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  • Football Camp for CCU employees' children

    May 4 2016

    Coastal Carolina's football program would like to extend a $20 discount to all CCU employees who have children in grades 1-8 who would like to attend the BAM Skills and Drills Youth Camp from July 11-13 at Brooks Stadium.

    Visit for more information.

    Contact Lynn Mentzer for the special employee code at 843-349-4136.

  • CCU Rotaract Club honored at SILA Awards

    May 6 2016

    The Rotaract Club of Coastal Carolina University received an award for the 2016 Outstanding Philanthropy by a Student Organization at the annual Student Involvement and Leadership Awards (SILA) ceremony recently.

    More than 200 CCU student organizations were eligible for the award, presented in Wheelwright Auditorium. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for men and women ages 18 to 30.

    The club engages in many service projects for the community, most notably the Smart Snacks Program. For more than 10 years, the CCU Rotaract Club packages and delivers weekend snack bags to approximately 300 underprivileged children at a local Title I elementary school every Friday morning during the academic year. This program ensures that each child has something to eat over the weekend. These bags typically include two juice boxes, two boxes of cereal, two cans of fruit or two fruit roll-ups, and two bags of chips or pretzels.

    “I am very proud of the Coastal Carolina University Rotaract Club,” said club adviser Porter Medley, senior director of Scheduling and Event Services. “They are a small group of service-minded students making an indelible mark of exemplary service above self in this community. I am very honored to work with them.”

    The Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club sponsors the student club and partners with it on various service projects. The Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at 7 a.m. at Beef O’Brady’s in Carolina Forest. Those interested in joining are welcome to enjoy free breakfast and learn more about service opportunities in the CCU community.

    Theresa Calabrese, an upcoming senior graphic design major from Meriden, Conn., is club president for the 2016-2017 school year. For more information, contact her at or Medley at

  • Floyds have new baby girl

    May 6 2016

    Skylar Leigh Floyd was born Feb. 10, 2016, to parents Bobby and Amanda Floyd. She weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.

    Amanda Floyd is assistant director of operations at Coastal Carolina University.

  • Wises welcome new baby girl

    May 6 2016

    Josh and Sara Wise are the proud parents of a new baby. Iris Jayne Wise was born March 14, 2016. She weighed in at 6 lbs., 9 oz. and was 20 inches long.

    Sara Wise ’02 works in Career Services as a career counselor.

  • Perezes have new baby boy

    May 11 2016

    Mickey Alan Perez was born at Waccamaw Hospital on April 14, 2016, weighing in at 9 lbs., 4 oz. He was 20 inches long.

    Mickey is the son of Denise and Marc Perez. Mom, dad, baby Mickey and his two boxer "fur sisters" Mia and Jovie are all doing great, according to Denise, who is the Title IX coordinator at CCU in the Office of University Compliance.

  • Discount offered to CCU employees for Basketball Camp

    May 11 2016

    Coastal Carolina University faculty and staff are being offeed a $30 discount off the fee for the Basketball Camp this summer. The camp will be held June 20 to 24, and the camp fee is $150.

    Lunch will be included in the fee as well.

    Employees may register their children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews for the basketball camp, which fills up quickly.

    For questions, contact coach Stacey Palmore at 843-349-2886, or email

  • CCU’s Campus Salvage Sale raises nearly $5,000 for scholarship

    May 14 2016

    Campus Salvage, Coastal Carolina University’s annual collection and donation program for designed to divert unwanted items by departing students at the end of year, raised $4,923 on Saturday, May 14, toward a new scholarship for sustainability.

    The Campus Salvage program is coordinated by the TD Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative, a department committed to transforming CCU into an environmentally sustainable university through student curriculum, learning and outreach programs, and projects on campus and in the community.

    “The program is just over 5 years old, and it continues to grow every year,” said Jennifer Sellers, CCU’s sustainability coordinator.

    The department had set up PODS at six collection points around campus in which students could place unwanted or unused items as they moved out of University Housing. For the sale, 26 PODS were moved to the PODS company’s parking lot across U.S. 501 from main campus.

    “Our team’s dedication in organizing and sorting for Campus Salvage has kept hundreds of good items out of the landfill,” said Jeremy Monday, waste reduction coordinator at CCU.

