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  • Keller wins state fellowship

    June 29 2017

    Elizabeth Keller, distinguished professor emeritus at Coastal Carolina University, has been named the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellow for Craft. She is one of four artists to receive the fellowship in categories of visual arts, craft, media: production and media: screenwriting. Fellowships come with an unrestricted award of $5,000.

    Keller retired in May 2017 after 23 years with CCU. A ceramic artist, Keller is noted for her narrative ceramic sculptures and whimsical teapots.

    Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive, anonymous process and are based on artistic excellence only. The fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.

  • CCU Social Media wins top honors

    June 28 2017

    The Higher Education Social Media Report is out and the #CCUSocialMedia program had an incredible year.

    It was named:

    •  #3 in the country in Twitter engagement
    •  #6 in the country in Facebook engagement

    The program jumped more than 142 spots from its position in last year's report. Instead of the number 191 social media program in the country, CCU is now the 49th social media program in the country.

    Credit goes to the content creators of University Communication – Brent Reser, director of social media, designers, videographers, photographers, writers, interns and #TEALnation followers.

  • CCU art students paint the town

    June 23 2017

    Have you seen the beautiful wall murals on our campus? The faculty member and students behind the art are now taking their talent into the community.

    Cat Taylor and his Arts 499 class are working on a mural on the side of the Grand Strand Masonic Lodge located at 919 6th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach. An official unveiling of the completed mural will take place this month.

    Taylor, a CCU lecturer and a mason, said there are masonic symbols throughout the mural. The Eye of Providence, the sun and moon, and black and white tile symbolize good and evil, and two columns support the earth and universe.  

  • CCU names new dean of University College

    June 30 2017

    Sara Hottinger has been named the new dean of University College at Coastal Carolina University, effective July 1.

    Hottinger is currently interim dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She has a Ph.D. in feminist studies with concentrations in history and the philosophy of mathematics. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and women’s studies from Beloit College in 1998.

    “Dr. Hottinger has served as an associate dean, assistant dean and department chair and is currently a professor of women’s and gender studies,” said Ralph Byington, provost and executive vice president at CCU. “With her background, she is well positioned to lead University College and the Honors Program. She understands the importance of our learning resource centers and the support structure that University College provides for our students.”

    “University College is home to innovative academic programs that support Coastal Carolina students as they navigate the university and explore their passions and interests,” said Hottinger. “I am excited to join the University College faculty and staff in this important work and to think about how we can collectively develop ways to partner with other colleges and departments across campus to build upon our core programs, develop more interdisciplinary programs, and ensure that Coastal Carolina students continue to have the opportunity to engage in innovative, intellectual inquiry, leading to meaningful professional lives once they graduate.”

    Hottinger is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research interests include feminist epistemology, cultural studies of science, and the history and philosophy of mathematics. Her publications include the book “Inventing the Mathematician Gender, Race, and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics” (2016, Albany, N.Y.: SUNY Press).
    University College assists first-year undeclared students in their successful transition from high school to college. The College administers CCU’s first-year advising activities, learning assistance centers and women’s and gender studies.

  • Moodle update coming

    June 23 2017

    The Coastal Office of Online Learning (COOL) has developed a resource guide highlighting the new features that are coming to Moodle with its pending upgrade. This guide was developed to not only provide information pertaining to new features, but to also address changes to existing features. A digital version of the Moodle Enhancements resource guide is available at

    We hope that faculty and staff will find this guide useful while exploring and learning about new features that will be available for your use in Moodle after the pending upgrade.

    For more information, contact

    Sherri Restauri
    Director of Coastal Office of Online Learning


  • Fowler to serve on USA’s IAAF World Championship staff

    June 26 2017

    Coastal Carolina director of track and field Sandy Fowler has been named assistant coach for the United States’ national team for the 2017 IAAF World Outdoor Championships this summer. The event will take place in London, England, from Aug. 3-14.

    Fowler will serve as the women’s throws coach at the 16th IAAF World Championships, which brings the world’s top athletes together every two years in an Olympic-caliber event. Among those vying for a spot on Team USA is Amber Campbell, a two-time Olympian in the hammer and member of the Coastal Carolina University and Big South Conference Halls of Fame.

    “It is always an honor to represent your country in international competitions,” Fowler said. “As a coach, you take these opportunities to heart because your peers are the ones that select you for the staff. This will also be huge for Coastal Carolina as I will have the platform as a USA staff member to talk about this great University during competition and on the international recruiting trail.”

    Fowler, who just completed her first season at Coastal, is no stranger to being a part of Team USA at international events. She represented Team USA as an assistant coach at the 2014 Pan-American Sports Festival in Mexico City, Mexico, as well as the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. She was Team USA head coach at the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

    Prior to coaching premier events, Fowler excelled in the shot put as she was a nine-time All-American and national champion. She was an alternate on the 1980 United States Olympic team and competed internationally for the United States in both the 1981 World University Games in Romania and at the 1981 Pan Pacific Games in New Zealand.

