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Library Improvement Summer Project 2014

Posted by: McCrayCC | April 23, 2014 | No Comment |


Please take note of the important dates and associated activities as the library undergoes a significant improvements this summer.


5/3/14 – 2nd & 3rd Floors closed. Special Collections closed. Book Stacks unavailable until August 18. Faculty Resource Room closed.

8/18/14 – Estimated completion date. All floors open, all collections available, all departments open.


The first floor of the library will be open for the duration of the renovation. Hours are posted at  http://www.cofc.edu/library/libraries/hours/index.php   ILL and PASCAL will be available all summer long. Technical Services will relocate to the Reference offices on the 1st floor. Faculty are encouraged to submit orders for library materials as usual. Computers, Microfilm, and the Media Collection are not affected by the renovation.  For more information, please see the Addlestone Library Improvement Blog at http://blogs.cofc.edu/addlestone-improvement/

Questions or concerns ? Please call Claire Fund  953-8002 or  James Williams  953-8015 or email  addlestoneimprovements@cofc.edu

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This past March a group of undergraduate and graduate students traveled to England and Wales in the hopes of finding King Arthur. As part of the interdisciplinary course “In Search of King Arthur and the Holy Grail,” we traveled to medieval cathedrals and castles searching for historical foundations of Britain’s most legendary hero. Thanks in part to the Graduate School at the College of Charleston, I was able to see the places that first inspired me to study history. After returning from our trip, our assignment was to pen journal entries for each of the days we were abroad, discussing our experiences and how the sites connected to the development of Arthurian mythology. Below are a few excerpts and photographs from my travel journal:

Sunday, March 2nd – Tintagel

It was a three-hour drive to Tintagel in Cornwall. The rain picked up along the way and the roads became more and more narrow the closer we came to our destination, but we eventually made it there unscathed. Tintagel was simultaneously gorgeous and terrifying. It was a fortress overlooking the ocean, which was a beautiful shade of blue grey, even in the storm. The site is the alleged birthplace of King Arthur and it is almost believable when the weather was as scary as it was that day. Merlin’s Cave is towards the bottom of the cliffs on the shore but we weren’t allowed to go in because of the storm damage. Despite the increasing rain and wind our whole group trekked up the side of the rocky cliffs, trying not to get blown away to our deaths in the ocean below.

The views at the top made the journey worth it. Atop the cliffs were fourteenth century ruins of walled gardens, and the remnants of a castle structure. I would have stayed longer if it weren’t for the hail that began as we reached the top. My face and hands were raw from the elements and we were all thoroughly soaked to the bones by the time we made it back down to the bottom of the cliffs.


Wednesday, March 5th – The Roman Baths

Bath is a beautiful Georgian town with similarly colored buildings all throughout. It has an air of antiquity about it and it felt like something out of an Austen novel. Everywhere I looked

I could picture women in Georgian dress parading around, on their way to take in the waters.

Naturally, I loved it.

The Roman Baths themselves were directly adjacent to Bath Abbey. They were remarkably well preserved and presented. The exhibits were all educational without being too much. On display were various items such as Roman-era coins, a statue of Sulis Minerva (the temple was dedicated to the goddess), and other paraphernalia from the excavated site. It was an audio-guided tour, which I normally hate, but it provided just enough information. The main bath was amazing to see. The changing rooms and other baths were off to the sides and well preserved as well, if not just a little dark. Towards the end of the tour, you would see the steaming water enter the main bath. You could even taste the waters for yourself. The water was warm and tasted of minerals and heavy metals. I drank it in the hopes that it would make me healthier but I don’t think I could have a habit of it.


Friday, March 7th – London

We went to the British Library first where I had the chance to see the Georgians Revealed exhibit that was ending in a couple of days. There were portraits of the Georgian kings on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, as well as a pair of Jane Austen’s spectacles and writing desk. An original copy of Handel’s Messiah and Jeremy Bentham’s violin was also on display. The exhibit gave a full portrait of life in Georgian London, which I found fascinating.

