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Congratulations to Zak Bartholomew, current Anthropology Student, whose research project was highlighted by Charleston City Paper as “One of the 8 Coolest Undergrad Research Projects at CofC Right Now”.  The full article is available online at:  http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/TheBattery/archives/2014/04/17/the-8-coolest-undergrad-research-projects-at-cofc-right-now&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Daily

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Do you remember reading about Anthropology Alum Pamela Corwin in a previous post?  She was also recently featured by The Citadel for Women’s History Month.  Congratulations, Pamela!

“We may not always have a comfortable life and we will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance we {women} can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own. The Citadel has empowered women like you and me to push toward the outer limits of what is and what is to become” – Pamela Corwin – wildlife and fisheries biologist

Pamela Corwin, The Citadel

Pamela Corwin began her career in science by completing two Bachelor of Science degrees (Biology and Anthropology) with a minor in Chemistry from the College of Charleston. While an undergraduate, she participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research with the Faculty where she was awarded a scholarship to do research in the Amazon Rainforest on the implications of degradation.

Ms. Corwin went on to complete a Masters in Biology from The Citadel and was described by her Citadel advisor, Dr. Paul Nolan, as a “force of nature.” Her thesis research, focusing on the avian community response to seasonal and successional stages of abandoned rice fields along the Cooper River, proved pivotal not only in the avian world but throughout the Lowcountry. Ms. Corwin’s research won numerous awards, including the Clemson University Restoration Institute Center for Watershed Excellence Best Student Presentation and the South Carolina American Fisheries Society Best Student Poster Award. She was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award from The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics in 2013 and is a member of several honor societies, including Sigma Xi, Lambda Alpha, and Phi Kappa Phi. While studying at The Citadel, Ms. Corwin served in the South Carolina Army National Guard as a noncommissioned officer. She currently works full-time as a biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in Bonneau, South Carolina.

Although relatively new to her profession, Ms. Corwin has gained recognition from the many research presentations she has made in the state and nationally. She currently serves on the Alumni Panel for both Anthropology and Biology at the College of Charleston. She maintains an active research program, extending the work she began at The Citadel.

Ms. Corwin gives back to her community in a number of ways. She does the artwork for the South Carolina Wildlife Magazine and volunteers at H.O.P.E. Acres Rescue, a farm that rescues and rehabilitates abused and neglected equines. Ms. Corwin is a creative scientist, who enjoys photography, art, hiking, running, birding, and fishing. She notes that the passion that drives her creativity is her involvement with horses.





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Pamela Corwin (2014). Personal communication.

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Reba Parker, Peacemaker Extraordinaire

Posted by: Melissa Page | March 22, 2014 | No Comment |

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is extremely fortunate to have Reba Parker, one of Charlie Magazine’s 2013 Fifty Most Progressive, as an adjunct faculty member.  The following article is from Charlie Magazine’s 2013 Fifty Most Progressive issue.

Paving the Way Towards Peace

Words by: Jason A. Zwiker
Photo byKarson PhotographyReba_Charlie Magazine

The first thing you notice when you walk into Reba Parker’s office at the College of Charleston is the photographs: huge sepia prints of people you know – Linda Ketner, Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Cyrus Buffum, the Folly Beach roots-rock band Dangermuffin­ – holding signs with personal messages of peace.

“We asked people to make their own commitment,” Reba says.

Variety is the point because, as Reba will tell you, peace is no one thing. If your concept of the Peace Movement remains a faded circa 1969 image of John and Yoko at the Amsterdam Hilton, Reba encourages you to brush up on what’s happening now.

“Peace is about how we relate to the environment and how we relate to one another. It’s about interconnection and sustainability.”

Reba, a sociology professor,  takes her own personal responsibility for a better tomorrow seriously. She founded Charleston Peace One Day, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated  to fostering intercultural cooperation and nonviolence, launched the Charleston Peace One Day Festival, planted Peace Poles in parks, on campuses, and throughout the community and taught college classes on peace.

“This is a movement that’s growing faster all t he time. I used to say that I was trying to push the message out there. Now, I’m just trying to keep up with it.”

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Rich Haddad

Rich Haddad ’75 and his wife Shannon ’78 have generously established the Richard A. and Shannon W. Haddad Internship Award for Sociology majors because of their affection for the College and appreciation for the opportunities their education made possible.  As a Sociology student, Mr. Haddad was specifically impacted by a trip to study and spend time in a South Carolina juvenile detention center.  With this experience in mind, the award will be given to a College of Charleston student who is a declared Sociology major completing a for-credit internship with troubled or at-risk youth through the Sociology Internship Program or the Crime, Law and Society Program. The recipient must have a demonstrated interest in helping troubled youth through previous volunteer experience, activities, research, etc.; and/or an interest in pursuing a career working with troubled youth in the future.

The inaugural award will be presented at the Department’s Honors Reception on April 17th.  Stay tuned later this year for a profile on the first award recipient!

If you would like to learn about opportunities for giving to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, please see our website at http://sociology.cofc.edu/giving/index.php.

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Alumni Spotlight: Sergeant Larry Walker (SOCY ’95)

Posted by: Melissa Page | March 22, 2014 | No Comment |

What have you been doing since you graduated?
I looked into several different careers before becoming  a police officer with the SC Dept. of Public Safety in 1998.

What is your current position?
Recently promoted to Division Sergeant within the SCDPS.  I supervise 10 officers  along with a shift Corporal.  Daily, my department (approx. 75 officers and supervisors) handles security for the Governor and First Family, State Capital Police, and reponding to any crimes on State property.Sgt Walker

What advice would you offer to new students at the College of Charleston who are thinking of declaring a major in Sociology?
This is an ideal major for those interested in the field of law enforcement, military,  or any type of social service position where dealing with the public is a key part of your career.

