Entries by Wil Oakes

Living without regrets

The remarkable Newlen family turns a struggle into an opportunity to help others Mark Newlen received a Sullivan award during his college days at the University of Virgina. In addition to his exceptional track record of service, he turned in some impressive performances on the basketball court and was selected for the Atlantic Coast Conference’s […]

Sewanee means business

Entrepreneurial challenge prompts great ideas and rewards innovation At Sewanee last November, seven student teams pitched their start-up ideas for the Sewanee 2014 Entrepreneurial Challenge (S4EC). The Challenge is designed to give students a taste of what it takes to secure the financing needed to create a new entrepreneurial venture. S4EC was hosted by Sewanee’s […]

Letter from the President

With this issue of Engage, we mark two years of publishing our magazine and we couldn’t be more pleased with the response we’ve gotten or more excited about the stories we plan to share in the future. In that spirit, we’re taking a moment in this issue to look at our past as well as […]

Building bridges

Sullivan retreat weekends help a Campbell University student embark on a dream Jonathan Bridges, a senior at Campbell University, wanted to be a football player when he first arrived on campus, but injury plagued him and, after suffering his second concussion, he was forced to find a new focus. That’s exactly what he did. Combining […]

Sullivan Flashback: John Nathan Deal

In 1942, in the small farming community of Bay Branch, Georgia, John Nathan Deal was born to Mary and Noah J. Deal. His parents likely never guessed the lofty offices to which their son would rise, but Deal was destined to prove that big things can come from small places. Most of Deal’s childhood was […]

Party by the park

Sullivan alumni and friends gather in Atlanta for spring reception Under the lights of midtown Atlanta, another successful reception brought members and friends of the Sullivan family together on April 16. The reception was held at the historic Piedmont Driving Club, which boasts terrific views of the Atlanta skyline as well as beautiful Piedmont Park. […]

Social Entrepreneurship Education

Rollins professors on “changing the world one student at a time” by Tonia Warnecke and Michelle Stecker Top: Tonia Warnecke Bottom: Michelle Stecker What is a college to do? Students are passionate about changing the world, their parents are demanding a “pragmatic” education, and employers need graduates equipped for the demands of a 21st-century workplace. […]

Thoughts from the scholars

Recent Rollins Sullivan Scholars reflect on the Sullivan spirit and how they plan to make a difference Gaby Cabrera – Class of 2015 “I found Algernon Sullivan’s passion for helping those around him to be truly inspiring, and, while his story and circumstances are different than my own, I cannot help but feel a sense […]

The power of relationships

The enduring partnership of Rollins College and the Sullivan Foundation By: Ja’Mara Washington and Mary Conway Dato-on Many business leaders say, “It’s not what you know, but who you know that matters in life.” This phrase rings true for Rollins College and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation.  The relationship between Hamilton Holt, 8th President of […]

Did You Know?

In 2014, a husband and wife unexpectedly received simultaneous Sullivan awards After 15 years of marriage, Curt McPhail and Molly Chappell-McPhail have as strong a bond as anyone could hope for. Perhaps the only thing they’ve been committed to longer than each other, in fact, is service to others. So, it’s not at all a […]