Upcoming Events and Activities

Welcome Week

All moved in and ready for something to do?  Check out the calendar for Welcome Week 2014!  Whether you are new to campus or a rising Senior, there is something on the schedule for you – http://cofc.edu/welcomeweek/.


Stern Center 40th Birthday Party – Wednesday, August 20 – 5 to 7 p.m. in  Stern Center Garden


Green Heart Service Project – Thursday, August 21 – meet at Lightsey Center at 5 p.m.


Stern NiteLife Dive-In Movie – Thursday, August 21 – 9 p.m. to Midnight – Stern Center Pool


CAB Casino Night – Friday, August 22 – 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Stern Center


CisternFest Organization Fair – Saturday, August 23 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cistern Yard


Stern NiteLife Presents

Comedian T. J. Miller – featuring Thomas Middleditch and special guest Nick Vatterott

Thursday, September 18

Sottile Theatre

9 p.m.

Tickets on-sale now at the Stern Center Information Desk – $5 for CofC students w/ valid Cougar Card

For more information, call 843-953-2291


Student Government Association Fall 2014 Election Informational Meetings

Want to become more involved on-campus?  Run for an SGA Senate seat for the 2014-2015 academic year!

We are looking for Freshman, Sophomore, and Senior Senators! To become a candidate, attend one of the following informational meetings!


–Monday, August 25- 11am, 5pm

•Stern 201

–Tuesday, August 26- 12pm, 4pm

•Stern 201

–Wednesday, August 27- 1pm, 3pm

•Stern 201

–Thursday, August 28- 11pm, 5pm

•Stern 206

–Friday, August 29- 12pm, 4pm

•Stern 201

Campaigning will begin on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM.The Fall 2014 Elections will be held on Wednesday, September 10th at 8 AM through Thursday, September 11 at 5 PM! All currently enrolled students are eligible to vote and can do so via OrgSync.   If you have any questions or concerns please contact:
SGA President Ryan Spraker at sprakerrt@cofc.edu

Honor Board

Being a member of the Honor Board could be one of the most rewarding experiences you have at the College. The Honor Code and Code of Conduct, which guide our behavior and develop our values as Cougars, are upheld by a Board comprised of Faculty, Staff, and Students. It’s critical to maintain student involvement in the Board to provide perspective and maintain fairness.  We challenge you to be part of that voice. Applications are available at the front desk of the Division of Student Affairs on the 3rd floor of the Stern Student Center. Applications are due Friday September 5th.  Please contact Sean Stivaletta if you have any further questions at stivalettasp@cofc.edu.


Outdoor Adventure Activities – Fall 2014

To enroll or find out additional details, go:  http://campusrec.cofc.edu/outdoor-adventure/index.php .


Overnight Trips
September 20-21October 25-26 Sea Kayak Trip to Capers IslandSea Kayak Trip to Capers Island
October 31- November 2 Rock Climbing Trip in NC mountains
September 17 and 18
October 3 and 6November 6
Afternoon Kayak TripsAfternoon Kayak Trips

Afternoon Kayak Trips

September 19
October 14
Stand Up Paddleboard ClinicStand Up Paddleboard Clinic


CofC Crew

Interested in joining crew? 

Are you tall and athletic?? Tiny and loud?? CofC Crew wants you! The rowing team will be having an information session on Tuesday, September 2nd at 8pm in the Education Center Room 118. Crew is an amazing way to stay in shape and make new friends, while also competing all over the east coast. NO prior experience is necessary. Come see what this FUN sport is all about! See you there!

Contact Morgan Wright: wrightmr@g.cofc.edu or Sterling Lombard: lombardds@g.cofc.edu with any questions

Center for Civic Engagement

Interested in urban gardening? Have a passion for community service?

As part of Welcome Week 2014, the Center for Civic Engagement is joining with the Green Heart Project to provide students with the opportunity to start off the school year by volunteering in a local urban garden, THIS THURSDAY, August 21 from 5:00-8:30. The Green Heart Project is “a community-based volunteer organization that integrates school farms as outdoor classrooms in an effort to teach students the virtues of hard work, respect, and success and reiterate classroom curriculum while connecting students to fresh, healthy, locally grown produce.”  This is a great way to meet other students with a passion for service and community gardens. We will meet and walk over from the Lightsey Center. Join us and register (it’s mandatory) by emailing: volunteer@cofc.edu


Welcome Week – Free Fitness Classes!

