University Update- April 15, 2014

Faculty and Staff News

  • Jodi C. Watts has joined the Student Development Team as the Coordinator of Counseling and Disability Services. Jodi comes to us from SCAD. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in Professional Counseling at South University. She is a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her office is located in the Student Success Center in the Library.
  • The Office of Advancement welcomes Development Officer, Rachel Williams. She comes to USCB with great experience in alumni relations and fundraising at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA.  Rachel can be reached at and 208-8253.  
  • Grants 101, a workshop for members of the faculty or staff who want to learn about funding sources for grants, types of proposals, the basics of proposal writing and more, will take place Wednesday, April 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in the PET Conference Room (Hargray 238). Contact Amy Sears to reserve a seat.

Save the Date


  • Michael Campi, executive director of The Penn Center, will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Student Research and Scholarship Day Monday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in Hargray 156 on the Hilton Head Gateway campus. The annual event is an opportunity for the university to showcase the research and scholarship activities of our students. It encompasses poster presentations and oral presentations by students and the keynote address. For more information, log on to the new mobile-friendly Web app
  • On Thursday, May 1, the Baccalaureate Nursing Pinning Ceremony for the Class of 2014, Department of Nursing and Health Professions, will take place at 3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on the Historic Beaufort campus.
  • On Thursday, May 1, the Senior Celebration Dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. at  Moss Creek Plantation in Bluffton.  Faculty and Staff are welcome to purchase tickets for $15.00 at the reception area in the Hargray lobby. For more information, please contact Mike Bonnette
  • Commencement 2014, a milestone in the lives of our graduating seniors, will take place Friday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Helen and Brantley Harvey Plaza on the Hilton Head Gateway campus.
  • USCB  is hosting the inaugural Charles E. Fraser Sustainable Resort Development Conference May 6 and 7 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. The conference is expected to draw hospitality professionals and sustainability researchers from throughout the Southeast. They will participate in seminars on water quality, land management and the future of sustainable tourism. For more information, please see

Around Campus


  • Pamela M. Brannock, Ph. D., a postdoctoral fellow at Auburn University, will deliver a presentation entitled, “In Between the Grains: Utilizing Metagenomics to Examine Meiofaunal Community Composition,”Friday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m. in SCITEK 136.
  • Giuliana Gusmaroli, Ph.D., associate professor of genetics and molecular biology at USCB, will speak on “From Arabidopsis Photomorphogenesis to Uca minax Osmoregulation: Molecular Approaches to Study Gene Function in Model and Non-model Organisms”Friday, April 25, at 1:30 p.m. in SCITEK 136.

  • Student Life has released the orientation dates for this summer. They are: June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, Sand Shark Scholars: Aug. 1, Aug. 8 and Aug. 19.

Art Events


  • The current CFA exhibition is artist Billy Wilkie and a body of work entitled, “The Escape Collection.”  Billie’s work highlights his passion for Lowcountry landscapes, wildlife and birds. 
  • The latest Sea Islands Center exhibition is “Michelle Martin: Recent Prints and Drawings.”  Martin is an Associate Professor of Printmaking at the University of Tulsa and an active member of the Southern Graphics Council. Her works will be on exhibit through May 11 at the gallery. 
  • “The Rocket,” a 2013 Australian drama film set in Laos, will be shown Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts. The film won the Audience Award and the award for Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
  • The USCB Center for the Arts will present “Fly Me to the Moon” Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. The presentation features the music of Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Ella Fitzgerald, Motown legends and more. For tickets, contact the Center for the Arts at 843-521-4145.
  • “Tim’s Vermeer,” an English-language film, will be shown Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts. The film follows the investigative work of Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, who attempts to solve one of the art world’s greatest mysteries: How Johannes Vermeer managed to paint such photo realistic works 150 years before photography was invented.
  • The annual Juried Studio Art Student Exhibition will take place April 24 at 5:30 p.m. on the Historic Beaufort campus. The exhibition is an opportunity for USCB to showcase the artistic achievements of its students each spring.
  • Erin Dailey, the student blogger who enjoys a popular following at USCB, will take on the challenging role of Lady Macbeth in a series of presentations of MacbethApril 23 to 26 at the USCB Center for the Arts in Beaufort. A reception will take place opening night at 6:30 p.m. Performances on succeeding days will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through!other-events/c16i7
  • The final performance in this season’s University Festival Series of chamber music will feature three renowned artists performing the works of Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Bach Sunday, April 27, at 5 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts in Beaufort. Pianist Jeewon Park, violinist Yosuke Kawasaki and cellist Ed Arron, our artistic director, will close out the season. Contact Staci Breton for more information. 843-208-8246 or
  • Mary Alice Monroe will close out the USCB Lunch with Author Series when she speaks Wednesday, April 30, at noon at the Sea Pines Country Club on Hilton Head Island. Monroe’s “The Summer Girls” is the first book of The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. On April 30, she will talk about the second book, “The Summer Wind,” which follows the adventures of the Muir sisters from her first book.


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