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  • CCU's winning Jazz Combo plays Montreux

    July 29 2016

    CCU’s winning Jazz Combo recently returned from a 10-day trip to the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where they were invited to play on July 2 and 3. 

    Bits from the Jazz Combo blog:

    Brienz was absolutely gorgeous, but playing there the night before was only a warm up gig for what was to come. Once packed up, we headed to Montreux. This was the first of our two days performing for “Music in the Park.” This was the stage that was open to the public and all passersby. The audience was incredibly receptive, and the mutual excitement proved to be a high-energy experience for all. Afterward, we had dinner at a Swiss kabob restaurant and got to soak up some of the Swiss culture and nightlife. Can’t wait for tomorrow!
    -Tim Hardwick

    Our second day at Mountreux was a blast. That evening we got to see the 76-year-old Herbie Hancock and the 74-year-old John McLaughlin. True living legends. Between their sets was the John Scofield/Brad Mehldau/Mark Guilann trio, which was personally the greatest musical treat thus far.
    -Tim Hardwick

    Our journey to Vienne, France, was really quite stunning. We took the train a few hours through the mountains and countryside and arrived just in time for the afternoon sound check and concert. The stage was in the middle of the town, surrounded by Roman ruins. The performance went so well that the crowd clapped for an encore! Later that evening we enjoyed the concert at the Roman Amphitheatre/main stage with performances by Lisa Simone (daughter of Nina Simone) and the Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet.
    -Liz Kelley-Tavernier

    Created in 1967, the festival draws more than 250,000 visitors every year for one of the best-known events in Europe. The group also performed at jazz festivals in Vienne, France, and Umbria, Italy.

    Students in the CCU Jazz Combo are seniors Liz Kelley-Tavernier on vocals, a music major from Myrtle Beach; J.P. Taylor on trumpet and flute, a music major from Myrtle Beach; Timothy Hardwick on guitar and vocals, a music major from Aynor; Wade McMillan on drums, a music major from Murrells Inlet; and McKinley Devilbiss on bass and vocals, a music major from Myrtle Beach.

    In April 2016, Coastal Carolina University’s Student Jazz Combo received a first-ever award for outstanding performance as a blues/rock/pop group at the undergraduate level from the prestigious DownBeat music magazine.


  • CCU Saltwater Angler Club wins king mackerel tournament

    July 15 2016

    Baseball and golf weren’t the only big wins for the university this summer; Coastal also found victory on the high seas. Faculty member and Capt. Joe Winslow led an all-star team of former CCU students to the top of the podium at the East Coast Got-Em-On Classic, a prestigious regional event on the highly competitive Southern Kingfish Association tournament circuit hosted in Carolina Beach, N.C. Winslow and crew members Matt Eisenberger, Scott Heffernan and Austin Keener caught their big fish on the first day of the weekend-long competition more than 60 miles offshore in rough conditions aboard their 34-foot triple engine-powered center console, Hooligan. This was the first time the team had ever finished at the top of the leaderboard.

    “The team has had some excellent finishes in the past, but it’s an amazing accomplishment to win against almost 200 other boats,” said Winslow.

    Coastal has sponsored the team for the past seven years through its club sports affiliation. “The Saltwater Anglers Club is an exceptionally active student group on campus and in the community. They participate in numerous campus fundraising efforts, such as Relay for Life, support fishing education for local schools through the nonprofit Carolina Kids Fish donate labor to help local fishing tournaments such as the Rumble in the Jungle, as well as coordinate public fishing seminars presented by expert charter captains from the region,” said Winslow.

    Of course, somewhere among all these service obligations, the students obviously get to fish, and not just with Winslow, but other captains as well.

    “When the club first started, there were just a handful of students, so it was easy to teach them about saltwater fishing on my boat, but the club is so large now that the resources, support and logistics have had to evolve to a completely different scale.”

    Many of the club members take what they learn from Winslow and from each other to work summer jobs mating on local charter boats, where as one would expect, the learning continues.

    “I can’t possibly teach them everything, but the club has morphed into an amazing co-ed service fraternity that has built a self-perpetuating knowledge network where these kids develop fishing skills learning from many different sources and then turn around and share that information with each other at their various club events,” said Winslow.

    This socialized learning, Winslow says, is documented continuously online via Instagram and Facebook, and many of the members will say that the social media presence factored into their choosing to attend Coastal. “I can’t think of a better compliment to a university organization than knowing its service and social agenda, as well as its competition success, have a measurable impact on enrollment. I’m proud of the hard work these kids put into the club and honored to represent the University with them at our first official victory.”