Tuesday, August 19-           Boot Camp 4:15-5:00 PM- Fitness Center

Wednesday, August 20-     ZUMBA Fitness 5:30-6:30 PM- Silcox Gym

Power Yoga 8:15-9:15 PM- Johnson Center, J-201

Thursday, August 21-         Cougar Core 6:30- 7:15 PM- Fitness Center

Friday, August 22-               Sanity 4:30-5:00 PM- Johnson Center, J-201


Please contact Bucky Buchanan with any questions at lbuchana@cofc.edu or 953-3898.


Office of Institutional Diversity


Thursday, August 21, 2014

1 – 3:00 p.m.

Cougar Mall

Enjoy FREE Cotton Candy, Learn about exciting programs & services, and meet the OID Staff

Sponsored By: Office of Institutional Diversity


Portuguese Classes

The Portuguese Program will be offering Portuguese 314, a course in Portuguese that combines daily conversation and discussion about current issues in Brazil. Current issues include social and cultural aspects of Brazil, based on readings or films.
Class meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 03:25 pm-04:40pm.

Pre-requisite: Portuguese 202 OR Dr. Moreira’s approval-based on a proficiency interview, if you don’t have Portuguese 202 but learned Portuguese elsewhere.


FREE Yoga for Peace of Mind and Spirit

When: Tuesdays at 3:00 pm and/or Wednesdays at 11:00 am

Where:  RSS, 3rd floor, rm 319

Contact:  953-5640 or koona@cofc.edu if you need more information

Please bring your own mat or towel

Volunteer with 2-1-1 Hotline!

2-1-1 Hotline is a 24 hour general counseling, crisis intervention, and information and referral line.

Get involved – it’s easy!

Comprehensive training provided

Scheduling is flexible- we accommodate non-local students’ school calendars

Time slots are available 24/7


You can do it if you are:

Respectful of others and non-judgmental

Empathic and understanding

Level headed and able to stay calm in a crisis

Dependable and honest

The rewards are great!

Learn and practice valuable active listening skills

Gain invaluable experience

Understand and help with social issues and problems

Generate great resume and grad-school application material

Learn about the community

Meet new, caring people

Make a real difference!


All training takes place at the Trident United Way Building at 6296 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston just up from Aviation Avenue exit.

Trainees must attend all 5 dates listed below.  Have scheduling conflicts?  Let us know!

Tuesday, September 30th  from 5:30-9 pm – orientation

Saturday & Sunday October 4th and 5th  from 10am to 5pm – Active Listening skills

Saturday & Sunday October 18th and 19th from 9am to 5pm – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Call 566-7184 or e-mail dpartridge@tuw.org today to schedule an interview!


The Journey

Freshman Photo Scavenger Hunt this Friday at 7 pm, meeting in the Cistern. Solve riddles and clues to find some of Charleston’s coolest secret spots and shops. Learn what the locals know! Prizes awarded to the most scavenger savvy team. Sponsored by The Journey, www.charlestonjourney.org


Cougar Counseling Team

Are you more sad, stressed, anxious than you want to be?

We are here for you.

Mon-Thurs 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm

Come in person, rm 319 RSS building or call us at 953-7411


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Academic Calendar Links

If needed you can always find the academic calendar for each semester posted on the Office of the Registrar’s website – this calendar includes the start/end date for classes, semester breaks, drop-add deadline, withdrawal deadline, midterm grade posting, final grade posting etc.

You can learn more about the Registrar at http://registrar.cofc.edu/about/index.php.


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CofC North Campus Opens in New Location

C of C North Campus opens new location

Students taking classes at the College of Charleston North Campus this fall will step into a new building equipped with technologically sophisticated classrooms that improve the college’s ability to bring many of its programs to working adults and traditional students throughout the tri-county region.

“The new North Campus facility was designed specifically to promote group learning and interactive teaching, and in our classrooms, faculty can digitally capture and archive lectures for online review,” says Godfrey Gibbison, dean of the North Campus. “The new facility vastly improves our ability to provide students with a pathway to complete their undergraduate degree in our Bachelor of Professional Studies program, or to enhance their job skills through our graduate certificate and graduate degree offerings.”



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Tips for College Students

One of our first year experience colleagues shared these great articles with me. They are great tips for students that we will be sending out via social media this week but wanted to share with you.  Good luck to your students on the first day of class tomorrow.

6 things you should say to your professor  http://college.usatoday.com/2013/02/19/6-things-you-should-say-to-your-professor/

5 questions to ask your professor during office hours http://college.usatoday.com/2013/08/08/5-questions-to-ask-your-professor-during-office-hours/

7 things to know before your first college class http://college.usatoday.com/2013/08/16/7-things-to-know-before-your-first-college-class/


Stephanie Auwaerter, M.Ed.

