University Update- November 21, 2014

Faculty News

1.    Dr. Longin Kaczmarsky to Speak at Next Research Seminar Nov. 21

Dr. Longin Kaczmarsky, a professor of physical science at St. Johns River State College in Florida, will speak on “Investigating Causes and Impacts of Coral Disease” at a research seminar Nov. 21. The address will take place at 1:40 p.m. in Science and Technology 136. This is the latest in a series of biology and marine science research seminars conducted by Dr. Joseph Staton. 

2.    Dr. Matthew Jenny of UAL to Speak at Dec. 5 Marine Science Research Seminar

Dr. Matthew Jenny, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, will speak on “Evidence of an Active Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AHR) Pathway in Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill from the American Oyster, Crassostrea virginica.” The presentation will take place Dec. 5 at 1:40 p.m. in Science and Technology 136. It is another in the series of biology and marine science research seminars conducted by Dr. Staton.

3.    Dr. J. Brent Morris’s Book Nominated for Prestigious Scholarly Prize

Dr. J. Brent Morris’s latest book, “Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America,” has been nominated for the Gettysburg College/Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for 2015. Dr. Morris is an Assistant Professor of History at USCB. The $50,000 prize is awarded annually for the finest scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War soldier or a subject relating to that era. Previous Lincoln Prize winners have included: Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Eric Foner and James Oakes.

4.    Dr. Morris Presents New Research at Southern Historical Association Meeting

Dr. Morris presented some of his new related research on the Dismal Swamp maroons at the annual meeting of the Southern Historical Association Nov. 14 in Atlanta. The presentation, “Mingled Fear and Ferocity: The Forgotten Social History of the Resistance Communities of the Great Dismal Swamp,” was part of a larger panel entitled, “Re-examining Slave Resistance in the Antebellum South: New Questions and New Technologies.”

5.    Dr. Morris Reviews Plans for Smithsonian National Museum Exhibit

In late October, Dr. Morris met with the curator and staff of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to review plans and content for an exhibit on the freed and escaped slaves known as maroons who inhabited the marshlands of the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina before the Civil War. The exhibit will be a permanent part of the museum’s “freedom and emancipation” section when the museum opens to the public in 2016.

6.    Dr. Lawrence Rowland Delivers Keynote Address at Veterans Day Commemoration

Dr. Lawrence Rowland, professor emeritus at USCB, delivered the keynote address at USCB’s inaugural Veterans’ Day Commemoration Nov. 11 at the fountain in front of the Hargray Building on the Hilton Head Gateway campus. The event, intended to recognize all veterans at USCB, was conceived as the first annual celebration of its kind. It included comments by Dr. Jane T. Upshaw, the university chancellor, the singing of the national anthem and a short film in the Hargray lobby.

7.    Dr. Renee Dugger Presents at Oktoberbest Teaching Seminar at USC Columbia

Dr. Renee Dugger gave a presentation entitled “An Innovative Approach to Cultivating Leadership Competency in a Leadership and Management Course” at the 2014 Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching, Oct. 10 at USC Columbia. The symposium was sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Dugger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing and Health Professions at USCB.

8.    USCB Marine Research Team to be Featured in US Airways Magazine Story

Dr. Stephen Borgianini, assistant professor of ecology and environmental biology at USCB, and Rebekah Herty, a senior in the Coastal Ecology and Conservation Program, were interviewed in October for a feature story on USCB’s research into the tidal movement of microscopic zooplankton. The work accomplished by their research team will aid in future studies of marine populations. The story appears in the current issue of US Airways Magazine

9.    Quiz Bowl Winners—USCB Spanish Faculty Held Inaugural Spanish Quiz Bowl

Beaufort High School, Bluffton High School and Hilton Head High School took top honors in the inaugural Spanish Quiz Bowl held in conjunction with the Hispanic Heritage Festival on the Hilton Head Gateway campus Nov. 14. In the individual competition, a student at Hilton Head High School won top honors, followed by a student from Bluffton High and one from Beaufort High School. More info. 

