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  • Relay For Life at CCU held in Blanton Park for the first time

    Coastal Carolina University is hosting its annual Relay For Life to benefit the American Cancer Society from noon on Saturday, April 6, to midnight Sunday, April 7. This year, the event will be held at Blanton Park for the first time.

    The public is invited to attend and support the cause of finding a cure for cancer. There is no entrance fee, but participants are encouraged to donate to the teams' fundraisers. Teams will host individual fundraisers at the event, including costume contests, a lip-sync battle, and a variety of games, food and prizes. 

    The 12-hour event, co-hosted by CCU's Colleges Against Cancer chapter, is part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the battle against cancer through fundraising to support the ACS.

    Thirty-five teams and 700 registered participants have raised more than $70,000 through April 1. The goal is $100,000.

    Visit for more information, to register or to donate. Read more here.

  • Jazz Festival brings award-winning vocalist to the CCU stage

    The Department of Music presents the CCU Jazz Festival on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wheelwright Auditorium. Performers include guest artist Becca Stevens as well as the CCU Jazz Ensemble, the CCU Recording Ensemble and CCU faculty in the Department of Music.

    Vocalist and composer Stevens is a North Carolina native who was voted “Best Rising Star Vocalist” by Downbeat Magazine in 2017. Downbeat gave her most recent album, “Regina,” a perfect five-star rating, and Rolling Stone described it as “majestic, delicate pop arrangements in perfect harmony with a royal theme.”

    Stevens will debut new arrangements of her music with the CCU ensembles, appear with CCU artist-in-residence Steve Bailey in a preview of his upcoming album, and perform a set of her original music. General admission tickets are $17.

    More cultural events happening this week here.

  • CCU, HGTC team up for teacher education

    Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College have established a teacher education transfer agreement aimed at addressing a teacher shortage in Horry and Georgetown counties. The agreement creates an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Teacher Education at HGTC, the first of its kind in South Carolina. After completing the two-year degree, aspiring teachers will be able to transfer to CCU to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Spadoni College of Education in just two years.

    “We are happy to not only strengthen our partnership with Horry-Georgetown with this endeavor, but to also create yet another pathway for students to become qualified, successful educators,” said Ralph Byington, CCU provost.

    The partnership smooths the transition for education students and provides substantial cost savings along the way. All the credits earned at HGTC will transfer to CCU. Students who fulfill all the other requirements for enrollment at CCU will be able to complete one of the following programs: early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education, special education (multicategorical) or physical education.

    “The coursework students will take at HGTC will fully prepare them for the entrance exams and work they’ll be expected to complete at Coastal,” said Ed Jadallah, dean of CCU’s Spadoni College of Education. He said the program is just one of the ways the institutions are working to prepare more and better teachers for South Carolina schools.

    “This program addresses some of the supply and demand issues we are facing in the state of South Carolina when it comes to teachers,” Jadallah said. “Working closely with HGTC, we are making sure that the quality of both programs ensures we are producing highly qualified, effective teachers.”

    Read more here.

  • Watch: Inaugural Gullah Geechee conference highlights, from Brookgreen to food to drums

    Read more about the conference here.

  • CCU students travel to ISFiT Conference in Norway to learn about global migration

    Eight Coastal Carolina University students enrolled in a course titled “Global Perspectives: Migration” attended the 2019 International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT) in Norway from Feb. 7-17.

    This year’s event brought together about 500 students from 145 countries to deliberate on the issue of global migration through workshops and plenary sessions amid other cultural events culminating in the awarding of the Student Peace Prize.

    Students listened, debated and conversed with speakers like Tawakkol Karman, the Yemeni human rights activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner. They also heard from a refugee group about life in a refugee camp and participated in a digital simulation of a refugee camp.

    “Meeting with individuals from conflict-affected areas changed my perception of countries that I may have had unintentional biases toward,” said Madison Scholar, an intelligence and national security studies major. “They also learned a lot from me, and now I have friends from all over the world, people who I feel closer with than I ever expected.”

    Read the full story here.

