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2017 Family Weekend

October 6-8, 2017

Will Luck Family weekendPre-registration for Family Weekend 2017 is now closed. You can still register on site in the Lib Jackson Student Union Rotunda on Friday, October 6 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. or Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Registration includes all of the events below except those listed with an additional fee. Current CCU students are free with the registration of a family member. T-shirts (design below) are for sale; however, quantities are limited, and the only sizes available are XS/Youth Large and XXXL.

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All Weekend

Mini-golf Outing
Myrtle Beach Family Golf (any location)
$10 per person

Interested in a little friendly competition? Myrtle Beach is a classic beach get-a-way for millions of people each year, and it wouldn't be the same without a plethora of mini golf courses. We hope you will enjoy a round of mini golf with the family while you are in town for Family Weekend or any other weekend beore the end of the calendar year. Purchase your tickets through the Office of New Student & Family Programs (Family Weekend registration), and a portion of your ticket cost will go to support the Family Fund.

Dave & Buster’s Outing
1322 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Pick up some coupons when you check in to Family Weekend and head down to Broadway at the Beach to enjoy a meal and play some games at Dave & Buster’s. With a full menu, tons of massive HDTVS, and hundreds of games, Dave & Busters offers something for all ages to enjoy.

Friday

Art Gallery Exhibit: Form + Press - the beauty of letters
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday—Friday, Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery

“Form + Press: The Beauty of Letters,” a solo exhibition of works by Scott Mann of Coastal Carolina University’s graphic design faculty is inspired by his research during a sabbatical in Spring 2017 at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wis. During this period, he focused on learning the process of letterpress printing and the technology it involved. His research advances the understanding of American printing and design heritage by documenting, archiving and drawing inspiration from the history and images of the industry. “This exhibition is showcasing wood type,” said Mann. “It’s a mixture blending my exploration in creating letterforms as artistic expression and traditional methods of poster making.”

Problem Solving or Intelligence
9 a.m. (Brittain 114), 11 a.m. (Brittain 112), or 1 p.m. (Brittain 114)

Professor Theresa Stanton, professor of Psychology 101, invites you to join her class as she discusses either problem solving or intelligence. Limited seating available as first priority will be given to the students enrolled in the course.

Theories of Poverty
10 a.m., Academic Office/Classroom Building 2, Room 201

Dr. Stephanie Southworth, professor of Sociology 309, Social Inequality, invites you to join her class as she discusses theories of poverty. Limited seating is available as first priority will be given to the students enrolled in the course.

Young Stroke: Changing the Way We View Stroke
11 a.m., Lib Jackson Student Union, Room A-201
Seminar with Professor Amy Edmunds

Stroke among millennials is increasing. The impact of strokes in this age group is devastating not only for young stroke survivors but also their families and society. Geographically, Coastal Carolina University lies at the heart of America’s Stroke Buckle region. This session examines young stroke within a global and national context. It also addresses the unique dynamics contributing to South Carolina’s health disparities and growing prevalence of stroke among young adults.

Hip Pathologies & the Biomechanical Issues that Cause Them
1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m., Williams-Brice 114

Professor Mac Hall, professor of Injury Management, invites you to join his class as he discusses and facilitates some hands-on assessments about injuries to the hip. Limited seating available as first priority will be given to the students enrolled in the course.

Check-in/Registration
3 to 8:30 p.m., Lib Jackson Student Union Rotunda
*Discount tickets to Dave & Busters will be available

Meet with your student and catch your breath! Check in, enjoy some refreshments, and pick up your official Family Weekend nametag(s) and get any last minute directions. Forget to pre-order your Family Weekend T-shirt? T-shirts will be available for sale – while supplies last. Should you miss the registration session, check in from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday in the Lib Jackson Student Union Rotunda. NOTE: Nametags are required for entry into all registered Family Weekend events. 

At check-in/registration, we will be collecting food items to be donated to Coastal Carolina University's Food Pantry. The food pantry is available to all Coastal students who need food for whatever reason, no questions asked. If you are able, we ask that you make a contribution to support our students. The most needed/popular items are proteins (peanut butter, canned tuna, canned chicken, etc.) and starches (mac and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, Chef Boyardee, etc.)

