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  • Art professor Bleicher's "Kings Highway" exhibit at Burroughs & Chapin Museum

    February 22 2018

    CCU visual arts professor Steven Bleicher will give two more presentations about his current exhibition, "The Kings Highway," at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum on the following dates:

    Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m.
    Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m.

    For more information about the exhibit, watch the following video:

    The exhibit will be on display through April 22, 2018.

  • Music students earn scholarship

    February 26 2018

    Four Coastal Carolina University music students have been awarded a Herron-Carleton-Talbert scholarship from the Grand Strand Opera Workshop. The students are soprano Megan Hoffman, tenor Kevin Arnold, mezzo-soprano Hannah Battley and baritone Walter Tucker. The scholarships were presented at a dinner held at Brother’s Grill in Myrtle Beach in January that was co-sponsored by the Leo Darrigo Lodge 2868 Order of the Sons of Italy.


  • CCU LIFE student receives national award

    February 27 2018

    Selena Chavez, a student in the LIFE program at Coastal Carolina University, recently received a 2018 Yes I Can Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). She is one of only 12 students to receive this national honor, which she accepted Feb. 9 at the CEC 2018 Convention & Expo in Tampa Fla.

    The LIFE program is a four-year college experience program for young adults who have mild to moderate intellectual and/or developmental disabilities as defined by the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The program began at CCU in 2009 and enrolls 10 to 12 students each academic year.

    Chavez, from Columbus, N.C., is a truly exceptional individual, according to Cheryl Morgan, assistant professor of education and director of the LIFE program.

    "Selena was told in high school that she would never attend college," says Morgan, "but she was determined. She started digging and kept digging. She found out about our LIFE program at Coastal. She did her own fundraising. And now she's the first LIFE freshman to earn a paid student-worker position. She's one of the strongest self-advocates I have ever met, in or out of the LIFE program."

    In high school, Chavez was No. 4 on her track team and volunteered with the Humane Society, the Culture Club, the Climb Club and at her church. Her goal is to become a wildlife rehabilitator.

    The CEC's Yes I Can program annually recognizes the accomplishments of 12 students with exceptionalities in six categories: academics, arts, school and community activities, self-advocacy, technology, and transition. Selena won in the transition category.

    CEC is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the educational success of children and youth with exceptionalities that accomplishes its mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.


  • Former Chauncey still in the game

    February 28 2018

    In October 2012, Matt Shuttleworth put on the Chauncey mascot costume for CCU and practically never took it off over the next four years.

    “I discovered a real passion for it. It never got old,” said Shuttleworth, a 2016 CCU graduate from Burlington, K.Y., who majored in marine science.

    The college hobby started for Shuttleworth during his freshman year at CCU as something fun to do. It quickly turned into a passion and the “most rewarding and down-right fun thing” of his college career.

    “I will forever be proud to not just be a Chanticleer but also THE Chanticleer,” he said.

    Shuttleworth was so dedicated to his role that he wore the feet, tail and hand pieces of the costume underneath his cap and gown at his commencement ceremony at the HTC Center, CHANT411 Director April Betsch reminisced.

    Betsch and Shuttleworth have a personal history of costumes and disguises. Betsch’s husband, CCU Resident Success Director David Betsch, wore a mask of his own to scare Shuttleworth on Halloween one year.

    “I nearly had a heart attack,” said Shuttleworth. “He really got me good.”

    The secret identity hidden by feathers connected Shuttleworth with many other members of the CCU family.

    “I became more and more proud to be part of CCU Athletics and Coastal Carolina,” he said.

    After graduation, Shuttleworth never thought he would be involved in another football game. But six months ago, he was hired by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be a part of their community outreach and game-day entertainment team.

    The NFL gig came about as a result of the devastation of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The storm destroyed Shuttleworth’s apartment and office in the Florida Keys where he was working as a marine science instructor. While searching online, he found the job posting for a game-day entertainment position with Tampa Bay.

    By December, he was feeling the energy of the stadium once again for the New Year’s Eve game against the New Orleans Saints.

    “Game day is an overwhelming adrenaline rush,” said Shuttleworth.

    Before the game begins, Shuttleworth moves through the tailgates and kid zones to provide guest experience. This closely resembles his time as Chauncey when he would parade down Chanticleer Drive on his mini motorcycle.

    “I really miss that motorcycle,” said Shuttleworth. “I could go wherever I wanted on that thing.”

    While he will always be proud of his time at Coastal, Shuttleworth is excited to work with the Buccaneers.

    “I hope to develop the same passion and pride for the Buccaneers as I did for Coastal Carolina,” said Shuttleworth. “But I think nothing will be more rewarding than suiting up as the bird for a CCU game.”

  • Chanticleer Store leads donation drive for soldiers in Kuwait

    March 1 2018

    U.S. soldiers serving at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, will soon unpack care packages loaded with greatly needed items, thanks to an initiative led by the Chanticleer Store at Coastal Carolina University.

    During the month of February, the store led a donation drive for the Adopt a U.S. Soldier (AAUSS) campaign. The program connects supportive civilians with deployed troops, designed to show appreciation and give encouragement to members of the military. The program is active in more than 170 countries, territories and independent states, and is run completely by volunteers.

    According to store manager Zack Cafarelli, the Chanticleer Store was assigned the troop at Camp Buehring and was provided a list of hobbies, interests, and specially requested items such as socks, protein supplements and toiletries.

    Cafarelli and his team set up donation bins in the store, and the staff of Kimbel Library also set up a donation station. Many other groups pitched in to help, including local youth ministries, student business organizations on campus and several University departments. As a result of this concerted effort, students, faculty, staff and the local community donated enough items to fill more than 30 boxes.

    “We are extremely thrilled about the success of campaign and especially the response from the CCU community,” Cafarelli said.

    More information regarding Adopt a U.S. Soldier can be found at