  • Campbell heads to Rio

    July 25 2016


    EUGENE, Ore. – Ask Amber Campbell to explain the hammer throw, and she nails it.

    “A whirling, twirling dance of crazy,” she said. “And let it fly.”

    Campbell let it fly Wednesday, July 6, at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field, winning the hammer throw on her sixth and final attempt with a personal best of 242 feet, 10 inches.

    “The goal was always to win it,” said Campbell, soon to be a three-time Olympian whose Twitter handle is @usahammerhottie. “It’s a competition. I don’t want to just be here and look cute! I want to go for the win. I want that record. I was really hoping for the American record, but we’ll see if I can get that in Rio.”

    Campbell won her fourth national title July 6 and is the fourth-best American hammer thrower of all time.

    “To be your best on the best day possible is mind-blowing,” she said.

    Thanks to a big fourth throw, Campbell, 35, already knew she was in the top three and would make Team USA, but that wasn’t enough. She wanted to regain the Olympic Trials record she’d lost a few minutes before.

    “I think it brings out the competitor in all of us,” said Campbell, whose throw of 235-6 in the 2012 trials was the previous record. “I went from first to third very quickly and I was like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, no, I’m not letting that happen.’ So you just have to get back in there and fight. It produced some amazing results for all of us.”

    Gwen Berry, 27, also saved her best for her final throw, moving into second place at 239-9. Although DeAnna Price, a 23-year-old NCAA champion from Southern Illinois, also threw 239-9, Berry had a better back-up throw. Both will be first-time Olympians. Amanda Bingson, who holds the American record of 248-5, was fourth at 230-8.

    The women made the most of their time in the cage.

    “That was such a blast!” said the perpetually cheerful Campbell. “I had so much fun. I was just trying to dig deep.

    “We don’t get to feel that magic being out in the back field. So being able to compete in the center at Hayward, in the middle of the day with an amazing crowd, there’s nothing like it. Well, maybe Olympics is something like it, but this is awesome, too!”

  • CCU camp combines education and fun

    July 31 2016

    By Lindsey Hanks and Temperance Russell

    Typically, when a child thinks of a superhero, he or she imagines strong, colorful characters like Superman or Batman. But children at Superhero Academy, just one of the weekly camps offered at Coastal Carolina Kids Camps at Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Education Center, are learning about all different kinds of heroes. One little girl dubbed herself a ‘Superhero of Love,’ brandishing a “love sword” with the power to spread love all over the world. At Superhero Academy and other kids camp classes, children ages 6 to 10 years old are being taught valuable skills they can apply in and out of the classroom when they return to school in the fall.

    CCU has offered some form of children’s summer day camps for the past 15 years, but this is the fifth year Coastal Carolina Kids Camp, which is hosted by the Office of Executive Development and Continuing Education (EDCE), has been in session. Camp has been in session from June 6 and will continue through Aug. 12.

    Other popular camp courses include Guts, Goop, Globs and Gas; Sugary Chef; Incredible Edible Art; Math Mania; and Can’t Stop the Hip Hop. According to Ellen Jampole of EDCE at CCU, the varieties of subjects and the hands-on activities help create an entertaining yet educational environment.

    “This is a place where kids can learn and retain information, but they can also have a good time here,” said Jampole. “They can make new friends and see old friends. They can learn new things about a variety of subjects.”

    According to Kelli Barker, director of operations for EDCE, that’s the beauty of camp.

    “They’re having so much fun they don’t even realize they’re learning,” said Barker, who organizes the camp. “Take superhero camp: The kids talk about comic book superheroes, but they also learn about local superheroes in our midst every day, like police officers or firefighters. They also just learn about being loyal and using your head in everyday situations.”

    Science-based camps like Guts, Goop, Globs and Gas encourage campers to draw and recreate the human circulatory system. In Sugary Chef, kids bake delicious snacks but also learn about proper nutrition and how to read food labels. Many campers give presentations or perform on Fridays as well.

    “The parents come in on Fridays and see the progress their children make throughout the week and all the amazing things they made themselves, and they’re always so surprised,” said Jampole. “One child’s parent came in and said ‘Wow, you made all this?’ and the little boy said, ‘No, we all made all of this.’”

    “For camps like Sugary Chef, each of the kids had his/her own task and worked together. At the end of the week, the parents are just so proud of what their children learned,” Barker said.

