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  • Campus Salvage Sale date set

    April 14 2016

    The TD Campus and Community Sustainability will host the Campus Salvage Community Sale on Saturday, May 14, starting at 8 a.m. at 370 Allied Drive in Conway, which is the PODS company parking lot in the Atlantic Center across U.S. 501 from Coastal Carolina University. There will be an early bird entry fee of $5 for those who wish to enter at 7 a.m.

    Every year, CCU students donate unwanted items to the end of the year Campus Salvage move-out program. Last year’s sale items included microwaves, mini fridges, TVs, furniture, shelving and more. Prices for items will be posted at the sale, and all sales are final. This will be a cash-only sale, and items will be sold as is. Entire PODS units are not for sale.

    Proceeds will support the cost of the Campus Salvage program. Last year, the sale raised $3,524; in addition, unsold items such as clothing, nonperishables and blankets were donated to 16 different nonprofits such as Fostering Hope, the North Strand Housing Shelter, the Waccamaw Youth Center and Street Reach.

    For more information, contact the TD Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative at 843-349-5041 or 

  • CCU class partners with local business to gain real-world experience

    April 15 2016

    Students in a marketing class at Coastal Carolina University partnered with a Pawleys Island business this semester to create and manage a real-world social media campaign.

    Students taking MKTG 399 Advanced Social Media Marketing, a new class offered for the first time this semester, have developed a social media campaign for Island Wave Yoga, a mind and body fitness center in Pawleys Island. The class, taught by Melissa Clark, associate professor of marketing, was divided into four teams, with each responsible for a different social media site: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

    The students have been researching the studio, its image, target market, competitors and current social media content since January. They created editorial calendars for the entire time frame of the project, which the owner, Jodi Ryba, approved. Ryba has also provided a small promotional budget for each team. The teams created weekly reports including objectives, activity summaries, insights and a reflection that includes recommended revisions.

    The objective of the class and partnership is to prepare students for a career in social media marketing. The students will receive a social media marketing certification through Hootsuite University, which provides lectures and workbooks to train for the certification. Hootsuite is a social media management system.

    “I feel that the class has prepared me for a future career in marketing,” said Victor Queiroz, a senior in the class. “It’s great to not only learn skills through a real client, but also to walk away with an official certification that I can add to my resume.”

    Clark has been providing marketing consulting services for Island Wave Yoga for the past three years and is also a regular yoga practitioner. When she approached Ryba about the project, Ryba enthusiastically agreed to the student-business partnership.

    “Overall, this experiential learning opportunity is a win-win for the students and the business,” said Clark.

  • Kimbel Library announces Edible Book Fair winners

    April 20 2016

    Four winning entries in Kimbel Library’s annual Edible Book Fair at Coastal Carolina University during National Library Week included a chocolate cake with edible pages, a fondant Dr. Seuss towering cake, a “bloody” zombie brain and a “Star Wars” entry made of watermelon.

    The winners and prizes were:

    Student category:

    * First place -- Megan Hickman, a computer science major from Ravenel, won a $100 Amazon gift card for her cake entry, the “Zombie Survival Guide.”

    * Second place -- Christina Dumbara, a middle level education major from Bel Air, Md., won a $50 Amazon gift card for her cake entry, “Horton Hears a Who.”

    * Third place -- Kevin Flores, of Conway, won a $25 Amazon gift card for his cake entry, “Hatchet.”

    Faculty/staff category:

    * First place -- Rose Graf, an access services specialist in the library, won a FitBit for her chocolate cake facsimile of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” with edible pages.

    * Second place -- Joel Fernandez, an access services specialist in the library, won two tickets to the Myrtle Beach Wax Museum for his entry, “The Lord of the Flies.”

    * Third place -- Hailey Schaub, an access services specialist in the library, won a $25 Walmart gift card for her entry,  “James and the Giant Peach.”

    Community category:

    * First place -- Shannon Hughes won a CCU gift basket for her “Star Wars” entry.

    * Second place -- Gabby Gomez won a novel for her “Super Fudge” entry.

    Group category:

    * First place -- The Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) Culinary Institute students won a set of coffee mugs for their towering fondant cake Dr. Seuss-themed entry.

    * Second place -- Nelda Glaze and Jess Weaver won book sets for their “Alice in Wonderland” cake.

    “Libraries Transform” was the theme of National Library Week, referring to the power of libraries to transform lives through books and resource materials.

  • Japanese students fundraise for earthquake victims

    April 21 2016

    Three Japanese exchange students are fundraising for the earthquake victims in Kumamoto, Japan, by selling paper origami cranes (a symbol for hope and peace in Japan) and setting up a page on where people can make donations.

    More than 48 people died, 263 were seriously injured, and 1,527 houses were destroyed during the April 16 earthquake.

    Momoe Mizuno, Yuto Tanaka and Shiho Tomita are from Nagoya University of Foreign Studies. They have been at CCU for a year as exchange students. Their goal was to raise $1,000, and $680 had been raised by April 26.

    “The victims need money for food, clothes and other essential items,” said Mizuno. The students will send the money to the Japanese Red Cross.

    The large group of students in the photo are members of the Intercultural Experience Community, the International Club and a student from the ESL Center. They have asked for donations at tables set up on campus, gotten the message out to other organizations they are involved in, told members of their churches and used social media to solicit donations.

