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How do you make a difference in the world? Victoria Thompson ’15 and her wife, Kourtney Johnson, spent a recent evening in their Tacoma, Washington, home pondering that question. They talked about their education and ways to change the landscape for educators, particularly for people of color.

That’s when they hit upon how they could make a difference. Despite being very early in their careers, they decided to create a scholarship to help education majors at the College of Charleston offset the financial challenges of their clinical internship semester, with a preference toward students of color.

“The bottom line is that there are not enough educators of color,” says Thompson, who majored in elementary education at CofC. “I was the only Black woman in my graduating class, and one reason why is the lack of incentive to pursue a career as an educator. Becoming an educator requires a lot of sacrifice. While there is a lot of personal return as a teacher, there is not a lot of financial return. That’s why dedicating a semester [to student-teaching] without payment or part-time work serves as a huge obstacle for educators.”

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Engineering Makes the Grade at CofC

By John Stabinger
Posted on 11 August 2020 | 11:58 am — 

This fall marks a major milestone for the College of Charleston: For the first time in its 250-year history, CofC will offer a major in engineering. A total of 30 students are enrolled to receive a B.S. in systems engineering — the first major of its kind in South Carolina. Systems engineers take a macro view of a project and are responsible for the concept, architecture and design.

“Over the last 10 years, the Charleston tri-county area has evolved into a high-tech manufacturing center,” says Sebastian van Delden, interim dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, which houses the systems engineering major. “As the local public university, we have the responsibility of providing talent to our economy.”

Indeed, engineers from Boeing, Bosch, Mercedes-Benz and others helped design the curriculum, while an industrial advisory board is in place to help ensure that it remains relevant to industry needs.

Next fall, the College will also start offering a B.S. in electrical engineering and hopes that others will follow. In fact, a robust engineering program is one of the College’s nine fundraising priorities that launched during its 250th anniversary-year celebration (CofC once offered a few engineering classes in the early 1900s but never a degree). The goal is to raise $4 million, with the majority of it going to support a founding dean, a nationally known leader tasked with expanding the College’s engineering offerings and implementing a new School of Engineering. (The dream is to construct a 40,000–square foot building on Pitt Street next to the library that would also house the Department of Computer Science, which now rents space at Harbor Walk.)

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New Recognition Group Launched for Young Alumni Donors

By John Stabinger
Posted on 6 August 2020 | 12:03 pm — 

At the 25th annual Cistern Society donor luncheon in February 2020, Peggy Cieslikowski, director of Planned Giving, announced the launch of the Porter’s Circle.

Scholarship Recipient Profiles

By John Stabinger
Posted on 6 August 2020 | 11:59 am — 

Scholarships play a vital role in attracting and retaining some of the country’s most talented and motivated students. There is no better way to help shape the future of a promising student than through supporting a scholarship fund.

Meet a Scholarship Recipient

By John Stabinger
Posted on 23 July 2020 | 12:07 pm — 

Scholarships play a vital role in attracting and retaining some of the country’s most talented and motivated students. There is no better way to help shape the future of a promising student than through supporting a scholarship fund. By alleviating some of the financial pressures students face, they are more likely to participate in research opportunities, internships and other programs that further enrich their educational experience.

Momentum Impact Stories

By John Stabinger
Posted on 23 July 2020 | 12:03 pm — 

We enjoy sharing stories about the impact of your generous support, and Momentum is just one of the ways we aim to keep you engaged and informed about what you make possible for our students, faculty, staff and campus.

End of School Year Thank You Video

By John Stabinger
Posted on 23 June 2020 | 12:15 pm — 

Commencement traditionally signifies the end of each school year and reminds us of all that has been accomplished by our incredible students, faculty and staff. We know that you, our donors, are important partners in ensuring students have the resources they need to succeed at the College. Please click below to hear from a few of our stellar students as they turned the last few months of challenges into opportunities that will last a lifetime.

Getting Through the Coronavirus Crisis Together

By John Stabinger
Posted on 11 June 2020 | 12:23 pm — 

When the College of Charleston announced March 19 that students would not be returning to campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, many members of the CofC community reached out to ask how they could help. This health crisis presented a challenge unlike anything the College has faced in modern times. Yet the CofC family came together as one to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable students.

More than 450 alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends answered the call and generously contributed just over $155,000 to the Student Emergency Fund. This critical fund provides support to students facing hardships in areas such as rent, food, textbooks and school supplies, medicine and medical bills, technology needed for distance learning, and other immediate needs. To date, more than 900 students have received funds to help ease the burden of their financial hardships.

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2019 Donor Digest

By John Stabinger
Posted on 23 May 2020 | 12:20 pm — 

A Call to Serve: At the College of Charleston, service is a unifying value for our community – alumni and friends serve the College through generosity and advocacy to ensure its wellbeing, the College serves its students to effectively prepare them for life after graduation, and our students ultimately serve their respective communities both now and after they leave campus.

Dennis Wright says he never planned on being a teacher. It wasn’t until he was encouraged to enroll in the South Carolina Teacher Cadet program during his senior year of high school that his “eyes were opened” to a career in education.

“I realized that I could have an impact on the kids that need it the most,” says Wright, who is one of eight freshman students recruited to the College by Anthony James, director of the Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program.

“Many of these young men have never had a minority male teacher, and part of my job is to visit high schools and let them know that teaching is a viable career,” says James.

Call Me MISTER is a state-wide program that was founded at Clemson University in 2000 and brought to the College of Charleston in 2007. Frances Welch, interim provost and executive vice president of academic affairs, worked with Acting Associate Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Andrew Lewis and South Carolina Representative and former MISTER Director Floyd Breeland to enroll a half dozen students that first year.

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