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2015 Student Awards

Each year we honor students who demonstrate academic achievement, strong character, leadership skills, community involvement and many more outstanding qualities during our Annual Spring Honors & Awards Ceremony. Below are the 2015 honorees.

  • College Awards

    Beta Gamma Sigma Award, President

    Each year the custom of the Clemson Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma is to elect by acclamation the top two undergraduate students as president and vice president.

    • Melanie A. McKinney

    Beta Gamma Sigma Award, Vice President

    Each year the custom of the Clemson Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma is to elect by acclamation the top two undergraduate students as president and vice president.

    • Jenna Weston

    Blue Key Academic and Leadership Award

    A plaque and cash award are given to a student in recognition of outstanding leadership and achievement in the College of Business.

    • Allison A. Toth

    Delta Sigma Pi Scholastic Key Award

    Delta Sigma Pi is an international, professional business fraternity at Clemson. Each year it presents a scholastic key at each business college in the U.S. to the student with one of the highest overall grade point ratios. This award also consists of a cash gift and certificate.

    • Santiago Barbosa-Garcia

    The Delta Sigma Pi Chapter Collegian of the Year Award

    The Chapter Collegian of the Year Award is presented annually to the one outstanding collegiate member of Delta Sigma Pi who has exemplified the values inherent in the ritual and perpetuated the ideals as set forth in the Purpose of the Fraternity. The award recognizes an individual for his or her contributions, achievements, participation, and personal character. The National Collegian of the Year Award is the highest honor the fraternity can bestow on one of its collegiate members.

    • Kevin R. Phillips

    The Michael Paluzzi Award

    This award is named in memory of Michael Paluzzi, who was a sophomore management major at Clemson. The Michael Paluzzi Award from the College of Business is selected by the Kappa Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity. In addition to demonstrating high academic achievement, the winner must possess a positive attitude, display strong leadership skills, and demonstrate commitment to the organization.

    • Shelly P. Kaur

    Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit

    The certificate and cash gift are given to an outstanding student in each college selected on the following criteria: "be a graduating senior, have a GPA of 3.4 or above, and have made noteworthy contributions in such areas as leadership, creative endeavors and service to his/her department, college and Clemson University."

    • Morgan E. Burns

    Wallace Dabney Trevillian Merit Award

    A bronze medallion and cash gift is given in honor of the late Dr. Wallace D. Trevillian, Dean Emeritus of the College of Industrial Management and Textile Science. This faculty-selected award is "given to a senior selected on the basis of his or her academic excellence, outstanding character, and leadership in student organizations." Historically, it has been presented to a student with one of the highest scholastic records in the college, or one very close to it with extracurricular activities.

    • Melissa Moore

    ScanSource Leader of Tomorrow Award

    Juniors in the ILead! Program were challenged by ScanSource, a long-time supporter of the college, to compete in a case competition with the assistance of ScanSource mentors. Five students were selected to make their final presentations to ScanSource executives. One student was selected as the outstanding leader of tomorrow for their work. The four runners up will receive a cash award, with the grand prize winner receiving a cash award and an internship offer from ScanSource.

    • Lacey D. Firestone
    • Matthew T. Cote
    • William O. Ensor
    • Jared R. Cantz
    • William W. Dority

    Target's "Leaders on Target" Award

    This year the Target Corporation provided a grant to award students a cash award to recognize those ILEAD! students who attended two workshops presented by Target store managers and personnel. The award winners were awarded based upon their ILEAD! workshop interactions and reflective writing on the workshop themes.

    • John T. Crouch
    • Nicole C. Dunne
    • Jesse D. Iassogna
    • Annalise E. Winters

    College of Business & Behavioral Science Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research

    A cash award and certificate are presented to a student who has completed the most meritorious, undergraduate research project of the year. Projects have been evaluated in terms of the significance of their research question, the elegance of their method and design, and the clarity of the written presentation.

    • Emily M. Wager

    College of Business & Behavioral Science Award for the Outstanding Senior in the Field of Business

    A cash award and certificate are bestowed upon a senior from the traditional business disciplines who has been judged to be superior in terms of Cumulative Grade Point Ratio, professional activities and potential for the future contributions within his or her field of study.

