University Update- April 24, 2014

Faculty and Staff News

  • USCB  is hosting the inaugural Charles E. Fraser Sustainable Resort Development Conference May 6 and 7 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island. Steve Borgianini, Ph.D., Brandon Cosley, Ph.D., and John Salazar, Ph.D., are slated to present. 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
  • 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.
  • John P. Blair, Ph.D., will be honored on the occasion of his retirement from USCB at a drop-in reception Friday, April 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Hargray lobby. An Associate Professor of Drama in the Department of English and Theatre at USCB, Dr. Blair has dedicated 27 years of distinguished service to the university community. 

Save the Date

  • 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.
  • 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. His artwork will be on  display through May 31.
  • 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 annual Juried Studio Art Student Exhibition will take place April 25 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, is taking on the challenging role of Lady Macbeth in a series of presentations of Macbeth through April 26 at the USCB Center for the Arts in Beaufort. Performances 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 will talk about “The Summer Wind,” the second book in The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy.

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