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REACH Director Honored by South Carolina Governor

Posted by: Erin Blevins | April 26, 2018 | No Comment |

Edie Cusack, Director of the REACH Program, was recognized by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster with a proclamation naming April 25, 2018 Advocacy Day for Access and Independence.

For more information, read the article in The College Today: https://bit.ly/2HP6cZx

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2017-2018 Student Employee of the Year

Posted by: Erin Blevins | April 26, 2018 | No Comment |

Dr. Silvia Hanna and Elizabeth Buckley at student award luncheon on April 10, 2018

Congratulations to Elizabeth Buckley, from the Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC) for being selected as the 2017-2018 Student Employee of the Year at the College of Charleston. She was selected from 1,246 student employees on campus. Her supervisor, Dr. Silvia Hanna, nominated Elizabeth for her contributions to AAPC’s new Mobile Academic Advising service.






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Peer Facilitators Present at National Convention

Posted by: Erin Blevins | April 17, 2018 | No Comment |

Two College of Charleston students presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Convention in Houston, Texas March 11-March 14, 2018. This year’s ACPA Convention theme was educating and role modeling the value of social justice and decolonization. Participants were encouraged to recognize different issues impacting higher education relating to social justice and decolonization, and engage in learning and understanding to promote change.

Joequise Wright and Eli Major-Wright who attended and presented are both Juniors at the College of Charleston and have been serving as First Year Experience Peer Facilitators for almost two years. They presented about how all College of Charleston First Year Experience Peer Facilitators use components of dialogue in the Synthesis Seminar to conduct conversations and lesson about social justice and diversity.

“I had a great experience at ACPA. It was amazing being able to show others what we do as PFs and how we try to promote social justice and change. I liked hearing about how other colleges attempts to incorporating social change with their students. It was also interesting learning about the social justice issues that are in higher education.” (Eli Major-Wright).

 “My experience in Houston was very beneficial to me. It really assisted me educationally and professionally. When presenting, I established an understanding of self confidence and was able to expand my public speaking skills. I also attended many of the educational seminars. The session that impacted me the most was Incorporating Hip-Hop Culture In the Classroom. Being in that session really opened my eyes to the various ways that we could incorporate music, primarily hip-hop, in our lessons for our students. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is willing to learn, who advocates for diversity and inclusion, and who just wants an all around positive experience.” (Joequiese Wright)

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The Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC) is excited to launch the first edition of their AAPC newsletter.  Inside you will find information about their newest staff members, Peer Advisors, the fall Majors & Minors Fair, as well as details about NACADA’s upcoming regional advising conference being held here in Charleston, and other important initiatives.

Read the AAPC newsletter here:    http://advising.cofc.edu/pdf/aapc-newsletter-2017-2018.pdf

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First Year Experience Welcomes New Director

Posted by: Erin Blevins | January 28, 2018 | No Comment |

Sarah Owens, Professor of Spanish, became the new Director of the First Year Experience in January 2018.  In 2000, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Colonial Latin American Literature, Dr. Owens became a faculty member here at the College of Charleston.   She looks forward to being a part of a program that is already successful and is excited to help shape students’ experiences from day one at the College.

Dr. Owens has led College of Charleston study abroad programs to Spain, Chile, and Cuba.  Her research has taken her to the archives of Mexico, Spain, Chile, Peru, and the Vatican. She has published three books on the topic of colonial nuns and women from the Iberian Peninsula. She enjoys teaching courses on literature, gender, travel, and culture of Latin America and Spain.

You can read more about Dr. Sarah Owens here:  http://acadexperience.cofc.edu/personnel/sarah-owens.php

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Edie Cusack Day Proclaimation

Posted by: Erin Blevins | December 12, 2017 | No Comment |

Pictured above:  Edie Cusack and College of Charleston President Glen McConnell.

Edie Cusack, Director of the REACH Program, was honored with a proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Charleston naming December 3, 2017 Edie Cusack Day.  Mayor John Tecklenburg’s proclamation states that Edie is being honored for “the contributions she has made to our city, state, country and the world in the arena of post-secondary education for people with disabilities.” This College Today article highlights Edie and the honor of having a day named for her: http://today.cofc.edu/2017/12/01/reach-program-edie-cusack/.

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Edie Cusack at TEDxCharleston

Posted by: Erin Blevins | October 30, 2017 | No Comment |

On Wednesday, October 18th Edie Cusack, Director of the REACH Program, represented the College of Charleston at TEDxCharleston 2017: Shake It Up in the Charleston Music Hall. While Lisa Christian and Nora Krasowski attended the event and cheered her on from the audience, others from Academic Experience watched via livestream in the New Student Programs lobby. Edie shared her inspiring message about the importance of including students with intellectual disabilities in higher education and ended her talk with these memorable words: “Exceptional treatment does not mean an exceptional life. It means an exception from life.“ If you are interested in watching her TEDx talk, you can find it here:  https://tedxcharleston.org/watch/#2017.

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Peer Advisors are students who have been selected and trained to offer academic advising services to their peers through fact-based advising.  They serve as a knowledgeable academic resource throughout the summer and/or academic year to enhance student access to academic support services, teach students about academic support technology, and encourage informed decision making for students. Peer Advisors are positive role model for their peers and are an integral part of the Academic Advising and Planning Center with their involvement in activities such as New Student Orientation and Quick Question Drop In.

Left to Right are:  Tradd Tobin, Chakeem Blake, Mary Boyd Barefoot, Elizabeth Buckley

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The U.S. News & World Report, which ranks colleges and universities, recently named the College of Charleston’s First Year Experience program as the number 10 such program in the country.

Read the College Today article HERE.

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Sam Kalista ’17 wants to hear you laugh – especially if you’re in the audience when his 10-minute play, Kenwood, is performed at the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

“I am excited to see how my vision is interpreted on stage – and to know how the audience reacts,” says Kalista, a recent graduate of the College of Charleston’s four-year REACH Program for students with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. “It will be good for me as writer to get that feedback. I would like to hear a good laugh from the audience.”

Read full article at The College Today

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