Cadets from The Citadel Provide Food for Hundreds of Veterans in Charleston, S.C.

America’s veterans served their countries in peacetime and in war, and students at The Citadel, a Sullivan Foundation partner school, returned the favor in a recent project for Soldiers’ Angels, a San Antonio-based nonprofit that provides aid, comfort and resources to active-duty service members and veterans.

Students in The Citadel Health Careers Society, joined by others from the college, spent a Friday morning in early October volunteering with Soldiers’ Angels, supplying low-income veteran families with food assistance.

Related: Cadet leader at The Citadel walks 24 hours straight to learn empathy with black Americans

About 250 low-income veterans from the Charleston, S.C. area were served, and each received about 70 pounds of food, including fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, frozen chicken, many varieties of frozen meals and canned goods, and drinks.

“We simply have the best at The Citadel, said Dr. Sarah Imam, a 2019 recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the faculty administrator for the society and a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance. “Not only did this group of cadets and students volunteer, they did so wholeheartedly and with enthusiasm. They interacted with the veterans, addressed them with courtesy, asked them about their branch and thanked them for their service.”

In total, 25 cadets, one veteran graduate student and three members of the faculty and staff were on site to help those heroes who are in need.

“I had students from across the school, from all majors—not just those that are pursuing a health career—who joined in with [the event] today,” Imam said. “These students genuinely care about our community and our veterans.”

The Citadel Health Careers Society is a student-led organization for cadets and students from any major who want to pursue a healthcare career. The society helps members become more competitive applicants for postgraduate studies.

The volunteers from The Citadel worked at the Elks Lodge in Charleston from 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9.

Soldiers’ Angels has a global network of volunteers—representing all 50 states and 12 countries abroad—who work to ensure that those who serve or have served are supported, uplifted and remembered through a variety of support programs.

This article has been edited slightly from the original version appearing on The Citadel’s website.

Special Education Major Morgan Crowe Receives Sullivan Scholarship at Lees-McRae College

By Lauren Foster

Morgan Crowe, a freshman from Concord, North Carolina, was named the newest beneficiary of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Scholarship at Sullivan partner school Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.

The Sullivan Scholarship totals $10,000 in funding each year for four years. The scholarship is based on personal character and service to others.

Related: Learn more about the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Scholarship for college students here.

A recent graduate of Jay M. Robinson High School, Crowe chose Lees-McRae because it is a smaller school and feels like a family. She said she’s grateful the campus is open for in-person classes, even though the year won’t look exactly as she expected. “I am approaching the year with a positive attitude and with an understanding that all of the modifications are to keep everyone safe,” she said. “That brings a sense of comfort, knowing the school is doing everything they can to keep us on campus and healthy.”

Crowe is already active on campus as a member of the softball team. While at Lees-McRae, she plans to major in special education. “I have always had a passion for working with kids in the special-needs environment and can easily connect with them and form bonds,” she said.

Related: Meet Hailey McMahon, Berry College’s first Sullivan Scholar

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation presents scholarships to students at 25 private colleges and universities across the south. First established at Lees-McRae in 1936, the Sullivan Scholarship is awarded to one incoming freshman who demonstrates exemplary personal character and a commitment to service above self. Additionally, the selected student must exhibit noble character as the aggregate of features and traits related to ethical and moral values, including honesty, morality, ethics, integrity, responsibility, determination, courage and compassion as evidenced by service in the community.

“Morgan’s initiative to see things that needed to be done and charging in to fix them is impressive,” said Amy Anderson, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation campus liaison and dean of business and management at Lees-McRae College. “She exemplifies the meaning of service beyond self.”

Anderson will work with Crowe and fellow scholarship recipients over the coming years to attend retreats and field trips to further develop their community leadership skills.

Single Mom and Education Major Dina Altwam Receives Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Clemson

Dina Altwam is one of two Clemson University students who received the 2020 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Award, which is presented annually to two seniors for outstanding service to the university and the extended Clemson community.

The other student winner was Carly Malcolm. This year’s non-student Sullivan Award went to faculty member Dr. Rhondda Robinson Thomas.

Altwam, a single mother of three young children, is entering her final year in the College of Education’s five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s program. She works part-time, volunteers at her children’s school, and serves as a volunteer Sunday school teacher at the local mosque, while still finding time for campus and community service.

