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Nov. 13, 2008

Six receive Birmingham-Southern College's top alumni awards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College honored its 2008 Distinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni at an Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 7, in conjunction with the college's first-ever combined Alumni Reunion/Homecoming Weekend.

Receiving the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award were:

Sally Wood Johnson of Vestavia, a 1953 BSC graduate who is a scientist and artist. She currently maintains a studio in Vestavia and serves as a visiting artist to schools throughout the state of Alabama. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including more than 30 solo shows in the Southeast. Prior to her current work as an artist, Johnson was employed for several years in cancer research at Southern Research Institute.

John Northrop of Homewood, a 1972 BSC graduate who is executive director of the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. In 2003, the school was voted the fourth best public school in the country by “Newsweek.” Prior to his current position, he served in school administration in school districts in five states, including various posts at ASFA. He is engaged in various community efforts related to education and arts education and holds distinctions for educational writing, news writing, and photography.

Kirby Sevier of Mountain Brook, a 1968 graduate of BSC who is a founding partner of the Birmingham-based law firm Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. where he has been the hiring attorney since its inception. His more than 30 years of practice in the area of wills, estates and trusts has earned him numerous professional honors. His professional record is more than matched by his contributions to church and community. He currently serves on the executive committee of the BSC Norton Board of Advisors and is chairman of its pre-law advisory committee.

Receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award were:

Freeda Fawal-Farah, a Birmingham native and 1989 BSC graduate who now resides in New York City. Currently, she is associate publisher of marketing at “Harper's Bazaar” where she oversees all branding, creative services, event marketing, and research development.

Charles (Carl) Lynn of Fairfield, a 1993 BSC graduate who has been involved in urban ministry and community revitalization efforts in Birmingham for more than 19 years. Since 1996, he has worked at Restoration Academy in Fairfield, a private school dedicated to serving lower income families, where he currently serves as executive director.

Christopher Thomaskutty of Baltimore, Md., a 1999 BSC graduate who currently serves as deputy mayor for administration overseeing departments that include public safety, finance, labor, information technology, and the wage and retirement commissions for Mayor Sheila Dixon of Baltimore. A former Truman Scholar at BSC, he later earned a master's degree in public policy and urban planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2007, Thomaskutty was appointed director of CitiStat, a performance management department for which Baltimore is renowned.


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