Meet our new team members, Scott and Laura

Our alumni association team has grown again! Meet Scott McDonald, M.Ed. ’16, Director of Alumni Volunteer Engagement, and Laura Bundrick, Assistant Vice President of Development and Membership Services.


SCOTT McDONALD, M.Ed. ’16 | Director of Alumni Volunteer Engagement

What are you most looking forward to in your role?

I am looking forward to working with Gamecocks across the country and hearing about their experiences on campus.  I look forward to meeting Gamecocks in their cities and helping them to connect with other alumni.

What were your favorite memories as a student?

Brad Paisley performed a concert at the brand-new Alumni Center during my second year of grad school.  This was a week after we had been closed for the historic flood, so everyone was excited to be getting back to normal. I’ll never forget having a perfect spot on the stairs of the Alumni Center and screaming his songs all night long.

Favorite Gamecock tradition?

The Cocky magic trick at the beginning of each football game gets me every time.  Once I see Cocky appear out of thin air, I know it is time to cheer my heart out for the Gamecocks!

If you could give any advice to a new graduate, what would you say?

Get involved with local alumni so that you can find a mentor.  Everyone should have a mentor that is in their field of study and one that you know from a different part of your life.  This will allow you to get a balanced perspective that will better lend to your own professional development. 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

Outside of working at the Alumni Association I enjoy coaching the Sea Monkeys as part of the Columbia Swim League.  I have also forced myself to become a runner, so if I’m ever in your city I will be looking for a good route.


LAURA BUNDRICK | Assistant Vice President of Development and Membership Services

What are you most looking forward to in this role?

I am looking forward to collaborating with the Experience Team to build a philanthropy program that supports the Association’s mission. This is a great opportunity to build relationships and engage with members, alumni, corporate partners and others in the Gamecock Community.

And what about working at the University of South Carolina?

As a lifelong Gamecock fan and USC supporter, I am excited to join this family. I have a passion for working in higher education and love that I can do this at the University of South Carolina.

If you could give any advice to a new graduate, what would you say?

Stay postive and keep learning.

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