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  • CCU students win top awards at model U.N.

    Coastal Carolina University students who attended the 20th Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN) held recently in Atlanta won the Top 10% Award, given for the delegates' outstanding position papers, and set a record for conference awards.

    Jonathan Young, a senior politics major from Myrtle Beach, won the outstanding delegate award for his performance in the Security Council. Caitlin Spahr, a sophomore political science major from Fort Stewart, Ga., won the outstanding delegate award for her performance in the Commission on the Status of Women.

     Matt Cleary
    and Krisztina Szabo won a mock International Court of Justice case brought against China by the International Telecommunications Union contesting the legality of Chinese content filtering practices on the Internet.

    Eleven students from the Coastal Carolina University delegation represented China: head delegate Cleary, delegates Tom Ducary, Gregory Dukes, Cameron Hayes, Jessica Kata, Sydney Lauren, Heidi Ludwig, Caitlin Spahr, Krisztina Szabo, David Ward and Jonathan Young. The students were accompanied by political science professors Ken Rogers and Min Ye.

  • Textbook by CCU education faculty published

    "Effective Teaching: Preparation and Implementation," a new edition of a textbook co-authored by three Coastal Carolina University education professors, was recently published.

     The fourth and latest edition of the book, by professors Gilbert Hunt, Dennis Wiseman and Timothy Touzel, focuses on acclimating new teachers to an educational culture that will be defined by rapid change. Fast developing technologies and increasing societal complexity will require today's teachers to be more knowledgeable, accountable and flexible than ever before.

  • Cheryl Ward is keynoter at French conference

    Cheryl Ward, CCU's new maritime archaeologist, was the featured speaker at the International Research Seminar, "Ships and Voyages in the Red Sea during the Pharaonic Age," Dec. 3 to 8 in France. Ward's talk is titled "The project of Min of the Desert: The reconstruction and experimental voyage of a pharaonic ship of the Red Sea." Last year she worked on the reconstruction and sailing of an ancient (3,800 years old) Egyptian seagoing ship. She recently traveled to the Louvre Museum where she attended the premiere of a French documentary film that tells the story of the ship. The PBS science show "NOVA" on the ship reconstruction and journey will air Jan. 12, 2010.

    Ward is also traveling to the Egyptian archaeological dig at Mersa/Wadi Gawasis on the coast of the Red Sea. "It is the port of the pharaohs for their voyages to the mystical land of Punt," says Ward, who is the co-principal investigator responsible for all aspects of maritime archaeological materials there. She'll be working there from Dec. 14 to Jan. 12.

  • Dean Mark attends SCWHE minority workshop

    Dianne Mark, dean of the Spadoni College of Education, recently attended the S.C. Women in Higher Education's women of color workshop in Columbia. About 75 women from across the state attended the conference. Also representing Coastal were Fredanna M'Cormack, Diane Smart and Ebony Bowden..

  • Poetry winners announced

    Kendall Pakula, a sophomore English major from Roswell, Ga., is the winner of the annual Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest, a competition open to currently enrolled Coastal Carolina students, for her poem "One Can."

    Pakula will receive a $100 gift card to the Coastal Carolina bookstore and 25 copies of the broadside.

    An honorable mention was awarded to Logan Foley's "Man: of Steel" and Angela Pilson's "Straight on 'til Morning."

    The "One Can" broadside will be available in the next few weeks. Contact Dan Albergotti in the Department of English ( or 843-349-2420) if you would like to purchase one.

    The deadline for the next year's contest in the Paul Rice series will be announced early in the spring semester 2010.

    Poet Juliana Gray of Alfred, N.Y., was the final contest judge. Gray is the author of the poetry collection The Man Under My Skin (River City Publishing, 2005). She teaches English and poetry writing at Alfred University in western New York, and in the summers teaches at the Sewanee Young Writers Conference.

