On this Friday-eve of Coker College’s fifth annual Celebration of Academics (March 24-26), it seems appropriate to provide a cookie offering that could remind you of at least one aspect of the Celebration’s many benefits.
Bending the “outside the box” metaphor that Coker’s legendary professor, the late Jim Lemke, who developed and spearheaded the Celebration, first bent a few years ago, today’s contribution to the community conversation asks you to look beyond the plate (or the classroom or even our beloved round tables) and consider the rich connections that your membership in the Coker family affords you.
Consider a sampling of this year’s presentations. From Professor Sara Odom’s Last Lecture, to Assistant Dean Darlene Small and Professor Cathy Cuppett’s presentation titled “Beyond the Walls: Coker College Study Away,” and Associate Professor of English The Rev. John Foster’s presentation titled “Flannery O’Conner and the Christ-Haunted South,” to the culminating Performing Arts Showcase, the Celebration offers delicious morsels that would whet the intellectual appetites of curious scholars nationwide.
Today’s cookies, therefore, are not presented on plates, but in baskets, trays and bowls, and they’re not in all of the usual places or of the usual varieties. Today we have five varieties of cookies, and I’ve placed their containers all over campus.
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Professor Lemke’s favorites
- Snickerdoodles, Associate Professor Jen Borgo’s favorites (Jen is coordinating this year’s Celebration.)
- Molasses Crinkles, my favorites
- Christmas Crescent Cookies, made with Professor Lemke’s grandmother’s recipe*
- YORK Peppermint Patties, because, well, whose cookie definition is it anyway, darn it!? (Plus, Jim liked them.)
Come and get ’em!
* Per Coker College Provost Emeritus Patricia Lincoln, today’s Christmas Crescent Cookies recipe is recorded on page 154 of “The Screened Door Pantry” by Harriett Courtney Lemke and Fran Wall Weaver, ISBN 978-0-9789243-0-0.