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  • Welcome to the world, baby Elijah!

    March 30 2010

    Lucy Rush and Dylan Wittkower welcome their new son, Elijah Erich Wittkower, who was born on March 30, weighing eight pounds, 10 ounces and 21.5 inches long. Lucy is a librarian, and Dylan is a philosophy instructor.

    From Dylan:

    "Elijah was born on the first day of Pesach: the 15th day of Nisan, in the year 5770. That's 3/30/2010 in the Gregorian calendar. When not sleeping, Eli pursues his primary hobbies of looking at things, screaming, and poo. We assume that he will later pursue one or more of these interests as a career. "

    Lucy adds: "Don't forget about his number one hobby, eating!"

  • CCU remembers Holocaust, victims of genocides

    April 30 2010

    Approximately 50 people -- students, faculty, staff and community members – honored victims of genocides by participating in CCU's first Holocaust Memorial Walk on April 12, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah).

    The silent walk, from The Commons to the CINO Grille, was organized by economics professor Yoav Wachsman and sponsored by CCU's Jackson Center for Ethics and Values. The marchers wore black armbands provided for the occasion by Helaine Cohn, program coordinator in the Wall College, and visual arts professor Steven Bleicher.

    Some of the walkers brought along personal mementos relating to the Nazi genocide. Associate Provost Barbara Buckner shared a vintage family photograph of a group of her European ancestors, some of whom were murdered in the early 1940s when the Nazis occupied Lithuania.

    Other recent CCU events that commemorated the Holocaust included a screening of the 2006 film "The Pianist." There was also an exhibit of posters, media and books in Kimbel Library, organized by librarian John Watts and English professor Jill Sessoms as part of her class "Representations of the Holocaust."

  • Faculty, students tour Paris over spring break

    April 30 2010

    Four faculty members (and assorted family members) and four CCU students enjoyed a nine-day trip to Paris over spring break for Philip Whalen's honors course “The City in European History/The City as Text and Context.”

    CCU faculty members were Wink Prince (history), Elizabeth Howie (art history), Whalen and Julinna Oxley (philosophy).

    Students included Nick Ledger, Brooke Donaldson, Amanda El-Tourky and Lindsay Weirich.

    The trip, from March 12 to 21, featured traditional sites such as the Louvre Museum, Versailles Palace, Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, Musee Carnevalet, Paris Sewer Tour, Pompidou Museum and more.

  • Food lovers and bibliophiles enjoy cakes of their labors

    April 30 2010

    By John Watts

    Cookies, cakes, chocolate and…Nathanial Hawthorne? These were just some of the ingredients used in Kimbel Library’s Edible Book Fair on April 12. All Coastal Carolina University faculty, staff and students were invited to submit their own creations. Edible books are edible representations of any written work. They can look like a book in form and shape, be inspired by a book in form and shape, reproduce a book cover, or just have something to do with books in general. Fifteen edible books were entered by contestants from various departments on campus. More than 160 students, faculty, staff and community members voted for their favorite creation.

    Rebecca Hamill, former pastry chef-turned English professor, was a shoe-in for the fair. Her edible representation of The Scarlett Letter using dark chocolate and raspberry sauce was a major hit. However, it was Susan McLean from counseling services who took the most votes with her creation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (a completely edible recreation of Huck and Jim’s raft floating down the Mississippi). “Many of my co-workers sent me the invitation and insisted that I participate” says McLean. “They know that I love to make cakes that look like other things.” When asked about her choice of book, McLean said, “I read Huck Finn in an English class that I took here at Coastal and just fell in love with it!”

    Of course, several librarians submitted edible representations of their favorite books. Reference specialist Marcia Balazs took second place with her book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. “It's fun because people have emotional attachments to both food and books so putting them together makes sense.”

    The edible book fair was the kick-off event for National Library Week, a week-long celebration of all things library and a time to remember the contributions that libraries make to their communities.

    Barbara Burd, dean of Library Services, reflected on the role of libraries, “In these tough economic times, it’s good to think about the important role of all libraries, whether on the college campus where we assist students, faculty and staff; in our schools, where we help to educate and prepare our children for success; or, in our community, where there is equal access for the advantaged and the disadvantaged and assistance for all who wish to become literate and productive citizens. Libraries are foundational to our society and to our future. National Library Week is a time to thank our patrons for supporting us and to acknowledge our librarians and staff for their dedication and commitment to excellence in Kimbel Library.”

