Student development professionals from Clemson honored with SCCPA awards
CLEMSON — Several staff members from Clemson University were honored this past weekend with awards from the South Carolina College Personnel Association (SCCPA) for outstanding contributions to student programming and development. The awards were presented during the annual conference held by the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA) with NASPA Region III and SCCPA in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Clemson was honored among public institutions enrolling 7,500 or more students for its Transfer Trek program. Brianna Kuhn of Student Transitions and Family Programs has been instrumental in the growth of this program designed to foster student engagement for Clemson transfer students. In 2018, the program offered four opportunities to enjoy a value-added experience to the Orientation process: Uptown Art canvas painting, a Greenville Drive baseball game, a Best of Clemson tour and a night of activities on Lake Hartwell. Student participation increased 160 percent over the previous year through Transfer Trek.
Suzanne Price was honored with the Clarice W. Johnson Outstanding Professional Award. It recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of student affairs by a “seasoned” professional. Clemson’s director of residential learning, Price is responsible for developing the Faculty-in-Residence program. She has also provided leadership as the chair of the Student Life Curriculum Development task force, as chair of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and as co-chair of the Honors Residential College Governing Board.
Two members of the Student Affairs team — Marijohn Boyd and Paige Kegley — were honored with the Paul P. Fidler Bridge Builder Award. The award recognizes contributions on the part of a working professional to build a stronger alliance between student and academic affairs. Boyd, associate director within the Office of Community and Ethical Standards (OCES), has been a key advisor to the judicial branch within Clemson Undergraduate Student Government (CUSG). She also has provided training to students, faculty and staff around the conduct process. Kegley oversees parent and family programs at Clemson, which includes the planning, implementing and assessing of Family Weekend, a three-day event typically drawing more than 800 families each fall.
Sarah Dumas was presented with the Walter T. Cox New Professional Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions and potential in the student affairs field by a new professional. Dumas coordinates peer engagement for Student Transitions and Family Programs and works in depth with retention programming for first-generation and underrepresented students.
Two members of the university — Molly Callahan and Morgan Danyi — were honored with the Carol Eden-Epps Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Callahan is a graduate community director for University Housing and Dining, where she directly supervises 18 resident assistants in a community of approximately 900 students. Danyi has worked to create space and community for gender equity at Clemson. She has been responsible for the successful implementation of a Feminist Friday programming series through the Division of Inclusion and Equity.
Jo Walker was honored with the SCCPA Support Staff Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of student affairs by administrative staff. Walker is the administrative coordinator for OCES and assists the staff with case creation and scheduling.