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Coker College inaugurated Dr. Robert L. Wyatt as its 16th president on Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. in the Courtyard at Davidson Hall on campus. In his inauguration speech, Wyatt addressed his vision for Coker College’s role in preparing students for professional and personal success in the 21st century. Coker College is calling this initiative “Redefining Ready.” B e l ow yo u wi l l fi n d th e To p 10 l i st of ways C o ke r i s [re] d efi n i n g re a dy.


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We, as a community of scholars, teachers and staff, must collectively define ready and then go about measuring and reporting it. Instead of simply bragging about quality, we should champion our students’ preparedness. Imagine statements such as, “We know Amesha will be successful in your graduate program because….” or, “We know Mason will skyrocket through your management structure because….”


We must redefine what we mean when we say, “A Coker student leads by example.”

While some may argue that ethics cannot be taught, it is clear that something can and must be done to prepare our students to be ready to meet the challenge of ethical leadership. With thousands of websites offering students the opportunity to purchase essays and term papers, friends or family members cheating on their tax returns, or simply learning someone’s Facebook profile picture is not who it purports to be, students today are learning a lesson we must help them unlearn – it is not okay to cheat, the high road is always the best road and doing the right thing, every single time, is the only way they will succeed in their careers and in life.



We must redefine what it means to say, “A Coker student is ready.”

We must redefine, “A Coker student drives change.”

Experts tell us the world is changing more quickly now than ever before in our history. Preparing students to be ready to meet this change could prove to be one of our most difficult challenges. Thus, it behooves us to craft our education experience in such a way to provide students with a toolkit of methods to handle this ever-excelling rate of change. This need to manage change has to be accompanied by a corresponding willingness to take some risks and to take advantage of opportunities in a timely fashion.

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We must redefine, “A Coker student solves big problems.”

As the complexity all around us increases, what else but a liberal-arts based education can provide what’s needed to solve these problems in an innovative, creative manner? We must continue our focus on what we have been doing, while at the same time evolve our model to account for increasingly complex environments. Liberal arts content and skills are invariant – the means by which they are delivered cannot be. The challenge is to seek ways to make this experience even more complex and more integrative, and to, perhaps, combine it with more experiential forms of learning.


We must redefine what we mean when we say, “A Coker student lives long, happily, and well.”

In order to be ready, our students must be healthy and ready to meet our everchanging world. We must also prepare them to be more fiscally fit than they presently are. Our students will not truly be considered ready until we include fiscal fitness, as well as physical fitness, as part of our efforts.


We must redefine what it means to be student-focused.

One goal of a college should be to provide legendary student-centered service. While students play varying roles in the teaching/learning experience, the “student as central focus” must be our model. We must take this model and make it distinctively Coker, molding it to fit our culture while ramping up our efforts to provide a student-centered learning experience.


We must redefine our intention when we affirm, “A Coker student has multiple educational options.”

Perhaps it is time we consider redefining our levels of programming and, yes, even the type of programs we offer. According to The College Board, college graduates earn 80% more on average than high school graduates. Over the course of a person’s lifetime, the difference in earning potential between a high school graduate and a college graduate is more than $1 million. Earning potential increases with each degree a student receives, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This means a scan of our educational boundary and a detailed examination of our current offerings and our pedagogy to determine which areas need to be strengthened, expanded, or reconfigured.


We must redefine our claim, “A Coker student learns by doing.”

We have the ingredients to re-conceptualize our current offerings, while creating new requirements to more fully engage our students. Let us, as a community, decide that our students simply must have more experiential learning and deserve more opportunities to practice the skills we have taught them.


We must redefine our assertion, “A Coker student makes all the difference.”

A redefined student of Coker College must have the opportunity to experience the difference he or she can make. At the end of the day, we want our students to be ready – to be prepared to serve, to act, and to do. We can prepare them, but let us not do so by today’s standards of ready, but rather by our own re-definition of what ready means to this great institution.


Finally, we must redefine our promise when we say, “A Coker student is ready for the world.”

Being declared “ready” now requires individuals to possess a global mindset. In addition to our core liberal arts studies program, we must work to create and implement more and more diverse international study opportunities for all students. We must secure funding for these endeavors, and we must work to implement meaningful learning outcomes for these experiences. Equally important will be internationalizing our own campus, increasing our international recruiting efforts, and providing faculty exchange and cultural awareness opportunities on our own campus and in the town of Hartsville.

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>> C  O K E R S T U DE N T AWA R DE D F U L B R I GHT S C HO L A R S H I P Coker College graduate Anna Lippard ‘10 of Gaffney, S.C., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to spend a year teaching English in Bratislava, Slovakia. Lippard graduated from Coker in May with a degree in history and minors in English and dance. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international education exchange program. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. At a minimum, Fulbright grants provide funds for international transportation, a living stipend, a small book or research allowance, and medical insurance. Lippard is the third Coker student in four years to be selected to the Fulbright Program. She is a 2006 graduate of Gaffney High School.

>> C  oker C O L L EG E E V E N I N G PROGR AM RENAMED “A L P H A” Coker College’s Evening and Extended Studies Program has been renamed ALPHA, Adult Learners Program for Higher Achievement. With almost 40 years of experience and locations in Hartsville, Cheraw, Lake City, and Mullins, ALPHA gives adults the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree at night. “We wanted a name that is more representative of the students and outcomes of Coker’s evening program,” said Dr. Barbara Jackowski, Coker College Associate Dean of ALPHA. “Our students are adult learners who work hard and aim high. They are earning a college degree to get more out of life, personally and professionally.” Coker College ALPHA offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, criminology, early childhood education, elementary education, psychology, social work and sociology. The program is open to adults age 23 and older. Classes are offered two nights a week and on Saturday in some locations. Terms are eight weeks long and full-time ALPHA students can earn a degree in four years. More than 450 adults in the Pee Dee are enrolled in ALPHA. The program has bridge agreements with Florence-Darlington Technical College and Northeastern Technical College, which makes transferring to Coker College a simple process. For more information, visit: or call 1-800-950-1908.




