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  • CCU’s Campus Salvage sale promotes sustainability and raises scholarship funds

    April 27 2018

    Campus Salvage, Coastal Carolina University’s annual collection and donation program that culminates in a giant yard sale, will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 8-10 a.m. The event is designed to promote sustainability, raise money for scholarships and keep unwanted items out of landfills.

    Campus Salvage will be held at 370 Allied Drive in Conway, which is the Portable On Demand Storage (PODS) company parking lot in the Atlantic Center across U.S. 501 from CCU’s main campus. The sale is open to the public. Those who wish to begin shopping from 7-8 a.m. will be charged a $5 early bird entry free. Admission during the normal hours is free.

    “Our goal is divert as many items as possible from the landfills and to teach the importance of reuse to the CCU community and beyond,” said Jeremy Monday, Coastal’s sustainability coordinator.

    The program began in 2008 to reduce waste and increase awareness for sustainability.

    In its second year, Campus Salvage received help from business majors at CCU in the planning stages of the event and the execution of collecting efforts.

    Last year’s sale raised almost $5,000 to pay for the program and to fund CCU’s sustainability scholarships. This year, Campus Salvage hopes to top the $5,000 mark.

    Not only does Campus Salvage teach the community about sustainability, but it also fills the wish lists of local charitable organizations throughout the area.

    Any unsold items are donated to the following local charities:

  • CCU couple pleasantly surprised with return of Dori

    April 30 2018

    On Nov. 22, 2017, Scott and Rosemary Pleasant were all smiles as they headed home with their newest addition; a 7-pound Chihuahua named Doris. When they got home, Doris got frightened in their driveway, slipped her leash and ran away from home.

    Almost five months after she disappeared, a kind stranger found her and took her to the Banfield Animal Hospital in Myrtle Beach. After scanning her microchip, the nurses at the hospital contacted the Pleasants to let them know their furry friend had been found.

    “We didn’t have high expectations after a few weeks had passed,” said Rosemary Pleasant, business manager for the Edwards College. “I don’t think shocked is a sufficient word to describe how I felt when I heard she was alive and well, and coming home!”

    Doris survived the long cold winter and made her way back to her family. She is now living at home with the Pleasants and enjoying the company of her new siblings, Loki and Lois. Loki, Doris’ older brother, does not mind her unless she tries to lie in his favorite bed. When Doris and Loris get rowdy, Loki barks a few times to get them to settle down. Lois, an almost 8-month-old miniature pinscher, has been happy to have someone her size in the house. She wants to play with Doris and smother her with love and affection.

    Doris, however, does not love this but is trying to create boundaries and has begun to play with Lois. They both cuddle up in bed with the Pleasants at night and sleep safe and sound.

    Without her microchip, Doris may have never found her family. The Pleasants highly encourage all pet owners to have their fur babies microchipped and also to be sure to update the information on it.

    “Scott and I were proactive in trying to find Doris when she ran away, and we did all of the things that the experts recommended you do when your pet is missing,” said Rosemary Pleasant. “Ultimately, it was her microchip that brought her home.”

  • Sociology professor has book published about police use of force

    May 11 2018

    Craig Boylstein, professor of sociology at Coastal Carolina University, has recently had a book about police force published by Lynne Rienner Publishers.

    "When Police Use Force: Context, Methods, Outcomes" focuses on a number of questions, among them: Where does police power to use force come from? How have the federal courts ruled on the subject? What sort of guidelines have police departments given their officers, and are they appropriate guidelines? Do the officers follow them?

    Boylstein was approached by a publisher in 2012 about submitting a proposal on the topic of police force after he presented research at the Southern Sociological Society annual meeting. His research was on media reports and citizen video recordings of police use of force incidents.

    "Police use of force was one of the topics I studied as a graduate student at the University of Florida," Boylstein said. "I found the video recording and uploading of such incidents on YouTube and other media outlets to be something that could change how people view police-subject interactions, and as a sociologist I wanted to examine how reports, perceptions and outcomes related to police use of force would change through time."

