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Young Alumni Series: Joaline Diez ’19

How often have you felt that God was pulling you a certain direction yet you had no clue where that path would lead? That is exactly how Joaline Diez felt her freshman year at Charleston Southern University.  Diez has been dancing since she could walk, and when she discovered upon arrival at CSU that a […]

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CSU alum’s NFL connection

Jordan Lane has covered a lot of ground since receiving his CSU athletic training degree in 2017. He’s earned a Master of Science in advanced athletic training from the University of South Carolina, worked with the USC football team and served as a graduate assistant at Benedict College, a Division II HBCU. Currently, Lane can […]

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A CSU Degree leads to individual freedom for Gamkredlize

At the intersection of Europe and Asia lies the Republic of Georgia. The country, most recently occupied by the Soviet Union, is known for its grand centuries-old cathedrals, ancient cities and vineyards, mighty mountain peaks and hospitable people. Georgians, like David Gamkredlize ’08, are eager to share their homeland’s history, culture and selfless desire for stability.  Gamkredlize spent his entire life in […]

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Bruneau confronts his past through writing

Robert “Bobby” Bruneau ’95 set out to write a memoir. Along the way, the memoir turned into historical fiction with the names changed in the story to protect those he was writing about.  Interested in writing since he was a child, Bruneau wrote a lot of poems and eulogies for friends. People kept telling him he should write […]

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Five CSU grads ordained on one day

Recently, Summit Church ordained five young men to the ministry, all of them graduates of Charleston Southern. Summit, which meets on the campus of Charleston Southern University, is a multigenerational congregation that disciples all ages.  Nick Ballenger, executive pastor, said, “We created an initiative called Summit Labs which offers practical pastoral training, along with opportunities […]

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Alumni Q&A: Jeff Christmas `02

Jeff Christmas is currently a manager at Boeing South Carolina plant over the wiring team in Building 20 Cell 30. He has been an avionics technician for Boeing, and he is also a U.S. Army veteran. Q. What are some of the skills you learned at CSU that have benefited you the most? I learned […]

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Alumni Q&A: Bowe Butler `05

Bowe Butler spends his days at Benefitfocus making sure the client is happy. As a delivery manager, he is involved with account project management that is client facing. His background is in ministry, working with nonprofits and groups such as Campus Outreach. Most recently he worked at Summit Church in North Carolina. But he felt a […]

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Alumni Q&A: Hope Harrison Avery `88

Hope Harrison Avery is an HR director with an agency providing services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. She uses her sociology degree every day in not only recruiting but in developing staff. She considers herself a servant leader who sees the value in empowering staff to do their best. Q. What skills did you learn […]

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Alumni Q&A: Justin Ervin `11

Justin Ervin is currently assigned as a defense counsel, representing soldiers accused of violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, everything ranging from murder trials to simple AWOL cases. He earned a juris doctorate and a master of business administration from Wake Forest University. Q. What skills did you learn at CSU that have […]

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2019 Annual Alumni Awards distributed

Each year, the Alumni Association honors graduates who are making a difference in their jobs, in churches, in community service and in promoting the university’s mission. Learn about this year’s winners who nominated by peers and selected by the Alumni Association selection committee. Alumnus Community Service Award: Awarded posthumously to Julian Smith ’74 Julian Smith, known […]

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