2015-2016 CofC Family Calendar

The 2015-2016 CofC family calendar is available at http://orientation.cofc.edu/docs/1516-familycalendar.pdf

Families of new students who attend orientation this summer will receive a copy.

Due to cost, we are not able to mail copies to families who are not attending orientation.  For the non freshman parents, I suggest just printing out just the calendar pages which are 5-17.

Please note that dates are subject to change and will we try to send updates as they become available to us.

 

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Updated Spring 2016 Academic Calendar

Several adjustments have been made recently to the calendar for the 2016 Spring Semester.  The current version of the calendar is now posted at registrar.cofc.edu at http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2016spring.pdf

The first day of classes for the 2016 Spring Semester will be Thursday, January 7.  Our commencement ceremonies at the conclusion of the semester will take place on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7.

Brian McGee

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

College of Charleston

66 George Street

Charleston, SC 29424

 

 

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Alumni Career Services

Congratulations to all of you who just celebrated your student’s graduation!  Knowing that many of you may be a little nervous if your student doesn’t have a job lined up, we’re just sending a quick reminder that the Career Center staff is still here to help, even after graduation.  We’re here for those who need help with:

  • polishing up their resumes,
  • preparing for interviews,
  • job postings,
  • networking,
  • internships, etc.

(And for those alumni who seemingly have no clear direction, we can help with that, too!)

 

Please encourage your student to visit https://alumni.cofc.edu/benefits-and-services/career-services for more information.

 

**A little light reading for both the seasoned parents as well as the new listserv parents… The following article has some great tips for helping your student/alum through the job planning & searching process:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2012/03/20/how-parents-can-help-their-kids-get-a-job-after-college/**

 

College of Charleston Career Center

A MEMBER OF THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

Phone: 843.953.5692/Fax: 843.953.6341

careercenter.cofc.edu

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – May 18-24, 2015

College of Charleston Academic Calendars: (Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 available)

http://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php

 

Undergraduate Academic Services: [email protected]

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Services handles matters related to the academic well-being of all undergraduate students at the College of Charleston. This office assists with academic probation, dismissal questions, academic standards, taking a leave of absence, withdrawal requests, the Provisional Program, STEP program, or any problems affecting student academic success:

Questions about academic standing, academic probation, or academic dismissal should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services. Your student may contact Undergraduate Academic Services by phone (843-953-5674) or make an appointment online to meet with a staff member http://undergrad.cofc.edu/contact-us/index.php.

 

Minimum Scholastic Attainment:

Students enrolled at the College of Charleston must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) to avoid being placed on academic probation. These requirements are on a sliding scale based upon the total number of credit hours earned by the student.

Credits Earned GPA Required
0-19 1.50
20-59 1.80
60 and up 2.0

*First year provisionally admitted students must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA

  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, meets the minimum requirement as listed above, but is below 2.0, then the student will be placed on academic warning.
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, is less than minimum requirement as listed above, the student is placed on academic probation.

 

Academic Advising & Planning Center: http://advising.cofc.edu/Students can make an appointment online using Appointment Manager.

 

Academic Planning Tools:

Check out the Student Resources suggested by the Academic Advising and Planning Center, including useful academic planning tools and campus resources to help you succeed at the College of Charleston.

 

Residence Life: 843-953-5523

Email [email protected] if you have questions about living on campus, residence halls, room or roommate assignments, and changing rooms. You may use this email or phone number to contact Residence Life if you wish to share comments regarding hall activities and programming, hall conditions, or personnel. NOTE: Posting a maintenance issue to the listserv will not ensure the problem will be routed to residence life. Students should follow the instructions for reporting a maintenance request  http://reslife.cofc.edu/campus-housing/maintenance-requests.php

 

Orientation for new students & families: http://orientation.cofc.edu/

Every year, the College of Charleston’s Office of New Student Programs staff introduces over 2,000 incoming freshmen, transfer students and their families to the campus. Once your student is admitted they will participate in one of the ten 2-day new student orientations offered during the summer. Family members are welcome to attend the family orientation. If your student did not register you to attend family orientation email [email protected] and we will add you. Summer orientations begin June 22. Pre-registration is required. View the orientation website for a generic schedule of events and frequently asked questions. Students will register for classes during orientation.

