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Citadel News Service
3 May 2008

Algernon Sydney Sullivan awards presented to two

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

 This year's recipients are:

Cadet Lt. Col. Matthew C. Butsick

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Cadet Butsick, a Citadel Foundation Scholar from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, has compiled an exemplary record of academic achievement, leadership and service. He selected the challenging civil engineering major, but wanted to participate in the Honors Programs and, to do so, has completed eight courses more than required for his major.

Cadet Butsick has earned Dean’s List status every semester at The Citadel and has four times earned Gold Stars. He has been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Knights of Columbus, Tau Beta Pi, the Marathon Club, and intramural sports. He served as class treasurer during his sophomore year and regimental operations NCO during his junior year. His leadership has been recognized through his listing on the Commandant’s List and President’s List. In his senior year, his well rounded accomplishments led to his selection as Regimental Executive Officer, the second highest ranking cadet in the corps. In this role, Cadet Butsick has continued to demonstrate his leadership style: a true devotion to the duty of his job, going far beyond the call of duty to counsel his peers and mediate conflicts, and freely giving of his time to ensure that special projects are flawlessly executed.

Cadet Butsick is always the first to volunteer for a difficult assignment and truly epitomizes leadership through service. Cadet Butsick has been selected by the Civil Engineering faculty to receive the Neil Siciliano (Citadel Class of 1959) Award for Academic Excellence as the graduating civil engineering major who has demonstrated academic excellence throughout his undergraduate career.

Because of his pursuit of excellence, selfless service, and dedication to helping others, Cadet Butsick is a most fitting recipient of the 2008 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Dr. William C. Sharbrough III

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Dr. Sharbrough, an associate professor in the School of Business Administration, has throughout his 23 years at The Citadel been engaged in activities aimed at helping Citadel cadets achieve their highest potential. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Sharbrough served as the assistant dean of undergraduate studies, essentially acting as a faculty advisor for all undergraduate students. During that time, he played a significant role in training and supervising cadet academic officers and developing and refining the Academic Orientation Program, which is still offered to freshmen during their first days on campus.

Dr. Sharbrough currently serves as The Citadel’s NCAA faculty representative, often traveling with various varsity athletics teams, providing moral and academic support. Additionally, he has served as vice president and then president of the Southern Conference.

Dr. Sharbrough also serves as the advisor to the Civil War Reenactment Society, giving up several weekends each year to travel with cadets to out-of-town reenactments.

Dr. Sharbrough has spent his Citadel tenure devoted to enriching the lives of cadets. For his commitment and eagerness to serve others, Dr. William Sharbrough has been selected as the 2008 faculty recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

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