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  • CCU and EHS receive 2018 S.C. Chamber of Commerce Annual Commendation of Excellence Award

    May 10 2019

    Coastal Carolina University and the staff of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) were honored for the University’s successful safety record for 2018 by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon program held in Columbia on March 28.

    The event is held annually to recognize those institutions in South Carolina that have attained an exemplary lost-workday case rate for the prior year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines the lost workday case rate as “the number of lost workdays per 100 full-time employees in any given time frame.”

    According to B.J. Landrum, vice president for EHS, “With more than 2500 people working almost 4 million hours for the University last year, our lost-workday calculation averaged less than one day. Environmental Health and Safety interventions fundamentally focus to prevent and eliminate injury and illness to employees, and to assist the University in complying with safety laws. This award is proof that their work has an amazing impact on our employees’ health status and the University’s economic productivity.”

    The SC Chamber of Commerce safety certification is evidence of the University’s commitment to protect employees and prevent injuries.

    “This award and Coastal Carolina’s excellent lost workday case rate are a direct reflection of the dedication to workplace safety that is shared by Environmental Health and Safety, Public Safety, Facilities, faculty and staff,” states Boyd Holt, EHS director. “We are honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire University community.”

  • Founder of CCU inducted to 2019 South Carolina Educator Hall of Fame

    March 29 2019

    Three accomplished South Carolina public school graduates and three lifelong educators were honored at the South Carolina Foundation for Educational Leadership's third annual gala on Friday, March 29, 2019. One of the three lifelong educators posthumously honored was Joseph Kenyon "Ken" East. East was inducted into the South Carolina Educator Hall of Fame for his impact on public education in South Carolina.

    A graduate of Lineville High School (Lineville, Ala.) in 1929, East started the first public kindergarten program in South Carolina. He was immensely responsible for the founding of what is now Coastal Carolina University and is considered the “Father of Adult Education in South Carolina.”

  • Holley Tankersley moves to Office of the Provost as associate provost for strategy and development

    May 13 2019

    When Sallie Clarkson announced her intention to retire at the end of this calendar year, Holley Tankersley was promoted to the role of Interim Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Faculty and Staff Development (Associate Provost for Strategy and Development for short).

    Effective July 1, 2019, Tankersley will take on a new structure of the position as the operations of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President are reorganized. There will also be shifting of some functions to David Yancey and Jim Solazzo in the fall.

    The general duties of Tankersley's new role include:

    • Assist the provost with development and execution of long-term strategy for academic innovation and excellence that enhances the University’s mission and brings significant potential benefits to the University. Align efforts with the University Strategic Plan.
    • Foster an institutionwide climate of engagement, collaboration, innovation and inclusion in support of institutional and academic excellence.
    • Ensure policy alignment and cohesion to support short- and long-term strategic initiatives.
    • Utilize research, data analysis, and best practices in higher education to inform and guide policy, processes and procedures, and strategic development.
    • Maintain open and productive lines of communication with deans, department chairs, faculty, and staff. Facilitate dialogue and interaction between the Provost’s Office and faculty and staff. Encourage and assist with community building among faculty and staff. Serve as an information resource for faculty, staff, and administrators.
    • Work effectively within a culture of shared governance to ensure timely response to faculty and staff questions, concerns, ideas, and proposals.
    • Develop and manage strategic initiatives and programs that connect the University with local, state, and regional communities and partners.
    • Develop and support programs to ensure that faculty are successful in their teaching, scholarly, and leadership endeavors, and that staff are successful in their professional and leadership endeavors. Duties include:
          o Work closely with deans, associate deans, and department chairs in matters related to faculty personnel and academic policies.
          o Work collaboratively with appropriate units to provide effective programming, services, and access to resources for faculty and staff across all ranks.
          o Foster recognition of faculty and staff internally, nationally, and internationally for teaching, scholarship, and leadership and community engagement.
          o Ensure the recruitment, development, and retention of a diverse and talented faculty and staff, including providing support and oversight for processes related to faculty and staff advancement.
          o Accelerate internal development of faculty leaders and maximize institutional effectiveness.

  • Watch: Community garden takes shape in Conway, thanks to CCU students and professors

    April 15 2019

    The impact of Coastal Carolina University and its students can be seen in a once vacant lot in downtown Conway. A community garden is taking shape, with labor supplied by CCU students and produce available for anyone who wants to take an item from the tree or the vine.

  • Watch: The second and third Social@Coastal features launched in April

    April 5 2019

  • “Flooding and the Future of Horry County,” a panel discussion and community forum

    May 10 2019

    Flooding can effect our businesses and community in many ways.

