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CCU acknowledged by U.S. Ambassador to Iceland
March 22 2013
Coastal Carolina University president David DeCenzo and a delegation of CCU representatives traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland, on March 15 to meet with CCU alumni and Luis E. Arreaga, U.S. Ambassador to Iceland.
CCU has more than 70 graduates from Iceland. “When Americans and Icelanders work together, great things happen. I can think of no better example of this than the partnership between Coastal Carolina University and its Icelandic alumni,” Arreaga said on his blog after the meeting. “Over the years, these Icelanders have returned to Iceland and formed a tightly knit alumni association based on their shared experiences.”
Icelandic members of CCU’s Alumni Association got together with CCU administration and instituted a new scholarship fund. At a ceremony March 16, DeCenzo and the president of the Icelandic Whales Alumni Association (IWAA), Snorri Gudmundsson, signed an agreement to establish and facilitate a scholarship fund to give five Icelanders the opportunity to attend CCU.
CCU’s Icelandic alumni now hold leadership positions in companies and organizations across Iceland and elsewhere. Members of the Icelandic alumni group worked with CCU staff members Darla Domke-Damonte and Geoffrey Parsons to coordinate recruitment efforts on March 14 and 15 at four local secondary schools around Reykjavik to encourage more Icelandic students to seek their degrees at CCU. Parsons and Domke-Damonte also attended meetings with the presidents of the University of Iceland and Reykjavik University to explore potential collaboration.
“The quality of my Icelandic students over the years has been exemplary,” says Domke-Damonte, professor and executive director of global initiatives. “I am hopeful that we will attract more of these talented students to CCU to help contribute to raising the global awareness of all our students.”
Albergotti invited to Southern Literary Festival
March 22 2013
Coastal Carolina University poet and professor Dan Albergotti was among several widely acclaimed authors at the Southern Literary Festival March 28 to 30 at Columbus State University.
Albergotti, who has a new chapbook coming out soon, is the author of "Boatloads," selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner for the 2007 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. He did a poetry reading and question-and-answer session with Natasha Trethewey, the 19th U.S. poet laureate.
Other participants were Tim O'Brien ("The Things They Carried"), novelist Kevin Wilson ("Tunneling to the Center of the Earth") and creative nonfiction writer Madge McKeithen ("Blue Peninsula").
Albergotti, who teaches poetry and creative writing, will also be featured at Brookgreen Gardens ini the Poetry Garden on Sunday, April 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. in honor of National Poetry Month.