North Hartsville, SC, United States
North Hartsville, SC, United States

Coker College is a private, co-ed four-year liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker offers a 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, Darlington County, South Carolina, Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.Coker College was founded in 1908, and is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Coker's sports teams, nicknamed the Cobras, compete in NCAA Division II. Wikipedia.

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Kano P.O.,Acunum Algorithms and Simulations LLC | Brio M.,Acunum Algorithms and Simulations LLC | Brio M.,University of Arizona | Dostert P.,Coker College | Cain J.,University of Arizona
Computers and Mathematics with Applications | Year: 2012

In this paper, the Dempster-Shafer theory of evidential reasoning is applied to the problem of optimal contour parameters selection in Talbot's method for the numerical inversion of the Laplace transform. The fundamental concept is the discrimination between rules for the parameters that define the shape of the contour based on the features of the function to invert. To demonstrate the approach, it is applied to the computation of the matrix exponential via numerical inversion of the corresponding resolvent matrix. Training for the Dempster-Shafer approach is performed on random matrices. The algorithms presented have been implemented in MATLAB. The approximated exponentials from the algorithm are compared with those from the rational approximation for the matrix exponential returned by the MATLAB expm function. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Gloviczki P.J.,Coker College
Journal of Loss and Trauma | Year: 2016

In this paper, I use an autoethnographic sketch (Rambo, 2007) to offer a definition of trauma. This paper is broadly inspired by my research (Gloviczki, 2015) using case study methods (Yin, 2003) about online memorial groups. In pairing autoethnography and case study methods, I write to inspire a discussion about form, definition, and trauma. I also embrace the challenge of writing an entire scholarly paper within 140 characters, the standard length of a tweet on Twitter. I hope this approach opens fresh avenues for understanding research as well. 2016 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Gloviczki P.J.,Coker College
Journal of Loss and Trauma | Year: 2016

In this paper, I use autoethnographic sketches (Rambo, 2007) to examine the way that sports have taught me the value of persistence. Specifically, I explore the way that (a) playing baseball as a young child, (b) serving as the team manager on the high school football team, and (c) working out as an adult have each equipped me to cope with the limitations associated with my physical disability, cerebral palsy, while also allowing me to articulate my relationship to my body on my own terms. I hope that this paper encourages readers to examine the practices that undergird their lives and to explore the origins of the values that motivate their everyday experiences. 2016 Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Borgo J.S.,Coker College | Conover M.R.,Utah State University
Human-Wildlife Interactions | Year: 2016

Selecting a nest site is an important decision for waterfowl. Because most nest failure is due to depredation, the primary selective pressure in choosing a nest site should be to reduce depredation risk. This task is difficult, however, because predators use differing tactics to locate nests, such as olfactory or visual cues. The purpose of this research was to evaluate both the olfactory and visual components of waterfowl nest site selection and nest depredation in North Dakota. We located waterfowl nests, monitored them until termination (hatched or depredated), and collected both visual and olfactory concealment characteristics of nest sites and paired random sites in 2006 and 2007. Waterfowl nest sites and random sites did not differ in their olfactory concealment characteristics. However, waterfowl did select nesting sites with greater lateral concealment than random sites, a visual characteristic. The only difference found between successful and depredated nests consisted of lateral dispersion, an olfactory concealment characteristic. These results indicate that while waterfowl may select nest sites based on visual concealment characteristics, those characteristics were not predictive of nest success. Olfactory concealment characteristics may be more important for nest success in our study area because the dominant nest predators, including raccoons (Procyon lotor) and striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis), primarily utilize olfactory cues to locate nest sites.

Gloviczki P.J.,Coker College
Journal of Loss and Trauma | Year: 2016

In this essay, I use autoethnographic sketching (Rambo, 2007) to explore the experience of arriving at and withdrawing from the London School of Economics and its impact on my life and work. I especially draw on the importance of close relationships with family, which helped me cope with and overcome limitations associated with my physical disability, cerebral palsy, as I work toward personal and professional fulfillment. It is my hope that these words will motivate others to better cope with and overcome challenges in pursuit of their goals. © 2016, Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Rose T.,Coker College | Unnithan P.,Colorado State University
Policing | Year: 2015

