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RICHMOND, VA. – College of Charleston volleyball’ senior right-side hitter Cara Howley was selected as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, as announced by the conference office. Cara is a second year graduate student in the Communications program.

The McKinney, Texas, native led CofC to a perfect 4-0 record, including being handed tournament MVP honors at the Cougars’ home-hosted CofC Classic.

Howley threw down 66 kills (4.71 p/set) for The College, hitting .461. Her 26-kill outburst against Wake Forest on Friday night was both a career-high and the eighth most kills ever recorded by a CofC player in a single match.

The standout senior also chipped in with 37 digs and six blocks.

UNCW’s Morgan Owney won the Defensive Player of the Week award, while Northeastern’s Brigitte Burcescu won Rookie of the Week.



For all of the latest news and information on Cougar volleyball, you can follow the program @CofCVolleyball and @CofCSports or follow the team on Facebook here




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The University of Charleston, South Carolina at the College of Charleston is partnering with other departments on campus to provide numerous professional development opportunities: one-time events, workshop series, and career skills for graduate students. This variety of offerings allows students to develop a broad array of transferable skills while focusing on particular skill sets of interest throughout their graduate careers.

The Graduate Student Professional Development workshops will also help our graduate students to maximize the full potential of their degrees and certificates after graduation. The weekly workshops will be cover a broad range of topics relevant to students across all disciplines and stages of graduate study. The series will kick off on Monday, September 22, 2014 with a presentation from Environmental Studies program director Dr. Tim Callahan. “Choosing a Ph.D. Program” will focus on the key factors that students should keep in mind to determine the Ph.D. program that is the best fit for them. Dr. Callahan’s talk begins at 3:00 pm and will be held in the Beatty Center Room 301. If you would like to attend this event, please RSPV @[email protected] or call 843-953-1435 to RSVP.

The series will continue through October 2014 with more events to come in November! Check out the schedule below for more event information. Also, be sure to check out our website and Facebook to stay up informed about upcoming events and other professional development opportunities!

Wednesday, October 1- Using Social Media for Professional Development, Avery Research Center (125 Bull Street) from 12:00-1:00 pm; led by Cicely McCray
Tuesday, October 7- Resume vs. CV Workshop, Career Center Resource Room (Lightsey Center) from 12:00-1:00 pm; led by Linda Robinson
Tuesday, October 14- Giving Research Talks for short time frames, i.e. 20 minute talks, Avery Research Center Smart Classroom from 12:00-1:00 pm; led by Dr. Jason Coy

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GSA Wants YOU!

Posted by: powellbh | August 27, 2014 | No Comment |


On behalf of the Graduate Student Association, welcome back to campus! My name is Brett Powell and I am the new President of the Graduate Student Association for 2014-2015 and I’m looking forward to working with everyone this year!

First and foremost, I want to invite all of our graduate students on campus to attend the Graduate Student Association (GSA) meeting on Friday, September 5.  Meetings begin at 5:00 pm and are held in Room 409 of the Stern Center. This is our first monthly meeting of the semester and we encourage everyone to be in attendance as we will be making important announcements about upcoming events, campus involvement, and funding opportunities for students and organizations. Did I mention that there will be pizza? So, be sure to mark your calendars for Friday the 5th and come share a slice while meeting fellow graduate students and learning all about how to get involved on campus and throughout the community!

GSA is also still in need of candidates to fill two positions on our executive board for the 2014-2015 school year. Students interested in running for Vice President or Secretary of GSA should be present at the meeting to declare their interest in the position. To expedite the process of completing our executive board, candidates should come to the September 5th meeting prepared to stand up and introduce themselves and give a brief statement about their interest in the position. Candidates will require one nomination from the graduate students present at the meeting before being considered for candidacy. We will then vote on the candidates in accordance with the bylaws during the meeting. The duties required of each position can be found in Section 5 and 7 respectively in the GSA Constitution.

In addition to electing officers, we will also be organizing our committees at the September 5 meeting, so if you’re a new graduate student and still want to get involved with campus and community life, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

I look forward to seeing everyone at our meeting and can’t wait for what the year ahead holds for the Graduate School and GSA!

For any questions regarding our upcoming meeting, elections, or any other concerns, email [email protected]!

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Environmental Studies graduate student Friedrich Knuth returns to Charleston this fall after an eventful summer of impressive research trips to Honduras, Washington, and Florida.


