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  • Duct Tape Fashion Show is a summer hit

    June 27 2014

    A go-go dancer sporting knee-high boots and a short striped dress of yellow, green, red and blue duct tape danced around the Edwards Courtyard as a fringe-vested flower child joined her. A robot, an Indian princess, some flappers and a gangster – it was the annual Duct Tape Fashion Show on Friday, June 27.

    The summertime fashion show has become a tradition of the Summer Arts Academy at Coastal Carolina University as middle and high school students show off their creativity at the end of their two-week residence camp.

    The fashion show was followed by an exhibition of the students’ artwork in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery in the Edwards College.

    The Arts Academy is held each summer for middle and high school students who wish to participate in an intensive study of music, visual arts or performing arts.

    Participants in the sessions had the opportunity to develop advanced skills in visual communication, portfolio development and manipulation of two and three-dimensional media. Visual Arts courses offered experiences with two-dimensional and three-dimensional media as well as graphic design. Students also engaged in collaborative projects and art inspired games.

  • Faculty, staff giving is growing

    June 27 2014

    By Diane Fabiano, director of annual giving

    In my seven years as an employee at Coastal Carolina University, I have worked in different positions on campus, each one shedding new light on the University that I began to ove for as a student in 2001. But nothing has compared to my most recent position as director of annual giving in the Office for Philanthropy. This position entails a few different components, but the one that has driven me the most is being responsible for getting my fellow faculty and staff members to make a gift to CCU.

    When I started this role back in September, faculty/staff giving was at its highest at 23 percent. I was nervous knowing there were big expectations to get that percentage up – and that I could potentially become the person on campus that people run from – I knew the only way it would happen was if I believed we will get there, and it did. As of today, we are up to 50 percent participation. It is not 100 percent yet, but it speaks volumes. I did not do this, YOU did. Your fellow colleagues did. Your department did.

    We have 584 employees who have made a gift to a CCU fund of their choice totaling more than $300,000 just since July 1, 2013! It does not matter if you give $1 or $1,000 – it’s about GIVING, and every cent makes a difference! It sets an example to those around you and especially shows our donors your support. It means that you too “buy in” to this amazing university. I have enjoyed speaking with various departments on campus and watching them reach their goal of 100 percent participation. I have been inspired by so many of you and look forward to continuing the path to 100 percent.
    Congratulations to the following departments that have reached 100 percent participation for this fiscal year’s CCU Faculty Staff Giving Campaign! Stay tuned for more details on the next campaign kick-off coming this summer.

    The 27 departments at 100 percent are:

    Accessibility & Disability Services (3 employees)
    Admissions (29)
    Alumni Relations (3)
    Chanticleer Athletic Foundation (4)
    Coastal Educational Foundation (5)
    Conference Services (6)
    Contractual & Business Services (1)
    Counseling Services (15)
    Dean of Students (6)
    Facilities Management (141)
    Finance & Administration (4)
    Financial Services (19)
    Gen. James Hackler Golf Course (19)
    HREO (42)
    ITS (43)
    Mail Services (7)
    Payroll (5)
    Procurement (9)
    Philanthropy (11)
    President's Office (15)
    Public Safety (83)
    Special Events (3)
    Student Accounts (12)
    Student Health Services (18)
    Student Housing Foundation (1)
    Training and Development (3)
    Transportation, Safety and Training (3) 

  • Volunteers sought for ChantiCrew

    June 27 2014

    Faculty and staff are invited to participate in University's Housing’s ChantiCrew program this fall. ChantiCrew volunteers help our incoming first-year students move into the residence halls each fall. Strong participation from the CCU faculty and staff in this program helps welcome our first-year students to campus, exemplifies the warm and friendly environment we have here at Coastal Carolina University, and gives you the opportunity to support your fellow Chants and be an active part of our community.

    ChantiCrew volunteers should sign up through Coastal Connections at: .

    Deadline for registration is July 31. Volunteers will receive a ChantiCrew T-shirt to wear on move-in day and a voucher for a free meal at Hicks or UP Café (for volunteers without a meal plan). All volunteers will also be required to attend a training session the evening of Thursday, Aug. 14, times to be determined.

    If you have any questions about the program or volunteering, or would like additional coordination with a group that would like to volunteer, contact Crystal White at

  • Amber Campbell places third in U.S. championships

    June 28 2014

    Coastal Carolina alumna Amber Campbell finished third in the hammer throw June 28 at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.

    Campbell, who throws for Mjolnir Throwers Club, had her meet-best toss of 234 feet, 1 inch in her sixth and final attempt, finishing behind Nike athletes Amanda Bingson (246-3) and Jessica Cobsy Toruga (235-4).

