About the Staff

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Jessica Wilkes
Director, Veteran and Military Student Services 
U.S. Air Force Veteran

Office Location
160 Calhoun Street, B-26 Lightsey Center

"Our office is here to advocate for Veteran and Military students, to ensure a smooth transition to campus, and to connect students with the resources they need during their time at CofC. We are striving to build a flourishing veteran and military student community on campus and to make their college experience positive and memorable! Below you will find resources to assist you in navigating through important processes from application to support."

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Charles West, LISW-CP
VITAL Coordinator

Office Location at CofC
160 Calhoun Street, B-26 Lightsey Center

Office hours: Contact via email to schedule

Web: https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/studentveteran/vital_home.asp

What the VITAL Coordinator can do for you:

  • VA Healthcare Enrollment
  • Assistance with VA Communication
  • Mental Health Services
  • Academic Accommodations and Assistance
  • On-Campus VA Advocacy
  • Assistance with general VA questions
  • Community and VA treatment referrals

Office of Admissions

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Mat Garrison
Veteran/Military/ROTC and Enrollment Manager
South Carolina State Guard Veteran


Office of Admissions website

Office Location
160 Calhoun Street B-25 Lightsey Center

"I am your FIRST STEP in the application process to the College of Charleston. I will evaluate your previous college credits or your Joint Services Transcripts (JST) to determine if you are right for the College of Charleston. Once that is determined, I will work with you on the application process. If you have any questions or want to learn more, contact me."

Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs

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Scott Woolum
VA Benefits Coordinator

Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs website

Office Location
160 Calhoun Street, 1st Lightsey Building

"Mr. Woolum is a Financial Aid Counselor with 15 years of Financial Aid and 11 years of VA benefits experience.  His office administers all education benefits for Veteran and their dependents.  Please visit our veterans' specific website page at https://finaid.cofc.edu/types-of-financial-aid/veterans-benefits/ for detailed information."

Office of New Student Programs

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Stephanie Auwaerter
Director of Orientation

New Student Programs website

Office Location
160 Calhoun Street
Lightsey Center Annex

"Orientation is a program designed to help new students make a smooth transition to the College. All new students are expected to participate in orientation before classes begin. At orientation, students will meet other incoming students, meet an academic advisor, register for classes, meet faculty from various programs on campus, learn about the campus and the services that are offered for all students."

Academic Advising and Planning Center

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Karen Hauschild

Academic Advising and Planning Center website

Office Location
160 Calhoun Street, Lightsey Center, Suite 247

"The Academic Advising and Planning Center supports military students by helping them develop an academic plan as it relates to their present and future goals, including appropriate course selection. Our professional academic advisors are full-time professionals committed to helping all students adapt to their new college environment by developing a relationship with each student, teaching technology-driven academic tools and introducing students to campus resources to help them become better students, overcome obstacles and have their needs met."

Center for Disability Services/SNAP

Center for Disability Services/SNAP website

Office Location
160 Calhoun Street, Lightsey Center, Suite 104

"The Center for Disability Services provides assistance and guidance to students with disabilities to ensure equal access to all programs and services at the College.  We are committed to supporting and serving veteran and military students.  

Resources for veteran and military students relating to the transition to higher education or career can be found in the Transitioning section of the Center for Disability Services website."

Transfer Credit


Office of the Registrar - Transfer Evaluation 

160 Calhoun Street, Lightsey Center, Suite 281

For questions about transfer credit evaluations email:


"The Transfer Evaluation Team within the Registrar's Office will complete an official evaluation of transfer credit for students who have been offered admission to the College of Charleston. Prior to an offer of admission, students are encouraged to meet with a Pre-Transfer Advisor to discuss transfer credit and degree completion at the College of Charleston, and review the resources available on the Registrar website  (http://transfer.cofc.edu). Included in these resources is Transferology (http://transfer.cofc.edu/transferology/index.php), a free online tool to predict how courses will transfer, as well as information about the General Education requirements and degree requirements for the various programs of study offered at CofC."

Helpful links:

Counseling Center


Counseling Center website

Office Location
175 Calhoun Street, Robert Scott Small, Room 309

"Contact us for any assistance with counseling related issues such as depression, PTSD, relationship stress, substance abuse, transition to college stress, when you need someone to listen – who will understand – and give advice when requested. Visit our Veteran’s page for other resources and information at counseling.cofc.edu/veteran/"

College of Charleston ROTC


Joshua M. Nelson
Recruiting Operations Officer/APMS
Palmetto Battalion, Army ROTC