Deep sea diving with a submarine off of Roatan, Honduras
In May, I joined Matt Rittinghouse on a research trip to Roatan, Honduras. Matt and his advisor Peter Etnoyer (NOAA) had traded maps of the seafloor around Roatan for submarine dives with the Roatan Institute of Deepsea Exploration. Karl Stanley, the submarine pilot, took us on two dives down to 2000 feet to verify the habitat model Matt had created for predicting the presence of deep sea coral. In the process, we had the unique opportunity to see fascinating deep sea creatures such as bioluminescent fish, dumbo octopi, rough sharks and many others. It was an exhilarating feeling to descend into such depths, because there is no sun light and one can only see as far as the flood lights will shine. The only means of navigation become the compass and depth gauge. Luckily, the maps were accurate and we were able to traverse the island periphery without any major loss of orientation. 


Surveying Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the South Atlantic Continental Shelf
In June, I spent the second summer in a row joining a research cruise funded by the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council to assess the presence and health of snapper and grouper populations between Florida and North Carolina. The chief scientist on board was Stacey Harter along with Andy David, both from NOAA’s Panama City lab. This work is directly related to my thesis. It is the second year that I am able to go out with this team and collect data on what the seafloor looks like and where the fish are hanging out. Much like Matt, I am trying to understand the biogeographical distributions of the target organisms, in this case fish, and create a predictive habitat model for the presence thereof. During the cruises I was part of the mapping team, which meant I worked from 8PM until 8AM. In the morning we would produce a finalized map of the seafloor. Based on this map the daytime Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) team would conduct their dives. Wherever our maps indicated that there are steeps slopes, that is where dives were planned, as fish like hard bottom and places to hide. Unfortunately, sometimes there were no fish, even though there were steep slopes indicated by the bathymetry. This is where my thesis aims to provide more insight into why some areas may have a lot of fish and others might not.


At sea for the deployment of the Regional Scale Nodes (RSN) Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) project with the University of Washington
The RSN OOI is a massive NSF funded project to deploy long term telepresence monitoring sensors at various target sites around the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. The plate is located off the coast of Seattle and functions as a microcosm of tectonic activity with both spreading and subduction zones. The project has been 25 years in the making and is are getting closer and closer to its completion. In July I had the pleasure of joining chief scientist John Delaney and his team on the first of seven legs in 2014. We were able to deploy various sensors such as seismometers, mass specs, fluid samplers and high-definition cameras, as well as install more fiber optic cable and junction boxes. Once these sensors are all put in place and plugged into the network, scientists from around the US and world will have live 24/7 access to the data being collected at the bottom of the ocean. It is an unprecedented look into processes that are fundamental to the way our planet functions in a biological, physical and chemical way. You can read more at http://www.interactiveoceans.washington.edu.




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Public Speaking Pointers

Posted by: McCrayCC | August 8, 2014 | No Comment |


We all have to present our work to others at some point in our graduate careers, and this commitment to public speaking can lead to real anxiety for some individuals. I know this because I used to be in that group. I have been so anxious before a 12 minute talk that my hands actually went numb from the terror, my pulse started racing, and I ended up speaking so fast that my 12 minute talk became 9 minutes, tops. That leaves a lot of room for awkward silence.

So how do we learn to manage our public speaking anxiety? Some would suggest simple hacks: use confident body language, speak slowly and in a deeper tone, or my least favorite “picture your audience in their underwear,” which is most definitely the LAST thing I want to think about during a talk. While these hacks can be helpful for people with minor issues they are by no means sufficient if you are experiencing serious anxiety prior to public speaking events.

You might have public speaking or performance anxiety if you have experienced any of the following before giving a talk:

  • trembling
  • sweating
  • clammy hands
  • rapid heart rate
  • shortness of breath
  • muscle tension,
  • blushing
  • confusion or losing your train of thought
  • upset stomach
  • shaky voice
  • dizziness

At this point I think just about everyone can say yes to experiencing at least one of these prior to public speaking. Thankfully, since my numb-hands-speedtalk days I’ve learned some new ways to manage public speaking anxiety.

Know your stuff: This is the most important part for dealing with anxiety related to graduate level and professional presentations. Minor hacks such as puffing up like a fish to project confidence and lowering your voice will not help you if you don’t know the material. This happens to me on a regular basis: I do just fine presenting my own work (which I know) but the moment I have to present for journal club (where one student reviews a recently published paper in depth in front the of the department) I start getting anxious because I am presenting work I am unfamiliar with.

Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to go over your talk before hand. One trick that has helped me immensely is to structure my slides so that the end of each slide leads directly to the next. By building in and practicing transitions you are much less likely to get lost, and your audience will appreciate having a cohesive narrative in your talk.

