Coastal Carolina University presented awards for
achievement at the annual Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 24.
Faculty recognition awards also were presented.
Ryan Bubucis, a senior accounting and finance double major of
Uncasville, Conn., received the 2000-2001 Faculty's Academic Excellence
Award. Candidates for this award must attain a minimum cumulative grade
point average of at least 3.5, the endorsement of a faculty adviser,
and a record of academic honors. Bubucis has a perfect 4.0 grade point
average. During his junior and senior years, he has been in the Wall
Fellows program, an intensive leadership program for Coastal's top
business majors. He is also in Coastal's Honors Program.
Kevin Cox, a senior marketing major of Conway, received the 2000-
2001 Ronald D. Lackey Service Award. Named in honor of the late Coastal
faculty member and university chaplain, the award is given annually to
a senior on the basis of conspicuous service to the university through
involvement and leadership in campus organizations. Cox has been a
leader in many Coastal organizations, including a term as president of
Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. Cox also has
been a Student Alumni Ambassador, an Orientation Assistant, and a
business manager of Coastal's student newspaper, The Chanticleer.
Robin Edwards Russell, assistant professor of dramatic arts, was
presented the Student Affairs Division Award, which honors faculty who
make significant contributions to the quality of student life through
participation and leadership in the co-curricular activities of the
university. Since joining the Coastal faculty in 1995, she has been
active as a faculty mentor for undeclared freshmen. She earned a
master's degree in theater from the University of South Carolina in
1991 and served an internship at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in
Washington D.C. Russell is co-founder of the South Carolina Shakespeare
Company, based in Columbia.
Varavut Limpasuvan was named the Distinguished Teacher of the
Year, an annual honor presented by Coastal's Student Government
Association to faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching.
Limpasuvan, an assistant professor of chemistry and physics, joined the
Coastal faculty in 2000. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering
and applied science from the California Institute of Technology and
Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington. He did
post-doctoral research at the Joint Institute for the Study of
Atmosphere and Ocean in Seattle.
Sally Z. Hare, Singleton Endowed Professor of Education at
Coastal, received the Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecturer Award.
Sponsored by HTC, Inc., this award was initiated in 1996 to recognize
faculty members who distinguish themselves as teachers, scholars and
During the fall, the recipient delivers a public lecture drawn
from his or her area of expertise. Hare joined the Coastal faculty in
1974 and has served as director of Coastal's Center for Education and
Community since 1993. During her career at Coastal, Hare has been a
Kellogg National Fellow and a Fetzer Teaching Fellow and she won a
national award in Community Development from the National Continuing
Education Association. Under her guidance, Coastal's Center for
Education and Community has sponsored a number of innovative programs
linking the university and the community, including Calling All Colors,
Jump for the Sun and America Reads. Hare earned a bachelor's degree,
master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.
Paul Gayes, professor of marine science and geology, was named the
Kearns Palmetto Professor. This endowed professorship, appointed
periodically, was established in 1989 with funds provided by the state
and matched by the Coastal Educational Foundation, Inc. Gayes, the
third recipient of the honor, is director of the Center for Marine and
Wetland Studies at Coastal. He joined the Coastal faculty in 1987 and
has established an international reputation in marine geology,
providing Coastal students with unique research opportunities. He
earned a master's degree in geoscience-geology from Penn State
University and a Ph.D. in coastal oceanography from the State
University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. Coastal professors
Richard Dame and Richard Collin are previous Kearns Palmetto
Department awards were presented to 25 students in recognition of
outstanding academic accomplishments and contributions to the academic
quality of their respective departments. Candidates for academic awards
are nominated by respective department faculty.
The following awards were presented:
E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration:
- Accounting - Lisa M. Antanaitis of North Myrtle Beach
- Finance - Ryan M. Bubucis of Uncasville, Conn.
- Management - Jessica C. Bafile of Conway
- Marketing - Tracy M. Strickland of Nichols
College of Education:
- Early Childhood Education - Jacqueline Word of Conway
- Elementary Education - Risa L.Tritt of Bedford, Pa.
- Health Promotion - Christopher J. McDonald of Myrtle Beach
- Physical Education - Scott Eron of Longs
- Recreation - Alison E. Bach of Morristown, Tenn.
- Secondary Education - Amanda F. Rawls of Longs
Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine
- Art Studio - Leah Miller of Myrtle Beach
- English - Danielle E. Evans of Myrtle Beach
- Foreign Languages - Kimberly Hucks of Conway
- History - Rhett J. Graham of Myrtle Beach
- Music - Cale Pritchett of Woodbridge, Va.
- Philosophy and Religion - William L. Kelly of Myrtle Beach
- Politics and Geography - Christopher M. Becker of Myrtle Beach
- Theater - Steven S. Thompson of Surfside Beach
College of Natural and Applied Sciences:
- Biology - Wendy L. Burd of Jefferson, Md.
- Chemistry and Physics - Danielle Laker of Bryan, Ohio
- Computer Science - Crystal C. Edge of Loris
- Marine Science - Christopher M. Prosser of O'Fallon, Ill.
- Mathematics - Leslie J. Elliott of Nichols
- Psychology - Theresa M. McDonald of Myrtle Beach
- Sociology - David C. Woodley of Myrtle Beach
Robert E. Derr of Myrtle Beach received the Interdisciplinary
Studies Award from Coastal's Division of Extended Learning and Public
Medallions were presented to the following students who have
successfully completed the requirements of Coastal's Honors Program:
- Christopher M. Becker of Myrtle Beach - Political Science
- Brad J. Blythe of Homer, N.Y. - Marine Science, Biology
- Ryan M. Bubucis of Uncasville, Conn. - Accounting
- Crystal C. Edge of Loris - Computer Science
- Jessica K. Hausman of Blairstown, N.J. - Marine Science
- Correen A. Lembo of Greenwood, S.C. - Elementary Education
- Tamara S. Maher of Brentwood, Tenn. - Marine Science
- Brianne L. Meagher of Londonderry, N.H. - Political Science
- Jelena Mirkovic of Conway - Chemistry, Biology
- Simona Palmieri of Myrtle Beach - Marketing, Management
- Tania Rubesa of Pula, Croatia - Management
- Shira Z. Shasho of Myrtle Beach - Chemistry
- Stephanie P. Sorrell of Rogersville, Tenn. - Biology, Marine
The more than 300 members of Coastal's 15 honor societies and the
33 students listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and
Universities also were acknowledged, as well as 20 students who made
presentations at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research