>> C O K E R A L U M S E x perience Worl d C up F irs t Han d Every four years the world turns its attention to soccer for the entire month of June as countries from across the globe meet in the FIFA World Cup. In 2010, the World Cup was held in South Africa and four Coker College Alumni got the experience of a lifetime, by being there in person. Henna Koponen, Rachel Lemar and Prashant Bhenswala all from the class of 2010, along with Derek Whitmire, class of 2004, traveled to South Africa to see one of the biggest sporting events in the world live and in person. “My experience was amazing!” said Koponen, a former basketball player for the Lady Cobras and native of Finland. “The World Cup games were great! The atmosphere was indescribable and there were fans from all over the world. Rachel and I went together to the Mexico vs. France game, USA vs. Slovenia game, and Cameroon vs. Denmark.” “The experience is a hard one to put in words,” said former Coker women’s tennis player and native of England, Lemar. “The feelings you get when you walk into the stadiums and see the crowds, the way you feel when your favorite players come running on to the pitch, and the emotions you get when you sing your country’s national anthem are ones I wouldn’t change for anything in the world.” Even with the thousands and thousands of soccer fans at the World Cup, Coker was still able to get some recognition as Whitmire, a former

soccer player for the Cobras, was seen on ESPN with his face painted like an American flag during the USA vs. Algeria game. “It was an extraordinary scene when the USA beat Algeria to win our group in the closing seconds of that game,” said Whitmire. “Complete strangers were hugging like long-lost relatives. Grown men and women were crying with joy. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen in sports. I don’t intend on ever missing another World Cup as long as I live.” Not only was the soccer experience great for these graduates, but the experience of being in South Africa proved to be just as rewarding. According to Koponen, “One of the best memories I have from our trip was visiting Soweto in Johannesburg. There more than 40,000 people live daily without running water or electricity. The local people there were the most genuinely friendly people I have ever met, always willing to help in any situation.” Whitmire said that he traveled with 15 members of his church’s soccer team to a juvenile prison in Pretoria, where they played a scrimmage against the inmates one day and then on another day, they put on a soccer clinic at an orphanage. The World Cup is an experience of a lifetime, not only for the soccer fans, but for everyone and these Coker Alumni were there to see it up close and personal.

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4.0: Professor Richard Puffer, Associate Professor of Communication, Fall 2010 – he plans to put communication theories into practice in various forms of community building challenges. He hopes to learn how to help communities develop more engaged citizens, especially the Hartsville community.

Professor Angela Gallo, Associate Professor of Dance

4.1: Dr. Shirley McClerklin-Motley, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Spring 2011 – plans to expand and publish research that she is conducting relative to the perception of older incarcerated siblings’ influence on their younger brother’s delinquency. Professor William Carswell, Associate Professor of Music, Spring 2011 – will spend much of the semester in intense one-on-one study and rehearsal with four of the most widely performed new, young composers in the country today: Joshua Shank, Eric Whitacre, Eleanor Daly and David Brunner.

4.2: Dr. Paula Bailey, Professor of Biology, Fall 2010 – plans to develop a website for advising of PreAllied Health students during her sabbatical. This site will provide needed information including required coursework for medical school and the other allied health careers. Dr. Shawn Lay, Professor of History, Fall 2010 – is currently engaged in two scholarly projects that would be the focus of his sabbatical. He plans to continue research on his third book Hooded Knights on the Niagara and build upon material presented in his first book, War, Revolution and the Ku Klux Klan. Dr. Tracy Welborn, Associate Professor of Psychology, Spring 2011 – she will investigate the nature of creativity through intensive study of the professional psychological literature in this field. This study will focus on key personality traits of creative people and will include a synthesis of the cognitive and social processes that foster creativity.

Dr. John Jewell, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies Professor Melinda Norris, Associate Professor of Business Administration Professor Richard Puffer, Associate Professor of Communication

4.3: Dr. Jasna Shannon, Associate Professor of English Dr. Paula Bailey, Professor of Biology Dr. Darlene Maxwell, Professor of Education

>> Tenure Professor Alexa Bartel, Assistant Professor of Library Science Dr. Glenn Chappell, Associate Professor of Business Administration

4.4: Dr. Julia Fisher, Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Joseph Flaherty, Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Susan Henderson, Assistant Professor of Education

>> Honors Dr. Malcolm Doubles, Provost Emeritus Dr. Ed Ebert, Professor Emeritus of Education Dr. Lois Gibson, Professor Emerita of English

>> N e w Boar d of Trus t ees M em bers - Gloria Mack Bell ‘74 Sonoco-Staff VP, Internal Audit

A. Hoyt Kelley ‘96 Reachsmart Interactive - Co-founder

Larry O. Gantt Retired, Sonoco - Corporate VP

Dr. Rainey Harris Knight Darlington County School District - Superintendent

Walter N. George American Italian Pasta Company - Executive VP

Dr. Howard W. Tucker, Jr. Retired Optometrist

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>> S  egars E lec t e d C h airman of t h e Boar d of Trus t ees Goz Segars of Hartsville has been elected chairman of the Coker College Board of Trustees. He is the chief operating officer of Segars Development and Management and a longtime advocate of economic and educational progress in South Carolina. Segars is a past Volunteer of the Year for both the South Carolina Economic Developers Association and the State Board of Education. He was a charter member of the FlorenceDarlington Technical College Educational Foundation, and he is past chairman of the Darlington County Partnership, a consortium focused on local economic development. For three decades, Segars served on the Florence-Darlington Area Commission for Technical Education, including two terms as chairman and vice-chairman. In 1993, he was named Darlington County Economic Ambassador of the Year. A graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, Segars has served the University in several capacities, including a term on the board of visitors. For several years, he has been involved with the Clemson University Foundation, and is currently the foundation’s vice chair. Segars has served on the Coker College Board of Trustees since 2008. His wife, Pat, is a 1981 Coker College graduate. They are previous co-chairs of Pee Dee Campaign for Coker College, which supports the college’s annual scholarship fund, and she has served on the Coker College Board of Visitors, Alumni Board, and Board of Trustees. The Coker College Board of Trustees is comprised of 28 appointed business and community leaders who voluntarily provide guidance to the institution. The board works closely with the college president and officers to establish broad institutional policies and secure financial resources to adequately support the institution.




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>> Giffin  N ame d V ice P R E S I DE N T F O R I ns t i t u t ional A dvancemen t Thomas W. Giffin has been named Coker College’s new Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He was formerly a Senior Director of Development at Clemson University. At Coker, Giffin will oversee the College’s fundraising and alumni initiatives and report to the president as an administrative officer. “Tom has a tremendous track record in higher education and his passion for improving higher education is evident,” said Dr. Robert Wyatt, Coker College president. “His energy and broad range of experience will greatly benefit Coker’s fundraising, alumni relations and the College as a whole.” In the past year at Clemson, Giffin was assigned to generating major gifts from individuals in the state of Florida. Previously, he worked as the Senior Development Director for Clemson’s College of Health, Education and Human Development, raising cash, pledges, and in-kind and planned gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations for the college. Previously, Giffin served as a Director of Development at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., where he established the initial fundraising efforts for the Graduate School and the University Honors program. During his last two years at Virginia Tech, his energies were centered on the nationally recognized University Honors program, securing private funding for several new scholarship programs and establishing a series of alumni events. Giffin has also held key fundraising positions at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and has worked with the West Virginia University Foundation in raising funds for Potomac State College in Keyser, W. Va. He has additional extensive experience in alumni relations, marketing communications, and public affairs while serving at a branch campus of Penn State University and with the third largest United Way in Pennsylvania. A native of Cumberland, Md., Giffin holds a master’s of science degree in sport administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fl., and a bachelor’s of arts degree in journalism from Shippensburg State University in Pennsylvania. Giffin and his wife, Terry, have a son, Captain Nathan Brown, who is presently serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan as a J.A.G. officer. Coker College was assisted in the search for a new Vice President for Institutional Advancement by Kenneth D. Carrick, Jr., partnermanaging director of Coleman Lew & Associates of Charlotte, N.C.




