You are viewing an archived issue. Vol. 10 Issue 12 December 2018 Looking for the current issue?

News ShortsAnnouncements and accomplishments.

Chaucey News Shorts
Bookmark and Share
  • Jeffrey Gunter named 2018 Blanchard-Rogers Trophy finalist

    Coastal Carolina sophomore defensive end Jeffrey Gunter was announced as one of 20 top finalists for the 2018 Blanchard-Rogers Award (South Carolina’s Heisman) presented by Hale’s Jewelers, announced in early November by the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF). The award goes out to the most outstanding collegiate player of the year that has South Carolina ties.

    The winner is derived from a vote of its members (fan members, sports media, and its boards and executive team). Online voting at is open until Dec. 10.

    Gunter has been a terror for offenses this season on the CCU defensive line, as he leads the team with 13.5 tackles for loss (-65 yards) and 5.0 sacks. With his 13.5 tackles in the backfield this season, he leads the Sun Belt and ranks 17th nationally in tackles for loss with an average of 1.5 per game.

    The sophomore’s 13.5 tackles for loss this season is tied for the second-most by a Chant in a single season and is only 2.5 TFL away from tying the CCU single-season record of 16.0 set in 2003 by Maurice Simpkins.

    The 6-4 defensive end blocked a field goal in the third quarter in the win over UAB (Sept. 8) and forced a fumble in the road contest at Campbell (Sept. 12). He also has registered 38 total tackles, two quarterback hurries and two pass breakups this season.

    The Blanchard-Rogers Trophy will be awarded at the organization’s annual Enshrinement Banquet on April 23, 2019, at the Hilton Greenville. Rock Hill native and Oklahoma State standout quarterback Mason Rudolph and former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson are past recipients of the trophy. The Blanchard-Rogers Trophy is handcrafted by local artist Ryan Calloway of Creative Iron Works. This will be the sixth straight year the organization has honored the collegiate player of the year from South Carolina.

  • CCU becomes lead S.C. institution for biomedical technology accelerator hub funded by NIH

    Coastal Carolina University has been tapped as the lead institution in South Carolina for a regional biomedical technology accelerator hub funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The initiative is a collaboration with more than 20 universities in the southeast region and XLerateHealth LLC, a health care technology accelerator based in Louisville, Ky.

    The primary purpose of the hub is to help the universities in the Southeast Institution Development Award (IDeA) region (Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, West Virginia) to accelerate early stage biomedical technology from the laboratory to the market.

    “We are excited about what this means for the potential growth for health-related businesses in the area,” said Michael Roberts, dean of CCU’s College of Science and vice president for research and emerging initiatives. “This brings together institutions across the state, and with the growth of major health care providers moving to the Grand Strand, we are positioned to play a significant role in their growth and development.”

    Read the full story here.

  • SiteTech Systems president elected chairman of CCU’s Wall College board of visitors

    Todd Woodard, president and owner of SiteTech Systems, an independent real estate research and analysis company that provides site selection and marketing analytics for banking, retail, health care and hospitality industries in Myrtle Beach, has been named chairperson of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration’s board of visitors. Woodard was preceded by William Benson, senior vice president of Conway National Bank.

    Woodard’s responsibilities as chairperson include presiding at all board meetings, serving as the spokesperson for the board, serving as an ex-officio member of all other board committees, and performing other duties prescribed by the board and its bylaws. Woodard will serve a three-year term.

    “Since joining the board more than 10 years ago, I have witnessed impressive growth and academic advancement in the Wall College,” said Woodard. “I, along with the rest of the board, look forward to working with Dean Barbara Ritter and her team to continue to improve the Wall College by enhancing the concentrations, strengthening the staff and focusing on ways to ensure our graduates are successful before and after graduation.”

    Read the full story here.

  • Video: Professor's communication activism class raises $1,000 for hurricane relief

    Each year, Deborah Breede's communication activism class chooses a collaborative project to lend its members skills to a social project. With the damage suffered in the local community because of Hurricane Florence, the class decided to help victims of the storm through its project. The result was an event called, Don't Let Flo Steal the Show, at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.

