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Coastal's winter commencement set for Dec. 10

December 5, 2005

Approximately 496 students are eligible to participate in Coastal's December commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Both fall candidates for graduation as well as August 2005 graduates will participate in the ceremony.

Debbie H. Stanley, an instructor of education at Coastal, will be the commencement speaker.

At Coastal's Honors Convocation in April 2005, Stanley was named the 2005 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, an annual honor presented by Coastal's Student Government Association to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching. Stanley joined the Spadoni College of Education in 1992 after teaching in public schools. She has been adviser for the Education Club for four years, and she has been recognized for her enthusiasm in the classroom and her contribution to student success. Her scholarship focuses on the use of technology in the classroom.

Stanley earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in reading, both from the University of South Carolina. Retired Coastal business professor Louis H. Gilles Jr. and education professor Sally Z. Hare will be recognized. Both were recently named Distinguished Professor Emeritus by Coastal's board of trustees.

Hare is the Grant and Elizabeth Singleton Distinguished Professor Emeritus and director of Coastal�s Center for Education and Community. She received the 2002 South Carolina Women of Achievement Award from the South Carolina Governor�s Commission on Women. She was instrumental in the development of Coastal's �Calling All Colors� program, a forum for children to discuss racism, and �Jump for the Sun,� a program encouraging girls and women to pursue careers in math and science. Hare earned three degrees at the University of South Carolina, including a Ph.D. in education.

Gilles, professor of business administration, joined Coastal in 1974, serving nearly 20 years as an accounting professor in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration. He earned a bachelor�s degree from Baker University, a master�s degree from Columbia University, an MBA from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Gillis was also a certified public accountant.