Extending Learning Within and Beyond the Classroom

Student Engagement

Meet the Student Engagement Staff

The Office of Student Engagement is made up of professional staff with master and doctoral degrees, graduate assistants who are pursuing a master’s degree and undergraduate students who work part time in the office doing various projects. All OSE team members are happy to help campus partners and students with a variety of projects. If you are unsure on who to contact, please use our general email account: saose@mailbox.sc.edu

Amelia CherryAmelia "Mia" Cherry, Graduate Assistant

Raised a military child, Amelia (Mia) is a current graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. She spent her four undergraduate years at the College of William and Mary on the women’s varsity field hockey team, and graduated with a B.A. in Government. Having grown up always being exposed to new people and experiences, she is most excited about capitalizing on students’ willingness and enthusiasm for jumping into unfamiliar opportunities outside of the classroom. She primarily works with domestic study away programs.
Contact Info: 803.777.6731

Kimberly DresslerKimberly Dressler, Coordinator

Kimberly has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Growing up in Fort Thomas, KY a suburb of Cincinnati, OH she didn’t imagine that she would be living in South Carolina, but that is where she has spent the past ten plus years. Kimberly also teaches University 101 and serves on numerous campus committees that focus on increasing student success and retention. Kimberly has presented at many conferences on the topics of the first-year experience, living learning communities, sustainability in the co-curriculum, the sophomore-year experience, peer leadership and cross campus partnerships. In the office, Kimberly works with The Sophomore Initiative, coordination of peer leader programs, management of all Domestic Study Away programs, office marketing, and various other programs.
Contact Info: 803.777.2142

Leah EdwardsLeah Edwards, Undergraduate Marketing and Design Assistant

Leah is a Senior majoring in Visual Communications and minoring in Studio Art, Graphic Design at the University of South Carolina. She is from Greenville, South Carolina and started working as the Student Assistant for Marketing and Design at OSE in May of 2014. Leah is responsible for creating all marketing materials for the office and assisting in the execution of various marketing plans. She will graduate in May 2015 and looks forward to finding a career in the creative field.
Contact Info: 803.777.0081

James GahaganJimmie Gahagan, Director

As the Director for Student Engagement at the University of South Carolina, Jimmie also teaches a University 101 class, designed to increase first-year student success. He has presented and published widely on topics that concern residential learning initiatives, the first-year experience, academic advising, leadership development, the sophomore year experience, spirituality, and student retention. In 2009, Jimmie received his Ph.D in Higher Education, from the University of South Carolina. He also has a M.A. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from the University of South Carolina, and a B.A. in political science from the University of Richmond.
Contact Info: 803.777.1445

Morgan HannellMorgan Hannell, Graduate Assistant

Morgan is a first year Sport and Entertainment Management graduate student at USC. She received her bachelor's degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Having been a North Carolina resident all her life she is excited take her talents to South Carolina where she will be focusing in the areas of sophomore and peer leadership initiatives. Realizing the importance of cross campus coordination at a university, Morgan hopes to promote an environment that enhances peer leadership and student engagement so that it fosters a sense of community at the University of South Carolina.
Contact Info: 803.777.0081

Patrick NobregaPatrick Nobrega, Graduate Assistant

Pat is a native of the South Coast of Massachusetts and a current graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. He received his B.A. in English and Spanish Language from Suffolk University in Boston. Pat is passionate about civic engagement and his focus is primarily on service-learning and assessment of service-learning courses. He is most excited to promote service-learning courses on campus and help students impact their community.
Contact Info: 803.777.0081

Rachel PriceRachel Price, AmeriCorps*VISTA

Rachel is a South Carolina native who has joined the Office of Student Engagement team as the AmeriCorps*VISTA for the coming year. Rachel graduated from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina in May of 2014 with a BS in Environmental Science. She is looking forward to working directly with both the Honors College and the Office of Student Engagement to help get students involved in service-learning.
Contact Info: 803.777.0081

Kimberly DresslerMichelle Simon, Graduate Assistant

Michelle is a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. During her undergraduate years at Penn State, she triple majored in Spanish, Media Studies, and International Studies. After graduating, Michelle taught English in Prague, Czech Republic and later worked in global education in Washington, D.C. She is excited to be part of the Office of Student Engagement team.
Contact Info: 803.777.0081