• Reginal L. Henderson, a retired tenured assistant professor of industrial technology at Mississippi Valley State University, received the James Herbert White Preeminence Award for education. The award, named after its founding president, is the highest honor bestowed by Mississippi Valley State University.

• Junius W. Williams, executive director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, received the university’s 2008 Human Dignity Award.

Williams, former president of the National Bar Association, is a graduate of Amherst College and the Yale University School of Law.

• Terri C. Houston, director of recruitment and multicultural programs in the department of diversity and multicultural affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the university’s 2008 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award.

• Lauren Kelley, curator of the Fourth Floor Art Gallery at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, received the Altoids Award from The New Museum in New York City and the Altoids Curiously Strong Mints Company. The award for young emerging artists comes with a $25,000 cash award and exhibit space at The New Museum.