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Anthropology and Geography Club
The Anthropology and Geography Club hosts an introductory meeting each semester, and then activities, lectures, field trips, and other events throughout the year. The Club is open to all students, regardless of major. A fee of $5 is required to participate in off-campus activities. Many on-campus activities are open to the entire CCU community. For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Dillian at cdillian@coastal.edu.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) on Coastal’s campus gives back to their community by raising money for students and adults with disabilities, working with the LIFE Program participants, and partnering with local organizations to provide enriching experiences for individuals with disabilities. Members of CEC enjoy going out into the community and spending time with individuals with disabilities and fundraising. CCU CEC participates in Polar Plunge, SC Special Olympics, Miracle League, Will to Surf, Aynor Family Fun Day, bake sales, and many more. CEC meetings are held twice a month in Prince 108. Students interested in joining CEC can contact Grace Corbin at glcorbin@coastal.edu.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is an international honor society in education committed to recognizing excellence and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for educational professionals. The KDP motto is: “So to Teach, So to Serve, So to Live.” The Rho Chi Chapter at CCU was founded in 1990. The club currently has a student executive board and holds inductions in the fall and spring semester of each academic year.  KDP is known for its involvement in several community activities. Each semester at least one service project is completed with a local school. Current members also voted to adopt a student at an international school in the country of Liberia. Most recently, KDP has established a partnership with Plantersville Elementary School in Georgetown County. Requirements for joining KDP are a 3.25 GPA and acceptance into the Education Professional Program.  Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. If anyone has questions, please contact Dr. Jamia Richmond at jrichmon@coastal.edu.

Phi Alpha Delta PhotoPhi Alpha Delta (Law Fraternity)
"The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service."

There are no bars to entry, you need not be a particular major, year, or GPA (so long as you are in good standing with the University). For more information, visit Coastal Connections or contact Dr. Mikel Norris at mnorris1@coastal.edu

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)  Membership is open to all students enrolled in the Physical Education Teacher Education program and welcomes new members. PETE club members attend South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SCAHPERD) Conference each November. At this conference, students from all across the state attend several interactive and content knowledge sessions and compete on the beach in the annual future professional “Superstars” competition. PETE also plays an active role in mentoring ‘at risk’ youth within the local schools. The physical activities for the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program's “Teal Youth Day” held on campus each semester are orchestrated by the Physical Education students. Contact Dr. Nilo Ramos at nramos@coastal.edu for more information.

Fall 2017 Pi Sigma Alpha Induction Ceremony

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas in Austin to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level. With chapters number well over 600, and with over 7,000 students joining its ranks each year, it is still the only recognized college honor society in the discipline and is now one of the largest constituent members of the Association of College Honor Societies. For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Hurd Hale.

The Sociology and Criminology Club, named Best New Student Organization in 2021 by CCU students, is a social organization that is open to all students, regardless of major or minor, who have an interest in various topics found within sociology and criminology. The purpose of our meetings is to allow open discussions between students and faculty members about how sociological concepts like gender, race, the environment, poverty, crime, social justice and many others apply in the real world and in our everyday lives.  The Sociology and Criminology Club is open to all students and alumni and strives to create a safe and open space for everyone by emphasizing inclusivity, respect, and critical thinking.  

The Sociology and Criminology Club engages in various community projects and campus events during the semester and we welcome anyone interested in joining to sign up on Coastal Connections for meeting times and updates! Please contact the club’s advisor, Dr. Jennifer Schlosser (jschlosse@coastal.edu) for more information.

The CCU Solar Ambassadors team and class partners with a solar seed fund in San Francisco as well as local utilities and installers to identify solar energy projects on nonprofits and in our community.  We learn about solar policy, economics, business, and technical/installation, project management/design, and apply those skills in the real world.  Solar Ambassadors meet inside and outside of class to educate the community and advocate for cleaner, more affordable, and equitable energy choices.  The spring semester will include technical certification training called the North American Board Certification of Energy Professionals (NABCEP). Solar and renewable energy is a growing field with burgeoning job placement.  This class links marketable knowledge and skills to industry in the field.

Solar Ambassador students also participate in the Coastal Charge program. This is an energy efficiency program on campus that measures energy use in the residence halls and challenges students to reduce their usage to save energy, emissions, and money.  Solar Ambassadors learn energy efficiency skills and directly impact the energy efficiency on campus through practical, skills-based applications. For more information, contact Dr. Pam Martin at plmartin@coastal.edu.

Student-South Carolina Education Association (S-SCEA) provides Coastal Carolina University students who are majoring in Education with tools and leadership opportunities to in turn become effective teacher leaders that advocate for the next generation. The organization strives to cultivate a generation of teachers who aspire to inspire until they retire. The organization is founded upon three core values: professional development, community involvement, and political involvement. Students must have a 3.25 GPA or higher, and be majoring in education. Our current initiatives are the Trunk O' Treat, Teacher Library Donation, Autism Awareness Walk, and Professional Development. We meet once a month for business meetings/professional development. Apply today to start investing in your collegiate career. All applications must be submitted to the executive board. Additional information can be found on our Coastal Connections page.

WE RISE (Women Educators of Color Reimagining Sisterhood through Education and Empowerment)

This club is open to all gender-expansive, nonbinary, and trans women of color educators who are on the track to become licensed educators. 

VISION
Our vision is to increase the recruitment and retention of Black, Indigenous Women of Color by strengthening the pipeline of aspiring educators in education who are socially just and focused on creating equitable opportunities for ALL students, with a focus on Black and Brown students who have intersecting identities and are often minoritized. 

MISSION
We recruit and retain Black, Indigenous, Women of Color aspiring educators through mentorship, professional and personal development, leadership and career development pathways while focusing on the health and wellbeing of participants who will thrive and lead in their classrooms, schools, communities, and globally.

For more information, contact Dr. Tiffany Hollis at thollis@coastal.edu.