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The University Honors Program congratulates its class of 2018, its largest graduating class in program history.

About the 2018 graduates

  • The Honors Class of 2018 (May, August and December degree candidates) boasts 93 students who will earn a total of 104 degrees.
  • Each graduate has completed a rigorous curriculum composed of at  least 24 credit hours of honors work, including a final honors thesis/project achieving a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.
  • The cumulative GPA of the spring graduating class is 3.79.
  • Students presented their work in public forums more than 75 times at conferences or research competitions, and have earned numerous awards.
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Christian Adams, from Winston Salem, N.C., is majoring in finance with a concentration in wealth management and in economics with a concentration in applied economic analysis. While at CCU, Adams has been named to the President’s List every semester and received a full athletic scholarship as a member of the CCU men’s basketball team. He is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Additionally, Adams is an associate in the Community and Business Engagement (CoBE) Institute, where he has served on various business consulting and research projects for businesses or individuals in the local community. Adams has had the opportunity to intern in a variety of positions in the financial services industry, such as an equity analyst intern with Ameriprise Financial, Inc., a financial analyst intern with The Daily Dirtnap, LLC, and as a private wealth management intern with Bank of North Carolina. Additionally, he presented his honors thesis, "Applying Factor-Based Investment Strategies in a Quantitative Model," at the Undergraduate Research Competition. Following graduation, he will begin his career as an investment banking analyst with Stephens Inc., one of the largest privately held investment banks in the U.S.

Myles Anderson is a finance major with a concentration in wealth management from Rochester Hills, Mich. He is in the Wall Fellows program and is a member of the Rugby Club. His presentations have included Market Research/Market Entry to an Icelandic Furniture Distributor.

Lauren Angello is a biology major from Egg Harbor Township, N.J. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi and Order of Omega. She completed two internships during her time at CCU and was named to the Dean’s List five times and to the President’s List twice. She is also involved in Michelle Parker’s research of the plant plastid protein Maturase K. CCU awarded her upon entry with the University Scholar Award and the Provost’s Scholarship. For her last semester, Angello was awarded the J. Ralph and Ami S. Byington Annual Scholarship. She was recently nominated for “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” as well. After Coastal, she plans to continue her education toward a career in the biomedical field.

Morgan Benson is an exercise and sport science major and psychology minor from Myrtle Beach, S.C. Benson plans to present her academic work at the Southeast Regional Expo. Her research is titled "Physical Activity Levels in College Students," and she completed this research under the advisement of Will Lyerly. She was named to the President’s List and has been awarded the President’s Scholar Award. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school.

Olivia Bertelsen is a is a marine science major from Rock City, Ill. She is a brother of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and served on the executive board as the Initiate Advisor for the 2017-2018 school year. She is a member of the CCU Club Quidditch and Southern Storm Quidditch teams. She was named to the Dean’s List on multiple occasions throughout her career at CCU. She was the recipient of the President’s Scholarship, the Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship, the College of Science Dean’s Study Abroad Scholarship, and other external scholarships. Bertelsen presented academic work at the Marine Science Undergraduate Research Symposium, as well as the Undergraduate Research Competition. The title of her honors thesis is "An evaluation of ghost crab (Ocypode quadrata) territoriality and the role humans play at two location on the northern South Carolina coast," which was completed under the advisement of Eric Rosch. 

Frances Bozak is a marine science major with a biology minor from Avon, Ohio. While at CCU, she presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition and Celebration of Inquiry. After graduation, she plans to work at a national or state park as an interpretative ranger.

Kennedi Brunstad is an acting major with a minor in linguistics from Greenville, S.C. While at CCU, she was involved in Alpha Psi Omega, Upstage, and Inclusive Theatre Group. Brunstad performed in various productions through the theatre department and has been awarded the Provost’s Scholarship. After graduation, she hopes to continue to acting and travel as much as she can.

Marissa Cain is an exercise and sport science major from Ipswich, Mass. She is on the track and field team as a javelin thrower and is a member of the National Honors Society of Leadership and Success. She has been named to the President’s List seven out of the eight semesters she has attended CCU. Cain’s honors thesis is titled "Directional Bias in the Healthy Population," which she completed with mentor MacGregor Hall. She presenting her research at the Undergraduate Research Competition and plans on publishing the work as well. After graduation, she plans to continue her education in a doctoral program for physical therapy.

Juliane Caughron is a marine science major from Pylesville, Md. While at CCU, she presented work at the Undergraduate Research Competition, the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society meeting, the Honors Council Conference meeting, the NOAA Education Symposium, and the American Fisheries Society Southern Division meeting. Juliane was named to the President’s List and has been awarded the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship and the NOAA Hollings Scholarship. Juliane’s honors thesis is titled "Assessing trends in size, catch, abundance, and ecological impacts in ornamental fishes of the Florida Keys." After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to focus on fisheries monitoring.

