By Erin Chupp
Recipients of Jacksonville State University's 2006 Alumni Awards,
which will be presented during halftime of the Homecoming football
game on Saturday, Oct. 21, are as follows.
Leah Fay (Bumpious) Junkins, Alumna of the Year Junkins,
a native of Anniston, graduated from JSU with a B.S. in marketing
and a minor in finance in 1985.
Upon graduating, she married Jimmy W. Junkins and began working
for Baldwin County Savings and Loan later that same year. She
worked for Altus Bank in Mobile from 1986-1992 before settling
into her current career at Colonial Bank in Foley, Alabama.
Graduating from Retail Banking School at the University of Wisconsin
in 2005, Junkins is now the president and CEO for Retail Banking
over Alabama and Georgia. She has devoted time to various Chambers
of Commerce and organizations such as Relay for Life, the American
Cancer Society, Rotary Club, Lion's Club and is currently an
active member of the Foley Optimist Club. In her spare time
she enjoys traveling, boating and spending time with her family;
she has two stepchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
E.G. "Kel" Kelley, Jr., LUTCF, Alumnus of the Year Kelley,
of Huntsville, graduated
from JSU with a B.S. in music education in 1970. He is a member
of the Grey Echelon (Marching Southerners Alumni), Phi Mu Alpha
(international professional music fraternity) and Scabbard &
Blad (U.S. military fraternity). Kelley taught choir, music
theory, assisted the band and was the sports and band announcer
at South Cobb High School for four years. He then went on to
work as an agent for Prudential for 23 years, during which he
began Kelley & Associates Insurance Brokerage firm in 1977.
Kelley's fifteen years of heart health issues, from heart attacks
to quadruple bypass surgery to a heart transplant, led him to
found three heart transplant groups. In 2002, Kelley began Project
Valentine, partnering with JSU to collect and distribute cell
phones to those waiting for an organ transplant. Kelley is a
very active member in his community and has received numerous
awards. While writing a book, composing Christian music and
serving the Douglas County Jail chapel through music, he is
currently the vice president of one of his heart transplant
support groups, TripleHeart, Inc. He and his wife Joanne live
in Douglasville, Georgia, with their three children, Kimberly,
Patrick and Tommy, and four grandchildren.
Dr. Rodney N. Friery, Outstanding JSU Faculty Member of
the Year Dr. Friery, of Jacksonville, is a professor of
sociology at JSU and has been with the university since
1974. He earned his A.A. from San Jacinto College, a B.S. and
a M.Ed. from Sam Houston State University and his Ph.D. in sociology
from Mississippi State University. He served as head of the
Department of Sociology for eleven years and founded the Eta
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, an international sociology academic
honor society. Friery has served JSU and its community through
numerous positions, such as faculty advisor for the Baptist
Campus Ministry, chairperson of the Jacksonville High School
Baseball Field Project, academic advisor for the men's basketball
program, treasurer of the Calhoun County Sports Hall of Fame
and chairperson of the Rights and Protection Committee for the
Learning Tree. He has presented numerous papers and has several
articles and chapters published in professional journals and
books. Before coming to JSU, Dr. Friery taught mathematics for
two years in the public school system. He and his wife, Dr.
Kathleen Friery, who serves as the head of Educational Resources
for the College of Education and Professional Studies, have
two children and one granddaughter.
Christopher D. Glover, Young Alumnus of the Year Glover,
of Birmingham, received
a B.S. in political science from JSU in 1998. At JSU, he served
as president of the Student Government Association, a representative
of the Interfraternity Counsel, and treasurer of Delta Chi.
His tenure with the SGA was marked by the decision for a food
court and renovation to the Theron Montgomery Building. Glover
went on to graduate from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham,
where he served on the Cumberland ATLA National Trial Team,
Cumberland National Client Counseling Team, Trial Advocacy Board
and Christian Legal Society. He was president of the Cumberland
Trial Lawyers Association and vice president of Phi Alpha Delta
Legal Society. He now resides in Shelby County with his wife
and JSU graduate, Erin, daughter Kaitlyn, and son Andrew. Glover
practices law with the firm of Hollis & Wright, P.C., focusing
on protecting the rights of consumers in civil litigation throughout
the United States.
The Military Alumnus Award went to twin brothers, Tim and
Lieutenant Colonel Tim Sullivan, Military Alumnus of the
Year Lt. Col. Sullivan, native of Huntsville, graduated
from JSU in 1988 with a B.S. in Forensic Science and
also received a master's degree in Information Systems Management
from Florida Institute of Technology. He has served in Operation
Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor and
Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Kuwait. Sullivan's military
service with the army has included unit assignments at Fort
Bragg, NC, Camp Humphrey's Korea, Arsenal, AL, and Patrick Air
Force Base, FL. Recognized with numerous medals and awards,
including the Bronze Star Medal, Lt. Col. Sullivan is currently
in command of the 13th Corps Support Battalion, Fort Benning,
GA. He and his wife Shannon have three daughters, Caitlin, Hannah
and Mary Grace.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Sullivan, Military Alumnus of the
Year Lt. Col. Sullivan, native of Huntsville and brother
to the other military award recipient, graduated with
a B.S. in Marketing from JSU in 1988 before obtaining his master's
in General Administration from Central Michigan University.
His previous unit assignments were at Fort Benning, GA, Fort
Bragg, NC, and Camp Casey, Korea. His army service includes
Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and
Operation Iraqi Freedom III (Camp Liberty and Baghdad). Also
receiving the Bronze Star Medal, among many other medals and
awards, Lt. Col. Sullivan's most recent assignment is as the
Institutional Training Officer for the Directorate of Training,
United States Army Infantry Center (USAIC), Fort Benning, GA.