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  • CCU band members represented at intercollegiate band performance

    January 20 2017

    Nine student musicians from the Coastal Carolina University Symphonic Band were selected out of more than 300 statewide collegiate performers to participate in the 19th Annual South Carolina College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Intercollegiate Band.

    Participants in the event, held Jan. 19-21 at Furman University, include Jacob Abarbanell, junior music education major, on percussion; Neil Abercrombie, senior music education major, on tuba; J.T. Abrams, senior music performance major, on euphonium; Christopher Imes, junior history major, on clarinet; Crystol King, sophomore music education major, on alto saxophone; Arieal Lesure, junior music performance major, on clarinet; Nicholas Lewis, sophomore music education major, on trombone; William Saylor, sophomore music education major, on horn; and Tyler Tuncy, freshman music education major, on horn.

    Rodney Dorsey, associate professor of conducting and director of bands and the Oregon Wind Ensemble at the University of Oregon, conducted the 100-member S.C. intercollegiate ensemble.

  • CCU students assist HUD in counting local homeless population

    January 31 2017

    Around 50 Coastal Carolina University students volunteered to help the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) count the local homeless population from Wednesday, Jan. 25, to Monday, Jan. 30.

    The students were mostly from CCU’s social inequality and race and ethnicity classes. They visited 12 different shelters and places where the homeless gather, according to Stephanie Southworth, Ph.D., lecturer of sociology at CCU, and the HUD coordinator for Horry County.

    The Point-In-Time (PIT) count helps identify needs for the allocation of federal resources. HUD uses the PIT count to determine the level of funding needed to help the homeless and to measure what progress is being made to address this national issue.

    “Every county in the state conducts a PIT count, and most have trouble finding enough people to volunteer,” said Southworth. “In addition to participating in the count, some of the students are also spending time volunteering in the shelters this semester.”

    Volunteer participation is crucial for a successful PIT count, according to the Eastern Carolina Homeless Organization (ECHO) website. Volunteers are essential to locate the homeless who have not been counted by outreach workers and homeless organizations.

    “We are going to local shelters, parks, libraries, soup kitchens and anywhere else the homeless might be,” said Southworth. “The more homeless we count, the more resources HUD will provide. In the past, the homeless have been vastly undercounted. Hopefully, with all of the student volunteers, we will have a good count this year.”

    Hailey Minten, freshman sociology major from Ashland, Wis., was one of the volunteers.

    “The main thing that I took from this PIT count is that you never know their story,” Minten says, “Never judge a book by its cover. Over the three days of surveys, my life seems to be a lot better than some people have it, and I should never take that for granted.”

    ECHO is a regional nonprofit program that assists the homeless with resources such as housing. It covers 12 counties: Horry, Sumter, Florence, Georgetown, Chesterfield, Malboro, Darlington, Clarendon, Dillon, Lee, Williamsburg and Marion.

  • CCU's Colleges Against Cancer tops high in Relay for Life registrants

    January 25 2017

    CCU’s Colleges Against Cancer student organization that sponsors CCU’s annual Relay for Life program placed fifth in a national competition sponsored by the American Cancer Society in late February.

     The organization also placed first in the competition among collegiate Relay for Life events. The competition was to “pack the track” by having as many individuals sign-up for the Relay for Life event from Jan. 16 to 22.

    For the official standings, visit the American Cancer Society website at

  • Celebrating matchmaking success for research collaboration

    January 27 2017

    On Thursday, Jan. 26, the Kline Hospitality Suite was buzzing with conversation between faculty and community partners eagerly seeking connections for potential research collaborations. Kimberly Harmon, Area Agency on Aging director for the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, delivered the keynote address. She invited participants to engage with her agency’s regional program and services.

    “By attending the luncheon, my colleague Mike and I identified some great areas for potential partnerships,” said newcomer Colleen Hileman of the American Red Cross. “We are very interested in recruiting young adults as volunteers and also looking to pursue a student club. We also plan to discuss additional opportunities for interns and/or project team engagements with Nancy Conley, the chapter’s executive director. We look forward to working more with CCU in the near future.”

    “Seeing so many caring and intentional professionals warmed my heart,” said Board of Visitors member Muriel O’Toole.

    Kathy Jenkins, executive director of New Directions, has attend since the event’s inception in 2013.

    “Because of these efforts by CCU, New Directions has been afforded engagement with projects involving solar panel installation, food redistribution and chronic disease management," said Jenkins.

    “Please keep up this good work,” said trustee Sam Frink.

  • Two CCU math students win prestigious certificates

    January 14 2017

    Two Coastal Carolina University students recently placed in the top 15 percent of student competitors at the Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) in Atlanta, Ga., a combined gathering of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society featuring undergraduate and graduate student competitions. Shaquille Dixon and Rachael Wagner were awarded winner’s certificates from the Mathematical Association of America.

    CCU students Dalton Watts, Tyler Sullivan and Dominique Forbes also participated in the Undergraduate Poster Session with about 500 other students from across the U.S. All five students will present their posters and research at the MAA Southeastern Section Meeting this March at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

    Dixon, a junior mathematics major from Greenville, S.C., presented a poster on “Space Filling Curves.” Dixon’s project was inspired by a YouTube video that caused him to think about how to change an image into an audible signal for the visually impaired. He was advised by Andrew Incognito, associate professor of mathematics at CCU.

    Wagner, a senior mathematics major from Great Falls, Va., researched functions that describe the rate at which people arrive in the emergency room at the Conway Medical Center. Her poster was titled “Modeling Emergency Department Arrivals using Non-Homogeneous Poisson Processes.” This research is aimed at helping hospitals to efficiently allocate resources. Wagner was advised by Lindsey Bell, associate professor of statistics at CCU.

    JMM is the largest annual academic mathematics meeting in the world and offers a variety of sessions that promote undergraduate research. To learn more about JMM, visit

    To learn more about CCU’s math program, visit 

  • Mike Cruise joins CCU as health educator

    January 25 2017

    Mike Cruise is the newest addition to Coastal Carolina University’s health and wellness community. As health educator, he will manage the day-to-day operation of Student Health Services’ health and wellness outreach programs and will lead prevention education, programs and services campuswide.

    Cruise earned a master’s degree in health promotion and wellness management from Missouri State University. His research included an assessment of the impact of sleep deprivation on the MSU student population. During graduate school, Cruise worked fulltime as a corporate wellness manager.

    Prior to joining CCU, Cruise worked as a health educator at the Army Wellness Center in Fort Sill, Okla., where he provided programs, education and primary preventive services targeted at improving the health and well-being of the military. He also developed individualized programs to improve the physical performance of soldiers.

    As a former college baseball player at the University of Missouri, Cruise is excited to join Teal Nation and is eager to develop new and exciting health and wellness programs for the CCU community.

    To meet the newest member of the health and wellness community, visit him in the Lib Jackson Student Union, Room B-102C, or contact him at or 843-349-6626.

  • Time to nominate students for Lackey Award

    January 27 2017

    The Ronald D. Lackey Service Award will be presented at the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Wheelwright Auditorium at 7 p.m. This is one of the most prestigious student awards on our campus, and only students who are nominated by one of their peers or by a faculty or staff member will be considered.

    You are invited to nominate undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:

    * have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above;
    * will graduate in May, August or December 2017;
    * have been significantly involved in campus organizations;
    * have provided leadership and service that has benefited the campus; and
    * have contributed significantly to the quality of campus life.

    To nominate a student, you will be directed to our Coastal Connections website and asked to enter your Coastal username and password.

    Students nominated will be notified to complete an Information Form no later than Monday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m.