I am exceedingly proud to be associated with the University of South Carolina. Our stellar academic and research programs are nationally recognized and athletics couldn't be more exciting. Go Gamecocks! USC theater, dance and music are unsurpassed and enrich our entire community with original works and talents that unlock our imaginations. The Thomas Cooper Library and South Caroliniana Libraries and the McKissick Museum provide beautiful settings for study, which are rich with resources and collections. While being located in an urban environment, we maintain natural beauty on campus, with hundred-year-old oak trees, blooming magnolias and crept myrtles -- perfect homes for robins, cardinals, bluejays and hummingbirds.
But for me the most important distinguishing characteristic of the University of South Carolina is its culture. Administrators, faculty, staff and students all strive to cultivate a culture of community, which I am told is palpable even to visitors. We care about one another. We all seek ways to contribute our talents to make this great university even better by making sure all members of our community feel respected and included.
My deepest commitment, one that I seek to share with the Carolina community, is to health. My career has been in the field of Public Health and within that field, health promotion and disease prevention is my “vocation.” Carolina is fortunate to have the Arnold School of Public Health, the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, the Colon Cancer Research Center and the Medical School with dozens of researchers focused on ways we can be healthier and prevent disease. I join my interests with theirs by working to promote healthful eating, organic gardening, and sustainability on campus.
Healthy Carolina, shares this commitment. As USC's wellness program, Healthy Carolina makes a tremendous contribution to health and well-being on campus. The weekly Healthy Carolina's Farmers Market, is a perfect example. Every Tuesday tables line Greene Street where farmers and bakers sell their fresh local produce, home baked breads, free range eggs and grass fed meats. The Farmers Market is a wonderful source of nutritious foods for our community.
Nutrition, exercise and stress management are essential to health, so with the help of the Carolina community, I recently put the final touches on a book entitled Greek Revival: Cooking for Life published by the University of South Carolina Press. Greek Revival contains 87 recipes with a color picture of each one, but it is more than a cookbook as it illustrates the health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. I hope it will be a bestseller since proceeds from the book will support health and sustainability initiatives on campus!
Through Columbia's Cooking! USC brings this commitment to wellness beyond the university community to the greater community of the Midlands of South Carolina. Healthy cooking classes are offered in the beautiful Discovery Building of Innovista, where community members enjoy hands-on cooking classes as a tool for making positive lifestyle changes.
Thanks for taking the time to visit this page. I welcome you to visit often. You'll find news about important University happenings and photos of the people across campus and beyond who comprise our community. My sincere hope is that you too will feel the culture that makes the University of South Carolina so special.
Proceeds from my cookbook will be used to fund health and sustainability initiatives at the University. Healthy eating doesn't have to be dull, and I try to show that the right ingredients can make all the difference. Read more.
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Here is a brief look at my background.