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Sarah Corbett
Coordinator, Conferences and Events

Sarah Corbett has been employed at the University since October 2013. Even though having a short career with University Housing, she has been at the University since 2006, receiving her Bachelor and Master’s degrees. At the Capstone Conference Center, Sarah works with clients to ensure they have an enjoyable experience here on campus whether during the school year with events or over the summer with conferences and events.

Sarah resides in Columbia, SC where she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and playing on a kickball team for the City of Columbia Kickball League. She is a fan of all sports, but will always love her Gamecocks.

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Joseph Fortune

Joe Fortune has already enjoyed a long career with the University of South Carolina. His career began "unofficially" in 1989 when he served University Housing as a Resident Advisor in Maxcy residence hall. His professional career in Student Services began in 1992 when he served as a fact checker for the University of South Carolina Registrar. His career break came in 1996 when he requested a transfer to work as a Student Services Coordinator with University Instructional Services. During this time, he was able to persuade his Director to allow him to work with faculty and students to improve services to distant learners around the globe using emerging technologies.

In 1999, Joe joined the University's Division of Student Affairs, making him one of the youngest members of the Housing management team. His career took another step into public relations, marketing, sales, policy management and development, training, and technology development when he was promoted to his current position as the Director of Administration.

Mr. Fortune resides in Irmo where he enjoys gardening and entertaining friends. In his free time he likes reading, traveling, completing small projects around his home and spending time with loved ones.

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Cynthia Steele
Assistant Director

Cynthia Steele has been in the conferences and event field for over three decades. Previously with Housing, she returned "Home" in August 2013. Cynthia is a certified meeting planner as well as a certified wedding planner. She has received national and international awards for her work in the conference and marketing field from ACUHO-I, ACCED-I and Sodexo.

Cynthia continues to be an advocate for the homeless. In 2012, she was one of five that received the international title of "Heroes of EveryDay Life" for her work with the homeless here in Columbia and the University of South Carolina. All reward monies from this award were donated to help start the Food Pantry at USC.

Ms Steele enjoys good times with friends and the three catateers that allow her to reside with them in her home in Forest Acres If she is not at work, check out somewhere sunny with water for her bucket list includes visiting every Caribbean and Central American country.

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Josh Wise
Associate Director

No bio available at this time.