Director: Dr. Dana Lawrence
Although I officially completed my college education in 2009, earning my Ph.D. in English Literature from Texas A&M University, I don’t think I’ll ever stop being a student. My scholarly interests lie in the literature and history of the 16th and 17th centuries and composition pedagogy, while my personal interests run the gamut from languages to celebrity gossip and everything in between. I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember—I used to get in trouble for reading next to my nightlight after bedtime or for hiding a book in my lap during class—and my current favorites are historical novels set in Tudor England. I’ve recently begun reading the Harry Potter series with my son, and I am securely on the HP bandwagon. As an academic, part of my job includes writing. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I love to write, though I do love the process of developing an idea and seeing it come to fruition. Having struggled a bit when I made the transition to college and again while trying to balance pursuing my graduate degree, teaching, and supporting my family, I understand many of the difficulties that the students coming to the Academic Success Center and Writing Center are facing. It is my mission as an Instructor and as the Director of the ASC and Writing Center to create a place where all USCL students can find the academic support that they need as they pursue their educational goals. I welcome any suggestions that our students and faculty have about how the ASC and Writing Center can better serve the needs of the USCL community.
Tutor: Ann Garner
Subject Area: Math
I am originally from Seneca, SC, but spent most of my youth in North Carolina. I earned my BS degree in Mathematics from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, then married my high school sweetheart and moved to Hagerstown, MD. After my husband’s tour of duty in the army ended, we moved here to Lancaster where I taught mathematics at Buford High School until I retired in 2010. During my time at BHS, I earned my MAT degree in Mathematics from Winthrop University. Once retired, my friend and former colleague, Betty Stroud, encouraged me to come to USCL and apply for a tutoring position in the ASC. I’m so glad I did!! It is so rewarding to work with the students I’ve met here, as well as, to see and talk with some of my former students from Buford High School. With my 34 years of experience in teaching high school mathematics, I think I am able to communicate well with the students I encounter in the ASC.
Tutor: Caroline Howey
Subject Area: Spanish
Hola! Me llamo Caroline Howey (Hello, my name is Caroline Howey). In case you could not tell by my greeting, I am a Spanish tutor at the Academic Success Center. I have been working at the Academic Success Center since my freshman year. I am from Lancaster, South Carolina. I graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 2010. I am a junior at USCL and in the B.O.L program, which stands for Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Leadership. B.O.L is like being a business major. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, reading, and spending time with my family.
Tutor: Joshua Hunter
Subject Areas: Chemistry, Spanish, and Writing
I graduated high school in 2011 after being homeschooled
for several years. I am now a philosophy major and chemistry
minor at USC, and I plan to attend graduate school after
I finish my Bachelor of Arts degree. Because I was
homeschooled, I was intimidated by the feeling that I may
not do as well in college as I hoped, but my first year
at USCL was an incredible and rewarding experience, and
I developed significantly as a writer and as a student.
It is a privilege to help students discover the reward
of effectively expressing their own thoughts, opinions,
and ideas on paper as well as help them gain a deeper understanding
of basic chemistry and Spanish at the ASC this year. When
I’m not in school or studying, I enjoy archery, karate,
weightlifting, recreational running, and spending time
with my family and friends. I also play bass guitar and
help organize music at my current church.
Tutor: Phyllis Jarvis
Subject Areas: French and Writing
Having taught a French
course at USC-L in spring 2012, I was pleased to be given
a chance to tutor in the ASC. I missed teaching French
and English students at Andrew Jackson High and am enjoying
seeing and helping former students and meeting new ones. I
have a BA degree from Western Carolina and a Master’s
from Francis Marion plus 30 more hours from Winthrop. When
I am not in the ASC, you will typically find me on the golf
course, in my yard, reading a book, or out with friends. My
husband and I like to travel and go as often as time and dollars
permit! Baton Rouge is a regular visit for us since my
daughter, her husband, and three great grandchildren live there. Drop
by the ASC for me to help you with either French or writing.
Tutor: Megan Lawson
Subject Area: Writing
I graduated from the University of Alabama in 2007 with
a Bachelor of Arts in English, with minors in Psychology
and Political Science. During my time at Alabama
I was not sure about what career path I wanted to take,
so I chose classes that would give me a broad educational
background. Due to the wide variety of classes that I chose,
I have written papers on nearly every subject you can think
of, from art history to economics to German philosophy!
I started classes at USCL in the fall of 2012 to complete
my pre-requisite requirements to apply for pharmacy school
after working as a pharmacy technician for about five years.
Since beginning my journey as a science person, I have
become adept at writing lab reports for my science classes.
I spent so much time in the library last year that I decided
to apply for a position as a Writing tutor in the Academic
Success Center. While earning my BA, I chose to pursue
the Writing track of the English curriculum because I love
to write, and I think that working in the ASC will allow
me to pass on my knowledge to other students. In my free
time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading
(for fun), and cheering on my Alabama football team.
Accounting, Finance 369, Management 371
I graduated in 2012 from Lancaster High School. I am a
sophomore at USCL pursuing a two year business degree. I
really enjoy working with others in a teaching atmosphere
and decided to tutor in the Academic Success Center as
an Accounting tutor. I have considered the idea of
working as a professor one day, hopefully in history. I
also really enjoy accounting; it is something that comes
easy to me, and something I really enjoy. I truly believe
that if anyone has any problem with accounting that we
can sit down and work it out. I really look forward to
working with anyone who comes in for accounting or finance
Tutor: Betty Stroud
Subject Area: Math
My home is in Chester County. I graduated from Winthrop College with a BA degree in Mathematics and later earned my MAT degree in Math Education--also from Winthrop. I taught mathematics at Buford High School for 26 years and then taught math for 4 years at Chester High School, where my principal was a former student of mine from Buford. I came to USCL to tutor math in the fall of 2002 and have been here ever since. I really enjoy working with the students who come to the ASC. Some are older and have forgotten Algebra, and others are right out of high school and were hoping they would never see another math problem. It is a pleasure for me to be able to help them better understand math concepts and improve their math skills.
Tutor: June Williams
Subject Area: Math
I am originally from Hawaii. I have a BA degree
in mathematics from Chaminade University. I lived
in Florida for 22 years before moving to Lancaster. I
have an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University
of South Florida. I tutored math and taught elementary
algebra for two semesters at Hillsborough Community College
in Florida. I enjoyed working with the students and
teachers, which led me to inquire about tutoring opportunities
at USCL. I enjoy working with the students, fellow
tutors, and staff members in the ASC.
|ASC and Writing Center Director:
Dr. Dana Lawrence