 

Summer Preview August 19-22 – a program for new students:

Summer Preview brings select groups of incoming first year students together who want to explore their new learning environment and get a head start on their college experience. A variety of themes are available but it is first come – first served. There are only a few spots remaining in the summer preview themes. Academic and Student Affairs staff, faculty, and student peer mentors will support your student during this whole adventure: http://nsp.cofc.edu/summer-preview/index.php

 

Berry Residence Hall – Living-Learning Communities for first year students on floors 4, 5, and 6: http://nsp.cofc.edu/llc/index.php – new students interested in this option should select Berry Residence Hall on the housing application. Space is limited!

 

Technology Problems:

Students should contact the IT HELPDESK if there are problems accessing MyCharleston, paying tuition or paying a tuition deposit, or accessing campus email. Call 843-953-3375 or email [email protected]  (option #3) – please include student full name and CWID if emailing.

 

Billing schedule/Due dates: http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/index.php

 

How to become an Ebill Authorized User for your student: We highly encourage parents to become authorized users!

You can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system.  This allows you to receive a copy of the bill/statement when we bill the student through the email system. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email [email protected].

 

Parent Blog:  A Parent Blog is available for parents and family members to keep updated on listserv postings from college faculty, staff, and administrators.  By signing up for the blog, you will receive an email if there are any new postings to the listserv from faculty and staff only. For some the blog may be easier to handle than the listserv since the listserv can be very active. To receive the parent blog go to http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=cofc/Nagt&loc=en_US and enter your email to request subscription to the Blog.

2014-1015 Parent Survey:

Each year I assess your experience with the Parent Listserv and I need as many subscribers as possible to complete a brief survey – only 8 questions. Your responses are anonymous and I use this information to assure our campus leaders that parents view the listserv as a valuable resource. The more responses I have the better so please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Thanks to everyone who completed the survey so far. I appreciate your help!

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

[email protected] – Questions about academic advising, course selection, academic advisor

[email protected] – Questions about meal plans, dining, payment

[email protected] – Questions about financial aid, refund checks, loans, grants, scholarships

[email protected] – Questions about the First-Year Experience (FYE) requirement

[email protected] – Questions about mail services for students, shipping, mailboxes

[email protected] – Questions about new student or family orientation this summer

[email protected] – Questions about parking on campus

[email protected] – Questions about residence halls, repairs, housing application, room changes

[email protected] – Questions about bill payment, fees, payment plans

[email protected] – General questions or referral to campus services

 

Visit the CofC Parents Website:

Listserv members are encouraged to visit the Parent website at www.cofc.edu/parents, which is updated frequently by the New Student Programs staff. The website has a variety of resources for parents of new and currently enrolled students. You may also unsubscribe or change your listserv subscription setting using the link provided on the website.

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – May 11-17, 2015

Important dates:

College of Charleston Academic Calendars: (Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 available)

http://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php

 

May Undergraduate Graduation:

For information about graduation go to the Senior Information website at http://www.cofc.edu/seniorinfo/

 

Crossing the Cistern:

In honor of our May graduates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0vAGxi0Cag (video 14:10)

 

Final Grades & Minimum Scholastic Attainment:

Students will be able to view their semester grades on Tuesday May 12 (by 1:00EST). Final grades can be viewed by logging into MyCharleston and clicking on the Academic Services tab – scroll down the web page and you will see an area for STUDENT GRADES. Select the term 2015 spring from the drop down menu and click on the Go icon to view grades.

Students enrolled at the College of Charleston must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) to avoid being placed on academic probation. These requirements are on a sliding scale based upon the total number of credit hours earned by the student.

