The Office of University Communications is working on several new projects and initiatives this academic year aimed at generating local, regional and national visibility for the College of Charleston. Keep reading to see what we’ve been up to and how our team helps promote the work, scholarship and achievements of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters.

CofC Podcast

Our newish CofC podcast – Speaking of … College of Charleston – continues to grow as we highlight the people, programs and places that make our university special. You can find the podcast on all major platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify, or visit our podcast page to listen to episodes directly from a web browser.

Check out some of our recent episodes:

If you have an idea for a podcast episode, please contact Amy Stockwell, director of campus communications and podcast producer, at

Visit the CofC Podcast Network to see a list of other podcasts being produced on campus.

Bell Studios

The Division of Information Technology and the Office of University Communications have partnered to create a new audio and video recording studio on the third floor of the Bell Building. Initially, this studio space will be devoted to producing content for the College’s news and social media channels as well as serving as a professional space for external media interviews. In addition, faculty and staff participating remotely in online conferences and speaking engagements can use the studio to ensure they project a professional and branded appearance to online audiences.

A future goal is to engage with other campus units, such as academic departments and student groups, to create audio and video content that highlights the distinctiveness of our university.

To learn more about Bell Studios and its capabilities, please contact Jesse Kunze, A/V specialist in the Division of Information Technology, at

The Conversation News Website

In January 2023, the College began a one-year pilot membership with the nonprofit news organization The Conversation. If you are not familiar with this independent news website, please take a moment to scan a few articles, which are all written by academics and researchers affiliated with a university. Scroll to the bottom of the homepage to see the organization’s funding partners as well as a list of its other university members.

This membership presents an exciting new opportunity to showcase the research and expertise of our faculty to a wider audience outside of academia. Published articles receive an average of 22 million reads per month and are republished by major media outlets, such as the Associated Press, The Washington Post, CNN, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Newsweek, PBS NewsHour and others.

Representatives from The Conversation will be visiting campus on Feb. 8 to talk to interested faculty members about the organization’s assignment and editing processes and publishing model. This information session will take place at 12 p.m. on Feb. 8 in the School of Education Alumni Center. It will also be video recorded for those unable to attend.

For more information about The Conversation, contact Mike Robertson, senior director of media relations, at

College of Charleston Magazine

The winter 2023 issue of College of Charleston Magazine is out now. All of the stories are also posted online. Below are the feature stories from the new issue:

  • Alumna Has Next Level Intelligence
    The senior director of AI4Science at Microsoft Research, Bonnie Kruft ’07 hopes to solve some of humanity’s most intractable problems by combining artificial intelligence with the natural sciences.
  • Creating A Level Playing Field for Women Athletes
    On the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, the landmark legislation that guaranteed equal access and treatment in all areas of education, we look back at its impact on the College.
  • Beloved Professor Couldn’t Be More Connected
    Raised on a small farm in Tanzania, where water and electricity shortages were commonplace, Lancie Affonso ’96 (M.S. ’08) couldn’t be more plugged in today, teaching in three different schools at the College, serving as the director of the Honors Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community and being an invaluable mentor to students.

Campus Communications Committee

Every month during the fall and spring semesters, communicators from across campus meet to share information about and elicit support for news and events happening in their areas. Membership on this committee is open to any faculty or staff member who has responsibility for communications, marketing or event planning in their unit. Following each monthly meeting, a comprehensive listing of all topics discussed and shared is circulated to the College’s Senior Leadership Team.

For more information, contact committee chair Darcie Goodwin, senior director of advancement and campus communications, at