Bishop Robert Smith, The Ted Stern Cup and the Alexander Chambliss Connelley Awards
Bishop Robert Smith Award
This is the highest and most selective honor a graduating student can achieve at the College of Charleston. The Bishop Robert Smith Award was established by former President Theodore Stern to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional leadership and academic excellence. The award recipients receive a plaque, a monetary award and recognition during the graduation ceremony. Nominations are accepted from members of the faculty and staff. The award winners are selected by a committee comprised of the Provost, the Executive Vice President for Student Affairs and former award winners.
- Submit the nomination form and at least two letters of support to the Office of the Dean of Students. The nominator may write one of the letters of support.
- Please describe, as specifically as possible, the nominee’s leadership roles in collegiate, cocurricular and extra-curricular activities from time of enrollment to the present. Indicate experiences such as officer positions, captain or other leadership roles on an athletic team, club/organization launch, creative projects, peer educator, campus initiative, etc. List ALL participation and leadership positions by year of service, for example, Student Government Association – Senator, 2013-2014; President, 2014-2015.
- Describe any academic honors or achievements (e.g., scholarships, departmental honors, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, etc.). See the College of Charleston Undergraduate Catalog for reference.
- The Sample Bishop Robert Smith nomination form and criteria from 2016 Nominations are closed and will re-open Spring, 2018.
Theodore S. Stern Cup Award
The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award honors a member of the Senior Class of the College of Charleston who has most faithfully served the interests and ideals of the College and who by character and influence has best exemplified the ideals and qualities of President Theodore S. Stern, both in the College and the community. The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award recipients receive a Silver Cup and a monetary award. Nominations are accepted from members of the faculty and staff. The award winner is selected by a committee comprised of the Director of Student Life, Vice President of College Events/Secretary to the Board of Trustees, and a second director within the Division of Student Affairs. The recipient of the Ted Stern Cup Award will be announced at the Student Activism and Leadership Achievement Awards Ceremony. The 2016 nomination form and criteria for the Theodore S. Stern Cup Award Nominations are closed.
I. Nominee’s major. II. Describe any honors or achievements received. III. Please describe, as specifically as possible, how the nominee has served the interests and ideals of the College and who by character and influence has best exemplified the ideals and qualities of Theodore S. Stern in the College and in the community.
Who was Ted Stern?
Dr. Ted Stern, (1912-2013) was the sixteenth president of the College of Charleston. When he arrived on campus in 1968, thre were 432 students enrolled. During his ten-year administration, the future of the College was insured through the construction of new facilities (including the Robert Scott Small Library and the Stern Student Center), the enrollment of minority and international students, and recruitment of skilled and accredited faculty and staff. He also transitioned the College from a private to state institution. In addition to his role as President of the College, Dr. Stern helped found the Coastal Community Foundation in 1974 and served as the Chairman of the Board of the Spoleto Festival from 1977 to 1985. The Ted Stern Cup, one of the three highest awards given to graduating students who have served the campus community, is named in his honor.
- "I look forward to doing something to help others..." On the eve of his 100th birthday, former CofC presidnet Ted Stern was asked what was left to do in his life?
- Wisdom of the Century - "No Problems, Only Challenges" Ted Stern's autobiography.
- Ted Stern Honored for Leadership
- "Ted Stern's legacy as a campus and communiity leader is dificult to overstate" said George Benson, former president of the College of Charleston.
- Ted Stern's Legacy
- "There would be no Spoleto if it wasn't for the College" says Ted Stern.
Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award
The award is presented to the student of the senior class who has made the most unselfish contribution(s) to the student body and the College of Charleston. It is awarded to a student of the graduating class for special achievement. Nominations will be accepted from the student body, faculty, and staff. The recipient will receive a cash award and a plaque.