Credits Earned GPA Required
0-19 1.50
20-59 1.80
60 and up 2.0

*First year provisionally admitted students must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA

  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, meets the minimum requirement as listed above, but is below 2.0, then the student will be placed on academic warning.
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, is less than minimum requirement as listed above, the student is placed on academic probation.

Questions about academic standing, academic probation, or academic dismissal should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services. Your student may contact Undergraduate Academic Services by phone (843-953-5674) or make an appointment online to meet with a staff member http://undergrad.cofc.edu/contact-us/index.php. Call or email this office at [email protected] if you have questions. The student full name and CWID should be included in any email correspondence.

 

Undergraduate Academic Services: [email protected]

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Services handles matters related to the academic well-being of all undergraduate students at the College of Charleston. This office can assist with academic probation, dismissal questions, academic standards, taking a leave of absence, withdrawal requests, the Provisional Program, STEP program, or any problems affecting student academic success:

 

Maymester/Summer School: http://summer.cofc.edu/

To view course offerings click on the Maymester/Summer 2015 link. Select the 2015 summer term. To view all courses put your mouse on the first subject (Accounting) and hold it down to the bottom of the drop-down box (Women’s and Gender Studies). Then select the Class Search option at the bottom. This search includes EXPRESS II, Maymester, and Summer terms. Look at the date range noted by the class time/location to see when the class begins and ends. Email [email protected] if you have questions or call 843-953-4831.

 

Academic Advising & Planning Center: http://advising.cofc.edu/Students can make an appointment online using Appointment Manager.

 

Academic Planning Tools:

Check out the Student Resources suggested by the Academic Advising and Planning Center, including useful academic planning tools and campus resources to help you succeed at the College of Charleston.

 

Residence Life: 843-953-5523

Email [email protected] if you have questions about living on campus, residence halls, room or roommate assignments, and changing rooms. You may use this email or phone number to contact Residence Life if you wish to share comments regarding hall activities and programming, hall conditions, or personnel. NOTE: Posting a maintenance issue to the listserv will not ensure the problem will be routed to residence life. Students should follow the instructions for reporting a maintenance request  http://reslife.cofc.edu/campus-housing/maintenance-requests.php

 

Summer Preview August 19-22 – a program for new students:

Summer Preview brings select groups of incoming first year students together who want to explore their new learning environment and get a head start on their college experience. A variety of themes are available but it is first come – first served. There are only a few spots remaining in two of the summer preview themes. Academic and Student Affairs staff, faculty, and student peer mentors will support your student during this whole adventure: http://nsp.cofc.edu/summer-preview/index.php

 

Berry Residence Hall – Living Learning Communities floors 4, 5, and 6 for new students: http://nsp.cofc.edu/llc/index.php – new students interested in this option should select Berry Residence Hall on the housing application. Space is limited!

 

Orientation for new students & families: http://orientation.cofc.edu/

Every year, the College of Charleston’s Office of New Student Programs staff introduces over 2,000 incoming freshmen, transfer students and their families to the campus. Once your student is admitted they will participate in one of the ten 2-day new student orientations offered during the summer. Family members are welcome to attend the family orientation. If your student did not register you to attend family orientation email [email protected] and we will add you. Summer orientations begin June 22. Pre-registration is required. View the orientation website for a generic schedule of events and frequently asked questions. Students will register for classes during orientation.

 

Technology Problems:

Students should contact the IT HELPDESK if there are problems accessing MyCharleston, paying tuition or paying a tuition deposit, or accessing campus email. Call 843-953-3375 or email [email protected]  (option #3) – please include student full name and CWID if emailing.

 

Billing schedule/Due dates: http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/index.php

 

How to become an Ebill Authorized User for your student: We highly encourage parents to become authorized users!

You can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system.  This allows you to receive a copy of the bill/statement when we bill the student through the email system. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email [email protected].

