Coker Welcomes New Students to Campus

Move-In Video

For more information contact Christian Stryker 843.383.8068

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – As Saturday, August 14, approaches the entire Coker College campus is a buzz of activity. Why is everyone excited for Saturday you ask? Simple, that will be the day that Coker will welcome more than 250 new students to campus, as freshmen and transfer students move-in for the Fall 2010 semester.

“Early August is always an exciting time on any college campus, but this year is especially exciting here at Coker,” said Coker President Dr. Robert Wyatt, who begins his second year as Coker’s president. “This year we are beginning to redefine Coker and what it means to make our graduates ready for the real world. That redefinition starts right here as new students come onto campus.”

This year’s incoming class features students from 30 states and five foreign countries, with an average high school GPA of 3.6 and an average SAT of 1000. Eight of these students are Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipients, meaning they are ranked in the top six percent in their high school class, have a 3.5 GPA or higher and scored 1200 or higher on their SAT.

Saturday also marks the start of Coker’s Orientation and Welcome Week activities. Highlighting these activities are:

  • President’s Ice Cream Social - Sunday, Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • Destination Downtown - Hartsville Downtown, Monday, Aug. 16, 7:00 p.m.
  • Comedian Josh Wade - Wednesday, Aug. 18, 8:00 p.m.

Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 18, and Dr. Joseph Flaherty, Assistant Professor of Biology at Coker, will deliver the convocation address during Coker’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Watson Theater.

Dr. Flaherty will be discussing his student-centered research on the genetics of fungal diseases such as Fusarium head blight, which causes significant losses to agricultural crops worldwide. Recently, the National Science Foundation has recognized Dr. Flaherty as one of the nation’s leading teacher-scholars, awarding him the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for junior faculty members, the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant.

“It is definitely an exciting time to be at Coker,” said senior Norah Wofford. “There are many noticeable changes happening around campus and I am really excited to be back and for another great year.”

Many more Orientation and Welcome Week activities are planned to run through Sunday, August 22. For a complete list of these activities visit Coker’s website, www.coker.edu/orientation-fall-2010

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Founded in 1908, Coker College is an independent, comprehensive college with a liberal arts core required of all students. Coker provides quality educational experiences in and out of the classroom that prepare graduates for professional and personal success. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Coker one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review rates Coker a Best Southeastern College based on academic reputation and student satisfaction.

 
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