Coastal Carolina alumnus and Greenwood native Josh Norman has announced that two of the three endowed scholarships he recently established as part of his $1.5 million donation to the university will be named in honor of his two favorite professors in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
The Robin E. Russell Scholarship will support students in the department of theatre, and the Linda P. Kuykendall Scholarship will support students in the department of communication, media and culture. The third scholarship is named the Joshua R. Norman Walk-On Student-Athlete Endowed Scholarship.
In addition to teaching and directing, Russell served for many years as the host of “Coastal Now,” a university-produced show that showcased events on campus as well as interviews with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university. Her performances for the Shakespeare Theatre included “Richard III” with Stacey Keach, “Othello” with Avery Brooks and Andre Braugher, and “Fuente Ovejuna” with Josie de Guzman.
Kuykendall is a senior instructor in the department of communication, media and culture. She has taught speech and communication at CCU for 32 years. Kuykendall pioneered the structuring of the communication major at Coastal Carolina and has been instrumental in its growth. Her teaching expertise includes oral communication, small group communication and business communication.
Norman’s donation is the largest gift ever given to the Coastal Carolina by a former Chanticleer student-athlete. A majority of his gift has been designated for the Brooks Stadium expansion project, which includes increasing seating capacity to at least 20,000, and adding luxury suites and an upper deck to the west side of the stadium. Coastal Carolina announced during Homecoming on Nov. 3 that the athletics fieldhouse at the stadium has been named the Marrio and Josh Norman Field House, after Josh and his brother, Marrio, who also played football for the Chanticleers.
Norman played cornerback at Coastal Carolina from 2008-11. In 2012, he became the third-ever Coastal football player to get drafted into the NFL. Norman is in his third year as a starting cornerback with the Washington Redskins. He previously played four years with the Carolina Panthers, who drafted him with the 143rd pick overall in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Norman helped lead the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 during the 2015 season and was also selected for the Pro Bowl that same year.