Coker Approaches 9-11 Anniversary with Community Service

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Sept. 2, 2011 – Coker College will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11th tragedies with a series of events that will culminate with a special college-community offering, September 11, 2001: A Community Remembers, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, in Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

On Thursday at 9:15 a.m. on the Davidson Hall Courtyard, Coker students, faculty and staff will join with Darlington County Sheriff J. Wayne Byrd, Hartsville Police Department Chief James Hudson and Captain Patricia Ray in a quiet remembrance ceremony to honor civil servants and members of the armed forces.

On Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the flagpole in front of the Student Center, President Wyatt invites faculty and staff to gather for a few moments of private reflection.

“While we were not all standing physically together on 9-11, few can deny the blessings of the special collegial spirit of leadership and service that binds this campus community and infuses it with hope and good will,” said Wyatt. “When we gather with our colleagues beneath our nation’s flag on Friday, I hope we will remember those blessings and find assurance that they continue still.”

On Saturday, more than 140 students, faculty staff and community members will join in a Day of Service, doing various clean-up and maintenance projects in Hartsville.  Service sites include Carolina Elementary, Hartsville High School, North Hartsville Elementary, Washington Street Elementary, Kalmia Gardens, Habitat for Humanity and the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club.

Finally, on Sunday afternoon Coker College will host a special commemorative event, September 11, 2001:  A Community Remembers.

“Ten years ago, 9/11 became more than a date.  We all remember where we were, who we were with and what we were doing.  Now, a decade later, we look back not only to honor the victims and heroes of those events but also to look forward to find healing and hope,” said Associate Professor of Music Will Carswell.  “I urge members of the Hartsville community to join with the students, faculty and staff of Coker College on Sunday, September 11th at 4 p.m. in a truly outstanding and memorable commemoration event.”

The program will include remarks by Coker College President Robert Wyatt, Hartsville Mayor Mel Pennington and the Reverend Phil Thrailkill.

Music and dance will be provided by the Coker Singers, Assistant Professor of Music Serena Hill, Coker Chamber Singers, Hartsville Middle School Magnet Chorus, Assistant Professor of Music Jun Matsuo, Brass Quintet, Hartsville Chamber Ensemble, Associate Professor Music Graham Wood and students in the Coker dance program.

Poetry and a variety of readings will be offered by 2011 Coker College Honor graduate James Patrick Flynn, Professor of Spanish Cathleen Cuppett, 2006 Coker College graduate Donald Quist, Assistant Professor of Theater Kindra Steenerson and Associate Professor of Theater Phyllis Fields. Art by Professor of Art Jean Grosser, Professor of Art Jim Boden, Bobbi Adams and James Fernandes will be displayed in the Stein Gallery.

September 11, 2001: A Community Remembers is sponsored by Coker College, The City of Hartsville, The Messenger and Black Creek Arts Council.  For more information contact Carswell, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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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