SC State Counselor Education Program to Host Annual A.I. Mose Conference

Monday, September 24, 2018

ORANGEBURG, S.C.- South Carolina State University’s Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services will host its 66th annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference on Friday, Oct. 5. The conference will begin with breakfast and registration at 7:45 a.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center on SC State’s campus. The guest speaker for the conference is Michael Burgess, campus administrator for the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s (TCL) New River Campus.

ResearchThe general session is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The workshops will be held in the Dr. Leroy A. Davis Sr. Hall and will consist of two breakout sessions. The first session workshop will begin at 9:55 a.m. The second session will begin at 11:15 a.m. Lunch will be provided at 12:45 p.m. in the K. W. Green Student Center.

The conference is a continuing effort by the Counselor Education Program’s faculty and staff, to provide professional development to all members of the counselor profession.

This year’s conference theme is “Career Development: What Does It Really Mean?”

School counselors play a significant role in assisting students with career development. The responsibility can present challenges when working with young students who are uncertain about their career path. The A.I. Mose Conference is designed to aid school counselors and other helping professionals who work with children, in obtaining creative and effective methods of providing beneficial career awareness and development for all students.

Before becoming campus administrator, conference guest speaker, Burgess, served for two years as program manager for Project PILAU, an African American male recruitment and retention program at TCL. Prior to working at TCL, he worked on numerous community efforts, starting in 1998 with the Community Coalition of Horry County, where he was engaged in youth violence prevention and teen pregnancy prevention.

From 2000 to 2006, he worked in the field of fatherhood engagement, serving for two years as the executive director of the South Carolina Fatherhood Practitioners Network, which is a state-wide fatherhood advocacy and support organization. Burgess also served four years as the executive director of A Father’s Place in Horry County.

A native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Burgess is a veteran actor with more than 100 credits in film, stage, television, radio and educational and industrial media.

He has made an appearance in several stage productions including, Coastal Stage’s production of “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris, “The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez and “Fences” by August Wilson.

On film, Burgess has appeared in “Venom,” “Forrest Gump,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Days of Thunder” and more. His television work includes “Drop Dead Diva,” “House of Payne,” “Army Wives,” “One Tree Hill,” “All My Children” and more.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and a master’s in higher education.

At the end of the A. I. Mose conference, all participants will receive a certificate. SC State faculty, staff, students and the general public are encouraged to attend this event.

The cost to attend is $75, and the registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 27. All SC State University students, faculty and staff can attend the conference for $20.

Registration can be completed in the following ways:

Online Payment

Go to

Click “Give to SC State”

Click “Give Now”

Select the amount and click “other” for fund designation.

Type in A. I. Moses Conference and the account number is 57465

Follow the prompts

Mail-in Payment

SCSU Office of Institutional Advancement

300 College Avenue

P.O. Box 7305

Orangeburg, SC 29117

Please make checks payable to the SCSU Foundation

By Phone

Please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (803) 813-1376 to make a credit card or debit payment via phone.

In Person

Dr. Leonis S. Wright

Turner Hall D-Wing

Room 315

For more information about the conference, contact Dr. Leonis S. Wright, assistant professor and chairperson, at (803)-536-7147, or Dr. Sheila Witherspoon, associate professor and co-chairperson, at (803)-536-8607,