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Citadel News Service
9 May 2010

The Citadel Graduate College honors outstanding graduates

At The Citadel Graduate College commencement exercises Sunday, May 9, 2010, in McAlister Field House, 314 degrees were conferred and awards were presented.  Charleston RiverDogs co-owner Mike Veeck gave the commencement address and was presented an honorary doctorate of sports marketing.

“Graduation is always a time of celebration for students and their families, but today is a day of celebration for the Lowcountry too,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa.  “Most of our graduate college students are from the Charleston area.  They will carry the knowledge they have gained and the lessons learned in principled leadership out into the community where they will make a difference in private enterprise and public service.”

The Citadel Graduate College began offering graduate degrees in education in 1968. Sixteen people were in the first graduating class in 1970. Today its offerings include 19 graduate degree programs, three evening undergraduate degree programs and one graduate certificate. The graduate school has more than 7,000 alumni.

During the ceremony students were honored for outstanding leadership and academic achievements.  New this year was the Lindbergh Award, which honors long-time civil and environmental engineering professor and department head Charles Lindbergh.

The 2010 Citadel Graduate College Commencement Awards

Lindbergh Award
Hillary E. Harris of Charleston was presented with the Charles Lindbergh Award which is given annually to an undergraduate evening student in civil and environmental engineering for outstanding academic achievement, service to the engineering profession and to the community. The award honors Charles Lindbergh, Citadel class of 1958, who served as head of the civil engineering department from 1981 to 1993. 

Harris, who received Gold Stars and Dean’s List designation every semester for academic excellence, is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi honors societies.  She successfully passed the fundamentals of engineering examination that is the part one of a two-part test to become a professional engineer.  She served as president of The Citadel section of the Society of Women Engineers and was a member of both The Citadel chapter of Women in Science and Engineering and The Citadel chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

MBA Awards
Shelia Foster, professor of accounting in the School of Business Administration, was selected by a vote of MBA students the MBA Professor of the Year for 2010.

Foster joined the School of Business faculty in 1992.  In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate accounting courses, she is division chairman for Decision Sciences and director of International Experiences. She has previously served as the MBA director. Foster has been active in the effort to internationalize the business curriculum, leading study-away courses for cadets and MBA students to Costa Rica, Egypt, England, France, Italy, Spain and Ireland.  She has published predominantly in the areas of tax, accounting, ethics, and pedagogy.  Foster is both a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner.  She has been active in a number of professional and honorary organizations, including Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi.

The MBA Outstanding Student of the Year award was presented to Jason E. Speake.  Selected each year by faculty, the award is presented to a graduate student who has demonstrated an exceptional record of academic achievement and principled leadership within the MBA program. 

Speake, a Greenwood, S.C., native, earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Lander University in 2007.  Shortly after graduation he moved to New York City where he worked as a sales assistant and an internal auditor for Emigrant Bank. After a year Speake returned to South Carolina to pursue his interest in economic development and site selection consulting. He enrolled at The Citadel in the spring of 2009. Currently, Speake is working with the Union South Carolina Economic Development Board researching locations for prospective companies and juggling several summer internships.  Speake is active in the community; he volunteers with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and is the vice president of The Citadel’s MBA Association.

Hirshey Awards
Anne Miracle-Dalton and Delaney Batson White are the 2010 recipients of the Hirshey Award, which is presented annually by the School of Education.

The award is named for Charles Hirshey who served as head of education from 1969 to 1979. Hirshey was a pioneer in graduate education for the Lowcountry and a founding member of the graduate college.

Miracle-Dalton earned her bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communications and women’s studies in 2001 from Western Michigan University and her graduate certificate in leadership administration in 2005 from Central Michigan University. She has worked with homeless women and families, provided emergency on-call advocacy for survivors of domestic violence, served as a Child Protective Services case manager and as an advanced cognitive skills trainer. While at The Citadel she served as vice president of The Citadel Graduate Counseling Association and served as a children’s program volunteer for My Sister’s House.  She is a member of The Citadel Alpha Tau Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the International Honor Society for Counselors, the American School Counselor Association. Currently, she serves as a counselor at both Marrington Elementary/Middle School and Cainhoy Elementary/Middle School in Berkeley County.  She received her master’s degree in counselor education today with certification in elementary school counseling. 

White graduated from Emerald High School in Greenwood, S.C. in 2001 where she was a member of the National Honor Society.  In 2005 she received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston where she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for the field of education.  Following graduation she was hired as a second grade teacher at Orange Grove Elementary Charter School in Charleston.  Laney graduated from The Citadel in 2008 with a master’s degree in elementary administration, and in 2009 she was became a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.  She graduated today with a specialist in education in school superintendency.  Laney has already begun work on a doctorate in  educational administration and policy at the University of South Carolina.

J. Patrick Leverett Award
Kimberly Veronee of Charleston was this year’s recipient of the  J. Patrick Leverett Award. The award, which honors Psychology Department Professor Pat Leverett who served as a faculty member for 10 years and who died tragically in a plane crash in Alaska in 2005, is presented to the outstanding graduate of the clinical counseling program. 

Veronee graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in criminal justice.  At the University of South Carolina she was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi, and Alpha Lambda Delta. 

At The Citadel, Veronee was vice president of Psi Chi, student representative to the Clinical Counseling Faculty Committee, liaison to the dean of humanities and social sciences search committee, student member of the Southeastern Psychological Association and a member of The Citadel chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.  She completed her clinical counseling practicum at the College of Charleston Counseling and Substance Abuse Center.   She completed her internship at the Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center where she was also involved in a research study comparing different therapies for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. 

Aline M. Mahan Award
The Aline M. Mahan Award is presented to Elizabeth Hiller for her outstanding record of scholarship, technical skill and community service in the school psychology program.  The award honors Dr. Aline Mahan, who became the college’s first full-time female professor when she came to The Citadel in August of 1974. 

Hiller graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in speech and communication, a minor in psychology, and a master’s degree in counselor education.  Hiller has been active in The Citadel Graduate College Student Government Association.  She was selected as the recipient of the South Carolina Association of School Psychologists Student Scholarship Award in 2009.  In March, she presented her thesis research titled “Twins’ Characteristics and the Decision-Making Process Concerning Classroom Placement” at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference in Chicago.  She is currently completing her school psychology internship at Bamberg School District One where she initiated a prom dress donation program for underprivileged female students.


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