 

Parent Blog:  A Parent Blog is available for parents and family members to keep updated on listserv postings from college faculty, staff, and administrators.  By signing up for the blog, you will receive an email if there are any new postings to the listserv from faculty and staff only. For some the blog may be easier to handle than the listserv since the listserv can be very active. To receive the parent blog go to http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=cofc/Nagt&loc=en_US and enter your email to request subscription to the Blog.

2014-1015 Parent Survey:

Each year I assess your experience with the Parent Listserv and I need as many subscribers as possible to complete a brief survey – only 8 questions. Your responses are anonymous and I use this information to assure our campus leaders that parents view the listserv as a valuable resource. The more responses I have the better so please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Thanks to everyone who completed the survey so far. I appreciate your help!

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

[email protected] – Questions about academic advising, course selection, academic advisor

[email protected] – Questions about meal plans, dining, payment

[email protected] – Questions about financial aid, refund checks, loans, grants, scholarships

[email protected] – Questions about the First-Year Experience (FYE) requirement

[email protected] – Questions about mail services for students, shipping, mailboxes

[email protected] – Questions about new student or family orientation this summer

[email protected] – Questions about parking on campus

[email protected] – Questions about residence halls, repairs, housing application, room changes

[email protected] – Questions about bill payment, fees, payment plans

[email protected] – General questions or referral to campus services

 

Visit the CofC Parents Website:

Listserv members are encouraged to visit the Parent website at www.cofc.edu/parents, which is updated frequently by the New Student Programs staff. The website has a variety of resources for parents of new and currently enrolled students. You may also unsubscribe or change your listserv subscription setting using the link provided on the website.

 

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Summer 2015 Dining Services Locations and Hours

Good morning everyone,

I wanted to share our Dining Hours for this summer. From now until June 10 Chick-fil-A in Berry Hall will be the dining option on campus. On June 4 City Bistro will reopen and then on June 10 Starbucks in Addlestone Library will reopen for our summer students.

If you have any questions about the hours just let me know. There are no summer meal plans offered this year, however Dining Dollars are accepted at all dining locations. And if your student had any leftover dining dollars from the spring semester, those will rollover and are available to spend during the summer if they’re going to be on campus.

Thank you for your  continued support with Dining Services and thanks for another great year!

Brittany Cook
Dining Services

 

summer dining hours

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – May 4-10, 2015

Important dates:

  • Cougar Countdown activities now thru May 6th
  • May 6 – last day of final exams begin (see exam schedule for time/day of exam)
  • May 7 – Current students must vacate the Residence Halls/historic houses/Greek houses by 12 noon – graduating seniors must vacate by Sunday May 17th by 12 noon
  • May 10 – Happy Mother’s Day!
  • May 12 – Final grades available to students by 1:00pmEST
  • May 15 &16 – Graduation ceremonies (Info: http://www.cofc.edu/seniorinfo/)

Cougar Countdown http://cougarcountdown.cofc.edu/activities/index.php

Cougar Countdown is a mix of academic support, physical support, emotional support, and fun activities for students during the last week of classes and Exam Week in the fall and spring semester.

 

Final exam schedule: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/exam-schedule-spring2015.pdf (refer to spring the student’s course schedule to determine exam day/time)

 

College of Charleston Academic Calendars: (Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 available)

http://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php

 

May Undergraduate Graduation:

The Senior Information website at http://www.cofc.edu/seniorinfo/ will be updated as new information about the May graduation becomes available. Students should check their campus email and stay up to date on details graduation related events. Questions should be directed to http://www.cofc.edu/seniorinfo/contactus.php

 

Crossing the Cistern:

In honor of our May graduates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0vAGxi0Cag (video 14:10)

 

Undergraduate Academic Services: [email protected]

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Services handles matters related to the academic well-being of all undergraduate students at the College of Charleston. This office can assist with academic probation, dismissal questions, academic standards, taking a leave of absence, withdrawal requests, the Provisional Program, STEP program, or any problems affecting student academic success:

 

Final Grades & Minimum Scholastic Attainment:

Students will be able to view their semester grades on Tuesday May 12 (by 1:00EST). Final grades can be viewed by logging into MyCharleston and clicking on the Academic Services tab – scroll down the web page and you will see an area for STUDENT GRADES. Select the term 2015 spring from the drop down menu and click on the Go icon to view grades.

