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May, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Memorial Day

Happy Friday, Everyone! 

Here are some highlights.

  1. Commencement! Much, much gratitude to all in our Division who supported aspects of Commencment weekend – the Career Center, Disablity Services, the Office Student Life, and more.  Thank you for your time, support, and efforts on some pretty hot days.

    Alicia and Matt Czuchry
    I had the fun treat of meeting Matt Czuchry, class of 1999 and speaker on Saturday afternoon. 
  2. SALUTE!   What a great afternoon we had celebrating so much success, hard work, and dedication during Salute to Student Affairs this week.  It is so inspiring to share space with all of you.  Continued congratulations to all of our nominees, recipients, nominators and special events committee members!  Each year, we get better and better.  Looking forward to seeing what amazing accomplishments this upcoming year holds for us.

    Rubric-Con Superheroes

    Rubric-Con Superheroes, above

    Salute Award Winners
    Salute Award Winners 2018 above and below
    Salute Award Winners

  3.  College Spirit!  Are you ready for another Cougar Spirit Friday next week and to participate in the Spirit Award Competition at the Staff Awards on June 12? Maybe these division spirit leaders (and CofC alumni, too) will inspire you!
    Division Spirit Leaders
  4. Our Students!  - they continually amaze me.  I am so proud of last year’s SGA President, Alexandra Helfgott, who served as one of the panelists asking questions during the South Carolina Gubernatorial debates held on campus last week.  Alexandra was excellent!  (Many thanks to Chris Bond and Mandi Bryson for critical work to meet the facility needs for these events, too!)
    Alexandra Helfgott, SGA President
  5. 10 Years of Bonner Leaders Did you know we are the only Bonner Leader Program in the country that was started by the request and work of students?  (All other programs have started by interest of staff and administrators.)  Many congratulations to the Center for Civic Engagement for the wonderful event they hosted on May 11 to celebrate these first 10 years of the Bonner Leader Program.  If you don’t know about this incredible program, read more here.
    Domenico Ruggerio and Stephanie Visser

Finally, as we enjoy the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, may we reflect and share our deepest gratitude to those who have served our country including employees in our Division, our families and our friends.

           Share out Deepest Gratitude to those who served


Friday, May 4, 2018 

It’s May!  This month marks a time of transition and celebration in the world of higher education.  Deepest gratitude to all of you for the work you have done to help us reach the end of the semester.  Here are some things to celebrate!

1. Don’t miss the remaining Multicultural Graduation Celebrations sponsored by MSPS.  I promise you will be inspired! 

Hispanic Latino Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 4th
TD Arena Hospitality Suite @ 6 p.m.

Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration
Tuesday, May 8th
EHHP Alumni Center @ 5:30 p.m.

NIA Rite of Passage Ceremony
Thursday, May 10th
Stern Center Ballroom @ 4 p.m.

2. We received excellent enrollment news as we passed the big May 1 deadline this week. 
    Here are some highlights as of May 1:

  • We received 2311 deposits (compared to 1946 last year at this time and a 2266 five year average for the May 1 date). 
  • Resident deposits = 1247 (compared to 1108 last year at this time) and Non-Resident deposits = 1064 (compared to 838 last year at this time)
  • Students of Color have made 445 of the current deposits and currently represent 24.1% of the incoming class.  (Last year at this time Students of Color represented 21% of the incoming class)
  • SPECTRA has over 100 students committed to the program and is at capacity!  (Great work, MSPS!)
  • All this to say – THANK YOU for all you are doing to support the recruitment and persistence of our students!  The dedicated work across campus is providing great results.

3. This weekend is Spring Alumni Weekend at the College!  I hope you see many former students back on campus for a number of events.  Special thanks to the Career Center for sponsoring a networking session this evening to help connect graduating students and alumni!

4. The residence halls closed at noon yesterday!  Last evening our residence life team celebrated the accomplishments of all of our residence life team.   

5.  Oversight of the Cougar Shuttle Program and the Religious Life Council are moving to our Division, effective May 16.  This week, Christine Workman, Jill Caldwell, Michael Duncan and I have been meeting with Evie Nadel, Community Relations, to learn more about the details of each responsibility. We are working on our plan for moving forward as we embrace these important efforts in the Division.

BONUS! What a great semester!  See Points of Pride pdf for some key divisional highlights (and you will see some of these in the College message coming out soon).  There are not enough words of pride and gratitude for all we accomplish!

Happy Friday!


Alicia Caudill, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Student Affairs
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC  29424


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