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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.

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. 

Carolina HoweyTutor: 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.

Josh HunterTutor: 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.

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.

Megan LawsonTutor: 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.

Brandon NewtonTutor: Brandon Newton
Subject Area: 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 tutoring.

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