Auburn’s president honors students, faculty at annual luncheon

AUBURN – Two students and one faculty member were recognized with Auburn University’s highest honor for humanitarian service Tuesday, April 12 at the annual President’s Luncheon in the Student Center ballroom.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was presented to seniors Roy Glasgow and Rachel Coffey, and Kimberly Braxton-Lloyd, assistant dean for Health Services in the Harrison School of Pharmacy and director of the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center.

The national honor has been presented at Auburn since 1951 as a reminder of the noblest human qualities exemplified by Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a prominent humanitarian and first president of the New York Southern Society, now the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. Each year, Auburn bestows the honor on one male and one female student from the graduating class, and one non-student.

Glasgow, a philosophy major with a minor in military science, is a cadet in Auburn’s Army ROTC program. He has achieved the title of Battalion Commander, the highest rank a student can earn.

Coffey, a communications disorders major, served as the Alternative Student Breaks Coordinator and received the Laverne Taylor Flanagan Volunteerism Award in 2010 from Panhellenic.

In the fall of 2009, Braxton-Lloyd convinced the Harrison School of Pharmacy family to provide the H1N1 vaccine for free to the entire campus community. The professor was honored by Harrison School of Pharmacy students in 2001 with the Hargreaves Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

Other honors presented during the luncheon were for the President’s Award and the W. James Samford Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

The President’s Award recognizes one graduate in each school or college who has completed at least three semesters at Auburn with a minimum grade point average of 3.40, and possesses outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, character and promise of professional ability.

This year’s 13 honorees were: John Lee, College of Agriculture; Alysha Kambeyanda, College of Architecture, Design and Construction; Lisa Noble, College of Business; Meredith Bailey, College of Education; David Harris, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; Justin Barnes, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Starla Dallesasse, Graduate School; Adam Bennett, College of Human Sciences; Talor Drinkard, College of Liberal Arts; Diana Dowling, School of Nursing; Lauren Samford, Harrison School of Pharmacy; Robert Jefferson, College of Sciences and Mathematics; and Amanda Mobley, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Jared Batte, an agricultural business and economics major in the College of Agriculture, was named the 2011 recipient of the W. James Samford Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The award is named in memory of James Samford, a 1972 Auburn alum and member of the Auburn Board of Trustees from 1987 until his death in 2003.

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