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  • CCU announces first Beach Music Hall of Fame inductees, songs

    Coastal Carolina University will host the first-ever Beach Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Eight legendary beach music artists and 10 songs will be inducted at the ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m., Sunday, May 15, in CCU’s Wheelwright Auditorium. 

    Dino Thompson, chairman of the Beach Music Hall of Fame advisory board, announced the names of the first lineup of artists and songs to be honored by the new institution. The artists are Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, Ruth Brown, The Clovers, Fats Domino, The Drifters, Louie Jordan, Amos Milburn, and Big Joe Turner.

    Songs to be honored include “Sixty Minute Man,” recorded by The Dominoes; “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” recorded by Big Joe Turner; “Ain’t That a Shame,” recorded by Fats Domino; “The Great Pretender,” recorded by The Platters; “Green Eyes,” recorded by the Ravens; “Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” recorded by Ruth Brown; “Nip Sip,” recorded by The Clovers; “One Mint Julep,” recorded by the Clovers; “White Christmas,” recorded by The Drifters; and “Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee,” recorded by Sticks McGee.

    This first induction will focus on the pioneers of beach music who released songs prior to 1955. Special recognition will also be given to the late General Norman Johnson, lead vocalist of Chairman of the Board, and the late Solomon Burke, considered the founding father of soul music. CCU faculty member Dan O’Reilly and Pop 101 musicians will also perform a medley of beach music songs originally made famous by Hall of Fame inductees.

    Tickets to the Beach Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are $20, available through the Wheelwright Box Office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 843-349-2502. For more information, contact Martha Hunn at 843-349-2962. 

  • Summer hours announced

    Beginning on May 9 and continuing through August 12, summer hours will be as follows:

    Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with one hour for lunch

    Friday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with one hour for lunch, or 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with no lunch break.

    The Friday schedule will be at the discretion of supervisors, who should make sure the lunch option is properly observed and that offices are covered until 2:30. Supervisors are also asked to be flexible with regard to requests for use of leave time during summer hours.

  • COHFA faculty receive awards

    The following faculty members in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts have been awarded funding in the 2010-2011 Dean’s Fund for Scholarship Awards for their projects:

    • Philip Whalen, associate professor of history, will research “A Provincial Perspective: Burgundian Workers at the 1900 Paris Exposition” in Dijon, France, this summer to discover what skilled workers expected, thought and retained from visiting the 1900 Paris Exposition.

    • Carolyn Dillian, assistant professor of archaeology/anthropology, will establish a “Geologic Samples Database” to help create an elemental fingerprint of raw materials that were used prehistorically and historically in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

    • Steve Earnest, associate professor of theatre, will travel to Reykjavik, Iceland, to investigate the relationship between the National Theatre School and the Icelandic Theatre System in support of a project on “Contemporary Icelandic Theatre.”

    Also, Ron Green, assistant professor of religious studies, received an Honorable Mention and partial funding for travel to Korea to research some of the defining historical events, people, places and practices of modern Korean Buddhism in a project entitled “Orthopraxy in Modern Korean Buddhism.”

  • Ash Wednesday services set for Lackey Chapel

    Three Ash Wednesday services will be held on Wednesday, March 9 at the Ronald D. Lackey Chapel.

    Father Andrew Trapp of St. Michael's Catholic Church will officiate at the services, but all students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. You do not have to be Catholic.

    The services will be at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 and 5:30 p.m.

  • Coastal Carolina wins college fishing event

    Two Coastal Carolina University students, John Miller and Wyatt Hammond, recently won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Division event on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala., with five bass weighing a total of 19 pounds, 3 ounces. FLW stands for Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats.

    The victory earned the team $10,000 to be split between the University and the University’s bass fishing club - $7,500 for the bass club and $2,500 for the school. The win also helped them advance to the Southeast Division Regional Championship.

    “This is unbelievable,” said Hammond, a senior history major from Myrtle Beach. “I’ve been trying for three years to get here.”

    The team found success early as Hammond caught a fish on a chartreuse jerkbait within five minutes, and soon after, Miller caught one on a Rat-L-Trap. Miller also caught an 8-pounder on a shad-colored Rapala Shad Rap and followed that up with a 4-pounder.

