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Summer 2017 Edition

I HEART COFC

The end of Spring term is always filled with new and exciting projects, events, and opportunities for our undergraduates, faculty/staff, and alumni. Yes, the entire CofC community is able to share with the world the uniqueness of our campus and the personal attention to the student experience.

The most prominent news of the day has centered around the full solar eclipse that will cross over the North American continent on Convocation Day, August 21. Folks from around the country will be flocking to Charleston, the last city in North America to have the eclipse pass over.

Undergraduates and faculty alike will be participating in this once-in-a-lifetime event. Even NASA will be stationed on campus at Rivers Green offering live reporting as the eclipse makes its was from Washington state to our little Holy City.

In addition to the excitement surrounding the eclipse, check out some more cool stuff happening at the College:

CONGRATS CLASS OF 2017

Undergraduate Class of 2017

Graduate Class of 2017

Undergraduate Class of 2017: By the Numbers*

1,428 Graduates
6 Students graduating with top honors
20 Students graduating with A.B. degrees
18 Youngest graduate
56 Oldest graduate
43 states and territories (including Washington D.C.)are represented
19 countries represented (in addition to U.S.)
167 School of the Arts graduates
167 School of the Arts graduates
325 School of Business graduates
244 School of Education, Health, and Human Performance graduates
434 School of Humanities and Social Sciences graduates
79 School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs graduates
256 School of Sciences and Mathematics graduates
5 School of Professional Studies graduates

* Numbers may change once final grades for spring 2017 are posted.

Top Majors

Business administration: 143 students
Biology: 121 students
Communication: 112 students
Psychology: 110 students
Public Health: 81 students

Undergraduate Class of 2017: Honors College by the Numbers

  • 106 Students in the Class of 2017
  • Five students are graduating with top honors, a perfect 4.0 GPA, and are the recipients of the John Lewis Gervais, Jr. Award
  • Two students are the recipient of the Bishop Robert Smith Award, the College’s highest award
  • One student is the recipient of the Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award
  • One student is the recipient of the Cistern Award
  • Two students are recognized in the Higdon Student Leadership Center’s Hall of Leaders
  • Seven students are the recipients of the Alumni Medal
  • Seven students are graduating in three years
  • 21 students are members of the William Aiken Fellows Society
  • Eight students are International Scholars
  • Eight students are Swanson Scholars; three were Huge Scholars; two were ATD Scholars; two were Boykin Scholars; two were Colonial Scholars; one was an Honors Dean’s Excellence Scholar; one was a Julia Sadler Webb Scholar; one was a Newell Scholar; and one was a Pinckney Scholar
  • Two students are varsity student-athletes
  • 31 double majors
  • 48 majors in the School of Sciences and Mathematics
  • 31 majors in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 20 majors in the School of Business
  • 19 majors in the School of Languages Cultures and World Affairs
  • 13 majors in the School of the Arts
  • Five majors in the School of Education, Health and Human Performance
  • 82 percent of Honors College students received Latin honors
  • 29 percent of students will graduate summa cum laude
  • 36 percent of students will graduate magna cum laude
  • 16 percent of students will graduate cum laude
  • One student received a Rotary Ambassadorial Global Grant
  • One student received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Two students were named National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hollings Scholars
  • 52 percent of students studied abroad at least once
  • 100 percent of students participated in local community service
  • 100 percent of students completed mentored research projects; 51 percent of students presented at a professional conference
  • 73 percent of students participated in an internship
  • 45 percent of students applied to graduate or professional school. Of those applicants 87 percent were accepted, and 56 percent of those students received a scholarship, fellowship or grant.
  • 43 percent will enter the workforce, and another 11 percent are participating in fellowships or internships.

