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  • CCU president commends students who offered help

    March 3 2014

    Coastal Carolina University President David DeCenzo today recognized three students who helped a man whose boat had overturned near the jetties in Garden City Beach in late January.

    Ricki Damico, Shane Wolchak and Johnny Quartuccio received certificates of recognition for offering aid to a 64-year-old man who had been in the frigid water for more than an hour before washing up on shore.

    “You really demonstrate what Coastal students are all about,” said DeCenzo. “You noticed something wrong, and you offered help. You took the initiative.”

    The three students were fishing in an isolated area on the point in Garden City Beach when they noticed the waterlogged man crawling onto shore in a dazed condition. “We called 911 and got him out of his soaked clothes and gave him our jackets,” said Damico, a senior in marketing from Syracuse, N.Y.

    Quartuccio, whose mother is a nurse, said he tried to think of what his mother would do for the man suffering from hypothermia and likely in shock. “We rubbed his back and his hands, trying to get him warm. It was very cold and very windy.” He is a junior in sports management from Avenel, N.J.

    A second boater drowned in the incident, and his body washed ashore while the young men were helping the first man. “It was clear he couldn’t be helped,” said Wolchak, a junior in marine science from Stafford, Va.

    Dean of Students Travis Overton said the students would be recognized at a Step Up gathering later in the year for “students who have done extraordinary things.” He commended them for being “a true reflection of Coastal spirit.”

    Step Up is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.

  • CCU faculty competes in state park challenge

    March 3 2014

    Several CCU faculty and staff competed in the five-hour Myrte Beach State Park's Amazing Race on Saturday, March 1.

    Gwen Fowler, communication lecturer, and Gina Barker, assistant professor of communication, comprised a team of two.  Karen Flecher, pre-award services manager in research services, and Cathy Scott, assistant professor of education, also were a team. 

    The race covered six to eight miles around the park and called on the 11 two-person teams to use eveything from strength and stamina to wits to complete challenges such as building a fire, identifying frogs, playing bocce ball and navigating obstacle courses.

    From Fletcher's blog: "Each volunteer was awarded a park medal for their efforts during the event. And then each participant was awarded a park medal (a medal cut from the center of a tree). The top three teams were awarded special park medals and a prize. Additional prizes were raffled off to the remaining teams. Prizes included a park pass, a fishing pass, a golf package, campsites at various State Parks around South Carolina, and even a cabin stay at one of the South Carolina State Parks. Our team was called, and we received a two-night camping trip to Table Rock State Park!"

  • Cribb elected as first female officer in the CPGA

    February 28 2014

    Paige Cribb, director of student support for the PGA Golf Management Program in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University, was elected to a two-year term as secretary of the Carolinas Section of the PGA of America, becoming the first female officer in the history of the CPGA. The election took place during the 21st Carolina’s PGA Merchandise Show and Annual Meeting in Greensboro.

    Prior to coming to CCU, Cribb, a native of Georgetown, was the head professional at Wachesaw Plantation East for seven years. She also worked at Heritage Club, Legends Resort and Bay Tree Golf Plantation. Cribb is an alumna of UNC Wilmington, where she was on the golf team.

    “I am grateful for and humbled at the opportunity to serve as secretary in the largest Section in the Country, the Carolinas PGA Section”, said Cribb. “I take this responsibility seriously and look forward to serving the members of our section any way that I can."

    As an officer in the CPGA, her primary focus is the overall needs and interests of the Carolinas PGA Member. Cribb’s duties as secretary will be to keep minutes of all section membership meetings and all board of directors meetings, keep a roll of all members and apprentices, and take care of all correspondence and papers pertaining to the section. She must also record amendments to or changes in the association and section constitution bylaws.

    Cribb also serves on the national PGA of America Inclusion committee and is only the second woman to serve on the CPGA board in recent years.

  • New parking assistance line established

    February 18 2014

    A parking assistance telephone line has been established to better address University employee parking complaints and issues, at 843-503-8803.

