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For most graduate students the summer brings a bit of a break. Summer classes rarely run from June 1st to August 31st. Even in a year-around lab, summer is the time when program directors go on vacation, and some of those vacations are quite extended. Summer is typically the time when there are few grant deadlines or proposal deadlines for conferences. There are also the fortunate few who actually have completely flexible time for 13 weeks over the summer. Nonetheless, how the summer is spent will go a long way toward determining how quickly and effectively you move toward achieving your degree and professional goals.

The key word describing the summer is investment. Even a short lull in summer represents a pause from constantly reacting to course assignments, research demands, proposal deadlines, unreasonable supervisor expectations, last minute requests, and other urgencies. Summer is the time to reflect thoughtfully on your needs and goals. This is when you invest time in the activities that you said you would do when you have time.

The first part of your investment plan is to conduct a self-assessment after the difficult academic year. Did you fall behind on your research? Are you so stressed that it is difficult to function? Does your relationship with family and significant other require mending or renewing? Has it been more than 6 weeks since you have socialized with friends? What activities can you achieve over the summer that will bring your graduate date closer? What is your financial state? What things do you want to do, but never had a chance do with your hectic schedule? What events are coming up in the fall that you can make easier by preparing in the summer? And many more. You need to have a firm grasp of your current status in order to know what the direction of your investment will be. In order to read any map or receive any directions, you need to identify exactly where you are.


Planning your summer allows for priorities and perspective. If you have a good summer, then these plans will probably change due to fun and interesting opportunities that arise. In the summer, your wellness goals can take a high priority. Exercise, catch up on sleep, improve diet, schedule e-mail free weeks, decompress from stress, read a novel, take a vacation can all be top priorities and great investments. The next parts to schedule are the events, specific programs, and research milestones required by your graduate program and supervisor. Remember that you can rarely count on faculty members to meet over the summer. And getting two or more faculty members together for a summer meeting is like herding cats. However, catch up and meet the required deadlines. The next component to plan is the preparation work required for fall. There are often grants due, conferences to prepare for, and data collection events that take place in the fall. What can you do over the summer to make fall deadlines a bit easier? Finally, plan to make gains. While we are all struggling to keep our head above water in the fall and spring, summer can be a chance to make real progress. This is the time to publish an extra paper, get an early start on a thesis, or begin preparation for comprehensive exams. Students who take the most initiative are noticed by faculty members and by fellowship and scholarship committees.

There is a sneaky part of summer that no one really tells you. That is, you do not need to work all that hard in order to make progress. Because there are fewer places that you must be and people are not around the office or lab as often, less time is spent commuting, attending classes, going to required meetings, and the like. Therefore, concentrated time can be spent pursuing summer goals. So putting in a six-hour day of work is a long day in the summertime. Every day that you do a little bit of work in the summer will save a lot of work in the fall. Follow your plans and you will be making an excellent investment in reducing graduate school stress, improving your productivity, and moving closer to graduation (with your health and sanity intact). Have a great summer!



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Graduation 2015

Posted by: McCrayCC | May 11, 2015 | No Comment |


Congratulations and Bravo! A few updates on the 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

The Ceremony

Friday, May 15, 4-7 pm Cistern Yard

2:30 - Cistern Yard opens for seating.  Graduating students should enter Cougar Mall via the crosswalk on St. Philips street across from the Simmons Center for the Arts or the crosswalk on Coming street across from the Hidgon Student Leadership Center.  The gates to Cougar Mall on Calhoun street will be locked.
3:00 – Graduate students should arrive and check-in on the 3rd floor of the Robert Scott Small building – 23 on the campus map.   
- Commencement Ceremony begins

Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 13, 4-5 pm Cistern Yard
Graduating students will do a run-through of the lining up, ceremony processional, seating and walking across the stage.  Rehearsal is mandatory.


Each graduate student is eligible to receive 5 tickets, which will be available for pick-up at the TD Arena box office starting Wednesday, April 8.  You must have a picture ID and be on the approved graduation list to claim your tickets.  Please use this FAQ for any questions regarding ticket pick-up.

