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  • Lowenstein wins national award for teaching

    August 31 2018

    Henry Lowenstein, professor of management and law, has received the 2018 John Bonsignore Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

    Lowenstein is the first business law professor from a South Carolina university to receive the award, which was presented to him by the leadership of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) at its annual conference and award banquet in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 13.

    The award is given annually to an ALSB member who has demonstrated excellence in professional commitment to the undergraduate study of law, and whose teaching or research is interdisciplinary, demonstrates critical thinking skills, and reflects humanitarian concerns. The award is named for John Bonsignore (1935-2010), a pioneer in legal studies who taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for nearly three decades.

    “While honored by this recognition, it is a credit to the support I have received from current and former department chairs Monica Fine and Mark Mitchell,” said Lowenstein. “The Department of Marketing and Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management and the Wall College of Business have continued to support the work I do in quality business law and legal environment education for our students’ success.”

    Lowenstein, a former dean of the Wall College of Business, joined the CCU faculty in 2007 and specializes in business law and public policy subjects. He has a broad background in management within business, academic, government and public service organizations.

    “Henry Lowenstein has a passion for teaching and for preparing his students for success in their chosen careers,” said Mark Mitchell, professor and associate dean in the Wall College of Business and former chair of the MHRTM department. “He showcases the impact of legal and regulatory change on all majors in the Wall College of Business and is an applied researcher who examines the challenges facing today’s business and governmental organizations. We are very proud of Henry and this well-deserved recognition by his peers.”

    Lowenstein locally serves as vice-chair of the Ocean View Memorial Foundation and is on the executive board of the Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business. He has served on a number of academic and community committees, including the former Interstate Railroad Committee of North and South Carolina. His previous academic positions include universities in California, Illinois, Virginia and West Virginia.

    Founded in 1924, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (International) is an association of professors and scholars in the fields of business law, legal environment and law-related courses outside of professional law schools. Its nearly 1,000 members in the United States and Canada teach primarily in schools of business in colleges and universities, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Visit

  • CCU Cross-Country holds 5K trail race

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    Coastal Carolina University’s Cross-Country team will hold its first ever open 5K trail race at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. The event is open to the public with registration.

    “We are hoping to make this race more inclusive to students and faculty specifically,” said Zola Pieterse, Coastal’s track and field/cross-country athletics coach. “Some students may not want to compete with the nation’s top runners, so we wanted to make sure that there was a separate event for all runners at any level to feel welcome.”

    This off-road race will be held on the east side of CCU’s campus, across U.S. 501 and near the recreation fields on Century Circle.

    Through Sept. 6, the entry fee is $20. For those who register the day of the event, there is a $40 race day fee.

    The course is certified, and consists of both trail and grass paths. There will be awards for participants, and those who register early will also receive a T-shirt for the race.

    The event is part of the CCU and Carolina Forest High School Cross Country Invitational, and all proceeds will support the Coastal Carolina Track and Field Athletic Foundation.

    “All the money goes right back to the athletes,” said Pieterse. “It helps provide equipment and gear, so it’s a really worthwhile cause.”

    On race day, participants should arrive at 461 Century Circle and park in lot DDD near the CCU Science Center.

    For more information or to register for the race, visit


  • One of the best bike rental programs in the nation just got a little more teal

    August 14 2018

    Coastal Carolina University is getting a little more teal.


    University Recreation has started painting more than 600 bicycles teal and bronze as part of a rebranding of the bike rental program on campus formerly called Coastal Cycles, now called Coastal Recycles.

    Many of the bicycles in the program administered by University Recreation are recycled bikes, so the initiative not only keeps abandoned or old bicycles out of landfills, it also provides a sustainable and free mode of transportation for CCU students.

    The bike rental program started around six years ago with 21 bikes, according to Jody Davis, director of University Recreation. The program has grown exponentially since then to one of the largest in the nation.

    Students can check out bikes on a first-come, first-serve basis for 30 days at a time. The first checkout period is Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. at the Outdoor Center in the HTC Center. Staff will release 100 bikes at that time, and will have additional checkout periods throughout the first week of classes until all the bikes have been rented.

    For more information, visit

    Read more about the program here.

