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The Smith, Stern & Connelley Awards

Award Presentations

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

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.  

The Ted Stern Cup

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

  • 2018 Bria Dantzler 
             Allison Camp

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.

  • 2018  Erin Day

S.A.L.A. 

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