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The Honors College congratulates its class of 2019.

About the 2019 seniors

  • The Honors College Class of 2019 comprised May, August and December degree candidates. In May, 83 honors students will earn a total of 89 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 3.5.
  • The average GPA of the spring graduating class is 3.72.
  • Learn more about CCU's Honors College »

Lizeth Alcantar is a public health major and communication minor from Georgetown, S.C. While attending CCU, she has been named to the president’s list and the dean’s list, and has been awarded certificates for completion of leadership  trainings and volunteer work. She has worked as a co-coordinator for the Students Helping Others Reach Excellence (SHORE) Peer Educators program in the LiveWell Office for two years. She is currently a member of the public health honor society Eta Sigma Gamma, as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success. Her honors thesis is titled “Purposeful Tanning and Perceived Susceptibility of Skin Cancer in Aruba,” which she will be collecting data for in Aruba. After graduation, she plans to gain experience through work and volunteer services and then attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in community health.

Jakayla Bailey is an information systems major and creative writing minor from Charleston, S.C. She is a recipient of the South Carolina LIFE and Provost’s scholarships. She has been named to  the president’s list and became a brother of the Zeta Xi chapter of Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity. She is a member of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO@CCU) and one of four mentors selected for the Women in STEM group at Coastal Carolina. She is employed by Student Computing Services to provide tech support to the University’s students, faculty and staff. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in cybersecurity while working to become a published writer.

Kayla Basenese is a sociology major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list and is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma National  Freshman Honor Society. She has been awarded the Teal Scholar Award as well as the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in social  services and attend law school.

Nicholas Bautz is a biology major and chemistry minor from Surfside Beach, S.C. While at CCU, he was named to the president’s list or dean’s list for all enrolled semesters. He is a South Carolina Palmetto Fellow and a recipient of the President’s Scholarship. He has served as executive vice president of recruitment for the Psi Upsilon chapter of the national biological  honor society, Beta Beta Beta. His honors thesis is entitled “Temperature Responses of Microbial Extracellular Enzyme Activity Associated with Decaying Submerged Leaf Litter,” which was presented at the 2019 Undergraduate Research Competition. After graduation, he plans to attend dental school and pursue a career in dentistry. 

Carson A. Berry, a marine science major and German minor from Myrtle Beach, S.C., passed away in December 2018, during his senior year at CCU. While enrolled at CCU, he was named to the dean’s list several times. In the summer of 2018, he assisted with a  project entitled “Increasing Interactivity in Physical Oceanography.” As part of this project, Berry developed an application using MATLAB software that allows students enrolled in physical oceanography courses to visualize salinity data from boat trips in a variety of different formats without needing any programming skills. This work was presented at the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) spring meeting in March 2019, at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Berry’s honors project, which he did not have an opportunity to complete, was entitled “The Physics of Turbulence” and focused on the range of turbulence values in Winyah Bay based upon seasonal and weather conditions. Through the generosity of his parents, Dr. and Mrs. James Berry, and many donors, a conference room in the Science II Building will be named in Carson’s memory and an annual marine science scholarship to benefit future marine science majors has been established in his name. 

Kaila Bess is a biology major and a marine science minor from Murrells Inlet, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. She held a position in Sigma Kappa sorority, the national biological honor society, Beta Beta Beta, and was a member of the pre-vet club. She did research with fiddler crabs and marine debris, along with a veterinary internship. After graduating from CCU, Bess wants to attend veterinary school in hopes of opening a rescue for animals locally in Myrtle Beach.

Stephen Bishop is a computer science major from Scranton, S.C.

Reagan Bond is a business management major with a concentration in international management from Union, S.C. She is a member of the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, where she was elected to the position of new member adviser for the 2018-2019 school year. While at CCU, she was named to the dean’s list and has been awarded the Provost’s Scholarship and the University Honors Program Scholarship for her Maymester abroad. After graduation, Bond plans to travel the world and start working toward her MBA. 

Annie Boyd is a marine science major and biology major from Canal Winchester, Ohio. While at CCU, she was named to the dean’s list and has been awarded the President’s Scholar Award, University Scholar Award, Dr. Loring and Mrs. Young Ross Endowed Scholarship, and the J. Ralph and Ami S. Byington Annual Scholarship. Her honors thesis is entitled “Demersal Fish Use of Printed Oyster Shells as Nesting Habitat in North Inlet, South Carolina,” which was presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition. After graduation, her plans are to pursue a career in coral restoration and ecotourism. 

Alexandra Brady is a music education major from Pasadena, Md. While at CCU, she was named to the dean’s list her first semester and the president’s list for the remainder of her education. She was awarded the Carolyn Cox Annual Music Education Scholarship, the Provost’s Scholar Award, the Music Performance Award, and the University Scholar Award. Brady has served as a teaching assistant in the music department, a mentor for freshmen music students, a section leader and student assistant for the Coastal Carolina Concert Choir, and a tutor in the music department for the last two years. She was also selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Music Education Student Award two years in a row. She was inducted as a member into the National Society for Leadership and Success and the Golden Key Honor Society. Her honors thesis was presented as a voice recital that showcased the culmination of her work as a voice student at Coastal. Brady is proud to be graduating after only three years of undergraduate study, and will be continuing her education at CCU as a part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program; she hopes to one day teach middle school or high school choir.

