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Colton Aksomitus Colton Aksomitus

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Bel Air, Maryland

Major/Minor:  Biology/Medical Humanities

Best part about being a Chanticleer: It's easy to get involved in the community.

Advice to Prospective Students: Get Involved!

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  RA in Sandhills & a Member of Doctors of Coastal


Allie BearerAllie Bearer

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

Major/Minor:  Biology

Why CCU: I chose CCU because of the incredible biology program, the small class sizes, and of course the close proximity to the beach!

Memorable Experience:  My favorite memory at CCU was working as the manager for the D-1 volleyball team my freshman year.

Advice to Prospective Students:  It is very important to get involved in organizations and meet like-minded people your first year on campus.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Chipotle, but if it's payday, then Captain George's!

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Club Volleyball & Outdoor Adventure Club


Ali BeattyAli Beatty

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Sandwich, Illinois

Major/Minor:  Elementary Education

Best part about being a Chanticleer: The best thing was meeting new people from all different parts of the country.  I’ve made some new friends and met a great amount of people.  The school spirit around campus and the friendly people.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Be open to new friends and new people.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Tropical Smoothie


Justin DanielsJustin Daniels

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Powhatan, Virginia

Major/Minor:  Marine Science & Chemistry

Why CCU: The large marine science program and the opportunity that it offers.

Advice to Prospective Students: Every class matters, so always give it your all.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Scuba Club aqua league, Greek life & Outdoor Adventure Club


Michelle DeBerryMichelle Deberry

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Senior

Hometown:  Conway, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Communication/Journalism

Memorable Experience: My sophomore year, in my COMM 410 class, we had to write a paper about a tragic event in our life.  I didn’t feel comfortable writing about it, but I knew I had to do it, so I threw my heart into it.  Dr. Breede read it and told me that it was one of the best things she’s ever read.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Don't psych yourself out.  College is a fun learning experience, just enjoy the journey.


Taylor Determan

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Ashburn, Virginia

Major/Minor:  Marine Science/Coastal Geology

Why CCU: I chose CCU because of the amazing hospitality I experienced when I toured campus.  CCU has an amazing Marine Science program and I have made lifetime friends here.  Coastal is by far the best decision I have made in my life so far!


Sean EdwardsSean Edwards

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Florence, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Marketing/PGA Golf Management Program

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? PGA Golf Management office or Hackler golf course.

Memorable Experience:  "Rushing" the HTC Center basketball court after winning the Big South Championship.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Study Hard, and then have fun! Complete in that order, and CCU will be some of the best years of your life.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Ping Pong, Basketball, Soccer & Comedic Writing


Madison EggenbergerMadison Eggenberger

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Jackson, Tennessee

Major/Minor:  Marine Science

Why CCU: I chose CCU because of the wonderful Marine Science program offered.  I was attracted to the small classrooms and hands-on experience within the marine science field.  Plus, it’s great living nine miles from the beach!

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Banditos


Matt FarrellMatt Farrell

Trailblazer since Summer 2011

B. S. 2015, Graduate Student

Hometown:  Aiken, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Marine Science

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? CINO Grille!  I love to eat and the amount of places to eat on campus keeps my stomach full and keeps me happy.


Darryl KellyDarryl Kelly

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Florence, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Management

Best part about being a Chanticleer: The best part is being a part of this great university which is steadily moving forward.  The friends I have met and the connections I have made have been life changing.  The best part is that I’m becoming somebody I had no clue I could be and I love it.


Alexis Kemp

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Salisbury, North Carolina

Major/Minor:  Marketing/Spanish

Memorable Experience: My favorite memory at CCU is the miniature CINO Day we had on move-in day.  It made me excited to experience real CINO Day.


Patty Kramer

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Elementary Education

Why CCU: The size of the campus was perfect; not too big, but not a small school either.  Also the beautiful campus and the amount of scholarships I received helped in the decision.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Don't be afraid to join clubs and other organizations! Make the most of your 4 years.  Meet new people and go out of your comfort zone.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  King Kong Sushi

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Greek life & Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity.


Alichia LeavyAlichia Leavy

Trailblazer since Spring 2014

Junior

Hometown:  Charleston, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Early Childhood Education

Memorable Experience: Getting a job as a tour guide.  It’s one of the best jobs I’ve had so far.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Work hard, stay positive.  Don't forget why you came to CCU and GET INVOLVED!

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Simply Southern Smokehouse

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Playing piano and singing, Leadership Challenge, VP of African American Association, SNAP Mentor, Cooking & TEAL Mentor.


