SC State University to Hold 2010 Honors and Awards Convocation

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dr. Roy JonesSC State University will formally recognize nearly 1000 student scholars who have achieved academic excellence during its annual spring Honors and Awards Convocation. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 3 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center. This year’s convocation theme is: “Embracing Excellence Through Scholarship and Service.”

The annual Honors and Awards Convocation was designed to honor SC State University 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 University. The underlying objectives for establishing the awards were to recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence, to encourage those who demonstrate academic excellence to maintain and achieve higher levels of academic pursuits, to provide symbolic recognition via the Presidential Pin, and to provide an incentive to all students to achieve academic excellence.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Roy Jones, lecturer and executive director for the Eugene T. Moore School of Education’s Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) program at Clemson University. The mission of the Call Me MISTER Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader, more diverse background, particularly among the nation’s lowest performing elementary schools.

Over the past nine years, since the program’s inception in South Carolina, it has placed nearly 60 certified African American males, primarily in elementary and middle public school classrooms. Several of the programs more recent graduates have come from SC State University. The Call Me MISTER program has received accolades from a broad spectrum of national media and high profile celebrities to include USA Today, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal, ABC World News, National Public Radio (NPR), Associated Press, Diverse Issues in Education, Black America Web, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, and education journals such as Education Week and Instructor magazine.

Previously, Jones was associate professor in the Division of Education at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. From 1990 to 1998, Jones served as director of employment for the Charleston County School District and was responsible for the district's teacher and classified recruitment programs. He has successfully implemented and directed numerous programs in higher education throughout his career and has presented countless workshops, seminars, forums, and panel discussions surrounding racial and cultural issues in education.

Jones received his doctorate from the University of Georgia, master's from Atlanta University, and bachelor's from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

SC State University’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 (803) 536-7061.