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

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

under: Accountancy, Graduate School Office, Graduate Student Association, Professional Development, Prospective Students

Graduate Student Highlight: Tibby Fielding

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

under: Academics, Diversity, Early Childhood Education, Education, Elementary Education, Graduate Programs, Graduate School Office, Graduate Student Association, Middle Grades Education, Professional Development, Prospective Students


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

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


under: Academics, Charleston, Diversity, Graduate Programs, Graduate School Office, Guest Bloggers, Historic Preservation, Professional Development

Graduate Alum Kendy Altizer

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

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

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

Best of luck Kendy as you pursue your Doctoral degree!

under: Accountancy, Arts Management, Business Administration, Charleston, Communication, Computer & Information Sciences, ESOL, Graduate Programs, Graduate School Office, Graduate Student Association, Historic Preservation, History, Peace Corps Masters International, Professional Development, Prospective Students, Student Services, Travel

Graduate Student Library Reception- September 25, 2015

Posted by: McCrayCC | September 21, 2015 | No Comment |

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The Graduate Student Association is co-hosting the biannual graduate student Library Reception THIS FRIDAY at  5:30 p.m. in Addlestone 207! Food, refreshments, and library resources just for graduate students! Hope to see you there!

Your 2015-2016 Executive Board

Joshua Bloodworth, President

Erin Stubbs, Secretary

Megan Gould, Treasurer



under: Academics, Accountancy, Arts Management, Business Administration, Communication, Computer & Information Sciences, Diversity, Early Childhood Education, Education, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Studies, ESOL, Gifted & Talented, Graduate Programs, Graduate School Office, Graduate Student Association, Historic Preservation, History, Languages, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Middle Grades Education, Networking, Peace Corps Masters International, Performing Arts, Professional Development, Prospective Students, Public Administration, Science & Math for Teachers, Special Education, Statistics, Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy, Urban and Regional Planning

Welcome Aaron Holly to the Gradaute School Office

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


Meet Aaron Holly, Graduate Assistant- Graduate School of the University of Charleston, S.C.-College of Charleston

Hometown: Rome, Georgia. Aaron grew up in Northwest Georgia and moved laterally across the Southeast his entire life with stops in Auburn, AL, Atlanta, GA, and now Charleston, SC.

Education:  Current student in the Master of Public Administration and Environmental Studies dual degree program at the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina, and will also receive the Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning. Aaron is a proud graduate of Auburn University, B.A. in Philosophy with a concentration in Religious Studies and a minor in German.

Hobbies: Running, Reading, and following his favorite sports teams which include the Auburn Tigers, Green Bay Packers, and all teams from the Atlanta area.

Welcome Aaron to the Graduate School Office!



under: Academics, Charleston, Graduate School Office, Graduate Student Association, Guest Bloggers, Networking, Prospective Students, Public Administration, Student Services, Urban and Regional Planning

Famous Blogger Sarah Byce

Posted by: McCrayCC | August 27, 2015 | No Comment |

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Sarah Byce, a student of the environmental studies: Peace Corps master’s international program at the University of Charleston, South Carolina, is one of eight winners of the Peace Corps’ annual “Blog It Home” contest. The four-year program allows her to take coursework in Charleston the first and fourth years of the program, and to serve for two years with the Peace Corps during the middle two years. She currently has 13 months left in her Peace Corps service.

Sarah was recognized by the Peace Corps, her peers and people around the world as being an exceptional steward of the Third Goal. From August 3-10, the competition reached more than 670,000 people on Facebook and more than 20,000 votes were cast! Byce’s blog, Journey to the Philippines, details her experiences and adventures serving with the volunteer organization in Odiongan, Philippines.

Check out the blog: http://journeytothephilippines.wordpress.com

Byce will join two other fellow winners to Washington D.C. from October 4-10 for a special Peace Corps Top Bloggers Tour coordinated in her honor.  Over the course of the week, she will promote the Third Goal in a series of intercultural presentations to diverse audiences, have professional development opportunities and participate in general celebrations.

