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2020 Honors and Awards Descriptions

College Awards


Blue Key Academic and Leadership Award
As a result of funds generated from Tigerama, an endowment has been established to give an award to one student in each college who has distinguished himself or herself in terms of academic scholarship and campus leadership. Each winner will receive a plaque and a cash award.

Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit
Each year the Clemson Chapter of the National Society of Phi Kappa Phi provides Certificates of Merit for students majoring in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. To be eligible, one must have senior standing or have graduated not earlier than the preceding December; must have achieved an overall grade point ratio of at least 3.5; must have submitted written work which is evaluated by a faculty committee; and must have made noteworthy contributions to the Clemson University community.

Cameron Chase Huntley ’11 Diversity and Inclusion Annual Award
The Cameron Chase Huntley ’11 Diversity and Inclusion Annual Award was established in loving memory by his parents, Kevin Wade Huntley and Kimberly Wardlaw Huntley, along with gifts from family and friends. The purpose is to provide an award to a student who is highly committed to service aimed at benefitting underserved populations and bridging cultural differences, and who possesses a strong academic record.

Dre Martin Service Award
In memory of Chardrevius “Dre” Martin, the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities presents this award annually to a student in the college who is highly committed to service in our surrounding community, demonstrates a passion for helping others and possesses a strong academic record. Students may be nominated by a peer, a faculty member or a staff member.

CAAH Faculty Member of the Year
All CAAH students are invited to nominate faculty members to be recognized as Faculty Member of the Year. Students submit essays which describe how the nominated faculty members demonstrate excellence in their service to Clemson students. The honorees are chosen by a panel of CAAH Ambassadors.

CAAH Advisor of the Year
Both faculty and staff members of the College can be nominated for the honor of Advisor of the Year. Students submit essays which describe how the nominated faculty members and advisors demonstrate excellence in their service to Clemson students. The honorees are chosen by a panel of CAAH Ambassadors.

Departmental Awards

School of Architecture


Second Year Faculty Award
This award is given to a second year undergraduate student in the School of Architecture for scholarship and for having demonstrated promise of future professional achievement.

Rudolph E. Lee Award
This award is given in memory of Rudolph E. Lee and the Class of 1902. It is awarded to an undergraduate architecture student, nominated by the faculty, having demonstrated academic excellence, participated in extracurricular activities and exhibited potential professional architectural ability.

SC Chapter AIA Award
This award is given to a fourth year undergraduate student in architecture who has been selected by the faculty for his or her academic achievement, highest quality of design ability, professional promise and service.

Peter R. Lee and Kenneth J. Russo Design Award
This award is given annually to a student, in the fourth year of study, who has consistently demonstrated a search for design excellence . This award is made possible through the Architecture Class of ’76 in memory of Professors Emeriti Lee and Russo.

AIA Henry Adams Medal
This award, an engraved medal and certificate of merit, is given annually to the top ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. At Clemson, it is awarded to the top-ranked M.Arch. student selected by the school in recognition of scholastic achievement, character and promise of professional ability.

Alpha Rho Chi Medal
This award is given annually to that graduating student who has shown an ability for leadership, performing willing service for his/her school and departments, and gives promise of real, professional merit through his/her attitude and personality.

Martin A. Davis Award
This award is given annually to a student rising into their final year of graduate studies, who demonstrates a combination of professional promise, overall academic standing, and excellence in applied, fact-based research.

University Olmsted Scholar (Landscape Architecture)
The Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Olmsted Scholars program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.

Art


Bob Hunter Award in Undergraduate Fine Arts Studio
This citation is awarded annually to an undergraduate student as recognition of outstanding performance in the studio arts. It is recognition of ability, creativity and a high standard of performance within the studio arts.

John Acorn Award in Graduate Fine Arts Studio
This citation is awarded annually to a graduate student as recognition of outstanding performance in the studio arts. It is recognition of ability, creativity, and a high standard of performance within the studio arts.

Harold Cooledge Award in Undergraduate Art History
This citation is awarded annually to an undergraduate student as recognition of outstanding achievement in art and architectural history. It is in recognition of creative thought and high academic performance in the discipline.

