CCU in the World
CCU faculty and staff are involved internationally
CCU students and faculty win prestigious scholarships/fellowships in 6 countries
2019 has been a great year for prestige international scholarships at Coastal Carolina University. 2 CCU faculty have been awarded Fulbright Scholar Awards Emma Howes to Kazakhstan and Steve Earnest to China). CCU alum Hannah Hamelman received the university’s first Critical Languages Scholarship to study Russian in Tbilisi, Georgia in Summer 2019; 2 CCU students received Gilman Awards (Jalil Bonds to study theatre in Italy and Emily Doscher to do an environmental law internship in Greece), and Maddy Scholar was awarded a Rotary Global Grant to complete her masters degree in conflict management at the University of Manchester .
CCU Fulbrighter meets with US Ambassador to China
CCU Fulbrighter Steve Earnest who will be working on developing an English language theatre curriculum with Nanjing Normal University as a focal point of his year-long Fulbright Award to Nanjing, China, meets with US Ambassador, The Honorable Terry Branstad, in Beijing at the beginning of his Fulbright Grant. To learn more about his grant, please visit https://www.coastal.edu/coastal-now/news/news-article/index.php?id=5034.
CCU Women’s Basketball Experiences Competition and Culture in Cuba
CCU Women’s Basketball Team with head coach Jaida Williams traveled to Havana and Veradero, Cuba, from August 11-17, 2019 to play exhibition games with the Cuban National Women’s Team. The team conducted a basketball clinic for about 50 kids during their week in Cuba and participated in a number of cultural learning experiences, including tours of local facilities and salsa lessons. Joining the team for part of their experience was former multisport student-athlete Brooke Weisbrod ’01, a member of CCU’s Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame and ESPN college basketball analyst, who congratulated the players for being the first CCU women’s basketball team to travel abroad. Aja Blount, sophomore forward from Northampton, Pa., noted, “This has been my first time out of the country and it’s been an awesome experience. I enjoy seeing how different we live from the Cubans. It’s cool seeing the classic cars and how people live here. I also like interacting with the Cubans and trying to speak Spanish to them from what I learned in Spanish class. Everyone here is so kind and polite.” The Chanticleers fought hard in the three exhibition games played at the Havana Sports Complex, and though they lost the three games, they learned a lot. Caitlin Roche (Senior, Montvale, N.J.) “The past three days I have been able to watch my teammates compete at a very high level against a very strong and talented Cuban team. Although we did not come out with the win today, these past three games have all been great learning lessons. I believe this experience is one that has helped us all come closer as a family and better as a team. This is the type of experience that will especially count down the road. The Cuban team impressed me very much. Their players were all extremely quick, athletic and skilled. I got a sense that they were all so knowledgeable, their understanding of the game and how it should be played was clear. Not one player on their team was selfish.”
CCU philosophy professor teaches in International Summer School in p yay s. G ?1? - at , Germany
CCU philosophy professor Nils Rauhut was working with CCU exchange partner, the Technische Hochschule Rosenheim, to teach in its location in Rosenheim, Germany, as a part of the International Summer School on Business Ethics on the broader theme of Doing Business Across Europe that runs from June 24 – July 19, 2019. The summer school ?as a whole moved students across three countries (Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain) for the learning experience. Further detail about the program is available at: https://www.th-rosenheim.de/die-hochschule/aktuelles/details/international-summer-school-an-der-th-rosenheim-2034/. The universities have a program for students to study as exchange students for a semester or year at the other institution. For further information about education abroad opportunities for semester or longer study at partner institutions, please see https://www.coastal.edu/educationabroad/step2researchprograms/exchangepartnerprograms/.