Afterwards, our group traveled to King’s Cross Station where nearly all of us had our pictures taken at Platform 9 3/4. Much to my delight, I was able to don a Ravenclaw scarf and pose for a few cameras. There was a small shop around the corner where I bought a few Ravenclaw knick-knacks. I’m such as sucker for Harry Potter memorabilia.


I would like to thank the Graduate School for being so supportive of travel for graduate students. Studying abroad is just as important and beneficial to graduate students as it is undergraduates and I am thankful to have experienced two study abroad programs during my brief time at the College. I encourage graduate students from all programs to research study abroad programs or classes with travel components while they are at the College. Alongside of pure enjoyment, studying abroad expands both your academic and personal horizons.


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Intensive LSAT Prep Class in May 2014

Posted by: McCrayCC | April 2, 2014 | No Comment |

THIS IS A SAMPLE TEST QUESTION. If you can answer the question, great! If not, please continue reading…..

When pregnant lab rats are given caffeine equivalent to the amount a human would consume by drinking six cups of coffee per day, an increase in the incidence of birth defects results. When asked if the government would require warning labels on products containing caffeine, a spokesperson stated that it would not because the government would lose credibility if the finding of these studies were to be refuted in the future.

1. Which of the following is most strongly suggested by the government’s statement above?

(A) A warning that applies to a small population is inappropriate. (B) Very few people drink as many as six cups of coffee a day. (C) There are doubts about the conclusive nature of studies on animals. (D) Studies on rats provide little data about human birth defects. (E) The seriousness of birth defects involving caffeine is not clear.

The Pre-Law Program is pleased to announce that we will be offering our non-credit LSAT preparation class again this May. The class meets four evenings per week, Monday through Thursday, from May 12 through June 5.  The class is designed to prepare students for the June 9 LSAT.  This is the only offering of the LSAT outside the regular academic year, and so we strongly urge students applying to law school next year to take this administration of the test, so that they may have ample time to prepare.

The class will once again be taught by Professor Thomas Nadelhoffer of the Department of Philosophy. The fee for the class is $600, less than half of what commercial providers charge for a similar class.  The class is open to the public; you do not have to be a C of C student to register.  Students can sign up here:



Fees can be paid online. If you wish to pay at the Treasurer’s Office, please use account number 320054 580116. For more information, contact Larry Krasnoff, Pre-law advisor at krasnoff@cofc.edu.



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brdige rune

Every April, Charleston plays hosts to thousands of visitors from across the country with one thing in common: getting over it (the Ravenel Bridge that is). The Cooper River Bridge Run has been a major event for Charleston since the first race in 1978 was organized as a promotion for community wellness. Since then, the reach of the Bridge Run mission has grown substantially, establishing itself as one of the largest 10K races in the United States. While the Bridge Run attracts runners from all over, it’s an event that celebrates the city, it’s residents, and one of it’s foremost icons. To me, “getting over it” is rite of passage marking your initiation as a Charleston resident, so as soon as I registered I began training for the 6.2 mile course I would contend with on April 5.

As a graduate student, it can be difficult to appropriate enough time each day dedicated to running. There are a multitude of other tasks that compete for my attention between classes, work, and other obligations, so I organized a training plan for my running much in the same way that I organize my academic calendar. My training plan helped to keep me on the right track to accomplish my goal of completing the Bridge Run. In all my running around town, I discovered new parts of Charleston that I had never seen before. With each increase in mileage I became more acquainted with this beautiful city. I’m looking forward to this Saturday to “get over” the Cooper River with 30,000 other runners celebrating the Charleston community!

For more information on the 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run, click here.


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Let’s Hear It for Barbie!

