Get Professional with the Career Center

Dear Parents,

Please encourage your student to attend the following programs sponsored by the Career Center and Alumni Career Services. Our events start as early as tomorrow!  If they require some assistance with their resume and career plan, please invite them to contact our office for an appointment or drop-in to visit with one of our advisors.  843-953-5692. We are located on the 2nd floor of the Lightsey Building  next door to the Registrar and Academic Advising.

 For more professional development opportunities, please visit our events calendar!

   Erin O’Dea, Assistant Director of Alumni Career Services

   College of Charleston Alumni Affairs

     A Member of the Division of Institutional Advancement

   843.953.5692  |  http://careercenter.cofc.edu/

   Office Location: 160 Calhoun St., Room 216 Career Center

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Welcome Week 2016

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Campus Resources – Fall 2016

There are a number of offices on campus that can assist students with their academic or personal issues. We want to help in any way that we can.

Absence Memo

Request an absence memo if missing class for a legitimate, documentable reason.

843.953.3390

Academic Advising & Planning Center

Seek assistance from an Academic Advisor.

843.953.5981

Career Center

Find a major that is appropriate based on academic strengths and interests, explore possible career areas, and work on a cover letter or resume.

843.953.5692

Center for Disability Services

Talk with a professional about an undiagnosed disability or accommodations for an existing disability diagnosis.

843.953.1431

Center for Student Learning

Attend study skills workshops, seek assistance in subject labs (math, foreign language, or writing), receive tutoring, use a walk-in lab, or meet with a peer academic coach.

843.953.5635

Counseling & Substance Abuse Services

Seek one-on-one professional counseling, meet with a peer counselor, or participate in a counseling support group. Peer counselors are also available.

843.953.5640

Financial Aid

Meet with someone about how academic standing may impact your financial aid.

843.953.5540

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Like Clockwork: The Rhythm of College Life

Certain times in the academic year tend to be universally challenging for students as well as parents! Parents who understand the ups and downs of the first college year are better able to help their students negotiate the challenges of transition to college life. Below are some typical examples of what they will face throughout the first year.

 

August/September

∙ Excitement

∙ Testing newfound freedom

∙ Frequent calls and visits home

∙ Homesickness and loneliness

∙ Anxiety about roommates, professors, classes

∙ First exams

 

October

∙ Roommate problems begin to arise

∙ Students question: “Do I fit in here?”

∙ First test grades returned

∙ Midterm exams

∙ Love relationships from home remain strong

∙ Consequences of decision-making experienced

 

November

∙ Midterm grades returned

∙ Roommate challenges become clearer

∙ Many exams and papers due before Thanksgiving

∙ Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for Thanksgiving

∙ First series of campus-wide illnesses (cold, flu, strep, etc.)

 

December

∙ Anxiety over preparation for finals

∙ Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for holidays

∙ Sadness about leaving new friendship and/or love relationships

∙ Roommate challenges continue

 

January

∙ “Fresh Start” mentality sets in with new term

∙ Satisfaction and/or disappointment with fall term grades

∙ Homesickness

∙ Loneliness for love relationship back home

∙ Relief at being away from home and back at school

 

February

∙ Feelings of claustrophobia and depression set in with winter

∙ Potential increase in alcohol and other substance abuse

∙ Challenges with love relationship back home

∙ Valentine’s Day brings out loneliness, isolation

 

March

∙ Anxiety regarding finding roommate(s) for next year

∙ Excitement and/or disappointment regarding spring break plans

∙ Midterm exam stress

∙ Concern over summer employment

∙ Concern over winter weight gain

 

April

∙ Excitement with arrival of spring

∙ Concern over declaring major

∙ End-of-semester pressure

∙ Final exam anxiety

 

May

∙ Apprehension about returning home for summer

∙ Sadness over leaving new friends and/or love relationships at school

∙ Realization of how college influences life decisions

 

In addition to these more predictable stressors, students may experience the following concerns throughout the academic year:

∙ Missing family birthday and holiday

celebrations

∙ Missing participation in family traditions

∙ Wanting involvement with family maintained, but expecting their desire for complete freedom to be respected (Blimling, 1999)

 

Reprinted with permission. Mullendore, R.H., and Hatch, C. Helping Your First-Year College Student Succeed: A Guide for Parents. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2000.

 

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Advice for Family Members – Week 1 (Transition)

As students begin college there is an emotional separation for both parents and child. For most, the end of high school marks the symbolic end of childhood. Many parents talk enthusiastically about the changes – they feel less constrained, have more free time and no longer endure loud music or competition for the phone, computer or car. However, there is also a sense of loss which is apparent in comments such as, “It’s so quiet around here” or, “I can’t believe how much less I spend on groceries.”

I’ve often described the CofC Parent Listserv as a giant support group and I hope all of our subscribers will encourage and support each other during this time. We know this can be a difficult time for both parent and student. Many “veteran parents” on the listserv have been there and done that so sharing these insights can be valuable to everyone. Just know that you are not alone and we will be here along the way throughout your student’s academic career!

