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  • Ward to present at ocean conference and Texas lecture series

    CCU's maritime archaeologist Cheryl Ward is a featured presenter at the 2010 Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference on Feb. 6. Ward is one of eight prominent female scientists from around the country who will interact with young women in the 7th through 12th grades aboard the research vessel R/V Sea Explorer in the Ocean Institute's teaching labs.

    Ward will present her research on "Cedar, Frankincense and Spoils of War: Seafaring in Ancient Egypt" at a Southwest Texas Archaeological Institute of America lecture series at Trinity University on Feb. 9.

  • CCU has a weather cam

    Check out the new CCU weathercam on WMBF at the following link:

     The camera, located on top of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts building, offers a view of Prince Lawn looking toward the pond and the Wall College of Business. The Web image refreshes every five minutes and features a one-hour time lapse.

    The weathercam will be shown 10 times a week during the WMBF news and weathercast broadcasts Monday through Sunday.

    All area television stations were invited to bid on a campus weathercam, according to Debbie Conner, associate vice president of University Relations.

  • Human Resources offices have moved

    The Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity has moved from Sands Hall to new locations across U.S. 501.

    Benefits, Compensation/Classification, Employee Relations, University Employment, Operations, Payroll, Student Employment, and Training and Development will be located in the brick building directly across from the U.S. 501 entrance to campus, formerly the Prudential Building. The campus address is HRPD, 95 University Blvd.

    New Hire Orientations/Special Projects will move to the Foundation Center, and Environmental Health and Safety is expected to move to the Foundation Center before the end of the month.

    Office services will continue during the move.

  • Health screening for employees

    On Feb. 10 and 16, employees who subscribe to the Standard Health Plan, High Deductible Plan, Blue Choice HMO and Cigna HMO will have the opportunity to receive a thorough preventive health screening. This screening, a $300 value, will be available for just a $15 co-payment. Your insurance pays the rest.

    The preventive health screening will include the following components: Health Risk Appraisal, Blood Pressure, Blood Lipid Profile, TSH, Blood Chemistry Profile and Hemogram. Within two weeks of your screening, you will receive your personal health profile, highlighting any values outside the normal range.

    To register for the worksite screening you must complete the required form on or before Jan. 29 to Tammy Hardee in the CCU Office of Human Resources, HRPB (Prudential Building). The Prudential Building (HRPB) is located across U.S. 501 from the main entrance of Coastal Carolina University.

  • Purple pinkie painted nails pay off for Rotaract

    The CCU Rotaract Club was recently named Rotaract Club of the Month by International Rotary (out of approximately 1,200 clubs internationally).

    Coastal Carolina University and the Club were featured in the Rotary International online newsletter for January for the top "End Polio Now" Success Story.

    Last Nov. 16, purple fingernails began appearing on pinkie fingers all over the CCU campus as part of Purple Pinkie Day, held by members of the university's Rotaract club to raise money for polio eradication. Members of the sponsor Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise joined in for this special day on campus. The Carolina Forest Chick-fil-A also participated, offering free chicken biscuits, coupons and an interactive game.

    The students were inspired by the practice of painting children's fingernails purple once they received the polio vaccine. More than 400 students and faculty participated in the Purple Pinkie Day, raising more than $700 to support Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio. Purple pinkies flooded the campus, reminding each and every donor how a small contribution can save one more child from the polio virus.

    Learn more about the campaign and help End Polio Now at

  • Professors to lead community book discussions

    Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) professors will lead a series of discussions for the Chapin Memorial Library community book program, "Let's Talk About It 2010." The series will include coffee and fellowship at 9:30 a.m., followed by discussions presented by at 10 a.m.
    Series discussions include:

     Growing up by Russell Baker, presented by Joe Oestreich, assistant professor of English, on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

     Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, presented by Steve Hamelman, professor of English, on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

    The Professor's House by Willa Cather, presented by Cynthia Port, assistant professor of English, on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

     Working by Studs Terkel, presented by Matthew Wilkinson, assistant professor of psychology and sociology, on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

     Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, presented by Leila Rogers, professor of sociology at HGTC, on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

    For more information on the Chapin Memorial Library's "Let's Talk About It 2010" community book program, call 843-918-1275 or

  • Woodle named director of Career Services

    Tom Woodle has been named the director of the Office of Career Services at Coastal Carolina University.

    Woodle has been on the CCU faculty since 2003, first as coordinator of career counseling and later as associate director of career services. Prior to Coastal he was director of career services at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C., and dean of continuing education and psychology professor at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw.

    Originally from Clio, S.C., Woodle has a bachelor's degree in religion, a master’s degree in community education and counseling, a master's degree in religion and a Ph.D. in counseling. He is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

    He is active in the community as an ordained Episcopal priest serving at the Well Episcopal Church at Market Common. He teaches as an adjunct in the Department of Philosophy and Religion here at Coastal. He and his wife Jackie have seven grown kids.

