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  • Each 1 Teach 1 trains leaders

    August 22 2013

    James Apple, CEO of Burroughs and Chapin, and his wife Denise Apple, a local philanthropist, recently delivered the keynote speech to celebrate the completion of Coastal Carolina University’s Each 1 Teach 1 Institute program.

    The leadership development program is designed to engage high school students in areas of leadership and management. In all, 18 local high school students completed the program. Students of the program were instrumental in organizing the upcoming Holes for Goals mini-golf tournament, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at Captain Hook’s Golf Adventure.

    According to Yoav Wachsman, CCU associate professor of economics and programs director for Each 1 Teach 1, four Brown scholars and a variety of community and business leaders organized the two-week program. Faculty and staff from CCU also assisted with the program. They include: Eileen Soisson, director of service excellence; Mark Mitchell, chair of marketing; Michael Latta, associate dean of the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business; Cara Scheuer, manager of student development and retention for Wall College; Nicholas Twigg, an associate professor of management; and Sara Wise, coordinator of employer relations and career counselor for career services. 

    The Each 1 Teach 1 Entrepreneurship Institute was started by a generous established gift from the Brown Family – Thomas P. Brown Jr., his wife, Jessie Brown, and their son Thomas P. Brown III. The institute serves both Coastal Carolina University students and area middle and high school students. It is a unique partnering between the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration and the Spadoni College of Education’s Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement. 

  • English faculty members visit China

    August 23 2013

    Carol Osborne, associate dean in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and Ray Moye, associate professor in the Department of English, visited the University of Shandong, Weihai, this summer, each delivering eight lectures to 200 sophomores in translation studies.

    Moye and Osborne had hosted Li Jie, an instructor at Weihai, in the fall of 2010 when he came to CCU as a visiting scholar, so they were both eager to reconnect with their colleague, meet his family and interact with the Chinese students in his program.

    Moye’s lectures focused on a graphic novel version of "Beowulf," linking the history and culture of Anglo-Saxon England to the cultural shifts now occurring in China. Osborne chose the topic of food as a vehicle for addressing idiomatic expressions and regional dialects, trends in popular culture, and current controversies over factory farming, nutrition, climate change and GMOs.

    Whether judging exhibitions at the foreign culture festival, having conversations with students in the cafeteria or on the beach, or attending more formal banquets with faculty from the university, Moye and Osborne relished the opportunity to build relationships as they helped promote cross-cultural understanding.

    They both want to return to Weihai at some point, but meanwhile, they have initiated two projects to ensure continued collaboration between Shandong University and Coastal Carolina. The sophomores in China will be corresponding by email with students in the humanities FYE classes, and Li Jie, along with a student, will be translating the graphic novel version of "Beowulf" into Chinese. In fact, thanks to the efforts of Moye, the author and publisher of the "Beowulf" text have already offered an advance to these Chinese scholars for their work.

  • CCU alumna wins publishing medal

    August 30 2013

    Brandon Snider’s 1999 book “The Dark Knight Manual” won a gold medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Pop Culture/Leisure. He lives in New York City and writes comic books. He worked for Marc Jacobs, but is now pursuing his acting career.

    "The Dark Knight Manual" was reviewied or mentioned in Entertainment Weekly, Time, Forbes and Wired. The book also won an Independent Publisher Book Awards for Pop Culture/Leisure.

    Snider also wrote for and appeared on Comedy Central's hit show, "Inside Amy Schumer."

    In the past year, Snider has appeared in commercials for DirecTV and AFLAC; his  short story "Hot Tub" will be appearing in the comic book Regular Show #3, based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series; and he has book projects coming out in the next six months that feature characters from "Adventure Time," another hit Cartoon Network series, the Transformers and Annoying Orange.

  • Rotary fellowship leads to position at Japan university

    August 30 2013

    Five years ago, Hiroyoshi "Hiro" Hiratsuka worked at Coastal Carolina University as an international programs coordinator and as a lecturer of Japanese. The Rotary Club of Conway (Rotary International District 7770) sponsored him for a World Peace Fellowship, a program aimed at equipping the next generation of government officials, diplomats and humanitarian leaders with skills to reduce the threat of war and violence. It led to his master's degree in peace studies.

    In 2008, he became the first and only South Carolina resident to be awarded with this honor. As part of the fully-funded academic fellowship, Hiratsuka traveled back to his native Japan to study at Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU), International Christian University in Tokyo. 

    He is now a faculty coordinator of Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights Program (SMIPRP) in the graduate school of business at AGU. “I’ve been working with a group of international students at AGU,” says Hiratsuka. “I’m responsible for designing cultural transition orientations and program evaluation for the graduate school.”

    But he is used to transition. After he came to America in high school, he earned a bachelor's degree in international studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey and a master's degree in international education from the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vt. He served as international internship coordinator at the University of Diusburg-Essen in Germany and returned to Vermont to work as group leader of the Freeman Asia Japan Teacher Training program before coming to CCU. 

    Hiratsuka is still active in the International Rotary Club, where he acts as a special adviser on global grants and scholarships to District 2590, which is Yokohama and Kawasaki, Japan. He also provides grant writing and editing in English to international members who are ready to propose grants to Rotary International in the United States.

  • Come to Assessment Day presentations

    September 2 2013

    All are invited to attend Assessment Day 2013 this Friday, Sept. 6,  in the Wall Boardroom on the second floor of the Wall Building. The continental breakfast and the poster session begin at 8 a.m., and individual presentations start at 9 a.m.

    Whether you think you might attend for just one or two sessions or stay for the morning, please e-mail Melanie McKitrick at soon to confirm in order to finalize food orders and seating requests.

    Please consider joining the various areas of the campus community this Friday morning as they share information on current projects, present specific details about assessment-related research and discuss their assessment efforts.