    • Caroline R. Lodge

    College of Business Award for the Outstanding Senior in the Social Sciences

    A cash award and certificate are bestowed upon a senior from political science, psychology, or sociology who has been judged to be superior in terms of Cumulative Grade Point Ratio, professional activities, and potential for future contributions within his or her field of study.

    • Kristin Buhrow

    The Dean's Award for Excellence in Business

    The Dean's Award for Excellence in Business is conferred upon a senior business major who has excelled in all aspects of the business curriculum and who has demonstrated the potential to make a significant contribution to his/her discipline. This award consists of a cash award and certificate.

    • Sterling P. Lecy
  • School of Accountancy and Finance - Accounting

    The Deloitte LLP Achievement Award

    A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a graduate student in accounting who demonstrates outstanding potential for success in an accounting career.

    • Joel Gavin Cook

    The Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP Achievement Award

    A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a senior accounting major or graduate student in accounting who demonstrates exemplary scholarship and outstanding potential for success in the accounting profession.

    • Anne Tyler Knollmann

    The Elliott Davis Decosimo Achievement Award

    A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a senior accounting major or graduate student in accounting based on scholarship, leadership and potential for service in the public accounting profession.

    • Marquet Lee Mensing

    The Ernst & Young LLP Achievement Award

    A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a graduate student in accounting to recognize outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and participation in extracurricular activities.

    • Aaron Leeds Towery

    The Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Intern

    A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a student who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in the internship program.

    • Robert Jackson Lyerly

    The Federation of Schools of Accountancy Award

    The Federation of Schools of Accountancy, an organization that promotes graduate professional education in accounting, annually recognizes an outstanding student in graduate accounting programs of member schools. The faculty of the member schools selects the recipient based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership and character. The award is a plaque and cash gift.

    • Ann M. Stringari

    The Grant Thornton LLP Achievement Award

    A cash award and certificate are presented to a senior accounting major returning to the accounting program at Clemson. The award is for distinguished integrity, teamwork and leadership activities, and a dedication to the accounting program and profession.

    • Jeff Richard Pullen

    The J. C. Hubbard Award

    A cash award and medallion are presented annually to a graduating senior majoring in accounting, cited by the School of Accountancy faculty for excellence in collegiate activities.

    • Meera Amod Ogale

    The KPMG LLP Achievement Award

    A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a senior accounting major who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom, leadership and extracurricular activities.

    • Brenna Marie Lauer

    The KPMG LLP Outstanding Graduate Student Achievement Award

    A cash award and certificate are presented to a graduate student in accounting. The recipient is selected by the faculty based on academic achievement and potential for outstanding service to the public accounting profession.

    • John Thomas Coggins

    The PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Achievement Award

    A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a graduate student in accounting based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership and character.

    • Ying Ma

    The James A. Turner Award in Federal Taxation

    A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a student majoring in accounting or financial management who has demonstrated learning capability through superior performance in the study of federal taxation and who has exhibited outstanding promise for a successful career in the accounting profession.

    • Daniel Allyn Roley
  • Department of Economics

    Harvey J. Wheeler Award for Outstanding Senior in Economics

    This award is presented annually by family, friends, and colleagues as a memorial to Dr. Harvey J. Wheeler, who served as the first head of the economics department. The recipient of this award is a graduating senior who, in the judgment of the members of the department faculty, has exhibited the best overall performance in economics while at Clemson. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

    • Melissa K. Moore
    • John W. Tabb

    Hugh H. Macaulay Award For Outstanding Graduate Student

    Professor Hugh H. Macaulay, a life-long leader in economic education at Clemson University, endowed a fund for the purpose of recognizing outstanding performance in the graduate program. The department has determined that this award should be given to the student who has demonstrated the most promise in graduate coursework in economics.

    • Xiaosong (Andy) Wu

    Marian L. Harris Award for Excellence in Economics

    This award was created by the economics department in memory of Marian L. Harris, who together with her son John, was a long-time supporter of the department’s undergraduate programs. Recipients of this award are selected by the economics faculty on the basis of superior classroom performance, a high-quality senior thesis, or outstanding service to the department, college or University. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

    • Grace K. Heyne
    • Jesse D. Iassogna
    • Rebecca R. Moore
    • Ryunki Song
  • School of Accountancy and Finance - Financial Management

    James D. “Jay” Westmoreland, CFP® ’89 Award for Merit

    This award is funded by Mr. Jay Westmoreland, a graduate of the Financial Management program and a current member of the Alumni Advisory Board for the School of Accountancy and Finance. Because of the personal importance of community service and philanthropy to Mr. Westmoreland, in addition to a strong academic record, the recipient must have demonstrated a commitment to serving the well-being of others. The award includes a cash award, certificate and individual commemorative plaque.

