Voorhees names the 2017 faculty and staff members of the year

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Voorhees names the 2017 faculty and staff members of the year

April 21, 2017

Voorhees College recognized Dr. Zhabiz Golkar as faculty of the year and Sarah Simpson as staff of the year during the 120th Founder’s Day Convocation held on April 6.

Golkar who worked at Voorhees since 2014, earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, a master’s degree in clinical microbiology, and a doctoral degree in molecular biology.

Recently, her thirteenth scientific article, “Inhibition of Ebola Virus by Anti-Ebola miRNAs in silico,” was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

Golkar also received a South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching Award at the Annual SCICU Teaching Excellence Awards Dinner, on Tuesday, April 4, for her relentless dedication for educating her students.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the 2017 SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2017 Faculty of the Year award. I am grateful for the recognitions, but it is an even greater honor to be placed in the distinguished ranks of past honorees, all of whom have made important contributions to our education system,” Golkar said.

President W. Franklin Evans said that Golkar’s research and scientific abilities add value to her department. “I am not surprised Dr. Golkar received the SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award because she works hard to ensure her students get internal and external learning opportunities.” Evans said.

Simpson, a 1977 graduate of Voorhees who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, received Staff of the Year for her persistence and commitment to raising funds for the institution. She is currently the development officer for the Division of Institutional Advancement and Development, a member of the Denmark Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 123.

During the Convocation, also Simpson also received a 40-year service award for her dedication to Voorhees. “I knew I was receiving the service award, but was very surprised when I heard my name called a second time and I am very thankful for the honor. I have loved my alma mater ever since I was a student and I will do everything I can to see that the Voorhees legacy lives on,” Simpson said. “I want to engage more alumni, friends, and supporters to increase their giving efforts.”

President Evans said, Simpson helped him get acclimated to the Denmark Community when he took office in August 2016. “She has been instrumental in introducing me to various alumni, community members, business owners, and Voorhees constituents,” Evans said.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu