Something to Talk About Personal notes and news.
CCU couple gets married
May 5 2012
Melissa Bolduc and Stephen Daniel were married on Sunday, April 29, at The Cooper House in Socastee. Stephen works in the Department of Communication as a lecturer, and Melissa works in Academic Outreach.
Catch Moglia on 'Squawk Box'
May 8 2012
On May 10, Coach Joe Moglia will be a guest on CNBC's signature morning program "Squawk Box." Squawk Box is the ultimate "pre-market" morning news and talk program, where the biggest names in business and politics bring their most important stories. Squawk Box brings Wall Street to Main Street and is a "must see" for everyone from the professional trader to the casual investor. It is anchored by CNBC's Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Ready to play some tennis?
May 8 2012
Beginning May 8, the CCU Faculty/Staff Tennis League will play every Tuesday and Thursday. Both men and women are invited to participate. The varsity courts will be open at 5 p.m. for warm-ups. We’re hoping to start doubles match play after 5:30 p.m., but there will also be opportunity for singles or mixed-doubles competition.
Even if you’re not an expert player, feel free to come out any time throughout the summer and have some fun, exercise and fellowship.
If you have any questions, please contact Robert Bulsza at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cathy Goodwin at email@example.com.
CCU hosts first Farmers' Market
April 25 2012
The first Farmers Market at Coastal Carolina University was held Wednesday, April 25, in Spadoni Park.
The event was brought to campus by the Sustainability Initiative in partnership with the Waccamaw Market Cooperative. More than eight local farmers set up booths of fresh and local produce, products and plants to offer to the campus community.
The student group, the Eco-Reps of the Sustainability Initiative, set up a sunflower seed planting activity and provided information about going green on campus. The CCU Garden Club had a booth selling crops from its garden. The on-campus staff of Aramark gave cooking demonstrations and free samples including local strawberries and orange blossom honey and homemade potato chips.
Plans are being made for the next Farmers Market for possibly in the fall semester. Anyone who wants to visit a farmers market in the local area during the summer should visit the website at http://www.waccamawmarkets.org/
If you have ideas or suggestions for the next farmers market, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimbel Library places in statewide photo contest
May 4 2012
The staff at Kimbel Library won two awards in the sixth annual National Library Week “Day in the Life” photo contest. The Kimbel Library staff won in the categories “Most Humorous” and “Library Staff Helping Patrons.” Winners of the photo contest will be highlighted on the South Carolina State Library’s website and recognized during the 2012 South Carolina Library Association Annual Conference, scheduled for Oct. 24 through 26 in Columbia.
A total of 10 photos were selected as winners in five main categories. Photos were judged based on criteria such as quality, subject, creativity and the ability to capture the spirit of South Carolina libraries.
All photos are available for viewing online at http://www.flickr.com/groups/nlw2012/. Winning photos can be found at
Fitness certification courses added
May 8 2012
The Department of Campus Recreation is hosting upcoming certification courses for the following areas:
AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification – Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
AFAA Aqua Fitness Workshop – Sunday, June 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
AFAA Personal Fitness Trainer Certification – Friday through Sunday, June 8 to10, (Friday, 1 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 6 p.m.
NETA Yoga Certification Workshop – Saturday, June 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Qualified instructors are being sought to teach group exercise in the new Student Recreation and Convocation Center coming this fall.
If you are interested in any of these courses or would like more information, please contact email@example.com.
Well-heeled walkers raise consciousness
April 13 2012
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes was held in April 12, with about 20 high-heeled walkers and lots of spectators cheering on the participants. The event, part of the annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week, is designed to encourage discussion and promote awareness of sexual violence.
Terri DeCenzo gave opening remarks and the “Ready, Set, Go!” for the walkers to begin their one-mile journey. As a part of the walk, participants stopped at stations where they were asked trivia questions regarding sexual assault statistics, signed pledges against sexual violence and did physical obstacles, which included hula hooping, walking in grass and walking up a ramp and down stairs in their high heels. The purpose of this event is to give men a sense of empathy for the female experience.
T-shirts made by students were displayed with statements against sexual assault and supporting survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse.
