• Kimble Reynolds Jr., an attorney and mayor of the city of Martinsville, Virginia, received the 2008 Alumni Distinguished Service Award from the alumni association at Virginia Tech.

Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management and a master’s degree in health and physical education from Virginia Tech. He earned his law degree at Washington and Lee University.

• Joseph L. White, professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at the University of California at Irvine, was named 2008 Alumnus of the Year at San Francisco State University.

Dr. White received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University.

• Toni Morrison, Robert F. Goheen Professor of the Humanities Emerita at Princeton University, was elected into the inaugural class of inductees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Professor Morrison is in distinguished company. Other inductees include Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Clara Barton, and Frank Sinatra.

• Milton Young, director of animal research in the department of animal resources at the University of Southern California, received the university’s 2008 President’s Award for Staff Achievement.

• Michael Shinn, who had a long career as a quality-control engineer for General Motors, received the Distinguished Engineering Service Award from his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

While at GM, Shinn established the African-American Forum and was a strong supporter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Shinn holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.