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The Smith, Stern & Connelley Awards

These Awards are Presented at the Annual SAIL Event

  • The Bishop Robert Smith, Ted Stern Cup and Alexander Chambliss Connelley awards are presented at the annual S.A.I.L Event - formerly SALA Awards Event. 
  • SAIL is an acronym for Student Achievement, Involvement & Leadership Awards. 

Award Recipients

The Bishop Robert Smith Award 

This is the highest and most selective honor an undergraduate can achieve at the College of Charleston.  
The award recipients receive a plaque, a monetary award and recognition during the graduation ceremony.  

2019 Award Recipients

Our highest senior student honor for the college, recipient(s) are chosen on the basis of consistent exemplary leadership and academic excellence by a committee composed of the Provost, the Executive Vice President for Student Affairs and former award recipient.

First Recipient is Danya Firestone.

Danya Firestone is a remarkable student and an excellent citizen.   She absolutely embodies all the values required of recipients of the Bishop Robert Smith Award.  Her academic record is impeccable, her campus and community engagement is extensive, and her leadership qualities are unparalleled.  I also find it extremely inspiring that Danya plans to enter into the field of education….Danya would enter many other more economically profitable fields.  However, Danya plans to utilize these skills to educate and serve others, which I feel is a true testament to her dedication to society.

Second Recipient is Alexandra Helfgott

“Alexandra quickly emerged as a leader at the College of Charleston with creativity and focus who cares deeply for her community.  She knows how to inspire people to action.  Although she is a strong, results-oriented leader, she has a humility of spirit and a kind disposition that inspires those around her to put the concern for others first.  She has a listening ear and is attuned to quieter, but often the most important, voices on an issue. Alexandra’s academic record is stellar.  In fact, she was so impressive academically in her first year that we awarded her a Swanson Scholarship and membership in the Aiken Fellows Society, honors that typically are only given to prospective students during recruitment.   Alexandra Helfgott epitomizes the academic excellence and leadership impact that the Bishop Robert Smith Award celebrates.”

Previous Bishop Robert Smith Award Recipients


The Ted Stern Cup

The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award recipients receive a Silver Cup and a monetary award. 

2019 Ted Stern CupThis cup honors a member of the Senior Class of the College of Charleston who by character and influence has best and most faithfully exemplified the high ideals and exemplary qualities of former President Dr. Theodore S. Stern both in the College and the community. 

First Recipient: Rodrick M. Bellamy  

Theodore Stern was one of the most influential president’s in the history of the College of Charleston.   Sen. Fritz Hollings was quoted as saying “Everything Ted touched in Charleston blossomed.” Rodrick Bellamy has had the same influence on the College of Charleston during the past four years.  He has been part of many different areas of the college and his positive energy, leadership and great work ethic has influenced hundreds of current and future students at the college.

Nicknamed “Mr. CofC” by many.  This nickname comes from the many areas of campus he has been part of.  He has been involved on campus through his role as a resident assistant in McAlister Residence Hall for two years, as member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and Orientation Intern.  He is part of the SLI Institute through his work as a Sustainability Literacy and Social Justice Intern.  He is a peer academic coach for the First Year Impact Program for the past two years.  As a middle grades education major, Rodrick has participated in the Call Me Mister program, South Carolina Teaching Fellows is part of The Teacher Leaders program (which is a teacher education program for seniors that are selected through a highly competitive process) and  co-coordinated Project Playground, a student volunteer program at Memminger Elementary School.

Second Recipient: Megan Stover

Megan is the President and student co-founder of the Cougar Food Pantry on her campus. The Pantry is an organization that was created for all students on her campus to combat food insecurity and increase student awareness in order to minimize the stigma associated with food insecurity.  After complimenting Megan on her hard work she humbly said it was simply a need the campus has that she wanted to address and help. In addition to the Cougar Food Pantry, Megan is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she has served her chapter as the Financial Secretary, Historian and Corresponding Secretary. Throughout her college career, Megan worked many jobs including Event Officer for Stern Night Life, Assistant Manager for the Stern Student Center, Office of Sustainability Intern and Peer Facilitator for the Spanish Department where she taught Spanish conversation courses. Megan’s hard work and legacy will forever be etched in the history of the Cougar Pantry and the College of Charleston. 

