A Spirit of Gamecock Giving
Welcome Home, My Carolina! Your new state-of-the-art, technologically advanced Alumni Center is now open for business and ready to welcome home the University's alumni, living worldwide. Whether it's for social or professional events, alumni and students have the opportunity to network, learn, and share and create memories. Get to know your Alumni Center!
Our doors are open and there are opportunities for you to leave your mark on this generational project. If you're interested in learning more about matching your passion with our project, let us know now so you don't get left behind!
Gifts of any size make a difference and can be directed to the Alumni Center Building Fund.
Donor wall recognition opportunities begin at $5,000 and building and room naming opportunities are also available. Read below for the inspiration behind some of those who have donated to our project, and contact Lindsey Spires Griffin at (803) 777-4112 or firstname.lastname@example.org today to start a conversation.
Student for a short time. Gamecock for a lifetime.
The Chakales Family
Jamie Chakales, BA '78; MBA '84
"Although I live in Virginia, I may be like many USC grads who wake up every morning "With Carolina in My Mind" as I start the day scanning The State newspaper online, then go to any and all USC related websites typically trying to get the latest on the Gamecock sports teams. My oldest daughter was born in Columbia, grew up in Richmond, but was apparently exposed to USC enough to place the University on the top of her list of colleges; she graduated from Carolina in 2007. My youngest son will be a freshman at USC in the Fall (2016). I love to pass on whatever exciting news I hear about USC. I have received much more from Carolina than I could ever give - great education, lifelong friends and a lifetime of wonderful memories that continue to build. Every year we add to our Gamecock gear. Recently we built an outdoor pavilion in our backyard that my wife named "The Roost". I am extremely proud of The University of South Carolina and honored to be a part of the Alumni Center."
The Deschamps Siblings
In honor of their parents, Naomi & Ralph DesChamps
"We are grateful to the University of South Carolina for the exceptional education that contributed to our successful careers. Our support of the Alumni Center allowed us the opportunity to give back to this great university in honor of our parents while leaving a legacy for future Gamecocks. It's great to have an Alumni Center to call home."
Trula and John Wright
In memory of Jim Leventis ’60, ‘64 and in honor of Laura Leventis ‘00
"We enjoy making charitable gifts for need-based scholarships and to support causes for which our family and friends give their time, talent, and leadership. Laura and Jim Leventis served as leaders to help build the My Carolina Alumni Association. Our gift to the Alumni Center recognizes their achievements."
The Bussell Family
Lee and Mary Beth, '82, and Chase Bussell, '15
"It's been an honor to participate with others in the funding of our spectacular new Alumni Center. While the exterior is stunning, we know it's the activities that go on inside the building that will create an even stronger emotional connection between alumni and the university."
The Telencio Family
Megan, '07, and Damian Telencio, '99
"The University of South Carolina prepared us for the challenging career paths we both chose, and it is truly our honor to return the favor and help strengthen the Gamecock community through the Alumni Center project. Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!"
The Brown Family
Lorna and Dan Brown, '69; and sons Baxter and Parker
"The University of South Carolina was my way up from small-town South Carolina poverty, and I will always be grateful to USC and all those who guided me to my undergrad and MBA degrees. Giving back is an absolute requirement for people like me who received so much from the university. I want my two sons and their families to feel that same commitment to USC during their lifetimes."
The Jaggard Family
Pictured, from left to right, are Malcolm, Sue, Meredith and Alex, '03 BS, '12 MBA, Jaggard
"We are proud to leave a legacy in the new Alumni Center because we believe in what students can and will do for decades to come."
Black Alumni Council
President Hasan Ross EL, '08
"My Carolina's Black Alumni Council is leading by example as we work to raise funds for this historic project. I am filled with pride as I review the plans for our new alumni home. This facility will serve as a shining example of the momentum of our university. I invite you to join me and fellow Black Alumni Council board members in supporting our Alumni Center project."
New York City Gamecocks
Owners of the Mason Jar, the official gathering spot of NYC Gamecocks
Pictured with Manhattan-area alumni leaders and My Carolina executive director Jack Claypoole
"We are incredibly excited to be a part of a project that encourages fellow graduates, students and fans of Carolina to stay connected. The Mason Jar’s commitment to the Alumni Center truly exemplifies the NYC Gamecocks’ volunteerism and philanthropy."
Richland-Lexington Alumni Board
Former President Donna Pullen, '89
Pictured with John Denise, '86, fellow board member
"It is such a great feeling to see the construction underway on the new Alumni Center. The Richland-Lexington Alumni Board wanted to leave a legacy for future generations of Gamecocks by creating a place to call home at Carolina. Deepal Eliatamby, president from 2000 until 2001, issued a challenge to our board to help build a home for alumni, and since that time, we have focused on achieving this goal. We are excited to see it become a reality in 2015. Whether you’re gathering before the big game or hosting a business function, the Alumni Center is going to be the perfect on-campus location for Gamecocks to meet."