The Jacksonville State University Alumni Association will present its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards during halftime ceremonies
of the 2:30 p.m. Homecoming game with Tennessee Tech on Saturday, 20 October at Paul Snow Stadium. Recipients of JSU's 2007 Outstanding
Alumni Awards are cited below.
The honorees this year are Dr. Syble H. Brindley, Alumna of the Year;
Mr. Timothy C. Tyson, Alumnus of the Year;
Dr. Kelly Brooks Friery, Young Alumna of the Year;
Dr. Sarah V. Latham, Outstanding JSU Faculty Member of the Year;
and Col. Stephen K. West, Military Alumnus of the Year.
Dr. Syble H. Brindley, Alumna of the Year. The 2007 Alumna of the Year
graduated from JSU in 1964 with
majors in biology and health, physical education and recreation.
Dr. Brindley pursued her graduate study at the University of
Alabama where she received a master's and a
doctorate in Health Education. As a student, Dr. Brindley was recognized
for her outstanding academic study in graduate school at the University of Alabama where she was named
the most outstanding graduate student in her discipline.
Brindley spent her primary career teaching at every level of
education, and retired as Professor/Department Chair of
Kinesiology at the University of Montevallo (1997). During
her tenure, she was recognized numerous times with outstanding
teaching awards. Among those were the Presidential Award
of Excellence in Teaching, the University of Montevallo
Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, the first recipient of
the Ernest Award, the College of Education Outstanding Teaching
Awards, and many Favorite Professor Awards.
In addition to her teaching career, Dr. Brindley also served
in numerous professional leadership positions at the state,
regional, and national levels in
her service as health educator. She was largely
responsible for several notable initiatives in the state in
HIV/AIDS education, in the establishment of the Alabama
Coalition for School Health, and the Health Educators
Association of Alabama.
Following her retirement from the University of Montevallo,
she embarked on a career in public service as Projects
Coordinator and Grants Writer for several non-profit
organizations in Montgomery and the state. She served as Projects
Coordinator, for the Gift of Life Foundation established in 1988 to
provide prenatal and obstetrical care for low income women in 20+
counties in Alabama through funding from Medicaid. She served
as the University of Montevallo legislative liaison, the only female
legislative liaison in the regional university group.
Her achievements are further evidenced by her inclusion in the
following notable listings: Who's Who Among America's Teachers
(1997), Who's Who in American Education, and Outstanding Young
Women of America; Personalities of the South; World's Who's Who
She and her husband, Dr. Joe Brindley, reside in Oneonta.
Timothy C. Tyson, Alumnus of the Year. The 2007 Alumnus of the Year
is President and Chief Executive Officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International
and is a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Valeant, Mr. Tyson was
a member of the executive management team at GlaxoSmithKline where he ran multiple
During his 14-year tenure at GlaxoSmithKline, Mr. Tyson served in a variety
of roles with broad international and domestic responsibilities, including significant management experience running two
divisions: Glaxo Dermatology and Cerenex Pharmaceuticals. He also was
responsible for managing all sales and marketing for the U.S. operations,
where he launched 32 new products, eight of which became
Prior to his tenure at
GlaxoSmithKline, Mr. Tyson held a number of executive positions
at Bristol-Myers Company. Prior to serving at Bristol-Myers,
Mr. Tyson was a manufacturing manager for Proctor & Gamble and
also served as an officer in the United States Army.
Mr. Tyson is a member
of the Board of Directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing
Association (PhRMA); the CEO Roundtable for the University of California at
Irvine; the Health Sector Advisory Board at Duke University; the S.O.S. Board
of Directors (a non-profit organization), and the International Leadership
Forum of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.
Mr. Tyson received a
Master in Business Administration and Master in Public Administration from Jacksonville
in 1979 and 1976, respectively. Mr. Tyson is a 1974 graduate of the
United States Military
Academy at West
He and his wife, Amy, reside in Newport Coast, California.
Dr. Sarah V. Latham, Outstanding JSU Faculty Member of
the Year. Dr. Latham was named Dean
of JSU's College of Nursing
and Health Sciences in November 2005. Dr. Latham began serving as acting dean in May 2004,
when the former dean Dr. Martha Lavender took administrative leave to work with a
consulting firm at McClellan’s Center for Domestic Preparedness.
Dr. Latham studied nursing at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of
Nursing (UABSON), where she obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees; she
taught undergraduate nursing at UAB from 1975-1978. Dr. Latham began her career
at JSU in 1982 as an assistant professor of nursing and was awarded a one year
leave of absence from 1983-1984 to pursue her doctorate in nursing at UAB. This
leave of absence was funded by a federal grant because of the paucity of
doctorally prepared nurses. Upon completion of her Doctor of Science in Nursing
in 1985, her dissertation received the UABSON award for “Most Significant
Research by a Doctoral Student.”
Dr. Latham has taught across the
curriculum in nursing from foundations to critical care. She has been involved
in the traditional nursing program, the RN to BSN program (STEP) and the MSN
program. Although her specialty is critical care, she has participated in the
graduate epidemiology course and research. Dr. Latham has been invited
frequently to make presentations related to physiology (such as cardiac output
and congestive heart failure), patient assessment and interpretation of lab
values, and complex nursing care of critically ill patients.
