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Fleming receives Savory Award

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Lauren Fleming, senior public relations major, was chosen by her classmates to be the recipient of the 2017 Savory Award and was recognized at Senior Chapel.

According to an article on the college’s website, “The Savory Award is given each fall in memory of Dr. Jerold “Jerry” Savory, a long-time faculty member and academic leader at Columbia College, greatly admired by students, faculty and staff. Dr. Savory was recognized during his 26 years at the College for his commitment to personal and academic excellence, ethical leadership, spiritual values, and the well-being of the Columbia College community. This award seeks to honor the Columbia College senior woman who most exemplifies the ideals that guided Dr. Savory’s life.”

“I feel very honored and humbled,” Fleming said. “I am extremely thankful to not just have been the recipient of the Savory Award because, while that is such an honor, I would not be who I am without my Columbia College sisterhood. It’s been more than our fantastic faculty and staff. It’s been more than the small class sizes. It’s been more than what we just put on our brochures. It’s been the dedication of my peers and my friends to make each other better people and to grow and become the fearless leaders that I know we all are.”

Fleming is from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is the student program coordinator for the P.L.A.C.E Fellows Program, a student ambassador for Columbia College (C’ster), a McNair Fellow, the president of the Leadership Honor Society (ODK), the editor of the college’s literary and art magazine (the Criterion), a member of the English Honors Society (Sigma Tau Delta) and a chair member of the Honors Program.

When she first visited the college, one of the C’sters made her feel welcomed, and Fleming felt the C’ster was genuinely happy she was there for the day. She said Columbia College was the first college someone made her feel like she belonged, and she felt like she could grow, be herself and get out of her introverted shell while she was at the college.

Fleming also shared the interaction she had with Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing, last semester when she was at the college to visit the campus and learn more about the Columbia College experience:

“She [Berry] told her employees, you can either sit at the table or be served on the menu and so I laughed and I said, ‘Before I came to this college, I wouldn’t have taken a seat at this table. I would’ve sat around the edge of the room.’ That says a lot about how we view ourselves, how we view what we have to offer. I think Columbia College is responsible for my taking a seat at the table, and I mentioned in my legacy for the Savory Award nominees that I wanted to help other Columbia College women be able to find their own seat at the table.”

Michelle Troup, senior communication studies major, and Christina Dunn, senior political science major, were also nominees of the award and were recognized at Senior Chapel.

Fleming is considering Columbia College’s Organizational Change and Leadership masters program.

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