Three honored with Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 14 April 2010

TROY—Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University’s faculty with the 2010 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Seniors Mimi Grace Williams of Troy and Daniel Logan of LaGrange, Ga., and Dr. Shari Hoppin, assistant professor of communications studies, were presented the awards during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. The recipients also were honored during the University’s annual Honors Convocation Tuesday 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.

Williams, the daughter of Frank and Rita Williams of Troy, is a biology major with a 3.299 grade-point average. She is a member of Phi Mu sorority where she served as Greek Week chair in 2010, parliamentarian in 2009, Bible study leader in 2008 and chaplain in 2007. She is vice president of legislative affairs for the Student Government Association and has previously served as an SGA senator, director of elections and executive assistant to the president. Williams also previously served as the treasurer for Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol and secretary for Order of the Omega honor society. Williams was Troy University’s 2009 Homecoming Queen and has served as a Disciple Now leader for teenage girls and an Upwards Basketball coach. She is a graduate of Charles Henderson High School in Troy.

Logan, the son of Stephen and Patricia Logan of LaGrange, Ga., is an English major with a 4.0 grade-point average. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and serves on the editorial staff of “Rubicon,” the English Department’s literary journal. He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship, the Hugh G. Rose Foundation Scholarship and the Robertson Scholarship. Logan has played an active role in TROY’s Baptist Campus Ministries and is a member of Bush Memorial Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher for students in the third through the fifth grades and a student leader in the church’s student ministries. He has been involved in numerous community projects and mission trips, including serving at the Jimmy Hale Mission, a homeless shelter in Birmingham, and a mission trip for ministry outreach to White Plains, N.Y. He is a graduate of West Alabama Preparatory School where he was valedictorian of his graduating class.

Prior to joining the Troy University faculty in 2007, Dr. Hoppin taught at the University of Southern California and Florida State University. Dr. Hoppin earned her B.A. in Communication from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. She also previously served as news editor of the Lance newspaper at the University of Windsor and has also worked as a journalist in the Caribbean. At TROY, Dr. Hoppin serves as the College of Communication and Fine Arts representative on the Institutional Review Board, the advisor for the TROY chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, a member of the College of Communication and Fine Arts Major Field Reading Initiative Committee and a member of the Most Outstanding Woman Selection Committee. She is an active member of Troy’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where she serves as a senior warden and previously served as director of outreach. Dr. Hoppin also is a member of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and a lead facilitator for The LeaderShape Institute, an educational experience that equips young adults with the tools to lead with integrity.

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Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. congratulates winners of the University’s 2010 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards during a luncheon on the Troy Campus on Tuesday. Winners of the awards are, from left to right: Mimi Williams, a senior biology major from Troy; Dr. Shari Hoppin, assistant professor of communications studies; and, Daniel Logan, a senior English major from LaGrange, Ga. The Sullivan Award recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. In addition to a luncheon held in their honor, the winners were recognized during the University’s annual Honors Convocation held Tuesday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.