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  • Open letter of thanks to CCU community

    January 3 2014

    Dear Coastal Carolina University Family:

    Garry and I became incredibly blessed when we chose Coastal Carolina University to be our work home. You are not just colleagues, but you really are extended family. Thank you so much for all of the kindness, generosity, and support you have shown to us during Garry's passing. While this is a very difficult time for me and our kids, I know we will be okay with such incredible people around us.

    Thank you so much!

    Jennie, Bryen, Noel, and Brittney Cassidy

    (The late Garrett Cassidy, a police officer in Coastal Carolina University's Department of Public Safety, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.)

  • Staffer has new granddaughter

    December 6 2013

    Mona Prufer, media relations coordinator in the Office of University Communication, has a new baby granddaughter. Teresa Clare "Tess" Trotter was born Oct. 24, 2013, in Highwood, Ill., weighing in at 7 poinds, 7 ounces and 21 inches long.

    She is the daughter of Kerry and Gregory Trotter.

  • Selby's photographs showing in Atlanta

    December 20 2013

    If anyone is passing through Atlanta, stop by the Atlanta Photography Group and Gallery to see the opening for "The Portfolio Show 2013," featuring the photographic work of CCU professor Easton Selby.

    "I am really excited to be part of the group of photographers featured in this exhibition," says Selby. "The show hangs through Feb. 1, so go see some photography!"

    On exhibit is "The Money Man," which is part of Selby's "Bluesland" series.

    Selby, assistant professor of photography, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 2008. He received a M.F.A. in visual arts from Clemson University and a B.F.A. in photography from Delta State University.

    Easton's work reflects his Southern heritage, religion in the South and other regional ideas.

  • CCU initiates new anti-bullying program

    December 20 2013

    Coastal Carolina University recently initiated a new program designed to prevent bullying. The program assembles an interdisciplinary team that researches various ways to address issues related to intimidation and bullying.

    “Faculty, staff and students in the CCU community meet to plan workshops intended to minimize bullying, not only at schools, but also in the workplace,” says Robert Jenkot, associate professor of psychology/sociology and coordinator of the program.

    Members of the team have expertise in a range of fields, including education, elementary school bullying, criminology, juvenile delinquency, primary school administration and human resources. “The group expects that many faculty members will be able to connect their own research to that of the group,” says Jenkot.

    The team promotes interdisciplinary cooperation among faculty, staff and students. “We are also interested in involving students in the research and any future efforts geared toward anti-bullying,” says Jenkot. “Several of the projects we have planned strongly encourage student participation.”

    There are also intentions to integrate team member’s expertise into grant proposals for issues related to bullying. “Any member of the CCU community, be it faculty, staff or student, is invited to contact me about coming to a meeting or getting on the email list,” says Jenkot.

    For more information, contact Jenkot at 843-349-2274 or 

  • Bridges seeks submissions

    January 3 2014

    Faculty members are urged to encourage their best undergraduate researchers to submit their original work to Bridges for Issue 8 (Spring 2014). Submissions will be accepted representing original student research and scholarly work on a rolling basis, but only submissions received before Jan. 30, 2014 may be considered for the upcoming issue.

    The guidelines for submission are available at

    For additional information about Bridges and the submission process, please contact the editor, Amanda Brian, at