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  • CCU's first flash mob entertains Commons

    November 30 2012

    If you were having lunch at the Hicks Dining Hall, you might have been surprised by the CCU Faculty/Staff Choir that burst into song and dance around noon. The 23-member choir, directed by Patti Edwards, performed Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You." 

    The 16-member faculty-staff Coastettes dance troupe also performed to "Santa's Got a Choo-Choo.".

    "We thought it would be great to do a flash mob for students, faculty and staff to share the holiday spirit and to advertise our upcoming holiday show (on Dec. 12)," said Lamonica Yates. "It went over really well. The looks on the faces around us was priceless."

    If you missed the show, you get another chance as the performances will be repeated for the Hometown Holiday show on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. at Wheelwright Auditorium.

  • 2012 Great Baby Race gears up

    December 3 2012

    Believe you have the fastest crawling baby along the Grand Strand? Have a shot at letting the little one win a prize for all that bundled up energy.

    The 2012 Great Baby Race, presented by, is set for halftime of the Clemson versus Coastal Carolina basketball game beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19.

    We'll set out to see who is the fastest on their hands and knees, and three great prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the event. First place will receive 75 boxes of diapers while second and third place winners will both receive a $75 cash prize. The baby racing distance will be about 15 yards in length near center court in front of the cheering crowd.

    If your baby is between 9-18 months old and still a crawler, he or she is a prime candidate for the 2012 Great Baby Race.

    To become a contestant, a baby's parent will need to submit a name, age and birthdate, photo and brief sentence or two as to why the toddler could just be the fastest one along the Grand Strand. Entries should be emailed to by no later than Monday, Dec. 17.

    Contestants will be contacted and provided specific details after selection is made.

    The race is on now for parents to get their baby entered in 2012 The Great Baby Race presented by Ready, set, go!

  • Students open Food Bank at CCU

    November 30 2012

    More than 80 students and faculty gathered Tuesday, Nov. 13, outside the Student Activity House in University Place to celebrate the grand opening of Coastal Carolina’s Food Bank. The highlight of the event was when 28 volunteers plunged into the swimming pool’s near freezing temperature to raise awareness of student hunger and food insecurity at CCU. The Food Bank, which is stocked with around 3,700 canned food items, was originally an idea of a freshman academic adviser.

    Cara Scheuer, a freshman academic adviser and teacher of a University 110 class, began formulating ideas for a Food Bank for students in the spring of 2012. Scheuer proposed to have a place where students who may be struggling financially to purchase food could be provided a meal or two to ease their burden. “With the troubling economy, students just like anyone else are going through financial hardship,” says Scheuer. “I’ve heard numerous stories of students struggling…That should not be their number one concern. Their concern should be going toward being a successful student.”

    The University 110 First-Year Experience (FYE) class that Scheuer teaches is one of around 80 classes that enable first-year students to develop creative and critical thinking skills, information literacy and the personal and social skills needed to successfully move from high school to a university. Part of the requirement of the class is to implement a service learning project that benefits the community.

    The Food Bank started with a Food Bank Steering Committee, which included faculty members of various departments at CCU, to generate ideas and later instructions for all FYE teachers. All FYE students participated in the development of the Food Bank by either learning about the issues of hunger and nutrition, collecting food, stocking inventory of food or creating shelves to support food supplies. 

    Fundraising for the food bank has been successful. Most of the canned food items were donated through a canned food sculpture contest during homecoming week at CCU. In addition, other events such as Student Movie Night required a canned food item for admission, and organizers of Love Your Body Day requested a canned food donation.

    Thanks to the students and their fundraising efforts, there is now an abundance of food available to students in need. “My goal moving forward is to spread awareness of the resources available for the students,” says Scheuer. “I want as many students as possible to know about the Food Bank so they can start using it.”

    Students who wish to donate or receive food from the Food Bank can do so at the Student Activity house in University Place. Students must complete a liability form and survey in order to receive food. The survey is designed to generate data on food insecurity among students as well as determine what types of food are needed. The Food Bank will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 26 through Dec. 5 and will be run by student volunteers. After Dec. 5, it will be up to the student volunteers to run the Food Bank and determine the days and times it will be open. 

