Young Alumni Council

The man behind the mascot

May 2022 mass communications graduate James Smithwick spent part of his time at South Carolina as the official mascot for Cocky’s Reading Express, a literacy initiative that sends Cocky into underserved schools across the state.

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Athletic training graduate committed to improving transgender healthcare and education

Erica Schulman graduated from the M.S. in Advanced Athletic Training program. During their time in the program, they explored their interests in transgender healthcare.

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International student earns master’s degree to increase athletic training services in Caribbean

Reann Young experienced an injury as a volleyball player. The care she received from an athletic trainer led her to pursue a career in the profession.

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Returning to Spain

2021 marketing and management graduate Kelly Brooks is living her dream teaching English in Madrid.

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Changing lives through medical devices

Alec Klungle, ’21 IMBA, discusses how the program helped prepare him for his role as a product manager for Stryker.

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Burn recovery inspires medical career for public health graduate

At the age of 13, Gabriela Carrara suffered second- and third-degree burns from a cooking accident. Now, the May 2022 public health graduate is beginning a career in medicine.

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All in the Gamecock family

Dimitri Amiridis is a May 2022 graduate and the son of Michael Amiridis, the incoming president of the University of South Carolina. He discusses his family’s ties to the university in this Q&A.

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May graduate to advance health equity for underserved communities by addressing social determinants of health

May 2022 public health graduate Cedrick Belton plans to become an epidemiologist and work to advance health resources for underserved communities.

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Defying the odds: Andee Poulos overcomes severe brain injury to graduate with honors

Andee Poulos suffered a stroke at the age of 14, with a 5 percent chance of survival. Fast forward to May 2022, and Poulos is now a graduate of the sport and entertainment management program.

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May graduate earns public health degree as foundation for career in medicine

May public health graduate Madison Petersen is headed to Rocky Vista University to complete a master’s degree in biomedical sciences, with a long-term goal of becoming an osteopathic physician.

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