Every guest who enters the Cistern Yard will be required to have a ticket for the Friday evening ceremony.  This includes children over 6 months who will be sitting in laps and anyone who will be sitting in the handicap section.  Those who have mobility issues, weather sensitivity, or young children are encouraged to use the satellite viewing locations where you can enjoy air conditioning and watch a closed-caption live-stream of the ceremony and do not require a ticket.

Satellite locations will open for seating at 2:30 and as they fill, guests will be directed to the next closest location.  Room 205 in the Stern Student Center will be “kid friendly” where children can play and color.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Satellite Locations:

  • The Recital Hall and Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simmons Center for the Arts – 31 on the campus map.
  • The Ballroom and Room 205 in the Stern Student Center – 80 on the campus map.
  • Room 129 in the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building – 11 on the campus map.

Looking for extra tickets or have extras to spare?  Join the Graduate Student Association’s Facebook group where you will find information on ticket swapping.  Or attend rehearsal where 5 tickets will be raffled to those in need.

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

This year’s commcenement speaker will be Steve Swanson (bio), and Tony Meyer (bio) will receive an honorary degree from the University of Charleston, South Carolina.

If you have any additional questions, please call 843-953-5614.

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Kimberly Gailliard is a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a minor in Journalism, from Francis Marion University. This fall, she will begin her second year in the MPA program, and was recently selected to attend the NEW Leadership South Carolina Summer Institute at Winthrop University. The weeklong program is a partnership between the College and Winthrop’s John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy. It is affiliated with the NEW Leadership Network created by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. The purpose of NEW Leadership South Carolina is to educate college women about the political process and to inspire them to consider careers in public service. In spite of recent gains, including the election of its first female governor in 2010, South Carolina ranks 47th in the percentage of women in the state legislature, and women are underrepresented in on public boards and commissions and statewide offices as well.According to the program’s website, South Carolina ranks near the bottom for the number of women who hold positions in politics and serve on public boards and commissions. The goal of the program is to educate young women about the political process and to inspire them to consider careers in public service. Participants will have an opportunity to network with women who are public leaders and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and hands-on projects. Kimberly is very excited about this opportunity and believes it will be a great addition to the knowledge and experience she has gained working for local and state government. Kimberly is excited to add this experience to her resume and use the knoweledge in her ongoing studies in the MPA program. Congrats Kim!

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Do you have a job yet? Interviewing for a job? If you’re in this position, it’s hard not to let it get you down – but while the job market is struggling, you’re not entirely out of luck. Here are 10 tips to survive, stay on track, and get ahead of the competition.

1. Stay Positive
Don’t be upset or surprised if you don’t have a job by graduation day. It is important to stay positive and continue your search. One way to maintain a positive frame of mind is to remind yourself how far you have come already – just like the challenges you faced in school, you will overcome being unemployed.

And remember, it’s important to set aside at least an hour each day to do something you really enjoy. Take a jog, read a book, or spend time with your friends and family. This can go a long way to help you maintain a positive attitude, which could be the very thing that lands you a job.

2. Reduce Your Cost of Living
If you don’t have an income, you need to reduce your expenses. And since you don’t know the duration of your unemployment, start eliminating expenses quickly to avoid depleting your savings and building up debt.

  • Move Back Home. Moving in with your parents has huge savings potential. Many parents don’t charge their children for rent, utilities, or even food. In fact, when I moved home after graduation, my parents looked at it as their last opportunity to provide for me financially; it was a kind of college graduation gift. It was also nice to receive encouragement and emotional support from my family during that challenging time. Just be sure not to mooch off your parents. Also, do something in return for their kindness, such as cleaning, cooking, and mowing the lawn.
  • Defer Student Loans. To defer a student loan means to suspend loan payments temporarily. There is usually an automatic grace period of six months before you have to start paying back student loans upon graduation. However, if you have trouble finding a job, six months may not be enough. If you find yourself in this situation, defer your student loans until you have an income.
  • Put Yourself on a Budget. One of the best ways to save money is to conserve it by implementing a personal budget. Determine the amount of money you have and how much you can spend each month for a specified period of time (perhaps one year). Then, limit your spending to that amount of money per month. Consider putting away your credit cards and using the envelope budgeting system if you tend to over-spend.

