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Citadel News Service
5 May 2007

Algernon award presented to business professor, cadet

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

Cadet Philip Andrew Ellis

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Cadet Philip Andrew Ellis

As one who has distinguished himself by his leadership and service to fellow cadets, Philip Andrew Ellis exhibits the unselfish concern for others that exemplifies the ideals of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Ellis is a civil and environmental engineering major from Fountain Inn, S.C., who will be attending graduate school at the University of Iowa’s Institute of Hydraulic Research next year. A consistent Deans’ List student, he holds the prestigious Himelright Scholarship in engineering and received the Benjamin W. Sammis Engineering Award as a junior for his leadership qualities. As a senior, he also developed a program to help freshmen engineering majors succeed academically by pairing them with upper-class mentors.

A natural leader, Cadet Ellis is the Golf Company commander, president of The Citadel’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering, an honor company representative and a Summerall Guard.

Because of his commitment to academic excellence, his strong leadership and his service to others, Mr. Philip Andrew Ellis is a most fitting recipient of the 2007 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Karen Shuler
Visiting Professor, The Citadel School of Business


Karen Shuler has taught in The Citadel School of Business for the past 10 years. During that time, she has captured the spirit of leadership through service to others by impressing upon her students their obligation to give back to society. She incorporates community service projects in her leader development courses, thereby demonstrating the qualities of character and service recognized by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Professor Shuler teaches in the classroom but her laboratory is the countryside where hurricanes have destroyed possessions and uprooted people in Mississippi, Florida and North Carolina. She has led nine trips to disaster areas where she works beside students and alumni, often putting in 12 to 16 hours a day clearing debris, building shelters and providing hope to hurricane victims. Professor Shuler also takes responsibility for raising money to support these efforts, using that activity as another teaching opportunity. The trips, which often take place during school breaks, involve not only strenuous physical labor but also the personal sacrifice of free time.

Because of her commitment to excellence and eagerness to serve others, Karen Shuler has been selected as the 2007 faculty recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

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