April Event Update

Last year's "A Charleston Affair" Gala

T.S. Eliot famously called April “the cruellest month,” and any grad student who’s ever had to deal with the hectic flurry of assignments at the end of the semester can agree.

It’s not all bad, though! April is definitely going to be a busy month for events around campus. In the midst of getting those last few papers in and planning for finals, there will be lots of opportunities for you to take a study break and learn about your career options, be an activist, or party down with fellow students and alumni. Here are more details:

Graduate Student Association Meeting

Friday, April 9th, 5:00 P.M., Stern Center Room 409.

The last GSA Meeting of the academic year will be this Friday at 5:00 PM in Stern Center Room 409. You are invited to participate and make your voice heard as a member of your graduate student government organization. At this meeting, the GSA will also certify and swear-in the winners of this year’s elections:

Emile Stafford (Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy), President-elect
Jen Jones (Environmental Studies), Vice President-elect
Walter Blair (Marine Biology), Treasurer-elect

If you can’t make it to the meeting, you can keep up with the GSA by checking out their blog.

Graduate Open Alliance Information Session

Friday, April 16th at 5:30 P.M., Stern Center Room 409.

The Graduate Open Alliance is a new organization on campus designed for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (GLBTQ) Graduate Students, as well as Straight students who support them.

Because the GOA will be designed for graduate students, we plan to discuss issues particularly pertinent to the grad student population. Topics will include equality in the workplace, GLBTQ healthcare and legal issues, balancing work, school, and relationships, and fostering a supportive climate for GLBTQ Grad Students and their allies on campus. Of course, the GOA also plans to host or participate in networking events that cater to the professional and personal needs of grad students too!

Since our focus will be on equality, attending Open Alliance meetings will be helpful not only if you’re GLBTQ or a straight ally, it will also be helpful to you if you’re interested in learning about issues of diversity and inclusion in general. After all, you don’t have to be of any particular sexual orientation or gender identity to be dedicated to the equal treatment of every individual.

At this meeting, we will create a group agenda, talk about the group’s purpose, and hopefully gather some ideas for future discussion. After our session at the Stern Center, we plan to go out to a local restaurant for drinks and dinner together. If you have questions, or would like to be involved but can’t attend, email Adam Johnson at johnsonap@cofc.edu.

Hope to see you there!

A Charleston Affair

Saturday, April 24th, 7:00-10:00 PM, Cistern Yard

At this year’s annual alumni gala, sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Cistern Yard will go Caribbean with a fun West Indies theme. Join fellow alumni and friends as we honor the graduating class of 2010. Enjoy music by The Plainfield Project, heavy hors d’oeuvres (catered by Jim & Nick’s Barbecue), beer, wine, and more.

The gala is also a reunion for all classes of The Graduate School, the Honors College, The School of the Arts, and the Computer Science department, as well as the Class of 1980’s 30th Reunion.

A special tent will be set up for attendees from The Graduate School, and you’re all invited to join us there!

Reduced Price Tickets available now through 5 P.M. on April 19th:

Class of 2010 (includes master’s candidates graduating in May): $35 (limit two)
Young Alumni (Classes of 2000-2009): $45 (limit two)
Alumni Association Life Member/Faculty/Staff: $45 (limit two)
All Others/additional tickets: $60

After 5 P.M. on April 19th, tickets available only at the door: $120
VIP Table tickets are also available. See the link below for rates.

For more details and to register, click here.

Pathways to Teaching: Teacher Education Open House

Monday, April 26th at 6:00 PM, at the College of Charleston’s North Campus

Have you (or someone you know) ever thought about becoming a teacher, but don’t know where to start? The School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, along with representatives from The Graduate School and Undergraduate Admissions, are hosting a joint open house on the various undergraduate and graduate programs the College offers which lead to teacher certification.

If you’re interested in exploring teaching as a career, come and talk with a group of experts who can help make your goals a reality. For more information or to register, click here.

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