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 Steven Anthony Muñoz and Spanish professor Sara Fernández Medina were recognized during the Class of 2011 commencement exercise Saturday, May 7, 2011.
Sara Fernández Medina
For her devotion to teaching and her inspiration as a role model of selfless service, Dr. Sara Fernández Medina is the recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
As a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Dr. Medina has inspired her students with her passion for the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. She received her undergraduate education at the Universidad de Alcala in Spain and earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. Dr. Medina joined The Citadel faculty in 2008.
Eager to help her students learn, Dr. Medina extends her teaching far beyond the hours assigned for her classes, making herself readily available at times most convenient for those she teaches. Furthermore, Dr. Medina has enthusiastically supported cadets through her work with the Spanish Club and Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society. She has inspired members to take on ambitious projects, giving the clubs a broader purpose and reach.
The quality that makes Dr. Medina’s most deserving of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, however, is her commitment to serving those less fortunate. While she has educated her students in Spanish, she has also taught them the need for compassion, encouraging them to look beyond themselves and to help those less fortunate. Through her efforts, cadets have worked with Lowcountry children from immigrant families to help them master English. She has motivated the Spanish Club to raise funds for Coprodeli USA, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of destitute families in Peru. On a study-abroad trip to Cholula, Mexico, Dr. Medina organized volunteers to work with impoverished children at an orphanage, letting the students experience the lesson of servant leadership.
In recognition of her compassionate spirit and her devotion to teaching, The Citadel proudly presents the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award to Dr. Sara Fernández Medina
Cadet Steven Anthony Muñoz
Cadet Steven Anthony Muñoz exemplifies the ideals that the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award celebrates because of his leadership, sound character and service to others.
Cadet Muñoz, a native of Miami, Fla., has served The Citadel and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in many capacities with a constant willingness to help others. He is a Business Administration major who can always be counted upon to help classmates who need assistance and to mentor younger cadets adjusting to life at The Citadel.
Cadet Muñoz has proven time after time that he is a true leader, willing to take initiative to address concerns rather than looking the other way and assuming that problems will take care of themselves.
As the Regimental Activities Officer, Cadet Muñoz has excelled and, under his leadership as president, The Republican Society has become one of the largest and most active campus organizations. The mark of a true leader, however, is the respect he or she earns from classmates. The Class of 2011 voted Cadet Muñoz as recipient of the Reuben B. Pitts III Memorial Award last year as the cadet who showed the greatest concern for the well-being of others. In addition, his class elected Cadet Muñoz class president for the past three years.
Cadet Muñoz has also been active with the Catholic Campus Ministry, serving as the choir commander and as a work-study cadet, performing those duties with diligence and integrity.
In recognition of his leadership, initiative and service to others, The Citadel is proud to present the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to Cadet Steven Anthony Muñoz.