3. Spend Time Networking
Professional networking can really pay off during a job search. Often, it’s not what you know, but who you know.

Here are several places to network:

  • College Alumni Associations. Being a recent graduate, you may receive phone calls and mail from your college’s alumni association asking you to join or donate money. Join if you wish, but more importantly, find out if there are functions you can attend to meet other alumni. People love to work with fellow alumni, and you may be able to find an “in” via such a connection.
  • Networking Events. Search online for networking events in your community. Once you begin attending these events, you may receive information for others not listed online.
  • Career Fairs. Career fairs are becoming increasingly common, and they can be hosted or sponsored by a school, a company, or even a city. Keep your eyes open for opportunities by checking online, in newspapers, and by watching the news.
  • Professional Organizations. Similar to college alumni, many people relate well to those who are in their professional organizations. In fact, it was via a professional organization (the Institute of Industrial Engineers) that I found my first job after graduating. Even if you don’t want to network, join a professional organization and attend a few activities in order to update your resume with current industry happenings.
  • Conferences. You can meet many people by attending a conference for your profession or industry. Individual conferences are typically held once per year, and can be held anywhere in the country. The cost to attend these events is often high, but if you leave the conference with some job leads, it could make it worth every penny.
  • Job Shadowing Opportunities. You can get a taste of a day in the life of a working professional by job shadowing. Even if the company for which you shadow does not have a current opening, they may remember you when they do have one. Check for job-shadowing opportunities with your college or local chamber of commerce.
  • LinkedIn. An increasing amount of people are finding jobs via social networking, and LinkedIn is the social network designed for professionals. LinkedIn allows you to display who you are, along with your degrees, experiences, and what specific line of work you are looking for.

4. Consider Going Back to School
This may not be ideal if you’ve been looking forward to working. However, if you were planning to eventually earn another degree, it might be best to simply get it out of the way, during which time the economy can recover.

On the flip side, if you were not planning to get another degree, don’t jump into a costly academic program out of frustration. As you know, earning a degree takes a lot of time, money, energy, and determination, and it’s not worth doing just to have something to do.

5. Keep Yourself Busy
While looking for a job is often a full-time job in and of itself, don’t put your life on hold because of it. Pick up part-time work at a temp agency, pursue your hobbies, or learn something new. You may even want get additional training or licenses to benefit your career.

6. Broaden Your Job Search
It took me a few months from the time I graduated to start my first job. I later realized that I had kept my job search too narrow by looking in a limited area, within only certain industries, and for one that required minimal travel. Had I been more open, I believe I would have found a job much more quickly.

Consider broadening your search to find a job quicker and especially if you’ve been looking for several months. Open yourself up to more locations, industries, career types, and entry-level positions, even if you qualify for a higher level job. Focus on getting your foot in the door, and try not to be too idealistic.

7. Build Your Skills
Every time you interview and are overlooked for the job, ask the interviewer what skills they recommend you improve. If you struggled answering the interview questions, ask a friend or family member to help you do mock interviews. This will also improve your confidence.

8. Volunteer or Work for Free
In some industries, it is common for a recent hire to work an unpaid internship before becoming a paid employee. If you are unable to find a paid job, consider this option as a way to gain experience and network. You could have yourself a paid job before you know it.

Another option is to volunteer for an organization such as the Peace Corps, Teach America, or AmeriCorps. Keep in mind that it takes time to be accepted as a volunteer, and these organizations require a commitment.

9. Start a Business
If the corporate world isn’t working out for you, take matters into your own hands by starting a business. Focus on an area in which you have a great deal of knowledge – for instance, if you are good with computers, a repair shop may be the perfect business to run out of your house. Consulting companies are also low-risk endeavors that require little start-up capital.

10. Start a Blog or Website
If you have a passion that you would like to share with the world, write about it and see where it goes. For instance, healthy cooking, personal finance, sports, couponing, and new technology are all popular topics online. It will take work and dedication to develop your blog, and it will take patience and smart social media marketing to build up a readership – but over time, you could find yourself with a dedicated following and a solid source of income.

