Advocacy in Action, “A Red, White & Blue Affair” on Friday October 26, 7pm

Each year, the ROAR Scholars Program holds an, “Advocacy in Action Forum,” event that brings students, faculty, staff together to discuss advocacy issues in our modern society. 

Our final event is our advocacy forum “A Red, White, and Blue Affair”, where we will have a speaker who will help vocalize the importance of advocacy and being active as a citizen.

This year our speaker will be Jeff Johnson, a Washington, DC – based, award-winning investigative journalist, social activist, and political commentator. He will be speaking on campus in the Stern Center Ballroom, at the College of Charleston, on October 26th from 7 – 8pm. A pre-event reception will be held from 6-7 pm in the Stern Center. Both events are free and open to the College of Charleston community.

This year’s topic of the talk will be:

 “Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?” 

This program is sponsored by ROAR Scholars Program, Office of Research and Grants Accounting, C.A.B., Office of Institutional Diversity, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and the Political Science, African- American Studies, and Communications Departments.

If you have any questions regarding this upcoming event please call the ROAR Scholars Program at 843-953-6435 to get more information.



USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Opportunity

This opportunity may be of interest to our recent or soon-to-be graduates:

There is a new international development graduate fellowship being funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service.  The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. 

The application deadline is January 23, 2013. 

For more information:
(202) 806-4367; 877-633-0002

About the Program:

The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities.  Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  

At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at

The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

CofC Hosts Archaeology Event with Demonstrations, Artifact Identification

October 25-27, 2012
 Includes Lectures, Demonstrations by Primitive Technologists, and Free Artifact Identification
Charleston, SC – For one weekend, it will be all archaeology, all the time at the College of Charleston. The first Archaeology Month Celebration will include demonstrations by primitive technologists, free artifact identification, lectures, and displays.

“Primitive technology is a growing field, one in which we help people to see themselves in prehistory,” says Scott Jones, whose skills range from making rope to starting a fire with a bow drill to making blow guns. “All of our ancestors, regardless of race or geographical origin, were using stone tools just a few thousand years ago. Many of the basic skills were common to everyone.”

The events will kick off on Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m. when Chris Judge, president of the Archaeological Society of S.C., offers a free public lecture in room 309 of the Albert Simons Center for the Arts (54 St. Philip Street). Judge will talk about the more than 15 years he and his team have spent excavating the KolbSite near Darlington, S.C. The Kolb Site has yielded everything from prehistoric pottery and arrowheads to a chandelier found in an abandoned cellar.

In the Cistern Yard on Friday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an array of living history demonstrations including the basics of fire, cord, and points, to more advanced skills such as shooting a handmade bow and a discussion of atlatls and their power to early hunters. The public can also bring primitive artifacts for identification by one of the state’s archaeologists.

On Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to primitive skills classes hosted by the College of Charleston Archaeology Club. The classes will be held at Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul (126 Coming Street) and registration at is required. Class topics include sewing buckskin, flint knapping, traditional woodland flute making, and midlands pine needle basket weaving.

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Distinguished Romance Novelist to visit with AAST minors & students of ENGL 364

On Friday, October 19, the African American Studies program will be pleased to welcome on campus a distinguished romance novelist, AlTonya Washington.  She will be visiting with Dr. Conseula Francis’ English 364 class which is focused on Black Women Writers. 

After class, all African American Studies students are invited to attend a lunch discussion with Ms. Washington in the 9 College Way conference room at noon.

About Ms. Washington: (from her website,

“AlTonya Washington has been a romance novelist for 9 years. Her novel Finding Love Again won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Multicultural Romance in 2004.

She lives in North Carolina and recently received her Masters Degree in Library Science. She’s served as an Instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC where she taught “Writing the Romance Novel” for two years.”