Dr. Fred Edinger To Complete 2012 Last Lecture Series

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – April 5, 2012 – Professor of Geology Fred Edinger, who is retiring at the end of the semester, will present a lecture titled “Outside of a Dog” at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Charles W. Coker Auditorium of Davidson Hall.

Referencing the famous Groucho Marx line about books and friends, Edinger’s lecture will shine a light on, among other things, the favorite books of his friends – colleagues with whom he has built lasting relationships, a fascinating career and a proud institution.

Edinger joined the Coker College faculty in 1973.  Among his myriad contributions to the institution and its students, his role in establishing COW Days, a student tradition, which began in 1976, may represent the most charming aspect of his legacy at the College.

Although he consistently shuns credit for starting the “Coker Olympics of Winter,” the tradition that began as a winter-doldrums breaker under his watch as advisor to Coker College Union has grown into a much-loved, iconic annual competition for the student body.

Edinger received his undergraduate and Master of Education degrees at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., and a Master of Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, N.C. In 1991, he completed his Ph.D. in geological sciences at the University of South Carolina.

Selected by students as Coker College Master Professor of the Year in 2000 and again in 2006, Edinger has served on various faculty committees at the College including the curriculum committee, student development committee and in a number of institutional roles including as associate dean of student development and as the faculty representative to various subcommittees of the board of trustees.  He has also served as a professor or faculty participant for Coker’s study abroad trips to Iceland, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Turkey and China.

Edinger is a member of the National Association of Geology Teachers, Carolinas Geological Society, the Darlington County Historical Society, the American Philatelic Society and the France and Colonies Philatelic Society.  He is a founding member of the Institute of Analytic Philately.

Throughout his tenure at Coker, Edinger has served in volunteer capacities in Hartsville through his involvement with the West Hartsville 4-H Club, the Darlington County School District, the City of Hartsville’s Environmental Commission and St. Luke United Methodist Church.

The Last Lecture Series, established by President Robert Wyatt last year to celebrate academic excellence and individual achievements of retiring Coker faculty, “invites students of all ages to pay tribute to excellence and step into stories that will inspire greater individual and shared successes than we have yet imagined.”

Edinger’s lecture is free and open to the public.  It will be immediately followed by a reception in the Drawing Room of Memorial Hall.

The Last Lecture by Edinger is part of Coker’s annual Celebration of Academics, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

For more information about the Celebration of Academics, visit www.coker.edu/celebration-of-academics.html.



PHOTO:  Coker College Professor of Geology Fred Edinger


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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