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  • CCU's Adkins Field House earns LEED gold award

    Coastal Carolina University's Adkins Field House has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is the first LEED project for the University.

    LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the quantifiable metrics related to sustainability: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

    Mark Avant, project manager in the Department of Facilities, Planning and Management, is the LEED accredited professional for the University.

    The state-of-the-art building located in the end zone at Brooks Stadium is a 55,400-square-foot facility with a 13,170 square-foot weight room, football team locker room, laundry room, 37 offices, three meeting rooms, a conference room, the George F. "Buddy" Sasser Hall of Fame and a large multi-purpose room.

  • CCU's December commencement set for Dec. 11

    Approximately 471 students are eligible to participate in Coastal Carolina University's fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Forty-five of the candidates will receive graduate level degrees; 426 will earn bachelor's degrees. Fall and August candidates will be recognized.

    A real-time webcast of the commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at

    Dick Raskopf, publisher of the Sports Illustrated Golf Group, will address the graduates, relating "An Athletic Approach to Life," what he's learned throughout his 31-year publishing career. The Golf Group includes GOLF magazine, and SI Golf Plus. 

    Raskopf will also be given an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

     For more details and ticket information, visit the website at

  • CCU announces Office for Philanthropy appointments

    Coastal Carolina University President David A. DeCenzo announces the appointment of B. Lawson Holland as interim vice president for philanthropy, and Carlos D. Baxley has been named the director of annual giving. 

    Holland is responsible for seeking and securing external funding in support of the University's mission and strategic direction, encompassing all areas of the University including academics and athletics.

    Holland leads the new Office for Philanthropy, which seeks to unite alumni and friends of the University, engage constituents from across the state and beyond, and collaborate with deans, faculty, staff, boards and friends to secure a solid future for the University. Holland’s position has been crafted with absolute focus on external fundraising performance, rather than the traditional blend with internal advancement services.

    Holland has more than 20 years of experience in a university setting in fundraising, as a football coach and student-athlete. He also has extensive experience in sales and was president of a start-up communications company. He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Clemson University in 1975.

    Baxley's duties will include supervising the day-to-day operations of the Phonathon program; coordinating student and parent philanthropic programs; coordinating faculty and staff campaigns; serving as liaison to the Alumni Relations and Student Affairs departments; and assisting with setting and achieving fundraising goals.

    Baxley comes to CCU from the University of Cincinnati as assistant director of development. He also has five years of experience in fundraising with the American Red Cross in Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Francis Marion University.

  • CCU student wins Paul Rice poetry contest

    Haleigh Woodlief has been named the winner of the ninth annual Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest for her poem, “The Princess.”

    The poem is based on the classic fairy tale, “Sleeping Beauty.” “I’ve always loved to read retellings of fairy tales,” says Woodlief, a junior English major from Myrtle Beach, “but I didn't actually have an entire poem planned out until I wrote the first line: ‘Tell me whose trumpet sounds when the princess has been vanquished.’ I began to wonder what exactly may have happened if the story had been true.”

    As the winning poet, Woodlief will receive a $100 gift card to the CCU bookstore and 25 copies of the broadside, which will be produced by the end of the semester in an edition of 100 numbered copies.

    Honorable mention winners included Austin Pinckney for his poem “Baptism” and Portia Mellott for “Enlightenment.” The contest’s final judge was award-winning poet Janice N. Harrington of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    To acquire a copy of “The Princess” broadside, contact Dan Albergotti at 843-349-2420 or via e-mail at A requested donation of $1 per copy directly supports the the Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series, created by the CCU Department of English in memory of the late Paul Rice, a poet, CCU English professor and songwriter who died in 2004.

  • TEAL offers December sessions

    It is not too late to register for TEAL technology sessions being offered this semester.

    Courses offered in December include (with links to session description and registration):
    December sessions:

    Microsoft 2007 Ribbon

    Monday, Dec. 6 from 10 to 11 a.m. ,  This session qualifies for the Administrative Support Network program

    Cool Tech in the Classroom

    Thursday, Dec. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

    This is a hands-on workshop.

    Distance Learning Boot Camp

    Monday, Dec. 13 and Tuesday, Dec. 14, all day. Contact Sarah at for details!

    Tech items under $25

    Thursday, Dec 16 from 10 to 11 a.m.,
    We also offer open labs in the TEAL Lab, KLIB 219 every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m.

    Please continue to check the website at <  for updates and additional session offerings. 

  • Online journal Waccamaw is now up

    The sixth issue of Waccamaw, the online literary journal published at CCU, is now up for viewing. You can find the new issue here:   

    Waccamaw continues to develop a presence in the world of contemporary literature.  In the past six months, the journal has averaged 159 visitors per day, and during our last six-week open reading period, we received more than 200 unsolicited submissions from as nearby as Charleston and as far away as New Zealand.  

