Fall Break 2014 Information

Fall break for our students is November 2-4. The College of Charleston is open normal operation hours on November 2 & 3 but will be closed on Tuesday, November 4th for election day. Classes will resume on Wednesday Nov. 5.

Fall academic calendar: http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/AC_2014Fall.pdf

The Dining Services Fall Break Schedule


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Fall 2014 Mid Term Academic Advising and Planning Center Newsletter

I wanted to share the Academic Advising & Planning Center newsletter with you from our director Karen Hauschild. The newsletter is especially for families and parents and includes some excellent tips on the advising process for students before spring 2015 semester registration and updates on the Academic Advising and Planning Center.  The newsletter can also be found at http://advising.cofc.edu/pdf/parent-newsletter-Oct2014.pdf


Contact Information:

Karen B. Hauschild, Director
[email protected]
Academic Advising and Planning Center
College of Charleston
Lightsey Center, 160 Calhoun Street, Suite 247

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Spring course registration begins this week

Course registration for spring 2015 will begin this week. The Registration Entry Times for all students can be found at http://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/entrytimes.php and is based on earned hours. It is not unusual for first year students to feel some degree of anxiety attempting to register for the first time.  To assist them with these decisions all first year students and those undecided about a major have an assigned advisor through the Academic Advising & Planning Center (2nd floor Lightsey Center). Contact information for the Center can be found at http://advising.cofc.edu/contact-us/index.php. First year students are required to meet with an advisor from the Academic Advising & Planning Center to discuss spring coursework before they can register. Academic advisors from the Center have been reaching out to first year students since early in the fall semester about making an appointment to discuss the spring registration process. Once a student declares a major a faculty advisor will be assigned to them in that major area.


Students should check to make sure there are no holds preventing registration and be flexible when selecting the days/times for their spring classes. If a student has a registration hold on their account, they will not be able to register for courses until this hold is cleared. Only the department who placed the hold can remove the hold from your account.


To determine if there is a hold the student should:

  • Login to MyCharleston – locate the Registration Tools channel on the Academic Services tab
  • Click on the Registration Status link to view registration eligibility
  • Select the Term
  • Click the Submit button
  • The next screen will indicate whether or not a student has any holds that would prevent registration.
  • If there is a hold on the account, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the View Holds link to see which department placed the hold
  • Go to this department to resolve the hold. This could be an overnight process so it is best not to wait until the scheduled registration day to resolve a hold

Some additional links that students may find helpful about course registration can be found at:


Email [email protected] with any questions or problems regarding course registration. Please be sure to include a full name and CWID in any email correspondence.


Resources regarding grades:

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

College of Charleston

66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424






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Walk-In Advising Hours for Withdrawal Deadline


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Upcoming Campus Activities

Student Organizations

Reservations for SPRING, 2015 will open on MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 at 12:01am. Reservations for Spring will begin on Monday, January 12 and the last day to meet is Monday, April 27. Meetings will not be scheduled during Spring Break or when the building is closed.




For more information, please visit http://sterncenter.cofc.edu


Dance Marathon

CofCDM has an official date for CofCDM 2015! This year, he event will be held on Saturday February 21, 2015. It will be an all day event full of entertainment, games, dancing, food, and families from MUSC. Come join us and help us break records and make miracles happen. To register for CofCDM, follow this link!   https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=593 #ForTheKids


Cougar Activities Board

Haunted CofC

Friday, October 24th 9pm-12am


Start your Halloween celebrations early and come celebrate Halloween with CAB for free! There will be a haunted house, pumpkin patch with decorating station. There will be plenty of food and candy and even a station to put your picture on a chocolate sucker. Don’t forget to wear your original or/and funniest costume for a chance to win great prizes. Come see us and you’ll have a spooktacular time! This is a link for the haunted house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMSEW9cIWeY

Get ready to be scared!


Reminder: Don’t forget your cougar card.


21 and 22 Jump Street: Monday, October 27th at 6:00 and 8:00 pm in the Cistern Yard
Put your schoolwork on pause and join Jenko, Schmidt, and CAB for a back-to-back screening of 21 and 22 Jump Street in the Cistern Yard. 21 Jump Street will be shown from 6:00-8:00 pm and 22 Jump Street from 8:00-10:00 pm. There will be free pizza, CAB swag, and plenty of laughs to transport you from George Street to Jump Street!