Cecilia Voelker Award in Graduate Art History
This citation is awarded annually to a graduate student as recognition of outstanding achievement in art and architectural history. It is in recognition of creative thought and high academic performance in the discipline.

Department of Art Service Award
The Department of Art Service Award is given to an undergraduate or graduate student whose record of service to the department, university, or community displays an extraordinary commitment to his/her fellow students.

City Planning and Real Estate Development


American Institute of Certified Planners Award
This award is presented to a second year student in recognition of outstanding achievement in the study of city and regional planning.

Debbie Lieu Memorial Award
This award is given to a promising first year student in the city and regional planning program who best demonstrates professionalism and a positive attitude, works effectively behind the scenes, and significantly contributes to volunteer activities.

McCallum Fellowship
This fellowship is given to a first year city and regional planning student with outstanding academic abilities and an interest in the field of economic development.

Dr. J. Terrence “Terry” Farris Annual Award
This award is given to an outstanding graduating Master of Real Estate Development student who exhibits outstanding scholastic achievement and interest in public-private partnerships.

Ric Ridder Spirit and Service Award
This award is given to a second year real estate development student, who exemplifies Clemson Tiger spirit and service to the profession and the community.

Marsha Ritzdorf Memorial Diversity Award
This award is given to a student from an underrepresented group in order to enhance diversity in the student body of the Master of City and Regional Planning program and among professional planners in South Carolina.

Norman F. Pulliam Founders Award
This award is given to a first year real estate development student in recognition of outstanding achievement in pursuing quality development that integrates the perspectives of community, environment and economics.

Harry H. Frampton III Award
This award, given to a second year real estate development student, is based on outstanding scholarship and promise of professional excellence in the areas of land stewardship and sustainable communities.

Sue G. and W. Russell Campbell, Sr. ’60 Annual Award
This award is given to an outstanding student completing the first year in the Master of Real Estate Development program . The student recipient should exhibit outstanding leadership skills and scholastic achievement.

English


Thomas E. Douglass Award for Excellence in Teaching
This cash award is presented to the graduate teaching assistant who best exemplifies the high standards of teaching that Professor Douglass promoted and practiced throughout his tenure in the English department.

Herman & Mary Stuart Felder Award for Excellence in English
This award is presented to the English or English education major with the highest GPR in selected core English courses. The purpose of this prestigious award is to encourage and recognize excellence in the study of American and English literature, and the recipient is given a cash prize.

Charles Manning Furman Prize in English
This prize was established in 1947 by James Lynch in memory of a distinguished Clemson College professor and is presented to the senior in English graduating with the highest scholastic standing. The recipient is given a gold medal and cash award.

English Honor Key Medal
This award was established by New York attorney Arnold Boyd (class of 1914). A gold key is presented to the English major with the highest academic standing in the graduating class.

Lucy Rollin Annual Children’s Literature Award
This award is presented annually for the best essay in children’s or adolescent literature written by an undergraduate student.

Roger B. Rollin English Essay Award
Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, a certificate is presented for the best essay written by an undergraduate student in a junior- or senior-level English course.

Roger B. Rollin English Essay Award Special Commendation
A certificate is given for an essay singled out for special commendation by the contest’s faculty judges.

English Department Award for Creative Writing, Fiction
This award is given to an undergraduate English major in honor of outstanding achievement in fiction writing.

English Department Award for Creative Writing, Poetry
This award is given to an undergraduate English major in honor of outstanding achievement in poetry.

Fred W. Shilstone Memorial Annual Award
This award is given to the graduate whose masters thesis in English (completed during the preceding year) is judged most outstanding.

History


Clemson University Rand-McNally Prize in Geography
The Clemson University Rand-McNally Prize in Geography is awarded annually to the most outstanding student in geography classes at Clemson, based on demonstrated interest and classroom achievement.

Carl Lafayette Epting History Essay Award
This award is given annually for the best paper written by an undergraduate for a course offered by the Department of History.

