Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 12 April 2011

TROY—Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University’s faculty with the 2011 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Katelyn Buzbee of Pinson and Darin Andrew Chancellor of Pottstown, Penn., and Mrs. Elaine Bassett, coordinator of the University’s Writing Center, were presented the awards during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Monday. The recipients also were honored during the University’s annual Honors Convocation Monday night.

The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually to a male student, a female student and one non-student at TROY since 1981. Students, faculty and staff nominate candidates for the award.

Buzbee, the daughter of Rhonda and Brian Buzbee of Pinson, AL., is an interpreter training program major with a 3.55 grade-point average. She is a member of the American Sign Language and Interpreter Training Program (ASL/ITP) Club, serving as the founder and President of the club in 2008-2009. In this capacity, Buzbee was responsible for coordinating workshops for Interpreter Training Program events and the first annual Alabama Interpreting Metamorphosis (AIM) conference. She is the recipient of the Alabama State Department of Education scholarship for the Interpreter Training Program and was named Who’s Who Among College Students in 2010. Buzbee has been an active member of Southside Baptist Church where she has been involved in the youth program, taught Bible Study for girls, and interpreted each Sunday morning service for the deaf.

Chancellor, the son of Douglas and Mary Jane Chancellor of Pottstown, PA, is a political science major with a 3.1 grade-point average. He is a student advisor and has served as the chair of the University Activities Council since August 2008. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity where he has served as the Chapin House management secretary from 2007, and he also serves as a Trojan Ambassador. Chancellor has been named to “Who’s Who on College Campuses.” He has been actively involved in TROY’s Campus Outreach ministry.

Bassett is the coordinator of the University’s Writing Center. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society since 1977 and has previously served as the organization’s corresponding secretary. She is also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, Psi Chi and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies. Bassett currently serves as president for the Alabama Association for Developmental Education and is past president of the Philanthropic Educational Organization, a group that supports the advancement of women through education. She has served as a presenter at the University’s eCampus Colloquium, an editor of the TROY School of Nursing’s Accreditation Report and a workshops writer for various disciplines within the University. Bassett is a reader for Advance Placement Exams, and also has served as secretary/ treasurer and president of Delta Kappa Gamma, a teacher honorary society. An active member of Troy’s First United Methodist Church, Bassett serves as chair of the Church Council, a Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir.

Sullivan Award

Two students and one member of the Troy University faculty were honored on Monday as recipients of the 2011 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. Presented annually at TROY since 1981, the Sullivan Awards recognize recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. Dr. John Schmidt (right), Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, presented the awards to, from left to right, Elaine Bassett, coordinator of the University’s Writing Center; Darin Andrew Chancellor, a senior political science major from Pottstown, Penn.; and Katelyn Buzbee, a senior interpreter training major from Pinson, during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Monday.