Preferred Parking Comedy Show:


Wednesday, October 29th 7-9pm Stern Center Gardens


“One twitch, one stutter, one funny friendship!” Preferred Parking Comedy Tour turns the challenges of being disabled into gold. Together Samuel J Comroe and Drew Lynch bring you an amazing comedy show that will sincerely make you laugh and rethink the word “Handy-Capped.”

More about their story at http://www.h2fcomedy.com/preferred-parking-comedy-tour.html


Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1580785268816154/


Beta Theta Pi

Beta Theta Pi presents Race-A-Beta 5K Fundraiser!

Saturday, October 25th, 10am

Folly Beach Pier

Join our brothers and the community as we raise money to support Charleston’s Green Heart Project, a farm-to-school organization that teaches young students the importance of sustainable and healthy lifestyles! We’ll be running right on the sand Saturday morning, so come prepared! Reception at Taco Boy. Registration is $20.



Stern NiteLife

Free Old City Jail Tours

Have you ever wanted to tour the notorious Charleston City Jail? Well now is your chance! Stern NiteLife is providing students with FREE ghost tours at the Old Charleston City Jail! Tours will be given on Wednesday, October 22nd and Thursday, October 23rd  at 10pm and 11pm. Limited tickets will be available to reserve on both days from 5 – 7 pm at the Stern Info Desk. Once you have reserved your ticket, please return to the Stern Center Lobby 45 minutes prior to your reserved time to ensure promptness.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity for one of the city’s most famous experiences!

Free Yoga

Did you know that October is National Yoga Month?  Come celebrate with Stern NiteLife at Late Night Yoga!  FREE classes will be held on October 23rd, and 30th in Stern 205 at 9pm.Yoga mats, prizes, and snacks will be provided. Don’t miss out for free relaxation time during the month of midterms!

Dining Services

Opportunity to win a $150 Visa e-gift card or one of three $50 Visa e-gift cards.

We are conducting a dining services survey to better understand your campus lifestyle and preferences. By sharing your thoughts, we will gain valuable insight to help improve your overall campus experience.

This online survey will take 5 to 10 minutes and your responses are confidential.

Click the link below to begin the survey:


If you cannot click on the link, copy and paste the URL into your Internet browser address bar and hit enter.

We appreciate your time and thank you for your assistance!


Film Club

Film Club has weekly screenings every Monday at 7pm in ECTR 118.  October is Tarantino Month 6th. Hope to see you there!


CofC Karate Club

The CofC Karate Club is devoted to the study of traditional Japanese karate, for self-defense, fitness, sport and fun.  We emphasize the building of strength and technical skills.  The ultimate aim of Karate, however, lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of character.  Please join us!

We meet every MWF from 6:30-8 PM at the Micheal Johnson Gym in Room J201. Also there is no need to have any background in karate to join.


Religious Life Council/Religious Studies/Jewish Studies/Office of Institutional Diversity

Rachel McNeal: Interfaith Cooperation

On Friday, October 17th the College of Charleston will welcome Rachael McNeal to the campus for a two-part presentation.  Rachael McNeal is a member of the Interfaith Youth Core’s Alumni Speaker Bureau and is the Coordinator of the Interfaith Center at University of North Florida. She will speak at Wells Fargo Auditorium at 4:30pm on the Science of Interfaith Cooperation and in Stern 205 at 7:30pm on the Art of Interfaith Cooperation as well as her personal story as an evangelic Christian involved in interfaith work.

The Religious Life Council, Department of Religious Studies, Jewish Studies Program, and Office of Institutional Diversity will be co-sponsoring the event.

As communities become more diverse, people of different religious/spiritual worldviews are interacting with greater frequency than earlier generations.  These interactions can inspire collaboration and cohesion or escalate conflict and violence.  Institutions of higher educatin have the infrastructure and resources to advance a knowledge base and skill set equipping students to build a religious pluralism based in social science data. (Adapted from IFYC mission).

The vision of the Interfaith Youth Core will be the center of the 4:30pm presentation.  Faculty and students are welcome.  We encourage classes to attend.

