Student Affairs holds annual award breakfast and recognition ceremony
The Division of Student Affairs held its 2018 award breakfast and recognition ceremony on Tuesday in the Hendrix Center. Awards were announced by Marijohn Boyd and Jeff Hahn from the Office of Community and Ethical Standards, while Vice President Almeda Jacks presented plaques to each of the winners.
“I had the good fortune of working with and knowing both R.C. Edwards and Walter Cox, and they did so much for this university,” Jacks said. “Today was about honoring the next great group of leaders, and we are so thankful for all that these students have done for our division.”
The Almeda R. Jacks Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award is presented in honor of Clemson’s current vice president for Student Affairs. It is given to a junior or senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who upholds Clemson’s core values, maintains high scholarly achievement and is involved in university departments, clubs or organizations.
This year’s Almeda R. Jacks Award recipient is Leland Dunwoodie. A senior biochemistry major, Dunwoodie served as president of the undergraduate student senate during the 2017–18 academic year. He also previously worked as a resident assistant in University Housing & Dining.
The Walter T. Cox Graduate Student Award is presented in memory of the 10th university president and longtime vice president for Student Affairs. It is given to a first-year graduate student employed by the Division of Student Affairs. The recipient must show ongoing excellence as a member of the community, encourage participation in campus efforts and demonstrate a commitment to and appreciation of diversity through collaborative efforts.
This year’s Walter T. Cox Award recipient is QuiAnne’ Holmes. A graduate assistant within the Office of Advocacy and Success, she routinely meets with students to keep them informed of campus resources and to offer support in their overall success. Holmes is a member of the Student Personnel Association leadership team and is also a member of the Student Advisory Board for Student Affairs. She is a member of Chi Sigma Alpha honor society and is pursuing a master’s degree in counselor education, with an emphasis in student affairs.
The R.C. Edwards Outstanding Graduate Student Award is presented in memory of the longtime president best known for leading Clemson from an all-male military college to a major coeducational and integrated university. It is given to a graduate student with a minimum 3.25 GPA who boasts high scholarly achievement and is a contributing member of the community through leadership.
This year’s R.C. Edwards Award recipient is Liz Hammond. A graduate assistant with Campus Activities & Events, Hammond has been significantly involved in developing the late-night programming calendar for the Barnes Center. She also serves as the primary advisor for the student programming board through an internship with Furman University. Hammond is also enrolled in the counselor education master’s degree program.
The Clemson University Rising Star Award is sponsored by the Office of Student Transitions and Family Programs. It is given annually to a first- or second-year student currently involved in leadership or service activities, and to someone actively pursuing future leadership roles.
This year’s Rising Star Award recipient is Kiah Morris. A junior management major, Morris has served as a mentor and next year will serve in a leadership role with CONNECTIONS. She has served as the vice president and is the next president for the A.Bevy Collegiate Group, comprised of more than 400 students across seven university sectors in South Carolina. Morris has also been involved on campus as an orientation ambassador, resident assistant and member of Clemson University Student Government (CUSG).