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Cougar Tales: President Hsu Vows to Address Racial Inequalities at CofC

Read President Andrew Hsu’s statement to the campus community on the steps our alma mater is taking to address longstanding disparities and ways we will make our campus more welcoming, equitable, and inclusive. Read more »



Cougar Tales: Student Emergency Fund Brings Aid to Students During COVID-19

Over $100,000 has been raised for CofC’s Student Emergency Fund to help students dealing with job loss, but much more is needed and can be put to immediate use. Read more »

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Cougar Tales: PDA Provides Glamour for A Charleston Affair

Alumnus Jeff Nickles’ firm created a magical lighting and décor scheme for A Charleston Affair 2017, donating over $10,000 in services to support his alma mater.  Read more » 
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Plan to be in Charleston Nov. 17-20 for Fall Alumni Weekend featuring the ESPN Charleston Classic Basketball Tournament, the Alumni Awards Gala, and opportunities to engage with students.  Learn more » 
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If you're an author, we want you to participate in the Alumni Book Signing on November 19 during Fall Alumni Weekend, November 17-20. Learn more » 
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As part of the Boundless Campaign, the CofC Alumni Association created a fund to endow the Alumni Scholarship in Athletics. All of the Alumni Association’s 21 scholarships will be endowed and able to be awarded in perpetuity once this endowment is fully funded. Learn more » 
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Whether you are a student or seasoned alumnus, there is valuable career development content for individuals at every career level. Learn more » 
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Find your next career opportunity or talented employee at The Fall 2016 Career Fair & Graduate School Expo on October 4 in the TD Arena.
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Alumni chapters are hosting summer send-off parties for incoming students, and you need to attend! Chapter-hosted send-off events are regional gatherings of alumni, incoming students, and their families, providing newly-enrolled students an opportunity to meet fellow incoming students and local alumni. Learn more »

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Everything you need to know about the College of Charleston ring and why you should join the tradition, including the 2015 Ring Ceremony, President McConnell receiving his new class ring, the story behind the CofC ring and how you can purchase your ring today. Read story »

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The College Welcomes Ann Pryor '83, the New Vice President of Alumni Affairs. 

Ann Looper Pryor's roots run deep at the College: her father, sister, and two cousins also attended CofC. She earned her B.A. degree in political science and is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer of The Cultural Landscape Foundation and previously worked for the American Institute of Architects, the McGraw-Hill Companies, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. Read story »

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My parting thoughts…

This is my last Director’s Cut. I retire in early October after ten years as your Director of Alumni Relations. It’s been a great run. I will begin my third career selling real estate here in Charleston with one of my CofC classmates and fraternity brothers. This is not a shameless plug. It’s simply an example of how CofC friendships and networks last a lifetime. Read story »


Charleston is known for its hospitality, whether it is being touted by Travel & Leisure, USA Today, Fox News, CNN, or (hopefully not this year) The Weather Channel. There is no debate here. Charleston is hands down one of the friendliest and most hospitable cities in the world, and the College of Charleston is part of the epicenter. Read story »

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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (July 2015)

Let’s talk about your College of Charleston community.

If you are like most of us you are painfully aware of Charleston and South Carolina being thrust into the world’s consciousness these last few weeks. Amongst the sadness of losing nine prayerful lives at the hands of a thug possessed by hatred, we found grace in our community, your community.  We found motivation.  We found common cause.  We found commitment to properly honor those who were murdered. Read story »

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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (June 2015) 

Alumni Chapter Involvement. The what, who, where and why of Alumni Chapters. Your link to CofC, no matter where you live. Read story »



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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (May 2015)

The one thing all College of Charleston alumni have in common. Some say graduation; we say commencement. Some say they don’t care much about it; we say we care very much about it.  Commencement; regardless of the differences in our CofC experience, it’s the one thing we all have in common. Read story »

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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (April 2015)

For the fifth consecutive year, Alumni Weekend will not only include A Charleston Affair and reunions, but the Alumni Association will host the Alumni Leaders Conference. This event welcomes the official leaders from 39 national and international chapters back to campus so they can stay informed and get involved. Read story »
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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (March 2015)

Remember when email first came out and none of us knew what to choose as our email address? We ended up creating accounts like or or .  As interesting as these names are, they say something about you - you’re obsessed with your dog (who isn’t); you may need therapy, or you’re Hillary Clinton.  The point is, we now know it is wise to be thoughtful about your address. Read story »
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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (February 2015)

Each year in celebration of Founder’s Day, the College of Charleston strives to highlight the breadth and depth of Cougar Pride, with a one-day event called “Can’t Hide the Pride”. On this day, we encourage every Cougar (alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends) to show their pride in any and every imaginable way – feel free to use creative license here, there are no boundaries when it comes to Cougar pride. Read story »
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Cougar Tales : Director's Cut (January 2015)

One of the College of Charleston’s most enduring traditions is the Annual Business Meeting of the Alumni Association followed by the Annual Alumni Reception, the latter known today as A Charleston Affair.  For well over a century A Charleston Affair has welcomed each graduating class to the ranks of the alumni – in most years occurring only days before their testimonial walk across the Cistern. Read story »
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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (December 2014)

If you live in Charlotte, Baltimore, Long Island or Boston, the Cougar Trail is coming your way again this year.  Cougar Trail is our annual excursion to selected CofC Alumni Chapters that coincide with “away” games on our men’s basketball schedule. Read story »
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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (November 2014)

I have a feeling when I say, “Official College of Charleston Ring” you will fall into one of three categories; 1) I have one 2) I want one 3) I didn’t know we had one. Read story »
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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (October 2014)

Working for the College of Charleston and being an alumnus, I have the luxury of seeing my alma mater every day. I walk through the Cistern frequently, I hear the Pi Kappa Phi bell tower toll every hour, and I trip over those darn bricks at least 3 times a week. But what if you don’t live here? What do you remember? What does it matter? Read story »
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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (September 2014)

If you are reading this September issue of Cougar Tales I want to thank you for staying informed about activities and programs that impact our students and alumni. You are exhibiting model alumni behavior, and leading by exampe is a predictable and contagious form of influence. Read story »
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Cougar Tales: Director's Cut (August 2014)

Welcome to our first edition of Cougar Tales. Cougar Tales is the official monthly newsletter of your Alumni Association. Cougar Tales is intended to be an insider lens to all things CofC. We hope you will find it timely, informative
and inspiring. Read story »
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Cougar Tales: Ask McConnell (August 2014)

On behalf of the Alumni Association, Director of Alumni Relations, Jack
Huguley '72 sat down with new CofC President, Glenn McConnell '69 to ask him questions ranging from diversity of the University of Charleston to his favorite app. Read story »