Senator Tom Davis Decreed an Honorary Alumnus of USCB at Carolina Day at the Statehouse
Columbia, SC – Senator Thomas C. Davis (District 46) was made an Honorary Alumnus of the University of South Carolina Beaufort by an 18 member contingent of students, faculty and community members during the 2013 Carolina Day at the Statehouse.
USCB Student Government President Erica Moore led the ceremony held in Senator Davis’ office in the Gressette Building on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. She was accompanied by six Student Government officers and senators, Kyree Whitehead, vice president, Tyler Cobb, Reggie Gaymon, Ellza Hines, Bry McCain, and Devin Mock, who presented Senator Davis with a framed decree.
The Senator from Beaufort was recognized for representing District 46 in the Senate since 2008 and serving as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Senator Davis has consistently supported the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s growth as a baccalaureate university, led USCB Constitution Day, served as faculty member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and hosted students in his office each Carolina Day at the Statehouse.
Senator Davis responded that he was “delighted to be a Sand Shark and to represent an institution that has performed so well and is to critical to the future of Beaufort County.”
Carolina Day is an annual event led by University of South Carolina during which students, faculty, and university supporters meet with state and local politicians to discuss issues that affect the University of South Carolina’s eight campuses.
They use this opportunity to report the impact of the USC system in each legislator’s district and to ask for support on key issues and budget requests where legislative leadership is needed to continue to enhance the mission and impact of USC across the state.
Senators Tom Davis, Chip Campsen, and Clementa Pinckney and Representatives Bill Bowers, Shannon Erickson, Bill Herbkersman, Ken Hodges, Weston Newton and Andy Patrick participated in this student visit. For many of these students, it was their first opportunity to meet with a state legislator about a funding issue their delegation was working hard to move forward in the legislative process. "It was an honor to represent USCB at this year's Carolina Day. It meant a lot to be able to meet so many legislators and share my experience as a USCB student” states Devin Mock. “I truly believe that allocating funds to USCB not only benefits the institution and my peers, but the entire Lowcountry region that I am proud to call home."
Carolina Day at the Statehouse is led annually by an alumni group, the Carolina Action Network, which works throughout the year to “inform state legislators and policymakers why a strong University of South Carolina benefits the entire state." Eighteen USCB students, faculty, and community members attended the 2013 event and met with nine delegation members.