CBCS Students to Graduate with Distinction

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences students Heather Douglas, Heather Hamblin, and Simara Zafir will receive the prestigious designation of "Graduation with Distinction" when they graduate in May, 2012. The honor is awarded to a very select group of students who stand apart from their peers based on their scholarly activity, professional development, community service, or perseverance in the face of adversity.

Heather Douglas is completing a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success Honor Society and is pursuing a career "to help people who may have not had the opportunity to help themselves." Her network of support includes the USF School of Social Work, the Learning Academy at USF, the National Association of Social Workers Florida Chapter, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

Heather Hamblin is completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders with a Minor in American Sign Language. She is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and demonstrates her professional leadership at fundraising events, youth mentoring volunteer work, and ongoing collaborations with community organizations in Tampa Bay. She has a "passion for working with children." Several of her supports include the USF Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, the American Cancer Society, St. James UMC, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

Simara Zafir is completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Long Term Care Administration. She is a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators who is seeking to "change lives and make a difference in the world." Her support network includes the USF Office of Orientation, USF Hillel, Weinberg Village Assisted Living Facility, and the Sigma Phi Omega Honors Gerontology Society.

These students have demonstrated academic and professional excellence during their time at USF. To learn more about the Graduation with Distinction opportunity in the College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, please contact Beatrice Smith, Director of Advising & Student Services (MHC 1149).