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Birmingham-Southern recognizes six with top alumni awards
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College honored its 2009 Distinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni at an Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 6, in conjunction with the college's combined Homecoming/Alumni Reunion weekend.
Receiving the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award were:
Dr. F. Cleveland Kinney of Birmingham's Southside, a 1967 BSC graduate who is a professor and director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UAB. He works with patients who suffer from dementing illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease, major depression, bipolar affective disorder, and schizophrenia. In addition to his duties as an active clinician, Kinney is also a highly regarded professor serving as an instructor for UAB's inpatient geriatric psychiatry course and a mentor for third- and fourth-year medical students.
Rev. Samuel E. Mann of Kansas City, Mo., a 1962 BSC graduate who for the past 38 years has served as the pastor and administrator of St. Mark Union Church in Kansas City. He oversees a 62-member staff and programs that include child and family development, social services, community development, street organizations, and violence prevention. He is a longtime civil rights activist and has participated in numerous significant civil rights actions including the march for the garbage workers in Memphis, Tenn., and the march against the war in Vietnam led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Hugh Martin of Encinitas, Calif., who attended the college from 1932-33, is an American musical theatre and film composer, arranger, vocal coach, and playwright. He is best known for his score for the classic 1944 MGM musical “Meet Me in St. Louis,” in which Judy Garland sang three of his songs including one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Martin is a highly regarded member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
Receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award were:
Ginny Phillips Ashe of Crestwood, a 1997 Phi Beta Kappa BSC graduate who is a freelance writer and novelist. Her first published novel, “The Well and the Mine,” received the 2008 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. She has published interviews with notables such as James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Dee Dee Myers, and Sally Ride, and her articles have appeared in “American Profile,” “Preservation,” “Women's World,” and “Platinum” magazines.
John Paul Huguley is a native of Gadsden who now resides in Charleston, S.C. He is a 1993 BSC graduate who is a structural engineer and preservation champion. After graduation from BSC, he studied at the University of Virginia followed by a year of training in London, England. He founded and became the first president of the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, formerly the School of Building Arts.
Marta McLellan Ross of Washington, D.C., a 2002 BSC graduate who currently serves as the foreign policy advisor to Sen. Jim Webb of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Following graduation from BSC, she taught English for two years at a private language school and Anshan Normal University in Birmingham's sister city, Anshan, China. Upon completing a master's degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, she began a career in foreign policy at the U.S-China Economics and Security Review Commission, a Congressional commission tasked with researching and reporting on U.S.-China relations.