Honors for Two Black Scholars

Tonea Stewart, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University in Montgomery, received the Lifetime Achiever Award from the Oliver Robinson Foundation in Birmingham. The award is presented to individuals “who give unselfishly of their time and/or resources to make a difference in their respective communities.”

Dean Stewart is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Jackson State University and a master’s degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1989 she was awarded a Ph.D. in theater arts from Florida State University. She was the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from the School of Theatre at Florida State.

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, the holder of the William L. Friend Chair and interim dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware, was elected as a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Ogunnaike joined the full-time faculty at the University of Delaware in 2002. For the previous 13 years, he conducted chemical engineering research at DuPont. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos in Nigeria and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Babatunde Ogunnaike (left) at his induction to the Nigerian Academy of Engineering


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