    Campbell won the event at the meet in 2010 and 2012 and is a two-time Olympian.

  • Season tickets now available for sale

    June 20 2014

    Current CCU faculty and staff members will receive a 20 percent discount on season tickets. Since every faculty/staff member who purchases a season ticket receives a commemorative ring, and with the team winning consecutive Big South Championships, the time to become a season ticket holder has never been better. You can also pay for your tickets over the course of the season by having an equal amount automatically deducted from each paycheck. Contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 843-347-8499, or come to Arcadia Hall to learn more about how you can be a part of the action in Brooks Stadium this fall.

    Every week over the summer, more student-athletes profiles will be shared on the athletic website ( Here, we present Voghens Larrieux, Kacey Kelley and Alex Scearce.

  • Send nominations for Alumnus of Year

    June 20 2014

    Jean Ann Brakefield, director of Alumni Relations, urges faculty and staff members to nominate their alumni friends for the 2014 Alumnus of the Year award and the Young Alumnus of the Year award. The deadline for submitting nominations is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6.

    In order to be nominated and selected for either award, nominees must:

    * Have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate course of study at Coastal Carolina University (if nominee attended prior to 1974, a two-year degree is required).

    * Possess integrity and excellent character

    * Demonstrate loyalty to the ideals of Coastal Carolina University

    * Display a record of community/civic engagement

    * Be distinguished among his/her peers for constructive contributions made to society that demonstrate leadership, responsibility and expertise in his/her field

    * Promote a positive image of Coastal Carolina University in her/her profession

    Special consideration will be given to any nominee who has overcome unusual adversity.

    The nomination form can be accessed via Submissions are accepted electronically or via mail to Alumni of Year Nomination, Office of Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 261954, Conway SC 29528-6054. Fax to 843-349-2199.

    For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 843-349-2586 or

  • CCU Greek grad named in ‘Thirty under 30’

    June 27 2014

    Henry LaRosa, from Mount Sinai, N.Y., has been awarded the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s “Thirty under 30” for 2014.

    LaRosa, a 2011 graduate who majored in business administration and business management, served as vice archon, warden and Push America chairman within the Greek chapter.

    On campus, LaRosa was a CINO Quest counselor, an Orientation leader, an ecological representative, a resident assistant and a finalist for the Ronald D. Lackey award at CCU.

    His passion for environmental sustainability led to employment as solar salesman and installer for Long Island Power Solutions. He also started a nationally certified company called American Green Roof and Solar Technologies Corporation.

  • CCU student interns in congressman's office

    June 27 2014

    Coastal Carolina University sophomore Tyler Wyeth recently concluded a summer internship in Washington, D.C., with Congressman Tom Rice, who represents the 7th Congressional District.

    Wyeth is pursuing a major in political science and says this type of experience will help prepare him for his future. His internship began on May 22 and will end in early July.

    Wyeth calls Conway home, but his career aspirations may take him abroad. He is particularly interested in foreign policy, trade policy, international relations and international conflict. During his internship, Wyeth attended Congressional hearings, committee hearings, wrote, reported and discussed legislation.

    “My favorite issue we have discussed so far was determining how to finance the international Islamic party, Hezbollah,” says Wyeth. “We discuss issues involving sanctions, how the group acquires its money and more.”

    When Wyeth isn’t working toward his career goals, he enjoys going to the beach, playing baseball, soccer and kayaking. After his time at CCU, he hopes to attend graduate school.

    Tyler Wyeth is a son of Rob and Stacy Wyeth, who are both employed at CCU. Rob is the director of visual image in the University Communication, and his wife, Stacy, is the assistant registrar for Student Records.

  • Gullah Corridor signs go up in Horry County

    June 16 2014

    Two historical signs have been erected along U.S. 17 near the North Carolina/South Carolina border and near Murrells Inlet at the border between Georgetown and Horry counties.

    “The presence of these signs represents a lot of hard work that came before them,” said Veronica D. Gerald, English professor at Coastal Carolina University and vice chairman of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Commission.

    “The work began in the early 1980s when most of it had to do with raising awareness, telling the story and educating the people,” she said. These signs will tell drivers that they are travelling along the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor as well as recognize the Gullah Geechee people, their heritage and contributions.

    The corridor is comprised of the coastal regions (and 30 miles inland) beginning around Pender County, N.C., and continuing along U.S. 17 to St. Augustine, Fla.,  making Horry County a part of a nationally recognized Heritage Area.

    The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is the 49th of 49 such designations around the country.

    “I am always so impressed when I think that this recognition places us right alongside other National Heritage Areas like Niagara Falls,” said Gerald.

    The signs placed in Horry County are two of nearly 100 signs placed along the corridor in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.