Coker College president Dr. Robert Wyatt announced that, following a national search, Lynn Griffin has been selected Director of Athletics. Griffin comes to Coker after spending the past seven years at the University of Indianapolis as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance Coordinator and Senior Woman Administrator. The 2008 National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Administrator of the Year, Griffin has more than 12 years of collegiate administrative experience, including direct oversight of 11 sports at Indianapolis (Indy). Nine of those teams have won Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Championships, or advanced to the NCAA post-season during her time at Indy. Wyatt expressed his confidence that Griffin is an exceptional person to lead Coker Athletics to great things. “We are thrilled to have Lynn join the Coker family. I am very excited by her commitment to helping us build an athletic program of which we can all be proud and one that exemplifies the model embodied by the NCAA Division II ‘Life in the Balance’ platform of preparing student-athletes for their careers after college,” he said. Griffin is also a former member of two NCAA committees (women’s basketball, swimming and diving), and is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the NACWAA. She was also a member of the Indianapolis faculty, teaching in the sports management department. “Coker College is extremely fortunate to name Lynn Griffin as their next Director of Athletics,” said Dr. Sue Willey, Director of Athletics at Indianapolis. “She has phenomenal qualifications and is one of the hardest-working people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It has been a privilege to work with her over the past seven years. There is absolutely no doubt that Lynn’s leadership abilities will take Coker Athletics to new heights. This is a sad day for Greyhound Athletics, but we are all excited for Lynn’s new position and wish her the very best.” Prior to Indy, Griffin had been the Associate Director of Athletics, Compliance Coordinator, Senior Women’s Administrator, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, and Sport Studies Instructor at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Before St. Andrews, Griffin was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Physical Education Instructor at the University of South Dakota and was an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and PE Instructor at UNC-Asheville. “I am honored to be part of the Coker family as the new Director of Athletics,” said Griffin.“ From the first moment I arrived in Hartsville, I felt there were great things happening at Coker. Not only great things, but great people with an energy and love for the school. Dr. Wyatt’s vision for Coker is exciting and something that I knew I wanted to be a part of. I am blessed to be embraced by so many at Coker during this process. The hospitality and excitement that each person has shown me has been amazing. I look forward to working with Dr. Wyatt and the Hartsville community as we build upon the past successes of the athletics department and the institution, as we work together to continue to make Coker an institution that we are all proud of.” A native of Hendersonville, N.C., Griffin began her career as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and Exercise and Sports Science Instructor at Tarleton State University in Texas, where she earned a master’s degree in exercise and sports studies. In college, Griffin was a two sport athlete, competing in women’s basketball and softball at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke from 1986-90. As Director of Athletics at Coker, Griffin will be responsible for the oversight of a NCAA Division II athletic program with 13 intercollegiate teams competing in Conference Carolinas. Her responsibilities will also include athletic department planning, program development and assessment, budget and resource management, supervision of compliance with NCAA and Conference Carolinas rules and regulations, coaching and support staff appointments, professional development, outreach to the local and regional community, fundraising, and recruitment and retention of student athletes.

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$20,000 raised for Coker’s Athletic Competitiveness Fund.

It’s not often that you hear people are excited to have a couple of “Nutts” in a room with them, but excited is exactly what Coker College was on Saturday, March 13, when Ole Miss Head Football Coach Houston Nutt was the guest speaker for Coker’s first ever Auction to Action athletic fundraiser. Coach Nutt was joined by his brother Dennis, Coker’s assistant men’s basketball coach, and their mother Mrs. Emogene Nutt, in one of the most successful fundraising events Coker has ever hosted.

“This is the first time Coker Athletics has taken on something of this magnitude,” said Coker’s Director of Annual Giving and Auction Chairman Wes Daniels. “It was great to have Houston Nutt as our speaker, but more importantly, it was a great way to bring the College and Hartsville communities together, while raising money to enhance our athletic program.”

With the help of the Nutt family, the auction was a tremendous success, with approximately

The Coker and Hartsville Communities definitely came together for this event, with more than 150 people in attendance; people came not just to hear Coach Nutt speak, but to bid on some great auction items. Some of the items included

weekend getaways to Myrtle Beach, Lake Tahoe and Sarasota Beach, in addition to autographed sports memorabilia from the likes of Michael Jordan, Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Phil Mickelson. “This was a truly a remarkable event,” said Coker President Dr. Robert Wyatt. “We were honored to have Coach Nutt with us and we are humbled by the community support we received for Coker athletics.” With the success of this first Auction to Action, Dr. Wyatt and Daniels are hopeful that this is just the first of many more great auctions to come for the Coker Athletic Department.

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It is a pleasure to bring to alumni and friends “Travels with Frank” and information on what my major responsibilities will be until I leave Coker College in January. I am excited about retiring, but it is with a heavy heart for I will miss so many of my friends, colleagues, and alumni with whom I have worked over my 35 years at the College. I am pleased that Tom Giffin assumed the responsibilities of Vice President for Institutional Advancement on July 1. It will be a pleasure to work with Tom and to continue to work with Dr. Wyatt for my remaining months at Coker. I hope that I can be of service to both of them and to the College. They are fine and capable leaders. During my last six months, at Dr. Wyatt’s suggestion and with the full support of the Board of Trustees, I will be spending the majority of my time working with the Planned Giving Program at Coker as the Director of Planned Giving and Community Relations. I am sure that during this period of time many of you will see me to discuss the possibility of including Coker in your estate plans. Planned gifts have played and continue to play a huge and important role in the growth and financial stability of Coker College since its founding in 1908. Bequests from the Coker family, alums, and friends have sustained the College for generations keeping Major Coker’s dream alive. Approximately 90% of our $38 million endowment has come to the College from estate gifts. Established by Major James Lide Coker, the endowment serves the College in perpetuity by providing a stable and predictable income for scholarships, academic programs, books, equipment and other educational enhancements. In the next six months, my goal will be to substantially increase membership in the Major James Lide Coker Society composed of those who have included Coker in their estate plans by way of bequests, trusts, charitable annuities or life insurance. We believe that planned gifts are critical to continue Coker College’s success. Just as Major Coker contributed to the endowment upon his death, members of the Major James Lide Coker Society have also pledged their own legacy to the College. At this time, we have 47 documented wills, bequests, trusts, or insurance programs in place at the College (see Right). If you have any questions, e-mail me at, or call me on my cell phone at 843-616-3754. All communication is confidential. I would like very much to hear from you and hopefully be able to visit with you concerning your becoming a member of the Major James Lide Coker Society.




