Honors and Awards for African Americans in Higher Education

Cumming.Twyla_.jpgTwyla J. Cummings, senior associate dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, has been selected to receive the 2015 Naomi Berber Memorial Award from Printing Industries of America. The award honors outstanding women for exceptional contributions in the graphics communications industry.

Dr. Cummings holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in business and industrial management from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She earned a Ph.D. in business management from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.

Tiana_ClarkTiana Clark, a student in the master of fine arts program in creative writing at Vanderbilt University, won the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. She will receive a $10,000 prize and have her poem, “Equilibrium,” published in the winter issue of the leading poetry journal, Rattle. Clark poem was selected from 15,000 poems submitted for consideration.

Clark is a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, where she majored in African studies and women’s studies.

FloydThe Washington State University board of regents has renamed the university’s medical school in honor of Elson S. Floyd, the late president of the university. Dr. Floyd died on June 20, 2015, from colon cancer.

Dr. Floyd became the 10th president of Washington State University in May 2007. Ryan Durkan, chair of the board of regents stated that “no one worked more tirelessly to expand medical education in Washington State than Elson Floyd.”

Head shot Brenda CartwrightBrenda Y. Cartwright, professor of rehabilitation counseling at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, received the Vernon E. Hawkins Pioneer and Leadership Award from the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns.

Dr. Cartwright joined the faculty at Winston-Salem State in 2012. Previously, she taught at the University of Hawaii and Coppin State University in Baltimore. Professor Cartwright is a graduate of McDaniel College in Maryland. She holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Michigan and an educational doctorate from George Washington University in the nation’s capital.


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