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CCU welcomes new live mascot
October 21 2011
A live rooster was introduced at Coastal Carolina University’s Homecoming game as our new live mascot.
Donated by Loris native Robbie Todd, the rooster represents a “real-life” chanticleer, naturally sporting teal and gold feathers. Now, CCU fans can see our new mascot at all future home football games.
The rooster was named Maddox after a student vote—the name is in honor of former CCU basketball coach and English professor Cal F. Maddox who is responsible for conceiving the Chanticleer as the CCU mascot in 1963. Maddox represents a real-life Chanticleer, sporting teal and gold feathers.
CCU art professors display work in Columbia
October 28 2011
Jim Arendt and Chris Todd of Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Visual Arts are participating in the inaugural South Carolina Biennial art exhibition at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. Both faculty members will have their art on display during the first part of the exhibit, taking place from Oct. 6 to Nov. 13.
The exhibit features 24 of South Carolina’s leading contemporary artists and spans a variety of media. Arendt and Todd were nominated and invited to showcase their work.
Arendt, lecturer and director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, submitted his piece “Yvette & Ansley”—a portrait that incorporates old denim and bluejeans to represent his American working-class roots.
Todd, in her fourth year teaching sculpture and 3-D design, submitted her piece “Wall Sprawl.” It is one of a series of her whimsical sculptures of "dysfunctional furniture."
Being nominated, as Todd said, “makes us part of the art community in the state.”
Having two CCU faculty members participating in this event is an achievement both are excited about.
“It sends a signal to the art community,” Arendt said, “that exciting things are happening here.”
Hearn is second Meet the Law speaker
October 28 2011
Justice Kaye G. Hearn of the South Carolina Supreme Court was the guest lecturer for the Wall College of Business' "Meet the Law" business law lecture series on Oct. 25.
Hearn, who is the second woman ever to serve on the S.C. Supreme Court, spoke to students from the Wall College's business law/legal environment classes about her career as a judge. Following her talk, held in the Wall Auditorium, she took questions from the students.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Hearn was elected family court judge in 1986. She was elected chief justice of the South Carolina Court of Appeals in 1995, the first woman in state history to hold the position. In 2009 she was elected to the S.C. Supreme Court. She has served on many boards and commissions related to the judicial system, and she is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Charleston School of Law.
This was the second event in the Meet the Law series, established in May 2011 to complement the business law courses offered through the Wall College of Business. The series gives students the opportunity to meet and interact with practicing legal professionals who work in the judicial or regulatory system at the national, state or local level.
The program was created by Wall College business law faculty members Henry Lowenstein and Andy Hendrick, who plan to invite one guest lecturer per semester. The lectures are open only to Wall College of Business students.
Keeping it civil
October 31 2011
The Coastal Carolina University Mock Trial Team was recently awarded the Team Spirit award at the Robert E. Sanders Mock Trial Invitational Tournament at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
Competing with 25 other college and university mock trial teams from around the country, the CCU team was awarded the Team Spirit of American Mock Trial Association award for being “outgoing and friendly before and after trial; extremely cordial during the trial; team demonstrated through its behavior (e.g., offering use of exhibits, providing timekeeping devices) a willingness to go beyond the call of duty; a shining example of AMTA’s ideal of civility, fair play and justice.”
Team members included Ryan Carlson, Rachel Gainey (team captain), Sara Ison, Dexter Maple, Danny Mitchell, George Paul, Sarah St. Pierre, Alana Thornton and Andre Williams. Ronald Wilson of the Department of Politics and Geography is the mock trial coordinator, assisted by teaching associate John David Ray.
Photographic Conference held in area
October 31 2011
The Society for Photographic Education Southeast Regional Conference held Oct. 28-30 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center was a huge success, with 168 registered attendees and presenters from across the region.
Assistant Professor of Photography Easton Selby is treasurer of the organization and organized the event. Armon Means, assistant professor of photography, was a participant on the panel “When Does the Student Become the Teacher,” which discussed the transition from graduate school to teaching.
Assistant Professor of Art History Elizabeth Howie presented a standing-room-only lecture, “Bellocq’s Storyville Portraits: Dogs, Deviance, and Domesticity.”
HREO offers training and development in November
November 4 2011
The Department of Human Resources is offering November training and professional development for staff and faculty. Classes offered include first aid, procurement, understanding the University budget, making successful hires – even jewelry making and holiday cards.
Instructional Designer joins TEAL Center
November 4 2011
Jacob Bane is a new instructional designer in the TEAL Center in Kimbel Library. He earned a bachelor's degree in middle grade education with a dual emphasis in social studies and language arts, and he taught seventh-grade English in Montgomery County, Ky., before pursuing his master's degree.
Bane earned a master's degree in educational foundations and leadership with a specialization in instructional technology and with a certificate in eLearning from the University in Akron, Ohio.
Bane is a certified Quality Matters peer reviewer and will be working closely with the Quality Matters Program at Coastal. He was previousy a graduate assistant with the University of Akron's Design and Development Services.
Staff Advisory group works for CCU staff
November 4 2011
The Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) is working to become more visible as an important on-campus resource for Coastal Carolina University employees.
SAC serves as an advisory team to President David DeCenzo, vocalizing staff comments and concerns directly. Its aim is to make the improvements necessary for CCU to be a better workplace and, as result, a better place to learn. One improvement under review involves new and continued staff training, as was suggested from a campuswide staff survey presented earlier this semester.
SAC members include: Jackie Andrews, Jody Davis, Jillian Ernest, Jesse Gaither, Poppy Hepp, Carolyn Hickman-Williams, Paula Holt, Meg Hurt, Jenna Jazwinski, Ronnie Jordan, Harriette Louis, Tim McCormick (chair), Regis Minerd, Vicky Rabon, Brian Rothenberger, Rodney Sessions and Frankie Weeks.
The committee meets monthly, and the meetings are open to all. The next meeting is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Lib Jackson Student Center.
SAC is always looking for new ideas and suggestions; its slogan says it all: “SAC it 2 me.” To offer your suggestions, visit the committee’s website at www.coastal.edu/staffadvisory or leave your suggestions in one of the many boxes located around campus.