CCU German professor invited to participate in German-American Fulbright Commission Program “On the Road! Exploring the U.S.-American Heartland”’
Gary Schmidt, CCU professor of German and chair of the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, has been selected by the German-American Fulbright Commission for a special program entitled “On the Road! Exploring the U.S.-American Heartland.” This program is being organized as part of the Year of German-American Friendship celebration and provides three groups of Fulbright Scholars the opportunity to embark on a week-long journey across the U.S. to explore German heritage in the American heartland. Participants will organize different events to engage Americans in a dialogue on Germany and the transatlantic friendship. Participants will help plan the activities throughout the four stops per group and execute them independently as a team. The final destination of the week-long trip (May 11-19, 2019) is the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where a conference with up to 150 Fulbright grantees and alumni will be held. Gary Schmidt was selected to serve as a Fulbright Scholar for the “German Studies Seminar” in Berlin and Leipzig in 2005 on current trends in German literature.
CCU Students and Professors Participate in International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway, on the theme of Global Migration
Eight CCU students (Madison Scholar, Morgan-Mckay Hoppmann, Eliecer Fernandez, Lendon Little, Jeffrey Hutchins, Caitlyn Fegett, Sophie Sumpter, and Lukas Little) are participating in a CCU course, titled “Global Perspectives: Migration,” through which they are participating in the 2019 International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT) in Norway’s historical city of Trondheim from February 7 - 17. This year’s event brings together about 500 students from 145 countries to deliberate on the issue of global migration through workshops and plenary sessions, amidst other cultural events culminating in the awarding of the Student Peace Prize. Students get to listen, debate, and dialogue with some inspiring speakers like Tawakkol Karman, the Yemeni human rights activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner. They also hear from a refugee group about life in a refugee camp and get to participate in a digital simulation of a refugee camp. While encountering the proverbial Norwegian winter in Trondheim, the CCU students can take part in a snow day featuring many of Norway’s celebrated winter games, enjoy the hospitality of being a guest in a Norwegian home, and also visit the eleventh century Nidaros Cathedral built over the burial site of King Olav II, that century king of Norway who became St. Olav, the patron saint of Norway. The professors for this course are Dr. Richard Aidoo, associate professor of politics and assistant dean of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and Dr. Mariam Dekanozishvili, assistant professor of politics.
During his opening remarks, Tyler Stewart, President of ISFiT 2019 stressed that “The challenges associated with migration … are not problems that are going to solve themselves or to disappear overnight, and we can’t leave it to politicians to solve these problems for us. Students need to take an active role in deciding the future of their countries” CCU students have been participating in this biannual global event since 2013, as part of their studies and have developed lifetime friendships around the world.
“This year’s theme of global migration represents one of the most complex and politically charged issues of our time, and future diplomats and policymakers will have to develop the resolve to address such an issue. ISFiT continues to be one of the unique global platforms for achieving such a task” says Richard Aidoo, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Politics and Assistant Dean of the Edwards College who is leading the team along with Mariam Dekanozishvili, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Politics.
CCU theatre department clowns it up at festival in Costa Rica in cooperation with Patch Adams
CCU assistant professor of theatre Ben Sota is participating with CCU theatre student Milla Blackwelder in the 10th Annual Clowning and Caring in Costa Rica and 3rd Annual La Carpio Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica from August 26 – September 2, 2018. For the 3rd time in 10 years, Clowning & Caring in Costa Rica is holding a festival in La Carpio, the largest settlement of migrants in Central America and one of the most distressed community in Costa Rica. CCU participants will be participating in workshops, performances, and presentations at the La Carpio Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica, in affiliation with Patch Adams. Participants in the festival are required to travel to the festival dressed as clowns, and our CCU team was called on to check in the passengers on their Spirit flight! Want to learn more about their experience? Read about it in Grand Strand Magazine.
