graduation02The College of Charleston Class of 2010 stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park! They are leaders, activists, record-setting athletes and engaged scholars, who personify the College of Charleston experience. Congratulations, Class of 2010!
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43states (including D.C.) are represented
30countries are represented
7students are graduating with top honors (a 4.0 GPA)**
11students are graduating with an A.B. degree**
250graduates participated in a credit-bearing internship during 2009-2010
215School of the Arts graduates
488School of Business graduates
185School of Education, Health, and Human Performance graduates
835School of Humanities and Social Sciences
87School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs graduates
313School of Sciences and Mathematics graduates

*Numbers may change once final grades for spring 2010 are posted.

**as of fall 2009


  • 134 graduates
  • 37 double majors
  • 1 triple major
  • 1 attending graduate school in volcanology
  • 1 joining World Organization of Organic Farmers (WOOF)
  • 1 attending the prestigious Smolny Institute Summer Language Intensive, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1 interned with Sen. John McCain’s campaign
  • 1 completed requirements for two degrees while performing improv comedy
  • 1 participating in Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (Germany)
  • 3 joining Teach for America
  • 1 teaching English with WorldTeach (Ecuador)
  • 2 received Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

*All information was submitted by faculty and staff. It is deemed to be correct, but was not verified.


Bishop Robert Smith Award
Joseph (Yusef) Eric Saei (philosophy) and Laura Ferguson (marine biology).

Alexandar Chambliss Connelley Award
Rachel Reinke (English)

Theodore S. Stern Cup
Katie Moske (communication) and Beaux Carriere (philosophy)

McConnell-Mood-Mohrman Student Government Association Service Award
Noelle London (economics) and Katie Moske (communication)

Alumni Medal
Corey M. Savard (business administration)

Alyson and Grace Jameson Award
Natalie Hallmark (political science)

John Lewis Gervais Jr. Award
Jonathan Napier (biology)

Lowcountry Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Student Award
Joseph Saei (philosophy)

Phi Kappa Phi Merit Award
Jonathan Napier (biology)

Phi Kappa Phi Research Award

Willard Augustus Silcox Award


Silcox-Keeler Tennis Award
Holly Dowse (political science)

Peter Pinckney Award
Noelle London

Septima P. Clark Award
Bryanna Parker (English)

Lucille Whipper Award
Alex Jackson (communication)

Eugene C. Hunt Award
Shawanda Smalls-Samuel (elementary education)

Laura S. Griffin Memorial Award
Aasha Foster

Thomas A. Palmer Award
Jack Ray Armstrong, II (computer science)

Greek Scholars of the Year
Jenna Diforio, Delta Delta Delta (business administration) and Stephen Green, Sigma Chi (psychology,)

Greek Woman of the Year
Bretticca Moody, NPHC (political science)

Greek President of the Year
Caroline Vanvick, Delta Delta Delta (communication)


graduation05Graduates will be taking jobs with such disparate organizations as Teach for America, Peace Corps, SPAWAR, KO Sailing and The Charleston Museum. They’ll also be attending graduate and professional schools such as Vanderbilt University, University of Maryland School of Law, Wake Forest University and University of Notre Dame.

The most common male names are: Michael, John, Andrew, Robert, James, William, Christopher, Matthew, Ryan and David.

The most common female names are: Katherine, Sarah, Lauren, Elizabeth, Emily, Jessica, Ashley, Jennifer, Laura, and Mary.

Mary Anne Thompson (geology) did a summer internship at National Geographic.

Michael Branch
(communication) will be teaching English in Tokyo.

Karen Black (geology) has been accepted to UT Austin in Geology.

Helen Rosko will join the Peace Corp as a water extension/sanitation agent and will live in a rural village, about 1-2 days travel from Bamako, Mali.

Chris Looney (geology) is heading to Peru for an archaeology dig.

Hau Chan (mathematics and computer science) had three refereed research papers in mathematics published, has presented his work at five conferences with international audiences, has taken 36 hours of graduate level courses in mathematics and computer science, has done research at Georgia Tech and Princeton and has been accepted to multiple Ph.D. programs.

Kalen McNabb (geology and historic preservation) did research on lithic points and is heading to graduate school next year.

Julia Jacobs (geology) helped with set up the new Natural History Museum in the School of Sciences and Mathematics.

Seven political science majors will attend law school.

Gordy Casasco (political science) will be working for the U.S. Senate as a legislative assistant.

Christina Fandel (geology) did an internship on a NOAA research vessel off the coast of Alaska last summer mapping the seafloor.

Maureen Porzio, Heather Crouch, Lucy Lesniak, Jamie Shafer, Matt Pierce, Charles O’Dell, Brett Fader, David Munson, and Ben Gordonmake up the inaugural group of Schottland Scholars. These School of Business students are specially trained in ethical awareness, global awareness, problem solving and effective communication.

Thomas Dunn, Travis O’Dell, Sarah Morris, Tessa Taylor, Elisa Ramirez, Laura Ferguson, Nicholas Robinson and Joshua Mueller are the first Global Scholars graduates.

