Calhoun Honors College

Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH) Program

The Calhoun Honors College Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH) Program provides sophomore honors students the opportunity to connect with and learn from senior honors students. The SASH Program promotes a collaborative environment among honors students to enhance educational experiences. Senior Advisors work to provide a high level of service to honors student by helping them connect to and utilize honors and campus resources.

The APPLICATION to become a Sophomore SASH Participatant is now CLOSED. Please email Joey Dunaway if you have any questions. 

The APPLICATION to become a Senior SASH Advisor is now CLOSED.  


  • To facilitate student personal and professional growth and confidence
  • To develop students’ leadership skills, communication skills, and public relation skills
  • To provide students with a supportive environment

Meet our 2015-2016 Senior Advisors


Name: Tabitha Banks

Major: Biological Sciences, Spanish Minor

Hometown: Lilburn, GA

Campus Involvement: Clemson University Women’s Diving Team; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Alpha Omega sorority; College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences Major Mentor; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Co-Vice President); Member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical/Pre-Professional Health Honor Society; Member of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society; Reformed University Fellowship

Honors Involvement: Calhoun Honors College Ambassador, Honors Ambassador Committee, Honors Community Service Group (Founder and Coordinator), Honors Undergraduate Research (Dr. Henson), Departmental Honors Undergraduate Research (Dr. McNealy), Educational Enrichment Travel Grant Recipient, Honors Phone-a-thon Volunteer

Internship/Learning/Research Experience:  Hands-On Undergraduate Medical Internship in Valencia and Seville, Spain; Hands-On Undergraduate Medical Internship in Barcelona and La Coruña, Spain; Internship at End Range of Motion Improvement (ERMI) Orthopedics Research Lab and University Orthopedics; Shadowing of Pediatric Orthopedics and Pediatric Sports Medicine at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Internship at Village Podiatry; Undergraduate Research (Dr. Henson); Departmental Honors Research (Dr. McNealy)

Words of Wisdom: “Don’t be afraid to take advantage of new opportunities if they pique your interest.  Sophomore year is the best time to expand your horizons – you know how college classes work, you’ve discovered how to study and you have found a group of friends – if you’re interested in something, give it a shot.  You might just find a new passion that will carry into your future career or even a new interest or an additional group of friends.  Take advantage of your opportunities and resources, especially within the Honors College- you may discover something that you never even knew existed."


Name: Lauren Giambalvo

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: Legal Studies

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Campus Involvement: CUSG Judicial Board, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Parking Ticket Appeals Board, Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership and Honors Society, ODK Funding Board, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society (Outreach Chair), Order of Omega Greek Honors Society, CUSG Freshman Council, FCA (Cincinnati Mission Trip), Intramurals

Honors Involvement: Freshmen Mentor, Honors College Student Advisory Board, Honors Pre-Law Society (Chair), Honors Ambassador, SASH advisor

Internship/Learning/Research Experience: 2015 summer internship in London, England with the General Counsel for AIG
Honors Organic Chemistry research with Dr. Whitehead
Weekly tutor volunteer at the Dream Center of Pickens County for at risk middle and high school students

Words of Wisdom: "Sophomore year is a time to discover and develop your passions.  Apply for absolutely anything you deem beneficial and rewarding.  Do not be afraid to take risks or step out of your comfort zone.  It is during these moments that you will learn something new about yourself and grow as an individual.  Never miss out on an opportunity to network with others.  Making connections with your professors, peers, organization leaders, and community members will help you gain valuable advice and reach your future goals.  Most importantly, enjoy your time at Clemson University by making memories that will last you a lifetime."


Name: Austin Herbst

Major: Biochemistry & Genetics

Hometown: Easley, SC

Campus Involvement: Engineers Without Borders, Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Blue Key Honor Society, Engineering World Health, Undergraduate Research (Biochemistry and Bioengineering)

Honors Involvement: Dixon Fellows Program, SASH Advisor, Departmental Honors, Educational Enrichment Travel Grants

Internship/Learning/Research Experience: Study abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa 2013, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Fellow at Emory University 2014, Departmental Honors Research projects in the Biochemistry and Bioengineering departments, Medical volunteer trips through FIMRC and AED to Panama, Costa Rica, Peru, and Dominican Republic, Diabetes management research in rural South Africa (REU through UVA) 2015

Words of Wisdom: "Sophomore year is the time where most students really settle into their niche at Clemson, finding their favorite involvements and groups. Take advantage of this time to explore your interests and get everything out of it. The time really flies by, and you don't want to miss any of it!"