Notes aren’t just for class: Even when you know your project inside and out it is still good to have some form of notes on hand–whether it is a general outline of your talk, important sources and citations, or specific technical details of experiments. You can do this the old fashioned way and have printed notes, but I recommend becoming familiar with the joy that is presenter view on PowerPoint . If you don’t know how to use it I highly recommend this approach as it allows you to have your notes for each slide displayed for you, but not your audience. However, not all presentation venues are set up for presenter view (a lot of conferences are like this, unfortunately) so keep a hard copy of your notes handy just in case.

Get (non-threatening) feedback: Next time you have a big anxiety-inducing speaking event coming up (thesis defense, anyone?) try running through your presentation for a small group of fellow students, professors, and other coworkers and get their feedback afterwards. This is an enlightening experience as sometimes what you are the most worried about no one notices, or you find out that you have a distracting tic that you never noticed.

Managing the anxiety response: Sometimes no amount of preparation can prevent your innate flight response when faced with public speaking. If you can’t stop your innate responses you can learn to manage them. Your audience has no idea your hands are numb, and no matter how bad the talk goes you will not be chased down with pitchforks.

When you feel yourself starting to get anxious remember that these feelings, while very much real, do not mean that you cannot give a great talk. The trick is learning to be separate from your anxiety by acknowledging it and allowing yourself to have that feeling, then deciding that even with the feeling you can move forward. It can take some practice learning how not to be overwhelmed by these feelings, but eventually you will be able to acknowledge them and move past them in order to accomplish your goal of giving a good presentation.


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Lowcountry Mayor’s Breakfast

Posted by: McCrayCC | July 31, 2014 | No Comment |


I attended the UNCF 1st Lowcountry Mayor’s Breakfast on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. That’s me and City of Charleston Mayor Joe P. Riley Jr. :)

It was a pleasure to see all three of our mayors- Mayor Joe Riley Jr., Mayor Keith Summey and Mayor William “Bill” Collins in one room together discussing the future of our schools and communities. The event was to bring awareness to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and to garner support from the Lowcountry. We all know a mind is a terrible thing to waste, so let’s invest in our youth today because they are our future dividend.  I attended an Historically Black College/University (HBCU) but learned so much about the UNCF at the breakfast. Let me share with you a few tidbits about the UNCF.

Did you know?

UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.

Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships.

UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they need and that the nation needs them to have by:

•Awarding 10,000 scholarships and internships under 400 programs for students from low- and moderate-income families to attend more than 900 colleges and universities across the country;

•Providing financial support for its 37 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) for scholarships and capacity building;

•Advocating nationally for the importance of education and college readiness through its annual television program, a national public service announcement campaign, and commentary in national media;

•Advocating locally at events across the country such as Governor’s and Mayor’s luncheons, Walk for Education events and Mayor’s Masked Balls.

UNCF’s Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute issues studies that improve understanding of the issues that face minority education and points the way to solutions.

UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building, a unique institutional improvement initiative, helps member colleges and universities become stronger and more self-sustaining in areas that can make the difference between success and struggle such as curriculum and faculty enhancement, student recruitment and retention and fundraising.



•Member HBCUs educate more than 57,000 students each year at tuitions averaging 30 percent less than those charged by comparable institutions.  Research shows that HBCUs out-perform many larger and better-funded schools at graduating low-income students—the students the country most needs to have college degrees.

•UNCF Scholarship Programs increase the likelihood that students will graduate.  African American recipients of UNCF scholarships have a 70 percent six-year graduation rate, 10 percentage points higher than the national average, and 30 percent higher than the average for all African Americans. A $5,000 UNCF scholarship increases by seven percent the likelihood that its recipient will graduate from college. The low-income minority recipients of Gates Millennium Scholarships, a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have average graduation rates of 90 percent.

•UNCF Advocacy has changed the way the nation thinks about education and race.  When UNCF’s iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”®, debuted more than 40 years ago, the idea that African Americans should go to college was not widely accepted.  Today, the UNCF motto is almost universally known and almost every college has black students.  The latest iteration of UNCF’s PSAs frames support for minority education as investment in better futures for students and all of us, and expands the iconic motto to, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.”

