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  • Joyner Reading Room dedicated

    December 5 2011

    A “quiet place” in the heart of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts honors a distinguished member of the Coastal Carolina University faculty. The Charles Joyner Reading Room was dedicated on Thursday, Dec. 1, in Room 202. Located across the hall from the Office of the Dean, the space is designated as a place for students and faculty to read and reflect. A plaque marks the entrance to the room, which displays photographs, posters, cultural programs, news clippings and other memorabilia related to the life and scholarship of "Chaz" Joyner.

    Joyner joined the CCU faculty in 1988 as Burroughs Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Southern History and Culture. He holds two earned doctorates, a Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He also pursued postdoctoral studies in comparative slave societies at Harvard University. In 2005, he was elected by his fellow historians to serve as president of the Southern Historical Association, a 5,000-member international organization of scholars. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians in recognition of his historical writing.

    Joyner’s “Down by the Riverside,” a landmark study of rice plantations along the Waccamaw River, has been cited as “the finest work ever written on American slavery.” Joyner is the author or editor of several other books, including “Shared Traditions: Southern History and Folk Culture” and "Folk Songs of South Carolina."

    Robert Sheehan, provost of CCU, was instrumental in the establishment of the reading room. “It’s a tradition in higher education that there are places of reflection. In honoring ‘Chaz’ with this space, we establish a place of memory for him.”

    “This is just beyond what anyone would have dreamed of. I’m so thrilled,” Joyner said, crediting his accomplishments to the late Henry Burroughs Sr. and the establishment of Burroughs Distinguished Professor chair. “It was the chair that made this possible.”

  • Tempo and Archarios win top awards at national conference

    November 11 2011

    Coastal Carolina University's student-produced publications, Tempo and Archarios, received Best of Show awards at the 2011 Fall National College Media Convention in Orlando, Fla.

    Tempo received third place in Best of Show for features magazines, and Archarios won fith place in Best of Show for literary arts magazines.

    The convention had more than 2,300 student delegates from more than 200 colleges and universities from around the nation attend and compete for student media awards. Some 400 sessions were offered for student media leaders and advisers.

    Representing Tempo were: Barbara Astrini, art director; Amanda Kraft, editor; and Angela Pilson, assistant editor. Scott Mann and Dan Ennis are advisers.

    Representing Archarios were: Stephanie Bouzounis, editor; Tom Shanks, assistant editor; and Allister Tague, art director. Paul Olsen is adviser.

  • CCU's Model UN team does well at meet

    December 2 2011

    Politics students made Coastal Carolina University proud at this year’s Southern Regional Model United Nations conference.

    At the annual conference, from Nov. 17 to 19 in Atlanta, Ga., 19 CCU students represented South Africa and Sudan. In a field of 700 students from 65 schools around the world, CCU stood out, earning a variety of awards including Best Delegation, Best Delegate and Best Position Paper. CCU's in Gabriel Rayburn was named Best Delegate, with Africa Brown as an honorable mention. On top of that, the team was recognized in their committee and received an award for the Team That Worked Best Together.

    “Our students were professional, well-prepared, articulate and respectful at all times,” said Pamela Martin, associate professor of politics and the director of the Model UN team. “I have been smiling from ear to ear.”

    The Southern Regional Model United Nations conference is an annual event designed to provide a significant learning experience for undergraduate students interested in international politics and affairs. This is a regional version of the National Model United Nations conference, providing Southeastern schools that cannot attend the national event the experience of participating in such a conference.

  • Community garden allows students to dig deep

    November 18 2011

    Coastal Carolina University now has a community garden and wants the campus community to come out and help it grow.

    Located at the Environmental Health and Safety House (accessible through trails behind Ronald R. Ingle and Ronald G. Eaglin Halls), the community garden allows students and faculty to attend voluntary workshops and learn the fundamentals of gardening, including weeding, composting and fertilizing. Every Wednesday at 3 p.m., all are invited to get their hands dirty.

    “It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s fun,” said Tiffani Cosson, who, along with Dea Kamberaj, cultivated the project.
    The students are both Jackson Scholars, and the project is funded by the Jackson Center for Ethics and Values. The project adviser is Jennifer Sellers, CCU’s sustainability coordinator.