Abigail Chaney is a marine science major from Fallston, Md. While at CCU, she presented academic work at the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society, Southern Regional Honors Council, and the Undergraduate Research Competition. Chaney was named to the President’s List for all semesters she attended Coastal. Her honors thesis is titled "Evaluating Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influencing Temperature Profiles of Nesting Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) on Pacuare Reserve, Costa Rica." After graduation, she plans to get an internship/job working on a sea turtle nesting project.

Madeline Collins is an economics major from Bel Air, Md. While at CCU, she became highly involved in Greek life. She served as both the Panhellenic delegate and finance and operations vice president for Alpha Xi Delta. In the Honors Program, she has served as an Honors Fellow since her freshman year and is president of the Honors Student Council. Collins was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the Provost’s Scholarship. After graduation, she plans to work as a budget analyst for CERDEC, STCD.

Kelsey Corbin is a psychology major from Gallipolis, Ohio. While at CCU, she presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition. She was named to the Dean’s List and had been awarded the Provost’s Scholarship, as well as the Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation Education Grant. After graduation, she plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree.

Justin Daniels is a marine science major with a chemistry minor from Powhatan, Va. While at CCU, Daniels was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List. He also served as Interfraternity Council Recruitment chair for two years, and one year on Sigma Phi Epsilon’s executive board. His honors thesis is titled "Migration of coastal stocks of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) based on primary productivity," and it was presented at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school.

Teiatra Davis is a communication major from Denmark, S.C.

Kaeli Day is a biology major with a minor in medical humanities from Meyersdale, Pa. While at CCU, Day was the president of the Doctors of Coastal: Pre-Med Club and the secretary of the National Biological Honors Society, βββ. She was also named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List. She presented her honors thesis, "Understanding the bacteriophage population in the ponds and streams of Coastal Carolina University," at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association of Southern Biologists. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Spartanburg, S.C.

Erin Dempsey is a marine science major and a biology minor from Centreville, Va. While at CCU, she presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition, became a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, was an athletic tutor, a research fellow, and attended the CINO Ignite leadership conference. She was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List. Dempsey worked with professor Dan Abel on her honors thesis is titled "As the tide turns: Tidal Influence on relative abundance of shark species in Winyah Bay, S.C." After graduation, she plans to become and aquarist and obtain a master’s degree.

Douglas Dowell is a management major from Kansas City, Kan.

Lauren Durant is an exercise and sport science major from Aynor, S.C. While at CCU, Lauren has gained leadership experience through presenting academic work at the American College of Sport Medicine conference and by becoming a fitness instructor at the HTC Center. Lauren has been named to the President’s List and awarded the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. She worked with MacGregor Hall on her honors thesis, Pain Expectations and Perception in Chronic Pain versus Non-chronic pain subjects. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate of physical therapy.

Alexis Echols is a marine science major.

Jolie Even is an applied mathematics major born in Iowa City, Iowa. While attending CCU, she was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List, and has been awarded the President’s Scholar Award. She attended a Research Experience for Undergraduates at N.C. State University, where she did research in industrial applied mathematics and modeling. Even presented this research at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego, Calif. After graduation, she plans to enter a graduate program in mathematics.

Casey Fleck is a computer science major from Conway, S.C.

Rebecca Ford is a marine science major from Powhatan, Va. While at CCU, Ford was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and was awarded the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. She worked for CCU’s sustainability office as a member of the Green Team. She presented her honors thesis, "The Impact of the Clean Air Act on Ozone Pollution," in Los Angeles, Calif., at the Marine Science Undergraduate Research Symposium under Angelos Hannides. After graduation, she plans to find a job in public education.

Tyla Foster is a biology major from Denmark, S.C.

Kaylea Gassaway-Rea is a business management major from Pamplico, S.C. While at CCU, Gassaway was in the Wall Fellows program, Delta Sigma Pi and a Refuge team leader. Gassaway presented academic work in Iceland. She was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the S.C. LIFE Scholarship, the Teal Scholar Award, the Wall Fellows Scholarship, the E.C. Wall Endowed Scholarship, and the Christ United Methodist Church Annual Scholarship. Gassaway’s honor thesis is titled "Florida Villas Market Research." She plans to attend graduate school.

Emily Graham is a business management and accounting double-major from Hemingway, S.C. While at CCU, she served as treasurer of Phi Beta Lambda for one year and was a leader in Baptist Collegiate Ministry. She won the 2014 Big Read Essay Contest, the Accounting Principles competition at the 2015 PBL National Leadership Conference, and the Management Concepts competition at the 2016 PBL National Leadership Conference. She was also selected to receive the award for 2018 Outstanding Student in the Department of Management and Decision Sciences. Her thesis is titled "Applying Best Practices to a Family-Owned Restaurant: A Case Study." After graduating, she plans to pursue a SHRM certification and a master’s degree.

