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CCU students travel to Norway for International Student Festival
February 17 2013
Five students from the Politics and Global Studies programs at Coastal Carolina University participated in the 2013 International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFIT) in Norway from Feb. 7 to 17.
Participating students Ashley Baker, Erin Bair, Jeremy Carroll, Dillon Ramsey and Brandon Reilly represented the United States and CCU, joining approximately 400 students from all over world. ISFIT, the world’s largest student gathering, brings together students from all the world’s continents to discuss and debate current global issues and help shape an agenda for the future.
The theme of this year’s ISFIT was “Trade.” Students were invited to submit essays on the subject. Out of the thousands of essay submissions, about 400 students are invited to Trondheim for the conference. In the past, this conference has featured such well-known speakers as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Gro Harlem Brundtland and President Bill Clinton. This year, students heard from Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned ecologist, and John Hope Bryant, an American poverty eradication activist and co-founder of Global Dignity. In addition to hearing from the speakers, the students attend workshops, discussions and other cultural events.
The CCU students traveled to Trondheim with Richard Aidoo, an assistant professor of politics and a co-adviser of CCU’s global studies minor. Aidoo is a passionate believer that the International Student Festival in Trondheim offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for future leaders to interact with leaders of today.
The CCU students received positive coverage in the Norwegian press, including a storyposted on the Norwegian Broadcasting Network's website http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/distrikt/nrk_trondelag/1.10903943.
Aidoo said the students proved themselves to be "intellectually and socially mature," and that the conference organizers heaped praise on the students, noting that they "changed[our]stereotypes about Americans."
CCU offers free tax assistance through VITA
February 22 2013
Free tax assistance is still available at Coastal Carolina University through Wednesday, April 10, as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. CCU's accounting students will prepare and e-file basic tax returns for taxpayers with earnings of less than $50,000.
Assistance is available in room 204 of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration building on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. There will be no VITA hours from March 11 to 15 due to the Spring Break holiday.
Please bring a photo ID, Social Security cards for you and your dependents, W-2s, 1099s, tuition statements (form 1098-T), a copy of last year's tax return and any other information regarding your income taxes. To obtain a direct deposit of any refund, please bring a voided check. On a married-filing-jointly tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the consent form. If you are a student, you must know whether you are a dependent on your parents’ tax return.
If you plan to itemize your deductions, bring an organized and summarized list of medical expenses (including health insurance) and charitable contributions. For 2012, your itemized deductions would need to exceed $6,000 if single or $12,000 if married filing jointly; otherwise, the standard deduction will result in less tax.
Tax returns will be prepared on a first-come, first-served basis. No tax returns can be started within one hour of closing time.
For more information, contact Carol Cissel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-349-2864.
CCU has presence at robotics competition
March 1 2013
Coastal Carolina University was a sponsoring partner of the 2013 FIRST Robotics Palmetto Regional Competition, a three-day event held in Myrtle Beach for high school students around the state from Feb. 27 to March 2.
More than 1,000 students participated in the event, including 45 teams from as far north as New Jersey, as far south as Florida and as far west as Kentucky.
Horry County teams included the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology and the Academy for Technology and Academics, as well as four new teams that were launched at Carolina Forest, Conway, Socastee and St. James high schools.
FIRST is the largest organized competitive robotics program in the world. Teams are given a game and a kit, and students have six weeks to use their own ideas and designs to build a robot that can perform the tasks of the game. The competition combines math, science and technology to build and program the robot, but a team also needs fundraising, branding and other skills to be successful, providing something for every student to contribute.
CCU professors talk at elementary school
March 1 2013
Terry Pettijohn, Department of Psychology; Rob Young, Department of Marine Science; Brian Larkins, Department of Computer Science), and Louis Rubbo, Department of Astronomy; presented at the Ocean Bay Elementary School Family Science Night on Feb. 5.