Awards

2018-2019

Friday, April 26th
Hilton Garden Inn, Iowa City
Program

Welcome: Venise Berry, African American Studies
Words of Wisdom: Melissa Shivers, Vice President for Student Life

Scholarships: Each scholarship is a recognition of academic excellence, personal achievement, and professional potential. They are all designed to further the student’s education and aid them in the development of future career objectives.

          Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship: Nicole Shaw & Jimmy Smith
          Phillip and Barbara Kutzko Scholarship: Tiffany Tucker & Temyla Holcomb
          Marie Nesbitt Promise Prize/Change, Create, Transform Foundation: Tiana Warner
          African American Studies Major Scholarship: Tamarah Hayslett  & Tristan Schmidt
          National Association of Black Journalists/NURU Scholarship: Grant Glover & Dilon Goncalves  

Community Service Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: serving people and diverse communities; addressing important community issues through service; participating in activities that have had a measurable impact on the community; demonstrating exemplary commitment to volunteerism; and contributing to organized cultural and community endeavors

          Organization/Person: G!World – Raquishia Harrington, LaTasha DeLoach & Basya Miller
          Undergraduate: A’lantra Wright & Arika Allen

Leadership Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: actions that are effective to creating positive change; actions that address important campus issues with a measurable impact; actions that set a high level of integrity and personal standards; actions that help build bridges between people and between organizations; and actions that motivate and inspire others to realize leadership potential

          Undergraduate: Nate Robinson
          Graduate: Winnie Uluocha 

Creative Arts Award: To recognize an undergraduate or graduate student for inspirational talent, motivation and creative ability.

          Undergrad: Branden Shaw
          Graduate: Jorrell Watkins & Nate Ferguson

Cultural Appreciation Award: To recognize undergraduate students who have taken at least 3 AAS courses and demonstrated an extraordinary appreciation of issues in African American Culture, along with academic excellence.

          Undergraduate: Jasmine Kargbo, Kierrah Llanos, and Anthony Haughton    

Cultural Research Award: To recognize graduate students near completion of their dissertation for outstanding contributions, commitment and initiative related to research in African American culture.

          Graduate: Dwain Coleman (History), Charles Martin Stanley (Ed Policy and Leadership), and Ashley Frazier (Couple and Family Therapy)

Graduating Seniors: Arika Allen, Devin Francis, Tristan Schmidt, and Maya Buchanan
 


2017-2018

May 4, 2018
E105 Adler Journalism Building, University of Iowa
Program

Scholarships: 

          African American Studies Major Scholarship: Tristan Schmidt
          Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship: Mariah Pride & Alda Dansou
          Marie Nesbitt Scholarship: Devin Francis
          National Association of Black Journalists/NURU Scholarship: Dilon Goncalves  

Community Service Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: serving people and diverse communities; addressing important community issues through service; participating in activities that have had a measurable impact on the community; demonstrating exemplary commitment to volunteerism; and contributing to organized cultural and community endeavors

          Jamal Nelson, Afro House

Leadership Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: actions that are effective to creating positive change; actions that address important campus issues with a measurable impact; actions that set a high level of integrity and personal standards; actions that help build bridges between people and between organizations; and actions that motivate and inspire others to realize leadership potential

          Arika Allen, Black Student Union

Creative Arts Award: To recognize an undergraduate or graduate student for inspirational talent, motivation and creative ability.

          Natalie Brown
          Fredrick Cherry Jr.

Academic Achievement Award: To recognize undergraduate students who have taken at least 3 AAS courses and demonstrated an extraordinary appreciation of issues In African American Culture, along with academic excellence In the major.

          Wylliam Smith, Tiana Warner, & Anthony Haughton II

Cultural Research Award: To recognize graduate students near completion of their dissertation for outstanding contributions, commitment and initiative related to research in African American culture.