Keep your eye on the prize!

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Preparing for Graduate School Exams

Posted by: McCrayCC | April 6, 2015 | No Comment |


Even if you aren’t the best test-taker, there are some simple ways you can improve your readiness for graduate school final exams. Conversely, there are always some ways to “blow it.” The key is always preparation—graduate school requires a lot more of it than undergrad. Don’t let any of these mistakes ruin those big exams and hurt your graduate school success!

Don’t Cram the Night Before

Graduate school final exams are not the type of test you can successfully cram for in one 24-hour period—taking any test exhausted is a surefire way to wind up with bad scores. Make sure you are sleeping regularly at least six hours a night in the weeks leading up to midterms. Information “sticks” in your brain better if it is revisited in short bursts over an extended period of time, and you will only be able to memorize so much information in a short span of time.

Cheaters Never Prosper

The best graduate schools are institutions with strong academic policies and extremely strict cheating punishments. Whether it’s on a multiple-choice final or a thesis essay, don’t ever, ever cheat. We’ve all heard the phrase, “cheaters never prosper,” and it’s true! Character and integrity is part of what you came to grad school to build, and cheating doesn’t prepare you for success beyond academia. On a practical level, there is no guarantee that on test day, the person you are cheating off knows the correct answers, or that the person whose essay you copy is any more convincing than your own thoughts would be. If you are caught cheating, it could lead to a serious blight on your academic records, and you could even be dismissed from the school. Trust that you are capable of doing well on your own.

Exercise, even in small bursts.

We all know we should exercise, but it can be tough to find even 30-60 minutes a day to go for a jog or take a Pilates class. Even if you have no time to get a true workout in, make yourself take at least three five-minute stretch/meditation breaks—one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one before bedtime. For each break, set your phone alarm for five minutes and quickly stretch out on the floor. Stretch out your spine and listen to yourself breathe. This will allow your muscles (especially those around your head and shoulders) to relax into the floor, and remove any tension you may be subconsciously “holding” in your body. See yourself succeeding on your exams!

Take your electronics away from where you sleep.

We’re all guilty of studying in bed, cross-legged, furiously typing away at a last-minute paper, but studies have shown that our bodies becomes conditioned with routines. If you consistently use your bed as your office-space, it will be harder for you to mentally “switch off” once you climb under the covers. If possible, do most of your computer-work at a desk or kitchen table, away from your bedroom (or at least a few feet away from your bed). It’s always good to sign off.

Manage your time well

The single most important skill to develop to successfully navigate graduate school is to learn how to budget your time efficiently. There is no one way to manage your time, Everyone has a different approach, which also may change over time.

From there, make a things to-do list for your grad school career, and each semester. Then, you can break it down month by month and day by day. The critical piece is not to feel overwhelmed but to mark down all the details on paper. Do this for assignments, too. It’s important to “allocate time for everything. Take advantage of organizational tools, such as Google Calendar and good old paper planners. You have to play with it and figure out what works for you. Always keep the big picture in mind. When you don’t, “you get tangled up in one task,”  For instance, it’s easy to spend all weekend writing and editing one paper and neglect other tasks. But this inevitably leaves less time for the rest of your to-do list and becomes a big stressor.

Finally, “Don’t let unhealthy perfectionism keep you from attending to all of the demands of graduate school and doing well on your exams. :)

Best of luck on your exams! You can do it!


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As the spring semester ends soon, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is running the annual election for all the officer positions for the 2015-2016 GSA executive board.  The following positions will be vacant: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

What is GSA?
The GSA is composed of all University of Charleston, S.C. graduate students. We participate in major administrative committees, act as an advocate for graduate students, and organize regular academic, social, and cultural events.

Students interested in running for a position should be present at the April 10th meeting to declare their interest in the position and secure a nomination from other student member of the Graduate Student Council. Candidates will require one nomination from the graduate students present at the meeting before being considered for candidacy. Potential candidates should also come prepared to give a brief statement outlining their qualifications for the position of interest.

Elections will be held online the week of April 13th, following official nominations at our final meeting of the semester on April 10th. Candidate bios and photos will be posted on the GSA blog along with the link to the voting form.

