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SCAD prof wins kudos

Savannah College of Art and Design visual effects professor Kirt Witte won first place in the Professional Abstract category at the first annual International Color Awards for an image titled “Tybee Lighthouse Shadow.”

Witte received a $500 cash prize, publication in Graphis and other photography magazines, and a promotion contract.

“I’m very grateful and blessed to receive such a prestigious award,” said Witte. “It confirms that the work I’ve done over the last four years on my Web site and book, The Other Savannah, is being recognized.”

 Professional and amateur photographers from around the world participated in the competition, where images were juried by a panel of professionals including representatives of National Geographic Channel, Vogue, Getty Images and Eastman Kodak. The awards benefit Art for Disabled Children.

To view Witte’s winning image and others, visit


New lab building slated for Skidaway Institute

The Skidaway Institute of Oceanography will soon experience its first major expansion in over 20 years.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law the Georgia General Assembly’s $5 million appropriation to construct a new laboratory and instructional building at the Institute campus on the north end of Skidaway Island.

The new Marine and Coastal Science Research and Instructional Center (MCSRIC) will contain 18,000 square-feet of research laboratories, space for visiting scientists and instructional space for marine science students from throughout the University System of Georgia.

“We’ve been limited by a space shortage for some time,” said Jim Sanders, director of Skidaway Institute. “We’re very thankful the Board of Regents, the legislature and the governor all recognized the importance of our mission and approved this expansion.”

The MSRIC will allow Skidaway Institute to expand its research in several areas, including  the development of new technologies associated with ocean observation systems; discovering the diversity of species and their interactions in the marine environment: and the assessment of factors affecting the environmental health and integrity of Georgia’s coastal zone.

Sanders anticipates the Institute may be able to break ground on the project next summer, with the building completed in the summer or fall of 2008.  

 The Skidaway Institute is an independent research unit of the University System of Georgia. Its mission is to provide the state with a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence in marine science through research and education.


Flying Tigers land at 8th

Savannah Flying Tiger Composite Squadron members of the Civil Air Patrol relived history recently during a visit to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler. 

 Teenage cadets and adult members of the civilian, volunteer auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force spent the day meeting with former aviators and veterans while touring exhibits.

 The Civil Air Patrol is the all civilian, all volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force and was formed in 1941. It performs 95 percent of all USAF directed search and rescue missions, partners with the USAF in providing aerospace education opportunities, and has a Cadet Program for girls and boys between the ages of 12-18.

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