    Boylstein teaches Comparative Policing; Individual and Society; Sociology of Drugs and Drug Control; Methods in the Social Sciences; and Sociology of Sports. He addresses police use of force in Comparative Policing and Individual and Society with his students.

    Prior to joinging the CCU faculty in August 2008, Boylstein spent four years as an associate investigator for veteran's affairs in Gainesville, Fla.

    He said one of the main purposes of his book is to help alleviate some of the ambiguity surrounding the use of force by officers.

    "My goal is to eliminate the ambiguous nature of when and how much force should be applied to subjects during police encounters," he said. "One outcome of accomplishing this goal would be the elimination of discriminatory outcomes we currently see in the U.S. related to the officer-induced fatalities of unarmed African American men."

    Boylstein said that lowering the fatality rates during police-subject encounters starts with ensuring that each encounter follows the same standard, but he acknowledged that the United States has a "long way to go in achieving that kind of standard." 

  • CCU history students steal the show at conference

    April 27 2018

    Several Coastal Carolina University students presented papers from their history classes at the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society conference on April 14 in Charlotte, N.C.

    Camren Schildt, Lucas Riggs and Carlie Todd won awards for the best papers in their sessions. Other student presenters included Justin LeSuer, Jeffrey Bean, Steve Butler and Kelsey Kerzman.

    Todd’s paper, “A Republic in Crisis: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 in Horry County, S.C.,” was named the best undergraduate paper at the conference. Todd was mentored by Eldred Prince Jr., a former history professor at CCU.

    All of the papers presented at the regional conference were written in CCU history classes.

    The event was held at Queens University and judged by faculty from 16 different universities across the Carolinas.

    Participating universities included:
    • Appalachian State
    • Belmont Abbey
    • Campbell University
    • Davidson College
    • East Carolina University
    • Erskine College
    • Francis Marion University
    • Furman University
    • Greensboro College
    • Lander University
    • N.C. A&T State University
    • Presbyterian College
    • Queens University
    • Virginia Wesleyan University
    • Winthrop University
    • Virginia Wesleyan University

  • Science courtyard gets new name

    April 24 2018

    The prominent space at the center of the Coastal Carolina University science complex now has a name. On April 18, the Carol Cooper Courtyard was dedicated during a special ceremony. We thank the Cooper Family for supporting our University.

  • CCU professor continues to share the story of a war hero

    April 30 2018

    Henry Lowenstein continues to find creative new ways to share the story and military career of 1st Lt. Frank Philby “Bud” Hayes, a World War II Army Air Force pilot and Lowenstein’s relative. This summer, he will give a talk about Hayes’ heroic career and tragic death at the PYB Naval Air Museum in Oak Harbor, Wash., during the July Speakers Luncheon.

    Last year, Lowenstein, a professor of management and law and former dean of the Wall College of Business, wrote about the story in his book, “The Rescue Man: A ‘Snafu Snatching’ Rescue Pilot’s Extraordinary Journey Through World War II.”

    The story tells about Hayes’ time flying a PBY Catalina, a “flying boat” designed primarily for patrol, sea rescue missions, anti-submarine warfare and strafing. In the final days of the war, Hayes’ Catalina was hit head on by a rogue wave and sank to the bottom of the ocean, killing Hayes and his crew.

    The idea for the book began when Lowenstein’s mother-in-law asked him to clean out her basement where he found a box filled with the pilot’s memorabilia. He immediately became fascinated with the story.

    At the museum, Lowenstein will speak to the attendees, go onboard a PBY and fly one of the PBY flight simulators.

    The museum is located on Whidbey Island, which was a major West Coast naval base during WWII that protected Seattle. The island was one of the Navy’s two major PBY bases in the Pacific. The other major base was Pearl Harbor.