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  • Alumnus Dustin Johnson inducted in Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame

    Coastal Carolina alumnus and current PGA Tour member Dustin Johnson was inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the induction ceremony in the Hall of Fame Garden at the Pine Lakes Country Club.

    Johnson and the band Hootie & the Blowfish, which holds an annual fundraising celebrity tournament and concert on the Grand Strand, were honored this year.

    A three-time All-American and NCAA Player of the Year finalist at Coastal from 2004-07, Johnson won seven collegiate tournaments and was the 2005 NCAA East Regional Champion. The three-time Big South Golfer of the Year (2005, 2006 and 2007), the Lexington, S.C. native led the Chanticleers to a fifth-place finish at the 2007 NCAA National Championship.

    After turning pro, Johnson has won 20 PGA Tour events, including the 2016 U.S. Open and most recently the 2019 World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship just last weekend. He has won at least one event in each of his 12 years on the tour and has held the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of 81 weeks, including 64 consecutive weeks in 2017-18. Johnson has represented the United States in a combined seven Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup competitions.

    Read the full story here.

  • CCU trustees approve degree program in women’s and gender studies

    Coastal Carolina University's board of trustees approved a new degree program at its meeting today, the Bachelor of Arts/Science in Women's and Gender Studies.

    The new program is designed to provide students with critical skills and abilities to understand and evaluate the dynamics of identity categories (such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, age, citizenship status). The addition of the degree reflects a fast-growing movement in higher education that addresses limitations in the current workforce that, if remedied, will foster innovation, develop stronger corporate operating practices, and promote a just world in which all individuals can develop to their highest potential.

    CCU's program is unique in offering a Bachelor of Science degree that focuses on women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in direct response to a recognized need for gender and racial diversity within the STEM fields. University officials anticipate that this focus will serve as a recruitment and retention tool for women who choose to major in STEM fields. Graduates of the program will be well suited for leadership careers in management, communications and administration within the STEM industry.

    The board also approved promotion and/or tenure for faculty members.

    Nine faculty members received board approval for promotion from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure: Jonathan Acuff, Shaowu Bao, Mitchell Church, Jessica Doll, Sathish Kumar, Hugh Lamont, Adam Pelty, Clayton Whitesides and Todd Wren.

    Ten faculty members were promoted from associate professor to full professor: Karen Aguirre, Aneilya Barnes, Richard Costner, Rajendra Dahal, Jeffrey Jones, Michael Scott Mann, Nicholas Pritchard, Talbot Easton Selby, Erika Small and Douglas Van Hoewyk.

    One faculty member was promoted to professor with tenure: Jennifer Altieri.

    The board approved distinguished professor emeritus status for retiring marketing professor Dennis A. Rauch and distinguished senior lecturer status for retiring history instructor Robert T. Oliver.

    Seven one-year property renewal leases were approved by the board at the meeting.

  • Original Broadway cast member directs CCU’s production of ‘Steel Pier’

    When the student cast of “Steel Pier” took the Wheelwright stage last month, they did so under the direction of someone who’s been there/done that on a stage by another name: Broadway.

    Adam Pelty, assistant professor and associate chair of Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Theatre, was part of the original Broadway cast alongside Kristin Chenoweth when “Steel Pier” opened in 1997, and he recruited another Broadway alumnus for help with the musical direction: Kevin Stites, renowned conductor and musical director whose credits include “Titanic,” “Oklahoma!” and “Nine” with Antonio Banderas.

    With music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb (of “Chicago” and “Cabaret” fame), “Steel Pier” is set in a 1933 Atlantic City ballroom, where a crowd has gathered to compete for a $2,000 prize and a shot at showbiz fame. The story follows aging celebrity Rita Racine as she embarks on her last dance marathon, surrounded by a cast of partners, contestants and evolving relationships. Described as an American fable in two acts and 20 scenes and nominated for 11 Tony Awards, “Steel Pier” Lindy hops its way, by turns dark and hopeful, across the dance floor.

    “This production is a big deal,” said Pelty. “It’s exciting for the students, and it takes a lot of chutzpah and stamina. It’s fast-moving, yet involves a lot of heavy drama.”

    Read the full story here.

