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Parent Insider Spring 2014

I know when you have a chance to talk with your busy students, they probably don't tell you every detail of campus life. So, I want to fill in what they might leave out. Your student might not realize just how much goes on here! As a parent, you are an incredibly important member of our College of Charleston family, so consider the Parent Insider your very own College of Charleston family newsletter.

Parent Insider. Your exclusive guide to campus life and Charleston living.

 Ann Treat, Parent Insider Editor and Assistant Director, Parent Giving Programs

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At the College, opportunities to soar to new heights are everywhere – especially if you’re one of the seven students who multinational aircraft company Boeing has taken under its wing.

Boeing has awarded scholarships to two students in the School of Business and five students in the School of Sciences and Mathematics – all of whom show excellent leadership and communication skills and strong interests in careers in aerospace.

“Boeing’s strategic investment in the Boeing Scholarship program helps the College recruit the best and brightest students who want careers in the aerospace industry,” says Denise Ciccarelli, director of corporate and foundation relations in the College’s Division of Institutional Advancement. “We are so grateful to Boeing for their commitment to engaging and inspiring our students.”

The Boeing Scholars are encouraged to pursue internships with Boeing and are given an exclusive tour of the facility and a dinner with the company’s top executives.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to practice business etiquette, so it helps them step up their game and present themselves in a professional manner,” says Erin Simmons, student engagement coordinator for the School of Business. “It really allows them to stretch and grow in terms of their careers and their futures and to broaden their horizons.”

“This scholarship will enable me to reach for so much, personally and academically,” agrees junior Tyler Perini, a mathematics major. “Companies like Boeing are waiting, holding potential for students like me in the math department, and it is an amazing opportunity to look our possible futures in the face.” And that’s the goal: to prepare these scholars for takeoff and launch their careers in the aerospace industry. So far, it looks like they’re in for a smooth landing.

“This scholarship means a lot to me,” says junior finance major Jason Cohen, a former aircraft mechanic for the U.S. Marine Corps. “It is validation of the hard work that I have put into my academics, it gives me a step up on my classmates and it’s an opportunity to get my foot in the door at an amazing worldwide corporation.”

Indeed – thanks to Boeing – once these scholars spread their wings, the sky is the limit.

Find more impact stores written by our Department of Marketing & Communications by clicking here.

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clyde cofc This month, Clyde chatted with Stan and Paula Bikulege parents of Natalie ‘16, about their Top Ten list of favorite CofC and Charleston activities and moments.

Here is Stan and Paula’s top ten list of Charleston favorites:

  1. The fact that Charleston is far enough away for our daughter to be independent, but close enough for an impromptu lunch visit
  2. Incorporating our fitness life with her college life in events such as the Race for the Cure, the Color Run, and the Bridge Run
  3. Being a part of a growing and vibrant college when so many in the country are struggling
  4. Watching our daughter become passionate about philanthropy through her sororities dedication to beating breast cancer
  5. [Seeing] upper class students support students in their studies
  6. Opportunities to participate in activities at MUSC – [which is] so close to CofC
  7. Hearing all the great stories about support during finals that The College offers--especially puppy petting! [See below about more information regarding Cougar Countdown]
  8. For us a very personal benefit, being close to the Cathedral and the Dioceses of Charleston
  9. The fantastic support and guidance from Natalie’s advisors; ensuring the right course choices and extra-curricular endeavors
  10. The relationship our daughter has had with her professors who are willing to spend time outside of the class room for instruction
Focus on Faculty

8 tips on acing your class Top rated professor, Devon Hanahan ’87 shares her advice about how to succeed in the classroom. Hanahan was voted as the second highest rated professor in the country by

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8 Tips on Acing your Classes from the Number 2 Professor in the Country

There may be only one area in which Devon Hanahan ’87 and her students disagree. “There is literally no way to rank professors,” she said after receiving yet another accolade from the MTVu website, where she has routinely ranked among the highest instructors in the country. Luckily for The College of Charleston, Hanahan’s students have been vocal about their enthusiasm for the Spanish instructor of 15 years and she has remained a faculty member to connect with them in new ways every semester.

As schools gear up for a busy semester, Hanahan offers advice for students and teachers beginning their careers.

  1. Give it time. Whatever it is.

    Adjusting to any big change, whether you’re moving into a dorm room or starting a new job, is a challenge. “I taught at a huge public school for seven years,” Hanahan said. “My first year I was 21 and I was clueless. The first year is really hard.”

  2. Learn from your environment.

    Hanahan recommends learning from your colleagues and your classmates. Chances are they’ve been there longer than you and they know the ropes. “I’ve learned over the years – I’ve had a lot of great colleagues at all the places I’ve taught,” She said. “We’ve always shared ideas and that makes a big difference.”

