Sullivan Award Recipient Kylie Stottlemyer Supports Survivors of Rape and Domestic Violence

Kylie Stottlemyer is the first-ever criminal justice major to graduate with an honors degree from Sullivan Foundation partner school Mary Baldwin University (MBU). She was also the student recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for 2021, along with Professor of Philosophy Roderic Owen, who received the faculty award.

Stottlemyer exemplifies the Sullivan qualities of noble character and unselfish service,” according to a statement on MBU’s website. “She is regarded as an outstanding leader whose daily life exhibits love and helpfulness to others and whose service is marked by sincerity, humility and integrity, and personification of service above self. Her engagement across her four years at Mary Baldwin spans student leadership positions including SGA treasurer and president of the criminal justice and social work clubs, and many hours of volunteer service with the Rape Aggression Defense Group, Samaritan’s Purse International and CASA. Her academic achievement is also exemplary as a Baldwin Honors Scholar graduating in criminal justice and a Capstone Festival award winner.”

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Stottlemyer’s senior thesis won a top honors award at the Capstone Festival this year. It presented the results of her partnership with a small Shenandoah Valley police department to investigate the complex relationship between law enforcement, the community and victims of crime. Though her thesis is complete, she continues to work with the department to create better training opportunities for their officers.

Kylie Stottlemyer

Stottlemyer also serves as a court and community collaboration coordinator for survivors of domestic and sexual violence at Response, Inc. She served in leadership roles for nine student organizations on campus, including the SGA Executive Committee, and received the President’s Award in 2020 for excellence in leadership.

She is also the first person in her family to earn a college degree. “Being able to continue my education after high school was a goal that I set out to achieve, and I can proudly say that I have now accomplished it with the guidance of my faith, my family and my friends,” she said.

After graduation, Stottlemyer will begin a master’s program in homeland security and emergency preparedness at Virginia Commonwealth University.

MBU President Pamela Fox and Sullivan Award recipient Roderic Owen

Roderic Owen, the faculty recipient of the Sullivan Award, is “beloved and universally respected by the entire Mary Baldwin family in commitment and connections spanning 41 years,” according to the MBU website.

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“In my more than 40 years in higher education, I can sincerely affirm that I have not been privileged to work with a more exemplary colleague and citizen,” said MBU President Pamela R. Fox, who bestows the Sullivan Awards each year.

“Owen has left an integral mark on his colleagues, thousands of students, and the founding and developing of signature Mary Baldwin programs in education, the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, the adult degree program, the Spencer Center, and the Coalition for Racial and Social Justice. He is a champion of the MBU mission and of the centrality of the liberal arts, international studies, diversity and inclusion, and much more.”

King University Honors Two Students and Minister With Sullivan Awards

King University, a Sullivan Foundation partner school, recently presented the 2021 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards to students Kiayana Roberts and Megan Hagy and community member the Rev. Dr. W. A. Johnson for their high standards of character, integrity and service and commitment to creating positive change in their communities.

Crestview, Florida native Kiayana Roberts graduated from King University in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. While there, she served as the president of the Student Government Association, chair of the Student Life Activities Committee at King (SLACK) and resident assistant. She also volunteered in numerous clubs, ministries and campus organizations. She is currently pursuing a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy while working as an area coordinator as part of King’s residence life staff. She plans a career in the juvenile rehabilitation sector of criminal justice.

“Kiayana is an amazing student with strong faith and character, representative of the values and standards held by King University,” said Chase Arndt, director of student life at King University. “She lives out her faith in Christ by her devotion and care to those around her, and she is always looking for new ways she can serve or reach out to those in need.”

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“Among the various ways that Kiayana was engaged in campus life during her time at King, the thing that consistently stood out was her strong sense of ethics and her care and concern about those with whom she was working,” said Dr. Matt Peltier, King’s dean of academic services and university librarian. “It was apparent that she approached things through a lens of grace, love and compassion, respecting the integrity and inherent worth of others, while also being committed to maintaining her own integrity.”