I wanted to share a few challenges and tips for parents making the transition to college:

Challenges:

  • Feeling a void: Feelings of emptiness characterize this stage of separation – there is vacant time and cleaned-out rooms. Parents may feel unprepared or uncomfortable without the roles as primary caretaker and protector. Parenting is a tough business and a double-edged sword; successful parenting requires devoting one’s life to a totally dependent being to ensure a safe, independent departure into the world – leaving parents behind. Joy may be mixed with longing as the young adult takes flight from home base.
  • Feeling left out: Adjusting to being on the outside can be difficult. Even though students may have been somewhat independent while still under your care, supervision and roof, once in college parents are less privy to every aspect of their child’s life; you no longer know the details of your son’s or daughter’s whereabouts and do not know all their friends.
  • Relinquishing control: It is necessary to give up some parental control. Whether it’s giving advice about selecting courses or drinking, parents find that young adults must make their own decisions. Relationships grow and change as children grow and change.

What parents can do:

  • As parents play a new role in their student’s life, parents must readjust their identity as parents and as a couple. The goal is to develop an adult-to-adult aspect of the parent-child relationship. Children always need parents, but the relationship may become more peer-like. Accepting that adult children want more privacy in certain areas of their lives is part of this process. If there are other children still at home, the entire family structure will change.
  • Redirect time and energy previously focused on your student. Taking stock of personal interests and assets will reveal areas of life that may have been neglected. It can be time to develop, reawaken and pursue old and new hobbies, leisure activities and careers.
  • Discuss educational goals and expectations with your student in a manner respectful of the student’s own style and interests. Guide rather than pressure. College students need to pursue their own passions. This should be a time of self-discovery, even if the process is marked by some starts and stops.
  • Determine appropriate expectations and guidelines and be explicit. Parents should anticipate future events and discuss issues such as grades, financial contributions and roommate arrangements with romantic partners. If you expect or want a weekly phone call, then say so – plan how often, when, and how you plan to communicate (within reason!). If parents and students want to spend a particular holiday together plan ahead.
  • Encourage and accept your student’s ability to make independent decisions and allow for mistakes. Both the college student and parents must realize mistakes will be made along the way – learning from mistakes is another type of learning.
  • One minute college students are the models of independence, the next they call in tears. Expect ups and downs. Parents may try too hard to advise from afar. This back and forth is natural and expected, as both students and parents become more comfortable and confident in the ability of students to handle situations on their own.
  • Little things do count so stay connected. There can be some truth to “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but parents may worry that “out of sight means out of mind.” So parents and students need to determine ways to stay involved in each other’s lives and remember to say and do the little things that remind someone of their love. Cards sent home, care packages sent to school, pictures of events that were missed, and e-mail provide a way to stay connected and involved.
  • Ideally, discussions about values, which have occurred throughout the child’s life, serve as a foundation. It is useful to re-discuss specific issues since college students are usually confronted with situations involving sex, drugs and alcohol, as well as tough academic and interpersonal issues. Without moralizing or criticizing, even young adults benefit from hearing their parents’ views on these issues.
  • Parents can encourage their student to use the available resources on campus. College staff are trained to work with students of this age. Also, take time to talk with faculty, academic advisors, peer facilitators, and peer counselors.

 

Some suggested College of Charleston resources include:

In the event of a crisis, it is preferable to support the student’s own coping and problem-solving abilities rather than to rush to rescue, however difficult it is to hear cries of distress. Crises described from afar often sound worse than they are and can often change dramatically in the course of a few minutes or days. Parents, however, know their student best and must assess when your student needs more direct help.

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – August 22-28, 2016

Academic Calendars:

Fall 2016 Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2016fall.pdf

Spring 2017 Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2017Spring.pdf

 

Important Dates:

August 21-27 – Welcome Week

August 22 – New Student Convocation

August 22 – GeorgeStock

August 23 – Fall classes begin

August 29 – Last day to drop or add a fall class

October 7-9 – Family Weekend

October 21 – Midterm grades available to students on MyCharleston by noon

October 24-25 – College Reads! events

October 27 – Last day to withdraw from a fall class with a grade of “W”

November 7-8 – No classes

November 23-27 – Thanksgiving holidays

December 5 – Last day of classes

December 7-14 – Final exams

December 16 – Final grades available b 5:00pm

 

Fall 2016 Billing Schedule:

http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/fall-2016-billing-schedule.php

 

Become an Authorized User to receive a copy of the semester bill:

Parents can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system. By doing this you will receive an email of the statement when your student gets their bill. 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 treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Cougar Alert Notification System:

To receive notification in case of an emergency, students should log onto MyCharleston to enter phone numbers. Up to six numbers may be included. Please note that Cougar Alert is not a news service and is only used if the College of Charleston campus is in crisis. Read more details about the system at: http://emergency.cofc.edu/cougaralert/

 

Campus Directory:

Looking for a specific program, service, or personnel at the College of Charleston? Use the campus directory at http://cofc.edu/directory/.

