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  • CCU Band Members represented at SC CBDNA Intercollegiate Bands

    January 29 2016

    Nine student performers from the Coastal Carolina University Symphonic Band were selected from more than 300 statewide collegiate performers to participate in the 2016 South Carolina CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) Intercollegiate Band.

    The two-and-a halfday event was held in Rock Hill on the campus of Winthrop University during Jan. 21 to 23. The 75-member ensemble was conducted by world renowned Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Regents Professor of Music from the University of Texas.

  • Art professor Clary has exhibit at Myrtle Beach Art Museum

    February 1 2016

    Charles Clary's Infect[ious] Installations
    Through Thursday, April 21
    Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach

    Charles Clary of Morristown, Tenn., assistant professor of art at Coastal Carolina University, teaches studio art. Using hand-cut, layered paper to build intriguing land formations that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves, Clary challenges viewers to suspend disbelief and venture into his fabricated reality.

    In 2013, Clary lost his parents, two weeks apart, to smoking-related cancers. Clary channeled his grief into creating conceptual ideas for his art. Thinking of cancer, a disease that is a perfectly structured killer, beautiful in its architecture but grotesque in its eventuality, and also of nostalgia, the longing for childhood and for his parents, Clary was inspired to explore drywall and discarded wallpaper as a medium. Incorporating wallpapered drywall into his colorful, hand-constructed paper landscapes, Clary presents us with the ideas of order from chaos, beauty from destruction and hope for more joyous times.

    Clary was born in 1980 in Morristown. He received his BFA in painting with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and his MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

    He has shown in exhibitions at Galerie EVOLUTION-Pierre Cardin in Paris, France, completed a three-week residency in Lacoste France, completed a painting assistantship with Joe Amrhein of Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn NYC, and had work acquired by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan. Clary has been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews including, This is Colossal, WIRED magazine (US and UK), Hi Fructose, and Bluecanavs Magazine. He has also been featured in publications including 500 Paper Objects,Paper Works,Paper Art,Papercraft 2,PUSH: Paper and The New Twenties.

    Clary has exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group shows, is represented by Diana Lowenstein Gallery in Miami, FL, and Patrajdas Contemporary Gallery in Ogden, Utah. Clary currently lives and works in Conway.

  • Giving Teals Good makes its debut for 2016

    January 12 2016

    As a faculty or staff member, you already give to Coastal Carolina University in a variety of ways every day, and the Office for Philanthropy is grateful for all of your contributions. Last fiscal year, our faculty/staff giving campaign reached a record-breaking 69 percent participation! Thank you so much for supporting CCU and our students!

    During 2015-16, we hope that you will continue to support the campaign or consider making a financial contribution if you haven’t already. The day we can say that 100 percent of our faculty/staff “buy in” to CCU is not out of reach! Together as colleagues, we can make it happen.

    For more information or to make a gift, visit our campaign webpage at: or contact Diane Fabiano Sanders ’05, director for philanthropy and annual giving, at or 843-349-2006.

    Be sure to check out our latest video with updates on faculty/staff giving above! 

  • Sandy and Chris Adrian have a new baby boy

    January 28 2016

    Christopher Igino Adrian was born on (Teal) Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at 2:20 p.m. He weighed 9 lbs and 6 oz and was 20 inches long. His proud parents are Sandy Baldridge Adrian and Chris Adrian, both of whom work at Coastal Carolina University.

  • Cartrettes have new baby

    January 8 2016

    Derby Pettiway Cartrette was born on Friday, Jan. 8,, 2016, to Drake and Lisa Cartrette. He weighed in at 9 lbs 7.6 oz
    and was 20 inches long. Drake works at Coastal Carolina University in Printing Services, and Lisa  is a CCU alumna.

  • Assessment Awards given

    January 7 2016

    The top 10 academic assessment reports completed in Fall 2015 were recognized at the Spring General Faculty Meeting on Jan. 7.

    These reports capture the results of various assessments of student learning conducted during the previous year and detail any changes planned for the future that might further 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 professor’s research assists in revitalization of regional railroad service

    January 14 2016

    Henry Lowenstein, professor of business at Coastal Carolina University, has been recognized for his research on rail service in the eastern Carolinas. His work was instrumental in saving railroad operations in the region, according to resolutions presented to Lowenstein by the Interstate Railroad Committee (IRRC) of North and South Carolina and the Columbus County (N.C.) board of commissioners.

    Lowenstein’s research on the economic viability of the railroad system on behalf of the IRRC played an important role in the recent purchase of the Carolina Southern Railroad by R.J. Corman Railroad Group this past August.

    This railroad serves nearly 30 employers and impacts nearly 3,000 jobs in Columbus County and in Marion and Horry counties in South Carolina. One of the nation’s leading short-line rail operators, R.J. Corman plans to invest more than $30 million in upgrades to the line in the coming years.

