By Tierney Gallagher
The College of Health, Education and Human Development and the HEHD Living-Learning Community (LLC) recently recognized one of its residents as Student of the Year. The award was presented to Holly Stettler, a nursing major and psychology minor from Fort Mill, S.C.
Student of the Year is an annual award that recognizes outstanding members of the HEHD LLC and acknowledges the leadership potential of students early in their academic careers in the College’s respective fields of study. Recipients demonstrate exceptional leadership in three categories: strength in the HEHD Learner Dispositions, academic excellence, and achievement and contribution to the Living-Learning Community.
Now in its fourth year, the Student of the Year Award is the only award across the entire College that freshmen are eligible to earn. According to Kristin Goodenow, director of the HEHD Academic Advising Center, the award is a key component in encouraging LLC students. “We felt that if getting students involved in leadership, scholarship, service and the HEHD guiding principles their freshmen year was important, then it was also important to recognize one student each year for their outstanding achievement relative to those principles,” Goodenow said.
Because the LLC is a selective program, residents exhibit many outstanding leadership and scholarship qualities. The award, then, is given to a resident who has gone above and beyond in demonstrating excellence. “Our first three award recipients have gone on to become great leaders in their major and on campus,” said Goodenow. “This award clearly identifies someone who is likely to be a leader in our College during their remaining years at Clemson and in the future.”
This year’s recipient is likely to be no different. Nursing student Holly Stettler was presented with the award at the HEHD Honors and Awards Ceremony held at the end of the school year.
Goodenow says that Stettler was chosen for the award because she is not only a great student academically, but she also showed remarkable leadership this year as vice president for the LLC. “Holly is the total package. She did an outstanding job of bringing everyone in the LLC together and taking the lead in putting together activities, asking for support, and having events that were fun for everyone,” she said.
Stettler says she is proud to be honored with the title of Student of the Year because of how much the LLC means to her. “I think that living-learning communities are an amazing privilege of being a Clemson student, and to receive an award for one makes me feel as though I have not only benefited from this great opportunity but have also had the privilege of contributing back to the community,” she said.
Although she still has a few years left at Clemson, Stettler is already aiming high in her career goals. After graduating, she plans to get involved in a range of areas in nursing and health care and hopes to eventually work in psychiatry.