    • Bailey Tollison

    Dave L. Jenkin Award in Finance for Entrepreneurial Leadership

    The Dave L. Jenkin Award in Finance for Entrepreneurial Leadership is a cash award, certificate and an individual commemorative plaque recognizing a senior with an established record of academic performance majoring in financial management. Additionally (and just as important), the student should be a recognized leader in some capacity on campus with a noticeable record of entrepreneurial activity during his/her tenure at Clemson University. The award is funded by Dave L. Jenkin, a graduate of Clemson University with a major in financial management.

    • Christopher Lawson

    Richard H. Klein Award in Finance for Scholarship and Service

    This award was established in 2005 in honor of Dr. Richard H. Klein, who served Clemson University for 25 years as a professor of finance. The prize consists of a cash award, certificate and individual commemorative plaque and is given to a senior majoring in financial management who has demonstrated exemplary academic performance and who has, through acts of service, contributed to the community, nation or to his/her fellow students.

    • David T. Cappellari

    Financial Executives International Award

    A cash award and certificate are given by the Financial Executives International, on recommendation by the Clemson University Financial Management faculty, to a rising senior. The recipient also receives a one-year subscription to Financial Executive Magazine. The criteria for the award are scholarship, leadership ability, and desire on the part of the recipient to work in the private sector. This award is funded by the Charlotte Chapter of the Financial Executives International organization.

    • Melanie A. McKinney
  • Department of Management

    Alan D. Wheeler Management Merit Award

    This award is given annually to graduating management majors who exemplify Colonel Alan Wheeler's dedication to scholarship and citizenship. Colonel Wheeler's work as a teacher, student advisor, and administrator as well as the heroic circumstances surrounding his death will long be remembered by those whose lives he touched. The award consists of a cash gift, certificate and plaque.

    • Santiago Barbosa-Garcia

    Boyd Joseph Todd Management Merit Award

    This award is given annually to graduating management majors who embody Dr. Boyd J. Todd's enthusiasm for scholarship and devotion to Clemson University. Dr. Todd was a longtime chair of the Department of Management and a Clemson graduate. He was influential in the establishment of what was then the Department of Industrial Management and was one of the founding faculty members of the department. Until his passing, Dr. Todd was a very active supporter of management scholarships at Clemson University. The award consists of a cash gift, certificate and plaque.

    • Victoria Nicole Robinson

    Department of Management Academic Excellence Awards

    These awards are given annually by the faculty of the Department of Management to outstanding graduating students majoring in various academic areas of concentration offered by the department. The criteria for these awards are outstanding scholarship and performance in the undergraduate curriculum in management or industrial management as well as their chosen areas of concentration. It is expected that recipients of these awards will reflect the education and citizenship provided by the Department of Management in their chosen careers. The award consists of a cash gift, certificate and plaque.

    Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship

    • Morgan E. Kern

    Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Human Resource Management

    • Caitlyn Lydia Carlile

    Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in International Management

    • Abigail L. Robertson

    Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Management

    • William R. Hines

    Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Management Information Systems

    • William T. Norris

    Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Operations Management

    • Katherine R. Easterling

    Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Supply Chain Management

    • Jenna Weston
  • Department of Marketing

    Marketing Distinction Award for 2015

    Winners of this award have a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 and have completed at least seven Marketing courses at Clemson University. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

    • Morgan E. Burns

    Marketing Excellence Award for 2015

    Winners of this award have a cumulative grade point average above 3.91 and have completed at least seven Marketing courses at Clemson University. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

    • Kevin C. Ferraioli
    • Weston S. Gray
    • Spyridoula G. Pisteolis
    • Mary L. Reed
    • Sara I. Shumpert
    • Ashley L. Snow
    • Katherine L. Sullivan

    The Outstanding Senior Award

    (Sponsored by The Tiger Paw Classic)
    The Outstanding Senior Award goes to a marketing senior who has excelled in academics and leadership, has shown a willingness to take on important tasks on behalf of the department, and who exhibits the positive attitude and passion that are necessary for those who want to excel in the field of marketing.

