• Roland Smith Jr., associate provost at Rice University, received the 2008 Alumni of Color Achievement Award from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Smith has been an administrator at Rice since 1996 after spending 23 years as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Notre Dame.

• Travis Parker, an instructor of physical education and coach of the track and soccer teams at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, was given the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education from the board of governors of the California Community College System. Parker has taught at the college for 36 years.