Director of Orientation

Office of New Student Programs

College of Charleston

Charleston, SC 29424


P: 843.953.2017

F: 843.953.5800

E: auwaerters@cofc.edu

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Self-Defense class for women offered by Public Safety

R.A.D. (Rape-Aggression Defense) is a series of four self-defense classes for women. This program is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Students may stop by Public Safety headquarters or email RAD@cofc.edu to sign up.  Below are the dates and times for the 4 fall classes (participant must be available for all 4 sessions on Mondays/Wednesdays). We hope you encourage your student to attend.

FALL 2014                                                                                      

9/08 5pm- 8pm

9/10 5pm- 8pm

9/15 5pm- 8pm

9/17 5pm- 8pm

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Welcome Week 2014 Service Project – Green Heart Project

As part of Welcome Week 2014, the Center for Civic Engagement is joining with the Green Heart Project to provide students with the opportunity to start off the school year by volunteering in a local urban garden on Thursday, August 21 from 5:00-8:30. Interested volunteers can register by emailing volunteer@cofc.edu.

The Green Heart Project is “a community-based volunteer organization that integrates school farms as outdoor classrooms in an effort to teach students the virtues of hard work, respect, and success and reiterate classroom curriculum while connecting students to fresh, healthy, locally grown produce.”  Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about food security and sustainability by volunteering to do hands-on work that is necessary for the garden to thrive.  Our office would love to invite the students that you work with to participate in our event!

We will also be hosting a Volunteer Fair Saturday, August 23 from 11:00-1:00pm in the Cistern Yard. Come by to connect with various Charleston area non-profits, learn about volunteer opportunities, and win cool prizes!

Please consider sharing this information with your students! This is a great opportunity for new and returning students to meet new people and have fun making a difference in the greater Charleston community. I have attached the event flyer for your use as well. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions.

  Allyson Elrod-Bloom

Americorps VISTA, Center for Civic Engagement
A Member of the Division of Student Affairs
College of Charleston
Lightsey Building, Room 203


Green Heart flyer

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Move in Weekend 2014 Dining Services Hours

Move-In Weekend 2014 Hours copyI’m Brittany Collins, the  Marketing Manager for Dining Services here on campus! I’m always available for any questions you all have regarding the dining options, meal plans, hours of operation, etc. I also send out fun promotions and notices of events and such throughout the year, so keep an eye out :)

Today I wanted to highlight the move in weekend hours. These hours are from Friday, Aug 15- Monday, Aug 17. Then normal hours resume on Tuesday, Aug 19. Normal hours will be updated soon and posted on our website: http://charleston.campusdish.com/.

Meal Plans begin Friday August 15th at dinner.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me! Welcome to the College! :)

Brittany Collins



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Opening of School – Fall 2014

You may find the links below of interest – our office (New Student Programs) will be open on Saturday August 16th from 11-3p – drop in and see us if you need air conditioning, cold water, tissues, or a shoulder! We’re here for you!

Opening of school information

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Where to Purchase an Inexpensive Bike

Have your student check out CofC’s Bike Share program - http://bike.cofc.edu/bike-share-program/sign-up.php.  Bikes are checked out through the Stern Center Information Desk.  8 bikes are currently available and the Office of Sustainability plans to add 8 more bikes to the program this year.  This is a great way for your student to see if they will even use a bike before investing in one of their own.

The Student Government Association’s annual Bike Auction is scheduled for Friday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on George Street.  SGA auctions off abandoned and confiscated bikes.  Bidding typically starts at $15-$20 and students can find gently used bikes for less than what they would spend on a new bike elsewhere.  Public Safety will also be at the event to provide licenses for student-purchased bikes.  Some bikes may require minimal repairs (new tube, chain is loose, etc.) and SGA should have a representative form a local bike shop on-hand to facilitate these.  More information on the Bike Auction will be sent out to students via the weekly Student Activities email and posted on the SGA website - http://sga.cofc.edu/ - as the date of the event approaches.

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Family Weekend 2014 Registration Open

The Office of Student Life invites all parents, families, and students to join us for our annual Family Weekend celebration, September 26-28, 2014.

With a variety of family friendly activities all weekend, you are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

 Registration is $55 per person and is non-refundable.

There is no registration fee for College of Charleston students with a current Cougar Card or for children 12 and under.

 Information about registration and the schedule of events may be found at http://familyweekend.cofc.edu/.

 Nicki Jenkins

Assistant Director for Student Life Services and Events

Stern Student Center

College of Charleston




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