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  • CCU staffer meets triathlon challenge

    June 4 2010

    By Corrie Lee Lacey
    Photos by Dan Lawless

    Jackie Andrews may have come in last place at Coastal’s 2010 Triathlon, but she finished first in the hearts of every onlooker.

    As the 57-year-old summoned enough strength to run the last quarter mile, she could hear clapping and cheering. And as she neared the finish line, she could make out what the crowd was yelling: ‘Go Jackie, Go Jackie.’

    Because of work, her husband and biggest fan John couldn’t make it to the race this year, but Jackie wasn’t alone. After swimming 12 laps, biking 11 miles around CCU’s campus, and running – well, speed walking – three miles through Quail Creek, Jackie found her boss and friend Dan Lawless, CCU’s registrar, at the finish line, photographing her final effort.

    “I just kept saying to myself ‘Please God, just let me finish,’” says Andrews, who has a knee problem. “I thought I had practice enough and I thought I was doing really well, but people kept on passing me. One after another, they all went on by. So I just kept saying ‘Please God, just let me finish.’”

    And Andrews did finish, with every attendee cheering her on along the way.

    “Everyone was so supportive,” says Andrews, who will need knee replacement surgery in the future, according to her doctor. “I was so thankful for their encouragement. I walked most of the last three miles, but when I heard them all cheering for me, I thought I should try to run the last leg – give the crowd a show.”

    To prepare for the April 18 event, Jackie trained every day after work, swimming more than an hour each evening and biking routinely at home.

    Jackie was first inspired to get involved when she learned that a friend was participating.

    “I found out that women older than me were doing it and thought to myself, ‘If they can do, I can do it,” says Jackie. So she did it.

    Andrews says participating in an event such as this is really out of character for her.

    “It’s really not like me to be competitive,” says Jackie. “But I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.”

    Her number one goal this year was to “not be the one who had to use the emergency vehicle.” She met that goal – and more. Jackie finished second (out of two) in her age group and was awarded a 2010 Coastal Carolina University Triathlon Cup trophy, which is proudly on display atop a file cabinet in her office.

    Jackie says her husband is very proud of her commitment and is excited for her. He was her biggest supporter at her first race in 2009.

    Originally from Elizabeth, N.J., Andrews has lived in Little River for 23 years. Although this was only Jackie’s second year participating, she says she plans to continue.

    “I hope to start my training with swimming in September,” says Jackie. “I want to start early for next year, get a leg up on the other competitors,” she laughed.

    See article on the winners of the Triathlon in News Shorts.

  • Goodwins celebrate a West Point graduate

    June 4 2010

    John "Andrew" Goodwin graduated from West Point, the U.S. Military Academy, on May 22. He also shook the hand of commencement speaker President Barack Obama, along with the other 1,001 graduates.

    He is the son of John and Cathy Goodwin. Andrew majored in French and will pursue his chosen branch of military intelligence. He is currently working at West Point with cadet training, but will report to Fort Huachuca in Arizona for military intelligence professional training in August. He will then be stationed at Fort Bliss, near El Paso, Texas.

    Andrew graduated with an international bachalaureate diploma at Socastee High School in 2006 and earned his Eagle Scout that same year. He was on the track team and swim team at SHS.

    Family members attending graduation were John (CCU professor of chemistry), Cathy (collection management librarian in Kimbel), sister Faye, (who attends Carolina Forest High School). Younger brother, Sam, who lives in New Mexico, was not able to attend.

    The Goodwins live in Conway.

  • What are you doing this summer?

    June 10 2010

    We are looking for faculty and staff who have taken exotic trips, embarked on volunteer excursions, or simply done something interesting and different this summer to feature in the July Atheneum Newsletter.

    Please send your information to the newsletter (see submit news button to the left) or send an e-mail to mprufer@coastal.edu.

  • Rick Matthews welcomes daughter

    May 17 2010

    Rick ("Hammer") and Jennifer Matthews welcomed their new daughter, Evaleigh Dare Mae Matthews. She was born at Conway Medical Center on May 17, 2010, at 35 weeks – a little earlier than anticipated!

    She weighed in at 5 pounds, 5.8 ounces and was 17 3/4 inches long. Mom and baby are both home, and Dad is on diaper duty as well.

  • Two CCU professors tie the knot

    May 28 2010

    Holley Tankersley and Dan Albergottoi were married on May 15 at the Cypress Inn in Conway, and then took a honeymoon trip to Montreal.

    Here's the nutshell version of their romance in Holley's words: "Dan and I would not have met if it weren't for the collegial atmosphere at Coastal. Shannon Stewart (English) introduced us in the Edwards building, where our offices were just around the corner from each other. We used to walk by each other's offices (me on the way to the faculty lounge, him on the way to the mailroom) and chat. Clearly, we were interested in each other from the very beginning! Because of the large and active social circle in COHFA, we were also together at a lot of gatherings and events. We started dating in October of 2006, (the first year I was here; the second for Dan) and got engaged in June of 2009."

  • Campus Salvage raises more than $3,800

    May 28 2010

    The Campus Salvage yard sale, held recently in the Coastal Science Center, earned $3,850, an immense increase from the $840 raised last year.