Students enrolled at the College of Charleston must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) to avoid being placed on academic probation. These requirements are on a sliding scale based upon the total number of credit hours earned by the student.

Credits Earned GPA Required
0-19 1.50
20-59 1.80
60 and up 2.0

*First year provisionally admitted students must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA

  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, meets the minimum requirement as listed above, but is below 2.0, then the student will be placed on academic warning.
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, is less than minimum requirement as listed above, the student is placed on academic probation.

Questions about academic standing, academic probation, or academic dismissal should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services. Your student may contact Undergraduate Academic Services by phone (843-953-5674) or make an appointment online to meet with a staff member http://undergrad.cofc.edu/contact-us/index.php. Call or email this office at [email protected] if you have questions. The student full name and CWID should be included in any email correspondence.

 

Maymester/Summer School: http://summer.cofc.edu/

To view course offerings click on the Maymester/Summer 2015 link. Select the 2015 summer term. To view all courses put your mouse on the first subject (Accounting) and hold it down to the bottom of the drop-down box (Women’s and Gender Studies). Then select the Class Search option at the bottom. This search includes EXPRESS II, Maymester, and Summer terms. Look at the date range noted by the class time/location to see when the class begins and ends. Email [email protected] if you have questions or call 843-953-4831.

 

Academic Advising & Planning Center: http://advising.cofc.edu/Students can make an appointment online using Appointment Manager.

 

Academic Planning Tools:

Check out the Student Resources suggested by the Academic Advising and Planning Center, including useful academic planning tools and campus resources to help you succeed at the College of Charleston.

 

Residence Life: 843-953-5523

Email [email protected] if you have questions about living on campus, residence halls, room or roommate assignments, and changing rooms. You may use this email or phone number to contact Residence Life if you wish to share comments regarding hall activities and programming, hall conditions, or personnel. NOTE: Posting a maintenance issue to the listserv will not ensure the problem will be routed to residence life. Students should follow the instructions for reporting a maintenance request  http://reslife.cofc.edu/campus-housing/maintenance-requests.php

 

Summer Preview August 19-22 – a program for new students:

Summer Preview brings select groups of incoming first year students together who want to explore their new learning environment and get a head start on their college experience. A variety of themes are available but it is first come – first served. There are only a few spots remaining in two of the summer preview themes. Academic and Student Affairs staff, faculty, and student peer mentors will support your student during this whole adventure: http://nsp.cofc.edu/summer-preview/index.php

 

Berry Residence Hall – Living Learning Communities floors 4, 5, and 6 for new students: http://nsp.cofc.edu/llc/index.php – new students interested in this option should select Berry Residence Hall on the housing application. Space is limited!

 

Orientation for new students & families: http://orientation.cofc.edu/

Every year, the College of Charleston’s Office of New Student Programs staff introduces over 2,000 incoming freshmen, transfer students and their families to the campus. Once your student is admitted they will participate in one of the ten 2-day new student orientations offered during the summer. Family members are welcome to attend the family orientation. If your student did not register you to attend family orientation email [email protected] and we will add you. Summer orientations begin June 22. Pre-registration is required. View the orientation website for a generic schedule of events and frequently asked questions. Students will register for classes during orientation.

 

Technology Problems:

Students should contact the IT HELPDESK if there are problems accessing MyCharleston, paying tuition or paying a tuition deposit, or accessing campus email. Call 843-953-3375 or email [email protected]  (option #3) – please include student full name and CWID if emailing.