    The campus community is invited to a panel discussion and community forum titled “Flooding and the Future of Horry County” on May 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116). Special guest Paul Gayes, executive director of the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, will assess the pros and cons of various flood mitigation strategies. Panelists – comprised of residents of areas hard-hit by flooding – will discuss the impact of flooding on their communities and address concerns regarding flood response and mitigation.

    Call Jaime McCauley, assistant professor of psychology, at 843-349-6965 for more information about the panel. 

  • Watch: Spring Career Fair brings more than 100 employers to campus

    April 9 2019

  • Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring's TEAL Youth Day

    April 11 2019

    On Thursday, April 11, 2019, the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program hosted the spring TEAL (Talking Education and Learning) Youth Day. More than 150 children from Horry County Schools and 128 CCU students participated in this event.

    This event could not happen without the assistance and involvement of a variety of people. The Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning, and Community Engagement extends a huge thank you to all faculty and staff that encouraged students to mentor through their classes or various clubs and organizations.

    In particular, the center would like to thank the following persons and groups for their involvement in planning and participating in the day:

    • Health Care Partners of South Carolina
    • CCU Teaching Fellows
    • Christina Olivo with Each 1 Teach 1
    • Sandra Nelson and the PETE Club
    • Chauncey and the Office of Admissions and Merit Awards
    • The O-Team
    • Nadine DeLuke and the HCS Transportation Office
    • Brian Noce from University Event and Production Services
    • Scott Benke and Alex Souza from Athletics
    • Peter Gasca and Ebubechukqu David-Osuagwu from Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
    • TEAL Youth Day Planning Committee: Daijah Anderson, Joseph Eckenrode, Jennifer Furmanek, Alexis Kinloch and Sarah Lauer

  • WATCH: Theatre students showcase their work in New York

    May 2 2019

    After four years of preparation, our graduating B.F.A. acting and musical theatre students performed in the New York Showcase, a celebration of all they have learned and an opportunity to stand out in front of respected theatre talent and casting agents.

  • Third round of Course Enhancement Grant is open for applications

    May 8 2019

    The third round of the Course Enhancement Grant (CEG), sponsored by the Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL), is now open for applications. As a reminder, COOL Summer CEG grants focus on courses that have previously been taught in an online or a hybrid online format, but need enhancement work; these courses may not have received any COOL grant in the last 18 months.

    CEG course programs are short-term, targeted online and hybrid course enhancement programs spanning approximately 10 weeks and focusing on three or more core areas of course enhancement.

    To apply for a CEG grant, faculty are asked to complete their online application by no later than May 17, 2019, and will receive a confirmation email from COOL. Once the application deadline has occurred, a college application packet will be submitted to the appropriate academic college to their dean's office for final authorization.

    An add-on component to incentivize faculty to adopt Open Education Resources (OERs) into their online and hybrid online courses is included, making course materials significantly more affordable to Coastal students, sponsored in part through the Student Achievement Funding Grant. Faculty will learn more about OERs along the way upon opt-in, and a limited number of OER supplemental awards are available. OER-converted courses may earn up to an additional $500 stipend per course.

    Faculty may email Sherri Restauri (, director for COOL, with any questions and to further discuss potential proposals regarding the 2019 CEG COOL grant and embedded OER program. Review the Course Enhancement Grant CFP for additional details and to develop and submit proposals before May 17. 

  • ChantiCREW volunteers are needed for Fall 2019

    May 10 2019

    University Housing extends an invite to faculty and staff to participate in the ChantiCREW program this upcoming fall.

    ChantiCREW volunteers assist incoming students move into the residence halls to provide a Feel the Teal experience as soon as they arrive to campus. Incoming students are scheduled to move in on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. 

    Strong participation from CCU faculty and staff in this program brings a warm welcome to incoming Coastal students, exemplifies the caring and friendly environment here at CCU, and provides faculty and staff the opportunity to support their fellow Chants while being an active part of the community.

    University Housing is requesting ChantiCREW volunteers to sign up through Coastal Connections. Deadline for registration will be July 31, 2019. Volunteers will receive a ChantiCREW T-shirt to wear on move-in day, and a voucher for a meal at Hicks Dining Hall.

    Please direct all questions about the program and volunteering to

  • Presidential Search Advisory Committee released

    May 10 2019

    As approved in the February Board of Trustees meeting, a Search Advisory Committee has been formed to assist in the facilitation of the search process for the next president of Coastal Carolina University. Currently, the Board of Trustees is working to determine the search firm partner for this process. As the search process continues, we will work to keep the University community updated.

