TROY - Troy University students will be recognized for their achievements during the University's annual Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus.
Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, Commander of the Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education and Vice Commander of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, will serve as the keynote speaker for the convocation.
Among the awards to be presented are the Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, presented to an outstanding faculty member, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, given to a senior male and female student and to a distinguished faculty or staff member.
The Ingalls Award is given annually to the teacher on the Troy Campus who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his or her classes during the current academic year.” Students nominate faculty members for the award, and a committee of students and faculty advisors selects the recipient.
The Sullivan Award, which is presented at select colleges and universities throughout the United States, recognizes recipients for their excellence of character, humanitarian service and spiritual qualities. The award has been presented annually at TROY since 1981 with nominations for the awards coming from students, faculty and staff.
In addition, students from each of the University's five colleges will be recognized for their achievements, including those inducted into various honor societies.
Maj. Gen. Kwast was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1986. After completing a master's degree in public policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, he was assigned to undergraduate pilot training where he earned his wings in 1989. Maj. Gen. Kwast has served as military aide to the vice president and completed a National Defense Fellowship with the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology and Policy at Boston University.
He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, including the 47th Operations Group at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. and the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. In addition, Maj. Gen. Kwast has served as the deputy director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO and Russia, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff at the Pentagon. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the director of requirements at the Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. He has more than 3,300 flying hours, including more than 650 combat hours during operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Allied Force and Enduring Freedom.