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Sixteen Scholars studied South African history, culture, politics, and commerce with history professor James Burns in spring 2011, followed by a Maymester educational enrichment expedition centered in Cape Town. Highlights included Table Mountain National Park, the Bo Kapp district, Kirstenbosch Gardens, wildlife expeditions, meetings at the University of Stellenbosch, and a tour of Khayelitsha township.
LAUREN HARROFF Engineers tend to focus on scientific issues, but this experience reminded me how interested I am in working with people and for human interests. It also reinforced the idea that scientific and environmental issues are closely intertwined with the human condition. KATHARINE AMALFITANO I was moved by the kindness and generosity of the people of Cape Town, particularly at Vicky’s B & B, where she works to provide lunches to children in Khayelitsha but cannot afford to do so every day. As President of Sertoma at Clemson, I hope we will assist her over the coming year.
With children in Khayelitsha, an apartheid-era township of nearly half a million
REBECCA DEERY As an education major, I’m constantly creating ways to use my passion for teaching to do something extraordinary. Visiting the township school energized me for a future teaching abroad where quality educators are so desperately needed.
“Dr. Burns warned us during our first meeting that Africa would grab us and not let us go. He was partially right -Africa is a fascinating continent and not easy to forget, but Dr. Burns’ enthusiasm for the subject and excellent teaching encouraged me to continue learning about South Africa and other parts of the continent.” - Lauren Harroff
Scholar Wedding Bells Spring Awards
Six National Scholars alumni married in recent months (not each other!), and we wish them all well.
ASHLEY DAHL (2000) to Brad Denney, 5/14 LAURA HART (2004) to Thomas Robinson, 6/3 ALLISON FOREMAN (2006) to Thomas Godwin, 6/4 MARK GRAMLING (2002) to Jennifer Muller, 6/18 ELIZABETH BILLHEIMER (2006) to Benjamin Glaesemann, 7/9 ALEXANDRA BARKETT (2006) to Brian Battey, 7/22
Several Scholars won top spring awards and recognitions in 2011, including CHRIS HAPSTACK Outstanding Scholastic
Achievement, mechanical engineering LAUREN HOCK Phi Beta Kappa KIMBERLY INGRAM James F. Byrnes Award in American Government, political science; and Outstanding Senior in Social Sciences, College of Business and Behavioral Science ZAN ISGETT Phi Beta Kappa LIZ JOHNSON Regional Research Award, South Eastern Psychological Association MATT KOFOED S.W. Shalaby Award for Outstanding Sophomore, bioengineering EDWARD SULLIVAN Rhodes Award for Outstanding Sophomore, computer engineering
At the Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl
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Newest NSP grads honored mentors, received major awards, moved on to top grad schools and companies
May graduate Jennifer Moffitt received the 2011 Norris Medal, Clemson’s top award for most outstanding graduating senior. Jennifer is the fourth National Scholar to receive the Norris since 2007. The seniors received many additional awards, including:
• JESSICA DEAN Outstanding Undergraduate Award from the President’s Commission on the Status of Women; Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit from the College of Business and Behavioral Science; Ernest Jewell Hardesty Moore Award for Outstanding Senior from the department of Psychology; Matt Locke Award from the Division of Student Affairs • CAITLIN FOULSER Outstanding Senior Award from the Mathematical Sciences Faculty • SUSIE IRIZARRY Conservation Biology Senior Scholar Award from the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences and the department of Forestry and Natural Resources • ELIZABETH SLOAN Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit from the College of Engineering and Science • RAY SMITH Jerome V. Reel Award of Academic Excellence from Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society
The 2011 graduates presented the annual NSP Awards of Distinction to professors and advisors who have served as their mentors and who supported their intellectual, personal and professional development at Clemson. The 2011 recipients were:
Neil Calkin Mathematical Sciences Jonathan Beecher Field English | Jeff Fine Political Science Charles Gooding Chemical Engineering Harry Harritos Architecture | Dana Irvin Calhoun Honors College Robin Kowalski Psychology | Lance Young Business Yanhua Zhang Languages
• ACHIENG ADONGO Clemson, master’s in industrial engineering • BEN BOONE BB&T Leadership Development Program • JUDITH CREWS Clemson, master’s in architecture and health • JESSICA DEAN Florida State, master’s in higher education • ALLISON FOREMAN Clemson, doctorate in engineering and science education • CAITLIN FOULSER N.C. State, doctorate in mathematics • SUSIE IRIZARRY Unilever National Parks Congressional Internship Program
After considering a wide range of offers from top medical and graduate schools and Fortune 500 companies, the newest NSP graduates will begin their next chapters at the following locations: • JENNIFER MOFFITT Eastman Chemical Company, research chemical engineer • ZACH MUSGRAVE Michigan, doctorate in computer science and engineering • ELIZABETH SLOAN Texas Southwestern, medical school • RAY SMITH Massachusetts Institute of Technology, doctorate in chemical engineering • JOSH VON FANGE Fluor Corporation (Shanghai), sourcing account manager
Josh Von Fange and Zach Musgrave race across a lake at the end of a zip line tour during the April 8-10 senior retreat. This retreat bookends the new Scholar retreat of four years earlier, and allows Scholars to reflect on their NSP experience and to make commitments to each others’ continued success.
Above A final group challenge concludes their NSP experience. Left Crossing a bridge during the zip line tour.
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