A first-generation American born to Palestinian parents, Altwam enrolled in online classes at Tri-County Technical College until her youngest child could go to school. She entered Clemson, a Sullivan Foundation partner school, in 2017 as an education major with an emphasis on math and science.

This year she will participate in the college’s Teacher Residency Program, working with a master teacher in one of the program’s partner schools for a year.

Altwam also is heavily involved in several organizations, including the Muslim Student Association, the Senior Education Association, the College of Education Mentor Program and the Senior Education Association. She also chaired committees for the International Festival.

One of her nominators, Robyn Curtis, director of the Office of Major Fellowships, wrote that Altwam’s leadership in the Muslim Student Association is most noteworthy. Shortly after becoming the group’s president, she organized a tabling event to increase awareness. Someone posted photos of the event on social media with threatening comments. Altwam decided the threats were rooted in a lack of information and planned a week of Muslim Awareness programming that culminated with a dinner featuring keynote speaker Linda Sarsour, a nationally known political activist who co-chaired the 2017 Women’s March.

“Dina has shown incredible resilience in her path to education,” Curtis wrote. “She is deeply motivated to pursue a career not just as an educator, but as an advocate for increased tolerance in public education. She is a conversation starter and a difference maker on Clemson’s campus and in the broader Greenville community.”

College of Education Associate Dean Michelle Cook, who also nominated Altwam for the award, echoed Curtis’ comments. “Dina has worked tirelessly to educate, promote tolerance and understanding, and advocate on behalf of Muslim students on campus,” she wrote.

“I asked Dina’s professors to share their impressions of her,” Cook wrote. “One faculty member shared, ‘I found Dina to be a very mature scholar, asking questions and digging deeper into whatever topic we explored. I was so impressed that she had already developed her teacher voice, one that she shared frequently as an advocate for student equity.’”

Cook said the college faculty and administrators have supported the work of the Muslim Student Association and recognize the impact it has on the students in the college.

“Her leadership in this group and her service to the campus has been thoughtful and tireless, but it has come with hateful attacks and concerns about her safety,” Cook wrote. “However, as a leader and advocate for this association of underrepresented students on campus, she has confronted these issues with the instinct to educate and show grace.”

“I truly wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of everyone at the College of Education and at Clemson University. Winning this award is an honor and a privilege, and I thank you!” Altwam said.

“While at Clemson I have prioritized doing my part to improve religious tolerance on campus and in the community,” she added. “Now more than ever, we see the importance of intersectional approaches and improved cultural understanding. I will continue this work after I complete my master’s and begin teaching.”

This article has been edited from the original version appearing on the Clemson University website.

Dr. Rhondda Robinson Thomas Receives Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for Faculty/Staff at Clemson

Dr. Rhondda Robinson Thomas, the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Sullivan Foundation partner school Clemson University, is the non-student recipient of the university’s prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for 2019-2020.

The award is presented each year at colleges and universities across the southern United States in honor of its namesake, a southerner who found success as a lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late 19th century.

Clemson also presented the award this year to two students—Carly Malcolm and Dina Altwam. The award winners exhibit Sullivan’s ideals of heart, mind and conduct as evidenced by “generous and unselfish service to others.”

Thomas was selected for her selfless dedication and meticulous work on the project “Call My Name: African-Americans in Early Clemson University History.” Her exhaustive research over more than a decade has documented the contributions of six generations of both enslaved and free people at Clemson University and the land on which it stands.

“I am honored to receive this year’s Sullivan Award for my work on the ‘Call My Name’ project,” Thomas said. “Recovering this history and collaborating with others to tell the university’s complete story is both challenging and rewarding. An acknowledgment of the history of African-Americans at Clemson is a critical component of the institution’s aim to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus community.”

Among many discoveries, Thomas’ work has uncovered the names of African-American convict laborers who built Clemson and had previously done so anonymously. Those laborers have left fingerprints in the hand-pressed bricks of Clemson’s older buildings.

Thomas, too, has left an enduring mark on the university by revealing its lost, concealed and complex history.

Since 2016, historical markers on campus have designated the locations of former prisoner stockades and slave quarters for Fort Hill, a plantation owned by John C. Calhoun, the two-time vice president of the United States and ardent proponent of slavery. Fort Hill, a house museum located in the center of the main campus, has begun to share information about the enslaved people who worked there.

These recent changes at Clemson would have been unlikely without the tireless research and advocacy of Thomas, an associate professor at Clemson and an expert in 18th- and 19th-century African-American and American Literature.