Michael Cahill is an exercise and sport science major from East Hampton, N.Y. While at Coastal Carolina University, he was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list and awarded the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. His honors thesis is entitled “Correlation Between Right Rear Hand Punch Maximal Force and Select Anthropometric and Body Composition Variables,” and was awarded second place in the sport science category and presented at the 13th annual Coaches and Sport Science Conference at ETSU. After graduation, his plans are to continue on his track to become a physician assistant.

James Carpenter is an intelligence and national security studies major from McConnells, S.C.

Ryan Case is a political science major and history minor from Surfside Beach, S.C. While at Coastal Carolina University, he worked as an Edwards Research Fellow and presented his work at numerous national academic conferences while earning president’s list honors six times. In January 2019, Case published his capstone thesis, titled “Democratic Tyranny and the Need for Responsible Elites in American Politics,” in the Voegelin View. Case is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Society and served as vice president of the University's chapter during the spring of 2019. He will attend law school after graduation.

Hannah Coffman is a B.F.A. musical theatre major originally from Fort Worth, Texas. She has been on the president’s list and the dean’s list every semester and has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship. In addition to her time at CCU, she also studied abroad at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy during the fall semester of her junior year. After graduation, she plans to move to New York City to pursue her passion for acting.

Blakeney Coleman is a psychology major from Cheraw, S.C. She was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list and was awarded the Freshman Success Award following her achievements her first year. While attending CCU, she was nominated for the Jackson Scholars Program, served as a student employee, researched in Justification of Effort studies by Murphy, Ph.D., and volunteered at a local hospice agency her junior year. Her senior thesis is entitled “Anxiety and its Effects as an Impact on Memory” and is based on the classic study by Simons & Chabris (1999) of Inattentional Blindness. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master of Arts in mental health counseling from Becker College.

Alyssa Conner is an English major with a minor in creative writing from Myrtle Beach, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, and Phi Eta Sigma, the freshman honor society. She has also been published in the campus literary and art magazine, Archarios. She is a recipient of the South Carolina Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, CCU’s Palmetto Scholarship, and Coastal Carolina’s President’s Scholar Award. After graduation, Conner eventually plans to pursue an M.F.A. in creative writing.

Nicole Conner is an English major with a minor in creative writing from Myrtle Beach, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta. Her work was published in the University literary magazine, Archarios, a publication which she later judged. After graduation, her plans are to pursue a career in writing.

Rachael Cormier is an exercise and sport science major with a minor in sport coaching from Wilmington, Mass. While at CCU, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, holding many positions, including serving on the executive board and receiving the Theta Beta chapter scholarship. She worked on campus with University Recreation, spent two years volunteering with the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentor Program, and was named to both the president’s list and dean’s list numerous times. She also assisted in independent research and completed more than 550 internship hours with Manzer Basketball Academy. After graduation, she hopes to continue her work with athletes and eventually become a sport psychologist.

Tiffany Dantzler is an intelligence and national security studies major from Beaufort, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the dean’s list and has been awarded the Dyer Fellowship, Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Scholarship, and is one of the first two recipients of the Senator Clementa C. Pinckney Memorial Scholarship. Her honors thesis is titled “The Future of Sino-South African relations: Analysis of the Sustainability of a Partnership.” After graduation, Dantzler plans to pursue a graduate degree in international relations.

Sarah Davis is a marine science and chemistry major from Bel Air, Md. During her time at CCU she was the historian, executive vice president, and president of the Theta Beta chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and president of the chemistry/biochemistry club. She was on the president’s list for Fall 2015 and Spring 2018, and on dean’s list for Spring and Fall 2016, 2017 and 2018. Davis was awarded the Panhellenic Woman Scholarship, Deans Excellence Scholarship, and the Chemistry and Physics Scholarship. After graduating from Coastal Carolina, she plans to work toward her Ph.D. pursuing marine science and then continue her career in research.

Whitney Davis is from Altavista, Va., and will be receiving a dual degree in biology and marine science. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and was awarded the Dr. Loring and Mrs. Young Ross Endowed Scholarship, the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, and the Rebecca Thomas Jones Memorial Scholarship. She is the vice president of the women’s club volleyball team, and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Doctors of Coastal pre-med club. Her honors thesis is entitled “The Effects of Marine Natural Products on the Microenvironment of Pancreatic Cancer,” and was presented at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, and the Undergraduate Research Competition. After graduation, she plans to pursue medical school.

Annamaria Deitz is a marine science major with an environmental science minor from Greenville, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and dean’s list and was an eco rep for Sustain Coastal. Her honors thesis is entitled “Pre-juvenile Naked Goby (Gobiosoma bosc) Age and Growth Using Otoliths.” She also conducted research during her study abroad in Jamaica entitled “Coral Disease Prevalence on the West Forereef of Discovery Bay, Jamaica.” After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies in fisheries and marine conservation.

Patrick Dempsey is a finance major with a minor in commercial and investment real estate from Holbrook, N.Y. He has been honored as the finance student of the year in 2018, along with being consistently named to the president’s list. While studying at CCU, he has been a member of the Wall Fellows Program, president of the finance club, and a goalie on the men’s club lacrosse team. Outside of the classroom, Dempsey has interned with Turner Construction Company, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, the Daily Dirtnap LLC, and Citigroup. Following graduation, he will be returning to Citigroup in New York City, joining Citigroup’s Markets Division.

Jacob Dietzel is a marine science major from Walkersville, Md.

