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Newly established Honors College at CCU has more than 700 students

CONWAY, SC (10/15/2018)-- The HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies was established at Coastal Carolina University on Oct. 12, and the 700 students who had been accepted into the University's honors program are now the first students housed in the new college.

The HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies will feature many new initiatives and a revised curriculum. It will support students who have ties to majors and departments across campus: from honors students to interdisciplinary studies students, who build their own, innovative academic majors. In addition, the college will continue to support and advise undeclared first-year students as they select and transition into their major.

"This is a major milestone for Coastal Carolina University," said Ralph Byington, CCU's provost and executive vice president. "The HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies will offer an academically challenging, interdisciplinary education that requires students to become experts in a discipline of their choice - their academic major - while also asking them to think beyond their major in their interdisciplinary honors seminars."

According to Sara Hottinger, dean of the HTC Honors College, the college will also become a place for faculty from across campus to develop unique interdisciplinary courses and experiment with innovative teaching strategies that both challenge and inspire CCU's honors students.

"The HTC Honors College will be an incubator for our faculty and students to experiment with new teaching methodologies, new research strategies, and the creation of new and boundary-breaking knowledge," Hottinger said. "CCU faculty members who are affiliated with the Honors College will enhance the work they do in their departments and home disciplines, ensuring that the opportunities available for honors students expand to include all Coastal Carolina students. The HTC Honors College will place an emphasis on collaborative, experiential research and creative opportunities."

The board of trustees approved the establishment of an honors college at CCU in February, a year after the provost charged the CCU Honors Council with developing a proposal for a well-defined and innovative program consistent with the University's commitment to excellence and vision for student achievement and success.

Among those students who are now a part of the HTC Honors College:

Lauren Angello, a Biology major of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, 08234

Naisha Pacheco, a biology major of Penns Grove, NJ, 08069

Lauren Alcorn, a intelligence and national security studies major of Millville, NJ, 08332

Morgan Labbree, a Communication major of Woodbury, NJ, 08096

Michael Baney, a Information Technology major of Wenonah, NJ, 08090

Amanda O'Donnell, a management major of Somers Point, NJ, 08230

Taylor Bauer, a Exercise and Sport Science major of Sicklerville, NJ, 08081

Nina Orsimarsi, a Biology major of Sewell, NJ, 08080

Ilyssa Liberto, a Biology major of Sewell, NJ, 08080

Jacob Simone, a Marine Science major of Absecon, NJ, 08201

Julia Unger, a Psychology major of Medford, NJ, 08055

Cole Hancock, a intelligence and national security studies major of Delran, NJ, 08075

Heather Steen, a marine science major of Deptford, NJ, 08096

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 74 major fields of study. Among CCU's 22 graduate-level programs are 18 master's degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.

More than 10,600 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations.

Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.

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Lasell Field Hockey nips Rivier in overtime

NEWTON, MA (10/15/2018)-- Lasell College edged Rivier University, 5-4, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) field hockey game at Taylor Field.

Junior Sam Taylor (Hanover, Mass.) scored her second goal of the game two-and-a-half minutes into overtime. Taylor and sophomore Rebecca Duke (Ijamsville, Md.) each scored two goals for Lasell, and senior Julia Franzik (Wallingford, Conn.) added two assists. The Lasers improve to 11-5 overall and remain tied for first place in the GNAC with a 5-0 mark.

Sophomore Megan Horrigan (Wakefield, Mass.) put the Lasers on the board eight minutes into the game with her 12th goal of the season. Duke knocked home a pass from Franzik eight minutes later to double the Laser lead.

Taylor tallied her first goal of the game five minutes into the second half to give the Lasers a comfortable 4-1 lead, but the determined Raiders staged a strong comeback.

Taylor notched the game-winner in overtime on the only shot of the extra frame, a shot that ricocheted off a Raider defender and into the goal. It was her 12th of the season and second game-winner. Freshman Sofia Rodriguez (Peabody, Mass.) started in goal for Lasell and made four first-half saves. Classmate Makena Leazer (Nashua, N.H.) came in to start the second half and made five stops the rest of the way.

Prior to the game, Lasell recognized its seven seniors on Senior Day - Franzik, Cailin Flannery (Medford, N.J.), Riley Musial (Clinton, Conn.), Marianna Bean (Westbrook, Conn.), Nikki Pignone (Ipswich, Mass.), Mackenzie Foley (Wakefield, Mass.), and Bre Porcello (Melrose, Mass.).