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HRSM Announces 2014-15 Distinguished Alumni, Friends, Faculty and Student Awards

The University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) is proud to announce its 2014-2015 Distinguished Alumni, Friends, Faculty and Student Award recipients. The following individuals were recognized at a formal ceremony held during HRSM Week at USC on March 26.

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2015 Distinguished Alumni Award:  Carolee Ettline Moore, ’93, Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Carolee Ettline Moore is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. A 1993 alumna of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, Moore is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Crestline Hotels & Resorts. She is based in Crestline's Virginia Beach office and currently oversees the sales efforts for Crestline's portfolio of upscale branded and independent hotel properties that spans 74 locations with nearly 12,000 rooms in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Moore has over 20 years of hotel and travel industry experience. Before joining the corporate Crestline team, she led the group sales team at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, an independent conference center hotel in Atlanta.

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2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award:  James C. Scott, II, ’01, Retailing

James C. Scott, II is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. A 2001 alumnus of the Retailing program, he is the owner and operator of Jamie Scott Fitness in Columbia. Scott owns two exercise venues (including an indoor cycling studio) with a third location on the USC campus set to open in the fall of 2015. A former defensive back on the USC football team, Scott started his fitness career as a football team trainer at Hammond School and later developed an in-house fitness and wellness program for the Washington, D.C. office of commercial real estate developer Edens.

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2015 Distinguished Service Award:  Richard Clodfelter, Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Richard Clodfelter is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Clodfelter was a professor in the Department of Retailing from 1988 until he retired in 2012. He taught courses in retail buying, Internet retailing, and entrepreneurship. His specific research interests have included scanner pricing accuracy, e-commerce, and retail buying. Clodfelter received the Distinguished Researcher and Scholar of the Year Award from the College of HRSM in 2001. The South Carolina Business Education Association (SCBEA) has honored him as Collegiate Teacher of the Year and Teacher Educator of the Year. His book on retail buying is in its fifth edition and is currently used in the Department of Retailing.

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2015 Distinguished Friend of the College:  James T. Pearce, Sr.

James T. Pearce, Sr. is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Friend of the College Award. A World War II combat veteran, Pearce and his brothers turned a third-generation family grocery business into a regional restaurant food supplier that was eventually bought by Sara Lee Corporation. They also later sold what had been the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship in the Southeast. A 1942 graduate of USC, Pearce is an avid supporter of higher education and the University. He and his late wife, Kit, created a $1 million Carolina Scholar endowment several years ago. Pearce honored his late son, William, a 1972 USC graduate, by creating a $1 million endowment for the William McFall “Mac” Pearce Professorship in the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management earlier this year.

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Patricia G. Moody 2015 Researcher of the Year

Simon Hudson, Tourism Management  

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Harry E. and Carmen S. Varney 2015 Distinguished Teacher of the Year

Haylee Mercado, Sport and Entertainment Management


Student Awards for Academic Excellence:

  • Marie Basil, Tourism Management
  • Meghan Doran, Hospitality Management
  • Joseph Gelay, Sport and Entertainment Management
  • Zeth Strough, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Courtney Whitaker, Retailing
  • Aaron Wright, Integrated Information Technology

Dean’s Outstanding Service Award

  • Kelly Sartorius, Retailing

Alumni Society Fund Scholarships

  • Elizabeth Hooks, The Food and Fashion of London
  • Rebecca Lino, PCMA Convening Leaders Convention, Chicago
  • Preston Parrish, West Coast Baseball Trip

Patricia G. Moody International Scholarship Awards

  • Nina Gabriel, American Programs International (API) in Florence
  • Claire Kennedy, Sport and Entertainment in Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria
  • Caroline Riffle, American Paris Business School
  • Jolee Skinner, Study Abroad Italy (SAI) in Florence

Donald E. Stowe International Scholarship

  • Rebecca Lino, University of New Castle

Fashion Board Scholarships

  • Jillian Couture
  • Morgan Holton
  • Kristen Martin
  • Myesha Morgan
  • Claire Walker

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