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USC-Salkehatchie gearing up for a big year

the University of South Carolina’s Salkehatchie campus on Hampton Street


Big things are happening at the University of South Carolina’s Salkehatchie campus on Hampton Street.

On August 14, students were busy getting financial information and paying fees.

Associate Dean of Student Services Jane Brewer said that the school’s final orientation was held Wednesday, August 22. Classes then started on Thursday.

 Brewer, who is also the campus director and the director of athletics, said “We have already had two orientations, one in June and one in July. This last time was for late arrivals such as students from out-of-state and late arriving athletes. We gave out free pizza for the students.”

Brewer noted that the administration is always revamping the orientation process. This year, the orientation was held in a large room where people with information concerning classes came in and spoke. “People from the departments such as financial aid, admissions and registration, our business office, come in to talk with students,” Brewer said. She noted that several “ice breakers” or breaks were held during this session so students wouldn’t get tired, bored, or frustrated. Student government members talked with the students about social activities available for students and school officials also discussed campus security and safety proceedings.

Brewer added a representative from the Opportunity Scholarships Program will also talk to students during orientation. “”This is a Federal Government Title III program that provides free tutoring for students in need,” she said.

Dean of Students Doctor Ann Carmichael welcomed students to the most recent orientation, and later conducted an orientation for the parents of students. “This separates the parents from the students, who sometimes feel that they can’t talk freely while they are together,” Brewer said.

The school faculty arrived on campus late last week to begin preparing for classes. Brewer noted that the faculty will remain the same as last year with just one exception. “Dr. Stephen Downs will be teaching psychology this year, but he is the only new addition. All of the rest are returning faculty.”

Brewer said there is excitement amongst everyone associated with USC-Salk due to renovation to be done on a section in the back of the school. “This fall, we will be starting renovation work on a back area for both classrooms and faculty space. We’re hoping that it will be completed and ready by early next spring.”

 This year, USC-Salk’s Region 10 basketball team will also be hosting the Regional Tournament in March. “The tournament will bring students from seven other schools in North Carolina and South Carolina to Walterboro for five days,” Brewer said. She noted the event will also bring an economic boost to the area due to students staying on local motels, eating in local restaurants, and buying gas locally.

“Our team played in the championship game last season, and only lost by six points,” Brewer said. That we the first time we had been to a championship game, and hopefully, we will be successful on our own court this season.”