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New class of Wall Fellows named at Coastal Carolina University

September 28, 2009

Five students have been selected for the Wall Fellows Class of 2011 at Coastal Carolina University and will be inducted on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. in the courtyard of the Robin W. and Thomas W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The members of the new Wall Fellows class, all juniors, are:

* Kaitlyn M. Grady, a resort tourism major from Woodbine, Md.

* Zachery M. Loberger, an accounting major from Woodruff

* Kaitlin E. Mayo, a biology pre-med major from Myrtle Beach

* Brendan M. McClatchey, a political science pre-law major from Point Pleasant, N.J.

* Colleen A. Schohl, a finance and mathematics double major from Brecksville, Ohio

During the ceremony, University President David DeCenzo will unveil a portrait of Colonel Bill Baxley that will hang in the recently named Bill Baxley Hall. An honorary founder of the University and one of the three original founders of the Wall Fellows program, Baxley joined the University's faculty in 1972 and served as associate chancellor of advancement and dean of the Wall College of Business. After retiring in 1992, he served as Executive-in-Residence for the Wall College of Business until his death earlier this year. His son, John Baxley, will accept a posthumous award for his father's contribution to the Wall Fellows program.

The Wall Fellows program was initiated in 1993 by the late Conway businessman Craig Wall Jr., Baxley and Clay Brittain Jr. in response to the need for graduates with stronger leadership, critical thinking and interpersonal skills. The program teaches leadership development skills across all four colleges of the university with a select group of students from business, humanities, sciences and education included.

Students are chosen for the Wall Fellows program through a competitive application process. The teaching focus of the program is contained in a rigorous three credit-hour per semester course which covers specific nontraditional areas including interpersonal and communication skills, ethics, business etiquette and cross cultural business skills. Fellows are also expected to complete a full-time, six-month internship outside of the area during the program, as well as an international experience between their junior and senior years.

Since the program was initiated, Wall Fellows have had internships at major companies in New York, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., London, Barcelona, Mainz (Germany) and Brussels.