Honors and Awards

• Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, received the university’s 2009 Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence.

• E.C. Osondu, a Nigerian author and former Syracuse University fellow, received the Caine Prize from Georgetown University. The literary award recognizes promising African writers.

• Fay Bradley, a retired physician living in Independence, Kansas, received the Meritorious Achievement Award from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Dr. Bradley had a long career as a physician with the U.S. Public Health Service. A marathon runner, he was named the 1998 Runner of the Year for his age group by the U.S. Track and Field Association.

Bradley is a 1960 graduate of Pittsburg State University. He holds both law and medical degrees from Howard University.

• John Mayes, director of sports medicine at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, received a Proclamation Certificate of Commendation from Texas Governor Rick Perry. Mayes, who has been at the university for 20 years, was honored for his work with the National Athletics Trainers’ Association Research Educational Foundation.