    In addition to raising money for the new scholarship, the collection efforts also resulted in donations to 14 different local organizations such as Fostering Hope, Ark Animal Hospital and Helping Hand. The following items were donated to local charities and organizations:

    · Ark Animal Hospital – seven bags of blankets and towels, plus mops and brooms
    · Associated Charities – 11 bags of clothes
    · Churches Assisting People (CAP) in Conway – 14 boxes of nonperishable food
    · Community Kitchen in Myrtle Beach – three boxes of paper goods
    · Fostering Hope of Conway – 32 bags of clothes, plus hangers
    · Goodwill – 38 bags of clothes and 37 bags of bedding
    · Helping Hand in Myrtle Beach – seven boxes of personal hygiene products
    · Horry County Animal Care Center – nine bags of towels, blankets, brooms and mops

    · Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach – 12 mops and brooms, five bags of towels and blankets, one box of food and cleaning supplies

    · North Strand Housing Shelter – four bags of bedding, four bags of clothes, five shower caddies, and six boxes of cleaning and paper products
    · Salvation Army in Conway – 48 bags of clothing and bedding, plus 18 large canvas size bins of household items and furniture
    · Sea Haven for Youth in Myrtle Beach – 17 bags of clothes, six boxes of cleaning products and brooms
    · Shepherd’s Table – three boxes of nonperishable food, paper products and supplies
    · Waccamaw Youth Center – six bags of clothes, four boxes of cleaning supplies, five shower caddies

  • CCU’s Retired Employees Group gathers

    May 16 2016

    The Retired Employees Group of Coastal Carolina University gathered on campus at Tradition Hall for its annual spring social on Friday, May 13.

    More than 40 retired faculty and staff members and their spouses attended the event sponsored by CCU’s Office for Philanthropy. Following breakfast, Mark Roach ’84, vice president for philanthropy, shared details about I’M IN – The Endowment Campaign for Coastal Carolina University.

    Guest speakers Matt Hogue, director of athletics, and Chris Johnson, executive director of the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation, provided updates about CCU’s upcoming move to the Sun Belt Conference and fundraising for the expansion of Brooks Stadium, respectively. Robert Squatriglia, former vice president for student affairs, distributed several door prizes before the group received a guided tour of the new residence hall.


  • Assessment Awards handed out at luncheon

    May 17 2016

    For the second consecutive year, Student Health Services was awarded first place in the student development area at the Assessment Awards Luncheon hosted by the Provost’s Office on May 16. The Department of Public Safety won first place in the administrative units division. The luncheon was held to recognize exemplary efforts in assessment in the administrative and student development areas.

    Financial Aid and Scholarships won second place in administrative units assessment, while honorable mentions went to Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, and to Facilities, Planning and Management.

    In the student development unit, Counseling Services took second place, with honorable mentions going to University Housing, University College Academic Advising, and Campus Recreation.

    Assessment is a process that helps campus units identify areas for continuous improvement. The current system has been in place since the 2007-2008 academic year. Assessment assists and supports departments in their ongoing efforts to improve learning outcomes or unit objectives, including help with research design, data analysis, survey construction and administration. Submitted reports are reviewed by universitywide assessment committees (UWAC) for each of the three areas: student learning, administrative units and student development.

    According to John Beard, CCU’s associate provost for assessment and accreditation, 114 reports were submitted for 2014-2015. He said there are usually about eight to 10 departments or units the committees can agree on that are making great strides in their units, but it can be difficult to narrow it down to the final two or three because they have all been so impactful.

     “It’s always great when we can give these departments any kind of recognition for all their hard work,” said Beard.

    Each winning department received a plaque commemorating its success as well as a monetary award for use by the department.

    UWAC consists of one main committee and three subcommittees that guide the University in its assessment and accountability practices across all institutional areas. The committees are comprised of individuals from every department. Public Safety and Student Health Services were two of nine that were recognized for doing an outstanding job on assessment during the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • CCU hosts workshop for higher education attorneys

    May 20 2016

    Coastal Carolina University hosted a Title IX workshop that comprised representatives from various colleges and universities within South Carolina to discuss the ever-changing regulations and federal mandates required of institutions of higher education. Representatives of The Citadel, Clemson, Coker and College of Charleston attended the May 19 session.

