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Recognition of Excellence Banquet

The annual Recognition of Excellence Dinner recognizes distinguished alumni and friends of the College of Arts and Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding achievement or service to the College of Arts and Sciences, to their profession or to society. The dinner is held each spring in one of Columbia’s premier venues, Riverbanks Zoo Ndoki Lodge. Recipients join an esteemed group of honorees who are leaders in industry, the arts, nonprofits, and government.

2019 Award Recipients

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Distinguished Service: Ann Cameron

Mrs. Cameron retired from a 35-year career at the University of South Carolina in June 2018. Mrs. Cameron’s passions in her career included serving as a mentor to students, cultivating student-alumni professional relationships and promoting diversity across the university.

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Distinguished Young Alumna: Lindsay Richardson

In 2015 Ms. Lindsay Richardson of Lake Wylie, SC, graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina with degrees in political science, marketing and human resource management. Currently, Ms. Richardson is an associate in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray LLP, where she practices alongside the private equity, real estate, and intellectual property groups.

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Distinguished Young Alumnus: Allen Klump

Mr. Allen Garrett Klump graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with degrees in political science and philosophy.  Today,  Mr. Klump is the Chief of Staff for Congressmen Jeff Duncan.

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Distinguished Alumnus: Neil Jacobs

Neil Jacobs, Ph.D. is the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, performing the duties of Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Dean's Award: Henrie Treadwell

Henrie M. Treadwell, Ph.D. is Founding Executive Director and Senior Advisor for Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved. Dr. Treadwell also has an appointment as a full-time Research Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, and Chair of The Links Incorporated National Childhood Obesity Initiative. In 1963 Dr. Treadwell, then Henrie Monteith, was the first African American woman to register for classes at the University of South Carolina.  She graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1965 with a bachelor's of sciences in biology.

Institutional Support Award: The Knight Foundation Donor Fund at the Central Carolina Community Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with deep local roots. They have offices in eight cities where the Knight brothers once published newspapers, and they work through community foundations in 18 others, including Central Carolina Community Foundation.  Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties by linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need.


Previous Winners 

  • Distinguished Alumna Award: Marva A. Smalls
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus: Ryan C. Holt
  • Distinguished Service Award: Vasa W. Cate, M.D.
  • Dean's Award: Tommy Hickman
  • Institutional Support Award: The Duke Endowment
  • Distinguished Alumnus: Major General James M. Richardson, Jr.
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus: Jotaka L. Eaddy
  • Distinguished Service: Gregory Thomas Alia (posthumously)
  • Dean's Award: John C. Parry
  • Institutional Support Award: DEA Survivors Benefit Fund
  • Distinguished Alumna: Ms. Anne Hale Miglarese
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Tommy D. Preston, Jr.
  • Distinguished Service: Ms. Laura Bauld Turner
  • Dean's Award: Ms. Carolyn T. Polston
  • Institutional Support Award: Michelin North America
  • Distinguished Alumna: Ms. Marcia Lee Hale
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Mike Randal Colter
  • Distinguished Service: Ms. Shirley D. Mills
  • Dean's Award: Mr. John Kevin Hoey
  • Institutional Support: Mr. Jeffrey Leving, Father's Rights
  • Institutional Support Award: Bilinski Educational Foundation
  • Distinguished Alumna: The Honorable Kathryn S. Smith
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Robert Temple Samuels
  • Distinguished Service: Dr. Jason C. Hu
  • Dean's Award: Mr. Michael Tongour
  • Distinguished Alumna: The Honorable Lindsey O. Graham
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Nicholas Ray Morris
  • Distinguished Service: Dr. Walter B. Edgar
  • Dean's Award: Mr. Scott Howell
  • Distinguished Alumna: Dr. Gail M. Morrison
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Daniel D'Alberto
  • Distinguished Service: Ms. Lynn Robertson
  • Dean's Award: Dr. Lois Duke Whitaker
  • Institutional Support Award: Watson-Brown Foundation
  • Distinguished Alumnus: Dr. Janine Anne Davidson, Mr. Mike Randal Colter
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus: Mr. Francis John Person
  • Distinguished Service: The Honorable James E. Smith, Jr.
  • Institutional Support Award: IAVO Research and Scientific


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