Volume 5, Issue 6 - November 16, 2020

Gift of Time & Caring ... Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving this year will be unlike any other, with the necessary health and safety precautions limiting our ability to travel and our desire to gather with close family and friends. It is more important than ever that we give thanks to the many people who bless and enrich our lives, for our well-being, and for the time we offer to care for those around us.

Between now and the Thanksgiving break, as well as when we return, you are encouraged to check the self-care and safety resources on the Fall 2020 campus return web page regarding COVID-19 health measures for faculty and staff, as well as for students. Keep doing your part and be studious about wearing your face mask, social distancing and conducting your daily health check. We are all inspired by the dedication and hard work everyone has engaged in this fall semester, especially how we all managed the unique challenges facing us in our "new" normal.

Enjoy a healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday, Mariners!


Faculty Scholarship
Dr. James Wiley, Assistant Professor of Political Science, was interviewed by reporter Troy Kless at First Coast News on November 11 about the elections in Georgia. The video was broadcast on the 5:30 segment of First Coast News. The video is currently posted on the First Coast News website under "Watch" and then "Elections." The video is titled Political experts call Georgia a 'purple state.' Kless interviewed Dr. Wiley and a political science professor at Valdosta State University.

Dr. Patrizia Stahle, Professor of History, had a book review published recently in the journal VIA: Voices in Italian Americana (Volume 31, pp. 153-158). The book authored by Danielle Battisti is titled, Whom We Shall Welcome. Italian American and Immigration Reform, 1945-1965.

On November 13, Dr. Jessica Melilli-Hand, Assistant Professor of English, presented “Flirt-Face Jane and Other Poems” as part of the Scandalous Poets! Panel at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference SAMLA 92. The theme of the conference was SCANDAL! Literature and Provocation: Breaking Rules, Making Texts.

Dr. Mary McGinnis, Assistant Professor of English, and Dr. Jennifer Gray, Professor of English, had their article, Multimodality and The Writing Center’s Role in Restoring Justice for “Bad Writers," published in The Peer Review Journal (volume 4, Issue 2). The article highlights how coaching students on multimodal assignments and working students through feelings of intimidation and the baggage of previous writing courses can teach students to repurpose their existing skills and overcome obstacles to become confident, capable writers and composers.

Dr. Nicole Masano, Associate Professor of Nursing, is starting a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) as part of the Chancellor's Learning Scholars Program. FLCs create a shared space where faculty members from all academic disciplines collaborate in a peer-to-peer learning environment, with each bringing new and valuable information to the conversation. FLC members are committed to a collective goal of not only learning new content but taking action to leverage this new knowledge for the good of our students. Meetings will occur every 3 weeks starting Monday, January 18, from 3:00-4:00 pm. The meetings will be held in-person with an option to attend virtually if desired. Dr. Masano asks that community members attend and actively engage in the meetings. Learning community participants will be asked to research resources and/or best practices for online/hybrid learning, read/synthesize the information, and present it to the group for discussion. The estimated commitment is 1 hour per week. Please contact Dr. Masano (NMasano@ccga.edu) by November 25 if interested.

Dr. Hector Montford, Assistant Professor of History, was selected as the 2020 recipient of the Society of Georgia Archivists’ President’s Award for the work he and his students had accomplished in preserving local history over the past year. The award is presented to individuals or organizations outside the archival profession who make significant contributions to the field. In this case, the Marshes of Glynn Public Library nominated Dr. Montford for his students’ work as interns in the library’s Heritage Room and for an ongoing oral history project to document and preserve the experiences of members of the Brunswick African American community living in the area during the era of Jim Crow and Civil Rights.

Dr. Karen Lucas, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, recently presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference. The conference was initially planned to take place in Tampa, FL, but was conducted virtually instead. Dr. Lucas' presentation, "Read between the Numbers: Developing deep conceptual understanding of operations," which she created for teacher educators and instructional leaders, was made available on-demand to attendees throughout the conference on November 12-14, 2020, and will continue to be available for an additional 30 days after the conference.

Dr. Carla Bluhm, Associate professor of Psychology, had her video, "Campfire Lectures and Innovations in Online Teaching During a Pandemic," accepted for the 2020 Innovation in Teaching Conference. The Conference promotes novel and emerging teaching practices among educators, sharing ideas that address the "what's next in education and challenge us to strive for professional excellence."

Dr. Nelbert “Doc” St.Clair, Assistant Professor of Cyber Defense and Criminal Justice, was a judge at the Department of Energy Infrastructure, CyberForce Competition on November 14. The Cyber Force Competition’s purpose is to "help students improve cybersecurity skills, increase awareness to the critical infrastructure domain, learn concepts and develop defense skills that will help strengthen our country’s critical infrastructure." Students from the Coastal Georgia Cyber Sail Club will participate in the 2021 competition. Doc coached 13 students competing in the National Cyber League (online cybersecurity competition). The students competed against 6,011 other students from around the country in the Fall 2020 Individual Game held October 23-25. Senior Eric Gravelle placed in the top 12% of the competition; Coastal Georgia placed six students in the top 30%.