Student News

10.    English Honor Society Conference

Thirteen student presenters are participating in four panel sessions Nov. 21 as USCB’s Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, presents a literary studies conference focused on the practice of close reading. Led by Dr. Lauren Hoffer, honor society members worked all semester to organize the conference, solicit student participation, review and organizing submissions into panels, design the program and plan conference events. Student presenters will discuss British and American literature from the 18th century to the present.

11.    History Honor Society Induction

Members of the Alpha Omicron Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society will induct new members at an installation ceremony Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Hargray 204. The honored inductees are: Christian Gonzales, Gonzales, Davis Fleming and Morgan Thompson. 

12.    Shark Bait 5K Race

Hospitality Management Instructor Keri Olivetti’s students are hosting and organizing the 3rd Annual Shark Bait 5K run Dec. 7 at 4 p.m on HHI. The 5K run will benefit Family promise of Beaufort County. Register now at to run and the chance to win a two-night stay at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

Staff News

13. Pat Cameron Named S.C. Small Business Development State Star

Pat Cameron, the small business development consultant for USCB, was named the South Carolina Small Business Development Center network’s State Star. The honor was conferred by her peers. She was selected for her exemplary performance as a business consultant, her enthusiasm for representing the network in the business community, and her contributions to local economic development and to the organization.

14.    Nikki Troxclair, APR, joins Advancement team as Director of Digital Strategy and Content Management

Troxclair will lead USCB’s efforts to develop digital communications strategies and methods that meet the needs of university and community stakeholders, as well as prospective students and their parents. Troxclair is an award-winning marketing communications professional with more than 15 years of experience, including eight years leading strategic communications efforts for two top-ranked public universities. More info.

The Arts      

15.    “Variations,” the Senior Seminar Art Exhibition, Opens Nov. 21

The Studio Art department at USCB will present “Variations,” the Senior Seminar 2015 Exhibition, beginning Nov. 21 at the Sea Islands Center Gallery on the university’s Historic Beaufort campus. The exhibition is a showcase for the work of our graduating senior art students. It will open with a public reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The students’ artwork, representing various media, will be on display through mid-December. More info

16.    USCB’s 35th Festival Series of Chamber Music Continues with Dec. 14 Concert

The USCB Festival Series will present a performance of works by Biber and Bach Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts on the Historic Beaufort campus. The concert will bring together Artistic Director Edward Aaron on cello, Colin Jacobsen on violin and Nicholas Cords on viola. Contact Staci Breton for details. Call her at 843-208-8246 or write

17.   Events at the Center for the Arts

For more information on additional Center for the Arts events taking place this month, please click here


18.   Don't forget Sand Shark Fridays!

As you cheer for USCB’s Sand Shark athletic teams this fall, and participate in Sand Shark Fridays (the day when all faculty and staff wear Sand Shark apparel and/or Navy, Sand, and Garnet), please remember that you have the opportunity to purchase apparel from Lands’ End Business Sand Shark Logowear. The Lands’ End (yes, that’s the way their logo reads) Logowear Program enables members of our faculty and staff to get exact sizes and tailoring in professional attire, complete with a high-quality Sand Shark logo. For more information on ordering, please contact Candace Brasseur at

And don’t forget to check out the Shark’s Cove Bookstore for casual, comfortable Sand Shark apparel that’s sports team-specific.

19.   TeamFirst Soccer Academy, Featuring Mia Hamm, Set for Dec. 12-14 at USCB

The TeamFirst Soccer Academy, featuring U.S. Women’s National Team Stars Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini-Hoch, will conduct a soccer camp for players ages 8 to 18 Dec. 12-14 on the Hilton Head Gateway campus. The three, considered the matriarchs of women’s soccer in the U.S., combined for five Olympic gold medals, five World Cup titles and 12 NCAA Championships. 

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