    The camp is staffed by teachers from Horry County and Georgetown County schools who take on as many as seven students minimum to a maximum of 20 students per camp.

    “When we get ready to look for teachers, we don’t have to look too far and wide,” said Barker. “Most of the teachers who work for us love it and come back, and I think that speaks volumes.”

    Children can participate in half-day camps, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m., for $75 per week, or they can choose two different half-day camps for the full day for $150 per week. Full schedule and course offerings are located at To register, contact the Myrtle Beach Education Center at 843-349-2767.


  • Trio reunites in Washington

    July 27 2016

    Everyone knows by now that Connor Owings and G. K. Young are part of the winning Chanticleer Baseball team that won the College World Series National Championship. But not everyone knows the reach of their supporters.

    Linda Kuykendall, Ph.D., a senior instructor in Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Communications, Languages and Cultures, taught Owings and Young when they were student-athletes.

    In late July, she traveled all the way to Pasco, Wash., to watch Young’s Tri-City Dust Devils (Class A Northwest League affiliate of the San Diego Padres) take on Owings’ Hillsboro Hops (Class A Northwest League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks). After the game she met up with them for this photo.

    Although thousands of miles away from Conway, the Chanticleer bond reunited these three for a special memory-making evening.

  • Perry joins CCU staff

    July 28 2016

    Tiffany N. Perry has joined the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services at Coastal Carolina University as grants administration coordinator.

    Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in English and cinema studies from Oberlin College in Ohio. As grants administration coordinator, Perry will ensure that faculty and staff are submitting quality and timely proposals, records are complete and accurate, training and resource materials are useful and relevant, and awards and agreements are managed in support of all sponsored projects.

    Perry comes to CCU with grants experience in higher education, nonprofit and government agencies. Her background includes program management and coordination within academic, scientific and health care fields.

    Contact Perry at 843-349-5055 or at Her office is located in the OSPRS offices, Room 103, at 450-B Century Circle.

  • Reporting structure changes

    July 26 2016

    As the University moves forward with adopting a new strategic plan and because new initiatives are planned within the Office of Risk Management, the reporting structure for the coordinator of strategic planning and risk management will change from the Office of University Counsel to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Effective July 15, the Office of Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance Services has been established under the coordination of Rose Marie Johnson. The Office of Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance Services will continue to provide service related to workers’ compensation for faculty, staff and student employees. Additionally, all insurance matters related to the assessment of coverage needs, bidding, auditing, transferring of risk to other policies, and procuring all necessary policies on behalf of the University will be facilitated through this office. For budgetary purposes, all insurance-related expense accounts within the University budget (5232) will be transferred to the risk management budget.

    If you have a question concerning this change, call Johnson at 843-249-6448. With the adoption of the strategic plan, she will continue to coordinate the Strategic Management Committee.

    The goal of the Office of Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance Services is to coordinate efforts with all departments on and off campus to ensure the protection and preservation of CCU’s human, physical and financial assets.

    Any personal injury claim not related to a workers’ compensation claim should be referred to the Office of University Counsel. All matters involving contracts, including, but not limited to, negotiation, retention, interpretation and execution, will be handled by the Office of University Counsel.

    Johnson continues to work from Atheneum Hall 101G until the renovation of the Singleton Building is complete.

  • Academic Integrity Officer sought

    July 26 2016

    Frederick Wood has accepted the position of chair of CCU's Department of Politics and Geography and has stepped down from his position of academic integrity officer. Provost Ralph Byington is requesting applications for that position, and the application deadline is Aug. 22.

    Any tenured or tenure-track faculty member is eligible to apply. Send a cover letter detailing your specific qualifications and background for the job and a current, comprehensive vitae to John Beard, chair of the search committee, on or before Aug.22.

    The faculty member who fills this position will be awarded release time equivalent to three courses per academic year (two in the fall and one in the spring, or one in the fall and two in the spring), as long as such released time does not exceed 50 percent of that person’s regular load. In addition, the successful candidate will receive a stipend in the summer equivalent to 7.5 percent of his/her base pay.

    The academic integrity officer oversees all aspects of the reporting, evaluation and adjudication of CCU’s academic integrity policies and procedures and actively promotes the University’s Community Standards Statement and Code of Conduct as they relate to matters of academic integrity. This person oversees reports of student violations, facilitates any required hearings or reviews, and maintains the online database of any such incidents. Reporting directly to the provost, the academic integrity officer performs a crucial function in assuring that the process is held to a high standard, procedurally sound, and equitable for all concerned.