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Celebrity sightings on campus
January 15 2010
Two Coastal Carolina University alumni who’ve reached celebrity status visited campus last week for tapings of Coastal Today.
Actor Michael Kelly (CCU class of 1992) and Miss South Carolina Kelly Sloan (2007) were in Spadoni Park on Friday with the CCU Media Services crew. Sloan was preparing for a trip to Las Vegas for the Miss America pageant, and Michael Kelly was on a “boys’ trip” visiting CCU buddies and old haunts.
Kelly, who has numerous television shows and films to his credit, including “The Changeling” with Angelina Jolie, directed by Clint Eastwood, was hanging out with pal Stony Cantor CCU class of 1994), who last week opened a new bar – Uncle Tito’s in Murrells Inlet.
The actor has three new movies coming out this year – “"Did you Hear About the Morgans?” with Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, “Fair Game” with Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, and “The Adjustment Bureau” with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
Watch Kelly Sloan's progress in the Miss America pageant on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. on TLC.
Albergotti completing second poetry collection
January 15 2010
Dan Albergotti is on scholarly reassignment this semester, writing poems for his second collection.
The Boatloads, his first book of poetry, was published in April 2008 as a result of winning the 2007 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions.
Albergotti also won a Pushcart Prize for his poem "What They're Doing" in Spring 2008.
Though there's no central theme to the poetry collection, Albergotti said the topics revolve around "my constant obsessions with doubt and the persistent silence of the universe in response to my questions." Approximately 50 percent of the poems will assume traditional form, which is a departure from the first book.
Albergotti is an associate professor of English. He also edits the online journal Waccamaw (www.waccamawjournal.com).
Kearns' home featured in magazine
January 15 2010
Karen Kearns, teaching associate in the Department of Foreign Languages, was featured in Charleston Magazine in August. She teaches Spanish.
The article – and a cover photo – was about Kearns' new home in McClellanville that she had built after her husband's untimely death in 2007.
During construction of the 1,600 square foot home, people would stop by and ask the builders – father-son builders Bill and Nathan Youngman of McClellanville –if they could look at the house.
"I was so grateful to my builders. I went to them with just a lot of ideas in my head, and they turned them into a beautiful house," says Kearns. The next thing she knew, her children were on the cover of a magazine. "It was very flattering, and humbling as well," she says.
Kearns, a CCU graduate (1995, political science), recently moved back to South Carolina with her two small children -- Addy, almost five, and Coeburn, three – to be near family in Myrtle Beach and Conway. She is the sister of Kelli Barker, center manager of the Division of Academic Outreach.
Coastal is a family affair for the sisters as their father, Billy Jack Cornett, graduated from Coastal Carolina when it was a branch of the University of South Carolina. "He was in the military for 30 years and had always wanted a college degree," said Barker, "so he studied at Coastal to earn his degree in interdisciplinary studies.