 

Billing schedule/Due dates: http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/index.php

 

How to become an Ebill Authorized User for your student: We highly encourage parents to become authorized users!

You can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system.  This allows you to receive a copy of the bill/statement when we bill the student through the email system. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email [email protected].

 

Parent Blog:  A Parent Blog is available for parents and family members to keep updated on listserv postings from college faculty, staff, and administrators.  By signing up for the blog, you will receive an email if there are any new postings to the listserv from faculty and staff only. For some the blog may be easier to handle than the listserv since the listserv can be very active. To receive the parent blog go to http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=cofc/Nagt&loc=en_US and enter your email to request subscription to the Blog.

Parent Support Network:

We are looking for parents of CofC seniors or graduates to serve on our Parent Support Network. As students graduate from the College of Charleston parents may unsubscribe from the CofC Parent listserv and take with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. Therefore, we would like to create a Parent Support Network made up of current or past listserv subscribers that could be used as a sort of advisory committee for us to run ideas by from time to time. This would not require you to be subscribed to the listserv, but I would ask that participants be willing to speak by email or phone with parents who may need advice. This could be especially helpful if we can connect a worried parent with someone from the same state or had a student that experienced similar issues. I anticipate the time spent would be minimal.  If you have a student graduating (or will be soon) and would like for other parents (and us!) to benefit from your wisdom email me at [email protected]. Once I hear from you, I will be in touch to get some more details from you about your preferred contact method (by phone or email) and the topics you would be comfortable discussing with other parents.

 

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

[email protected] – Questions about academic advising, course selection, academic advisor

[email protected] – Questions about meal plans, dining, payment

[email protected] – Questions about financial aid, refund checks, loans, grants, scholarships

[email protected] – Questions about the First-Year Experience (FYE) requirement

[email protected] – Questions about mail services for students, shipping, mailboxes

[email protected] – Questions about new student or family orientation this summer

[email protected] – Questions about parking on campus

[email protected] – Questions about residence halls, repairs, housing application, room changes

[email protected] – Questions about bill payment, fees, payment plans

[email protected] – General questions or referral to campus services

 

Visit the CofC Parents Website:

Listserv members are encouraged to visit the Parent website at www.cofc.edu/parents, which is updated frequently by the New Student Programs staff. The website has a variety of resources for parents of new and currently enrolled students. You may also unsubscribe or change your listserv subscription setting using the link provided on the website.

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Sue Monk Kidd, the author of The Invention of Wings, on the CofC Campus on May 5th

The Friends of the Library at the College have planned a series of events to celebrate the Grimke Sisters with best selling author, Sue Monk Kidd on May 5. The community is more than welcome to come so if you are in town for move out or local, please check them out.

Unveiling of Historical Marker at the Blake-Grimké House: https://www.facebook.com/events/799585123462039/

Book Signing with Sue Monk Kidd: https://www.facebook.com/events/1432063077103988/

An Evening with Sue Monk Kidd: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438219683142232/

Grimké Sisters Walking Tour: https://www.facebook.com/events/791844150910932/

If you aren’t on Facebook, you can also view the list at http://friends.library.cofc.edu/sarah-and-angelina-grimke-day/

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Exam Time – Helpful Links

As exams approach you may wish to share one or all of these with your student. Remember exam time can be stressful for your student so be patient, encouraging, and remind them they are in your thoughts.

 

Melinda (Mindy) Miley, Asst. Vice President Educational Programs & Services

College of Charleston

Office of New Student Programs, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424

843.953.2017

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – April 27-May 3, 2015

Important dates:

  • April 27 – Last day of classes!
  • April 27 – Last day for tutoring services through the Center for Student Learning
  • April 28 – Cougar Countdown begins!
  • April 29-May 6 – Final exams begin (see exam schedule for time/day of exam)
  • May 7 – Current students must vacate the Residence Halls/historic houses/Greek houses by 12 noon – graduating seniors must vacate by Sunday May 17th by 12 noon
  • May 12 – Final grades available to students by 1:00pmEST
  • May 15 & 16 – Graduation ceremonies (Info: http://www.cofc.edu/seniorinfo/)

Crossing the Cistern:

In honor of our May graduates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0vAGxi0Cag (video 14:10)

 

Cougar Countdown http://cougarcountdown.cofc.edu/activities/index.php – Activities begin April 28!

