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  • Chant Challenge awards, I Spy nominees and bowling champs announced

    May 28 2014

    The 2014 Chant Challenge team champions, including those who won individual events, the CCU staff bowling league winners, and the I Spy nominees for 2013-2014 have been announced.

    Top Teams:

    First place: Athletics with Bryan Stiles, James Regatuso, Jessica Forrester, Cody Bays, Jamie Sellers and Christie Kaestner.

    Second place: Dean of Students Office/Office of Student Activities and Leadership with Adam Obstein, Channing Vidal, Nicholas DeStefano, Sara Peacock,Michael Smith, Hayes McLeod and Amandela Wilson.

    Third place: University Housing with Kathryn Mortensen, Samantha Sullivan, Richard Gamble, Justin Poindexter, Stephen Swieton and Shelli Ivey.

    Fourth place: Fab 5 with Cindy Johnson, Greg Nance, Jocelyn Williams, Paul Scheuer, Amanda Craddock, Jennifer Dupuis, Jess Kosty and Jillian Ernest.

    Cornhole: Won by Dean of Students Office/Office of Student Activities and Leadership with Hayes McLeod and Sara Peacock.

    Tennis Pong: Won by the Athletics team of Cody Bays and Chris Henry.

    Badminton: Won by the Athletics team of Christie Kaestner and Jamie Sellers.

    Puzzlers: Won by the University Housing team of Sam Sulivan and Stephen Swieton.

    Ladder Golf: Won by the Mo Betta team of Tom Woodle and Robert Bulsza.

    Kan Jam: Won by the Athletics team of Chris Henry and Shane Tay.

    Trivia: Won by the Fab 5 team of Amanda Craddock and Jillian Ernest.

    Also recognized were the team winners of the CCU staff bowling leagues. The spring champions were the Wrecking Turkeys: Brian Noce, Karen Sauls, Erin Hackett, Karen Williams and Chris Williams. It’s In The Mail came in second place.

    The following individuals were acknowledged as I Spy nominees for outstanding customer service, loyalty and attitude during 2013-2014.

    “I Spy” Nominees and Features:
    Shaun R. Bannon, Penny Ann Bell, Tammy Blouse, John Brong, Jean Ann Butler, Rocco J. Cartisano, John Carpenter, Laine Clark, Sallie Clarkson, Paige Cribb, Christopher Diskin, Lonnie Fleming, Anthony Gause, Michael Hall, Poppy Hepp, Tammy Holt, Mike Jordan, Ronnie Jordan, Jason Leary, Holly Legg, Tonya McKenzie, Holly McCain-Minnis, Daniel Rabon, David Ridenour, Laurel Schwinger, Sarah Smoak, Jerry Starling, Steven Mark Thompson, James Tutor, Ronald Walker and Lamonica Yates.

  • Two new faces in University Communication

    May 16 2014

    Two new positions have been filled in the Office of University Communication recently.

    Brent Reser is the new coordinator of social media and online marketing, and JoAnna Dalton is University editor.

    A native of Spokane, Wash., Reser earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Montana in 2009. An internship in the athletics department propelled him to a full-time position in Grizzly Athletics where he served as the assistant marketing director for two years. In 2011, Reser was promoted to director of new media. While handling all digital responsibilities for the department, Reser administered and marketed the website ( and built a social media program that became the top in the Football Championship Subdivision based upon following and engagement.

    Reser’s duties at CCU include building a strategic social media strategy for the University, developing and posting content for all social sites and collaborating with all entities on campus with a social media presence. His interests include working out, playing/watching sports, traveling and keeping up his blog.

    Dalton was formerly the administrative coordinator for the Office of Finance and Administration. Her duties include handling of incoming items needing proofing/editing.

    Dalton volunteered with Meals on Wheels and served a stint as the youth group leader at her church. She attended Coastal Carolina University and received the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership scholarship twice; she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English in 2009. She is a member of WIPL.