    • Kristen K. Salstrand

    The Excellence In Sales Award

    The Excellence in Sales Award is presented to senior marketing majors who in the opinion of the sponsor have shown the greatest propensity to become a great salesperson – as evidenced by a student's performance at the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC), the largest sales competition in the nation. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

    • Danielle N. Denk
    • Perri K. Shockley

    The SportPlus Excellence Award

    The SportPlus Excellence Award goes to two students concentrating in sports marketing who have excelled in academics and leadership, participated in events related to sports marketing as well as community service, and who exhibit the positive attitude and passion that are necessary for those who want to work in the industry. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

    • Taylor R. Capps
    • Chase Q. Diwik

    The Junior SportPlus Scholarship Award

    The Junior SportPlus Scholarship Award goes to the junior marketing student with an emphasis in sports marketing who has the highest GPA. The seniors involved in the year's Tiger Paw Classic raise money for charity as well as to fund this award for a rising senior in sports marketing with the expectation that next year's seniors will similarly "pay it forward." The award includes a certificate and a scholarship.

    • Eileen M. O’Malley

    The Sales Leadership Award

    The Sales Leadership Award is presented to marketing majors who have shown the greatest propensity to become a great salesperson. The award consists of a certificate and cash gift.

    • Samantha L. Culbertson
    • Alexandra C. Fehling

    The Tiger Paw Classic Sales Award

    The Tiger Paw Classic Sales Awards go to students getting a sales certificate who have excelled in academics and leadership, as well as being strong contributors to the Tiger Paw Classic in leadership and sales, community service, and who exhibit the positive attitude and passion that are necessary for those who want to work in sales. The awards include a certificate and a cash gift.

    • Jordan W. Caiola, Top Sales Manager
    • Thomas R. Tropeano, Top Sales Representative
  • Department of Political Science

    James F. Byrnes Award in American Government

    The Department of Political Science presents annually the James Francis Byrnes Award in American Government to the outstanding senior in that department. The award is named for the former South Carolina Governor, who had previously served as Assistant to the President of the United States, Senator, and Representative in Congress. Additionally, he was a life trustee of Clemson University. The award consists of a plaque, certificate and cash prize.

    • Samantha G. Reinis

    Matt Locke Faculty Award for Excellence

    The Matt Locke Faculty Award for Excellence is presented to an outstanding senior whose accomplishments, in the opinion of the faculty of the Department of Political Science, merit special recognition. The award is named in memory of the life and service of Matt Locke, who was a graduate in political science and who served as president of the student body at Clemson during the 1985-86 school year. This award recognizes his boundless enthusiasm, exemplary leadership, and public-spiritedness. The award consists of a plaque, certificate and cash prize.

    • Isaiah Boyd III
    • Emily M. Wager

    Jack Tuttle-Pi Sigma Alpha Service Award

    This award is presented to an outstanding senior in honor of the late Professor Jack Tuttle and in recognition of the ideals of Pi Sigma Alpha. Professor Tuttle was a member of the Department of Political Science from 1947-1976. He is remembered by his colleagues in the department as an enthusiastic teacher; as a loyal member of his community, church and political party; and as a friend to former students. His colleagues also remember him as a person of warmth, humility, and compassion. The "ideals" of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honorary Society, are to "stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government." The award consists of a plaque, certificate and cash prize.

    • Madison L. Thompson
  • Department of Psychology

    Bernard Caffrey Award For Excellence in Psychology

    Dr. Bernard Caffrey was first Head of the Department of Psychology from 1972-1978. Dr. Caffrey was an early and significant researcher in the field of health psychology. He is best remembered by hundreds of his students as an enthusiastic teacher and a tireless mentor. The winner of the Caffrey Award must be a junior or senior who has demonstrated both academic excellence in the classroom and a commitment to professional and psychological activities in the community, state, and region. The award consists of a cash award and certificate.

    • E. Danielle Capps
    • Jamison S. LeGrand

    Eugene Galluscio Award for Undergraduate Leadership

    The faculty of the psychology department named this award for Eugene Galluscio who served as department chair from 1982-1997. The award honors an undergraduate junior or senior who has continued in Dr. Galluscio's tradition of excellence in leadership. The award consists of a cash award and certificate.