Danielle Guy is a marine science major minoring in biology from Lancaster, Pa. While at CCU, she presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Undergraduate Research Competition. Guy was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List, was a member of the honor society Phi Eta Sigma, and was awarded the President’s Scholarship. Her honors thesis is titled "Seasonal Perkinsus marinus prevalence and intensity in North Inlet, SC Crassostrea virginica" and was done under the advisement of Juliana M. Harding. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in marine mammal rehabilitation.

Lezah Hanna is a marine science and biology double major with a math minor from Greenville, S.C. While at CCU, Hanna presented academic work at the Marine Science Research Symposium. She was on the President’s List or Dean’s List each semester and has been awarded the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship and the President’s Scholar Award. Her honors thesis is titled "Effects of Loxothylacus panopaei on the survival of Eurypanopeus depressus during starvation and exposure to Fundulus heteroclitus."

Savannah Harden is a communication major with a minor in journalism from Washington, Pa. While attending CCU, Harden presented academic work at the Celebration of Inquiry. She was named the 2017 Outstanding Sophomore of Communication, Media and Culture. She has been named to the Dean’s List every semester in attendance at CCU. She is an active member in her social Greek sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, as well as her honors fraternities, Phi Sigma Pi, Lambda Pi Eta, and Sigma Tau Delta. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Savannah has been the student assistant for the Office of the Provost for more than three years at CCU. Harden’s honors thesis is titled "Compassion through Fashion." After graduation, she plans to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate. Her life goal is to be Dr. Harden before she is 25.

Katherine Hart is a marine science major from Pittsbugh, Pa.

Colin Hildebeidel is a marine science major from Bel Air, Md. While at CCU, he was vice president of the Wizards of the Coastal Game Club and named to the Dean’s List. His thesis is titled "Fiddler Crab Species Distribution by Vegetation" with Eric Rosch as his adviser.

Kyla Hilty is an early childhood education major from Broomfield, Colo. While at CCU, Hilty has been named to both the President’s List and Dean’s List and has been awarded the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, President’s Scholar Award, University Scholar Award and CCU alumni association endowed scholarships. She is an active sister in Sigma Sigma Sigma; she served on the executive board as the scholarship chair and in Kappa Delta Pi as the vice president. She is also a member of Order of Omega. Her honors thesis is titled "The Impact of Brain Breaks in the Early Childhood Classroom." After graduation, she plans to teach in Horry County while working toward a master’s degree in literacy.

John D. Horgan is an applied mathematics major from Little River, S.C. While at CCU, he was the secretary and treasurer of Pi Mu Epsilon, an honorary mathematics society. Horgan’s research included the study of regression models. His honors thesis is titled "All models are wrong, but some are useful, a quote from the famous statistician George Box." He was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and was awarded the President’s Scholar Award.

Kae Huang is a communication major with a minor in marketing from Allentown, Pa. While at CCU, Kae has been the president of Order of Omega, a sister of Gamma Phi Beta, a 2017 Orientation Leader, a Teal Trailblazer, an information specialist at CHANT411, the Fraternity and Sorority Life student coordinator, and an active student in the communication department. Kae was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List during her time at CCU. After graduation, she plans to move to Charleston, S.C., and start a job in public relations and marketing.

Erin Hurley is an anthropology and geography major from Brookeville, Md.

George B. Hyde is a political science major and business minor from Olney, Md. He is a member of the Phi Sigma Pi Honor fraternity, as well as the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He has remained on the Dean’s List for all semesters at Coastal except for one, which he achieved President’s List. He was awarded the Provost’s Scholarship and has maintained its requirements throughout his time at CCU. Hyde plans to attend law school after graduation. His honors research thesis, under the guidance of Mikel Norris, examines the workings of presidential unilateral action.

Samantha Ikner is a psychology major from Socastee, S.C. While at CCU, she presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition and is a member of Psi Chi. She received the President’s Scholarship while at CCU. She presented poetry at Sigma Tau Delta’s open mic night, and has had her work published in Archarios. After graduation, she plans to attend a graduate program and earn her Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience.

Derek Jackson is a marine science major from Elkton, Md.

Logan C. Jarrell is a marine science and biology major from Beckley, W.Va. While at CCU, Jarrell has served as the Chanticleer Community Council president, the Gardens Community Council president, the chair of the Building and Grounds Committee, as well as the chair of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, a senator for the College of Science in the Student Government Association, the political action chair of the CCU chapter of the NAACP, a reporter for The Chanticleer newspaper, a science tutor at the Math Learning Center, and the Colleges Against Cancer Leadership Team’s Fund the Mission and Logistics lead for CCU Relay for Life. He was named to the President’s List every semester of his regular academic career, and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Beta Beta, Golden Key, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. Logan’s honors thesis with Angelos Hannides is tentatively titled "Mapping the Metabolisms of Intertidal Sediments". After graduation, he plans to seek an internship or job in lobbying or scientific research in the spring and summer, then attend the University of Maine for a dual master’s degree in marine biology and marine policy.

