The Pastides Alumni Center and Alumni Association offices are temporarily closed, but our team is still here to serve you. To reach the association, email If you are interested in scheduling a future event at the center, email You may also read more about our response to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

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  • published Chardonnay Ismail in Our Team 2020-05-26 17:32:09 -0400

    Chardonnay Ismail

    Social Media Specialist


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    University of South Carolina, B.A. Public Relations, 2016

  • published Alumni Volunteer Conference in Get Involved 2020-05-22 09:31:58 -0400

    2020 Alumni Volunteer Conference

    The University of South Carolina Alumni Association runs on the power of our volunteer base, and we are excited to host the Alumni Volunteer Conference virtually on May 29th and release new volunteer resources. Although we hoped to gather in-person, we are excited for the opportunity for volunteers to hear updates and learn about the resources available to all of our affiliate groups.

    Who should attend?

    • All affinity council leaders
    • Club board members

    Register here


    Live sessions on Zoom (all times are east coast time):

    • 9:45-10 a.m. Welcome and housekeeping items
    • 10-11 a.m. Update and Q&A with UofSC President Bob Caslen
    • 11-11:30 a.m. Alumni Association brand update and resources
    • 11:30 a.m. to noon Resource overview and Association Updates with CEO Wes Hickman

    Pre-recorded resources available online by the start of the conference:

    All volunteers

    Alumni clubs

    • Your club and UofSC - Coming soon!
    • Connecting in your community with Charlotte Club president, James Wolf - Coming soon!
    • Growing membership through your club - Coming soon!

    New resources

    • Alumni Club Handbook - Coming soon! 
    • Affinity and Interest Group Handbook - Coming soon!
    • Club Funding Request - Coming soon!
    • Affinity and Interest Group Funding Request - Coming soon!

  • published Gamecock Trivia! in Just for Fun 2020-04-10 12:13:53 -0400

    Gamecock Trivia!

    Think you know South Carolina? Test your skills with the Student Alumni Association's Gamecock Trivia game!

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  • published Just for Fun in Resources 2020-04-08 14:56:17 -0400

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  • published Board of Governors Nominations in News & Stories 2020-04-08 10:06:12 -0400

    Board of Governors Nominations

    The University of South Carolina Alumni Association Board of Governors is actively seeking dedicated alumni to serve three year term on the board.

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  • published Gamecock Jobs in Resources 2020-03-26 08:41:02 -0400

    Gamecock Jobs


    Our alumni give back to the University of South Carolina in so many ways. One of the most powerful and mutually beneficial is through the hiring of South Carolina students and fellow alumni!

    As a UofSC graduate, you understand our culture of excellence and academic rigor that make South Carolina students successful candidates and employees.  In partnership with the Career Center, the Alumni Association is excited to offer you Handshake, a career management platform to connect with and recruit talent from the Gamecock community.


    In Handshake, you are able to utilize a variety of recruitment strategies (post job opportunities, search candidate resumes, filter by candidates’ experiences) to find qualified candidates for your positions. 

    Please use the Handshake Employer User Guide and Handshake Employer Help Center to sign up for Handshake and get the most out of your account.  Typically it can take up to 72 hours to approve your request to connect, and up to 72 hours to approve your job postings.

    Please note that the UofSC Career Center has a strict employer vetting process to protect candidates from fraudulent activities.  Should your account request be declined, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Career Center for further assistance.  Listed below are two common errors to avoid when creating your account.

    • Insufficient Information: Please make sure to include a full address for your location, telephone number, and email address for your company. 
    • Mismatched website domain and email address: Please use your organization email when registering in Handshake and not your personal email account (i.e. Gmail); The email and website domains must match.

    As always, we thank our South Carolina family for supporting each other and current students! Please do not hesitate to reach out the Career Center team with questions and for support of your hiring needs. 

    Together we are strong, and we look forward to hearing your success stories when you #HireAGamecock!

  • published Alumni Businesses in Resources 2020-03-25 13:37:09 -0400

    Alumni Businesses

    Help the UofSC Alumni Association spotlight alumni-owned businesses and nonprofits that are still open during this time. 

    Are you a UofSC alumnus(a) who owns a business or nonprofit? Or do you want to help support alumni-owned businesses? Please fill out this form to spotlight a business (alumni status will be verified).


