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  • Chanticleer Student-Athletes participate in Caring for Kindergarteners

    February 9 2016

    Coastal Carolina student-athletes took the time recently to give back to the community by reading Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" to 20 Horry County elementary schools as part of the United Way of Horry County Caring for Kindergarteners program.

    “The Coastal Carolina University Department of Athletics is pleased to continue a long-standing partnership with the United Way of Horry County by participating with the Caring for Kindergartners initiative,” said Coastal Carolina associate athletic director for student-athlete enhancement Cari Rosiek. “Engaging the youth of Horry County through an educational experience has provided a positive experience for student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

    A total of 95 Chanticleer student-athletes among Coastal's 18 intercollegiate athlete programs, along with members of the cheerleading team, coaches and athletic administrators, participated in reading the timeless classic to 95 kindergarten classes.

    Upon completing the book, the young students were able to put the lessons they learned on display by drawing pictures and creating their own greeting cards to be distributed to elderly, homebound citizens throughout Horry County. The kindergarteners' cards will be attached to one of several hundred gift baskets intended for the senior shut-ins as part of the annual "Make Someone's May Day" program, now in its 15th year.

    Tuesday's events extended a partnership between Coastal Carolina University and the United Way of Horry County that has existed since 2002 as a means of giving back to the community.

  • CCU now offering free self-help program to students

    February 22 2016

    Counseling Services has purchased a new computer program that is being offered free of charge to all CCU students called “CU Thrive.” It provides a wide variety of self-help information on topics relating to college life. The hope is to promote the usage of the system to more students. It is designed for CCU faculty and staff to also create personal log-ins so we can know what we are referring to when speaking about the system to students.

    A permanent kiosk has been installed outside the door of The COAST in the Lib Jackson Student Union Room A108 where demonstrations are offered on how to use the CU Thrive system, and it is also open for students to use at any time during our office hours. The CU Thrive program is free for all students, faculty and staff to use and works with all mobile or desktop devices. It works best with faster Internet services such as Chrome and does not work well with Explorer as it is too slow. To use the system, students, faculty and staff just go to the following link and create a log-in using their CCU email address:

    Please take a moment and create a log in so you can see how the site looks. It offers many resources and connects to the CCU event page as well. You can also filter out if you just want to view articles, videos, checklists for self-screenings, etc. Students can also submit testimonials through typed essay or videos which go to CU Thrive for review. Jennie Cassidy has the final say on whether a video or testimonial goes on the site.

  • New manager named in Research Services

    February 25 2016

    Stephanie Cassavaugh has been appointed the pre-award services manager in the Office of Research Services.

    Cassavaugh is a professional project manager and has received certification in program planning and proposal writing through the Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. She brings more than 15 years of experiencein nonprofit and government grant administration to the office. Most recently, she provided private consulting services to social service, public safety and correctional organizations throughout the U.S. This work included securing resources through public and private granting entities to support the use of information technology to enhance and improve operations.

    Prior to that, she worked at Project Performance Company in McLean, Va., as a senior project manager, where her activities included the management of large-scale service contracts with the U.S. Department of Justice.

    At CCU, Cassavaugh will work directly with faculty and staff on all aspects of the pre-award process, including the identification of funding targets, as well as proposal preparation and submission. In addition, she will be working closely with Dodi Hodges and the CeTEAL team to provide workshops to help faculty and staff develop their skills.

  • CCU sponsors sixth Setting the Table program

    February 26 2016

    Civic Engagement at Coastal Carolina University and Catholic Charities-Pee Dee have created a program to help senior citizens in the Grand Strand community.

    Any individual, group, department or office can participate by filling a basket with household and personal hygiene items. If you choose to help, please fill a reusable plastic or wicker laundry basket with items from the list below.

    Consider donating items that most of us take for granted but would make a difference to our neighbors in the area. Our hope is that together we can share the compassion of the CCU family with hundreds of people this spring.

    To register, complete the Setting the Table Intent Form on Coastal Connections. Forms must be received by Wednesday, March 30, by 5 p.m. Once you have completed the form, you will receive an email the week of April 4 with more information about instructions to deliver the baskets. Setting the Table will be on Friday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Donation list:

    • Boost nutritional drink
    • Adult diapers
    • Towels and washcloths
    • Pots and pans
    • Nonplastic dishes
    • Plates, cups, utensils
    • Household/cleaning supplies
    • Paper towels, laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, bleach, etc.
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, hand sanitizer, lotion, etc.

    For more information about Setting the Table, contact Elaine Giles at or 843-349-2939.

    For more information about Catholic Charities-Pee Dee, contact Kelly Kaminski at or 843-531-5535.

  • CCU starts aerosol can recycling program

    February 29 2016

    Coastal Carolina University is introducing a new program to reduce the volume of used aerosol cans going into the local landfill. A joint partnership between the TD Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative (Sustainability) and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) has been formed to collect and process the used aerosol cans generated by the University.

    All unwanted aerosol cans must be collected and recycled; they cannot be disposed of by any other method. This includes cans that are apparently empty, partially full or contain expired contents. The cans should be collected in marked collection bins and held for pickup to the processing area. “Used Aerosol Cans” collection bins will be distributed for convenience to areas on campus where used aerosol cans are generated. Should your area need a collection bin, please contact Jeremy Monday at 843-349-6954 or email to The collection bins will be serviced on a monthly basis by the Green Team. Should your area only generate a few cans a year or less, please contact Jeremy Monday at 843-349-6954 or when a pickup is needed.

    The collected used cans will be sorted by their contents and further processed by puncturing to relieve pressure and collecting their contents for proper disposal. The empty de-pressurized cans will be sent out as recycled scrap metal.

    If you have any questions, contact Jeremy Monday at 843-349-6954 or or Boyd Holt at 843-349-2770 or

  • Get your Teal Tuesday Special at Hackler

    March 4 2016

    The Teal Tuesday Special at The Hackler Course is back for the spring semester: All non-sale apparel and shoes are 40 percent off every Tuesday until May. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m seven days a week except for holidays. If you have any questions, contact the golf shop at 843-349-6600.
    Charles Johns IV
    The Hackler Course at CCU
    General Manager
    (O) 843.349.6596