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  • 'Coastal Today' celebrates 500th show

    October 1 2012

    "Coastal Today," Coastal Carolina University's signature TV program, celebrated its 500th show on Monday, Oct.1.

    Hosted by theater professor Robin Edwards-Russell, the show started in January 2001 and has featured around 2,500 CCU students, faculty staff and alumni over the years.

    "We also have incredible news to share!" says Martha Hunn, executive producer of the show. 'Coastal Today,' will air on WPDE News Channel 15 on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and on WFXB Fox 43 on Sundays at 11 a.m., beginning Oct. 7. Be sure to tune in."

    The 500th show featured CCU alumni who have "come back" to Coastal following their graduation, including Olympic competitor Amber Campbell and Kerry Schwanz, psychology professor.

    The campus was invited to help celebrate with a giant "Coastal Today" cake.

  • Arendt is finalist for art prize

    September 28 2012

    Conway artist Jim Arendt, director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery at Coastal Carolina University, is one of the three finalists for the 701 Center for Contemporary Art Prize 2012 in Columbia.

    James Busby of Chapin and Tonya Gregg of Hopkins were the other finalists.

    The prize is a competition and exhibition for South Carolina artists. Its purpose is to identify and recognize young artists 40 and under whose work is exemplary in its originality, shows awareness of artistic developments and is of high artistic merit.

    The three finalists’ work will be shown in the 701 CCA Prize 2012 Exhibition, which will open Thursday, Nov. 1, with a reception. The winner of the 701 CCA Prize 2012 will be announced during a special event at the center on Thursday, Nov. 29.

    The finalists were selected by an independent jury consisting of Lilly Wei, a prominent New York City art critic and curator; Paul Bright, the director of the Hanes Gallery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Karen Watson, the director of the Sumter County Gallery of Art in Sumter.

    The 701 CCA Prize winner will receive a six-week, paid residency at 701 CCA; consultation services from a professional advertising and marketing firm; a solo exhibition at 701 CCA; and an ad in a national publication.

    Arendt is a native of Flint, Mich., who earned an MFA with a concentration in painting from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His current work explores the shifting paradigms of labor and place through slightly three-dimensional, wall-mounted, narrative cut denim renderings of figures. Arendt was included in last year’s 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial and recently had a solo exhibition at the Pickens County (S.C.) Museum of Art and History. Last year, he was awarded “Best of Show” at the Emerging Carolina exhibition at Hub-Bub Gallery in Spartanburg.

  • Aguirre selected for leadership program

    September 28 2012

    Karen M. Aguirre, associate professor and chair in the Department of Biology at Coastal Carolina University, has been selected to serve as a Vision and Change Leadership Fellow. Aguirre is now part of a team of 40 Leadership Fellows who were competitively selected from an application pool of more than 250.

    The Leadership Fellows team is embarking on a year-long initiative integral to the goals of the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE).

    PULSE is a joint effort by National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health/NIGMS and Howard Hughes Medical Institute to stimulate systemic changes within biology departments at all types of post-secondary educational institutions, based upon the findings of the 2011 report "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action" and similar calls for transformation of undergraduate life sciences education.

  • Greg Thompson has a new baby

    September 14 2012

    Greg and Alicia Thompson have a new baby boy! Trevor George Thompson was born Sept. 14, 2012, at Conway Medical Center. He weighed in a 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. Mom and bay are doing well, Greg reports.

    Greg is assistant controller in the Office of Financial Services.

  • Amber Campbell goes to the White House

    September 28 2012

    Coastal Carolina University alumna Amber Campbell '04 was honored by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony held on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 14. As a member of Team USA, Campbell received a hug and words of praise from President Obama.

    It was a moment Campbell describes on her Facebook page as “an honor.” The President made certain he met with each team member. In statements given during his speech, Obama said his tight schedule would prevent him from shaking everyone’s hand, but in the end he did just that, allowing Campbell to get the photo of “me and my President.”

    Campbell competed in the hammer throw during the London summer games, finishing sixth in the qualifying round. She previously competed in the 2008 Olympic games, held in Beijing, China. Campbell lives in Myrtle Beach, where she is a volunteer assistant coach at CCU, as well as a managing partner of Sports Doctors Inc., where she also works as a trainer.

  • Johnson shows her Chanticleer spirit

    September 28 2012

    Rose Marie Hussey Johnson had some fun decorating her office in the Singleton Building for the Sept. 15 home game pitting the Chanticleers against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. She is coordinator of risk management and strategic planning.

    Johnston festooned her office on the first floor with lots and lots of teal and Chanticleer paraphernalia. There was even a tiny Chanticleer surfboard that Debbie Conner made.

    Needless to say, Johnson won the Spirit Contest sponsored by the Department of Athletics and is looking forward to a pizza party, which she is giving to the student workers in her area and the president's office.

  • Sign up for grants/research workshops

    September 28 2012

    Upcoming workshops:

    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 to 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 what you need to know to be in compliance 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 or email