Undergraduate Class of 2017: Award Winners

  • Bishop Robert Smith Award 
    Jordan Collins
    Zachary Sturman
  • Ted Stern Cup
    Emily Beck
    Erik Markert
  • Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award
    Morgan Larimer

Graduate Class of 2017: By the Numbers

146 Participating graduate students (includes degree candidates and students with permission to participate in the ceremony)
128 Master’s degree and graduate certificate candidates
7 M.A. in Communication
5 M.A. in English
13 M.A. in History
4 M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education
6 M.A.T. in Elementary Education
9 M.A.T. in Special Education
2 M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education
2 M.A.T. in Performing Arts Education
3 M.Ed. in Science and Mathematics for Teachers
5 M.Ed. in Languages
10 M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Advocacy
7 Master of Business Administration
12 Master of Public Administration
2 M.S. in Environmental Studies and Master of Public Administration Concurrent Program
23 M.S. in Accountancy
11 M.S. in Child Life
2 M.S. in Computer and Information Science
16 M.S. in Environmental Studies
12 M.S. in Historic Preservation
4 M.S. in Mathematical Sciences
7 M.S. in Marine Biology
1 Arts Management Certificate
1 Graduate Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education
2 Operations Research Certificate
2 Urban Studies and Regional Planning Certificate

Graduate Class of 2017: Award Winners

Outstanding Graduate Students

  • Master of Business Administration – Shafi Keisler
  • M.S. in Accountancy – Peter Davidson
  • M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education – Summer Franklin and Alexis Patsalos
  • M.A.T. in Elementary Education – Miranda Milburn
  • M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education – Terese Peterka
  • M.A.T. in Performing Arts Education – Heather Roberts
  • M.A.T. in Special Education – Molly Caggiano
  • M.Ed. in Languages – Soledad Francis
  • M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Advocacy – Thomas Iafrate and Edgar Johnson
  • M.Ed. in Science and Mathematics for Teachers – Grant Norell
  • M.A. in Communication – Stephanie Meier
  • M.A. in History – Monica Bowman and Kristin Brig
  • Master of Public Administration – April Adams and Madeline Sloan
  • M.S. in Child Life – Tiffany Daly and Samantha Davis
  • M.S. in Environmental Studies – Kathryn Ellis and Kimberly Sitta
  • M.S. in Environmental Studies and MPA Concurrent Program – Alexander Pasquini
  • M.S. in Marine Biology – Benjamin Flanagan and Kevin Mack
  • M.S. in Mathematical Sciences – Michael Hooi and Kaitlyn Manley
  • Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning – Janna Peterson

 

NEWS FROM THE BRICKS

In case you’re completely in the dark about the total solar eclipse that will be visible across a massive swath of the continental United States on Aug. 21, 2017, consider this your fair warning: This event will be huge and historic, especially for population centers along the eclipse path, which includes the College of Charleston campus.

“We will experience it around 1:10 p.m. as it starts going into partial eclipse with totality in Charleston at about 2:40 in the afternoon,” says Associate Professor of Geology Cass Runyon. “It will be traveling across the U.S. at about 1,000 miles per hour.”In fact, most of the Lowcountry (which includes Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties) is within the so-called “path of totality” that will go completely dark from anywhere between one and a half to two and half minutes, depending on location, as the shadow of the eclipse travels eastward.

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Although portions of the U.S. experienced total solar eclipses in 1970 and 1979, they were visible from only a limited number of states. The eclipse on March 7, 1970, was seen along much of the Eastern seaboard and plunged Charleston into darkness for about one minute and 44 seconds.
While a total solar eclipse is visible from some place on earth about every 18 months, it’s estimated that a total solar eclipse is visible from a specific point on earth only once every 375 years, making this summer’s solar spectacle a once-in-a-lifetime event.But a total solar eclipse has not gone coast to coast since June 8, 1918. Fast forward 99 years to this summer and you have all the makings of a major international event right in the College’s backyard.

Considering Charleston’s status as an international tourism destination and the fact that Charleston is the last major city along the path of the eclipse, Jon Hakkila, CofC professor of physics and astronomy, expects Charleston to see a major influx of visitors for the eclipse, particularly as people opt to turn their viewing experiences into vacations.

