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Student leaders, teams shine in awards event

By Cindy Abole
Public Relations

Student leadership inductees DannyVo, left to right, Holly Berry, Katherine Herbert, Haley Henderson, Brandi White, (second row) Phillip Sobolesky, Daniel Wineberg, Toya Williams, James Hill and Jordan Gruber. photo by Anne Tompson, Digital Imaging

The April 16 event was filled with great excitement as MUSC students, faculty and staff converged to celebrate excellence and student accomplishments at the MUSC Student Leadership and Service Banquet held at the Drug Discovery Building auditorium. The event was sponsored by the Office of Student Programs and MUSC Gives Back.

The gathering assembled MUSC’s top student leaders and student teams at this annual spring awards recognition event which was hosted by Liz Sheridan, MUSC Gives Back director, and Darlene Shaw, Ph.D., associate provost for Educational Affairs and Student Life.

"Recognizing these outstanding students annually for their extraordinary leadership and service achievements serves as a reminder of their great compassion and determination to reach beyond their comfort zones to address unmet needs,” said Sheridan. “It is fortunate for MUSC to have such a bountiful pool of servant–leaders to train as the next generation of healthcare providers and managers."

Keynote speaker for this year’s event was Scotty Buff, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the Junior Doctors of Health program. Buff shared her own experiences in achieving balance with her professional career and interests in outreach work with at-risk youth and MUSC students. “People will never forget the way you make them feel,” said Buff to members of the audience. “I hope you find what you love in life and that you do what you believe is important work.”

MUSC’s Student Leadership Society was established in 2007 by the office of the Associate Provost for Education and Student Life to recognize students who personify caring, compassion, ethics, proficiency, and creative leadership. These students have also worked successfully in interprofessional teams.

This year, the society welcomed 10 inductees from the class of 2014 with representation from all six colleges: Haley Henderson (Health Professions); James Hill (Nursing); Phillip Sobolesky (Graduate Studies); Danny Vo (Dental Medicine); Brandi White (Graduate Studies); Holly Berry (Pharmacy); Jordon Gruber (Graduate Studies); Katherine Herbert (Pharmacy); Daniel Weinberg (Medicine); and Toya Williams (Nursing). Students were presented with a plaque and received a $2,500 scholarship by the Provost's Office.

For 21 years, the MUSC Gives Back program has connected MUSC students and student groups to more than 160 community organizations and agencies with needs in the Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester county areas. The program guides students in matching their volunteer activities and service projects to opportunities within the community.

This year’s most outstanding group winners were: American Association of Women Dentists (Dental Medicine); Student Health Professionals United Recognizing Diversity (Health Professions); Multicultural Graduate Student Association (Graduate Studies); Student National Medical Association (Medicine); Multicultural Student Nursing Association (Nursing); Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity (Pharmacy); and the Crisis Ministries Wednesday Night Clinic (universitywide).

In the category of individual recognition, the most outstanding volunteers included Megan Hohenberger, 342.5 hours (Medicine); Georgina Dukes, 119 hours (Health Professions); Rebecca Harrison, 109 hours (Dental Medicine); Ardis Copenhaver, 108.75 hours (Pharmacy); Melissa Sokolosky, 83.5 hours (Graduate Studies); and Kathryn McDevitt, 31.5 hours (Nursing)

2014 Banov Award Winner

MSTP student Joseph Taylor meets with Dr. Charles H. Banov.

The 2014 Charles H. Banov, M.D. Humanitarian Award was presented to Joseph Taylor, a seventh–year medical scientist–in–training student in the College of Graduate Studies.

Taylor’s passion for neuroscience and animal welfare fueled his desire to devote his community service time to the Alzheimer’s Association and PetHelpers. He also helped launch the Dream Center Neurology Free Clinic to provide free specialized services to underserved patients in the Lowcountry community.















May 21, 2014



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