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Rudy Mancke

Naturalist-in-Residence

Naturalist-in-Residence
Office of the Provost
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

Married, two children

Education

Undergraduate
Wofford College, Phi Beta Kappa, B.S. 1967

Graduate
University of South Carolina, Zoology, 1967-1969

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
College of Charleston, 1990

Honorary Doctor of Science
Wofford College, 1992

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Winthrop College, 1993

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Coker College, 1998

Honorary Doctor of Science
Presbyterian College, 1999

Honorary Doctor of Science
Clemson University, 2007

Experience

  • United States Army, Germany, 1969-1972
  • Teacher, Spartanburg High School, Biology and Geology, 1972-1975
  • Curator of Natural History, South Carolina State Museum, 1975-1985
  • Founder of SCAN (South Carolina Association of Naturalists), 1976 to present
  • NatureScene Series: South Carolina Educational Television, 1978 to present
  • Teacher: Workshops/Lesson Plans for Instructional Television, 1978 to present
  • Director of Science and Nature Programming, South Carolina Educational Television, 1985-2002
  • Distinguished Lecturer in Natural History, University of South Carolina, School of the Environment, 2002 to 2008
  • Naturalist-in-Residence, University of South Carolina, Office of the Provost, 2009 to present

Awards

  • Southern Educational Communications Association Award for NatureScene, 1980 and 1982
  • Environmental Education Association Award for NatureScene, 1982
  • Special Achievement Award, National Wildlife Federation, 1987
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor, 1989
  • Phi Delta Kappa Friend of Education Award, 1990
  • Governorís Award for Excellence in Science, 1991
  • South Carolina Environmental Awareness Award, 1992
  • Order of the Palmetto, 1993
  • Margaret Douglas Award, The Garden Club of America, 1995
  • South Carolina Hall of Science and Technology Inductee, 1997
  • Best Friend of Libraries, 1998
  • Lucy Hampton Bostick Award, Richland County Library, 1999
  • Charles H. Townes Award, 2000
  • S.C. Broadcasters Association Masters Award, 2001
  • William C. Everhart Award, 2001
  • Regional Directorís Conservation Award, US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2003
  • Stewardship Award, Carolinas Nature Photographers Association, 2009

 

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