Monthly Archives: May 2013

Judge Arthur C. McFarland to serve as the Baccalaureate Service’s keynote speaker: tonight

The Baccalaureate Service for this year’s graduating class is tonight at 6:30p in Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts.

This evening’s speaker is Judge Arthur C. McFarland. Judge McFarland served as the Municipal Court Judge for the city of Charleston for 33 years and served as the city’s chief judge for 28 years. A native of Charleston, he began his career as an Earl Warren Fellow with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York.mcFarland

Judge McFarland was among nine black students who desegregated Bishop England High School in 1964. As an undergraduate at Notre Dame University he founded the Afro-American Society of students organized to promote the interests of black students.  He received his JD from the University of Virginia Law School and was admitted to practice law in South Carolina and the Federal and US Supreme Courts. He continues in private practice today, having retired from service to the city of Charleston.

We are honored to have Judge McFarland on campus this evening.  His message will center on the intersection of faith and service in daily living.

I hope you will join us at 6:30 in Recital Hall.  Academic faculty and staff are invited to wear Regalia to this evening’s service.

Community Organizing Fellowship opportunity, working with Girls Rock Charleston

Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 Semesters (with option of starting this summer):

Girls Rock Charleston, a local non-profit organization, is partnering with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program to create a Community Organizing Fellowship opportunity for female and/or transgender students. This opportunity is specifically geared towards developing the leadership of students of color, working class students, and immigrant students (of any immigration status), who are all strongly encouraged to apply. Participants will learn the ins and outs of community-based grassroots organizing while completing complementary coursework in their discipline. 

Students with an interest in any of the following should consider applying: racial justice work, economic justice work, girls studies, disability studies, LGBTQ justice work, public education, and grassroots social movements. 

This is a stipended position with a heavy time commitment (at least 120 hours per semester) during which the Fellow will gain 6 hours of course credit through completing an internship and an independent study. This could also be paired with a bachelor’s essay depending on the student’s interest. 

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest and a letter of recommendation from a professor by Friday, May 31, to

Learn more about Girls Rock Charleston at