College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

L&IH Society

L&IH SocietyPictured: (bottom row, left to right) Allison Buck, Elyse Dengler, Sette Dimitrew, Yahaira Aleman, (top row, left to right) Alissa Fortune, Nancy Parra, Caitlin Croft, Kate Biggerstaff, Meg O'Sell, Megan Dorris, Whitney Garland, Jess Meehan.

The purposes of the Language and International Health Society shall include:

  • Helping students succeed in the L&IH major and prepare for their future through contact with guest speakers, L&IH graduates, study abroad advisors and other campus and community resources;
  • Serving as a forum where L&IH majors can meet and exchange information, ideas and concerns about internships, study abroad and other aspects related to the major;
  • Providing opportunities for students to get to know their peers and explore other cultures through international film viewings, outings to local restaurants and volunteering in the community in health-related opportunities;
  • Representing the L&IH major to Clemson University.

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L&IH Society Officers (2013-2014)

Meet the Officers

Elyse Dengler

Name:  Elyse Dengler
Position:  President
Hometown:  Johnson City, TN
Future plans: Dental school
Study abroad: I went on a CI week-long trip to Santiago, Dominican Republic; I did a 6 week internship in San Jose, Costa Rica this summer; and I spent a week in Buenos Aires, Argentina presenting at a literature conference.
Campus involvement: Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Young Life, Calhoun Honors College, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Phi Kappa Beta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Healthcare Systems in Latin America Creative Inquiry.


Natalie Olson

Name:  Natalie Olson
Position:  Vice President
Hometown:  Greenville, SC
Future plans: Teach for America, then a career in health administration.
Study abroad experiences: I plan on completing my study abroad in either Costa Rica or the Dominican Republic in summer 2014.
Campus involvement: Officer in Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Costa Jennings

Name: Costa Jennings
Position:  Secretary
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Study abroad experiences: This past summer I traveled to Valparaíso, Chile. I had the opportunity to work in two different locations while in Chile. The first was a hippotherapy center for children. Hippotherapy is a type of therapy which incorporates horses to calm and befriend the individual receiving the therapy. My second work site was a school specifically for children with various disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome. 
Other campus involvement: I am a member of Kappa Delta Sorority in which I am actively involved with the recruitment process annually. I also serve as an Advocacy Co-Chair for the Clemson's brand new Special Olympics College Chapter. 

Olivia Meers

Name:  Olivia Meers
Position:  Treasurer
Hometown:  Nashville, TN
Future plans:  Medical School
Study abroad experiences: Clemson Language Immersion Program (CLIP) in Sevilla, Spain
Campus involvement:  Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Honors College Peer Mentor, Alpha Epsilon Delta, FCA, and Greek IV.

Whitney Garland

Name: Whitney Garland
Position:  Academic Coordinator
Hometown: Walhalla, SC
Future plans: I hope to attend nursing school after graduating from Clemson and then find a way to combine my interest in public health with my nursing degree.
Study abroad experiences: I worked as an intern in Hospital de la Solidaridad en Cusco, Perú, during the summer of 2013. I also plan on going abroad for a full semester during fall 2014, probably Chile or Perú.
Other campus involvement: Treasurer; Students Helping Honduras; Member: Students for Environmental Action; Member: Poverty Ends with a Girl Creative Inquiry team.

Meg OSell

Name: Meg O'Sell
Position:  New Student Relations and Social Chair
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Future plans: I plan to attend medical school after graduation.
Study abroad experiences: I studied abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica for 4 months. I took classes at a local university and had an internship at a health clinic.
Other campus involvement: I enjoy going to sporting events to cheer on our tigers! It's my third year being involved with Engineers without Borders, and I am this year's president of the organization. We design and implement sustainable engineering projects in Nicaragua and Liberia.

Thomas Cotton

Name: Thomas Cotton
Position:  International Relations Chair
Hometown: Simpsonville, S.C.
Future plans: Working Internationally for Non-profit Health Organizations.
Study abroad experiences: 3 Months in Costa Rica working in Clínica Carlos Durán.
Other campus involvement: Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Student Alumni Association.

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