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Alumni Accolades

2017

Dr. Kristin Walker awarded recipient of 2017 Women in Higher Education AwardPh.D. alumna awarded recipient of 2017 Women in Higher Education Award

Dr. Kristin Walker, a 2015 graduate the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Higher Education program and current Associate Director of Analytics and Initiatives at Clemson’s Center for Career and Professional Development, has been awarded the 2017 recipient of the National Panhellenic Conference Foundation’s Women in Higher Education Achievement (WHEA) award endowed by Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and Foundation.  The WHEA award recognizes one outstanding woman  a year who has made, or is making, a significant difference in higher education through scholarship and leadership.  The committee, said, "we were impressed and inspired by her commitment to the sorority experience in both your personal and professional life."  Dr. Walker will be recognized with this distinction at the NPC Annual Meeting in October in Denver, Colorado.  NPC's Foundation requested she share her doctoral research and work with attendees.  Dr. Pamela Havice served as Dr. Walker’s dissertation chairperson.

Mel BaxterAlumna elected as Region II Director for the The Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association - April 2017

Mel Baxter, Counselor Education/Student Affairs 2014 alumni, was recently elected as Region II Director for the The Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association (CIVSA). Mel is currently the Visitor Center Director at the University of Texas at Austin. She has been an active member of CIVSA since 2014, serving on the leadership team and the conference planning committee. She will be in charge of recruitment and retention in Region II.

Tanya MasseyAlumna completes term as 2016-2017 President of Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers - March 2017

Tanya Massey, 2002 Counselor Education/Student Affairs graduate and current Assistant Director of University Housing and Residential Life at Oklahoma State University, recently completed her term as the 2016-2017 President of the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO). This organizations represents all university housing and residence life and/or food service operations professional and staff in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

2016

Katie Moore SmithAlumna nominated for Teacher of the Year - November 2016

Secondary MAT graduate, Katie Moore Smith, was just nominated as Southside High School’s Teacher of the Year. Katie graduated from Clemson in 2013 with a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. She is currently in her third year of teaching math at Southside High School.

Kristin WalkerKristin Walker receives Outstanding New Professional Award - November 2016

At the recent 2016 Southern Association for College Student Affairs conference, former doctoral and master’s student in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and current student affairs employee, Kristin Walker, received the Outstanding New Professional Award. This award is given to the outstanding professional in the SACSA region (26 states) with less than five years of professional experience.

In addition, Dr. Pam Havice was awarded the Ted Miller Award. This award is given to individuals who have contributed significantly to the work of professional standards, assessment and accreditation.

Kristin WalkerPh.D. alumna wins outstanding dissertation award - October 2016

Dr. Kristin Walker, a 2015 graduate the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership Higher Education program and current Associate Director of Analytics and Initiatives at Clemson’s Center for Career and Professional Development, has been awarded the Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award for her dissertation entitled, "How Sorority Alumnae Remember Acquiring the Skills Necessary to Navigate their Careers: A Narrative Inquiry." This award is sponsored by the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Research (CFSR). The purpose of the Richard McKaig Outstanding Doctoral Research Award is to encourage and support the study and dissemination of high quality research on the role of fraternities and sororities in higher education. Dr. Walker will be recognized with this distinction at the December Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting (AFA). Dr. Pamela Havice served as Dr. Walker’s dissertation chairperson.

Three School Counseling Program Graduates Named Greenville County ‘Teacher’ of the Year - August 2016

Congratulations to Lori Nelson (MEd in School Counseling, 2005), Carrie McCain (MEd in School Counseling, 2010) and Kristi Kendrick (MEd in School Counseling, 2011) for being named ‘Teacher’ of the Year at their respective schools.

Serving in roles that fall somewhere in between teachers and administration, school counselors often are overlooked for these types of recognitions. The fact that these outstanding counselors were recognized reflects the positive impact they are having on their schools.

Lori Nelson

Lori Nelson was named teacher of the year at Paris Elementary and also was the district-wide 2nd runner up. In addition to being recognized by her peers as teacher of the year, Lori’s school counseling program also received RAMP recognition from the American School Counselor Association this summer – an indication that her program is aligned with the national school counseling program model.

