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  • Music students perform with Carolina Master Chorale

    February 13 2017

    Six winners of the inaugural Carolina Master Chorale/Coastal Carolina Student Vocal Competition took the stage Feb. 10-12 to perform four concerts with the Carolina Master Chorale at locations in Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach, Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach.

    Senior Whitney Daniels, a vocal performance major, seniors Francesca Brown, Brian Bruno, Paige Mason and Corey Ryan, and junior Sarah Parker, all BFA musical theatre majors, performed solos from the Broadway and operatic repertoire with and without chorus. They received loud, long standing ovations at each concert.

    CCU faculty members Timothy Koch and Daniel Francis serve the CMC as music director and collaborative pianist, respectively. CCU faculty member Charles Jones Evans (also music director of the Long Bay Symphony); staff pianist, D. Scott Ferguson;Housing Services Coordinator Rocken Roll; and retired Vice President for Development Fran Gilbert all performed as members of the Carolina Master Chorale.

  • CCU alumni betrothed at Chauncey statue

    February 20 2017

    The first time Shane Norris met his sweetheart Jess Dennison, he knew he would propose to her on campus one day. Eight years later, he did it in front of the Chauncey statue at the entrance to the TD Sports Complex, which seemed appropriate since they were both track and field student-athletes during their four years at Coastal Carolina University.

    The couple had traveled back to campus the weekend of Feb. 18-19 for opening weekend of the Chanticleer baseball season and for the National Championship ring presentation for the baseball team. It gave Norris a perfect opportunity to pop the question.

    “I felt like proposing where it all began,” he says. “And the Chauncey statue is such a cool location.”

    “Coastal is near and dear to our hearts,” says Norris. “We follow Coastal athletics with a passion, and we love the University. The friendships we built with classmates, teammates, administrators and faculty are some of the best we still hold today.”

    Originally from Lexington, S.C., Norris graduated in 2012 with a degree in communication. He was a reporter for WBTW and a producer at WNCN in Raleigh, N.C. He is now in public relations at G&S Business Communications in Raleigh.

    Dennison, who is from Kendallville, Ind., majored in exercise and sport science, graduating in 2013. She later earned an associate degree and is a physical therapy assistant at Emerge Orthopedics in Clayton, N.C.

    “And yes, Jess is leaning toward teal as a main color in our wedding,” says Norris.

  • Student-athletes participate in ‘Caring for Kindergartners’ program

    February 13 2017

    More than 80 Chanticleer student-athletes and Chauncey recently visited 15 Horry County elementary schools to demonstrate to 81 kindergarten classes the importance of reading.

    “Caring For Kindergartners” is a program created by United Way that emphasizes the significance of reading, giving and sharing. To incorporate this message, the athletes read Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” to the young students. This is the 14th year CCU athletes have participated in the program.

    After listening to the student-athletes read, the kindergartners participated in a coloring activity. They were told to color a picture about a lesson they learned from the story, all of which were later sent to local senior citizens. Chauncey visited Carolina Forest Elementary and took pictures with the children.

    “A lot of local teachers are CCU graduates, so for them to have their alma mater come into their classroom is really special for them," said Cari Rosiek, CCU associate athletic director. “It’s amazing to see it come full circle.”

    The student-athletes were among CCU’s 18 intercollegiate athlete programs, coaches, athletic administrators and members of the cheerleading team who all participated in the event. The athletes are required to have a GPA higher than a 3.0 to participate.

    “It is important to go out into our surrounding community and serve the youth by reading and spending time with them,” said Nicholas Clark, a football player and a senior graduate student in the business college. “Caring for Kindergartners is always a good reminder that we are role models, and our responsibility and duty as student-athletes is bigger than us. Fostering a positive student-athlete image both on campus and in the community is what we do in the Sun Belt Conference. Being able to take time out of our weeks and go have that open dialogue between a kindergartner about their passions and dreams is special."

    “We eagerly anticipate this event and the ability to assist with stressing the importance of reading; it allows the athletes to reflect back to the time when they were in kindergarten,” said Rosiek. “It also helps to provide a wider fan base and support for the Chanticleers.”


