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  • It's a family affair: (Two more of) Woodle's daughters graduate with medical degrees

    September 24 2010

    Jackie and Tom Woodle celebrated the May graduations of two of their daughters who earned degrees in medical fields. Woodle is director of the Career Services Center at CCU.

    Jennifer Erin Shelton graduated from George Washington University on May 16 with a master’s degree in public health, as a physician’s assistant. She and her husband Gordon live in Norfolk, Va., where she will be practicing with a surgical group.

    Jessica Lynn Brown graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston with a Doctor of Medicine degree on May 21. She is a resident in obstetrics/gynecology at MUSC and lives in James Island with her husband, Brian Brown.

    If that's not impressive enough, the Woodles have four other daughters and a son, a total of seven children. "I'm not sure if it's making me old or keeping me young," says Woodle.

    Here's the lineup:

    Twenty-two-year-old Brittney Woodle is a senior at USC studying criminal justice.

    Christy Montgerard is a veterinarian in Charlotte.

    Meredith Woodle is a trauma nurse at MUSC.

    Kelly Shepherd teaches high school dance in Virginia Beach.

    Brad Clarke, the only son, is the "free spirit" of the family who is currently teaching surfing in Costa Rica with plans to move to Lake Tahoe and work at a ski resort.

    "He may be the only one who truly has figured out things," jokes Woodle.

  • Royces have baby boy

    September 26 2010

    Sherer and Scott Royce announce the birth of their son, Ian Dixon Royce. Born on Sunday, Sept. 26, he weighed 6 pounds 11 ounces and is 20 inches long. The parents attended the CCU vs. Delaware State game the night prior to delivery.

  • Thompson is keynote speaker

    September 30 2010

    Sharon Thompson was the keynote speaker for the "Dragon Boat at the Beach" fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 26 at The Market Common. This team of cancer survivors promotes emotional, spiritual and physical well being through the ancient sport of Dragon Boat Racing. Thompson's address was titled “Here’s to the journey” and featured four steps to assist in getting the most out of our journey through life.

  • CCU wallpaper gets professor's attention

    October 1 2010

    Louis Rubbo, assistant professor of astronomy, took some gentle jabs at the CCU wallpaper featuring Chauncey as a constellation. In fact, the article on his blog is titled "Where was I when this wallpaper was designed?"

    "Overlooking the fact that there’s no Chauncey constellation, there are a number of notable errors with this wallpaper that drive me crazy," writes Rubbo on his blog,

    Rob Wyeth, director of publications at CCU, wasn't too concerned with the inconsistencies. "I don’t believe Coastal fans are now scanning the night sky trying to locate the Chauncey constellation," says Wyeth. "The design is one of many fun desktop wallpapers the graphics department was asked to develop for our alumni and Coastal fans."

    Rubbo goes on to talk about the diffraction spikes of stars and how the palmetto tree and grass in the foreground of the wallpaper imply "that this view does not represent what someone would see looking through a telescope."

    Then he tackles the "shooting stars" in the wallpaper and how they are highly curved, whereas in reality they are not curved but instead have straight meteor trails.

    "Now for my biggest beef with the Chauncey Constellation wallpaper," writes Rubbo. "Take a close look at the Moon. Inside the crescent moon you can see stars! This would imply that the Moon physically changed shape during the course of its lunar phase cycle. … It’s a difficult topic but I wouldn’t expect any of the students to make such a grievous error as shown in the wallpaper."

    "So I have to ask the question, where was I when this wallpaper was made? Why wasn’t I consulted? I know the purpose of this is particular wallpaper is to be fanciful but geez, let’s get some things right. Especially the part about the Moon.

    By the way, even with its flaws, I’m still using this as my wallpaper on two computers and my iPad."

    Coastal wallpapers can be downloaded at

    Rubbo's blog:

  • Family Weekend 2010 a big success for CCU

    October 1 2010

    Family Weekend is a Coastal Carolina University tradition held every fall. This year, the University celebrated Family Weekend 2010 from Sept. 24 to 26 with almost 600 families attending.

    Festivities included the Sixth Annual Spectrum Concert featuring Coastal Carolina University bands, the Michael DuBois Solo Circus, a pre-game tailgate picnic and Sunday brunch with University President David DeCenzo.

    A historical tour of Conway, a tour of Brookgreen Gardens and a tour of CCU’s Waties Island were also among this year’s Family Weekend events.

    Coastal Carolina’s victory over Delaware State University (34-14) on Saturday, Sept. 25 only made the weekend more memorable. Students, their relatives and friends enjoyed the various programs offered and took pleasure in spending time together and becoming familiar with the campus.

    By JoAnna Dalton
    Office of Special Events