Thomas, a sixth-generation South Carolinian, attended Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md., earning a B.S. in Communication/Media Journalism; an M.S. in Journalism at the University of Georgia; an M.A. in Literature at the University of New Hampshire; and a Ph.D. in English at the University of Maryland.

In 2018, Thomas received a Whiting Fellowship to support a traveling museum exhibition. She also received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to host a two-day “Documenting Your Family History” event in 2020.

“I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Non-Student Award than Rhondda Thomas,” said Timothy R. Boosinger, interim dean of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. “Dr. Thomas embodies its ideals of selflessness and service at Clemson. We congratulate her for this recognition and thank her for her exceptional work at this university.”

This article has been edited from the original version appearing on the Clemson University website.

King University Honors Tristen Luu and Steve Playl With Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards

King University, a Sullivan Foundation partner school, presented the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards to a student and a community member in a ceremony held on August 1.

Scholar Tristen Luu, who is graduating from King University with a degree in biology, plans to pursue medical training and eventually teach medicine in an educational setting. A native of Amarillo, Texas, Luu began working with The Word at Work international mission in Amarillo at a young age, later serving with the mission in Belize. He continued his interest in missions with a King University trip to Kenya and by volunteering at several medically oriented organizations, including the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Clinic.

A resident assistant for several years, Luu served as president of King’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a leader of Young Life at King and conducted informal Bible studies for fellow students. In addition, Luu volunteered as a youth volleyball coach and served as a tutor for anatomy and physiology students at King. He was awarded the Student Leadership Award by King University in 2018 for his dedication to, and sacrifices for, the sake of others.

Learn more about the Sullivan Foundation’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

“This award recognizes the actions of those who place service to others above themselves, and that describes Tristen perfectly,” said Brian Alderman, chaplain and associate professor of Bible and Religion at King University. “For many years he has showed a strong desire to help edify the strength and health of others, a calling that he has continued to follow here at King and one we believe will lead him on to increasingly greater accomplishments. We’re proud to see his efforts recognized in this wonderful way.”

King University presented the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to community member Steve Playl, Sr.

Community member Steve Playl, Sr. has lived in and served the Bristol community for 33 years. He was the senior chaplain at Bristol Regional Medical Center for 20 years and previously pastored Woodlawn Baptist Church for many years. Playl writes a weekly human-interest column that appears in the Bristol Herald Courier as well as newspapers in Kentucky and throughout Tennessee. He serves on numerous boards and committees in the Tri-Cities region, including the board of directors for the Bristol YMCA, the Bristol Regional Medical Center Ethics Committee, and the Ballad Health Cancer Awareness Board. Playl was also asked to serve as one of seven members of a strategic prayer force in Northeast Tennessee for Gov. Bill Lee.

“Steve has served numerous organizations throughout the Tri-Cities and Tennessee and [has] been a longtime supporter of King,” Alderman said. “He has served on the King University School of Nursing Advisory Board, taught as an adjunct professor at multiple King locations for nearly a decade and a half, and maintained a steadfast commitment to his faith and family. His actions in the King community and beyond exemplify the standards of this award, and we are grateful for his dedication.”

 

Clemson Honors Carly Malcolm, Activist on Behalf of Survivors of Sexual Assault, With Sullivan Award

Carly Malcolm has been awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Student Award at Clemson University for demonstrating Mr. Sullivan’s ideals of heart, mind and conduct as evidenced by “generous and unselfish service to others.”

Malcom was one of two students who received the prestigious Sullivan Award. The other student winner was Dina Altwam. The non-student award went to faculty member Dr. Rhondda Robinson Thomas.

Malcolm majored in language and international health, an integrated degree program that combines studies in health sciences and a language (Spanish). She minored in gender, sexuality and women’s studies. Both her major and minor programs are offered in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

Related: Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recipient Justala Simpson of Huntingdon College prepares for career in ministry

She came to Clemson University from High Point, North Carolina, as one of six National Scholars in 2016. As members of Clemson’s most elite academic merit program, National Scholars receive scholarships that cover tuition, fees and other expenses, in addition to special advising, mentorship and enrichment opportunities, including a funded study-abroad trip after their first year.

Malcolm has combined her interests in health policy and gender equity to improve the Clemson community by addressing issues of sexual assault and domestic violence and support services for survivors. She has gone above and beyond interest and advocacy, taking action on behalf of others, the university stated in a press release.

