Volume 1, Issue 29 - April 17, 2017

Faculty - Student Recognition

Dr. Renren Zhao, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, had a manuscript accepted for publication in the journal Communications in Statistics – Simulation and Computation entitled, “Small Sample Equivalence Tests for Exponentiality.”

Dr. Carla Bluhm, Associate Professor of Psychology, recently had an article entitled, "Face Transplantation and Facial Expression of Emotion: A Qualitative Study on Emotional Intelligence" accepted for presentation at the 6th International Congress on Emotional Intelligence (ICEI 2017) in Porto, Portugal. One of the co-authors is Malik Smiley, a sophomore majoring in psychology.

Haley Thomas, a School of Business & Public Management student with an accounting concentration, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship by the Coastal Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Educational Foundation of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Thomas was in competition with accounting students from Valdosta State University and Georgia Southern University and received the largest scholarship. This speaks to the quality of CCGA accounting students and the quality of the accounting program, led by Dr. Wanda Deleo, Professor of Accounting.

The Driver and Marine Division (DMD) and the Training Innovation Division (TID) of FLETC recently teamed up with College of Coastal Georgia students and faculty to conduct a Line of Travel Research project. The goal of this research is to test the effectiveness of a new blended learning approach in teaching the driving technique of following an ideal "line of travel" during emergency vehicle operations. This new approach incorporates classroom instruction, outdoor range training, and the use of driving simulators. Over of the next several months, 120 CCGA students will serve as participants in this research study. (Pictured on the right are staff members from DMD, TID, and CCGA students on range 6 at FLETC.)

Faculty Recognition Ceremony

Please join us for a Faculty Recognition Ceremony!

Next Wednesday, April 26, the College will hold its final full faculty meeting of the year from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Correll 111. Immediately following the meeting, there will be a Faculty Recognition Ceremony to honor the great work of faculty this year, including those receiving promotion, tenure, as well as our faculty retirees. Please join us to celebrate!

Important Dates

  • Faculty Meeting: Wednesday, April 26, 1:00–2:30 pm, Correll 111
  • Faculty Reception: Wednesday, April 26, 2:30–3:30 pm, Correll Lobby

Invitation to the Online Teaching Academy
Faculty are invited to apply for the Online Teaching Academy, to be held May 15-18, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on the Brunswick campus (Location: TBD). The Online Teaching Academy will focus on online course development and instruction and best practices for online teaching. The facilitators are Dr. Lisa McNeal (eLearning), Dr. Charlsie Myers (Psychology), and Ms. Lee McKinley (Health Informatics). The facilitators will guide faculty through the stages of designing, assembling, teaching, and improving an online course.

For more information, including how to apply and how to receive a stipend for developing your first online course, visit the eLearning web site. Faculty who participated in the May 2016 Borderless Education Workshop may participate, but available spots are prioritized for new participants.

Seaswells' Annual First Copy Event
Seaswells' annual First Copy event to celebrate and support our students' photography, poetry, prose, and art will be held on Friday, April 21, 5:00-7:00 pm on the Campus Center Rooftop (rain/heat location: Campus Center Lobby). Please plan to attend, and encourage students to attend. All attendees will receive copies of the journal; swag bestowed until supplies are exhausted. As always, we will announce winners of the cash prizes in our contests at First Copy. New this year, we brought in judges beyond CCGA to select the winners in each category, in order to foster connections between our students and the larger artistic communities. Three of these four judges are able to join us--they will share their own award-winning work and our students' work. Judges' bios follow. We also created a Professors' Pick/Staff Selection designation in each category, for which faculty and staff voted. We look forward to seeing you at First Copy!

Barr Poetry Contest Judge: Andrea Jurjević*, a native of Croatia, is the author of Small Crimes, winner of the 2015 Philip Levine Prize (Anhinga Press, 2017). Her poems appear in journals such as Epoch, TriQuarterly, Best New Poets, The Missouri Review, and her translations of contemporary Croatian poetry in Gulf Coast, Lunch Ticket, and Drunken Boat. She is the recipient of the 2013 Robinson Jeffers Tor Prize, the 2015 RHINO Translation Prize, Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Fulton County Arts and Culture Fellowship.

Austin/Garner Prose Contest Judge: Jocelyn Heath* is a poet and prose writer whose essays have appeared in The Atlantic and The Fourth River. Her poem “Orbital,” won the 2014 Alison Joseph Poetry Award from Crab Orchard Review; other poems appear in Poet Lore, Sinister Wisdom, Bellingham Review, Natural Bridge, and elsewhere. In addition to her creative work, she is an Assistant Editor for Smartish Pace and a doctoral candidate at Georgia State University, where she teaches writing.

Seaswells Art Contest Judge: Kevin Pullen* is an artist and sculptor who is celebrated for his unique ability to bring obscure persons and historical figures to life through his sculptures. Pullen is the first “Artist in Residence” at the College of Coastal Georgia. He also currently serves as an instructor of media production (Audio, Video & Film Technologies) at the Golden Isles Career Academy (GICA) in Brunswick, Georgia. Previously, Pullen worked in commercial aviation, holding positions in operations and management for 15 years.

Seaswells Photography Contest Judge: Mike Muszynski is a bassoonist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra with a background as a freelance sports photographer and photo editor. During the last 15 years, he has photographed many sporting events, including the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Atlanta Hawks, and various collegiate football and basketball games. As an editor, he works for USA Today Sports Image, a wire service specializing in both sports and entertainment photography.

*Judge who will be at First Copy

Spring Course Evaluations
Course evaluations are now open and will close at 8:00 a.m. on April 27. As a reminder, the results will be available one week after grades are posted. Faculty are encouraged to make an announcement about course evaluations in class or post a News Item in Brightspace (D2L). According to evaluation research, instructors can positively influence student response rates when course evaluations are promoted and discussed with students.

Job Fairs on campus... what can faculty do?
  • Faculty members can support Career Services by telling their students about the event! Mention it in class and during advising sessions. We update our 1-page logo sheet on a regular basis; check out: www.CCGA.edu/JobFair
  • Connect with Career Services about preferred employers. We can't guarantee a particular employer, but are happy to reach out to a preferred employer (or employers!) on your behalf. We want to have the best job fair possible that suits the current student (i.e., upcoming graduates’) needs!
  • Stop by! Faculty are encouraged to visit the fair and speak with recruiters and HR managers about opportunities that are available.

The next Third Thursday Job Fair will be held on April 20 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in the Campus Center.

Spring 2017 Data Digest

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness just released the Spring 2017 Data Digest, providing useful information on current student enrollment - click here.

Programs Serving Minors

A Program Serving Minors website was recently created by Ginger Chaffinch, Director of Recreation and Wellness, at www.ccga.edu/psm. The handbook and the forms are listed on the web page. The Staff Volunteer Form and Facility Use Agreement/License Agreement are in the process of being finalized and will be uploaded to the website. Any academic program website for a program that serves minors should link to this web page. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Michael Butcher at mbutcher@ccga.edu.

Upcoming Events
University System of Georgia - Board of Regents Meeting
Date: April 18 & 19, 2017
Time: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Various campus locations

Mariner Milestone
Date: April 20, 2017 (Camden Center) / April 21, 2017 (Brunswick)
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Rotunda (Camden Center) / Health Sciences Building Lobby (Brunswick)

Seaswells' First Copy
Date: April 21, 2017
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Location: Campus Center Rooftop (rain location: Campus Center Lobby)

Student Affairs Awards Night
Date: April 24, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Campus Center

Service-Learning Symposium
Date: April 24, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Location: TBA

Date: May 7, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Jekyll Island Conference Center

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