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  • CCU faculty, students present research at national conference

    June 3 2013

    Four faculty members in the Department of Psychology/Sociology and two psychology students traveled to Washington, D.C., to present research at the 25th Annual Association for Psychological Science Conference from May 23 to 26.

    They included: Terry Pettijohn, associate professor of psychology; and Drew Terranova, Jong Han Kim and Cynthia Meyersburg, all assistant professors of psychology; as well as psychology majors Angela Evans and Jamie Glass.

    Angela Evans was a coauthor with Professor Kim. Jamie Glass was a coauthor with professors Pettijohn and Jason Eastman (assistant professor of sociology, but not in attendance).

  • Psi Chi inducts 12 new members

    May 3 2013

    Psi Chi, the international psychology honor society, inducted 12 new members on April 4.

    Students include: Lyndsay Anderson, Consuelo Ritchie, Kayla Holmes, Jazzerai Yarborough, Abigail Holland, Morgan Presley, Alysha McGrath, Nicolette Bookert, Stacy Fraser, Mackenzie Hadley-Theobald, Kayla Jordan and Nicole Langer.

    Terry Pettijohn, assistant professor of Psychology, and JongHam Kim, assistant professor of psychology, are faculty advisers to the group. C.A. Meyersburg, assistant professor of psychology, was the invited speaker for the evening.


  • New Yankees fan makes his appearance

    May 14 2013

    Chandler Smithson Ady was born Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Conway Medical Center. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. The proud parents are Kimberly and Jonathan Ady. Jonathan works in the Office of University communication as a graphic designer and a HUGE Yankees fan!

  • Carlisles welcome first grandbaby

    May 22 2013

    Gene and Lesa Carlisle welcome their first grandchild, Vivian Lewis Carlisle, who was born at 12:14 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Greeville Hospital.

    Vivian weighed in at 8 pounds, 14 ounces. Her parents are Drew and Lauren Carlisle, who live in Liberty.

    Gene is the Help Desk manager for CCU's Information Technology Services.

  • CCU faculty member featured in national news media

    May 22 2013

    Cynthia Storer, a lecturer in CCU's intelligence and national security program, has been in the national spotlight this month, appearing on many major news programs in conjunction with her involvement in the HBO documentary film "Manhunt: the Search for Osama bin Laden." 

    Storer, a former analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, appeared on PBS' "Lehrer News Hour," "CNN Saturday Morning" and a Fareed Zakaria GPS special on CNN, "Beyond the Manhunts: How to Stop Terror." She was interviewed recently by The Washington Post for an article about women in the intelligence field. Storer is also scheduled for an upcoming interview on CNN's "AC360." She recently contributed two editorials to the CNN World website and has been asked to do more.

    "Manhunt: the Search for Osama bin Laden" began airing on HBO May 1 and ran on CNN on May 24 and 26. 

  • CCU students and staff mentor area youths in global politics

    May 24 2013

    Students and faculty of Coastal Carolina University donated their time and expertise to the Montessori Model United Nation’s “Building Peace and Security in Asia” symposium, held at the Coastal Montessori Charter School (CMCS) in Litchfield on Saturday, May 4.

    During the three-hour event, CMCS students negotiated and debated a host of topics --  from nuclear weapons and child education, to health and poverty reduction, all with a focus on Asian countries.

    Pamela Martin, director of CCU’s Model United Nations program, considers the event and the Model UN a reflection of the Montessori school’s vision of “learning within a global and sustainable lens toward creating future leaders and productive citizens.”

    “The goal of the symposium is to help CMCS students view the world through the eyes of a diplomat from another country and work toward solutions to problems that directly impact children,” she says.

    Martin, also a CCU professor of politics, and several CCU students have been building relationships with the children of CMCS, located in Waccamaw Middle School, since January.

    “CCU students Dominique DeWit, Dillon Ramsey and Ken Quaglia have interned all semester at CMCS, teaching the kids there about global politics and the United Nations,” says Martin.

    Also in attendance were CCU students Casey McKee, Deanna Gatling, Josh Kochran, Douglas Johnson, Ian Detweiler, Mario (Seraphim) Beck and Brandon Reilly.

    A keynote address was delivered by Min Ye, a professor of politics and Asian studies and director of CCU’s global studies minor. Ye spoke on China’s role in the world, as well as issues that impact the country’s children.

    The event was intended as preparation for next year’s Montessori Model United Nations competition in New York City.

  • Three CCU students attend NEW workshop at Winthrop

    May 24 2013

    Coastal Carolina University students Lina Leonard, Kaylee Yates and Ashley Bennett attended the NEW Leadership program at Winthrop University from May 19-22.

    The four-day residential program was a joint initiative sponsored by CCU, Winthrop and the College of Charleston intended to give college women the knowledge and skills to become effective leaders in politics, public policy and public service.

    During the Institute, participants met with women political leaders and practiced leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops and hands-on projects. After the Summer Institute, participants are encouraged to continue developing public leadership skills and become involved in community affairs.

    The CCU students were awarded scholarships from the University's Women in Philanthropy and Leadership to help defray the program costs.

    Beth Stedman, director of Women’s Initiatives and Community Engagement at CCU, and Holley Tankersley, associate professor and chair of CCU's Department of Politics and Geography, helped coordinate CCU’s involvement in the program.

