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  • Barnes named new Clark Chair in history at CCU

    October 1 2018

    Aneilya Barnes, associate professor of history at Coastal Carolina University, has been named CCU’s Lawrence B. and Jane P. Clark Endowed Chair in History.

    This privately funded endowment provides opportunity and resources for a tenured faculty member in CCU’s Department of History to advance a scholarly agenda by producing peer-reviewed publications that advance the historiography in the faculty member’s field of study. The Clark Chair is awarded for a two-year period.

    Barnes, who joined the CCU faculty in 2007, focuses her scholarly research on Ancient Rome and the roles of women in the early Christian church. She will be conducting research on two projects during her term as Clark Chair. 

    Barnes is co-editing a book, “More than Female Disciples: An Examination of Women’s Authority in Early Christianity (1st – 6th centuries),” with the prominent Italian scholar Roberta Franchi of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

    In another book project, “Gender and Domestic Space in the First Christian Basilicas,” Barnes is applying an interdisciplinary approach to study how the architecture of early Christian buildings and their spatial components provide important and overlooked insights into the active roles of women in the early church. Going beyond the traditional historical practice of textual analysis, this project involves examining evidence from built environments, topography, epigraphy, and funerary monuments. 

    The Clark Chair was created in 2012 by a gift from the late Lawrence and Jane Clark of Myrtle Beach. A retired military officer and history professor, Lt. Col. Clark (U.S. Army), with his wife Jane, requested that their gift be used to create an endowed chair in CCC’s Department of History, as well as to fund cultural arts programs and scholarships.

  • Welcome, Baby Caleb Samuel Newcomb!

    October 1 2018

    Tasha and Justin Newcomb welcomed their baby boy Caleb Samuel on Aug. 5, 2018, at 8:12 p.m. He weighed 8 lb., 12 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. 

    Tasha is an academic adviser in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, as well as a '08 CCU alumna. Justin works for the police department in the City of Conway. 

    Big brother is Benjamin, age 1. 

  • Rob Salvino discusses economic impacts of Hurricane Florence

    October 2 2018

    Research economist Robert F. Salvino, director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics at Coastal Carolina University, was featured on WRNN 99.5’s “Morning Show with Dave and Liz” on Oct. 2, 2018, to discuss the economic impacts of Hurricane Florence on the Grand Strand.

    Hurricane Florence developed in the Atlantic at the end of August and ripped through the Carolinas last month. Though the storm downgraded to tropical storm levels, it dumped vast amounts of rain on the area. Horry and Georgetown counties experienced historic levels of flooding that has affected highways, roads, homes and businesses – including Coastal Carolina University – throughout the Grand Strand.

    Salvino, an associate professor of economics, discussed the storm’s immediate and long-term impacts on the local community on the show. Citing work by CCU professor Taylor Damonte, director of the Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism, Salvino said the hurricane, flooding and mandatory evacuation order resulted in great loss for many local businesses, including a “…65 percent decrease in the hotel occupancy rate from the previous year.” 

    However, Salvino remained optimistic that the impacts will only be short-term. Despite the loss of revenues after the storm, he believes there will not be a long-term negative impact on the local and regional economies. Full audio of Salvino’s appearance on the Morning Show can be accessed here.

    Salvino will join other speakers on Oct. 24 at the Asher Theatre in Myrtle Beach for the Economic Development and Infrastructure Forum to further delve into this topic. The forum is presented by the West of the Waterway Council in partnership with the North and South Strand Councils. Attendees will learn the latest updates on road projects, air service and economic development along the Grand Strand. The forum is open to all MBACC investors. Click here to register.

  • Video: CCU steps up for flood victims with donations drive, benevolence funds

    October 8 2018

    The Coastal Carolina University community is coming together to help its own after flooding Hurricane Florence left some students, faculty and staff struggling.

    The University collected donated goods through Oct. 9 outside of the Lib Jackson Student Union, and is also accepting financial donations through several benevolence funds.


