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Michele Varga, Academic Advisor/HonorsMichele Varga joined University College at Coastal Carolina University in 2008. Prior to joining the Coastal family, she earned an Associate in Arts from Broome Community College, a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology from Long Island University (LIU) in South Hampton, N.Y., and a Master of Arts in social science from Binghamton University.

While attending LIU, she had the opportunity to do two things she loves–work with students in the Career Development Office and complete two experiential learning experiences: one at a wildlife rehabilitation center and the other in the Florida Everglades. Although she loved experience researching in the Everglades, Varga decided working with students was much more rewarding and required fewer mosquito bites.

Varga believes seeing your adviser, early and often, and building relationships with faculty members from your interest areas are key to achieving your goals with as little stress as possible. “Advisers are here to help you navigate the maze of college and hopefully lessen the number of obstacles that may be in your path,” she said.

When not in her office, Varga enjoys creating jewelry, quilting and the outdoors. When asked what someone would be surprised to know, she said, "I used to work on a goat farm; I miss the snow; and I am a reality television show junkie."

Michele Varga
Honors Advisor, First-Year Students                                                                                                                Kearns Hall 213A  |  843-349-6528  |



Shannon Sarvis is a native of Conway, SC. She received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Management from Winthrop University, and her Graduate degree in Human Services, with an emphasis on Military resilience counseling from Liberty University; where she is also 6 credits from completion of her MS in Professional Counseling (w/ licensure). Shannon has worked in higher education for over 15 years; with the majority of that time spent in Student Support Services as an Advisor or Academic Counselor. Ms. Sarvis is mother to Christopher (24), Bryson (18), and Brittany (12) Sarvis. She is thrilled to be a part of the CCU Chanticleer family!

Shannon Sarvis
Academic Advisor, Interdisciplinary Studies                                                                                                    Kearns Hall 213D  |  843-349-5089  |