Olivia Dimatteo is a communication major and English minor from Fort Mill, S.C. During her four years at CCU, she was named to the president’s list, the dean’s list, and was a recipient of the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship and the President’s Scholar Award. She was a student ambassador for the Arts and Humanities Global Experience Program which allowed her to participate in global workshops in London. Dimatteo also served as an assistant researcher with the Athenaeum Press and participated in the Undergraduate Research Competition in 2018 and 2019. Her plans following graduation are to continue with graduate studies in language, culture and communication.

Amelia Dobbs is a senior originally from Norfolk, Va. She is graduating with a B.F.A. in musical theatre and a minor in women’s and gender studies. During her time at CCU, she has served in leadership roles for Delight Women’s Ministries and worked as a dance assistant in the theatre department. She is a research fellow in the Edwards College and an inductee of Triota, the women’s and gender studies national honor society. She is a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, and the Kleber Scholarship. After graduation, her plans are to move to Chicago or New York.

Kiarra Donnelly is a B.F.A. acting major from Atlanta, Ga. While at CCU, her achievements included maintaining president’s list status, serving as a resident adviser and honors research fellow, studying abroad in Italy, and presenting research at the Pedagogy of the Theater of the Oppressed Conference in Detroit. Her scholarships include the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, the President’s Scholar Award, the University Scholar Award, and the Theater Performance Award. After graduation, Donnelly plans to join the film industry in Atlanta while pursuing her interests in arts therapy and arts activism.

Madison Anne Dunn, from Yale, Va., is a communication major with a focus in public relations and a minor in new media and digital culture. While at CCU, she was PR co-chairman for Phi Sigma Pi, social chairman for Sigma Sigma Sigma, and an information specialist at CHANT411. Her accomplishments include dean’s list and president’s list, membership in the communication honor society Lambda Pi Eta, and presentation of her honors thesis titled “13 Reasons Why or Why Not: Depicting Teenage Suicide in Streaming Media” at the Undergraduate Research Competition. She has received the provost’s scholarship and the University Scholar Award. Dunn’s plans after graduation are to begin the Master of Arts in communication program beginning at CCU in the fall.

Emily Eastham is a double major in marketing and international management from Adams, N.Y. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list five times and the dean’s list twice. She held leadership roles in the Wall College of Business as the first vice president of operations for the CoBE Institute, as well as multiple executive positions for professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. Her honors thesis was a marketing research project for a law firm based in Barcelona, which was presented in Spain and at the Undergraduate Research Competition. After graduation, she will be working with Apex Systems in Charlotte, N.C.

Alexi Echols is a marine science major from Kansas City, Mo. While at CCU, she worked at the Wheelwright box office, was a resident adviser, and was vice president of the National Residence Hall Honorary. She was named to both the dean’s and president’s lists at the University, had the opportunity to study coral reefs in Jamaica, and presented her thesis at the Undergraduate Research Competition. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in coastal marine and wetland studies at CCU.

Julia Emory is a history major from Longs, S.C.

Jon-Christopher Fenyo is a psychology major from Conway, S.C.

Gabrielle Forbes is a marine science major and environmental science minor from Lansdale, Pa. While at CCU, she was a part of the original 501(c)3 national nonprofit called A Moment of Magic and she served on the executive board as the social media chair. She was on the president’s list and dean’s list. Forbes did her honors thesis on microplastics in fiddler crabs, and presented her research at the Undergraduate Research Competition at the University. After graduation, she would like to get involved with sea turtle rehabilitation and conservation, as well as other environmental conservation work.

Alexander Foster is an applied mathematics major and computer science minor from Little River, S.C. While at CCU, he has received the Presidential Scholarship, CCU Palmetto Scholarship, S.C. Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, and Horry County Higher Education Commission Honors Excellence Scholarship. He was named to the president’s list and was inducted into the National Mathematics Honor Society Pi Mu Epsilon, and the National Honor Society Phi Eta Sigma. He has presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings and Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section. His presentations include a poster entitled “What’s a DRACKN?” and lectures entitled “Generalizing Random Fibonacci Sequences” and “Modeling Protection Strategies Against Chikungunya Virus on Reunion Island.” After graduation, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. 

Taylor Giallanza is a communication major from New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Vincent Giovagnoli is a biology major with a minor in chemistry from Pawleys Island, S.C. During his time at CCU, he was named to the president’s list and dean’s list multiple times. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity on CCU’s campus. His honors research was on patient trust and the variables that affect patients’ trust in their primary care provider. After graduation, he plans to attend the Medical University of South Carolina where his two brothers are currently enrolled.

Austen Goodyear is an intelligence and national security studies major from Surfside Beach, S.C.

Sophie Goron is a musical theatre major from Laurel, Md.

Malik Greene is a psychology major and studio art minor from Columbia, S.C. While at CCU, he was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list and has been awarded the Teal Scholar Scholarship. His senior thesis, which was presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition, is entitled “The Effects of Aggressive and Narcissistic Music on Helping Behavior.” After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology.

Kendall Haffner is an accounting major from Greeley, Colo. While at CCU, she has actively participated in Student Executive Leaders (SEL) and the Community and Business Engagement (CoBE) Fellowship. Haffner has been named to the president’s list and dean’s list every semester she has attended CCU. After graduation, she will be interning with Clifton Larsen Allen in Denver, Colo., for the summer. Following that, she will start the Master of Accountancy program at CCU in the fall.