    To donate to the funds, you can visit or the Go Fund Me page.

    If you are in need of assistance, visit the faculty/staff benevolence page or the student page.

  • Video: Family Weekend brings members of Teal Nation a bit closer together

    October 13 2018

    Recently, parents, siblings and other family members were invited to Coastal Carolina University's campus for Family Weekend. In advance of the Chanticleers' home football game, CCU hosted a TealGate for the guests, featuring food and games. Here are a few scenes from that event.




  • Wedding bells are ringing for CCU faculty couple

    October 2 2018

    A Chanticleer wedding is in order! CCU faculty members Keshav Jagannathan, professor of statistics, and Stephanie Revels, research anaylst and statistician, are engaged.

    Jagannathan popped the question on Aug. 2 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He proposed on the Skyline Trail after a four-mile hike. The two Chanticleer love birds met at CCU, and since have rescued two dogs named Bailey and Guinness. The wedding is set for 2019. 

    Congratulations, Keshav and Stephanie!

  • 15 new staff join Teal Nation; September and October orientations combined

    October 16 2018

    Fifteen new staff members have joined Teal Nation, ranging with start dates from the beginning of September to the day of the October New Employee Orientation.

    Hurricane Florence delayed the September New Employee Orientation, forcing it to be combined with October's on Oct. 16. Although a handful of employees have been working for more than a month prior, the new employees learned alongside one another the traditions and knowledge of what it means to be a Chanticleer.

    Meet the new employees:

    Jessica Hendrick is a teacher in the new Early Childhood Development and Literacy Center, from Aynor, S.C. She is a CCU alumna and has lived in Horry County her enitre life. Her hobbies include traveling and shopping, and she is a big fan of Italian cuisine.

    Kristyn Wilhelm comes from Sterling Heights, Mich., to continue her career goals as a new assistant athletic trainer. She enjoys baking, cooking and crafting. Kristyn has been published twice, and she has been on several mission trips in her lifetime. She looks forward to working in a great athletics deparment.

    Cindy Alston was born and raised in Conway, S.C., joining the facilities, management and planning team as a custodian. Her favorite foods are steak and fried chicken. Cindy joined the CCU family because she wanted to do something different and meet new people along the way.

    Kevin Davis is the new assistant athletic director for media relations within the athletics department. He loves playing with his son, Cooper, in addition to golfing in his free time and watching sports. Originally from Asheville, N.C., Kevin came to CCU for the family setting and atmosphere.

    Jacquelyn Crossman joins CCU as an access service specialist in the Kimbel Library. She enjoys traveling, leaving the country at least three times a year. She also has visited Dracula's Castle in Romania. Jacquelyn is originally from Kingfield, Maine.

    Ron Rawls is a new second shift custodian from South Conway in Bucksport, S.C. His birthday is on Jan. 12, close to his hero's birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Jan. 15. Ron is an African-American historian, a Bible scholar in progress, and he enjoys watching sports.

    Paula Daisey joins University Housing as an administrative assistant. She is originally from Milford, Conn., and enjoys any type of Italian food. Paula enjoys spending time at the beach, as well as with her five grandkids and family.

    Kenneth "Tad" Reed is a captain with the Department of Public Safety. He is originally from Columbia, S.C., and enjoys boating and golfing in his free time.

    Angie Cartrette joins the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts as an administrative specialist. She was born on the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, originally from Aynor, S.C., but has also lived in England. Angie joined CCU for a chance to grow with the University.

    Larry E. Simpkins is a USMC veteran from Rich Creek, Va. He joins CCU as a supply specialist. Larry's favorite food is steak, and he enjoys sports in his free time. He chose to join CCU because of its reputation and the people.

    Doug Butters, originally from Westwood, Mass., is a support specialist within Information Technology Services. He enjoys sports in his free time.

    Melanie Smith is the internal communications coordinator and University editor within University Communication. Melanie is originally from Bel Air, Md., but has lived in Australia and worked in New York City. She spends her free time blogging, thrift shopping and working out. Melanie hopes to contribute to telling the CCU story.