Megan Hagy is a 2021 graduate of King with a BS in Biology. Throughout her four years as a full-time student, she worked as a kennel technician, initiated numerous informal study groups to help classmates with difficult courses, and organized Bible studies involving both students and professors. A native of Bristol, Virginia, she plans to pursue veterinary school and eventually own her own veterinary practice.

“Megan is humble, giving and encouraging in a way that puts others first and never seeks the spotlight for herself,” said Dr. Laura Ong, an associate professor of biology. “She is one of the most selfless students I have ever taught or spent time with and is beloved by students and faculty for her cheerful manner, her unflagging efforts in her studies, and her habit of lifting others’ spirits with her quiet encouragement. She has spent many hours working to support herself, her family and her career goals. Her dedication to those who depend on her has left precious little time for herself, which makes her daily outreach to others all the more remarkable.”

“In her time at King, Megan has built lasting relationships with both her peers and faculty,” said Assistant Professor of Biology Josh Rudd. “Her kindness, cheer and compassion speak louder than words, filling the lives of those around her with love. It is King’s honor to bestow this award on her as a standard-bearer of its ideals.”

The Rev. Dr. W.A. Johnson grew up in the Hampton, Virginia area and is a graduate of Virginia Union University in Richmond, the Virginia Seminary in Lynchburg, and the Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago. For six decades, he has served as a spiritual leader to Bristol, the surrounding region and the Commonwealth. He is a former trustee of Virginia Union University and has served on a number of boards of directors and advisory boards.

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Johnson organized the Bristol Head Start Center in 1966, led several capital projects at Lee Street Baptist Church, served as the moderator of the Schaeffer Memorial Baptist Association of Southwest Virginia, led the Baptists of Virginia to build a new state office in Richmond, and has helped plant churches in Central Asia, Africa, Haiti, Cuba, and South Africa. He served as an open-door devotional speaker for WCYB for 30 years. He currently serves on the boards of WHCB, WLFG, Bristol Faith in Action, Mike Jenkins Ministries Inc., and Living Faith Ministries Inc., and he presents the “Living Word” television program on WLFG every Sunday morning.

“Dr. Johnson has borne witness to the transforming love and grace of Jesus Christ, both in his pastoral ministry at Lee Street Baptist Church and in his significant community leadership through times of crisis and growth,” said Martin Dotterweich, Ph.D., professor of history and director of King University’s Institute for Faith and Culture. “When he arrived in Bristol in 1961, he assumed it would be a short stop on his way to a larger ministry in a larger city, but he felt God’s call to stay here to be a beacon for the African-American community and to work for the building of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the ‘beloved community.’ He has lived a life of selflessness and care for others, and it is our honor to recognize his lifetime of service.”

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

UA Sullivan Award Recipients Focus on Food Insecurity, Dangers of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Caitlyn McTier, a senior at the University of Alabama, has been helping children facing food insecurity since she was in the fourth grade. UA honored her dedication to placing service above self with the 2021 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, along with fellow student Eric Harrison, an advocate for children of parents with drug and alcohol addictions, and Jacqueline Maye, a dedicated staffer at the university.

The Sullivan Award recognizes excellence of character and service to humanity. It honors one man and one woman of the graduating class and one non-student associated with the university. Here’s more detail about each recipient:

Caitlyn McTier

Caitlyn McTier
Sylacauga, Alabama native Caitlyn McTier said she owes her heart of service to mankind to her grandparents, who grew up fighting racism and discrimination in Alabama prior to and during the civil rights movement.

In 2012, McTier started Caitlyn’s Cubby, a nonprofit group at her school in Talladega County. Caitlyn’s Cubby helps combat food insecurity in middle and high schools throughout the state by providing free meals on weekends.

According to, McTier founded Caitlyn’s Cubby out of concern for her best friend in the fourth grade, who went home hungry every day to a family that didn’t even have the money for snacks. McTier would sneak food out of her own house for her friend and began to recognize how serious the problem of food insecurity was in her community. “It was just one of those eye-opening experiences,” McTier told CBS42 back in 2016. “Even though I was so young, I was able to see hunger. I knew it was something that I wanted to work on stopping.”

