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Kauffman Award Luncheon

Posted: 9:03 AM 5/1/2024
The 2024 Kauffman Rememberance Day and Award luncheon was held April 24 on the campus of USCA. The 2024 Kauffman Award was presented to Carl Fields in recognition of his years of service to the Center of Lifelong Learning and its predecessor.

Spring Semester Completed

Posted: 7:58 AM 4/24/2024
We have completed the Spring 2024 semester of classes. Come back in August to review the schedule of courses for the Fall semester. Registration will be in September.

Relationship with USCA

Posted: 7:07 AM 1/12/2024
On January 11, 2024, the Center signed a new agreement with USCA. Under the new agreement, the Center becomes a program of the University. Heretofore, the Center was an independent, volunteer-run organization with strong ties to the University. You may read more about the signing ceremony here.

Kauffman Remembrance
Day and Award

Every Spring, the Center for Lifelong Learning holds a Remembrance Day to honor the memory of Dr. Earl F. Kauffman. Dr. Kauffman was one of the individuals most responsible for the creation of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, one of the Center's predecessor organizations, back in 1989. Kauffman Recognition Day Poster (To learn more about Dr. Kauffman and the founding of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, please see our History page. Even more detail may be found in the brochure of the first Kauffman Memorial Lecture (now called Kauffman Remembrance Day), March 22, 1991. You may read or download the brochure here.)

Each year on Kauffman Remembrance Day an award is given in Dr. Kauffman's memory to recognize a group or individual who has made significant contributions to the Center. This recognition has been given annually since 1992, three years after the Academy's founding. (2021 was an exception; no luncheon was held due to COVID-19.)

The Kauffman Luncheon is held in April and is funded in part from an endowment created by USC Aiken Professor James Kauffman and his family in memory of his father Earl. All Center members are sent invitations and are encouraged to attend. An RSVP is required for event planning purposes.

Kauffman Awardees
2024 Carl Fields
2023 Wayne Rickman
2022 Jim Brown
2021 None (due to covid)
2020 Vicki Collins*
2019 Doug Cook
2018 Doris Hammond
2017 Jim Farmer
2016 Nancy Meinhardt
2015 Laura Anderson & Mary Anne Cavanaugh
2014 Dick Baxter
2013 Deidre Martin
2012 Vince Coughlin
2011 Kathy Schultz
2010 Doug Wilson
2009 Mike Lythgoe
2008 Chuck Braun
2007 LouAnn Ainsworth
2006 Ray Wright
2005 Adele O'Connell
2004 William Scott
2003 Joan Lacombe
2002 Arlene Lane
2001 Elizabeth Hutchins
2000 Beecher Morton
1999 Bob Alexander
1998 Jean Haynes
1997 Barbara Randall
1996 (data lost)
1995 George Gaudaen
1994 Connie Dunbar
1992 Kim Wood Woeber

*Vicki Collins was selected in 2020, but COVID-19 precluded a Luncheon. Sadly, Vicki died before the award could be presented to her. It was accepted by her husband at the 2022 Luncheon.


The McGrath Computer Learning Center, the other predecessor organization of the Center, selected a Volunteer of the Year during its years of operation 1999–2021. Each year's awardee was nominated by and voted on by the Steering Commitee. You can see the list of awardees here.