The Honors Center Upstairs Study Space will be Closed Starting December 3

The Honors Center is getting a facelift. The college is making some upgrades to the upstairs space in the Honors Center, to make it a brighter and more welcoming spot to study. The downside: we have to shut down the space while they work.

This means the second floor of the Honors Center will be unavailable for student use beginning Saturday, December 3.

We realize taking the study space offline during finals is less than ideal, but the timeline was our best option to get most of the work completed during winter break.

If you’re looking for a spot to study, we’ve always found our friends in Addlestone Library to be incredibly accommodating.

Upcoming Campus Master Plan Meeting

Upcoming Campus Master Plan Meeting

The College of Charleston is currently meeting with both academic departments and students to discuss the future of CofC.

These meetings are designed to help shape the future plans of CofC. All students are invited to attend the Open House meeting to provide useful feedback.

On Wednesday, November the 30th, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, the Planning Committee will be in the Education Center Atrium. Students are invited to learn more about planning efforts and meet the planning team.

See the attached flyer for more details!

Honors Business Program Hosts its First Ever Annual Meeting

Are you a student in Honors Business Program? Or considering a degree within the school of business? Learn how to get the most out of your Honors experience. Join us for the first ever:

Annual Meeting of the Honors Business Program
Wednesday, November 30, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Auditorium (Beatty 115)

This event will feature the following topics:

  • Scholarship programs
  • Graduate programs
  • Career service/Internships
  • Study abroad programs
  • And much more

Representatives from each department and program at the School of Business will be there to talk with you at and after the meeting. The Associate Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Messal and the Associate Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Ganaway will also join us.

No reservation necessary. ALL Honors students are welcome. Even if you are not a business major/minor or have not declared your major/minor, you are invited.

For more details contact Dr. Hao-Chen Liu, Director of the Honors Business Program (LiuH@cofc.edu).

Osgood Center for International Studies Opportunities

Osgood Center for International Studies Opportunities

The Osgood Center for International Studies has two opportunities available for students of all majors!

The International Studies Program is pleased to announce, together with the School of Languages, Cultures, & World Affairs that the application process for a great opportunity to learn more about global leadership and to engage in professional development in 2023 is now open.

The Osgood Center for International Studies in Washington DC has partnered with CofC to make it possible for a select number of students from the College to attend their Leadership Program in January 2023.

The Osgood Center for International Studies is also selecting candidates for a professional development program the Osgood Center is offering in the spring and summer.

The deadline for the Osgood Center Leadership Institute is November 21, 2022. The deadline for the professional development program is January 1, 2023.

You can also find the application links for both programs here:

Leadership Program – https://internationalstudies.cofc.edu/for-international-studies-students/osgood-center-for-international-studies.php

Professional Development Program – https://internationalstudies.cofc.edu/for-international-studies-students/osgood-center-for-international-studies-professional-development-program.php

Serve as an Overnight Host to a Prospective Student during Honors Interview Weekend

The Honors College is seeking hosts to help with Honors Interview Weekend.

The Opportunity: The annual Honors College Interview Weekend will be held Friday, February 3 – Saturday, February 4 this spring, and we need current students living on campus to serve as an overnight host for prospective students who will be attending the event.

  • The time commitment runs from late Friday afternoon through Friday evening and wraps up Saturday morning (see below for more details).

The Benefits: By hosting prospective students, you get a chance to share with them why you chose CofC Honors and to support them during the college decision process. You will also be helping our Honors College team out; this event is absolutely not possible without student hosts.

How to Sign Up: Please complete the following survey by January 12. If you have any questions, you can email Mary Moser at honors@cofc.edu or stop into the Honors Center and speak with her directly.

 

FAQs About Serving as an Interview Weekend Host:

  • You must be living on-campus in order to serve as a host
  • The prospective students will bring their own bedding and will anticipate sleeping on floors, common room couches, etc.
  • Please note that you will be expected to follow all Residence Life policies, such as checking in and staying with your guests at all times
  • As a host, you will need to attend a brief training session prior to the weekend

Time Commitment Timeline:

Friday, Feb.3

4:00-5:00 p.m. Meet and move in your prospective students

6:15 p.m. Drop prospective students off for dinner

8:00 p.m. Pick up prospective students

Saturday, Feb. 4

8:00-8:30 a.m. Drop off your prospective students and their belongings

 

Join Artist Jovencio de la Paz to Explore the Intersection of Art and Computer Science

Jovencio de la Paz will meet with students to discuss the unfolding relationship between traditional weaving arts and modern technology. Explore how computer science informs art, and vice versa.

The Event: Monday, November 14, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Halsey Institute on campus.

The Artist: Jovencio de la Paz is an artist and weaver based out of Eugene, OR. Their work explores the intersecting histories of weaving and modern computers, balancing the traditional processes of weaving, dye, and stitch-work with the complexities and contradictions of our present-day digital culture.

