Borgo Named Director of Honors Program at Coker College

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Sept. 21, 2012 –Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer Borgo has been appointed the director of the Coker College honors program, which enrolled its first students this semester. The honors program was approved by faculty during the 2011-12 academic year.

“The honors program incorporates ideas of innovative scholarship, cultural interaction and civic engagement and leadership into a combination of coursework, study abroad experiences, individualized research projects and service projects,” said Borgo.

“Even though the Coker honors program has just officially started, Dr. Borgo has been involved for well over a year.  She led the development process and also chaired the implementation committee.  Given her commitment to the success of the program and her enthusiasm for teaching and learning at Coker, she was a natural fit to be the inaugural director of the program,” said Provost Tracy Parkinson who appointed Borgo to the position.

Professors Andrea Cabus, David Dawson, Julia Fisher, George Lellis, Jim Lemke and Peter Nguyen serve with Borgo on the honors program implementation committee.

Each student, through innovative scholarship, engages in either a discovery-based research project or an original, creative piece of work alongside a faculty member. They are then given the opportunity to expand on the project and earn the privilege of presenting that project to the campus community.

The students will interact through experiences in the classroom intended to prepare them for an increasingly multicultural environment. From the different activities and ideas that will be presented throughout the program, students are able to broaden their cultural understanding. Studying abroad and taking an extra foreign language class are also requirements in the honors program. Study abroad scholarships will be available for successful honors program students.

“Requiring the students to participate in study abroad is one of the cultural aspects that I am very excited about,” said Borgo. “I believe each of them will benefit from the multiple perspectives of the same subjects.”

Students in the program will also be a part of civic engagement and leadership. Two required courses, Introduction to Leadership and Life at Coker College, will help students develop leadership skills. Students will also have to coordinate the Honors Student Council and participate in community service. At the start of next year, a mentoring program will be implemented. Sophomore honor students will serve as mentors for incoming freshmen honor students.

“I am very excited to interact with these exemplary students, who are a very vibrant bunch,” said Borgo. “I can’t wait to see how much this program will blossom in coming years.”

Borgo has taught at the college level for over eight years and at Coker since 2008.  Borgo received her Master of Science and her Ph.D. from Utah State University. She is a member of the several different professional organizations including The Wildlife Society, Berryman Institute and the American Society of Mammalogists. She also serves as an editor for several different publications such as Human-Wildlife Conflicts and the Southeastern Naturalist.

Around campus, Borgo has served on several committees to help improve academics for the students. She also supports collegiate athletics by being the official scorebook keeper for home basketball games since 2010.

For more information about the honors program, contact Borgo at 843-383-8396 or 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, 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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