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Center for Religious Studies and Ethics Named After Dr. Curtis Coleman

October 30, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - Athens State University’s Center for Religious Studies and Ethics has been renamed the Curtis Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics. The name bestowed honors Dr. Curtis Coleman who died in 2010.

“This is truly a fitting and justifiable honor to rename the Center for someone who worked so hard in championing religious education in Athens,” state Dr. Robby White, Chairman of Religious Studies and Ethics. “Dr. Coleman’s legacy and good work should be remembered in perpetuity. This will do just that.”

Coleman was an ordained United Methodist minister before joining the faculty and staff of Athens College (now Athens State University) in 1966. He was Emeritus Dean and Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Athens State University.

Coleman’s book, “Stop, Look, and Listen,” is a compilation of many of the articles he wrote for area newspapers. He generously donated the profits from the book to the Religion Department.

Coleman was a past president of the Athens Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He also was a past president of the Athens-Limestone Chamber of Commerce and was chosen as the Citizen of the Year in 1998. Coleman received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Athens State Alumni Association. Athens State University also honored him by dedicating its new entrance sign in his honor in 2004.

A reception is planned to formally introduce the name change. Family, colleagues and friends of Coleman will gather on November 5 at 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Lifelong Learning to celebrate his legacy. The Center for Lifelong Learning is located at 121 S. Marion Street on the eastside of the Limestone County Courthouse Square.

The reception is free and open to the public. For more information on the Curtis Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics visit www.athens.edu/religion or call 256-233-8296.


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