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Citadel News Service

For Release
May 6, 2002

Students, faculty honored during CGPS commencement

          The Citadel's College of Graduate & Professional Studies (CGPS) has honored three students and a member of the faculty for excellence in academics and teaching. The awards were presented during CGPS commencement Sunday, May 5, 2002.

          Julie Ann Hoffman of Hanahan received the Charles E. Hirshey Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching Education. Hoffman received her Master of Arts degree in English Education from CGPS. She recently completed student teaching at Hanahan High School and in the fall will teach English at Goose Creek High School.

          Danielle Politi, a native of East Hanover, N.J., received the Psychology Department's Aline M. Mahan award is for outstanding record of scholarship, technical skill and community service. The award honors Mahan, faculty emerita, a driving force behind the creation of the college's psychology program. In 1974, Mahan was the first female professor at The Citadel.

          Politi is completing an internship as part of her educational specialist degree in school psychology. During her graduate studies, Politi maintained an overall 3.9 grade point average and was a member of The Citadel's chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. She also worked in The Citadel writing center for two years, offering consulting services and teaching workshops on learning strategies.

          Kirby G. Marshall of Charleston received the Master's in Business Administration award for Student of the Year. Born in Columbia, Md., Marshall completed high school in Florida and received a construction management degree from the University of North Florida in 1997. He moved to Charleston in 1999 and started in The Citadel's MBA program in the summer of 2000. He will complete his degree requirements in August.

          The MBA Professor of the Year is Stephen J. Silver, who has been with the college since August 1990. A graduate of the University of Maryland and Queens College, Silver is chairman of the faculty council at The Citadel, a published scholar and a past recipient of the Fulbright Teaching Fellowship. At The Citadel he has developed a reputation as an enthusiastic professor, outstanding communicator, top-notch research, statistical and computer consultant and superb teacher.

          Founded in 1966 as the co-educational Evening College, the College of Graduate & Professional Studies offers 20 graduate programs and three undergraduate programs, including the only nationally accredited MBA program in the Lowcountry. Today, CGPS has more than 6,000 alumni and 1,100 students enrolled in its programs.


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