  3. Be earnest.

    Getting consistently high scores on Rate My Professor while holding students to high standards is no easy feat. Nor is connecting with new classmates or colleagues in an unfamiliar environment. Hanahan engages her classes by showing them she’s genuinely invested in each student. “They sense that,” she said. “I learn their names the first day of class. I try to talk to every single student in every single class. I try to have a sense of humor.”

  4. Embrace the unexpected.

    “Try things you didn’t expect to like,” Hanahan urged. A college friend talked the former math major into her first high-level Spanish class, and Hanahan fell in love with the language. “If you had told me my first day of freshman year I was going to major in Spanish I would have said ‘are you kidding me? There’s no way!’”

  5. Focus on the big picture

    “I try to keep students from focusing on the test,” Hanahan explained. Whatever nitty-gritty task threatens to distract you from your objective, try to put it in perspective. It will help you stay engaged in fulfilling your long-term goals.

    For Hanahan’s students, the big picture is much larger than their academic transcript. “Yeah, you need to get a good grade for your GPA, but the big goal here is learning a second language – being able to travel or live abroad using it.”

  6. Be prepared.

    Adulthood requires resourcefulness. “Remember you have to be a lot more independent,” Hanahan advised. For college students, this means owning your responsibilities, including the classes you miss. “It’s not like high school where you just say ‘what did I miss?’ You go to your syllabus, you ask your classmates. You come to your next class prepared.”

  7. Never do the same thing twice.

    “Every day I try to do something a little out of the ordinary just to keep it interesting.” After teaching for 25 years, Hanahan has taught more 100 and 200 level classes than she can count. Mixing it up and making every day about her students and their unique learning styles is what she loves most about her job. “I’m always hoping that I don’t do it exactly the same way, I’m always hoping to improve each time.”

  8. Relax and Enjoy.

    Of course, relax is a relative term. “That doesn’t mean relax your standards,” Hanahan clarified. “My children and my students will tell you I’m very strict, but if you love what you’re doing that communicates itself. My number one piece of advice is to relax and enjoy what you’re doing.”

events you dont want to miss

clyde cofc Spring has sprung on campus, and events fill the days both on campus and in the city. Make sure you don’t miss some of these memorable events.

College of Charleston Events

  • April 11: Deadline for getting into the graduation program- During Spring Commencement we honor the parents that have made the College of Charleston a philanthropic priority during their student’s time at the College. In the program we print the names of parents who have donated each year (four years in a row) to the Parents’ Fund or who donated $1000+ during their student’s senior year. Philanthropy is very important to the College, and we appreciate our parents making us a priority! To ensure your name is printed in the program, visit the Parents’ Fund website and make your gift today.
  • May 2-4: A Charleston Affair & Alumni Weekend 
  • May 8: Rehearsal for undergraduate commencement
  • May 9: Graduate School commencement ceremony
  • May 10: Undergraduate commencement ceremonies
    • 10 am: Schools of Business; Education, Health, and Human Performance; Sciences and Mathematics
    • 4 pm: Schools of the Arts; Humanities and Social Sciences; and Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs

Charleston Events 

what watching

clyde cofc Sebastian Junger is critically acclaimed author, director, and war journalist. He has intentionally risked death multiple times in order to objectively share the experience of war. He has done assignments for Vanity Fair and ABC News, and is an academy award nominee for his documentary Restrepo. Junger came to campus last November as an event hosted by our Friends of the Library. While his new documentary Which Way is the Front Line from Here? was screened in Charleston, Junger also addressed students from CofC, MUSC, and the Citadel. He had a special talk exclusively for students before his public keynote address where he spoke about journalism, filmmaking, and international affairs.

Click here to watch a short video and hear the reactions of students after they saw, heard, and met

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  • Due to the snow and ice days we experienced this winter, the College calendar has changed slightly. Your student’s professors have probably already spoken about the changes in class. To keep you in loop, click here to view the latest calendar.
  • The Cougar Countdown is back! Starting April 24, your student will have access to programs and activities to support the mind, body, and spirit during the final days of the semester and through final exams. 
  • If you are the parent of a graduating senior, then surely graduation is on your mind! If so, click here to read all the questions and answers regarding graduation and activities this spring.
  • Particularly curious about graduation tickets? Click here to learn about what your student needs to do to get his or her tickets. 
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clyde cofc The Parents’ Fund supports scholarships, networking opportunities, and exceptional faculty focused on your student’s success. For more information, visit the the Parents’ Fund webpage.