Twenty-seven new students were recently inducted into Coastal Carolina University's chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for continuing students ages 24 and older.
To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
The keynote speaker for the induction ceremony was Joe Oestreich, assistant professor of English. Oestreich's presentation, "Crush the Butterfly: On the Importance of Leaving the Path," drew on the 14 years it took him to earn his undergraduate degree, discussing the benefits of a nontraditional trek through college. Oestreich, who joined the University faculty in 2008, is a creative nonfiction specialist whose essays have appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre and other magazines. He is the nonfiction editor of CCU's online literary journal, Waccamaw.
The 2011 student inductees are:
Julian William Addison of Bronx, N.Y.
Charlotte R. Baroody of Myrtle Beach
Regina G. Bristow of Mullins
Pamela Carrico of Longs
Luis A. Castrat of Conway
Kathleen M. Clark of Conway
Denise Land of Conway
Cynthia M. Dodd of North Myrtle Beach
Erin Dudley of Myrtle Beach
Renee Denise Ford of Conway
Robert E. Hoff of Little River
Sandra Horrocks of Myrtle Beach
Denise K. Land of Conway
Tanasha Lee of Conway
Amy Renee Linneman of Little River
Peter William Ondrus of Myrtle Beach
Ronald F. Pacetti Jr. of Conway
Laura Lisa Pickford of Little River
Natasha E. Ryals of Murrells Inlet
Roslyn Beth Sakowitz of Murrells Inlet
Frederick H. Searles of Conway
Kristina N. Stimeling of Myrtle Beach
Elizabeth Ann Sweat of Myrtle Beach
Joey Ray Trail of Myrtle Beach
Alice Paige Whaley of Pawleys Island
Melissa Ann White of Conway
Aliyyah Shadi Willis of Conway