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It is 8:00 PM and I have been listening to the Monks chanting continuously since sunrise on their electric sound system which emanates from what must be a Buddhist Monastery about two blocks down our little semi-rural road. Mimi and I finally had a chance to follow that road around past the Monastery, past the Bus Depot and past the new housing development (which looks to be struggling?) all the way back to the main highway which then leads to Mawlamyine University, if you take a right, or back to our little house if you take a left. We told ourselves we were bird watching and I did spot a Red-whiskered Bulbul but we were really watching these beautiful and rather exotic peoples. There are Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Baptists!! Yes lots of Baptists. Since I walk to school and home every week day, today we headed  back towards home. “Home”? Wow, I called it home. Just been here a couple of weeks so we must be settling in.

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I have to mention the Leprosy Hospital which is on the main road just down from the University gate. Built by Americans about 40 years ago, when Leprosy was still a huge problem, it is the only such Hospital in the country of Myanmar which is about the size of Texas (largest country in Southeast Asia) but has a population of about 53 million which is about 3 times that of Texas. Anyway modern antibiotics have mostly eliminated the disease and rendered it very treatable and not nearly as contagious as we used to think.

Then there is malaria. That is another story which we are still working on and will relate soon.   This place is hot for sure and very dry with no rain of any kind for three months. But, in two months, they tell us, the “Rainy Season” begins with nearly 200 inches of wet stuff in the following four months. This is hard to imagine since it is so dry here now. Oh gosh, the Monks have just stopped chanting and some lovely sounding bells have also finished their tolling. I guess it is bedtime and time to get under the mosquito net. I can’t wait to get up though. Our neighbor gave us a beautiful ripe papaya which we plan to devour as the Monks begin their Monday morning chants.

Our little House at #2 Timardi Street. We are on the edge of a two acre orchard with Jack fruit trees, mangoes, papayas, bananas, ginormous sweet great fruit like things, and several ornamentals including a hedge of orchids (yellow plant to left of house).

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Respectfully,

Dave Owens, Emeritus Professor of Biology and former Peace Corps Volunteer

 

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Greetings from Paris!

I’m Elizabeth Lambert, and I’m currently teaching and doing research in Paris thanks to The College of Charleston’s Versailles Fellowship Program. The first few months of my fellowship have been a whirlwind filled with teaching, researching, and traveling. Here is a picture of me standing in front of the Elisabeth bridge in Budapest.

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Through the fellowship, I been teaching conversational English classes at the University of Versailles twice a week. My students have been great so far—they are eager to participate in our activities and they seem genuinely interested in American culture. Their enthusiasm has made slipping into the role of teacher a lot easier for me, and I’ve enjoyed teaching even more than I thought I would.

Besides teaching, the fellowship has given me a wonderful opportunity to conduct my own research. I’m currently researching the French author Boris Vian. During his life, Vian was a bit of a Renaissance Man—he played the trumpet, wrote songs and essays, invented new gadgets, and was an artist. Today, though, Vian is primarily known for his coming-of-age novel, L’écume des jours. Because Vian lived and worked in Paris for much of his life, I’ve been able to make connections with people who actually knew him, including his first wife, Michelle Léglise. Madame Léglise was nice enough to let me interview her for my research, and to my surprise, after the interview was over, she invited me back so that we could continue discussing Vian’s life and work. Now, I meet with Madame Léglise almost once a week, and, as we read L’écume des jours together, she supplements our reading with her own memories and explanations of the book. Meeting with Madame Léglise has been a wonderful way to get a firsthand account from someone who actually knew Vian, and it’s an experience that would have never been possible without CofC’s fellowship program.

Despite all the wonderful experiences my time in Paris has brought me, it would be impossible not to mention the November 13th attacks in Paris. The attacks were harrowing for anyone who was living or working in Paris, but I’ve been immensely impressed with the French reaction to the attacks. Rather than retreat, French citizens seem determined to continue to live as normally as possible. After the attacks, I struggled with what to say to my French students, but it turned out that I didn’t have to say much. My students, like many of the French citizens I came into contact with, were resolved to move forward despite the tragedy. Today, things are getting back to normal in Paris, and the City of Lights is moving forward.

After all the events of the last four months, I’m excited to see what my next semester in Paris brings!

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The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C. and the Université de Versailles – Saint Quentin have an exchange program which affords a unique opportunity for graduate students to teach and conduct independent research at a university in the southwest suburbs of Paris. Established in 1994 by Dr. Olejniczak of the History department, the Graduate School has sent nearly 20 College of Charleston students to France with great success.

