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Students recognized for volunteer work
by Cindy Abole
Every day millions of Americans give of their time, talents and
energies to make their communities better places to live.
The 2007-08 MUSC
Gives Back organizational award winners are Martin Avery, from left,
and Matthew Dettmer, Rachel Dascher, Kim Andrews, Rebecca Freeman,
Jennifer Bailey, Linnea Freeman and Ashley Owen.
And every day, dozens of MUSC volunteers are out in the Tri-county
community helping their neighbors in need and making a difference in
many lives by choosing a path of service to assist others.
Each year since 1995, MUSC has honored and recognized the value of
volunteer work in the community with the annual MUSC Gives Back
Community Volunteer Awards for Student Organizations and Individuals.
Six student organizations and one universitywide student organization
were recently honored with this campuswide recognition. The awards,
which annually recognize excellence among student groups and
individuals for their volunteer work were announced at the April
16 MUSC Student Leadership and Service Awards Banquet at the Harper
Wellness Center gymnasium. This inaugural event jointly celebrated the
value of student leadership and community service among MUSC students,
faculty and staff.
“There’s a benefit to expanding our campuswide student awards and
recognition gathering to a larger evening program,” said Liz Sheridan,
MUSC Gives Back director. “The event gave us a chance to
recognize the value of student outreach on a larger scale and
acknowledge the work of many talented, committed and com-passionate
students. It’s also an opportunity for a greater campus audience to
realize the impact of student volunteer-ism in our community and its
positive affect on people’s lives.”
The event featured guest speaker MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D.,
Ph.D., who praised students and spoke about the value of
servant-leaders in society and especially among emerging health care
According to Sheridan, some service commitments between MUSC students
and Lowcountry community service groups and organizations have created
lasting partnerships benefiting their clients and a corps of student
“It pleases me to see the sustainability of many class projects such as
the Free Harvest Clinic, Winwood Boys Home and other community
volunteer partnerships, initiated four or more years ago, continue to
receive support by our students and student groups,” Sheridan said.
“This combined effort enables these organizations to provide direct
services to individuals and families who are in need throughout the
This year’s awards were judged and selected by 11 members of the MUSC
Student Government Association Service Committee and coordinated by the
MUSC Gives Back office. Pearl Givens, Lynn Anne Chajewski and Amy
Leaphart of the Harper Student Center staff reviewed applications from
the campuswide category.
The 2007-08 MUSC Gives Back organizational awards are:
of Dental Medicine—Class of 2010
These 56 dental students combined their efforts to provide 1,050.5
hours of volunteer time. Among their highlights include support of two
dental mission trips to Quito, Ecuador, El Triumfo, Honduras and area
villages in Panama providing free dental services; Give Kids a Smile
Day; Tri-county Special Olympics; ECCO Clinic; 80s Prom (a fundraiser
for Smiles for a Lifetime); and various student leadership support. The
group also raised $1,000 and collected cell phones for people in third
Loren “Lori” Cook logged 115 hours in support to Give Kids a Smile Day,
Tri-county Special Olympics, St. Matthew Baptist Church Dental Clinic,
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach, My Sister’s Smile, Yul Brynner
Head & Neck Cancer and other organizations.
of Graduate Studies—Graduate Student Association
A total of 30 members of the Graduate Student Association logged more
than 421 hours assembling water purification systems for Water
Missions International, Ronald McDonald House, Sugar-Free Fall
Festival, annual MUSC Holiday Tree Lighting, science fair judging at
Academic Magnet High School and help with the John Ancrum SPCA grand
Anan Shunmugavel, recorded 280 hours of volunteer support with
People Against Rape.
of Health Professions—CHP Physical Therapy Class of 2008
This group helped increase awareness of the 7th Annual ALS Hope Race on
Isle of Palms where 36 class members participated and 13 individuals
also served as committee leaders. The group assisted in the 2007 Cooper
River Bridge Kid’s Run event.
Lindsay Hunter, a physical therapy student, logged 141 hours with the
Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry, City of Charleston
Department of Recreation, Cooper River Bridge Kid’s Run, Tri-County
Special Olympics and other organization support.
of Medicine—Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) Team
A team of medical students joined three nurse examiners as on-call
volunteers 24/7 to coordinate emergency care for adult rape victims in
the community. The SAFE team students provide 12-hour and 24-hour shift
support with nine case managers on the team. Students are trained to
take calls and act as case managers along with a volunteer nurse and
other team members.
Individual award: Ashleigh
Owen has provided volunteer support for the CARES Clinic and as a SAFE
Team member reporting 1,297.5 total hours.
of Nursing—Student Nursing Association
The Student Nursing Association (SNA) is a pre-professional nursing
student organization whose goal is to orient students through
leadership and educational opportunities as well as community service.
With 150 members, the group was active in a variety of outreach
activities, from spending time with residents of the Senior Center;
tutoring children at the Pink House, providing meals at the Ronald
McDonald House and Ralph F. Johnson VA Hospital’s Day Program; and
coordinating an onsite eye clinic and other vision services for more
than 100 Burns Elementary School students. Additionally, SNA members
hosted a test review for first semester nursing students.
Last year’s College of Nursing individual winner Cathy Mulloy, a
BSN/MSN student, recorded about 180 hours of volunteer hours in 2007
working with various community organizations: Ronald McDonald House,
MUSC CARES Clinic, Wellness Center Employee, Hospice of Charleston,
East Cooper Medical Center, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.
Mulloy, a nursing master’s student, has logged 468.5 cumulative hours
through the MUSC Gives Back program.
of Pharmacy—American Pharmacy Association Academy of Students of
The 146 members of APhA-ASP were committed volunteers with many
activities including the Cooper River Bridge Run, MUSC Sugar-free Fall
Festival, and Harvest Free Medical Clinic of Charleston. The group also
assisted in the role of pharmacists and helped fill and dispense
medications and counsel patients for MLK Jr. Day, provided
patient education and diabetes management at Fraser Elementary School
and assisted with a blood drive.
Kevin Curler volunteered 57 total hours with the Trident United Way’s
Big Brother/Sister program.
The medical student-initiated and managed non-profit clinic has
provided free medical care to the Lowcountry’s underserved and
uninsured population for three years. The clinic shares space with
MUSC’s Department of Family Medicine and East Cooper Community Outreach
Center. The organization is managed in an interprofessional environment
that combines the skills of students from medicine, pharmacy and
In 2008, about 224 student volunteers recorded 2,028 hours working with
physician volunteers and faculty from the colleges of Health
Professions, Medicine and Pharmacy. The clinic provides basic medical
care, blood tests, refers patients for needed X-rays and imaging tests
and other services three times a week.
Friday, May 2, 2008
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