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  • CCU scholars win $270,327 grant to digitize historic materials from Gullah Geechee communities

    The terms “Gullah” and “Geechee” may be vaguely familiar to the general public, but a Coastal Carolina University institute is on a mission to make sure they become widespread cultural knowledge. Two scholars have won a sizeable grant to make Gullah historical records accessible and engaging to the public.

    Eric Crawford, musicologist, director of CCU’s Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies, and associate professor in the Department of Music; and Alli Crandell, director of the Athenaeum Press and digital initiatives for the Edwards College, have been awarded a grant of $270,327 from the National Archives and Records Administration to support the work of “The Gullah Geechee Digital Project (GDDP).”

    Read the full story here.

  • CCU real estate center holds ribbon cutting ceremony

    Coastal Carolina University’s Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The ribbon was cut by Anthony P. Grant, the donor after which the center is eponymously named.

    Remarks were given by Barbara A. Ritter, Ph.D., dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration; David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D., president of Coastal Carolina University; Robert F. Salvino, Ph.D., director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics; and Grant. 

    “Everything that Coastal continues to accomplish would not be possible without the steadfast support of this community and our many generous donors,” said DeCenzo during the ceremony. “Murrells Inlet residents Tony and Carrie Grant, who established the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics, are an excellent example of this support.”

    Representatives from the four chambers of commerce of which CCU is a member were also in attendance: Conway Area, Myrtle Beach Area, North Myrtle Beach and Georgetown County. 

    Following the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to tour the newly renovated center, which is now located in Room 107 of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University. The center offers a working space and project lab for students in economics, finance and commercial and investment real estate, as well as students in associated fields, including the GIS certificate program in the anthropology and geography department.

    Read the full story here.

  • Josh Norman names new endowed scholarships in honor of two CCU professors

    Former Coastal Carolina University football All-American Josh Norman has announced that two of the three endowed scholarships he recently established as part of his $1.5 million donation to the University will be named in honor of his two favorite professors in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

    The Robin E. Russell Scholarship will support students in the Department of Theatre, and the Linda P. Kuykendall Scholarship will support students in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture. The third scholarship is named the Joshua R. Norman Walk-On Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship.

    “Professors Russell and Kuykendall were the foundation of my educational experience while I was a student at Coastal Carolina University,” Norman said. “I have never forgotten their willingness to understand who Josh Norman truly is, and I wanted to give back to my two most important professors. Their persistent faith in me is why I wanted to honor them with the scholarships in their names and for their departments.”

    Read the full story here, and read Russell's and Kuykendall's reactions in the features section of this newsletter.

  • CCU trustees approve new programs

    At its regular December meeting on Dec. 14, the Coastal Carolina University board of trustees approved a motion to establish a Bachelor of Music Education degree program, which will be offered in the fall of 2020.

    The degree is designed for music students interested in becoming music educators. Graduates of the program will earn initial licensure certifying them to teach music at the elementary, middle or high school level in general music, choral music or instrumental music. Currently, only five universities in South Carolina offer music education degrees with initial licensure, and none are located in the low country or the eastern section of the state.

    Degree programs must be approved by the South Carolina Higher Education Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) before being officially added to the University curriculum.

    The board approved the establishment of the new College of Graduate Studies and Research. The new college, which will become operational in January 2019, focuses 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 college was created based on needs indicated in the University’s 2016-2021 strategic plan for additional focus on graduate enrollment and grant funding.

    Two new trustees were recently appointed to the board: Dalton B. Floyd Jr., founding partner of the Floyd Law Firm in Surfside Beach; and Sherry I. Johnson, general manager of entertainment golf and land management at Burroughs & Chapin.

    The board approved the formation of a presidential search advisory committee to begin the process of selecting CCU’s next chief executive. President David A. DeCenzo intends to retire in 2021, and an incoming president will be chosen to work with DeCenzo for approximately one year prior to his retirement. The committee will consist of seven trustees (Bill Biggs, Natasha Hanna, Wyatt Henderson, Carlos Johnson, Gene Spivey, Oran Smith and Delan Stevens), a faculty member, a staff member, a dean, an athletic administrator, and one representative each from the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Executive Council, Student Government Association, Coastal Alumni Association, Chanticleer Athletic Foundation, Coastal Educational Foundation, and the Horry County Higher Education Commission.

