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  • Art professor brings home Best in Show

    March 5 2012

    Elizabeth F. Keller, professor of ceramics at Coastal Carolina University, has been awarded Best in Show during Concordia University’s Concordia Continental Ceramics Competition 4, one of the premier international juried clay exhibitions in the country.

    Juror Sarah Millfelt and curator Marko Fields selected Keller’s ceramic sculpture from among pieces from North and Central America, including the Caribbean. Keller joins other noted ceramic artists such as Diego Valles, Leopold Foulem, Yoshiro Ikeda, Virginia Scotchie and Mika Negishi, to be awarded this honor. 

    Keller is noted for her narrative ceramic sculptures and whimsical teapots. Her work has won awards both regionally and nationally, and has been featured in solo exhibitions, numerous regional and national juried exhibitions, in several Ceramics Monthly publications, and in two recent book publications, "500 Animals in Clay" and "Teapots: Makers and Collectors."

    Additionally, she has studied Christian theology and Jewish studies from various institutions including Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Judaism. Her life interests are in art studio, art education and bonsai/penjing cultivation. She joined the art faculty at Coastal Carolina University in 1994.

  • CCU faculty team with students, Horry County to help wetlands

    March 5 2012

    Two environmental education staffers from the Waccamaw Watershed Academy at Coastal Carolina University, Karen Fuss and Megan Brown, are working with the Horry County Stormwater Management Department and Ocean Bay Middle School Science Club members to construct a stormwater wetland at the new Carolina Forest Recreation Center, 2254 Carolina Forest Blvd. The group began planting wetland plants on March 6.

    Stormwater wetlands are designed to remove and trap pollutants carried by storm runoff from rooftops, parking lots, and sidewalks. The aquatic and wetland plants help to process nutrients and filter water while attracting natural wildlife such as butterflies and birds. Treated water discharged from the stormwater wetland will be cleaner and have less impact on nearby natural waterways. The Science Club members recently prepared the area for planting by removing invasive cattails that would have crowded out the new plantings.

    Horry County's Infrastructure and Regulation Division views this project as a great way to demonstrate that constructed wetlands can be effective, attractive alternatives to conventional stormwater ponds. 

  • CCU mock trial team wins prestigious award

    February 6 2012

    The American Mock Trial Association awarded the Coastal Carolina University mock trial team its Spirit Award at the organization’s regional tournament at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Feb. 3 and 4. 

    The CCU team competed against 23 colleges and universities including Duke, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and the host of the tournament, UNC-Chapel Hill. This is the second time the team has received the honor during the 2011-2012 academic year. The award recognizes the delegation that best exemplifies the AMTA’s ideal of civility, fair play and justice. 

    The team has been competing just two years and has only participated in two sanctioned tournaments. CCU sophomore Sarah St. Pierre received the Outstanding Attorney award, while CCU sophomore Andre Williams took the Outstanding Witness award. The two were chosen from a field of more than 120 students in each category who acted as either a witness or an attorney. 

    The CCU mock trial team includes: Rachel Gainey (team captain), Josh Bloodworth, Ryan Carlson, Danielle McCrackin, Casey McKee, Danny Mitchell, George Paul, Sarah St. Pierre, Tanner Spurgeon, George Taylor, Andre Williams and mock trial coordinator Ronald Wilson.

  • CCU students selected finalists for best college photography

    February 27 2012

    Two Coastal Carolina University art studio students – Tracy Fish and Mathew Parise – have been selected as finalists for Photographer’s Forum Magazine’s “Best of College Photography 2012” issue. More than 17,000 photographs were submitted to the competition.

    Fish is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and plans to graduate in December of this year with a concentration in photography. It's her second year in a row being a finalist with Photographers Forum Best of College Photography.

    Parise, from Bay Ridge, N.Y., plans to graduate in spring 2013. He also has a photography emphasis.

    The photographs were taken in the studio lighting course with new equipment, according to Easton Selby, assistant professor of art and photography.

  • Marine science compilation has been published

    February 24 2012

    The second volume of the Korallion is complete. The marine science research compilation contains student projects from the 2011 Ecology of Coral Reefs class in Discovery Bay, Jamaica. 

    Three student editors from the 2011 class – Lori Clinard, Heather North and Renee Touse – participated in Fall 2011 marine science class, MSCI 399, Scientific Publishing, where they spent many hours selecting manuscripts, working with authors, editing papers and designing the layout for the journal.

    "I am very proud of all the hard work the student editors and authors put into their respective projects," says Erin Burge, marine science professor. A digital copy of the journal is available for download from the course website, along with individual student papers.

  • Tully enters bandmasters fraternity

    February 24 2012

    James L. Tully, Coastal Carolina University's director of bands, has been accepted for membership in the prestigious Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity.

