You are viewing an archived issue. Vol. 3 Issue 8 August 2011 Looking for the current issue?

Something to Talk About Personal notes and news.

Chaucey Something To Talk About
Bookmark and Share
  • Alford recognized for his role on CCU's Board of Trustees

    July 29 2011

    Coastal Carolina University President David A. DeCenzo recently recognized  William "Billy" Alford for his years of service as chair of the Board of Trustees since 2007. DeCenzo presented Alford with a framed picture of the Atheneum at the recent BOT meeting.

    Alford served two terms as chair of the board. D. Wyatt Henderson, who has been on the board since 2009, is the current chair.

  • Take me out to the ballgame for a good cause!

    August 1 2011

    First Book of Horry County is the featured nonprofit organization for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game on Thursday, Aug 25. All CCU faculty, staff and students are invited.

    The game begins at 7:05 p.m., and tickets are $11 each. First Book will keep $6 of the ticket price. First book is the local arm of a national organization whose mission is to raise money to purchase new books for children in need in our area.

    For tickets, call Megan McIlreavy ( at 349-2728, Mona Prufer ( at 349-2087 or Adam Child ( at 515-490-3901.

  • International Sea Turtle research projects underway by graduate students

    July 29 2011

    Research abroad on sea turtles is being conducted by two graduate students from the Coastal Marine & Wetland Studies program this summer.

    Both students are working under Eric Koepfler in the Marine Science Department.

    Mandy Cuskelly, who has returned from her field study in Costa Rica, is investigating “the effect of microhabitat characteristics on nest site selection of Leatherback Sea Turtles.” The Leatherback turtles are the world’s largest sea turtles, weighing in at 550 to 1,500 pounds. One of the most important nesting locations in the Atlantic Ocean is along the east coast of Costa Rica, at the Pacuare Reserve.

    Cuskelly spent five weeks at the reserve intercepting nesting female turtles and examining the geological and physical factors that characterized their nesting sites. Of interest in her study is what causes the highly patchy nesting activities seen on the Pacuare Reserve beach.

    Across the Atlantic and working out of Greece, Chanel Comis is currently conducting her research on “orientation preference of loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) hatchlings in Kyparissia Bay, Greece.”

    Comis is placing buoyant glow stick tags on tethered loggerhead hatchlings to observe how they orient and move as they progress from their nesting beach to the waters offshore in the Mediterranean sea. The Loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean are cousins to those nesting along the South Carolina coast. Comis is investigating whether the early juvenile movements of Kyparissia Bay hatchlings differ in terms of important navigational stimuli given the more constrained and complicated landscape of the Mediterranean shoreline. Central to Comis’ study is the possibility that the Kyparissia Bay hatchlings use magnetic navigation, similar to what has been found for loggerhead hatchlings coming from U.S. beaches.

  • Carolina Master Chorale features CCU singers

    July 29 2011

    The Carolina Master Chorale has announced its new season for 2011-2012, featuring eight members of the Coastal Carolina University faculty and staff. Season tickets are on sale.

    CCU faculty and staff include: Jeffrey Jones, Don Sloan, David Bankston, Nick Twigg, Andy Fowler, Tim Koch, Ann Benson and Steve Earnest.

    The 29th season includes:
    "War No More: Songs of Passion, Faith and Principle"
    Whether with humor, drama, laughter or tears, musicians throughout the ages have always united to sing for peace.
    Fri., Oct. 21, 8 p.m. - Seaside United Methodist Church, Sunset Beach, N.C.
    Sat., Oct. 22, 8 p.m. - Trinity Episcopal Church, Myrtle Beach
    Sun., Oct. 23, 4 p.m. - First United Methodist Church, Conway

    "Do You Hear What We Hear? Christmas, Hanukkah and the Voices of Passion"
    The Carolinas' most original and entertaining holiday festival of song!
    Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m. - Calabash Presbyterian Church, Sunset Beach, N.C.
    Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m. - Trinity Episcopal Church, Myrtle Beach
    Sun., Dec. 11, 4 p.m. - First United Methodist Church, Conway