Daniel Millsap (German) translated a film about the experiences of refugees from the German Democratic Republic in 1988.

J.R. Armstrong (computer science) developed the first iPhone application in computer science that is being sold at the Apple Store. “Armonique Lite” allows iPhone users to personalize music playlists based on their aesthetic preferences.

Todd Czaplicki (German) interned at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Matt Gregory (English) led the charge for a vegetable garden on campus (located behind Stern Student Center).

Nathan Frandino (communication) was editor of the George Street Observer, named a Mundy Scholar by the S.C.Press Association and awarded the Karen Avenoso Memorial Award/Scholarship.

Terri Mesko (accounting) has the highest number of career strikeouts in Cougar softball history.

Nick Shalosky (political science) is the first openly gay candidate elected to public office in S.C. During the campaign, he used Facebook to get write-in votes.

Ryan Daniels (business administration) endured more than six surgeries in two years as a Cougar baseball player – and still takes the field.

Beaux Carriere (philosophy) has been active in more than 11 on-campus organizations – including President’s Student Advisory Council – and was named 2010 Homecoming King. His artwork was featured in a 2010 issue of the Charleston City Paper and in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Kelli Keys (sociology) and Lavada Brooks (physical education) worked for four years in Student Health Services.

William Bailey (German) interned at Krankenhaus Dresden Friedrichstadt.

Lisa Johnson (special education) has been admitted to the highly selective master’s in occupational therapy program at MUSC. She has been president of College of Charleston Teaching Fellows, a parent assistant for a 10-year-old with Down Syndrome, respite care provider for twins with Down Syndrome and volunteered at Heartland of West Ashley Nursing Home.

graduation04Bailey Clark (communication) and Robbin Watson (communication) launched a popular fashion website while competing for four years on the varsity swim team.

Kelsey Whitler (German) interned at the Humboldt Universität Berlin Institut für Internationale Angelegenheiten and wrote an honors thesis on “Trümmerliteratur.”

Kelynn Giorno (German) read fairy tales in German as part of a project associated with the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.

Kelsi Ward (political science) is joining the Peace Corps. In June she will move to Peru where she will be a youth development volunteer. Ward has also studied in Spain, completed her first marathon in 2010 and interned with Communities in Schools of Charleston.

Erika Gosselin (German) interned at the Film Museum in Duesseldorf.

Alex Jackson (communication) has been in a wheelchair since he was very young, but that fact has not kept him from living a very full life. He has had his own CofC Radio program for several years, and has been driving his own specially built car, which has given him more freedom and mobility.

Alexandria Bahan (biology) has conducted research with several professors, won first place in the 2009 MUSC Student Research Day, and has been accepted to medical school at MUSC (class of 2014).

Matthew Keller (biochemistry and chemistry) has received funding from MUSC, University of Florida and University of Georgia.

Amanda Acevedo–Jake (biochemistry and chemistry) has received funding from Rice University and University of California Riverside.

Jillian Kyzer (biochemistry and chemistry) has received the University of Minnesota Graduate Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry.

Zichao Wang (biochemistry and chemistry) has received the University of Rochester Medical Center Dept of Toxicology Fellowship.

Caroline Burns (political science) has been named a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She will study and work for a full year in Uganda after her graduation.

Courteney Barnes (political science) and Christie Mallard (psychology) co-hosted the College of Charleston campus tour for the iPhone, the nation’s first-of-its-kind app.

Kyle Crosby (German) interned at Carl Duisberg Training Center where he led excursions and planned activities for language students in Berlin.

Scott Meyer (German) did translation and public relations work for the human resources department of Freie Universität Berlin.

Christopher Rasmussen (German) interned at Daimler-Chrysler in Düsseldorf.

Petra Duchonova (hospitality and tourism management) speaks four languages fluently, interned at the Hotel Europa in Heidelberg and was the president of the International Club.

*All information was submitted by faculty and staff. It is deemed to be correct, but was not verified.


Ryan Parkerprofile-rparker

Ryan Parker is a statistician, and he analyzes the most minute details of professional basketball players’ performances to try to discern competitive advantages. Parker wants to find out, for example, which combination of players produces the highest-scoring offense. He wants to know exactly where on court the opposing team’s best shooter is weakest. He’s already published on and want to be an NBA statistician.

profile-torresJason Torres

Hockey in sub-tropical Charleston? Absolutely! Jason Torres launched the ice hockey team, but that wasn’t enough. So, he started a roller hockey team as well. In the roller hockey team’s second season they went 13-7, playing against division opponents that included the University of Miami, University of Florida and the University of North Carolina.

profile-melcherStephen Melcher

Just before he enrolled at the College of Charleston, Stephen Melcher had a very big decision to make – whether or not to have his right leg amputated. He was diagnosed with an aggressive, non-cancerous tumor in his knee, and after countless surgeries he chose to keep his leg and finished his degree on time.

profile-bergmanshifflettJoey Bergman and Kristie Shifflett

It takes an extraordinary student-athlete to capture SoCon Player of the Year honors. For the Cougars, two players showcased their amazing offensive talent last season and garnered the coveted top prize in conference baseball and softball, respectively.


