Julius E. Coles, president of Africare, a nonprofit organization supporting more than 150 assistance projects in Africa, was presented with the James Madison Medal from Princeton University. The award is given each year to an alumnus who has advanced the cause of graduate education or achieved an outstanding record in public service. Coles qualifies for both criteria. Before coming to Africare in 2002, he was the director of the Andrew Young Center for International Affairs at Morehouse College. He previously served as director of the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. Coles is a graduate of Morehouse College and received a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Sean T. Bennett, associate vice president of institutional diversity initiatives and pipeline program at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, was elected to the Alumni Hall of Distinction by the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.