|Awards honor leaders, stewards of service
by Cindy Abole
The year’s outstanding student leaders and community student volunteers
were recognized in the annual MUSC Student Service and Leadership
Awards Banquet April 14 at the Charleston Marriott. The event honored
new inductees to the MUSC Student Leadership Society and recognized
student volunteers for their efforts throughout the Tri-county.
The event’s guest speaker was Valerie West, Ed.D. MUSC Professor
Emeritus, who spoke to the audience about honoring the value of service
and recognizing the qualities of leadership, which she describes as
passion, courage, partnerships, shared vision, competence and
“Certainly these service and leadership characteristics have been well
modeled by Dr. West, herself,” said Liz Sheridan, MUSC Gives Back
program director. “Besides the actions of service and leadership, her
remarks reminded us of how important it is to apply these values to
many of life’s commitments.”
inductees to the Student Leadership Society are Emmanuel
Chandler, back row from left, Theodius Oates II, Kevin Curler and Tyler
Pierce. Front row from left is Kathryn Stroud, Linnea Freeman and Amy
Painter. Not pictured is Melissa Thompson.
Darlene Shaw, Ph.D., associate provost for Education & Student
Life, announced the eight 2010 inductees to the Student Leadership
Society. The society was established in 2007 to recognize the best
student leaders—individuals who have made important contributions
through their character, service and commitment to enhancing the
campus’ environment. A total of 18 students were nominated by their
peers, faculty and staff. A committee, composed of faculty, staff and
administrators, reviewed the nominations and confirmed the list of
Shaw recognized Emmanuel Chandler, medicine; Kevin Curler, pharmacy;
Linnea Freeman, graduate studies; Theodius Oates II, health
professions-physical therapy; Amy Painter, nursing; Tyler Pierce,
medicine; Kathryn Stroud, dental medicine; and Melissa Thompson,
Additionally, the banquet recognized this year’s MUSC Gives Back
Community Volunteer Awards for Student Organizations and individual
College of Dental Medicine
Award: Dental Class of 2010—The class of 55 students contributed 2,064
hours to a variety of efforts, including dental mission trips to
Burundi, Ecuador and Haiti. Locally, the class assisted in tours of the
new James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine Clinical Education
building. They contributed to oral health education in the community
through such programs as Give Kids a Smile Day.
College of Graduate Studies
Award: Justin Ward volunteered more than 160 hours to support the Boy
Scouts of America by introducing them to dentistry as a profession and
helping them learn about the values of good oral health.
Graduate Student Association—Through the Graduates Reaching Out With
Science or Grows Program, students were able to visit schools and
interact with 12 different classes at four middle schools.
College of Health Professions
Linnea Freeman—A fourth-year doctoral student, Freeman has contributed
148 cumulative hours as a volunteer with the Graduate Student
Association’s Grows Program and other local programs.
Physician Assistant (PA) Class of 2011—The class assisted students at
St. John’s High School and established a scholarship for students to
assist with supplies, as well as one for underprivileged seniors
involved in the Future Leaders of Health program. The class hosted a
Mr. CHP event to help raise more than $2,000 to fund scholarships.
College of Medicine
- Individual: Seanna Baird, donated 157 hours to the MUSC Cares Clinic and other fundraising.
American Medical Women’s Association—This chapter helped raise
donations for a variety of causes and awareness connected to women’s
health risks and prevention. The group designed T-shirts and collected
money, raising $2,300 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Members
also assisted the Hearts 4 Haiti Soiree, which raised $2,500 for Water
College of Nursing
- Individual: Cassandra Stewart, provided more than 146 hours with Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE) program.
College of Pharmacy
- Individual: Elizabeth Roehner worked at the Florence Crittenton Program and MUSC Volunteer Services, contributing 146 hours.
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity—Members of this group have
participated in poison prevention programs and medication safety
awareness at community health fairs. They also helped with the Carolina
Youth Development Center Teddy Bear Tree, as well as mentoring students
at Meeting Street Academy.
Erin Boles contributed 137 hours with the MUSC Cares Clinic, American
Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge and other organizations in 2009-2010.
The Cares Clinic: Established in 2005, the Cares Clinic is operated by
a team of students who logged more than 4,500 hours in the past year.
The clinic is focused on providing health care for Charleston County’s
Mentoring advocate wins humanitarian award
Fourth-year medical student Vandy Gaffney was the 2010 recipient of the
Charles H. Banov, M.D. Humanitarian Award, which was presented at the
April 14 Student Service and Leadership Awards Banquet. Gaffney
received the award and $1,000 check from Banov and wife, Nancy.
Dr. Charles Banov, left, speaks with Vandy Gaffney.
Gaffney was praised for establishing the Gentleman and a Scholar
mentoring program within the College of Medicine, supporting black,
male high-school and college-level students interested in a career in
medicine. Gaffney and fellow black medical school colleagues served as
mentors to the students and met regularly with participants. The
program is recognized by the South Carolina State Legislative Assembly
and the Association of American Medical Colleges. Gaffney also
volunteered and shared his leadership skills in other community,
The Banov award recognizes an MUSC student for making a significant
contribution, either locally or abroad, by volunteering time to
recognize and achieve an unmet community need.
Gaffney will graduate in May and will begin a surgery preliminary residency at MUSC July 1.
Friday, April 23, 2010