Begun in 2016 with the creation of the CCU History Project, this collection of oral history interviews features interviewees who made significant contributions to the development and progress of the University. This collection therefore serves as a resource that enriches the historical perspectives within the university archives.
Eugene "Gene" Collins, oral history interview
E. Eugene "Gene" Collins and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Collins, a long-time Coastal Carolina University computer science and math faculty member talks about education, his 40-plus year teaching career at Coastal, serving on committees and contributing to campus life, as well as his views on Coastal's growth and history.
Edgar L. Dyer, III, oral history interview
Edgar L. Dyer III and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Longtime CCU professor and administrator, Eddie Dyer joined the political science faculty in 1976 and held many key administrative positions; executive vice president, vice president of university relations, executive director of the Coastal Educational Foundation, interim director of athletics and interim dean of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Dyer recalls his decision to accept his initial Coastal position, his beginning teaching years and his many roles on campus and in the community. He discusses the campus climate and the many changes he observed over his 40+ years' tenure at the institution.
J. Ken East, Jr., oral history interview
J. Ken East Jr. and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Son of JK East, designated founder of Coastal Carolina College, Ken East, Jr. discusses his father's accomplishments in South Carolina education and his devotion to establishing higher education in Horry County. East, Jr. recounts his father's character and determination to improve all levels of education for all South Carolinians.
Rodney O. Gragg, oral history interview
Rodney O. Gragg and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Rod Gragg discusses his broadcast career with several media outlets. He talks about his experiences at Coastal, first as a student and much later his return to campus to establish its first department for public relations. He reviews the major Coastal news stories of that time (1980s - early 2000s), including the residence halls and independence from USC as well as the growth of the region.
Anne Trainer Monk, oral history interview
Anne Trainer Monk and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Monk describes her student life at Coastal and her early careers in Columbia, SC and Loris, SC. Her return to Coastal to lead the public information office experienced challenges of campus growth and expanded communications. Her memorable CCU news stories from early 1990s to 2015 are discussed.
Clark B. Parker, oral history interview
Clark B. Parker and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Parker, a Coastal alumnus, served as a CCU Board member from 1993 - 2008 including two terms as Chair. He discusses his years as a student at Coastal, meeting his wife, Marcia (a Coastal student) and their campus jobs in athletics. He recounts his statewide work with many others for Coastal's independence from USC, its hurdles and challenges. Parker is an honorary founder of CCU. The second campus building carries his and his wife's names, the Clark and Marcia Parker Atheneum Hall Alumni Center in 2017.
Joyce B. Parker, oral history interview
Joyce B. Parker and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Joyce Parker describes her times in the classroom as a Coastal English professor from the 60s to the 90s and on the stage as a singer and actor for local theater venues and in university music events. She recalls her colleagues in the School of Humanities and their interactions.
Marshall Parker, oral history interview
Marshall E. Parker and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Marshall Parker reviews his many positions at Coastal, including Director of the Graduate Regional Studies program, the director of continuing education, professor of physical education and head coach of the men's tennis team. He reflects on the cultural changes at Coastal and his passion for teaching students.
Geoffrey Parsons, Oral history interview
Geoffrey Parsons and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Known as Coastal's International Ambassador, Parsons, who was a graduate student at Coastal in 1987, held positions in international programs including Director of International Programs when new exchange programs and travel opportunities expanded for Coastal students. Parsons discusses his work at Coastal and his global travels with students and faculty.
Daniel A. Selwa, oral history interview
Daniel L. Selwa and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Professor Emeritus of Geography, Selwa was the longest serving Chair of a CCU department (Politics and Geography). He also served as athletic director and head baseball coach and men's basketball coach. He discusses his interview at Coastal, his subsequent work at Coastal from the early 1970s to his retirement in 2006. His 40+ year career at Coastal is expressed through the many campus and educational changes.
Patricia Singleton-Young, oral history interview
Patricia Singleton-Young and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
An actively involved Coastal student, Singleton-Young began (and ended) her 35+-year professional career at Coastal in a variety of student services areas, including Greek life, career services and financial aid. She was the first African-American Director of Student Activities (and later Multi-cultural Student Services) at Coastal. Beloved by students, her personal approach to caring for students gained her a lasting reputation for "Feeling the Teal". In 2019, a residence hall was named in her honor.
Robert W. Squatriglia, oral history interview, Part One
Robert W. Squatriglia and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Known as "Dr. Bob", Squatriglia contributed to Coastal's growth through his position as Vice President for Student Affairs at Coastal for over three decades. He tells about his meeting Dr. Singleton (Coastal Chancellor), his early years at Coastal and establishing a student center and the first residence halls on campus. His accomplishments included establishing minority student relations, an honors convocation, veterans affairs / association, numerous student awards and honors, and dealing effectively in many ways with the growth of the campus and student enrollment.
Robert W. Squatriglia, oral history interview, Part Two
Robert W. Squatriglia and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
Squatriglia expands on his discussions in his earlier interview (Feb 9, 2016) , providing more details and statistics on the achievements of Student Affairs and the campus overall during his time at Coastal.
Stephen H. West, oral history interview
Stephen H. West and Charmaine B. Tomczyk
West discusses his early careers and then time at Coastal as a student in the late 1960s and later as a faculty member in the department of math and computer science. He remembers many of his teachers and colleagues and focuses on his love of teaching math.