    Tully was notified of this honor at the South Carolina Music Educators Conference in Charleston on Feb. 4, with official induction to occur in Greenville on March 10. His nomination was sponsored by another collegiate band director and PBM member in the state. A professor of music, Tully has been a member of the CCU faculty since 2000.

    Phi Beta Mu is a nonpolitical, nonprofit organization that is the highest honorary international group of band directors. Membership into Phi Beta Mu is determined by an internal selection and election process that constitutes two years of investigation into each nominee's professional background and accomplishments.

  • Eco-Reps help clean up Horry County

    February 25 2012

    More than 75 volunteers from multiple groups came together to help to clean up the Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area on Saturday, Feb. 25. This area is the newest addition to the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge and is located at the very end of Jackson Bluff Road in Conway.

    The clean-up event was made possible with the leadership from students in the Eco-Rep Program at Coastal Carolina University, Keep Horry County Beautiful and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    The collection included more than 45 bags of recyclables, 30 bags of trash and two construction dumpsters full of larger items. Some of the items included a hot tub, a parking meter, a rusted grill and multiple lawn chairs.

    The groups involved included the Eco-Reps of the Sustainability Initiative at Coastal Carolina University, students in CCU environmental classes, the Waccamaw Trail Blazers Mountain Bike Club, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Keep Horry County Beautiful, staff from The Digitel Myrtle Beach and members of the community.

    “The impact of volunteer clean-ups can be immense,” said Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator for CCU. “I’m very proud of our students for taking the time out of their Saturday morning to make a difference in their local community.”

    The Sustainability Initiative and the Eco-Reps were presented with an Award of Recognition for their collaboration and active involvement from the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee during their meeting at the Horry County Government Center on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The award honors the voluntary commitment and selfless dedication in support of their mission of protecting the natural beauty of Horry County.

    “Without their help, this wouldn’t have been possible,” said Christopher Klement, staff liaison for the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee.

  • Vossler wins award for First Year videos

    February 29 2012

    Joshua Vossler, information literacy and reference librarian at Coastal Carolina University, and John Watts, instruction and liaison services librarian at Webster University, have been selected to receive the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Innovation Award for their work on a series of five videos, which were created in cooperation with Coastal Carolina University's First Year Experience Program and were designed to introduce first-year students to fundamental information literacy concepts.

    Sponsored by ProQuest, the annual award recognizes a project that demonstrates creative, innovative or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming. A prize of $3,000 and a plaque will be presented to Vossler and Watts during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. 

    "Kimbel Library's instructional videos combine a high level of creativity and quality with humor, while addressing information literacy concepts in an approachable manner," said award committee co-chair Erin L. Ellis, head of libraries instructional services at the University of Kansas. "The creators have demonstrated a significant institutional impact, and the videos are being used by several other universities."

    Vossler holds master's degrees in English literature and library science, and his research interests include information literacy and the use of humor in the classroom.

    For more information regarding the ACRL IS Innovation Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit

  • Time to nominate outstanding students

    February 24 2012

    Dear Coastal Carolina University Community,

    As the school year is quickly coming to a close, we invite you to reflect on the successes of our student organizations, programming and leaders by nominating them in one (or more) of the 16 categories of Student Involvement and Leadership Awards and six additional categories of Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards (listed below).

    All nominations must be typed and submitted by Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m. to the Office of Student Activities and Leadership. Individuals who are nominated must submit their resume to complete their nomination by Thursday, March 29 at 5 p.m. You may nominate yourself or others. You may also nominate an event that has not occurred yet. Events occurring after the March 22 deadline are eligible for either the 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 awards.

    All are invited to attend the 2011-2012 Student Involvement and Leadership Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 23 in Wheelwright Auditorium at 7 p.m. (free, but ticketed). A reception will follow in Spadoni Park. Those nominated will be notified and receive special invitations to attend the ceremony.

    Contact the Office of Student Activities and Leadership at 843-349-2301 or with any questions. 

    Awards Categories

    Student Organization of the Year
    Community Service (Greek Organization)
    Community Service (Student Organization)
    Philanthropy (Greek Organization)
    Philanthropy (Student Organization)
    Diversity Program of the Year
    Bell Tower Award (Program of the Year)
    Student Leader of the Year
    Rising Leader of the Year
    Community Service (Individual)
    Unsung Hero
    Student Organization President of the Year
    Greek Organization President of the Year

    Student Organization Advisor of the Year- Faculty/Staff
    Greek Organization Advisor of the Year- Faculty/Staff

    Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards

    Living the Ritual (Individual)
    Council Officer of the Year
    Most Improved Greek Organization
    Greek On-Campus Involvement
    Greek Leadership and Chapter Development
    Living the Ritual Greek Organization of the Year