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  • President recovering from surgery

    March 18 2016

    CCU President David A. DeCenzo is recovering from hip replacement surgery on March 16.

    The surgery was the result of an injury some 47 years ago, which turned into arthritis in his right hip.

    Until his return, the presidential and signature authority was transferred to Ralph Byington, Ph.D., executive vice-president and provost.

    “It is my hope that I will be back full-time at Coastal about mid-April,” said DeCenzo.

    You can send get-well cards and wishes to Dr. DeCenzo through Jennifer Packard, senior administrative coordinator, Office of the President, Atheneum Hall 101C.

  • Wonderful things come in tiny packages

    March 18 2016

    CCU math lecturer Michael Baron and his wife Chris Todd are the proud parents of Akosua (pronounced Ah-KO-see-ya) Katherine Baron, born prematurely on Jan. 8, 2016, weighing only 3 pounds, 1 ounce. She spent 50 days at McLeod Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) before coming home to Conway.

    Now she weighs 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and her parents say she is "a great joy."

    Todd, teacher of 3-D design, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 2008. She was also the studio tech for the Department of Visual Arts before traveling to Ghana, Africa, in 2014 where she spent 18 months in the Peace Corps.

    During ther time there, the Ghana natives called Todd," which means "born on Sunday,"

    "I wasn't using it anymore, so I thought she could use it," says Todd. "The name was a way of encapsulating my Ghanian experience, which was our inspiration for having her."

  • Dean Rice's son gets married

    March 31 2016

    Singer/songwriter Jesse Rice was married to Kendra Davies on March 12, 2016, at the Jekyll Island Inn and Resort.

    "They [the couple] have known each other and dated on and off since 2007," says Nelljean Rice, mother of the groom. "They met when their eyes locked across a crowded bar room in Nashville. My grandson Luke Carney and the bride's nephew Cade Davies were the flower boys, and her nephew Quinn Davies was the ring-bearer."

    Rice is a singer/songwriter, following in the footsteps of his father, the late poet and CCU professor Paul Rice, who was on the Coastal Carolina University faculty from 1987 to 2004 and who was also a gifted songwriter and singer. Nelljean Rice is dean of University College.

    Jessie Rice moved to Nashville in 2002, where he is a multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter and producer. He wrote the No. 1 hit country song “Cruise,” recorded by Florida-Georgia Line and remixed by Nelly. Originally from Conway, 

  • Annual Alumni Faculty and Staff Luncheon held

    April 1 2016

    Approximately 50 Coastal Carolina University alumni who also work on campus gathered for a luncheon sponsored by the philanthropy and alumni relations offices on Teal Tuesday, March 22.

    The annual event is an opportunity for this group to connect with their co-workers who also graduated from CCU. Attendees heard presentations on ways to stay connected through the alumni association and the importance of giving back.