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  • Edwards College dean candidates visit campus, give presentations

    January 28 2019

    The Edwards College search committee for a new dean invited four candidates to campus in January for interviews, college drop-ins, and to give presentations regarding their vision for the future. Below is a recap of each of their visits. The answers to the questions have been condensed and summarized, and the candidates are listed in the order the presentations were scheduled.

    Who: Holley Tankersley, professor and associate dean, Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College for Humanities and Fine Arts, Coastal Carolina University

    Q: Why now? Why Coastal?

    A: "I've spent eight years in administration, and I’ve sought out development opportunities. I have developed a pretty good understanding of the types of challenges we face. I have achieved what I set out to achieve and learned what I wanted to learn. It's time for me to take the next step. I've invested my career here. To be able to take the next step here would be wonderful."

    Q: What is your vision for the Edwards College?

    A: "To continue to do things we are already doing very well. Graduate program development is necessary, and we need to stay on the cutting edge of our disciplinary development. We need to strengthen our interdisciplinary work inside the college and across colleges in program development and pedagogy. We have made progress in the area of facilities, but we need some additional spaces that are a little bit unconventional. Space is not going to happen without money, and I have a three-part strategy for fundraising and development. I think any dean should have three parts to faculty development: enable autonomy, provide support and convey appreciation."

    Q: As we bring in graduate students, how do you plan to provide development for them?

    A: "I never intended to be in higher education. I always intended to go back to consulting. The reason I'm here today is because I had a graduate assistantship and fell in love with teaching. How do we provide that experience for our students? For graduate faculty, what does that look like? How do we provide resources? We build a community among graduate students so they have peer support. It's a cultural change among our undergraduate students; we ease them into using graduate students as mentors. Start that now with a peer mentorship program. We can use some of that to build on. It will be an institutional change, but it's coming."

    Who: Todd Shiver, Professor and Interim Dean, College of Arts and Humanities, Central Washington University

    Q: Why Coastal?

    A: “Why would I not apply for this position? I accidentally ended up as a chair and now as interim dean, which is great because you I could give it a try. Truth is, that as interim dean I’ve been able to do quite a bit. Since I had this great experience as interim dean, if any positions came open in the southeastern U.S. that interested me, I told myself I would put my name in the hat. My family is in the Southeast. When I saw this opening and the webpages … I love your webpages. The media presence for the college is very impressive. The size of this institution and community is something I’m used to. The mission of this University aligns with mine: you have a strong liberal arts core, that is part of my upbringing. It seems like a good match.”

    Q: What is your vision for the Edwards College?

    A: “An alumni mentorship program that connects alumni with students and builds a meaningful mentor relationship. Not only does that give students a clear pathway to a career, it reconnects the alumni to campus who may not have been here for 10 or 20 years. Our goal was to match 50 students; now we are at 75. It was so successful for our humanities students, the business college is going to do something similar. Create student ambassadors, students who represent every department who help us recruit and serve as pure mentors for other students. Increase presence at college events like gallery exhibits and guest speakers. Get a lot of training about the department with a leadership training track. Create a leadership group of transfer students who mentor incoming transfer students. Community outreach is vital.”

    Q: How do you envision fitting in recognition of the efforts of the faculty in things like recruitment and retention when they are already stretched too thin?

    A: “I tell faculty that if I [as dean] tell you that you have to do this (extra service) and it is expected, then you should receive some kind of adjustment or compensation. Create incentives. I don't think scholarship and teaching are mutually exclusive; they complement each other. That's what we do. You have to be on the cutting edge, updated. You have to know current trends so must keep up with scholarship. To be a great teacher, scholarship is part of that.

    Who: Seth Beckman, Professor and Dean, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University

    Q: What is your vision for the Edwards College?

    A: “I plan to work myself into how we address problems. Know where to put emphasis. Successful strategies require excellence, relevance, sustainability, appeal, agility, contracting, expanding, re-designing. One of the things I'm excited about is that there is a really innovative mindset here, people are willing to take risks, and there is incentive for risk-taking. Anne Lamott talks about creative writing as being an example of mentors, mirrors and guide dogs to us in our personal lives and our professional lives. There is a wonderful transfer to be made about humanities and fine arts about the work we do, the teaching we do. If we are looking at processing and producing examples of the human experiences, this can lead us in dramatic ways.”

