International Lab

The vision for the re-imagined International Lab at the College of Charleston is to create a physical hub where students and faculty can engage in global-immersion-learning with native speakers without the financial burden or logistical complexities of travel. Support for the Lab is a collaborative project between philanthropy and the College.

The space will also serve as the physical arm of the newly-established Global Education Initiative, designed to function as both a classroom for use by faculty with larger groups of students, but also as a state-of-the-art lab space with interactive and collaborative pods for smaller group work. This resource is a critical piece to moving the College of Charleston forward into an era where global experiences are within reach for every student and faculty member. It will enhance language exposure and instruction at the College of Charleston, a change that relies heavily on collaboration, group learning, and interacting with native and non-native speakers alike.

The impact of this project will be institution-wide, as we anticipate the majority of students participating in global education utilizing this space at some point during their college tenure.

11th Annual LCWA World Cultures Fair!

The LCWA World Cultures Fair was a huge success this year! Check out some photos below and TONS more on the Facebook Page!

Fulbright Scholars

As we start to hear about the Fulbright recipients LCWA would like to congratulate the following students!

Haley Moore, graduating this year with a major in Psychology and Spanish and a minor in Linguistics. Received the Fulbright to go to Colombia.

Jolie Hiers, graduated last year with degree in Foreign Language Education in Spanish. Received the Fulbright to go to Colombia.

Sophie Kreutz, graduating this year with a major in Marine Biology, a minor in Spanish, Chemistry, and Studio Art. Received the Fulbright to go to Mexico.

Alexandra Helfgott, graduating this year with double major in Spanish and Poli Sci. Received the Fulbright to go to Mexico.

Hillary McLaurin, graduating this year with a double major in German and Computer Information Systems. Received the Fulbright to go to Germany.

LCWA Welcomes Retired U.S. Ambassador James D. Melville Jr.

The School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs welcomes  James D. Melville Jr., a retired U.S. ambassador, as associate dean for international and community outreach! This is one more highlight moment for LCWA in our work to be the hub for global education at the College.

Ambassador Melville

James D. Melville Jr., a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was nominated by President Obama as the next U.S. Ambassador to Estonia on May 7, 2015, and confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 2015. He was sworn-in on September 18, 2015. He presented his credentials to President Ilves on December 8, 2015. He recently resigned (Sept. 30, 2018) his position in Estonia and retired from the foreign service after 33 years of distinguished accomplishments.

Ambassador Melville’s most recent position with the State Department, prior to Estonia, was as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organization Affairs. As Executive Director of EUR and IO, Ambassador Melville directed support for all of EUR and IO’s 79 overseas posts, as well as the domestic requirements for both bureaus.

Prior to that assignment, he served as Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs at Embassy London from 2008 to 2010 and at Embassy Moscow from 2005 to 2008. In Moscow, London and particularly in Berlin, Ambassador Melville frequently served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador Melville’s first Foreign Service assignment was in the U.S. Embassy to the German Democratic Republic from 1986-1988. He has also served in Seychelles, St. Petersburg, at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and in Paris. In Washington, he has worked in Legislative Affairs, as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and at the Foreign Service Board of Examiners.

Mr. Melville speaks Russian, German, and French. He graduated from Boston University with an honors degree in history, has a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and is a member of the bars of New Jersey and New York. He is originally from Bradley Beach, New Jersey.

 

Ron Menchaca with The College Today posted an outstanding article about Ambassador Melville and his new responsibilities here in LCWA. Check out the full article HERE.

Mark Your Calendar for the 2nd German-American Business Summit

LCWA is excited to announce the confirmation of the 2nd German-American Business Summit on February 8, 2018!

The College of Charleston German-American Business Summit targets German companies in South Carolina and the Southeastern US that are seeking to establish stronger ties to undergraduate education in the region and focuses on workforce needs for German industry in the state.

Details on the event can be found here.

The 1st German-American Business Summit was a booming success! It was held on February 2, 2017 and was attended by 186 students and 100 guests from industries and the community! Detail on that even can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here.

World Cultures Fair 2017

Despite the gray skies the 9th Annual World Cultures Fair was held on March 30, 2017. While the rain did come down and the event was cut short there was a great turn out! The fair’s aim is to bring various cultures and traditions from around the world to the Charleston community. The event showcased international cultures with over 30 tables displaying crafts, foods and information about student clubs and international programs at the College. Attendees were entertained by student, faculty, and community musicians and performers.