Coker Faculty News and Notes- November 2010

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Recently, many of Coker College’s faculty have been recognized for their outstanding work within the academic community. From presentations at national conferences to receiving grants for research projects, Coker is being well represented throughout the country by its faculty.

  • On November 4, Dr. Professor of Education Darlene M. Maxwell presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. Maxwell, the Board Secretary of the International Play Association/The American Association for the Child’s Right to Play, made her presentation along with other Board Members entitled, “Advocating for play: Tools for assessing community and program play needs including recess, Play Days, playgrounds, and other appropriate play opportunities for children.” The presentation was meant to inspire educators to become successful advocates for play in the lives of young children.
  • Also on November 4, Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Joe Flaherty was honored as a distinguished professor and finalist for the South Carolina Governor’s Professor of the Year Award by the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education.  Although Joe did not win the Professor of the Year award, he is the first Coker professor in recent history to be named a finalist.
  • Associate Professor of Business Administration Melinda Norris presented her paper, “Marketing Sustainability Globally,” at the Association for Global Business Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 14. A worldwide, non-profit organization, the Association for Global Business helps to foster education in the fields of business, economics, computer information and science, political science and related areas of global concern.
  • Dr. Jennifer Borgo, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dan Hill, Assistant Director of Kalmia Gardens, have received a grant from the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) to fund training and Global Information Systems (GIS) software. This funding will facilitate inventories, garden promotion, invasive species management, teaching opportunities, and grant applications.  The primary goal is to create an online map of Kalmia Gardens, helping to provide specific documentation of antebellum camellias and Kalmia Garden’s three state champion trees. In addition, GIS software will aid in invasive species management and it will provide Coker’s ecology students with substantial research opportunities.
  • Finally, Jim Boden, Associate Professor of Art has had one of his paintings accepted into the “Small Works Exhibition” at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. Boden’s painting will be on display from December 2, 2010 until January 7, 2011.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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