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Since January, President Wyatt and I have been meeting with friends of the College. We had a wonderful visit in Raleigh in January with Mary and Bill Joslin. I know of no two other individuals who have given more life-long support and interest in the College than Mary and Bill. Mary, the daughter of David R. and May R. Coker, grew up on the campus and started her support of the College at the urging of her mother, Miss May Coker. She is very generous and has never turned her back on Coker College. We had a lovely lunch that day in Raleigh with Ruth Ludlam McClam, Class of ’46, and Marvin McClam. You have heard me speak of them many, many times. Ruth and her sisters have all endowed scholarships at Coker. It has been such a pleasure getting to know Ruth and Marvin McClam over the years. In February, we had a great visit to the S.C. Upstate with Julie Poole Brice, Class of ’61, and James Brice. Julie also has an endowed scholarship and is a member of the Major James Lide Coker Society. They have been so supportive and intimately involved in the life of Coker College over my 35 years. On the way home, we had a wonderful visit with Lee Howard Watson. Lee is the widow of Richard Watson. Our beautiful auditorium in the

Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center is named for them. Lee has served on the Board of Trustees and received an honorary degree from Coker. She is such a gracious and sophisticated lady. The next week, Dr. Wyatt and I had lunch with Don Herriott. Don retired as head of Roche Global Chemical Manufacturing and has been a trustee at Coker. His son, Matt, is a 2001 Coker graduate. He is now very busy working with the University of South Carolina as Director of the Innovista Partnership. We are hopeful in the near future that Don will agree to come back on the Coker Board of Trustees and offer his wise leadership. The next week, Dr. Wyatt and I spent two days in Charleston. What a pleasure it was for me to introduce Coker’s close friend, Esther Baskin Ferguson, to Dr. Wyatt. I had tried several times to get Robert and Esther together because I knew they would be fast friends. Esther is truly one of the most generous and celebrated philanthropists in South Carolina. She and her husband, Jim, have done countless good and important deeds for so many worthy causes that are too numerous to mention. When she was a member of the Coker Board of Trustees, Esther established The Nan Richardson Rickenbaker Baskin Minority Scholarship in honor of her mother. This fund continues to grow and is blessed by Esther’s support. Many deserving young Coker women and men have benefitted from Esther’s generous support of this scholarship. As a matter of fact, allow me here to skip ahead a month. During our meeting, Esther invited us to attend the Ferguson Art Opening at the Gibbs Art Museum in Charleston. As it ended up, Dr. Wyatt could not go, but trustee Eliza Ingle joined me along with 350 other people. Esther and Jim have put their valuable and amazing art collection on display at the Gibbs Museum for a certain period of time. Please, when in Charleston, go see this beautiful exhibit. We had such a good time and hopefully made some new friends for Coker. That afternoon after lunch, we had such an enjoyable visit with Jean Campbell Williamson, Class of ’45, and Oliver Williamson in their home

Maxine Locklear Amos ‘56

S. Anne Hancock ‘60

Sylvia Beard Seppala ‘61

Lois Hatfield Anderson ‘54

Teressa Thompson Harrington ‘81

Electa Anderson Small ‘85

Priscilla Perry Arnold ‘71

Julia Anne Southard ‘70

Marguerite A. Assey ‘71

Julia Weathers Hart ’80, and Philip G. Hart

Judith I. Hege Bailey ’68, and Brendon S. Bailey, Jr.

Ellen Tollison Hayden ‘68 Mary Luther Hudson ‘40

Ann Gelzer Black ’55 and ‘56

Mary and Jerry James

Ann Gardner Blomeyer ‘69

Mary Coker Joslin and William Joslin

Linda Smith Bradford ‘70

Selma Stogner LeHardy ‘43

Julie Poole Brice ‘61

W. Reaves McCall

Sloan H. Brittain ’43, and Deward B. Brittain

Anne Lamb Matthews ‘64 Jane Parler Norwood ‘65

Lee Howard Watson

Frankie and Frank Bush

Joanne McFaddin O’Bryan ’58

Betty Campbell Wiggins

Betty J. Coker

John C. Otts

Beth DuBose Cottingham ’53 and ’55, and Walter Cottingham

Velna Rollins Patrick ’50

Jean Campbell Williamson ’45 and H. O. Williamson

Martha Langford Derrick ‘56

Joanna Beoddy Richmond ‘43

Barbara Dibble Dixon ‘59

Ellen Harden Rogers ‘64

Jean S. and James C. Fort

Sarah Jo Wood Safrit ‘71

Rebecca G. Sparrow ‘64 Lenore Blake Stevenson ‘47 Regina Swygert-Smith ‘61 Olive and William M. Timberlake Donna and Howard W. Tucker, Jr. May White Walker ‘29 Shep Porter Wallace ‘56

Margaret V. Pitner ‘64 There are additional members who wish to be kept anonymous.




