Welcome back to the library blog. It has been a while since the blog has been updated, but we hope to bring you up-to-date news, not only from the library, but all departments at USC Union.

Sharon Rupp,

Library Manager


University Technology Services is pleased to announce that Office 365 is now available to all students free of charge. You will now be able to work in the latest version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and much more. You can install your Office 365 on up to five compatible PCs and Macs, plus five tablets (including iPad). All work can be saved online in OneDrive so it can be accessed no matter which device is being used. You can use this Office 365 subscription for as long as you are a student at the University of South Carolina.

To get your Office 365 follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit Office.com/GetOffice365
  2. Click through to download & sign in with your credentials
  3. On the download site, select your language and click install You will use your USC email account to sign in. If you need assistance, contact the Service Desk at servicedesk@sc.edu or (803) 777-1800.

Art & Soul


Come to the Main Street building of USC Union for “Art & Soul”, sponsored by the Union County Health Care Foundation on Saturday, August 23rd, 7:00pm-10:00pm.

Admission is $15.00.  Proceeds will go toward efforts to build a helipad at Wallace Thomson Hospital for medical transport helicopters for use.  The pad is projected cost $20,000.

On the first floor, Amanda Gregory will offer 50 minute dance lessons for $5.00 per person.  Each lesson begins on the hour.  Call Catherine Childers at 301-2466 for reservations.  Deejay Michael J. Phillips will play music between lessons.

Three bands will perform 45 minute sets on the top floor, including Gospel Grass, Dick and Catherine Schlingmann (jazz) and Missing Monday, a rock band that includes serveral doctors who practice in Union.

The middle floor will host Ashley Tolleson of “Paint It Up – Painting Classes That Come to You”.  For an additional  $20.00, Ms. Tolleson will provide a painting lesson.  Call Catherine Childers for reservations.

Artist Ronald L. Williams will paint a picture which will be donated to the Health Care Foundation to be sold.

Beki Buchanan Reynolds will be the spotlight artist and her work will be displayed on the second floor.

Everyone who attends may pick up a brush and leave their mark on a large canvas.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, call Catherine Childers at 301-2466.  Tickets are also available at Midway BBQ, Paradise Home Center and WBCU.

Corporate sponsors are Lockhart Power Compan, Arthur State Bank, and American HomePatient.  The Union County Health Care Foundation is a proud partner with American HomePatient.

Many thanks to the Union County News for the above information.

Summer Storm Safety

Driving: Flood Facts

How many times during a heavy rain have you been tempted to drive through a “puddle”?  Here are some frightening points that may make you re-consider before trying it again.

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

More information can be found at:

Earth Gauge: Severe Weather Preparedness   

Link: www.earthgauge.net/prep





Earth Day Celebration

 As many of you may know Earth Day was on April 22nd, 2013. The theme for this year’s Earth Day was “The Face of Climate Change”. If you would like more information on Earth Day check out the many resources available at http://www.earthday.org/.

USC-Union will be celebrating Earth Day today, Wed. 24, 2013, in the gym from 12:00 to 1:00. The biology students at USC-Union have created some really great projects that will be on display at this time.  The theme for this year’s project is entitled “Trash to Treasure”. Please show your support and look at the display of their diverse projects; there are a few that may surprise you!

Image(s) courtesy http://wordplay.hubpages.com/hub/earth-day-clip-art

Women’s History Month Celebration

In celebration of Women’s History Month there is an event scheduled in the Community Room today, March 27th from 12:00 to 1:00.  The topic that will be presented will focus on women’s reproductive health.  A lunch will be provided for those who attend the event. 


Black History Month Celebration

The Men and Woman on a Mission/African-American Association (MWOM/AAA) is hosting a Black History Month celebration in the auditorium on Wednesday, February 27, at noon. The speaker for this event will be Mr. Bakari Sellers.  Mr. Sellers is the son of civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers. He is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 90th district.  Mr. Sellers received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 2008, and he was the youngest member of the South Carolina General Assembly when he was first elected in 2006 at the age of 22.  Please join us as we celebrate Black History Month with Mr. Sellers.

Welcome Back!

Whether you are a new or returning student, the beginning of a new term is a great time for getting on the right path with your classes, or for getting a fresh start from the last semester. Here are some basics tips that you can use to make sure you have a good semester. 

New Semester Basics

  1. Find a time management system that works for you. For many students managing their time is one of their biggest challenges while in college, so make sure you get a system and use it from day one. A website that provides some great tips on time management is this one from Dartmouth.


  1. Purchase your books in a timely manner. If you do not have your books the first week of class, you can quickly fall behind the class before you really get a chance to start. If you ordered you books late try to borrow a book from a friend until yours arrive.  Just make sure that you are able to get the reading/homework done for the class.


  1. Set up healthy outlets for fun and stress relief. College can be stressful, so make sure you can relieve some of the stress to keep from feeling too overwhelmed.  Some things that can help you blow off some steam are a good groups of friends, hobbies, and exercise.  However, any activity that lets you mentally check out and relax for a while when things get intense will work. 


  1. 4.    Know where to go for help, just in case. Don’t wait until you are at your wit’s end.  Find out where to go for help before you need it.  Knowing where help can be found before a crisis occurs will help you keep small problems from becoming HUGE problems.


  1. 5.    Study during your “odd hours”. There are many great opportunities to study throughout the day, if you bring your study materials with you.  Take advantage of the extra time you have while you are waiting for something, like the doctor’s office or your next class to start, and use this time to read or study for class. 


  1. Get Sleep. Sleep is important, without it you can feel sluggish and it can be harder to concentrate and remember new information.  So try to get about 7-8 hours of on school nights.  It can go a long way in helping you feel refreshed and productive. 


  1. Find a place (or two) you like to study.  Make sure you are aware of at least one study-friendly environment that works for you and your needs. Different people have different needs when it comes to studying, what works for a friend might not work for you.  Determine the conditions you need to be able to study, and then find a place that meets these requirements. 

New Logo, New Quotes

Check Out Our New Vinal Wall Graphics!!!



We LOVE our new Logo and Quotes!

New Semester, New Students


Wow! It’s that time of year again. We hope that everyone had a great summer and we look forward to seeing all of our new and returning students in the library this year!