William Shannon Morrison Prize
This award is given annually to the graduating senior with the most outstanding record in historical studies.

Ernest McPherson Lander, Jr. Award
This award for excellence in the study of history is given annually to the most outstanding graduate students in the Department of History, based on course work, written work and thesis research and writing.

Silver Bowl Award of the South Carolina State Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists 
Each year the Society honors, with an engraved silver bowl, the history major who has excelled in the study of history, as well as in other areas of the liberal arts.

Languages


Award for Excellence in Spanish
The Spanish faculty presents a certificate to recognize outstanding achievement in the study of Spanish language and literature.

JAASC Award in Excellence in Japanese
The Japan American Association of South Carolina provides this award to a junior or senior for outstanding achievement in the study of the Japanese language.

Carlton Moore ’93 Annual Award for Excellence in German
This award recognizes one or more students who excel in German and have contributed significantly to German extracurricular cultural programs.

Christopher E. & Tara A. Hurlebaus Annual Award
This award honors outstanding students majoring in Language and International Business, or a successor of the program.

Clemson Chinese Laoshi Award
 A student from the Chinese language program will receive a prize for Best Beginner in Chinese Language Study.

Joan Bridgwood Award for Excellence in Russian
Awarded to a student minoring in Russian Studies for intellectual acumen, academic success and curiosity for all things Russian.

Language and International Health Award for Excellence
The award is given to a senior Language and International Health major for outstanding academic achievements, professional conduct, and unconditional service to multicultural communities.

Jordan A. Dean, Sr. Annual Award in French Studies
This award is given to a student in French studies for outstanding academic achievement.

Draexlmaier Language Award for Excellence in German
Funded by DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America (Duncan, S.C.), this cash award recognizes multi-faceted students who have attained exceptional language proficiency in German.

Patricia Walker Wannamaker Language & International Business Award of Highest Merit
This endowed award is given annually to the graduating senior major with the highest overall GPA. The award consists of a certificate and a cash award.

Nieri Family Construction Science Management


Ralph E. Knowland Outstanding Graduate Student Award
This graduate student award is in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement, professional promise and service to the department.

AGC Citation for Achievement
This citation is presented annually by the Carolinas Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc., to a senior construction science and management student in recognition of highest professional promise, good character and academic achievement.

AGC Citation for Merit
This citation is presented annually by the Carolinas Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc., to a senior construction science and management student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, good character and professional promise.

Construction Science and Management Industry Advisory Board Student Internship Leadership Award
This award is given to a construction science and management senior who successfully initiated, during one of their internship experiences, an idea to solve a construction problem and/or improve a company or project process.

ABC Roger Liska Student Scholarship
This scholarship has been established in honor of Professor Emeritus Roger Liska to recognize exemplary Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) student chapter members.

Performing Arts


Mu Beta Psi Awards
These awards were established by Mu Beta Psi, national honorary music fraternity, to recognize musical excellence on the part of student members in the university bands, orchestra and choral organizations. Three cash awards are presented to members from the three respective programs (band, orchestra, and choral) that are deemed by the ensemble directors to have contributed most significantly to the musical success of each of these programs.

Brunswick Yarns Award for Theatre Excellence
This award is made possible by an endowed gift from Hank and Pat Haskell of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Hank Haskell was president of Brunswick Yarns and Pat was director of design. The recipient must be a rising sophomore or junior with an accumulation of successes in both curricular and extracurricular theatre work. The winner is selected by the theatre faculty from those who have declared a major in theatre.

Scott Hendrickson Memorial Jazz Ensemble Award
This cash award is presented annually, with support from Clemson’s chapter of the national honorary band fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi, to a member of the Clemson University Jazz Ensemble for outstanding achievement in the areas of musicianship, leadership and overall dedication to the jazz ensemble.

Eaton-Freeman Piano Competition
This award was established in 1969 through a gift from the late Dean Emeritus Howard Louis Hunter upon his retirement from the College of Arts and Sciences. The competition honors the memory of Mrs. Lena Brayton Eaton and Mrs. Carrie Hutchins Freeman for their many years of musical contributions to Clemson’s community.