          Raven Maragh, Lance Bennett, & Salvatory Nyanto

Graduating AAS Seniors: Bria Clay & Aja Witt


2016-17

April 21, 2017
Mariott Hotel, Coralville

Scholarships: 

          Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship: Waale Gbara & Maayla Enchill
          Marie Nesbitt Scholarship: Shelby Campbell & Madison Upshaw
          African American Studies Major Scholarship: Emma Weddle & Carrie Darden
          National Association of Black Journalists/NURU Scholarship: Dilon Goncalves  

Community Service Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: serving people and diverse communities; addressing important community issues through service; participating in activities that have had a measurable impact on the community; demonstrating exemplary commitment to volunteerism; and contributing to organized cultural and community endeavors

          Organization/Person: UI Public Policy Center - Director, Peter Damiano
          Undergraduate: Nathan Robinson & Ronni Palmer
          Graduate: Bria Davis

Leadership Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: actions that are effective to creating positive change; actions that address important campus issues with a measurable impact; actions that set a high level of integrity and personal standards; actions that help build bridges between people and between organizations; and actions that motivate and inspire others to realize leadership potential

          Organization/Person: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Alpha Theta Chapter
          Undergraduate: Gabrielle Miller
          Graduate: Barbara Okeke

Cultural Excellence Award: To recognize undergraduate students who have taken at least 3 AAS courses and demonstrated an extraordinary appreciation of issues In African American Culture, along with academic excellence In the major.

          Stephanie Hutchins, Alexis Colvin, Jermiah Jones, Fredrick Cherry Jr., Samuel Osaro, Devin Francis, & Brooke Kimbrough

Creative Arts Award: To recognize an undergraduate or graduate student for inspirational talent, motivation and creative ability.

          Tempest Farrar - Acting

Cultural Research Award: To recognize graduate students near completion of their dissertation for outstanding contributions, commitment and initiative related to research in African American culture.

          Stacey Moultry (Dissertation: Mixed Race Identity & the Arts)

Graduating AAS Seniors: Taniesha Kauten, Desmond King II, Jaleel Johnson, & Kanithia Looney


2015-16

May 5, 2016

Scholarships: 

          African American Studies Major Scholarship: Rachael Hale
          National Association of Black Journalists/NURU Scholarship: Cassandra Santiago & Elona Neal
          Marie Nesbitt Scholarship: Aja Witt

Community Service Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and/or graduate student for: serving people and diverse communities, demonstrating exemplary commitment to volunteerism, contributing to organized cultural and community endeavors.

          Organization/Person: Carnival Public Engagement Project - Loyce Arthur (Assocaite Professor, Theater)
          Undergraduate: Lisa Covington (BGAPS/AAS Living Learning Community)

Leadership Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and/or graduate student for: effectively creating positive change, impacting important cultural issues with a measurable impact, building bridges between people and organizations, motivating and inspiring others to realize their own leadership potential.

          Organization/Person: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (Kappa League High School & Kappa Kids 5th /6th grade mentoring & Black Males and Police
          Project - Alex Lodge)
          Undergraduate/Graduate: Bryan Porter (BSU president - building coalitions between cultural groups, black history month talent show, first multicultural
          formal)

Academic Achievement Award: To recognize undergraduate students who have taken at least 3 AAS courses and demonstrated an extraordinary appreciation of issues in African American Culture, along with academic accomplishments in the major.

          Rodnika Carter, Waale Gbara, Ashley Stott, Elona Neal, Matthew Bruce, Samuel Osaro, Brooke Kimbrough, David Butler-Mays, & Taniesha Kauten

Cultural Research Award: To recognize graduate students for outstanding contributions, commitment and initiative related to research in African American culture.

          Troy Mills (Religious Studies/Public Health)

Creative Arts Award: To recognize an undergraduate and/or graduate student for inspirational talent, motivation and creative ability.

          Undergrad: Shawn Boursiquot, Caleb Rainey and Justin Roberson (BARS: Black Art Real Stories)
          Graduate: Alvon Reed (Dance / Hattie Mae’s Juke Joint)

Cultural Awareness Award: To recognize freshmen, sophomores and others who are good students, take a minimum of two AAS courses and show an exceptional capacity for cultural awareness and appreciation. 

          Gabrielle Young, Jeremiah Jones, Kyah Bridges, & Fabio Thomas

Graduating AAS Seniors: Madison Barnum, Rodnika Carter, Darian Cooper, Rachael Hale, Evan Ivory, Brittney Reed, & Sara Lowery


2014-15

April 17th, 2015
The Clarion Hotel, Iowa City

Scholarships: 

          Marie Nesbitt Scholarship: Rodnika Carter
          African American Studies Major Scholarship: Ashley Lee
          Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship: Demetrius Watson
          National Association of Black Journalists/NURU Scholarship: Jacqueline Jordan

Community Service Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate or graduate student for: serving people and diverse communities, addressing important community issues through service, participating in activities that have had a measurable impact on the community, demonstrating exemplary commitment to volunteerism, contributing to organized cultural and community endeavors.

