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  • Arendt wins $50,000 top prize

    May 2 2013

    Jim Arendt, director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery at Coastal Carolina University, won the $50,000 grand prize at ArtFields, a juried art competition and festival held in Lake City April 19-28.

    Arendt’s winning entry was a piece titled “Jamie,” composed entirely from cut denim fabric. Arendt uses blue jean material to produce his three-dimensional, wall mounted artworks, because, he says, “for the people I want to depict, this material is truer to their experience.”

    Arendt, who joined the CCU staff in 2011, is a native of Flint, Mich. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., and a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting from USC.

    His work has been exhibited regionally and internationally, most recently at the Hub-Bub Gallery’s “Emerging Carolina” exhibit in Spartanburg where he was awarded Best in Show. His work will also be displayed in the Fiberarts International 2013 in Pittsburgh and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial in the Netherlands. Prior to joining CCU, Arendt was the gallery director at FAB Gallery at South Carolina State University and an art instructor at the University of South Carolina.

    More than 400 pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures, photography and two- and three-dimensional pieces, were exhibited in Lake City’s inaugural ArtFest. A total of $100,000 was awarded to participating artists at the 10-day event.

  • Students experience 'A Day in the Life'

    April 18 2013

    Coastal Carolina University students hosted area elementary and middle school children for the annual “A Day in the Life of a College Student" on April 18, as part of the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program. Approximately 220 students from 10 elementary and five middle schools were invited to participate on the CCU campus.

    One of the purposes of this mentoring program event was to provide public school students with the opportunity to visit a college campus and see where their mentors go to school. The CCU mentors normally visit children at their school each week. “A Day in the Life” gives the children the opportunity to spend a day experiencing college with their mentors and, hopefully, spurs them to think about their own academic futures.

    More than 200 CCU student mentors, athletes and dozens of CCU’s faculty and staff (including mascot Chauncey) volunteered to encourage students to succeed through education, science and artistic expression. There were also activities related to Earth Week, and each child received a book to promote literacy and reading.

    Elementary students from the following schools took part: Aynor, Carolina Forest, Conway, Homewood, Lakewood, Ocean Bay, Palmetto Bays, South Conway, Waccamaw and Myrtle Beach Intermediate School. Attending middle schools were Conway, Forestbrook, Myrtle Beach, Ocean Bay and Whittemore Park.

    The Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program is housed in CCU's Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement within the Spadoni College of Education. The program encourages CCU students to become positive role models for "at-risk" K-12 children in South Carolina schools and promotes students’ success in and out of the classroom.

  • 'Paper Canoe' part of first River Read festival

    April 20 2013

    A reading from “Chasing the Paper Canoe” by CCU history professor Wink Prince was a featured part of Conway's first-ever River Read festival on April 20 at Riverfront Park in Conway. Copies of the recently released book were also sold at the event. 

    The book, the debut product of CCU's new Athenaeum Press, revisits Nathaniel Bishop’s trip down the Waccamaw River in a paper canoe more than a century ago. Students and faculty from Coastal Carolina University collaboratively produced the project under the umbrella of The Athenaeum Press. This project also includes a companion website and augmented reality, where readers can download a free mobile app to see some of the photographs come to life as streaming video.

    For more information or to purchase the book, visit 

  • Albergotti wins Crab Orchard Series poetry prize

    April 26 2013

    Dan Albergotti’s poetry collection, “Millennial Teeth,” recently won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry’s 2013 Open Competition. The Coastal Carolina University associate professor joins Tennessee poet and software developer T.J. Jarrett and her collection “Zion” as this year’s winners.

    Both collections will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in August 2014. Both winners will receive a $2,000 award and a $1,500 honorarium to read at Southern Illinois University Carbondale following the publication of their books. “I'm humbled and deeply, deeply grateful,” Albergotti says.

    Albergotti’s first published collection, “The Boatloads,” was selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review and many other journals. He has had poems reprinted in a number of anthologies, including “Best New Poets 2005” and “Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses.” He has been featured on National Public Radio's “The Writer's Almanac.”