Steven Kaufmann is a marketing major from Elma, N.Y.

Sophia Kider is a B.F.A. musical theatre major from Warren, N.J. During her time at CCU, she has been secretary of the Upstage Theatre Club, a sister of Sigma Kappa, and a member of Alpha Psi Omega. She was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the President’s Scholar Award and the University Scholar Award. Recently, she was seen on stage portraying the role of Helen Sinclair in CCU’s production of Bullets Over Broadway. Additionally, she performed in CCU’s productions of Oklahoma!, How to Succeed in Business..., Spring Awakening and She Loves Me. In March, Kider and other senior B.F.A. theatre performance majors presented their senior showcase for industry professionals in New York City. After graduation, She plans to move to the Big Apple to continue pursuing her passion.

Leah Kohler is a graphic design major with a minor in dramatic arts from Warrington, Pa. While at Coastal Carolina University, she has been an active member of Alpha Delta Pi, holding leadership positions such as recruitment and marketing vice president and new member coordinator. Leah was a peer mentor for University College First-Year Experience students, and she served as art director for Archarios, the University art and literary magazine. She received the Linda and Dalton Floyd Scholarship for her commitment to the Peer Leader program, a Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship, Visual Arts Award, Dean’s Excellence Scholarship and University Scholar Award. Kohler has been accepted to travel with the international leadership program Up With People upon graduation, where she has the opportunity to travel around the world, perform for thousands, and impact communities through volunteerism and cultural exchange.

Noah Lare is a recreation and sport management major and marketing minor from Perkasie, Pa. While at Coastal Carolina University, Lare has worked with the CCU athletic ticketing department, was a mentor for the LIFE Program, worked as an information specialist for CHANT411, and was a basketball operations intern for Manzer Basketball Academy in Myrtle Beach. His honors thesis is titled "On Campus, Off Campus, and In-between," which looks at the factors that influence student attendance at college football games. His research was presented at the College Sport Research Institute Conference. Lare was named to the President’s List or the Dean’s List throughout his four years at CCU. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school.

Alan Lemons is a business management and marketing double major with a specialization in PGA golf management, originally from Appleton, Wis. While at CCU, he has worked in leadership roles in the Office of Admissions as a Teal Trailblazer (tour guide). Lemons has also been named to the President’s List every semester and has been awarded several scholarships, including the University Scholar Award, Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, and the Dean’s Wall College of Business Fund Scholarship. Upon graduation, he will be working as the first assistant golf professional at Grandfather Golf & Country Club in Linville, N.C.

Alexandra Lucas is an exercise and sport science major from Baltimore, Md. While at CCU, she presented academic work at Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine conference and at the ASCM annual meeting. Lucas was named to the Dean’s List on multiple occasions and is a part of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society. She worked at the HTC Center for three years as a supervisor and tutored anatomy and physiology for the biology department. Her honors research equivalent was completed with Will Lyerly on the correlation between a Garmin watch and a metabolic cart. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate school to become a physician’s assistant.

Jake Lucas is a political science major with a minor and intelligence and national security studies from Rockaway, N.J. While at CCU, Jake served as a resident adviser with University Housing, a building manager with student life, and an Honors Research Fellow with the Honors Program. Jake was named to both the Dean’s List and the President’s List. His honors thesis is titled "Reducing Crime in Inner Cities."

Christina Lunetta is an early childhood education major from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Ashley Lynch is a biology major from Baltimore, Md. In her first two years at CCU, Ashley was a member of the women’s soccer team as well as secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In her final two years at CCU, she became a member of the Swain Scholars Program, receiving a scholarship and devoting much of her time to researching the heroin epidemic in our community. This research, which she used for her honors thesis, is titled "Quantifying Perceptions of Substance Abuse: Promoting Positive Change." Lynch presented her research at the Undergraduate Research Competition in 2017 and 2018, as well as at a 2018 Women in Philanthropy and Leadership luncheon and the American College Health Association 2018 research conference. She was named to the either the President’s List or Dean’s List in all eight semesters and has been awarded the following scholarships since the spring of 2015: President’s Scholar Award, University Scholar Award, and Honors Excellence Award. From the spring of 2016, she has been a recipient of the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Annual Scholarship as well as the CCU Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship. She has also applied to receive the Rotary Global Grant, which, if received, will allow her to continue her education in obtaining a master’s degree of public health abroad at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After obtaining her master’s degree, she plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

Casey Mallon is a political science and intelligence and national security studies double major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. She is also a religious studies, statistics, and geographic information systems minor. While at CCU, Casey presented academic work at the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief Symposium, the Celebration of Inquiry, and the ASIANetwork Conference. Casey was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, the President’s Scholar Award, the Honors Program Award, South Carolina Palmetto Fellows, and the CCU Palmetto Scholarship. Casey’s honors thesis is titled "The Islamic State Abroad: Where will the Islamic State turn next?" After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Chicago to obtain a Ph.D. in political science.

