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Citadel News Service

For Release
May 2, 2004

Students, professor honored during CGPS commencement

           During commencement today, The Citadel's College of Graduate & Professional Studies (CGPS) honored three students and a faculty member for excellence in academics and teaching.

           About 20 evening undergraduate and 235 graduate students have completed degrees this year or will complete them this summer. About 145 students participated in the commencement exercise in McAlister Field House.

           William B. Hewitt, president of Sirius Ventures Inc., a consulting firm specializing in credit and receivables management, delivered the commencement address. Hewitt will receive an honorary doctor of business administration during commencement.

           During the CGPS awards presentation, Donna Mallard Guy of Charleston received the Charles E. Hirshey Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching Education. A teacher at Memminger Elementary School, Guy earned a Masters in Reading to further her 23-year career teaching kindergartners to read.

           The Hirshey award is given in honor of Dr. Charles Hirshey who served as head of education from 1969 to 1979. Hirshey was a pioneer in graduate education in the Lowcountry and a founding member of CGPS.

           Suzanna Sandlin Lanier of Mount Pleasant was awarded the Psychology Department's Aline M. Mahan Award for outstanding scholarship, technical skill and community service. The award honors Mahan, the late 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.

           Lanier earned a specialist in education, school psychology degree. Her thesis was entitled "Relationship Satisfaction and Religiosity" and was presented at the South Carolina Psychology Association annual conference April 2. She completed her internship at Orangeburg School District No. 5.

           Todd Aeppli of Mount Pleasant received the Master's in Business Administration Student of the Year award. A graduate of Westminster College in Pennsylvania where he majored in math and minored in art, Aeppli completed his MBA with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He is employed by Mediterranean Shipping Company's South Atlantic headquarters ias a regional operations manager.

           The MBA Professor of the Year is Donald L. Sparks, an internationally recognized expert in the field of African Economic Development, with a particular specialty in the economies of Namibia and the small island nations of the Indian Ocean. He is highly sought after as a lecturer by the U. S. Department of State, the U. S. Air Force, U.S. embassies in several foreign countries, and a host of other national and international organizations. Since joining the Citadel faculty in 1986, he has completed three books and numerous articles or chapters in books. He has also received numerous CDF grants for research and professional development.

           Sparks is a graduate of George Washington University and the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.

           "From the time he joined our faculty in the fall of 1986, Dr. Sparks has established a reputation as one of the School of Business Administration's most informative and interesting classroom teachers," said School of Business Dean Earl Walker. "He is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, interested in teaching and learning, and concerned about his students, his subject matter, and his institution. As one example of the high regard students have for Dr. Sparks and his abilities, graduate business students have previously chosen him as the MBA Professor of the Year in 1996 and again in 1999."

           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 masters in business administration program in the Lowcountry. Today, CGPS has more than 6,000 alumni and 1,100 students enrolled in its programs.


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