Leadership banquet recognizes exemplary studentsTweet
By Caroline Assey
Students and organizations were recognized April 17 at the MUSC Student Leadership and Service Banquet for exceptional leadership and volunteer commitments.
The students were chosen for their character, service and commitment to MUSC and the Tri-county area. The event honored inductees and scholarship recipients of the MUSC Student Leadership Society.
Established in 2007, the society recognizes students who are caring, ethical, creative and compassionate leaders who work successfully in teams. The Student Leadership Society welcomed eight student-inductees for 2013. There were a record number of 42 nominees. The winners were Luke Dong, Alisa Joyner, Catherine Syretz, Caroline Griggs, Paul Lambert, Cody Chiuzan, Thomas Beckham and Cameo Green.
|Front row, from left: Alisha Joyner (College of Medicine), Caroline Griggs (S.C. College of Pharmacy), Cameo Green (College of Nursing), Catherine Syretz (College of Health Professions) and Cody Chiuzan (College of Graduate Studies); back row, from left: Luke Dong (College of Medicine), Paul Lambert (College of Dental Medicine) and Thomas Beckham (College of Medicine and Graduate Studies).|
For this honor, faculty, administrators and fellow students nominated individuals in good academic standing in any year of study.
Nominees must embody the characteristics valued most by the society, including empathy, awareness, commitment to diversity, and a history of helping others and setting a positivity example through their character. Inductees were presented with a plaque and $1,500 scholarship.
This banquet also honored student organizations that participated in the MUSC Gives Back program. Each of the six colleges and one universitywide student organization or group was given an award.
Marking the 20-year anniversary, the MUSC Gives Back program’s purpose is to promote volunteer experiences to allow students to observe health care issues in the community.
Mark Lyles, M.D., served as the keynote speaker for the event. He caught the attention of graduating seniors by saying, “Get out of the health care profession.” His speech stressed finding the balance between working and having fun. Lyles was one of the key players in starting the MUSC Gives Back student volunteer program.
Listed below are the student organizations that participated in the MUSC Gives Back program and were recognized for their service.
College of Dental Medicine
American Association of Women Dentists: This group participated in the Sugar Free Fall Festival for the diabetic children in the Charleston area. Members played carnival games with children and handed out sugar-free prizes and free toothbrushes. They were able to explain the importance of oral hygiene to the community.
College of Graduate Studies
Multi-Cultural Graduate Student Association: This group provided healthy meals each month to the children of Carolina Youth Development Center while mentoring, tutoring and playing games with the children. In addition to this organization, members have also helped raise money through the Ryan White fund to provide HIV-positive patients with medicine if they cannot afford it. To support both of these causes, the members held numerous bake sales to increase donations.
College of Health Professions
Doctor of Physical Therapy – Class of 2014: This group organized the second annual “Shots with a Spin” wheelchair basketball tournament. The group spent countless hours promoting the event and raising funds to benefit Achieving Wheelchair Equality.
College of Medicine
Surgical Training and Residency Student Group: This group volunteered in the MLK Day of Service by providing education to the community on various health care professions. Through the use of games, visual media and direct interaction, they were able to answer questions and promote interest in all health care specialties.
College of Nursing
Multicultural Student Nurses Association: MSNA participated in service activities around the community including the Aleta McLeod-Bryant and Delma Woods Health & Wellness Fair, as well as serving as medical volunteers at the Challenge MS Walk. The association’s main focus was to provide vital patient education to participants without access to health care, while identifying possible health concerns.
South Carolina College of Pharmacy
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity Inc.: This group hosted events including the Turkey Fry, Shrimpin’ for Charity, Swamp Party and Chicken Bog. In order to raise money for MUSC and the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, to attend the events, guests had to donate $5 or five canned goods. The fraternity successfully raised more than 3,015 pounds of canned goods and dried foods, doubling the amount it raised last year.
Student Interprofessional Society: In an organization of 70 members, this society aimed to provide information, enroll in a medication adherence program, volunteer at the CARES clinic and with Junior Doctors of Health, and to promote health and well being in the underserved Tri-county areas. Some events the society has benefitted are Sugar Free Fall Festival, MLK Bridges to Health Service Day, Tri County Black Nurses Health Fair, Harris Teeter pharmacy visits and student promotion.