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Multi-million dollar gift establishes Hans A. Nielsen College of Business at CSU

Charleston Southern University’s Board of Trustees approved the naming of its business school after receiving a $2 million dollar commitment from the Nielsen family. The gift, from alumnus Roger Nielsen and his wife, Joyce, and their children, Brian and Kristen, is in honor of Roger’s father, Hans A. Nielsen.   “Roger and his family have extended their legacy as difference makers by investing their resources to support generations of CSU students following in Roger’s footsteps,” President […]

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Alum creates nonprofit to honor son’s memory

Chris Kinsey ’20 walked the CSU stage at graduation a year late, due to COVID-19, and carried her late son Ben’s picture with her to remind herself who she does it all for.  “I’ve learned that everyone grieves differently, and for me, the only way I’m getting through it is to know I’m helping others […]

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Alumnus leading top real estate team

Brad Baker ’15 graduated with a music performance degree, but these days you will find him leading the No. 1 Realty One Group Coastal team in South Carolina. He is also a Dave Ramsey endorsed real estate provider in the Charleston market.  Baker got his start in real estate back in 2016 with a local firm and was drawn to the […]

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BucCareer Network joins Handshake

The Career Center joined the Handshake family, a popular career-services platform available to students and alumni, in spring 2020. Handshake’s early talent recruitment platform utilizes innovative technology to connect students and alumni to employers for internship and career opportunities and provides information on career development programs, events, and workshops.  Students and alumni can create a […]

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Alumnus gets four-chair turn on “The Voice”

From an 8th grade talent show to large music venues, Aaron Hines ’16 has performed on stages of all sizes—but none bigger than the one he walked on recently at Universal Studios in Hollywood.  Hines is currently competing on Season 21 of “The Voice,” an NBC Emmy Award-winning musical competition series that showcases vocalists from across […]

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Overcoming homelessness: how two Bucs defied the odds

Homeless. It is a word packed with stereotypes and visuals of tent cities, stranded shopping carts by the woods, or cardboard sign-clad beggars on the street. Every night, thousands of young people experience homelessness alone in the United States. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, approximately 550,000 unaccompanied youth under the age of 24 […]

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Connecting through creative arts

Catherine Compton Nielsen, MT-BC ‘03 and her entrepreneurial husband, Chris Nielsen, started The Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute, LLC in 2007. In 2019, they changed the name to Creative Arts Therapies of the Palm Beaches. Cat and Chris and their three children, Penelope, Grover, and Heidi, live in Palm Beach County, Florida.  She said, “I am […]

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Alumna brings beauty to her world

Taylor Irby ‘09 runs East of These, a nonprofit; Courtney Taylor Styled, an interior design business; co-founded June Taylor Shop, a home brand, and is mom to 10-year-old Inslee and 8-year-old Anderson. She has lived in Lakeland, Florida, for eight years and uses her creativity to write and style for local publications through Courtney Taylor […]

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Graduate shares importance of phone med IDs

Recent grad Sydney Kinard has made it her mission to get the word out about completing the Medical ID function on smart phones. When her cousin, Parker Robinson, was in a terrible car accident last summer, it was hours before his family was notified that he was in the hospital because he had not completed […]

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Foundation supports Nigerian orphans

Paul Gombwer ‘15 is an assistant store manager for Home Depot and runs The Alice Gombwer Foundation. He and his wife, Kayla, have a son, Braxton. His parents are deceased, and he has five siblings in his native Nigeria, four brothers and one sister. He said, “Most of the money to help run the foundation […]

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