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Richard A. Haddad ’75

Rich Haddad ’75 and his wife Shannon ’78 have generously established the Richard A. and Shannon W. Haddad Internship Award for Sociology majors because of their affection for the College and appreciation for the opportunities their education made possible.  As a Sociology student, Mr. Haddad was specifically impacted by a trip to study and spend time in a South Carolina juvenile detention center.

Funding is given to a College of Charleston student who is a declared Sociology major completing a for-credit internship with troubled or at-risk youth through the Sociology Internship Program or the Crime, Law and Society Program. The recipient must have a demonstrated interest in helping troubled youth through previous volunteer experience, activities, research, etc.; and/or an interest in pursuing a career working with troubled youth in the future.

Mark Kukoda

Mark Kukoda

The 2016 recipient of this award is Mark Kukoda. After one of Mark’s juvenile justice courses, and a tour of a juvenile detention center, he was left with a strong impression. Mark has decided to work with at-risk youth as a career. He hopes to pursue ways to keep kids out of trouble and to give them opportunities to succeed in life. Mark is currently interning at Charleston’s Communities In Schools.

Mark writes:

During the spring semester of 2015, I visited the Juvenile Detention Center in North Charleston. Like my classmates, we were concerned of the conditions of the facility and when we met again we took it upon ourselves to try and raise money to renovate their library. Although we had failed to establish our group into a school club, we held a book drive, accepted donations, and received a grant from the College to purchase books for the facility’s library. This experience was key in my motivation to work with juveniles, particularly those who are considered “at-risk”. My goal is to impact the lives of children and deter them from ending up in the justice system because those who go in at an early age are highly more susceptible to being incarcerated again. 

After speaking with my advisor, Professor Stein, I learned about Communities In Schools and what they are all about. It is a national program that dedicates itself to keeping kids in school and helps to motivate/empower them to achieve in life. I could not think of a better way to achieve my goal of keeping at risk youth out of the justice system than to try and intern with them and offer my services. 

At Mitchell Elementary School (Downtown), I regularly meet with at-risk students and talk to them about school and their life. Often I spend a lot of time doing life-building and academic reinforcement activities. I hope that the bonds I have developed with these at-risk youth are enough to help them succeed in life. In addition to that, I strive to be a mentor and role model to these young individuals.

For more information about this award, and other funding opportunities offered by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, click here.

An Afternoon of Poetry

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 15 January 2016 | 1:11 pm

By Cathy Holmes, Department of English, College of Charleston
poetryoutloudPlease join us on Sunday, January 24 at 1:30 PM in the Stern Center Ballroom for an afternoon of poetry.

Eight students from area high schools will be reciting poetry by William Blake, Anne Bradstreet, Robert Browning, James Dickey, Mark Strand, and many more. These students are the winners of their high school competitions and are vying for a chance to compete at the state level. One SC winner will compete nationally in Washington, DC.

Each contestant recites two poems chosen from the POL anthology. Professors Emily Rosko, Gary Jackson, and Julia Eichelberger of the Department of English, will serve as contest judges and score the recitations. This year, we are delighted to welcome South Carolina’s Poet Laureate, Marjory Wentworth, who will read her poetry. ASL interpreters will add to our experience of the spoken word, and C of C students will play music between rounds. Student volunteers work alongside our POL community partners, LILA (Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts) and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, to help us run the competition and welcome contestants, teachers, and families to our campus.

This delightful event is free and open to the public. Please join us from 1:30-3:30 on Sunday January 24.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact one of the coordinators:

Cathy Holmes

Kailey Milks, Student Coordinator

Sponsors include: 

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Melinda Lucka, College of Charleston professor and practicing attorney, went with her urban studies students and interns to explore Daufuskie Island—one of the sea islands off of the coast of South Carolina.  The experiential learning opportunity allowed for students to conduct a hands-on study of the population, economy and natural environment of the island under the direction of an experienced mentor.  As is common in Urban Studies classes, the students learned about the concepts they were studying in class by going out in the field to learn from the City of Charleston, and in this case, the larger Lowcountry region.

The urban studies majors visited key landmarks, documented economic activities, verified population trends, and observed local culture and traditions.  These experiences will help the students contextualize the quantitative data that they have already collected related to a study of the island.

Left to right: Katie Joiner, Logan Elliot, Melinda Lucka, and Brendan Williams travel by ferry to Daufuskie Island.

Left to right: Katie Joiner, Logan Elliot, Melinda Lucka, and Brendan Williams travel by ferry to Daufuskie Island.

Students arrive at the Jane Hamilton School house, which currently serves as a center for education about Gullah culture.

Students arrive at the Jane Hamilton School house, which currently serves as a center for education about Gullah culture.


Before leaving Marshside Mama’s for lunch, the students hung CofC Urban Studies dollar bills inside the restaurant, consistent with the tradition of hanging personalized dollars on the walls and from the ceiling.



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