    Below are alumni-owned businesses that are still operating during the Novel Coronavirus pandemic:

    72 Coffee Company

    This company is a mobile bar service that offers coffee/espresso beverages, handcrafted cocktails, beer and wine. It isn't just a typical bar service, and provides an event experience unlike any other in the Columbia area. The mobile bar is served out of a renovated 1972 camper and is the perfect compliment to any wedding or event. Follow on social media: @72company

    Alumna Owner: Brittany Koester '15

    1000 Feathers

    Alumni Owners: Forrest Alton '04 and Heather Brandt '03

    Forrest and Heather established 1000 Feathers in 2016 to bring the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors closer together – in both vision and strategy. Their shared passion for serving communities, combined with their personal experiences working with nonprofits, government agencies and philanthropists informs everything the firm does. The firm brings a unique approach to serving social service organizations and those who fund them and takes great pride in helping clients maximize their impact, no matter the sector. The 1000 Feathers approach is carefully tailored for every client.

    Blue Marlin

    Blue Marlin is a classic Southern seafood restaruant made with locally sourced, sustainable fish, in contemporary environments. The establishment is committed to serving customers throughout this difficult time for curb side take-out. The full menu is available for delivery online and free delivery is available within 10 miles of the Lincoln Street store.

    Alumnus Owner: Bill Dukes '64



    Cantina 76

    Cantina 76 is a lively, independently-owned restaurant and bar that specializes in Mexican-inspired cuisine and hand-crafted margaritas, providing a fast yet satisfying dining experience in a casual, upbeat atmosphere that encourages guests to hang out before, during and after dining. Follow on social media: @Cantina76

    Alumni Owners: Chad Elsey '94, Robert Ward '94 and Craig Wyatt '93 


    Columbia Craft Brewing Company

    Columbia Craft is an independently owned production brewery and tasting room in downtown Columbia, SC. It was founded on the desire to bring more quality, South Carolina-brewed beer to the patrons of the greater Columbia area. Follow on social media: @ColumbiaCraft

    Alumnus Owner: Richard Strauss '78

    Craft and Draft

    Andrew Johnson and Kellan Monroe met at UofSC and were roommates. They always talked about starting a brewery together and five years ago, that dream turned into Columbia’s first craft beer store. Craft and Draft pours local and regional brews from 12 taps, rotating the lineup daily, and stocks more than 300 beers on their shelves.

    Alumni Owners: Kellan Monroe '07 and Andrew Johnson '07

    Cyprss Design Works

    The company builds lifetime quality solid wood furniture that will last for generations. It also helps replace cheap, constantly replaced furniture with long timeless furniture that can be handed down for generations. Follow on social media: @cypressdesignworks

    Alumni Owners: Evan Valardi '14 and Nicole Valardi '15


    Dayne Phillips Attorney at Law

    South Carolina criminal attorney Dayne Phillips has one singular goal in every case: to get the best result possible for his clients. Through a combination of hard work and open communication, Dayne has been able to successfully represent people charged with a variety of different crimes.

    Alumnus Owner: Dayne Philips '10

    Homeless No More

    Homeless No More is a nonprofit organization that believes family homelessness is entirely solvable. Their continuum of care – from emergency services to transitional and affordable housing – keeps each family together and meets their needs at the right time with the right services. By providing the support to move each family toward a permanent, self-sufficient solution, the organizations seeks to eradicate family homelessness and help parents and their children achieve lasting independence. Follow on social media: @HomelessNoMoreSC

    Alumna Owner: Lila Anna Sauls '93

    Intrepid Eagle Finance

    Intrepid Eagle Finance is a virtual firm that offers ongoing financial planning and investment management. The firm tailors service for Christian families and lets them work with a financial professional from the comfort of their home. Follow on social media: @IntrepidEagleFinance

    Alumnus Owner: Charles Thomas '15

    Kiki's Chicken and Waffles

    This restaurant serves delicious, homemade soul food dishes to raving customers. Best known for its signature dish — four crispy fried chicken wings seasoned to perfection on top of a warm, Belgian waffle —  the restaurant also serves a variety of home-cooked meals, from fried green beans and sweet cream corn nuggets to smothered pork chops and salmon patties. The entire menu is available via takeout and curbside pickup at the Parklane location. The Bower Parkway location is temporarily closed. Follow on social media: @KikisChickenandWaffles