How Animals Think: Comparative Animal Cognition
3:15 p.m., Lib Jackson Student Union, Room A-201

We are all clearly fascinated by animals' antics, as evidenced by how we ooh and ahh over our pets at home, and by the landslide of online cat videos.  When we study animal cognition from a rigorous scientific perspective, we discover both that animals are capable of many fascinating "mental" abilities, and that human behavior and cognition may not always be as complex as we think it is.  This seminar will discuss research on comparative animal behavior and cognition, and will discuss how students can get involved in comparative cognition research on campus.

Family Weekend Opening Reception & Cornhole Tournament
5 to 8 p.m., Spadoni Park

Enjoy various street food in Spadoni Park while partaking in or watching a cornhole tournament. 

To participate in the cornhole tournament, go to http://coastaltailgating.com/tournament-registration/. The registration is $5 per person, and you will pay in cash once you arrive. The tournament will begin at 5 p.m. in Spadoni Park (area in between Wheelwright, Starbucks, and the Lib Jackson Student Union).

Movie at the Union - Despicable Me 3
6 p.m., Coastal Theater, Lib Jackson Student Union
Admission: free

Head to the Coastal Theater, grab some free popcorn and enjoy the show! Your CCU student will also get in free as long as they are with you.

Live Music on the Green for Dance Marathon
6 to 10 p.m., Encore Floral, 225 Kingston Street, Conway, SC 29526

Come to Encore Floral for some music on the green benefiting the Coastal Carolina University Dance Marathon! Aaron with Charlie & Them will be performing. Oliver's Catering serving great burgers and dogs! Wine and beer available for purchase. We will have a 50/50 raffle, silent auction items and raffle items available to raise funds for McLeod Children’s Hospital in Florence, SC serving the Grand Strand Area. All donations will go directly to the hospital. For more information on dance marathon go to: ccudancemarathon.com 

Women's Volleyball vs. Georgia Southern
6:30 p.m., HTC Center

Solo Circus
8 p.m., Wheelwright Auditorium

As seen on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, this fast paced, audience interactive variety show featuring an all-original presentation of juggling, magic, circus and dangerous sideshow stunts all wrapped in a blanket of comedy!

Movie at the Union - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
9 p.m., Coastal Theater, Lib Jackson Student Union
Admission: free

Head to the Coastal Theater, grab some free popcorn and enjoy the show! Your CCU student will also get in free as long as they are with you.

Saturday

Annual Family Weekend Golf Tournament
The Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University
107 Citadel Drive, Conway
8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start
(Arrive by 7:30 a.m. to check in and hit range balls.)
Register by calling 843-349-6600

Parents, students, faculty, staff and friends of the University all enjoy this annual tournament. Included in the tournament fee is a cookout lunch, bucket of range balls and prizes. Format is a two-man scramble.

  • $80 per person or $150 per team
  • Call the Pro Shop to sign up at 843-349-6600

Late Check-in/Registration
9 a.m. to noon, Lib Jackson Student Union Rotunda
*Discount tickets to Dave & Busters will be available

Meet with your student and catch your breath! Check in, enjoy some refreshments, and pick up your official Family Weekend nametag(s) and get any last minute directions. Forget to pre-order your Family Weekend T-shirt? T-shirts will be available for sale – while supplies last. NOTE: Nametags are required for entry into all registered Family Weekend events. 

Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m., Lib Jackson Student Union Rotunda

Stop by the Rotunda to grab a quick bite to eat before you start your day. 

Coffee Talk with the President
9 a.m., Coastal Theater, Lib Jackson Student Union

President David A. DeCenzo will extend his welcome to campus and provide an update on activities of the University. Provost Ralph Byington will give a brief overview of activities and accomplishments within each of the colleges. The University Update will be followed by coffee and informal conversations in the Rotunda with the academic deans and faculty from various colleges.

Waties Island Tour
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Waties Island
Optional event: $10 per person
SOLD OUT

The Waties property is an outstanding example of undeveloped complex of ocean frontage, fresh and saltwater marshes, tidal creeks and upland woods. Surrounded by a rapidly urbanizing environment, Waties Island is becoming increasingly significant for research, monitoring and education about the natural coastal habitat. The island is a very dynamic place. Since 1989, the South Carolina coastline had been affected by eight hurricanes, as well as several tropical storms and “nor’easters”. As a result, change is the rule rather than the exception. This makes Waties Island an excellent outdoor laboratory in which to study natural coastal processes. Take a breathtaking tour and visit with our faculty and students who are actively involved in research on the island. 