    Albergotti is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Clemson University, an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and a Ph.D. in English romantic literature from the University of South Carolina.

    Joining CCU in 2005, Albergotti has developed a number of new creative writing courses and assisted in the creation of a graduate program in writing. He has served as the department's coordinator of creative writing and edits the online journal Waccamaw.

  • Art students display creativity, versatility in Portfolios exhibit

    April 26 2013

    Coastal Carolina University student artists will display their works in “Portfolio II: Studio Art” from May 2 to May 11 with an opening reception on Friday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in CCU’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery. This is the second exhibition in the two-part portfolio series. The first exhibit, “Portfolio I: Graphic Design” ran from April 18 to April 26. The events are free and open to the public.

    The works featured in both exhibitions are final senior projects produced by graduating students pursuing degrees in graphic design or studio art. These shows represent the culmination of four years of study and preparation for careers in the students’ respective fields.

    Graduating studio art seniors:

    • Caroline T. Cockfield of Hemingway
    • Jack M. Countiss of Conway
    • Lindsey H. Golden of Monmouth Beach, N.J.
    • Catherine M. Green of Loris
    • Julie M. Hamer of Portsmouth, Ohio
    • Sara H. Hebble of Chagrin, Ohio
    • Natalie A. Lin of Nichols
    • Rebecca G. Lindblade of North Myrtle Beach
    • Brianna P. Logan of Butler, N.J.
    • Laura E. Riedinger of Great Meadows, N.J.
    • Mary D. Sheehy of Hampton, N.H.
    • Michael J. Slater of Conway
    • Leah A. Smith of Myrtle Beach

    Graduating graphic design seniors:

    • Michelle Cato of Fort Mill
    • Derek Edwards of Mocksville, N.C.
    • Marcello Garofalo of Charleston
    • Jesse Jarvis of Alexandria, Va.
    • Harmony Kensinger of Stillwater, Minn.
    • Jordyn Newman of Gettysburg, Pa.
    • Devin Pomianowski of Aynor
    • Emily Poston of Conway
    • Travis Rogers of Chapin
    • Nicole Scott of Pawleys Island
    • J.D. Short of Murrells Inlet
    • Jeff Slomba of Surfside Beach
    • Robert Taylor of Conway
    • Savannah Todd of Conway
    • Stephanie Williams of Myrtle Beach

    Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery’s hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, located on 133 Chanticleer Drive W. in Conway.

    For additional information, contact art gallery director James Arendt at 843-349-6409 or

  • CCU has Day of Remembrance

    April 26 2013

    Coastal Carolina University held its sixth annual Day of Remembrance Ceremony on April 16 in Blanton Park. The public was invited to come to commemorate CCU students, faculty and staff who passed away during the previous year.

    CCU’s first Day of Remembrance Ceremony was initiated on April 20, 2007, to pay homage to the students who lost their lives during the Virginia Tech tragedy on April 16, 2007. Since, the CCU Student Government Association officers and Counseling Services decided to make it an annual event and include members of the CCU family in the ceremony as well.

    Family and friends were invited to share stories and memories of those who died the previous year. The Graham Bell Tower tolled 10 times, once for each of the nine people CCU lost and once for the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

    CCU students honored:
    • Robert Dobson, a senior philosophy major
    • Gina Kosla, a junior marine science major
    • Anthony Liddell, a sophomore exercise and sport science major
    • Shawn Ponton, a senior biology major
    • Michael Spade, a freshman PGA Golf Management major
    • Elizabeth Gorshack, freshman.
    CCU Faculty and staff members honored:
    • Richard Dame, distinguished professor emeritus of the Department of Marine Science
    • Sally Purcell, emeritus professor of the Department of English and Journalism
    • Dennis Ruth, a facilities staff member

  • CINO Day has carnival theme this year

    April 26 2013

    The carnival came to Prince Lawn this year in the form of one of Coastal Carolina University’s longest traditions, CINO Day. Sponsored by the student-led Coastal Activities Board through the Office of Student Activites and Leaderhship, the 2013 event was called "Cirque du CINO."

