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  • CCU earns national recognition for financial reporting

    Coastal Carolina University has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, a national award given by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2017 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

    According to GFOA, the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. As the individual primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR, Greg Thompson, CCU’s associate vice president of finance and controller, received an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement.

    “This national recognition reflects the careful attention to accuracy and transparency that Coastal Carolina University strives for in all its financial operations,” said CCU President David A. DeCenzo.

    The award letter states that Coastal’s CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

    The GFOA is a nonprofit association serving some 19,000 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C. 

  • CCU only S.C. institution on affordable military-friendly online colleges list

    Last year a Purple Heart University designation, this year a place among the top affordable military-friendly online colleges. Coastal Carolina University’s commitment to educating and supporting veterans continues to expand its reach and impact.

    SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004, has released its 2018 list of Most Affordable Military-Friendly Online Colleges, and CCU is one of 60 colleges that made the cut, the only qualifying institution in South Carolina to do so.

    “Earning these accolades proves just how much Coastal Carolina University is invested in its military connected students,” says Gregory Nance, the military funding coordinator at CCU.

    More veterans have the opportunity to attend college today than ever before, says Nance, due to programs like the Post 9/11 GI Bill. But active duty members of the military have limited options to where they can study.

    “It seems only right to be able to offer those military connected students who are stationed far away from our campus the same opportunity to earn their degree from CCU while still having access to the same resources and benefits that our resident military connected students have,” he says.

    The online courses and programs at CCU offer the same faculty and content as campus-based courses and are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    Current CCU online undergraduate programs include a B.S. in health administration, a B.S.B.A. in Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management, a B.S.B.A. in marketing, and a certificate in geospatial technologies.

    Graduate programs include an MBA, an M.S. in information systems technology, an Ed.S. or M.Ed. in instructional technology, an M.Ed. in literacy or special education, or certificates in business foundations, online teaching and training, or English as a second language.

    “Coastal Carolina University strives to offer rigorous, interactive online courses and programs for our students, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that students have the ability to complete classwork with enhanced flexibility through the use of online technologies,” says Sherri Restauri, director of the Coastal Office of Online Learning at CCU. “For our military students, we’re excited to offer more than 350 courses in our spring and fall terms, as well as many courses in our summer terms, with flexible enrollment options to meet their schedules.”

    CCU has also been ranked by GI Jobs as a Military-Friendly School for eight consecutive years and currently holds a bronze rating.

    In November 2017, Coastal was designated a Purple Heart University by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and in April 2016, CCU became the only university in the state to install a permanent Missing Man Chair of Honor at one of its facilities. That chair is located in Springs Brooks Stadium.

    For more information about veterans services at CCU, visit For more information about CCU’s online programs, visit

  • CCU students kick off technical tour series at Boeing plant

    The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development inaugurated its regional technical tour series on March 5, 2018, with a trip to North Charleston to visit the Boeing South Carolina plant.

    The purpose of the tour series is to provide students, faculty members and professionals interested in real estate the opportunity to explore prominent industrial real estate facilities in the state of South Carolina. The tours allow attendees to gain insight into the multifaceted impacts on the regional and state economy.

    “These opportunities expand the realm of possibilities for our students, bringing new perspectives concerning career options, types of companies they might want to work for, or even how they see themselves figuring into the working world,” said Rob Salvino, assistant director of the Grant Center and professor of economics at CCU.

    Students who attended are: Ashley Siehl, Gabrielle Wilkins, Christopher Lucini, Quankeko Long, Austin Johnson, Anton Ferraro, Mark McCloskey, Thomas Harrelson and Theirno Diallo. They were accompanied by Salvino; Andy Weinbach, professor of finance and economics; Phillip Njoroge, assistant professor of accounting; and Hattie Jordan, program assistant of the Grant Center.

    “This regional technical tour series is essential in highlighting the many local opportunities that exist for Coastal Carolina University students subsequent to graduation,” Jordan said.

    The Grant Center’s regional technical tour series will continue in May with a visit to Volvo’s newly constructed factory in Berkeley County, South Carolina.

    Boeing South Carolina opened in 2011 and is home to the company's second 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility.

  • CCU's Athenaeum Press seeking project proposals for development

    The Athenaeum Press, the student-driven publishing lab at Coastal Carolina University, is seeking stories organic to this region-from South Carolina's history to issues this region faces today. From archives, concepts, little-known places, old folk stories and buried treasure, if there's a good story, the Press wants to hear about it.

    Unlike other university presses, The Athenaeum Press does not publish completed manuscripts, but instead develops projects from the ground up with a team of faculty, students and community members. Teams develop, refine and storyboard the project, then design and build the project across a wide variety of formats. The result is a multimedia work that is both digital and tangible. Over the past five years, the Press has produced a photography book about a 19th-century journey in a paper canoe, a web series documentary about homelessness in Myrtle Beach, and an interactive and traveling museum exhibit on African-American soldiers during WWII, among others.

    Anyone can submit a project idea: community members, nonprofit organizations, or students and faculty members at CCU or other institutions. The Press especially encourages project ideas and submissions from underrepresented communities that expand and diversify the perception of this region. The Press is interested in projects dealing with distinctive, experimental and boundary-challenging topics. Projects are developed over the course of a semester or a year, depending on the amount of field work and research required. People who submit project proposals will work closely with the Press to develop and guide the project, and the team will determine how best to tell the story.

    All that is required to submit a project is a short description, biographies of the proposers, and a preliminary budget. Projects are evaluated based on their potential for multimedia development, collaboration and student learning potential. Complete details can be found at The proposal deadline has been extended to April 20.

    Past projects and the call for submissions can be found at