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Student Success Center

Our Staff

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Lauren Brown

As the Associate Director of Early Alert & Intervention, Lauren oversees the department's early alert & intervention initiatives, including all SSC alert & progress report processes, the Peer Consultant Program, and the Money Management Program. She also manages all SSC related workshop and special event requests.

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Allison Combs

As the Coordinator of Peer Tutoring, Allison oversees the tutoring program within the SSC, which includes supervising all peer tutors, program assistants/mentors, and a graduate assistant dedicated to peer tutoring.

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Patricia Davis

As the Business Manager, Patricia manages the day-to-day operations of the Student Success Center. She is the primary contact for all staff on matters relating to budget management, human resources, payroll, and purchasing.

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Kimberly Dressler

As the Coordinator of Academic Engagement, Kimberly oversees academic engagement initiatives for the SSC. This includes the SophoMORE Initiative, domestic study away initiatives including the National Student Exchange, faculty-student interaction programs, and variety of other office programs.

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Josh Dunn

As the Coordinator of Peer Writing & Communications, Josh supervises the Student Success Center's Peer Writing Tutors, to ensure that they have all the tools they need to help their fellow Gamecocks develop into confident and independent writers.

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Ben Estep

As the Coordinator of Peer Consultants, Ben supervises 40 Peer Consultants that work with over 15 different campus partners to identify at risk students and provide a personalized game plan tailored for their personal academic success. He also chairs the SSC Party Planning Committee.

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Chris Gulino

As the Assistant Director for Course Specific Support, Chris provides leadership and facilitation of all areas of course specific support programs to promote student learning, retention, and degree completion. He oversees the Supplemental Instruction, Peer Tutoring, and Peer Writing and Communications programs.

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Jordan Lahr

As a Graduate Assistant of Supplemental Instruction, Jordan advises and supports SI Leaders and mentor groups as well as tracking and monitoring the SI Sessions. He also creates and implements the Bi-Weekly Staff Meeting curriculum and assists in tracking weekly payroll.

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Makenzie Moriarty

As the Graduate Assistant of Gamecock Gateway for Academic & Transition Support, Makenzie's role includes assisting with early academic intervention, co-supervising Gateway peer tutors, and hosting academic programming like College Conversations.

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Emily Purdy

As a Graduate Assistant for Supplemental Instruction, Emily helps to supervise the Student Success Center's Supplemental Instruction Leaders. She handles all session scheduling and oversees SI Leader recognition and manages programmatic communications.

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Makayla Rippy

As the Marketing & Communications Manager, Makayla oversees the marketing efforts for all Student Success Center services and programs. She is the sole creator of any visuals, including digital and print marketing materials, that are used to represent the SSC. Makayla also manages the Student Success Center website and all SSC social media accounts.

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Morgan Ruebusch

As the Assistant Director for Gamecock Gateway, Morgan's role includes coordinating communication with current and incoming students, maintaining relationships with key campus partners, and promoting student involvement. The entire Gamecock Gateway team also assists with orientation programming and individual success coaching.

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Rachel Sinoway

As the Coordinator of Money Management, Rachel oversees the Student Success Center's Money Management Program. The Money Management Lab is located on the first floor of Columbia Hall, and is where students can go to talk about budgeting, student loans, credit, and any money-related questions they may have.

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Dana Talbert

As the Director of the Student Success Center, Dana leads a collaborative team in planning and executing programs which support student academic success, persistence, and graduation from the university. She works closely with academic colleges and offices in assessing their needs for program assistance and responding as appropriate by offering student success programs.

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Cheryl Upchurch

As the Front Desk Manager, Cheryl is the first person you’ll interact with at the SSC, as she receives students and visitors upon their arrival, guiding them to available resources. She oversees the Out-to-Lunch program, hires our Peer Leaders, and handles Travel for the staff.



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