Celebration of Leadership 2020

 

Hello! Welcome to the virtual Leadership Awards and Recognition Banquet. Though we are unable to celebrate with you all in person, we are excited to share the accomplishments of our award winners in this format.

As you will be able to hear, our award winners this year are truly an accomplished group of individuals, and we could not be more proud of the contributions they have made to the Furman community, the Greenville community, and the global community. The videos below will give you just a small idea of the magnitude of what they have accomplished. Please click through these videos and celebrate with one another.

The videos below are categorized by award. Some awards have multiple winners; each winner for an award is included in the same video. Each button will take you to a YouTube video where you will be able to learn about the winner(s) in that award category. A complete list of award winners is included below as well.

Please also take a moment to listen to the reflection from Jesse Tompkins ’20, Student Body President and an award winner. During the banquet, Jesse would have kicked off the ceremony by providing his memories and lessons learned throughout his time at Furman. His remarks are in video format on this page.

Once again, congratulations to our award winners. Furman would not be the place it is without your intellectual curiosity, your care for others, your passion for your pursuits, and your keen desire to raise the bar in all that you do. We know that you will continue to accomplish great things. Thank you.

Student Reflection

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Jesse Tompkins '20

Jesse Tompkins ’20 is a philosophy major and an award winner in one of this year’s award categories. In his reflection, he shares some of the unexpected moments throughout his time at Furman and how they have shaped his experience as well as his future after college.

Award Winners

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award American Legion Medal
Kenia Flores '20 Buzz Thompson '20 and Kelsey Milian '20

Boundary Breaker Program of the Year C. Dan Joyner Outstanding Athletic Leader Award
Let's Talk About Sex: Healthy Sexuality Programming Katarina Kozarov '20 and Jordan Harris '20

Furman's Hall of Leaders Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership Harry B. Shucker Outstanding Student Leader Award
Savannah Carnahan '20, Morgan Cooper '20, Matisyn Darby '20, Sasha Doster '20, Jaylon Goodwin '20, Allie Hargrove '20, Spencer Richardson '20, RJ Rogers '20, Luz Ruiz '20, Shalick Smith '20, Khendra Witt '20, and Anna Zhang '20 Jesse Tompkins '20

Joseph Vaughn Award Lillian Brock-Flemming Award
Alyssa Smith '20 Nicaella Fogle '20

Max and Trude Heller Commitment to Community Award Student Organization of the Year
Bridges to a Brighter Future Jewish Student Association

Student Organization Advisor of the Year The Leverette Sustainability Award
Kristin Irwin - Malone Center for Career Engagement Brook Denny '20

The President's Award Unsung Hero Award
Shekinah Lightner '20 and Davis Cousar '20 Shannon Duke '20, Sheila Foreman '20, Drew Holweger '20, Bethany Knapp '20, and Alexis Wood '20

Willard A. Metcalf Personal Character Award Winston Babb and Alfred S. Reid Memorial Awards
Zach Hughes '20 Michael McLeod '23, Ava Macheledt '22, Avery Whitehead '21, Natalie Srinivasan '20, Mark Calvin '23, Drew Warner '22, Evan Thomes '21, Emma Sanning '20, Deborah Allen - Center for Inclusive Communities, and Dr. Kate Kaup - Asian Studies and Politics & International Affairs

Video Presentations

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation facilitates annual awards on 61 college and university campuses in the American South. Sullivan Awards have been given to students since 1890, recognizing individuals whose "nobility of character" and service to others sets them apart as examples to all.

LEARN ABOUT THE ALGERNON SYDNEY SULLIVAN WINNER

The American Legion, Department of South Carolina, awards medals to a senior man and woman for qualities of honor, courage, scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Recipients are recognized as individuals who possess the highest qualities of citizenship.

LEARN ABOUT THE AMERICAN LEGION AWARD WINNERS
American Legion Medal
Boundary Breaker Program of the Year

This award is presented to the organization or group which sponsored the most innovative, creative, and groundbreaking project or program that has established a new standard in Furman's student life.

LEARN ABOUT THE BOUNDARY BREAKER PROGRAM OF THE YEAR

This award is named in honor of the late C. Dan Joyner, an exemplary Greenville community leader known affectionately to the Furman community as "Furman's Biggest Fan" because of his unwavering support for Furman athletics. This award is presented annually to a senior student athlete on a men’s varsity athletic team and a women’s varsity athletic team. The recipients will be individuals who are respected by athletic teammates and who have demonstrated effective leadership of the team. The recipients will each be recognized as an athlete who has positively impacted their sports team as a role model, a resource, a motivator, and an encourager.

