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  • » CCU Master Plan is under development

    In about six months, Coastal Carolina University will be prepared to unveil its new comprehensive Campus Master Plan.

    Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Mass., is the prime contractor. Sub-consultants include Timbes Architectural Group of Conway, Garvin Design Group of Columbia, Castles Engineering Inc. of Myrtle Beach, RMF Engineering Inc. of Mt. Pleasant and Cumming/SMG of Columbia. The CCU Campus Master Plan Steering Committee was established to set goals and make decisions on behalf of the University.

    The steering committee will review the analysis, options and master plan ideas that Sasaki brings forward. The advisory committee will also challenge and discuss master plan strategies and contribute detail and experience to the master plan process.

    The steering committee began its work with consultants on March 25 and 26. Members of the committee met with the advisory committee on July 21 and 22, working together in three-hour workshops. Together they began identifying existing campus conditions and developing scenarios for growth. The advisory committee will meet for several more workshops leading to the final development of the master plan. Sasaki will prepare the campus master plan, illustrating the location of buildings and other campus facilities, open space, vehicular circulation and parking, pedestrian circulation and infrastructure improvements. The company will also prepare a schedule of cost estimates for improvements and new buildings, and a plan for implementation.

    CCU Master Plan Steering Committee

    Gary Brown, Chair
    Keith Hinson
    John Vaught III
    Nancy Jarrett
    Edgar Dyer
    Joe Carter
    Julie M. Rajotte
    Sandy Williams
    John Vrooman

    CCU Master Plan Advisory Committee
    Gary Brown – Board of Trustees (also on Steering Committee)
    Whitney Comer – Director, Student Activities and Leadership
    Carl Schwartzkopf – District 8, Horry County Council
    Robert Salvino – Chair, Faculty Senate Building and Grounds Committee
    Taylor Eubanks – President, Student Government Association
    Daniel Rabon – Student, accounting major, Wall College of Business
    Regis Minerd – Representative from Staff Advisory Board
    Hunter Yurachek – Athletic Director
    Haven Hart – Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
    Sallie Clarkson – Associate Provost for Academic Administration
    David Roper – Chief of Police/Interim Director Public Safety
    Frankie Blanton – Coastal Educational Foundation
    Delan Stevens – Horry County Higher Education Commission
    John Vrooman – Athletic Foundation (also on Steering Committee)
    Nancy Jarrett – Student Housing Foundation (also on Steering Committee)
    Dan Sine – Coastal alumnus
    Chris Dusterhoff – Quail Creek HOA President

    Facilities Planning & Management representatives:
    Sandy Williams (also on Steering Committee)
    Rein Mungo
    Ron Gardner
    Philip Massey
    Mark Avant

    Martha Hunn – Director News and Public Affairs (Communications for Campus Master Plan)

  • » CCU's first chapel under construction

    Construction on Coastal Carolina University’s first chapel, located on University Boulevard near the entrance to the Quail Creek Golf Community, will conclude this October.

    The facility has been designed to ensure demonstrational neutrality, with no crosses or symbols that might emphasize a particular religion.

    The chapel project is the result of a longtime dream of Myrtle Beach real estate developer Edward Jackson III, who attended Coastal in the 1960s. He and his wife Sarah funded the construction of the building.

    Coastal Educational Foundation (CEF), the nonprofit organization that receives private support for the University, will own the chapel. The CEF will lease the facility to the University. The chapel’s status as a privately owned building will allay any legal issues concerning separation of church and state.

    The chapel will contain a portable altar and some 125 chairs. However, the CEF is planning to hold a fundraiser to purchase pews and chairs for the building. 

    For more information, contact Wanda Lewis, assistant director of CEF, at 843-349-2194.

  • » Chad M. Beaty Memorial Bell Tower nearly complete

    They called him brother, but Chad Michael Beaty was more than that. And in an effort to celebrate Beaty’s life and contributions to Coastal Carolina University, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity has planned a memorial, the Chad M. Beaty Memorial Bell Tower, in his honor.

    The fraternity raised more than $26,000 to construct a memorial and purchase a bell. The bell, made in 1893, belonged to a church in Charleston, which is the founding city of the national fraternity.

    The memorial, located near the new Adkins Field House, will be completed this summer. The bell, however, will not be installed until November, the 15th anniversary of the fraternity. A dedication ceremony in planned for Nov. 5.

    Beaty was killed in an automobile accident on Feb. 9, 1995. But he is remembered by many for his contributions to CCU’s campus, and, as founder of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at the University, his legacy lives on through a number of awards and scholarships including the Coastal Carolina University Student Government Association’s Chad M. Beaty Senator of the Year Award, the South Carolina Student Legislature Chad M. Beaty Award and the Eta Pi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Chad M. Beaty Leadership Award, and the Chad M. Beaty Academic Scholarship.

    In 1996, the National Fraternity, on a motion from the Eta Pi Chapter, recognized Beaty as the founder of the Eta Pi Chapter and recognized him for his service to Pi Kappa Phi. In 2002, another resolution by the Eta Pi Chapter was passed authorizing the posthumously initiation of Chad Beaty as the 124th initiate of the Eta Pi Chapter.

  • » Roundabout readies for Aug. 4 grand opening

    The Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) roundabout on University Boulevard will be open to traffic as of Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. when a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned.

    "Safety was the number one factor," said Harold Hawley, HGTC vice president of building/finance. "We're not naïve enough to think there'll never be another traffic incident, but if there is, it should be minimized as a 10- or 15-mile-an-hour incident, not a 45-mile-an-hour accident."

    The roundabout, a first in the county on a public road, is a circular intersection where traffic flows around a center island and is often used in place of stop signs or traffic signals.

    "The quality of the design will provide a fresh and inviting entrance into both institutions," said Hawley.

    A recent transportation study that considered 23 intersections converted into roundabouts showed a 39 percent decrease in crashes, a 76 percent decrease in injuries resulting from crashes and an 89 percent decrease in fatalities caused by crashes, according to Mary Eaddy, head of marketing and public relations at HGTC.

    Cost of the construction is under $500,000, Eaddy said, and the project was planned by the Horry County Transportation Committee. It is state funded.

    "There have been no negative complaints," said Hawley of the close of the road during the summer months and the rerouting of traffic. "The community has been incredibly patient and understanding."

    The Thomas-Hutton engineering firm was hired to design and manage the project.

    For more information, contact Hawley at 843-349-5279.