Dr. Kimberly Mannahan, Director of Service-Learning & Undergraduate Research, and Dr. Cody Cocchi, Associate Director of Service-Learning, wish to acknowledge and celebrate the service-learning achievements of faculty. The Center for Service-Learning annually hosts a Service-Learning Faculty Recognition event, but this year the format is different. To honor faculty members’ commitment to excellence in service-learning, please visit the: Service-Learning Faculty Recognition. On this site, you will find highlights of 23 faculty members who have taught at least one service-learning course in 2020. Considering the extra challenges 2020 has brought us, these faculty members deserve to be recognized and applauded.


Sustainability Week
Students in Dr. Kimberly Takagi's ENVS 3200 - Environmental Communications course are putting on Sustainability Week! They will be holding a school supplies drive so that people can donate new and lightly used school supplies to other students who might need them next semester. Dr. Takagi, Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, noted that "every day they will be presenting a different topic and holding a discussion about Sustainability and how students and faculty/staff can participate."

  • Monday: Sustainable Practices for Busy Students (The Anchor @ 3:00 pm-4:00 pm)
  • Tuesday: "Kiss the Ground" Movie Screening @ 8:00 pm (Stembler Theater)
  • Wednesday: Rethinking Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (The Anchor @ 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm)
  • Thursday: Let's Talk, Coastal: Environmental Justice (Stembler @ 4:00 pm-5:00 pm)

The students are hosting a School Supplies Drive all week! Come donate your gently used/leftover school supplies.

There will be Food and Prize Giveaways at each event throughout the week!


SACSCOC Update
The preliminary drafts for all the standards within the SACSCOC Compliance Certification Report, a key component of Coastal Georgia's reaffirmation of accreditation, have been prepared. Approximately 55% of standard narratives have undergone a secondary review. The goal is to have all the narratives uploaded to the Compliance Assist-Accreditation module by the end of the semester, with a final critical review to commence immediately after that. The final SACSCOC Compliance Certification Report is due on March 1, 2021. Additionally, a meticulous faculty credentialing review is underway in response to Standard 6.2a (Faculty Qualifications). The QEP Development Committee has held three organizational meetings. The Committee discussed the QEP topic selection process, reviewed the QEP white paper, and established an actionable working plan. Dr. Jennifer Hatchel, Chair, announced five subcommittees to help draft key portions of the QEP with the following appointed leads: Literature Review – Michele Johnson; Curricular & Co-curricular – Pat Morris and Dr. Andrea Kwasny; Budget & Resources – Lorraine Moyer; Marketing & Communication – Tiffany King; and Assessment – Dr. Yi Hua. At this time, the Literature Review Subcommittee is working on drafting a comprehensive literature review that will provide an essential foundation for developing the other sections of the evolving QEP. To keep things organized and on track, the Committee has set up a D2L classroom to collect and post documents, QEP Development Committee meeting agendas, meeting minutes, etc.


AssessmenT Workshop

Topic: Designing Effective Surveys You can click here to view the workshop flyer.

Date & Time: Friday, December 4 at 2:00 pm via Zoom

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6th Annual Empty Bowl Event
The 6th Annual Empty Bowl Event, benefitting our local America's Second Harvest Food Bank, was held November 6-7, 2020, at Glynn Visual Arts on St. Simons Island. This year's event was entitled, "Earth to Table" and displayed the bowls in various table settings. For the past five years the event had included serving soup, but due to the pandemic the event was reimagined as table displays organized by artist and potter Ann Marie Dalis. About 360 bowls were made by GVA's potters and local potters and students from Coastal Georgia's ceramics classes this year. Our students contributed 30 bowls made in Spring and Fall of 2020. Each bowl was sold for $30 and provided 150 meals per bowl. The event raised $9,500. We are proud of our Mariners' involvement and support for such a worthy cause! Instructor of Ceramics Debbie Craig organized the College's participation with students from her classes and a service-learning project organized by Dr. Elizabeth Wurz of the Department of Arts & Humanities.


Holiday Collection Drives
Several collection drives are going on this week, with collection boxes being held in the Campus Center.

  • Thanksgiving Holiday & Animal Food Drive benefitting The Deck, America’s Second Harvest, and the Humane Society: 11/16 - 11/24
  • Personal Hygiene Items Drive benefitting Zach’s Place: 11/16 - 11/20
  • New Underwear Drive to benefit the Connie Smith Rape Crisis Center: 11/16 - 11/20

  • December Salon
    The December Salon will be held virtually on Friday, December 18 at 7:00 pm on Zoom. The book to be discussed is Mark Lilla, The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics (New York: New York Review of Books, 2001; a second edition with a new afterword was published in 2016).

    Lilla is a historian of ideas at Columbia University in the City of New York and frequeently writes for the New York Review of Books. The Reckless Mind is based on some of his book reviews. He has chapters on philosopher Martin Heidegger, controversial legal theorist Carl Schmitt, literary critic Walter Benjamin, Hegel scholar Alexandre Kojeve, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida.

    If you are interested in participating, send Dr. James Wiley an email (jwiley@ccga.edu), and he will send you a Zoom invitation and materials about the book.


    Upcoming Events
    • November 24 - Last Day of Classes (Full & 2nd Session)
    • November 28 - All coursework completed
    • Final Exams - December 7-11
    • Final Grades Due by Noon - December 13
    • Fall Commencement - December 13 (1:00 pm)

    Call for Contributions
    If you would like to contribute an article, news item, or event notice for our newsletter, please contact Dr. Jim Lynch at jlynch@ccga.edu - Next issue: December 14.

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