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Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning

Our Staff

Lara Ducate

Lara Ducate, CIEL Faculty Executive Director

Dr. Lara Ducate leads the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, including Graduation with Leadership Distinction. She works with faculty and staff in the development of integrative and experiential learning opportunities and coordinates efforts across Columbia and the Palmetto College Campuses (Lancaster, Salkahatchie, Sumter, and Union).

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Amber Fallucca, Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan

Dr. Amber Fallucca currently leads the development of the Quality Enhancement Plan proposal for SACSCOC accreditation scheduled for 2021. She also leads the assessment initiatives aligned with USC Connect, including Graduation with Leadership Distinction, and provides support for office and campus-based initiatives focused on integrative and experiential learning.

Lauren Epps

Lauren Epps, Assistant Director

Lauren Epps is responsible for overseeing Graduation with Leadership Distinction advisement, student programs, and events. She coordinates outreach to non-academic units to support the development of student engagement and reflection, advises students, and leads content development for Graduation with Leadership Distinction technologies. 

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Gina Spence, Student Advisor

Gina Spence advises students pursuing Graduation with Leadership Distinction and guides students in developing e-portfolios. She manages the GLD Application system and associated technologies related to verification efforts across campus and in the community. Gina also advises the Student Advisory Council.

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Sarah Matthews, Student Advisor

Sarah Gay advises students pursing Graduation with Leadership Distinction and guides students in developing e-portfolios. She provides support to faculty and staff in communicating experiential and integrative learning opportunities to students through Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning resources. Sarah also supervises two student marketing and media interns. 

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Zack James, Administrative Coordinator

Zack James welcomes and assists Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning partners and visitors.  He coordinates CIEL activities, technology efforts in OUCampus and 25Live, and serves as the HR contact for the department.

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Tavashia Berry, Graduate Assistant

I am a first-year graduate student in the Library and Science Master's program at USC. My primary focus is on becoming a public librarian in the young adults and children's sector. As part of the CIEL, I assist with the Graduation with Leadership Distinction process, guiding students through their research and providing help with their ePortfolios.

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Shannon Fitzpatrick, Social and Digital Media Intern 

Shannon is a senior studying marketing within the Darla Moore School of Business with a minor in Spanish. She assists CIEL with the development and implementation of its marketing plan for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her responsibilities include maintaining and expanding our social media presence, creating and featuring content that is relevant to various constituents in the university community. She also creates and distributes CIEL's biweekly newsletter and other digital content.

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Caroline O'Looney, Marketing and Communications Intern  

Caroline is a senior in the College of Information and Communications pursuing a degree in public relations with a minor in retailing. She assists CIEL with the development and implementation of its marketing plan for the 2020-2021 academic year. Her responsibilities include developing marketing materials for events and the promotion of CIEL and GLD in ways that are relevant to various constituents in the university community. She also plans and creates CIEL's annual impact report, Distinction.


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