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Citadel News Service
5 Mar 2007

Buddy Program honored by state higher ed commission

The Citadel’s “Buddy Program” has been honored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

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Associate Provost Spike Metts (left) and Steve Nida, head of The Citadel's pscyhology department, accept an award and plaque from Layton McCurdy, chairman of the Commission on Higher Education, honoring the Buddy Program.

The program, under the direction of psychology professor Conway Saylor, received a Service Learning Award from the commission. It was judged on its community impact, number of students who participate and integration into academics.

The “Buddy Program” pairs 160 to 220 student participants per year with “Buddies” to fill the need in the community for young adults willing to mentor, provide modeling and friendship, and expand the activity options for people with disabilities whose social/recreational skills and opportunities are severely limited.

Associate Provost Spike Metts and Steve Nida, head of the Department of Psychology, accepted a plaque and check for $500 from Layton McCurdy, chairman of the Commission on Higher Education. The financial awards were sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

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