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Student Accolades


Trianne Smith and Nick LangHigher Education and Student Affairs Graduate students receive awards - April 2017

Trianne Smith, current Higher Education and Student Affairs masters student, received the RC Edwards Outstanding Graduate Student Award by the Division of Student Affairs. This award is given to the "all around best graduate student". Qualifications of the award are showing high levels of support to mission, vision, and goals of department, showing ongoing excellence as a contributing member of Clemson community through leadership, and representing Clemson in organizations. Trianne currently is a Graduate Community Director for Stadium Suites with Clemson University Housing and Dining.

Nick Lang, current Higher Education and Student Affairs masters student, received the Walter T. Cox Graduate Student Award by the Division of Student Affairs. This award is given to a first year graduate student who has shown ongoing excellence as a contributing member of the Clemson community through leadership and representing Clemson in organizations. The recipient of this award should: (a) encourage participation in valuable campus and community efforts; (b) embody the ideal that learning takes place both in and out of the classroom; and (c) demonstrate commitment to, and appreciation for, diversity and acceptance through collaborative efforts with campus and/or community entities. Nick currently is a Graduate Assistant for Student Organization and Clubs with Clemson University Campus Activities and Events.


Jessica Hamrick, Bianca Lambert, Tony Cawthon, Stacy Wolfe SACSA Case Study Competition Winners - November 2016

At the recent 2016 Southern Association for College Student Affairs held in Jacksonville, three students placed in the annual case study competition. They were: 3rd place - Jessica Hamrick, 2nd place - Bianca Lambert and 3rd place - Stacy Wolfe, all pictured here with Tony Cawthon, SACSA Past President.

Kevin LawrenceGraduate student selected by NASPA to be a TPE ambassador - October 2016

Kevin Lawrence, a graduate student in the Student Affairs Master’s program, has been selected by NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) to be a TPE (The Placement Exchange) ambassador for 2017. Kevin was selected from a competitive pool to provide communication on campuses with peers and faculty. He will be sharing up-to-date information about resources available within Student Affairs on the TPE job board and at the TPE onsite event in San Antonio, TX in March 2017. As an ambassador he will be responsible for planning at least three programs on his campus that engages his community with the TPE experience.

Clemson University graduates receive Fulbright Awards - August 2016

Clemson University graduates Courtney Fink and Jenna Kohles have received prestigious Fulbright Awards to teach in Europe. Fink, of Orland Park, Illinois, graduated from Clemson in 2016 with a degree in history, a minor in Spanish and a degree in secondary education. She will be a teaching assistant at I.E.S. (Institute of Secondary Education) Manuel Fraga Iribarne in Spain. Her main job will be to prepare students for the model U.N. program. Kohles, of Cary, North Carolina, earned her 2015 degree in wildlife and fisheries biology. Kohles will use her Fulbright grant to begin a master’s program in biology with a focus in ecology, evolution and behavior at the University of Konstanz and Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany. Read more.

Jordan PetersonMaster's student selected as Regional Graduate Intern for NACA - June 2016

Jordan Peterson, a master’s student in the Student Affairs program, has been selected to serve as one of four Regional Graduate Interns for NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) South. In this role, Jordan will be serving as the Block Booking Intern where she will assist with the organization and logistics of multiple neighboring institutions working together to book entertainers on campuses. She is excited to bring her strengths in detail-oriented, scheduling to the table while learning more about working with agents and vendors. The faculty are pleased with the recognition Jordan is receiving and know she will represent Clemson University well.

College of Education honors outstanding students - April 2016

College of Education honors outstanding students

Clemson University’s College of Education honored students for their achievements during the 2015-2016 academic year at its annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, held April 9 at the University Center in Greenville. Read more.

Nilza Santana-Castillo, Suzanne Jasmine, Bianca Lambert and Sarah Beth PotterStudent Affairs Master's Students Win National Competition - March 2016 hosts a national, virtual case study competition in the spring semester for graduate students pursuing their master’s degree in student personnel administration, counseling of student affairs, or higher education administration. This year, teams of 3 to 4 students who attend the same program were asked to create a presentation addressing how to create a campus community and environment that is inclusive of transgender students. Forty-eight teams from 32 schools submitted case studies. Clemson University’s student affairs master’s program had the team that won top honors. The winning team members were Nilza Santana-Castillo, Suzanne Jasmine, Bianca Lambert and Sarah Beth Potter. These students are advised by Dr. Pam Havice, Dr. Tony Cawthon and Dr. Michelle Boettcher.

