my former students went on to do graduate work in Hong Kong and is now working there for CNN. 

You will find more about other colleges at the University of South Carolina as this blog progresses.  The IMBA program in our Darla Moore School of Business has world acclaim, just to name one.

We’re very pleased with this opportunity to reach out through Asian Correspondent and welcome inquiries.

Charles Bierbauer


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