University Update- February 28, 2014
Faculty and Staff News
- The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department named Studio Art Instructor Amiri Geuka Farris as the winner of the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival Design Competition. As the winner of the statewide contest, Farris’ mixed media piece, titled Gullah Islander Toss, will be used to promote the 2014 North Charleston Arts Festival, taking place May 2-10. In addition, the piece will become part of the City’s Public Art Collection.
Congratulations to “Catch Us at Our Best” nominee Sonya Clemon (Academic Advising). If someone at USCB has helped you in a way that particularly surprised or pleased you, please scroll down to the bottom of this page and recognize the person with a Catch Us at Our Best nomination.
- March is tax time and that applies to USCB students as well. Fortunately, help is on the way in the form of VITA, a free tax-preparation service that’s available to low-income individuals and families. The service is provided by IRS-certified tax professionals and volunteers. Just bring your tax information to the Multipurpose Room any Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during tax season. Or, check VITALowcountry.org for more locations and times.
- The Student Government Association is seeking applications for officers for service in the next academic year. Applications are available for the offices of: Student Body President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. Email Devin Mock for more information at email@example.com. Applications are due by March 20.
Save the Date
- Tony Mills, education director of the LowCountry Institute in Okatie, will speak on “Lowcountry Reptiles and Amphibians, Natural History and Survey Techniques” Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. in SCITEK 136. Mills spends most of his time teaching and writing, although he still conducts extensive fieldwork with animals and plants in the southeast.
- The 2014 USCB Weight-Loss Challenge will draw to a close next week. Teams of two are competing for weekly prizes and a grand prize that will be awarded to the team that loses the highest percentage of overall body weight. The weight-loss challenge ends March 3.
- David C. Volz, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, will speak on “High Content Screening Assays for Identification of Chemicals Impacting Cardiovascular and Early Nervous System Development” March 7 at USCB. Dr. Volz’s presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. in SCITEK 136. The talk is part of USCB’s ongoing seminar series imparting news and information from the world of science and technology.
- The Shark’s Cove Bookstore will close at noon on March 14 so the staff can take physical inventory.
- Spring Campus Day will take place March 22 at 9 a.m. High school students who want to attend may register at http://www.uscb.edu/admissions/visit-uscb/visitation-events.html. Admissions Recruiter Bonnie Zolenas will provide more information as the date approaches.
- Borodin’s Prince Igor will be presented March 1at noon as part of The Met: Live in H.D. at the USCB Center for the Arts. Borodin’s defining Russian epic is famous for its Polovtsian Dances. Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop. The production comes to the Met for the first time in nearly 100 years. Contact the box office at 843.521.4151 for more information.
- “Unearthed: A Photographic Search for Native American History through the Landscape,” a series of photographic works by Emily J. Gomez, will end its run March 2 at the Sea Islands Center Gallery, 1106 Carteret St., Beaufort. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment. Contact Gallery Director Stephanie Grimm at 843.521.4126 to arrange a visit.
- USCB’s Lunch with Author Series will present a pair of authors in March, each representing a different genre. The New York Times bestselling author Beverly Donofrio, author of “Riding in Cars with Boys,” followed that memoir with the searing tale of her rape in “Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace, and Solace.” In the book, she tells of her journey to face a personal evil and to deal with life after the fact. Presentations by both authors will start March 6 at noon at the Hampton Hall Clubhouse in Bluffton. The second half of the twin bill features Corban Addison, the internationally acclaimed author, whose novels cover human trafficking. To research his first book, “A Walk Across the Sun,” he traveled to India and spent a month with a team of investigators, attorneys and social workers from the International Justice Mission. In his second book, he addresses violence against women and girls in southern Africa and the United States. For ticket pricing, please contact JoAnn Kingsley.
- Violinist Tessa Lark, who delighted our audience last year when she presented a magnificent Bach solo and then followed it with a Bluegrass number, will be joined by three artists making their first visit to the Lowcountry when the USCB Festival Series continues on March 9 at 5 p.m. The three, pianist Pedja Muzijevic, violinist/violist Erin Keefe and double bassist Kurt Muroki, will join Lark and Artistic Director Edward Arron for a program featuring Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz, works by Rossini and Bartok, and Schubert’s much-loved “Trout” Quintet. The chamber music series takes place at the USCB Center for the Arts in Beaufort.
- Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role in Massenet’s Werther March 15 at 12:55 p.m. as part of The Met: Live in H.D. at the USCB Center for the Arts. The presentation is Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s revolutionary and tragic romance. Sophie Koch takes on the role of Charlotte. Rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu conducts. Contact the box office at 843.521.4145 for more information.
- An exhibition entitled “Connections: Explorations in New Media” will take place March 20 beginning with a public reception at 6 p.m. at the Sea Islands Gallery in Beaufort. The exhibition features works by USCB Studio Art students. It offers a look at current and ongoing student projects in the fields of new media and interactive technologies. These include 3-D scanning and printing, projection mapping, and audio and sound art. Curators for the exhibition are Brian Glaze, assistant professor of art, and Stephanie Grimm, the gallery director.
- 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 Macbeth April 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 http://www.uscbcenterforthearts.com/#!other-events/c16i7.
In the Media
- Many thanks to all USCB staff and faculty who attended Days of Reflection: the 50th Anniversary of the Integration of the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Your presence was greatly appreciated.
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