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  • CCU Theatre faculty, students and alumni have been busy

    August 26 2011

    Theatre folks have been busy this summer – students, faculty and alumni. Here's some of the latest from the Department of Theatre at CCU:

    Steve Earnest, professor of theatre, had major roles in a couple of films shot over the summer. "Bloody Homecoming" is a horror/thriller DAVED production, an old-school throwback to the slasher classics of the '80s. Earnest played the role of Principal Patterson at Winston High, where it's Homecoming night in the sleepy little town. A gaggle of freshmen friends are refused entry into the dance by a trio of jerky senior jocks. The group decides to have its own fun by throwing a party in the school theater, but when Annie's egomaniacal date Billy threatens her, the ensuing fight results in an accident that leaves young Billy dead. The movie is scheduled for release by late October – in time for Halloween!

    Earnest was also in "Dolls For Strangers," an independent film being made by local filmmaker Ken Cohen. The film is about a failed relationship and the subsequent experimentation in 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 staff member Melissa Anne Blizzard.

    Adam Roberts, who graduated from CCU in 2007 with a degree in musical theatre, recently landed a role in the chorus of "Spiderman" on Broadway.

    "I'm ecstatic to announce that I am making my Broadway debut in Spiderman," Roberts wrote on his Facebook page. "Probably one of the happiest days in my life. Thanks everyone for your love, support, belief and prayers."
    Roberts performed at the Carolina Opry for years while attending CCU. Following his graduation, he was an entertainer on a cruise ship.

    Rob Stetson, a junior musical theatre major from Vermont, was selected to be a part of the Apprentice Company at one of America’s oldest summer theatre companies: the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. 

    Stetson was cast in the production of SITWALKSTANDLIEDOWN, an innovative work staged by Phil Soltanoff. One important aspect of the summer program was that it allowed Stetson to become an Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) for which he earned 10 points toward membership in Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

    Emily Brockway, a Coastal senior majoring in musical theatre, and James Wells, a 2011 graduate of the musical theatre program, both held important positions in the company of Rhode Island’s Theatre By the Sea, an Equity summer theatre operating under a Council of Summer Stock Theatres contract. Both were featured onstage in three of the company’s four mainstage musicals – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Man of La Mancha and Hairspray. 

    Caleb Jernigan, a senior musical theatre major from Columbia, worked for three months at the Big Fork Summer Playhouse, a distinguished summer theatre company in Billings, Mont. Cast at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in March 2011 from nearly 900 Southeastern actors, Jernigan appeared in four shows at Big Fork, including My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, The Wedding Singer and Happy Days, in which he was featured in the major role of Fonzie. 

    Also in the company was his future wife Jenna Tummino, another CCU theatre graduate, who recently finished an international cruse ship tour with Norwegian Caribbean cruises. Caleb and Jenna met at Coastal and first appeared in Coastal’s production of Company. Demonstrating the importance of summer theatre in these young actors’ lives, Jernigan proposed to Tummino after a performance of Happy Days at the Big Fork Summer Playhouse, and she accepted the proposal!


  • Summertime and the reading is easy

    August 26 2011

    Summer usually slows our schedule, leaving us more time to read, preferably at a calmer, more leisurely pace. You can tackle those books and magazines by your bedside that have been making you feel guilty by your lack of attention, which had been directed elsewhere during the academic year.

    Whether you're catching a few rays at the beach or fighting off mosquitoes on your patio, summer slows us down enough to indulge our literary interests. Here's what some of Coastal Carolina University's faculty and staff read this summer for both fun and growth:

    Barbara Burd, Dean of Library Services, Kimbel Library
    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

    • Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

    For professional development:

    •  Followership: how followers are creating change and changing leaders by Barbara Kellerman

    The Five Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell (on my ipad)

    Viewing Library Metrics from Different Perspectives: Inputs, Outputs, and Outcomes by Robert E. Dugan, Peter Hernon, and Danuta A. Nitecki

    Jerome Christia, associate professor of marketing and coordinator of the Call Me Mister program

    Slavery by Another Name by Douglas Blackmon

    Always On: Advertising, Marketing, and Media in an Era of Consumer Control by Christopher Vollmer and Geoffrey Precourt

    Easton Selby, assistant professor of photography

    For personal enjoyment:
    A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi (This is a book I often go back to.)
    The Art of Distilling Whiskey and Other Spirits: An Enthusiast's Guide to the Artisan Distilling of Potent Potables by Bill Owens, Alan Dikty and and Fritz Maytag
    Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction by Kurt Vonnegut
    Chance by Joseph Conrad and Carol Pentleton

    For professional development:
    Hidden History of Mississippi Blues by Roger Stole and photography by Lou Bopp
    The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers by Martin Evening
    Light: Science and Magic, Fourth Edition: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter, Paul Fuqua and Steven Biver

    Scott Pleasant, Writing Center coordinator, chair of the Big Read Committee

    It's hard for me to separate professional from personal reading because anything I read might be considered professional. I'm always asking myself, "Would this be a good Big Read book?" I can't help it.

    They Say/I Say by Gerald Graff (definitely professional--it's a freshman composition book)
    The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (very good)
    703: How I Lost More than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life, by Nancy Makin (not too good)
    About a Mountain, by John D'Agata (excellent)
    My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor (good)
    Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, by David Eagleman (truly fantastic)
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (re-read it to get ready for Big Read 2011, and it's excellent)
    The Simpsons/Futurama Crossover Crisis (a graphic novel based on the two animated series). It's the summer, and I get to read stuff like that!
    Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark about the O.J. Simpson case, and then read four other books on the subject. "Oh yeah, he did it!" says Pleasant. "No doubt about it."

  • CCU graduate selected as teaching fellow

    August 26 2011

    Angela McClary-Rush, a 2006 master's degree graduate of Coastal Carolina University, has been chosen as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education for the 2011-2012 school year.

    McClary-Rush, a Williamsburg County public school administrator, was among 16 teachers selected for teaching ambassador fellowships.

    Five teachers will become full-time employees at Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., while 11 will remain in their classrooms and participate on a part-time basis. McClary-Rush will be a Classroom Fellow.

    This year's 16 fellows were selected from a pool of almost 750 applications. In applying for the fellowships, teachers and instructional specialists at preschool through high school levels submitted essays demonstrating their impact on student achievement, record of leadership, communication skills and insight into educational policy from school and classroom experience.

  • New Staff Advisory Committee announced

    August 26 2011

    The Staff Advisory Committee continues to address staff issues and concerns. The two-year veterans of the committee recently stepped down. Here ere are the new committee members who have been appointed:

    Jackie Andrews, Registrar’s Office
    Jody Davis, Campus Recreation
    Jillian Ernest, Admissions
    Jesse Gaither, ITS
    Paula Holt, Facilities Management
    Meg Hurt, Financial Aid
    Harriette Louis, Health Promotion
    Vicky Rabon, Payroll
    Brian Rothenberger, Office for Philanthropy
    Rodney Sessions, Public Safety
    Frankie Weeks, Institutional Research

  • Veterans group seeks members

    August 26 2011

    The Coastal Carolina University Veterans Association is looking for new members. Established in April, the association is a university-endorsed campus organization. At present, the membership of nearly 100 includes alumni, active and retired staff and faculty, members of the board of trustees, and alumni currently on active duty.

    If you have served for a period of time in any of the branches of the U.S. military, active/reserve or National Guard status, you are eligible for membership. Retired faculty, staff and alumni with military service are also eligible for membership in this new campus organization.

    To learn more, contact Bob Squatriglia at or 349-2111 or cell phone 843-421-9999.