  • Carrie McCain
    Carrie McCain was named teacher of the year at Hughes Academy of Science and Technology.
  • Kristi Kendrick
      Kristi Kendrick was named teacher of the year at Monaview Elementary.

Bryan BottsAlumni receives Charles W. Beene Memorial Service Award - July 2016

Bryan C. Botts, Counselor Education/Student Affairs Graduate 2209, received the Charges W. Beene Memorial Service Award at the spring 2016 Southeastern Association of Housing Officers conference. This award, SEAHO's first major award, is presented annually to the individual judged to have contributed most to the success of SEAHO during the previous year. Brian currently works as an Assistant Director of Housing at North Carolina State University.

Michelle Batson-Curd receives 2015-16 School Counseling PI Award - May 2016

Clemson school of education alumna Michelle Batson-Curd received the 2015-2016 School Counseling Positive Impact Award. Clemson University uses this award to recognize school counselors who make a difference in their schools and stress the importance of accountability to their students. Batson-Curd is a counselor at Hughes Academy for Science and Technology in Greenville County. Read more.

Alumni awarded The Jane H. Sutton Advisor of the Year Award - April 2016

During the 2016 South Eastern Panhellenic Conference hosted in April, Michael D. Steele was awarded The Jane H. Sutton Advisor of the Year Award. This award was given to Michael for going above and beyond his duties as an advisor; for supporting and exemplifying the ideals of the Greek community; and for promoting women’s leadership development throughout fraternal and campus communities. The Jane H. Sutton Advisor of the Year award is considered one of the highest honors given annually to a Greek Life Advisor. Michael graduated from the master’s in student affairs program in 2004 and is currently employed at West Georgia University.

Robyn SandersonAlumna elected as President Elect of SCCPA - April 2016

Robyn Sanderson, counselor education/student affairs 2007, was recently elected as President Elect of the South Carolina College Personnel Association. Robyn is currently the Dean of Student Development at Anderson University. Robyn will serve as President Elect 2016-2017, and then will assume the Presidency 2017-2018.

Tanya WeldonClemson human resource development alumna wins human resources professional award - February 2016

Tanya Weldon, a 2014 graduate of the Clemson University Master of Human Resource Development (MHRD) program, won the Human Resources Professional of the Year award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Weldon recently accepted the award at the annual Palmetto Vision Awards Gala. The Chamber uses the award to recognize an individual in the human resources field who has made significant contributions to both their organization and community. The Chamber selected Weldon as the winner from a pool of four finalists. She was nominated by one of her peers based on her experience, contributions and accomplishments in the human resources field over the past several years, including work with a Charleston area startup organization and her current employer, Gildan. Read more.

2015

Chloe Green

Alumna receives Employee of the Year - December 2015

Chloe Greene, a 2014 counselor education/student affairs graduate, received Clemson University's 2015 Division of Student Affairs Employee of the Year. Chloe is an associate director of Healthy Campus and coordinates the Aspire to Be Well program.

Darris MeansDarris Means receives Young Alumni Roaring 10 Award - October 2015

Counselor education and student affairs graduate Darris Means received the Young Alumni Roaring 10 Award on Friday, October 16, 2015. The Clemson‬ Young Alumni Council presents the award to 10 young graduates annually for their impact in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. Darris serves as assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services for the University of Georgia College of Education. Read more.

Jenni Creamer Receives Tri-County’s Presidential Medallion for Staff ExcellenceJenni Creamer receives Tri-County’s Presidential Medallion for Staff Excellence - August 2015

Jenni Creamer, 2006 master's in counselor education/student affairs alumni, was honored August 13 with the highest award given for staff excellence at Tri-County Technical College. Creamer provides leadership to the College Transitions unit, which includes admissions and recruiting, high school engagement, TRiO, Bridge to Clemson, Connect to College and comprehensive studies, including developmental courses and college skills classes. President Ronnie L. Booth presented Creamer with the Presidential Medallion for Staff Excellence at the college’s fall convocation. The medallion, along with a cash award made possible by the Tri-County Technical College Foundation, goes to a person who best exemplifies the college's philosophy and has contributed the most during the academic year to the development of the college and its students. Read more.

