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June 5, 2012

Alumna Toni Morrison Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
Last week, President Barack Obama honored Toni Morrison (B.A. ’53) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. As the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom is “presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

WHUT Hosts a Teacher Town Hall to Address the Dropout Crisis in the D.C. Metro Area
Close to 60 percent of Washington, D.C. students do not graduate from high school. To address this crisis locally, public media stations WHUT-TV, WETA and WAMU 88.5 will host a Teacher Town Hall that brings together more than 100 teachers from the District, Maryland and Virginia to discuss education today, with a particular emphasis on the challenges they face in their classrooms. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 5 at 5:00 at the WHUT studios.

Howard University Chapel's Richardson Named to DC Hall of Fame
Rev. Bernard Richardson (B.A. ’75) of Howard University’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel was recently inducted into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame in recognition of his dedicated work and contributions in the nation’s capital and faith-based community.

Aisha Lake-Mahon Receives Reginald F. Lewis Scholarship
In May, Aisha Natasha Jamila Lake-Mahon received a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from the College of Arts and Sciences and was awarded the competitive Reginald F. Lewis Scholar Prize. The $2,500 prize is awarded to the undergraduate student whose cumulative grade point average demonstrates the highest increase between the sophomore and senior years.

Michelle Spears Receives U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship
Michelle Spears has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Urdu during the summer of 2012 in India.  She is among the approximately 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from the CLS Program in 2012 to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu languages.  U.S. students will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in 14 countries where these languages are spoken. The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in future professional careers. 

Excellence at Howard: Two African Studies Students Awarded Prestigious Fellowships
Anita Wheeler (Ph.D. ’12), received an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at UCLA, beginning this fall. She will be based at the African Studies Center at UCLA, teaching in the Global and International Studies program and working on a post-doctoral research project titled, “Navigating Cultural Difference, Transforming Transnational Spaces: How the Cultural Exchanges Between African and Chinese Communities are Redefining Local and Global Spaces.” 

Makeda Njoroge (B.A. ‘12), was awarded a Clinton Center for International Peace Fellowship in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland for the summer of 2012. The program includes participants from the U.S., Kosovo and Northern Ireland. They will examine unresolved problems following a peace settlement, sectarianism, segregation, racism and associated violence. 

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