Fourth Annual Celebration of Academics Scheduled

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – March 19, 2013 – Continuing a tradition that began at Coker College President Robert Wyatt’s inauguration, Coker will host a campus-wide Celebration of Academics March 2527.

“One of the most satisfying aspects of putting these programs together is the knowledge that students, faculty, staff and the community grow as a result," said professor of political science and philosophy Jim Lemke, who organizes the annual Celebration of Academics and directs the Center for Research in Leadership and Community Development at Coker College.

“When dozens of creative scholars – writers, scientists and artists of all forms – gather to share personal stories of their academic explorations, something quite special inevitably occurs.  Engagement becomes learning, students and faculty become collaborators and we become a more vibrant community.”

Among the many presentations in this year’s celebration is a lecture by retiring professor of communication George Lellis, dozens of poster presentations of student research and service-learning projects, and nearly two dozen presentations of student-faculty research projects.

The culminating presentation of Coker’s annual Performing Arts Showcase will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

The following events of the Celebration of Academics are free and open to the public:

Monday, March 25
Community Service Poster Display, Library 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2013 Last Lecture - George Lellis Lecture, Davidson Hall 7 p.m.
2013 Last Lecture Reception, Drawing Room following lecture

Tuesday, March 26
Student Research Symposium, Library 1 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27
Faculty-Student Presentations*, various locations 1 to 5 p.m.
Performing Arts Showcase, Watson Theater 7:30 p.m.
Reception, Stein Gallery following show

For more information about the events scheduled as part of the 2013 Celebration of Academics at Coker College, visit




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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