What advice would you offer to students graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in Sociology?
Check into the many types of service careers that are out there.  While law enforcement may not be your ideal, there are several other types of careers that will cater to those with a degree in Sociology.  Be warned, most of these positions will not make you wealthy, but if you enjoy working with and for people, they are still very rewarding.

What was your most memorable learning experience in Sociology?
Any class with Dr. George Dickinson as well as my internship with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department.

What unexpected benefits have you derived from a degree in Sociology?
A small part of my job is being a victim advocate.  Some of my Sociology classes really have come in handy in these types of situations.

What class did you most enjoy while earning your degree at the College of Charleston?
I hate to admit this because it had nothing to do with my current profession, but sailing.

What class was the most applicable to your everyday life now that you’ve graduated? 
Constitutional Law

What made you choose the College of Charleston over other schools?
Small class size, beautiful campus, CofC academic rankings

How has a Sociology degree made you a more well-rounded person?
It makes it a lot easier to see things from a different perspective when dealing with those that may be from a different cultural or socio-economic class than I am.


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Darwin Week 2014 Activities

Posted by: Melissa Page | February 4, 2014 | No Comment |

To Our Friends in Sociology & Anthropology:

Everybody is invited to the 14th annual Darwin Week celebration in Charleston Feb 8 – 13!  This year’s theme is posed as a question: “What Does It Mean To Be Human?”  Our featured guest will be noted paleoanthropologist Dr. Rick Potts, curator of the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian.  Read all about it here:


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Brand new for 2014 is a program for children and youth that we’re calling “Piccolo Darwin Week.”   It has its own website, here:


In addition to his scientific seminar on Tuesday afternoon Feb 11, Dr. Potts also will be participating in a panel discussion Wednesday evening Feb 12 at the Church of the Holy Communion on Ashley Avenue that may be of particular interest to your department, both faculty and students alike.

So we’ll see you all at Darwin Week!




Dr. Robert T. Dillon, Jr.

Department of Biology, College of Charleston

Charleston, SC  29429

Voice 843-953-8087, Fax 843-953-5453




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Please join us for our monthly brown bag seminar tomorrow, January 22 at 12p in ECTR 107.  Dr. George Dickinson will be discussing the Spring 2013 sabbatical he took to the UK.  This seminar will also serve as the first official meeting of the Sociology Club.

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Support the CofC Archaeology Club

Posted by: Melissa Page | January 21, 2014 | No Comment |

Support the CofC Archaeology Club by purchasing a t-shirt and/or shot glass!

Ordering and T-shirt info:  http://www.customink.com/signup/4h1tntbx

Shot Glasses:


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Catherine Wood Parker Fund Benefits Anthropology Majors

Posted by: Heath C. Hoffmann | November 9, 2013 | No Comment |

Anthropology Majors Discovered Buried Treasures

Caitlin Stone discovered the remnants of a soup bowl that measured 16 inches wide. Sarah Elgradawy pulled a skull out of a tomb built somewhere around 2,000 years ago. The senior anthropology students both excavated gravesites this past summer, though they were half a world apart when completing their digs. Stone was busy investigating human remains around an old Italian monastery, while Elgradawy worked in the thin air of Peru’s Andean highlands to map an ancient settlement.

Each of their trips was helped made possible by the Catherine Wood Parker Scholarship, which was created by Parker’s daughter, Chris Heidenreich, to honor her mother’s interest in education and anthropology. Parker, who attended Vassar College before eventually moving back to South Carolina, was a regular volunteer at the Charleston Museum. She passed away in 1995. Read more…

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Steven Paschal (ANTH/ARCH ’14) was a 2013 recipient of the Jon Morter Memorial Award which facilitated his participation in the Southeastern Archaeological Field School in Charleston, SC.  

DSC_0397This summer I had the opportunity to participate in the 2013 Archaeology Field School hosted by the College of Charleston and the Charleston Museum. Unlike many other field schools, this particular field school was designed to teach undergraduate students the basics of the archaeological process as opposed to others that use undergraduates as labor for graduate students. The field school included experience ranging from how to lay down a grid and excavate a unit to theoretical questions pertaining to archaeology. While the excavation basics that I learned were invaluable for my future, this field school had the greatest impact on my professional and intellectual development.

I knew when I began this field school that it was possible to have a professional job practicing archaeology. My experience in the field school expanded this knowledge by introducing me to and allowing me to work beside men and women employed in the field of archaeology. Particularly eye-opening was when I realized the number of people employed by the State Park Service. Meeting this diverse group of people has allowed me to narrow my professional goals to a handful of jobs as opposed to the archaeology field in general.

StevenScreeningThis field school not only impacted my professional development but also my intellectual development. My initial interest in archaeology was based on the early history of the South Carolina colony in the Lowcountry. Through this field school I was able to work on a diverse group of sites pertaining to the early days of South Carolina. Not only did this respark my archaeological interest in the Lowcountry but also provided me with new knowledge in that unique, hands-on way that only archaeology can provide.

The Jon Morter Memorial Award supports participation of Anthropology majors interested in archaeology in the archaeological field school co-sponsored by the Anthropology program and the Charleston Museum or in another archaeological field school.  If you would like to contribute to awards that support student opportunities such as Steven’s, please see our website at http://sociology.cofc.edu/giving/index.phpStevenTroweling

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