Honors and Awards

• Byron D’Andra Orey, professor of political science at Jackson State University in Mississippi, received the 2011 Jewel Limar Prestage Mentorship Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.

Professor Orey is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans.

• Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County received the 2011 TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence.

A graduate of Hampton University, Dr. Hrabowski holds a master’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in higher education administration and statistics, both from the University of Illinois.

• Judith Jamison, choreographer and artistic director of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater will receive the M. Carey Thomas Award, the highest honor bestowed by Bryn Mawr College. The award has been given out only 18 times since 1922.

• Deryl Bailey, an associate professor of counseling and human development services at the University of Georgia, received the 2011 Professional Advancement Award from the Association of Specialists in Group Work of the American Counseling Association.

Dr. Bailey has been on the University of Georgia faculty since 1999. He holds a doctorate in counselor education from the University of Virginia.

• Jerome Charles White Jr., known internationally as the singer Jero, received the 2011 Berkeley Japan New Vision Award from the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

Jero, who is of African-American and Japanese descent, is known for his sentimental ballards in the musical genre known as enka.

• Florence Boldridge, director of diversity and women’s programs at the University of Kansas School of Engineering, received the Golden Torch Award as the Minority Engineering Program Director of the Year from the National Society of Black Engineers.

• Michele Boone, chair of the business administrative technology program, was named instructor of the year at Middle Georgia Technical College in Warner Robins.

Boone is a graduate of Tuskegee University and holds an MBA from Walden University.

• Travis Parker, professor and coach at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, received the Everyday Hero Award from the American Federation of Teachers. Parker was honored for his work with the Alpha Academy, an organization that matches black male teenagers with professional mentors.