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  • CCU's international students perform service work

    August 23 2014

    A group of 30 Coastal Carolina University’s international students recently helped community children with shopping sprees on Aug. 14 and 16 at the Carolina Forest Walmart and at Coastal Grand Mall’s Payless Shoes. The shopping was coordinated by the Rotaract Club of CCU and Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarians.

    CCU students filled shopping carts with $2,800 worth of socks, shirts, slacks and jackets for children in need attending Waccamaw Elementary School.

    The two Rotary community projects -- Clothing Closet and Happy Feet -- are designed to serve the needs of community youth. Both projects were conducted with the cooperation of local businesses and funded by Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise funds generated through various yearlong events.

    "It was the first time many international students had ever shopped in a Wal-Mart store, which was great fun for us to see,” said Rotarian Porter Medley, director of CCU’s conference services. “We had shopping lists, and they shopped styles and colors new to them."

    "This year's Happy Feet project served 74 pupils, and $1,400 of Rotary funds were used to buy what some youngsters described as their first pair of new shoes, and not hand-me-downs. There were many happy faces and happy feet in the store today,” said Rotarian Peter Loverso.

  • Update from CCU social media

    August 28 2014

    By Brent Reser, social media coordinator

    With the beginning of a new academic year, excitement is everywhere around campus. However, if you are stuck in an office all day or don’t make it to Coastal on the weekend, you might feel that you are missing out. Don’t worry; there is a solution for you: #CCUSocialMedia.

    The goal of the social media program at Coastal Carolina University is to capture the excitement of campus and deliver it to Chant supporters via their computer or smart device. The hope for the 2014-2015 year is to do this better than ever before.

    On Aug.18, the #CCUfamily campaign kicked off. Throughout the fall semester, a different student will be featured on CCU’s social media outlets and website each day. Covering the student in multiple ways on each platform, the campaign encourages supporters to follow all social outlets of CCU in order to obtain the full story on the featured student.

    On Sept. 9, the #CCUSA: 50 Flags, 50 States campaign will wrap up. A summer initiative that featured a member of the Coastal community waving a Chanticleer flag in that day’s spotlighted state, it coincided with the university’s new #TEALnation campaign. The CCUSA tour was a great success that generated Chant pride and media coverage.

    But social media at Coastal Carolina University doesn’t just rely on planned campaigns to capture the buzz of the institution. Rather, it focuses more on the numerous events and interactions that occur each day on campus. Every time you log on to one of the various Coastal social media channels you can expect to see something new and engaging. Contests are offered daily. Photos and videos are posted frequently. Content submitted by those passionate about CCU is highlighted. To put it simply, #CCUSocialMedia provides a direct reflection of the attitude and atmosphere on campus.

    For a complete listing of the social media accounts at Coastal Carolina University, click here Not only will you find the main accounts of the University but you will also be able to view all the individual social media channels in various departments and offices. Coastal is more connected than ever. Follow CCU on social media and never feel like you are missing out again.

  • CCU alumna marries

    August 1 2014

    Corrie Lee Lacey and PFC Logan Michael Kohlrus were married July 18, 2014, in Outer Banks, N.C., during an oceanfront ceremony at sunset in front of family.

    The bride graduated magna cum laude from CCU with a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2012. She earned a master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. She is employed as a reporter for The Central Virginian.

    Lacey was editor of The Chanticleer student newspaper 2010-2011.

    The groom is on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. He is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton near San Diego, Calif., where he is completing Marine Combat Training. The groom will attend Aircraft Rescue MOS school in Texas.

  • Former Chanticleer gets married

    August 1 2014

    Josh Hoke and Kelly McShane were married Aug. 1, 2014, in Denver, Colo. Hoke, a 2006 graduate of CCU, was a member of the Chanticleer football team from 2002 to 2006. He is owner and head coach of Crossfit Mountain Island, a fitness clinic in in Charlotte, N.C.

    Hoke, who is from Statesville, N.C., will be inducted into the George F. "Buddy" Sasser Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 15, prior to the Coastal Carolina football contest versus Monmouth. He and the other 2014 inductees will be recognized at halftime of that game as well.

