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Faculty News

Dr. Morris Assists with Production of Documentary Film on Great Dismal Swamp
Three years of work will culminate next week in the public release of a documentary film that Dr. J. Brent Morris has been helping to develop as a member of the Great Dismal Swamp Landscape Study research group. “Landscape of Power: Freedom and Slavery in the Great Dismal Swamp” is a powerful, short documentary film that focuses on the forgotten historical importance of the Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina and Virginia. Dr. Morris is an Assistant Professor of History at USCB. His academic interests involve 19th century U.S. history, South Carolina history, African-American history and related topics. The film opens Jan. 21 at American University.

Dr. George Pate Focusing on Enhancing our Theater Program
Dr. George Pate, who joined the Department of English and Theatre in the fall, is teaching a new section of THEA 170 Fundamentals of Acting. The course is one element of the 12-credit theater core which, when combined with six credits of electives, comprises our new minor in theater. Dr. Pate is a teacher, director and a playwright. His play, “Indifferent Blue,” won the Tennessee Williams National One-Act Playwriting Contest in 2008. He is directing “Talking With…” a full-length dramatic comedy opening Jan. 23 at the Center for the Arts on the Historic Beaufort campus. 

James Glasson Honored with 2015 MLK Social Justice Staff Award Jan. 14
James Glasson, M.A., a Human Services specialist, has been named winner of the 2015 MLK Social Justice Staff Award, which was bestowed by the University of South Carolina Jan. 14 as part of a week-long series of events commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award is presented to members of the USC university community who exemplify Dr. King’s philosophies through acts of community service, social justice or racial reconciliation.

Amiri Geuka Farris Featured in “19 Intriguing People of the Lowcountry”
Amiri Geuka Farris, an adjunct instructor in the Studio Art program, is profiled in a two-page spread as one of Hilton Head Monthly magazine’s “19 Intriguing People of the Lowcountry.” The popular artist celebrates the Gullah/Geechee culture through art, music and a dedication to preserving and refurbishing historic homes in Bluffton. He and his art are featured on the cover of the January issue. 

Student News

Education Department’s Professional Program Induction Ceremony Set for Jan. 25
The Department of Education will conduct its Professional Program Induction Ceremony Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. in Hargray 156 on the Bluffton campus. There are eight spring candidates for induction and six fall candidates, all enrolled in the education program at USCB. Joseph Viola, who earned a B.A. in Early Childhood Education at USCB in 2012, will deliver the keynote address. A reception will follow the ceremony.

Staff News

2015-16 Faculty/Staff Dependents’ Scholarship Program Application Available Now
The 2015-16 Faculty/Staff Dependents’ Scholarship Application is available now in the Financial Aid/VA office. The program is open to any dependent child or spouse of a full-time employee in the USC system who meets eligibility requirements. The scholarship is valued at $1,500 for students attending the Columbia campus and $1,200 for students attending USCB. The deadline for applications is Feb. 2. Contact Patricia Greene, financial aid/VA director, at 843-521-4117 for more information or an application form.

Around Campus

Dedication Ceremony for Sand Shark Recreation Center Will Take Place Feb. 5.
Dr. Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina, will deliver the keynote address when USCB conducts a formal dedication ceremony to mark the opening of the 20,000-square-foot Sand Shark Recreation Center Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place in front of the recreation center located southeast of the campus library on the Bluffton campus. Honored guests will include members of the Beaufort-Jasper Higher Education Commission and the USCB administration, students, faculty and staff.

Fin Friday on the Historic Beaufort Campus Set for Feb. 20
Fin Friday on the Beaufort campus will take place Feb. 20. It’s an open house designed to encourage students to explore the Studio Art major. Students will have an opportunity to tour the campus and the residence hall. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

The Arts

USCB to Present “Talking With…” at the CFA Jan. 23 and 24
The Department of English and Theatre Studies will present “Talking With…,” a full-length dramatic comedy consisting of 11 monologues by female characters, Jan. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts on the university’s Beaufort campus. The play features a cast composed entirely of USCB students. Dr. George Pate is directing the production. For tickets, call (843) 521-4145 or visit

Exhibition of Fiber Arts Work Opens Jan. 23 at the Sea Island Center Gallery
A South Korean artist who was educated in Asia and North America and has exhibited on three continents will present an exhibition of her fiber arts work from Jan. 23 through Feb. 21 at the Sea Islands Center Gallery on the Beaufort campus. TeaYoun Kim-Kassor’s exhibition, “Migration,” is part of the visiting artists program at USCB. The artist will be honored with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on opening night. She will also present a lecture and a brief demonstration of her fiber-arts technique for USCB students and faculty Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. in the ceramics studio.  

USCB’s 2014-15 Festival Series of Chamber Music Continues with Feb. 8 Concert
The USCB Festival Series will present a performance of works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, Debussy and Webber Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts on the Beaufort campus. The concert will bring together Artistic Director Edward Aaron on cello, Gilles Vonsattel on piano, Todd Palmer on clarinet and Bella Hristova on violin. For tickets, call 843-208-8246.

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

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