College of Charleston Employees Live Up to 'The Cistern Standard'

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Over the past three months, College of Charleston employees have been recognizing one another for living up to 'The Cistern Standard.'

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College of Charleston faculty and staff sure do appreciate one another – just look at all the people recognized through The Cistern Standard, the College’s employee-driven program!

Launched in the fall of 2022, The Cistern Standard allows faculty and staff to use a simple Employee Recognition Form to acknowledge and spotlight their colleagues from across campus who embody the College’s core values – integrity; academic excellence; liberal arts education; diversity, equity and inclusion; student centeredness; innovation; and public mission – demonstrating them through their behavior and actions.

“It’s a way to give employees the power to promote the positive in one another,” says Ed Pope, vice president of the Office of Human Resources, which administers the program and received 65 Employee Recognition Forms in just the past three months. “It just goes to show how much our faculty and staff really do appreciate one another and want to show that appreciation.”

Congratulations to the faculty and staff members listed below (according to core value), who’ve been recognized over the last three months. Keep on living up to The Cistern Standard!

academic excellence badge

We show commitment to a dynamic intellectual community, high academic standards, strong academic programs and exceptional teacher-scholars. We exhibit behavior that engages students and promotes lifelong learning.

  • Lauren Graf – Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
diversity equity inclusion badge

We create and nurture a diverse and inclusive community demonstrated through thoughts, words and actions. We value and respect the unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences every individual has to offer.

  • Molly Callahan – Student Support Coordinator/Office Manager, Division of Student Affairs
innovation badge

We act with an entrepreneurial spirit to imagine and implement creative, bold and sustainable solutions in our pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement.  

  • Jenny Alstad – Director of Prospect Management and Research, Division of Institutional Advancement
  • Melissa Barrett – Associate Director of Student Life Organizations/Programs, Office of Student Life
  • Ayanna Brown – Project Manager, Division of Information Technology
  • Lindsey Copeland – Senior Director of Analytics and Database Management, Division of Institutional Advancement
  • Brittany Denis – Director of IT Portfolio Management Office, Division of Information Technology
  • Susan Dick-McKeon – Procurement Manager II, Office of Procurement and Supply Services
  • Betsey Geier – Senior Director of Brand Marketing, Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Ruben Joseph – Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life (twice)
  • Chris Korey – Associate Provost for Student Success, Office for Student Success
  • Drew Newton – Associate Director if Academic Advising, School of Business Student Success Center
  • Aimee Pfeifer – Registrar, Office of the Registrar

We take accountability for our actions and adhere to the highest ethical standards in all our professional obligations and personal responsibilities. We demonstrate respect for self, others and place.

  • Rudy Alisauskas – Database Specialist, Division of Institutional Advancement
  • Jen Boan – Senior Director of Annual Giving, Division of Institutional Advancement
  • Clarissia Collins – Area Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life (twice)
  • Angela Duncan – Facilities Management Contract Customer Services, Facilities Management – Custodial Services
  • Tyrek Foster – Program and Outreach Coordinator, Office of Institutional Diversity
  • Jennifer Gillispie – Postal Services Clerk, Mail Services
  • Brandi Gladden – Custodial Worker, Facilities Management – Custodial Services
  • Julia Hammer – Gift Administrator, Division of Institutional Advancement
  • Dave Hoffman – Assistant Lock Shop Supervisor, Facilities Management
  • Alex Howcroft – Plumber, Facilities Management
  • Savannah Ramion – Area Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
  • Jabari Robinson – Area Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
  • Carlos Summersett – Custodian, Facilities Management – Custodial Services
  • Sitara Walker – Research Associate, Division of Institutional Advancement (twice)
  • Markus Williams – Electric Shop Supervisor, Facilities Management (twice)
liberal arts badge

We encourage intellectual curiosity and foster each student’s ability to think creatively and analyze, synthesize, apply and communicate knowledge from many sources. We inspire others to offer different viewpoints and input when applicable.

  • Stephanie Auwaerter – Director of Orientation, Office of New Student Programs
  • Stacie Marie Baumann – Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
  • Alexis Carr – Retention and Graduation Specialist, Center for Academic Performance and Persistence
  • Bruce Fleming – Director of First Year International and Experiential Programs, Office of New Student Programs
  • Irinia Gigova – Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Joy Heinzman – Associate Director, Department of Residence Life
  • Kate Pfile – Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance
  • Meaghan Poyer – Administrative Coordinator, Department of International Studies
  • Carly Pruitt – Associate Director, Office of New Student Programs
  • Aroo Sonekar – Health Professions Advisor, Pre-Health Advising
public mission

We take action in meeting the educational and professional needs of our community, our state, our nation and the world.

  • Ryan Byrne – IT PC Network/AV Tech, Networking and Engineering, Division of Information Technology
  • Molly Callahan – Student Support Coordinator/Office Manager, Division of Student Affairs
  • Clarissia Collins – Area Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
  • John Curtis – Systems Security Engineer, Division of Information and Technology
  • Cliff Hamilton – Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Division of Business Affairs
  • Joy Heinzman – Associate Director, Department of Residence Life (twice)
  • Ruben Joseph – Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
  • Shawnna Kendrick – Administrative Assistant, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Nicole Lenez – Director, Department of Residence Life
  • Carly Pruitt – Associate Director, Office of New Student Programs
  • Savannah Ramion – Area Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
  • Jabari Robinson – Area Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
student centered badge

We illustrate dedication to nurturing thriving scholar-citizens through the intellectual, ethical and social development of each individual student. We exhibit behavior that conveys commitment to student success. 

  • Destiny Chandler – Associate Director of Student Success Programs, Center for Academic Performance and Persistence
  • Will Chase – Director of Recruitment and Selection, Office of Admissions
  • Catherine Christian – Outreach and Program Coordinator, Office of Student Wellness and Well-being
  • Jasmin Cooper – Accountant/Fiscal Analyst I, Controller’s Office
  • Franklin Czwazka – Business Consultant/Analyst, Information Technology/School of Business
  • Michael Duncan – AVP Student Affairs Director HSLC, Division of Student Affairs
  • Lauren Graf – Residence Hall Director, Department of Residence Life
  • Anne Gutshall – Professor, Counseling Center
  • Lizzy Harper – RN Staff Nurse, Student Health Services
  • Rachel Williams – Intercultural Student Engagement Coordinator, Multicultural Student Program and Services

To see more people who’ve been recognized through The Cistern Standard this academic year, check out these posts from March 2024, December 2023 and September 2023.


Do one or more of your colleagues demonstrate one or more of the College’s seven core values described above? Recognize them through The Cistern Standard! The form is available on the human resources website.

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