Volume 2, Issue 2 - September 4, 2017


Assistance for Gulf Coast Hurricane Victims
Our thoughts are with the victims of Hurricane Harvey flooding who face several months of recovery that include any Mariner alumni living amid the devastation, and with our current faculty, staff and students with connections to the area. Although the worst has passed, the need to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey will continue for a long while. In keeping with CCGA’s culture of service and philanthropy, we encourage everyone who can to consider making a donation to help the Hurricane Harvey victims. You may want to consider contributing to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund or the American Red Cross.

Faculty, Staff & Student Accomplishments

Recent College Book Signing

The College hosted a book-signing event on Tuesday, August 29 honoring the recent release of a book written by Professor Emeritus Jean Choate entitled, Voices Seldom Heard: Women, Blacks and Children of the Georgia Coast, 1850-1870, which dives deep into the area’s Civil War-era history, focusing on the lives of women, Blacks and children—groups whose experiences are rarely told in the history books. A history professor for 18 years, Choate is currently teaching part-time at the College. Choate has dedicated much of her life to excavating history through the power of writing, publishing articles in various academic and history journals. Voices Seldom Held is Choate’s fifth book. Her four previous books -- Disputed Ground: Farm Groups That Opposed the New Deal; At Sea Under Impressment; Eliza Johnson: Unknown First Lady; and Disputed Ground: Farm Groups that Opposed the New Deal Farm Program -- have brought out suppressed or little-known parts of the region’s history, making her work significant to the Golden Isles. Voices Seldom Heard: Women, Blacks and Children on the Georgia Coast, 1850 to 1870 is currently available at the College’s bookstore as well as at Hofwyl Broadfield and at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society.

Family Well-being Grows Faster When Wives Earn More Than Husbands, New Study Finds

Dr. Melissa Trussell, Assistant Professor of Economics, recently had a research study -- A tale of two decades: Relative intra-family earning capacity and changes in family welfare over time -- co-authored with economists at Georgia State University highlighted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

2017 International Academic Partnership Program

Dr. James (Jim) Lynch's application on behalf of the College of Coastal Georgia to participate in the 2017 International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) with Cuba was accepted by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The program runs from August 2017 to January 2018 and will include assessing on-campus international partnership capacity and developing practical strategic plans for partnership activities in Cuba, as well as promoting faculty engagement, developing a consolidated partnership strategy, and higher education in Cuba.

College Students Support Second Harvest Fundraiser

Ceramics program students and faculty (Debbie Craig) were recently recognized for their Empty Bowl fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank - read more ...


Faculty Summer Travels

Dr. Patrizia Stahle, Associate Professor of History, presented a paper titled “Ancient Mediterranean Women: The Greek and Roman Woman Compared” at the Third International Conference “Women of the Mediterranean: Dynamics of Power” hosted by the Sant ’Anna Institute, Sorrento, Italy (May 26-27, 2017).

Dr. Holly Nance, Assistant Professor of Biology, presented CCGA student Marielis Nieves's research titled "Epigenetic modifications in Fundulus heteroclitus, the mummichog, in response to contaminants at two EPA Superfund sites" at the Georgia Sea Grant Research Symposium in Athens, GA (June 1-2, 2017).

Dr. Marci Culley, Associate Professor of Psychology, served as an invited discussant for a symposium titled: "Supporting Youth Activism: the Influence of Social Identity, Critical Consciousness, and Hope" at the 16th Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27), hosted by the University of Ottowa in Ottowa, Canada (June 21 -24).

Dr. Don Matthews, Professor of Economics, presented a paper titled “Empirical Research on Immigration in the U.S., ca. 1880-1920,” at the annual meetings of the History of Economics Society in Toronto, June 22-25.

Dr. Louise Kane, Lecturer of English, organized a multi-disciplinary international seminar titled "The Future of Modern Periodical Studies" at the Modernist Studies Association's 19th Annual Conference, held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She also presented a paper, "‘Modernist’ Periodicals, 'Old Journalism', and the Digital Humanities" and hosted a postgraduate workshop at the conference (August 10–15).

Dr. Carla Bluhm, Associate Professor of Psychology, lived in Paris, France. from June 30th to August 6th teaching with the European Council of the USG. She taught Human Development and Psychology and Nutrition both in the classroom and in field trips she designed at locations such as, Le Cordon Bleu, Mundolingua (museum about the origin of languages), and a lesson on play with sailboat sailing at Luxembourg gardens. She also presented two posters in July, one as a collaboration with Dr. Mark Davis of the University of Western Alabama, and another collaboration with Kesstan Blandin of the Pacifica Institute and CCGA student Malik Smiley at the International Society of Emotional Intelligence Congress held at the University of Porto, Portugal, on topics related to facial expressions and emotion.

Dr. Karen Hambright, Professor of Psychology, was invited to serve as a supplemental instructor for the 27th Annual Field Course in Conservation Biology & Global Health at the Human Environment Interface in Muarabinuangan and Tinjil Island in Banten, Indonesia, a collaborative program of the Institut Pertain Bogor, Pusat Studi Satwa Primata, Indonesia, and the University of Washington Center for Global Field Study and the Washington National Primate Research Center, August 4–14, 2017. She was an invited speaker at the Institut Pertain Bogor's International Seminar on Primate Behavior, Biomedicine and Neurosciences Research for Promoting Better Health. Her presentation was entitled, Back to Basics: The Rationales for Using Nonhuman Primates in Biomedical Research. The purpose was to enable scientists and students to inform others, in this current political climate, of the various justifications for their use, awareness of the greater ethical obligation to nonhumans, and of the extensive federal oversight and regulation in place to ensure humane treatment of nonhuman research participants preceding clinical trials.


SHIP Scholarship for Fall 2017

Career Services and the Office of Undergraduate Research invite students to apply for a SHIP Scholarship. Each department will award two $1,000 scholarships in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters -Scholarship Honor Intern Program Fall 2017 Information Flyer.


Professional Development Opportunities

Service-Learning Scholar’s Workshop

The Scholar’s Workshop is an opportunity for all faculty new to the practice of S-L or those who would like to refresh their knowledge of the service-learning pedagogy and good practices. The workshop will be presented as a hybrid learning experience including online content and three in-person workshops spanning October 16 through November 3. Applications are due September 29 and can be found on the Service-Learning Forms & Documents webpage.

Pilot S-L Faculty Learning Community (SLFLC)
The purpose of any professional learning community is to examine and improve student learning outcomes. This Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will meet monthly for varying purposes centered around improving service-learning teaching and student learning (data analysis, sharing best practices, etc.). If you’re interested, message ServiceLearning@ccga.edu and report your interest in this pilot program. We encourage all current service-learning faculty to join.

Writing / Conference Presentations Collaborative
One of the many purposes of the Center for Service-Learning is to support faculty in disseminating research and practical knowledge of service-learning teaching. To that end, we will be working with faculty one-on-one or in a group setting to prepare service-learning related papers for publication or presentations for conferences. Reply to ServiceLearning@ccga.edu to report your interest.


Online Admissions
In an effort to provide additional enrollment options to an increasingly diverse population of student learners, the College of Coastal Georgia provides a number of academic programs and courses through an online delivery platform. The Admissions Office recently unveiled the Online Students web page that centralizes admission and program information for those students seeking admission to one of our fully online degree programs.


Upcoming Events & Reminders
Mariner Fest
October 21

Fall 2017 Commencement
December 15
6:00 pm
Coffin Gym, Brunswick Campus

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