    She has a son, also a graduate of Coastal Carolina University, and a daughter who attends Horry Georgetown Technical College.  

  • Campus Salvage raises green funds for CCU

    May 20 2014

    Campus Salvage, Coastal Carolina University's annual collection designed to divert unwanted items that students leave behind at year's end, raised $2,412 for the CCU Student Green Fund.

    In addition to raising money for the University’s sustainability program, the May 17 sale also resulted in donations to different nonprofits ranging from Katie's Project (prom dresses) to the Community Kitchen and the Horry County Animal Care Center.

    Campus Salvage had 21 PODS full of items for sale. Most items were priced at $1, with the exception of mini refrigerators and furniture.

    “This program wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from the volunteers who help during the collection efforts and at the sale,” said Jennifer Sellers, CCU's sustainability coordinator. “We truly appreciate all the support in diverting items from the landfill, and through this program, we hope to teach our students lessons in a more sustainable lifestyle along the way.”

    Collection for Campus Salvage items ran from May 2 to 12, when students moved out of the residence halls. PODS were placed in seven locations throughout campus as drop-off points for donations. According to Sellers, the sale not only keeps unwanted items out of the landfill, but it also supports the local community with donations.

    Through Campus Salvage, the following items were donated:

    * Ark Animal Hospital in Surfside Beach – 15 bags of towels, sheets and blankets
    * Churches Assisting People (CAP) Center – three bins of nonperishable food and brooms
    * Community Kitchen in Myrtle Beach – four bins of paper products and cleaning supplies
    * Fostering Hope in Conway – 55 bags of clothes, clothes hangers and accessories
    * Goodwill – 5,200 pounds of clothing, bedding and housewares
    * Grand Strand Humane Society – three bags of blankets and one box of cleaning supplies
    * Help 4 Kids – three boxes of school supplies and six backpacks
    * Horry County Animal Care Center – 11 bags of towels and blankets
    * Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach – eight bags of blankets and towels, and laundry products
    * Low Country Food Bank – 86 pounds of nonperishable food
    * Katie’s Project – 23 prom dresses, 24 pairs of shoes, purses and jewelry
    * North Strand Housing Shelter – three bags of clothing, sheet sets, four boxes of cleaning products and paper products, and three bags of nonperishable food
    * Salvation Army in Conway – 10 bags of clothing
    * Street Reach in Myrtle Beach – four bins of cleaning products, toilet paper and brooms

  • Leave a lasting legacy on campus

    May 21 2014

    When the dust settles and the renovations on Atheneum Hall are complete, a new brick walkway will lead to the most familiar architectural structure on campus. Brick pavers (8-by-8-inches) are currently for sale to anyone interested in leaving a lasting legacy on campus.

    The Atheneum Hall Alumni Center is expected to be complete in January 2015 and will offer much needed meeting space for campus events, as well as a place for alumni to call home. This building is significant to many Coastal Carolina University alumni as it was the second building to be constructed on campus. Dedicated in 1966, Atheneum Hall was originally used as the student union and campus cafeteria. As the University grew and more buildings were erected, Atheneum Hall served a variety of purposes, from housing the fine arts program to providing headquarters for the Department of Public Safety.

    The brick pavers sell for $250, and the cost can be payroll deducted at $11 per pay period. All proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for future CCU students. Engraving of up to four lines of text with 16 characters per line will identify the donor while providing the opportunity for the paver to be dedicated in honor of or in memory of someone important to the donor.

    For more information, contact the alumni relations staff at 843-349-ALUM (2586) or, or visit to reserve and customize your very own brick.  

  • CCU athletic trainer is finalist for national award

    May 30 2014

    Coastal Carolina University associate athletic trainer and rehabilitation coordinator Barry Lippman is one of three finalists for the 2014 Excellence in Aquatics Award for his work in the rehabilitation of baseball’s Jake Kane following an injury to his right (throwing) shoulder.

