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  • CCU embraces Adopts-A-Family

    December 2 2013

    Nicole Slatky's capstone project ended up feeding more than 100 families a Thanksgiving Day dinner.

    Coastal Carolina University faculty, staff and students responded to the student's project, Adopts-A-Family, initiated in early November to help families in need.

    Here’s how it worked: Individuals volunteered in groups and pledged to feed a family for Thanksgiving. Volunteers made baskets for families with one to two members to baskets for a family of nine or more members.

    The food baskets had a turkey and all the fixins' for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

    The goal was to adopt a minimum of 35 families, but Slatky was thrilled that more than 100 families benefitted from the food baskets.

    The idea to bring the Adopts-A-Family philanthropy to CCU originated in Slatky’s capstone course, where students learned they would be required to perform an act of civic duty.

    Slatky worked with CCU’s coordinator of Civic Engagement & Orientation, Jordan Smith, and coordinator of leadership & civic engagement Nick DeStefano.

    “Nicole has laid the groundwork, so it is my hope that we can continue to provide families with Thanksgiving meals for years to come,” says Smith. “Become a tradition? I believe that the tradition will be that the CCU family steps up for our neighbors, and this is just ‘what we do,’ so I can definitely see it becoming a tradition.”

  • Jackson Scholars for 2014 inducted

    December 2 2013

    A new class of Jackson Scholars has been inducted by the Jackson Family Center for Ethics & Values.

    The Jackson Scholar program is a leadership program that helps talented students to develop into future leaders of high personal integrity. Jackson Scholars are selected based on academic merit and through an in-depth interview process. Jackson Scholars receive a scholarship and have the opportunity to take specially designed leadership courses.

    The members of the 2014 Jackson Scholars class are: Darcy Barr, a biology and health promotion major from Myrtle Beach; Suzanna Grindle, a BFA acting major from Oakwood, Ga.; Korina Koci, a biology and philosophy major from Myrtle Beach; Julietta Marks, a political science major from Summerville; and Meagan Sharp, a musical theatre major from LaGrange, Ga.

  • CCU students get to meet Warren Buffett

    November 29 2013

    Twenty Coastal Carolina University students from the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration had the chance of a lifetime: they traveled to Omaha on Nov. 13 to meet Warren Buffett, the philanthropic billionaire and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

    The students traveled with Gina Cummings, Wall Fellow director; Kenneth Small, assistant dean of students in the Wall College of Business; and Alex Klaus, the 2013 Young Alumnus of the Year for CCU.

    During the trip, our students met and interacted with the legendary Buffett, and they also met other upper-level executives of successful companies and received a behind-the-scenes look at how those companies function. On Thursday morning, the students were greeted by Bill Gerber, CFO of TD Ameritrade, at the bank's new $250 million campus. They were given a tour of the facility and treated to lunch, followed by a presentation and a two-hour Q&A session with Gerber. The visit ended with a visit to Joe Moglia’s office and a tour of the accounting and finance department. Moglia, head coach of CCU's football program, is chairman of the board of TD Ameritrade.

    The students also visited the Nebraska Furniture Mart, a Berkshire Hathaway company. They toured the facility with Ronald Blumkin, the grandson of founder Rose Blumkin, and discussed the furniture and electronics store business model. Afterward, they headed to Berkshire Hathaway for their meeting with Buffett.

    Upon arrival at Berkshire Hathaway, the students were greeted by Buffett, and the Q&A session started. The entrepreneur answered questions for two-and-a-half hours on a variety of topics, from the glass ceiling to his investment philosophy. The students then met him for lunch and photo opportunities.

    After lunch, the students toured Borsheim’s, a Berkshire Hathaway jewelry business, for a lecture on the jewelry business and tour of the facility.

    They ended their day by visiting Oriental Trading Company’s distribution center and headquarters. The CEO of the company, Sam Taylor, who was a recent participant on “Undercover Boss,” made a presentation. The students then broke into groups and toured the facility. Luckily, the student group from CCU were paired with Taylor, and the tour ended with a Q&A session.

  • Thanks to servicemen and women, and veterans

    November 15 2013

    CHANT411 collected 151 Veterans Day cards from students, faculty and staff on Monday, Nov. 11, on Prince Lawn. Alesha Pressley, a junior transfer student and staff member of CHANT411, mails the cards of thanks at the post office.

  • Faculty evaluations go online

    November 29 2013

    Each semester students at Coastal Carolina University are given the opportunity to evaluate their professors and provide feedback. In the past this has been accomplished with paper surveys administered by the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analysis. This semester, however, all evaluations will be completed online.

    This change stems from an effort to expedite the faculty evaluation process for students and to make the turnaround for results more efficient. Going online is also a giant step in aiding the campus sustainability initiative -- last year alone more than 84,000 faculty evaluations were printed and processed on campus.

    The process to access faculty evaluations is simple. Students will receive an email specific to their courses and will access the evaluations through the included link. Regular Fall courses began to be evaluated beginning Nov. 11; Fall II will begin on November 29. Students can be assured that their responses will continue to be anonymous and no identifying information will be captured. All evaluations will be available through Dec. 5.

    Any questions regarding the new process should be directed to