    In addition to fine creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry by such authors as Billy O’Callaghan, Jennifer Spiegel, Joey Franklin, Amy Monticello, Stuart Dischell, Jesse Lee Kercheval and others, you will also find in issue six a special feature on Natasha Trethewey, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, including a transcript of Trethewey’s 2010 Distinguished Faculty Lecture at Emory University and a fascinating, in-depth interview conducted by the English Department’s own Daniel Cross Turner.  Here is a direct link to the interview:

    Jason Ockert, Fiction Editor

    Joe Oestreich, Nonfiction Editor

    Jason Bordt and Matthew Fowler, Fiction Readers

    Hastings Hensel, Poetry Reader

    Jeannie French, Webmaster

    Former teaching associate Joe Bueter helped review the poetry submissions from afar.

  • Reduce finals/holiday stress with exercise


    Monday 8:30 a.m. Spin™ Express – Tara
    Noon Abs – Bob
    12:30 p.m. Spinning™- Bob
    4:15 p.m. Abs – Patrick
    5 p.m. Pump it Up – Camille
    6 p.m. Zumba® - Ashley
    7 p.m. Abs – Pam
    7:30 p.m. Spinning™101- Pam
    8:45 p.m. Yoga – Pam

    7:15 a.m. Spin™ Express – Cathryn
    1 p.m. Pump It Up – Tara
    5:45 p.m. Zumba® - Melissa
    6:45 p.m. Spinning™ - Pam
    7:45 p.m. Zumba® - Leah
    8:45 p.m. Yoga – Pam

    8:30 a.m. Spin™ Express - Tara?Noon Abs - Bob
    12:30 p.m. Spin™ Express - Bob
    4:30 Abs - Camille
    5 p.m. Pump it Up – Camille
    6 p.m. Zumba® - Ashley
    7 p.m. Abs – Pam
    7:30 p.m. Spinning™- Pam
    8:45 p.m. Yoga – Pam

    7:15 a.m. Spin™ Express – Cathryn
    1 p.m. Pump It Up – Pam
    5:45 p.m. Spinning™ - Pam
    6:45 p.m. Boot Camp – Bob
    7:45 p.m. Zumba – Leah
    8:45 p.m. Yoga – Pam

    Noon Abs – Bob
    12:30 p.m. Spinning™ - Bob
    3 p.m. Yoga “Finals Decompress” - Pam

  • CCU announces appointment of Media Executive-in-Residence

    Patricia O’Connor, executive editor and vice president of The Sun News, has been appointed the first Media Executive-in-Residence for the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University, according to an announcement today by Interim Dean John Beard.

    Modeled after existing Executive-in-Residence programs at CCU, this position will bring a senior media executive with extensive media management experience into CCU’s rapidly growing Department of Communication and Journalism.   She will help guide the journalism program, assist communication and journalism students with career planning, and develop grant initiatives in support of departmental resource needs.  She will also identify and build strategic alliances with local, regional and national individuals and professional associations in order to strengthen the quality and range of the program.

    In addition to teaching classes in media management and media relations, O’Connor will develop and deliver a variety of other learning experiences including: condensed format seminars, guest lectures in ongoing classes and “open” hours for student career advising. She will also use her professional experience and contacts to help plan and form a departmental advisory board to assist in strategic planning and evaluating program initiatives.

    O’Connor earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee.  During her 30-year career, she worked for The Capital Times in Madison, Wisc., The Wichita Eagle and The Charlotte Observer. Most recently, she has served as executive editor and vice president of The Sun News since 1999. She will retire from The Sun News at the end of the year and begin her new position at CCU in January 2011.

  • NCAA rules and regulations you should know


    NCAA Rules and regulations for AlumnI and friends


    Are You a Representative of Athletics Interests?

    “Representatives of athletics interests” are more commonly known as “boosters.” Any individual, organization, business, corporation or agency is considered a “representative of athletics interests” if you:

    • Have ever made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of Coastal Carolina University, such as the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation;

    • Have ever participated in or are a member of any organization that promotes the Coastal Carolina University athletics program;

    • Have ever provided any benefits to a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or their families (e.g. arranging summer employment);

    • Have ever been a season ticket holder for any Coastal Carolina University sport;

    • Have ever been a student-athlete at Coastal Carolina University;

    • Have ever assisted in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes (e.g. provided lodging, meals or transportation to a Coastal Carolina University coach);

    • Have been involved otherwise in promoting Coastal Carolina University athletics.

    REMEMBER: Once you have become a representative of the University’s athletics interests, you retain this status indefinitely, even if you no longer contribute to the athletics program at Coastal Carolina University.