    The initiative is affiliated with the NEW Leadership Network created by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

  • Register for faculty/staff coed softball

    May 31 2013

    The Office of Employee Services is now taking registrations for teams wanting to participate in the 2013 CCU Faculty/Staff coed softball league. Experience is not required, but a good attitude is!

    Some key points:

    • There will be one game per week.

    • Games will be held each Tuesday from June 11 to July 16. The title game will be Thursday, July 25.
    • Team T-shirts will be provided.
    • You will need your own glove.
    • Participation is completely voluntary.

    • Games will be played on CCU intramural fields located behind the Coastal Science Center.
    • Completion of registration and waiver forms is required.

    • Spouses and student workers may participate.

    Katie Walbourne will contact you with a team assignment. Important: Register by June 3.

    For more information contact Walbourne at ext. 2795 or email

  • Volleyball summer camps offered

    May 31 2013

    Summer is rapidly approaching, and it’s time for parents to solidify summer plans for their children. The 2013 Coastal Carolina Volleyball Summer Camps will be held July 9-10, July 11-12, July 13-14 and July 15-17, and all CCU faculty and staff will receive a 20 percent discount. For more information about the camps please visit

    Once you are on the site, click on any of the Coastal Carolina Volleyball Camps to see what each has to offer.

    To register and receive the CCU faculty and staff discount, send the registration form and payment to:

    Bonnie Neal
    Coastal Carolina University
    HTC Center/104 Founders Drive 212
    P.O. Box 261954
    Conway, SC 29528-6054

  • Employees appreciated at special picnic; Chant Challenge champs crowned

    May 24 2013

    Perfect weather and the scent of a summer cookout complemented the annual Coastal Carolina University Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day, held Tuesday, May 14, in James Blanton Park.

    The event featured the culmination of the 2013 Spring Chant Challenge, which involved 173 employees on 14 teams from various departments and services competing in nine challenges, including: knockout basketball, badminton, ladder golf, tennis pong, team trivia, picture this, disc golf, ping pong and corn hole.

    Winners were also announced for the Chant Challenge. The team Athletics won first place; second place went to Housing Side Hustle; in third were the Groundhogs; and in fourth place the Masterminds.

    Also recognized were the team winners of the CCU staff bowling leagues. The fall champions were the Bowling Thunder: Karen Williams, Chris Williams, Greg Long and Tonya Long. The two duos also won the spring championship as the Turkey Hunters.

    After the short awards ceremony, CCU employees dug into hundreds of burgers and hot dogs, along with piles of watermelon and teal and bronze-frosted cupcakes.

    “Today is a great day to be a Chanticleer,” says Lamonica Yates, director of CCU’s Office of Employee Services, organizers of the appreciation day festivities.

    Employees were also honored, in three categories, with awards being presented to them by their supervisors.

    Administrative Services Network Awards

    * Holley Aufdemorte
    * Jan Barringer
    * Angelia Barwick
    * Judy Cannon
    * Patty Carter
    * Kathryn Caulfield
    * Marge DeWolfe
    * Judith Dow
    * Theresa Greene
    * Abby Grizzle
    * Kimberly Harper
    * Donna Haug
    * Nyoka Hucks
    * Deborah Kephart
    * Michelle Marken
    * Abigail Marrero
    * Melanie McKitrick
    * Rita Miller
    * Joanna Myers
    * Sandee Oliver
    * Kathy Watts
    * Carol Walters
    * Patricia West
    * Karen Williams

    “I Spy” Nominees and Features
    * Tammy Blouse
    * Derrick Bratcher
    * John Brong
    * John Burroughs
    * Amy Clum
    * Whitney Comer
    * Shauntilha Crawford
    * William Goff
    * Michael Hall
    * Stephen Harrison
    * Dawn Hitchcock
    * Carolyn Hickman-Williams
    * Nyoka Hucks
    * Daniel Lawless
    * Kerry Lord
    * Tonya McKenzie
    * Scott Nelson
    * Brian Noce
    * Robert Reed
    * David Spain
    * Brooke Towner
    * Wendy Watts

    State Service Awards
    10 years

    * Ronnie Alston
    * John Brong
    * Whitney Comer
    * Gibson Darden
    * David DeCenzo
    * Dennis Edwards
    * Jean French
    * Debra Hamm
    * Lachina Hemingway
    * Roland Howard
    * John Hutchens
    * Andrew Incognito
    * Glenda Kelley
    * Hong Li
    * Gary Loftus
    * Marcus McIntyre
    * Sheila Mitchell
    * John Mortimer
    * Bonnie Neal
    * Carol Osborne
    * Jorge Perez
    * Patricia Piver
    * Nancy Ratcliff
    * Sherer Royce
    * Suzanne Senchak
    * Brett Simpson
    * Renee Smith
    * David Spain
    * Charles Thrash
    * Philip Whalen

    20 Years

    * Fadi Baroody
    * Kathryn Caulfield
    * Mirinda Chestnut
    * Geoffrey Cockrell
    * Jody Davis
    * William King
    * John Marcis
    * Sandra Nelson
    * Linda Palm
    * Robert Young

    30 Years

    * Gayle Britt
    * Joan Piroch
    * Susan Soucy
    * Thomas Woodle