Rotaract Club

Putt for Polio

Join in some mayhem and madness THIS Sunday, October 26th at Blackbeard’s Cove Family Fun Center from 3-6pm! The Rotaract Club will be hosting a few games of putt putt golf to raise funds for Rotary International’s END POLIO NOW initiative in honor of World Polio Day this week. We will provide transportation! Email [email protected] for more information.


Peer Assistant Leaders (PAL)

It is a simple way to help your classmates and the community. Students volunteer two weekend nights per semester to help their peers get home safely. Our aim is to help Charleston area students avoid negative situations involving alcohol and crime, which usually occur often on the weekends and at night. This is a great way to meet new people, help the community, and learn more about downtown Charleston. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact Ezinne Agim  and Sharnae Robinson, PAL Directors at [email protected] call or text 843-607-6300

These are the dates that we will be walking for this semester.

October 17, 24

November  7, 14, 21
We meet at Public Safety at 10:00pm on Friday. Please let us know if you will be walking with us.

Cant come Friday night? That’s OK! Come help us promote PAL at a basketball game. You can get service hours and watch the game!


Portuguese Club

October 23: Cooking Lesson: Tropical juices and smoothies; cocadinhas
6 Glebe, at 5pm

October 24: Feijoada: 6:45pm Stern Center, room 116

November 13: Cooking Lesson: brigadeiro and pão de queijo
6 Glebe St. at 5pm

November 14: Portuguese Club meeting: JC Long 128, 3pm

Bate-Papo: September 5, 19, October 3, 17, November 7, 14  Stern Center Gardens at 4pm.
In case of rain it will be  inside the eating area of the Stern Center.


Volunteer Corps

Mark your calendars for our fundraiser at this lovely restaurant next Tuesday, October 28th. Also mark your calendars for our member meeting tomorrow, October 21st at 5:30 pm in Stern 201.  

We will be discussing the upcoming percentage night at Persimmon, Hope Lodge this Saturday, and introducing our November opportunities. See you there!


Global Awareness Forum


Coming Home screening and discussion of the Cultural Revolution

Set in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, Coming Home provides a perfect vehicle for exploring how cultural and political traumas are remembered and presented in media. A thirty-minute discussion will follow after the screening.

Friday, October 24th from 6-9pm in Tate Center room 202

Co-Sponsored by the Chinese Association of Greater Charleston and the College of Charleston

Half of a Yellow Sun film screening

This film is an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the Biafran War.

Friday, October 24th at 6pm in Education Center room 118

Co-Sponsored by the Park Circle Film Society and the C of C African Studies program

Remembering the Ninth of November talk by Christoph Sander, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany

What are Germany’s responsibilities and the challenges facing Germany today? Consul General Sander will address the shortcomings and horrors of Germany’s past, before commenting on the 25 years since the fall of the Wall. Sunday, November 9th, 2014 at 11:00am in Arnold Hall. Part of the Sunday Morning in Arnold Hall lecture series, presented by the Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program.

Screening of the film Wolf (2013)

Director: Claudio Giovannessi

The film reconstructs the life and legacy of Rabbi Benjamin Murmelstein, director of the Terezin ghetto, through conversations between Wolf, the rabbi’s son and his psychoanalyst. Terezin was a “city built for Jews” under the auspices of the Third Reich for propaganda purposes. In his role as ghetto director, Murmelstein was seen as a collaborator and was tried after the war. Acquitted, he moved his family to Italy where they were ostracized by Italian Jews and where Wolf’s destiny would be forever tied to his father’s past. The film will be screened on Sunday , Nov 9 at 1:30 at the Sottile Theatre.The Q and A with the filmmaker Claudio Giovannesi will be moderated by Ted Rosengarten.

Roundtable Discussion on Divided Germany

The Department of German and Slavic Studies, the Global Business Resource Center, the Global Awareness Forum and the Initiative for Public Choice and Marketing Process are sponsoring a roundtable discussion on Thursday, November 15, 2014 at 7 pm in the Mathematics and Science Building, Room 129. The panel will discuss this monumental event in terms of its place in history and offer first-hand accounts of how Germany’s division has had a personal impact on their lives.  The panel will in addition highlight historical memory from post-Soviet economic and political perspectives.