CCU Student Awarded $50,000 Rotary Global Grant for Masters Program in Peace and Conflict in he United Kingdom
Madison Scholar, a senior majoring in Intelligence and National Security Studies major at Coastal Carolina University, has been awarded a Rotary Global Grant from Rotary District 7770 to pay for her to do her master’s degree program in peace and conflict prevention/resolution in the United Kingdom. Ms. Scholar is the third CCU student to have be awarded a Rotary Global Grant from Rotary District 7770. For more information, please see https://www.coastal.edu/coastal-now/news/news-article/index.php?id=4907. To learn more about the mentoring program at CCU to help students apply for the Rotary Global Grant, please visit: https://www.coastal.edu/globalinitiatives/prestigescholarinitiatives/rotaryglobalgrant/.
CCU psychology professor Dr. William Hills receives Fulbright to work in gerontology education in Poland in 2018 - 2019
Professor William Hills, a professor of psychology in CCU’s College of Science, has been awarded a Fulbright to Poland for 2018/19 on the topic, “The Importance of Gerontology Education: Making Career Choices for the Future of Poland.” His grant will involve teaching students at the Medical University of Lublin and working with colleagues there to further service delivery efforts and integration of older adults into all levels of Polish society. Coastal Carolina University has 19 Fulbright scholars among its current faculty and staff, and 12 former Fulbright scholars among its retired faculty and staff. Professor Hills, who has previously received a Fulbright in 2013 to teach at Russian State Social University in Moscow, Russia, and who participated in a Fulbright Group Hays project to Poland in 2003, is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2018-2019. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. Click here to read the full story »
CCU Students and Faculty Participate in Eurasian Security Workshops in Kazbegi and Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
Eight CCU students studying Intelligence and National Security Studies or Political Science led by three faculty from the Department of Politics (Mariam Dekanozishvili, Richard Aidoo and Nora Fisher Onar) in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, participated in the Summer School “Security in the Eurasian Region” jointly organized by CCU and Ilia State University in the Republic of Georgia (June 7-15, 2018). The eight CCU students were joined by twelve Georgian students. Together, the students had an opportunity to participate in various workshops on the topic of Eurasian Security taught by CCU and Ilia State University professors in the mountain town of Kazbegi. The program concluded with the visit to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. After briefings by government officials at the Ministry of Defense Training Center and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, CCU students visited the historic Tbilisi downtown. Summer School participants were awarded certificates at the closing banquet at Ilia State University. “This is a unique experiential learning opportunity for CCU students. Within this past week, our students not only obtained new perspectives regarding Georgia and the wider Eurasian region, but also forged new friendships with their Georgian peers. The Summer School provided opportunity for cultural exchange and joint learning. This constitutes a true global experience,” commented Dr. Dekanozishvili, who developed and co-led the program.
Coastal Carolina University graduates 12 students in China and signs new agreement
On June 13, 2018, at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China, Coastal Carolina University President David DeCenzo recognized 12 students who were part of a 1+2+1 Sino-American Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) double degree program at CCU in a joint graduation ceremony with participating Chinese universities. President DeCenzo also signed a new agreement to expand cooperation by adding a new experimental class in Business and Accounting with Xi’an University of Posts and Telecommunications to support enhanced recruitment of Chinese students by sending a few CCU professors each year to teach in China. President DeCenzo was also invited once again to present on the China- US Presidents’ Forum at the annual meeting and graduation event. His topic was innovation in higher education cooperation.
“Our partnerships in China have led to enhanced student recruitment, faculty exchange, cooperation in creative endeavors, and higher visibility of the quality of CCU programs abroad," said Darla Domke-Damonte, who began the cooperation with China in 2007.
CCU delegation explores cooperation with the University of the West Indies
CCU representatives met with schools, institutes and colleges at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Jamaica to explore collaboration in teaching, research, and exchange. The group’s visit was coordinated through Ambassador Richard Bernal’s office at UWI and CCU’s Center for Global Engagement. Ambassador Bernal serves as the pro-vice-chancellor of global affairs at UWI. Participating in the visit from CCU were representatives from three colleges: Teresa Burns ( associate dean in the College of Science); Taylor Damonte (director of Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism from the Wall College of Business); Wesley Fondren ( chair of the Department of Communication, Media, and Culture) and Frederick Wood ( chair of the Department of Politics), both from the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts; and Darla Domke-Damonte, associate provost for global affairs.
