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Cougar Countdown December 2018

Posted by: Erin Blevins | November 28, 2018 | No Comment |

Cougar Countdown begins Tuesday, 12/4 with its traditional kick-off events–Ask a Prof! and Cougar Cookout—and also the Charleston Bridge program- sponsored brunch on the Green to support the Bridge students on their first day of exams. The famous Moonlight Breakfast will also be held that night at 10 pm in Liberty Fresh Foods (this is a meal swipe event through dining services).  We will see the return of Pancakes with the President with President Osborne on Wed 12/5, and the ever-popular Stress Relief Fair featuring MANY huggable dogs, loads of stress-relieving activities, and healthy snacks. And of course daily coffee breaks, Zumba, yoga, and limited tutoring in the evening at the CSL! Check out the full list of events at http://cougarcountdown.cofc.edu/activities/index.php and make sure you like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CofCCountdown.

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How it works: “Advise Me” is a mobile texting platform that allows students to ask advising questions by texting in to the Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC). They will receive fact-based answers from the AAPC Peer Advisors. Students can text “adviseme” to 85511 with advising questions. Students are able to text in their questions anytime and can expect a response within 24 business hours (except during holiday breaks). Peer Advisors respond through an online Prevention Pays program from our AAPC office computers.

What kind of questions will be answered: This is a fact based advising texting service, meaning the questions can include but are not limited to learning about campus support services and resources, making appointments, asking about class schedules and prerequisite course, and interpreting Degree Works. Good questions for the Advise Me texting service could include “What time do I register for my classes,” “How many humanities credits do I need to graduate,” or “How do I declare my academic major.” If a question is not able to be answered over text and needs more in-depth explanation, students are encouraged to attend Quick Question Drop In (QQDI) Monday through Friday from 2pm to 4pm or make an appointment with their academic advisor.

Why created: The platform was created to help students who live on and off campus get answers to their quick advising questions. Student turnout for QQDI hours have been great! However, many students are still unable to make it during QQDI hours or our prior evening on campus hours for Mobile Academic Advising. We also learned about Prevention Pays from Rachael McNamara, who has trained CASAS’ Cougar Counseling Team to use this texting platform as well. They have seen much success with this platform and we hope to see the same! For these many reasons, the Peer Advising program in the AAPC has created the Advise Me text in service. Students can now get their advising questions answered without having to be present between specific hours of the day. Spread the word!

Any questions about this texting service can be directed to Silvia Youssef Hanna: hannas@cofc.edu

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Commuter News

Posted by: Erin Blevins | September 28, 2018 | No Comment |

There are new commuter lockers in the basement of the Lightsey Center.  They are located just past the B01 conference room.  There are 18 semester lockers and 15 daily lockers that commuter students can access at no cost.  In addition, the Commuter Student Lounge (CLB1) and the Commuter Student Break Room (CLB2) are both available.  In the break room, students will find a refrigerator, Keurig and microwave that is ready for use.  Questions concerning the lockers or break area can be directed to Jennifer Bradley in the Center for Excellence in Peer Education.

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Veteran and Military Student Center

Posted by: Erin Blevins | August 28, 2018 | No Comment |


The Veteran & Military Student Center opened its door to students on August 21 in the Lightsey Center Basement, Suite B24 (where Auxiliary Services was previously located). The new center serves as a place for veteran and military students to connect, relax, or study. It offers a large lounge area with couches, a television, and coffee makers with free coffee, as well as a separate computer lab and study area with six new computers.

The Veteran & Military Student Center is fully staffed and houses Jessica Wilkes, Program Director of Veteran & Military Student Services, Mat Garrison, Coordinator for Veteran, Military and ROTC Recruitment and Admissions, and Charles West, VA VITAL Coordinator. Jessica is the veteran and military student central point of contact. She can assist students with any questions they have, in addition to locating the appropriate resources and services they may need. Not only does she assist veteran/military students but she also assists faculty/staff with questions or concerns they may have regarding students. Mat is the first stop in the application process for veteran and military students that wish to attend the College of Charleston. He evaluates previous college credits and is the on-campus Joint Services Transcripts (JST) expert. In addition to admissions, he also works in conjunction with Jessica assisting students with any issues, questions, or concerns they have. He is now located in the Veteran & Military Student Center in Room B25.  Charles West is the campus VA VITAL Coordinator and his office is located in B26 within the new center. He assists students with signing up for VA healthcare, contacting providers, obtaining referrals, and provides counseling to veteran students.  Charles West’s office hours vary so contact the VMSS office regarding for his availability.

