Nominate Worthy Students and Staff for Annual Sullivan Awards

Award honors Duke community members for outstanding community service 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award, which will be presented to a Duke graduating senior in April, and to a Duke University and Health System faculty member, staff or graduate/professional student in May.  

The award, established in the 1930s for colleges and universities in the South, is an engraved medallion and a framed certificate that recognizes outstanding community service flowing from a life of integrity and spirituality.

In 2012, the awards went to Barbara Dotson, a nursing instructor at the Watts School of Nursing, and student Harrison Hines. Dotson was honored for her efforts at the Watts School, which is part of Durham Regional Hospital, as well as her role as faculty adviser at the Community Service Club, fund-raising work for Duke's Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and efforts promoting prostate cancer screenings and other public health initiatives in the community.

One of Hines' accomplishments was to help start CruCares, a student volunteer networking organization aimed at engaging students in regular service in Durham.

The nomination form is on the provost office's website and is due by March 4.

The award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service of Sullivan by recognizing and honoring in others such qualities as:

* Recognition of Selflessness

* Generosity of Service

* Nobility of Character

* Person of Integrity

* Depth of Spirituality

To recommend a member of the Duke community, submit a letter of nomination discussing the candidate's "characteristics of heart, mind, and conduct as evidence of a spirit of love and helpfulness to other men and women" and giving specific examples of how this individual's actions directly affected the lives of others.

Nominations of undergraduates (the student must be a senior) should be sent to Domonique Redmond, Duke Community Service Center, Box 90827 or by email to

Staff and faculty nominations should be sent to Sam Miglarese, Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, Box 90433 or by email to