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Citadel News Service
5 May 2012

Cadet, professor receive Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is a bronze medallion presented by The Citadel through the New York Southern Society to students and faculty in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor.

Cadet Mary Eve Rochelle Bennett and History Professor Michael B. Barrett were recognized as the awards’ recipients during the Class of 2012 commencement exercise Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Michael B. Barrett

The faculty recipient of the 2012 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is Dr. Michael B. Barrett, a professor of history who has served on the faculty for 36 years. His work at this college truly exemplifies the excellence, service and dedication honored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

After graduating from The Citadel in 1968, Barrett served in the United States Army and later in the U.S. Army Reserve until 2004, retiring with the rank of Brigadier General. He holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in History from the University of Massachusetts.

Since joining the faculty in 1976, Dr. Barrett’s packed classes and close ties with students attest to his talents as a teacher. With a style marked by humor and “Old Corps” stories, Dr. Barrett has captivated and enlightened generations of cadets. Twice he has received the James A. Grimsley Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.  Furthermore, his expertise on World War I has established Dr. Barrett as a renowned scholar. One of his essays has been translated into ten languages and his book, Operation Albion, has won numerous awards.

Dr. Barrett has served as Chairman of Faculty Council, Company Academic Officer, Rank Board member and Dean of Graduate Studies. However, his most enduring impact has been as Faculty Advisor to the Honor Committee for 17 years. In that role, Dr. Barrett has helped those most responsible for administering the Honor System embrace The Citadel’s core values of Honor, Duty and Respect.

Therefore, in recognition of his excellence in service to his country and alma mater, The Citadel proudly presents the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to Dr. Michael B. Barrett.


Cadet Mary Eve Rochelle Bennett

The cadet recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is Cadet Major Mary Eve Rochelle Bennett from Crawfordville, Florida.

Cadet Bennett embodies the spirit of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award through her pursuit of excellence and her efforts to improve the world around her. 

An English major with a minor in Psychology, Cadet Bennett has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester and five Gold Star honors for having a semester GPA above 3.7. She has earned praise from professors for her willingness to lead study groups and mentor classmates. Cadet Bennett has also been active in campus life as a cheerleader and member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Jewish Club and the group Women Actively Seeking Achievement.

Furthermore, Cadet Bennett is a leader in the Corps of Cadets, serving this year as the Regimental Human Affairs Officer.

Beyond these contributions, Cadet Bennett’s true character is revealed in her willingness to help others. In the Fall of 2011, Cadet Bennett willingly donated her bone marrow to help a save the life of a 13-year-old girl despite the fact that Cadet Bennett’s act of compassion would mean a slow and painful recovery from the surgery. 

Therefore in recognition of her leadership, academic achievements and selfless compassion for others, The Citadel is proud to present the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to Cadet Major Mary Eve Rochelle Bennett.

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