“The viewing band runs all the way from Oregon to South Carolina – coast to coast,” says Hakkila. “Everybody in the (Charleston area) is going to see it. You can’t miss it – it’s very rare.”

Indeed, hotel bookings are up and area organizations, governments and institutions are planning special viewing and educational events. Local school districts have even adjusted their academic calendars to accommodate the eclipse.

The College’s annual convocation, where new students are officially welcomed into the College, also happens to fall on the same day as the eclipse.

Convocation will take place as scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This means that students in the incoming Class of 2021 will have the very special distinction of launching their academic journey on the same day as the historic eclipse. Talk about an unforgettable first day of college!

The Division of Student Affairs is planning a special viewing event for the campus community on Rivers Green from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 21. A variety of activities, displays and refreshments will be available to help celebrate the momentous occasion. In addition, the College will be providing custom-designed CofC eclipse viewing glasses to members of campus to ensure everyone protects their eyes while viewing the sun as it transitions.

CofC professors from the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences are in high demand for the eclipse. In addition to serving as narrators and experts at a number eclipse events, faculty members will also be conducting research on various aspects of the eclipse.

Check back with The College Today all summer as we share stories about how our faculty, staff and students are planning for the big day.


 

CAMPUS HISTORY AND TRADITION

The Wilson-Sottile House

By Erin Perkins, for The College Today.

Passing by the pale yellow facade of the Sottile House, one can’t help but to be awestruck by the unique features of the Victorian mansion. Carved oak doors, Tiffany-style stained glass windows, and a two-story veranda make for a picturesque postcard (or Instagram post) of the College of Charleston campus.

But did you know this stunning work of architecture was once a residence for female undergraduates?

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Built in 1890 by wealthy merchant Sam Wilson, the house is billed as one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in Charleston. Sold to Albert Sottile in 1912, the home stayed in the Sottile family until it was acquired by the College in 1964 and converted into a residence for female undergrads.

To give a glimpse of the climate of the campus in 1964, read this passage from Nan Morrison’s A History of the College of Charleston:

The traditional way of life at the College of Charleston still retained old mores and customs, as seen in the experience of residential women accepted in fall 1963 who would not be accommodated at 4 Green Street. These women were housed on the third floor of the gym and were required to eat at Craig Union cafeteria, which was several blocks away. In the mornings they put on the skirts and blouses or demure dresses they would wear all day because they were told “ladies do not wear pants on campus even at breakfast.” On the weekends they packed fifteen girls into Peggy Bridge’s grandmother’s car and went to the beach, or they went to Freida’s for pizza burgers, to the pool hall on George Street, or to LaBrasca’s, where they knew that, if they sat downstairs and ordered tea on Sunday, they would be served a mixed drink in a beer stein.

Between the stained glass windows, marble mantels, gold leaf moldings, mahogany china cabinets, and crystal chandeliers, Sottile House had to be one of the most handsome residence halls in the country. There are tales that the students would remove a crystal from the chandeliers upon moving out, and they had to be constantly replaced.

As handsome as the interiors are, the gardens must be mentioned as well. The yard is surrounded by an ornate wrought iron fence and is home to the rose garden of Pi Kappa Phi, which was founded at CofC, and a row of Pierrine Byrd roses, named after the College’s first female graduate.

Today Sottile House serves as offices for the College’s Division of Institutional Advancement.

Spring 2017 Edition

I HEART COFC

It’s hard to believe that it was only 1967 that College of Charleston, at the time a private university of only a few hundred students, integrated welcoming several black students from the Charleston area.

Avery Normal Institute

Among those students was Eddie Ganaway ’71, a Charleston native who grew up just West of the Navy Yards of the city’s neck. A lover of history and a devout academic, Eddie became the College’s first black graduate earning his bachelor’s degree in 1971.

