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  • Athletic excellence awards presented

    The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics honored its top performers of the 2013-2014 season at the annual Student-Athlete Excellence Awards, Monday evening, hosted by the members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at The HTC Center.

    Coastal Carolina student-athletes Ruby Durham (women's track & field) and Bruce Mapp (football) served as the masters of ceremony, and the program included remarks from Interim Director of Athletics Matt Hogue, an all-sports highlight video and a senior recognition video. Coastal also recognized its academic successes, both individual and team.

  • Coastal Carolina Kids Camp offered this summer at CCU

    The annual Coastal Carolina Kids Camp is accepting registrations for children, ages 6-12, to attend the creative camp activities that will be held at two locations. The camps will be available at Coastal Carolina University's Myrtle Beach Education Center and the Litchfield Education Center.

  • Summer Arts Academy to be held at CCU

    The 2014 Summer Arts Academy held on the Coastal Carolina University campus kicks off in June for middle and high school students wishing to participate in an intensive study of music, visual arts or performing arts. Program fees range from $495 to $825 and include on-campus lodging and meals for students. Registration is still open.

  • CCU graphic design students showcase portfolios

    Nineteen Coastal Carolina University graduating seniors with degrees in graphic design will be presenting their work, a culmination of four years of study, in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery from Monday, April 28, through Saturday, May 10, with a closing reception on Friday, May 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited; no ticket is required.

  • CCU celebrates faculty and staff dedication

    Coastal Carolina University will honor faculty and staff with Employee Appreciation Day, including State Service Awards, on Tuesday, May 20, at 11 a.m. in Blanton Park. President David DeCenzo will recognize faculty and staff members for their years of service and valued contributions to CCU. The faculty and staff to be honored are:

    40 Years
    Bernard A. Albiniak, College of Science

    30 Years
    Susan M. Libes, College of Science
    Paul C. Peterson, Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

    20 Years
    Michael A. McClellan, Information Technology Services
    Timothy J. McCormick, Institutional Research, Assessment and Analysis
    Mark A. Mitchell, Wall College of Business Administration
    Philip M. Powell, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
    Nelljean M. Rice, University College
    Barbara D. Scott, Facilities Maintenance
    Thomas W. Secrest, Wall College of Business Administration
    Debbie H. Stanley, Spadoni College of Education
    Sharon H. Thompson, Health Sciences
    Samuel A. Wathen, Wall College of Business Administration

    10 Years
    Kelli K. Barker, Academic Outreach
    Dante C. Bonus, Facilities Maintenance
    J. Ralph Byington, Provost
    Patricia A. Carter, Grants & Sponsored Research
    Richard H. Costner, Spadoni College of Education
    Barney R. Dewitt, Facilities Maintenance
    Patti Y. Edwards, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
    Menassie Ephrem, Wall College of Business Administration
    Arne R. Flaten, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
    Florence E. Glaze, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
    William A. Goff, Information Technology Services
    Bruce L. Gregory, Department of Public Safety
    Priscilla A. Howell, Professional Golf Management
    Judy M. Johns, Photography
    Jill C. Kingston, Athletics
    Samantha S. Kost, Office of the Provost
    Pamela L. Martin, Politics/Geography
    Paul R. Martin, Wall College of Business Administration
    Mary M. Morehouse, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
    Lynn R. Nelson, Department of Public Safety
    Deborah K. Peret, Information Technology Services
    Jeffrey R. Pounds, Athletics
    Kevin J. Perry, Financial Aid & Scholarships
    Mona L. Prufer, University Communication
    Mark A. Roach, Philanthropy
    Cari L. Rosiek, Athletics

    Johnny Sessions, Facilities Maintenance

    Daniel S. Snyder, Media Services
    Shannon C. Stewart, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
    Steven M. Thompson, Mechanical Maintenance, Facilities Maintenance
    Melissa P. Todd, Athletics
    Maria L. Torres, Communication, Languages and Culture
    Yoav Wachsman, Wall College of Business Administration

    James P. Blanton Park is located in front of the Edward M. Singleton building.

    For more information, contact Lisa Bellamy at or (843)349-2134. 

  • 2014 Student involvement and leadership awards announced

    Faculty and students gathered for Coastal Carolina University’s Student Involvement and Leadership Awards (SILA) ceremony on Wednesday, April 23, in Wheelwright Auditorium. The Ronald D. Lackey Service Award was presented to senior marketing major Meghan Laffin, an honor student, Wall Fellow and volleyball player at CCU with a 3.87 grade point average.

  • CCU establishes Institute for Leadership and Public Policy

    Coastal Carolina University has established the Institute for Leadership and Public Policy (ILPP), a new resource that will have far-reaching significance for the University and the region.

  • CCU students inducted into national honor society

    Eighty-seven students at Coastal Carolina University were recently inducted into the campus chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.

  • Undergraduate Research Competition Awards at CCU

    Sixty-nine presentations were delivered by Coastal Carolina University students from 20 majors representing all five colleges at the Undergraduate Research Competition held recently. The awards will be formally presented at the Honors Convocation on Friday, May 9, at 3 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium.

    In most cases, students presented on projects completed under the mentorship of CCU faculty, but some completed projects through off-campus internships as well. Students presented alone or in teams, and a few presented their work on more than one project, sometimes in very different disciplines. For example, Nathan Grimes, who won first place in the Humanities and Business category, managed to combine his two majors of marine science and economics into a business presentation on externalities and incentives controlling shark fin markets, but he also presented a poster on a physics project examining sources of error in radar wave propagation related to meteorological studies. 

     “Every year, I am blown away by the breadth and talent of our student researchers,” said Director of Undergraduate Research Rob Young. “These kinds of hands-on experiences are invaluable for landing jobs and getting into graduate schools after graduation.” Following the CCU competition, several students headed to the University of Kentucky to present their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

    Presentations at the CCU Undergraduate Research Competition were judged by more than 30 faculty judges representing all colleges and the library. Award categories and the number of awards in each category were determined based on the presentation submissions, and directly reflect the numerical distribution of topics and presentation formats, oral or poster.

    The following students placed first or second in their respective categories:

    Oral Presentations
    Humanities and Business Category:

    First place: Nathaniel Grimes, economics and marine science major, with research mentor Rob Salvino, “Institutions of the Shark Fin Market: Roles of Externalities and Incentives”

    Social and Political Sciences Category:
    First place: Ashleigh Simons, psychology major, with research mentor Linda Palm,
    “Blame attribution as a function of sexual assault victim characteristics”

    Physical, Biological, and Health Sciences Category:
    First place: Janel Reeves, biology major, with research mentor Sharon Thompson, “Call a Vegetable a Vegetable: Perceptions and Taste Ratings”

    Second place: Mary Anderson, biology major, with research mentors Greg Martel and Karen Aguirre, “Effectiveness of Gaming Systems on Balance in Older Individuals”

    Poster Presentations (single category):
    Tie for first place: Anthony Carrone, psychology major, with research mentor Miranda Brenneman, “Tattoos and Risk Taking Behavior in College Students”

    Tie for first place: Valerie Hartigan, marine science major, with research mentor Julie Harding, “Stable Isotope Analysis in Deep Sea Cephalopods of the Bear Seamount”

    Second place: Joseph Griswold, marine science major, with research mentor Erin Burge, “Prevalence and Intensity of Ectoparasites on Fundulus heteroclitus as a Function of Size in Two Marsh Systems in South Carolina, USA”

    Wheelwright Auditorium is located at 108 Spadoni Park Circle in Conway.