in Mt. Pleasant. Although Dr. Wyatt had a short visit with Jean at a Coker party earlier in the year, I wanted him to be able to have some quality time with these two special people. Jean is a Coker graduate, Oliver’s sister is a Coker College graduate, and their late son, Henry, graduated from Coker. Jean and Oliver have been ardent supporters of Coker and Jean has served on the Board of Trustees and Alumni Executive Board in years past. We are pleased to say that they are also members of the Major James Lide Coker Society. The last week in February, I was in Florida at a CASE professional meeting and took a day to visit with our dear friend and former trustee, Patricia Hanahan Engman, Class of ’65, in her beautiful home on Anna Maria Island. What an energetic, fun lady! Pat has served on the Board in years past and has always been very much a supporter of her Alma Mater. As a side, her neighbors are Lois Sawyer Lott, Class of ’60, and her husband, George. On my way back from Florida, I met with Kathie Koerwer in Orlando for lunch at the Wycliffe Bible Center where she works. Kathie grew up in Hartsville and her father Charlie, a Sonoco Vice President, served on the Board of Trustees. The Koerwer family established an endowed scholarship at Coker in 2001. Kathie has continued to be interested in Coker and supporting the endowment. If you are ever in Orlando, please go by and visit the Wycliffe Center. It is so interesting. March was very busy. I started out with lunch with one of my favorite young men, Tom Coker. Tom and I became very close when he served on the Board. He now lives in Charlotte, but has two businesses, Young Pecan Plantations in Florence and other places, and MoonPie General Store on Market Street in Charleston, which offers factoryfresh MoonPies and icy-cold RC colas. You must go by when you are in Charleston. What a treat it is! I went back down to Charleston to make a couple of visits. It was just wonderful to see Courtney Howard Quattlebaum, Class of ‘65. Courtney has had a really rough year. Many of you may not know but Courtney suffered a serious stroke last year. She has made the hard journey back and is doing well. It was great to see her. Please continue to remember Courtney in your prayers and thoughts as she gets back to 100%. Courtney and Tom have been supporters of Coker since her graduation. I had dinner that night with Ann Boatwright Igoe, Class of ‘57. What a fun lady! We had a great dinner and it was good to catch up. As others, Ann has always supported the College in every endeavor. Toward the end of March, I had lunch with Marvis Wiggins Henry, Class of ’67, and Pat Henry of Conway at the Rivertown Bistro. What great food and conversation we had! It was good to spend time with Marvis and Pat. Pat has served on the Board of Trustees. Two finer people I have never known and they are ardent in their support of Coker, always giving and always supporting. The next day I drove over to Manning to have W W W. C OK E R .E D U /D E V E L OPM ENT

lunch with one of Coker’s great ladies, Florence Houck Steele, Class of ‘38. She said she is like the energizer bunny; she never slows down and is an amazing lady. Her love for Coker continues. In April, I truly had a magical day when I went to Macon, Ga. to visit and have lunch with May White Walker, Class of ‘29, and her daughter, Patricia W. Bass. What a remarkable lady at any age, much less 102! We had a wonderful visit. May asked about all of her classmates and I could bring her up to date on most of them. I was sorry to let her know two weeks later that her dear friend and classmate, Kate Bullock Helms, had died. You know this class and the classes around them are strong supporters of Coker College all of their lives – remarkable history and remarkable relationships with the College. I am pleased to also say that May is a member of the Major James Lide Coker Society, as was her friend and classmate, Kate Bullock Helms. I had lunch in the middle of that week with Frank Avent. Frank, President and CEO of PepsiCola Bottling Company of Florence, served on the Board of Trustees and is very interested in the athletic program at Coker. Frank chaired the Athletics Committee when he was on the Board. I met with him to fill him in on our plans to include the Field House/Gymnasium in our next campaign. Both Frank and Pepsi have always been supporters of the College’s Annual Scholarship Fund and other important endeavors. Frank is a good man. During April, we also had Alumni Day and it was so much fun. Frankie and I got a chance to celebrate with the 60th reunion class in Drengaelan and with the 50th reunion class in the Drawing Room. There were so many amazing people, and I don’t know if I have ever seen a class have more fun than the girls celebrating the 50th. I dare not repeat half the stories I heard, but I am afraid that I believe most all of them! Two weeks later I had the privilege of visiting trustee Anne Hancock, Class of ’60, in her beautiful new home in Greenwood, S.C., and then off to lunch at The Greenwood Country Club. I was there talking with Anne about becoming a member of the Major James Lide Coker Society and she graciously agreed and as soon as we can get it done, we will have an endowed scholarship in Anne’s name that will be funded through her estate plans. Anne cares so much for Coker College and she gives a lot of credit to the College for her huge success. She is a delightful friend and colleague whom I will surely miss. Talking about a fun job I have, I had the pleasure in May of having dinner with Sarah Jo Wood Safrit, Class of ’71, and Leonard Safrit in Beaufort, N.C. They came by the motel and picked me up. We walked across the street and had a wonderful dinner overlooking that beautiful marshland in Beaufort. Both Sarah Jo and Leonard are so supportive of what we are doing here at Coker. Sarah Jo is also a member of the Major James Lide Coker Society and has established a

scholarship and has big plans to grow it over the next several years. We are enjoying having Sarah Jo on the Board of Trustees. Her eager and exciting leadership is always fun. What a host! She had some great goodies in my motel room when I arrived. In the middle of May, Frankie and I joined the alumni tours group for a trip to Santa Fe. We had a wonderful trip with a small but fun group. I wish that more alumni would take advantage of these trips. Not only are we well taken care of by Lyn Blackmon, but it is so much fun to have the Coker connection. Look for information on it in the next Commentary and please make plans to join the group. Even though I will be retired, Frankie and I have guaranteed Lyn that we will be among the first to sign up for the next trip. I had the pleasure the next week of visiting another one of my favorite Anne’s. I had lunch with Anne Lamb Matthews, Class of ‘64. We had planned to have lunch at Motor Supply in Columbia, but it is closed on Mondays so we walked down the street to a great pizza place and had a wonderful visit. You may know Anne has just been elected to the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees, the first Rotarian to serve from South Carolina and only the second Rotarian to represent the South. Anne has been successful in every endeavor she has pursued and her love and support of Coker College is always a priority. Anne is also a member of the Major James Lide Coker Society. I ended May with what could be one of the most fun times I have had in a very long time. I met at Folly Beach with six guys from the Class of ’91 - Pat Brooks, Chris Dawson, Mike Eisenrauch, Andrew Myers, Dave O’Kane, and Skippy Patterson, Class of ’95. I was so shocked but pleased that these guys wanted me to join them — you better believe I went. They honored me with a Hawaiian shirt, a beach towel and a “Life Is Good” book. They said that when I retired they wanted to see me sitting out on the beach on that beach towel. Not going to happen guys! It was a great time and thanks guys for thinking of me and loving Coker as you do. That is all for this time. I will finish up in December with my last “Travels with Frank,” reporting on the success of growing membership in the Major James Lide Coker Society. Please complete the form if you would like to discuss with me making Coker a part of your estate plans either through bequests, annuities, or insurance. Your support through the Major James Lide Coker Society will provide for future generations of Coker students and will guarantee them the best academic environment possible on their journey to becoming successful young women and men. Be sure to stop by Coker to say goodbye to me and hello to Tom Giffin. We would both be glad to see you. Take care, my friends. Frank




development development

>> M emorial gif t s

Dan Fox

From Februar y 16, 2010 through July 30, 2010 Coker has received gifts in memor y of the following: Jean Carmichael Abernathy

Peggy Carmichael Abernathy

Mary Helen Acker

Lynne McCuen Ridgeway Enoch Nathan Allen

Deborah Allen Vrooman

Fletcher Allen

Pat Chapman Huff

Jane Bacot

Walter and Beth DuBose Cottingham

Billie Kissane Barclay

John Barclay

Robert Bass

Pat Chapman Huff

Dr. Luke Baxley

Dick and Michal Millen Baird Merle Davis Baxley Pat Chapman Huff

Cecelia Coker Bell

Carol Chastain Dietrick Merri Ulmer Bellis

Patricia Shuler Noble

C. Nevin Betts

Professor Richard Puffer

Elizabeth G. Blakeney

Ann Gay Blakeney Duvall Dr. Irene Boliek

Henry W. Herbert, Jr. Cathy Ann Bouknight

Dr. Tracey T. Welborn

Roy Bryant

Pat Chapman Huff

Arnold McRae Buckner, Jr.

