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  • Bryan Information Commons is dedicated

    August 28 2012

    The Information Commons at Kimbel Library is now open for business.

    "Having in Information Center tied to a learning center and having a safe space for students to study was our goal," said Provost Robert Sheehan at the Aug. 28 ribon-cutting ceremony.

     "A year ago, we dedicated the Lackey Chapel, which is a space for the soul," said CCU President David DeCenzo. "A week ago, we dedicated the HTC Center, a space for the body. And now we are dedicating the Bryan Information Commons, which is a building for the mind."

    The 15,000-square-foot addition to Kimbel Library is a technology-rich study, research and tutorial space for students. The $6 million building features collaborative work spaces, soft seating, an exhibit area, glass walls, around 84 individual computer work stations and cafÄ seating off a vending machine area for late night studying. Five technology-rich study rooms include large screen wall-mounted monitors, projection capabilities and interactive whiteboards.

    The building is named for the family of the late CCU benefactor Rebecca Randall Bryan, whose $1.8 million gift in 2001 was the largest cash gift of its kind at that time.

    "Beyond being a study hall space, this is a space where magic can happen," said Kearns Palmetto Professor Sara Sanders, who is director of  CCU's Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values. 

    A student advisory group had input into the design of the building, as well as its furnishings and equipment. The library's security system has been updated to allow individuals to check out books and other materials at self-check workstations located throughout the library as well as at the Peter C. Bolton help desk in the Information Commons. New security gates have been installed in Kimbel Library and in the Commons.

    The library is also sponsoring its first public exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," from Oct. 12 through Nov. 28. Invited speakers will discuss the issues facing Lincoln as he used the Constitution to address the secession of the Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. This exhibit is made possible through the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center.

    Hours of operation will be 24/6, opening at 11 a.m. on Sundays and remaining open until 7 p.m. on Fridays. The Commons will be open 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

  • Alumna awarded Congressional medal

    August 31 2012

    Coastal Carolina University alumna Alexandra Tamburro ’12 was recently awarded a Bronze Congressional Award Medal in her hometown of Frankfort, N.Y.

    Tamburro was one of 284 members of AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps who completed 10 months of full-time service to communities in need.

    She began her term in Denver, Colo., in October 2010 and graduated in July 2011. Tamburro, with a team of 10 other members, completed a series of six- to eight-week projects in communities nationwide including disaster relief, environment and energy conservation, infrastructure improvement, and urban and rural development.

    Established by Congress in 1979, the award is given to Americans aged 14-23 in recognition of their service and initiative. Voluntary public service, personal development, expedition or exploration and physical fitness are some of the criteria for receiving the award. Time commitments determine whether individuals receive a bronze, silver or gold certificate and medal.

    Tamburro, 24, earned a bachelor’s degree from CCU in political science this past May.

  • Sign up for fall bowling

    August 31 2012

    The Coastal Carolina University co-ed, faculty-staff bowling league gets rolling Monday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Waccamaw Bowling Lanes. Teams will consist of four members, two females and two males. Registration is required.

    The cost is $8 per bowler, each week. The fee includes three games and shoe rental.

    Waccamaw Bowling Lanes is located at 101 Gray Drive in Myrtle Beach, just off of U.S. 501 and the Fantasy Harbour exit. For more information, contact Lamonica Yates at or call 843-349-2099.

  • CCU staffer is a 'FURever' animal lover

    August 17 2012

    Chris Donevant Haines recently won the Native Sons Project Tee contest. The T-shirt design reads "Adoption is FURever," and 144 shirts will be printed and donated to the Grand Strand Humane Society for fundraising efforts.

    Haines, who is a counselor at CCU, has been volunteering at the Grand Strand Humane Society. "My shirt idea is to have it say something encouraging people to rescue/adopt animals from shelters and rescue groups and to always remember that adopting a pet is a 'FURever' commitment," says Haines. "I'd also like to encouarge people to always spay or neuter their pets to try to help solve the problem of animal overpopulation in shelters."

    Haines recently adopted one of the dogs she had been spending time with at GSHS. "She's my first shelter dog, and my other two came from rescue groups," says Haines. "She was turned in after experiencing a rather expensive medical problem that her owners were not prepared to pay for. One was a breeding mother who could no longer produce puppies and was tossed aside. My other was turned in with a serious case of heartworms that in just a bit more time would have killed him."

  • OA meetings now offered at CCU

    September 3 2012

    Beginning this fall semester, Coastal Carolina University will begin hosting Overeater Anonymous (OA) meetings every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, room 101. Attendance is free, and attendees are able to remain anonymous.

    CCU security officer Bob Frohann, an OA member since 1971, will lead meetings. Anyone with a desire to stop eating compulsively is encouraged to attend.

    For more information, call 843-798-9108.

  • Nursing program moves

    August 31 2012

    The faculty of CCU’s newly nationally accredited nursing program has moved to the Spier Building on HGTC’s Grand Strand Campus at 3500 Pampas Drive on the old Air Force base. The purpose of this move is to facilitate the seamless transition of the nursing graduates of the HGTC program into Coastal’s BSN completion program.

    Currently, 44 students are in the BSN completion program. It is predicted that this number will double with this move and adding online delivery at the beginning of the Spring semester. Suggestions and questions are welcome and should be directed to Pat Bohannan, director of the program, at 843-839-1102 or

  • Research workshops being offered

    September 4 2012

    Upcoming workshops from the Office of Research Services:

    grants ERA
    Thursday, Sept.  27, 3 to 4 p.m., Kearns 209
    Learn how to log-in, view and approve proposals in the grantsERA system. Bring any questions you may have.

    Finding Funding
    Thursday, Oct.18, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Kearns 209
    This is a hands-on workshop for faculty to learn what resources the Office of Research Services has to offer when looking for external funding. It is a do-it-yourself session with staff on hand to answer questions and go over external funding websites.

    Grant Proposal Writing and Budget Basics
    Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m., EHFA 101
    Learn the essential components of an award winning proposal and what to include in your proposal budget.

    Research Compliance
    Thursday, Nov. 1, 1 to 2 p.m., EHFA 101
    Learn how to be in adherence with the federal and state laws and CCU rules and regulations when involving humans or animals in your research.

    Contact our office to register, spaces are limited! Call 843-349-2978.