    “This project brings the Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative into a different branch,” said Sellers. “Gardening is advanced, but the benefits to our health and the environment are tremendous.”

    Ideally, the goal is to start an on-campus Farmer’s Market in the future where produce grown in the garden will be sold and proceeds will be donated to a local charity. Club members are looking into the legalities of an on-campus business, and are hopeful this idea will eventually come to fruition.

    For more information, find the Coastal Carolina University Community Garden on Facebook, or email

  • Laura Barr is retiring

    November 25 2011

    Laura Barr, administrative coordinator for the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, will be retiring in January 2012.

    She started working for CCU in September 2004 as a temporary office assistant and worked with Bonnie Senser and also Trish Brennan in the Dean's Office. She became the administrative specialist in the Department of English in June 2005 and then came to the Dean's Office in January 2007 as administrative coordinator. Her last day at CCU will be Jan.12, 2012. She plans to become a full-time grandma, babysitting her new grandson, Elijah Jackson Barr, so her daughter-in-law Kate can go back to work.

    "I have mixed feelings about leaving because I love the faculty and staff in the Edwards College, but I am so happy to be able to take care of my grandson so he does not have to go to a daycare center," says Barr. 

  • First forum of early learning is well attended

    November 29 2011

     Baron Holmes, director of Kids Count SC, was the featured speaker for an Early Learning Forum on Monday, Nov. 28, at Coastal Carolina University. A 5:30 p.m. reception was sponsored by Literacy Alive.

    This is the first in a series of community discussions about contemporary educational research and the importance of educating South Carolina's children. Following Holmes' talk, there was an expert panel discussion on curriculum and policy implications of early learning research.

    Teachers, students, childcare providers, business and civic leaders were invited.

    The forum is sponsored by CCU's Spadoni College of Education Center for Educational Research and Evaluation.


  • CCU tree lighting sets the holiday mood

    November 30 2011

    CCU's annual Tree Lighting, complete with hot chocolate, cookies, caroling and holiday spirit, was enjoyed by faculty, staff and students alike at Atheneum Hall and Patio.

    The jolly guy was there too, in his red, fur-lined suit, collecting letters from children. Here are some samples. (Some might be from CCU students, don't you think?)

    Dear Santa,

    I would really like in-state tuition because I have no money. Thank you very much.

    Dear Santa,

    I want a new zebra bedspread and a sparkly vest. Also I want a lime green beanbag chair.

    Dear Santa,

    I want all that I every wanted. I would like my car to magically work and to get straight A's.

    Dear Santa,

    Is my kitty on the list? You are the best!

    Dear Santa,

    I will make you the best peanut butter cookies with a Hershey kiss on them for a full stocking of candy, an IPad2 and a Siberian Husky puppy to protect my weiner dog (Bearer) from hawks and buzzards in the backyard.

    Dear Santa,

    I would like a hippo.

  • CCU Christmas tree auctioned off

    December 2 2011

    Coastal Carolina University’s Office of Special Events decorated a 6-foot Christmas tree for the Dickens Christmas Show that took place on Nov. 10 through 13 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. 

    The Christmas tree was auctioned to help Citizens Against Spouse Abuse (CASA) with its community endeavors throughout the year. The tree raised $300.

    The tree was decorated to celebrate the spirit of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers with teal and bronze poinsettias, hand-painted ornaments, peacock feathers, and teal and bronze confetti. The tree was decorated by Casey Roach, Jenna Jezwinski and Shawn Sease of the Office of Special Events.

    Included with the tree package was a CCU gift basket with four tickets to a holiday concert at Wheelwright Auditorium, a football signed by head football coach David Bennett, CCU apparel, a Chanticleer house flag and a CCU license plate.

  • Former CCU student plays Elle Woods again

    December 2 2011

    Bailey Hanks, the former Coastal Carolina University theatre major who four years ago starred on Broadway as Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde," is back in the role of the sorority-girl-turned-Harvard-law-student, only this time in California and Alabama.

    Hanks, a native of Anderson, won the MTV reality series "Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods," beating out 15 finalists for the lead role. She attended CCU during the fall semester of 2007.

