USC Aiken Students Name New Fountain

April 28, 2014

Aiken, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Aiken unveiled the new USC Aiken Fountain in the Nat Stetson Circle in front of the USC Aiken Penland Administration Building last month.  In the center of the fountain is a beautiful bronze horse.

The Department of Student Life and Services held a competition on campus for the students to name the horse in the fountain.  Students Hayley Ringer and Kelley McElyea were the winners of the competition naming the horse "Spirit".  Each student was awarded a $25 gift card to Wal-mart for their efforts.

The fountain has been made possible by the generosity of Coach and Patty Abshire. "I’ve always been interested in horses. My family has raised and raced Pacers and Trotters with one being a world champion," states Coach Abshire.  "We love the Aiken community and are so proud of the University.  We are happy that the equestrian statue will be a beautiful gateway to USC Aiken campus."

The fountain will be part of the Nat Stetson Circle which will include landscaping and lighting to highlight this campus entrance.  Nat Stetson was a longtime member of the Aiken County Commission for Higher Education.

"We are always interested in making our campus more beautiful.  The exquisite bronze equestrian statue in the center of the fountain is a wonderful representation of not only USC Aiken but the Aiken community," states Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor. "We are proud for this to be the new centerpiece for our university."

Pictured from left: Coach and Patty Abshire, Hayley Ringer and Kelley McElyea

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.