University Update- August 20, 2014

Faculty News

1. Dr. Kimberly K. Cavanagh Probes Impact of Regional Unrest in the Middle East

Kimberly K. Cavanagh, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anthropology in the Social Sciences department, spent four weeks in Jordan this summer exploring the real and perceived impacts of the recent regional unrest on Jordan’s tourism industry. More specifically, her research focused on the Arab Spring, the civil war in Syria, the rise of Iraqi insurgencies, continued political unrest and violence in Egypt, and the Israeli-Palestinian War. Jordan’s tourism industry is a key contributor to the economy and the primary form of development promoted by international aid agencies.

2. Dr. Renee Dugger’s Manuscript Published in the Journal of Nursing Education

B. Renee Dugger, D.N.P., R.N., G.C.N.S.-B.C., an associate professor in the Department of Nursing and Health Professions, collaborated with colleagues at Duke University and the University of Iowa to write Infusing Geropsychiatric Nursing Content into Curricula: Challenges and Solutions. The article was published in the July issue of the Journal of Nursing Education. Dr. Dugger’s academic interests involve gerontology, elder care, health aging and wellness, and pedagogy, specifically student engagement and the use of creative teaching methods. 

3. Dr. Mary Ann Jarmulowicz Honored with Navy Nurse Corps Association Professional Nursing Award

Mary Ann Jarmulowicz, Ph.D., RN, GNP-BC, CDR, USN (Ret.), an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing and Health Professions at USCB, received the Professional Nursing Award 2014-2016 from the Navy Nurse Corps Association. She was recognized for significant contributions to nursing service and practice. Dr. Jarmulowicz devoted 22 years to the U.S. Navy, serving in hospital and ambulatory settings in the United States and Europe. Her academic interests now involve analyzing the admission criteria and selection process for nurse-education programs. Read More:

4. Two Essays by Dr. Rob Kilgore Published this Summer

While attending to new father duties, thanks to the arrival of young Henry, Robert E. Kilgore, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Renaissance Literature in the Department of English, Speech and Theatre at USCB, celebrated the publication of two of his essays this summer. “The Politics of King David in Early Modern Verse” appeared in Studies in Philology 111.3: 411-41. His second essay, “From ‘Employment’ (l) to ‘Grace’: George Hebert’s Restructuring of Work,” appeared in the George Herbert Journal 35: 72-81. Dr. Kilgore specializes in the literature, history and religion of the 16th and 17th centuries, sometimes encompassing the Middle Ages, the period of European history extending from the 5th to the 15th centuries.  

5. Dr. Eric Montie Was Immersed in Six Research Projects over the Summer

Eric W. Montie, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Sciences at USCB, was engaged in no fewer than six research projects over the summer:

  • Understanding the Effects of the Thyroid Hormone System on the Development of Hearing in Zebrafish. Alishia Zyer, a technician, worked on the project with Dr. Montie’s intern, Zach Novince. Alishia worked on creating an ELISA to measure thyroid hormone levels in fish. Zach focused on immunofluorescence assay to determine if thyroid hormone receptors were expressed in hair cells. The project is funded by NIH Inbre.
  • Underwater Acoustic Monitoring Program in the May River—Using Sound to Understand the Health of Our Tidal Creeks, Rivers, and Estuaries. Dr. Montie and his team are determining baseline information on the daily and seasonal patterns of fish sound production and spawning in the May River. Two interns worked on this project this summer, Mackenna Neuroth from St. Johns University and Andrea Berry, a recent graduate of USC’s Marine Science program. This project is funded by Palmetto Bluff Conservancy.
  • Underwater Acoustics Exhibit for the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center.  Dr. Montie’s team is working to create an exhibit for the Port Royal Sound Foundation that will show how different marine animals use sound to communicate. Mackenna Neuroth, Andrea Berry, Chris Kehrer and Alishia Zyer have been collaborating on this project.  It is funded by the Port Royal Sound Foundation.
  • Monitoring the Effects of Storm Water Runoff on Salinity in the Headwaters of the May River. Alishia Zyer has been working on this project with help from Mackenna, Andrea and Chris. Funding was provided by the National Estuarine Research Reserve, NOAA, in collaboration with SCDNR.
  • Correlating Sound Production and Spawning in Captive Spotted Sea Trout. This is a collaboration with SCDNR. Matt Hoover is working on the project and writing a manuscript.
  • Correlating Sound Production and Spawning in Captive Red Drum. This is a collaboration with SCDNR. Chris Kehrer is working on the project and writing a manuscript.

