Covey College of Allied Health Professions Honors Ceremony - Spring 2022

Posted on April 7, 2022 by CAHP

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On Monday, March 21, 2022, the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions held its annual honors ceremony recognizing students, faculty and alumni for their hard work and commitment to allied health professions. The awards presented include the Covey College of Allied Health Professions Hall of Fame alumni award, the Excellence in Teaching faculty award, the Excellence in Research faculty award, the Excellence in Service faculty award and the Administrative Support staff award. Current students and faculty also have the opportunity to be inducted into the Alpha Eta Society, a national honor society for allied health students.

Dr. Debra Dwight

Dr. Debra M. Dwight
Covey College of Allied Health Professions Hall of Fame

Dr. Elizabeth Adams, department chair and associate professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, presented this year’s Covey College of Allied Health Professions Hall of Fame award to Dr. Debra M. Dwight ‘73, ‘75. Dr. Dwight was selected as the awardee after many years of service and research within the field of speech pathology and audiology. Dwight began her career serving as a speech-language pathologist within the Mobile County Public School System and later made her way to the classroom as a professor in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and west Georgia.


Mr. Joel Ellzie

Mr. Joel Ellzie
Excellence in Teaching

The Excellence in Teaching award is presented to a faculty member who ensures that students receive an excellent foundation in the science and practice of their profession. Dr. Susan Gordon-Hickey, interim dean of the Covey College of Allied Health Professions, presented the 2022 Excellence in Teaching award to Mr. Joel Ellzie, paramedic instructor and EMS program director. Students frequently express their appreciation for Ellzie’s personalized approach to their didactic and clinical training and the clear evidence that he cares about their successes. His dedication to students proved very successful with 100% of EMS students passing their licensure exam.


Dr. Terry Ravine

Dr. Terry Ravine
Excellence in Research

The Excellence in Research award is presented annually to a faculty member who is a leader in informing evidence-based clinical practice. The 2022 Excellence in Research award recipient is Dr. Terry Ravine, associate professor of biomedical sciences. Ravine has contributed to nine peer-reviewed research discoveries to the literature in the past three years and served as lead author on seven of these papers. His work is frequently cited by researchers across the nation and has informed best practices in disinfection procedures for cleaning and storing immobilization masks for radiation patients.


Ms. Kendra Hudson

Ms. Kendra Hudson
Excellence in Service

The Excellence in Service award is centered around a faculty member’s commitment to the institution, community and to allied health professions. The 2022 Excellence in Service award recipient is Ms. Kendra Hudson, senior instructor and clinical coordinator of speech pathology. As an advisor, Hudson is committed to the success of clinical students and is known for her direct approach with a “healthy dash” of humor. She has contributed to a variety of recruitment projects with the goal of attracting historically underrepresented minorities into the healthcare fields.


Ms. Brittney Day

Ms. Brittney Day
Excellence in Administrative Support

The Excellence in Administrative Support award is presented each year to an outstanding member of the College’s administrative staff. The 2022 Excellence in Administrative Support award recipient is Ms. Brittney Day, academic advisor and associate coordinator of student affairs. Day represents the College in various capacities including the University Student Success Team and the Quality Enhancement Development Team. She is committed to student success, and is a leader to many on South’s campus and in the community.


Alpha Eta Society

Sixty-eight students studying programs in the Covey College of Allied Health Professions were inducted into the Alpha Eta Society, a national honor society for allied health students, along with one faculty member, Dr. Padma Thulasiraman, associate professor of Biomedical Sciences.

Biomedical Sciences
Ashburn, Nathan L.
Baker, Noah C.
Boullion, Jolie A.
Boyette, Jaclyn N.
Faragalla, Mary A.
Fu, Richard H.
Hamo, Mohammad A.
Lyons, Catherine E.
Patel, Kartik R.
Singley, Ian G.
Torrance, Ashleigh K.
Whatley, Caroline O.

Emergency Medical Services
Casculescu, Andrew G.

Professional Health Sciences
Alexander, Katelyn E.
Clayton, Christian J.
Gruich, Shelby F.
Hannan, Samuel T.
James, Bailee D.
LaPorte, Maren E.
Leland, Bria C.
Myers, Rachel E.
Parten, Kennedy
Patrick, Amelia D.
Thurtell, Conner D.

Occupational Therapy
Alsobrook, Jacob R.
Czeck, Richelle Y.
Dobbs, Courtney M.
Martin, Caroline E.
Morris, Callie L.
Sherman, Jillian N.
Vangilder, Morgan L.

Physician Assistant Studies
Andrade Dos Santos, Amanda Rosa
Asarisi, Savannah L.
Boudreaux, Kimberly E.
Frey, Sarah
Hossain, Khadija M.
Johnson, Shayden L.
Kofskey, Madeline B.
Lundsgaard, Lynne M.
McInnis, Cameron H.
Stokes, Bailey V.
Topham, Lexi R.

Physical Therapy
Authement, Catherine M.
Barbrey, Jordan L.
Barnickel, Taylor J.
Chiasson, Leigh C.
Homan, Sydney
Lewis, Madison G.
Molaison, Kimberly M.
Torres, Kirstyn M.

Radiologic Sciences
Bufkin, Avery M.
Cobb, Ashton B.
Dunagan, Brittany M.
Durden, Lucy A.
Gallahar, Ashlyn B.
Massingill, Rachel E.
Newell, Kody G.
Strohman, Emma N.

Speech Pathology and Audiology
Undergraduate Speech and Hearing Sciences
Ange, Frances
Locke, Caroline
Randle, Perrin
Townsend, Emma

Master's Speech Language Pathology
Coleman, Harper G.
Cottrell, Emmalie
Jackson, De'Asia M.
Roberts, Mary A.

Doctor of Audiology
Grimstad, Kourtney
Shepard, Rachell

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