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  • Baby Grant Beam makes his debut (last November)

    February 7 2011

    Grant Douglas Beam was born on Nov. 16, 2010. He was 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 20 1/4 inches long. He is three months old this month. Grant is the first child of AraLeigh G. Beam, who is CCU's assistant director of athletics compliance, and Jeremiah Beam.

  • CCU takes third in Big South Quiz Bowl Championship

    February 4 2011

    Coastal Carolina University’s quiz bowl team placed third in the sixth annual Big South Athletic Conference College Quiz Bowl Championship held recently in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration.

    Team members competing for CCU were team captain Seth Morgan, a senior pre-med student from Myrtle Beach; Amber Eckersley, a junior history and English major from Conway; Sarah C. Sexton, a math and marine science major from Murrells Inlet; Jordan R. Rutherford, a sophomore biology student from Spartanburg; Robert Cafaro, a junior in computer science from Georgetown; and Brandon A. Peluso of DeMossville, Ky., a junior in math and marine science. 

    Morgan earned third place overall for the highest individual points for correct answers. 

    David Duncan, assistant professor in the Department of Math and Statistics, served as CCU’s team coach, and Charmaine Tomczyk, director of undergraduate research, was this year’s tournament director. 

    Liberty University won first place for the fifth out of six tournaments since the Big South Quiz Bowl’s inception in 2006. UNC-Asheville placed second. The bowl features 20-minute matches from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and questions on a variety of subjects – from pop culture to history to sports – created exclusively for this tournament by the National Academic Quiz Tournaments LLC. 

    For additional information about the tournament or CCU’s quiz bowl team, call Tomczyk at 843-349-2403 or e-mail

  • Buckner accepts deanship at CSU

    January 28 2011

    Barbara Buckner, associate provost at Coastal Carolina University, has accepted a new position as dean of Columbus State University’s (Columbus, Ga.) College of Education and Health Professions, effective July 1.

    Buckner has been at CCU since 2005, first serving as associate dean of its education college. She became associate provost for assessment and accreditation in mid-2007. In both roles, she worked closely with accrediting bodies: the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education on behalf of the education college, and the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools on behalf of the University.

    Before joining CCU, Buckner was an education professor at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., spending her final year as interim associate dean of Longwood’s College of Education and Human Services. She began her higher education career at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, serving there from 1988-2000.

    A former elementary and middle school teacher, Buckner earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ohio State University, a master’s in science education from Clarion and an elementary education doctorate from Indiana University in Pennsylvania.

    Scholarly journals have published Buckner’s articles related to accreditation, reading, student performance and educational leadership. She has also presented her research at more than 50 statewide, regional and national conferences. She’s been awarded grants related to curriculum design and the development of reading tutorial programs.

  • Photo contest winners announced

    February 4 2011

    The winners of last semester’s Eye on the World Photo Contest were recently announced. The contest was held in conjunction with International Education Week, an annual event that occurs the second week of November. The award recipients were: Ashlee Dubinsky, first place, for "Sugar Cane Harvest" (Dominican Republic); Dan Abel, second place for "Ghana Eyes"; Michael Collins, third place for "Ecuador River."

    Entrants were asked to submit an international photo with a brief narrative explaining their image and what the scene or image meant to them. Photos were judged on content, originality, composition and the narrative. This year’s recipients were given Follett Bookstore gift certificates. The winning photos are on display in the Follett Bookstore.

    The contest was judged by Easton Selby, CCU photography professor; Keshav Jagannathan, math professor; and Geoff Parsons, director of International Programs.

  • Dyer receives community award

    January 28 2011

    Coastal Carolina University Executive Vice President Eddie Dyer received the Professional Service Award recently from the Carolina African Heritage Foundation at its annual community awards breakfast.

    "This is really an organizational award that I accepted on behalf of the University," says Dyer. "Leadership and positive change come from the top, and President [David] DeCenzo is committed to a vibrant program of diversity. The employees who really have made the difference in our African-American graduation rates are Pat Singleton-Young and Bertha Fladger. They have made the difference, one student at a time, and they give much personal attention to each individual student. That practice is the major reason that we have such a successful graduation rate for our African-American students."

    The 2011 Corporate & Community Awards Breakfast recognized several community volunteers. Dyer was praised for his role in "leading the University to being one the most successful American colleges in reducing racial gaps in graduation rates between African-American and white students."

  • Student wins Volkswagen bus

    February 4 2011

    Adrienne "Lizzy" Marola, a CCU freshman from Torrington, Conn., recently won a customized 1978 Volkswagen Microbus based on how good her backside looked in a pair of low-cut jeans.

    Hollister Co. held a promotion called "Chasing the Perfect Ride" on its Facebook page, directing viewers to send in a photo of their rears. On a whim, Marola submitted a photo of her derriere in Hollister jeans at the store.

    "I guess I was just lucky," she said.

    The vintage Volkswagen is customized with surfboards on top and a leather couch inside.

  • Dinner and dance combo offered to CCU faculty and staff

    February 4 2011

    “The Ritz” band, in conjunction with Fontinello’s restaurant, is sponsoring a special Valentine Day event with dinner, music and dancing on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Murrells Inlet restaurant on U.S. 17 Bypass.

    The menu will offer a choice of three entrees, and entertainment will be high-energy R&B dance music, according to CCU staffer Michael Hall, who is in the band, as is chemistry professor John Goodwin.

    Hall is selling tickets. The discounted price for CCU faculty and staff is $22 per person or $44 per couple. Call 843-254-2680 for tickets and reservations.

    The restaurant is located at 3956 U.S. 17 South.

  • Got a story?

    February 4 2011

    "Coastal Today," the University’s weekly television show, is always looking for interesting stories about the CCU community. If you know of any noteworthy happenings – faculty/staff/student awards, interesting research, new programs, events, alumni success stories, etc. Please contact Wendi Lee at or 843-349-2244 or e-mail