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  • Welcome to the world, Baby Broughton!

    June 12 2018

    Introducing Brooks Ashton Broughton, who was born to Victoria and Brentley Broughton on June 12, 2018. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 and a half inches long.

    Brentley is a web dsign manager in the Office of University Communication.

    Big sister is Aubrey, age 4.

  • Feel the Teal turns 5!

    June 29 2018

    The day was hot and so was the Feel the Teal Five-Year Anniversary Celebration. It was an afternoon full of energy, excitement and teal as far as the eye could see. The celebration took place at Atheneum Hall on June 19 from 2 to 4 p.m., and the employees of TEAL Nation were prepared for an exciting afternoon.

    The Training Development and Service Excellence staff reported that they expected 100 employees to attend the event, but the final total was just shy of 250! The hard work and service excellence that our campus has provided for the past five years deserved to be celebrated and that certainly happened on the 19th. Here is a short recap of the event:

    There were cheese fries and egg rolls from the Road Rooster and ice cold ice cream. There were over 100 prizes awarded to a long line of employees eager to test their aim at popping balloons with a dart. University photographers were on hand to capture the most teal-riffic pictures of both individuals and departments at the Feel the Teal Photo Booth.

    One highlight of the event was the extremely popular Teal Trivia game, hosted by the one and only Steve Harrison. The winning team was up to the task. They knew their CCU trivia and were also quite the punsters, calling themselves the" Wheelwright All Day" team (we’re right all day). Congratulations to them on taking home Five-Year Anniversary shirts!

    The afternoon wrapped up with a video designed to highlight Feel the Teal® over the years and the ways it has impacted CCU. President DeCenzo and Eileen Soisson were both presented with a framed and signed picture on behalf of all CCU employees. The president wrapped up the event by reminding employees that Feel the Teal doesn’t stop here: this is just the beginning!

  • CCU featured on SC Public Radio show

    June 26 2018

    On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Coastal Carolina University was the subject of "South Carolina A to Z," a daily one-minute feature produced by historian Walter Edgar that highlights the people and institutions of the state. Here is a link to the broadcast.

  • Marine science professor published in two science magazines

    June 26 2018

    Zhixiong Shen, assistant professor of marine science at Coastal Carolina University, has had two articles published in two major science magazines within one week this past spring.

    Shen collaborated with eight researchers to write an article for Nature magazine, an international journal of science. The article “Climatic control of Mississippi River flood hazard amplified by river engineering” was published April 4, 2018.

    Seven days later, Shen’s second article titled “Anatomy of Mississippi Delta growth and its implications for coastal restoration” was published in the April 11 edition of Science Advances magazine in collaboration with four other researchers.

    Both stories are related to his field research, which focuses on the Mississippi River. His scholarly interest in this area of study was sparked by one of the greatest natural disasters in American history.

    “My graduation from Tulane University was right after Hurricane Katrina in 2005,” said Shen. “Katrina was a major turning point in the study of the Mississippi River Delta because it really showed how vulnerable the delta is to natural hazards.” In 2007, he began researching in the Mississippi River Delta.

    A native of China, Shen earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Liverpool in England. He then attended Tulane University in New Orleans, La., for his postdoctoral work. In 2014, Shen joined the CCU faculty as an assistant professor of marine science. He teaches courses in marine geology, coastal hazards and introductory marine science.

    The article in Nature explains the flooding history of the Mississippi River going back 500 years and reveals findings about the effects of climate variations on the river. This project was started in 2015.

    Shen’s Science Advances article is about how the Mississippi River Delta is losing land at an exceptionally fast rate. The study examines how the delta was built and concludes ways that it can be sustained in the future. This project began in 2009, and Shen received funding from CCU’s College of Science.

    Although Shen has written several research pieces, this was the first time he was ever published in either Nature or Science Advances, which are two very selective journals. To read the Nature article, click here. The Science Advances article can be found here.

  • Multicultural Student Services changes its name to Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services

    June 27 2018

    Coastal Carolina University’s Office of Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services may have received a new name on July 1, but its goal remains the same – to provide cultural development opportunities for all students on campus to learn about other cultures and create a safe, supportive and inclusive campus environment.

    “We wanted the name change because the new name sends the message that our services are not just for African-American students,” said Patricia Singleton-Young, the previous director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services, who retired on June 30. “I’m very pleased with the name change.

    “We looked at what we were doing, and we were doing more than just multicultural – we were really doing intercultural,” said Singleton-Young. The difference between multicultural and intercultural is small but significant. Multicultural means of or having to do with various cultures; intercultural means between or among people of different cultures.

