Students in Action

Students Connected Reaches the Lowcountry

Below are some of the ways that USCB's Students Connected initiative is active in the community and across our Bluffton, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island campuses.

Treats for Everyone: Inclusive Halloween

Lowcountry Therapy

USCB students helped Lowcountry Therapy present “Halloween for Everyone,” a celebration for their young special needs clients, their families and the community. The activities were planned to appeal to children with sensory sensitivities. 

Secret Shopper: Quality Evaluation and Management for HospitalitySea Pines

In partnership with USCB’s Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training, hospitality students are trained as secret shoppers and visit local restaurants, pro shops and other venues who are participating in the program. They use course concepts and theory to evaluate the guest experience and report on their findings. They produce a written report of their observations for each visit. Then, at the end of the semester, they present their suggestions to managers of the participating venues. Their identities remain secret until the final presentations. Participating companies include Sea Pines Resort and Palmetto Dunes. For more information, contact Dr. Su Gibson.

Performance of Caring

Performance of CaringThis USCB Theater class trains students to act as Simulated Participants (SP) in the University's Nursing Simulation lab. They portray patients and supporting roles (such as patient family members) in dynamic, realistic simulated healthcare experiences. These experiences help train future nurses in a lifelike way.  For more information, contact Dr. Libby Ricardo or Dr. Jana Wheeler.

"By the River"

By the River

“By The River” is a collaborative production between USCB and SCETV, showcasing regional authors. Now in its 4th season, the program is an interview-style show hosted by Holly Bounds Jackson, Director of Operations at ETV Lowcountry. "BTR" is produced by Dr. Caroline Sawyer, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, and includes USCB students as production staff. Each 30-minute episode features an in-depth interview with Southern authors followed by a Lowcountry Poet's Corner. "By The River" has garnered many awards and is now being distributed nationally by American Public Television.

Barnwell Tabby Dig

Barnwell Tabby Dig

In the spring and summer of 2019, USCB anthropology professor Dr. Kimberly Cavanagh and her students spent almost every weekend excavating at the Barnwell Tabby site on Hilton Head Island . They found pieces of charcoal, animal bones, glass, pottery fragments and other clues to human activity on the site over centuries. The artifacts they found are being processed and analyzed.


Tammy Jane

Biology students conduct research and learn to be environmental educators through their internships with the Vagabond company on Hilton Head Island. Here students Abby Brown and Ian Derry work with Dr. Stephen Borgianini aboard Vagabond’s “Tammy Jane” shrimp trawler.