The event was sponsored by the Office of Counseling Services and the Campus Assault Resource and Education Support (C.A.R.E.S.) Coalition.
CCU Undergraduate Recognized for Research Achievement
April 27 2012
CCU Junior Olga Tweedy was among the 74 undergraduates recognized for their research achievement at the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Poster on the Hill (POH) in Washington, D.C., on April 24.
As the lone representative from South Carolina, Tweedy was selected from more than 850 nominees nationwide to this prestigious event based on the quality of her work and progress.
Advised by Physics Professor Var Limpasuvan and funded by the National Science Foundation, Tweedy uses both model simulations and NASA observations to examine the natural wintertime ozone variation over the Northern Hemisphere polar region related to the abrupt reversal of stratospheric winds.
As part of this event, she visited the offices of Congressman Joe Wilson and Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint to discuss her research and reiterate the importance of undergraduate research, particularly at CCU, as part of her experiential learning. Support for her travel was made possible by College of Science Dean Michael Roberts.
“The College of Science is pleased to have the resources to showcase the success of our students on a national stage," said Roberts. "The hands-on studies, exemplified in the Posters-on-the-Hill event, are a key aspect of the educational process in the College of Science at Coastal Carolina University."
Tweedy is a junior in marine science who is minoring in applied mathematics. She began her research work as a sophomore and hopes to pursue atmospheric science at the graduate level. She was recently selected to participate in the National Center for Atmospheric Research Undergraduate Leadership Workshop at the University of Colorado in Boulder in June.
Celebrating libraries with crafts, cakes and edible books
April 27 2012
Kimbel Library kicked off National Library Week on April 9 by crafting at the front of the library. Students and staff came together to make more than 100 bookmarks and chat over some free cake. In addition to making paperclip bookmarks, students even taught the librarians how to make jewelry using hemp string and beads.
National Library Week ended at Kimbel on April 13 with yet another successful Edible Book Fair. There were many beautiful entries this year that ranged from the witty “S’mores and Peas” submitted by Barbara Burd to the creatively designed “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Jennifer Hughes. Dr. Seuss was the author of the day, as the first place winners for both faculty and students were both inspired by “The Lorax.” Shelby Nicosia, Seanna Kautz and Emily Marchini won a Kindle Touch and an iPod Shuffle for their incredibly innovative (and delicious) edible book.
Winners of the Edible Book Fair:
First-Place Student Winner:
Title: The Lorax
Artists: Shelby Nicosia, Seanna Kautz and Emily Marchini
First-Place Faculty Winner:
Title: The Lorax
Artists: Cara Gibbs and DeLeetra Staley
Second-Place Faculty Winner:
Title: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Artist: Jennifer Hughes
Third-Place Faculty Winner:
Title: The Bells of Santa Lucia
Artists: Pam Cazzola and Jack Wilson
Grad student advances in local singing competition
May 4 2012
Brian Druckenmiller, Coastal Carolina University graduate student and Atheneum contributor, recently advanced to the regional finals in the Talent Quest National Karaoke Singing Competition.
On April 18, Broadway Louie’s at Broadway at the Beach hosted the regional semi-finals for the competition. Ten country and 10 pop/rock singers each performed two songs, and were judged on vocal ability, stage presence and stage appearance. The top two scorers in each category advanced to the finals, which takes place on Aug. 1, at Broadway Louie’s.
Druckenmiller scored 268 points by singing “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness and “All These Things That I’ve Done” by the Killers, placing second in the pop/rock category.
Winners of the finals will go on to the national competition on Sept. 17 through 22 at the Tropicana Hotel/Casino and River Palms Hotel/Casino in Laughlin, Nev.
Druckenmiller is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Writing program, concentrating on creative writing. He is currently a graduate assistant in the Office of University Communication and associate producer for CCU’s weekly television program “Coastal Today.”
Coastal shows it cares
April 20 2012
As a part of its Celebrate the Earth events, the CCU Sustainability Initiative held its first annual Campus Care Day on April 18, in partnership with the Eco-Rep Program, the Honors Program, Women's and Gender Studies and the Residence Hall Association.