    Read more here

  • Grant Center announces winners for 2018 Real Estate Awards

    The Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics at Coastal Carolina University has announced the following businesses as the 2018 winners of its annual Real Estate Awards:

    • Residential: Papillon North Ocean Boulevard

    • Commercial: THEBlvd

    • Resort and Tourism: Ocean Enclave by Hilton Grand Vacations Club

    • Government, Public and Nonprofit: Matt Hughes Skate Park

    • Restaurant: Lucy Buffett's LuLu's at Barefoot Landing

    Made possible through a gift from the Tony and Carrie Grant Fund, the awards celebrate real estate excellence in the residential, commercial, resort/tourism, government/public/nonprofit, and restaurant sectors within Horry and Georgetown counties, South Carolina, and Brunswick County, North Carolina.

    Read the full story here.

  • ESPN Events announces Myrtle Beach Bowl to be played at CCU Brooks Stadium

    ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, is adding a new bowl game to its roster beginning in 2020 with the creation of the Myrtle Beach Bowl which will be played at Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. It will also be nationally televised on ESPN networks.

    Read the full story here.

  • CCU trustees approve negotiations for performing arts center in Myrtle Beach superblock property

    At a special teleconference meeting of Coastal Carolina University’s board of trustees held Nov. 15, the board approved a motion to authorize CCU President David A. DeCenzo to enter into negotiations with the Myrtle Beach City Council regarding the establishment of a proposed performing arts center located in the section of downtown Myrtle Beach known as the superblock.

    The partnership will allow CCU to move academic theater operations formerly offered at its 79th Avenue facility to the center of Myrtle Beach. 

    The motion accords with objectives outlined in CCU’s 2016-2021 strategic plan, which directs the institution to “advance and share formal planning models that project future growth targets and allocate appropriate infrastructure to support the mission of the University.”

  • Coastal Carolina University announces grand opening of real estate center

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of the new location of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics will be held Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University. The ceremony will be preceded by the 2nd annual CCU Real Estate Awards ceremony, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium, Room 116. Both events are free and open to the public.

    The grand opening will begin at 6 p.m. with remarks in the Johnson Auditorium, followed by the ceremonial ribbon cutting in front of the newly renovated office suite that now houses the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics in Room 107 of the Wall College of Business building.

    Read the full story here.

  • Director of Horry County Veterans Affairs joins Military and Veterans Studies advisory board

    Command Sergeant Major Ronnie Elvis, the director of the Horry County Department of Veterans Affairs, has joined the board of advisors of the CresCom Bank Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

    A native of Conway and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Elvis is a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and the 4th Ranger Training Battalion, and is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Sniper School.

    In December 1989, he parachuted into Panama with the 82nd Airborne as part of Operation Just Cause to secure the Panama Canal and protect U.S. civilians during a period of instability in Panama. In 1990 and 1991, he served in combat operations in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. His actions during combat operations earned him the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Army Achievement Medal with 12 oak leaf clusters.

    Read the full story here.  

  • Area ballet brings “The Nutcracker” to life on the CCU stage

    This coming week at Coastal Carolina University, honors students put a new spin on a Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama and a local ballet troupe brings a performance of a yuletide classic to the Wheelwright Auditorium stage.

    The Department of Cultural Arts and Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre (CYBT) presents the yuletide classic “The Nutcracker” at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Wheelwright Auditorium. The annual, highly anticipated production features 60 of the area’s most talented young dancers together with CYBT ballerina Kiely Elizabeth Clark as the Sugar Plum Fairy and New York City-based guest artist Mikhail IIyin as the Cavalier. VIP Backstage Passes are available (for an extra fee) that allow passholders the opportunity to go backstage before the show and meet the dancers, have photographs taken, and receive an autographed poster. Visit for details.

    Read the full list of cultural arts events taking place this semester here.

  • Video: Entrepreneurial Showcase lends a hand to local small-business developers

    Coastal Carolina University, its CoBE Institute, and the Conway and Georgetown Innovation Centers cooperate to assist businesses in the region. In addition to the help for businesses, students are involved and able to gain experience outside of the classroom. Recently, the groups all came together for an Entrepreneurial Showcase.