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Celebrating 15 years of Study Abroad in Cuba: this November!

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | August 13, 2014 | No Comment |

Save the Date(s)!  During the week of November 10 there will be several events taking place on campus to commemorate the 15th anniversary of College of Charleston’s connection with Cuba.



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Several International Studies alums and current students have recently joined the staff of the Office of Sustainability here at the College of Charleston.  We applaud them for their ability to think globally, while acting locally!

(content borrowed from the Office of Sustainability website)

SYLVIE BAELE, Volunteer Intern
Sylvie Baele

Sylvie is a native of Charleston and grew up on Johns Island, a place she is glad to call home. Her love of creative agriculture and fresh, organic produce stems from her upbringing and experiences there, and College has only intensified her passions. Sylvie is appreciative of the resources offered by attending the College, and enjoys working on independent and group projects pertaining to issues of social and environmental justice both on and off campus. Some of her interests within the realm of sustainability include: food security, urban agriculture, aquaponics, bicycles, event-planning, and empowering others through engagement in expressive collective actions. Sylvie currently works at the Trek Bike Store in Mt. Pleasant. After completing her undergraduate studies in International Studies (European concentration) and Environmental Studies in December 2014, she intends to enter the MES program at the College of Charleston.

DAN CARNEY, Volunteer Intern

DanCarneyDan Carney is currently a senior at the College double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Originally from Winthrop, Massachusetts Dan graduated in 2010 from Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, RI. Dan recently returned from Havana, Cuba where he spent time studying Political Science courses and gaining a deeper cultural understanding of the nation. Dan is excited to return to the States and work with the Office of Sustainability this summer. 


BRITTON HOLMES, Volunteer Intern

Britton Holmes

Britton Holmes is a rising junior at the College of Charleston pursuing a double major in International Studies and Spanish. Originally from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Britton spent her last semester studying abroad in Havana, Cuba and recently returned from a six-week road trip across the US in a VW Eurovan, hitting most of our national parks. She looks forward to using her time as a Social Media Intern with the Office of Sustainability this summer as a learning experience. Britton enjoys using all five of the major senses, particularly sight, taste, and sound, and is passionate about good people, good food, good music, good views, traveling, sunsets, flowers, and the ocean.

OLIVIA COHEN, Media Coordinator

OliviaCohenOlivia Cohen is a rising junior from Columbus, GA. For the past year, she has worked with the Office as a communications intern, assisting with social media and building the Office’s online presence. In addition, she is an editor for Synergies, a regional sustainability publication sponsored by the Office of Sustainability. A double major in  Political Science and International Studies, Olivia hopes to pursue a career in international development and sometimes hopes to open a bakery.


COLLEEN SULLIVAN, Assistant Internship Coordinator

Colleen Sullivan

Colleen graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, as well as a minor in Environmental Studies. Originally from Mendham, New Jersey, Colleen has worked both with the Office of Sustainability and the Center of Civic Engagement. Colleen is currently working with the office as the Assistant Intern Coordinator. Colleen is passionate about connecting higher education and sustainability through student leadership. In her spare time she enjoys all activities outdoors, hummus, traveling, and surrounding herself with good people.


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Senior Wins Prestigious Faith-Based Internship

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | August 1, 2014 | No Comment |

From: http://today.cofc.edu/2014/04/30/senior-wins-prestigious-faith-based-internship/

Graduating senior Leland Gross, who majored in international studies with minors in German and religious studies, has won a prestigious internship.

The Men’s Post-Graduate Internship is a faith-based internship with the National Student Leadership Forum.

Gross, who was raised in Roswell, Ga., will depart for the nine-month internship in August 2014 and will be based out of the Washington D.C. area.

As part of the internship opportunity, Gross attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. in February 2014.

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How to Launch a Product One Year After You Graduate

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | June 16, 2014 | No Comment |

From: http://today.cofc.edu/2014/06/16/launch-product-one-year-graduate/

Arianna Megaro ’13 was on vacation the summer before her senior year at the College of Charleston and she wanted to wear sunscreen, but she hated getting it on her hands.

By the time she graduated, she had prototypes of a sunscreen applicator that she designed with the help of a fluidics engineer. One year after graduation, her product has received patent approval and is being manufactured.

