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  • Summer Arts Academy ends with comic relief

    July 1 2011

    The Incredible Hulk was melting in her green duct tape costume by the end of the Duct Tape Fashion Show on an 88-degree June morning in the Edwards Courtyard.

    Taylor Monahan, a 9th-grade Conway High School student, was modeling a vivid green duct tape suit that she was literally taped into, so by the end of the show she was ready to shed her superhero image. Emmanuel Obgonna, a rising 12th grader from Irmo High School in Columbia, helped peel the tape off and free her from her Hulk misery.

    "They'll put up with a lot for that 15 minutes of fame," said Susan Slavic, director of the Summer Arts Academy and a CCU associate professor of visual arts.

    The Hulk was one of 13 comic characters constructed and modeled by 36 students of the Academy. It was the culmination of the two-week residential arts program for gifted and talented students.

    Duct tape comic characters included Haku the dragon, Zee Captain, Sniper, Mimi & Max, Sailor Mercury, Deadpool, Opus, Poison Ivy, Bat Woman, Wonder Woman, Storm and Green Lantern.

    Three teammates worked to fashion the three-person dragon, with one person (the tail end) walking backward. The project, which took "hours and hours," taught the students patience and the importance of planning, according to dragon girls Hikari Yobayashi and Ella Bergdoll-Oberhammer, both 10-graders at Myrtle Beach High School. Mary Sheehan was the middle dragon girl.

    The three girls chose the dragon because "a dragon with three people has never been done before." Last year, the same trio constructed the giant bird Kevin from the animated film "Up," another show standout.

    Slavic said the students learn new skills, including how to work with new and mixed media and how to live and work together. "They learn there's a lot of power in visual literacy."

    Following the fashion show, students and parents visited an exhibit in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery that featured all their art projects, ranging from sculpture to digital projects to painting and mixed media.

  • CCU student plays on championship rugby team

    July 1 2011

    Alex Nazon, a Coastal Carolina senior majoring in exercise and sport science, was selected out of 60 of the best collegiate rugby players in the nation to play on the National Men's Collegiate All-Star Team. The South team (Nazon's team) defeated Southern California 67-33, with final championship games held June 11 in Aurora, Colo.

    Nazon, who is also president of the CCU Rugby Club, was a pivotal player in the hard-fought game. He plays the position of forward and prop. 

    In May, Nazon traveled to Atlanta and tried out successfully for the USA Rugby South All-Star team. This team consists of the best of collegiate men's rugby players from schools in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi. Nazon was the only Division II player to make the team.

    On June 7, the team traveled to Glendale, Colo., headquarters for USA Rugby, to compete in the USA Rugby Collegiate All Star National Championship tournament. Six territories from across the country compete for the title. The South team's first opponent was the Midwest Territory team. The South won by a score of 57-28.

    The next game was against the Southern California Territory for the championship. Again, the South prevailed. Each member of the team received a gold medal.

    Nazon has now played on two national champion teams while representing Coastal Carolina University. He has played on CCU's rugby team for the last four years, and he was a member of the 2009 undefeated Division III National Championship team.

    Originally from Charleston, Nazon will graduate in December. He is attending summer school, working at the Afterdeck and playing with the Myrtle Beach Men's Rugby Club.

  • CCU student hailed as hero

    July 1 2011

    Timothy Gayton, a 19-year-old Coastal Carolina University student from Rock Hill, is being called a hero this summer.

    According to the Rock Hill Herald, Gayton, who is home for the summer, rescued Chip McLean, 55, who was trapped in his crushed SUV after a tree fell on his vehicle during a thunderstorm.

    McLean told newspaper reporter Kimberly Dick that he had been driving home from work around 10 p.m. when a tree fell on the car and crushed the roof and buckled the door so that he couldn't get out.

    Gayton, who lived nearby, heard the crash and ran out into the pouring rain to see if he could help. He wrapped his shirt around his fist, broke the window and helped McLean to crawl out.

  • Student joins local nonprofit board

    July 1 2011

    Psychology student Adam Child is a new junior board member of the First Book-Horry County Local Advisory Board.

    The mission of the national nonprofit is to raise money to buy books for children in the area who do not own books. 

    "I have always been passionate about literacy," says Child, who would like to see more students getting involved with volunteerism at the community level.

    The board recently held a First Book Celebration with the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand, a group that was awarded a grant and books for its literacy program.

  • CCU actors work on independent film

    July 1 2011

    "Dolls For Strangers" is an independent film being made by local filmmaker Ken Cohen. It has to do with a failed relationship and the subsequent experimentation into the world of voodoo by the husband, who seeks revenge against his former wife. The film features CCU students Mark Jurosko and Shana Meyer and faculty/staff members Steve Earnest and Melissa Anne Blizzard.

  • Former student editor doing red carpet interviews

    July 1 2011

    Former Chanticleer editor Corrie Lee Lacey, who graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in journalism, is in Los Angeles, working for US Weekly. Her first "red carpet interview" was with actor Topher Grace.

    Lacey will be entering the College of New York University (CUNY) graduate program for journalism in the spring of 2012.

  • Former CCU faculty member to lead CUR

    July 1 2011

    Mary Crowe, a tenured faculty member at Coastal Carolina University from 1994-2004, has been elected president-elect of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for the 2011-2012 year.

    She is currently director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned a bachelor's degree from Eureka College and a master's and Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University, all in biology.


  • Psychology students present papers

    June 24 2011

    Psychology professor Terry Pettijohn attended the 23rd Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention in Washington, D.C., May 25-29 with three students who were co-authors on three projects. The students were: Kim LaPieneAmanda Horting and Arsida Ndoni. La Piene and Horting majored in psychology and graduated in May. Ndoni, also a psychology major, is a rising senior.

    Their research was selected for a video blog segment on the conference web page:

  • Finance board chair quoted in WSJ

    June 23 2011

    David Allison (of Allison Investment Management of Wilmington, N.C.) was quoted recently in Jason Zweig’s weekly “Intelligent Investor” column in The Wall Street Journal. Allison is the chair of the Wall College Finance Advisory Board. You can find a link to the article below:

    How Much Will 'Floating Rate' Funds Really Float?