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  • CCU officially joins Sun Belt

    July 1 2016

    The dawn of a new era in the Sun Belt Conference began July 1 as Coastal Carolina University officially joined the league after announcing its acceptance of an invitation on Sept. 1, 2015.

    The Chanticleers join the Sun Belt Conference as full members and will begin play in all sports, with the exception of football, in the upcoming 2016-17 academic year. The CCU football program will begin its two-year transition from the FCS to FBS this fall Next season, CCU will play a full Sun Belt football schedule and will be eligible to win a conference championship, but ineligible for postseason play. The Chanticleers will complete the transition and attain full football membership status, with eligibility to play in a bowl game, for the 2018 season.

    “This is a great day for the Sun Belt Conference as we are very proud to have Coastal Carolina University officially join our membership,” said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. “The Sun Belt has a bright future and Coastal Carolina makes a perfect fit as it too has seen a tremendous amount of growth and success with its baseball team most recently winning the College World Series and a national championship. Under the leadership of President DeCenzo, Athletics Director Matt Hogue, and all the Chanticleer coaches and student-athletes, I expect CCU to be very competitive in the Sun Belt immediately and represent the SBC in NCAA championships in the upcoming season.”

    “July 1 ushers in a new wave of excitement at Coastal Carolina University as we officially join the Sun Belt Conference,” said Coastal Carolina University president David A. DeCenzo. “The entire Coastal Carolina community is excited about our transition and look forward to a new level of competition with our sister Sun Belt schools. We could not be more honored than to have been asked to join the Sun Belt Conference and look forward to a long and rewarding association with Commissioner Benson and the SBC schools.”

  • 'Shark man' featured on National Geographic program

    June 17 2016

    Dan Abel was part of the National Geographic Wild program “When Sharks Attack – Carolina Chaos” recently. Coastal Carolina University's resident "Shark Man," Abel gave 27 media interviews after some shark attacks on the North Carolina coast in June and July 2015.

    Abel, associate professor in the Department of Marine Science in the College of Science, is known as CCU's shark expert due to his many years of research in the area. He has taught the Biology of Sharks in Bimini, the Bahamas, course, one of the first and still one of the few in the United States, for more than 15 years. He conducted his dissertation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography on heart function in sharks, and currently studies the ecology of sharks in South Carolina waters.

  • Luken featured on 'Xploration Awesome Planet'

    June 23 2016

    Jim Luken, associate provost and director of graduate studies, was recently filmed for the syndicated TV show "Xploration Awesome Planet." The show, hosted by Philippe Cousteau Jr., grandson of the legendary Jacques Cousteau, focused on various aspects of carnivorous plants and specifically the venus flytrap found growing at nearby Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve.

    In addition to being interviewed about the biology and ecology of carnivorous plants, Luken was given the opportunity to explain the rewards and challenges of a career in science to junior high and high school students.  

  • CCU students travel to Italy for study abroad

    June 7 2016

    Nineteen students and five faculty leaders enjoyed a Maymester study abroad trip to Arezzo, Italy. This was the third annual Arezzo trip where students were able to reside and study at the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo. From Arezzo, the students traveled to various Tuscan towns such as Assisi, Orvieto, Cortona, Florence, Siena and Rome.

    The Accademia is a reformed 17th century bishop's villa with a unique history through the modern era, including having served as an orphanage during World War II. With beautiful and peaceful surroundings, this hillside sanctuary offers spectacular views of the town of Arezzo.

    In addition to the students, there were also three faculty leaders, and two faculty "mentees" (faculty who are training to lead study abroad trips on their own). Faculty leaders were Stephanie Miller, Brian Nance and Ben Sota.

    Faculty "mentees" were Megan McIlreavy and Philip Powell.

    Students had the option to take up to two of three classes offered by the faculty leaders: ARTH/HIST 323: Italian Renaissance Art (Stephanie Miller); HIST 101: History of Western Civilization (Brian Nance), and THEA 201: World Theater Traditions (Ben Sota). For all three classes, most mornings were traditional classroom experiences and the afternoons were spent traveling and exploring.

    Participatiing students were: Skyler Arrasate, Neenah Brown, Evelyn Clyburn, Hanna Davis, Kaeli Day, Devin Deluccia, Devann Donovan, Steven Griggs, Danielle Jesch, Katelynn Maher, Domenica Ripa, Jordan Scott,  Toni Smith, Matthew Staley, Shelby Teufel, Matthew van Grouw, Meghan Voyack, Gwendolyn Washington and Rachel White.


  • CCU student runner-up in international ethics contest

    June 10 2016

    A Coastal Carolina University student was one of four runners-up for an international ethics competition sponsored by the International Ethics Standards Coalition (IESC).

    Otabek Aynaev, a senior economics major, was the only student from the United States chosen as a winner in the IESC Ethics Competition, which was created by the coalition for the purpose of asking students and young professionals to help answer important questions about the role ethics plays in business and how ethics should shape the land, real estate, construction and infrastructure sectors in the future. Aynaev's entry into the competition was encouraged by Robert Salvino, associate director of the Grant Center for Real Estate and Economic Development at CCU.

    Entries were received from students and young professionals from around the world, including the United States, Russia, Taiwan, Brazil, India, Ireland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. The competition was judged by four trustees from the IESC who have extensive experience and knowledge in different real estate sectors. The criteria for the competition included an overall understanding of ethics in business, consideration of the future ethics of real estate, quality of communication, relevance and insight.

    In his winning submission, Aynaev expresses his belief that real estate and its related fields help form the backbone of the business society and that adherence to ethical standards is vital to the real estate industry.

  • Visual art students to exhibit watercolors

    June 30 2016

    Coastal Carolina University painting students have been invited to exhibit their watercolor paintings simultaneously with the 39th Annual South Carolina Watermedia Society Exhibition to be held Oct. 8 through Nov. 27 at the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.

    Nine visual arts students will exhibit their watercolor paintings created as intermediate and advanced painters during the 2016 fall semester. The watercolor paintings chosen for exhibition embrace a variety of styles including realism, surrealism, abstraction and comic style. The painters were given an opportunity to create a series of paintings investigating a theme and/or concept. Each student’s artistic development was paramount during the semester’s work and emphasis was given to the main components of concept development, technical skills and creative investigation. The diversity of influences stretched from tattoo art, comics, beauty, emotion, portraiture, classic cars, and landscape to water-media display.

    The following students’ paintings were chosen by professor Maura Kenny for this student exhibition: Ashley Arakas, Sophie Brunette, Nick Carmicheal, Shawn Doublet, Katie Farrelly, Morgan Hedgecock, Rebecca Jolly, Kelsey Paparo and Megan Runyon.

  • CCU Alumni Association accepting awards nominations

    June 6 2016

    Nominations are now being accepted for two annual awards that honor alumni of Coastal Carolina University. Award recipients are chosen by a panel of faculty judges, which considers integrity, loyalty, leadership and civic involvement of the nominees.

    CCU Alumnus of the Year Award – Given to a CCU alumnus/a who is distinguished among his/her peers for contributions made to society that demonstrate leadership, responsibility and expertise in his/her field and who promotes a positive image of Coastal Carolina University.

    CCU Young Alumnus of the Year Award – Given to a CCU graduate who has made significant contributions to his/her profession; demonstrates leadership and accomplishment in his/her career; exemplifies outstanding service and volunteerism to the University or the community during the first five years after graduating from the University; and whose ongoing work reflects positively on the University.

    The awards are presented each September during CCU’s annual Founders Day convocation. To make a nomination, visit or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 843-349-2586. Deadline for nominations is July 18.