May 4, 2003
of Graduate and Professional Studies
honors students and faculty at commencement
commencement today, The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional
Studies (CGPS) honored three students and a faculty member for excellence
in academics and teaching.
is celebrating its 35th year in 2003 and invited Thomas Mahan, former
CGPS dean of graduate and continuing education, to deliver the commencement
address. Mahan was instrumental in the growth and development of the evening
undergraduate and graduate studies program.
received an honorary doctor of humanities following his commencement address.
the awards presentation, Carrie L. Allen of North Charleston received
the Charles E. Hirshey Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching Education.
Allen, who works as a research and library technical assistant at The
Citadel's Daniel Library, received her master of arts in teaching degree
from CGPS. Allen wants to teach high school social studies. She completed
her student teaching at West Ashley High School this spring.
Beckham Askins of Kingstree received the Psychology Department's Aline
M. Mahan award for outstanding 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.
received her master of arts is school psychology. Her thesis was entitled
'''Depression and Parents' Perceptions of Depression in Children with
Prader-Willi Syndrome." She also co-authored an article with Kerry Lassiter
of The Citadel Psychology Department on hypothyroidism, which was published
in "Childhood Disorders: Diagnostic Desk Reference" and completed her
internship at the Florence County School District 3 Office of Exceptional
Polk of Charleston received the master's in business administration award
for Student of the Year. A native Charlestonian, Polk is a graduate of
Wando High School and the College of Charleston. She works full-time at
Ryan Scientific in Mount Pleasant as a sales associate.
MBA Professor of the Year is Sylvia Spearman, who joined The Citadel faculty
in 2002. A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and California
State University at Northridge, Spearman is director of the Oral Communications
Lab at The Citadel and teaches professional communications in the undergraduate
and graduate programs.
in 1966 as the co-educational Evening College, the College of Graduate
and Professional Studies offers 20 graduate programs and three undergraduate
programs, including the only nationally accredited masters in business
administration program in the Lowcountry. Today, CGPS has more than 6,000
alumni and 1,100 students enrolled in its programs.