 

Family Weekend is scheduled for October 7-9, 2016

You can view a schedule of events that are planned so far at http://familyweekend.cofc.edu/ (left sidebar).  REGISTRATION is scheduled to open on Monday, August 8 at 9:00am Eastern and will close on Friday, September 16. Questions can be directed to familyweekend@cofc.edu.

 

Campus Housing (summer/academic year): http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Campus Housing handles all on-campus room assignments for the residence halls and historic houses. You can also find residence hall information and rates on the Campus Housing website. If you have questions about on campus housing, maintenance or repair work to a room or the hall, residence hall room assignment, or roommate assignments contact Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or 843-953-5523. Posting to the listserv will not ensure that your inquiry is received by campus housing.

 

Residence Halls: http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Floor plans for each hall can be viewed in via the MyHousing Portal in MyCharleston. If you have questions email housing@cofc.edu or call 843-953-5523.

 

Dining Services (meal plans August 2016): https://charleston.campusdish.com/

The last day to charge a meal plan is August 29th by 5pm. This is also the last day to change or cancel your plan. If you have any questions regarding your meal plan, please call 843-953-5539 or email diningservicescustomerservice@cofc.edu. Click HERE to see the Fall 2016 meal plan options.

 

Enterprise Car Share: www.EnterpriseCarShare.com

College of Charleston offers students a special promotion to join Enterprise Car Share, an exclusive car sharing program from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Enterprise Car Share offers our students an alternative method of transportation, so you can go where you want, when you want. Enterprise Car Share is available to anyone 18 years or older* with a valid driver’s license. Vehicles can be reserved by the hour, the day, or even overnight for one, all-inclusive rate, and are parked conveniently on campus.

Membership includes:
· One low, hourly rate includes all fuel costs and physical damage/liability protection to keep your mind at ease!
· Online access to vehicle reservations
· Vehicles available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
· Access to vehicles in convenient, designated parking spots

For more information, visit: www.EnterpriseCarShare.com

 

Visit the CofC Parent 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. Email parents@cofc.edu if you need assistance.

 

Parent Blog: 

Too many emails from the listserv? Try the Parent Blog! The 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 (no parent postings are included). 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.

 

College of Charleston Social Media:

You may want to check out the social media directory for the college, which has a list of campus offices and departments on many different social media platforms, at http://social.cofc.edu/social-media-directory/index.php

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

 

How to unsubscribe or change your subscription type:

Click on this link parent listserv to unsubscribe – enter your name and email and click on the DELETE FROM ALL LISTS button at the bottom of the page. You can unsubscribe and return to the listserv as many times as you like using this same link. It is not necessary to email the entire listserv with removal requests. Email parents@cofc.edu directly if you need assistance with removing or change your subscription type. You can also change your subscription type by selecting REGULAR

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – August 8-14, 2016

Academic Calendars:

Fall 2016 Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2016fall.pdf

Spring 2017 Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2017Spring.pdf

 

Important Dates:

August 8 – REGISTRATION is scheduled to open for Family Weekend on Monday, August 8 at 9:00am Eastern and will close on Friday, Sept. 16

August 15-16 – Orientation 9

August 17 – Summer Preview begins

August 18 – Cougar Excursion begins

August 18-19 – Orientation 10

August 19 – Meal plans begin with dinner

August 20-21 – Move-in date and time is based on residence hall

August 21-27 – Welcome Week

August 22 – New Student Convocation

August 22 – GeorgeStock

August 23 – Fall classes begin

August 29 – Least day to drop or add a fall class

October 7-9 – Family Weekend

October 21 – Midterm grades available to students on MyCharleston by noon

October 24-25 – College Reads! events

October 27 – Last day to withdraw from a fall class with a grade of “W”

November 7-8 – No classes

November 23-27 – Thanksgiving holidays

December 5 – Last day of classes

December 7-14 – Final exams

December 16 – Final grades available b 5:00pm

 

Fall 2016 Billing Schedule:

http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/fall-2016-billing-schedule.php

 

Campus Directory:

Looking for a specific program, service, or personnel at the College of Charleston? Use the campus directory at http://cofc.edu/directory/.

 

Family Weekend is scheduled for October 7-9, 2016

You can view a schedule of events that are planned so far at http://familyweekend.cofc.edu/ (left sidebar).  REGISTRATION is scheduled to open on Monday, August 8 at 9:00am Eastern and will close on Friday, September 16. Questions can be directed to familyweekend@cofc.edu.

 

Campus Housing (summer/academic year): http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Campus Housing handles all on-campus room assignments for the residence halls and historic houses. You can also find residence hall information and rates on the Campus Housing website. If you have questions about paying an early move-in fee, applying for on campus housing, maintenance or repair work to a room or the hall, residence hall room assignment, or roommate assignment contact Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or 843-953-5523. Posting to the listserv will not ensure that your inquiry is received by campus housing.