“Receiving this award is very meaningful to me because it recognizes the importance of improving resources for survivors of sexual violence at Clemson,” Malcolm said. “I have been honored to work alongside many passionate and talented students and staff who are dedicated to serving this community and making Clemson a safer, more equitable environment for all.”

During her time at Clemson, Malcolm was involved in student government, UNICEF and several Honors College programs. She studied in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and visited other cities—such as Durban and Johannesburg—while she was there. In 2018, Malcolm completed a summer internship with the American Public Health Association in Washington. As part of her major, she also studied in Córdoba, Argentina, and completed an internship at a hospital there.

Related: Steffi Kong, recipient of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award at Converse College, “excels at everything she does”

As a senior, Malcolm took part in a yearlong Creative Inquiry undergraduate research project called “Stories of Refuge, Detention and Hospitality.” In the program led by professors Angela Naimou and Joseph Mai, each student met with someone being held at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, and listened to personal stories about immigration and becoming a refugee. The students later presented their findings at a symposium.

Malcolm said she is especially proud of the work she has done at Clemson as a member of It’s On Us, a student-led movement to end sexual assault on college campuses, and as an interpersonal violence prevention intern in the Office of Access and Equity. As part of her internship, she raised awareness about issues of consent, sexual assault and bystander intervention and helped provide educational programming on those topics.

“As an alumna, I will continue to support the movement to improve survivor resources at Clemson and look forward to seeing the progress that will be made,” Malcolm said.

In the coming months, Malcolm will begin a Lead for North Carolina government fellowship. The program, run by the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, also a Sullivan Foundation partner school, aims to cultivate the next generation of public service leaders. Malcolm will work with the Register of Deeds office in Guilford County, helping develop a new Community Innovators Lab. She described the project as a creativity incubator for planning, developing and delivering knowledge and resources in her hometown.

Eventually Malcolm plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health.

This article has been edited slightly from the original version appearing on the Clemson University website.

 

Dewey and Barbara Trogdon, Berenice Fuentes Juarez Honored With Sullivan Awards from Guilford College

Sullivan Foundation partner school Guilford College has presented the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards for 2020 to Dewey and Barbara Trogdon from the Guilford community and Berenice Fuentes Juarez from the student body.

Dewey Trogdon is a Guilford College alumnus who graduated in 1958. He and Barbara, his wife, have lived their lives rooted in working-class values formed as children growing up through the Great Depression and World War II. Those formative years informed their strong work ethic, generosity and focus on family, friends and individuals in need of a hand from time to time. Together, Dewey and Barbara represent grace, giving, friendship and a sense of community, according to a Guilford College press release.

Related: Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner Justala Simpson of Huntingdon College prepares for a career in ministry

Berenice Fuentes Juarez, the oldest daughter of Mexican parents, identifies as Mexican-American and is a first-generation college student—now a Guilford alumna. Raised in Oakland, California, she double majored in public health and biology with a minor in Spanish, all while building an exceptional record of leadership and service at Guilford.

Juarez worked with Soy un Lider, an annual college preparation and empowerment conference for Latinx and refugee students hosted by Guilford College, and Latinx Impact, a community-based program for high-school students, as well as campus organization Hispanos Unidos de Guilford. She also served as a research assistant for 200- and 300-level biology courses taught by Professor Melanie Lee-Brown.

Dewey and Barbara Trogdon
Dewey Trogdon is the former CEO and chairman of Cone Mills and past president of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute. He has been a mentor to many in the business world.

He also is an amateur historian on two counts: about the former Atlantic and Yadkin Railway and the town of Summerfield, N.C., where he and Barbara were born. As a young volunteer firefighter, Dewey used his mechanical skills to help build many of the original fire trucks for the Summerfield Volunteer Fire Department. He also served as an assistant chief of the department and provided care for people injured in accidents and fires when emergency services were scarce.

Related: Steffi Kong, winner of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award at Converse College, “excels at everything she does.”

In a letter to the editor of the Greensboro News and Record in 2000, Dewey, a Korean War veteran, wrote: “For me, Korea was the beginning of an aversion toward shedding our blood and national wealth and committing young Americans to oblivion as a result of uncertain national goals.”