    You can donate money by using your credit card from at

  • Empty Bowls raises money for hunger

    April 22 2016

    The fifth annual Empty Bowls event on April 21 was a big success, raising more than $1,400.

    The unique fundraiser, sponsored by the Department of Visual Arts, was organized by art studio major Mary Sheehy, who graduated in 2013.

    Production of the bowls takes place in the ceramics studio run by Elizabeth Keller, professor of ceramics. Keller coordinates the selection of clay and glazes that are used. Faculty and students, some of whom have never worked with clay before, made ceramic bowls at the Bowl-A-Thon. Some bowls were "thrown" on the wheel, some were made by pinching, and some were made using slabs of clay cut according to templates and constructed into bowl shapes.

    After the first firing of the bowls, a Glaze-A-Thon was held, according to coordinator Elizabeth Howie, and more volunteers came to glaze the bowls.

    "This means that all bowls are made collaboratively; that is, the person who made the bowl was not the person who glazed it," said Howie. "The bowls were glazed primarily by being dipped into buckets of different colors of glazes. They were then fired a second time."

    The firings were carried out by Keller and her students.

    Soups were provided by faculty donors from a variety of departments throughout the University, as well as a couple of students. The bowls were sold at a range of prices depending on size and quality. Purchase of a bowl entitled the buyer to unlimited free refills of the homemade soups.

    This year there were 150 bowls, a 50 percent increase over past years. There were about 20 different kinds of soup, and every bite was consumed, according to Howie, associate professor of art history.

    The money raised by the event will be divided between the Shepherd's Table in Conway and Street Reach in Myrtle Beach.

    Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement to help combat hunger: 


  • CCU helps 'Set the Table' for Catholic Charities

    April 27 2016

    It took a 12-passenger cargo van and a Honda Element to deliver all the donations that CCU's Office of Civic Engagement received on April 15. Approximately 30 different departments and student groups at Coastal Carolina University donated more than 30 laundry baskets filled with hygiene products and household goods to about a dozen senior citizens in our community as part of the biannual "Setting the Table" program.

    Civic Engagement partners with Catholic Charities-Pee Dee each semester to gather and donate items to community members. Civic Engagement sponsors a senior communication capstone student who oversees the process from start to finish. The Setting the Table team spent time with the senior citizens as they walked through Catholic Charities-Pee Dee’s office to choose items from the donations and receive food items.

    “I enjoyed working with Setting the Table so much and meeting all of the senior citizens,” said Morgan Barry, Setting the Table's capstone student. “I wish I could participate in the fall Setting the Table event for Thanksgiving.”

    The next Setting the Table program will take place in November 2016. Information will be available in early fall on how to sponsor a basket for the fall event. 

    – By Elaine Giles
    Coordinator of Civic Engagement
    Office of Student Life

  • CCU launches redesigned website

    April 29 2016

    Coastal Carolina University launched its redesigned website April 18. The site is designed to appeal to prospective and new students and their parents.

    The yearlong project has been led by Bill Plate, vice president for university communication, and a core committee of nine, with a larger advisory group.

    The new is designed for easy viewing and interaction on all devices, from desktop computers to tablets to mobile phones. To maintain and improve usability for the University’s many constituencies – current students, faculty and staff, alumni, donors and community members – landing pages have been created for each different audience.

    Faculty and staff have a unique entry point to the new site that will lead directly to the areas most applicable to them.

    An additional feature for locating useful information is the directory link (it appears as three horizontal lines and is also known as a “hamburger” menu) embedded in the top right corner of the header on each page of the new site. The search mechanism, shown as a magnifying glass in the header, will continue to be refined so that the search engine(s) will generate only current, active pages of the website.

    The core committee included Plate, Abdallah Haddad, Fadi Baroody, Jeff Case, Scott Mann, Anne Monk, Marty Parker, Brent Reser and Rob Wyeth.


  • CCU student publishes on young stroke

    April 29 2016

    Emily Taylor of Andrews, a sophomore Research Fellow, has edited a manuscript defining young stroke for publication on Wikipedia.

    Taylor assists Amy Edmunds, a CCU lecturer in public health whose research interests revolve around young stroke victims due to her own health experience.

    “This is significant because it represents the first effort to make this information accessible to young adults most at risk,” says Edmunds, adding that May is national Stroke Awareness Month. “The manuscript results from a collaborative effort led by the renowned Finnish researcher Dr. Jukka Paatula of Helsinki University Central Hospital.

    “Emily has a personal interest in stroke research due to her mother's experience, as well as her aunt. Next semester, Emily will participate in an international conference on this topic in Jacksonville, Fla., scheduled Dec. 13-14. She will get to meet Dr. Paatula there,” Edmunds says.

  • Psychology students present at New Orleans conference

    April 29 2016

    Terry Pettijohn, chair of CCU's Department of Psychology, traveled and presented research with psychology seniors Abby Boytos and Olivia Olawsky at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in New Orleans from March 30 to April 2.

    Both students are senior psychology majors who graduate in May.

    Boytos, who is from outside Pittsburgh, Pa., presented a paper on "The Effects of Religion & Career Priming on Problem-Solving Persistence in College Students."

    Olawsky, who is from outside Columbia, S.C., presented her paper on "Reducing Research Anxiety in a Senior Thesis Psychology Course."

    Pettijohn advised both students on their papers.