Announces Awards For Excellence Of Character
April 25, 2002-- A law professor
who has worked closely with the University of Virginias student-run
Honor Committee and two fourth-year students will be honored with
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards at the upcoming Valediction Exercises
on May 18.
annual awards, which go to a faculty member and two fourth-year
students one male, one female -- recognize excellence of
character and service to humanity.
C. Dudley Jr., faculty award
C. Dudley Jr. is a graduate of the U.Va. School of Law (67)
and has been a full-time faculty member since 1989. He also served
as associate general counsel of the University for five years. Before
that he was a partner with the Washington law firm of Nussbaum Owen
& Webster. He is an expert on evidence, civil and criminal procedure,
and constitutional law.
the past six years, Dudley has worked closely with the Honor Committee
at a time when demands on the student members were high, and trust
of faculty and administrators was low. During tough times, Dudley
was able to bring students and administrators together and create
a model for a productive relationship, said Patricia M. Lampkin,
interim vice president for student affairs.
brilliant attorney and a sensitive human being, Dudley speaks his
mind, is not afraid to propose an unpopular view and does it in
a way that causes all to think and address the issue but keep their
individual dignity in disagreeing with one another," Lampkin
has contributed his legal expertise and many extra hours in other
important service to the University community, Lampkin noted in
her recommendation for the award.
Mary Rassekh, student award
Mary Rassekh, a native of Mali, West Africa, holds citizenship in
Mali, Canada and the United States, and has worked to develop a
community of inclusion and diversity at U.Va. Rassekh has held leadership
positions in a variety of student organizations and is a member
of U.Va.'s Baha'i Association. She also has helped organize such
cross-cultural activities as the Culture Fest, and the inter-racial
dialogue series, "Reflections on Complexions."
interest in people of diverse backgrounds led her to spearhead the
creation of a new interdisciplinary major in integrated health.
In the fall of 1999, she served a Cherokee community in northeastern
Oklahoma by carrying wood to the elderly, visiting the homeless,
teaching children's classes and helping the sick. These experiences
inspired her to pursue pre-med studies.
year, Rassekh participated in a National Institutes of Health program
in Mali. There, she lived in villages affected by malaria and helped
work on a vaccination for the disease. She plans to enter Johns
Hopkins University in the fall to study public health and medicine.
W. Braxton, student award
student in the McIntire School of Commerce, Gordon W. Braxton earned
intermediate academic honors and lives on The Lawn. He is a member
of BUCKS, Brothers United Celebrating Success and Knowledge, a group
of young black men who serve as role models for African-American
boys in the Charlottesville community and help them develop computer
skills, bridging the so-called digital divide.
conceived and has helped coordinate U.Va.s annual forum on
race relations, "Reflections on Complexions." And last
fall, through the Iota Phi Theta fraternity, he helped organize
a meeting to improve understanding between black students and the
predominantly white Charlottesville police force.
the auspices of One in Four, Braxton has spoken out about sexual
assault and urged men to be more responsible in their relationships
with women. He also serves as a peer advisor for the Office of African-American
Affairs. He plans a career working for non-profit organizations
and is particularly interested in those that address issues of gender
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 and
a member of the university community. Recipients receive medallions,
certificates and books on Algernon Sydney Sullivan.
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858