Zane Gray first met Hannah Terpack, freshman advisor in the Johnson College of Business and Economics, when he attended the Admitted Students Day event in April 2014. He was surprised that Ms. Terpack not only remembered him when classes began in the fall but she also remembered the fact that he was looking for an on campus job. Ms. Terpack alerted Zane to an opening in the Chancellor’s Office, which he secured and began working in late January.
“She didn’t have to do that and it was not her responsibility to look out for my well-being,” said Zane. “Ms. Terpack went above and beyond to make this position a possibility for me. She offered to re-advise me and to look at my schedule to make the position’s hours fit my schedule. It was the length at which she was willing to go for me that really impressed me.”
Zane is a student in Ms. Terpack’s University 101 class so he sees her interaction with other students on a regular basis and is most impressed.
“She takes time after every class to find out if the students need anything at all,” he said. “Many times Ms. Terpack is still there 20-30 minutes after each class helping with anything we need. She will move mountains to assist students.”
Zane points to other examples of Ms. Terpack’s devotion to the students at USC Upstate.
He and a fellow student attended a personal brand workshop on campus that Ms. Terpack recommended in her University 101 class and she rewarded their efforts by giving them portfolios. She went to visit a student at a restaurant and made sure she sat in his section.
“Ms. Terpack goes the extra mile; she really takes time out of her day on a regular basis to make students’ experiences better,” said Zane. “It’s just not something that you see every day. She makes students feel like they are so much more than a number.”