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  • Puppy love: DeCenzos get a new addition

    April 2 2010

    President Dave and Terri DeCenzo have a new puppy in the family. His name is Chancellor, Chance for short, and he's a golden retriever.

  • It's a boy!: Sherfesees welcome son

    April 2 2010

    Baby Grant Nicholas Sherfesee arrived at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. He weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces. Parents Kim and Nick Sherfesee are reportedly doing well, along with their new baby.

  • Faculty daughter crowned prom queen

    April 2 2010

    Alexandria Savage-Davis, daughter of Emma Savage-Davis, was crowned Prom Queen recently at the Carolina Forest High School Prom. 

  • Hunn's daughter stars in 'Cinderella'

    April 2 2010

    Brigitte Hunn, daughter of Martha Hunn in the Office of University Communication, stars as Cinderella in Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” presented by Theatre of the Republic. The production opened in Conway’s Main Street Theatre on March 31 and runs through April 11.

  • SC historical marker unveiled on campus

    April 2 2010

    An official South Carolina Historical Marker for Coastal Carolina University was unveiled Friday, March 26, in a ceremony on the horseshoe. The marker commemorates the founding of the institution in 1954 and the establishment of the present campus in 1963. A gathering of faculty, staff, students and friends of the University attended the event, which was also an occasion to honor Edward M. "Dick" Singleton. The first chancellor of the institution at its present location, Singleton led Coastal from 1963 to 1983, the longest tenure of any chief executive to date. The university's first building at the present campus was named the Edward M. Singleton Building in honor of his leadership.

    Speakers at the event included President David A. DeCenzo; Ben Burroughs, president of the Horry County Historical Society; Billy Alford, chairman of the CCU Board of Trustees; and Eddie Dyer, CCU executive vice president. Many members of Singleton's family were present.

    "Oh behalf of my father, we would like to convey sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Dr. DeCenzo and staff for securing the historical landmark status," said Kim Singleton, son of Dick Singleton. "He would also like to acknowledge Coach (Gary) Gilmore and his players for a stellar performance on Dick Singleton Day. He thoroughly enjoyed the festivities and is proud of the University, its leadership, direction, growth and continual progress."

    The South Carolina Historical Marker program was established in 1936 and more than 1,000 markers have been erected since that time.

    A South Carolina Historical Marker commemorating the site of the original Conway High School building, including Coastal Carolina Junior College's presence there from 1954 to 1968, will be unveiled Monday, April 12 at 4:30 p.m. at Conway Middle School.

  • CCU student West travels to Haiti

    March 26 2010

    Tripp West, a Coastal Carolina University student in the dual degree program, just returned from a trip to Haiti with a Clemson University engineering group to help with a water supply project in the small village of Cange.

    West is the son of Chris and Rose Marie Johnson and Don and Peggy West. Rose Marie Johnson is coordinator of risk management and strategic planning. Chris Johnson is a senior major gifts officer in University Advancement.

    West traveled with three other civil engineering students from Clemson. West is completing his final semester at Clemson and will be the first CCU student to graduate this May with a dual degree in physics and engineering.

    Residents of the village get their water from a spring about 800 feet down a mountain. An outdated piping system brings the water uphill, but the system is so old and worn that it operates only twice daily, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and people stand in long lines at water stations to fill their jugs, the students said.

  • Donated billboard celebrates CCU faculty

    April 2 2010

    Don't be surprised if you're traveling down the highway and spot a familiar face.

    A new billboard featuring five CCU faculty members is being placed to promote our impressive faculty. The board will go up in a week or so, but the locations have not been finalized. Larry Biddle, a Board of Trustee member, and Burroughs & Chapin are donating the billboard. 

    Faculty featured on the billboard are: Var Limpasuvan, professor of chemistry and physics; Casey Schacher, emerging technologies librarian; Jerome Christia, associate professor of marketing; Sharon Thompson, professor of health promotion; and Steve Hamelman, professor of English.

  • Faculty, students headed to AsiaNetwork Conference

    April 2 2010

    On April 10, Yelena Ninichuk (senior, English) and Victoria Poston (senior, history) will participate in a poster session at the 18th Annual ASIANetwork Conference, whose theme this year is "Imagining Asia."

    The students will share their research outcomes from a 2009-2010 ASIANetwork collaborative student-faculty research grant that involved four weeks of research conducted in Japan in May and June 2009. The grant is
    sponsored by the Freeman Foundation. With Mikkenna Woods (politics, Class of 2009) and English profssor Maggie Ivanova, Tori and Yelena collaborated on a project entitled "Kansai and Kyushu: Roots and
    Routes of China-Korea-Japan Interconnections." The three students and their faculty mentor examined historical, cultural, spiritual and political relationships in Northeast Asia since the 6th century CE.

  • Ivanova awarded grant

    April 2 2010

    Professor Maggie Ivanova has been awarded an Advanced Research Fellowship by the American Councils South East European Program for the fall semester of Academic Year 2010-2011. The Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union). Titled "Allegories of Transition: Bulgarian Literature and Culture in the Context of European Integration," Ivanova's project consists of a critical examination of the anxieties in Bulgaria's cultural imaginary during the 2000s that shape the democratic transitions in the private and public arena and counterbalance boundary-blurring practices of EU integration.

  • Math faculty, students attend conference

    April 2 2010

    A contingent of Coastal Carolina University math professors and undergraduate math majors attended the annual Southeastern Sectional Conference of the Mathematical Association of America recently. This year's event was held at Elon University in Elon, N.C., on March 26 and 27.

    Professors Keshav Jagannathan and James Solazzo each gave presentations at the conference as did undergraduate student Kyle Rollins. For his efforts, Rollins won an award for the best presentation by an undergraduate in his group. He was awarded a check for $100. Rollins was mentored by math professor Andrew Incognito.

    Two undergraduate students, Melanie Vining and Jerry McCormick, gave poster presentations at the conference. Finally, Rollins, Vining and McCormick teamed with fellow math major Lauren Tomlinson to compete in the conference's Math Jeopardy Contest. The team was mentored by Incognito.

  • Waccamaw Sports Classic is big hit on campus

    April 2 2010

    Some 300 senior adults competed in the Waccamaw Sports Classic on Friday, March 26 on the Coastal Carolina University campus.

    The one-day event was sponsored by the University's Recreation and Sport Management Program. 

    The event offered senior adults from Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties an opportunity to showcase their physical skills in a fun and competitive environment. The competitions included activities such as track and field events, horseshoes, spin casting, softball throw, 3 on 3 basketball, and free throw shooting. A talent show and beauty pageant were also held. The all-day event attracted nearly 500 area senior adults.

    Recreation and Sport Management faculty and students in select courses (Recreation and Sport Leadership, and Program and Event Planning) worked with the Waccamaw Regional Area Agency on Aging and various Parks and Recreation Departments across the tri-county region to plan and implement the event.

  • Webb has article published

    April 2 2010

    Susan Webb, professor of sociology, had an article published in the Spring 2010 issue of Southern Cultures (Vol. 16 issue 1). Co-authored with University of Maryland sociologist William W. Falk, the article is titled "Southerners All? New Northern Neighbors and the Changing Sense of Place."