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  • Art history prof co-authors book

    January 6 2014

    Stephanie Miller, assistant professor of visual arts at Coastal Carolina University, has co-authored a scholarly book, “The Early Modern Italian Domestic Interior, 1400–1700” with Erin J. Campbell, associate professor of art history at the University of Victoria, Canada, and Elizabeth Carroll Consavari, lecturer in art history at San Jose State University.

    The collection of essays offers new perspectives on the home in early modern Italy. Adopting a broad chronological framework and expanding the regional scope beyond Florence and Venice to include domestic interiors from less studied centers such as Urbino, Ferrara and Bologna, this volume’s dual emphasis is on reconstructing the material culture of specific residences, and on analyzing how particular domestic objects reflect, shape and mediate family values and relationships within the home.

    Miller’s particular research is evident in the chapter "Parenting in the Palazzo: images and artifacts of children in the Italian Renaissance home." She also co-wrote the introduction and edited the chapters.

  • Women and Gender Studies program moves

    January 9 2014

    The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is now housed in University College, according to Interim Provost Ralph Byington. This will allow faculty within the program to have an academic infrastructure, such as evaluation procedures and other processes, that is consistent with the Faculty Manual.

  • Greeks gather to help hunger effort

    January 25 2014

    By Hayes McLeod, CCU student

    On Monday, Jan. 20, more than 550 students from the Greek community, along with faculty, staff and other volunteers participated in Stop Hunger Now.

    Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has a mission to end hunger across the globe. During this volunteer event, dehydrated meals of high nutrition composed of 21 essential vitamins, soy, vegetables, rice, and other seasonings are packaged for shipment. Stop Hunger Now has also helped in disaster relief efforts by delivering clothes, school supplies, medical and food supplies to 65 different countries.

    At the end of the day, the volunteers packaged more than 30,000 meals. Not only did the Greek community spend time volunteering for the event, but they also plan to raise $7,500 to help fund the materials for the meals.

    As service is a major part of all Greek organizations, the Greek community could not think of a better service to our contro than by participating in this event.

  • Call for Proposals for the 2014 Celebration of Inquiry

    January 27 2014

    The Celebration of Inquiry serves to foster creative inquiry and to recognize creative expression by the Coastal Carolina University community. It features well-regarded guest speakers, sessions by faculty, students and community members, and an array of performances. The next Celebration of Inquiry will take place from March 31 to April 3. The theme this year is “The Human Spirit: Overcoming Adversity to Accomplish Greatness.”

    Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to submit proposed sessions to the Celebration of Inquiry by Feb. 21 through the Celebration’s website at Any type of session including presentations, panel discussions, debates, films, etc., are welcome, and sessions do not have to relate to the Celebration of Inquiry’s theme. If you have any questions about the Celebration of Inquiry, please contact Yoav Wachsman at

    CCU students may opt to either submit a session to the Celebration of Inquiry or to the annual CCU Undergraduate Research Competition, which will be held as a component of the Celebration of Inquiry. The Competition celebrates the accomplishments of our undergraduate researchers and provides a venue to disseminate their work. All CCU undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts in order to present research that they performed during the 2013-1014 school year. Questions about the Undergraduate Research Competition should be directed to Pat Taylor at

    All classes at Coastal Carolina University will be redirected to Celebration of Inquiry sessions between April 1 at 12:05 p.m. and April 2 at 5 p.m. The keynote address by Joe Moglia, head football coach at Coastal Carolina University and former CEO of TD Ameritrade, will take place at 7 p.m. on April 1 at Wheelwright Auditorium. The keynote address is a free but ticketed event. In addition, the Celebration of Inquiry will include a panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. on April 1, the Songwriters of the Strand Concert at 7 p.m. on April 2, and a concert by David Bankston and Friends at 7:30 p.m. on April 3. Everyone is encouraged to submit sessions and to attend the many events during the Celebration of Inquiry.

  • CCU Faculty and Staff Spring 2014 Programs

    January 31 2014

    Here are some programs being offered for CCU faculty and staff.

    Tuesday, Feb. 4, 3 to 4 p.m., Johnson Auditorium
    Topic: Immediate Response… “What if someone tells you they have been a victim of a sex crime?”