Alan LemonsAlan Lemons

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Appleton, Wisconsin

Major/Minor:  Marketing & Management/PGA Golf Management Specialization

Why CCU: I chose CCU because of the great staff of the PGA Golf Management program, the much improved weather, the overall feel of campus, and how well the students and faculty treated me.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Use your resources! Go to tutoring labs, it's a great place to get the help you need and meet others.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Midtown Bistro, North Myrtle Beach

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  PGM Club & Campus Intramural Official


Darrius McClain

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Mullins, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management

Why CCU: Campus wasn't too small, or too big, but just right and a family oriented campus.  School colors are awesome!

Advice to Prospective Students:  It is okay to stand out and be different, be a leader, don't follow the crowd.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Moe's

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Sigma Alpha Pi Honors Fraternity, Student Assistant in the Student Union & C.I.A.


Riley NormanRiley Norman

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Bloomington, Illinois

Major/Minor:  Marine Science & Biology

Memorable Experience: Getting certified in scuba diving.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Greek life & Scuba Club


Mikayla PrioleauMikayla Prioleau

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Chapin, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Communication

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? I can be found in the library, Student Government meetings, or the multicultural student office.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Landry's Seafood at Broadway

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  SNAP Mentor, Leadership Challenge, Women of Color, Student Government, Sophomore Senator of Edwards, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity & Sigma Alpha Pi Honors Fraternity.


Phillip RastPhillip Rast

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Effingham, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  BFA Musical Theatre

When you're not in class, where on campus can you be found? The Edwards building, probably working on a show or assignment.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Stay focused, but enjoy yourself and take advantage of all the opportunities you are given to learn.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Sea Captain's House

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Acting, singing, playing piano, and dancing.


Connor RomitoConnor Romito

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Edgewood, Kentucky

Major/Minor:  Marine Science

Best part about being a Chanticleer? My friends, coworkers, professors and peers all make me proud to be a Chanticleer.  We are all one big supportive community!

Memorable Experience:  Move-in day as a sophomore.  In my second year at Coastal, I was a Resident Assistant at our Woods living community and being able to be a part of the freshmen's first days at Coastal is a memory I will never forget.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Burro Loco.  Best Flatbread Pizzas in town.  Great food, service, and atmosphere.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  R.A. & Marine Science Internships


Jake Rountree

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Hilton Head, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Finance

Best part about being a Chanticleer: Being on the best campus and representing Teal on Tuesday's #bleedteal

Advice to Prospective Students:  Get Involved, Be a Leader, and have fun.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  River City Cafe in Surfside.


Franasia Safayan-GreeneFranasia Safayan-Greene

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Columbia, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Biology

Memorable Experience: Being a part of CINO Quest.


Korinny_SanchezKorinny Sanchez

Trailblazer since Spring 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Taylors, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  BFA Acting

Memorable Experience: CINO Day.  I love all of the activities and free food and the fact that all students come out to have a good time! I especially loved our Mardi Gras-themed year because of the people walking around on stilts.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Don't take anything for granted.  College goes by in a flash so make the most of every opportunity.

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Upstage (Theater Club) & Women of Color


Grace SuretteGrace Surette

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Manning, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Early Childhood Education

Why CCU: It’s close to home, but not too close; it is 15 minutes from the beach; the size of campus; and the great education program.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  River City Cafe in Surfside

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Dancing, Relay for Life & Greek life


Harry Titus

Trailblazer since Summer 2013

Senior

Hometown:  Mayesville, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in College Counseling

Memorable Experience: My favorite memory at CCU was having the chance to speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new residence halls.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Get involved early and surround yourself with people with positive future goals.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Any seafood restaurant.


Jen VonSchondorfJen VonSchondorf

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Sophomore

Hometown:  Appleton, Wisconsin

Major/Minor:  Psychology

Best part about being a Chanticleer: It’s like being part of a family away from my actual family – it helped the transition a lot.

Advice to Prospective Students:  If you are the slightest bit unsure of something, ask! Everyone is more than happy to help.

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Fat Cat Cafe

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  LIFE Mentor Program, CCU Psychology & Fitness Club.


Emily WeeksEmily Weeks

Trailblazer since Spring 2015

Junior

Hometown:  Fort Mill, South Carolina

Major/Minor:  Exercise Sport Science

Memorable Experience: My favorite memories at CCU have been performing with the Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band as a baton twirler.

Advice to Prospective Students:  Get Involved!

Favorite Place to Eat in Myrtle Beach:  Tropical Smoothie

Hobbies/Campus Involvement:  Greek life