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  • CCU hosts 18th triathlon

    Photos by Dan Lawless

    Eighty-nine participants competed in Coastal Carolina University’s 18th annual triathlon, a benefit for Relay For Life held April 19. The event was open to students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.

    The race was a sprint triathlon consisting of a 300-yard swim, an 11-mile bike and a 3.1-mile run.

    John Curwen, a CCU alumnus from Bluffton, finished first overall with a time of 52:53. Cara Walker, a teaching associate in school of health, kinesiology and sport studies from Conway, finished first in women competition with a time of 1:03:24. The North Myrtle Beach Triathlon Club finished first in team relay competition with a time of 1:03:47.

    The swim was held in the CCU Recreation Center pool. Fastest swim times included Curwen with 3:49; Elyse Venne (women) from Southborough, Mass., with 4:45; and Moving Forward (team) with 4:16.

    The bike course ran across campus into Quail Creek neighborhood for an out and back loop. Upon exiting the Quail Creek neighborhood, cyclists continued around the Coastal campus for two laps before finishing. Fastest bike times were clocked by Lee Williams from Camden with 25:49; Walker (women) with 30:13; and North Myrtle Beach Triathlon Club (team) with 30:08.

    The run course was a 5K, consisting of the same path as the first portion of the bike course. Fastest run times included Cris Kitzler from Myrtle Beach with 19:08; Walker (women) with 24:41; and North Myrtle Beach Triathlon Club (team) with 23:32.

    See article on Jackie Andrews, who finished last in the Triathlon, in Something To Talk About.

  • Two at CCU named 2010 Sustainability Fellows

    CCU staffer Marissa Mitzner and student David Shirk are among 10 Sustainability Fellows in the nation chosen to work with local businesses and nonprofits to improve their economic, environmental and social performance.

    The Sustainability Fellows program, part of the Institute for Sustainable Development, is comprised of graduate students and professionals from six universities in four different states, assisting in the Institute’s 17 Green Plus partner communities.

    Mitzner, a 2008 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, is the first sustainability coordinator at CCU. For the past two years she has been helping the University to become climate neutral.

    Mitzner won a statewide award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for the 2009 Recycling Event of the Year for her Campus Salvage move-out program. Mitzner also serves on the Bike, Hike and Paddle Committee for the City of Conway, and she is an executive member of the Winyah Chapter of the Sierra Club.

    Shirk, a marketing major at CCU, has held leadership roles in the Eco-Representatives program, Rotary International, Outdoor Adventure Club and Beta Gamma Sigma. He was nominated for Marketing Student of the Year and is looking forward to working with Green Plus to help businesses in the area become more sustainable.

    Mitzner and Shirk will attend a week of orientation and training in the North Carolina Research Triangle during early June, after which they will work with the Institute’s chamber partners in several states conducting individual and group research projects to advance the principles and practice of sustainability.

  • Brian awarded faculty research award

    President David DeCenzo and Provost Robert Sheehan recently awarded history professor Amanda Brian with the Young Faculty Research Incentive Award, designed to recognize the research progress of faculty and to support the research programs of Coastal Carolina University.

    The competitive award is made available through the University Research Council (URC). As part of her award, Brian will receive $1,000 for research supplies and archival travel to assist her in a transnational study of childcare in Germany and Japan and a history of pediatrics in modern Germany. During the 2010 – 2011academic year, she will advise the president and provost regarding the conduct of research, scholarship and creative affairs, and make recommendations to facilitate the research process and research productivity for untenured faculty at the University.

    Brian, assistant professor of history, earned a bachelor's degree in history and German from the University of Indianapolis in 2001, a master's degree in history from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2004, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois in 2009.

    Her research and teaching interests are broad across 19th-century Europe but include women and children, imperialism and globalization, and medicine and science.

  • Ritter receives Beta Gamma Sigma award

    Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society, recently named Barbara Ritter, assistant professor of management at Coastal Carolina University, its 2010 Outstanding Chapter Advisor.

    “We are pleased to present Dr. Ritter with this honor,” said George E. Stevens, national president of Beta Gamma Sigma. “Throughout her years as chapter adviser, she has exemplified the mission of the society and encouraged others to do the same.”

    Ritter has served as the faculty adviser of the Beta Gamma Sigma collegiate chapter at Coastal Carolina University since the fall of 2004. Under Ritter’s leadership, the Coastal Carolina University chapter has earned Beta Gamma Sigma Premier Chapter status for the last three years, attaining 100 percent acceptance of eligible students in two of those years.

  • Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union extends hours

    Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union is extending its hours of operation on Monday through Thursday to better serve your needs.

    The new summer schedule will be:

    Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Fridays: Closed (except on Orientation dates from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)

    For more information, call 843-349-2035.

  • Summer camp at TEAL teaches distance learning

    The TEAL Center is sponsoring a second summer camp to help faculty prepare to teach distance learning courses. The next session is July 19 to 22. This is a great opportunity to learn how to build a DL course from the ground up. These sessions provide instruction in

    • designing courses for DL

    • assessing, communicating and collaborating in a DL course,

    • creating, finding and evaluating resources and technologies

    • using Blackboard for DL courses

    This summer features a panel discussion with faculty members who have taught DL, workshop time, and individual appointments with TEAL Center staff members. To sign up for Camp TEAL, visit and for more information e-mail