Shadaisha Hamilton is a political science major and philosophy minor from Hilton Head Island, S.C. While at CCU, she was a Jackson Scholar, a member of Women of Color, volunteer at a local soup kitchen and member of the Rotaract Club. Hamilton also made the dean’s list for four semesters. In her senior year, she became the president of the Coastal Democrats Club. Her honors thesis is entitled “Racial Disparities within the Criminal Justice System.” After graduation, she plans to attend law school or a graduate program in public policy.

Richard Hawley is a marine science major from Murrells Inlet, S.C. As a recipient of the Teal Scholarship, he was named to the president’s list four times. His honors thesis is entitled “Density and Species Richness of Macro Infaunal Benthic Bivalves in North Inlet, South Carolina” and was presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition. Hawley plans to attend graduate school after graduation.

Danielle Hayes, from Conway, S.C., is a biochemistry major with a minor in medical humanities.

Taylor Hayes is a marine science major and psychology minor from Aynor, S.C. While at CCU, she was on the president’s list and dean’s list. She has conducted multiple independent research studies, some of which were presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition throughout her time at CCU. Her honors thesis, which was presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition in Spring 2019, is entitled “Spatial Distribution and Behavioral Patterns in American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) at Huntington Beach State Park, S.C.” After graduation, Hayes plans to continue working with animal behavior, specifically stress behaviors displayed by animals in captivity. Her goal is to work with marine mammals in rehabilitation centers.

Gregory Helmlinger is a management major from Budd Lake, N.J. While at CCU, he was named to both the president’s list and dean’s list multiple times. He was a member of the Coastal Carolina club baseball team. Upon graduation, he plans to work as a recruiter at Peter Kazella and Associates in Dover, N.J.

Mamie Henshaw is an exercise and sport science major from Vienna, Va. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. Henshaw is a founder of the women’s club basketball team at the University. After graduation, she plans to attend school to become a physician assistant.

Megan Hickman Fulp is a computer science major and applied mathematics minor from Summerville, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. She was accepted into the computer science honor society Upsilon Pi Epsilon and was granted the Honors Fellowship. She helped start various new clubs and programs, including the CCU Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM,) the CCU Women in STEM Fellowship, and the Honors Fellowship. Fulp had various on-campus jobs as a tutor, teaching assistant, Women in STEM ambassador, and research assistant with affiliation to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). After graduation, she plans to further her research over the summer at LANL and pursue graduate studies in computer engineering at Clemson University.

Anne Hobdy is a marine science major and Spanish minor from West Friendship, Md. During her three years at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and was a three-time recipient of the J.H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarship awarded by the International Longshoremen’s Association. She was also inducted into the National Honor Society and the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society. Her honors thesis, “The Effects of Human Approach on Sanderling Foraging Behavior,” was presented at the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society Conference in Spring 2019. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies in marine conservation and sustainability.

Ariana Hooberman-Piñeiro is a theatre major and creative writing minor from Fairfax, Va. While at CCU, she served as the secretary of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. Throughout her time at CCU, she has been named to the president’s list and dean’s list, was awarded Outstanding Sophomore in 2016-2017 for the Department of Theatre, and has maintained the President’s Scholar Award scholarship. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in theatre and to continue to develop her writing. 

Brooke Horist, from Buford, Ga., is a double major in marine science and biology, who also plays on the University’s women’s soccer team. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. Her honors thesis is about the changes in concentration of environmental DNA throughout the tidal zone of Murrells Inlet. After graduation, Horist plans to pursue graduate studies in genetic counseling.

Amani Huell is a theatre arts major from Georgetown, S.C.

Chelsey Hunter is an interdisciplinary studies psycho-social development of children major from Florence, S.C. She has served as a CeAL mentor, resident adviser, vice president of the Residence Hall Association, small group leader of MIC (Multiethnic Inclusive Community) within Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Orientation Leader and CCU Dialogue Fellow. She has also volunteered in the cities of Myrtle Beach and Conway, S.C., at the Children’s Museum of South Carolina and at the Shepherd’s Table. She has been a president’s and dean’s list recipient, and was awarded the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship and South Carolina Hope Scholarship. Upon graduating, her plans are to serve as a City Year AmeriCorps member in Columbia, S.C.

Sydney James is an anthropology and geography major and history minor from Seaford, Del. She is the president of the anthropology and geography student club, vice president of the Sprout student club, and a member of the Edwards College Research Fellows program. While at CCU, she has been named to president’s list each semester and was awarded the University Honors Program Excellence Award. Her honors thesis is entitled “The Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) on Lithic Raw Material Source Analysis.” After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology.

Alexa Jeacoma is a marketing major from Massapequa, N.Y. While at Coastal Carolina University, she has been named to the president’s list and dean’s list and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Sigma Pi. Alexa’s honors thesis, which was presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition, is entitled “Applying the Jeopardy™ Format to a Strategic Case Analysis.” After graduation, she plans to pursue a law degree.

Emily Johnson is an English major and political science minor from Fairfax, Va. While at Coastal Carolina University, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list and has been awarded the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Scholarship, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship, and two Coast Guard Academy scholarships. She was also involved in various honors societies, including Phi Eta Sigma, the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and Pi Sigma Alpha (served as secretary for 2019). Johnson was also a sister of the Theta Beta chapter of Alpha Delta Pi, and served as merchandise chair for Fall 2018, and worked as a Teal Trailblazer for the entirety of her college career. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in law.

Quinn Jones is a theatre arts major from Greenville, S.C.

Rebecca Jones is a marine science major and biology minor from Chester, Md. While at Coastal Carolina University, she was named to the dean’s list and was elected to the Coastal sea turtle club’s executive board for multiple semesters. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies in marine biology.