Byce was recognized for stewarding the Peace Corps’ three-pronged mission: “To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.”

“Here in Odiongan, I live with a host family (at least initially, although I am so fond of the Famero family, that I may stay with them for my entire 2 years!),” she wrote on her blog. “Each day is a new adventure: I have learned to harvest rice, sing karaoke in Tagalog, kill and cook a chicken, gut fish, rescue a stranded dolphin, and eat balut. While poverty is a daily encounter in my life here, the Philippines is also rich: rich in culture, in community, in marine biodiversity, and I am so happy to call this place home.”

Congratulations Sarah!



under: Diversity, Environmental Studies, Graduate Programs, Graduate Student Association, Guest Bloggers, Networking, Peace Corps Masters International, Professional Development, Prospective Students, Travel


(Picture of Nicola Hodges Galligan, who’s earning her Master’s of Education in Teaching, Learning and Advocacy.)

Don’t tell Nicola Hodges Galligan that math and science aren’t for girls.  The College of Charleston graduate student has years of teaching experience that says otherwise, having worked in schools in Virginia and Kenya. Beyond that, Galligan conducted her own research into the stereotype, documenting how the myth of male superiority in mathematics and the sciences has been perpetuated, wittingly or unwittingly, by teacher and parents. The result of her research, “Attitudes of Secondary Students Towards Gender and Mathematics,” documents the history of this myth and its discouraging effect on adolescent girls.

In recognition of such research and unique teaching experience, Galligan recently received the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Educational Foundation Award. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to graduate students and others pursuing education careers in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math).

Both Jon Hale, assistant professor of educational history at the College, and Red Hoover, vice president at ManTech International Corporation, presented the award to Hodges on Monday, August 11, 2015, at the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance building and had kind words for the Master’s of Education in Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy student.

“Nicola Hodges Galligan was selected to receive the AFCEA scholarship because she is simply an outstanding math educator,” said Hale. “She is a very intelligent and dedicated scholar and educator with the genuine interest, passion, and talent in academic and extracurricular pursuits to be an effective and committed educator.


The School of Education, Health and Human Performance celebrates a scholarship award to graduate student Nicola Hodges Galligan. From left to right: Dean Frances Welch; Galligan, Red Hoover, vice president of ManTech International Corp.; and Jon Hale, assistant professor of educational history

under: Diversity, Graduate Programs, Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy, Uncategorized

Fulbright Scholar Program

Posted by: McCrayCC | July 23, 2015 | No Comment |


======================================================================================================= 1) Deadline Approaching & Hidden Gems: Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program – August 3, 2015 The August 3, 2015 deadline for the 2016-2017 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is quickly approaching! If you are unsure of where to begin when selecting an award from the Catalog of Awards, you might start by looking at one of the larger programs. With both named and Distinguished Chair awards and broad All Disciplines opportunities, Austria, Brazil, Canada, India, and Spain have an extraordinary number of options. Join one of our upcoming Virtual Advising Webinars for application support and suggestions.

Hidden Gems: When selecting an award from the Catalog of Awards, you may want to pay special attention to some of these hidden gems for each region.

The Core Program overview and application guidelines, as well as project statement samples will be helpful as you progress with the application. Review committees consider professional qualifications and requisite experience, intellectual merits, quality and feasibility of the proposal, and impactful projects with broad multiplier effects.

Be sure to start an application soon! The deadline is August 3, 2015 for awards in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Early Career and Postdoctoral Scholars: There are over 350 Awards in 131 Countries actively targeting early career and postdoctoral scholars in the current competition. Israel and Brazil host key programs but there are many more to choose from. These awards present an excellent opportunity for recently minted PhDs to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources, and to make long-lasting connections with others in their fields. Please consult the application guidelines as you continue with the application process and contact the U.S. Program team at scholars@iie.org with any questions.