 

Residence Halls: http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Floor plans for each hall can be viewed in via the MyHousing Portal in MyCharleston. If you have questions email housing@cofc.edu or call 843-953-5523.

 

Dining Services (meal plans August 2016): https://charleston.campusdish.com/

Students may sign up for a meal plan in via the MyCharleston Portal or in Cougar Card Services (Open Monday-Friday 8:30a-5p).
-The last day to sign up for a meal plan via the MyCharleston Portal is August 16th by 9am. Students may sign up in Cougar Card Services after this time.
-Meals plans begin August 19th with dinner.
-The last day to charge a meal plan is August 29th by 5pm. This is also the last day to change or cancel your plan. If you have any questions regarding your meal plan, please call 843-953-5539 or email diningservicescustomerservice@cofc.edu. Click HERE to see the Fall 2016 meal plan options.

 

Tuition & Fees Fall 2016 & Spring 2017:

http://treasurer.cofc.edu/tuition-and-fees/charges%20Fall%202016.php

 

Become an Authorized User to receive a copy of the semester bill:

Parents can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system. By doing this you will receive an email of the statement when your student gets their bill. 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 treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Cougar Alert Notification System:

To receive notification in case of an emergency, students should log onto MyCharleston to enter phone numbers. Up to six numbers may be included. Please note that Cougar Alert is not a news service and is only used if the College of Charleston campus is in crisis. Read more details about the system at: http://emergency.cofc.edu/cougaralert/.

 

New Student Programs Community Service Project:

As a part of this summer’s orientation, we have organized a service project with our local community because being a part of the College of Charleston means being a part of the greater Charleston community. During orientation we will be collecting school supplies to donate to the local non-profit, Teachers’ Supply Closet. This organization allows teachers in low-income schools to shop for all the supplies their students need, free of charge. We encourage all students and parents to help us reach our goal by donating needed school supplies. We are also will be using the donated supplies for a school supply closet on our campus for our students who have high financial need. The supply closet will be coordinated by the Academic Advising and Planning Center. There will be yellow bins at orientation for you to drop off any supplies you would like to donate if you are around campus.  You can also mail items directly to our office.  This year, we have set up an Amazon wish list so that you can buy items on amazon and have them sent directly to our office.  You can check out the list at https://amzn.com/w/2R8Q4JV4P5BSY. If you want to mail items, the address is:

Office of New Student Programs
College of Charleston
66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424

 

Please refer to this list for the top 5 supplies needed for the Teacher’s Supply Closet*:

  • Crayons (24 pack)
  • Composition notebooks
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Scissors

*These are the top supplies needed, but any school supply donation is welcome!

Feel free to contact New Student Programs with any questions about the service project at orientat@cofc.edu or 843-953-2017.

 

Enterprise Car Share: www.EnterpriseCarShare.com

College of Charleston offers students a special promotion to join Enterprise Car Share, an exclusive car sharing program from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Enterprise Car Share offers our students an alternative method of transportation, so you can go where you want, when you want. Enterprise Car Share is available to anyone 18 years or older* with a valid driver’s license. Vehicles can be reserved by the hour, the day, or even overnight for one, all-inclusive rate, and are parked conveniently on campus.

Membership includes:
· One low, hourly rate includes all fuel costs and physical damage/liability protection to keep your mind at ease!
· Online access to vehicle reservations
· Vehicles available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
· Access to vehicles in convenient, designated parking spots

For more information, visit: www.EnterpriseCarShare.com

 

Summer Orientation in August:

For information about new student orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/student-orientation.php. If you have orientation questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call 843-953-2017.

 

Family Orientation:

Family members can attend orientation with your student this summer. A family orientation is offered during all ten of the summer orientation dates. The fee is $35.00 per family member. Students can register family members to attend Family Orientation when they register online.

  • If your student did not include any family members to attend the family orientation when they registered for orientation, email orientat@cofc.edu with your student’s full name and CWID and we will add you!  The family orientation is highly evaluated and we encourage parents to attend if possible. To read about Family Orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/family-orientation.php. If you have questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

Resources for families:

Visit the CofC Parent 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. Email parents@cofc.edu if you need assistance.

 

Parent Blog: 

Too many emails from the listserv? Try the Parent Blog! The 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 (no parent postings are included). 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.

