native of South Dakota, Kargleder completed a bachelor of science
degree in history education and a master of science degree in counselor
education at Northern State College in South Dakota, and a master
of business administration degree at USA. She served as registrar
at Spring Hill College for 14 years.
are very fortunate to have recruited an individual of Ms. Kargleder's
experience and qualifications to the University," said Dr.
Pat Covey, senior vice president for academic affairs. "We
conducted a nationwide search and had a large number of highly qualified
applicants, but the best in the country turned out to be someone
who is an alumna of the University of South Alabama."
said she has always respected the University and the role it plays
in the region.
is reaching its potential and it's exciting to be part of that.
I've always had a close relationship with the University, and in
some ways it's like returning home."
of the biggest challenges Kargleder will face as the incoming registrar
it he conversion to a new student information system that will be
launched in the fall of 2003. The new integrated administrative
software--SCT Banner--will greatly change the way the Registrar's
Office does business.
the features the new software system will provide are on-line advising,
registration, degree audits and grade submissions by faculty. The
integrated system will also be employed in other student service
offices including the bursar, admissions and financial aid.
is going to allow our office as well as other offices to be more
proactive in reaching out to students via the Web," Kargleder
said. "I think this is what the students want--more Web-based,
real-time information versus manual operations."
anticipates a smooth transition and credits Parham and her devoted
continue to build on what Carolyn has created in the Registrar's
Office and to take on a new generation of delivery of services,"
she said. "This is a really dedicated staff, and caring for
students is at the heart of their hard work."
Gorden Moulten honored Parham during her last commencement ceremony
in the fall, calling the occasion a "historic personal triumph."
only the second registrar ever to serve USA, Carolyn Parham is one
of the University's most dedicated staff members," Moulten
said. "On behalf of all of the University of South Alabama
family, I would like to thank her tireless service." Joining
the University in 1969, Parham has witnessed tremendous change in
the last three decades. Over the years, technology progressed and
the University's enrollment tripled, causing the registrar's staff
to adapt and expand its services. Registration technology, for example,
evolved from computer course cards to computer terminals at campus-based
registration, and later to the use of touch-tone phones and the
to Parham, some of the greatest challenges faced in student records
during her tenure have been the quater-to-semester conversion in
1998, the campuswide academic policy conversion in 1982, the addition
of a fall annual commencement, registration following the devastation
of Hurricane Frederic in 1979, and the current conversion to the
new administrative software system, SCT Banner.
was actively involved in the Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars
and Admissions Officers, the Southern Association of Collegiate
Registrars and Admissions Officers, the American Association of
Collegiate Registrars, and the National Student Clearinghouse Registrar
Advisory Board. She served many posts in these state, regional,
and national professional organizations, including that of president
in both ALACRAO and SACRAO.
has received numerous honors, including service and appreciation
awards from the USA athletic department and Mitchell College of
Business, and the Outstanding Administrator Award from the USA Alumni
Association. She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Omicron
recently retired registrar said she is grateful to the University's
first registrar, Marjorie Foster, for hiring her as assistant registrar
in 1969, to President Fredrick Whiddon for promoting her to registrar
in 1976, and to President Moulton and Vice President Covey for fully
supporting her office during the last years of her tenure.
at the University has been a delightful experience, and the people
I have encountered daily, both the students and University personnel,
have made it most memorable," Parham said. "I am especially
grateful to my loyal, hard-working and highly motivated staff, who
are like extended family to me."
will be celebrated for her years of service to USA during a retirement
reception which will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Jan. 24 in the
Student Center Terrace. She said she looks forward to taking care
of some much-needed personal projects, building a house across the
bay, spending more time with grandchildren, devoting more time to
travel and not having to get up every day at a certain time.