Meet Our Team!
Dr. Patrick Hickey
Patrick Hickey is the Faculty Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program and holds a Joint Appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. Patrick received a Diploma Nursing Degree from St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, his BSN from Corpus Christi State University in Corpus Christi, Texas and his MS, MSN, and Dr. P.H. degrees from the University of South Carolina. Patrick grew up in Almonte, Ontario, Canada (birthplace of the Inventor of Basketball – Dr. James Naismith) and is both a proud Canadian as well as an American citizen. Patrick has been a nurse for 36 years and has worked in all facets of nursing to include medical-surgical, critical care, emergency room, and operating room. Patrick has lived in the United States for 33 years; with the past 23 years being in Columbia, SC. Patrick has been a member of the USC Faculty for the past 7 years and Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program for the past 4 years. Patrick has introduced Personal Challenge into the Capstone Scholars Program and is a direct result of his quest to successfully climb and summit the highest mountain on each continent of the world. When he stood on top of Mt. Everest (May 24, 2007) he became the first nurse in the world to climb the 7 Summits of the World and joined, at that time, only 100 people in the world that had attained this lofty goal! Patrick is passionate about travel and adventure and with his wife Carol they have backpacked throughout 57 countries during three year long trips around the world. Patrick loves to mentor, open doors of opportunity, and set students up to succeed!
David DeWeil is the Assistant Principal of the Capstone Scholars Program and received a M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs and a B.A. in Media Arts from the University of South Carolina. David grew up in the Anderson/Greenville area of South Carolina and has lived in Columbia for the past 12 years. Within Capstone, David enjoys teaching University 101 and University 290, mentoring students, managing student grant opportunities, and recruiting new students to the University. He enjoys playing golf, reading, watching college football and international soccer, keeping up with the tech industry and spending time with his lovely wife and daughter.
Natalie Cruz is the Program Coordinator of the Capstone Scholars Program and received an M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina and a BA in Psychology from Clemson University. Natalie grew up in Anderson, South Carolina, but has lived in Boston, Ecuador, and Scotland before coming to Columbia. Natalie is particularly passionate about study abroad and service learning, and thoroughly enjoys working with the Capstone Study Abroad Programs and leading the Capstone Service Fridays. In her free time, she loves traveling, concerts, reading, triathlons and other sports, playing in a community band, and spending time with her husband, family, friends, and pets!
Kim Howard is the graduate assistant for Capstone Scholars and is in the process of earning her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina (USC). Kim also went to USC for her undergrad and earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, reading, playing with her dog, and, of course, going to Gamecock football games!
Capstone Staff at a Hot Cookie Friday
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