Arthur and Myra Fear Theatre Arts Award
The Clemson Players annually recognize the student who in their estimation has contributed the most service in the cause of theatre arts in the current academic year. The award is known as the Arthur and Myra Fear Theatre Arts Award, in honor of the late Dr. Fear and his wife, Myra. Dr. Fear was a longtime faculty advisor to the Clemson Players; and Mrs. Fear was an active participant. The award consists of a certificate and a cash award.

Alan Cade Award
This award goes to a student who has made an outstanding musical contribution to both Tiger Band and Concert Band. Only non-graduating upperclassmen are eligible for this award.

Martin Acevedo Legacy Bluegrass Award
These awards are given in memory of local musician Martin Acevedo and they support students who are involved with or who have shown a demonstrated interest in performing in Tigertown Roots, the Clemson University bluegrass ensemble.

Outstanding Student in Performing Arts
The awards for Outstanding Student in Performing Arts are presented to the students in the areas of audio technology, music, and theatre who have distinguished themselves above their peers. The winners are selected by the performing arts faculty. This honor comes with a plaque, cash award and the winners’ names are permanently displayed in the Brooks Center.

Philosophy and Religion


Outstanding Student in the Study of Philosophy
This award is presented to the student who, in the estimation of the faculty, achieved the most outstanding record in the study of philosophy.

Outstanding Student in the Study of Religion
This award is presented to the student who, in the estimation of the faculty, achieved the most outstanding record in the study
of religion.

Outstanding Student in Law, Liberty and Justice
This award is presented for outstanding achievement by a student in the Law, Liberty and Justice program.

McCullough Award for Scholarly Achievement
This award is presented to the student who, in the estimation of the faculty, achieved the most outstanding record in the combined study of both Philosophy and Religion.

Women's Leadership Program


Doris R. Helms Women’s Leadership Award
Presented for outstanding academic achievement by a graduating senior in Women’s Leadership.

Grace O’Malley Prize in Women’s Studies
Given to honor the student whose academic and leadership achievements best represents the bold daring of pirate Grace O’Malley who lived from 1530-1603.

 

Acknowledgments

These student awards have been made possible through the generosity of friends of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, both past and present. We thank them all.

We offer special thanks to Anthony Bernarducci for his leadership and devotion in his years as chair of the Honors and Awards Committee. We are grateful for the extensive coordination efforts by Darlene Botke from the Office of the Dean, and Karmen Sutton, manager of donor relations for the College. We also thank the members of the Honors and Awards Committee for their service: Abel BartleyLara Browning, Stephen Buckman, Joseph Burgett, David Coombs, Christina Hung, Karen Land, Clarissa Mendez, Diane Perpich, Roberto Risso and John Thames.

Congratulations to Carlo Mellone, winner of the 2020 Eaton-Freeman Piano Competition, and Ceili Cordero, winner of the Mu Beta Psi Choral Award; We had looked forward to hearing both perform at the Honors and Award ceremony.

We are grateful to our 2019-2020 CAAH leadership team for their dedication during extraordinary times:
Interim Dean Timothy R. Boosinger; Associate Dean James H. Spencer; Interim Associate Dean James Burns; Kate Schwennsen, director of the School of Architecture; Valerie Zimany, chair of the Department of Art; John Gaber, chair of the Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development;  Susanna Ashton, chair of the Department of English;  Amit Bein, acting chair of the Department of History and Geography; Salvador Oropesa, chair of the Department of Languages; Mike Jackson, chair of the Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management; Becky Becker, chair of the Department of Performing Arts; Kelly Smith, interim chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion and Diane Perpich, director of undergraduate Interdisciplinary Programs; LaToya Maddox, chief business officer; Cari Brooks, director of Student Services; and Karen Land, public information director.

We salute our students, faculty and staff, who have endured this unprecedented crisis with creativity, flexibility and resilience.

Congratulations to the Class of ’20 in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and their peers in all Colleges at Clemson University. Go Tigers!