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  • Empathy and education at the forefront of domestic violence awareness events at CCU

    In recognition of October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Coastal Carolina University’s LiveWell Office partnered with several groups and departments on campus to host Sexual and Dating/Domestic Violence Awareness Week, with events on Oct. 4 and 10 that are open to the public.

    This marks the 10th year that CCU has hosted an awareness week calling attention to interpersonal violence, according to Chris Donevant-Haines, the assistant director of the LiveWell Office.

    “Through these events, we are able to have open and meaningful discussions about topics that often go unreported and unacknowledged,” Donevant-Haines said. “By adding educational and engaging programs on these topics, we hope to build empathy for survivors, encourage reporting, and educate community members.”

    Read the full story here.

  • Leah Hardeman Named 2017-18 Sun Belt Female Athlete of the Year

    Leah Hardeman, previously of the Coastal Carolina indoor volleyball team and current beach volleyball student-athlete, has been named the 2017-18 Sun Belt Conference Female Athlete of the Year. The Athlete of the Year award is the highest individual honor given in the Sun Belt Conference, and is based on outstanding leadership, achievement and character.

    Hardeman played her final season of indoor volleyball in the fall of 2017, nearly sweeping every honor in the Sun Belt awards while cementing her legacy in both Coastal Carolina and Sun Belt history.

    The 2017 season saw Hardeman named Sun Belt Volleyball Player of the Year, Sun Belt Championship Most Outstanding Player, first team All-Sun Belt and Sun Belt Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. It was the second consecutive year that Hardeman claimed all four conference honors. She was additionally named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week four times throughout the season.

    This past season's Sun Belt Player of the Year award was the fourth conference POY award in her career – she claimed Big South Player of the Year honors from 2014-15 and Sun Belt Player of the Year honors from 2016-17 – making her the first Division I player in NCAA volleyball history to earn a conference's POY award in all four seasons of eligibility. She also closed her indoor career with MVP titles in three straight conference tournaments (2015 Big South, 2016 and 2017 Sun Belt).

    Hardeman led the Chants to conference championships in each of her four seasons in teal, culminating with the 2017 Sun Belt Championship and Coastal's fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA postseason. In the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at #9 Creighton, Hardeman registered 25 kills to become the school's all-time leader in the category with 1,811.

    In beach volleyball, Hardeman posted a 5-9 record last season, and has played a role in helping to develop the young program since it started in 2016. She has one season of competition remaining with the beach program, and will return to action with the Chants in Spring 2019.

    Head coach Jozsef Forman on Hardeman:

    "This award is so special to both Leah and our volleyball program. She served our school with Chanticleer pride the right way. Her servant leadership is a great example for every Coastal Carolina student-athlete that will come here, as well as the community that supported her for so many years. There will be many successful student-athletes and teams in Coastal Carolina's future, but there will never be another Leah Hardeman. Everyone, both teammates and opponents, will remember her legacy. It was such a privilege to coach her, and I want to thank her for her dedication, passion, trust, leadership and hard work. I would like to thank her mother, Nita, and grandmother, Lolita, who raised her well. I would also like to thank her club coach, Del Hughes, who took Leah under his wing."

    "Leah is a four-time conference champion and four-time conference player of the year, the only Division I volleyball player to ever achieve that. She is a humble, resilient and very demanding person. She wanted to be coached hard, and she wanted her teammates to challenge her. She hates losing more than she enjoys winning, and she always expected to win. I will never forget my years coaching Leah."

    The 2017-18 Male Athlete of the Year award went to Taylor Lamb, the former quarterback for Appalachian State's football team.

  • CCU and HTC announce the naming of the HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

    Coastal Carolina University (CCU) and Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC) Inc. recently announced an endowed gift from HTC that will support and fund student research, internships, conference travel, study abroad and other educational expenses. As part of this endowed gift, CCU’s University College has been renamed the HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies for a period of 20 years.

    HTC’s gift supports the University’s I’M IN endowment campaign which, through various commitments and donations, has secured more than $22 million for CCU’s endowment. Learn more about the campaign at

    “Coastal Carolina University is grateful for HTC’s ongoing support of our University and our students,” said CCU President David A. DeCenzo. “The HTC Honors College exemplifies CCU’s commitment to high-quality teaching and engaged learning. The college will play a significant role in supporting our recruitment of high-achieving students from Horry and Georgetown counties and beyond. We thank HTC for its confidence in Coastal Carolina University.”

    Read the full story here.


  • ‘Labor of love’: CCU celebrates grand opening of childhood development center

    It was a dream come true inside Kingston Hall at Coastal Carolina University on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11, as the ribbon was cut on the Early Childhood Development and Literacy Center and the Peggy S. Shelley Early Childhood Lab School.

    President David A. DeCenzo said during his remarks at the event that there has been a need for such a center at CCU for many years, and it took many individuals to make it a reality, citing the efforts of Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph Byington as leading the charge and being “the hero of the day.”

    Byington said the center wasn’t his idea, but he knew it was something that was needed.

    “Research shows that 4 million student parents are enrolled in universities,” he said. “We know that at least 375 students at CCU have children between the ages of 3 and 5, and there are plenty of faculty and staff with children between those ages, as well. So this was a real need, and it became a true labor of love to make it happen.”

    Read the full story here.


  • Little River VFW Post installs solar panel array on its facility with help from CCU students

    The sun was shining bright on Saturday, Oct. 13, over Veteran of Foreign War Post 10804 in Little River as the community gathered for the unveiling of a solar panel array that was installed in September on the building, a project initiated and funded by a group of Coastal Carolina University students.

    Dozens of VFW members were in attendance for the official ribbon-cutting of a project they believe pushes their operations into the 21st century, and they credit the CCU Solar Ambassador team for helping them find a way to cut their energy bill while doing something positive for the community.

    “So many people came together to make this happen,” said Post Commander Nick Camera. “This group of students came in with this proposal and answered some tough questions from a panel of old codgers, and they overcame some skepticism. We look forward to savings for us and to saving the planet.”

    Read the full story here.


  • CCU creates College of Graduate Studies and Research

    Coastal Carolina University has established a new college dedicated to supporting and advancing the institution’s graduate and research programs. The College of Graduate Studies and Research will focus on the coordination of graduate recruitment and enrollment across all academic disciplines as well as all the University’s research efforts at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

    The new college will begin operations in January 2019 and will be led by longtime CCU professor and administrator Robert F. Young as interim dean. The college will include the offices of graduate study; sponsored programs and research services; graduate and undergraduate research; and CCU’s research foundation.

    The new college was created based on needs indicated in the University’s 2016-2021 strategic plan for additional focus on graduate enrollment and grant funding. The strategic plan specifies a July 2019 target date for implementation.

    Read the full story here.

  • Coastal Carolina Athletics renews partnership with Tidelands Health

    Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Athletics is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Tidelands Health as “The Official Health System of the CCU Chanticleers.” The new three-year agreement demonstrates a renewed and powerful commitment to Chanticleer athletics and the 450 student-athletes participating over 19 sports.

    As the region’s largest health care provider, Tidelands Health plays a significant role in the health and well-being of this great area. With more than 2,000 employees, physicians and volunteer partners, Tidelands Health works side-by-side with its patients to transform the health of our region -- promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.

    “Tidelands Health is proud to continue our support of Coastal Carolina University athletics. As the official health system of the CCU Chanticleers, we’re honored to back these amazing student-athletes who represent their school and our region so well. We know physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and the Chants are outstanding wellness role models for our entire community,” stated Amy Stevens, Vice President, Marketing and Communications for Tidelands Health.

    The renewed sponsorship agreement includes activation through title sponsorship of the Chanticleer Sports Network, radio, TV, in-stadium signage, in-game promotions and more. Members of Tidelands Health’s program for adults 50 years of age and older, Better for Life, also enjoy benefits through CCU Athletics in the form of discounted single game tickets for football, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball contests.

    CCU’s Director of Athletics Matt Hogue is equally enthusiastic about the renewed partnership. “We are excited and grateful for the continued support from Tidelands Health. Their commitment to our student-athletes has been transformative and has played a vital role in helping our programs reach their championship potential on and off the field.” 

    More information can be found at

  • Women in Philanthropy and Leadership hosts three mayors of Horry County

    All three major cities in Horry County are led by women. At a recent campus forum, Mayors Brenda Bethune of Myrtle Beach, Barbara Jo Blain-Bellamy of Conway and Marilyn Hatley of North Myrtle Beach discussed women leadership in governmental roles and their personal pathways to leadership, public service and success. The panel was moderated by Meghan Miller, a WTBW News 13 anchor.

    This event was hosted by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership, represented by Executive Director Terri DeCenzo. 


    Additional details about the event are here.

