One of the most challenging and emotional times for parents is when their child leaves home for the first time and heads off to college. For Myrtle Beach residents Kimmi and Chuck Case, they couldn’t be more pleased that their son Ryan has chosen to attend Coastal Carolina University.
From day one, we were impressed with the community feel of the campus,” Kimmi said. “We felt that it was a beautiful hidden secret right in our own backyard. Ryan decided CCU was the size that he was looking for in a college. It gave him an opportunity to get his feet wet because he had never really been away from home. He really felt comfortable with the class sizes and the support he would receive to thrive academically.”
Thanks to his strong academic performance at Socastee High School, Ryan was invited to join the University Honors Program, which is designed to encourage intellectual curiosity and ability in highly motivated and academically gifted students. The political science major has excelled during his freshman year at CCU; he was named to the President’s List after earning a 4.0 GPA.
“It was really nice to see his hard work paying off for him,” Kimmi said. “We believe the extra care of his professors and his campus environment have played a big role in his success.”
Kimmi and Chuck are natives of North Carolina, but have lived on the Grand Strand for many years. They are both successful business owners and are involved with local charities. Delighted to see their son grow as a person and excel on campus, the Cases are the first to join the President’s Leadership Circle, a newly formed giving initiative for parents. Their philanthropic support of CCU is inspired by a quote from Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
The Cases believe it truly does take a campus community to educate a student. They hope to encourage other parents to have a deeper connection with CCU and its students.
“A group of people working together can make a huge difference, especially when we are all focusing on the same end result – making Coastal Carolina all that it can be,” Kimmi said. “We look forward to building a relationship with many other parents and President DeCenzo that will make everyone even more proud to call themselves a Coastal Carolina University Chanticleer!”