The MUSC Alumni Association recognizes several alumni and friends of the college annually for service, dedication, research, leadership and contributing to the field of health professions.
2017 Nomination deadline: March 1, 2017
Established in 1986, the Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed by the College of Health Professions Alumni Association. The Award is given annually to one or more graduates of the MUSC College of Health Professions in recognition of outstanding professional achievement, service to the individual’s profession, the community, the College, and/or the University, excellence in leadership, professional growth, and/or educational advancement or service.
Established in the fall of 2016, the Alumnus Service Award is presented annually to one or more graduates of the MUSC College of Health Professions who have given selflessly through extraordinary activities that benefit the university, the college, their community/organizations, and/or their profession. Nominees must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to service and serve as a model of volunteerism for others.
Established in the fall of 2016, the Emerging Leader Award is given annually to one or more graduates of the MUSC College of Health Professions who have shown exemplary leadership and dedication towards the Medical University's College of Health Professions and/or their organized profession as a whole.
Established in the fall of 2016, the Outstanding Achievements in Research Award is presented annually to one or more graduates of the MUSC College of Health Professions whose contributions to the field of research is helping to advance their profession.
Recent Award Recipients
Mr. Brian Kasson, Class of 1991
Each year during the Nurse Anesthesia Conference in Charleston, SC, a Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient is named. The prestigious 2016 Award goes to Mr. Brian Kasson, AFN Class of 1991. As the fourth recipient in the history of this award, Mr. Kasson is a distinguished clinician with more than 20 years of professional expertise and experience as a nurse anesthetist. He has been published in multiple journals and remains professionally active on both the state and national levels as well as the speaking circuit as an educator...Read More
Mr. Kevin D. Briggs, Cytotechnology Class of 2000
Mr. Briggs received his Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science (Cytotechnology), in 2000 and his accomplishments and outstanding qualities are numerous and his heart full of love for others as he steadfastly serves his community and those less fortunate. Although his academic program is now discontinued and no longer offered within the College, he has remained actively engaged with his alma mater all these years, most recently serving an additional term on the CHP Alumni Association Board of Directors...Read More
Honoring a Champion
The Charleston Anesthesia Conference was held at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. Current clinical and professional issues in nurse anesthesia practice were offered to nearly 200 attendees! Many alumni participated, presented, and attended the conference, and the AFN program remains grateful for their continued support. The CHP Alumni Association sponsored a reception and champagne toast....Read More
Catalysts for Change
The College of Health Professions is proud to announce our 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipients, Dr. Michael Burcham and Dr. Brian R. Poplin. The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given annually to one or more graduates of the MUSC College of Health Professions in recognition of outstanding professional achievement, service to the individual’s profession, the community, the College, and/or the University, excellence in leadership, professional growth, and educational advancement or service. Dean Lisa K. Saladin conferred this esteemed honor at the Distinguished Alumnus Award Luncheon on March 27, 2015...Read More
Eleanor Hickman Durgee, BS, MT, MLT, MA (ASCP)
Ms. Eleanor Hickman Durgee graduated from MUSC in 1989 with a Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology at the age of 46. Eleanor worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician and a Clinical Chemist at the VA Hospital in Charleston after graduation. Eleanor now works part-time for the Center for Evaluation and Teaching at MUSC. Although Eleanor has many career accomplishments, her greatest accomplishments and contributions have been as a professional volunteer. At the age of 14, Eleanor began volunteering with the elderly in a senior’s home. This sparked her passion for volunteering and as a result, Eleanor has worked harder and longer hours for her volunteer causes than many professional people do for their paid positions.
In 1991, Eleanor was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since her treatment, Eleanor has been active in survivorship work including volunteering as a counselor at Camp Bluebird, a retreat for adult cancer survivors sponsored by MUSC’s Hollings Cancer center, and counseling others diagnosed with breast cancer at New Image, a breast cancer support group...Read More