    Q: What have you done to improve retention and graduation rates?

    A: “Retention issues could be in several different categories. Some students struggle financially. In that category, we’ve set up a micro-grant system where students assess with smaller groups what the issues are and set aside money to help them. That’s a great way for the Edwards College to address that issue. Another challenge is advising: Are we appropriately advising, and what are we doing to ensure they have the best advising available? At Florida State, we have three different kinds of advisers: student advisers as peers, faculty advisers, staff advisers. Student advisers are a great way to involve them. Advising programs need depth and breadth. There are also curriculum challenges: Some can be unnecessarily rigid. One semester of getting behind snowballs on them. I am overly skeptic of rigid curriculums. Add more flexibility and adaptability.”

    Q: Can you speak to growing graduate programs and enrollment?

    A: “There is a strong push toward graduate education here, similar to what I'm experiencing at my campus. We worked to put a moratorium on two of the three programs because they weren't to date and weren't appealing. Know your market, know what people need and what they want. It’s very dangerous to just build a graduate program on a particular passion and interest of scholarship and research. What does the market say? We do that by investing literally and figuratively in alumni. Ask them: What did you experience, what didn’t you experience, what should we do now that you're out and about? If we were to offer a program in [blank], what would you feel is essential for us to include and why? Then ask ourselves: How does that education interface with undergraduates, sustainable finances and other kinds of resources?”

    Who: Claudia Bornholdt, Walburg Chair of German Language and Literature, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, The Catholic University of America

    Q: Why Coastal?

    A: “I knew for certain I didn't want to go to a big student university. I like the more personal attention and the easier collaboration with colleagues and offices. At Coastal, you have a humanities and fine arts program. I feel very strongly about the role of the humanities and the arts. I’ve been defending it for years. I spend a lot of time making sure the money stays where it should be. I’m from the coast, you're on the coast. I've been in the Midwest for a long time, and I like the idea of having a body of water close to me. You are a university with an upward trajectory. You're growing, innovating, building programs. I like to build things.”

    Q: What is your vision for the Edwards College?

    A: “The vision I think and the only way for humanities and arts to continue to do what is so successful in education is build bridges. Bridges exist in reality. You cannot do computer science if you can't think of the user. What we do in the humanities is the digital world. There isn't a divide between humanities and sciences anymore. We need to communicate this. You are already embracing this, the connection, and providing this already to the students. I started a program at my university in Spanish health care, and it's full. Not just speaking the language, but the culture. My vision is to communicate to the world what you're doing.”

    Q: What are some examples of ways you could help improve retention?

    A: “Very clear correlation between engagement and retention. I started thinking, what do we do with student life and organizations? Advising is essential, and so is mentoring students. So we linked advising and career services into one office, and that helped humanities and arts quite tremendously. A sense of community is so important, they feel they belong, have a home, that they are taken care of. I worked a lot as acting dean meeting with advisers to make sure they were communicating with each other and implemented a new advising platform accessible online. We are doing freshmen midterm grades and then do interventions through advising/career services center.”

  • Two CCU professors create Wellness Circle to promote mindfulness for faculty and staff

    January 24 2019

    As the semester begins and workloads grow heavier, the Wellness Circle invites faculty and staff to destress. During the Spring 2019 semester, the Wellness Circle will meet for monthly on-campus meetings where members focus on positive ways to handle stress and, in turn, improve their work performance. 

     Eugenia Hopper, assistant professor of early childhood education, and Adriane Sheffield, assistant professor of foundations, curriculum and instruction, created the Wellness Circle this semester to help faculty and staff members to pause and reflect, learn the benefits of self-care, and create an action plan for practicing mindfulness techniques. 

     “Just as we have meetings, classes and other activities on our schedule, this is an appointment with ourselves,” said Sheffield. “It is a time to remind ourselves that our mental and emotional health needs to be addressed.”

    Whether a participant is well versed in self-care but hasn’t practiced it in a while, or is completely new to the concept of mindfulness, the Wellness Circle is a welcoming environment. Hopper and Sheffield’s goal is to create a supportive community of faculty and staff members who support each other in implementing their self-care goals. 