    “Our goal with the name change is to encourage non-minorities to come to our programs and get involved,” said Singleton-Young. She said the majority of CCU students are white, and their attendance or involvement in the programs has been low in the past. “The goal is for Asian students, Hispanic students, African-American and white students to all come and participate [in the events and programs organized by the office].”

    Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services focuses on student involvement by hosting discussions and workshops on equity and social justice, and organizing campuswide events like the Cultural Celebration and Intercultural Showcase.

    “The goal is exposure, and once you get the exposure [to different cultures], hopefully you will see the world differently,” said Singleton-Young.

    The process of creating a new, more inclusive title for the office began back in 2014. It was put on hold and then revisited as the University developed its 2016-2021 Strategic Plan. In 2016, the timeline was set and brainstorming began on several possible versions of the name. Some that were proposed include: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

    There was a lot of discussion between Singleton-Young; Franklin Ellis, assistant director of Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services; and Travis Overton, vice president for executive initiatives and chief of staff.

    Singleton-Young and Ellis surveyed other colleges and attended conferences to learn about how to enhance CCU’s diversity programs. They then collaborated with Overton, who proposed potential names, and eventually CCU President David A. DeCenzo approved it. The approval process took about three months and, overall, Singleton-Young said the process went smoothly.

    The office is undergoing other updates such as hiring a new leader. Ashley Gaddy will take Singleton-Young’s place as the new director of Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services beginning July 1. In addition, the University hired Atiya Stokes-Brown, in the inaugural position of assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion.

    Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services is located in Room A-102 inside the Lib Jackson Student Union.

    Learn more about the Office of Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services at

    Social media:
    Twitter: IISS_CCU

  • Childhood Development and Literacy Center director returns to CCU roots

    June 27 2018

    As a Coastal Carolina University alumna, North Myrtle Beach native and an experienced early childhood education professional of 26 years, Angela Huggins found her “dream job” when she joined the CCU faculty as the director of the Childhood Development and Literacy Center.

    “I couldn’t think of anything that I’d rather do,” Huggins said. “It’s a perfect balance of working with young children and helping pre-service teachers and others in the community learn more about how children learn.”

    Her duties at the Childhood Development and Literacy Center will be challenging, because of all the preparation required prior to the center opening in August. Huggins will be hiring teachers and handling paperwork, but she will most likely also be teaching classes in the beginning of the school year until the center is on track.

    Even though there will be a lot on her plate, Huggins is qualified and excited to begin the work. She began her experience in early childhood education as a kindergarten teacher in North Myrtle Beach Primary. She was also principal at Britton's Neck Elementary School in Marion County and at Pee Dee Elementary.

    “I understand the district expectations in Horry County, and I understand the expectations in Marion County because I’ve experienced those as well.”

    She enjoys helping young children and the pre-service teachers in the Spadoni College of Education program equally, which is why she believes this is the perfect job for her. Huggins will coordinate with other University departments such as music and art, to give them hands-on working with children, through internships. Also, Huggins said the children in the center will gain enriching experiences that they would not have at a day care.

     “Some of our [pre-service teaching] students plan to stay local and some will go to other places, but the focus is always on making sure our students understand how young children learn best and be prepared for work after they leave us.”

    Huggins earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in early childhood education from CCU. She then earned a second master’s degree in educational leadership and supervision from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in educational leadership from Capella University.

    The center, located in Kingston Hall, will open in August. The center offers school-day, half-day, after-school and summer enrichment programs for children between the ages of 3 to 5 years old. The center is much more than a day care; it provides project-based learning which focuses on children’s developmental stages and their individual interests to create a curriculum, plus plenty of playtime in the classrooms and the outdoor playground.

    For more information about the Childhood Development and Literacy Center, visit

  • President Emeritus Ingle named interim president of Athens State University

    June 27 2018

    Ronald R. Ingle, president emeritus of Coastal Carolina University, was named interim president of Athens State University in Alabama on May 18.

    According to a news release, Athens State’s board of trustees unanimously agreed on the choice of Ingle as interim president. Ingle has verbally agreed to serve in the role while the university conducts a nationwide search for a full-time president.

    Ingle was interim provost at Athens State University, located in Athens, Ala., from January 2015 to June 2016.

    Ingle served as president of CCU from 1993 to 2007. Before coming to Coastal Carolina in 1988 as provost, he held several administrative and faculty positions at universities around the nation.