 

College of Charleston Social Media:

You may want to check out the social media directory for the college, which has a list of campus offices and departments on many different social media platforms, at http://social.cofc.edu/social-media-directory/index.php

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – August 1-7, 2016

Academic Calendars:

Fall 2016 Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2016fall.pdf

Spring 2017 Academic Calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/ac-2017Spring.pdf

 

Important Dates:

August 1 – New student’s health & immunization form due to Student Health Services – Questions: email healthservices@cofc.edu

August 8 – REGISTRATION is scheduled to open for Family Weekend on Monday, August 8 at 9:00am Eastern and will close September 16

August 15-16 – Orientation 9

August 17 – Summer Preview begins

August 18 – Cougar Excursion begins

August 18-19 – Orientation 10

August 19 – Meal plans begin with dinner

August 20-21 – Move-in date and time is based on residence hall

August 21-27 – Welcome Week

August 22 – New Student Convocation

August 23 – Fall classes begin

August 29 – Least day to drop or add a fall class

October 7-9 – Family Weekend

October 21 – Midterm grades available to students on MyCharleston by noon

October 24-25 – College Reads! events

October 27 – Last day to withdraw from a fall class with a grade of “W”

November 7-8 – No classes

November 23-27 – Thanksgiving holidays

December 5 – Last day of classes

December 7-14 – Final exams

December 16 – Final grades available b 5:00pm

 

Fall 2016 Billing Schedule:

http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/fall-2016-billing-schedule.php

 

Campus Directory:

Looking for a specific program, service, or personnel at the College of Charleston? Use the campus directory at http://cofc.edu/directory/.

 

Health Services: http://studenthealth.cofc.edu/ (NEW STUDENTS: form is due August 1st)

The College of Charleston requires authenticated proof of Meningitis, and hepatitis B vaccination. New students should turn in an up to date immunization record and completed health history form before they start the semester. You can upload the vaccination record (instructions on the student health website) and/or drop off both documents at Student Health Services if you are on campus for orientation. Please turn in the forms to Student Health Services by August 1, 2016. The State of SC recommends that institutions of higher education inform families of the risk of contracting both Meningitis and Hepatitis B if living in on-campus housing. The College of Charleston has on the Student Health Services website that Meningitis, MMR, Polio and Tetanus are all required vaccinations and ask for proof of these vaccinations before a new student comes to campus. Hepatitis B is one of the recommended vaccinations among others. Please visit the student health website for more information (http://studenthealth.cofc.edu/health-immunization-form/index.php). Email healthservices@cofc.edu or call Student Health Services at 843-953-5520 with any questions.

 

Campus Housing (summer/academic year): http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Campus Housing handles all on-campus room assignments for the residence halls and historic houses. You can also find residence hall information and rates on the Campus Housing website. If you have questions about paying an early move-in fee, applying for on campus housing, maintenance or repair work to a room or the hall, residence hall room assignment, or roommate assignment contact Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or 843-953-5523. Posting to the listserv will not ensure that your inquiry is received by campus housing.

 

Residence Halls: http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Floor plans for each hall can be viewed in via the MyHousing Portal in MyCharleston. If you have questions email housing@cofc.edu or call 843-953-5523.

 

Dining Services (meal plans August 2016): https://charleston.campusdish.com/

Students may sign up for a meal plan in via the MyCharleston Portal or in Cougar Card Services (Open Monday-Friday 8:30a-5p).
-The last day to sign up for a meal plan via the MyCharleston Portal is August 16th by 9am. Students may sign up in Cougar Card Services after this time.
-Meals plans begin August 19th with dinner.
-The last day to charge a meal plan is August 29th by 5pm. This is also the last day to change or cancel your plan. If you have any questions regarding your meal plan, please call 843-953-5539 or email diningservicescustomerservice@cofc.edu. Click HERE to see the Fall 2016 meal plan options.

 

Tuition & Fees Fall 2016 & Spring 2017:

http://treasurer.cofc.edu/tuition-and-fees/charges%20Fall%202016.php

 

Become an Authorized User to receive a copy of the semester bill:

Parents can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system. By doing this you will receive an email of the statement when your student gets their bill. 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 treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Family Weekend is scheduled for October 7-9, 2016

You can view a schedule of events that are planned so far at http://familyweekend.cofc.edu/ (left sidebar).  REGISTRATION is scheduled to open on Monday, August 8 at 9:00am Eastern and will close on Friday, September 16. Questions can be directed to familyweekend@cofc.edu.

 

Cougar Alert Notification System:

To receive notification in case of an emergency, students should log onto MyCharleston to enter phone numbers. Up to six numbers may be included. Please note that Cougar Alert is not a news service and is only used if the College of Charleston campus is in crisis. Read more details about the system at: http://emergency.cofc.edu/cougaralert/.

