Robbie Hooker, 2005 Educational Leadership doctoral graduate, was named the 2013 Georgia Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. The Clarke Central High School principal was also nominated for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) award. Under his leadership, Clarke Central High School has been named among the top 7 percent of high schools nationwide by The Washington Post’s High School Challenge. Clarke Central was one of 10 schools nationally selected as a 2013 MetLife Foundation—NASSP Breakthrough School. Each year, the MetLife Foundation recognizes middle and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement.
Helen Diamond Steele, a 2012 Educational Leadership Higher Education doctoral graduate, was awarded the 2013 Dissertation of the Year by the Southern Association for College Student Affairs. Helen is currently the Director of the First-Year Experience at the University of West Georgia, and her dissertation research was entitled: Racial Identity Development of Mixed Race College Students.
At the resent South Carolina/North Carolina College Personnel 2013 Fall Conference held in Winston Salem at Wake Forest University, the following alumni received recognition:
Jason Umfress, Educational Leadership Higher Education graduate, received the Paul P. Fidler Bridge Builder Award. This award recognizes contributions on the part of a student affairs professional and/or faculty member to build a stronger alliance between student and academic affairs. Jason is currently the Dean of Students at Coker College.
Jason Cassidy, Educational Leadership Higher Education graduate, received the Clarice W. Johnson Outstanding Professional Award. This award is given to a dedicated professional who has made outstanding contributions to the field of student affairs by a “seasoned” professional. Jason is currently the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at Furman University.
2008 Early Childhood Education graduate Heather (Hall) Bradshaw was selected as an "honor roll" teacher for Berkeley County School District. This honor was given to the top three finalists for district teacher of the year.
2011 School Counseling graduate Sarah (Ashley) Baird submitted an application last year and her school, Orchard Park Elementary, was chosen as the 2013 Carolina Panthers Champions of Character Elementary School winner. Sarah is a school counselor at Orchard Park Elementary in Fort Mill, SC.
Dawn Eades, 1999 Counselor Education/Student Affairs graduate, was elected as the 2013-2014 President of the Massachusetts College Personnel Association. Dawn is currently the Associate Dean of Students at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, MA.
Lakiesa Cantey Rawlinson, 2006 Student Affairs master's degree graduate, received The Loch Outstanding Employee Award at Clayton State University. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the qualities of an exceptional staff member in the Clayton State University Division of Student Affairs. Lakiesa was recognized for her job performance, dedication, professional and person attitude and team player abilities.
Julianne Garner of Verona, N.J., a recent graduate of the Eugene T. Moore School of Education with a dual degree in Secondary Education and History, has recently been awarded a Fulbright assistantship. The money she received will be used to travel abroad to help teach English to non-English speakers. “Clemson students are competing against the best and the brightest college students in the country, and the ratio of applications submitted to the number of grants awarded is often greater than 10-to-1,” said Stephen Wainscott, Clemson’s representative to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Read more.
Sarah Turpin has been named the 2013 South Carolina History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, HISTORY®, and Preserve America. A panel of teachers, administrators, and academics from SC chose Sarah for her use of primary documents in the classroom, the level of inspiration that she provides to her students and her career achievements in education. She is also a finalist for the $10,000 National History Teacher of the Year Award. In addition, Sarah’s school, Clemson Elementary, will be named a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School. Affiliate Schools receive invitations to regional forums with noted historians, access to an exclusive section of our web site with extensive teacher resources such as lesson plans, toolkits, and primary source documents to use in the classroom, priority access to our Teacher Seminars and traveling exhibitions, discounts to our online store, and free mailings of classroom materials. Read more.
Dr. Julie Fowler, Clemson Educational Leadership alumna, of Greenwood District 51 (Ware Shoals) is the 2014 District Level Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). Julie is the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the district. She is actively engaged in the educational leadership program at Clemson in many collaborative capacities.
Brian Stuart, 2006 Student Affairs master's graduate, was recently elected Treasurer of the South Carolina College Personnel Association.
Linda Jameison, 2004 Student Affairs master's graduate, was recently elected President Elect of the South Carolina College Personnel Association.
Susan Nunamaker, 2009 Ed.S. Administration and Supervision graduate, was a finalist for the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. This is the highest recognition that a K-12 teacher can receive in the United States. https://www.paemst.org/about/view
Susan created a classroom management system by the name of REAL (Relevant, Engaging, Authentic Learning) that schools across South Carolina currently utilize. It is showing a 65% decrease in behavior office referrals for schools using the system. Kaplan Elementary Division will begin distributing REAL across the United States in January.