The daylong event drew more than 100 participants, including students, staff and faculty, who were asked to pick up litter around campus. When they brought back their bags of trash and recycling, they each received an organic cotton T-shirt designed by CCU sophomore Tori Jordan. Other activities included a sustainability showcase on CINO Deck and a Recycling Relay near the Hicks Dining Hall.
"We didn't know what to expect, asking people to pick up trash, but the response was overwhelming," said Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator. "We were so pleased to see everyone pitch in and show pride in their campus by volunteering to clean it up!"
Campus Care Day collected an estimated 287 pounds of trash and recycling.
Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative
Fourth Undergraduate Research Competition winners
April 27 2012
Fourth Undergraduate Research Competition winners were:
First place: Claudia Ortuno and Abigail Smith, "Alcohol and Energy Drinks," $500
Second place: Kevin Kern, "Multimessenger Astronomy," $300
Third place: Rebecca Ringrose, " Twenty-First Century Learning," $100
Their presentations' scores were in the top three.
CCU marketing class receives Red Cross honor
May 4 2012
Coastal Carolina University business students were recently presented with a plaque from the Coastal Carolina chapter of the American Red Cross.
Students in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration’s personal selling class, taught by Professor Monica Fine, received this honor for helping raise more than $4,000 to benefit local families affected by war or poverty or who are victims of natural disasters.
The students were given the opportunity to take the skills they learned in the classroom and implement them in the business world in hopes of making a positive impact on the community.
Nanci Conley, director of the local Red Cross, visited the class earlier in the semester, which inspired the students to choose the American Red Cross for their project. They were able to raise money by making a prospect list of businesses in the area, visiting those businesses and soliciting donations. They also created two events that generated revenue: a car wash and a karaoke event at the Tavern in the Forest. The students used the seven steps of the selling process to meet their goals: prospecting; qualifying prospects; setting appointments; presenting; overcoming objections; obtaining commitment; and mailing out thank-you letters to donors and volunteers.
“I am honored to be awarded a plaque by the American Red Cross,” says Ryan Jackson, a student in Fine’s personal selling class. “This project was very beneficial to me as a college student, and I feel like a good Samaritan for raising a significant amount of money for the Grand Strand community.”
Coastal freshman earns ODK / Rotary award
May 4 2012
Ian P. Detweiler, a freshman political science major from Greene, N.Y., was honored at the April 26 Conway Rotary Club meeting with the Robert W. Squatriglia Undergraduate Leader of the Year award.
This annual award is jointly sponsored by CCU’s Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, and the Rotary Club of Conway to a deserving freshman or sophomore Coastal student who exemplifies the leadership ideals of ODK and the Rotary motto of “service above self.”
Detweiler has been an active member in many campus organizations, making several contributions throughout his first year on campus. Detweiler was presented with an honorary plaque and a check for $100. His name will be added to the perpetual plaque of past honorees in the Lib Jackson Student Center on the Conway campus of CCU.
He was nominated by Lindsey Holt, president of the CCU ODK. The award is named for Bob Squatriglia, a Rotarian for many decade and also a former vice president of student affairs at Coastal Carolina University.
Secretary of State Hammond was Meet the Law speaker
April 5 2012
South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond was the guest lecturer for the recent “Meet the Law” lecture series, sponsored annually by the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University.
Hammond spoke to students on April 5 about the important role played by the Secretary of State’s office in ensuring effective business commerce in South Carolina. He reviewed the office’s role in business incorporations, trademark registration, enforcement against counterfeit goods, and ensuring registration and transparency of charitable organization solicitations in the state.
Psi Chi students inducted
May 4 2012
Eleven new members were inducted into Psi Chi, national psychology honor society, on April 3.
Students inducted were: Adam Child, Jamie Glass, Marinela Ndoni. Karen Houser, Angelina DeLardi, Lauryn Luderman, Angela Mezzanatto, Anthony Germany Jr., Virginia Tyner-Hornbeck, John Weaver and Jenna Otten.Terry Pettijohn and JongHan Kim are advisers.