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  • DeWitt wins statewide award

    September 3 2010

    Edna Mae DeWitt, who retired from Coastal Carolina University in 2007, was recently awarded the 2010 Larry G. Ellis Outstanding State Retiree Award. DeWitt, CCU’s first African-American administrative assistant, devoted 33 years of service to CCU – one year in the science department and 32 years as a library technician.

    The award was presented at the South Carolina State Employees Association’s Annual Meeting held June 12.

    “It is awesome to have been chosen,” says DeWitt. “To me it means perseverance.”

    DeWitt has been a member of the association for the past 32 years, and serves on the Horry County chapter board, the association’s board of directors and the annual meeting committee. She is a member of the Sandridge Improvement Council where she has served as secretary and is currently on the board of directors. She is also the Horry County editor of the Whittemore newsletter.

    “This award is important to me because, first, I persevered as an employee and now as a retiree. I did not allow obstacles to block my path,” says DeWitt. “And secondly - because I care!”

    DeWitt encourages all faculty and staff to become members of the South Carolina State Employees Association. “We need strong numbers when lobbying for our benefits,” says DeWitt. “There truly is strength in numbers."

    DeWitt was chosen to speak on behalf of the staff at both Ronald Ingle’s and David DeCenzo’s presidential inauguration ceremonies. She is a member of the Disciple of Bethlehem #1 Missionary Baptist Church where she serves on the Sunday School and Prayze Celebration Choir. She is director of the Hospitality Ministry, church announcer and vice president of the Deaconess Ministry.

  • Simpkins signs with Green Bay Packers

    August 27 2010

    CCU alumnus Maurice Simpkins signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 10. The linebacker from Leesville is an original member of Coastal Carolina's 2003 football team in its first year of NCAA competition. He has become the fifth CCU player who has made it to the NFL.

    "It is a blessing, I am thankful to God, and I am looking to make the best of my opportunity," said Simpkins according to a press release from Simpkins' Indoor Football League team, the Green Bay Blizzard.

    Simpkins (6'1, 236 lbs.) had an "outstanding year" with the Blizzard. He was named First Team All-IFL Defense. He had 126 total tackles, five sacks, five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) three passes broken up and one forced fumble. Simpkins was the leader of the Blizzard defense all season long. He led the IFL in solo tackles with 85, but his most impressive stat was his league leading 10 blocked field goals. Simpkins was named the 2010 IFL Most Improved Player. 

    In 2004, Maurice started all 11 games and earned First Team All-Big South Conference honors for the second consecutive season as a member of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. He led the Chanticleers for the second straight year in tackles with 78, including 41 solo tackles, also a team best. Maurice recorded nine tackles for loss (seventh in the conference), five sacks (tied for fourth in the league) and one interception. He had three games of 10 or more tackles, including a season-best 13 tackles with three sacks in the win over Jacksonville

    In 2003, Simpkins was one of Coastal's first-ever First Team All-Big South players after leading CCU and ranking fourth in the Big South in tackles with 103. 

  • Pettijohn and psychology majors attend conference

    September 3 2010

    Psychology professor Terry Pettijohn attended the 22nd Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention in Boston, Mass., at the end of May with four psychology majors from CCU. They were Audrey Dunlap, Shujaat Ahmed, Lauren Dickey and Kim LaPiene.

    The group presented two research projects at the conference: "Handholding behaviors of romantic couples and families" and "The effects of a human sexuality course on college students, sexual attitudes and knowledge."

  • Psi Chi inducts 20 new members

    September 3 2010

    Psi Chi, the international honorary in psychology, inducted 20 new members at the spring induction in April. John Gulledge was the guest speaker. Terry Pettijohn and Megan McIlreavy are the faculty advisers. Inducted were: Devin Guastaferro, Brian Sisco, Louis Carn, Kayci M. Carlson, Jamie Goodman, Misty Stalnaker, Laura Parks, Matthew Kadrich, Brittany Rockwell, Sharon Harms, Marissa Schultz, Ashley R. Corbett, Julie Fox, Stephanie Grindell, Jacquelyn Ungerer, Sarah C. Sexton, Meghan Stone, Parris Clayton, Carrie Privett and Nicole Gill.

  • New archaeologist profiled on CTY site

    August 6 2010

    A profile of archaeologist Carolyn Dillian was recently published on the Johns Hopkins University (CTY) website at

    Dillian is an assistant professor of archaeology at Coastal Carolina University. Previously, she served as a postdoctoral lecturer in the interdisciplinary writing program and an associated faculty member of the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University. Dillian earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in American civilization and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.