CCU professor Billy Hills launches fourth book in series with Russian State Social University
CCU professor of psychology has launched his fourth book in cooperation with Russian State Social University. Hills, who served as a Fulbright scholar at Russian State Social University in 2012 – 2013, has worked in cooperation to develop bilingual research work on a variety of contemporary topics over the past four years to which scholars from Russia and the USA have contributed.
CCU Students Participate in the Model EU Conference in Brussels, Belgium
Five students from the Department of Politics, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts participated in the elite European Union (EU) Simulation program hosted by the Vesalius College in Brussels, in the capital of the European Union. The Model EU simulation involves over 20 universities from the US and Europe and brings over 120 students to the annual Model EU Conference. CCU students Madison Nowlin, Mary Casey, Connor Kilgore, Casey Mallon, and Shadda Corwin, were accompanied by Dr. Mariam Dekanozishvili and Dr. Frederick Wood, and successfully represented the Republic of Estonia. During the European Council simulation, students discussed urgent challenges in the EU, such as the refugee crisis, cybersecurity, transatlantic relations, etc. and adopted resolutions. In addition to daily negotiations, CCU students had a unique opportunity to visit the major EU institutions and meet EU officials. Model EU is one of the many experiential learning initiatives in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. “Model EU offers our students an opportunity to experience global diplomacy, hone their negotiation, public speaking, and leadership skills,” noted Mariam Dekanozishvili, assistant professor of politics, who has prepared and accompanied the students to Brussels.
CCU professor leads undergraduate and graduate students on a marine research vessel off the coast of South America.
Till Hanebuth, Associate Professor of School of Coastal and Marine Systems Sciences at Coastal Carolina University, and two of his students are beginning their work aboard the German marine research vessel Sonne as part of an international team that is gathering data on the large Mar del Plata Canyon off Argentina for the upcoming six weeks. This research is important because the steep slope at the seaward limit of a continental margin, covered by thousands of feet of water, host canyons and mountains of similar dimension like we know it from the high mountains on land. These canyons act as main pathways for tides and ocean currents flowing up and down, but also allow for channelized, very substantial flow of sand from shallow waters down the slope into the ocean basins, which are several miles deep.
Leslie Wallace, assistant professor of art history in the CCU Department of Visual Arts delivered a public lecture on falconry in ancient China at the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center at the Al Ain Zoo as part of the 4th International Falconry Festival. Please click for more information about programs and projects in the Department of Visual Arts.
CCU Men’s Basketball Plays in Tournament in the Bahamas
CCU’s men’s basketball team played as a part of the 2017 Islands of the Bahamas Showcase Tournament, winning third place in the tournament. For more information, please check out the tournament webpage and for more information about CCU Men’s Basketball, please visit to GOCCUSPORTS.
Multiple CCU faculty participate in National Fulbright Association meeting.
November 5, 2017
Professors William Hills, Daniel Ennis, Darla Domke-Damonte, and Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Mimouna Zitouni participate in the National Fulbright Association meeting in Washington, DC. Hills and Ennis both had collaborative posters accepted to present at the meeting, and Domke-Damonte and Hills had a roundtable session accepted for presentation at the conference. CCU has 17 former Fulbrighters among its faculty, with three current faculty having awards and one student having received awards for 2017-18. CCU has developed a Fulbright Council with more than 20 members which actively mentors both faculty and student applications to the Fulbright award programs. For more information, please visit our Fulbright Initiative pages.
Recruiting in Taiwan with newest partner Oh!Study
Leisha DeRiso, Asst. Dir. of Recruitment and Admissions, spent a week traveling throughout Taiwan educating potential students on the opportunities available at CCU.