          Organization: Math Alliance
          Undergraduate: Brittney Reed
          Graduate: Maggie Butler

Creative Arts Award: To recognize an undergraduate and/or graduate student for inspirational talent, motivation and creative ability.

          Undergrad or Graduate: Morris Hill Jr. - acting

Leadership Award: This award recognizes a campus organization, an undergraduate, and a graduate student for actions that create positive change, address important campus issues with a measurable impact, set a high level of integrity and personal standards, help build bridges between people and between organizations, or motivate and inspire others to realize leadership potential.  Please offer one nominee for each category.

          Organization: NAACP
          Undergraduate: Justin Roberson
          Graduate: Maggie Butler/Kayla Wheeler 

Cultural Research Award: To recognize graduate  students for outstanding contributions, commitment and initiative related to research in African American culture.

          Dr. Derrais Carter 

Academic Achievement Award: This award recognizes undergraduate students who have taken at least 3 AAS courses, demonstrated an extraordinary appreciation of issues in African American Culture, and maintained a 3.0 or better AAS GPA.

          Shawn Boursiquot, Caleb Rainey, Lucket Kiche, & Scott Katz


2013-14

April 16, 2014
South Room, Iowa Memorial Union

Scholarships: 

          African American Studies Major Scholarship: Ashley Lee
          Marie Nesbitt Scholarship: Kache Claytor (2013) & Rodnika Carter (2014)
          National Association of Black Journalists/NURU Scholarship: Lindsay Graf-Juarex & Celina Carr
          Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship: Demetrius Watson & Kenya Lewis

Community Service Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: serving people and diverse communities, addressing important community issues through service, participating in activities that have had a measurable impact on the community, demonstrating exemplary commitment to volunteerism, and contributing to organized cultural and community endeavors

          Organization: Mesa Tutoring Program
          Undergraduate: Muriel Konne
          Graduate: Raquel Baker

Creative Arts Award: To recognize an undergraduate or graduate student for talent, motivation and creative ability.

          Undergrad or Graduate: Morris Hill Jr. & Micah Ariel James - acting

Leadership Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: actions that are effective to creating positive change, actions that address important campus issues with a measurable impact, actions that set a high level of integrity and personal standards, actions that help build bridges between people and between organizations, actions that motivate and inspire others to realize leadership potential

          Organization: Math Alliance
          Undergraduate: Brittney Reed
          Graduate: Maggie Butler & Kwesi Ewoodzie 

Cultural Appreciation and Academic Achievement Award: To recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated an extraordinary appreciation for and interest in African American Culture, along with academic achievement in at least 3 AAS courses.

          Peter Frankman, Rachael Hale, Patrick Shelton, & Kiche Lucket

Cultural Research Award: To recognize graduate students near completion of their dissertation for outstanding contributions, commitment and initiative related to research in African American culture.

          Angela Watkins, Samuel Fitzpatrick, & Gemmicka Piper


2012-2013

May 9, 2013
South Room, Iowa Memorial Union

Scholarships: 

          Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship: Jasmine Porter
          National Association of Black Journalists/NURU Scholarship: Jacqueline Jordan
          Marie Nesbitt Scholarship: Sylvea Hollis
          African American Studies Major Scholarship: Leia Scott

Community Service Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: serving people and diverse communities, addressing important community issues through service, participating in activities that have had a measurable impact on the community, demonstrating exemplary commitment to volunteerism, and contributing to organized cultural and community endeavors

          Organization: Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter & Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
          Undergraduate: Brittney Reed
          Graduate: Karletta White

Creative Arts Award: To recognize an undergraduate or graduate student for talent, motivation and creative ability.

         Terrence West - poetry

Leadership Award: To recognize a campus organization, undergraduate and graduate student for: actions that are effective to creating positive change, actions that address important campus issues with a measurable impact, actions that set a high level of integrity and personal standards, actions that help build bridges between people and between organizations, actions that motivate and inspire others to realize leadership potential

          Organization: Sistaspeak & The Hubbard Group
          Undergraduate: Anthony Ferguson Jr.
          Graduate: Micah Ariel James

Academic Excellence Award: To recognize undergraduate students who have achieved academic excellence in at least 3 AAS courses and demonstrated an extraordinary appreciation of issues in African American Culture.

          Audrey Powers, Megan Burnside, Scott Katz, Kevonte Martin Manley, Jasmine Simpson, & Simone Frierson

Cultural Research Award: To recognize graduate students near completion of their dissertation for outstanding contributions, commitment and initiative related to research in African American culture.

          Derrais Carter