Fifth Annual Celebration of Academics Scheduled

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – March 19, 2014 – Continuing a tradition that began in 2011 at Coker College President Robert Wyatt’s inauguration, Coker will host a campus-wide Celebration of Academics March 24–26.

“The Celebration is uniquely Coker,” said Jennifer Borgo, assistant professor of biology and coordinator of the event. “It is a time to showcase and recognize the amazing work of our faculty and students. Our community gains a greater understanding of our accomplishments and contributions, and we can see how our individual successes all come together to enrich the college as a whole.

“My hope is that the Celebration of Academics will inspire our students through seeing all the work done by their classmates. In addition, it's just great fun! I enjoy watching students shine in their areas of interest, and there is always a good laugh or two mixed in.”

Among the many presentations in this year’s celebration is a lecture by Sara Odom, retiring professor of education and coordinator of the elementary education major in the Wiggins School of Education, plus several presentations of student research and service-learning projects and more than a dozen presentations of student-faculty research projects.

The culminating event, Coker’s annual Performing Arts Showcase, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 26 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 24

  • Community Service Poster Display, Library 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 2014 Last Lecture - Sara Odom Lecture, Davidson Hall 7 p.m.
  • 2014 Last Lecture Reception, Davidson Foyer following lecture

Tuesday, March 25

  • Community Service Poster Display, Library 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Student Research Symposium, Library 1 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26

  • Community Service Poster Display, Library 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Faculty-Student Presentations, various locations 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Performing Arts Showcase, Watson Theater 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the events scheduled as part of the 2014 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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