Columbia Rotary: The February 9th meeting with Dr. Pastides and Marcus Lattimore is now ONLINE!

If you missed the February 9, 2015 meeting of Columbia Rotary, you can make it up online.  Just send Debbie a note and let her know you have watched it so she can adjust your attendance record.  (Debbie’s email:

I apologize for the loss of the last 2 minutes of the meeting on the video.  The battery was not fully charged and it died before Mr. Lattimore could finish his remarks.

Monday, February 9: Columbia Rotary welcomes Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina

list_pastides_harris_8Calling all Gamecocks!  Dr. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina, will address Columbia Rotary on Monday, February 9, 2015.  

Dr. Pastides began his presidency at the University of South Carolina on Aug. 1, 2008. Just a few months later, the great recession began. Strong in the face of adversity, Pastides promised to accelerate USC’s momentum as a world-class university. He has kept that promise. Today, more than six years later, USC has experienced remarkable growth and positive change.

USC Columbia’s freshman classes, counter to the national trend, have grown continuously while posting the highest average SAT scores in university history. USC’s Honors College has been named the No. 1 public honors college in the nation, and the Palmetto state’s only Carnegie top-tier university is also home to top programs in areas such as undergraduate international business, public health, engineering, hospitality retail and sport management and more. In addition, just as The Chronicle of Philanthropy was reporting a significant drop in charitable giving to higher education, USC was setting university records with five consecutive years of more than $100 million in private giving.

An unwavering advocate for a superior student experience, Pastides encourages engagement beyond the classroom through leadership, service learning, international experience, internships and undergraduate research. Innovative programs like Palmetto College, On Your Time Graduation, Gamecock Gateway and Gamecock Guarantee are successfully providing greater access, flexibility and affordability to South Carolinians seeking a higher education degree. To date, 57,210 degrees have been awarded systemwide during Pastides’ presidency. He often says, “Nothing makes me prouder than the students we enroll and those that we graduate.”

Prior to joining the university’s faculty as dean of the Arnold School of Public Health, Pastides was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his master’s in public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. President Pastides and the first lady, Patricia Moore-Pastides, live on USC’s historic Horseshoe.

The January 12th meeting with Dr. James Clements, President of Clemson University, is now ONLINE!!

Congratulations to Jerry Bright who was inducted into Columbia Rotary on Monday, January 12, 2015.  Please take a moment to welcome Jerry at the next meeting.  If you missed the January 12 meeting, you can make it up online!  DOn’t forget that we are NOT meeting on Monday, January 19th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Additionally, you can view the business portion of the January 12th meeting.

December 8th: Dr. Dick Lincoln and Board Elections

There are 3 good reasons to attend the December 8th meeting!

1.  Peyton Manning wants you to be there but you have to show up to find out why!

2. You’ll be electing the 2015-2016 Board.

3.  Dr. Dick Lincoln, Pastor of Shandon Baptist Church will be our guest speaker.  Join us for a motivating and uplifting hour of Rotary!!0e2910579_1392740806_dick-lincoln-for-web

Click here to view Dr. Lincoln’s bio.