USCB Beginning New 16-17 Academic Year with Convocation

USCB Beginning New 16-17 Academic Year with Convocation

August 15, 2016
BLUFFTON, S.C. –  The University of South Carolina Beaufort will mark the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year with a convocation Wednesday, August 17 at 1 p.m. in the Sand Shark Recreation Center

The event will feature a keynote address from Dr. Ellen Malphrus, Associate Professor of English and Theatre at USCB. Dr. Malphrus earned her M.F.A. and Ph.D. from USC and studied under National Book Award winner James Dickey, the American writer best known for his novel Deliverance, which was turned into a major motion picture.

Malphrus earned her Ph.D. in 20th Century American Literature with an emphasis on Southern Literature. She recently published her first book, Untying the Moon. Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in a wide variety of publications: Southern Literary Journal, Review of Contemporary Fiction, the anthology Essence of Beaufort and the Lowcountry, William & Mary Review, Haight Ashbury Review, Georgia Poetry Review and more.

“We are excited for the beginning of this new year,” said Dr. Eric Skipper, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “This ceremony is traditionally a way to welcome Freshmen and remind faculty, staff and students about the mission and values of our institution and our focus on academic excellence.”


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 750), 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 1,980 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Historic 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.