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  • CCU to celebrate milestone Relay for Life on April 7

    April 2 2018

    On Saturday, April 7, Coastal Carolina University will host its 12th annual Relay For Life event from noon to midnight. Though every year of this event is special and important, there is something unique about this year's event. It is projected that this year, CCU will celebrate the landmark of raising a collective $1 million for the American Cancer Society over the last 12 years.

    This tremendous milestone would not have been possible without the support of our CCU community over the years. To the students, staff, and faculty who have created teams, fundraised, walked laps, and just came out in support the event; we could not have done this without you. Even though we have come so far, the fight is not over. We still need the support of our faculty and staff to help celebrate our survivors, remember those we have lost, nd fight back against this terrible disease that has touched so many of our lives.

    This landmark total is also a symbol of the hard work and dedication of our Colleges Against Cancer Student Leadership Team. Our team recognizes the importance of the American Cancer Society and all the benefits and resources it provides for those impacted by cancer. These benefits include free housing during extended treatment, rides to and from chemotherapy, free wigs and caps, support groups and the next generation of cancer research. Our goal this year is to reach $100,000 by April 8. To track our current standings and progress, please visit

    We encourage you to come out on April 7, bring your family and friends, and learn how the people that pass you on campus daily have benefitted from the great work done by Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. There will be food, games, activities, prizes and much more.

    For questions please contact Donnelly Wolf, Ashley Shaw, Logan Jerrell, and the entire Colleges Against Cancer Student Leadership Team:
    Student Executive Coordinator: Donnelly Wolfe,
    Staff Adviser: Amelia Carte,
    ACS Staff Partner: Troy Matheny,

  • Welcome Ella Selby

    March 19 2018

    Ella Marcoux Selby was born Feb. 11, 2018, at Conway Medical Center.

    Her proud parents are Easton and Christina Selby. Easton is chair and associate professor of the Department of Visual Arts. Christina is associate professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture.


  • Ethan Stec Sanders makes his debut

    March 30 2018

    Diane and Aaaron Sanders welcomed their new son, Ethan Stec Sanders, who was born March 1, 2018. Ethan was born four weeks early just like his big brother Dylan, who turns 3 on May 21.

    Diane Fabiano Sanders and Aaron Sanders welcomed their new son, Ethan Stec Sanders, who was born March 1, 2018.

    Ethan weighed in at 6 pounds and 6 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.

    Diane is director for philanthropy in Coastal Carolina Unversity's Office of Philanthropy.

  • Welcome William Charles Insch

    March 19 2018

    Geoffrey and Clarise Insch welcome the birth of their baby boy William Charles Insch, born March 4, at 9 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 inches long.

    Geoff is production manager in the Depatment of Video Production Services.


  • Actor matching solar donation dollars

    March 29 2018

    Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation tweeted about CCU's Solar Ambassador Campaign on Thursday, March 29. He is matching CCU's solar campaign dollar for dollar, according to Pam Martin, professor in the Department of Politics and faculty adviser for the Solar Ambassadors.

    Martin writes:

    As you may know, solar energy is on the rise in South Carolina — installations are up and many people are lowering their energy bills. However, nonprofits cannot take advantage of the 55 percent tax credit for solar panels (since they are not tax paying entities).

    In a creative merger, Coastal Carolina University Solar Ambassadors and Re-volv, a nonprofit, solar seed fund from San Francisco, have partnered to finance solar for those who serve our community. This year, the Solar Ambassadors are working with Post 10804 Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) in North Myrtle Beach.

    Rather than waiting for someone else to lower energy bills so the VFW can serve our veteran community, we're taking it on ourselves - with their help. In other words, we are emPOWERING our community. If successful in this effort, we will choose one nonprofit each year on which to put solar panels - to guarantee to lower their energy bills and to help make our community a better place to live, work, and play.