Throughout February, the College looked back at its history as it relates to African American students and faculty; in addition to the progress of today’s ever-diversifying student body:

A LETTER TO OUR PARENTS

*This letter was sent to all undergraduate parents of the College of Charleston. If you did not receive it, please email Seaton Brown ’09 at brownms@cofc.edu to update your information.

Dear Parents,

Porter’s Lodge with the message, “Know Thyself”.

Two hundred forty-seven years ago the long life of the College was just beginning. Fifteen years after its initial founding in 1770, College of Charleston chartered with the mission to provide the “proper education of youth” that “…is essential to the happiness and prosperity of every community.”

From the moment our students walk through the gates of Porter’s Lodge to when they cross the Cistern for the first time- their memories connect them to an experience greater than their own, a mutual experience that has connected students for over two centuries.

For us personally we know that our children, Christopher and Brittany, have been taught by some of the nation’s finest and most captivating professors, developed long-lasting friendships, engaged in a thriving community, and now have access to a vast network of alumni and friends of the College who wish to support and share in their successes.

It’s these qualities that make the College so special and why we’re here to ask you to celebrate our 232nd Chartering Day by joining us in giving back to the College of Charleston Parents’ Fund.

When 232 parents support the Parents’ Fund this spring, we will donate an additional $25,000.

The Parents’ Fund is a strategic priority of the College, President McConnell, and your Parent Advisory Council (PAC) members. We want our parents and alumni to support the College each and every year. The fund supports our campus by contributing to scholarships, faculty recruitment and retention, and our student-centered programs. By supporting the Parents’ Fund you are a key philanthropist on our campus.

Please accept our challenge and visit go.cofc.edu/parentsfund to make your gift today. If you have any questions, contact Seaton Brown ’09, Assistant Director for Parent Giving Programs at brownms@cofc.edu or 843.953.3667. Thank you for supporting our students, faculty, and alumni.

Thank you and Go Cougars!

Sincerely,
Chris and Terri Walker (P ’15, P ’18)
Parent Advisory Council, Admissions Committee Chairs

 

NEWS FROM THE BRICKS

Posted from The College Today. Article by Amanda Kerr.

The international scientific journal Nature has published research co-authored by a College of Charleston computer science professor that offers a groundbreaking new method for predicting whether a child is at risk of developing autism.

In coordination with a team at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, assistant professor Brent Munsell has developed a computational model that uses MRI scans to detect abnormal brain overgrowth in infants which correlates to a higher risk for autism. Nature published the findings of the study Wednesday. The new technology offers doctors for the first time a tangible way to diagnose the neurodevelopmental disorder in infancy, rather than relying solely on behavioral cues as a child grows.

“Typically an autism diagnosis is made when a child is 24 months of age,” says Munsell. “With this new model, we can predict if a child is likely to have autism before age two and if it looks like he or she is at high risk, they can start treatments and therapies sooner.”

The cutting-edge technology is part of the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS), a consortium of eight universities across the United States and Canada researching early brain development and autism.

Munsell, in collaboration with professors at the University of North Carolina and New York University, created the new computational model at the College’s Machine Learning and Medical Image Analysis Lab. The project is one of several research initiatives Munsell oversees at the high-tech computer lab, many of which focus on new technologies aimed at better diagnosing neurological conditions. In October Munsell along with researchers in the departments of psychiatry and radiology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the School of Software at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, attended the Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention Society’s annual conference in Greece where they presented a new method for analyzing neuroimaging data that assesses impaired brain function.

Creating new techniques to improve the detection of neurological disorders, particularly those afflicting children, is personal for Munsell, whose three-year-old daughter Maddy has been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood.

“Everything I do is for her,” he says.

The new method associated with the IBIS study utilizes refined computational parameters that can detect subtle size increases within specific areas of the brain. These minuscule overgrowth patterns can be indicative of autism.

