Carissa Richardson, L&IT/French was awarded the Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Award. More than 45 competitors stepped into the ring to compete. Presenters pitched their business ideas in three minutes or less using three PowerPoint slides to illustrate their business concepts. All branches of the Clemson University family were represented in the contestant pool, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni vying for their shares of $3,500 in cash prizes.
Carissa pitched the Break-Up Box, a unique service which provides boxes to individuals going through breakups. Boxes contain classic and unique breakup remedies, including DVDs, comfort food and other items to help them ease the pain during their time of need. Richardson already has sold and shipped dozens of boxes from her Clemson residence hall room and plans to use the money to expand the business to New York City after she graduates.
Stephen Fitzmaurice, assistant professor of American Sign Language, was awarded the National Association of the Deaf Golden Hands Award for his work with the South Carolina Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. The Golden Hand Award is bestowed by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and recognizes exemplary, volunteer contributions. It is awarded to an ally who has dedicated sustained major volunteer contributions to the Deaf Community.
Graciela Tissera, associate professor of Spanish and director of the Language and International Health program, received the Frank A. Burtner Award for Excellence in Advising at the Clemson University Faculty Meeting in May, 2015. This award is presented to "the advisors of students or student organizations who excel in developing students in the areas of leadership, devotion to duty and service."
Raquel Anido, assistant professor of Spanish, received the John B. & Thelma A. Gentry Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. This is Clemson's highest honor for teaching in the humanities.