Dewey graduated from Guilford with a bachelor’s degree in economics and completed additional study at Harvard University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of Virginia. He has received Guilford’s Alumni Excellence Award and Charles C. Hendricks ’40 Distinguished Service Award. He and Barbara have been loyal benefactors to Guilford College and are members of the Macon Society (total gifts of more than $1 million) and Francis T. King Society (with a planned gift). Dewey served as a member of the Guilford College Board of Trustees from 1980 to 2004 and has been a Trustee Emeritus since then.

Barbara and Dewey Trogdon, community recipients of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for 2020 at Guilford College.

When reflecting on contributions both of his parents have made to Guilford and the larger Triad community, their son Mark Trogdon, a 1983 graduate, said their acts of service have followed “a basic tenant of, it’s what you do to help others/organizations because you believe it is necessary to help them.”

Mark added that for decades his mother Barbara “has provided financial support to numerous hard-working people striving to create a sustainable existence and promising future for themselves and their families. She has done this without fanfare, driven by a genuine goal of simply helping others while maintaining their dignity and integrity … not drawing attention upon herself or those in need,” he said. “She did this when we had minimal family resources and later on in life when they (my parents) had more to share.”

“I am extraordinarily proud of my parents and (of) Guilford for recognizing them,” he said.

Berenice Fuentes Juarez
In 2019, Juarez was honored by the N.C. Campus Compact with its annual Community Impact Service Award, given to students who demonstrate a deep commitment to community involvement and an ability to inspire their peers. Juarez was one of only 22 students statewide to receive the Community Impact Service Award last year, first presented by the Campus Compact in 2006.

The fact that Juarez has received that kind of recognition, including this year’s Sullivan Award, is no surprise to her biology professor, Dr. Melanie Lee-Brown. Lee-Brown met and first taught Juarez when, in her sophomore year, Juarez enrolled in her Scientific Inquiry: Bioterrorism class. At that time, the Scientific Inquiry course was part of core course work for biology majors, Lee-Brown said. She described the class as the “first introduction to self-generated research” for students in the major.

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Typically, students in the class are organized in groups of four to design a research project around a prompt from the professor. “She (Juarez) did really well,” Lee-Brown said.  “[W]ithin her group, I recognized that she was a leader. She was one that was always working towards them setting goals and getting those goals accomplished within their group. And beyond that, she was somebody that really seemed to care about the folks in her group.”

Juarez is not only “very service-minded,” but also a broad thinker, Lee-Brown said. She is someone with the ability to bring people of different backgrounds together and “help to get people excited about the work. That was both inside and outside the classroom,” Lee-Brown said, whether Juarez was rallying classmates to volunteer with a Soy un Lider conference or ensuring biology students had access to extra lab time and other resources they needed.

“She faced a lot of adversity in her personal life on top of all of this,” Lee-Brown noted, “so it’s even more amazing what she ended up accomplishing in her time here.”

“She’s been through a lot and she has a lot of strength,” the professor added. “I think she has a lot more strength than she thinks she does at some points.”

After reflecting on Juarez’s growth during her studies at Guilford—as a leader, a female scientist and a young woman of color juggling many responsibilities—Lee-Brown summed up her thoughts about her former student and advisee: “She’s an excellent combination of strength and softness, and outward responsibility, and caring and maturity. “This (Sullivan) award was perfect for her, because it did highlight so much that is Berenice.”

If the academic year had concluded as planned for Guilford’s Class of 2020, the graduates would have been joined in celebration on the campus quad last month by this year’s Sullivan Award recipients. Instead, with spring commencement plans halted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, current plans call for all three 2020 Sullivan Award honorees to be recognized at Guilford’s 2021 commencement.

This article was edited slightly from the original version appearing on the Guilford College website.

 

The Run for Black Lives: Josh Nadzam Raises Funds for NAACP in 26-Mile Marathon

Josh Nadzam, a 2012 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winner and graduate of the University of Kentucky, has never been the kind of person who runs away from problems—he runs to solve them. Raised by a single mother in the housing projects of Pittsburgh, Nadzam used his talent and skills as a scholar-athlete to escape grinding poverty, winning a full scholarship with the Wildcats’ track and field team and becoming one of the top milers in the SEC.

More recently he ran to bring awareness to another problem: police brutality and racial inequity. Nadzam, a social entrepreneur and cofounder of On the Move Art Studio in Lexington, Kentucky, ran 26 miles from Lexington to Frankfort, Kentucky, in a fundraiser for the Kentucky NAACP on Friday, June 19. Despite conceiving and organizing the event in less than a week, he ended up raising more than $7,000 from 130 donors. Prior to the marathon, we asked Nadzam to talk about his commitment to social justice, the Black Lives Matter movement and his belief that “an injustice to one is an injustice to all.”

