Celebration of Academics 2015
Celebration of Academics - Academics in Action

The 2015 Celebration of Academics will celebrate “Academics in Action” by taking a closer look at the process of learning—the ups and downs, the successes and failures, and the value of each step along the journey.

The James W. Lemke Celebration of Academics is an annual, campus-wide tradition recognizing Coker's unique academic environment. The three-day event celebrates the myriad forms of academic exploration, both inside and outside of the classroom, that define a Coker education. In 2014, the Celebration was named in memory of James W. Lemke, former professor of political science and philosophy and a member of Coker's faculty for nearly 40 years. Lemke was instrumental in the planning and success of the first-ever Celebration of Academics in 2010—and a strong supporter of the belief that at Coker, learning happens everywhere.

Schedule of Events
Monday, April 6

*Community Service Poster Display

11:00a.m. - 6:00p.m.


(Poster Display Runs Monday through Friday)-All Day

*Susan Coker Watson and Sparrow Scholarship Presentations

3:00 - 4:30p.m.

Library | Daniels Board Room

*Education Graduate Student Presentations:
Tara Matthews-Set the Stage: Readers’ Theater; Beth Hall-Caulder-Repeated Interactive Read-Alouds: Increasing Students’ Vocabulary Development; Joshua Bastean-The Effects of Game Dynamics on Student Engagement; Julie Hanlin-Project-based Learning and its Effects on Writing Motivation; Mary Morrison-Translating Mathematical Word Problems; Amanda Harris-Creating Lyrics to Learn; Sarah Bruce Price Lynch-Using Play to Focus Classroom Instruction; Brittany Gendron-Diventare, Allargare, Scrivere: Exploring Rural Adolescent Writing Engagement with Authentic, Place-Based Storytelling; Rachel Caulder-Rethinking the High School English Classroom: Peer Interaction, Literacy Habits, and a Goals-Based, Concept-Focused Curriculum; Danielle Alexander-An Aesthetic Versus Efferent Approach to Literacy

5:30 - 6:45p.m.

Davidson Hall | Room 109

*Faculty Panel Discussion:
"Failures, Errors, Revisions, Mistakes: Steps Toward Success"
Ryan Higgins (Education), Jasna Shannon (English), Jim Boden (Art), Chris Williams (Soccer Coach), Tracy Parkinson (Dean and Provost), Joe Rubinstein (Education, Emeritus), Panel Organizer: Julia Klimek (English)

7:00 - 8:00p.m.

Davidson Auditorium

Tuesday, April 7
*Student Research Symposium-Oral Presentations

1:00 - 5:00p.m.

Library | Daniels Board Room

Honors Convocation

Watch Honors Convocation LIVE

7:30 - 8:30p.m.

Watson Theater



Stein Gallery

Wednesday, April 8

*Faculty-Student Presentations

1:00 - 5:00p.m.

Davidson Hall

*Dance, Music and Theater “Behind the Scenes” Sessions

6:00 - 8:00p.m. (30 minute sessions)

Performing Arts Center

*Free and open to the public.

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