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  • Coastal Carolina University graduates largest class

    A total of 934 students participated in Coastal Carolina University's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7 at Brooks Stadium. A total of 1,154 candidates from May and August were eligible to march in the ceremony, including 83 master's degree candidates.

     CCU President David A. DeCenzo gave the commencement address. DeCenzo became president of CCU in 2007, the year the students in the Class of 2011 began at the University.

    "Some may question why every college and university declares excellence as a goal, since not every institution can be rated excellent in all ways at all times," he said to the graduating class. "The answer is quite simple — the institution's excellence is not the goal. Rather, the excellence of each of our graduates is our goal."

    Colleen Schohl of Brecksville, Ohio, received the 2011 Faculty Distinguished Student Excellence Award, an annual award honoring a student who has achieved both a high academic average and a record of campus/community involvement. Schohl earned a bachelor's degree in finance with a 3.96 grade point average. A student-athlete and an honors student, she played women's varsity soccer for four years and was named to the Big South Conference All-Academic Team in 2010. Schohl was a member of the Wall Fellows Class of 2011 and interned with Rolls-Royce regional headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. She worked with the Waccamaw Heart Walk and on various soccer team service projects.

    Three students received the President's Award, the University's highest academic honor. They were Julia Ann Brown of Conway, Duane James Lyons of Myrtle Beach and Katherine Lee White of St. Charles, Ill. All graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average. 

    Five retiring Coastal Carolina University professors were recognized for their service: Judy B. Engelhard, emeritus professor; Robert D. Nale, distinguished professor emeritus; Sandra Shackelford, distinguished professor emeritus; Albert J. Taylor, distinguished professor emeritus; and Linda Vereen, distinguished instructor.

  • 10 Orientation sessions coming up this summer

    Orientation is the most important part of the summer for new freshmen and transfers. Orientation crowds can total 800 people. Here are the upcoming dates for Freshman Orientation

    June 16-17
    June 20-21
    June 23-24
    June 29-30
    July 11-12
    July 14-15
    July 18-19

    Transfer Orientation
    June 27
    July 20
    Aug. 18

    Transfer sessions are one day and run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Faculty Senate elects new officers

    Keshav Jagannathan, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, has been elected the new chair of Faculty Senate.

    Ken Small, associate professor of finance, was elected vice chair.

    Colleen McGlone, associate professor of recreation and sports management, was elected secretary.

    Michael Ruse, associate professor and chair of philosophy and religious studies, is the outgoing chair.

  • Sanders to lead Jackson Family Center

    Sara Sanders has agreed to become the new director of the Jackson Family Center for Values and Ethics for 2011-2012.

    Sanders will replace Professor Claudia McCollough, who helped originate the Center and has served as its only director since its creation. McCollough will continue her work through Aug. 15, and Sanders will begin her appointment as the new full-time director on Aug. 16.  McCollough has agreed to act as a consultant to the Center throughout 2011-2012. 

    In recent years, several national searches have been conducted to identify an external candidate for this position, but, so far, no suitable candidate has been successfully hired. It is hoped that this internal appointment of Sanders will mark a new stage of development for this important center and provide continued stability following McCollough’s departure.

  • Summer schedule set

    Through Aug.12, Coastal Carolina University is observing summer hours of operation. The administrative offices will follow summer hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday) throughout the summer.

    The University will observe Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday; administrative offices will be closed. Fall classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 22.

    Kimbel Library:
    Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
     Exceptions are Friday, Aug. 19, when the hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 20, from 1 to 6 p.m.

    Williams Brice Recreation Center:
    Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday
    Pool will be closed May 16 to 29 for repairs.
    Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday

    Post Office:
    Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
          Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sunday.

  • New CCU lecture series focuses on business law

    Coastal Carolina University has established a new lecture series, “Meet the Law,” designed to complement the business law courses offered through the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration. The purpose of the lectures is to give students the opportunity to meet and interact with practicing legal professionals who work in the judicial or regulatory system at the national, state or local level.

    The inaugural speaker in the program was M. Owen Donley III, chief counsel for the Office of Investor Education and Advocacy with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He spoke on April 21 to 220 students, including all six sections of business law and selected accounting and finance classes.

    Donley, a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the Vanderbilt University Law School, spoke to students about securities law and regulation principles. He joined the SEC in 2004.

    “Students gain valuable insights through contact with those working in the fields they’re studying,” said Edgar Dyer, CCU’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “It supplements their classroom experience and starts them thinking about career choices.”

    The program was created by Wall College business law faculty members Henry Lowenstein and Andy Hendrick, who plan to invite one guest lecturer per semester. The lectures are open only to Wall College of Business students.
    For more information, contact Lowenstein at 349-2827 or