Robert “Beau’ Seagraves Jr., 2004 M.Ed. Counselor Education/Student Affairs graduate, was elected as Vice President for Member Relations for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs at their annual conference held in Memphis, TN in November 2012.
Tanisha Jenkins,2004 M.Ed. Counselor Education/Student Affairs graduate, was elected Member at Large for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs at their annual conference held in Memphis, TN in November 2012.
At the Fall 2012 conference of the South Carolina College Personnel Association, Brian Lemere, 1991 Counselor Education/Student Affairs graduate, received the Clarice W. Johnson Outstanding Professional Award. This award recognizes and encourages outstanding contributions to the field of student affairs by a “seasoned” professional.
Carrie Priddy, 2011 Educational Leadership Higher Education graduate, received the Hilda F. Owens Contribution to Knowledge in the Field Award. This award recognizes a member of SCCPA who has made an outstanding contribution to the student affairs profession through writing and/or research.
Amy Hutchison, 2009 Curriculum and Instruction doctoral graduate, has been awarded the 2012 Thomas N. Urban Research Award for her dissertation research published in Reading Research Quarterly (2011). She was nominated for this award by her colleagues at Iowa State University where she is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education. The award is for outstanding research or scholarly contributions to education by an individual in Iowa, based on importance, originality, technical soundness, and impact. As a result of this award, Amy will present her research to Iowa's Board of Regents and the Iowa Academy of Education. The published research for which she received this award was titled "Teachers’ perceptions of integrating information and communication technologies into literacy instruction: A national survey in the U.S."
Rebecca Caldwell, 2012 Ph.D. Educational Leadership in Higher Education graduate, is the recipient of the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA)’s Dissertation of the Year for her study Chief Student Affairs Officers’ Interpretation and Implementation of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age and the Amethyst Initiative: A Discursive Analysis. Dr. Pam Havice was Rebecca’s Dissertation Chair. The primary purpose of this study was to explore how CSAOs describe the impact of the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) (1984) on high-risk drinking and alcohol-related issues on college and university campuses. The secondary purpose was to describe the impact of the Amethyst Initiative (AI) (2008) on CSAOs who work on campuses that did and did not sign the AI. This study was among the first to use a scholarly approach to examine the perspective of CSAOs, the top college campus officials charged to oversee alcohol abuse prevention efforts, on the MLDA. CSAOs in this study defined the problem of alcohol abuse for their campuses as dangerous and irresponsible drinking, as opposed to underage drinking. With the problem behavior defined differently, CSAOs and proponents of the MLDA defined different strategies to address the problem.
Dr. Caldwell is the Director of Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Rebecca leads UNCW CARE, an interpersonal violence prevention and intervention program, and CROSSROADS, UNCW’s Substance Abuse Prevention & Education Program. Rebecca has authored over 1.5 million dollars in grants focused on gender-based alcohol prevention, campus-high school prevention partnerships, and campus violence prevention, including a 2009 promising model program designation from the U.S. Department of Education.
2011 School Counseling program graduate, Jennifer Berry Dunn, a counselor for Pate Elementary School and Rosenwald Elementary/Middle School, was named Darlington County’s “2012 Outstanding First Year Teacher.” The Darlington County School District’s Outstanding First Year Teacher Award recognizes teachers who show exceptional promise in their first year of teaching. To be eligible for the award, a teacher must be working under an induction-level contract in Darlington County School District.
“It is obvious that Ms. Berry’s main goal is for the students to perform to their maximum potential in academics and behavior,” said Pate Elementary School principal Terry Martin. “She recognizes the diverse needs of the students and reaches out to them to provide opportunities that will enable them to be more successful in their classrooms and in life. She has successfully established a guidance program in which children feel valued, respect others and know that only their best efforts will do. For a first year teacher to be able to embrace all the students in two schools, the families, and the faculty and staff in a manner that brings them all together as an educational community committed to helping students reach their maximum potential is truly extraordinary.” Read more.
Karen Courtney Ambrose, 1979 Secondary Education Social Studies graduate, recently received the 2012 South Carolina History Teacher of the Year (Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History).
Karen is the recipient of the 2009 Teacher of the Year for Ralph Chandler Middle School (Greenville County) and the 2010 Palmetto Award (Greenville County) for Social Studies Teachers of Distinction as well.
