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Alumni Accomplishments

Ariel Minardi

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Concentration in Medical Science and Music Theory

Honors Convocation Award Winner 2015

Honors Convocation Award Winner 2015

Ariel Minardi, from Kirtland, Ohio, crafted an interdisciplinary program in medical science and music theory, combining her skills in the hard sciences and animal care with her love of music. She participated in the Spirit of the Chanticleers Marching Band, pioneered the Bioinformatics of Polymerases research project, studied abroad in Japan, and volunteered for the Royal Family Kids Camp. Minardi received scholarships from multiple sources including Women in Philanthropy and Leadership, Hiram Women’s Council, Boards of Visitors, and the Coastal Alumni Endowment. She helped begin the Stray Dog Sanctuary Pit Bull Rescue and works full time as a veterinary technician. Minardi was recently accepted into The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and will begin her doctoral studies in veterinary medicine in the fall of 2015.

Antonio Mark Jr.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Concentration in Entrepreneurship and the Law

Honors Convocation Award Winner 2014

Honors Convocation Winner 2014

Antonio Mark Jr., from Conway, South Carolina, crafted an interdisciplinary program in entrepreneurship and the law, combining his interest in self-started businesses and legal understanding. Mark is a transfer student from Horry Georgetown Technical College where he earned an AA in Paralegal Studies. He has been named to the President’s List (4.0 GPA) for his entire stay at both HGTC and CCU. Mark is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, as well as a retired U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst and Spanish Translator. Mark is continuing his studies in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program here at Coastal.

Student Testimonials

Brooke Donaldson

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Concentration in Ethology (Animal Behavior)

As an IDS student I was allowed to study and learn about topics that interested me. I had always had a fascination with animal behavior and wanted to pursue an education that truly inspired me to learn. With a concentration in ethology (animal behavior), I was able to challenge myself by focusing on both fields of biology and psychology. These academic pursuits blended seamlessly and granted me a well developed understanding of ethology.

After graduation I was offered a position as an instructor at The Seeing Eye. As an instructor, I am responsible for training Seeing Eye dogs for the blind and visually impaired as well as instructing those people who receive Seeing Eye dogs. I have been able to apply my education in numerous ways specifically when training the dogs. Having a decent understanding of animal behavior has helped me to apply different training methods in my work, such as operant conditioning, ultimately resulting in a successful guide dog. Being an IDS major was the best decision I made at Coastal Carolina University.

Brian Carey

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
Concentration in Cellular Biology & Organic Chemistry‌

I moved from Pennsylvania to South Carolina in March 2008 to work as a firefighter/paramedic. During my time on the job, I decided to further my education and enroll at Coastal. Originally a bio major, I found myself taking classes that didn’t pertain to my aspiration of biodefense research so I approached Melissa Paschuck who was the interdisciplinary studies advisor at the time. I told her my goals and she helped me design a program that fit perfectly. I graduated in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Interdisciplinary with a concentration in Cellular Biology/Organic Chemistry.

In August 2013 I will leave the career I’ve known for the past five years and move to Long Island to start work on my Ph.D. at Stony Brook University. While at Stony Brook I will be working rotations in three different labs. I will be lucky enough to work with Dr. Peter Tonge in a dual role as a synthetic organic chemist and microbiologist researching novel drugs for Tuberculosis. I also get to work in a Hanta virus lab with Dr. Erik Mackow and learn how a Hanta virus interacts with the human immune system. My final rotation will be with Dr. James Bliska researching the plague (Yersinia pestis) and the secretion systems in the cell membrane. Once I finish all three rotations, I will choose the lab to perform my dissertation research.

The interdisciplinary education I received at Coastal was perfect for the path I have chosen. My wife of almost four years, Stephanie, and my beautiful 1-year-old daughter, McKenna, will be joining me in New York. Stephanie earned her Master's of Nursing in May and will be working as a Family Nurse Practitioner. After graduate school, I hope to work for the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID) as a researcher.

Contact Information

Matthew Wood
Academic Advisor

Office: Kearns 213C
Phone: 843-349-5089
Email: mwood@coastal.edu