    The following individuals/positions will serve as part of the committee:

    • Board member: William Biggs
    • Board member: Carlos Johnson
    • Board member: Wyatt Henderson
    • Board member: Natasha Hanna
    • Board member: Gene Spivey
    • Board member: Oran Smith
    • Board member: Delan Stevens
    • Representative (chair) from Faculty Senate: Renee Smith
    • Representative (chair) from Faculty Senate: David Yancey
    • Faculty member: Jerome Christia
    • Staff member: Frankie Weeks
    • Athletic administrator: Matt Hogue
    • Dean: Sara Hottinger
    • Representative from Adminstration's Executive Council: David Frost
    • Representative from Student Government: TBD
    • Representative from Coastal Alumni Association: Todd Setzer
    • Representative from Coastal Education Foundation: Carl Falk
    • Representative from Coastal Athletic Foundation: Nicolle Gainey
    • Representative from Horry County Higher Education Commission: TBD
    • University Support Coordinator: Travis Overton

  • Students and faculty earn top recognition for hard work at semester's end

    May 10 2019

    The end of the academic year means it's time for faculty and students to reap some rewards from all the hard work they've sown over the past two semesters. From the Undergraduate Research Competition to Honors Conovcation, several received top recognition for their dedication.


    Tiffany Hollis was named the Distinguished Professor of the year. She is an assistant professor of foundations, curriculum and instruction in the Spadoni College of Education.


    More than 120 presenters submitted their work, illustrating the outstanding quality of student research at the University. Together, they illustrate the considerable research talents of our students and the wealth of experiential learning opportunities at Coastal Carolina University.

    Presentations at the CCU Undergraduate Research Competition were judged by more than 80 faculty judges. Prizes were awarded for first ($150), second ($100), and third ($50) place in four award categories. 

    Oral Presentations: Natural and Applied Sciences

    1st Place: Alex Foster, "Modeling Protection Strategies Against Chikungunya Virus on Reunion Island" (Applied mathematics major, faculty mentor: Igor Erovenko)

    2nd Place: Nicholas Coleman, "Association behavior between sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus) and round scad (Decapterus punctatus) may be mutually beneficial" (Marine science major, faculty mentor: Erin Burge)

    3rd Place: Jeremy Evans and Hailey Wimmenauer, "Breaking Suicide and Depression (SAD) Inititive: Examining the Correlation between Screen Time and Mental Health" (Public health major, faculty mentor: Sharon Thompson)

    Oral Presentations: Humanities and Fine Arts, Business and Education

    1st Place: Brenna Wiinanen, "The Continuation of a Composition of an Unfinished Mozart Flute Concerto" (Music major, faculty mentor: Donald Sloan)

    2nd Place: Dara Potts and Amelia Dobbs, "Popular Culture, Shakespeare, and Gender" (Theatre major, faculty mentor: Robin Russell)

    3rd Place: Olivia Dimatteo, "Museum Semiotics" (Communication major, faculty mentor: Kyle Holody)

    Poster Presentations: Physical and Biological Sciences

    1st Place: Whitney Davis, "The Effects of Marine Natural Products on the Microenvironment of Pancreatic Cancer" (Biology and marine science major, research mentor: Esther Guzman)

    2nd Place: Mary Akers and Alyssa Leclaire, "Ecosystem Engineers or Engineered by the Ecosystem?" (Marine science majors, faculty mentor: Juli Harding)

    3rd Place: Lillian Rios-Brady, "Detection of Newly Synthesized Membrane Proteins in Isolated Squid Axoplasm from Loligo pealeii" (Marine science major, research mentor: Miguel Holmgren)

    Poster Presentations: Health and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Education

    1st Place: Nakkara Hess, Julie Emory and Shani Chernoff, "The Solar Impact: The Work of the Solar Ambassadors in Promoting Renewable Energy Sources" (Interdisciplinary studies majors, and history/intelligence and national security studies major, faculty mentor: Pamela Martin)

    2nd Place: Tessa Taylor, "College Freshmen Behaviors and Perceptions about E-Cigarettes" (Public health major, faculty mentor: Elizabeth Carter)    


    Sigma Sigma Sigma, Outstanding Community Service in Fraternity and Sorority Life

    Climbing Club, Most Improved Student Organization

    Shannon Stewart, Adviser of the Year

    Phi Sigma Sigma, Outstanding Philanthropy in Fraternity and Sorority Life

    Anaiya Moore, Rising Leader of the Year

    Rose Holder, Community Service by an Individual

    Chynna Jones, Unsung Hero of the Year

    Pi Kappa Phi, Bell Tower Program of the Year

    Help Save the Next Girl, Outstanding Philanthrophy by an Organization

    Sierra Kotowicz, Student Organization President of the Year

    Christopher Mathis, Greek Man of the Year

    Mikayla Morris, Greek Woman of the Year

    Ansha Wilds, Haven Hart Impact Award

    Gamma Phi Beta, Chapter of the Year

    Dylan Masiello, Chapter President 

    Brooke Moen, Student Leader of the Year


    Deborah Breede, professor of communication, media and culture, was voted Faculty Member of the Year by student-athletes.

