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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 12, 2019
RE: Davis, Majidzadeh Join S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Staff

Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2092, susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org.

Charleston, S.C. – Two new staff members have joined the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium: Marlena Davis as human resources manager and Hamed Majidzadeh as coastal environmental quality specialist.

Davis has 15 years of HR experience in the health care, education and hospitality industries. She also has worked as an airline customer service representative and as a music teacher in schools. Davis grew up in Charleston and earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Furman University. She provides music instruction, specifically in strings, for children and adults at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

In her position at S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Davis will manage human resources for the agency, including updating personnel records, benefits administration and serving as a backup for accounts payable and receivable.

Majidzadeh’s expertise is in water quality, hydrology and data analysis. He earned a doctorate in biogeochemistry from Auburn University’s School of Forestry in 2016. Majidzadeh’s doctoral work dealt with effects of urbanization on soil and water quality. During postdoctoral studies at Clemson University, his research focused on how extreme rainfall events affect watersheds with various land uses and on the impacts of hurricanes and wildfires on source- and drinking-water quality.

In his position at S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Majidzadeh will work closely with state natural resource managers, community groups, scientists, universities and decision-makers to develop, implement and manage an applied environmental quality research and outreach program. He also will facilitate the S.C. Stormwater Pond Research and Management Collaborative.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Date: January 15, 2019
RE: 2018 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award Call for Nominations

Contact: Joey Holleman, (843) 953-2090 or joey.holleman@scseagrant.org

Charleston, S.C.— The state of South Carolina is seeking nominations for an award to recognize individuals who are doing extraordinary work for the natural environment. Nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2019.

The S.C. General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources.

Each year the public is invited to submit nominations that are then reviewed by an awards committee, which includes representatives from the state’s natural resource agencies. In judging nominees, the committee considers excellence in innovation, leadership and accomplishments that influence positive changes affecting the natural environment. Members of the awards committee represent the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, S.C. Forestry Commission, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Sean Poppy, an outreach educator at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), won the most recent S.C. Environmental Awareness Award. Poppy was recognized for introducing hundreds of thousands of children to the ecological diversity found on the 200,000-acre Savannah River Site during his hands-on animal presentations.

A list of previous award winners, nomination guidelines and a nomination form are available at http://www.scseagrant.org/Content/?cid=1039 or by contacting Joey Holleman at (843) 953-2090 or joey.holleman@scseagrant.org.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Date: December 5, 2018
RE: S.C. Sea Grant Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled

Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org

Charleston, S.C.— S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on December 19, 2018 in the College of Charleston President’s boardroom, 66 George Street, Charleston, S.C. Items on the agenda include discussion of the agency’s FY2019-2020 state budget request; the Consortium’s FY2018-2020 Sea Grant core activities; and the Consortium’s recent achievements, emerging challenges, external evaluation and strategic directions. Election of the next Consortium Board Chair will also be held.

The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its eight member institutions. Current board members are: Dr. Harris Pastides, president of University of South Carolina (Board Chair); Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University; Dr. James P. Clements, president of Clemson University; Mr. Stephen C. Osborne, interim president of College of Charleston; Dr. David J. Cole, president of Medical University of South Carolina; Col. Alvin A. Taylor, director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; Mr. James E. Clark, president of S.C. State University; and General Glenn M. Walters, president of The Citadel.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Date: July 30, 2018
RE: Narayana, Moylan join S.C. Sea Grant Consortium staff

Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org

Charleston, S.C.— Two new staff members have joined the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium – Crystal Narayana as web developer and graphic artist and Shaun Moylan as manager of information technology resources.

Narayana, who has a B.A. degree in Linguistics from Ohio State University, began her career as web developer and graphic designer for Arc of Appalachia, a regional nature conservation organization based in Ohio. She eventually served as their program director, facilitating and promoting education events.

More recently, she worked with multiple clients as a web developer and designer for a private marketing agency.

Moylan, who has a B.S. degree in Information Systems and Decision Sciences from Louisiana State University, has 11 years of IT management experience. During that time, he handled IT support, planning, security, implementation and disaster recovery for companies in the hospitality industry.


Photos by Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             
February 15, 2018

RE: USC President Harris Pastides Re-Elected Board Chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

Contact:
Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org

Dr. Harris Pastides
Charleston, S.C.— University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has been re-elected chair of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Board of Directors. Pastides began his second one-year term on January 1, 2018.

“My work with Executive Director Rick DeVoe and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Board of Directors provides an important opportunity to support sustainable marine resource conservation and scientific research that is beneficial to all South Carolinians,” Pastides said.

Pastides, who has been the USC president since 2008, earned his master’s in public health and Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University. Before becoming USC president, he served as dean of the university’s Arnold School of Public Health and as vice president for Research and Health Sciences. Pastides serves on many local, state, national and international boards, including the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the Fulbright Faculty Programs.

“I very much look forward to working with Dr. Pastides again this year,” DeVoe said. “His leadership and many years of experience working on education and research issues in the state are invaluable to the Consortium’s work in meeting the needs of our diverse stakeholders.”

The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its member institutions. Currently serving on the board in addition to Dr. Pastides are: Dr. James B. Clements, president of Clemson University; Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University; Glenn F. McConnell, president of College of Charleston; Dr. David J. Cole, president of Medical University of South Carolina; Col. Alvin A. Taylor, director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; James E. Clark, president of S.C. State University; and Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel.

Photo Courtesy of University of South Carolina


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