  • Video: CCU signs agreement with Bunnelle Foundation to continue internship program

    Coastal Carolina University and the Bunnelle Foundation have signed a three-year agreement to continue a program in which students work with public and private entities in paid internships in Georgetown County. The students consider 17 sustainable development goals as they carry out their duties in the workplace.

  • CCU accounting students offer free tax preparation through IRS VITA program

    Free tax assistance is available at Coastal Carolina University through Thursday, April 4, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. The University's accounting students will prepare and e-file basic tax returns for taxpayers with annual earnings of less than $55,000.

    Assistance will be available in Room 204 of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration building on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be no VITA hours from March 11 to 15 due to Spring Break.

    Please bring a photo ID, Social Security cards for you and your dependents, W-2s, 1099s, tuition statements (form 1098-T), a copy of last year's tax return and any other information regarding your income taxes. To obtain a direct deposit of any refund, please bring a voided check. On a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the consent form. If you are a student, you must know whether or not you are a dependent on your parents' tax return.

    If you plan to itemize your deductions, bring an organized and summarized list of your qualifying deductions. Qualifying deductions include, for example, medical expenses, property taxes, interest on a home, and charitable contributions (see for more information). For 2018, your itemized deductions would need to exceed $12,000 if single or $24,000 if married filing jointly; otherwise, the standard deduction will result in less tax.

    Tax returns will be prepared on a first-come, first-served basis. No tax returns can be started within one hour of closing time.

    Additional information: @WallCollege or

  • Eardensohn named to 2019 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Preseason Watch List

    Coastal Carolina baseball senior pitcher Matt Eardensohn was one of 75 players named to the 2019 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year preseason watch list, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I Baseball, the association announced Monday.

    Eardensohn was one of just two relief pitchers from the Sun Belt Conference named to the preseason watch list along with Zach Greene of South Alabama.

    A senior right-handed hurler from Omaha, Neb., Eardensohn was named a third-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and earned a spot on the 2019 preseason All-Sun Belt team this preseason after receiving a spot on the All-Sun Belt second team last year.

    Tabbed the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week on April 17 last year, Eardensohn appeared in 20 games on the mound for CCU, making one start. He posted a 7-0 record with six saves and a 2.18 ERA, all of which were team bests on the year.  

  • Williams named Sun Belt Player of the Week

    DJ Williams of the Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team has been voted the Sun Belt Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday afternoon. It is the second weekly honor this season for Williams, who was previously named the Player of the Week on Nov. 27.

    Williams collected a pair of double-doubles last week – bringing her season total to four – while averaging 20.0 points and 10.5 rebounds to lead Coastal to its fourth win in its last five games.

    The junior guard scored 22 points and had game-highs of 10 rebounds and seven assists in Coastal’s win over Texas State on Saturday. Against UTA on Thursday, Williams led all players in both scoring and rebounding with 18 points and 11 boards. She also dished out five helpers in that game. In the two games combined, Williams had team highs of 16 free-throw makes, 12 assists and five blocks.

    Williams is currently the Sun Belt’s second-leading scorer averaging 17.0 points per game this season. She also ranks second in steals (2.3), fourth in assists (3.9) and ninth in rebounding (7.2).

    Williams and the Chanticleers close out their three-game home stand on Saturday when they host Appalachian State at 2 p.m. at the HTC Center. It will be the second meeting this season against the Mountaineers, who defeated the Chants in Boone, N.C., on Jan. 19.

  • Economic experts address Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit attendees

    Coastal Carolina University’s 21st annual Economic Growth and Real Estate Summit was headlined by David Eyzenberg, president of Eyzenberg & Company, a New York City-based investment bank delivering best-in-class debt, equity and ground lease capital solutions for existing, transitional and to-be-built projects. The Growth Summit is administered by the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economics at CCU and was held on March 1, 2019, at the Marina Inn in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    In his talk, Eyzenberg discussed capitalizing commercial real estate transactions with innovative financial structures. As interest rates have continued to widen, investors have turned to structured finance products to capitalize their deals. The emergence of ground leases, mezzanine debt and various equity structures have allowed investors and developers to achieve yield in a rising cost environment.

    “David brings tremendous perspective for our summit attendees,” said Robert Salvino, Ph.D., director of the Grant Center. “Through his various firms, he has consummated billions of dollars of real estate deals, including one of our 2018 Real Estate Award winners, Myrtle Beach’s $40 million THEBlvd.”