CCU management faculty member awarded Best Paper in International Business Education at conference in Dubai, UAE
Assistant professor of management Nicholas Rhew was awarded the CUIBE Award for Best Paper in International Business Education for his paper, entitled "The essential role of international business education in the fight against political corruption." The award was presented on July 4, 2017, at the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education, which promotes best practices in international business education, at the conference held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
CCU professor of English Anna Oldfield will serve as Fulbright Specialist to Kazakhstan
September – October 2017
Dr. Anna Oldfield will be working with Kazakh Ablai Khan University of World Languages and International Relations on a Fulbright Specialist Project to undertake recording recording and translation of local culture in Kazakhstan in September – October 2017.
Prof. Anna Oldfield delivers invited lecture on “Memories don’t Burn: Azerbaijani Bardic Singing and the Persistence of Culture” at University of Bonn (Germany)
Second CCU faculty member awarded Fulbright for 2017-18 for research on Brexit
Maggi Morehouse, the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Cultures at Coastal Carolina University, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Research/Teaching Fulbright Award to the United Kingdom. Beginning in January 2018, she will be researching the attitudes of UK blacks toward Brexit. For more information, please click here.
CCU Computer Science Professor teaches in special experimental class program in China
CCU professor and department chair William Jones teaches as part of an innovative experimental class program in partnership with Huaqiao University in Xiamen, China. Students in this China Higher Educational Professional Development (CHEPD) 1+2+1 program spend their first year in China taking coursework, including Professor Jones’s course and then transfer to the USA to complete an undergraduate degree in computer science. Upon completion of degree requirements at CCU, they return to China to finish their Chinese degree requirements, earning both institutional diplomas! Please visit the CHEPD page for more information.
Student Projects and Engagement Abroad
Jagger Weatherspoon, a history and a Coastal Carolina University history major and religious studies minor from Myrtle Beach, has been awarded a 2017 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Japan this coming academic year. Weatherspoon is the first CCU student to receive the scholarship, which seeks to strengthen intercultural understanding and prepare undergraduates for a global economy by increasing the number of American students who can study abroad. He will study at CCU partner institution, Osaka Gakuin University, for the Fall 2017 semester. For more information about the mentoring program to assist CCU students to apply for this program, please contact the Center for Global Engagement (843-349-2213) or check our our webpage.
CCU students represent Poland and Latvia at Model EEU conference in New York
Eight CCU students participated in the Model EU conference in New York from March 31 – April 2, 2017, representing Poland and Latvia, as they discussed and adopted resolutions to address critical issues in the European Union. According to assistant professor Mariam Dekanozishvili, who accompanied the group, this program is a wonderful opportunity for them to hone their negotiation and diplomacy skills. For more information, click here.
First ever CCU Student Awarded Fulbright Research Grant
Peter Seifarth has become the first CCU student to be awarded a Fulbright Research/Study Grant to conduct research on theatre in Nepal in 2017-18. CCU has a Fulbright Council that offers mentoring assistance to students and faculty applying for Fulbright grants. To learn more about Peter’s award and Fulbright at CCU, please click here.
CCU Rotaract Club supports project to help children getting cleft palate surgery in the Philippines
The Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University partnered with the Rotary and Rotaract Club of Dipolog City in the Rotary Smiles Project. The Rotary Smiles project, hosted by the International Children's Surgical Foundation and the Rotary Club of Dipolog City, provides over 70 children in Dipolog City surgery for cleft palate. The Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University made connections with the Rotaract Club of Dipolog City over the summer at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference in Washington D.C. The Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University mailed cards for the children in the Philippines and a banner signed by all the members to show support for the project. The club also made a $202 donation which was able to support over 30 children going through the surgery with toys, fruit, books, and water.
Eight CCU students represent USA at ISFiT Conference in Trondheim, Norway to discuss Discrimination
Eight students from the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University are currently in Norway to represent the USA at the biennial global event - International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT) 2017 and are working with over 450 students from around the world to discuss discrimination. To read more about the event, please click here.
CCU Computer Science Professor teaches in special experimental class program in China