Usually at the end of a school year, the Department of Health and Human Performance (HEHP) holds a get-together, dubbed the HEHP Huddle, to highlight student-faculty research, celebrate the end of the academic year and honor seniors who have done exceptional work.
But as we all know, this is not a usual school year.
So this year, HEHP professors decided to pivot.
Instead of the ceremony, they recognized their students with a video.
“Although we cannot be together in person, our department has made significant efforts to stay virtually connected to our students,” says public health professor Leslie B. Hart. “This video is just one example and a mechanism to share these accomplishments across our department and campus.”
Hart says the seniors who were highlighted have gone above and beyond to help advance research, provide service to the community, mentor their peers, develop important professional skills and engage with organizations to gain hands-on experience for future career pursuits.
“They are seniors that have really accomplished a lot in their four years at CofC,” she says.
The video recognized the accomplishments of 19 seniors across four programs in the department: Exercise Science, B.A. in Public Health, B.S. in Public Health and Physical Education Teacher Education.
But the Department of Health and Human Performance isn’t the only department, office or school at the College of Charleston celebrating its students through the virtual world. Other digital displays of Cougar pride include:
- The Career Center’s celebration of the Student Employee of the Year.
- The School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Facebook series celebrating its senior scholars.
- The Division of Student Affairs shined a light on student-leaders with a video for the Student Achievement, Involvement and Leadership (S.A.I.L.) Awards.
“It’s nice to be able to spread some joy during these challenging times.,” says Hart. “This time of year is normally a time of celebration across campus – and we are trying to keep that up, even if it has to be digital.”
That’s something to celebrate – congrats to all our outstanding Cougars!