“It was basically like finding a needle in a haystack,” says Munsell. “To date nobody has really found this with good accuracy before.”

Munsell used the new model to assess the MRI scans of 318 infants with a family history of autism and 117 infants with no family history of autism at six months of age and again at 12 months. Based on increases in brain size, the technique correctly predicted the diagnosis of autism in infants with 94 percent accuracy.

And that’s a big deal, says Munsell, because for the first time it offers doctors a quantitative way to evaluate a child for autism. Previously physicians had no definitive biological way to diagnose the condition. Instead, they have had to rely on a diagnostic test comprised of a series of questions that assessed a child’s behavior at or after the age of two.

With so many significant clinical implications for the new model, the College of Charleston is working with the University of North Carolina to patent the research for further development of the technology.

“This has the potential to help physicians make better decisions for their patients and provide better information sooner to the parents of children at risk for autism,” Munsell says. “That’s why this is so important.”

CAMPUS HISTORY AND TRADITION

 

Graduates sit on the Cistern stage, preparing to receive their degrees.

The White Dinner Jackets and Dresses

Seeing undergrads sitting on the Cistern stage, decked out in brilliant white jackets and dresses, evokes more than just a little Southern charm. And it’s a tradition that is today is matched by no other college in South Carolina and perhaps the rest of the country.
According to Morrison’s book, the attire frustrated some members of the faculty, who argued that the graduation garb emphasized the social, economic and gender differences between students rather than their academic achievements.But students graduating in suits wasn’t so uncommon in the College’s earlier years. According to Nan Morrison’s A History of College of Charleston 1936-2008,  traditional caps and gowns came late to most southern schools, namely because of poverty. Photos from many CofC commencements in the 19th and early 20th centuries show students wearing formal suits, including the Class of 1904 (pictured at right) which graduated in black blazers and light trousers.

But students disagreed. An editor of the College’s year book, the Meteor, wrote in 1937: ” The College has a very definite and strong feeling of its own. Evidences of this spirit are found in such traditions as… the lack of cap and gowns at graduation.”

President Harrison Randolph, the College’s longest-serving chief administrator and for whom Randolph Hall is named, explained his reasoning for CofC’s attire in a letter to a New York University faculty member ahead of the 1938 commencement.

“I ought to say that we never use academic costume,” Randolph wrote in the letter housed at the Special Collections of the Addlestone Library. “Being inclined to democratic simplicity, the College has always used at academic ceremonies the attire that would be worn at any other serious occasion. Accordingly for the exercises, in the afternoon any form of day-time attire would be suitable.”

But why white? Fashion etiquette — and Charleston’s sultry springtime climate — may offer an explanation.

For one, modern Spring Commencements at the College have been held in May or June. This means commencement almost always fell after Easter, when it was deemed acceptable by the upper echelons of 19th and 20th century society to wear white.

And as any CofC grad will tell you — Charleston is already hot by May or June. And because white reflects sunlight, it makes for a better midday outfit than any other color.

Randolph, in that same letter to the NYU faculty member, referenced the heat that should be expected on commencement day.

“As the weather is apt to be warm many of those on the rostrum wear white thin suits which are so usual to our warm climate,” he wrote.

As the years went by, the white dinner jackets and dresses crossed over from practical convenience to celebrated tradition, and by 1970, an administrator writing to potential guests bragged about how the College was one of the “few institutions left” where men and women opt for white jackets and dresses over academic attire.

Today, every undergrad who graduates in the spring wears white. In the winter, students follow the “no white after Labor Day” etiquette that has become verboten in America and wear black tuxedos and dresses. (Randolph also mentioned in his letters that evening commencements would require students to wear formal evening suits).

 

 

 

Winter 2017 Edition

I HEART COFC

There’s always something going on around campus and luckily we have The College Today to give us a quick update of what’s happening on the bricks.