    Alumna Owner: Kitwanda “Kiki” Cyrus '09


    Serve & Connect

    Serve & Connect is a South Carolina nonprofit dedicated to the mission of igniting positive change through police and community partnerships. Working directly with law enforcement, community stakeholders, and citizen leaders, the organization aspires to improve neighborhoods challenged by poverty, crime, and neglect by building trust, optimizing collaboration, and fostering a shared sense of pride. Follow on social media: @ServeAndConnect

    Alumna Owner: Kassy Alia Ray '19


    Steel Hands Brewing

    Inspired by the surrounding hard-working industries that have shaped the founding principles of commitment to quality products, Steel Hands Brewing is dedicated to serving the highest quality beer with exceptional consistency. Follow on social media: @SteelHandsBrewing

    Alumnus Owner: Darryl Frick '84

    Track Cred

    TrackCred is a collaboration platform for athletes, founders, investors, executives to capture emerging opportunities in the large, dynamic mass participation sports economy by capitalizing on innovation and digital disruption at the intersection of technology, media and services.

    Alumnus Owner: Denis Cranstoun '15

    The Grand 

    The Grand is a boutique bowling alley, restaurant and bar in in Columbia, SC perfect for fun, food and activities. It's where a piece of history on Main Street meets fun and inspires something GRAND! Call the establishment at (803) 726-2323 to grab dinner to-go. Follow on social media: @TheGrandOnMain

    Alumnus Owner: Scott Middleton '95

    The Front

    Serving coffee, tea, beer, and wine, as well as locally sourced pastries and to-go meals, The Front is a place for people to gather, connect and appreciate our community - in Canalside, Columbia and beyond. Follow on social media: @thefrontcoffeeandtap

    Alumnus Owner: Sean Powers '19

    Tropical Smoothie Cafe

    Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s menu boasts bold, flavorful smoothies with a healthy appeal, all made-to-order with quality ingredients. Toasted wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads and quesadillas are made to suit your individual tastes with quality meats, fresh produce and flavorful sauces.

    Owners: Leslie Duffy '15 owns the business with her husband Dave in three South Carolina locations: Harbison Blvd, Sunset Blvd in Lexington and 650 Lincoln near the Colonial Life Arena


    United Way of the Midlands

    The United Way of the Midlands COVID-19 Response Fund was created to help Midlands residents meet basic needs including food, shelter, rent/utility assistance, and hotel vouchers due to lost wages related to COVID-19. United Way will distribute 100% of these funds to Community Impact Partners serving individuals in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Newberry, Orangeburg and Calhoun counties. Any funds not disbursed to respond to this pandemic will be reallocated to support UWM’s relief efforts for future disasters and/or emergencies. Follow on social media: @umidlands

    Alumni Staff: Joey Wallace '04 and Melissa Laine Dunn '07

    Village Idiot Pizza

    A restaurant and bar serving New York style pizza since 1990. The establishment will be open for FREE delivery, take out and curbside pick up orders from both its Forest Drive and Olympia locations from noon - 9 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday. The Five Points location will be closed temporarily.

    Alumna Owner: Kelly Glynn '97


    YardWare gives others the opportunity to display pride with a high-quality product that is built to last, while giving back to the communities that the company supports. Signs are manufactured entirely in the United States, precision laser-cut from 12 gauge steel, and powder coated to withstand the elements.

    Alumnus Owner: Jonathan Aharon '15

    Za's on Devine

    Za's is a full-service, locally owned neighborhood restaurant and bar in the Devine Street shopping and dining district in Columbia, S.C., specializing in wood-fired pizza, Italian-inspired classics and fresh, substantial salads featuring free-range organic chicken and house-made sausage, sauces, dressings and more. Follow on social media: @ZasOnDevine

    Alumni Owners: Chad Elsey '94, Robert Ward '94 and Craig Wyatt '93

    Zesto of West Columbia

    The establishment is known for its famous broasted chicken, hamburgers and ice cream and strives for excellence in customer service, food freshness and food quality. Take-out is available from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    Alumnus Owner: Pete Manos '89

  • published Making the Gamecock Directory in News & Stories 2020-03-12 16:04:05 -0400

    Making the Gamecock Directory

    What is the value of a large book with hundreds of thousands of names? Priceless. Because it is a snapshot of the 255,000+ living Gamecock alumni who are having a tremendous impact around the world.


