Award Named for Courageous CEHD Student
Erica Holloman was in the College Student Personnel doctoral program in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology (ECPY), completing her dissertation when she lost her fight with Cancer, June 2011.
After passing her doctoral comprehensive exams at the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) in 2008. In 2009, she accepted a position as the Program Director of Graduate Student Affairs and Multicultural Programming at the Wake Forest University’s School of Business. During this time, she was battling cancer but was determined to continue her doctoral studies and her professional work.
Erica was a super-achiever both personally and professionally, (she had completed two bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees), and always sought ways to improve not only herself, but also the world around her. She was such an inspiration to the students and faculty in ECPY, that they created an award in her memory, the Erica J. Holloman Achievement Award.
During the CEHD Honors Ceremony held in April, the award was presented for the first time to Tanina Seagraves. She began her master’s degree in the College Student Personnel program in fall 2010. In 2011, complications occurred during her pregnancy requiring her to stay with her family in Ohio. She and ECPY faculty worked together to assist her in completing her degree through distance education, and taking a course at Kent State University. Despite ongoing health issues, Tanina was able to complete her degree on schedule this spring. She will also deliver a healthy baby in just a few weeks.
Tanina’s enthusiasm and determination to overcome so many challenges to complete her degree made her the perfect candidate for the Erica J. Holloman Achievement Award. Erica’s parents, Josie Holloman Adams and Bobby Adams, attended the CEHD Honors Ceremony in April to meet and present the award to Tanina.