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  • 2019 Alumni Award Recipients Debra Wallace, Sara Hogg and Shannon Bright Smith with Dean Jeannette Andrews.

Alumni Awards

Each fall, the College of Nursing recognizes excellence in our nursing graduates by awarding Outstanding Nurse Alumnus awards. 

Nominations for the 2021 Alumni Awards are open until October 1st. Award recipients will be honored at the 2021 Viana McCown Lectureship in Columbia, SC.


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. 

Outstanding Young Nurse Alumnus/a Award Nominations

This award is given to a UofSC Nursing alumnus/a whose first degree from the college was earned between 2010 and present, and who has 10 years or less experience in the nursing profession. 

2020 Award Recipients

Outstanding Nurse Alumna Award:

Amelia Joseph has dedicated over 40 years to the practice of nursing in a variety of settings ranging from bedside clinical nursing, nurse manager, nurse recruiter, Quality Manager, nurse administrator, nurse educator and Chief Administrator. Dr. Joseph is a highly respected and nationally recognized leader in federal Nursing Practice and retired from a full career at the Department of Veteran Affairs. Not finished after one career, Dr. Joseph went on to develop a new BSN degree program for The Citadel.  Her efforts includes building the philosophical framework, curriculum and course development, faculty position descriptions, student resources (simulation and library), budget and program evaluation.  Dr. Joseph never stops caring, she never stops in her efforts to make nursing better, and to protect and prepare her nurses for the world around them. 

Outstanding Young Nurse Alumnus Award:

Justin Chavis exemplifies the Gamecock nursing spirit through leadership, service, excellence, and caring across every situation. As a UofSC student, Mr. Chavis was an excellent student while also being a leader in two student nursing organizations with school and state level positions.  Mr. Chavis is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the New Hampshire Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the AACN. Most recently, Mr. Chavis served as a student representative for state advanced practice convention for the TN Association of Nurse Anesthetists and received the 2020 Outstanding Graduate Nurse Anesthetist Award from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Since graduating from UofSC Nursing, Mr. Chavis’ contributions and excellences towards nursing has only grown further.

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