Why run for GSA?

  • Serve and have positive influence in the graduate student community.
  • Gain leadership, communication, and teamwork skills.
  • Meet fellow students from different disciplines.

Interested in running for a position, but have questions? Feel free to email the current members of the Executive Board with any questions or concerns that you might have. They are more than happy to share their experience and answer your questions about serving GSA. The duties required of each position can also be found in Section 5 and 7 respectively in the GSA Constitution.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our final meeting of the semester!

– Brett, Mimi, Will, and Megan


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Greetings! My name is Ciera Michele Gordon’16. I am a proud native of Florence, South Carolina. I am a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina. Go Gamecocks!  I am currently studying African American History at the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, SC. My family is filled with stories of black history. All families have stories to tell, regardless of their culture or their circumstances. Of course, not all of these stories are idyllic ones. Research shows that children and adolescents can learn a great deal from stories of life’s more difficult moments–as long as those stories are told in a way that is sensitive to the child’s level of understanding, and as long as something good is gleaned from the experience. I was always fascinated by my parents’ childhood stories and the re-tellings of the past. Their stories inspired me to study African American History and work towards its inclusion into mainstream history. Books contain narratives, but only family stories contain your family’s personal narratives. Fortunate I was able to get both. I was able to hear and read stories from books to become part of other people’s worlds, and they hear and tell stories of their family to understand who they are and from whence they came.

Upon graduation, my aspiration is to work with historic museums and/or historical sites while increasing and addding value to the representation of minority history.

History and Culture go hand and hand. I think it is very important to recognize and understand each other’s culture. The understanding of other cultures helps to diminish false stereotypes and prejudices. Which leads me to my next topic, The Graduate Students of Color Association ( GSCA). This is an organization that will make a difference on the campus of CofC. The Graduate Student of Color will seek to build and sustain a supportive community for graduate students of color that contributes to their academic development, social growth, and well-being. As the co-founder, I believe that the Graduate Students of Color Association will help diversify perspectives and increase respect of different cultures among the graduate students. The organization will serve as a bridge, connecting diverse attitudes and thought in a supportive atmosphere.

If you would like to know more about GSCA, I want to personally invite you to our mixer, Friday, March 20th at 5:30 in Stern Center Room 201. Come meet members and learn more about our future plans for engaging, connecting, and supporting graduate students. There will be food, beverages and desserts. I hope to see you there!



gcsa mixer

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You might see some familiar faces if you find yourself passing by the student art exhibition case in the  Stern Student Center in the coming weeks. Nancy Cooper, a graduate student in the Public Administration and Arts Management programs, was recently invited to display her research outreach project in the Stern Center in celebration of Graduate Education Week. Nancy’s project, the Charleston Self-Portrait Project, is a community engagement initiative the encourages individuals to “explore and express who they are through art.” Each “pop-up” event features a portrait making station where participants are able to draw their representation of themselves using various mediums from graphite pencils, pastels, and charcoal.

The Stern Center Exhibit features self-portraits from College of Charleston students, faculty, and staff that participated in one of several on-campus portrait sessions that Nancy organized in the early spring. Stop by and see how graduate research is impacting our campus and the Charleston community!

To learn more about the Charleston Self-Portrait Project, including the calendar of upcoming events, visit the site.
Also check out CSP on Instagram and Facebook.


Photos courtesy of Charleston Self-Portrait Project



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image from http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347/6223/768.

Andrew Wynne is a graduate student in Environmental Studies at the University of Charleston, South Carolina and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He served in the Philippines (2012-2014) as a Coastal Resource Management Advisor, and hopes to continue to educate and inspire others to create healthy coastal environments. A SCUBA diver and former college athlete, Andrew lives an active lifestyle fueled by travel and exploration, but never strays too far from the water.


An island archipelago nation laying in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is commonly known for its idyllic beaches, rugged volcanic interior, routine natural disasters, and amicable people. But perhaps less known is the battle against solid waste that is currently enveloping the country. I spent two and a half years on the front lines of this battle as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and can attest to what a study published just last week in the respected journal Science found; the Philippines, along with a small number of other developing countries, is a major vector for plastics and other debris flowing into the global ocean.

