Shenandoah University

2010 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Recipient

Faculty Recipient


What do you remember most about receiving the Sullivan award? Were you surprised?

I was very surprised but it is actually a funny story. I was completely unaware I was getting the award. I usually never miss a graduation ceremony but, for some reason, we had a prior engagement so I was not able to attend that particular year. I only found out I was honored with this award when I checked my emails later that night. The pharmacy student who nominated me for the award and several faculty colleagues sent congratulatory emails.

You’ve been at Shenandoah a long time. What do you love most about your job?

I love to teach. I worked in a hospital pharmacy for a few years right out of school and enjoyed working with some of the interns and those participating in fellowships. When the opportunity to teach at Shenandoah presented itself in 1999, I knew it was the right move. I feel like, through teaching, I have opportunities to form more personal connections with these students. Teaching the next generations and giving back makes you feel like you really can make a difference in the world.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people now, what would it be?

Like what you do and have passion for it. That is what you’ll be best at and happiest doing.

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