S.C. Corps of Cadets’ most prestigious honors for Class of 2015
Top awards presented at commencement to four graduating cadets and two professors
David Shingler Spell First Honor Graduate Award
2nd Lt. Tanner Cortland Jameson
The David Shingler Spell First Honor Graduate Award is presented to the cadet graduate who has earned the highest cumulative grade point radio based on all courses taken at The Citadel. 2nd Lt. Tanner Cortland Jameson, graduating with a degree in criminal justice, received the prestigious award for the Class of 2015. Jameson commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army the day before he graduated from The Citadel.
Jameson was named to the Dean’s List and earned Gold Stars for his academic performance almost every semester during his four years at The Military College of South Carolina. He received an Education Delay slot in the Army as a Judge Advocate specializing in international prosecution law. He will attend Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. Jameson is from Belle, West Virginia.
“At The Citadel I learned that hard work does pay off,” said Jameson. “I also learned that hard work alone is not enough to get you where you want to go. It takes faith in God and faith in others to help you along the way.”
Col. Fred L. Price, Jr., SCM, a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors, presented the award. Jameson received the traditional scholarship medal, a plaque and a stipend to be used for education expenses at the graduate level or at the discretion of the recipient. The award is sponsored by David Shingler Spell, Class of 1950 and a resident of Charleston, South Carolina.
David Shingler Spell Second Honor Graduate Award
The David Shingler Spell Second Honor Graduate Award is presented to the cadet graduate who has earned the second highest cumulative grade point ratio based on all courses taken at The Citadel. Cadet Lubor Cerva earned the prestigious award, which was presented by Col. Fred L. Price, Jr., SCM, a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors.
Cerva graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. During his four years at The Citadel, Cerva repeatedly earned Gold Stars for exceptional academic performance, as well as positions on the Dean’s, President’s and Commandant’s Lists. He is a native of Czechoslovakia, speaks fluent English and is proficient in French.
Cerva was a Supplemental Instructor for the college his senior year, assisting professors teaching second-year French. He was recognized for outstanding works in French published in the journal Le Gaulois Littèraire and was a member of three academic organizations including Phi Kappa Phi.
Cerva was also a member of the 2014-15 Summerall Guards, The Citadel’s famous silent drill platoon that is comprised of senior cadets exhibiting the highest physical, military and academic standards. The guards endure rigorous drills and competitions to attain a coveted slot.
Cerva received a plaque and a stipend to be used for educational expenses at the graduate level or at the discretion of the recipient.
John O. Willson Ring
Michael A. Goss
The coveted John O. Willson ring is given each year to the first class cadet (senior) voted by classmates as the finest, purest and most courteous of the class. The Class of 2015 voted to award the Willson Ring to Michael A. Goss– a criminal justice major with a minor in intelligence and homeland security. Goss is from Stockbridge, Georgia.
In addition to being a Dean’s List student five times, Goss has held several leadership positions: Cadet Clerk, Cadet First Sergeant, as well as Cadet Supply Sergeant.
Col. Peter M. McCoy, Sr., SCM, a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors presented the award to Gross along with a letter from last year’s recipient of the Willson Ring, which is part of a long standing tradition with the award.
John O. Willson was a Citadel Class of 1862 graduate and a Confederate Cavalryman in Company F, Sixth South Carolina Cavalry. His unit was known as the "cadet company" because it was made up of Citadel cadets. He became a successful lawyer, preacher and editor, and served as the second President of Lander College in Greenwood, South Carolina. He established a fund for the John O. Willson ring in 1911.
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards
Dr. Suzanne Bufano and Cadet Michael Peter Santana
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is a bronze medallion presented by the Provost of The Citadel at graduation each year through the New York Southern Society to a student and a faculty member in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor. The 2014-15 recipients of the awards are Dr. Suzanne Bufano, director of The Citadel Counseling Center, and Cadet Michael Peter Santana.
Dr. Suzanne Bufano
As the director of The Citadel Counseling Center, Dr. Suzanne Bufano, a licensed clinical psychologist, has served the college with unfailing compassion, strong work ethic and wisdom for more than 16 years. Bufano is devoted to the students and unselfishly gives her time to ensure that no student is overlooked or unheard. Her excellence of character, service to humanity, and her genuine commitment to helping others makes her an inspiration to those she serves as well as to other counselors. The center offers confidential, short-term counseling services to currently enrolled cadets and students who are able to discuss personal, educational, or career-related concerns with a mental health professional in an informal setting.
Michael Peter Santana
During his four years as a cadet, Michael Santana has distinguished himself by his generosity of spirit and his depth of service to others. As a member of The Citadel Military Living History Society, he has played an active role in community outreach and in serving as an ambassador of goodwill. Of particular note is his leadership in organizing a newly created World War II enactment in honor of alumni who served in the war. Santana has also served as a Spanish translator, helping Hispanic people in the Charleston area obtain much-needed services.
In the picture, Bufano and Santana are presented their award by Dr. Sam Hines, who retired as Provost after the ceremony. He joined The Citadel in 2007 and will continue as a professor of political science and leadership studies. His career as a top contributor to higher education in the Lowcountry and beyond has spanned more than 45 years.
Since 1934, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation has taken as its primary mission the inspiring of young people to lead lives of integrity, characterized by service above self and service to the community.
James A. Grimsley, Jr. Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
Associate Professor Scott Eugene Buchanan
The Class of 2015 named political science Associate Professor Scott Buchanan as the recipient of the James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award for the 2014-15 academic year. The recipient of this award is chosen by the senior class from among permanent faculty members nominated by students, faculty and department heads. The cadets chose the professor who has meant the most to them during their undergraduate careers.
Buchanan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and his master’s degree from Auburn University. A native of Georgia, Buchanan served as the chairman of the political science department at Columbus State University prior to joining the faculty at The Citadel in 2009.
Buchanan serves as the faculty advisor to the Corps’ Honor Committee. He is the executive director of much lauded Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics and is frequently sought by journalists for expert commentary. Buchanan has written, co-authored and edited several books and journals in the area of Southern politics. His most recent book deals with the 1946 Georgia gubernatorial election in which three men claimed to be the rightful governor.
As a scholar in the field of Southern politics, Dr. Buchanan’s expertise is vast, and his enthusiasm boundless. As a lecturer, he is dynamic, and his ability to stimulate and engage his students makes him a sought after professor in the Department of Political Science.
Buchanan received the honor from Major General William F. Grimsley, USA (Retired), who was representing the Grimsley family. The award was created in 1986 and named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, USA (Retired), who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989.