You are viewing an archived issue. Vol. 10 Issue 6 June 2018 Looking for the current issue?

Something to Talk About Personal notes and news.

Chaucey Something To Talk About
Bookmark and Share
  • Keiner named associate director, dean of honors program

    May 8 2018

    Louis Keiner, Ph.D., has been named to the position of associate dean/director of honors. He was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates by a search committee consisting of faculty from all five colleges.

    “We are excited that he will be joining our leadership team working toward the launch of the Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Fall 2019,” said Sara Hottinger, dean of University College.

    Keiner has extensive experience in program development and administration. He served as the founding director of the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (now CeTEAL) from 2004-2010 and as chair of chemistry and physics from 2008-2011. Keiner’s interdisciplinary research and teaching and his commitment to experiential learning will only enhance efforts to create an innovative and collaborative honors college at CCU.

  • Moodle upgrade coming this summer

    May 14 2018

    The Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL) has announced that the campuswide Learning Management System, Moodle, will be upgraded this summer to version 3.2. The upgrade will provide several enhancements and functionality for students, faculty and staff. The upgrade will be completed in two phases:

    • First phase: LearnMoodle will be upgraded in June. LearnMoodle is the Moodle site that contains all miscellaneous resource, COOL and CeTEAL courses.

    • Second phase: Moodle2018 will be upgraded in August after the completion of Summer II classes and grading. Moodle2018 contains all of the 2018 academic courses.

    Be on the lookout for emails this summer containing more detailed information about the upgraded features, benefits and timeline, along with training opportunities. You may also read more during this upgrade process on the COOL Faculty Resources Moodle webpage. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming Moodle upgrade process, reach out to the Moodle team at 

    Coastal Office of Online Learning

  • CCU continues strong showing at Artfields

    May 17 2018

    Coastal Carolina University continues to have strong showings at Artfields, an annual nine-day art competition that takes place in Lake City, S.C.

    Art professor and gallery director Jim Arendt won the top prize in 2013, and art professor Charles Clary won the top price in 2016.

    This year, sculptor-in-residence Bryan Rapp is the 2018 Sculpture Category Winner for his "Parade of Horribles," and nontraditional art student Brant Barrett brought home the top prize in the photography category for the second year in a row ("Riding with Chubby Checker," 2018; "Rooster Time," 2017).

    "It is a tremendous feeling of accomplishment to be recognized at ArtFields," Rapp said. "My process is a very labor-intensive one, and this particular piece took almost a year to create.

    "Parade of Horribles" is a result of Rapp's experience with a debilitative vascular disease called avascular necrosis. The sculptures have been assigned visual representations of monster-like qualities to examine what it means to be human in an often inhumane world, according to his website.

    "You pick a message that speaks to your heart and soul, and you work very long hours to make this sort of art come to life, all while not knowing how it will be received," he said. "Will it be a colossal waste of time and resources, or will your message and the visual information resonate with viewers and cross into their own life experiences?"

    Winning the sculpture category serves as a confirmation of sorts for Rapp that he says is special to him.

    "It's achieving another level of personal success among my peers, and it tells me it's OK to keep going, to keep telling stories of 'our' time through representation of the human form."

    Rapp is currently working on a new bronze sculpture for CCU called "The Chanticleer." View an update of the statue's progress here.

    Barrett is retired from a career in information technology, but says he has always loved art and decided upon photography as an outlet for his passion.

    It's a decision that has paid off.

    He earned a Merit Award in 2015 (before Artfields awarded category prizes), and won the top prize in photography in 2017 and 2018.

    "Winning at Artfields is not only a validation of the time and effort I have put in, but also a reflection of the great instruction I have received in the visual arts department at CCU," Barrett said.

    He is currently working on black and white street photography of Horry County.

    Additional links:
    Brant Barrett Photography
    Video: Brant Barrett expresses his love for the outdoors through his photography
    Bryan Rapp Sculpture

  • CCU Women’s Soccer Co-ed Youth Day Camps and Girls Residential Camp:

    May 21 2018

    Two Youth Co-ed Camps will be held this summer. The June 11-14 camp will be held at the Market Common and the second camp from June 18-21 will be held at the CCU IM Fields. Boys and girls ages 4-14 of all levels are welcome!

    These camps are run by both the men’s and women’s coaching staffs, with help from some of the soccer players. The day camps are a great way to introduce new soccer players to the game and also help develop those have already started playing. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day with the option for 8 a.m. early drop off ($10/day). A $25 employee/staff discount will be applied with a special code (call us).

    The Residential Camp is July 12-15 for girls ages 12-20. This camp is designed for the player who wants to take her game to the next level.The staff, players and other local college coaches will put the campers through technical and tactical sessions.

    There will also be a Goalkeeper School during camp for goalkeepers looking to work on proper goalkeeping skills. A $25 employee/staff discount is available or this camp with a special code, so call for that information.

    For more information, contact:

    Paul Hogan
    Head Women’s Soccer Coach

  • Got kids? You might want to look into Kids Camps!

    May 22 2018

    The Division of Academic and Community Outreach is offering Kids Camps for children 6-10 years of age each week (except the week of the 4th of July) from June 11 until Aug.12 at the Litchfield Education Center.

    If you have children of that age who would benefit from an educational, fun camp, please consider enrolling them in a half-day camp or an all-day camp from among the many being offered. Each camp is taught by local educators.

    Morning or afternoon camps are $90 a week; whole day camps are $180 a week. See the attached brochure or go to our website,, for more details.