Julie Gore Fowler, Ph.D. educational leadership graduate, is to be installed as the new president of the Instructional Leaders of South Carolina in June 2012. This is a division of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). Julie is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Greenwood School District 51 in South Carolina.
Colette Davis is recipient of the Golden Apple Award for educators for 2012. Colette was chosen as 2012 Teacher of the Year at Homeland Park Elementary School in Anderson County (SC) School District Five.
Pat Earle, 1978 agricultural education graduate and teacher at McBee High School, was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansasin 2011. He is only the second teacher from South Carolina to be inducted adding to only 100 teachers in the hall of fame. Pat is a 32-year veteran agriculture teacher.
Melissa Shivers, 2001 Counselor Education/Student Affairs graduate, received the prestigious “Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award” at the University of Tennessee Knoxville 6th Annual African American Image Awards. Only one such award is given each year. This award ceremony is organized each year through the collaborative efforts of Student African-American Brotherhood (SAAB), Diva Opals, and Phi Beta Sigma.
Meghan Wood is a teacher at Aiken High School in South Carolina. She has developed a curriculum based on plant science, with a focus on horticulture. This strong horticulture emphasis is due to the large nursery and greenhouse industry that surrounds the community of Aiken. Wood has held to one philosophy; “To be an effective teacher within the classroom, one should be involved outside the classroom. It is through the community that the teacher learns how to educate the whole student.”
Darris Means, 2007 Counselor Education Student Affairs graduate, received the Bobby E. Leach Award from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA). The Bobby E. Leach Award recognizes a student affairs or higher education professional who has significantly contributed to the development of multicultural relations on a college or university campus. Since 2007, Darris has worked with Elon University's Elon Academy, a college access and success program for academically promising high school and college students with a financial need and/or no family history of college.
Melissa Shivers, 2001 Counselor Education Student Affairs graduate, recently completed her term as President for the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA). During her term as President, membership increased, the College Student Affairs Journal was redesigned, and a new strategic plan was adopted. SACSA is an independent, regional and generalist association designed for the professional development of practitioners, educators and students in student affairs in 16 states.
At the recent South Carolina College Personnel Association conference, two Counselor Education Student Affairs graduates received awards. Amy Gamble (2003) received the Charles Witten Service Award. This award recognizes one member of SCCPA who has served SCCPA within the past year in an outstanding capacity. Amy currently works in University Housing at Clemson University. Matthew Hammett (2007) received the Walter T. Cox New Professional Award. This award recognizes and encourages outstanding contributions and/or potential in the field of student affairs by a new professional. Matthew currently works in the Career Center at Wofford College.
At the recent, South Carolina College Personnel Association conference, Wade Livingston, Educational Leadership Higher Education Ph.D. graduate (2009), received the Hilda F. Owens Contribution to Knowledge in the Field Award. This award recognizes a member of SCCPA who has made an outstanding contribution to the student affairs profession through writing and/or research. Wade is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Counselor Education, Human and Organizational Development in the School of Education.
The School District of Oconee County has named Becky Chmelar as its 2011 Teacher of the Year. Chmelar teaches students with special needs at James M. Brown Elementary. She graduated with a master’s degree in special education from Clemson University.
Jason Umfress, 2010 Ph.D. Educational Leadership Higher Education graduate and current Dean of Students at Coker College, was recently elected President-Elect of the South Carolina College Personnel Association.
Matt Hammett, 2007 Counselor Education/Student Affairs Spring master's degree graduate and current Assistant Director of Residence Life at Wofford College, was recently elected Director of External Relations of the South Carolina College Personnel Association.
Neil Burton has been named executive director of the Michelin Career Center and Cooperative Education Program at Clemson University. Burton has been director of cooperative education at Clemson since 2008. That office is being combined with the Michelin Career Center. Read news release here.
Shanon Langlie, 2011 Student Affairs graduate, was selected as the Outstanding Program graduate by the School of Education and the Student Affairs program. The award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Student Affairs serves to recognize one graduate student who has demonstrated academic excellence, contributions to the profession and community through paid or volunteer activities, research and scholarship including publications, presentation and/or exhibitions, potential for future service to the profession.
John H. Kelley, M.Ed. Education alumnus, has been honored by AdvancED® with the National Excellence in Education Award for his unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence through both professional and volunteer service. Download AdvancED® Press Release.
Elizabeth Cox, 2007 graduate of the student affairs program, won the 2010 Outstanding New Advisor Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). NACADA recognized 16 new primary-role advisors at this ceremony.
