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May 22, 2002

Students honored at Black Cultural Center awards banquet

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 29th annual awards banquet sponsored by the Purdue University Black Cultural Center recently honored several students.

Students were recognized for their participation in the BCC performing ensembles, various programs sponsored by the center and employment at the BCC. The center also presented its award for outstanding academic achievement to a student staff member and to an ensemble participant.

Brandon J. Carter, a senior from Dayton, Ohio, majoring in industrial technology, who serves as the Black Cultural Center's publicist, received the Howard G. McCall Award. The award is presented to a BCC student staff member who has demonstrated consistency in leadership, service and dedication to the BCC. Carter received a plaque and a monetary award. His name will be inscribed on a permanent plaque housed at the center.

Nechelle P. Henderson, a senior elementary education major from Indianapolis, received the Nettie L. Hubbard Award. The award was established to recognize the contributions and achievements of students who are participants in one or more of the BCC performing ensembles and who have consistently and willingly contributed to the betterment of the center. Nechelle received a certificate and a monetary award. Her name also will be inscribed on a permanent plaque that is displayed at the BCC.

In 2001 the Black Cultural Center established the Academic Achievement Award to recognize a student staff member and a student who participate in a performing ensemble. This year's recipients include Kendra Bracken, a senior from Round Rock, Texas, majoring in public relations who served on the BCC newsletter staff, and Henderson, who was a member of the Jahari Dance Troupe. Both received a monetary award.

The Black Cultural Center also presented certificates to students who have participated in good standing in an ensemble or who have been employed by the BCC for three or four semesters. Recipients include Temesgen Z. Strickland, a senior accounting major from Chicago, LaKeshia D. Triggs, a sophomore political science major from Indianapolis, and Joseph B. Watson, a senior industrial technology major from East Chicago, Ind.

Special honor pen and pencil sets were presented to students who have participated or been employed at the Black Cultural Center for five or six semesters. Recipients include Midori Angevine, a senior from Evansville, Ind., majoring in apparel design and technology; Allison Claire Banks, a junior management major from Fort Wayne, Ind.; Monica Denise Sloan, a junior elementary education major from Indianapolis; and LaToya Wright, a junior public relations major from East Chicago, Ind.

The mission of the Black Cultural Center is to enhance the community's understanding of the cultural richness of the African-American experience. The center provides four performing arts ensembles, educational workshops, outreach programs, educational lectures, an extensive library collection and a permanent art exhibition along with cultural and social activities.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704,

Source: Donna Hall, (765) 494-3094,

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