    The board approved professor emeritus status for retired faculty member Veronica Gerald, the founding director of CCU’s Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies. A noted authority on Gullah culture, Gerald joined the English faculty at CCU in 1982.

    The board also approved awarding an honorary degree, Doctor of Public Service, to Conway Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy, speaker for CCU’s fall commencement ceremonies. Blain-Bellamy began her term as mayor in 2016, having previously served on city council from 1993-1998 and 2012-2016, and as mayor pro tempore in 1996 and 2015. She is the founder of Community Legal Services, a private law office providing legal services to low- and moderate-income families.
     

  • Coastal Carolina baseball’s Cory Wood, Matt Eardensohn and Zach Biermann were all named preseason All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball

    Coastal Carolina baseball had a trio of student-athletes in Cory Wood, Matt Eardensohn and Zach Biermann named to the 2019 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America teams, powered by Diamond Sports, on Monday, Dec. 17.

    Wood was named to the second team, while both Eardensohn and Biermann earned spots on the third team.

    Read the full story here.

  • Chants ranked No. 12 in Collegiate Baseball preseason poll

    Coastal Carolina, the defending 2018 Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament champions, were ranked No. 12 overall in Collegiate Baseball’s Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I preseason poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum, the publication announced on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

    The Chanticleers, who went 43-19 overall last season, garnered a total of 473 points in the preseason poll, a mere 23 points behind No. 1 LSU who led all teams with 496 points.

    Vanderbilt (495), UCLA (494), Texas Tech (491) and Stanford (488) rounded out the top five of the preseason poll.

    Coastal, just six points out of the top 10, was the highest ranked Sun Belt member in the poll and just one of two Sun Belt school’s ranked in the top 40 overall, joined by Louisiana at No. 38 overall.

    2018 Sun Belt Coach of the Year Gary Gilmore, who is in his 24th season in the Coastal Carolina dugout, has 21 returners from last season's team highlighted by sophomore Parker Chavers, who was named a consensus 2018 freshman all-American, second-team all-Sun Belt Conference, Sun Belt all-tournament and earned a spot on the NCAA Conway Regional all-tournament team.

    The Chants had a trio of student-athletes in Cory Wood, Matt Eardensohn and Zach Biermann named to the 2019 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America teams, powered by Diamond Sports, on Monday, Dec. 17. Wood was named to the second team, while both Eardensohn and Biermann earned spots on the third team.

    The Chanticleers open up the 2019 season with the Brittain Resorts Invitational from Feb. 15-17 at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. The opening-weekend tournament will consist of host CCU, Maryland, VCU and Campbell.

    The 2019 baseball schedule includes three home tournaments, five Sun Belt Conference home weekend series and a total of 29 home games at Springs Brooks Stadium this season.

    Season tickets for all home baseball games at Springs Brooks Stadium are on sale now. Season ticket prices start at $250 for the entire home season. Faculty and staff receive a 20 percent discount.

    Purchase tickets by calling the Chanticleer Athletics Ticket Office at 843-347-8499.
     

  • CCU in the news: year in review

    A lot happened at Coastal Carolina University in 2018, and our faculty, staff and alumni play a huge role in that. Many of their endeavors make the news, and we capture those stories along the way. Take a look at some of the members of Teal Nation who made the news in 2018.

    Head coach Joe Moglia returns to Coastal Carolina after season-long health-related absence
    NBC Sports | New York, NY | USA
    Published: January 6, 2018
    After a five-month-plus health sabbatical, Joe Moglia is returning to his job at Coastal Carolina.