Steven Manz III is an applied physics major with a minor in math and business administration from Murrells Inlet, S.C. While at CCU, he was a member of various housing organizations in which he won a few awards. Manz earned placement on the Dean’s List and President’s List while attending CCU and has presented academic work in the Undergraduate Research Competition and Celebration of Inquiry. He submitted an honors thesis in automated robot control for the FIRST Robotics Competition in March with his mentor, Louis Rubbo. After graduation, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering with an intelligent systems bias.

Erin Martin is a political science major and history minor from New Milford, N.J. She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma and has held multiple leadership positions. While at CCU, Martin presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition for the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha, in Washington, D.C. She was named to the President’s List and Dean’s List and has been awarded a scholarship after her first semester at CCU. After graduation, she plans to attend law school to focus on immigration law.

Robert McCarthy is a marketing major from Clifton Park, N.Y.

Carley Metcalf is a marine science major with a certification in sustainability from Metairie, La. Metcalf served as an Honors Research Fellow for the University Honors Program and conducted her own research on coastal crab species behavior under the supervision of Eric Rosch. She presented this academic research, titled "Intruder Alert! Fiddler Crab Response to a Same Species Invader," at the Undergraduate Research Competition and the Association for Southeastern Biologists conference. After graduation, she plans to gain experience in coastal ecology field work and research before pursuing higher education.

Taylor Monahan is a philosophy major from Conway, S.C. While at CCU, she worked as a research fellow for the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts and a student assistant with CeTEAL. She received the LIFE Scholarship and Teal Scholarship while at CCU. She was named to the President’s List or Dean’s List every semester since arriving at Coastal and was also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society. Her article, "Defining Who We Are Through the Study of Religion," was published in the 2015 edition of the University’s magazine Tapestry. She presented her honors thesis, "Not My Holocaust: Hollywood’s Narrative and the Distortion of Holocaust Memory," at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Competition. Her adviser for this project was professor Nils Rauhut of the philosophy department. Upon graduating from CCU, she plans to take a year off to do mission work in Honduras and then pursue a master’s degree in theology at a private Catholic institution.

Allison Moss is a communication major and psychology minor from Myrtle Beach, S.C. While at CCU, Moss was the vice president of public relations for the Residence Hall Association and a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary. She was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Endowed Scholarship. Her honors thesis is titled "Masks and Badges: Real Heroes in the Fiction of Daredevil." After graduation, she plans to pursue a career with AssuredPartners Insurance.

Skyler Munson is a psychology major, criminology and intelligence and national security studies minor from Springfield, Vt. While at CCU, Munson became an active researcher for the University Research Fellows Program. Munson has membership in Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Pi, Psi Chi, the American Psychological Association and the South Carolina Probation and Parole Association. Munson has presented academic work on a student panel at the Undergraduate Research Competition and Celebration of Inquiry. Munson was named to the Dean’s List and has been awarded the Teal Scholar Award and the University Scholar Award. Munson’s honors thesis, "Sociology of Crime," was completed with Robert Jenkot and was continued with Megan McIlreavy as a research proposal titled "Death Penalty Sentencing and the Effect on Mental Health." Munson has recently pursued research with Terry Pettijohn titled "Self-Perception of Tattoo Sleeves on Risk-Taking Behaviors in College Students" and presented this research in the Spring 2018 Southeastern Psychological Association conference. After graduation, Munson plans to pursue graduate school for a program in clinical psychology and earn a Ph.D. with a focus on criminal and legal psychology.

Melissa Neal is a marketing major from Manheim, Pa.

Meredith Nichols is a psychology major and economics minor from Lexington, Ky. While at CCU, Nichols served as the financial vice president of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and worked as a research fellow for the Honors Program. She also was a resident adviser in the honors building on campus. She presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition and the Celebration of Inquiry. She was named to Dean’s List and has been awarded the University Scholar Award, Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, President’s Scholar Award, and The Evelynn Rose Pettijohn Memorial Scholarship. Her honors thesis is titled "The Effects of Financial Responsibility on Mental Health," a research project and study done for applied research in psychology with Miranda Brenneman. After graduation, her plans are to pursue a career closer to her “old Kentucky home” using her degrees earned at CCU.

Benjamin Noonan is a business management major with a concentration in entrepreneurial management from Tolland, Conn. While at CCU, Noonan has engaged in leadership roles in Greek life and was a founding father of Kappa Sigma fraternity at CCU. Additionally, he served on the executive council for Kappa Sigma, including vice president. He has been named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and was recognized as being in the top 15 percent of the class in 2014-15. He was awarded a general Merit Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement in 2015. After graduation, he plans to gain employment in either the management or marketing field.