 

New Student Programs Community Service Project:

As a part of this summer’s orientation, we have organized a service project with our local community because being a part of the College of Charleston means being a part of the greater Charleston community. During orientation we will be collecting school supplies to donate to the local non-profit, Teachers’ Supply Closet. This organization allows teachers in low-income schools to shop for all the supplies their students need, free of charge. We encourage all students and parents to help us reach our goal by donating needed school supplies. We are also will be using the donated supplies for a school supply closet on our campus for our students who have high financial need. The supply closet will be coordinated by the Academic Advising and Planning Center. There will be yellow bins at orientation for you to drop off any supplies you would like to donate if you are around campus.  You can also mail items directly to our office.  This year, we have set up an Amazon wish list so that you can buy items on amazon and have them sent directly to our office.  You can check out the list at https://amzn.com/w/2R8Q4JV4P5BSY. If you want to mail items, the address is:

Office of New Student Programs
College of Charleston
66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424

 

Please refer to this list for the top 5 supplies needed for the Teacher’s Supply Closet*:

  • Crayons (24 pack)
  • Composition notebooks
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Scissors

*These are the top supplies needed, but any school supply donation is welcome!

Feel free to contact New Student Programs with any questions about the service project at orientat@cofc.edu or 843-953-2017.

 

Enterprise Car Share: www.EnterpriseCarShare.com

College of Charleston offers students a special promotion to join Enterprise Car Share, an exclusive car sharing program from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Enterprise Car Share offers our students an alternative method of transportation, so you can go where you want, when you want. Enterprise Car Share is available to anyone 18 years or older* with a valid driver’s license. Vehicles can be reserved by the hour, the day, or even overnight for one, all-inclusive rate, and are parked conveniently on campus.

Membership includes:
· One low, hourly rate includes all fuel costs and physical damage/liability protection to keep your mind at ease!
· Online access to vehicle reservations
· Vehicles available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
· Access to vehicles in convenient, designated parking spots

For more information, visit: www.EnterpriseCarShare.com

 

Summer Orientation in August:

For information about new student orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/student-orientation.php. If you have orientation questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call 843-953-2017.

 

Family Orientation:

Family members can attend orientation with your student this summer. A family orientation is offered during all ten of the summer orientation dates. The fee is $35.00 per family member. Students can register family members to attend Family Orientation when they register online.

  • If your student did not include any family members to attend the family orientation when they registered for orientation, email orientat@cofc.edu with your student’s full name and CWID and we will add you!  The family orientation is highly evaluated and we encourage parents to attend if possible. To read about Family Orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/family-orientation.php. If you have questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

Resources for families:

Visit the CofC Parent 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. Email parents@cofc.edu if you need assistance.

 

Parent Blog: 

Too many emails from the listserv? Try the Parent Blog! The 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 (no parent postings are included). 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.

 

College of Charleston Social Media:

You may want to check out the social media directory for the college, which has a list of campus offices and departments on many different social media platforms, at http://social.cofc.edu/social-media-directory/index.php

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – July 25-31, 2016

Important Dates:

July 25 – Deadline to register for Cougar Excursion http://hslc.cofc.edu/cougar-excursion/index.php

August 1 – New student’s health & immunization form due to Student Health Services

August 15-16 – Orientation 9

August 17 – Summer Preview begins

August 18 – Cougar Excursion begins

August 18-19 – Orientation 10

August 20-21 – Move-in date and time is based on residence hall

August 21-27 – Welcome Week

August 22 – New Student Convocation

August 23 – Fall classes begin

August 29 – Least day to drop or add a fall class

October 21 – Midterm grades available to students on MyCharleston by noon

October 27 – Last day to withdraw from a fall class with a grade of “W”

November 7-8 – No classes

November 23-27 – Thanksgiving holidays

December 5 – Last day of classes

December 7-14 – Final exams

December 16 – Final grades available b 5:00pm

 

Calendars:

 

Campus Directory:

Looking for a specific program, service, or personnel at the College of Charleston? Use the campus directory at http://cofc.edu/directory/.

 

Residence Halls: http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Floor plans for each hall can be viewed in via the MyHousing Portal in MyCharleston. If you have questions email housing@cofc.edu or call 843-953-5523.

 

Campus Housing (summer/academic year): http://housing.cofc.edu/residence-halls/index.php

Campus Housing handles all on-campus room assignments for the residence halls and historic houses. You can also find residence hall information and rates on the Campus Housing website. If you have questions about paying an early move-in fee, applying for on campus housing, maintenance or repair work to a room or the hall, residence hall room assignment, or roommate assignment contact Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or 843-953-5523. Posting to the listserv will not ensure that your inquiry is received by campus housing.

 

Health Services: http://studenthealth.cofc.edu/ (NEW STUDENTS)

The College of Charleston requires authenticated proof of Meningitis, and hepatitis B vaccination. New students should turn in an up to date immunization record and completed health history form before they start the semester. You can upload the vaccination record (instructions on the student health website) and/or drop off both documents at Student Health Services if you are on campus for orientation. Please turn in the forms to Student Health Services by August 1, 2016. The State of SC recommends that institutions of higher education inform families of the risk of contracting both Meningitis and Hepatitis B if living in on-campus housing. The College of Charleston has on the Student Health Services website that Meningitis, MMR, Polio and Tetanus are all required vaccinations and ask for proof of these vaccinations before a new student comes to campus. Hepatitis B is one of the recommended vaccinations among others. Please visit the student health website for more information (http://studenthealth.cofc.edu/health-immunization-form/index.php). Email healthservices@cofc.edu or call Student Health Services at 843-953-5520 with any questions.