Moderator, Dr. Peter Calcagno, Professor of Economics, College of Charleston

Dr. Wolfgang Elfe, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of German, University of South Carolina

Dr. Richard Bodek, Professor of History and Coordinator of the Faculty Liberal Arts & Sciences Colloquium

Dr. Rene Dentiste Mueller, Professor, Director of the International Business Program

Dr. Malte Pehl, Assistant Professor, International Studies Department

Dr. Max Kovalov, Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process and Adjunct Instructor, Political Science Department



The Journey

Rescue Thousands, Protect Millions + Free Pizza. This Monday from 7 pm to 8 pm in the School of Sciences and Mathematics auditorium, the College of Charleston hosts a speaker from the International Justice Mission, an interfaith organization that works globally to combat human trafficking, slavery, and violent exploitation of the poor. IJM uses a unique model to create maximum-impact and long-term change by partnering with local governments and communities. IJM is simply one of best in the world at what they do. The speaker, Eddie Kaufholz, will briefly introduce the work of IJM, explain ways students can get involved in creating justice for the poor, and field questions from students. Afterwards, pizza will be served after outside. To read more about IJM, click here http://www.ijm.org


Free pasta dinner this Wednesday at 5:30 pm in Joe Pasta as we discuss the resurrection of Jesus.  What evidence is there for the resurrection? What does the resurrection tell us about Heaven? And what does the resurrection mean for my life, now? Join us as we share a meal and explore these important questions and more. Friends are welcome too. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm. Worship begins at 6 pm. For more information email [email protected]


Asian Students Association

Games, music, food, dancing, and fundraising for breast cancer! Come out this Friday Oct. 17th at 7pm in Stern Ballroom and celebrate Mid-Autumn with us and learn more about different culture!

The Mid-Autumn festival traditionally celebrates harvesting season and the moon. But it also celebrates gathering of friends and family, and giving thanks for harmonious unions.

ASA will be collaborating with We R.I.S.E. to bring you all lots of fun. Remember it’s open to all students!
Dress code: Semi-formal attire.


Cougar Counseling Team

Cougar Counseling Team Information Session
Are you interested in joining our group?  CCT members learn therapeutic listening skills, are certified in ASIST,  and enjoy working with a great group.
Come learn more at one of our information sessions this week in RSS rm 319

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:00 pm
Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:00 pm
Friday, October 24, 2014, 3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 28, 12:15 pm

Can’t make one of those dates?  Check out the application and contact [email protected] or [email protected] about the deadlines and for questions.



Journey of Understanding

Suicide Survivor Caitlin Scott, a COFC student, will share her story of overcoming several obstacles life threw her way.  Topics include having divorced parents and the resulting life changes, sexual assault, and the LGBT community.

Caitlin will share the sequence of events that interrupted and changed life as she knew it, including the treatment she pursued for recovery and how that impacted her life.  Caitlin will also discuss what she is doing now and how her battle through recovery saved her life in this Journey of Understanding.

Monday, October 27, 2014 3:10-4:30 pm, RSS rm 319

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Catholic Student Association
All students are welcome to our events. Info at: [email protected]

Student Mass each Sunday, 5 PM, at St. Pat’s (134 St. Philip St. – corner of Radcliffe & St. Philip)

TUESDAY CSA BIBLE STUDY – lively student-led discussion of Book of JUDITH – Stern 201, 7-8 pm

Even if planning to travel over break, stay here Friday night and join in our annual Halloween night tradition TRICK-or-CANNING. Costumes optional but appreciated as CSA walks around the battery neighborhood to collect canned food for food pantry at Neighborhood House with pizza & movie following.
And on Sat. Nov. 1 go GLEANING with CSA at 1 pm at Farmers Market!

Center Stage

Please join Center Stage for our production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The show will take place in Simons Center Theatre 220 at 7:30 on October 30-November 1, then November 6-8. Admission will be free with a valid CofC ID and $8 otherwise.


1770 Records

1770 Records continues on its mission of “Educating while Entertaining” the masses. To get involved attend a meeting (every other Monday, with the next on Oct 13th), check out our site (seventeenseventyrecords.weebly.com), or email us at [email protected]


African American Studies

Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change

Public Lecture by Artists Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly

October 24 @ 3pm in Robert Scott Small 235


African Studies

Half of a Yellow Sun Screening

October 24 6 pm in ECTR 118

Light Refreshments Provided




Ever wonder what ghosts and ghouls haunt your Residence Hall??

