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Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards in Service Named at Commencement

05/12/17 -  

Margaret Nelson '17

Established by the New York Southern Society in 1925, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards recognize and honor excellence of character and humanitarian service. Since 1948, Queens has been presenting two awards, one to a member of the graduating class, and another to a person or couple who is affiliated with the University in some other capacity.

This year, Margaret Nelson '17 was named the student award recipient. Nelson served as a member of the Student Government Association, a Royal Ambassador and Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Honor Society, for which she served as president. She was also name the Outstanding Royal Ambassador for 2016-17. She received the North Carolina Campus Compact Student Election Engagement Fellowship from March-December 2016. During this period, she transformed voter registration and information initiatives at Queens. Her "Get Out the Vote" efforts touched over 1,000 students. These efforts led Queens to be designated one of only 83 universities across the country as a "Voter Friendly Campus" from the Campus Vote Project. She was awarded the North Carolina Campus Compact "Community Impact Award" for 2016. 

Community members James E. and Mary Anne Boldrick Rogers received the second Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award acknowledgement. After moving to Charlotte in 2006 for his new position as CEO at Duke Energy, Jim Rogers and his wife, M.A. immersed themselves immediately in the business, civic and cultural fabric of our city. Jim and M.A. bring their positive energy of to multiple efforts to raise awareness of issues related to education, the arts and the environment. In this community alone, they support the Mint Museum, the Arts and Science Council, the Ronald McDonald House, the United Way and other important causes. Jim co-chaired the $82-million campaign for the Levine Center for the Arts as well as the effort to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In 2011, he co-founded the Global BrightLight Foundation, seeking to bring safe, healthy and cost effective solar power to people living without access to electricity. As a result of their interests in the environment and sustainability, they were also responsible for Queens' Rogers Hall Science & Health building on campus.

Congratulations to our award recipients!

View photos from Commencement 2017.

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