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  • DeFuria named director of Postal Services

    Nick DeFuria has been named director of Postal Services at Coastal Carolina University. DeFuria has been the mail supervisor at CCU for the past five years and was with the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years prior to joining the Coastal staff.

    Defuria plans to focus on customer service and community involvement. “We are going to decorate for Halloween and have a disco theme and hang lights for Christmas,” says Defuria. “I plan to involve the students in a food drive and sending care packages to soldiers before Christmas break."

    He is from New Jersey and has been married to his wife, Rosemary, for 38 years. They have three children: Dawn, Michael and Nicole, and five grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 17. DeFuria is an animal lover and has two basset hounds, JR and Madison, a pug named Chloe and a cat called Little Man. In his spare time, he enjoys saltwater fishing, flyfishing and jet skiing.

    The Mail Services area is responsible for receiving and delivering mail for some 3,300 residential students as well as all University departments, providing guidance and support to all University departments with respect to regular and bulk mailing guidelines, and the operation of a retail U.S. Postal Center that serves the local community.

    Jim Mee retired from the Postal Services directorship on April 30 after more than 16 years.

    The post office is located in Sands Hall.

  • Are you in the Faculty Expertise Guide?

    The Office of University Communication is updating the Faculty Expertise Guide, which is located at

    This guide is useful to media searching for experts in specific fields and for community members looking for speakers. It might also be used by students trying to decide whether to take a course, or by faculty and staff members trying to get to know one another.

    Our goal is to include all faculty on this site. Please go to the site and click "Add Faculty Bio." If you are not included in this guide, fill out the form with pertinent information and add a photo. Then click "submit." We will be notified and will edit your information according to our style, then your profile will be displayed.

    If your information needs to be update, contact the Office of University Communication at or

    Please be patient as your profile might not display immediately. And please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide additional help. Call Mona Prufer at 843-349-2087.

  • Dean reports changes in Humanities

    The Edwards College of Humanities has hired 19 new tenured/tenure-track faculty and 11 new full-time lecturers for the fall. Eight searches were unsuccessful, and 11 searches will start late this summer (a combination of carry-over searches, replacement searches and reallocated searches). During the course of this past year, more than 90 candidates were interviewed on campus for the positions, reports Dean William Richardson.

    So, where do all the new faculty go now? Half of the Department of Politics and Geography is now housed in Arcadia Hall, and the Department of History (including Anthropology and Archaeology) will move later this summer to Sands Hall. A number of lecturers in Communication will be relocating to the Foundation Center, along with the new student TV studio and other facilities. The Departments of History and Politics and Geography will move with the opening of the new classroom/office building that will be located between the Edwards and Wall buildings. Dan Ennis is serving as the faculty representative on the committee working with the architectural team designing the new classroom/office building.

    There are two new department chairs, and one chair being reappointed for the upcoming academic year. Jim Everett comes from the University of Alaska Southeast to serve as chair of the Department of Communication. Carol Osborne will be the new chair of the Department of English. Matthieu Chan Tsin will serve one more year as chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

    In the dean's office:

    Rita Smith will be the new administrative specialist in the Office of the Dean. She worked previously as administrative assistant in the Department of Communication. Leyla Nardali will be the temporary office support person in the Dean’s Office. She was a political science major who graduated last year and served for four years as a student worker in both the political science and dean’s offices.

  • Tomczyk elected president for higher education group

    Charmaine Tomczyk has been elected to serve as president-elect for the S.C. Women in Higher Education (SCWHE) executive board for 2010-2011.

    Tomczyk, who is director for undergraduate research at CCU, will assume the presidency of SCWHE in June 2011. She previously served as secretary to the board for two years, chair of the Martha Kime Piper Award Committee and was institutional representative for CCU for several years.

    As president, Tomczyk will work with the executive board and current president to offer SCWHE’s three annual statewide workshops for minority women. She will also work with the institutional representatives, the new and prospective chairs and directors as well as the annual conference. The 2011 conference theme will be “Creative Strategies for Career Progression” and will be held in Myrtle Beach.

  • New rental textbook titles added at CCU Bookstore

    Coastal Carolina University is offering textbook rental services at the CCU Bookstore this fall, which could save students as much as 50 percent on their book purchases.

    Rent-A-Text will offer students a rental option on 276 titles (available in the store and online by July 26) selected by faculty for use this fall.

    Coastal Carolina University’s textbook rental program will be available to students in the store and online with in-store pick up, and will allow students to choose a form of payment including financial aid. Students will also have the option to purchase the textbook at the end of the term.

    Rent-A-Text will be offered through the University’s ongoing partnership with Follett Higher-Education Group, which services the CCU Bookstore.

    For more information, call 843-349-2360.