Get your costumes ready & come to CofC RHA’s Haunted House…


HAUNTING AT HAWKINS: Horror in the Halls 


Hawkins Lounge, Rivers (near Health Services)

October 25th, 8:00p.m. – 12:00a.m.

Join RHA for Frights, Fun, and Food!


Happy Haunting!


Any further questions should be directed to [email protected].

Think Differently Forum

“Red White, & Screwed”

Interested in the economy, energy composition, and the environment? Then join the world renowned trend forecaster Chris Martenson as he discusses America’s gradual decline as an economic superpower and find out why the American Dream has become all but a distant memory.

When: Wednesday, October 22nd at 7pm

Where: Wells Fargo Auditorium

-Door prizes and refreshments provided

-Brought to you by the Think Differently Forum

-Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/cofcthinkdifferently

English Symposium

Thinking of graduate English studies?

CofC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta presents

a panel of five esteemed faculty members who will answer any and every question you have about graduate school MA, MFA, and PhD programs.


October 22 6:30-8:00pm in Addlestone 227 

light refreshments will be served


Any questions please contact Lori at [email protected]

Global MBA Information Session

College of Charleston one-year MBA Info Session

*Speak directly with our MBA Team

*Learn about the industry leaders that could be your mentors

*See where this year’s class is heading for their international trip

*Learn about the class schedule, curriculum, and more

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. Tate Center

To register:


Model United Nations

Register to participate in the Model UN!

Model UN is an annual simulation designed for students to practice the skills of international diplomacy, negotiation, and public speaking. During this 2-day event held on November 7th and 8th students will represent different countries and have the opportunity to learn about the history, culture, politics, and economy of the country they choose to represent. This is a great opportunity to learn about and debate global issues and develop leadership skills.

Each student will also be required to prepare a one-page position paper. Students will meet for a General Assembly meeting in November for the final debate.

In fall 2014, we will discuss the following issues:

1)   The use of drones in peacekeeping missions.

2)   Ebola and pandemic outbreak prevention and containment

3)   Sovereignty, territory, and natural resources

Students interested in joining Model UN can visit the website http://modelun.cofc.edu to see a list of available countries.  Students can register for their top 3 countries by e-mailing a request to [email protected]

Ask your professors for extra-credit. They might give you some for your participation.
Alternative Break and Center for Civic Engagement
If you are looking for an enriching and exhilarating Spring Break experience, please consider

applying for an Alternative Break trip!


Alternative Break is a student-led service experience that works with different social justice issues,

while empowering students to progress from community members to active citizens. This year, our

service trips include:


-Different Drum, Same Beat: Indigenous Rights of the Snowbird Cherokee
-Rooted ‘n Included: Farmworker Health in South Florida
-Are You Fracking Me?: Problems, Policy and Possible Solutions of Fracking in Colorado
-No More Damsels in Distress: Pursuing Female Empowerment
-Artistic Abilities: Disabilities, Abilities, and the Arts in Music City


If the idea of reflective service interests you, please apply on our website:

http://volunteer.cofc.edu. Applications are open from October 6th to the 24th,

and we would love to have you!


Campus Recreation Services

The 1 year anniversary of the George Street Fitness Center is a week away.  To help celebrate our success, Campus Recreation Services is hosting the Cougar Fit Games over a three day period.  Students may compete in teams of 4 or as individuals.  The competition will start on Tuesday, October 21 and will run through Thursday, October 23.  During these days, students can come in the fitness center during operating hours to compete in the various fitness challenges.  Group awards and individual awards will be given.  Giveaways and other free samples will also be a part of our celebration.  Teams and individuals can compete in all of some of the events.  The following is a list of challenges for the Cougar Fit Games:


Tuesday, October 21: Fastest Treadmill Mile.  Each team member will complete a 1 mile run on our treadmills.  Fastest collective time will win.  Or you may compete as an individual for the Fitness Center’s Fastest Treadmill Mile.


Wednesday, October 22: The Big Three x 3.  Teams will compete for the highest combined weight for the three big lifts: the bench press, the squat, and the deadlift.  Team members will complete a 3 repetition maximum for each of the lifts.  Each team member gets 3 attempts to complete their highest values.  You can also compete as an individual with the highest combined score of the three lifts.  Each lift will be a 3 repetition maximum.