Clemson student affairs graduate students win multiple awards at regional conference - February 2016

Clemson University student affairs master’s degree students won numerous awards at the 66th annual Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) Conference, held in partnership with the South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA). Clemson students finished in first and second place in the conference’s case study competition, where they competed against students from programs across 15 states, and Fred Tugas was honored by SACSA with the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Read more.


Christine Pajewski, Suzanne Jasmine, Kelsey Rock and Chelsea TirrellGraduate Students Win Case Study Competition - November 2015

Graduate students in the student affairs Master's program in the College of Education and the Department of Educational and Organizational Leadership Development recently won the case study competition at the 66th Annual SACSA (Southern Association of College Student Affairs) conference. The Clemson students finished in both first and second place while competing against students from programs across a 13-state region in the southeast. First place winners were: Christine Pajewski and Suzanne Jasmine. Second place winners were: Kelsey Rock and Chelsea Tirrell.

Sarah DickensonClemson student from Lexington named national outstanding pre-service science teacher - June 2015

Sarah Dickenson of Lexington, a senior in Clemson University’s College of Education, received the Council for Elementary Science International (CESI) Muriel Green Award. The award recognizes outstanding new elementary science teachers or pre-service teachers and assists them in becoming more active in the science education community. Dickenson accepted the award at a recent CESI luncheon held in conjunction with the National Science Teacher Association Conference in Chicago. Read more.

DeShawn PrestonPreston selected to intern for White House initiative - May 2015

DeShawn Preston, graduate research assistant in the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education at Clemson University, was selected to serve as summer intern for the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), where he will be working alongside Executive Director, Dr. George E. Cooper and Deputy Director, Dr. Ivory A. Toldson.

DeShawn is a graduate of Oakwood University and Howard University (two HBCUs) and currently a second year doctoral student working closely with his major professor/dissertation chair, Dr. James Satterfield on issues pertaining to DeShawn’s research interest on the roll HBCUs play in assisting African-Americans to enroll in doctoral programs. DeShawn's most recent publication "Tenure is Not the Problem…We are!" can be found in Sadeghi, Leila and Kathe Callahan, Educational Leadership in Action, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, expected publication, spring 2015. 

College of Education students honored - April 2015

Students of the College of Education were honored for their achievements during the 2014-2015 academic year at the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, held April 11 in Clemson's Tillman Hall. The recipients are as follows:

  • Blue Key Academic and Leadership Award – Emma Jackson
  • Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit – Lillian Garrison
  • Undergraduate Emerging Leader Award – Katie Reed
  • Williston Wightman Klugh Award – Sydney Childs, Shannon Frydenlund, and Makenzie Mikesell
  • Morris A. King Award of Excellence – Amy Scheuer and Ashleigh Stoddard
  • Phi Delta Kappa Award – Lisa Andriate and Wesley Carwile
  • John C. Richardson Award for Excellence in Special Education – Alexis Craft
  • Learn, Serve, Care Award – Kara Maher and Abigail Seelig
  • American Legion Award – Madeleine Mayer and Creg McAda
  • Certificate of Recognition for Excellence – Paula Holder, McCready Hunter, Mackenzie Hutchins, Allison Jennett, Susan LaBoone, Macara Oshida, Lucy Steer, Emma Templeton, Miranda Warnock, Kayla Watkins, and Meghan Weedon.

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Nilza Santana-Castillo, Tiffany Hughes, Danielle Barefoot

Graduate students win case study competition - March 2015

Danielle Barefoot, Tiffany Hughes and Nilza Santana-Castillo, current first year master's students in the counselor education/student affairs program, won the 2015 American College Personnel Association Case Study competition. This competition was held at the annual conference in Tampa, Florida. In photo from left to right: Nilza Santana-Castillo, Tiffany Hughes, Danielle Barefoot.

