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14 February 2008

SCLC County Chapter Designates
Three JSU Faculty as Community's
Living Legends

In conjunction with the annual celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this year, the Anniston-Calhoun County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) recognized select individuals, groups, and organizations as Living Legends for their service in the community. Living Legend recipients selected were those who were considered to have exemplified leadership, integrity, and perseverance through hard work and commitment in the cities and communities within Calhoun County--those with outstanding accomplishments, both noticed and unnoticed.

Three Jacksonville State University faculty members were selected as Living Legends:  Dr. Patricia Corbin, Associate Professor of Music; Dr. Myrtice Collins, Associate Professor of Music; and Sandra Sudduth, Instructor of Education. They were presented with certificates of recognition designating them as Living Legends Sunday, January 27, 2008,at 17th Street Baptist Church in Anniston, AL.

As the Director of Choral Activities at Jacksonville State University, Dr. Corbin directs the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, Calhoun County Civic Chorale and teaches applied voice and conducting. Dr. Corbin is the Organist/ Choirmaster of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Anniston, Alabama. Dr. Corbin leads the JSU Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir in staging a Madrigal "Renaissance England" dinner theater every Christmas season which features an evening of music and drama.

More recently, February 10, 2008, Dr. Corbin served as moderator in a Tribute Concert to Alabama's African-American composer, professor, and choir director William Levi Dawson whose arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals are widely published in the United States and are regularly performed by school, college and community choral ensembles. The JSU A Cappella Choir joined the Tuskegee University Choir in this tribute to Dawson.

Under the direction of Dr. Collins, the Gospel Choir has been known to inspire and move audiences everywhere in the USA.  Performing inspirational music in the African-American tradition, the JSU Gospel choir enjoys large numbers as well as a dedicated church following. The Gospel Choir has toured all over the nation and has appeared on the Bobby Jones Gospel Hour several times.

Mrs. Sudduth is an Instructor in Elementary Education at Jacksonville State University, a Delta Sigma Theta, Delta Kappa Gamma, advisor for the JSU Deltas, big sister at the Boys and Girls Club, on the Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, a Sunday school teacher, city council member and mayor pro tem for the city of Jacksonville.  A council project Sudduth is particularly proud of is the work done to keep Jacksonville beautiful.

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