    Penalties for Improper Actions

    Violations of NCAA rules are a very serious matter. Impermissible actions on your part, even if unintentional, will undoubtedly result in penalties for the institution and could render a student-athlete ineligible while tarnishing the reputation of Coastal Carolina University. Engaging in any non-permissible activity could result in one or more of the following penalties:

    • Revocation of your ticket privileges;

    • An enrolled student-athlete being declared ineligible to compete;

    • A prospective student-athlete declared ineligible to represent Coastal Carolina University;

    • Forfeiture of wins and championships;

    • Reduction in scholarships;

    • Inability for a team to participate in postseason competitions;

    • Suspension of coaches;

    • Fines or sanctions imposed on the institution;

    • Recruiting restrictions placed on Coastal Carolina University coaches.

    We are counting on you, as supporters of Coastal Carolina University and its athletics program, to remain diligent in adhering to all University, Big South Conference, and NCAA rules.


    Extra Benefits

    The NCAA defines an extra benefit as any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by studentathletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletic ability.


    Student-athletes, as well as their parents, relatives and friends, are strictly prohibited from receiving extra benefits. Receipt of extra benefits by any such persons will result in severe penalties for the student-athlete and the institution.

    Extra benefits include, but are not limited to:

    • Cash or loans in any amount;

    • Co-signing or arranging for a loan;

    • Transportation;

    • Special discounts;

    • Credit on a purchase;

    • Providing holiday or birthday gifts;

    • Free or reduced rent or housing;

    • Use or payment of long distance telephone calls;

    • Financial aid;

    • Free or reduced tickets to any event;

    • Employment of a student-athlete at a higher rate than wages paid for similar work;

    • Providing expenses for family or friends to visit a student-athlete;

    • Gifts or free services (e.g. airline tickets, cash, meals, summer storage);

    • Providing a gift or award to a student-athlete based on their athletic performance.


    Basic Rules Regarding Current Student-Athletes

    As a representative of athletics interests, YOU CAN:

    • Employ a current student-athlete during the summer and academic year, provided the student-athlete is compensated at a normal rate of pay and is paid for actual work performed. You are required to notify the Athletics Compliance Office before employing a student-athlete as they are required to complete an Employment Verification Form before commencing any employment opportunity.

    • Provide a student-athlete an occasional meal at your home, to include transportation to the meal (the occasional meal guideline exists here).


    As a representative of athletics interests,YOU CAN NOT:

    • Provide a currently enrolled student-athlete, their parents or friends any extra benefits or special arrangements.

    • Use the name, picture, or appearance of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise, recommend or promote sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. Any use of a student-athlete’s name, picture or appearance must first receive authorization from the Athletics Compliance Office.

    • Entertain student-athletes or their family and friends. The lone exception is providing of an occasional meal. Restrictions do apply.

    • Pay for, or arrange for payment, of room, board or any type of transportation for a student-athlete or their family or friends.


    Basic Rules Regarding Prospective Student-Athletes

    As a representative of athletics interests, YOU CAN:

    • Forward information about prospective student-athletes to the appropriate coaching staff.

    • Have a telephone conversation with a prospect only if the prospect initiates the call. Such a call may not be prearranged by a coach or institutional staff member and you are not permitted to have a recruiting conversation, but may exhibit normal civility. You must refer any questions that the prospect may have about our athletics programs or recruiting to an athletics department staff member or coach.

    • Attend a prospect’s athletic contest at your own initiative provided you do not contact the prospect or their parents.

    • Have telephone contact with a prospect regarding summer employment, provided the prospect has completed high school and signed a National Letter of Intent. In addition, you must contact the Athletics Compliance Office to inform them that you are making these employment arrangements.

    • Continue to have established family relationships with friends and neighbors. Contacts with children of these families are permitted as long as they are not made for recruiting purposes or encouraged by Coastal Carolina University coaches.

    • Make financial donations to a high school athletics program in your hometown’s immediate locale provided you make the donation on your own accord, your donation is distributed through the normal channels established by the high school and your donation is not earmarked for a specific prospect.


    As a representative of athletics interests, YOU CAN NOT:

    • Call, write or e-mail a prospective student-athlete or their parents in an effort to recruit them.

    • Make arrangements to provide money, financial aid or a benefit of any kind to a prospect or the prospect’s family or friends.

    • Contact a prospect’s coach, principal or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect;

    • Make contact with a prospect or their parents when they are on campus during an official or unofficial visit.

    • Contact a prospect to congratulate them on signing a National Letter of Intent to attend Coastal Carolina University.

    • Transport, pay or arrange for payment of transportation costs for a prospect, their relatives or friends to visit campus or elsewhere.

    • Pay or arrange for payment of summer camp registration fees for a prospect.

    • Have any contact with a student who is enrolled at any other two-year or four-year institution about transferring to Coastal Carolina University.


    Don’t forget the rule of thumb, “When in doubt, find out!” The Athletics Compliance Office is happy to assist you; please feel free to contact us any time at 843-349-2976.