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Ph.D Candidate and Honors Alum: ‘My Honors experience gave me the confidence to never second guess myself or my abilities when I confronted challenging projects.’

Date Published: February 28, 2014

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Lori Pindar is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership

After graduating with a degree in Communication Studies from Clemson in 2009, Lori Pindar continued her education by earning a Master’s in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Georgia. She recently returned to Clemson to pursue a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. Lori gives back to the Clemson community as she continues her education. She currently holds the position of Student Services Coordinator for the Department of Communication Studies at the University. Her responsibilities include advising first-year students, the Communication Studies Ambassador program, and Lambda Pi Eta honor society.

Lori’s strong work ethic and leadership qualities were cultivated throughout her experience in the Calhoun Honors College. Her departmental Honors Thesis, “Faith-Based Healthcare: The Role of HIV/AIDS Advocacy Organizations in Eliminating Stigma,”allowed her to work under the direction of Dr. Karyn Ogata Jones and in collaboration with the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council. As a recipient of the Educational Enrichment Travel Grant, Lori traveled to Ghana where she continued work on her departmental thesis project. She worked with students from Regents University and the University of Ghana to explore the impact of faith-based messages regarding HIV/AIDS on self-efficacy and transmission rates.

As an undergraduate, Lori was involved in the CONNECTIONS Peer Mentor Program where she helped incoming freshmen acclimate to college life. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, she became active in public service. Her most notable contributions to the community include participation in Clemson’s Relay for Life, the Clemson MLK Enhancement Committee and local community service intiatives. Lori’s involvement did not cease at graduation; she is a current member of the Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae chapter in Anderson, SC and serves as Secretary of Communication for Graduate Student Government and is past-president of the Clemson Black Graduate Student Association.

Advice: College is exciting, stressful, and pretty much amazing—but consider it a stepping stone into more thrilling times in your life. Never devalue the benefit of your college network. I have maintained friendships through the years that have led to job opportunities, travel experiences, and areas of exposure that were unexpected but helpful in building the type of CV that will land the type of job I hope to have.  Life after Clemson will continue to be full of excitement so enjoy the ride!

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