  • ‘#Brute’ exhibit at CCU’s art gallery tells a difficult truth

    Multimedia artist Kate Kretz presents “#Brute,” which runs through Wednesday, Nov. 28 in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts; the exhibit is free and open to the public.

    Generally focused on creating time-intensive work to display difficult truths, Kretz uses a variety of media to explore and highlight social inequities.

    “I often experience news stories of inhumanity as a literal blow to my body, and carry the negative energy around with me until I process a way to remove it from my person through transformative creation,” Kretz writes in her artist’s statement. “My work functions as a meditation, a healing prayer, a potent incantation to embed the finished object with as much power as possible, to rival the impact of that original negative impetus for making it. I am aiming for a beautiful, exquisitely crafted gut punch.”

    Read the full story here.

  • Suncera Johnson and Britnie Turner to be honored at WIPL’s Celebration of Inspiring Women

    Suncera Johnson, an author and entertainment industry veteran, and Britnie Turner, the founder and CEO of Aerial, a Nashville-based residential and commercial development company that aims to revitalize urban neighborhoods and tackle social issues, will be honored at the 2019 Celebration of Inspiring Women on Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Conference Center. The event is part of the ninth annual Women’s Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership (WIPL) for Coastal Carolina University. Johnson and Turner are also scheduled to speak at the Women’s Leadership Conference on Feb. 5. For more information, visit

    The annual celebration and awards were created as an important and lasting way to recognize women who have had a substantive and positive impact in South Carolina and beyond. Since the program’s inception in 2011, 41 women have been recognized, including Amber Campbell, Gloria Gaynor and Wendi Nix.

    Read the full story here.

  • CCU alumnus is the Fall 2018 Distinguished Speaker

    Daniel Ross ’07, director of distribution and builder sales at Savant, will be the guest speaker for the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. in Johnson Auditorium.

    Ross, who grew up in Cape Cod, became the first director of national sales of Savant in 2013. Savant, a company that specializes in home control and automation, was founded in 2005. 

    Over the last decade, his career has accelerated. In 2015, he became the company’s director of business development, and along with a small team, created the builder/developer channel of Savant, which today represents more than 20 percent of Savant’s installations nationwide. 

    Today, Ross oversees the builder channel and the recently launched North American distribution channel that is projected to increase Savant’s customer base by 300 percent within the next 18 months. He is currently spearheading a venture that will lay the groundwork for the electrical and commercial channels for Savant. 

    Ross received his bachelor’s degree at Coastal Carolina University, where he majored in finance. He resides in Austin. 

    The Distinguished Speaker Series was created in 2014 for the purpose of connecting the CCU academic community with highly regarded and successful business leaders, and to strengthen the relationship between the college and the business community.

  • CCU launches phase two of the I’M IN endowment campaign

    With more than $22 million raised during the first phase of I’M IN – The Endowment Campaign for Coastal Carolina University, school officials announced the launch of I’M IN 2 on Nov. 1. The goal is to raise an additional $20 million for the endowment by 2023.

    The campaign’s first phase goal was to raise $20 million by 2020. Highlights of the campaign, publicly launched in April 2016, include securing a 67 percent increase in endowed funds for student scholarships and academic programs, and the number of planned gifts increased by 250 percent.

    Read the full story here.


  • Former football All-American Josh Norman makes major donation to CCU

    Former Coastal Carolina University football All-American Josh Norman has made a major donation to his alma mater that will benefit both athletics and academics. It is the largest gift ever given to the University by a former Chanticleer student-athlete. In recognition of his philanthropic generosity, CCU today announced that the athletics field house at Brooks Stadium has been named the Marrio and Josh Norman Field House, after Josh and his brother, Marrio, who also played football for the Chanticleers.

    “Josh and Marrio both played important roles in the development and success of the Chanticleer football program,” said CCU President David A. DeCenzo. “Their ongoing support of their alma mater is commendable. The fact that Josh’s gift will impact both our academic and athletic programs speaks volumes to his commitment to the overall well-being of the University. And for that, we are extremely grateful.”

    A majority of Norman’s gift has been designated for the Brooks Stadium expansion project. It will also provide financial support for walk-on football student-athletes as well as CCU’s communication and theatre programs. The stadium expansion project includes increasing seating capacity to at least 20,000, adding luxury suites and an upper deck to the west side of the stadium, as well as other features such as new entrances. Scheduled for completion by the opening of the 2019 season, the stadium expansion is in response to the Chanticleers joining the Sun Belt Conference and meeting NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision requirements.

    Read the full story here.