Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

2014 Student AwardsAt Piedmont Technical College’s 40th annual Student Awards and Recognition Program, president Dr. Ray Brooks applauded the achievements of more than 75 student leaders.  The ceremony attracted students, faculty, staff, friends and family members.

Andy Omundson, dean of students, welcomed students and guests, and Lisa Martin, dean of college preparatory and transitional studies, was principal speaker. Students who were listed in this year’s edition of Who’s Who among Students in American Junior Colleges were recognized by David Rosenbaum, associate dean of students. Carol Paguntalan, director of academic advising, congratulated Presidential Ambassadors for their leadership during the current academic year. Christina Knight, engineering graphics technology program director, recognized the Hi-Tech scholars.

Making presentations were Jerry Alewine, dean of health science; David Kibler, interim dean of engineering and industrial technologies; Sissy Copeland, dean of business information technologies and public service; Tara Harris, dean of nursing; and Evelyn Beck, dean of arts and science.

President’s Award

The institution’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, went to Scott McCravy of Greenwood, an associate degree nursing student. McCravy was also named outstanding graduate in the nursing division and in his curriculum.

Distinguished Student Awards

Each academic division of the college honored its top graduate with the Distinguished Student Award. In addition to McCravy, winners were Ian Smith of Prosperity, arts and science; Brandon Simon of Newberry, engineering and industrial technology; Courtney Clemmons of Greenwood, business, information technology and public service; and Chad Maxon of Clinton, health science. Deans from each major academic division also made presentations to these winners.

Curriculum Awards

Outstanding graduates in each of the college’s academic programs also received special recognition.

Outstanding graduates in the business, information technology and public service division were Dalila Glover of Hodges, administrative office technology; Karen Bentley of Greenwood, business; Jennifer Adams of Greenwood, commercial art; Jonathan Tolbert of Greenwood, computer technology; Clemmons, criminal justice; and Erin Smith of Ware Shoals, early care and education.

In the arts and science division, Smith was named outstanding graduate in the associate in arts curriculum. Jason Parnell of Abbeville was named outstanding graduate in the associate in science curriculum.

In the engineering and industrial technologies division, winners were William Pooser of Abbeville, automotive technology; Chris Brooks of Newberry, building construction technology; Jared Taylor of Ninety Six, electronic engineering technology; Simon, engineering graphics technology; Stephen Rudy of Greenwood, general engineering technology; Michael Hardin of Travelers Rest, gunsmithing; Andy Crumpton of Prosperity, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Erik Richardson of Lexington, horticulture technology; James Matthews of Greenwood, industrial electronics technology; Reginald Collins of Greenwood, machine tool technology; Jason White of Greenwood, mechatronics technology; and Will Bass of Calhoun Falls, welding.

In the nursing division, in addition to McCravy, Patricia Tolan of Simpsonville was named outstanding graduate in the practical nursing curriculum.

Outstanding graduates in the health science division were Halee Hinton of Ware Shoals, cardiovascular technology – invasive; Shaunda Sinclair of Greenwood, cardiovascular technology – non-invasive; Jessica Wade of Chapin, funeral service; Kathleen Dillard of Greenwood, human services; Shawn Douglas of Greenwood, massage therapy; Lisa Murray of Troy, medical assisting; Erika Griffith of Saluda, patient care technician; Cassaundra Geer of Abbeville, pharmacy technician; Maxon, radiologic technology; Jessica Magaha of Honea Path, respiratory care; and Jamie Smith of Greenwood, surgical technology;.

Service Awards

A number of students were recognized for their contributions to the enhancement of student life through service to college activities and organizations.

Photo Caption: Students at Piedmont Technical College were recently honored at the annual Student Awards and Recognition Program. Receiving the Divisional Distinguished Student awards were, front from left, Dr. Ray Brooks, PTC president; Scott McCravy of Greenwood, nursing; Chad Maxon of Clinton, health sciences; Ian Smith of Prosperity, arts and science; Courtney Clemmons of Greenwood, business, information technology and public service; and Brandon Smith of Newberry, engineering and industrial technologies.