USD’s Mims wins counseling award

USD's Mims wins counseling award Professor Grace Mims of The University of South Dakota's Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education was recently awarded the Mavis Booze Mentoring Award at the South Dakota Counseling Association Conference in Aberdeen.

This award was established in 1999 in honor of Mavis Booze who served as a school counselor in South Dakota for 21 years and served on numerous boards and committees. The Mavis Booze Mentoring Award is given annually to recognize a counselor who shares willingly and enthusiastically what�they know.

Booze, a longtime active member of both the South Dakota Counseling Association (SDCA) and the South Dakota School Counselor Association (SDSCA), died in 1998 following a long battle with cancer.

Booze began her counseling career in Miller in 1975 and moved on to Pierre in 1978 to become counselor at Riggs High School.�She held that position in Pierre for 18 years before her retirement in 1996.

She dedicated countless hours to the counseling profession statewide by serving on numerous boards and committees.�Both SDCA and SDSCA have honored her with the highest awards that their organizations have to bestow on their members.

"Mavis really touched a lot of lives and it is such an honor to have received a mentoring award named after her," Mims said.

Megan Christopherson Spawn nominated Dr. Mims for the award and wrote the following about her: "I first met Dr. Grace Mims in 1996 when I was a struggling graduate student at USD. She instantly put me at ease with her relaxed charm and genuine willingness to lend a listening ear. As a graduate student, she helped mold and sculpt my skills, while allowing me to find my own style.

"Grace signaled to me her trust in my developing skills, coupled with her unprecedented enthusiasm and passion for our profession. I know Grace has continued to radiate these qualities since my graduate school days as I hear countless students singing her praises each year.�I have yet to meet any student who feels Dr. Grace Mims is anything less than a superb mentor.

"As a professional counselor today I am often asked to think of someone who I admire and am inspired by as a mentor.�My instant thought, second only to my parents, is Dr. Grace Mims.�Her expert mentoring style allows her to share priceless pieces of knowledge that she has spent a lifetime absorbing."

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