 

Dining Services (meal plans August 2016): https://charleston.campusdish.com/

Students may sign up for a meal plan in via the MyCharleston Portal or in Cougar Card Services (Open Monday-Friday 8:30a-5p).

Please note these important meal plan dates:
-The last day to sign up for a meal plan via the MyCharleston Portal is August 16th by 9am. Students may sign up in Cougar Card Services after this time.
-Meals plans begin August 19th with dinner.
-The last day to charge a meal plan to your e-bill is August 29th by 5pm. This is also the last day to change or cancel your plan.

If you have any questions regarding your meal plan, please call 843-953-5539 or email diningservicescustomerservice@cofc.edu.

Click HERE to see the Fall 2016 meal plan options.

 

Tuition & Fees Fall 2016 & Spring 2017:

http://treasurer.cofc.edu/tuition-and-fees/charges%20Fall%202016.php

 

Fall 2016 Billing Schedule:

http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/fall-2016-billing-schedule.php

 

Become an Authorized User:

Parents can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system. By doing this you will receive an email of the statement when your student gets their bill. 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 treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Cougar Alert Notification System:

To receive notification in case of an emergency, students should log onto MyCharleston to enter phone numbers. Up to six numbers may be included. Please note that Cougar Alert is not a news service and is only used if the College of Charleston campus is in crisis. Read more details about the system at: http://emergency.cofc.edu/cougaralert/.

 

Orientation Community Service Project:

As a part of this summer’s orientation, we have organized a service project with our local community because being a part of the College of Charleston means being a part of the greater Charleston community. During orientation we will be collecting school supplies to donate to the local non-profit, Teachers’ Supply Closet. This organization allows teachers in low-income schools to shop for all the supplies their students need, free of charge. We encourage all students and parents to help us reach our goal by donating needed school supplies. We are also will be using the donated supplies for a school supply closet on our campus for our students who have high financial need. The supply closet will be coordinated by the Academic Advising and Planning Center. There will be yellow bins at orientation for you to drop off any supplies you would like to donate if you are around campus.  You can also mail items directly to our office.  This year, we have set up an Amazon wish list so that you can buy items on amazon and have them sent directly to our office.  You can check out the list at https://amzn.com/w/2R8Q4JV4P5BSY. If you want to mail items, the address is:

Office of New Student Programs
College of Charleston
66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424

 

Please refer to this list for the top 5 supplies needed for the Teacher’s Supply Closet*:

  • Crayons (24 pack)
  • Composition notebooks
  • Kleenex
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Scissors

*These are the top supplies needed, but any school supply donation is welcome!

 

Feel free to contact New Student Programs with any questions about the service project at orientat@cofc.edu or 843-953-2017.

 

Enterprise Car Share: www.EnterpriseCarShare.com

College of Charleston offers students a special promotion to join Enterprise Car Share, an exclusive car sharing program from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Enterprise Car Share offers our students an alternative method of transportation, so you can go where you want, when you want. Enterprise Car Share is available to anyone 18 years or older* with a valid driver’s license. Vehicles can be reserved by the hour, the day, or even overnight for one, all-inclusive rate, and are parked conveniently on campus.

Membership includes:
· One low, hourly rate includes all fuel costs and physical damage/liability protection to keep your mind at ease!
· Online access to vehicle reservations
· Vehicles available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
· Access to vehicles in convenient, designated parking spots

For more information, visit: www.EnterpriseCarShare.com

 

PROGRAMS FOR NEW STUDENTS:

Summer Orientation August:

For information about new student orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/student-orientation.php. If you have orientation questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call 843-953-2017.

 

Family Orientation:

Family members can attend orientation with your student this summer. A family orientation is offered during all ten of the summer orientation dates. The fee is $35.00 per family member. Students can register family members to attend Family Orientation when they register online.

  • If your student did not include any family members to attend the family orientation when they registered for orientation, email orientat@cofc.edu with your student’s full name and CWID and we will add you!  The family orientation is highly evaluated and we encourage parents to attend if possible. To read about Family Orientation visit our website at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation/family-orientation.php. If you have questions email orientat@cofc.edu or call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

Cougar Excursion August 18-20: http://hslc.cofc.edu/cougar-excursion/index.php

New Students participating in Cougar Excursion spend several days at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island participating in leadership activities. This experience is a great way for new students to meet other first year students and upperclassmen. Participants will move into their residence hall on August 17. Program fee is $225.00 for lodging, transportation and meals. An additional charge for early move in for three nights will be applied. If you have questions about this program call the Higdon Student Leadership Center at 843-953-6356. Deadline to register is July 25, 2016.

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10, Summer Preview, or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in this program because the schedules will conflict.