    The award recognizes professionals who, despite all odds, achieved superior rehabilitation results through innovative, and sometimes unconventional, methods. Each of the finalists relied on aquatics as a medium to help achieve exceptional results.

    Fans can support Lippman’s efforts by voting for the award once a day until June 18 on the website at The winner of the 2014 Excellence in Aquatics Award will be announced in the HydroWorx Booth at the National Athletic Trainers Association’s 65th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday, June 27, at 11:30 a.m. Fans may spread the word of Lippman and Kane’s accomplishments on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #ExcellenceInAquatics.

    Kane, a second baseman, arrived at Coastal Carolina in August of 2012 as a junior college transfer with severe atrophy and weakness in his right shoulder. Due to the concern of further damaging the shoulder through off-season lifting, Lippman and the CCU athletic training team decided to utilize aquatic therapy for Kane’s off-season strengthening program.

    After a successful progression of aquatic therapy exercise during both the offseason and preseason safely increased his strength, Kane was able to participate for the entire spring 2013 baseball season and achieved a .287 batting average with 49 hits and 23 RBIs.

  • New career counselor in Career Services

    May 30 2014

    Nicole Wesley is the new coordinator of placement/career counselor in the Career Services Center.

    A graduate of Arizona State University, Wesley worked in Residence Life there before leaving four years ago to work on her master’s degree in higher and post-secondary education. She has extensive experience in Career Services programming and is also a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., with a degree in business marketing and print journalism.

    Wesley will be working with seniors and alumni, helping them locate and apply for positions. In addition, she will take part in career assessment testing, workshops, orientation and other activities related to Career Services.

  • CCU celebrates faculty and staff dedication

    May 27 2014

    Coastal Carolina University honored faculty and staff members at Employee Appreciation Day on May 27 at Blanton Park with State Service Awards. CCU President David DeCenzo recognized 47 employees for their years of service and valued contributions to CCU.

    Those honored included:

    40 Years
    Bernard A. Albiniak

    30 Years
    Susan M. Libes
    Paul C. Peterson

    20 Years
    Michael A. McClellan
    Timothy J. McCormick
    Mark A. Mitchell
    Philip M. Powell
    Nelljean M. Rice
    Barbara D. Scott
    Thomas W. Secrest
    Debbie H. Stanley
    Sharon H. Thompson
    Samuel A. Wathen

    10 Years
    Kelli K. Barker
    Dante C. Bonus
    J. Ralph Byington
    Patricia A. Carter
    Richard H. Costner
    Barney R. Dewitt
    Patti Y. Edwards
    Menassie Ephrem
    Arne R. Flaten
    Florence E. Glaze
    William A. Goff
    Bruce L. Gregory
    James E. Hooks
    Priscilla A. Howell
    Judy M. Johns
    Jill C. Kingston
    Samantha S. Kost
    Pamela L. Martin
    Paul R. Martin
    Mary M. Morehouse
    Lynn R. Nelson
    Deborah K. Peret
    Jeffrey R. Pounds
    Kevin J. Perry
    Mona L. Prufer
    Mark A. Roach
    Cari L. Rosiek
    Johnny Sessions
    Daniel S. Snyder
    Shannon C. Stewart
    Steven M. Thompson
    Melissa P. Todd
    Maria L. Torres
    Yoav Wachsman

  • CCU grad appointed vp of corporate development

    May 30 2014

    Coastal Carolina University alumnus Mark A. McPartland (2003) has been appointed vice president of corporate development and communications at Stellar Biotechnologies in Port Hueneme, Calif.

    He will lead Stellar's corporate development and investor-related programs, including management of stakeholder relationships, commercial collaborating, capital markets strategy, external communications, media relations and public affairs. Additionally, he will collaborate in the development of corporate strategy and serve as primary point of contact to the investment community.

    McPartland has more than 16 years experience in business development, capital markets advisory, corporate communications and C-suite consulting.

    McPartland earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Coastal Carolina University.