    This line will enable faculty and staff to relay information to a Public Safety representative in the field who can respond quickly to the situation. When reporting a parking violation, please have the exact location and an accurate description of the violator’s vehicle, along with the license tag number.

    This is an effort to better enforce the parking regulations and maintain fairness for all campus constituents.

    Department of Public Safety
    Coastal Carolina University

    843-347-2141 (fax) 

  • Spring 2014 Eco-Rep leaders named

    February 28 2014

    Four Coastal Carolina University students have been selected as the Spring 2014 Eco-Rep Leaders, a student leadership program sponsored by the Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative.

    These students, who started the program in January 2014, are William Bassler, a political science major with a minor in environmental students from Long Island, NY; Shelby Farmer, a sociology major from Burlington, VT; Rayne Newswanger, a marine science major with a minor in biology from Hegin, Pa.; and Shannon Wesstrom, a marine science major from York, Pa. Maria Ferio, a political science major from Cleveland, Ohio, is the Eco-Rep Leader student coordinator.

    The Eco-Rep Leadership Program selects students that represent the Sustainability Initiative at CCU. They are leaders and peer educators who model and promote environmental responsibility. Eco-Rep Leaders work to develop programs and events that challenge their peers and the campus community to adopt more sustainable behaviors.

    As a part of the program, Eco-Rep Leaders are required to connect and collaborate with a department or campus organization, complete five educational presentations, and plan and coordinate activities during Earth Month in April. The Eco-Rep Leaders receive $400 for the semester.

  • Dustin Johnson Golf School opens

    February 28 2014

    Coastal Carolina University alumnus Dustin Johnson and his former instructor, Allen Terrell, recently announced the opening of the Dustin Johnson Golf School, located at the TPC Myrtle Beach. The school offers a wide variety of instructional options for players of all ages, from juniors through college and into the pros, as well as for avid amateurs.

    Johnson, who has nine official PGA Tour wins and is regularly at the top of the driving-distance category, and Terrell, PGA, who has worked with Johnson since college and continues to be his tour instructor, have joined together to open the school built on their mutual success.

    The Dustin Johnson Golf School (DJGS) provides its students with a comprehensive game plan for long-term development. Terrell offers a variety of instructional packages to suit players’ needs, from private and playing lessons to one-, two-, and three-day schools, as well as monthly and yearly packages. DJGS also offers personalized fitness programs based on TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) screenings and workouts. There are also “power workouts” designed to mirror Johnson’s own training.

    For juniors, DJGS training begins as young as 3 years old (as part of “DJ’s Future Stars” classes), mixing golf’s athletic skills with developing a passion for the game. More advanced programs take the young golfer all the way to college golf, where Terrell has had years of success preparing players for the highest levels of competition.

    For more information, access the web site at or by calling 843-685-1519.

  • Science faculty members present at elementary school

    March 2 2014

    The CCU Sea Turtle Club and three faculty members made a presentation on Feb. 4 at Ocean Bay Elementary School’s Family Science Night. The faculty members were Brian Larkins, assistant professor of computer science, Louis Rubbo, associate professor of physics, and Terry Pettijohn, associate professor of psychology.

  • Elise Testone has new album out

    February 15 2014

    Elise Testone, Coastal Carolina University alumna and "American Idol" winner (sixth place) has a debut album out. "In This Life" was released Feb. 11 and was preceded by her first music video.

    "In This Life" encompasses blues, rock, soul, jazz, pop, Americana and funk, but is wrapped up with a strong, cohesive blues feeling. She wrote and produced the majority of the songs, as well as singing them and playing the music.

    Testone will perform for CCU student, faculty and staff on Friday, April 25, in Wheelwright Auditorium. Tickets go on sale March 6. Elite tickets will offer premium seating, a meet-and-greet with Testone and a copy of her album; VIP tickets are $25 for premium seating; general admission is $20, and student tikets are $10 until April 11. For more information or for tickets, call the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-ARTS (2728).