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  • Professors approved for promotion

    Coastal Carolina University's Board of Trustees approved promotion for six faculty members from associate professor to professor: Jane L. Guentzel, Stephen P. Bush, Elsa Crites, Gregory Krippel, Nils Rauhut and James L. Tully. 

    Fifteen professors were approved for promotion from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure: Virginia Gayle Disney, Kevin S. Godwin, Austin M. Hitt, Thomas R. Hoffman, Miglena Ivanova, Marvin Keene, Richard W. Monroe, Jason Ockert, Patricia Hardee Piver, Paul E. Richardson, Kerry A. Schwanz, Frances Terri Sinclair, Kenneth Small, Deborah (Walker) Breede and Andrew Weinbach.

    Lisa Barboun has been approved for promotion from assistant to associate professor.

    The board also approved emeritus status for the following retiring faculty members: Jill Sessoms, Dennis Wiseman and Lee Bollinger.

  • Chan Tsin to give unchivalric talk

    For the third time in four years, Matthieu Chan Tsin has been invited by the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to give a lecture on March 9.

    His talk, “The Unchivalric Battlefield,” will study the way medieval literature (romances and chronicles) depicted battlefields, how it glorified knights, and how it served as a tool of propaganda. Then, the lecture will turn to archaeology and some rather unknown literary pieces to unveil the true nature of the medieval battlefield and shed some light on the true meaning of “chivalry.”

    Chan Tsin is interim chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

  • Charmaine Tomczyk receives regional ODK award

    Charmaine Tomczyk was recently named Omicron Delta Kappa RegionaI’s Coastal Carolina Outstanding Faculty Secretary for 2009-2010. There are 85 "Circles," or local chapters, in Region I. The role of the faculty secretary is to be the main adviser to the Circle on each campus and to keep all records of the Circle’s initiations and activities.

    Tomczyk has served the Coastal Carolina Circle for five years as faculty secretary; she was inducted into the Auburn Circle in 1991. Under her leadership, the Circle has continued its legacy of leadership on the campus and she has contributed to the development of new programs and on-campus opportunities for O∆K members.

    The Omicron Delta Kappa Society Inc., the National Leadership Honor Society for college students, recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. The society is now present on the campuses of over 300 colleges around the country.

  • News from the Edwards College of Humanities

    The first free-standing master's degree program in the Edwards College of Humanities, the Master of Arts in Writing, has passed final review by the state and will be implemented in Fall 2010, according to Dean Bill Richardson.

    Also, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre has also passed final review and will be implemented this fall as well.

    The Department of History is recipient of the College's first truly endowed chair, the Lawrence B. and Jane P. Clark Endowed Chair in History. Terms for appointing the chair will be announced shortly.

    The Department of Foreign Languages has received approval from the Provost and President to change its name to the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

    "These are all major steps forward for the Edwards College, and all of them required enormous determination on the parts of those involved," says Richardson. "Please join me in congratulating our colleagues for their efforts to raise the visibility of our College, to serve our students better, and to contribute to the overall improvement of Coastal Carolina University."

  • Women's Resource Center opens in Wall

    Coastal Carolina University announces the opening of a new Women’s Resource Center on our campus. The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is located in WALL 313 and is staffed during select hours by student workers and supervised by Barbara Ritter, director of the center.

    The WRC is intended to serve as an educational and cultural resource for the campus community. It will provide an inclusive and supportive space for open discussion about a diverse range of social issues and by offering programs that highlight women’s issues.

    The WRC is designed to support the mission of the University to help students become productive, responsible, healthy and global citizens by focusing on pertinent social, political and cultural topics as they relate to women and by fostering a campus environment where all people are treated equitably.

    Goals of the WRC:

        â€¢ To provide a comfortable place where faculty, staff and students can come to seek information on a variety of topics, obtain confidential referrals to appropriate campus and community resources, and discuss issues of concern.

