Auburn University president Jay Gogue honors students, faculty at annual luncheon

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winners (from left) Evan Lutomski, Harriet Giles and Emily Scammell.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Two students and one faculty member were recognized with Auburn University’s highest honor for humanitarian service Tuesday, April 16, at the annual President’s Luncheon in the Student Center ballroom.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was presented to seniors Evan Lutomski and Emily Scammell, and Harriet Giles, director of external relations in the College of Human Sciences and managing director of the Auburn University Hunger Solutions Institute.

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.

Giles is co-founder, along with College of Human Sciences Dean June Henton, of Universities Fighting World Hunger, an international coalition of higher education institutions committed to a grassroots platform and an academic agenda to eradicate hunger. Prior to assuming her current administrative positions within the college and the institute, Giles was a faculty member in the Auburn University Department of Human Development for 18 years.

Lutomski also received the President’s Award for interdisciplinary studies. He will graduate with honors in May, earning a degree in interdisciplinary studies with emphases in hunger studies, community and civic engagement and history. Lutomski serves on the Committee of 19 and is the Auburn University liaison to Universities Fighting World Hunger, an organization that aspires to mobilize universities across the nation and around the globe to make fighting hunger a core value of higher education institutions worldwide.

Scammell is an Honors College student majoring in political science and minoring in hunger studies. She is the outgoing president and co-founder of The Campus Kitchen at Auburn University, an organization that provides meals to people in the Auburn-Opelika community and engages Auburn students in actively working to solve the problem of hunger locally.

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

The President’s Award and W. James Samford Jr. Foundation Award recognize 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 are: Ashton James Richardson, College of Agriculture; William Lawrence Gregory, College of Architecture, Design and Construction; Blake Dean Jackson, College of Business; Amy Marie Howard, College of Education; Lauren Patricia McManus, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; Mignon Denton, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; Subin Hada, Graduate School; Kristin Jill Wallace, College of Human Sciences; Paul Bradley Slay, College of Liberal Arts; Alexa Kaye Cannon, School of Nursing; Denise Anne Sutter, Harrison School of Pharmacy; Kyle Spencer Owens, College of Sciences and Mathematics; and Laura Catharine Brittain, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Steven Sawyer was named the 2013 recipient of the W. James Samford Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The award is named in memory of James Samford, a 1972 Auburn alumnus and member of the Auburn Board of Trustees from 1987 until his death in 2003.

(Written by Carol Nelson.)

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