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  • Actor/alumnus Michael J. Kelly chats with students

    April 29 2011

    "This school was amazing to me," said Michael J. Kelly of his four years at Coastal Carolina University. Kelly, a successful film and television actor, graduated in 1992, receiving one of the first bachelor's degrees in theatre awarded at CCU. He was "giving back" by talking to theatre students in an informal gathering on April 29 in the Black Box Theatre. 

    And, Sandi Shackelford, his former acting professor, says he'll return next year for an acting workshop.

    Kelly currently stars in CBS' spinoff series "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" and in the current feature film "The Adjustment Bureau" with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. He's just signed to appear in a new movie being filmed in South Africa, and shooting starts next month.

    "I wanted to make a comfortable living with my acting," said Kelly, 42, who is now doing just that, living in a renovated Manhattan condo with his wife and two-year-old daughter. "It's just that my idea of what is comfort keeps changing!"

    Kelly has made about 22 films and appeared on many TV shows such as "The Soprano." His film breakthrough was "Dawn of the Dead," and his biggest name movie was probably "The Changeling" with Angelina Jolie, directed by Clint Eastwood.

    "You have to want it more than anything," Kelly told acting students. "A million things have to fall into place, and then it takes luck and talent. You have to be so appreciative just to get an audition." And, he added, acting "is either in you or it's not."

  • Historic gathering of university leaders

    April 15 2011

     All five of Coastal Carolina University’s living chief executives were on hand for a recent dedication ceremony on campus. Collectively, this group of chancellors and presidents led the institution for a total of 48 consecutive years—from 1963 to the present.

    The occasion was the dedication on April 15 of three campus buildings that have been renamed in honor of three of the former leaders. Residence halls were named in honor of Ronald Eaglin and Ronald Ingle, and the campus dining hall was named for Fred Hicks. The University's board of trustees passed a resolution in 2010 to rename these student buildings to honor these three leaders in recognition of their dedication to the students of Coastal Carolina University. 

    Waccamaw Hall was renamed Ronald R. Ingle Hall; Santee Hall is now Ronald G. Eaglin Hall, and The Commons dining hall is being called the Fred W. Hicks III Hall. All three of the former president/chancellors were present at the ceremony, along with CCU President David DeCenzo and Edward Singleton, one of the original founders of the university.

    Hicks, of Savannah, Ga., was chancellor of Coastal Carolina College from 1983 to 1985. He was previously the president at Wesleyan College in Georgia. He served as a professor of history at CCU from 1985 to 1998. Since his retirement, he has served as consultant for museums on issues of governance, marketing and advancement. He has endowed a scholarship in finance for women at Coastal, and has also supported the University's Visiting Writers Series and the Lackey Chapel.

    Eaglin was chancellor of Coastal Carolina College from 1985 to 1992 when it was part of the University of South Carolina system. He went on to become president of Morehead State University in Kentucky until he retired in 2005 and moved to Pawleys Island.

    Ingle, of Murrells Inlet, was the first president of Coastal Carolina University. He served as president from 1993, when the institution became an independent, public university, until 2007. He previously served as vice chancellor of academic affairs at CCU from 1988 to 1992, when he was named interim chancellor. Since his retirement in 2007, he has worked as consultant for educational institutions and currently serves as provost at Young Harris College in Georgia.

  • 2011 student leader award winner announced

    April 29 2011

    Courtney E. Elliton, a sophomore marine science major at Coastal Carolina University from Huntingtown, Md., was presented with the Robert W. Squatriglia Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award at the Conway Rotary Club meeting on April 28.

    The cash prize of $100 is an annual award sponsored by the Rotary Club of Conway and the CCU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), national leadership honor society, to a student who exemplifies the leadership ideals of ODK and practices the Rotary motto of service above self.

    After an introduction by Charmaine Tomczyk, ODK faculty secretary, Elliton gave a brief presentation on her recent research about Alzheimer’s for which Rotary gives financial support through their CART (Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust) fund. 

    Elliton has been active on campus committees, student government association, and Students Taking Active Responsibility (STAR).  When asked what she plans to do with her cash prize, Elliton said “It will go into my Australia fund” which will support her travel this summer to the west coast of Australia to earn CCU transfer academic credit for a course in tropical marine biology.

  • Mentees enjoy 'A Day in the Life of a College Student'

    April 29 2011

    What do you get when you combine children, a beautiful sunny day, mentors and engaging activities? A very successful “A Day in the Life of a College Student” – Coastal Carolina University-style!

    The seventh annual visit of students participating in the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring program was held Thursday, April 14, on the CCU campus. More than 320 children and youth from 10 elementary, seven middle and two high schools in Horry and Georgetown counties joined their 220 mentors to explore the campus and participate in a variety of activities.

    Mentor award winners were announced by CCU supporter Linda Floyd. They included Jonathan Bennett, Mentor of the Year; Lori Sircable, Outstanding Long-Term Mentor; and Ellen Baltz, Outstanding New Mentor.

    Kelly Muench, last year’s Mentor of the Year, and her mentee led participants in a new “pinning” ceremony. Children gave their mentors a pin that reads “I Mentor; I Make a Difference,” while the mentors pinned a blue ribbon on the children, which reads “You Make a Difference.” Head football coach David Bennett shared his message of encouragement and perseverance with students.

    Middle and high school students participated in a "Virus Lab," conducted by professor Paul Richardson and his students. An exergame demonstration came from Tim Meyler, and a presentation by the SEEWEE Association was provided by Jerry Walls. CCU staffers Brianne Parker and Amanda Craddock talked about how to prepare for college.

    Elementary students learned about electrical safety through the Powerline Hazard Awareness Demonstration provided by Claud Wessinger of Santee Cooper. Physical and health activities were held on Prince Lawn, organized by professors Sandra Nelson and Denise Lewis and their students.

    The children also got autographs from CCU athletes, cheerleaders and Chauncey. They learned about snakes and the swamp from Leanna McMillan, CCU intern at the Playcard Environmental Education Center. In addition, children learned about Spanish culture from professor Jose-Luis Mireles and his students, and they discussed the Old Santee Canal Park, presented by CCU alumnus Brad Sale of Santee Cooper.

    At the visit's end, each student selected a new book provided by the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring program.

    Throughout the morning, mentors talked with children about their own experiences preparing for and attending college.

    Gail Dale, assistant principal at Waccamaw Elementary School, wrote, “Many of my students have never visited a college campus. However, today many of our students went away with dreams of attending Coastal Carolina University.”

    By Margene Willis, mentoring specialist, Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning & Community Engagement


  • Summer tennis league starts

    April 29 2011

    CCU faculty and staff have their own tennis league now.

    Summer league play starts the week of May 9. Women play on Monday and Wednesday, and men play Tuesday and Thursday. All skill levels welcome!

    The schedule is:

    5 to 5:45 p.m. open practice and warm-up time

    5:45 to 6 p.m. Team match-up

    6 to 8 p.m. Three set doubles match play


    For more information, contact Robert Bulsza at

  • Vote for River!

    May 2 2011

    Wendi Lee, CCU staffer, entered her 10-month-old son River in a Parent’s magazine photo contest that promises a cover shoot to the winner. One of River’s photos was chosen as a weekly finalist for the contest, and Wendi is seeking online votes. Click on the link below to vote for River Monroe Lee.