CCU Women


March is Women’s History Month, and Coastal Carolina University’s history is rich with strong and impactful women who have helped build this University from the ground up. To recognize and honor their contributions to this institution, region and state, we will highlight some of these women throughout the month of March!


THE WOMEN

Eliza Glaze
ELIZA GLAZE
2019 HTC Distinguished Teacher Scholar Lecturer

History Professor Eliza Glaze has received the 2019 HTC Distinguished Teacher Scholar Lecturer award in recognition of her outstanding teaching, intensive scholarly research and concern for student learning. Glaze has been with CCU since 2003 and has served as co-director of the University Honors Program, the chair of the Department of History, and the Lawrence B. and Jane P. Clark Endowed Chair in History, a three-year appointment. She has earned major research awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center, among others. Read more about Eliza's story.
Olivia Shirley
OLIVIA SHIRLEY
Summer research program sets CCU freshman up for early success

When Olivia Shirley, a freshman at Coastal Carolina University, walked into her first collegiate course and took a seat among her peers, the young Chanticleer felt that she belonged there among the glass laboratory equipment, black laminate top science tables and other accoutrements of scientific research. While all her classmates also work toward advancing the academic and scientific research community, Shirley had a proverbial leg up before she even set foot on campus as a student. She began college in the fall of 2018 with a published research paper, presentation credits and a second-place award from the South Carolina Academy of Science under her belt. Achievements of this nature are typically only accomplished by a few junior- or senior-level undergraduate students and graduate students, not high school students or college freshmen, says CCU chemistry professor Paul Richardson. Read more about Olivia's story.
Nikko Austen Smith
NIKKO AUSTEN SMITH
CCU alumna Nikko Austen Smith snags breakout role in “Queen Sugar” on Oprah Winfrey Network.

Smith has landed a role as Asha on OWN’s “Queen Sugar,” a series directed by Academy Award-nominated producer/director Ava DuVernay (“A Wrinkle in Time”) and cultural icon Oprah Winfrey. Already an accomplished student actress with numerous theatrical performances and a summa cum laude academic record, Smith graduated from Coastal Carolina University May 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a mission to find her way in the world. “Queen Sugar,” now in its third season, tells the story of the Bordelon family: three siblings struggling to navigate an intricate tangle of legacies, futures, tragedies and triumphs. Adapted from Natalie Baszile’s debut novel of the same name, the series delves deep into contemporary issues facing African-American families. Season 3 is set to address matters of public schooling, athlete protests against police violence and socio-economic inequality just for starters, all handled with relentless precision and the kind of high-stakes personal drama that regularly captures millions of viewers. “This was my dream role on my dream show,” Smith says. “I had to take it.” Read more about Nikko's story.
Paige Cribb
PAIGE CRIBB
Director of student support for the PGA Golf Management Program at CCU elected as the first woman president of the Carolinas PGA (CPGA) Section.

Paige Cribb, PGA, director of student support for the PGA Golf Management Program at Coastal Carolina University, has been elected as the first woman president of the Carolinas PGA (CPGA) Section. “This is historically significant, not only for the Carolinas PGA, but for the entire PGA of America,” according to the CPGA. “It is part of the PGA of America’s foundational plan that we will be defined by our commitment to diversity and inclusion that resonates throughout the PGA of America, its programs and practices. With Cribb in this position, this helps further our commitment and support of this important initiative for the game of golf.” Read more about Paige's story.

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CCU FACTS

1954

First female faculty member


Hired in 1954. Margaret K. Woodhouse Ph.D., taught history and English. She earned $4,500 for the 1954-1955 academic year.

1957

First women's group


The first women’s group on campus was the Anchor Club, started in 1957.

1958

First librarian


Catherine H. Lewis built the library collection in 1958.

1959

First female graduates


Emmaline Burroughs Cannon and Sara Lynn Singleton. The first CCU commencement was held in May of 1959.

1974

First female four-year graduate


Joann Wiegand.

1990s

First female Vice President


Sally Horner.

2002

Women's Studies established


The Women's Studies (later renamed Women's and Gender Studies) minor was officially created in 2002. The first directors of the program were Nelljean Rice and Preston McKever Floyd.

2008

First CCU Olympian


In 2008, Amber Campbell became the CCU's first Olympian, competing in the hammer throw. She has since competed in the 2012 and 2016 Games. Her highest finish was sixth in 2016.

2019

B.A./B.S. in WGS Established


Board of Trustees approves a B.A./B.S. in Women's and Gender Studies.

Highlights

CCU Women's Sports


  • Women’s basketball at CCU began in 1973.
  • Women’s beach volleyball was added in 2016.
  • Women’s cross country has made nine appearances at the NCAA championship and has 13 Big South Conference championships.
  • Women’s golf has seven Big South Conference championships.
  • Women’s indoor and outdoor track and field EACH have eight Big South Conference championships.

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EVENTS

ALL OF MARCH

1) Flags and signs display about Women at CCU and in the world on Prince Lawn
2) Library display of CCU faculty research on women and gender

MONDAY, MARCH 4
4:30 P.M. (ATNM105)

Women's History Month Keynote Address


Join us for a conversation with TV producer Stephanie Taylor about women's roles on the screen. Special appearances by some of Ms. Taylor's acting colleagues might be possible. Small reception to follow.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8
10:30 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. (Prince Lawn) (Rain location - LJSU Rotunda)

International Women's Day Celebration

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 - FRIDAY, MARCH 22
4:30 P.M. (LJSU Rotunda)

What Were You Wearing?


An exhibit that highlights violence against women. An opening reception will be held on March 19 at 4:30P.M.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. (AOC2 310)

W.A.G.E.S.


An experiential learning activity designed to educate individuals about the sources and cumulative effects of unconscious gender bias that good intentions alone cannot prevent. Sponsored by the Social Justice Research Initiative.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21
4:30 P.M. (ATNM105)

Women in Media Panel Discussion


Join students, faculty, and local news creators for a conversation about women's role in the media. Small reception to follow.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 - FRIDAY, MARCH 23
6:00P.M. on the 22nd & 9:00P.M. on the 23rd (Coastal Theater)

Screening of The Hate You Give (2018)


TUESDAY, MARCH 26
7:30 P.M. (EHFA Recital Hall) - TICKETS REQUIRED

Celebration of Women in Music


Sponsored by the Department of Music.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
5:00 P.M. - 7 P.M. (LJSU A213)

Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop


Learn about the wage gap and leave with practical advice about how to negotiate your salary!

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CCU WOMEN IN THE NEWS



Bree Newsome is keynote speaker at CCU’s Ella Baker Day Celebration


Get to know Chris Donevant-Haines: A fitting piece of the CCU puzzle


Salma Oubkkou continues both Fulbright tradition and Arabic offerings at CCU


The power of she: CCU’s production of ‘Julius Caesar’ features all-female cast

 

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WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES (WGS) PROGRAM


The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Coastal Carolina University is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of gender and its intersections with other identity markers such as sexuality, race, class, nationality, and ability/ disability as economic, political, and cultural constructs. It celebrates diversity, acknowledges women’s accomplishments, conditions and contributions, and highlights the ideologies implicit in women’s places in societies both in the U.S. and internationally.