Purpose – Policing is associated with a pronounced occupational subculture. Policing is also known for physical and mental stressors that are, arguably, more than other professions. The purpose of this paper is to hypothesize that those police officers who perceive themselves as not a part of the subculture (i.e. “out-group”) would experience more occupational stress in comparison to those who perceive themselves as a part of it (i.e. “in-group”). Design/methodology/approach – The authors use data from the Work and Family Services for Law Enforcement Personnel in the US survey (Delprino, 1997) and OLS regression to assess the direct association between officers’ perceptions of policing subculture membership and occupational stress. Findings – Results support the hypothesis, with in-group officers reporting significantly less occupational stress than out-group officers. This finding holds, with slight variations, when demographic and experiential variables are introduced as controls. Research limitations/implications – Findings are from an earlier survey and based on responses from 1,632 officers in 51 agencies. They are geographically limited. Practical implications – The importance of the protective function of subculture needs to be taken into account when attempting to deal with police stress. Social implications – This study provides ideas on how departments can utilize occupational subcultures to deal with the stress experienced by members. Originality/value – The relationship between police subculture and stress has not been examined empirically before. This study documents the positive impact of police subculture in terms of helping members deal with stress. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Hollister R.D.,Grand Valley State University | Flaherty K.J.,Coker College
Applied Vegetation Science | Year: 2010

Question: Does experimental warming, designed to simulate future warming of the Arctic, change the biomass allocation and mycorrhizal infection of tundra plants? Location: High Arctic tundra near Barrow, Alaska, USA (71°18′N 156°40′W). Methods: Above and below ground plant biomass of all species was harvested following 3-4 yr of 1-2°C of experimental warming. Biomass allocation and arbuscular mycorrhizal infection were also examined in the two dominant species, Salix rotundifolia and Carex aquatilis. Results: Above-ground biomass of graminoids increased in response to warming but there was no difference in total plant biomass or the ratio of above-ground to below-ground biomass for the community as a whole. Carex aquatilis increased above-ground biomass and proportionally allocated more biomass above ground in response to warming. Salix rotundifolia increased the amount of above- and below-ground biomass allocated per leaf in response to warming. Mycorrhizal infection rates showed no direct response to warming, but total abundance was estimated to have likely increased in response to warming owing to increased root biomass of S. rotundifolia. Conclusions: The community as a whole was resistant to short-term warming and showed no significant changes in above- or below-ground biomass despite significant increases in above-ground biomass of graminoids. However, the patterns of biomass allocation for C. aquatilis and S. rotundifolia did change with warming. This suggests that long-term warming may result in changes in the above-ground to below-ground biomass ratio of the community. © 2010 International Association for Vegetation Science.

Bluhm B.H.,University of Arkansas | Burnham A.M.,Coker College | Dunkle L.D.,Purdue University
Mycologia | Year: 2010

Many metabolic and developmental processes in fungi are controlled by biological rhythms. Circadian rhythms approximate a daily (24 h) cycle and have been thoroughly studied in the model fungus, Neurospora crassa. However relatively few examples of true circadian rhythms have been documented among other filamentous fungi. In this study we describe a circadian rhythm underlying hyphal melanization in Cercospora kikuchii, an important pathogen of soybean. After growth in light or light: dark cycles, colonies transferred to darkness produced zonate bands of melanized hyphae interspersed with bands of hyaline hyphae. Rhythmic production of bands was remarkably persistent in the absence of external cues, lasting at least 7 d after transfer to darkness, and was compensated over a range of temperatures. As in N. crassa, blue light but not red light was sufficient to entrain the circadian rhythm in C. kikuchii, and a putative ortholog of white collar-1, one of the genes required for light responses in N. crassa, was identified in C. kikuchii. Circadian regulation of melanization is conserved in other members of the genus: Similar rhythms were identified in another field isolate of C. kikuchii as well as field isolates of C. beticola and C. sorghi, but not in wild-type strains of C. zeae-maydis or C. zeina. This report represents the first documented circadian rhythm among Dothideomycete fungi and provides a new opportunity to dissect the molecular basis of circadian rhythms among filamentous fungi. © 2010 by The Mycological Society of America.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Chemical Measurement & Imaging | Award Amount: 144.21K | Year: 2012

In this award, funded by the Chemical Measurement and Imaging Program of the Division of Chemistry, Professor Gordon Brown of Coker College and his undergraduate student researchers will be supported to study the intermolecular bonding in: (1) van der Waals complexes between carbon dioxide and nitrogen heterocycles and (2) complexes between halogen-containing small molecules and Lewis bases. The researchers will study these species with chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy.

Microwave spectroscopy is an important physical chemical method that gives precise information about molecular geometry and binding. The classes of species that Professor Brown and his students will study will provide information on potential carbon-capture/storage materials as well as fundamental information about the intermolecular interactions between halogen-containing species. The undergraduate students working on this project will gain useful experience in conducting physical chemical research with state-of-the-art equipment, and will be well-prepared for further study in the chemical sciences.