    “If faculty and staff are mindful of when they need to pause and recharge, it will help them to be more effective and efficient,” said Hopper. “I’m hoping that the sessions will also help build a community for faculty and staff who may not have been prompted to build a relationship otherwise.”

    Hopper and Sheffield got the idea for the Wellness Center when they attended a professional conference together and participated in a mindfulness session about the benefits of self-care. After considering conversations they have had with faculty and staff members about the pressure they felt as a result of Hurricane Florence, they decided to create a space on campus for reflecting and recharging. 

    “I really had to kick my self-care into high gear when the Hurricane hit in order to help the students effectively deal with and heal from the uncertainty and anxiety that they were experiencing,” said Tiffany Hollis, assistant professor of foundations, curriculum and instruction, and contributor to the Wellness Circle. “Hurricane Florence reminded me of the importance to be able to restore so that as a faculty member, I could assist students who were trying to gain and maintain a sense of normalcy after the hurricane."

    Tiffany Hollis is well acquainted with self-care practices. When Hollis taught in Charlotte, N.C., she used to give her fellow educators tips for mindfulness and noticed a difference in teacher morale and attitude. When Hopper and Sheffield returned from the conference, they immediately approached Hollis and asked her to collaborate and share ideas to help bring the Wellness Circle to life.

    “Sometimes it helps you to be more dedicated to a task if it is a part of your calendar,” said Hopper. “It also helps to participate in a forum where you can share your ideas and glean ideas from others.”

    The Wellness Circle is open to all faculty and staff members at CCU. Those who wish to participate can sign up through the Center for Teaching Excellence to Advance Learning (CeTEAL). (Direct link to register is here.)

    The introductory session of the Wellness Circle was held on Jan. 25, from 10-11 a.m. in Kearns Room 210. The Wellness Circle will meet on the fourth Friday of each month at 10 a.m. until the last session of the semester on April 26.

    Hollis had the idea to host a culminating event called Self-care Saturday for faculty and staff to relish in mindfulness before the stress of final exams begin. While there is no set date or time yet, Self-Care Saturday will most likely take place on April 27.

    There will also be a Wellness Center session on June 28. Hopper and Sheffield say they are open to continuing the Wellness Circle in the Fall 2019 semester.
     

  • What to expect at WIPL's ninth annual conference

    February 4 2019

    WIPL’s ninth annual Women’s Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women will grace the beginning of February with a lineup of inspirational speakers and opportunities to learn and grow. Women from all walks of life will come together at the Myrtle Beach convention center to learn about professional and personal development, and network, regardless of profession.

    The two-day event begins Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. with the Celebration of Inspiring Women. This kick-off honors ambitious women with ties to South Carolina and celebrates their significant contributions to the state, region, nation and world. Since the program began, 41 women have been recognized, and the 2019 honorees include Carrie Brown, Suncera Johnson and Britnie Turner. Johnson and Turner are also speakers during the conference.

    The conference is on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workshops and educational sessions take place throughout the day, and speakers will connect with the audience all day long.

    Featured speakers include:

    Carol Aebersold is the award-winning co-author of the acclaimed book The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition, as well as several board books.

    Chanda Bell is the co-CEO of her family’s publishing company, Creatively Classic Activities and Books (CCA and B), and is co-author of The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition.

    Janice Howroyd is the founder and chief executive officer of ActOne Group, a multibillion-dollar award-winning, global leader in the human resources industry, and the author of The Art of Work: How to Make Work, Work for You!

    Suncera Johnson, an author and entertainment industry veteran, is the founder and CEO of amass digital, a digital advertising agency. She is the author of Dear God: Passionate Prayers in 140 Characters or Less.

    Alyse Nelson is the author of the bestselling book Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World, and co-founder, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership.

    Donna Orender, former WNBA commissioner and PGA Tour executive, is the author of Wowsdom! the Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible.

    Megan Plassmeyer is the community engagement coordinator at Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), based in Columbia, S.C.

    Lori Stevic-Rust is an international dementia healthcare consultant and author of five books on topics ranging from depression, heart disease and wellness.

    Britnie Turner is the founder and CEO of Aerial Development, a Nashville-based residential and commercial development company.

    For more information, click here.

