student awards

Students Honored at Awards Ceremony

May 1, 2015

At Piedmont Technical College’s 41st 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, associate vice president of student affairs, welcomed students and guests. Bob Koster, department head for metal trades and machine tool technology instructor, 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, who also congratulated Presidential Ambassadors for their leadership during the current academic year. Kathryn Brackett, director of the Honors Program, presented the first group of students who were graduating from the new academic program. Christina Knight, engineering graphics technology program director, recognized the Hi-Tech scholars.

Making presentations were Dr. Jerry Alewine, dean of health sciences; 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 Dr. Bradley Griggs, dean of arts and science.

President’s Award

The institution’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Award, went to Malaurie Hullings of Plum Branch, an engineering graphics technology student. Hullings was also named outstanding graduate in the engineering and industrial technologies division and in her curriculum.

Distinguished Student Awards

Each academic division of the college honored its top graduate with the Distinguished Student Award. In addition to Hullings, winners were Rossana Cubillan of Greenwood, arts and science; Precious Roundtree of Greenwood, nursing; Patricia Polattie of Bradley, business, information technology and public service; and Juanita Gilchrist of Greenwood, health sciences. 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 Polattie, administrative office technology; Krystal Rowe of Ninety Six, business; Susan Buchanan of Greenwood, commercial art; Donna Gore of Bradley, computer technology; Iram Gutierrez of Clinton, criminal justice; and Pamela Anderson of Greenwood, early care and education.

In the arts and science division, Cubillan was named outstanding graduate in the associate in science curriculum. Megan Strutko of Greenwood was named outstanding graduate in the associate in arts curriculum.

In the engineering and industrial technologies division, winners were Daniel Hartley of Aiken, automotive technology; Savoeun Lun of Mountville, building construction technology; Michael McKittrick of Clinton, diversified agriculture; Tevin Harley of Johnston, electronic engineering technology; Hullings, engineering graphics technology; Fred Hammond of Clarks Hill, gunsmithing; Michael Rhinehart of McCormick, heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology; Justin Hudson of Abbeville, industrial electronics technology; David Boyd of Clinton, machine tool technology; Brandon Simon of Newberry, mechanical engineering technology; Ken Washington of Hodges, mechatronics technology; and Cassandra Jones of Newberry, welding.

In the nursing division, in addition to Roundtree, Kelly Estes of Clinton was named outstanding graduate in the associate degree nursing curriculum.

Outstanding graduates in the health science division were Cindy Nelson of Greenwood, cardiovascular technology – invasive; Lauren Dixon of Greenwood, cardiovascular technology – non-invasive; David Meredith of Greenville, funeral services; Gilchrist, human services; Ashley Maricle of Leesville, massage therapy; Anna Yonce of Greenwood, medical assisting; Jasmine Bates of Pomaria, patient care technician; Miranda Shanholtzer of Greenwood, pharmacy technician; Megan Long of Newberry, radiologic technology; Julie Culbertson of Newberry, respiratory care; and Candi Pearson of Clinton, 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, from left, Malaurie Hullings of Plum Branch, engineering and industrial technologies; Juanita Gilchrist of Greenwood, health sciences; Rossana Cubillan of Greenwood, arts and science; Patricia Polattie of Bradley, business, information technology and public service; Precious Roundtree of Greenwood, nursing; and Dr. Ray Brooks, PTC president. Hullings was also presented with the President’s Award, the institution’s most prestigious honor.