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The Center for Excellence in Peer Education (CEPE) prepares outstanding students to mentor, tutor, and assist their peers in both curricular and co-curricular settings. The Center offers resources, services, and training opportunities to the College of Charleston campus and to other college and university peer educator groups interested in improving and/or expanding their peer educator programs.

To read Knack’s spotlight visit:  https://www.joinknack.com/blog/2020/01/31/spotlight-college-of-charleston/ 

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REACH Graduate is Delivering the Goods

Posted by: Erin Blevins | January 20, 2020 | No Comment |

Life is hard enough without having to deal with issues most of us take for granted. That’s why, since its founding in 2010, the College’s REACH Program has helped more than 100 students with intellectual or cognitive disabilities make it on their own, people like Randon Strange ’16 of Metter, Ga., who enrolled at the urging of a friend.

“It’s one of the top programs in the country, and there was nothing like it where I grew up,” says Strange, who took full advantage of all REACH had to offer. Other students helped him improve homework and test results, while REACH staff taught him how to manage things that made him uncomfortable, like eye contact.

The program also arranged internships for him. “Randon started out with an internship in the MUSC mailroom, then he tried a computer repair internship, but he kept going back to mail services,” says Edie Cusack ’90, executive director of the REACH Program.

Upon his graduation, Strange’s passion for mail services led him to apply to be a mail services postal courier at the College. He got the job and, while it was a tough decision to stay in Charleston, he knew he had the tools he needed to succeed.

Read full article in The College Today.

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Karen Hauschild named NACADA Regional Chair

Posted by: Erin Blevins | October 30, 2019 | No Comment |

photo of Karen HauschildAt its annual conference, Oct. 20–23, 2019, the NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) welcomed Karen Hauschild, director of the College of Charleston’s Academic Advising and Planning Center, as its Mid-South Region 3 chair. Hauschild will serve in this position until October 2021.

Read the full article at The College Today.

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CSL Tutors Save the Day! a New Training Program

Posted by: Erin Blevins | September 19, 2019 | No Comment |

In the context of higher education, Chickering & Ehrmann (1996) wrote, “Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much just sitting in classes listening to teachers, memorizing pre-packaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write reflectively about it, relate to past experiences, and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves.”

In that spirit, the Center for Student Learning adopted a new medium for our tutor training program this Fall. After one hour of lecture-style information provided for our tutors on topics ranging from privacy/ethics to effective communication to submitting timesheets, more than sixty of our new tutors were broken into groups and charged with the task of saving the College of Charleston from a significant weather event. The only way for our tutors to save the campus from extensive flooding was to use the knowledge they gained from new tutor training to solve riddles and decode puzzles that would open boxes with combination locks. Each box they opened represented a key campus location and provided new clues and challenges that would eventually lead them to securing the last location on campus – the CSL!

The project-based learning technique we used is a form of an escape room where participants are “locked” into a room and must “break out” in a pre-determined amount of time. Escape rooms and break-out activities have been popular in educational settings in the last few years and something that the College of Charleston is working to implement more regularly in classrooms. Jared Seay, Research Librarian and Media Services Coordinator, was awarded a grant from the Innovative Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program. Jared’s mission is to transform learning into “immersive scenarios,” as he calls them, that allow students to interact with course content through platforms such as escape rooms, break-out boxes, role play, and megagames. We reached out to Jared to learn how we could make this work for our tutor training, and he was instrumental in its success!  Developing the break-out scenario took a great deal of time and effort, but we think it paid off! The tutors were excited, engaged, and enjoyed the experience. The CSL plans to incorporate additional immersive scenarios into our ongoing training programs later this Fall!

Written by Abe Saunders, CSL

Chickering, Arthur W. and Ehrmann Stephen C. (1996), “Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever,” AAHE Bulletin, October, pp. 3-6

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AEX Step Challenge grows

Posted by: Erin Blevins | August 29, 2019 | No Comment |

This year marks the 4th installment of the AEX Step Challenge and thanks to the article, “Staff, Faculty Step it up for Health” in the College Today, participation has exploded to 92 participants representing 49 different departments across campus. Participants have been divided into 6 different flights so that they are competing against others who get approximately the same number of steps each week.  In addition to recording and submitting steps, they also participate in a variety of monthly health challenges.

Thanks to Michelle Futrell, Director, Center for Academic Performance and Persistence, for managing this Challenge!

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Stephanie Auwaerter was the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Staff Member Presidential Service Award.  She was presented with this prestigious award at the Annual Staff Celebration lunch in June for her collaborative efforts, engagement, and contributions throughout the campus community.

As the Director of Orientation in the Office of New Student Programs, Stephanie is responsible for planning and implementing student and family orientation, coordinating the orientation internship experience for CofC students and working on the various projects involving new students.

Read more about Stephanie Auwaerter in the College Today’s CofC Faces to Know.

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Spring Cougar Countdown

Posted by: Erin Blevins | April 20, 2019 | No Comment |

From cookouts to coffee and tutoring to yoga, Cougar Countdown organized by the Center for Student Learning offers something to help everyone feel calm and supported during finals.

Read the full article at The CollegeToday

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CofC Writing Lab Director Receives Achievement Award

Posted by: Erin Blevins | March 15, 2019 | No Comment |

photo of Dr. DevetThe recipient of the Southeastern Writing Center Association Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Bonnie Devet, English professor and director of Writing Lab in the Center for Student Learning in February.  This award recognizes the outstanding, sustained body of work of a writing center director and his or her contributions to the writing center community at large.

Read the full article at The CollegeToday.

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Green Zone Training

Posted by: Erin Blevins | February 3, 2019 | No Comment |

image of GreenZoneThe College of Charleston has more than 200 military veteran students on campus.  Green Zone training aims to help faculty and staff understand the unique experiences and perspectives that veterans bring to campus from their time in the service.  This training is organized by Veteran and Military Student Services.

Read the full article at The CollegeToday

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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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