Brittney SmithSmith receives Advisor of the Year award - March 2015

Brittney Smith, current student in the counselor education/student affairs master's program, received the 2015 Advisor of the Year Award from the South Carolina Organization for Residential Education (SCORE). She accepted the award at the 2015 SCORE Conference hosted at Clemson University, which brings together residence hall student leaders from across state of South Carolina. Read more.

Ernest MackinsGraduate student receives Herman G. Green Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship - February 2015

Ernest Mackins received the Herman G. Green Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship from the South Carolina Professional Association for Access and Equity. The scholarship recognizes a student of higher education within the state of South Carolina who demonstrates outstanding leadership within the field. Mackins graduated from the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, where he also was part of Call Me MISTER, a program to encourage African-American male teachers in South Carolina’s public school classrooms. The second MAT MISTER graduate to receive this scholarship, he is now working on his Ph.D. in educational leadership at Clemson and serves as the assistant principal at Belton-Honea Path High School in Honea Path, S.C.


Evan JaynesJaynes receives National Orientation Directors Association award - November 2014

Evan Jaynes, current student in the counselor education/student affairs program and graduate assistant in new student and family programs, won the NODA-Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education’s Award for Best Communication in the Graduate Student Case Study Competition at the NODA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Cristina Perez

Perez Receives award at South Carolina College Personnel Association - October 2014

Cristina Perez, counselor education/student affairs, anticipated May 2015, was awarded the Carol Eden-Epps Award at the Fall 2014 South Carolina College Personnel Association Conference. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions and/or potential in the field of student affairs by a graduate student. Cristina currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for Training and Development of University Housing at Clemson University. Read more.

Julie DesmanglesDesmangles admitted to SREB State Doctoral Scholars program - October 2014

Julie Desmangles, current Ph.D. student in the educational leadership P-12 program, was just informed that she was admitted to the SREB State Doctoral Scholars Program. The SREB program strives to increase the diversity of students who earn a Ph.D. and become college and university faculty. Through the program, SREB's 16 participating states share resources, work to expand their minority applicant pools, support qualified candidates with financial assistance, and assist graduates and higher education institutions in identifying employment opportunities. Since its founding in 1993, the Doctoral Scholars Program has supported more than 1,200 scholars at 94 institutions in 29 states. Read more.

Leigh Haltiwanger, faculty member and doctoral student in College of Education is an Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Susan Gay Scholarship 2015 Winner.  She is one of four graduate student recipients in the nation.  Haltiwanger receives Susan Gay Scholarship - October 2014

Leigh Haltiwanger, faculty member and doctoral student in the College of Education is an Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Susan Gay Scholarship 2015 winner. She is one of four graduate student recipients in the nation. Read more.

Bartram awarded District Teacher of the Year - August 2014

Jennifer Bartram, a current student in the leadership and supervision master's program, has received the 2014-2015 District Teacher of the Year award for Anderson County School District One. She received her bachelor's degree in English education at Ohio State University and currently teaches at Wren High School in Anderson County, S.C.

Kristin WalkerAlumna recognized as Clemson Division of Student Affairs 2014 Employee of the Year - April 2014

Kristin Walker, 2012 graduate of the student affairs master's program and current Ph.D. student in the educational leadership in higher education program, was recently recognized as the Clemson University Division of Student Affairs 2014 Employee of the Year. Kristin was recognized as someone who embodies the spirit of the division, serving on committees and taking on roles outside of her job duties. Whether it be a career counselor with the most workshops offered each semester, or staff member most likely sought out by others within the division, she is always at the top of the list. An example of her impact is Kristin has increased graduate students looking for career counseling by 18 percent last year alone.

College of Education doctoral students Kenyae Reese and Matthew Della Sala Educational Leadership Ph.D. students selected for Clark seminar - January 2014

College of Education doctoral students Kenyae Reese and Matthew Della Sala have been invited to attend the annual David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy. “This is a high honor for our students and our doctoral program,” said Rob Knoeppel, the College of Education’s chair of the faculty for leadership, counselor education and human and organizational development. Read more.