  • CeTEAL offers July courses for faculty and staff

    June 27 2017

    A group of CCU faculty is offering a “Reacting to the Past” workshop in August (see below for a description of this event). The deadline for registration is July 24, and space is limited, so sign up to reserve a spot. Also, the Coastal Office of Online Learning is offering two online learning opportunities for faculty. These sessions (listed below) are completely online and self-paced. To register or to read more about the sessions, visit the links below:

    QAI Online
    This course is open to faculty interested in learning more about the official quality assessment tool used at Coastal for online and hybrid course reviews, the Quality Assessment Inventory (QAI).

    Using Best Practices to Update Your Online Learning Course
    This course is open to faculty interested in learning Best Practices in Online Learning.
    To register for sessions visit

    Reacting to the Past Workshop - Deadline for Registration: July 24
    Friday, Aug. 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 12, 8:30 a.m. – noon

    Reacting to the Past (RTTP), an experiential role-playing pedagogy, offers successful tools to engage students in meaningful conversations about historical, social and scientific issues across disciplines. Students assume the character and agenda of historical figures and work with primary texts to strengthen their analytical and rhetorical skills. Assessment has shown that RTTP increases student engagement and retention rates.

    This two-day workshop offers participants the opportunity to engage in a shortened version of one of two RTTP games, either "Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman" or "Charles Darwin, the Copley Medal, and the Rise of Naturalism." Day One (Friday) will introduce players to Reacting to the Past and its pedagogy, followed by two sessions of compressed (and fun!) game play. Day Two (Saturday) will include the final session of game play, followed by a debriefing session, and a panel of students and faculty will be available to answer questions about syllabus design, student engagement, accessibility and other issues.

    Day 1: Friday, Aug. 11 – 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Brittain Hall 101), Day 2: Saturday, Aug. 12 – 8:30 - noon (Brittain Hall 101)
    Continental breakfast will be provided both days, and lunch will be served the first day of the workshop. For more information about RTTP, please check out the consortium's website at

    Space for this workshop is limited. Please sign up by July 24 to reserve a spot, and then send an email to to choose a game. You can choose either game listed below:

    •        Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman
    •        Charles Darwin, the Copley Medal, and the Rise of Naturalism
    If you encounter problems with registration or have a general question, please send an email to

    Other Upcoming sessions for July:

    Distance Learning
    Making an Introductory Video For Your Online Course
    Thursday, July 6, 9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
    Establishing an Online Instructor Presence
    Tuesday, July 11, 9:25 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
    The Online Course: Engagement is Not Optional
    Tuesday, July 11, 1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
    The Online Course: Building Community
    Tuesday, July 11, noon - 12:50 p.m.
    Building a Course Tour and Introduction Video
    Monday, July 17, 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Distance Learning Institute Overview
    Tuesday, Aug. 8, 4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
    Using Best Practices to Record Personal Lecture Capture Video
    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
    Using Adobe Spark to Create Content for Teaching and Learning
    Thursday, July 6, 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
    Minimizing Student Tech Excuses
    Monday, July 17, 2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
    Echo360 Video Lecture Capture (Basics)
    Monday, July 17, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Introduction to Moodle (Basics)
    Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
    Integration of Accessible Assignments & Activities into your Online, Hybrid and Flex Classes
    Tuesday, July 11, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Integration of Accessible Assignments & Activities into your Online, Hybrid and Flex Classes
    Tuesday, Aug. 1, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Assessment and Evaluation
    Portfolios: Types and Purposes
    Thursday, July 6, 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

    We are always looking for experts to teach sessions through our center. This is a great opportunity for service to the university. Please contact Tracy Gaskin ( if you are interested in teaching a session in your area of expertise.

    To register for any of CeTEAL’s session visit

    Read CeTEAL News at
    Please contact us if you have questions.
    Jenn Shinaberger (
    Jean Bennett (
    Matthew C. Tyler (
    Gail Sneyers (
    Tracy Gaskin (


  • Career Services goes to Handshake

    June 27 2017

    Coastal Carolina University’s Career Service Center is adding a new modern platform for college recruiting called Handshake, which will replace Symplicity, the current job posting system.

    Handshake offers new features such as:

    • A mobile experience - updating your job and internship postings, viewing applicants and more all while on the go using Handshake’s responsive design.

    • Registering for upcoming CCU Job and Internship Fairs and other student recruitment events

    • Managing information at other campuses with Handshake at no cost.

    Visit to create an account. Signing up is easy and takes less than five minutes. As we are switching over our entire database, we ask that you register so you can post future positions. We will no longer have the manpower to post positions for you. This will also be how we send invitations out for future career events on campus.

    Please post any jobs or internships that you have available on or after July 1. Students will be invited into the system shortly thereafter to start applying.

    For more information, visit Handshake's employer site:

    Or contact:
    • Jodie Tadlock
    Employer Recruitment

    • Robert Bulsza, M.A., LPC
    Director of Internships and Service Learning

    • Career Services Center
    Lib Jackson Student Union A-203
    Coastal Carolina University
    Conway, SC 29528