Coastal Carolina University

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Coastal Carolina University
New Coastal Logo.jpg
Motto Ex Libertate Veritas
("From Liberty, Truth")
Established 1954
Type Public
Endowment $17.7 million
President David A. DeCenzo
Academic staff 556
Students 9,478
Location Conway, South Carolina, USA
Campus Urban
630 acres
Colors Teal and Bronze          
Athletics NCAA Division I Big South Conference
18 intercollegiate teams
Nickname Chanticleers
Mascot Chauncey the Chanticleer
Website www.coastal.edu
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Coastal Carolina University (commonly referred to as CCU or Coastal) is a public,[1] state-supported, liberal arts university in Conway, South Carolina, USA, located eight miles (13 km) west of Myrtle Beach. Founded in 1954, Coastal became an independent university in 1993. The University enrolls approximately 9,300 students on its 630-acre (2.5 km2) campus.

CCU's main and east campuses are located in Conway. The institution also offers courses at the Litchfield Higher Education Center in Pawleys Island and the Myrtle Beach Education Center in Myrtle Beach. The University is a national sea-grant institution and owns part of Waties Island, a 1,105-acre (4.47 km2) barrier island which serves as a natural laboratory. Coastal Carolina is also the home of the Horry County Schools Scholars Academy, a high school for gifted students.

CCU offers baccalaureate programs in 65 major fields of study and graduate programs in education, business administration, accountancy, coastal marine and wetland studies, and writing. Coastal Carolina is home to Kimbel Library, the University's academic library. The institution is organized into five academic college and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer education through the doctoral level.[2]

History[edit]

Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College, a two-year community college by the Coastal Educational Foundation, a group of citizens who wanted a post-secondary institution in the Grand Strand. The college originally operated under contract as an extension of the College of Charleston (C of C). Classes met at night at Conway High School and were taught by part-time faculty. After C of C shuttered its extension programs, Coastal became an independent community college supported by the citizens of Horry County. The Horry County Educational Commission was created in 1959 to oversee some of the tax money. This body was responsible for contracting out operations to the University of South Carolina a year later as Coastal Carolina Regional Campus. It moved to its first permanent facility in 1962 under a new name, Coastal Carolina College of the University of South Carolina. A decade of growth led to the school becoming a four-year institution in 1974. By 1991, enrollment had grown to over 4,000 students, leading the Coastal Educational Foundation and Horry County Educational Commission to seek independent status for the school. On July 1, 1993, the school officially became an autonomous institution under the name Coastal Carolina University.[3]

Academic organization[edit]

The E. Craig Wall, Sr. College of Business Administration[edit]

The business college, most commonly referred to as "Wall" offers six undergraduate majors: accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and resort tourism management. The PGA Golf Management program is one of only 20 programs in the nation accredited by the PGA of America. Business students can also minor in economics or international business. The business college also offers two graduate programs, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program and the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program, and a graduate certificate in fraud examination.[4] The Wall College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). [5]

The Wall College is also home to several programs and centers.

  • BB&T Center for Economic and Community Development
  • Clay Brittain, Jr. Center for Resort Tourism
  • Professional Golf Management Program

William L. Spadoni College of Education[edit]

The Spadoni College of Education grants the degrees Bachelor of Arts in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, and Special Education / Learning Disabilies; Bachelor of Science in Physical Education; Master of Education in the areas of Educational Leadership and Teaching & Learning; and Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education in six specialization areas, as well as an Online Teaching Endorsement. The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE),[6] and each of its constituent programs is recognized by the South Carolina Department of Education and its corresponding specialized professional association (SPA). [7]

The Spadoni College of Education is home to several research and outreach endeavors, including the Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning, and Community Engagement and the Learning is for Everyone (LIFE) Program, a "post-secondary education and transition program for young adults who have mild to moderate intellectual disabilities". [8] Beginning with the Fall 2015 semester, the College will also host Teaching Fellows cohorts. Teaching Fellows is a program of the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement intended to "address the need to recruit high quality teachers" in South Carolina. [9]

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts[edit]

  • Department of Communication, Languages and Cultures
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Department of Politics and Geography
  • Department of Theatre
  • Department of Visual Arts

Coastal Carolina University Bands
The Coastal Carolina University Bands are currently under the direction of Dr. James Tully. Athletic Bands are under the direction of Dr. Raul Barcenes. All bands are housed within the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

  • Concert Bands
  • The Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band and Pep Band
  • CCU Jazz Ensembles
  • POP 101
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Brass Quartet
  • Flute Choir
  • Percussion Ensembles

College of Science[edit]

The College of Science currently offers 20 academic programs (majors, minors, and graduate degrees), including a Master of Science degree in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies and a new Doctor of Philosophy degree in Coastal and Marine Systems Science. The Marine Systems department houses 4 vessels for both teaching and research. The flagship of the fleet is the R/V Coastal Explorer, a 54 ft. coastal region research vessel.[10]

  • Burroughs and Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry and Physics
  • Department of Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Department of Health Sciences
  • Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies
  • Department of Marine Science
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Department of Psychology and Sociology
  • School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)[edit]

  • Chanticleer Company

Accreditations[edit]

The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

In addition, several of the University's other programs have been accredited. They include:

  • The E. Craig Wall, Sr. College of Business Administration - accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Leadership[edit]

Director From To
Edward J. Woodhouse 1954 1955
George C. Rogers 1955 1961
William C. Casper 1961 1963
Chancellor From To
Edward M. Singleton 1963 1983
Fredrick W. Hicks, III 1983 1985
Ronald G. Eaglin 1985 1992
Ronald R. Ingle 1992 1993
President From To
Ronald R. Ingle 1993 2007
David A. DeCenzo 2007 present

Media and campus publications[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

  • WCCU - Student-run online radio station launched in Spring 2009.
  • Coastal Today - A half-hour television program produced by the University.

