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  • CCU to celebrate three honorary founders at Founders Day

    A former chancellor, a hospital administrator, and a longtime supporter and advocate of Coastal Carolina University will be honored at the University's 25th annual Founders Day ceremony at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19 at Wheelwright Auditorium. The ceremony is free and open to the pubic.

    Ronald G. Eaglin, Frank M. Watts and the late Nancy Arthur Smith will be added to the list of 82 founders and honorary founders who played important roles in the growth and development of CCU and the promotion of higher education in the region.

    Eaglin was chancellor of USC Coastal Carolina College from 1985 to 1992. Under his leadership, Coastal Carolina (then a branch campus of the University of South Carolina) built its first residence, added 10 new degree programs and increased its grants and private giving more than 500 percent. He was at the helm as the independence from USC movement grew and eventually led to the establishment of Coastal Carolina University as an independent, state-supported institution in 1993. One of the University's residence halls was recently renamed in his honor.

    Smith (1918-2002) was a longtime supporter and advocate of Coastal Carolina University, along with her husband Dr. R. Cathcart Smith (1914-2001), for whom CCU's science building is named. The Smiths, of Conway, were both keenly interested in higher education. The Nancy Arthur Smith Distinguished Visitors-in-Residence series was established in August 2004 to bring noted artists and scholars to support campus residencies for artists and intellectuals who have distinguished careers in the arts, history, archaeology, international affairs or philosophy.

    Frank M. Watts was chief executive officer for the Loris Hospital System for 26 years, retiring in 1995. Prior to that, he was assistant administrator for Conway Hospital for 10 years. He organized and built the Little River Medical Center in 1978 and served on its board until 1992. From 1978 to 2002, Watts was on the board of directors of the Coastal Educational Foundation, serving as vice president and president from 1982 to 1984. He served on various CEF committees, including nominating, finance, land use and academic affairs.

  • 'Sing-Off' winner Committed coming to CCU

    The a cappella group Committed will perform at Coastal Carolina University's Wheelwright Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. Tickets for the premium performance are $15-$20, with a $5 discount for alumni, seniors (65 and older), teens (ages 11 to 17) and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members; $10 for CCU and HGTC faculty and staff; and $5 for CCU and HGTC students and children age 10 and younger.

      The dynamic six-man singing group earned national fame by winning first place on NBC’s hit competition show, "The Sing Off." The sextet is known for its spirituality and versatility: four of the six are instrumentalists and all are able to sing multiple styles of music including gospel, pop, R&B, contemporary worship and jazz. Collectively, the group shows a wide range of influence, including Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, BeBe & CeCe Winans and Boyz II Men.

      Committed's goal is one of music ministry for their Christian faith. Members include Maurice Staple, Alain Gervais, Theron Thomas II and Robert Pressley Jr., all tenors; Dennis Baptiste Jr., baritone; and Geston Pierre, bass. The group is from Huntsville, Ala.

      For reservations or tickets, call the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-2502.

  • Alumni nominations sought

    Coastal Carolina University's Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2011 Outstanding Alumni awards. The deadline for submitting nominations is Thursday, Sept. 15.

    Six alumni awards are presented annually. Four will recognize outstanding alumni from each of the four colleges (E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration, the College of Science, the Spadoni College of Education and the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts) in addition to the Overall Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and the newly established Young Alumnus of the Year.

    The nomination criteria includes:

    * Alumnus of the Year nominees must have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate course of study at Coastal Carolina University (if nominee attended prior to 1974, a two-year degree is required).

    * Young Alumnus of the Year nominees must have graduated within the last five years.

    * Must possess integrity and excellent character.

    * Demonstrates loyalty to the ideals of Coastal Carolina University.

    * Record of community/civic involvement.

    * Special consideration will be given to a nominee who has overcome unusual adversity.

    * Should be distinguished among his/her peers for constructive contributions made to society that demonstrate leadership, responsibility and expertise in his/her field.

    * Promotes a positive image of Coastal Carolina University in his or her profession.

    Winners will be announced during the Alumni Association's annual meeting on Oct. 22.

    The nomination form can be accessed at
    For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 843-349-2586 or

  • Men's Golf Team receives academic award

    The Golf Coaches Association of America has recently named the Coastal Carolina Men's Golf Team to the 2011 Divison I All Academic Team. The CCU Men's Golf Team was one of 40 teams to be recognized for this academic award out of a total of 250 Division I teams. In order to receive the award, the team must have an average GPA of at least a 3.0. Coastal is one of a few teams to have received this award as well as qualifying for postseason play for the last three years straight.

  • Sign up for Blackboard training at TEAL Center

    The Teal Center has its early September schedule of sessions posted. There are more than 40 sessions to help prepare for the fall semester with the new version of Blackboard Learn. Session topics include Blackboard Basics, Organizing Your Course, the Grade Center, Managing Tests, and Managing Assignments. A reminder that Blackboard training is required before your courses can be added or transferred to the new system. Below are a few items to note:

    * If you are unable to attend an on-campus Blackboard session, we are offering Blackboard Basics: An Introduction to the New Blackboard Learn System in an online format. Sessions begin each Tuesday in August. For more information, email or visit our training website at

    * We will also offer one-on-one or small group Blackboard Basics webinar sessions via Adobe Connect by request. To schedule an appointment, please email

    * Our September Blackboard Learn courses include sessions on Groups, Wikis and other Communication Tools.

    * Blackboard Learn Resource Guide for Faculty are available at which include Quick Start Guides, video tutorials and more.

    * Blackboard Learn Guide for Students ( is available with step-by-step guides and video tutorials to assist your students.

    * Open Labs are available from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays each week if you need assistance with a specific technology issue 

    For a full schedule, visit Contact Jenn Shinaberger, assistant director, Distance Learning and TEAL Center, if you have questions at 843-349-2737 or