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Akunna Ezinwa Enwereuzor, a junior economics major from Somerset, N.J., has passed the U.S. Foreign Service Oral Examination, thereby qualifying fully for diplomatic service, having earlier passed the Written Exam. Admitted to Howard as a National Achievement Scholar, Ms. Enwereuzor has been a Student Ambassador, a Representative in the UNA-USA Summit last summer, and is President of the Abram Harris Economics Society. She also is a Patricia Roberts Harris Public Affairs Fellow.

As a sophomore, Akunna won the Foreign Affairs Fellowship offered by the U.S. State Department and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, thereby qualifying for full scholarship support through her remaining college years and the first graduate degree. Under this plan, valued at over $250,000, she also will spend two summers abroad during the next four years. At the end of this course of study, she will join the diplomatic service, for which her performance on the two examinations already qualify her for full, unrestricted admission. She is the second Howard University Student to pass the Oral this year. The first was Hassan Adeeb.

MARIAMA ORANGE,  has become a published author as a result of the internship she served last summer. 

The prestigious New York based magazine, Scientific American, where the young electrical engineering student was a Harris Intern, has run one of her articles in the November 2001 issue. In her piece, titled "No Power to the People", Ms. Orange argues that "By squeezing between existing stations in the FM bank, low-power [radio] stations would provide local access and diversity to airwaves now dominated by media conglomerates."  The Federal Communications Commission, under the leadership of its then chairman, William Kennard, authorized in January 2000 the creation of an exclusively noncommercial low-power FM (LPFM) radio service.

A master's degree candidate at Howard, Ms. Orange says she had a "great" experience as a Harris Fellow at the Scientific American, where she updated news indexes, conducted research ("fact check"), and wrote several articles, including a book review.


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