    This year’s edible book fair may have created a new tradition for the Coastal Carolina campus. Just as long as we have butter, sugar, eggs and readers!

  • Glaze awarded NHC sabbatical fellowship

    April 30 2010

    Associate Professor Eliza Glaze in the Department of History has been awarded a National Humanities Center sabbatical fellowship for the academic year 2010-2011. She will use the scholarly reassignment time at the National Humanities Center to complete a book on medical history in southern Italy during the 11th and 12th centuries. Glaze's project, titled "Gariopontus and the Salernitans: the 'Passionarius' and Medical Practice in Southern Italy, c. 1000-1200," will include an edition and translation, with scholarly commentary and analysis, of the medical book called Passionarius or Book of Diseases, which originated in Salerno, Italy, early in the 11th century. The text and its significance has never been examined prior to Glaze's studies of it; she has identified and examined more than 68 surviving manuscripts – fewer than 10 of which were known previously – in major libraries and private collections across Europe and the U.S.

    Glaze's research is part of a collaborative effort to discover and understand the origins and pedagogical processes of medical study and practice at Salerno, which is not well documented. Her book will be published as part of the series "Edizione Nazionale 'La Scuola Medica Salernitana'" by SISMEL, la Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino, based in Florence, Italy.

    "It is a tremendous honor to be awarded a position at the National Humanities Center, for which I’m very grateful" says Glaze. “A stint at the NHC will make it possible for me to complete the analysis of vast quantities of archival data I collected from various monastic, municipal and national manuscript collections all across Italy in 2008, and to ready my text for publication by SISMEL." The center is located in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

    A fellow of the American Academy in Rome, Glaze teaches the History of Western Medicine from Antiquity to the Renaissance, the Norman Conquests, the Age of Crusade and the Byzantine Empire.

  • Groundbreaking held for Student Recreation and Convocation Center

    April 30 2010

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held April 14 for the Student Recreation/Convocation Center, a multi-purpose facility that will meet many pressing campus needs.

    The new facility – expected to be completed by fall 2011 – will provide an improved venue for student recreation, sports events and graduation ceremonies, a bookstore, an indoor track, climbing wall, workout spaces and locker rooms. The new center is to be located on Founders Drive adjacent to the Santee residence hall in what is now an intramural field.

    The $25 to $30 million building will include nearly 128,000 square feet,divided into two areas.

    The 45,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center will include a 30-foot-high climbing wall, a one-tenth mile indoor track, large areas for cardio equipment and free weights, as well as three multi-use workout rooms
    that will be used for fitness classes and for meetings.

    The 77,090-square-foot Convocation Center will have approximately 3,300 seats for commencement, concerts and shows. It will also be the home of CCU's NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball programs, as well as omen's volleyball.

    The building project is being funded through student fees, a move that was supported by the Student Government Association. SGA President Dan Jolles was one of the speakers at the event, along with Jody Davis, director of campus recreation; Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek; President DeCenzo; and Billy Alford, chairman of the board of trustees.

    "One half of our student body participates in intramurals on a weekly basis," said Davis, "and there are more than 35 fitness classes a week, so this building will have a big impact on students." Yurachek talked about the "wow" factor that the new facility would add to the University's basketball and volleyball programs.

  • Instructor travels to Venice

    April 30 2010

    Stephanie Miller, instructor of art history, presented a paper on "Transitional Spaces of the Italian Renaissance Palazzo" at the annual Renaissance Society of America conference held April 8 to 10 in Venice, Italy. The session was about "Defining Domestic Spaces" in Renaissance Italy. Miller's paper reassessed Renaissance notions of private versus public spaces in the home especially as it was defined by gender. She noted how transitional spaces such as courtyards, doorways and windows concerned moralists who felt that women seen in those spaces created scandal for themselves and their families and how architectural ornament was designed to reduce this potential loss of virtue.

    She also chaired a session, organized by Erin Campbell from the University of Victoria, called "At Home in Early Modern Italy: The Bolognese Domestic Interior."

