Two Honored with Redefining Ready Award

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Aug. 16, 2011 – Associate Professor of Theater Phyllis Fields and Interactive Media Developer Harrison Waters have received Coker College’s Redefining Ready Award for innovative, forward-thinking service to the College.

Coker College President Robert Wyatt established the award in 2010, shortly after delivering his inauguration address, a speech in which he used the term “re-defining ready” to represent a fundamental ambition that drives his vision for Coker College.

The award, which was presented by Wyatt during his annual State of the College address this month, is intended to recognize College employees who exemplify the ability to help create strategic changes that advance the institution’s core mission to prepare students for lifelong success in a world that is not yet defined.

Fields joined the faculty in 2002 and currently serves as chair of the department of Dance, Music and Theater; music and theater director; director of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center; and coordinator of the African American Studies specialization.

She recently chaired a college committee that was tasked with developing a new four-year sequence of curricular and co-curricular experiences required for students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Music Education degree.  In addition, during the past academic year Fields spearheaded and directed a new summer performing arts camp for local children, supported college admissions programs around the country, and directed the college’s Performing Arts Showcase – the hugely popular culminating activity of Coker’s annual Celebration of Academics.

Since joining Coker’s staff in 2010, Waters has developed more than 50 college videos profoundly strengthening both internal campus communications and external institutional marketing.  A video he created for the Office of Advancement, “The 12 Needs of Christmas,” was recently featured in the Washington Post.

Last year the Re-Defining Ready award was given to Dean of Students Jason Umfress and Associate Professor of Mathematics Kaye Crook, now retired.


PHOTOS: Associate Professor of Theater Phyllis Fields (top); Interactive Media Developer Harrison Waters.



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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