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Our Inaugural Alumni Affair - A Champagne Brunch

Celebrating the Launch of the Scott Shanklin-Peterson Internship Endowment

Dear Friends of the Arts Management Program,

This is an image of the invitation for the Champagne Brunch on May 7, 2017

Three years ago in 2014, several exciting things happened with the Arts Management Program at the College of Charleston.
#1 – Scott Shanklin-Peterson, the esteemed director of our program from 2001-2014, retired.  Among her many accomplishments include the phenomenal growth of our undergraduate program, the development of a Music Industry concentration with Hootie and the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan as Artist-in-Residence, the strengthening and formation of a graduate certificate program and graduate concentrations in arts management in the Master in Public Administration Program and the recently-established Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.  Fortunately for us, we did not have to say goodbye as Scott agreed to stay on as a Senior Fellow in our program.  Many of you know that Scott is the former Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Commission and Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.  She is currently the Board President of Engaging Creative Minds in Charleston.  

#2 – Judith Allen, Scott’s friend and colleague, and beloved adjunct faculty member in our program, donated a $50,000 lead gift to establish an endowment in Scott’s honor.  Her gift was very generously matched by our donors including many of you.  For those of you who don’t know Judith, she was the President of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC from 1990-2003, and successfully grew the Center into a $22 million annual operation and national arts presenting venue.  She teaches several courses in our program including ARTM 360 (Senior Seminar: Life and Career Planning) and ARTM 400 (Internships in Arts Management).

#3 – I agreed to serve as director of the program, and signed on to one of the most important and fulfilling fund raising responsibilities of my career.   

Three years later in 2017, I am honored to announce that next month, we’ll launch our first endowment --  The Scott Shanklin-Peterson Internship Endowment!   The endowment funds stipends for our students who complete internships for course credit in addition to working full- or part-time. 

So, mark your calendars now!  Plan to be with us as we celebrate Scott, Judith and this milestone of our program AND as we host our first Annual Alumni Affair during the College of Charleston's 2017 Spring Alumni Weekend.  Join us for a Champagne Brunch on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Hill Gallery, Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts (161 Calhoun Street) on our campus.  Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online (click here and scroll to the bottom) at the College of Charleston Alumni Weekend website.   

Thank you, each of you, for your support of the Arts Management Program over the years, and in the years to  come.  

Director and Associate Professor, Arts Management Program

MORE INFORMATION?  For more about our May 7th event, contact our Arts Management Program Coordinator, Claire Long, at or 843.953.6301.

WANT TO GIVE?  If you’d like to make a gift to the Arts Management Program, click here and follow these steps:  (1) Enter “AMOUNT”, (2)  Enter “OTHER” for “Designation", and (3) Enter Arts Management Fund or  Scott Shanklin-Peterson Internship Endowment.  Or feel free to contact Kenton Youngblood at 843.953.5348 or

The Arts Management Program at the College of Charleston is in the process of updating our alumni records. If you graduated from the Arts Management Program, please take a minute to complete our Alumni Update Form or drop us an email to keep us up to date.

Click on the pins on the map below to see where some of our alumni are living and working now.

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Click here to read alumnus Sytske Hillenius' (class of 2014) Master Research Thesis on Bush dance music in Tasmania.


HALLE RUBNITZ (class of 2011) is the Marketing and Patron Services Associate at the Savannah Music Festival in Savannah, Georgia.

MISHA EADY-HARBOLD (class of 2014) is the Executive Support Specialist at the Charlotte Ballet in Charlotte, NC.

MAGGIE HENDRICKS (class of 2010) is the Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager of the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston, SC.

GEORGE PATRICK MCLEER (class of 2010) is the Executive Director of the South Carolina Arts Alliance.

LEANN (GEARY) FOSTER (class of 2005) is the Events Manager at King's College in London.

GINGER VALLEN (class of 2005) is the Director of Special Events at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

KARA L. MEYER (class of 2005) is the Director of External Relations at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City.

MICHAEL ANN MULLIKEN (class of 2004) is the Company Manager of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, Washington and previously served as the General Manager of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

ALLISON (HICKS) KACZENSKI (class of 2003) is Director or Annual Giving for Oxford College at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

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