Two graduates honored for their
service to humanity
P. Whelan and Bridget J. Kuczkowski are this years students
receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards.
the world on Grounds and abroad is what this years Algernon
Sydney Sullivan Award-winners share. Given annually at Valediction
Exercises to a female and male graduating fourth-year student
and a U.Va. faculty member, the award recognizes excellence of
character and service to humanity.
Rick Turner, dean of U.Va.s Office of African-American Affairs,
received this years Sullivan Award for a faculty member.
Under his direction, U.Va.s graduation rate for African-American
students is the highest among public institutions nationwide.
An article about him winning the award will run in next weeks
May 25 issue of Inside UVA.
two student award-winners are Bridget J. Kuczkowski and Kevin
of Arlington, Va., helped found Nursing Students Without Borders,
an organization that leads a health campaign for migrant workers
in farm camps in Virginia, along with an international education
and research initiative in San Sebastian, El Salvador.
of Vienna, Va., has been deeply involved in Madison House, where
he has served on various committees for three years and been a
member and buddy with Best Buddies for four years.
is receiving her bachelors degree in nursing. A former resident
of La Casa Bolivar, she participated in a summer foreign language
program at La Universidad de Costa Rica. The following fall, she
led a student initiative for a School of Nursing Spanish language
course, Spanish for Health Care Professionals, for
which she served as teaching assistant. This year she served as
president of Nursing Students Without Borders. Articles about
the program, which she co-authored, will be published in a U.Va.
School of Nursing faculty textbook and by the National League
has served as a Nursing School representative on the Honor Committee
for two academic years, a Class of 2001 trustee, a resident coordinator
for the residence-life program (1999-2000), a tutor for Migrant
Aid (1999-2000), assisting school-age children living in migrant
farm communities and as a volunteer for the Central American Relief
Effort (1998-99), helping to raise funds and coordinate information
in the U.S., as well as performing a month of relief work in Nicaragua
in the summer of 1999.
honors include receiving the Patricia Bergman Memorial Scholarship
and the Haggerty Scholarship for the Study of Health Sciences
(twice), a Raven Award, being a Lawn resident and membership in
the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and the Thirteen
committee was impressed with Bridgets unmatched commitment
to improving the world at U.Va. and beyond, said Corrie
Hall, a student member of the awards committee. Not only
has she made a difference on Grounds, representing the Nursing
School on the Honor Committee, but as one of the founders of Nursing
Students Without Borders, she has made an important contribution
on the international scene as well.
an Echols Scholar and Jefferson Scholar, is completing the Honors
Program in government and foreign affairs. While at U.Va., he
has been involved in Madison House, serving on various committees
for three years, including a stint as co-chair of its board of
directors this year. He has also been a member and buddy with
Best Buddies for four years and director of the U.Va. chapter
for two years. He was a member of University Mediation Services
for two years as well.
addition to his public service, Whelan has played French horn
with several University ensembles for three years and was an active
member of the Catholic Students Association for a year.
summer, he served as an intern with the policy-planning unit of
the U.S. Department of State, in the office of former Secretary
of State Madeline Albright. A year before that, Whelan journeyed
to Europe as part of the Jefferson Scholars Program, following
Mark Twains travel journal, A Tramp Abroad. In the summer
of 1998, he was a resident assistant at Johns Hopkins Universitys
Center for Talented Youth and performed mission work in Kingston,
Jamaica, with St. Patricks Foundation.
honors include the Raven Award, residency on the Lawn, finalist
status for numerous awards, and selection as a Robert Kent Gooch
were deeply impressed with three things, said Pablo Davis,
assistant dean of students and a member of the awards committee,
speaking of Kevin Whelans nomination. Kevins
selflessness and service to others impressed us as did his intellectual
curiosity and the thoughtful nature of his orientation to service,
the way in which he calls on others to consider their consciences
in decision making. He also has an extraordinarily self-effacing
nature and is concerned with letting others shine.
Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards were established by the New York
Southern Society in 1925 to honor its first president. The awards
are presented annually at U.Va. and at about a dozen other universities
in the United States to two undergraduate degree candidates, a
man and a woman, and a member of the university community. Recipients
receive medallions, certificates and books on Sullivan.