 

 

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Meet Allisyn Morgan, Assistant to the Graduate Dean

Posted by: McCrayCC | January 7, 2016 | No Comment |

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Allisyn K. Morgan ‘08

BA, Art History, College of Charleston

BA, Historic Preservation & Community Planning, College of Charleston

Allisyn Morgan is a Charleston native with a background in historic preservation, photography, and academic administration. After studying Art History, Historic Preservation, Photography, and French at CofC, she furthered her studies in design and preservation before working in photography full time. From there, she returned to her roots in historic preservation as the Administrative Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, a program co-sponsored by Clemson University and the College of Charleston. Her position focused on fostering a collaborative environment for both schools, deans, faculty, students, and practitioners in the field of historic preservation. After almost five years in the Meeting Street office, her husband and fellow CofC alum Austin Morgan accepted a coaching position in baseball at Texas A&M University. After one year residing in his home state of Texas, the two unexpectedly relocated back to Charleston! In July 2015, Austin accepted a coaching position for the Cougars, where he focuses on defense and recruiting. Allisyn is excited to be back on a campus that is so near and dear to her heart, she chose to marry on its grounds. She’s thrilled to be working for Dean McCandless and alongside a staff she became acquainted with over the years. Working in Randolph Hall is icing on the cake, as it has always been one of her favorite historic buildings on the planet. When Allisyn isn’t on campus or at baseball games, she loves to cook, eat, travel, play the piano, and work in photography . These days her main focus with the camera is food and its history; her projects can be found at www.allisynkmorgan.com.

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Happy Holidays!

Posted by: McCrayCC | December 16, 2015 | No Comment |

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Warmest Thoughts and Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!

Seasons Greetings,

The Graduate School Office

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Mary Jo Fairchild is the Manager of Research Services in Special Collections and Archives at the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library. Fairchild holds a MA in History from the College of Charleston, a MLIS from the University of South Carolina, and is a Certified Archivist. She has served on the Executive Boards of the South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA), the Charleston Libraries, Archives, and Museums Council (CALM), and the Friends of the Charleston County Public Library and is a founding member of the Lowcountry Oral History Alliance (LOHA). Fairchild identified her calling to become an archivist while studying history in the joint master’s program offered by the College of Charleston and the Citadel. When offered a part-time position in the reading room of the South Carolina Historical Society’s archives, Fairchild discovered a great affinity for facilitating access to and preserving records of historic significance. Together with a team of librarians and administrators, Fairchild oversaw the relocation of the South Carolina Historical Society’s priceless collection to the Addlestone Library and subsequently joined the faculty of the College of Charleston in February 2015. In her new role in CofC’s Special Collections, Fairchild provides reference and instruction to students and supports the work of scholars and faculty. She also curates and oversees installation of exhibits inspired by the holdings of Special Collections and the South Carolina Historical Society’s archives in the library.

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Town Hall Event with Senator Marco Rubio

Posted by: McCrayCC | November 30, 2015 | No Comment |

Stern Center Gardens will set the stage for another town hall event hosted by the Bully Pulpit Series. The Series welcomes Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to the College of Charleston on Tuesday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m. Senator Rubio will share a few remarks before opening for questions. The town hall audience will have the opportunity to ask questions in person or via social media by tweeting @CofCBullyPulpit the morning of the event. We are just two months away from the February primary election in South Carolina, so this is an important time to hear from your candidates.

Senator Marco Rubio is the 4th candidate to visit the College of Charleston so far this election season. Sen. Rubio looks to “restore the American Dream” with his conservative approach to policies, education and national defense. His plans are to identify opportunities for Americans to work together to revive this “great country.”

For the most up-to-date information about the Bully Pulpit Series, follow our social media accounts including  FacebookTwitter and Instagram. We look forward to seeing you in the Stern Center Gardens at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC a Charleston-based accounting and business advisory firm, has promoted Derrick Apple to audit manager.  Apple, a certified public accountant (CPA), previously served as a senior accountant at the firm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Charleston Southern University, where he graduated with honors, and a master’s degree in accounting from the College of Charleston. Apple is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of Public Accountants. Additionally, he served as a marketing committee member for the S.C. Captive Insurance Association and as a member of the 2015 eFileCabinet Professional Advisory Board. He currently resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Claire, and their young daughter.

Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC is a certified public accounting and business advisory firm based in Charleston, S.C., utilizing significant experience in corporate financial management and public accounting. The firm serves clients in the Lowcountry and throughout South Carolina, including Columbia and the Midlands. Drawing on extensive, executive-level financial management experience with international Fortune 500 corporations, the firm counsels business and individual clients with a comprehensive and strategic approach, placing emphasis on long-range financial goalsand business planning. For more information, visit www.jnrcpas.com.

