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Elise Testone rocks CCU
December 15 2012
Coastal Carolina University alumna Elise Testone ('05) performed in concert to a packed house (about 700 attended) in Wheelwright Auditorium on Dec. 15.
The concert was titled “Elise Testone Unplugged W/ Special Guests” and was attended by CCU students, faculty, staff and alumni, who had the advantage of purchasing tickets two weeks before sales were open to the general public.
Special guests included a few of her favorite musicians she has worked with over the years, including CCU faculty members David Bankston, Dan O’Reilly and Matthew White from the music department as well as CCU staff member and fellow alumna Diane Fabiano. Testone chatted to the audience from stage and performed 10 of her original songs and five cover songs.
"This gave everyone the opportunity to see Elise out of the 'American Idol' spotlight and in a more intimate and informal setting where you couldn’t help but fall in love with everything about her," said Fabiano. "Elise’s original songs touched the audience with her emotional lyrics and brilliant music arrangements, making them want more." Though Testone does not yet have an album out, many audience members said had there been CDs for sale, they would have purchased multiple copies.
The concert ended with a standing ovation, followed by an encore performance of Susan Tedeschi’s “700 Houses,” which the singer dedicated to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in her home state of New Jersey. The encore was followed by a second standing ovation.
After the event, Testone signed autographs and posed for photos with fans in the Wheelwright Lobby. She graciously took time with each person who waited in line until the last person left (about two and a half hours after the show ended). She hopes to come back and perform at CCU again for a “plugged in” show. But there will be nothing again like this first one. If you weren’t there, saying you missed out is an understatement.
Hometown Holiday Show was a hit
January 4 2013
Check out the photos from the Hometown Holiday show!
Hurricane Sandy relief drive raises funds, donated goods
January 4 2013
Coastal Carolina University’s Volunteer Services joined with students to lead a relief drive to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The drive, held on Prince Lawn on Nov. 29, consisted of 15 “CCU Relief Squad” volunteers who raised money and items throughout the day.
Nicole Cozzi, coordinator of Volunteer Services, led the event that raised $361 as well as 801 donated items, including clothes, toothbrushes, razors, toys, winter coats and more. “We received quite a few articles of clothing with tags on them,” says Cozzi. “I was very happy to see that people were giving quality items.” Money and items will be given to the Rockaway Relief Fund and Waves for Water, both charity organizations that provide direct support to the survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
Cozzi met with CCU students Chrissy Damore, Gabby Wirth, Lynn Plam and Marc Fichtner in the beginning of November with only a few weeks to prepare for the drive. “I was very happy to see the students could come together and put on an event on such short notice,” says Cozzi. “For the time we had to prepare, it makes me proud we had such a great turnout.”
Korallion is now available
January 4 2013
The third volume of Korallion is now posted online. The marine science research compilation contains student projects from the 2012 Ecology of Coral Reefs class in Discovery Bay, Jamaica.
Two student editors from the 2012 class, Karaleigh Leonard and Lorna Scribner, participated in Fall 2012 MSCI 399, Scientific Publishing, where they spent many hours selecting manuscripts, working with authors, editing papers and designing the layout for the journal.
"I am very proud of all the hard work the student editors and authors put into their respective projects," said Erin Burge, associate professor of marine science. "If you would like to peruse a digital copy of the compilation, it is available for download from the course website."
National Career Development Week celebrated
January 4 2013
Coastal Carolina University participated in the National Career Development Week (Nov. 12-16) in a variety of ways that really made a difference for CCU students and employers.
CCU Career Services coordinated a National Career Development Day on Nov. 14 that matched CCU students with local employers for mock interviews, resume critiques, internship and employer panels. Employers included Wyndham Vacation Ownership, DSL Marketing, Verizon Wireless, City of North Myrtle Beach, Mondelez International and others. Lunch was graciously donated by Chick-fil-A, and seven local Chick-fil-A leaders took time to share business advice and insight through a panel.
“This was the first time Career Services put together an event for this national day of career development, and we are very happy with the turnout," said Eileen Soisson, coordinator of employer relations. "We hope to have even more students next year – it is such a key career preparatory experience and networking opportunity."
Career Services also participated in two television segments for FOX News at 10, filmed at WBTW News 13, for Career Week. Robert Bulsza, director of internships and service learning, shared information about resumes and the importance of professionally presenting yourself through this important career document. Soisson’s segment was focused on “What Not To Wear” for a career fair or interview. This news piece was brought to life with four CCU students serving as models showcasing examples of inappropriate attire.
Meagan Nowacoski, Laura Hordis, Matthew Peck and Cortez Miller modeled how to dress professionally as well as looks that might turn potential employers away. Hordis (intentionally) wore an outfit more appropriate for the clubs than the office to show the ladies what NOT to wear. Peck had the overall look with a suit, tie and dress shoes but then Eileen pointed out his unshaven look.
“Never give an employer an excuse not to want to talk to you” Soisson said.