RELATED: BlokRok is accepted to Harbor Accelerator, a 14-week business accelerator.

Full disclosure: Megaro’s father is an entrepreneur, so he helped her navigate the process, but she offers valuable advice for other budding inventors.

1. You need more than an idea.

Coming up with a product idea is the easy part. It’s the next 18 to 24 months that separate the entrepreneurs from everyone else.

Megaro says she has boxes of products that she bought to try and compare. Not just sunscreen applicators – products that incorporated any part of her design. She has paint and hair wax rollers, dozens of products with piston pumps, and all brands of deodorant sticks (they’re about the same size and shape as BlokRok). And she was ready and willing learn anything she didn’t know.

“I had a hard time finding a good manufacturer, so my Dad and I actually bought Injection Molding Part Design for Dummies, hoping to learn as much as we could about the plastic manufacturing process. Luckily, after much research and cold calling, we found a suitable manufacturer!”

RELATED: Learn more about how the development of BlokRok.

2. Have no fear.

BlokRokAs an international studies major, Megaro didn’t have a strong background in fluids or engineering or manufacturing, but her professors pushed her to think outside the box and try new things.

She says one of most valuable things she learned throughout the business development process was how to approach an expert and ask if she could pick their brain for 10 minutes.

“It’s surprising how many people are more than willing to sit down and talk with you – starting with professors,” Megaro says. “If I had a marketing question, I would find a marketing professor ask for a meeting. Most professors’ eyes would light up when I told them I was launching a product and wanted their advice.”

Megaro remembers her freshman year when she thought she’d never go to a professor’s office hours because she felt awkward and was scared of asking stupid questions. But she pushed herself to go and ask questions, and by her senior year when she was developing BlokRok, she had no fear.

RELATEDGetting help from your professors made easy: 6 tips.

3. Find experts.

If you’re designing a new product, you probably need to go beyond getting free advice. Megaro worked with three experts through the process.

  • Industrial design engineer: Helped design a product that could be manufactured and distributed. He made the working prototype look like a commercial product, and helped with manufacturing logistics.
  • Specialized engineer: Megaro worked with a fluidics engineer to help design her pump mechanism so the sunscreen would go from the liner into the roller. He helped take Megaro’s drawings to the next step, and together they came up with some designs that were innovative, and worthy of filing a patent for.
  • Registered patent attorney: Helps to draft the patent application and think through all of the independent and dependent claims to ensure your invention is protected. Protection of your “art” or inventions is crucial, as it will limit people from stealing your ideas and designs.

4. Sweat the small stuff.

If you’re applying for a patent, be ready for excruciating detail.

“You’re trying to protect yourself from 100 different angles,” Megaro says. “So you have to look at your product part-by-part to determine what your claims will be. You have to know what existing patents might block your claims, so there’s a lot of research and reading involved. It’s really an art – that’s why a patent attorney is so important.”

Megaro expects her patent to issued on June 24, 2014.

5. Location matters.

After she graduated, Megaro contemplated moving home to North Carolina to save money, but she soon realized that because her product related to a beach lifestyle, she needed to live on the coast. She was fortunate enough to have the support of her parents to help her continue to pursue BlokRok in Charleston.

RELATEDCharleston is an ideal place to start a business.

“There are a ton of resources in Charleston – from events like Dig South, to entrepreneur meet-ups. Plus, being a College of Charleston alumna has opened doors – once people hear that, they are more willing to give me advice or be a mentor.”

6. Failure is good.

BlokRok prototypesShe had to start over or “go back to the drawing board” more times that Megaro can count. She says it was frustrating, but worth it.

“It taught me how to problem solve in a real-life setting. I learned how to not lose my cool, how to delegate. By learning what didn’t work, could figure out what did. It was an invaluable experience, and despite the frustrations, one that was extremely exciting and rewarding.”

Megaro has been accepted to graduate school, but deferred for a year to work on BlokRok.

“My hope is that BlokRok grows and is bought out by one of the big lotion power houses like Hawaiian Tropic or Coppertone. I’m not certain that I’m a serial inventor, but I do love the challenge and exciting lifestyle of entrepreneurship. My dream is to work in international public policy for an organization that focuses on development through innovation.”