    A Ferris wheel and tea cup rides; free cotton candy and snow cones; a 200-foot long zipline and a 20-foot tall water slide; a gyroscope ball spinning students at speeds up to 15 mph and an extreme air ride that allowed students to jump 20-feet in the air -- these were just a few of the attractions.

    There was also an exotic animal booth, which also included a rhesus monkey, a baby lynx, a chinchilla and a tarantula, among other critters.

    “I’m about to pet an alligator and hold a parrot. This is pretty sweet,” said freshman Nicolo Massa.

    Tyger Glauser, CCU’s assistant director of student activities and leadership, said more than 1,200 wristbands were distributed to students, and the 1,000 free T-shirts were gone within the first hour.

    “I loved CINO Day," says Glauser.  "We received a lot of positive feedback. Next year will be bigger!”

    Senior theatre major Dezjhion Wilkins saw the event as a great lasting memory of his time at CCU.

    “This is my last CINO Day, so it’s bittersweet,” he said. “In my four years, this is the biggest CINO Day I’ve ever seen. What a way to go out – with a bang!”

  • Relay for Life -- CCU's biggest philanthropy event

    April 26 2013

    Some 60 teams, 914 participants and $125,145.48 -- these numbers represent the tremendous effort involved in Coastal Carolina University’s biggest philanthropy event, the Relay for Life.

    On April 7, more than 3,000 people gathered on the CCU track for the fight against cancer. The frigid weather couldn’t keep folks from walking, jogging or running for hours during the 12-hour event.

    “We were so happy with the turnout,” says Kelly Sullivan, co-chair of CCU’s Colleges Against Cancer and co-chair of Relay for Life. “By the time 7 a.m. rolled around, it was awesome to see how many teams spent the night. It definitely wasn’t easy, but that goes to show you how much the cause means.”

    Official numbers won’t be available until Aug. 31. As of now, this year’s Relay for Life total bested last year’s record of $112,000. That was enough to place CCU third nationally for dollars raised per student.

    “I think we’ll be in the top three again this year,” says Sullivan.

  • A Turtle Story

    May 1 2013

          For the past five weeks, Catherine Scott, assistant professor of early and elementary education, and her students have been laying traps along Prince Bridge, hoping to catch some of the unofficial mascots of Coastal Carolina University.
          They are conducting a mark-and-recapture study of the Coastal Turtles (Twitter account, @CoastalTurtles). Two weeks ago, however, some students unconnected with the study saw the traps and became alarmed, believing the turtles were being harmed. Rallying to save the turtles, the students called campus security.
          “I’m so happy to see that our students care, but no turtles are being harmed during the course of this study,” says Scott.
           Two types of turtles occupy Prince pond; the native yellow-bellied sliders and the non-native red ear sliders. Scott and her team set traps overnight and check them every morning. Sardines are a turtle treat used to lure the reptiles into the cages.
          Milk jugs are placed inside the traps to provide air for the captured turtles, although drowning isn’t a major concern.
          “What most people don’t know is that most turtles hibernate under water,” she says.
          Once the turtles are captured, their species is determined, followed by measurements of weight, height and shell size. Filings along the scute (the outer rim of a turtle’s shell) determine the species. Once they are identified and measured, they’re set free into Prince pond.
          “The process is not harmful to the turtles,” says Scott.
          The study serves two purposes. For students of professor Scott, this is an example of the practical training encouraged by CCU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
          “It’s beneficial to my middle and elementary majors to learn how to gather and collect data that can translate to future class lessons,” she says. The study has also provided mentoring opportunities for her students with area youths.
          The second purpose serves is ecological; reptiles are “good environmental barometers.”
          “We’re also looking into what effect a non-native species like the red ear slider will have on the pond’s ecosystem,” says Scott. “If we see it stops growing, we know they are an issue.”
           Seeing something that appears inhumane and doing something about it is a noble characteristic in anyone. The attempt to free the Coastal Turtles exemplifies this. But Scott urges some caution in this case.
          “Be careful to think about the bigger picture,” she says. “This is a way to make sure the turtles will be there 10 years from now.”