There are 105 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the nation. In 1965, in Title III of the Higher Education Act of 1965, Congress officially defined an HBCU as an institution whose principal mission was and is the education of black Americans, was accredited and was established before 1964. The first HBCU, CHEYNEY University in Pennsylvania was founded in 1837. All HBCUs play a critical role in the American higher education system. For most of America’s history, African Americans who received a college education could only get it from an HBCU. Today, HBCUs remain one of the surest ways for an African American, or student of any race, to receive a quality education.

While the 105 HBCUs represent just three percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning, they graduate nearly 20 percent of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees. HBCUs, because of their unique sensibility to the special needs of young African American minds, remain the institutions that demonstrate the most effective ability to graduate African American students who are poised to be competitive in the corporate, research, academic, governmental and military arenas.

UNCF supports minority students at many schools that are not HBCUs. However, UNCF directly supports 37 private HBCUs. HBCUs award more than one in three of the degrees held by African Americans in natural sciences.

HBCUs are experts at educating African Americans: Allen University, Benedict College, Bennett College for Women, Bethune- Cookman University, Claflin University, Dilliard University, Edward Waters College, Fisk University, Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Jarvis Christian College, Johnson C Smith, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Livingstone College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Morris College, Oakwood University, Paine College, Philander Smith College, Rust College, Saint Augustine’s University, Shaw University, Spelman College, Stillman College, Talladega College, Texas College, Tougaloo College, Tuskegee University, Virginia Union University, Voorhees College, Wilberforce University, Wiley College and Xavier University of Louisiana

Remember a mind is a terrible thing to waste! For more information on the UNCF, check out their website at http://www.uncf.org


lowcountry mayors

(From left to right, City of North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey, Dr. Michael Lomax, CEO UNCF, City of Summerville Mayor William “Bill” Collins, and City of Charleston Mayor Joe P. Riley Jr.)


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The Master of Arts in Teaching Performing Arts prepares students for South Carolina licensure in public schools while encouraging them to develop their own artist pursuits. Charleston’s world renowned arts community provides the perfect opportunity for students to network and intern with arts professionals and educators alike.  The program continued to grow and develop this past year with the addition of an exciting new theatre concentration. The new concentration targets students who received their undergraduate degrees in theatre or possess equivalent relevant experience. The program now offers two concentration (choral music and theatre) but plans are in the work to add a third dance component. Students have participated in the Spoleto USA Festival, the College’s concert series and interned at some of Charleston’s oldest historic (and haunted!) theatre. Upon gradution from the program, students are well equipped to teach PreK – 12 arts classes in South Carolina public schools. If you have any questions about the program contact Program Director Laura Turner at [email protected].

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Life After Graduate School

Posted by: McCrayCC | July 22, 2014 | No Comment |


When I finished college and moved to Charleston I was more excited than nervous. Unlike many of my friends who entered the workforce right out of undergrad, I began graduate school just weeks after receiving my B.A. I was glad that I didn’t have to worry about finding a full-time job and that I could continue studying history. But now that my two years of graduate school have come to a close, I face the same dilemma my friends did after leaving undergrad: What do I do with my life?

The question itself is much more frightening than the reality. Whether you came into graduate school with work experience or not, you leave with something more important. That is, the satisfaction that you obtained a graduate education, which is something you will keep for the rest of your life. Regardless of what you do afterwards, working towards your degree was a rewarding experience.

As for myself, I currently do marketing for a local real estate company. This isn’t something I want to do for the rest of my life and thanks to my M.A. in History from CofC I am prepared for further study if I chose to take that route one day. If not, the transferrable skills I acquired through graduate study prepared me for a variety of jobs and opportunities outside of academia. I suppose the moral of the story is don’t feel trapped by your situation right out of graduate school. You are equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in your chosen field thanks to your education, it just might take a bit of time in order to get to the place that you want to be. Your friends who went on to the workforce right out of undergrad understand your situation.

So life in the business world is different from grad school. Not necessarily better, but surely different. Pure research is a wonderful thing; the ivory-tower isolation, the focus, and the unhurried pace may be the only way that some problems can be attacked. In taking a job, you’ll trade that life for a steady paycheck and a universe of opportunities to work with other people on fantastic projects.

I meant this post to provide a realistic guide to how your life will be different in the business world. Don’t be daunted or put-off by the differences. Millions of grad students have made successful and lucrative careers outside the College of Charleston. I did it. You can too.

Bethany Greene

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These days, being professional is about a lot more than a shiny resume and strong educational background. Luckily, the College of Charleston is here to help.