  • Graham receives state award

    Janet P. Graham has been selected as the 2009 State Star of the South Carolina Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Graham is area manager of the Coastal Area SBDC located at Coastal Carolina University in Conway.

    An awards ceremony honoring the ASBDC 2009 State Stars was held in Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the ASBDC’s 29th annual conference. The reception was sponsored by Corporate Turnaround, an “Alliance Partner” of the ASBDC.

  • Wall College gets interim dean

    Samuel Wathen, professor of management and associate dean, has been named interim dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration.

    Wathen, who joined the Coastal faculty in 1993, will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the college. He was interim dean of the business college during 2006-2007 and has been an associate dean since 2004.

    Henry Lowenstein, former dean of the College of Business Administration, stepped down from that position in December 2009 to return to his faculty position as professor of management in the classroom and to engage in research and consultation that focuses on supporting local economic development and business outreach. 

  • Whalen wins French cultural award for his wine research

    Philip Whalen, associate professor of history and director of the Honors Program, has won the 2009 Alfred De Vergnette de Lamotte prize for his research on “the economic development and marketing of the Burgundian wine industry during the 20th century.” The award is given by the Center for the History of Wine and the Vine in conjunction with the Interprofessional Bureau of Burgundian Wines.

    Whalen has done considerable research on the history of Burgundy’s wine industry. His scholarship has focused on the concept of “terroir,” which he describes as the totality of the elements of the vineyard habitat, and its importance to an understanding of the economy of Burgundian wine, gastronomy and tourism.

    Whalen’s theories build on his knowledge of Burgundian history and his research on Gaston Roupnel (1871-1946), a notable Burgundian regionalist, vintner and scholar. Whalen recently edited two collections of Roupnel’s essays, published in 2007 and 2009, that demonstrate how Roupnel redefined Burgundian cultural identity through contributions to the fields of contemporary law, regional literature, 17-century history, historical geography, contemporary politics and French folklore.

    Whalen has also researched the history of wine marketing and historical geography related to wine production in late 19th and early 20th-century Burgundy. His conclusions show how Burgundy “united natural resources, historical memory, marketing strategies, and cultural performance into an imaginative and enduring form of commercial regionalism,” says Whalen. “This aggressive marketing was so successful that it became a model for all French agricultural products in the 1990s.”

    A second award was given to a team of researchers, directed by Anne Combaud, who studied price fluctuations in the French wine market since the 1850s.

  • Wittkower book investigates TV detective 'Monk'

    Dylan Wittkower, a lecturer in philosophy at CCU, has a new book coming out in March titled Mr. Monk and Philosophy, a collection of essays about the popular TV detective. In addition to Wittkower, two other CCU faculty members also wrote chapters for the volume  â€“ Nils Rauhut and Ronald S. Green, both also of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

    The book, according to the publisher, "uses philosophy to uncover more about the brilliant obsessive-compulsive television detective Adrian Monk. With the guidance of history’s greatest thinkers, readers learn who Monk really is, why he is the way he is, and what they can learn from him. Chapters address such topics as Mr. Monk’s unique use of logic, how everyone uses their own phobias and idiosyncrasies to navigate a threatening world, and what Monk says about what it means to be a hero (albeit a flawed one). Monk's relationships receive special attention: his dedication to his late wife, Trudy, teaches us about romantic partnership, while his relationships with Sharona and Natalie reveal the importance of friendship in dealing with illness, death and tragedy."

    In the words of the author, "In order to be sure that the reader is able to enjoy the book, every chapter has an even number of words. You’ll thank me later."

    Wittkower also edited iPod and Philosophy (Open Court, Nov. 2008) and has just shipped the manuscript for Facebook and Philosophy (Open Court, May 2010).  In addition to these books and peer-reviewed academic publications, he has also contributed chapters to Anime and Philosophy and Radiohead and Philosophy since joining CCU in 2008.

    Wittkower earned a doctorate in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and specializes in applied ethics, social and political philosophy and late modern philosophy.

  • Selby has photo published in magazine

    Easton Selby, assistant professor of photography, had a photograph published in Canadian Art magazine's winter issue in a special section on how to get into graduate art programs. It was a photograph he took of the graduate art studios at Clemson University.

  • 'I Spy' nominees honored at luncheon

    An I SPY Recognition Luncheon was held Dec. 4 to honor the 42 faculty and staff members who were nominated in 2009. Thirty recipients attended the luncheon and were presented with a certificate of appreciation from President David A. DeCenzo.

    To view all the nominees, go to the I Spy Web site at: I Spy is sponsored by the Department of Human Resources.

  • Support staff honored at December tea

    Four administrative support staffers completed 15 sessions of the Administrative Support Network (ASN) and were presented certificates of completion at a tea on Dec. 9. They were: Judy Cannon, Cheryl Smith, Lynne Brock and Deborah Kephart. (Smith was unable to attend.)

    The ASN program provides skill-based training for administrative support staff at CCU.