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Archives For June 30, 2019

Dr. Mark Del Mastro, New Associate Provost

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 31 July 2019 | 1:28 am — 

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Del Mastro has been appointed as the new Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration in the Office of Academic Affairs. Mark has provided exemplary leadership to faculty, staff, and students as our Hispanic Studies Department Chair for the past nine years. Prior to his appointment as Professor of Spanish at The Citadel, he earned his Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College. Mark’s academic insight and several years of administrative experience will provide a critical component in his management of the College’s curriculum and policies.

I am equally pleased to announce that the Associate Chair of Hispanic Studies, Dr. Michael Gomez, will transition into the position of Department Chair of Hispanic Studies starting on August 5, 2019. I am confident that Dr. Gomez will continue his good work for both his home department and the College as he takes on this new leadership role.

Please join me in congratulating Drs. Del Mastro and Gomez on their accomplishments and contributions to our campus community as we move forward into another promising year at the College!

What is LiveSafe?

LiveSafe is a nationally-recognized mobile app used at universities nationwide, designed to offer direct connectivity with emergency dispatchers from users’ cell phones. Just download “LiveSafe” for free to your iPhone or Android, sign up with your school email address, and connect the app with “College of Charleston.”

The app acts as a “mobile blue light,” integrating GPS location information when users contact the emergency dispatch center through the app. CougarAlert messages will be delivered in the LiveSafe app and through the existing CougarAlert text/call/email system. The app also features a function called “SafeWalk” that permits users to virtually share their location with friends as they walk to a destination. App users may also send tips regarding crimes in progress or potentially unsafe situations through the app, and can attach photo and video to provide emergency personnel with further information. Read more at

How Do I Download LiveSafe?

  1. Download
    Search for and download “LiveSafe” from Apple or Google Play app stores.  Open LiveSafe on your device.
  2. Sign Up and Verify Your Account
    Register using your mobile phone number or tap “use email” to sign up with your email instead.  Follow the verification instructions (either via SMS text if registering with your phone number or via email if using your email account).  Once verified, fill out your profile and create a password.  Tap “next.”
  3. Select Your Organization
    Your organization should appear at the top of the list if it is nearby.  Otherwise, search for and select it.  You’ll know you are in the right place when you see your organization’s logo at the top.  When prompted, enable push notifications and location services to receive full benefits of the LiveSafe app.  You’re set!

Live Safe mobile app screen captures of steps 1 through 3 listed above



Call for Study Abroad Proposals for 2020 (Due 8/25)

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 30 July 2019 | 12:57 pm — 

Faculty are asked to submit proposals for 2020 Spring-break AND 2020 Summer abroad programs. 

Submit your Proposal Form by August 25, 2019. Please note that this is the deadline to submit completed proposals for 2020 Spring-break AND 2020 Summer abroad program proposals. Please review the Handbook for Program Directors before committing to direct a program broad.


If you need any further guidance in this process, please contact:

Dr. Andrew Sobiesuo, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for International Education

Phone: (843) 953-5537

Akindi, the Scantron alternative, is ready for use

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 9 July 2019 | 1:31 pm — 

We’d like to officially welcome Akindi, the Scantron alternative, to the College of Charleston. What makes Akindi better than Scantron?

  • It easily integrates with OAKS classlist and the OAKS grade book.
  • You don’t need to buy Scantron sheets, you can print them yourself.
  • You can scan the bubble sheets from any networked scanner on campus.
  • It’s faster, easier, and more convenient than Scantron!

If you want to use it with OAKS – View the “Getting Started with Akindi through Brightspace – D2L” tutorials.

If you DO NOT want to use it with OAKS – View the “Using Akindi outside of OAKS” knowledge base article, then view the “Akindi” tutorials.

Within the next week, a diagram will be posted over many departmental printers/scanners that outlines how you can scan your bubble sheets to Akindi. If you don’t know how to use the Email feature on your printer you can contact the Helpdesk for assistance or put in a service ticket at

If you have any questions or concerns about this project or product, please contact TLT directly at

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