    At Coastal Carolina University, this means educating students on renewable energy, solar installation, energy policy, and the nonprofit community. Most of our students go on to get jobs in the energy sector from this experience. 


  • Two professors interviewed in national media for expertise

    March 27 2018

    Two Coastal Carolina University humanities and fine arts faculty members were interviewed by prominent national publications recently, offering expertise in their respective areas of scholarship.

    Steven Bleicher, professor of visual arts and an expert on color and the psychology of color, was asked by Sports Illustrated to be part of its “The Narrative” podcast on the topic of color in sports.

    Bleicher describes how prominent color is in the world of sports through brand identity (Red Socks, White Socks). He explains the psychology involved in the use of color in sports and the prevalence of intense, saturated colors. He also talks about how black is viewed as an aggressive color, and how the Pittsburgh Penguins had more penalties when their uniforms were predominately black, as well as other interesting information about color in the world of sports. The link to the podcast is

    Bleicher, who joined the CCU faculty in 2005, is author of the book “Contemporary Color: Theory and Use.” He worked as the color specialist on the international public art installation “Man and Nature in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube” in Beijing, China, a color illumination that covers the exterior of a five-story building in the city. Bleicher has also served as an expert witness on color in court cases, including one in New York City in the past month.

    Aneilya Barnes, associate professor of history at CCU, was quoted in a story in the March edition of National Geographic Magazine Online titled “Who Was the Most Powerful Woman in Ancient History?”

    Barnes, who is an expert on ancient Rome and the roles of women in the early Christian church, was contacted in February by National Geographic reporter Rachel Brown, who asked her thoughts on how women wielded power in the ancient world.

    Barnes suggested a number of notable women, including Helena, the Roman empress dowager and mother of Constantine; Livia, the wife of Augustus; Octavia, the wife of Mark Antony and sister to Augustus; and Faustina, the wife of Antoninus Pius. These figures all demonstrate the influence women could have even though their husbands held the throne.

    The winning choice for National Geographic was the famous Cleopatra of Egypt. In the article, Barnes expresses her view that popular culture has over-emphasized Cleopatra's reputation as a seductress, undervaluing her power as a ruler.

    To view the entire article, visit

    The National Geographic online article was released to coincide with International Women’s Day. Barnes says her colleagues have congratulated her on the article and that the Society for Classical Studies reposted it.   

  • CCU’s Mullikin named Exporers Club Fellow

    March 30 2018

    Tom Mullikin, research professor in the Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science, was the subject of an article in the March 12 edition of the national news website Daily Caller about his election to the prestigious Explorers Club.

    Mullikin, an environmental attorney and a noted adventurer, was named a fellow of the famous fraternity at its annual dinner on March 9 at the Marriot Marquis in New York City, according to the article (

    Fellowships are “reserved for those who have distinguished themselves by directly contributing to scientific knowledge in the field of geographical exploration or allied sciences evidenced by scientific publications documenting fieldwork or explorations,” according to the club’s bylaws.

    Mullikin is the commander of the S.C. State Guard. He is master diver with recorded dives in all the earth’s oceans. He also has successful climbs and summits of the highest mountains in Europe (Mt. Elbrus), Africa (Mt. Kilimanjaro), Australia (Mt. Kosciuszko) and South America (Mt. Aconcagua), as well as mountain ranges across North America to study fragile ecosystems.

  • CCU automotive maintenance facility receives state certification

    March 30 2018

    Coastal Carolina University’s automotive maintenance facility rated 100 percent in all six categories of the S.C. Maintenance Facility Certification Program, according to the certification review that CCU President David DeCenzo received recently from the S.C. Department of Administration.

    The certificate states that “the state automotive maintenance facility operated by Coastal Carolina University, James Hendrick, supervisor, has successfully met the criteria established by the S.C. Maintenance Facility Certification Program.

    The CCU program was found to be 100 percent in compliance in the following categories: purchasing, inventory control, work order/recordkeeping, preventive maintenance, safety, and cost-effective operations.

