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Andy Brooks proudly displays his award from the Student Affairs Awards Banquet on April 13th.

Andy Brooks proudly displays his award from the Student Affairs Awards Banquet on April 13th.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - At the 2010 Student Affairs Awards Banquet held on April 13, a pair of members of the USC Upstate athletic department received wards. Director of Marketing and Promotions Andy Brooks and Senior Woman Administrator Louise Ericson were honored at the event.

Andy Brooks was awarded with the James E. Talley Vision Award. This award is given annually to a staff or faculty member who demonstrates vision and initiative towards making Upstate an outstanding place to work, study and live.

"Receiving this award was both a surprise and a great honor," said Andy Brooks. "Working in the athletic department this year has been a very enjoyable experience after graduating last May. One of my main goals after taking on my current role was to increase student support and attendance at all of our athletic events. Through a number of new promotions and a great amount of help from my two interns as well as the Upstate Marketing & Street Team, we were able to run great events and accomplish some of the things that certainly gave back to an Upstate student community, one that I am proud to be an alumnus of."

Louise Ericson was awarded with the Outstanding Advocate Award by Upstate's Alcohol and Drug Education Programs. Ericson received the honor in recognition of her work with Upstate colleagues Frances Jarratt-Hortis, Director of Counseling Services, and Erin Morgan, formerly the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Education. As a result, the university was awarded a three year, $30,000 grant with the NCAA CHOICES initiative.

The grant will serve as a focus to providing student leaders with the necessary tools to educate and mentor other students about the consequences associated with high risk drinking. They will also be able to help students bring their drinking attitudes and behaviors closer to actual group norms as appropriate as well as equip legal drinking age students with effective strategies for reducing the risk of harm associated with high-risk drinking.

"It was nice to be honored for this collaboration with the Alcohol and Drug Education Program," said Louise Ericson. "A `collaboration' is the perfect term as we work very well together in an effort to provide for our students and this CHOICES grant is another opportunity for us to do that. We are a family here at Upstate and this award recognizes that more than anything."