  • Education Abroad photo contest brings the world to Conway

    January 18 2019

    Shipwrecks, temples, elephants and tropical coral are some of the striking images Coastal Carolina University students captured during their recent international experiences. Traveling Chanticleers submitted more than 70 photos for the second Education Abroad photo contest, which recently announced its winners. 

    "These photo contests are a fun, colorful way for our returned students to share with the University community a little bit of what they saw, who they met, and what they were able to accomplish while living and learning abroad," said Rachel Massey, director of Education Abroad who oversees the project.

    In first place, Katie McDonald’s mesmerizing, underwater image of the Coral Triangle in Indonesia offers a glimpse into a reef-filled waterscape. In second place, Olivia Post shares a photo of a group of friends celebrating their ascent to a breathtaking lookout point at the Mount Aspiring National Park in Otago, New Zealand. In third place, Erika Davis offers a playful photo of herself and a peer seated on the steps of an arched doorway in Italy. Although the images were captured during students’ education abroad programs, not all photos were taken in the country where students were studying.

    The Center for Global Engagement printed and framed the top 28 images, presenting them as part of a new exhibition in the main corridor of the Lib Jackson Student Union. In December, five members of the University faculty and staff selected three finalists. Each of the top 28 finalists will receive an enlarged print of their photo, and the grand prize winners also receive a scratch-off map of the world poster.

    All three finalists participated in semester-long exchange partner programs hosted by accredited universities and partners of CCU. McDonald studied finance at Deakin University in Burwood, Australia; Post studied biology at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia; and Davis studied theater arts at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. In most cases, students who choose an exchange partner program can pay CCU’s in-state tuition rate while registered for classes abroad – a tremendous discount for out-of-state students.

    The photo exhibit remained on display through Feb. 1, 2019. The panel of jurors included:

    • Franklin Ellis, Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services
    • Martha Hunn, University Communication
    • Ebony McCray, Accessibility and Disability Services
    • Tripthi Pillai, Department of English
    • Verne Walker, Career Services


    About CCU Education Abroad

    CCU Education Abroad facilitated international learning experiences for approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate students during academic year 2017-18. For more information about our programs all over the world, email studyabroad@coastal.edu or visit coastal.edu/educationabroad.

  • Summer research program sets CCU freshman up for early success

    January 7 2019

    When Olivia Shirley, a freshman at Coastal Carolina University, walked into her first collegiate course and took a seat among her peers, the young Chanticleer felt that she belonged there among the glass laboratory equipment, black laminate top science tables and other accoutrements of scientific research.

    While all her classmates also work toward advancing the academic and scientific research community, Shirley had a proverbial leg up before she even set foot on campus as a student. She began college in the fall of 2018 with a published research paper, presentation credits and a second-place award from the South Carolina Academy of Science under her belt. Achievements of this nature are typically only accomplished by a few junior- or senior-level undergraduate students and graduate students, not high school students or college freshmen, says CCU chemistry professor Paul Richardson.

    “It is very rare for a high school senior to perform research and even more rare for one to have work published,” he said.

    Read Olivia's story here.

  • Brett Simpson accepts role as director of core curriculum

    January 8 2019

    Brett Simpson, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, has accepted the position of director of the Core Curriculum beginning in January 2019. Simpson joined the faculty of Coastal Carolina University in 2002, and served as the chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics from 2011 to 2014.

    "I am excited for the opportunity to be taking on my new role of director of Core Curriculum here at Coastal Carolina University," Simpson said. "I look forward to working with the various colleges and departments on ensuring the new core is meeting the needs of the students."

    Simpson has served the CCU community in a variety of ways during his time on campus, on the CeTEAL Faculty Advisory Board, the Presidential Service Excellence Task Force, and as a CeTEAL Instructional Coach. He was instrumental in bringing the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) online learning platform to the Department of Chemistry and Physics, and remains the primary organizer of that program in his department.

    Simpson's goals for his tenure as director of the Core Curriculum include providing seats in the core for students in an efficient manner by expanding offerings and adjusting core seating capacities, and he looks forward to working with advisers to find the best ways to ensure we are successfully keeping students on track for graduation.

    "I believe the most effective way though to ensure success of the core is to have communication and discussion of ideas from all constituents, and I encourage everyone to reach out to me if there are any thoughts on applying our core more effectively," he said.

    Margaret Fain, who served as director of the Core Curriculum for the previous six years, returns to her role as a librarian at Kimbel Library.
     

  • Changes to Moodle will improve out-of-classroom learning

    February 4 2019

    The beginning of the spring semester brings a wave of fresh faces and new beginnings. For Moodle, it brings new updates that enhance the teaching and learning experience and takes online learning a step further.

    Faculty will have the ability to design assignments and interact with students on a new level. The new integrated video, audio and whiteboard tool within the Text Box Editor areas of Moodle allow faculty to personalize online discussions or assignments and make them more interactive.

    For example, a professor could say, “Give me a three-minute response to the story you read, in a video, and stay in character of your choice.” The students may post all assignments in a discussion forum.

    The Ally accessibility and alternative format tool is now available, meaning any file uploaded in Moodle from a student can be generated into any sort of file required. The formats include audio (mp3), electronic braille, HTML, ePUB for digital annotations and notetaking, and at least 25 translated languages. Ally assists instructors by providing tips on how to improve every file type’s overall accessibility.

    "Both of these new tools provide additional functionality for students and faculty and serve the campus by enhancing interactivity and accessibility of content for all users," said Sherri Restauri, director of the Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL).

    All of these new tools are available to improve the out of classroom learning experience. COOL provides training and support for the Moodle LMS as well as supplemental digital learning tools for campus. The Moodle resources page provides additional tips and support, but direct questions can be sent to coastalonline@coastal.edu or 843-349-6932.

    To submit technology integrations, recommendations for Moodle enhancements and requests for updates, visit this page.

    In other Moodle news...

    T4 training modules are now available for faculty and staff online via Moodle.

    These courses will teach prospective T4 users how to navigate and make basic edits to their websites in the TerminalFour content management system.

    In order to access and complete these trainings, login to Moodle at moodle.coastal.edu. Scroll down and select “Terminal Four Training.” Complete the segments. To complete the course, watch each video in its entirety.

    Once completed, you will receive a completion badge and the site administrator for T4 will enable user credentials in the content management system.
     

  • Video: Alumnus Jason Vail takes acting experience from Coastal to build career

    January 28 2019

  • Dean Barbara Ritter welcomes baby boy

    February 1 2019

    Barbara Ritter, dean of the Wall College of Business, and her husband, Brandon Charpied, welcomed Greysen Pierce Ritter Charpied into their family on Dec. 27 at 12:04 a.m. Greysen weighed 6 lbs, 10 oz.

  • Faculty and staff encouraged to submit experiential learning proposals

    February 1 2019

    The University is encouraging the development of innovative proposals to advance experiential learning (EL) opportunities for students. All EL funding proposals must be explicitly associated with one or more Experiential Learning (Q section) courses. These proposals could include funding for:

    • significant EL improvements (or changes) to an existing course,
    • supporting EL components in a new course, or
    • significant projects, which will expand and improve our EL course offerings.

    This year, two separate proposal categories are available to applicants:

    1. Interdisciplinary proposals are sought to fund experiential learning programs and projects that include cross-campus cooperation relevant to one or more themes from our mission statement. Proposals must engage at least two colleges, or at least one college and one division/unit on campus. Generally, the maximum award for an individual proposal is $10,000.

    Interdisciplinary Proposals Deadline: Monday, March 25, 2019

    2. College-specific proposals are sought to populate college-specific experiential learning programs and packages, as internally selected by each of the five colleges. Generally, the maximum award for an individual proposal is $5,000. Extensive collaborative proposals may receive a higher level of funding if warranted by the college, but $5,000 will remain the maximum allowable for a single section of a course.

    College-specific Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    Funding Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
    (Fiscal Year: Summer II, Fall, Spring, May, and Summer I)

    Review and notification of Interdisciplinary Proposals will be completed in time for unsuccessful proposals to revise and submit for the college-specific deadline, if desired. Complete application and submission instructions and a proposal template are available.

    Project development ideas, funding possibilities, or administrative questions can be directed to Megan McIlreavy (mmcilrea@coastal.edu; 843-349-2728).

