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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).  Lara will be on sabatical Spring 2020. 

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Amber Fallucca, Interim CIEL Director, and 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. 

Gina Spence

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.

Sarah Gay

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 and technology efforts in OUCampus and 25Live. 

Brittney Ankrom

Brittney Ankrom, Graduate Assistant

Brittney Ankrom is a first year graduate student pursing a Master of Public Health, specifically in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She advises students pursuing the Graduation with Leadership Distinction and guides students developing ePortfolios. She supports CIEL efforts by assisting with outreach, event planning, and assessment efforts.

Megan Buechler

Megan Buechler, Marketing and Communications Intern

Megan Buechler is a senior studying public relations and graphic design. She assists CIEL in the development and implementation of its marketing and public relations plans, including the development of marketing materials and our annual impact report.

Kelly Soder

Kelly Soder, Social and Digital Media Intern

Kelly Soder is a senior studying public relations and hotel, restaurant, and tourism management. She assists CIEL in maintaining and expanding our presence on various social and digital media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our biweekly newsletter.


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