Troy University students will be recognized for their achievements during the University’s annual Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
Dr. Glenda Curry, rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Homewood and former president of the University’s Montgomery Campus, will serve as the keynote speaker for the convocation.
Among the awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, presented to an outstanding faculty member, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.
The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient.
The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually at TROY since 1981 with nominations for the awards coming from students, faculty and staff.
In addition, students from each of the University’s five colleges will be recognized for their achievements, including those inducted into various honor societies.
Dr. Curry served as president of the Montgomery Campus from 1991 to 1999 and was the first woman to lead a four-year university in the state. During her tenure as president, she led the creation, planning, development and establishment of the University’s Rosa Parks Museum and Library, which is located on the Montgomery Campus at the site of Mrs. Parks’ historic 1955 arrest. She also served as dean of the University School of Nursing from 1990 to 1991.
Dr. Curry was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church in 2002. She has served as rector for the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, a congregation of 1,800 members, since 2004, and previously served as rector of the Church of the Epiphany Episcopal in Leeds from 2002 to 2004.
Dr. Curry holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, a Master of Divinity from the University of the South, Sewanee and a Ph.D. in human development from Oklahoma State University. She served in a postdoctoral fellowship with the American Council on Education from 1988 to 1989.
Dr. Curry has two daughters – Seana Fern who lives in Minneapolis, Minn. and Laura Cornell who lives in Fredricksburg, Va. — and seven grandchildren.