With more than 340,000 living alumni, the University of South Carolina has stories to tell, and Carolinian is here to tell them. From celebrated artists, scientists and business leaders to everyday alumni who embody the spirit of Carolina, this is our story — and this is your magazine.
Carolinian is published three times a year and distributed to members of the USC Alumni Association. Select features from the print edition can be found here, alongside web-exclusive stories, videos and interviews that celebrate our successes, revisit our history and remind us what it means to be a Carolinian. Forever to thee!
Columbia artist Blue Sky has been livening up the city’s public spaces for half a
century, and he’s not done yet. In fact, Carolinian was arranging a photo shoot at
Tunnelvision, Sky’s iconic downtown mural, when he decided it was due for a refresh.
The next day, the 85-year-old Sky pulled up in the 1971 Volkswagen van he has used
as a mobile studio for the last 50 years and got to work.
Carolinians don’t just have vision; we follow through. Witness evolutionary biologist Tim Mousseau, whose research at Chernobyl continued, even in the face of the war in Ukraine. Witness Chynna A. Phillips, who works tirelessly to address poverty in South Carolina. Witness Hope Rivers, a first-generation college student who is now president of Piedmont Tech. Witness every Carolinian featured in our latest issue and be inspired by their vision.
The Meaning of Magis
As senior director of policy and research at Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Chynna A. Phillips is taking on poverty one partnership at a time.Meet Chynna A. Phillips
Evolutionary biologist Tim Mousseau has been studying the ecological effects of radiation at Chernobyl for decades, even during wartime.Meet Tim Mousseau
First Gen, Next Gen
First generation college graduate Hope Rivers inspires a new generation as president of Piedmont Technical College.Meet Hope Rivers
Gamecock baseball turned the corner in 2023 — and thanks to the hustle of players like infielder Will McGillis, we put plenty of runs across the plate.
The First SittingAlumnus Jim Barrow prefers to keep his philanthropy quiet, but when you’ve given as much support to your alma mater as he has, a thank-you is in order.
Meet Jim Barrow
Catching Up with David Shields
In 2019, English professor and heirloom foodways expert David Shields took us to rural
Spartanburg County to learn about a variety of corn once grown by Thomas Jefferson
that was thought to be extinct.
For the debut of Catching Up, our new Carolinian web series where we follow up with people featured in our print edition, we joined Shields in Pomaria, South Carolina to meet legendary heirloom seed saver, Carold Wicker.
Cocky goes viral; plus, theater as stroke therapy
Who’s that in the Cocky suit? It’s a secret — until graduation time. Biomedical engineering senior Sarah Sylvester revealed her identity as Cocky at commencement in May, and her story went national. Also, we look at a unique program that helps patients recovering from stroke work on their communication skills by producing and acting in a play.
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