CHANT411: Celebrating CCU’s history
When CHANT411 was formed in 2013, the 10 students charged with finding answers to questions of all kinds about Coastal Carolina University needed to learn about the history of their university. And so April Sager, who developed and leads CHANT411, went to work to arrange such a presentation. During one of these sessions the students first saw a vintage illustration of the Chat ‘n Chew, a venue they would discover was far more than just a restaurant halfway between Conway and Columbia in Turbeville, S.C.
It was there on a summer day in 1959 that officials from the Horry County Higher Education Commission and the University of South Carolina met to craft a deal for Coastal Carolina Junior College to become a branch campus of the University of South Carolina. The college officially became USC Coastal Carolina College in September 1960, and continued its 33-year affiliation with USC until July 1, 1993, when an independent Coastal Carolina University was formed.
To mark the anniversary of that meeting students from CHANT411 recently traveled with CCU President David DeCenzo to the Chat ‘n Chew for a special dinner to see for themselves where the historic discussion occurred. President DeCenzo and the students presented restaurant owners Bernard and Willodene Blackmon with Roy Talbert’s book, Coastal Carolina University: The First 50 Years, and a CCU flag.
Pictured at the Chat n’ Chew with President DeCenzo and CHANT 411 director April Sager (center and far right, respectively) are CCU students (left to right) Savannah Murray, a junior from Charleston, S.C.; Britney Stewart, a senior from Columbia, S.C.; Alesha Pressley, a junior from Nesmith, S.C.; Scott Karchner, a senior from Berwick, Penn.; Stan Stokes, a junior from Greenville, S.C.; Paul Rudolph, a junior from Bucharest, Romania; Dylan Cordaro, a junior from North Massapequa, N.Y.; and Samantha Riley, a graduate student from Braintree, Mass.
For more information about the visit, read the article "Chat n' Chew owners get special visitors from Coastal Carolina University" from manninglive.com.