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

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Sara Berry, Graduate Assistant

Sara is a South Carolina native and a current graduate student in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior pursuing her MPH. She received her B.S. in biological sciences from USC and Carolina is her home away from home. Her focus is primarily on assessment and she is excited to be a part of the OSE team!
Contact Info: 803.777.0081

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

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

Sandra GreeneSandra Greene, AmeriCorps*VISTA

Sandra is a New York native, and will be working with the Office of Student Engagement as the AmeriCorps*VISTA. Sandra just completed a year with AmeriCorps: Project Grow in Madison, Wisconsin, and is thrilled to continue working as an AmeriCorps member. This past May, Sandra graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a BA in History and History of Science. Sandra is excited to work with both the Office of Student Engagement and the South Carolina Honors College in promoting service-learning with USC students.
Contact Info: 803.576.5712

Marine HamersmaMarine Hamersma, Undergraduate Marketing and Design Assistant

Marine is a Senior majoring in Visual Communications and minoring in Graphic Design at the University of South Carolina. She is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and started working as the Student Assistant for Marketing and Design at OSE in August 2013. Marine is responsible for creating all design work for the office and assisting in the execution of various marketing plans. She will graduate in May 2014 and looks forward to a future in the Graphic Design field.
Contact Info: 803.777.0081

Ashley JaramilloAshley Jaramillo, Graduate Assistant

Ashley is a Florida native and a current graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Having earned her B.A in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications with minors in Marketing and Leadership Studies, she is a proud alumni of the University of Central Florida. Believing that student development extends beyond the classroom, she is committed to helping students develop through experiential learning opportunities. Her work is primarily focused on Sophomore and Peer Leadership Initiatives.
Contact Info: 803.777.0081

Katie MillerKatie Miller, Graduate Assistant

Katie is a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of South Carolina. Katie is a proud graduate of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio where she received her B.S. in Business Administration. She primarily works with domestic study away programs, including the National Student Exchange, faculty led domestic trips and other domestic travel opportunities. She is most excited about assisting students explore outside of their comfort zone and meet their full potential, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Contact Info: 803.777.6731

Dottie WeigelDottie Weigel, Assistant Director for Student Engagement and Service-Learning

Prior to her work with the Office of Student Engagement, Dottie served on the publications team at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. She has presented at several national conferences and published on topics such as student development theory and transition in the first year of college. Dottie holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of South Carolina and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from King College and master’s degree in student development from Appalachian State University.
Contact Info: 803.777.6336