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From: http://today.cofc.edu/2014/06/11/college-charleston-student-receives-scholarship-study-abroad-south-korea/

11 June 2014 | 3:12 pmBy: 
Contact: Sarah Simmonite, associate director of the center for international education, 843.953.7059

College of Charleston junior international studies major Bianca Garcia was awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad for the 2014-15 academic year in South Korea.

Garcia received $5,000 from the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program, which “offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.”

RELATED: Learn more about the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

“I decided to apply for the Gilman Scholarship after meeting with my Study Abroad advisor Sarah Simmonite,” Garcia said. “I was a bit hesitant to apply prior to the meeting, but I was encouraged to apply after discussing my scholarship options with her.”

Garcia will live in Seoul, South Korea. She will further her knowledge of the Korean language and take classes related to Korean history. “I am captivated by Korean culture,” She said. “I find Korea’s ability to blend modern thinking with traditional values very interesting. My interest in Korean culture was a factor that led me to declare my major in international studies.”

RELATED: Find out more about studying abroad at the College

Garcia is one of 10 students to receive a Gilman Scholarship in the last four academic years.

“We are excited that Bianca Garcia has been awarded this scholarship,” Andrew Sobiesuo, director of the center for international education, said. “The Gilman scholarship is indeed a tremendous help to financially needy students to study abroad. Several College of Charleston students have benefitted from this award in the past few years and as more students become more aware of these resources, we expect the number of students receiving this award will increase significantly.”

Garcia plans to graduate in spring 2016 and hopes to pursue a profession in which she can help students study and live abroad

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22 May 2014 | 1:50 pm By:

The College of Charleston announced today that Antonio D. Tillis has been named the new dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. Tillis will join the College on July 1.

Tillis comes to the College of Charleston from Dartmouth College, where he has served as Chair of African and African-American Studies. While at Dartmouth, he also served on the Faculty Strategic Planning Advisory Committee and associated working groups on pedagogy, teaching and mentorship, and global Dartmouth.
“Dr. Tillis brings to the College of Charleston an exceptionally strong record of scholarly accomplishments complemented by outstanding leadership experiences in Latin American and Latino Studies and African and African-American Studies,” says College of Charleston Provost George Hynd. “His wide-ranging international experience, particularly in regard to facilitating study abroad opportunities for students, will serve him well as he works with the faculty, students, staff and advisory board members in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. His experience, collaborative energy and vision will serve him well as he begins his tenure as the new dean of the School of Language, Cultures, and World Affairs.”

Prior to Dartmouth, Tillis served as the inaugural director of Latin American and Latino Studies and as Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and Study Abroad for African-American Studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

An active and engaged scholar, Tillis has published a monograph, Manuel Zapata Olivella and the ‘Darkening’ of Latin American Literature, a critical bilingual work, Caribbean African, Upon Awakening, the Poetry of Blas Jiménez, and two edited volumes. His first book has been translated into Portuguese and published by the State University of Rio de Janeiro Press, Brazil, and he is currently completing a book-length manuscript on the works of Dominican-American writers Angie Cruz, Nelly Rosario, Loida Martiza Peréz, and Junot Diaz.

“I am simply delighted to join students, distinguished colleagues, staff and administrators at the College of Charleston,” says Tillis. “I look forward to adding my competencies as a teacher-scholar-administrator toward making an already intellectually dynamic College and School, even more stimulating.”

Tillis is past president of the College Language Association, founded in 1937 for African-American scholars of English and foreign languages, and serves on numerous editorial boards in his field. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Brazil and is co-editor of the series “Black Diaspora Worlds: Origins and Evolutions from New World Slaving” with Lexington Publishing, a division of Rowan and Littlefield. He holds a B.S. from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in Spanish literature from Howard University and a Ph.D. in Latin American literature with an Afro-Hispanic emphasis from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

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Contact: Katie Dean Williams, assistant director for student life media & marketing, 843.953.5289

There’s a moment just before a competition dive when everything goes silent. That’s the part College of Charleston junior Nicole DeMarco loves most. The tense stillness, the sense that everybody is watching her, the pressure to perform.

