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  • An inside look at the 2019 CLE

    February 7 2019

    Coastal Carolina University’s Office of University Counsel hosted its second annual Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for local attorneys on Jan. 3, 2019. The “Compliance in the Realm of Higher Education: Athletics, ADA, and Residency” CLE showcased the University’s talented compliance professionals throughout campus, giving a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes work needed to ensure the University is in goodstanding with local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations, as well as university policies and our Code of Ethical Conduct.

    The Office of University Counsel developed the idea of hosting the CLE in 2018 and annually thereafter as a way to invite local attorneys onto campus, introducing them to the University’s various professionals who deal with legal issues unique to institutions of higher education. The next CLE will take place in 2020.

    Presenters at the 2019 CLE included:

    AraLeigh Beam, associate athletic director for compliance
    Beam’s presentation focused on how her role as associate athletic director for compliance helps CCU keep student-athletes on the field and in the game. Beam focused on the topics of recruiting, recruiting periods, the eligibility index, scholarships, NCAA rules and regulations such as prohibitions on extra benefits and preferential treatment, and provided a walk-through of the process if there is an alleged violation.

    Meredith Canady, deputy compliance/Title IX investigator
    Canady provided an overview to CLE participants as to what compliance is, why compliance matters to a public institution of higher education, and what her role as compliance officer looks like at CCU.

    Emily Gaspar, director of accessibility and disability services
    Gaspar delivered an overview of how CCU is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act in creating and keeping proactive pathways and ensuring a universal design for all to enjoy the programs and facilities that the University has to offer.

    Caroline Madden, director of scholarships, compliance and residency
    Madden provided information on how residency determinations are made within CCU’s Office of Admissions and Merit Awards. CLE participants learned why residency is determined for tuition and fee purposes, why maintaining a residence in South Carolina and providing domiciliary evidence of such is necessary for a student to keep in-state tuition, and how other factors such as a change in residency, marriage and active duty within the United States Armed Forces may effect a student’s residency determination.

    Robert Turnbull, Esq.
    Turnbull currently serves the South Carolina Bar as the Lawyers Helping Lawyers co-director, assisting the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Commission in providing confidential service and assistance to impaired lawyers and judges. Turnbull gave insight to CLE participants on the alarmingly high rates of substance use disorders, anxiety and depression within the legal profession across the nation.

  • Greg Nance receives Army National Guard American Patriot Award

    February 13 2019

    Greg Nance, director of the Office of Veteran Services, recently received the Army National Guard American Patriot Award.

    The award was presented to Nance by First Sergeant Shayne Widner of the South Carolina National Guard.

    "This is a great honor that reflects how hard Sheila Singleton and Jeremiah Hust help me take care of our military-affiliated students," Nance said. "The support of our University leadership and being surrounded by people who share your passion for service to others have made this award possible!"

    Last month, CCU received the Bronze distinction rating as a military friendly school and won a grant from Boeing SC to support area veterans in the transition to the workforce.

  • Katie Walker's dissertation earns 2019 American Educational Research Association award

    February 14 2019

    Katie Walker, assistant professor of foundations, curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, is the 2019 American Educational Research Association (AERA) winner for the Middle-Level Education Research Graduate Student Award for her dissertation. As part of this award, she is invited to present her research at the AERA annual conference this April in Toronto, Canada.

    Her dissertation, "Texas Schools to Watch and middle-level ESL programs: A multiple case study" (2017), was a qualitative multiple-case study sought to describe the approaches middle schools recognized as Texas Schools to Watch campuses used to meet the needs of their unique English as a Second Language (ESL) populations.

    This is Walker's second year at CCU. 

    "I am thrilled and humbled to be recognized by the AERA MLER SIG," she said. "This is one of the few organizations that is dedicated to research in middle-grades education and I am grateful for the opportunity to have my research recognized by this distinguished group of scholars."

    AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. It is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning.

    In receiving this award, Walker has been given a very prestigious acknowledgment of her research work, said Ed Jadallah, dean of the College of Education.

  • Student Achievement Funding proposals are due March 18

    February 18 2019

    In the last two years, Student Achievement Funding has supported 32 initiatives in the amount of $4.1 million that promote student achievement, student success and student engagement both in and out of the classroom.

    Some of these initiatives include:

    View other currently funded projects here.

    For the 2019-2020 academic year, there is $1.3 million available in Student Achievement Funding.

    The deadline for submitting proposals for SAF 2019-2020 academic year is Monday, March 18, 2019.

    Proposals must be submitted via Campus Labs and all units are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that proposers consult with their dean/division head prior to submission for guidance and/or to avoid possible conflicts or duplication.

    Competitive proposals will include the following information:
    • Project title
    • Project description
    • Partnering department (if any)
    • Budget request amount
    • Identification of the Strategic Plan and departmental assessment goals that the project will support
    • Benchmarks that describe a goal representing successful implementation of the project
    • Project Assessment outline that describes how will you assess the project's efficacy
    • Planned date of completion

    To learn more about SAF and read about previously funded projects, click here.

    If you have questions regarding the SAF process or would like to discuss ideas, contact Jim Solazzo at 843-349-2717 or

    In addition, because the interface of Campus Labs has been updated, those interested in submitting an SAF proposal should contact Solazzo for additional information regarding the submission process.

