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Upstate Spring 14 Magazine Online

47th Annual Founders’ Day A TIME TO REFLECT AND HONOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS Mike Bruce Dr. Warren Carson Dolores "Dodie" Anderson Dr. Judith Kizer The Honorable Rita Allison Founders Day is a time to reflect on the history and accomplishments of the University of South Carolina Upstate and to recognize outstanding contributions made in its support. This year was no different as the Spartanburg County Commission on Higher Education used the 47th annual celebration to honor five individuals who have positively influenced the University and the people it serves in indelible ways. Dolores “Dodie” Anderson was the recipient of the G.B. Hodge, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the highest recognition the Commission can grant and is designed to recognize a lifetime of history altering influence on the shape, character and destiny of the University. Anderson’s $4 million gift in 2010 to renovate the G.B. Hodge Center marks the largest single gift to the Athletics Department in school history. The Founders Day Award provides recognition to those persons in the larger community who have been of exceptional assistance to the University. This year’s award was presented to The Honorable Rita Allison who has loyally served BY MEG HUNT District 36 in the South Carolina House of Representatives for more than a decade. A longtime champion of USC Upstate, she has worked tirelessly on its behalf in making the case for parity funding to ensure Upstate students receive state funding equivalent to that provided at peer institutions. Mike Bruce, Dr. Warren Carson and Dr. Judith Kizer received the Award for Distinguished Service, which honors those who have demonstrated a long and distinguished career of service to the University characterized by exceptional dedication to the work at hand and to the institution. Currently director of risk management, Bruce has generously served the University in many ways. During his tenure at USC Upstate, he has dedicated his time to areas where he’s been called to serve, most notably as campus police chief for 20 years. Carson, in his 30th year at USC Upstate, has been an unwavering advocate for student learning and development. Whether as professor of English and African- American studies or serving in the myriad of administrative capacities he’s been asked to execute, he has been a role model and mentor for hundreds of Upstate students. Motivated by a desire to teach, Kizer came to USC Upstate as an instructor 37 years ago. She has spent her career seeking to empower and equip students to succeed. Throughout her career, she has led, mentored and motivated many students to seek education and careers beyond anything they imagined when they enrolled in the University. Scan with your phone or tablet for video extra. 15  15  2014 2014 Spring Spring Upstate Upstate Magazine Magazine


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