Ribbon Cutting Set for Coker’s Downtown Lofts

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Aug. 2, 2011 – Coker College will host an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony at the corner of East Carolina Avenue and Campus Drive on Tuesday, August 9 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the opening of newly renovated loft apartments for 20 students.

“Adding downtown lofts to our suite of housing options represents another important milestone for us,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “In today’s national higher education market, which is becoming increasingly competitive, particularly among premier institutions, top students expect a wide array of residential choices and quality downtown college housing has become a highly prized option.

“In addition, we believe that our decision to invest in our downtown sends an important message beyond the campus boundaries.  It says, simply, both in word and deed, that the future of Coker College and Hartsville is a shared one,” he said.

Speakers at the ceremony will include Coker College President Robert Wyatt, Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington, building owner Steve Avant, Hartsville Downtown Development Association Executive Director Lenora LeFew and Coker College Dean of Students Jason Umfress.

Each two-bedroom apartment is approximately 700 square feet, includes its own full kitchen, living room and bathroom, and has cable television access and wireless Internet access. Tours of the apartments will be available following the ribbon cutting program. Refreshments will be served.

Parking for the event will be available in Coker College’s lot at the corner of East College Avenue and Campus Drive.



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, Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. For more information contact Barb Steadman: 843-397-9959 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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