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CSU view: A brief history of the CSU Women’s Council

In 1966 there was a group called Baptist College at Charleston Women’s Club. The founding members were: Charlene Kirk, chairman; Mary Dobbins, Mattie Leigh Francese, Faye Hester, Margaret Mack, Epsie Reeves, Judy Stewart, and Marcia Wilson.  Those eight women had concern for scholarships for students in need as well as beautification projects for the university […]

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DeJean Dunbar ’17 putting computer science master’s degree to work

DeJean Dunbar is currently completing a Master of Science in computer science at CSU and is a  2017 BS graduate. He has worked at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions in Aiken for the last five years. As an undergrad Dunbar won a mobile app competition sponsored by Charleston Defense Contractors Association. He also volunteered with CodeON, Coding in […]

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Baldwin wins national award

Amy Britt Baldwin ’00 describes seventh grade, especially math, as her worst year in school growing up. Ironically, she spent 13 years teaching seventh grade mathematics and a few years in seventh grade science at Oakbrook Middle School before assuming the Gateway to Technology position in 2013. Baldwin said, “It was one of the hardest […]

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Caring for creatures big and small

When Professor of Biology Dr. Todd Heldreth walks through the Animal Forest at Charles Towne Landing, he wears a smile and carries a bag of treats ready for his furry friends Memphis, Clark, and Darla. Outside of teaching full time in the classroom at Charleston Southern University, he puts on his proverbial veterinarian hat each […]

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Dawson leading alumni engagement

C. Denise Dawson ’93 is Charleston Southern’s new director of alumni engagement. She was formerly an enrollment counselor for CSU in the enrollment and marketing division.  “My favorite part of working in enrollment was talking about CSU,” said Dawson. She brings that love for Charleston Southern to her work with alumni. “Denise brings great enthusiasm […]

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Pinnell breaks barriers in insurance field

National events changed the trajectory of my life. The shocking assassination of President Kennedy paved the way for Lyndon Johnson to assume the office, and in a very short time the campus of the University of Tennessee was consumed with the Vietnam War. Deferments for male students being drafted into the military ended upon graduation, […]

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Humbled by the Himalayas: Dr. Don Lauer ’21 climbs Everest with son

What most would only dream of doing, three-time alumnus and adventurer Don Lauer has likely achieved it. When his son Matthew was only 8 years old, Lauer made a promise he intended to keep. “We free climbed a mountain peak about 1,000-feet high, and I was explaining to him some of the mountain structures. I […]

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Irick’s education advances her career

Dr. Albany Cromer Irick’s career path is the perfect example of how a liberal arts major can transition to a high level job with a major impact.  Irick, who earned an English degree at the University of South Carolina, is inspired by a love of technology and teaching. Her liberal arts degree gave her a […]

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Alum running her own race

Only 0.0013% of individuals make an individual spot on an Olympic Team, but Mulern Jean ’15 beat the odds and found herself a part of the statistic in 2016 and 2020, competing for Team Haiti because her parents are Haitian. Today, the spotlight continues to vibrantly shine on former Charleston Southern University student-athlete, Jean. She […]

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Paglia ’11 lives life to the fullest

Place kicker and kickoff specialist for the CSU Bucs from 2007-2011 John Paglia III ’11 uses something he learned from Coach Chuck Kelly on a hot summer day in his day-to-day business dealings.  Kelly got in Paglia’s face in the 100+ degree heat and yelled “one for one” when Paglia was stuck in a rut […]

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