Three receive Sullivan Awards at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2008

TROY- Troy University honored two students and a member of the University’s faculty on Monday, April 21 with the 2007-2008 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards.

Seniors Jasmine Greene of Montgomery and James Norman of Luverne and Jerry Johnson, chair of the Department of Art and Design and professor of design, were honored during a luncheon Monday at the Troy Campus. They were also recognized at the University’s Honors Convocation held Monday night in the Claudia Crosby Theater.

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.

Greene is a member of the Troy University Activities Council, the American Criminal Justice Association and the Criminal Justice Honors Society. She was named Who’s Who among American Colleges and Universities and has made the chancellor’s list and the provost’s list for her academic achievement. She is a mentor for the Pike County Advocacy Center, has served as an intern for the Troy Girl’s Group Home and participated in the Blood Alcohol Community Project, which focuses on drinking during football season.

Norman is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Mortar Board, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society and Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society. He works as a resident assistant and science tutor for the University. He is also a pianist/organist and a youth Sunday school teacher at New Harmony Baptist Church. A National Merit commended student, Norman has been accepted to attend the University of Alabama School of Medicine where he previously served as an intern.

Johnson is the director/founder for the International Center for Collaboration and Creativity and the co-founder and design associate for the Center for Design, Technology and Innovation, which connects design students with industry for social and economic change. He has won the Malone Award for Faculty Scholarship and was a Chancellor’s Fellow for 2006-2007. He is a keyboardist and Sunday school teacher at Bush Memorial Baptist Church and served as pastor of The Crossing Community Church from 2003-2007. He is the president of the Montgomery Advertising Federation and the vice president for the National Arts Organization, F.A.T.E. He assisted in the cleanup of tornado devastation in Enterprise and toured in the 1970s and 1980s as part of a Christian rock band.