    Scott Benke is the new coordinator of athletic event technology within athletics. You can find him working behind the scenes on game days.

    Melissa Sumpter joins custodial services as a first-shift custodian.

    Alexander Crocker is an Ellucian Portal and SharePoint administrator within Information Technology Services.

    Not pictured:

    Maggie Hinson joins athletics as an athletic academic adviser. Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Maggie enjoys Pure Barre classes, watching movies and going to the beach. Her favorite food is anything chocolate!

    Robert J. Cleveland III, originally from Middlesex, N.J., is an assistant systems support technician within the Department of Public Safety. Robert's favorite sports are baseball, football and hockey, and his favorite food is chicken parmesan. He chose to join the CCU family because of the environment.  

  • Welcome future Chant Scarlett Grace Page!

    October 3 2018

    CCU alumnus and alumna David and Jennifer Page welcomed baby girl Scarlett Grace Page after evacuating from Hurricane Florence. Scarlett was born on Sept. 16, 2018, in Knoxville, Tenn., weighing 6 lbs. and 9 oz., measuring 20 in. 

    Scarlett was due on Sept. 17, but Jennifer's doctor advised the pair to evacuate somewhere with a guaranteed open hospital for a safe delivery. Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, where Jennifer planned to deliver Scarlett, evacuated during the storm. This led the Page family to the Smokey Mountains at UT Medical Center. 

    While Scarlett was techinicaly a Volunteer for the day, Jennifer expresses her love for the Chanticleers, sharing that her family bleeds teal. "We can't wait for our future Chant to grow up in teal territory," Jennifer said.

    Jennifer earned a BAE in 2011, while David earned a BA in 2014 and MAT in 2018. David is the high school band director at Andrews High School in Georgetown, and Jennifer teaches second grade at Green Sea Floyds Elementary School.

    Congratulations, David and Jennifer. Welcome, baby Scarlett!

  • English professor publishes a book this fall

    October 16 2018

    A new book by assistant English professor Alan Reid, "The Smartphone Paradox: Our Ruinous Dependency in the Device Age," was published in Septemer by Palgrace Macmillian.

    Reid's background in instructional design and technology led him to write this book about the use of mobile technologies and how they influence our day-to-day behaviors and thoughts. The book stems from Reid's scholarly article, published in 2016, on the connection bewteen smartphone gratification and narcissim. The way technology facilitates and distracts people from learning is an interest of Reid's, but he drew most of his inspiration through watching his nine-year-old daughter grow up with technology and wondering about the tradeoffs made when investing attention through a screen. This book is described by Reid as "Broader than a pedagogical perspective on smartphones in the classroom," and "... primarily a conversation about the non-neutrality of technology." 

    The synopsis of the book is as follows:

    "The Smartphone Paradox is a critical examination of our everyday mobile technologies and the effects that they have on our thoughts and behaviors. Alan J. Reid presents a comprehensive view of smartphones: the research behind the uses and gratifications of smartphones, the obstacles they present, the opportunities they afford, and how everyone can achieve a healthy, technological balance. It includes interviews with scholars, medical experts, and smartphone users from a variety of backgrounds, and translates scholarly research into a conversational tone, making it easy to understand a synthesis of key findings and conclusions from a heavily-researched domain. All in all, through the lens of smartphone dependency, the book makes the argument for digital mindfulness in a device age that threatens our privacy, sociability, attention, and cognitive abilities." 

  • Facilities department feels the teal through helping flooded co-workers

    October 20 2018

    When disaster devastated the home of Pam and Eddie Warren, the members of the Coastal Carolina University facilities planning and management department arrived on their doorstep.

    Pam, a first shift custodian in the Smith Science Building, and Eddie, a University locksmith, left their house by boat after enduring extensive flooding and damage from Hurricane Florence. From the beginning of post-storm recovery to now, members of the facilities planning and management department have been lending a hand to the Warrens by putting their skills to work.

