September 29, 2023

CSU alum/student recognized as Outstanding Grad

Robert and Trevor Johnston“The opportunity to represent CSU as the Distance Education and Training Council outstanding graduate for 2011 has been one of the biggest honors of my life,” said Trevor Johnston on his recent trip to the annual DETC conference in Williamsburg, Va. recently.

“I was totally amazed that I was chosen, as I am not a person who receives things like this,” said the humble South Carolina paramedic, who holds a CSU bachelor’s in occupational safety and health and is now pursuing a master’s degree online.

Johnston was among several students representing their universities at the conference to  receive a special plaque. DETC conducts the outstanding graduate program each year to recognize the millions who study online. Selection criteria for award winners include the graduates’ academic records and the level and quality of their contributions to society and to their profession.

The DETC conference attracted more than 180 from various educational institutions and featured many sessions and presentations on topics ranging from website redesign to new federal regulations and their effects on distance education. Various CSU staff members, including President Robert Mayes, were present for the three-day April conference in Williamsburg.

“The DETC annual conference was incredible, I met so many great people and made new lifelong friends … and there were so many opportunities to network with other grads, university reps, and executives,” said Johnston.

“The part of the conference that will stick out in my mind the most was having dinner with President Mayes and the rest of the CSU staff. I felt so out of place at the conference, but they made me feel like I was truly a part of the CSU family,” Johnston added.

Congratulations from all of us here at CSU!