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Lemus-Guzman and Tuberville presented Carson-Newman’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

During Carson-Newman University’s Honors Convocation, German Lemus-Guzman and Aiden Tuberville were named the 2024 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recipients. Pictured left to right: C-N Provost Jeremy J. Buckner; Tuberville, Lemus-Guzman, University President Charles A. Fowler.

Carson-Newman University announced that German Lemus-Guzman and Aiden Tuberville are recipients of the 2024 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The recognition, announced during C-N’s Honors Convocation, is the highest honor the University presents to students.

Lemus-Guzman is a nursing major from Descombros, Honduras. As a student he has excelled not only in his discipline but demonstrated servant-leadership throughout his time at Carson-Newman.

During his time as a student, he has shown a commitment to excellence and maintaining an exceptional academic record. He has done this while juggling multiple responsibilities and extensive extracurricular and student involvement.

Serving as Student Nurses Association Membership Coordinator since 2022, Lemus-Guzman is credited for tutoring beginner nursing students and offering support and encouragement to his peers within the program. He created fundraising events to buy healthcare items to donate to nursing homes in Jefferson City.

He has sought ways to support and add to Carson-Newman’s student experience, serving as co-founder and president of P.O.D.E.R., which stands for Pursuing Our Dreams Embracing Our Roots. Examples of other on-campus involvement include serving as president of Alpha Chi, SGA senior delegate, orientation leader, Eagle Production Company, and holding memberships in Gamma Beta Phi and Tri-Alpha honor societies.

“German is a Barnabas – an encourager through and through,” said Dr. Lana Spence, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “Countless individuals have been inspired and empowered to believe they too can achieve their goals as a direct result of his love and support. He never asks, ‘what can I gain,’ but rather ‘what can I give’ as he serves his community, classmates, patients, and this University.”

Tuberville came to Carson-Newman from Jackson, Tennessee. Whether in the classroom, on campus or beyond, Tuberville is noted for seeking to make a difference in the lives of those around her.

As a student she has been championed for consistently offering the highest level of achievement in each course she takes in the Biblical and Theological Studies curriculum. Her professors note that “she offers insight that often startle with breadth of understanding and a remarkable ability to create connections between seemingly unconnected things.”

As well as she has excelled academically, the impact she has had in ministering to others is no less admirable. Noted as a servant among her fellow students, Tuberville has worked on campus as a resident assistant and in leadership roles. She is also credited for her many contributions to campus worship and Bible studies.

Her heart for serving those around her has not only benefited the C-N campus community. During her time as a student, she has been active with YOKE ministries in Knoxville, as well as serving as a summer campus counselor with The Hope Center in Jackson.

Whether referring to her academic achievements or her commitment to reaching and supporting others in the name of Christ, her professors have described her succinctly as “a shining light among her colleagues.”

The New York Southern Society established the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1890 to honor an Indiana native and Manhattan attorney who was considered a living example of genteel spirit and Christian compassion. The awards, which are donated by the foundation that bears his name, are granted at more than 70 colleges and universities to graduating seniors, one female and one male, who “excel in high ideals of living, in fine spiritual qualities, and in generous and unselfish service to others.”

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