6. USCB History Professor Awarded $200,000 NEH Grant to Teach Teachers about Reconstruction in the South

J. Brent Morris, Ph.D., an assistant professor of History in the Department of Humanities and Fine Arts at USCB, has been awarded a grant of nearly $200,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a three-week institute for school teachers on the history of Reconstruction and its aftermath along the Southeastern coast. The grant will fund a three-week institute next summer for 30 K-12 teachers selected from across the country. USCB Historian Stephen R. Wise, Ph.D., will join Dr. Morris and Eric Foner, Ph.D., the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University in New York, in teaching courses at the institute.

7. Dr. Morris’s New Book is Published by University of North Carolina Press

Coming right on the heels of his substantial NEH grant, Dr. Morris’s latest book, Oberlin, Hotbed of Abolitionism: College, Community, and the Fight for Freedom and Equality in Antebellum America, has been published by the University of North Carolina Press. A graduate of the University of South Carolina in 2001 with a B.A. degree magna cum laude in History, Dr. Morris went on to earn an M.A. degree in History and a Ph.D. at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. His academic interests include South Carolina History, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and African-American History. Read More:

Student News

8. USCB Chapter of Gamma Beta Phi Has Earned Two Coveted Awards

The USCB Chapter of the Gamma Beta Phi Society, an honor and service organization for college students, has earned the Distinguished Chapter Award and the Exemplary Award. Earning the Exemplary Award is a significant honor. USCB’s chapter was one of only seven of more than 150 chapters in the country to be recognized. 

9. ‘Get Cultured’ Lowcountry App is Published

“Get Cultured” is a Lowcountry app that promotes the region’s arts and cultural attractions. Originally conceived as a collaborative effort among Computational Science and Hospitality Management majors, the free app is available now for download on the Google Play Store. 

10. Nearly 700 New Students Arrive for Move-in Day Sunday, Aug. 17

Move-in Day is traditionally set aside for new and returning students to move into their new homes in campus apartments on both USCB campuses. More than 680 students moved into the Hilton Head Gateway campus and 10 onto the Historic Beaufort campus in preparation for the fall semester. Read more from Student Life Director, Kate Vermilyea, and Housing Director Deonne Whaley's perspective here

Important Dates/Deadlines

11. Shredder Truck to be on the Hilton Head Gateway Campus Aug. 25

The shredder truck will be on the Hilton Head Gateway campus Monday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. Direct all questions to Steve Torborg at: or call (843) 208-8145 (office) or (843) 441-7113 (cell). 

12. Graduation Application Deadlines Have Been Posted

Have students planning to graduate in the fall, spring or summer? Then you’ll need to know that graduation applications deadlines have been posted for the next three semesters. The application for fall 2014 is Friday, Aug. 29, and the deadline for spring 2015 and summer 2015 is Jan. 30. Applications may be obtained from the registrar’s office, 135 Hargray on the Hilton Head Gateway campus.

13. Advisors Still Needed for the First-Year Outreach Program

With the advent of a new semester, advisors are still needed for our First-Year Outreach Program, which pairs a small group of new freshman with other students, faculty or staff to help guide and advise them during their freshman year. The intent is to smooth their path while enhancing retention rates and promoting engagement among first-year students. Training on advising and other aspects of the program will be provided. 

Campus Events

14. Annual Faculty Fund Welcome Back Celebration TODAY at 1:00 p.m. 

The annual Faculty Fund Welcome Back Celebration for faculty and staff will take place today, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Library 237 on the Gateway to Hilton Head campus. This is an ideal opportunity to meet new faculty and staff members of the USCB community, who will be introduced. An exciting grand prize will be awarded to one lucky attendee. Oh, and don’t miss this year’s Family Fund Video.

15. USCB Opening Convocation TODAY at 3 p.m.

The 2014 Opening Convocation will take place today at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Plaza on the Hilton Head Gateway campus. Rachel Blakeney, Student Government Association president, will provide the student welcome. John Salazar, Ph.D., will deliver the faculty welcome, and Gordon Haist, Ph.D., will offer welcoming remarks. The keynote speaker will be Brent Borton, M.M.C., visiting assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences.

16. Watch for USCB Jump Start and “Hey Day!” on Thursday, Aug. 21

Once again this year, USCB will continue the successful Jump Start program on the morning of the first day of classes, Thursday, Aug. 21. Breakfast goodies will be handed out to students making their way to class from 9 to 11 a.m. on the Hilton Head Gateway campus. Volunteers working with Student Life will be glad to answer questions and help guide new students to their classes.

USCB is also starting a new tradition called “Hey Day,” which was suggested by Chancellor, Jane T. Upshaw, Ph.D. We’re encouraging members of the university community to say “Hey!” to new students and encourage them to say “Hey” to each other. 