Betty Jean Lee Hunsinger

Charles E. Burry, Sr.

Emily Burry Will Cannon

Bleeker Sisk Cannon

Sharon Elmore Case

Carol Ann Elmore Bob Chambless

Linda Gause Connor Hazel Johnson Nichols Linda Horton Cooke

Edith Floride Reynolds Jean LaMond Crabbe

Sally Lynch Leech Catherine Rice Tharin Olive Kelley Crews Marian Duke Daniel

Ann Matthews Bragdon Dr. Elizabeth Davidson

Cil Warren Benton Susan Holroyd Shumaker Deceased Members of the Class of 1949

Joanne Moody Zobel

Deceassed Members of the Class of 1955

Hoyland Lowery Fisher Sarah Beck Defee

Judy Norwood Knight

Lula Floyd Dew

Catherine Rice Tharin Beverly Denny Dority

Sally Lynch Leech Catherine Rice Tharin Annetta Clark Durrett

J. Lamar and Lucy Singletary Caldwell Anne Tarte Wiesen Nita Wiesen Williams Keith D. Flowers

Rachel Collier Flowers Margie Miles Floyd


Mark and Christie Happ



Reaves McCall Jim and Margaret Brown Young

Dr. John T. French

Edward D. McDowell Betty Shaw Merck Catherine Rice Tharin

Elizabeth McGee

Kearney and Carolyn Turner

Kirk Askins

Elois Gaines

Richard McInvaill

Naomi Phillips Ward

Susie Gaines Hautala

Karin Armstrong Harper

W. A. Gaines, Jr.

Jennie Smith McLeod

J. Dan Watford, Sr.

Susie Gaines Hautala W. A. Gaines, Sr.

Karen Johnson Conway Jane Woodward Truett

Susie Gaines Hautala

Esther Moody

Joe Galloway

Henry Moody

Glenn and Jean Gainey Gus and Joan Snoddy Hoffmeyer Reaves McCall Brenda Newsome, Wayne Radcliffe and Noelle Newsome Radcliffe Carolyn West

Carol Rambo Godwin Betsy McCollough Yager

Jane Andrews Funderburk

Jane Woodward Truett

J. Lamar and Lucy Singletary Caldwell Jane Woodward Truett Pat Chapman Huff

Joanne Moody Zobel

Gretchen Livingston Toole

W. Allen Toole

Carolyn M. Atkinson

Jody Gaskins

Sandy Gaskins

Lucia Owens Moody

Donna Gail Watkins

Barbara Bailey Goodson

George and Anna Paige DuRant

Laura Camlin Moulton

Charlena Hunt Chewning Pat Chapman Huff

Susie Gaines Hautala

Laura Camlin Moulton

Elizabeth Prickett Williams

Joyce Bell Sarah Sampson Bell Jennie Herlong Boatwright Charlena Hunt Chewning Beth DuBose Cottingham Pat Chapman Huff Betty Jean Lee Hunsinger Sally Lynch Leech Mitzi DuPre Matthews Jean Fore McDaniel Edward D McDowell Catherine Rice Tharin

Rose Henderson Murray

Harriet Henderson Tewkesbury

Lucile Williams

Ronnie Oates

Lynn Williams Oates

Lynn Williams Oates

Corrine Reveley Wilson

Don Parnell

Reveley Wilson Thomy

Dot Teal Hendrix

Mildred Holmes Allen Prince

Dee Hendrix Welsh

Joanne Moody Zobel Joanne Moody Zobel

Mary Lance Williams Garrison

Mark and Christie Happ

Mary Pate

Pat Chapman Huff

Edna Earle Poyner

Susan Allen Morano Sylvia Parks Price

Louise Atkinson Cleveland Deborah Allen Vrooman

>> Honor gif t s From Februar y 16, 2010 through July 30, 2010 Coker has received gifts in honor of the following: Katherine Jackson Barton

Elizabeth Hoffman

Floride Josey Reynolds

Nancy Ingram Acker

Karin Armstrong Harper

Dr. David W. Blackmon

Bertha May Harris Holley

Sandra Kirkley Rhodes

Elizabeth Buhrmaster Cooper

Deborah Bloodworth

Carl H. Huff

Dr. Gus Ropp

Pat Chapman Huff Matthew D. Shores Sharon Huggins Sturdivant Catherine Rice Tharin

Henry W. Herbert, Jr.

Linda Smith Bradford

Margaret Atkins Saffold

Sally Lynch Leech Catherine Rice Tharin

Ann Matthews Bragdon

Dr. Martha Coker Zeigler Huntley

Goerge Anna Chambers Setzer

Class of 1960 Sherrill E. Jordan

Virginia Williams Anderson

Frank Bush

Dr. Ronald Johnson

Harold Shealey

Carolyn Donati Johnson

Donna L. Karr

Charlena Hunt Chewning Pat Chapman Huff Betty Jean Lee Hunsinger Jean Fore McDaniel

Rose Patrick Smith

Callie McCuen Simpson

Dr. Berry L. Litsey, Jr.

