04/03/2014 02:38 PM
BATON ROUGE – Patricia Haynes Smith, Louisiana State Representative from District
67, will serve as the keynote speaker at the LSU Black Faculty and Staff Caucus’ 29th
annual Black Scholars Awards Program on Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. in the LSU Student
Union Theater. The event is free and open to the community.
The program will recognize more than 800 African-American students who have achieved
a 3.0 grade point average or higher for their academic accomplishments.
In addition to the academic awards, five special awards will also be presented. The
A.P. Tureaud Milestone Award, named in honor of the noted Louisiana civil rights advocate
and awarded to a student with a first-time achievement at LSU, will be awarded to
Kelvin Jones, a Ph.D. student in music education in the College of Music & Dramatic
Arts. Jones is the first African American male music education Ph.D. student, the
first African American doctoral band graduate teaching assistant, and the first African
American to conduct the LSU symphonic winds concert ensemble.
The Huel D. Perkins Leadership Award, given in honor of Huel Perkins, former Professor
Emeritus of Humanities, will be awarded to Markita Lewis, a senior majoring in biological
engineering in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in the College
The Charles E. Harrington Graduate Student Award, named in honor of LSU’s first black
graduate student, will be awarded to Tifanie Pulley, a Ph.D. student in the Department
of Sociology in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and to Paul Magut, a
Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science.
The W.E.B. DuBois Award, named for the noted civil rights advocate, is presented to
the junior or senior with the highest grade point average. This year’s award will
be received by the aforementioned Markita Lewis.
The Jesse Owens Athletic Award, earned by the student-athlete with the highest grade
point average, will be presented to Jalea Jackson, a sophomore majoring in theatre
in the College of Music & Dramatic Arts. Jackson is a sprinter on the Track and Field
For more information, contact Yvette Marsh, director of talent management with the LSU Foundation, at 225-578-6008 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014