With the vast majority of the population and economy tied to the coastline, managing solid waste is exasperating already stressed resources and forcing individuals into economically inefficient ways of making a living that strain the coastal environment. In addition, the Philippines’ location in the western Pacific Ocean likely leads to the transportation of waste around the globe, thereby affecting everyone from local barangays to American coastal cities.

The fundamental issue is how to solve this large and growing problem on land, and in doing so, protect the ocean from the harm that debris causes. The Philippine government has adopted a number of laws needed to help mitigate solid waste.  The problem is these laws and product bans don’t work well if community members don’t understand the consequences of their actions or know why these policies were designed. This lack of awareness about solid waste and its effects on local waterways and the ocean is ultimately crippling the Philippines’ national process to confront the problem. To stem it nationwide, a concerted effort is needed from the ground-up, one that actively involves community members in the discussion.

I recently returned from Tabaco City, Albay, a port city in Southern Luzon facing the Pacific, where I was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer working on coastal resource management. After seeking input from local leaders and experts, I worked with Bicol University Tabaco Campus (BUTC) and Dean Plutomeo Nieves to develop and launch the Save the Rivers, Save the Sea Program.

Begun in January 2014, this three-year program has been using a participatory, community-based approach to address solid waste management, improve river water and habitat sustainability, and thereby protect our ocean. Local students and youth representatives are both the facilitators and target audience; the program seeks to empower them to initiate action, repair existing degradation, and be leaders in sustaining their local ecosystems for future generations.

Thus far, 36 BUTC students have facilitated a community needs assessment amongst almost 300 local households. The students interviewed residents and sought information related to solid waste management practices, community involvement, and river usage. River water quality testing and cleanup events are ongoing, and future program activities will include educational campaigns to inform and educate the community and the establishment of a Bantay Ilog, or “river watch team.”  With this groundwork in place, the Save the Rivers, Save the Sea Program hopes to facilitate the co-management efforts needed for future urban river sustainability and solid waste management in Tabaco City.

With proactive national and provincial policies, local awareness and activism, and financial resources to build a foundation of leadership, we can take the next step in stemming the flow of debris in the rivers and coastal environment of the Philippines.  This will be one small step in solving the global problem of plastics pollution in the ocean identified last week in Science. While it is troubling that the scientists found that the Philippines is a major source of ocean trash, efforts such as the Save the Rivers, Save the Sea Program can be a model for how other local communities can contribute to a global effort to protect the oceans from the threat of land-based debris.


Andrew’s original post for Ocean Currents can be accessed here.


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Graduate Education Week 2015!

Posted by: powellbh | February 16, 2015 | No Comment |

The Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina is excited to present a week of informational sessions about various aspects of graduate education here at the College of Charleston.  Throughout the week, we will be hosting a variety of events that all highlight aspects of graduate education. We hope that you can join us in our week-long celebration of graduate education!

Today, we kick off the week’s festivities with Graduate School Boot Camp today (Monday, 2/16) at 5:00 pm in the Stern Center Room 205.

Check out the schedule of other events lined up for this week:

MONDAY, 2/16
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Graduate School Office Open House, Randolph Hall Suite 310
We welcome students, faculty, and staff to drop by the office of the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C. Get to know our graduate students and meet the office staff. Light refreshments served.

5-7 p.m. Graduate School Boot Camp, Stern Center, Room 205
UCSC Graduate School representatives Cicely McCray, Director of Recruitment, Marketing, and Communications, and Susan Hallatt, Director of Admissions, will lead this workshop for prospective graduate students. They will highlight the ways students can succeed in graduate-level academic programs as well as answer your questions about how to get into graduate school.

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tour of Simons and Cato Centers for the Arts
Join us for a tour of the facilities in the Simons Center for the Arts and the Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts. The tour begins in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and will continue through the gallery and arts buildings. Prior to the tour, students, faculty, and staff will meet with directors Karen Chandler (Arts Management), Jo Ann Ewalt, (Public Administration), and Laura Turner (Performing Arts) to hear about each of their respective graduate programs and to answer questions. The tour will be given by Nancy Cooper, an MPA candidate and Graduate Assistant in Arts Management.  

