Honors and Awards

Melanie E. Jones, vice president for institutional advancement at Allen University, was named the 2010 Young Professional of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in Columbia, South Carolina.

Jones is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta. She holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Tennessee Technological University.

Sadie C. Bragg, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, received the Mathematics Excellence Award from the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Dr. Bragg holds a doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Solomon Bililign, professor of physics at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, was honored as the 2010 Alumni Fellow by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Bililign holds bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Addis Ababa University. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Iowa in 1991.

Erma Johnson Hadley, chancellor of the Tarrant County College District in Fort Worth, Texas, was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

Chancellor Hadley has been a faculty member and administrator for the college for the past 41 years. She is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas and holds a master’s degree in business education from Bowling Green State University.

Claude Barbre, associate professor of clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, received the Margaret Morgan Lawrence Award from the Harlem Family Institute. Dr. Barbre was executive director of the institute for 12 years.

Ramona Tascoe, U.S. director of health for the Kimbanguist Church of Congo, received the 2010 Exemplary Leadership Award from the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.

Dr. Tascoe, who led a medical relief effort to Haiti after the recent earthquake, is a graduate of San Francisco State University and the medical school at the University of California at San Francisco. She also holds a master of divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West and a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of San Francisco.