University Update- September 16, 2014

Faculty News

1. Dr. Pamela Cooper Interviews Acid Survivors in Bangladesh

Pamela Cooper, Ph.D., the program director of Communication Studies in the Department of Social Sciences, traveled to Bangladesh over the summer to interview acid survivors in Dhaka. In her research, she is focusing on the language used in the survivors’ descriptions as well as the overall theme. Her research in Bangladesh this summer and last summer was funded by a RISE grant. 

2. Dr. Cooper Contributes to an Article in U.S. News & World Report

In addition to her position at USCB, Dr. Cooper also serves as President of the International Listening Association. She was asked recently to contribute to a story entitled, “Seven Ways to be a Better Listener While Interviewing.” The story was posted in the Careers section on the U.S. News & World Report website.

3. Dr. Cohan Contributes to a Christian Science Monitor Article on Why Abused Women Stay

Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Social Science, contributed her professional perspective to an article entitled “’Why I Stayed:’ Ray Rice Video Rekindles U.S. Debate on Abusive Relationships,” which appears in the Christian Science Monitor. Dr. Cohan’s research focuses on domestic and sexual violence and related topics. 

4. Dr. Cudahy to Give a Presentation about Bishop John England Sept. 22

Brian Cudahy, Ph.D., an adjunct professor of philosophy and religious studies at USCB, will give a presentation about Bishop John England, the first bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 70 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort. Dr. Cudahy’s talk, to be illustrated by pictures and charts, will explore the social, political and cultural background of one of the most influential clergymen in the U.S.

5. James Glasson Serving on a Committee to Select the Beaufort County Teacher of the Year

James Glasson, a Human Services specialist in the Department of Social Sciences, is serving on a committee charged with selecting the Beaufort County School District Teacher of the Year. The committee met recently to pare 23 nominees down to five. It expects to select the Teacher of the Year this month. 

6. Advanced Spanish students in Dr. Nelson’s Class Introduce Children to Basic Spanish

Two advanced Spanish students read Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” in Spanish and English to a group of small children at the Bluffton Public Library on Sept. 6. The students are enrolled in SPAN 302 taught by Benjamin J. Nelson, Ph.D., an associate professor of Spanish. The students taught the youngsters basic Spanish vocabulary from the story and some common expressions in Spanish. Dr. Nelson is working with the library to make the readings a reoccurring event.

On Campus

7. USCB to Conduct its Inaugural Gateway to Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Conference

Plans are underway for the university’s inaugural Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies Conference Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hargray 156. The conference will illustrate the quality education opportunities available to USCB students across disciplines. Gordon Haist, Ph.D., executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, will deliver the keynote address. Invited speakers include members of our faculty as well as select faculty from the University of South Carolina, Georgia Southern University and the University of North Florida. There is no registration fee for the first year of the conference. 

8. Research Seminars Resume Sept. 19 in Room 136 in the Science and Technology Building

USCB’s research seminar program will resume Friday, Sept. 19, at 1:40 p.m. in Science and Technology 136 when Dr. Erin Burge of Coastal Carolina University speaks on “Using Underwater Video to Monitor Fish Assemblages on North Carolina Hardbottom Habitats.” A member of the Marine Science faculty at Coastal, Dr. Burge will field questions about the university’s graduate program. Contact Joseph Staton, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and marine science, for more information. 

9. USCB to Commemorate Constitution Day Sept. 17 with a Speech by Dr. J. Brent Morris

J. Brent Morris, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address on “The Constitution That Could Have Been: Freedom, Slavery and the Founding of America,” Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. in the Hargray lobby. A day of special remembrance and reflection, Constitution Day is significant for what it affirms: the founding legal document that forged us into a unity. An accomplished historian, Dr. Morris is an assistant professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Fine Arts. 

10. Continuing Education to Offer Two-Session Seminar on Retirement in September and October

Continuing Education will offer a two-session seminar entitled “Rejuvenate Your Retirement.” The course is intended to enable those who are nearing retirement to develop a personalized retirement income strategy. It will be offered Thursday, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room. The course is offered free of charge for faculty and staff. Bring a spouse or guest. To register, contact Marilyn Arseneau at extension 8237 or

11. Worksite Health Screening Set for Both Campuses 

USCB will conduct Worksite Health Screening for employees, retirees, temporary employees, dependents and student employees on both campuses in the coming weeks. For more information on eligibility, costs, a registration form and an appointment, contact

12. Blood Drive Set for Hilton Head Gateway Campus

In conjunction with The Blood Alliance, USCB will host a blood drive on the Hilton Head Gateway campus on Monday, Sept. 22. To schedule an appointment to donate click here

13. 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

The Arts

14. 2014 Annual Faculty Art Exhibition Runs Through Oct. 3 

The 2014 Annual Faculty Art Exhibition, featuring works of art created by the faculty in our Studio Art department, will run through Oct. 3 at the Sea Island Center Gallery on the Historic Beaufort Campus. The exhibition encompasses artwork ranging in scope from sculpture to ceramics and paintings to multimedia creations. It began with an opening reception Sept. 5 at the gallery. Faculty exhibitors are: Brian Glaze, assistant professor and program coordinator for the Studio Art department; new faculty member Topher Maraffi, artist-animator and technical author; and Adjunct Art Instructors Kim Keats, Alan Campbell, and Joanna Angell.

15. Amiri Farris Serves as Guest Juror for 24th Annual Old Santee Canal Fine Art Exhibition

Amiri Farris is served as the guest juror for the 24th Annual Old Santee Canal Fine Art Exhibition in Moncks Corner, S.C. Farris is well known for his vibrant paintings that capture the Sea Island culture. His works often intimate personal experiences. The Old Santee exhibition is being conducted by the Berkeley Artists Guild. The exhibition is open to all South Carolina residents and property owners. 

16. Events at the Center for the Arts

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


17. 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.

18. 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. 

New Sand Shark Employee Spotlight

19. Christopher “Topher” Maraffi, M.F.A., an assistant professor in the Studio Art Program 

An artist-animator, educator and technical author, Maraffi’s research interests involve computational performatology, an arts approach to designing performative embodied agents for procedural character animation. Maraffi is the newest member of the Studio Art faculty at USCB.  

Submissions to the University Update

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