    Coastal Carolina students, faculty tackle tough issue of race on campus
    The Sun News | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina | United States
    Published: January 29, 2018
    Janki Patel has found herself lumped in many different categories during her time as a student at Coastal Carolina University. Last week, Patel and other Coastal Carolina students, professors and staff opted to approach the uneasy topic of race during an hour-long forum.

    Student production of ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ at CCU using original props from Broadway musical
    myhorrynews.com | Conway, South Carolina | United States
    Published: February 9, 2018
    The Department of Theatre at Coastal Carolina University presents the musical “Bullets Over Broadway,” which incorporates the original Broadway production props.

    Teachers need to be advocates: CCU education dean addresses changing classroom
    WPDE | Conway, SC
    Published: February 22, 2018
    Is the role of a teacher being shifted to being a defender? Some are calling for reform in the classroom in wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. Wilson Wiggins at the Spadoni College of Education says he's as passionate as ever to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching.

    Coastal Carolina University campus officer wins national honor
    The Post and Courier | Charleston, SC
    Published: March 9, 2018
    A campus police officer at Coastal Carolina University in Conway has been named officer of the year. Charles Kessler, an investigator with Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Public Safety, has been awarded the distinction from the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators, according to a press release from the school.

    CCU English professor is 2018 HTC Distinguished Teacher Scholar Lecturer
    myhorrynews.com | Conway, South Carolina | United States
    Published: March 14, 2018
    Jennifer Boyle, Ph.D., professor of English at Coastal Carolina University, has received the HTC Distinguished Teacher Scholar Lecturer Award, given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding teaching through scholarship and mentoring.

    ArtFields Artist Spotlight: Charles Clary
    scnow.com | Florence, South Carolina | United States
    Published: April 23, 2018
    “I chose to enter ArtFields this year because it’s a wonderful opportunity to connect the community with the world of fine art. It’s also a wonderful competition to feature the scope and breath of so many talented Southern artists,” Charles Clary, assistant professor and Foundations Coordinator, Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University.

    United Way of Horry County welcomes new CEO, a CCU grad
    myhorrynews.com | Conway, South Carolina | United States
    Published: April 26, 2018
    Travis Dannelly watched his parents’ involvement in local civic organizations growing up, and always knew he wanted to give the same level of commitment to his community. Dannelly was reared in Conway. He graduated from Carolina Forest High School in 2002 before going on to attend Coastal Carolina University. He played football under Coach David Bennett, and went on to work in the banking industry at both First Citizens Bank and CresCom Bank beginning in 2008.

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    Great Service Matters
    Published: May 7, 2018
    David DeCenzo, the president of Coastal Carolina University, wanted to improve customer service on the campus. He knew how important academic customer service is to enrollment and the University. President DeCenzo wanted to provide faster, friendlier and more accurate help for students. He was intrigued by the idea of a concierge service to help students and turned to newly hired April Betsch to explore the idea.

    Meacham establishes endowed scholarship at CCU
    South Strand News | Georgetown, South Carolina | United States
    Published: May 11, 2018
    Tim Meacham, who serves as university counsel at Coastal Carolina University, has established the Timothy Meacham Endowed Scholarship in Political Science. The gift supports the University’s I’M IN endowment campaign, university officials said, which has a goal of increasing CCU’s endowment by $20 million by 2020. To date, more than $19 million has been raised.

    CCU Public Safety officers get new Armorskin uniforms
    WPDE | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina | United States
    Published: June 4, 2018
    Public Safety officers at Coastal Carolina University are sporting some new uniforms Monday! All 45 officers now have their own set of Armorskin, which adds comfort and professionalism to their appearance, as well as extra safety.

    CCU psychology professor receives Fulbright Award to teach in Poland
    WBTW | Myrtle Beach, SC | United States
    Published: June 20, 2018
    A Coastal Carolina University professor recently received a Fulbright Award to teach in Poland. A press release says William Hills, a professor of psychology in the university's College of Science, received a Fulbright Award to teach gerontology at the Medical University of Lublin for the 2018-19 school year.