  • Mentoring Day is a big hit on campus

    April 30 2010

    By Margene Willis

    What a wonderful day we had last Thursday! The 302 children and youth who experienced “A Day in the Life of a College Student” felt welcome and experienced a terrific morning with their mentors on the campus. Sixteen elementary, middle and high schools in Horry County and two elementary and middle schools in Georgetown County participated. At least 260 CCU student mentors hosted the children, along with 30 to 40 other student volunteers.

    Activities were held on Prince Lawn, as well as classrooms in Edwards, Smith Science and the Wall Building and included:

    • Sandy Nelson and her students, who organized the physical activities on Prince Lawn.
    • Professor Denise Lewis and her students, who organized healthy, fun activities.
    • Profesor Jose-Luis Mireles and his students, who educated and delighted students with piñatas.
    • Professors Michael Collins and Mark Mitchell, who made learning about business fun and interesting.
    • Ebony Bowden and Leadership Challenge students who enlightened students about preparing for college.
    • Marissa Mitzner and the Sustainability Initiative for all the Earth Day activities.
    • Ben Abercrombie and interns from Playcard Environmental Education Center for the dip nets and critters (including the baby gator).
    • Coaches and athletes who signed autographs, mingled and made the children feel so special.
    • Staff at The Commons who kindly served everyone so efficiently.

    The school coordinators said it best:

    "I have been able to witness firsthand the difference this kind of program makes in the life of the community. I am so appreciative that Pee Dee Elementary has had the opportunity to be a part of the program. Yesterday was the first time most of the children with me had ever set foot on a college campus. I am here to tell you they will never forget the outpouring of encouragement they received. The mentors, the athletes, the cafeteria staff, faculty and vendors all did their part to make our children feel like they fit in and that college is an option for them. On a personal level, I came away filled with hope. It is wonderful to know that all those people are concerned for our children's well being. I thank you for all that you did to pull all of those people together.... Please know that you are truly appreciated."
        - Kelly Covington, Pee Dee Elementary School


    “Our students loved the field trip on Thursday. They are continually expressing to me that it was the best field trip they had ever had in their life. We will never know how many kids may end up going to college due to this wonderful experience. For me personally, I wish I could have been part of the mentoring program and had an opportunity to visit a busy college campus. I may not have had such fear of going to college.
    It was absolutely perfect weather, perfect activities and perfectly delicious food. I could tell lots of planning went into making sure our mentees had an awesome experience on campus.
    Please thank everybody for the “great” adventure. Lives were changed because our kids do want to go to Coastal Carolina University due [to] this positive experience.”
         – Gail Dale, Assistant Principal, Waccamaw Elementary School

  • ODK leadership award goes to CCU student Vaccaro

    April 30 2010

    Caitlin T. Vaccaro, a Coastal Carolina University freshman from Shallotte, N.C., was recently awarded the Robert W. Squatriglia Outstanding Undergraduate Leader Award for 2010.

    Vaccaro was presented with a plaque and a check for $100 at a Rotary Club of Conway meeting in recognition of her leadership and service activities. Vaccaro, a business management major with a minor in English, distinguished herself in academics and athletics as well as in volunteer and philanthropic activities both on and off campus, including animal rescue and human health care.

    Vaccaro said she is most proud of starting a scholarship in memory of her late sister, Christina Vaccaro, a CCU student who died in October 2008. The scholarship is for students who wish to teach at the middle school level, which was her sister’s dream.

    The award is co-sponsored annually by the Rotary Club of Conway and the Coastal Carolina University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society comprising the top 30 percent of juniors and seniors of their class. The award is named in honor of Robert Squatriglia, who helped students form the University’s ODK Circle in 1980. Squatriglia is a retired vice president of student affairs at CCU and a longtime Rotarian.

  • Epps' son stars in high school musical

    May 3 2010

    Derrick Epps, son of Barry and Jodi Epps, had a starring role in his high school musical. He was Conrad Birdie in "Bye Bye Birdie," presented by the Fine Arts Department of Aynor High School.

    Barry is a grounds specialist in CCU's Department of Facilities and Grounds, and Jodi is a compliance specialist in the Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity.

    The production ran from April 15 to 18 in the Aynor High School Auditorium.