News Article | November 29, 2016

HARTSVILLE, S.C., Nov. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, today announced several new senior leadership changes which will become effective January 3, 2017, according to M. Jack Sanders, President and Chief Executive Officer. Robert C. Tiede, 58, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and will have global leadership, sales and operating responsibility for all of the Company’s diversified consumer, industrial and protective packaging businesses, reporting to Sanders. Since joining Sonoco in 2004, Tiede has led all of Sonoco’s global consumer-related businesses, including Rigid Paper Containers, Flexible Packaging, Plastics and Display and Packaging. During his tenure, Sonoco’s consumer-related businesses have increased sales by approximately 90 percent and operating profits by 120 percent, as the Company’s consumer growth strategy developed broader global packaging and services capabilities. “Rob has been a key leader of our efforts to Re-Envision Sonoco to become a more innovative, consumer solutions-focused business,” said Sanders. “His ability to turn around underperforming businesses, drive innovation to spur organic growth and help build our capabilities through targeted acquisitions has been an important element in executing our Grow and Optimize strategy.” Tiede joined Sonoco as president of Sonoco CorrFlex following the 2004 acquisition of CorrFlex Graphics’ point of purchase merchandising display and packaging business. In 2007, he became division vice president and general manager of the Company’s Flexible Packaging division and later added responsibility for all of the Company’s Consumer Packaging businesses. He became Senior Vice President in 2013 and in 2015 added responsibility for the Company’s Protective Solutions and Reels businesses. Prior to joining Sonoco, Tiede worked in private equity as president of Bostic Packaging/CorrFlex from 2000 to 2004 and president of Sterling International from 1998 to 2000.  He also served as executive vice president of operations for Graphic Packaging International, Inc., heading its flexible packaging division from 1994 to 1998. A Chartered Accountant through the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Tiede began his professional career with KPMG. Tiede is active in industry and community organizations and is the chairman of the Flexible Packaging Association and Hartsville United Way. A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Tiede became a U.S. citizen in 2013 and he and his wife, Val, maintain a home in Hartsville and have three grown children. Sanders also announced the promotions of Vicki B. Arthur to Senior Vice President, Plastic Packaging and Protective Solutions; R. Howard Coker to Senior Vice President, Rigid Paper Containers and Paper/Engineered Carriers International; and Rodger D. Fuller to Senior Vice President, Paper/Engineered Carriers U.S./Canada and Display and Packaging.  Each will report to Tiede. In this new position, Arthur, 58, will have responsibility for Sonoco’s plastics businesses, including flexible packaging and thermoformed, injection molded and extruded plastics, and Protective Solutions, which includes the Company’s consumer durable paper-based packaging, molded foam components and temperature-assured packaging operations. Combined, these businesses have 52 operating facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with combined sales of approximately $1.5 billion and more than 4,000 associates. Arthur joined Sonoco in 1984 and has held senior leadership positions in finance, including Corporate Treasurer, sales and operations. Prior to this promotion, she was Vice President, Protective Solutions.  Arthur graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in accounting and worked in public accounting, becoming a Certified Public Accountant. In 2000, she received an MBA from Duke University. She is member of the AICPA and South Carolina Association of CPAs and is a member of the South Carolina Automotive Association. She remains active in community activities, including previously serving on the boards of Coker College, the Byerly Foundation and the Hartsville YMCA. Arthur and her husband, Stephen, have two grown children and have a home in Hartsville. Coker, 54, has responsibility for the Company’s global composite can operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, as well as paper, tube and core operations in Europe, Latin America and Australasia. Combined, these businesses have annual sales of $1.8 billion, through 110 operations and 8,000 associates. Prior to this promotion, Coker was Group Vice President, and during his 31-year career he has held several leadership positions running global consumer-related and industrial businesses. Coker holds a B.A. in business administration from Wofford College and an MBA from Wake Forest University.  He is active in community and wildlife organizations, having served as past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Coker College and on the board of the Byerly Foundation and has been an active member of Ducks Unlimited. A native resident of Hartsville, he and his wife, Rhonda, have three grown children. In this new position, Fuller, 55, has responsibility for the Company’s Paper and Engineered Carriers businesses, including 12 uncoated recycled paper mills, 24 recovered paper recycling facilities, 40 tube and core converting facilities and 16 wire and cable reels centers serving customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, he assumes responsibility for the Company’s Display and Packaging business, which operates 25 manufacturing and packaging facilities in the United States, Mexico, Poland and Brazil. Combined, these businesses have annual sales of $1.6 billion and 8,000 associates.  Prior to this appointment, Fuller was Group Vice President and has held leadership positions in both Consumer and Industrial businesses during his 31-year career with Sonoco. Fuller graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, with a B.S. in business administration and received an MBA from Emory University.  He is active in industry and community service organizations, including serving on the board of the Paper and Packaging Board, the American Forest and Paper Association and the Hartsville United Way. He and his wife, Helen, have two grown children and reside in Hartsville. Photos accompanying this announcement are available at About Sonoco Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5 billion, the Company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 operations in 35 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. For more information on the Company, visit our website at

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