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South Carolina Honors Graduates at 2017 Hooding Ceremony

The 2017 Arnold School of Public Health Hooding Ceremony at the University of South Carolina began with a warm welcome to master’s and doctoral degree graduates and their families and friends by Dean Thomas Chandler.

Ms. Catherine E. Heigel, the director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, served as the event’s featured speaker. “This is an honor for me to come talk to you about public health and a view from the outside,” she began.

Then she asked what she considers to be a simple but profound question first posed by Harvard Business School professor Mr. Clayton Christensen: “How will you measure your life?” Ms. Heigel explained that Mr. Christensen, who is a cancer survivor known for his technical writings in innovation, challenges others to be disruptive innovators. Ms. Heigel suggested that the call of Arnold School graduates is to be disruptive innovators.

Quoting Mr. Christensen, Ms. Heigel said: “The metric by which God will assess my life isn’t dollars but the individual people whose lives I have touched.”

“I personally share this view of how to measure personal success,” she added. “Those who enter the field of public health are successful every day. Public health professionals touch and improve the lives of thousands of people.”

Dr. James Hardin, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Curriculum, presented the annual Arnold School student and alumni awards. Next, Dean Chandler announced the Arnold School faculty award winners. Delta Omega Honorary Society Mu Chapter inductees were recognized as well.

Dr. Angela McLeod (department of communication sciences and disorders) received the James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award. Named for a former professor and associate dean of the Arnold School, it is designed to recognize superior teaching. Dr. Daniel Fogerty (department of communication sciences and disorders) received the Faculty Research Award for his outstanding scholarly record. Dr. Myriam Torres (department of epidemiology and biostatistics) received the Faculty Service Award, which is designed to recognize a faculty member who has provided exceptional outreach to the community, made significant contributions to public health practice, or provided leadership in professional organizations or university governance.

The Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal was awarded to Dr. Carol Ann Page (MSP, PhD, department of communication sciences and disorders) for demonstrating work that has had both a positive impact on the profession of public health and on the health of an identified community/population and has brought recognition to the Arnold School of Public Health. Ms. Ana Isabel Gallego received the Gerry Sue Arnold, which recognizes more recent alumni (graduated in the past 10 years) for their contributions to the profession of public health and on the health of an identified community/population.

The Jeffrey Keith Mattison Outstanding Student Achievement Award went to Ms. Elena Keretses (department of exercise science). This award is given to a master’s degree student who exemplifies service, leadership and personal example. Ms. Morgan Hughey (Department of health promotion, education, and behavior) received the Doctoral Achievement Award for demonstrated academic achievement, professional promise in creating meaningful and relevant research and/or practical application in the field of public health, and potential leadership and service to the community or to the field of public health.

The Arnold School’s six departments also presented awards during the 2017 Hooding Ceremony.

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