    Kevin Bowers, the lock/key control supervisor, loaned his van to Pam and Eddie due to their vehicles being inaccessible down their driveway. Once the water receeded, Bowers brought them his parents' camper and a tasty barbecue dinner.

    Steve Bundy, HVAC technician, and Shawn Corrigan, energy management controls technician, did work on the water heater, as well as a broken water pipe.

    Ronald Hinson, general carpenter, gifted the Warrens a bucket of cleaning supplies.

    On Saturday, Oct. 20, Timmy Lewis and Joe Elder, general carpenters; Rein Mungo, director of facilities, planning and management; and Dale Altman, building operations manager, began hanging Sheetrock in the Warrens' home. Lewis and Elder will be coming back to the house within the coming weeks to finish up the Sheetrock through mudding and sanding.

    The Warrens are grateful for the help, recognizing the selflessness of their co-workers. Way to feel the teal!

  • Sanders named executive director of alumni relations at CCU

    October 25 2018

    Coastal Carolina University alumna Diane Fabiano Sanders has been named the University’s new executive director of alumni relations.

    Sanders, who earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from the University in 2005, is responsible for all functions of CCU’s Office of Alumni Relations, which include cultivating relationships with alumni; leading the alumni association and its activities; planning on- and off-campus alumni events; the annual giving program and developing the student alumni ambassador club.

    “Diane is the perfect fit to lead our alumni relations office and its initiatives,” said Bryan Steros, interim vice president for philanthropy. “While working at Coastal, she has developed many strong relationships with various offices on campus, and she is very well-connected with our growing alumni base. I am confident that she will enhance our alumni relations programs and be a strong and passionate leader for our 32,000-plus alumni who proudly represent Teal Nation.”

    Sanders began working at CCU more than 11 years ago. She most recently worked as the director for philanthropy for the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. She also has served her alma mater as the director of annual giving, as a program assistant in the Office of Alumni Relations, and held various positions in the Office of Admissions and Merit Awards.

    “The growth and ongoing development of Coastal Carolina University is truly remarkable,” Sanders said. “I look forward to celebrating all things CCU with our growing alumni base. I am very excited to return to the alumni office and work with a great staff to enhance all of our alumni relations initiatives. My goals include helping alumni reconnect with one another and their alma mater through various events, getting everyone involved with spreading the word about this great university and highlighting our alumni success stories.”

    A native of Red Bank, N.J., Sanders lives in Conway with her husband, Aarron, and their two sons, Dylan, 3, and Ethan, 7 months.

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  • Henderson donates personal research library to Colombian university

    October 26 2018

    Retired politics professor and Latin American expert Jim Henderson has donated his 3,000-volume research library to a university in Colombia, South America. The library of books on Colombian history and politics was collected over a 50-year period during Henderson’s distinguished career as a scholar. He has written numerous books and articles on Latin America, specializing in the modern history and culture of Colombia. One of his books, "Victim of Globalization: How Illegal Drugs Destroyed Colombia's Peace," sold out the first week it was released in Colombia in 2012.

    Henderson says that the donation and transfer of the books has been a project that has taken several years to accomplish, but within the last two weeks the books were all packed and loaded on a truck that took them to a shipping company in Miami. Their final destination is the Technological University of Bolívar in Cartagena, Colombia.

    Henderson says that Karen Williams, administrative specialist in the Department of Politics, was invaluable in assisting him with the paperwork for the book transfer.

    Henderson and his wife, business professor Linda Henderson, both joined the CCU faculty in 1986 and retired in 2014. A veteran of the Peace Corps and a Fulbright Scholar, he was the recipient of CCU's 2004 Student Affairs Division Award, which honors faculty who make significant contributions to the quality of student life through participation and leadership in the co-curricular activities of the University.

  • Mysterious ghosts "boo-ing" faculty and staff on campus

    October 31 2018

    Several faculty and staff members this Halloween season received signs that read, "You’ve been BOOed!"

