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  • Official CCU holiday season begins with tree lighting

    December 4 2014

    By Casey Roach, Special Events

    Coastal Carolina University hosted its annual Holiday Lighting on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at James P. Blanton Park.

    It was an evening of festive lights, holiday music and seasonal food as the CCU family celebrated the beginning of the holiday season.

    The Coastal Carolina Inspirational Ambassadors Gospel Choir, under the direction of David Manigo, performed three holiday songs – “Emmanuel,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “This Christmas.” 

    CCU President David DeCenzo invited guests to gather around the stage to ring in the season with the lighting of the tree and park. After the magical illumination of the park, Santa made his entrance aboard the Carolina Choo-choo Train.

    Children participated in several festive activities including writing letters to Santa, creating stockings and ornaments, decorating gingerbread cookies, posing with seasonal props at the photo booth, visiting with Santa and riding the Carolina Choo-choo around the park.

  • The Betsches tie the knot

    December 5 2014

    David Betsch and April Sager were married on Sept. 13 at the Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach, Fla. "We starting dating while we both worked at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and he proposed to me at USF in the Student Union," says April.

    April, who is coordinator of CHANT411, earned an undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida and then a master’s degree at the University of West Florida. Her background is in university housing, and she worked at the University of Alabama, Florida Southern College and, most recently, University of South Florida.

    “After David and I got engaged, I started looking for job opportunities and, while there were a few job openings I was qualified for, nothing really peaked my interest until I read about this new position, working with the president to create a new service for students.”

    “I am very passionate about giving and receiving good customer service and knew that this was something I could sink my teeth into. In February, I will have been here for two years, and I am proud of what I have been able to do at CCU.”

  • Former CCU president hired as interim provost at ASU

    December 26 2014

    Former president of Coastal Carolina University Ronald Ingle has been hired as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Athens State University in Athens, Ala.

    The university is negotiating a contract with Ingle, who starts work Jan. 12. He and his wife, Judy, will live in the university-owned home on Pryor Street.

    Ingle fills the position left vacant after the resignation of Ronald Cromwell in September.

    Ingle served 14 years as the first president of CCU. He has held administrative and teaching positions at the University of South Carolina, Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, Ga.) and South Georgia State College in Douglas, Ga.

    Recently, Ingle served a two-year appointment as executive vice president at Young Harris (Georgia) College, a private, liberal arts school.