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Memorial concert is tribute to the late Paul Rice
September 27 2013
It was a bittersweet evening for Nelljean Rice on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Surrounded by family and friends, the dean of University College was celebrating a birthday that might have been. Her late husband, Paul Rice, would have been 70.
The Paul Rice Memorial Concert honored the former professor, poet and musician with an evening of music and poetry. A giant picture of the professor was projected onto the wall of the Recital Hall stage behind the faculty band, so all the musical numbers and poetry readings were under Rice’s watchful eye.
Rice died in 2004, and, in his memory, the Department of English and associate professor of English Dan Albergotti spearheaded creation of the Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series, a competition for young CCU poets that continues today. The concert was a fundraiser for the series, and Albergotti read several students’ winning poems from over the years, as well as some of Rice’s poems.
Special musical guests included songwriter/singer Jesse Rice, son of Nelljean and Paul, whose song “Cruise” has been the longest running country hit on the Billboard charts. In addition to his hit song, Jesse also performed a poignant song he wrote for his father, “While He’s Still Around.”
Elise Testone was also on hand to sing some of Rice’s favorite songs, including “Across the Miles,” which he wrote for his daughter Emily as she left for college. Testone, a singer of “American Idol”’ prominence, was a musical protégé of Paul Rice’s.
"I was so happy that everyone came together and that people travelled from afar to attend that the happiness overwhelmed the sadness," says Nelljean. "An event like this one keeps Paul and his vibrant spirit alive. I just felt it a great honor to be a part of the celebration!
"One of the parts of the event I feel so good about is how Paul’s musical protégées -- Jesse and Elise -- have progressed in their careers. The music business is harsh, and the fact that they’ve both risen to the top of a very steep heap is fantastic!"
Faculty band members included: Brian Nance, Steve Hamelman, Dan Ennis, Scott Pleasant and retired professor Steve Nagle. CCU music professor David Bankston aso performed some of Rice's favorite songs.
You had me at bacon: New study delves into its popularity
October 4 2013
CCU sociology professor Jason Eastman and former CCU professor D.K. Wittkower are the co-authors of a study on the relationship of the resurgence of bacon popularity to the social media culture.
Faculty Research Collaborative deemed success
October 4 2013
Coastal Carolina University's first Campus & Community Research Collaborative held on Friday, Oct. 4, was deemed a success by coordinator Amy Edmunds, lecturer in health science. The faculty-centered initiative is an effort to bridge community organizations as collaborative research partners.
Thirty CCU faculty and staff were on hand for the event, as were 31 representatives of community organizations from Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties.
For instance, researchers in the same academic department may work together on a project with a community organization to measure the social and economic impact of its client services. Researchers may be members of different departments within the same general discipline, or the proect could be part of an interdisciplinary endeavor involving a complex set of questions that cross disciplines from different perspectives.
“We anticipate our students gaining enhanced experiential learning activities to result from the efforts of our faculty’s expanded community ties,” says Edmunds. “Undoubtedly, the potential research opportunities are endless. Both our campus and community will be tremendously enriched by the resulting data of this initiative.”
Edmunds pointed to two pre-event connections of the "Campus & Community Research Collaborative”
• Renee Smith, philosophy, was seeking a connection to complement her philosophy with kids program. She inquired if there would be attendees from Horry County's Parks and Recreation and/ or Secondary Schools. To her delight, Athletic Supervisor Jason Burton attended from Parks and Recreation, as well as Horry County School Superintendent Cynthia Elsberry.
• Second, Sathish Kumar, assistant professor of computer science and information systems, was seeking a connection to complement his research focus of data analysis and analytics. He attended the event and met James Paisley of the Waccamaw Economic Opportunity Council to discuss a potential data analysis project of the organization's comprehensive assessment instrument.
CCU’s fall multicultural celebration a big hit
September 27 2013
Coastal Carolina University’s Multicultural Celebration turned Prince Lawn into a party on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Local group Tru Sol kicked things off, performing songs by Michael Jackson, Gerald Levert, Stevie Wonder and more. At one point, lead singer Sheryta Spears joined professors and students in doing “The Wobble,” a popular type of line dance.
Students and faculty also joined the Adande African Dance Company from North Charleston for some dancing and singing. The company gave a spirited performance, featuring interpretive dancing and a drum circle with call-and-response songs.
Also performing at the celebration were the Myrtle Beach Pipe Organ Band, the CCU student-led dance troupe Teal Temptations and CCU’s steel drum band C-Pan.
Student organizations and clubs also took part by showcasing cuisines from various cultures. From Jamaica there were jerk chicken wings and from Egypt, koshari lentils and rice. Italian sausage and cannellini beans represented Italy, while the Japanese dish was cold somen noodles. Dessert was spiced apple tartlets from France.
CCU English major Erica Smith attended the multicultural celebration and felt the event keeps raising the bar. “All the food was so exotic and delicious,” she says. “Watching professors and students dancing together is something else I will never forget.”
CCU’s Office of Multicultural Student Services organized the Multicultural Celebration.
Colombian government distributes CCU professor’s book
September 27 2013
The Government of Colombia has selected James D. Henderson’s recent book, "Victim of Globalization: How the Illegal Drug Trade Destroyed Colombia’s Peace," published last year in Bogotá in its Spanish language edition, for distribution throughout the country.
