Each fall, the College of Nursing recognizes excellence in our nursing graduates by
awarding Outstanding Nurse Alumnus awards. Congratulations to our 2019 winners!
2019 Award Recipetents
Outstanding Young Nurse Alumna Award: Sara M. Hogg,'12, '15, is a nurse practitioner at Lexington Family Practice. She is a preceptor
to UofSC nurse practitioner students and teaches RN-BSN classes in an online setting
with the goal of increasing the number of BSN-prepared nurses. Ms. Hogg is a dedicated
volunteer for Pearls, a Columbia-area organization aiming to help women trapped in
the sex industry, where she is involved in outreach and mentoring of these women.
In addition to her local volunteer work, Ms. Hogg has served on mission trips to Peru,
Africa, Alaska and New Orleans where she has provided primary care to patients in
need. She is passionate about mental health, treating patients with mental illness
and finding joy in seeing improvement in her patients’ mental health. Ms. Hogg also
works often with adolescent and young adult women and finds importance in encouraging
them to have self-worth and make wise, healthy choices.
Outstanding Nurse Alumna Award: Dr. Shannon Bright Smith, '10, is an associate professor and director of the nursing
program at Claflin University, where she began the RN to BSN program and led a team
to build a Master of Science in Nursing program. Dr. Smith is a servant leader, supporting
students through mentorship and internship opportunities, and advocating for nursing
faculty. She is president of the International Women’s Council, an organization that
promotes women empowerment, spiritual growth and social justice. She is a 2017 fellow
of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Leadership in Academic Nursing
Program, a certified nurse educator and a certified clinical nurse specialist.
Outstanding Nurse Alumna Award: Dr. Debra C. Wallace,'90, is the Daphine Doster Mastroianni Distinguished Professor and Director of the
UNC-Greensboro Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations. She is a Fellow of
the American Academy of Nursing and has received NIH, HRSA, university and foundation
funding for her research efforts in minority, health disparities and community-based
health. Dr. Wallace has served as President of the Southern Nursing Research Society,
chair of the Nursing Research Initiative study section of the US Department of Veterans
Affairs, and as a grant reviewer at the National Institutes of Health. Throughout
her career, Dr. Wallace has advanced nursing science through research, practice, and
policy to facilitate optimal health for all people.
Alumni Award Descriptions
Outstanding Nurse Alumnus/a Award Nominations
This award is given to a UofSC Nursing alumnus/a whose first degree from the college
was earned before 2010 or has more than 10 years experience in the nursing profession. Currently