    "Hearts Of Passion III: A Gospel Feast"
    Raise the roof with the region's finest gospel musicians from Conway's Mason Temple.
    Fri., Feb. 10, 8 p.m. - Seaside United Methodist Church, Sunset Beach, N.C.
    Sat., Feb. 11, 4 p.m. - Trinity Episcopal Church, Myrtle Beach
    Sun., Feb. 12, 4 p.m. - Mason Temple Church of God in Christ, Conway

    "An American Song Book: From the American Church to Basin Street to Broadway" Glorious American music for choir, soloist and chamber instrumental ensemble from the Long Bay Symphony.
    Fri., May 4, 8 p.m. - Calabash Presbyterian Church, Sunset Beach, N.C.
    Sat., May 5,  4 p.m. - First United Methodist Church, Conway
    Sun., May 6, 4 p.m. - Trinity Episcopal Church, Myrtle Beach

    Season tickets are $65 and includes the four concerts above. Individual concert tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

    Order your tickets today by calling 843-444-5774

  • CCU student to study photography in France

    July 29 2011

    CCU graduate Brandon Corey is headed to Paris, France, for the Speos European Masters of Professional Photography program. He will be working on an international master's degree in the photographic arts.

    Corey, from Monroe Township, N.J., earned a communication degree with a minor in graphic design in May.

    Since the prestigious program only accepts 80 students a year, Corey was surprised to be accepted. "And I don't know any French, but the Rosetta Stone (language program) is on its way," he says. "Good thing that Speos is an English-speaking school."

  • Jadallah to present research paper at Oxford

    July 29 2011

    Edward Jadallah, interim dean of the Spadoni College of Education, has been invited to present his research on the relationship of pre-service teachers’ conceptual understandings and experiential learning at a research symposium Oct. 23-25 at the University of Oxford, England. The Research Symposium will be sponsored by the Society for Educational Studies and the Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research.

    Jadallah’s paper, "Pre-service Teachers’ Conceptual Understandings and Reasoning for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Decisions," was one of only 35 papers accepted for presentation following an international call directed through the Oxford Centre and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

    The research symposium proposes to confront the current educational policy and research assertion that teachers learn primarily "from experience." The invited papers will address the meaning of this assertion by examining two specific questions: What and how do teachers learn from experience? And how are we to understand experience and experiential learning in professional education?

  • Update from the Edwards College

    July 29 2011

    About 20 new faculty hires will begin in August in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. 

    Carol Osborne has already begun her duties as associate dean. Holly Tankersley will officially begin her term as associate dean on Aug.16.

     A few transitions of chair positions will also occur in August, when Nils Rauhut will begin a term as chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Arne Flaten will chair the Department of Visual Arts, and Matthieu Chan Tsin begins his first year as the “official” full-time chair of World Languages and Cultures. Maria Bachman has already begun her work as the chair of the English Department this summer. Dan Ennis, who is currently pursuing his Fulbright-Hays assignment in Morocco, is the new interim dean of the Edwards College.

  • Whalen to conduct summer program in London

    July 29 2011

    Philip Whalen has been invited in the capacity of "Visiting Scholar" by the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies to host a three-week "Empires in World History" summer program for American students studying at the University of London and residing in the Bloomsbury area, a district famous for its Georgian architecture and museums. The program will showcase guest lectures from the University of London's faculty and include a weekend trip to Paris and Versailles.

  • Local show offers CCU discount

    July 29 2011

    "Super Starz Live: The Ultimate Tribute Show"
    Now starring CCU’s own Jackie Wiatrowski as Lady Gaga.

    Also featuring Charlie Daniels, Elvis, The Bluegrass Brothers and Dolly Parton.

    Half-price adult tickets for students, faculty and alumni of CCU.
    Showtimes: Monday through Saturday – 8 p.m.; Wednesday – 2 and 8 p.m.

    Present your CCU ID at the Box Office when picking up tickets. One half-price ticket per person (regular ticket price - $34). Additional adult tickets may be purchased for $22. Children ages 3-16 are $10. Offer valid through Sept. 4.

    Box Office: 843-839-5483
    Celebration Music Theatre
    301 U.S. 17 Business, Surfside Beach, SC 29575

    Other discounts offered by local merchants are found on the Human Resources Workplace web page: