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Everyone wants to see students at the College of Charleston succeed – but no one more so than parents and families.  

That’s why the Office of New Student Programs has launched the CofC Parent & Family Experience, an online resource powered by CampusESP designed to give parents and families customized information to help them support their students at CofC.  

And while parents of new students starting in the fall of 2022 will certainly need support as they adjust to college life, families of second, third- and fourth-year students are encouraged to sign up as well to learn about campus resources, important dates, announcements and information that promotes student success at the College.  

The goal, says Mindy Miley, assistant vice president of first year and bridge student services, is to provide families with the knowledge they want and need to help their students excel in college both academically and socially.   

Read the full article here in The College Today

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College Named Bronze Level Military Friendly School

Posted by: Erin Blevins | March 28, 2022 | No Comment |

The College of Charleston has earned the 2022–23 Military Friendly® School designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022–23 survey, with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard.

“We are extremely proud to be elevated to a bronze level military-friendly college, particularly after learning that more than 1,800 schools participated in the survey,” says Jessica Wilkes, director of Veteran and Military Student Services. “This recognition demonstrates the College of Charleston’s exceptional programs and services and its commitment to increase support for our veteran and military-connected students.”

Read full College Today article here.

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Spring 2022 Commuter Events

Posted by: Erin Blevins | February 16, 2022 | No Comment |

photo of January 2022 Commuter eventThe Center for Excellence in Peer Education is partnering with the new Office of Student Wellness and Well-Being to host Commuter Lounge events each month this semester. The first event was held on the morning of January 19 as part of the College’s Weeks of Welcome, and students attending were provided coffee, tea, and muffins. The next event will be held from 1-3 pm on Tuesday, February 22, and afternoon snacks and beverages will be available for students.

This partnership provides an the opportunity to introduce students to the commuter lounge, as well as showcase the new Office of Student Wellness and Well-Being.  These events are being held for commuter students in the lower level of the Lightsey Center.


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CofC Supports Student – Veterans Year Round

Posted by: Erin Blevins | November 16, 2021 | No Comment |

For the past few years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the College of Charleston as one of the best schools in the nation for veterans.

That doesn’t surprise Jabe Danielson. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Danielson started looking for a place to continue his education. After talking with other veterans, he decided to attend the College.

Now, as the president of CofC’s Student Veterans Organization, Danielson is talking to other veterans about the College. He says the College’s Veteran and Military Student Services is one of the big reasons veterans are looking at the College.

Read the full article in The College Today

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William Ganas draws a deep breath as he gets ready to address the students sitting in front of him. “The author of this chapter,” he says, “asks us to consider the significance of Black actors playing the part of white founding fathers in Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton. She writes about the concept of a Model Minority and suggests that there’s racism in Miranda’s work that isn’t really explored.”

As one of 20 first-year students enrolled in College of Charleston theatre Professor Susan Kattwinkel’s seminar Reading Hamilton: Hip Hop and History in the American Musical, Ganas is learning a lot. Specifically, he’s learning to use the tools of scholarship to critique popular culture. Part of that process involves preparing and making this presentation to the class, along with his study partner Jennifer Monrroy-Resendiz.

“I’m a big fan of musicals, and I’ve seen Hamilton before,” Ganas says, “but I’d only considered it from an entertainment point of view. For our presentation, we read a chapter written by a historian who discusses how the musical is unintentionally racist. Making that presentation helped me understand the ways in which the musical glosses over the racism of that era.”

Kattwinkel’s course is one of more than 70 first-year seminars offered at the College this semester. Like all the others, it’s been purposely designed to help first-year students acclimate to college life – something that nearly every university in the country does to ensure students have a successful transition from high school to college.

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We’ve all heard the saying, “If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime.” The College of Charleston has taken this maxim one step further by teaching students not just how to learn, but also how to teach others the best ways to learn.

Established in 2011, the Center for Excellence in Peer Education, or CEPE (“see – pee,” as its students call it), is a place where CofC students can learn how to become  peer educators. To mark the center’s tenth anniversary as a central hub for training and supporting peer educators, the CEPE will host a drop-in open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in the Lightsey Center, Suite B66. 

The CEPE is unique to the College of Charleston; no other large campus in South Carolina has a peer education center. The center serves as a way for students to get involved, help others and become part of the campus community, all while taking on the role of “peer educator.”

According to Page Keller, the center’s director since its establishment, “peer educator” is an umbrella term that encompasses a lot of different roles where any paraprofessional –  meaning a recipient of formal training – serves in a peer-helping-peer role. At the College, peer educators are deployed across campus in many different places from academics to student life, fulfilling program specific duties in areas that spark their interests.

Read full article at the College Today here

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Third Annual Strengths Institute

Posted by: Erin Blevins | May 12, 2021 | No Comment |

Sometimes we don’t know our own strength. But once we do, it makes us even stronger – and empowers everyone around us, too. That’s why the College of Charleston Office for the Academic Experience is offering faculty and staff the opportunity to attend its third annual Strengths Institute, Aug. 3–5, 2021. Applications close May 21, 2021.

This free, fun and interactive workshop is limited to 24 people and will be offered in a hybrid format with portions being held in person on campus and portions being held virtually.

Based on Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Assessment and talent themes, the Strengths Institute gives faculty and staff a foundation to explore, engage, understand and apply their individual strengths. Participants will come away with an appreciation for all 34 talent themes and will identify practical ways to implement their strengths in instruction and develop skills to enhance interactions with students and colleagues.

View full article at The College Today here


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Cougar Countdown 2021

Posted by: Erin Blevins | April 22, 2021 | No Comment |

Cougar Countdown Helps Make Finals Fun.  For most students, exams mean late nights of coffee-fueled studying. But the College of Charleston wants to help ease that stress with a series of activities designed to keep students centered and relaxed as they wrap up the spring semester.

Running April 22-27, 2021, Cougar Countdown is a mix of physical support, emotional support and fun activities for students during the last week of classes and Exam Week.

Read full article at The College Today here


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Exploration, discovery, discussions and research are all key components of the College of Charleston’s First Year Experience (FYE) program, which is designed to fully integrate new students into the academic and cultural community of the College. FYE usually includes activities outside the classroom, and although the COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges for the fall 2020 semester, faculty still found ways to connect students with learning opportunities beyond their books.

“During the pandemic first-year students have faced many more obstacles than normal to finding ways to make new friends and interact with one another,” says Sarah Owens, director of the First Year Experience program and professor of Hispanic Studies. “FYE professors have made an extra effort to help students get excited about their course content while providing a semblance of normalcy. I’m proud of the myriad of extra opportunities we have offered our students this semester. Watching the stars with your astronomy professor or attending a local comedy night with your tourism class can very well be the highlight of a student’s first year here at the College of Charleston.”

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Have Fun, Stay Focused During Finals with Cougar Countdown

Posted by: Erin Blevins | December 4, 2020 | No Comment |

Cougar Countdown kicks off Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, with a variety of academic and social events aimed at helping students stay focused and centered during finals from Dec. 8-Dec. 14.

Organized by the Center for Student Learning, Cougar Countdown is a program for students to support their mind, body and spirit during the final days of each semester and during final exams.

Read full article at The College Today 

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