You can reach Jessica Wilkes at WilkesJJ@cofc.edu if you have any questions.

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REACH Director Honored by South Carolina Governor

Posted by: Erin Blevins | April 26, 2018 | No Comment |

Edie Cusack, Director of the REACH Program, was recognized by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster with a proclamation naming April 25, 2018 Advocacy Day for Access and Independence.

For more information, read the article in The College Today: https://bit.ly/2HP6cZx

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2017-2018 Student Employee of the Year

Posted by: Erin Blevins | April 26, 2018 | No Comment |

Dr. Silvia Hanna and Elizabeth Buckley at student award luncheon on April 10, 2018

Congratulations to Elizabeth Buckley, from the Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC) for being selected as the 2017-2018 Student Employee of the Year at the College of Charleston. She was selected from 1,246 student employees on campus. Her supervisor, Dr. Silvia Hanna, nominated Elizabeth for her contributions to AAPC’s new Mobile Academic Advising service.






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Peer Facilitators Present at National Convention

Posted by: Erin Blevins | April 17, 2018 | No Comment |

Two College of Charleston students presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Convention in Houston, Texas March 11-March 14, 2018. This year’s ACPA Convention theme was educating and role modeling the value of social justice and decolonization. Participants were encouraged to recognize different issues impacting higher education relating to social justice and decolonization, and engage in learning and understanding to promote change.

Joequise Wright and Eli Major-Wright who attended and presented are both Juniors at the College of Charleston and have been serving as First Year Experience Peer Facilitators for almost two years. They presented about how all College of Charleston First Year Experience Peer Facilitators use components of dialogue in the Synthesis Seminar to conduct conversations and lesson about social justice and diversity.

“I had a great experience at ACPA. It was amazing being able to show others what we do as PFs and how we try to promote social justice and change. I liked hearing about how other colleges attempts to incorporating social change with their students. It was also interesting learning about the social justice issues that are in higher education.” (Eli Major-Wright).

 “My experience in Houston was very beneficial to me. It really assisted me educationally and professionally. When presenting, I established an understanding of self confidence and was able to expand my public speaking skills. I also attended many of the educational seminars. The session that impacted me the most was Incorporating Hip-Hop Culture In the Classroom. Being in that session really opened my eyes to the various ways that we could incorporate music, primarily hip-hop, in our lessons for our students. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who is willing to learn, who advocates for diversity and inclusion, and who just wants an all around positive experience.” (Joequiese Wright)

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The Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC) is excited to launch the first edition of their AAPC newsletter.  Inside you will find information about their newest staff members, Peer Advisors, the fall Majors & Minors Fair, as well as details about NACADA’s upcoming regional advising conference being held here in Charleston, and other important initiatives.

Read the AAPC newsletter here:    http://advising.cofc.edu/pdf/aapc-newsletter-2017-2018.pdf

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First Year Experience Welcomes New Director

Posted by: Erin Blevins | January 28, 2018 | No Comment |

Sarah Owens, Professor of Spanish, became the new Director of the First Year Experience in January 2018.  In 2000, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Colonial Latin American Literature, Dr. Owens became a faculty member here at the College of Charleston.   She looks forward to being a part of a program that is already successful and is excited to help shape students’ experiences from day one at the College.

Dr. Owens has led College of Charleston study abroad programs to Spain, Chile, and Cuba.  Her research has taken her to the archives of Mexico, Spain, Chile, Peru, and the Vatican. She has published three books on the topic of colonial nuns and women from the Iberian Peninsula. She enjoys teaching courses on literature, gender, travel, and culture of Latin America and Spain.

You can read more about Dr. Sarah Owens here:  http://acadexperience.cofc.edu/personnel/sarah-owens.php

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Edie Cusack Day Proclaimation

Posted by: Erin Blevins | December 12, 2017 | No Comment |

Pictured above:  Edie Cusack and College of Charleston President Glen McConnell.

Edie Cusack, Director of the REACH Program, was honored with a proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Charleston naming December 3, 2017 Edie Cusack Day.  Mayor John Tecklenburg’s proclamation states that Edie is being honored for “the contributions she has made to our city, state, country and the world in the arena of post-secondary education for people with disabilities.” This College Today article highlights Edie and the honor of having a day named for her: http://today.cofc.edu/2017/12/01/reach-program-edie-cusack/.

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