Spartan Stories

Through its people, USC Upstate's commitment to excellence shines. Spartan Stories is an ongoing series of interviews that highlights the accomplishments of alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
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Spartan Stories - Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

Associate Professor of Modern Languages

"USC Upstate students can count on excellent mentoring from professors."

Spartan Stories - Itzel Tello

Itzel Tello

Communications Studies Major

"Get involved. My second year I worked on campus and I was involved in several organizations and that’s when my college experience really started."

Spartan Stories - Stacey Mills

Stacey Mills

Executive Director of the Greenville Campus

"Education changes the trajectory of whole families, not just the individual who’s attending school."

Spartan Stories - Sharan Ravishankar

Sharan Ravishankar

Political Science Major

"I was very nervous as a freshman. I could see myself grow over one year. And I think Upstate really shaped my experiences in that facet, especially in leadership."

Spartan Stories - Erin Callicott

Erin Callicott

Business Administration Major

"Every single faculty member I’ve ever met has been so invested in their students and in their careers and what they want to do and how they can help them achieve their dreams."

Spartan Stories - Kaleigh Kelly

Kaleigh Kelly

USC Upstate Alumna | Class of 2018

"If you want an extraordinary experience you have to go out of your shell. And if you do, then Upstate will give you the tools and opportunities you need."

Spartan Stories - Dr. Dave Damrel

Dr. Dave Damrel

Associate Professor of Religion

"This is a great place with a lot of different people. It’s a place for the world to meet."

Spartan Stories - Xavier Vereen

Xavier Vereen

Interdisciplinary Studies Major

"My passion is to help the community. We all have the gift of time so if we can share a little piece of time every day with someone else then you’re doing a good thing."

Spartan Stories - Greg Embry

Greg Embry

USC Upstate Alumnus | Class of 2007 

"Upstate provided me the foundation to be able to open my mind more… to learn more about others and their background. It also taught me work-life balance and the importance of self-accountability."