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Parent Insider Fall 2014

I know when you have a chance to talk with your busy student, they probably don't tell you every detail of campus life. So, I want to fill in what they might leave out. Your student might not realize just how much goes on here! As a parent, you are an incredibly important member of our College of Charleston family, so consider the Parent Insider your very own College of Charleston family newsletter.

Parent Insider. Your exclusive guide to campus life and Charleston living.

 Ann Treat, Parent Insider Editor and Assistant Director, Parent Giving Programs

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republished with permission from College of Charleston Media Relations

College of Charleston is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2015 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges”.

According to the reviewers, “Students report that a ‘welcoming’ vibe permeates the school and it’s truly evident that the support staff want to see their students succeed.”

The Princeton Review also quotes a sophomore student as saying, “The College of Charleston consistently provides great academics, meaningful experiences to engage with the city, and fantastic people who want to do fantastic things.”

Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review’s surveys of 130,000 students attending the colleges.

This is the 11th year in a row that the College of Charleston has been honored by the Princeton Review.

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clyde cofcThis month, Clyde chatted with John and Kiki Valanos, parents of Eleni, ’13 and Constantine ‘15, about their Top Ten list of favorite CofC and Charleston activities and moments.

Here is John and Kiki’s top ten list of Charleston favorites:

  1. We love that both of our kids attended CofC and that each has loved it.
  2. As restaurant owners, we appreciate great cuisine and there is no shortage of that in Charleston. Our favorite restaurants are here!
  3. Our kids were able to build relationships with their professors because of the small class sizes.
  4. The strong community. Not only did our kids build lifelong friendships, but we as parents were able to develop friendships with other parents and school representatives.
  5. The great walkable city. Neither of our kids had a car but everything was accessible.
  6. The gracious southern hospitality that keeps us coming back. In fact, we may move here one day.
  7. Fashion Week, Spoleto, Bridge Run, Jazz Festival. Do we need to say more?
  8. CofC is a liberal arts college, and we feel students receive a more well-rounded education.
  9. The rich history and well-preserved architecture. There is always something to discover on every street.
  10. It is just a one hour plane trip from DC with three carriers to choose, which makes visiting easy! (Maybe too easy)
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8 tips on acing your class MBA Students travel abroad to study finances of luxury hotels in China and Hong Kong.

republished with permission from College of Charleston Media Relations

Students and faculty in the College of Charleston MBA program recently returned from China and Hong Kong where they studied the daily operations and finances at two Marriott hotels, one of the largest hotel chains in the world.

The summer 2014 trip was part of the coursework for the Hospitality Revenue Management Focus Area in the School of Business MBA program, which also includes focus areas in finance and in marketing.

Seven students made the trip along with business faculty members Robert Frash, chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management; and Bing Pan, associate professor and head of research in the Office of Tourism Analysis.

The trip was funded through the philanthropic generosity of Harold and Deborah Imperatore, parents of two College of Charleston alumni and two current students.

The students lodged at the Jinan Tourism College in Shenzhen, China. They conducted case study analyses of revenue management issues at Marriott five-star hotels in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

“The case studies included site visits, live market analysis, and statistical analysis and modeling of the hotels’ revenue reports,” Frash said.

The students also worked on data analysis and forecasting techniques, visited local brand hotels, and learned about China’s hotel development, Pan added.

Working and learning in real-life situations in foreign countries such as China helps students better understand the differences and similarities between the hospitality industries in different countries.

“Communicating with local students and local people also gave the students a different perspective on business operations and a different view of the world,” Pan said. “This will help them succeed in the global competition of hospitality and tourism businesses.”

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clyde cofc Check out this video of Top 10 things to do in Charleston-on a student budget. This video was filmed by and features our CofC students. Check out these great, affordable activities you can take advantage while you are in Charleston visiting your student. Make sure they know about our programs on campus like Free Movies and Campus Recreation. It is never a dull moment in Charleston whether it is on campus or in the city—just showing how CofC and the city of Charleston are intrinsically linked, creating a truly unique and special urban campus for our students.

Watch one of our students talk about the Top Ten affordable activities in Charleston

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clyde cofcHas your student been thinking about studying abroad, or would you like for them to consider this life-changing option? The College is very supportive of international experiences and encourages students to take advantage of study abroad during their time as an undergraduate student. Through the Center for International Education, your student can choose from over 1,000 options to get an international experience while they are a CofC student. These experiences range from a full semester or year abroad to a summer or spring break studying with a CofC faculty member abroad. There are also service and outreach trips during Spring Break through the Office of Civic Engagement. It is important to plan ahead and start thinking about these options as early as freshman year. Studying abroad changes lives and gives you a powerful new perspective on your studies, your career, and the world. Click here to visit the Center for International Education

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clyde cofc The Parents’ Fund supports scholarships, networking opportunities, and exceptional faculty focused on your student’s success. For more information, visit the the Parents’ Fund webpage.