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Veterns Center Partners with Mercy Care for History Project


   The Center for Military & Veterans Studies at CCU and Mercy Care of Myrtle Beach, a nonprofit hospice service, are partnering in a pro- gram to record, collect and preserve oral his- tory from terminally ill American veterans in the region.

   Through this collab- oration, the Center for Military & Veterans Studies will provide staff training in interview techniques, technical support and historical research to Mercy Care staff and volunteers who will conduct oral his- tory interviews with terminally ill veterans under hospice care. DVD copies of the interviews will be pro- vided to the veterans and the families, and will be placed in a permanent collec-tion at the Library of Congress and other archival institutions.

   “We are thankful to Mercy Care for helping us expand our outreach to the veterans community and for enabling us to collect and preserve irreplaceable oral his- tory from our veterans which otherwise would be lost for all time,” said historian Rod Gragg, director of the Center for Military & Veterans Studies.



CCU plans for first doctoral degree

   On June 7, Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation that will make it possible for Coastal Carolina University to establish its first doctoral program. CCU will begin offering a Ph.D. degree in marine science pending approval of the program by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

   With its coastal location, CCU has developed a distinguished academic program in marine science over the past 20 years that attracts students both nationally and internationally. In 2003, the University established a master’s degree in coastal marine and wetland studies. The proposed Ph.D. degree in marine science is the next logical step in CCU’s position as a hub for training students to identify and analyze important physical processes in the coastal zone, according to Mike Roberts, dean of CCU’s College of Science.

   Roberts says the Ph.D. degree will “focus on the complex interactions between atmosphere, ocean and land, with special attention given to shoreline change, weather impact and environmental policy. This training is critical as coastal areas come under increasing stress due to human migration, as well    as environmental factors such as sea level and climate change.”

   “This is a major step for the University,” said CCU President David A. DeCenzo. “We owe a debt of gratitude to Reps. Liston Barfield and Alan Clemmons, Sen. Raymond Cleary and the other members of the Horry County legislative delegation for their long and persistent efforts in achieving this milestone.”

   The program may be offered as soon as Fall 2013, according to Roberts.