2) Request for Proposal: Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminars – August 7 The Fulbright Enrichment Program is currently accepting proposals from organizations and academic institutions to host a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar during the 2015-2016 academic year. These multi-day Enrichment Seminars include interactive discussions, community service projects and local cultural activities designed to address topics of global importance for up to 75 Fulbright Visiting Scholars. Through Enrichment Seminars, Fulbright Scholars gain a deeper understanding of the selected seminar topic and its local and global impact, connect with fellow Fulbright Scholars and alumni, and expand professional networks. Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2015

A Request for Proposal can be found online at: www.iie.org/~/media/Files/Corporate/Procurement-Solicitations/D401-3069-FVSES-8-7-15/RFP-Enrichment-Seminars-15-16.ashx?la=en For more additional information, please visit the IIE Solicitations for Goods and Services page: http://www.iie.org/What-We-Do/Our-Procurements/Solicitations-For-Goods-and-Services

Please contact Korin Hoffman, Program Officer for Fulbright Visiting Scholar Initiatives, for details and questions regarding this opportunity: khoffman@iie.org or 202-686-4025.

3) Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program: Seeing a U.S. Institution for 2016 Cohort Proposal Deadline: September 16, 2015 | Host institution Application Details

The Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) is pleased to invite U.S. campuses to apply to host scholars for the 2016 Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program (AJFDP). This 10-week program will sponsor 10 junior faculty from Afghanistan to be placed at one selected U.S. institution for intensive professional development from January through March 2016.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by IIE/CIES, AJFDP is designed to enhance and broaden the professional skill sets of junior faculty in various disciplines, provide insight into the American system of higher education, and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Afghanistan. Components of the 10-week program include:

• A nine-week academic program on campus with a focus on teaching methodology, pedagogy, and English for teaching, academic writing and research. • Various cultural and community engagement activities. • Attendance at a relevant off-campus professional conference. • A one-week program wrap-up session in Washington, DC conducted by IIE/CIES.

For information on how to apply, please view the AJFDP request for proposal on the IIE website at: http://www.iie.org/What-We-Do/Our-Procurements/Subaward-Opportunities

To learn more about the program, please visit the CIES website here. The deadline to submit a proposal is: September 16, 2015. Stay Connected:

Fulbright Scholar Program

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Washington, DC 20005

under: Academics, Accountancy, Arts Management, Business Administration, Charleston, Communication, Computer & Information Sciences, Diversity, Early Childhood Education, Education, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Studies, ESOL, Gifted & Talented, Graduate Programs, Graduate School Office, Graduate Student Association, Historic Preservation, History, Languages, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Middle Grades Education, Peace Corps Masters International, Performing Arts, Public Administration, Science & Math for Teachers, Special Education, Statistics, Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy, Urban and Regional Planning

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Welcome to our new Research and Student Services Coordinator Michelle McGrew!

Hometown: Shady Side, MD. Grew up along the Chesapeake Bay and enjoyed all the advantages to living on the water – swimming, sailing, crab feasts

Education: Undergraduate and Graduate Degree both from College of Charleston. Undergrad – Media Communication. Grad –Public Administration. Grad Certificate – Arts Management

Employment History: Worked in the food/beverage and retail industries throughout undergraduate and graduate school. Interned as the Event Manager for the Sottile Theatre during graduate school and really enjoyed learning about the business aspect of running a professional theatre after I had spent so much time working solely on the creative side. Spent a few months enjoying working at an immigration law firm in Washington D.C. before moving back to Charleston to work for the College of Charleston.

Hobbies: Playing bluegrass and fiddle music on my violin, Performing in and attending theater shows, Running with (or rather getting run by) my Siberian husky, Reading everything, Field Hockey, Experimenting with and trying new types of food

Goal within the next two years: Acquire my scuba diving license so I can go diving at my best friend’s wedding in Puerto Rico in 2017!

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