Posted by: powellbh | March 25, 2014 | No Comment |


Be daring. Be different. Be impractical. You may still see her on campus and that is the way Barbie Schreiner (MPA ’13) likes it. Schreiner coordinates the campus blood drives for the American Red Cross, working with student groups to collect more than 500 pints of blood each year. In addition or coordinating blood drives at the College, she coordinates blood drives in Dorchester County and works with schools, civic groups corporations and religious organizations. Schreiner started working at the American Red Cross in 2008, while completing her Master’s in Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management at the College. Schreiner says the real world applications from coursework were immediate and validated her decision to pursue the degree at the College of Charleston. Her last semester Schreiner married her long time boyfriend, Brian in Charleston. The two reside in Charleston and enjoy all that the Holy City has to offer, especially the great food! Stop and say hello if you see her on campus!

under: Charleston, Jobs & Careers, News, Public Administration

early childhood

I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside. This song brings music to my ears. The words are so true. Are you interested in becoming that positive influence for students? Do you wish you could teach, but might have majored in a subject other than education as an undergraduate? If so, a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from the College of Charleston may afford you the opportunity to teach and improve the lives of others! Upon successful completion, this program will lead to a master’s degree and initial certification/licensure in any one of the following areas:

Early Childhood Education
Elementary Education
Middle Grades Education
Teaching Performing Arts
Special Education

The Graduate School at the College of Charleston invites anyone interested in learning more about the programs to join us for an information session on Saturday, March 22 from 10:30 am to noon at the College of Charleston North Campus in North Charleston. This information session will specifically address admissions requirements, program duration, costs and financial aid, the application process, and deadlines for applying. Although the emphasis will be on individuals who wish to earn a graduate degree, any and all individuals interested in the teaching profession are welcome. Visit the program website for more information on degree options!

For directions to the North Campus, click here. To learn more about the North Campus, like their Facebook page!

MAT flyer

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Orginal Charleston Market survey comes home

Posted by: McCrayCC | March 10, 2014 | No Comment |


After some 226 years, the document that led to the creation of one of Charleston’s iconic public spaces is back in the city.

The South Carolina Historical Society’s library is open for research Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org

Isabella Breckinridge, of Washington, D.C., a direct descendant of Charles and Eliza Lucas Pinckney, recently came across dozens of old family papers underneath her mother’s old debutante dress, and she donated them to the S.C. Historical Society last month.

Once the package arrived, Mary Jo Fairchild, the society’s director of archives and research, carefully unfolded one of the larger documents, “and I couldn’t believe my eyes.”

She was handling a large, detailed 1788 survey showing a gift of land parcels from seven individuals to the city for the creation of a public market.

The three-page document is slightly larger than this newspaper and bears the red wax seals of six of the donors, including Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, who had just returned from the Constitutional Convention. It also bears what appears to be an early version of Charleston’s seal next to the signature of City Intendant (Mayor) John F. Grimke.

While a handmade copy is just across Meeting Street at the Charleston County RMC Office, society Director Faye Jensen said this document – produced with fine ink on paper probably made from cotton or hemp – is unique.

“The aesthetic value, the intrinsic value of the piece is what we’re excited about,” she said.

The survey plan for the market shows significant similarities and differences to what the city eventually developed on the property in the 19th century.

For instance, the plan shows a beef market and a “country market” in narrow sheds just west of Meeting Street – sheds shaped very much like what’s there today.

However, west of Church Street, the plan doesn’t show more sheds but rather a canal between North and South Market streets. That canal underscores how this area once was a creek – and why it continues to experience some of the city’s worst street flooding. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said the city is spending $20 million-plus on a new underground drainage system to address that.

The survey, done by Revolutionary War Col. Barnard Beekman, also shows Cravens Bastion, the northeastern trip of the city’s original walled defenses, approximately where the U.S. Custom House now stands.

Other documents relating to the market mention plans to build “good substantial brick drains” and to use palmetto or pine logs to build wider streets. The collection also includes other family papers dating between 1765 and 1915.

But the market survey and deed is the star, one that Fairchild said “is definitely in the top 10″ of the society’s historic documents.

The society eventually plans to display the document, but first plans to undertake some conservation work on it. It’s in generally good condition, but it was folded for years, and experts will try to figure out the best way to get the paper to relax so those folds are less noticeable.