Paul Parker and Brooke Hunnicutt LanceEducation alumni receive highest U.S. award for math, science teaching - August 2015

Paul Parker, 1989 elementary education and 1998 master's administration and supervision alumni, and Brooke Hunnicutt Lance, 2000 elementary education alumna, have received the nation’s highest honor in science and math education. The two were in Washington July 29-31 to receive the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive in the United States. They were two of only 108 chosen for the award — and they are both alumni of Clemson’s College of Education. Read more.

Ginger PhillipsAlumna receives School Counseling Positive Impact Award - May 2015

Ginger Phillips, 2009 graduate of the school counseling program in the College of Education, was awarded the School Counseling Positive Impact Award. The award recognizes school counselors who make a difference in their schools and who collect and disseminate data to demonstrate their effectiveness. School counselor at Mabry Middle School in Spartanburg District 1, Phillips won for her work establishing the "I Can Go To College" initiative for 8th graders in her school. Read more.

Tanisha JenkinsAlumna awarded Lifetime Achievement Award - March 2015

Tanisha Jenkins received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th annual African American Image Awards. The ceremony was hosted by the Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at the University of Tennessee -Knoxville. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the faculty member who has made the greatest impact and accomplishments throughout the span of their career while enhancing student life on campus. Jenkins graduated from the counselor education/student affairs program in 2004 and is currently serving the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as the director of the Office of Multicultural Student Life.

Dan Lepper

Alumni receives humanitarian award - February 2015

Dan Lepper received the 2015 Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) Humanitarian Award at the SEAHO annual conference in Mobile, Alabama. The award recognizes an individual within SEAHO who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for a student in crisis. Lepper is a 2010 graduate of the counselor education/student affairs master’s program and currently serves as an area coordinator for the Residence Life and Education Department at the University of Florida.

Amy Hutchinson and Dave ReinkingEducation alumna honored by Literacy Research Association - February 2015

Alumna Amy Hutchison, a 2009 Ph.D. graduate in curriculum and instruction, received the Early Career Achievement Award at the LRA’s recent annual conference in Marco Island, Florida. The Early Career Achievement Award is given each year to a member of the LRA who has made significant career accomplishments within seven years of completing a doctorate. An assistant professor of literacy at Iowa State University, Hutchison has been published in Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher and Language Arts. She serves on the editorial boards of three technology journals, and works as a guest reviewer for other journals, conferences and grant proposals. She has also received numerous awards for her research contributions. Read more.

2014

Stacy HallAlumna awarded Teacher of the Year - December 2014

Stacy Hall, a sixth grade guidance counselor at Riverside Middle School in Greenville County, has received the 2014-2015 School Teacher of the Year Award. She completed her certification requirements in the Clemson University College of Education school counseling program in 2011. Read more.

Darris MeansAlumni awarded Dissertation of the Year Award - December 2014

Darris Means, 2007 graduate of the counselor education/student affairs master's program, has been awarded the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values’ Dissertation of the Year Award. Darris completed his dissertation, “Demonized No More: The Spiritual Journeys and Spaces of Black Gay Male College Students at Predominantly White Institutions,” at North Carolina State University. He will be recognized at the annual conference in February 2015. Read more.

Rebecca Atkinson

Alumna receives National Orientation Directors Association Award - November 2014

Rebecca Atkinson, counselor education/student affairs graduate and current Associate Director in New Student and Family Programs at Clemson University, won a NODA-Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education’s Leadership Award for her role with the Region 6 Conference hosted in March 2014 in Clemson, S.C. at the NODA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Read more.

Alumna receives Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Leadership Award - November 2014

On November 4, 2014, Blair McCants Adams received the 2014 Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Leadership Award from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This award is given to exceptional leaders of PBIS across the state who were nominated by peers and colleagues. Blair received her master's degree in school counseling from Clemson in 2010 and is a school counselor at White Oak Elementary in Cape Carteret, NC.

Dr. Ronald Knorr

Alumni named Kappa Delta Pi ‘Teacher of Honor’- November 2014

Dr. Ronald Knorr, assistant professor at Mercer University’s Tift College of Education, is the latest recipient of the Teacher of Honor Award from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education. Knorr joins a select group of educators who have been recognized with this honor. Dr. Knorr received his Master of Arts in Teaching in middle level education in 2005 and his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in 2010 from the College of Education. Read more.

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