Print media[edit]

  • Coastal Carolina Magazine
  • Coastal Carolina Newsletter

Student publications[edit]

  • The Chanticleer - The student newspaper
  • Archarios - A student-produced literary art magazine
  • Tempo - A student-produced features magazine

Student life[edit]

University Housing[edit]

Main Campus Housing[edit]

  • The Chancellors - Ingle and Eaglin Halls
Traditional suite and semi-suite residence halls
  • The Woods - Dogwood, Oak, Cypress, Elm, Maple and Palmetto Halls
Suite-style living units with 4 single bedrooms
  • The Gardens - Azalea and Magnolia Halls
Semi-suite living units each with a shared bedroom and common spaces

University Place[edit]

Located 1/2 mile from Main Campus

  • University Place
46 Apartment-style living units

Student Activities[edit]

Student organizations include the Student Government Association (SGA), S.T.A.R. (Students Taking Active Responsibility) and the Coastal Activities Board, along with a number of other academic, honor, service, interest, social and religious organizations.[11] Intramural sports are also offered through the Department of Campus Recreation.[12]

The SGA is the governing body of the campus and is in charge of allocating and disbursing funds to the clubs and organizations on campus. The current President and Executive Vice President of the SGA are Desmond Wallace and Nicholas James Baldino. Other executive positions include Chief of Staff, President Pro-Tempore, Vice President for Finance and Vice President for Public Relations.[13] Elections for SGA positions are held each spring. The SGA's legislative body is composed of two senators from each grade and college who are elected by the student body. SGA has passed legislation to change various policies on campus. Over the years, they have passed legislation to create the HTC Center, Rowdy Rooster and have made replacement CINO cards free to students as well as more. SGA meetings are currently held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in Wall building 317.

Club sports[edit]

Coastal Carolina University also boasts an array of competitive and non-competitive club sports including : Baseball, Hockey, Soccer (M), Soccer (W), Lacrosse(M), Lacrosse(W), Triathlon, Wrestling, Saltwater Anglers, Surfing, Wake Sports, Rugby, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Fishing, and Quidditch.

The Chanticleer Rugby club, a member of USA Rugby South, won the Small College National Championship in 2009.[14] The club also won the 2009 NSCRO Men's Division III Rugby Tournament.

Greek life[edit]

NIC and independent fraternities[edit]

Panhellenic sororities[edit]

NPHC organizations[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Coastal Carolina's athletic programs compete in NCAA Division I as a member of the Big South Conference (the football team competes in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision). The primary colors of the university's athletic programs are teal, black and bronze.

Until the mid-1960s Coastal's teams were known as the Trojans. From the then-college's affiliation with the University of South Carolina, the push was made for a mascot more in line with the parent's mascot (the Gamecock); the ultimate choice was the Chanticleer (pronounced SHON-ti-clear), the proud, witty rooster made famous in "The Nun's Priest's Tale" of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (the mascot itself would be named Chauncey). When Coastal became an independent university in 1993, despite some calls for "a complete split from USC" (i.e., change the mascot), the Chanticleer remained the school's mascot.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Name Notability
Mickey Brantley Former Seattle Mariners and Yomiuri Giants outfielder
Amber Campbell Hammer thrower who competed in both the 2005 & 2009 World Championships,and the 2008 & 2012 Olympic Games
Kheli Dube Former MLS forward, New England Revolution
Tom Gillis PGA Tour professional
Gary Gilmore CCU Head Baseball Coach, also played collegiate baseball at CCU
Keith Glauber Former Cincinnati Reds pitcher
Dustin Johnson 7 Time PGA Tour winner & member of the 2010 & 2012 USA Ryder Cup Team & 2011 Presidents Cup Team
Luis Lopez Former Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos infielder
Kirt Manwaring Catcher who played with the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros
Joseph Ngwenya Former MLS forward. Drafted 3rd overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft. Currently playing for the Richmond Kickers
Josh Norman Cornerback, Carolina Panthers
Stu Riddle Former Head Coach, Kalamazoo Outrage. Member of the 1996 New Zealand Olympic Soccer Team
Maurice Simpkins Linebacker, NFL
Jerome Simpson Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings. Drafted in the 2nd Round (46th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft
Quinton Teal Defensive back, San Diego Chargers
Tyler Thigpen Quarterback, Buffalo Bills
Mike Tolbert Fullback, Carolina Panthers

Arts, entertainment, and media[edit]

Name Notability
Michael Russo General Manager of the Lakewood BlueClaws baseball team Single-A Affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies [17]
Bailey Hanks Actress and winner of MTV's Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods
Michael Kelly Actor featured in House of Cards and films such as Dawn of the Dead (2004), Invincible (2006), Changeling (2008) & The Adjustment Bureau (2011).
Chad Mureta Entrepreneur, author, and mobile app developer
Elise Testone Contestant on American Idol Season 11
Adam Roberts Broadway Actor Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Michael Chambers World renowned puppeteer and interpretive dancer. Class of 1996
Dan "NYD" Stasiukiewicz Contestant on the Voice, Contestant on Bank of Hollywood, has appeared on Shipmates, Burn Notice, Magic City, Operation Dumbo Drop, Golden Gloves winning boxer, musician and winner of the Long Island Open Golf tournament.

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Coordinates: 33°47′41″N 79°00′42″W / 33.794722°N 79.011667°W / 33.794722; -79.011667