Previous Ted Stern Cup Recipients


Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award

The award is presented to the student of the graduating class who has made the most unselfish contribution to the student body and the College of Charleston. It is awarded for special achievement. The Recipient receives a plaque and monetary award.

2019: The recipient of the 2019 Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award is Samantha Krantz.

 The Committee particularly valued Samantha’s actions, which have had a visible and lasting impact on the student body, the campus, and the Charleston community. Beginning in fall 2017, Samantha has led the College of Charleston chapter of the international Daffodil Project, a living Holocaust memorial, which her nominators say exemplifies Tikkum Olam, the Jewish value of repairing the world. Samatha’s many other actions and involvement on campus and in the Lowcountry, from Holocaust education and genocide awareness to leadership in the annual Dance Marathon fundraiser in support of the MUSC Children’s Hospital, showcase her willingness to lead from the heart. In this respect, she exemplifies the selflessness and commitment, which this Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award celebrates.

Previous Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award Recipients


What is the Nomination Criteria for these Awards

Who were the men who named the 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. These award winners are selected by a committee composed of the Provost, the Executive Vice President for Student Affairs and former award winners. Each nomination comes from a group of faculty and staff members.

Who was Bishop Robert Smith?

Bishop Robert Smith (1732–1801) was the first American Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina. At age 25, Smith became the rector of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Charleston. He was consecrated bishop of South Carolina in 1795, the sixth bishop in the American Episcopal succession.

Smith was one of the prominent South Carolinians to sign the charter of the College of Charleston in 1785. Smith also served as the first president of the College between 1790 and 1797. He maintained his residence at 6 Glebe Street, in Charleston's Harleston Village neighborhood, between the house's construction in 1770 and his death in 1801. This house was constructed on the glebe of St. Philip's Episcopal Church as the parsonage house. Additionally, it served as the location of some of the College's first classes. The house is now a part of the College of Charleston, serving as its President's House, and is officially known as the Bishop Robert Smith House.

Theodore S. Stern Cup Award 

Dr. Ted Stern, President of the College from 1968-1978, passed away January, 2013 not long after his 100th birthday.  As we have awarded The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award for many years, we continue to honor his legacy with the presentation of this award to the most deserving member of the senior class. 

The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award was established in 1975 and presented anonymously on the occasion of his 25th wedding anniversary.  When Dr. Stern retired, the cup was passed to honor 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 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. 

Who was Ted Stern?

Dr. Ted Stern, President of the College from 1968-1978, passed away January, 2013 not long after his 100th birthday on Christmas Day.  As we have awarded The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award for many years, we continue to honor his legacy with the presentation of this award to the most deserving member of the senior class. 

Dr. Ted Stern, (1912-2013) was the sixteenth president of the College of Charleston.  When he arrived on campus in 1968, there 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.  

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 receives a plaque and monetary award. 

This award winner is selected by the Faculty Committee on Student Affairs. 

Who was Alexander Chambliss Connelley?

Alexander Chambliss Connelley was born in Charleston 1882. He was devoted to the College of Charleston, was elected a Trustee in 1927, and spent a very large amount of time and effort as Chairman of its Finance Committee.  He gave wise and  prudent counsel and guidance to his fellow Trustees and was always ready and anxious to do anything that he could to help the College. 

He served the Charleston community in many capacities: Charleston city alderman, president of the St. Andrew's Society and the Associated Charities Association of Charleston, president of the Country Club of Charleston (retiring the entire debt in his term), president of the Charleston Rotary Club and member of numerous other civic and fraternal organizations.

The "Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award" was named and established by Connelley himself to be awarded to a student of the graduating class for special achievement of a nature to be determined each year by the Trustees.

 

More information here: http://studentaffairs.cofc.edu/awards/deans-awards/index.php