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September 24, 2012

S.C. Sea Grant Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or

Charleston, S.C.—S.C. Sea Grant Consortium Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on October 2, 2012 at the Inn at Middleton Place, 4290 Ashley River Road, Charleston, S.C. Items on the agenda include discussion of the agency’s FY2013-2014 state budget request, update on NOAA/Sea Grant FY2013-2014 appropriations, update on the agency’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan and reports on regional coastal ocean initiatives. 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. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University (Board Chair); James F. Barker, president of Clemson University; Dr. P. George Benson, president of College of Charleston; Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg, president of Medical University of South Carolina; Col. Alvin A. Taylor, executive director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; Dr. Cynthia A. Warrick, interim president of S.C. State University; Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel; and Dr. Harris Pastides, president of University of South Carolina.

August 31, 2012

24th Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep Set for Sept. 15
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.orgBeach Sweep/River Sweep 2011

Charleston, S.C.— The 24th annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, September 15 from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Each year thousands of people participate in the Sweep, South Carolina’s largest one-day litter cleanup of beaches, marshes and waterways. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources organize the statewide event, which is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs and businesses. All necessary supplies are provided. Last year over 3,000 dedicated volunteers removed 20 tons of debris at 200 locations statewide. In its 23-year history, nearly 1,100 tons of litter have been collected and recycled when possible. There are many locations in need of volunteers. For a list of coastal site captains and cleanup locations, visit or contact Susan Ferris Hill at (843) 953-2092 or For a list of site captains and cleanup locations inland, visit or contact Bill Marshall at (803) 734-9096 or To become a site captain for an area that is not covered, contact either Susan or Bill via phone or email.

April 26, 2012

USC Professor Recognized with State Environmental Award
Guy Sabin, (803) 896-8593 or

Columbia, S.C. — Dr. Patricia DeCoursey is the winner of our state’s 2011 Environmental Awareness Award. The Environmental Awareness Award recognizes South Carolinians who are doing extraordinary work on behalf of our environment.
Dr. DeCoursey, who has served as a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina since 1976, is being recognized today for her volunteer efforts to create small urban forests and gardens.
Her efforts to “re-forest” the W. Gordon Belser Arboretum as an outdoor teaching center are among the accomplishments which persuaded the award committee to honor her. In 2006, Dr. DeCoursey took over restoration of an abandoned woodlot donated to the University about half a century ago. 
“Her aim was to create representative plant communities typical of South Carolina that would be used for teaching. She combined her enthusiasm with her ability to recruit quality volunteers and accomplished her goals at a surprisingly low cost. Ultimately, she gave an invaluable gift to the people of South Carolina,” says Guy Sabin, Environmental Program Manager with the S.C. Forestry Commission.
Each year the public is invited to submit nominations to the awards committee. This committee is made up of representatives from the state’s natural resource agencies, including the Department of Health and Environmental Control, the Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Forestry Commission and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.
The requirements are high. Candidates should demonstrate innovation and leadership. His or her accomplishments will have led to positive change or may have influenced matters affecting the natural environment.
Dr. DeCoursey tirelessly volunteered thousands of hours (and coordinated the efforts of thousands of other volunteers) to create a valuable teaching and conservation outreach facility representing ten different biomes.
She will be recognized at a ceremony today at the Forestry Commission’s Environmental Education Center at Harbison State Forest (5600 Broad River Rd., Columbia) at 11:00 am. Many other nominees will attend as well so they too can be recognized for their dedication to our natural world.
“We’re thrilled to present Dr. DeCoursey this award for her selflessness, leadership, and vision,” the Forestry Commission’s Sabin added.
The S.C. General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award in 1992. It’s now in its 19th year recognizing outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources.

April 13, 2012

S.C. Sea Grant-nominated Students Awarded Knauss Fellowships
Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or
Melissa Whetzel, (843) 953-7752 or

Jennifer BennettCharleston, S.C. — Two College of Charleston graduate students were recently selected as executive fellows in the 2012 class of the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium nominated these students, who were then selected from a nationwide pool of over 100 candidates. The one-year paid fellowship places recipients in Washington, D.C., with hosts in the Legislative Branch, Executive Branch or an organization with an interest in the ocean or Great Lakes. "South Carolina higher education institutions consistently produce well-prepared graduate students who are ideal candidates for this highly competitive fellowship opportunity," said Rick DeVoe, executive director of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Jennifer Bennett earned her M.S. in marine biology, and she will serve at the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Ocean Acidification Program. Bennett will be working with scientists in the National Observation Network for Ocean Acidification to help optimize and standardize data collection so it can be easily translated for the public. Bennett will also engage stakeholder groups to determine their information needs for effective decision-making about ocean acidification impacts. "I’m absolutely thrilled about the upcoming year! I’m really interested in how scientific data is translated to and interpreted by stakeholders and policymakers," said Bennett. "I’m looking forward to learning how to synthesize scientific information and be able to communicate that information to various audiences. I think this year will allow me to see where I can contribute most effectively in the science-policy spectrum, whether that will be as a scientist, educator or policymaker."

Anna ManyakAnna Manyak also earned her M.S. in marine biology, and she will serve at the NOAA National Ocean Service Office of Response and Restoration. Manyak’s work will focus on research and public outreach on the mitigation of effects of marine debris associated with the 2011 tsunami in Japan. "I’m very excited about this opportunity, and I’m certain I’ll gain a great deal of hands-on experience that can be applied to my future career," Manyak said. "Following the fellowship, I hope to continue to work in Washington, D.C. on marine conservation issues. My skills in science communication and general knowledge of the marine environment gained throughout my time at the College of Charleston will be particularly useful in achieving these goals."

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