There are those in our Pacer community who go to extraordinary lengths contributing to the safety and well-being of us all. We are celebrating the many ways that their efforts make our lives better and our communities stronger. 

We also wish to honor the lives of those who have been tragically lost too soon. The memory of these incredible Pacers will continue to live on in the hearts of those they have touched.

These are our Pacer Heroes. Thank you to all who have sacrificed and contributed to make USC Aiken and the greater Aiken community a place of HOPE and resilience. 

Kelly Schepens

Kelly Schepens
During the period of modified operations, Kelly Schepens, director of student programs at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, has ensured all animals in the center are fed and cared for properly. She recently participated in the virtual field trip offerings provided by RPSEC and presented viewers the owls, reptiles and amphibians. Kelly has ...
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John Hutchens

John Hutchens
John Hutchens, director of special programs at Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, quickly adapted his programs to provide engaging learning opportunities even during a pandemic.Upon hearing of the public schools' closures, John immediately started working on some ideas to continue enriching K-12 students' educational experiences by providing ne...
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Jamie Edwards

Jamie Edwards
Dr. Jamie Edwards, director of distance learning, helped faculty quickly transition to remote delivery methods when the coronavirus forced the university to modify its operations.USC Aiken's Office of Distance Learning is the primary support resource for Blackboard and faculty training for pedagogy and technology for learning. It has created USC Ai...
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Antauwn Wade

Antauwn Wade
 Antauwn Wade, a fine arts major from Varnville, SC, is on a mission to encourage his community, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and recent tornadoes in his area.He's going all over his community, painting angels in storefronts and just about anywhere he can. He believes this small artistic act will help keep his neighbors and fri...
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Paul McDaniel

Paul McDaniel
We are so proud of our School of Nursing faculty and staff, students, and alumni who are making a considerable contribution – not only during the COVID-19 pandemic – but every day."If you aren't prepared to be a nurse after leaving USC Aiken, then you didn't pay attention," said Paul McDaniel. He completed his degree program this semester and has b...
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Ali Thompson

Ali-Thompson
​Ali Thompson, Class of '18, is working some very long hours at Augusta University Medical Center, taking care of patients, including those with COVID-19.She says the USC Aiken nursing program set her up for success in this high stress, very demanding but extremely rewarding career."The clinical experiences I had during my time in the School of Nur...
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Alexis Zimmerman

Alexis Zimmerman
USC Aiken alumna, Alexis Zimmerman, is sharing the university's message of H.O.P.E. as she takes the Shepeard Community Blood Center's mobile unit on the road, this time to get a donation of blood from Sandy Talbott, the coordinator for parent and family relations.Alexis, a member of the Class of '14, majored in exercise science.Many thanks to Alex...
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Forrest Ayers

Forrest-Ayers
 USC Aiken alumnus, Forrest Ayers, recently volunteered to go to New York to help healthcare professionals take care of COVID-19 patients. The Aiken native graduated from the USC Aiken School of Nursing in December 2017.He credits the nursing faculty for preparing him for the challenges he's faced since graduation, and those he anticipates, aw...
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Joshua Bush

Joshua Bush
We remember the life, sacrifice, and dedication of Joshua Bush, a first-semester nursing student who bravely cared for COVID-19 patients in a local healthcare facility. Sadly, Joshua passed away Friday, April 17, from complications related to the virus. The university will celebrate his life by planting a tree in his honor near the School of Nursin...
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Hannah Hall

Hannah Hall
Hanna Hall is a junior nursing major currently working as a patient care technician at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.   The nursing program has instilled in me a solid base in nursing fundamentals. I have been able to take practices learned throughout the program into the healthcare field while caring for patients, not just COVID-19 patients....
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