  • Coastal Carolina University investigator named Officer of the Year by national association

    March 19 2018

    Charles Kessler, an investigator with Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), has been named Officer of the Year by the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators (NACSA).

    Four awards are given annually at NACSA’s conference: the Medal of Excellence and the director, supervisor and officer of the year awards. Agencies from across America submitted applications to be considered for the awards, according to Victor Morrow, NASCA’s executive director. Kessler was unanimously selected from the pool of finalists.

    “Kessler is a prime example of what it takes to be a successful law enforcement officer in today’s environment,” said Chief David Roper, director of CCU DPS. “He possesses a strong passion for duty, unquestionable integrity, and a desire to make Coastal Carolina safe for students, faculty, staff and the thousands of visitors who come to campus each year.”

    Kessler’s supervisor, Lt. Matthew Crawford, nominated him for the award.

    “I am honored,” Kessler said. “It feels great for all of my hard work to be recognized. Being in the spotlight is not something I particularly enjoy, so this is awesome and very uncomfortable at the same time.”

    Kessler has been with CCU DPS since October 2014 after a stint with the Conway Police Department. He served in the military for eight years after graduating from Carolina Forest High School in 2005 and was deployed several times before retiring in 2013 to pursue his law enforcement career.

    Since becoming a police officer, ridding the community of illicit narcotics has become his personal mission, he said, due to losing more fellow soldiers to narcotics abuse related to PTSD than to enemy combatants. He credits his supervisors for giving him opportunities to train and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to make a positive difference in the community.

    “Under the direct supervision of Lt. Matthew Crawford and Lonnie Fleming, I was trained on how to police in an extremely dynamic environment such as a college campus,” Kessler said. “Both supervisors recognized my drive and ambition.”

    It’s because of those qualities that Kessler was asked to be part of a narcotics unit that operated in the Horry County area in 2016, which he says resulted in “a vast amount of training, knowledge and experience that greatly enhanced my abilities as an investigator specializing in narcotics.”

    When not on duty, Kessler enjoys going to the gym and fishing. He is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from American Military University with a concentration on organizational leadership, and he is on track to graduate this year. He eventually would like to work for SLED as a narcotics agent.

    “I look forward to what the future holds for my career, and I will continue my relentless push to rid our area of illicit narcotics,” he said.

    The NACSA conference is scheduled for July 23-27 in Orlando, Fla. NACSA serves as a support organization to campus safety professionals, and its mission is to provide training and networking opportunities to campus safety professionals across America. Visit

  • Psychology faculty honored

    March 19 2018

    Kimberly M. Baker, a lecturer in the Department of Psychology, and Terri F. Pettijohn II, professor and chair of the deparment, received the Doug Bernstein Award for their poster at the annual conference of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) in Jaunuary 2018. 

    Their poster was titled "The Effect of Physical or Psychological Pep Rallies on Introductory Psychology Test Scores." 

    The Doug Bernstein award is presented to the poster that is judged by the NITOP conference committee as the most humorous, creative or original, or as making the strongest contribution to the teaching of introductory psychology.

    Baker and Pettijohn recieved a certificate and a complimentary registration at a future NITOP conference. 

  • Faculty and staff now have access to Online Learning Consortium

    March 28 2018

    The Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL) has announced that it is sponsoring Coastal Carolina University's membership to the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). As a member of OLC, all CCU faculty and staff can take advantage of benefits and privileges from free webinars and panel discussions; peer networking with an international community of online learning educators; early access to research and trends in online learning; discounts to OLC conferences and professional development workshops; and more.

    Faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of all materials and opportunities available to assist with course enhancement, best practices and innovations for online teaching.

    To access the OLC, visit and explore the available resources. COOL is planning to provide and promote relevant, OLC-related training opportunities throughout the year, but any questions about OLC or the membership can be directed to the COOL office at