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  • CCU alumna Nikko Austen Smith snags breakout role in “Queen Sugar” on Oprah Winfrey Network

    Chanticleers pop up everywhere these days. Sometimes they’re nationally renowned athletes like Josh Norman or seasoned political operators like Michael Marinaccio, but other times they’re trailblazing actors like Nikko Austen Smith.

    Smith has landed a role as Asha on OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” a series directed by Academy Award-nominated producer/director Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time”) and cultural icon Oprah Winfrey. Already an accomplished student actress with numerous theatrical performances and a summa cum laude academic record, Smith graduated from Coastal Carolina University May 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a mission to find her way in the world.

  • Grant Center at CCU elects chair and vice chair at May meeting

    Ed Gilmer of Palmetto Heritage Bank & Trust has been elected as the chair of the Grant Center for Real Estate Economic Development at Coastal Carolina University, and Michael King of KingOne Properties International has been elected vice chair. Both Gilmer and King were elected by a majority vote of the advisory board at the May meeting of the Grant Center.

  • CCU awards Josh Norman with honorary degree of public service

    The good times are on a roll for Coastal Carolina University alumnus Josh Norman.
    A quick recap:

    • Drafted in 2012 by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers

    • Played in Super Bowl 50 during the 2015-2016 season

    • Became the highest-paid cornerback in the league in 2016 with the Washington Redskins

    • Founded Starz24, a foundation to provide enrichment for children through community events and programs

    • Inducted into the George F. “Buddy” Sasser Hall of Fame at CCU in 2017

    • Runner-up on Season 26 of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2018

    Now, Norman has one more accolade to add to his quickly growing list: recipient of an honorary doctorate of public service from Coastal Carolina University.

    CCU President David A. DeCenzo surprised Norman with the honorary degree on June 6.

  • CCU has special role in S.C. Arts Commission’s 50th anniversary

    In its 50-year tradition of honoring top artists in the state, the South Carolina Arts Commission has selected artists from Coastal Carolina University more frequently than those at any other institution. The commission continued and extended its relationship with CCU in 2017-18 with a special May anniversary event and two commemorative publications.

  • Two new academic programs approved for CCU

    Coastal Carolina University’s second doctoral program, the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education, was approved June 7 by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE). A new graduate program, the Master of Arts in Communication, was also approved.




  • Archaeology at Brookgreen Gardens: "Not just pretty items from the past"

    A Maymester course this year is building on work started by Coastal Carolina University's James L. Michie Endowed Professor in Historical Archaeology David Palmer in 2016 at Brookgreen Gardens, who is also the gardens' archaeologist-in-residence.

  • CCU in China: 12 students complete double degree program

    At a ceremony that filled the concert hall of Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China, on June 13, Coastal Carolina University President David A. DeCenzo recognized 12 students who participated in the 1+2+1 Sino-American Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) double degree program at CCU in cooperation with Chinese universities.

    In the 1+2+1 program, Chinese students spend the first year at their Chinese university, transfer to a U.S. institution and complete all requirements of that institution’s degree, and then return to China for the fourth year to complete their Chinese university’s remaining requirements. An integrated graduation program is held for students at the conclusion of the program, and 165 graduates were recognized at the June 13 ceremony.