  • CCU's social media wins big at CASE Awards

    February 17 2017

    The Coastal Carolina University social media program (#CCUSocialMedia) took home the Award of Excellence for its #CCU Keys to Success Facebook campaign at the CASE District III Awards in the Social Media Strategy and Execution category.

    Running from June through December of 2016, the campaign featured Coastal Carolina alumni. Participants explained how Coastal Carolina contributed to their professional success by revealing the main “keys” they learned while they were students at CCU. Accompanying the text portion of the post was a photo of the participant at his or her work computer with Chanticleer keyboard tattoos covering the keys.

    The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE District III is made up of the Southeastern states.

    Brent Reser manages CCU's social media programs.

  • OSL offers community service trips for student volunteers

    March 6 2017

    Coastal Carolina University’s Office of Student Life is sponsoring three alternative spring break trips for students. The three community service trips run from Saturday, March 4, to Saturday, March 11.

    Four students traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., to work with nonprofit agencies that deal with domestic and sexual violence prevention. Torey Green and Heather Williams, the student site leaders, and Eddie Harris and Alexis Schemmel are working with the Children’s Home Society of Florida and the Quigley House. The Children’s Home Society works to heal children who have been hurt, create strong and stable families, and break the generational cycle of child abuse in families. The students are helping with maintenance, yard work and spring cleaning on CHS grounds.

    The Quigley House offers individual, group and child counseling, a 24-hour shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, community education and case management. All services are provided free to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The CCU students are assisting the Quigley House by helping organize its on-site thrift store.

    Green, organizer of the Jacksonville trip, says she got the idea for the project at a conference she attended in Atlanta where she met and collaborated with Break Away, an alternative breaks organization. At the conference, Green worked directly with community partners to help deal with issues including sexual assault and domestic violence.

    “[The trip] made me realize how hard the agencies work, and how much help they need on a regular basis,” Green says. “Jobs like simple maintenance are so important because they take a lot of that responsibility off those who are working with the organizations so that they can spend more time with the clients.”

    For the second trip, five students and one staff adviser traveled to Asheville, N.C., to work with the homeless. Megan Foster and Maggie Head are the student site leaders and worked with Brit Mingee, Brandi Rogers and Tori Bostick, as well as staff adviser Jessica Combess. The trip was planned in association with the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly and other sponsoring organizations.
    “I hope that I and my fellow team members can really make an impact on the people in Asheville,” says Foster, a junior communication student. “I am very passionate about service and being an active citizen in my community as well as in other places.” She hopes to gain extensive knowledge on the homeless epidemic and to bring that knowledge back to CCU and Myrtle Beach.

    The Office of Student Life also offered a trip for students involved in Greek life on campus. Eleven students from eight different organizations attended the trip to Atlanta, Ga., to work with Central Night Shelter, a homeless shelter located in downtown Atlanta.

    CCU students Megan Garnell, Madison Traina, Michelle Arnold, Aly Lung, Madisyn DeMara, Huston Todd, Akiiana Planter, Kyla Hilty, Manny Smalls, Amani Phipps and James Santore signed up for the trip. Brittany Bowles, director of fraternity and sorority life, accompanied the students on the trip. The student volunteers worked 12-hours shifts from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., taking shifts to stay up throughout the night to watch the shelter and assist the men with anything they need.

    “The shelter is located in two churches right next to each other. For CCU to come in and take a week off [the shelter’s] hands by finding volunteers for every night of the week in both shelters is a tremendous help,” Bowles says.
    Currently, the alternative spring break program is funded by the student participants and the Office of Student Life. The Atlanta trip is also sponsored in part by a GoFundMe page set up by the volunteers. Money from the GoFundMe goes toward buying supplies for the shelter.

    As the program expands, other fundraising avenues will be explored to help offset costs, according to Elaine Giles, CCU coordinator of civic engagement. Giles can be contacted at 843-349-2939 or