    Kyle Holody, associate professor of communication, media and culture, was awarded the Edwards College Service Award.

  • Donations still being accepted for Faculty and Staff Benevolence Fund

    May 13 2019

    After the end of an academic year rocked by the catastrophic damages of Hurricane Florence in September 2018, the Faculty and Staff Benevolence Fund is still accepting contributions to help members of our community get back on their feet. While some are still picking up the pieces nine months later, members of the CCU community continue to face a variety of unforseen struggles that can put financial, emotional and physical restraints on day-to-day life.

    The Faculty and Staff Benevolence Fund provides a way for fellow faculty and staff members of Coastal to contribute financial support for those in need of financial help. There are two options for giving, including a one-time contribution or a payroll deduction. The payroll deduction option allows for employees to choose for a specific amount to be taken out of their semimonthly paycheck, some as little as $2 every check. Contributions are tax-deductible. 

    BJ Landrum, vice president of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, encourages all employees to support the Faculty and Staff Benevolence Fund.

    “Unexpected and difficult circumstances affect almost everyone at some point in their lives," she said. "The beauty of the Benevolence Fund is that even small donations, over time, could add up to a substantial amount of money. We sincerely want to help our friends and colleagues in a significant way when adversity strikes. Our location offers beautiful weather and delightful diversions – most of the time. But severe weather conditions as well as medical and other emergencies can result in unanticipated property damage and physical and emotional harm. An unforeseen illness or accident can cause a family great financial hardship. The Benevolence Fund provides a tangible way for University employees to help each other in times of trouble.”

    For one time gifts, please follow this link.

    For payroll deduction, follow these instructions.

    • Go to this link.
    • Login using your Coastal SSO login.
    • Pay period: Click on the number of paychecks you receive per year.
    • Deduction: Indicate the amount you want to contribute to the Benevolence Fund each paycheck.
    • Designated area: Click on Coastal Education Foundation.
    • Ending date: Click Option 1 if you want to give indefinitely, or Option 2 to select a specific end date.
    • Designation: Use the pull down and select CCU Employee Benevolence Fund (7911).
    • Complete the two check boxes at the bottom of the page.

  • Summer hours begin the week of May 13

    May 13 2019

    From May 13, 2019 through Aug. 9, 2019, (weeks with exceptional schedules contained in this email for July 4, 12 and 19) the work week schedule for CCU will be modifed. Please see modifications below:

    Mondays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Tuesdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Wednesdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Thursdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Fridays: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Early departure/no lunch

    *The University reserves the right to modify these hours if offices are not being adequately covered and/or if University need requires.

    **Certain departments will be required to be staffed on certain dates due to admissions and/or Orientation events. Affected departments will be notified.

    Modified work schedule for the week of May 27, 2019 (varies from summer schedule)

    Monday, May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day Holiday
    Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Friday, May 31, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Early departure/no lunch

    Modified work schedule for the week of July 1, 2019 (varies from summer schedule) 

    Monday, July 1, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Thursday, July 4, 2019 - July 4 Holiday
    Friday, July 5, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Early departure/no lunch

    Modified work schedule for the week of July 12, 2019 (varies from summer schedule)

    Monday, July 8, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 hour for lunch
    Tuesday, July 9, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 hour for lunch
    Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 hour for lunch
    Thursday, July 11, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 hour for lunch
    Friday, July 12, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1 hour for lunch

    Modified work schedule for the weeks of July 19, 2019 (varies from summer schedule)

    Monday, July 15, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 1 hour for lunch
    Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 1 hour for lunch
    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 1 hour for lunch
    Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 1 hour for lunch
    Friday, July 19, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Early departure/no lunch 

    Modified work schedule for the week of Aug. 26, 2019

    Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Early departure/no lunch

    Modified work schedule for the week of Nov. 25, 2019

    Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - 45 minutes for lunch
    Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Early departure/45 minutes for lunch
    Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 - Thanksgiving Break
    Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 - Thanksgiving Break