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Clemson PRTM Recognizes Exceptional Undergraduate Students

May 8, 2020

The Clemson University Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management has recognized four students for outstanding service, leadership, professional engagement and personal qualities of integrity, compassion, service and a positive attitude.

Interim Department Chair Jeffrey Hallo says that the four awards are named after former leaders, faculty and alumni who exemplify qualities the department hopes to instill in its students.

“These four students demonstrate the best of those qualities and then some,” Hallo says. “Hannah, Danielle, Ellerslie and Gabrielle are all exceptional students who have made a lasting impact on this department and are credits to their communities.”

These students were recognized for:

Bert and Johnnie Brantley Outstanding Student Award – Hannah Snider

This award is presented to a PRTM senior who has exhibited outstanding service to the PRTM department, the University and the community during the student’s academic year at Clemson University while maintaining a 3.0 GPA. 

Clemson PRTM senior Hannah Snider.Hannah Snider is a senior at Clemson University, getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a concentration in Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management. She is the daughter of Brian and Rebecca Snider and the sister of Rachel Snider. She is also the fiancé of Dillon Gums.

Hannah currently works part-time at both the Clemson Ticket Office and the City of Easley Parks and Recreation Department. She loves animals, especially goats, all things Disney, being outside and going on adventures. She is a follower of Christ and says she owes all of her success to Him. She is currently still in search of a job for after graduation and is looking forward to whatever the future has in store!

Hannah was also recognized for Academic Achievement at the Senior Level.

Greg Shoper Leadership Award – Danielle Rudy

Established to honor a graduate of the department who was killed in action in Vietnam, this award recognizes the department’s most outstanding student leader of the year.  Danielle Rudy - Greg Schoper Leadership Award

Danielle Rudy is a junior Recreational Therapy major with a minor in Business Administration. She currently serves as the Vice President of Clemson’s Recreational Therapy club, fundraising and service chair for the Clemson Triathlon Club, and service chair for a living learning community located on campus, called WAVS. She also has been involved in a creative inquiry that coordinates and directs adaptive soccer camps for veterans across the United States. Outside of school, Danielle works as an ABA therapist at Agapi Behavioral Consultants and as a Fitness Assistant at FIKE Recreation Center.

Lawrence R. Allen Engaged Future Professional Award – Ellerslie McCue

This award is given to an undergraduate PRTM student who has demonstrated a commitment to professional engagement in the PRTM field.

Ellerslie McCue-Lawrence R. Allen Engaged Future Professional AwardEllerslie McCue is a senior majoring in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a concentration in Travel and Tourism and an interest in Agriculture. She is very grateful to all of the professors and administrators in both PRTM and CAFLS for four amazing years and for encouraging her to be the best that she can be. She wishes to thank them (virtually) for going above and beyond for their students and making a huge impact in their lives that continues after they leave Clemson University.

Ellerslie also runs a successful business called Highway Sailor, which she’s grown while earning her degree. Read her story.

Stevenson-Smith-Lovett Award – Gabrielle Wimberly

Established in memory of the families of donors to the PRTM department, this award is presented to a rising senior who exemplifies personal qualities of integrity, love, compassion, service and a positive attitude. Gabrielle Wimberly-Stevenson-Smith-Lovett Award

Gabrielle Wimberly is a junior Recreational Therapy major from Simpsonville, South Carolina. At Clemson, Gabrielle currently serves as the founding Event Coordinator for Clemson CHAARG, a women’s health and fitness organization. She is also a member of the Recreational Therapy Club, the Clemson Dancers and the Pre-Physical Therapy Club on campus. With a love for health and wellness as well as children, Gabrielle hopes to work in pediatrics as a Child Life Specialist or a Pediatric Physical Therapist. She enjoys the opportunities her major provides to strengthen others and improve their quality of life.

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The parks, recreation and tourism management department at Clemson University is one of the largest and most well-recognized programs of its type in the nation. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in  community recreation, sport and camp management, park and conservation area management, PGA golf management, public administration, recreational therapy, travel and tourism, and youth development leadership.



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