SC State Honors and Awards Convocation to Highlight Academic Achievement

Friday, April 3, 2009

Carl JonesSC State will formally recognize more than 800 student scholars who have achieved academic excellence at its annual spring Honors and Awards Convocation on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center at SC State. The year’s convocation theme is: “Embracing Excellence: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges.”

The annual Honors and Awards Convocation was designed to honor SC State students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and service. These distinctions are recognized through the attainment of Presidential Pins, academic scholarships and induction into academic honor societies.

The Presidential Scholar Awards were initiated in 1977 by Dr. M. Maceo Nance, Jr., the fifth President of SC State. The underlying objectives for establishing the awards were: 1) to recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence; 2) to encourage those who demonstrate academic excellence to maintain and achieve higher levels of academic pursuits; 3) to provide symbolic recognition via the Presidential Pin; and 4) to provide an incentive to all students to achieve academic excellence.

A recipient of the Presidential Scholar Award must be a full-time, regularly enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate at the University. To qualify for a medallion, freshmen and transfer students must not have taken any remedial courses that are prerequisites to degree programs. To qualify for a gold pin, freshmen and transfer students must have averages of 3.94 to 4.00. Pins are awarded based upon the following criteria for cumulative grade point averages: Bronze Medallion (3.00-3.49); Silver Medallion (3.50-3.74); Gold Medallion (3.75-4.00).

The Convocation keynote speaker will be Dr. Carl E. Jones, SC State alumnus ‘76 and executive director for Student Success and Retention at SC State.

A native of Conway, S.C., Jones was one of the first African-Americans to attend and complete four years at Conway High School. He graduated as an honor roll student and was an outstanding athlete in both basketball and track and field.

Jones completed undergraduate studies at SC State, receiving a bachelor of science degree in psychology with a minor in French. At SC State, he was a member of several student organization as well as championship track and field teams. He was the only Bulldog trackster to earn all NAIA District Six honors in both the long jump and triple jump for two consecutive years.

Jones obtained his master of arts degree in educational psychology and measurement and a Doctor of Philosophy in counseling and human development from Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. Maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout his doctoral studies, he was named top graduate student in the Atlanta University Center by CenterPoint Magazine. He was also named outstanding student in both the Atlanta University School of Education and the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services.

Employed at SC State since 1990, Jones has served his alma mater as director of the Psychometric Center, director of Counseling, Health and Psychometric Services, interim vice president for Student Services and vice president for Student Services.

Jones is the recipient of several honors and awards to include the Phi Delta Kappa “Pyramid Award” for distinguished service to education, the Smith-Jones Community Center Board of Commissioners Award for outstanding and dedicated service to the community, and the Otis A. Corbitt Leadership Award for visionary leadership in mental health programming and community service. Twice he was profiled in the publication, “Outstanding Young Men in America.”

Jones hobbies include reading, traveling and watching sports.

SC State’s Honors and Awards Convocation is open to the general public. For more information contact the SC State Office of University Relations and Marketing at 536-7061.