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Student Organizations

Students in the School of Teacher Education participate actively in the following organizations. Each has a faculty advisor, but student officers direct all activities.

South Carolina Education Association (S-SCEA)

Student South Carolina Education Association (S-SCEA) is a club for all education majors and those interested in education. S-SCEA has been an active club at Coastal and in the community since 2009. S-SCEA is founded upon three core values: professional development, community involvement, and political involvement. S-SCEA fulfills their core values by hosting several events in the community. S-SCEA is known for their involvement in the Read Across America event at Waccamaw Elementary every year. S-SCEA also plays an active role in mentoring. This semester S-SCEA plans to initiate an Outreach to Teach Program dedicated to revamping a local schools library, or classrooms. At their first meeting on September 13th S-SCEA had 11 people commit to joining S-SCEA. Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month in KH 206.  President Dana Frangipane encourages all education members to consider joining S-SCEA. “The benefits of joining S-SCEA are endless,” said Dana Frangipane, President of S-SCEA. Students interested in S-SCEA can contact Dana Frangipane at defrangi@g.coastal.edu.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honors society in education  committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for educational professionals. The KDP motto is: “So to Teach, So to Serve, So to Live.” The Rho Chi Chapter at CCU was founded in 1990. The club currently has 10 officers and is looking forward to upcoming inductions in October.  Currently there are over 190 students eligible for induction. KDP is known for the involvement in several community activities. Currently KDP is fundraising for the Heart Walk and taking donations online. This semester KDP will also be participating in the Coat Drive for Waccamaw Elementary in Conway, S.C. KDP will have drop boxes located within the community for residents to donate. KDP also plans to sponsor one class at a local school to attend the Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach.  Requirements for joining KDP are a 3.25 GPA and acceptance into the Education Professional Program.  If anyone has questions about KDP or how to donate please contact Renee Ford at rdford@g.coastal.edu.

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Club is one of the oldest student organizations in the Spadoni College of Education. Membership is open to all students enrolled in the Physical Education Teacher Education program. Dr. Sandra Nelson has been working with students interested in physical education for the past 20 years attending conferences and participating in events in the community. PETE is planning to attend SCAHPERD Conference in November. At the conference, student from all of the State’s institutions will attend several interactive sessions and compete in the Superstars competition. CCU students Aj Calderone, and Paige Decker currently serve on the future professional board for the state of South Carolina. PETE also plays an active role in mentoring. PETE is also looking forward to bringing Jump Rope for Heart to CCU’s campus in the Fall. Any students interested in PETE can contact Dr. Nelson at sandran@coastal.edu.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) on Coastal’s campus gives back to their community by raising money for students and adults with disabilities. CEC currently has 40 members. Members of CEC enjoy going out into the community and spending time with individuals with disabilities and fundraising. Last year CEC participated at the Polar Plunge in Myrtle Beach and raised over $2000 for the SC Special Olympics. Other sponsored events included Special Needs Aynor Family Fun Day, a golf tournament at Quail Creek to raise money for the SC Special Olympics, the Thanksgiving Feast at Loris High School, Read across America, Sweetheart Dance at Loris High School, and a bake sale. CEC’s first event for the semester will be volunteering at the Aynor Family Fun Day on October 8th. CEC meetings are on the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. in KH 108. Students interested in joining CEC can contact Rebecca Ringrose at rcringro@g.coastal.edu.

National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)

The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is devoted to advancing the academic success of all children through the mentoring and empowering African American educators. The purpose of NABSE is to establish a coalition of African American educators, administrators and other professionals in the Horry County Area, to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies to improve opportunities for African American educators and students, and to identify and develop African American Pre-service and Service professionals who will assume leadership positions in education and influence public policy concerning the education of African Americans. Dr. Jamie Richmond and Dr. Dianne Mark serve as advisors for NABSE. The club currently has 20 members and is excited to partner with local African American educators in the Horry County Area through mentoring. Those who are interested in joining NABSE please contact President Darryl Conner at ddconner@g.coastal.edu.