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  • HTC Distinguished Teacher Scholar Lecturer Award winner announced

    Chris Hill, associate professor of biology, has received the 2011 HTC Distinguished Teacher Scholar Lecturer Award.

    The award is presented annually by HTC to a CCU faculty member who has outstanding abilities as a teacher, scholar and communicator.

    Hill’s commitment to students enables him to make a connection between his teaching and his scholarly activities. In support of these efforts, for several years he has overseen the Spivey Ornithology Endowment, which directs research funding to the support of undergraduate students. He has advised 35 to 55 biology majors per semester for 11 years, and, since the establishment of the Center for Marine and Wetland Studies interdisciplinary program, he has mentored between one and five master's students per year. Additionally, Hill has supervised the summer research project of two students from the S.C. Governor’s School.

    As a scholar, Hill has conducted extensive research involving the salt marsh sparrow, a bird indigenous to the shoreline of the U.S. Southeast. The adaptive advantage of their mating strategies is now hotly-debated by bird enthusiasts. He was assisted by a CCU student in his work, and together they wrote a paper which appeared first in the prestigious international journal AUK, and later in popular accounts disseminated via The Horry Independent, The Hartford Courant, Discovery news video, and the British Broadcasting Corporation. "Hill’s ability to continue his scholarly activities while balancing his commitment to students speaks highly to this distinction as a teacher-scholar," according to Provost Robert Sheehan, who announced the award recently.

    As winner of the HTC Distinguished Teacher Scholar Lecturer Award, Hill will present his research to the public on March 28 in Wall Auditorium. The title of his presentation will be “Birds on the Edge of Two Worlds.”

  • HR offers training and development for staff

    Want to learn about identity theft and how to prevent it? Ready to plan your estate? The Office of Human Resources is offering these and other classes through its Spring Training Calendar. Be sure to take advantage of the many training and development opportunities being offered.

    To view the sessions and register, go to:

  • Teal sessions announced for February

    February TEAL training sessions have been posted, including the new "Video Projects in the Classroom" series, "Blackboard Learn Open House" and such popular sessions as "Creating PDFs," "Excel 07," "Sorting, Filtering and Pivot Tables," 'Camtasia," "Clean Up Your Computer" and the "Distance Learning Boot Camp" series. 

    If there is a session that you'd like to request, or if you’d like an individual appointment, contact Jennifer Shinaberger at or

  • BYO to WRC series

    The Women’s Resource Center is offering a “Bring Your Own” (BYO) series for Spring 2011. Each day of the week, the WRC invites CCU faculty, staff and students to participate in the following activities:

    • BYOBreakfast, Mondays at 8 a.m. The center will provide coffee.
    • BYOYarn, Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Participants should bring yarn and crochet/knitting materials. Beginners and experts welcome.
    • BYOSnack, Wednesdays at 3 p.m. The center will provide coffee, water and candy.
    • BYOCreativity, Thursdays at 5 p.m. The center will provide space for writing, painting, scrapbooking and quilt work.

    The WRC serves as an educational and cultural resource for the campus community by providing an inclusive and supportive space for open discussion about a diverse range of social issues and by offering programs that highlight women’s issues.

    For more information, contact the WRC at 843-349-2218.

  • Nominate students for Lackey Award

    The Ronald D. Lackey Service Award for students will be presented at the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 18 in Wheelwright Auditorium at 7 p.m. This is one of the University's most prestigious awards. Only students who are nominated by one of their peers or by a faculty or staff member will be considered. You are invited to nominate students who:

    * have a GPA of 3.0 or above
    * will graduate in May 2011 or December 2011
    * have been significantly involved in campus organizations
    * have provided leadership and service that has benefited the campus
    * have contributed significantly to the quality of campus life

    To access nomination forms or for more information about the Ronald D. Lackey Award, go to: Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 11. Information forms from nominees are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

  • Archarios accepting submissions

    Stephanie Bouzounis, the editor of Archarios Literary Art Magazine, reminds faculty and staff that the magazine's submissions week is from Feb. 7 to 11. Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit up to five pieces of art and/or literature. Submissions will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. that week in the office on the second floor of the Lib Jackson Student Center, room 204B.

    The week following the submission period, a select group of students and professors will judge the literature and art. Winners will be notified.

    For more information, contact Stephanie Bouzounis, editor, at

  • It's Resident Assistant recruiting time

    University Housing is recruiting Resident Assistants (RA) for the 2011-2012 academic year. The RA recruitment theme this year is “BE the Change.” Faculty and staff are invited to nominate CCU students you feel may be qualified for an RA position.

    RAs play a critical role in building community within the residence halls, aiding in the transition to college, and helping connect residents to campus resources. Not only are these students providing valuable service to their community, they also develop many leadership skills and abilities that will serve them well beyond CCU.

    University Housing asks that you take a few minutes to identify current students who would make strong RA candidates. Qualities of strong candidates include:
    * attentiveness toward others
    * trustworthiness
    * creativity and initiative in bringing people together
    * effective communication skills
    * ability to recognize and appreciate differences
    * ability to work with individuals and groups
    * respect for confidentiality
    * ability to identify and address needs
    * willingness to learn and grow
    * balance of conviction and flexibility
    * capacity to balance academics, social and staff commitments

    If you know students who you feel have the leadership potential to be an RA, please have them complete an RA application packet and submit it to the University Housing office in Waccamaw Hall by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21.

    Also, feel free to refer students to Laura Arroyo, area director of University Housing (, 843-349-6407) for a special nomination process. (Please send their name and e-mail address for point of contact.) Students who are nominated will be notified and personally invited to attend an information session to learn more about the RA role. ALL nominations are greatly appreciated, so please take a few minutes to send names and e-mail addresses today.