    The purpose of the workshop was to enhance legal assistance to colleges and universities by educating one another on the nature of legal issues campuses face statewide. Institutions of higher education face comparable challenges, and attorneys can learn from each other by sharing how their respective campuses have responded to particular challenges, and how to think proactively in avoiding an issue before a challenge arises. The areas of law discussed in the workshop were Title IX, §1983 exposure, South Carolina residence issues and insurance.

    Timothy Meacham, CCU counsel, and Katherine Brooks, legal research specialist, discussed recent case law on Title IX as it relates to 42 U.S. Code §1983 and what implications those cases have on institutions of higher education. BJ Landrum, vice president of University compliance and human resources, and Meredith Canady, deputy compliance officer and Title IX investigator, discussed how to encourage outside agencies to sign memoranda of understanding with the college or university in respect to reporting Title IX cases. They also touched on Freedom of Information Act requests and best practices.

    Louis Henry “Tripp” Hutto III, assistant director of residency, led a discussion on issues colleges and universities may face when making residency decisions. Mark Brandenburg, university counsel of The Citadel, educated the group on possible concerns of insurance coverage and helpful policies for colleges and universities.

    “We are happy to host the South Carolina university attorneys and honored to work with such professionals,” said Meacham. “It’s extremely worthwhile to meet and share information to improve the quality of legal representation for our institutions. We look forward to next year’s meeting and continued collegiality.”

  • Women’s soccer residential camp set for July

    May 27 2016

    The Coastal Carolina women's soccer program will host its annual summer residential camp for girls ages 14-20 from July 16-19 on the CCU campus.

    The camp is designed for players who want to take their games to the next level while experiencing all that CCU has to offer.

    In addition to training and tactical sessions for field players and game action, the camp will also include a goalkeeper school. Along with Coastal Carolina head coach Paul Hogan, the two-time Big South Coach of the Year, and assistant Carrie Patterson, several other collegiate coaches will be on hand.

    "We take pride in the professional staff that we bring in for our camp," Hogan said. "Each player will receive one on one feedback and instruction from our experienced staff to help them prepare to play at the varsity, club or collegiate level."

    Check-in for camp will begin on July 16, with the first training session to follow that day on the CCU Soccer Field. Check out time will be after the morning session on July 19. Cost for the camp is $500 and includes lodging in CCU dorms. Local campers wishing to commute may attend for $400.

    To register or for more information, visit

  • CCU to host marine science meeting in April 2017

    May 31 2016

    Coastal Carolina University will be hosting the 46th Annual Marine Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM) jointly with the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) at the Sheraton Convention Center April 12-15, 2017.

    The BEM began as an informal gathering of east coast researchers and their students, but has transformed into an annual event that attracts hundreds of marine scientists, many from around the world. Still comfortably informal and focused on student research (more than 50 percent of the 400 presentations last year were senior authored by students), the 2016 meeting was hosted by Bowdoin College and attracted more than 500 participants to the Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, Maine (

    SEERS is the southeastern affiliate of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Society and holds biannual, regional meetings, again focusing on student research ( ).

    It is estimated that between 500 to 700 attendees will visit Myrtle Beach for the joint meeting. Along with oral presentations in multiple sessions and a poster session-reception, plans include a CCU reception, tour of the new science building, a film festival one evening and the traditional closing dinner-dance on the last evening.

  • Rotary considers sponsoring global students

    May 31 2016

    A unique Global Grant Scholar Committee met at Coastal Carolina University to consider student candidates to be sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest Sunrise for Rotary International's most prestigious scholarships.

    Chaired by Darla Domke-Damonte, CCU associate provost for global initiatives, the joint committee of CCU faculty, staff and Rotarians includes: Sherer Royce, Bob Squatriglia, Gina Cummings, Gen.(Ret.) Bob Reed, Domke-Damonte, David Michaux (past RI director). Domke-Damonte and Squatriglia are members of the Carolina Forest Sunrise Club, and Reed and Michaux are members of the Myrtle Beach club. Royce and Domke-Damonte are CCU faculty members, and Cummings is director of the CCU Wall Fellows program.