        â€¢ To provide a place where the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, disability, class, academic status (students, faculty and administrators), community and alumni meet, resulting in creative discourse and action.

        â€¢ To foster a women-friendly educational environment by promoting equity and addressing issues that affect campus climate.

        â€¢ To educate the CCU community on topics that concern women.

         â€¢ To celebrate the achievements of CCU women.

    What the WRC offers:

        â€¢ Peer advising for students on a walk-in or appointment basis.

        â€¢ A relaxing environment for study, meetings or socializing.

        â€¢ Information and referrals to appropriate campus and community resources (student organizations, career services, counseling services, social events and campus activities).

        â€¢ A variety of pamphlets, brochures and magazines concerning relevant issues both locally and nationally.

        â€¢ A small library focused on women’s theory and history, culture and other issues.

        â€¢ Ongoing programs that address women's issues.

    The WRC is open to students, faculty and staff. Stop by WALL 313 (or send an e-mail to to take advantage of the services offered by our new Women’s Resource Center.

  • CCU implements new portals for transfer students

    In an effort to improve and ease the process of transferring to Coastal Carolina University, two new informational Web sites are now available..

    Both sites will enable students to make effective transfer decisions, provide administrators with a new method of assisting students with transfer coursework, and allow continuing students interested in taking summer work at home to know what courses are eligible for transfer back to the University. The data contained on both sites is continually updated as new equivalencies are determined.

    The first portal is College Transfer (, a national site that contains information on institutions from across the United States. This site provides students with the ability to view a school’s profile, course equivalencies, transfer agreements as well as acceptable CLEP and AP credits. This site also offers transfer students a library of information, blog, forum and helpline. Students may search for equivalencies from specific schools or programs offered in a specific region.

    The second portal, the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (, was set up specifically for South Carolina-based students. All 33 public institutions within the state participate in the program, and all information available on the national site may also be accessed through the state portal (as long as the “transferring to” institution is a South Carolina institution). Students may create an equivalency map to see how their coursework transfers into Coastal. This information may be saved in a course history file and added to at a later date or e-mailed directly to a school counselor.

    For more information, contact Stacy Wyeth, assistant registrar for transfer equivalencies and program evaluation, at 843-349-2428.

  • NEH Research Fellowships available for faculty and scholars

    The National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency in Washington, D.C., annually offers fellowships that provide financial support for faculty and independent scholars who wish to pursue scholarly research projects in the humanities.

    Projects should entail advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. The awards support six to 12 months of full-time work and carry a stipend of $4,200 per month. The 2010 application deadline is May 4.

    Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions and other scholarly tools.

    For a detailed program description, application guidelines and contact information, please see the NEH Web site at

  • Veterans group being formed on campus

    Faculty and staff who are military service veterans are invited to become charter members of the Coastal Carolina University Veterans Association, a new organization being formed on campus.

    If you have served for any period of time in any of the branches of the U.S. Military, active/reserve or National Guard status, you are eligible for membership. Retired faculty, staff and alumni with any military service are also eligible for membership in this new campus organization.

    To learn more details about the Coastal Carolina University Veterans Association, contact Bob Squatriglia by March 15 at or 843-349-2111 or 843-421-9999 (cell).

  • CCU to host Youth Leadership Academy

    The Third Annual Youth Leadership Academy sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Coastal Carolina University will be held on Monday, March 15 on the Coastal Carolina University campus. Schools from all nine counties have committed to participate. Approximately 330 10th grade student leaders are expected on campus. 

    The Youth Leadership Academy is designed to offer leadership training for identified 10th grade students from nine counties along the Grand Strand and Pee Dee. This one-day program is designed to recognize the students' leadership talents and apply those talents as the students learn to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. During the program, students focus on developing the four core fundamentals of leadership: integrity, vision, inspiration and communication. All students, through the program-related activities, have the opportunity to express their own ideas as they seek to develop and build their own leadership characteristics.