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  • Roberts named to new research VP post at CCU

    Michael Roberts, dean of the College of Science at Coastal Carolina University, has been appointed to the new position of Vice President for Research and Emerging Initiatives.

    The Office of the Vice President for Research and Emerging Initiatives was created to act as a central resource to coordinate collaborative research efforts across all colleges and departments of the University. The office will facilitate in the region’s economic development by offering incubation programs for entrepreneurial start-up businesses that seek assistance from CCU in areas relating to research and/or technology. Roberts will also work as a liaison with political leaders in Washington, D.C., and in Columbia to elevate CCU’s profile as a provider of research. 

    Roberts’ duties include coordinating the research-related activities of CCU’s six academic outreach centers: the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies, the Center for Archaeology and Anthropology, the Biddle Center for Teaching and Learning, The BB&T Center for Economic and Community Development, the Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies and the Clay Brittain Jr. Center for Resort Tourism. The University’s Office of Grants and Sponsored Research will also report to Roberts.

    Roberts will continue to serve as the dean of CCU’s College of Science, a position he has held since 2007. He was previously professor of biology and associate dean in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University in New York. Roberts earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. He earned both a master's degree and a doctorate in biology from the University of Virginia. 

  • DeCenzo addresses educator groups in Chengdu, China

    Coastal Carolina University President David DeCenzo was one of seven American and Chinese university presidents to deliver a speech at the Sino-American Presidents’ Forum in Chengdu, China, on June 22. DeCenzo was invited to offer his comments about successful internationalization strategies at CCU.

    The event was organized by The China Council for International Educational Exchange and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities as a part of the annual meeting and graduation ceremony for the 1+2+1 Sino-American Dual Degree Program.

    Since the program’s inception 11 years ago, the 1+2+1 program has brought more than 1,000 Chinese students to complete coursework at U.S. universities.

    Coastal Carolina University joined the program in 2007 and received its first student in the program in 2008. At present, Coastal has three students in the program on campus and will receive three more for the Fall 2011 semester.

  • CCU gets 19 permanent recycling receptacles

    Nineteen stone recycling containers have been placed around Coastal Carolina University's campus by the Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative.

    Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator, said the first permanent receptacles are part of an effort to expand the recycling collection program. They are for the collection of empty plastic bottles, metal cans and glass bottles.

    “Our office worked closely with our grounds supervisor in the Department of Facilities to pinpoint high-traffic locations for the placement of these receptacles,” said Sellers. “Each of these receptacles weighs about 600 pounrds. We wouldn’t have been able to place these around campus without generous assistance from Tyrone Smith and his staff and students in the Community Events department. Recycling truly is a team effort.”

    The locations for the initial exterior recycling receptacles include: Bill Baxley Hall, Coastal Science Center, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Kearns Hall, Kimbel Library, Lib Jackson Student Center, E.E. Prince Building, Edward M. Singleton Administration Building, Cathcart Smith Science Center, E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, Williams Brice P.E. Center, the Santee Cooper solar bus station and a major walkway intersection through campus. 

    CCU's student Green Team will collect recyclables from the containers regularly, along with the Building and Grounds staff. All recyclables are sorted at the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s Materials Recycling Facility on S.C. 90 in Conway.

  • 'New Harmonies' on exhibit in Conway; concert set for CCU

    "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" opened on June 11 at the Conway Library and will be on display through July 16.

    The exhibit, which focuses on traditional American musical styles, is sponsored by the Humanities Council SC and the Smithsonian Institute’s Museums on Main Street program.

    One of the exhibit programs is a "Muse on the Waccamaw" concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16 in the Edwards Recital Hall at Coastal Carolina University. The top contestants from the songwriting contest will perform in front of a panel of judges who will award a first place winner in several categories.

    Phillip Cheney, a speaker, musician and storyteller with the Humanities Council, will lead a discussion titled "Celebrating Civil War Music" at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at the L.W. Paul Living Farm near Conway. Local re-enactors will set up an encampment all day at the farm, recreating camp life during the American Civil War. The L.W. Paul Living History Farm is located at the corner of Harris Short Cut Road and U.S. 701 N. in Conway.

    These events are free and open to the public.

    For more information, call the Horry County Museum at 843-915-5320 or email at

  • Custodial staffs restructured

    The Custodial Department at Coastal Carolina University will be restructured to include a third shift. The restructuring is the result of the expanded use of many of our campus buildings into the evening hours and a reduced number of custodial staff. Some of the major changes resulting from this restructuring include:

    Personal offices will not be cleaned on a daily basis. Trash removal and vacuuming will be done only on a weekly or biweekly basis. Faculty and staff should remove trash from their offices that contains food items to a central trash container in their buildings to avoid odor or pest problems between cleanings.

    Custodial staff will no longer be assigned to one building, but will be moving from building to building on campus to accomplish their assigned tasks. They have been organized into crews and assigned multiple buildings for care.

    First shift staff will be responsible for cleaning all campus restrooms. Should you have an emergency spill or clean up, contact the Facilities Management office so that they can send a staff member to address the problem.

    Second shift staff will be responsible for cleaning alarmed areas on a weekly rotational basis, and for spiffing up restrooms during evening hours. Again, should you have an emergency spill or clean up, contact the Facilities Management office so that they can send a staff member to address the problem.

    Third shift staff will be primarily responsible for floor care and trash removal from all areas apart from restrooms. They will address high traffic areas in buildings as first priority and remaining areas on a rotational basis.

  • Jody Davis resigns as women's tennis head coach

    Coastal Carolina women’s tennis head coach Jody Davis has resigned from his position as head coach and will focus exclusively on his duties as the University’s Director of Campus Recreation.

    Davis recently completed his 15th season and ends his career with a 241-90 overall record and a .728 winning percentage.

    “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Coastal Carolina administration for providing me with an opportunity to coach at this great university,” Davis said. “The friendships and relationships that I have developed with players, coaches and administrators will be wonderful lifelong memories."

    A native of Conway, Davis made the Chanticleers perennial contenders in the Big South Conference, posting winning records in each of his 15 seasons and a stellar 100-31 (.763) record in league play, including a 35-9 mark over the past seven regular seasons.

    Davis has guided the Chanticleers to two Big South championships (2001, 2011) and two NCAA Tournament appearances (2001, 2007) in his tenure as head coach. He ended his career in style by leading the Chants to the 2011 Big South regular season championship after posting a 7-1 record in league play. Coastal finished last season with a 21-6 overall record to mark the second-most victories in school history.

    Davis brought the program to new heights in 2001 when Coastal Carolina reached 20 wins for the first time in school history. The Chanticleers also swept through the Big South and finished the season with an undefeated 9-0 record in conference. Coastal went on to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

    In 2005, Davis led the Chanticleers to a school-record 22 wins and has guided Coastal to at least 15 wins in every year since. Davis has also guided Coastal to at least four wins in Big South play in each of his 15 seasons, and the Chants have finished above .500 in conference every season.

    During Davis' tenure, the program has seen six Big South Player of the Year award winners, four Rookie of the Year honors, 40 All-Conference players and three Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winners.

    Davis has been named Big South Coach of the Year five times, which included his selection as the 2011 Co-Coach of the Year. He was also named the 2006 South Carolina Coach of the Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) of South Carolina. 

    The Chanticleers have also excelled academically under the director of Davis. They made the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team (3.2 GPA or higher) for the 12th consecutive season. In addition,  64 of Davis' players have been recognized as ITA Academic All-American (3.5 GPA or higher).