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Citadel News Service
5 May 2012

The Citadel Graduate College graduates 332, presents awards

The Citadel Graduate College conferred degrees to 332 of its students during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 5, 2012, in McAlister Field House.

The president of The InterTech Group, Inc., Jonathan Zucker, gave the commencement address and was presented an honorary doctorate of letters.  The InterTech Group – recently listed by Forbes magazine as the 110th largest privately held company in the United States – has a portfolio that includes such diverse sectors as aerospace, real estate, manufacturing, financial services and entertainment.

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 22 graduate degree programs, four evening undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate certificates. The graduate school has more than 8,000 alumni.

“Graduation is a special occasion for our students and their families,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “With many of them holding full-time jobs and managing families, they have had to work hard and make sacrifices to see this day. Their determination and leadership will take them far in the paths they choose.” 

During the ceremony students were honored for outstanding leadership and academic achievements. 

The 2012 Citadel Graduate College Commencement Awards

Lindbergh Award

Gregory J. Ujcich 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. 

Ujcich has worked for Strand Tech Martin, Inc. in Summerville for the past 13 years in a number of capacities.  Currently, he performs quality control testing and ASTM standard verifications for the production of pre-stressed concrete strand and various types of steel wire products used in concrete construction and he is a Level C Licensed Physical/Chemical Wastewater Treatment Operator in the state of South Carolina. He has an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from Jefferson Community College and in 2010 he completed his Associate of Science at Trident Technical College as part of the 2+2 transfer program that The Citadel offered cooperatively with Trident Technical College. 

MBA Awards

Tim Keogh, an assistant professor at The Citadel School of Business professor of finance, was selected by a vote of MBA students the MBA Professor of the Year for 2012.

Keogh received his Ph.D. in English with concentrations in Linguistics and Technical Communication. He teaches Communications for Leadership in the Master of Business Administration Program and Managerial Communication in the Master of Medical Management Program at Tulane University. A linguist in Army Intelligence, Keogh earned a diploma in Modern Standard Arabic from the Defense Language Institute. He aslo was a writer/editor for the National Institute of Education in Washington, D.C, and received a Fulbright grant for graduate study in the humanities at the University of Strasbourg in France.

Keogh has trained physician educators at the Moscow Medical Academy and lectures for the American College of Physician Executives, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Society of Hospital Medicine on communication and physician performance topics. He is a certified instructor in Total Quality Management and in Front-Line Leadership, and a member of Delta Omega, the National Public Health Honor Society.

The MBA Outstanding Student of the Year

Michael Crosby is the MBA Outstanding Student of the Year. The award is determined by a vote of faculty members who teach in the MBA program. It is presented to a graduate who has demonstrated an exceptional record of academic achievement and principled leadership within the MBA program.

Crosby joined Santee Cooper in 1985 as an engineer. Since that time, he has held various positions including lead electrical engineer for the design and construction of Cross Generating Station – Unit 1, supervisor of electrical maintenance at Cross Generating Station, superintendent of maintenance at the Winyah Generating Station, and manager of Cross Station Construction where he oversaw the final two-unit expansion of the Cross Generating Station. Currently, Michael is vice president of nuclear operations and construction where his area of responsibility is working with South Carolina Electric & Gas to provide operational and construction oversight for the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station.

Hirshey Awards

This year’s Hirshey Award recipients are:

  • Marissa Echenique who is graduating with a master’s degree in educational leadership
  • Anthony J. Pieretti, Jr. who completed his Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Social Studies in December 2011
  • Chelsea Sosnowski who has earned a master’s degree in Literacy Education.

The Hirshey Awards are presented each spring to both graduate and cadet students exemplifying excellence in education in honor of Charles Hirshey, the head of the Department of Education from 1969 to 1979.  Hirshey is a pioneer of graduate education in the Lowcountry and a founding member of what is now The Citadel Graduate College. 

A 2002 graduate of the College of Charleston, Echenique has for six years led the Science Lab at Whitesville Elementary School, modeling inquiry based science activities for both her colleagues and her students. Currently, she is the instructional coach at Westview Elementary and has a goal to become a school administrator.

Prior to enrolling in The Citadel, Pieretti earned a baccalaureate degree in Sociology from Charleston Southern University.  The Citadel inducted him into the Phi Pi chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education in 2010.  Upon completing his student teaching internship at Ashley Ridge High School in 2010, he was hiredin January to continue teaching there .   

Sosnowski’s hard work and dedication has earned her academic honors and membership into the Phi Kappa Phi international honor society, the Golden International Society, and Kappa Delta Pi. Sosnowski has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and is in her third year of teaching kindergarten in Mount Pleasant, S.C.  
 
J. Patrick Leverett Award
Sherri Rowan is this year’s recipient of the J. Patrick Leverett Award. The award 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 It is presented annually to the outstanding graduate of the clinical counseling program. 

Rowan graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina in 1996.  As a member of the Charleston Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Rowan developed expertise in working in high stress situations with people in crisis. She brought her experience and skill in assisting people from all walks of life to her studies at The Citadel, where she has excelled at every level.  She earned a 4.0 grade point average while continuing to work full-time as a police officer.

Aline M. Mahan Award
The Aline M. Mahan Award is presented annually to a graduate who has demonstrated an outstanding record of scholarship, technical skill, and community service in the School Psychology program.  This award honors Aline Mahan, who was an active and visible member of the Citadel faculty for 17 years.

The award was presented to Artemis Flouras. Flouras graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in religious studies and a minor in anthropology.  Before coming to The Citadel, Flouras was a volunteer for Operation Crossroads in Ghana, Africa, and taught English as a Second Language in Malaysia. As a student in the in School Psychology, Flouras has maintained a 3.98 grade point average. Her thesis, titled “Educator Preparedness for Addressing bullying of Children with Special Needs,” was presented at the Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists in San Francisco in 2011.  Flouras is currently serving her internship with the Charleston County School District.  After completing her internship, Flouras will reutrn to the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Developmental Pediatrics to continue her fellowship training in the neuropsychological evaluation of children.

Business Evening Undergraduate Student of the Year
The first recipient of the Business Evening Undergraduate Student of the Year is Frances Johnson.  The award is determined by a vote of faculty members who teach in the evening undergraduate program. It is presented to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated an exceptional record of academic achievement and principled leadership within the program.

Johnson is originally from Bloomfield, Conn., and has resided in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mobile, Ala. She is an office manager/assistant project manager at Pinnacle Construction in North Charleston.  She serves as the student vice president of Phi Kappa Phi, is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and serves on the Student Affairs Committee for the School of Business.  She plans to pursue her Masters of Science in Project Management at The Citadel in the fall. 

Business Evening Undergraduate Professor of the Year
The first recipient of the Business Evening Undergraduate Professor of the Year Award is Lancie Affonso. The award is determined by a vote of the evening undergraduate students. It is presented to a professor who exemplifies the qualities of teaching excellence.

Affonso is an enterprise technology consultant and has been teaching as an adjunct professor at The Citadel since 2009. Affonso completed his IMBA (MIBS) at the University of South Carolina and also has a master’s degree in Computer Science from The Citadel and the College of Charleston. Affonso is a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher (CET) and an avid advocate for "net generation" technology entrepreneurs at the YesCarolina Entrepreneurship Biz Camps for middle and high school students in Charleston. He also teaches computer and decision science.

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