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  • Academic assessment winners announced

    January 11 2016

    The top 10 Academic Assessment Reports completed in Fall 2015 were recognized at the spring general faculty meeting on Jan. 7 by Associate Provost John Beard.

    Various assessments of student learning have been conducted during the previous year, detailing changes planned for the future designed to improve learning in that major. A universitywide committee reviews and rates all such reports submitted each fall and provides individual feedback to each department chair and program coordinator. From these reviews, the committee identified the 10 highest rated program reports for that cycle. These included:

    B. S. in computer science
    M.A.T. in social studies
    B. S. in information systems
    B. A. in art studio
    B. A. in special education
    B. A. in philosophy
    B. A. in graphic design
    B. A. in history
    B. A. in middle level education
    B. A. in communication

    The top three reports (B. S. in computer science, M.A. T. in social studies and B. S. in information systems) were given special recognition in the form of plaques and monetary awards in support of their departmental assessment efforts.

  • CCU staffer has new grandbaby

    January 5 2016

    Mona Prufer, media relations coordinator in the Office of Communication, got the best Christmas present – a new grandbaby, born on Jan. 1, 2016.

    Amelia Alliene Trotter was born at 1:14 p.m. in Denver, Colo. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long. Amelia's parents are Kelsey and Jamey Trotter, who live in Golden, Colo.

    It is the fourth granddaughter for Prufer.

  • CCU professor attends conferences in Beijing

    December 18 2015

    Dianne Mark attended two conferences in Beijing, China, in early December. She was invited by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) to attend and present at the conferences as a member of the board of directors for AACTE and the board liaison for their Global Initiatives Committee.

    AACTE is a national alliance of educator preparation providers dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners from day one. They work with educational preparation providers from various types of institutions (i.e., public, private, online) and have a membership of more than 800 institutions of higher education in all 50 states and U.S. territories, including Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

    The first conference, Global Educational Technology (GET) conference, was Dec. 4 and 5. As one of the keynote speakers, Mark spoke about the AACTE's role as the leading voice in educator preparation in the United States. She provided opening remarks for the second conference, the First China Education Innovation Expo (CEIE), concluded successfully in Beijing Normal University on Dec. 7. There were more than 11,000 participants, including 800 principals and 300 educational enterprises.

  • Simon is new ‘spokesdog’ of Canines for Clean Water

    December 18 2015

    Simon the coonhound, a local rescue animal awaiting his forever home, was recently crowned the winning “spokesdog” for the Grand Strand’s Canines for Clean Water, a program of the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium (CWSEC) coordinated by two Coastal Carolina University marine science majors, Delainie Sage and Desiree Needham.

    The campaign is part of CWSEC’s pet waste outreach campaign for 2016. Eleven canines competed by walking the runway, showing off their personalities and doing tricks. Simon won with his outgoing personality and his dog trick.

    He lives at the Coastal Animal Rescue while he waits for someone to adopt him; he has been there for most of his three years.

    “Simon stole the hearts of everyone with his sweet personality and calm demeanor,” said Lisa Prendergast Swanger, Coastal Waccamaw Watershed education programs coordinator. “The trick he demonstrated was standing up on his hind legs and giving his handler, Shane Swanger, a volunteer at Coastal Animal Rescue, a ‘hug.’”

    Simon also won the People’s Choice award and received a spa gift card to Petco, a dog toy and a treat for becoming the spokesdog. Throughout 2016, Simon will appear in various CWSEC education materials and will make appearances at multiple public outreach events.

    Sunny, the cute sweater-wearing Westie, was first runner-up.

    The goal of this contest was to find a “poo-llution solution” and to help increase awareness about the importance of cleaning up after our pets. Pet waste is a common source of bacteria in local waterways, according to Sage and Needham.

    The goal of CWSEC is to develop and implement effective, outcomes-based stormwater education and outreach programs to meet federal requirements and satisfy local environmental and economic needs.

  • Updates on some CCU alumni

    January 5 2016

    Ernest Trey Gerrald '08 has recurring roles on the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, NBC’s Next Caller, and Hulu’s Deadbeat. He also can be seen in Tina Fey’s Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Steven Spielberg’s TNT series Public Morals, FX’s You’re The Worst, TVLand’s Younger and The CW’s The Carrie Diaries. He lives in New York City and served as the directing team’s assistant on the reimagined Les Miserables, which is now playing on Broadway.

    Maranie R. Staab '10 took a trip in December to Uganda with the Pittsburgh-based Project to End Human Trafficking to help communities better respond to the ongoing crisis. Project volunteers work with some of the thousands of children who were abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army, which kidnaps boys and turns them into soldiers and turns abducted girls into sex slaves. Staab, a global sales and client manager for Xerox Services, is an aspiring photojournalist who documented the trip for the project.


  • Coastal Athletics report successful Adopt-A-Chant campaign

    December 23 2015

    The Coastal Carolina Department of Athletics and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee recently completed its sixth annual Adopt-A-Chant Campaign, which helped provide local children a happy holiday season by donating such items as toys, clothes and shoes to Toys for Tots and students at Pee Dee Elementary.

    In all, Coastal Carolina Athletics was able to adopt 30 children and continued to successfully spread holiday cheer to local children.

    "Our student-athletes take great pride in this community and are appreciative of the support they receive in return,” said Cari Rosiek, associate athletis director for student-athlete enhancement and senior woman administrator. “While several individuals and sports programs went above and beyond the call for donations, this was truly a team effort."

    The 30 children submitted a Christmas “wish list," and Coastal Carolina teams, as well as athletic administration worked to gather toys, shoes and clothes to provide help for those who otherwise could not afford it.

