The College of Charleston presented “We the People,” an evening of spirituals and gospel music on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre. The concert featured the Claflin University Concert Choir and a guest performance by the College of Charleston Gospel Choir. The event was part of the College’s Black History Month activities and sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services. The program was the first in a series of fundraisers for student scholarships and $1300 was raised.
Led by Dr. Isaiah McGee, Claflin’s 50-voice mixed chorus presented an inspiring program of spirituals and gospel songs that drew from African American History.
The event was part of the College’s Black History Month activities and sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services. Led by Dr. Isaiah McGee, Claflin’s 50-voice mixed chorus presented an inspiring program of spirituals and gospel songs that drew from African American History. The College of Charleston Gospel Choir
This year’s program is the first in a series of fundraisers for student scholarships. “We are thankful for Dr. McGee’s support of our programs and the opportunity to collaborate on future projects together. We feel very fortunate to have Dr. McGee and his students back at the College again to help us celebrate Black History Month.” says Teresa Smith, Ph.D., director for the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services.
The Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services presents its 9th annual ExCEL Awards Program on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Sottile Theatre (44 George Street) at 5:00 p.m. This year we had 126 nominations, which is the most we have ever received since the program began nine years ago. Award recipients will be revealed at the ExCEL Awards Program.
The awards program is designed to honor faculty, staff, students, alum, and neighbors (individuals, agencies, or companies) for their dedication to excellence and enhancing diversity on our campus and in the community. This dedication is displayed through teaching, athleticism, student leadership, departmental support, or commitment to the community. The program begins promptly at 5:00 p.m. and is free to faculty, staff, students, alum, their family, friends, and the public. The reception for all recipients, nominees, their family, and friends will be held immediately after the awards program in Alumni Hall.
Please join us at the 2014 ExCEL Awards Program as we recognize and honor the faculty, staff, students, alum, and community members on Wednesday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre (44 George Street).
Congratulations to all of our 2014 ExCEL Awards Nominees!
Administrator of the Year, Outstanding Staff and Good Neighbor Awards
Charles and Jackie Ailstock
Mark Del Mastro
Outstanding Faculty of the Year
Outstanding Students and Alumni of the Year
Jan Aldrin Enabore
Excellence in Diversity Service and Safe Zone Advocacy Awards
Mary Deanna Mann
The Presidential Legacy Awards
Carrie Bullock Ben-Yisreal
Clifford and Rosa Fulmore
Dr. Teresa Smith was one of several hundred people on hand February 15, 2014 to witness the unveiling of the Denmark Vesey monument in Hampton Park. The Denmark Vesey monument is very significant in Charleston History. He was a freed Black man, an entrepreneur, Methodist preacher, wealthy businessman, and insurrectionist. Denmark Vesey was responsible for the intricate planning of a slave revolt in Charleston. Although the plan was discovered just before it was enacted and Vesey hanged for his primary role, this new monument will serve as a constant reminder of his courage and willingness to help free African American people from the horrible and vicious life of slavery in Charleston, SC.
We R.I.S.E stands for women reaching independence through support and education. Started by current We R.I.S.E. president Lydia Geathers during the Spring 2013 semester, We R.I.S.E. is a group that looks to unify the overwhelmingly female population on campus. Geathers states, “We started the group, as we were looking for an outlet for women on campus that wasn’t a sorority or a special interest club for girls who still want an positive support system of diverse women who are also looking to get educated on women’s topics. We didn’t want to limit ourselves to trying to draw in just one type of girl and we welcome young women of all walks of life.”
The young women who are regular members to the meetings and events are diverse, spanning over a dozen different hometowns, states and countries; majors, classifications, interests, backgrounds and cultures with one thing in common: being a woman on the C of C campus who wants to have a positive bond with other like-minded women. While girl power, success and independence are central themes in We R.I.S.E., most of the women in the group do not consider themselves feminists, an interesting paradox commonly reflected in society where one’s proximity to the idea of feminism can be seen as too radical. Though their group openly promotes female empowerment in its many facets, the young women of this group collectively see feminism as a hushed word.
Many of the women in the group agree that there are negative connotations to the word “feminism” even in the 21st century, connotations they do not agree with or believe in. They say that, yes, the group’s agenda can be interpreted as feminist, as far as wanting women to strive towards their goals and encourage other women to do the same and breaking the stereotypes that women are characterized as catty, selfish, jealous and conniving towards each other.
There are big things ahead for the group as they plan out November and December events and add to their executive board positions. President Lydia Geathers hopes to expand the group and hold more educational events and community service events. She believes that women should take action in their communities and learn about the things that affect them such as sexual violence, abusive relationships, the corporate glass ceiling and other forms of discrimination and how to create and cultivate their own futures.
For those interested in joining We R.I.S.E. the meetings take place on the first floor of the Multicultural House (next to the Addlestone Library) every Tuesday at 6pm. You can follow We R.I.S.E. and see the pictures of the reported event on twitter and instagram at the handle @werisecofc
Multicultural Student Programs and Services is very proud to share that Brandi Rollins has been accepted into the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine for the Fall where she is interested in pursuing Dental Surgery or Orthodontics. We have been so fortunate to have had Brandi here as an undergraduate student and see a bright future for her! Good Work!
Pre-dental student, Brandi Rollins, is pursuing a Secondary Mathematics Education degree at the College of Charleston. She matriculated into the College during the summer of 2009 by way of the Speedy Consolidation and Transition (SPECTRA) program offered by Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS). During her undergraduate career, Brandi has worked as an Organic Chemistry Supplemental Instruction Leader, SCAMP Leader for the SPECTRA program, and has also been an African Dance Teacher’s Assistant. While teaching high school Pre-Calculus as a student teacher, Brandi began her pursuit towards dental school. As a result of her determination, Brandi has been accepted into the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. Brandi thanks all students, faculty, and staff who have contributed to her success. She especially thanks Multicultural Student Programs and Services for being a tremendous source of support throughout her undergraduate experience.
College of Charleston senior, Arvaughnna Postema, was selected as the Youth Speaker for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 14th Annual Business and Professional Breakfast which was held on January 21st, 2014. Sponsored by the Mayor’s office and YWCA of Greater Charleston, the event brought together notable figures from within the Charleston community and is part of a week of special events which is South Carolina’s Largest Celebration honoring Dr. King’s Legacy. Arvaughnna did a great job – we are so proud of her!
Arvaughnna Postema is a senior at the College of Charleston with a major in Communications and a minor in Psychology. Ms. Postema has been involved with many organizations on the College of Charleston campus. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated and is currently the Southeastern Region’s Undergraduate Member-at-Large. She is the current College of Charleston National Pan-Hellenic Council President and a member of the President’s Community Advisory Board. Ms. Postema is also a campus radio personality for “Transcend and Transform“, on Cistern Yard Radio. Ms. Postema will graduate in May 2014.