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  • CCU announces 2018 Homecoming theme: “Haunted Homecoming”

    August 22 2018

    Calling all ghosts, goblins and ghouls: Coastal Carolina University is getting into the Halloween spirit and celebrating all things spooky for 2018 Homecoming week, which will take place Oct. 28 through Nov. 3. This year’s theme, “Haunted Homecoming,” was chosen by students and staff because Halloween falls right in the middle of Homecoming Week.

    Planning for Homecoming week began back in May, when the Office of Student Life met to brainstorm with students from several on-campus organizations, including students from the Coastal Activities Board and Student Government Association.

  • Oracle Blue to perform at MB Jazz Festival

    August 24 2018

    Oracle Blue, an alt-jazz/pop/R&B band comprising former Coastal Carolina University students, will perform Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the third annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival on historic Carver Street in Myrtle Beach.

    “This band started as the jazz combo at Coastal Carolina University,” said Liz Kelley-Tavernier, Oracle Blue’s producer, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter. “During our time there, we became friends. After we graduated, it was just too much fun to stop making music, so that’s how we got together.” The band also includes trumpeter, composer and arranger Zachery Douglas; bassist McKinley Devilbiss; drummer Wade McMillan; and J.P. Taylor, who plays piano, flute, trumpet and sings. The six members were all music majors at CCU, and their success as a student jazz combo is a testament to how quickly the Department of Music at Coastal Carolina University is growing.

    Oracle Blue was officially founded in the winter of 2017. Since they were alumni, the band decided to change its name from CCU Jazz Combo to Oracle Blue. McMillan came up with the new name, and the group agreed on the name change while traveling on their European tour in July 2016, which included performances at jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Umbria, Italy; and Vienne, France. “Mood Montreux,” a photo-diary feature in the CCU magazine, chronicled the CCU Jazz Combo’s travels during their performances at Europe’s most popular jazz festivals.

    During their time at CCU, the six-member group was awarded a DownBeat Magazine student music award for outstanding performance in the blues/pop/rock group category. They have shared the stage with highly acclaimed artists including Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin from Dave Matthews Band, and Howard Levy from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. In the spring of 2016, the group performed as the house band for a collaborative album with Ron Daise, creator of the Nickelodeon TV series “Gullah Gullah Island.”

    Recently, the group entered a competition and won a chance to open for five-time Grammy-winner Lalah Hathaway on her 2018 tour, where they performed in Greensboro and Charlotte N.C. Oracle Blue’s debut album, “Gilded Kingdoms,” was officially released in May, when the band performed their songs at the Waccamaw Getaway Festival.

    Oracle Blue has also performed at several local venues including the Conway Riverfest and Brookgreen Gardens, as well as at events in Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas and Colorado.

    Admission to the Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival is free, and children are welcome to attend. The outdoor event will be held on Carver Street in Myrtle Beach. The festival will also include food, art and merchandise vendors, and a wine and beer garden.

    For more information about the other performers at this year’s Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, visit

    Learn more about Oracle Blue and listen to the group’s debut album “Gilded Kingdoms,” at

  • Lowenstein gives keynote address for PBY air museum

    September 3 2018

    Business professor Henry Lowenstein recently delivered the keynote address for the summer meeting of the PBY Naval Air Museum Foundation on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. Lowenstein is the author of "The Rescue Man: A 'Snafu Snatching' Rescue Pilot’s Extraordinary Journey Through World War II," published in 2016. The book tells the story of Bud Hayes, a World War II Army Air Force pilot who was an uncle of Lowenstein’s wife Carla. Hayes was killed in 1945 when his PBY Catalina flying boat crashed off the coast of the Philippines.

    Lowenstein’s presentation was titled “PBY: The Man and the Machine,” which focused on the aircraft’s role in saving lives in WWII. The PBY Catalina was designed primarily for patrol, sea rescue missions, anti-submarine warfare and strafing.

    Lowenstein, a former dean of the Wall College of Business, says that the experience was particularly meaningful to him because it gave him the opportunity to meet a 94-year-old Navy veteran PBY flight engineer. Lowenstein also boarded the museum’s display PBY aircraft that is now being renovated.

    "In the cockpit, one was emotional on seeing the challenges these 21-year-old young men had to face while flying into danger, and on remembering those like Bud Hayes did not return."