    This year’s proceeds will benefit the University’s Sustainability Initiative environmental stewardship and awareness programs on campus.

    All items left in the Portable On Demand Storage (PODS) units, used to collect items including bedding, clothes, food and toiletries, were donated to Citizens Against Spousal Abuse (CASA), Waccamaw Youth Center, Catholic Charities and Fostering Hope.

    Katie Zahm of Volunteer Services coordinated all charitable donations.

    “The charities were more than happy with what was donated and had to start turning us away because they were full,” said Zahm.

    Marissa Mitzner, sustainability coordinator, attributes this year’s success to the additional PODS.

    “Last year we had two PODS. This year we had 17, which definitely helped with collection,” said Mitzner.

    Campus Salvages’ six sponsors helped fund the additional PODS: ACE Bookstore, Crafty Rooster, Coastal Ale House, Lapel’s Dry Cleaning, Mi Tierra San Jose and The Trestle.

    Mitzner plans on making a few more changes next year, specifically with the University Place property. The organization plans to hold the yard sale in June, in hopes of giving University Place students a chance to donate until the end of May.

    Mitzner says the long-term goal is to sell the collected items during Move-in Day in August. The program gives incoming freshmen the opportunity to purchase needed items cheaply and reduce the amount of waste entering the landfill.

  • Faculty recognition awards presented in Humanities College

    May 28 2010

    Fourteen faculty members received 2010 Faculty Recognition Awards at a ceremony held Friday, April 30, presented by the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University.

    The following awards were received:

    Student Advisory Council Apple Awards:

    • Aneilya Barnes, assistant professor of history, for teaching

    • Ron Green, lecturer of philosophy and religious studies, for teaching

    • Jason Ockert, assistant professor of English, for teaching

    • Holley Tankersley, assistant professor of politics and geography, for teaching and adviser of the year

    • Eliza Glaze, assistant professor of history, for teaching

    College Awards:

    • Ron Green, lecturer of philosophy and religious studies, Distinguished Teaching

    • Holley Tankersley, assistant professor of politics and geography, Distinguished Service

    • Philip Whalen, director of honors program, Distinguished Scholarship/ Creative Endeavor

    Dean’s Awards:

    • Mattieu Chan Tsin, assistant professor of foreign languages, Meritorious Service

    • John Navin, associate professor of communication, Meritorious Service

    • Arne Flaten, associate dean of Edwards College of Humanities & Fine Arts, Leadership

    • John Beard, associate dean of Edwards College of Humanities & Fine Arts, Exceptional Service

    Retiree Recognition:

    • Lee Bollinger, associate profession of communication

    • Jill Sessoms, professor of English

    Jason Ockert has received the English Faculty of the Year Award presented by Sigma Tau Delta.

    This year’s nominees were professors Steve Hamelman, Cynthia Port, Joe Oestreich and Ockert.

    As the winner of the award, Ockert will be invited to give the keynote address at the spring 2011 Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society Induction Ceremony. The award was presented to Ockert by Sigma Tau Delta’s newly elected president, Stephanie Bouzounis.

  • Memorial benches dedicated to English faculty

    May 28 2010

    Two benches were dedicated by the Department of English in memory of deceased faculty members Don Millus and Peter Lecouras, who died last year.

    Millus, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., earned a Ph.D. from Yale and came to CCU to teach, write and fish. In addition to publishing scholarly articles on the Protestant reformers and Bible translator William Tyndale, Millus published a number of books about growing up in Brooklyn and fishing throughout the Southeast. His book of poetry, “Wading South,” is still in print.

    Lecouras, born in Stamford, Conn., earned a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina and began teaching full time in the Department of English at USC-Coastal Carolina College in 1985. During his 24 years at CCU, Lecouras was published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals on William Wordsworth, W.B. Yeats, Walker Percy, Ernest Hemingway and Robert Lowell. His first book of fiction, “Requiem for a Good Soldier and Other Stories,” was published in September 2009.

    The English Faculty Memorial Bench Dedication was held on May 4 in the lobby of the Thomas W. and Robin W. College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

  • Elston family thanks CCU community

    May 28 2010

    When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

    We are all involved in this journey called life.

    We must keep an eye out for one another

    and make an extra effort to encourage one another.


    To our dear CCU Family:

    Wally and I want to thank you all for your support and your prayers throughout his four-month battle with his health since Jan. 20. Wally had his final surgery on April 12, and it was successful. We know God heard your prayers, and He answered them.

    Thank you all!
    Cookie and Wally Elston

  • Ratcliff named to 'Who's Who'

    May 28 2010

    Nancy Ratcliff, associate professor and assistant dean of the Spadoni College of Education, was recently accepted into the Featured Member section of the Biltmore Who’s Who 2010 Registry.

    Ratcliff earned bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in early childhood education from Indiana State University. After teaching 14 years in the Indiana public schools, she held a directorship of the Educational Research Center for Child Development at the University of South Florida. She is a former winner of the Florida Primary Educator News Journal’s Award of Merit.

    Featured Members of Biltmore Who’s Who Registry is reserved for members who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their chosen profession.