“Frequently, it’s better to do nothing than do overdo it,” Jensen said of the conservation work.

The document also includes a reversion clause that stipulates that this property must be returned to the original donors should the city fail to establish the market within two years. Pinckney and other donors showed some flexibility with that deadline, Fairchild said.

Riley said the city is aware that the City Market sits on land donated for that purpose, but the donor descendents shouldn’t anticipate a day when they might get the land back. “The Market is a very iconic, historic institution … one that is also very contributory to the city’s economy and to the spirit of the city,” he said. “I can’t imagine there would ever be a desire for anything else.”


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The close of the 2014 Graduate Education Week was marked by a wonderful showcase of student research at our 8th annual Graduate Poster Session on February 5th, 2014. Twenty six graduate students representing six of programs presented their respective research projects to an audience of students, faculty, and judges. The Graduate Poster Session was a great opportunity for students across a variety a disciplines to come together and share their interests with the graduate school community. We thank all of those students who participated in the session and congratulate our presentation winners: Briana Kloc, Bradley Blakemeyer, Alyssa Demko, Friedrich Knuth, and Andrea Margiotta. Check out their project descriptions below:

Humanities, Social Sciences, & Professional (tie)
Briana Kloc, Environmental Studies
Promoting Environmental Literacy with Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): Developing a Case Study for Instructional Use
“We live in a dynamic world where the fields of biology and environmental science are rapidly changing. To keep up with current research, education should be focusing on teaching science literacy rather than purely content knowledge. At the poster session I presented how I am developing a case study for undergraduate biology and environmental science instructors to use in their classrooms based on my experience participating in NOAA’s Dolphin Health and Risk Assessment (HERA) Project. Case study-based learning gives science concepts real world context and promotes active learning which can help increase science literacy and ultimately help people engage in environmentally responsible behaviors. In the case study I present research from the Dolphin HERA Project and the 2013 dolphin morbillivirus outbreak along the U.S. to allow students to explore the potential for human-caused environmental degradation and its possible association with dolphin die-offs in the Atlantic. Students study topics of ecosystem ecology, endocrine physiology, immunology, and virology in jigsaw teams to determine possible factors in this current event and see connections between these various branches of biology.”

Bradley Blankemeyer, History
Policy and Praxis Among Jesuit Missionaries to Portuguese India, 1540-1630
“In my poster, I explained my MA thesis research project, which explores notions of toleration and accommodation among various missionaries to India during the period of the Counter or Catholic Reformation. I summarized the roots of the Society of Jesus, along with the establishment of the Portuguese Estado (‘State’) in India, and how the relationship between the king of Portugal and the pope granted Jesuits the opportunity to travel to and preach in India. It was here that many of the suspect ideas that had existed in Europe through Ignatius of Loyola, the Society’s founder, soon developed into controversial techniques by a handful of missionaries, such as Roberto de Nobili. I described the discussion among other scholars who have conducted research on the topic, as well as the broader implications of my thesis, which I hope to explore through the remainder of the semester and potentially build into a Ph.D. dissertation. Perhaps the most engaging aspect of my poster, at least according to those with whom I talked, was the section on pictorial depictions of Jesuit missionaries to India. This included an intriguing prayer card of Francis Xavier carrying an Indian and ‘leading him to safety on his shoulders’, and a painting of the killing of five Jesuit ‘martyrs’ at Cuncolim, a site where many temples had been destroyed by Portuguese authorities.”