135master’s degree candidates communication English history
5M.A.T. – Early Childhood
10M.A.T. – elementary education
1M.A.T. – performing arts
5M.Ed. –special education
3M.Ed. – science and mathematics for teachers
4M.Ed. – languages
10Master of Public Administration
10M.S in accountancy
6M.S. in computer science and information systems
24M.S. in environmental studies
10M.S. in historic preservation
5M.S. in mathematics
13M.S. in marine biology
9graduate certificate recipients
4arts management
4urban studies and regional planning


grad-school03Graduate Scholars Award

  • Rebecca Zawinsky (accountancy)
  • Kalaivani Mudliar (computer science)
  • Sarah Hunter (environmental studies)
  • Mia Fischer (communication)
  • Megan Penrod (environmental studies)

1770 Scholarship

  • Jose Goncalves (enviornmental studies)

Summer Research Award

  • Meredith Green (environmental studies)
  • Sarah Hunter (environmental studies)

Outstanding Graduates

  • Kelly Clyborne (MAT early childhood education)
  • Sarah Wood (MAT early childhood education)
  • Jackie Cone (MAT elementary education)
  • Nathanial Stewart (MAT special education)
  • Dennis Kombe (MED science and math for teachers)
  • Mia Fischer (communication)
  • Aspen Olmsted (computer and information sciences)
  • Thomas Zalonis (computer and information sciences)
  • Emory Burgess (English)
  • Mandy Monoski (English)
  • Gretchen Coll (environmental sciences)
  • Catherine Garrett (environmental sciences)
  • Eileen Grogan (historic preservation)
  • Jared Ragland (marine biology)
  • Matt Irwin (public administration)
  • Caitlin Patton (public administration)


grad-school02Jonathan Craft (marine biology) was awarded the Link Foundation/Smithsonian Institution Graduate Fellowship and the Lerner-Gray Grant for Marine Science. He also received the Student Presentation Award at the 2010 Benthic Ecology Meeting.

Jason Ferrante (marine biology) received the Slocum-Lunz Foundation Award and the Graduate School Research Presentation Grant.

Megan Kent (marine biology) received a second-place Best Poster Award at the 2009 World Aquaculture Society Conference and the first-place Student Oral Presentation Award at the triennial Aquaculture 2010. She also received the National Science Foundation’s East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship and will study in Taiwan during summer 2010.

Jared Ragland (marine biology) received first place for his poster presentation at the Carolinas Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. He was also awarded the SETAC Student Travel Award.

Heather Larkin (accountancy) earned one of Becker CPA Review’s national scholarships which will enable her to take their review course for free. Only 50 students out of thousands of nominees were selected for this honor. Heather currently is a graduate assistant working in the Office of Student Life.

Diana Brown (accountancy) earned a summer position in the competitive National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Last summer she interned in Charlotte, N.C., with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWc), the largest public accounting firm in the world. She will be a full-time audit associate with PWc when she finishes NOLS training. Diana has been a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Life.

Brian Lehnerer (accountancy) was named 2010 Outstanding Graduate Student. He will receive national recognition from the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA) in their next newsletter, The College is a fully accredited member of FSA. Last summer, Brian interned with Deloitte in Detroit and will be working for them as an auditor. He has been a graduate assistant in the Office of Financial Assistance and Veteran Affairs.

Thomas Zalonis (computer and information sciences) has co-authored a referred paper in an international conference, an abstract in an international conference, and a journal article. He also helped create “Armonique Lite” an app, which allows iPhone users to listen to personalized music playlists based on their aesthetic preferences.

Stevan Harris early elementary education) is the first Volpe Fellow graduate.

*All information was submitted by faculty and staff. It is deemed to be correct, but was not verified.


Mia Fischer (communication) earned her undergraduate degree in Germany, where she spent one semester studying abroad at the College of Charleston. She fell in love with the College and the area. She returned to Charleston to earn her master’s degree and has focused on studying social networking phenomena – specifically Facebook trends.

profile-jpollockJoe Pollock (marine biology) has earned a national reputation for his work on coral disease. He earned a coveted Fulbright Fellowship and began his research in Australia. Since then, he has been awarded the Sir Keith Murdoch U.S. to Australia Fellowship by the American Australian Association, a Ph.D. Mobility Scholarship from the Australian National Network in Marine Science, and an International Research Fellowship from James Cook University.


Distinguished Teaching Award
Narayanan Kuthirummal (Department of Physics)

Distinguished Research Award
Patrick Christopher Fragile (Department of Physics)

Distinguished Service Award
Lynne E. Ford (Department of Political Science)

Distinguished Advising Award
Gorka Sancho (Department of Biology) and Catherine Thomas (Department of English)

William V. Moore Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award
Christopher A. Korey (Department of Biology)