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Dr. Dana LawrenceDirector: 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.

Elaine ConnorElaine Connor
Administrative Specialist

Having been an English teacher for over 35 years, the Academic Success Center is a great place to continue to connect with students and other staff members.  I have a BS degree, a Master’s from Winthrop University and 30 hours above a Masters.  I am from Lancaster and have two daughters.  I am also expecting my first grandchild any time now which is so exciting.  When not in the ASC, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, listening to music, and reading.  So stop by the ASC and enjoy using one of our six private tutoring rooms.

Griffen ClarkeTutor: Griffen Clarke
Subject Area: Biology, Chemistry and Statistics

Hey, my name is Griffen Clarke.  I graduated from Nation Ford High School in 2015, and I am currently a sophomore at USCL studying in the four year nursing program.  After I complete my undergraduate degree, I plan on going to graduate school to become a nurse anesthetist.  Right now, I tutor Biology 101, 120, 243, 244 along with Chemistry 102 and Statistics 110.  I like working in the Academic Success Center because I think it’s very rewarding to see students that I helped excel in their classes.  When I’m not studying for school or tutoring in the ASC, I like spending time running, hanging out with friends, and just taking my mind off of school.

Ann GarnerTutor: 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. 

Jared HayesTutor: Jared Hayes
Subject Area: Biology, Chemistry, and Statistics, Lower Division Nursing

Hey, my name is Jared Hayes, and I am junior nursing major at USCL.  I tutor Biology 243, 244, and 250.  I also tutor Chemistry 102, Statistics 110 and the lower division nursing classes in the Academic Success Center.  I graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and came to USCL in the fall of 2015, and I fell in love with it.  I am a huge sports fan, and I pull for the Clemson Tigers and the Carolina Panthers.  I am also a huge movie fan, and I love the outdoors.  I am looking forward to meeting new people this semester and helping them with their education.

Micah HayesTutor: Micah Hayes
Subject Area: Computer Science

Hello, my name is Micah Hayes.  I graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 2013.  I am a senior at USCL in the BLS program formerly known as the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with Palmetto College.  My two main focuses in the program are psychology and sociology.  I currently will have a minor in Social Work and plan to pursue my Masters.  I have been working in the Academic Success Center for almost a year.  I tutor Computer Science 101 and 102.  Helping others has always been something that I enjoy.  In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with my family and friends, singing, and most of all going on vacation.  Please don’t hesitate to come to the Academic Success Center for help.  I look forward to working with anyone who needs assistance in Computer Science.

Carolina HoweyTutor: Caroline Howey
Subject Area: Spanish, Italian, Economics, and Writing

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, so this is my seventh year.  I am from Lancaster, South Carolina.  I graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 2010.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of South Carolina Palmetto College in 2014.  Apart from working in the ASC, I work in game day guest relations with the Carolina Panthers.  In my free time, I enjoy going to church, listening to music, watching movies, reading, and spending time with my family.

Josh HunterTutor: Joshua Hunter
Subject Areas: Chemistry, Spanish, and Writing

After completing my first two years of college at USCL, I graduated from USC in May 2015 with a BA in philosophy. I am currently a graduate student at Columbia International University, pursuing an MA in theological studies with a concentration in Koine Greek. Because I was homeschooled for a number of years, I had no idea of what to expect when I began college, but I had a very rewarding, productive experience at USCL, and I learned a great deal about which direction I wanted to take as a student. I thoroughly enjoy working as a tutor in the ASC, which I have been doing for the past four years. I tutor writing, Spanish, and general chemistry, and I have a unique interest for each of these subjects. There are few things I enjoy more than helping students succeed academically in areas which challenge them, and I often find that I learn quite a bit during the process as well. Whenever I’m outside the classroom, I enjoy jogging, weightlifting, playing bass guitar, and researching medieval philosophy.

Phyllis JarvisTutor: 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.

Molly MeltonTutor: Molly Melton
Subject Area: Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Statistics

My name is Molly Melton. I graduated from Rock Hill High School in 2015. I am currently a sophomore in the four year nursing program here at USCL. After earning my four year degree, I hope to work in a trauma center or an Emergency Room. I eventually want to attend graduate school to become a nurse practitioner. I would like to work in the medical field because I really enjoy helping others. This is why I decided to work in the Academic Success Center. I enjoy helping other students when they do not understand something and even learn something new myself. I tutor Math (111, 111i, 112), Statistics (110, 201), Biology (243, 244), and Chemistry (101, 102). In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, going to hockey games, going to football games, and taking care of my animals.

Betty StroudTutor: 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.

June WilliamsTutor: 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.

Contact Us:

ASC and Writing Center Director:
Dr. Dana Lawrence
Medford 214
(803) 313-7023

(803) 313-7113