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  • Green grants available now

    February 6 2012

    The Coastal Carolina University Green Fund is currently accepting applications for 2012 grants.

    Supported by the Student Government Association and the Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative, the Green Fund provides up to $3,000 for students and student groups who have ideas for green projects and activities around campus. Whether it is self-sufficient charging stations for electronics, additional water refill stations or anything else that promotes sustainability, the Fund seeks applicants who want to make CCU an environmentally friendly university.

    “We would like to get more students involved,” said Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator at CCU. “There’s money out there…why not take advantage of it?”

    For more information or to apply, contact Sellers at (843) 394-5041 or email

  • CCU's marching band parades for Stephen Colbert/Herman Cain rally

    January 27 2012

    Coastal Carolina University's marching band, The Spirit of the Chanticleers, led Stephen Colbert and Herman Cain into their political rally on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Charleston.

    Former GOP presidential candidate Cain joined the comedian and host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" for the event titled "The Rock Me Like A Herman Cain: South Cain-olina Primary Rally."

    Drum major Jacqui King said it was a "really fun experience" and something she never thought she'd be involved in. "There were tons of people and news crews and cameras and signs," she said. "It was pretty overwhelming."

    Though she didn't get to meet the zany pundit, King said he stood next to her and the other CCU drum major and was "making cracks and jokes" the whole time. "He did give the band a thumbs-up; I thought that was pretty exciting!"

    The 50 members of the CCU Marching Band led the "parade" playing "Party Rock Anthem," according to Band Director Jim Tully. The only members of the parade, aside from the band, were Colbert and Cain.

  • Nelljean Rice has a new grandson

    January 17 2012

    Nelljean Rice, dean of University Collegehas a new grandson! Luke Samuel (after the late Samuel Paul Rice) Carney was born Jan. 7, 2012, in Columbia, Md. He weighed 7 pounds, 4.8 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. Nelljean reports that baby, mom and grandmother are all doing well!

  • Communication faculty member has a new grandson

    January 15 2012

    Gwen Fowler, who teaches journalism classes, has a new grandson. Matthew Patrick Fowler was born Sunday, Jan. 22. He weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long. 

  • Area Girls Scouts meet mascots on basketball court

    January 27 2012

    CCU Athletics recently hosted a Girl Scout and Mascot Day at the women’s basketball game vs. Liberty in Kimbel Arena.

    Girl Scout troops of Eastern South Carolina attended the game, and they all received CCU Girl Scout Day patches. 

    Troops  #527 from Longs and #61 from Myrtle Beach won a pizza party compliments of Papa John's for their most spirited sign in support of Coastal against Liberty.

    Additionally, several local mascots were present to take pictures with kids and sign autographs. At halftime, the mascots took the court and participated in a friendly game of basketball.

    The girls and their leaders also enjoyed a cookout compliments of Aramark.

  • Luken weighs in on Venus flytrap poaching

    January 27 2012

    Jim Luken, CCU biology professor and director of graduate studies, was interviewed recently for a media story that ended up in a YouTube video on the poaching of Venus flytraps, one of his areas of expertise.

    Three people were arrested and charged with digging up 200 of the rare plants in Brunswick County, N.C. They reportedly told wildlife officers they planned to sell the plants for 10 cents apiece.


  • New assistant director named for Jackson Center

    February 3 2012

    Brian Tracy is the new assistant drector of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values. He is responsible for helping run the After School Ethics Academy and the mentoring component of the center. Tracy also manages content and outreach via the website, Facebook and Twitter, as well as administrative duties related to the planning and execution of all Jackson Center events.

    Tracy is a philosophy major at Coastal Carolina University. He has served as a summer orientation assistant, in various positions in student government and is a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, as well as on the Core Curriculum Revision Committee, and several other clubs and organizations.

  • Tomcyzk earns Ombuds certification

    January 27 2012

    Charmaine Tomcyzk, director of undegraduate research, has earned certification as an Organizational Ombuds Practitioner. Only one other International Ombudsman Association (IOA) member received certification this January, which brings to 85 the total number of certified ombuds internationally.

    Tomczyk serves as the University's Faculty Ombuds. Following an internal search, she was elected by the Faculty Senate and confirmed by the University Provost to serve a temporary term from August 2008 through December 2009. A faculty review committee recommended continuation of the position through December 2012.

  • Grad students make presentation

    February 1 2012

    Coastal Carolina University graduate students led a presentation at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English (SCCTE) 2012 annual conference at Kiawah Island Resort on Saturday, Jan. 28.

    For the second consecutive year, students enrolled in CCU’s Masters of Art in Writing program made the trip to Charleston County to discuss their research findings made in Denise Paster’s Advanced Composition and Rhetoric Workshop class during the Fall 2011 semester. Paster, assistant professor of English and coordinator of composition, made the trip as well, introducing the panel and joining the closing conversation.

    Their panel, titled “Deconstructing Disconnects: Rethinking Connections by Looking to Disconnects,” discussed many of the gaps found at all levels of writing instruction. Presenters were: Brian Druckenmiller, Hannah-Jordan Grippo, Candace Kelly, Martina McKoy, Eileen Powell and Cameron Scott Wright.

  • Quiz Bowl team wins third place

    February 3 2012

    Coastal Carolina University’s Quiz Bowl team won third place in the seventh annual Big South Athletic Conference College Bowl Championship at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. The Bowl is designed to develop institutional relationships outside of athletics. 

    Coastal team members were Jordan Rutherford, biology junior from Spartanburg; Amber Eckersley, history senior from Conway; Emma Johnson, marine science junior from Maiden, N.C.; Jonathan Mizell, history major from Gray Court; and Denrey Christy, math and music senior from Galivants Ferry. Rutherford also earned third place from among the top 12 individual scorers. 

    David Duncan, faculty member in CCU’s Department of Math and Statistics, served as CCU’s team coach with assistance from Jim Wright, instructional resource consultant in Instructional Technology Services.