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September 20, 2017 

Happy Friday on a Wednesday, Everyone!

There’s so much good information to share this week.

  1. There are some incredible events coming up in the next week supported by or sponsored by areas in our division.  Make sure you mark your calendar to attend the Building Bridges event sponsored by MSPS (Multicultural Student Programs and Services) and OID (the Office of Institutional Diversity).  This creative event is this Friday, September 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Halsey Institute.  This is a great opportunity to experience the juxtaposition of works by Marc Trujillo and Riccarda De Eccher (
  2. Next Thursday, September 28 provides opportunities for two powerful events connected to our Division.
    • See the attached flier for the “Bridge to Recovery” community walk of which our CRP program is a key participant.  Wood Marchant, our Director of Collegiate Recovery will be a featured speaker at the event.  This event begins at the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park at 6:00 p.m.
    • That same evening, SCOPE and the Office of Victim Services will present the annual No Violence-No Victims program beginning at 6:45 p.m. on the Cistern Yard.  This program provides an amazing experience hearing the voices of our students. (
  3. We have another wonderful opportunity this year to participate in the College’s Executive Education Program, The Leadership Roundtable.  This important program provides an opportunity to enhance leadership, supervision, and feedback skills.  It will be offered on the North Campus on Friday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The Division will pay the registration fee for up to eight participants.  If you would like to attend, please email Susan Hartman ( by Friday, September 29 so she may help coordinate your registration payment.  Spots will be offered on first-come/first served response.    For more information:
  4. This past weekend during the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting, I had the opportunity to hear a presentation regarding our innovative Computer Science Program.   Take a look at the videos of some amazing projects created by our students!
  5. Do you have ideas of information you would like included in Five on Fridays?   If so, please send me your thoughts!

And, finally, the reason this week’s five is a bit early.  I am hoping to spend most of the next couple of days with my six dear friends who are coming to visit.  We met in our graduate program at USC…a long time ago.  For your amusement – here’s a photo of us at graduation.



Alicia at graduation with her friends

September 15, 2017  

Happy Friday, everyone!

Five on Friday took a hiatus last week during Hurricane Irma preparation.   So, I am happy to be back and so thankful we are on campus and working to get back to “normal.” 

  1. Gratitude.  There is just so much of it in these past days.  Gratitude that you and our students are back safely to campus.  Gratitude for the coordination, work, and action of everyone in this division to prepare for evacuation.  Gratitude for all that was done to prepare to re-open campus.  Gratitude for the positive attitude, collaboration, problem-solving and care shown. 
  2. And, a special note of deepest appreciation to the members of our division who led our efforts to take our students to Winthrop.  Melantha Ardrey (our lead person), Mike Antoine, Chris Bond, Myd Bradford, Chris Ciarcia, Alex Drose, Sean Espinosa, Domenico Ruggerio, and Joe Vallee.  For those keeping track, this is the 2nd year in a row that Melantha, Mike, Chris Ciarcia and Chris Bond have “attended” our student evacuation.  Myd, Alex, Sean and Joe are all in their first year working at the College.  The power of their servant leadership is incredible.  If you have not sent them a note of thanks, please do! 
  3. As we continue to grow our efforts to support students experiencing food and/or housing insecurity, the Academic Advising & Planning Center has created a guide of community and campus resources that can be of assistance when you are working with students.  You can find the guide in MyCharleston. Choose the “Employee” tab. Then, on the bottom left, under “Employee Quick Links,” you will see the Community Resource Guide (PDF).  I encourage you to take a look at this valuable information!
  4. We have a fall division-wide professional development program coming up next week!  Look for the invitation sent by Jill Caldwell yesterday.  Please make every effort to join us for “Motivating Your Team” with our men’s basketball coach, Earl Grant , on Wednesday, September 20 at 9 a.m. in the Stern Ballroom.  The program will conclude at 9:50 a.m. for those who have 10:00 a.m. appointments. 
  5. Please make sure you review the message from Provost McGee regarding changes to the fall academic calendar.  Adding weekend class days and using fall break for classes can add stress to our students.  Please make sure you are watching for this and helping them access resources.  If you are uncertain how best to connect them, please complete a FAST form ( ) and the great staff in the Dean of Students Office will help make the connections needed to support our students.

After this long week, I leave you with a fun picture of how some of our staff spent their time at Winthrop.   


Wishing you a peaceful, restful weekend.


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


Previous Five on Friday postings for July and August, 2017