"In The News" Archives - June 2023 to January 2024

USC Aiken basketball player earns another Peach Belt honor

Thursday, January 18 2024

University of South Carolina Aiken player Jalen McCoy was named Peach Belt Men's Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season. 

Click here to read more about his accomplishments written by the Aiken Standard. 

USC Aiken campus gathers together for annual One Table Event

Monday, November 20 2023

USC Aiken gathered together to express thanks while helping those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. News Channel 6 spoke with some students and Family Promise of Aiken County on how the annual One Table event helped to tackle homelessness.

Click the link here to view the story. 

USC Aiken invites the community to watch the annual partial solar eclipse

Monday, October 16 2023

The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and the Du Pont Planetarium hosted a watch party to view the partial solar eclipse. 

FOX 54 News Now  spoke with USC Aiken staff and community members about the experience.

Click here to read the story. 

First-generation students speak about the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, October 12 2023

First-generation Hispanic students throughout Aiken area schools including at the University of South Carolina Aiken are sharing their experiences. 

Reporter Erin Weeks, from the Aiken Standard, spoke with students about the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Click here to read the story. 

USC Aiken women's basketball team instills hope in S.C. students

Friday, October 06 2023

The University of South Carolina Aiken women's basketball team is helping to inspire rural students in S.C. The team partnered with the Edgefield County Youth Empowerment Center to host "Books and Basketball" on Tuesday, Oct. 3. 

Click here to watch the News 12 report on how the team uplifted students at Douglas Elementary School. 

The Morning Mix previews Cultural Series Show, Letters Home

Thursday, October 05 2023

200 free tickets will be provided for the upcoming Cultural Series Show, Letters Home all thanks to a recent donation made to the Empowering Healthy Veterans Campaign (EHV) at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Paul B. Crook, executive director of the Etherredge Center was on the Morning Mix to discuss more about the show. 

Click here to watch. 

The annual S.E.E.D STEM Festival highlights science

Wednesday, September 27 2023

Families got to enjoy a day of animals, fossils, and a whole lot of science at this years annual S.E.E.D STEM Festival at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Building on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Aiken Standard spoke with some of the families in attendance.

Click here to read the story. 

USC Aiken hosts Buddy Walk

Tuesday, September 19 2023

The Aiken community filled the quad to take part in USC Aiken's Buddy Walk, which focuses on Down syndrome. The Aiken Standard caught up with some members of the community. Click here to read the full article. 

USC Aiken sees high enrollment since Covid-19

Friday, August 25 2023

The University of South Carolina Aiken welcomed nearly 4,000 students for the fall semester on Thursday, Aug. 23. 

It's the highest enrollment the university has seen since Covid-19. 

News 12 spoke with some students on why they chose USC Aiken. 

USC Aiken welcomes new freshman class, including Pacer LIFE students

Wednesday, August 23 2023

The University of South Carolina Aiken just welcomed its largest freshman class in history.

Some of the students talked about what they're looking forward to the most this year. Pacer LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) is a new two-year program on campus that focuses on students with intellectual disabilities. 

Check out their story on WJBF News Channel 6 on how some of the program's students are loving their first week of college. 

USC Aiken welcomes students for the new school year

Monday, August 21 2023

Welcome back Pacers! 

Students at the University of South Carolina Aiken officially moved back on campus over the weekend. Some are even beginning their new journey as freshmen. 

WJBF News Channel 6 caught up with some of the Pacers who are ready to start the new year. 

USC Aiken launches new texting program to keep donors informed

Thursday, August 03 2023

The University of South Carolina Aiken has a new texting program to facilitate better connections with the university and community. 

Those enrolled will receive one text per month with information regarding key campus events, university developments, social media updates, and information on how donor funds are being invested.

Read the full article on the program by the Aiken Standard here.

USC Aiken Chancellor Named One of Education’s Most Inspiring Thought Leaders

Thursday, July 13 2023

University of South Carolina Aiken Chancellor Daniel Heimmermann has been named as one of the Most Inspiring Thought Leaders Transforming Education in 2023 by Insights Success magazine.

Heimmermann became the fifth chancellor of USC Aiken in July 2021. Prior to that, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas Permian Basin, where he ranked as the most senior chief academic officer in the University of Texas System. He also held administrative and academic roles at the University of Texas Brownsville (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and the University of North Alabama.

Insights Success is a magazine and journalistic platform that focuses on issues in higher education leadership. The magazine provides a space for top leaders and executives to talk and share their experiences, views and mantra of success to help upcoming professionals learn, cater and deliver innovative business solutions and insights.

Read the full article online

USC Aiken students react to SCOTUS decision to reject Biden's student loan relief plan

Thursday, July 06 2023

The Supreme Court ruled to strike down President Joe Biden's plan to forgive $400 billion in student loan debt. 

According to the Associated Press, the 6-3 decision, said that the Biden administration overstepped its authority with the plan. 

Some USC Aiken students gave their opinion on the recent decision. Click to read full article.

USC Aiken partners with Clemson University for the Call Me MISTER program

Thursday, June 29 2023

USC Aiken is partnering with Clemson University with the Call Me MISTER program, which is helping to create teaching opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. The program gives scholarships to young men from underserved communities. 

USC Aiken's Call Me MISTER coordinator, Rashad Paige leads the program and says it's had a good impact on his life. 

Participants receive training, mentorship through their education, and in return teach in public schools for the number of years they received the scholarship. 

Read the full article.

USC Aiken professor discusses South Carolina’s efforts to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

Monday, June 19 2023

Dr. Sarah Young, assistant professor in the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy at the University of South Carolina Aiken, provided insight to the Aiken Standard on efforts in South Carolina to make Juneteenth -- a federal holiday that commemorates the effective end of slavery in the U.S. – a paid holiday.

"Recognition of official holidays really (does) matter in the sense that they influence the collective memory," she said. "It's a great opportunity for the citizens as a whole to become educated about the conditions of the past but not just of the past, but how these conditions have changed and how they relate to the current status quo."

Read the full article.