LEARN ABOUT THE OUTSTANDING ATHLETIC LEADERS
C. Dan Joyner Outstanding Athletic Leader
Furman's Hall of Leaders Award for Excellence in Service and Leadership

This award is presented to a select group of seniors who have demonstrated outstanding involvement with campus life and extracurricular activities and who, through this service, have exemplified a four-year commitment to the positive enhancement of the Furman campus.

LEARN ABOUT THE 2020 HALL OF LEADERS

The Harry B. Shucker Outstanding Student Leader Award was established in 1999 and is named for Furman's former Vice President for Student Services. Dr. Shucker is well known among Furman students and alumni as a man of great compassion. He often went above and beyond his responsibilities to help a student in need. He made every effort to know students individually and he displayed a sincere desire to see each student succeed. This award is presented a senior student who has been involved in multiple dimensions of Furman student life and who has exemplified a four-year commitment to effecting positive change on the Furman campus. The recipient of this award will be an individual with compassion for others who, through their role as a student leader, has embodied the spirit of leadership as action, not just position.

LEARN ABOUT THE HARRY B. SHUCKER OUTSTANDING LEADER
Harry B. Shucker Outstanding Student Leader Award
Joseph Vaughn Award

This award is named for Joseph Vaughn, the first African-American admitted to Furman. Mr. Vaughn entered Furman in 1965 and in 1968 received a B.A. in English. Mr. Vaughn passed away in 1991. This award is given to recognize the multicultural senior who has typified model citizenship, outstanding student leadership, and high academic achievement.

LEARN ABOUT THE JOSEPH VAUGHN AWARD WINNER

This award is named for 1971 alumnus and former Furman trustee Lillian Brock-Flemming. Mrs. Brock-Flemming was one of the first African-American women to graduate from Furman. This award is presented to a multicultural senior who has displayed leadership in student organizations throughout their Furman career and has been effective in advancing the concerns of multicultural students.

LEARN ABOUT THE LILLIAN BROCK-FLEMMING AWARD WINNER
Lillian Brock-Flemming Award
Max and Trude Heller Commitment to Community Award

This award is named in honor of a family whose legacy was to change lives and communities, one person at a time. This award is presented annually to the individual or campus group who, through actions of service to the community, has reflected the ideals of good citizenship. Good citizenship means that the individual or campus group has accepted their responsibility to support the Furman, Greenville, or greater community.

LEARN ABOUT THE COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY AWARD WINNER

This award is presented to the recognized student organization or group which, through its activities and projects, has had the most significant positive influence on Furman and the surrounding community. This award is based on the quality and impact of campus events held, the group’s support of and collaboration with community engagement initiatives, and/or the group’s commitment through programs and actions to further advance the education of Furman students beyond the classroom.

LEARN ABOUT THE STUDENT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
Student Organization of the Year
Student Organization Advisor of the Year

This award is presented to the Student Organization Advisor who has committed exceptional time and energy to supporting the efforts of a campus student organization.

LEARN ABOUT THE ADVISOR OF THE YEAR

This award, named in honor of the late former Furman Professor of History, William "Bill" Leverette, is presented annually to the student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting sustainability service and/or research and contributed to efforts to promote energy conservation and environmental stewardship on the Furman campus or within the greater Greenville community.

LEARN ABOUT THE LEVERETTE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD WINNER
The Leverette Sustainability Award
The President's Award

The President's Award is presented to two seniors who, by general conduct and relationships with others, have exhibited high aspirations and noble humanitarian qualities of character in all areas of campus life: academic, social, religious and athletic.

LEARN ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD WINNERS

This award is presented annually to students who, through their behind the scenes involvement with student life, have exemplified a commitment to enhancing Furman campus life.

LEARN ABOUT THE UNSUNG HEROES
Unsung Hero Award
Willard A. Metcalf Personal Character Award

This award, established in 2002, is named in honor of the late Willard A. Metcalf. Mr. Metcalf was known for his unique contributions to the Sigma Chi fraternity and the Greenville community. His life has inspired many students to strive passionately toward the ideals to which he himself was committed. This award is presented to the senior student who exemplifies personal character through high ambitions and a congenial disposition, as well as a selfless commitment to the betterment of others in the community.

LEARN ABOUT THE METCALF AWARD WINNER

The Winston Babb Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Winston Babb, a former History professor at Furman. The award is given by the Furman Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa to a first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior student in the top 35% of their class who has demonstrated the most outstanding qualities of leadership in scholarship; journalism, speech, and mass media; or athletics.

This Alfred S. Reid Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Alfred S. Reid, a former English professor at Furman. The award is given by the Furman Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa to a first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior student in the top 35% of their class who has demonstrated the most outstanding qualities of leadership in campus or community service, social or religious activities, campus government, or creative and performing arts.

LEARN ABOUT THE BABB AND REID AWARD WINNERS
Winston Babb Memorial Award and Alfred S. Reid Memorial Award