Alexis Jordon is a psychology major with a forensic concentration, is from Hopkins, S.C. While at CCU, she was the president of the Golden Key International Honour Society and was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. She was a member of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology and the National Society of Leadership and Success. After graduation, her plans are to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology or mental health counseling.

Andrew Kline is a marine science major and biology minor from Reedsville, Pa. While at Coastal Carolina University, he was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. He was the president of the Coastal Carolina swim club for three semesters, and was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). Kline’s honors thesis was entitled “Density as Depth Distribution of Two Keystone Echinoderms: Diadema antillarum and Tripneustes ventricosus in Discovery Bay, Jamaica.” After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate studies in coral reef ecology, using his Divemaster qualification to conduct underwater research. 

Morgan Kranz is an art studio major and business minor from Murrells Inlet, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and held a role as fundraising director. She studied abroad in Italy through the Golden Key. She is also a member of the Rotaract Club. After graduation, she plans on either pursuing a master’s degree in art therapy or using her certification as a nursing assistant to pursue an associate degree in nursing.

Ryan Lawrence, from Mechanicsburg, Pa., is an intelligence and national security major and political science minor.

Alexandra Legut is an honors marketing major from Waukesha, Wis. While at Coastal Carolina University, she was a senior associate at the Community and Business Engagement Institute in the Wall College of Business and she interned at the Conway Innovation Center. She has been consecutively named to the dean’s list each semester. Her undergraduate research thesis is entitled “SWOT/TOWS Analysis, a Live Strategic Management Honors Adaption on Williams-Sonoma,” which she presented at the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute Research Conference. After graduation, Legut will enter the professional work field with a job focused in marketing.

Giovanna Leone is an exercise and sport science major from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. She accomplished a degree-in-three while also competing as a Division I athlete on the Coastal Carolina University cross country and track and field teams. Her other accomplishments include being named to the president’s list and being awarded the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Scholarship. After graduation, she plans to get a master’s in exercise physiology and pursue her dream of working in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Kathryn Lienhard is a marine science major with a certificate in sustainability from Westminster, Md. She served in leadership positions as a part of CCU Rotaract Club and Coastal BCM. Lienhard was named to the dean’s list and became a member of the national honor society Phi Eta Sigma. Her honors thesis surrounds the study of microplastics in local populations of Ocypode quadrata, the Atlantic ghost crab. After graduation, she intends to pursue graduate studies in marine biology or ecology and a career in marine conservation.

Makenzie Marino is from Rochester, N.Y., and majored in communication with a minor in medical humanities. She took on the leadership role as corresponding secretary for the Theta Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi during her junior year. Throughout all four years, she was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, as well as Sigma Tau Delta, an honors fraternity which she joined her senior year. Marino made dean’s list throughout her four years at CCU. After graduation,  she plans to move to a city where she can work for a lifestyle magazine, and one day become a senior editor for a magazine company.

Madalynn Danielle Marrone is from Mifflintown, Pa., pursuing an exercise and sport science degree with a double minor in psychology and women’s and gender studies. Her honors thesis explored the relationship between locker room talk and sexual misconduct. She held various leadership positions within Alpha Delta Pi, was a two-time recruitment counselor, and participated in the Dalton and Linda Floyd Mentoring Program. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Order of Omega, Golden Key Society, Phi Eta Sigma honors society, Phi Alpha Pi honors society, Tri Iota honors society, and the Society of Collegiate Leadership and Achievement. Marrone was also the recipient of the first Alpha Delta Pi Foundation Scholarship for the Theta Beta chapter, the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship. Her plans after graduation include moving to Nashville, Tenn., to attend Marian University in order to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.).

Imilaine Matos is a hospitality, resort and tourism management major from Aruba. While at CCU, she was named on the dean’s list, was part of student executive leaders and a member of the Intercultural Experience Community. She has also held a resident adviser position during her senior year at the University. After graduation, she plans to return to Aruba to start her career in the tourism industry.

Regan McComb is a recreation and sport management major and pre-law minor from Pennsburg, Pa. She is a degree-in-three graduate, and while at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list while playing on the Division I women’s lacrosse team. Her honors thesis involved an analysis of the history and best practices surrounding university leadership and Title IX in regards to sexual assault and student-athletes. After graduation, she will remain at Coastal to pursue an MBA and finish her lacrosse career. 

Timothy McKellips, from Awendaw, S.C., is a history major.

Krystina Millar, originally from Murrells Inlet, S.C., is graduating with a degree in sociology with a minor in women’s and gender studies. During her time at CCU, she presented her research at various conferences and published a peer-reviewed journal article. She was a Dyer Fellow with the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, a Jackson Scholar with the Jackson Center for Ethics and Values, and a member of both the women’s and gender studies and philosophy honors societies. Additionally, she served as president of Students Advocating Gender Equality and was heavily involved in social justice activism. After graduation, Millar will be attending Indiana University’s Ph.D. program in sociology in hopes of becoming a professor and researcher.

Shelby Anne Moench is a hospitality, resort and tourism management major from Boonton Township, N.J. She is the social chair for Phi Sigma Pi national honor fraternity and belongs to several other academic organizations on campus. She has been on the dean’s list and has participated in two internships during her time at CCU. Her plans after graduation are to continue working as an event planner in South Carolina.