Nicole DeMarco
Nicole DeMarco

“You’re standing up there and you get nervous,” DeMarco says. “It’s a rush.”

The pursuit of that “rush” propels DeMarco in many areas of her life. Student-athletes are famously time-crunched, but DeMarco has redefined the student experience by trying as many different activities as she can, including athletics, student media, student government, and a sorority.

And she’s no slouch in the classroom either. DeMarco is a double major in international studies and French with a minor in political science. She’s set to venture overseas this summer for a prestigious internship –– the third international trip of her college career.

As editor-in-chief of Cistern Yard News, the College’s student media organization, DeMarco oversees the content and publication of Cistern Yard Magazine and news website cisternyard.com.

DeMarco says she has always thrived under deadline pressure –– the rush that is synonymous with journalism.

At her high school newspaper in Shelton, Conn., the fluffy stories weren’t for her. She gravitated toward international news and weightier topics like gay rights and bullying. At the College, she has worked her way up through the news staff – from writer, to news editor, to managing editor, to her current position.

“Nicole is the type of student who is always busy, but you would never know it,” says Katie Dean Williams, assistant director of student life marketing and media. “She is dedicated to her staff.  Courteous, but a natural leader, she always meets deadlines and follows up with everyone to make sure they are on track.”

Along the way, Demarco has tried her hand at student government (a senator during her freshman year) and Greek life (Zeta Tau Alpha) because “it was something else to be involved in.”

She’s already completed two study abroad experiences – Paris during her freshman year and Morocco in the summer of 2013.

RELATED: Learn more about study abroad opportunities at the College.

“I’ve always been someone who has to be busy, doing as much as I can,” she says. “That can be good and bad.”

It’s good, because she’s always challenging herself with new experiences. It’s bad, because she can overcommit. To keep herself on track, she swears by the simplicity of a Moleskine calendar. Her friends tease her about this old-school calendaring method, but DeMarco finds that the act of writing things down on paper makes them stick.

Nicole DeMarco
Nicole DeMarco in competition dive.

Earlier this year, having published her first issue of Cistern Yard Magazine in February 2014 followed by the conclusion of the diving season in March 2014, DeMarco had been settling into a rhythm with her courses. That’s when she was struck by the urge to take on a new commitment.

She found it on the United Nations’ online career portal. What the heck, she thought, as she clicked the submit button on an application for an internship with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, a United Nations court of law that deals with war crimes.

RELATED: Read more about the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

And what do you know? The life of this busy student-athlete just got a little busier. DeMarco ships out for the three-month internship in The Hague in May 2014.

She has a lot to do before then. But she welcomes the challenge.

“I work really well under pressure,” she says. “When I have too much time on my hands I can’t get things done. The pressure helps.”

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“Waging Peace” Thursday, April 24 from 5:30-7:30pm

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | April 22, 2014 | No Comment |

“ Waging Peace”


Come one come all!

What:  A Peace Corps Celebration at the College of Charleston


All citizens interested in the Peace Corps experience are invited to a special showing of “Waging Peace” by acclaimed documentarian Allen Mondell  (RPCV, see link below)who is coming to town from Dallas to introduce and discuss this new documentary.

When:  Thursday April 24–  5:30 to 7:30 PM

Where:  School of Science and Math Building ,202 Calhoun St. –  College of Charleston


5:30  Showing of “Waging Peace” with discussion by Allen Mondell

6:30   RPCV Panel Discussion  –  Panelists   led by our SC recruiter Charles Portney

7:00   Send off for our new Peace Corps Masters International  group heading to the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Peru

Social and lots of Snacks & finger food

The Graduate School
The School of Science and Math
The Environmental Studies Program
The Peace Corps Masters International Program
The CofC Career Center
Masters of Environmental Studies Student Association

Questions:  E-mail or call Dave Owens (953-5626)     Please let me know if you can make it.
Dave Owens
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Coordinator Peace Corps Masters International Program
RPCV FIJI 1968-1971

Allen Mondell’s Studio

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“Homenaje a Octavio Paz”

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | April 13, 2014 | No Comment |

SDP Poetry Reading Octavio Paz 4 18 14

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