    • Stewart A. Bryant
    • Tracy E. McGee

    Ernest Jewell Hardesty Moore Award for the Outstanding Senior in Psychology

    The family of Mr. Ernest Jewell Hardesty Moore, a member of the class of 1974 who died in an accident shortly before he was to graduate, has established two annual awards in his memory. The first, a cash prize and certificate, recognizes a senior in psychology whose record in that field is particularly distinguished.

    • Julia L. Turner

    The Psi Chi Research Award

    The Psi Chi Research Award in Psychology, established in 1976 by the Psi Chi Honor Society, recognizes the most meritorious research project carried out by an undergraduate student during the current academic year. The award consists of a cash prize and certificate.

    • Julia L. Turner

    Psychology Department Award for Academic Excellence

    The Award for Academic Excellence is presented to a graduating psychology major who has achieved a grade point average of 3.85 or higher during his or her study at Clemson University. The winner must also demonstrate enthusiasm and creativity in maximizing the diversity and breadth of his or her learning experience, both inside and outside the classroom.

    • Kimrey M. Holmes
    • Katherine L. Sullivan
    • M. Griffin Wynkoop

    Hoechst Celanese Graduate Student Research Award

    This award is given by simple majority vote of the psychology faculty to any first or second-year graduate student (masters or doctoral) who exhibits dedication, enthusiasm, and initiative while involved in a faculty or student research project during his or her first or second year in the psychology graduate program. The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize.

    • Jessica J. Branyon
    • Stephen A. Robertson

    Outstanding Master's Degree Student In Psychology

    This award is given by simple majority vote of the psychology faculty to any second or third-year student that has been a master's degree candidate during the preceding year and who has demonstrated excellence in research activities, as well as other activities such as teaching, professional/departmental service, and classroom performance. The award consists of a certificate and a cash gift.

    • Janelle H. Cheung
    • Drew M. Morris

    Outstanding Doctoral Student in Psychology

    This award is given by simple majority vote of the psychology faculty to any doctoral candidate (i.e., post-comprehensive exam) who has demonstrated excellence in research activities, as well as other activities such as teaching, professional/departmental service, and classroom performance. The award consists of a certificate and a cash award.

    • Bliss M. Altenhoff
    • Alice M. Brawley
  • Department of Sociology & Anthropology

    Ernest Jewell Hardesty Moore Award for the Outstanding Senior in Sociology

    The second award endowed by the family of the late Ernest Jewell Hardesty Moore recognizes the achievement of an outstanding senior who is majoring in sociology. The recipient is selected by the sociology faculty. The award consists of a cash award, certificate and plaque.

    • Kayla Brennan

    Larson-Krupka Award for Excellence Scholarship in Sociology

    The Larson-Krupka Award for Excellence in Sociology Scholarship is open to all rising seniors. The recipient is recommended by the faculty from among majors who have a GPR greater than 3.5. The prize is a scholarship fund award.

    • Kristen Shuford

    Meg Wilkes-Karraker Award

    This award is given to an outstanding woman majoring in sociology. Dr. Karraker, a Clemson alumnus, has donated this award to recognize a Clemson junior majoring in sociology. The award includes a year's membership in Sociologists for Women in Society, a cash award, certificate and plaque.

    • Katherine Robinson

    Department Chair's Award

    The Department Chair's Award is for outstanding service to the department. It is presented annually to a sociology major who has demonstrated service to the department outside normal classroom duties. The student is selected by the faculty. The award includes a plaque, certificate and cash gift.

    • Sydney Hopkins

    Outstanding Anthropology Student

    The Outstanding Anthropology Student Award is given annually to the anthropology major or minor who has displayed the greatest overall academic and professional excellence in the current academic year as determined by the anthropology faculty. The prize consists of a certificate, plaque and cash award.

    • Misayo R. Welke

    Anthropology Travel Student

    The Anthropology Travel Grant is awarded annually by the anthropology faculty to support undergraduate travel for study abroad, field schools, or meeting attendance. The grant is given to the best overall application for travel plans for the next academic year.

    • Brandy L. Bollinger
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