 

Summer Preview for new students August 17-20, 2016:

Summer Preview is a four day experience that allows incoming students to feel, see and enjoy the Charleston environment.  12 spots are available for each of the four themes. Pre-registration (first come first served basis), participation fee and a waiver is required for this summer program. The $395.00 fee includes program, admission fees, meals, and gifts. Payment must be made by check. Students will move into their room in the residence hall on August 17 after 6:00p.m. Participants will check in for the program at designated times between 3:00-5:00pm on August 17. Additional details can be found at http://nsp.cofc.edu/summer-preview/index.php. If you have questions about this opportunity for new students email summerpreview@cofc.edu.

Summer Preview themes for 2016:

  • Discover Charleston

Mountain bike around Wannamaker County Park on purpose-built trails. Take up rock climbing or archery. Develop your leadership skills on a ropes course. Try your hand at disc golf. And hike through Caw Caw Regional Park while you enjoy the rugged beauty of the Lowcountry!

  • Explore Charleston

Get to know your new home. This city has become a tourist destination for people from all over the world. Find out why. Take a water taxi to the USS Yorktown, tour some of the oldest parts of the city in a horse-drawn carriage and take in the exhibits at the South Carolina Aquarium.

  • Serve Charleston

Volunteer, make connections, and give your time to local charities and organizations. Discover some of the ways you can continue your community service work in the Charleston area.

  • Dive Into Charleston

In Charleston, it’s all about being on the water. Want to learn to surf? Kayak with the dolphins on the Folly River? Try scuba diving in a local pool or yoga on the beach?

*Please note: those students selecting Orientation 10 or Sorority Panhellenic Recruitment will not be able participate in Summer Preview because the schedules will conflict.

 

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE (FYE): http://fye.cofc.edu/index.php

All new students with less than one full year of college experience are required to complete FYE during the fall or spring semester of their first year. Students only take one FYE (either a first–year seminar or learning community) during the academic year. This is a part of their general education requirements. For FYE questions email fye@cofc.edu.

 

Center for Excellence in Peer Education: http://cepe.cofc.edu/

The Center for Excellence in Peer Education prepares outstanding students to mentor, tutor, and assist their peers in both curricular and co-curricular settings. Peer Facilitators lead a 50 minute Synthesis Seminar (FYSS) once a week during the semester. Students enrolled in FYE will have this weekly synthesis seminar on their course schedule. All students within the First Year Seminar or Learning Community are required to attend each weekly synthesis seminar.

 

Office of New Student Programs: Supporting new students and their families!

To view the programs offered through the Office of New Student Programs visit our website at http://nsp.cofc.edu/index.php. If you have questions call New Student Programs at 843-953-2017.

 

Resources for families:

Visit the CofC Parent 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. Email parents@cofc.edu if you need assistance.

 

Parent Blog: 

Too many emails from the listserv? Try the Parent Blog! The 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 (no parent postings are included). 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.

 

College of Charleston Social Media:

You may want to check out the social media directory for the college, which has a list of campus offices and departments on many different social media platforms, at http://social.cofc.edu/social-media-directory/index.php

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

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Sales Tax Holiday for SC – August 5-7, 2016

Don’t forget the SC sales tax holiday coming up soon.  I appreciate the parents who sent me some additional money saving suggestions….

Amazon

I thought I would forward an additional tidbit to you regarding free shipping and good prices for students – amazon.com has a special section for students (https://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info) – students can sign up for amazon student for no fees for up to 6 months and are eligible for free shipping and the site has some wonderful discounts for supplies of all sorts.

Look for free shipping offers on online orders:

  • One suggestion is to purchase supplies online from Staples, Office Depot or Office Max. I believe they all offer free shipping if purchase is over $50.
  • Staples is good for school supplies and other things like cleaning supplies, coffee, and easy mac and cheese. If you are handy with a screwdriver some of the bookcases they sell are inexpensive, we got a great deal on one from their online clearance page.
  • Check out this website http://www.freeshipping.org for other sites with free shipping offers.

 Purchase during South Carolina tax free weekend:

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You may also be able to take advantage of the South Carolina break on sales tax. This year it is Aug. 5-7, 2016 and also works for online purchases during this period but they must be shipped to an address in South Carolina.

It applies to:

a.. Clothing

a.. Accessories

a.. Footwear

a.. School supplies

a.. Computers

a.. Computer equipment

Full list at https://dor.sc.gov/resources-site/lawandpolicy/Advisory%20Opinions/RR10-7.pdf

More information at

https://dor.sc.gov/resources-site/media-site/Pages/MARK-YOUR-CALENDAR–ANNUAL-SALES-TAX-HOLIDAY-WEEKEND-AUGUST-5-7.aspx

Other States Sales Tax Holidays
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You can see a list of all states and their sales tax holiday dates at http://www.taxadmin.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=282:2016-sales-tax-holiday&catid=30:research&Itemid=317

 

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