by Melissa Lacas
The Office of Student Programs honored outstanding student leaders and
community volunteers during the second annual MUSC Student Leadership
and Awards Banquet held April 15. The awards were part of the MUSC
Gives Back Awards and Charles Banov, M.D., Humanitarian Award
The Charles Banov, M.D. Humanitarian Award was presented to fourth-year
College of Medicine student Ian Kane. This award recognizes an MUSC
student who has made a significant contribution locally or abroad by
volunteering to achieve unmet community needs.
“In addition to being a busy fourth year medical student, Ian Kane’s
generous and abundant spirit of leadership and volunteerism has been an
asset to his college, the medical university and the community at
large,” said Liz Sheridan, Gives Back program director. “The ability to
manage well both the demands of medical school and several
extracurricular responsibilities at the same time is a challenge he
Kane has served as the president and volunteer coordinator of the
Students Interested in Pediatrics group and has volunteered for
numerous events and organizations including the Charles Webb Center for
Children with Disabilities, Windwood Boys Home for young male victims
of sexual abuse, Lunch Buddies at MUSC Children’s Hospital, and the
Special Olympics Mid-Winter games.
MUSC Gives Back Community Volunteer Award for Student Organizations are
Rachel Dasher, from left, Romeo Abangan, Lauren Yarrow, Maggie Pierson,
Jachie Epping and Carmen Gacchina.
MUSC Gives Back awards
Community Volunteer Award for Student Organizations recognizes student
organizations or groups from each of the six colleges and one
universitywide student organization that have made exceptional
voluntary contributions within the community.
College of Graduate Studies
- Graduate Student Association:
This group’s volunteers have served for the Hope Lodge Cancer Patients,
Science Fair Judges, Beach River Sweep and created the MUSC GROWS
program, which introduces middle school students to careers in
- Individual Award:
Carmen Gacchina logged 33.5 hours with her work for the American Cancer
Society, Hope Lodge, GROWS, annual holiday tree lighting, Black History
Month community events, and the health fair at Fraser Elementary.
College of Health Professions
- Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2009: This class volunteered at the Annual ALS HOPE Race and raised $35,000 for South Carolina.
- Individual Award: Mason
Hicks volunteered 220 hours by participating in MUSC Cares Clinic,
Charleston Police Department as a program developer, and conducted CPR
and AED classes.
College of Medicine
- Student Psychiatry Interest Group:
Aimed at educating teens on substance abuse, depression and suicide,
this group first piloted their Brain-Mental Health Outreach Program for
high school students at Wando High School. Recent funding from the
American College of Neuro-psychopharmacology will enable the program to
expand to Burke High and St. John’s High schools.
- Individual Award: Julie
Robinson contributed 410 hours of volunteer work for the Sexual Assault
Forensic Examinations and the Sugar-Free Halloween Carnival.
College of Pharmacy
- Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity:
This all-male student group raised money to aid the Lowcountry Food
Bank, taught medicine safety to school age children, shipped boxes of
clothing to an alumni stationed in Afghanistan who then distributed the
clothing, and maintains a litter control commitment on Bee Street with
the Adopt-a-Highway program.
- Individual Award: William
Shealy reported 241.25 hours of volunteer work with the Camp Adam Fish
Diabetes Summer Camp, community mentoring with group Success, Cannon
St. YMCA, Charitable Society of Charleston and the Lowcountry Food Bank.
College of Dental Medicine
- Class of 2010: The
class participated in events for breast cancer research, helped
diabetic children enjoy a sugar-free Halloween, provided dental care to
the people of Quito, Ecuador and gave free mouth guards and oral health
care to mentally-challenged children.
- Individual Award: Rachel
Dasher logged 131 volunteer hours in support of My Sisters Smile, Give
Kids a Smile, a medical mission trip to Quito, Ecuador, Carolina Youth
Development Center and Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach.
College of Nursing
- Individual Award: Lucinda Megginson provided 237 volunteer hours with the General Hospitals and Clinic Nurse Volunteering and Rome Free Clinic.
- Crisis Ministries Wednesday Night Clinic:
This organization expanded their operating time to 11 months, which
enabled them to provide more care during the summer. A record number of
referrals for patients was gained, both with MUSC and private
physicians. The clinic is run by more than 50 volunteers from the MUSC
community, including students, physicians and pharmacists.
Friday, April 24, 2009