2000

 

International Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Gustavo Scioville

 

Born and educated in Colombia, South America, Dr. Scioville came to the United States 31 years ago, settling in Greenwood County, SC. He soon established himself as a respected ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, as evidenced by his membership in the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Ophthalmology, and the Aerospace Medical Association. He founded the Free Clinic in Laurens, SC, to meet the needs of children whose parents were unable to afford professional medical assistance. His contributions to the people of South Carolina did not end with his retirement. Dr. Scioville continues to volunteer at this clinic and the Free Clinic in Greenwood. He serves as secretary of the Greenwood chapter of the American Red Cross, is President of the Laurens County Medical Society, and is heavily involved with the Hispanic Outreach Organization in Columbia, SC. Presently he is assisting in the development of an organization for Latin women and children. Dr. Scioville has been characterized as a caring man with a big heart, who does what he can to help those less fortunate. Though he says that he doesn’t feel like he has done anything special to deserve International of the Year recognition, he does hope that the presentation of this award will encourage others to give freely of their time for the benefit of others.

 

Community Ambassador of the Year: Claude Huguley, Jr.

 

Imagine studying at an American university as one of your country’s best and brightest, and yet having to sleep on your apartment floor because of lack of funds. Such situations are unthinkable to Claude Huguley, who has been working to meet the practical needs of internationals for more than 35 years. As Chair of the Furnishings Committee for the Columbia Council for Internationals (CCFI), he spends many hours each week picking up donated items and delivering furniture loans to students and their families. In a typical year, Mr. Huguley drives his pickup over 4000 miles to deliver furniture and help students move from one apartment to another. Last year alone his committee assisted 280 students from 39 countries. Mr. Huguley and his wife Ginny are also active in the International Committee of Shandon Baptist Church, and he helps drive students to the church=s weekly Sunday afternoon English classes.

“It’s exciting,” Huguley says, “to meet and get to know students from many different countries and cultures.” The Huguley’s have also enjoyed opportunities to visit former student-friends in their own countries, including China and India.

Claude Huguley, Jr., retired in 1984 as Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the District of SC. He is a past president of the Breakfast Optimist Club and of the Alston Wilkes Society. Mr. Huguley has received several awards, including the Mary Mungo Outstanding Volunteer of the Year and the SC Probation and Parole Association’s Linda J. Allen Community Service Award.

International Professional of the Year: Eui Hang Shin   

 

Eui Hang (Ken) Shin is Professor of Sociology, in the College of Liberal Arts, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. He has been a faculty member of the USC Department of Sociology since 1971. He received his Ph.D. in Demography from University of Pennsylvania in 1971. His areas of research interests include interregional migration of blacks in the United States, Korean American communities, and political demography of Korea. Dr. Shin has published 36 journal articles and book chapters in both demography and sociology. He has edited three books in the area of Korean studies. He is co-editor of a journal, Development and Society. Dr. Shin has served as president of Korean American University Professors Association in North America, vice president of the Southern Demographic Association, vice president of the International Council of Korean Studies, board member, Asia and Asian America Section of the American Sociological Association. He is serving as Chairman of the Committee on the Census 2000 and the Federation of Korean Associations in the United States, a national organization of Korean Americans. Dr. Shin served as President, Korean Association of Columbia Metropolitan Area and is an elder at the Carolina Korean Presbyterian Church. He received the University of South Carolina Mortar Board’s Aexcellence in teaching award in 1996. Also, he received awards from President Kim Young Sam, Republic of Korea, for his service as a member of the Council on Democratic and Peaceful Unification of Korea, in 1997 and 1998. Dr. Shin is married to a physician who works for the U.S. Department of Defense. He and his wife have two sons who were born and raised in Columbia and live in New York City.

 

International Business Person of the Year: Noemi A. Cadle

 

Noemi Altagracria De Cadle owns and manages Amigo Travel and Tours, Inc., a full service travel agency especially adept at handling the needs of  Columbia’s Hispanic community. She opened this minority/Hispanic/woman-owned agency in 1995 after 16 years of experience in the travel industry, as well as a number of years in the “school of hard knocks.”

Ms. Cadle’s career began in 1973 as a reservations and ticket agent for TACA International Airlines in her native El Salvador. In just a few years her abilities paved the way for a managerial position in a local travel agency, followed by a leadership position with Air France in El Salvador.

Four years later TACA wooed her back to head their Cargo sales division. It was here (during earthquake-relief operations in 1986) that she met and married an American State Department employee.

Following her new husband to Puerto Rico and later to Virginia, Ms. Cadle discovered how difficult it was to transfer success in one country to job opportunities in another. But she determined to do whatever it took to succeed. These steps included graduation from a Travel Agent training institution, and a period of work without pay so she could demonstrate her

abilities to those who could not see past her Hispanic accent.

 

By 1994, it had become clear that the Hispanic community in Columbia was under served by the travel industry. Ms. Cadle again faced many challenges in acquiring the Airlines Reporting Corporation certification needed to open her own agency, but with the support of family and friends her dream became a reality: Amigo Travel and Tours, Inc. was born.

Alta, as she is known by friends, has a reputation of going the extra mile for her clients. She not only labors to find the best airfares, but has spent long hours on the phone to obtain bereavement fares for those who thought attendance at a family funeral was far beyond their means. In addition to her unique abilities to serve the Hispanic community, Alta has found use for her fluency in French and conversational Italian! Minorities and internationals seem to sense the benefit of putting someone who has “overcome” to work for them. And Ms. Cadle is only too happy to be there for her clients. “After all is said and done,” she says, “owning and operating my

own travel agency has been one of my life’s most rewarding experiences.”