Riley Norman is a marine science major and Spanish minor from Bloomington, Ill. While at CCU, Norman served on the executive board for Sigma Kappa as well as working on the Teal Trailblazer executive board for the Office of Admissions. She also made Dean's List several times through her four years and presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition and the Celebration of Inquiry. At the 2018 SEAMAMMS conference, she presented her honors thesis, "Is There a Correlation Between Estuarine Habitat Complexity and Survey Density of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)?," that she completed with Rob Young. Riley received the President’s Scholar Award as an incoming freshman as well as the Shikar Safari Scholarship.

Madison Nowlin is an intelligence and national security studies major and a Russian studies minor from Concord, N.C. While at CCU, she served as the president of National Security Club and the chief financial officer of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief. Nowlin also received the Most Outstanding Sophomore award for the Edwards College in 2017, and has been published twice in The Intelligence Review. Her honors capstone thesis is titled "How the Cases of Iran and India Describe Russia’s Foreign Policy Toward North Korea."

Hunter M. Ofcarcik is an intelligence and national security studies major and Spanish minor from Chester, N.H. While at CCU, he served as the president pro tempore of the Student Government Association, and has served as recording secretary of his fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta. Ofcarcik has earned academic recognition on the Dean’s List for the past five consecutive semesters. He is a recipient of the CCU Provost’s Scholarship. His honors thesis will concentrate on the impact counterintelligence has on the modern intelligence community. After graduation, he is pursuing graduate school and hopes to earn a doctorate in security studies. 

Jennifer Page is a middle level education major with science and social studies as her two concentration areas. Page is from Lake View, S.C., and has presented research during the Undergraduate Research Competition and has been named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List. Her honors thesis is on the effects of mentoring on mentees, as well as the mentors. After graduation, Page plans to teach for a few years then return to CCU for her master’s degree in education.

Joie Passalacqua is a business marketing major from Staten Island, N.Y. During her three years at Coastal Carolina, she was a sister of Gamma Phi Beta, serving on the executive board as the membership vice president. She was named to both President’s List and Dean’s List and received nominations for Who’s Who Among American College and Universities and SILA’s Rising Leader award. Last May, she traveled abroad throughout Europe through CCU’s international business studies program. Her honors thesis is focused on researching social media marketing with Melissa Clark, and she was mentored by Carol Megehee during her time in the Honors Program. Upon graduation, she plans to move back to New York to further her education and pursue a career in the dental field.

Erin Paxton is a musical theatre major from Severna Park, Md.

Taylor Petersen is an economics major from Long Island, N.Y. While at CCU, Peterson became a sister of Alpha Xi Delta, was named to the Dean’s List, and has been awarded the Provost’s Scholarship. After graduation, she plans to attend law school.

Heather Piper is a hospitality, resort, and tourism managment major from West Chester, Pa.

Claire Poeckes is receiving a dual degree in political science and psychology. She is from Omaha, Neb. While at CCU, Poeckes presented as part of a panel on the death penalty at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Competition and the Celebration of Inquiry. Poeckes was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List. Her honors thesis for psychology is titled "The Effects of a Picture and Description on Perceptions of the Disabled." The honors thesis was presented at the 2018 Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) Conference. After graduation, she plans to go law school.

Kayla Powell is a communication major from Columbia, S.C.

Emily Presley is a biology major with a marine science minor from Greer, S.C. While at CCU, she presented academic work at the Marine Science Fall Research Symposium 2017. Her honors thesis is titled "Relationship between burrow and mound size in Ocypode quadrata with Eric Rosch." She was the president of InterVarsity from Fall 2016 to Spring 2017. Presley was named to the Dean’s List and has been awarded the LIFE, LIFE Enhancement and President’s Scholarship. Her academic accomplishments include completing the Degree in Three program and earning the Trustee Award. After graduation, she plans to earn a master’s degree in forestry and wildlife management and work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Micah Ray is a music major in the teacher preparation program from Rochester, Minn. While at Coastal Carolina University, Ray served as the drumline captain in the Chanticleer Regiment marching band, and as the president of the Coastal Percussion Society. He made the Dean’s List and President’s List seven times, and received merit scholarships and the James G. Strain Music Scholarship. Micah gave a 45-minute senior recital as his honors thesis. After graduation, he intends to pursue a master’s degree in percussion performance.

Lindsay Rhodunda is a sociology major with a concentration in criminology and a minor in Spanish from Philadelphia, Pa. While at Coastal Carolina University, she was named to the President’s List as well as the Dean’s List. She was also awarded the Teal Scholar Award, the University Scholar Award, the Dean’s Excellence Scholar Award, the Kleber-Springs Bachelor of Science/Arts Scholarship, and the Durwood Barton Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Her honors thesis is titled "Stress, Marijuana, and Academic Performance: A Correlating Relationship" and was completed under the advisement of professor Robert Jenkot. After graduation, she plans to seek out pre-law opportunities and further continue her education in the field.

