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College of Social Work Celebrates Exceptional Alumni for Their Outstanding Contributions to the Field

The University of South Carolina College of Social Work is delighted to honor three exceptional alumni who have left an indelible mark on the profession. Their exemplary leadership and dedication to advancing social work practices have earned them well-deserved recognition. 

Carla Damron, social worker, advocate and accomplished author, received the Alumni Excellence Award. With a remarkable career including multiple best-selling novels, Damron's work has revolved around advocacy, training and promoting the profession. Her literary works, including the latest The Orchid Tattoo and Justice Be Done, have received critical acclaim and shed light on pressing social issues like human trafficking and racial injustice. 

Sara Goldsby, honored with the Emerging Leader Award, serves as the Director of South Carolina's Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS). She has played a pivotal role in leading the state's response to the opioid crisis, driving the implementation of essential strategies in prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. Goldsby's outstanding commitment to recovery programming has earned her national recognition. 

Recipient of the Military Excellence Award, Major Michele Gramling has demonstrated exemplary dedication and service within the military sector. Her strong focus on supporting military personnel and their families has significantly bettered military families. Gramling's contributions and commitment to the military have garnered widespread respect within the social work community. 

"The College takes immense pride in celebrating the remarkable achievements of our distinguished alumni, including Carla Damron, Sara Goldsby and Michele Gramling," said Dean Teri Browne. "Their enduring dedication and exceptional leadership continue to inspire and positively influence the social work community."  

The College of Social Work extends its warmest congratulations to these distinguished alumni for their outstanding contributions and exemplary service in the field. 

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