Huntingdon News

February 20, 2009
For immediate release:

Huntingdon College
News Release

Invitation to Nominate Persons for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards

I am writing to invite nominations for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards. These are very prestigious awards that are given only by selected institutions throughout the country. The recipients of the awards will be acknowledged at Awards Day on Friday, April 17, and presented with a framed certificate and a medallion.

    “Funded by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, [...] the awards stem from the Society’s wish to establish a permanent reminder of the ‘noblest human qualities as expressed and followed in the life of its first president, Algernon Sydney Sullivan; and to do so in a manner which will perpetuate the influence of such a man, not so much as an individual but as a type.’ The prestigious awards are given only by selected ‘representative institutions.’ Mary Mildred Sullivan, Algernon Sullivan’s wife, a Virginian, was likewise a person imbued with humanitarian spirit. In 1940, the New York Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which Mrs. Sullivan had helped establish and of which she had been the first president, created the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award. It honors persons who demonstrate the ‘spirit of helpfulness and an awareness of the beauty and value of the intangible elements of life.’”

If you wish to nominate someone for either or both of the following awards, please send their name and a paragraph telling of their character, activities, and qualifications to Ms. Cathy Wolfe. The individuals should meet the criteria that follows:
Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award

To be awarded to a Huntingdon College senior who best exemplifies the following definition of “nobility of character” as established by the Foundation:

    “A man is called great because we notice in him some distinct quality which overtops like qualities in other men. But we reserve the word ‘noble’ carefully for those whose greatness is not spent in their own interests. A man is noble in our popular conception only when he goes outside the narrow circle of self-interest and begins to spend himself for the interest of mankind.”

The recipient should possess “fine spiritual qualities, practically applied to daily living,” such that the “spiritual standard of the institution may be judged by the character of the person to whom the award is made.”
Mary Mildred Sullivan Award

To be awarded to an individual (not a current student) exemplifying the same qualities as stated above. This is awarded to an individual who has a current or past association with Huntingdon College, possibly as a member of faculty, staff, or administration, a College alumnus, or friend of the College.

Please send your nominations via e-mail by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21. An awards committee will meet to process the nominations.

Thank you, and please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.


Su Ofe
Associate Vice President for
Communications and Marketing
Office: (334) 833-4515
Cell: (334) 324-6591

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