Name: Krista Potthast 

Major: Biological Sciences

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Campus Involvement: AMSA (American Medical Student Association) Public Relations and Recruitment Chair (Fall 2014- present), Academic Success Center Genetics Tutor (Fall 2014-Present), Academic Success Center Supplemental Instruction Leader (Fall 2013-Spring 2014), Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Epsilon Delta

Internship/Learning/Research Experience: Medical Service Clinical Trip to Costa Rica and Panama (May 2014),

Student Intern at South Carolina Oncology Associates (Summer 2014), Research with the Chemistry Department (Spring 2013-Present) 

Words of Wisdom: Get involved early to allow yourself to figure out what your interests are. If you make sure you only get involved in things you're truly passionate about, you'll never feel like you're spreading yourself too thin!


Name: Abbey Robinson

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Bluffton, SC

Campus Involvement: Student Nurses Association (VP), Nursing Student Advisory Board, Mortar Board, HEHD Living Learning Community, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (women’s smallgroups), Creative Inquiry, Clemson Executive Opportunity

Honors Involvement: Holmes Hall Living Learning Community, Honors Ambassador (& Ambassador Committee), Departmental Honors Research, Conference Travel Grant Recipient, Honors Creative Inquiry (International Justice and Human Trafficking)

Internship/Learning/Research Experience: Hilton Head Hospital Emergency Room Coordinator, Creative Inquiry Research on International Justice and Human Trafficking (Ask Me About 27 -- Dr. Kowalski); Departmental Honors Research in Donor Human Milk and Breastfeeding through University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Dr. Spatz)

Words of Wisdom: “To get more out of life, live by the ancient proverb of the Four Agreements: be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Also, find your passion and shape it into a career – if you are doing what you love, you will find joy and success come much more easily.”


Name: Megan Schmalz

Major: Microbiology (Biomedicine Concentration), Minor: Spanish

Hometown: McKinney, TX

Campus Involvement: Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (Vice President), Kappa Delta Sorority (Previous Vice President of Community Service), Greek Intervarsity (Prayer Team Member) , Alpha Epsilon Delta, iGEM Club and Creative Inquiry, Microbiology Club, Mortar Board, Order of Omega, Honors Mentor and Mentor Committee Member, EMR Club 

Honors Involvement: Honor's College Mentor, Member of Mentor Committee

Internship/Learning/Research Experience: iGEM Research participant, volunteer as Oconee Medical Center, Participated in two medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic in Spring of 2012 and 2013.

Words of Wisdom: Take advantage of all that Clemson and the Honor's College have to offer and continue to pursue your interests and passions. Be open to meeting new people and new experiences. You are here to get an education but it doesn't hurt to make some unforgettable memories along the way! 


Name: Jim Sullivan

Major: Biological Sciences

Hometown: Easton, MA

Campus Involvement:
Clemson University Guide Association; Undergraduate Student Senate; Clemson Emergency Medical Responders; Alpha Sigma Phi; Orientation Ambassadors; Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children; Creative Inquiry; Omicron Delta Kappa; Order of Omega; Alpha Epsilon Delta; Blue Key Honor Society
Honors Involvement:

Departmental Honors in Biological Sciences, SASH Advisor

Internship/Learning/Research Experience:
Summer Internship at the Massachusetts Hospital School 2013; Volunteer medical mission trips with FIMRC to the Dominican Republic & Haiti Spring Break 2013 & 2014

Words of Wisdom: “Realize that you are attending Clemson University for the education, not the degree. It is the experience that will enrich you, not the piece of card-stock paper that you'll receive at the end. And while that experience should be largely academic, make sure that you're having fun and making memories along the way.”


Name: Jenny Wilson

Major: Plant and Environmental Sciences

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Campus Involvement: iGEM Synthetic Biology Team, Clemson Agronomy Club, Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority

Honors Involvement: Calhoun Honors College Ambassador, Departmental Honors Research (Genetics & Microbiology), Departmental Honors Research Grant, Calhoun Honors College Conference Travel Grant, National Scholars Program

Internship/Learning/Research Experience: Study Abroad at Stellenbosch University in South Africa (Summer 2013), NSP Maymester to Bhutan (May 2014), REU Internship at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis (Summer 2014), NSP Maymester to Ireland (May 2015)

Words of Wisdom: "Never be afraid to try something new. Sometimes the experiences that start off as the most challenging can be the most rewarding in the end. And knowing what you don't want to do can be just as valuable as knowing what you do. Pursue what you're passionate about, even if it's not yet entirely clear where that passion will take you. These experiences are what make you who you are, and it's your time to start exploring."