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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. 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 Closed

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. Currently Open until 12/5

Young alumni nomination form

Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at


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