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$1.7 million software grant will aid marine research at CCU
Coastal Carolina University’s marine research capabilities have received a significant boost thanks to geoscience software company Seismic Micro-Technology Inc., which has agreed to provide the University with an advanced computer software package for a period of three years.
The grant will supply software, valued at $1,776, 523, that interprets geological data in marine environments, according to Rich Viso, assistant director of CCU’s Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies. The software, known as the Kingdom Suite system, “improves our technical ability to visualize and interpret the seismic data we collect for our sub-bottom profile studies,” said Viso.
The center conducts a series of ongoing studies that examine coastal geological processes. University scientists and students have mapped many square miles of the seafloor, gathering valuable data about mineral and sand resources as well as biological habitats. The software system provided through this grant is particularly useful in the center’s sub-bottom profiling studies, providing better tools to create images and maps of the layers of sediment that lie below the seafloor.
The Kingdom Suite system—which is used extensively by the petroleum industry in exploring for undersea gas and oil reserves—is also a valuable tool for training students, according to Viso.
Brilliant exhibition opens at CCU in January
Coastal Carolina University's Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery will exhibit "Weaving, Stacking, Staining," a large-scale work by visiting artist Jonathan Brilliant. Visitors to the gallery can watch the artist at work Jan. 9 to 19. An opening with the artist will be held Thursday, Jan. 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The work will remain on display through Feb. 17.
CCU celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.
The Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles, pastor of Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., will be the featured speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, in Wheelwright Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. The event is free with a ticket and open to the public.
CCU’s Inspirational Ambassadors (Gospel Choir) will also be featured in the celebration.
Born in Shelby, Miss., in 1934, Kyles has been pastor of Monumental Baptist Church since 1959. After Memphis sanitation workers went on strike in February 1968 because of low wages and poor working conditions, Kyles helped to form and lead community support for the striking workers. Part of that effort involved persuading King to come to Memphis in support of the strike. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.
Kyles has maintained his involvement with civil rights work since the 1960s. He is a founding member of the national board of “People United to Save Humanity” (PUSH), the executive director of Rainbow-PUSH Memphis and the executive producer of Rainbow-PUSH WLOK Radio. He has received many honors and awards, including the Tennessee Living Legend Award in 1992.
This event is part of the Multicultural Celebration Series and is co-sponsored by CCU’s African American Initiative for Males (AAIM) and the Office of Multicultural Student Services. For more information, call 843-349-2863.
Coastal Carolina University announces 2012 Jackson Scholars
Seven Coastal Carolina University students have been selected as the 2012 Jackson Scholars, a student leadership program sponsored by the University's Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values.
The new class of scholars, beginning January 2012, includes Cheryl Anthony, a philosophy major and pre-law minor from Murrells Inlet; Amber Eckersley, a history major and art history minor from Conway; Miranda Frederick, a theatre major from Chapin; Alex Mosier, a biology major from Pawleys Island; Kara Olson, a communication major from Victoria, Minn.; Kaitlyn Page, a political science major and pre-law minor from Aynor; and Caitlyn Rhodes, a history major and pre-law minor from Loris.
The Jackson Scholars are required, as a part of the program, to complete two years of ethical leadership studies in the classroom, spend two semesters as counselors through the Summer Ethics Academy, create and perform an ethics-focused internship in the community, and prepare an annual report to the Jackson family. The scholars receive $1,000 annually to assist with personal costs associated with the program.
The Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values was founded in 2004 by area business and civic leaders Nelson and Mary Emily Platt Jackson. The primary focus of the Jackson Center is to cultivate awareness throughout the academic and surrounding communities of the importance and lifelong rewards of personal and professional integrity.
Elect Her training seminar at CCU in January
Coastal Carolina University will host the Elect Her – Campus Women Win training program on Saturday, Jan. 28, in the Kline Hospitality Suite at Brooks Stadium.
Elect Her – Campus Women Win is a program that encourages and trains young women to run for student government on their campuses and, ultimately, for elected and leadership positions following graduation. This four-year-old program is a collaborative effort between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the nonprofit organization Running Start. This is the second year the event has been hosted by CCU.
According to the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, South Carolina ranks last in the nation for the percentage (8.8 percent) of women elected to serve in the S.C. Legislature (Colorado leads the nation with 41 percent). In the current state legislature, there are no women senators and only 16 women serving in the House of Representatives. The Elect Her – Campus Women Win initiative aims to close the long-standing political leadership gender gap by empowering and training women to run for office at all levels, including leadership positions at colleges and universities
Registration is free and open to Coastal students, but space is only available for the first 50 students who sign up. Registration is coordinated through the Office of University Activities and Leadership and applications are to be turned into the office by Wednesday, Jan. 25. For more information, contact the office at 843-349-2301.