Deadline Extended! Apply Today to Join the Honors College Dean’s Advisory Committee

Honors College

The Honors College is seeking students to join a Student Advisory Committee that will work directly with Dean Beth Meyer-Bernstein to help guide the Honors College forward.

To Apply:

Position Description: Students who serve on the Dean’s Advisory Group are essential in guiding the future of the Honors College. They will share their day to day experiences with the Dean so that the voices of the students are considered in the decision-making process. Additionally, they will provide student perspective on current and future Honors College policies.


  • Must be a member of the Honors College in good standing
  • Must be available for the entire 22-23 academic year
  • Committed to the values of the Honors College

Time commitment: approximately 2-4 hours per month for an academic year (flexible based on your schedule)

Application Process: Applicant must submit the following items for consideration

  • Complete the application form
  • A statement of interest that addresses the following question (in fewer than 500 words): How can students on the Dean’s Advisory Council improve the student experience in the Honors College and help their peers succeed?
  • The deadline to apply is Monday, October 10

Join education advocate Dustin Daniels for a Coffee Conversation

Dustin Daniels, the new Executive Director of local education advocacy nonprofit Charleston Coalition for Kids, will meet with students as part of the Honors College’s Coffee Conversation series.

How it works: Honors College Coffee Conversations are just that: casual discussions where students can learn more about an expert guest’s experiences and ask questions about the topics that matter most to them.

When/where: Thursday, October 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Sottile House First Floor Conference Room

Great fit for: those interested in Education advocacy and policy / Community activism / Political strategy and campaign communication / Nonprofit leadership / Government relations

How to register: Sign Up Here

  • Dustin has worked in various leadership, consulting, administrative, and management roles in the public, private, and non-profit sector in over 10 countries.
  • Recently named the executive director of Charleston Coalition for Kids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public education in Charleston County School District (CCSD).
  • Owns and operates a multifaceted consulting firm focused on government relations, public affairs, strategy management, impact assessment, and multimedia communication services.
  • While Head of Strategy for the Transformation Network of Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) in Florida, Dustin helped decrease the number of “D” and “F” schools by 82 percent and helped 38 of 45 of the HCPS’ most vulnerable and chronically underperforming schools improve by at least one letter grade during the global pandemic from 2019-2022.
  • Helped secure funding for CCSD as a consultant to address teacher retention and burnout issues and connected the district with partnerships focused on rapid school improvement, including with the Strategic Data Project at Harvard University and the National Education Equity Lab.
  • He holds master’s degrees in Education (Broad Residency in Urban Education from the Yale School of Management) and International Development Management (London School of Economics), and is also a first generation graduate of Florida State University with undergraduate degrees in economics and international affairs.

Health and Human Performance Speaker Series: Confronting AIDS in the Early 1980s

The Department of Health and Human Performance will welcome Dr. Bill Darrow to campus for a presentation hosted by the Joseph J. Schott Health and Human Performance Speaker Series.

Dr. Darrow’s presentation will focus on confronting AIDS in the early 1980s from a biomedicine, public health, and fourth estate (power of the press) perspective.

Dr. Darrow’s presentation is scheduled for Tuesday October 11 at 5:00 p.m. in SSMB 129.

Please reach out to Dr. Pfile ( for any additional information!

Learn how we can design our communities to promote active living for healthy citizens

The Faculty Lecture Series, a collaboration between the Friends of the Library and the Honors College, will examine whether our communities are designed to promote the type of active living that supports physical, social, and emotional health.

When: Wednesday, October 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Addlestone Library room 227.

The lecture: Dr. Morgan Hughey, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance and Honors Faculty Fellow will describe how neighborhood environments are recognized as a fundamental determinant of health.

  • Go deeper: Dr. Hughey will explore two of her ongoing projects focused on access to parks and green spaces, and biking/walking for transportation.

Great fit for: Students interested in Public Health / Community Development / Exercise Science / Social and Environmental Activism

How to register: The event is free and open to the public; register ahead of time to reserve a free box lunch! Those who don’t pre-register are still encouraged to attend.

Honors Art Nights promotes good health and well-being

October’s Honors Art Night is right around the corner! Join us on October 18th, 4:30-6 PM in Berry Hall, Room 103.

The Activity:

  • We are redecorating the gallery space in Berry Hall over the academic year!
  • Part of getting back to normal is making our spaces reflect and celebrate who we are as a community.
  • In a series of monthly art nights, we will use the Honors Engaged and UN Sustainable Development Goals as a starting point for building friendships and collaborative art-making.

Need to Know Details:

  • Bring your ID!
  • October is about Good Health and Well-being – get ready to show your friends (and yourself) some love!
  • No art skills or experience necessary!
  • All supplies provided!

Target Audience:

  • All Honors students are welcome.
  • Students who live in Berry Hall may also sign in a non-Honors friend.

Winthrop University U.S. Dept. of Ed TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement projects

Winthrop McNair Scholars offers a paid summer research internship ($2800), summer room & board, and faculty mentoring. McNair Scholars present their research at a national conference, and many have earned national awards for their presentations.

Additionally, Winthrop’s McNair program pays for students’ travel to conferences, graduate school fairs, graduate school test prep & fees, graduate school application fees, and more! 

Winthrop’s McNair Scholars produce award winning research and go on to succeed in highly competitive graduate programs. This past summer, Winthrop students earned 25% of all of the awards at the Winthrop conference, 62.5% of the 8 first place awards, and 83% of the first place awards for the 6 categories in which they competed.

McNair Scholars receive guidance throughout the graduate application and interview process as well as help finding funding for graduate study. More information about the program is available here!

Applications are accepted year-round, but the deadline for priority consideration this year is Oct. 17. Recommendations are due by Oct. 24.

Please check out our application page to see if you are eligible.

If you think you might be eligible, please complete this online survey.

Interested students may check out a Discussion Session to learn more!

    • Discussion Focus: Program Purpose and Eligibility
    • Discussion Focus: Application Questions


CofC Stages season kicks off with production of Violet featuring multiple Honors students

The first production in the 2022-23 CofC Stages season is Violet, a story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s

  • Opening night is Friday, September 30, with performances running through October 8.

The production: Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime, discovering love and the true meaning of beauty along the way.

Honors connection: Multiple Honors students are involved in the production, both on-stage and behind-the-scenes. Come out and support them!

How to buy tickets: CofC students receive discounted tickets to all CofC Stages performances. Get yours here!


First Gen Friday panel discussion will help first generation students thrive

A panel discussion designed-by and created for first generation college students.

Date/Time: Friday, September 30 at 3:00 p.m., Stern 205.

The event: President Hsu will open the event, to be followed by a panel of CofC Professors that were first generation college graduates. The discussion will be moderated by a current first-gen student.

Great fit for: First generation students looking for tips, resources, and a communal support network to help them thrive at CofC.

Learn more: Register for the event using Cougar Connect.