Colombia’s Culture Ministry recently purchased 1,500 copies of the work for placement in neighborhood, high school and university libraries within the country through a program called Reading is My Story 2013.
Henderson, a member of the Department of Politics and Geography at Coastal Carolina University, specializes in modern Colombian history and has published several scholarly works on the Andean nation.
Research vessel headed this way
September 27 2013
The School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science’s first research vessel, R/V Coastal Explorer has completed its sea trials and Coast Guard inspection out in Washington state. The vessel is sailing across the Puget Sound from Port Angeles, Wash., to Victoria, British Columbia. It was loaded on a large ship and started the trip through the Panama Canal to Miami on Sept. 26. It was scheduled to arrive in Miami late October. Paul Gayes and crew will run the vessel up from Miami to South Carolina. The main homeport for the Coastal Explorer will be the Harborgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach, with a second base of operations in Georgetown along the historic Harborwalk.
The main christening will be Nov. 15, Gayes says, with a possible “Passing Panama party” for the staff.
Banned Book Events held at Kimbel Library
September 30 2013
Coastal Carolina University’s faculty, staff and students brought some of their favorite books to the Banned Book Readout on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Held on the second floor atrium of the Bryan Information Commons, attendees were encouraged to read selections to highlight what they love about a particular novel.
English lecturer Amanda Grefski chose “Fight Club,” by Chuck Palahniuk. She chose a selection from Chapter 16, which she felt was “quintessential to the book and pivotal to the plot.”
Grefski says she may not always agree with Palahniuk’s views, but she believes he puts things “so beautifully raw and articulate,” she can’t help but be a fan of his work. This event was co-sponsored by Kimbel Library and Sigma Tau Delta, CCU’s English honor society.
Other Banned Book Week events included a photo shoot where students and staff had their picture taken with a once-banned novel, and a competition where participants had to guess a quote from a banned book, then unscramble the name of the novel or character who said it for a prize. Chandler Cannon won the totebag of banned books, including “The Kite Runner” and "Twilight.”
Banned Book Week launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to some books in schools, bookstores and libraries. A challenged book is an attempt to remove it from a library, based on the objections of a person or group. If the challenge is upheld, the book becomes banned and is removed from the library. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. According to the American Library Association (ALA), there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012.
Campbell is featured in publication
October 1 2013
Amber Campbell was named one of “Five Amazing Women” in the premiere issue of Be Made Whole magazine.
Campbell earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2004 from CCU and has been on Team USA for three World Outdoor Championships and the 2008 Olympic Games. She competed for the Lady Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina University from 2000 to 2004, winning 16 conference titles and five All-American honors.
Since 2005, she has worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer. Fueled by her experience as a two-time Olympian and one of the best in the women’s hammer throwers in the country over the past 10 years, Campbell has began sharing her message of motivation and inspiration.
Be Made Whole was created to give voice to minority women to discuss mind, body, soul and spiritual issues in relation to physical health, mental health and current issues that affect minority women.
Abel co-authors textbook
September 27 2013
Dan Abel, professor of marine science, has co-authored a textbook, "Environmental Geology Today," which has just been published.
The book description:
A fresh and modern exploration of environmental geology designed for the undergraduate, introductory environmental geology course for majors and non-majors alike, "Environmental Geology Today" presents the core geological principles and explores the effects of humanity on the physical environment. Contemporary case studies throughout encourage students to use their critical thinking skills to dissect the subject matter as part of their overall analysis. The numerous case studies are drawn from topical current events that relate to the chapter material and contain numerical data. Using simple math, graphing, and critical thinking, the authors challenge students to analyze aspects of the data, honing their basic math and analytical skills. With a focus on teaching students to think critically about our environment, "Environmental Geology Today" is a fresh and modern exploration of this ever-evolving field.
Wood is new academic integrity officer
October 1 2013
Frederick Wood of the Department of Politics and Geography is the new academic integrity officer, effective immediately. He takes over these duties from Mike Pierce, who was the first academic integrity officer. Questions or concerns about the academic integrity process may be directed to Wood.
The academic integrity officer at Coastal Carolina University oversees all aspects of the reporting, evaluation and adjudication of CCU’s academic integrity policies and procedures and actively promotes the University’s Community Standards Statement and Code of Conduct as they relate to matters of academic integrity. This person oversees reports of student violations, facilitates any required hearings or reviews and maintains the online database of such incidents. Reporting directly to the Provost, the academic integrity officer performs a crucial function in assuring that the process is held to a high standard, procedurally sound and equitable for all concerned.
CCU professor Rob Young at floating university
October 2 2013
Students from the floating university program, “Semester at Sea,” visited Galway in September on a collaborative marine science field-trip led by NUI Galway and the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART).
More than 570 students from 20 different countries were aboard the MV Explorer, which docked in Dublin. The vessel previously visited Galway in 2012 after a trans-Atlantic voyage in which marine science students from NUI Galway participated. The field trip was led by NUI Galway oceanographer Rachel Cave and investigated submarine groundwater flow in County Clare and East Galway.
According to Professor Rob Young, professor of marine biology and oceanography for Semester at Sea, and professor of marine science at Coastal Carolina University, “Collaborative programs such as the one between SMART/NUI Galway and Semester at Sea give students the opportunity to see ongoing research projects in action while promoting intercultural understanding.”