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  • Oxley receives Zonta honor

    July 27 2012

    Julinna Oxley was honored with the Zonta's Gold Star Award on Aug. 4 for her work to advance women's causes. Zonta also presented a check to Women In Philanthropy and Leadership for $1,000 for a scholarship to a CCU student.

    The Gold Star Award is given to women who show exemplary service in their community. According to Ruth Walker, Zonta president, Oxley received the award for her role as a founding member of CCU's Women's Resource Center and for supporting the Women in Leadership conferences, Nancy Smith Visiting Scholar Series and International Women's Day.

    Oxley, assistant professor of philosophy and director of Women's and Gender Studies, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 2006. Oxley is also co-director of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values Summer Ethics Academy.

    Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

    In addition to Oxley, the 2012 honorees for the award included:

    Dr. Carl Fisher, Smith Clinic
    Karole Jensen, Wings For Children
    Florene Linnen, Diabetes Core Group
    Bevelyn Mitchell, Rape Crisis Center
    Sharon Russell, Blue Star Mothers

  • Faculty, students present research at science convention

    July 27 2012

    Terry Pettijohn and JongHan Kim presented research with their student researchers at the 24th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention in Chicago at the end of May. Pettijohn and Kim are both in the Department of Psychology and Sociology. Students included Marilyn Sussmann, Arsida Ndoni, Dea Kamberaj, Paige Naylor and Kayla Martin.

  • Looking for a few good 'friends'

    July 27 2012

    Please join us in the new “Coastal Friends for Internationals” pilot program. The program will focus on welcoming our new Chinese students to CCU’s campus and to the Grand Strand community. These students are coming to Coastal for the next two to two and a half years to earn undergraduate degrees as a part of a double degree program.

    They will live on CCU’s campus and attend classes full time, but as they transition from the People’s Republic of China to our area, they will experience many cultural differences. By giving them a family experience in the area, we can help to increase their familiarity with our culture and community offerings and help them learn more about American life. Coastal Friends for Internationals (CFI) will be a volunteer program housed in the Office of International Programs.

    The CFI volunteers will be asked to:
    * contact the student once a week at the beginning of the semester and then at least once every two weeks after that time;
    * periodically invite the student to participate in family and/or community activities. (Students can pay their own admission fees but need to know what they are as the invitation is extended.);
    * occasionally have a meal with the student;
    * be available to discuss issues of interest to the student;
    * attend opening welcome session with the student on Aug. 17 during CCU’s welcome week orientation, and two other sessions during the semester;
    * be willing to suggest changes and improvements to the program to program leaders.

    All CFI volunteers will be asked to complete a basic application and volunteer form, including a background check. CFI volunteers should be able to drive, as the students will not have cars initially. Please contact Darla Domke-Damonte (; 349-2129) to indicate your interest in the program, to get more information, or to get the application packet for the program.

    Darla Domke-Damonte, Ph.D., Executive Director of Global Initiatives

  • CCU welcomes Chapel Hill conservationists

    August 3 2012

    Representatives from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill paid a visit to Coastal Carolina University to observe our Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative on July 12. B.J. Tipton, solid waste program manager at UNC, and Natalia Posthill, recycling coordinator, took a special “green” tour of the CCU campus.

    “Through this evolving green movement, we need to have an open door with other universities and institutions,” said Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator at CCU. “We need to see what other schools are doing, share what we are doing, and work together to make a bigger impact at our universities and in our communities.”

    This summer, Tipton and Posthill have been visiting universities, including the University of Vermont and University of Maryland, that have single-stream recycling programs as they prepare to make changes with UNC recycling procedures. Single-stream recycling refers to mixing papers, plastics, metals and glass in a single container as opposed to having residents sort the materials themselves. Once the material is picked up, it is sorted properly.

    “We are rethinking our program,” said Tipton. “We want to make changes that will make recycling easier for us and our large student body. This will be a big transition.”

    The visitors were also interested in adopting a Green Team concept for UNC. Like CCU’s team, this student group would take care of UNC game-day and event recycling.

    During the tour, Tipton and Posthill saw CCU’s new recycling stations, which provide easy and proper disposal of cans, bottles, paper and techno-trash (ink cartridges, batteries, compact discs). Other tour highlights included the new electric vehicle charging stations and a look at the new HTC Center.

    “It’s great to see there is not a barrier between the administration’s goals and sustainability,” said Tipton. “[CCU] is doing many great things.”

  • Professor Thompson publishes

    August 3 2012

    Sharon H. Thompson, EdD, CHES, professor of health promotion in the Health Science Department, College of Science, recently had two articles published.

    "What are we feeding our inmates? was co-authored with Shayda Collins (health promotion graduate) and was published in the Journal of Correctional Health Care in July 2012.

    "Frazzled by Facebook? An exploratory study of gender differences in social network communication among undergraduate men and women" was co-authored with Eric Lougheed (health promotion graduate) and was published in The College Student Journal in Spring 2012.


  • Poppy Hepp has a new grandbaby

    August 6 2012

    Poppy Hepp, administrative coordinator for the vice president for student affairs, has a new granddaughter.

    Giuliana Catherine Hepp was born on May 22, 2012, in Westford, Mass. She weighed 5 pounds, 13.5 ounces, and was 18.75 inches long. Jason and Rachel Hepp are Giuliana’s parents. Jason is Poppy's son.

    Poppy and husband Donald recently returned from a weeklong trip to Massachusetts to meet the new baby and spend time with family.

  • Grad student finishes second in local singing competition.

    August 3 2012

    Brian Druckenmiller, Coastal Carolina University graduate student and Atheneum contributor, was back rocking the microphone at Broadway Louie’s in Myrtle Beach for the finals of the regional Talent Quest competition.

    Four singers in the country category and four in pop/rock each performed three songs and were judged on vocal ability, stage presence and stage appearance. The top scorer in each category will receive airfare, hotel and the contest entry fee for the national Talent Quest competition in Laughlin, Nev., in September.

    Druckenmiller, representing pop/rock, scored 523 points by singing “Black Water” by The Doobie Brothers, “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers, and “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5. He placed second, being edged out by a mere two points by Margo Smith, who scored 525.

    Druckenmiller is a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Writing program, concentrating on creative writing. He works in the Office of University Communication as well as the Sustainability Initiative. In August, he begins his graduate teaching assistantship with the Department of English.