    After ''Legally Blonde'' closed (it ran from July through October 2008), Hanks stayed in New York for a while and eventually moved to the Nashville area, where she's been pursuing a career in Christian music.

    But then opportunity came knocking in the form of two theaters that have hired her to play Elle again: California's Diablo Theatre Company in February and, in July, Birmingham's Red Mountain Theatre Company.

    ''I'll be reprising my role for the first time since my Broadway debut,'' Hanks, 24, says in a Birmingham News report. ''It's crazy that four years later, I'm doing it again.''

    Hanks has been a fan of ''Legally Blonde'' since the 2001 movie version starring Reese Witherspoon.

    She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority at CCU.

  • Jazwinskis welcome second daughter

    December 2 2011

    Joslyn Rose Jazwinski was born Friday, Dec. 2, at 12:40 p.m. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

    Jenna Jazwinski and her husband Gene are also the proud parents of Juliet, who recently turned one.

  • Oestreich's tale of rock 'n' roll for sale on Amazon

    December 2 2011

    It's not due out until June 2012, but "Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll" by Joe Oestreich is on available for sale now.

    Oestriech is assistant professor of English and teaches creative nonfiction writing.

    Here's the book description from the publisher:

    Everyone knows the price of fame. Hitless Wonder measures the price of obscurity. What happens when you chase a dream into middle age and, in doing so, risk losing the people you love?

    This book recounts the two-week tour that forces Joe Oestreich—singer, songwriter, and bassist of the band Watershed—to decide if he and his longtime bandmates still have a future together. In the mid-‘90s, Watershed’s large Midwest following led to a six-figure deal with Epic Records. But the band never had a hit, and the label dropped them. Seventeen years later, long after their more famous peers have called it quits, Watershed keeps climbing into the Econoline and touring mop bucket bars.

     But Joe can’t help but wonder: Are he and his bandmates—approaching forty with wives and kids and mortgages—admirable or pathetic? Successes or failures? The tour tests the bonds of Joe’s friendships and the strength of his marriage, as he’s torn between the lure of the road and the call to finally settle down.

    An accomplished journalist and creative writing instructor, Oestreich tells his story with humor, heart, and unflinching honesty. Readers—from Baby Boomers to Gen X-ers—will be deeply moved by his voice, while appreciating his quixotic struggle to live out a dream.

  • Welcome to the world, Zayn Haddad!

    December 2 2011

    Zayn Haddad was born Nov. 17 at 7:01 p.m. at Waccamaw Hospital. He weighed 7.33 pounds and was 19.5 inches long .

    He joined bother Samir (Sam) Haddad, who is 3 years and was born in the same room at Waccamaw Hospital.

    "Zayn added tremendous joy to me and my wife, Fatmah Najar, during this holiday season," says Abdallah Haddad, who is director of Information Technology Services at CCU.  

  • CCU alumna receives Sea Grant

    December 5 2011

    Kelly Muench, Coastal Carolina University alumna, has received the Georgia Sea Grant Internship for the 2011-12 year.

    The program awards competitive one-year internships to four recent graduates from across the country to serve as educators for the University of Georgia’s Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MAREX) on Skidaway Island, Ga. There, she will be working with over 30,000 students, teachers, and members of the general public in educational programs concerning the ecology of Georgia’s estuaries, Coastal Islands and offshore waters.

    “I hope to strengthen my knowledge in the marine science field, set new goals and participate in new experiences in and out of the classroom,” said Muench, a Marlton, N.J. native who earned her bachelor’s degree in marine science from CCU in May, 2011.

  • CCU program donates to local nonprofit

    December 5 2011

    Coastal Carolina University’s Recreation and Sport Management (RSM) program donated more than $5,000 to Fostering Hope, a nonprofit organization assisting foster families in providing a better lifestyle for children within foster programs along the Grand Strand.

    Over the past six weeks, RSM students conducted a sport equipment drive, collecting new and slightly used sport equipment and obtaining monetary donations to purchase more equipment. The drive encourages youth to actively participate in sports not only for health benefits but because it can provide children with tools necessary to adapt to their changing lifestyle.

    For more information, or to donate to Fostering Hope, visit their website at