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tour of facilities at Grice Marine Lab, DNR Marine Resources Institute and Federal Hollings Marine Lab. Vans will take participants to/from Fort Johnson on James Island
Dave Owens, Associate Dean and professor of Biology, will lead a tour of the student resources at Grice Lab, Federal Hollings Marine Lab, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Resources Research Institute. Lunch provided.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Fulbright Faculty Information Session, Stern Center, Room 409
Stephen Litvin, professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management, will lead a talk with faculty interested in pursuing Fulbright scholarship opportunities. Most recently, Litvin has been appointed a Fulbright Ambassador.

2-4 p.m. Managing your Online Presence & Building a Professional Digital Portfolio with WordPress, Addlestone Library, Room 122
In this hands-on workshop we will explore WordPress.com, a free blogging platform for building your personal web presence that integrates with common social media applications that support multimedia web publishing. You will have the opportunity to develop your own personal digital portfolio basic framework and structure using WordPress with the help of Joey van Arnhem, Instructional Design Librarian, and feedback from other students. You will also be provided with information on creating and managing your professional online presence.  Computers will be provided for the workshop, however if you have a laptop please feel free to bring it.  If you are using your personal laptop, you will need to configure it for campus wireless prior to the session (for more information on campus wireless setup visit http://wireless.cofc.edu).

4-5:30 p.m. Graduate School: Tips for Graduate School and the Working Professional, Addlestone Library, Room 227
You’ve been a newly minted graduate student for few months and wonder where all your time went? If this sounds like your experience, join Melissa Thomas, Director of the Center for Student Learning, for discussion about time management and stress buster tips for first-year graduate students.

5:30-6:30 p.m. MBA Information Session, Tate Center, Room 207
Join Jim Kindley, MBA Program Director, and Penny McKeever, Associate Director of Graduate Programs, to learn more about the MBA offerings at the University of Charleston, South Carolina. Visit http://sb.cofc.edu/academics/graduate/mba/ for information.

12-1 p.m. Resume Workshop: Operation Employment, Career Center, Lightsey Center, Room 216
Does your resume need some updating? Let us help! At this workshop you will increase your understanding of how your resume and cover letter are used in the job search process and make sure they target your career goals. Learn how to compose a resume that reflects your greatest strengths and talents and explore different resume formats. By the end of this workshop your resume will say, “Interview me!”

3-4 p.m. Graduate Information Session, Multicultural Center (next to Addlestone Library), 207 Calhoun Street, Multicultural Center Conference Room
Want to learn more about the graduate degrees, certificates, application process and student life offered at the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina? The information session consists of a presentation and a campus tour conducted by current graduate students.

4-5:15 p.m. Making Study Abroad WORK for You, Stern Center, Room 201
Interactive workshop — Learn how your study abroad experience can be incorporated into your resume, highlighted in an interview, and showcased in graduate school applications. Register with the Center for International Education through Appointment Manager on MyCharleston. Presented by the Center for International Education and the Career Center.

12-1 p.m. Diversity Discussion: Social Identities & Diversity, Stern Center, Room 205
Kristi Brian, Director of Diversity Education and Training, will lead this discussion. This session allow you to explore the dimensions of diversity and inclusion most relevant to your field of study. Through interactive exercises, it will address biases, micro-aggressions and inclusive empathy. The intent is for you to learn something new about yourself and your peers, and take away a fresh perspective on how you can foster meaningful diversity through your work.

4-6 p.m. Graduate Research Poster Session, Stern Center Ballroom (4th floor)
This is the 9th annual Poster Session and will feature 37 graduate students representing 12 programs and showcasing their research.

FRIDAY, 2/20
Noon-3 p.m. Graduate School Advisory Board Meeting, Stern Center Room 409 A/B
Spring meeting for members of the Advisory Board to the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.

5:30-7 p.m. Dinner with the Graduate Dean, Tate Center, Room 202
By invitation only. Free dinner for graduate students. A great opportunity to network with other graduate students, graduate program directors, staff, alumni, and the Advisory Board to the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.!

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