Thursday, October 23: Triple WOD Thursday:   Teams will complete 3 “workouts of the day”.  Lowest combined time will win.  Individuals can also compete with the lowest overall time as the winner.  Workouts will vary.


During these days, teams or individuals can coming during the operation hours of the fitness to complete each challenge.  A staff member must be present to witness the completion of the challenge.


Please contact Bucky Buchanan at [email protected] if you are interested in competing.


Students for Social Innovation

Want to help the community and volunteer? Are you interested in helping others and our environment? Students for Social Innovation is a group here on campus dedicated to making a difference. Our goal is to improve community well-being through education, accessible sustainable gardening, and overall community outreach. Stop by our meetings Mondays at 7 in Maybank 105.

You can email us at [email protected], Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Zeta Tau Alpha

Think Pink Zumbathon

ZTA will be hosting their 1st annual Think Pink Zumbathon, as a philanthropic fundraiser for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. The Zumbathon will be held Saturday, October 25th from 10:00-1:00 in the Johnson Gym. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door or in advance in Cougar Mall on October 22nd. This event is open to all CofC students and faculty/staff.



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CofC Basketball Block Party THIS SUNDAY (10/26/14)


Sunday 6:00-8:00 PM

-Team Introductions

-Meet & Greet with Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams and coaches

-Music by DJ Natty Heavy

-Free Papa John’s pizza & refreshments

-Giveaways including koozies, wristbands & more

-Photobooth, pop a shot, skeeball, & corn hole

-Follow @ClydeTheCougar on Twitter & Instagram for more updates!




Andrew McGlaughon

Assistant Director of Athletics – External Operations
College of Charleston Athletics
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
(843) 953.0782 – office
(843) 953.8296 – fax
CofCSports.com | 843.953.CofC
Facebook:  College of Charleston Athletics |Clyde Cougar
Twitter:  @CofCSports | @ClydetheCougar |@CofCTix

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Campus Wide Notification of Withdrawal Date Approaching for Undergraduate Students for Fall 2014

This is a reminder from the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services that the LAST DAY to withdraw from Fall 2014 full-semester courses is fast approaching on Thursday, October 23, 2014. If you are planning to withdraw from any Fall 2014 courses, you must withdraw from the course in MyCharleston before the deadline.


While withdrawing will be possible up until 11:59 PM on the deadline date, we strongly encourage you to withdraw yourself before the end of business hours (4:59 PM) on that day so that you will be able to contact CofC staff for assistance should you run into any difficulties withdrawing from your class(es). Failure to withdraw properly or on-time is NOT considered a reason to justify late course withdrawals, so students who do not withdraw properly by the withdrawal deadline will be responsible for completing their Fall 2014 courses.


If you have any registration holds that may prevent you from withdrawing from current classes, you must have these resolved BEFORE the withdrawal deadline in order successfully withdraw. Failure to have holds removed on time is NOT considered a reason to justify late course withdrawals, so students who are unable to withdraw by the withdrawal deadline due to registration holds will be responsible for completing their courses.


As a reminder, if you were assigned a grade of “WA” (Withdrawal Due to Absences, which calculates as an “F” into GPA) at midterm, you may withdraw yourself for a grade of “W” up until the withdrawal deadline. If you fail to withdraw from the course by the deadline, you will receive a “WA” which is calculated as an “F” as a final grade.


Students who are facing significant mitigating circumstances after the withdrawal deadline may submit a Petition for Withdrawal After the Official Withdrawal Deadline to be considered for late withdrawal from courses. Petitions for late withdrawal from classes are not guaranteed to be approved. Late Withdrawal petitions are considered only in cases where continued enrollment in the course would be detrimental to the student’s health or if extenuating circumstances prevent the student’s continued enrollment. Poor academic performance is not considered a justification for a late withdrawal. For more information about what circumstance(s) may warrant a late course withdrawal, please visit UAS’ website at:  http://undergrad.cofc.edu/withdrawal-from-courses/late-withdrawal-from-courses/index.php.


If you have any questions regarding course withdrawals or the pending withdrawal deadlines, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Registrar (www.registrar.cofc.edu) or Undergraduate Academic Services (www.undergrad.cofc.edu). In addition, Undergraduate Academic Services will be holding walk-in hours to assist students with questions about whether or not a course withdrawal is appropriate or about their academic standing on October 20-23, 2104 from 11:00a-3:00p in Lightsey 101.




