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  • CCU presents awards to faculty and staff

    Coastal Carolina University presented awards for faculty and staff at the annual Honors Convocation on May 4. The awards, given by CCU’s Student Government Association, recognize faculty and staff service to students.

    Darla Domke-Damonte, professor of management, assistant dean of the Wall College of Business and executive director of global initiatives at CCU, received the 2011-2012 Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. 

    Domke-Damonte joined the CCU faculty in 1998 as assistant professor of management. Since that time she has coordinated the strategic planning process, served as a visiting professor at the University of Applied Science in Mainz, Germany, and since 2009 served as the executive director of global initiatives. The award recognizes Domke-Damonte’s distinguished service as a student advocate, mentor and champion.

    John Navin, associate professor of history, was named the Distinguished Collegiate Adviser of the Year. For more than 10 years, Navin has been a strong advocate for student research, performance and responsibility. As faculty adviser to CCU’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, Navin has mentored hundreds of students in the preparation, submission and presentation of their research papers at regional and national conferences. 

    Melissa Paschuck, an academic adviser in CCU’s University College, received the Distinguished First Year Adviser award, given to outstanding advisers in CCU’s First Year Advising Center. An adviser since 2008, Paschuck advises all students in CCU’s interdisciplinary studies program. She earned a master’s degree in higher education and student personnel from Kent State University.

  • Coastal Carolina University graduates Class of 2012

    A total of 975 students participated in Coastal Carolina University's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 5 at Brooks Stadium. A total of 1,186 candidates from May and August were eligible to march in the ceremony, including 116 master's degree candidates. 

  • Coastal Carolina University names emerging scholar

    The University Research Council at Coastal Carolina University has named Kehui (Kevin) Xu as recipient of the 2011-2012 Emerging Scholar Incentive Award. 

    The purpose of this incentive award is to recognize the research, scholarship and/or creative progress of tenure-track faculty who are early in their CCU careers and to support the research programs of the university. The recipient is selected from nominees from each college. As part of his award, Xu will receive $1,000 for supplies and/or travel related to his research on biogeochemical cycles and sediment transport in the marine environment.

  • Student leader awards given

    Awards for student leadership and organizational achievement were presented at Coastal Carolina University's annual Student Involvement and Leadership Awards ceremony. A total of 42 awards were handed out to students, professors and various student organizations.

    Heather Estep, a marine science major from New Market, Va., was presented with the Ronald D. Lackey Service Award. Named in honor of the late University professor and chaplain, the award is given annually to a senior who has served the University through involvement and leadership in campus organizations.

  • Summer hours are here

    Beginning on Monday, May 7, and continuing through Friday, Aug. 10, the administrative offices of Coastal Carolina University will operate under the following schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the Memorial Day (May 28) and July 4 holidays, the Friday schedule will be adjusted.

    Hours of operation for other campus locations are:

    Campus Bookstore:
    Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed

    CINO Grille
    Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed

    Java City:
    Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed

    Kimbel Library:
    Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Post Office:
    Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Sunday: Closed

    Williams Brice Recreation Center:
    Monday through Friday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed
    (Weight Room closes May 16-18.)
    Swimming pool will have two lanes available during open times for lap swim.

  • Democratic Congressional debate set for June 7 at CCU

    All five Democratic candidates for South Carolina’s new 7th Congressional district seat have confirmed their attendance for a live debate on Thursday, June 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Coastal Carolina University's Wheelwright Auditorium. The debate will be televised live on WBTW News 13.

  • Jordan receives CCU's Ammons award

     McKenzie Jordan, president of Chancel Builders Inc. and Chancel Hospitality Residential and Tourism Inc., is the recipient of the 2012 Jason Ammons Free Enterprise Award, given annually by Coastal Carolina University's E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration.

  • Campus Salvage community sale set for CCU

    Coastal Carolina University will hold its annual Campus Salvage community sale on Saturday, May 12, from 8 to 11 a.m. at the PODS parking lot located at 370 Allied Drive in Conway—in CCU’s Atlantic Center.

    The sale, organized by CCU’s Sustainability Initiative, will offer items that have been left behind or donated by students, faculty and staff at the end of the academic year. Items typically for sale include furniture, home décor, kitchenware, electronics and sporting equipment.

     During finals week, PODS storage units are placed around campus for those who would like to donate unwanted items. More than half the collected items are given to local charities and organizations, and the rest is sold at the community sale. Proceeds benefit the CCU Student Green Fund, a program that helps fund various “green” projects around campus.

    For those interested in donating items, the PODS units will be located near the residence halls and Baxley Hall. Donations will be accepted Monday, April 30, to Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

    For information about the community sale or donations, contact CCU’s Sustainability Initiative at 843-349-5041 or email

  • CCU student wins Paul Rice Poetry contest

    “The Art of Walking,” a poem by Coastal Carolina University junior English major Hannah Widdifield from Murrells Inlet, was recently named the winner of the 12th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest. Honorable mentions went to CCU English major and Myrtle Beach native Lissa Knowles for her poem “Freewoods Road” and CCU mathematics major Sarah Sexton, originally from Williamsburg, Va., for “Type-font Metamorphosis.”

     As the winning poet, Widdifield will receive a $100 gift certificate to the CCU bookstore and 25 copies of the broadside, which will be produced by the end of the semester in an edition of 100 copies.

     Final judge and poet Doug Van Gundy praised Widdifield’s work as “seemingly effortless” with “clear and simple language.” Gundy also said, “As a reader, I feel that something has been shared with me and trusted to me…It is the rare poem that draws me as fully into its world as this one does.”

    Gundy teaches creative writing, Appalachian literature and humanities at West Virginia Wesleyan College. His first book of poems, “A Life Above Water,” was published in 2007. 

    “The Art of Walking” broadside will be available in the coming weeks. To acquire a copy or obtain any previous broadsides, contact Dan Albergotti at 843-349-2420 or A donation of $1 per copy is requested to help support future competitions.

    The Paul Rice Broadside Series was created by the CCU Department of English in memory of the late Paul Rice, a poet, CCU English professor and songwriter who died in 2004.