James L. Petigru (SC Attorney General 1822-1830) is best known for the phrase, “South Carolina is too small to be a republic and too big to be an insane asylum”. Even since its earliest colonial days, South Carolina has been a political hot bed. Today, our students and alumni are involved in every aspect of political life: from the campaign trail to the White House and some social activism along the way.

Here’s a look at how politics has had a recent impact on the College:

 

FROM THE PARENT LISTSERV

The Winter doldrums have come and settled on campus with colder weather and gloomy days lining the weather app on your smartphone. And while Charleston is always beautiful, chillier days aren’t quite as fun when your students are walking from Maybank Hall to the Education Center bundled up trying to escape the arctic blast of St. Philip Street.

Some of our wonderful parents have offered ideas of little “pick-me-ups” to bring a smile to their student’s face. Something small, easy and lets your student know you’re thinking of them. What better way to share a little love than with something sweet?

With all the recommendations from the Listserv it got a little confusing but thanks to our friend Becky Rizvi (P ‘18) in Silver Spring, Maryland we have all those suggestions compiled for your reference. Below are recommendations from that list- thanks Becky!

PIE Charleston http://www.piecharleston.com

“You should add P.I.E. on Warren Street right across from the Warren St dorms.  If you look on her website under services she lists birthday cakes and she made my daughter a gluten less, soy free, nut free birthday cake last spring. I prepaid over the phone (live in New Hampshire) and one of my daughter’s roommates picked it up.”

Cheryl’s Cookies http://www.cheryls.com/cheryls-cookie-greeting

“I will throw this out too, I found Cheryl’s Cookies on THIS list and have now used it several times. They do a fun little ‘cookie card’ that is only $5 including the shipping – just a fun little something to surprise your student!  Our daughter has loved the cookies!”

Dulce Sweet Teas and Treats

phone: 843-737-1704 email: DulceTruck@gmail.com

“I’ve recently discovered a wonderful baker of cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, breakfast pastries, etc. She may deliver as she sells her products from a food truck. I highly recommend her cheesecakes. They are phenomenal! (I’m a huge foodie and used to bake cheesecakes to order and catered). Her teas and iced lattes are also delicious!”

Christen Reese, (843) 853-0436

“Her name is Christen Reese and I believe she works out of her house. She bakes and delivers the world’s most delicious, decadent homemade cakes to your student on campus and surrounding areas. and she makes hand-crafted, extraordinary chocolate cakes, so I’m told.  All different sizes, 4”, 8”, etc.  She is even walking it over to my daughter’s apartment.”

Sugar Babies Baked Goods  http://www.sugarbabiesbakedgoods.com/

Amy Langstone,  (843) 425-6522

“I have the best person for you. Amy Langstone makes incredible custom cakes/cupcakes at the best prices and will deliver downtown. She is a true artist! And the cakes are awesome.”

From Stephanie Auwaerter, Director of Orientation: 

Deliveries can be made to the front desk but the front desk is not able to call the students to let them know a delivery is there for them.  It the past, I believe families have hinted to the student that they should check at the front desk for a delivery or the florist delivery driver has called the student to have them meet them at a specific place and time for delivery.  The residence hall front desks are not responsible for any lost or stolen deliveries. 

 

*Please note: all comments are directly from emails shared with the Parents Listserv and are not official endorsements of the College of Charleston. Minor edits have been made to content.

 

NEWS FROM THE BRICKS

Posted from The College Today. Article by Darren Price.

It’s the best thing in Cougars basketball this side of Selection Saturday.

That’s right – it’s homecoming week at the College of Charleston, and like in years past, there’s plenty of big events around campus ahead of Colonial Athletic Association games for both the men’s and women’s teams this weekend.

This year’s events are anchored by the College’s Spirit Cup Challenge, a friendly contest aimed at finding the residence hall, fraternity, sorority, club or organization with the most pep. And it wouldn’t be a proper homecoming without a king and queen – both of which will be crowned during the men’s game against Elon on Saturday, Feb. 4, at TD Arena.

