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  • Alumna Amber Campbell punches ticket to London Games

    June 21 2012

    Coastal Carolina alumna and current Chanticleer volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell became the first United States track and field athlete to secure her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in London.

    http://www.goccusports.com/sports/w-track/spec-rel/062112aaj.html

  • First CCU RoboCamp is big summer success

    June 22 2012

    By Russell Alston

    Coastal Carolina University awarded diplomas at a graduation ceremony for its first RoboCamp, held on Friday, June 22, at the Coastal Science Center.

    During the camp, held from June 11 to 22, children from the sixth through eighth grades worked in groups to build and program Lego Mindstorm robots. Their goal was to transform a fictional, uninhabitable planet called Pantheon into a place fit for human life through a process called Terraforming. The robots were programmed to perform duties like laying pipes for water extraction and transfers, clearing debris or transporting goods from one area to another.

    Each of the 27 students received a certificate for completing the camp. Other awards were given out in categories such as: stewardship, engineering notebook, go big or go home, most improved team and most ingenious solution. Also during the camp, points were accumulated for various tasks. Two teams shared that top honor.

    CCU astronomy professor Louis Rubbo, one of the camp’s directors, says the goals of the camp are to promote careers in math, science, technology and engineering, as well as to help the students to develop scientific reasoning skills.

    Rubbo, along with CCU professor of physics Chris Moore, hopes to continue the camp next summer and is in discussions with local middle schools about offering camps as part of an after-school program.

     

  • A favorite adhesive now a favorite fashion

    June 29 2012

    By Brian Druckenmiller

    Coastal Carolina University and the community recently witnessed Iron Man halt a purse-snatcher, Queen Amidala make a surprise visit to Earth, and Dr. Frank N Ferter and company do the “Time Warp.” No, there wasn’t a film-festival on campus, but a rather unique fashion show.

    On Friday, June 28, the courtyard in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts was packed for the annual Duct Tape Fashion Show. Attendees of the Summer Arts Academy created outstanding outfits made entirely of duct tape. This year, the costumes depicted the students’ favorite movie characters.

    Daniel Ennis, interim dean of the Edwards College, described CCU as an institution where “the arts clash” and where the “firing up of creative ideas” happens daily. The show certainly flaunted the young talents’ creativity, as 14 acts proved that duct tape is an exciting medium for art.

    Students portrayed characters from “The Dictator,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Batman,” “Iron Man,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Mean Girls,” “Star Wars,” “Lilo and Stitch,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Mulan,” “Austin Powers,” “The Seven Year Itch,” “Superman” and “Wonder Woman.”

    “These young artists are showing us their artistic voice,” said Susan Slavik, associate professor of art and director of the Summer Arts Academy.

    Slavik is planning to retire from CCU. She was honored after the show for her efforts with the Academy and CCU’s Department of Visual Arts Department.
     

  • Basketball camp plays in new rec center

    June 29 2012

    Around 42 children attended the two-day Cliff Ellis Basketball Skills Camp in the new Student Recreation and Convocation Center.

    The kids are learning basketball fundamentals from Coach Ellis and his staff. CCU Assistant Head Coach Mamadou N'Diaye, a former NBA player, and CCU Guard Kierre Greenwood are among those helping out at the camp.

    Ellis says the new arena will help with recruiting and give more fans a chance to watch the Chanticleers play.

    The Student and Recreation Center has a seating capacity of 3,250. Kimbel Arena, where CCU played over the past four decades, seated only 1,039.

    A grand opening for the new arena is scheduled for Aug. 20.