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Foundational Updates September 2019

September 18, 2019

Dr. Ershela Sims Named GSSM Interim President

The GSSM Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Ershela Sims as Interim President for the 2019-2020 school year. Dr. Sims also serves as Senior Vice President for Virtual Education and Outreach Programs. Prior to joining GSSM in 2017, Dr. Sims was the Dean of Engineering and Technology at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. During her tenure there, she developed and taught courses in statics, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering research, and biomedical instrumentation. Dr. Sims is active in several professional organizations and serves on multiple boards, including the Clemson General Engineering Advisory Board and the Florence-Darlington County Commission for Technical Education.

Alumni Spotlight: Convocation Speaker Joey Wilson '13 and 2019 Outstanding Alumnus Dr. Nathan Kwan '04

GSSM celebrated the beginning of the school year with its annual Convocation Ceremony on September 12, 2019. As part of the festivities, two alumni spoke to the current students and encouraged them that there is life after GSSM.

The Convocation address was given by Joey Wilson '13 (right), an oncology Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge in England. Joey shared his experiences—the successes and the failures—at GSSM and as an undergraduate at Clemson University, saying, "Leaving home is hard. Being put in an academically challenging environment while reshaping your life as you know it is even harder. But it is in transition where we truly grow. GSSM turned out to be a positive experience that truly brought out the best in me."

Dr. Nathan Kwan '04 (middle) received the 2019 Outstanding Alumnus Award, which is presented annually by the GSSM Alumni Association to a person who, through their post-GSSM education, work, and personal endeavors, exemplifies the success one can achieve through the foundation of a GSSM education. Nathan, who currently serves in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a flight surgeon, advised students, "Never stop being a learner. Learn from your professors, your wins, your losses, and, mostly importantly, learn from each other."

Please Join Us!

Join us as we honor the students and graduates of GSSM.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6 p.m.
1208 Washington Place, Columbia

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