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  • 10 CCU students enjoy Maymester in Florence, Italy

    June 28 2013

    Ten students spent this past Maymester living and learning in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.

    Studuents lived in apartments throughout the city, which added to the cultural experience, and they attended weekday classes offered by CCU faculty Stephanie Miller (ARTH 325, Art and the City: Florence) and Treelee MacAnn (ARTS 102, Visual Arts and Culture).

    Most "classroom" experiences were conducted on-site: in front of Michelangelo's David, in the shadow of Brunelleschi's Dome or in the Medici Palace courtyard. The program also went to Rome and to Siena, and all students and faculty traveled some on the weekend to places such as Fiesole, Pisa, San Gimignano and Venice.

    Two CCU faculty members (Teresa Burns and Scott Nelson) also accompanied the Florence program to gain leadership experience in preparation for their classes offered for next year's Maymester in Arezzo, Italy.

  • Arendt wins fellowship form S.C. Arts Commission

    June 28 2013

    James Arendt, lecturer and director of the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery at Coastal Carolina University, has been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC).

    The SCAC board awards four fellowships to South Carolina artists in the categories of visual arts, craft, media production and media screenwriting. Each artist receives $5,000.

    The S.C. Arts Commission board approves fellowships based on recommendations made by out-of-state review panelists who select fellows based solely on a review of anonymous work samples.

    Arendt recently won the $50,000 grand prize at ArtFields, a juried art competition and festival held in Lake City in April.

    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. 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.

  • CCU board members present First Book Author's luncheon

    June 28 2013

    Tickets are still available for First Book-Horry County's Summer Author's Luncheon on Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Inlet Affairs in Murrells Inlet. Lowcountry author and environmentalist Mary Alice Monroe is the featured speaker and will debut her new book, "The Summer Girls."

    The deadline for tickets sales and reservations is Sunday, July 7.

    The misison of First Book is to raise money to buy new books for children in need in our area. Visit or search First Book-Horry County on Facebook.

    Tickets are $25 at the annual fundraiser from the following board members:

    Margene Willis,

    Mona Prufer,

    Megan McIlreavy,

    Sara Brallier,

    Lisa Winters,

    For more information, call Prufer at 349-2087.

  • HTC Center featured in national magazine

    June 28 2013

    CCU’s HTC Center was featured in a two-page spread in the June issue of Athletic Business magazine.

  • Two win awards in Media Service

    June 28 2013

    Daniel Hucks and Andrew Roth received Media Services awards for their outstanding work and customer service.

    Hucks, an audio/visual specialist in media service, won the award for Outstanding Customer Service. “Daniel always goes the extra mile to help everyone; he always has a positive attitude,” said David Parker, director of media services. “He volunteers for extra assignments. He’s dependable, skillful and determined to figure out how to get the job done. He is well liked by everyone and a very valuable asset to Media Services and CCU.”

    The award for Creativity and Innovation went to Andrew Roth, a student worker in media services.

    “Andrew has been with media services as a student worker for more than two years, but we think of him as a full-time staff member,” Parker said. “He can fix anything, and he’s creative and determined enough to make anything work. He’s quick to make ideas a reality because of his great attitude and eagerness to take on any assignment.”

    The awards were given during the University Communication departmental retreat on June 19. Parker presented the awards with Coastal Carolina University’s President David DeCenzo and Executive Vice President Edgar Dyer in attendance.