March Newsletter

Wes Hickman, UofSC Alumni Association Chief Executive Officer

Gamecock Family,

It has been a great honor to serve the students and alumni of this university for the past eleven years but it’s time for me to pursue other passions and tackle new entrepreneurial challenges. Friday, March 3rd will be my last day at the Alumni Association. My wife and I are staying in Columbia and will remain steadfast fans and supporters, living out what it means to be Life Members. In fact, we’ll be at Spurs Up Sprint this Saturday helping raise money to support scholarships for future generations of Gamecocks. It’s not too late to sign up and there’s a link below!

The Association is in great hands with our Chief Experience Officer, Tiffany Foxworth, stepping in as Interim CEO while the Board of Governors conducts a national search, chaired by Alumni Association President-Elect Michael Bond.

I can’t adequately express my gratitude for all the support you have shown the Association over the past four years. Your engagement has inspired us to do more programming than ever — hosting football tailgates home and away, launching new affiliate groups, creating new scholarship programs, connecting students and alumni through a new mentorship hub and bringing more Gamecocks back home for new annual events like the Spurs Up Sprint, Golf Tournament and Gamecock Gala.

I know you will continue to embrace all that the Alumni Association has to offer our Gamecock Family. Remember, however, that membership in the Association is the key to making it all happen. It is the easiest and best way to give back to students and alumni across the university and around the globe.

Let’s stay in touch, connect on LinkedIn or Facebook and I look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Forever to Thee, 


It’s Not Too Late to Run in our Spurs Up Sprint 5K

Run or walk with fellow Gamecocks for a good cause! Celebrate your Gamecock spirit while getting exercise AND raising money for USC student scholarships at our Spurs Up Sprint, presented by Prisma Health.

Can’t make it to Columbia for the in-person race? Register virtually and run from anywhere.

Register today >

Cheer on the Gamecocks in Greenville

The Gamecock Club and USC Alumni Association are joining forces to help you cheer on our undefeated Women’s Basketball team in the SEC tournament. Prior to each game, join us at Fireforge Crafted Beer for our SEC Tournament Headquarters. We can’t wait to see you in Greenville!

Alumni News

Live Like Liv

In the wake of tragedy, thousands of dollars have been donated to continue the passion of this USC alumna.

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Carolina Day 2023

Advocates from across the Palmetto State gathered in Columbia to celebrate #USCImpact at the State House.

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Librarian of the Year

Lessie Bernshouse, Pee Dee School Librarian of the Year, is innovating in the classroom through her curriculum.

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2023 Alumni Awards

Each year the Alumni Association has the great honor of celebrating the best and brightest alumni and friends of the university. Do you know a South Carolina alum who is creating change in their community? Nominate them for a USC Alumni Award! The deadline for nominations and applications is April 1, 2023.

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Play in the USC Alumni Association Golf Tournament

Support student scholarships by registering to play in our golf tournament! Get your team together and join us May 22 at Wildewood Club. $600 for teams, $150 for individuals.

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Calling All Dance Marathon Alumni: Main Event Is Almost Here

USC Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropic organization in the state of South Carolina. Over the past 25 years, USCDM has raised more than $8.1 million for the Child Life Program at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital in the Midlands which serves more than 150,000 children in South Carolina every year. This year, Main Event will take place on Saturday March 25th from 9am-11pm at the STWFC right on campus. RSVP today and come celebrate 25 years of USCDM!


Work with the Alumni Association

Come be a part of the team that serves our 350,000 living alumni! We are searching for a new CEO — interested parties should apply by April 15, 2023.

We are also hiring a Coordinator of Programming to assist with the development, planning, execution and evaluation of our events program.

CEO Application Information >

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Travel With Gamecocks

Did you know you can travel with the USC Alumni Association? Join us on one of our exciting 2023 trips, including this trip to the West! Explore Utah’s Mighty National Parks, renowned for awe-inspiring views, impressive rock formations and otherworldly landscapes that must be seen to be believed.

Enjoy five nights at one-hotel on this relaxed tour that features Canyonlands, Arches and Capitol Reef National Parks along with Dead Horse Point State Park and Monument Valley.

Book your spot today! >

Follow Us on Social Media

Join our community of 35,000+ who promote Gamecock tradition around the world!

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Career Development Resources

Check out our Career Development page to see all of the incredible opportunities to mentor current USC students, advance your career, and view our catalog of virtual career events. Here you can also learn about our Mentorship Hub, a program in partnership with the USC Career Center.

Learn more and sign up >

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Alumni Notes

The Honorable J. Michelle Childs, J.D. ’91

was honored by The National Judicial College with an award for Making the World a More Just Place. Judge Childs was a finalist for the U.S. Supreme Court nomination that went to Justice Ketanji Brown-Jackson.

Austin Baskett, ’88

opened his first exhibition, The Art of Old Signs at Denver International Airport. The exhibit will be on display until late June 2023.

Dave Bell, ’98

was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief with Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue. He has been a member of Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue for over 24 years.

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Forever To Thee.

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