Emily Ricardo is an exercise and sport science major with a minor in psychology from Plymouth, Mass. While at CCU, she presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition under the advisement of Gibson Darden. She was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the University Scholar Award and Provost’s Scholarship. Her honors thesis is titled "Comparing Reaction Time, ART and VRT, between Artists and Non-Artists." She also served as captain and president of the CCU Club Quidditch team. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.

Stephanie Roa is an accounting major from Hawley, Pa. While at CCU, she presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition. She has remained on the President’s List throughout her career and has been awarded the President’s Scholar Award Scholarship. She served two years as the executive treasurer for Phi Beta Lambda, placed fifth nationally in Management Concepts, served one year as scholarship chair and one semester as brother-at-large for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, started the Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement on campus, and held a position with the Community and Business Engagement (CoBE) Institute, with which she was able to consult with a law firm in Spain and visit to present to them. Roa’s honors thesis is titled "Expatriates in Spain: A Case Study on Consulting in Spain". After graduation, she plans to earn a master’s degree in accountancy and pass the CPA exam.

Kayli Rohal is a biochemistry major from Columbus, Ohio. While at CCU, she was a part of Phi Eta Sigma honors sorority and the National Society of Leadership and Success. In the fall of 2015, she sailed with semester at sea where she became CCAI-certified and was awarded the passport to leadership for her participation in ship life. In 2018, she presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition. She has been named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and was awarded the President’s Scholarship. Her honors thesis is titled "Phidianidine Synthesis." After graduation, Rohal will participate in the Disney College Program before continuing on to graduate school.

Lucille Romanik is a double major in studio art and psychology from Winston Salem, N.C. At CCU, she has presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition and South Eastern Psychological Association (SEPA) Research Conference. She was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, Provost’s Scholarship, Martha Baker Thomas Endowed Scholar Scholarship, Visual Arts Award, University Scholar Award, Kleber Scholarship, Edwards COHFA BOV Annual Scholarship, and the Dalton and Linda Floyd Mentoring Program Scholarship. Her honors thesis is titled "The Effects of Art Therapy Methods on Aggressive Behaviors and Mood in Relation to Personality." After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate school to earn a master’s degree in art therapy and counseling.

Raymond Sgambati is a marine science major from West Islip, N.Y. While at CCU, he was a member of the club lacrosse team, the Coastal Elasmobranch Society and held a job as a bike technician in the Outdoor Center. He completed his bachelor’s degree in five semesters, and was on the Dean’s List each semester he attended CCU. In addition to his merit scholarships, he held the College of Science Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. His honors thesis is titled "Nutrient Limitation and Species Diversity in Phytoplankton Communities in the Coastal Waters of Waites Island, SC: A Comparison Between the Back-Barrier Spartina Marsh and the Near Shore Beach." After graduation, he plans to study biological oceanography at graduate school.

Dominique "Nikko" Smith is a BFA acting major from Houston, Texas. While pursuing her degree, she appeared in numerous CCU productions, including Big Love. She joined the fraternity Alpha Psi Omega, became a member of Upstage, and led Tap Troupe in the theatre department. She also presented works during the Celebration of Inquiry. Smith was named to the President’s List every semester during her time at CCU and has been awarded numerous scholarships, such as the Honors Excellence Scholarship, Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Annual Scholarship, and the Kleber Scholarship. While at CCU, she has appeared in multiple films and TV shows such as Unbridled and Homicide Hunter: Lt Joe Kenda. After graduation, she plans to move to Atlanta to pursue her film and modeling career.

Toni Smith is a studio arts and graphic design double major from Surfside Beach, S.C. While at CCU, she was an Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Research Fellow for four years. She was also an active member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority for four years. Smith was named to the Dean’s List and was awarded the University Honors Program Global Enhancement Award in 2016. She studied art history abroad at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She interned for one semester for the Palmetto Curatorial Exchange. In the summer of 2017, Smith was a participating artist on two public mural paintings in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. After graduation, she plans to build a body of artwork and then apply to graduate schools in pursuit of a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in jewelry and metalsmithing.

Elizabeth Spegar is a middle level education major with a concentration in math and science from Pittsburgh, Pa. She was named to the President’s List and is a recipient of the University Scholars Award as well as the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. She was the founder and president of the women’s club basketball organization. Spegar is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and served as a co-chair of the service committee. She is a member of the Teacher Education Advisory Council (TEAC). After graduation, she plans to enter the workforce as a middle level educator while pursuing her master’s degree in learning disabilities from CCU.

Kenidy Springer is a marketing major from Edgewater, Md. While at CCU, Springer was part of Gamma Phi Beta were she was philanthropy chair and parliamentarian. She has been awarded the Governor’s Scholarship. After graduation, she plans to move to the West and secure a job at a marketing agency.

Nora Stanley is a marine science major from Elgin, Ill.

