Produced by the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, “Speaking of… College of Charleston” features conversations with faculty, students, staff, alumni and supporters who bring prestige and positive recognition to the university across a wide array of academic endeavors, professional interests and creative passions.
Sightseeing and birdwatching at Stono Preserve
With a variety of ecosystems and no shortage of plants and wildlife, the College of Charleston at Stono Preserve offers students and faculty a myriad of opportunities to learn about the natural world of the Lowcountry.
Speaking Of...caught up with Matt Rutter, biology professor and academic director of Stono Preserve, and Lucy Davis, program coordinator of the Master of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program to learn more about the landscape of Stono Preserve, how CofC students and faculty are leveraging the natural environment there for classes and research, and what students are growing in the garden.
Women's Rights Advocate Offers Advice to Business Students
Local women’s rights advocate Jennet Robinson Alterman, who has helped expand CofC's Women's and Gender Studies Program, has worked tirelessly to advance women's rights locally and internationally. As one of the speakers of the second annual Women for Women summit sponsored by the College's School of Business, Alterman joins a group of remarkable women to inspire, offer insight and share stories about their paths to success.
An Academic Year in Review with President Andrew T. Hsu
Join us for an intimate conversation with President Hsu who shares his thoughts on the past academic year and plans for the future. In this episode, we review the College of Charleston's journey through the pandemic and the ways in which we emerged a stronger, more innovative, liberal arts institution.
Theatre Major Makes Upcycling Cool with Fresh Prince Fit Designs
Brandon Alston, a costume design major at CofC, is injecting new life into second hand clothing. Fresh Prints Designs started as a hobby and grew into a thriving business during the long days of COVID. In his hands a client's favorite but faded and stained hoodie is restored and reworked into a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of sustainable clothing. Alston credits professors from the theatre and costume department for showing him how to connect his creative talents and technical skills to build a successful small business.
A Bite of the Ocean, Understanding the Benefits of Saltwater Agriculture with Sam Norton
Join us for a conversation with College of Charleston alumnus Sam Norton, founder of Heron Farms in Charleston, S.C. Billed as the world’s first vertical indoor saltwater farm, the company grows sea beans, a healthy, plant-based salt alternative. Norton shares his fascinating journey from plucking sea beans in Lowcountry marshes as a child to studying them for a graduate research project to growing them year-round in an indoor facility. The plants, which Norton says “taste like the ocean,” have become popular with some of Charleston’s award-winning chefs, who use them as a salt substitute in their dishes.
How to Keep that New Year's Resolution to Get and Stay Fit Year Round
Kate Pfile, a College of Charleston alumna and associate professor of exercise science and chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance, talks all things fitness in the new year, how to set goals and what you can do to stay on track.