Cougar Countdown is a mix of academic support, physical support, emotional support, and fun activities for students during the last week of classes and Exam Week in the fall and spring semester.

 

Final exam schedule: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/exam-schedule-spring2015.pdf (refer to spring the student’s course schedule to determine exam day/time)

 

College of Charleston Academic Calendars: (Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016 available)

http://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php

 

May Undergraduate Graduation:

The Senior Information website at http://www.cofc.edu/seniorinfo/ will be updated as new information about the May graduation becomes available. Students should check their campus email and stay up to date on details graduation related events. Questions should be directed to http://www.cofc.edu/seniorinfo/contactus.php

 

Summer Preview August 19-22 – a program for new students:

Summer Preview brings select groups of incoming first year students together who want to explore their new learning environment and get a head start on their college experience. A variety of themes are available but it is first come – first served. There are only a few spots remaining in two of the summer preview themes. Academic and Student Affairs staff, faculty, and student peer mentors will support your student during this whole adventure: http://nsp.cofc.edu/summer-preview/index.php

 

Berry Residence Hall – Living Learning Communities floors 4, 5, and 6: http://nsp.cofc.edu/llc/index.php – new students interested in this option should select Berry Residence Hall on the housing application. Space is limited!

 

Orientation for new students & families: http://orientation.cofc.edu/

Every year, the College of Charleston’s Office of New Student Programs staff introduces over 2,000 incoming freshmen, transfer students and their families to the campus. Once your student is admitted they will participate in one of the ten 2-day new student orientations offered during the summer. Family members are welcome to attend the family orientation. If your student did not register you to attend family orientation email [email protected] and we will add you. Summer orientations begin June 22. Pre-registration is required. View the orientation website for a generic schedule of events and frequently asked questions. Students will register for classes during orientation.

 

Undergraduate Academic Services: [email protected]

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Services handles matters related to the academic well-being of all undergraduate students at the College of Charleston. This office can assist with academic probation, dismissal questions, academic standards, taking a leave of absence, withdrawal requests, the Provisional Program, STEP program, or any problems affecting student academic success:

 

Final Grades & Minimum Scholastic Attainment:

Students will be able to view their semester grades on Tuesday May 12 (by 1:00EST). Final grades can be viewed by logging into MyCharleston and clicking on the Academic Services tab – scroll down the web page and you will see an area for STUDENT GRADES. Select the term 2015 spring from the drop down menu and click on the Go icon to view grades.

Students enrolled at the College of Charleston must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) to avoid being placed on academic probation. These requirements are on a sliding scale based upon the total number of credit hours earned by the student.

Credits Earned GPA Required
0-19 1.50
20-59 1.80
60 and up 2.0

*First year provisionally admitted students must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA

  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, meets the minimum requirement as listed above, but is below 2.0, then the student will be placed on academic warning.
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of any semester, including maymester and summer session, is less than minimum requirement as listed above, the student is placed on academic probation.

Questions about academic standing, academic probation, or academic dismissal should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services. Your student may contact Undergraduate Academic Services by phone (843-953-5674) or make an appointment online to meet with a staff member http://undergrad.cofc.edu/contact-us/index.php. Call or email this office at [email protected] if you have questions. The student full name and CWID should be included in any email correspondence.

 

Maymester/Summer School: http://summer.cofc.edu/

To view course offerings click on the Maymester/Summer 2015 link. Select the 2015 summer term. To view all courses put your mouse on the first subject (Accounting) and hold it down to the bottom of the drop-down box (Women’s and Gender Studies). Then select the Class Search option at the bottom. This search includes EXPRESS II, Maymester, and Summer terms. Look at the date range noted by the class time/location to see when the class begins and ends. Email [email protected] if you have questions or call 843-953-4831.

