USCB Honored at 2018 Campus Compact Civic Engagement Leadership Awards

USCB Honored at 2018 Campus Compact Civic Engagement Leadership Awards


April 18, 2018

BLUFFTON, S.C. – USCB received several 2018 Campus Compact Civic Engagement Leadership Awards at the April 13th awards ceremony at Winthrop University. James Glasson, internship coordinator for USCB's Human Services program, was honored with the state-wide South Carolina Civic Engagement Professional Award, Gamma Beta Phi was recognized as USCB's nominee for the South Carolina Student Organization Service Achievement Award and the partnership between USCB and the Santa Elena Foundation was also recognized as USCB's nominee for the South Carolina Engaged Community Partner Award.

From left to right, James Glasson, Internship Coordinator for Human Services, Grace Jones, President (student) of Gamma Beta Phi, Rena Kratky, Spanish instructor and Gamma Beta Phi advisor, and Dr. Eric Skipper, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at USCB at the awards ceremony.

From left to right, James Glasson, Internship Coordinator for Human Services, Grace Jones, President (student) of Gamma Beta Phi, Rena Kratky, Spanish instructor and Gamma Beta Phi advisor, and Dr. Eric Skipper, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at USCB at the awards ceremony.

The South Carolina Civic Engagement Professional Award is presented to a faculty or staff member for significant contributions to the institutionalization of community engagement by inspiring a vision for service on the campus and supporting faculty, students and/or campus-community partnerships. James Glasson's contributions to the success of students in internships, his dedication to experiential learning on and off campus and his leadership in the area of community partnerships is invaluable to the university. Since 2005, USCB's Human Services program has graduated 275 majors who have performed more than 100,000 hours of internship community service.

The South Carolina Student Organization Award is presented to a student organization that has exhibited outstanding leadership and innovative approaches in their community service or service learning endeavors both on their campus and within their community, that addresses public issues, effective community building and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. Rena Kratky, Spanish instructor, serves as the Gamma Beta Phi advisor, and works with the students on many community projects including working with the Okatie Rotary club at the Rose Hill Charity Polo Match, bilingual story time at the Hardeeville Library, donating books, collecting food for Bluffton Self-Help and much more. Grace Jones, Gamma Beta Phi president, helps spearhead these and other initiatives.

The South Carolina Engaged Community Partner Award is presented to a community partner that has worked to support the civic mission of their partnering campus and enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways. The dynamic partnership of the Santa Elena Foundation encompasses work with USCB faculty, staff and students. For example, Dr. Brian Canada, associate professor of computational science, and his students worked to establish an "Education Station" at the Santa Elena Museum with computer games to educate the public on the history of the Spanish settlement of Santa Elena in Beaufort in the 1500s. Martha Moriarty, Ph.D. associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and institutional effectiveness and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Larry Rowland have been instrumental in this partnership.

"We are grateful to SC Campus Compact for the recognition of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, students and community partners," said Eric Skipper, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at USCB. "These recognitions also serve as a model of exemplary service for the entire USCB community."

The South Carolina Campus Compact (SCCC), formed in May of 2008, is a coalition of 17 South Carolina colleges and universities working to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education. For more information on SCCC, visit www.winthrop.edu/sccampuscompact/

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Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 900), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university's two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Bluffton campus offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort's downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort's many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity. www.uscb.edu

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