McTier and some friends started stuffing school bags with basic necessities and sticking them in the lockers of students who were going hungry. “We go around kind of in a circle in an assembly line and just keep putting food into each of the bags, and then we put a bible verse into it at the end,” McTier explained at the time.

Before long, Alabama Childhood Food Solutions began providing the group with food donations. Caitlyn’s Cubby has served nearly 3,000 meals to students to date.

She continued that line of service when she came to UA, addressing food insecurity among college students. Partnering with the UA Food Insecurity Task Force, the journalism and creative media major started Project FIERCE (Food Insecurity Education and Recharging Civic Engagement).

McTier is also a founding member of the Alabama College Basic Needs Coalition and serves on the Alabama Child Hunger Task Force, traveling to universities throughout the state to discuss food insecurity and food pantry structures. McTier is the SGA’s vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the first Black woman elected to the SGA executive council, and president of 32nd Order of XXXI, an honorary society that recognizes the most influential women at the Capstone based on their character and contributions.

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Eric Harrison

Eric Harrison
Throughout many childhood trials and tribulations that left him feeling “lost,” psychology major Eric Harrison, a recovering addict, held onto one dream: attending and graduating from college.

Even after suffering several near-death experiences, he decided to pursue his dream once again. Now, as a UA honor student who has been clean and sober for about five years, he realizes that his life has a purpose, which is to use his experience—even the negative parts—and his education to uplift others.

He volunteers with the Parent Resource Institute for Drug Education of Tuscaloosa, speaking to youth and young adults about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. He also implemented a 12-week program in a Tuscaloosa County alternative school and mentored youth at the Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Facility while working to create an organization that provides support to children of addicted parents. He hopes that sharing his testimony will bring encouragement to those who have gone through similar struggles.


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Jacqueline Maye

Jacqueline Maye (Staff)

A single mother of four, Jacqueline Maye has been a dedicated program assistant at the university for more than 20 years.

She has trained numerous employees and proudly shouts “Roll Tide!” wherever she goes.

Maye has served as an ambassador of the UA WellBama Program and has been an active member of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church for nearly 25 years, the HOLT in Action board for nearly a decade, and the Holt Partnership for 10 years.

Honors Student Who Fed Thousands and Rape Survivor Advocate Receive Sullivan Awards at The Citadel

Sullivan Foundation partner school The Citadel has named two recipients of the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award: An honors student who has provided thousands of meals to the food-insecure and stood up for Native Americans and a professor who has advocated for survivors of rape and domestic violence.

Cadet Olivia Jones (pictured above) is an Honors Program student at The Citadel majoring in political science with a concentration in military affairs. Jones also serves as the Papa Company Commander, maintaining company morale while adhering to the highest ethical standards. Jones has demonstrated her commitment as a servant leader throughout her time at The Citadel, creating a Summer Food Service Program providing 3,700 meals to low-income families. She also has promoted quality of life initiatives for Native American families in New Mexico, providing community training for the most vulnerable in those communities.

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this photo shows a smiling Kristen Hefner, who won the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for faculty members at The Citadel

Dr. Kristen Hefner received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for her work in the areas of victim advocacy and domestic violence education.

Dr. Kristen Hefner, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, has distinguished herself as a teacher-scholar, spearheading community outreach initiatives in the areas of victim advocacy and domestic violence education and creating rich service-learning opportunities for her students. For her service-learning project with People Against Rape, a community non-profit, Hefner and her student were awarded the Good Citizen Award by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Al Cannon and community victim advocates seek to continue Hefner’s humanitarian work, with her students having created over 200 uplifting and encouraging cards for survivors who have been impacted by violence.

In partnership with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, the Citadel presents the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards annually to a student and faculty member in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor.

This story has been edited from the original version on The Citadel’s website.

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