Arnold Eddy Volunteer Service Award

In 1992, in honor of Arnold Eddy, who served as Permanent Master of the Society from 1942 to 1955, the Skull and Dagger Society established the Arnold Eddy Volunteer Service Award. The award is presented annually at the Initiation Breakfast to a current member of the Society who has demonstrated exemplary volunteer service to the University of Southern California.

The 2009 recipient is Albert D. Shonk, Jr.  (1986):

Al received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1954.  Since that time, in addition to his professional career, he has been a long-time supporter and leader at his alma mater, his fraternity and the community.

He has most recently served as President of the Half Century Trojans and has served in numerous roles within the USC Alumni Association, including the Homecoming Committee, member of the Board of Governors, and Co-Chair of the Class of 1954 Reunion.  He was a Founding Member of the President’s Circle, Treasurer of the National Board of Directors of the Marshall School of Business, and the Marshall Associates/Partners, Orange County Board of Directors.  He is a USC Presidential Associate and received the President’s Award from the USC Alumni Association in 2008.

At USC, Al joined the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, and since that time he has served in nearly every leadership position in the fraternity, including serving as Grand President from 1979-1983, President of the Phi Sigma Kappa Foundation and President of the Signet Circle Corporation, the local housing corporation and alumni association.  He has been honored by his fraternity with the title “Mr. Phi Sig” bestowed in 1996 and with the fraternity’s leadership school being named in his honor in 1988.

Within the USC Greek System, Al served as President of the Interfraternity Alumni Association of Southern California and later as a Co-Founder and President of the Inter-Greek Society.  He received the Order of Omega John R. Hubbard Award in 1985.

Within the community, he has served on the board of directors and President and Chairman of the Florence Crittenton Center in Los Angeles, President of the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society and President of the Balboa Island Improvement Association.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles Foundation and the Exceptional Children’s Foundation

Al was owner and president of Albert D. Shonk Co, a publishers advertising representative company for 32 years from 1965 to 1997.  He currently lives in Newport Beach.