17. USCB to Conduct a White Coat Ceremony for Class of 2016 Nursing Candidates Aug. 22

USCB will conduct an APGF/AACN White Coat Ceremony Friday, Aug. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on the Historic Beaufort campus. Mary K. Walker, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., will deliver the keynote address. Over the last 30 years, she has served as a faculty member, department chair, Ph.D. program director and dean at five major academic and academic health science center institutions. A White Coat Ceremony is a rite of passage that takes place in accredited schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and some nursing programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. It involves the “robing” of nursing students in the white coats that have traditionally been worn by health care professionals for more than 100 years.

This is a special honor for USCB. We are one of only three programs in South Carolina (and one of only 100 of 750 such programs nationwide) that receive financial support from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 

18. Homecoming Tickets to Candice Glover’s Concert are on Sale Now

While preparations for the 2014 Homecoming are still under way, tickets for the Homecoming Concert on Saturday, Oct. 4, featuring former USCB student Candice Glover are on sale now. You remember her as the American Idol Winner with the golden voice. To purchase yours, click here

Meanwhile, tickets are still available for what is expected to become the First Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament at the Sanctuary Golf Club. The inaugural event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3. For more information or a registration form, email Rachel Williams at

University Happenings 

19. Recreation Center Overhead Visuals Coming Soon

Mike Parrot and Sean Barth, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Hospitality Management at USCB, will be providing an update on the progress of construction on the Recreation Center using a video feed from a camera mounted on Dr. Barth's drone.

20. Hilton Head Hospital Auxiliary Funds $5,000 Nursing Scholarship at USCB

The Hilton Head Hospital Auxiliary has funded a $5,000 annual scholarship for RN to BSN track nursing students at USCB. Auxiliary officials presented a check to Chancellor Jane T. Upshaw, Ph.D.; Rose Kearney-Nunnery, Ph.D., R.N., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing and Health Professions; and Mike Bonnette, assistant vice chancellor for development, June 27 at a brief ceremony on the Hilton Head Gateway campus. 

21. USCB Now Offers Virtual Walking Tours of Both Campuses

Taking a virtual guided tour of both of our campuses is just a mouse click away now, thanks to a partnership between USCB and YouVisit, LLC, a leading provider of virtual experiences. Prospective students, prospective faculty members the just plain curious can access virtual tours, 360-degree panoramas and videos of our Hilton Head Gateway campus and our Historic Beaufort campus on three key platforms: Facebook, Mobile (Android, iPhone, IPad) and the YouVisit website. See coverage in The State newspaper.

22. USCB to be Completely Tobacco-Free in 2015

USCB will join more than 900 tobacco-free colleges and universities throughout the United States when it implements a total ban on all tobacco products on university property, effective Jan. 1, 2015. The initiative was one of a series of recommendations presented by a Tobacco-Free Exploratory Committee, which devoted more than a year of research and discussion to the issue.

23. USCB Pins First Group of Hospitality Service Employees to Become Island Ambassadors

A pinning ceremony for the first group of hospitality service employees to become Island Ambassadors as part of USCB’s Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training took place Aug. 7 on the beach behind the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island. The Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training offers complementary seminars entitled “Island Knowledge,” “Island Culture” and “Island Ecology.” Employees must complete all three seminars to be certified as an Island Ambassador.

24. Successful Technology Fair held for Local Educators July 17

USCB conducted a technology fair for local educators and staff professionals who work with instructional technology and audio-visual equipment July 17 in the Library on the Hilton Head Gateway campus. Representatives of 12 IT and AV manufacturers demonstrated the latest classroom technology. The fair was intended to reach educators in Beaufort and Jasper counties in South Carolina and Savannah in Georgia.


25. 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.

26. 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 girls 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. 

The Arts

27. Beaufort Theatre Company Presents “Grease,” the First Theatre Offering of the Fall Season, starring Professor Duffy as “Kenickie”.  

“Grease,” the 1978 romantic musical comedy, will be presented as the first theatrical production of the Beaufort Theatre Company Sept. 5, 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on the Historic Beaufort campus. James Duffy, an English instructor at USCB, will take on the role of “Kenickie” in the production. That was the role played by Jeff Conaway in the original film version. For tickets and pricing, visit the website. 

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

New Sand Shark Employee Spotlight

28. Ken Buck Joins USCB as an Applications Analyst II

Ken Buck has joined USCB as an Applications Analyst II working with John Ross, our database administrator, in USCB IT Services. Born and raised on the south shore of Massachusetts, Ken studied Computer Science at Northeastern University in Boston and Computer Information Systems at Stonehill College in North Easton, Mass. Ken gained valuable experience working in various computer-related positions and has extensive experience in website management. He lives on Hilton Head Island.

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