  • Health Screenings 2019

    February 1 2019

    CCU employees and covered spouses who subscribe to the Standard Health Plan or Savings Health Plan are invited to receive a preventative health screening on campus. Screenings, a value of $350, are free. 

    The health screening includes a health risk appraisal, blood pressure monitoring, a blood lipid profile, a blood chemistry profile and a hemogram. All of this information will be placed in a personal health profile that will be sent within three weeks of the screening. The profile will highlight any problems or values outside the normal range.

    The screenings are scheduled for March 5, March 12, March 20, March 28 and April 5.

    • Fasting is required 12 hours prior to the screening. This does not include water and required medication.
    • Insurance covers one screening per calendar year. Insurance ID numbers will be required when registering.
    • Spouses covered by eligible employees and retirees can participate.
    • Dependent children are not eligible.
    • Primary insurances of Medicare or Tri-care allow the screening to be a minimal cost of $47. Additional tests are available at further costs.

    To register for the worksite screening, complete and return the email registration form to Paula Gorrera of the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible. Appointments are first-come, first-serve.

  • CCU Career Services sends students to meet with top employers

    February 4 2019

    Through a student achievement grant from the Office of the Provost, 15 Coastal Carolina University students will travel to Charlotte, N.C., this month to network with some of the top potential employers in their fields.

     The trip is the second event in the Career Trek program, devised by CCU’s Career Services department. Faculty selected students from their department with the aim of building networking skills and relationships.

    “Opportunities like this help the University grow,” said Christen Cox, career counselor and outreach coordinator. “Not only does it help our students have unique experiences, but it gives Coastal a strong reputation with those companies.”

    The agenda for the weekend will include recruiting and resume reviews, mock interviews, presentations, and informational sessions with organizations such as ESPN, the Charlotte Hornets, Red Ventures and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

    Corey Kowalke, a senior communication major who will attend the trip, is most excited to meet with representatives of the Charlotte Hornets. Kowalke says that a public relations job for a major sports franchise is his dream, and he’s grateful to make connections before graduation.

    “Getting a job is about being in the right places at the right time,” said Kowalke. “Coastal provides the opportunities to be at that right place.”

    Last October, the first Career Trek event sent nine biology students to Columbia, S.C., to meet with Nephron Pharmaceuticals, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the Riverbanks Zoo. The students even received a hands-on tour of the zoo with behind the scenes access to animal exhibits with professional zookeepers and administrators.

    Viktoria Berkey, a biology major at CCU, attended the Career Trek last fall, and she believes that the experience was not only educational, but eye-opening.

    “I learned about so many different types of jobs that were out there [for my degree],” said Berkey. “There were some I found quite interesting even though I never really saw myself doing a job like it. I got to learn more about myself as well.”

    The same student achievement grant that will fund the upcoming trip to Charlotte also covered all transportation, meals and related expenses for the trip to Columbia.

    The Career Trek program is just one initiative that Career Services has implemented on campus. Every first-year student takes two assessments from Career Services—the TypeFocus and the Strong Interest Assessments—to help them devise a proper career path based on the answers they provide about themselves.

    “We want students to understand that the goal is not just to choose a major but to understand what careers may follow,” said Cox.

    Another service offered to students is Handshake, an online platform for employers to post jobs and internships approved by a representative of Career Services. In addition to these online resources, career fairs and development workshops are offered each semester on campus.

    “If we can figure out a student’s dream job early, then that student can get started early and possibly be in a management position by the age of 26, for example, instead of in their 30s,” said Cox.

    Career Services also provides constant advising to Coastal students, through researching tools, interview preparation and resume building. The department keeps in touch with alumni at various organizations to help connect current students to future employers, which can give individuals an extra advantage in securing work.

    “I think it says a lot when you remain connected to your school,” said Cox.

    “Networking is half the part of getting a job,” echoed Kowalke. “There are so many great opportunities.”

    The goal of Career Services is to enhance collaboration, assessment efforts, engagement and relationships, while increasing research on the best practices of career services and strategic planning. Overall, Career Services seeks to produce responsible, successful graduates at Coastal Carolina University.

    “We see students leave college as critical thinkers and confident individuals who take initiative,” said Cox.

    For more information about the Career Trek program or Career Services, contact career@coastal.edu.