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Citadel News Service
6 May 2007

CGPS students honored for academic achievement

Several students were honored by The Citadel College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) at commencement in McAlister Field House Sunday, May 6. Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives Robert W. Harrell, Jr., gave the address to the 156 students participating in the ceremony.

The total number of students in the spring and summer 2007 CGPS class are 283. The total master’s degrees being conferred are 242 with 86 of those receiving a master of arts degree; 85, a master in business administration; 52, a master of education; 19, a master of science; and 23, a bachelor of science.

The Hirshey Award was awarded to two students from the School of Education this year—Mary Ann Benson and Daniel Anton Polasek.

Benson is graduating with a master of education in reading with a 4.0 grade point average. An active member of the Palmetto State Teacher’s Association and the International Reading Association, she is currently a second grade teacher at Goodwin Elementary School.

A member of Phi Theta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Association for the Supervision and Curriculum Development, Polasek has completed his requirements for the master of arts in teaching at The Citadel and is teaching at Charlestown Academy in North Charleston.

The Aline Mahan Award was presented to Kathie Haire-Williamson for her outstanding record of accomplishment in the School of Psychology graduate program. Graduating with a 4.0 grade point average, Haire-Williamson has an impressive record of community service, which includes work as a reading tutor with children of battered women. Her thesis, “Predictors of Father’s and Mother’s Stress in Families of Children with Neural Tube Defects,” will be published in Children’s Health Care Journal later this year.

Elizabeth Richardson received the J. Patrick Leverett Award. Richardson, who is currently serving as the Treatment Coordinator for the Charleston Emergency Shelter through the Carolina Youth Development Center, graduates with master’s degree in clinical counseling. She has a 4.0 grade point average.

Dr. Stephen J. Silver was honored with the MBA Professor of the Year Award. This is Silver’s third time receiving the award, which is voted on by MBA students. He received the award in 2000 and again in 2002. Silver has earned a reputation among students and colleagues for his knowledge and enthusiasm.

The MBA Student of the Year Award was presented to Kelly D. Dougherty for her exceptional record of academic achievement and principled leadership. As a graduate assistant in the School of Business, Dougherty assisted faculty with academic research, acted as a liaison between the school and the Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and conducted research on peer and aspirant schools. Her career focus is marketing.

Listing of CGPS graduates from the Class of 2007

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