Here’s a rundown of some of the events:

Monday, Jan. 30: Spirit Cup participants will participate in an air hockey tournament in the Stern Student Center game room at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31: There will be a pep rally and dinner at Liberty Street Fresh Food Company at 5 p.m. The first 100 students without a meal plan will get in free and will be treated to ribs, Buffalo wings, Italian subs, a nacho bar, cotton candy and more game-day favorites. There will also be a DJ, games, prizes and special appearances by Clyde the Cougar and the CofC cheerleaders.

Wednesday, Feb. 1.: The first day of February is all about service. Spirit Cup participants will be trying to collect the most boxes of cereal for a local food bank and filling out cards for the Lowcountry’s senior citizens.

Thursday, Feb. 2: Thursday is chock full of events, including:

  • Homecoming banner judging. The banners will also be on display throughout the day in the atrium of the Thaddeus Street. Jr. Education Center.
  • Homecoming queen and king voting. Students can vote for the week’s royals online via OrgSync through noon on Saturday.
  • Grocery Bingo. Students will get the chance to re-stock their pantry in one night at the Willard A. Silcox Physical Education and Health Center at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3: The women’s basketball team (6-13) takes on the Drexel Dragons (14-4) at TD Arena at 7 p.m. Homecoming king and queen candidates will also take the court at halftime.

Saturday, Feb. 4: Saturday marks the lion’s share of homecoming events, including:

  • The yearly Homecoming Tailgate in the Cistern Yard. Spirit Cup participants will have two hours before the tailgate to decorate their tables and will be judged during the event, which is open to the public from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Expect fun games, food and Cougar spirit.
  • The men’s basketball team (16-6) returns from a three-game road trip for a 5 p.m. tipoff against the Elon Phoenix (12-9) at TD Arena. The winners of the 2017 Spirit Cup and homecoming king and queen will be named during half-time.
  • Homecoming festivities close with the National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show at 8 p.m. at College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre. The event is ticketed.

CAMPUS HISTORY AND TRADITION

Editor’s Note: It is my hope that this new series will give you the opportunity to learn more about what makes College of Charleston such a special place. The College has an important role in the culture and history of Charleston, South Carolina, and the nation. Its history is rich with stories that show the true spirit of its people.

 

Two hundred forty-seven years ago this month, Lieutenant Governor William Bull recommended the establishment of provincial colleges throughout the state. And with that single declaration, the school that would one day be known as College of Charleston finds its founding date of January 30, 1770. However, progress slowed on the College’s formal establishment throughout the American revolution. The almost twenty year ordeal in the colonies required the attention of its leaders to pursue the nation’s formidable founding rather than education. Fifteen years later, March 19, 1785 the founding charter for the College was written describing that, “the proper education of youth is essential to the happiness and prosperity of every community” (South Carolina Act No. 1274).

With its founding, College of Charleston became the thirteenth oldest college in the nation. Considered today to be one of the country’s “colonial colleges” founded before the American Revolution. However, the history of the College can actually date back much further in the young colony’s history. As early as 1748, there was discussion of establishing a “free school” for the men of the Lowcountry in and around Charleston. In fact, it was in that year that the College’s library was first established with small collections donated from local citizens. Members of the newly-founded Charleston Library Society began to set aside collections that would one day serve as the initial donations for the library at the young Charleston college. Learn more about one of those unique donations here.

So who were our founders exactly? They are truly a “who’s who” of early America…

Three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Heyward Jr., Arthur Middleton, Edward Rutledge; and three framers of the US Constitution, Charles Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Rutledge. Not to mention future governors of South Carolina, Diplomats and Ambassadors, Presidential Candidates, and a Supreme Court Justice.

The United States would look quite different today than to the College’s early founders. However, I’m sure the names on this list would be proud of the work, activism, and leadership of the College’s students, alumni, and faculty have taken in their communities both locally and nationally.