    The first six broadsides in the series – Erin Grauel's "Cheers," Annie Silva's "Country Summers, Country Songs," Brandon Wolf's "Living in the Days of Noah," Stephanie Bouzounis's "Phoenix," William Chao's "Seriously Funny" and Lauren Moore's "Knock-Off Nature" –  are still available. Contact Albergotti for copies. A small requested donation of $1 per copy goes directly to support the continuation of the Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series.

  • CCU students compete in national fishing contest

    Two Coastal Carolina University students competed in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Regional Championship held recently on Lake Monroe in Orlando, Fla. Jonathan Ledoux, a junior marine science major of Fallston, Md., and Wyatt Hammond, a junior history major of Elgin, finished 15th overall in the competition against teams from 13 schools.

    In addition to CCU, participating colleges included Auburn University, Clemson University, Columbus State University, Faulkner University, Freed-Hardeman University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, North Alabama, North Florida, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Tennessee, Martin and Young Harris College.

    Full-time students attending any four year college or university are eligible to participate, in teams of two, in one of four qualifying events. The top five teams of each qualifying event then advance to one of five televised three-day National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championships. The top five teams of each regional championship then advance to the three-day televised National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.

  • Jackson Scholars named

    Six Coastal Carolina University students have been selected as the 2010-2012 Jackson Scholars, a student leadership program sponsored by the University's Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values.

    The scholarship recipients include Michael Black, a sophomore philosophy major from North Myrtle Beach; Christine Brown, a freshman psychology major from Walterboro; Tiffani Cosson, a sophomore resort tourism management major from Sumter; Dea Kamberaj, a sophomore psychology major from Myrtle Beach; Chrystal Morris, a postgraduate student returning for a second degree in political science from Conway; and Kylie Reid, a sophomore psychology major from Latta.

  • Kimbel Library presents Pulp & Pixels

    Looks like The Atheneum isn't the only new newsletter on campus. Check out the new issue of Pulp & Pixels, a Kimbel Library online newsletter, at

  • Psi Chi inducts 25 new members

    The Coastal Carolina University chapter of Psi Chi (psychology honorary) inducted 25 new members on Nov. 12. Faculty advisers are Terry Pettijohn and Megan McIlreavy.

    The new inductees are:
    Jeanny Williams
    Ashley M. O'Donnell
    Bryn Davis Barton
    Robert Scott Atkinson
    Jessica Flansburg
    Laura Cartnick
    Amanda Horting
    David D.Lewis
    Keith Richard
    Kelsea Clark
    Lenore Bolig
    Alexa Correia
    Darian Torrice
    Jamie Kish
    Carlie Manchester
    Katheryn L. Schuster
    Katherine Haines
    Lauren N. Dickey
    Michelle Peterson
    Jennifer Kierce
    Kristi Oxfurth
    Emilia Rosa DaSilva
    Kimberly Ellen LaPiene
    Robin Skordensjy
    Lindsey Chopyk
    Patricia Abood
    (transferred membership)

    JongHan Kim was the invited speaker, and he was also inducted as a faculty member.

  • Take advantage of Teal training

    CCU's TEAL Center continues to offer great Technology Training opportunities.

    TEAL and Kimbel Library are teaming up to offer intensive training the week of Dec. 14 to 18. The WEED-N-FEED series offers daily sessions on topics such as:

     Using your PDA/iPhone. Dreamweaver Endnote citation software and cool technology showcases plus more.

    In addition, there will be opportunities to help the library manage its book collection and some seasonal treats as well!

    To learn more: Visit the updated Web site at

  • Pettijohn presents and publishes

    Terry Pettijohn has been busy. He published the following articles:

    "Hungry people prefer more mature mates: A field test of the environmental security hypothesis" in The Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology. It was co-written by D.F. Sacco Jr. and M.J. Yerkes.


    "Active learning exercises for teaching classic research on impression formation in social psychology courses" in The Open Education Journal, co-written by T.F. Pettijohn and L.A. McDermott.


    Pettijohn and Shujaat Ahmed, a senior psychology major, presented virtually at the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Madrid, Spain, on the "Scientist-practitioner interest changes and course performance in an undergraduate research methods psychology course."