Emily Blackshire is a Language and International Health student who is passionate about sustainability and aiding oppressed groups. At Clemson, Emily is part of the Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Committee and works as a Peer Dialogue Facilitator. These are avenues through which she is able to share her passion with others and initiate change not only in the Clemson community, but also abroad. Emily has proposed a campus food recovery program that could help hundreds of students and other community members who are struggling to purchase groceries.
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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.