    Raised in Moncks Corner, S.C., Ingle earned a bachelor's degree in English from Wofford College and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Florida State University. He has a doctorate in psychology from Ohio State University.

    Ingle is expected to begin his duties as interim president this summer.

  • Anthropology and geography faculty member named new academic integrity officer

    June 29 2018

    Clayton Whitesides, assistant professor of anthropology and geography at Coastal Carolina University, is the University’s new Academic Integrity Officer, effective immediately.

    Whitesides takes over academic integrity duties from Amanda Siegrist, assistant professor of recreation and sport management at CCU.

    “I think it will be a great opportunity to interact with more people across campus,” said Whitesides. “In this position, I’ll have the opportunity to interact with students and instructors from all of the disciplines, so that will be really rewarding.”

    The Academic Integrity Officer at CCU reports directly to the provost and is charged with ensuring that the academic integrity process is handled fairly and adheres to CCU’s Academic Integrity Code. Whitesides is responsible for overseeing reports of student violations, facilitating any required hearings or reviews, and maintaining the online database of any such incidents.

    Raised in Utah, Whitesides joined CCU’s faculty in 2013. He earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from Utah State University and a master’s degree in geography from Brigham Young University. He has a doctorate in environmental geography from Texas State University.

    Whitesides will continue to teach courses in physical geography, world regional geography and geospatial technologies while serving in this new capacity. For any questions or concerns about the academic integrity process, contact Whitesides at or 843-349-6693.

  • CCU staff member selected to participate in human resources program

    June 29 2018

    Latasha Gause, employment coordinator for the Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity at Coastal Carolina University, was one of 12 members of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) selected to participate in the 2018-19 CUPA-HR Wildfire Program.

    The Wildfire program is a 12-month experience designed to help early-career higher education human resources professionals to develop leadership skills. The program includes mentorship opportunities, a shadow visit on the campus of a higher education human resources leader, attendance at the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo and a year-end project highlighting the knowledge gained throughout the year. Gause was selected for the program out of more than 150 applications.

    “I see [the program] as an opportunity to build my confidence and gain the support I need to take on the challenges and excitement of a career in higher education human resources,” said Gause. “It will also allow me to learn about areas of higher education human resources that I previously have had little exposure to.”

    Gause has four years of human resource experience in total. She joined CCU in January 2018 as employment coordinator for the Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity. She is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operational activities related to the university staff employment program.

    “I truly love working in higher education, especially at CCU, because my role combines my love for people and human resources while working in an educational-focused environment in a way that I had not seen before,” said Gause. “Job satisfaction is more than a paycheck; it’s knowing that the work I am doing provides opportunities for others to grow and make an impact in the world.”

    A native of Brunswick County, NC, and mother of two kids, Gause received a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Waldorf University. Gause is currently working on earning her MBA at CCU, and will graduate in December 2018.

    The Wildfire program begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2019. Gause will continue to work at CCU and attend weekly video conferences with her fellow Wildfire program members. The program officially begins at CUPA-HR’s annual Association Leadership Program on July 12 in Tampa, Fla., where CUPA-HR members can connect with each other.

    Gause hopes to apply the learning experiences she gains during the Wildfire program to her role as employment coordinator, and eventually use the new tools to move up within the office.

    A goal of hers is to be equipped with the best possible professional development tools available and believes the Wildfire program is essential in reaching that goal. “It will be an excellent opportunity to help me to continue to develop professionally and help me propel beyond my current position,” said Gause.

  • CeTEAL offers classes

    June 26 2018

    Summer is moving along quickly, and CeTEAL would like to offer some opportunities to expand your teaching and technology skills before the push to get ready for the new academic year. This summer, we are offering—for the first time in several years—our Distance Learning Boot Camp. The DL Boot Camp is a three-day workshop for faculty who are new, or relatively new, to online learning, and it will cover the basics of designing and managing an effective distance learning course, including: organizing your class, engaging your students, developing effective activities, and much more.

    Distance Learning Boot Camp (3-day program) – New!
    Monday, July 30, through Wednesday, August 1. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day (with one hour lunch break)
    Other new sessions are available this month on topics from critical thinking, open educational resources (OER), Skype for Business and Microsoft Sway.

    To register for any of CeTEAL’s sessions visit:

    If you are looking for a specific CeTEAL class, try our link to Search Classes. You can find this link listed on the left side of our registration site. If your department or group would like a session that fits your group schedule, contact Tracy Gaskin at