    The official proclamation from Columbus County states that Lowenstein “served with diligence and dedication,” working “tirelessly through many hours of meetings, both public and private, to help the Interstate Railroad Committee achieve its goals.”

    The IRRC is composed of county chairs, county administrators and economic development presidents from the three counties, as the mayors of cities and towns along the railroad, and representatives of major shippers.

  • CeTEAL offers February training sessions

    January 29 2016

    CeTEAL is offering some new sessions this month, including sessions on SPSS Statistics and Echo360 Personal Lecture Capture. Both of these tools are available to faculty by request through ITS.

    It’s not too late to sign up for the “Case-Writing Circle” led by Kay Keels from the Wall College of Business. 

    If you are interested in offering a session through CeTEAL, contact Tracy Gaskin at

    Upcoming Professional Development Sessions


    Book Talk: Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic DishonestyNew!
    Feb 5, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

    Leadership and Service

    • Proposing and Developing a New Graduate Program
    Feb 23, 3:05  to 4:20 p.m.
    Writing the Annual Report
    Feb 11, 9:25 to 10:40 a.m.
    Writing the Annual Report
    Feb 19, 1 to 2 p.m.

    Assessment and Evaluation

    • Creating Effective Assignments
    Feb 2, 3:05 to 3:55 p.m.
    Portfolios: Types and Purposes
    Feb 4, 9:25 to 10:15 a.m.
    Using EDpuzzle to Hold Students Accountable For Watching Videos
    Feb 4, 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
    Creating Effective Assignments
    Feb 5, 10 to 10:50 a.m.
    Plickers: A Free Learner Response System New!
    Feb 11, 10:50 to 12:05 p.m.
    Using EDpuzzle to Hold Students Accountable For Watching Videos
    Feb 17, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    Course Audit: Aligning Your Course SLOs with Your Assessments
    Feb 22, 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

    Distance Learning

    10 Tips for Saving Time in Your Online Course
    Feb 3, 1 to 1:50 p.m.
    • Getting Started in Distance Learning
    Feb 3, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    Distance Learning Institute – Conclusion
    Feb 8, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    Distance Learning Institute - Overview
    Feb 9, 3:05 to 4:20 p.m.
    Applying the Quality Assurance Inventory to Your Distance Learning Course
    Feb 10, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
    Distance Learning Institute – Conclusion
    Feb 11, 1:40 to 2:55 p.m.
    Communication Musts in an Online Classroom
    Feb 12, 3 to 3:50 p.m.
    Getting Started in Distance Learning
    Feb 16, 3:05 to 4:20 p.m.
    Creating a Distance Learning Syllabus
    Feb 17, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
    The Online Course: Building Community
    Feb 18, 9:25 to 10:15 a.m.
    The Online Course: Engagement is Not Optional
    Feb 18, 10:50 to 11:40 a.m.
    Course Design: The First Week of Your Online Class
    Feb 24, 2 to 3:15 p.m.


    Using the Moodle Workshop Tool for Peer Review
    Feb 1, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Monday Moodle Drop-in
    Feb 1, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Finding Video Resources for Your Course Through Kimbel Library
    Feb 2, 1:40 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
    Use the TEAMMATES Tool for Peer Review New!
    Feb 2, 4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
    • Building a Multimedia Module Using the Lesson Tool in Moodle
    Feb 8, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Monday Moodle Drop-in
    Feb 8, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Use the TEAMMATES tool for Peer ReviewNew!
    Feb 10, 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
    Echo360 Starter Pack New!
    Feb 10, 12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
    SPSS: Working with Existing DataNew!
    Feb 12, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Monday Moodle Drop-in
    Feb 15, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Turnitin Plagiarism Prevention
    Feb 16, 1:40 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
    Camtasia Studio for Screen Capture
    Feb 17, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    3-in-30: Communication Tools for the Classroom
    Feb 17, 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
    SPSS: Moving from Excel, Joining Data Sets, Time-Series Analysis and more!New!
    Fri, Feb 19, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Monday Moodle Drop-in
    Feb 22, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    Turnitin Plagiarism Prevention
    Feb 24, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Monday Moodle Drop-in
    Feb 29, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    Scholarship and Research

    Master Writing Circle 15 SP16, Week 2 Starting Your Article
    Mon, Feb 1, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Effective Teaching

    Active Learning Through Retrieval Practice
    Feb 5, 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
    Case-Writing Circle: The Whole Academic Package (Week 2) New!
    Feb 5, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    10 Ways To Make Your Course More Accessible
    Feb 15, 1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
    Transform Your Students From Passive to Active Learners
    Feb 25, 1:40 p.m. - 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 available to faculty and staff. 

    Please contact the following if you have questions or suggestions for classes.

    Dodi Hodges at
    Jenn Shinaberger at
    Tracy Gaskin at
    Jean Bennett at
    Gail Sneyers at