Carson-Newman University presented seniors Curtis Atkins and Abigail Parker its Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards during the institution’s annual Honors Convocation on April 11.
Atkins, the son of Oak Ridge’s Jim Atkins and Sherry Atkins, is a religion major. He has strong academic standing in religion, has served on the Mortar Board and is a an active member in C-N’s Bonner Scholars Program.
Through the Bonner Scholars Program, he spent a summer working with Anderson County’s Department of Children’s Services and Urban Promise, the youth development outreach program in Camden, N.J.
He has also invested himself in Jefferson City by working with the local department of children’s services.
As the Bonner senior intern in the current school year, Atkins has participated in strategic planning and programming and helped set the trajectory for the future of the Bonner Scholars Program and the University’s Bonner Center.
School officials said Atkins was a central figure in the previous year’s Summer Leadership Institute, which is the Bonner Foundation’s largest conference and saw 350 participants that year.
Parker, of Campbellsville, Ky., is the daughter of Virgil Parker and Dr. Jeannette Parker.
She is a sociology and English major and an honors program fellow.
She has worked with Carson-Newman’s Yoke Ministries and Baptist Campus Ministries for four years.
At C-N, she has been A twoyear mission chair and a leadership executive team member for three years.
She thrice served as a C-N S.P.O.T.S. missions team leader, and is serving as BCM president.
Parker spent the summer of 2012 as an intern for Compassion International and worked as an Operation Inasmuch outreach volunteer three years.
Her other honors and service include Mortar Board — where her projects included leading a drive for bone marrow donors — and involvement with Alpha Chi Honor Society that included a recent study of Sherlock Holmes through psychoanalytic literary theory.
The Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society member has participated in research, creativity and performance days and the Chez Vous study abroad program.
She also conceptualized and created a successful partnership for displaying student art at a local business.
The New York Southern Society established the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1926 to honor an Indiana native and Manhattan attorney who was considered a living example of genteel spirit and Christian compassion.
The awards, which are donated by the foundation that bears his name, are granted at 61 colleges and universities to graduating seniors — one female and one male — who “excel in high ideals of living, in fine spiritual qualities, and in generous and unselfish service to others.”