Wild Encounters Tour
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Myrtle Beach Safari

You are invited to come visit our family! This is your chance to meet and interact with some of the world’s most amazing and iconic creatures. Feed an elephant, play with tiger cubs, watch an eagle soar, monkey around with great apes, and meet a Liger, the world’s biggest cat! Located on 50 acres of tropical paradise, this unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience can only be had at the Myrtle Beach Safari. To book visit http://myrtlebeachsafari.com/tour-pricing-photo-packages/

Use promo code "coastalfamilyweekend" to receive $100 off per guest; offer valid on Oct. 7, 2017 only.

Conway Historical Guided Walking Tour
10 a.m., Conway Visitor Center
Optional event: $5 per person
SOLD OUT

A casual stroll around town uncovers a treasure trove of historic sites and some of the area’s finest eateries. Downtown Conway is full of inviting shops worthy of the most discriminating shopper. The City of Conway merchants are proud to welcome Family Weekend visitors and University guests.

Feel the Teal: CCU History & Tradition
10:30 a.m., Coastal Theater, Lib Jackson Student Union

Learn more about CCU’s history and traditions since “the college” was established in 1954. During this informational session, you can expect high levels of enthusiasm, handouts, a PowerPoint and an interactive game of CCU History & Traditions jeopardy. After the session, you will be able to identify the history of CCU, distinguish various traditions that have evolved at CCU, and show history and traditions knowledge during the game of CCU jeopardy. So, if you’re competitive, make sure you brush up on your history prior to this session!

Paint and Unwind with Chauncey
10:30 a.m., Lib Jackson Student Union, Room A-201
Optional event: $20 per person
SOLD OUT

Get ready to paint as the artists from Paint and Unwined, Murrells Inlet assist you in creating your masterpiece of Chauncey (11"x14"). There will be aprons available but please be aware that acrylic will not come out of clothing, so wear appropriate and comfortable clothing.

Climb On
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., HTC Student Recreation Center

Join us at the rock wall for some pre-kickoff fun! Whether you’re a new, experienced or veteran climber, we cater to all your needs. All equipment and instruction will be provided. 

Family Weekend Tailgate
3:30 p.m., Wall horseshoe

President David A. DeCenzo and Mrs. Terri DeCenzo invite you to join them, along with administration and faculty, at the annual tailgate picnic. Enjoy your pre-game meal with other families and converse with representatives from each of the colleges. Food and drinks are provided.

Football Game vs. Georgia State Panthers
6:30 p.m., Brooks Stadium (must purchase tickets separetely here starting in mid-August)

Come out and cheer as the Chanticleers take on the Georgia State Panthers. Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis and can be purchased through the Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets are NOT included in the Family Weekend registration. Tickets should have been purchased prior to game day. If tickets are still available on game day, they may be purchased at Brooks Stadium Ticket Office.  

Movie at the Union - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
6 p.m., Coastal Theater, Lib Jackson Student Union
Admission: free

Head to the Coastal Theater, grab some free popcorn and enjoy the show! Your CCU student will also get in free as long as they are with you.

Movie at the Union - Despicable Me 3
9 p.m., Coastal Theater, Lib Jackson Student Union
Admission: free

Head to the Coastal Theater, grab some free popcorn and enjoy the show! Your CCU student will also get in free as long as they are with you.

Sunday

President’s Drop-in Breakfast
9 to 10:30 a.m., Adkins Field House, Room 315, Brooks Stadium
Optional event: $5 per person

Wrap up an exciting weekend at Coastal Carolina University with a delicious breakfast buffet overlooking the teal turf hosted by President David A. DeCenzo and Mrs. Terri DeCenzo. 

Women's Volleyball vs. Georgia State
12:30 p.m., HTC Center

Men's Soccer vs. Hartwick
2 p.m. - CCU Soccer Stadium

 

If you have any suggestions, comments or ideas to improve this event, simply email your input to orientation@coastal.edu.