Kerry Foxx, Assistant Director of Center for Career and Community Engagement at Lewis and Clark College and graduate of the master's program in Student Affairs, received the Region V NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Outstanding New Professional Award. The award recognizes to a Student Affairs professional with less than five years of experience based on outstanding service to a higher education institution; innovative or creative efforts in the field; active involvement in NASPA or another organization; and indication of promise for future leadership roles in Student Affairs.
Ben Walizer and Keith Becklin, 2009 graduates of the Student Affairs M.Ed. program, won first place in the Association of College and University Housing Officers International Case Study competition held at the annual conference in Austin, Texas. Ben currently works in housing at Texas Tech University as a Residence Life Coordinator, and Keith works as a Program Coordinator/IFC Advisor in housing at Texas Christian University.
Maria S. Iglesia, a 2009 graduate of the Master's in Counselor Education/Student Affairs program, recently received the University of California at Berkeley Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA). This award is among the highest honors bestowed upon staff by the chancellor and honors staff who perform all normal job duties with excellence, take initiative and go above and beyond with contributions to the UC Berkeley campus community.
Joshua C. Watson, Counselor Education/Community Counseling graduate, was awarded the Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award at the 2010 American Counseling Association meetings. This award supports research in the area of college student affairs or related areas of counseling and education. Watson is currently an associate professor in the Counselor Education Department at Mississippi State University-Meridian and serves as president-elect of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education.
Kelly Nalley, Fork Shoals School Spanish Teacher, was named South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Nalley graduated with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Clemson's School of Education. Read more.
Maria S. Iglesia has been named Executive Chair of National APAI Panhellenic Association (NAPA). Iglesia is a 2009 graduate of Clemson’s Student Affairs master's program. She is currently the Program Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life at University of California, Berkeley. She serves as a volunteer for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and is a CAMPUSPEAK facilitator.
The National APIA Panhellenic Association exists to support Asian-interest fraternities and sororities in their quest to become active and contributing members of the greater fraternal community. NAPA brings together representatives of 10 Asian-interest fraternities and sororities to discuss pertinent issues and share resources on how to better our community.
Brian Hopkins, a 2009 Student Affairs master's program graduate currently employed by the Office of Residence Life at Syracuse University, participated in the ACPA (College Student Educators International) Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals case study held at the 2010 ACPA Convention. Brian and his case study partner was awarded second place in the New Professional category. Brian was also elected to the directorate for the Standing Committee for Graduate Students and New Professionals. He will serve as the Case Study Coordinator Elect for the coming year.
Lance Radford, 2001 M.Ed. Administration and Supervision graduate, has been named South Carolina Secondary Principal of the Year by the S.C. Association of School Administrators. Radford earned his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Clemson, and is now in his fifth year as principal at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville.
During his time at Wade Hampton, the graduation rate has risen by 12 percent, and SAT scores have risen 60 points on average. Advanced Placement courses, fine arts classes and flexible block scheduling have helped improve academic achievement, earning the school recognition by Newsweek as one of the best high schools in the nation.
Radford is a personable leader, greeting the students each morning, interacting with them in the cafeteria and knowing many of them by name. He says, “Anyone who comes to Wade Hampton High School knows that students are our focus. Everything we do focuses on our kids and improving achievement at our school.”
Sarah Ann Richardson, 1989 Elementary Education graduate and Clemson Elementary School teacher, is one of three teachers across the nation who has received the national 2009 American Civic Education award. The awards are given annually to elementary and secondary teachers of civics, government and related subjects who have demonstrated exceptional expertise, dynamism and creativity in motivating students to learn about the Constitution, Congress and public policy.
Mark D. Wilson, 1985 Secondary Education History and 1986 M.Ed. Administration and Supervision graduate and former Clemson student body president, has been named National Principal of the Year by the NASSP. On August 28, 2008, delegates from across Georgia and Washington, D.C. converged on Morgan County High School in Madison, Ga. to present this prestigious award. As National Principal of the Year, Wilson will be the featured speaker at many state and national events. He will be speaking in front of many dignitaries such as governors and The President of the United States. Mark is a principal in the State of Georgia.
Lee D'Andrea, Pickens School superintendent and M.Ed. Elementary Education 1992, Ph.D. Educational Leadership 2002 School of Education graduate, has been named 2008 Superintendent of the Year by the Adult Education Division of South Carolina Association of School Administrators. The award recognizes superintendents for their commitment and service to Adult Education and for enhancing the educational opportunities for adults in the school district.