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., Meeting with Provost (Academic Success), Johnson Auditorium

    Wednesday, Feb. 19, 3 to 4 p.m., Johnson Auditorium
    Topic: Title IX Remedies (support) and Protocols

    Tuesday, March 4, 3 to 4 p.m., Johnson Auditorium
    Topic: Understanding the Clery Report

    Thursday, April 10, 3 p.m., Meeting with Provost, Johnson Auditorium

  • Come bowl with us

    January 31 2014

    Kickoff for the CCU Coed Spring Bowling League will be on Monday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. at Waccamaw Bowling Lanes. League participants will bowl every Monday night through April 28. Awards for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 bowling leagues will be given out at this year’s Employee Appreciation Day.
    If you are interested in participating, send in the name of the team and the list of bowlers on your team. Anyone participating in the league must strictly adhere to the requirement that all players sign a waiver form before being allowed to bowl this semester. Please sign the waiver and return to Katie Walbourne at

    The weekly bowling fee is $8 per bowler.
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  • I Quit program being offered to smokers

    January 31 2014

    I Quit, an eight-week smoking cessation program, will be offered to interested Coastal Carolina University faculty and staff in February. There will be no charge to faculty and staff who wish to participate in the program. The program will be an 8-week course from Feb. 27 through April 10 and will run weekly from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  It is currently scheduled for the training room in the Coastal Science Center, but a few of the sessions may be switched to the HTC Center.

    The program was launched by the American Lung Association in 1980. Although the original model for this program has been modified and changed somewhat over the years, it has helped hundreds of thousands of smokers quit. CCU currently has three trained and certified facilitators who will be used to facilitate this training. They are Lamonica Yates, director of training and employee services; Woody Goff, training and events specialist; and Lori Cox, benefits manager.

    The program is designed to:

    ·         Provide participants a systematic approach to quitting with a logical progression from awareness of smoking dependence to actual behavior change.
    ·         The program has a positive focus. It emphasizes the benefits of better health and improved lifestyle habits as well as mastery of one’s own life. The activities and assignments provide individuals who smoke with proven strategies for changing their behavior and lifestyle.
    ·         This program also includes maintenance strategies for staying smoke-free including an array of online resources.
    ·         The program is also realistic about the chance of relapse for participants.
    ·         It conforms to the adopted smoking cessation counseling or advice core measures of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for the quality of care for those who use tobacco.

    For more information or to enroll, contact Goff at 843-349-5058 or at



  • Barkers' daughter gets married

    February 3 2014

    Dennis and Kelli Barker celebrated the wedding of their daughter Cassie in Murrells Inlet on Sunday, Feb. 2. Kelli is  director of operations at the Myrtle Beach Education Center, and Dennis is a building/grounds specialist at CCU.

    Their daughter, Cassie Nicole Barker, was married to Tommy Brady near Nance's Restaurant on the Inlet. Cassie is manager of White House Black Market in Barefoot Landing, and Tommy is a musician.

  • Winners announced for LEGO qualifying event

    January 31 2014

    The “Otter Bots” team from River Oaks Elementary School won the FIRST LEGO League qualifying event on Jan. 11 on the Coastal Carolina University campus; the team will move on to the state competition Feb. 15.

    “Robo Rays” from Ocean Bay Middle School came in second place in the best overall category.

    FIRST LEGO League, designed for elementary and middle school aged children, is a worldwide competition supported by the LEGO Corporation and other companies. The FIRST LEGO League is run by the nonprofit FIRST organization, which seeks to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.

    Approximately 200 area students on 23 teams competed, hoping to move on to the state championship. The winners from the other categories are:

    •  Robot Performance
           First place: Robo Rays from Ocean Bay Middle School

           Second place: F.I.R.S.T. from Forestbrook Elementary School

    •  Research Project
           First place: WIS Gator Bots from Waccamaw Intermediate School

           Second place: Tsunami Surfers from the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina

    •  Robot Design
           First place: R2 FE2 from Forestbrook Elementary School
           Second place: TIB Bobcats from Lakewood Elementary School

    •  Core Values

          First place: WIS Mega Minibots from Waccamaw Intermediate School
          Second place: River Rovers from River Oaks Elementary School

    •  Judges Award
          R2 FE2 and F.I.R.S.T, both from Forestbrook Elementary School, shared this award for constant enthusiasm and professionalism throughout the tournament.

          “The atmosphere was great. Unlike in traditional sports where teams have weekly practices and games, with the FIRST LEGO League, teams practice weekly for months and then demonstrate their abilities in one competition,” said Louis Rubbo, associate professor in CCU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics and coordinator of the event.

          FIRST LEGO League has three main areas of competition with a few smaller categories for which teams can be recognized and awarded.

    “Some teams compete for the victory and strive to move on to the state level competition in February. For other teams it’s all about the journey,” Rubbo said.

    The Robo Rays, F.I.R.S.T. and WIS Gator Bots, in addition to the Otter Bots, will be advancing to the state championship Feb. 15 at River Bluff High School in Lexington.