Michelle Futrell, MA, ATC, SCAT

Director, Undergraduate Academic Services

Sr. Instructor, Health and Human Performance

College of Charleston

66 George St.

Lightsey 101

Charleston, SC 29424



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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – Oct 20-26, 2014

Important dates:

College of Charleston Academic Calendars:



Fall Exam Schedule:

To determine fall exam dates look at the course schedule – note the day and times for each class (excluding lab days) that the student is taking during the fall semester. Then look at the fall exam schedule and match the fall schedule days/times to the exam schedule http://registrar.cofc.edu/pdf/exam-schedule-fall2014.pdf to find the day and time for the exam.

Your student should also review each course syllabus and listen in class for information from the professor about the final exam. If unsure always ask the professor!


Study Skills Workshops: For a full schedule of the 101 and 201 Workshop series please visit: http://csl.cofc.edu/study-skills/workshop-schedule/index.php


Academic Advising & Planning Center:



Undergraduate Catalogs:



Information about Majors and Minors: http://www.cofc.edu/academics/majorsandminors/index.php


Use Degree Works:



Students can request tutoring from Center for Student Learning peer tutors by appointment:



Center for Student Learning: http://csl.cofc.edu/index.php (located on the 1st floor of the Addlestone library)

Encourage your student to use the walk-in labs often (Math, Science, Foreign Language, Writing, Speaking, Accounting) and to take advantage of supplemental instruction if this is available for their class – http://csl.cofc.edu/supplemental-instruction/index.php


Counseling & Substance Abuse Services (CASAS):

Students can make an appointment to talk with a professional counselor by contacting the Counseling Center at 843-953-5640.


Student Life: Get involved on Campus!

There are over 180 clubs and organizations that your student can get involved in at the College of Charleston. View clubs (left sidebar of the webpage) at http://studentlife.cofc.edu/. The Office of Student Life is located in the Stern Student Center on the 4th floor.


CisternYard Media:

Cistern Yard Medial consists of four distinct student media organizations and two supporting marketing departments. Each group offers unique ways for students to become involved, meet people from diverse backgrounds and gain practical training in various media.  CisternYard News is the official online campus news source, publishing news, sports and entertainment content regularly at Cisternyard.com. News also produces “The Yard”, a feature magazine which is printed two times each semester.

The latest edition of The Yard can be viewed at http://issuu.com/cisternyardnews/docs/combined_pdf_5ba8e2b857d1fe?e=0/9611991

If your student is interested in getting involved, check out http://cisternyardmedia.cofc.edu/index.php


Residence Life: 843-953-5523

Email [email protected] if you have questions about issues in the residence hall, roommate assignments, changing rooms, or wish to share comments with the Senior Director of Residence Life.


Hall closings during the breaks:

All the residence halls and houses are open during fall break, Thanksgiving, and Spring break. During the winter break, McAlister, Warren, Kelly House, George and Liberty, and the historic houses stay open. Berry, Lodge, Craig, McConnell, and Buist are closed. The closed halls will at noon on Dec. 11 and reopen on January 7 at 12 noon.  Students do not have to move their belongings out but they do need to plan NOT to be able to get back into the closed halls until January 7. The Dining halls may have adjusted hours during the breaks. Those hours will be announced before the breaks and posted on the Dining Services website.


Guide to Residential Living:

You may find the Guide to Residential Living of interest. It includes contact numbers, the role of staff (resident assistants, hall directors, etc.), policies, and procedures in the halls. Check it out at http://reslife.cofc.edu/policies-and-procedures/GuideToResidentialLiving%202014-2015.pdf


Residence Hall Work Orders: http://reslife.cofc.edu/campus-housing/maintenance-requests.php

A Work Order Online (WOOL) system has been implemented throughout campus to address maintenance concerns. To access the WOOL system, sign in to My Charleston. Click on HOUSING at the top of the page. Select HOUSING WORK ORDERS from the pop up box. The student name and room number will be automatically generated. Describe with as much specificity as possible the nature of the maintenance concern. As work orders are received, they are prioritized and assigned. Emergency issues that can affect resident safety or cause further property damage are given first priority. Residents receive electronic replies to keep them informed of the status of their maintenance request. If a student experiences a maintenance emergency (flooding, sewer difficulties or fire/life safety issues) during normal business hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm M-F) they should immediately call the Housing Facilities Services Customer Service Line (843) 953-3700. Any after-hours maintenance emergencies should be reported to designated information desk.


