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Cumberlands announces Sullivan Awards recipients


Dr. Kirby Clark, associate professor of religion, presents the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award to Katie Faison Riley during Founder’s Day Convocation at University of the Cumberlands on January 18. Brian Jones, winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, who is on a mission trip to India, could not be present.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands congratulates Katie Faison Riley and Brian Jones for their dedication to education and service and names them the 2010 recipients of the Mary Mildred and Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards. The awards are given annually on Founder’s Day to a graduating male and female senior who have demonstrated outstanding spiritual qualities, satisfactory academic achievement, a high degree of leadership ability and a willingness to participate to extra-curricular activities.

Riley, the recipient of the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, is a native of Wilmington, Ohio and the daughter of Rick and Joan Faison .She is married to Tim Riley, also a senior at Cumberlands. A communications major with a minor in religion, she has maintained a GPA of 3.97.

Involved with several campus activities during her UC career, Riley has been a Star with the Insights program, a tutor for the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and an active member of the speech and debate team and Pi Kappa Delta honor society. She also serves in the children’s ministry at Pleasant View Baptist Church.

Upon graduation, Riley and her husband Tim will direct Lighthouse Christian Camp in Smithville, Tenn.

Brian Jones, the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, is the son of Truman and Carol Jones of Cawood, Ky. He is a history and secondary education major, and while at Cumberlands, he has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.9.

Involved in several campus activities, Jones has worked with the Mountain Outreach program and Appalachian Ministries. He has also been a member of Cumberlands’ varsity track and cross country teams, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Phi Alpha Theta and Kappa Delta Pi, and he was named a Hutton Scholar.

Jones completed his student teaching in December, and is currently on a mission trip to India. Upon his return, he plans to become a high school history teacher.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, now located in Oxford, Miss., was chartered in New York State in 1930. Its purpose is to promote service to others and service to the broader community, values that were exemplified by Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan, the parents of the organization’s founder.

In addition to providing support for financial aid to small private colleges, located primarily in the Appalachian region, the Sullivan Foundation also collaborates with 54 southeastern colleges and universities to present awards in memory of Algernon and Mary Mildred Sullivan.