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  • Public Safety upgrades to new sleek, street legal vehicles

    June 4 2012

    By Russell Alston, student writer, Office of University Communication

    Look closely, and you’ll notice a small fleet of new vehicles rolling around campus sporting the Coastal Carolina University logo. The familiar group of golf carts used by Public Safety has half a dozen of new additions in the form of all new, battery-powered StarEV security vehicles.

    The upgrade to the new carts was made possible through state contract, allowing CCU to purchase them at a very low cost. For now, Public Safety employs all six of the vehicles, along with the previously owned carts.

    Philip Moore, Major of Operations for Public Safety, believes the new carts are more efficient for CCU. “They lend a more professional appearance, provides us with more transportation space and have been a morale boost for our crew. Plus they come with doors; that’s more convenient during the cold winter months.” 

    “Our goal is to be visible,” says Moore. “These vehicles have a unique image that helps us fulfill that goal.”

    StarEV, a company that specializes in low-speed plug-in cars that are also street legal, assembles the carts in Simpsonville. The security carts used by CCU’s Public Safety are allowed to travel on roads where the speed limit is 35 mph. Each vehicle is 100 percent electric, meaning zero emissions. Other features include self-sealing tires, a PA system and a range of 50 to 60 miles on one charge.

  • Henderson's new book a bestseller in Colombia

    June 4 2012

    James Henderson's new book, "Victim of Globalization: How Illegal Drugs Destroyed Colombia's Peace," sold out the first week after it was released in Colombia.

    "Half of the first 1,000-copy print run was taken by a Mexican distributor and the other half by a Colombian bookstore chain," said Henderson, a professor of politics who has been a CCU faculty member since

    The book is a comprehensive account of the export drug trade in Colombia, from both an economic and a human perspective. Beginning with the country's marijuana traffic in the late 1960s, the book offers a historical overview of Colombia's narcotics activities, which has taken some 300,000 lives in the past 30 years.

    In late April, Henderson participated in an International Book Fair in Bogotá, at which his book was featured in a large display sponsored by publisher Siglo del Hombres Editores. As part of the event he delivered a talk about his personal recollections of the development of Colombia's illegal drug trade and its attending violence. Henderson and his family have visited, and sometimes lived in, Colombia since 1966.

  • Campus Salvage benefits students and local charities

    May 31 2012

    “Most everything on sale for $1” sounds like a gimmick at a local beach-wear store on the strip. However, the fifth annual Campus Salvage, Coastal Carolina University’s annual yard sale, proved to be the hotspot for area bargain-hunters.

    Coordinated by the Community and Campus Sustainability Initiative, Campus Salvage collected 23 PODS worth of items donated by students moving out of campus residence halls. Items included electronics, lamps, appliances, storage bins, clothing, bedding, rugs and even food. Fourteen PODS of items were available at the sale, while the rest were donated to area nonprofits.

    “Campus Salvage is a chance to give these items a second life without them going into our local landfill,” said Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator. “It’s also an amazing opportunity to give back to the local community.”

    Donations included:

    * 10 bags of clothing to Fostering Hope.
    * One bag of dresses, shoes and hangers to Katie’s Project.
    * 10 bags of clothing to Mercy Hospice.
    * 373 pounds of food to Lowcountry Food Bank.
    * 100 pounds of cleaning supplies to Street Reach.
    * Three bags of blankets to the Horry County Animal Shelter.
    * 15 bags of blankets and towels to the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach.
    * Five boxes of school supplies and four bags of clothing to Help 4 Kids.
    * 50 bags of clothing and bedding as well as four refrigerator-sized boxes of left-over items to Goodwill of Lower South Carolina.

    The sale itself raised $2,173, the highest amount in the event’s five-year history. All funds raised will go toward the CCU Student Green Fund, a grant that assists students with various “green” projects during the academic year.

     “I believe that the Campus Salvage event is becoming a tradition that people look forward to every year,” said Sellers. “We are already making plans for next year since we know the event has become more popular.”

  • Elise makes a surprise visit to CCU

    May 31 2012

    By Diane Fabiano, Office of Alumni Relations

    On Friday afternoon, May 4, Elise Testone called to say she was in town and wanted to stop by to visit CCU. She even offered an interview to "Coastal Today," CCU's cable TV show, while she was on campus. She had just been voted off "American Idol" the previous week and felt it was the least she could do after all of CCU’s support throughout the competition. 

    Elise pulled up to Atheneum Hall and stepped out looking just like the star that she is. It has become difficult for her to go anywhere anymore where she is not recognized! She greeted me and close friends David Bankston, Nelljean Rice and Dan O’Reilly with smiles and hugs. (Bankston and O'Reilly were her voice professors when she was a music student here. Rice's late husband Paul was her mentor, and Nelljean is a close friend.)

    I had not seen her since she left to be on the show, but we immediately started cracking jokes and making fun of one another as usual. Elise then graciously posed for photos with President and Mrs. DeCenzo along with some CCU faculty and staff, signed autographs and gave an interview to Martha Hunn for the "Coastal Today" show. Since it was the day before May Commencement, Senior Celebration was already in full swing outside on the Blanton Lawn, so Elise joined me and Nelljean Rice as we walked over to the event.

    She was immediately recognized by many CCU soon-to-be graduates and their families who were also fans. Once again she happily posed for photo after photo and spent time chatting with each person who came up to her. It was clear how much her fans and everyone’s support means to her. Nelljean and I were beaming with pride even though she was still just “the same old Elise” to us.

    Though she was just in South Carolina for a few days before returning to Los Angeles for the "American Idol" finale show, Elise, being the kind person that she is, took time out of her busy schedule to make at stop at her alma mater. Next on Elise’s agenda will be the "American Idol Live Tour," which will perform all over the country. The tour kicks off July 6 in Detroit and finishes up Sept. 11 in Milwaukee. You can see her perform in concert when the tour stops in Charleston on Aug. 6, so get your tickets! Although Elise may not have won the title of American Idol, she is still going places and will continue to make the CCU family proud!

  • The Knight meets Chauncey

    May 31 2012

    By Jennifer Marshall Shinaberger

    I am an alumna of Gannon University in Erie, Pa., and the mascot for Gannon U. is the knight. Gannon has a program where they send out stuffed Knights to alumni, and you take pictures and send the Knight on to the next alum. There are several Knights, and one of them visited Marjorie Metts, my friend and Gannon alum and former CCU employee.  We took the Knight and Chauncey around campus for a few shots. Here is where Chauncey and the Knight paired up. ( 

    Shinaberger is assistant director of the Center for Teaching Excellence to Advance Learning.