Peyton Mueller is a psychology and interdisciplinary studies double major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. While at Coastal Carolina University, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list and has been awarded the Horry County Higher Education Commission Honors Excellence Scholarship and S.C. Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. Her honors theses have involved studying social facilitation effect in humans and pigeons, which were presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition and at the Comparative Cognition Conference. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in comparative psychology.

Caleb Mund-Gerbino is a marketing major from East Northport, N.Y. While studying at CCU, he has been named to the president’s List and dean’s list. Mund-Gerbino is also a member of Student Executive Leaders and has held leadership positions within Delta Sigma. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in sports marketing.

Jessica Myers is a marine science major with a certificate in sustainability from West Grove, Pa. Her honors thesis focused on observing microplastic pollution within various waterways on the northern coast of South Carolina and the Bahamas under the guidance of George Boneillo, Ph.D., of Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Marine Science. She was granted the President’s Scholar Award and has earned placement on the president’s list or dean’s list every semester. After graduation, she plans to continue her research on plastic pollution in pursuit of a master’s degree in coastal and marine system science. 

Andrew Nye is an anthropology major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. While at CCU, he was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. He has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, and the CCU Palmetto Scholarship. His honors thesis is titled “The Coastal Route: The Role of the Pacific Northwest Coastline in Facilitating Human Travel into the Americas.” He presented an archaeology project on charcoal, collected from CCU’s Brookgreen Gardens dig site, at the Undergraduate Research Competition. After graduation, Nye plans to attend graduate school.

Alexis Ortiz is an international business management major from St. Charles, Ill. While attending CCU, she studied operations management abroad, traveling to Italy, Austria, Germany and Iceland. Additionally, she was a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Student Executive Leaders, a Brown Scholar, and served on executive board for Collegiate DECA. Each semester, she was named to the president’s list or dean’s list and was awarded the DECA/NAPA Scholarship at the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif. After graduation, her plans are to pursue a career in international marketing.

Courtney Padgett is a psychology major and French minor from Round O, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the dean’s list, and was the president of the psychology club. She was a member of honor organizations such as the National Society of Leadership and Success, the National Residence Hall Honorary, the Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement, Phi Eta Sigma and Psi Chi. She also interned with the SHORE peer educators. Her psychology research project was titled “Impact of Music on Mood,” which was presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition. After graduation, her plans are to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology.

Christopher Joseph (C.J.) Panciocco is originally from Walpole, Mass., but moved to Little River, S.C., his freshman year at Coastal Carolina University. He is a marketing major and has been a CoBE fellow since his freshman year. Panciocco held the highest position in CoBE, associate director, managing CoBE from Fall 2017 to December 2018. He has also been involved in the international business fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, serving as both vice president of scholarship and awards and chancellor on the executive board. He was also a member of Student Executive Leadership, participating in a Career Trek Fall 2019. He has been on the dean’s list every semester while at CCU and was placed on the president’s list Fall 2018. He has received a President’s Scholar Award scholarship all four years at CCU. After graduating, Panciocco plans to continue his career in the waste industry, pursuing an outside sales job while still maintaining his small business.

Jarame Jameson Dylan Parker is an intelligence and national security major with a minor in public health from Conway, S.C. He was named to the dean’s list while in attendance. Parker’s senior thesis is entitled “How Likely Are Israel and Hezbollah to Go to War in 2019?” After graduation, he leaves for the U.S. Army as a Cavalry Scout, and hopes to commission as an Army officer after a few years of service.

Chloe Paulsen is double major in exercise science and psychology from Warren, N.J. While at Coastal Carolina University, she was on the president’s list as well as the dean’s list and has received academic scholarships. Her undergraduate research consists of the influence of arousal level on putting performance. After graduation, she plans to proceed to her master’s in counseling and then a doctoral degree in sports psychology.

Hannah Pecha is an elementary education major from Eau Claire, Wis. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. She has been awarded the Teal Scholar Award. After graduation, she plans to teach in an elementary school while pursuing graduate studies in literacy.

Hali Phillips is an accounting major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s and dean’s list as well as being vice president of the Beta Gamma Sigma chapter in the Wall College of Business. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies to assist in obtaining her CPA license.

Heather Piper is a hospitality and resort tourism management major from West Chester, Pa. While at the University, she was named on the dean’s list every semester while also being very involved on campus. She is in Gamma Phi Beta sorority where she held the position of philanthropy chair and was selected to attend a trip to New York City to represent CCU’s Student Executive Leaders. She is a peer adviser for the Wall College of Business and a member of the Eta Sigma Delta National Honor Society. After graduation, Piper plans to move to Orlando, Fla., and work for the Harbour Lake Marriott Vacation Club in event management.

Dara Potts is a B.F.A. physical theatre major from Palo Alto, Calif. While at CCU, she was an Edwards Research Fellow, named to the president’s list and the dean’s list, and performed in several of the University’s theatre productions. Her research paper, “Clown Therapy: Healing One Laugh at a Time,” was presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition and won first place. After graduation, she plans to move to Los Angeles, Calif., to pursue her acting career.

Kyla Powell is a communications major from Columbia, S.C.

Bailey Provencal is a degree-in-three student with an exercise and sport science major from Myrtle Beach, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list and has been awarded the South Carolina LIFE Scholarship, the Coastal Scholar Award and the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. Provencal’s honors thesis is entitled “Psychological Skills on Athletic Injuries.” After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.

Alexandria Putman, from Rock Hill, S.C., is a double major in communication and political science.

