Jessup and Segars Receive Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards

Pat Ramsdell Segars (left) and Kaitlynn Marie Jessup (right)

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Apr. 21, 2014 – The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award has been presented to Coker College senior Kaitlynn Marie Jessup and alumnus and community member Pat Ramsdell Segars.

Named for a prominent 19th-century lawyer, orator, mediator and philanthropist, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award is intended to recognize and honor selflessness, generosity of service, nobility of character, integrity and depth of spirituality.

Jessup was nominated by Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies Suzanne Parker for her leadership qualities and service providing workout sessions for students, faculty and staff.

“Kaitlynn’s the type of student who works hard and looks for opportunities to learn new things,” said Parker. “She is a part of the entire Coker College experience. She not only attends classes and completes assignments, but she also immerses herself in a variety of experiences to enhance her learning and to share what she learns with others. I can’t say enough about what a pleasure it has been to see Kaitlynn take full advantage of her college experiences at Coker.”

In addition, Jessup has helped open a Learning Resource Center as a member of the campus Enactus team, taught fitness classes for members of the community and contributed to service projects such as Habitat for Humanity, elementary school volunteering and 5K fundraising runs.

Jessup is a senior physical education and sport studies major with a concentration in physical fitness programming and a minor in psychology.

Segars was nominated by Coker College president Robert Wyatt for her service as Darlington County Chapter Chairperson of the Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In January, Segars led and helped create a fundraising event, Dancing with the Stars of Darlington County, which raised more than $50,000 for the Coalition.

“Over the past five decades that Coker College has honored individuals who exemplify the legacy of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, it is unlikely that any has embodied Mr. Sullivan’s spirit of faithful service and thoughtfulness with more grace than has Mrs. Pat Segars,” said Wyatt. “Whether she is working in the unlit background of various organizations in our community or in highly visible positions with great responsibility, Pat is a tireless and effective force for lasting, positive change. She is immensely deserving of this special recognition.”

In addition, Segars has served over the years in organizations including the Coker College Board of Trustees, the Coker College Alumni Board, Billie Hardee Home for Boys, Hartsville’s Christmas in April, Easter Seals, McLeod Medical Center, South Carolina Museum Foundation, the Junior Achievement Program of Hartsville High School, the Darlington County Chamber of Commerce, Kalmia Gardens of Coker College, Kiwanis Club of Hartsville and the State Advisory Council of Clemson Extension and the County of Darlington.

Segars graduated from Coker College in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and marketing.

George Sullivan created the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation in 1934 to perpetuate the values of his parents. Since 1934, the foundation has taken as its primary mission the inspiring of young people to lead lives of integrity, characterized by service above self and service to their communities. The Foundation facilitates annual awards on 61 college and university campuses in the American South. Participating institutions may present the awards to graduating seniors, alumni or community members.

Release written by media relations coordinator Elizabeth McCarley.

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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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