University Update- October 28, 2014

Faculty News

1.    Dr. Ed D’Antonio to Speak at Weekly Research Seminar Oct. 31

Dr. Ed D’Antonio, assistant professor of biochemistry and structural biology at USCB, will speak on “Design and Testing of Selective Trypanosomal Enzyme Inhibitors” Oct. 31 at 1:40 p.m. in Science and Technology 136. Dr. D’Antonio’s research interests involve medicinal chemistry and X-ray crystallography of enzyme drug-targets implicated in neglected tropical trypanosomatid diseases. His address is the latest in the series of biology and marine science research seminars conducted by Dr. Joseph Staton. 

2.    BEACON & Human Services Thanksgiving Basket Donations

For the past 9 years USCB has provided Thanksgiving Food Baskets for needy families that participate in the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) Parent Education Program.  This year USCB will provide Thanksgiving dinners that include a turkey and all the fixings for 25 families. For information on how you can contribute, please contact  Professor Jim Glasson at or (843) 521-4163.

Important Dates/Deadlines

3.     Financial Seminar Series Continues Oct. 28

Roger Tennyson, CFP, CASL, a certified financial planner who specializes in helping teachers and employees find better ways to save for retirement, will present a program entitled “Enhance Your Retirement with Tax-Free Income” at a brown bag lunch Oct. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in Library 144 (the fishbowl conference room). Tennyson will cover such topics as: protecting and maximizing investments, efficiently withdrawing money from qualified plans, and creating tax-free income for retirement.

4.    Open Enrollment Continues through Oct. 31

The 2014 Open Enrollment period extends through Oct. 31. This is the time for eligible employees, retirees, survivors and COBRA subscribers to make changes to their benefit plans. This includes health coverage, State Dental Plan or Dental Plus coverage, vision coverage, Optional Life coverage, and MoneyPlus accounts. Click on the video link for more information.

5.    Fall Campus Day to Take Place Nov. 15 on the Hilton Head Gateway Campus

Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to meet our faculty, explore academic majors, tour the Hilton Head Gateway campus and talk with current students on Fall Campus Day Nov. 15. The event runs from the 8:30 a.m. check-in until 1 p.m., including lunch. Visitors may tour residence halls, learn about financial planning for college and attend the academic/activities showcase and even receive an admissions decision on the spot.


The Arts  

6.    $20 Tickets to Count Basie Orchestra Show Available to Faculty Today

Tickets for today’s show by the Count Basie Orchestra are available to members of the faculty for $20 today until 3 p.m. Contact Tammy at 843-521-4145. Tickets are normally $40 for adults and $35 for members. The show will take place today at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret St., Beaufort. The Count Basie Orchestra has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once. It has won 18 Grammy Awards and has appeared in movies, on television shows and at every major jazz festival and concert hall in the world. 

7.    USCB Opens 35th Festival Series of Chamber Music with Nov. 2 Concert

The USCB Festival Series will begin its 35th season with a performance of works by Mozart, Kodaly and Schumann Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts on the Historic Beaufort campus. Join Artistic Director Edward Aaron for the launch of a new season. The Nov. 2 concert will bring together Aaron on cello, Jeewon Park on piano and Tessa Lark on violin. Aaron promises this season’s festival series will “enthrall, transport, inspire and entertain” you. Contact Staci Breton for details. Call her at 843-208-8246 or write

8.     USCB’s Lunch with Author Series Presents Alex Marwood Nov. 19

Alex Marwood, the Edgar award-winning author, will discuss the latest book, “The Killer Next Door,” Nov. 19 at the Sea Pines Country Club. The presentation is part of the USCB Lunch with Author Series. “Alex Marwood” is actually the pen name of Serena Mackesy, a journalist who lives in South London. She has written a set of romantic comedies under her real name.

9.   Events at the Center for the Arts

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



10.   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.

11.   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. 


Catch Us at Our Best

12.   Congratulations to “Catch Us at Our Best” nominee Abby Moonen (Accounts Payable) for collecting books and school supplies for the children at the Jasper County Boys and Girls Club. Her nomination was submitted by Dr. Renarta Tompkins, associate professor of literacy in the Department of Education.

13.   Congratulations to “Catch Us at Our Best” nominees Rena Kratky (Instructor, Spanish) and Dr. James Griesse (Assistant Professor, Spanish) for giving generously of their time to translate posters to recruit volunteer tutors for the university’s Early Grades Reading Program. Their nominations were submitted by Dr. Tompkins.


Submissions to the University Update

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