Amber Rahman is an exercise and sport science major from Newark, Del. She has been named on both the president’s and dean’s list and has been awarded multiple scholarships. She was an Orientation leader from 2017 to 2018, has conducted research in the kinesiology department twice, one of which has been published, and part of the Swain Scholar program where she researches food insecurity prevalence and perceptions across South Carolina. After graduating, she hopes to continue in ministry and attend graduate school in hopes of a master’s degree in speech pathology.

Allison Reilly, from Columbia, S.C., is an intelligence and national security studies major.

Victoria Riley-Lomedico is a psychology major and sociology minor from Myrtle Beach, S.C. While attending CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. She was awarded the Kristen “Stick” Watson Memorial Scholarship and was nominated for the Outstanding Student Award in her department. In addition, Riley-Lomedico has presented research at the Southeastern Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the CCU Undergraduate Research Competition. She also served as the treasurer and social media coordinator for Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology. Her honors thesis is titled “The Impact of Stress Ball Density on the Categorization of Sexual Orientation, Race, and Level of Certainty.” After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Destiny Robinson is originally from West Haven, Conn., but attended high school in Columbia, S.C. She is a communication major and marketing minor.

Madelynne Rodriguez is an economics and marketing double major from Smyrna, Del. During her time at Coastal Carolina University, she was named to the president’s and the dean’s list. Rodriguez is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority where she held the positions of education chair and standards chair. She is also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the University’s honors business fraternity, and a member of the Student Executive Leaders. She served as a tutor for the Wall College of Business and was continuously involved in the University’s leadership development programs. She has also worked for AssuredPartners, Inc. as a marketing and communications intern. After her graduation in December 2019, Rodriguez plans to build upon the skills she’s acquired in her current internship and pursue a career in marketing research.

Mikayla Ruiz is a hospitality resort and tourism management major with a new media and digital culture minor from Aruba. While at CCU, she was named to the dean’s list and has been awarded the freshman success award. Also, she is currently the treasurer of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in Europe.

Madisyn Saunders is a communication major with a concentration in public relations and a new media and digital culture minor from Pittsburgh, Pa. While at CCU, she was named to the dean’s list, president’s list, and was chosen to present independent research on the structural aspects of the department and the majors/minors within the communication department. Saunders has served as an SGA representative, Orientation leader, director of marketing for Coastal Activities Board, and a Zumba instructor at University Recreation. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies in public relations.

Sanibel Sharp is an early childhood education major from North Myrtle Beach, S.C. While at Coastal Carolina University, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list and has been awarded the President’s Scholarship. She holds an executive position with the Coastal Carolina chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. After graduation, Sharp plans to pursue a career as an elementary school educator.

Megan Snead is a management operations and technology major from Poca, W.Va. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s List and is a member of Student Executive Leaders. Snead’s honors thesis, “Do People Work for Managers or Companies?” examined human behavior in a business environment in regards to employee loyalty and brand loyalty. After graduation, her plans are to pursue a career in project and technology management and graduate studies in business administration. 

Nichole Snow is an accounting and finance major from Little River, S.C. While at Coastal Carolina University, she was named to the dean’s list and was a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. After graduation, Snow plans to pursue CPA and CMA licensure in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Maria Sparacino is a psychology major minoring in intelligence and national security studies from Franklin, Wis. At CCU, she earned several spots on the president’s list and was awarded the President’s Scholarship and the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership Scholarship. Her honors thesis, which she presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association conference and the Undergraduate Research Competition, studied the influence of wearing a Fitbit on eating behaviors while stressed. She held leadership positions for Psi Chi, serving as president, and in Sigma Sigma Sigma as the head of health and wellness. She was also involved as a research assistant for the Treatment Outcome Research in Clinical and Health (TORCH) psychology lab. Sparacino is most proud of being named Outstanding Student of the year for the psychology department. After completing her degree in December, she hopes to attend a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology.

Alexis Stein is a double major in marketing and international management from Philadelphia, Pa. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list and has been awarded the Hal Norton Endowed Scholarship. She was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, and served a term as vice president. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate studies in marketing.

Kallie Stephens is a psychology major from Surfside Beach, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s and dean’s list and has been awarded the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, as well as the Provost’s Scholarship. During her time at the University, she served as an honors research fellow and was co-president on the Honors Student Council. She was also a research assistant on the Treatment Outcome Research in Clinical and Health (TORCH) psychology lab. She is a member of Psi Chi, an honor society for psychology students. Her honors thesis was titled “The Influence of Publicized Suicides on Depressive Symptoms.” After graduation, Stephens hopes to attend graduate school and earn a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Erin Taylor is a communication major from Danvers, Mass.

Antonia Thomas is an exercise and sport science major from Mauldin, S.C. While at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi and Omicron Delta Kappa, where she served as vice president. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.

Emily Towne is an accounting major with a CPA concentration from Levittown, Pa. During her time at Coastal Carolina University, she held a variety of leadership positions, including Chanticleer Hall Community Council treasurer, Lowcountry resident adviser, Student Government Association senator and chief justice, and Wall Fellow and Honors Fellow. As a student, Towne has been named to the president’s list every semester and successfully completed her degree-in-three. Next year, she will finish the more-in-four program, earning her Master of Accountancy at CCU. 

