Honors and Awards

Barbara Swaby, professor at the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and director of the Graduate Reading Program at the university, will have an endowed chair named in her honor at the school. She has taught at the university for more than three decades. Her son David is an instructor in forensic science and working toward his doctorate at the university.

Professor Swaby, a native of Jamaica, graduated from high school at the age of 14. Earning a music scholarship she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee. She later earned a master’s and a doctorate in reading education from the University of Minnesota.

Doris Marshall, deputy director of the senior services division of the Phoenix Human Services Department, received the A. Wade Smith Community Award for Advancement of Race Relations from Arizona State University.

Marshall has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Arizona State.

Suzanne Mayo-Theus, CEO of Mynette Management Company and a doctoral student in family studies and human services, received the 2008 Michael C. Holen Outstanding Leadership Award from Kansas State University. A native of New Orleans, she has organized student and corporate groups to help people impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

Harvard Law School’s Black Law Students Association was named chapter of the year by the National Black Law Students Association. The award is given to the chapter that is judged the most dedicated to its members’ educational development, academic achievement, professional and career development, political awareness, social consciousness, and community activism.