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WCU'S DAN SOUTHERN WINS NATIONAL                                                                                                

Image: Waynesville resident Dan Southern (standing) takes a peek at the work of student Elton Clawson, who now works as a physician's assistant. (WCU file photo)

Waynesville resident Dan Southern (standing) takes a peek at the work of student Elton Clawson, who now works as a physician's assistant. (WCU file photo)


Just three months after Dan Southern received a North Carolina professional association's highest honor, the Western Carolina University clinical laboratory sciences professor is recipient of a similar award bestowed upon him by the national professional organization.

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science presented Southern with its “Member of the Year” award as part of national meetings held July 25-29 in Chicago. The annual award is presented to a member who has contributed significantly to the ASCLS and who, by outstanding example, has inspired others, said Mary Beth Meile, chair of the society's national awards committee.

Southern was selected for the award from among 20 nominees in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in the clinical laboratory sciences profession and service to the national organization, Meile said.

“ Dan Southern is an incredibly devoted professor who shows an active interest in students and spends countless hours organizing symposia and activities that benefit clinical laboratory sciences students,” she said. “He has been described as a flag-bearer for our profession, an effective communicator and a good leader with a tremendous amount of energy for the field of clinical laboratory medicine.”

A Waynesville resident, Southern joined the WCU faculty in 1976. He received the North Carolina Society for Clinical Laboratory Science “Member of the Year” award in late April – the third time he has won the title. He also has received two other national awards from the ASCLS, for professional achievement in education (in 1985) and for professional achievement in hematology (1997).  He received the regional “Rebel Yell” award for meritorious service in 2004.

Although he said he values all of the awards that have come his way during his more than 35 years in the profession, Southern said receiving the national “Member of the Year” honor is a career highlight.

“I am very honored by this one-of-a-kind award from our national professional association and by the attention it brings to WCU, my program and most of all, my students and graduates,” he said.

For more information about the clinical laboratory sciences program at Western, contact the CLS program office at (828) 227-7113.

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