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  • University Communication hires new internal communications coordinator, newsletter editor

    Melanie Smith, "Mel" for short, joined the Office of University Communication team on Sept. 1 as the new internal communications coordinator after longtime staffer and Atheneum editor Mona Prufer retired on Aug. 31. Smith serves as the University editor and the faculty/staff newsletter editor in her new role.

    Smith, originally from Bel Air, Md., graduated from West Virginia University in May 2018. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Previously, Smith served as news director of the radio station U92 FM, founder and managing editor of a campus lifestyle magazine, as well as a writer for the Morgantown newspaper. In her free time, Smith enjoys running on the beach, traveling and interior decorating. Although she misses Old Bay and Chesapeake blue crabs, Smith is excited to join the CCU community and make Myrtle Beach her new home.

    Email her at or call 843-349-2087. Items that require proofing should be emailed to Story ideas for the newsletter or other publications should be emailed to

  • Coastal Carolina University maintains No. 2 Best Value ranking in 2019 Best Colleges report

    For the second consecutive year, Coastal Carolina University is ranked second in the Best Value category for Southern regional universities in the U.S. News and World Report “Best College” annual rankings, released today. CCU also ranked 13th in the Most Innovative Schools category for Southern schools, the first time CCU has been included in this category.

    Of the 66 Southern universities in the Best Value category, the No. 2 ranking places CCU ahead of other state institutions such as Converse College (8th), the Citadel (11th), Winthrop University (55th) and the College of Charleston (62nd). Coastal has earned high rankings in the Best Value category consistently for the past seven years.

  • Video: Faculty and students embrace alternative instruction during Hurricane Florence

    On Sept. 11, 2018, Coastal Carolina University canceled classes in advance of the expected arrival of Hurricane Florence. Classes are now set to resume on Oct. 1. That closure did not equate to an extended vacation for students. CCU officials took numerous measures to keep students engaged and allow for the continuation of learning during the break.




  • CCU Cultural Arts Committee announces cancellations and revised dates for events

    Widespread area flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has resulted in numerous cancellations and rescheduling of cultural arts events at Coastal Carolina University. The following list, categorized by genre, reflects the current status of revisions and may undergo future updates. Dates and times differ from those printed in the Fall 2018 Cultural Arts Calendar.

    Please visit for more information and for an updated schedule of events. You can also follow @CCUCulturalArts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    Tickets for all events can be obtained (where applicable) from the Wheelwright Box Office at 108 Spadoni Park Circle on the main Conway campus between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Coastal Carolina University announces 2018 Hall of Fame class

    The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics announced Monday the nine members that will make up the George F. "Buddy" Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

    Seven of the nine inductees are former Chanticleer student-athletes, including Brittany Henderson (women's golf), Jose Iglesias (baseball), Chelsy Kimes (volleyball), Erica Peake (women's track and field), Sebastian Soderberg (men's golf), Mike Tolbert (football) and Cody Wheeler (baseball). Also being inducted as honorary members are retired women's basketball coach, Alan LeForce, and retired University photographer, Bill Edmonds.

    The nine will be officially inducted as the Hall's 28th class on the evening of Nov. 9 at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club at 7 p.m. The Class of 2018 will also be publicly honored at halftime of the football game versus Arkansas State on Nov. 10.

  • Video: CCU hosts Texas Urban Search and Rescue Team on campus

    In response to flooding from the rains of Hurricane Florence, numerous agencies and first responders from other parts of the country have shown up to help the area.

    One of those groups is an Urban Search and Rescue Team from Texas that is working on behalf of FEMA. Coastal Carolina University is playing host to the team as part of its effort to help the community weather the effects of the storm.



  • CCU announces 2018 Homecoming theme: “Haunted Homecoming”

    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.

    “So far, the reaction to the theme has been excitement, because it opens the door for student organizations to be creative,” said Whitney Comer, executive director of student life. This semester, there is a new app for students to use called Corq, which is synced with Coastal Connections and displays a list of upcoming events and provides information about campus organizations. Comer is hoping that students will download and use the app throughout the semester and that it will encourage them to attend Homecoming events.

  • CCU Department of Theatre earns double ranking in top programs nationwide

    OnStage, one of the leading blogs on the theatrical profession, has ranked Coastal Carolina University No. 13 on its list of the top 25 BFA Theatre Design and Tech programs in the country and No. 25 on its list of the top BFA musical theatre programs for 2018-19. This marks the second year the design and tech program has been ranked on the OnStage list.

    This honor confirms the quality and innovative nature of CCU’s theatre department, as well as its commitment to representing the top of its field in theater technology and design as well as musical theatre.

    “I think we are recognized as a top program now because of the number of graduates we have out there working in the field,” said Ken Martin, professor and chair of the Department of Theatre. “The people that we hired in the last several years are of high quality, and others recognize that. CCU is active nationally for recruitment. I am sure all those things combined build a brand, and I believe those things are why the recognition is happening.”

  • CCU baseball's 2018 recruiting class ranked among the top 25

    Coastal Carolina baseball's 2018 recruiting class received another top 25 national ranking today, as the unit was ranked No. 18 nationally by Collegiate Baseball.

    The Chants' recruiting class was ranked in the top 25 of Baseball America's recruiting class rankings for the first-time in program history earlier this month, coming in at No. 25 nationally.

    Coastal Carolina, the lone Sun Belt Conference team to be ranked in Baseball America's Top 25 this year, is also the lone conference member to be ranked by Collegiate Baseball.

    Highlighted by signees Nick Lucky (14th round – Boston Red Sox), Garrett McDaniels (30th round – Miami Marlins) and Jacob Maton (38th round – Seattle Mariners) that were all drafted in June's 2018 MLB Draft, the Chanticleers' class is comprised up of 15 newcomers, including 12 freshmen and three junior college transfers.

    It is the 36th-straight year Collegiate Baseball has evaluated NCAA Division I recruiting classes.

  • Kenneth E. Swain Scholars announced for 2018-2019

    Two Coastal Carolina University juniors have been selected as the Kenneth E. Swain Scholars program at CCU for 2018-19. As Swain Scholars, these students will plan and implement community outreach and research projects designed to improve the quality of life of Horry County residents.

    Jeremy Evans, a public health major with a minor in business administration from Lake City, S.C., and Kassidy Smith, a biology major with a minor in psychology from Collinsville, Ill., became Swain Scholars after a competitive process that included a written application and an interview with a committee of department chairs from the College of Science.