Tavia Sturgill is a psychology major with a minor in women’s and gender studies from Roanoke, Va. While at CCU, she was a Teal Trailblazer, resident adviser and Orientation leader. She was a member of Triota, the women’s and gender studies honor society, as well as the National Society for Leadership and Success. Sturgill also presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition. She was named to the President’s List and has been awarded the University Scholar and Evelynn Rose Pettijohn Memorial scholarships. After graduation, she plans to volunteer with the Peace Corps in the field of community and youth development.

Abby Taylor is a biology major from Longs, S.C. While at CCU, she presented academic work at an INBRE poster competition and Celebration of Inquiry. She has been named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the Presidential Merit Scholarship. Taylor’s honors thesis is titled "Prey Availability for Venus Flytraps," with John Hutchens as her adviser.

Asiah Thompson is a public health major from Sumter, S.C. She was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the LIFE Scholarship. Thompson is a member of Eta Sigma Gamma, the national health education honorary. After graduation, she plans to attend dental school.

Natalie Tyran is a psychology major from Wadsworth, Ill. While at CCU, she presented academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition and Celebration of Inquiry. Tyran was named to the Dean’s List and has been awarded the President’s Scholarship. Her honors thesis is titled "Effects of Confederates Gender and Sexual View on College Women‘s View of Causal Sex" under the supervision of associate professor Miranda Brenneman. After graduation, she plans  to attend a Ph.D. program for clinical psychology.

Rachel Unger is a marine science and biology major with a minor in Spanish from Bethel Park, Pa. She has made the Dean’s List or President’s List during seven semesters and is graduating magna cum laude. She has presented her research at the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium (SEAMAMMS) and at CCU’s Undergraduate Research Competition. Her research was done with Robert Young and her thesis is titled "Distribution of coastal bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, along the northern South Carolina coast in relation to tidal stage, season, and distance from inlets." After graduating, she is pursuing a job studying marine mammal ecology and/or conservation and also plans to attend graduate school.

Avery Veitel is a marketing major from Meza, Ariz.

Hannah Wareheim is a marine science major with a biology minor from Parkersburg, W.Va. During her time at CCU, she was a member and president of the swim club, member of the Phi Sigma Pi honor fraternity, as well as a lifeguard at the University Recreation pool. She was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the Excellence Award through the Honors Program as well as being nominated for Marine Science Student of the Year. While at CCU, she presented her academic work at the Undergraduate Research Competition and at SEAMAMMS (Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium). Her honors thesis is titled "Trophic levels of oceanic and estuarine bottlenose dolphins in South Carolina from stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes," which was completed with Robert Young. After graduation, she plans to continue her passion in the field of wildlife conservation and rehabilitation.

Hannah Weinberg is a marine science major with a biology minor from Amanda, Ohio. She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity, the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi), and the Pre-Vet Club. Weinberg has presented academic work at the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Marine Mammal Symposium and the Undergraduate Research Competition. She worked with Robert Young on her honors thesis, titled "Skin lesion prevalence on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from coastal waters near Murrells Inlet, S.C." She has been named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List while at Coastal. After graduation, she plans to attend veterinary school to specialize in aquatic/exotic animals or pathology.

Louise Wilson is from Suffield, Conn., and is a communication major with a concentration in public relations and triple minoring in Spanish, journalism and marketing. She was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List and has been awarded the University Honors Program Global Enhancement Award while studying abroad in Spain as well as the Freshman Success Award and the University Scholar Award. Wilson serves as secretary of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and serves as president of the Upsilon Eta chapter of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society. She is also a part of Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success. Her honors thesis is titled "The Role Social Media Plays in Crisis Communication" and is advised by Andrea Bergstrom. After graduation, her plans are to pursue a career in the public relations/marketing field.

Paris Winters is a double major in marketing and management from Mechanicsville, Va. While at Coastal Carolina University, she was named to the President’s List and has been awarded the Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship and the University Scholar Award. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. After graduation, Winters plans to pursue a master’s degree in marketing with a specialization in marketing analytics from the University of Alabama and later earn a Master of Business Administration.

Christopher Wright is a piano music performance major with a minor in French. He has lived in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the past five years and is originally from Denver, Colo. While at Coastal Carolina University, Wright has presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition on Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. He has received the Michel Block Award for pianistic excellence several times. Last year, he received the award for outstanding junior in the music department and this year he has received the award for outstanding senior. He plans to attend graduate school at The University of Colorado at Boulder, where he will continue his studies in piano performance. In the future, Wright hopes to teach, perform and live in France, where he will focus his studies on French piano literature.

Connor Wrightson is a business management major with a concentration in entrepreneurial management from Mount Airy, Md. While at CCU, he researched genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with students from Germany, Ghana and Kenya to discover different cultural views toward the use of GMOs in food. Wrightson was also named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List during all four years at Coastal Carolina University. His honors thesis is titled "Building Bridges Across Continents 2017: Genetically Modified Food." After graduation, he plans to start as a professional associate commercial real estate broker at Avison Young in Maryland.