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  • CCU kicks off Shelter Haiti project

    March 5 2010

    The noise of many hammers hammering filled the air on a windy cold afternoon in late February as Coastal Carolina University students, faculty and staff turned out to help build walls for houses that will be shipped to Haiti as part of the Shelter Haiti project

    By day's end, 165 frames had been constructed, which will make about 41 homes, organizers say. A WBTW News 13 telethon raised $3,500 from the community, and the TV station donated an additional $500. The Waccamaw Community Foundation, which is handling the funds, reports a total of $8,847 raised so far.

    During the day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a "Rally for Relief" was organized by students that featured live entertainment, free food and games to raise money.

    The goal pf Shelter Haiti is to build 1,001 homes for those displaced by the Feb. 3 earthquake. Construction has now moved to warehouse space at The Sun News on Frontage Road in Myrtle Beach. For more information or to donate, visit

  • Oath Master, Cat in the Hat and friends enjoy CCU's Reading Extravaganza

    March 5 2010

    Coastal Carolina University educators welcomed more than 200 children and their parents for a three-hour Reading Extravaganza during Read Across America events on March 2 in the Spadoni College of Education.

    Read Across America is a national event held each spring to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and to increase children’s motivation to read. Each year at this time, CCU is the local host site for the event, welcoming school-aged children from the surrounding community for an evening of literacy and fun. At the event, there was one-on-one reading, group reading with peers, artistic and creative activities, games and more. A carnival-like spirit, complete with contests, face-painting, costumes and food pervaded the education halls and classrooms.

    Held in Kearns Hall, the event was planned and implemented by the local student chapter of the South Carolina Education Association. CCU students worked throughout the previous months to raise funds, plan activities and deliver a fun-filled outreach event to the local community. The student organization collaborated with the Horry County Education Association (a professional development organization within the local public school district).

    Visits from the Cat in the Hat and other beloved Dr. Seuss characters made the evening special for the visiting children. The Chanticleer cheerleaders made a special appearance to boost enthusiasm via crowd-raising cheers and chants about the power of reading and learning.

    For more information about Read Across America – and for future involvement on the annual planning committee for the event – contract Russell Vaden in the Spadoni College of Education at 843-349-2806.

  • Great dog needs loving home

    March 5 2010

    This is not really a "for sale" item, but rather a no-charge item to a loving home.

    Boots, a German Shepherd-Border Collie mix, is in need of a new home.

    He is sweet, smart, beautiful and large. Boots is six years old and has had all his shots and checkups. He is well trained and well behaved, but high energy. His current owner has to move from a house to an apartment and can no longer keep him. 

    From his owner: "He loves to ride in the car with the window open and his tongue hanging out. He stays in his seat in the second row. He is not allowed in the front. He does not climb on the furniture, and he is not a "licker kisser." He likes to smell your breath but that is as far as it goes. He is a good dog, and he does not bark unless there is a reason. He will absolutely not touch any food that is left on a coffee table, and he does not overeat. He will only eat once a day and only what satisfies him. If he isn't hungry, he will leave food in his dish. He loves people."

    For more information, call Mona Prufer at 843-349-2087 or

  • Snow covers campus and Horry County

    February 15 2010

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, a freak snow storm blanketed Coastal Carolina University's campus,making it look like a Currier & Ives Christmas card scene.

    Thanks to Gene Carlisle in ITS who took the campus photos with his cell phone and shared them. Martha Hunn took the pictures on the beach with her long-haired dachshund Ginger, and Mona Prufer took the ones of Moose and the trees and street.

  • Celebration of Inquiry meets 'challenges of times'

    February 26 2010

    A riveting presentation by Richard Lapchick served as the perfect keynote kick-off to the ninth Celebration of Inquiry conference. Some 125 sessions related to the theme of "Meeting the Challenges of our Times; risks, responsibilities, rewards" promoted dialogue for presenters and attendees. Other invited speakers included Isaac Bailey (Sun News columnist) and Minnie Kennedy (educator and civil rights advocate)who focused on diversity and race in society.

    Also invited for a panel presentation on the challenges of leadership were University President David DeCenzo, head football coach David Bennett and Horry County Schools Superintendent Cynthia Elsberry.

    The two-day event included lectures, panels, concerts, plays and exhibits that engaged students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members in discovery and inquiry.

    More than 40 undergraduate students presented their research in a faculty-judged competition and a poster session of student research was displayed for Q&A.
                          --By Charmaine Tomcyzk

  • Pettijohn quoted in Valentine article on cheaters

    February 26 2010

    Terry F. Pettijohn was interviewed for a pre-Valentine's Day article that appeared in the Feb. 11 issue of The Weekly Surge, titled "Cheaters: Tempted by the fruit of another."

    Here is the link:

    Pettijohn is a professor of psychology at CCU. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the Ohio State University and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Georgia. He was a contributing author to the book "Body Beautiful: Evolutionary Socio-cultural Perspectives."

  • Reference specialist getting married

    February 26 2010

    Brooke Elliott is getting married July 24 at the St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach. An evening reference specialist in Kimbel Library, both Elliott (2004) and her fiancé, Paul Taxakis (2007) are alumni of CCU. Elliott earned a bachelor's degree in marine scieince, and Taxakis earned a bachelor's degree in history and then a degree in the MAT program.