Alumna Spotight: Paula Novacki, `14
Ever wondered what life after graduation will look like? Meet Paula Novacki!
Want to know what USC leadership looks like? Look no further than the Charlotte Gamecocks and their dedicated Club Chair, James Wolf, `05.
A Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, James has organized one of the strongest communities of Gamecocks in the country. Chair of both the local My Carolina and Gamecock Clubs, James represents over 9,000 alumni in the Charlotte area and countless Gamecock fans. James has served as the Chair of My Carolina’s Charlotte club for almost 10 years.
“Being a local leader allows me to inspire our alumni, friends and supporters of the University to come together to accomplish many things,” says James. “We are limited to our imagination. Our area is blessed to have over 9,000 alumni and growing by recruiting students to the University, growing our local scholarship fund and helping with internships and jobs. We engage Gamecocks after graduation through social, charity and professional events. It is important to bring all alumni together no matter the background because we share one commonality – a love for the University of South Carolina. Being a leader is a passion and a labor of love.”
Whether it is an event welcoming Gamecocks to their home away from Columbia, hosting a fundraiser for the club’s scholarship or networking opportunities for alumni, James has built a lasting connection along I-77 between our campus and the city that so many Gamecocks call home. In October, James and the Charlotte Gamecocks hosted the 9th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Pine Lake Country Club to raise money for the Dickson Rose Scholarship Fund.
“We have so many talented Gamecocks in so many different industries and we try to appeal to all through consistent first class social, charity and professional events,” says James. We have over seven decades of Gamecocks that attend our events and tens of thousands of people that visit our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts. My Carolina supports us in so many ways through ideas, man-power, financially and with wonderful give-a-ways. It is a group effort that makes us the most active club in the country… so much so that we want to be referred as Charlotte, SC.”
As a Life Member of My Carolina, James knows that a deep commitment to USC starts with being active. Sure, membership has its benefits like national discounts and great My Carolina gear, but James shines as an example of how to turn connections into action. My Carolina is on a mission to create the strongest and most active network of alumni nationwide and it starts with your membership.
“Being a life member provides the opportunity to add value to students, engage alumni and continue to spread the Gamecock Gospel along with the brand of the University of South Carolina. My membership makes it possible to support our students and over 300,000 living alumni.”
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