Sydney Townsend is pursuing a degree in business administration with a focus in accounting. She is from Sumter, S.C., and, before arriving to Coastal Carolina University, she was awarded the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. During her time at CCU, she was named to the president’s list and dean’s list. She also held multiple leadership positions in her sorority, Sigma Kappa, and was a member of the international accounting honors society Beta Alpha Psi. In Fall 2018, Townsend participated in a University fellowship, Georgetown RISE, and did research that connected the local community with the United Nations’ sustainable goals. After graduation, she will be moving to Chicago and starting her position in the tax services practice at Ernst & Young.

Emma VanDeVelde is a musical theatre major and marketing minor originally from Charlotte, N.C. During her time at the CCU, she proudly served as an honors fellow as well as the team director for Delight Women’s Ministries. She also participated as an active member of the University theatre community, most recently appearing as Rita Racine in “Steel Pier” as well as codirecting “In My Book.” VanDeVelde was awarded the Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship for the duration of her time at CCU and was named to the president’s list and the dean’s list. After graduation, she plans to move to Chicago to pursue a career in theater and sketch comedy. 

Tyler Weissinger is a recreation and sport management major from Philadelphia, Penn. He is a founding member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and works on campus as an intramural sports supervisor. While at Coastal Carolina University Weissinger was named to the dean’s list and was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society. After graduation, he plans to go to graduate school and eventually work in the field of university recreation.

Brenna Wiinanen, a native of Fargo, N.D., is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music performance, with an emphasis in flute. During her time at CCU, she was named a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and was named to the president’s list several times. She has been awarded the President’s Scholar Award, the Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Board of Visitors Scholarship, and the James M. Moser Scholarship. She was a member of the University’s marching band, the Chanticleer Regiment, in the fall of 2016 and has served as the principal flutist in the University’s premier ensemble, the Coastal Carolina Wind Ensemble, as well as for the University Flute Choir. In May of 2017, Wiinanen studied music in Italy as a part of a study abroad program through Coastal Carolina University. She is a research fellow for the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts and has the distinguished opportunity to research a variety of topics pertaining to music. She was selected to present her research on Hildegard von Bingen and the early musical influences of Jutta of Sponheim at the College Music Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter Conference in March of 2018. She was chosen as the University’s Outstanding Sophomore in the Department of Music in the spring of 2016, the Outstanding Student in Performance in the spring of 2017, and most recently, the Outstanding Senior in February of 2019. She is also an active member of the University's Baptist Collegiate Ministry, where she leads worship. Upon graduation, she plans to attend graduate school for a double master’s in musicology and flute performance.

Hailey Wimmenauer is an exercise and sport science major and a coaching minor from Harleysville, Pa. She was a Swain Scholar, Honors Research Fellow, student manager for CCU women’s soccer, and co-captain of the club Quidditch team. Wimmenauer received the 2019 Exercise and Sport Science departmental award and has been named to the president’s list. She was awarded the Jewel Clemmons Swain Scholars Scholarship and the Honors Excellence Award. After graduation, she plans to return to CCU to pursue a master’s degree in sport management.

Madison Wolf is an economics major from Boulder, Colo. Since her freshman year, she has been on the president’s list every semester. Wolf is a member of the Wall Fellows Program and served as the program’s chief of staff. She also received the Honors Excellence Award, President’s Scholar Award, and the University Scholar Award. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the Student Executive Leader program. After graduation, Wolf will be moving to New York City for a job in health care market research.

Matthew Wolfe is an exercise and sport science major from Bel Air, Md. While attending Coastal Carolina University, he was named to the president’s list or dean’s list each semester. Wolfe received the Coastal Scholars Award as an incoming freshman. He was a resident adviser for two years, a member of the National Residency Hall Honorary, a Student Alumni Ambassador, and a member of the University Housing Resource room staff. His honors thesis encompassed exercise research in children and will be presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition and at the annual American College of Sports Medicine conference. After graduation, he plans to pursue a doctoral degree in physical therapy.

Kristina Woodford is an exercise and sport science major from Blythewood, S.C. While at Coastal Carolina University, she has been named to the president’s list as well as the dean’s list for multiple semesters. She has served as Coastal Carolina’s women’s rugby match secretary, elected president of the exercise science club, and an active member of the Gamma Mu Chapter of the Chi Omega Fraternity. She was inducted into various honor societies, and has been a standing member of various clubs and organizations. Woodford had the opportunity to present her honors research thesis, “The Effects of Acute Exercise on Baseline Concussion Measures,” at the Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine’s yearly conference. After graduation, she will be attending Adams State University to pursue a Master of Science in exercise science with a concentration in exercise physiology.

Nicholas Workman is a marine science major from Virginia Beach, Va. While at Coastal Carolina University, he was named to the dean’s list and conducted independent research every semester. His honors thesis, which was presented at the Spring 2019 Undergraduate Research Competition, is entitled “Nutrient Cycling in Sandpiper Pond: A Local Estuarine Assessment.” In addition, he was involved in another research thesis, “Survey of Ectoparasites in Understudied Poeciliidae fishes,” which was presented at the Fall 2017 Undergraduate Research Competition. After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate study in marine resource management or enlist as a naval officer.

Ruth Loretta Wright is a biology major and chemistry minor from Winston Salem, N.C. While at the University, she was a member of SGA for two of three years, actively a member of leadership challenge, Women of Color, NAACP, and Golden Z Women’s Leadership club. She has also participated in a number of leadership opportunities including CINO Ignite, CINO Elevate and an alternative break trip, and was temporarily a resident adviser. Her scholarships include the Coastal Scholar Award and the University Scholar Award. Wright’s plans after graduation are to take the MCAT in June of 2019 and apply to medical school in hopes of pursuing an M.D.