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Sullivan Foundation: What inspired you to take this on? How did you get the idea?

Josh Nadzam: Racism, discrimination and the injustices experienced by black Americans are completely unacceptable, and I want to do everything I can to play my role in dismantling the systemic structures that perpetuate these issues. I want to be an ally, fight for social justice, and make our country welcoming and fair for all Americans. I’m always trying to think of various ways I can effect change, so in addition to policy changes, protests, and other forms of activism, I believe each one of us has a set of skills we can use to contribute to the cause. Mine happens to be running. So I thought I could raise awareness for this issue and also raise funds for an organization that is constantly fighting this battle by running from my home city to our capitol in Kentucky.

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Josh Nadzam crosses the finish line in the Wesley Waddle 5K Run in 2017.

Sullivan Foundation: What does the Black Lives Matter movement mean to you personally?

Nadzam: To me, it is an expression that the black community feels like their lives do not matter as much as other lives. It’s a rallying cry to draw attention to deep, systemic issues that have existed for centuries. One of my favorite quotes is, “An injustice to one is an injustice to all.” So, while I’ll never be able to relate to what it is like to be black in America, if anyone hurts in America, then I hurt, too. Their pain is my pain. We’re all in this together, so I won’t rest until we fix this.

Sullivan Foundation: I know you’re a physically fit guy, but 26 miles! Wow! Will this be a breeze for you, or do you see it as a serious challenge?

Nadzam: It’s definitely going to be challenging, but, fortunately, I’ve run a few marathons before which are 26.2 miles, so I at least have an idea of what it’ll feel like. But it’ll still be hard—and very hot that day!

Sullivan Foundation: Do you have other people running with you?

Nadzam: There is at least one other person who is going to run the whole way with me. A few others have expressed interest in running a portion of it with me. I wish we could have a ton of people run, but, unfortunately, there isn’t really a safe route to run from Lexington to Frankfort with a large crowd.

Sullivan Foundation: As more and more young people begin to join this protest movement, what do you think they need to know to serve as effective allies?

Nadzam: I think what we all need to do as effective allies is to listen, be humble, approach these situations without defensiveness, and recognize as white people that we have privileges that allow us to navigate America in a much different and safer way than people of color. Also, this fight is a marathon, not a sprint. While it is “trending” right now, this issue is going to take decades to resolve. We need everyone to get engaged and stay engaged long after this conversation fades away from the national spotlight.

Postscript: Ten people joined Nadzam for part of the 26-mile run with one person, Gavin Galanes, completing it with him. “The sun was unforgiving, and there was no shade the entire way,” Nadzam later posted on Instagram. “I got pretty sick once I was home, but it was all worth it.”

Sullivan Award Winner Justala Simpson of Huntingdon College Prepares for Career in Ministry

By Su Ofe

Justala Faith Simpson, a 2020 graduate of Sullivan Foundation partner school Huntingdon College, was honored with the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in May. The award is presented annually to a Huntingdon College senior who exemplifies the definition of “nobility of character” as established by the Sullivan Foundation.

Simpson, a religion major from Montgomery, Ala., was active in and held leadership roles for Huntingdon Campus Ministries and the Huntingdon Leadership Academy. She was also active in her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and served on the executive council of Huntingdon College’s Student Government Association, as a Huntingdon Ambassador and Student Recruiter, and as a member of the Huntingdon Concert Choir, among other organizations. Passionate about youth and teaching ministries, she interned with the Huntingdon Leadership Academy and with First United Methodist Church-Montgomery.

Related: Steffi Kong, winner of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award at Converse College, “excels at everything she does”

Simpson is a local and denominational leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, serving as the youth liaison on the planning committee for General Conference 2020 and as youth president of the AMEZ Church. She also served on the planning committee for the denomination-wide Midwinter Gathering for Christian Education for Youth and Young Adults.

“I have seen that her academic abilities, astute theological reasoning, wide-range of ministry experiences, and gifts for leadership demonstrate the nobility of character and fine spiritual qualities recognized by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award,” said Huntingdon religion professor Dr. Diane Abernethy.

The daughter of two pastors, the Reverends Harold and Lessie Simpson, Simpson also feels called to ministry as her vocation. She will enter seminary study at Candler School of Theology at Emory University this fall, where she received a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship to continue her education, discernment and development as a leader in the church.