Christina Weeks Weaver

Charlena Hunt Chewning Pat Chapman Huff Sally Lynch Leech Mitzi DuPre Matthews Jean Fore McDaniel Catherine Rice Tharin

Emma Leah Alpert Lucius

Bob Small

Kathy Beasley

Professor Richard Puffer Jane Woodward Truett

Hassie Jones

Pat Chapman Huff

Michael Windham Camak

Eva Locke

Pat Chapman Huff

Ronnie Lublink

Betty Eaton Howe

Barbara Joyce Chambers

Florence Ramsey Marshall

Sarah “Cissy” Baker Speights

Anne Ellis Neely

Liles Richardson Nickerson

Mike Martin

Jonathan Spray

Christina Weeks Weaver

Rikard Alemo

Budd Cade Matthews IV

Russell Steen

Sarah Sampson Bell Jennie Herlong Boatwright Charlena Hunt Chewning Walter and Beth DuBose Cottingham Pat Chapman Huff Betty Jean Lee Hunsinger Mitzi DuPre Matthews Jean Fore McDaniel Edward D McDowell

Andy and Vicki Eaddy

Dr. Clyde McCarver

Bayler Teal

Angelyn McCarver Bateman

Harry McDonald

Henrietta Thornhill

Mary Jane McDonald Sharon Huggins Sturdivant

Nancy Thornhill Bolden

Anne Merck McDowell

Sharon Huggins Sturdivant

Lee Gardeners Sally Lynch Leech Virginia Lee Matthews

Margaret Jordan Timmerman

Professor John Stewart

Susan Bartenstein Necci Louetta Coker Strickland

Ann Matthews Bragdon Hilda Stuckey

Karon Stuckey Fogle William Taylor

Charlena Hunt Chewning Brantlee Yarborough Kirven

Dr. Jim Thrailkill

J. Lamar and Lucy Singletary Caldwell Gus and Joan Snoddy Hoffmeyer

Dr. Sara Odom Jennifer Wertz Judith Cooper Camak

Charles Jeff Maddox, Jr. Dick and Michal Millen Baird Gus and Joan Snoddy Hoffmeyer Joanne Moody Zobel Perry Wilson Walter and Beth DuBose Cottingham Michael Windham Camak

Lyn Blackmon Thomas Law Cannon

James and Reagan Gafford Cannon

Henry and Pam Huggins Chapman on their 60th Anniversary

Pat Chapman Huff

Class of 1962

Ida Pace Storrs Class of 1968

Nancy Strahan Hall Class of 1970

Beverly Armstrong McLaughlin Genevieve “Pie” White Sharpe Class of 1995

Heather McConnell Buckelew Walter and Beth DuBose Cottingham

Collin and Susanne Watts Liggett Wes Daniels

Collin and Susanne Watts Liggett Dr. Malcolm C. Doubles

Cheryl Wingert Bruce and Brianna Bunce Douglas

Collin and Susanne Watts Liggett Vicki Eaddy

Dick and Michal Millen Baird Mark and Christie Happ Jennifer Kyria Hoffman Michael and Michelle Eaddy Hood Perry Wilson Cheryl Wingert




Dr. Edward S. Ebert II

Dr. Sara Odom

Hoyland Lowery Fisher

Beth DuBose Cottingham

Sara Long Fox

Lyn Blackmon

>> I N memoriam Information received Februar y 15, 2010 through July 20, 2010

Barbara Kalber Frampton

Margaret Jordan Timmerman ’28

Kate Bullock Helms ’29

Dr. Nancy D. McLaurin

Jan Bonnett Frye

Christina Glover Wallerstein Dr. Lois Rauch Gibson

Cheryl Wingert Christina Weeks Weaver Dr. Cathleen G. Cuppett

Virgie Perry Helbig ’30 Kathryn Owens Waldrep ’37 Virginia Williams Anderson ’39 Florence McDaniel Rhodes ’39 Caroline Chandler Caddell ’40

Wanda Herring

Mary Mathis Guyton ’40

H. Bryant Herring

Jeannette Pate Copeland ’42

Gus and Joan Snoddy Hoffmeyer

Annie Rainwater Stewart ’42

Courtney Smith Lee McCown Huey

Dr. Nancy E. Rogers

Natalie West Birdsong Johanson

Lora “Burnsie” Burns Thomas

Iris Wall Richardson ’43 Rebecca Barbee Hamlett ’44 Lorraine Spates Carlisle McNair ’45 Lilla Freeman Sitton ’46

Christina Glover Wallerstein

Rosa Henderson Murray ’48

Dr. James W. Lemke

Rebecca Nicholson Wood ’48

Edward E. Flaherty ’50

Dr. Patricia G. Lincoln

Christina Weeks Weaver Dorothy Marshall

Pamelia Phillips Ivester

Frances Johnson McElveen

Emily Carmichael O’Boyle ’51 Carolyn Timberlake Bullard ’51 Charles H. Jones ’51 Carolyn Dabbs Moore ’51

Greer A. Johnson

Lula Irma Floyd Dew ’53

Sarah Pauline Jackson McRae

Susie Gaines Hautala ’53

Barbara White Hobbs ’54

Beth DuBose Cottingham

Betty Shaw Merck

Marian Duke Daniel ’57

Polly Jordan Huntley ’59

Beth DuBose Cottingham

Wilhelmina Kirkland Miller

Beth DuBose Cottingham

Lynn Oates

Christina Weeks Weaver Edward J. Quilty

Callie McCuen Simpson ’59 Nancy Seidenstricker ’61 Carol “Kay-Kay” Duelley Nooft ’70 Carolyn Graham Robinson ’73

Christina Weeks Weaver Allene Stuckey Reep

Beth DuBose Cottingham

Dave Rogers

Pat Chapman Huff

Sarah Jo Wood Safrit

Christina Glover Wallerstein Dave Schmotzer

Michael Windham Camak

>> con t ri b u t ions t o sc h olars h ips From Februar y 16, 2010 through July 30, 2010, 20 0 9 Coker has received the following gifts for scholarships:

Darlene Small

Class of 1953 Endowed Scholarship

Kathy Beasley

Charlie Hunt Chewning James and Sarah Sampson Bell Susie Gaines Hautala

Florence Houck Steele

Florence H. Steele Endowed Scholarship

Frank and Frankie Bush

Florence Houck Steele

Dr. Stephen B. Terry

Jennie Smith McLeod ‘52 Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Patricia Lincoln

Doris Small

Christina Weeks Weaver Perry Wilson James Vaughan

Edee, Eleanor and Virginia Vaughan Jackson Eugene Watts

Claire Gaskins Robert Emerson Watts, Jr.

Claire Gaskins Betty Wiggins

Professor Richard Puffer

Mary Lloyd Edwards Williams

Mary Lance Williams Garrison

Perry Wilson

Collin and Susanne Watts Liggett Dr. Robert L. Wyatt

Donald J. Amaral Dr. Jeanne Cook Jennifer Kyria Hoffman Mr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Neville Perry Wilson

Frances Nicholson Townsend John C. and Leland S. Hungerpiller Memorial Scholarship

Britt and Sloan Hungerpiller Brittain

Katherine and Charles Kirkland Dunlap Endowed Scholarship

Kirk and Jane Dunlap Leona Davis Perry Endowed Scholarship

Priscilla Perry Arnold

Malcolm and Jacqueline E. McLeod Doubles Endowed Scholarship

John and Betty Beasley Williams

Marvis Wiggins Henry Endowed Scholarship

Marvis Wiggins Henry

Nickey Brumbaugh Endowed Art Scholarship

Betty J. Robertson Coughlin

Patsy Hill Yarborough

Sloan H. Brittain Endowed Music Scholarship

Beth DuBose Cottingham

Information received Februar y 15, 2010 through July 20, 2010 Merle Davis Baxley ’46 in the death of her son Luke “Buddy” Baxley, MD on April 16, 2010. Marian Jordan Pate ’46 in the death of her husband James L. Pate on December 21, 2009. Mitzi DuPre Matthews ’53 in the death of her husband Budd Matthews on April 23, 2010. Martha Lyons Shealey ’53 in the death of her husband Thomas Shealey on March 24, 2010. Elizabeth Wadford Watkins ’53 in the death of her daughter, Donna G. Watkins on April 25, 2010. Nancy King Wactor ’59 in the death of her husband Ray Wactor in June 2010. Sara Long Fox ’60 in the death of her husband James D. Fox, Sr. on July 4, 2010. Angie Lupo Jordan ’60 in the death of her husband Glenn Jordan on February 10, 2010. Sherrill E. Jordan ’60 in the death of her cousin Polly Jordan Huntley ’59 on July 14, 2010. Judy Eadon Gibson ’62 in the death of her daughter Julie Amick and her husband Tom Gibson in June 2002.

Congratulations to Rebecca Howle Benson ’74 and Frank on the birth of granddaughter, Stella Rebecca Beasley. Congratulations to Carolyn McMillian Dunn ’75 on the birth of granddaughter Jordan Leigh on March 9, 2010. Congratulations to Carol Hatton Kinney ’75 and Sonny on the birth of grandsons Miles and his cousin Colton.

Congratulations to Pat Wilmot ’77 on the birth of her granddaughter Katherine Monika Wilmot on June 4, 2010. Congratulations to Reagan Gafford Cannon ’01 on the birth of son Thomas Law Cannon on May 10, 2010. Congratulations to Blayke Epley Turrubiartes ’02 and Eduardo on the birth of their child in May 2010. Congratulations to Cara Wilkerson Deese ’03 and Conrad Deese ’05 on the birth of son Peyton Conrad Deese on March 24, 2010. Congratulations to Joann C. Wurzbacher ’03 E on the birth of granddaughter Brianna Ginger Godwin on March 8, 2010. Congratulations to Jessica Brill Lloyd ’05 and Curtis Lloyd ’02 on the birth of daughter Victoria Payton Lloyd in 2009. Congratulations to Caroline Benson Beasley ’09 E and Jason on the birth of daughter, Stella Rebecca Beasley. SEND US BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN!

Gail Arnette Sinclair ’62 in the death of her son James Michael Sinclair in July 2009. Susan Reichard Allred ’68 in the death of her mother Ruth E. Reichard on September 11, 2008 and the death of her father John M. Reichard on December 5, 2009. Linda Smith Bradford ’70 in the death of her father, Louis Smith on June 10, 2010. Martha Carpenter Shaleuly ’70 in the death of her mother on April 19, 2010. Ray Torrance Vance ’70 in the death of her mother-in-law, Ethel Elgin Vance on July 17, 2010. Mark D. Garner ’90 and April Carraway Garner ’90 in the death of his father this summer.

>> W E DD I N G S Information received September 9, 20 0 9 through November 2, 20 0 9 Congratulations to Karen Lear ’98 E and Daniel Preston Edwards on their marriage on July 16, 2010.

Congratulations to Sarah Pierce ’07 and Dylan Priest on their marriage on June 5, 2010. SEND US A WEDDING PHOTO OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM WITH ALL YOUR COKER GUESTS!

Britt and Sloan Hungerpiller Brittain

Madge Windham Zemp

Sparrow Scholars Program

Lyn Blackmon

Susan Melody Frank


Congratulations to Kathi Pleasant Luther ’75 and Chuck on the birth of grandson Noah on June 16, 2009.

Congratulations to Patricia Nicholson ’02 E and Randy Johnson on their marriage on April 17, 2010.

Nan Carter Howard Teressa Thompson Harrington

Congratulations to Belinda Duckworth Copeland ’63 on the birth of grandson Thomas Copeland Crawford on March 2, 2010.

>> s y mpat h y

Congratulations to Karen Tallon ’98 and Sun Park on their marriage on September 26, 2009.

Nancy Barrineau Endowed Scholarship

Information received Februar y 15, 2010 through July 20, 2010

Congratulations to Marguerite Sloman Botkin ’70 on the birth of granddaughter Brooke Elizabeth Spilman on February 13, 2010.

Beth DuBose Cottingham

>> Bir t h s

Frank Bush Florence Convention and Visitor Bureau Caitlin Luther Dr. Sandra G. McCloy Professor Richard Puffer Todd Rix Brandy Roscoe Dr. Michael Siegfried Michelle South Cheryl Telligman Cheryl Wingert Dr. Graham Wood

Mary Elizabeth DuBose Cottingham Endowed Scholarship

Nancy Wyatt

Perry Wilson

Gifts of Books/ Media to the Charles W. and Joan S. Coker Librar y- Information Technology Center from Februar y 16, 2010 through July 30, 2010

Elsie Hollis Speaks ’44

Judy Hayes Johnson

Dr. Patricia Lincoln

>> G  if t s of Books / M e d ia t o t h e L i b rar y




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1. 2 >> C ommencemen t 2 0 10 Coker College’s 102nd Commencement was held on May 1, 2010 in the Courtyard at Davidson Hall. Emerson Gower [1.0], retired Vice President Southern Region of Progress Energy, delivered the keynote address and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Gower is an active business and community leader in the state and was named 2009 Business Leader of the Year by the S.C. Chamber of Commerce. He is past chairman of the Coker College Board of Trustees, the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation, the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The Coker College faculty presented the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to Darlington County community activist Clayton Richardson [1.1] of Hartsville and to graduating senior and student leader Robert O’Hara [1.2] of North Augusta, S.C. The award recognizes excellence of character and service to humanity and is given annually in conjunction with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation of Oxford, Miss. The Class of 2010 selected Melinda Norris [1.3], assistant professor of business administration, Master Professor of the Year, and Justin Johnson, assistant director of residence life, Staff Person-of-the-Year.



[Summer 2010] Commentary  

Campus Issue - Vol. 38, No. 2

[Summer 2010] Commentary  

Campus Issue - Vol. 38, No. 2