College presents awards

Ryan Parker
Elizabeth Jensen
Donna Aclin

Shenandoah University presented one of its top honors, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, to seniors Ryan Parker and Elizabeth Jensen, as well as Student Accounts Office Administrative Assistant Donna Aclin, during the university’s commencement ceremony on May 9.  The award was established in 1925 by the New York Southern Society.

Parker, a native of Callao, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and will begin graduate study in the occupational therapy program at Shenandoah University. Parker traveled to Haiti to assist those in need and helped to make Shenandoah University’s first Out of the Darkness Campus Walk a success, raising over $14,000 for suicide prevention programs.

Jensen, a Fork Union native, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She served as a first-year seminar mentor, traveled to Kenya as a summer intern with Hope Shines, helped establish the Council for the Exceptional Child chapter at Shenandoah University, and traveled to Staten Island, New York, as part of an early response team with Shenandoah University after Hurricane Sandy, and initiated the first Shenandoah University Barefoot Mile to raise funds for the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Jensen will attend the University of Louisville in the fall to earn a master’s degree in social work.

Aclin, a Cross Junction resident, has been a consistent volunteer for Shenandoah University at the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter for the past two years. She has stepped in to lead a staff and faculty team or a student group to provide dinner to the shelter’s guests.