    “It was 32 degrees at blastoff,” Hammond said. “It was cold, to say the least. But it warmed up to 65 or 70 degrees, and I know a lot of people out here were catching a lot of good fish.”

    Erin Burge, assistant professor of marine science, is faculty adviser for the fishing club.

  • CCU students sweep ADDY awards, student category

    Coastal Carolina University graphic design students dominated the 2011 ADDY Awards in the Student Division, hosted by the American Advertising Federation, Coastal Carolinas. Fourteen student ADDYs were awarded to CCU students at the annual awards ceremony held in Myrtle Beach Feb. 18.

    CCU senior Lisa Tyree took top honors as she was awarded Best of Show and also a Gold ADDY for her poster called "His and Hers Deconstruction." In addition, Tyree received a Gold ADDY for her Old Bicycle Company logo.

    Junior Kayla Looysen was awarded three Gold ADDYs for her packaging, logo and poster work. Seniors Barbara Astrini and Allie Tague also picked up Gold ADDYs for their posters. Students who received Silver ADDY awards include Molly French, Dani Brass and Alecia Lewis. 

    Three University publications also won student ADDY awards: Archarios (Gold), the student literary art magazine; the student-produced Tempo magazine (Gold) and Tapestry magazine (Silver), which is produced by the University's Department of English.

    The prestigious Student ADDY awards are presented for the most outstanding student work in the region. The region includes the Florence, Georgetown and Myrtle Beach areas as well as Wilmington, N.C. The gold winners of the regional ADDYs will now be forwarded to broader district competition and a chance to compete for national recognition and awards.

  • CCU faculty member wins Silver ADDY

    Jeff Case, assistant professor of graphic design, won a Silver ADDY award from the American Advertising Federation, Coastal Carolinas, for an interactive self-promotion piece he created. It can be viewed in its entirety by going to the following link:

    The annual AAF-Coastal Carolina ADDY Awards competition recognizes advertising creative excellence in all media, including print, broadcast, interactive, out-of-home and public service advertising. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony Feb. 18 in Myrtle Beach.

    Originally from Palm Springs, Calif., Case earned a bachelor’s degree in art/graphic design from Southern Utah University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in visual communication from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the faculty at CCU, he taught at Lyndon State College of Vermont, Southern Utah University and the University of Arizona.

    Case teaches web design, graphic design and illustration courses.

  • Jason Ockert wins international short story contest

    Jason Ockert, associate professor of English and associate dean for communication and the arts at Coastal Carolina University, was recently selected out of nearly 300 contestants as winner of the international 2010 Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Contest.

    “It feels both relieving, because I’ve been working on this second collection for some time,” says Ockert, “and humbling because of the incredible competition.”

    Ockert’s award-winning manuscript, “Neighbors of Nothing,” a collection of 10 stories, will be published in October 2013 and available at all major book distributors. “Each character is trying to overcome some form of absence and loss – from job status to a family member. The collection attempts to offer new ways of recasting this familiar theme of people struggling against that which threatens to overwhelm them,” says Ockert. “It sounds depressing, but I always try to include humor in my writing, too.”

    Ockert has won several national fiction awards and has been published in journals such as The Oxford American, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review and McSweeney’s. His work has also appeared in the anthologies “New Stories from the South” and “Best American Mystery Stories.” His first short story collection is titled “Rabbit Punches.”

  • CCU hosts S.C. Women in Higher Education conference

    Coastal Carolina University recently hosted the 2011 S.C. Women in Higher Education Conference on Feb. 25. The 23rd annual Martha Kime Piper Award was bestowed on Christine Curtis, senior vice provost at the University of South Carolina.

    Curtis was recognized for her leadership, commitment and participation in support of advancing women in higher education and the education of South Carolina women. She earned her doctorate in analytical chemistry at Florida State University and taught graduate courses in the department of chemical engineering at Auburn University. She currently manages the faculty development programs and related matters for the Provost's Office at USC.

    Charmaine Tomczyk, SCWHE executive board member and director for undergraduate research at CCU, served as the chair of the Piper Award Review Committee and is incoming president of SCWHE for fall 2011.