    Scheuer understands the worth behind the service learning component of the FYE classes. “I really believe in the value that it (community service) can bring to education beyond classroom learning,” says Scheuer. This opportunity allows first year students to “apply what they’re learning in the classroom and do good for the community.”


  • CCU senior wins on 'Wheel of Fortune'

    November 7 2012

    Robbie O'Quinn, a senior marine science major at Coastal Carolina University, won $9,900 and second place as a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" on Nov. 7.

    O'Quinn, who is from Beaufort, tried out for the game show last May at an audition in North Myrtle Beach. The show was taped in August.

    The student, who plans to graduate from CCU in fall of 2013, said he is "pretty good" at crossword puzzles and word games. He plans a career in fisheries management.

    "Wheel of Fortune" is the longest-running syndicated game show in U.S. television history with more than 5,000 episodes aired. The 30th anniversary season of "Wheel" began on Sept. 17.   

  • CCU wins best delegation at student legislature

    November 9 2012

    Coastal Carolina University’s student delegation has been recognized as the Best Large Delegation at the 2012 session of the South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL). CCU’s delegation has won this honor three of the last four years, this year beating delegations from Clemson and College of Charleston.

    The 11 students who participated include: Kyle Cox, Ian Detweiler, Tamara Fogner, Bryant Lewis, Danielle McCrackin, Kevin McCray, Casey McKee, Kaitlin Paige, Brandon Reilly, Tennia Walker and Desmond Wallace.
     Several CCU students also received awards for their individual performances. Desmond Wallace won the Carlisle Award, which is awarded to the delegate or officer who represents the ideals of the South Carolina Student Legislature. Danielle McCrackin won the Best Senator Award, which is given to the senator who shows himself or herself to be an accomplished speaker and conscientious statesman. Brandon Reilly won re-election as lieutenant governor.

    CCU was also awarded Best Written Brief. Nine out of 10 bills written by CCU student delegates were passed by the SCSL. Frederick Wood and Adam Chamberlain, both assistant professors of politics and geography at CCU, served as co-advisors to the delegation. 

    The SCSL is a student-run mock legislature sponsored by the S.C. General Assembly. Colleges and universities in South Carolina send delegations to two annual sessions to debate bills and further their knowledge of parliamentary procedures and state government.

  • Psi Chi inducts 16 students

    November 9 2012

    The Coastal Carolina University chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, recently inducted 16 new members.

    Newly inducted members are: Christine Brown, Felicia Burchfield, Haley Bussey, Natasha Campbell, Faith Derrah, Jessica Finne, Jill Giguere, Kayla Ann Graham, Charmaine Hanson, Laurie Hickman, Jillian Imler, Dreama Lightsey, Maranda Marion, Shandi Movsky, Julianna Ruza and  Ashleigh Simons.

    Faculty advisers are JongHan Kim and Terry F. Pettijohn II.

  • Dance marathon raises thousands for children’s hospital

    November 27 2012

    Coastal Carolina University’s first ever ChantaTHON, held Nov. 9 through 10, raised $8,818.21 for charity. The 17-hour event required participants to dance for donation pledges. Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was the top group earner, contributing $1,300 to the total collection. Jenna Curcuma, a freshman from Oakland, N.J., was the top individual earner with $780.

    Kristina Nash, a senior business management major and director of ChantaTHON, saw the event as “life changing” in the sense that something as arduous and simple like “standing for 17-hours to raise money and awarness” could provide hope for the less fortunate. 

    Nash is excited about the direction the organization is taking. She sees it as “a growing event” that will be “bigger and better next year.”

    ChantaTHON benefits the McLeod Children’s Hospital of Florence and the Children’s Miracle Network. McLeod treats thousands of Grand Strand children with life-threatening illnesses each year. Two miracle families whose children will benefit from the money raised during the event attended. Miracle families are parents of a child who is receiving treatment at McLeod’s Children’s Hospital in Florence. A pledge sponsors a family, with the money they earned going to family. 

    Registration for the 2013 ChantaTHON steering committee is currently open.

    For more information, email Kristina Nash, ChantaTHON director, at

  • Keira Williams writes book

    November 30 2012

    Keira Williams, a lecturer in CCU's Honors and Women's & Gender Studies programs, has a new book out on the infamous Susan Smith case.

    In the fall of 1994, Smith, a young mother from Union, South Carolina, reported that an African American male carjacker had kidnapped her two children. The news sparked a multi-state investigation and evoked nationwide sympathy. Nine days later, she confessed to drowning the boys in a nearby lake, and that sympathy quickly turned to outrage. Smith became the topic of thousands of articles, news segments, and media broadcasts – overshadowing the coverage of midterm elections and the O. J. Simpson trial. The notoriety of her case was more than tabloid fare, however; Williams argues that her story tapped into cultural debates about gender and politics at a crucial moment in American history. In reaction to second-wave feminism and a corresponding "crisis in masculinity" in the 1990s, a distinct code of gender discrimination developed that sought to reassert a traditional form of white male power. In Gendered Politics in the Modern South, Williams uses the Smith case to analyze the "new sexism" found in the agenda of the budding neoconservative movement.

    Williams earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia. She is now working on a second book project, a biography of the creator of Wonder Woman.

    Gendered Politics in the Modern South is available online as a hard copy and as an e-book:

  • Need grant training?

    November 30 2012

    Here are some grant-related courses coming up in January:

    * Finding Funding - Monday, Jan. 28, 11-11:50 a.m,. KLIB 219
    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. Click here to register:

    * Grant Proposal Writing Basics - Wednesday, Jan. 30, 11-11:50 a.m., KLIB 219 - Learn the essential components of an award-winning proposal. Click here to register:

    * Budget Basics - Monday, Feb. 4, 10-10:50 a.m., KLIB 219 - Learn how to calculate your salary, fringe benefits, F&A, and the essential components of a proposal budget. Click here to register:

    * Research Compliance - Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1-1:50 p.m., KLIB 219 - Learn what you need to know to be in adherence with the federal and state laws and CCU rules and regulations when involving humans or animals in your research. Click here to register

    * Grant Basics for New Faculty - Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1:40-2:55 p.m. - Learn about the grant process at Coastal Carolina University, register for the grants ERA system, find out what funding opportunities are available using internal and external databases, find out the basics of a grant proposal and what to put into a basic budget, and what other funding resources and services are available for you on campus through the Office of Research Services. Click here to register

    For more information, visit http: to view all training, or contact Bruxanne E. Hein, director and IRB administrator, Office of Research Services at

  • Recycle your used deodorant

    November 30 2012

    The Sustainability Initiative at Coastal Carolina University was asked to participate in a nationwide Deodorant Stick Recycling Program through Funding Factory, the same company that accepts the university’s used ink cartridges.

    Funding Factory asked only 50 organizations to participate in the pilot program based on their recycling record with the ink cartridges. In the last 12 months, Coastal Carolina University ranks third out of 233 colleges that participate in recycling used ink cartridges, having recycled more than 2,600 pounds of ink cartridges, toners and cell phones.

    The Deodorant Stick Recycling Program will take place until May 31. Coastal Carolina University has the chance to win $1,000 for recycling the most deodorant sticks through this pilot program. 

    In addition to Funding Factory, the program is in partnership with Unilever, Earth 911 and NextLife. The deodorant sticks will be recycled with a company called NextLife that will clean the plastic and convert it to a sustainable resin and may eventually be made into new deodorant sticks. 

    “This pilot program partnership with Funding Factory empowers our University to responsibly recycle something untraditional, such as deodorant sticks,” said Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator. “Recycling is such a huge part of our campus culture that I believe our University will embrace this new program and help support it.”

    You can recycle any brand of plastic deodorant sticks. Stick, roll-on and gel are acceptable. This program does not accept aerosol cans. Collection boxes are located in the locker rooms for men’s basketball and women’s basketball, as well as the men’s and women’s locker rooms in Campus Recreation in the HTC Center. Contact the Sustainability Initiative office at 843-349-5041, if you are interested in participating.