The Work: Three new works will be exhibited at the Halsey this coming January, including…

  • Textiles designed using algorithmic software based on a 1950s code that visualized Darwin’s theory of evolution
  • Weavings made together with their mother and grandmother in a reversal of generations in the exchange of traditional knowledge

Great fit For: Artists and Art Lovers / Computer Scientists and Programmers / Technologists and Genealogists

How to Register: Sign up here to join the conversation. All CofC Students are welcome.

 

The Launchpad for Success Program is Hiring a Student as a Peer Coach

The Office of Institutional Diversity is looking for an additional peer coach for its Launchpad for Success program.

The opportunity: Peer coaches will work for up to 10 hours per week creating lesson plans, facilitating coaching sessions, generally serving as a peer mentor

  • Launchpad for Success (LP4S) is a two-year career development program that emphasizes mentoring, financial literacy, professional/personal development and experiential learning with a particular focus on AALANA students

Benefits: The position is a paid position and is a great way for upperclassmen to gain leadership experience.

How to apply: Review the full job description below and then fill out an application by November 11.

Launchpad for Success Peer Coach
Job Description

About Launchpad for Success

Launchpad was created in the fall of 2020 by OID (in partnership the Center for Excellence in Peer Education, the Career Center and the Office of Multicultural Services) to address equity gaps in mentoring, career development and experiential learning among freshmen and sophomores (especially African American, Latino/a, Asian and Native American) at the College of Charleston. After a two-year building process, the program is welcoming its first cohort of students (led by peer coaches) this fall. Visit go.cofc.edu/launchpad to learn more about the program.

Position: Peer Coach

Hours: Up to 10 hrs. a week

Pay: $10.00/hour

Reports To: OID Program Coordinator

Close Date: Nov. 11

Criteria

  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a rising junior or senior by the time of employment
  • Able to commit to serving in OID’s Launchpad for Success program for one academic year (Fall and Spring)
  • Ability to develop rapport with Launchpad students, OID staff and other campus stakeholders
  • Strong knowledge of the College of Charleston including academic support resources
  • Serve as a positive role model by demonstrating ethical behavior and good judgment
  • Successful completion of TEDU 205, Exploring Leadership: Building Peer Facilitation Skills during Express course sessions (if not already completed), preferably prior to employment

Duties

  • Create lesson plans aligned with themes and outcomes in Launchpad’s program sequence for monthly peer coaching sessions
  • Facilitate monthly peer coaching sessions for assigned cohort during the fall and spring semesters using lesson plans created
  • Provide 1:1 peer-to-peer coaching for assigned cohort by appointment or drop-in basis (at discretion of Peer Coach)
  • Routinely encourage Launchpad students to participate in planned program activities and make use of campus resources (communication method at Peer Coach’s discretion)
  • When appropriate, share knowledge of academic resources offered by CofC and refer students to seek additional assistance as needed
  • Under advisement of Launchpad’s graduate assistant, maintain tracking system of program engagement for assigned student cohort
  • Attend bi-weekly Launchpad team meetings for updates on student progress, troubleshooting, idea sharing, etc.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned

Desired Skills

  • Great communicator with compassion and empathy for others
  • Good time management skills
  • Willingness to receive constructive feedback
  • Creative/critical thinker
  • Reliable, tactful, and professional
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Able to follow written and verbal instructions and meet established deadlines
  • Interest in helping others to discover their potential
  • Experience working or communicating with individuals from a diverse background a plus
  • Working knowledge about academic and co-curricular resources and opportunities at CofC

Benefits of Participation

  • Develop a personal coaching style
  • Further develop essential competencies like communication, teamwork, leadership, organization, analysis, and problem solving
  • Increase your network of peers and staff across campus
  • Hourly paid position

Performance Standards

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA each semester of employment
  • End of Semester Performance Review

Support from OID Staff

  • Departmental Orientation
  • Necessary program information and resources to assist peer coaches in completing assignments
  • Bi-weekly team meetings to answer questions, share ideas and help troubleshoot as issues arise
  • Open door policy for questions, concerns, etc.

Please apply Here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3eKuOISevswy9puSuI74RL1ryKbNYHeOccSvwKjnDVMbI7g/viewform

Win $1000 in the Inaugural Civil Discourse Essay Contest

All students are invited to participate in the Inaugural Civil Discourse Essay Contest!

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences invites currently enrolled College of Charleston students to participate in the inaugural Civil Discourse Essay Contest. A committee of faculty judges will award $1,000 to the student who writes the winning essay.

Submitted essays must respond to the question, “What is civil discourse and why is it important in American society?”

Essays will be judged by the coherence of the argument, the quality of examples & evidence used, and the vividness of the writing. Interested students should submit a 750-word essay to hss@cofc.edu by Nov. 15, 2022.

To read more about this Essay Competition, check out this article on The College Today!