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Staff Development and Recognition

We in Student Affairs, understand the importance of personal development of our staff and the importance of our recognition of outstanding staff members. Development and recognition go hand in hand.


Payment Receives C. Shaw Smith Award

Susan PaymentDirector of Student Life, Susan Payment, received the C. Shaw Smith Outstanding Service Award at the closing banquet of the ACUI Region 5 Conference on November 16, 2013.  The award is named for the former director of the student union at Davidson College, who served in this capacity for over 30 years and dedicated his life to higher education administration.

Payment was recognized for her contributions to ACUI (as a regional volunteer, conference planning team member, conference presenter, regional director, and at-large member of the Association’s board of trustees), continued service to the college unions and student activities profession, and acting as a mentor and advisor to numerous students and young professionals during her twenty-three year career.


Staff Members and Students Take an Active Role in ACUI Region 5 Conference

Three professional staff members from the Office of Student Life and two students attended the ACUI Region 5 Conference at Appalachian State University November 14 -16, 2013.  In addition to serving as delegates from the College of Charleston, each individual played a significant role in the program’s success. 

Mandi Bryson served as the Hospitality Coordinator for the conference.  Her responsibilities included coordinating shuttle transportation between the conference hotel and the Plemmons Student Union and overseeing the Silent Auction.  Mandi also presented two educational sessions during the conference.  These included, “Developing Traditions With Diversity” and “Start With Why – Not With What.”

Nicki Jenkins provided support for the selection and scheduling of more than 30 individual ed sessions presented during the three-day conference.  She and student staff member, LaShanda Haynes, co-presented a session entitled, “Stern NiteLife: Creating New Late-Night Traditions.” 

CofC senior and Stern Center Advisory Board member, Kara Cronin, attended the Student Track offered at the conference and gathered information related to various graduate programs in higher education administration. 

Susan Payment presented two ed sessions.  Her full-length session, “Deep Impact: Leading a Multigenerational Workforce” examined the opportunities and challenges associated with having different generations within the same department.  The flash session presented was entitled, “Breaking With Tradition: Adding a Marketing Specialist to Your Staff” and provided an overview of how Student Life was able to increase its on-campus and social media presence by revising an existing position to include marketing responsibilities.  Susan also served as a panelist for “A View From the Top,” a session featured in the Student Track that allowed seasoned professionals to reflect on the importance of student employees and programs and resources offered by student unions.



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            The 2013 Student Affairs Awards 


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