TROY - Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University's faculty with the 2016 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.
Katie Pouncey, a senior health and human services major from Wetumpka, Jorge Solis, a senior political science major from Pell City, and Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of First-Year and Undergraduate Studies, were presented the awards during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Monday. The recipients were also 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.
"It's appropriate that we present the Sullivan Awards at Troy University," said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor. "Our mission is not only to prepare our students to make a living, but more importantly, to make a life. We want our graduates to be equipped with the skills and values necessary to make a difference, and the Sullivan Awards honor that type of commitment to serving others."
Pouncey, the daughter of Ginger and Lyndon Pouncey, is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and has held several leadership roles within the sorority, including activities coordinator and vice president for member development. She is a current member of the Student Alumni Association and the Swing Dance Club and serves as historian for Tau Upsilon Alpha Honor Society. Pouncey is a past chair of Relay for Life and a former member of College Republicans, the Diamond Dolls and the Student Nursing Association. A Leadership Scholar, Pouncey is also a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society.
An active member of the Troy community, Pouncey has volunteered with Noble Manor Assisted Living, Relay for Life, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity. She also serves as a Bible study leader, nursery worker, volunteer with the after school program and a member of the College Leadership Team at First Baptist Church in Troy and has served as a leader on an annual mission trip to Haiti since 2014.
Solis, the son of Belia and Arturo Solis, has been active in the Student Government Association at TROY, serving as vice president of legislative affairs since 2014 and previously serving as chair of the Academic Life Committee, a senator and Freshman Forum sergeant at arms. A member of FarmHouse fraternity, Solis has served as house manager, Interfraternity Council representative and Sergeant at Arms for the fraternity. He has served as president of the Order of Omega and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies, vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and is a member of Mortar Board and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. He also has served as a resident assistant since 2013 and served as an IMPACT leader in 2014.
Solis is active within the community, having served with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service projects, the Colley Senior Center Clean-Up project, Campus Kitchens, Habitat for Humanity, the Brantwood Children's Home and Troy University's International Thanksgiving dinner. He is an active member at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Troy, where he frequently serves as lector.
Dr. Fulmer currently serves as the associate provost and dean of undergraduate and first-year studies at TROY. Dr. Fulmer is the director of the John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success on the Troy Campus and oversees the Centers for Student Success on the Dothan and Montgomery campuses. He is the immediate past director of the University's Quality Enhancement Plan to create a culture of engaged readers at Troy University. As part of that plan, Troy University received a National Endowment for the Humanities "Big Read" grant award in 2014, the only one funded in the state of Alabama that year.
Dr. Fulmer joined the University in 2002 as dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts. He also served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2010-2011. He serves as chair of TROY's Faculty Development Committee and functions as the administrative liaison to the Undergraduate Academic Council. He served as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges Leadership Team for the University's successful reaffirmation of accreditation in 2007-2010 and was a member of the University's SACSCOC steering committee in 2002-2003.
Prior to joining the Troy University faculty, Dr. Fulmer served as a faculty member and administrator for 14 years at Georgia Southern University. He holds a Ph.D. in communication from Louisiana State University and a master's degree in speech from the University of Georgia. He is the author and co-author of numerous published essays, chapters and reviews on a variety of communication-related topics and has delivered more than 500 workshops, seminars and addresses on topics ranging from Southern culture to nonverbal communication.