  • CEO of Brookgreen Gardens speaks at WIPL’s Inspiring Women’s Luncheon

    Page Kiniry, president and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens, was the guest speaker at the Inspiring Women’s Luncheon on Tuesday, March 26, at noon in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. She shared her background as well as stories about the trailblazing women of Brookgreen, including Anna Hyatt Huntington, the nonprofit’s founder and an internationally recognized sculptor. The luncheon is sponsored by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership at Coastal Carolina University.

    Kiniry has vast experience in fundraising and revenue generation. Prior to joining Brookgreen Gardens in 2017, she served as the executive director of the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Va. During her 11-year tenure, she eliminated the museum’s $9 million debt, and added several new permanent exhibits such as the Conservation Garden and Dinosaur Discovery Trail as well as new amenities including a café and amphitheater. She oversaw the museum’s first Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation, expanded conservation efforts, and led the museum’s rebranding campaign and 50th anniversary celebration.

    Read the full story here.

  • CCU alumna receives prestigious State Department scholarship to study Russian language

    Hannah Hamelman, a 2018 Coastal Carolina University graduate, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study the Russian language this summer at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students. It’s part of a government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

    Read the full story here.

  • Department of Theatre collaborates with Project Lighthouse for a performance that re-envisions civic society

    The culminating event of a semester-long collaboration between CCU’s Department of Theatre and Project Lighthouse, a drop-in center for homeless youth in Horry County, was in the Edwards Theatre Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. The theatrically devised performances were designed to involve the audience in civic dialogue.

    Through workshops involving students in the Department of Theatre and participants with Project Lighthouse, stories and experiences light the way toward a re-envisioning of the societal structures that perpetuate homelessness in order to transform our community through civic engagement.

  • Trans Day of Visibility at CCU designed to bring together local and trans communities

    A panel of guest speakers brought attention to the local and regional trans community at an open discussion at Coastal Carolina University about their experiences and perspectives as trans individuals.

    Trans Day of Visibility was Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium, organized by the Athenaeum Press, CCU’s student-driven publishing lab; CCU’s Arts and Humanities Global Experiences Program (AHGEP); and T-Time Myrtle Beach, an area trans support group. Students involved in the Athenaeum Press’ current project, titled “Trans Voices of the South,” moderated the discussion and navigated the question/answer period afterward. 

    The discussion featured four panelists from the local community: Greg Green, Kevin David Rossi, Julie Singleton and Xan Lutsky.

    Read more here.

  • Watch: 21st annual Real Estate and Economic Summit

  • CCU students participate in the making of history for Women’s History Month

    Coastal Carolina University students had an opportunity to not only celebrate but also participate in Women’s History Month in a virtual, productive way.

    Transcription Jam: the Papers of Mary Church Terrell took place Wednesday, March 27, from 4-6 p.m. in the Edwards Digital Commons, Room 106.

    Sarah Lozier-Laiola, assistant professor of digital culture and design within the Department of English, organized this first-ever crowdsourcing event on the CCU campus to allow students to have a hand in making and preserving history.

    Students of all majors transcribed the handwritten letters, speeches and writings of suffragist and civil rights advocate Terrell (1863-1954). Terrell was the first black woman appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Education, the founding president of the National Association of Colored Women, and one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

    Read more here.

  • Fifth annual Out of the Darkness Walk held at CCU March 23

    Coastal Carolina University held the fifth annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise emotional health awareness and to fight suicide on Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m. in Spadoni Park on campus. The walk raised nearly $11,000.

    The walk is sponsored by the LiveWell Office, Students Helping Others Reach Excellence (SHORE) Peer Educators and CCU Counseling Services. It aims to support survivors of suicide, those who have lost loved ones and those who are struggling with emotional health issues.

    “It’s very important for students to feel comfortable talking about their emotional health and wellness in order to continue to break the stigma that has historically come with this topic,” said Chris Donevant-Haines, the assistant director of wellness outreach at CCU.

    Over the past four years, the walk has raised more than $35,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year, the walk won the National Award from the Student Affairs Administrators of Higher Education and raised more than $17,000. This year, the total fundraising goal is $15,000. Funds are raised through a combination of online registration for the walk, donations and shirt sales.

    Donations are accepted through the month of May. Donations can be made on the walk’s page at