We all know the Graduate School offers top-notch education in a variety of programs to offer students with a competitive edge in the workforce. Excitingly, it also offers resources and opportunities for personal and professional advancement that you should absolutely consider as an integral part of your graduate experience (and in your future career advancement). Here are some of my favorite resources and ideas on this topic that I learned through my experience in the grad school:

1. Professional is not boring (yay)! It’s about making friends and networking, developing a personal brand and professional identity.

You have a built-in network with your program cohort, so help each other grow during and after school. Some of my best interviews came from agencies where I knew friends or colleagues that gave a positive recommendation on my work. This means taking opportunities in grad school (like group or teamwork initiatives) to really showcase that you can work well with others and do your fair share.

  • During school, participate in extracurricular activities and professional clubs to boost your resume, skills set, and personal network. Check out the Graduate School Association or join any number of the clubs on campus that can be found on the Office of Student Life website.


  • After graduation, join professional networking groups like Charleston Young Professionals, Charleston Center for Women, or any number of professional groups related to your field. They offer special engagements and programs for professional learning in a fun atmosphere, as well as opportunities for travel and leadership. And as Alumni, join a chapter group with the CofC Alumni Association for great events and opportunities to give back.





2. Volunteering is a great way to build your professional abilities and impress potential employers.

Find volunteer opportunities during school, at the College itself and with local nonprofits. I found my internship with a local non-profit (Charleston Moves) through the MPA program, and still volunteer with them today! Find a way to help a cause that you care for, or an organization that you love; it will increase your professional opportunities exponentially and provide a platform to showcase your skills pre-interview.

3. Develop your personal brand in a professional way.

This means cleaning up your social networking sites, taking down ethically sensitive photos or posts- you know the drill. But more than that, it means building a personal presence online. For example- start a blog, tweak your Linkedin, upload your papers and projects on Issuu, or present your resume infographically on re.vu. Take time to research applications that will help employers find you, and find the best information about you. And for goodness sake, Google yourself!




4. Have initiative in learning outside of the classroom. Be an opportunist.

I know it’s asking a lot for a busy graduate student to spend precious free time on self learning initiatives, I’ve been there, I really have. But if you can spare a few moments, explore ways to make yourself a more efficient student. Check out the student support and workshops provided by the Graduate School and the Center for Student Learning at CofC. Take classes and workshops on anything that interests you that can help you grow professionally; lessons in languages, graphic arts, programming, and any number of subjects can be found online for free at some major universities and through mysliderule.



5. Get a mentor; seek advice and help when you need it.

Learn from those wiser and more experienced than you. Surround yourself with interesting and worldly people, academics and scholars. Most importantly, find someone whom you feel you can connect with and learn from professionally. For me, it was my program director- Dr. Jo Ann Ewalt- who became a sounding board for my ideas, projects, and occasional frustrations. Her professional guidance allowed me to view new perspectives and pursue new pathways in learning.

  • Present your work at conferences and symposiums to gain valuable advice from colleagues and experts in your field, and add valuable public speaking experience to your professional tool belt.
  • Seek guidance when you are confused, frustrated, or stressed (we’ve all been there) from the Graduate School Office or the College Counseling Center. There are resources available on campus that can address most, if not all, of your personal and professional needs.

6. Learn from the habits of successful people, and know that being professional means you can still follow your dreams.

Check out literature on your role models, learn from people who successfully follow their dreams, and learn to accomplish your own professionally. Also there are many Ted Talks available on the subject of growing professionally and accomplishing goals that I’d recommend to almost anyone, especially Amy Cuddy’s “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are”. Seek and impress with innovation. There are no limits to what you can accomplish!





Until Next Time,




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Feeling French?

Posted by: McCrayCC | July 14, 2014 | No Comment |


Dust off your red, white and blue again tonight for Charleston’s sixth celebration of Bastille Day! Bastille Day or Fete Nationale began on July 14 1790 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the unity of the French nation. At 6pm tonight, Charlestonian’s dressed as Patriots and Princes will march in a parade leaving from Marion Square singing the French National Anthem. Fish Restaurant (433 King St) is hosting a costume party contest with French Can-Can dancers and live accordion music for entertainment. Dinner consists of a cheese plate, charcuterie, mussels, cocktails, beignets or a four course French meal. At 9pm guests will be invited to participate in 60’s Mod dancing and a cake eating contest. The evening will conclude with another singing of La Marseillaise. Liberté, égalité, fraternité!

Find out the details of the Bastille Day festivities at: http://http://www.charlestonscene.com/article/20140713/CS/140719996/1007/fish-restaurant-celebrates-bastille-day-with-themed-party


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