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  • Ockert appointed interim associate dean for arts

    Jason Ockert has been appointed interim associate dean for arts within the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of the Humanities and Fine Arts for the 2010-2011 year.

    Ockert was recently tenured and promoted to associate professor in the Department of English. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in fiction writing from Syracuse University.

    Ockert was previously a professor of creative writing and fiction writing at Ithaca College in New York. He has won several national fiction awards and is the author of the short story collection Rabbit Punches. His stories have appeared in many journals including the Oxford American, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, McSweeney's, Ecotone and Witness. Ockert’s work is included in the 2007 anthologies of New Stories from the South and Best American Mystery Stories. In 2008 he was a Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

    Ockert was also instrumental in creating the University’s Master of Arts in Writing degree, which is accepting its first group of students for the fall 2010 semester.

  • Win a necklace, help build a Haiti shelter home

    A seed bead necklace, created by Coastal Carolina University’s Advanced Production of Crafts class, will be raffled Wednesday, May 5 to raise money for Shelter Haiti. Twelve students spent more than 130 hours on the production of the necklace.

    The class, under the direction of assistant professor Penelope Miller, plans to enter the necklace in a drawing to raise money to buy at least one shelter for Haiti.

    CCU recently joined the communitywide initiative to build and ship 1,001 modular homes to aid the people of Haiti. The local effort is being led by Ed Jackson, a Myrtle Beach real estate developer. The class wanted to get involved and joined Jackson in his effort. A shelter can be built for around $500.

    “We were looking for a way to get involved with the Haiti relief effort,” said Michael O’Conner, a senior health promotion major in the class. “We wanted to give to Shelter Haiti, but specifically help in Horry County’s effort. We knew by helping Ed, the money would go directly to the cause.”

    Tickets are available for $5 in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Room 127 (Visual Arts Office). The necklace can be viewed through Miller’s office window in Edwards Room 133.

    The drawing will be held at noon in Edwards, Room 124. The students will also display their semester artwork at the drawing, and some students plan to put their artwork on sale.

    For more information, contact Miller at 843-349-2591.

  • Coastal Couriers bike program is under way

    Need to run a quick errand? What if you could jump on a bike and take off across campus? You'd get your chore done more quickly, and you'd receive the health exercise benefits.

    The Coastal Couriers Bicycle Program, sponsored by the Conway Lions Club, provides brand new cruiser-style bicycles at the seven main locations on campus for 30-minute checkout.

    "The purpose of the program is to allow student workers, faculty and staff to run errands in more efficient manner on campus," says Marissa Mitzner, sustainability coordinator. "If the program is successful, we hope to provide additional bikes to other campus buildings."

    The bicycles are intended for quick errands only, so rides must be kept to less than 30 minutes, and a helmet must be worn at all times for safety purposes; one will be provided for you during check-out.

    Check-out locations:

    Edwards College 201
    Kearns 116
    Singleton 103 (Student Affairs Office)
    Smith Science Center 124
    Student Center (OSAL Office 2nd floor)
    Waccamaw Front Desk
    Wall 214

    For more information, contact Mitzner at or extension 2389.

  • Kimbel has two new librarians

    Joshua Vossler is a new information literacy/reference librarian at Coastal Carolina University. He is from the University of Texas at Arlington where he taught library research and English composition.

    Born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., Vossler earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota, a master's degree in English literature from the University of Arizona, and an M.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In graduate school, he taught English composition, and he worked in the Rare Book Collection at UNC.

    He spent two and half years as librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he also taught research classes. He taught distance education English composition. He also has a contract for a book on the use of humor in library instruction, to be published in 2011.

    John Watts is the new reference and outreach librarian. He teaches library instruction, works at the reference desk and works one-on-one with faculty.

    Watts is originally from South Bend, Ind., but has lived in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Missouri. He earned a BFA in theatre from Webster University in Saint Louis, Mo., and recently received a graduate degree in library science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

  • TEAL Center gets new trainer

    Tina Henninger is a new Instructional Technology Trainer in the TEAL Center.

    She recently relocated to Myrtle Beach from Harrisburg, Penn., with her fiancé. Tina's background ranges from positions in information technology to pharmaceuticals and beyond. Her last position was with the Diocese of Harrisburg, where she was responsible for computer and telecommunications support for 15 counties of Pennsylvania.

    Tina will be hosting open labs during May, June and July on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. Feel free to drop by with questions or seek help with projects you might be working on.

    She can be reached via e-mail at or phone 843-349-2353.