April 01, 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: James Alverson


By: Simone Keller

“I was born on the second Tuesday in August of 1975, and on the second Saturday of September that year my dad took me to my first UofSC football game. Being a Gamecock is literally the only thing I wanted to be when I grew up.”


James Alverson is a proud 1998 graduate of UofSC with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and a minor in government.


James is a 2016 retired Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force, and currently resides in Charlotte, N.C. as a high school football coach for Voice of Victory Christian Center School.


While attending UofSC, James used his military GI Bill for assistance with paying for college. He was actively involved in the Student Gamecock Club where he served in many roles like recruiting coordinator, Vice- President and later, President during his senior year. James also worked in the Russell House as a building manger.


As an alumnus, James takes pride in all things South Carolina.


James proudly serves as the Charlotte representative for the Veterans Alumni Council (VAC). The council works to build a network in support of current veteran students and alumni.


His favorite part of being a member of VAC is being afforded the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals with similar life experiences.


“The military in general is the largest small town you will ever see,” James said. “When you retire or transition out you miss the familiarity and camaraderie. VAC is the best of both of worlds: UofSC and military personnel.”


James has several pieces of advice for current UofSC students.


“Do it all! Gamecock Nation is large and at the same time incredibly friendly,” he said. “College is going to be the best time of your life, so take advantage of every opportunity presented to you. Travel to at least one away game. The people you meet will amaze you”.



Learn more about the Veterans Alumni Council by visiting uofscalumni.org/vac.

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