September 02, 2021

Meet our new team members

By: Chardonnay Ismail

Meet the three newest members of our staff: Tiffany Foxworth, Jasmine Hoveyda and Maggie McPherson!


You've worked for the university over the past five years. What are you looking forward to most in this role? 

In my previous role, I had the opportunity to see the operational aspects of the university and get to know our administration. As Chief Experience Officer for the Alumni Association, I am most excited about building relationships with the entire Gamecock community. I want to hear about their experiences, their passions, and what drives their love for the University of South Carolina. The people are what make a place truly special. So, for me, it’s about creating meaningful alumni experiences that bring together all members of the Gamecock family.


Favorite Gamecock tradition?

I love that our historic Horseshoe serves as a gathering space for all Gamecocks. Having worked on campus for over five years, and visiting with my husband years before that, I’ve witnessed everything from proposals and wedding photos to spring classes and graduation ceremonies. It has even served as a backdrop for many of our own family photos, so it holds a pretty special place in my heart.


What are your favorite places to eat around campus?

This is a tough one! There are so many that I could list, and it really depends on the mood, but to name a few, I would say: Mr. Friendly’s, Salty Nut Café, The Gourmet Shop, DiPrato’s and Beezer’s.


If you could give any advice to a new graduate, what would you say?

Seek out mentors and invest time and effort in getting to know them. Ask them questions about the successes and challenges they’ve encountered in their career and let these insights serve as a guide for you in your own journey. Mentors have played a significant role in my career path, and I would not be the professional I am today without those relationships.  



You're returning to your alma mater to work. What are you most excited about?

I am so excited to be able to work at my alma mater – it honestly feels like coming home. Interacting with alumni and getting to see how the Pastides Alumni Center works as a venue has been an incredible experience.


What were your favorite memories as a student?

This is a tough question because I have so many! I loved the farmers market on Tuesdays in front of the Russell House. The energy of the market was always electric, and I had a great time visiting between my classes. I also forged many connections and friendships getting to work on campus as a student. Some of my favorite memories as an Off-Campus Community Ambassador were getting to help fellow students navigate their first time living on their own.


Favorite Gamecock tradition?

Tiger Burn was really cool!


If you could give any advice to a new graduate, what would you say?

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – you are right where you need to be. Try to be curious and open minded and if you don’t already have a mentor – look for one. And, of course, join the Alumni Association cause we have some great resources for you to use!


As a new student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program, what are you looking forward to most?

I am excited to continue making new connections here! I've met a lot of incredible members of this community and I know that support will be so valuable as I grow professionally and academically at South Carolina.


What are you most excited about in this role?

I am most looking forward to the opportunities this role allows me to be involved with the traditions at UofSC. I can't wait to work with our students to carry on some of our most treasured traditions as well as create new ones!


What have you explored so far around Columbia?

I've tried a lot of brunch places! I had heard a lot about the amazing food in Columbia, and breakfast menus are always the first to catch my eye.

What advice would you give to young alumni?

Reach out! In my experience, people are always eager to help connect you professionally or show you around a new city.

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