Laffin Named Ronald D. Lackey Public Service Award Winner


Meghan Laffin holding the Ronald D. Lackey Public Service Award

April 25, 2014

CONWAY - Senior Meghan Laffin of the Coastal Carolina University volleyball team is the first student-athlete to receive CCU’s Ronald D. Lackey Public Service Award. This award was presented at the Student Involvement and Leadership Awards Ceremony Wednesday night, April 23, on the CCU campus. The Ronald D. Lackey Service Award was established in 1991 in honor of the late CCU chaplain Ron Lackey for his dedication to campus and community service. The award is presented annually to a Coastal senior who serves the University community with conspicuous service through involvement and leadership in campus and community activities.

In order to be considered for this award, undergraduate students must be nominated by one of their peers or by a faculty or staff member and meet the following criteria:

  • have a GPA of 3.0 or above;
  • will graduate in May, August or December, 2014;
  • have been significantly involved in campus organizations;
  • have provided leadership and service that has benefited the campus; and
  • have contributed significantly to the quality of campus life.

Twenty-two students were nominated this year for the honor. The selection committee, made up of faculty, staff and students reviewed all written nominations and applications, and then selected six finalists (Katelyn Dawsey, Valerie Hamrick, Meghan Laffin, Kaitlin Page, Jessica Paternoster and Constance Wright) 

Laffin, a marketing major, has a 3.87 GPA. Some of her numerous accomplishments and activities include the University’s Honors Program, Women’s Volleyball, Wall Fellows Program, WCCU Radio, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Affairs Student Leader Team, Big South Leadership Conference, Golden Key International Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society and Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society.

“While her accolades speak for themselves, her character alone is a true testament to her nomination,” said award presenter and Associate Vice President for University Relations Debbie Conner. “Meghan possesses all the traits we look for in a student, employee, or alumni of Coastal Carolina University. Similar to Ron Lackey, it is her nature to care for others, lead them in a positive direction and support their needs.”

Lackey graduated from Furman University. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary at Wake Forest and did postgraduate work at Duke University. He received a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Florida State University. He came to Coastal as dean of student affairs in 1974. In 1977, he became associate professor of religious studies and University chaplain. He retired in 1994.

Lackey received Coastal's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1979. In 1998, he participated in the S.C. Consortium of International Studies' China Fulbright project. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Society, the Faculty Senate, the National Association of College and University Chaplains and many other organizations in the University and community. He served a number of churches as interim pastor. A video, "Mystery of the Dance: Healers and Wounded in Dialogue," chronicles Lackey's story of finding meaning and spiritual growth through the challenges of a chronic illness. He and his wife, Marva, presented national and international seminars exploring the potential healing of mind, body and spirit through illness narrative.

Marva and sons, Dean, Scott and Mark continue to encourage students to seek meaning and fulfillment in their own lives in the service of the University and community.



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