How to become an Ebill Authorized User for your student: 

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].


Problems with MyCharleston or campus email:

Students should contact HELPDESK about trouble accessing MyCharleston or campus email. Call 843-953-3375 or email [email protected] – please include name and CWID if emailing.


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Keys to Communication! NEXT Week’s Workshops from the Center for Student Learning

2 more weeks until fall break and 7 more weeks in the semester! It’s all downhill from here! Below you will find the study skills workshops topics for NEXT week: Keys to Communication and Current Awareness. Please encourage your students to attend as ALL students are invited to come and participate in the workshops. Students will be actively engaged in the workshop and come away with some tips to be successful at CofC!  


Study Skills Workshops 101: “Keys to Communication”

Do you have difficulty expressing your ideas or actively listening to others?  This workshop will provide you with tips on becoming a better communicator and listener.  You will learn how to use communication effectively with groups and faculty while also learning listening skills that will help you in the classroom and during group work.  Be an expert at communication in no time!



  • Monday, October 20 at 1:00 p.m. in the Freshman Commuter Collegium (located in the McAlister activity room, open to all students by going through the outside doors by Einstein)
  • Monday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Berry Residence Hall Room 104
  • Tuesday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m. in McConnell Residence Hall


Study Skills Workshops 201: “Current Awareness”

Social media is an important technological trend that has big implications for how researchers (and people in general) communicate and collaborate. Web 2.0 is rich with tools that can augment coursework, enhance research, or foster collaboration. In this workshop we will look at going digital by building your research toolkit. We will then look at harnessing social bookmarking, RSS and alerts, Twitter, and personalized news readers to have research come to you in an organized and methodical way!



  • Thursday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m. in Addlestone Library Room 120



For a full schedule of the 101 and 201 Workshop series please visit: http://csl.cofc.edu/study-skills/workshop-schedule/index.php


Melissa Hortman, M.Ed.

Study Skills Program Coordinator

Center for Student Learning

College of Charleston



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Fall 2014 Midterm Grades & Withdrawal from a class

Some important dates coming up this month are the posting of midterm grades and the last day to withdraw from a fall course. The midterm point in a semester is a time when a student should reflect on their progress to date and determine if they need to take action. Midterm grades are available to students in MyCharleston on October 16, 2014. Midterm grades are not included on the official academic transcript but these are important because they are often a good indicator of a student’s progress in each class. If your student is unsure of where they stand they should always discuss this with their faculty member. Faculty members do have office hours that are usually noted on their syllabus. Your student should take advantage of this time to meet with them.

Another important deadline is when to withdraw from a course. This fall the last day to withdraw from a course is October 23, 2014 with a grade of W. If midterm grades are poor this is the time to make a decision about withdrawing. This W does show up on the academic transcript but it’s not necessarily a bad thing to have a few Ws on a transcript. Most college students withdraw from a course or two during their academic careers. Sometimes withdrawing is the best option rather than failing a class and pulling down the GPA. However, be aware that withdrawing from multiple courses each semester is not encouraged – this can begin to impact financial aid and if a student does this continuously it can result in very long and expensive road toward graduation.

You can always find the academic calendars and the deadline to drop or withdraw on the Registrar’s website at http://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php

Using the GPA calculators at http://undergrad.cofc.edu/gpa-calculators/index.php can lead to some interesting discussions with students. I use these with my students to predict what they think they will make in their classes and then see how this will affect their GPA. These are also good if a student is looking to reach a certain GPA (to retain scholarships or to get off academic probation).

Setting goals for their academic achievements each semester and seeing exactly what students need to do to get there is a valuable lesson in academics and in life. Next time you have the chance pull up these calculators with your student and ask them where they stand and do your own calculations.

Encourage your student to seek out the resources available to them on campus. The student’s faculty member, the Center for Student Learning, and their academic advisor can provide your student with valuable guidance about midterms and the withdrawal process.

Melinda (
Mindy) Miley
Asst. Vice President Educational Programs & Services
College of Charleston


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