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  • Celebration of Inquiry is Feb. 17 to 19

    More than 140 presentations exploring the theme "Meeting the Challenges of our Times: Risks, Responsibilities and Rewards" are scheduled for Coastal Carolina University’s ninth Celebration of Inquiry conference Feb. 17 to 19.

    The topic was chosen to focus attention on contemporary global concerns such as the economy, national security and ethical practices that have affected our world. Conference organizers also hope the theme will address personal issues that motivate us to think through the key elements of our decision-making.

    The annual, universitywide academic conference features two days during which classes are redirected to specifically planned events and discussions. Many of the programs are presented and planned by students with faculty direction.

    The keynote speaker is Richard Lapchick, author and expert on sports and social issues, who will speak on “The Challenges of Change: Ethics and Equality in our Diverse Communities” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Wall Auditorium. He will talk about breaking the cycle of despair faced by too many of America's youth. By graphically laying out issues confronting so many young people, he encourages taking action on any level possible, whether it be one-on-one or with a larger group.

    Other speakers include Sun News columnist and author Isaac Bailey, whose talk is “The Difficulty of Dealing with Race in a Diversifying World: Why We Must Rethink Everything We Know.” Bailey will speak at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 in Wall Auditorium.

    For the first time, the Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecture, an annual event featuring a top Coastal Carolina University faculty member, is being scheduled as part of the Celebration of Inquiry. The 2010 lecture will be given by Var Limpasuvan, professor of chemistry, who will speak on “Diagnosing the Beating Heart of our Atmosphere: A Puzzle for Future Generations.” The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18 in Wall Auditorium.

    CCU President David DeCenzo, Horry County Schools Superintendent Cynthia Elsberry and CCU Head Football Coach David Bennett are panelists for a plenary session on “The Challenges of Leadership in the 21st Century,” scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19 in Wall Auditorium.

    The conference will offer sessions on many different topics, including “The War on Terror: A Definition of Victory,” “Venomous Snakes of South Carolina,” “Legalize It: the Case for Same-Sex Marriage,” “The Young and Debtless,” and “Finding a job in the REAL world.” The event will conclude with a “Jazz After Hours” concert at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 in Wall Auditorium.

    All Celebration of Inquiry events are free, although Lapchick’s talk will require a ticket. Tickets can be picked up at Wheelwright Auditorium.

    For a complete list of events, visit or call 843-347-3161.

  • Samaritan's shoe drive under way at CCU

    The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has partnered with other Big South Conference Institutions in efforts of collecting athletic shoes (new or used) for victims in Haiti. There is a drop-off location in the Athletic Administration Building and at every athletic home event.

    Those interested in donating may also text CHANTI to 85944 for a $5 donation that is applied to your cell phone bill.

    Cari Rosiek, who oversees SAAC, says about 300 pairs of sneakers have been collected so far, while 164 pairs have already been delivered to Haiti. The shoe drive will continue until May 29.

    For more information, contact Rosiek at 349-4126 or e-mail her at

  • New director of Student Activities is named

    Whitney Comer, formerly with Clemson University, is the new director of Student Activities and Leadership at Coastal Carolina University.

    Comer will provide oversight of all student activities and organizations at the University including the Volunteer Student Services and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. She will serve as adviser to the Student Government Association and student media, and she will assist student organizations with leadership development, budget management and event planning.

    Comer was at Clemson for seven years, serving as the director of student activities, associate director of student activities and associate director of student media and organizations. She was also an adjunct professor at Clemson and at Greenville Technical College.

    Comer earned a master's degree in student development from Appalachian State University and a bachelor's degree in mass communications from East Tennessee State University.

    Pat Singleton-Young, director of Multicultural Student Services, has been serving as interim director since summer 2009.

  • 'Down With the Wind' to be featured at reading

    Two Coastal Carolina University faculty members are teaming up to put on a staged reading of an original one-act play at the Conway Library.

    Lee Bollinger of the Department of Communication is the author of the monologue Down With the Wind, a parody of Margaret Mitchell’s famous Civil War novel. Sandi Shackelford of the Department of Theatre plays the author of the fictional work at a press conference after winning the Pulitzer Prize.

    Bollinger, author of 18 plays, studied theatre production at Penn State and has taught at Coastal since 1999. Her plays have been performed at Lincoln Center, Dartmouth College and at venues in New York City and many other cities.

    Shackelford, who has taught at CCU since 1989, has had an extensive acting career. It includes productions at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in Charleston. A founding member of Atlantic Stage, the first Equity theatre in Myrtle Beach, she will appear in its production of Eleemosynary in April.

    The performance of Bollinger’s play is the latest in a series of monthly staged readings by a group called The Play Readers. Its productions, which have attracted large community turnouts, are free and include an audience “talk back.” It gives play-goers a chance to discuss the work with the author and cast after a performance.

    Down With The Wind will be performed Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2:30 p.m. at the Conway Public Library, 801 Main St. The Friends of the Library, who are sponsoring the reading, will provide refreshments.

    For more information, call Jane Bunal at the library at 843-915-7323.

  • Archarios accepts submissions this week

    Archarios, the student-produced literary art magazine, is accepting submissions for the Spring submissions week Feb. 8 to 12. Students, faculty and staff are allowed to submit up to five pieces of art and/or literature. The office is located upstairs in the Lib Jackson Student Center, room 204B.

    "We’re looking to publish a book that’s diverse in the selection of art and literature," says Stephanie Bouzounis, Archarios editor-in-chief. "We want something that will reflect the wide range of creative projects produced at CCU. We will accept short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. As far as art, we accept everything from fine arts to graphic design."

    Office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:15 p.m.

    Bouzounis can be reached at (cell) 843-267-0852 or by e-mail at

  • Coastal Carolina wins third place in Big South Quiz Bowl

    Coastal Carolina University students Seth Morgan, Robert Cafaro, Sallie Damon, Brandon Peluso and Sarah Sexton competed in the Big South College Quiz Bowl Tournament on Jan. 30 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

    Two of the Coastal team members placed in the top four for individual players’ scores. Seth Morgan, team captain, placed second and Robert Cafaro placed fourth among the Tournament players. Coaches Charmaine Tomczyk, director for undergraduate research, and David Duncan, assistant professor of mathematics, accompanied the team. Duncan served as one of the official scorekeepers throughout the tournament.

    “This is the first time that Coastal has competed in the Big South Quiz Bowl, and I am very proud of our team in placing third”, said Tomczyk.

    Liberty University took first place, making this its third win for the top trophy since the tournament’s inception in 2006. The tournament is held annually at one of the Big South Athletic Conference schools for students from the member schools to compete academically. Teams practice throughout the year using NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament, LLC) questions and rules.

    The tournament idea came from the Big South League’s Academic Consortium whose mission is to develop institutional relationships outside of athletics and to explore ways to share programs and resources to benefit students and member institutions. In addition to developing the Quiz Bowl, the Consortium has supported an annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) among Big South member institutions since 2007, when Coastal Carolina University hosted the first Symposium.

  • How to train for a triatholon

    The Department of Campus Recreation is hosting a Free “How To” clinic on Triathlon Training.

    If you’ve ever wanted to know how to train for one and complete it successfully, this is the clinic for you.

    USAT certified coach, Bryan Meyers will share ideas on training, transitions from swim to bike and bike to run and more.

    Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m., Williams Brice Room 118A

    The Coastal Carolina University Triathlon is coming in April – start training now!

    For more information on clinic or participation in the triathlon here on campus, contact

  • Third health screening is added in March

    Due to tremendous response for the 2010 Worksite Screening, the Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity is now adding a third day. The screening will be held in the Wall Auditorium from 7 to 10 a.m. on Monday, March 29. You must complete a registration form that must be returned to the attention of Tammy Hardee, Office of Human Resources, Prudential Building, on or before March 12.

  • Health promotion faculty presents

    Three health promotion faculty members presented recently at the First International Conference on Youth Risk Behaviors in Cancun, Mexico, from Jan. 6 to 9. John Yannessa and Fredanna M’Cormack presented a paper on “Sexual Assertiveness: A preliminary analysis of a potential psychological correlate to sexual risk taking behaviors among a sample of youth living in the American Southeast.” Their research was co-authored with CCU students Ashley Morrison and Derek Johnson. Sharon Thompson's presentation, "An exploratory study of the relationship between yoga practice and depression, anxiety, and eating problems among undergraduate students," was co-authored with CCU student Brittany Birnbaum. All three students are health promotion majors.

    Thompson also had a published study:

    Thompson, S.H. & DeBate, R.D. (2010). An exploratory study of the relationship between Night Eating Syndrome and depression among college students. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 24(1), 39-48.

  • Maj. Felber receives promotion

    Major John J. Felber, assistant professor of military science who heads the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at CCU, was recently promoted from captain to major in a Jan. 15 ceremony held on campus. The presentation was the first military promotion ceremony at the University. Presenting the new rank was Lt. Col. Scott Brooks from Fort Gordon.

    Provost Rob Sheehan, College of Natural and Applied Sciences Dean Michael Roberts, the ROTC cadets and other University personnel were on hand. Also present were Felber's parents, John, a retired electrician, and Dorothy, a retired registered nurse, from Akron, Ohio.

    Felber has been awarded numerous medals including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal, among others. He was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

    Originally from Tallmadge, Ohio, Felber was commissioned a second lieutenant in 2000. He earned a bachelor's degree in management information systems from Wright State University and an MBA from Clemson University.

    He is a member of the board of advisers of CCU's new Center for Military and Veterans Studies.

  • McCormick inducted into CUA Hall of Fame

    Tim McCormick was inducted into the Catholic University of America’s Athletic Hall of Fame (Baseball) on Jan. 16. As a three-year conference all-star and two-year team captain and MVP, McCormick led the 1977 CUA Cardinals to an East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) title and a third place finish in the 1977 NCAA Division I North Eastern Regional Championships. Tim was hired by Catholic University immediately upon graduating as the youngest NCAA Division I head coach in the nation and lead CU to two ECAC championship appearances in three years.

    McCormick has been at CCU since 1993 and has served as director of admissions, director of admissions technology and now director of enrollment planning.

  • Call for nominations for Lackey Service Award

    The Ronald D. Lackey Service Award will be presented at the University’s Annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 6 in Wheelwright Auditorium at 7 p.m. This is one of the most prestigious awards on our campus and only students who are nominated by one of their peers or by a faculty or staff member will be considered. Faculty and staff are invited to nominate students who meet the following criteria:

    • have a GPA of 3.0 or above;

    • will graduate in May 2010 or December 2010;

    • have been significantly involved in campus organizations;

    • have provided leadership and service that has benefited the campus; and

    • have contributed significantly to the quality of campus life.

    Nomination forms are located at: . Nominations are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. Information forms from nominees are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19.