    Some of the toys gathered included bicycles, dolls, puzzles, books, games, toy cars and trucks, roller skates, footballs, basketballs, art supplies, and video game systems. The adopted Chants also received athletic apparel from some of their favorite teams, including the Chanticleers and South Carolina Gamecocks.

  • Ugly Christmas sweaters?

    January 5 2016

    The Office of University Communication had its own unofficial Ugly Christmas Sweater contest last month, featuring creations by staffers.

  • CeTEAL offers January training sessions

    January 5 2016

    CeTEAL has Writing Circles available to support your writing process and Moodle sessions to support your Moodling. In addition, there are sessions to help you as you engage  students through active learning, service-learning, study abroad and undergraduate research.

    For specific training for your college or department, contact Tracy Gaskin at

    To register for any of CeTEAL’s sessions, visit and click “Register for Sessions” on the left.

    The January sessions are listed below:

    Week of Jan. 11 – Jan. 15

    Master Writing Circle 15 SP16 - Introduction
    Mon, Jan 11, 9 -10:30 a.m.

    Moodle Tips & Tricks
    Mon, Jan 11, Noon-12:50 p.m.

    Using Screen Capture to Develop Video Course Content (Echo 360)
    Mon, Jan 11, 1-2:15 p.m.

    Monday Moodle Drop-in
    Mon, Jan 11, 3 -5 p.m.

    Using Screen Capture to Develop Video Course Content (Echo 360)
    Tue, Jan 12, 1:40-2:55 p.m.

    Moodle Tips & Tricks
    Tue, Jan 12, 3:05-4 p.m.

    Writing Circle 16 SP16, Introduction
    Wed, Jan 13, 9 -10:30 a.m.

    Introduction to Moodle
    Wed, Jan 13, 11 a.m.-Noon

    Moodle Assignments
    Wed, Jan 13, 2-2:50 p.m.

    Moodle Quiz: Cloze and Calculated Wild Card Questions
    Wed, Jan 13, 3 -3:50 p.m.

    Active Learning Through Retrieval Practice
    Wed, Jan 13, 4 -4:50 p.m.

    Using EDpuzzle to Hold Students Accountable For Watching Videos
    Thu, Jan 14, 10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

    Grading Participation in the Classroom
    Thu, Jan 14, 1:40-2:55 p.m.

    Moodle Rubrics & Grading Guides
    Fri, Jan 15, 10 -10:50 a.m.

    Moodle Gradebook
    Fri, Jan 15, 2 -3:30 p.m.

    Week of Jan. 18 – Jan. 22

    Writing Circle 16, Week 1 Designing a Writing Plan
    Wed, Jan 20, 9-10:30 a.m.

    Moodle Testing
    Wed, Jan 20, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Respondus Quiz Builder
    Wed, Jan 20, 1-1:50 p.m.

    Using EDpuzzle to Hold Students Accountable For Watching Videos
    Wed, Jan 20, 2 -2:50 p.m.

    Enhancing Your Course by Including Service-Learning
    Wed, Jan 20, 3-4 p.m.

    Moodle Testing
    Thu, Jan 21, 8 -9:15 a.m.

    Respondus Quiz Builder
    Thu, Jan 21, 9:25-10:40 a.m.

    Moodle Quiz: Cloze and Calculated Wild Card Questions
    Thu, Jan 21, 10:50 -11:40 a.m.

    Study Abroad Proposal Writing Circle (Week 1)
    Thu, Jan 21, 1:40-2:55 p.m.

    Teaching Students to Reflect
    Fri, Jan 22, 10-10:50 a.m.

    Creating a Stress-Free Moodle Gradebook
    Fri, Jan 22, 1-2:30 p.m.

    Best Practices in Mentoring Undergraduate Research
    Fri, Jan 22, 3 -4:15 p.m.

    Week of Jan. 25 – Jan. 29

    Master Writing Circle - Week 1 Designing a Writing Plan
    Mon, Jan 25, 9-10:30 a.m.

    Best Practices in Mentoring Undergraduate Research
    Mon, Jan 25, Noon -1:15 p.m.

    Monday Moodle Drop-in
    Mon, Jan 25, 3-5 p.m.

    Best Practices in Mentoring Undergraduate Research
    Tue, Jan 26, 1-2:15 p.m.

    Teaching Students to Reflect
    Tue, Jan 26, 3:05-3:55 p.m.

    Writing Circle, Week 2 Starting Your Article
    Wed, Jan 27, 9-10:30 a.m.

    Distance Learning Institute - Overview
    Wed, Jan 27, 2-2:50 p.m.

    Portfolios: Types and Purposes
    Wed, Jan 27, 3 -3:50 p.m.

    Active Learning Through Retrieval Practice
    Thu, Jan 28, 9:25-10:15 a.m.

    Study Abroad Proposal Writing Circle (Week 2)
    Thu, Jan 28, 1:40-2:55 p.m.

    To register for any of CeTEAL’s sessions, visit and click “Register for Sessions” on the left.

    The Catalog of Sessions has been updated and contains more than 200 sessions that are available to faculty and staff. If you are interested in a particular session and do not see it on the calendar, please let CeTEALl know and we will try to schedule it.

    CeTEAL is always looking for experts to teach various sessions through the center. It is a great opportunity for service to the University. Contact Hodges or Shinaberger if you are interested in helping us by teaching some sessions in your area of expertise.

    Access the CeTEAL News at See current and archived issues on the right side of the page.

    Let staff know if you have questions.

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