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Hartsville, S.C. – Dec. 16, 2015 – On Saturday, December 12, 2015, Coker College conferred bachelor’s degrees on 72 graduates during its 2015 Winter Commencement Ceremony. In addition, 16 individuals received their master's degrees in college athletic administration.

The ceremony was held in the Harris E. and Louise H. DeLoach Center. Steve Terry, director of leadership and entrepreneurship initiatives and interim director of the Master of College Athletic Administration program, delivered the commencement address.

Hartsville, S.C. – December 14, 2015 – Anne Gardner Blomeyer, owner of the retail antiques business Annie’s Song and a former GTE executive in planning, policies and operations, has been elected for a second time to the Coker College Board of Trustees.

“We are honored to have Anne back on our Board,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “Anne’s creativity and business savvy offer a unique perspective on both our current culture and economy. She has a strong history with Coker College, both as an ambassador and a former student.”

Hartsville, S.C. – December 14, 2015 – Donna Isgett, senior vice president of quality and safety for McLeod Health, has been elected to the Coker College Board of Trustees.

“We are pleased to welcome Donna to the Board,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “She brings management experience to the table from which Coker College can benefit, particularly in regards to her oversight of and success with a large organization’s effectiveness.”

Hartsville, S.C. – December 14, 2015 – Conrad Deese, vice president of finance for LifePoint’s Eastern Group at LifePoint Hospitals, has been elected to the Coker College Board of Trustees.

“We are delighted to have Conrad on Coker’s Board,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “As a Coker alumnus and former athlete, his passion for the college combined with his knowledge of corporate operations will be a great complement to our Board.”

Hartsville, S.C. – December 14, 2015 – Gayle Sawyer, an assistant professor of educational leadership at Winthrop University, has been elected to the Coker College Board of Trustees.

“We are fortunate to have Gayle join the Board,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “She has a rich history with both Coker College and our community as well as invaluable professional experience in the field of higher education.”

Hartsville, S.C. – Dec. 11, 2015 – Best College Reviews, an independent college review journal, has ranked Kalmia Gardens of Coker College as one of the 50 most beautiful college arboretums in the country.

Kalmia Gardens is ranked No. 41 based on the following criteria: size of the arboretum, size of the collection, how long the garden has been established, opportunities for college students and connection with the community. Best College Reviews describes Kalmia Gardens as “breathtaking” and “one of the top botanical gardens on the list.”

Hartsville, S.C. – Dec. 6, 2015 – Coker College Associate Professor of Social Work Shirley McClerklin-Motley has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA).

Since 1990, the DCLA has been a principal means for the FBI to publicly recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations who make extraordinary contributions to crime and violence prevention and education in their communities.

Hartsville, S.C. – Nov. 11, 2015 – The Coker College Dance Program will present the annual Student Choreography Showcase on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

“The annual Student Choreography Showcase is a highlight in our season. It is always exciting to see our students’ artistic voices emerging,” said Angela Gallo, associate professor of dance and chair of the department of dance, music and theater.

Hartsville, S.C. – Oct. 22, 2015 – The family of a trailblazing advocate for Coker College has established the Eugenia McAlpine Lewis Endowed Scholarship in Communications.

Beth Stanzione, Lewis’ daughter, recalls her mother’s whole-hearted devotion to Coker College and her fierce determination to make a difference. She says her mother persevered and found success, in large part, she thinks, because she remained true to herself. It was a labor of love.