By Cindy Abole
Student leaders and community volunteers were praised for their
commitment and leadership in the community as part of the MUSC Student
Leadership Awards and Service Banquet held April 13.
The event, hosted by
the Office of Student Programs, honored eight inductees to the MUSC
Student Leadership Society and recognized student teams and individuals
Trident United Way community volunteer coordinator, reminded the
audience of mostly MUSC student awardees, faculty and staff about the
importance of volunteering as the ultimate exercise in community
service. She challenged awardees that in addition to volunteering that
they should strive for a balance in life through activities that excite
and rejuvenate their soul as it applies to their service commitments.
Leadership Society inductees: Debbie C. Bryant, Carol Brown, Brett
Shigley, Joni Dunmyer, Crystal Johnson, Erin Pardue, John T. Wagner and
Darleen Shaw, Ph.D.,
associate provost for education and student life, praised students for
their commitment to community service in the Tri-county. "This truly is
a distinctive group of young men and women. Throughout their journey,
they've made MUSC a better place. May they continue to be leaders of
service in their own communities."
The Student Leadership
Society welcomed eight student-inductees for 2011. They are: Carol
Brown, South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP); Debbie Bryant,
Nursing; Joni Dunmyer, Graduate Studies (CGS); Crystal Johnson,
Medicine; Lisa Murphy, SCCP; Brett Shigley, Dental Medicine; Erin
Pardue, CGS; and John Wagner, Health Professions.
Established in 2007
by the Office of the Associate Provost for Education and Student Life,
the society recognizes students who personify quality traits such as
caring, compassionate, ethical, proficient and creative leaders who
have worked successfully in interprofessional teams. Students were
presented with a plaque and received a $2,500 scholarship by the
The banquet also
recognized students and organizations in the MUSC Gives Back Community
MUSC Gives Back director Liz Sheridan praised students for their
efforts. "Though this year-end banquet serves to recognize student
service achievements, it is from those that the students serve that
receives the loudest applause daily."
Mary Alice Hughes
Student Association; Individual: Denise Kimbrough (109 hours)
Health Professionals Unified in Recognizing Diversity; Individual:
Jessica Jones (139 hours)
Interested in Pediatrics; Individual: Elaine Kao (361 hours)
College of Nursing
Health Initiative Scholars Program; Individual: Katie Brasseur (160
College of Pharmacy
Society of Health Systems Pharmacy; Individual: Liz O'Hara (223.5 hours)
The Community Aid,
Relief, Education and Support (CARES) Clinic – A free,
interprofessional health clinic operated by student volunteers who
provide health care for people without health insurance
Student, community advocate honored with
student Liz O'Hara's passion to help the underserved and homeless. Her
focus was further emphasized after attending a 2008 international
medical volunteerism conference in Georgia where she was inspired by
the stories shared by national advocates who also aid underserved
populations in communities across the country. Their commitment
inspired O'Hara to initiate a street medicine program to serve the
homeless in the City of Charleston.
The program, called
Operation Street Health, will allow volunteer medical providers to
address the medical needs of the homeless in Charleston, and allow
students and providers alike to meet individuals where they live and
gain a more comprehensive view of the unique challenges the street
people must deal with to survive. It's O'Hara's leadership and
dedication that won her the admiration of students and
colleagues—tapping her as the recipient of the Charles H. Banov, M.D.
Humanitarian Award. O'Hara also was presented with a $1,000 check as
part of the award.
"I'm overwhelmed, honored and humbled with the significance of this
award," O'Hara said. "This was an opportunity I believed could make a difference."
Dr. Charles H. Banov with winner
Liz O'Hara and wife, Nancy. O'Hara will graduate with a pharmacy
doctorate degree in May 2012.
volunteered as a student pharmacist since 2008, working with the CARES
Clinic, Harvest Free Medical Clinic and Crisis Ministries. With Crisis
Ministries, she helped promote the Hotdog Ministry and other programs
which allowed her to support the medical
needs of the city's homeless population.
Banov, after meeting
O'Hara at the dinner, praised what she had done. "Liz, you've done so
much and achieved many accomplishments in your life, what will you do
in the future? All of us live in a better world thanks to
compassionate, talented people like you."