 

Academic Advising & Planning Center: http://advising.cofc.edu/Students can make an appointment online using Appointment Manager.

 

Academic Planning Tools:

Check out the Student Resources suggested by the Academic Advising and Planning Center, including useful academic planning tools and campus resources to help you succeed at the College of Charleston.

 

Residence Life: 843-953-5523

Email [email protected] if you have questions about living on campus, residence halls, room or roommate assignments, and changing rooms. You may use this email or phone number to contact Residence Life if you wish to share comments regarding hall activities and programming, hall conditions, or personnel. NOTE: Posting a maintenance issue to the listserv will not ensure the problem will be routed to residence life. Students should follow the instructions for reporting a maintenance request  http://reslife.cofc.edu/campus-housing/maintenance-requests.php

 

Technology Problems:

Students should contact the IT HELPDESK if there are problems accessing MyCharleston, paying tuition or paying a tuition deposit, or accessing campus email. Call 843-953-3375 or email [email protected]  (option #3) – please include student full name and CWID if emailing.

 

Billing schedule/Due dates: http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/index.php

 

How to become an Ebill Authorized User for your student: We highly encourage parents to become authorized users!

You can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system.  This allows you to receive a copy of the bill/statement when we bill the student through the email system. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email [email protected].

 

Parent Blog:  A Parent Blog is available for parents and family members to keep updated on listserv postings from college faculty, staff, and administrators.  By signing up for the blog, you will receive an email if there are any new postings to the listserv from faculty and staff only. For some the blog may be easier to handle than the listserv since the listserv can be very active. To receive the parent blog go to http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=cofc/Nagt&loc=en_US and enter your email to request subscription to the Blog.

2014-1015 Parent Survey:

I need your help! Each year I assess your experience with the Parent Listserv and I need as many subscribers as possible to complete a brief survey – only 8 questions. Your responses are anonymous and I use this information to assure our campus leaders that parents view the listserv as a valuable resource. The more responses I have the better so please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Parent Support Network:

We are looking for parents of CofC seniors or graduates to serve on our Parent Support Network. As students graduate from the College of Charleston parents may unsubscribe from the CofC Parent listserv and take with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. Therefore, we would like to create a Parent Support Network made up of current or past listserv subscribers that could be used as a sort of advisory committee for us to run ideas by from time to time. This would not require you to be subscribed to the listserv, but I would ask that participants be willing to speak by email or phone with parents who may need advice. This could be especially helpful if we can connect a worried parent with someone from the same state or had a student that experienced similar issues. I anticipate the time spent would be minimal.  If you have a student graduating (or will be soon) and would like for other parents (and us!) to benefit from your wisdom email me at [email protected]. Once I hear from you, I will be in touch to get some more details from you about your preferred contact method (by phone or email) and the topics you would be comfortable discussing with other parents.

 

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

[email protected] – Questions about academic advising, course selection, academic advisor

[email protected] – Questions about meal plans, dining, payment

[email protected] – Questions about financial aid, refund checks, loans, grants, scholarships

[email protected] – Questions about the First-Year Experience (FYE) requirement

[email protected] – Questions about mail services for students, shipping, mailboxes

[email protected] – Questions about new student or family orientation this summer

[email protected] – Questions about parking on campus

[email protected] – Questions about residence halls, repairs, housing application, room changes

[email protected] – Questions about bill payment, fees, payment plans

[email protected] – General questions or referral to campus services

 

Visit the CofC Parents Website:

Listserv members are encouraged to visit the Parent website at www.cofc.edu/parents, which is updated frequently by the New Student Programs staff. The website has a variety of resources for parents of new and currently enrolled students. You may also unsubscribe or change your listserv subscription setting using the link provided on the website.

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