    CCU professor and students work to provide bikes for homeless
    WBTW | Myrtle Beach, SC | United States
    Published: July 17, 2018
    A professor of sociology at Coastal Carolina University has been working with her students for nearly two years on a program that will supply free bike rentals for the homeless population in Horry County.

    Arts preview: Joe Oestreich on ‘Waiting to Derail: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown’
    Columbus Alive | Columbus, Ohio
    Published: July 11, 2018
    About 20 years ago, Joe Oestreich and his bandmates in Columbus rock act Watershed were playing a Cheap Trick cover at a venue called the Brewery in Raleigh, North Carolina. “We saw one guy out in the crowd who was loving it, just going nuts,” Oestreich said recently by phone from his office at Coastal Carolina University, where he now chairs the English department.

    Coastal Carolina creates football position for former Conway High coach Chuck Jordan
    The Sun News | Myrtle Beach, SC | United States
    Published: August 3, 2018
    Former Conway High coach Chuck Jordan is back in football, and Coastal Carolina has a new football staff member.

    CCU offering new doctorate program for spring 2019, working to create new majors
    WMBF | Myrtle Beach, SC | United States
    Published: August 27, 2018
    Your high school seniors may have new options after school. Coastal Carolina University's Department of Visual Arts is working to create two new majors. It would be an expansion of the department's bachelor's degree programs in art and graphic design to provide more opportunities for creative students.

    ‘He’s carrying the teal flag’: Moglia’s knowledge, reach paying off for CCU, students
    The Sun News | Myrtle Beach, SC | United States
    Published: October 6, 2018
    You need only to listen to Joe Moglia’s press conference from Sun Belt Conference Media Days in July to know Coastal Carolina has a unique football coach. While the league’s other nine coaches were addressing football issues, Moglia’s 15 or so minutes were taken up with talk of NASA, ISIS, North Korea’s nuclear program, the U.S. military and the 2016 presidential election, with some football sprinkled in. Coastal president David DeCenzo knew he was getting an atypical football coach when he hired Moglia in December 2011.

    McMaster creates commission to address flooding, appoints CCU professor as chair
    WPDE | Myrtle Beach, SC | United States
    Published: October 16, 2018
    Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order, which created the South Carolina Floodwater Commission. The commission has been created "due to a need for communication and coordination between local authorities, state officials, federal agencies, and the private sector."

    CCU Board of Trustees votes "yes" to performing arts center in Superblock area
    WBTW | Myrtle Beach, SC | United States
    Published: November 15, 2018
    The Coastal Carolina University Board of Trustees voted "yes" to a new performing arts center in Myrtle Beach's Superblock area.

    VFW Post Goes Solar, Serves Vets, Saves Money, and Protects Environment in SC
    CleanEnergy.org | United States
    Published: November 9, 2018
    Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10804 in Little River, SC went solar this year with the help of a student group from nearby Coastal Carolina University (CCU). The 15.1 kilowatt solar installation will keep the VFW’s electricity bills low, allowing them to spend more of their budget directly on their core mission of serving veterans through camaraderie, veteran advocacy, and programs like job training and financial support.

    Coastal Carolina University scholars win $270,327 grant to digitize historic materials from Gullah Geechee communities
    The Charleston Chronicle | Charleston, SC | U.S.
    Published: December 5, 2018
    The terms “Gullah” and “Geechee” may be vaguely familiar to the general public, but a Coastal Carolina University institute is on a mission to make sure they become widespread cultural knowledge. Two scholars have won a sizeable grant to make Gullah historical records accessible and engaging to the public.

    Josh Norman names scholarships after CCU professors
    Greenwood Index-Journal | Greenwood, SC | USA
    Published: December 11, 2018
    Coastal Carolina alumnus and Greenwood native Josh Norman has announced that two of the three endowed scholarships he recently established as part of his $1.5 million donation to the university will be named in honor of his two favorite professors in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The Robin E. Russell Scholarship will support students in the department of theatre, and the Linda P. Kuykendall Scholarship will support students in the department of communication, media and culture. The third scholarship is named the Joshua R. Norman Walk-On Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship.