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  • Former CCU science professor writes Civil War book

    February 1 2013

    Former Coastal Carolina University faculty member Valgene Dunham has written a book called "Alleghany to Appomattox: The Life and Letters of Private William Whitlock of the 188th New York Volunteers," which will be published in March.

    A distinguished professor emeritus in the College of Science, Dunham is the author and co-author of numerous books and journal articles, but this is his first book outside the sciences.

    He describes the book: “On September 7, 1864, William Whitlock, age 35, left his wife and four children in Allegany, NY and reported for duty at Dunkirk, NY in Company A, 188th NY Regiment for service to the Union in the US Civil War. During his time in the trenches in the siege of Petersburg, VA, he wrote at least 40 letters home to his wife and family. Over 100 years later, these unpublished letters were found in the attic of the family home and serve as the foundation of this book. The book describes the environment, enlistment, and the political atmosphere that resulted in the Civil War from the perspective of the farmer in both the North and the South.”

    At Coastal since 1995, Dunham was dean of the College of Science until 2006, and then served as associate vice president of grants, contract administration and research planning.

    Dunham earned a bachelor's of science degree in general science in 1962 from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., and a master's degree in general science in 1965 and a Ph.D. in botany in 1969, both from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. He conducted post-doctoral research from 1969 to 1973 at Purdue University.

  • Pooch proposes

    February 1 2013

    Diane Fabiano, program assistant in alumni relations at Coastal Carolina University, recently had a unique proposal from her boyfriend of seven years, Aarron Sanders, with a little help from their four-legged friend.

    “I came home and was greeted by my little Ellie as usual,” Fabiano says about her four-year-old boxer meeting her at the door. But on Jan. 26, there was something different about her pooch. “She wore a sign around her neck that said, ‘Will you marry my dad?’”

    From there, Sanders got down on one knee and continued the proposal,and Fabriano said, “Yes, of course.” He told Fabiano that he spent two days rehearsing with Ellie but Ellie was “not fond” of wearing the sign at first.

    Sanders is from Conway, but they’re planning to have the wedding in Fabiano’s home state of New Jersey in 2014.


  • Active shooter training is mandatory

    February 1 2013

    Mandatory active shooter training starts Wednesday, Feb. 6, and runs through March 29.

    An active shooter is an armed person who uses deadly force and has unrestricted access to victims.An active shooting event can occur at any time and in any place. Recent events demonstrate that no one and no place is immune from these tragedies. Mindful of this, we have asked our Department of Public Safety to provide faculty and staff with training on what actions to take in an active shooter situation. The training will include a video and scenarios, along with key indicators for recognizing potential workplace violence and the protocol for reporting concerns.

    This training will be mandatory for all faculty and staff and must be completed by March 29 of this year. Attendance will be monitored and verified by the CCU identification scanning system, so plan to arrive with your ID card in hand. The sessions are one hour in length. Training dates for February are below. Dates and times for March will be sent out in another communication. They will also be posted in the March 1 edition of the HRConnect newsletter. "We’re taking your safety and the safety of our students very seriously, so those who do not participate in this required training by March 29 will be subject to administrative review," says Eddie Dyer, executive vice president. "Please make every effort to attend."

    Wednesday, Feb. 6
    3 to 4 p.m.
    B&C Marine and Wetland Studies Center Building, Room 100

    Thursday, Feb. 7
    9 to 10 a.m.
    Adkins Field House, Room 315

    Friday, Feb. 8
    10 to 11 a.m.
    Elvington House Conference Room

    Tuesday, Feb. 12
    9 to 10 a.m.
    Wheelwright Auditorium

    Thursday, Feb. 14
    Noon to 1 p.m.
    Wall Auditorium

    Thursday, Feb. 14
    5 to 6 p.m.
    Wall Auditorium

    Tuesday, Feb. 19
    3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    Wheelwright Auditorium

    Wednesday, Feb. 20
    1 to 2 p.m.
    Wall Auditorium

    Tuesday, Feb. 26
    5 to 6 p.m.
    Wheelwright Auditorium


  • Welcome to the world, baby boy!