    Some of Hoke's accolades include:

    • Two-time first team CoSIDA Academic All-America (2005 and 2006).
    • Three-time FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star.
    • Member of the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society.
    • 2006 Big South Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
    • 2006 Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three-time Academic All-Big South.
    • Two-time, first team All-Big South selection.
    • Led the Big South in scoring with 83 points 2004 and 80 points in 2005, while leading league kickers in scoring four times (2003, '04, '05 and '06). Also led the Big South in field goals made in 2004 (10), 2005 (14) and 2006 (10).
    • Scored 297 career points and made 177 career extra points, which were Big South records until 2011.
    • For his career, owns CCU records for extra points made (177), extra points attempted (183), extra points kick percentage (.967), field goals made (40) and field goals attempted (63).
    • Also owns the CCU career record for best career punting average (37.21 yards per punt; 66 punts for 2,456 yards).
    • Was a three-time National Special Teams Player of the Week and 10-time Big South Special Teams Player of the Week.

  • Waccamaw sees changes

    August 1 2014

    Aug. 1 marked a big transition for Waccamaw, the literary journal Dan Albergotti founded at CCU in 2008, with a comprehensive site redesign and the announcement of editorial transition.

    Alli Crandell of The Athenaeum Press at CCU did the redesign, and Cara Blue Adams has taken over as the journal's editor. Adams, assistant professor of English at CCU, is best known for her essays and short stories. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and an MFA from the University of Arizona, where she also taught creative writing.

    Adams work has been featured in journals such as Narrative, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Sun and Epoch. She has also been honored with The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize and was named one of Narrative's "15 Below 30." Adams worked as co-editor at The Southern Review, the distinguished literary quarterly, from 2011 until June 2013, when she decided to pursue her teaching career at CCU.

    “From my year as the poetry editor at The Greensboro Review, to several years in the same role at storySouth, to the last six at the helm of Waccamaw, it has been a privilege to help steward the work of so many fine writers to the public,” writes Albergotti. “I want to thank all the authors who trusted me with their work along the way.”

    Poets, fiction writers, and essayists: Waccamaw is currently open for unsolicited submissions during August.

  • Flaten exhorts grads to 'seize the day'

    August 11 2014

    A total of 202 students marched across the stage at Coastal Carolina University’s HTC Center Aug. 9 in CCU’s summer commencement ceremony.

    Commencement speaker Arne Flaten, professor of art and chair of CCU’s Department of Visual Art, spoke on the topic “Carpe Diem: Of Dead Poets and Epistemology.”

    “Don’t wait for your future passively,” said Flaten. “Go get it. Seize the day! Seize your lives. Take responsibility for your actions…. Enjoy your successes, but relish your mistakes, too. We frequently learn more from our failures than our triumphs…. And be ready, because life doesn’t unfold the way you think it will. That would be boring.”

    In addition to being persistent in the face of failure, Flaten advised the graduates to value the journey of life in addition to the destination. “…it’s not all about getting somewhere, it’s about the thrill of the ride…. Maybe it’s about turning off your smartphones once in a while and engaging with your physical world as well.”

  • Wal-Mart gives CCU check for $6,500

    August 15 2014

    Coastal Carolina University President David A. DeCenzo received a $6,500 donation from Grand Strand area Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores during a CCU Welcome Week event on Aug. 15 at the Carolina Forest Wal-Mart.

    Area Wal-Mart stores pooled together the cash donation, and store managers presented it to DeCenzo in front of the Wal-Mart store on U.S. 501 South near the CCU campus. The contribution will be deposited into a fund of the Coastal Educational Foundation (CEF) to benefit students.

    The check presentation took place during an event featuring various vendors, including T-Mobile, Snyder’s-Lance, Frito Lay, Coca Cola, Pepsi and many others.

    Shoppers, including many CCU students and families, received free food and drinks, and raffle tickets were sold for various items including four $50 gift cards, eight pairs of Pelicans game tickets and four Pelicans season parking passes.

    Chauncey, CCU's mascot, was also on hand to greet visitors, pose for pictures and distribute CCU merchandise.

  • CeTEAL offers classes for faculty

    August 29 2014

    Seeking to provide faculty development opportunities to meet the needs of our faculty, CeTEAL is offering several new sessions this fall in addition to many of its most popular and most requested sessions, such as Writing Circles and Moodle training. To see a sample of our sessions for fall, view the attached flyer. To register for any of CeTEAL’s sessions visit:

    New sessions include:
    Teaching Abroad Opportunities
    Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1:40 p.m.
    Transfer Student Advising Panel Discussion  
    Friday, Sept. 26, noon
    Financial Aid Info Session 
    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m.
    Moodle Tips & TimeSavers
    Thursday, Sept. 11, 3:05 p.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m.
    Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m.
    To see more fall sessions, go to, and click the “See more classes” link in the middle of the screen. Click the “View All” tab to see our current list of (the list is long—be prepared to scroll).
    To learn more about the innovative teaching going on at CCU, read the CeTEAL Newsletter at
    To register for any of CeTEAL’s sessions visit: