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  • Welcome to the world, baby Oestreich!

    November 13 2009

    Joe Oestreich and his wife Kate Faber Oestreich welcomed their son Beckett on Sept. 9, 2009. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Mom and Dad are reportedly "tired, but good." Joe is teaching this semester, and Kate started back teaching Fall II semester. Both are in the Department of English.

  • CCU instructor runs marathon

    November 13 2009

    Gwen Fowler, who is teaching copyediting and news writing, recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.

  • Update on Pat Bennett, retired staff

    November 6 2009

    Pat Bennett, retired faculty, has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. She thanks all her friends and asks for prayers. She is currently residing at The Lodge in Wake Forest, N.C., where she is receiving Home Care. Her children are with her. Please send cards to:
    Patricia T. Bennett
    The Lodge at Wake Forest
    1551 South Main St.
    Apt. 344
    Wake Forest, NC 27587

  • Hollandsworth sends thanks

    November 14 2009

    Linda Hollandsworth and the Lecouras family are so appreciative of the cards, prayers, food, flowers, visits and calls from the CCU faculty, staff and students, especially the members of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.
    Her husband, Peter Lecouras, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in April and died Nov. 9 after a brave battle against the disease.
    A professor of English, Lecouras joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 1984. He taught courses in British literature and critical theory.

  • CCU graduate runs successfully for Spartanburg School Board

    November 6 2009

    CCU alumna Julie Hysong, now Julie Lonon, recently ran for the Spartanburg School Board and won her seat with a large majority. Julie earned a degree in political science here at CCU, earned a master's degree in political science at USC and then came back to Coastal for a semester to teach Political Science 101. She is married to Josh Lonon, a lawyer (who also managed her campaign, and they have two children.

  • Collin teaches in Galapagos

    November 6 2009

    Richard Collin, distinguished professor emeritus, is teaching a three-week course on the politics of the environment at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. "They have a one-semester 15-credit program involving five courses taught in three-week segments," reports Collin. "The students are terrifyingly bright, and most of them are North Americans. I have a class of 12 students, all of them young women, and I've just finished my second class. The university has arranged for us to eat three meals a day together, so we're getting to know each other well."

  • Selby has North Carolina exhibit

    November 6 2009

    Easton Selby, assisant professor of art and photography, was featured in an article about a recent exhibition in Raleigh, N.C. Check it out at

  • Pettijohn makes Psychology Today magazine

    November 10 2009

    Psychology professor Terry Pettijohn II was featured in the October issue of Psychology Today magazine. "Song lyrics fit the times" is the headline of the article by Sophie Chen.

    An excerpt:
    "During tough times, people's preferences tend toward the mature and the practical. In a study to be published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology,Terry Pettijohn II of Coastal Carolina University and Donald Sacco Jr. of Miami University in Ohio found that from 1955 to 2003, popular songs dealt with more meaningful themes at times when socioeconomic conditions were threatening. Lyrics also focused more on friendships and romances; in hard times, people feel a stronger need for close relationships.

    'Popular music tastes reveal the condition of a culture and indicate what society needs,' Pettijohn says."