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Athenaeum Press announced by Edwards College
The Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts is launching a unique initiative, The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University, designed to redefine learning for students as they develop and publish projects that create community engagement regionally and beyond.
Ambitious in scope, the educational mission of the press calls for every step of each project—from research to writing, conception to design, production to promotion—to involve students who will work under the direction of faculty. Projects may range from creative writing and photography to music and digital storytelling.
“Our aspirations for the press are to lead the way for student learning in print and new media publishing,” said Dan Ennis, dean of the Edwards College.
Founded at a time when print, publishing, media and culture are in a state of transition, the press will not duplicate established university presses that focus primarily on academic works and monographs. Nor will the press be a printing factory, but will concentrate instead on original editorial content and design while contracting out the actual printing.
Emphasizing quality over quantity, the press will publish a small number of original works each year in addition to publishing two academic journals and Edwards College publications already in existence, including Tapestry magazine and the university’s Cultural Arts Calendar, all involving students.
Students, faculty and community members are invited to propose humanities-based projects that provide hands-on learning and appeal to audiences outside the university community. At least one project per year will be marketed to the general public.
“The Athenaeum Press is one of the unique things about Coastal Carolina University. We see this as a model for the future,” Ennis said.
To learn more about the press, contact Trisha O’Connor, director of The Athenaeum Press, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843)349-6652. You can visit the press website at www.theathenaeumpress.com.
'Chasing the Paper Canoe' set for release April 12
“Chasing the Paper Canoe,” the debut book by CCU's new Athenaeum Press, is set for release April 12. The book revisits Nathaniel Bishop’s trip down the Waccamaw River in a paper canoe more than a century ago. Students and faculty from Coastal Carolina University collaboratively produced the project under the umbrella of The Athenaeum Press. This project also includes a companion website and augmented reality, where readers can download a free mobile app to see some of the photographs come to life as streaming video.
Many of the multimedia components were developed by Marcello Garofalo, a CCU senior majoring in visual arts. “The work on the book has allowed me to experience the collaborative process in publishing on a professional level that far exceeds the typical classroom experience,” Garofalo said.
This book represents the mission of The Athenaeum Press -- to concentrate on a small list of high impact projects that integrate student learning with print and digital projects and that involve faculty and community. This threefold commitment to quality, education and community engagement goes well beyond the boundaries of a traditional university press.
The book launch will take place on April 12 at the Spring Gala at Coastal Carolina University and will be part of the festivities at RiverRead at the Riverfront in Conway on April 20. Books will be available for purchase beginning April 12 at theathenaeumpress.com/papercanoe.
Kimbel Library wins access to films, documentaries
Coastal Carolina University’s Kimbel Library was recently awarded a year of free streaming access to the Filmakers Library Online by the Alexander Street Press (ASP).
CCU joins a list of winners including libraries in each U.S. state, Washington, D.C., and Canada. Libraries were chosen from qualified entrants who applied through the ASP website. As a winner, CCU will join an advisory panel, providing key thoughts and feedback throughout the year on how video resources are being used in their libraries.
CCU's business honor society receives top prize
Coastal Carolina University's chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for collegiate business students, has been named a 2013 Gold Chapter in BGS's annual outstanding chapter competition. The gold chapter is the top honor that any chapter can receive.
WIPL scholarship offers CCU students internship in D.C.
Coastal Carolina University students are encouraged to apply for a $5,000 scholarship to assist with the cost of participating in a 15-week internship during the Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 semester with the Washington Internship Institute’s (WII) Global Women’s Leadership Development program in Washington, D.C.
CCU reaches out to fire victims
Coastal Carolina University students, faculty and staff are collecting donations for 10 students who lost their lodgings and belongings in the Windsor Green fire at Carolina Forest. Some staff members are also affected by the incident. Twenty-six buildings of condos and single-family homes were destroyed in the fire.
Atlantic Stage Theatre presents ‘Lend Me a Tenor’
Atlantic Stage, the only nonprofit professional theatre in Myrtle Beach, brings Ken Ludwig’s uproariously hilarious farce “Lend Me a Tenor” to Coastal Carolina University's 79th Avenue Theatre from Thursday, March 21, to Sunday, April 7.
CCU student athletes, coaches, cheerleaders show they care
Ninety-three of Coastal Carolina University's student athletes, cheerleaders and coaches, all wearing their Chanticleer gear, visited 18 Horry County schools Wednesday, March 20, to read Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" to 2,450 kindergarten students in 98 different classes.
2013-2014 SGA board and representatives announced
Kaitlin Page, a senior political science major from Galivants Ferry, will lead Coastal Carolina University’s Student Government Association as president during the 2013-2014 academic year.