Simpson is a 2017 graduate of Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School. At Huntingdon, she was inducted into Sigma Sigma Sigma, Theta Alpha Kappa, and Order of Omega honor societies. A summa cum laude graduate, she received the Margaret Read Scholarship Medal upon graduation with her Bachelor of Arts degree. This spring, she was also recognized with the Louise Panigot Award as the senior religion major “who holds the greatest promise for scholarly achievement in the field of philosophy and in the academic study of religion.”

This story was edited from the original version appearing on the Huntingdon College website.

Olivia Gouldin, Kyle Hooven and Barry Schnoor Honored With Sullivan Awards at Shenandoah University

Sullivan Foundation partner school Shenandoah University has awarded this year’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards to seniors Olivia “Livy” Gouldin and Kyle Hooven and to Director of Physical Plant Barry Schnoor, M.S.

Each year, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards are presented at 70 colleges and universities across the American south. First awarded in 1890, the award goes to individuals who are committed to creating positive change.

Olivia Gouldin

Olivia “Livy” Gouldin
Gouldin majored in Spanish and exercise science and earned a certificate in Religious Diversity and Leadership in the Professions. She was a tutor for biology and Spanish and received the Tutor of the Year Award in 2019. Additionally, she was the recipient of the inaugural Exercise Science Community Spirit Award in 2019. She was also inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society.

During her time at Shenandoah, Gouldin volunteered at the Frederick Rescue Mission and the Care Net pregnancy center, both in Frederick, Maryland, and she also served on mission trips in the United States, Honduras and Guatemala. Additionally, she provided interpreting services for the Sinclair Health Clinic in Winchester and worked with Habitat for Humanity. This past summer, Gouldin served in an internship where she assisted healthcare providers by providing translation services and attending to the cultural practices and values of patients. She then took this experience and taught her fellow exercise science students how to attend to religious and cultural diversity in healthcare.

One of Gouldin’s five nominators said her “incomparable sense of compassion has been even more apparent to me during the coronavirus-induced isolation … as she has reached out to friends who are struggling and has repeatedly shown grace.” Another nominator said, “It is her humble nature and her ability to always have a positive attitude despite challenges that help Livy embody what it is to live nobly and beautifully. Her very spirit and enthusiasm for life are contagious.”

Kyle Hooven

Kyle Hooven
Hooven, a sociology and psychology major, exemplifies the Shenandoah University spirit by seeking to create communities of compassion, responsibility, advocacy and justice. One nominator said that Hooven thinks about “how to make the world a better place for others who are not like him.” Hooven’s nominators included faculty and staff who recognized him for his exceptional character and his strong connections with classroom and co-curricular activities. Hooven was active across campus with leadership roles in the Mosaic Center for Diversity and in the First-Year Seminar, where he served as a mentor, head mentor and orientation leader. He also partnered with the Four Diamonds organization to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

After traveling to Uganda and Rwanda on a Global Experiential Learning trip, Hooven discerned international service as a vocational journey. One nominator said, “He takes personal responsibility to make the world a better place, a more just place for marginalized communities.” Another nominator said, “I have seen how he encourages other students, welcomes new student employees and creatively merges his sense of social justice with strategic programming.” His final nominator said, “Everyone deserves to have a person like Kyle Hooven in their life. When I see him, my face lights up because he brings joy wherever he goes.”

Barry Schnoor

Barry Schnoor
Barry Schnoor is the staff recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, in honor of his compassion and dedication. He regularly engages with students, learns about their needs and ensures their comfort. A nominator said, “Barry has been one of my biggest supporters and continually goes out of his way to better the lives of Shenandoah students.”

One residential student described Schnoor as a caring and compassionate individual who makes sure that their residence hall room is accessible and feels “better than home.” Schnoor is a supporter of academic programs and events on campus through his presence and kind words. One nominator said, “He leads by example and leads with his heart, and Shenandoah would not be complete without him.”

Throughout his tenure at Shenandoah, Schnoor has stepped in during emergencies, both related to Physical Plant and due to family situations in other divisions. He’s been a team player taking on roles that include mentoring and supervising students on international trips. A student nominator said: “Barry truly embodies Shenandoah’s values of community and leadership. He handles situations with a grace and ease that is both inspiring and exemplary of true noble character.”

This story has been edited slightly from the original version appearing on the Shenandoah University website.