Grad student receives South Carolina College Personnel Association award
CLEMSON — Nick Lang of Clemson University Campus Activities and Events was named 2017 recipient of the Carol Eden-Epps Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the South Carolina College Personnel Association. The award recognizes outstanding contributions and potential in the field of student affairs by a graduate student.
Lang is a second-year graduate student from Arab, Alabama, working toward a master’s degree in counselor education with a focus on student affairs in higher education. Lang is a graduate assistant for student organizations and clubs with Campus Activities and Events.
“To be recognized among student affairs professionals at Clemson and throughout the state is a tremendous honor,” Lang said. “It means a lot to me personally, because it recognizes not only my contributions to the university, but also to the field of student affairs.”
Lang earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of North Alabama in 2016 before enrolling in graduate school. At North Alabama, he served as student body president and was also involved in student affairs through orientation and Greek Life.
At Clemson, Lang’s primary focus is managing Tiger Quest, Clemson’s leading student organization resource. Lang also played a major role in the planning of Tiger Prowl, an annual organizational involvement fair held during Kick-Off Clemson week. Nearly 500 student organizations took part in the fair in Memorial Stadium.
“The cool part about my job is that it changes each and every day when you’re providing support to nearly 500 student organizations,” Lang said. “I see a lot of value in helping develop student leaders on campus. They find their passion and we help them find ways to set goals for themselves.”
Myles Surrett, who joined Campus Activities and Events in August and now serves as Lang’s supervisor, said putting on an event like Tiger Prowl should be considered no small feat for a graduate assistant.
“Nick has been an incredible resource and the most consistent driving force behind the Tiger Quest platform,” Surrett said. “He’s carried quite a load for our office in key areas as a graduate student. He’s stepped up to challenges every single time and exceeded expectations.”