T. Elon Dancy II won the 2006 Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on Ethnic Participation. Dancy, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at Louisiana State University.

Laylah Ali, associate professor of art at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, was selected among the first group of United States Artist Fellows. The program was launched by grants from the Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential, and Rasmuson foundations. The fellows program offers unrestricted $50,000 awards to living artists. Ali is best known for her gouache paintings.

Ali is a 1991 graduate of Williams College and holds a master’s degree in painting from Washington University.

Nathelyne Archie Kennedy, a 1959 graduate of Prairie View A&M University, was honored by having the new architecture and art building on campus named in her honor. Kennedy is the founder and CEO of an engineering consulting firm based in Houston. She was the first black woman in the state of Texas to earn a degree in architectural engineering.