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  • CCU students win Undergraduate Research Competition

    Thirty-five undergraduate students presented their research topics, methodology and results to faculty judges on April 2 at the Third Undergraduate Research Competition where top awards were presented to Theresa King for first place, Keith Richard for second place and Laura Walters for third place.

    King is a senior marine science student from Damascus, Md., whose research title was “Evaluation of down welling long-term radiation from Model Reanalysis Data using long-term Observation from Israel.”

    Richard is a senior psychology major from Ellicott City, Md., whose research presentation was entitled, “Country Music Research: socioeconomic status and characteristics of popular music.”

    Third place winner Walters is a senior biology major from Georgetown, whose presentation title was “The Effect of Xylitol on normal oral bacteria.” All three students earned cash prizes with their awards.

    The Undergraduate Research Competition began as a part of the Celebration of Inquiry Conference to enable undergraduate students from all disciplines and majors the opportunity to present their University research at a venue outside their regular classroom. Presentations are judged by CCU faculty on such factors as originality, methodology, evidence of research, clarity and organization. Studies have shown that students who present their research gain a deeper understanding of the topic and gain confidence in public speaking. The University's Office for Undergraduate Research assists students in these efforts.

    For more information, contact Charmaine Tomczyk, director for undergraduate research at

  • Garland steps down as senior VP

    Effective March 31, Will Garland will be stepping down from his position as senior vice president of Finance & Administration. He will continue to assist the department with the financial aspects of capital projects in the coming months during this busy time of campus expansion. "While Will is not yet completely returning to retirement, we would still like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for his 29 years of dedicated service to the University," said Eddie Dyer.

    Effective April 1, Stacie A. Bowie, vice president of Finance & Administration, will assume most of the duties formerly handled by Garland, in addition to her current responsibilities.

  • Dillian wins research award

    Carolyn Dillian, assistant professor of archaeology, is recipient of the 2010-2011 Emerging Scholars Research Award given by the University Research Council.

    The purpose of this incentive award is to recognize the research progress of tenure-track faculty and to support the research programs of the University. Recipients are selected from nominees from each college. As part of her award, Dillian will receive $1,000 for research supplies and travel related to her research on the geochemical analysis of archaeological materials.

    Dillian earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002, and both bachelor's and master's degrees in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Using the latest technologies, Dillian has focused on human evolution and environmental adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa, and she was recently appointed to the position of field director for the prestigious Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya, among the foremost archaeological and paleoanthropological educational programs in the world. Though relatively new to South Carolina, she is rapidly developing a research program on the historical archaeology of the Lowcountry and is working to develop an archaeological field school at Waties Island, hopefully starting this summer.

  • Safety training offered

    The CCU Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is offering more than 60 hours of safety training on campus in April. Some of the training topics include: first aid, CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator), OSHA construction safety, workplace violence “active shooter,” fire safety and emergency response.

    All EHS safety training is free for CCU students, faculty and staff. Visit the CCU EHS website for more information and to sign up for training at

    Remember to coordinate your safety training attendance with your supervisor.

    For questions or additional information, contact Holly Massey at 843-349-6438 or email: 

  • Safe Zone Ally training session set for April

    The Safe Zone Program provides a visible network of volunteers for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other individuals seeking information and assistance regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, harassment and/or discrimination. Safe Zone Allies will participate in a two-hour training session and will commit to the Safe Zone program mission. Once training and commitment are completed, Safe Zone Allies will be identified by a Coastal Carolina University Safe Zone logo placed on each ally’s door and/or backpack.

    For more information, consult the Safe Zone website at

    Safe Zone training:

    Any student, faculty or staff member who wants to become a Safe Zone Ally or would just like to learn more about LGBTQ issues should attend.

    Tuesday, April 26, 6 to 8 p.m., CSCC 200
    Call 843-349-2305 to register. Sessions will be limited to 25 participants.

    Call any of the Safe Zone Planning Team members:

    • Jennie Cassidy, Ph.D., team leader, director, Counseling Services, 843-349-2305,

    • Laura Arroyo, area director, Office of Residence Life, 843-349-6407,

    • Regina Curran, coordinator, Student Conduct and Off Campus Student Services, 843-349-4161,

    • Tyger Glauser, coordinator of Student Programs, Office of Student Activities and Leadership, 843-349-4165,

    • Robert B. Jenkot, Ph.D., faculty, Department of Sociology, 843-349-2274,

    • Barbara Ritter, Ph.D., faculty, College of Business, 843-349-4175,

    • Patricia Singleton-Young, M.Ed., director, Multicultural Student Services/Freshman Transition Programs, 843-349-2304,