Cory A. Terry, 2005 MAT graduate, received a 2008 WYFF Channel 4 Greenville Golden Apple Award. He's a second year teacher at Tanglewood Middle School.
Deborah J. Thomason, Ed.D. Career and Technology Education graduate, received the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Superior Performance Award, 2008.
Lisa Coward Peake, a 2001 secondary education minor graduate, was recently awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching — 2007 Science Grade 7-12 Award for the State of Florida (www.paemst.org). According to the award Web site, “The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States."
Enacted by Congress in 1983, this program authorizes the president to bestow up to 108 awards each year. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The teachers are recognized for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science.”
Darris Means, the assistant director of the Elon Academy at Elon University, has been named one of the Triad’s “40 Leaders Under Forty” by a weekly regional newspaper that covers the business community. Means received a graduate degree in counseling education, with an emphasis in student affairs, from Clemson's Eugene T. Moore School of Education in 2007. Read more.
South Carolina College Personnel Association had its annual conference in Charleston, S.C. in April 2008. The following alumni in Leadership, Counselor Education, Human and Organizational Development won awards:
The Walter T. Cox New Professional Award was awarded to Jenni Evans. Evans currently serves as the Director of Housing and Summer Conferences at Presbyterian College.
Jeff Brown served as president of this organization for the 2007-08 year. Under Brown’s leadership the organization solidified their strategic plan and reorganized the board to ensure the future success of the organization. He currently serves as the associate director of Resident Life at Clemson University.
Helen Bailey Hemmer served as the 2008 Conference Chair, overseeing all aspects of the annual conference. Hemmer currently works as a learning specialist for Athletic Department in Vickery Hall.
The Eugene T. Moore School of Education's Call Me MISTER® MAT graduate, Cory Terry was selected as a WYFF Channel 4 Golden Apple Award Winner! The broadcast featuring Corey aired Thursday, December 13. Call Me MISTER Director, Roy Jones, said, "Everyone who knows MISTER Terry knows exactly why he would be singled out for such an honor, which recognizes service “beyond the mere call of duty” as a middle school teacher at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville. Corey is a passionate, dedicated professional, who has demonstrated his commitment to the philosophy of true “servant leadership” in just his second year of teaching after graduating from Clemson."
Bryan Luizzi, Brookfield Public Schools in Connecticut, received the William Cieslukowski Outstanding First Year Principal of the Year Award, Connecticut Association of Schools.
Dr. Kristi V Woodall, 1994 M.Ed. Administration and Supervision graduate, of Union, SC, was appointed to the SC Education Oversight Committee in February 2007. Woodall, Interim Director of Instruction in Spartanburg School District Two, has been appointed to serve as the education representative from the House Education and Public Works Committee. Woodall fills the term vacated by Wallace Hall, who resigned from the committee last week. The appointment was made by Rep. Bob Walker, Chairman of the House committee and also an EOC member.
Linda Jameison, Counselor Education Student Affairs master's graduate received the New Professionals Award at the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) conference 2006. SACSA represents student affairs professionals and faculty in sixteen states. This award recognizes a new professional who has provided exemplary service to SACSA, demonstrated service to the profession, and possess outstanding character and potential role model stature for other new professionals.
Regina Urueta, 1997 M.Ed. Administration and Supervision graduate, is one of the winners of the Milken National Educator awards, described by Teacher Magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching." Milken awards recognize caring, capable educators who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve teaching and learning in our nation's schools, but they accompany that honor with a financial prize -- $25,000 per winner – that truly symbolizes the value of the contribution these educators make to our children and our schools.
2002 Master's of Human Resource Development graduate Penny Renee Ford of Centerton, Arkansas, is an executive development consultant for the Global Talent Management team of the world's largest retailers, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Her primary responsibility is to develop officer-level executives for the Sam's division. Last year, she also co-founded a consulting firm, P.O.W.E.R. Motivational Speaking and Consulting LLC. Ford has been recognized for outstanding performance in the area of diversity training.
Jeanine Ward-Roof, 2003 Educational Leadership doctoral graduate, was awarded the Outstanding Research Award by the National Orientation Directors Association for her dissertation in 2003. She was invited to present on the topic at the National Orientation Directors Association Annual Conference as well as submit a manuscript related to it to the Journal of Orientation and New Student Transition. Jeanine is Director of Student Development Services at Clemson University.