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  • CCU’s Counseling Services gets recognition

    December 2 2016

    Coastal Carolina University’s Office of Counseling Services was recognized for its outstanding programming and students at the national 2016 BACCHUS General Assembly held Nov. 17-20 in Kansas City, Mo.

    BACCHUS is an initiative of the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, an organization that supports collegiate peer educators and advisers by empowering students and student affairs administrators to create campus environments that are healthy and safe.

    Chris Donevant-Haines, assistant director of counseling services at CCU, was nominated for Advisor of the Year, and student Kelsie Miller was named Peer Educator of the Year.

    The Students Helping Others Reach Excellence (SHORE) organization, which acts to raise awareness about suicide prevention, was nominated for Peer Educator Group of the Year, and its spring event “Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide” was nominated as Program of the Year.

    Donevant-Haines, who trains peer educators and oversees operations of The COAST, advises the SHORE group, which helps to put on events such as the “Out of the Darkness Walk to Fight Suicide.” This semester the event raised more than $6,000 that was donated to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention.

    Donevant-Haines is a licensed professional counselor and holds memberships in three national counseling organizations. She earned an A.A.S. in legal studies from Marshall University, a bachelor’s degree in social science from Bluefield State College and a master’s degree in counseling from Webster University.

    A senior psychology major at CCU, Miller, of Chambersburg, Pa., serves as co-coordinator of the SHORE Peer Educators, and she is employed as a student worker at the Counseling Outreach Advocacy Student Team (The COAST).

  • CAB sponsors Toys for Tots Drive

    December 1 2016

    Toys are being collected for the Toys for Tots holiday drive, which will continue through Thursday, Dec. 15, at Coastal Carolina University.

    Designated donation spots are Kimbel Library, the Lib Jackson Student Union, the Chant 411 desk (in the Union) and Tradition Hall’s 24-hour desk. 

    Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.

    Gifts for teenagers are the most needed; suggested items include board games, ear buds, books and journals. All donated toys must be new and unwrapped.

    All toys must be turned in by Dec. 15 for distribution by Christmas.

    This event is being sponsored by Coastal Activities Board (CAB), which is a part of the Office of Student Life. Student Life provides opportunities that empower students to capitalize on their collegiate experience by taking an active role inside and outside the classroom.

    Kimbel Library is located at 376 University Blvd., and the Lib Jackson Student Union is at 106 Spadoni Park Circle on the Conway campus. The Chant 411 desk is located inside the Lib Jackson Student Union. The Tradition Hall 24-hour desk is located at 3400 Elvington Loop.

    For more information, contact Terri Sinclair at or 843-349-6482.

  • New paralegal named at CCU

    November 7 2016

    Melissa Jarrard has been named a paralegal in the Office of University Counsel.

    Jarrard ‘00 will be responsible for contract management, assisting in the implementation of the electronic contract management system and helping maintain Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

    Before returning to CCU, Jarrard served for more than 15 years with the Horry County Solicitor’s Office as a paralegal and victim/witness advocate, where she was responsible for drafting legal documents, case management of clients, advocating for criminal domestic abuse and more.

    She also worked as a media assistant for the Horry County School District, where she catalogued research materials, maintained inventory and helped students in research.

    Jarrard earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from CCU in 2006 and an associate degree in paralegal from HGTC in 2000.

  • CCU alumna wins Teacher of the Year award

    November 30 2016

    Shannon Shirley, a graduate of Coastal Carolina University, was selected as the Waterway Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

    Shirley earned her undergraduate degree in early childhood education and recently graduated in the spring of this year with her Master of Education in Learning and Teaching.

    Waterway Elementary is located in Little River.