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Graduate Student Highlight: Tibby Fielding

Posted by: McCrayCC | October 22, 2015 | No Comment |

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Tibby Fielding is pursuing a M.A.T. in Middle Grades English Language Arts. She is an avid hiker, surfer and outdoor enthusiast, and plans to use nature in her everyday lessons. Tibby taught English at Trident Technical College for three years; however, working with the James Simons Elementary Kaleidoscope program in downtown Charleston, SC, inspired her to make a career change. Currently, she works as a graduate assistant for Project Talentum Academe with Dr. Julie Swanson. The Talent Development Academy is funded by a Javits grant through the U.S. Department of Education and is presently serving two Title-1 elementary schools. In short, the grant focuses on implementing teacher professional development, culturally responsive teaching practices, growth mindset, and gifted education for all students.

Her current research focuses on fostering positive student-teacher relationships through holistic classroom practices. Some of these examples include journal writing, teacher-student mentoring, whole-group guided meditation, practicing mindfulness and implementing brain gym exercises in the classroom. She plans to serve the whole student when she has her own classes.

Tibby is currently President of the TEDU Graduate Education Organization (GEO). The GEO is a social and philanthropy group. This semester, with the help of the other officers, she has started a scholarship to sponsor Title-1 middle school students at the SMAART summer arts program (Students Mastering the Academic Arts) through CCSD Fine Arts. The GEO’s goal is to raise $5,000 and send 10 students to the program this summer.

Tibby is also a member of the 2015-2016 Teacher Leader program, which fosters the professional development of highly motivated students by providing them with challenging, extracurricular opportunities in the education community as well as a highly qualified mentor.

In the past, Tibby has been a volunteer research writer for Dr. Jennifer Barrett-Tatum leading to two publications in the field of education.

As a Teacher Leader, Tibby looks forward to gaining invaluable experiences, which she will utilize in the Charleston educational community with high hopes of making a difference in our educational system.

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Brittany Lavelle Tulla is the proprietor and principal architectural historian for the Charleston-based firm BVL Historic Preservation Research, which specializes in historic property research and National Register nominations. Brittany also serves as the executive director for the Charleston World Heritage Coalition and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Historic Preservation at the College of Charleston. She is a frequent contributor to local preservation publications and has had the honor to professionally support the efforts of Charleston’s leading preservation organizations, such as Historic Charleston Foundation, the Preservation Society of Charleston and Drayton Hall, where she received the 2015 Wood Family Fellowship. In addition to serving on several committees for local preservation groups, Brittany is a board member of the Charleston Heritage Symposium and founder of the Young Preservationists of Charleston. In 2014, she was featured in Historic Charleston Foundation’s “Women Who Impact Preservation.” Brittany is passionate about Charleston history and is committed to documenting the area’s heritage and historic places through researching and profiling its built environment and cultural landscapes.

Brittany received her Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the College of Charleston/Clemson University joint program in Charleston, SC in 2012.

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Graduate Alum Kendy Altizer

Posted by: McCrayCC | September 29, 2015 | No Comment |

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Kendy Altizer graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington with a double degree, Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology. After graduating from college, she spent a number of years in Cultural Resource Management,  and worked her way up the ladder in a variety of capacities in a number of different states. She eventually began spending more and more time in the office writing reports and learning the business side of Cultural Resource Management. While she enjoyed the consulting aspect of archaeology, she wanted a different challenge than what CRM could offer with the level of education she had attained so, she decided to go back to school. Instead of pursuing a traditional graduate degree in Anthropology Kendy opted for the Master of Science in Historic Preservation Program offered by Clemson University and the College of Charleston. She really wanted a different perspective on artifacts and wanted to explore conservation of the built environment.

A thesis project was required as part of her graduate program and Kendy was afforded the opportunity to study Peachtree Plantation on the South Santee River.  Using archaeology, history, and architectural precedents to understand the ruin of the main house and present a ground level floor plan and possible room uses. Kendy also presented a preservation plan for the ruin, which has since been implemented by the property owner. While working on her thesis, she knew there was much more to study and think about at Peachtree and that body of work would really just start the conversation of the broader plantation landscape. Kendy felt that that she could continue to make a contribution to Lowcountry scholarship, she decided to continue her education at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Kendy is currently in my second year as a PhD student in the Anthropology Department, her focus is historical archaeology and she is continuing to work at Peachtree with a broadened focus on the plantation landscape and colonial era enslaved lifeways. The time she spent at MSHP and CofC was invaluable and enabled me to choose a more academic career path, which is something I never thought I would do.

Best of luck Kendy as you pursue your Doctoral degree!

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