Mathematics & Sciences (tie)
Alyssa Demko, Marine Biology
Are Tropical Urchins More Tolerant of Tropical Chemically-Defended Seaweeds Than Temperate Urchins? A Comparison of Populations of Arabacia punctulata


Friedrich Knuth, Environmental Studies
Predicting the Presence of Large Fish Using Acoustic Mapping of Bathymetric Geomorphic Features
“Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are critical in sustaining the resilience of fish populations to commercial fishing operations. The geomorphic and bathymetric environment of the MPA has been found to be predictive of biomass and fish populations. Using acoustic data to survey these areas promises efficiency, accuracy, and minimal environmental impact and will hopefully allow for the development of better fisheries management information. In July, 2013, I collected bathymetric, backscatter and water column data aboard the NOAA ShipPisces for 10 potential habitat sites along the U.S. Southeast Atlantic continental shelf. A total of 205 km2 seafloor were mapped between Mayport, FL and Wilmington, NC, using the SIMRAD ME70 and EK60 echo sounder systems. These data were processed in Caris HIPS, QPS FMGT, MATLAB, Echoview and ArcGIS. Using spatial analytics and statistics I aim to identify features of the bathymetry, such as depth, slope, slope of slope and curvature that can accurately predict the presence of large fish recorded in the water column. The success of this approach will greatly expedite fishery surveys, minimize operational cost and aid in making timely management decisions.”


People’s Choice
Andrea Margiotta, Marine Biology
Can Rugosity Be Used as a Management Tool to Reliably Characterize Vertical Habitat Complexity in South Carolina
” Habitat vertical complexity is an important physical feature of many marine systems (e.g., rocky intertidal, coral reefs, and bivalve communities) that can influence factors such as predator-prey interactions and recruitment.  High vertical structure on intertidal Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, reefs is beneficial to both fishery and habitat functions.  Quantifying related parameters, such as oyster size frequencies and associated fauna, typically requires destructive sampling (e.g., excavating quadrats).  Using the chain method to measuring reef rugosity (Rq) is an alternative, non-destructive method for quantifying vertical reef structure.  I am investigating the relationship between rugosity and factors such as oyster size frequencies, recruitment, and associated faunal assemblages.  Experimental trays were deployed at two sites in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC to examine whether oyster recruitment and associated faunal densities are related to vertical complexity (standardized by Rq measures).  After ten weeks, trays were collected and washed.  Spat were counted and measured and associated macrofauna are being identified, counted and measured.  Results of the present study will indicate whether the rugosity metric can serve as a management tool that characterizes the vertical complexity of oyster habitat and related reef attributes.”


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Launch of the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative

Posted by: McCrayCC | February 18, 2014 | No Comment |



The Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston is pleased to announce the launch of the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI). Funded through a pilot project grant from the Humanities Council of South Carolina and a major grant award from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, LDHI is an online platform for partner institutions and collaborative scholars to translate multi-institutional archival materials, historic landscapes and structures, and scholarly research into widely accessible digital public history projects.

Innovative digital tools are poised to expand, redefine, and greatly enrich how individuals engage historic and cultural information and sites in landscapes and communities throughout the United States and beyond. In partnership with the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, a major goal within LDHI’s mission is to encourage public history projects that highlight underrepresented race, class, gender, and labor histories in the South Carolina Lowcountry, as well as historically interconnected Atlantic World sites. Webelieve digital interpretation can play a major role in helping to articulate the diverse narratives and experiences so often hidden within numerous historic landscapes and structures in the twenty-first century.

LDHI reflects the collaborative work of local, national, and international scholars, graduate students, archivists, digital librarians, and public history professionals. Current exhibitions include: The Orangeburg Massacre; The Charleston Hospital Worker’s Movement 1968-1969; A History of Burke High School in Charleston, South Carolina since 1894; African Laborers for a New Empire: Iberia, Slavery, and the Atlantic World; Forgotten Fields: Inland Rice Plantations in the South Carolina Lowcountry; and The Pollitzer Family of South Carolina. Featured series include: African Passages, Lowcountry Adaptations, which describes the history of slavery, plantations, and the trans-Atlantic slave trade from the Atlantic World to Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry; and After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Emancipation Carolinas, which focuses on the complex history of Reconstruction that followed the American Civil War.

In the future, LDHI staff will regularly add new exhibitions and series to thesite, and will explore the latest digital tools for developing mobile applications and interactive features to enhance the offerings of this digital public history platform.

Lowcountry Digital History Initiative: http://ldhi.library.cofc.edu/

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