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  • published Careers in About Us 2020-01-15 09:05:39 -0500


    Student for a short time. Gamecock for a lifetime.

    Innovative. Dedicated. Fun.

    We are here to connect students and alumni to advance their careers, their passions, and their University of South Carolina. The Alumni Association has the unique opportunity to support and connect a global network of nearly 300,000 passionate Gamecock alumni through events, membership, leadership, and our global network of groups.

    Our Association is not your typical higher education environment. We move fast, innovate without restriction, and never turn down a big idea. Below you will find a small piece of each of our organization's core values. If you are the type of person who always finds a way to get stuff done while showing team spirit and focusing on creating meaningful experiences, then the UofSC Alumni Association could be a home for you! We are proud of our culture, our values, and our connection to the flagship institution in the state of South Carolina. We put Gamecocks at the center of everything we do and always show our garnet and black pride. We are confident that there is nowhere else where you can have as much fun, flexibility, and the freedom to create all while supporting students and alumni.

    Forever to thee!

    Find a Way.

    • Adaptable
    • Flexible
    • Positive Attitude

    Finding a way is all about your ability to adapt in the face of a new challenge. Let's face it: things do not always go according to plan no matter what business you're in. As much as we would like them to, the plans we make here at the Association do not always work out. Going to give a presentation to the board and PowerPoint does not work? Seen it. Show up to host an event and none of your supplies are there? We've been there, too. If you are the type of person who runs towards a challenge with positivity and adaptability, then you share our core value of Find a Way.


    Get Stuff Done.

    • Creative
    • Innovative
    • Resourceful
    • Solutions, Not Problems

    It's no secret, the Alumni Association gets stuff done. In the past year alone, nearly 12,000 Gamecocks have come out to our events while nearly 10,000 others have engaged as members. We have a big, passionate audience that we cater to, and it takes creativity, an innovative spirit, and a focus on solutions, not the problems themselves. If you are the type of person who goes to your supervisor in the face of challenge and rattles off 10 ideas on how to fix it, then you Get Stuff Done.

    Show Team Spirit.

    • Team Work
    • Find the Fun
    • Collaborate
    • Service to Others
    • Desire to Contribute

    We are a small but mighty organization. With six active teams in our office of 20, it is imperative that we work together without boundaries. Just sit in one of our staff meetings, and you will notice right away that we are all driven by a bigger mission. Sure, each of our teams have goals, but we all know that we cannot meet those objectives without the help of our broader team. If you are the type of person who would rather see a good idea flourish than to get credit for it, then you are a collaborator who shows team spirit. Nobody wins unless we all do.

    Create Meaningful Experiences.

    • Go the Extra Mile
    • Passion for People
    • Put Gamecocks First

    Our jobs revolve around Gamecocks, and the passion that over 300,000 people share for this great University. We are in the business of creating experiences for these passionate individuals to strengthen their bond to the place we all call home. Whether it is our signature events like Homecoming or Gamecock Sports Preview, we all take pride in seeing alumni connect with each other. If you are the type of person who does not mind working a few evenings or weekends to help Gamecocks have a great time, then you have the core value of creating meaningful experiences.



  • published Anderson Oconee Redirect in Redirects 2020-01-02 10:04:37 -0500

  • published Job Opportunities in Careers 2019-12-04 15:00:21 -0500


    Thank you for your interest in working with us!

    All Alumni Association positions will be posted on this page. Application instructions will be included in each individual job posting. 

    Due to the volume of applications received, we ask that you please do not contact us with questions regarding the status of your application. We are unable to provide any status updates. Typically, if you are invited for an interview, you will hear from our hiring managers within a few weeks of the job posting close date (if applicable).

    Open Positions


    There are currently no open positions.

    Please keep checking back on this page regularly for new posts, and keep an eye out on our social media channels for announcements!

    Open Internship Positions

    • Only current University of South Carolina students may apply.
    • Must apply through the University Career Center's portal called Handshake.


    There are currently no open positions.

    Please keep checking back on this page regularly for new posts, and keep an eye out on our social media channels for announcements!


  • published Thank You Pages 2019-07-26 16:52:59 -0400

  • wants to volunteer 2019-06-20 17:01:27 -0400

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