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  • Waccamaw Elementary fifth-graders taught to make informed choices

    January 6 2017

    Chauncey, University Counsel Tim Meacham and Assistant Counsel Katherine Brooks joined 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson recently at the Waccamaw Elementary School gymnasium where they urged about 100 fifth graders to stay in school, avoid drugs and stay out of the criminal justice system.

    The visit was part of Project LEAD, a law-related educational program that teaches fifth-grade students about the criminal justice system. Taught by volunteer facilitators, the project strives to prepare students to make the right choices in life so they don’t end up in the justice system.

    Project LEAD was started in 1993 in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and has touched the lives of thousands of children across the country. As a result of that success, Richardson implemented the program in Horry and Georgetown County schools in 2016.

    Chauncey, CCU’s mascot, handed out CCU T-shirts to the children.

  • Happy New Year from Staff Advisory Council

    January 2 2017

    Staff Advisory Council members represent a broad cross-section of the University, and we serve as an advisory council to the University president.

    The council’s mission is to facilitate an active and participatory line of communication and engagement among the University staff and to provide a forum through which staff can raise, discuss and make recommendations to the University president and the administration in support of the University’s mission. We seek to ensure that our University offers a positive and productive learning and working environment where integrity, tolerance and respect are affirmed.

    We’re here to help, and that means that we need your input.

    Activities within our scope are:

    • hearing issues of general staff interest and concern and bringing such matters to the attention of the president to ensure that those issues and concerns are known, considered and addressed;
    • facilitating the sharing of information with staff members in order to improve their general knowledge and understanding of University activities;
    • referring staff issues or questions to the attention of other University individuals or committees whenever appropriate to ensure that the issues are known and addressed through appropriate channels;
    • offering suggestions and recommendations to the president on general issues of interest and concern to staff and generating ideas for organizational improvement; and
    • addressing agenda items or undertaking specific projects or activities at the request of the president on matters of general staff interest.

    If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for improvement that fall into these categories, please share them with us. We encourage you to reach out to our members. Or, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, suggestions can be made on our web site ( or through the boxes mounted in Atlantic Hall, Baxley Hall, the Coastal Science Center, the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Facilities, Sands Hall (post office) and the Wall Building.

    To stay up-to-date on the progress we’re making on your behalf, please visit our website regularly. On it, you will find contact information for our members, our by-laws, our meeting dates and our meeting minutes.


    The Staff Advisory Council

  • 'Charting your course' seeks presenters

    January 3 2017

    The rescheduled date for the “Charting Your Course” Leadership Conference is Saturday, Jan.28, at 10 a.m. in the Lib Jackson Student Union. This year’s theme will be “Awkward Leadership – Leading When Things Get Messy.” The goal is to help students learn how to be effective leaders within their student organizations, athletic teams, in the classroom, and otherwise throughout their lives, even when situations are not ideal. Topics such as communication, conflict management, confrontation styles and overall leadership skills will be discussed.

    We are looking for willing faculty and staff to present at the conference. If you are interested or would like more information, please email Jessica Combess, assistant director of lLeadership and civic engagement at

  • Training opportunities for January

    January 4 2017

    Each month, Training, Development and Service Excellence features three training sessions as the “Monthly Spotlight” to highlight new and engaging trainings across the areas of best practices and professional development.

    Mission Success-New Year, New You
    Date: Jan. 11, 2017
    Time: 9:30 to 11 a.m.
    Location: CSCC 164
    Instructor / Facilitator: Kristin Cymbor
    Ever wonder the secret to achieving your New Year’s resolutions? During this training session, in collaboration with Carrie Green’s “Programming your Mind for Success” TedXManchester video, we will discover and discuss a four-step process to program your mind for success. We will explore, create and apply goal-setting, visualization and positive self-thought strategies to achieve personal and professional success.

    Mistakes Managers Commonly Make
    Date: Jan. 18, 2017
    Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
    Location: CSCC 164
    Instructor / Facilitator: Lamonica Yates
    This session is organized into common mistakes that all managers make, regardless of years of experience. A manager’s job is tough, but is it made tougher by failing to provide clear direction, failing to get to know employees as people or not trusting people to do their jobs? This session will focus on the values, sensitivity and awareness managers need to interact effectively with their employees.

    Circles of My Multicultural Self – NEW!
    Date: Jan. 27, 2017
    Time: 3 to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: CSCC 164
    Instructor / Facilitator: Lamonica Yates
    What are the dimensions of your identity? Is this important for your own self-awareness? How do cultural identities impact your relationship with others? In this session, participants will examine their identity markers and reflect on how these may or may not influence interactions, judgments and decisions.

    If you would like TDSE to provide your department or area with team-building activities, specific trainings, learning activities, workshops or retreats, call 843-349-5025.