Three honored as recipients of Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 18 April 2013

Troy University has honored two students and a member of the University’s faculty with the 2013 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Kash Forrester, who graduated in December with a bachelor’s degree in education, Wes Tindell, a senior biology/biomedical sciences major, and Theresa Johnson, TROY English instructor 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 on 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 we give the Sullivan Awards at Troy University,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY Chancellor. “Our mission is to develop students into leaders with well-defined values. These values are more important now than ever.”

Forrester of Dothan was a member of Phi Mu sorority from 2008 to 2012, serving as vice president, chaplain and public relations chair during her tenure. She also served with the Student Government Association from 2008-2012, holding the positions of Freshman Forum treasurer, at-large senator, secretary and at-large education senator. Forrester also was active in leadership roles with Campus Outreach, was among Troy University’s Most Outstanding Women 2010-2011, Ideal Phi Mu in 2012, Senators Choice in 2012, a representative on the 2011 Homecoming Court and a member of the Student Alumni Association. She was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Order of Omega honor societies and in 2009 was selected to Who’s Who among American College Students. In addition, Forrester has served as assistant youth director at First United Methodist Church, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and a tutor at the Troy Public Library.

Tindell of Panama City is a Chancellor’s Scholarship recipient, president of Alpha Epsilon Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. He also is a member of Beta Beta Beta and Order of Omega honor societies. A member of FarmHouse Fraternity since 2009, Tindell served as the fraternity’s homecoming chair and t-shirt chair in 2010, philanthropy chair in 2011 and vice president of brotherhood and scholarship in 2012. He has served in various capacities with the Student Government Association since 2009, including academic life chair in 2011 and blood drive coordinator in 2012. In addition, Tindell is serving as director of Pike County outreach for First Baptist Church of Troy’s College Ministry, a children’s Bible study leader and has been on three mission trips to Guatemala.

Johnson is an instructor of English and director of developmental English at TROY. A member of the Troy University Graduation Committee, she is an academic adviser for English Language Arts, past president of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, adviser of Sigma Tau Delta International English honor society, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a founding member of Mortar Board and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies and a mentor in the University’s Leadership Scholar program. Johnson is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Golden Key International, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama, a four-year representative for the Alabama Association of Developmental Education and a member of the 2003 Class of the Alabama Independent School Association’s Hall of Fame. Active in her community of Luverne, Johnson serves as an English Second Language Teacher for Koreans in the area, a member of the South Luverne Baptist Church choir and secretary of the Crenshaw County Chapter of the Troy University Alumni Association. She and her husband, Buddy, have three children, Jason, Troy and Lindsay, all TROY graduates.

Winners of the 2013 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards at Troy University were honored Troy University First Lady Mrs. Janice Hawkins during a luncheon on Monday, as well as at the University’s annual Honors Convocation Monday night. From left are: Wes Tindell, a senior biology/biomedical sciences major from Panama City; Mrs. Theresa Johnson, instructor of English and director of developmental English; TROY First Lady Mrs. Janice Hawkins; and Kash Forrester of Dothan, who graduated from TROY in December with a bachelor’s in education. (TROY PHOTO/Cass Davis)