    January 15 2013

    James Weldon Sellers, son of Jennifer and Phillip Sellers, was born at 7:40 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2013, at Conway Medical Center. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Jennifer is the sustainability coordinator for the university.

  • Students attend women's health forum

    January 18 2013

    Fredanna M'Cormack, a faculty member in health promotion, took six students to the Carolina Women's Health Research Forum in Columbia on Nov. 2.

    At the conference, student Ryan McClain presented a poster on "Women's Perceptions of Sexual Activity During Pregnancy and Lactation in Rural Sierra Leone." Co-authors of the poster were M'Cormack and John Yannessa, who is chair of the Department of Health Sciences.

  • Area kids compete in LEGO Robotics event at CCU

    January 25 2013

    Some 170 elementary and middle school students were having a blast last month at the First LEGO Qualifying Event in Kimbel Arena at Coastal Carolina University.

    With LEGO robots they made themselves in hand, the teams of area kids competed throughout the day, putting their robots through a specially designed course in which the machines had to complete prescribed tasks.

    First place went to the Bay Bots of Ocean Bay Elementary. Second place was awarded to the Mega Minibots of Waccamaw Intermediate School. The winners will go on to compete in the statewide competition, held at White Knoll High School in Lexington, S.C., on Saturday, Feb. 23.

    Four other teams were also invited to compete in the statewide competition. They include the Genius Gemstones from the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina and three teams from Cario Middle School, located in Mount Pleasant: the Purple Programming Princesses, the Titanium Titanics and the Trollbots. Teams were judged in three areas: LEGO robot design and challenge competition, a research project on an original idea for helping senior citizens and a teamwork activity.

    In all, 80 teams will test their robotic-making skills at the state competition. The field was narrowed through 15 regional qualifying events held throughout the state.

    According to Louis Rubbo, assistant professor of  physics,  who coordinated the competition, "The FIRST LEGO League fills a much needed hole in inspiring elementary and middle school students to get them involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities outside of the classroom. Although the robotics are the highlight of the competition, the research project and core values portions of the competition foster connections to the community and team work skills."

  • Buy baseball season tickets now

    January 31 2013

    Baseball is one month away from the start of the 2013 season. The first game is Feb. 15 against James Madison University in Florence.

    With 32 home games and four tournaments, the season is expected to be action packed as the chants look to win another Big South Championship and advance to the NCAA tournament.

    This season, with the construction of our new facilities here on campus, the Chanticleer Baseball team will be playing at Field (Pelicans Field)  in Myrtle Beach. Season tickets are just $80 for all faculty and staff, and do NOT require a Chanticleer Athletic Foundation donation this year. As always, you must show your ID to get the discounted rate; payroll deduction is available to spread out your season ticket purchases.

    For questions or more information, visit Coastal Carolina Athletics Ticket Office in Arcadia Hall or call 843-347-8499. 


  • How to apply for NEH grants

    February 1 2013

    The Office of Research Services and CeTEAL are offering a workshop for those faculty member who are interested in applying for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes grant due on March 5, 2013. This will be a four-week guided proposal writing series where you will be assisted in reviewing the guidelines and in preparing a writing timeline, a program strategy, and goals & objectives as well as assistance in editing your narrative. We will walk you through preparing a budget and answer any questions about applying for this grant. For more information on the NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes grant, please visit:

    Workshop dates:
    Monday, Feb. 4
    Monday, Feb. 11
    Monday, Feb. 18
    Monday, Feb. 25

    Time: 3 to 3:50 p.m.

    Location: KLIB 219

    Please register through CeTEAL at:

  • Tony award-winning actor visits CCU campus

    January 31 2013

    Television and Broadway actor Ben Vereen recently dropped in on Coastal Carolina University theatre undergraduates for a lesson on the business side of acting and the passion necessary for a life in the theatre.

    Students received acting tips and coaching on song interpretation during the 90-minute master class, held in the Edwards Theatre on the CCU campus.

    “He parted with sage advice to the young artists in our department,” says Monica Bell, an associate professor of theatre. “In sharing his insight with the students, he left them enriched and enlivened.”

    CCU sophomore Miquela Rivers was one of the young actors in attendance. She is currently cast as Leading Player (the main character) in CCU’s production of “Pippin,” which opened Jan.31. It’s the role that earned Vereen a Tony award for best actor in a musical and a Drama Desk award for outstanding performance in 1973.

    “Miquela was present at the workshop and was quite touched by the work that Mr. Vereen accomplished with the students,” says Bell. “Undoubtedly, her rehearsal that evening was positively affected by the afternoon’s master class.”

    Vereen was in Myrtle Beach for a performance with the Long Bay Symphony titled “Steppin Out,” a concert benefitting the Pardue Family Children in Need Fund. Bell is optimistic about a return to CCU from the actor.

    “We hope to remain in conversation with Mr. Vereen about a possible return to Coastal Carolina University,” she says. “We were certainly made richer by his presence, and the faculty and students would welcome him back with open arms.”

  • Graphic designer (hearts) SC

    January 31 2013

    Jonathan Ady, a graphics designer in the Office of University Communication, was in the news recently. Ady has designed a unique logo featuring the state of South Carolina's outline. His business is called Studio Eight Zero.

  • Harwell is 2013 Meet the Law Speaker

    February 1 2013

    U.S. District Judge R. Bryan Harwell from the U.S. District Court, was the guest lecturer for the recent "Meet the Law" lecture series, sponsored annually by the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University.

    Harwell, who represents the District of South Carolina Florence Division, spoke to students on January 31 about what types of cases are tried in federal court, which include cases concerning employee discrimination, fraud, copyright and patent infringement, bankruptcy, admiralty cases and many others. The U.S. District Court of the District of South Carolina, Florence Davison handles all federal cases arising from Horry, Marion, Williamsburg, Florence, Dillon, Marlboro, Darlington and Chesterfield counties.

    Harwell is a graduate of Clemson University and of the University of South Carolina Law School. After clerking for both a state and federal judge, he practiced law at Harwell, Ballenger, Barth and Hoefer in Florence for 20 years. He also taught business law at Francis Marion University.

    In 2004, upon the recommendation by Senator Lindsey Graham, he was nominated by then President George W. Bush to serve as a judge for the United States District Court, and was confirmed by the United States Senate the same year. Since then, he has presided over a wide range of federal, civil and criminal matters at the federal trial-court level, and occasionally had the privilege of sitting with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

    The Meet the Law series is designed to complement the business law courses offered through the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration. The purpose of the lectures is to give students the opportunity to meet and interact with practicing legal professionals who work in the judicial or regulatory system at the national, state or local level.

    "Students gain valuable insights through contact with those working in the fields they're studying," said Edgar Dyer, CCU's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "It supplements their classroom experience and starts them thinking about career choices."

    The program was created by Wall College business law faculty members Henry Lowenstein and Andy Hendrick, who plan to invite one guest lecturer per semester. The lectures are open only to Wall College of Business students.

  • Music study makes international news

    January 31 2013

    Terri Pettijohn and Jason Eastman, CCU sociology professors, along with Keith Richard, a recent CCU psychology graduate, were co-authors on a paper cited in this article on how music matches the national mood. The article ran in The Independent newspaper in the UK.

  • Lowenstein commended for service

    February 1 2013

    Henry Lowenstein, professor of marketing and resort tourism, received a commendation for service for his years of work and dedication as chair of the board of directors of the Ocean View Memorial Foundation. He has served as chair since 2009.

    Upon recommendation by CCU President Dave DeCenzo and Lowenstein, Michael Latta, professor of marketing and associate dean of the Wall College of Business, was nominated to the board to represent CCU for the next four-year term.

    Ocean View Memorial Hospital was one of the Grand Strand's first major healthcare facilities and established its foundation in 1978, a 501c nonprofit organization. OVMF provides financial aid to support community social and health care efforts and the education of future nurses and related health care professionals.