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  • CCU mentors enjoy Brookgreen with their mentees

    October 26 2012

    Some 200 Coastal Carolina University students and the children they mentor from 10 elementary and middle schools explored the gardens and zoo at Brookgreen Gardens on Thursday, Oct. 18, all wearing their teal Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program shirts. This is the seventh year for “Mentor Day” at Brookgreen.

    Many pictures were taken of all the statues and beautiful flowers; one mentor said his student had to take a picture of everything they passed. Sounds of laughter and conversation echoed through the gardens as relationships were deepened. While they ate lunch in the Low Country Center, they listened to songs and stories told by Ron Daise, Brookgreen's vice president of cultural education.

    Normally, mentors visit students once each week at their school, either for lunch and recess or to tutor during a class, so this trip provided by the Floyd Family Mentoring program is a real treat for everyone.

    “I had a great time, but had no idea I would be so tired,” remarked one of the mentors as he boarded the bus for the return to CCU’s campus.

    Several professors encourage mentoring, with two “Q” Experiential Learning courses offered this semester. More male mentors especially, and tutors generally, are needed now through the spring semester. Please encourage students to apply: www.coastal.edu/cec/mentoring/ or email mwillis@coastal.edu

     

  • Research Café gets under way

    October 26 2012

    Research Café: Brown Bag Lunch sessions (bring your own lunch) are being held to help build and/or further develop your research agenda (path). The series begins with a workshop on developing your research agenda with a follow-up featuring CCU speakers discussing their research as part of their career path. Participants will be able to discuss with experienced researchers barriers and/or outcomes of research relating to developing their research agenda. Participants will be provided with a list of topics for the future sessions, which will be held at noon on the following dates:

    Friday, Nov. 9
    Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
    Friday, Feb. 15, 2013
    Friday, March 22, 2013
    Friday, April 19, 2013

    Time: Noon to 12:50 p.m.

    Location: Kimbel 219

    The Office of Research Services and CeTEAL are offering the sessions. To sign up for Research Cafe at CeTEAL: http://www.coastal.edu/ceteal/subindex.html?page=pageContent/classes/index.html

    For more information, call Karen Fletcher at 843-349-5030 or kfletch1@coastal.edu

  • CCU science professor featured on Discovery Channel program

    October 31 2012

    Cynthia Meyersburg, an experimental psychopathologist and Coastal Carolina University faculty member, was featured on "Brainwashed," a Discovery Channel Curiosity series program, on Sunday, Oct. 28.

    Meyersburg, an assistant professor of psychology at CCU, served as consultant for the program and appears on a panel of experts with Mark Stokes, a cognitive neuroscientist at Oxford, and forensic psychologist Jeff Kieliszewski.

    The show investigated whether it is possible to use hypnosis to brainwash participants. It explores whether we truly are in command of our own minds and follows a hypnotherapist and a group of scientists as they embark on an audacious experiment to determine if ordinary people can be brainwashed and turned into assassins.

    Meyersburg earned a Ph.D. in psychology at Harvard University, where she just completed a postdoctoral fellowship. She has conducted studies on false memory.

    To view the show, visit: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49535810#49535810.
     

  • CCU professor quoted in The New York Times

    November 2 2012

    Steven Bleicher, professor of visual art and associate dean of the Edwards College of Humanities, was quoted in an Oct. 22 article in The New York Times on the historical relevance of the color blue. Bleicher is an expert on color and the author of "Contemporary Color: Theory and Use."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/science/blue-through-the-centuries-sacred-and-sought-after.html?_r=0

  • CCU students place in statewide poster competition

    November 2 2012

    Coastal Carolina University and Waccamaw Watershed Academy were well represented at the recent SC Water Resource Conference held at Clemson and attended by CCU faculty and students.

    Kyle Curtis’s poster, "An investigation into the prevalence, quantification and survival of Escherichia coli in stormwater basin sediment of Withers Swash, Myrtle Beach," took third place prize place in the poster competition.

    Chelsey Richardson’s poster, "Citizen Science: Data Collection in Storm Drain Marking Program," placed fourth in the poster competition.

    Both of these awards are significant in being recognized out of the more than 40 posters presented at the conference representing all the major universities in South Carolina. Additionally, CCU student Ben Thepaut presented his first scientific oral presentation, "Plant Survival in the Floodplain Restoration of Crabtree Swamp, Horry County S.C."

    The 2012 conference will be featured on ETV's "The Big Picture" on Thursday Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The program will cover state water resource issues and future challenges. 

  • Experiential learning fair creates new opportunities

    November 2 2012

    The Experiential Learning Fair was held Oct. 10 at Coastal Carolina University in the Edwards Courtyard. Approximately 1,000 students were in attendance to learn about different courses being offered for the upcoming 2013 spring semester at CCU. The purpose of the courses will be to introduce students to real-world experiences.
    The fair promoted Coastal’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), created for continued accreditation for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (SACSOCC). The QEP that CCU chose is titled “Experienced@Coastal.”

    Director of undergraduate research Charmaine Tomczyk oversaw the annual fair, which included various CCU departments that provided information about what students would gain from Experiential Learning courses. Courses offered include, “Civic Engagement,” “Entrepreneurial Leadership” and “Blue Ridge to Blue Sea: Cultures of the American South.” Students who choose to enroll in these courses will be able to link the knowledge gained in the classroom to experience outside of it through opportunities such as internships and volunteering.

    “The QEP creates an educational initiative based on student need of student learning,” says Michael Ruse, director of Experienced@Coastal. Ruse explains the goal of the QEP at CCU will hopefully create an, “Improvement of educational services.”

     

  • Homecoming Office Decorating Contest winners

    November 2 2012

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Homecoming Office Decorating Contest!

    The winners are:

    1st Place – Financial Aid

    2nd Place – Multicultural Student Services

    3rd Place – Counseling Services

    Winning offices received an award and pizza vouchers from Papa John’s.
     

  • Homecoming royalty, boat winners announced

    November 2 2012

    Homecoming Week was a busy one, with lots of contests, races and pagentry.

    Cary “Hayes” McLeod from Longs and Sarah Craig from Hampton, N.J., were named Homecoming King and Queen. 

    In the Recycled Boat Races, a Sustainability event, students had to build their own water-worthy vessel from recycled materials and race the length of the swimming pool.

    The winners were:

    1st place overall (winners of the second heat): Gamma Phi Beta & Kappa Sigma
    2nd place overall (winners of the first heat): Alpha Delta Pi & Pi Kappa Phi
    3rd place overall: Blue Ridge housing community
    Most Spirited (tie): Colleges Against Cancer (C.A.C.) and STUDENTS TAKING ACTIVE RESPONSIBILITY (S.T.A.R.)

    Titanic Award (most spectacular sinking): Call Me Mister
     

  • Psychology professor in the news

    November 2 2012

    Psychology professor Terry Pettijohn II was featured in the December 2012 issue of Psychology Today magazine. The article contained quotes from a journal article that Pettijohn published with Jason Eastman and Keith Richard (student):

    http://www.springerlink.com/content/w76m861428577v37/

    From the article's abstract: The beats per minute and key signatures of popular Billboard songs from 1955 to 2008 were investigated along with changes in the social and economic conditions of the USA, in accordance with the Environmental Security Hypothesis. Slower pop songs and songs in less common keys are generally more reflective and serious, whereas faster pop songs and songs in common keys are generally more celebratory and fun. Consistent with theory predictions, songs with more beats per minute and in common key signatures were most popular in social and economic good times and songs with less beats per minute and in less common key signatures were most popular during social and economic bad times. Environmental conditions appear to influence tempo and key preferences of popular music.