Honors and Awards

• Sabine Simmons, an instructor and academic coordinator of clinical education at Alabama State University, received the 2011 Outstanding New Professional Award from the Alabama Association of Health Information Management. Simmons is a 2006 graduate of Alabama State.

• Cedric Rodney, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religion at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, was named the 2011 Alumnus of the Year at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. A native of Guyana, Dr. Rodney is ordained in the Moravian Church. He has been on the WSSU faculty for 41 years.

Dr. Rodney earned his bachelor’s degree at Malone University. He went on to earn a master’s degree at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, and a doctor of divinity degree from the Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

• Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, the former president of Grambling State University in Louisiana, had the new baseball stadium on the Grambling campus named in his honor.

President Jones died in 1982.

• Yvonne R. Jackson, who is retiring as chair of the board of trustees at Spelman College, was honored by having the lower level of Laura Spelman Hall renamed the Yvonne R. Jackson Study Commons. The study area will be open for Spelman women 24 hours a day.

Jackson is a 1970 graduate of the college and has served as board chair since 2004.

• Antonio T. Baines, an assistant professor of biology at North Carolina Central University and an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Award from the American Association for Cancer Research.

Dr. Baines is a graduate of Norfolk State University in Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Arizona.