    Rox W. Pollard Jr., vice president and director of the retail services team for Colliers International South Carolina, also spoke at the summit, joined by Lewis Johnson, co-chief investment officer of Capital Wealth Advisors; and Robert Salvino, Ph.D., director of the Grant Center for Real Estate Economics.

    Pollard manages the retail team at Colliers International, which delivers brokerage and consultation services to clients through their three South Carolina offices. There has been much news about the change in retail and how it affects brick-and-mortar retailing. Pollard discussed the trends in brick-and-mortar retail based on his more than 30 years of involvement in retail real estate throughout South Carolina and the Myrtle Beach market. His talk focused on truth versus perception and what is the retail new frontier.

    “Pollard’s experience as a state and national leader in retail for Colliers International brings tremendous perspective for investors and community leaders in a time and place where demographics and technology are ever-impacting the retail and general real estate environment,” said Salvino.

  • WATCH: A recap of Women's Leadership Conference 2019

    An impressive roster of women leaders of business and industry recently came together for the 2019 version of the Women's Leadership Conference, put on by Coastal Carolina University's Women in Philanthropy and Leadership. Catch some of the sights from the conference here, while also hearing from some of those involved in the event.

  • CCU student-athletes team up with United Way of Horry County

    Coastal Carolina student-athletes took the time recently to give back to the community by reading "How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids" by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer to 16 Horry County elementary schools as part of the United Way of Horry County Caring for Kindergartners program.

    "The Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics is proud to continue a long standing partnership, 16 years, with the United Way of Horry County by participating with the Caring for Kindergartners initiative," said Coastal Carolina associate athletic director for student-athlete enhancement Cari Rosiek. "Engaging the youth of Horry County through an educational experience has provided a positive experience for student-athletes, coaches and staff."

    More than 100 Chanticleer student-athletes among Coastal's 19 intercollegiate athlete programs participated in reading the timeless classic to 85 kindergarten classes.

    Upon completing the book, the young students were able to put the lessons they learned on display by drawing pictures and creating their own greeting cards to be distributed to elderly, homebound citizens throughout Horry County. The kindergartners' cards will be attached to one of several hundred gift baskets intended for the elderly, homebound citizens as part of the annual "Make Someone's May Day" (May 1) program, now in its 18th year.

    Read the full story here.

  • Skeels tabbed Sun Belt Player of the Week

    Coastal Carolina baseball redshirt junior Kyle Skeels was tabbed the Community Coffee Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.

    Skeels is off to a great start this season, as the catcher hit .500 over the first three games going 5-for-10 with four walks and one hit-by-pitch. He recorded two doubles, drove in four RBIs and scored three runs in helping lead Coastal Carolina to a 3-0 start.

    He also posted a .667 on-base percentage, a .700 slugging percentage and stole one base and threw out the lone would-be base stealer over the weekend.

    The starting catcher hit safely in all three games, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base in the season-opening win over VCU and then went 1-for-2 with a double, three walks and an RBI in Saturday's victory over Maryland.

    Skeels wrapped up the weekend going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, three RBIs and a run scored in the 11-2 win over Campbell on Sunday.

    The conference award is the first for the Langhorne, Pa. native.

  • Area high school students gain a glimpse of the college classroom

    One area high school teacher wanted to show his students what college classes are really like, and one academic department at Coastal Carolina University was happy to oblige.

    Eric Beers, English teacher at St. James High School, took a group of about 50 students in his advanced placement English Composition and English Literature courses on a field trip to visit CCU Friday, Feb. 22, where they will sat in on composition and literature classes alongside CCU students.

    Advanced placement (AP) courses, with curriculum designed and determined by the national College Board, offer college-level content and academic credit to high-performing high school students. Beers said his students are eager to learn firsthand how the material is handled in an authentic college classroom.

    “The AP mantra is that these kids are supposed to be treated academically as second-semester college freshmen, and the rigor of our courses is supposed to be equivalent,” said Beers. “So both they and I are curious about details: What are the size of the classes? What’s the setting? How Socratic is it? How much technology is involved? What are course expectations?”

    Joe Oestreich, professor and chair of the CCU Department of English, said he’s happy to welcome students into the classrooms to experience a taste of college for themselves. 

    Read the full story here.