  • Video: A recap of Education Abroad Week at CCU

    February 15 2019

    Coastal Carolina University embraces the idea of students taking time during their college experience to learn in other countries. Around 40 events during Education Abroad Week were designed to inform students about the possibilities and let them know that access to the programs are for everyone.

  • New dean for Edwards College announced

    February 18 2019

    Claudia Bornholdt, Ph.D., has accepted the position of dean of Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

    Bornholdt is currently the endowed Walburg Chair of German Language and Literature at the Catholic University of America. She holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures, Medieval Studies, and Historical Linguistics from Indiana University Bloomington.

    Bornholdt has served as chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, acting dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, interim director of Islamic World Studies, and director of European Studies. Her appointment will be effective July 16, 2019.

  • Watch: CCU alumnus and NASCAR driver Brandon Brown

    February 20 2019

    On the cusp of graduation and his first full-time racing season, Brandon Brown '18 reflects on how Coastal Carolina University prepared him for a future on the track, in the workplace, and as an individual.

  • Watch: Alumni office hosts breakfast for faculty/staff alumni

    February 21 2019

    Among the staff and faculty at Coastal Carolina University, there are 316 graduates from the institution. Many say it speaks well of the University that so many want to work there after getting their degrees. To recognize those alumni employees, Alumni Relations recently provided breakfast for them.

  • CAF hosting "Meet Coach Chadwell Tour"

    February 26 2019

    The Chanticleer Athletic Foundation (CAF) is hosting a regional tour this spring for Chanticleer fans to meet the new head football coach, Jamey Chadwell. The tour includes seven dates spanning from Feb. 28 to April 4 giving fans from Aynor to Pawleys Island a chance to get to know Chadwell. Additional dates will be added.

    Meet Coach Chadwell schedule:

    • Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Nacho Hippo in The Market Common (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
    • Tuesday, March 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Pawley's Raw Bar (Pawleys Island, S.C.)
    • Tuesday, March 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.- Nacho Hippo (North Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
    • Thursday, March 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Andy's Pizza (Aynor, S.C.)
    • Tuesday, March 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - River City Cafe in Socastee (Myrte Beach, S.C.)
    • Thursday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Crafty Rooster (Conway, S.C.)

    The full schedule, dates, times, locations and addresses can be found here.

    The tour will lead up to the 2019 Coastal Carolina football spring game on Saturday, April 6, at noon.

    Prior to the spring game, CAF will host a pregame tailgate beginning at 10 a.m. at Spring Brooks Stadium. The tailgate costs $15 per person and includes a breakfast buffet with chicken and waffles, scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, fruit salad, coffee, sweet tea and water.

    Questions can be director to Michael Jacobs, director of CAF, at 843-234-3428 or

  • Intercultural Inclusion Student Services introduces the Brew Crew

    February 26 2019

    Intercultural Inclusion Student Services is going under a rebranding effort, bringing new events to Coastal's campus for faculty, staff and students to get personal. The newest event, the Brew Crew, is a weekly gathering providing students the opportunity to engage with faculty and staff in a comfortable manner and space, and get to know these employees outside of the classroom.

    On Feb. 18, the first Brew Crew included Dianne Mark of the Spadoni College, Teresa Keith of the College of Science, and Travis Overton of Executive Initiatives. The second event on Feb. 25 included Ina Seethaler of the Women's and Gender Studies and Nick Rhew of the Wall College. The third Brew Crew will include Monica Fine of the Wall College, Adriane Sheffield of the Spadoni College, and Tripthi Pillai of the Edwards College on March 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. in te Lib Jackson Student Union, room A-102.

    Franklin Ellis, assistant director of IISS, says IISS is focusing on finding a way to reintroduce the office to faculty, staff and students in hopes of getting more people to stop by, as well as learn about the efforts of IISS. The first event was successful with 15 to 20 students in attendance.

    "In the future, we hope this program enables faculty and staff from all backgrounds and identities to connect on various interests," Ellis said. "We hope that our space can become the catalyst for breaking oppressive barriers on campus and aiding in meeting goal No. 4 of the Strategic Plan."

    If you are interested in being a guest of the Brew Crew, contact Franklin Ellis at

  • Call for Experiential Learning (EL) Proposals

    February 27 2019

    The University is encouraging the development of innovative proposals to advance experiential learning (EL) opportunities for our 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.
    • 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, 11:59 p.m.

    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, 11:59 p.m.

    Funding Period: July 1, 2019 to 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 (; 843-349-2728).

  • Six faculty courses selected as Exemplary

    February 27 2019

    Six faculty members have had one of their courses designated as Exemplary by the Coastal Office of Online Learning.

    Courses designated as Exemplary exceed the standards set forth by the CCU Quality Assurance Inventory tool adopted by the campus on three or more of the 10 core quality criteria.

    The faculty will present at a showcase on March 27 in the Alford Ballroom. RSVP to the presentations here.

    The faculty are: Kristal Curry, associate professor of graduate and specialty studies; Rajendra Dahal, associate professor of mathematics and statistics; Suzanne Horn, associate professor of graduate and specialty studies; Jennifer Jackson-Baro, lecturer in the College of Science; Alexandra Knox, assistant professor of visual arts; and Jaime McCauley, assistant professor of sociology.