From 1987 to
2003 Dr. Latham served as coordinator of student services and was involved in
recruitment for both JSU and the nursing program. She has worked on numerous
committees at the college and university levels including institutional
effectiveness, program review, SACS self study subcommittee, JSU mission and
goals, and is a faculty director of the JSU Foundation. She is a member of the
American Nurses Association, the Alabama State Nurses Association, and Sigma
Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
Dr. Latham was a
co-recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award given by JSU in 1999-2000 and was
the recipient of the Lamplighter Award 1995 given by the Alabama League for
Nursing. She was the Alternate Outstanding Educator in 1999 of the Women
Committee of Excellence program presented by the Cottaquilla Council of Girl
She and her husband, Joel, reside in Cedar Bluff, Alabama.
Kelly Brooks Friery, 2007 Young Alumna of the Year.
Dr. Friery graduated from JSU (2001) summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education and concentrations in Physical
Education and General Sciences earning the distinction Top 5 Graduate of her class. After receiving a master of science
degree with major in Physical Education - Sport Science from JSU, Dr. Friery then completed her doctoral studies at the
University of Alabama in 2005 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Human Performance - Exercise Physiology.
Dr. Friery is currently an Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She serves as the Director of
the Exercise Physiology Lab at ULM which is conducted by graduate students. This office is responsible for carrying out numerous studies
and presentation of their results in publications. Dr. Friery is also presently conducting research through two major studies. One area of
research is a nationwide study related to her doctoral dissertation in Human Performance, "Long-Term Impact of Athletic Participation on
Physical Capabilities" and is being conducted in conjunction with her UA Dissertation Director, Dr. Phillip A. Bishop. The research entails
locating former athletes and control alumni from universities across the country to survey. Their results will be posted on a Web site currently under
construction. Findings from prior published research in this area indicate that athletes are having significantly more limitations (5 times more) in their
activity and in their daily lives than alumni who were not competitive college athletes.
Dr. Friery herself falls into the competitive college athlete category being a former member of JSU Varsity track and cross-country teams.
She served as team captain of the JSU Cross-Country and Track Team (1998-2000), where she earned the distinction of TAAC All-Conference
Outdoor Track 10K (1998), Academic All-Conference 1997, 1998. Other honors/distinctions included JSU Cross-Country Highest Athlete GPA;
JSU Gamecock Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame (3 years); JSU Physical Education/Health Department's Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Graduates;
College USAA All-American Scholar Athlete (4 yrs.); National Dean's List (4 yrs.); National Collegiate Physical Education and Health Award
(3 yrs.); National Collegiate Education Award (3 yrs.); JSU President's List; Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
(3 yrs.); Pi Lambda Theta International Education Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society; and Phi Delta Kappa.
Kelly is married to Dean Friery, a Special Education teacher. The couple has one daughter. Dean is the son of Drs. Rodney and Kathleen Friery,
who are both established JSU professors. The family resides in Monroe, Louisiana.
COL Stephen K. West - Military Alumnus of the
Year. COL Stephen K. West graduated from
Jacksonville State University in 1978 as a Distinguished
Military Graduate and began his military career as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.
During his distinguished career, COL West has held a variety of troop and staff positions, both in the United States and
In 1979, he was assigned to
G Battery, 29th Field Artillery, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas where he served as a Radar Platoon Leader. In, 1980,
Colonel West was assigned to the lst Battalion,78th Field Artillery, 2nd Armored Division. He served as a FIST Team Chief, B Battery
Executive Officer, and Brigade Fire Support Officer.
In 1984,Colonel West was assigned to the 1st Battalion 333rd Field Artillery,
42nd Field Artillery Brigade in the Federal Republic of Germany. He
served as the Battalion Adjutant and Commander of A Battery until his departure
to V Corps Artillery in February 1988. As a member of the V Corps Artillery
Staff, he served as a Target Analyst and Aide-de-Camp to the V Corps Artillery
Commanding General. In 1989, he assumed
duties as the Field Artillery Branch Representative at Sill, Oklahoma. He served as Chief of Rocket Missile Division
Gunnery Department for 7 months before departing Fort Sill for the Command and General Staff
College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1991.
Following Command and General Staff College, Colonel West was
assigned to 3rd Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 24th Infantry
Division (Mechanized) at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
He served as Battalion Operations Officer and deployed with Task Force I-64 to
Somalia for Operation Provide Hope. Colonel West then transferred to Operations Group,
Fire Support Trainers, Fort Irwin, California, where he served as a Reinforcing Battalion Trainer
and 53 Combat Trainer from 1994 through 1996.
In 2001, Colonel West was assigned to United States Army
Europe, ULCC, Incirlik, Turkey, where he assumed the duties
as the Chief of Staff/Deputy Commander of Operation Northern Watch. While serving as Chief of Staff/Deputy
Commander of Combined Task Force/Operation Northern Watch, COL West molded a
diverse combined and joint staff into a cohesive task force. His leadership successfully enforced a no-fly
zone over hostile air space of northern Iraq under continuous combat
conditions even with a 900 percent annual personnel turnover.
In 2003, COL West assumed command of the 4th Brigade of Eastern
Region Cadet Command, United States Army Cadet Command. During his time as Brigade Commander, he
trained and directed 160 Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) and civilian
staff of the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) program across l9 battalions
that prepared over 2400 cadets at 54 colleges and universities in
North Carolina and Virginia and commissioned over 1400 in the three years as commander. In 2006, COL West
returned to the Air College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
to assume duties as an Instructor for the Department of International Security
Studies and as Seminar Director for Seminar 13, currently holding the highest combined
GPA for AY07.
COL West's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior
Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf
clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary
Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one oak
leaf cluster and Global War on Terrorism Service.
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