    But what exactly does it mean to be “BOOed”?

    Getting “booed” indicates that someone has secretly given you a special, festive treat. The treat includes a sign for your workspace that lets people know that you have already been “booed,” as well as instructions on how to pass along the fun.

    How did this all begin? An anonymous CCU employee began this new tradition after seeing it done online by people within their own neighborhoods, “boo-ing” their neighbors. This employee wanted to make faculty and staff smile through receiving and giving, especially after a stressful beginning to the semester due to Hurricane Florence.

    Faculty and staff members knew the creator had “booed” them because they were surprised with a small teal pumpkin. To pass along the fun, "booed" individuals decided what they want to gift to their next "victim." Employees who have been “booed” were asked to email in order to keep track so no one got “booed” twice.

    The identity of the originator remains a Halloween secret. If you were not been “booed” this time around, don’t fret. This will return next Halloween season! The list of who was “booed” this year is below.

    2018 BOO LIST

    Alex Souza
    Allie Crandell
    Allie Tanner
    Ashley Gaddy
    Brent Reser
    Brittany Donatelli
    Caroline P. Rohr
    Dee Braswell
    Dorthy Bethel
    Ellie Gathings
    Emily Gaspar
    Georgia Sexton
    Harriet Louis
    Ivy Sibly
    Joey Marosz
    Judy Johns
    Kay Hungerford
    Kayla Johnson
    Jimmie Dyson
    Justin Poindexter
    Kevin Perry
    Lawanda McCleskey
    Leslie Hogan
    Mary (Katie) Walker
    Megan Rodriguez
    Meredith Canady
    Nedy Campbell
    Nick DeStefano
    Paula Daisey
    Robert Burns
    Rose Marie Johnson
    Sharon McCants
    Sheila Levi-Clutts
    Stella Gore
    Tiffany Hollis
    Wendy Richardson

  • Staff Senate elects inaugural officers

    October 31 2018

    The new staff senate at CCU held its inaugural meeting on Oct. 8 and held an election for the four Senate officer positions. The officers are:

    David Yancy, senate president, provost's office

    Sandra Baldridge-Adrian, senate vice president, contractual and business services

    Lynn Fox, parliamentarian, Office for Philanthropy

    Wendy Singleton, senate secretary, facilities

    The next staff senate meeting will be held Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Alford Ballroom. The list of staff senators is available here.

  • #givingTEALtuesday brings on the heat as competition among colleges rises

    November 1 2018

    After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, CCU will participate in #GivingTuesday, an international movement to spread philanthropic spirit by donating funds. To put a Chanticleer twist on the occasion, CCU will be celebrating #givingTEALtuesday for the third year, embarking on a new tradition.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 27, join #TEALnation as alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents and friends will be coming together to show support for CCU. One hundred percent of all funds raised will support student scholarships. Donors can choose to give to a particular college or to the general endowment.

    For the second year, all five colleges are competing against one another to raise the most funds among their faculty, staff and students. The GTT College Challenge Champion trophy will be awarded to the college that has the highest average donation per full-time equivalent for that day. 

    It will be exciting to see if the Wall College of Business will defend its title as the GTT College Champion, or if this year's honor will go to a different college.

    Wall College Dean Barbara Ritter prepares her faculty and staff to defend the title with this thoughtful message:

    "Business faculty are well-known for their generous spirits, and we look forward to winning the challenge again this year."

    College of Science Dean Michael Roberts has a special message of his own for his faculty and staff:

    "...I especially want to encourage all of the faculty in the College of Science to donate as part of the 'Giving Teal Tuesday' initiative. Your participation not only means that we can earn bragging rights over all the other colleges at CCU, this is also an opportunity to directly impact the ability of our students to take advantage of the education opportunities at the University..."

    The competition is on! Gifts can be made by visiting or texting GTT to 41444. Promotional tables staffed by Office for Philanthropy members will be set up from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spadoni Park encouraging faculty, staff and students to give.